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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.

 

Mind of Christ

THE MIND OF CHRIST

1Cor.2:[16] For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The Bible tells us ‘as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.’ So we as Christians are to portray Christ in our daily walk then we must “think” in our hearts as Christ does. In First Corinthians it tells us we have the mind of Christ. One of the keys of being molded by the Spirit into the image of Christ is to allow the mind of Christ to become ours and when we act we act as Christ would and not act in the flesh.
When the Bible tells us we have the mind of Christ it is a statement of fact and not something we might have or get but something we already have as a possession. It is not getting the mind of Christ but allowing it to so permeate our being it reveals in our actions and attitudes. Let us look in the Scriptures for the ways of Christ which we as Christians should manifest to those around us.

If we have the mind of Christ in control we will be better able to resist sin. Look in Hebrews:

Hebrews 2:[14] Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
[15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
[16] For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
[17] Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
[18] For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

Have no doubt in your mind, Jesus in the flesh was tempted to sin. He did not succumb to the temptation. If He had then He would have had His own sin to die for and would be an unacceptable sacrifice on the altar. He had to be pure in order to be the Perfect Lamb of God and for His blood to be effective to the saving of our souls and cleansing of our sin.
He was able to endure temptation knowing the necessity of His purity and for His great love towards us. When we grasp the importance of maintaining our purity and have the love towards others that we as Christians should, we too will be better able to resist.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.(Galatians 5:14)

We need the mind of Christ when dealing with the sins of others.

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 the mind of Christ when dealing with sinners. Too many Christians forget the life they have left behind due to the grace of God and they become hyper-critical of those who are lost. Jesus did not condemn the people at the crucifixion but rather asked the Father for forgiveness for them. We too need the mind of Christ in dealing with sinners.

We need the mind of Christ when we face our greatest challenges and fears.

John 16:[27] For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
[28] I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
[29] His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
[30] Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
[31] Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
[32] Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
[33] These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Before Jesus faced the spectacle of the trial crucifixion, death and resurrection He counted Himself as having already overcome the world! He counted Himself as having overcome knowing the great reward on the other side. Knowing He was to obtain salvation for those who put their trust in Him. This could not be done without His sacrifice. We too need to face our challenges in this life with the assurance of the eternal blessing on the other side. Knowing this life is but a temporary thing and we too will overcome it all through the grace of God. Jesus experienced the pangs of death and punishment of Hell for us so that we do not have to. We indeed are overcomers through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. What can the devil do to us? We have already died and are risen with Christ. Our salvation is certain being obtained by Jesus Christ Himself.

We need the mind of Christ in our relationship with others. In Philippians chapter two:

Phil.2:[1] If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
[2] Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
[3] Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
[4] Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
[5] Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
[6] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
[7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
[8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Clearly the greatest example of humility ever known was Jesus Christ who Himself being God came into this world and lived a life of sacrifice and humility. He could have come into this world the son of a king or a rich man but rather being born in a stable the son of a lowly carpenter. Christians need more humility today in our dealings with others both in the church and in the world. Too many self-righteous hypocrites in the world today looking upon others with disdain and having too high an opinion of themselves. As if their going to Heaven had something to do with their own piety. Let us esteem everyone better than we ourselves.
Let us live our lives in service not command of others. Always looking for the betterment and interests of those around us.

We need the mind of Christ in our sense of duty.

Matthew 26:[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.
[40] And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
[41] Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
[42] He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

We need to reach a point in our Christian walk where we no longer do our own will but always seek the will of the Father in our lives. We struggle with our will. When it is time for us to read our Bible, pray, go to church, witness to someone the old flesh rears up and says I would rather be doing something else but what do we do? If we have the mind of Christ we do what the Father wills and not what we will.

Being Filled

This morning I would like to speak to us about being full. God has given us His Holy Spirit to enable us to endure the hardships of this world and to represent Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. The first thing required in order to be filled with something new is the vessel must be empty. God cannot fill a vessel full of something else. So then the first step to being filled by God is to empty the vessel. This morning we will look at 7 things God wants to fill us with.
Let us begin in Romans chapter 15:

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.

The Christian has the promise of God that breeds an internal joy and peace untouched by physical circumstances. These promises give us hope which the world does not have. It is the hope of a future. The hope of eternity. It is the hope of rescue. It is the hope of a new body. (Too many Christians are expecting God to give them a perfect body in this life and when it does not happen they become discouraged thinking they lack faith. God has not promised us this in this life but in eternity.) It is the hope of eternal life.
We only have this hope through our belief. If we are doubting then what hope do we possess? But if we are walking in belief then we have joy and peace filling us inside out.

Look at verse 14:
[14] And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

This emptying of self and believing the promises of God which then fills us with goodness. A change in our character, perspective and outlook brings a more positive attitude. It fills us with goodness. It gives us spiritual knowledge which the world does not have whereby we are able to reprove and correct each other with mildness.

Let us look at Colossians chapter 1:
Col.1:[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:
[7] As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
[8] Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
[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;

The knowledge with which God will fill us is the knowledge of His will. This does not come by osmosis but through the preaching and study of His Word. Once we are filled with His knowledge then we obtain wisdom and understanding.
Knowledge is knowing what to do.
Wisdom is knowing how to apply knowledge.
Understanding is knowing why.

Turn to Ephesians chapter 3:

Eph.3:[14] For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
[15] Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
[16] That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
[17] That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
[18] May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
[19] And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

So then after the emptying of the vessel and the filling with joy and peace of believing, having obtained knowledge through the application of God’s Word and wisdom in the application we come to a deeper understanding of Christ’s love. With this understanding comes all that God wants us to be. A vessel fit for the Master’s use. We become like Christ and exhibit His love to those around us. What difference would it make in our lives if we loved the lost as much as God does?

Eph.5:[18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
[19] Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
[20] Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
[21] Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Once we have committed to God the control of the fleshly lusts and we allow the Holy Spirit to take total control on our innermost being we become a praising and grateful vessel. Not one looking for outward position to exercise control over others but a vessel cooperating with the body of Christ for the glory of the Father.

Turn to Philippians chapter 1:
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.

When we have allowed the fulness of God and the Holy Spirit within we begin to enjoy the fruits of the Spirit, which are: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
Being filled with these fruits from the inside out where w e then have an outward reflection of the inward change.

Finally,  let us turn to John chapter 7:
John.7:37] In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
[38] He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

What comes out of you is what is in you. This morning I ask each of us, what are we full of this morning?

Sacrifice

Matthew 4:[1] Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
[2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred……
[8] Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
[9] And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
[10] Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Jesus Christ after fasting for forty days and forty nights was offered by the devil what He had come to claim, His throne over the world. In this fleshly weakened condition He could have bypassed all of the pain He was about to endure and receive the prize with no effort. The salvation of men’s souls would have been thwarted and the plan set in motion at the beginning of creation circumvented.
How about you this morning? Whom do we serve? How do we overcome?

Through watching and prayer we too can overcome the weakness of the flesh.
Matthew 26:[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.
[40] And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
[41] Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Jesus is familiar with the weakness of the flesh even He Himself experienced it in the garden just before His betrayal by Judas and His mock trial and His crucifixion.
Believe me folks there is no other way to overcome than through watching, this is to be aware of what is going on and the traps of the devil and seeing what is behind the things going on. Being aware of consequences and motives.
If we do not have an active prayer life, as a Christian, we will fail.

Another way we as Christians overcome is by realizing the eternal rewards and glory awaiting us in Heaven.
In Hebrews chapter 12 we read:
Heb.12:[2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

We must always keep our eyes upon Jesus and the great price He paid to save us from our sins. Jesus endured because of the future joy achieved through the salvation of those who trust Him. The cross was not joy but the salvation and eternal destiny of man was!
We too must endure many things but the joy of eternity far out weighs the part we must endure.

Look in Hebrews chapter 2:
Heb.2[9] But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
[10] For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
[11] For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
[12] Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
[13] And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
[14] Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
[15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
[16] For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
[17] Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
[18] For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

We can endure when we fully realize that this life is not all there is. We are working to a place beyond this life. A life after death. Death is not an end but rather a beginning of glory.
We can endure by leaning upon Jesus Who Himself suffered all of the trials and afflictions we too experience in our life.

Let us look at the Apostle Paul. In Second Corinthians we find:
2Cor.11:23] Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
[24] Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
[25] Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
[26] In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
[27] In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
[28] Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
[29] Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
[30] If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
[31] The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
[32] In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:
[33] And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

2Cor.12:[1] It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
[2] I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
[3] And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
[4] How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
[5] Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
[6] For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
[7] And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
[8] For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
[9] And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
[10] Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Our glory is not in the flesh but rather in the work of the Spirit. We can endure when we realize our life is not about the physical pleasures of this world but rather the glory of God Himself. God has extended His grace toward us in the forgiveness of our sins through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. He has given us the promise of eternal life through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We endure through the strength of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Look in Philippians chapter 1:
Phil.1:[23] For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
[24] Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
[25] And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
[26] That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

Paul began to want to get out of here. He was anxious to experience the glory of Heaven and get out of this sin sick world. How about you? Ever feel this way? I know I have. But the Apostle Paul realized it isn’t about what we want it is about what God needs from us. Paul realized the Philippians needed him. Rather than get his glory immediately he was aware the body still needed him. God still had a purpose for him. We as Christians must be mindful as long as we are here God has a reason for it. We may endure when we put the needs of others before our own desires. We must realize there are others who watch us and depend on us.

Look at Romans chapter 12:
Rom.12:[1] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
[2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Let us give ourselves to God. All of ourselves. Let us change the way we think with the mind of the flesh and let our thoughts and outlooks be one with God.

Let us look one last time at the Savior. In Isaiah chapter 53:
Isa.53:[1] Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
[2] For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
[3] He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
[4] Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
[5] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
[6] All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
[7] He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
[8] He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
[9] And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
[10] Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
[11] He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
[12] Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Yes indeed Jesus is well acquainted with our grief but endured the cross and shame that you and I might become children of God. May we allow our lives to be a sacrifice for the cause of Jesus Christ.

Redeeming the Time

Pss.90:[1] LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
[2] Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
[3] Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

For those out of the way God uses the circumstances of our lives to turn us toward Him.
For a Christian, God uses the circumstances in our lives to mold us into the image of Christ.

[4] For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
[5] Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
[6] In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
[7] For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.

How many people are born, live and die in a thousand years? It is but one day to the Lord or just a few hours.
We are born, we live, we die and go to meet God.
All but a moment in the great span of time.

[8] Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

The only sin not seen by God are those which have been put under the blood of Jesus Christ.
Someday when you meet God you will give an answer dor those sins you have committed that are not put under the blood of Jesus Christ.

[9] For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
[10] The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

What kind of tale has your life told?

[11] Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
[12] So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Indeed we number our days. We have nanoseconds, microseconds, seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades and centuries. Every man rich or poor, beggar or billionaire have 24 hours in a day.
It isn’t the time in your life but the life in your time. It is what you put into the hours which tells the tale of your life.

[13] Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
[14] O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
[15] Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
[16] Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
[17] And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

The times that count are those in which were dedicate to God. Those times when you made a difference for the cause of Jesus Christ.

Turn to Ephesians chapter five where we read:
Eph. 5.[14] Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
[15] See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
[16] Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

We are to walk with watchfulness for danger being considerate of the way we are going.

To redeem time, is to use more diligence in the improvement of it; to be diligent and active in duty and preparation.
If you are a Christian you are going to a wonderful place prepared for you by Jesus Himself. If you are not a Christian you are going to some place also but it wasn’t prepared for you it was prepared for the Devil and his angels and is called Hell.
We as Christians should always be cognizant of the fact we are going somewhere and act like it. Make every day count for Jesus.
We are to redeem our time.

How do we redeem the time you may ask. Turn to Colossians chapter four.:

Col.4:[5] Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
[6] Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

We as Christians are to walk in wisdom. Not the wisdom which man gives but the wisdom of God. Knowing and sharing the gospel of the grace of God. Let our speech and our walk reflect the love of God manifested towards mankind.

Time is fleeting. Turn to Romans thirteen:
Rom.13:[11] And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Every day we live we are one day closer to eternity. Think about that for a moment. We should live our lives accordingly. Time is moving quickly and the world gets more wicked every day. Every breath we take is one breath closer to eternity and meeting God.

Time is short. Turn to First Corinthians chapter seven:
1Cor.7
[29] But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
[30] And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
[31] And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

We sometimes live and walk as if this life is all there is. But it isn’t. Eternity waits for every man and this life is nothing more than a preparation for eternity. In this life the decision is made as to where we all will spend eternity.

Time is now. Turn to Second Corinthians chapter six:
2Cor.6:[2] (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

If you are not a Christian this morning and the Holy Spirit has stirred your heart and conscious as to the tale you are telling, I urge you to give your heart to Jesus. Confess your sins to God and turn from the path you are treading and go the right way. Give your life to Jesus this morning.
If you are a Christian this morning, I encourage you to refresh your commitment to the Lord and make each moment count.

 

Righteousness of God

Romans 1:[16] For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
[17] For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

The righteousness of God is revealed by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. The Old Testament teaches us that sin carries a wage or penalty and the New Testament teaches us Jesus, Who had no sin, paid the price for everyone’s sin thereby, revealing to us the righteousness of God. Because God is righteous there has to be a payment for sin so He provided a payment through the perfect life and sinless death of Jesus. Through the shedding of the innocent blood of our Savior the debt our sin created was met.

Turn to Romans chapter three where we find:
Rom.3:[22] Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
[23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
[24] Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
[25] Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
[26] To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

This righteousness is available to ALL men but ONLY those who put their faith in it receive it! To be born again one must put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. The payment is of no effect for those who refuse to believe.

Turn to Romans chapter five:
Rom.5:[18] Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
[19] For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
[20] Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
[21] That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

It is through the righteousness of Jesus Christ and His sinless life we obtain justification. Through His death and Resurrection we who put our faith in Him receive life eternal instead of death.

In Second Corinthians five we find:
2Cor.5:20] Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
[21] For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

We who have put our faith in Him are now representatives to a lost and dying world to show them the power and love of God through our lives.

Let’s turn to the book of Philippians chapter three:
Phil.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:

It does not matter how moral a life a man might live he still has sinned. We have no righteousness of our own merit because we have violated the law of God. It is through faith in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ that God gives me His righteousness. When I allow the Holy Spirit to control my thoughts, words and deeds it is then I may show His righteousness to those around me.

Turn to Romans chapter ten:
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.
[13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

This righteousness is for everyone but ONLY for those who call upon Him. How about you this morning? Are you counting on your own works to save you? Are you counting the fact you go to church to save you? Are you counting on the fact your parents were Christians?
The only way to receive the righteousness God has provided is by calling on Him and placing your faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and believing in the Resurrection.

Resurrection not Vanity

Let me begin by giving us three of the definitions for vain.
Vain: Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance.
Fruitless; ineffectual.
False; deceitful; not genuine; spurious.

1 Corinthians 15:[1] Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
[2] By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
(False; deceitful; not genuine, spurious)
There salvation is not based on not forgetting but on whether or not they truly believed or were pretending to have believed. The only person who knows whether or not they are a Christian is the person themselves. Being a Christian is a personal decision and based on the internal workings of the heart. It is based on the acceptance and belief of the gospel of the grace of God.
If there is no Resurrection then our belief is vain.

[3] For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
[4] And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
[5] And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
[6] After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
[7] After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
[8] And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

The gospel remains unchanged! The gospel of the grace of God given to the Apostle Paul and through him given to the church has remained unchanged for almost 2,000 years and is still being preached to the saving of men’s souls.

[9] For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
[10] But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain;
but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
(Fruitless; ineffectual)
[11] Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

Jesus Himself said the greatest Apostle would be the least and indeed the Apostle Paul was the last one to have a personal and physical encounter with the Resurrected Savior. Indeed he was the greatest. The grace of God was not fruitless or ineffectual in the Apostle Paul but the very basis of our knowledge of doctrine and the will of God in the everyday life of a Christian come through the Apostle Paul. The person who preached the gospel to you did not save you, it is the belief of the gospel that saves the soul.
If there is no Resurrection then our work is vain.

[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.

(empty; worthless; having no substance, value, or importance)
If there is no resurrection then what in the world are we believing in? Why would it matter? If when we die that is all there is it would not matter what we did or did not do in this life. If your Savior is dead then you have no Savior. What you have is a false religion. I can take you to where the body of Mohammed deteriorated and lays but not so with Jesus. His body was gone! He is alive today and currently sits at the right hand of the Father. His resurrection proves that God will raise the dead and we will have a life after this one.
If there is no Resurrection then our religion is vain.

[15] Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
[16] For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
[17] And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

(empty; worthless; having no substance, value, or importance)
Christ is at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. If He did not rise then we have no intercessor. If we have no intercessor then we still have our sins.
If there is no Resurrection then our religion is vain.

[18] Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
[19] If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

If we have our sins then we have no hope.
If there is no Resurrection then our hope is vain.

[20] But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
[21] For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
[22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
[23] But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
[24] Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
[25] For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
[26] The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
[27] For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
[28] And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Not only has Christ risen but because He is risen so shall we also be risen. Because He is risen He shall also rule. Because He is risen He is able to destroy Death. Because He is risen He can overcome all enemies.

[29] Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?

If Jesus is dead then we are baptized for the dead.
If there is no Resurrection then our ordinances are vain.

[30] And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?
[31] I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
[32] If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

If there is no Resurrection then our very life is in vain.

[33] Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
[34] Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
[35] But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
[36] Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
[37] And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
[38] But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
[39] All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
[40] There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
[41] There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
[42] So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
[43] It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
[44] It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
[45] And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
[46] Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
[47] The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
[48] As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
[49] And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
[50] Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
[51] Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
[52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
[53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
[54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
[55] O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
[56] The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
[57] But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
[58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

But Praise God there is a Resurrection!!!! Our belief is not vain! Our work is not vain! Our religion is not vain! Our hope is not vain! Our ordinances are not vain! Our life is not vain!

 

Why Did Jesus Die?

This morning let us look at the why Jesus died.

Of course the foremost and most addressed is the certainty that Jesus died for our sins. If not for the shed blood of Jesus the debt I owed for my sins would not have been met and I would have to pay for them through everlasting destruction. But I do not have to pay for the payment has been met.

1Cororinthians 15:[3] For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

The second reason Jesus died is that I might not only have payment for my sins and not receive the punishment I so richly deserve but that I might receive eternal life. I no longer am worried about everlasting death because Jesus death has provided me with the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:[7] That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Not only did He die to pay for my sins and that I might have eternal life but through His death He now makes continuous intercession for me. He is my advocate with the Father everyday.

Romans 8:[34] Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Not only did He die for my sins giving me eternal life and now makes intercession for me to the Father but He provided that I can have eternal fellowship with Him. Notice in the verse He lives with us not only in eternity but in the here and now.

1Thessalonians 5:[10] Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

Not only did He die for my sin, give me eternal life, make intercession for me and provide for eternal fellowship with Him, He also died so that He may be the Lord of my life. He paid for me and I now belong to Him. I am the possession of Jesus Christ. He indeed died that He might be our Lord.

Romans 14:[9] For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

Not only has He died for my sins, given me eternal life, makes intercession for me, walks with me and is my Lord but He died for me that I should live for Him.

2Corinthians 5:[14] For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
[15] And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

How about you this morning? Have you accepted the gift of God’s love? Have you received the forgiveness? The eternal life? The intercession? The fellowship? The Lord as your personal Lord?
If you have are you living for Him?
Finally, do others see Jesus in us? He died so that others might see Him in us.

Galatians 2:[19] For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
[20] I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
[21] I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

 

 

Through the Blood

There were many methods of death in Bible times. There was beheading, stoning or hanging. But Jesus was put to death by means of a cross.
A crucifixion was meant to be a slow and torturous death. It was more a means of torture rather than death.
It was through this horrendous method of death Jesus died for our sins.

John 12:[32] And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
[33] This he said, signifying what death he should die.

He must needs be crucified to endure the most suffering, to shed the most blood, to take the most time.
And while on this horrible cross Jesus bled from five points of His body. His back, head from the crown of thorns, His hands from the nails and His feet.

Jesus blood was shed for one reason and that is to pay for sins.

Matthew 26:[28] For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Jesus had no sins of His own and when He shed His blood it was shed for the sins of mankind.
Judas himself had declared Jesus was indeed an innocent man.

Matthew 27:[4] Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
[5] And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
[6] And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
[7] And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
[8] Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

After being tortured and beaten and bleeding for several hours the final shedding of blood occurred.

John.19:29] Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
[30] When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
[31] The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
[32] Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
[33] But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
[34] But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
[35] And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
[36] For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
[37] And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

 

Through the blood which Jesus shed you were bought from the devil. You no longer are your own but have been bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Acts.20:[28] Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

It is through His blood His righteousness is attributed to us for our sins.

Romans 3:25] Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

It is through His blood we have become justified and saved from the wrath to come.

Romans 5:[9] Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

It is through His blood we have been forgiven and the price paid for our sins.

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

It is through His blood we have become children of God.

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

It is through His blood we have attained peace with God.

Colossians 1:20] And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

How about you this morning? Has the blood of Jesus been applied to you? Have you received the redemption? The forgiveness? The peace?
Have you asked for forgiveness of your sins and surrendered your heart to Jesus?

 

The Light

John 12:[34] The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?
[35] Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

How about you this morning? Do you know where you are going? You say “Pastor I don’t know. I hope I am going to Heaven. Or you might say I am not sure there is a Heaven. Or you might say no one knows where they are going until they die.”
Let me ask you this morning. Have you ever gotten in your car and said I don’t know where I am going? Or you get in the car and say I hope I am going to the store but I am not sure.
The most important decision you can make is where you will spend eternity. All other decisions pale in comparison to that one.
Jesus came to provide the way to eternal life. He has shed the light on your spiritual darkness so you may know. The problem is the Bible says that man loved darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil.
Again I ask you this morning, how about you? Do you know where you are going or are you walking in darkness?

[36] While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
[37] But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
[38] That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
[39] Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
[40] He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
[41] These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

Folks there is coming a day, and I believe it is very soon, when Jesus will be hid. He will be hid away with His bride and those who have rejected Him will be immersed in a darkness the likes of which mankind has never seen. The darkness of the Inquisition and the darkness of Nazi Germany is nothing compared to the darkness which will engulf this world under the hands of the anti-Christ.

[42] Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
[43] For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

How about you this morning. What keeps you in the darkness? Are you afraid of what your friends will say? Your boss? Your family? Whose praise and approval means more to you than God’s?

[44] Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
[45] And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
[46] I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Receiving Jesus is receiving God into your heart. You become a son of God. The Bible says even those who believe on Jesus’ name have been given the power to become the sons of God. He has come to dispel the darkness of sin and the darkness of doubt. He has come so you no longer need walk in darkness not knowing where you are going. But rather you can walk in confidence and without fear knowing you have a place in eternity prepared for you by Jesus Himself.

[47] And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
[48] He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
[49] For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
[50] And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

I do not judge you this morning folks. Jesus says even He did not come to judge the world but rather to save the world. There is coming a day of judgment folks. If you reject Jesus you are rejecting life itself and are condemned to spend eternity in a place created for the punishment of fallen angels. You were not meant for it but by your sin and rejection of the provision of God you will. You may chose eternal death or eternal life. You can chose light or you may chose darkness.

The word of God for Adam was don’t eat of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. He rejected that word and ate.
The word of God for the people of Noah’s day was to get on a boat because He was going to destroy the world and start over. They rejected the word.
The word of God for the Jews was to abide under the law and await the Messiah. They rejected the word.
The word of God for you today is to confess you are a sinner and believe Jesus died for your sins and was resurrected that you might have life. Ask God to forgive your sins and ask Jesus to come into your heart. You may reject these words and spend eternity in the lake of fire or you may accept and live.

Revelation 20:[11] And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
[12] And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
[13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
[14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
[15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Every person born upon this earth who rejected the word of God will appear before this throne. Their works will be judged according to the books. You say what books? Right here, sixty-six of them the BIBLE. Your works will be stacked up against the word of God given to you. Ultimately your appearance in the Book of Life determines your eternal destiny.
You say how do I get my name in the book of life?

Romans 10:[5] For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
[6] But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
[7] Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
[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;
[9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
[11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
[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.
[13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Jesus died for your sins so that you do not have to. Why would you chose death over life? Do you prefer the praise of men more than the praise of God? I beg you this morning to confess you are a sinner and ask Jesus to come into your heart. He will write your name in the book of life with His blood this morning. Only trust Him.

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