Ireland has been away from the Truth for too long!
There was a man, named Patrick. Not in a galaxy, far,
far away, but in a time, not so much different than today. A rebel, a slave, a
sinner – turned preacher of the Gospel to a people who were, just like him,
sinners, in need of the Saviour. What happened? And why did it so affect
Ireland, and Europe?
Because of St.
Patrick, Ireland became known as "the land of saints and scholars." It
became a thriving centre of Bible Christianity, a light to all of Europe where
multitudes came from far away lands to learn the Word of God - the Bible.
Who was St. Patrick?
389 - 465) was the son of a church minister and his grandfather also was a
pastor. He was born in Scotland near a village called Bannavem Tabernia, which
is now called Dumbarton.
he was sixteen years old, he was carried away from Scotland to Belfast by a band
of marauding Picts (or Celts). For six years as a slave, he was forced to
shepherd sheep on hillsides. It was on these lonely hillsides that he remembered
what his daddy had taught him from the Bible about Jesus, and finally turned to
God. As a slave he repented of his sinful life and called upon the Lord Jesus
Christ to save him. In his Confession he wrote,
“At 16 ... in a strange land the Lord opened my unbelieving eyes and I
It was in
Ireland Patrick surrendered to Jesus and was saved from his deserving punishment
of hell, and received eternal life all because of Christ whom he now dearly
from Ireland, and arriving back home in Scotland, the love Patrick had for
Christ burdened his heart to return to his enemies to tell them with such zeal
that they must be saved also.
laboured in Ireland for about fifty three years turning thousands from their
pagan religion, which was predominantly druidism, to Christ. He speaks of
baptising thousands of converts and is credited for starting hundreds of local
churches where the Bible was preached.
reason for coming to Ireland was to preach the Gospel to its lost people.
testify in truth and in joy of heart before God and His holy angels that I never
had any reason except the Gospel and its promises why I should ever return to
the people from whom once before I barely escaped."
So, What’s This About Sin?
Why did Patrick
call himself “a sinner” instead of a saint? Why was Ireland considered
In both his
letters Patrick begins with the words,
"I am Patrick, a sinner, most
He said this
because, with a humble heart, he knew the Lord Jesus had only come to save
sinners. He, like the apostle Paul realised it was for them, as
sinners, that Christ died that awful death on the cross. “Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” 1
Timothy 1:15. Any other self-assessment was a slap in the face of God.
Over, and over
again, the Scriptures emphasise,
came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” Luke
she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall
save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”
This is the
gospel of Salvation for sinners, and it is obtained only from surrender to Jesus
Patrick came from a Christian family, he was not a Christian until the day, on
some hillside, that he repented of his sinfulness, and cried out for mercy from
the Saviour, as he says in his letter;
"And there the Lord opened the sense of my
unbelief that I might at last remember my sins and be converted with all my
heart to the Lord my God".
realised he was a sinner, and knew full well the punishment on sin, which is
eternal hell fire, He sought complete forgiveness from Christ!
Like Patrick we
are all sinners without exception before a holy and righteous God, and we must
repent of our sinful lives, and by faith call upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save
God has put a
punishment on sin, which is death and hell. But the good news is that Jesus
Christ has paid the full price by taking the full punishment for our sin on the
cross 2,000 years ago. Now as a lost sinner, if you will repent with all your
heart and cry out to Him to save you, He will.
Here's the Bottom Line
As a sinner,
you will face the wrath of your Creator unless someone perfect, and sinless
takes your place. The only person did take your place was Jesus, the Son of God! You cannot pay for your sins yourself - that
is why Christ had to die for you!
Gods Plan of Salvation
1. You must Repent. That means hate your sins - all of
them, and agree with God you deserve hell. “God
… commandeth all men every where to repent” Acts 17:30.
Hate not only your sins, but also your goodness, and good works, because you can
never be good enough to earn God’s perfect GIFT of heaven. It has to be free!
2. You must
believe Jesus Christ is all you need to be saved from hell. Jesus said, “I
am the way… no man cometh unto the father,
but by me” John 14:6. You can’t get to God through your
church, your priest, or good works.
3. You then can FREELY accept the gift of
eternal life comes only from Jesus Himself. "The gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus
Christ our Lord" Romans 6:23. Jesus died to give you the
forgiveness of your sins. Talk to Him in prayer right now, and accept the
forgiveness that He offers you for ALL your sins. "The
blood of Jesus Christ God's Son cleanseth us from all sin"
1 John 1:7. Jesus alone is
your ticket home to heaven!
Cry out to
God right now. Ask Him to have mercy on you, and save your soul.
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"
Romans 10:13. It is that simple! Don't be so proud you would miss this
opportunity. Hell is full of good people who were too proud to do what needed to
be done, right away!