Three Wrong Responses to God’s Question

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #15 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 3:8-15 “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

As we read this passage, it is easy for us to focus on Adam and Eve’s sin and how God punished them by throwing them out of the Garden. But today, I want you to focus on God’s immediate reaction to the Fall of Man.

When the news of the Fall reached Heaven, the very first thing that God did was come straight down to seek out those who had sinned against Him. Just as he had many times before, He walked through the Garden looking for Adam and Eve who should have come running to meet Him. Instead, Adam and Eve hid from God, and God had to search for His creatures. Imagine, God Almighty walking through a Garden that He made calling out for the creatures He made, “Adam, where art thou? Where art thou?”

Adam and Eve, who immediately felt their separation from God after their sin, should have been the ones crying out for God and searching for Him. But God instead left Heaven to search the Garden for these two who had sinned — not to destroy them from the face of the earth, but to plan a way to rescue them from the misery of their sin. Instead of finding them running to Him in penitence and repentance, God finds Adam and Eve hiding among the trees in the Garden.

I said all of that to say this: Because of Adam’s sin, all of us — Adam’s descendants — are sinners. There is a barrier between us and God. The natural reaction of a person who has a broken relationship with God is to hide from Him. But God, like a good shepherd who searches for a lost sheep, follows the sinner to his hiding place calling out, “Where art thou?”

Right there in the Garden of Eden, God set in motion a plan to save His fallen creation from their sins. The Bible says, “the wages of sin is death…” God knew that someone would have to die for the sins of the world. And so, as part of His plan, about four thousand years after the Fall, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Because of Christ’s death on the cross, the door was again opened for man to have a right relationship with God.

Now, God calls out to man in love and compassion pleading with Him to accept the gift of salvation. Unfortunately, some people don’t answer God’s call as they should. Let’s look briefly at three wrong responses to God’s question.

+ Plus, listen to Big Daddy Weave singing “Redeemed”

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Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb? (Part 2)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #14 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Colossians 1:19-20: “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

Today, I want you to notice with me that CHRIST’S BLOOD MAKES PEACE FOR SINNERS

When Adam sinned against God in the Garden of Eden ALL men became sinners, fellowship between God and man was broken, and man was at war with God. Since the day Adam sinned in the Garden, a state of open rebellion has existed in the soul of man — rebellion against God; and God demanded retribution. Then it was that Jesus willingly identified Himself with lost humanity and accepted the full responsibility of man’s sin. The Son of God took man’s place. He became flesh — and in that body of flesh He did for us what we could never have done for ourselves.

Jesus took our guilt to Calvary and through His death on the cross He secured a peace treaty. The righteousness of God was vindicated and the way opened whereby the state of war beween God and man might be terminated. Any man who will exercise faith in the finished work of Jesus and trust in His SHED BLOOD will find PEACE with God!

Romans 5:1 and 11 states, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”

PEACE WITH GOD comes only through the SHED BLOOD OF Jesus. When the poor, lost sinner puts his trust in the BLOOD OF CHRIST, peace — SWEET peace — comes into the heart of that sinner.

I also want you to notice that GOD SAVES US FOR CHRIST’S SAKE

Ephesians 4:32 reads, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” I John 2:12 reads, “I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.”

The only possible way for God to be JUST and JUSTIFY the sinner is through the SHED BLOOD OF JESUS. Romans 3:24-28 reads, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”

Finally today, I want you to notice that THE BLOOD OF CHRIST BRINGS BELIEVERS INTO A NEW FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD

Ephesians 2:12-13 reads, “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

Through the SHED BLOOD of Christ, racial and man-made barriers were broken down and removed. Now the RICH and the POOR, the WISE and the UNWISE, the “UP-AND-OUT,” and the DOWN-AND-OUT, sit together at the same table IN CHRIST JESUS. There is no difference. WHOSOEVER WILL is invited to come and find rest, peace, and fellowship IN HIM. Through the BLOOD of Jesus a NEW HARMONY was created!

The peace secured at Calvary through the BLOOD OF CHRIST became experimental in the souls of men — Jews, Gentiles, slaves, and slavemasters — when the message of REDEMPTION THROUGH CHRIST’S BLOOD reached out to WHOSOEVER WILL.

Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb? (Part 2)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #14 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Colossians 1:19-20: “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

Today, I want you to notice with me that CHRIST’S BLOOD MAKES PEACE FOR SINNERS

When Adam sinned against God in the Garden of Eden ALL men became sinners, fellowship between God and man was broken, and man was at war with God. Since the day Adam sinned in the Garden, a state of open rebellion has existed in the soul of man — rebellion against God; and God demanded retribution. Then it was that Jesus willingly identified Himself with lost humanity and accepted the full responsibility of man’s sin. The Son of God took man’s place. He became flesh — and in that body of flesh He did for us what we could never have done for ourselves.

Jesus took our guilt to Calvary and through His death on the cross He secured a peace treaty. The righteousness of God was vindicated and the way opened whereby the state of war beween God and man might be terminated. Any man who will exercise faith in the finished work of Jesus and trust in His SHED BLOOD will find PEACE with God!

Romans 5:1 and 11 states, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”

PEACE WITH GOD comes only through the SHED BLOOD OF Jesus. When the poor, lost sinner puts his trust in the BLOOD OF CHRIST, peace — SWEET peace — comes into the heart of that sinner.

I also want you to notice that GOD SAVES US FOR CHRIST’S SAKE

Ephesians 4:32 reads, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” I John 2:12 reads, “I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.”

The only possible way for God to be JUST and JUSTIFY the sinner is through the SHED BLOOD OF JESUS. Romans 3:24-28 reads, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”

Finally today, I want you to notice that THE BLOOD OF CHRIST BRINGS BELIEVERS INTO A NEW FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD

Ephesians 2:12-13 reads, “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

Through the SHED BLOOD of Christ, racial and man-made barriers were broken down and removed. Now the RICH and the POOR, the WISE and the UNWISE, the “UP-AND-OUT,” and the DOWN-AND-OUT, sit together at the same table IN CHRIST JESUS. There is no difference. WHOSOEVER WILL is invited to come and find rest, peace, and fellowship IN HIM. Through the BLOOD of Jesus a NEW HARMONY was created!

The peace secured at Calvary through the BLOOD OF CHRIST became experimental in the souls of men — Jews, Gentiles, slaves, and slavemasters — when the message of REDEMPTION THROUGH CHRIST’S BLOOD reached out to WHOSOEVER WILL.

Have you heard the message? Have YOU, dear soul, received the message? If not, I want to assure you that salvation is for ALL — YES, ALL — even for you and me. All you have to do is receive the salvation that has been provided for you by the blood of Christ.

+ Plus, listen to Isaac Carree singing “Simply Redeemed”

Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb? (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #13 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Peter 1:18-21: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”

There is something about BLOOD that arrests our attention. Whenever and wherever we see BLOOD we stop, look, and wonder. Did someone have an accident? Was someone killed?

YES, BLOOD ARRESTS THE ATTENTION OF EVERYONE.

There is a reason for this — a Bible reason:

In Leviticus 17:14 we read, “For it (the blood) is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: FOR THE LIFE OF ALL FLESH IS THE BLOOD THEREOF….”

Therefore we know that when BLOOD is shed, life is impaired — or lost!

Dr. Oliver B. Greene, an evangelist who had a huge impact on my life offers this story. He said:

For 35 years I have read in the Bible, “THE LIFE OF ALL FLESH IS THE BLOOD THEREOF” — but I never fully realized the tremendous TRUTH of those words until November 6, 1968.

On that date I spent an average day in The Gospel Hour office. I transcribed in the morning, worked at my desk for several hours, and did some dictation on a book I was writing. I felt good — in fact, I felt better than I had for ten years.

However, at 4:00 that afternoon I began feeling extremely weak. I left the office, went into my house, and sat down in an easy chair. Suddenly a sharp pain struck my head, then a second pain. Everything turned dark and I passed out! An ambulance was called, I was placed in the ambulance and rushed to the hospital. I was so sick that during my conscious moments I sincerely asked to die.

When the doctors finally diagnosed what had happened to me, a little blood vessel at the base of my brain had ceased to function, the blood ceased to reach that little section of my brain, causing me to collapse and become unconscious! The entire left side of my body became numb and lifeless — all because of one small blood vessel. It had never occurred to me that one tiny blood vessel could mean so much to my body.

Not only is the BLOOD important to our physical life, but more important is THE BLOOD OF CHRIST IN SALVATION FROM SIN.

The BLOOD OF CHRIST is the MASTER KEY that unlocks the door of salvation. THE BLOOD, like a SCARLET THREAD, runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. When Adam sinned, God provided a covering for Adam and Eve by shedding blood. Genesis 3:21 reads, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”

The skins from which God made coats for Adam and Eve were furnished by innocent animals who gave their lives. Their BLOOD WAS SHED that sinful man might be clothed.

This act of God in the Garden of Eden pointed to the coming of the Lamb of God TO SHED HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS TO TAKE AWAY OUR SIN.

Every book in the New Testament speaks of THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, and the BLOOD of Christ is synonymous with the LIFE of Christ.

The Scriptures declare the indisputable fact that salvation is ours only because of THE SHED BLOOD OF CHRIST, and apart from His SHED BLOOD there is no salvation.

+ Plus, listen to Dottie Peoples singing “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?”

“Somewhere” is Heaven

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #12 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 21 & 22:1-5

As we begin today, allow me to share with you this beautiful song sung by Barbra Streisand titled “Somewhere”:

Someday, somewhere
We’ll find a new way of living
We’ll find a way of forgiving
Somewhere…
There’s a place for us
Somewhere a place for us
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us
Somewhere

There’s a time for us
Someday there’ll be a time for us
Time together with time to spare
Time to learn, time to care
Someday, somewhere
We’ll find a new way of living
We’ll find there’s a way of forgiving
Somewhere… Somewhere… Somewhere…

There’s a place for us
A time and a place for us
Hold my hand and we’re half way there
hold my hand and I’ll take you there
Somehow…
Someday, somewhere…

The beautiful lyrics of this song call to mind a place of quiet and a place of peace. As a Christian, all I can think of is that place called Heaven. John MacArthur wrote a wonderful article about this place called Heaven. Allow me to share with you briefly some of his words.

“Heaven is a place more wonderful than we can ever begin to imagine. It is a place of joy and beauty, of peace and happiness that will never end.

“Heaven is also a place where there will be no sin or suffering, no sorrow or pain. It’s a place where there will be no quarrels or disagreements, no disappointments or weeping — because there will be nothing there to make us sad. And in heaven we will never do anything to displease God.

“We will then know perfect joy. Psalm 16:11 says, “In Thy presence is fullness of joy; in Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.” Everything that now makes us groan will finally be done away with, and we will find ourselves in the very presence of God, where the purest and truest kind of joy is possible.

“In heaven we will also have perfect knowledge. The Bible says, “Then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). We will have no more unanswered questions, no confusion, no ignorance, and no more need to walk by faith rather than by sight.

“We will live in perfect comfort. We will love God perfectly and will be loved perfectly by Him. His love will engulf us forever.

“Stated simply, heaven is a place of perfect joy forever.”

The passage which we read from the book of Revelation is a part of John’s futuristic vision. In his vision, John gives us a glimpse of what Heaven will be like. Allow me to share with you three aspects of Heaven which John shows us in his description of this beautiful place.

I. First of all, John shows us that eternal life will be a reality in Heaven.

II. Secondly, John shows us that the sin curse will be removed in Heaven.

III. The third thing we see in this passage is that we will once again be reunited with God.

+ Plus, listen to Barbra Streisand singing “Somewhere”, Inez Andrews singing “Come and Go to That Land”, and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb? (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #13 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Peter 1:18-21: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”

There is something about BLOOD that arrests our attention. Whenever and wherever we see BLOOD we stop, look, and wonder. Did someone have an accident? Was someone killed?

YES, BLOOD ARRESTS THE ATTENTION OF EVERYONE.

There is a reason for this — a Bible reason:

In Leviticus 17:14 we read, “For it (the blood) is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: FOR THE LIFE OF ALL FLESH IS THE BLOOD THEREOF….”

Therefore we know that when BLOOD is shed, life is impaired — or lost!

Dr. Oliver B. Greene, an evangelist who had a huge impact on my life offers this story. He said:

For 35 years I have read in the Bible, “THE LIFE OF ALL FLESH IS THE BLOOD THEREOF” — but I never fully realized the tremendous TRUTH of those words until November 6, 1968.

On that date I spent an average day in The Gospel Hour office. I transcribed in the morning, worked at my desk for several hours, and did some dictation on a book I was writing. I felt good — in fact, I felt better than I had for ten years.

However, at 4:00 that afternoon I began feeling extremely weak. I left the office, went into my house, and sat down in an easy chair. Suddenly a sharp pain struck my head, then a second pain. Everything turned dark and I passed out! An ambulance was called, I was placed in the ambulance and rushed to the hospital. I was so sick that during my conscious moments I sincerely asked to die.

When the doctors finally diagnosed what had happened to me, a little blood vessel at the base of my brain had ceased to function, the blood ceased to reach that little section of my brain, causing me to collapse and become unconscious! The entire left side of my body became numb and lifeless — all because of one small blood vessel. It had never occurred to me that one tiny blood vessel could mean so much to my body.

Not only is the BLOOD important to our physical life, but more important is THE BLOOD OF CHRIST IN SALVATION FROM SIN.

The BLOOD OF CHRIST is the MASTER KEY that unlocks the door of salvation. THE BLOOD, like a SCARLET THREAD, runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. When Adam sinned, God provided a covering for Adam and Eve by shedding blood. Genesis 3:21 reads, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”

The skins from which God made coats for Adam and Eve were furnished by innocent animals who gave their lives. Their BLOOD WAS SHED that sinful man might be clothed.

This act of God in the Garden of Eden pointed to the coming of the Lamb of God TO SHED HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS TO TAKE AWAY OUR SIN.

Every book in the New Testament speaks of THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, and the BLOOD of Christ is synonymous with the LIFE of Christ.

The Scriptures declare the indisputable fact that salvation is ours only because of THE SHED BLOOD OF CHRIST, and apart from His SHED BLOOD there is no salvation.

+ Plus, listen to Dottie Peoples singing “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?”

“Somewhere” is Heaven

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #12 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 21 & 22:1-5

As we begin today, allow me to share with you this beautiful song sung by Barbra Streisand titled “Somewhere”:

Someday, somewhere
We’ll find a new way of living
We’ll find a way of forgiving
Somewhere…
There’s a place for us
Somewhere a place for us
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us
Somewhere

There’s a time for us
Someday there’ll be a time for us
Time together with time to spare
Time to learn, time to care
Someday, somewhere
We’ll find a new way of living
We’ll find there’s a way of forgiving
Somewhere… Somewhere… Somewhere…

There’s a place for us
A time and a place for us
Hold my hand and we’re half way there
hold my hand and I’ll take you there
Somehow…
Someday, somewhere…

The beautiful lyrics of this song call to mind a place of quiet and a place of peace. As a Christian, all I can think of is that place called Heaven. John MacArthur wrote a wonderful article about this place called Heaven. Allow me to share with you briefly some of his words.
“Heaven is a place more wonderful than we can ever begin to imagine. It is a place of joy and beauty, of peace and happiness that will never end.

“Heaven is also a place where there will be no sin or suffering, no sorrow or pain. It’s a place where there will be no quarrels or disagreements, no disappointments or weeping — because there will be nothing there to make us sad. And in heaven we will never do anything to displease God.

“We will then know perfect joy. Psalm 16:11 says, “In Thy presence is fullness of joy; in Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.” Everything that now makes us groan will finally be done away with, and we will find ourselves in the very presence of God, where the purest and truest kind of joy is possible.

“In heaven we will also have perfect knowledge. The Bible says, “Then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). We will have no more unanswered questions, no confusion, no ignorance, and no more need to walk by faith rather than by sight.

“We will live in perfect comfort. We will love God perfectly and will be loved perfectly by Him. His love will engulf us forever.

“Stated simply, heaven is a place of perfect joy forever.”

The passage which we read from the book of Revelation is a part of John’s futuristic vision. In his vision, John gives us a glimpse of what Heaven will be like. Allow me to share with you three aspects of Heaven which John shows us in his description of this beautiful place.

I. First of all, John shows us that eternal life will be a reality in Heaven.

II. Secondly, John shows us that the sin curse will be removed in Heaven.

III. The third thing we see in this passage is that we will once again be reunited with God.

+ Plus, listen to Barbra Streisand singing “Somewhere”, Inez Andrews singing “Come and Go to That Land”, and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

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