THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 5-4-14

LESSON TITLE: “THE NARROW WAY.”

WELCOME

GOOD MORNING! LET ME WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO OUR PROGRAM THIS MORNING. IT IS ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU WITH US TO HEAR THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. WE ARE EXCITED THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO GIVE THIS TIME OF SACRIFICE TO OUR GOD. WON’T YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY THIS MORNING TO GIVE YOUR OWN REVERENCE TO GOD, AS WE TOGETHER OFFER THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO HIM. MAY ALL THINGS BE DONE, TO GOD, FOR GOD AND UNTO HIS GLORY. LET’S BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD WITH A PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND FATHER. WE THANK YOU NOT ONLY FOR THESE GREAT PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS MOST OF ALL FOR THE GREAT SACRIFICE HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST MAY WE ALWAYS LOOKED TO HIM AND FOUND THE STRENGTH WE NEED TO GO ON EVERYDAY TO LIVE THE LIFE THAT YOU HAVE ASKED OF US, SO THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE YOUR BLESSINGS IN THIS LIFE AS WELL AS THE LIFE TO COME. THESE THINGS WE PRAY IN JESUS NAME AMEN

TODAY, WE WANT TO BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE, BY SINGING A HYMN WHICH REMINDS US OF OUR NEED TO STAND UP FOR OUR GOD! SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “STAND UP FOR JESUS.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IN EPHESIANS 4:1-3, THE INSPIRED PAUL SAID, “I, THEREFORE, THE PRISONER OF THE LORD, BESEECH YOU TO WALK WORTHY OF THE CALLING WITH WHICH YOU WERE CALLED, WITH ALL LOWLINESS AND GENTLENESS, WITH LONGS UFFERING, BEARING WITH ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE, ENDEAVORING TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN THE BOND OF PEACE.” IF YOU NOTICE HERE PAUL IS BESEECHING OR STRONGLY URGING THE BRETHREN TO “WALK WORTHY OF THEIR CALLING.” IN OTHER WORDS, IN THIS TEXT HE WAS TRYING TO HELP THEM TO KNOW SOME SPECIFIC THINGS WHICH ARE NECESSARY FOR THE CHILD OF GOD - IN ORDER THAT THEY MAY BE CONSIDERED AS WALKING WORTHY OF THEIR CALLING.

PAUL MENTIONS CHARACTERISTICS LIKE LOWLINESS, GENTLENESS, LONG SUFFERING, AND EVEN LOVE. CERTAINLY THESE ARE ALL THINGS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO THE FAITHFUL FOLLOWER OF GOD. BUT NOTICE THE NEXT THING HE SAYS IN VERSE 3, THAT IS ALSO A PART OF THIS “WALKING WORTHY,” BEFORE GOD. THERE AGAIN IT SAYS, “ENDEAVORING TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN THE BOND OF PEACE.” HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF UNITY IN CONJUNCTION WITH ALL OF THESE OTHER THINGS THAT MAKE US PLEASING IN GOD’S SIGHT? HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED THAT IF ONE IS WALKING WORTHY OF GOD, THAT THEY MUST BE ENDEAVORING OR STRIVING FOR UNITY. WELL THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HE IS SAYING.

SO HOW DO WE KEEP UNITY AS GOD REQUIRES? WELL, IN THE SAME TEXT PAUL GOES ON TO GIVE US SEVEN SPECIFIC PARTS OF UNITY WHICH ARE REQUIRED BY ONE WHO IS EVER LIVING BEFORE THEIR GOD. IN VERSES 4-6, THESE SEVEN THINGS ARE MENTIONED AS THE TEXT SAYS, “THERE IS ONE BODY AND ONE SPIRIT, JUST AS YOU WERE CALLED IN ONE HOPE OF YOUR CALLING; ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM; ONE GOD AND FATHER OF ALL, WHO IS ABOVE ALL, AND THROUGH ALL, AND IN YOU ALL.” HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO HAVE A CLEAR PLAN FROM GOD WHICH ESTABLISHES THE FOUNDATION OF OUR UNITY. HOWEVER, NOTICE THAT THESE MATTERS OF FAITH ARE NOT BASED ON YOU, ME, OR WHAT WE LIKE OR WANT. THEY ARE BASED ON GOD AND HIS WILL. UNITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT DRAWING NEAR TO GOD, OBEYING HIM AND REFLECTING HIS IMAGE, NOT ABOUT US. SO CONSIDER WHETHER YOU ARE STRIVING FOR THE TRUE UNITY WHICH GOD HAS DESIGNED THROUGH HIS PERFECT WORD.

TODAY WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR SERIES TOGETHER ENTITLED, “ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS.” TODAY WE WILL BE CONSIDERING THE SPECIFIC TOPIC, “THE NARROW WAY.” SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD.

AS FAR AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US. BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “SWEETER THAN ALL.”

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

GOOD MORNING AND AGAIN WELCOME. WE WELCOME YOU TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. IT'S A PLEASURE AS ALWAYS TO COME INTO YOUR HOMES VIA THE TELEVISION AND TO GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES WITH US AS WE SEEK TO KNOW WHAT GOD'S WILL IS FOR US TODAY. CURRENTLY WERE IN A SERIES THAT HAS REFERENCE TO ASKING FOR THE OLD PATHS SUCH AN IMPORTANT SUBJECT FOR ALL OF US BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT IN THIS DAY AND AGE THERE ARE NOT MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT GOD ONCE SAID, NOT MANY PEOPLE INTERESTED IN WHAT JESUS CAME AND DIED FOR ON THE CROSS ALMOST WELL OVER 2000 YEARS AGO. SO IT IS OUR PURPOSE ON THIS PROGRAM TO GO BACK AND TO SEARCH GOD'S WORD AND TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT WE BELIEVE AND WHAT WE TEACH IS ACCORDING TO HIS WAY AND HIS WILL.

WE INVITE YOUR ATTENTION THIS MORNING TO THE SUBJECT THAT IS BASED UPON THE TWO WAYS THAT MAN CAN GO WHEN LIFE IS OVER. JESUS MADE THE SIMPLE STATEMENT MATTHEW 7:13-14 HE SAID WE ARE TO,“ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE; FOR WIDE IS THE GATE AND BROAD IS THE WAY THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION, AND THERE ARE MANY WHO GO IN BY IT. BECAUSE NARROW IS THE GATE AND DIFFICULT IS THE WAY WHICH LEADS TO LIFE, AND THERE ARE FEW WHO FIND IT.”CERTAINLY WE KNOW THAT IS TRUE ON THIS EARTH TODAY BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR SPIRITUAL LIVES WHATSOEVER. THEY LIVE DAY BY DAY AND THEY’RE FOLLOWING AND GOING ALONG THE WAY OF LEAST RESISTANCE, AND NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN WHETHER THEY DO GOD'S WILL OR NOT. THOSE ARE THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE BROAD WAY. LAST WEEK, WE HEARD OF THOSE PEOPLE AND WE CONSIDERED THAT WAY THAT HAS A WIDE GATE, THAT MANY GO IN THERE BY, AS THE KING JAMES VERSION SAYS THAT THERE IS A BROAD WAY THAT LEADS TO DISTRUCTION. THAT IS DISTRUCTION OF THEIR OWN LIVES NOT ONLY ON THIS EARTH, BUT ETERNAL DESTRUCTION, AS THEY WILL NOT MAKE IT TO THAT HEAVENLY HOME.

YET TODAY, WE WANT TO CONSIDER THAT THE GATE THAT JESUS SPEAKS OF AS BEING THE NARROW GATE, AND GOES DOWN AS ONE VERSION SAYS THERE STRAIGHTENED PATH THAT LEADS TO LIFE INTERNAL AND JESUS SAID FEW THERE BE THAT WILL FIND IT. NOW WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT ABOUT OUR BEING IN THE WAY? WELL CERTAINLY WE MUST BE IN THE WAY IF WE ARE GOING TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE. FOR JESUS HIMSELF SAID IN JOHN 14:6, “I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER BUT BY ME.” WE CAN’T GO TO THE FATHER, THAT IS THE FATHER IN HEAVEN, WITHOUT GOING THROUGH JESUS CHRIST THE LORD. IT WAS HIS STATEMENT THAT WAS MADE. AND OF COURSE HIS FATHER WAS WILLING THAT OUR FATHER, OUR GOD IN HEAVEN WAS WILLING TO SEND HIS SON TO DIE ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS SO WE MUST GET INTO THAT WAY.

JESUS SENT HIS APOSTLES THROUGHOUT ALL THE WORLD BEGINNING IN JERUSALEM IN ACTS 2 TO PREACH HOW YOU GET IN TO THAT WAY. IT WAS JESUS HIMSELF WHO SAID THAT MARK 16:15 THAT THEY SHOULD GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE AND THEN HE SAID HE THAT BELIEVES IT AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED. AND HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT SHALL BE CONDEMNED. MY FRIEND, WE SEE THAT GETTING INTO THE WAY INVOLVES REPENTANCE OR TURNING AWAY FROM SIN EVERYONE KNOWS THAT EVERYONE IN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD WHO IS SERIOUS ABOUT THE SCRIPTURE AT ALL UNDERSTANDS THAT JESUS SAID IN LUKE 13:3, “I TELL YOU NO ACCEPT REPENT, YE SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH.” SO THAT MEANS THAT IN ORDER US FOR US TO GET INTO THE WAY TO LIVE AS GOD WANTS US TO LIVE THAT IS IT? WE MUST BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF OUR SINS AS PETER SPOKE ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST IN ACTS CHAPTER 2:38. WE MUST BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF OUR SIN, AS PETER SAID REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS THEN YOU SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

SO AFTER THAT CONFESSIONTHAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST EXPRESSING OUR BELIEVE THAT HE IS REPENTANCE AND BEING BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST, THAT MY FRIEND IS THE WAY THE WE GET IN TO THAT NARROW GATE. THERE'S NO WAY YOU CAN ENTER ANY OTHER WAY THAN THROUGH THE NARROW GATE. THAT NARROW GATE SAYS OUR ENTRANCE INTO THAT NARROW GATE LEADS US TO LIFE ETERNAL AND ARE BY THE DIRECTIONS AND THROUGH THE DIRECTIONS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

SO IT'S YOUR DECISION. BUT WHAT IS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT AS HOW DO WE KEEP HIM THAT WAY. HOW DO WE CONTINUE IN THAT WAY, SO THAT WE WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE? SOME PEOPLE SAY WELL IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE HOW YOU LIVE. ONCE YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN BECAUSE ONCE YOUR SAVED YOUR ALWAYS SAVED. THE BIBLE DOES NOT TEACH THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT FAITHFULNESS IS REQUIRED READ CASUALLY HEBREWS 6:1-6. ALSO AS JESUS SIMPLY SAYS IN REVELATION 2:10, BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH AND I WILL GIVE YOU A CROWN OF LIFE. NOW WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? DOES IT MEAN THAT IF WERE NOT FAITHFUL ENOUGH UNTO DEATH HE IS STILL GOING TO GIVE US THE CROWN OF LIFE? THAT'S NOT WHAT JESUS SAID JESUS HAS ALWAYS REQUIRED FAITHFULNESS. SO IF YOU ENTER THAT WAY. AND JESUS SAID MATTHEW 7:14. BY THAT NARROW GATE AND YOU FOLLOW DOWN THAT STRAIGHTENED PATH THAT WILL LEAD YOU TO LIFE ETERNAL. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU FALL OFF OF THAT PART OR YOU DECIDE THAT YOU NO LONGER WANT TO LIVE FOR CHRIST. WELL, SINCE YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SAVED. WHY WOULD CHRIST WANT TO SAVE YOU IF YOU'RE UNFAITHFUL? IN FACT THE TRUTH IS HE WILL NOT SAVE YOU.

BUT IN A MORE POSITIVE WAYS LET'S LOOK AT THE SCRIPTURE AS IT RELATES TO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE BECOME CHRISTIANS. THEY KEEP US IN THAT NEW AND LIVING WAY AS THE HEBREW WRITER SAID. I LIKE TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO COLOSSIANS 3 HERE. FIRST OF ALL, WERE GOING TO LOOK AT VERSES 1-3 AND LOOK AT WHAT PAUL SAYS TO THE BRETHREN AT COLOSSAE, HERE IF YOU, OR “IF THEN YOU WERE RAISED WITH CHRIST, SEEK THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST IS SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD. SET YOUR MIND ON THINGS ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS ONLY ON THE EARTH. FOR YOU, DIED, AND YOUR LIFE IS HIDDEN WITH CHRIST IN GOD.” YOUR LIFE IS HIDDEN WITH CHRIST IN GOD NOW YOU CAN CONTINUE TO DO THAT WHICH IS EVIL AND STILL BE LIVING WITH CHRIST. WOULD CHRIST EXPECT MORE THAN THAT? WELL CERTAINLY HE WOULD. BUT WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS THAT WE DO WHAT PAUL SAID HERE AND BY THE WAY, PAUL WAS BEING LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT FROM GOD THE FATHER HIMSELF TO WRITE THESE WORDS AND HE SAID HERE'S WHAT YOU FIRST NEED TO DO, SET YOUR MIND ON THINGS ABOVE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO THINK ON SPIRITUAL THINGS?

I CHALLENGE YOU THIS MORNING. JUST TODAY, JUST THIS MORNING, HOW MUCH HAVE YOU DWELT ON SPIRITUAL THINGS? YOU NOT SAY WELL I'M WATCHING THE TELEVISION PROGRAM AND UPWARDS EVERY OTHER OKAY. LET'S GO BACK TO YESTERDAY WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY DID YOU AND WERE YOU SETTING YOUR MIND ON THINGS THAT WERE ABOVE THAT IS ON THOSE HEAVENLY THINGS WERE YOU AS PAUL SAYS IN PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 4:8 WHEN HE SAID “FINALLY, BRETHREN, WHATEVER THINGS ARE TRUE AND NOBLE JUST PURE, LOVELY, WHATEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT, IF THERE IS ANY VIRTUE, IF THERE'S ANYTHING PRAISEWORTHY MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS.” WAS THAT THE DIRECTION OF YOUR LIFE YESTERDAY? WAS THAT THE DIRECTION OF MY LIFE YESTERDAY? THESE ARE QUESTIONS THAT WE MUST ASK OURSELVES IF WE CONTINUE ON THE STRAIGHT PATH THAT LEADS UNTO LIFE ETERNAL.

SO WE SET OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS THAT ARE ARE UPON THIS EARTH. WHAT DID THE WRITERS OF PROVERBS SAY THAT IS SOLOMON WHEN WE COLLECTED ALWAYS PROVERBS. WE HAD ONE THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR STUDY THIS MORNING AND THAT IS PROVERBS 23:7 “FOR AS A MAN THINKS IN HIS HEART, SO IS HE AS WE THINK IN MY HEART.” JUST FOR A MOMENT THINK REASONABLY ABOUT ALL OF THIS. THESE THINGS THAT WERE THINKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW. LET'S CONSIDER THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO CONTINUE IN THE STRAIGHTENED PATH. IF ALL YOU FEEL YOUR FILL YOUR MIND WITH IS BASICALLY THE GARBAGE OF THIS WORLD IS IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO GO DOWN THAT STREET. ANOTHER QUESTION, IF YOU CONTINUE TO FILL YOUR MIND WITH THE FILTH IN EVERYTHING ELSE WE SEE ON TELEVISION AND ALL THAT IS AROUND US IF WE CONTINUE TO FILL ARE MIND WITH THOSE THINGS AND DEWEL ON THOSE THINGS IS THERE ANYWAY WE CAN KEEP IN THAT STRAIGHTENED PATH? NO MY FRIEND I'M SORRY WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DO THAT BECAUSE LITTLE BY LITTLE WE’LL BE DESENSITIZED. WHAT WE ONCE THOUGHT WAS WRONG NOW IS OKAY FOR US TO DO WAS ONCE THOUGHT WAS WRONG TO SPEAK. NOW WE CAN SPEAK THOSE THINGS WE COULD SAY THOSE THINGS. THOSE WOULD BE THE SENSITIZED BY SATAN AND HIS WORLD. WHAT A TRAGIC THING TO HAPPEN IN OUR LIVES. IT STARTS IN THE MIND AS A MAN THINKS IN HIS HEART FOR AS HE THINKS IN HIS HEART. THAT'S THE WAY THAT HE OR SHE WILL BE, THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE TO ALL.

SO WE GET CHRIST TO ENTER INTO THE WAY WERE HAPPY AND WERE THRILLED THAT WE’RE IN THE WAY. EVERY DAY WE’RE FILLING OUR MINDS WITH THOSE THINGS THAT ARE NOT GOD, MY FRIEND. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS THAT WE WILL JUST CONTINUE TO DRIFT FROM GOD ALL THOSE THINGS THAT WE MUST DO AND THIS INDICATES TO US THAT THERE IS A LIFE THAT THE CHRISTIAN MUST LIVE PAUL WAS SPEAKING EVIDENTLY TO NEW CHRISTIANS HERE. AFTER YOU TOLD THEM. HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO, SET YOUR MIND ON THINGS ABOVE. THEN HE SAID VERSES 5-9, AND I WANT US TO READ THAT. WE MAY NOT READ ALL OF IT AND MAY PARAPHRASE IT, COLOSSIANS 3 VERSES 5, TO THEREFORE PUT TO DEATH YOUR MEMBERS WHICH ARE UPON THE EARTH: FORNICATION (THAT MEANS SEXUAL IMMORALITY), AND IN ALL FORMS OF IT UNCLEAN DEALS WITH HOMOSEXUALITY, PASSION, EVIL DESIRES, COVET, WHICH IS IDOLATRY. BECAUSE OF THESE THINGS THE WRATH OF GOD IS COMING UPON US THE SONS OF DISOBEDIENCE IN WHICH YOU YOURSELVES ONCE WALKED WHEN YOU LIVED IN THEM. WHEN WAS THAT? BEFORE YOU BECAME A CHRISTIAN BUT NOW YOU YOURSELVES ARE TO PUT OFF ALL THIS ANGER, WRATH, MALICE, BLASPHEMING, FILTHY LANGUAGE OUT OF YOUR MOUTH DO NOT LIE TO ONE ANOTHER SINCE YOU HAVE PUT OFF THE OLD MAN WITH HIS DEEDS.

FIRST OF ALL, YOU CAN’T GET INTO CHRIST UNLESS YOU REPENT OF ALL THESE SINS. THAT'S WHAT JESUS SAID, WHAT THE APOSTLE SAID WE ALREADY SPOKEN OF THAT THERE'S NO WAY YOU CAN GET IN CHRIST UNLESS YOU REPENT OF YOUR SIN. BUT ONCE YOU GET INTO CHRIST IF YOU'RE GOING TO FOLLOW DOWN THAT STRAIGHTENED PATH THAT LEADS TO LIFE ETERNAL THEN YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE TO PUT OFF THAT OLD MAN BECAUSE THAT OLD MAN OF SIN WILL CREEP BACK INTO YOUR LIFE. SO THAT JUST RECOGNIZES THAT I LIED, I COMMITTED FORNICATION, I DID ALL THESE OTHER THINGS, I STOLE FROM SOMEONE, HAD CHEATED ON SOMEONE, HAD EVIL DESIRE, I WAS COVETOUS OF INVOLVING MYSELF IN IDOLATRY. I MUST PUT AWAY THOSE OLD THINGS AND I MUST PRAY TO GOD THAT I'D BE FORGIVEN AS JOHN SAID IN 1JOHN CHAPTER 1. IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

SO IF I'M GOING TO ENTER IN TO THE NARROW GATE. I KNOW HOW I NEED TO DO THAT THROUGH YOUR REPENTANCE, CONFESSION, AND BAPTISM INTO CHRIST BUT I MUST CONTINUE DOWN THAT WAY. AND THAT MEANS I HAVE TO PUT OFF THE THINGS OF THIS FLESH. GALATIANS 5:19-21 SAYS, “THE WORKS OF THE FLESH THAT ARE MANIFESTED OF THESE ADULTERY, FORNICATION UNCLEANNESS,” GOES ON TO TALK ABOUT, MANY SINS AS SAYS THEY WHO DO SUCH THINGS SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. THAT I WAS PAUL SPEAKING TO HIM SPEAKING TO CHRISTIANS IN THE PROVINCE OF GALATIA MANY CHURCHES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED BY THE APOSTLE PAUL IN THAT PROVIDENCE THERE IN ASIA MINOR AND HE'S TELLING THEM THAT YOU CANNOT CONTINUE TO DO THESE THINGS AND IF WE DO THESE THINGS AND DO NOT REPENT OF THEM YOU WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

I REMIND YOU, THESE ARE NOT MY WORDS FIND THESE WORDS INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT FROM GOD THE FATHER HIMSELF IN THE BOOK THAT WE CALL THE BIBLE ALSO COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 3:12-15 AND THIS IS A MORE POSITIVE THING I NOTED MANY CHRISTIANS ARE STRIVING TO PUT AWAY ALL THOSE BAD THINGS AND ARE STRIVING TO DO WHAT IS SPOKEN OF HERE. BASICALLY AS WE LOOK HERE IN VERSES 12-15 HE'S DESCRIBING THAT WE PUT ON ALL THESE THINGS AS A HOLY LOVE, GOD’S TENDER MERCIES, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, MEEKNESS, LONG-SUFFERING BEARING WITH ONE ANOTHER, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER GOES ON TO SAY ALL THESE THINGS. BUT ABOVE ALL THESE THINGS PUT ON LOVE, WHICH IS THE BOND THAT OF PERFECTION. AND LET THE PEACE OF GOD RULE IN YOUR HEART, TO WHICH ALSO YOUR CALLED IN ONE BODY. AND BE THANKFUL. WHAT A WONDERFUL STATEMENT. THERE TO BE MADE. AND FINALLY, IN VERSE 17 IS SAYS, “IN WHATEVER YOU DO IN WORD OR DEED, DO ALL IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.” SO IT PUT ON THOSE THINGS THAT IS STATED HERE. AND WHEN YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT ALL THESE THINGS YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT JESUS. SO WHEN PEOPLE SEE US THEY NEED TO SEE JESUS IN US AND HOW DO THEY SEE JESUS IN US? THAT IS BY PUTTING ON THESE WONDERFUL ATTRIBUTES OF GOD AS HE HAS THEM IN PERFECTION.

IT WAS PAUL WHO SAID IN 2CORINTHIANS 5:17. “THEREFORE, IT WOULD BE ANY MAN IN CHRIST IS A NEW CREATURE OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW.” LET ME SAY THIS. THERE IS NO WAY THAT WE CAN ENTER IN TO THAT NEW WAY. UNLESS WE DO IT THE WAY, JESUS SAID BUT THERE'S NO WAY WE CAN CONTINUE IN ANY WAY UNLESS WE DO WHAT IS RIGHT WITH ALL OUR OF OUR ABILITY. WHEN WE SIN OR FALL. WE CAN PRAY IN THE LORD WHO WILL FORGIVE US. WE CAN RENEW OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. BUT ONE THING FOR SURE, YOU CAN NOT LIVE ON IN THIS WORLD AND EXPECT TO DIE RIGHT. AN OLD PREACHER SAID ONCE IF YOU LIVE LONG YOU'LL DIE WRONG. IF YOU LIVE RIGHT, YOU'LL DIE RIGHT.

SO WHAT I AM PLEADING WITH YOU TODAY IS TO DO THIS SEEK TO GET INTO THAT NEW, THAT NEW WAY. SEEK TO PUT AWAY ALL THOSE THINGS THAT WILL KEEP YOU OUTSIDE OF THE ETERNAL KINGDOM, THAT PLACE WE CALL HEAVEN. DO THOSE THINGS AND IF YOU DO AND STRIVE TO DO THEM THE BEST YOU CAN AS PETER SAID WHAT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU IS THE ENTRANCE INTO THE ABUNDANT KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST MY FRIEND. BEWARE OF THIS ONE THING YOU MUST DO WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO TO GET INTO THE KINGDOM AND YOU MUST CONTINUE TO DO WHAT GOD DESIRES FOR YOU TO DO. WALK DOWN THAT STRAIGHTENED PATH THAT NARROW PATH THAT LEADS TO LIFE ETERNAL. SO I PLEAD WITH YOU ON BEHALF OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST THAT YOU DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO GET INTO CHRIST AND TO CONTINUE TO LIVE FOR CHRIST THE REMAINDER OF YOUR LIFE.

CLOSING COMMENTS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS SERVICE OF GOD!

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