THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 3-18-18



LESSON TITLE: “PARTAKERS OF CHRIST”



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.

GOOD MORNING! THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING IN THIS SERVICE OF GOD. THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM IS COMMITTED TO PROCLAIMING THE SIMPLE TRUTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST WHICH IS CONFIRMED FOR US IN THE BIBLE. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE YOUR BIBLE’S HANDY AND I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER AS WE SING PRAISES TO HIS NAME AND STUDY FROM HIS WONDROUS WORD. NOW LET’S BEGIN BY TALKING TO OUR FATHER IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE THE GREAT PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO BE SERVANTS IN YOUR KINGDOM. AND HELP US THIS DAY TO GIVE OUR VERY BEST AS WE WORSHIP YOU IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH THAT WE MIGHT ALWAYS DO THAT WHICH IS ACCORDING TO YOUR GREAT PLEASURES. AND FATHER, WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER, GIVE US THAT REWARD OF HEAVEN WHEN WE'VE BEEN FOUND FAITHFUL IN THE END. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

IT’S NOW TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE AS WE TOGETHER SING THE FIRST HYMN OF THE MORNING. OUR FIRST SONG OF THE DAY FOCUSES ON OUR NEED TO WALK IN THE PATHWAY ESTABLISHED BY JESUS, FOR THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY THAT LEADS TO GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING, “STEPPING IN THE LIGHT.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

I'D LIKE TO TAKE JUST A MOMENT TO INVITE YOU TO A TV TAPING OF SONG WHICH WE'LL BE HAVING NEXT WEEK ON MARCH 25 FROM 2 O'CLOCK TO 4 O'CLOCK AT THE KANSAS EXPRESSWAY CHURCH OF CHRIST BUILDING IN SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI. WE'D LIKE TO WELCOME ALL OF YOU WHO ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST AND THOSE WHOM I WANT TO BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHERS BY HELPING US TO PRETAPE THE SONGS FOR THIS PROGRAM WHICH ARE USED ON A WEEKLY BASIS. I'D LIKE YOU TO CERTAINLY CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AND YOU'LL HAVE THAT INFORMATION AT THE END OF THE PROGRAM TO DO SO. BUT OTHERWISE WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU, PERHAPS, ON MARCH 25.

WE ALL HAVE TRIALS AND PROBLEMS IN THIS LIFE FROM TIME TO TIME. HAVE YOU EVER ASKED THE QUESTION OR WONDERED, “WHY ME?” I’M SURE WE ALL HAVE WONDERED WHY THINGS HAPPEN TO US OR WHY WE SUFFER IN THIS LIFE, BUT I MIGHT ASK YOU, “HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED IT MIGHT BE YOUR FAULT? THINK FOR A MOMENT WHY YOU ARE SUFFERING? IS IT YOUR FAULT OR GOD’S? WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT OUR SUFFERING?

JAMES TELLS US TO “COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YOU FALL INTO VARIOUS TRIALS,” JAMES CHAPTER 1, VERSE 2. BUT WHY ON EARTH WOULD JAMES MAKE SUCH A CONFUSING STATEMENT? READ WITH ME VERSE 12 FROM THE SAME PASSAGE, THERE IT SAYS, “BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO ENDURES TEMPTATION; FOR WHEN HE HAS BEEN APPROVED, HE WILL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF LIFE WHICH THE LORD HAS PROMISED TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” YOU SEE, WE ARE TO ENDURE TEMPTATION, BECAUSE THOSE WHO DO WILL BE BLESSED BY GOD.

BUT WHAT TYPE OF TEMPTATIONS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE? PETER CLARIFIES THIS POINT FOR US IN 1 PETER 4:12-13, THERE WE READ, “BELOVED, DO NOT THINK IT STRANGE CONCERNING THE FIERY TRIAL WHICH IS TO TRY YOU, AS THOUGH SOME STRANGE THING HAPPENED TO YOU; BUT REJOICE TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU PARTAKE OF CHRIST'S SUFFERINGS, THAT WHEN HIS GLORY IS REVEALED, YOU MAY ALSO BE GLAD WITH EXCEEDING JOY.” IT IS CLEAR IN THIS PASSAGE THAT WE SHOULD REJOICE IN SUFFERINGS THAT ARE PRESENT BECAUSE OF OUR FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS. WHEN WE SUFFER FOR HIS CAUSE IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT.

IN THE BEGINNING OF OUR COMMENTS, I ASKED IF YOU HAD EVER CONSIDERED IF YOUR SUFFERINGS ARE YOUR OWN FAULT? I ASK THIS QUESTION BECAUSE THE BIBLE TELLS US GOD WILL GIVE US ALL WE NEED IF WE ARE FAITHFUL TO HIM. IT TELLS US HE WILL HELP EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IF WE LIVE ACCORDING TO HIS WORD. IN ROMANS 8:38, PAUL SAID, “AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, TO THOSE WHO ARE THE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.” JAMES SAID, “EVERY GOOD GIFT AND EVERY PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, AND COMES DOWN FROM THE FATHER OF LIGHTS,” AGAIN, CHAPTER 1:17!

THE BIBLE CLEARLY STATES THAT IF WE LOVE GOD AND SERVE HIM, HE WILL CARE FOR US AND GIVE US ALL THAT WE NEED. SO WHEN YOU WONDER, ‘WHY DO I NOT HAVE THINGS?’ OR ‘WHY DO I SUFFER?’ THEN I WOULD ASK THE QUESTION, “ARE YOU REALLY SERVING GOD IN HIS WAY?”

THIS MORNING, WE WILL BEGIN A NEW SERIES OF STUDY ENTITLED, “WE HAVE BECOME PARTAKERS OF….” OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC TODAY IS, “…PARTAKERS OF CHRIST.” SO, PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING, AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER WE WILL BE LEAD IN THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. TODAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER TREY SULLINS WITH US AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER. TREY IS THE MINISTER FOR THE OMAHA CHURCH OF CHRIST, IN OMAHA, AR. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING US IN GOD’S WORD AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. NOW LET’S RETURN TO OUR SONGS OF PRAISE, THE NAME OF OUR NEXT HYMN IS, “THE GOSPEL IS FOR ALL!”



LESSON

TREY SULLINS

GOOD MORNING AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR ANOTHER PORTION OF STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. WE WILL BEGIN THIS MORNING STARTING A NEW SERIES TALKING ABOUT THE PARTAKING FOUND WITHIN THE NEW TESTAMENT. AS WE LOOK AT THE NEW TESTAMENT, WE FIND A WHOLE LOT OF EXAMPLES SHOWING US THAT WE PARTAKE OF MANY DIFFERENT BLESSINGS IF WE CHOOSE TO FOLLOW GOD. THIS MORNING, WE'LL BE BEGINNING IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS, AND IN CHAPTER 3 AND VERSE 14 IF YOU BEGIN LOOKING OVER THERE IN JUST A MOMENT, WE'LL READ THIS VERSE. BUT THE IDEA PARTAKING HAS TO DO WITH ONE WHO IS SHARING OR JOINING IN TOGETHER WITH OTHERS AS WE JOIN TOGETHER IN THIS THING THAT IS BEING TALKED ABOUT WITHIN THE TEXT. SO THIS MORNING IT IS OUR HOPE AND PRAYER THAT OVER THESE NEXT FEW WEEKS THAT THIS STUDY WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO YOU AND THAT IT WILL HELP US ALL TO GROW AND TO LEARN GOD'S WORD.

LOOK WITH ME THERE NOW TO HEBREWS CHAPTER 3 AND IN VERSE 14. THE BIBLE THERE SAYS, “FOR WE HAVE BECOME PARTAKERS OF CHRIST IF WE HOLD THE BEGINNING OF OUR CONFIDENCE STEADFAST TO THE END.” THIS IDEA OF BEING A PARTAKER OF CHRIST IS THAT WE ARE JOINING TOGETHER WITH ONE ANOTHER AND SHARING THE BLESSINGS AND THE GOODNESS OF CHRIST. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THE MANY THINGS THAT HE DID THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT WE FIND EXAMPLES OF, EVEN HIS TEACHINGS AND THE GOOD ATTITUDES THAT HE SHOWED FORTH, WE ARE PARTAKING OF THESE GREAT THINGS AND WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN IN TOGETHER WITH HIM IN THESE THINGS, NOT ONLY TO SEE THEM, BUT TO SHOW THOSE IN OUR LIVES AS WELL. IF YOU ALSO THINK ABOUT THE TEXT THERE, AS IT SAYS, “FOR WE HAVE BECOME PARTAKERS,” THE IDEA OF WE IS OF COURSE THE WRITER JOINING HIMSELF WITH THOSE TO WHOM HE WAS TALKING SAYING THAT HE, ALONG WITH THE AUDIENCE, WERE THE ONES WHO WERE PARTAKING OF CHRIST. NOW, IF YOU LOOK AS WELL THROUGHOUT THE CONTEXT OF THE BOOK OF HEBREWS, NEARLY THE ENTIRE BOOK IS SPENT TRYING TO SHOW HOW THE OLD WAYS ARE NOT AS GOOD AS THE NEW WAYS AND HOW THE NEW WAYS ARE REALLY SO MUCH BETTER AND THOSE NEW WAYS OF COURSE ARE THE WAYS OF CHRIST. SO IT'S EASY TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVEN AS HE SAYS THIS, HE'S TALKING ABOUT AND TALKING TO THOSE WHO ARE CHRISTIANS. AND AS HE TALKS ABOUT THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN, HE SAYS THAT THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN IS ONE IN WHICH WE PARTAKE OF CHRIST.

IF YOU LOOK WITH ME OVER THERE TO FIRST CORINTHIANS AND IN CHAPTER 1 THOUGH, WE SEE SOME MORE ABOUT THIS CONCEPT OF PARTAKING OF CHRIST. OF COURSE, AS WE MENTIONED WHEN YOU ARE PARTAKING OF CHRIST YOU ARE TAKING ALL THOSE GOOD THINGS THAT HE BROUGHT TO US AND ALL THOSE GOOD THINGS THAT HE WANTS US TO SHOW FORTH. AND IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 1 AND IN VERSE 30, THE BIBLE THERE SAYS, “BUT OF HIM YOU ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO BECAME FOR US WISDOM FROM GOD -AND RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SANCTIFICATION AND REDEMPTION.” OF COURSE, AS THE BIBLE THERE IS EXPLAINING TO US, THAT JESUS CHRIST WHEN HE CAME TO THIS EARTH HE CAME AS A BLESSING BRINGING ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT GOD WANTED US TO HAVE RIGHT TO OUR VERY DOORS, RIGHT TO THIS EARTH WHICH WE LIVE ON AND WHICH WE BREATHE ON. IN THAT VERSE, HE EXPLAINS TO US FOUR DIFFERENT THINGS THAT JESUS CHRIST BECAME. THIS OF COURSE IS NOT THE WHOLE OF JESUS'S EXISTENCE BUT IT SHOWS US A SMALL GLIMPSE OF SOME OF THOSE THINGS THAT WE GET TO PARTAKE OF WHEN WE PARTAKE OF CHRIST. IF YOU NOTICE THERE, THE FIRST ONE SAYS WISDOM. NOW THIS IS OBVIOUSLY THE GOOD USE OF KNOWLEDGE OR EVEN THE GAINING OR THE ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGE AND HOW WE USE IT TO THE BEST OF ITS ABILITIES. NOW IF YOU THINK ABOUT EVEN UNDER THE OLD TESTAMENT, EVEN WITH SOLOMON, WHEN HE WAS OFFERED BY GOD THE CHANCE TO ASK OF ANYTHING THAT HE MIGHT WANT, HE SAID HE WANTED WISDOM. DO YOU SEE HIS DESIRE IS DRAWN TO HAVE THAT WISDOM OF GOD? EVEN IN HIS DAY AND TIME WE FIND EXAMPLES IN THE BIBLE OF PEOPLE TRAVELING LARGE DISTANCES TO GO AND JUST SEE THAT WISDOM THAT GOD HAD TO OFFER TO MAN. SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT JESUS CHRIST BRINGING THESE THINGS TO US, WHAT SHOULD BE OUR ATTITUDE? WE SHOULD STRIVE EVERY DAY TO REACH OUT AND TO GRAB ONTO THAT WISDOM TO BE PARTAKERS OF CHRIST THAT WE MIGHT HAVE THESE BLESSINGS THAT HE OFFERS. THE TEXT CONTINUES ON AND SAYS RIGHTEOUSNESS. NOW, RIGHTEOUSNESS IS TALKING ABOUT ALL THOSE THINGS THAT ARE CORRECT AND GOOD IN THE EYES OF GOD. THE THINGS THAT SHOW US WHAT WE ARE TO DO IN ORDER TO BE APPROVED BY GOD. THE TEXT NEXT SAYS SANCTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION HAS TO DO WITH THE PURIFICATION OR THE CLEANLINESS, THE WAY BY WHICH WE BECOME HOLY AND CLEAN IN THE EYES OF GOD. THAT OF COURSE WAS ALSO GIVEN TO US BY JESUS CHRIST AS THIS TEXT SAYS. FINALLY, THERE IT CONCLUDES THOUGH WITH REDEMPTION IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 1 AND VERSE 30. AND REDEMPTION HAS TO DO WITH THE LIBERATION OF PEOPLE BY THE PAYING OF A RANSOM OR OF A PRICE. OF COURSE, WE KNOW JESUS CHRIST, AS THE BIBLE EXPLAINS TO US EVEN IN TEXT LIKE JOHN CHAPTER 3 VERSE 16, ONE THAT IS WELL KNOWN, THAT JESUS CAME TO THIS EARTH TO SAVE THE WORLD BECAUSE GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD. AND WHENEVER JESUS PAID THAT RANSOM PRICE, WE WERE REDEEMED, AS THIS TEXT SAYS. SO LOOKING AT JUST THESE FOUR EXAMPLES AND CERTAINLY THERE'S MANY OTHERS WE CAN SEE HOW EASY IT IS TO WANT TO SERVE GOD! WE CAN ALSO SEE THAT IT SHOULD BE OUR DESIRE EVERY SINGLE DAY TO WANT TO BE A PARTAKER OF GOD. TO WANT TO BE ONE WHO IS A PARTAKER JESUS CHRIST. AND HOW IMPORTANT THAT REALLY IS.

AS WE THINK ABOUT THIS CONCEPT THOUGH AND THIS QUESTION - WE HAVE TO ASK, ‘WELL, HOW DO WE BECOME A PARTAKER OF GOD?’ YOU KNOW IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF PARTAKING, IT HAS TO DO WITH SHARING WITH ONE ANOTHER IN THESE THINGS. SO IF YOU IMAGINE A TABLE LAID OUT BEFORE YOU, AND MAYBE THIS IS A DINNER TABLE AND YOU'VE GOT YOUR FOOD LAID OUT, SO YOUR MASHED POTATOES ARE OVER HERE, AND YOUR MEAT IS OVER HERE, YOUR GREENS ARE OVER HERE, AND MAYBE YOUR ROLLS ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE, AND AS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE REACHING THERE AND GRABBING THE DIFFERENT FOODS THAT YOU WANT PARTAKING OF THESE THINGS, ONE WITH ANOTHER AND SHARING IN THESE THINGS, THAT'S KIND OF THE IDEA HERE OF SHARING IN CHRIST. WE'RE REACHING OUT AND TAKING THESE THINGS THAT HE HAS TO OFFER FOR US BY SERVING HIM. NOW OF COURSE, HOW WE DO THAT? YOU CAN'T SIMPLY GO TO WALMART AND PICK UP, YOU KNOW YOUR LITTLE BAG OF JESUS CHRIST OR GRAB A BOTTLE OUT OF THE FREEZER THERE AT WALMART OR WHATEVER STORE YOU MAY BE GOING TO. BUT WHENEVER YOU THINK ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF PARTAKING OF CHRIST, WE CAN LOOK TO VARIOUS TEXTS TO UNDERSTAND HOW EASY IT IS. GALATIANS CHAPTER 3 AND VERSE 27 THERE, THE BIBLE SAYS, “FOR AS MANY OF YOU AS WERE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST HAVE PUT ON CHRIST.” NOW, PAUL OF COURSE WAS TALKING TO CHRISTIAN BRETHREN AT THE CHURCHES OF GALATIA AS THE BOOK EVEN TITLES ITSELF BUT IN THIS PASSAGE HERE HE'S EXPLAINING THAT THOSE WHO WEAR THE NAME OF CHRIST, IN OTHER WORDS THOSE WHO ARE PARTAKERS OF CHRIST, ARE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST. THOSE WHO ARE CHRISTIANS WEARING THE NAME OF CHRIST.

SO WE THEN HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION AS IT REALLY BECOMES, ‘HOW DO WE BECOME A CHRISTIAN?’ LOOKING INTO THE BIBLE, GOD MADE IT SO SIMPLE FOR US AND PRAISE GOD FOR THAT! HE DIDN'T MAKE IT HARD OR CONVOLUTED. WE DON'T HAVE TO SEARCH OUR ENTIRE LIVES TO FIND THE ANSWERS. ALL WE DO IS LOOK RIGHT HERE WITHIN THE SCRIPTURES AS HE GAVE US. IN ROMANS CHAPTER 10 VERSE 17, THE BIBLE TELLS US, “SO THEN FAITH COMES BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THAT WORD OF GOD,” THAT WE HAVE RIGHT HERE. WHEN WE HEAR THAT WORD OF GOD, IT BUILDS US THE FAITH AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE LEARNING WHICH IS REALLY WHAT HEARING MEANS. IT'S NOT JUST SIMPLE AUDIBLE RECOGNITION OF THE WORDS OR SOUND, BUT IT'S UNDERSTANDING AND LEARNING FROM THE THINGS THAT WE HEAR. SO WHEN WE HEAR THE WORD OF GOD WE MUST TAKE INTO OUR HEARTS AND OUR MINDS AND LEARN FROM THESE THINGS. CONTINUING THERE INTO MARK CHAPTER 16 VERSE 16, AND CERTAINLY THERE'S MANY MORE TEXTS TO EXPLAIN AND SHOW ANY OF THESE EXAMPLES THAT WE GO THROUGH HERE RIGHT NOW. BUT MARK CHAPTER 16 VERSE 16 SAYS AS JESUS SAID TO THOSE WHOM HE WAS TALKING TO, YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT HE WAS THE SON OF GOD, IS WHAT HE MEANT. AND JOHN CHAPTER 8 VERSE 24 THE BIBLE SAYS IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT HE IS THE SON OF GOD, THAT HE IS HE, AS THE TEXT SAYS, THEN YOU WILL BE IN TROUBLE. THE BIBLE EVEN SAYS THERE THAT YOU WILL PERISH IN YOUR SINS. NOW THE IDEA OF BELIEVING IN JESUS CHRIST IS BELIEVING EVERYTHING THAT IS ABOUT, BELIEVING HIS WILL, BELIEVING HIS WORD, AND OF COURSE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THERE, BELIEVING THAT HE IS THE SON OF GOD AS THE TEXT EVEN SAYS IN THAT PASSAGE. CONTINUING ON THOUGH, WE TALK ABOUT REPENTANCE. AFTER HEARING AND AFTER BELIEVING THE WORD OF GOD, YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE! YOU HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE. AND IN THE BIBLE ACTS CHAPTER 2 IN VERSE 38 IT EXPLAINS THAT VERY THING. YOU SEE WHILE PETER THERE ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST WAS TALKING TO THOSE WHO WERE EVEN THE JOINING IN AND POSSIBLY EVEN THOSE WHO HELPED IN THE CRUCIFIXION OF THE VERY SON OF GOD, YOU KNOW WHAT HE TOLD THEM TO DO? HE SAID REPENT! HE SAID GET RIGHT! NOW, REPENTANCE HAS TO DO IN ACTS CHAPTER 2:38 THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT HAS TO DO WITH TURNING BACK TO GOD. YOU SEE, WHENEVER YOU'RE WALKING IN THE OLD-LIFE YOU ARE GOING THIS WAY TOWARDS THAT SIN, TOWARDS THOSE THINGS THAT PULL YOU AWAY FROM GOD. AND WHEN YOU REPENT YOU TURN ONCE AWAY FROM THOSE THINGS THAT ARE WRONG AND THEN YOU TURN AGAIN TOWARDS GOD, TURNING TOWARDS THE PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, THE PATH THAT GOD WANTS US TO BE ON. AND OF COURSE, ALL THAT IS DONE AFTER WE HAVE THAT GODLY SORROW AND ARE CONVICTED IN OUR HEARTS THAT WE KNOW WE'VE DONE THINGS WRONG. WE FOLLOW THAT UP THOUGH WITH CONFESSION. IN ACTS CHAPTER 8 VERSE 37 THERE THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH WAS MET BY PHILIP. AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH SAID AFTER BEING TAUGHT ABOUT JESUS? HE SAYS, “‘I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD.’” THAT'S THE CONFESSION THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE. WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND AND ADMIT THAT WE BELIEVE HE IS THE ONE WHOM HE SAYS HE IS THAT HE REALLY IS THAT SON OF GOD. FOLLOWING THAT UP THOUGH IN ACTS CHAPTER 2:38 ONCE AGAIN, PETER TOLD THOSE PEOPLE AFTER TELLING THEM TO REPENT HE SAYS YOU MUST BE BAPTIZED. NOW, BAPTISM IS THE POINT IN WHICH WE WASH AWAY OUR SINS. ROMANS CHAPTER 6 EXPLAINS TO US THAT WE ARE BURIED IN THAT WATER, FULLY IMMERSED, AND RISE AGAIN THE NEW CREATION. JUST LIKE JESUS THERE WAS BURIED IN THAT TOMB AND ROSE AGAIN ON THE THIRD DAY. WE DO SO AND WE ARE THEN ADDED TO THE CHURCH, AS NEW CHRISTIANS, AS THOSE WHO SERVE GOD, AS THOSE WHO ARE NOW PARTAKING OF CHRIST. NOW WITH ALL THESE THINGS IN MIND IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND AS FIRST PETER CHAPTER 3 VERSE 21 SAYS, THAT IT IS THAT BAPTISM WHICH NOW SAVES US. IT IS THAT BAPTISM WHICH BRINGS US, JUST LIKE NOAH WAS SAVED WITH THE WATER UNDER HIS DAY, AS THAT TEXT SAYS, THAT'S FIRST PETER CHAPTER 3 VERSE 21, THAT WE ARE NOW SAVED THROUGH BAPTISM AND AT THAT MOMENT WE HAVE TO COMMIT OURSELVES TO BEING THAT PARTAKER OF CHRIST. TO COMMIT OURSELVES TO DOING EXACTLY WHAT WE TALK ABOUT RIGHT NOW.

SEE, BACK IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 3 AND IN VERSE 14 HE DOESN'T STOP THERE. HE DOESN'T JUST SAY WE BECOME PARTAKERS OF CHRIST AND THAT'S IT! BUT THERE'S A CONDITION PLACED WITHIN THIS TEXT. NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS. THAT'S AGAIN HEBREWS CHAPTER 3 VERSE 14, “FOR WE HAVE BECOME PARTAKERS OF CHRIST IF WE HOLD THE BEGINNING OF OUR CONFIDENCE STEADFAST TO THE END.” YOU NOTICE THAT "IF STATEMENT" PUT IN THE TEXT? NOW JUST LIKE YOU MIGHT TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN, IF YOU HAVE THEM, YOU MIGHT TELL THEM WE'LL GO TO THE ICE CREAM SHOP, IF YOU DO THIS. IF YOU CLEAN YOUR ROOM, YOU'LL GET THE REWARD, AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE TEXT HERE IS SAYING. IF YOU DO WHAT'S RIGHT IN GOD'S EYES, THEN YOU WILL PARTAKE OF THE REWARD. AND IT ACTUALLY SAYS IT REVERSED, ‘YOU WILL PARTAKE OF THE REWARD IF YOU CONTINUE TO DO THIS.’ WHAT IS THAT THIS IN THIS TEXT? WELL, IT SAYS IF WE HOLD THE BEGINNING OF OUR CONFIDENCE STEADFAST TO THE END. HOLDING THE BEGINNING OF OUR CONFIDENCE BRINGS US TO MIND ALL THE WAY BACK WHEN WE WERE FIRST SAVED. IF YOU REMEMBER, IF YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN PERHAPS, THAT FIRST MOMENT WHENEVER YOU REMEMBER YOU ARE NOW SAVED. AND YOU THINK TO YOURSELF, ‘I AM CLEAN IN THE EYES OF GOD.’ WHAT A PRECIOUS MOMENT THAT IS IN OUR LIVES! AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE YET TO BECOME CHRISTIANS, IT'S A MOMENT YOU LOOK FORWARD TO AND A MOMENT YOU WILL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. BUT AS YOU THINK ABOUT THAT MOMENT, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO DO AT THAT TIME? YOU THOUGHT TO YOURSELF, ‘I WANT TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO STAY CLEAN WITH GOD, TO STAY PURE AND CONFIDENT,’ AS THE TEXT SAYS IN HIS EYES. THEREFORE, YOU STROVE EVERY SINGLE DAY AS YOU SHOULD TO LIVE EXACTLY THE WAY THAT HE WANTS YOU TO. NOTICE HOW THE TEXT STILL SAYS AT THE END OF THAT VERSE IN HEBREWS 3:14, ‘STEADFAST TO THE END.’ SO THE IDEA IS THAT YOU STAY WITH IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE UNTIL IT'S OVER. YOU SEE, BAPTISM IS NOT THE END. BAPTISM ENDS AT THE FINAL ANSWER TO THE QUESTION, BUT A FAITHFUL LIFE TO GOD AFTER THAT IS THE FINAL ANSWER. UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH, WE MUST LIVE STEADFASTLY FOR GOD. OF COURSE, LIVING SUCH A LIFE AS THAT MEANS CONTINUING TO DO ALL THE THINGS THAT HE TELLS US TO, CONTINUING TO PUT ALL THOSE GOOD ATTITUDES TO MIND.

IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 11 VERSE ONE PAUL THERE SAYS, “IMITATE ME, AS I ALSO IMITATE CHRIST.” NOW, WHEN HE SAYS THIS, HE IS WITH ALL CONFIDENCE SAYING THAT HE WANTS PEOPLE TO SHOW FORTH THEMSELVES TO BE LIKE CHRIST. AND THAT'S HOW WE SHOULD LIVE ALSO, STRIVING TO LIVE EXACTLY AS CHRIST WANTS US TO LIVE. STRIVING TO DO EXACTLY EVERYTHING THAT JESUS CHRIST WANTS US TO DO. IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 3 VERSE 14 THOUGH DID YOU SEE THE IMPLICATION THAT WAS GIVEN THERE? LOOK WITH ME AGAIN AT THE TEXT. IT SAYS, “FOR WE HAVE BECOME PARTAKERS OF CHRIST IF WE HOLD THE BEGINNING OF OUR CONFIDENCE STEADFAST TO THE END.” SO THE IMPLICATION IS THAT IF YOU DON'T DO THESE THINGS WHAT HAPPENS? WELL, JUST LIKE YOUR CHILD, IF THEY DON'T CLEAN THEIR ROOM AS YOU TOLD THEM TO THEY DON'T GET TO GO GET ICE CREAM. THEY DON'T GET THE REWARD. WELL, THAT IS THE EXACT SAME THING IMPLIED HERE WITHIN THE TEXT. IF YOU DON'T DO THIS, THEN YOU DO NOT PARTAKE OF CHRIST.

LOOK WITH ME OVER THERE TO GALATIANS CHAPTER 5 VERSE FOUR. WE SEE WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE TO WANT TO BE STEADFAST AND CONFIDENT IN THE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST. GALATIANS CHAPTER 5 VERSE FOUR THERE SAYS, “YOU HAVE BECOME ESTRANGED FROM CHRIST, YOU ATTEMPT TO BE JUSTIFIED BY LAW; AND YOU HAVE FALLEN FROM GRACE.” KIND OF A SCARY TEXT TO THINK ABOUT. WHAT HE IS SAYING IS THAT IF YOU DON'T STAY ON THE PATH YOU CAN FALL FROM GRACE. YOU CAN LOSE THAT GRACE THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS TO OFFER. NOW, LOOKING AT THIS TEXT ALSO IT SHOWS US THAT THOSE IN HIS DAY, IN THE CHURCHES OF GALATIA, WERE TRYING TO BRING BACK THE OLD WAYS. TRYING TO POLLUTE AND CORRUPT THE LAW OF CHRIST. WHETHER INTENTIONALLY OR ACCIDENTALLY THEY WERE DOING IT! AND BECAUSE THEY WERE DOING IT HE SAYS, “YOU HAVE FALLEN FROM GRACE.” THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR US EVERY SINGLE DAY TO STRIVE 100% TO NEVER DO ANYTHING OUTSIDE OF WHAT WE READ RIGHT HERE WITHIN THE SCRIPTURES. RIGHT HERE WITHIN THE STANDARD THAT TELLS US HOW TO LIVE. AND AS WE ALREADY MENTIONED EARLIER IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 1 VERSE 30 HOW TO BE RIGHTEOUS, HOW TO BE SANCTIFIED, AND HOW TO BE REDEEMED. AND ALSO THERE TO LIVE WITH THAT GODLY WISDOM AS WE SO NEED TO.

ONE FINAL THING THAT WE LOOK AT IS OVER THE BOOK OF REVELATION. AND IN REVELATION CHAPTER 21 AND IN VERSE FOUR IT SAYS, “‘AND GOD WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES; THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH, NOR SORROW, NOR CRYING. THERE SHOULD BE NO MORE PAIN, FOR THE FORMER THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY.’” DID YOU READ THAT TEXT WITH ME? IF YOU WILL LIVE THAT CONFIDENT, THAT STEADFAST LIFE ALL THE WAY TO THE END, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WILL HAVE? THE GLORIOUS REWARD OF HEAVEN WAITING FOR YOU! YOU GET TO GO AND JOIN YOURSELF WITH THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE LIVING FOR GOD. JOIN YOURSELF WITH GOD IN JESUS CHRIST IN HEAVEN. HOW BEAUTIFUL OF A TIME WILL THAT BE! NOTICE THE TEXT AS IT EVEN SAYS THERE, “GOD WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR.” NO MORE SORROWS. NO MORE STRUGGLES. DID YOU WAKE UP THIS MORNING WITH AN ACHING BACK? MAYBE YOUR FEET HURT? MAYBE YOU HAD A HEADACHE? WELL, GUESS WHAT? IN HEAVEN, THESE THINGS ARE NO MORE! AS WE STRIVE TO LIVE GOD'S LIFE, WE HAVE TO CONSTANTLY EVERY DAY ASK OURSELVES THE QUESTION: ARE WE PARTAKERS OF CHRIST?



CLOSING COMMENTS

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AS CHRISTIANS, MAY WE REALIZE JUST HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO BE PARTAKERS OF CHRIST, FOR WITHOUT OUR SAVIOR WE WOULD HAVE NO HOPE AND PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE. THE QUESTION IS, ARE YOU IN CHRIST TODAY, AND THUS A PARTAKER OF ALL OF HIS REWARDS AND PROMISES?