THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 2-24-19



LESSON TITLE: "A NEW DOCTRINE"



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 EVERY DAY OF LIFE. WE ASK THIS DAY THAT YOU WILL HELP US TO BE ABLE TO DO ALL THINGS IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH IS YOU'VE COMMANDED KNOWING FATHER THAT YOU ARE A GOOD AND A LOVING GOD AND THAT YOU YOU'VE GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY FOR THIS LIFE. AND FATHER, MOST OF ALL WE THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS'S SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS AS WELL AS HIS RESURRECTION. IT'S ONLY BECAUSE OF THESE THINGS WHICH ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. IN JESUS NAME 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 "WHAT WILL YOUR ANSWER BE!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



I HEARD A SAD STORY ONCE ABOUT SEVERAL MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS WHO WERE CLIMBING IN THE MOUNTAINS. THE LEAD CLIMBER, AS HE WAS DESCENDING FROM THE MOUNTAIN, LOST HIS FOOTING AND FELL. HIS MOMENTUM DRAGGED THE NEXT TWO CLIMBERS AFTER HIM. SEEING THE CATASTROPHE, THE OTHER CLIMBERS BRACED THEMSELVES FOR THE JOLT. AS THE THREE WENT OVER THE CLIFF THE ROPE PULLED TIGHTER AND TIGHTER AND EVENTUALLY SNAPPED UNDER THE TREMENDOUS FORCE. THE OTHERS WATCHED IN HORROR AS THEIR THREE FRIENDS FELL TO THEIR DEATH 4000 FEET BELOW ON A GLACIER. ONCE THE OTHERS WERE SAFELY BACK THEY EXAMINED THE BROKEN ROPE IN DISBELIEF. WHAT THEY DISCOVERED WAS THAT THERE WAS NO RED STRAND IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. THE SPECIAL TYPE OF ROPE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO USE HAS A SPECIAL TYPE OF STRAND RUNNING THROUGH IT, AND WAS FOR SPECIAL STRENGTH TO WITHSTAND EXTREME TENSION SIMILAR TO THE ACCIDENT OF THE DAY. THE ROPE THEY HAD BEEN USING WAS A CHEAP IMITATION, NOT THE REAL THING. THE SUBSTITUTE WAS WEAK AND COST THREE MEN THEIR LIVES.

THIS STORY SHOULD TOUCH EACH OF US TO THE HEART AS WE THINK ABOUT THE LOSS OF LIFE OVER SUCH AN AVOIDABLE MISTAKE. HOWEVER, HOW MANY GO THROUGH LIFE EVERY DAY MAKING THE SAME TYPE OF CHOICES IN THEIR OWN LIVES. THEY CHOOSE THE EASY WAY, CHEAPER WAY, OR WAY OF LEAST INVOLVEMENT. BUT WHY WOULD PEOPLE MAKE SUCH A CHOICE? MOST LIKELY BECAUSE THEY ARE CAUGHT UP IN SELF, WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME, OR HOW CAN I BEST GET BY ATTITUDES.

NOW APPLY THESE THOUGHTS AND PRINCIPLES TO THOSE THINGS OF A RELIGIOUS NATURE. AS THOSE CREATED BY GOD AND LIVING ON THIS EARTH, WE LIKEWISE NEED A RED STRAND RUNNING THROUGH OUR LIFELINE. SURE WE HAVE FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND ACQUAINTANCES IN THIS LIFE, BUT WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST, LIFE JUST WOULDN'T BE WORTH LIVING. MORE SPECIFICALLY, WITHOUT HIS BLOOD THAT WAS SHED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SAKE, WE COULD NOT KNOW THE TRUE JOYS OF THIS LIFE OR THE LIFE TO COME. WE COULD NOT HAVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. WE, AS WELL AS ALL ON THIS EARTH WOULD BE ETERNALLY LOST. OH, HOW PRECIOUS THE BLOOD OF CHRIST IS AND SHOULD BE TO ALL OF US TODAY. WHY? BECAUSE, AS PAUL SAID TO THE EPHESIAN BRETHREN, "BUT NOW IN CHRIST JESUS YOU WHO ONCE WERE FAR OFF HAVE BEEN BROUGHT NEAR BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST," EPHESIANS 2:13. HAVE YOU BEEN BROUGHT NEARER TO GOD THROUGH THE BLOOD OF HIS SON JESUS? HAVE YOU RESPONDED TO THE GREATEST GIFT EVER OFFERED TO ALL MANKIND, IN THIS LIFE? HAVE YOU BEEN CLEANSED THROUGH THE POWER OF JESUS BLOOD?

TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW." OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC THIS MORNING WILL DEAL WITH, "A NEW DOCTRINE." SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS LESSON FROM GOD'S WORD. AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER TODAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER TREY SULLINS. BROTHER TREY IS THE MINISTER FOR THE OMAHA CHURCH OF CHRIST IN OMAHA, ARKANSAS. WE THANK HIM FOR JOINING US TODAY AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD'S WORD. IT'S NOW TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE SONG, "SEEK YE FIRST."



LESSON

BY TREY SULLINS



GOOD MORNING AND THANKS AGAIN FOR JOINING US AS WE CONTINUE OUR STUDY IN GOD'S WORD AND SINGING PRAISES TO HIM IN SONG. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE STATEMENT THAT THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE? AND THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN CHALLENGED BEFORE BY SOME CLAIMING THAT THE TRUTH REALLY DOESN'T SET YOU FREE ALL THE TIME. AND IT'S BEEN SAID BEFORE THAT YOU SEE WHEN A CRIMINAL GOES AND CONFESSES OF HIS WRONGS AND CONFESSES OF THE THINGS AND CRIMES THAT HE HAS DONE, HE'S PUT IN JAIL. AND SO, THEREFORE IT CAN'T SET YOU FREE. THE TRUTH DID NOT SET HIM FREE BUT IT PUT HIM INTO PRISON. NOW, WHILE OF COURSE THAT'S TRUE AND THE STATEMENT THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE IS NOT ALWAYS TRUE IN A SENSE OF BEING 100% THE CASE THAT ALWAYS HAPPENS. IT ACTUALLY DOESN'T MEAN THAT AND IT ACTUALLY COMES FROM THE SCRIPTURES. IN JOHN CHAPTER EIGHT AND VERSE 32, THE PASSAGE IS VERY IMPORTANT WHEN CONSIDERING THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD AND IS ACTUALLY WHAT JESUS IS TALKING ABOUT. HE SAYS IN JOHN CHAPTER EIGHT VERSE 32, THAT IS JESUS SAYS, "'AND YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.'" WHAT JESUS WAS TALKING ABOUT ISN'T SPEAKING HONESTLY BUT THE TRUTH! THAT IS THE GOSPEL. THE WORD OF GOD. THE THING THAT HE WAS BRINGING TO THIS EARTH THAT WOULD BRING PEOPLE TO GOD AND THE LIFE THAT GOD WANTED THEM TO LIVE. SO YES, THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE IF IT IS THE TRUTH THAT IS GOD'S TRUTH.

NOW WE THINK ABOUT OF COURSE WHAT THAT MEANS AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SET FREE FROM SOMETHING. AND THAT BRINGS US TO OUR TOPIC FOR THIS MORNING IN ACTS CHAPTER 17 AND VERSE 19. THERE IN THE BIBLE WE FIND THAT AS PAUL IS GOING AROUND AND TEACHING DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT PLACES THAT HE COMES TO ATHENS. AND THERE'S SOME THERE IN ATHENS WHO ASK HIM THIS QUESTION IN ACTS CHAPTER 17 AND VERSE 19. THEY SAY, "'MAY WE KNOW WHAT THIS NEW DOCTRINE IS OF WHICH YOU SPEAK?'" SO THEIR QUESTION TO HIM IS WHAT'S THE NEW DOCTRINE? AND OF COURSE CONTINUING OUR SERIES ON THE THINGS THAT HAVE BECOME NEW, THIS NEW DOCTRINE IS THE TRUTH THAT JESUS WAS TALKING ABOUT THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER EIGHT VERSE 32. THE MESSAGE THAT HE BROUGHT, THE MESSAGE THAT SETS YOU FREE! AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DISCUSS FOR JUST A MOMENT HERE THIS MORNING. YOU SEE IN ROMANS CHAPTER SEVEN, PAUL EXPLAINS TO US VERY, VERY CLEARLY WHAT THIS TRUTH IS AND EXACTLY WHAT THIS NEW DOCTRINE IS AS THERE ARE ONE IN THE SAME OF COURSE. IN ROMANS CHAPTER SEVEN AND VERSE ONE TO BEGIN, PAUL IS TALKING TO THOSE WHO WERE COMING OUT OF OLD WAYS, THOSE WHO ARE LEAVING THEIR OLD LIVES AND COMING TO SOMETHING THAT WAS NEW. AND THEREFORE, YOU CAN ALREADY SEE WHY IT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT IS NEW TO THOSE PEOPLE IN ATHENS BECAUSE THEY HAD YET TO HEAR IT. IT WAS SOMETHING ENTIRELY AND COMPLETELY NEW TO THEM. THEY HAD NOT BEEN TAUGHT ABOUT THE WAY OF CHRIST. THEY HAD NOT YET BEEN TAUGHT ABOUT THE TRUTH. READ WITH ME THERE IN ROMANS CHAPTER SEVEN VERSE ONE WHAT PAUL WRITES TO THOSE TO WHOM HE IS SPEAKING:

OR DO YOU NOT KNOW, BRETHREN (FOR I SPEAK TO THOSE WHO KNOW THE LAW), THAT THE LAW HAS DOMINION OVER A MAN AS LONG AS HE LIVES? FOR THE WOMAN WHO HAS A HUSBAND IS BOUND BY THE LAW TO HER HUSBAND AS LONG AS HE LIVES. BUT IF THE HUSBAND DIES, SHE IS RELEASED FROM THE LAW OF HER HUSBAND. SO THEN IF, WHILE HER HUSBAND LIVES, SHE MARRIES ANOTHER MAN, SHE WILL BE CALLED AN ADULTERESS; BUT IF HER HUSBAND DIES, SHE IS FREE FROM THAT LAW, SO THAT SHE IS NO ADULTERESS, THOUGH SHE HAS MARRIED ANOTHER MAN.

NOW WE ARE GOING TO COME TO THE ILLUSTRATION HERE IN JUST A MOMENT. BUT VERSE FOUR TELLS US WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR. "THEREFORE, MY BRETHREN, YOU ALSO HAVE BECOME DEAD TO THE LAW THROUGH THE BODY OF CHRIST." YOU SEE DYING TO THE LAW. PAUL WAS TALKING TO THOSE MAINLY WHO ARE LEAVING JUDAISM IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS. AND OF COURSE, THOSE FROM OTHER LIVES AS WELL. SOME OF THEM BELIEVING IN DIFFERENT ROMAN GODS AND A RELIGION OF VARIOUS OTHER PLACES AS WELL BUT NO MATTER WHERE THEY CAME FROM THE ANSWER WAS THE SAME. YOU HAVE TO LEAVE THESE OLD THINGS. YOU HAVE TO DIE TO THESE OLD THINGS AND COME TO THE NEW DOCTRINE. COME TO THE NEW WAY. HIS ILLUSTRATION THERE IS OF A HUSBAND AND WIFE RELATIONSHIP. IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 19, JESUS EXPLAINS TO US A VERY SIMPLE PRINCIPLE. HE SAYS WHAT GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER LET NOT MAN SEPARATE. THE PRINCIPLE IS THAT MARRIAGE CANNOT BE SEPARATED BY MAN. AND IT SHOULD BE FOR LIFE. AND BASED ON THAT PRINCIPAL PAUL THEN GOES BACK TO AND EXPLAINS THIS IDEA THAT YOU ARE BOUND TO THIS LAW UNTIL IT DIES OR YOU DIE TO THE LAW, IN EITHER CASE.

NOW THE IMPORTANT PART TO RECOGNIZE HERE THAT IS ON BOTH SIDES, COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2 VERSE 14, TELLS US THAT THE OLD LAW DIED. COLOSSIANS 2:14 SAYS, "HAVING WIPED AWAY THE HANDWRITING OF REQUIREMENTS THAT WAS AGAINST US, WHICH WAS CONTRARY TO US." YOU SEE HE IS TALKING ABOUT JESUS CHRIST AND THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST DID AWAY WITH THOSE OLD LAWS, DID AWAY WITH THE OLD THINGS THAT WE WERE ONCE IN. AND OF COURSE, ON THE OTHER HAND WE SAY OR I MENTIONED HOW ON BOTH SIDES THE DEATH HAD OCCURRED. WELL, THE PERSON COMING TO CHRIST HAS TO, THEMSELVES, ALSO RELEASE FROM THE OLD LAW. THEY HAVE TO MAKE A VOW OR RESOLUTION OR WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE IN THEIR LIVES THAT THEY ARE NOT FOLLOWING THIS OLD WAY ANYMORE. THEY ARE DYING TO THIS OLD LIFE THEY WERE ONCE IN. JOINING THE NEW DOCTRINE. AND THAT'S WHAT THE PEOPLE OF ATHENS THERE WERE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND. WHAT IS THIS NEW DOCTRINE? WHAT IS THIS NEW THING THAT YOU ARE TEACHING TO US? AND THAT'S WHAT PAUL HERE IS DISCUSSING. IT'S THE NEW WAY THAT YOU MUST COME TO. OF COURSE, HE SAYS THERE IN VERSE FOUR WE'VE ALREADY READ. THEREFORE MY BRETHREN YOU ALSO HAVE BECOME DEAD TO THE LAW OF THE BODY OF CHRIST.

NOW, AS WE COME OVER TO THE DOCTRINE INSIDE OF OUR DISCUSSION VERSE ONE EXPLAINS TO US SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT. THAT WE ARE UNDER LAW. NOW WE ARE, IN A GENERAL SENSE OF COURSE, WE'RE USING THE VERSE HERE TO TALK ABOUT THIS BUT THE IDEA IS THE SAME THAT NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU'RE DOING. IF YOU'RE ALIVE YOU'RE UNDER LAW FIRST AND FOREMOST. OF COURSE, YOU ARE UNDER GOD'S LAW AND THEREFORE AS WE WILL COME TO HERE IN JUST A MOMENT YOU NEED TO FOLLOW HIS LAW. BUT ASIDE FROM GOD'S LAW, YOU ALSO HAVE MAN'S LAW. YOU ALSO HAVE THE LAWS OF WHATEVER COUNTRY YOU MIGHT BE IN. SO YOU'RE UNDER LAW. THE FIRST THING WE HAVE TO DO IS ACCEPT THAT FACT. SOMETIMES WE DON'T LIKE PEOPLE TELLING US WHAT WE CAN DO AND CAN'T DO. AND WE DON'T LIKE PEOPLE SAYING THAT WE SHOULD BE HERE OR WE SHOULD BE THERE OR WE SHOULD ACT THIS WAY OR WE SHOULDN'T ACT THIS WAY BUT IT'S JUST A REALITY OF LIFE. WE ARE UNDER LAW. WE ARE UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF SOMETHING ELSE AND THAT IS A BLANKET PRINCIPLE FOR EVERYBODY. AGAIN, IF YOU ARE ALIVE YOU'RE UNDER A LAW. AND THAT'S WHAT PAUL'S EXPLAINING. VERSE FOUR THOUGH, THE IMPORTANT PART IS THAT YOU'RE UNDER THE LAW OF THE NEW DOCTRINE AND TO DO THAT YOU HAVE TO LEAVE THE OLD. WHEREVER YOU MIGHT BE FROM, WHATEVER THAT OLD DOCTRINE MIGHT BE TO YOU, YOU'VE GOT TO LEAVE IT. COME TO THE NEW COMPLETELY IN ORDER OF COURSE TO BE A PART OF THE NEW. GALATIANS CHAPTER FIVE AND VERSE 16 AND 17 TELLS US THIS IDEA VERY CLEARLY. I WANT TO READ THAT PASSAGE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW US SO PLAINLY THAT WE HAVE TO BE ONE WHO LEAVES THAT OLD WAY AND THAT OLD LAW. GALATIANS CHAPTER 5 VERSE 16 AND 17, "I SAY THEN: WALK IN THE SPIRIT, AND YOU SHALL NOT FULFILL THE LUST OF FLESH. FOR THE FLESH LUSTS AGAINST THE SPIRIT, AND THE SPIRIT AGAINST THE FLESH; AND THESE ARE CONTRARY TO ONE ANOTHER, SO THAT YOU DO NOT DO THE THINGS THAT YOU WISH." NOW, PAUL'S GETTING INTO THE SPECIFICS HERE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FLESH AND THE SPIRIT BUT WHAT HE IS SAYING ON A BASIC LEVEL IS THAT WHEN YOU COME TO CHRIST YOU LIVE FOR THE SPIRIT SO THAT THE OLD, THAT IS THE FLESH IN THIS EXAMPLE, IS NOT WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO LIVE FOR ANYMORE. SO THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD, THE DESIRES OF THE WORLD THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO DO THAT ARE CONTRARY TO GOD'S WILL, THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE SETTING ASIDE. THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE NO LONGER DOING SO YOU CAN BE IN THE NEW DOCTRINE.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE MOVE ONTO NEXT OF COURSE BECAUSE AS PAUL EVEN ILLUSTRATES THERE IN ROMANS CHAPTER SEVEN WITH THE ILLUSTRATION OF THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP HE KEEPS THAT GOING AS VERSE FOUR SAYS THAT YOU BE MARRIED TO ANOTHER SO YOU BECOME DEAD TO THE LAW. TO BE MARRIED TO ANOTHER .IT'S NOT YOU DIED TO THE LAW AND NOW YOU'RE IN ANARCHY AND YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT. BUT YOU DIED OF THE OLD TO COME TO THE NEW. AND IN COMING TO THE NEW YOU ARE BOUND IN A CLOSE AND RESPONSIBLE RELATIONSHIP TO THE NEW LAW; THE NEW DOCTRINE. AGAIN, THE SAME ONE THOSE PEOPLE AT ATHENS WERE ASKING ABOUT. YOU CONTINUE IT ON TO THE END OF VERSE FOUR AND IT SAYS THAT WE SHOULD BEAR FRUIT TO GOD. NOW, YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU PLANT A TREE, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE, SAY AN APPLE TREE WHAT DO YOU EXPECT OUT OF THAT TREE? WELL, APPLES OF COURSE. IF YOU SEE ORANGES, SOMETHING QUITE STRANGE IS WITH THAT TREE. BUT WHEN GOD TELLS US TO COME TO THE NEW DOCTRINE WHAT DOES HE EXPECT US TO BE? TREES PRODUCING THE FRUIT THAT HE DESIRES! TREES PRODUCING THE THINGS THAT HE HAS TOLD US TO PRODUCE, THE THINGS THAT HE HAS TOLD US TO DO. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. AND SO THE NEW DOCTRINE OF COURSE IS THE WAY THAT TELLS US TO LIVE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL.

ONE IMPORTANT PASSAGE AGAIN IS IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER TWO AND IN VERSE 14 THROUGH 16 BECAUSE HERE WE FIND THE ENTIRE PROCESS LAID OUT FOR US EXACTLY AS WE SHOULD BE DOING IT AND EXACTLY AS WE SHOULD BE LIVING. EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2 VERSE 14 THROUGH 15. IT SAYS HERE, "FOR HE HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE, WHO WAS MADE BOTH ONE, HAS BROKEN DOWN THE MIDDLE WALL OF SEPARATION, HAVING ABOLISHED IN THE FLESH THE ENMITY, THAT IS THE LAW OF COMMANDMENTS CONTAINED IN ORDINANCES, SO AS TO CREATE IN HIMSELF ONE NEW MAN FROM THE TWO, THUS MAKING PEACE." VERSE 16, "AND THAT HE MIGHT RECONCILE THEM BOTH TO GOD IN ONE BODY THROUGH THE CROSS, THEREBY PUTTING TO DEATH THE ENMITY. AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO ARE FAR OFF AND TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR." NOW PAUL HERE AGAIN WRITING THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS IS TALKING ABOUT THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST. AND IN THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST HE PUT TO DEATH THE ENMITY THAT WAS WITH GOD. HE RELEASED THAT OPPOSITION THAT WAS WITH GOD, THE OLD WAYS THAT PEOPLE WERE ONCE IN DONE AWAY WITH SO THAT WE ARE NO LONGER AT ENMITY WITH GOD. WE'RE NO LONGER IN OPPOSITION WITH GOD BUT CAN COME TO THE NEW DOCTRINE CLEAN. CAN COME TO THE NEW DOCTRINE AND DO AS HE WANTS WITHOUT HOLDING ONTO THAT OLD BAGGAGE FROM THE OLD WAYS AND THE OLD THINGS OF COURSE OF THE OLD LIFE.

ONCE MORE IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER FIVE AND IN VERSE 22 WE FIND ANOTHER IMPORTANT PASSAGE. WE WILL LOOK THERE IN VERSE 23. AGAIN PAUL WRITING TO EPHESIANS IS USING THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP TO SHOW US THAT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THOSE WHO FOLLOW GOD AND THE NEW DOCTRINE. WE CALL THEM CHRISTIANS OF COURSE. EPHESIANS CHAPTER FIVE VERSE 23 SAYS, "FOR THE HUSBAND IS HEAD OF THE WIFE, AS ALSO CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH; HE IS THE SAVIOR OF THE BODY." NOW THIS PASSAGE ISN'T TALKING ABOUT A DICTATORSHIP IN WHICH JESUS CHRIST IS THE MASTER AND HE TELLS HIS ARMY TO DO WHAT HE WANTS. BUT IT IS TALKING ABOUT ONE WHO IS THE SPIRITUAL LEADER. ONE WHO IS SUPPOSED TO HELP HIS BODY, THE CHURCH COME TO HIM. HOW DOES HE DO THAT? THE NEW DOCTRINE. HE DOES THAT BY TELLING US HOW WE SHOULD LIVE. TELLING US HOW WE SHOULD OBEY AND TELLING US HOW WE SHOULD SERVE GOD OF COURSE.

WE OF COURSE WANT TO LOOK AT ONE MORE PASSAGE IN ROMANS CHAPTER SIX BECAUSE HERE IN VERSE FOUR WE FIND SOMETHING ELSE THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT. THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE A SEPARATION. YOU SEE, WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT BECOMING ONE IN CHRIST, BINDING OURSELVES TO THE LAW THAT CHRIST BROUGHT TO US BEING ONE OF THE WAY THAT HE TOLD US TO LIVE. HOW DO WE GO ABOUT DOING THAT? ROMANS CHAPTER SIX AND IN VERSE FOUR, "THEREFORE WE WERE BURIED WITH HIM THROUGH BAPTISM INTO DEATH, THAT JUST AS CHRIST WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE." THAT NEWNESS OF LIFE IS WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. WHEN WE COME TO THE NEW DOCTRINE AND WHEN THOSE PEOPLE AT ATHENS WERE ASKING ABOUT THE NEW DOCTRINE. THEY WERE NOT ASKING, 'CAN YOU HELP US BLEND OUR LIVES INTO SOMETHING ELSE? CAN YOU HELP ADD SOME STEPS AND THINGS THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE IN SO THAT WE CAN ALSO HELP AND ALSO BELIEVE IN THIS GOD AS WELL?' WHAT THEY WERE ASKING AND WHAT PAUL'S ANSWER TO THEM WAS THE NEW DOCTRINE IS SOMETHING WHERE YOU LEAVE THE OLD AND YOU COME TO THE NEW. SOMETHING WHERE YOU PUT AWAY COMPLETELY THE LIFE YOU ONCE LIVED. NO MATTER WHAT IT MAY HAVE BEEN AND YOU COME TO THAT LAW OF CHRIST, TO THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST. THE NEW DOCTRINE ONCE AGAIN. THAT GOSPEL OF CHRIST THAT IS FOUND ONLY IN HERE AND AS THIS GOSPEL EVEN TELLS US THAT YOU PUT AWAY THE OLD AT THAT POINT OF BAPTISM TO THEN BIND YOURSELF TO THE NEW AND CONTINUE ON FOR YOUR LIFE FOLLOWING THESE THINGS. NOW, REMEMBER THERE THE ILLUSTRATION THAT HE GAVE. ILLUSTRATION OF MARRIAGE FOR LIFE FOR THE BINDING TO CHRIST IS FOR LIFE TOO. ARE YOU IN THE NEW DOCTRINE?



CLOSING COMMENTS



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