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Every Christian Should Be a Living Sacrifice Unto the Lord, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #95)

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Our key Bible passage today is Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Our lesson today is titled “Every Christian Should Be a Living Sacrifice Unto the Lord, Part 2”

In our last lesson, we talked about the meaning of consecration. Consecration is the giving of our lives to God to do His will instead of our own. It means we present our bodies and lives to Him as a “living sacrifice.” We also saw that:

1. Consecration is voluntary.
2. Consecration is to the Lord.
3. Consecration is the offering of a whole life to God.
4. Consecration is continual.

Why should we consecrate ourselves to the Lord? Because we belong to Him. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Continue reading

The Hopeful Christian in Hopeless Times, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #49)

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TEXT: 1 Peter 1:3-9

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The Hopeful Christian in Hopeless Times, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #49)
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The most powerful thing we have learned so far from this passage is that we as Christians have a cause and reason to hope even when we are facing negative situations. Perhaps, right now, you are thinking of a situation or circumstance that you could not imagine yourself being hopeful in. However, we saw last week that the Christian can “greatly rejoice” even when being afflicted by many temptations, trials, and troublesome situations. One reason why we can be hopeful is that our trials, our temptations, and our troubles have a purpose. This is what we will look at today.

Peter writes, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” This verse tells us several things about the troubles we face in life. Continue reading

The Antichrists Among Us (Part 3)

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TEXT: 1 John 2:18-23

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

The Antichrists Among Us (Part 3)

The Apostle John told us what happens with antichrists in the church: They eventually leave the church of God proving that they were never really a part of it. Perhaps, the key question for us today is: How does the church operate in light of the fact that there might be antichrists among us today — antichrists who have not revealed themselves and shown their true allegiance? How should we carry ourselves in light of this truth?

We must remember that John is writing to “little children” in the faith. These are possibly members of a local church that he helped found or a group of believers who had come to Christ not too long before John write this letter. The announcement that there may already be some among them who do not share their faith in Christ and who would seek to undermine the church was probably a little scary. The question on the minds of these believers, whom John affectionately calls “little children”, would have been: What do we do in light of this knowledge?

John reminds them of something very important. He says, “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” The word “unction” comes from the Greek word “chrisma” and it means “anointing.” This anointing is something that every Christian receives from God and has abiding in him or her. It is not something special that is given only to certain Christians. This anointing is the covering of the Holy Spirit on your life and the influence of the Holy Spirit in your life. You received Him when you gave your life to Christ. In order to combat the spirit of antichrist, you must rely on the Holy Spirit.

As he explains that the “anointing” spoken of by John is indeed the Holy Spirit, John Piper states, “We can go back and rephrase 1 John 2:20 like this: ‘You have the Holy Spirit from God in you and so you know the truth.’… That is, ‘You don’t need these progressive prophets who claim to add new information about Christ beyond the truth you heard at the beginning.’ What is plain is that without the Holy Spirit we would not know the truth. Knowing the truth about Christ is a gift of the Holy Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit reveals to all of God’s children the truth about Jesus Christ. So, when someone says, ‘Jesus is not God,’ or ‘Jesus wasn’t virgin-born,’ or ‘Jesus didn’t really rise from the dead,’ the Holy Spirit inside of us rejects those statements as untrue. Jesus Christ himself said, “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” The Holy Spirit is the first line of defense against false teaching in the church. He is the first line of defense against a person who has the spirit of antichrist.

Now, some might say that this “unction” or “anointing” spoken of by John is only given to a special few. A false teacher may try to use such an argument to prop himself up and claimm to have some kind of special connection to God or a special revelation from God. However, that trick is almost two thousand years old. Warren Wiersbe writes, “False Christians in John’s day used two special words to describe their experience: ‘knowledge’ and ‘unction.’ They claimed to have a special unction (anointing) from God which gave them a unique knowledge. They were ‘illuminated’ and therefore living on a much higher level than anybody else. But John points out that all true Christians know God and have received the Spirit of God! And because they have believed the truth, they recognize a lie when they meet it.”

This is what John points out when he says, “I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.” Even the “little children” in the church knew the truth about Jesus. Why? Because they had the Holy Spirit living inside of them. If God puts a check in your spirit about what someone is doing or teaching under the auspices of the church, you need to follow that still, small voice. Perhaps, we would not see as much false doctrine spreading through the church as we do if more believers paid attention to the Holy Spirit speaking in their lives.

John goes on to give an example of a lie as compared with the truth. He says, “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” Not only are they liars and unsaved, but they are not even of God. “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.”

The Bible makes it clear that there is not any middle ground between the true church and the antichrist. And the true church has a powerful ally in the struggle against the antichrists among us — the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit not only reveals the truth to us, but reveals those who have the antichrist spirit among us. We need not fear those who wish to do the church of Christ harm. As John says, it is not because we do not have knowledge of Christ — in fact, he says, we “know all things” — but because we have an “unction”, an anointing from Christ. The Holy Spirit allows us to discern and identify the antichrist spirit. We must learn to listen to Him.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Every Christian Should Be a Living Sacrifice Unto the Lord (Onward Christian Soldiers #94)

Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

We have been studying the wonderful things God has done for us in Christ. We have seen how God put us in Christ, how He delivered us from the kingdom of darkness, how He has delivered us from the power of sin, self, the flesh, the world, and from Satan. We have seen how Christ came back to live in us that we might fulfill the righteous requirements of the law.

All of these wonderful things are “the mercies of God.” We deserved nothing but death, but God has freely bestowed all of these great blessings on us. Now God asks us to do something for Him. Continue reading

The Hopeful Christian in Hopeless Times, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #48)

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TEXT: 1 Peter 1:3-9

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The Hopeful Christian in Hopeless Times, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #48)

Last week, a pastor and church family in Florida held a funeral for the pastor’s three daughters who were killed in a car crash as they returned from a church convention. A fellow musician who was traveling with them as well as the woman who lost control of her truck, causing the crash, died as well. None of us who have children can imagine losing one child, much less losing all of your children in the same day in such a tragic manner similar to how Job lost his children all at once. One daughter was starting a fashion line, one was about to sign a record deal, and another was getting ready to go back to school to become a nurse. We can only begin to imagine the heartache and hopelessness that this pastor and church family must feel at this time. How can they have hope at a time like this? We find the answer in God’s Word.

Last week, we learned that one of the reasons we have hope in hopeless times is because we have “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven” for us. No matter what happens in this world, no matter how hopeless things seem, we have an inheritance waiting for us in Heaven. In Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian and Hopeful glimpsed a sight of their inheritance as they were on the straight and narrow way. The Bible tells us about this inheritance — our eternal union with God and peace in Heaven where there will be no more strife, no more tears, and no more dying. And where we will be reunited with saved loved ones. That is what allows that pastor and church family in Florida to remain hopeful even as they go through what looks like a hopeless time.

But, Peter isn’t done telling us about our inheritance. You might say to yourself, ‘How can I be sure that I gain this inheritance? How can we as Christians be certain that we will reach the incorruptible and undefiled future that God has promised in His Word?’ Peter tells us that it is not our perseverance that ensures that we gain this inheritance, but it is God’s power that ensures that we gain this inheritance. He says we “are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation…”

The hope of our Heavenly inheritance is certain because we are kept by the power of God. It is God’s power that enables us to endure and to persevere to the end. It is God’s power that saves us and continues to keep us saved. If salvation was in our hands, and if we could lose our salvation, many of us would have lost it a long time ago. But, thanks be to God, the security of our salvation is in God’s hands, and He has promised that nothing and no one can take it away. It is His power that causes us to persevere through faith unto salvation. That is why we can have certain hope of Heaven. We obtain it not by our own means but by God’s power. F.B. Meyer said, “To have been told that our inheritance was reserved in heaven could have yielded us little comfort, unless that assurance had been followed and capped by this, that the heirs also are being kept for its full enjoyment.” Just as the rewards of Heaven are being reserved for us, we are being preserved for those rewards.

Now, this is where the rubber meets the road: the text says, “Wherein ye greatly rejoice…” Rejoice in what? Rejoice in the hope of Heaven. “…Though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.” Peter is saying that while we are undergoing “heaviness through manifold temptations” we can still rejoice because of the hope of Heaven.

The hope that the Christian has is not a Pollyannaish perspective on life, one of absurd optimism or unreasonable cheerfulness. In this life, we have to face the fact that, sometimes, bad things do happen — even to Christians. Peter acknowledges this in the lives of his readers when he says, “if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.” The word translated “need” is the Greek word “dei” [DAY] which means “it is necessary” or “there is need of it.” The word “heaviness” in Greek means “to make sorrowful, to affect with sadness, or to cause grief.” The word translated “manifold” literally means “of various colors” or different kinds. And the Greek word translated “temptation” in this verse means “a trial, a testing, or a proving.” It also means “adversity, affliction, or trouble, sometimes, sent by God and serving to test or prove one’s character, faith, or holiness.”

When we put all of this together, we see that, in the Christian life, it is often necessary for us to face sadness and grief caused by trouble, adversity, affliction, and trials of many kinds. Our brothers and sisters in Florida are facing such grief right now. But we must not lose sight of the first part of this verse. It says, “Wherein ye greatly rejoice although now for a season…” To put it simply, Peter is saying, ‘You can greatly rejoice because trouble won’t last always.’

The trouble, adversity, and trials that cause sadness, grief, and anxiety in our lives will only last for a while. They won’t go on forever. We can have hope today because, once we get on the other side — once we reach the inheritance that is promised to us, all that we have suffered in this life will appear as nothing compared to eternity.

It is likely that you are facing some difficulty in your life today — some trouble, some adversity, some trial — and this difficulty is tempting you to lose faith and give up hope. However, if you place your faith and hope in God — the God who is preserving you and keeping you, the God who is holding you up in the midst of your difficulty — you can keep the faith and you can hold on to the true hope that all Christians have

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you briefly how you can be saved from your sins and be guaranteed a home in Heaven with God today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Antichrists Among Us (Part 2)

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TEXT: 1 John 2:18-23

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

The Antichrists Among Us (Part 2)

Last week, as we began our journey into John’s teaching on the antichrist, we found that while many look toward a future “man of sin” who will one day rise on the world stage, John tells us that there are “many” antichrists or many who have the spirit of antichrist present in the world today. He also tells us that the prevalence of this spirit is a sign that we are living in the “last time” or the “last hour.”

Today, as we continue in this passage, John begins to identify for his audience these antichrists who are among believers. Which group of believers is John writing to? We don’t know for sure because it is not stated in the epistle. Dr. W. Hall Harris III says, “First John itself contains no hint of the identity of the Christian community to which it was addressed, nor does it give any specific clue to the identification of the locale involved where these believers lived. The only thing that can be said for certain about the intended readers is that (1) they were Christians, (2) they appear to have been well-known to the author (and he to them), and (3) they were facing a threat from false teaching, a threat which was both serious and which appears to have arisen from within their Christian community.”

John proceeds to give these believers the marks, or the profile, of an antichrist. First, he says, “They went out from us…” The fact that they left the church shows us that they were once in the church. When we think of an antichrist or of someone who hates and opposes the church of Christ, we usually view this person as being outside of the church from the beginning. But, we see here that there can be people in the church who have the spirit of antichrist. Of course such a person is not truly saved, and as long as they are in the church, they can go one of two ways: Either they will eventually submit to the Gospel and the Spirit of Christ and become truly saved, or they will leave the church altogether like Judas left Jesus and the disciples. Continue reading

The Hopeful Christian in Hopeless Times (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #47)

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TEXT: 1 Peter 1:3-9

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The Hopeful Christian in Hopeless Times (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #47)

Many people who are dissatisfied with the leadership of this country have begun looking at the twenty candidates who are now running for president. Over the course of the next few months, many will put their hope in one candidate or another whom they believe can resolve the issues in this nation and tackle problems that we are facing around the globe. Of course, the leaders that we put in place are important, however, we are told in Scripture not to place our confidence, our hope, or our trust in man.

What do we put our hope in? What do we hope for as Christians? When we speak of the Christian’s hope, we mean something different than what the world means when it speaks of hope. Worldly hope is an expression of a possibility with an element of doubt. For example, you might say, ‘I hope the Dallas Cowboys win this football game.’ You are expressing a real possibility that might or might not happen. However, when the Bible speaks of the Christian’s hope, it is referring to our belief in an absolute certainty. Continue reading

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