THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 1-11-15

LESSON TITLE: “GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH!”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT! WHO IS YOUR SHEPHERD ON THIS WONDROUS LORD’S DAY? WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT IT IS GOD AND THAT YOU’VE JOINED US TODAY AS HIS CHILD - TO WORSHIP BEFORE HIS THRONE.

AS FOLLOWERS OF GOD, HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THIS TO PRAISE OUR GOD AND TO DO THOSE THINGS ACCORDING TO THAT WHICH HE HAS ASKED OF US THROUGH HIS WILL. ARE YOU WILLING TO DO YOUR PART THIS MORNING TO MAKE THIS TIME SUCCESSFUL IN THE SERVICE OF GOD? NOW, AS WE BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND FOR THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE - THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. AND WE THANK YOU FOR THIS NEW YEAR AND THOSE THINGS WHICH STAND BEFORE US NOW THAT WE MIGHT SERVE YOU EVERY DAY AND DO THAT WHICH IS ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT. AND IN THE END FATHER, GIVE US THAT REWARD - THAT MANSION THAT HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR THE FAITHFUL. IN AND THROUGH JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

SOMEDAY THE FAITHFUL WILL RECEIVE THE ULTIMATE REWARD FROM GOD. THE BIBLE REFERS TO THE REWARD OF HEAVEN IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. SO WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING A SONG THAT TELLS US WHAT AWAITS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD’S APPEARING, THE NAME OF THE SONG “WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

ONE ENCOURAGING THING ABOUT FOLLOWING GOD IS TO KNOW THAT MANY THINGS WE DO FOR HIM AND OTHERS BEAR DIRECT REWARDS. BY THIS I MEAN THAT IF WE OBEY GOD’S WILL, HE HAS PROMISED TO REACT IN A SPECIFIC WAY, IN ORDER THAT WE MAY BE BLESSED IN HIS SERVICE!

ONE SUCH VERSE THAT REMINDED ME OF ALL OF THIS IS FOUND IN PSALMS 41:1. THERE DAVID BEGINS BY SAYING, “BLESSED IS HE WHO CONSIDERS THE POOR…. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME WE HAVE DONE SOMETHING TO HELP THOSE WHO HAVE LESS? WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME WE WENT OUT OF OUR WAY TO DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR SOMEONE ELSE WHO HAS A NEED. GOD’S SAYS, “HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO CONSIDER THE POOR!”

BUT NOW WE WILL ASK WHY? WELL, NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT IS WHAT GOD COMMANDS, BUT DAVID GOES ON TO SAY THAT THOSE WHO OBEY GOD’S WILL, SHALL REAP DIRECT REWARDS FOR THEIR OBEDIENCE. IN THE SAME VERSE HE GOES ON TO SAY, “THE LORD WILL DELIVER HIM IN TIME OF TROUBLE.” WOW, GOD IS GOING TO DELIVER THOSE FROM TROUBLE WHO HAVE OBEYED HIS PRECEPTS! HOWEVER, DAVID DOESN’T STOP THERE, IN VERSE 2 HE ADDS, “THE LORD WILL PRESERVE HIM AND KEEP HIM ALIVE, AND HE WILL BE BLESSED ON THE EARTH; YOU WILL NOT DELIVER HIM TO THE WILL OF HIS ENEMIES. AND VERSE THREE CONCLUDES, “THE LORD WILL STRENGTHEN HIM ON HIS BED OF ILLNESS….” BRETHREN NOTICE WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OTHERS TO BE OBEDIENT SERVANTS OF GOD. BUT FUTHERMORE, NOTICE WHAT WE RECEIVE - WHEN WE PROVE OURSELVES TO BE FAITHFUL TO ALL THAT GOD ASKS. JUST HOW WELL ARE YOU OBEYING THE COMMANDS OF GOD? ARE YOU SEEING THE REWARDS FROM GOD IN YOUR LIFE, BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITHFULNESS? IF NOT, BEGIN SERVING HIM TODAY SO THAT YOU WILL TRULY BE HAPPY IN THOSE THINGS YOU DO THROUGH HIS PRECIOUS NAME!

TODAY WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE!” OUR LESSON THIS DAY IS, “GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH!” SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WILL LEAD US IN OUR MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. AS MOST OF YOU KNOW, BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI. WE THANK HIM FOR AGAIN BEING WITH US TO LEAD US IN THE STUDY OF GOD’S WORD. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “I’LL FLY AWAY.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

AGAIN WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. IT'S OUR PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU IN OUR VIEWING AUDIENCE EVERY SUNDAY MORNING FOR THE PAST SO MANY YEARS - OVER THREE DECADES THIS PROGRAM HAS COME FAITHFULLY TO YOU AND MANY OF YOU ARE FAITHFUL VIEWERS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND EVERY WEEK YOU'RE WITH US. AND WE'RE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU'RE HERE WITH US TODAY AND VIEWING THIS PROGRAM. THE ULTIMATE REASON FOR THIS PROGRAM IS BASED UPON ACTUALLY THE THEME OF THE LAST FEW WEEKS AS WELL AS A FEW WEEKS TO COME. AND THAT IS TO PRESENT TO THOSE WHO VIEW THIS, OR THOSE WHO OUGHT TO WHO VIEW THIS PROGRAM, WHAT TRUTH REALLY IS. WITHOUT TRUTH THERE WOULD BE NO REASON FOR US TO BE ON THIS TELEVISION STATION PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD.

WE UNDERSTAND AND WE KNOW THAT IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS WE'VE DISCUSSED WHAT TRUTH IS AND SO TODAY WE WANT TO DO THIS DESCRIBE HOW TRUTH IS REVEALED TO US. AND CERTAINLY WE KNOW AS WE STUDY GOD'S WORD THAT IT IS THE SOURCE OF ALL TRUTH. AS YOU REMEMBER AS JESUS SAID IN JOHN 8:32, “YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” WE EMPHASIZE - THAT IS JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES - THAT IS WHO WOULD BECOME HIS APOSTLES WHO WOULD PROCLAIM HIS TRUTH. HE SAID IN JOHN 16:13, “HOWEVER WHEN HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, HAS COME, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH; FOR HE WILL NOT SPEAK ON HIS OWN AUTHORITY, BUT WHATEVER HE HEARS HE WILL SPEAK; AND HE WILL TELL YOU THINGS TO COME.” JUST A COUPLE OF CHAPTERS BEFORE IN JOHN CHAPTER 14:25-26 JESUS TOLD THESE SAME MEN, HE SAID, “THESE THINGS I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU WHILE BEING PRESENT WITH YOU. BUT THE HELPER, THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM THE FATHER WILL SEND IN MY NAME, HE WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS, AND BRING TO YOUR REMEMBRANCE ALL THINGS I SAID TO YOU.” SO IT'S VERY EVIDENT THAT THE TRUTH THAT WE KNOW THAT JESUS PROMISED TO US WOULD COME THROUGH THOSE HOLY MEN OF GOD AS THEY SPOKE AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

THE BIBLE SAYS PLAINLY THAT FAITH COMES BY HEARING ROMANS 10:17,“THAT FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD.” SO WHERE IS THAT EMBODIMENT OF TRUTH THAT WE HAVE REVEALED TO US FROM THE FATHER? WELL MY FRIEND, THE ONLY SOURCE THAT I KNOW OF - LEGITIMATE SOURCE - IS THE BIBLE WHICH WE INDEED KNOW AND UNDERSTAND AND BELIEVE IS TRULY THE WORD OF GOD.

THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID IN SECOND TIMOTHY 3:16-17, HE SAID, “ALL SCRIPTURE GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD.” YOU SEE, THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED OR GOD BREATHED. “ALL SCRIPTURE GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, FOR REPROOF, FOR CORRECTION, FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, THAT THE MAN OF GOD MIGHT BE COMPLETE, THOROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS.” AGAIN IN 2 PETER, AT LEAST ON THE SAME SUBJECT, IN 2 PETER CHAPTER 1:19-21 - THE APOSTLE PETER WHO RECEIVED THIS TRUTH TO PASS IT ON TO OTHERS THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT SAID IN VERSE 19, “AND SO WE HAVE THE PROPHETIC WORD CONFIRMED, WHICH YOU DO WELL TO HEED AS A LIGHT THAT SHINES IN A DARK PLACE, UNTIL THE DAY DAWNS AND THE MORNING STAR RISES IN YOUR HEARTS, KNOWING THIS FIRST, THAT NO PROPHECY OF THE SCRIPTURE IS OF ANY PRIVATE INTERPRETATION,” WHICH MEANS ORIGIN, “FOR PROPHECY NEVER CAME BY THE WILL OF MAN, BUT HOLY MEN OF GOD SPOKE AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.” AND IT WAS THOSE APOSTLES WHO BEGAN REVEALING TO US THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD BEGINNING IN ACTS CHAPTER 2.

YOU MIGHT WELL REMEMBER, IF YOU'VE READ ACTS CHAPTER 2, WHICH GIVES US A STORY OF THE BEGINNING OF THE LORD'S CHURCH THAT THOSE MEN WHO HAD WAITED IN JERUSALEM AS JESUS HAD INSTRUCTED THEM FOR THE POWER WHICH WOULD COME FROM ON HIGH, WERE DELIVERED THAT POWER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND THE HOLY SPIRIT BEGAN ON THAT DAY TO GIVE THEM THOSE WORDS OF TRUTH THAT JESUS PROMISED WOULD COME THROUGH HIM, BEING AIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, THAT EVERY WORD THAT THEY SPOKE WOULD BE A DEMONSTRATION OF GOD'S TRUTH. THAT'S WHAT JESUS MEANT WHEN HE SAID IN JOHN 8:32, “YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” AND WHERE'S THAT TRUTH FOUND? ALL SCRIPTURE GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, REPROOF, CORRECTION, FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, IT IS FOUND IN GOD'S HOLY WORD.

NOW I WANT TO JUST MENTION A FEW AREAS OF TRUTH THAT ARE REVEALED TO US IN GOD'S WORD, WHICH WE WOULD NOT KNOW IF IT WERE NOT FOR HIS HOLY WORD. IF WE WERE TO DISCUSS THIS MORNING WHETHER THE BIBLE IS FROM GOD WE'VE ALREADY DONE THAT. AND SO WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT THE BIBLE IS NOT ONLY THE INSPIRED OR GOD BREATHED WORD COMING FROM THE BREATH OF GOD, THAT IT IS INHERENT WHICH MEANS THERE ARE NO ERRORS IN IT. THAT IT IS INFALLIBLE WHICH MEANS IT IS FROM GOD. IT CANNOT CONTAIN ANYTHING THAT IS FALSE AND THAT IT IS ALL SUFFICIENT. IT PROVIDES US WITH EVERYTHING THAT WE NEED. WITHOUT IT WHAT WOULD WE KNOW? BUT WITH IT WE KNOW MANY THINGS. MY FRIEND, HOW IS IT YOU WOULD REALLY KNOW HOW THIS WORLD CAME INTO EXISTENCE, AND YOUR OWN EXISTENCE, IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE BIBLE?

NOW I KNOW PEOPLE SAY WELL, SCIENCE TELLS US, SCIENCE DOES TELL YOU MANY THINGS THAT THEY HAVE NOT PROVEN THAT THEY BELIEVE ARE ESTABLISHED FACTS. ONE SUCH THING IS OR AS THEY CALL IT A THEORY, WHICH IS REALLY STILL A HYPOTHESIS, WHICH IS UNFOUNDED EVEN IN ITS ORIGIN AND THAT IS THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION. YOU KNOW, I'M NOT CONCERNED AT ALL HOW I WAS CREATED, HOW I CAME INTO EXISTENCE, BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS REVEALED IN GOD'S HOLY WORD. IF YOU TURN BACK TO GENESIS CHAPTER 1:26-27, IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES PLEASE TURN THERE. THE BIBLE SAYS, “THEN GOD SAID LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE ACCORDING TO OUR LIKENESS. LET HIM HAVE DOMINION OVER THE FISH OF THE SEA, OVER THE BIRDS OF THE AIR, AND OVER THE CATTLE, OVER ALL THE EARTH AND OVER EVERY CREEPING THING THAT CREEPS ON THE EARTH.” AND THEN VERSE 27, “SO GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD HE CREATED HIM; MALE AND FEMALE, HE CREATED THEM.” THAT'S HOW WE WERE CREATED. GENESIS CHAPTER 1 AND CHAPTER 2 GIVE US AN UNDERSTANDING AS TO HOW WE WERE ACTUALLY CREATED. NOW, SCIENCE MAY SAY THIS. SCIENCE MAY SAY MANY THINGS BUT IF WE UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE AGAIN TO BE THE TRUTH FROM GOD THEN WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HOW WE WERE CREATED. GOD CREATED US IN HIS OWN IMAGE. IT TOOK HIM SIX DAYS TO CREATE ALL THINGS THAT WE HAVE ON THIS EARTH AND THAT WE CAN SEE THAT HAD BEEN CREATED ON THIS EARTH. AND WITHOUT HIM WAS NOTHING MADE THAT WAS MADE.

IN ZACHARIAH CHAPTER 12:1, THE PROPHET ZECHARIAH SAID, “THE BURDEN OF THE WORD OF THE LORD AGAINST ISRAEL. THUS SAYS THE LORD, WHO STRETCHES OUT THE HEAVENS, LAYS THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH\ AND FORMS THE SPIRIT OF MAN WITHIN HIM.” SO MY FRIEND, WITHOUT THE BIBLE WE WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT OUR OWN EXISTENCE. WE WOULDN'T KNOW THE TRUE STORY. SOME PEOPLE SAY WELL, HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT? BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS THE INFALLIBLE, INSPIRED, ALL-SUFFICIENT, INHERENT WORD OF GOD. IT IS THE EMBODIMENT OF TRUTH THAT WE HAVE FROM GOD. AND YOU KNOW, AS WE BEGAN TO EVEN UNDER TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE BIBLE REVEALS TO US, WE WOULD NOT KNOW OF VERY SPECIFIC THINGS THAT WE NEED TO KNOW WITHOUT THE TRUTH FROM GOD'S WORD.

NOW WHY IS IT THAT ALL OF THOSE PROPHETS OF OLD CAME TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, AND TO PEOPLE WHO DWELL UPON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH - EVEN THOSE WHO WERE NOT CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. THOSE WHOM GOD WAS TRYING TO BRING BACK TO THE TRUTH LIKE WHEN JONAH WENT TO THE WICKED CITY OF NINEVEH OR TRYING TO BRING THEM TO THE TRUTH. WHY DID THOSE PROPHETS GO TO THEM AND WHAT DID THEY SAY? THEY WERE TRYING TO CONVINCE PEOPLE, AND THIS HAS BEEN GOD'S DESIRE THROUGHOUT ALL AGES TO CONVINCE PEOPLE, THAT IF THEY ARE NOT LIVING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, IF THEY ARE TRANSGRESSING HIS LAW, THEY ARE INVOLVED IN SIN.

NOW HOW WOULD YOU KNOW THAT UNLESS THE BIBLE REVEALED IT UNTO YOU? IT WAS JOHN THE APOSTLE WHO SAID IN FIRST JOHN 5:19 THAT THE WHOLE WORLD LIES IN WICKEDNESS. THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID IN ROMANS 3:23 THAT, “ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.” IN CHAPTER 6 OF THE BOOK OF ROMANS VERSE 23, IT SAYS, “THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.” IT IS OUR SINS THAT HAVE SEPARATED US FROM GOD AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO DEAL WITH IN THIS LIFE. ISAIAH 59:1-2. SO WOULD YOU KNOW THIS WITHOUT GOD'S ETERNAL WORD REVEALING UNTO US THAT TRUTH? WELL, CERTAINLY YOU WOULD NOT KNOW THAT. WELL IF YOU COULD KNOW IT - WHAT WOULD BE THE SOURCE OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE? THERE IS NO OTHER SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE SO WHEN WE LOOK OUT INTO THE WORLD TODAY AND LOOK OVER THE WORLD TODAY AND WE LOOK TO THE DIFFERENT PEOPLES OF THIS WORLD THEY INNATELY BELIEVE WITHIN THEMSELVES MANY THINGS. AND ONE OF THOSE THINGS THEY BELIEVE IS THAT OKAY - ACCORDING TO A HIGHER BEING SOMEWHERE - FOR ME TO COMMIT ADULTERY IS WRONG. FOR ME TO PRACTICE LYING AND CHEATING AND STEALING, THEY UNDERSTAND THROUGH THEIR OWN NATURE THE NATURE THAT GOD IS ALSO GIVEN THEM, THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THESE ARE NOT CORRECT ACTIONS BUT THE WORD OF GOD REVEALS TO US ONCE AND FOR ALL...IT REVEALS TO US THAT WE CAN BE IN SIN AND IF WE ARE IN SIN - WE ARE LOST.

ANOTHER THING THAT WE LEARN FROM GOD'S WORD IS WE LEARN WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US. AND HOW WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US CONCERNING OUR SINFULNESS IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE BIBLE? WHAT DID PAUL SAY IN ROMANS CHAPTER 5:8-9? HE SAID GOD COMMANDED HIS LOVE TOWARD US AND THAT WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS CHRIST DIED FOR US. THE MESSAGE THAT YOU HEAR IS BEING SPOKEN THROUGHOUT ALL OF CHRISTEN KINGDOM, AS WE MIGHT CALL IT, IS THE MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST WHO CAME TO THIS WORLD TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS. THAT'S WHY JOHN 3:16 IS SO PREVALENTLY KNOWN AMONG ALL THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS AND THAT IS FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. YES, GOD DID THROUGH HIS SON REVEAL UNTO US HIS GREAT LOVE BY GETTING HIS SON TO DIE UPON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS. WE KNOW THAT THIS IS ATTESTED TO THROUGHOUT ALL OF THE SCRIPTURE AND HOW WOULD YOU KNOW THAT YOU WERE LOST? HOW WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU WITHOUT HIS ETERNAL WORD? HIS INFALLIBLE, ALL-SUFFICIENT, INSPIRED, INHERENT WORD. WELL MY FRIEND, YOU JUST WOULD NOT KNOW IT AND THAT GOES FOR ALL OF US. IF THERE IS ANOTHER SOURCE PLEASE TELL ME WHERE IT IS. WHAT PREACHERS PREACH TODAY HAS TO COME FROM GOD'S WORD IF THEY ARE PREACHERS AND PROCLAIMERS OF GOD'S WORD.

BUT ANOTHER THING THE BIBLE REVEALS TO US IS NOT ONLY THAT GOD HAS DONE MANY THINGS SO THAT WE MIGHT BE SAVED BUT THE BIBLE REVEALS TO US THE CONDITIONS THAT ARE PLACED UPON OUR SALVATION. THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURE YOU CAN LOOK IN EVERY AGE WHERE GOD HAS DEALT WITH MAN AND GOD HAS ALWAYS PLACED CONDITIONS UPON WHETHER A PERSON WILL BE SAVED OR WHETHER A PERSON WILL BE JUSTIFIED OR NOT. AND THOSE CONDITIONS WE SEE VERY CLEARLY IN THE MOSAIC AGE IT WAS TO KEEP THE LAW OF MOSES. IN THE AGE OF THE PATRIARCHS; ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB KNOW THERE WAS AN AGE AS SUCH A RELIGIOUS SYSTEM THAT WE CAN SEE FULLY REVEALED TO US IN GOD'S WORD. BUT GOD DIRECTED HIS PEOPLE, THOSE WHO LOVED HIM AND WANTED TO DO HIS WILL, THROUGH THE FATHERS OF ALL THOSE FAMILIES. THAT'S WHAT GOD DID. AND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AGE, GOD HAS DIRECTED US AS TO WHAT WE MUST DO TO BE SAFE FROM OUR SINS. THERE IS A MAN AND THERE IS A PLAN FOR OUR SALVATION. THE MAN CAME TO US AND GAVE US A PLAN - WHETHER PEOPLE WANT TO RECOGNIZE IT OR NOT - HE GAVE IT TO US. IT WAS HE WHO SAID - I'M TALKING ABOUT JESUS - THAT YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS. HE IS OR YOU WILL DIE IN YOUR WHAT? YOU WILL DIE IN YOUR SINS. THAT'S WHAT JESUS SAID. IT WAS JESUS WHO SAID YOU MUST CONFESS ME BEFORE MEN SO THAT I WILL CONFESS YOU BEFORE MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. IT WAS JESUS WHO SAID EXCEPT YOU REPENT YOU SHALL PERISH. IT WAS JESUS WHO SAID HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED. THOSE ARE CONDITIONS UPON WHICH OUR SALVATION IS BASED. AND GOD HAS LOVED US SO MUCH THAT HE HAS TOLD US WHAT WE MUST DO. SO, THE BIBLE REVEALS WHAT WE NEED TO DO FOR OUR SALVATION.

ALSO THE BIBLE REVEALS TO US A VERY IMPORTANT EVENT THAT'S GOING TO TAKE PLACE AS FAR AS ALL OF US WHO EVER LIVED ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH OR WHO WILL EVER LIVE, AND THAT IS THERE IS A JUDGMENT THAT IS COMING. NOW THIS IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT. BUT PAUL SAID IN ROMANS 14:10, BEING INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, HE SAID WE SHALL ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. HE ALSO SAID THE LIKE STATEMENT IN 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10, WE MUST APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. “IT'S APPOINTED UNTO MAN ONCE TO DIE,” THE HEBREW WRITER SAID HEBREWS 9:7, “AND AFTER THAT THE JUDGMENT.” THAT TIME IS BEING PREPARED BY GOD HIMSELF. JESUS SAID IN THE BOOK OF MATTHEW THAT HE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THE TIME THAT THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN BUT YOU CAN BE REST ASSURED OF THIS ONE THING - THE BIBLE THAT IS THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD, GOD HAS TOLD US THROUGH THOSE HOLY MEN AS THEY WERE INSPIRED, THAT THERE IS A JUDGMENT THAT IS COMING.

NOW THE QUESTION IS ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THAT JUDGMENT DAY WHEN YOU WILL STAND BEFORE GOD AND EVERYTHING THAT YOU'VE DONE IN THIS BODY - WHETHER IT IS GOOD OR BAD IT WILL BE REVEALED BEFORE HIM. AND EVEN THE KING SOLOMON SPOKE IN ECCLESIASTES....ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 12 IN THE LAST FEW VERSES THAT THAT JUDGMENT IS COMING. WE WILL ALL HAVE TO ANSWER. SO GOOD FRIEND AND THOSE OF YOU WHO WATCH THIS PROGRAM ON A REGULAR BASIS, MOST OF YOU BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS THE TRUTH THAT GOD HAS REVEALED TO US. NOW IT IS YOUR TIME IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE THAT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NO OTHER SOURCE WHERE WE CAN LEARN GOD'S WILL FOR US. YOU ACCEPT IT BY FAITH. FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD. AND THEN YOU WILL BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THAT GREAT TRUTH THAT GOD HAS REVEALED TO US IN HIS HOLY WORD. IT'S YOUR DECISION - NO ONE CAN FORCE YOU TO ACCEPT IT OR TO REJECT IT. YOU WILL MAKE THAT DECISION YOURSELF AND YOU MY FRIEND, AND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST, WILL SOMEDAY STAND BEFORE THE LORD TO BE JUDGED AS TO WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN THIS BODY WHETHER IT IS GOOD OR BAD. AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN HAVING THE STRENGTH TO MAKE THAT PROPER DECISION.

CLOSING COMMENTS

WHAT A BLESSING IT HAS BEEN TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE THINGS OF GOD THIS MORNING. THANK YOU FOR DOING YOUR PART IN MAKING ALL THESE THINGS TO BE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. AS ALWAYS, WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY LORD’S DAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD!

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