THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 11-30-14

LESSON TITLE: “THE DAYS OF RECKONING!”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING, AND POWERFUL, AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS. WHAT A WONDERFUL LORD’S DAY IT IS, AS WE AGAIN GATHER TOGETHER BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD TO WORSHIP OUR MAKER! WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US TODAY AND TO GIVE THIS TIME TO THE LORD. IN FACT, IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO BE WITH YOU EVERY SUNDAY MORNING, AS WE CONSIDER TOGETHER, GOD’S LIVING WORD.

IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER TODAY THAT WE ARE ALL UPLIFTED IN OUR FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER. FURTHERMORE, I PRAY THAT WE WILL GLORIFY AND PRAISE OUR CREATOR IN THESE ACTS OF WORSHIP WHICH WE PARTICIPATE IN COLLECTIVELY AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD. AS WE BEGIN OUR HOMAGE TO GOD ON THIS DAY, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: DEAR 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 BE SERVANTS IN YOUR KINGDOM. AND FATHER, HELP US EVERY DAY TO GIVE YOU THE GLORY AND HONOR WHICH YOU DESERVE. THAT WE MIGHT SOMEDAY BE RECIPIENTS OF YOUR LOVE, GRACE, AND MERCY WHEN WE HAVE BEEN FOUND FAITHFUL IN THE END TO RECEIVE THAT GREAT REWARD OF ETERNAL LIFE. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WHEN WE THINK OF ALL THAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US IN THIS LIFE, WE ARE REMINDED OF JUST HOW WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE HE IS. OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING HELPS US TO FOCUS ON OUR LOVING AND CARING GOD. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “THERE IS SUNSHINE IN MY SOUL.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

WHAT DO WE PUT OUR FAITH AND TRUST IN TODAY? IS IT REALLY IN GOD? MAYBE IT IS IN ANOTHER MAN? OR POSSIBLY IT IS IN SOME CHURCH? THE REALITY IS THERE IS ONLY ONE PLACE WE SHOULD PUT OUR COMPLETE FAITH AND CONFIDENCE - IN GOD. IN CORINTHIANS 2:4-5, THE INSPIRED PAUL SAID, “AND MY SPEECH AND MY PREACHING WERE NOT WITH PERSUASIVE WORDS OF HUMAN WISDOM, BUT IN DEMONSTRATION OF THE SPIRIT AND OF POWER, THAT YOUR FAITH SHOULD NOT BE IN THE WISDOM OF MEN BUT IN THE POWER OF GOD.” DID YOU CATCH ALL OF THAT? OUR FAITH SHOULD NEVER BE IN WORDS, MEN OR OTHER THINGS - RATHER OUR FAITH MUST BE IN THE POWER AND MAGNIFICENCE OF OUR GOD! WHY WOULD ANYONE CHOOSE TO SERVE A MAN OR THOSE OF THIS WORLD, WHEN THERE IS NO WAY THAT SUCH CAN OFFER US ETERNAL LIFE.

THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD AND ONE WORTHY OF OUR FULL ATTENTION AND DEVOTION. THAT IS GOD ALMIGHTY. JESUS WAS WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE, WE ARE CHALLENGED TO OBEY THE PLAN, AND IN DOING SO WE KNOW THAT GOD HAS OFFERED US ETERNAL LIFE. OH, WHAT A WONDERFUL AND LOVING GOD WE SERVE.

I ALSO REMEMBER A QUESTION THAT PAUL ASKED OF THE GALATIANS, HE SAID, “FOR DO I NOW PERSUADE MEN, OR GOD? OR DO I SEEK TO PLEASE MEN? FOR IF I STILL PLEASED MEN, I WOULD NOT BE A BONDSERVANT OF CHRIST,” 1:10! YOU SEE WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT DECISION TO MAKE, WILL WE SERVE GOD OR MAN? AND AGAIN I ASK, “WHO ALONE CAN OFFER THE OPPORTUNITY OF ETERNAL LIFE?”

IS YOUR FAITH IN GOD OR IN THE THINGS OF LIFE? CHOOSE TODAY TO TURN TO GOD AND FOCUS ON HIM AND HIS WORD, SO THAT YOU MAY BE CALLED A CHILD AND BE FAITHFUL ACCORDING TO HIS PROMISES.

TODAY WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER BRENT GREEN WITH US TO LEAD US IN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. BROTHER BRENT IS AN INSTRUCTOR AT THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI AND HE ALSO PREACHES FOR THE HWY 13 CHURCH OF CHRIST IN BOLIVAR, MISSOURI. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US THIS MORNING.

AS FAR AS OUR DISCUSSION, WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR IMPORTANT STUDY ENTITLED, “THE GREAT DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR….” THE SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH, “THE DAYS OF RECKONING!” SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, BROTHER GREEN WILL BE LEADING US IN THE MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD.”

LESSON

BY BRENT GREEN

THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES THERE ARE DIFFERENT DAYS WHICH WE HAVE TO GIVE ACCOUNTS OF DIFFERENT THINGS. MAYBE THINK BACK FOR A MOMENT WHEN YOU WERE AT SCHOOL. TEST DAY CAME AND YOU HAD TO REMEMBER ALL THOSE DIFFERENT FACTS THAT YOU LEARNED THROUGHOUT MATH OR SCIENCE OR WHATEVER CLASS IT WAS AND YOU HAD TO FINALLY PUT ALL THAT INFORMATION DOWN ON A TEST IN GIVING THOSE ANSWERS. WELL, THAT REALLY WAS A DAY OF RECKONING. YOU ARE GIVING AN ACCOUNT OF ALL THE INFORMATION THAT YOU HAD LEARNED. YOU ARE BEING JUDGED BY YOUR TEACHER IN ONE WAY TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU KNEW OR WHAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW IN SOME CASES. WELL, THAT DAY OF RECKONING IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE PROBABLY FAMILIAR WITH, NOT ONLY IN SCHOOL LIKE THAT, BUT ALSO OTHER TIMES IN OUR LIVES. MAYBE IT WAS DURING TRYOUTS FOR A BASKETBALL TEAM OR A FOOTBALL TEAM. YOU HAD PRACTICED AND YOU HAD MADE EVERYTHING READY AS YOU WERE PREPARING YOURSELF FOR THOSE TRYOUTS. AND WHEN TRYOUTS CAME THAT WAS A DAY OF RECKONING. YOU WERE SHOWING THAT COACH WHAT YOU COULD DO AND HOPEFULLY, IF YOU PASSED THE TEST, YOU MADE THE TEAM. BUT THAT WAS A DAY OF RECKONING TO SEE WHETHER YOU COULD GIVE ACCOUNT OF YOURSELF IN A GOOD WAY, GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE THAT TEAM.

WE'RE FAMILIAR, I BELIEVE, WITH THOSE IDEAS IN THIS LIFE - A DAY OF RECKONING. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THAT DAY OF RECKONING IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND EVEN FROM THE SCRIPTURE. IN A MUCH GREATER SENSE, WE ALL HAVE TO BE AWARE OF THE DAY OF RECKONING OR THE DAYS OF RECKONING BECAUSE THERE IS MORE THAN ONE DAY THAT WE MIGHT HAVE TO FACE AS CHRISTIANS IN THIS LIFE CONCERNING THE THINGS OF GOD. THERE ARE DIFFERENT TIMES IN LIFE WHERE WE'RE REQUIRED TO DO SOME THINGS. AS A CHRISTIAN WE'VE GOT TO LIVE UP TO THE STANDARD THAT GOD HAS GIVEN. EVEN THEN WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO CALL THAT A DAY OF RECKONING. I WANT US TO THINK NOW AT THIS TIME WHAT WE FIND THERE IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 9:27. THIS MAY NOT BE A THOUGHT THAT WE LIKE TO CONSIDER OR THAT WE MAY EVEN WANT TO DWELL UPON. BUT ONE FACT IS FOR SURE - THAT WHEN WE READ THIS VERSE WE READ OF A DAY OF RECKONING. THERE IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 9:27, HERE THE WORD OF GOD SAYS “AND AS IT IS APPOINTED FOR MEN TO DIE ONCE, BUT AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT.” DEATH IS A DAY OF RECKONING. A DAY THAT YOU CANNOT ESCAPE. EVERYONE THAT HAS LIVED ON THIS EARTH, SO FAR UP TO THIS POINT, HAS FACED THE DAY OF RECKONING.

AS YOU TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND THE LAND YOU CAN SEE REMINDERS THAT ALL MEN AND WOMEN HAVE FACED THAT DAY AT SOME POINT. YOU'LL SEE THE TOMBSTONES IN THOSE GRAVEYARDS. WELL, THEY'RE MADE OUT OF MARBLE OR TODAY - GRANITE. THOSE THINGS WILL REMIND US ALL THAT THAT DAY WILL COME. WE DON'T LIKE THE THOUGHT NECESSARILY OF LOSING OUR LOVED ONES - THOSE WE HOLD DEAR THIS LIFE - BUT WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN WE SEE THOSE TOMBSTONES, WHEN WE DRIVE PAST THOSE GRAVEYARDS, WE CAN BE REMINDED EVEN AS WE READ HERE IN THIS VERSE, HEBREWS CHAPTER 9:27, THAT WE WILL HAVE TO FACE THAT DAY OF RECKONING. IT IS APPOINTED OF MAN ONCE TO DIE. YOU KNOW, THERE ARE NO SECOND CHANCES WHEN IT COMES TO THAT DAY OF RECKONING. YOU CAN'T GET AROUND IT, YOU CAN'T REDO IT, YOU CAN'T BACK TO LIFE AND SAY YOU KNOW WHAT? I DIED AND I WANT TO TRY THIS OVER AGAIN. IT JUST DOESN'T WORK LIKE THAT. SADLY, WHEN WE LOSE OUR LOVED ONES WE ARE REMINDED OF THAT FACT IN THE SCRIPTURE THAT THIS DAY OF RECKONING WILL COME. WE WILL HAVE TO GIVE A JUDGMENT - AN ACCOUNT FOR WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THIS LIFE AND YOU CANNOT ESCAPE THAT DAY OF RECKONING.

AND SO WITH THAT IN MIND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN WE FACE THIS DAY OF RECKONING WE NEED TO BE READY. WE NEED TO BE READY WITH AN AWARENESS THAT EACH ONE WILL HAVE TO GIVE ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF ON THIS DAY. EVEN AS WE JUST READ THERE WE WILL DIE AND THEN WE WILL BE WHAT? WE WILL BE JUDGED. CONSIDER ALSO THE WORDS THAT WE FIND IN 2 CORINTHIANS. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10. THANKFULLY AS THE SCRIPTURE POINTS OUT WE DON'T GIVE ACCOUNTS FOR EACH OTHER. I DON'T HAVE TO GIVE ACCOUNT FOR SOMEBODY ELSE, SOMEBODY ELSE DOESN'T HAVE TO GIVE ACCOUNT OF ME BUT WE ALL WILL GIVE ACCOUNT OF OURSELVES. 2 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5:10 SAYS, “FOR WE MUST ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST, THAT EACH ONE MAY RECEIVE THE THINGS DONE IN THE BODY, ACCORDING TO WHAT HE HAS DONE, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD.” WE ALL MUST APPEAR ON THIS DAY OF RECKONING WHEN WE DIE. WE WILL ALL APPEAR BEFORE THAT JUDGMENT SEAT. WE WILL HAVE TO GIVE ACCOUNT.

AND HOW WILL WE GIVE ACCOUNT? WE'LL GIVE ACCOUNT INDIVIDUALLY. WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THOUGH IN THE SCRIPTURE THAT WE WILL GIVE ACCOUNT EVEN AS WE READ HERE ACCORDING TO WHAT WE HAVE DONE ACCORDING TO OUR DEEDS. SO JUST AS WE'VE READ HERE IN 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10, WE CAN ALSO READ OVER IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS - ROMANS CHAPTER 2:6. AGAIN, AS WE DIE AND AS WE FACE THIS DAY OF RECKONING, WE WILL BE JUDGED AS ALL MEN APPEAR BEFORE THAT JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. WHAT WILL THEY GIVE ACCOUNT OF? ROMANS 2:6. IT SAYS THERE THAT GOD, “WILL RENDER TO EACH ONE ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.” SOME THERE AS YOU WOULD CONTINUE READING WILL RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE. BUT SOME WOULD RECEIVE ETERNAL CONDEMNATION. BUT THAT WILL BE BASED UPON WHAT? WHAT WE'VE DONE. EACH ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS. WE CAN'T ESCAPE THAT DAY OF DEATH. WE CAN'T ESCAPE THAT DAY OF RECKONING AND WE CAN'T ESCAPE THAT JUDGMENT THAT GOES WITH IT. THEREFORE, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE LIVING OUR LIVES ACCORDING TO GOD'S STANDARDS SO WE CAN BE READY FOR THAT DAY OF DEATH. WE CAN BE READY FOR THAT DAY OF RECKONING.

SOMETHING ALSO VERY IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER THOUGH WHEN WE FACE THIS DAY OF RECKONING IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON THAT DAY. WE'RE WELL AWARE THAT IN THIS LIFE THAT WE CAN KNOW THAT CERTAIN THINGS WILL HAPPEN ON CERTAIN DAYS. EVEN ACCORDING TO OUR CALENDAR WE HAVE DIFFERENT HOLIDAYS ARE DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE YEAR WE CAN KNOW EVEN AS THE SEASONS COME AND GO THERE WILL BE CERTAIN THINGS THAT HAPPEN ON CERTAIN DAYS. WELL WE CAN BE ASSURED OF THE FACT AS WELL THAT ON THIS DAY OF RECKONING THERE WILL BE SOMETHING THAT WILL HAPPEN. NOT ONLY WILL WE DIE, NOT ONLY WILL WE BE JUDGED, WE'LL ALSO GO TO THAT HADEAN REALM. HADES WILL BE THAT PLACE WHERE ALL THOSE WHO HAVE DIED WILL GO TO AWAIT THAT FINAL SENTENCING ON THAT FINAL DAY OF JUDGMENT. BUT BEFORE WE CONSIDER THAT FINAL DAY OF JUDGMENT I WANT US TO SEE WHAT THE SCRIPTURE SAYS IN LUKE CHAPTER 16. JESUS GIVES US HERE THE DETAILS OF WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE IN THAT HADEAN REALM. LOOK THERE WITH ME IN YOUR BIBLES IN LUKE 16 BEGINNING THERE IN VERSE 19. WE HAVE DESCRIBED FOR US HERE WHAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN HADES ON THIS DAY OF RECKONING, THE DAY THAT ALL OF US WILL FACE ONE DAY WHEN WE DIE. THERE BEGINNING IN VERSE 19, READ WITH ME THE SCRIPTURE. IT SAYS, “THERE WAS A CERTAIN RICH MAN WHO WAS CLOTHED IN PURPLE AND FINE LINEN AND FARED SUMPTUOUSLY EVERY DAY. BUT THERE WAS A CERTAIN BEGGAR NAMED LAZARUS, FULL OF SORES, WHO WAS LAID AT HIS GATE DESIRING, TO BE FED WITH THE CRUMBS WHICH FELL FROM THE RICH MAN'S TABLE. MOREOVER, THE DOGS CAME AND LICKED HIS SORES. SO IT WAS THAT THE BEGGAR DIED, AND WAS CARRIED BY THE ANGELS TO ABRAHAM'S BOSOM. THE RICH MAN ALSO DIED AND WAS BURIED. AND BEING IN TORMENTS IN HADES, HE LIFTED UP HIS EYES AND SAW ABRAHAM AFAR OFF, AND LAZARUS IN HIS BOSOM.” NOW LET'S STOP THERE JUST FOR A MOMENT. WE SEE IN THESE TWO INDIVIDUALS, THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS, A GREAT CONTRAST. YOU HAVE ON ONE SIDE THE RICH MAN WHO DID VERY WELL IN THIS LIFE. HE FARED SUMPTUOUSLY AS IT SAYS THERE IN VERSE 19. IN CONTRAST YOU HAVE LAZARUS. A MAN WHO HERE IS DESCRIBED AS A BEGGAR HOPING JUST FOR CRUMBS TO FALL DOWN THAT HE MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT. WELL, WHAT IS ALSO DISTINGUISHABLE ABOUT THESE TWO IS WHERE THEY END UP. NOW THEY BOTH DIED. THAT'S THE APPOINTMENT THAT WE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT THERE IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 9:27. IT IS A POINT OF MAN TO DIE ONCE. DID THE RICH MAN DIE? DID LAZARUS DIE? THEY BOTH DIED BUT WHAT WE SEE HERE IN CONTRAST IS WHAT HAPPENED TO BOTH OF THESE INDIVIDUALS AT THEIR DEATH. DID THEY BOTH HAVE TO GIVE ACCOUNT OF THEIR LIVES ACCORDING TO THEIR DEEDS? WE'VE ALREADY READ THAT IN THE SCRIPTURE. AND AS THEY GAVE THEIR ACCOUNT THEY FOUND THEMSELVES IN BEING IN TWO DIFFERENT PLACES AFTER THEY HAD DIED.

NOW THIS IS THE REALM OF HADES DESCRIBED FOR US HERE. THE REALM OF THE UNSEEN. THE REALM OF THESE SPIRITS THAT HAVE DEPARTED FROM THIS LIFE TO GO TO THIS PLACE HADES TO AWAIT THAT FINAL JUDGEMENT. AND THE CONTRAST IS THAT WE SEE LAZURUS GO TO ABRAHAM'S BOSOM. A PLACE DESCRIBED AS PARADISE. AND THEN WE ALSO SEE THE RICH MAN GO TO THE OPPOSITE THERE IN HADES. WE SEE HIM GO TO THE SIDE OF TORMENT. AS WE CONTINUE READING WE LEARN SOME MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS HERE. PICK UP WITH ME THERE AT VERSE 24 AS WE HAVE LAZARUS ON ONE SIDE - ON THE SIDE OF PARADISE AND ABRAHAM'S BOSOM - AND THE RICH MAN ON THE OTHER SIDE. WHAT DOES THE SCRIPTURE CONTINUE TO SAY? THERE IN VERSE 24 IT SAYS, “AND THEN HE CRIED AND SAID, FATHER ABRAHAM, HAVE MERCY ON ME, AND SEND LAZARUS THAT HE MAY DIP THE TIP OF HIS FINGER IN WATER AND COOL MY TONGUE; FOR I AM TORMENTED IN THIS FLAME.” THE RICH MAN WAS IN TORMENT AND HE COULD SEE, HE COULD LOOK ACROSS AND SEE ABRAHAM AFAR OFF AND SAID SEND LAZARUS JUST TO QUENCH MY TORMENT JUST FOR A MOMENT. BUT THERE IN VERSE 25 IT SAYS, “ABRAHAM SAID, ‘SON, REMEMBER THAT IN YOUR LIFETIME YOU RECEIVED YOUR GOOD THINGS AND LAZARUS LIKEWISE EVIL THINGS; BUT NOW HE IS COMFORTED AND YOU ARE TORMENTED. AND BESIDES ALL THIS BETWEEN US AND YOU THERE IS A GREAT GULF FIXED SO THAT THOSE WHO WANT TO PASS FROM HERE TO YOU CANNOT. NOR CAN THOSE FROM HERE OR FROM THERE PASS TO US.’” “THEN HE SAID, ‘I BEG YOU THEREFORE, FATHER, THAT YOU WOULD SEND HIM TO MY FATHER'S HOUSE, FOR I HAVE FIVE BROTHERS, THAT HE MAY TESTIFY TO THEM LEST THEY ALSO COME TO THIS PLACE OF TORMENT.’” THE RICH MAN IS THERE IN TORMENT AND HE SAYS PLEASE GIVE ME SOME COMFORT JUST FOR A MOMENT. AND ABRAHAM SAYS I CAN'T DO IT. AND THE REASON WHY I CAN'T DO IT HE SAYS IS THERE IS A GREAT GULF FIXED BETWEEN US WHICH INDICATES HERE FOR US FROM THE SCRIPTURE THAT THOSE ON THE SIDE OF PARADISE CANNOT CROSS FROM THE SIDE OF PARADISE AND GO TO THE SIDE OF TORMENT. OF COURSE WHY WOULD THEY WANT TO? WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO LEAVE ABRAHAM'S BOSOM? WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO LEAVE THAT PLACE OF PARADISE TO GO TO TORMENT? WELL, NOBODY IS LOOKING TO GO FROM PARADISE TO TORMENT BUT HE WAS A RICH MAN SEEKING MAYBE TO GO FROM THE SIDE OF TORMENT TO CROSS THAT GREAT GULF AND GO TO THE SIDE OF PARADISE. HE WANTED COMFORT BUT HE COULDN'T RECEIVE IT. WHY? BECAUSE THE STATE HERE OF MAN IS FIXED. THOSE ON THE SIDE OF PARADISE CANNOT CROSS OVER AND GO TO THE SIDE OF TORMENT. THOSE ON THE SIDE OF TORMENT CANNOT CROSS OVER AND GO TO THE SIDE OF PARADISE. ONCE THESE MEN, ONCE LAZARUS AND HIS THIS RICH MAN FACE THEIR APPOINTMENT OF DEATH, THEIR ETERNAL STATES IN THE REALM OF HADES WAS SEALED.

ONE WENT ON TO HIS REWARD IN PARADISE AND ONE WENT ON TO HIS TORMENT THERE ON THAT SIDE OF TORMENT. AND THAT'S WHAT WE BEGIN TO LEARN HERE AS WE READ HERE IN LUKE CHAPTER 19. EVEN SO MUCH, OR CHAPTER 16, EVEN SO MUCH TO THE EXTENT THAT THE RICH MAN WANTED SOMEBODY TO GO BACK AND WARN HIS BROTHERS WHO WERE STILL ALIVE FOR HIM. HE DIDN'T WANT THEM TO END UP IN THE SAME PLACE WHERE HE WAS. BUT FINISH OUT WITH ME THERE THE FINAL FEW VERSES HERE IN THIS TEXT. THERE AGAIN IN VERSE 29 OF CHAPTER 16, “ABRAHAM SAID TO HIM, ‘THEY HAVE MOSES AND THE PROPHETS; LET THEM HEAR THEM.’ AND HE SAID, ‘NO, FATHER ABRAHAM; BUT IF ONE GOES TO HIM FROM THE DEAD, THEY WILL REPENT.’ AND HE SAID TO HIM ‘IF THEY DO NOT HEAR MOSES AND THE PROPHETS, NEITHER WILL THEY BE PERSUADED THOUGH ONE RISE FROM THE DEAD.’” ABRAHAM SAID IT'S TOO LATE. EVEN IF ONE WAS SENT BACK FROM THE DEAD THEY'RE NOT GOING TO LISTEN.

WHAT IS IT THAT ABRAHAM SAID? THEY HAVE MOSES AND THE PROPHETS. THEY HAVE THE WORD OF GOD. WHAT IS IT THAT WE HAVE TODAY? WE STILL HAVE THE VERY WORD OF GOD. WE CAN STILL KNOW THE TRUTHS THAT ARE EVEN REVEALED TO US HERE IN LUKE CHAPTER 16. WE CAN KNOW THAT WE WILL ALL FACE THAT APPOINTMENT OF DEATH AND WE CAN KNOW THAT WE WILL END UP IN ONE OF TWO PLACES. EITHER WE'LL FOLLOW THE PATHWAY OF LAZARUS AND FIND OURSELVES THERE IN THE BOSOM OF ABRAHAM ON THE SIDE OF PARADISE. OR WE'LL FIND OURSELVES ON THE OTHER SIDE THERE WHERE THE RICH MAN WENT. THERE TO A PLACE OF TORMENT. BUT WHAT IS IT THAT THE RICH MAN WANTED HIS OWN FAMILY MEMBERS TO KNOW WHO WERE STILL ALIVE? HE WANTED THEM TO KNOW YOU DON'T WANT TO END UP IN TORMENT.

SO WHAT DO WE UNDERSTAND HERE AS WE BEGIN TO SEE HERE THE SCRIPTURE AND WHAT IT REVEALS TO US? THERE IS A DAY OF RECKONING. WHEN WE FACE THAT DAY OF DEATH WE HAVE TO BE JUDGED. WE WILL GIVE ACCOUNT OF OURSELVES AND WE'LL END UP IN ONE OF THESE TWO PLACES. AND YOU CAN'T CROSS OVER TO ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER. AS WE CONSIDER THESE THINGS WE ALSO NEED TO UNDERSTAND THERE WILL BE A FUTURE DAY OF RECKONING. NOT ONLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY DIED BUT WHEN JESUS CHRIST COMES AGAIN THERE WILL BE A DAY OF RECKONING IN THAT FINAL JUDGMENT. IT'S CLEAR FROM THE SCRIPTURE THAT THIS IS TAUGHT THAT THERE WILL BE THAT FINAL DAY.

CONSIDER THAT WITH ME WHAT IT SAYS IN 2 PETER 3:10. THERE THE WORD OF GOD REMINDS US, GIVES US A REMEMBRANCE OF ANOTHER DAY OF RECKONING. A DAY THAT WILL COME THAT WILL BE LIKE NO OTHER DAY BEFORE IT. THE DAY OF THE LORD. THE DAY OF JUDGMENT. THERE IN 2 PETER 3:10 SAYS, “BUT THE DAY OF THE LORD WILL COME AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT, IN WHICH THE HEAVENS WILL PASS AWAY WITH A GREAT NOISE, AND THE ELEMENTS WILL MELT WITH FERVENT HEAT; BOTH THE EARTH AND THE WORKS THAT ARE IN IT WILL BE BURNED UP.” DO WE KNOW THAT DAY? WELL, WE KNOW THAT IT EXISTS AND IT WILL COME BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IT WILL COME. IT WILL COME AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT. SADLY TOO MANY THINK THAT WE CAN KNOW THE DAY AND WE CAN MARK IT ON OUR CALENDARS AND WE CAN LIVE ANY WAY WE WANT TO. BUT WHEN THAT DAY COMES WE'LL MAKE SURE WE GET OUR LIVES RIGHT JUST RIGHT BEFORE THAT DAY COMES. WELL SADLY IT DOESN'T WORK LIKE THAT. YOU CAN'T JUST LIVE ANYWAY YOU WANT TO AND HOPE FOR THE BEST ON THAT DAY. IT SAYS THE DAY THE LORD WILL COME AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT. BUT WE'RE AS SURE WITH A GREAT CERTAINTY THAT GOD HAS PROMISED HERE THAT, THAT DAY INDEED WILL COME. AND WHEN THAT DAY COMES IT WILL BE A DAY OF JUDGMENT.

THERE IN FIRST JOHN 4:17 THERE THE TEXT READS, “LOVE HAS BEEN PERFECTED AMONG US IN THIS. THAT WE MAY HAVE BOLDNESS IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT BECAUSE AS HE IS SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD.” NOW FOR GOD'S CHILDREN, THOSE WHO LIVED AND DIED IN FAITH, THOSE WHO LIVE A RIGHTEOUS LIFE, THAT'S A DAY THEY CAN LOOK FORWARD TO. BECAUSE ON THAT DAY FOR THEM, IT IS TRULY A DAY OF JUDGMENT. BUT WHEN THEY'RE JUDGED BY GOD THERE WHAT DO THEY GO ON TO? THEY GO ON TO THEIR REWARD. AND SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND FROM THE SCRIPTURE THERE WILL BE A FUTURE DAY OF RECKONING. THERE WILL BE THE DAY OF THE LORD. THERE WILL BE THIS DAY OF JUDGMENT. AND THIS RECKONING, THIS DAY OF JUDGMENT, IS CERTAIN FOR ALL.

THERE IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, ACTS 17, THERE'S ANOTHER IMPORTANT VERSE FOR US TO UNDERSTAND THERE AGAIN FROM THE SCRIPTURE AS PAUL IN HIS MISSIONARY JOURNEYS WAS GOING AROUND PREACHING AND TEACHING THE WORD OF GOD AND TELLING PEOPLE WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO BE SAVED. NOW WHY DID HE SPEND SO MUCH TIME DOING THAT? BECAUSE HE WANTED THEM TO BE READY TO MEET THAT DAY OF DEATH. HE WANTED THEM TO BE READY TO MEET THIS ULTIMATE FINAL JUDGMENT. HE WANTED THEM TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY NEEDED TO KNOW SO THEY CAN BE SAVED IN ORDER TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THIS FINAL DAY OF JUDGMENT. READ WITH ME WHAT PAUL SPOKE OF THERE IN ACTS 17:30. HE SAYS, “TRULY, THESE TIMES OF IGNORANCE GOD OVERLOOKED, BUT NOW COMMANDS ALL MEN EVERYWHERE TO REPENT, BECAUSE HE HAS APPOINTED A DAY ON WHICH HE WILL JUDGE THE WORLD IN RIGHTEOUSNESS BY THE MAN WHOM HE HAS ORDAINED. HE HAS GIVEN ASSURANCE OF THIS TO ALL BY RAISING HIM FROM THE DEAD.” GOD SAYS THE DAY OF JUDGMENT IS COMING. IT IS CERTAIN. JUST AS CERTAIN AS THE FACT OF JESUS CHRIST ARISING FROM THE DEAD, LEAVING THAT TOMB, COMING BACK TO LIFE. THE DAY OF JUDGMENT IS JUST AS CERTAIN. AND WE CAN KNOW THAT FROM THE SCRIPTURE THAT THAT DAY OF RECKONING IS COMING AND IT WILL COME FOR ALL.

ONE FINAL VERSE AS WE CONSIDER THIS DAY OF RECKONING. LOOK WITH ME THERE IN THE WRITINGS OF PAUL TO TIMOTHY. 2 TIMOTHY 4:1. THERE PAUL TELLS TIMOTHY, “I CHARGE YOU THEREFORE BEFORE GOD AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO WILL JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD AT HIS APPEARING AND HIS KINGDOM…” NOW PAUL GOES ON TO TELL TIMOTHY THERE I WANT YOU TO PREACH THE WORD. TELL EVERYBODY WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW. NOW WHY? BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST ONE DAY WILL JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD. THIS DAY OF RECKONING CANNOT BE ESCAPED. YOU CANNOT GET AROUND IT. IT IS APPOINTED TO MAN ONCE TO DIE AND AFTER THAT THE JUDGMENT. WHERE WE BEGAN THERE IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 9:27 IS WHERE WE END. WE WILL ALL FACE THAT DAY OF RECKONING. AND WE CAN KNOW ONCE WE DIE WE WILL GO TO ONE OF TWO PLACES AWAITING THAT FINAL SENTENCING THERE IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT. ARE YOU READY FOR THAT DAY OF RECKONING?

CLOSING COMMENTS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY LORD’S DAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD!

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ARE WE LIVING OUR LIVES IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE ARE PREPARED FOR THE GREAT JUDGMENT DAY OF OUR LORD? CERTAINLY, THOSE WHO ARE FOUND FAITHFUL IN THAT DAY WILL RECEIVE A REWARD THAT IS WELL WORTH OUR TIME AND EFFORTS. MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD, EVEN TODAY!