Vol.IX No.IV Pg.5
June 1972

What Shall We Do?

Robert F. Turner

The New Testament consists of 27 Books, as can be determined by a glance at the index. A casual reading of the first three will reveal that they are biographical, telling the life of Christ; and the fourth, also covering His personal ministry, puts emphasis upon His deity. (See Jn. 20:30-31) It doesnt take a genius to understand this — it just requires ordinary intelligent reading.

The fifth book is a history of the early church—or, if you prefer, an account of what happened following the resurrection and ascension of the Lord. It tells how his followers took His message to the world, convinced people of His resurrection, and converted them to Christ. This book is often called the Book of Conversion and is a fine reference for learning what one must do today in order to be a true follower of Christ.

The books following Acts are addressed to Christians. They contain much helpful and needful information concerning Gods plan of salvation, but are best understood if read from a Christians viewpoint. They back­up information one may learn from the first five books.

Now, assuming that you believe the Bible to be the word of God, and that you would like to be a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, does it not follow that you should read what the Lord asked His disciples to preach in all the world; and then read what was preached, believed and obeyed by the disciples of the first century? Is not this the logical, sensible way to know Christs will, and do it?

At the close of Matthews record (28:19-20) he says Christ commanded: Go ye therefore, and teach all na­tions, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:... Marks record has it: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (16:15-16) Luke says, that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (24:47) (Be sure to read the complete record in each case.)

After the ascension, when the disciples had tarried, and received the Holy Ghost, they spake as the Spirit rave them utterance. (Acts 2:4) When a multitude gathered, and had heard the message concerning Christs resurrection, etc., they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (2:37-f)

Verse 41 reads, Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (Please, read the whole text)

Can you honestly say that you do not now know what to do to become a follower of Jesus Christ?