THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 11-27-16

LESSON TITLE: “THE LORD ADDED THE SAVED TO THE CHURCH”

WELCOME

LET ME WELCOME YOU TO OUR PROGRAM THIS MORNING! WE THANK GOD THAT YOU ARE WITH US TODAY FOR THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO OUR GOD. WHAT A BLESSING WE HAVE TO BE TOGETHER EVERY SUNDAY MORNING, TO STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD AND TO SING PRAISE TO HIS WONDERFUL NAME. MAY WE ALL DO OUR PART THIS MORNING IN MAKING THIS TIME ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT! NOW, LET’S GO TO GOD IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE FATHER, FOR WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS COME FROM YOU AND WE'RE THANKFUL FOR THOSE THINGS ESPECIALLY AROUND THIS TIME OF THE YEAR AS WE ARE MINDFUL OF THE MANY THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN BLESSED WITH. WE ASK THAT YOU'LL CONTINUE TO BLESS US THAT WE MIGHT CONTINUE TO SHOW THE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING AND ALL THAT WE DO AND IN ALL THAT WE SAY. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR JESUS AND WHAT THE SACRIFICE THAT HE MADE MEANS TO EACH OF US. THAT WE MIGHT ONLY BE BLESSED IN THIS LIFE BUT IN THE LIFE TO COME. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO SING THIS MORNING BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME GREAT SONGS SELECTED FOR OUR LEARNING AND ENCOURAGEMENT IN THE LORD. WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE START WITH “THE GLORYLAND WAY!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

THINK ABOUT ALL THE NATIONS OVER THE PAST CENTURIES AND ALL OF THE GOVERNMENTS THAT RULED THOSE NATIONS. AT FIRST THOUGHT, WE MIGHT THINK OF THOSE REGIMES WHICH WERE WICKED OR BAD. ON THE OTHER HAND, ALL OF US HAVE PROBABLY HAD OUR FAVORITE LEADERS OR RULERS FROM TIMES PAST.

SOMETIMES I WONDER, HOW ON EARTH DID SOMEONE LIKE HITLER EVER GET IN CONTROL. THE FACT IS YOU AND I HAVE NO ABILITY TO AFFECT OR CHANGE ANYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST. FURTHERMORE, SOMETIMES IN THE WORLD TODAY, PEOPLE STILL DON’T HAVE THE ABILITY TO AFFECT OR CHANGE THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AROUND THEM.

WHEN I THINK ABOUT ALL OF THIS I AM REMINDED OF THOSE TODAY AND OF THOSE FROM YEARS PAST WHO HATE GOVERNMENTS. SO MANY OFTEN WANT TO BLAME THE WORLD OR EVEN GOD, WHEN THINGS DON’T SEEM TO BE GOING THEIR WAY. WELL, WHAT DO WE FIND ABOUT THIS TOPIC IN GOD’S WORD?

IN ROMANS 13:7, WE ARE TOLD, “RENDER THEREFORE TO ALL THEIR DUE: TAXES TO WHOM TAXES ARE DUE, CUSTOMS TO WHOM CUSTOMS, FEAR TO WHOM FEAR, HONOR TO WHOM HONOR.” WOW, THIS IS A HARD LESSON. HERE WE ARE TOLD TO HONOR AND RESPECT OUR GOVERNMENTS, EVEN WHEN IT COMES TO PAYING TAXES. OBVIOUSLY, THIS HONOR AND RESPECT MUST ALSO COINCIDE WITH GOD’S WILL. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE GOVERNMENT MAKES A LAW OR TELLS US TO DO THINGS AGAINST GOD’S WILL, THEN OBVIOUSLY GOD’S LAWS ARE HIGHER THAN MAN’S. BUT AS LONG AS A GOVERNMENT IS NOT GOING AGAINST WHAT IS PROPER AND RIGHT IN THE EYES OF GOD - WE ARE REQUIRED TO OBEY, RESPECT AND HONOR THEM. BUT WHY?

LOOK BACK UP IN VERSE ONE WITH ME OF THE SAME CHAPTER OF ROMANS 13. THERE PAUL SAID, “LET EVERY SOUL BE SUBJECT TO THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES. FOR THERE IS NO AUTHORITY EXCEPT FROM GOD, AND THE AUTHORITIES THAT EXIST ARE APPOINTED BY GOD.” EVERYTHING THAT IS AROUND US AND EVERYONE IN POWER HAS ONLY BEEN ALLOWED TO BE THERE BECAUSE OF GOD. THIS DOESN’T MEAN THAT GOD PUTS WICKED PEOPLE IN POSITIONS OF POWER TO HURT MAN, BUT IT DOES MEAN THAT EVERYTHING HAS A PURPOSE AND GOD HAS A HAND IN EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN THIS WORLD.

THINK BACK TO THE OLD TESTAMENT. HOW MANY TIMES DID GOD USE OTHER NATIONS OR GOVERNMENT TO ACCOMPLISH A PURPOSE OR TO PROVE A POINT? SOMETIMES IT IS THE HARSH REALITIES IN LIFE THAT DRAW US CLOSER TO GOD OR WHICH CAUSE US TO NEED HIM MORE. SO, WE MUST REALIZE THAT IT IS OUR DUTY TO RESPECT THOSE OF THIS WORLD WHO ARE OVER US.

FURTHERMORE, WHO WOULD WANT TO KNOW ABOUT OUR GOD IF WE WERE ALWAYS DISRESPECTFUL AND DISHONORABLE? WHEN WE SHOW REQUEST AND HONOR TO THOSE OF THIS WORLD, EVEN OUR ENEMIES, WE GLORIFY GOD THROUGH OUR ACTIONS. IN FACT, THAT IS THE WAY THAT THE WORLD SEES CHRIST IN US. ARE YOU SHOWING THE HONOR AND RESPECT WHICH YOU SHOULD TO THOSE WHO ARE OVER YOU?

THIS MORNING, WE ARE STILL DISCUSSING OUR THEME, “THE BRIDE OF CHRIST. TODAY OUR SPECIFIC LESSON WILL BE “THE LORD ADDED THE SAVED TO THE CHURCH.” AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER WE WILL BE BACK WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING, “STEPPING IN THE LIGHT.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'VE CONTINUED WITH US TODAY AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON IN CONNECTION TO OUR GREAT SERIES ON THE CHURCH AND THE BRIDE OF CHRIST. AND TODAY WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT IS THAT IDEA THAT DEALS WITH REALLY WHERE THE SAVED ARE. AND AS WE BACK UP THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE WE FIND MANY DIFFERENT EXAMPLES OF THINGS THAT GOD PREPARED OR MAYBE KINGDOMS THAT HE MADE IN ORDER THAT HIS PEOPLE MIGHT BE PUT IN OR CONSIDERED AS SOMETHING THAT THEY MIGHT BE A PART OF IT - THAT THEY MIGHT BE CARED FOR, PROTECTED, GUIDED, AND EVERYTHING ELSE BY THEIR CREATOR. ONE SUCH EXAMPLE I THINK OF IS EVEN IN GENESIS CHAPTER 6 THERE WITH NOAH. AND WE THINK ABOUT NOAH AND HE BUILT THE ARK AND AS HE BUILT THE ARK CERTAINLY WE KNOW THE FLOOD CAME, THE RAINS CAME AND GUESS WHAT? HE WAS SAVED. BY WHAT? THE VESSEL - WITHIN THE VESSEL HE WAS SAVED BY OR THROUGH ALSO THE WATERS. IN THE BOOK OF PETER, FIRST PETER CHAPTER 3 THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IS BEING INDICATED THERE IN VERSE 20 WHEN IT TALKS ABOUT THE WICKEDNESS OF NOAH'S DAY. BUT THEN IT SAYS THAT THE DIVINE LONG-SUFFERING WAITED IN THE DAYS OF NOAH WHILE THE ARK WAS BEING BUILT. IT WAS BEING PREPARED IN WHICH A FEW, THAT IS EIGHT SOULS, WERE SAVED THROUGH WATER OR BY WATER. YOU SEE, HE MADE THAT VESSEL. GOD TOLD HIM EXACTLY WHAT TO MAKE, HOW TO MAKE IT, THE SIZE, THE DESIGN - THAT IT WOULD DO WHAT? FLOAT - AND FOR THE PERIOD OF HUNDREDS OF DAYS. IT WAS ACTUALLY FLOATING ON THE WATERS. AND FOR OVER A YEAR THERE THEY WERE ON THAT ARK. AND WHY WAS IT ABLE TO BE SUCCESSFUL? BECAUSE THEY FOLLOWED THE PLAN OF GOD. NOAH DID ALL ACCORDING TO WHAT GOD SAID. BUT THE POINT I'D LIKE YOU TO NOTICE IS THAT GOD HELPED NOAH TO PREPARE THAT VESSEL. HE MADE A VESSEL, THAT WITHIN THAT VESSEL, IF NOAH OBEYED GOD AND WOULD ENTER THAT VESSEL, HE IS WHY THREE SONS AND THEIR WIVES ALL WERE SAVED DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE ENTIRE EARTH WAS COVERED WITH WATER AND THEREFORE MANKIND WAS DESTROYED.

NOW AS WE GO THEN TO A FEW CHAPTERS OVER AND BEGIN TO LOOK AT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF GOD'S PEOPLE THROUGH ABRAHAM AND EVENTUALLY THAT THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL IS ESTABLISHED THROUGH THE BLOODLINE OR THE CHILDREN OF JACOB, WHICH WAS THE GRANDSON OF ABRAHAM, THEN WE FIND A KINGDOM THAT GOD ESTABLISHED. AND THEN WE FIND THAT THE SAVED - THE INDIVIDUALS THAT GOD CARED FOR, PROTECTED, GAVE LAW TO, GAVE PROPHETS OR MESSENGERS OR LEADERS OR KINGS, ALL WAS IN WHAT? THE KINGDOM OF GOD. THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL. AND SO I WOULD ASK THE QUESTION - COULD YOU BE SAVED IN THAT DAY OUTSIDE OF THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL? COULD ALL THE OTHER NATIONS BE SAVED WITHOUT BECOMING JEWS OR BECOMING ISRAELITES? ACCORDING TO THE LAW CERTAINLY NOT. BECAUSE SALVATION - THE GUIDANCE, THE CARE, THE PROTECTION OF GOD - WAS IN THAT KINGDOM.

WELL, INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH AGAIN MOST PEOPLE DON'T HAVE ANY DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING THAT CONCERNING THE OLD LAW AND HAVE ANY DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING THAT NOAH WAS SAVED IN THE CONCEPT OF THE ARK. BUT DO WE NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD TODAY STILL EXISTS? AND A GREATER KINGDOM IN THE SENSE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD TODAY HAS BEEN SEALED, PURCHASED, AND ESTABLISHED IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. WHAT VALUE THE CHURCH HOLDS - ACTS 20 VERSE 28. IT WAS PURCHASED WITH THE VERY BLOOD OF CHRIST. AND SO THE POINT I'M TRYING TO MAKE IS THAT WE ARE NOW PUT INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. THE KINGDOM OF GOD - THAT WE MIGHT BE WHAT? IN THE INSTITUTION, THE VESSEL, THAT WAS SET UP OR ORGANIZED BY GOD TO HOUSE OR TO HOLD THE FAITHFUL. LET'S THEN LOOK THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT AND SEE THAT THIS POINT IS MADE TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

FIRST OF ALL WE'LL BEGIN THERE IN THE BOOK OF ACTS THE DAY THAT THE CHURCH BEGAN. AND WE KNOW THE QUESTION WAS ASKED - WHAT MUST WE DO? WE CERTAINLY, AS THEY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT DAY, UNDERSTAND THAT THEY HAD COMMITTED A GRAVE CRIME. THEY HAD KILLED THE VERY MESSIAH - THE LORD AND SAVIOR - THAT HAD BEEN SENT BY GOD TO FREE THEM FROM THE WORLD AND TO ESTABLISH THE KINGDOM OR CHURCH. AND SO THEY KILLED HIM. THEY HUNG HIM ON THE CROSS. AND THEN AT THAT TIME IN THAT DAY - VERSE 41 SAYS: THOSE WHO GLADLY RECEIVED THE WORD DID EXACTLY WHAT PETER INDICATED. THEY REPENTED AND WERE BAPTIZED. IN FACT, 3000 MEN WERE BAPTIZED THAT DAY! THE CHURCH WAS GROWING. BUT VERSE 47 MIGHT GIVE US THE CLEAREST IDEA OF WHAT TOOK PLACE. BECAUSE THERE IT TELLS US THAT AS THEY WERE OBEYING GOD SOMETHING HAPPENED. “AND THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH DAILY THOSE THAT WERE BEING SAVED.” AND SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE IDEA OF WHO WAS BEING SAVED? WELL, THEY SAID WHAT SHOULD WE DO? AND PETER SAYS REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED. THEY REPENTED AND WERE BAPTIZED. AND THE SAME TEXT TELLS US THOSE WHO WERE SAVED WERE WHAT? ADDED TO THE CHURCH. THEY BECAME A PART OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD. IT'S NOT ONLY THERE. YOU CAN MOVE OVER JUST A FEW CHAPTERS TO CHAPTER 5. AND THERE IN CHAPTER 5 IN VERSE 14, AS THE MESSAGE CONTINUED TO BE PREACHED, AS THE CHURCH CONTINUED TO GROW, NOTICE WHAT IT STATES THERE IN VERSE 14, “AND BELIEVERS WERE INCREASINGLY ADDED TO THE LORD; MULTITUDES OF BOTH MEN AND WOMEN.” YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY OBEYED CHRIST - WHEN THEY BELIEVED IN HIM - AND OBEYED THE PLAN TO BECOME A PART OF THE KINGDOM OR CHURCH - WHO WERE THEY ADDED TO? TO GOD, THE LORD. THEY BECAME A PART OF THE PEOPLE - THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD - THE TEMPLE OF GOD. THE SAINTS OF GOD.

YOU KNOW, WE SOMETIMES CAN SEE THAT MAN HAS THIS IDEA THAT REALLY SAINTS ARE JUST THERE. THE CHURCH IS JUST SPORADIC. THIS DOESN'T MATTER. IT'S EVERYWHERE. IT MIGHT EXIST EVERYWHERE. THE SAINTS MIGHT BE EVERYWHERE BUT THE CHURCH IS SINGULAR AND IT HOUSES THE SAVED. HOW CAN YOU BE SAVED OUTSIDE OF THE VERY INSTITUTION ESTABLISHED BY CHRIST THAT WAS PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD? HOW COULD YOU BE SAVED OUTSIDE THAT INSTITUTION? THAT INSTITUTION, FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15 - AND WE'LL ACTUALLY, IF TIME PERMITS, LOOK AT LATER IN VERSE 24 - WILL SOMEDAY, IT SAYS, BE TAKEN BY JESUS INTO JUDGMENT AND DELIVERED BACK TO THE FATHER. WELL, YOU MEAN THAT THE CHURCH - THE KINGDOM OF GOD - IS GOING TO BE SOMEDAY RECEIVE IDEAS AND DELIVER BACK TO THE FATHER? THAT THE KINGDOM THEN HOUSES THE SAVED? SURE IT DOES! FOR THE SAVED WERE ADDED TO THE CHURCH OR ADDED TO THE LORD. AND CERTAINLY WHAT DOES THE LORD REPRESENT? HE IS THE HEAD OF WHAT? THE CHURCH WHICH HE PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD.

TO SEE THIS JUST PLAY OUT A LITTLE BIT, I'D LIKE US TO RETURN TO A PASSAGE WE'VE LOOKED AT A FEW TIMES THROUGHOUT OUR DISCUSSION ON THE BRIDE OF CHRIST. AND THAT IS IN THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS. AND PERHAPS, AS WE CAN REMEMBER IN COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1, IT'S ONE OF THE PASSAGES THAT MIGHT IN ONE WAY BE BETTER THAN OTHER PASSAGES HELP US TO SEE THIS CONNECTION BETWEEN THE KINGDOM OF GOD, THE CHURCH, AND THE BODY. HOW THEY ARE ALL ONE - NOT ONLY IN THEIR PURPOSE - BUT IN THEIR ESTABLISHMENT SO THAT THOSE WHO ARE SAVED ARE IN THIS WHAT IS REFERRED TO AS THE KINGDOM OR ALLUDED TO AS A BODY - ONE HEAD, ONE PHYSICAL OR SPIRITUAL BODY - WHICH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST - THOSE ADDED TO CHRIST. THOSE ADDED TO THE LORD. SEE THE IDEA OR THE CONCEPT? AGAIN AS WE WOULD SAY - NOT JUST THE BODY OR THE KINGDOM BUT THE ABILITY THAT WE HAVE TO BE THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IN THAT CHURCH, THAT CHURCH OF OUR LORD. AND SO THERE IN VERSE 18 IT AGAINST SAYS THE BODY IS THE CHURCH. BUT IN VERSE 13 OF COLOSSIANS 1 HE BEGINS TO DESCRIBE WHAT TAKES PLACE. WHAT TAKES PLACE WHEN MAN IS BORN INTO A WORLD THAT IS INUNDATED WITH SIN AND HE GROWS UP AMONGST THAT SIN AND THEN HE BEGINS TO ASK THE QUESTION - DO I SERVE GOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS? OR DO I SERVE THE WORLD AND SIN? SEE, THAT'S A BIG BIG DECISION. THAT'S THE DECISION BY FREE WILL THAT ALL MEN HAVE TO MAKE. AND BECAUSE OF THAT AND BECAUSE OF THE REALITY THAT SIN EXISTED - WHAT DID GOD DO THROUGH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST? THAT'S WHAT EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1 AND FOLLOWING DEALS WITH SO HEAVILY. HE SENT HIS SON JESUS CHRIST TO SHED HIS BLOOD TO OFFER WHAT? REDEMPTION FOR MAN. THE REDEMPTION OF WHAT? SIN. YOU SEE, THERE IS A SIN PROBLEM. THE PLAUGUE. THE GREATEST PLAUGUE THAT HAS EVER EXISTED IS SIN. AND GOD KNOWING THESE THINGS, EVEN BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN, PREPARED A PLAN FOR THE MAN JESUS SO THAT WE COULD BE ADDED TO THE SAVED - ADDED TO THE LORD - ADDED TO THE CHURCH - AS THESE TERMINOLOGIES ARE USED THERE AND AS WE CONSIDER THEM. BUT THERE HE SAYS THIS VERY SPECIFICALLY. HE, THE FATHER, HAS TRANSLATED US. WELL, BEFORE WE THINK ABOUT THAT IDEA, HE IS TAKING US AND DELIVERED US FROM SOMETHING. WHAT? SIN. ISAIAH SAYS SIN SEPARATES US FROM GOD AND WITHOUT GOD WE'RE HOPELESSLY LOST AND ETERNALLY DAMNED. BUT JESUS CAN RECONCILE. JESUS CAN BRING US BACK TO THE FATHER, AS HE IS THE HIGH PRIEST. AS HE IS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. SO - THE FATHER HAD DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS - FROM EVIL - FROM WICKEDNESS; THE WICKEDNESS OF THE WORLD AND HAS CONVEYED OR THE WORD THERE IS TRANSFERRED US...HAS MOVED US FROM ONE PLACE OR SETTING TO ANOTHER SETTING.

AND SO HERE'S THE QUESTION - WE KNOW THAT HE HAS REMOVED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS - THE FLESH - THE WORLD OF SIN THAT WOULD CONDEMN US ETERNALLY - HE'S TAKEN US OUT OF THAT AND HE'S TRANSFERRED US. AND WHERE HAS HE PUT US? NOWHERE? JUST INTO A STATE OF PERHAPS MAYBE RIGHTEOUSNESS? OR IF WE'RE GOOD PEOPLE? NO. IT SAYS AND THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH DAILY THOSE THAT WERE BEING SAVED. JESUS SAID I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH AND THOSE NATIONS THAT COME TO ME WILL COME TO THE WHAT? THE CHURCH IF THEY'RE OBIEDIENT - WILL BE ADDED TO THE LORD, WILL BE ADDED TO THE BODY OF CHRIST, WILL BE NO LONGER DIVIDED; JEW AND GENTILE BECAUSE ALL THAT HAS BEEN TORN DOWN THROUGH JESUS - EPHESANS CHAPTER 2 - AND JESUS HAS MADE THROUGH HIS BLOOD THE TWO OR THE DIVIDED ONE IN THE ONE BODY. THE ONE CHURCH. THE ONE KINGDOM THAT HOUSES THE SAVED THAT SOMEDAY WILL BE TAKEN AND DELIVERED BACK TO THE FATHER IN HEAVEN. HE HAS TRANSFERRED US. CONVEYED US INTO THAT BEAUTIFUL KINGDOM. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU - I WANT TO BE IN THAT KINGDOM. I WANT TO BE IN THAT CHURCH BECAUSE I KNOW IT IS THERE IN THAT KINGDOM, I KNOW THAT IS THERE IN THAT CHURCH THAT I ALONE HAVE HOPE OF SALVATION. NOT BECAUSE NECESSARILY THAT THE CHURCH ALONE SAVES - NOT NECESSARILY BECAUSE OF JUST EVERYTHING THAT IS ATTACHED TO THE CHURCH BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS CERTAINLY HAS DONE THROUGH IT - WE'RE STILL NOT FORGETTING THE GRACE OF GOD, THE MERCY OF GOD, THE LOVE OF GOD - BUT MY PART BY FAITH AND OBEDIENCE ALLOWS ME TO BE A PART OF THAT GROUP OF PEOPLE - THAT INSTITUTION - THAT BODY THAT ALLOWS US TO BE RECOGNIZED AS A PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD. THE NATION OF GOD. THE SPIRITUAL ISRAEL OF OUR DAY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

PETER ALSO AGAIN HELPS US WITH SOMETHING ELSE CONCERNING THE VERY SAME THINGS IN THE BOOK OF SECOND PETER. IF YOU'LL TURN THERE WE LOOKED A MOMENT AGO AT FIRST PETER CHAPTER 3 AND THE EXAMPLE OF NOAH AND THE SALVATION THAT HE FOUND IN AND THROUGH THE VESSEL THAT GOD HAD PREPARED WHICH IS ACTUALLY COMPARED TO THE CHURCH OF OUR DAY. BUT IF YOU'LL NOTICE THERE IN SECOND PETER, SPECIFICALLY CHAPTER 1 AND VERSE 11. WE NOT ONLY HAVE THIS IDEA GIVEN OF BEING TRANSFERRED, OF BEING PUT IN, OR BEING ADDED TO LOTS OF DIFFERENT ACTIONS THAT WERE TAKEN ALL PUTTING PEOPLE IN GOD, IN CHRIST. EVEN AS PAUL SAID IN GALATIANS 3, “THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED HAVE PUT ON CHRIST.” YOU SEE THERE IN THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST THEY'RE IN THE SETTING WHERE CHRIST IS WITH THOSE WHO ARE LIKE UNTO THAT BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. BUT IN VERSE 11 THERE SECOND PETER 1 THE BIBLE SAYS, “FOR SO AN ENTRANCE WILL BE SUPPLIED.” OH THAT'S ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT. AN ENTRANCE WILL BE SUPPLIED. NOT JUST THE IDEA OF THE ABILITY TO KNOW THAT WE CAN BE FAITHFUL AND RIGHTEOUS BUT THAT WE WILL HAVE TO ENTER SOMETHING THAT MEANS YOU'RE COMING INTO SOMETHING. WHAT IS THAT WE COME INTO AGAIN? WELL, JESUS. BUT WHAT ABOUT JESUS? JESUS SAID HIS KINGDOM. JESUS SAID MY CHURCH. I'LL BUILD IT. AGAIN THOSE NATIONS WILL BE ADDED TO IT. JESUS ESTABLISHED HIS BODY OF WHICH WE MAKE UP THE BODY, THE VERY HOUSEHOLD OF GOD ITSELF!

LET'S TURN BACK THERE TO EPHESIANS FOR A MOMENT AND THE CHAPTERS TWO AND THREE THAT WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT AND MAKING REFERENCE TO. OH HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS TO SEE THAT AS JESUS MADE ALL ONE THAT HE GOES ON TO SAY THIS IN VERSE 19 OF CHAPTER 2, “THEREFORE YOU ARE NO LONGER STRANGERS OR FOREIGNERS. YOU ARE FELLOW CITIZENS.” ISN'T A CITIZEN A PART OF A COUNTRY? A PART OF A NATION? WHAT IS THAT NATION? WELL, IT HAS TO BE GOD'S NATION - GOD'S PEOPLE - GOD'S CHURCH. HE ALSO SAYS WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD. THE HOUSEHOLDS OF GOD? NO. THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD. IMPLYING AGAIN THAT CONCEPT THAT THERE IS A HOUSE WHERE GOD'S PEOPLE DWELLS. WHAT IS THAT HOUSE? WHAT IS THAT TEMPLE? IT IS THE CHURCH. IN FACT, IN THE SAME SETTING DOWN IN VERSE 21 IT SAYS, “THAT IT GROWS INTO THE HOLY TEMPLE OF THE LORD.” THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD - THE TEMPLE OF GOD - THE BODY OF CHRIST AS WE CAN SEE THERE ALSO BACK IN VERSE 16. THE ONE BODY.

ALL THESE THINGS TIED TOGETHER TO SHOW US WHAT IT IS THAT GOD HAD PREPARED. THAT GOD HATH MADE. THAT WE CAN BE TOGETHER, BUILT TOGETHER, ONE UPON THE FOUNDATION OF JESUS AND HIS APOSTLES. AND THAT WE MIGHT BE IN THAT INSTITUTION AND THAT KINGDOM THAT IS GOD. I DON'T KNOW THAT ABOUT YOU - YOU MIGHT CHOOSE TO BE IN THE WAYS OF MAN OR TO BE IN THE WAYS OF THE WORLD OR TO SAY THAT THESE THINGS DON'T MATTER. I CHOOSE GOD. I CHOOSE THE WILL OF GOD. THE MESSAGE OF GOD THAT SO CLEARLY AND ADEQUATELY AND ELOQUENTLY CLARIFIES FOR US THE CONCEPT THAT WHEN WE OBEY JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD WE BECOME HIS CHILD IN HIS FOLD. THE SHEEPFOLD. WE BECOME A PART OF HIS HOUSE - HIS TEMPLE - HIS KINGDOM - HIS BODY - HIS CHURCH. WE'RE ADDED TO THE SAVED, ADDED TO THE LORD. AND WHERE IS THAT? THE CHURCH. THE CHURCH - OF WHICH AGAIN IN ACTS 2:47: THOSE WHO WERE BEING SAVED THAT DAY WERE ADDED TO. WASN'T THAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY? 3000 PLUS IN ONE DAY ALL BECOMING A PART OF THE CHURCH THAT JESUS HAD PROMISED. THE INSTITUTION THAT HOUSES THE SAVED. THAT SAME INSTITUTION THAT THROUGHOUT THE EARLY PART OF ACTS GROWS AND GROWS AND GROWS BY THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS. YOU SEE, THAT KINGDOM OF GOD - THAT NATION WAS GROWING. THAT HOUSEHOLD WAS EXPANDING BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE LEARNING ABOUT JESUS AND OBEYING HIS PERFECT WILL. THE QUESTION TODAY IS: ARE YOU SAVED? AND IF YOU ARE, ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE OF GOD? IF YOU'RE SAVED YOU'RE ONLY IN HIS HOUSE. SO MAKE SURE TODAY.

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 TO WORSHIPING GOD IN HIS WAY!

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ISN’T IT GREAT TO KNOW THAT GOD ADDS THE SAVED TO HIS CHURCH. LET’S ALL MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE DOING WHAT GOD REQUIRES, SO THAT WE MIGHT BE FAITHFUL PARTS WITHIN THE BRIDE OF CHRIST.