THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 4-6-14

LESSON TITLE: “THE PERFECT WAY.”

WELCOME

I GREET YOU ALL THIS MORNING, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. LET ME THANK EACH OF YOU FOR JOINING FOR THIS TIME OF WORSHIP AND OFFERING TO GOD. AS MOST OF YOUR KNOW, THE LIVING WORD IS A WORK OF OUR LORD, DEDICATED TO DOING GOD'S WILL IN HIS WAY! AS ALWAYS, IT WILL BE OUR PRIVILEGE TODAY TO SING SONGS OF PRAISE AND TO STUDY FROM HIS WORD. IN THESE ACTS OF WORSHIP, MAY WE ALL BE ENCOURAGED, BUT ULTIMATELY MAY WE EACH PRAISE GOD ACCORDING TO THE SACRIFICES TO OFFER TOWARD HIS THRONE. IT WILL ALSO BE OUR HONOR THIS MORNING TO SPEAK WITH GOD THROUGH PRAYER. WILL YOU BOW WITH ME AS WE TALK TO OUR CREATOR?

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE AND THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO SERVE YOU. FATHER, WE ASK THAT NOT ONLY THIS DAY BUT EVERY DAY WE MIGHT HAVE THOSE THINGS WE NEED, NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY BUT SPIRITUALLY, SO THAT WE MIGHT GO ON AND BE FOUND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT. ULTIMATELY, BEING BLESSED TODAY AND BLESSED ETERNALLY. THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS WHICH MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE. IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

IT'S NOW TIME TO START OUR SONGS OF PRAISE. WE WANT TO BEGIN BY SINGING A HYMN THAT TELLS US ABOUT A GREAT VICTORY WE SHARE THROUGH OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. SO, LET'S JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING THIS HYMN, THE NAME OF THE SONG, "WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN!"

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IN DEUTERONOMY 4:9 WE READ OF THE COMMANDMENTS GOD GAVE TO ISRAEL THROUGH HIS CHOSEN SERVANT, MOSES. THIS VERSE SAYS, "ONLY TAKE HEED TO YOURSELF, AND DILIGENTLY KEEP YOURSELF, LEST YOU FORGET THE THINGS YOUR EYES HAVE SEEN, AND LEST THEY DEPART FROM YOUR HEART ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE. AND TEACH THEM TO YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN." NOTICE THE TWO CHALLENGES GIVEN IN THIS VERSE TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD.

FIRST WE SEE THAT ISRAEL WAS CHALLENGED TO EXAMINE THEIR OWNS SELVES! GOD SAID, "TAKE HEED TO YOURSELF AND DILIGENTLY KEEP YOURSELF." THIS MEANS THEY WERE TO BE HONEST ABOUT WHO THEY WERE AND HOW THEY WERE SERVING GOD. HOWEVER, THEY WERE ALSO TO MAKE CORRECTIONS AND STRIVE TO OBEY GOD IN ALL THINGS WHICH HE HAD COMMANDED THROUGH HIS WORD.

THIS VERSE MAKES ME THINK OF WHAT WE READ FROM THE APOSTLE PAUL IN TWO CORINTHIANS 13:5. NOTICE WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS TO US IN THIS TEXT, "EXAMINE YOURSELVES AS TO WHETHER YOU ARE IN THE FAITH. TEST YOURSELVES. DO YOU NOT KNOW YOURSELVES, THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU?-UNLESS INDEED YOU ARE DISQUALIFIED." AGAIN WE LEARN THAT WE NEED TO EXAMINE OUR SERVICE TO GOD TO SEE IF WE ARE DOING ENOUGH OR NOT. FURTHERMORE, WE LEARN HERE WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO DO SO, "UNLESS INDEED YOU ARE DISQUALIFIED." GOD HAS GIVEN US HIS LAW AND WILL TO FOLLOW AND IF WE OBEY WE ARE BLESSED AND FOUND FAITHFUL IN THE END. HOWEVER, IF WE DO NOT OBEY AND "DILIGENTLY KEEP OURSELVES," WE WILL BE LOST.

THE FINAL POINT MADE IN DEUTERONOMY 4 IS THE FACT THAT WE ARE TO TEACH OTHERS. SPECIFICALLY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OUR OWN FAMILY: CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, ETC. YOU SEE AS CHRISTIANS ARE TO LIVE FAITHFULLY AND TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO LIVE FAITHFULLY AS WELL, SO THAT WE ALL MIGHT PLEASE GOD AND RECEIVE THE PROMISE OF HEAVEN. NOTICE A SIMILAR CHALLENGE TO PARENTS IN PAUL'S LETTER TO THE EPHESIAN CHURCH. IN CHAPTER 6:4, WE READ, "DO NOT PROVOKE YOUR CHILDREN TO WRATH, BUT BRING THEM UP IN THE TRAINING AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD." AGAIN WE ARE CHALLENGED TO REALIZE OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO NOT ONLY SAVE OURSELVES, BUT OUR CHILDREN AS WELL. FURTHERMORE, THIS WOULD NO DOUBT INCLUDE OUR DESIRE TO SAVE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS, LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS. ARE YOU "TAKING HEED TO YOURSELF, KEEPING YOURSELF" AND TRYING TO INFLUENCE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME? IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. THIS MORNING, WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR NEW SERIES OF STUDY WHICH IS ENTITLED, "ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS." OUR SPECIFIC LESSON THIS MORNING IS, "THE PERFECT WAY." SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG, WE WILL BE LEAD IN THIS IMPORTANT STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD.

AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US. BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIR. OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI, HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD'S WORD IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. BUT FOR NOW LET'S AGAIN JOIN IN SONG TOGETHER, AS WE SING THE HYMN, "I'LL FLY AWAY!"

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

I'D LIKE TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST AND AS ALWAYS WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH THIS TELEVISION PROGRAM AND TO INVESTIGATE WITH US THE WORD OF GOD. WE KNOW, AS THE WORD OF GOD TELLS US, THAT IT IS PROFITABLE IN ALL THINGS AS FAR AS IT RELATES TO OUR LIVES. WE'VE BEEN CONSIDERING A SUBJECT OF ASKING FOR THE OLD PATHS, WHICH IS FOUND BACK IN THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH CHAPTER 6:16. NOT ONLY WAS IT NECESSARY FOR THEM TO ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS TO FOLLOW THE OLD PATHS SO THAT THEY MIGHT BE RIGHTEOUS FOR GOD. IN OUR DAY AND TIME, IT IS VERY NECESSARY THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE OLD PATH WAS ESTABLISHED FOR US ABOUT 2000 YEARS AGO. IT WAS REPRESENTED IN JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. HE LEFT INSTRUCTIONS THROUGH HIS APOSTLES, THAT IS AS HE STATED TO THEM IN JOHN 16:13, “HOWBEIT WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS COME; HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH.” THEN HE STATED IN THE VERY NEXT CHAPTER, JOHN CHAPTER 17:17, “SANCTIFY THEM IN THY TRUTH,” THAT IS TO SET THEM APART IN THY TRUTH, “THY WORDS ARE TRUTH.” WHEN WE ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS, WE ARE ASKING THAT WE RETURN TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURE, TO RECOGNIZE THE BIBLE AS TRULY GOD'S WORD.

IT WILL BE MY PURPOSE THIS MORNING TO REINFORCE THE NEED FOR US TO RECOGNIZE WHAT THE BIBLE ACTUALLY IS. ALTHOUGH I AM HOLDING JUST THE NEW TESTAMENT IN MY HANDS, YET WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT WHICH CONSISTS OF A COLLECTION OF 66 BOOKS, WRITTEN OVER ALMOST 1500 YEARS AGO BY 40 DIFFERENT AUTHORS. YET WE SEE SO MANY THINGS IN THE BOOK ITSELF THAT WILL DECLARE UNTO US THAT IT IS TRULY GOD'S WORD. THE PSALMIST SAID IN PSALM 18:30, “ AS FOR GOD, HIS WAY IS PERFECT.” THE WORD OF THE LORD IS PROVEN. AND SO THIS MORNING, WOULD WE NOT RECOGNIZE THAT WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR OWN HANDS, AS WE READ THE BOOK OF BOOKS WHICH WE REFER TO AS THE BIBLE, THAT IT IS INERRANT. THAT MEANS THAT IT IS WITHOUT ERROR. IT IS INFALLIBLE. THAT MEANS IN EVERY WAY IT IS ALL SUFFICIENT. SO THE INERRANT, INFALLIBLE, AND ALL SUFFICIENT WORD OF GOD HAS BEEN PROVIDED FOR US. FOR OUR WHAT? FOR OUR INSTRUCTION, AND FOR MANY OTHER THINGS. NOW THOSE OF US WHO RESPECT AND LOVE GOD'S WORD, IT IS THE DIVINE GUIDE FOR US EVEN IN THIS 21ST CENTURY. THE SAD THING IS SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS NOT LEFT US WITH ANY INSTRUCTIONS WHATSOEVER AND THAT WE CAN JUST DO WHATEVER WE WANT TO DO IN HIS NAME, WHICH MEANS BY HIS AUTHORITY, AND YET THEY HAVE NO AUTHORITY. FOR THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS THE INERRANT, INSPIRED, AND INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD. SO LET'S LOOK AT IT TODAY FROM A PRACTICAL WAY AS WELL AS INVESTIGATE THE BIBLE ITSELF AND WHAT IT HAS TO SAY ABOUT IT BEING THE OLD PATH FOR US IN THIS NEW CHRISTIAN AGE.

FIRST OF ALL LET'S LOOK AT THE EXTERNAL EVIDENCES. NOT MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD BUT YET THERE ARE MANY OF US WHO BELIEVE THAT IT IS INDEED THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD. EVEN IF YOU WERE TO TAKE THE EVIDENCES OUT OF REASON AND OUT OF THIS REASONING, YOU WOULD HAVE TO CONCLUDE THAT THE BIBLE INDEED IS THE WORD OF GOD. LET ME SHOW YOU HOW THIS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED IN YOUR MIND. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE EXTERNAL EVIDENCES WE SEE THAT THE BIBLE HAS STOOD THROUGHOUT THE AGES AND IS INDESTRUCTIBLE. ATTILA THE HUN TRIED TO DESTROY IT, POPE ANNA SINCE THE THIRD BACK IN 1199 BURNED 60,000 BIBLES TRYING TO ANNIHILATE IT SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO READ IT, TO UNDERSTAND IT, AND TO OBEY ITS TEACHINGS. YET THE BIBLE STILL STANDS AS THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER IN ALL THE WORLD. NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO DESTROY GOD'S WORD. WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE BIBLE AND ALL OF ITS 66 BOOKS, YOU CAN SEE REGARDLESS OF ALL OTHER SO-CALLED HOLY BOOKS, YOU CAN SEE THAT IT IS ACCURATE IN EVERY WAY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT ARCHAEOLOGICALLY YOU CAN SEE THAT IT IS ACCURATE IN EVERY WAY IN EVERY ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDING THAT HAS BEEN FOUND, NOT ONLY SUPPORTS THE BIBLE, BUT REINFORCES THE IDEA AND CONCEPT THAT THE BIBLE MUST BE OF DIVINE ORIGIN. PROPHETICALLY THERE ARE SO ANY PROPHECIES THAT ARE GIVEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND ALSO IN THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT WERE FULFILLED. THE UNITY OF THE BIBLE, AS I JUST STATED A FEW MOMENTS AGO, 66 BOOKS WRITTEN BY 40 DIFFERENT MEN OVER A PERIOD OF 1500 YEARS, BUT YET THERE ARE NO CONTRADICTIONS. NOW, COMMON SENSE WOULD TELL YOU, IN FACT IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS HONEST WITH THEMSELVES AND LOOKING AT JUST THESE EXTERNAL EVIDENCES, TO SAY THAT TRULY THE BIBLE MUST BE GOD'S WORD. WHEN WE WORKED IN AFRICA FOR OVER 20 YEARS, WE POINTED OUT THESE EVIDENCES. PEOPLE READILY ACCEPTED THAT THIS WAS THE BOOK OF BOOKS THAT THEY NEEDED TO FOLLOW.

MY FRIEND, ALSO LOOK AT THE INTERNAL EVIDENCES. WHAT PAUL SAID TO TIMOTHY IN 2TIMOTHY 3:16-17, “ALL SCRIPTURE INSPIRED OF GOD IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, FOR REPROOF, FOR CORRECTION, FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, THAT THE MAN OF GOD MIGHT BE COMPLETE THOROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS.” IT WAS PETER WHO SAID IN FIRST PETER 1:20-21 THAT NO PROPHECY OF THE SCRIPTURE IS OF ANY PRIVATE ORIGIN. ONE VERSION SAYS INTERPRETATION, BUT IT IS TALKING ABOUT ORIGIN. FOR THE PROPHECY DID NOT COME IN OLD TIMES BY THE WILL OF MAN BUT HOLY MEN OF GOD WHO SPAKE AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. WE SEE THAT THE BIBLE IS COMPLETELY UNIFIED AND THAT IS BECAUSE THESE MEN RECEIVED THEIR TEACHINGS FROM GOD THE FATHER THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT BEING DIRECTLY INSPIRED. EVEN THE APOSTLE PAUL CLAIMED THIS AND RIGHTFULLY SO BECAUSE HE CLAIMED THAT HE WAS NOT SPEAKING OF THE SPIRIT OF MAN, AND THIS IS FOUND IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2:9-16. THE OTHERS, WHO WERE SPEAKING FORTH THE WORDS OF GOD, DID NOT COME FROM THE SPIRIT OF MAN BUT FROM THE SPIRIT OF GOD. WHAT THEY WERE SPEAKING WERE THE INSPIRED WORDS OF GOD.

SO WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE BIBLE, WHETHER IT IS THE OLD TESTAMENT OR NEW TESTAMENT, WE SEE GOD'S BREATH. WE SEE THE WORDS THAT ARE GIVEN TO US BY THE FATHER ABOVE. THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED. IT IS QUICK AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO EDGE SWORD, SAYS HEBREWS CHAPTER 4:12. IT PIERCES OUR HEART BECAUSE IT IS INDEED HIS WORD AND EVERY WORD OF THESE BOOKS IS INSPIRED OF GOD. IT IS INERRANT AND BECAUSE IT IS INSPIRED BY GOD THAT MAKES IT INERRANT. MANY PEOPLE MIGHT COME TO YOU TODAY AND SAY WELL, CERTAIN PARTS OF THE BIBLE ARE NOT INSPIRED. THEY ARE SPEAKING IN ERROR BECAUSE EVERY WORD OF THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED OF GOD AND “…IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, REPROOF, CORRECTION, INSTRUCTION, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, THAT THE MAN OF GOD MIGHT BE COMPLETE THOROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS.”

IT WAS PETER WHO SAID IN SECOND PETER CHAPTER 1:3 THAT ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO US, ALL THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO LIFE, HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO US. HE WENT ON TO SAY FURTHER IN THAT EPISTLE THAT THE WORD CAME TO US THROUGH THE LIVING WORD OF GOD WHICH LIVES AND ABIDES FOREVER. SO GOD HAS NOT LEFT US IN A POSITION HERE IN THIS WORLD TODAY THAT WE CANNOT KNOW HIS WILL OR THAT ONE SPEAKS ONE THING SAYING THAT IS THE WILL OF GOD AND ONE SPEAKS OF ANOTHER THING AND SAYS THAT IT IS THE WILL OF GOD. GOD IS NOT A GOD OF CONFUSION BUT GOD'S WORD, HIS INSPIRATION, IS WITHIN THESE BOOKS AND THEY ARE NOT OF ANY PRIVATE INTERPRETATION. PEOPLE SAY THAT'S THE WAY YOU INTERPRET THE TEXT, OR OTHERS SAY THAT'S THE WAY I INTERPRET THE TEXT. SO WE HAVE DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS. NO, GOD'S WORD IS NOT TO BE INTERPRETED NECESSARILY IF YOU'RE SPEAKING IN THAT WAY AND IN THOSE TERMS. WE INTERPRET THE WORD OF GOD AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT ORIGINATED IN THE MIND OF GOD AND LOGICALLY WE CONCLUDE WHAT HIS WILL IS FOR US AND WE ACCEPT IT AS THE WORD OF GOD, WHICH LIVES AND ABIDES FOREVER.

SO WHAT DID PAUL SAY TO TIMOTHY? HE SAID IT IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND. IT IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE SO THE MAN OF OF GOD MIGHT BE COMPLETE AND THOROUGHLY FURNISHED UNDER UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS. IF IT IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE THEN WHAT IS DOCTRINE? IT IS TEACHING OR INSTRUCTION CONCERNING WHAT GOD DESIRES THAT WE, AS HIS CREATION, NEED TO BE DOING WHILE WE'RE ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH. IT IS A VERY SERIOUS THING TO FOLLOW THE DOCTRINE OF GOD, AS IS STATED IN 2JOHN 9-10, “WHOSOEVER GOETH ON AND ABIDETH NOT IN THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, HATH NOT GOD BUT HE THAT ABIDETH IN THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST HAS BOTH THE FATHER AND THE SON.” THAT DOCTRINE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US. IN GALATIANS 1:8, PAUL MARVELED THAT THOSE PEOPLE IN THE CHURCHES OF THE PROVINCE OF GALATIA HAD SO SOON REMOVED THEMSELVES FROM THE DOCTRINE WHICH WAS DELIVERED UNTO THEM. THEY HAVE REMOVED THEMSELVES TO ANOTHER DOCTRINE. HE SAID THE REASON FOR THIS IS BECAUSE THERE IS SOME AMONG YOU WHO WOULD PERVERT THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST. THAT DOCTRINE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US AND JESUS SAID IN JOHN 7:17, “THAT IF ANY MAN WILL DO HIS WILL, HE SHALL KNOW OF THE DOCTRINE, WHETHER IT BE OF GOD, OR WHETHER I SPEAK OF MYSELF.” SO IT IS VERY CLEAR MY FRIENDS THAT THE DOCTRINE THAT IS GIVEN TO US IN THIS BOOK IS THE DOCTRINE THAT WE MUST FOLLOW. SOMEONE SAID ONE-TIME I'VE GOT MY DISCIPLINE AND I’VE GOT MY MANUAL WHICH HELP ME UNDERSTAND BUT THE PROBLEM WITH DISCIPLINES, AND MANUALS, AND ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF THINGS IS THAT ARE MADE BY MAN. THAT IS THE POINT! THEY ARE MADE BY MAN. IF THEY SAY MORE THAN WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS, THEN YOU DON'T NEED THEM. IF THEY SAY LESS THAN WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS, THEN YOU DON'T NEED THEM. YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD'S WILL IS FOR YOU AND DELIVERED TO US THROUGHOUT THE TIMES THROUGH THOSE MEN WHO WERE INSPIRED OF GOD AND THAT RECORD HAS BEEN KEPT AND IN HERE IT IS REVEALED.

IT IS PROFITABLE FOR REPROOF WHICH MEANS TO REBUKE OR REPRIMAND. LIVING UP TO YOUR CONVICTIONS, THAT'S WHY A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO READ THE BIBLE BECAUSE THEY FIND OUT THAT WHAT THEY ARE DOING IN THIS LIFE IS NOT ACCORDING TO WHAT THE LORD HIMSELF HAS SAID, WHAT GOD THE FATHER HAS SAID, WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS REVEALED, AND WHAT THE APOSTLES HAVE TAUGHT AFTER BEING INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AND RECEIVING THOSE WORDS FROM THE FATHER ABOVE. THEY DON'T WANT THAT DIRECTION SO WHEN THEY READ THE BIBLE IT REBUKES THEM AND THE LIFE THEY ARE LIVING. WE ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD SAYS ROMANS CHAPTER 3:23. SO WHEN WE LOOK INTO THE PAGES OF GOD'S WORD, SURELY IT DOES CONVICT US AND REPRIMANDS US OF OUR SIN. WHAT ABOUT CONVICTION? IT IS PROFITABLE FOR CORRECTION, TO MAKE US RIGHT, TO CHASTISE US, TO CAUSE US TO LIVE AS GOD WANTS US TO LIVE. IN FACT, THE BIBLE GOES SO FAR AS TO SAY THAT WE OUGHT TO MARK THOSE THAT CAUSE DIVISION AMONG THE BROTHERHOOD. GALATIANS 6 ALSO MAKES MENTION OF THE FACT THAT WE WHO ARE SPIRITUAL NEED TO RESTORE SUCH A ONE THAT WE KNOW AS A BROTHER OR SISTER IN CHRIST WHO IS NOT WALKING ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL.

THE LIVING WORD OF GOD IS PROFITABLE FOR INSTRUCTION AND FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. THIS ALSO INCLUDES CHASTISEMENT OR PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE TO DO GOD'S WILL. WE NEED NOT LOOK FAR FROM US TODAY, OR LISTEN TO VERY MUCH THAT WE SEE ON THE TELEVISION AND OTHER PLACES AND READ WHAT WE READ AND WHEN WE GO TO SEE THE MOVIES, WE NEED NOT GO VERY FAR IN OUR LIVES EVERYDAY TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED TO BE DISCIPLINED FOR THOSE WAYS IN WHICH WE ARE NOT FOLLOWING GOD'S WORD. JAMES SAID IN JAMES CHAPTER 1 THAT WE NEED TO LOOK INTO THE PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. THE PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. YES, THERE IS A LAW AND THERE IS A DOCTRINE. THERE ARE TEACHINGS AND THERE ARE PRECEPTS AND COMMANDMENTS THAT ARE GIVEN TO US IN GOD'S HOLY WORD THAT WE MUST FOLLOW. IT WAS JESUS HIMSELF WHO HAD BEEN TEMPTED BY SATAN AND WHO WAS BEING TEMPTED BY SATAN AND WHO SAID IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 4:4, “THAT MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.”

SO WHAT ARE WE REDEEMED BY? PETER MADE THAT VERY CLEAR IN 1PETER 1:22-25. WE ARE NOT REDEEMED BY THINGS SUCH AS SILVER AND GOLD BUT WE ARE REDEEMED BY THE WORD OF GOD. THAT IS, WE ARE BOUGHT BACK, AS A SLAVE BEING IN SIN, AND WE ARE BROUGHT TO RIGHTEOUSNESS BECAUSE OF OUR ADHERENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD WHICH LIVES AND ABIDES FOREVER. IT WAS JESUS OUR LORD WHO SAID HIMSELF IN MATTHEW 24:35 CONCERNING THE WORD OF GOD ITSELF HEAVEN AND EARTH SHALL PASS AWAY, BUT MY WORDS SHALL NOT PASS AWAY. THOSE WORDS ARE FOUND IN THIS HOLY BOOK OF BOOKS. WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THAT IF WE ARE TO GO BACK TO THOSE PATHWAYS THAT GOD HAS ESTABLISHED FOR US, THAT IS THAT PATHWAY THAT IS FOUND IN JESUS CHRIST, THEN WE MUST UNDERSTAND AND RECOGNIZE THAT THE BIBLE IS TRULY THE INSPIRED, INERRANT, INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD WHICH HE HAS GIVEN TO US THROUGHOUT THE AGES. IT IS OUR PRAYER THAT WE WILL ALL RETURN TO THAT BOOK OF BOOKS AND RESPECTED AS GOD'S HOLY AND DIVINE AND WONDERFUL WORD GIVEN TO US.

CLOSING COMMENTS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD. WHAT A BLESSING IT HAS BEEN TO SHARE THIS TIME TOGETHER IN CHRIST. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 730, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS SERVICE OF GOD!

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