The Key to Reaching the Lost
Have you ever thought, "There
must be a key to reaching the lost"? There is—and
it’s rusty through lack of use. The Bible does
actually all it "the key," and its purpose
is to bring us to Christ, to unlock the Door of the
Savior (John 10:9). Much of the Church still doesn’t
even know it exists. Not only is it biblical, but it
can be shown through history that the Church used it
to unlock the doors of revival. The problem is that
it was lost around the turn of the twentieth century.
Keys have a way of getting lost.
Jesus used it. So did Paul
(Romans 3:19,20), Timothy (1 Timothy 1:8–11),
and James (James 2:10). Stephen used it when he preached
(Acts 7:53). Peter found that it had been used to open
the door to release 3,000 imprisoned souls on the Day
of Pentecost. Jesus said that the lawyers had "taken
away" the key, and even refused to use it to let
people enter into the kingdom of God. The Pharisees
didn’t take it away. Instead, they bent it out
of shape so that it wouldn’t do its work (Mark
7:8). Jesus returned it to its true shape, just as the
Scriptures prophesied that He would do (Isaiah 42:21).
Satan has tried to prejudice the modern Church against
the key. He has maligned it, misused it, twisted it,
and, of course, hidden it—he hates it because
of what it does. Perhaps you are wondering what this
key is. I will tell you. All I ask is that you set aside
your traditions and prejudices and look at what God’s
Word says on the subject.
In Acts 28:23 the Bible
tells us that Paul sought to persuade his hearers "concerning
Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the
prophets." Here we have two effective means of
persuading the unsaved "concerning Jesus."
Let’s first look at how the prophets can help
persuade sinners concerning Jesus.
Fulfilled prophecy proves
the inspiration of Scripture. The predictions of the
prophets present a powerful case for the inspiration
of the Bible. Any skeptic who reads the prophetic words
of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Joel, etc., or the words of Jesus
in Matthew 24 cannot but be challenged that this is
no ordinary book.
The other means by which
Paul persuaded sinners concerning Jesus was "out
of the law of Moses." The Bible tells us that the
Law of Moses is good if it is used lawfully (1 Timothy
1:8). It was given by God as a "schoolmaster"
to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24). Paul wrote that
he "had not known sin, but by the law" (Romans
7:7). The Law of God (the Ten commandments) is evidently
the "key of knowledge" Jesus spoke of in Luke
11:52. He was speaking to "lawyers"—those
who should have been teaching God’s Law so that
sinners would receive the "knowledge of sin,"
and thus recognize their need of the Savior.
Prophecy speaks to the intellect
of the sinner, while the Law speaks to his conscience.
One produces faith in the Word of God; the other brings
knowledge of sin in the heart of the sinner. The Law
is the God-given "key" to unlock the Door
of salvation. See Matthew 19:17–22 footnote and
Romans 3:19,20. "I do not believe that any man
can preach the gospel who does not preach the Law. The
Law is the needle, and you cannot draw the silken thread
of the gospel through a man’s heart unless you
first send the needle of the Law to make way for it."