THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 1-7-18

LESSON TITLE: “THE WORD”

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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND THANKS YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING FOR THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? HERE WE ARE IN A NEW YEAR, 2018, AND I HOPE WE HAVE ALL MADE THE COMMITMENT TO MAKE THIS A PROSPEROUS AND RECORD YEAR FOR THE LORD. IT IS ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU WITH US FOR THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO GOD AND WE WELCOME YOU TO THIS SERVICE FOR OUR CREATOR. TODAY, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TOGETHER TO WORSHIP AND PRAISE OUR GOD. THIS MORNING WE WILL GLORIFY OUR LORD THROUGH SONGS OF PRAISE AND THROUGH THE STUDY OF HIS PERFECT WORD. WON’T YOU DO YOUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME TOGETHER ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT? NOW, LET’S APPROACH OUR FATHER’S THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE YOUR CHILDREN. AND WE THANK YOU FOR THIS NEW YEAR AND WE ASK FATHER THAT WE MIGHT GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST, TO NOT ONLY SHINE AS LIGHTS BUT ALSO TO DO THOSE THINGS THAT WOULD BRING GLORY AND HONOR TO YOU ALWAYS. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR JESUS AND WE KNOW THAT IT'S ONLY THROUGH YOUR SON AND HIS SACRIFICE AS WELL AS HIS RESURRECTION THAT WE HAVE THE HOPE IN THIS LIFE AS WELL AS THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE AND THE ONE TO COME. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WHAT DO YOU TRUST IN THIS LIFE? SOME TRUST IN THIS WORLD AND THE THINGS OF IT. WHILE OTHERS TRUST IN MEN OR THEMSELVES. HOWEVER, THE FACT IS AS CHRISTIANS, WE HAVE SOMETHING WE CAN TRUST IN THAT WILL NEVER LET US DOWN. IT’S TIME TO START OUR PRAISE THROUGH SONG. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION THIS MORNING, AS WE SING TOGETHER, “TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

TODAY WE FIND MANY IDEAS WHICH ARE PRESENT IN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD WHICH ARE NOT SUPPORTED BY SCRIPTURE. WE HAVE ALL HEARD STATEMENTS LIKE, “IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER WHAT ONE BELIEVES,” OR “IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER WHAT CHURCH SOMEONE ATTENDS.” SOME EVEN GO SO FAR AS TO SAY, “WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO INTERPRET THE SCRIPTURES DIFFERENTLY, AND STILL BE ACCEPTABLE BEFORE GOD.” MY QUESTION WOULD BE, “WHERE ON EARTH DO YOU FIND SUCH CONCEPTS IN THE BIBLE?

IN FACT, OUR BIBLES SAY QUITE THE OPPOSITE. NOTICE WITH ME THE WORDS OF THE INSPIRED PETER IN 2 PETER 1:20-21. THERE HE SAID, “KNOWING THIS FIRST, THAT NO PROPHECY OF SCRIPTURE IS OF ANY PRIVATE INTERPRETATION, FOR PROPHECY NEVER CAME BY THE WILL OF MAN, BUT HOLY MEN OF GOD SPOKE AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.” THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, OR WORD OF GOD IS DIRECTLY FROM GOD AND NO ONE ELSE.

PAUL ALSO CONFIRMED THIS IN 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17, WHEN HE SAID, “ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, AND IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, FOR REPROOF, FOR CORRECTION, FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE COMPLETE, THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK.” NOTICE AGAIN THAT ALL SCRIPTURE IS FROM GOD TO GUIDE MEN IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE. TO “COMPLETELY AND THOROUGHLY EQUIP US.” I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT THAT IS WHAT I CHOOSE TO FOLLOW! WASN’T IT JESUS WHO SAID, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME,” JOHN 14:6.

WHAT IS THIS TRUTH? AGAIN, JESUS SAID, GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH, JOHN 17:17. FURTHERMORE, CHRIST PROCLAIMED THAT, “THE TRUTH WILL MAKE US FREE,” JOHN 8:32. SO IF THE WORD IS TRUTH, AND TRUTH BRINGS US FREEDOM THROUGH CHRIST, WHAT MUST WE FOLLOW! AGAIN, I WILL FOLLOW CHRIST! WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN THAT IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO SAY LORD, LORD! EVEN JESUS MADE THIS POINT IN MATTHEW 7:21, WHEN HE SAID, “NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, 'LORD, LORD,' SHALL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, BUT HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER IN HEAVEN.” SO HOW DO WE KNOW IF SOMEONE IS OF GOD? WELL, BACK IN VERSE 20, JESUS ALSO SAID, WE KNOW “BY THEIR FRUITS!”

FINALLY, I WANT TO MENTION A VERSE FOUND IN 1 CORINTHIANS 1:10, WHERE THE INSPIRED PAUL TOLD GOD’S FOLLOWERS WHAT WAS EXPECTED OF THEM. THERE HE SAID, “NOW I PLEAD WITH YOU, BRETHREN, BY THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THAT YOU ALL SPEAK THE SAME THING, AND THAT THERE BE NO DIVISIONS AMONG YOU, BUT THAT YOU BE PERFECTLY JOINED TOGETHER IN THE SAME MIND AND IN THE SAME JUDGMENT.” DOES THIS SOUND LIKE IT MATTERS TO GOD WHAT WE BELIEVE AND WHAT WE DO? CERTAINLY! HAVE WE FORGOTTEN WHAT JESUS PRAYED FOR IN JOHN 17? HE PRAYED FOR UNITY AMONG HIS BELIEVERS. DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID THERE? HE FERVENTLY PRAYED FOR HIS FOLLOWERS, SAYING, “THAT THEY MAY BE ONE, AS WE ARE.”CHOOSE TO FOLLOW GOD TODAY. DO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL! AND ACCEPT TO DO IT HIS WAY! WON’T YOU PUT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN HIS WORDS, WHICH ARE FOUND IN THE BIBLE?

OUR TOPIC TODAY WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON A NEW SERIES OF STUDY WHICH IS ENTITLED, “IN THE BEGINNING…!” THIS WILL BE A SERIES WHICH FOCUSES ON THE DESCRIPTIVE TITLES GIVEN TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. OUR SPECIFIC STUDY OF THE MORNING WILL FOCUS ON “THE WORD,” SO STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND IN A FEW MINUTES WE WILL BE LEAD IN OUR THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. 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, RIGHT HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE SONG, “TO CANAAN’S LAND I’M ON MY WAY.”

LESSON

JERRY SULLINS

AGAIN WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY HOW HAPPY WE ARE THAT YOU HAVE TURNED ON YOUR TELEVISION AND YOU ARE VIEWING THIS PROGRAM OF THE LIVING WORD. IT'S SUCH A PLEASURE TO COME INTO YOUR HOMES EVERY SUNDAY MORNING, IF THAT'S THE CASE, AND IF IT'S THE FIRST TIME YOU'VE EVER LISTENED OR WATCHED THIS PROGRAM IT IS A DELIGHT TO HAVE YOU IN OUR VIEWING AUDIENCE. AND WE'RE SO HAPPY THAT YOU'RE WITH US AND THAT WE CAN SHARE WITH YOU MANY THINGS THAT ARE FOUND IN GOD'S HOLY WORD. WE'RE BEGINNING A NEW SERIES OF STUDIES THIS WEEK AND IT HAS TO DO WITH SOME STATEMENTS THAT ARE MADE IN JOHN ONE - AND AS WE KNOW IN JOHN ONE VERSE ONE, THAT IS THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN, THE STATEMENT IS MADE, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, THE WORD WAS GOD,” THE SAME IN THE BEGINNING WAS GOD. SO WE SEE SOME STATEMENTS THAT ARE MADE THROUGHOUT THIS FIRST CHAPTER OF JOHN, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN, ABOUT MANY ATTRIBUTES AND ASPECTS OF THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. THIS MORNING I'M GOING TO DEAL WITH THE FIRST ONE AND THAT IS THAT JESUS WAS REFERRED TO AS THE WORD OF GOD. THE WORD, THE LOGOS AS SOME SAY, LAGOS OTHER SAY. BUT YET IT'S A GREAT TERMINOLOGY WHICH GIVES JESUS THE NAME OF BEING THE WORD. AND SO WE SEE THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE THAT THE WORD IS MENTIONED AND JESUS IS REVEALED TO US.

ABOUT 2000 YEARS AGO, IN FACT A LITTLE OVER 2000 YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A BABY THAT WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM OF JUDEA ACCORDING TO MICAH, THE PROPHET IN MICAH CHAPTER 5 VERSE TWO, AND THAT STATEMENT THAT MICAH MADE THERE SAYS, THAT HIS GOINGS FORTH WERE FROM OF OLD FROM DAYS OF ETERNITY. NOW MANY PEOPLE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS GOD OR THAT HE IS THE SON OF GOD. IN FACT, THROUGHOUT HISTORY MANY PEOPLE HAVE RECOGNIZED THE MIRACLES OF THIS ONE WHO WAS CALLED JESUS WHO WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM WHO FULFILLED MANY OF THE PROPHECIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT. THEY SAY THAT HE WAS A GOOD MAN, THEY SAY THAT INDEED HE WAS A PROPHET OF GOD. IN FACT, SOME JUST DISMISSED HIM COMPLETELY AS BEING ANYTHING THAT RELATES TO GOD OR TO HEAVEN OR ANYTHING AND SAID, LIKE JOHN PIKE MANY YEARS AGO WHO WAS A PHILOSOPHER, WHO SAID ‘OH WELL, HE WAS JUST A MERE SON OF A CARPENTER; A CARPENTER'S SON WHO HAD GREAT DESIRES TO DO MANY GOOD THINGS IN HIS LIFE AND HE ACCOMPLISHED THOSE THINGS.’ BUT CERTAINLY MR. PIKE DID NOT BELIEVE THAT HE WAS THE SON OF GOD. SO MANY PEOPLE CARRY MANY CONCEPTS OF WHO THIS JESUS IS AND AS THE STATEMENT WAS MADE IN MATTHEW 22 VERSE 42, “‘WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CHRIST?’” OR AS IN THE KING JAMES VERSION, “‘WHAT THINK YE OF CHRIST?’” LET ME SUGGEST TO YOU A CERTAIN ARGUMENT THAT IS GIVEN BY PEOPLE WHICH I BELIEVE WILL HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND WHO JESUS IS AND TO ACCEPT THAT HE IS THE SON OF GOD.

AND THE ARGUMENT IS THIS: IF THE CHARACTERISTICS, THAT IS THE PARTICULAR CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ARE SUCH AS ARE BEYOND A MERE MAN, THEN JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD! THAT IS, IF HE INDEED WAS WHO HE CLAIMED TO BE AND PERFORMED THE MIRACLES THAT HE DID PERFORM AND ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE DID THE MANY WONDROUS WORKS THAT HE DID AND WAS THE PERSON THAT THE BIBLE CLAIMS THAT HE WAS, THEN INDEED THESE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PERSON AND THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ARE BEYOND THAT OF A MERE MAN, WHICH THEY WERE, THEN WHAT IS THE CONCLUSION? THEN JESUS MUST BE AND WE MUST ACCEPT THAT HE WAS INDEED THE SON OF GOD!

NOW, TO STUDY THIS WORD, THE ONE WHO WAS CALLED THE WORD, WE NEED TO STUDY IT FROM THE ASPECT OF HIS EARTHLY EXISTENCE AS WELL AS HIS ETERNAL EXISTENCE. NOW WE ARE GOING TO DISCUSS IT MORE FROM HIS ETERNAL EXISTENCE BECAUSE AS THIS WORD IS USED IT HAS MORE TO DO WITH THAT. AS WE STATED JESUS WAS BORN ACCORDING TO THE PROPHET MICAH IN THE VILLAGE OR THE CITY WHICH IS CALLED BETHLEHEM AND HIS GOINGS FORTH WERE WHAT? FROM OF OLD FROM DAYS OF ETERNITY. NOW, JESUS ACTUALLY HAD NO ORIGIN, AS WE COULD SAY. HE'S NOT A CREATED BEING. SOME PEOPLE SAY, ‘WELL, GOD THE FATHER CREATED JESUS.’ NO, THAT'S NOT WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES. OTHER SAY, ‘WELL, JESUS WAS JUST AN ANGEL LIKE MICHAEL OR OTHERS.’ NO, HE WASN'T THAT. JESUS WAS ETERNAL DEITY! GOING BACK TO THAT VERSE THAT WAS QUOTED AT THE FIRST OF THIS PROGRAM, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD AND THE WORD WAS GOD.” HE WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD. SO HE WAS IN THE BEGINNING OF GOD, IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD. THE BIBLE SAYS HERE, AND THIS IS GOD THE FATHER SPEAKING THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH JOHN THE APOSTLE, AND HE'S SAYING THAT JESUS WAS ALSO GOD. SO WE HAVE GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON, AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND THEN IN CHAPTER 1, THAT IS JOHN ONE VERSE 14, IT SAYS THAT HE BECAME FLASH AND HE DWELT AMONG MAN. HE WHO? THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG MAN. AND IT WAS CERTAINLY A WONDERFUL THING BECAUSE JOHN SAYS, “WE BEHELD HIS GLORY, THE GLORY AS OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH.” SO THE SCRIPTURE TESTIFIES WHO THIS WORD IS. HE WAS GOD. HE HAD ALL THE ETERNAL ATTRIBUTES AND ALL THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD THE FATHER AND IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE GODHEAD ITSELF. SO JESUS POSSESSED ALL THESE THINGS AND SO HE WAS ALSO GOD.

NOW THIS LITTLE WORD IN THIS TEXT, JOHN ONE VERSE ONE, WHERE IT SAYS, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD,” THAT WORD. THAT WORD EXPRESSES THIS, IT IS A VERB OF CONTINUAL TIMELESS EXISTENCE. SO JESUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN. HE HAD NO BEGINNING AND NO END JUST LIKE GOD THE FATHER BECAUSE HE IS GOD. HE'S A PART OF THAT GODHEAD ACCORDING TO FIRST JOHN FIVE VERSE SEVEN SO HE WAS DEFINITELY GOD HIMSELF. NOW WE NOTE IN JOHN EIGHT VERSE 58 JESUS HIMSELF SAID, “‘BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS BORN I AM.’” NOW THAT TERM ‘I AM’ MEANS THE ALONE EXISTENT ONE. THAT'S A PHRASE THAT ABRAHAM USED OR THAT WAS USED ALSO AS IT RELATES TO GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. HE WAS THE LOGOS, THE WORD, THE LANGUAGE IN WHICH WORDS ARE TRANSMITTED. NOW WHY WAS HE CALLED THE WORD? BECAUSE HE IS THE ONE WHO HAS BROUGHT US THE WORDS OF THE FATHER. HE REPRESENTS THE WORD OF GOD AND THAT WORD BEGAN IN THE VERY BEGINNING. SOME HAVE SAID THAT JESUS IS THE BRIDGE BETWEEN MAN AND GOD.

NOW LET'S LOOK AT JOHN CHAPTER 1 VERSE 18. JOHN CHAPTER 1 VERSE 18, “NO ONE HAS SEEN GOD AT ANY TIME. THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO IS IN THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER, HE HAS DECLARED HIM.” WE HAVEN'T SEEN GOD BUT WE'VE SEEN THE SON OF GOD THAT CAME IN A FLESHLY IMAGE AND THAT IS JOHN ONE VERSE 14 AGAIN AND HE DWELT AMONG MAN AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY. JOHN 14 VERSE NINE JESUS SAID AGAIN IF YOU'VE SEEN ME YOU HAVE SEEN THE FATHER. IF YOU'VE SEEN ME YOU'VE SEEN THE FATHER. WHICH MEANS ALL OF THE ATTRIBUTES, ALL OF THE POWER, ALL OF THE KNOWLEDGE, ALL OF THE STRENGTHS, EVERYTHING IS FOUND IN JESUS JUST LIKE IT IS FOUND IN THE FATHER FOR BOTH REPRESENT THE GODHEAD ALONE ALSO WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. SO WE SAY THAT JESUS DEFINITELY IS THE SON OF GOD!

I CALL YOUR ATTENTION AND WE'RE GOING TO GO TO PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2 AT THIS TIME AND WE'RE GOING TO CONSIDER VERSES FIVE THROUGH 11. VERSES 5 TO 11, “LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU WHICH WAS ALSO IN CHRIST JESUS.” NOW LISTEN TO THIS CLOSELY, “WHO, BEING IN THE FORM OF GOD,” THAT IS HE WAS GOD, “DID NOT CONSIDER IT ROBBERY TO BE EQUAL WITH GOD, BUT MADE HIMSELF OF NO REPUTATION,” THAT IS HE EMPTIED HIMSELF, “TAKING THE FORM OF A BONDSERVANT, AND COMING IN THE LIKENESS OF MAN. AND BEING FOUND IN THE APPEARANCE OF A MAN, HE HUMBLED HIMSELF AND BECAME OBEDIENT TO THE POINT OF DEATH, EVEN THE DEATH AT THE CROSS. THEREFORE GOD HAS HIGHLY EXALTED HIM AND GIVEN HIM THE NAME WHICH IS ABOVE EVERY NAME, THAT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, ALL OF THOSE IN HEAVEN, AND THOSE ON EARTH, AND OF THOSE UNDER THE EARTH, AND THAT EVERY TONGUE SHOULD CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, TO THE GLORY OF THE FATHER.” SO WHAT DO WE SEE HERE? HE WAS THE PREEXISTENT CHRIST. SO EVEN BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD THIS SCRIPTURE ATTESTS TO THE FACT THAT HE WAS IN THE FORM OF GOD. HE WAS WITH GOD OR HE WAS GOD EVEN IN THE BEGINNING. WE ALSO SEE HIS INCARNATION. WHAT DID HE EXPERIENCE? HE CAME IN THE LIKENESS OF A MAN. HE EMPTIED HIMSELF AND DESIRED TO DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER; TO COME TO THIS EARTH TO DIE UPON THE CROSS FOR YOU AND FOR ME, FOR EVERYONE WHO WOULD SEEK TO BE OBEDIENT TO THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. AND THEN WHAT HAS GOD DONE AS FAR AS HE'S CONCERNED? GOD HAS GIVEN HIM OR HIGHLY EXALTED HIM ABOVE EVERYTHING. HE IS HEAD OF ALL THINGS TO THE CHURCH. HE IS A HEAD OF EVERYTHING ON THIS EARTH, AND ACTUALLY HE IS THE ONE WHO WAS GIVEN THE CREATIVE POWER THROUGH WHOM HE CREATED THE WORLD HIMSELF. SO WE SEE GOD AND JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO WERE COEQUAL, THEY WERE CO-ETERNAL, AND THEY WERE CO-POWERFUL.

SO WHOM DO WE SEE WHEN WE SEE JESUS CHRIST? WE SEE THAT WORD THAT IS MENTIONED IN JOHN CHAPTER 1 AND THAT WORD WAS SPOKEN OF IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: SOMEONE IS COMING. THE PROMISED ABRAHAM THROUGH YOUR SEED ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH WOULD BE BLESSED. THE PROPHETS CONTINUE TO SPEAK OF THIS. AND THEN WE SEE THAT SOMEONE COMING IN THE GOSPEL ACCOUNTS OF JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD IN MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, AND JOHN. WE HAVE A FULL STORY ABOUT THE LIFE, THE DEATH, THE BURIAL, AND THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST GIVEN TO US IN THOSE WONDERFUL RECORDS. AND THEN WE ALSO CAN SEE THAT JESUS IS COMING AGAIN. MATTHEW 16 VERSE 27, “THE SON OF MAN SHALL COME IN THE GLORY OF HIS FATHER WITH HIS ANGELS, AND THEN HE SHALL REWARD EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS WORD.” AND JESUS SAID YOU NEED TO WATCH BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW THE HOUR IN WHICH I'M COMING.

SO MY FRIEND, THE TRUTH IS IN THE SCRIPTURE. AND THAT TRUTH, THAT WONDERFUL TRUTH OF THE ETERNAL EXISTENCE, THE I AM, THE ONE JESUS CHRIST IS DEFINITELY FOUND IN THE SCRIPTURE. NOW THE QUESTION IS - WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS? JESUS SAID IN JOHN 12 VERSE 48, HE WHO REJECTS ME, AND RECEIVES NOT MY WORDS, HAS ONE THAT JUDGES HIM - THE WORDS I'VE SPOKEN UNTO HIM, THE SAME WILL JUDGE HIM IN THE LAST DAY.” NOW, WHAT HAS CHRIST SPOKEN TO YOU IF YOU WANT TO BECOME ONE OF HIS? DO YOU HAVE THAT BELIEF THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD? DEFINITELY THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT HE WAS. DO YOU BELIEVE HE CAME TO THIS EARTH TO DIE UPON THE CROSS FOR YOUR SINS? AND THE SAME JESUS SAID, “IF YOU CONFESS ME BEFORE MEN I WILL CONFESS YOU BEFORE MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. THIS SAME JESUS SAID, “REPENT OR PERISH” (LUKE 13 OF VERSE THREE). AND THIS SAME JESUS SAID WHEN HE TOLD HIS DISCIPLES TO GO UNTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL, “BAPTIZE THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND HE SAID THIS IS DEFINITELY IN OTHER PLACES FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS. SO IT'S YOUR CHOICE THIS MORNING. YOU CAN BELIEVE WHAT IS THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH AND THAT IS JESUS IS ALSO GOD AND JESUS IS THE ONE WHO DIED UPON THE CROSS FOR YOUR SINS. AND YOU MY FRIEND NEED TO BECOME OBEDIENT TO HIS WORD IF YOU DESIRE TO BE IN THAT HEAVENLY HOME. SO THIS MORNING OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT YOU WILL DO SOMETHING ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL. TO OBEY HIS WILL SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE ETERNAL LIFE AND WE KNOW THAT IF YOU DO HIS WILL YOU WILL BE SAVED!

CLOSING COMMENTS

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ISN’T IT GREAT TO KNOW JESUS AS THE WORD! FOR IT IS ONLY THROUGH JESUS, HIS NAME AND THE MESSAGE HE BROUGHT, BY WHICH A MAN MAY BE SAVED. THE QUESTION IS, HAVE YOU RESPONDED TO THE MESSAGE OF GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST? IF NOT, WHY NOT MAKE TODAY THE DAY OF SALVATION!