THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 11-1-15

LESSON TITLE: “THE LOVE OF GOD WHICH SAVES US.”

WELCOME

THE PSALMIST DAVID ONCE PROCLAIMED, “O LORD, OUR LORD, HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME IN ALL THE EARTH!” (PS.8:9) NO TRUER WORDS HAVE EVER BEEN SPOKEN, FOR HOW TRULY WONDROUS AND EXCELLENT THE NAME OF OUR LORD.

WE ARE GLAD THAT IT IS BEFORE THIS LORD THAT YOU HAVE ASSEMBLED ON THIS LORD’S DAY. WHAT A PRIVILEGE AND OPPORTUNITY THIS IS FOR THOSE OF US WHO LOVE GOD AND DESIRE TO SERVE HIM ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT WE WILL EACH DO OUR BEST TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORSHIP TO GOD AND TO OFFER THOSE SACRIFICES WHICH ARE ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. SO, AS WE BEGIN OUR REVERENCE TO GOD THE CREATOR OF ALL, WON’T YOU BOW WITH ME BEFORE HIS THRONE AT THIS TIME.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE GREAT BLESSING OF LIFE - THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN, TO BE YOUR SERVANTS, AND TO WORK IN YOUR KINGDOM. AND FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF JESUS WHICH MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE - AS HE WAS WILLING TO GIVE HIS LIFE, AS WELL AS TO RESURRECT ON THE THIRD DAY. AND FATHER, HELP US EACH AND EVERY DAY TO LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE WILL ALWAYS BE RECIPIENTS OF YOUR GRACE, MERCY, AND LOVE. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WELL, IT’S TIME TO BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE THIS DAY. OUR FIRST HYMN OF THE MORNING FOCUSES ON THE WONDROUS GRACE WHICH GOD OFFERS TO ALL MANKIND, AS WELL AS OUR PART IN MAKING SURE THAT THE LOST KNOW OF GOD’S WONDROUS GIFT. SO, WON’T YOU DO YOUR PART BY LIFTING YOUR VOICE TO GOD, AS WE SING TOGETHER, “SEEKING THE LOST!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

HOW OFTEN IN THIS LIFE HAVE WE FAILED BECAUSE WE PUT OUR TRUST IN THE WRONG THINGS? MAYBE WE PUT OUR TRUST IN OUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS, AND THEY LET US DOWN. OTHERS HAVE PUT THEIR TRUST IN THEIR JOBS OR SKILLS AND AGAIN THEY ARE LET DOWN. AND HOW ABOUT THOSE WHO PUT THEIR FAITH IN SELF OR THEIR OWN KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY? THE SAD REALITY IS, THERE SEEMS TO BE NO GUARANTEES IN THIS LIFE AND WE OFTEN ARE LET DOWN, BUT WHY? BECAUSE WE AGAIN PUT OUR TRUST AND FAITH IN THE WRONG THINGS.

HOWEVER, WITH THIS IN MIND, DO YOU REALIZE THAT THERE IS A PROPER PLACE TO PUT OUR TRUST AND FAITH? IF WE MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE, THERE IS A WAY WE CAN HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE AND ASSURANCE IN THIS LIFE. THERE IS A WAY THAT WE CAN HAVE THE GUARANTEES AND ABSOLUTES THAT ARE UNCHANGING. THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD OFFER SUCH WONDERS AND PROMISES IS OBVIOUSLY OUR GOD! I LOVE THE WAY SOLOMON SAID IT IN THIS PROVERB, “TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING,” PROV. 3:5. AND WHY CAN WE TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL OF OUR HEART, BECAUSE HE IS GOD AND ABLE TO WORK ALL THINGS FOR GOOD IN OUR LIVES ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. YOU SEE THIS WISE MAN REALIZED THAT IF WE LEAN ON OUR OWN ABILITIES AND UNDERSTANDING, WE WILL ALWAYS BE LET DOWN. BUT WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE, WE WILL NEVER BE ALONE OR WITHOUT HOPE!

TWO FINAL VERSES TO CONSIDER THAT HELP US WITH OUR DISCUSSION ARE FOUND IN MALACHI 3:6, AND 1 THESSALONIANS 5:24. IN MALACHI WE READ, “FOR I AM THE LORD, I DO NOT CHANGE.” IN THESSALONIANS WE READ, “HE WHO CALLS YOU IS FAITHFUL, WHO ALSO WILL DO IT.” OUR GOD CAN BE COUNTED ON, HE WILL DO WHAT HE SAYS AND HE WILL NOT CHANGE HIS MIND LIKE THOSE OF THIS EARTH. OUR GOD TRULY IS A GOD TO BE TRUSTED!

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. AS FAR AS OUR LESSON, WE ARE STILL FOCUSED ON OUR SERIES WHICH IS ENTITLED, “TO KNOW THE LOVE OF GOD.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY FOCUSES ON, “THE LOVE OF GOD WHICH SAVES US!” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US FOR THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD, AND I WILL BE LEADING THESE THOUGHTS AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME.

NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR NEXT SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “SEND THE LIGHT.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'VE CONTINUED WITH US THIS MORNING AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND AS I BEGIN WITH A QUESTION. HOW DO YOU DEMONSTRATE YOUR LOVE TOWARD OTHERS? ITHERE MIGHT BE ANY NUMBER OF WAYS THAT WE SHOW AFFECTION TO SOMEONE ELSE, MAYBE BY EVEN A HUG OR A HANDSHAKE, MAYBE A KISS. SOMETIMES WE CAN THINK OF SHOWING ALSO KINDNESS, MAYBE GENTLENESS TO SOMEONE. KIND WORDS, MAYBE KIND DEEDS. SOMETIMES PERHAPS MAYBE WE SHOW LOVE TO SOMEONE BECAUSE WE'RE WILLING TO ASSIST OR HELP THEM IN SOME WAY. MAYBE EVEN IN A FINANCIAL WAY; WILLING TO GIVE THEM SOME MONEY OR TO LOAN THEM SOME MONEY. THERE MIGHT BE ANY NUMBER OF WAYS DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, WHETHER IT BE IN AN EMOTIONAL WAY, WHETHER IT BE IN A LITERAL WAY, THAT WE TRULY DEMONSTRATE OUR CARE FOR OTHERS.

BUT WHEN WE THINK ABOUT HOW ONE WOULD SHOW THE GREATEST LOVE, THE GREATEST CARE FOR ANOTHER, I THINK THERE IS NO TEXT THAT MORE CLEARLY DEFINES THAT FOR US THAN IN THE VERY WORDS OF JESUS IN JOHN CHAPTER 15. THERE YOU MIGHT NOTICE WITH ME IN VERSE 13 JESUS SAID, “GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS, THAN TO LAY DOWN ONE’S LIFE FOR HIS FRIEND.” WHAT IS THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL? WELL, NOT WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SUNG ABOUT IN THE PAST. THAT IT'S INSIDE OF ME. OR THAT IT'S ME MYSELF. IT'S NOT WHAT THE WORLD WOULD SUGGEST REALLY AND EVEN THE LOVE THAT WE WOULD HAVE FOR ANOTHER BUT THE GREATEST LOVE IT SAYS. THE GREATEST LOVE WOULD BE TO GIVE YOUR LIFE FOR SOMEONE ELSE. WHETHER THAT PERSON BE SOMEONE THAT YOU CARE ABOUT OR EVEN YOUR ENEMY. IS THAT NOT WHAT JESUS DID? IS THAT NOT THE GREAT LOVE THAT HE SHOWED WHEN HE WAS WILLING TO DIE FOR ALL OF MANKIND? THOSE WHO LOVED HIM AND THOSE WHO REJECTED HIM.

YOU SEE HOW GOD DEMONSTRATES HIS LOVE TOWARD US? DO YOU SEE HOW GOD SHOWS US THE GREATEST LOVE THAT THERE COULD EVER BE? AND REALLY WITHIN RESPECT TO THE FACT THAT GOD HAS DONE AND CREATED ALL THINGS YOU MIGHT WONDER - WELL, HOW COULD GOD HAVE DONE MORE THAN MADE THE EARTH OR MADE MAN PHYSICALLY OR GIVEN MAN THE BREATH OF LIFE? HOW COULD GOD DO MORE THAN THE BLESSING THAT HE…? WELL, HE DID THE GREATEST THING THAT HE EVER COULD'VE DONE AND THAT WAS TO SEND HIS OWN SON AND TO GIVE HIS OWN SON FOR YOUR SIN AND FOR MINE. YOU SEE, JESUS DIED TO PROVE HIS LOVE FOR US, TO PROVE GOD'S LOVE FOR US. AND SO THAT'S WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THIS MORNING THE IDEA: HOW THAT THE LOVE OF GOD SAVES US. IT IS THE VERY GOD, THE CREATOR OF ALL THE UNIVERSE, WHO HAS LOVED US ENOUGH TO OFFER US SALVATION. FOR HE KNEW IN HIS KNOWLEDGE; FOR GOD KNOWS ALL THINGS, THAT EVEN THOUGH HE MADE MAN AND GAVE HIM EVERY ADVANTAGE AND OPPORTUNITY IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN THAT MAN WOULD SIN. AND AFTER SIN AND THE SEPARATION FROM GOD THERE WOULD BE A NEED FOR REDEMPTION. AND SO EVEN BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN, WE SEE THAT THE ETERNAL PURPOSE OF GOD WAS SET IN PLACE - THAT SOMEDAY HE WOULD SEND HIS OWN SON TO DIE ON THE CROSS. AND IT IS THAT ACT OF OBEDIENCE TO THE WILL OF THE FATHER, AND THAT ACT OF LOVE; THAT GREATEST OF ALL LOVES THAT JESUS WOULD DIE FOR YOU AND FOR ME AND FOR OUR SINS. THAT PROVES TO US NOT ONLY THAT GOD HAS LOVED US WITH THE GREATEST LOVE, BUT THAT GOD DEMONSTRATES THAT LOVE TO US IN ORDER THAT WE MIGHT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF SALVATION.

WE'RE GOING TO USE AS A MAIN TEXT THEN THIS MORNING THE BOOK OF ROMANS CHAPTER 5. YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THROUGHOUT THE BOOK OF ROMANS THERE'S A GREAT STRUGGLE IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE CHRISTIANS WHO ASSEMBLE THERE IN ROME - AND THAT STRUGGLE IS THE SAME STRUGGLE THAT WE ALL FACE EACH AND EVERY DAY. SIN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF MAN'S PLIGHT. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PLAGUE UPON GOD'S CREATION. AND THEREFORE, AS WE THINK ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF SIN, THERE'S A CHOICE THAT YOU AND I MAKE EVERY DAY: WILL I SERVE GOD AND THEREFORE STRIVE TO BE SINLESS? OR WILL I SERVE SIN AND THEREFORE REJECT GOD? THIS IS DESCRIBED IN MANY WAYS, WHETHER IT IS THE WISDOM OF GOD OR THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD. IT IS DESCRIBED IN THE IDEA OF BEING THOSE WHO ARE RIGHTEOUS OR UNRIGHTEOUS. IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AS SOMETHING IN CHAPTER 6 THAT PROVES WHETHER ONE IS A SLAVE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS OR A SLAVE OF SIN. YOU SEE THE CHOICE? THE CHOICE THAT WE WAKE UP EVERY MORNING AND WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE CHOICE THAT DETERMINES, NOT ONLY WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS LIFE; WHETHER WE ARE BLESSED OF GOD OR NOT, BUT THE CHOICE THAT DETERMINES OUR ETERNAL DESTINY AND THE OPPORTUNITY OF SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

THAT'S WHY WHEN WE READ IN CHAPTER 5 THERE AND IN VERSE 8 OF THE BOOK OF ROMANS, THE STATEMENT IS MADE, “BUT GOD DEMONSTRATES, HIS OWN LOVE TOWARD US, IN THAT WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS CHRIST DIED FOR US.” WHAT DID GOD DO FOR US? HE DIED. HE GAVE HIS LIFE, THE GREATEST OF ALL LOVES. HOW DID HE PROVE HIS LOVE? NOT JUST BY DOING GOOD THINGS...WHICH CERTAINLY GOD HAS. NOT JUST BY BEING KIND OR PROVIDING FOR US OR PROTECTING US, NOT JUST IN ALL OF THOSE WAYS THAT YOU AND I WOULD SHOW LOVE TO OTHERS BUT THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE , THE ULTIMATE PAYMENT HAVING BEEN MADE. THE ULTIMATE GIFT THAT GOD SHOWED IN THE FACT THAT JESUS LITERALLY DIED A PHYSICAL DEATH AS A MAN, AGAIN FOR OUR SINS WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS - WHILE GOD UNDERSTOOD THAT WE WOULD CHOOSE SIN. CERTAINLY WE MIGHT BE FOLLOWERS OF GOD. WE MIGHT LOVE GOD. WE MIGHT BE THOSE WHO ARE COMMITTED IN SO MANY WAYS TO GOD. BUT THE PLAGUE OF SIN STILL EXISTS EVEN FOR GOD'S FOLLOWERS. THE PROBLEM OF SIN. NO WONDER IN THE SAME BOOK IN CHAPTER 3 AND VERSE 23, WE LEARN THAT ALL HAVE SINNED. WHO IS HE TALKING TO? THE CHRISTIANS AT ROME. HE TALKING TO US. ALL HAVE SINNED AND SIN EQUALS THE LOSS OF GOD'S GIFT IF WE DO NOT REPENT OF THAT SIN. IF WE CHOOSE SIN WE SEPARATE OURSELVES, ISAIAH SAYS FROM GOD - ISAIAH 59.

BUT WHEN WE REPENT AND WE LOVE GOD ENOUGH TO DO HIS WILL AND TO OBEY GOD...OOH, THE LOVE THAT WE DEMONSTRATE TO GOD! WHEN WE MAKE THOSE SACRIFICES NECESSARY AND WE EVEN SUFFER IN THE NAME OF CHRIST, OOH THE LOVE THAT GOD SEES AS WE ARE HIS FRIENDS, THERE IN JOHN 15:14. AND WE PROVE LOVE AS FRIENDS OF GOD BECAUSE WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. BUT ALSO IN JOHN 14:15 WHEN JESUS SAID: IF YOU LOVE ME, WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO? KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS. YOU SEE, LOVE IS NOT ONLY DEMONSTRATED IN THE SACRIFICE OF ONE'S LIFE FOR ANOTHER. THAT MIGHT BE THE GREATEST LOVE. BUT LOVE IS ALSO DEMONSTRATED IN OBEDIENCE - IN CARE, CONCERN, AND COMPASSION - IN THOSE THINGS THAT WE DO OF A GODLY NATURE THAT PROVE TO SOMEONE ELSE JUST HOW MUCH WE CARE.

BUT AS WE LOOK BACK INTO THE SAME TEXT THERE, THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS THAT ARE INDICATED FOR US IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE. AND HE FIRST KIND OF DEFINES FOR US THIS IDEA OF CHRIST DYING FOR A MAN WHO HAS ACTUALLY CHOSEN SIN RATHER THAN THE SERVICE OF GOD. AND HE SAYS THERE IN VERSE 6 BEGINNING, “FOR WHEN WE WERE STILL WITHOUT A STRENGTH, IN DUE TIME CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY,” US. VERSE 7 ADDS, “FOR SCARCELY FOR A RIGHTEOUS MAN...” WOULD WHAT? “ONE DIE…” DIE FOR ANOTHER MAN. “YET PERHAPS FOR A GOOD MAN SOMEONE WOULD EVEN DARE TO DIE,” HE WOULD DIE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS WHAT? GOOD. BUT WHAT DID CHRIST DO? HE DIED FOR US WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS! YOU SEE THAT...YOU SEE THE DISTINCTION? THE CLARIFICATION? YOU AND I, MAYBE AS FATHERS OR AS MOTHERS OR AS GRANDPARENTS, WE MIGHT WOULD BE WILLING TO DIE FOR A CHILD, A GRANDCHILD. WE MIGHT BE WILLING TO DIE FOR OUR WIFE OR OUR HUSBAND. WE MIGHT BE WILLING TO DIE FOR SOMEONE THAT WE LOVE. BUT EVEN THAT MIGHT MAKE US THINK. YOU SEE, SCARCELY WOULD A MAN DIE FOR EVEN SOMEONE HE LOVES LET ALONE SOMEONE WHO HE DOES NOT LOVE, IN THE SENSE OF AN ENEMY.

BUT WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO? JESUS SAID, YOU KNOW AND I KNOW - MATTHEW 5:44 - LOVE YOUR ENEMIES. HOW DO I SHOW THE GREATEST LOVE? ARE YOU WILLING TO DIE FOR YOUR ENEMIES? ARE YOU WILLING TO DIE FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN SIN AND REALLY AREN'T WORTHY IN OUR ESTIMATION OF CHRIST OR THE GIFT OF CHRIST? THAT'S WHAT JESUS DID AND THAT'S WHY THE STANDARD HAS BEEN SET AND THE BAR HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED. AND BRETHREN, IT'S A HIGH BAR. FRIENDS, IT'S A DIFFICULT THING TO ACHIEVE, BUT IT'S SOMETHING WE STRIVE FOR. IT'S A GOAL THAT WE STRIVE FOR TO HAVE THAT TYPE OF LOVE THAT GOD HAS THAT WE'RE WILLING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES AND WE'RE WILLING TO MAKE WHATEVER SACRIFICES NECESSARY. NOT ONLY FOR OUR OWN SALVATION AND THE SALVATION OF THOSE THAT WE REALLY LOVE AND LIKE, BUT THE SALVATION OF ALL MEN. WHAT EXTENT ARE WE WILLING TO GO TO THAT OTHERS MIGHT HEAR THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST? WHAT SACRIFICES ARE WE WILLING TO MAKE? ARE WE WILLING TO EVEN MAKE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THAT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST MIGHT BE TAKEN TO A LOST AND DYING WORLD?

BUT THERE ARE A FEW OTHER THINGS SAID HERE ABOUT THE LOVE OF GOD IN RELATIONSHIP TO HOW IT IS DEMONSTRATED IN THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST AND WHAT THE BENEFIT IS. BECAUSE WE'VE ALREADY NOTICED THAT WHAT ONE BENEFIT IS, IS THE FACT THAT WE CAN OVERCOME SIN. IF HE DIED FOR OUR SINS WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS THAT WE MIGHT KNOW THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD AND BE SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS RATHER THAN SLAVES OF SIN, WHAT DOES THAT TELL US ABOUT GOD'S FOLLOWERS? WE PUT SIN AWAY. WE NO LONGER SERVE SIN. BUT THEN HE ALSO CALLED JESUS NOT JUST THE ONE WHO DEMONSTRATED THE GREATEST LOVE FOR US BUT, VERSE 9 SAYS, “MUCH MORE THEN, HAVING NOW BEEN JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD.” YOU SEE ANOTHER ELEMENT THAT IS BROUGHT UP HERE - THE LOVE OF GOD JUSTIFIES US, THAT GREATEST LOVE...HOW? HE SAYS THROUGH THE BLOOD THAT WAS SHED. YOU SEE, THAT SACRIFICE THAT WAS MADE; A LITERAL SACRIFICE. A SHEDDING OF THE BLOOD OF THE PERFECT CHRIST IN THE FLESH. AND WHAT DOES IT OFFER US? IT SAYS WE SHALL BE SAVED.

AND THE FACT THAT WE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD. WE SHALL BE SAVED FROM WHAT? WRATH! WRATH! WHO DOES GOD'S WRATH APPLY TO? GO BACK TO CHAPTER 1 OF THIS BOOK, CHAPTER 2. HIS WRATH IS UPON THOSE WHO CHOOSE SIN AND TO SERVE SIN AND SATAN. BUT THOSE WHO ARE RIGHTEOUS, THOSE WHO HAVE RESPONDED TO THE GREATEST LOVE THAT GOD HAS OFFERED, THOSE WHO THE BLOOD OF JESUS HAVE OVERCOME SIN, HAVE BEEN JUSTIFIED BY THAT BLOOD, AND THEREFORE ARE SAVED. OHH, THE LOVE OF GOD! WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO UNDERSTAND JUST HOW MUCH GOD HAS LOVED US AND PROVED THAT LOVE. THERE'S NOTHING GREATER THAT GOD COULD DO TO PROVE HIS LOVE IN WHAT IS ALREADY DONE.

AND THERE'S A FINAL THING THAT IS ALSO MENTIONED HERE IN VERSE 10. NOT ONLY IS CHRIST REALLY THAT ONE WHO SHOWED THE GREATEST OF LOVE AND BECAME THE GREAT JUSTIFIER THROGH THE BLOODSHED AND THE SACRIFICE MADE - BUT IT ALSO CALLS HIM THE RECONCILER. YOU KNOW, AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT ALREADY SIN SEPARATES A MAN FROM GOD. SO THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING TO HEAL THAT SEPARATION, TO BRING US BACK. THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING TO RECONCILE US TO THE FATHER. BECAUSE OUR SINS. OUR ACTIONS, OUR ATTITUDES, THOSE THINGS CONTRARY TO GOD HAVE TAKEN US AWAY OR SEPARATED US FROM GOD. WHAT DID JESUS DO? HE AGAIN SHED THAT BLOOD THAT WE MIGHT BE WHAT? READ VERSE 10 WITH ME, “FOR IF WHEN WE WERE ENEMIES,” WHEN WE WERE STILL IN SIN, WHEN WE STILL WERE WITHOUT GOD, “WHEN WE WERE ENEMIES WE WERE RECONCILED TO GOD THROUGH THE DEATH OF HIS SON, MUCH MORE, HAVING BEEN RECONCILED, WE SHALL BE SAVED BY HIS LIFE.”. SAVED BY HIS LIFE, TWICE THE TEXT HERE EMPHASIZES THAT WE ARE JUSTIFIED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST THAT WE MIGHT BE SAVED AND NOW WE SEE THAT JESUS HAS RECONCILED US THAT WE MIGHT WHAT? THAT WE MIGHT BE SAVED THROUGH THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST.

BUT THERE'S A THE FINAL THING AS WELL WITHIN THAT SAME VERSE THAT WE WERE LOOKING AT, THAT WE ARE SAVED THROUGH THE RECONCILIATION OF JESUS CHRIST BY HIS LIFE. WHAT IS IT THAT REALLY PROVED TO US THAT GOD IS IN THE FLESH AND WAS JESUS. AND THE FACT THAT HE WAS RESURRECTED, IT WAS IN THE LIFE OF CHRIST THAT HE OVERCAME DEATH, AND THEN THE FACT THAT HE OVERCAME DEATH, WHAT PAUL ESTABLISHES THROUGHOUT THIS BOOK AND OTHERS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, AS WELL AS OTHER WRITERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IS THAT AS HE RESURRECTED WE SHALL BE RESURRECTED. YOU KNOW, WE THINK ABOUT DEATH AND WE KNOW THAT ALL MEN WILL DIE. IT'S APPOINTED TO MAN TO DIE AND THEN WE'LL BE JUDGED. BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS WE CAN BE SAVED BECAUSE CHRIST HAS RECONCILED US THROUGH HIS BLOOD AND JUSTIFIED US THAT WE MIGHT BE THOSE WHO ARE AGAIN HEALED IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE LIFE OF CHRIST, THE ONE WHO IS GOD.

SO NOW WE REALLY SEE NOT JUST THE BEAUTY BUT THE POWER OF THAT SACRIFICE. THE ONE WHO HAS POWER OVER DEATH AND LIFE. THE ONE WHO WAS PUT IN THE GRAVE FOR THREE DAYS YET HE ROSE FROM THE GRAVE. BY HIS LIFE, YOU SEE WE ARE RECONCILED. WE MIGHT BE JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD AND GIVEN THAT OPPORTUNITY OF REDEMPTION OR CLEANSING OR THE DISCONNECT OF SIN, THE LEAVING OF SIN THAT THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS WE MIGHT OBEY GOD, AND THEREFORE BECOME HIS RIGHTEOUS CHILDREN. BUT IT'S THROUGH THE LIFE OF JESUS THAT WE SEE THE RECONCILIATION WAS PROVIDED. BECAUSE AFTER JESUS ROSE FROM THE GRAVE HE ENACTED THE NEW COVENANT, THAT IF WE BECOME HEIRS WITH HIM - IF WE BECOME THOSE RECIPIENTS WHO PROVE OURSELVES WORTHY BEFORE GOD BECAUSE WE HAVE OBEYED THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST WHERE SALVATION IS FOUND ( ROMANS 1:16 ) THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL WE BE RECONCILED TO A GOD WHO CAN WHAT? SAVE US.

SO THE QUESTION IS, HAVE YOU BEEN SAVED BY AND THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS, AS WELL AS HIS LIFE THIS DAY? DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT GOD HAS LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO SAVE YOU? HE'S DONE HIS PART. HE'S PREPARED THE GIFT AND HE'S OFFERED THE GIFT THROUGH GRACE IN JESUS CHRIST. SO THE QUESTION WILL AGAIN BE: WILL YOU RESPOND TO THAT GIFT? WILL YOU DO WHAT IS REQUIRED? WILL YOU ACT UPON THAT BLOOD AND THAT SACRIFICE MADE IF SO PRAISE BE TO GOD YOU WILL BE A CHILD YOU WILL BE MADE? IF SO, PRAISE BE TO GOD. YOU WILL BE A CHILD. YOU WILL BE SAVED. IF NOT, YOU'LL BE LOST. REPENT AND PREPARE TODAY.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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MAY WE ALL BE WILLING TO SUBMIT TO THE LOVE OF GOD WHICH SAVES OUR SOULS. HOWEVER, MAY WE ALSO BE WILLING TO SHARE THIS WONDROUS KNOWLEDGE WITH A LOST AND DYING WORLD. OH, HOW BLESSED THIS EARTH IS WITH THE LOVE OF GOD WHICH NOW SAVES US!