THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 12-2-18



LESSON TITLE: "HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE"



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.



WHAT A PRIVILEGE WE HAVE THIS MORNING TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE STUDY OF GOD'S LIVING WORD. WE WELCOME YOU TO OUR PROGRAM AND WE THANK GOD THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US TODAY. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TOGETHER THIS MORNING TO GLORIFY OUR CREATOR. MAY WE EACH DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT AND ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. NOW, LET'S APPROACH OUR FATHER'S THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU HELP US TO BE THOSE WHO EVER PUT YOU FIRST AND TO LIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR PERFECT WILL. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF JESUS, HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS, AS WELL AS HIS RESURRECTION WHICH ALLOW US TO BE ABLE TO STAND JUSTIFIED BEFORE YOU BECAUSE OF YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY. AND FATHER, HELP US EVERY DAY TO LIVE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD THAT THE WORLD MIGHT KNOW YOU AND FIND SALVATION THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS AS WELL. AND IN THE NAME OF YOUR SON WE PRAY, AMEN.

WHAT A WONDERFUL PRIVILEGE WE HAVE AS CHRISTIANS TO LIFT UP OUR VOICES IN PRAISE TO GOD. HOW ENCOURAGING IT IS TO HAVE THIS AVENUE OF WORSHIP TO OUR CREATOR! SO, THIS MORNING WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER OUR FIRST HYMN OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THE SONG "GOD IS LOVE!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



THE PSALMIST DAVID ALWAYS HAD A WONDERFUL WAY OF REMINDING US OF JUST HOW GREAT OUR GOD IS. IN FACT, IN PSALM 94, WE SEE THAT HE HELPS US TO REMEMBER THAT IT IS ONLY THROUGH GOD THAT WE ARE ABLE TO BEAR THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE. IN VERSES 17 THROUGH 19 WE READ, "UNLESS THE LORD HAD BEEN MY HELP, MY SOUL WOULD SOON HAVE SETTLED IN SILENCE. IF I SAY, "MY FOOT SLIPS," YOUR MERCY, O LORD, WILL HOLD ME UP. IN THE MULTITUDE OF MY ANXIETIES WITHIN ME, YOUR COMFORTS DELIGHT MY SOUL." THINK OF ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS DAVID REMINDS US OF HERE.

HE SAID WITHOUT GOD'S HELP HIS SOUL WOULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN SILENCED. HOW TRUE THIS IS. IF WE DON'T HAVE GOD, OUR SOUL IS EMPTY, BECAUSE IT IS THE SOUL OF MAN THAT HOUSES THE VERY ESSENCE OF GOD. GOD FILLS US AS HIS CHILDREN AND GUIDES US THROUGH THE SOUL. HE ALSO REMINDS US THAT WE CAN COUNT ON GOD TO HELP US WHEN WE FALL. HE SAID IF HIS FOOT SLIPPED, GOD WAS ALWAYS THERE TO CATCH HIM. YOU SEE, WE HAVE THE SAME PRIVILEGE IN JESUS CHRIST. HE IS ALWAYS WITH US TO HELP US AND CARE FOR US WHEN WE HAVE NEEDS.

THE FINAL THING DAVID MENTIONS IS IN RELATIONSHIP TO ANXIETIES. HE SAYS THAT GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US AS A COMFORT WHEN ANXIETIES COME OUR WAY. LET ME REMIND YOU ANXIETIES ARE FEARS WHICH WE HAVE DUE TO UNCERTAINTIES OR THINGS WE ARE UNSURE OF. OUR GOD IS TRULY A GREAT GOD. HE IS ALWAYS WITH US TO GUIDE, GUARD AND DIRECT US IN EVERY WALK OF LIFE. THE QUESTION IS, DO YOU HAVE CHRIST IN YOU? IF NOT, WHY NOT? CHOOSE TODAY TO ACCEPT HIS WILL, BY CONFESSING HIS NAME, REPENTING OF YOUR SINS, AND BEING BURIED WITH HIM THROUGH BAPTISM. THEN, AND ONLY THEN, CAN YOU HAVE THE HELP FROM GOD THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY.

TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE OUR STUDY ENTITLED, "SHOWING YOURSELVES TO BE!" OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH, "HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE." SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG I WILL RETURN WITH THIS LESSON FROM GOD'S WORD. IT'S NOW TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE SONG, "DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD."



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US TODAY AS WE NOW GO BACK TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON FROM OUR SERIES CONCERNING SHOWING OURSELVES TO BE. AND TOGETHER THERE FROM THE BOOK OF TITUS CHAPTER 2 WE HAVE LOOKED TOGETHER AT THE IDEA OF THOSE DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS AND ASPECTS OF CHRISTIANITY THAT WE CERTAINLY SHOULD SHOW FORTH IF WE'RE TO BE ACCEPTABLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. AND WE'VE LOOKED TOGETHER NOT ONLY AT THOSE THINGS THAT WOULD REALLY AFFECT OUR INTEGRITY AS IT SPEAKS OF OUR REMBRANDTS OR INCORRUPTIBILITY OR SPEECH IN THE SOUNDNESS OF THAT SPEECH BUT WE'VE ALSO LOOKED TOGETHER THERE AT THE IDEA OF ADORNING THE DOCTRINE OF GOD. ALSO STAYING AWAY FROM UNGODLINESS, THE STAYING FOCUSED ON THE GRACE OF GOD TO BRING SALVATION AND WILL GIVE US THAT PATHWAY TO ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST THE SON.

AND TODAY WE KIND OF FINISH OUT THE LAST PART OF THAT CHAPTER 2 AS WE LOOK TOGETHER AT THE IDEA OF HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE. AND CERTAINLY THERE ARE MANY MOUTHFULS WITHIN VERSE 14 BUT IF YOU LOOK THERE SPECIFICALLY AT THE END OF VERSE 13, HE SPEAKS UP AND MENTIONS JESUS CHRIST AND THAT VERY ONE CERTAINLY WHO IS OUR SAVIOR, THE ONE WHO BROUGHT THE GRACE, AND THEREFORE THROUGH HIS ACT GAVE US THE GRACE AND IS IDENTIFIED THEREFORE IN THAT WORD THAT TELLS US WHAT GRACE IS ALL ABOUT THAT WE MIGHT ACT UPON THAT GRACE. BUT THEN AS WE LOOK SPECIFICALLY AT VERSE 14, IT IS THAT SAME JESUS THAT THIS VERSE SAYS HE GAVE HIMSELF FOR US THAT HE MIGHT REDEEM US FROM EVERY LAWLESS DEED AND PURIFY FOR HIMSELF HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS. THE FIRST THING YOU MIGHT NOTICE WITH ME THERE WITHIN VERSE 14 IS THE IDEA THAT JESUS CHRIST THROUGH THE SACRIFICE MADE REDEEMED US. AND CERTAINLY THAT GOES TO THE HEART OF OUR ABILITY TO HAVE THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS OR TO OVERCOME THAT WHICH WOULD DESTROY US OR CAUSE US TO BE WITHOUT HOPE. AND THEREFORE BECAUSE SIN SEPARATES US FROM GOD, ISAIAH CHAPTER 59, WE KNOW THAT JESUS THROGH THE BLOOD SHED BRINGS US BACK TO THE FATHER. HE ACTUALLY RECONCILES US. AND SO BECAUSE OF THAT, IT SAYS HE REDEEMED US, NOT JUST FROM SOME LAWLESS DEED OR MAYBE A LAWLESS DEED, BUT THE VERSE ACTUALLY SAYS FROM EVERY LAWLESS DEED. THE BEAUTIFUL NEWS IS THAT THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST IS ABLE TO GIVE US SALVATION AND IS ABLE TO HELP US OVERCOME SIN NO MATTER HOW BIG OR LITTLE WE THINK OF SIN. ALTHOUGH SIN IS SIN AND ALL SIN CAN BE CERTAINLY GUILTY AND CAUSE US TO BE GUILTY AND RECEIVE THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH, IT IS SOMETHING THAT HELPS US TO OVERCOME ANY AND ALL SIN! THAT GREAT SACRIFICE! THAT TELLS US THE GREAT BEAUTY, THE GREAT POWER, THE GREAT WONDER OF THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS. JUST WHY, AS THE PERFECT SACRIFICE AS GOD IN THE FLESH, HE WAS SO SPECIAL AND WHY HE THEREFORE AS OUR SAVIOR SHOULD MEAN SO MUCH TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. SO UNDERSTANDING THEN THAT JESUS GAVE HIMSELF TO REDEEM US THAT WE MIGHT HAVE SALVATION, THAT WE MIGHT BE A PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD, SERVANTS IN THE KINGDOM DOING THOSE THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN LOOKING TOGETHER NOW AT FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. AND THEN ALSO ADDS THE IDEA THAT AND PURIFIED FOR HIMSELF HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE. AND I LOVE THE IDEA OF THE SPECIAL PEOPLE OF GOD BECAUSE THE BIBLE OFTEN SPEAKS OF THIS CONCEPT OF GOD'S SPECIAL PEOPLE.

YOU MIGHT GO WITH ME TO ANOTHER FAMILIAR TEXT OVER IN THE BOOK OF PETER. IN FIRST PETER CHAPTER TWO AND VERSE NINE, YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME AS PETER IS TALKING ABOUT CHRISTIANS AND THE FAITHFUL OF GOD. HE MAKES THIS STATEMENT IN VERSE NINE. HE SAYS, "BUT YOU ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE." NOW, AS WE LOOK AT THE GREATER CONTEXT OF FIRST PETER CHAPTER 2, HE HAS IDENTIFIED THEM AS PRECIOUS AND LIVING STONES OF GOD BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATION OF THE MAIN STONE OR ROCK WHO IS JESUS CHRIST. AND ALSO IT SPEAKS ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE AS THE OBEDIENT CHILDREN OF GOD HAVE BEEN CHOSEN AS A GENERATION THAT IS UNIQUE, THAT IS DIFFERENT. WE ARE AS HE INDICATES HERE A PRIESTHOOD NOT JUST CERTAIN MEN WHO ARE PRIESTS BUT ALL CHRISTIANS AS THE CHOSEN GENERATION BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HAVE BECOME PRIESTS AND KINGS BEFORE GOD EVEN REVELATION CHAPTER 1 TELLS US. AND THEREFORE AS PRIESTS WHAT DO WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO? NO LONGER GO THROUGH AN EARTHLY MAN WHO IS SIMPLY A MAN BUT BECAUSE OF THE MEDIATOR JESUS CHRIST THAT WE MIGHT AS PRIESTS SPEAK TO GOD, WORSHIP GOD, PRAISE GOD, AND GIVE GOD GLORY AS HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE, AS HIS HOLY PEOPLE, AND THAT'S THE NEXT THING THAT IT MENTIONS HERE. NOT JUST A ROYAL PEOPLE BUT A HOLY NATION. AND WHAT IS A HOLY NATION CERTAINLY INDICATIVE OF? ONE THAT IS PURE AND STRIVING TO BE RIGHTEOUS AS GOD IS RIGHTEOUS.

YOU MIGHT ALSO RECALL WITH ME WHAT PETER TOLD THE PEOPLE THERE IN HIS BOOK WHEN HE SAID, "'BE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY,'" QUOTING FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT WHERE GOD HAD TOLD HIS PEOPLE TO STRIVE FOR HOLINESS OR PURITY. THE VERY THING THAT WE SHOULD STRIVE FOR KNOWING THAT WHEN WE STRIVE FOR PURITY AND WE THEREFORE STRIVE TO ACCOMPLISH THAT NATION THAT IS HOLY BEFORE GOD AND THEREFORE HOLY BEFORE THE WORLD THAT WE HAVE IDENTIFIED OURSELVES THROUGH THE GRACE OF GOD AS RECIPIENTS OF HIS PROMISES BEING PRIESTS, THOSE PRIESTS OF GOD, SPECIAL PRIESTS AND A CHOSEN GENERATION. BUT THEN HE SAYS WE'RE SPECIAL, WE'RE UNIQUE. THERE'S NO ONE LIKE US. THERE'S NO OTHER NATION. THERE ARE NO OTHER PEOPLE LIKE US BECAUSE WE ARE HIS PEOPLE. WE HAVE CHOSEN HIM, HE HAS CHOSEN US, AND THEREFORE WE ARE SPECIAL. WE'RE NOT JUST ANY PEOPLE. WE'RE NOT JUST ANY NATION. WE ARE A NATION WHO HAS BEEN OFFERED SALVATION BY THE VERY HEAD HIMSELF, JESUS, WHO DIED THAT WE MIGHT HAVE THAT SALVATION. WHAT GREATER SACRIFICE? WHAT GREATER GIFT COULD BE GIVEN FOR US OR TO US AS RECIPIENTS OF THAT GIFT? BUT THEN YOU MIGHT NOTICE WITH ME AND CONSIDER THAT, AS IN THE OTHER TEXT, HE EMPHASIZES THE REDEMPTION THAT WE HAVE THROUGH THE BLOOD OR SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST THAT WE MIGHT BE HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE. WELL, GUESS WHAT PETER GOES ON TO SAY NEXT AFTER MENTIONING THAT WE ARE HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE? HE THEN SAYS THIS, "AND THEREFORE WE ARE CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT." ISN'T THAT WHAT THE CONCEPT AGAIN OF REDEMPTION MEANS? THAT WE ONCE WERE IN SIN AND WE ONCE WERE OF THE WORLD AND IN THE WORLD WE ONCE WERE ACTUALLY IN DARKNESS. BUT NOW BECAUSE OF THE LIGHT, THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST WE ARE BROUGHT TO GOD, AND THAT WE HAVE BEEN WASHED AND PURIFIED OF THAT WHICH WOULD STAIN US OR MAKE US UNCLEAN. AND NOW WE ARE PURE AND HOLY. SEE HOW THAT ALL TIES BEAUTIFULLY TOGETHER. WE'RE NOT JUST ANY PEOPLE. YOU'RE NOT JUST ANY NATION. I'M NOT JUST ANY NATION. WE ARE GOD'S SPECIAL PEOPLE! WE ARE CHOSEN BY HIM, WE ARE PRIESTS OF GOD, AND WE ARE A HOLY NATION, UNIQUE UNLIKE ANY OTHER BECAUSE WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE MOST HIGH CREATOR, GOD. THE ONLY GOD WHO HAS EVER EXISTED OR WILL EVER EXIST. AND THEREFORE, WE ARE SPECIAL. WE ARE WONDERFUL AND WE ARE GLORIOUS.

I ALSO LIKE THAT DESCRIPTIVE CONCEPT IN THE SAME IDEA THAT IS GIVEN THERE TO THE EPHESIAN CHURCH. AND YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THERE IN CHAPTER FIVE IN THE DISCUSSION WHERE THE RELATIONSHIP OF A HUSBAND AND A WIFE IS COMPARED TO CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH. AND THERE ARE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT ARE SAID THERE, WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO LOOK AT ALL OF THEM, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO EMPHASIZE WHAT HE SAID THERE SPECIFICALLY IN VERSE 27 BECAUSE RIGHT AFTER HE SAYS THAT THE CHURCH IS SANCTIFIED BY THE WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD. SO THE WORD OF GOD SANCTIFIES PEOPLE THAT THEY MIGHT HEAR AND KNOW THE TRUTH AND OF THAT GRACE AND RESPOND TO IT AND FIND SALVATION. BUT THEN IT SAYS THIS IN VERSE 27. "THAT HE (THAT IS JESUS) MIGHT PRESENT HER (THE CHURCH) TO HIMSELF A GLORIOUS CHURCH, NOT HAVING SPOT OR WRINKLE OR ANY SUCH THING, BUT THAT SHE SHOULD BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLEMISH." THOSE ARE SEVERAL THINGS THAT AGAIN TIE DIRECTLY INTO THIS WONDERFUL IDEA OF BEING HIS SPECIAL PEOPLE, HIS UNIQUE PEOPLE. AND THEREFORE AS BEING THOSE SPECIAL PEOPLE NOTICE THAT WE HAVE AGAIN BEEN CHOSEN BY HIM AS HIS BRIDE. AS HIS BRIDE. NOTICE THAT, IN ORDER THAT WE MIGHT BE THAT GLORIOUS CHURCH. AND WHAT IS IT THAT THE HUSBAND WANTS TO PRESENT HIS BRIDE AS. A BEAUTIFUL THING. WHEN WE BECOME MARRIED AND WE GO OUT WITH OUR WIVES FOR THE FIRST TIME WE WANT TO SHOW OFF OUR WIVES. WE ARE HAPPY ABOUT THAT. WE ARE BLESSED AND WE'RE EXCITED THAT THIS IS MY WIFE AND HOPEFULLY THE WIFE IS EXCITED AND THIS IS MY HUSBAND. IT IS A GLORIOUS AND A BEAUTIFUL THING THAT WE'RE SO PROUD OF ONE ANOTHER. THAT IS THE WAY JESUS IS ABOUT THAT BRIDE, ABOUT THAT CHURCH, AND HERE HE SAYS THAT HE IS THAT ONE WHO ACTUALLY CAUSES US TO BE WITHOUT SPOT, WITHOUT WRINKLE, WITHOUT WHAT? SIN. THAT WE ARE PERFECT AND PURE JUST LIKE THE SACRIFICES OF OLD. JUST LIKE THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS. THEY HAD TO BE CLEAN AND PERFECT AND WITHOUT SPOT AND WITHOUT BLEMISH. AND CERTAINLY THAT'S WHAT JESUS PRESENTS HIS CHURCH AS.

BUT NOW WITH THESE THINGS IN MIND, IF YOU GO BACK WITH ME AGAIN TO OUR MAIN TEXT IN TITUS CHAPTER 2, NOTICE WHAT HE ENDS VERSE 14 BY SAYING AFTER SPECIFYING THAT WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED BY JESUS AND WE'RE HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE AND THEN HE SAYS, "ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS." YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN CREATED FOR A PURPOSE. AND YOU THINK ABOUT WORK. LIFE IS ABOUT WORK, WHETHER YOU LIKE WORK OR NOT. A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE DON'T REALLY LIKE WORK BUT YOU GOTTA WORK TO BRING FORTH THE PRODUCT OR GET MONEY IN ORDER THAT YOU MIGHT SUPPORT YOURSELF OR YOUR FAMILY. BUT AT END OF THE DAY, WORK IS WORK. WORK IS INVOLVED IN EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE INCLUDING SPIRITUAL THINGS. AND SO IT IS NOT STRANGE THAT AFTER WE HAVE SUBMITTED TO GOD, THEN THERE IS A WORK TO DO. THERE IS A WORK REQUIRED.

WE CAN GO TO MANY PLACES TO SEE THIS WORK AND THIS GOOD WORK WE CAN GO THERE AGAIN EPHESIANS AND WE CAN GO TO CHAPTER TWO WHERE IT TALKS ABOUT THE GRACE OF GOD AND HOW WE'RE SAVED BY THE GRACE THROUGH FAITH. AND THEN IN VERSE 10 OF CHAPTER TWO PAUL SAYS THIS: WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP. THAT IS THE WORKMANSHIP OF GOD, MADE BY GOD GIVEN THE GIFT OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS FROM GOD AND ALSO SAVED BY GOD AS WE'VE BEEN CONSIDERING TOGETHER. BUT THEN IN VERSE 10 HE SAID THIS AND WE ARE, "CREATED IN JESUS CHRIST FOR GOOD WORKS." GOOD WORKS THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN. THAT IS THE VERY PURPOSE OF A CHILD OF GOD. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT GOD WANTS OF US. THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE WILLING TO WORK IN HIS KINGDOM. WHAT SERVANT, AS JESUS OFTEN SPOKE OF IN PARABLES, WHAT BONDSERVANT OR SLAVE AS JESUS ALSO SPOKE UP IN RELATIONSHIP TO THOSE WHO LIVED IN HIS DAY IS WORTH ANYTHING IF HE IS NOT OBEDIENT TO THE MASTER? IF HE DOESN'T HEAR THE MASTERS WILL AND DO WHAT THE MASTER SAYS. WHAT BONDSERVANT, AS THE EPHESIAN WRITER SAYS, AGAIN AS THE COLOSSIAN WRITER SAYS, IS WORTH ANYTHING AND ONLY GIVING LIP SERVICE AND YET HIS HEART IS NOT COMMITTED HE'S NOT DOING HIS BEST? YOU SEE, THAT KIND OF A SERVANT IS WORTHLESS. SO THEREFORE THE GOOD SERVANT, THE GOOD SERVANT OF GOD IS ONE WHO DOES WHAT? GOOD WORKS. BUT NOT JUST GOOD WORKS BUT ZEALOUS FOR THEM. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO MIGHT GO TO SERVICES AND THEY ATTEND CHURCH AND THEY MIGHT RELUCTANTLY DO CERTAIN THINGS FOR GOD AND THEY MIGHT RELUCTANTLY STUDY THE BIBLE SOME, BUT ZEALOUS! WHERE'S THE ZEAL BRETHREN AND FRIENDS. WHERE'S THE ZEAL THAT WE HAVE? AND THEN DO I NEED TO REMIND US OF THE CONTEXT THERE IN TITUS CHAPTER TWO? THE CONTEXT THAT SAYS WHAT DID JESUS DO FOR US? DIED FOR US TO REDEEM US, NOT OF SOME SIN BUT ALL SIN. TO GIVE US ETERNAL LIFE, THE HOPE OF SALVATION AND HEAVEN. AND WE CAN'T BE ZEALOUS TO DO WHAT HE ASKED US TO DO AFTER HE GAVE EVEN HIMSELF, EVEN HIS OWN DEATH? YOU SEE HOW THAT OUGHT TO MOTIVATE US? YOU SEE THAT OUGHT TO BE AN EXCITING THING FOR US? TO BRING JOY TO OUR FACE TO KNOW, 'WOW, I AM GOD'S SPECIAL PEOPLE!' AS A SPECIAL CHOSEN ONE OF GOD, AS ONE REDEEMED BY HIS BLOOD, AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS BECOME A PRIEST OF GOD AND WHO STRIVES TO BE HOLY AS HE IS HOLY, AS ONE WHO KNOWS GOD AND LOVES GOD AND YOUR RESPONSE TO THE LOVE THAT GOD FIRST SHOWED ME, THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL, I SHOULD WANT TO WORK AND ACCOMPLISH THE TASK THAT HE HAS ASKED OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.

AND BRETHERN, HOPEFULLY THAT IS THE DESIRE THAT WE HAVE AS WELL! SHOW YOURSELVES TO BE, SHOW YOURSELF TO BE HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE BY HAVING THAT PROPER ATTITUDE, THAT CHARACTER BY KNOWING WHO GOD IS, BY UNDERSTANDING HIS WILL, BY DESIRING SALVATION AND ACTING UPON IT, BY DOING THE GOOD WORKS BY KNOWING THAT WHEN YOU DO YOUR PART GOD HAS ALREADY DONE HIS. AND YOU'RE NOT ONLY GOING TO RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS OF THIS LIFE, WHICH ARE MANY PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL, BUT YOU'RE GOING TO RECEIVE THE GREATEST BLESSING OF ALL! THE LIFE TO COME. HEAVEN AND THE MANSION THAT HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR ALL THE FAITHFUL.



CLOSING COMMENTS

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HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO BE GOD'S SPECIAL PEOPLE! MAY WE ALWAYS LIVE UP TO OUR NAME AND THE CALLING WITH WHICH HE HAS CALLED US. WE TRULY SERVE A GREAT AND LOVING GOD, THEREFORE, LET'S LIVE AS GOD COMMANDS!