THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 5-2-10
LESSON TITLE: “THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE: THE JUDGMENT DAY”
In Joshua 24:15, we read, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Praise God for our opportunity this day to serve Him. Furthermore, it is my hope and prayer that all of us have made this same determination in each of our lives - that we will serve God, with all of our house.
We thank you this day for joining us for the Living Word program. As always, it is a blessing to have you with us as we together break the bread of life and as we magnify our Creator. You have made the right decision to give this time to God, so let’s all do so with our full hearts and in accordance to His Will.
So, as we continue to focus on God, will you bow with me in prayer?
Well, it is time to join in our first song of the morning. Our first Hymn focuses on the wondrous reward which God offers to the faithful. So, won’t you participate with the congregation at this time as we sing together, “To Canaan’s Land I’m On My Way!”
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In Philippians 4:4-6, we read, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God!” What a great passage this is of strength and encouragement. And what precious truths are clarified here by this inspired writer of God.
The reality is, we need to learn to rejoice in the Lord in all things. Why? Because God is real, He is there and He has promised to be with us every step of the way. So whether we’re experiencing joy or sorry, happiness or pain, our God will always pull us through - thus rejoice!
We also notice that Paul says that we should be gentle to all men. What better way can we exemplify Christ than by letting others see Him in our actions, words and deeds. Jesus certainly had a caring and gentle spirit towards all men, and we must learn to imitate this fine characteristic.
Finally, notice that our text encourages us that we need not to worry, but rather we must learn to take all of our needs, wants and requests, before the mighty throne of God. And we know that if we speak to our God in prayer, He hears us and He answers our prayers according to His perfect and complete Will.
So how well are you living your life for the sake of God? Are you trusting in God in all things? Are you treating others in this world as God has commanded us to? And are you turning to God for the help which you need to make it through every day? Our God is great, mighty and wondrous and He will help us in all walks of life, if we will do and accomplish all things as He has commanded!
In just a few minutes it will be time to begin our main study of the day. As far as our topic of study, we will again focus on our series entitled, “This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made.” Our specific lesson of the morning deals with, “The Judgment Day.” So please stay with us for this study from God’s Word, and we will be lead in these thoughts at the appropriate time.
As far as our speaker, we are happy to have brother Jerry Sullins with us today. He is no stranger to you and we thank him for joining us to lead our main study of the day. So, for now let’s join together in our next song of the morning. The name of this hymn, “Lord We Come Before Thee Now.”
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By Jerry Sullins
We’re so thankful to be invited into your home once again this morning on “The Living Word” broadcast. I have the opportunity from time to time to travel throughout the area and to make presentations on “The Bible Institute of Missouri” and “The Zambia School of Biblical Studies” and other things and it is always a joy to hear that many of you are listening in. I was at Barron Fork the other night and some people were saying that they watched the program regularly, that is at the Barron Fork church of Christ, and have been to many other churches and always it is a pleasure to hear that you are listening and we hope and pray that this program, whether you are members of the church of Christ or whether you are members of a denomination or whether you are just a person who wants to listen to what God’s Word says and maybe hear the preaching of God’s Word, we are always happy to have you and we certainly invite you as Ray will tell you at the end of this program to write us any Bible question that you might have or if you would like to be a part of a Bible correspondence course program, or if you would like for us to come and visit with you in your home personally and discuss the Word of God, it would be our pleasure to do so. So feel free to take advantage of any of those opportunities for a study of God’s Word.
Now for the past few weeks and the few weeks to come, we are studying great days that are found in the Bible. I remember just a couple of weeks ago, I was discussing the Sabbath Day and others have been discussed, and today I have been given the pleasure to preach to you concerning the day that is called in the Bible, “The Judgment Day.” I remember a statement that the apostle Paul made on the 2nd missionary journey in Acts 17:30 where he said, and you may very well recognize these verses, “This time of ignorance God winked at, but now He commandeth all men everywhere to repent, for He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained.” Of course He proved that by resurrecting Jesus from the grave. And so it is a special day because it is a day where all men will be judged.
Do you remember what the Hebrew writer said in Hebrews 9 verse 27? “It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment.” Now in a synonymous way, almost synonymously, whenever you hear the term “The Day of the Lord,” or when you hear “The Judgment Day” you’re talking about the very same things because that day of the Lord is the day that Jesus is coming again and that day when all of us whether we be Jew, Greek, bond or free male, or female. It doesn’t make any difference. When all nations of the earth will be gathered before Him.
The apostle Paul wrote a lot concerning that day and I call your attention to 2 Thessalonians 1 verses 7-9 where the apostle Paul said, “Unto you who are troubled, rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall come with His mighty angels in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who know not God and who obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, these shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power when He comes in that day.” Now that day is the same day that is spoken of as being the “Day of Judgment” throughout the Old and New Testament. Even the prophets of old spoke of that great and wonderful day.
In the previous epistle in our Bibles, in the book of 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verses 2-6, the writer of that epistle, again the apostle Paul said this, “For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night for when they say peace and safety then sudden destruction comes upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant woman and they shall not escape, but you brethren are not in darkness so that this day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and the sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness, therefore let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober.” Well that’s some sobering thoughts about a day that will come when basically we’re going to see so many things transpire. We’re going to see the glorification of the saints.
In fact, the purpose of the coming of Christ is basically three purposes in part, or in whole. One is to raise the dead. That is all of the dead, both the righteous and the wicked as we will see in a few moments as we look into the pages of God’s Word. That great and glorious day is going to be for a final judgment to take place. We call it a sentencing because all those who are in the grace shall hear His voice and shall come forth and then we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ to be judged in our bodies whether we have done good or whether it is good or whether it is evil (2 Corinthians 5:10). Then also the third purpose for Christ coming is to gather all of the redeemed of all of the ages unto Himself. So what a wonderful day it will be for those who have done what Christ desires that we do. And what a sad and pitiful day and a day of mourning and anguish for those who failed to do His Will.
Yes, this is a serious topic. If you believe in the Bible then you have to believe in the Judgment Day. My friend, there is no way on earth that we can believe in the grace of God without believing in the justice of God, without believing in the righteousness of God. God is not going to save those who do not want to be saved. Why would He want to do that? Since they don’t want to be saved, why would He want to save them? In fact, isn’t that what the apostle Paul said? “This time of ignorance God winked at, but He commandeth all men everywhere to repent.”
So what type of a day is it going to be? When, some people might ask, will that day actually be? Well in the book of Matthew chapter 24 verses 36-39 it is a day in which no one knows the day or the hour that the Lord will come again, not even Jesus Himself. Only the Father in heaven knows when Jesus will return for that day, that great day of judgment.
In 2 Peter chapter 3 verse 10, I call your attention to what the writer of the book of 2 Peter said about the apostle Peter himself. He said, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in the which the heavens will pass away with a great noise and the elements will melt with fervent heat, both the earth and the works that are in them will be burned up.” Just in that chapter before we look at verse 7, in that same chapter of 2 Peter chapter 3 verse 7, he said, “But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” The perdition of ungodly men- that is the judgment and the destruction of ungodly people. Now why would we say these things? Because we want to warn people that there is a day, my friend, when you will give account for everything you do in this body whether it is good or evil. Even those of the Old Testament, Solomon who was the wisest man who ever lived other than Jesus Himself said that, “The whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments because every work of man will be brought to a revelation in that day.” In that day it will be brought to revelation! So isn’t it important that we know that that day is coming and that we prepare ourselves for such a day?
Now I call your attention back to 2 Peter chapter 3 verse 11. Verse 10 talks about how “the heavens will pass away with a great noise and the elements will melt with a fervent heat. Both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore,” verse 11, “since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct or godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?” That is not figurative language. Did not God destroy the earth one time by a universal flood? Surely He did! The record is in Genesis chapter 6. The promise now from God above is that He is going to come and He is going to destroy this earth with fervent heat.
Now what is going to happen to those who are left on the face of this earth? If this earth is burned up and if the elements are melted with fervent heat and with fire, then what is going to happen to all of those who are upon the face of this earth?
In Acts chapter 24 the apostle Paul was reasoning with the governor and his name was Felix and he was reasoning with him concerning righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come. It was this Felix, and I guess he couldn’t take the teaching that the apostle Paul was teaching at that time, and he said, “Well at perhaps a more convenient time I will call you unto me.” Perhaps a more convenient time. Isn’t that what everyone is saying? Perhaps a more convenient time when I have done all of these things on this earth that I know really aren’t right and I can feel in my heart they are not right, but I am maybe going to call you back and I am going to talk about these important matters that pertain unto my life and my eternal destination. Now is the time we need to talk about these things. The Bible reveals that that day is coming.
Do you not know what Jesus was talking about when He said in Matthew 25, “And when it was revealed that in that day that all nations of the earth would be brought before Him and He would separate them the sheep from the goats.” This is the final sentencing, my friends. The final sentencing! Those people were crying out, as Jesus had informed them of many things. They were wondering as Jesus said that, “When you saw Me hungry, you gave Me to eat. When you saw me thirsty, you gave Me to drink. When I was sick or in prison, you visited Me.” Jesus was referring to those people who were righteous. Many others were saying, “Well, Lord, when did we see You hungry and fail to give you something to eat? When did we see You naked and fail to give You to clothe yourself with? Or thirsty and fail to give you something to drink? Or in prison or sick and we failed to care for your needs? When is it that we saw You in this condition and we failed to take care of Your needs or to supply Your desires? When did we see all of this?” He said, “In as much as you did not do it to the least of these, My brethren, these of My creation, you’ve done it not unto Me.” Then what did He say? To those who did His Will, He told them, “Well done good and faithful servants, enter thou into the joys of the Lord.” But to the other group, He said simply, “Take these unprofitable servants and cast them into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Is it not proper for me as a preacher of the gospel to warn you about that day that is coming? Well I think so and in fact I know so. For who wants anyone to be lost? Was it not Peter himself who also said concerning our Lord God in 2 Peter 3 verse 9, “The Lord is not slack concerning promises as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us, not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance?”
Are you prepared for that great day? This is a question we need to be asking ourselves. There’s an old song that we sing in the churches of Christ and it is called, “There’s a Great Day Coming.” The first verse is, “There’s a great day coming,” and it is talking in a very positive way about God who is going to send His Son and He is going to come back and judge the righteous and He is going to say, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Then it says, “There’s a glad day coming.” Then the last verse is, “There’s a sad day coming when the saints and the sinners will be parted right and left.” That’s true. They will be parted right and left, but those on that sad will be those who realize that they have failed to do God’s Will. They have failed to obey the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
What number will you be a part of on that great day? We know not the hour when our Lord will come again. Are you prepared for that moment, for that instance when He will come again? Have you confessed that you believe that Jesus is the Christ because you sincerely believe that He is the Son of God? Have you repented and turned away from your sins? God winked, but now He commands all men everywhere to repent. Have you been baptized into Christ for the remission of your sins? If so, my friend, this day will be a wonderful and glorious day for you and for all those who obey His Will. I hope someday that we can all enter in together in that wonderful and beautiful place that is called Heaven, that we will sincerely and honestly prepare for that day we very well know that the Bible says that it will come, and that someday we will be a part of that great group that appears before Jesus and hopefully He will be able to say to us that we have been found faithful in His sight. May God bless you.
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How wonderful it is to know that God has established a day on which all men will be judged. Are you ready for that day? Will you receive the promised reward in the end?