THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 10-23-16

LESSON TITLE: “THE CHURCH IS THE BRIDE!”

WELCOME

GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE YOU WITH US THIS MORNING FOR THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO GOD. TOGETHER WE WILL SING SONGS OF PRAISE AND STUDY FROM HIS WORD TO GLORIFY HIS NAME. I HOPE EACH OF US WILL DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME TOGETHER BOTH PROFITABLE FOR OURSELVES AND ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. NOW LET’S BEGIN BY APPROACHING HIS ALMIGHTY THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. HELP US THIS DAY TO WORSHIP YOU IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH, TO GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST THAT OTHERS MIGHT KNOW YOU AND DESIRE TO OBEY YOUR TRUTH AS WELL. AND FATHER, IN THE END GIVE US THE GREAT REWARD THAT IS PROMISED TO THE FAITHFUL - THAT WE MIGHT LIVE WITH YOU FOREVER IN HEAVEN. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

THERE ARE MANY THINGS IN THIS LIFE THAT ARE PRECIOUS TO US. FOR MOST OF US, PROBABLY THE MOST SPECIAL THINGS IN OUR LIVES ARE THE RELATIONSHIPS WE SHARE WITH OTHERS WHO WE LOVE AND CARE SO MUCH ABOUT. ESPECIALLY AS HUSBANDS, WIVES, PARENTS, AND GRANDPARENTS - WE ALL ARE CRAZY ABOUT THOSE SPECIAL FAMILY MEMBERS IN OUR LIFE WHO ARE ALWAYS THERE FOR US AND WHO BRIGHTEN OUR DAY. THINK ABOUT HOW SWEET IT IS TO HAVE A HUG FROM THAT LITTLE GIFT FROM GOD, HOW TRULY BLESSED WE ARE IN THIS LIFE. ALSO, IN CONNECTION WITH THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE SO SWEET IN THIS LIFE, WE MIGHT CONSIDER THE MANY OF YOU WHO HAVE A SWEET TOOTH. BUT AGAIN, THE POINT IS THERE ARE SO MANY WONDERFUL THINGS IN THIS LIFE THAT MEAN THE WORLD TO US. AS CHRISTIANS, WE FIND THE VERY SAME THING IN CHRIST. WONT IT BE WONDERFUL SOME DAY TO BE WITH OUR CREATOR IN HEAVEN, FOREVER? PLEASE JOIN IN WITH THE BRETHREN AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IN ISAIAH 9:2 WE READ, “THE PEOPLE WHO WALKED IN DARKNESS HAVE SEEN A GREAT LIGHT; THOSE WHO DWELT IN THE LAND OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT HAS SHINED.” HOW INTERESTING IT IS TO FIND HERE THAT EVEN UNDER THE OLD LAW, MANY WERE IN DARKNESS, BUT THEY WERE AWAKENED BY A GREAT LIGHT AND BROUGHT TO THE LORD.

THIS IS THE SAME TERMINOLOGY THAT IS USED THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT. UNDER CHRISTIANITY WE HAVE ALSO BEEN BROUGHT OUT OF DARKNESS INTO LIGHT, JUST AS WE READ IN 1 JOHN 1:7. THERE IT SAYS, “BUT IF WE WALK IN THE LIGHT AS HE IS IN THE LIGHT, WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH ONE ANOTHER,….” YOU MIGHT ASK THE QUESTION, “BUT WHY MUST WE WALK IN THE LIGHT?” WELL THE SAME TEXT ANSWERS THIS QUESTION, WHERE IN VERSE 5 IT SAYS, “…GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL.” AREN’T WE TO BE LIKE GOD? THUS WE MUST BE OF THE LIGHT, BECAUSE GOD IS LIGHT.

HERE THE LIGHT SIGNIFIES THE PURITY AND GOODNESS OF GOD. IN OTHER WORDS, WE ARE RIGHTEOUS BECAUSE HE IS RIGHTEOUS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE DARKNESS REFERS TO EVIL AND SINFUL THINGS, JUST AS OUR TEXT INDICATES. WE CAN NOT BE OF GOD, AND PRACTICE THOSE THINGS OF THE DARKNESS BECAUSE THERE IS NO DARKNESS IN GOD!

LIKEWISE, IF WE ARE STRIVING TO BE LIKE GOD, THERE WILL BE NO DARKNESS IN US EITHER. ONE OTHER POINT I WANTED TO BRING OUT IS FOUND IN A VERSE WE EARLIER READ THE FIRST PART OF, VERSE 7. THE LAST PART OF THAT VERSE SAYS, “…AND THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN.” SO, IF WE ARE WALKING IN THE LIGHT AS GOD IS IN THE LIGHT WE NOT ONLY HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH EACH OTHER, BUT WE ALSO HAVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO KNOW THAT THE BLOOD OF CHRIST CONTINUALLY CLEANSES US FROM OUR SINS AS LONG AS WE ARE STRIVING TO WALK IN THE LIGHT.

SO THE QUESTION I MUST ASK YOU IS ARE YOU WALKING IN THE LIGHT? NOW IF YOU ARE, THEN WHY NOT DO THE REST OF WHAT JESUS TOLD YOU? HE SAID, “LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN,” MATTHEW 5:16. OTHERS SEE GOD IN US WHEN THEY SEE HIS LIGHT SHINNING THROUGH US! ARE YOU THAT CITY ON A HILL OR ARE YOU HIDING YOUR LIGHT? WON’T YOU CHOOSE TO BE A GREATER LIGHT FOR GOD TODAY?

THIS MORNING WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER. WE WELCOME HIM AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD. AS FAR AS OUR LESSON OF THE DAY, WE WILL BEGIN A NEW SERIES OF STUDY ENTITLED, “THE BRIDE OF CHRIST.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON THIS MORNING WILL BE, “THE CHURCH IS THE BRIDE!”

SO, PLEASE STAY WITH US AFTER OUR NEXT SONG AND WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE DAY, THE NAME OF THE SONG, “PURER IN HEART O GOD.”

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. IT'S SUCH A JOY TO BE IN YOUR HOMES THIS MORNING. WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING THIS PROGRAM AND WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT THE THINGS THAT ARE SAID ON THIS PROGRAM MIGHT LEAD YOU TO A GREATER RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR GOD IN HEAVEN THROUGH OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. I KNOW THAT THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, ALMOST 40 YEARS NOW WE, WE HAVE TRIED OUR BEST TO PRESENT TO YOU GOD'S WORD AND GOD'S WORD ONLY. WE DON'T SEEK TO BRING YOU WHAT OUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS ARE BUT WE WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY. THAT IS GOD'S INSPIRED, INHERRANT, ALL SUFFICIENT WORD OF GOD. WE WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT EVERY SUBJECT THAT WE BRING FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

WE’RE GOING TO BEGIN A NEW SERIES THIS MORNING AND THAT SERIES IS AROUND THE IDEA AND CONCEPT OF THE CHURCH; THE CHURCH THAT WE READ ABOUT IN THE BIBLE. WE WORKED IN AFRICA FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS AND SO WE WOULD DISCUSS WITH THEM WHAT THE CHURCH WAS BECAUSE THEY WOULD SAY, “WELL, WHAT CHURCH ARE YOU FROM?” AND WE'D WOULD SAY WE ARE THE CHURCH OF THE BIBLE. WE'RE FROM GOD OF COURSE. WE'VE BEEN GIVEN THE RIGHT TO BECOME HIS CHILDREN BECAUSE WE HAVE OBEYED THE GOSPEL. AND THEREFORE, WE HAVE BEEN PUT INTO THE CHURCH. WHEN WE CONSIDER THE CONCEPT OF THE CHURCH MANY PEOPLE THINK, “WELL, WHERE DO YOU GO TO CHURCH?” THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT A PHYSICAL. ACTUALLY A PLACE WHERE A CHURCH BUILDING IS PHYSICALLY SET WHERE PEOPLE CAN COME AND WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER. WELL, MY FRIEND, THAT IS NOT THE CHURCH THAT WE READ ABOUT IN THE BIBLE.

WHEN WE CONSIDER THE CHURCH LET US LOOK AT TWO GREEK WORDS THAT TELL US ABOUT THE CHURCH. OVER 115 TIMES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT ALONE, THE WORD CHURCH IS MENTIONED AND IS ACTUALLY TRANSLATED FROM THE GREEK WORD ECCLESIA WHICH SIMPLY MEANS, “THE CALLED OUT OF GOD.” THOSE WHO WERE SUMMONED FORTH BY GOD INTO THE CHURCH. THAT IS THE ECCLESIA, WHICH CAN MEAN THE ASSEMBLY. AND, ALSO, ANOTHER WORD IS KYRIACOS WHICH MEANS, “ONE WHO IS OF OR BELONGING TO THE LORD.” SO WE ARE THE CALLED OUT....THE CALLED OUT PEOPLE; THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SUMMONED FORTH FROM THE WORLD THROUGH OUR OBEDIENCE TO THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST AND WE BELONG TO THE LORD AND WE ARE OF THE LORD. THAT'S ACTUALLY WHAT IS MEANT WHEN CHURCH IS WRITTEN- THE WORD CHURCH IS TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE IN WHATEVER VERSION YOU MIGHT BE READING TODAY. AT LEAST IN THE MORE REPUTABLE VERSIONS. SO I GUESS PETER MAY HAVE STATED IN A GREAT WAY IN FIRST PETER TWO VERSE NINE. WHERE HE SAID, “WE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION. A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION. A PEOPLE OF GOD'S OWN POSSESSION.” SO THAT WE MIGHT WHAT? THAT WE MIGHT SING HIS PRAISES OR SHOUT OUT HIS PRAISES. WHATEVER YOU WANT TO. BECAUSE HE HAS DONE WHAT? HE HAS CALLED US OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT. NOW, THAT'S WHAT WE ARE! WE ARE A PEOPLE WHO HAVE OBEYED THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. YOU CANNOT CLAIM TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, THAT IS MENTIONED IN ROMANS 16:16, UNLESS YOU ARE CALLED OUT BY THE GOSPEL. NOW THAT GOSPEL MEANS YOU HAVE HEARD THE MESSAGE OF JESUS. YOU HAVE BELIEVED THAT HE'S THE SON OF GOD. YOU HAVE REPENTED OF YOUR SINS. YOU HAVE CONFESSED HIS PRECIOUS NAME BEFORE MEN, AND YOU HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS - ACTS CHAPTER 2 VERSE 38. THAT MAKES YOU A PART OF THAT CALLED-OUT BODY WHO BELONGS TO THE LORD. AND THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE, ACCORDING TO ACTS CHAPTER 2, WHO WERE PLACED IN THE CHURCH. THOSE WHO WERE SAVED...THOSE WHO ARE BEING SAVED WERE PUT INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST ACCORDING TO ACTS CHAPTER 2. SO MY FRIEND, WHEN WE SPEAK OF THE CHURCH WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A SOCIAL CLUB. WE'RE NOT SPEAKING OF SOMETHING THAT WAS BUILT OR ORGANIZED BY MAN. NO WAY! WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A BLOOD BOUGHT INSTITUTION. WE, AS THE CHURCH, HAVE BEEN PURCHASED WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.

NOW, LET'S DISCUSS THE CHURCH IN ITS ORIGIN BECAUSE THE CHURCH IS SOMETHING THAT ORIGINATED EVEN BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE WORLD. I CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS CHAPTER THREE, VERSES EIGHT THROUGH 11. NOW AS WE LOOK INTO THE BIBLE WE SEE THAT THEY WERE TWO MAIN INSTITUTIONS THAT GOD ORGANIZED. ONE - HE ORGANIZED WHEN HE PLACED MAN ON THIS EARTH AND IT IS CALLED THE HOME. AND THE OTHER, MOST IMPORTANT ONE IS THE CHURCH, WHICH HE BEGAN TO THINK UP BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD BEGAN, TO PLAN THAT IT WOULD COME INTO EXISTENCE TO DO WHAT? TO SAVE HIS CREATION AS THEY WERE HIS CREATION AND HAD OBEYED THE GOSPEL. I WILL CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO EPHESIANS CHAPTER THREE VERSES EIGHT AND WE'LL PROBABLY READ THROUGH VERSE 12. NOW GET YOUR BIBLES OUT IF YOU WILL AND READ WITH ME. PAUL SAID, “TO ME, WHO I'M 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 CHRIST JESUS 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. IN WHOM WE HAVE BOLDNESS AND ACCESS WITH CONFIDENCE THROUGH FAITH IN HIM.” THE CHURCH, MY FRIEND, WE CONSIDER CLEARLY SAYS THAT IT ORIGINATED IN THE MIND OF GOD BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. THAT IS BEFORE THE WORLD ACTUALLY CAME INTO EXISTENCE. BEFORE THE FIRST MAN AND WOMAN WERE CREATED AND PLACED UPON THIS EARTH. THE CHURCH ORIGINATED IN THE MIND OF GOD SO THAT HE MIGHT SAVE HIS CREATION FROM THEIR SINS.

NOW OVER 66 VERSES IN THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS ALONE TALK OF THE ETERNAL PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH. NOW, WE KNOW THAT THE OLD TESTAMENT SPOKE OF THE BEGINNING OF THE CHURCH. AT LEAST, IF YOU DID NOT KNOW THAT - IF YOU LOOK AT ISAIAH CHAPTER 2 IN VERSES TWO THROUGH THREE AND DANIEL TWO VERSE 24 - WHERE DANIEL SAID A KINGDOM WOULD BE SET UP WHICH WOULD NOT BE DESTROYED AND ALL NATIONS WOULD FLOW ONTO IT. THEY WERE SPEAKING OF THE KINGDOM WHICH THE BIBLE REFERS TO AS THE CHURCH. NOW WHAT WAS JOHN THE BAPTIST MEANING WHEN HE SAID IN THE BIBLE, DURING HIS MINISTRY, HE WAS PREACHING ONE CENTRAL MESSAGE, “REPENT YE FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND?” NOW ALL OF THOSE WHO READ THE BIBLE KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT. UNDERSTAND THAT JOHN THE BAPTIST, AS WELL AS JESUS, WHILE HE WAS UPON THE EARTH, WERE PREACHING, “REPENT YE FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND.” MOST PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHO KNOW THE NEW TESTAMENT AND WHO HAVE READ ABOUT THIS THAT THAT IS SPEAKING OF THE CHURCH, THAT CALLED-OUT BODY. THE ONE THAT IS OF OR BELONGING TO THE LORD. WHOSE PURPOSE IS WHAT? TO PREACH THE MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD TO ALL CREATION. TO SING FORTH HIS PRAISES SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT SEE THE LIGHT. BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT. WE ARE THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD. JESUS SPOKE OF THAT CHURCH AND PAUL SAID IT HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED IN COLOSSIANS 3, OR THAT IS COLOSSIANS 1:13 TO 14.

NOW, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THE TIME TO TURN OVER THERE TO COLOSSIANS 1 VERSES 13 AND 14 BECAUSE YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS. WHAT HAS GOD DONE FOR US THROUGH THE CHURCH? THIS IS SPEAKING OF THE CHURCH. COLOSSIANS 1:13, “HE HAS DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS AND CONVEYED OR TRANSLATED US INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF HIS LOVE IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD. EVEN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.” SO WE'VE BEEN WHAT? SAVED FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS AND PLACED INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON. AND THAT KINGDOM, MY FRIENDS, IS THE CHURCH. THAT'S WHO WE ARE! WE'RE THAT BLOOD BOUGHT INSTITUTION THAT JESUS BOUGHT WITH HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD.

AS WE CONTINUE TO UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE CHURCH, I WANT TO SHOW YOU CHRIST'S RELATIONSHIP TO THE CHURCH. AND FIRST OF ALL, LET'S EXAMINE ONE WAY THAT CHRIST IS RELATED TO THE CHURCH. HE'S THE BUILDER OF THE CHURCH. DID YOU KNOW THAT? WHAT DID JESUS TELL PETER? UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH AND THE GATES OF HADES SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT. NOW, I ASK YOU THIS QUESTION - IF HE SAID I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, WAS THE CHURCH IN EXISTENCE AT THAT TIME? NO, BECAUSE HIS BLOOD WAS NOT SHED. WE HAD....NO ONE HAD BEEN BOUGHT WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST AS OF YET BECAUSE HIS BLOOD WAS NOT SHED. AND WHEN HE SHED HIS BLOOD, AND THOSE WHO OBEYED THE GOSPEL - IN FACT, IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION 1 VERSE FIVE - IT SAYS HE PURCHASED US WITH HIS OWN BLOOD - THEN WE KNOW WHAT? WE KNOW THAT CHRIST DIED UPON THE CROSS, HE SHED HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY, THAT WE THROUGH OBEDIENCE TO THE GOSPEL MIGHT HAVE OUR SINS REMITTED AND BECOME A PART OF THAT KINGDOM, WHICH IS CALLED THE CHURCH. HE'S THE FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH, THE ROCK OF AGES. FOR OTHER FOUNDATION CAN NO MAN LAY THAN THAT WHICH IS LAID, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST. THAT'S FOUND IN FIRST CORINTHIANS 3:11. HE'S THE SAVIOR OF THE CHURCH, EPHESIANS 5:23, FOR AS THE HUSBAND IS THE HEAD OF THE WIFE, EVEN ALSO IS CHRIST THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. AND THAT IS WHICH IS HIS BODY - THE ONE WHO SAVES THE CHURCH. HE IS THE PURCHASER OF THE CHURCH - ACTS 20 VERSE 28 - HE PURCHASED IT WITH HIS OWN BLOOD. HE IS THE KING OVER THE KINGDOM. THE CHURCH IS REFERRED TO THE KINGDOM, AS WE JUST READ IN COLOSSIANS 1 VERSES 13 THROUGH 14. AND IT SAYS IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15 VERSE 25: HE THAT WE MUST REIGN OR HE MUST REIGN UNTIL ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN PUT UNDER HIS FEET. HE'S THE SAVIOR OF THE BODY, WHICH IS THE CHURCH. GOD PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET AND GAVE HIM TO BE HEAD OVER ALL THINGS TO THE CHURCH, WHICH IS HIS BODY - THE FULLNESS THAT FILLETH ALL IN ALL. THAT'S WHAT PAUL SAID TO THE BRETHREN IN EPHESUS. SO HE GAVE HIM....GOD GAVE HIM TO BE HEAD. HE IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. NO ONE ON THIS EARTH IS THE HEAD OF CHRIST'S CHURCH. IF YOU BELONG TO A CHURCH WHOSE HEAD IS NOT CHRIST, WELL THEN YOU'RE NOT A PART OF THE CHURCH OF THE BIBLE. IF YOU BELONG TO A CHURCH THAT HAS NOT BEEN PURCHASED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, THAT IS THEY HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF THEIR SINS, THEY HAVE BEEN WASHED FROM THEIR OWN SINS IN HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD - REVELATION 1 VERSE FIVE - IF THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED IN YOUR LIFE, YOU ARE NOT IN THE BLOOD BOUGHT INSTITUTION. YOU'RE A PART OF SOME MAN MADE ORGANIZATION. THERE ARE THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF MAN-MADE ORGANIZATIONS WHO CLAIM TO BE WHAT? THE BODY OF CHRIST. BUT YET THEY HAVE NEVER DONE THOSE THINGS WHICH WE MENTIONED AT THE FIRST OF THIS LESSON THAT WILL PUT YOU INTO CHRIST. ROMANS CHAPTER 6, “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 WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE” - ROMANS SIX VERSE THREE AND FOUR.

MY FRIEND, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IT IS VERY SERIOUS TODAY BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT WHAT IS NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE. YOU CANNOT BE THE CHURCH OF THE BIBLE UNLESS YOU HAVE FOLLOWED THE DIRECTION THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED ON THE CROSS AND SHED HIS BLOOD FOR. IF YOU HAVE NOT OBEYED THE GOSPEL - NOW YOU MAY BE A PART OF AN ASSEMBLY SOMEWHERE, AND IT MAY BE CALLED BY A GODLY NAME, THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE IN THE CHURCH OF THE BIBLE. I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU THAT I'M A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF THE BIBLE. SOME PEOPLE ASK ME, “WELL, WHAT DENOMINATION ARE YOU A PART OF?” AND I SAY I'M NOT A PART OF ANY DENOMINATION. I'M A PART OF THE CHURCH THAT YOU READ ABOUT BEGINNING IN ACTS CHAPTER 2 WHICH WAS PROPHESIED BY THE PROPHETS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND WHICH WAS CALLED THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, ROMANS 16 VERSE 16. THAT'S THE CHURCH I'M A PART OF. I DO NOT WANT TO BE....I DO NOT WANT MEN TO BE, THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. JESUS CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. WHERE IS THE CHURCH? WHERE IS THE HIERARCHY OF THE CHURCH? IT IS IN HEAVEN AND THAT PERSON WHO IS AT THE TOP OF THAT HIERARCHY IS JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD.

AND SO MY FRIEND, I PLEAD WITH YOU TODAY TO LISTEN TO WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY ABOUT YOUR BEING A PART OF THE CHURCH. DON'T YOU WANT TO BE THE BRIDEGROOM OF CHRIST? OR THE BRIDE OF CHRIST? JESUS IS THE BRIDEGROOM. THE SPIRIT IN THE BRIDE SAY: COME - LET HIM WHO IS OF THIRST COME. LET HIM TAKE OF THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY. THAT'S WHAT THE REVELATOR SAID, JESUS HIMSELF IN REVELATION, IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER 22 VERSE 17. IT IS YOUR DECISION. IT IS YOUR CHOICE - WHETHER YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF A MAN-MADE ORGANIZATION OR BE A PART OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH, THE ONE YOU READ ABOUT IN THE BIBLE. ALL THESE TRUTHS ARE SO EVIDENT. HOW DO PEOPLE MISS IT? HOW DO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS NOT INTERESTED IN A DIVISION. THE EARLY CHURCH WAS FILLED WITH DIVISION. BUT HE WANTS US TO BE ONE, AS HE IS AT ONE IN THE FATHER, THAT WE ALL MAY BE ONE IN HIM. THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS SENT US TO PREACH THAT PRECIOUS GOSPEL. SO WON'T YOU BE A PART OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH, AS HAS BEEN PREACHED FROM HIS WORD TODAY. AND ONLY A PART OF HIS CHURCH. IF YOU DO SO YOU WILL BE BLESSED, NOT ONLY IN THIS LIFE, BUT IN THE LIFE TO COME.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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