THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 2-1-15

LESSON TITLE: “HATERS OF GOD.”

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.

“IN THE BEGINNING - GOD - CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH!” THIS MORNING, IT IS BEFORE THIS AWESOME, GREAT AND MIGHTY GOD WHICH WE ASSEMBLE - TO PRAISE, LAUD AND MAGNIFY HIS WONDROUS NAME! WILL YOU APPROACH HIS ALMIGHTY THRONE WITH ME IN PRAYER AT THIS TIME!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS GLORIOUS DAY - YOUR DAY, THE LORD'S DAY. AND WE THANK YOU FOR THE BLESSING THAT WE HAVE TO COME BEFORE YOUR THRONE AND TO WORSHIP. AND MAY WE DO ALL IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AS YOU HAVE COMMANDED THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT. AND THANK FOR YOUR WORD, THE BIBLE, WHICH GIVES US THE ABILITY TO KNOW WHAT DIRECTION TO GO AND WHAT PATH TO FOLLOWING AND HOW TO LIVE, WHAT TO DO, AND WHAT TO SAY. MAY WE ALWAYS DO THOSE THINGS AGAIN FATHER, WHICH YOU HAVE ASKED OF THE FAITHFUL. AND IN THE END FATHER GIVE US THAT REWARD - THAT PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN WITH YOU FOREVER WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING TO GIVE THIS TIME TO GOD. I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO WORSHIP GOD THIS MORNING IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH. BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT IS TIME TO BEGIN PRAISING OUR GOD TOGETHER IN SONG. SO WON’T YOU DO YOUR PART AND JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING, “SOFTLY AND TENDERLY!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

I AM EVER REMINDED OF AN INSTRUMENT OF OUR BODY THAT CARRIES GREATER WEIGHT AND POWER THAN ANY OTHER. ALTHOUGH IT IS SO POWERFUL, IT SEEMS SMALL AND INSIGNIFICANT TO THE EYE AND MOST WOULD NOT CONSIDER IT AS WE HAVE JUST DESCRIBED! HOWEVER, IF YOU NOTICE WITH ME WHAT JAMES SAID IN HIS BOOK, CHAPTER 3, VERSE 6, THERE WE READ, “AND THE TONGUE IS A FIRE, A WORLD OF INIQUITY. THE TONGUE IS SO SET AMONG OUR MEMBERS THAT IT DEFILES THE WHOLE BODY, AND SETS ON FIRE THE COURSE OF NATURE; AND IT IS SET ON FIRE BY HELL.” YIKES, DID YOU CATCH ALL OF THAT! OUR TONGUE TRULY IS POWERFUL AND ABLE TO DO A LOT. IN FACT, OUR TONGUE CAN BE THE GREATEST AND MOST POSITIVE PART OF OUR BEING OR IT CAN BE THE MOST VILE AND WORST PART OF OUR BEING. NOW WHAT DOES JAMES SAY MAKES THIS DETERMINATION, OF JUST HOW OUR TONGUE AFFECTS US? IT’S USE!

IN VERSE 9 OF THE SAME PASSAGE, JAMES GOES ON TO HELP US UNDERSTAND HOW THE USE OF OUR TONGUE AFFECTS US, THERE WE READ, “WITH IT WE BLESS OUR GOD AND FATHER, AND WITH IT WE CURSE MEN,” YOU SEE, WE CAN USE OUR TONGUE TO GLORIFY GOD, TO EDIFY AND TO DO GOOD. OR WE CAN USE IT TO BLASPHEME AGAINST GOD, TO TEAR DOWN AND TO HARM. AGAIN, ACCORDING TO HOW WE USE IT - WE THEN ARE KNOWN BY OUR FRUITS.

FINALLY, NOTICE WHAT JAMES WARNS AGAINST IN VERSE 10, THAT “OUGHT NOT TO BE SO!” HE SAYS THERE, “OUT OF THE SAME MOUTH PROCEEDS BLESSING AND CURSING. MY BRETHREN, THESE THINGS OUGHT NOT TO BE SO.” GOD WILL NOT ACCEPT OUR WORDS AND THE THINGS WE SAY WHETHER THEY ARE RIGHT OR NOT, UNLESS WE ARE CONSISTENT AND HAVE SHOWN OURSELVES TO BE TRUSTWORTHY. WE CAN NOT USE THAT WHICH IS FOR GOOD FOR BAD, NOR THAT WHICH IS BAD FOR GOOD AND THINK THAT GOD IS REALLY OK WITH THIS. SO HOW ARE YOU PERCEIVED OF BY GOD, AS FAR AS IN WHAT YOU SAY? DO YOU ALWAYS BRING GLORY TO HIM, OR DO YOU HARM HIS PRECIOUS BODY? LET’S ALL LEARN TO USE OUR TONGUE MORE PROPERLY AND TO CONTROL IT MORE, SO THAT WE WILL BE FOUND PLEASING IN THE SIGHT OF OUR CREATOR!

THIS MORNING, WE WILL CONTINUE OUR DISCUSSION ENTITLED, “THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE” OUR SPECIFIC MESSAGE OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH, “HATERS OF GOD.” 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 IS, “SOLDIERS OF CHRIST ARISE.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US THIS MORNING, AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON FROM OUR SERIES CONCERNING THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD. THIS DAY WE WANT TO LOOK SPECIFICALLY BEGINNING IN JOHN CHAPTER 18 AS WE HAVE RECORDED FOR US THERE THE TIME WHEN JESUS WAS BROUGHT BEFORE EVEN PILOT HIMSELF AS ACCUSATIONS WERE BEING MADE BY THE JEWS THAT HE HAD DONE THINGS AGAINST, NOT ONLY JUDAISM, BUT AS WELL HAVE MADE STATEMENTS AGAINST THE ROMAN GOVERNMENT. IN CONNECTION TO THAT THEN, JESUS IS TALKING TO HIM - THAT IS PILATE - CONCERNING THE KINGDOM OF GOD THERE IN VERSE 36 OF JOHN CHAPTER 18. AND THERE AS WE LOOK ALSO AT PILATE'S RESPONSE, IT'S QUITE INTERESTING THAT AFTER JESUS HAS SPOKEN ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HE HAS ALSO SAID THAT HE CAME TO BEAR WITNESS OF THE TRUTH THERE IN VERSE 37, THAT PILATE ASKED THIS QUESTION - HE SAID WHAT IS TRUTH? AND THAT CERTAINLY SHOWS THE GREAT SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SERIES THAT WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT TOGETHER, AS CERTAINLY EVEN WHEN CHRIST WAS ON THE EARTH THERE WAS AN INTEREST. A NEED TO KNOW, IF YOU WILL, CONCERNING WHAT IS THE TRUTH. BECAUSE THE TRUTH GIVES US FREEDOM, FROM WHAT JESUS SAYS. JESUS IS THE TRUTH. GOD'S WORD IS TRUTH. AND SO THEREFORE, WE MUST NOT ONLY UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR TRUTH BUT WHAT IT IS AND THEN BE READY TO EMBRACE IT AND ACT UPON WHAT THAT TRUTH SAYS. FOR IT IS FROM A PERFECT GOD WHO HAS REVEALED A PERFECT TRUTH.

WITH THAT IN MIND THEN IT'S SIGNIFICANT THOUGH THAT WE CAN LOOK ALSO THROUGHOUT OTHER PLACES IN SCRIPTURE AND SEE THAT THERE WERE THOSE SADLY ENOUGH WHO WOULD REJECT THE TRUTH FROM TIME TO TIME. ONE PLACE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN THERE IS IN GALATIANS CHAPTER 5. AND THERE IN GALATIANS CHAPTER 5, AS PAUL SPOKE TO THE CHURCH AT GALATIA. NOTICE WITH ME WHAT HE SAYS TO THEM THERE IN CHAPTER 5:7 RIGHT AFTER HE HAS JUST CHALLENGED THEM TO STAND FAST IN LIBERTY OR FREEDOM, THE FREEDOM THAT THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN FROM THE YOKE OF BONDAGE, WHICH IS ACTUALLY MAKING A REFERENCE TO THE OLD LAW. BUT NOTICE THERE IN VERSE 7 WHAT HE SAYS. HE SAID, “YOU RAN WELL. WHO HINDERED YOU FROM OBEYING THE TRUTH?” YOU SEE, JESUS SAID YOU NEED TO FOLLOW THE TRUTH AND DON'T BE CAUGHT UP IN BONDAGE OR THOSE THINGS THAT WOULD STEAL YOUR LIBERTY OR YOUR FREEDOM THAT IS FOUND IN CHRIST. YOUR FREEDOM OR LIBERTY FROM THOSE THINGS OF OLD, OR THINGS THAT ARE NOT OF CHRIST, OR REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAW OF CHRIST. AND THEREFORE, HE SAYS WHO HINDERS YOU THEN FROM OBEYING THE TRUTH? THE TRUTH THAT IS THE LAW OF CHRIST OR FROM JESUS - THE WORD OF GOD.

BUT THEN, IF YOU'LL NOTICE IN THE SAME CONTEXT, HE SAYS IN VERSE 8 CONTINUING, “THIS PERSUASION DOES NOT COME FROM HIM WHO CALLS YOU.” IT DOESN'T COME FROM JESUS OR THE FATHER. AND THEN HE SAYS, “A LITTLE LEAVEN LEAVEN'S THE WHOLE LUMP.” YOU SEE, THERE WERE EVIDENTLY THOSE WHO WERE NOT ACTING ACCORDING TO THE TRUTH OF JESUS - THE WORD OF GOD ACCORDING TO JESUS - BUT THEY WERE FOLLOWING WHAT THEY NEED TO BE THE WORD OF GOD BY MOSES OR THE LAW OF MOSES. AND HE CONDEMNS THEM. AND HE SAYS YOU CAN NO LONGER CONTINUE IN THAT OR ALLOW PEOPLE TO HINDER YOU FROM OBEYING THE TRUTH OF JESUS, RETURNING TO A TRUTH UNDER THE DAYS OF MOSES THAT NO LONGER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SAVE YOU. FOR JESUS IS THE ONE WHO CAME AND DID WHAT? DIED ON THE CROSS.

NOW I WANT YOU TO TURN OVER TO THE BOOK OF THESSALONIANS BECAUSE NOT ONLY WERE THE GALATIAN BRETHERN BUT ALSO THE CHRISTIANS AT THESSALONICA. WE SEE THAT PAUL CHALLENGED THEM SEVERAL TIMES. NOT ONLY FIRST TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY WOULD BE COMMENDED FOR FOLLOWING TRUTH BUT THEN ALSO HOW THEY NEEDED TO WATCH OUT FOR MAYBE BEING PERSUADED TO TURN AWAY FROM THE TRUTH OR DO THAT WHICH IS AGAINST THE TRUTH. AND SO LOOK WITH ME THERE FIRST OF ALL IN 1 THESSALONIANS 2 AND WE WANT TO READ VERSE 13. THE BIBLE SAYS, “FOR THIS REASON WE ALSO THANK GOD WITHOUT CEASING, BECAUSE WHEN YOU RECEIVED THE WORD OF GOD WHICH YOU HEARD FROM US, YOU WELCOMED IT NOT AS THE WORD OF MEN, BUT AS IT IS IN TRUTH, THE WORD OF GOD.” WELL, WHAT WAS BEING PROCLAIMED TO THEM THAT, AS HE GOES ON TO SAY, THEY RECEIVED AND THEN ACTED ON IN WORKS - THE WORKS OF GOD. HE SAYS THEY RECEIVED THE WORD OF GOD AS TRUTH, AS THAT WHICH WAS RIGHT. NOT JUST AS THE WORD OF MAN.

NOW APPLY THAT MAYBE IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE. YOU MIGHT HAVE MEN WHO TELL YOU TO DO VARIOUS AND EVEN A SUNDRY THING. THEY MIGHT TELL YOU TO DO GOOD THINGS OR EVEN BAD THINGS. AND WE MIGHT CHOOSE TO DO THOSE THINGS OR NOT TO DO THOSE THINGS. BUT HERE HE SAYS YOU DIDN'T RECEIVE THE WORD OF GOD AS JUST THE WORD OF MEN. YOU RECEIVED IT AS THE WORD OF TRUTH, THE WORD OF RIGHT, THE WORD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT ALONE COULD COME FROM GOD. THE WORD OF PERFECTION AND THAT'S WHAT CHALLENGED THEM TO THEN OBEY THE WORD OF GOD OR THE TRUTH.

YOU SEE, THE ONLY WORD THAT IS WORTH OBEYING IS THAT WHICH IS FROM GOD, THE ONLY TRUTH THAT IS WORTHY OF BEING PUT AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR LIVES IS GOD'S WORD OR GOD'S TRUTH. NOT THE WORDS OF MEN. THE WORDS OF MEN CANNOT SAVE. THE WORDS OF MEN WE CANNOT FIND TRUE HOPE IN. THE WORDS OF MEN CANNOT GIVE US REMISSION OF SINS. SO WE MUST TURN TO CHRIST, THE ONLY ONE WHO OFFERS AS GOD - THE WORD OF GOD - AND THE TRUTH WHICH ARE ONE AND THE SAME.

BUT NOW AS I ALSO HAD SAID THESSALONIANS, IF YOU MOVE OVER TO THE SECOND BOOK OF THESSALONIANS AND LOOK WITH ME IN CHAPTER 2, THERE ARE ACTUALLY SEVERAL THINGS THAT ARE SAID HERE IN THIS SPECIFIC TEXT. BUT HE BEGINS THERE - FOR INSTANCE IN VERSE 10 MENTIONING THE IDEA OF TRUTH - HE SAYS THIS, “AND WITH ALL UNRIGHTEOUS DECEPTION AMONG THOSE WHO PERISH, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH.” AND THEN HE SAYS, “THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED.” YOU KNOW, IT'S SAD BUT IT'S KIND OF WHAT OUR TALK IS ABOUT TODAY. THERE ARE THOSE WHO JUST SIMPLY WILL NOT LOVE THE TRUTH. THEY'RE NOT LOVERS OF THE TRUTH - IN CONTRAST TO WHAT IS SAID HERE. YOU SEE, HE SAYS HERE THAT THERE ARE THOSE WHO UNDERSTOOD THAT THEY LOVE THE TRUTH. AND THAT'S WHAT HE ACTUALLY GOES ON TO DEAL WITH A LITTLE BIT DOWN IN VERSE 12 AS HE SPEAKS ABOUT THOSE AS WELL WHO WOULD CONDEMN THEIR SELVES BY REJECTING THE TRUTH.

BUT HE IS CONTRASTING TWO DIFFERENT SITUATIONS; THOSE EARLIER IN CHAPTER 2 WHO ARE READY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD. WHO ARE READY FOR THAT DAY. WHO WANT TO KNOW JESUS AND TO GO TO HEAVEN TO LIVE WITH HIM. THOSE WHO HAVE EXALTED HIM BY OBEYING THE TRUTH. BUT IT SAYS ON THE OTHER HAND THERE ARE THOSE, AS WE SAW IN VERSE 10, WHO CHOOSE UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, WHO AS VERSE 9 SAYS WHO HAVE WORKED THE WORKS OF SATAN AND NOT GOD. AND HE SAYS THESE ARE THOSE WHO DID NOT LOVE THE TRUTH THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED. THOSE, VERSE 12 WHO CHOSE NOT TO BELIEVE, NOTICE THE TRUTH BUT HAD PLEASURE RATHER AND UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. YOU SEE, WHEN WE CHOOSE TO NOT BELIEVE TRUTH, WHICH IS GOD'S WORD, AND WE CHOOSE, VERSE 10, TO BE THOSE WHO DO NOT LOVE THE TRUTH - DOES THAT ALSO MEAN WE REJECT GOD? CAN YOU HATE TRUTH AND LOVE GOD IF TRUTH IS OF GOD? IF TRUTH IS THE WORD OF GOD? IF TRUTH IS REQUIRED UNDER SALVATION CAN YOU HATE TRUTH? REJECT TRUTH AND STILL FIND SALVATION? NOT ACCORDING TO WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. AND IT WASN'T JUST, AS WE MIGHT SEE SUGGESTED IN THE CHURCHES OF GALATIA, IT WASN'T JUST IN THESSALONICA.

WE MIGHT ALSO TURN BACK TO AN EXAMPLE THAT WE WOULD FIND IN ROMANS CHAPTER 2 AND THERE SPECIFICALLY IN VERSE 8. NOTICE WHAT THE PROBLEM OF MANY IN ROME WAS. HE SAYS HERE - HE SAYS THEY WERE THOSE WHO WERE SELF-SEEKING AND WHO DO NOT OBEY THE TRUTH BUT RATHER OBEY UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, INDIGNATION, AND WRATH. YOU SEE A CLEAR CHOICE - GOD; HIS WORD (TRUTH) OR WRATH; WICKEDNESS, SIN, UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. WE'LL, THAT'S THE CHOICE BRETHREN AND FRIENDS THAT WE MAKE EVERY DAY - WHETHER WE WILL OBEY THE TRUTH OR, AS THOSE OF ROME WERE BEING TOLD, ARE THOSE WHO WILL REJECT THE TRUTH. THAT'S THE SAME THING THAT HE HAD SAID THERE IN THE VERSE WE READ TO THE CHURCHES OF GALATIA. THE SAME INDICATOR THAT WAS GIVEN TO THE CHURCH THERE THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT, INCLUDING THE CHURCH AT THESSALONICA. AND THE SAME INDICATOR MENTIONED HERE TO THE CHURCH AT ROME. EVEN IN GALATIANS CHAPTER 3 AND VERSE 1 HE REBUKED THEM STRONGLY BECAUSE HE SAYS YOU DO NOT OBEY THE TRUTH.

YOU SEE, WE HAVE A CHOICE AND THAT CHOICE MUST BE THE RIGHT CHOICE. TO SAY THAT WE WILL BELIEVE, WE WILL OBEY, WE WILL NOT ONLY TURN TO GOD BUT KNOW HIS WILL AND BELIEVE IT. BUT MAYBE THE REAL MOTIVATOR WE NEED IS TO UNDERSTAND THAT IF WE REJECT THIS TRUTH AND SAY OH WELL, YOU KNOW AS WE LEARNED LAST WEEK THERE REALLY IS NO SUCH THING AS ABSOLUTES. THERE REALLY IS NO SUCH THING AS AN ABSOLUTE TRUTH. YOU MEAN IF JESUS SAID HE WHO BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED, THAT'S NOT AN ABSOLUTE TRUTH? WHAT IS IT IF IT'S NOT? IS IT NOT A DECLARATION THAT GOD MADE THAT IF WE DO IT WE RECEIVE THE RESULTS THEREOF? THAT'S ABSOLUTE! DOES NOT ONE PLUS ONE EQUAL TWO? THAT'S ABSOLUTE. THERE ARE ABSOLUTES MY FRIENDS, BRETHREN AND THOSE ABSOLUTES INCLUDE THE FACT THAT THE WORD OF GOD, IS NOT ONLY FROM GOD, IT IS REQUIRED THAT WE FOLLOW THAT WORD.

WE CAN SEE THIS EVEN MORE CLEARLY BACK ONE CHAPTER. WE LOOKED A MOMENT AGO AT ROMANS CHAPTER 2, BUT BACK ONE CHAPTER TO CHAPTER 1 OF ROMANS. YOU NOTICE SEVERAL THINGS THAT POP UP THROUGHOUT THIS TEXT IN RELATIONSHIP, NOT ONLY AGAIN TO TRUTH, BUT EITHER CHOOSING TO BE RIGHTEOUS AS GOD IS RIGHTEOUS OR BEING UNRIGHTEOUS AS THE WORLD IS UNRIGHTEOUS. IN OTHER WORDS, THE CHOICE OF SERVING GOD; FOLLOWING GOD; SERVING THE WORLD; FOLLOWING THE WORLD. AND SO NOTICE WITH ME FOR INSTANCE, AND IF WE HAD TIME WE WOULD READ ALL THIS TEXT. I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ ALL OF CHAPTER 1 LATER. IT WILL HELP YOU WITH OUR DISCUSSION OF THE MORNING. BUT THERE IN VERSE 18 FOR INSTANCE IT SAID, “FOR THE WRATH OF GOD IS REVEALED FROM HEAVEN AGAINST ALL UNGODLINESS AND UNRIGHTEOUSNESS OF MEN.” NOW NOTICE THIS, “WHO SUPPRESS THE TRUTH IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.” WOW. YOU MEAN WHEN I CHOOSE UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

NOW AGAIN, GOD IS RIGHTEOUS. REMEMBER JOHN? 1 JOHN 3 TELLS US THAT WE MUST BE RIGHTEOUS AS HE IS RIGHTEOUS AS GOD IS RIGHTEOUS. GOD IS THE VERY EMBODIMENT OF WHAT RIGHTEOUSNESS IS, OF THAT WHICH IS RIGHT AND PURE AND HOLY AND PERFECT. AND SO HERE HE SAYS THAT WHEN WE CHOOSE UNRIGHTEOUSNESS WHAT DO WE DO, WE SUPPRESS THE TRUTH BECAUSE THE TRUTH OF GOD TEACHES US THAT WE CAN HAVE NO PART IN WHAT? RIGHTEOUSNESS. IF WE ARE THE LIGHT AS GOD IS THE LIGHT, HOW MUCH DARKNESS CAN THERE BE IN THE LIGHT? NO DARKNESS - 1 JOHN CHAPTER 1 SAYS. AND SO HE SAYS WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF UNDERSTANDING THAT WHEN WE REJECT GOD BY CHOOSING UNRIGHTEOUSNESS WE ACTUALLY CHOOSE TO REJECT THE TRUTH AND THEREFORE SUPPRESS WHAT HE HAS ASKED OF US.

IN THE SAME TEXT WE CAN DROP DOWN TO A FEW EXAMPLES THAT HE GIVES. FOR INSTANCE, IN VERSE 25 HE SAYS THERE WERE THOSE WHO EXCHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD FOR A LIE. YOU KNOW WHAT THE EXAMPLE HE GIVES IS? IDOLATRY. HE SAYS THOSE WHO WOULD READ GOD'S WORD AND LEARN THAT YOU CANNOT WORSHIP OR FOLLOW IDOLS AND YET WHAT DID THEY DO? THEY WORSHIPPED AND FOLLOWED IDOLS. AND WHAT DID HE SAY? HE SAYS YOU HAVE REJECTED THE WORD OF GOD. NO, BUT THAT'S WHAT HE MEANT BECAUSE HE SAID YOU HAVE EXCHANGED THE TRUTH, THE TRUTH WHICH IS GOD'S WORD FOR A LIE. TO BELIEVE THAT SOMEHOW YOU CAN WORSHIP OTHER GODS AND STILL BE RIGHT WITH THE ONE AND TRUE GOD. AND IT'S NOT ONLY THERE BUT IN THE SAME TEXT IF YOU DROP DOWN TO VERSE 30 WITHIN THOSE THINGS WHICH HE CAUTIONS THEM THAT THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE NEVER GUILTY OF THESE THINGS BECAUSE THEY WOULD BE ENGAGED IN SIN, AND THOSE WHO PRACTICE SUCH THINGS HE SAYS IN VERSE 32 ARE DESERVING OF DEATH. NOTICE SOME OF THOSE THINGS IN VERSE 30; THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO CHOOSE TO BE BACKBITERS. HE MENTIONS ALSO THERE SOME OTHER THINGS LIKE THE VIOLENT, THE PROUD, THE BOASTERS, THE INVENTORS OF EVIL THINGS, THE DISOBEDIENT....SEVERAL THINGS. BUT THE SECOND THING HE MENTIONS IN VERSE 30 IS HATERS OF GOD. MY FRIENDS, BRETHREN - WHAT I'M TRYING TO HELP US TO UNDERSTAND TODAY FROM THE WORD OF GOD IS THAT WHEN WE CHOOSE TO HATE THAT WHICH IS OF GOD, WE HATE HIM.

LET ME GIVE YOU MAYBE ANOTHER EXAMPLE THAT MIGHT WOULD HELP WITH THIS. DOES IT DO NOT TELL US IN JOHN 15:14 THAT WE ARE HIS FRIENDS WHEN WE LOVE HIM AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, THE SAME WAY THAT JOHN 14:15 SAYS, “IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.” BUT THERE IN THAT TEXT, CHAPTER 15 ALSO SAYS THAT AS THEY HATED ME THEY WILL HATE YOU. NOW LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION, WHEN THE WORLD HATED JESUS DOESN'T JESUS SAY THAT THEY AS WELL HATED THE FATHER? WELL YES. BUT IF YOU WOULD'VE ASKED THE WORLD ON THAT DAY DO YOU HATE GOD THE FATHER IN HEAVEN? THE JEWS WOULD'VE SAID NO, WE DON'T HATE GOD THE FATHER. WE FOLLOW HIM. WE BELIEVE IN HIM. WE DO EVERYTHING MOSES SAYS. BUT THE POINT THAT JESUS THEN WOULD BE MAKING IS IF YOU REJECTED ME TO HAVE BEEN SENT ACCORDING TO THE TRUTH OF GOD AND WHO NOW PRESENTS THE TRUTH OF GOD THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED AND YOU REJECT ME AND YOU HATE ME, WOULD JESUS NOT THEN CONCLUDE THAT THEY WERE HATING GOD BECAUSE THEY HATED HIS WORD AND JESUS HIMSELF ALSO WAS GOD? CERTAINLY HE WOULD. AND SO I WOULD SUBMIT TO YOU THAT HERE IN ROME AND AMONGST THOSE THAT WERE BEING CAUTIONED EVEN IN THE ROMAN CHURCH TO KNOW WHAT TYPE OF SOCIETY AND WHAT TYPE OF CITY THEY LIVED IN THEY WERE TOLD THAT NOT ONLY COULD THEY NOT BE BACKBITERS WHICH A LOT OF PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE SAID OKAY, I KNOW WHAT A BACKBITERS IS. BUT THEY WERE TOLD IN THE SAME BREATH NOT TO HATE GOD OR TO BE HATERS OF GOD. WHEN WE REJECT GOD AND THE THINGS HE'S GIVEN US; HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, HIS PURITY, HIS HOLINESS, HIS WORD WHICH IS THE TRUTH, WHEN WE REJECT WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US TO FOLLOW WE REJECT HIM. AND THEREFORE BECOME HATERS OF GOD AS WELL.

THE LAST TEXT I WANT TO JUST BRIEFLY LOOK AT IS FOUND THERE IN 2 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3. AND IN THIS TEXT WE ACTUALLY SEE THAT THERE IS ANOTHER CHALLENGE FROM PAUL TO THIS EVANGELIST THAT HE MIGHT UNDERSTAND THAT THEY COULD NOT, INCLUDING EVERYONE THAT TIMOTHY WOULD PREACH TO, THAT THEY COULD IN NO WAY REJECT THE TRUTH. NOTICE THERE AGAIN IN 2 TIMOTHY 3 AND LET'S LOOK SPECIFICALLY AT VERSE 7, ALTHOUGH REALLY VERSES 1-7 HELP US TO UNDERSTAND THE THINGS THAT ARE BEING DEALT WITH IN VERSE 7. BUT LOOK AT VERSE 7, “ALWAYS LEARNING AND NEVER ABLE TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.” WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM HERE? IN THE CONTEXT THE PROBLEM WAS THE CHOICE OF CHOOSING TO FOLLOW GOD, HIS WILL, HIS WORD AND THE TRUTH OR REJECTING IT BY FOLLOWING THE WORLD. AND HE SAYS THERE WERE THOSE WHO CHOSE UNGODLINESS. AND WHAT HE DO? HE SAYS THAT THEY WERE NEVER ABLE TO COME TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH. NOW, WAS THAT GOD'S FAULT? CERTAINLY NOT BECAUSE GOD HAS GIVEN US THE TRUTH. NOT SOME OF IT - ALL OF IT. ALL THINGS PERTAINING TO LIFE AND GODLINESS THE BIBLE SAYS. AND THEREFORE WE CAN KNOW THE TRUTH WHICH IS ABSOLUTE. WE CAN DO WHAT GOD SAYS AND THEREFORE WE CAN BE ASSURED OF OUR SALVATION. WE CAN HAVE THAT BLESSED ASSURANCE THAT JESUS IS OUR LORD. HE IS OUR SAVIOR AND THAT WE ARE HIS FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS IN WORD AND DEED. SO WILL YOU SERVE JESUS ACCORDING TO HIS TRUTH? WILL YOU BELIEVE IT'S ABSOLUTE? AND WILL YOU THEN FIND YOUR PLACE IN HEAVEN BECAUSE YOU ARE FAITHFUL?

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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ISN’T IT SAD THAT SO MANY REJECT GOD AND HIS TRUTH IN THIS WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE? THEREFORE, MAY WE ALWAYS LOVE GOD AND STAND FOR HIS TRUTH, THAT THE LOST OF THIS WORLD MIGHT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW AND OBEY IT, UNTO ETERNAL LIFE!