THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 6-23-19



LESSON TITLE: "THE ONE TRUE CHURCH AND CHRIST"



WELCOME

LET ME WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO OUR PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD'S DAY MORNING. I HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE WELL AND THAT YOU ARE PROSPERING GREATLY, IN YOUR PHYSICAL LIVES ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU ARE GIVING TO GOD SPIRITUALLY. IT IS WONDERFUL TO BE A PART OF GOD'S FAMILY AND TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS THIS TO COME BEFORE HIM AND LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT HE WANTS OF US, AS WELL AS PRAISING HIS NAME THROUGH SONG. AS WE BEGIN OUR HOMAGE TO GOD THIS MORNING, WON'T YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER?

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE THANKFUL FATHER FOR THIS DAY AND WE'RE THANKFUL FOR ALL BLESSINGS, FOR WE KNOW THAT ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM YOU. AND FATHER, WE KNOW EVERYTHING WE HAVE PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY ARE A GIFT FROM YOU. AND THEREFORE FATHER WE THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY AND WE LOVE YOU AND WE THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE THAT YOU SHOWN US. AND HELP US THIS DAY AS WE WORSHIP THAT WE MIGHT DO EVERYTHING PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT AND THAT WE MIGHT SHINE AS LIGHTS THAT OTHERS MIGHT KNOW YOU THROUGH US AND HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO OBEY AND TO BE SAVED. AND FATHER, WE KNOW THAT ALL THESE THINGS ARE ALSO ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GREATEST OF ALL GIFTS GIVEN THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS AS HE DIED ON THE CROSS AND WAS BURIED AND WAS RESURRECTED THE THIRD DAY. WE THANK YOU FATHER FOR HIS LOVE AND FOR YOUR LOVE AND SENDING YOUR SON TO GIVE HIMSELF AS A GIFT THAT WE MIGHT NOT ONLY BE BLESSED TODAY BUT THAT WE MIGHT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. FATHER, THESE THINGS WE PRAY THROUGH JESUS NAME, AMEN.

LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION THIS MORNING, "WHERE DO YOU GO OR WHO DO YOU TURN TO IN TIME OF NEED?" HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE OTHERS IN THIS LIFE THAT YOU CAN TRUST AND WHO ARE ALWAYS THERE WHEN YOU NEED A FRIEND OR SOMEONE TO TURN TO. HOWEVER, LET ME REMIND YOU THAT THERE IS A BETTER PLACE TO TURN WHEN WE HAVE NEEDS, A PLACE WHERE WE WILL NEVER BE LET DOWN AND WHERE WE WILL ALWAYS FIND THE ASSISTANCE WE NEED. YOU AND I KNOW THAT THIS PLACE IS GOD! HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO ALWAYS HAVE A GOD WHO IS THERE FOR US. SO, WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER THE SONG, "UNTO THEE OH LORD!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

AN INTERESTING PART OF THE OLD TESTAMENT IS THE FACT THAT WE ARE GIVEN SO MANY GOOD EXAMPLES AND STORIES OF THOSE WHO WERE STRIVING TO PLEASE GOD IN THEIR LIVES. HOWEVER, I ALSO FIND IT INTERESTING THAT THESE SAME PEOPLE WERE NOT PERFECT BEFORE GOD, BUT THEY WERE DOING THEIR BEST TO LIVE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL AND TO PUT HIM FIRST, THUS THEY WERE CONSIDERED AS COMPLETE IN HIS SIGHT.

ONE SUCH EXAMPLE IS IN GOD'S GREAT SERVANT DAVID. THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE HE SHOWED OVER AND OVER AGAIN HIS TRUE LOVE AND DEVOTION TO GOD. AS A YOUNG MAN HE BOLDLY STOOD FOR GOD AND EVEN AS KING HE STILL DID AS GOD COMMANDED. HOWEVER, WE ALSO SEE THAT HE WAS NOT PERFECT, AND YES HE SINNED! NOTICE WITH ME WHAT HE SAID ABOUT GOD, KNOWING THAT HE HAD MADE MISTAKES AND DONE THINGS CONTRARY TO HIS WILL. IN PSALM 66:20, WE READ, "BLESSED BE GOD, WHO HAS NOT TURNED AWAY MY PRAYER, NOR HIS MERCY FROM ME!" DAVID'S MERCIFUL GOD IS THE SAME GOD THAT WE SERVE TODAY.

HOW GREAT OUR GOD IS, IN THAT HE WILL NOT FORSAKE US OR TURN ON US, AS LONG AS WE REPENT AND STRIVE TO CONTINUE DOING OUR BEST ACCORDING TO HIS WORD. SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ALL OF US? IT MEANS THAT GOD IS ALWAYS THERE FOR US AND WILL HEAR US, EVEN WHEN WE MAKE MISTAKES. BETTER YET, WHEN WE ASK FORGIVENESS, HE WILL FORGIVE US IF WE ACKNOWLEDGE OUR WRONGS AND STRIVE TO CONTINUE IN THEM NO MORE. I THINK JOHN PUT THIS BEST IN ONE JOHN 1:9, "IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS."

FINALLY, NOTICE WHAT DAVID SAID ABOUT OUR PRAYERS. GOD NOT ONLY HEARS US BUT WILL NOT TURN AWAY FROM US, EVEN WHEN WE MAKE MISTAKES. ISN'T IT GREAT TO KNOW THAT GOD IS ALWAYS THERE, READY TO LISTEN AND ANSWER OUR PRAYERS TO HIS GLORY. ESPECIALLY IN RELATIONSHIP TO OUR NEEDS AND REQUEST IN THIS LIFE, GOD IS ALWAYS A GOOD LISTENER. AND EVEN THOUGH WE MESS UP FROM TIME TO TIME HE IS STILL THERE AND READY TO FORGIVE IF WE ARE WILLING TO DO OUR PART.

THIS MORNING, I WILL BE LEADING OUR LESSON THOUGHTS OF THE DAY, AS WE CONTINUE OUR STUDY TOGETHER CONCERNING, "THE ONE TRUE CHURCH." OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY IS ENTITLED, "THE ONE TRUE CHURCH AND CHRIST." SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. NOW LET'S RETURN TO OUR SINGING. THE NAME OF THE NEXT HYMN, "I'LL LIVE FOR HIM."



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE ARE SO GLAD YOU'VE CONTINUED WITH US THIS DAY AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE CHURCH AND WHAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO CONSIDER TOGETHER NOW FOR SEVERAL WEEKS IS THE IDEA THAT CHRIST ESTABLISHED A CHURCH. AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT HE REALLY DIDN'T ESTABLISH MANY CHURCHES BUT AS THE HEAD OF A CHURCH OR THE HEAD OF A BODY HE ESTABLISHED ONE CHURCH. NOW THAT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHAT IT THEN CHALLENGES ALL OF US TO DO AND ALL RELIGIONS TO DO IS TO SEEK TO BE THAT CHURCH. THAT SHOULD BE OUR GOAL BECAUSE THE CHURCH THAT WE'RE A PART OF SHOULDN'T BE THE CHURCH OF A MAN OR THE CHURCH OF MAYBE A GROUP OR THE CHURCH OF SOMETHING OF THIS EARTH. IT SHOULD BE THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST AND THEREFORE AS IT IS HIS CHURCH WE HAVE TO LOOK TO HIS WILL TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GUIDING LIGHTS OR THE LINES OR THE ESTABLISHED WAYS ARE ACCORDING TO WHAT GOD REQUIRES, NOT ANYONE ELSE. AND SO THAT BEING THE CASE THEN TODAY WE WANT TO LOOK AT THE IDEA OF CHRIST. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE BUT THERE ARE MANY THAT REALLY TRY TO SEPARATE JESUS FROM THE CHURCH. MANY EVEN THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT TIMES OFTEN HAD A DIFFICULTY WITH THE PREEMINENCE OF CHRIST OR THE CONCEPTS OF HIS DEITY. AND SO THEY BELIEVED IN GOD AND THEY BELIEVE THAT JESUS PERHAPS WAS ANOTHER GREAT PROPHET BUT MANY DID NOT WANT TO EMBRACE FULLY THE IDEA THAT HE WAS GOD. AND SO THEY MIGHT WOULD WANT TO BE A PART OF THE CHURCH OR THE ASSEMBLY OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD BUT THEY REALLY WERE NOT INTERESTED IN BELIEVING THAT JESUS WAS GOD. AND BECAUSE OF THAT THEY WOULD REMOVE CHRIST FROM THE CHURCH. AND THEY MIGHT EVEN SAY LIKE JOHN OR LIKE PAUL OR LIKE OTHERS JESUS WAS ANOTHER GREAT MAN BUT HE IS JUST A MAN.

CERTAINLY THE BIBLE TEACHES US JUST THE OPPOSITE AND WE'VE LEARNED THAT TOGETHER IN OUR STUDY. CHRIST IS, NOT ONLY CALLED THE SON OF GOD, THE ONLY BEGOTTEN, THE UNIQUE, THE ONE-OF-A-KIND SON OF GOD BUT HE ALSO IS CALLED GOD THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER ONE. BECAUSE IN THE BEGINNING WAS NOT ONLY THE WORD BUT THE WORD WAS WITH GOD AND THE WORD WAS GOD. THAT WORD THAT BECAME FLESH VERSE 14 SAYS AND DWELT AMONG MEN. THAT BEING THE CASE THEN WE GO TO THEN THE UNDERSTANDING OF EVEN CHRIST AS HE WAS ON THE EARTH DECLARING THE WORDS AND THE WILL OF THE FATHER WHEN HE SAID HE WOULD BUILD HIS CHURCH. DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT WAS SAID THERE IN THE BOOK OF MATTHEW CHAPTER 16? IT IS AN INTERESTING CONTEXT BECAUSE HE ALREADY ASKS THIS QUESTION, WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I AM? IN FACT HE SAYS "WHO DO MEN SAY THAT THE SON OF THE MAN IS" AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS, WHO DO THEY SAY THAT I AM IN THE FLESH? WHO DO YOU TO DECLARE ME TO BE? AND THE DISCIPLES, THE FOLLOWERS THERE, WHAT WE REFER TO AS APOSTLES, PETER AND THE OTHERS SAY, SOME CLAIM YOU ARE JOHN THE BAPTIST, SOME SAY ELIJAH. OTHERS SAY JEREMIAH. SOME SAY YOU ARE A PROPHET. AND SO IN THAT CONTEXT IT IS INTERESTING TO KNOW THAT JESUS IS ASKING THEM AND HELPING THEM TO THINK ABOUT THE FACT OF WHO HE IS. NOT PETER. SOME MAKE THIS CONTEXT ABOUT PETER OR THE APOSTLES. ARE YOU KIDDING ME! DID YOU READ WHAT HE SAID? THE QUESTION HE ASKED IS WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I AM? AND THEN DO YOU NOTICE WHAT PETER SAYS AFTER THEY SAY SOME BELIEVE JOHN THE BAPTIST. HE SAID WHO DO YOU SAY I AM? NOT ANYONE ELSE IS OR PETER. THE CONTEXT IS JESUS. WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I AM? WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM? NOW NOTICE WITH ME WHAT PETER'S RESPONSE IS IN VERSE 16, "'YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.'" NOT A SON OF GOD. YOU ARE THE SON OF THE GOD. YOU ARE THE SON OF THE MAN AND YOU ARE THE SON OF THE GOD. ISN'T THAT A BEAUTIFUL IDEA? ISN'T THAT A GLORIOUS IDEA? DECLARING FROM THE MOUTH OF PETER WHAT HE SAYS. AND YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT HE SAYS THERE IN VERSE 17. THAT HE SAYS, BLESSED ARE YOU PETER BECAUSE YOU WOULD NOT KNOW THIS EXCEPT GOD THE FATHER REVEALED THIS TO YOU. IS THIS CONTEXT AGAIN ABOUT JESUS? JESUS, THE SON OF THE MAN? JESUS, THE SON OF THE GOD? OR IS IT ABOUT PETER AND THE GREATNESS OF PETER OR THE ROCK THAT PETER IS? HOW SAD THAT MANY OF MY RELIGIOUS FRIENDS WANT TO SAY THAT THIS CONTEXT IS ABOUT PETER AND THAT THE CHURCH WAS SOMEHOW BUILT OR FOUNDED BY PETER OR THAT HE IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH HOW RIDICULOUS AGAIN BECAUSE EVEN JESUS SAID I AM THE TOPIC. WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I AM? WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM? BUT THEN JESUS MAKES THIS STATEMENT IN VERSE 18. AND HE SAYS, "'YOU ARE PETER, AND UPON THIS ROCK,'" WHAT IS THIS DISCOVERY? THE ROCK THAT IS JESUS THAT IS THE CHRIST THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. "'UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH.'" SEVERAL THINGS ARE SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THIS. FIRST OF ALL IT'S SIGNIFICANT THAT IS TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING IN THE FUTURE. HE SAYS SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND I'M GOING TO BUILD MY CHURCH. IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. WE KNOW LATER IN MARK CHAPTER NINE VERSE ONE THAT HE TELLS THEM THAT SOME OF YOU WILL NOT TASTE OF DEATH UNTIL THE KINGDOM OF THE CHURCH COMES WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH. SO WE KNOW IT'S SOON IN PROXIMITY TO WHAT HE SAYS HERE BUT HE SAYS I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH.

THE SECOND THING, DID YOU NOTICE THE PRONOUN? HE DID NOT SAY PETER I WILL BUILD YOUR CHURCH OR I WILL GIVE YOU THE AUTHORITY. HE SAYS PETER I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH. AND THEN THE CONFUSION SOMETIMES IS THIS IDEA OF THE ROCK. AND THEY SAY THE NAME PETER, THE NAME PETER WHICH IS THE CONCEPT OF CEPHEUS OR STONE MEANS A TYPE OF ROCK. I WOULD ASK YOU TO GO OVER WITH ME TO THE BOOK OF JOHN CHAPTER ONE. AND IN JOHN CHAPTER ONE IN VERSE 41 WHEN WE READ THAT ANDREW COLLECTS PETER AND FINDS PETER, NOTICE WHAT HE TELLS PETER HIS BROTHER AS THEY ARE ABOUT TO BE CALLED BY JESUS. VERSE 41 SAYS, IN FIRST HE FOUND HIS OWN BROTHER SIMON WHO WE KNOW TO BE PETER AND HE SAID TO HIM, "'WE HAVE FOUND THE MESSIAH.'" WE HAVE FOUND THE PROPHESIED ONE. AND WHO WAS THE PROPHESIED ONE? NOT YOU PETER. HE SAYS PETER WE FOUND HIM. COME ON, LET'S GO SEE HIM. BUT THEN HE SAYS THE ONE WHO IS THE MESSIAH WHICH IS TRANSLATED THE CHRIST AND IT SAYS WHEN THIS MESSIAH OR CHRIST WAS APPROACHED BECAUSE THEY GO TO SEE HIM IN VERSE 42 JESUS SAYS THIS TO PETER YOU ARE SIMON THE SON OF JONAH YOU SHALL BE CALLED CEPHEUS AND IN THE TEXT SAYS WHICH IS TRANSLATED STONE. THE WORD CEPHEUS IS THE ARAMAIC FORM OF STONE WHICH IS PETROSS AND THE WORD PETROSS IS PETER, CEPHEUS AND PETER ARE THE SAME WORD AND THEY REFER TO A STONE OR A ROCK. NOW I WANT YOU TO GO BACK WITH ME TO OUR TEXT, THE MAIN TEXT THERE WE WERE CONSIDERING IN MATTHEW 16. AND WHEN HE SAYS HERE YOU ARE PETER THAT'S THE SAME WORD, THE CONCEPT OF PETROSS, YOU'RE THAT CEPHEUS, YOU ARE THAT STONE. BUT THEN HE SAYS THIS, "AND ON THIS ROCK," GUESS WHAT HAPPENED IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE? THAT CHANGES TO PETRA, A DIFFERENT CASE IN THE GREEK AND THE CONCEPT OF PETRA NOW IS A CLIFF OR A BOULDER NOT A STONE OR A ROCK ,BUT A CLIFF. SO YOU ARE THE STONE, THE ROCK BUT UPON THIS THE CLIFF NOW WHAT IS THE DISCUSSION THAT IS LIKE A CLIFF FACE OR A BOULDER IN THIS. WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I AM? WHO DO YOU AS MY FOLLOWER SAY? THAT YOU ARE THE CHRIST. I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, YOU CAN'T SEPARATE CHRIST FROM THE CHURCH AND YOU CAN'T SEPARATE CHRIST FROM THE CHURCH BECAUSE HE ALONE IS THE PROPHESIED MESSIAH THE SON OF THE MAN AND THE SON OF THE GOD. HE IS GOD DEITY IN HIS FOR PERSONIFICATION OR HIS SELF AS HE WAS BROUGHT FORTH IN THE FLESH. BUT HE ALSO WAS THE SON OF MAN. HE WAS MAN IN THE FLESH, GOD AND MAN AS WAS PROPHESIED ACCORDING TO AGAIN THE PERFECT WILL OF THE FATHER.

I ALSO FIND IT VERY INTERESTING THAT PEOPLE TRY TO REJECT CHRIST AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRIST IN THE CHURCH AND SOMEHOW TO CLAIM THAT CHRIST ISN'T REALLY THE FOUNDATION OR THE CENTERPIECE OF THE CHURCH. OR THAT WHEN WE READ OTHER VERSES LIKE ACTS CHAPTER 20 AND IF YOU'LL NOTICE THERE IS HE'S TALKING TO THE ELDERS AT EPHESUS HE MAKES THIS STATEMENT IN VERSE 28. HE CHALLENGES THEM TO TAKE HEED TO THE FLOCK AND HE SAYS AND OVERSEE IT, SHEPHERD IT, THAT CHURCH OF GOD. NOTICE THIS, WHICH WAS PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD. WHY IS CHRIST THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH? BECAUSE HE PURCHASED THE CHURCH WITH HIS OWN BLOOD. WHEN DID HE SUFFER AND SHED HIS BLOOD? ON THE CROSS AND WHAT HAPPENED? HE WAS BURIED AND THEN HE ROSE AGAIN. SOUNDS LIKE THE GOSPEL TO ME. PETER DIDN'T DO THAT. JESUS DID THAT. CHRIST PURCHASED, WITH HIS BLOOD, THE CHURCH. THE CHURCH WHICH HE SAYS I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH. THE CHURCH THAT WAS BUILT UPON HIM, NOT A MAN, HIM AS WHO THE HEAD.

THAT'S THE NEXT THING I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME BECAUSE IF YOU WILL TURN OVER TO A FAMILIAR TEXT IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER ONE, YOU'RE GOING TO FIND WITH ME THAT CHRIST IS REFERRED TO CLEARLY AS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. AND THERE IN THAT TEXT IN VERSE 22 OF CHAPTER ONE, IT SAYS THAT ALL THINGS WERE PUT UNDER HIS FEET AND HE WAS GIVEN HIM TO BE HEAD OVER ALL THINGS TO THE CHURCH WHICH IS HIS BODY. NOW I WANT YOU TO KEEP YOUR FINGER THERE AND I WANT YOU TO GO BACK NOW TO THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER FOUR WITH ME BECAUSE THERE'S A NEAT THING THAT HAPPENED IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE. HERE ONCE AGAIN AS WE GET DOWN TO VERSE 11 YOU'LL REMEMBER THIS TEXT BECAUSE IN ACTS CHAPTER FOUR VERSE 11 HE SAYS, "THIS IS THE STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED BY YOU BUILDERS." WE ALL KNOW THAT WAS CHRIST, THE STONE THAT WAS REJECTED BY YOU BUILDERS. "WHICH HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE." NOW THIS IS A NEAT THING. THE WORD CORNERSTONE HERE IS THE SAME WORD THAT WE TRANSLATE AS HEAD. IN EPHESIANS, SAME WORD. NOTICE THAT HE SAYS YOU ARE THE CHIEF. YOU'RE THE MAIN STONE THAT ALL THE WALLS AND ALL THE BUILDING IS CENTERED UPON. NOW GO BACK WITH ME TO EPHESIANS CHAPTER ONE AND NOW THINK ABOUT IT IN THAT CONCEPT. HE SAYS THE FATHER HAS PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET, AND GAVE HIM TO BE THE CORNERSTONE. THERE IT IS. NOW IN ACTS IT SAYS THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE BUT HERE THAT WORD TRANSLATED AS HEAD, MEANS THE CORNERSTONE. THE STONE BY WHICH THE WALLS ARE ALIGNED IN PROPER ALIGNMENT BY. AND WHO WANTS A CROOKED WALL. WE SEE JESUS IS THAT STONE. HE IS THAT CORNER ROCK, THAT CLIFF THAT EVERYTHING ELSE IS ALIGNED BY. AND HE, AS THE CORNERSTONE, IS ALSO WHAT? THE HEAD, THEREFORE, OF THAT BODY. THE BOOK AGAIN IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER FIVE, A LITTLE BIT LATER ON, TALKS ABOUT AS THE HUSBAND IS HEAD OF THE WIFE SO, VERSE 23, CHRIST IS HEAD OF THE CHURCH. HE IS THE CORNERSTONE, NOT PETER. NOT A MAN, NOT ANYONE OF THIS EARTH. JESUS WHO WAS GOD IN THE FLESH THE ONE WHO SHED HIS BLOOD TO PURCHASE THE CHURCH, THAT THERE IN ACTS CHAPTER TWO VERSE 47, WHEN WE OBEY AS THEY DID ON THAT DAY, WE ARE ADDED TO THE CHURCH IN THE WAY THAT GOD REQUIRES.

AND IF YOU WERE TO GO TO ALL OF THESE TEXTS THAT TALK ABOUT THE CHURCH, IT'S NOT TALKING ABOUT A CHURCH IN GENERAL. IT IS TALKING ABOUT THE CHURCH. IN FACT ONE OF THEM THAT REALLY STANDS OUT TO ME IS AGAIN FOUND THERE IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER FOUR BECAUSE AGAIN IN OUR OVERALL DISCUSSION WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ESTABLISH IS THAT WE NEED TO BE CHRIST'S CHURCH, GOD'S CHURCH, THE ONE CHURCH. WHOEVER WE ARE, THAT'S OUR GOAL. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD STRIVE TO BE. ISN'T INTERESTING THEN THAT AS IT TALKS ABOUT THE HEAD AND ABOUT CHRIST AND THE CHURCH, HIS CHURCH, MY CHURCH, I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, THAT THERE IN THE SEVEN ONES OF UNITY THAT IN VERSE CHAPTER FOUR VERSE FOUR THE BIBLE SAYS THERE IS BUT ONE BODY. THE SAME WORD BODY AS IN EPHESIANS ONE AND IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER FIVE IS USED THERE. HE IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY, THE SINGULAR BODY AND HE IS THE SINGULAR HEAD OR CORNERSTONE. AND IN HERE SAYS BUT THERE IS ONE BODY. NOW YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR. IF YOU DON'T REMEMBER AND YOU SEE HOW MANY HEADS YOU HAVE THERE'S ONLY ONE HEAD TO THE CHURCH. AND YOU'D BETTER KNOW THAT IS JESUS AND YOU BETTER BELIEVE AND FOLLOW AND PROFESS THAT IT'S JESUS. OTHERWISE, YOU'RE NOT A TRUE CHRISTIAN. YOU CAN BE SAVED YOU'LL NEVER FIND YOUR WAY TO THE FATHER BECAUSE THE ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER JOHN 14 VERSE SIX IS THROUGH THE SON.

WHY NOT SUBMIT FULLY TO GOD TO JESUS THIS DAY WHY NOT BE A PART OF HIS CHURCH? FOR HE ALONE IS THE HEAD OF HIS CHURCH, THE CHURCH THAT HE BUILT. THE CHURCH THAT IF WE'RE A PART OF SUNDAY, FIRST CORINTHIANS 15, WILL BE DELIVERED BACK AS A UNIT TO THE FATHER. THE SAVED ARE IN THAT CHURCH WHICH HE IS THE HEAD. AND THEN I WOULD ASK WHO ELSE DO YOU WANT TO BE HEAD? WHO ELSE IS WORTHY TO BE HEAD? CAN DO WHAT JESUS AS GOD CAN DO FOR YOU? WHY NOT COMMIT FULLY TO HIM TODAY AND PROVE YOUR LOVE TO CHRIST.



CLOSING COMMENTS

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HOW SAD IT IS TODAY THAT MANY WANT TO TAKE CHRIST OUT OF RELIGION, WHEN GOD THE FATHER HAS MADE HIM THE VERY CENTER OF IT. PRAISE BE TO GOD THAT WE ARE A PART OF CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH AND THUS WILL FIND OUR WAY TO THE GREAT BLESSINGS, PROMISES AND REWARDS OF GOD.