THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

Program Air Date - 3-20-05

LESSON TITLE: "WHO IS JESUS?: JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD"

WELCOME

In 1 Chronicles 16:11, we read, "Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!" How about each of us, are we seekers of the Lord on this His Day? We certainly hope so, and that's why we are thankful that you have joined us this day to commit this time to the Almighty! How blessed we all are to be able to enjoy such opportunities and freedoms, that allow all to offer such times of sacrifice before His wondrous throne. I hope we all do our part this Lord's day, in participating in this worship toward God and in doing all things in accordance to His Perfect Will!

So, At this time, as we turn our full attention to the reason we have come together, let's approach our Father's throne in prayer:

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I would like to take a moment this morning and make you aware of a great opportunity coming up to Worship God. Beginning April 3, The Kansas Expressway Church of Christ and the Bible Institute of Missouri will be hosting a Spring Lectureship. For our speakers we will be using our full-time faculty members from the school, as well as our students who are about to graduate this Spring. Hopefully this will give many of you the opportunity to see what the Bible Institute is all about and to see what type of Gospel Preachers we are striving to turn out to the glory of God. This lectureship will last through the 8th of April, so please make plans now to be with us as often as you can. I look forward to seeing you there. If you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Now let's begin praising our God through song. Won't you join with the congregation at this time as we sing together, "Higher Ground!"

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DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

We have already mentioned our need to seek God this morning, but the question we want to consider now is why should we seek Him?

If we return to the same passage of Chronicles, the next verse goes on to tell us why we should seek our God and why He is worthy of such. There we read, "Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth," 1 Chr.16:12. Notice the reasons given as to why our God is worthy to be sought? First we read of His marvelous works and wonders! Have we forgotten why we are here? How about why the world or this universe exists. It is only because of and through the complete power of God that we exist on this earth today. Furthermore, our God cares for us, provides for us and protects us, that we might be able to survive in this world which He has made. Truly our God is Great and all-powerful. The second reason given here to seek God is that He has given us His judgements by His mouth! God has shown all men of every age exactly who He is, what He requires, and what people must do to be found acceptable in His sight. Again, we seek the Lord for He has provided us His Word that we might know his precepts and obey.

Finally, notice what Ezra the author, goes on to clarify in verse 13. There he confirms that God's followers are His chosen ones, that they are His own children. How wonderful it is to know that as a follower of God, we have been chosen by Him to be a child and thus to have Him as a Father. What greater Father could we seek in this life than one who is so wondrous, powerful and mighty, who has provided for us His will in order that we might obey Him and be saved. So again I ask, are you seeking your God this day? If not, choose this day as the first day of the rest of your life - that you might begin your service toward your creator, according to His Precious Will! In just a few minutes it will be time to begin our main study of the day. Our topic of study will again focus on the question, "Who Is Jesus?" Our specific lesson of the morning is entitled, "Jesus is the Son Of God."

As far as our speaker, we are happy to have brother Ivie Powell with us today. Brother Powell is the minister for the Curry Street Church of Christ in West Plains, Missouri. We are excited to have him with us today as our guest speaker and he will lead us in our main study of the day at the appropriate time But now its time to join together in our next song of the morning. The name of this hymn, "I'm Not Ashamed To Own My Lord."

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LESSON

Speaker: Ivie Powell

"The churches of Christ salute you," Romans 16:16. Thank you brother Sullins. I appreciate very much the opportunity of once again being with you on this program. We would like all that are in our audience to attend Bible Study this morning at 9:30 at the Curry Street church of Christ. Our morning assembly is at 10:30 and the evening assembly at 6:00. We also meet every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.

In Matthew the 16th chapter, the Lord asks the disciples, "Whom do men say that I, the son of man, am?" That my friend is the world's greatest question. Who is Jesus? Is He merely a man among men? If so, then He is no more than you and me. If Jesus Christ is not the divine son of Almighty God, then we have wasted our time for 2,000 years. Jesus either is the son of God or He is not the son of God.

Thomas B. Warren for many years taught at Harding Graduate School in Memphis, Tennessee. Brother Warren would often in his lectures bring out the point that there is no middle ground between truth and error because it is the excluded middle. You exclude the middle. It is either something that is true or it is false, and so it is regarding Jesus Christ. He is either the son of God or He is not the son of God. So on that question hangs the eternal destiny of the world. "Whom do men say that I, the son of man, am?" It was Simon who said that, "Thou art the Christ, the son of the Living God." That, my friend, is the greatest answer that the world has ever heard. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God," John 1, verse 1-2.

Paul lets us know in Philippians chapter 2 that Jesus existed in the form of God and He did not think it robbery to do so and He took upon Himself the form of man and therefore when He came to this earth, He died for the sins of the world. Now the golden text of the Bible as it has been called, shows us how much God cared for us in giving the forth of His son in John 3:16.

Jesus Christ is God's one and only son and so the answer indeed, "Thou art the Christ, the son of the Living God," is the world's greatest answer. And as you look at the question and the answer, you will find also, my friend, that the confession of Peter is the world's greatest confession. "Thou art the Christ, the son of the Living God," Matthew 16, verse 16. Jesus Christ at this moment is at the right hand side of the Father where angels and authorities are being made subject unto Him and all power.

Look at 1 Peter 3 and verse 22. Jesus Christ is the High Priest over the Christian system. The Hebrew writer points that out throughout the book of Hebrews. Particularly you can read this in chapter 4, verse 15 and following. And therefore, Jesus is the son of God.

When the Ethiopian Eunuch was riding along in the chariot, we find that Philip had taught him the gospel and the Eunuch said, "See here is water. What doth hinder me to be baptized?" And there it was that Philip said, "If thou believeth, thou mayest." And he said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God." My friend, upon that confession, they stopped the chariot. They went down into the water, both Philip and the Eunuch, and he baptized him and when he was come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord called away Philip that the Eunuch saw him no more and he went on his way rejoicing.

Therefore, we find that the good confession is, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God." Now that confession in and of itself does not make one a child of God. We find that Jesus, the son of God, offers eternal salvation if one will obey His instructions. "If you love Me, keep My commandments," John 14, verse 15.

We find that the Eunuch in Acts chapter 8 was reading from Isaiah 53. He didn't understand what he was reading. He was asked, "Understandest thou what thou readest?" And he said, "How can I except some man shall guide me?" And Philip began at the same scripture and preached unto him Jesus. Now in the preaching of Jesus, he had to discuss something about baptism because as we noted a moment ago, it was the Eunuch that said, "See here's water, what doth hinder me to be baptized?" Why would he have asked that question if he had not been taught about baptism? And therefore, he was told if he believed, he could and he did believe in Christ and he was immersed. Why was he immersed? He was immersed for the same reason that they were immersed on the day of Pentecost for the remission of sins in Acts 2:38. Thus, he, like those on the day of Pentecost, "when he came up out of the watery grave, the Lord added the saved to the church," Acts 2:47.

And so we find, my friend, that Christ offers eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him.

The Hebrew writer in chapter 5, verse 8 lets us know, as well as verse 9, "Though He were a son, yet learned the obedience by the things which He suffered and being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto them that obey Him." Obedience is necessary for salvation. If one says, "I believe that Jesus is the son of God," then they demonstrate that belief by their obedience. Note again John 14:15, "If ye love Me, keep My commandments." And the Lord said, "Not everyone that sayeth unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the Will of my Father which is in Heaven," Matthew 7 and verse 21.

"Blessed are they that do His commandments that they may have right to the Tree of Life and may enter into the gates of the city," so John tells us in the book of Revelation chapter 22 and verse 14. And so my friend, the son of Almighty God has promised eternal salvation if one will obey the gospel.

The son of Almighty God has also promised unto the human race that He would build His church. You will notice in Matthew chapter 16 after Peter had made the good confession that the Lord said, "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this unto thee, but My Father which is in Heaven, and I say unto thee that thou art Peter and upon this rock, I will build My church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it and I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in Heaven." Therefore, we find from verse 18 and 19 that the son of God promised to establish or build His church. Observe carefully. He did not say, "My churches," but, "My church." The Lord has only one church. We find the Ephesian epistle reveals this to us in Ephesians 4 and verse 5. "One Lord, one faith, one baptism."

And therefore, the assurance of our Lord was that the gates of Hell would not prevail against me doing this. I don't know if you've ever thought about this before or not, but when Jesus was crucified, no doubt the devil and all his cohorts rejoiced. When our Lord was placed into the tomb, there was great victory as far as Satan was concerned. But neither death nor Hell nor the grave could keep our Lord. And on the third day, He came forth from the grave and He, is as I said a moment ago, on the right hand side of the Father and therefore, He being the High Priest, He is there ever to call upon God as we pray to God through Christ and He pleads our case to the Father.

We find therefore that assurance of Christ is that Hell itself could not keep Him from building His church. Well we know that did come about because in Acts the 2nd chapter, we find that the church became a reality. In verse 47, a verse we mentioned a moment ago, we find that the Lord, not you or any human being, nor I, add people to the church, but it is the Lord that adds the saved to the church. Now I want you to look at verse 47 carefully. If all of the saved are added by the Lord to the church, then isn't it necessary to be in the church to be saved? We find therefore, my friend, that the promise of our Lord to build the church became a reality.

Now I want you to turn back in your Bible to the occasion of Philip and the Eunuch. In Acts chapter 8, it is inferred that Philip taught the Eunuch regarding the church. Now not word is said about the church in those verses, I understand. Why would I say it is inferred? Because, my friend, since "the Lord adds the saved to the church," Acts 2:47, it would mean therefore that Philip not only had to tell the Eunuch about who the Christ was and how to become a child of God, but what he was becoming a part of, that is a part of the body of Christ, that would be the church. Therefore, we find that the promise of our Lord to build the church and that the gates of Hell would not prevail Him from doing that became a reality. Therefore, we have the promise of our Lord that when we obey the gospel, He will be with us always. To the disciples, the Lord said, "Lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world," Matthew 28, verse 20. Sometimes, we think that everyone is against us and that we are all alone, but the Christian is never alone. The Hebrew writer in chapter 13, the latter part of verse 5, the Lord through the servant there states, "I will never leave thee. I will never forsake thee." Peter said, "Casting all of your care upon Him for He careth for you," 1 Peter 5, verse 7. And so, my friend, the child of God walks never alone for if God be for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8 and verse 31. Therefore we have the assurance of the son of God, that whether the sun is shining or whether the sea of life is very boisterous, He is always with us.

We find also that the son of God has promised us that though we do not understand what all happens in this life, that things will work together for our good. Perhaps the verse of scripture that more folk think of than any other regarding the Lord being with us through good times and bad times is Romans chapter 8 and verse 28. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His promise or purpose." Therefore, we find, my friend, that while we may not understand, we have the assurance that things will work together for our good.

We also have a promise of Almighty God that we will never be tempted above that which we are able to bear. All of us are tempted. We should not think it strange concerning the fiery trials that come upon us, Peter informs us, and when you turn to 1 Corinthians chapter 10, you will read there in the 13th verse that "there has no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man," and then he lets us know that if the Lord were to provide an avenue that is a way of escape from our temptation. So we have the promise of the son of God that there is always the way to escape. Now that way of escape may be in the case of our Lord in Matthew 4 of quoting scripture or it may be the case that we need to run away from the situation as Joseph did, or a third thing may be that we need to pray and at the same time, run. But the fact is, God always provides a way of escape.

The promises of our Lord are great and many. When you look at 2 Peter chapter 1, you will find in verse 3 that, "The Lord has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness." So, whatever is necessary for my happiness in this life, spiritually speaking and even physically, the Lord is going to provide for us. We go back to the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 6 and we read there of the great assurance that the Lord will always provide for us, and then when we come forward and we begin to think about the necessities of life, we find the Lord always takes care of us and of course, He will always take care of us spiritually. So God has provided everything that is necessary for our salvation in the Word of God. We have the promise of our Heavenly Father that if we would drink deeply of the Word of God, that we would actually would begin to possess the mind of Christ. Now, how do I know that? Well because in Philippians chapter 2 and verse 5, Paul says, "Let this mind be in you, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Now how in the world am I going to know the mind of Christ? By turning to the inspired Word of God, studying the Word of God, and I will know exactly how Christ thought. Now, this is not the sum total of everything that Christ or God thought, but it is a portion of the mind of God revealed to us in Holy writ that we might know God, that we might know of the love of God, that we might understand that Jesus Christ indeed is the son of Almighty God.

My friend, Mohammed cannot save you. Allah cannot save you. The only one that can save you is Jesus Christ. He is the son of Almighty God. "He is the one that will judge us and we will be judged by His Word," John 12 and verse 48. And to those who have refused to obey the gospel, they will be made to make that good confession at the Day of Judgment, but not for their salvation though. Oh no. All of the opportunities we have in this life will end when this life ends. Therefore, it is essential that while there is breath in our body that we will take advantage of the time and opportunity of accepting the Christ and all that He offers. A lot of folks pick through the Bible and accept what they want and dismiss the rest. We cannot do that my friend. We must accept the Christ and everything He offers or accept nothing at all. Jesus, the son of God, loved you so much that He was willing to die for your sins. So when we meet God at judgment, it will not be a question of, "Did God really love us? Did Jesus really love us?" But it will really be a question of, "Did we really love the Lord?"

And so what about you today, are you a Christian? If not, why not? Why not repent of your sins, confess Christ to be the son of God and be baptized for the remission of sins and the Lord will add you to the church where are the saved.

Thank you much.

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CLOSING COMMENTS

Let me thank you again for choosing to be with us today. No doubt our time spent together has been uplifting and acceptable to our God. We invite you to join us every First day of the week, at 7:30, as we commit ourselves to this time of offering before God!

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