THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

Program Air Date – 11-20-11

LESSON TITLE: “WHAT GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER: TRUTH AND FREEDOM”

WELCOME

Let me begin this morning by wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving Week! I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends during this special time of the year when we remember to be thankful for all that we have in this life!

Let me also say, what a blessed Lord’s Day morning it is and how wonderful it is to assemble before the throne of God to worship His Holy and Reverent name! We thank you for joining us today for the study of God’s Living Word. And as always, it will be our privilege today to give this time to God.

So what about you? Will you do your part today as we focus on God? As we study God’s Word and sing praises to His wonderful name, will you offer sacrifices which are pleasing in His sight? My prayer is that we each do our part this morning in making this time profitable before our God and according to His complete and perfect Word.

At this time as we begin our worship to God will you go before His throne with me in prayer!

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Have you responded to the wondrous call of God? This is where we will begin today in our songs of praise. So won’t you join in with the congregation at this time as we sing together, “Nothing but the Blood?” (SONG # 1) DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

One of the simple truth’s found in scriptures which is often misunderstood throughout the religious world is found in Galatians 3:11. There we read, “But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” The fact which Paul confirms here as a former Jew and follower of the Old Law, is that Christians are no longer bound by the Law of Moses. Rather those who are followers of Christ are justified through faith in Jesus Christ, not the ordinances of the Old Testament.

This idea is further explained in the same chapter when down in verse 23-25. Again here what the Holy Spirit reveals to us through this apostle, “But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Once again we learn about the Old Law and Faith in Christ. One is described as a tutor and the other as “that which was to come.” The important clarification which we have here is that the old law was in place to bring us to Christ. It prepared the way and spoke of that which would come. However, when Christ and faith in Him was revealed, we further learn here that we are no longer under the tutor. The reality is we can not serve to laws or masters at one time.

Another verse I would like to mention is found in Hebrews 8:13. God here confirms for us just where we all stand in relationship to the Old and New Testaments. There we read, “In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” When Christ came He fulfilled the Old Law and shed His blood that the New Law might be put into effect. No wonder in Colossians 2:14, we read that the Old Law was taken out of the way and nailed to the cross, for when our Savior’s blood was shed and ran down the cross He sealed a new and better covenant for our sakes.

So what covenant are you following? Do you give the honor and glory to Christ or Moses? Just as the great man of God Joshua once asked, I ask again today, “Choose you this day who you will serve,.…but for me and my house we will serve the Lord!”

In just a few minutes it will be time to consider our main topic of the morning. Today we will be continuing our discussion on, “What God Has Joined Together!” Our specific lesson of the day is entitled, “Truth and Freedom.” So please stay with us and after our next song together we will be leading in our discussion on this important topic. Our guest speaker of the day is brother Jerry Sullins!

Now it time to join in our second hymn of the morning, won’t you join in with the congregation, as we sing together, “Peace, Perfect Peace.” (SONG # 2)

LESSON

By Jerry Sullins

I would like to welcome you again to “The Living Word” broadcast. We’re so thankful that you have joined our viewing audience this morning again and we’re very happy that as we know, as we receive reports and letters and cards from you all, we know that many of you are our regular viewers and we want to thank you for viewing this program. We encourage you to tell others about this broadcast every Sunday morning. We enjoy so much coming into your presence through this media and being able to present to you God’s eternal Word and we believe that the Word of God is inerrant. We believe that it is all sufficient, and we believe that it is inspired of God. That is it is God-breathed. For that reason, we feel it of utmost importance to present this broadcast week after week, year after year, as it has been going now for over 30 years every Sunday morning on this good station. We believe it is of utmost importance that we present God’s Holy Word to you because it is through and by His Words and by our obedience to His Words that we can be saved.

For the last several weeks, we’ve been discussing things that God has joined together that man needs not to put apart. We’ve discussed it in so many different ways.

It is my privilege this morning to speak about the importance and the joining together of truth and freedom. Many people do not associate freedom with truth, so I want to give you a Biblical perspective this morning as to how the Bible treats freedom as it relates to truth and truth as it relates to freedom.

Jesus gave an all encompassing statement in John 8 verse 32. He said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Indeed that is a wonderful statement. It is a statement that all of us can believe to be true because it is true. Truth is that which comes from God that means, which is defined as being without error. It is a message in spiritual realms that we receive from God that we know is inerrant, that we can believe and trust that the statement in all ways brings to us the truth as we are receiving it through the Holy Spirit and through Holy men as they spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Now the disciples asked one time as well did Pilot, “What is truth?” And Jesus answered that question. You know He said, “Sanctify them in Thy truth, Thy words are truth.” (John 17:17)

But before that, He had mentioned in John 16 verse 13 the statement concerning how the Holy Spirit is involved and He said basically this. “Howbeit when the Holy Spirit has come, He will guide you into all truth.”

Now my friends, it’s amazing to me today that people believe that we have a God in Heaven who has left us upon this earth as individuals who cannot know what His truth is. The truth is that He has left us that truth. Do you remember when Jesus said in John 14 verse 6, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Light? No man cometh to the Father except by Me.” No one can come to the Father except through Jesus because He is the Way, the Truth and the Light.

It was stated in the book of Jude, Jude 3 that “we ought to contend earnestly for the faith,” which means and is speaking of the truth which once for all was delivered unto the saints.

Now we discussed “truth”, but what about freedom? Many times as I have said, people do not associate truth and freedom together, but I would like for us to look at what the Bible has to say about truth as it relates to freedom. Now when we receive the truth of Jesus Christ, we have an understanding and we can believe that we can have freedom from certain things in this life. I want to have your understanding as we read from the scripture itself concerning what the apostle Paul said in Romans chapter 6 and we will read beginning in verse 18. The apostle Paul said in verse 18, “And having been set free from sin you became slaves of righteousness.” Now there’s a concept. We are set free from sin. Well what did he say before that which might bring more clarity to the statement? “Do you not know (verse 16 of Romans chapter 6 verse 16) that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey; you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sins leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were the slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from your heart that form of doctrine which was delivered to you,” and then the verse that we read just a few moments ago, “And having been set free from sin you became the slaves of righteousness.” What a wonderful statement! We are set free from sin.

Now as you begin to examine sin, and we know we all have that problem. Romans 3:23, “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Well actually 3:23 says, “That we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Then what Paul explains here in the book of Romans chapter 6 is that sin enslaves us. Now let’s really be honest with one another. Do you really feel good when you know you’re doing that which is not correct? Now some people might in our society today believe that nothing is incorrect. They believe that there is no such thing as sin, but John described to us what sin is in 1 John chapter 3. He said, “All sin is lawlessness.” Sin is unrighteousness is what he is talking about. Sin is lawlessness because it is against the law of God. So whoever forsakes the Law of God commits sin. Now unfortunately we have many people in this world today who do not believe in sin because they don’t believe in God’s Word. They don’t even believe in God. But it is amazing to me that even those people recognize that some things they do are not right. Now what the Word of God does for us is it teaches us about sin. It tells us how we sin, how we transgress God’s Law, and it shows and tells us how we can be set free from those sins.

I call your attention to Romans chapter 8 verses 1-2. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit for the Law of the Spirit of Life in Jesus Christ has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Now my friends, what that means is simply this. As I obey the Law of Christ which is given to me and recognized as the Truth of God, when I obey that, then I am set free from sin.

Now what is sin? Well, the prophet Isaiah said a long time before Christ came to this earth, even though he spoke of Christ and prophesied concerning the Messiah that was to come, he said in Isaiah 59 verses 1-2 that, “Our sins and our iniquities have separated us between ourselves and our God.” So that He has hid His face from us. God does not desire to be a part of the sin that is in our lives. In fact, it disgusts Him. We might even say, as it says in the book of Romans, “It grieves Him.” It grieves the Holy Spirit. It grieves the Son who died upon the cross to save us from our sins. But we are set free from sin.

Now let me explain it to you in this way. We were the servants of unrighteousness. “We were,” as Paul pointed out in Romans 6, “slaves to sin, but now we have become slaves to righteousness.” It’s a completely different relationship with God. We have overcome sin in our lives and the guilt of sin. Now how many people do you know, and in fact you may be speaking of yourself, how many people do you know that are dealing with this problem, the guilt of sin that you have committed in this life? You may not even claim to be a Christian but you know in past life that you have done things to other people that you deeply regret. Some of those may be your children. Some of those may be your grandchildren. It may have been committed toward a friend or someone you didn’t even know, but you regret that because something somewhere has influenced you, by someone who heard the Word of God and passed it on and in some way you heard and you believed that it is wrong for me to kill someone. It is wrong for me to steal. It is wrong for me to lie. Now where do people get those concepts? From God’s Eternal Word! Well now what becoming a Christian does and what Jesus does for us is He gives us freedom from the guilt of sin. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done is this life and that is the truth. The apostle Paul went out and led Christians to their death. Have you ever done that? No, and you have committed a lot of sins that a lot of other people have done who later on turned their life around. That’s what repentance is all about. Repentance for the remission of sins. We repent. We turn away from our sins. We are baptized to have those sins washed away. So it is sin that has separated us between ourselves and our God.

In Romans chapter 5 verse 1, “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand and rejoice in the hope and the glory of God.” What a beautiful statement. We have what? Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. You know the Bible points out that if a law came by Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. We are justified by the grace of God. That grace of God that appeared unto all men (Titus 2 verse 11) that brought salvation to all men teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts that we should live righteously, soberly and godly in this present world.

Yes, we are justified by His grace. That grace must be taught and we know that is the truth because it is by teaching this grace that people understand what is available to them and it doesn’t matter that after you understand this and after you obey the gospel, then and only then can you be relieved of that guilt of sin. You have freedom. It no longer binds you because you know God has forgiven you. Now all that is left is for others to forgive you, and in some instances, as you well know, for you to forgive yourself. But that freedom in Christ is available to you as you obey the gospel. That is the gospel of peace that is spoken of in Romans 10 verse 15. That was the design of the gospel. Do you not understand that? “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved and how shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed and how shall they believe on Him in whom they have not heard. How shall they hear except they preach, and how shall they preach except they repent?

And right after that in Romans 10 it talks about the preacher of the gospel who is bringing that message of peace and salvation to the whole world and how beautiful, as the expression there is, are his feet, and how beautiful are the feet of those men, who have brought to us, and those women who have also spoken to us about God’s Holy Word. It may have been our mother. It may have been our grandmother. But someone who knew what God’s Word was and taught us and brought to us that blessed truth. That truth opens the door to our future. Yes, it does. We not only have peace in this life, but we have peace and understanding and when this life is over and we must die, and after that will come (Hebrews 9) the judgment. We will realize that we can stand before Jesus and we can be judged according to His Word. (John 12 verse 48) Then we will receive and understand once and for all, after we have passed from this life and we have stood before the judgment seat of Christ, and after we have seen this world destroyed (2 Peter 3:11) and we are there with the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Then we will realize once and for all that great peace that is offered to us, understanding it by the truth that is given to us in God’s Holy Word. Yes, that day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night as Peter said in 2 Peter 3:10-11. And this world and its works will be burned up but we’re going to go and ever be with the Lord. What a blessed promise that is.

My friend, you know how you can be a part of that promise? Jesus has given us those conditions upon which we can be saved from the wickedness of this world and how we can be made to have peace with God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is through our obedience to the gospel, out of the faith that you believe that Jesus is the Christ and a willingness to confess His name before men. Will you not make that blessed decision today and act upon that faith by repenting and turning away from sin and being buried with your Lord in baptism as Paul also spoke in Romans 6:1-3 to arise to walk in a newness of life, old things having passed away, behold all things becoming new, being a new creature in Christ enjoying the blessedness of the peace that is extended to you in this life and the grace that was given to us by God who is our Father and our Savior Jesus Christ our Lord. Will you enjoy that this day by obeying the truth?

(SONG # 3 - “Amazing Grace”)

CLOSING COMMENTS

Again, let me thank you for putting God first and choosing to give this time to Him. It is always a pleasure to have you with us. We invite you to join us every Sunday morning at 7:30, as we commit ourselves this worship to God!

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Thanks be to God that we can know the truth and determine exactly what it is that God requires of us. Thus we can obey what God has said unto freedom, and then be found pleasing in His sight!

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