THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 8-12-18



LESSON TITLE: “THE KINGDOM PLANTED”



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 THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE GREAT BLESSING OF LIFE; THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN, TO BE SERVANTS. AND FATHER, HELP US EVERY DAY TO LOOK TO YOU FOR STRENGTH AND GUIDANCE THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO YOUR WORD TO KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE US TO DO AND TO BE FOUND FAITHFUL THROUGH OBEDIENCE. AND FATHER, KNOWING THESE THINGS AND DOING WHAT YOU HAVE ASKED, MAY WE ALWAYS UNDERSTAND THAT THROUGH YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY WE'LL FIND SALVATION TODAY AND ETERNALLY. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING REMINDS US OF ALL THAT GOD HAS DONE FOR THIS WORLD. SO THE QUESTION IS, “HOW ARE WE RESPONDING TO THE GREAT EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE FROM OUR GOD?” THE NAME OF OUR FIRST HYMN TODAY IS, “I’LL LIVE FOR HIM!”



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE BEEN LOST IN OUR LIVES? I THINK US MEN ARE WORSE THAN LADIES ABOUT THIS, BECAUSE WE ARE GENERALLY TOO TOUGH TO STOP AND ASK FOR HELP WHEN WE NEED IT. I OFTEN WILL LOOK FOR A HOUSE OR BUSINESS HERE IN SPRINGFIELD AND WONDER IF I WILL EVER FIND IT. THINKING, SHOULD I GO THIS WAY OR THAT WAY? PROBABLY ALL OF US HAVE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION BEFORE AND IT REALLY LEAVES US FEELING A BIT CONFUSED OR EVEN LOST. I THINK MOST OF US ASK THESE SAME QUESTIONS IN OTHER PARTS OF OUR LIVES TOO. SHOULD I DO OR SAY, THIS OR THAT? SHOULD I FOLLOW HIM OR HER? IS THIS REALLY SOMETHING I SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN? SOMETIMES THE QUESTIONS DEAL WITH TRIVIAL MATTERS, BUT OFTEN THEY CAN BE LIFE ALTERING. DETERMINING WHICH WAY TO GO OR WHAT TO DO IS A VERY IMPORTANT LESSON WHICH WE MUST ALL LEARN IN LIFE. ISN’T LIFE ABOUT MAKING THESE TYPES OF DECISIONS EVERYDAY? IT CERTAINLY IS. SO OUR GOAL MUST BE TO LEARN TO DECIDE WHICH WAY OR WHAT TO DO ACCORDING TO WHAT GOD WANTS.

THE BIBLE OFTEN TALKS ABOUT, THE PATHS OR THE WAY OF GOD. IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THIS IN OUR DECISION MAKING PROCESS SO WE WON’T LEAVE GOD OUT. IN PROVERBS 3:6, WE READ, “IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE SHALL DIRECT YOUR PATHS.” GOD IS THERE FOR US TO SHOW US THE WAY IF WE WILL ONLY LET HIM. IN FACT, THIS IS WHY HE HAS GIVEN US HIS WORD. THE PSALMIST DAVID SAID, “YOUR WORD IS A LAMP TO MY FEET AND A LIGHT TO MY PATH,” PSALMS 119:105. GOD’S WORD IS THE LIGHT, WHICH ILLUMINATES OUR PATHWAY. IT CAN SHOW US WHICH WAY TO GO AND TELL US WHICH TURNS TO TAKE. ALSO IN THE BOOK OF JOHN WE READ, “AND JESUS SAID TO THEM, I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME,” CHAPTER 14, VERSE 6. SO, JESUS IS THE WAY WHICH WE MUST FOLLOW TO GET TO THE FATHER. IT IS THE WORD OF GOD THAT TEACHES US ABOUT THAT WAY, JESUS, AND HOW WE MUST FOLLOW HIM. THUS, OUR PATHS ARE BRIGHTENED BY JESUS AND HIS WORD, SO THAT WE KNOW THE DIRECTION WE SHOULD GO.

SO AS WE LOOK DOWN EACH ROAD IN LIFE, LET’S MAKE DECISIONS THAT INCLUDE THE HELP OF JESUS. IF WE REMEMBER HIM AND HIS WORD, IT WILL HELP US TO MAKE DECISIONS THAT WILL PLEASE OUR GOD IN HEAVEN. THEN, THE RESULT WILL BE THAT GOD WILL BLESS EACH ONE OF US AS WE ARE DOING THAT WHICH IS ACCORDING TO HIS WILL.

TODAY WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR STUDY FROM GOD’S ON THE CHURCH, WHICH IS ENTITLED, “AND TRANSFERRED US INTO THE KINGDOM…!” OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC TODAY IS, “THE KINGDOM PLANTED.” SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US AFTER OUR NEXT SONG AND IN A FEW MINUTES I WILL RETURN WITH THIS LESSON 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

RAY SULLINS

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US THIS DAY AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND LOOK AT ANOTHER LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE CHURCH. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING TOGETHER NOW FOR SEVERAL WEEKS AT THE DIFFERENT IDEAS THAT REALLY PERTAIN TO THE PROPHECIES OF THE CHURCH, NOT ONLY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND HOW THE GOD PROPHESIED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THAT THROUGH THE SEED JESUS CHRIST THAT A KINGDOM WOULD BE ESTABLISHED THAT WOULD EFFECT ALL MEN OF ALL NATIONS IN THE WORLD AND GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY OF SALVATION. WE ALSO THEN HAD THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF LOOKING AT SPECIFICALLY THE PERIOD OF THE GOSPEL ACCOUNTS, WHEN NOT ONLY JOHN THE BAPTIST BUT ALSO JESUS CAME PREACHING ABOUT REPENTANCE AND THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BEING AT HAND. AND FINALLY LAST WEEK WE LOOKED TOGETHER AT THE IDEA OF HOW THE CHURCH OR THE KINGDOM WAS ACTUALLY PURCHASED WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. AND ALL OF THESE THINGS BEING TIED TOGETHER THEN BRINGS US TO THE EXCITING DISCUSSION THAT WE HAVE TODAY CONCERNING REALLY THE CHURCH COMING INTO EXISTENCE. THAT FINALLY, AS WE'VE SEEN ALL THESE THINGS COME TOGETHER, THE CHURCH WAS PLANTED. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY IN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD TODAY, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE IN DENOMINATIONS AS WELL AS EVEN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, THAT SOMETIMES WILL CLAIM THAT THE KINGDOM HAS NOT YET COME. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY ARE WRONG AND WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS NOT ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES. BECAUSE EVERYTHING THAT WE'VE SEEN SO FAR SPEAKS ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE KINGDOM WAS NOT ONLY PROPHESIED BUT THAT IT WAS COMING TO FRUITION. AND EVEN THE FACT THAT WE CONFIRM MULTIPLE TIMES NOW IN MANY VERSES SUCH AS MARK CHAPTER 9 VERSE ONE THAT SOME OF THOSE WHO WERE STANDING THERE INCLUDING THE DISCIPLES WOULD NOT TASTE OF DEATH UNTIL THEY SAW THE CHURCH COME WITH POWER.

AND SO WE SEE THAT WHEN WE MOVE OVER THAT FROM THE GOSPEL ACCOUNTS THAT WE IMMEDIATELY COME TO THE BOOK OF ACTS WHICH IS A BOOK OF HISTORY. AND IT IS WITHIN THE BOOK OF ACTS THAT WE ACTUALLY SEE THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OR THE HISTORY OF THE KINGDOM; THE ESTABLISHMENT TAKING PLACE EARLY ON IN THE BOOK. BUT BEFORE WE REALLY GET INTO THAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO LOOK WITH ME FIRST OF ALL AGAIN AT THE BOOK OF LUKE CHAPTER 24. AFTER WE SEE THE CONFIRMATION GIVEN BY JESUS THAT SOME WOULD NOT TASTE OF DEATH UNTIL THEY ACTUALLY SAW THE KINGDOM OF GOD COME WITH POWER. IT WAS THE DISCIPLES THAT HE SPOKE TO IN CHAPTER 24 OF LUKE WHEN HE TOLD THEM TO ACTUALLY GO TO JERUSALEM TO WAIT FOR SOMETHING. AND IF YOU WILL LOOK WITH ME AS HE BEGINS TO TALK HERE NOT ONLY ABOUT HIS DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION, THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL, HE THEN TELLS THEM WHAT HE WANTS THEM TO DO AS THESE THINGS ARE GOING TO TAKE PLACE. VERSE 46 OF LUKE 24 SAYS THIS, “‘THUS IT IS WRITTEN,’” NOTICE THAT JESUS AGAIN REFERS TO PROPHECY AND THE FULFILLMENT OF IT, “‘THUS IT IS WRITTEN, AND THUS IT WAS NECESSARY FOR CHRIST TO SUFFER AND TO RISE FROM THE DEAD THE THIRD DAY, AND THAT REPENTANCE AND REMISSION OF SINS SHOULD BE PREACHED IN THE NAME TO ALL NATIONS, BEGINNING AT JERUSALEM. AND YOU ARE WITNESSES OF THESE THINGS.’” NOW NOTICE VERSE 49, “‘BEHOLD, I SEND THE PROMISE OF MY FATHER UPON YOU; BUT TARRY IN JERUSALEM UNTIL YOU ARE IN ENDUED WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH.’” WHAT WAS HE TELLING HIS DISCIPLES AS HE SPEAKS OF THE FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY THAT IS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE? HIS DEATH, BURIAL, AND HIS RESURRECTION. AND THE FACT THAT AS THESE THINGS WERE GOING TO TAKE PLACE WHERE? IN JERUSALEM, VERSE 47 AGAIN ACCORDING TO PROPHECY. THAT IN VERSE 49 THAT THEY WERE TOLD TO WAIT THERE IN JERUSALEM FOR THE PROMISE TO COME, AGAIN ACCORDING TO PROPHECY, THAT PROMISE THAT WOULD BE FROM GOD.

NOW I WANT YOU TO TURN OVER WITH ME TO THE BOOK OF ACTS BECAUSE AS WE MOVE INTO ACTS CHAPTER 1 WE SEE THE SAME CONCEPTS GIVEN TO US BY ONCE AGAIN LUKE THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK OF ACTS. THERE IN CHAPTER 1 AS HE TELLS US WHAT IS TAKING PLACE. AND WHAT IS TAKING PLACE THERE IS IN VERSE FOUR OF CHAPTER 1. THAT THEY WERE ASSEMBLED TOGETHER AND GUESS WHERE THEY WERE ASSEMBLED TOGETHER? JERUSALEM. AND WHAT WERE THEY TOLD? THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER WAS ABOUT TO COME. SO DOESN'T THAT SOUND QUITE FAMILIAR? THAT JESUS AGAIN REITERATES THE SAME THING HERE AS LUKE RECORDS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT IN ACTS CHAPTER 1. A FEW VERSES OVER NOTICE WHAT HE ADDS IN VERSE EIGHT. HE SAYS, “‘BUT YOU,’” SPEAKING AGAIN TO HIS DISCIPLES REFERRING TO AGAIN THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM, “‘BUT YOU SHALL RECEIVE POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT,’” POWER FROM ON HIGH, “‘WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS COME UPON YOU; AND YOU SHALL BE WITNESSES TO ME IN JERUSALEM, AND IN ALL JUDEA AND SAMARIA, AND EVEN TO THE END OF THE EARTH.’” REALLY REMINDS ME OF THE GREAT COMMISSION GOING TO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACHING THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE. PREACH WHAT? THE GOSPEL OF JESUS, THE DEATH, THE BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION AND THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM AND THE NEED THEN TO RESPOND AND OBEY JESUS CHRIST. WHAT WERE THEY ABOUT TO BEGIN? THAT WORK. THAT WORK THAT JESUS HAD LEFT THEM WITH AFTER HE HAD BEEN CRUCIFIED. AND NOW THAT HE IS RESURRECTED AND THAT THESE THINGS TRANSPIRED IN ORDER THAT THE KINGDOM AS WE SAW LAST WEEK WAS FINALLY THEN PURCHASED BY THE SHEDDING OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS ON THE CROSS AND THEREFORE THE KINGDOM WAS ESTABLISHED.

NOW NOTICE WITH ME THEN WHAT TAKES PLACE IN CHAPTER 2, AS THEY ARE ASSEMBLED IN JERUSALEM AS THEY WERE WAITING FOR THE POWER FROM ON HIGH FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT TO COME NOW THAT JESUS HAS LEFT. GUESS WHAT HAPPENS? WELL, THEY WERE ASSEMBLED ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST AND SUDDENLY VERSE 2 SAYS, “THERE CAME A SOUND FROM HEAVEN, AS A RUSHING MIGHTY WIND, AND IT FILLED THE WHOLE HOUSE WHERE THEY WERE SITTING. THEN THERE APPEARED TO THEM DIVIDED TONGUES, AS OF FIRE, AND ONE SAT UPON EACH OF THEM. AND THEN THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BEGAN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES, AS THE SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE.” WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT DAY? IT WAS A MIRACULOUS DAY. A DAY OF GREAT MIRACLES BECAUSE NOW THESE MEN WERE SPEAKING THE MESSAGE OF GOD DIRECTLY AS THE HOLY SPIRIT CONTROLLED THEM. BUT NOT ONLY THAT THEY SPOKE IN TONGUES. NOT JUST A BUNCH OF JIBBER JABBER THAT NO ONE UNDERSTANDS AS MANY DENOMINATIONS WILL TRY TO SUGGEST TODAY. BUT AS WE DROP DOWN WHAT HAPPENS IN RELATIONSHIP TO THOSE THAT WERE ASSEMBLED? IT SAYS, “AND WHEN THE SOUND OCCURRED, THE MULTITUDE CAME TOGETHER, AND WERE CONFUSED, BECAUSE EVERYONEHEARD THEM SPEAK IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE.” WHAT WAS HAPPENING? HERE'S MEN PREACHING OR PROCLAIMING THE MESSAGE OF GOD AND PEOPLE WEREN'T JUST HEARING WHAT THEY WERE SAYING IN THE LANGUAGE THEY WERE SPEAKING. THEY WERE HEARING IT IN A MIRACULOUS WAY, IN THEIR OWN MOTHER TONGUES. AND WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE IT SAYS, VERSE SEVEN, THEY MARVELED BECAUSE OF THIS. “THEN THEY WERE ALL AMAZED AND MARVELED, SAYING TO ONE ANOTHER, ‘LOOK, ARE NOT ALL THESE WHO SPEAK GALILEANS? AND HOW IS IT THAT WE HEAR, EACH IN OUR OWN LANGUAGE IN WHICH WE WERE BORN?’” SO IMAGINE THEN BECAUSE OF THE LIST THAT IS GIVEN IN VERSE NINE THERE THAT IT MENTIONS ABOUT 12 DIFFERENT MAYBE PEOPLES OR NATIONS THAT ARE REPRESENTED WHICH TO ME WOULD ONLY BE A PART OF THE MANY THAT HAD COME TOGETHER. THE PROSELYTES OF MANY NATIONS WHO HAD NOW BEEN JEWS WHO ARE OBSERVING THE DAY OF PENTECOST. AND NOW ALL THESE PEOPLE COME TOGETHER AND THEY BEGAN TO PREACH WITH THESE CLOVEN TONGUES AND THE MESSAGES COMING OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS AND THEY'RE SPEAKING A LANGUAGE THAT NO DOUBT THEY KNOW WHAT DOES EACH PERSON THERE HEAR? THEIR OWN MOTHER TONGUE THAT THEY WERE BORN WITH. THAT'S A MIRACLE, ALRIGHT! AND THAT MIRACLE IS TAKING PLACE IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHAT? THE TONGUES, THE LANGUAGES THAT THEY UNDERSTOOD.

AS IT WAS IN THAT MOMENT THAT AS THEY CONTINUED TO PREACH, VERSE 14 TELLS US THAT PETER BEGAN TO CONVICT THEM OF JESUS CHRIST. THE PROPHECIES PERTAINING TO HIM, THE FACT THAT HE HAD COME, AND NOW THE REALITY THAT THEY THEMSELVES HAD KILLED HIM. AND I WANT YOU TO NOTICE REALLY WHERE HIS SERMON COMES TO A CULMINATION OR A HEAD THERE IN VERSE 36. HE FINALLY SAYS TO THEM AFTER QUOTING PROPHECY THERE FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE BOOK OF PSALMS VERSE 36, HE SAYS, “‘THEREFORE LET ALL THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL KNOW ASSUREDLY…’” WHO'S ASSEMBLED HERE FOR PENTECOST? THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FOLLOWING GOD BASED ON JUDAISM. “‘LET ALL THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL KNOW ASSUREDLY THAT GOD HAS MADE THIS JESUS…’” WHICH JESUS? WELL, THE ONE YOU CRUCIFIED. THE ONE YOU JUST KILLED! THE FATHER HAS MADE HIM, “‘LORD AND CHRIST.’” HE'S MADE HIM THE MESSIAH. THAT SAVIOR, THE PROPHESIED ONE. AND DO YOU THINK THEY UNDERSTOOD WHAT WAS SAID? WELL SURE THEY UNDERSTOOD IT BECAUSE IT THEN SAYS THEY WERE CUT TO THE HEART. THEY WERE CUT TO THE HEART SO STRONGLY THAT THEY CRY OUT THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, “‘MEN AND BRETHEN, WHAT SHALL WE DO?’” WHAT SHALL WE DO? WHAT WILL COME OF US? HOW ARE WE GOING TO OVERCOME THESE THINGS? BECAUSE WE NOW UNDERSTAND WE ARE GUILTY OF THE BLOOD OF THE VERY MESSIAH THAT WE'VE ALL LONGED FOR! THAT WE'VE ALL PRAYED FOR! AND NOW WAS GIVEN US AND NOW WE HAVE DESTROYED THAT VERY OPPORTUNITY OF SALVATION THROUGH THE KINGDOM THAT HE WOULD ESTABLISH. REMEMBER THAT WAS EVEN THE MESSAGE OF JOHN. REPENT! FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND. AND SO THEN WHAT DO WE FIND? WE FIND WHEN THEY WERE RESPONDED TO BY PETER HE TELLS THEM TO, “‘REPENT, AND LET EVERY ONE OF YOU BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS; AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.’” AND THAT DAY GLADLY 3000 SOULS, VERSE 41, WERE BAPTIZED, THE SCRIPTURE SPECIFICALLY SAYS, AND THEREFORE WERE ADDED TO WHAT?

NOW THERE IN LIES THE QUESTION, THE IMPORTANT QUESTION. BECAUSE SOME ARE STILL WAITING FOR THE WHAT? THE CHURCH STILL WAITING FOR THE WHAT? THE KINGDOM. THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND. SOME OF YOU WON'T TASTE OF DEATH UNTIL THE KINGDOM COMES WITH POWER AS THIS IS INDICATING. WHAT DOES IT SAY THERE IN VERSE 47? IT SAYS THAT DAY THOSE 3000 AND ALL THOSE WHO HAD COME TO GOD THEY WERE PRAISING GOD AND HAVING FAVOR WITH ALL THE PEOPLE BECAUSE THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH, THE ECCLESIA, THE CALLED OUT, THE SAVED, DAILY THOSE WHO WERE BEING SAVED. AND THEN ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL ASPECT OF THIS IS THAT VERSE AFTER ACTS 2 BECAUSE THESE THINGS ARE GENERALLY PUT WITHIN A GENERAL CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. EVERY TEXT AND REFERENCE TO THE KINGDOM IN CHURCH AFTER ACTS CHAPTER 2 ALWAYS REFERS TO SOMETHING THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN ESTABLISHED. A VERSE THAT WE LOOKED AT SEVERAL TIMES THROUGHOUT OUR DISCUSSIONS IS FOUND OVER IN THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS AND YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME IN COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1, DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT PAUL TOLD THE COLOSSIANS BRETHERN WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM? HE SPECIFICALLY SAYS THIS THAT HE HAS DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS. WHO IS THAT? THE FATHER. AND HAS CONVEYED US, THAT'S PAST TENSE. IF YOU LOOK THERE TO THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY HAPPENED. HAS CONVEYED US INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF HIS LOVE. AND THEN HE SAYS HOW IT HAPPENED. IN THE BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN, VERSE 14 OF COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1.

AND SO THE CHALLENGE THAT I GIVE US TODAY IS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE KINGDOM HAS COME. JESUS PRAYED THY KINGDOM COME THY WILL BE DONE, BUT HE WAS SPEAKING IN HIS DAY THAT SOME OF YOU WON'T TASTE OF DEATH TILL IT DOES AND REPENT FOR IT IS AT HAND. WELL IN ACTS CHAPTER 2, PRAISE BE TO GOD IT WAS ESTABLISHED. AND THEN DO YOU NOTICE THEREAFTER HOW THE PEOPLE WERE BEING ADDED TO THE WHAT? THE CHURCH OR THE KINGDOM. YOU NOTICE HOW PHILIP AND OTHERS INCLUDING THE APOSTLES AND MANY DISCIPLES WERE GOING OUT AND PREACHING WHAT? JESUS AND THE KINGDOM. AND THEN PEOPLE WERE BEING ADDED TO THE WHAT? THE KINGDOM OR THE CHURCH. OH, HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO BE A PART OF GOD'S KINGDOM TODAY, THE CHURCH, THAT INSTITUTION THAT HOUSES THE SAVED OF GOD ON THIS EARTH. THAT SAME INSTITUTION THAT IN FIRST CORITHIANS CHAPTER 15 THE BIBLE SAYS WILL SOMEDAY BE DELIVERED BACK TO THE FATHER. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT KINGDOM BECAUSE I KNOW THAT'S WHERE THE SAVED ARE, I KNOW THAT'S WHERE THE SAVED WILL BE BLESSED TODAY, BUT ULTIMATELY I KNOW THAT'S WHERE THE SAVED WILL BE BLESSED EVERMORE!



CLOSING COMMENTS

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PRAISE BE TO GOD THAT THE CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED EXACTLY AS PROMISED. EVERYTHING WAS FULFILLED ACCORDING TO GOD ETERNAL PLAN TO GIVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US A CHANCE AT ETERNAL LIFE! THE QUESTION IS, “ARE WE DOING OUR PART TODAY TO BE RECIPIENTS OF GOD’S BLESSINGS AND FAVORS?” MAKE THINGS RIGHT WITH GOD TODAY!