THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 5-18-14

LESSON TITLE: “CREATED IN HIS LIKENESS.”

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.

GREETINGS TO ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. LET ME THANK EACH OF YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING - WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM. TODAY WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO ONCE AGAIN ASSEMBLE BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD. IN THIS TIME OF WORSHIP WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SING SONGS OF PRAISE AND TO STUDY FROM HIS WORD. MAY WE EACH DO OUR PART IN PRAISING GOD ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, AS WE MAKE THESE SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS TOWARD HIS THRONE. NOW AS WE BEGIN TALKING TO OUR GOD, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE PRIVELEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE THAT YOU SHOW US EACH AND EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES. FATHER, WE KNOW THAT ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM YOU AND WE ONLY HAVE WHAT WE HAVE BECAUSE OF YOU AND FATHER, WE ARE THANKFUL.

FATHER, WE ASK THIS DAY THAT YOU WILL HELP US TO DO ALL THOSE THINGS IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AS YOU HAVE COMMANDED AND THAT OUR SACRIFICES MIGHT BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT AND WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER, GIVE US THAT GREAT ETERNAL REWARD WITH YOU IN HEAVEN SOMEDAY. 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 TELLS US JUST HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO FOLLOW THE PATHS OF CHRIST IN THIS LIFE. SO, LET’S JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING THIS HYMN, “STEPPING IN THE LIGHT!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

MOST OF US ARE QUICK TO CONDEMN OTHERS AND TO POINT THE FINGER AT SOMEONE ELSE. HOWEVER, IF WE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED OUR OWN LIVES WE WOULD PROBABLY FIND THAT WE NEED TO BE WORKING ON MORE OF OUR OWN PROBLEMS, RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON OTHERS.

IN THE BIBLE THIS VERY TOPIC IS DEALT WITH A LOT. JESUS TALKED ABOUT OUR NEED TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN PROBLEMS FIRST, AS WE READ IN MATTHEW 7. IN FACT HE BEGINS THIS CHAPTER BY REMINDING US THAT WE SHOULD NOT JUDGE OTHERS FOR OURSELVES. AND WHY, BECAUSE GOD IS THE JUDGE. THEN HE GOES ON IN VERSES 3-5 TO SAY, “AND WHY DO YOU LOOK AT THE SPECK IN YOUR BROTHER'S EYE, BUT DO NOT CONSIDER THE PLANK IN YOUR OWN EYE? OR HOW CAN YOU SAY TO YOUR BROTHER, 'LET ME REMOVE THE SPECK FROM YOUR EYE'; AND LOOK, A PLANK IS IN YOUR OWN EYE? HYPOCRITE! FIRST REMOVE THE PLANK FROM YOUR OWN EYE, AND THEN YOU WILL SEE CLEARLY TO REMOVE THE SPECK FROM YOUR BROTHER'S EYE.” YOU SEE WE NEED TO GET OUR OWN HOUSE IN ORDER BEFORE WE BEGIN HELPING OTHERS WITH THEIR ISSUES AND PROBLEMS.

ANOTHER VERSE WHICH DEALS WITH THIS IS FOUND IN JOHN 8:7. IN THIS EXAMPLE WE FIND OTHERS DRAGGING A PROSTITUTE BEFORE THE LORD. THE PHARISEES BOLDLY STORMED IN THE TEMPLE AND BROUGHT THIS LADY BEFORE CHRIST, STRIVING TO TRICK HIM OR TO BELITTLE HIM BEFORE THOSE HE WAS TEACHING. THE OUTCOME OF THE STORY IS AMAZING, BECAUSE CHRIST PROCLAIMED TO THEM, “HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN AMONG YOU, LET HIM THROW A STONE AT HER FIRST.” GUESS WHAT, WITHIN MINUTES THERE WAS NO ONE LEFT BUT THE WOMAN. WHAT WAS JESUS DOING HERE? WAS HE CONDONING HER ACTIONS OR ACCEPTING HER IN HER PRESENT STATE? CERTAINLY NOT! HE WAS TAKING THE TIME AND SHOWING THE LOVE NECESSARY TO GIVE ONE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT AND TO RESPOND TO THE LOVE OF GOD. JESUS GAVE HER A SECOND CHANCE AND TOLD HER TO “GO AND SIN NO MORE.”

WOW, WHAT A GREAT EXAMPLE THAT REMINDS ME SO MUCH OF HOW QUICK WE ARE TO BLAME SOMEONE ELSE. OR TO TRY AND AMPLIFY THE SINS OF OTHERS TO MAKE OURS LOOK LESS SIGNIFICANT.

THE REALITY IS, YES WE NEED TO HELP EACH OTHER AND BEAR EACH OTHERS BURDENS. THE BIBLE TELLS US TO HELP THE WEAKER AND TO LET OUR BRETHREN KNOW WHEN THEY ARE DOING WRONG. BUT THE SAME BOOK ALSO SAYS, GET YOUR OWN THINGS IN ORDER BEFORE YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO FOCUS ON AND HELP EVERYONE ELSE. HOW DO YOU TREAT YOUR FELLOW MAN WHO IS GUILTY OF SIN LIKE WE ARE? WE BETTER LEARN TO RESPOND LIKE CHRIST DID AND AS HE COMMANDED US TO!

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. THIS MORNING WE HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US, TO LEAD US IN GOD’S WORD. BROTHER SULLINS IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI. AS ALWAYS WE ARE GLAD HE COULD BE WITH US AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIS PRESENTATION OF GOD’S SAVING MESSAGE.

AS FAR AS OUR STUDY, WE WILL BE STARTING A NEW SERIES ENTITLED, “CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE MORNING IS, “CREATED IN HIS LIKENESS.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG, BROTHER SULLINS WILL BE LEADING US IN THIS IMPORTANT STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW LET’S AGAIN JOIN IN SONG TOGETHER, AS WE SING THE HYMN, “THE GOSPEL IS FOR ALL!”

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST AND, AS ALWAYS, IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU IN OUR VIEWING AUDIENCE EVERY SUNDAY MORNING. WE ARE REMINDED BY MANY WHO CONTACT US THROUGH THE MAIL, AS WELL AS PERSONAL CONTACT, THAT THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO WATCH THIS PROGRAM EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AND IT IS JUST A PLEASURE FOR US TO BE ABLE TO OFFER THIS KIND OF STUDY FOR YOU. WE WILL STUDY GOD'S WORD TOGETHER EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK AT THIS TIME AS IT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AS YOU WELL KNOW. THE FOCUS OF OUR LESSONS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WILL BE ON THE LIKENESS OF GOD. THAT IS, BEING MADE OR CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? IT IS MY PLEASURE THIS MORNING TO INTRODUCE THIS SUBJECT TO YOU.

FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THE FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE AND THE FIRST CHAPTER WHERE GOD MAKES MENTION OF THE CREATION OF MAN. GENESIS 1:26-27 SAYS, “THEN GOD SAID, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE ACCORDING TO OUR LIKENESS. LET HIM HAVE DOMINION OVER THE FISH OF THE SEA, OVER THE BIRDS OF THE AIR, OVER THE CATTLE, OVER ALL THE EARTH, AND EVERY CREEPING THING THAT CREEPS ON THE EARTH. SO GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE. IN THE IMAGE OF GOD HE CREATED MALE AND FEMALE. HE CREATED THEM.” NOW, THERE IS NO DOUBT AS WE BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED, INERRANT, AND AUTHENTIC WORD OF GOD. IT IS SUFFICIENT AND ALWAYS FOR OUR UNDERSTANDING. THIS IS THE WAY THAT GOD CREATED US. TO ACTUALLY GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF HOW HE DID IT, WHO KNOWS? GOD KNOWS AND ACTUALLY, WHO WOULD CARE? BECAUSE WE KNOW ONE THING FOR SURE- WE KNOW THAT GOD CREATED THIS WORLD AND HE CREATED ALL OF THE THINGS THAT ARE THERE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, THE SON GOD. IT IS MENTIONED, NOT ONLY IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 1, BUT IN SEVERAL OTHER BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT AND THROUGHOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT.

SO GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE. HERE, THE STATEMENT THAT IS BEING MADE USES THE PLURAL TERM FROM GOD ELLA ONE. THAT TERM SIMPLY POINTS OUT THE FACT THAT AS THE SPIRIT OF GOD MOVED UPON THE FACE OF THE WATERS AND JESUS CHRIST WAS GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO CREATE ALL THINGS AS THE RECORD SHOWS THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURE, THAT ALL THREE OF THE GODHEAD WERE PRESENT IN THE CREATION AND INVOLVED IN OUR CREATION. FOR THAT REASON, THE STATEMENT IS, “LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR OWN IMAGE.” THEN VERSE 27 SAYS, “SO GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE.”

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? DOES THAT MEAN GOD CREATED US PHYSICALLY IN HIS OWN IMAGE? WELL, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE ENTERTAINING THE THOUGHT THAT SENSE THIS MORTAL MUST PUT ON IMMORTALITY AND THIS CORRUPTIBLE MUST PUT ON CORRUPTION, AS PAUL MAKES MENTIONED IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15:53-54. AS PAUL MADE MENTION OF THAT, THEY SEEM TO THINK THAT WE ARE MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF GOD PHYSICALLY. I KNOW ONE THING FOR SURE AND THAT IS THIS CORRUPTION AND THIS CORRUPTIBLE IN THIS BODY AND FLESH WILL PUT ON THAT INCORRUPTION. WE KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE CHANGED, AS PAUL SAID IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15, AND THAT IN SOME WAY THIS BODY WILL BECOME IMMORTAL. DOES THAT MEAN THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO BE IN THE LIKENESS, THAT IS PHYSICAL LIKENESS OF GOD HIMSELF? DOES GOD HAVE EYES AND FEET AND A BODY JUST LIKE WE HAVE AND YET IT IS IMMORTAL IN NATURE? I DOUBT THAT VERY SERIOUSLY. I DO KNOW THAT IT WILL BE A SPIRITUAL BODY. WHAT FORM IT WILL TAKE I'M NOT REALLY SURE ABOUT THAT.

WHAT WAS GOD TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE SAID LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR OWN IMAGE IF HE WERE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE PHYSICAL? WHAT WAS HE SPEAKING OF HERE IN THESE VERSES? I THINK THAT WE CAN CONCLUDE BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH A SPIRITUAL NATURE AND, ACCORDING TO MANY OF THE PROPHETS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT AND EVEN AFFIRMED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, IT IS CLEARLY SAYING THAT WHAT GOD WAS REFERRING TO IS A SPIRITUAL EXISTENCE. FOR HE PLACED WITHIN MAN A SOUL. ALTHOUGH IT SAYS IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS THAT GOD CREATED MAN AND OUT OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND BROUGHT HIM FORTH AND THEN BREATHED A BREATH OF LIFE INTO HIS NOSTRILS AND MADE HIM A LIVING SOUL, BASICALLY THAT VERSE IS TALKING ABOUT JUST BECOMING A LIVING PERSON AS FAR AS THE FLESH IS CONCERNED. BUT OVER AND OVER AGAIN THROUGHOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT AND AFFIRMED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WE KNOW THAT GOD PLACED WITHIN MAN SOMETHING THAT WOULD LAST FOREVER. IT IS REFERRED TO AS A SOUL.

THIS IS THE WAY THAT WE ARE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. I BELIEVE THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. WHATEVER MAY HAPPEN TO THIS PHYSICAL BODY OR WHAT FORM IT MAY TAKE, WE ARE NOT REALLY SURE ABOUT THAT AND CAN'T BE SURE ABOUT THAT. BUT WE CAN BE SURE OF THIS ONE THING. WHAT WE HAD PLACED WITHIN US, THAT IS THE IMAGE OF GOD, IS SOMETHING THAT IS SPIRITUAL IN NATURE AND IT HAS TO BE THE SOUL OF MAN. JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 16, “FOR WHAT SHALL A MAN BE PROFITED IF HE SHALL GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE HIS OWN SOUL.” HE WASN'T TALKING ABOUT LOSING THIS FLESHLY BODY. HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE SPIRIT AS JAMES ALSO MENTIONED IN JAMES CHAPTER 2. SO MY FRIEND, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SCRIPTURE, IT IS VERY CLEAR. I BELIEVE WHAT IS STATED IN GENESIS 1:26-27 AND WHAT IS MEANT THERE.

LET'S TURN TO ROMANS 8:29. THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID THIS TO THE BRETHREN AT ROME, “FOR WHOM HE FORENEW, HE ALSO PREDESTINED TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON. THAT HE MIGHT BE THE FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN. WE MIGHT BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON.” SO AFTER WE BECOME CHRISTIANS, AS WE'RE GOING TO POINT OUT VERY THOROUGHLY HERE IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS, THEN WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE? OUR PURPOSE IS BASICALLY TO BE TRANSFORMED, TO BE RENEWED, TO BECOME LIKE GOD AND NOT AS GOD IS AND WHAT WE MIGHT CONSIDER EVEN A SPIRITUAL BODY OR A PHYSICAL BODY. TAKE THOSE OUT OF THE WAY. WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BECOME THOSE WHO BEAR UPON OUR BODIES AND IN OUR LIFESTYLE THE SPIRIT OF GOD. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TRANSFORMED TO DO THAT.

I CALL YOUR ATTENTION ALSO TO THE BOOK OF 2CORINTHIANS 3:18. 2CORINTHIANS 3:18 IS WHERE PAUL IS SPEAKING TO THE BRETHREN AT CORINTH. HE SAID, “BUT WE ALL WITH UNVEILED FACE BEHOLDING AS IN A MIRROR THE GLORY OF THE LORD ARE BEING TRANSFORMED INTO THE SAME IMAGE FROM GLORY TO GLORY JUST AS BY THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD.” SO WE'RE BEING TRANSFORMED TO LOOK LIKE AND TO BEHAVE LIKE AND TO ACT LIKE GOD HIMSELF, HIS IMAGE, BECAUSE WE ARE CREATED IN HIS AND WE'RE GIVEN THE FREE MORAL CAPACITY BY GOD TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT WE WANT TO BE LIKE GOD, OR WHETHER WE DESIRE TO BE LIKE GOD BUT THE FACT IS, WHEN WE BECOME LIKE GOD IS WHEN WE PUT ON THE VERY LIKENESS OF GOD.

NOW, AS THE SCRIPTURE GOES ON TO STATE IN ROMANS 12:1 AND IT IS A VERY FAMILIAR VERSE TO MOST OF US WHO GO TO CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND DO THOSE THINGS WHICH GOD DESIRES THAT WE DO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HIS WORD. ROMANS 12:1-2 SAYS, “I BESEECH YOU THEREFORE, BRETHREN, BY THE MERCIES OF GOD, TO PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY AND ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD, WHICH IS YOUR SPIRITUAL SERVICE OF WORSHIP, OR WHICH IS YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE.” VERSE TWO SAYS, AND IT GIVES A VERY INTERESTING POINT, IT SAYS, “BE NOT OVERCOME WITH THIS WORLD BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MINDS THAT YOU MIGHT PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD, ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT WILL OF GOD.” SO DON'T BE CONFORMED OF THIS WORLD BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWAL OF YOUR MINDS THAT YOU MIGHT PROVE IN YOUR LIFE WHAT IS THAT GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT WILL OF GOD. HOW MUCH CLEARER COULD IT BE? WHEN WE PUT ON AS WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US OUR VERY LIVES, GENESIS 1:26-27, AND HE CREATED US IN HIS OWN IMAGE AND THAT MEANS WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO BE LIKE GOD. WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO LOVE LIKE GOD, AND TO BE KIND LIKE GOD. TO BE GENTLE LIKE GOD AND IN EVERY WAY CONFORM TO HOW GOD WAS. OF COURSE, GOD WAS DEMONSTRATED TO US IN THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

NOW, PAUL MADE A VERY INTERESTING STATEMENT TO THE CHURCHES OF GALATIA IN GALATIANS 4:19. IT IS A VERY SIMPLE STATEMENT BUT IT CARRIES A LOT OF POWER. HE SAID, AS IT RELATED TO HIS CONVERSION OF THOSE PEOPLE THROUGHOUT ASIA MINOR IN THE PROVINCE OF GALATIA, HE SAID, “WHOM I LABOR IN BIRTH UNTIL CHRIST BE FORMED IN YOU.” SO HE WAS LABORING TO WHAT? TO PRESENT THEM THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD AND HE DID. HE CORRECTED MANY FALLACIES BY SENDING HIS EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS WHO WERE GOING ON MANY THINGS THAT WERE IN ERROR. MANY ERRORS WERE GOING ON AMONG THOSE CHURCHES AND HE GAVE THEM AN IDEA AS TO WHAT IT MEANT TO BE INVOLVING THEMSELVES IN THE SINS OF THE FLESH, WHAT IT MEANT TO PUT ON THE WHOLE SPIRIT OF GOD. IN GALATIANS CHAPTER 5, HE TAUGHT THEM SO MANY THINGS IN THAT EPISTLE. BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO DO? HE WAS LABORING AND LABORING WITH THEM IN EVERY WAY SO THAT HE MIGHT PRESENT CHRIST FORMED IN THEM. SO THAT THEY MIGHT WANT? SO THAT THEY MIGHT PRESENT THAT EXAMPLE TO ALL THOSE WHO WERE AROUND THEM AND THOSE PEOPLE ALSO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE LIFE ETERNAL BECAUSE THEY SAW CHRIST LIVING IN THESE PEOPLE.

PAUL MENTIONED TO THE CHURCH OF COLOSSI IN COLOSSIANS 1:27 THAT CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY. SO WHAT IS OUR MISSION? OUR MISSION IN LIFE IS TO CREATE CHRIST IN US. WHEN WE CREATE CHRIST IN US THEN WE ARE BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND AS WE ARE STRIVING TO CREATE CHRIST IN US. WE ARE UNDERSTANDING AND BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND EVEN MORE WHAT IT MEANS WHEN GOD SAID, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR OWN IMAGE. WE CANNOT EXPRESS THE IMAGE OF GOD TO OTHER PEOPLE UNLESS CHRIST IS IN US AND HE INDEED IS THAT HOPE OF GLORY.

I WANT US TO TURN TO 1JOHN AND IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES WITH YOU THIS MORNING IT WOULD BE GREAT IF WE COULD READ ALONG TOGETHER CHAPTER 3:1-2 OF 1JOHN. HERE JOHN SAYS, “BEHOLD, WHAT MANNER OF LOVE THE FATHER HAS BESTOWED UPON US AND THAT WE SHOULD BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD.” THEREFORE, THE WORLD DOES NOT KNOW US BECAUSE IT DID NOT KNOW HIM. BELOVED NOW WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD AND IT HAS NOT YET BEEN REVEALED WHAT WE SHALL BE, BUT WE KNOW THAT WHEN HE IS REVEALED WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS AND EVERYONE WHO HAS THIS HOPE IN HIM, PURIFIES HIMSELF JUST AS HE IS PURE.

SO WHAT IS JOHN SAYING HERE? WELL, THROUGHOUT THIS BOOK HE'S ACTUALLY DEMONSTRATED HOW PEOPLE WHO OBEYED THE GOSPEL CAN HAVE THE LIKENESS OF GOD IN THEM. THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH THAT. BUT HERE HE'S SAYING THAT WHEN JESUS COMES AGAIN WE SHALL SEE IN IT'S FULLNESS WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO HAVE MADE WITHIN OUR LIVES THE LIKENESS OF GOD AND REALIZE THE LIKENESS OF GOD IN OUR LIVES. AND WHEN MY FRIEND DOES THIS HAPPEN? LET ME CALL YOUR ATTENTION IN CLOSING THIS MORNING TO GALATIANS CHAPTER 3:26-27. THERE PAUL SAID AGAIN TO THE CHURCHES OF GALATIA, “FOR WE ARE ALL THE CHILDREN OF GOD THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS. FOR AS MANY OF YOU AS HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED IN CHRIST HAVE PUT ON CHRIST.” HOW CAN I PUT ON THE FULLNESS OF GOD AND EVER EXPECT TO REACH WHAT GOD WANTS IN MY LIFE? THAT IS TO PUT ON HIS ATTRIBUTES AS MUCH AS I CAN AND HIS CHARACTERISTICS.

HOW CAN I DO THIS? I DO THIS BY, FIRST OF ALL, PUTTING ON JESUS CHRIST. WE MUST PUT HIM ON AND WE KNOW WHEN WE HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST, THIS IS WHEN WE HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AND THAT HE HAS EXPECTED US TO HAVE THROUGH OUR BAPTISM FOR THE REMISSION OF OUR SINS. IT WAS PETER WHO SAID ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST IN ACTS 2:38, “REPENT! AND BE BAPTIZED, EVERYONE OF YOU, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.”

SO WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO? WE HAVE TO GET INTO CHRIST. IF WE TRULY WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE LIKENESS OF GOD THEN WE MUST IN EVERY WAY GET INTO CHRIST AS HE HAS TOLD US. THE SIMPLE CONFESSION THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST AFTER HAVING REPENTED OF OUR SINS THEN WE MAKE THAT GREAT CONFESSION. AND THEN WE ARE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS. THAT IS WHEN WE BEGIN TO DO WHAT? TRANSFORM OUR LIVES AND INTO THE LIVE THAT GOD WANTS OF US TO HAVE. TO TRANSFORM OUR LIVES AND INTO A LIFE OF DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT TO THE CAUSE OF CHRIST.

THE QUESTION IS THIS MORNING: HAVE YOU DONE THAT? WELL, EXCEPT YOU BELIEVE THAT I AM HE YOU WILL DIE IN YOUR SINS. JESUS SAID THAT. EXCEPT YOU REPENT YOU WILL PERISH. JESUS SAID THAT. JESUS SAID HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED, AND HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT SHALL BE CONDEMNED. THE DECISION IS YOURS TO MAKE. YOU CAN MAKE THAT DECISION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN GROW IN THE LIKENESS OF GOD. YES, YOU HAVE BEEN CREATED IN HIS IMAGE. YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN ETERNAL SOUL. A SOUL THAT IS WORTH MORE THAN THIS WORLD AS JESUS SAID.

IT IS WITHIN YOUR POWER TO MAKE THE DECISION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU WANT TO DEVELOP WITHIN YOURSELF THE IMAGE OF CHRIST. ACTING AS CHRIST WOULD ACT. SPEAKING AS CHRIST WOULD SPEAK. LIVING AS CHRIST WOULD LIVE. THIS IS FOR YOU TO DETERMINE WITH YOUR LIFE AND WHETHER OR NOT YOU WANT TO DO THAT. EVERY SUNDAY, WE COME BEFORE YOU AND WE CHALLENGE YOU TO OBEY CHRIST AND TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY FOR YOU TO HAVE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE. MY FRIEND THIS MORNING, WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND WE'RE HOPING THAT YOU WILL COME AND VISIT WITH US ON KANSAS EXPRESSWAY OR GO TO SOME CONGREGATION OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST WHO WILL LEAD YOU INTO THAT TRUTH. WE PLEAD WITH YOU TO DO EVERYTHING THAT YOU CAN TO RESPOND TO THE LOVE OF GOD BY OBEYING THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

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 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES THROUGH THIS WORSHIP TO GOD!

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