THE TOLL BOOTH

"I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes (Rom 1.16)."

The other day I was driving from San Francisco to Travis AFB and told the good news to the toll booth attendant. The rough looking guy about my age (58) said to me, "I'm the last person you need to be telling that to!" I paused and asked him, "Why is that?" He thought for a second and said, "I don' believe that crap!" As soon as he said it the holy Spirit fell on him.

What happened is that his head was saying, "I don't believe that crap!" but his heart said, "Wait a second, I believe that." As soon as his heart believed on Christ the holy Spirit fell on him and he was saved (See SAVED for a definition of 'saved' on www.preach-the-gospel.org.).

In the same manner today while at the Hickham AFB gymnasium locker room I told an Air Force Senior NCO the good news (preached the gospel to him). He also received Christ by believing on His name (Jn 1.12). He said to me, "It's about building relationships with others, which is just another spin on man's 'plan of salvation' that doesn't work (See PLAN OF SALVATION and INSANITY on www.preach-the-gospel.org.). I told him that I simply tell others the good news and let the gospel save them, that I'm not good enough to save a flea (See THE GOSPEL SAVES on www.preach-the-gospel.org.). Then I explained to him my toll booth experience.

When we preach the same gospel that the Apostle Paul himself received and preached (1 Cor 15 3-4) tellling it to others in person with our mouth as he did (See Eph 6.19-20 & Col 4.3-4) we get the same results as him. He wrote, "I have begotten you through the gospel (1 Cor 4.15b)." and "It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching (the gospel, Mk 16.15) to save them that believe (1 Cor 1.21b)." The gospel that the Apostle Paul received and preached is - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4 KJV abbreviated)." Paul knew that the gospel is the God's power to save every one that believes (Rom 1.16) and so do I after preaching it for several years and getting the same results as he did, a new creature (Gal 6.15-16).

It's simple to preach the gospel after asking another if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.). Sometimes their head wrestles with their heart like the man I encountered at the toll booth but nine out of ten times their heart believes and instantly they are born of God (1 Jn 5.1).

The gospel goes to the heart (unlike man's 'plan of salvation'). We simply have to tell it to them as we go, in person with our mouth, like I did with the man in the toll booth and gymnasium.

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