“He That Wins Souls Is Wise (Part 2)”
He That Wins Souls
Is Wise (Part 2)
By inspiration, Solomon wrote, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise” (Prov. 11:30).
It Is Wise To Win Souls Because Satan Opposes Such
The Bible makes clear that Satan is our adversary (1 Pet. 5:8). Every day, he seeks to defeat us and to enslave us. As soldiers of Christ, we are to be actively resisting him (Eph. 6:10-17). In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus made clear that Satan opposes efforts to sow the seed into the hearts of men (Mt. 13:19). In like manner, the great missionary Paul made clear that Satan hindered his work (1 Thess. 2:18). Satan opposes our efforts because he doesn’t want anyone to be delivered from his kingdom and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son (Col. 1:13-14).
It Is Wise To Win Souls Because The Early Church Practiced Such
Isaiah prophesied the evangelistic nature of the church that God would establish in Jerusalem (Isa. 2:2-3). As you know, such was the case from the very beginning (Acts 1:8; 20:20). In fact, the church was evangelistic even in times of great persecution (Acts 8:3-4). Paul encouraged the Colossian Christians to “walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time” (Col. 4:5). It is interesting that the word “winneth” in our starting text (Prov. 11:30) means to “catch.” As you recall, when Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, and John to be His disciples, He promised to make them fishers or catchers of men (Mt. 4:18-20). Sadly, it has been far too long since some of us have been fishing.
It Is Wise To Win Souls Because Heaven Rewards Such
In our starting text for this study (Prov. 11:30), Solomon declared that the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life (Prov. 11:30). The word “fruit” means “reward.” Doing what is right, winning souls, has rewards now and eternally (Rev. 2:7, 10; 22:14). Daniel declared, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Dan. 12:3).
It Is Wise To Win Souls Because Hell Necessitates Such
Those who are not won for Christ will one day be punished with “flaming fire” and “everlasting destruction” (2 Thess. 1:8-9). Knowing the “terror of the Lord” we should be busy trying to persuade men (2 Cor. 5:11; Acts 24:25; 26:28; Heb. 10:31).
In the two installments of this study, we have noticed seven reasons why it is wise to win souls. Based on what we have learned in this lesson, those who aren’t involved in the work of winning souls will have no excuse on the Judgment Day.