Program Air Date – 7-3-11



“The Lord is my strength and shield…,” Psalm 28:7. Who is your strength and shield on this wondrous Lord’s Day? Our hope and prayer is that it is almighty God!

We are truly excited to have you with us today as we together break the Living Word of God. We are certainly glad that you have chosen this day, to give this time to our Creator - so that together we may Worship and Praise His Holy name!

As we come together this morning, it is my hope and prayer that we will each participate and do our part to make this time acceptable before God. As a collective offering of those who love God, and who are willing to submit their own sacrifices before His throne.

So, at this time, as we turn our full attention to the reason we have come together, let’s approach our Father’s throne in prayer:


Sometimes it is hard to know which way to go in this life. This morning we want to begin with a song which tells us how to know where to stand in this life and thus know which direction we ought to go. So, won’t you join in and participate with the congregation at this time as we sing together, “Standing on the Promises!”

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One of the beautiful things about the Old and New Testaments is the fact that they are so unified. I love to hear the prophecies given through the mouth of the prophets of God and then to see their fulfillment in the New Testament.

With this in mind I am reminded of something which Moses commanded Israel in Deuteronomy 6:5, there we read, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” No doubt Moses was here commanding them to put God first and to give Him their best.

So what about us today? These words sound familiar to us as well, because Jesus Christ Himself proclaimed these same ideas to those of His day. In fact, in Matthew 22, beginning in verse 36, we see that Jesus is asked a question, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Now hear the response of our Lord. “Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” Notice here that Jesus says that the greatest commandment of all is the same as it was been from the very beginning, “Put God first and love Him with your all!”

Do you love your creator in this way? Are you fully expressing your love for God with the whole of your person? Are your heart, soul and mind in complete tune with what God requires? Do what it takes this day to make sure that you are right with your God!

In just a few minutes it will be time to begin our main study of the day. Our topic of the morning, will again deal with another lesson from our series entitled, “He Who Overcomes the World.” The specific discussion of the morning is, “For God So Loved the World.”

As far as our speaker of the day, 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 brother Sullins for being with us this day, and at the appropriate time he will be leading our main thoughts from God’s Precious Word. Now let’s join together in our next song of the morning. The name of this hymn, “An Empty Mansion.”

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By Jerry Sullins

I would like to welcome you again to “The Living Word” broadcast. We are certainly appreciative that you have come and you view our program, many of you, every Sunday morning and we want to thank you for your consistency in doing so and we always invite you to write us and to let us know what you think about the program. If you have any Bible questions, please feel free to call us at any time or to write us a letter or to e-mail us and we will be more than happy to strive to answer any question that you might have concerning God’s Holy Word.

For the past many weeks we have been discussing overcoming this world which taken basically from a scripture that is found in 1 John chapter 5 verses 4-5 where it says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that has overcome the world our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

We’ve been discussing so many things concerning this world that is when we speak of the world here we are speaking of the things that are in the world. John also mentioned in 1 John 2:15, “For all of the things that are in the world we are not supposed to love those things,” John said, “the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. We are supposed to love God,” as John also said, “for God is love. And the greatest commandment is that we love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, soul, mind and strength.”

So we’ve been talking about overcoming the world through our faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to His Will because we truly love God. Our love is very, very limited. We cannot love as God loves. There is no possible way that that could be true or possible because we did not create all of this world. We are not the sustainer of all things so therefore we cannot present the same gift of love that God gave us. Now you might remember that Ray mentioned that we are discussing for today “For God So Loved the World.” That sounds familiar, doesn’t it? It is found in John chapter 3 verse 16 and is possibly the most well-known verse of all verses that are found in the scripture, maybe other than Genesis 1:1, “God created the heavens and the earth.” But yet maybe John 3:16 is that most memorable one for it says, “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.” Now here the world represents another word. It is called “metonymy” in which one word is used for another. So when the world is mentioned here it is talking about everyone who is upon the face of this earth who has ever lived, who is living, or who will ever live until Jesus comes again. “God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Now what’s the difference between God’s love and the love that we can have for people? Well I would say that it would be the intensity of it. You see it says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son.” That’s something that we certainly could not do because we cannot be God. And so what God did is He offered His Son and the blood of His Son on the cross of Calvary for the sins of all mankind. In Romans chapter 5 verse 8, there the Roman writer, the apostle Paul said, “But God commended His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” So God commended, He showed His love for us, and He demonstrated His love for us in that we were sinners, recognizing that we were sinners, those who were transgressors of God’s Will as God also mentions in the book of 1 John because sin is lawlessness, doing things against God’s Law. He loved us as sinners so much that He was willing to give His Son to die upon the cross.

In this very same book, 1 John 3:16, it says this: “By this we know love because He laid down His life for us.” Now that’s speaking about Jesus. Can you imagine? And you know Jesus said, “If it be possible…” before He went to the cross… He was in the Garden of Gethsemane, and He said, “If it be possible let this cup pass from Me.” He was speaking of the problem that He was facing, a most serious problem and that is being fully human, dying one of the most cruel deaths known to men and that would be a Roman crucifixion. Now that’s love. Because He was not dying for His own sins as the Hebrew writer said, “He did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth.” So we know that He was sinless but yet He was dying for the sins of all mankind. He was dying for the sins of us and more personally, He was dying for your sins and He was dying for my sins. That’s how much Jesus loved us. So by this we know love because He laid down His life for us. This is how we know what real love is because the Son of God, God Himself, coming to this earth gave His life for us on the cross.

Then in 1 John 4 verse 10 it says, “Herein is love, not that we love God, but that He loved us and gave His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” He gave His Son to be the satisfaction for our sins. In the mind and the justice of God it was necessary that His Son come to this earth, die upon the cross, shed His blood on Calvary to satisfy in His mind the justice part of being willing to forgive us of our sins. Now that is real love and that’s the kind of love that God had for us. Jesus died for the whole world.

Do you notice back in John 3:16 as we go back to the text for today, “For God so loved the world…?” It is not talking about the cosmos, that is the world or the earth itself, but it is talking about everyone who lives upon the face of this earth. We sing a song as children and by the way we still sing that song and we still enjoy singing that song, “Jesus loves the little children of the world, Red and yellow, Black and white, They are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.” And Jesus loves everyone in this world. The message of the apostles after Pentecost and after the gospel was taken to the Jews and even before He was actually at the household of Cornelius ordained that the Gentiles would also receive the gospel, it was Jesus who said in His Great Commission, “Go ye into all the world,” that is to every people, every tribe, “and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. He that believeth not shall be condemned.” And in the version that Matthew gave in Matthew 28:19, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and lo I am with you always even until the end of the age.”

In the book of Hebrews chapter 2 verse 9, there’s an interesting statement made by the Hebrew writer where he basically said this or where he actually said this, “But we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor that He by the grace of God might taste death for everyone.” He might taste death for everyone. Sometimes we of certain races, and I’m not necessarily talking about the white race or the black race or the yellow race or the red race. I am not necessarily talking about any specific people when I make this statement, but sometimes we get the idea that God loves us more than He loves those of another race. Listen and listen clearly what the scripture says. “God so loved the world…” He loves every race. He loves one race just as much as any other. Peter said in 2 Peter 3:9 concerning Jesus and His death on the cross, that “He is not willing…”, that is God is not willing “that any should perish but all should come to repentance.” He doesn’t want any to die without Christ. And so therefore we see the great love for God for all of mankind.

In Revelation 22 verse 17 some of the final statements that are made there in the book of Revelation, and this statement by Jesus the Lord, “The Spirit and the bride say come, he that will let him take of the water of life freely.” It doesn’t matter who you are or what race you are from. Jesus died for those who are sinners. In Romans 3 verse 23, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Then Paul said in Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

My friends, Jesus came to this earth and died upon the cross to bring us salvation. It was his intent as it is stated in Luke 24 verses 46-47 that repentance and remission of sins might be preached in His name among all nations. That’s just exactly what the disciples did, the apostles, as they went forth in the city of Jerusalem and then Judea and Samaria and to other parts of the world. They went preaching to all those who were lost because they knew that all would perish without Christ. And yes it is through Christ that we are given everlasting life. So “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.” There are conditions involved. God accepts those who abide by the conditions that are involved for that eternal salvation. Notice he says, “Whosoever believeth in Him believes in Jesus.” Jesus said that, “If you fail to believe in Him you will surely die, except you believe that I am He you will die in your sins,” John 8:24. So you must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. It was Jesus who said, “If you will confess Me before men, I will confess you before My Father who is in Heaven.” That’s a condition upon one’s salvation. How can one be saved if they do not confess that Jesus is the Christ? Jesus said, “I will tell you nay except you repent you will perish.” How can anyone be saved unless he or she is willing to turn away from sin and give their life to God? And Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” I am not going to question what our Lord said. Salvation is for those who are willing to obey His Will.

It was Peter who said in 1 Peter 3:21, “The like figure where unto even baptism does also now save us, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh but the answer of a good conscience toward God.”

Yes, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son and whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Do you believe in Jesus? Are you willing to accept His Will for you? It is through this my friend and through your obedience to the gospel that you will have that opportunity to be saved in the hereafter. You will have a life that is an abundant life on this earth as Jesus said in John 10:10 and after that you will have that precious and glorious existence with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and all the righteous so the question for you this morning is: Do you truly believe that Jesus is the Christ and are you willing to do whatever He says you need to do? He said, “You are My friends is you do whatsoever I command you.” Our prayer is that you will do just that and live forever.

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Let me thank you again for choosing to be with us today. What a glorious time we have had before the throne of God. We invite you to join us every First day of the week, at 7:30, as we commit ourselves to this time of Worship before God!

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How wonderful it is to know the love of God and to see it’s depth through the gift of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Will you look to God for true salvation? Will you submit to all of His Will in order to be found pleasing in His sight?

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