THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 5-13-18



LESSON TITLE: “WE HAVE BECOME PARTAKERS OF GRACE”



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! THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY FOR THE LIVING WORD. I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT WEEK. AND I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN THIS NEW WEEK WITH A DAY OF SERVICE AND OFFERING TO YOUR GOD. AS ALWAYS, IT IS OUR COMMITMENT THROUGH THIS PROGRAM TO PROCLAIM THE SIMPLE TRUTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST WHICH IS CONFIRMED FOR US IN THE BIBLE. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE YOUR BIBLES 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 THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. FATHER WE KNOW THAT ALL WE HAVE COMES FROM YOU AND THEREFORE, FATHER WE THANK YOU. AND WE KNOW ALSO FATHER THAT ALL THINGS ARE ONLY BECAUSE OF YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST AND WE THANK YOU FOR HIS GREAT GIFT. AND FATHER, WE ASK THIS DAY THAT YOU MIGHT HELP US TO GIVE YOU OUR BEST IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AND ALWAYS DO THOSE THINGS TO BRING GLORY AND HONOR TO YOUR NAME. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WE WANT TO BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE THIS MORNING BY SINGING A HYMN WHICH REMINDS US OF OUR NEED TO FOLLOW CHRIST IN ALL THINGS! ARE YOU DOING ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD? SO, AT THIS TIME WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE TOGETHER SING, “DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IN THE FIRST VERSE OF THE BIBLE, MOSES EMPHATICALLY INTRODUCES US TO THE GOD OF ALL CREATION AS HE PROCLAIMED, “IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH.” IN THIS IMPORTANT STATEMENT, WE ARE NOT ONLY INTRODUCED TO THE CREATOR OF ALL, BUT HERE WE ALSO SEE THE ORIGIN OF ALL THINGS. IN FACT, MOSES ANSWERS MANY QUESTIONS FOR US AS HE USES THE SAME PROOFS THAT MANY OF OUR SCIENTISTS WOULD USE TODAY.

FIRST HE CLARIFIES THE “TIME” THIS EVENT HAPPENED,” BY STATING IN THE BEGINNING.” HE THEN ANSWERS THE, “WHO” OF THE MATTER, WHEN HE SAYS GOD. NEXT, HE TELLS US WHAT GOD DID IN THE VERB, “CREATED.” AND FINALLY HE CONFIRMS FOR US WHAT GOD CREATED BY SAYING, “THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH.” HOWEVER, MOSES IS NOT ALONE IN THIS THOUGHT, NOTICE WHAT THE PSALMIST SO ELEGANTLY WROTE IN CHAPTER 90, VERSES 1 & 2, OF HIS BOOK. THERE IT SAYS, “LORD, YOU HAVE BEEN OUR DWELLING PLACE IN ALL GENERATIONS. BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER YOU HAD FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, EVEN FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING, YOU ARE GOD.”

FURTHERMORE, REMEMBER WHAT JOHN SAID IN JOHN 1:1-4. THERE WE READ, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD. HE WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD. ALL THINGS WERE MADE THROUGH HIM, AND WITHOUT HIM NOTHING WAS MADE THAT WAS MADE. IN HIM WAS LIFE, AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN.”

FINALLY, NOTICE WHAT PAUL SAID IN EPHESIANS 3:8-9, CONCERNING HIS MINISTRY FOR GOD. THE BIBLE SAYS, “TO ME, WHO AM LESS THAN THE LEAST OF ALL THE SAINTS, THIS GRACE WAS GIVEN, THAT I SHOULD PREACH AMONG THE GENTILES THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST, AND TO MAKE ALL SEE WHAT IS THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY, WHICH FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE AGES HAS BEEN HIDDEN IN GOD WHO CREATED ALL THINGS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.”

THE FACT IS THE BIBLE AND ITS INSPIRED AUTHORS READILY CONFIRM THE FACT THERE IS A GOD AND THAT HE IS THE CREATOR AND GIVER OF ALL. BUT STILL, MANY TODAY REJECT GOD AND CHOOSE NOT TO OBEY HIM OR FOLLOW HIS WILL! HOW ARE YOU RESPONDING TO THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS?

THIS MORNING WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SERIES OF STUDY ENTITLED, “WE HAVE BECOME PARTAKERS OF,” AND OUR SPECIFIC LESSON TODAY DEALS WITH “GRACE?” SO, PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING, AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. OUR GUEST SPEAKER TODAY IS BROTHER JERRY SULLINS. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW LET’S JOIN IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE HYMN, “A HILL CALLED MOUNT CALVARY!”

LESSON

JERRY SULLINS

AGAIN, WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. WE'RE SO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE PART OF OUR VIEWING AUDIENCE THIS MORNING AND WE APPRECIATE SO MUCH THOSE WHO VIEW THIS PROGRAM EVERY LORD'S DAY. AND THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES AND WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT THOSE WHO LISTEN TO THIS PROGRAM ARE INTERESTED IN KNOWING GOD'S WILL AND THEY'RE WILLING TO TURN IN THE BIBLE WITH US TO STUDY VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECTS.

FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS WE'VE BEEN HAVING A SERIES THAT IS BASED UPON THE IDEA AND CONCEPT “WE HAVE BECOME PARTAKERS OF…” AND THEN WE INVESTIGATE A CERTAIN SUBJECT. IT'S MY PLEASURE THIS MORNING TO SPEAK ON THE SUBJECT OF THE GRACE OF GOD. WHAT A WONDERFUL SUBJECT BUT YET SO MISUNDERSTOOD BY THE RELIGIOUS WORLD TODAY. MAINLY BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO CAME OUT OF THE REFORMATION MOVEMENT BEGINNING IN THE 1500’S WHO TAUGHT SOMETHING THAT WAS CONTRARY TO WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES. THE DOCTRINE AND TEACHING THAT WE FIND IN THE BIBLE CONCERNING THE GRACE OF GOD. SO IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES I'M GOING TO DO MY BEST TO PRESENT TO YOU THE BIBLICAL VIEW OF GRACE; THAT IS SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH.

THE BIBLE SAYS IN TITUS 2:11, “FOR THE GRACE OF GOD THAT BRINGS SALVATION HAS APPEARED UNTO ALL MEN.” NOW THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE READ YOUR BIBLE A LOT AND WHO HAVE SOMEWHAT OF AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLE KNOW WHAT THE IMAGE OF THAT GRACE WAS. THAT IS THE INDIVIDUAL WHO EMULATED THAT GRACE. AND IT WAS WHO? WELL, WE GO BACK TO TITUS 2:11, “THE GRACE OF GOD THAT BRINGS SALVATION HAS APPEARED UNTO ALL MEN.” WHAT HAS APPEARED UNTO ALL MEN THAT GIVES US AN UNDERSTANDING THAT GOD HAS EXTENDED HIS GRACE TO US? IT'S JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD! THAT UNMERITED FAVOR AND EVEN AFTER WE'VE BECOME CHRISTIANS, AS PAUL WOULD SAY GRACE AND PEACE UNTO YOU IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, HE WAS SAYING MAY THE FAVOR OF GOD AND THE PEACE OF GOD CONTINUE ON WITH YOU BECAUSE OF JESUS YOUR SAVIOR WHO IS THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF THE GRACE OF GOD.

NOW, ONE OF THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD SCRIPTURES IN ALL THE BIBLE CONCERNING GRACE IS FOUND IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2 VERSES EIGHT AND NINE. BECAUSE THERE THE APOSTLE PAUL MADE THIS STATEMENT BUT IT'S NOT CONFUSING IF YOU DEFINE THE WORDS PROPERLY. AND BASICALLY THAT STATEMENT SAYS CONCERNING THE GRACE OF GOD THAT WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE “THROUGH FAITH, AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELF; IT IS A GIFT OF GOD, NOT OF WORKS, LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST.” NO, WE'RE NOT NECESSARILY SAVED BY WORKS, ALTHOUGH THE BIBLE HAS MANY THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THAT. EVEN JAMES IN JAMES 2:17 SAID EVEN SO FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD IN ITSELF BEING ALONE. AND WE KNOW THAT BASICALLY AT THE JUDGMENT SCENE THAT IS GIVEN IN MATTHEW 25 TOWARD THE END OF THAT CHAPTER WHERE ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH ARE PUT BEFORE HIM, BASICALLY THOSE WHO COULD NOT ENTER INTO HEAVEN, WERE THOSE WHO DID NOT DO WHAT? FEED THE HUNGRY, CLOTHE THE NAKED, VISIT THE SICK AND THOSE IN PRISON, AND ON AND ON. WELL, WHAT ARE THOSE? THOSE ARE WORKS. WE DO KNOW THAT GRACE IS THAT UNMERITED FAVOR WHICH IS GIVEN TO US THROUGH JESUS. CERTAINLY WE KNOW THAT. FOR WHAT FATHER WOULD GIVE HIS SON FOR ANYTHING OR ANY OTHER PERSON? NOT ONE OF US BUT GOD BECAUSE HE CREATED US THROUGH CHRIST AND BECAUSE HE LOVED US SO MUCH, JOHN 3:16. AND I DON'T WANT TO INSULT YOU, I THINK YOU KNOW WHAT THAT VERSE SAYS, “GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD...” YOU CAN FINISH THAT VERSE....HE GAVE HIS SON AND THROUGH HIS SON THE WORLD WOULD BE SAVED. AND THEN THE NEXT VERSE SAYS, “FOR GOD SENT NOT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE,” WHAT? “MIGHT BE SAVED!”

NOW WHAT GREATER EXPRESSION OF UNMERITED FAVOR? BECAUSE OF OUR SIN WE DID NOT MERIT SALVATION. BUT GOD KNEW THAT HE WAS CREATING A PERSON, A HUMAN BEING, THAT WOULD HAVE WITHIN HIMSELF OR HERSELF THE CAPACITY TO DO WHAT WAS RIGHT OR WRONG ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. AND EVERY PERSON WHO'S EVER LIVED ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH HAS HAD THE SIN PROBLEM. “FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.” AND THAT'S FOUND IN ROMANS CHAPTER 3 VERSE 23. SO THERE'S THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS SIN. BUT THE GREAT BLESSING THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE’VE BEEN MADE PARTAKERS OF IS INABILITY TO RESPOND TO THE GRACE OF GOD.

NOW THERE'S A LOT OF CONFUSION, AS I SAID, IN THE DENOMINATIONAL WORLD TODAY AND MOST OF IT WAS BROUGHT ABOUT BY SOMEONE IN THE 16TH CENTURY IN A SERIES OF BOOKS THAT HE HAD THAT WERE CALLED THE INSTITUTE OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION. AND HIS NAME HAPPENED TO BE JOHN CALVIN. AND ABOUT 75 TO 80% OF THE CHRISTIAN WORLD TODAY BELIEVES THAT YOU ARE SAVED BY FAITH ONLY. NOW THAT'S NOT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. THE BIBLE SAYS YOU'RE SAVED WHAT? BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH. SO THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE THERE. IN FACT, THESE PEOPLE HAVE GONE SO FAR, AND JOHN CALVIN DID HIMSELF TO SAY THIS, THAT WHEN YOU'RE BORN INTO THIS WORLD…NOW, DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?...WHEN YOU'RE BORN INTO THIS WORLD, GOD HAS ALREADY SAID YOU'RE GOING TO BE SAVED OR LOST. NOW WHAT FAIR-MINDED PERSON WOULD BELIEVE THAT? AND WHAT SENSIBLE PERSON WOULD BELIEVE SUCH A DOCTRINE? YOU MEAN IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT WE DO ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH? AND SO WHAT PEOPLE HAVE DONE IS THEY'VE EXPANDED THAT DOCTRINE, LIKE SEAN HANNITY ON TELEVISION. I THINK MANY OF YOU KNOW SEAN HANNITY WHO JUST BELIEVES NOW, ALTHOUGH HE CLAIMS TO BE A CATHOLIC, WHO SAYS THAT HE BELIEVES NOW WHAT? WHAT DOES HE BELIEVE? HE BELIEVES THAT EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE SAVED NO MATTER WHAT THEY BELIEVE OR WHAT THEY PRACTICE. HOW RIDICULOUS THAT IS! BUT HE STARTED THAT BELIEF AND THAT CONCEPT BY WHAT? CALVINISM. WELL, CAN YOU LOSE YOUR SALVATION?

I CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO ONE SIMPLE VERSE. WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO REALLY GO INTO THIS TODAY. ONE SIMPLE VERSE IN GALATIANS CHAPTER 5 VERSE FOUR, “YOU HAVE BECOME ESTRANGED FROM CHRIST.” HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THESE CHRISTIAN PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL FOLLOWING AFTER JUDAISM AND TRYING TO INCLUDE CHRISTIANITY ALSO. YOU HAVE BEEN ESTRANGED FROM CHRIST, YOU'VE SEPARATED YOURSELF FROM CHRIST, YOU ARE FOLLOWING THE LAW AND YOU HAVE FALLEN FROM....YOU'VE FALLEN FROM GRACE. SO CAN YOU FALL FROM GRACE? WELL, DO YOU WANT TO CALL THE HOLY SPIRIT A LIAR? BECAUSE THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND BY THE WAY, THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD HIMSELF, THE HOLY SPIRIT SAID IT IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO FALL FROM GRACE.

NOW, IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE TIME THIS AFTERNOON LOOK AT HEBREW SIX VERSES 4 THROUGH 6 WHO'S TALKING ABOUT A PERSON WHO KNEW ABOUT CHRIST AND WHO OBEYED CHRIST. HE FOLLOWED WHAT CHRIST WANTED HIM TO DO TO BE SAVED AND THEN WHAT DID HE DO? HE FELL AWAY FROM THE TRUTH. HE LOST HIS SOUL BECAUSE HE FELL AWAY FROM THE TRUTH. NOW, SOME OF YOU WILL SAY, ‘WELL, HE NEVER WAS SAVED IN THE FIRST PLACE.’ WHERE DO YOU FIND THAT? BECAUSE THAT'S CERTAINLY NOT IN THE BIBLE EITHER.

SO WHAT ABOUT SALVATION? IT IS SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH. NOW LET'S LOOK AT THIS WAY AND PLEASE DON'T CLOSE YOUR MINDS NOW. BUT LOOK AT THIS EPHESIANS TWO VERSE EIGHT FOR BY GRACE ARE YOU SAVED THROUGH FAITH. FOR BY GRACE, GOD'S PART, YOU ARE SAVED THROUGH FAITH. AND THAT'S MAN'S PART. NOW JAMES SAID IN JAMES TWO, AS WE SAID VERSE 17 THAT FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD IN ITSELF BEING ALONE. AND THEN IN JAMES 2:24 HE ACTUALLY MAKES A STATEMENT, “YOU SEE THEN HOW THAT BY WORKS A MAN IS JUSTIFIED.” BY WHAT? BY WORKS A MAN IS JUSTIFIED. BY WORKS, THAT IS BY HIS FAITH, LIKE NAAMAN AND HIS FAITH. LIKE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WHEN THE WALLS OF JERICHO FELL DOWN AND THEY DID GOD'S WILL. THEY DID WHAT GOD TOLD THEM TO DO LIKE A BLIND MAN AND ON AND ON AND ON. LIKE ALL THOSE GREAT PEOPLE OF FAITH THAT ARE LISTED IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11. THEY WERE GREAT PEOPLE OF FAITH AND THEY WERE SAVED BY THE GRACE OF GOD BECAUSE THEY DID WHAT? THEY DID WHAT GOD TOLD THEM TO DO AND THAT INCLUDED NOAH WHEN HE BUILT THAT SHIP OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. THAT ARK. YOU REMEMBER THAT STORY IN GENESIS CHAPTER 6? SO WHAT ARE WE SAYING? YOU CAN'T ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN UNLESS YOU DO WHAT GOD HAS SAID. “NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS UNTO ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ SHALL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.” JESUS SAID THIS. “NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS, ‘LORD, LORD,’ SHALL ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. BUT HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN,” MATTHEW SEVEN VERSES 21 THROUGH 23. HE BECAME THE AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION UNTO ALL THEM THAT WHAT? OBEY HIM, HEBREWS CHAPTER 5 VERSES EIGHT THROUGH NINE. AND YOU WHO ARE TROUBLED REST WITH US WHEN THE LORD JESUS SHALL COME WITH HIS MIGHTY ANGELS TAKING VENGEANCE ON THOSE WHO OBEY NOT GOD AND DO NOT DO WHAT? THE WILL OF THE FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. THAT'S FOUND IN SECOND THESSALONIANS 1:7 THROUGH 9. AND JESUS MADE A SIMPLE STATEMENT IN LUKE SIX VERSE 46, “WHY CALL YE ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ AND DO NOT THE THINGS WHICH I SAY?”

NOW LET ME PUT IT IN A SIMPLE WAY: ARE THERE CONDITIONS UPON ONE'S SALVATION? WELL, I WOULD SAY SO. AND WOULDN'T YOU SAY SO? I'M SURE THAT YOU WOULD. IS YOUR SALVATION CONDITIONAL UPON YOUR BELIEF THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD? IT CERTAINLY IS, JOHN 8:24. JESUS SAID WHAT? I BELIEVE IT'S IN VERSE 32. IT IS ONE OR THE OTHER. HE SAID CONCERNING BELIEF, “EXCEPT YOU BELIEVE THAT I AM HE YOU WILL DIE IN YOUR SINS.” SO MUST ONE BELIEVE? OKAY YOU SAY, I MUST BELIEVE AND THAT'S NOT A WORK. OKAY. THEN LET'S SAY ANOTHER CONDITION OF SALVATION. WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT REPENTANCE? LUKE 13:3, EXCEPT YOU REPENT YOU SHALL PERISH. REPENT OF WHAT? REPENT OF SINS. DOING THOSE THINGS THAT GOD HAS NOT AUTHORIZED YOU TO DO. IN FACT, SINS OF THE FLESH, PRIDE OF LIFE, ALL OF THOSE THINGS, GOD IS NOT GOING TO SAVE YOU IF YOU DON'T DO HIS WILL! WELL, WHAT ABOUT CONFESSION? CONFESSION WITH THE MOUTH? YOU'D SAY, ‘WELL YEAH. SOMEONE NEEDS TO CONFESS THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST,’ BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T CONFESS HIM, JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 10:32, HE'LL NOT CONFESS YOU BEFORE THE FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN! BUT WHO, MY FRIEND, TOLD YOU YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE BAPTIZED TO BE SAVED? LET ME TELL YOU WHAT JESUS SAID. JESUS SAID, “GO YE THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THEN TEACH THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS. FOR WHAT REASON? SO THAT BY FAITH THEY WOULD OBSERVE ALL THINGS SO THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE HOPE OF WHAT? ETERNAL LIFE! THAT'S WHY JESUS SAID IN REVELATION 2:10. JESUS SAID THIS, “BE FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE A CROWN OF LIFE. AND THEN LIVING A FAITHFUL LIVE.

LET'S GO BACK TO TITUS 2:11 AND 12 AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE TIME FOR THIS. “THE GRACE OF GOD THAT BRINGS SALVATION HAS APPEARED UNTO ALL MEN, TEACHING US THAT DENYING UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY LUST, WE SHOULD LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY, SOBERLY, AND GODLY IN THIS PRESENT WORLD.” DOES THAT MEAN THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE THE PROPER WORKS? AGAIN, BACK TO MATTHEW 25 WHERE ALL THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD WILL STAND BEFORE JESUS ONE DAY AND THEY WILL BE JUDGED ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS. SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5 VERSE 10, WE MUST ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST AND WE WILL BE JUDGED ACCORDING TO EVERYTHING WE'VE HAVE DONE IN THIS BODY WHETHER IT IS GOOD OR BAD. IT IS JUST FAR BEYOND ME TO UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE CAN SAY, ‘OKAY, I CAN BE SAVED AND THEN IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW I LIVE ANY LIFE AND THEN IN THE END TIME I'LL BE SAVED.’ THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE BIBLE DOES NOT TEACH! BUT JOHN SAID IN FIRST JOHN ONE VERSE SEVEN, “IF WE WALK IN THE LIGHT.” IF WE WHAT? “IF WE WALK IN THE LIGHT AS HE IS IN THE LIGHT, WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP ONE WITH ANOTHER, AND THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST CLEANSES US FROM ALL SINS.”

NOW WHAT YOU NEED TO DO MY FRIEND THIS MORNING IS ACCEPT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. YOU SAY, ‘WELL, I'M NOT REALLY CONVINCED.’ WELL, CONTINUE TO STUDY THE BIBLE AND UNDERSTAND, OH YEAH, IT WAS THE PRECIOUS GRACE OF GOD THAT WAS PUT UPON US AND GIVEN US HIS LOVING KINDNESS, HIS FAVOR. SO MUCH TO A DEGREE THAT HE GAVE HIS SON TO DIE UPON THE CROSS. WELL, THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU GET FREE REIGN TO LIVE ANY WAY YOU WANT TO IN THIS LIFE OR JUST SIT DOWN AND DO NOTHING. THAT'S NEVER WHAT CHRIST INTENDED. AND YES, WE MUST WORK THE WORKS OF HIM THAT SENT JESUS SO THAT WHEN GOD BRINGS THAT GREAT JUDGMENT SCENE BEFORE US AND WE'RE PART OF THAT JUDGMENT WE CAN SAY WE HAVE DONE WHAT YOU HAVE ASKED US TO DO TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY. AND WE RELY UPON YOUR GRACE TO SAVE US! MY FRIEND, PLEASE STUDY GOD'S WORD AND ACCEPT IT'S TEACHING AND LIVE BY IT EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE.



CLOSING COMMENTS

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