December 7, 2018

JESUS the JUDGE: “God…commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained” (Acts 17:30-31). George Whitfield and Ben Franklin were well acquainted. Franklin printed Whitfield’s sermons and invited him to stay with him when in Philadelphia. In a letter from Whitfield to Franklin, dated 1752, the evangelist appealed to the man who had “some doubts as to [Christ’s] divinity; tho’ it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it.” Whitfield wrote: “As I find you growing more and more famous in the learned world I would recommend to your diligent and unprejudiced study the mystery of the new birth. It is a most important study, and, when mastered, will richly answer all your pains. I bid you, my friend, remember that One at whose bar we shall both presently appear hath solemnly declared that without it we shall in no wise see His Kingdom.”