THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 2-8-15

LESSON TITLE: “OBEDIENCE TO THE TRUTH.”

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 PSALM 118, DAVID PROCLAIMED, “THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE; WE WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!” OH, HOW TRUE THESE WORDS SHOULD BE TO EVERY FOLLOWER OF GOD! THIS IS A GREAT DAY! WE SHOULD BE REJOICING! WE MUST BE GLAD! WHY - WE ARE BLESSED SERVANTS OF GOD ABLE TO ASSEMBLE BEFORE HIS THRONE ON THIS, THE LORD’S DAY!

I AM GLAD YOU ARE WITH US THIS MORNING AND THANK GOD YOU HAVE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION TO GIVE THIS TIME TO YOUR CREATOR. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR TIME SPENT TOGETHER TODAY AS WE SING PRAISES TO THE ALMIGHTY AND AS WE STUDY FROM HIS MATCHLESS WORD! THIS MORNING, I KNOW WE WILL ALL BE EDIFIED THROUGH OUR TIME SPENT TOGETHER. SO LET’S ALL DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME PROFITABLE BEFORE GOD, AND FURTHERMORE MAY WE USE IT AS A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT ONE TO ANOTHER!

AT THIS TIME, LET’S APPROACH OUR FATHER’S THRONE IN PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE. THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. AND WE THANK YOU FOR THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL - THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS ON THE CROSS, WHICH MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE, WHICH GIVES US ALL THAT WE HAVE, AND GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO SOMEDAY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. AND FATHER, HELP US EACH DAY TO LIVE ACCORDINGLY - THAT WE MIGHT DO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE RIGHT IN YOUR EYES AND WHICH YOU ARE PLEASED WITH - THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE THAT GREAT REWARD IN THE END. AND WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER FATHER, MAY WE RECEIVE THAT PROMISED MANSION IN HEAVEN THAT HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR ALL THE FAITHFUL. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WELL, IT IS TIME TO JOIN IN OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. WE WANT TO BEGIN OUR PRAISES WITH A HYMN WHICH REMINDS US OF THE IMPORTANCE OF STANDING UP FOR OUR SAVIOR. CERTAINLY, THE WORLD SHOULD SEE OUR FAITH IN ACTION AND KNOW THAT WE ARE WILLING TO STAND UP FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN. SO, WON’T YOU PARTICIPATE WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “STAND UP FOR JESUS!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

CONSIDER IF YOU WILL JUST HOW BLESSED THE NAME OF OUR GOD IS! ALL THE WRITERS OF THE BIBLE CERTAINLY UNDERSTOOD THIS. FOR EXAMPLE, IN NEHEMIAH, 9:5, THE LEVITES PROCLAIMED, “STAND UP AND BLESS THE LORD YOUR GOD FOREVER AND EVER! BLESSED BE YOUR GLORIOUS NAME, WHICH IS EXALTED ABOVE ALL BLESSING AND PRAISE!” YES OUR GOD HAS A TRULY WONDROUS AND GLORIOUS NAME, BUT WHY? WELL, LOOK AT THE NEXT VERSE, THERE WE READ, “YOU ALONE ARE THE LORD; YOU HAVE MADE HEAVEN, THE HEAVEN OF HEAVENS, WITH ALL THEIR HOST, THE EARTH AND EVERYTHING ON IT, THE SEAS AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM, AND YOU PRESERVE THEM ALL. THE HOST OF HEAVEN WORSHIPS YOU.” BRETHREN AND FRIENDS I ENCOURAGE US ALL TO REMEMBER JUST HOW PRECIOUS THE NAME OF OUR CREATOR IS! THUS WE MUST LAUD, WORSHIP AND MAGNIFY HIS HOLY NAME!

LET ME END THESE THOUGHTS BY REMINDING US WHY WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NAME OF GOD. WELL, IN ACTS 4:12, THE BIBLE SAYS, “NOR IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER, FOR THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED.” IT IS ONLY BY AND THROUGH THE PRECIOUS NAME OF GOD THAT WE CAN BE SAVED AND HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. SO LET ME ASK YOU, “JUST HOW IMPORTANT WOULD YOU SAY THE NAME OF GOD IS?”

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. THIS MORNING WE WILL BE CONCLUDING OUR SERIES OF STUDY ENTITLED, “THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON TODAY WILL DEAL WITH, “OBEDIENCE TO THE TRUTH.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH FOR THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD, AND I WILL BE LEADING US IN OUR THOUGHTS AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR NEXT SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THE HYMN, “SWEETER THAN ALL.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'VE CONTINUED WITH US THIS MORNING AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER OUR FINAL LESSON IN OUR SERIES CONCERNING THE TRUTH. AS IT IS THE LORD'S DAY, WHAT BETTER TOPIC THAN TO LOOK AT GOD'S TRUTH AND THAT TRUTH THAT REALLY GIVES US SALVATION AS WE HAVE BEEN STUDYING TOGETHER OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS. BUT WE MIGHT BEGIN ONCE AGAIN WHERE WE STARTED AT THE VERY FIRST OF OUR STUDY AND THAT IS IN THE BOOK OF JOHN CHAPTER 8. AND YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THERE THAT JESUS IS TALKING WITH THOSE FOLLOWERS OF HIS, NOT ONLY A GROUP OF PERHAPS PHARISEES AND OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN QUESTIONING HIM, BUT HE'S ALSO CERTAINLY HAS WITH HIM DISCIPLES OR FOLLOWERS. AND THEY'RE DISCUSSING SOME OF THE OPPORTUNITY THAT IS AVAILABLE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, SPECIFICALLY THE ABILITY TO HAVE FREEDOM, AS WE CERTAINLY SEE IN VERSE 36. WE SEE THAT THE SON, IT SAYS THERE, WILL MAKE US FREE INDEED. THROUGH JESUS WE ARE FREE AND FREE INDEED.

AND IF YOU'LL REALLY CONSIDER WITH ME, AS WE'VE BEEN LOOKING TOGETHER FOR NOW WEEKS, ONCE AGAIN THAT THE REALITY OF WHAT JESUS IS TRYING TO CHALLENGE THEM TO KNOW AND TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THERE IS AN ABILITY TO FIND FREEDOM - WHICH IS SALVATION THROUGH HIM, FOR HE WAS THE CHRIST AND THE MESSIAH. AND THAT'S WHY IN VERSE 32, THE MAIN TEXT OF OUR ENTIRE SERIES, HE MENTIONED THE REALITY THAT WE CAN KNOW THE TRUTH. NOT THAT WE MIGHT KNOW THE TRUTH. MIGHT THAT MAYBE NOT THE IDEA THAT WE MIGHT FIND SOME TRUTH, HE ACTUALLY MAKES THE DECLARATIVE STATEMENT - WE CAN KNOW THE TRUTH. AND THEN HE SAYS, THAT TRUTH WILL MAKE US FREE.

NOW, WHEN I WANT TO KNOW THAT TRUTH, WHAT WE'VE LEARNED TOGETHER IS THAT THE TRUTH IS FOUND FROM GOD AND IN HIS WORD. IN FACT, IN THE VERY SAME TEXT AGAIN WE FIND THERE IN VERSE 31 OF JOHN CHAPTER 8 THAT JESUS TOLD THEM, “IF YOU ABIDE IN MY WORD, YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES INDEED.” AND THEN HE TURNS AROUND AFTER THAT AND SAYS, IF YOU ABIDE IN MY WORD, AND THEN HE SAYS, YOU CAN KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH CAN MAKE YOU FREE. AND SO HOW EXCITING IT IS TO BE DISCIPLES - FOLLOWERS OF JESUS - AND TO KNOW THAT WE CAN BE FULLY AWARE, FULLY ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HE WANTS AND WHAT HE DECLARES IN HIS WORD, THE BIBLE. AND THEREFORE, BY KNOWING THAT TRUTH, WE CAN BE FREE INDEED THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR WHO SHED HIS BLOOD FOR YOUR SAKE AS WELL AS FOR MY SAKE.

BUT THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE THAT I THINK TIES IN BEAUTIFULLY WITH THE TEXT HERE AND THAT IS WITHIN THE SAME DISCUSSION THERE IN VERSE 34 AND 35 HE MAKES THE STATEMENT ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE BECOME SLAVES TO SIN. NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS THERE IN VERSE 34, AGAIN JOHN CHAPTER 8 IS WHERE WE ARE IN OUR DISCUSSION, “MOST ASSUREDLY, I SAY TO YOU, WHOEVER COMMITS SIN IS A SLAVE OF SIN.” AND THEN IN VERSE 35, “AND A SLAVE DOES NOT ABIDE IN THE HOUSE FOREVER BUT A SON ABIDES FOREVER.” WHAT IS THE CHOICE THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE AS WE LOOK TO THE TRUTH AND AS WE STRIVE TO ABIDE IN THE WORD OF GOD, WHETHER WE WILL BE SLAVES OF THE SON GOD OR WHETHER WE WILL BE SLAVES OF SIN? NOW THAT'S A SIGNIFICANT CONCEPT AND DISCUSSION BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS ACTUALLY CLARIFIED FOR US EVEN FURTHER BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AS HE SPOKE THROUGH PAUL TO THE CHURCH AT ROME.

AND YOU MIGHT TURN OVER WITH ME NOW TO ROMANS CHAPTER 6 AND YOU MIGHT NOTICE THERE WITHIN THIS DISCUSSION THAT WE AS WELL SEE THE OPPORTUNITY OF BEING ABLE TO OBEY GOD AND TO HAVE THE DIRECT RESULT OF SALVATION. BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME IN THIS OVERALL CONTEXT WHAT IT IS THAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT THAT WILL BRING US FREEDOM AND SALVATION ONCE AGAIN THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN TOGETHER IN VERSE 17 - AGAIN ROMANS CHAPTER 6. THE BIBLE SAYS, “BUT GOD BE THANKED THAT THOUGH YOU WE'RE SLAVES OF SIN, YET YOU OBEYED FROM THE HEART THAT FORM OF DOCTRINE TO WHICH YOU WERE DELIVERED.” WOW! ISN'T THAT A NEAT THING TO THINK ABOUT? THE FACT THAT WE WERE SLAVES OF SIN BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING AS JESUS SPOKE IN JOHN 8 THAT WOULD HELP US TO GET OUT OF SLAVERY TO SIN IN ORDER THAT WE MIGHT BECOME SLAVES TO GOD. AND THAT'S THE SAME DISCUSSION THAT PAUL IS HAVING HERE WITH THE ROMAN CHURCH. AND HE'S REMINDING THEM THAT THEY HAVE NO LONGER SERVED SIN. THEY NO LONGER ARE SLAVES OF SIN. BUT RATHER THEY DID SOMETHING TO TURN THAT PAGE OR TO TURN AWAY FROM SIN. AND WHAT WAS THAT? VERSE 17 SAID THAT THEY OBEYED FROM THE HEART THAT FORM OF DOCTRINE. WHAT IS THAT DOCTRINE? WELL, WE HAD ONE SPECIFIC LESSON TALKING ABOUT THE DOCTRINE HAS TO BE PERTAINING TO THAT WHICH GIVES SALVATION. AND THE ONLY THING THAT THE BIBLE SAYS GIVES SALVATION IS THE WORD OF GOD OR THE TRUTH OF GOD. THEREFORE, THEY OBEYED THE DOCTRINE OF GOD - THEY OBEYED THE TRUTH OF GOD IN ORDER TO DO WHAT? TURN AWAY FROM SIN. WELL, THAT'S WHAT JESUS SAID IN JOHN CHAPTER 8 AND NO DOUBT IF GOD IS THE SAME AND GOD TEACHES THE SAME TRUTH, WHICH HE DOES, THEN WE KNOW HE'S SAYING THE SAME THING HERE IN USING THE WORD DOCTRINE.

BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WHAT MAKES US A SLAVE OF SIN OR WHAT MAKES US A SLAVE OF GOD, AS IS ALSO DEFINED IN THE VERSE BEFORE - THERE IN VERSE 16. “DO YOU NOT KNOW TO WHOM YOU PRESENT YOURSELVES SLAVES TO OBEY, YOU ARE THAT ONE’S SLAVE WHOM YOU OBEY, WHETHER OF SIN LEADING TO DEATH, OR OF OBEDIENCE LEADING TO RIGHTEOUSNESS?” WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS HERE, WE AGAIN SEE THAT CHOICE, SLAVES TO SIN AS JESUS SAID OR SLAVES TO THE SON. HOW DO WE KNOW? WELL, THE WAY YOU KNOW, THE WAY THAT I KNOW, THE WAY THAT GOD KNOWS IS BY THE ONE WE CHOOSE TO OBEY - THAT ONE WE ARE A SLAVE OF. THEREFORE, IF YOU SEE SIN IN MY LIFE, I HAVE BECOME A SLAVE OF SIN AND THEREFORE I CANNOT BE A SLAVE OF SIN AND A SLAVE OF GOD. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT MY LIFE AND YOU SEE THAT I'M A FOLLOWER OF GOD; I'M OBEDIENT TO GOD, OBEDIENT TO THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRUTH OF GOD, YOU KNOW THAT I'M A SLAVE OF GOD, A SLAVE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. AND IF I'M A SLAVE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS THE SAME WOULD HOLD TRUE - I AM NO LONGER A SLAVE OF SIN.

DOESN'T THAT GIVE YOU GREAT CONFIDENCE? IT DOES ME AND IT BRINGS A SMILE TO MY FACE AND IT MAKES ME REALIZE JUST HOW MUCH MY GOD LOVED ME. NOT ONLY TO CREATE ME, BUT THEN BECAUSE OF SIN, TO GIVE ME HOPE OF SOMETHING THAT I COULD KNOW AND OBEY IN ORDER THAT I MIGHT OVERCOME SIN AND BE SAVED BECAUSE OF THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD. THE PURITY, THE HOLINESS, THE WONDER OF OUR CREATOR, THE OPPORTUNITY THAT HE HAS PROVIDED FOR YOU, AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY AND PRIVILEGE HE HAS PROVIDED FOR ME - THAT THOSE WHO OBEY FROM THAT HEART THE FORM OF DOCTRINE SHALL BE SAVED. ISN'T THAT WHAT PAUL SPOKE OF EVEN OVER IN ROMANS CHAPTER 10? HE SAID THAT CONFESSION IS MADE WITH THE MOUTH UNDER SALVATION. BUT BEFORE HE SAYS THAT IN VERSE 9, HE SAYS DO YOU REALIZE THAT YOU HAVE BELIEVED FROM THE HEART? WHY WOULD I CONFESS A SAVIOR THAT I DON'T BELIEVE IN? WELL, I BELIEVE FIRST IN MY HEART. AND IT'S THAT BELIEF THAT CHALLENGES ME TO CONFESS THAT I BELIEVE JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. AND IT'S THAT SAME COMMITMENT TO THE HEART OF GOD'S WORD IN MY HEART THAT CHALLENGES ME TO OBEY AND THEREFORE, AS AN OBEDIENT CHILD, I AM FREE FROM SIN. AND I NOW, RATHER THAN A SERVANT OF SIN OR A SLAVE TO SIN, HAVE BECOME A SERVANT OR A SLAVE TO GOD. AND THE REWARDS WE REAP ARE OBVIOUS - SIN LEADS TO DEATH, HE SAYS. BUT GOD, BUT A SLAVE OF GOD LEADING TO RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ETERNAL LIFE .

NOW THE QUESTION WE WANT TO LOOK AT IN THE REMAINDER OF OUR LESSON - IF IT'S TRUE AS WE HAVE SEEN, AND IT WELL IS ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE, THAT WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE - JESUS OFFERS US FREEDOM FROM SIN AND A SERVITUDE TO GOD ,THAT WE MIGHT BE RECIPIENTS OF ETERNAL LIFE. HE SAYS THAT IN THE BOOK OF JOHN CHAPTER 8 IN HIS OWN WORDS AND IT'S REITERATED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT HERE IN ROMANS CHAPTER 6. BUT WE MUST ASK THE QUESTION; WHAT IS IT THAT WE REALLY DO IN ORDER TO FIRST DIE TO THAT SIN - WHAT BEGINS THAT STEP? WHAT BEGINS THAT WALK? AS WE EVEN SEE IN ROMANS 6:7, THE STATEMENT BEING MADE, “FOR HE WHO HAS DIED HAS BEEN FREED FROM SIN,” VERSE 9, “KNOWING THAT CHRIST, HAVING BEEN RAISED FROM THE DEAD, DIES NO MORE. DEATH NO LONGER HAS DOMINION OVER HIM.” HOW CAN WE CONQUER DEATH? HOW CAN WE CONQUER THE SPIRITUAL DEATH AND LOSING OUR LIVES ETERNALLY IN CONTRAST TO GAINING OUR LIVES ETERNALLY IN PARADISE WITH GOD? WELL, THAT'S WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT HERE.

WELL, THE FIRST THING THAT WE HAVE TO DO IS WHAT WE REFER TO OVER IN ROMANS CHAPTER 10 - WE HAVE TO BELIEVE WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED ACCORDING TO THE TRUTH OF GOD OR THE DOCTRINE OF GOD. FOR THAT'S WHERE SALVATION AND FREEDOM IS FOUND. BUT ONCE WE BELIEVE, WE HAVE TO ACT ON IT. AND WE MENTIONED AS WELL THERE IN THAT TEXT - VERSE 10 SAYS THAT'S AFTER WE HAVE BELIEVED FROM THE HEART WE MUST CONFESS UNTO SALVATION. NOT THE CONFESSION SAVES US, IN AND OF ITSELF, BUT WE MUST CONFESS. WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND? BECAUSE IN JAMES CHAPTER 2 WE LEARNED THERE THAT EVEN THE DEVILS BELIEVE AND TREMBLE, EVEN THE DEVILS MIGHT SAY JESUS IS CERTAINLY GOD. HE IS THE CHRIST BUT THAT DOESN'T MAKE THEM FAITHFUL. SO WHAT'S THE DISTINGUISHING MARK BETWEEN A WORLD WHO SAYS - WE KNOW GOD, WE BELIEVE IN GOD, BUT IN THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO GOD? OBEDIENCE - THOSE WHO CONFESS AND DO WHAT HE SAYS. AND SO THAT'S WHAT WE BEGIN TO DO. WE BELIEVE AND WE SAY I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD.

AND THEN OUR FIRST ACTION IS REALLY TO SAY I HAVE REPENTED, I HAVE LEFT SIN BEHIND AND I NO LONGER AM A SLAVE OR A SERVANT TO SIN. I RATHER WILL SERVE GOD. BUT AS WE THINK ABOUT THAT REPENTANCE AND THAT CONFESSION IS THAT ALL THERE IS TO IT? WE KNOW THAT THEY BOTH ARE REQUIRED. WE KNOW THAT ONE MUST CONFESS WITH THE MOUTH AND WE KNOW THAT JESUS SAID IN LUKE 13:3, IF ONE DOES NOT REPENT HE WILL LIKEWISE PERISH.

BUT WHAT ELSE IS REQUIRED ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD? THAT I MIGHT BE FREE FROM SIN. WELL, CERTAINLY THOSE THINGS ARE BUT THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE BACK IN ROMANS CHAPTER 6. AND IF YOU'LL NOTICE WITH ME IN VERSE 1, HE'S ACTUALLY ASKING THE QUESTION, SHOULD WE CONTINUE IN SIN BECAUSE THERE IS GRACE FROM GOD? HE SAYS NO. THERE'S SOMETHING WE'VE GOT TO DO - THERE'S OBEDIENCE TO A DOCTRINE THAT HAS TO BE THERE IN ORDER THAT WE WHAT? BECOME SLAVES OF GOD RATHER THAN SLAVES OF SIN. WE MUST SOMEHOW DIE TO THE OLD FLESHLY WICKED ONE IN ORDER THAT WE MIGHT SERVE THE RIGHTEOUS PURE AND HOLY ONE. AND THAT'S EXACTLY THE DISCUSSION THAT HE CONTINUES IN VERSE 2 OF THAT TEXT. HE SAYS WE CERTAINLY SHOULD NOT CONTINUE IN SIN. BUT HOW SHALL WE NOW THOSE WHO HAVE DIED AND ARE DEAD TO SIN LIVE ANY LONGER THERE IN IT? HOW CAN YOU CONTINUE IN SIN IF WE KNOW GOD REQUIRES THAT WE DIE TO SIN?

WELL, HERE IS HOW WE BEGIN THAT WALK. VERSE 3 SAYS, “OR DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT AS MANY OF YOU AS WERE BAPTIZED INTO JESUS CHRIST WERE BAPTIZED INTO HIS DEATH.” WHAT IS BAPTISM? BAPTISM COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD BAPTETSO. IT MEANS AN IMMERSION, A BURIAL. AS JESUS WAS BURIED WE ARE BURIED SPIRITUALLY IN THE WATERY GRAVE, THE WATERY GRAVE WHICH IS LITERAL BUT WHICH IS GIVING THE FIGURATIVE SPIRITUAL SENSE OF THE LIKENESS OF THE DEATH OF CHRIST. WHY? PAUL ANSWERS THAT IN VERSE 4 CONTINUING, “THEREFORE WE WERE BURIED WITH CHRIST, DIED AS HE DIED, BURIED AS HE HAS BEEN BURIED THROUGH BAPTISM INTO DEATH. THAT JUST AS CHRIST THEN WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, EVEN LIKE SO, WE SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.” WHAT DOES IT MEAN THEN? AS JESUS DIED, WE DIE. AND AS JESUS WAS RESURRECTED, GUESS WHAT? WE'RE GOING TO WALK IN A NEWNESS OF LIFE. HOW?

LOOK AT VERSE 5,FOR IF WE HAVE BEEN UNITED IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH, AND THEREFORE WE HAVE BEEN RAISED TOGETHER IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS, WHAT, HIS RESURRECTION. DO YOU SEE THE SYMBOLISM? DO YOU SEE THE IMPORTANCE? IT'S BEYOND ME WHAT MANY IN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD, EVEN THE DENOMINATIONAL WORLD, DON'T SEE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BAPTISM BECAUSE THE SYMBOLISM THAT PAUL GIVES HERE IS A DEATH AND A RESURRECTION IN THE WATERY GRAVE THAT ONE MIGHT BE WHAT? ABLE TO PROVE BY FAITH ACTION UNTO THEIR OBEDIENCE OF WHAT JESUS HAS ASKED THAT THEY THEREFORE MIGHT BE SAVED. SO WHAT'S THE SYMBOLISM? AS CHRIST DIED, WE DIE. AS CHRIST ROSE, WE RISE.

WHAT DO WE DIE TO? READ ON WITH ME THERE IN VERSE 6, “KNOWING THIS, THAT OUR OLD MAN WAS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM,” WAS DONE AWAY WITH, THAT WE NO LONGER WOULD BE SLAVES OF SIN. WE HAVE BEEN FREED FROM SIN (VERSE 7) AND AS CHRIST HAS DIED, WE HAVE DIED TO SIN. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS BAPTISM IS THE SYMBOLIC ACT - THE MOMENT WHEREAFTER SAYING I'M GOING TO REPENT AND TURN AWAY FROM SIN AND CONFESS MY LORD AND SAVIOR. I'M GOING TO OBEY THE ACTION THAT THEREFORE SHOWS AS HE DIED AND WAS BURIED, I'M GOING TO DIE AND I'M GOING TO BE BURIED IN THAT WATERY GRAVE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO LEAVE IN THAT WATERY GRAVE? MY SINS. SO THAT WHEN I RISE, AS WE LOOKED AT IN VERSE 4 OF THIS SAME TEXT, I RISE TO WALK A NEW CREATURE, A NEW CREATION, IN A NEWNESS OF LIFE. ISN'T THAT A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT? THE VERY MOMENT WHEN WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE WITH OUR MOUTH CONFESSED AND WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE BEEN BURIED IN THE WATERY GRAVE, SYMBOLIC OF CHRIST'S DEATH. AND WE NO LONGER HAVE SIN BECAUSE WE ARE WASHED IN THAT WATER AND WE RISE AS HE ROSE, RESURRECTED TO A NEWNESS OF LIFE.

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT WATER? WELL, ACCORDING TO REVELATION CHAPTER 1:5, WE LEARN THERE THAT WE ARE WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. SO JESUS SHED HIS BLOOD, HE WAS PUT IN THE GRAVE; HIS BODY WITH THE BLOOD STAINS. AND WHAT IS IT THAT CLEANSES US IN THAT DEATH? THE BLOOD. WHAT DO WE MEET IN THAT WATERY GRAVE WHEN WE DIE? WE MEET THE BLOOD BECAUSE THE BLOOD IS THAT CLEANSING AGENT WHICH IS ABLE TO DO WHAT? PURIFY OUR SOULS - WHICH IS ABLE TO MAKE US AS WHITE AS WOOL, WHICH IS ABLE TO TAKE THE STAIN OF SIN AND TO BE WHITER THAN SNOW.

YOU SEE, WE ARE A BLESSED PEOPLE. A BLESSED PEOPLE TO HAVE A GOD WHO SAYS SIN WOULD CONDEMN YOU BUT I OFFER FREEDOM. FREEDOM FROM SIN, FREEDOM FROM THE SLAVERY OF SIN UNTO THE SERVICE AND SLAVERY OF CHRIST OR GOD. THEREFORE, IF YOU WILL OBEY FROM THE HEART THAT FORM OF DOCTRINE BY WHICH YOU ALSO WILL BE SAVED, YOU CAN AS WELL FIND THAT FREEDOM AND FIND THAT SALVATION BY BEING WILLING TO BELIEVE. THEREFORE, CONFESS THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST - HAVING REPENTED OF YOUR SINS, GOING INTO THE ACT OF BAPTISM THAT YOU MIGHT DIE IN THE WATERY GRAVE AS JESUS DIED AND WAS PUT IN THE GRAVE, MEETING THE BLOOD OF JESUS THAT YOU MIGHT RISE TO WALK IN A NEWNESS OF LIFE. THAT ACTS 2:47 SAYS THEREFORE GIVES JESUS THE OPPORTUNITY HIMSELF AS OUR SAVIOR TO ADD YOU TO HIS CHURCH. ARE YOU A PART OF THE CHURCH OF YOUR GOD TODAY? IF YOU'VE DONE WHAT HE SAYS, YOU ARE. IF NOT, REPENT AND GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT.

CLOSING COMMENTS

LET ME THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO US ALL. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS TIME OF WORSHIP BEFORE GOD!

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