THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 10-21-12
LESSON TITLE: “THE ULTIMATE CREATION OF GOD.”
Jesus said, “On this rock I will build My church!” Thank you for joining us this morning for the Living Word Program. It is always a privilege to have you with us for this time of offering to God. We welcome you to this service for our Creator.
Today, we have the opportunity together to worship and praise our God. This morning we will glorify our Lord through songs of praise and through the study of His perfect Word. Won’t you do your part to make this time together acceptable in His sight. Now, let’s approach our Father’s throne in prayer.
It’s time to start our praise through song. Won’t you join in the first song of the morning, as we sing together, “The Great Physician!”
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When you consider all that God has done for us it is really hard to believe. How difficult it is to comprehend such a magnificent and wondrous God, doing so much for such small and insignificant people. All of this is further compounded in the fact that we are not really worthy of anything, especially when you consider how often we do that which is contrary to His Will.
However, despite all of these facts, God does love us and has done so much for us. Even today, we are all being blessed beyond understanding, but a God who not only gives us all, but who also created us all.
When I think about all God has done and is doing for us, one of the things that stands out foremost in my mind is that fact that He gave His own Son to die on the cross for me. An opportunity to be called out of darkness and into the light. An opportunity to be called a Child of God.
Did you hear what I just said, “why did He do it?” Again the answer is simple, for you and me! Jesus put it best in John 3:16, when He said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Now as we think of all God has done and why He is so worthy of our honor and praise - let me ask another question, “What was the significance of Christ shedding His blood for us?” Well, Paul sums it up well in Acts 20:28, there it says, “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.” Here we have clarified for us that the blood of Christ, purchased the Church! So let me ask you, “Are you serving this God, the one, true and only creator. Furthermore, consider just how important the Church of our Lord must be if Jesus was willing to die for it!”
We are happy to have brother Jerry Sullins with us today as our guest speaker. Brother Sullins is the Director of the Bible Institute of Missouri, right here in Springfield. We thank him for joining us to lead us in our main thoughts of the day.
As far as our lesson today, we will be starting a new series of study entitled “What Is Man.” This morning, our specific discussion will deal with the topic, “The Ultimate Creation Of God!” So stay with us and in a few minutes brother Jerry will return with this study from God’s Word. Now it’s time to join in our second hymn of the morning, the name of the song, “The Last Mile Of The Way.”
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By Jerry Sullins
Welcome again to The Living Word broadcast, as always it is so good to have you in our viewing audience this morning and to know that you are interested in studying God’s word together with us. We Endeavour so much to make sure that we preach and we teach just what God’s word says and that is very important because it is within the words of God as we understand them and believe that they teach what they teach. That we are able to stand pure and just before His sight so it is so important that we know His will for us because we know that no one will reach Heaven without doing God’s will. This is the first week of the beginning of a series on, “What is Man?” and so it will be my desire this morning to discuss the aspect as to what the Bible says man is.
I call your attention first of all to Hebrews 2, and it begins in verse 5 and goes throughout of course probably throughout the entire book of Hebrews the discussion of this all important subject as it relates to Jesus Christ. For in the passage this morning as I have said in Hebrews 2, especially in verses 6-8, there is a reference to a text that is found back in Psalm 8:4-6 in fact it’s an actual quote from David the King. When he made the statement, “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” This is a clear definition of what man actually is, it shows us that actually man is and has been created by God. Do you remember the very first book of the Bible beginning in Genesis 1:1 it says, “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth.” And as we turn back to Genesis 1:26-27 it says, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them 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 o the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” He gave them a purpose and that is as we look into the sovereignty of man that it’s his Kingship over the earth from the very beginning. It was he who was placed upon this earth to have dominion over all of God’s creation.
So as we look at what is man we understand that first of all man is sovereign in all things. Indeed God gave him a spirit, there is a spirit within man, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead in itself being alone,” as James said. So there is a body and there is also a spirit. Now what about that spirit within man? If we turn over to Hebrews 12:9, we will see a very important scripture there in fact it’s something that in many cases people don’t see when we read this verse but listen to what it says. This is Hebrews 12:9, “Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?” Now what does that mean? Well, we have human fathers because we are in the flesh, and we have spiritual fathers, and we are subjection to our spiritual father because we are in the spirit. Now listen to that verse in John 4:24, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” So how is the only way we can worship God? If we are spirit, we worship Him in spirit and in truth. That is our spirit worships Him in spirit and in truth, in the same spirit of God and that’s how God receives that worship if we are properly worshiping Him as a proper spirit of God. So God made us to have dominion over the works of His hands, that is His creation, to rule the earth and He gave us the freedom of choice in our obedience.
So we see the sovereignty of man displayed in the scripture and we also see something that is not so good and that is the failure of man. For it was after the creation of man and God gave man that spirit that is the spirit that is within Him, as God said let us make man in our own image, that meant a spiritual being. We were given the spirit but we abused, that is mankind abused that relationship with God when he fell in sin in the garden; that is the Garden of Eden. When you look at Genesis 3:4-6, we see that man there became a transgressor of God’s law. It was God who told Adam and Eve in the Garden you could eat of any tree that is in the garden except the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So Satan came and He tempted Eve and she said, ‘Well I’m not suppose to eat of this tree,’ and Satan said ‘No you can eat of it.’ God said this, Satan didn’t say this but God said this, “…that you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”(Gen. 2:17). But Satan said, ‘This isn’t true, the day that you eat of it you will know all things, you will be like God.’ So Eve was tempted, she ate, she gave Adam the fruit and convinced him to eat and he ate, and they both became transgressors of God’s law. They sinned and because of that they were cast out of the garden, they would live in sin, and they would all begin to wait at that time for when Jesus would come to the earth throughout the ages to rid men of the sin that man would commit himself because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Now it was within the divine purpose of Jesus Christ that man would be saved and we go back to Hebrews 2:10, for it says, “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” Those who? Those who obeyed Christ would be made perfect or they would receive the opportunity to be saved from their sins. That brings us back to a statement that was made in verse 9 of that very same chapter, “But we see Jesus, who was also…” and the Bible does not say also but He was just like man, “…made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” And then in verse 14, “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.” And so although we were placed in the garden to live there forever and ever in a state of bliss man sinned and because of mans sin even before the foundations of the world God himself purposed knowing that man would sin, he was the creator of man and would give Him an opportunity to do so, He made sure that man would have an avenue of escape from that sin. That man would have an opportunity to be forgiven of that sin through Jesus Christ our Lord. So therefore, we are without excuse. What is man? Man is a being that has fallen that needs raising, we have fallen because of our transgressions, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord,” Romans 6:23. We have sinned, we have fallen short of the glory of God, and we must do something about our sins in order for us to be saved. The Jew was without excuse for doing what? For trying to return to the law but the law was only a shadow pointing to the substance, the real thing, Jesus Christ the Son of God as is found in Colossians 2:17.
Now how much less is any man today excused for returning to his own sin? Well, we will not be excused; in fact we will be condemned for returning to our own sin. We need to understand that we are man and we are being created in the image of God and at one time we were in a state of bliss but sin brought a division between us and God and now we need to restore that relationship that we have in God. That’s what man is and when we look at ourselves my friends we see people who are without excuse drifting from the steadfastness that we should have in the word of God, giving our lives to anything and everything else that comes before us on a daily basis. How sad that is because we as man are expected as we are created a little lower than the angels to give glory to God, to worship Him in spirit and in truth. My question, or at least one of my questions for us all today as children of God those of us who have been saved by the grace of God through the plan of salvation that God has given us, my question to us is this; Are we living up to that sovereignty that God has given to us by having dominion over the face of this earth and those who are responsible for living a life that is pure and just before others? Was it not Jesus who said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.” He had just said before that, “Ye are the salt of the earth and if the salt has lost its savor, is this for good, for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the foot of man.” So we are without excuse.
Many of us in fact all of us who claimed Christ know that God expects certain things of us that we are responsible for the life that we live before Him. So what is man? Man is a creature who knows what God wants of Him, that part of creation of mankind who has given their life to Christ. Isn’t it disturbing when so many Christians question so many things about their lives that is say, ‘Well I believe it’s ok that if I do this, as far as God is concerned, I’m really not concerned about it because God through His grace is going to save me regardless of how I live.’ Oh really? Then why are we to live in such a way that is to live Godly in Christ Jesus, as the Bible points out? Why are we to, “Be faithful unto death and we will receive a crown of life.”?(Revelation 2:10)? Why are we to, “Let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in Heaven.”? Because we were made a little lower than the angels also that we might give glory, honor, and respect to our God. That is what man should be but yet we see man practicing sin. We can have victory over sin! Our sin is due to how we look at things, that is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
So many ways in our society today our desire to live for Christ is challenged on a daily basis, even on an hourly basis, to live for someone else rather than Christ. To do those things that are forbidden by Christ himself but yet our sins are due to our own lusts as James said in James 1:13-15. We are let away by our own lusts and when that lust has conceived it brings forth sin and sin brings forth death. We cannot in anyway continue in sin without saying that we have rejected Christ. Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things have past away, behold all things have become new. My brothers and sisters in Christ, those of you who claim to be of Christ, how can you continue to be that person that is spoken of in Psalm 8:4-6? Who should be giving glory, honor, and praise to his name when you know very well that you are living in sin, that you are practicing sin in your life, and refusing to obey what Christ wants you to obey in your life?
So what is man? He is one who has been condemned but there is mercy for him through Jesus Christ. What is man? He is one who has been corrupted or we are those who have been corrupted but we can have regeneration through Christ. What is man? Men are those who have been lost but yet we can be saved through the Gospel of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. What is man? We are those creatures who came to this earth, who have been given life, and breath, and all the things, and blessings that God has given us. And because of our sin through Jesus Christ we can be quickened, that is be given spiritual life and have hope of eternal life.
Now I ask you this morning, yes we are all men and women; God has given us our lives. Now I ask you what should be your response to that. To continue to live as your living, to continue to practice those sins that you very well know are not in favor with God. But what are you going to do about it is the question? You are a person, God has created you, and you have the right to even in this country as people tell you every day to do what you want to do but you do not have a right to do what God does not want you to do. You do not have a right to misuse and abuse the scripture and not obey His commands. So I ask you simply, are you in Christ? Are you living for Christ as you should live? There may be those who have not given their lives to Christ, you are still a person who has been created by Jesus Himself and you because of the blood that Jesus shed on Calvary have an opportunity to be saved from your sins. And I ask you, those who are outside of Christ, have you done what Christ wants you to do to be saved? You say I believe Jesus is the Christ just like you do. Well, why not confess His name. Confession is made with the mouth unto salvation, Romans 10:10. Why not Repent, change your mind and bring about a change of your heart which will bring about a change of your will that is the way that you live. Change your life, repent, turn away from sin, and then be baptized into Christ for the remission of your sins. What is man? Man is that individual, that man or that woman, who has a right and who has a responsibility to respond to God’s word in a positive way. If we want to see God someday and if we want to live in Heaven it is your choice, you have a right to make that choice whether to live for Him or whether to die in your sins. We plead with you this morning to make sure that you respond to your God in a positive way by obeying His will.
(SONG # 3 - “Prepare to Meet Thy God!”)
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