Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.2 Thess 1:2-3
My wife is getting closer to delivering our baby boy, as there are only two and a half months left in her pregnancy. It feels like it’s gone fast, but slow at the same time. The wait seems long. People are asking me if I am prepared for what is to come. It would be presumptuous of me to say I am. I know that the Lord will use the chaos of children to bring sanctification into the lives of His own children. I can say that the prospect of becoming a father has already had some sanctifying effects, as I am preparing mentally and spiritually.
Translation items for April have been completed. The current proofreaders are keeping up with idioms, theological terms, and truths that we need to translate into Swedish in a way that can be understood by the readers. Pray that more people will be reached with the Gospel.
I have also been thinking and praying about the village where we live. What opportunities and doors can we find to share the Gospel? While I was sitting in my room working, I happened to look out the window to see an unfamiliar car slowly passing by on the road across our snow-covered lawn. It turned and drove up into the neighbor’s driveway. Two men got out of the car, slipping and sliding on the icy path over to the house, holding some thick books in their hands. They looked like Bibles. The two men soon came back to their car. Either my neighbor had slammed the door in their face, or not even opened. They were Jehovah’s Witnesses!
I quickly combed my hair, grabbed some Gospel tracts, and waited eagerly behind the door for the men to ring the doorbell. Soon enough, they were standing on my doorstep. We had a kind and polite conversation, for I know that they are not ill-willed and have just been brainwashed by the Watchtower leaders. Plus, I know that they probably get a lot of people being rude to them when they are out.
They started by asking if I knew God’s Name, and I answered, “Yes, it’s Yahweh.” They were surprised that someone would give them the correct answer. I added that His Name is also Jesus, if we look in the New Testament. They could hear from my accent that I wasn’t from the area. I had to confess to them that I was also on a mission in Finland, as a Christian, Baptist preacher. I asked them if they knew what the Gospel was, and the older one of them answered that it is about the Kingdom of God. I then took them to
1 Corinthians 15:3-4:
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
From there I explained the Gospel. I talked about sin, judgment, and Christ taking the punishment under God’s wrath on the cross. I also spoke about the resurrection, and the necessity of repentance and faith in Jesus for one’s salvation (which is by grace and not works). I explained to them that Jesus Himself is God, and therefore, He was able to die as a sacrifice in order to pay the penalty for the sins of many. I knew that I was speaking about things they would disagree with, but they nodded.
We talked a while, discussing Christ’s deity, and a few other Bible verses. I was also able to point out that their translation, which had been mistranslated from the Greek, made it look like Jesus is not the same Lord as, THE LORD, God. I gave them my Gospel tracts before they left. My prayer is that God’s Word will have its saving effect, bringing them out of that false religion.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Philippians 4:23.