THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 6-29-14

LESSON TITLE: “CREATED UNTO ETERNAL LIFE.”

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.

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, THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO SERVE YOU IN THIS LIFE. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU THAT WE HAVE THE AVENUE OF PRAYER THAT WE MIGHT SPEAK WITH YOU. AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE AND PETITION YOU FATHER FOR THOSE THINGS THAT WE HAVE NEED OF IN THIS LIFE. SO, FATHER WE ASK YOU'LL HELP US EVERYDAY TO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD AND TO GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST THAT WE MIGHT ONLY BE RECEIVING THOSE BLESSING THAT YOU PROMISED US THIS DAY BUT EVERY DAY UNTO ETERNAL LIFE. THANK YOU FOR THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL YOUR SON, JESUS CHRIST. IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

ONE OF THE GREATEST PROMISES WE HAVE AS FOLLOWERS OF GOD IS TO KNOW THAT SOME DAY WE WILL LIVE ETERNALLY WITH HIM IN HEAVEN. DO YOU EVER THINK ABOUT WHAT HEAVEN WILL BE LIKE? WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER A SONG OF PRAISE TO GOD FOR ALL SUCH BLESSINGS AND PROMISES, THE NAME OF THE SONG, “WE PRAISE THEE OH GOD!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IN JOHN 17:18-19, JESUS MADE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT, “AS YOU SENT ME INTO THE WORLD, I ALSO HAVE SENT THEM INTO THE WORLD. AND FOR THEIR SAKES I SANCTIFY MYSELF, THAT THEY ALSO MAY BE SANCTIFIED BY THE TRUTH.” THIS VERSE REMINDS US THAT GOD THE FATHER SENT THE SON INTO THIS WORLD TO DO HIS WILL. FURTHERMORE, JESUS HERE SAYS THAT HE SENT HIS FOLLOWERS INTO THE WORLD TO TEACH OTHERS ALSO - THOSE THINGS WHICH PERTAIN TO THE FATHERS WILL! BUT NOTICE THAT HE GOES ON FURTHER TO SAY THAT HE SANCTIFIED HIMSELF.

AS CHRISTIANS WE ARE TO BE IMITATORS OF CHRIST, THUS WE ALSO NEED TO BE SANCTIFIED BEFORE OUR GOD. THAT IS WE ARE TO BE “SET APART FOR SACRED USE,” OR CONSECRATED BEFORE THIS WORLD AND OUR CREATOR. THE GOOD NEWS IS, JESUS TELLS US HOW THIS IS POSSIBLE IN THE SAME VERSE WE READ ABOVE! AGAIN IN VERSE 19 HE SAID, “AND FOR THEIR SAKES I SANCTIFY MYSELF, THAT THEY ALSO MAY BE SANCTIFIED BY THE TRUTH.” THERE WE HAVE IT, WE ARE SANCTIFIED BY OUR KNOWLEDGE OF AND OBEDIENCE OF THE TRUTH!

YOU MIGHT WONDER, BUT WHAT IS TRUTH? JESUS PROCLAIMED TO BE THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, IN JOHN 14:6. HE FURTHER ADDED IN THAT SAME VERSE THAT HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER. NOW BACK TO OUR TEXT IN CHAPTER 17 OF JOHN, AND IN VERSE 17, THE VERSE BEFORE THOSE WHICH WE READ EARLIER THIS MORNING. NOTICE THERE WE READ, “SANCTIFY THEM BY YOUR TRUTH. YOUR WORD IS TRUTH.” JESUS AND HIS WORD, WHICH IS FROM THE FATHER, IT IS THE TRUTH OF GOD BY WHICH WE ARE SANCTIFIED. THE QUESTION IS, ARE WE RESPONDING TO OUR KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORD SO THAT HE MIGHT COUNT US AMONG THE SANCTIFIED AND CALL US HIS BELOVED CHILDREN?

I WOULD LIKE TO END BY LOOKING AT ONE FINAL VERSE IN JOHN 8:32! HERE JESUS CONFIRMS THE GREAT IMPORTANCE OF THIS TRUTH WHICH IS ABLE TO SANCTIFY US, WHEN HE SAID, “AND YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.” HAVE YOU FOUND FREEDOM FROM THIS WORLD AND SIN THROUGH YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND OBEDIENCE OF THE TRUTH? IF NOT, CHOOSE TODAY TO DO THOSE THINGS WHICH WILL PROVE THAT YOU ARE FAITHFUL AND OBEDIENT CHILD OF OUR REDEEMER.

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. THIS MORNING WE WILL BE CONCLUDING OUR DISCUSSION ENTITLED, “CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD.” AND OUR SPECIFIC LESSON TODAY WILL FOCUS ON THIS TOPIC, “CREATED UNTO ETERNAL LIFE.” AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER OF THE MORNING, WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US AGAIN. BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, BROTHER SULLINS WILL BE LEADING US IN THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW LET’S JOIN IN OUR NEXT SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS.”

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

WELCOME AGAIN TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE FOR US TO HAVE YOU IN OUR VIEWING AUDIENCE AND WE APPRECIATE SO MUCH YOUR DESIRE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GOD'S WORD. WE WILL ENDEAVOR TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PRESENT TO YOU GOD'S WORD IN ITS SIMPLICITY AND IN ITS PURITY. FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING THE SUBJECT OF BEING CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. FOUND BASICALLY, THE TEXT, IS FOUND IN GENESIS 1:26 AND 27. WE KNOW VERY MUCH THE CASE IS AS THE BIBLE POINTS OUT THAT WE WERE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. THE MAIN VERSE FOR THAT IS WHERE GOD SAID IN THE BEGINNING, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR OWN IMAGE. NOW WHAT DID HE MEAN WHEN HE SAID THAT IN GENESIS 1:26 AND 27? HE WAS NOT TALKING ABOUT THE PHYSICAL PART. WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT WE ARE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD PHYSICALLY. WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT GOD LOOKS LIKE. WE WILL NOT KNOW WHAT GOD LOOKS LIKE IN THE SPIRITUAL ESSENCE UNTIL WE REACH THE HEAVENLY THRONE OR THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF GOD. BUT WE DO KNOW THAT WE WERE CREATED IN HIS IMAGE AND THAT CAN ONLY MEAN ONE THING. THAT WHEN WE WERE BORN INTO THIS WORLD, WE WERE GIVEN A SPIRIT.

NOW, JAMES SAID IN JAMES CHAPTER 1 THAT FAITH WITHOUT WORKS DEAD IN ITSELF, SO IS THE BODY WITHOUT THE SPIRIT. THE BODY WITHOUT THE SPIRIT IS DEAD. AND WHAT DOES THAT INDICATE? WELL, THAT INDICATES THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US A SPIRIT. THAT IS A SOUL THAT INDWELLS US. IT IS OUR WAY OF REALIZING THAT WE HAVE BEEN CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. BUT SOMETHING A LONG TIME AGO HAPPENED IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN THAT CAUSED US TO GET OUT OF A PROPER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. AND MOST OF YOU KNOW, WHO ARE WATCHING THIS PROGRAM, THAT, THAT STORY IS FOUND IN GENESIS ONE, TWO, AND THREE. IT HAS TO DO WITH ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN WHEN THEY SINNED BEFORE GOD. THEY ATE OF THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT AND THEREFORE A CURSE WAS PLACED UPON ALL MANKIND BECAUSE ALL WOULD SIN ACCORDING TO EZEKIEL 18. THE FIRST SIN ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN WHEN THEY PARTOOK OF THAT FRUIT FROM THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL. BUT THEY WERE TOLD BY GOD NOT TO PARTAKE OF IT, NOT TO EAT OF IT, AND SO THEY SINNED AGAINST GOD. THEY TRANSGRESSED HIS LAW. SO THEREFORE, THEY WERE THROWN OUT OF THE GARDEN.

ISAIAH SAID IN ISAIAH 59: 1 AND 2, THAT IT IS OUR SINS THAT HAVE SEPARATED US FROM GOD. OUR SINS AND OUR INIQUITIES. AND BECAUSE OF THAT HE HAS HID HIS FACE FROM US AND HE NO LONGER WILL SAVE US UNLESS WE ABIDE BY THE TEACHINGS OR THE PLAN OF SALVATION THAT GOD GAVE US THROUGH JESUS CHRIST THE LORD. THIS IS MADE REFERENCE TO ACTUALLY IN 2CORINTHIANS 5 BEGINNING WITH VERSE 17 WHERE IT SAYS, THEREFORE, IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST HE IS WHAT? HE IS A NEW CREATION. HAS TO DO WITH THE SPIRITUAL, WHAT ELSE COULD IT BE? OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY. BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. NOW ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD, WHO HAS RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF THROUGH JESUS CHRIST AND HAS GIVEN US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION. WE ARE A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST. WE ARE RECONCILED TO GOD.

NOW, RECONCILED IS A SPECIAL WORD IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE. AND BASICALLY, IT MEANS TO MAKE FRIENDS. IT CARRIES WITH IT THE CONCEPT THAT OKAY, YOU MAY HAVE A COUPLE. THAT IS A MAN AND HIS WIFE, WHO ARE ESTRANGED FROM ONE ANOTHER. THEY NO LONGER ASSOCIATE WITH ONE ANOTHER. BUT THEY DECIDE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO COME BACK AND BE RECONCILED. THAT IS, TO MAKE FRIENDS AGAIN. TO RESTORE THAT RELATIONSHIP. IT CAN ALSO PERTAIN TO HAVING JUST A FRIENDSHIP RELATIONSHIP WITH ANYONE ELSE. WHEN SOMETIMES YOU GET ANGRY AND YOU DECIDE I NO LONGER WANT TO BE THAT PERSON'S FRIEND, YOU WALK AWAY FROM THAT PERSON, YOU DON'T PHONE THAT PERSON, HAVE NO CONTACT WITH THAT PERSON, BUT THEN ALL THE SUDDEN YOU BEGIN TO WANT TO HAVE THAT FRIENDSHIP AGAIN BECAUSE YOU LOVE THAT PERSON. AND SO YOU RESTORE THAT RELATIONSHIP. THAT MEANS RECONCILIATION.

NOW, AS IT IS STATED IN VERSE 18 AS WE SAID HERE (2CORINTHIANS 5), “NOW ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD, WHO HAS RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF THROUGH JESUS CHRIST AND GIVEN US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION.” “FOR GOD COMMANDED HIS LOVE FOR US WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US,” ROMANS 5:8. ALL OF US KNOW THE VERSE JOHN 3:16. “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.” MY FRIEND, WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT SHOULD NOT PERISH? THAT IS PERISH FROM THE RESULTS OF HIS OR HER SIN. THERE'S NO WAY THAT ONE CAN BE RIGHT TOWARD GOD OR BE RECONCILED TO GOD TO RID HIMSELF OR HERSELF OF HIS OR HER SIN UNLESS HE WHAT? BECOMES RECONCILED TO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. YOU REMEMBER WHAT PAUL SAID TO TITUS IN TITUS 2:11? “FOR THE GRACE OF GOD THAT BRINGETH SALVATION HAS APPEARED UNTO TO ALL MEN.” THE GRACE OF GOD THAT'S BROUGHT US SALVATION HAS APPEARED TO ALL MEN. HOW? IN THE FORM OF JESUS CHRIST THE LORD. FOR IT IS IN HIM AND THROUGH HIM, THAT IS JESUS, THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE RECONCILED TO GOD AS IS SAID HERE IN 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5:18. IT IS THROUGH THE GRACE OF GOD THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE RECONCILED OR BROUGHT BACK TO A PROPER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD HIMSELF THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

WHAT A WONDERFUL BLESSING THAT WE HAVE IN THAT. IT CAME THROUGH HIS DEATH UPON THE CROSS, MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEATH THAT JESUS DIED UPON THE CROSS. FOR WITHOUT HIS DEATH THERE WOULD BE NO REMISSION OF SINS, AS THE HEBREW WRITER STATED. FOR IT IS IN JESUS CHRIST THAT WE RECEIVE THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS. WELL, DID PETER SAY ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST IN ACTS 2:37 WHEN HE WAS SPEAKING TO THOSE JEWS WHO HAD CRUCIFIED OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. HE SAID, THIS JESUS WHOM YOU HAVE CRUCIFIED IS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST. AND THEY CRIED OUT WHEN THEY HEARD THAT AND THEY SAID MEN AND BRETHREN, WHAT SHALL WE DO? AND THEN PETER SPOKE TO THEM THOSE GREAT WORDS THAT WOULD BRING THEM RECONCILIATION WITH GOD THROUGH CHRIST. 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.

NOW I CALL YOUR ATTENTION BACK TO 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5:18 AND 19 AGAIN, AS YOU SEE HERE, PAUL HAS SAID IN THE LAST PART OF THAT VERSE 18 REFERRING TO HIMSELF AND THE APOSTLES THAT HE HAD BEEN GIVEN A MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION. AND THEN HE EXPLAINS THAT IN VERSE 19, THAT IS THAT GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF, NOT IMPUGNING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM, AND HAS COMMITTED TO US THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION. SO WITHOUT REVELATION, HOW COULD WE KNOW HOW WE CAN BE RECONCILED TO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST? THERE HAD TO BE THOSE WHO WOULD BE SENT OUT INTO ALL THE WORLD, AND BY THE WAY THE WORLD APOSTLE MEANS ONE WHO HAS BEEN SENT, AND HE CHOSE HIS 12 APOSTLES OR DISCIPLES. OF COURSE ONE BETRAYED HIM AND THEN ONE WAS ADDED TO THE NUMBERS SO THERE WERE 12 AND THEN HE SELECTED PAUL IN A SPECIAL WAY TO ALSO BE SENT TO THE GENTILES. HE SELECTED THOSE MEN WHO WOULD WHAT? WHO WOULD GO OUT INTO THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL OF RECONCILIATION. AND IT WAS THOSE APOSTLES, THOSE MEN, WHO RECEIVED FIRST THAT GREAT COMMISSION.

YOU REMEMBER WHAT THAT GREAT COMMISSION WAS? YOU WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE BIBLE KNOW THAT BASICALLY IT'S GIVEN IN THREE PLACES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, THAT IS IN ONE OF THE OR THREE OF THE FOUR GOSPEL ACCOUNTS. AND IN MARK 16: 15 AND 16. JESUS SAID IT THIS WAY, “GO UNTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE. HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED. HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT SHALL BE CONDEMNED.” NOW WAIT JUST A SECOND. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT MEANS THAT THE GOSPEL MUST BE PREACHED AND IF YOU GO TO 2PETER, OR 1PETER 1:22-25, YOU WILL KNOW THAT THE CONDITIONS BASED UPON OUR RECONCILIATION WITH GOD IS THROUGH THE LIVING WORD OF GOD, THE GOSPEL, WHICH IS THAT WORD OF GOD BRINGS US THAT RECONCILIATION. GOSPEL ITSELF, MEANING WHAT? THE GOOD NEWS THAT JESUS HAS COME INTO THIS WORLD TO GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WHAT? AND THAT IS TO BE RECONCILED TO GOD.

YOU SEE, IT IS SIN THAT SEPARATES US FROM GOD. IN A HUMAN RELATIONSHIP AS YOU WELL KNOW, AND ALL OF US HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS, THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT WILL SEPARATE US FROM ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL, AND UNTIL A CERTAIN PROCESS HAS GONE THROUGH, RECONCILIATION, THAT IS BEING MADE FRIENDS AGAIN AND HAVING A PROPER RELATIONSHIP ONCE AGAIN WITH THAT PERSON, WILL NEVER OCCUR UNLESS THOSE TWO PEOPLE RESPOND IN A POSITIVE WAY TO ONE ANOTHER AND GO THROUGH A SERIES OF MAYBE APOLOGIES OR WHATEVER TO BRING THEM BACK TO THAT FORMER RELATIONSHIP. WELL NOW WHAT DID 2CORINTHIANS 5:17 SAY? IT SAYS, “THEREFORE, IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION.”

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT IT MEANS TO GET INTO CHRIST? BECAUSE THE SCRIPTURE PLAINY SAYS HERE IF ANY MAN IS IN CHRIST THEN HOW DOES HE GET INTO CHRIST? WELL, AS GALATIANS 3:26-27 SAYS IT TALKS ABOUT THROUGH FAITH WE BECOME THE SONS OF GOD. FOR AS MANY OF YOU THAT HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST HAVE PUT ON CHRIST. AS MANY OF YOU THAT HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST HAVE PUT ON CHRIST. SO IS THERE A PLAN THAT GOD HAS GIVEN FOR RECONCILIATION TO HIM? WELL CERTAINLY, THERE IS A PLAN AND THAT PLAN IS CLEARLY SEEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. WE'VE ALREADY MENTIONED SEVERAL VERSES THAT PERTAIN TO OUR RECONCILIATION WITH GOD. YOU SEE, IT IS FOUND IN THE WORD OF GOD. IT WAS REVEALED THROUGH THE APOSTLES WHEN JESUS SAID SANCTIFY THEM IN THY TRUTH. THY WORD IS TRUTH, JOHN 17:17. AND THEY SPOKE THAT TRUTH AS PAUL EMPHASIZED OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT THEY WERE RECEIVING FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD TO PREACH TO THE PEOPLE A PLAN WHEREBY THEY COULD BE RECONCILED TO GOD.

NOW WHAT WAS THAT SIMPLE PLAN? AND IT IS SIMPLE. SOME PEOPLE SAY WELL, I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH SUCH A PLAN AS THAT TO BE RECONCILED WITH GOD. WELL AFTER ALL, GOD IS THE ONE WHO CREATED US. DOES HE NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO GIVE US A PLAN FOR US TO SHOW THAT WE TRULY BELIEVE IN HIM AND WE TRULY BELIEVE IN THE SON OF GOD? IS THERE NOT? WOULD WE FEEL THAT THERE WOULD BE NOTHING THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO DO OR WOULD WANT TO DO TO OBEY CHRIST? WELL, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU NEED TO DECIDE THIS MORNING, BECAUSE THE PLAN IS DEFINITELY IN THE SCRIPTURE. OF COURSE HEARING THE WORD OF GOD IS NECESSARY. “FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD,” ROMANS 10:17. WE KNOW THAT WE MUST HAVE FAITH. THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. EVEN JESUS HIMSELF SAID AS WE MENTIONED IN MARK 16, 15 AND 16, HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED. EXCEPT YOU BELIEVE THAT I AM HE YOU WILL DIE IN YOUR SINS, JESUS SAID. SO YOU NEED TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST. NO ONE WOULD DOUBT THAT OR NO ONE WOULD SAY THAT THAT IS WRONG.

IS THERE ANOTHER PART OF THAT PLAN OF RECONCILIATION? YES, REPENTANCE. WHY WOULD GOD WANT YOU TO TRY TO TURN TO HIM, IF YOU'RE GOING TO REMAIN IN YOUR SAME OLD SINS. THAT'S WHAT REPENTANCE MEANS. YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND WHICH CHANGES YOUR WILL WHICH CHANGES YOUR PRACTICE. YOU DECIDE NOW. I'M NO LONGER A SERVANT OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS BUT I'M GOING TO BE A SERVANT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. SO YOU REPENT, YOU CONFESS THE PRECIOUS NAME OF JESUS AND THAT NAME SIMPLY IS JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD. YOU CONFESS HIS NAME BEFORE MEN, MATTHEW 10:32 AND ESPECIALLY ROMANS 10:9 SAYS, “CONFESSION IS MADE WITH THE MOUTH UNTO SALVATION.”

NOT EVERYONE IN THIS AUDIENCE THIS MORNING WOULD PROBABLY SAY OH YES, YOU NEED TO DO THESE THINGS. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SECOND PART OF THE GREAT COMMISSION? GOING TO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED. MUST WE NOT BE BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF OUR SINS? PETER, SPEAKING THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, SAID IN ACTS 2:38 WE MUST BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF OUR SINS. HE ALSO STATED IN ONE OF HIS EPISTLES THE LIGHT FIGURE WERE EVEN UNTO BAPTISM DOES ALSO NOW SAVE US. SO WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO REJECT THAT?

NOW HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH OF ALL OF THIS. THERE WILL BE NO RECONCILIATION WITH GOD UNTIL WE DETERMINE IN OUR LIVES AND WE PRACTICE WHAT GOD HAS INFORMED US WHAT WE MUST DO IN ORDER THAT WE RECEIVE ETERNAL SALVATION. NOW IT'S YOUR DECISION, BUT I INVITE YOU TO DO THIS. NOT ACCORDING TO WHAT SOMEONE HAS TOLD YOU BUT LOOK INTO THE PAGES OF GOD'S WORD. EXAMINE THEM AND DETERMINE WITHIN YOUR HEART, ACCORDING TO THE TRUTH THAT YOU READ, WHAT YOU MUST DO TO BE RECONCILED TO GOD. WHAT A WONDERFUL THING GOD HAS GIVEN US. TO PROVIDE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME BACK IN A PROPER RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. WHAT MORE WOULD A MAN WANT? WHAT MORE WOULD A PERSON WANT? WE BID YOU THIS MORNING TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO OBEY CHRIST AND TO CONFORM TO HIS WILL SO THAT YOU CAN BECOME A PART OF THAT WONDERFUL AND BLESSED PLAN OF RECONCILIATION WITH OUR GOD.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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