THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPTS
Program Air Date – 8-14-11
LESSON TITLE: “THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST: THE RESULTS OF THE GOSPEL”
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world; our faith,” 1 John 5:4! Faith truly is the victory! Praise be to God that we have been made victorious in this life, through our faith and obedience in Him.
Thanks for joining us this Lord’s Day for the study of God’s Living Word. How blessed we are today to be able to enjoy such opportunities and freedoms, that allow all to offer such times of sacrifice before His wondrous throne. I hope we all do our part this Lord’s day, in participating in this worship toward God and in doing all things in accordance to His Perfect Will!
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:
Now let’s begin praising our God through song. Won’t you join with the congregation at this time as we sing together a hymn that reminds us of the many blessings we have through Jesus Christ our Lord. The name of the song, “Count Your Many Blessings!”
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The death of our Lord is certainly a strong reminder of just how much He loved each and every one of us. I often think of the great sacrifice which our Lord made for you and me and I am reminded of the great agony and suffering He was willing to endure that I might have forgiveness of sins and salvation through His name.
In the account of Jesus life, leading up to that moment of His final death we are reminded of just what He was willing to bear. I specifically recall the mockery of the soldiers who led Him away from Pilate. In fact, in Mark 15:17-19, we read, “And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and began to salute Him, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him.” Can you imagine this type of taunting and abuse? They proclaimed, “Hail, King of the Jew,” however, they didn’t mean a word of it.
What about us today, do we praise and uplift our God as we should? Do we laud and magnify His holy name and proclaim with our lips, “All Hail the Power of Jesus name!” I know that we often sing this in a song, but do we really understand it and mean it. Or have we allowed the fruit of our lips to become a mockery as well?
Brethren and friend, for all that we know and for all that our God has done for us, may we truly do all that we can to give Him praise, honor and glory. Our God is truly worth this adoration and is certainly deserving of it. Will you give to God the adoration which He is due, and not only in word, but in deed! Make a commitment to do so today and every day that you might be found faithful before His throne in the end!
In just a few minutes it will be time to begin our main study of the day. We are glad to again have brother Jerry Sullins with us. Brother Jerry is the director of the Bible Institute of Missouri. It is great to have him with us this Lord ’s Day to lead us in our main study from God’s Word.
As far as our topic of the day we will again focus on our series which is entitled, “The Gospel of Christ.” Our specific lesson of the morning deals with, “The Results of the Gospel.” So please stay with us and after our next song together we will be lead by brother Sullins is this discussion from God’s Word! Now let’s join in our second hymn of the day, its name, “To Christ Be Loyal and Be True.”
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By Jerry Sullins
I would like to welcome you again to “The Living Word” broadcast. Many of you, brethren and friends, are with us every Sunday morning viewing this telecast and we appreciate so much your diligence and your faithfulness to this program. Not for just the sake of supporting this program but for the sake of the supporting of the preaching of the Gospel and also being a part of something that goes beyond ourselves, knowing God’s Will and understanding God’s Will so that we can have hope of life eternal.
We have such a precious theme this morning that I am going to be talking about or preaching about from God’s Holy Word and that is the Gospel itself. As it has been discussed, “the Gospel”, as Paul stated in Romans 1 verse 16, “is the power unto salvation.” He said, “That was which he was not ashamed of.” He was willing to proclaim the Gospel and he was willing to suffer many things for the proclamation of the Gospel. He was willing to die for the Gospel and he was not any bit ashamed of it. How I wish today that those who profess to know Christ would have the same attitude and the same spirit of Paul in not being ashamed of it.
But what was that Gospel? Maybe we can understand the reason he had such an attitude if we understand completely as much as we can through God’s Holy Word what the Gospel is. We see beginning in Luke chapter 2 there was an event that took place that would change the history of the world and give men an opportunity to deal with their sins. It says there in verses 10 and 11 beginning actually in verse 8. “And there were in that same country shepherds abiding in the field keeping watch over their flocks by night.” And it says, “Behold an angel of the Lord stood before them and the Glory of the Lord shown round about them and they were so afraid.” It goes on to say, “Then the angel said, ‘Do not be afraid. Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people for unto you this day is born in the city of Bethlehem a Savior who is Christ the Lord.” So what is the Gospel? There it is defined and in the original meaning (inaudible) it is the Good News or the Glad Tidings that Jesus has come to this earth to die upon the cross to save us from our sins. What greater message could there be than that?
Paul described it in Colossians 1 verse 5 as “the Word.” That is the Word of God. We are saved by that Word. “You shall know the Truth,” was stated by Jesus Himself in John 8:32. “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.” The Truth about what? The Truth about the Gospel. It is that Word of God and it’s about the very eternal purpose of God.
If you take the time to read in your Bibles this afternoon, in Ephesians chapter 3 you will find that in the beginning or before the beginning of this world it was the eternal purpose in the mind of God that He would send His Son to die upon the cross, that is those Glad Tidings of great joy which should be to all people in knowing that they would have the opportunity to have their sins washed away. It was in His mind even before the first being was ever created. That’s how much God loved us, in providing a way that we might be saved from our sins.
Well what is that power? The Hebrew writer said, in Hebrews chapter 4 verse 12, that “The Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword.” It pierces even to the dividing of the joints and the marrow and pierces the soul of man. It is that that we are talking about, something from the mind of God, His own words, the Gospel that pierces into the hearts of mankind Himself.
And it was through teaching. Jesus had to come to this earth to die upon the cross and to teach about what God the Father had done for all mankind. That was His very mission upon the earth. He said, “I must work the works of Him that sent Me while it is day for the night cometh when no man can work.” And what was His work? His work was to come to this earth to spread these glad tidings of great joy, this great hope that was found in the many miracles that He performed, the proclamation that His death was coming to the Jewish nation and to all the world, and then to give them hope that they might be forgiven of their sins which they did not have before Jesus came to this earth, lived and died upon the cross and shed His blood for you and for me.
“It was through God’s love. He commended His love in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” Romans 5:8.
Through His great love… We all know the verse John 3:16 probably a verse that more people know in the Christian world than any other verse, that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever so believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” So He so loved the world, a world that was filled with sin and (inaudible) and everything that can be imagined in the wickedness of man, but He still so loved the world, that is people in the world that He was willing to give His Son to die upon the cross and whoever believes in Him would have an opportunity for their soul’s salvation. It was God’s love that prompted this great act of Jesus coming to this world and suffering and dying upon the cross.
Well you notice that Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation.” Yes it is the power of God that influences people.
I call your attention to 1 Corinthians 15 and we want to just read a few verses from 1 Corinthians 15 because there it gives what most people refer to as a description of the Gospel itself. It is a beautiful description given by the apostle Paul to the brethren at Corinth, to the church at Corinth. He said beginning in verse 1 in 1 Corinthians chapter 15, “Moreover brethren, I declare to you the Gospel...” Now he tells us that it is the Gospel he is declaring! “…Which I preach to you which also you have received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved if you hold fast that Word which I preach to you unless you believe in vain. Well I deliver first of all that which I also received that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day.” Well here there is no question about what Paul was saying about the Gospel. It is depicted by the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. That’s what it is saying here and it is something that He preached unto them and it is something that is also referred to as the Word of God itself.
It pleased God by the preaching of the Gospel. It pleased Him so that people might be saved.
There are some interesting comments made by Paul again in 1 Corinthians chapter 1. I would like to read verse 18 and then we’ll skip down to verse 21. Listen closely to what the Bible says here. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” It is foolishness, as it says, to those who are perishing, to the person who cares nothing about his or her soul. We have many people like that walking around today. The way they act, the way they dress, the way they behave themselves before God and before mankind. They’re not concerned about the Gospel, the Good News because they’re not concerned about the salvation of their souls. Does that make the Gospel of any less effect as far as man is concerned? Certainly not! It was through the foolishness of preaching that those who desire to know God’s Will could know His Will and those who don’t care, well they are just not going to care. That’s the fact.
I have people come to me, and in fact I spoke to a young man this past week and he was promoting the fact that he just couldn’t find anyone, it seemed like, among his peers in the city of Springfield who are very much interested in discussing anything that was religious. I said, “My brother, welcome to the real world.” Sad to say that the United States of America is getting just like Europe and many other places in this world who have little or no concern about those things that are spiritual.
Well that still does not cause the Gospel to be of no effect. The Gospel is still there! What God did for us is still there and can be effective in the lives of those who desire to obey His Will.
Then in verse 21, we are in 1 Corinthians chapter 1 and verse 21, it says this. Listen closely. “For since in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God. It pleases God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”
Now God doesn’t think the Gospel is foolish. It is those who receive the Gospel sometimes who consider it to be a foolish thing. In fact, they don’t really receive it. They may listen to it but they discount it. They say, “Oh that’s a lot of rubbish. There’s no reason for us to be concerned about this anyway because God is a loving God and He is not going to cause anyone to perish.” Well I am afraid these people have not read what the Bible says about those who reject the Gospel.
Have you forgotten what Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9? “And 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 listen, “and who obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Does God want anyone in Heaven who fails to obey the Gospel that His Son died and shed His blood for on the cross of Calvary? Well why would He? And if people don’t want to understand, believe and obey the Gospel, well why my friend, do you think God would want to save them if they don’t want to be saved in the first place? And so why would God want them to be saved or desire that they be saved?
Well the fact is that we must be born again of incorruptible seed and not of corruptible seed. And as Peter described it in 1 Peter chapter 1 verses 22-23, “That incorruptible seed is the Word of God which lives and abides forever.”
James said, “Receive with me (inaudible) Word which is able to save your soul.”
Are you interested in saving your soul? What is the Gospel? It is the Good News that Jesus came to this earth to die upon the cross. It is that obedient faith (Romans 1 and Romans chapter 16), it is that obedient faith, that is one who believes that Jesus is the Christ and is willing to obey what it is He desires for them to do in order that they receive salvation.
My friend, do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? “Except that you believe that I am He you will die in your sins,” Jesus said. No doubt about it. Are you willing to repent? Jesus said, “Unless you repent you will perish.” That means you’ve got to turn away from the things of this world, the sins of this world. You’ve got to commit your life to Christ and desire to live a good life according to the Gospel. Are you willing to confess His precious name? Because without confession, how is He going to confess you before His Father who is in Heaven? In fact, with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10 verses 9-10). And yes, you must be baptized. That’s in God’s plan! God has a right to require things of us, conditions upon which He bases our salvation and one of those conditions is baptism for the remission of sins. (Romans 6 verse 3-4) So as Jesus said when He gave His disciples that great charge to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature,” and do you remember that? (Mark 16:15-16) “Go ye into 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.” So is it your choice? Well certainly. The Bible is sort of just like the United States of America and its laws. You have a right to obey or you have a right to disobey. No one is going to lead you and force you to do anything. Well it shouldn’t be that way anyway. A loving God gave His Son and a loving Son gave His life for your sins and mine.
Will you not then respond to it in a positive way? Obey the Gospel and have eternal life!
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How wondrous it is to know that we have the opportunity of Salvation through the Gospel of Christ. What greater promise could God offer than Eternal life? Have you obeyed the Gospel of Christ that you might be saved eternally?