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Be Like Jesus

Ephesians 4:[15] But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

 

Philippians 3: [8] Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

[9] And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

[10] That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

[11] If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

[12] Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

[13] Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

[14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

We press towards the mark, or standard, which is Jesus! We are trying to obtain the prize which is Jesus!

 

We are to be more and more like Jesus as we walk in Christ. But what does this mean? How can we be like Jesus? Surely, we don’t raise the dead or give sight to the blind? Surely we don’t walk on water or heal the lame? Let’s face it Jesus didn’t even preach the same gospel as we do seeing that His gospel was for Jews only and was done before the crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Then how are we to be like Jesus?

 

We need to be forgiving to those who do us wrong.

Luke 23: [33] And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

[34] Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

 

We need a compassionate attitude towards sinners

John 8: [1] Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

[2] And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

[3] And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

[4] They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

[5] Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

[6] This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

[7] So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

[8] And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

[9] And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

[10] When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

[11] She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

 

We need to surrender our will to the Father’s will.

Matthew 26: [37] And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

[38] Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

[39] And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

 

We need to resist temptation.

Hebrews 4: [14] Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

[15] For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

We need to develop an intolerance for hypocrisy

Matthew 23: [13] But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

[14] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

[15] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves…..

[23] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

[24] Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

[25] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

[26] Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

[27] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

[28] Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

[29] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

 

We need to love the brethren

John 13:[34] A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

[35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

We can weep with those who weep.

John 11: [32] Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

[33] When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,

[34] And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

[35] Jesus wept.

 

Prayer Why We Pray

Why does a Christian pray? Sometimes the devil and the world gets us down in the dumps and we become discouraged in the flesh. In times like these we need the grace of God even more and we need to connect with God and feel the presence of His Spirit in our hearts. God has given us the weapon of prayer to communicate with Him. I would like to look in the Scriptures and give us the reasons why we are to pray.

First of all it is a method for the Spirit to work in our lives.

Romans 8:[26] Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

 

Also, it shows our heart to God. It is how we communicate our heart to Him.

Romans 10:[1] Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

 

Also, it is how we connect with our brothers and sisters. It shows our concern for those who labor in the work of God.

Rom.15:[30] Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

It allows us to take part in the work of the Lord though the work be hundreds of miles from our physical location and prayer helps those who labor.

2Corinthians 1:[11] Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Prayer is a spiritual weapon and the war we are engaged in is a spiritual one. Our enemies are spiritual creatures.

Eph.6: [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

[12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

[13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

[14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

[15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

[16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

[17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

[18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

God communicates with us sometimes through circumstances. Most times He communicates with us through the preaching of His word. Sometimes He communicates to us through the reading and study of His word. Prayer is our means of communicating with God AND expressing our appreciation for what He has done for us and others.

It is a means to give our worries to God and receive the peace of God.

Phil.4:[6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

[7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

It is also how we acknowledge God is in control. God is our Master and He is in control. He can open doors which we cannot even begin to open. You might say you do not have an opportunity to speak to someone because of their coldness towards the things of God. If so, then take it to God and ask Him to open their heart and be watchful for the opening.

Colossians 4: [1] Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

[2] Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

[3] Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

 

It is a way to show our Christian love to the lost.

1Timothy 2: [1] I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

[2] For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

[3] For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

[4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

[5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

[6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

[7] Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

[8] I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Prayer being a spiritual act and having spiritual power has a purifying effect.

1Timothy 4: [1] Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

[2] Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

[3] Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

[4] For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

[5] For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

 

It is a means to show our forgiving spirit. People let us down sometimes and we need to let it go. We need to express our forgiveness for those brothers and sisters which fail us. It helps to cleanse us from discouragement and bitterness.

2Timothy 4: [16] At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

It shows our faith in God.

Phlm.1: [22] But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.

Paul said to get the room ready because your prayers for me to be released to you will be answered. Paul did not tell Philemon let’s wait and see what happens! He said get the room ready because I prayed for my release and it is going to happen.

Finally we pray for others because we are told to by the word of God.

1Thessalonians 5: [25] Brethren, pray for us.

Riches

2Cor.8:[9] For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Wow!! God wants you to be RICH!!! Unfortunately the human concept of riches and God’s are TOTALLY different and in many ways TOTALLY incompatible. There are many false prophets in the world who would teach people that God’s riches are the riches of the world but nothing could be further than the truth. This morning I would like to preach about the riches God has and wishes to impart to man.

Look in Ephesians chapter 3 beginning in verse one and reading to verse 12.

Eph.3:[8] Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Directing your attention to verse eight, the Apostle states his mission is to preach the riches of Christ to us Gentiles. These riches are unsearchable. You may strive all of your life to obtain the riches of God but without Christ it is impossible to attain. When the human mind thinks of riches the first thing it thinks of is physical wealth. But God is a Spirit and the things of God are spiritual. Let us look at Ephesians chapter one beginning in verse one and reading to verse seven.

 

God is rich in grace.

Eph.1:[7] In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

God is rich in GRACE! We must understand God has extended forgiveness for your sins through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and apart from His blood there is no access to this grace. Not by any works are penance can you obtain God’s grace. Only through the shed blood of Jesus. God wants to bestow His riches of grace to you. Grace is the receiving of something undeserved.

Look in Ephesians 2 verses one through 10. Let me call your attention to verse 4.

 

God is rich in mercy

Eph.2:[4] But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

God is rich in mercy.

God is rich in grace and He is rich in mercy! Grace is the receiving of something undeserved and mercy is NOT receiving something deserved. We as sinners deserve nothing from God but His wrath but God being rich in mercy has provided a way in which to not get what you deserve. He loves us and through this love He has given us the riches of His mercy through Christ.

Look in Colossians chapter one verses 25-29.

God is rich in glory.

Col.1:[27] To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Verse 27 tells us God is rich in glory and through His mercy and grace we receive the new birth. The Holy Spirit comes in the moment we accept Christ as our Savior and creates within us a new creature. It is at this moment we begin to walk with God and have obtained a hope in eternity which we never had before. It is through this new birth we begin to grow in the Lord.

Look in Colossians chapter 2 verses 1 through 3.

God is rich in understanding

Col.2:[2] That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

God is rich in understanding. When you accept Christ as Savior and the new birth occurs. You are not born with complete knowledge but are born a babe in Christ. It is through the process of spiritual growth we begin to develop an understanding in the things of God. But not to worry God is rich in understanding.

Look in Colossians 3 verses 12 through 17.

God is rich in wisdom.

Col.3:[16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

God not only wants to give us His riches in understanding but also His riches of wisdom. We obtain this through hearing and learning from His word. When we hear it and learn it then allow the Holy Spirit to APPLY it! By the application of His word we begin to show on the outside we belong to Him.

Look at Romans chapter 10 reading verses 8 through 13.

Rom.10:[12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

God does not discriminate. God will grant you His riches of grace, mercy, glory, understanding and wisdom and give to you hope in an uncertain world and in uncertain times by trusting in Jesus Christ the Lord as your personal Savior. Confess to God you are a sinner and ask for forgiveness based on the work of Jesus. Receive Him into your heart, believing God has raised Jesus from the dead so that you may have eternal life.

 

Government

Pss.9:[17] The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Romans 1: [18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

[19] Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

[20] For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

[21] Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

[22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

[23] And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

[24] Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

[25] Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

[26] For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

[27] And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

[28] And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

[29] Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

[30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

[31] Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

[32] Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

A society which forgets God is condemned. When a society refuses to acknowledge God and does everything within its power to obliterate God from its society God allows it to destroy itself.

As Christians when we read our Bible we focus on what is expected of us in the eyes of God. We consider and meditate in our role in this lost and dying world. It is also important to take note of what God is saying about the society we live amongst as well. Let us look at Romans chapter thirteen. I would not only call attention to our role in society and submission to authority but to the role of the God ordained office of authority in society. Look in Romans chapter 13:

Rom.13:[1] Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

[2] Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

God has ordained the OFFICE of authority NOT the person of authority. The office is prepared by God and given to benefit the society of mankind. God ordained these offices for certain objectives.

[3] For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

[4] For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

The function of government as ordained by God.

  • Not a terror to good works
  • A terror to evil
  • They are to have authority (power)
  • They should praise those who do good
  • They are ordained for the GOOD of those who do good
  • They are to have authority from God to punish
  • They are to use this authority to punish evil doers

[5] Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

We, as Christians, owe them our allegiance to avoid civil punishment and to present a good testimony to the lost when the office is used for the purpose as ordained by God. NOTICE the “wherefore”. If the office is properly exercised for the punishment of evil and support of the good we owe them allegiance and support.

[6] For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

[7] Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

[8] Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

“For this cause” In the pursuit of punishing evil and supporting good they have the authority to collect monies to perform these duties. We, as Christians, are duty bound to support such pursuits. We are to love those who are so ordained.

 

 

So what is a Christian to do when the government itself is full of evil doers and rather than protect the good they punish the good and promote evil?

Look at First Timothy chapter 2:

1Timothy 2:[1] I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

[2] For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

[3] For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

[4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

[5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

[6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

We as people must PRAY! Sometimes it is one of supplication. One where we ask God to supply those in authority with strength, wisdom and power. Sometimes it is one of interceding where God will work for the benefit of His people who are being oppressed by those who have abused an office. Sometimes it is one of gratefulness for those who have used the office rightly. We pray God will intervene on our behalf so that we may live safely and in the exhibition of things which are right. That we may lead others into the knowledge of the gospel.

Look at Philippians 2:

Phil.2: [14] Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

[15] That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

[16] Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

[17] Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

[18] For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

We as Christians must do everything to hold forth the gospel. It is the only hope for mankind. We are obligated to preach and manifest the gospel. If the government attempts to stifle our preaching we must hark to a higher calling. God expects us to continue holding forth the gospel.

Inclosing let us look at Acts chapter 5:

Acts.5:[29] Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

 

 

Seven Things We Preach

This morning I would like to share with you seven things we preach. Turn to Romans chapter one:

Rom.1:[15] So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

We preach the gospel, which means “good news”. The good news God loves you! The good news you don’t have to die in your sins! The good news you don’t have to go to Hell! The good news you have a Savior!  The good news you can live forever in a perfect world! A world without poverty, sickness or death!

We preach the word of faith.

Romans 10:[8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

It isn’t by being good or doing good works that you obtain salvation but by simple faith. Faith in Jesus Christ and His resurrection. It doesn’t take a denomination. It doesn’t take baptism. We preach the word of faith.

We preach Jesus Christ.

Romans 16:[25] Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

It is all about Jesus. From the beginning of creation it has always been about Jesus. We don’t preach the President. We don’t preach Joel Osteen. We don’t preach Billy Graham or John Hagee. We don’t preach Mohammad. We preach Jesus Christ.

We preach the cross and on it Christ crucified.

1Corinthians 1:[17] For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

[18] For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

[19] For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

[20] Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

[21] For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

[22] For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

[23] But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

We preach an old wooden cross. Roughly hewn and splintered and blood stained cross! A method of public shame in death. A method to dispose of criminals and murderers. A slow and torturous method of death! We preach Jesus died on a horrible death on a wooden cross willingly laying down His life for your sin.

We preach the Resurrection.

1Corinthians 15:[11] Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

[12] Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

[13] But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:

[14] And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

We preach Jesus came out of Hell! We preach that you to may live forever. We preach you too can have a Resurrected body. We preach you too can have a perfect body not subject to human frailty. We preach He died for our sins and Resurrected for our life.

 

We preach peace.

Ephesians 2: [13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

[14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

[15] Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

[16] And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

[17] And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

[18] For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

[19] Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

We no longer need to be alien to God. We no longer have to keep over 400 commands to be pleasing to the Father. We can rest from our own works and rest in the eternal security of the believer. We may now become a child of God. We may come to God dressed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

We preach the word.

2Timothy 4:[2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Our message is not some cleverly designed thoughts of man. It is the word of the Living God Creator of the universe. We do not preach my word or the words of some philosopher dead and buried but we preach the Word of God.

Pray For Our Children

I think we have all seen the news where a young person is cut down in the prime of life. No matter the type of lifestyle they might have lived you will invariably see the loved ones wailing on the news what a “good” child they had been. Hysterical in their grief. After they have passed the tears are for naught. The time for weeping to God is when they are alive. While there is still hope they might turn their hearts toward Him.

We indeed need to cry over and pray for our children. We need to be communicating with God about them. We need to be seeking His face for them. If there is still breath there is hope, but after the breath is gone there is no hope.

Look at the book of Second Samuel chapter 12:

2Sam.12 [15] And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.

[16] David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

[17] And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.

[18] And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?

[19] But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.

[20] Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

[21] Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.

[22] And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?

[23] But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

Let me ask you, when was the last time you pulled an all-nighter with God praying for your child? Weeping over your child who was out of the way? David knew as long as his child was alive there was hope with God. David also knew there was no hope apart from hope in God.

After the passing of the child David knew it was too late. David knew the time to grieve for the child was while he was yet alive. David also realized God was not to blame and after the child was dead he still worshipped God.

Let us look this morning at several things we should be praying about for our children using the Apostle Paul as our example.

In Romans chapter one we find:

Romans 10:[1] Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

We like the Apostle did for his people should be praying first and foremost for the salvation of our children. Of course, we should be living a life that leads them to the cross even before we utter a prayer for them to accept salvation.

As a parent the first need our children has is salvation. Not good grades. Not being on the dean’s list. Not having a great job. Not having good health. The first thing is to be a Christian.

 

Look in Second Corinthians chapter 13:

2Cor.13:[6] But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

[7] Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

We should be praying our children do no evil. Not because of how it looks on the family but for their own good. We should not care how it effects the “family name” but rather the important thing is our children’s walk for their own life.

 

Look at Ephesians chapter one:

Eph.1:[16] Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

We should thank God for the children He has given us to raise. We should be grateful for the opportunity to lead our children to make an impact for God on this wicked world.

 

Look in Philippians chapter one:

Phil.1:[9] And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

[10] That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

[11] Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

We need to pray that our children are loving. There are way too many cold and indifferent children being raised in this perverse world. Looking out for themselves, greedy and callous at a young age. We should want our children to be kind and caring for the world around them but not only this but to grow in knowledge and in decision making. We should want their knowledge and judgment to be made from a position of love and not just for themselves.

We pray this so they will stay out of trouble doing what is pleasing to the Lord. We pray they are filled with the fruits of the Spirit. In order to have the fruits we must first have the Spirit.

 

Look in Colossians chapter one:

Col.1: [9] For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

We should not only pray they have love and knowledge but the knowledge of the will of God in their life. We not only pray they have understanding but we pray they are filled with spiritual understanding. The Bible teaches us that man’s wisdom is foolishness with God and God’s wisdom is foolishness to man. Far more important than a college education for our children is the knowledge of God and a personal walk with our Lord.

 

Look in First Thessalonians chapter five:

1Thes.5: [23] And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We need to pray for our children inside and out, head to toe. We need to be concerned with every facet of their life. We need to pray they glorify God with everything they say and do. We need to pray they are changed from the inside out. We need to pray they continue doing right until the day they leave this world.

 

Look in Second Timothy chapter one:

2Tim.1:[3] I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

We need to be praying for our children continually. We should never stop and never give up.

 

Luke.23:[28] But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

 

 

Manifesting Faith

You say you have faith in God. I challenge you this morning, how is your faith in God manifested in your life?

In Hebrews chapter eleven we have what is commonly called the Hall of Faith. There we have listed by the Holy Spirit champions of the Old Testament faith. It shows the varied way in which these heroes showed they have faith in Almighty God. Let us look this morning and using these “witnesses” let us challenge ourselves in the way we manifest our faith in God.

Heb.11:[1] Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

[2] For by it the elders obtained a good report.

[3] Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

[4] By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Abel manifested his faith through his sacrifice. Now his was a literal sacrifice but our may be a sacrifice of praise, a sacrifice of our time, a sacrifice of our money. Surely, it must be a sacrifice of self for Christ and for others.

I cannot help but pause and think of the great sacrifices missionaries make to go to the foreign field to present the gospel to the lost.

I challenge you this morning does your sacrifices manifest your faith?

[5] By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Enoch manifested his faith in God by pleasing God. It says in Genesis he was not because he walked with God and God took him. I challenge you this morning, does your faith manifest a close walk and fellowship with God?

[6] But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

[7] By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Noah manifested his faith in his fear, work, and actions thus showing a contrast between a believer of God and those who do not. How about you this morning? Is your faith manifested by your fear, work, and actions? Is your fear, work and actions a light on the dark actions of the lost?

[8] By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

[9] By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

[10] For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Abraham manifested his faith by obedience. Stepping out on his faith. He gave up the comfort of family and home and lived as a nomad but was obedient to God.

[11] Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

[12] Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

Sara manifested her faith by trusting in God. I ask you this morning. Have you trusted God with your soul? Have you put your confidence in the shed blood of Jesus and received the promise of everlasting life?

[13] These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

[14] For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

They said it with their faith! They said it by the lives that they led. They did not cling to this world but rather sought another world. One where God dwells. This world was not their home. How about you this morning? Are you seeking a different world? Are you just passing through?

[15] And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

[16] But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

[17] By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

[18] Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

[19] Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

Abraham manifested his faith in his trial. He did not shirk or come up short. His faith was manifested in his complete trust in God. His faith was manifested by what he was willing to give up to God.

[20] By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

[21] By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

[22] By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

Isaac, Jacob and Joseph all manifested their faith by trusting God with the future. How about you this morning? Or you wringing your hands with concern for tomorrow or are you manifesting your faith by trusting God to take care of it?

[23] By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

Moses’ parents manifested their faith by the lack of fear of the world. How about you this morning? Are you manifesting your faith by your lack of fear of what the world is going to do to you?

[24] By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

[25] Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

[26] Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

[27] By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

[28] Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Moses manifested his faith through his choices. He chose God over the world.  Is your faith manifested in your choices?

[29] By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

 [30] By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

The Israelites faith was manifested by the hand of God in their lives. Do the dark and troubled times cause your faith to be manifested or does it cause you to show worry and fear?

 [31] By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

Rahab’s faith was manifested in her peace. Her faith was manifested in her love and care for the children of God. Is your faith manifested in who you care for?

[32] And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

[33] Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

[34] Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

[35] Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

[36] And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

[37] They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

[38] (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

[39] And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

[40] God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

 

These people manifested their faith in the most trying of times. They never received the good things in this life. Their faith was manifested until their death. How about you this morning? Is your faith strong enough to carry you through this life? Will you be faithful all the way to the end?

Why We Have No Peace

God wants His children to have peace. In the world we have tribulation but in Christ we should find peace. There are things which inhibit the child of God from finding His peace. This morning we will look at things that come between us and experiencing peace.

If our hearts and minds are seeking after the things of the flesh. If our focus is on earthly pleasures or on earthly gains. Always thinking about the things of this world. We will not experience the peace God wants us to experience. Romans 8:

Romans 8: [5] For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

[6] For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

 

  1. Sometimes we don’t have peace because we judge our brother.

Romans 14: [10] But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
[11] For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
[12] So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
[13] Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
[14] I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
[15] But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
[16] Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
[17] For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
[18] For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
[19] Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
[20] For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
[21] It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
[22] Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
[23] And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

To many times we become too judgmental in things which the scripture does not speak with clarity. We must never preach our own personal convictions as doctrinal truth but rather allow the scriptures to give us our doctrinal truths. Let us not impose our own personal ideas on our brothers in Christ. But rather fellowship in the truth of God’s Word. The Pauline Epistles are very clear on matters of dis-fellowship and the conditions in which to apply church discipline. On all others let us follow peace with our brothers.

 

  1. Sometimes we don’t have peace because we are experiencing doubt.

Romans 15: [13] Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Even the strongest of disciple may experience brief moments of doubt. But God wants us to put our complete trust in Him and His word. There is a definite peace for laying aside doubt and resting in the Lord and His promises.

 

  1. Sometimes we don’t have peace because we don’t know when to let things go.

1 Corinthians 7: [15] But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

God allows people and circumstance to roll through our lives. We need to learn when God closes a door it is foolhardy and detrimental to our spiritual well-being to continue kicking a door God has closed. Surely if we allow God to close a door He will open another. Too many times we, like a dog with a bone, refuse to let something go.

 

  1. Sometimes we do not have peace because we allow worry in our hearts.
  2. Sometimes we do not have peace because we refuse to give everything to God reserving some things to “work out ourselves”.
  3. Sometimes we have no peace because we have a lack of concern for others.
  4. Sometimes we do not have peace because we have an unthankful heart.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6, 7

Worries

  • Everything not just “big” things
  1. There is nothing too big for God
  2. There is nothing too small for God if it concerns His children it concerns Him
  • Lack of prayer
  1. If we are not talking with the Father we will have no peace.
  2. It takes a constant open line with Him to bring peace
  • Lack of concern for others
  1. Supplications are our prayers for others
  2. If we have no concern for our brothers and sisters why would we expect God to be concerned with our requests?
  • Lack of thankfulness
  1. When prayers are answered in the affirmative do we take time to appreciate God
  2. When prayers are not granted do we thank God for having listened?
  • Requests not demands
  1. Our prayers and supplications must be offered with the proper attitude
  2. Not offered as an expectation of a spoiled child as if we are too good to be refused
  • Open communication with the Father

 

May we find peace in this troubled world resting in God’s grace.

Rom.15: [33] Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

 

Seven Truths

SEVEN TRUTHS

I would like to share with you this morning seven truths from the Word of God. The Bible says in

 Romans 3:[4] God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

 

Truth number one: Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Matt.14:[33] Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

Born of the Spirit of God and the virgin Mary, Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. So that you and I do not have to pay the price for our sins.

Truth number two: There is only one way to be saved and meet the Father.

John.14:[6] Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

You cannot come to the Father through good works, religion, the pope or Mary but only through Jesus Christ.

Truth number three: Jesus Christ suffered, died and resurrected for our salvation.

Acts.26: [21] For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.

[22] Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:

[23] That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

[24] And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

[25] But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.

Through His suffering and death we have received payment for our sins and through His resurrection we have new birth and eternal life.

Truth number four: There is hope for those who believe in Jesus as Savior.

Col.1: [1] Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,

[2] To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

[3] We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

[4] Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

[5] For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

[6] Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

In this world there is nothing of eternal value. It is only through the shed blood of Jesus we have eternal hope.

Truth number five: God wants everyone to be saved.

1Tim.2:[4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

God’s offer of forgiveness extends from pauper to prince and to everyone in between. There is no one too evil to receive forgiveness of their sins.

Truth number six: Those who reject the truth are condemned.

2Thes.2: [7] For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

[8] And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

[9] Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

[10] And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

[11] And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

[12] That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

If you reject the offer you are condemned to a devil’s Hell. A place not designed for you but through your sins you will go there if you reject God’s love and truth.

Truth number seven: There is an eternal place of peace for those who receive the truth.

Rev.22: [1] And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

[2] In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

[3] And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

[4] And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

[5] And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

[6] And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

[7] Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

How about you this morning? Are you prepared? Have you received the truth

Gospel of Grace

Acts.13:1] Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
[2] As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
[3] And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
[4] So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

The events in this chapter occurred about the year AD 45. It is here we have the beginning of the outreach of the gospel of the grace of God being given to the Apostle Paul to the world. Let us look at the first message recorded of the gospel of grace beginning in verse 14:

[14] But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.
[15] And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.

They read to them the Word of God which they had bring the Old Testament. The only New Testament in existence at this point was the book of James, which is a continuation of the kingdom gospel and perhaps the gospel according to Matthew and the book of Hebrews. What we have here is the first recorded preaching of the gospel of grace which was given to the Apostle Paul by Jesus Christ Himself. They had preached it in the isle of Paphos but the words were not recorded. Herein lies the salvation of all mankind from the time of the Resurrection until the departing of the body of Christ.

[16] Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.

Paul addresses it to those in attendance for not only Jews resorted at the synagogue but also Gentiles who were seeking to know God. Remember the admonition in the book of Hebrews that a person must believe God is and God rewards those who diligently seek Him. Paul does not begin his message at the Crucifixion but rather in the Old Testament all the way back to the Exodus from Egypt.

[17] The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.
[18] And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.
[19] And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.
[20] And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
[21] And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
[22] And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

The Jews had just finished reading and teaching from the prophets and here Paul begins to show them the fulfillment of those very prophecies they had been teaching.

[23] Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
[24] When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

The Old Testament ended with the preaching of John the Baptist and the preaching of repenting from dead works and turning to the Messiah Jesus Christ. The Jews who received the teaching of John the Baptist did NOT receive Jesus as a dying Savior but rather as the coming King.

[25] And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.

The people who received the baptism of John must not believe in John or the baptism but in the man who came after John who is Jesus Christ. After receiving the baptism of repentance they became a people prepared for the Lord.

[26] Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
[27] For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
[28] And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.

[29] And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.

Notice the elements of the gospel: Jesus was rejected by the Jews, innocent of sin. He had no guilt of His own but was condemned to death. He died and was buried fulfilling a multitude of the scriptures which the Jews read and taught.

[30] But God raised him from the dead:
[31] And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.

Here we have the gospel in the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus our Savior.

[32] And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
[33] God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
[34] And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
[35] Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
[36] For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
[37] But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
[38] Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
[39] And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

His death and burial were GLAD TIDINGS! He now having died for our sins. But the glad tidings do not end there but continue on to His resurrection. Jesus being the Son of God raised from the death so that through His resurrection we too might receive the promise of eternal life through Him. Through His sinless life He was able to taste death for our sins having no sins of His own. He being the Lamb of God which takes away our sin. Under the law was no cleansing for sin but only a covering. Through the blood of Jesus we are indeed cleansed from our sin.

He nailed the law and our sin to His cross.

[40] Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
[41] Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
[42] And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
[43] Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

I warn you this morning not to reject the gospel I am preaching but rather receive it and embrace it for through this gospel is salvation obtained. You cannot work works to get to Heaven but only by trusting Jesus as your Savior and receiving forgiveness through Him. Jesus did all of the work for your salvation all that remains for you is to trust in it. This is indeed the grace of God, where He extends His righteousness through the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord.

[44] And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
[45] But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
[46] Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
[47] For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.
[48] And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

Please I beg you not to make the mistake of the Jews. Do not reject the gospel!!! They were satisfied with trying to work their way to Heaven and do things their way rather than God’s way. If you reject the gospel you will die in your sins and face judgment and Hell for your sins. I beg you chose LIFE!

How about you this morning? Are you prepared to receive Jesus as your Savior? Will you trust Him and Him alone for salvation? Too many people in America have become like the Jews being dulled from hearing.  We have indeed entered into the time when people have itching ears and have gathered teachers telling them what they want to hear. They no longer hear of sin and judgment, of life and death, of Heaven and Hell. The time is now short. We have fulfilled the prophet in being in a time when there has come a famine of hearing the word of the Lord. Receive Jesus before it is eternally too late.

 

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