Chapter XII A Visit With The Doctor

October 11, 2016

Chapter XII

A Visit With The Doctor

Paul and Mary were sitting in their front yard one evening drinking Mate. [That is an Argentine tea that nearly everyone drinks in Argentina. It is most often put in a hallowed out gourd. They drink it through a metal tube that has a filter on the end of it.] While they were sitting there Dr. Alvarez stopped in front of their house. Paul went to the gate to welcome him in. Mary brought another chair out of the house for him.

They talked at first about the events of the day. Then the doctor asked Paul if he understood what it meant to be saved. “Well,” Paul said, “I have heard you mention it a number of times in your Bible studies, but I can’t say I understand much of what is meant by it.” Then Dr. Alvarez explained to him that Christ came to this world and gave his life to rescue sinners from the judgment of God that is upon them because of their sins. He pulled a New Testament out of his pocket and opened it to Romans 3:23. he said “Let me read what it says here in Romans 3:23. It says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” “That means that all are sinners.” Then he read Romans 6:23. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” “That says we all deserve to die, but God wants to give us the gift of eternal life.” Then he flipped a few pages ahead and read I Timothy 1:15. “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” “That plainly says that Christ came into this world to save sinners.”

Dr. Alvarez asked Paul if he realized that he was a sinner. “Well,” Paul said, “I have made some bad mistakes. I don’t know if that makes me a sinner.” the doctor opened his New Testament again to Romans 3:23 and read it again. “Here it says that all have sinned. That must include you too, don’t you think?” Paul said “It appears that way.”

To be saved,” Dr. Alvarez said, “we need to repent. That means we need to face the fact that we are sinners. The truth is that God has abundant reason for condemning us to eternal punishment. Jesus said, in Matthew 9:13, that he didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. You can both be saved when you repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you and make you a child of his.”

Then he asked Paul if he was reading the Bible. Paul said “Yes.” The the doctor said “I have something in my car I want to give you.” he went to his car and came back with two little Bible study booklets. He said “I would like for both of you to study these booklets and answer the questions. It will help you to understand what you need to do to be saved. If you have them finished you can bring them to me when you come on Sunday.”

Dr. Alvarez drank one more mate with them and said he had to go because he had some thing to do at home. Mary went in the house and brought out the New Testament. She said, “I’ll look up and read the verses in the booklet and you can answer the questions.” Paul pulled a carpenter’s pencil out of his pocket. Mary said, “No dear, don’t right in the booklet with that.” She went back in the house and came back out with a ball point pen.

The first question was, “Who is Christ?” The Bible verse was John 4:42. Mary read the verse twice. Paul said “It says he is the Savior of the world.” Mary said “That’s right.” The second question was “What did Christ come to do when he came into this world?” The Bible verse was Luke 19:10. Mary read the verse and Paul wrote “To seek and to save that which was lost.” They continue with the study, but soon it got too dark for them to read.

Just then Priscilla and Charlie came back from the store. Their mother had sent them to buy macaroni that she planned to fix for their evening meal. They all went inside and Mary put water on the stove to heat. With that we are going to leave the Parks family for now. In our next chapter we will learn more about them.

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