THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 11-3-13

LESSON TITLE: “GOD’S PEOPLE ARE SAVED.”

WELCOME

IN THE BIBLE WE READ, "THE LORD IS MY HELPER; I WILL NOT FEAR." HAVE YOU PUT YOUR TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN GOD?

WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD'S DAY MORNING! THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY AS WE COMMIT THIS TIME TO THE THINGS OF GOD. TOGETHER WE WILL HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO STUDY FROM GOD'S HOLY WORD AND TO SING PRAISES TO HIS WONDERFUL NAME. LET'S EACH DO OUR PART THIS MORNING IN MAKING THIS TIME OF OFFERING ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. WILL YOU GO TO GOD IN PRAYER WITH ME AT THIS TIME?

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO SERVE YOU IN THIS LIFE. FATHER, HELP US TO WORK EVERY DAY IN THIS LIFE TO BE FOUND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT AND THAT WE MIGHT ALSO BE CONFIDENT OF THAT LIFE TO COME WHERE YOU HAVE PREPARED A MANSION FOR THE FAITHFUL IN HEAVEN. FATHER, HELP US ALWAYS TO LOOK TO JESUS TO FIND THE STRENGTH THAT WE NEED TO GO ON THROUGHOUT EVERY DAY AND TO DO OUR VERY BEST. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH A SONG THAT REMINDS US OF OUR NEED TO LIVE OUR LIVES EVERY DAY TO THE GLORY OF OUR CREATOR. SO AT THIS TIME WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING TOGETHER, "TAKE MY LIFE AND LET IT BE."

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

GROWING UP, WE ALL HAVE SOMEONE WHO WATCHED OVER US. USUALLY IT IS PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND RELATIVES WHO REALLY TAKE CARE OF US AND MAKE US WHAT WE ARE TODAY! WHAT A WONDERFUL FEELING IT WAS TO ALWAYS KNOW THAT SOMEONE WAS THERE WHO CARED FOR US, LOVED US, AND LISTENED TO US AND OUR NEEDS.

AS WE GET OLDER, WE OFTEN FORGET THAT WE ARE STILL NOT ALONE IN THIS WORLD OF TRIALS AND PROBLEMS. IN FACT, AS CHRISTIANS, WE HAVE THE PROMISE THAT GOD HIMSELF IS ALWAYS THERE. THE PSALMIST DAVID PUT IT IN THESE WORDS, “THE LORD IS YOUR KEEPER; THE LORD IS YOUR SHADE AT YOUR RIGHT HAND. THE SUN SHALL NOT STRIKE YOU BY DAY, NOR THE MOON BY NIGHT. THE LORD SHALL PRESERVE YOU FROM ALL EVIL; HE SHALL PRESERVE YOUR SOUL. THE LORD SHALL PRESERVE YOUR GOING OUT AND YOUR COMING IN FROM THIS TIME FORTH, AND EVEN FOREVERMORE,” PSALM 121:5-8. NOTICE HERE THAT THE LORD HIMSELF IS OUR PROTECTOR, KEEPER AND FRIEND. HE IS THERE ALL DAY AND NIGHT, FROM TODAY AND FOREVER MORE!

WHAT A WONDERFUL ENCOURAGEMENT THIS IS TO KNOW THAT TRULY GOD HIMSELF IS THE ONE WHO IS WITH US AND WHO WILL NEVER LEAVE US. THE HEBREW WRITER HAD A SIMILAR THOUGHT IN CHAPTER 13, AND VERSE 5, OF HIS BOOK, WHERE HE SAID, Ífor HE HIMSELF HAS SAID, “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU.” AGAIN, WE HAVE CONFIRMED FOR US THAT GOD CAN BE DEPENDED ON BY THOSE WHO STRIVE TO DO HIS WILL.

ALSO, LET ME HELP YOU TO NOTICE THE GREAT STRENGTH AND COURAGE WE RECEIVE FROM THIS KNOWLEDGE ABOUT GOD ALWAYS BEING THERE. IN THE SAME TEXT, THE WRITER WENT ON TO SAY, “SO WE MAY BOLDLY SAY: THE LORD IS MY HELPER; I WILL NOT FEAR. WHAT CAN MAN DO TO ME,” HEBREWS 13:6? WITH GOD, HIS PROMISES AND THE CONFIDENCE WE CAN HAVE IN HIM – THERE IS NOTHING WE SHOULD FEAR OR HESITATE IN DOING, IN CONNECTION TO HIS WILL! WHY? BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS THERE WITH US, HELPING US AND WATCHING OVER US IN ALL WE DO!

DO YOU HAVE THIS TYPE OF CONFIDENCE IN GOD? IF NOT, WHY NOT? ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF HIS, A TRUE CHRISTIAN, A CHILD OF GOD? CHOOSE TODAY TO BEGIN YOUR CHRISTIAN WALK, AND ALLOW GOD TO WATCH OVER YOU AND HELP YOU IN EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE. LEARN TO HAVE FAITH IN YOUR CREATOR TODAY! TODAY WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US. BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECT OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI, HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. WE THANK BROTHER JERRY FOR BEING WITH US TODAY AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIM GUIDING US IN GOD’S WORD IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

IN OUR MAIN DISCUSSION OF THE MORNING, WE WILL BE CONCLUDING OUR STUDY CONCERNING THE STATEMENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, THAT WE ARE, “HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE MORNING IS ENTITLED, “GODS PEOPLE ARE SAVED.” SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, BROTHER SULLINS WILL HELP US FOCUS ON GOD’S WORD. NOW, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION, AS WE SING OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING – THE NAME OF THIS SONG IS, “STANDING ON THE PROMISES.”

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN THIS MORNING TO BE IN OUR VIEWING AUDIENCE AND WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT WHAT IS DISCUSSED HERE TODAY WILL CERTAINLY ENCOURAGE YOU ON CERTAIN PORTIONS OF GOD'S WORD AND ENCOURAGE YOU AS YOU SEEK TO KNOW HIS WILL AND TO DO HIS WILL. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE CLOSING OF A SERIES OF LESSONS THAT IS BASED UPON 1TIMOTHY 2:9 OR 1PETER 2:9, WHERE PETER SAID THAT WE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION AND WE ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD AND A HOLY NATION. WE ARE A PEOPLE AFTER GOD'S OWN POSSESSION AND WE SHOULD SHOW FORTH THE EXCELLENCIES OF HIM WHO IS CALLED US OUT OF DARKNESS AND INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT. FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT HOW WE ARE THAT CERTAIN PECULIAR, AS ONE VERSION SAYS, SPECIAL AS ANOTHER VERSION SAYS, AND ANOTHER VERSION SAYS WE ARE PEOPLE OF GOD'S OWN POSSESSION. CERTAINLY WE ARE THAT INDEED.

WHAT A WONDERFUL THING IT IS TO KNOW THAT GOD HAS PLACED A PLAN FOR US TO OBEY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND THAT WE CAN BECOME THAT SPECIAL PEOPLE. IT WAS JESUS WHO REFERRED TO THAT PLAN WHEN HE GAVE HIS GREAT COMMISSION IN MARK 16:15-16. HE SAID, “GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL. HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED AND HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT SHALL BE CONDEMNED.” WE AS CHRISTIANS ARE BURIED WITH CHRIST BY BAPTISM INTO HIS DEATH, SAYS ROMANS :3-4. 1CORINTHIANS 5:17 SAYS, “THEREFORE IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST HE IS A NEW CREATURE. OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY. BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW.” HOW TRUE THAT IS FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE FOLLOWED GOD'S PLAN IN ORDER TO BE SAVED. IT WAS JESUS WHO SAID, “HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED.” THAT SAME JESUS SAID IN JOHN 8:24, “EXCEPT YOU BELIVE I AM ME, YOU WILL DIE IN YOUR SINS.” WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST AND WE ARE WILLING TO CONFESS HIS NAME BEFORE MEN FOR IT WAS JESUS WHO SAID IN MATTHEW 10:32 THAT, “WHOSOEVER SHALL CONFESS ME BEFORE MEN, HIM WILL I CONFESS BEFORE MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.” IF WE ARE WILLING TO REPENT, AS JESUS SAID IN LUKE 13:3, “I TELL YOU NAY EXCEPT YOU REPENT, YOU WILL PERISH.” IF WE ARE WILLING TO BE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF OUR SINS, AS IS DENOTED IN HIS GREAT COMMISSION, THEN WE CAN BECOME THAT NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST. WE CAN BECOME THAT PECULIAR PEOPLE. WE CAN BECOME THAT PEOPLE WHO IS GOD'S OWN POSSESSION. HOW WONDERFUL IT IS FOR US TO KNOW THAT WE ARE GOD'S SPECIAL PEOPLE. WE ARE HIS POSSESSIONS AND IT IS HE WHO WILL CARE FOR US. REMEMBER THAT WONDERFUL STATEMENT THAT JESUS MADE IN JOHN CHAPTER 14:1-3? “LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED. IF YOU BELIEVE IN GOD YOU BELIEVE ALSO IN ME, FOR MY FATHERS HOUSE HAS MANY MANSIONS. IF IT WERE NOT SO, I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU, FOR I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU. IF I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU, I WILL COME AGAIN AND RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF.” BASICALLY WHAT IT IS SAYING IS THAT JESUS WILL BE WITH US ALWAYS BECAUSE WE ARE HIS POSSESSION. HE SAID AND LO, I WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS, IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 28:19-20. HE SAID THAT AT THE END OF HIS GREAT COMMISSION. IN JOHN 14:8 HE TOLD HIS DISCIPLES THAT I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU COMFORTLESS. I WILL COME UNTO YOU. JESUS WILL CERTAINLY DO THAT. REMEMBER WHAT THE HEBREW WRITER SAID IN HEBREWS 13:5? FOR HE HAS SAID I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE NOR FORSAKE THEE. WHAT A WONDERFUL BLESSING WE HAVE TO BE GOD'S POSSESSION AND JESUS BEING WITH US ALWAYS AND CARING FOR US. WE ARE ACTUALLY LINKED TOGETHER WITH CHRIST. REMEMBER WHAT PAUL SAID IN PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 1 VERSES 20 THROUGH 21? HE SAID SO NOW CHRIST SHALL BE MAGNIFIED IN MY BODY FOR ME TO LIVE AS CHRIST. TO DIE IS GAIN. FOR ME TO LIVE AS CHRIST, THAT IS CHRIST IS LIVING IN ME AND CHRIST WILL BE THAT ONE WHO ENCOURAGES AND STRENGTHENS ME. WHAT A WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE IN JESUS CHRIST BECAUSE WE ARE THAT SPECIAL PEOPLE.

LET US LOOK FOR JUST A FEW MOMENTS THIS MORNING AS TO OUR SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST. THE SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT BASICALLY WE HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST. REMEMBER WHAT PAUL SAID, YOU PROBABLY REMEMBER THIS IF YOU HAVE READ MANY OF THE PAULINE EPISTLES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, HE SAID IN GALATIANS 2:20, “I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST, NEVERTHELESS I LIVE. YET NOT I THAT CHRIST LIVETH IN ME AND THE LIFE THAT I LIVE I LIVE BY FAITH IN THE SON OF GOD WHO LOVED ME AND GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ME.” THAT WONDERFUL FAITH THAT WAS BASED UPON GOD'S WORD. REMEMBER WHAT PAUL SAID IN ROMANS 10:17? “FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD.” WE CAN BE ASSURED OF THIS ONE THING. WE HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST IN THE WATERY GRAVES OF BAPTISM AND WE RISE TO WALK IN THAT NEWNESS OF LIFE. WE HAVE CRUCIFIED THE OLD MAN AS THE BIBLE SAYS IN ROMANS CHAPTER 6. WE HAVE BECOME A NEW MAN. A NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST AS PAUL SAID AGAIN IN 1CORINTHIANS OR 2CORINTHIANS 5:17. ALL BECAUSE OF JESUS DYING UPON THE CROSS AND MAKING US HIS SPECIAL PEOPLE THROUGH A PLAN HE HAS GIVEN US TO OBEY SO THAT WE MAY HAVE THAT WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. THE MORE COMPELLING IS THE THOUGHT OF CHRIST BEING CRUCIFIED FOR ME AND I AM CRUCIFIED FOR HIM, BUT HOW? PAUL MENTIONED IN GALATIANS 6:14, BUT GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD IN ANY WAY BE GLORIFIED, BUT CERTAINLY THE PERSON WHO WOULD BE GLORIFIED WOULD BE JESUS THROUGH WHOM PAUL WOULD CRUCIFY HIMSELF TO THE WORLD. HE DID NOT WANT TO GLORY IN HIMSELF AT ALL, BUT HE WANTED THE GLORY BE GIVEN TO CHRIST BY WHOM AND THROUGH WHOM HE WAS CRUCIFIED. THIS DEMANDS ALL OF US THE PUTTING AWAY OF THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD. THIS IS THE WAY THAT WE SHOW THAT WE ARE LINKED TOGETHER WITH CHRIST. THAT WE ARE JOINED TOGETHER WITH CHRIST BECAUSE WE HAVE MADE A DETERMINATION THAT WE ARE HIS SPECIAL PEOPLE. WE ARE A PEOPLE OF HIS OWN POSSESSION, AND THEREFORE, WHAT MUST WE DO? WELL, IN COLOSSIANS 3:3- 5, AND IF YOU WILL TAKE YOUR BIBLES AND TURN TO THERE IN COLOSSIANS 3:-5. HERE PAUL SAID, “FOR YOU DIED AND YOUR LIFE IS HIDDEN WITH CHRIST AND GOD. WHEN CHRIST, WHO IS OUR LIFE, APPEARS THEN YOU ALSO WILL APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY. THEREFORE, PUT TO DEATH YOUR MEMBERS WHICH ARE UPON THE EARTH. FORNICATION, UNCLEANNESS, PASSION, EVIL DESIRE, AND COVETEDNESS WHICH IS IDOLATRY. WE ARE NOW ALIVE IN CHRIST,” AS VERSE TWO SAYS. WE HAVE SET OUR MIND ON THINGS THAT ARE HEAVENLY AND THAT ARE ETERNAL IN NATURE, TRULY MEANING BY OUR LIVES THAT WE CRUCIFY OURSELVES AS JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED UPON THE CROSS. WE CRUCIFY THAT EVIL SELF WITHIN US AND WE ARISE TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.

REMEMBER WHAT PAUL SAID IN ROMANS 6:4-6 WHERE HE SAID THAT THE OLD MAN IS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM AND THE BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DESTROYED. HENCEFORTH, WE SHOULD NO LONGER SERVE SIN. SO WHEN WE BECOME CHRISTIANS, AND WE ARE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST FOR THE ADMISSION OF OUR SINS, WE HAVE CRUCIFIED THE OLD MAN. WE PUT THE OLD MAN ASIDE AND WE NOW HAVE BECOME ALIVE IN CHRIST. WE HAVE BECOME CHRIST REPRESENTATIVES SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. WHAT A WONDERFUL BLESSING THAT IS. IN FACT, WE ARE SPECIAL BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE CRUCIFIED, THAT IS WE HAVE CRUCIFIED THE OLD MAN. WE HAVE PUT ON THE NEW MAN AND WE HAVE PROMISE OF ETERNAL SALVATION BY DOING SO AS WE ARE BURIED WITH CHRIST AND QUICKENED AND WE ARE RAISED. WE TURN AGAIN TO ROMANS CHAPTER 6:4-5 WHERE PAUL SAID, “THEREFORE, WE ARE BURIED WITH HIM THROUGH BAPTISM INTO DEATH. THAT JUST AS CHRIST WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD IN THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, EVEN WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE. FOR IF WE HAD BEEN UNITED TOGETHER IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH, CERTAINLY WE SHALL ALSO BE IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS RESURRECTION.” NOW, I'M GOING TO READ VERSE 6, “KNOWING THIS, THAT OUR OLD MAN WAS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM AND THE BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DONE AWAY WITH AND THAT WE SHOULD NO LONGER BE SLAVES TO SIN.” WHAT A BLESSED AND WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP THAT WE CAN HAVE IN CHRIST, BURIED WITH HIM BY BAPTISM INTO HIS DEATH IN THE VERY SAME LIKENESS. MANY PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE LORD REQUIRED BAPTISM. IF YOU ASK ME WHAT WAS IN THE MIND OF GOD WHEN HE REQUIRED THAT I MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO TELL YOU OTHER THAN WHAT WE SEE IN SCRIPTURES LIKE THIS. IT IS A SYMBOL, YES. IT IS A FIGURE, YES. IS IT A NECESSARY THING THAT WE DO? CERTAINLY, JUST LIKE THE LORD'S SUPPER IS A SYMBOL. IT'S SYMBOLIC OF THE GIVING OF JESUS' BLOOD AND THE SACRIFICING OF HIS BODY ON THE CROSS. BUT YET IN REALITY, MUST WE PARTAKE OF THE LORD'S SUPPER? THE COMMAND IS IN THE SCRIPTURE TO DO SO AS NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANS AND WE MUST. THEREFORE, WHAT MUST WE DO AS CHRISTIANS OR TO EVEN BECOME CHRISTIANS. WE MUST FOLLOW WHAT GOD DESIRES THAT WE DO AND THAT IS WE MUST BE BURIED WITH HIM BY BAPTISM INTO HIS DEATH. LOOK AT COLOSSIANS 2:12. BURIED WITH HIM IN BAPTISM, WE ARE ALSO RAISED WITH HIM THROUGH THE FAITH OF THE OPERATION OF GOD WHO HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. PAUL WENT ON TO SAY IN THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS THAT WE ARE QUICKENED. THAT IS WE ARE MADE ALIVE. THE VERSION OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE SAYS THAT WE ARE QUICKENED. IT MEANS WE ARE MADE ALIVE AND ARE BEING BURIED IN BAPTISM FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS. WE ARE RAISED TOGETHER WITH CHRIST SO THAT WE MIGHT WHAT? BE TOGETHER WITH HIM FOREVER. HOW CAN ANYONE EVER EXPECT TO BE SAVED UNLESS THEY ARE WILLING TO DO WHAT JESUS HAS ASKED THEM TO DO AND WHAT GOD IN HEAVEN HAS REQUIRED THAT THEY DO IN ORDER THAT THEY RECEIVE SALVATION. THE DECISION CERTAINLY IS OURS BUT YET WE ARE BLESSED IN CHRIST. WE ARE SAVED BECAUSE WE ARE THAT CHOSEN GENERATION AND BECAUSE WE HAVE OBEYED THE GOSPEL. WE ARE LINKED TOGETHER WITH CHRIST IN AN INTERNAL KINGDOM. I WILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY THIS GREAT BLESSING OF BEING GOD'S OWN POSSESSION OF BEING SAVED. LET'S LOOK AT ROMANS CHAPTER 8:16-17. ROMANS 8:16 AND ROMANS 8:17. IT SAYS, “THE SPIRIT HIMSELF BEARS WITNESS WITH OUR SPIRIT THAT WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD AND AS CHILDREN THEN HEIRS OF GOD AND JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST, IF INDEED WE SUFFER WITH HIM THAT WE ALSO MAY BE GLORIFIED TOGETHER.” WE ARE HEIRS TOGETHER WITH CHRIST. WE ARE JOINT HEIRS TOGETHER WITH CHRIST. THAT MEANS WE ARE GOING TO INHERIT THAT INTERNAL KINGDOM. THAT'S THE BLESSING OF BEING GOD'S OWN POSSESSION AND IT IS ACCORDING TO PROMISE AS IS STATED IN GALATIANS 3:29. IT SAYS, “AND IF YE BE CHRIST, THEN ARE YE ABRAHAM'S SEED AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.” WE ARE SAVED TOGETHER WITH HIM, AS PAUL MENTIONED IN EPHESIANS 2:6. IT SAYS HATH RAISED US UP TOGETHER AND MADE US SIT TOGETHER IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS. WHAT A WONDERFUL BLESSING IT WILL BE. IT WILL BE THE END RESULT OF OUR BEING GOD'S SPECIAL PEOPLE AND HIS OWN POSSESSION, RIGHT HERE ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. WHAT A WONDERFUL BLESSING IT WILL BE WHEN WE GET TO HEAVEN AND FINALLY, ONCE AND FOR ALL, REALIZE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE GLORIFIED WITH HIM AS CHRIST WAS GLORIFIED BY THE FATHER AND AS WE VISUALIZE HIS RETURN AS IS STATED IN THE VERSES OF ROMANS 8:16-18. WE SHALL BE GLORIFIED WITH HIM BECAUSE WE ARE HIS BROTHERS AND WE ARE HIS SISTERS IN CHRIST. WE WILL BE GLORIFIED WITH HIM AND WE WILL ONCE AND FOR ALL ENJOY THAT ETERNAL HOME WITH HIM. IT IS A GLORIOUS CHURCH WITHOUT SPOT AND BLEMISH SAYS EPHESIANS 5:27. 2CORINTHIANS 4:16 SAYS, “FOR OUR LIGHT AFFLICTION IS BUT FOR A MOMENT WORKING FOR US A FAR MORE EXCEEDING AND ETERNAL WEIGHT OF GLORY.” YES, WE ARE THAT CHOSEN GENERATION. WE ARE THAT HOLY PRIESTHOOD. WE ARE THAT HOLY NATION. WE ARE THAT ROYAL PRIESTHOOD. WE ARE THAT SPECIAL POSSESSION OF GOD. WE CAN SHOW FORTH THE EXCELLENCIES OF HIM THAT CALLED US OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT.

I PLEAD WITH YOU ALL WHO ARE FAITHFUL CHILDREN OF GOD AND WHO ARE SEEKING TO BE FAITHFUL TO REALIZE THESE PRECIOUS PROMISES. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT CHRISTIANS YET, CONSIDER THE VERY REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO OBEY CHRIST SO THAT YOU CAN BECOME GOD’S OWN POSSESSION. YOU CAN BECOME HIS PECULIAR PEOPLE, HIS SPECIAL PEOPLE, SO THAT YOU ALSO CAN HELP SHOW FORTH THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO HAS CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT. WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY IT WILL BE WHEN WE STAND THERE IN ETERNITY TOGETHER WITH ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL TO CHRIST. WE WILL BE GLORIFIED WITH HIM AND BE ABLE TO, NOT ONLY KNOW THAT WE ARE THERE, BUT TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE RECEIVING THOSE PRECIOUS PROMISES THAT HE HAS MADE IN HIS HOLY WORD.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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