THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 12-21-14

LESSON TITLE: “DAYS OF SALVATION.”

WELCOME

I HOPE YOU ALL ARE HAVING A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON THUS FAR AND THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE UPCOMING NEW YEAR! SO, LET ME AGAIN SAY, HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS!

WELL, I HOPE SANTA WILL BE GOOD TO EVERYONE IN A FEW DAYS AND I HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO ENJOY ALL THE FESTIVITIES AND EXCITEMENT OF THIS TIME OF YEAR. LET ME AS WELL THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO JOIN US THIS MORNING IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD - OUR MOST WONDERFUL CREATOR. YOU HAVE CERTAINLY MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE TO PUT HIM FIRST!

AS WE BEGIN OUR WORSHIP BEFORE HIM THIS DAY, LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU TO BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER AT THIS TIME.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND THE MANY JOYS AND THE FUN TIMES THAT WE ARE ABLE TO HAVE AS WE ENJOY THE LOVE THAT WE SHARE FOR OTHERS AND AS WE GIVE TO ONE ANOTHER. FATHER, HELP US TO ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT WE ONLY HAVE WHAT WE HAVE BECAUSE OF YOU - BECAUSE OF YOUR GOODNESS AND BECAUSE OF YOUR PERFECTION. AND FATHER, THIS DAY HELP US TO LIVE IN SUCH A WAY AND TO ACT IN SUCH A WAY AND TO DO THOSE THINGS IN OUR WORSHIP WHICH IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH PROVE THAT WE'RE WILLING TO SUBMIT FULLY TO YOUR WILL ALWAYS. AND IN THE END GIVE US THE REWARD OF HEAVEN WHEN WE HAVE BEEN FOUND FAITHFUL THROUGH YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY AMEN.

OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING FOCUSES ON THE LIGHT OF GOD. SO WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “WALKING IN SUNLIGHT!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ONLY 4 DAYS AWAY FROM CHRISTMAS DAY? I’M SURE YOUR KIDS, IF THEY’RE LIKE MINE, ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THIS EXCITING DAY AND THE FUN THEY WILL HAVE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. ALSO, HOW NEAT IT WILL BE TO EXCHANGE GIFTS AND TO SEE THE GLOW OF JOY ON THE FACES OF ALL WHO RECEIVE PRESENTS. I DO LOVE THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, AND EVEN MORE SO AS A PARENT, BECAUSE WE ALL LOVE SPOILING OUR KIDS JUST A LITTLE.

BUT LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION, “HAVE YOU EVER READ OF THE “CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY” IN THE BIBLE.” “DO WE SEE THE EARLY CHURCH OR GOD’S APOSTLES COMMANDING SUCH IN THAT DAY, OR IN THE WORD WHICH THEY GAVE US THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT?” WITH THIS IN MIND, DON’T YOU FIND IT A BIT STRANGE THAT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED A HOLIDAY WHICH IS NOT COMMANDED, SANCTIONED OR ORDAINED IN THE BIBLE? SO WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY FROM A RELIGIOUS STANDPOINT?

MAY I FIRST STATE THAT THIS HOLIDAY CALLED CHRISTMAS HAS BEEN CELEBRATED FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS FROM BOTH A RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR STANDPOINT. HISTORICALLY, CHRISTMAS IS A HOLIDAY INSTITUTED BY MAN. IN FACT, YOU MAY FIND IT INTERESTING THAT FROM IT’S CONCEPTION UNTIL TODAY - THE MAJORITY OF SCHOLARS STILL CAN NOT AGREE ON WHEN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WAS ACTUALLY BORN. HOWEVER, I MIGHT CLARIFY THAT ONE THING THEY ALL TEND TO AGREE ON IS THE FACT THAT IT COULD NOT HAVE AND DID NOT TAKE PLACE IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.

DESPITE THIS FACT, WHEN YOU ASK A LOT OF CHILDREN TODAY, “WHEN WAS JESUS BORN,” WHAT RESPONSE WILL YOU GET? MOST WILL SAY ON CHRISTMAS DAY, BUT IS THIS REALLY TRUE? ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN AND THE WORLD ABOUT THE TRUE CHRIST AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS BEING BORN, AS WELL AS THE LIFE THAT HE LIVED, OR ARE WE DECEIVING THEM IN TO THINKING THAT HE WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 25! AS IF THAT WOULD BE THE MOST IMPORTANT MATTER CONCERNING THE ISSUE.

I MIGHT FURTHER ASK YOU WHAT WAS GOD’S RESPONSE TO THOSE IN THE BIBLE WHO CHOSE TO REJECT HIS WILL? WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO CHOSE TO DO IT THEIR OWN WAY? STILL YET, THERE ARE MANY WHO DID THINGS THEY THOUGHT WERE GOOD THAT GOD WOULD ACCEPT BECAUSE OF THEIR PROPER OUTCOME - YET GOD REJECTED THEM AND THEIR DEEDS FOR THEY WERE NOT DONE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. ARE WE TO ADD TO THE WORD OF GOD? ARE WE TO TAKE AWAY FROM HIS PRECIOUS PRECEPTS?

SO WHAT ARE WE TO GIVE TO GOD? HOW MIGHT WE RESPOND TO THE PLEA THAT “JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON?” HOW ABOUT, “MY GOD IS THE REASON FOR EVERYDAY, EVERY MOMENT AND EVERY ASPECT OF MY LIFE.” “HE IS WHY WE HAVE THE VERY BREATH IN OUR BODIES, AS WELL AS THE PHYSICAL ABILITY TO DO THE THINGS WE DO. IN FACT, OUR GOD MUST BE OUR EVERYTHING, THE ALL IMPORTANT OBJECT OF OUR LIVES AND THUS HE SHOULD EVER BE BEFORE US. AND NOT ONLY EVERY DAY, BUT EVERY MOMENT AND EVERY SECOND OF OUR LIVES SHOULD BE ABOUT HIM. HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE DEMONSTRATE OUR LOVE FOR GOD? ONCE A YEAR, ONE DAY OF THE YEAR, OR WITH THE WHOLE OF YOUR LIFE? WHAT’S WRONG WITH JUST GIVING GOD EVERY DAY, FURTHERMORE KNOWING THAT HE HAS COMMANDED THE 1ST DAY OF EVERY WEEK AS A DAY TO GATHER AND WORSHIP HIM. CAN WE REALLY IMPROVE ON THE PATTERN LAID OUT BY GOD? WHY WOULD WE WANT TO?

TODAY WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “THE GREAT DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR!” OUR NEXT LESSON CONCERNING THIS TOPIC IS, “DAYS OF SALVATION.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL RETURN AND LEAD US IN OUR MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “TRUST AND OBEY.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US TODAY AND AT THIS TIME WE WILL BEGIN OUR TALK FROM DEUTERONOMY 31. IT IS HERE WITHIN THIS TEXT THAT WE FIND MOSES - WHO IS REALLY ABOUT TO DIE AND IS GIVING THE COMMISSION TO JOSHUA TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH THE PEOPLE TO ACCOMPLISH THE WILL OF GOD. AND IT IS HERE NEAR THE END OF HIS LIFE THAT HE INAUGURATES JOSHUA AS WE FIND THERE IN VERSE 23 OF DEUTERONOMY 31. AND AS HE INAUGURATES HIM HE GIVES HIM A GREAT CHALLENGE. AND IT SAYS THERE IN VERSE 24, “SO IT WAS, WHEN MOSES HAD COMPLETED WRITING THE WORDS OF THIS LAW IN A BOOK, WHEN THEY WERE FINISHED, THAT MOSES COMMANDED THE LEVITES, WHO BORE THE ARK OF THE COVENANT OF THE LORD SAYING: ‘TAKE THE BOOK OF THE LAW, AND PUT IT BESIDE THE ARK OF THE COVENANT OF THE LORD YOUR GOD, THAT IT MAY BE AS A WITNESS AGAINST YOU; FOR I KNOW YOUR REBELLION AND YOUR STIFF NECK. IF TODAY, WHILE I AM YET ALIVE WITH YOU, YOU HAVE BEEN REBELLIOUS AGAINST THE LORD.’” SO WHAT IS IT THAT HE IS CHALLENGING THEM WITH?

WELL, THE FIRST THING THAT WE NOTICE HERE IS THAT AS HE HAS COMPLETED WRITING THE LAW OF THE LORD, WHICH WAS GIVEN BY GOD HIMSELF, HE GIVES THIS TO THE LEVITES THAT IT MIGHT BE PRESERVED AND THEREFORE THAT IT MIGHT BE READ BY JOSHUA AND THE PEOPLE IN ORDER THAT THEY MIGHT FOLLOW THEIR CREATOR. ADMITTEDLY AFTER THIS HE DOES, AS WE WOULD SAY IN THE WORK, TEACHES THEM A SONG WHICH IS CALLED THE SONG OF MOSES WHICH BASICALLY GOES THROUGHOUT THE PROVIDENCE, AND THE CARE, AND THE PROTECTION, AND THE GUIDANCE OF GOD THAT HE HAS GIVEN THEM. BUT THEN IT ALSO WARNS THEM THAT THEY ARE GOING TO TURN AWAY - THAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO THINGS AGAINST WHAT IT IS THAT THEIR GOD, THE LORD THEIR GOD, HAS COMMANDED.

BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE OVER AND CHAPTER 32 BECAUSE NEAR THE END OF CHAPTER 32 IT AGAIN TELLS US THAT AFTER MOSES HAS SPOKEN ALL OF THESE THINGS AND THE HEARING OF THE PEOPLE, HE'S FINISHES SPEAKING AND THEN IT SAYS - VERSE 46, “SET YOUR HEARTS ON ALL THE WORDS WHICH I TESTIFY AMONG YOU TODAY, WHICH YOU SHALL COMMAND YOUR CHILDREN TO BE CAREFUL TO OBSERVE - ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW.” SO CHAPTER 31, I COMPLETED WRITING THE BOOK, I INAUGURATE JOSHUA AND YOU NEED TO WATCH OUT BECAUSE AT SOME POINT YOU'RE GOING TO STOP DOING WHAT THESE WORDS SAY. BUT THEN HE TURNS AROUND HERE IN THIS NEXT CHAPTER AND HE SAYS THAT YOU MUST KNOW THAT YOU MUST CONTINUE ALL THE WORDS THAT I HAVE SPOKEN AND EVERYTHING I HAVE GIVEN YOU IN THE BOOK OF LAW. AND YOU MUST BE CAREFUL TO OBEY AND OBSERVE THESE THINGS. DO YOU SEE THE COVENANT THAT GOD MADE WITH ISRAEL? THE SAME WAY HE HAD MADE A PROMISE AND A COVENANT WITH ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN - THE SAME WAY HAD MADE A COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM AND THE PATRIARCHS - THE SAME WAY NOW HE MAKES A COVENANT THROUGH MOSES WITH ALL OF HIS PEOPLE. GOD PREPARES A LAW - A COVENANT WHICH HE INSISTS THAT IT MUST BE SEALED WITH BLOOD AND HE GIVES TO HIS PEOPLE DOING HIS PART. AND THEN HIS PEOPLE MUST AGREE TO THE COVENANT IF THEY WILL WHAT? IF THEY WILL BE BLESSED. IF THEY WILL BE REWARDED AND ULTIMATELY, IF THEY WILL BE SAVED.

NOW I BRING YOU OVER INTO THE NEW TESTAMENT BECAUSE GUESS WHAT? IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WE FIND ALSO THAT GOD, THE SAME GOD OF ALL AGES; OF THE PATRIARCHS; OF THE DAYS OF MOSES; THE SAME GOD THAT WE SERVE TODAY ALSO SPEAKS OF A COVENANT THAT WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN. AND IN FACT, THROUGHOUT SOME OF OUR SERIES WE'VE TALKED ABOUT AND DISTINGUISHED THE COVENANTS - THE OLD AND THE NEW COVENANTS. BUT I WANT YOU TO THINK WITH ME FOR JUST A MOMENT ABOUT HOW THAT WE ALSO TODAY HAVE SALVATION BUT UNDER A MUCH GREATER....GREATER PROMISE AND BLESSING WHICH HAS NOW TRANSPIRED. AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS - IT'S THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST. FIRST CORINTHIANS 15 TELLS US ABOUT THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL - THAT JESUS CAME, THAT HE LIVED AND DIED, HE WAS BURIED AND HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY. AND IT'S BECAUSE OF THAT BLOOD THAT WAS SHED, THAT WE'RE NOT ONLY RECIPIENTS OF THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, BUT WE ARE ABLE TO BE ADDED BY GOD HIMSELF TO HIS FOLD OR THE CHURCH ITSELF.

BUT IF YOU'LL LOOK WITH ME THERE IN 2 CORINTHIANS 6 AS WE THINK ABOUT SALVATION, GUESS WHAT HE SAYS HERE IN VERSE 2? IN VERSE 2 HE SAYS, “FOR HE SAYS, ‘IN AN ACCEPTABLE TIME I HAVE HEARD YOU, AND IN THE DAY OF SALVATION I HAVE HELPED YOU.’” THIS IS ACTUALLY A QUOTE FROM ISAIAH 49. HE WAS TALKING TO THE PEOPLE THERE ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE DAY OF SALVATION, I AND THE DELIVERER. I WILL SAVE YOU IN THE DAY. BUT THEN NOTICE WHAT HE ADDS RIGHT AFTER HE MAKES THAT STATEMENT - THAT IS PAUL WRITING TO THE CORINTHIANS. THE LATTER PART OF VERSE 2 SAYS, “BEHOLD, NOW IS THE ACCEPTABLE TIME; BEHOLD, NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.” MY BRETHREN AND FRIENDS, SALVATION IS NOT ABOUT TOMORROW. SALVATION IS NOT ABOUT YESTERDAY. SALVATION IS ABOUT TODAY. WHAT GOD REQUIRES TODAY, AND WHAT WE MUST DO TODAY AND THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES AS WE LOOK AT LAST WEEK - THE DAYS OF OUR LIFE, THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE FOUND PLEASING AND PERFECT AND ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT.

WITH THAT IN MIND, WE MUST ASK THE QUESTION - THE SAME QUESTION, THE IMPORTANT QUESTION - THAT THOSE OF ALL AGES HAVE ASKED. NO DOUBT IN THE DAYS OF ABRAHAM, ABRAHAM AND HIS SONS - SUCH AS EVEN ISAAC AND THEN JACOB - JACOB...THEY ALL PLEADED WITH GOD. IF YOU WILL DO THESE THINGS WE WILL FOLLOW YOU. I WILL OBEY YOU. I REALLY REMEMBER JOSHUA'S WELL, SAYING THOSE THINGS THAT HE WOULD DO WHAT GOD SAID. WHY? BECAUSE GOD HAD TOLD HIM IF YOU'RE CAREFUL TO OBSERVE AND TO FOLLOW THESE THINGS I WILL BE WITH YOU ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE. I WILL BLESS YOU, I WILL MAKE YOU TO PROSPER. AND CERTAINLY THAT'S WHAT GOD DID. DO YOU SEE THE PATTERN? THERE WAS HOPE AND THERE WAS GUIDANCE AND THERE WAS PROTECTION AND THERE WAS SALVATION IN EVERY AGE. WHY? NOT BECAUSE OF MAN - BECAUSE OF GOD'S LOVE FOR HIS CREATION, MAN. AND THEREFORE, WHEN MAN WOULD DO WHAT GOD SAID, WHAT WAS THE BENEFIT? WELL, BLESSINGS. BUT ULTIMATELY THAT THEY WOULD BE SAVED BY GOD, THE SAME WAY THAT NOAH WAS SAVED DURING THE WICKED AND PERVERSE GENERATION IN WHICH HE LIVED.

BUT NOW AS WE THINK ABOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT - GUESS WHAT? WE HAVE, BECAUSE OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HAVING BEEN SHED, AS WE LOOK BACK AND THE NEW TESTAMENT BEING WRITTEN AFTER THE FACT - THE CHURCH ALREADY HAVING BEEN ESTABLISHED; ACTS CHAPTER 2 - WE SEE THAT SAME QUESTION OF LORD, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE US TO DO? OR LORD, WHAT MUST WE DO? OR IF YOU LOVE ME, GOD SAID KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS. AND SO WE MUST SAY - SO LORD, WHAT ARE YOUR COMMANDMENTS? WHAT IS THAT YOU REQUIRE? WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DEMAND OF US? AND SO TO BECOME A CHILD AND WE ASK THE QUESTION, WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? THERE'S ONLY ONE PLACE TO FIND THE ANSWER. AND AS WE ARE CONNECTED TO GOD BY AND THROUGH THE NEW COVENANT, NOT THE OLD COVENANT, AND AS WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW THAT THE NEW COVENANT - HEBREWS CHAPTER 8 AND 9 - WAS SEALED WITH THE VERY BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, THEREFORE BEING A BETTER COVENANT, BASED ON A BETTER SACRIFICE WITH BETTER PROMISES, BECAUSE WE KNOW THOSE THINGS TO BE TRUE.

WE MUST AGAIN ASK, HOW CAN WE BE SAVED BASED ON THE BETTER SACRIFICE, THE BETTER COVENANT, HOW CAN I JOIN MYSELF TO SUCH A GOD WHO HAS LOVED ME SO MUCH EVEN TO THE POINT OF GIVING HIS OWN SON TO DIE FOR MY SINS, AS WELL AS THE SINS OF ALL OF MANKIND? WELL, I THINK THAT QUESTION PERHAPS IS BEST ASKED AND EVEN ANSWERED IN THE BOOK OF ACTS. BUT SPECIFICALLY TODAY WHAT WE WILL LOOK AT IS FOUND THERE IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. AND YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME HERE A MAN WHO EVIDENTLY WAS NOT A JEW BUT HAD COMMITTED HIMSELF TO JEWISH LAW AND HAD EVEN GONE TO WORSHIP AND DO THOSE THINGS ACCORDING TO JUDAISM. AND AS HE WAS RIDING THERE IN THE CHARIOT, IT SAYS THE HOLY SPIRIT SENT PHILLIP TO HIM AND PHILIP OVERTOOK HIM IN THE CHARIOT. AND HE ASKED HIM A QUESTION. HE SAID, DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE READING? THE TEXT EVEN WELL TELLS US THERE THAT HE WAS READING FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH. AND WHEN HE WAS READING FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH - YOU SAY WELL, HE WAS TALKING ABOUT OLD THINGS, THE OLD COVENANT - THE OLD TESTAMENT. WELL, NO. WHAT WAS HE TALKING ABOUT FROM THE OLD COVENANT - ISAIAH. HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE PROPHECY CONCERNING GUESS WHO? JESUS CHRIST.

AND SO I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME WHAT IT SAYS THERE IN VERSE 35 WHEN PHILIP GETS INTO THE CHARIOT WITH HIM AND AFTER HE SAYS DO YOU DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE READING? AND HE SAYS HOW CAN I EXCEPT SOMEONE WILL SHOW ME OR EXPLAIN IT TO ME. AND THEN PHILIP OPENS HIS MOUTH AND IT SAYS HE BEGAN AT THE SAME SCRIPTURE IN ISAIAH; THE LAMB DONE BEFORE THE SHEARER ARE BROUGHT TO THE SLAUGHTER. HE STARTS AT THAT SAME SCRIPTURE AND GUESS WHAT HE DOES? HE PREACHES JESUS. HE PREACHES JESUS. THIS IS THE SAME PHILIP EARLIER IN THE SAME CHAPTER, ACTS 8, AND IF YOU'LL BACKUP, HE WAS GOING ABOUT ALL PLACES - IN VERSE FIVE - PREACHING JESUS. BUT THEN ALSO IN VERSE 8 IT SAYS THAT PHILIP WAS PREACHING THE THINGS CONCERNING NOT ONLY JESUS, BUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. WHY? WELL, JESUS SAYS I'LL BUILD MY CHURCH. I'LL BUILD MY KINGDOM. JESUS SAYS I'M GONNA ADD YOU TO THE CHURCH. I'M GONNA ADD YOU TO THE KINGDOM. JESUS SAYS - COLOSSIANS 1:13 - THAT YOU'RE TRANSLATED OUT OF THE POWER OF DARKNESS AND PUT INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE DEAR SON OF HIS LOVE. YOU SEE THE IDEA? THE KINGDOM OF GOD. AND SO HE WAS PREACHING JESUS, YES, BUT THEN HE WAS SAYING, SO WHAT YOU'VE GOTTA DO - YOU'VE GOT TO OBEY JESUS. AND THEN WHEN YOU OBEY JESUS YOU ARE PUT INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD, THE KINGDOM OF GOD, THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD. NOT JUST ANY HOUSE - GOD'S HOUSE, FOR GOD ALONE IS THE BUILDER OF THAT HOUSE.

WELL, YOU NOTICE HIS REACTION? OKAY, WELL....UH....WHAT DO I DO? AND HE SAYS, WELL, YOU JUST PRAY AND YOU'RE SAVED. NO. WHAT WAS THE REACTION TO THE PREACHING OF JESUS AND THE CLARIFICATION OF GOD'S KINGDOM? WHAT IS THAT THE EUNUCH FELT THAT HE NEEDED TO DO AS HE NOW SAYS: I AM A BELIEVER. I BELIEVE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING ABOUT THIS LAMB, JESUS CHRIST. AND SO WHAT MUST I DO? YOU NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS THERE IN ACTS CHAPTER 8? HE ASKED ANOTHER QUESTION, THAT IS THE EUNUCH - VERSE 36, “NOW AS THEY WENT DOWN TO THE ROAD, THEY CAME TO SOME WATER. AND THE EUNUCH SAID, ‘SEE, HERE IS WATER. WHAT HINDERS ME TO BE BAPTIZED?’” OF ALL THE THINGS HE COULD'VE SAID - DO YOU JUST BELIEVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND YOU’RE SAVED? NO. DO YOU REPENT, EUNUCH, AND THEN YOU'RE SAVED? NO. OF ALL THE THINGS HE GOT OUT OF THE PREACHING OF JESUS AND THE KINGDOM, HE SAYS, “HERE'S WATER. WHAT HINDERS ME FROM BEING BAPTIZED?”

NOW PHILIP DOESN'T SAY YOU JUST BE BAPTIZED AND YOU'LL BE SAVED BECAUSE BAPTISM ALONE SAVES. NO, PHILLIP SAYS IF YOU BELIEVE WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART - AND YOU REMEMBER THAT CONFESSION IN VERSE 37? THE EUNUCH SAYS, “I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD,” NO DOUBT UNDERSTANDING THAT HE BELIEVED JESUS - HAVING MADE THE CONFESSION AND A WILLINGNESS TO REPENT AND TURN AWAY FROM SIN BECAUSE JESUS SAYS IF YOU DON'T REPENT YOU'LL PERISH, LUKE 13:3. WE KNOW THAT HE WAS CERTAINLY NO LONGER WANTING TO SERVE SIN BUT TO SERVE JESUS.

WHAT DID THEY DO? HE COMMANDS THE CHARIOT TO STOP - VERSE 38 - IMMEDIATELY THEY BOTH GO DOWN INTO THAT WATER AND HE BAPTIZES HIM. YOU SEE, THE QUESTION I WOULD ASK YOU UNTO SALVATION, HAVE YOU DONE WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US BY DIVINE EXAMPLE? HAVE YOU CONFESSED WITH YOUR MOUTH - REPENTED OF YOUR SINS - WHICH MEANS THAT YOU ACKNOWLEDGE SIN AND TURN AWAY FROM SIN AND GO THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION TOWARD GOD. AND HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTIZED UNTO SALVATION? - ACTS 2:38 - FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS? EVEN ANANIAS TOLD SAUL - WHY ARE YOU WAITING? ARISE AND BE BAPTIZED AND WASH AWAY YOUR SINS - ACTS 22:16.

YOU SEE MY BRETHREN AND FRIENDS, WE MUST OBEY GOD UNTO SALVATION. LIVE THEN FAITHFUL UNTIL DEATH. BUT IN ORDER TO BE ADDED BY GOD TO THE CHURCH - ACTS 2:47 - WE MUST DO WHAT GOD COMMANDS; CONFESS HIS NAME, REPENT OF SIN, AND BE BURIED WITH YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST IN THE WATERY GRAVES OF BAPTISM. BRETHREN FRIENDS, I ASK YOU TO CONSIDER THIS DAY: HAVE YOU DONE WHAT GOD COMMANDS AND ARE YOU CONTINUING TO LIVE FAITHFULLY AS GOD COMMANDS? IF NOT, THE GREAT THING IS THAT GOD IS ALWAYS THERE WITH HIS ARMS WIDE OPEN AWAITING YOU TO GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT – WHETHER YOU’RE A CHRISTIAN WHO NEEDS TO REPENT OR SOMEONE WHO NEEDS TO OBEY THE STEPS OF SALVATION. GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT WITH GOD TODAY.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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

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