THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 11-13-16

LESSON TITLE: “CHRIST IS HEAD OF THE CHURCH AND SAVIOR OF THE BODY”

WELCOME

HERE WE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN ON ANOTHER WONDROUS LORD DAY! AS THE GREAT PSALMIST DAVID SAID, “THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE; WE WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.”

HOW TRULY BLESSED WE ARE TO BE GIVEN THIS NEW DAY IN THE SERVICE TO OUR GOD. SO LET’S START OUT THE DAY RIGHT BY SINGING PRAISES TO HIS NAME AND BY STUDYING HIS WORD. FURTHERMORE, LET’S TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY RIGHT NOW TO SPEAK TO OUR CREATOR IN PRAYER. BOW WITH ME PLEASE!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY, WE THANK YOU FOR THE BLESSINGS OF LIFE AND THE OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. WE THANK YOU FOR THE AVENUE OF WORSHIP WHERE WE CAN DO THINGS IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH - WHICH ARE ACCORDING TO YOUR COMMAND. AND FATHER, WE ASK THAT THE THINGS WE DO IN LIFE EACH AND EVERY DAY - PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY- WILL ALWAYS BE A GLORY TO YOU AND HELP THE WORLD TO KNOW YOU THROUGH US. THESE THINGS WE PRAY THROUGH JESUS NAME, AMEN.

ISN’T IT WONDERFUL TO KNOW THAT IN JESUS CHRIST WE HAVE A MASTER WHO SHOWS US THE WAY TO GO. HE ALSO GUIDES US IN WHAT TO DO AND TELLS US WHAT IT EXPECTED. ANOTHER THING WHICH IS ENCOURAGING TO ME IS TO KNOW THAT HE IS THERE BESIDE ME, HOLDING MY HAND - HELPING ME DAY BY DAY.

THIS MORNING, OUR FIRST SONG REMINDS US OF THE MANY THINGS JESUS DOES FOR US IN OUR DAILY LIVES. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME, AS WE TOGETHER SING, “SUN OF MY SOUL.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

AS CHRISTIANS, WE OFTEN BECOME INTROVERTED FROM THIS WORLD AND REALLY SEEM FOCUSED MAINLY ON THOSE THINGS RELATED TO THE CHURCH AND OUR BRETHREN. HOWEVER, WHAT ABOUT THOSE IN THIS WORLD WHO NEED HELP. AREN’T WE TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED HELP OR DO AS MUCH AS WE CAN FOR OUR FELLOW MAN?

WELL IF WE LOOK INTO GOD’S WORD THIS IS THE ATTITUDE OF CHRIST. IN FACT, THROUGHOUT HIS MINISTRY WE FIND THAT JESUS WAS WILLING TO HELP ALL OF THOSE HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH AS BEST HE COULD, BUT WHY? BECAUSE JESUS SAID HE CAME TO SERVE IN THIS WORLD, NOT TO BE SERVED. READ WITH ME HIS WORDS IN MATTHEW 20:28, THERE IT SAYS, “THE SON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO BE SERVED, BUT TO SERVE, AND TO GIVE HIS LIFE A RANSOM FOR MANY.” JESUS WAS FOCUSED ON SERVING OTHERS AND IN HELPING THIS WORLD KNOW HIM IN ORDER TO BE SAVED.

ANOTHER QUESTION WE MIGHT ASK IS, “WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE DID HE SERVE?” THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT JESUS DIED FOR THE WHOLE WORLD, 1 JOHN 2:2! IT ALSO TELLS US THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL BE SAVED, JOHN 3:16. SO CHRIST WAS A SERVANT TO ALL.

NOW THIS IS THE VERY REASON THAT WE SEE THE WRITERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CONFIRMING OUR DUTY OF SERVICE TOWARD ALL MANKIND. JOHN SAID, “BELOVED, YOU DO FAITHFULLY WHATEVER YOU DO FOR THE BRETHREN AND FOR STRANGERS,” 3 JOHN 1:5. PAUL SAID, “THEREFORE, AS WE HAVE OPPORTUNITY, LET US DO GOOD TO ALL, ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO ARE OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH,” GALATIANS 6:10. THESE MEN REALIZED THAT WE ARE NOT ONLY TO DO GOOD TO OUR BRETHREN, BUT ALSO TO THE WHOLE WORLD.

BUT AGAIN, YOU MIGHT ASK WHY? READ WITH ME FROM 1 CORINTHIANS 9:19. THERE IT SAYS, “FOR THOUGH I AM FREE FROM ALL MEN, I HAVE MADE MYSELF A SERVANT TO ALL, THAT I MIGHT WIN THE MORE.” PAUL SAID, WE SERVE OTHERS AS CHRIST DID, SO THAT WE MAY INFLUENCE THEM FOR HIS SAKE AND SO THAT WE MAY TRULY LET THIS WORLD SEE GOD IN US. IF WE WANT THIS WHOLE WORLD TO FOLLOW JESUS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO LET THEM SEE THAT HE DOES WONDERFUL THINGS IN THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO FOLLOW HIM.

SO I ASK YOU, ARE YOU ALLOWING THIS WORLD TO SEE CHRIST IN YOU BECAUSE OF YOUR SERVICE TO THOSE WHO LIVE AROUND YOU IN YOUR DAILY LIFE? ARE YOU HELPING YOUR NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO KNOW MORE ABOUT CHRIST, BECAUSE OF THE THINGS YOU DO AND SAY IN YOUR LIFE? IF SO, PRAISE BE TO GOD. BUT IF NOT, WHY NOT BEGIN TODAY SERVING GOD THROUGH DOING GOOD TO OTHERS IN THIS WORLD? REMEMBER THE WORDS OF JESUS, “THEN HE WILL ANSWER THEM, SAYING, 'ASSUREDLY, I SAY TO YOU, INASMUCH AS YOU DID NOT DO IT TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE, YOU DID NOT DO IT TO ME,” MATTHEW 25:45!

TODAY, OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC OF STUDY IS, “CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH AND SAVIOR OF THE BODY.” THIS IS OUR NEXT LESSON IN THE SERIES CALLED “THE BRIDE OF CHRIST.” SO, PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING, AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER I WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. THE NAME OF OUR NEXT HYMN IS, “STAND UP FOR JESUS!”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US THIS MORNING AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO OUR SERIES ON THE BRIDE OF CHRIST. AND WE CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THAT THE CONCEPT OF THE BRIDE OF CHRIST, JESUS HIMSELF BEING THE BRIDEGROOM, THAT WE AS HIS FOLLOWERS HIS CHILDREN AND ACTUALLY HIS MATES ARE HIS BRIDE. AND THEREFORE, WE AS THE CHURCH ARE THE KINGDOM, MAKE UP THAT BRIDE - WHICH CERTAINLY HAVE BEEN GIVEN OPPORTUNITY THROUGH HIS OWN SACRIFICE AND BLOOD TO BE CALLED HIS CHILDREN. WE ALSO TOGETHER THROUGHOUT OUR SERIES SO FAR HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE SEVERAL THINGS CONCERNING THE BRIDE OF CHRIST OR THE CHURCH. WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO LOOK AT THE FACT, THAT CERTAINLY JESUS DETERMINED THAT HE WOULD BUILD THE CHURCH AND ACCORDING TO EVEN CREATION AND PROPHECY, WE KNOW THAT THINGS NOW HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH THE BLOOD THAT WAS SHED - SO THAT WE TODAY MIGHT BE A PART OF THAT VERY KINGDOM OR CHURCH THAT HE SAID IN MATTHEW 16 THAT HE WOULD BUILD. WE'VE ALSO BEEN ABLE TO LOOK TOGETHER AT THE IDEA THAT JESUS IS THE FOUNDER OF HIS CHURCH. THAT HE BUILT IT AND THAT HE ALONE IS THAT FOUNDATION, AS PAUL EVEN SAID TO THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH, THAT THERE WAS NO OTHER FOUNDATION LAID THAN THE ONE LAID AND THAT WAS JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF. AND SO THIS MORNING WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE WITH US IS TO CONSIDER MORE FUNDAMENTALS ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD - THE CHURCH OF GOD - AND UNDERSTANDING TOGETHER REALLY WHAT IS STATED CLEARLY IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5.

AND SO IF YOU'LL TURN THERE WITH ME YOU WILL NOTICE WITH ME WHAT PAUL, BY AND THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT LED, HE DECLARES CONCERNING - NOT ONLY CHRIST - BUT THE COMPARISON THAT HE MAKES IN RELATIONSHIP TO CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH AS SOMETHING WHICH IS FAMILIAR TO US - THE RELATIONSHIP OF A HUSBAND AND A WIFE. IN FACT, THERE IN VERSE 23 WE READ, “FOR THE HUSBAND IS HEAD OF THE WIFE AS ALSO CHRIST IS HEAD OF THE CHURCH AND HE IS SAVIOR OF THE BODY.” YOU KNOW, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT A MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP, WE FIND SEVERAL THINGS THAT ARE TRUE HERE. THE HUSBAND HAS BEEN CREATED BY GOD AND IS HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD. BUT ALSO HE IS THE SAVIOR OF THE BODY - THAT PROVIDER - THE ONE WHO SHOULD BE WILLING TO GIVE HIS OWN LIFE FOR HIS WIFE OR HIS CHILDREN. AND I CERTAINLY BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE MANY FATHERS WHO WOULD BE WILLING TO DO THAT AND WHO HAVE SHOWN SUCH SACRIFICE. WELL, IN COMPARISON CHRIST IS HEAD OF THE CHURCH. YOU MIGHT NOTICE EVEN WITHIN THE MINDSET OR CONCEPT OF A FAMILY HOW MANY HEADS ARE THERE IN A FAMILY. THERE IS ONE HEAD, ONE MAN, ONE HUSBAND. AND THEREFORE, EVEN WITHIN THE IDEA OF THE CHURCH OR CHRIST BEING HEAD OF THE CHURCH, WE KNOW THERE WOULD BE BUT ONE HEAD. IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4, WE FIND JUST A CHAPTER BACK, THE IDEA THAT THERE IS BUT ONE BODY AND WITH EVERY BODY WE KNOW THAT GOD HAD GIVEN A WHAT? A SINGULAR HEAD. AND SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THE CONCEPT OF CHRIST BEING THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH WE DO UNDERSTAND IT IN A VERY SIMPLE AND LOGICAL WAY. THAT THERE IS BUT ONE HEAD TO THE KINGDOM OF THE CHURCH AND ONE WHO ALONE IS WORTHY TO BE HEAD AND OVER THE KINGDOM OF THE CHURCH - AND THAT IS CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.

NOW CERTAINLY THIS IS TROUBLING IN RESPECT TO THE CONCEPTS OF WHAT MAN HATH PRESENTED IN RELATIONSHIP TO RELIGION. WE LOOK AROUND AND WE SEE RELIGION AFTER RELIGION, THOSE OF PROTESTANT BACKGROUNDS AND OTHERS, THAT CERTAINLY WILL HAVE MAN-MADE HEADS OR MAN-MADE COUNCILS OR INSTITUTIONS. WHEN WE LOOK INTO THE BIBLE WHAT DO WE FIND? WHAT WE CLEARLY FIND IS THERE IS BUT ONE HEAD. AND DO YOU KNOW WHY CHRIST IS WORTHY TO BE THAT HEAD? BECAUSE HE ALONE GAVE HIS LIFE. HE SHED HIS BLOOD. WHAT MAN OF THIS EARTH HAS GIVEN HIS LIFE OR ALREADY SHED HIS BLOOD TO PURCHASE THE CHURCH TO OFFER FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND THEN TO GIVE US THE ABILITY TO BE PLACED INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD? THERE'S NOT A MAN WHO HAS DONE THIS IN OUR LIFETIME AND THERE'S NO OTHER MAN BUT JESUS CHRIST WHO HAS EVER ACCOMPLISHED THIS FOR THE CHURCH OR FOR THE SAKE OF GOD IN THE SENSE THAT JESUS DID. IN FACT, IN THE VERY SAME TEXT OF EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5 AFTER WE HAVE DECLARED THAT CHRIST IS HEAD OF THE CHURCH AND THE SAVIOR OF THE BODY, WE ACTUALLY HAVE GIVEN TO US THE ANSWER AS TO WHY, THERE IN THE SAME CONTEXT, DOWN IN VERSE 25 THIS IS ADDED, “HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIVES JUST AS CHRIST ALSO LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR HER.” AND WE FORGOTTEN THAT JESUS DIED FOR US? HE DIED FOR YOU AND ME. HE DIED FOR OUR SINS AND THE OPPORTUNITY THROUGH HIS SACRIFICE THAT MUST BE PRESENTED AND MADE AVAILABLE THAT WE CAN BE CALLED THE VERY CHILDREN OF GOD. THAT WE CAN BE CALLED THE SAVED OF OUR CREATOR.

NOW THIS CERTAINLY IS SIGNIFICANT EVEN WITHIN THE VERY SAME BOOK AS WELL. BECAUSE WE CAN BACKUP EVEN INTO EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1 AND GUESS WHAT WE LEARN AT THE END OF THAT CHAPTER? THAT CHRIST IS DECLARED AS AND CHRIST ALONE IS DECLARED AS. NOTICE IN VERSE 22 WHAT THE FATHER HAS DONE. IN VERSE 22 WE READ, “AND HE PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET.” WHO? GOD THE FATHER. GOD THE FATHER PUT ALL THINGS UNDER THE FEET OF WHO? NOT A MAN. NOT A RELIGION. UNDER CHRIST, ALONE WHO WAS WORTHY. WHY? BECAUSE HE DIED AND SHED HIS BLOOD. ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN PUT UNDER CHRIST. FOR CHRIST, MATTHEW 28 IN VERSE 18, HAS BEEN GIVEN ALL POWER AND AUTHORITY BY GOD THE FATHER HIMSELF. HE TODAY IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. HE TODAY ALONE IS SAVIOR OF THE BODY. BUT NOW READ ON WITH ME IN VERSE 22 THAT THE FATHER DETERMINED TO PUT ALL THINGS UNDER WHAT? THE FEET OF CHRIST AND GAVE HIM - CHRIST - TO BE HEAD OVER ALL THINGS TO THE CHURCH, WHICH IS HIS BODY. WHAT WE HAVE CLARIFIED FOR US HERE? THE CONCEPT OF THE BODY IN THE CHURCH, THE KINGDOM.

A LESSON THAT WE EARLIER HAD ABOUT THEM ALL BEING REALLY IN REFERENCE TO THE SAME THING, AT LEAST IN RESPECT TO THE SPIRITUALLY ESTABLISHED INSTITUTION OF GOD, THAT WE ARE ADDED BY GOD TOO WHICH MAKES UP THE SAVED. BUT HERE WE HAVE THE IDEA PRESENTED CLEARLY THAT CHRIST ALONE IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. IN WHAT WAY? IN WHAT AREA? ALL AREAS! ALWAYS! FOR HE IS CHRIST. NOW, THAT SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED WITH THE FACT THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS NEEDED IN THE CHURCH AND CERTAIN WORKERS PLACED IN THE CHURCH TO ACCOMPLISH THE EDIFICATION, AND THE TEACHING, AND THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. IN FACT, IN EPHESIANS AGAIN BUT CHAPTER 4 VERSE 11, IT SAYS THERE THAT HE HIMSELF GAVE SOME TO BE APOSTLES, SOME PROPHETS, SOME EVANGELISTS, SOME PASTORS, AND SOME TEACHERS. BUT DO YOU NOTICE THERE IN THE LAST OF WHAT JESUS DID TO ACCOMPLISH THE WORK OF THE CHURCH THAT IS IDENTIFIED IN VERSE 12 OF THE SAME PASSAGE? DO YOU NOTICE THERE THAT HE NEVER SAYS HE GAVE SOME OTHERS TO BE HEAD OF THE CHURCH? OR TO BE RULERS OF THE CHURCH IN THE SENSE OF BEING HEAD OR TO BE AUTHORITY OVER THE CHURCH? IT'S OVER AND OVER AGAIN PRESENTED AND AFFIRMED IN THIS BOOK AND MANY OTHER BOOKS IN THE SCRIPTURES AS WELL. CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. CHRIST IS THE SAVIOR OF THE BODY. I ALSO LIKE WHAT PAUL IDENTIFIES THERE IN CHAPTER 2 OF THE SAME BOOK - EPHESIANS - WHEN HE'S TALKING ABOUT HOW THAT WE WERE STRANGERS AND FOREIGNERS IN VERSE 19. AND THAT REALLY WITHOUT CHRIST WE WOULD'VE HAD NO HOPE. BUT THEN IN VERSE 20 HE SAYS THIS, “HAVING BEEN BUILT ON THE FOUNDATION OF THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS” - THOSE WHO GAVE US THE WORD OF GOD AND HAD REVEALED TO US THOSE THINGS WHICH WERE DIRECTLY FROM GOD THROUGH THE POWER THEY HAD GIVEN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT DURING THAT MIRACULOUS AGE - THEY BEING A PART OF THAT FOUNDATION WHICH ALL THINGS ARE BUILT UPON. BUT JESUS CHRIST, THE VERSE SAYS, HIMSELF IS THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. THERE IS NO OTHER BUT JESUS CHRIST. HE ALONE IS WORTHY TO BEAR THAT TITLE. HE ALONE IS WORTHY TO SHOW US THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO KNOW THAT SALVATION IS FOUND IN HIM AND HIM ALONE!

THIS IS THE VERY IDEA THAT WE FIND IN ACTS CHAPTER 4 WHEN WE SEE A DISCUSSION THERE CONCERNING THE JEWS AND THEIR MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE HIGH PRIEST OF THE JEWISH LAW AND THE PRIEST OF THE JEWISH LAW AND HOW THEY WERE MISUNDERSTANDING REALLY WHAT CHRIST HAD DONE WHEN HE SHED HIS BLOOD BY REPLACING THE OLD LAW AND THE OLD LEADERS WITH CHRIST AS THE HEAD. NOTICE WHAT IS STATED THERE IN VERSE 11 - IT SAYS, “THIS IS THE STONE, THAT IS JESUS, WHICH WAS REJECTED BY YOU BUILDERS - THAT IS THE JEWS - WHICH IS THIS SAME STONE THAT HAS BECOME THE CORNERSTONE. THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE.” THAT IS AGAIN JESUS CHRIST. BUT THEN IN VERSE 12 - IT SAYS, “NOR IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER FOR THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED.” MY FRIEND, IF YOU ARE SAVED IN THE NAME OR BY THE NAME OF A MAN OF THIS EARTH TODAY - IF YOU'RE SAVED BY THE NAME OF OR IN THE FACT OF A RELIGION OF THIS EARTH IN THIS DAY - IF YOU'RE SAVED BY ANY OTHER NAME THAN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST - YOU'RE NOT SAVED! YOU'RE NOT A PART OF HIS CHURCH BECAUSE HE ALONE IS THE ONE WHO HAS THE CHURCH, WHO IS WORTHY TO BE OVER THE CHURCH, WHO IS WORTHY TO BUILD AND FOUND THE CHURCH, WHO IS WORTHY TO BE HEAD. FOR HE ALONE MADE THE SACRIFICE AND WAS PLACED BY THE FATHER AND GIVEN THAT AUTHORITY AND THAT AUTHORITY ALONE. WE CONTINUE TO SEE THIS IN OTHER PASSAGES THAT WE HAVE CONSIDERED EVEN THROUGHOUT OUR DISCUSSIONS OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS. IN FOR INSTANCE COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1 IN VERSE 13. DID YOU NOTICE THERE IT TALKS ABOUT HOW THAT AGAIN WE ARE TRANSLATED OUT OF DARKNESS BY THE FATHER AND PUT INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE DEAR SON OF HIS LOVE? WHO IS THAT? JESUS - THE SON OF HIS LOVE. THE KINGDOM OF WHO? NOT EVEN THE FATHER, ALTHOUGH CERTAINLY GOD BEING THE FATHER IS A RECIPIENT OF THAT KINGDOM THAT SOMEDAY WILL BE DELIVERED BACK TO HIM – 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15. BUT HERE IT SAYS THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF HIS LOVE. THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST. NOT THE KINGDOM OF MAN OF THIS EARTH. NOT THE KINGDOM OF SAINT SO-AND-SO. NOT THE KINGDOM OF A DENOMINATION OR A RELIGION. THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST! WE MUST BE OF THE KING OF KINGS. WE MUST BE OF THE LORD OF LORDS. DON'T YOU FIND THAT INTERESTING? AND IF WE'LL LOGICALLY CONSIDER THE CONCEPT - IF THE CHURCH IS THE KINGDOM - AND IT IS, DOESN'T THE KINGDOM OR OF NECESSITY NEED A KING? YES. WHO IS THE KING? WHO IS THE LORD? WELL I THINK YOU KNOW THAT ANSWER. BUT THERE IN THE BOOK OF FIRST TIMOTHY CHAPTER 6 AND VERSE 15 IT IS CLEARLY IDENTIFIED HERE AS JESUS CHRIST, EVEN GOING BACK TO VERSE 13. BUT VERSE 16 SAYS OR RATHER VERSE 15 SAYS, “WHICH HE WILL MANIFEST IN HIS OWN TIME” - HE - JESUS, WHO IS WHAT? WHO IS THE “BLESSED AND ONLY POTENTATE.” THAT MEANS SOVEREIGN RULER. THE ONLY RULER THAT IS WORTHY. HE - IT ADDS ALSO – “IS THE ONLY KING OF KINGS.” HE - WHO IS THE ONLY WHAT? LORD OF LORDS. YOU SEE, THERE IS NO OTHER KING. THERE IS NO OTHER LORD BY WHICH WE MUST BE OR CAN BE SAVED OR OF WHICH WE CAN BE IN THE KINGDOM OF. THAT KINGDOM THAT CHRIST IS GOING TO RETURN AND RECEIVE WHEN HE JUDGES THE WORLD IS GOING TO BE HIS KINGDOM! THAT'S THE KINGDOM THAT I WANT TO BE A PART OF! BECAUSE THAT'S THE KINGDOM I KNOW THE SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT CERTAINLY HE WILL DELIVER BACK TO HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN.

DON'T YOU FIND IT ALSO INTERESTING THAT THE SAME AUTHOR, PAUL, BUT IN THE CORINTHIAN LETTER – 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 11 - ACTUALLY CLEARLY IDENTIFIES THE MIND OF GOD THAT THERE'S ONLY ONE INDIVIDUAL OVER MAN? IN FACT, IF YOU LOOK WITH ME THERE IN THAT SPECIFIC CONTEXT IN VERSE THREE IT SAYS, “BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE HEAD OF EVERY MAN IS CHRIST.” NOW AGAIN, WHERE IS THE NAME OF A MODERN-DAY MAN OR EVEN A MAN THAT LIVED A FEW HUNDRED OR EVEN 1000 YEARS AGO? HE SAYS THE HEAD OF MAN IS CHRIST. THUS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH IS CHRIST. AND THEN HE ACTUALLY GOES ON TO MAKE THE FULL COMPARISON THAT THE HEAD OF WOMAN IS MAN AND EVEN THE HEAD OF CHRIST IS GOD THE FATHER HIMSELF. YOU SEE WHO THE HEAD IS? DO WE UNDERSTAND? HAVE WE SHOWN HIM THAT COMMITMENT - THAT LOVE - TO KNOW THAT HE IS WORTHY AND THAT HE ALONE IS WORTHY AS THE FATHER HAS IDENTIFIED. WHY? BECAUSE HE ALONE MADE THE SACRIFICE. AS PAUL SAID TO THE PHILIPPIAN CHURCH - PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2: “HE ALONE WAS THE ONE WHO ALTHOUGH BEING GOD NOT CONCERNING A ROBBERY” -VERSE SIX OF CHAPTER 2 – “TO BE EQUAL WITH GOD.” HE MADE HIMSELF WHAT? VERSE SEVEN, “OF NO REPUTATION.” THAT HE MIGHT DO WHAT? “TAKE ON THE FORM OF A BONDSERVANT, A SLAVE, A HUMAN FORM.” THAT HE MIGHT DO WHAT? “COME IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN AND HUMBLE HIMSELF TO THE OBEDIENCE EVEN OF THE DEATH ON THE CROSS.” I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I'M NOT GOING TO HINGE MY SALVATION ON A MERE MAN. ON SOMEONE WHO IS SIMPLY FLESH AND BLOOD LIKE I AM. THE ONLY MAN THAT I'M GOING TO HINGE MY SALVATION ON AND COMMIT MYSELF TO IS JESUS CHRIST! FOR HE WAS GOD IN THE FLESH. HE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO WAS THE CHRIST - THE POTENTATE - THE ONLY ONE THAT WAS KING OF KINGS. THE ONLY ONE THAT WAS LORD OF LORDS. THE ONLY ONE WHO GAVE HIMSELF, AGAIN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5, WHY? THAT WE MIGHT HAVE WHAT? SALVATION. THAT WE MIGHT OVERCOME DEATH AND DARKNESS, AND THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE. JESUS IS THE SAVIOR! OH, WE SING SONGS IN OUR SERVICES "THE WONDERFUL SAVIOR." BUT THEN MEN WILL TURN AROUND AND THEY'LL FOLLOW OTHER MEN BESIDES THE SAVIOR AND THEN THEY'LL TURN AROUND AND THEY WILL PLACE NAMES ON THEIR SIGNS THAT ARE NAMES OTHER THAN THE SAVIOR OR GIVING GLORY TO GOD. THEY'LL TURN AROUND AND FOLLOW THOSE THINGS OF MAN RATHER THAN GOD HIMSELF. BUT AGAIN, WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM GOD? WHAT DO WE UNDERSTAND FROM OUR CREATOR? WHAT SHOULD WE CONSUME AND DIGEST IN OUR SOULS AND HEART OF HEARTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT BEFORE GOD? THAT THERE IS BUT ONE CHRIST. BUT THERE IS BUT ONE LORD - EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4. BUT THERE'S BUT ONE SAVIOR. THERE'S BUT ONE HEAD. THERE'S BUT ONE WHO WAS WILLING TO MAKE THE NECESSARY SACRIFICE. WHO ALONE WAS WORTHY AS A SACRIFICE HAVING NOT SINNED. GOD IN THE FLESH WHO COULD SAVE OUR SOULS FROM ETERNAL DAMNATION. AND YOU AND I KNOW AGAIN THE ANSWER TO THAT EQUATION. THAT IS JESUS CHRIST. HE IS MY LORD. HE IS MY SAVIOR. HE IS MY KING.

IS HE YOURS? AND ARE YOU WILLING TO LAY ASIDE THE THINGS OF THIS EARTH? THE MEN OF THIS EARTH? THE RELIGIONS AND CHURCHES OF THIS EARTH TO SIMPLY SERVE GOD AND TO DO HIS WILL? THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO BE BLESSED TODAY AND THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO BE BLESSED ETERNALLY. PUT GOD FIRST ALWAYS.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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