THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 5-11-14

LESSON TITLE: “THE WAY OF SALVATION.”

WELCOME

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING, LET ME WELCOME YOU TO THE PROGRAM. 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, NOT ONLY TO HAVE PHYSICAL THINGS BUT SPIRITUAL THINGS AS WELL. MAY WE THIS DAY DO ALL IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AS YOU HAVE COMMANDED IN YOUR WORD AS WE APPROACH YOUR MIGHTY THRONE TO WORSHIP YOU. GOD, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR GOODNESS, YOUR LOVE, YOUR KINDNESS, YOUR MERCY, AND GRACE. WE KNOW IN THE END THAT IT IS THESE THINGS ALONE THAT WILL GIVE US THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN. IT’S NOW TIME TO START OUR SONGS OF PRAISE. WE WANT TO BEGIN BY SINGING A HYMN THAT ASKS US A QUESTION ABOUT WHERE OUR HEART IS. ARE WE FOCUSED ON GOD AS WE SHOULD BE OR IS OUR HEART IN ANOTHER PLACE. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “STANDING ON THE PROMISES!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

HUMILITY IS A BIG TOPIC THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE. IN FACT, WE ALWAYS FIND THAT THOSE WHO WERE LIVING RIGHTEOUSLY BEFORE GOD WERE HUMBLE PEOPLE. THERE IS NO QUESTION AS TO WHY THIS WAS THE CASE, IT IS BECAUSE GOD REQUIRES HIS SERVANTS TO BE HUMBLE. THERE ARE MANY VERSES WE COULD LOOK AT TO PROVE THIS POINT, BUT LET’S CONSIDER ONE OF THE CLEAREST ON THIS TOPIC, 1 PETER 5:5-6. THERE WE READ, “…BE CLOTHED WITH HUMILITY, FOR ‘GOD RESISTS THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.’ THEREFORE HUMBLE YOURSELVES UNDER THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD, THAT HE MAY EXALT YOU IN DUE TIME,” THIS VERSE DOESN’T SAY, TO THINK ABOUT IT OR HUMBLE YOURSELVES IF YOU WANT TO! IT SAYS, “HUMBLE YOURSELVES BEFORE GOD!” NOTICE WHY WE ARE TO HUMBLE OURSELVES. THESE SAME VERSES SAY, BECAUSE GOD “RESISTS THE PROUD,” AND BECAUSE “GOD’S HAND IS MIGHTY!” SO GOD DOESN’T LIKE THE HAUGHTY AND BEING A MIGHTY GOD HE CAN AND WILL PUNISH THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO REJECT HUMILITY.

NOW I WANT YOU TO FURTHER NOTICE THE OUTCOME OF A GOOD HUMBLE SPIRIT, AS GOD REQUIRES. THE SAME VERSES SAY THAT GOD WILL “EXALT US IN DUE TIME.” OUR CREATOR SAYS IF WE DO OUR PART HE WILL DO HIS AND BLESS US ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. WHAT GREAT INCENTIVE THIS IS FOR THE CHILD OF GOD TO LEARN THE LESSON OF HUMILITY.

I ALSO WANTED TO LOOK AT ONE OTHER PASSAGE THAT TO ME REALLY GIVES US AN EXAMPLE AS TO WHY WE NEED TO AND CAN BE HUMBLE. IN MARK 10:18, NOTICE WHAT JESUS SAID, “WHY DO YOU CALL ME GOOD? NO ONE IS GOOD BUT ONE, THAT IS, GOD.” WOW, DID YOU CATCH THAT. EVEN JESUS CHRIST OUR GREATEST EXAMPLE SHOWED HUMILITY AS HE WAS ON THIS EARTH. IN THIS SITUATION WE HAVE CHRIST, THE VERY SON OF GOD AND GOD IN THE FLESH, BEING APPROACHED BY A MAN. THE MAN BOWS DOWN AND CALLS JESUS GOOD, YET JESUS REJECTS THIS. HE INSTEAD GIVES THE GLORY TO GOD THE FATHER AND ASSUMES HIS PROPER ROLL AS THE SON TO HUMBLE HIMSELF AND GIVE THE GLORY AND HONOR TO THE FATHER.

WHAT A GREAT LESSON WE CAN LEARN ABOUT HUMILITY FROM THOSE IN THE BIBLE LIKE CHRIST. MAY WE ALWAYS STUDY THIS TOPIC AND MAKE SURE THAT AS FOLLOWERS OF GOD WE ARE DOING OUR BEST TO BE HUMBLE IN THIS WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE. AND NOT JUST HUMBLE AT TIMES OR WHEN WE CHOSE TO BE, BUT LET’S MAKE IT A WAY OF LIFE. SO THAT GOD AND ALL MEN CAN TRULY SEE THE PROPER SPIRIT OF HUMILITY IN US AS SERVANTS OF GOD. ARE YOU HUMBLING YOURSELVES BEFORE GOD AND THIS WORLD? IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. THIS MORNING, WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR STUDY TOGETHER ENTITLED, “ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY IS, “THE WAY OF SALVATION.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG, I WILL BE LEADING US IN THIS IMPORTANT STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR NEXT SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE ARE SO GLAD YOU ARE CONTINUING WITH US THIS MORNING AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON IN OUR RELATIONSHIP CONCERNING THE OLD PATHS. THIS WILL BE THE FINAL LESSON IN THIS SERIES. YOU MIGHT RECALL THAT WE'VE HAD A GOOD DISCUSSION TOGETHER IN LOOKING AT MANY OF THE OLD CONCEPTS OR IDEAS AND REALLY LOOKING AT THOSE IN A NEW WAY. GOD'S WILL AND GOD'S WORD NEVER GETS OLD. HIS PRECEPTS NEVER BECOME WEARY TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM. WE SHOULD STRIVE, THEREFORE, TO CONTINUE TO SEEK OUT AND TO ASK FOR THOSE OLD PATHS SO THAT WE MIGHT KNOW HOW GOD HAS DIRECTED US TO DO THEM AND THEN OBEY THE WILL OF GOD. SOMEONE TODAY MIGHT SAY WELL, THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN 2000 YEARS AGO, SO HOW COULD THAT APPLY TO ME? WELL, SEEK OUT THOSE OLD PATHS BECAUSE THE MESSAGE THAT GOD DELIVERED THEN UNTO SALVATION IS THE SAME MESSAGE FOR US TODAY IN THAT WE MIGHT HAVE NOT, ONLY BLESSINGS TODAY, BUT LIFE ETERNAL.

WE BEGAN IN JEREMIAH CHAPTER 6 MANY WEEKS AGO AS WE LOOKED AT THE CHALLENGE TO ISRAEL IN THAT THEY MIGHT, AS WELL, LOOK FOR THE OLD THINGS. CERTAINLY, AND PROBABLY LIKE MANY OF OUR DAY, THEY HAD BECOME MORE MODERN AND THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE INDIVIDUALS IN A NEW AGE. SO THE OLD COVENANTS AND OLD COMMANDMENTS FROM MOUNT SINAI WERE NO LONGER APPLICABLE TO THEM. THEY THOUGHT THAT IT HAD BECOME OUTDATED AND WERE NOT UP TO THE TIMES. THEY NEEDED TO ADJUST THINGS OR SO THEY THOUGHT. WELL, THEY MISUNDERSTOOD THAT GOD'S WILL, AND GOD'S PLAN, AND GOD'S LAW, IS ESTABLISHED WITH HIS PEOPLE AND IT IS SURE AND FIRM.

I MIGHT EVEN ASK YOU TO CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT: HOW LONG HAS OUR FEDERAL LAW BEEN IN EXISTENCE? HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF YEARS? HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF YEARS HAVE OUR STATE LAWS BEEN IN EXISTENCE? THERE MIGHT BE CHANGES HERE AND THERE THAT ARE ENACTED BECAUSE A DECISION IS MADE BY A CONGRESS OR BY LEGISLATURE, BUT IN GENERAL MOST LAWS THAT HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED HAVE REMAINED THE SAME. THEY HAVE CONTINUED, AND THEREFORE LAW AND IT'S BASIC GENERAL FOUNDATION HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AND HAS CONTINUED. WE DON'T GO BACK AND SAY WELL, THOSE ARE ALL FUDDY-DUDDY LAWS OR LAWS THAT DON'T APPLY. NOW, THERE MIGHT BE CERTAIN CASES WHERE LAW HAS BEEN CHANGED BECAUSE MAYBE CULTURES OR TIMES HAVE CHANGED, BUT A LOT OF THE BASIC LAWS HAVING TO DO WITH WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS AND HAVING TO OBEY WHAT IT IS THAT THE POLICE ARE ENFORCING ARE THOSE THINGS HAVE CONTINUED. CERTAINLY, GOD'S LAW HAS DONE THE SAME.

DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT WE READ THERE IN JEREMIAH CHAPTER 6? IT SAYS IN VERSE 16, “STAND IN THE WAYS AND SEE AND ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS WHERE THE GOOD WAY IS AND WALK IN IT.” YOU SEE AGAIN, STAND BACK AND LOOK FOR THAT WAY AND FIND THAT PATH. WHEN YOU HAVE SEEN AND HAVE FOUND THE OLD PATHS AND THOSE OLD WAYS HE SAYS WALK IN THEM, FOR THEY ARE WHAT? THEY ARE GOOD AND THOSE WHO DO WILL FIND REST. YOU MIGHT ALSO REMEMBER IN JEREMIAH CHAPTER 6, RIGHT AFTER HE MAKES THAT STATEMENT, THE SAME VERSE SAYS THAT THE PEOPLE SAID, WE WILL NOT WALK IN IT. THOSE THINGS ARE NO LONGER GOOD FOR US. THEY ARE NO LONGER ACCORDING TO WHAT WE WANT OR WHAT WE DESIRE. THEY NO LONGER ARE UP WITH THE TIMES AND NOT REALLY APPLICABLE TODAY. WELL, AGAIN I THINK YOU HEAR MANY OF THOSE SAME THOUGHTS AND IDEAS TODAY. CERTAINLY NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH BECAUSE OUR GOD HAS GIVEN US HIS LAW. HE HAS ESTABLISHED HIS LAW, IN AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, AND WE ARE TODAY REQUIRED TO OBEY IT.

LOOK WITH ME THERE NOW IN THE BOOK OF JOHN. THAT'S WHERE WE WILL BEGIN OUR THOUGHTS FOR THIS MORNING AS WE TALK ABOUT THE WAY OF SALVATION. AS WE THINK ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF THE OLD PATH, IT WAS 2000 YEARS AGO RIGHT AT THAT PERIOD OF TIME THAT JESUS CAME TO THE EARTH AND HE ESTABLISHED FOR US HIS LAW AND HOW ONE MUST BE SAVED. GUESS WHAT? THAT HASN'T CHANGED. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT WE THINK OR FEEL. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU LIKE OR WHAT I LIKE. IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW CULTURE HAS CHANGED. GOD'S PLAN FOR SALVATION AND THE WAY TO SALVATION WAS ESTABLISHED THERE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT TIMES. EVEN TODAY, THEY HAVE STOOD UP AND CONTINUE TO STAND UP. I PRAY AND I HOPE THAT TO NO ONE THE LAW OF SALVATION OR THE WAY OF SALVATION BECOMES OLD OR FUDDY-DUDDY OR OUT OF DATE. FOR GOD'S LAW WAS ESTABLISHED IN THAT WE MIGHT BE SAVED. HOW PRECIOUS IT IS THAT WE CAN KNOW THE LAW AND KNOW THE TRUTH AND WE CAN FIND FREEDOM THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

THAT'S WHY WE COME HERE TO JOHN CHAPTER 6 BECAUSE WITHIN THE TEXT, WE FIND THAT JESUS IS CERTAINLY BECOMING DISHEARTENED THAT MANY ARE TURNING AWAY. IN FACT, HE TURNS AROUND IN VERSE 6 AND TALKS ABOUT HOW MANY WHO HAVE COME HAVE DONE SO JUST FOR THE LOAVES OF BREAD, OR THE FISHES, OR HAVE COME JUST FOR THE MIRACLES, OR HAVE JUMPED ON BOARD BECAUSE OF THE INITIAL EXCITEMENT OF WHAT HE WAS DOING AND THE POWER THAT HE DEMONSTRATED THROUGH GOD. ALL THESE THINGS AGAIN ESTABLISHED JESUS THAT DAY YET THEY WERE BEING FORGOTTEN. PEOPLE WERE MOVING ON, SO TO SPEAK, FROM JESUS. THEY WERE LOOKING FOR NEW THINGS AND MAYBE THINGS THAT THEY FELT MIGHT MEET THEIR NEEDS MORE. SO SADLY IN THE TEXT, IF YOU WILL NOTICE WITH ME IN VERSE 66, IT SAYS THAT FROM THAT TIME MANY OF HIS DISCIPLES WENT BACK AND WALKED WITH HIM NO MORE. MANY WERE BEGINNING TO REJECT HIM FOR SOMETHING ELSE. MANY WERE BEGINNING TO LOOK FOR THAT WHICH MIGHT SATISFY THE FLESH AGAIN RATHER THAN THAT WHICH WOULD GIVE THEM HOPE AND LIFE ETERNAL. DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS AS HE TALKED WITH HIS DISCIPLES ABOUT THIS? REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS THAT HE SAID? JESUS BASICALLY SAID IN VERSE 67, WILL YOU ALSO GO AWAY? YOU SEE ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE LEAVING AND ARE RETURNING TO THEIR OLD PAGAN IDEAS OR THEIR OLD JEWISH IDEAS? WILL YOU ALSO RETURN, WILL YOU ALSO GO AWAY AND LEAVE THAT WHICH IS PROPER AND RIGHT ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF THE FATHER?

LOOK WITH ME WHAT IT IS THAT SIMON PETER SAID. SIMON PETER, WHO SO OFTEN BECAUSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FROM GOD, GAVE US CLEAR AND PRECISE UNDERSTANDING OF WHO JESUS WAS. IT WAS CLEAR TO US, LIKE IN MATTHEW 16, HE COULDN'T HAVE KNOWN IT WITHOUT GOD'S REVELATION BEING GIVEN TO HIM. NOTICE WITH ME WHAT IT IS THAT PETER SAYS HERE, “LORD, TO WHOM SHALL WE GO? FOR YOU ALONE HAVE THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE.” PETER UNDERSTOOD THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO GET TO THE FATHER. THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO KNOW HOW TO HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND SALVATION. HE TELLS US IN THE NEXT VERSE AS TO WHY JESUS WAS QUALIFIED. AGAIN, WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT HAD REVEALED TO HIM, NO DOUBT ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF THE FATHER. SIMON GOES ON TO SAY, “AND ALSO WE HAVE COME TO BELIEVE AND TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.” YOU SEE PETER NOT ONLY SAYS HERE WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GO LORD? NOWHERE ELSE CAN WE FIND THE PATHWAY AND THE OPPORTUNITY UNTO SALVATION. YOU ALONE GIVE THE WAY OF SALVATION. BUT THEN HE TURNS AROUND AND HE SAYS, NOW WE BELIEVE AND WE KNOW. WE HAVE SEEN IT WITH OUR OWN EYES. WE ARE WITNESSES. YOU ARE THE CHRIST! WE BELIEVE IT. THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THAT KIND OF BELIEF THAT SAYS HEY WE HAVE SEEN IT AND WE BELIEVE IT AND THEREFORE WHERE ELSE ARE WE GOING TO GO? WE'RE GOING TO FOLLOW YOU AND DO YOUR WILL. WE'RE GONNA SEEK AFTER THE OLD PATHS AND WE'RE GOING TO ACCOMPLISH THAT WHICH YOU HAVE COMMANDED. COMPARE THAT TO SOMEONE WHO SAYS WELL, THERE MIGHT BE A GOD. YEAH, JESUS MIGHT BE THE CHRIST. I WANT TO DO JUST ENOUGH TO GET BY........THAT'S NOT TRUE BELIEF OR TRUE FAITH, AS WE READ IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11. THAT'S A PASSING CONCEPT OF BELIEF. EVEN THE DEVIL'S BELIEVE, JAMES SAYS IN JAMES CHAPTER 2, THAT DIDN'T MAKE THEM SAVED. THAT DIDN'T MAKE THEM FOLLOW THE PATH. THAT DIDN'T MAKE THEM ACT ON THEIR FAITH.

SO THEREFORE, WHAT IS IT THAT IS UNIQUE HERE? PETER SAID WE ARE NOT LEAVING LORD BECAUSE YOUR PATH LEADS TO SALVATION. THEREFORE, YOU KNOW WE BELIEVE BECAUSE OF OUR ACTIONS NOW AND BECAUSE WE HAVE BECOME THOSE WHO TRULY KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE CHRIST. NO WONDER WHEN WE TURN OVER IN THE SAME BOOK TO JOHN 14 AND WE LOOK AT VERSE 6 A SIMILAR DISCUSSION WAS TAKING PLACE ABOUT HOW THE DISCIPLES WOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE IT AFTER JESUS LEFT THE EARTH. HOW WOULD THEY BE ABLE TO OVERCOME AND DEAL WITH THINGS ON THEIR OWN WITHOUT THE LORD'S HELP DIRECTLY? JESUS SAID, I'M GOING TO GO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU. I'M GOING TO GO GET YOUR MANSION READY IN HEAVEN, AND I AM GOING TO COME AGAIN TO RECEIVE YOU. DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS WHEN THOMAS SAYS HOW ARE WE GOING TO KNOW THAT WAY? HOW ARE WE GOING TO KNOW THE PATH AND DIRECTION? THEN JESUS SAID THIS IN VERSE 6. IT IS A FAMILIAR VERSE YOU ARE WELL AWARE OF. VERSE 6 SAYS, “I AM THE WAY. THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.” YOU SEE, THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO GOD. THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO GOD THE FATHER. WHAT THIS MEANT TO THE JEWS OR THE GENTILES WAS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY LINK IN THE CHAIN. THERE IS NO OTHER CONNECTOR BETWEEN US AND THE FATHER. HE ALONE IS THE MEDIATOR. HE IS THE ONE WHO INTERCEDES ON OUR BEHALF WITH HIS FATHER.

SO IT IS NOT STRANGE THAT HE SAYS I AM THE WAY. I AM THE WAY TO WHAT? GOD THE FATHER. THEREFORE, I AM THE WAY TO WHAT? SALVATION AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD'S WILL AND WHAT ONE MUST DO AND HOW TO LIVE TO BE SAVED, AND TO BE ACCEPTABLE IN THE SIGHT OF THEIR CREATOR. NO WONDER THEN LATER AS THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALED TO GREAT MEN THERE IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, SUCH AS IN ACTS CHAPTER 4, AS PETER AGAIN WAS PROCLAIMING THE TRUTH. THIS IS THE SAME PETER WHO SAID, WE HAVE BECOME THOSE WHO BELIEVE. WE KNOW YOU ARE THE CHRIST. WHERE ELSE CAN WE GO? THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO SALVATION? HERE, IN ACTS CHAPTER 4, THAT SAME PETER IDENTIFIES THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. IN VERSE 12 HE SAYS,” NOR IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER NAME.” FOR THE NAME OF JESUS IS THAT NAME BY WHICH VERSE 12 INDICATES THAT WE MUST BE SAVED. YOU SEE, THERE IT IS AGAIN. I AM THE WAY TO LIFE ETERNAL. PETER EVEN SAID THAT AND JESUS DECLARED THAT.

SO NOW THE ONLY WAY UNDER HEAVEN THAT WE MIGHT FIND SALVATION IS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. WHAT THAT TELLS US, MY FRIENDS, IS THAT THERE ARE NO OTHER RELIGIONS EXCEPT THOSE WHO PROFESS THAT SALVATION IS ONLY FOUND IN AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST AND THAT HE IS THE SON OF GOD. THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO MAKE THAT CONFESSION, WHICH IS REQUIRED UNTO SALVATION, SAYS ROMANS CHAPTERS 10:9-10. ONLY THOSE CAN NOT ONLY BE SAVED, BUT FOLLOW THAT WAY UNTO SALVATION. THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE THAT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME AS WE AGAIN MOVE A LITTLE BIT DEEPER IN THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 16. AS THEY WERE IN PHILIPPI, THAT IS PAUL AND SILAS, AND THEY WERE THROWN IN PRISON AND THE JAILER WAS WATCHING OVER THE PRISON. AT NIGHT THE PRISON DOORS FLEW OPEN AND HE WAS READY TO KILL HIMSELF AND THEY STOPPED HIM......DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS THAT HE SAID TO PAUL AND SILAS THERE IN VERSE 30 AFTER THEY HAD SAID, DON'T WORRY. EVERYONE IS HERE. DON'T FRET. HE SAID SIRS, WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED. WELL, THEY PREACHED TO HIM AND THEY ALSO PREACHED TO HIS WHOLE HOUSE THAT THEY SHOULD BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS. IT SAYS IN VERSE 33 THAT IN THE SAME HOUR OF THE NIGHT THEY WENT AND WERE BAPTIZED. DID YOU NOTICE THAT IT MENTIONS BELIEF IN BAPTISM? IT DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT REPENTANCE, BUT DON'T YOU KNOW THAT THEY WERE REPENTING OF THEIR SINS. JESUS SAID IN LUKE 13:3 THAT ONE MUST REPENT OR PERISH AND WE KNOW IN ACTS 2:38 THAT ONE MUST REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED IN ORDER TO BE SAVED. CERTAINLY THEY REPENTED. IT SAYS THEY BELIEVED AND THEY WOULD'VE HAD TO CONFESS THAT BELIEF AS WE HAVE SEEN IN ROMANS CHAPTER 10:9-10. FINALLY IN THE SAME HOUR OF THE NIGHT THEY WERE BAPTIZED. IF YOU BACK UP IN THE SAME TEXT IN CHAPTER 16 YOU WILL FIND THE STORY OF LYDIA. IT SAYS AFTER SHE WAS TOLD OF THE WORD OF GOD, GUESS WHAT SHE DID IN VERSE 15? IT SAYS SHE AND HER WHOLE HOUSE WERE BAPTIZED.

WE CAN GO ON AND ON ON THROUGHOUT EVERY CONVERSION IN THE BOOK OF ACTS AND I WOULD LIKE TO CHALLENGE YOU SOMEDAY TO READ THE BOOK OF ACTS AND WRITE DOWN EVERY TIME SOMEONE BECOMES A CHRISTIAN AND GUESS WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO FIND IN EVERY CASE? THEY DO THE SAME THING. THEY ARE BAPTIZED AFTER HAVING CONFESSED THE NAME OF JESUS AND REPENTED OF THEIR SINS. NO WONDER AS WE THEN TURN BACK TO ACTS CHAPTER 8 WHERE PHILIP WAS PREACHING TO THE EUNUCH WHO HAD BEEN IN A CHARIOT. HE IS PREACHING TO HIM ABOUT JESUS AND AS THEY WERE TRAVELING ALONG THEY CAME TO WATER. GUESS WHAT THE QUESTION WAS IN VERSE 36? THE EUNUCH SAYS HERE IS WATER SO WHAT HINDERS ME TO BE BAPTIZED? HE DIDN'T SAY I'M GOING TO WAIT UNTIL EASTER OR I'M GOING TO WAIT UNTIL CHRISTMAS OR I'M GOING TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT MONTH WHEN EVERYBODY ELSE IS BAPTIZED. HE SAYS HERE IS WATER SO WHAT HINDERS ME TO BE BAPTIZED? YOU KNOW WHAT HE DID NEXT? HE MADE THE CONFESSION PHILIP SAYS. THE EUNUCH SAID I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. HE OBVIOUSLY REPENTED OF HIS SIN BECAUSE WE KNOW REPENTANCE IS REQUIRED AND THEN THEY BOTH WENT DOWN INTO THE WATER.

WHY IN THE BOOK OF ACTS DO WE KEEP SEEING THE WAY OF SALVATION TO BECOME A CHILD OF GOD IS EMPHASIZED IN CONFESSION, REPENTANCE, AND BAPTISM? BECAUSE THESE ARE THOSE THINGS REQUIRED TO BE SAVED. THEN WE GET TO ACTS CHAPTER 22, WHEN PAUL AFTER BEING BLINDED BY THE GREAT LIGHT ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS WAY INTO THE CITY AND HE TALKED TO ANANIAS. DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT HE WAS TOLD IN VERSE 16 OF ACTS CHAPTER 22? HE SAYS PAUL ARISE AND BE BAPTIZED AND WASH AWAY YOUR SINS. THAT'S WHY WE SEE THAT BAPTISM IS SO ESSENTIAL. IT IS WHERE WE MEET THE BLOOD OF JESUS. THAT IS WHERE WE CLEANSE OURSELVES FROM SIN. IT IS WHERE WE FIND REVELATION CHAPTER 1:5, ATONEMENT THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST AND IT'S WHERE WE PUT ON OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. AS WE LEARN IN GALATIANS CHAPTER 3:26-27. YES, FOR AS MANY AS HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST, THEY HAVE PUT ON CHRIST.

HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTIZED? HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTIZED HAVING CONFESSED THE NAME OF JESUS? HAVE YOU REPENTED OF YOUR SINS? IF SO, THEN YOU HAVE FOLLOWED THE WAY UNTO SALVATION AND YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD. IF NOT, WHY NOT FOLLOW THE WAY OF GOD UNTO SALVATION TODAY.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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HAVE YOU FOLLOWED THE WAY OF SALVATION, ACCORDING TO GOD’S PERFECT PLAN? THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO THE FATHER AND THAT’S THROUGH THE SON, JESUS CHRIST. HE ALONE IS THE WAY TO ETERNAL LIFE!