THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 10-18-15

LESSON TITLE: “THE LOVE OF GOD FOR HIS CHURCH.”

WELCOME

IN 1 CHRONICLES 16:11, WE READ, “SEEK THE LORD AND HIS STRENGTH; SEEK HIS FACE EVERMORE!” HOW ABOUT EACH OF US, ARE WE SEEKERS OF THE LORD ON THIS HIS DAY? WE CERTAINLY HOPE SO, AND THAT’S WHY WE ARE THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE JOINED US THIS DAY TO COMMIT THIS TIME TO THE ALMIGHTY! HOW BLESSED WE ALL ARE TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY SUCH OPPORTUNITIES AND FREEDOMS, THAT ALLOW ALL TO OFFER SUCH TIMES OF SACRIFICE BEFORE HIS WONDROUS THRONE. I HOPE WE ALL DO OUR PART THIS LORD’S DAY, IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS WORSHIP TOWARD GOD AND IN DOING ALL THINGS IN ACCORDANCE TO HIS PERFECT WILL! SO, AT THIS TIME, AS WE TURN OUR FULL ATTENTION TO THE REASON WE HAVE COME TOGETHER, LET’S APPROACH OUR FATHER’S THRONE IN PRAYER:

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND FOR THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE - THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO BE YOUR SERVANTS. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS WHICH MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE. AND FATHER, HELP US TO LIVE EVERY DAY AS THOSE WHO WILL BE FOUND ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT - KNOWING THAT WE'LL BE BLESSED, NOT ONLY IN THIS LIFE, BUT BLESSED IN THE LIFE TO COME. AND AGAIN, WE THANK YOU THAT ALL THESE THINGS ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH YOUR GREAT LOVE, MERCY, AND GRACE. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

NOW LET’S BEGIN PRAISING OUR GOD THROUGH SONG. WON’T YOU JOIN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

WE HAVE ALREADY MENTIONED OUR NEED TO SEEK GOD THIS MORNING, BUT THE QUESTION WE WANT TO CONSIDER NOW IS WHY SHOULD WE SEEK HIM?

IF WE RETURN TO THE SAME PASSAGE OF CHRONICLES, THE NEXT VERSE GOES ON TO TELL US WHY WE SHOULD SEEK OUR GOD AND WHY HE IS WORTHY OF SUCH. THERE WE READ, “REMEMBER HIS MARVELOUS WORKS WHICH HE HAS DONE, HIS WONDERS, AND THE JUDGMENTS OF HIS MOUTH,” 1 CHRONICLES 16:12. NOTICE THE REASONS GIVEN AS TO WHY OUR GOD IS WORTHY TO BE SOUGHT? FIRST WE READ OF HIS MARVELOUS WORKS AND WONDERS! HAVE WE FORGOTTEN WHY WE ARE HERE? HOW ABOUT WHY THE WORLD OR THIS UNIVERSE EXISTS. IT IS ONLY BECAUSE OF AND THROUGH THE COMPLETE POWER OF GOD THAT WE EXIST ON THIS EARTH TODAY. FURTHERMORE, OUR GOD CARES FOR US, PROVIDES FOR US AND PROTECTS US, THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO SURVIVE IN THIS WORLD WHICH HE HAS MADE. TRULY OUR GOD IS GREAT AND ALL-POWERFUL. THE SECOND REASON GIVEN HERE TO SEEK GOD IS THAT HE HAS GIVEN US HIS JUDGMENTS BY HIS MOUTH! GOD HAS SHOWN ALL MEN OF EVERY AGE EXACTLY WHO HE IS, WHAT HE REQUIRES, AND WHAT PEOPLE MUST DO TO BE FOUND ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. AGAIN, WE SEEK THE LORD FOR HE HAS PROVIDED US HIS WORD THAT WE MIGHT KNOW HIS PRECEPTS AND OBEY.

FINALLY, NOTICE WHAT EZRA THE AUTHOR, GOES ON TO CLARIFY IN VERSE 13. THERE HE CONFIRMS THAT GOD’S FOLLOWERS ARE HIS CHOSEN ONES, THAT THEY ARE HIS OWN CHILDREN. HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO KNOW THAT AS A FOLLOWER OF GOD, WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY HIM TO BE A CHILD AND THUS TO HAVE HIM AS A FATHER. WHAT GREATER FATHER COULD WE SEEK IN THIS LIFE THAN ONE WHO IS SO WONDROUS, POWERFUL AND MIGHTY, WHO HAS PROVIDED FOR US HIS WILL IN ORDER THAT WE MIGHT OBEY HIM AND BE SAVED. SO AGAIN I ASK, ARE YOU SEEKING YOUR GOD THIS DAY? IF NOT, CHOOSE THIS DAY AS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE - THAT YOU MIGHT BEGIN YOUR SERVICE TOWARD YOUR CREATOR, ACCORDING TO HIS PRECIOUS WILL!

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. OUR TOPIC OF STUDY WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “TO KNOW THE LOVE OF GOD.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE MORNING WILL DEAL WITH, “THE LOVE OF GOD FOR HIS CHURCH?”

AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER, WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US TODAY. BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE HIM WITH US TODAY AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING US IN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME.

BUT NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR NEXT SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “I’LL FLY AWAY.”

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN THIS MORNING ON THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST - AND IT'S AN HONOR FOR US TO BE INVITED INTO YOUR HOME EVERY SUNDAY MORNING. SOME OF YOU LISTEN TO US OR VIEW THIS PROGRAM EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AND WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR DOING SO. IT IS OUR INTENT, AND WILL ALWAYS BE OUR INTENT, TO PRESENT FORTH THE WORDS OF GOD SO THAT YOU MIGHT CONSIDER HIS WORDS AND UNDERSTAND HIS WORDS, THAT IS THOSE THAT HE'S GIVEN TO US IN HIS HOLY WORD, THE BIBLE. AND TO MAKE A DECISION BY YOURSELF OR UPON THOSE WORDS AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU'RE GOING TO FOLLOW HIS WILL. THAT HAS BEEN THE MESSAGE OF EVERY PROPHET, EVERY PRIEST, EVERY FAITHFUL PRIEST AND PROPHET, AND EVEN JESUS HIMSELF, AND JOHN THE BAPTIST, AND ALL THE APOSTLES, AND EVERY PREACHER WHO HAS EVER PREACHED GOD'S WORD. THEIR DESIRE IS THAT THE PEOPLE LISTEN AND ACTUALLY MAKE A DECISION IN THEIR LIVES TO TURN TO GOD AND TO DO HIS WILL. SO THAT'S THE REASON FOR OUR PROGRAM SO THAT WE MIGHT PRESENT GOD'S WORD FOR PEOPLE TO CONSIDER IT AND DESIRE TO DO HIS WILL.

WE'RE IN A SERIES THAT HAS TO DO WITH GOD AND HIS RELATIONSHIP TO MANY THINGS. AND THIS MORNING WE'RE GOING TO BE PRESENTING TO YOU THE BIBLICAL CONCEPT OF GOD'S LOVE FOR THE CHURCH. NOW, THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THE CHURCH WAS LOVED BY GOD. I WANT TO PRESENT YOU JUST ONE VERSE THAT THIS LESSON IS ACTUALLY BASED UPON. IT'S FOUND IN ACTS CHAPTER 20:28. NOW, PAUL WAS SPEAKING TO THE ELDERS WHO HAD COME FROM ANOTHER PLACE, AND THEY HAD COME TO THE ISLE OF MILETUS, AND THESE WERE THE ELDERS WHO WERE FROM THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS. AND THEY WERE GOING TO SEE PAUL OFF BECAUSE HE WAS HEADING TO JERUSALEM WHERE HE MIGHT BE PERSECUTED, AND HIS JUDGMENT AND THE JUDGMENT OF ALL OTHERS, HE MIGHT EVEN LOSE HIS LIFE FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST. AND HE GAVE AN IMPORTANT STATEMENT HERE TO THESE ELDERS. HE SAID IN ACTS 20:28, “THEREFORE TAKE HEED TO YOURSELVES AND TO ALL THE FLOCK, AMONG WHICH THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS MADE YOU OVERSEERS, TO SHEPHERD THE CHURCH OF GOD WHICH HE PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD.” THE CHURCH WAS PURCHASED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.

NOW, MANY PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE SIMPLE CONCEPT AS IT IS REVEALED TO US IN GOD'S WORD CONCERNING HIS CHURCH. WHENEVER YOU MENTION THE WORD CHURCH, PEOPLE THINK OF IMMEDIATELY A BUILDING. THEY'LL ASK THE QUESTION: WHERE DO YOU GO TO CHURCH? WHICH THEY'RE ACTUALLY ASKING: WHERE DO YOU WORSHIP GOD? BUT THEY SAY WHERE YOU GO TO CHURCH? WHAT IS THE CHURCH? THE BIBLE REVEALS TO US THAT IT'S NOT A SOCIAL CLUB, IT'S NOT A FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION, IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN, LET'S SAY, DEVELOPED IN THE MIND OF MAN BECAUSE OF BASICALLY THEIR OWN THOUGHTS AND IDEAS. BUT WE CAN LOOK INTO THE BIBLE AND WE CAN SEE WHAT THE CHURCH IS. IN FACT, THE CHURCH IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE, IS CALLED THE ECCLESIA OVER 115 TIMES IN THE BIBLE, ESPECIALLY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. WELL IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, THIS TERM ECCLESIA IS USED. AND WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THAT TERM? THE MEANING OF THAT TERM IS THE CALLED OUT; THOSE WHO ARE OR HAVE BEEN SUMMONED FORTH TO THE CURRUACOS, WHICH MEANS THEY BELONG OR ARE OF,THEY ARE OF THE LORD HIMSELF. SO THE CHURCH ARE WHOM? THEY ARE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT.

NOW, WHAT HAVE THEY BEEN CALLED OUT OF? IN 1 PETER CHAPTER 2:9 PETER, THE APOSTLE PETER, SAID THIS, “BUT YOU ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, THAT YOU MAY PROCLAIM THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT.” SO WE AS THE CHURCH HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT. GOD MADE TWO INSTITUTIONS OR BROUGHT INTO EXISTENCE TWO INSTITUTIONS FOR THE HAPPINESS OF MAN. AS FAR AS THE PHYSICAL PART, HE BROUGHT INTO BEING, FROM THE VERY FIRST MAN AND WOMAN, A HOME, A HOME THAT SHOULD'VE BEEN DESIGNED AND SHOULD BE DESIGNED AFTER HIS WILL. THAT'S THAT FIRST WONDERFUL INSTITUTION THAT HE BROUGHT INTO EXISTENCE, BUT HE ALSO BROUGHT INTO EXISTENCE A SPIRITUAL HOUSE OR A SPIRITUAL HOME, AND THAT IS CALLED THE CHURCH. WE, WHO THOSE OF US WHO HAVE OBEYED THE GOSPEL, WE ARE BROUGHT INTO THE CHURCH BECAUSE WE HAVE OBEYED THE GOSPEL AND WE HAVE BECOME WHAT? WE HAVE BECOME THE CHURCH. IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH DAILY, SUCH AS WERE BEING SAVED; THOSE OF THE CHURCH THAT IS THE WORD ECCLESIA, WERE THOSE WHO WERE CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT. AND WE ARE CALLED BY THE GOSPEL.

MY FRIEND, HOW IS IT YOU BECAME A MEMBER OF THE LORD'S CHURCH? IS IT THROUGH BIBLICAL DIRECTION THAT YOU BECAME A MEMBER OF THE LORD'S CHURCH? BY THE WAY, HE DOES HAVE A CHURCH. HE TOLD PETER - MATTHEW 16:18, “AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, AND THE GATES OF HADES SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT.” SO HE BUILT HIS CHURCH. HE ONLY BUILT ONE CHURCH. ARE YOU A PART OF THAT CHURCH? HOW DID YOU GAIN ENTRANCE INTO THAT CHURCH? WE ARE BAPTIZED INTO HIS BODY (ROMANS 6:3-4) WE KNOW THAT WE ARE NEW CREATURES IN CHRIST BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST. OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY. BEHOLD ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. YOU MIGHT SAY - WELL, I JOINED THE CHURCH. NO, THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH DAILY SUCH AS WERE BEING SAVED, AS PETER SAID OR AS LUKE REVEALED TO US IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. SO HE ADDED US, THAT IS THOSE OF US WHO WERE BAPTIZED BELIEVERS, INTO HIS CHURCH.

NOW, THE SIGNIFICANT WORD THERE IS - HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS? SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY - WELL, I DON'T NEED TO BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF MY SINS? WELL, WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO? WAS IT MARTIN LUTHER? WAS HE THE ONE THAT YOU TOOK THIS DOCTRINE FROM? OR JOHN CALVIN? WHO HAS INFLUENCED OVER 85% OF THIS WORLD - THE RELIGIOUS WORLD, SO-CALLED CHRISTIAN WORLD, TO ACCEPT ONLY BY FAITH THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST AND YOU'LL BE SAVED; IGNORING THAT WE MUST BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF OUR SINS. SOME PEOPLE SAY, WHY DO I NEED TO BE BAPTIZED? BECAUSE JESUS TOLD YOU TO BE BAPTIZED. WHAT DID HE SAY IN HIS GREAT COMMISSION THAT HE GAVE HIS APOSTLES? AS HE WAS GOING TO SEND THEM OUT INTO THE WORLD, HE SAID IN MARK 16:15 AND 16 - TO GO YOU INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL; THAT IS THE GOOD NEWS, THE GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS TO ALL NATIONS. HE WHO BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED. HE WHO BELIEVES NOT SHALL BE CONDEMNED. WELL, WHAT DID JESUS SAY IN THE BOOK OF MATTHEW? MATTHEW 28:19 AND 20, “GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU; AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE.” WERE YOU ADDED TO THE CHURCH THAT WAY?

WELL, FIRST OF ALL WE MUST EXAMINE WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE OBEYED THE GOSPEL PROPERLY. SO HOW ARE WE ADDED TO THE CHURCH? WE ARE BURIED THEREFORE BY BAPTISM INTO HIS DEATH. THAT, LIKE AS CHRIST WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD BE RAISED TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE, ROMANS 6:3-4, IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH, HIS BURIAL, AND HIS RESURRECTION. AND IS THERE A VERSE IN THE BIBLE THAT SAYS THAT WE NEED TO BE BAPTIZED IN ORDER TO BE SAVED? A LADY ASKED ME THAT ONE TIME. IF YOU CAN SHOW ME A VERSE IN THE BIBLE WHERE BAPTISM HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH SALVATION, THEN I'LL BE BAPTIZED. WELL I SAID, WELL, MA’AM, LET'S TURN TO FIRST PETER 3:21. THE LIKE FIGURE WHEREUNTO EVEN BAPTISM DOES ALSO NOW SAVE US. NOW MY FRIEND, WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED? HOW CAN YOU BE ADDED TO THE BODY, WHICH IS HIS CHURCH, WHICH IS HIS KINGDOM, HOW CAN YOU BE ADDED TO AND BECOME A CHILD OF GOD UNLESS YOU DO HIS WILL? ISN'T THAT AN IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR YOU TO ANSWER WITHIN YOURSELF? WHAT DOES IT MATTER WHAT MAN HAS TO SAY? OUR SAVIOR IS JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD.

NOW HEREIN IS LOVE, AS JOHN SAID. NOT THAT WE LOVE GOD, BUT THAT HE LOVED US AND GAVE HIS SON TO BE THE PROPITIATION OR THE SATISFACTION FOR OUR SINS. HE GAVE HIS SON TO BE THE SATISFACTION FOR OUR SINS, TO BE SOMEONE WHO WOULD TAKE UPON HIMSELF THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD. AND THEN HE TOOK THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE WILLING TO BE BAPTIZED, WHO WERE BEING ABLE TO BE BOUGHT WITH HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD, AS WE GO BACK TO ACTS 20:28, TO BE PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD. AND HE ADDED THEM TO WHAT? THE CHURCH THAT WAS IN EXISTENCE; THAT IS BAPTIZED BELIEVERS WHO HAD PUT THEIR FAITH IN GOD THROUGH CHRIST, AND BY GRACE THEY WERE SAVED BECAUSE THEY WERE WILLING TO MEET THE CONDITIONS OF THEIR SALVATION, AND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST AS WELL AS MY FRIENDS, THAT MEANS ONE MUST BE BAPTIZED IN ORDER TO BE SAVED.

WELL, WHEN DID THE CHURCH ORIGINATE. THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION BECAUSE IT SHOWS US GOD'S REAL LOVE FOR HIS CREATION. WHEN DID IT ACTUALLY COME INTO THE MIND OF GOD? BEFORE THE VERY FOUNDATIONS OF THE WORLD. BEFORE ADAM AND EVE, ABRAHAM, JUDGES OF THE KINGS, JOHN THE BAPTIST. THE CHURCH WAS BLUE PRINTED IN THE MIND OF GOD BECAUSE IT WAS IN HIS MIND, THAT BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE WORLD...BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, THAT JESUS WOULD BE BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD TO REDEEM MEN AND THERE WOULD BE HIS BODY, WHICH IS HIS CHURCH, THE FULLNESS THAT FILLS US ALL AND ALL, EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1:22-23.

NOW I'D LIKE TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO ANOTHER PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE WHICH IS FOUND IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3, AND WE'RE GOING TO READ VERSES 8 THROUGH 11. EPHESIANS 3:8-11, “TO ME, WHO AM LESS THAN THE LEAST OF ALL THE SAINTS, THIS GRACE WAS GIVEN, THAT I SHOULD PREACH AMONG THE GENTILES THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST, AND TO MAKE ALL SEE WHAT IS THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY, WHICH FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE AGES HAS BEEN HIDDEN IN GOD WHO CREATED ALL THINGS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST; TO THE INTENT THAT NOW THE MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD MIGHT BE MADE KNOWN BY THE CHURCH TO THE PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS IN HEAVENLY PLACES, ACCORDING TO THE ETERNAL PURPOSE WHICH HE ACCOMPLISHED IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.” SO BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THIS WORLD ACCORDING TO HIS ETERNAL PURPOSE, IT WAS IN THE MIND OF GOD AND 66 BOOKS AND IN THE EPISTLE OF THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS ALONE TELLS US HOW GOD, BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THIS WORLD, LOVED US SO MUCH THAT HE WANTED TO GIVE HIS SON TO DIE UPON THE CROSS AND MAKE US A PART OF HIS KINGDOM, WHICH WAS THE BODY OF CHRIST. AND SO WHAT MORE COULD WE ASK? GOD LOVED US SO MUCH THAT BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, HE DECIDED THAT HE WAS GOING TO HAVE A CHURCH MADE UP OF BELIEVERS; THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF THEIR SINS; THOSE WHO WOULD HAVE THE HOPE OF NOT ONLY ETERNAL LIFE, BUT ALL THE PROMISES OF GOD IN THIS LIFE, TO MAKE THIS LIFE A BEARABLE THING THAT WE CAN ENDURE. WHAT A PRECIOUS PROMISE THAT WAS!

WELL, THE CHURCH AND KINGDOM WAS PROPHESIED. ISAIAH PROPHESIED OF THAT KINGDOM; ISAIAH 2. DANIEL PROPHESIED OF THAT KINGDOM. A KINGDOM WHICH WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE DESTROYED, AND ALL NATIONS WOULD FLOW INTO IT. WE ALSO SEE OTHER MEN TALKING ABOUT THE KINGDOM COMING, LIKE JOHN THE BAPTIST. WHAT WAS JOHN THE BAPTIST'S MAJOR PRINCIPAL? WHAT WAS THE MAJOR THING HE WAS PREACHING? HE WAS PREACHING, REPENT YOU, FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND; WHICH IS ALSO HIS BODY, WHICH IS ALSO HIS CHURCH. WHAT WAS JESUS' MAIN THRUST IN HIS SERMONS? REPENT, FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND. AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT PAUL WAS SPEAKING OF, AND I CALL YOUR ATTENTIONS TO COLOSSIANS, TO THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1 VERSES 13 AND 14. LISTEN TO WHAT IS SAID BY PAUL TO THE CHURCH AT COLOSSI, “HE HAS DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS AND CONVEYED US INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF HIS LOVE, IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.” SO HE HAS TRANSLATED US OR PUT US INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS THE SON OF HIS LOVE. SO THAT WE MIGHT WHAT BE? THAT CALLED OUT GROUP WHO HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT.

SO WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE CROSS OF CHRIST? WE SEE SOMETHING THAT ORIGINATED IN THE MIND OF GOD BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THIS WORLD. WE SEE A GOD WHO SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. WE SEE, AS PAUL SAID IN ROMANS CHAPTER 5:8, “BUT GOD COMMANDED HIS LOVE TOWARD US, IN THAT WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US,” AND GAVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE WASHED FROM OUR OWN SINS IN HIS OWN BLOOD, REVELATION 1:5. SO WHAT MORE COULD WE ASK? IS IT POSSIBLE? I WOULD SAY IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO LOOK AT THE CHURCH THAT JESUS DIED FOR, THAT WAS ORIGINATED IN THE MIND OF GOD TO SEE THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PROMISES IN CHRIST ALONE, IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO SAY THAT GOD DOES NOT LOVE HIS CHURCH.

AND YOU KNOW MY FRIEND, WE HAVEN'T EVEN TOUCHED ON WHAT GOD DOES FOR HIS CHURCH AFTER WE BECOME MEMBERS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST. BUT ONE SIMPLE VERSE TELLS US SO MUCH, AND THAT'S MATTHEW 6:33, “SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD,” THIS IS JESUS SPEAKING, “BUT SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU.” NOT ONLY WILL WE EXPERIENCE A PEACEFUL AND A JOYFUL AND WONDERFUL LIFE, BUT WHEN JESUS SAID, “ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU,” HE WAS TALKING ABOUT DON'T WORRY ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO EAT. DON'T WORRY ABOUT HOW YOU'RE GOING TO BE CLOTHED. DON'T WORRY ABOUT WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO STAY. DON'T BE ANXIOUS FOR THESE THINGS BECAUSE GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH. HE LOVES HIS KINGDOM SO MUCH THAT HE'S GOING TO PROVIDE EVERYTHING IN THIS LIFE FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES WHO ARE IN CHRIST. HE'S GOING TO PROVIDE FOR OUR NEEDS. AND MORE THAN THAT, BECAUSE OF BEING A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH, THE BODY OF CHRIST AND BEING A PART OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, WE HAVE THOSE PRECIOUS PROMISES THAT WE WILL ENJOY FOR ALL ETERNITY! THAT'S WHY THE REVELATOR SAID BE FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH AND I WILL GIVE THE A CROWN OF LIFE. THAT CROWN OF LIFE, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST - THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS, THAT ETERNAL KINGDOM IS AWAITING ALL OF US WHO LOVE GOD AND SEEK TO DO HIS WILL. NOW THE QUESTION IS FOR YOU TODAY: DO YOU WANT TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH THAT JESUS DIED FOR? DO GOD'S WILL, ACCEPT ALL THESE PRECIOUS PROMISES, AND KNOW THAT HE'LL CARE FOR YOU FROM NOW AND THROUGHOUT ALL ETERNITY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THE WONDROUS LOVE WHICH GOD HAS FOR HIS CHURCH? MAY WE ALL ACCEPT AND REALIZE JUST HOW IMPORTANT GOD’S KINGDOM IS TO HIM. FURTHERMORE, MAY WE LIVE IN SUCH A WAY AS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE A PART OF THIS GOD GIVEN INSTITUTION WHICH IS MADE UP OF THE SAVED! ARE YOU IN THE FAMILY OF GOD TODAY?