THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 6-25-06
LESSON TITLE: "GOD'S TRUTH: WE NEED THE TRUTH"
"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us," Romans 8:37. Praise be to God that through Christ Jesus we are able to conquer this world and the evils of it!
It is before this loving God who makes us victorious, that we assemble on this wondrous day! And let me welcome you to the Living Word program on this glorious Lord's Day morning! Thank you for joining us today as we commit this time to the things of God. Together we will have the privilege to study from God's Holy Word and to sing praises to His wonderful name. Let's each do our part this morning in making this time of offering acceptable in His sight. Will you go to God in prayer with me at this time?
What a privilege we have to come before the throne of God and to worship our Creator. Our first song of the morning reminds us of just what a great blessing this is. So won't you join in our first hymn of the day as we sing together, "O Worship The King."
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In Romans 8, we read about the elect of God and how they often suffer, "tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword," verse 35. However, despite all of this we can make it through for Jesus Christ makes us "more than conquerors," as we read earlier. As our friend, mediator and Creator, Jesus was willing to do whatever it took to give us the opportunity to be His children and to obey His saving grace. How encouraging it is to know that we can endure anything in this life with the help of God and we will be rewarded in the end.
Another verse which helps us to understand this same blessing is found in 1 Corinthians 15:57, where we read, "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Here we read of a victory that is ours and again notice that it is through the same Jesus! However, in this passage the victory that Paul is talking about is a victory even over death! Wow, our God cares enough for us that He has promised to be with us in life and in death, knowing that eternal life is awaiting those who are obedient to His cause.
Finally, I want you to notice our part being clarified in the same text, if we are to be those who are victorious. Verse 58, says, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." We must stand strong and firm in the things of God and always work as He has commanded. Otherwise, he mentions here the outcome, our labor is considered as vain. Are you living, standing and working for God in such a way that you will receive the victory? Will you be among those who are "more than conquerors," because you have lived in such a way that God is on your side?
In just a few minutes it will be time to consider our main topic of the morning. Today we will be continuing our discussion entitled, "God's Truth!" Our specific lesson of the day is entitled, "We Need The Truth!" So please stay with us and after our next song we will be lead in this important topic.
As far as our speaker of the day, we would like to welcome again brother Adam Orr. Brother Adam is the minister for the Fordland Church of Christ, in Fordland, Missouri. We thank this good brother for joining us today and we look forward to him leading our thoughts from God's Word. So after our next song we will turn our attention over to him.
Now, won't you join in with the congregation, as we sing our second song of the morning - the name of this song is, "Purer In Heart."
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Speaker: Adam Orr
It is my pleasure to once again be with you this morning. We thank you for taking your time on this beautiful Sunday morning to sing these songs of praise to God, to go to Him in prayer and now to hear another portion of His sermon preached. A new series has just been started last week by brother Ray who did a capable job of talking about "What is the truth found in God's Word?" And this morning we strive to answer another question in this series, a question entitled, "Why do we need God's truth?" Why do we need the truth that is found in the Bible?
This morning, I want to go and I invite you to do the same, to open your Bibles to the book of John chapter 8 as we see there a passage given to us by the Lord. There in the book of John chapter 8, it starts in verse 31. The Bible says, "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.' And they answered Him and said, 'Well we are Abraham's descendents and we have never been in bondage to anyone so how can you say you will be made free?' " Well, Jesus answered them in verse 34 and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you whoever commits sin is a slave of sin and a slave does not abide in the house forever but a son does abide forever. Therefore, if the son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." Friends, I believe Jesus, in this passage, answers this question, "Why do we need the truth?" with three different answers. He says first of all this morning that truth is needed because truth will make you a true disciple of His. Now the Bible says here that Jesus is speaking to Jews who already believed in Him, but Jesus said that is simply not enough. It is not going to take just some kind of superficial belief to make you a true disciple of mine. He says there is something else that you must do and He tells them here that they must abide in His Word.
You see, it is easy to simply say that you believe in Jesus Christ. In fact, I would invite you to walk down the street and ask ten different people, "Hey, do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?" What are you going to get? Well, at least the majority, I believe, are going to tell you, "Yes, Jesus is the Christ." It is easy to do that, but what are they doing to show you that they believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God? In fact, friends, there are some in the religious world that would claim that all you must do is say that you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and you can have the salvation that He offers. But in this passage here in verse 31, He is speaking to those that believe in Him, but He said it takes more. "You must obey and abide in the truth in order to be a disciple of Mine," Jesus says.
You know the Bible clearly teaches that it takes more than just a simple belief in the truth or a simple belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. It takes obedience to be a true disciple of Jesus.
Go with me over to the book of Acts chapter 10. Here we see Peter. He has come to the household of Cornelius and he sits down and he begins this conversation there in Acts chapter 10 and verse 34 and I just want you to notice two verses here of what he tells this household. He says there in Acts chapter 10 beginning in verse 34, it says, "Peter opened his mouth and he said, 'In truth, I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him." Peter, what does it take to be accepted by God? He says it takes a fear of God and it takes working righteousness. That's what the truth can do. It can make you a true disciple of His if you will abide in it, if you will work at it, if you will be obedient and not just have a superficial belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
James also in chapter 2 touched on some of this as we're discussing this morning where there in chapter 2 and verse 24, James says, "You see then that a man is justified by works and not by faith only, not by belief in Jesus only. It takes abiding in Him."
James drops down there in chapter 2 and verse 26 and he says, "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so also is faith without works."
Friends, Jesus tells us that it takes more than just a superficial belief in Him. It takes abiding in His Truth. It takes abiding in His Word. And He says there that if we will do so, if you will abide in His Word, if you will abide in the Truth, you can be a disciple of His. So why do we need the truth? Because Jesus said that if we will abide in it, we can be a true disciple of His.
And along those same lines as that verse, in Matthew chapter 7 and verse 21 comes to mind where Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of Heaven, (but who?) but he who does the Will of My Father who is in Heaven."
It takes work. It takes abiding in the Truth to be a true disciple of Jesus. Jesus says that is why He offers it. But He goes on there in verse 32 to tell us another thing about the truth and why we need it. He says there in verse 32 that "You can know the truth and this truth will make you free." The truth will make you free. You might be asking, "Well Adam, what do I need to be free from? I live in a beautiful country. I have all kinds of freedoms. What do I need to be free from?" Well, Jesus tells us in verse 34 that His truth can make us free from the bondage of sin. Why do we need the truth? Because Jesus says that the truth can bring us out of the bondage that we have in sin.
Friend, true freedom doesn't involve a physical state. True freedom involves your soul, your spiritual state. You see, there might be a man who says, "I am not a slave. I am not a servant. I am not bonded to anyone." But yet, in a spiritual sense, he might in fact be a slave. Likewise, there might be a person who is a slave in life, and physically he is under somebody else's control. But you know in a spiritual sense, that individual might be free. Jesus says that can happen. That can take place because of the truth found in God's Word. Jesus here teaches us that in order to obtain freedom from sin, we must be found abiding in His truth. He says that freedom from sin is only obtainable through the truth.
You see, people of this world, and again I love this country. I love the freedoms that it offers me. But people of this country think, "I've got all the freedoms in the world. I can say what I want basically. I can live where I want. I can eat where I want. I can work where I want. I can do basically whatever I want. I've got all the freedoms this world has to offer me." But you know what? People of the world actually are bound by something. People of the world can actually be bound by their own passions. People of the world can actually be bound by their own desires. People of the world are confined within themselves, within their wants. These might be sinful wants and desires. They have fleshly weaknesses from which they just cannot escape. They are bound. They are entrapped. They are enslaved. Jesus says that it is only those faithful children to God that can really be free.
Are you free this morning? Do you know it? It is these that are not under bondage to the world. They are not under bondage to the flesh. They are under no bondage to Satan and his wicked ways. They are also free from such things as an evil conscience. They don't have to worry about that. They don't have to worry about some of the trials and tribulations that others in the sinful world have to worry about. Friend, I'll tell you something else they are free from. They're free from worry about a spiritual death. They don't have to worry about ever being separated from the presence of God for an eternity.
Jesus says, "I can offer you that freedom. I can offer you that freedom to where you don't have to worry about these things," but He says, "it is only in My Word. It is only in the Truth where you can have this kind of freedom."
We see this illustrated if you'll go back with me a few chapters in the book of John to chapter 3. I want to begin there also with a very familiar verse in verse 16. Begin with me there in John chapter 3 and verse 16 and read the following verses. It says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation," Jesus says, "that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light lest his deeds should be exposed." Listen to verse 21. "But he who does the Truth comes to the light that his deeds may be clearly seen that they have been done in God." Jesus says that He has come into the world to lead those who were once found in darkness, to lead those who were bound by their own sinful lusts. He says, "I've come to lead those into the light." How am I doing it, Jesus? How are you doing it? You're doing it by the Truth.
Sadly, friends, some don't want to come to the light. Some are so engulfed in what they're doing over here. They're so bound. It's like they're just chained and they can't leave it. They don't want to leave it. They like their sinful lusts. They like what they're doing and they don't want to leave it. But Jesus says, "Please obey the Truth. Know that you have the Truth and that Truth can make you free. That Truth can lead you away from the darkness that you are entrapped in and it can bring you over to My side."
So this morning, the question is posed to you: Are you a slave to the darkness or are you seeking the light where the Truth is, where Jesus is? Those after the Truth are those who have come to the light not fearing it because they know that God is there and they know that the character and the way that they are conducting their lives are in unison with God and His Will. So only by abiding, only by obeying the Truth found in God's Word can one find the freedom from the bondage of sin that they are seeking. But then Jesus then goes on and He tells them that there is something else that My truth offers you. There is something else that you can have by being obedient to My Will. Jesus says that the Truth can make you as sons of God. They can make you as an heir to God. If you think about that for just a moment, you take a step back. That's an awesome thing to be known truly as a son of God. Little Adam can be with God. He can be as a son of God. You know when a parent passes away, who usually stands in line to get their earthly possessions? It's an heir who is able to get their possessions and usually that is a child. And Jesus here says in our text in John chapter 8 that "We are like children of God in that we are heirs to the inheritance that He is able to provide us, that He offers us."
On of my favorite verses is found over in the book of 1 John chapter 3 where there in verse 1 John says, "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us that we could be called children of God." He loves you. He wants you to come to the Truth and Jesus says that if you are willing to obey the Truth, if you are willing to abide in the Truth, you can be a child of God. But this is only done, friends, through our obedience to God's Word. It is only through our obedience to the Truth. It is not merely pronouncing that Jesus is the Christ, but it is a life full of dedication. It's a life full of work. It's a life that is striving to put forth and do God's Will over your own. Jesus offers this through the Truth. Why do we have the Truth? Because He says it can make us as a child of God.
This morning, you can be a true disciple of Jesus Christ by heeding the Truth. You can be made free from the bondage of sin by obeying the Truth found in God's Word. This morning, you can be called a child of God by heeding and obeying the Truth found in God's Word. Why do we have the truth? Because it offers us what we cannot offer ourselves. We are told in scripture how to be obedient. We are told in scripture what it takes in order to begin this relationship, what the truth teaches us. Jesus said in John chapter 8 and verse 24 that, "Unless you believe that I am He, you will all likewise die in your sins." Jesus also said in Luke chapter 13 verses 3 and 5 that, "Unless you repent you will all likewise perish." That's the Truth that Jesus teaches. He also teaches there in Matthew chapter 10 and verse 32 that, "If you confess Me with your mouth before men, I also will confess you before My Father who is in Heaven." Then He says also a truth that Mark chapter 16 and verse 16 that, "He who believes and is baptized shall be saved." Those are the truths found in God's Word. He says, "You believe in Me, you repent of your sins, you confess Me before men, your immersed in the waters of baptism..." as Paul says in Acts chapter 2 and verse 38, "...for the forgiveness of your sins and you can begin that walk with God." That's the Truth that is found in His Word.
But you see, friend, it doesn't end there. As we saw back in our text in John chapter 8 and verse 31 that "you must abide in the Truth in order to be a true disciple." Revelation chapter 2 and verse 10, "Be faithful unto death and I will give you that crown of life." So when obeying these commands of Jesus, one can be a true disciple. They can be loosed from the bondage of sin and they can be called a child of God.
(SONG # 3 - "Sinners Jesus Will Receive.")
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