THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 6-16-19



LESSON TITLE: "AUTHORITY IN THE CHURCH"



WELCOME

GREETINGS TO ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. LET ME THANK EACH OF YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING, WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM. THE LIVING WORD IS A WORK OF OUR LORD, DEDICATED TO DOING GOD'S WILL IN HIS WAY! AS ALWAYS, IT WILL BE OUR PRIVILEGE TODAY TO SING SONGS OF PRAISE AND TO STUDY FROM HIS WORD. IN THESE ACTS OF WORSHIP, MAY WE ALL BE ENCOURAGED, BUT ULTIMATELY MAY WE EACH PRAISE GOD ACCORDING TO THE SACRIFICES TO OFFER TOWARD HIS THRONE. IT WILL ALSO BE OUR HONOR THIS MORNING TO SPEAK WITH GOD THROUGH PRAYER. WILL YOU BOW WITH ME AS WE TALK TO OUR CREATOR?

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE, THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN, AND TO BE SERVANTS IN YOUR KINGDOM. AND HELP US FATHER THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD THAT OTHERS MIGHT BE ABLE TO FIND THEIR WAY TO SALVATION THROUGH OBEDIENCE TO YOUR WILL. AND FATHER, WE KNOW THAT ALL THESE THINGS AGAIN ARE ONLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF YOUR GREAT LOVE, YOUR MERCY, AS WELL AS YOUR GRACE. AND WE PRAY THESE THINGS IN THE NAME OF YOUR SON JESUS, AMEN.

IT'S NOW TIME TO START OUR SONGS OF PRAISE. WE WANT TO BEGIN BY SINGING A HYMN THAT TELLS US ABOUT THE BEAUTY OF GOD'S POWER WHICH IS ALL AROUND US. SO, LET'S JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING THIS HYMN THAT REMINDS US OF JUST HOW BLESSED WE ARE IN JESUS, THE NAME OF THE SONG, "BLUE SKIES AND RAINBOWS!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



IN MATTHEW 13:44, THE LORD HIMSELF MADE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT, " THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE TREASURE HIDDEN IN A FIELD, WHICH A MAN FOUND AND HID; AND FOR JOY OVER IT HE GOES AND SELLS ALL THAT HE HAS AND BUYS THAT FIELD." WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CONSIDERED HOW VALUABLE AND SPECIAL GOD'S KINGDOM TRULY IS?

I LOVE WHAT JESUS SAID EARLIER ABOUT HIS KINGDOM. NOT ONLY DOES THE BIBLE TELL US THAT JESUS WOULD BUILD HIS KINGDOM AND THAT HE DID BUILD IT, IT FURTHER TELLS US JUST HOW PRECIOUS IT IS AND WHY! LET ME ASK YOU FIRST OF ALL HOW MANY OF US WOULD BE WILLING TO DIE FOR SOMEONE ELSE? NOW LET ME TAKE THAT A STEP FURTHER, HOW MANY OF US WOULD BE WILLING TO DIE FOR SOMEONE WE DON'T LIKE OR WHO DOESN'T LIKE US? WHAT ABOUT YOUR ENEMIES, HOW MANY OF US WOULD BE WILLING TO STEP ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK FOR THEM?

YOU SEE THE REALITY IS, JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR, WAS WILLING TO DO THIS VERY THING FOR ALL MANKIND. EVEN THOSE WHO REJECTED HIM AND HATED HIM WERE GIVEN THE BLESSED HOPE OF REDEMPTION THROUGH THE SHEDDING OF HIS BLOOD. BUT WHY DID HE DO IT? BECAUSE HE LOVED US AND CARED ENOUGH FOR US AS HIS CREATION THAT WE BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO CHOOSE RIGHT FROM WRONG. HE WANTED US TO BE TRUE FOLLOWERS, NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE TO, BUT BECAUSE WE WANT TO. ARE WE WILLING TO SERVE OUR GOD OUT OF A TRUE LOVE AND DEVOTION TO HIM AS OUR FATHER ABOVE?

SO NOW THAT WE KNOW WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE AND WHY, YOU MIGHT ALSO NOTICE FROM JESUS EARLIER STATEMENT, THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS A VERY VALUABLE THING. BUT JUST HOW VALUABLE DID JESUS SAY THAT IT WAS, SO VALUABLE THAT WHEN THE MAN FOUND IT HE SOLD ALL THAT HE HAD TO BE ABLE TO OBTAIN IT. HOW MANY OF US HAVE BEEN WILLING TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING FOR THE SAKE OF GOD AND HIS KINGDOM? JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS GOD'S KINGDOM TO YOU.

HAVE YOU DONE WHAT IT TAKES TO HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED OUT OF DARKNESS AND INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD AS WE READ IN COLOSSIANS 1:13? ARE YOU A PART OF SUCH A PRECIOUS INSTITUTION THAT GOD ESTABLISHED THROUGH HIS SON IN THAT SOME DAY THIS VERY KINGDOM WILL BE DELIVERED BACK TO HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN, WHEN ALL THINGS HAVE COME TO PASS. HAVE YOU DONE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A PART OF THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY SO RICHLY PROVIDED BY OUR GOD?

AS FAR AS OUR DISCUSSION, WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR STUDY TOGETHER ON, "THE ONE TRUE CHURCH." OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC TODAY DEALS WITH "AUTHORITY IN THE CHURCH." SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG WE WILL LEAD OUR LESSON THOUGHTS OF THE MORNING. TODAY WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER TREY SULLINS JOINING US AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER. AS MOST OF YOUR KNOW, 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 IN GOD'S WORD AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. NOW LET'S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, "THE LAST MILE OF THE WAY."



LESSON

BY TREY SULLINS



GOOD MORNING AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US AGAIN AS WE CONTINUE OUR STUDIES AND WORSHIP OF GOD. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS WE HAVE BEEN STUDYING ABOUT THE CHURCH AND LOOKING AT THE MANY DIFFERENT THINGS THE BIBLE TELLS US ABOUT THE CHURCH THAT BELONGS TO CHRIST. AND THIS MORNING WE WILL BE DOING EXACTLY THE SAME THING BUT LOOKING AT SPECIFICALLY THE AUTHORITY THAT THE CHURCH HAS. YOU THINK ABOUT, AS YOU ARE EVEN A CITIZEN OF YOUR OWN COUNTRY RIGHT NOW, HOW DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO OR WHO YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE OR HOW YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO ACT AS A CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY? WELL, THE WAY THAT YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO IS OF COURSE BY THE LAWS. IF YOU CAN READ THEM, YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE LAWS THAT WE HAVE AND HOW THEY TELL YOU WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. NOW GENERALLY THEY SEEM TO BE WRITTEN IN A WAY THAT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND. BUT SOMEBODY KNOWS AND SOMEBODY CAN TELL YOU EXACTLY HOW YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO LIVE, EXACTLY HOW YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE, WHERE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO PAY YOUR TAXES TO AND WHAT AMOUNTS AND ALL THESE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE NEED TO KNOW AS CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. AND THAT'S EXACTLY THE SAME WITH THE CHURCH THAT GOD GAVE TO US. YOU SEE, THE CHURCH WAS SET UP IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT HAS ITS OWN LAWS. IT HAS IT'S OWN INSTRUCTIONS AND IT'S OWN COMMANDS, THAT ITS PEOPLE, IT'S CITIZENS ARE SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW. OF COURSE, WHEN WE'RE USING THE CHURCH HERE AS A WORLDWIDE TERM - WE TALK ABOUT IT IN AN ORGANIZATIONAL TYPE SENSE LIKE THAT. BUT THE CHURCH AS WE KNOW OVER THESE STUDIES AND OF COURSE MANY OTHERS WILL TELL US THAT THE CHURCH IS THE PEOPLE. THE CHURCH ISN'T A BUILDING. IT'S NOT NECESSARILY EVEN THE INSTITUTION ALL THE TIME. BUT WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE LOCAL CONGREGATION OR EVEN WHAT ACTUALLY MAKES UP THE CHURCH IT'S THE PEOPLE. AND OF COURSE THOSE PEOPLE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE OR CITIZENS OF THE COUNTRY HAVE LAWS, HAVE THINGS THAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. SO HOW DOES THE CHURCH KNOW WHAT IT'S LAWS ARE? HOW DOES IT KNOW HOW TO ACT? HOW TO BEHAVE? AND OF COURSE THAT STARTS WITH THE AUTHORITY GIVEN TO HUMANS FROM GOD. TO BEGIN THINKING ABOUT THIS WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THIS THESE LAWS COME FROM. AND THEY START OF COURSE WITH GOD THE FATHER.

OVER IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS IN CHAPTER ONE AND VERSE ONE WE FIND A POWERFUL VERSE THAT EXPLAINS TO US EXACTLY THE WAY THAT GOD IS OPERATED SINCE HE CREATED MAN. THE BIBLE SAYS IN HEBREWS CHAPTER ONE AND VERSE ONE, "GOD, WHO AT VARIOUS TIMES IN VARIOUS WAYS SPOKE IN TIME PASSED TO THE FATHERS BY THE PROPHETS," IN VERSE TWO, "HAS IN THESE LAST DAYS SPOKEN TO US BY HIS SON." SO WE UNDERSTAND VERY EASILY FROM THIS VERSE THAT EVER SINCE GOD CREATED MAN HE SPOKE IN TIME PASSES TO MAN DIRECTLY TO THESE PROPHETS WHO THEN CARRIED THAT WORD TO THE REST OF HUMANS. BUT IN THESE LAST DAYS IT CHANGED. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE GETTING TO HERE IN JUST A LITTLE BIT. BUT TO START OFF THERE WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT SAYS GOD SPOKE TO US. THAT IS GOD THE FATHER. THAT IS THE ONE WHO ORIGINATES, WHO CREATES, WHO BEGINS THIS AUTHORITY AND BEGINS THESE INSTRUCTIONS. NOW YOU CAN EVEN THINK ABOUT HOW AS HUMANS WE DO THE SAME THING. WE HAVE A CENTRAL GROUP OR A CENTRAL PERSON AT THE HEAD. CONSIDER BASICALLY ANY COMPANY YOU WANT TO OR ANY ORGANIZATION, CHARITY, WHAT EVER YOU CAN THINK OF. ALL THESE BIG GROUPS AND EVEN SMALLER ONES WILL GENERALLY HAVE A CEO OR AT LEAST A SINGLE PERSON OF SOME TITLE AT THE HEAD OR THEY'LL HAVE A BODY OR SOME KIND OF CABINET OF PEOPLE WHO ARE MANAGING AND ORDERING AND INSTRUCTING THE REST OF THE BUSINESS OR OPERATION HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO WHATEVER IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO. AND THAT'S EXACTLY THE SAME WAY THAT WE'VE ALWAYS DONE IT AS HUMANS THROUGHOUT BASICALLY ALL OF TIME. BECAUSE GOD CREATED THIS SYSTEM THAT WORKS SO WELL AND INVENTED THIS IDEA THAT IS SO EFFICIENT AT WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO THAT WE COPY THAT. YOU SEE, GOD SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING HAS BEEN THE LEADER. HE HAS BEEN THE ONE IN CHARGE. WE CAN FIND EXAMPLES ALL THROUGHOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT EVEN THERE IN THE VERY BEGINNING WHEN MAN WAS CREATED HOW GOD WAS THE HEAD. HE INSTRUCTED, HE LED, AND SO WE FOLLOW THUS. AND EXACTLY THAT SAME WAY YOU CAN ALSO CONSIDER HOW GOD FITS OR IS THE PERFECT ONE TO HAVE THIS AUTHORITY. WHY CAN HE BE THE TOP? WHY CAN HE BE THE HEAD OF THIS CHAIN OF AUTHORITY? BECAUSE HE FITS ALL THE QUALIFICATIONS PERFECTLY. THINK ABOUT ONE THING, THAT HE'S ETERNALLY EXISTENT. NOW TO US WE UNDERSTAND SPACE AND TIME. WE'RE STUCK RIGHT HERE IN THIS MOMENT AND IN THIS MOMENT THIS IS ALL THAT WE CAN SEE AND BE AT THIS ONE TIME. BUT FOR GOD, THE BIBLE INDICATES THAT THAT'S NOT THE CASE. HE IS NOT STUCK IN THIS ONE MOMENT AS WE ARE BUT HE CREATED THIS TIME FOR US TO BE A PART OF. SO IF HE KNOWS AND CAN SEE ALL THESE DIFFERENT THINGS, OF COURSE HE WOULD BE THE BEST ONE TO TELL MAN WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO.

ANOTHER IDEA TO CONSIDER IS THAT HE CREATED EVERYTHING. NOW, IF YOU CREATE SOMETHING CERTAINLY YOU CREATE IT WITH A PURPOSE. YOU CREATE THE REASON FOR WHY YOU'RE MAKING THIS THING AND GOD IS NO DIFFERENT. HE CREATED MAN, HE CREATED THE EARTH, HE CREATED THE LAWS THAT WE FOLLOW AND CERTAINLY HAS THE RIGHTS TO TELL HIS OWN CREATION WHAT THEY SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT BE DOING. YOU CAN ALSO CONSIDER HOW IT'S THROUGH GOD THAT ALL THINGS ARE SUSTAINED. YOU SEE IN ANY GIVEN MOMENT WHAT COULD GOD DO. JUST LIKE THAT HE COULD END IT ALL. HE COULD TAKE US OFF THIS EARTH IF HE SO CHOSE TO DO SO. HE'S THE REASON WHY WE'RE STILL HERE THEREFORE CERTAINLY HE'S QUALIFIED TO TELL US WHAT TO DO NO DOUBT. AS WE KEEP THINKING ANOTHER REASON THE BIBLE TELLS US OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT GOD IS ABOVE ALL THINGS. EVEN IF HE HAD CREATED ALL THINGS AND HE HAD ETERNAL EXISTENCE; ALL THESE WONDERFUL POWERFUL QUALITIES THAT HE HAS YET HE DECIDED SOMEBODY ELSE TO BE THE HEAD....THEN SOMEBODY ELSE WOULD BE THE HEAD. YET GOD DESIGNATES AND CHOOSES FOR HIMSELF TO BE THE HEAD. THINK ABOUT EVEN THE 10 COMMANDMENTS. THERE UNDER THE OLD LAW WITH MOSES AS HE'S COMING OUT WITH THESE TABLETS AND THE FIRST FEW ARE ALL REVOLVING AROUND THERE IS ONE GOD AND HE'S THE ONLY ONE THAT YOU SHOULD SERVE. IT IS CERTAINLY IMPORTANT TO HIM TO BE THE AUTHORITY, TO BE THE HEAD. BUT HOW DO WE GET TO THE CHURCH? WELL, GOD THE FATHER CREATES THESE THINGS. HE HAS CREATED ALL THESE. HE HAS CREATED THE CHURCH AS WELL AS CREATED THERE THE LAWS THAT WE FOLLOW. AND THEN THOSE THINGS, WHAT DID HE DO WITH THEM? WELL, MATTHEW CHAPTER 28 IN VERSE 18 TELLS US AND ANSWERS THIS QUESTION FOR US. WHO'S THE NEXT ONE IN THIS CHAIN? MATTHEW CHAPTER 28 AND VERSE 18, THE BIBLE HERE SAYS, "AND JESUS CAME AND SPOKE TO THEM, SAYING, 'ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH.' "NOW, HE CONTINUES ON VERSES 19 AND 20 TALKING ABOUT HOW BECAUSE HE HAS ALL AUTHORITY THAT THESE PEOPLE; THESE FOLLOWERS, THESE DISCIPLES NEEDED TO GO OUT IN HIS NAME AND BRING PEOPLE TO HIM. BUT THE POINT HERE THAT WE ARE GETTING AT IS VERSE 18. JESUS CHRIST HAS ALL AUTHORITY. HE'S THE ONE WHOM GOD HAS DESIGNATED TO BE AT THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. AND WE FIND OVER AND OVER AS WELL, WE WILL LOOK AT A COUPLE EXAMPLES OF THESE TO SHOW THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONE WHO HAS THAT AUTHORITY. THINK ABOUT THERE NEAR THE END OF JESUS' LIFE WHEN HE'S COMING UP BEFORE PILATE AND THESE GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE WANTING HIM CRUCIFIED, WANTING HIM RID OF, AND PILATE ASKED JESUS A SIMPLE QUESTION. HE BASICALLY ASKED ARE YOU A KING? ARE YOU THE KING THAT THEY SAY YOU ARE. WELL WHAT DOES HE SAY THERE IN THE BOOK MATTHEW CHAPTER 27 AND VERSE 11? MATTHEW CHAPTER 27 VERSE 11 JESUS SAYS TO THE GOVERNOR THERE: IT IS AS YOU SAY. THE QUESTION WAS ARE YOU A KING? AND HE SAYS, "IT IS AS YOU SAY." WE FIND ALSO IN FIRST TIMOTHY CHAPTER SIX VERSE 15 THE BIBLE TELLS US HE'S THE KING OF KINGS. HE'S THE LORD OF LORDS. IN OTHER WORDS HE'S ABOVE ALL THESE EARTHLY KINGS, ABOVE ALL THESE EARTHLY GOVERNMENTS, AND WHATEVER ELSE WE MIGHT HAVE AROUND US THAT JESUS CHRIST WAS THE ONE TO WHOM ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN. AND GOD PLACED IT UPON HIM AND PLACED IT UPON US TO FOLLOW HIM, TO OBEY HIM AND TO DO AS HE SAYS. NOW, WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO US? IT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF WHAT JOHN CHAPTER ONE AND VERSE ONE TELLS US. IN JOHN CHAPTER ONE IN VERSE ONE OF THE MOST FAMILIAR TEXT OF THE BIBLE TELLS US, "IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD. HE WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD." AND THEN IT CONTINUES ON THERE TO TALK ABOUT THE VARIOUS CREATION ASPECTS AND THE THINGS THAT THE WORD DID WITH GOD THE FATHER. BUT THAT FIRST PART, WHAT DO WE UNDERSTAND? THAT THE WORD BECAME FLESH. RIGHT THERE IN THOSE FIRST FEW VERSES HE BECAME FLESH AND HE DWELT AMONG US. GOD THE FATHER GAVE IT TO JESUS CHRIST THAT AUTHORITY AND THAT AUTHORITY WAS BROUGHT TO THIS EARTH WITH JESUS CHRIST TO THEN TELL HUMANS WHAT THEY ARE TO DO TO FOLLOW HIM. WHAT THEY ARE TO DO TO BE A PART OF THE SOON TO COME CHURCH.

NOW WE CAN SEE ALSO FROM THAT TEXT AS WELL THAT EVEN AS THE WORDS THERE INDICATE, THE WORD USED BEING THE WORD OR THE GOSPEL, IS ALSO SEEN IN MANY DIFFERENT PLACES BUT IT IS THE NEWS, THE GOOD NEWS, THE RELATIONSHIP,THE GOOD LAW THAT JESUS CHRIST BROUGHT. NOW WE CAN EVEN LOOK AT THE LIFE OF CHRIST AND SEE HOW HIS LIFE INDICATES TO US THE LAW THAT WE ARE TO FOLLOW. HE IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE IN EVERY SINGLE WAY. BUT WE COME TO THE LAST PART HERE OF OUR STUDY AT THIS TIME. YOU REMEMBER THERE IN HEBREWS CHAPTER ONE IN VERSE TWO IT SAYS, "IN THESE LAST DAYS SPOKEN TO US BY HIS SON." AND CONSIDER WHAT HAPPENS NEAR THE END OF JESUS' LIFE. YOU SEE, HE KNEW HE WAS GOING TO BE LEAVING THIS EARTH AND SO WHAT DOES HE DO? IN THE BOOK OF JOHN CHAPTER 14 VERSE 19 JESUS SAYS THIS VERY THING TO HIS DISCIPLES. HE SAYS I'M NOT GOING TO BE WITH YOU FOR MUCH LONGER. SO THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER 14 VERSE 16 HE SAYS, I'M GOING TO SEND YOU A HELPER. I'M GOING TO SEND YOU SOMEONE WHO WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY AND WHO WILL SHOW YOU THE THINGS THAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? JOHN CHAPTER 14 VERSE 26 WHAT DOES THIS HELPER DO? THE BIBLE SAYS HERE, "BUT THE HELPER, THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM THE FATHER WILL SEND IN MY NAME, HE WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS, AND BRING TO YOUR REMEMBRANCE ALL THINGS THAT I SAID TO YOU." SO THIS HELPER, WHO IS GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT, WAS GOING TO BE SENT IN ORDER TO TEACH AND INSTRUCT AND BRING TO REMEMBRANCE THE LAW, THE GOOD NEWS, THE GOSPEL MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST. HOW DID THEY DO THIS?

WELL, FIRST OFF THESE MEN WENT AROUND WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT ESTABLISHING THE CHURCH. IN ACTS CHAPTER TWO, WE FIND THE CHURCH BEING ESTABLISHED, IT'S LAW WAS BEING GIVEN THERE, PEOPLE WERE BEING CONVERTED AND THEN FROM THAT POINT OUT THESE FOLLOWERS WENT OUT AND BROUGHT PEOPLE IN BY TELLING THEM THE LAW OF CHRIST. BY TELLING THEM WHAT GOD THE FATHER HAD GIVEN TO JESUS, WHAT JESUS GAVE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BE GIVEN TO THE WORLD. WE SEE THAT CHAIN WORKING ALL THE WAY DOWN UNTIL NOW WE HAVE THE LAW OF CHRIST. EVEN TODAY CONSIDER HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TELLS US WHAT TO DO. WHEN THESE MEN, THESE DISCIPLES WERE COMING NEAR THE END OF THEIR LIVES, WHAT DID THEY DO? WELL, THEY WROTE ALL THE WORDS. WE HAVE THE ENTIRETY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT FOR US RIGHT HERE WHICH WAS GIVEN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. IN SECOND TIMOTHY CHAPTER THREE VERSE 16 THE BIBLE TELLS US ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED OF GOD AND IS PROFITABLE FOR VARIOUS THINGS. BUT THE POINT IS THAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE INSPIRED. YOU SEE, THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH THESE FOLLOWERS WROTE THESE WORDS SO THAT MAN, SO THAT HUMANS, COULD HAVE THESE THINGS FOREVER SO THAT THE CHURCH COULD KNOW WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO. SO THAT THE CHURCH COULD FOLLOW GOD ACCORDING TO THE WAY THAT HE WANTED THEM TO FOLLOW.

WE LOOK AT ONE FINAL VERSE HERE IN JOHN CHAPTER 17 AND IN VERSE EIGHT. IN JOHN CHAPTER 17 IN VERSE EIGHT THE BIBLE SAYS, "FOR I HAVE GIVEN TO THEM THE WORDS WHICH YOU HAVE GIVEN ME; AND THEY HAVE RECEIVED THEM, AND HAVE KNOWN SURELY THAT I CAME FORTH FROM YOU; AND THEY HAVE BELIEVED THAT YOU SENT ME." DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS SAYING HERE? JESUS IN HIS PRAYER, AS HE IS COMING TO THE END OF HIS LIFE, HE'S THINKING OF ALL THESE THINGS AND PRAYING TO GOD THE FATHER. WHAT DOES HE SAY? HE SAYS, I GAVE THEM THE WORDS THAT YOU GAVE TO ME. JESUS CHRIST BROUGHT THE WORDS OF GOD THE FATHER. HE WAS GIVEN THOSE WORDS, HE WAS GIVEN ALL AUTHORITY TO DECLARE THOSE WORDS TO THE WORLD, TO DECLARE THAT MESSAGE, THAT LAW. AND THEN THOSE DISCIPLES PRESSED FORWARD WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BRING THAT LAW TO THE ENTIRETY OF THE WORLD. AND WE FIND ALSO THAT THAT LAW WAS DELIVERED UNTO US EVEN TODAY. TODAY, IF WE WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT THE CHURCH IS SUPPOSED TO DO, HOW DO WE FIND OUR ANSWERS? WELL, WE GRAB OUR BIBLES, WE PICK THEM UP, AND WE READ AND WE UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO. WE UNDERSTAND WHAT HIS MESSAGE IS FOR US TODAY.

SO GOING BACK TO THE VERY BEGINNING OF WHAT WE STARTED WITH THERE AND THINKING ABOUT HOW WE AS PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO AS THE CHURCH. WELL, AS THE CHURCH WE LOOK TO THE LAW. THE LAW THAT GOD GAVE US. THE LAW THAT HE SENT TO HIS SON, THAT HE SENT TO THE HOLY SPIRIT OR THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND THOSE DISCIPLES THERE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. AND WE THINK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE THERE FOR US TODAY. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION AT ALL IN ANY WAY ABOUT ANYTHING, THE BIBLE WILL ANSWER IT TO YOU. IN THE BOOK OF PETER, PETER WRITES THAT THE BIBLE GIVES US ALL THINGS PERTAINING TO LIFE AND GODLINESS. NOW, THAT LEAVES NOTHING OUT. IT GIVES US ALL THE ANSWERS FOR LIFE, THAT WOULD BE US ON THIS EARTH DOING WHATEVER IT IS WE NEED TO DO AS PEOPLE. IT TELLS US HOW TO LIVE IN SUCH A WAY AS THAT. BUT ALSO HOW TO BE GODLY. HOW TO BE LIKE GOD. HOW TO SERVE GOD. HOW TO DO THOSE THINGS THAT GOD WANTS US TO DO. NOW, WE LOOK TO THE SCRIPTURES AND WE SEE HOW POWERFUL IT IS. WE SEE HOW IT'S THE LAW FOR US TODAY. AND TODAY THERE IS NO OTHER WAY FOR US TO COME TO GOD EXCEPT THROUGH UNDERSTANDING AND FOLLOWING AND OBEYING WHAT THE GOSPEL MESSAGES TOLD US. WHAT THAT LAW HAS BROUGHT TO US. SO CONSIDER YOURSELF EVEN THIS DAY, ARE YOU THE ONE TO WHOM GOD'S LAW HAS BEEN GIVEN AND THE ONE WHO FOLLOWS HIS LAW AS YOU SHOULD?



CLOSING COMMENTS

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