The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 5)

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TEXT: Matthew 25:41-46

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 5)

After discussing the actions and the reward of the sheep, Jesus turns to the actions and the reward of the goats. The goats are those Gentiles who do not believe in Christ in the last days and who do not help the Jews as they are being persecuted by the Antichrist. Jesus identifies Himself with His brethren in the flesh, saying, “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.”

Like the sheep, the goats state that they never saw Jesus in these conditions. But Jesus replies, “Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” Most people, if they saw Jesus in need, would help Jesus of course. Jesus is perfect. He’s not like these other humans who don’t appreciate what you are trying to do for them. That’s how we think. But, what we don’t realize is that Jesus takes our treatment of others as treatment of Himself.

The goats did not act selflessly as the sheep did in caring for and helping to protect the Jewish people. They thought only of themselves and how they could escape persecution and discomfort. Jesus’ condemnation of the goats brings out an important principle, and that is that God holds us accountable for the sins of omission — those things that we do not do. The goats appear stunned that Jesus would say they were wrong for not helping others. But R.T. France said, “The ‘guilt’ of the cursed arises not so much from doing wrong things as from a failure to do right. To do nothing is seen as the road to condemnation.”

Furthermore, the lack of compassion and selflessness on the part of the goats proves that they are not part of the body of Christ.

The challenge for Christians from this passage is not just to check our actions and reform our behavior. Rather, it is to check our hearts and reform our hearts if need be. If we are not naturally compassionate toward others, including our Jewish brethren, we must examine our hearts and see if we are saved. The spirit of Christ is a spirit of compassion and love. It is a spirit of selfless sacrifice. It is a spirit that we ought to have if we do not want to be classified as goats and condemned to eternal punishment outside of God’s kingdom.

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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.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations, Part 4 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Matthew 25:34-40

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 4)

In our last message, we examined the behavior of those Gentiles whom Jesus identified as sheep. They are believers who live during the Tribulation who care for Jesus’ “brethren,” the Jews. They provide food, water, housing, and clothes to the many Jews who will be persecuted by the Antichrist in the last days. They visit those who are sick in hospitals and those who are in jail. Jesus counts these good deeds as being done in His name and even unto His own person.

The Gentiles who carry out these acts of kindness will be rewarded at the start of the Millennial Kingdom. Jesus tells them, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” The Millennial Kingdom, the thousand-year reign of Christ on Earth, is something that God had in mind from the time He created the world. His desire has always been to dwell with His creation, not just in spiritual proximity, but in physical proximity. The believing Gentiles of the Tribulation period will experience this proximity to God as they abide in His kingdom on Earth along with all true believers in God from the beginning of time.

Under the reign of Christ, the covenants that God made with the Jewish people will be fulfilled. This period of time will be characterized by peace, joy, and comfort. There will be no more wars and persecution. It will be a time of obedience and holiness as Christ rules as king. In Jerusalem, the capital of the world, many of God’s people will have roles in the new government under the Prince of Peace.

The faithful actions of the Gentile believers ought to inspire us in the here and now to do as they did. Feeding the hungry. Clothing the naked. Housing the homeless. Visiting those who are sick and in prison. Not just those who are Jews, but fellow Christians, and the unsaved as well.

We must remember that God judges how we treat Him by how we treat others. John W. Rittenbaugh said, “The true love of God is seen in the sheep of this passage. As the sheep respond to their brother’s need, they unwittingly, unconsciously, without hypocrisy, align themselves with Christ. Apparently, they are not even aware of what they were doing. This is a kind of love that cannot be faked or put on. ‘By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.'”

While our situation is not as dire as theirs will be, we too are living in times when the love of many is waxing cold. Those influenced by Satan and his world system will increasingly think only of themselves. But, those who belong to Jesus Christ will always be a beacon of hope as they love and serve others in the name of Jesus.

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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.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations, Part 3 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Matthew 25:34-40

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 3)

Today, we are going to continue looking at the judgment of the Gentile nations who remain on the earth following the Second Coming of Jesus Christ just before the inauguration of the Millennial Kingdom. There will be two groups of people at this judgment — the sheep and the goats. The sheep will be blessed and rewarded and the goats will be cursed and punished. Right now, let us consider the behavior and the reward of the sheep.

The sheep are described as carrying out righteous deeds for Jesus. The Lord will tell these sheep, “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” The actions of the Gentile sheep are significant because these are not actions carried out in ease and comfort. Rather, they will be carried out during a time of pain, grief, suffering, and tragedy during the last seven years on Earth as we know it. They will be carried out during a time when ‘the love of many will wax cold’ and when most people will be thinking of only how they can survive. While most people during the Tribulation will be thinking about themselves, the Gentile sheep will be thinking of others.

Now, when the Gentile sheep hear the commendation of Jesus Christ, they will respond with humble surprise. “Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?” This shows that they did not do what they did for recognition or for a reward. They were not looking to be noticed or lifted up above others. They were just doing what they knew was right to do.

However, the Lord never overlooks the sacrificial deeds of His servants. “The King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Who are the “brethren” Jesus is referring to?

Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state: “The expression ‘these brothers’ must refer to a third group that is neither sheep nor goats. The only possible group would be Jews, physical brothers of the Lord. In view of the distress in the Tribulation period, it is clear that any believing Jew will have a difficult time surviving. The forces of the world dictator will be doing everything possible to exterminate all Jews. A Gentile going out of his way to assist a Jew in the Tribulation will mean that Gentile has become a believer in Jesus Christ during the Tribulation. By such a stand and action, a believing Gentile will put his life in jeopardy. His works will not save him; but his works will reveal that he is redeemed.”

During the Tribulation, Satan will influence the Antichrist to wage war against the Jews, especially after they refuse to bow to him as their god in the rebuilt Temple. It will be a terrible time for God’s chosen people which will make them all the more ready to accept and receive Jesus Christ when He returns and defeats the Antichrist.

While, by God’s grace, we — the Gentile sheep of today — will be raptured before the Tribulation, we have a responsibility to respect and love the Jewish people. It was through the Jewish race that all the world was blessed with the arrival of Jesus Christ. It was through the Jewish race that God chose to first reveal Himself to man. The Jews are still God’s chosen people. Christians have not replaced the Jews, rather, we have joined them. The Bible speaks of us as having been grafted in. Although many of them still do not believe in Jesus, we ought to be grateful and thankful for the great spiritual foundation that we stand on because of them.

Every Gentile sheep, every Christian, yea all the world, owes a debt to the near-mythical march of the Jewish race throughout history. As the Jewish American immigrant author Marcus Eli Ravage wrote: “Our legends and our folk-tales are the sacred lore which you croon to your infants. Our poems have filled your hymnals and your prayerbooks. Our national history has become an indispensable part of the learning of your pastors and priests and scholars. Our kings, our statesmen, our prophets, our warriors have become your heroes. Our ancient little country is your Holy Land. Our national literature is your Holy Bible. What our people thought and taught has become inextricably woven into your speech and tradition, until no one among you can be called educated who is not familiar with our racial heritage. Jewish artisans and Jewish fishermen are your teachers and your saints, with countless statues carved in their image and innumerable cathedrals raised in their memories. A Jewish maiden is your ideal of motherhood and womanhood. A Jewish rebel-prophet is the central figure in your religious worship. We have pulled down your idols, cast aside your racial inheritance, and substituted for them our traditions and our God.”

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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.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations, Part 2 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Matthew 25:31-36

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 2)

Today we are going to continue answering some basic questions regarding the judgment of the Gentiles after the second coming of Jesus Christ and just before the Millennial Kingdom.

We have already seen:

1. Jesus Christ is the one who will preside over this judgment.

2. This judgment will take place after the defeat of the Antichrist at the Battle of Armageddon before Christ inaugurates his thousand-year reign.

3. Jerusalem will be the place where this judgment occurs.

Now, let’s consider, fourthly, who will be on trial (for lack of a better term) at this judgment? Jesus says, “Before him shall be gathered all nations…” As stated before, the word “nations” refers to the Gentiles. Every living non-Jewish person will come before Jesus Christ in Jerusalem at this time.

Fifth, what will be the purpose of this judgment? Jesus Christ says, “he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.” Jesus Christ is described as the Great Shepherd, and the sheep are those who follow Him. The goats are the devil’s followers and those who worshipped the Antichrist.

During the Tribulation, some people will come to faith in Jesus Christ. However, because of the persecution of anyone who does not worship the Antichrist, there will likely be no public church buildings other than those that don’t believe the Bible, and any evangelism will be done in a quiet, underground fashion. Nevertheless, when Jesus comes, He will know those who belong to Him. When everyone comes before Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, the Good Shepherd will know the believing sheep from the non believing goats. No one who willingly worshipped the Antichrist will be able to switch their allegiance at this moment.

When I think about this judgment, I think about the last book in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. As the world of Narnia is coming to an end, the Lion Aslan stands with all the stars of that world on his right. The fierce light of the stars causes Aslan’s shadow to be cast “enormous and very terrible” to his left. All the creatures of the Narnian world from the beginning of time are called up and they begin streaming toward Aslan. One by one, they face him and look him in the eye. Those creatures who were evil immediately “swerved left, and disappeared into his huge black shadow” never to be seen again. While all the creatures who were good and who believed in Aslan swerved to his right and joined the stars.

That is what will happen at the Judgment of the Gentiles. Those who followed Satan will be sent away, unable to benefit from the blessings of the Millennial Kingdom. Those who followed Jesus will be accepted by Him and welcomed into the Millennial Kingdom to enjoy the blessings and benefits therein.

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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.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations, Part 1 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Matthew 25:31-36

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 1)

Today we are looking at another judgment which takes place in the end times. Some have called this judgment the “judgment of the nations” leading many to believe that Jesus will judge individual nations (and the people of those nations) based on their treatment of Israel. However, this judgment is a judgment of individual Gentiles. The word “ethnos”, which is translated “nations” in the King James Version, indicates all Gentile people.

Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state in their fine commentary, “When the Lord returns, He will judge not only the nation of Israel but also the Gentiles. This is not the same as the Great White Throne Judgment, which involves only the wicked and which follows the Millennium. The judgment of the Gentiles will occur 1,000 years earlier in order to determine who will and who will not enter the kingdom.”

Warren Wiersbe said, “We must not confuse this judgment with the Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20:11–15. Some scholars merge both passages and call this ‘the general judgment.’ The Bible knows nothing of a ‘general judgment.’ This judgment takes place on earth immediately after the Battle of Armageddon. The White Throne Judgment takes place in space somewhere (‘the earth and the heaven fled away’). The judgment here in Matthew 25 takes place before the kingdom is established on earth, for the saved are told to ‘inherit the kingdom.’ The White Throne Judgment will take place after the 1,000-year reign of Christ.”

Jesus describes this judgment at the end of what is called His “Olivet Discourse.” This teaching took place shortly before the events of the Passover Week during which Jesus was crucified. Jesus spoke to His disciples at length on the events of the end times and what would happen just before His return. This discourse was when He told the parables of the ten virgins and the talents. Let’s ask some basic questions about this judgement.

First, who will preside over this judgment? The Bible tells us that this person will be “the Son of man.” “Son of man” is a name Jesus used often for himself in the Gospels. In fact, He called Himself the Son of man more often than He called Himself the Son of God. At first, it seems simply as though He is trying to emphasize His humanity. However, as John Piper points out, the title “Son of Man” is tied to the Old Testament prophetic passages in the book of Daniel. Piper said, “If you read [Daniel chapter 7] you’ll see that the Son of Man is a very exalted figure: not just a human figure but an exalted figure. It was Jesus’ favorite self-designation… [When Jesus called Himself the Son of Man], those with ears to hear could hear Daniel 7, in which he was claiming a very exalted role in the history of redemption.”

Second, when will this judgment take place? Jesus says, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him…” This ‘coming in glory’ is a reference to the second part of the Second Coming. This is not the Rapture. During the Rapture, Jesus alone appears to call His children up to Heaven. The coming with the holy angels occurs at the battle of Armageddon, when Jesus returns with the armies of Heaven to defeat Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet. After the battle is over and the wicked army defeated, there will still be a whole world of people, many of whom had chosen to follow the Antichrist. That is when this judgment takes place.

Third, where will this judgment take place? Our passage continues, “then shall [the Son of Man] sit upon the throne of his glory…” We know from other passages of Scripture that Jesus will return to Jerusalem and establish His kingdom there. His throne will be there, and thus, this judgment of the Gentiles will take place in Jerusalem.

Fourth, who will be on trial (for lack of a better term) at this judgment? Jesus says, “Before him shall be gathered all nations…” As stated before, the word “nations” refers to the Gentiles. Every living non-Jewish person will come before Jesus Christ in Jerusalem at this time.

Fifth, what will be the purpose of this judgment? Jesus Christ says, “he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.” Jesus Christ is described as the Great Shepherd, and the sheep are those who follow Him. The goats are the devil’s followers and those who worshipped the Antichrist.

During the Tribulation, many people will come to faith in Jesus Christ. However, because of the persecution of anyone who does not worship the Antichrist, there will likely be no public church buildings other than those that don’t believe the Bible, and any evangelism will be done in a quiet, underground fashion. Nevertheless, when Jesus comes, He will know those who belong to Him. The Bible says that God will put a Mark on all believers just as the Mark of the Beast will be applied to all of the Antichrist’s followers. We do not know whether this mark will be visible or invisible to the human eye, but when everyone comes before Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, the Good Shepherd will know the believing sheep from the non believing goats. No one who willingly worshipped the Antichrist will be able to switch their allegiance at this moment.

When I think about this judgment, I think about the last book in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. As the world of Narnia is coming to an end, the Lion Aslan stands with all the stars of that world on his right. The fierce light of the stars causes Aslan’s shadow to be cast “enormous and very terrible” to his left. All the creatures of the Narnian world from the beginning of time are called up and they begin streaming toward Aslan. One by one, they face him and look him in the eye. Those creatures who were evil immediately “swerved left, and disappeared into his huge black shadow” never to be seen again. While all the creatures who were good and who believed in Aslan swerved to his right and joined the stars.

That is what will happen at the Judgment of the Gentiles. Those who followed Satan will be sent away, unable to benefit from the blessings of the Millennial Kingdom. Those who followed Jesus will be accepted by Him and welcomed into the Millennial Kingdom to enjoy the blessings and benefits therein.

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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.

Reconciled to God and to Each Other, Part 33 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #202)

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 3:20-21:

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

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R. Moffat Gautrey said, “The Gospel is not an old, old story, freshly told. It is a fire in the Spirit, fed by the flame of Immortal Love; and woe unto us, if, through our negligence to stir up the Gift of God which is within us, that fire burns low.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “America is not dying because of the strength of humanism but the weakness of evangelism.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Even with the death of John Wesley in 1791, Methodists continued to embrace the new awakening that was similar to the revival that had given them their spiritual birth. Baptists and Congregationalists also reported revival in their churches, as did evangelicals within the Anglican Church. Revival among Anglicans in the London upper-class suburb of Clapham empowered some of the most influential members of British society—William Wilberforce, John Howard, and Elizabeth Fry—who produced some significant social reforms.”

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Paul’s prayer request for the Ephesians, in which he points out that God is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,” ought to challenge us in our prayer lives. How do you pray? What kinds of things do you ask for?

It is okay to ask God for the basic needs — money to pay bills, safety for yourself and your family, a good night of rest and sleep — but we serve a God who is far bigger than those things. Every Christian ought to have some goal, some dream that they know only God can help them achieve. We honor God when we come to Him in faith asking for something that is in His will, but that is impossible humanly speaking.

We ought to make a habit out of praying big prayers. We ought to make a habit out of praying prayers that, if answered, would bring glory to God through His church. Paul says that that is when God does things that are “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” God gets glory in the church by Christ Jesus, not just for now, but “throughout all ages, world without end.” What are you asking for that will further the mission of the church? What are you asking for that will make Jesus more famous in the earth? What are you asking for that will bring God glory?

Phillips Brooks said, “Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger. Pray not for crutches but for wings.”

Reconciled to God and to Each Other, Part 31 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #200)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 3:20-21:

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

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Samuel Chadwick said, “Truth without enthusiasm, morality without emotion, ritual without soul, are things Christ unsparingly condemned. Destitute of fire, they are nothing more than a godless philosophy, and ethical system, and a superstition.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Satan fools and feigns, blows and bluffs, and we so often take his threats to heart and forget the ‘exceeding greatness of God’s power to us.'”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Because the erosion of faith on both sides of the Atlantic at the end of the eighteenth century was such a great concern, one after another Christian denominations began to call the faithful to prayer. In England, the first Monday evening of each month was set aside for prayer. Two items were high on the prayer list. First, the churches prayed for a revival that would restore many who had lapsed into secularism. Second, they prayed for an extension of God’s kingdom into the unreached nations around the world.”

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Perhaps, the most remarkable thing about the things that God is able to do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” is that these things are carried out “according to the power that worketh in us.” What Paul is saying is that we should not be surprised at the amazing things God is able to do. We ought to be familiar with it. In fact, we ought to expect it because that power is at work within us.

P.T. O’Brien said, “In the earlier petition of chapter 1, God’s effective power towards believers was said to be nothing less than the operation of His mighty strength exerted in the resurrection of Christ. Now that same power which raised Christ from the dead, enthroned Him in the heavenlies, and then raised and enthroned us with Him, is at work within us to achieve infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. In the doxology, Paul thus praises God for the bestowal of strength by His Spirit on His people, and affirms that the full realization of God’s gracious purposes for them and in them becomes possible.”

Now, the thing about power is that power can be at rest or in action. The batteries in a store contain power — power available to everyone — but power that is dormant. That power is not activated until the batteries are set into an electronic device.

God’s power, activated through the Holy Spirit, is present in every believer. However, in some believers, that power lies dormant because they have grieved or quenched the Holy Spirit through unconfessed sin. If we want God to do exceeding abundantly in our lives, above all that we can ask or think, we must make sure that we have not grieved the Holy Spirit in any way, for it is through the Spirit of God living inside of us that His power is activated.

Frances Havergal wrote:

Church of God, beloved and chosen,
Church of Christ for whom He died,
Claim thy gifts and praise the Giver,
Ye are washed and sanctified.
Sanctified by God the Father,
And by Jesus Christ His Son,
And by God the Holy Spirit,
Holy, Holy, Three in One.

By His will He sanctifieth,
By the Spirit’s power within;
By the loving hand that chasteneth
Fruits of righteousness to win;
By His truth and by His promise,
By the Word, His gift unpriced,
By His own blood, and by union
With the risen life of Christ.

Reconciled to God and to Each Other, Part 30 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #199)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 3:20-21:

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

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P.T. Forsyth said, “It is well to get rid of the idea that faith is a matter of spiritual heroism only for a few select spirits. There are heroes of faith, but faith is not only for heroes. It is a matter of spiritual adulthood. It is a matter of maturity.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The church as we know it today seems a million miles from the New Testament church. That may be a great generalization, but I will stand on it. There is a gulf between our average Christianity and the church of the New Testament that makes the Grand Canyon look like a cavity in someone’s tooth.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “It is by revivals of religion that the Church of God makes its most visible advance. When all things seem becalmed, when no breath stirs the air, when the sea is like lead and the sky is low and grey, when all worship seems to have ended but the worship of matter, then it is that the Spirit of God is poured upon the Church, then it is that the Christianity of the apostles and martyrs, not that of the philosophers and liberals, keeps rising … from the catacombs of oblivion, and appears young and fresh in the midst of the obsolete things of yesterday and the day before.”

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As Paul comes to what has been called the “doxology” of his prayer, he focuses words of praise on God whom he expects will answer the requests he has just made on behalf of the Ephesian believers. In so doing, he turns the attention of his readers to God as well.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Paul had asked for four things that the Ephesian believers could not do for themselves — that, perhaps, even they did not think were possible. He had asked: (1) that they would be strengthened by His Spirit; (2) that Christ would dwell in them; (3) that they would be able to comprehend or take hold of the love of God; and (4) that they would be filled with all the fullness of God. All before that, Paul had talked about how Gentiles and Jews were now members of one family in Christ — something that had been previously thought impossible.

How could all of this be done? It could only be done by God who is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.”

Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck wrote: “Paul praised God who is able to do far more than one could ask or imagine, according to the standard of His power that is at work within us. No human or angel would ever think that Jews and Gentiles could function together in one body. But with God’s power of love in each believer’s life, Paul was confident that Jewish and Gentile believers can function and love one another. This is astounding and though it is not naturally possible, God is able to accomplish it. Paul therefore ascribed to God glory which is to be manifest in the church, where the miracle of love will occur, and in Christ Jesus, who made the union of Jewish and Gentile believers possible.”

Any good thing that you have experienced, God can do above that exceedingly and abundantly. Any good thing that you have thought about or imagined, God can do above that exceedingly and abundantly. Any good things that you can not even think to name, God can do above that exceedingly and abundantly.

Many believers, today, unfortunately don’t take God’s ability seriously. We have become so influenced by humanism and secularism that, mentally, we limit God. We don’t think of Him as being able to do exceedingly and abundantly, above and beyond what we can ask or think. Thus, we don’t ask for the things that we should ask for. We forget that some things may seem impossible to us, but nothing is impossible to God.

Reconciled to God and to Each Other, Part 28 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #197)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 3:14-19:

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

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John Berridge said, “All decays begin in the closet; no heart thrives without much secret conversation with God, and nothing will make amends for the want of it.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The secret of praying is praying in secret. A sinning man will stop praying, and a praying man will stop sinning.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The First Great Awakening had tremendous political effects. Following Whitefield’s encouragement of itinerant preaching, many evangelists ended up establishing new churches without government affiliation. These churches involved lay people in ministry, but more importantly, they gave lay people a voice in the affairs of their churches. It wasn’t long before lay people were wanting a voice also in the affairs of their government and society in general. These churches competed with the tax-supported churches for members. When the political establishment in Connecticut recognized this threat, the colonial assembly passed a law banning itinerant preaching in 1742. As a result, some itinerants went to jail. The revival continued to spread, however, unchecked by the laws of men.”

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As we continue looking at the fourth of Paul’s requests for the Ephesian believers (and for all believers today), consider these words from Adam Clarke: “Among all the great sayings in this prayer, this is the greatest. To be filled with God is a great thing; to be filled with the fullness of God is still greater; but to be filled with all the fullness of God utterly bewilders the sense and confounds the understanding.”

As we make Paul’s prayer request our own — that we may be filled unto all the fulness of God — it is important to remember that there is nothing we can do to fill ourselves. Paul uses the passive tense in his prayer. It is God that must do the filling up, not the Ephesian believers.

One commentator compared being filled with all the fulness of God to a balloon being filled with air. A new balloon just sits there. It’s limp; it’s boring; it’s dead. But, when you start to fill a balloon with air, it perks up. It get’s bigger. It grows far bigger than the limp, dead piece of plastic that was just sitting there a few moments ago. It begins growing wide and tall. Lo and behold, the balloon begins to rise up. It begins to float; it begins to fly. In fact, you have to tie a balloon down because if you don’t it will keep going up, and up, and up.

The Christian who begins to be filled with God is like that balloon. The presence of God in that person’s life stretches and pushes him into bigger, greater, more impactful service for the kingdom of God. And as that person is filled, he grows spiritually, rises up, becomes more mature, and most importantly, he is closer to God than ever before.

That is what God wants for all His children. He wants to fill them with Himself so they can be close to Him and so they can serve and minister to others out of a Christ-like spirit.

Charles E. Orr wrote:

As men seek for hidden treasure,
As for rain thirsts the drying sod,
As the hart pants after water,
So my heart pants after God.

I seek not for worldly pleasure,
I pray not for earthly store;
My whole soul goes after Jesus—
I am seeking nothing more.

Oh, to be holy, holy, holy,
Like my Savior every day,
To be filled with all His fullness,
It is for this I pray and pray.

Let’s pray.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 18 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 231)

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TEXT: John 14:27

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 231.

Matthew Henry said, “When Christ died He left a will in which He gave His soul to His Father, His body to Joseph of Arimathea, His clothes to the soldiers, and His mother to John. But to His disciples, who had left all to follow Him, He left not silver or gold, but something far better — His peace!”

As Jesus would be leaving the disciples, He also leaves something behind to remain with them. He says, “peace I leave with you.” Jews both greeted one another and departed from one another with the word “shalom,” or peace. The word peace means: rest, quietness, a state of tranquility. Although their hearts were troubled, Jesus says that He is leaving them with peace.

Now, peace for Jesus’ disciples does not mean the absence of trouble. Rather it means calm and confidence in the midst of the storms of life. Don’t you know that the best place to be in a hurricane is in the middle of it? There you will find an inexplicable, senseless peace and calm. William Barclay said, “In the Bible, the word for peace, shalom, never means simply the absence of trouble. It means everything which makes for our highest good. The peace which the world offers us is the peace of escape, the peace which comes from the avoidance of trouble and from refusing to face things.” Jesus gives us peace in the midst of trouble; He gives us peace that allows us to face the things that we most dread.

Jesus continues saying, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.” Notice the words “my peace” as contrasted with the world’s peace. When people said “shalom” in ancient Israel, it didn’t really mean anything. It was just a manner of greeting. Kind of like how people today say things like, “My thoughts and prayer are with you.” In most cases, the person is just being polite or considerate. In the church, when most of us tell a struggling brother or sister, “I’m praying for you,” we don’t really mean it. It’s just a way of communicating with the person in that moment.

But Jesus’ peace isn’t like that. He left His disciples with a real, concrete peace. He left them in a state of peace with God and He gave them the peace of God. Jesus went away to the cross so that He could secure their peace with God. When He shed His blood for their sins and the sins of the whole world, the disciples were put into a right relationship with God. On top of that, Jesus gave them the peace of God — God’s peace living inside of their souls. They knew that they would face trouble in this world, but they no longer had trouble in their hearts.

After promising them His peace, Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Because they have His peace, they have power over their hearts. They do not have to be troubled or afraid. Why should they? They have God’s peace now.

As Anna Proctor wrote:

Peace, blessed peace, when wild winds are raging,
Peace, blessed peace, when foes our path assail;
Peace in the tempest, with the battle waging,
Wrapped safe in love we rest within the vail.

Peace, wondrous peace, the priceless gift of heaven,
Calmly to rest, until the conflicts cease;
Father above, to us may now be given,
This blessed gift of Thine eternal peace.

You can have eternal peace — peace with God and the peace of God — no matter what troubles you are facing today, if you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior, if you make the Prince of Peace the King of your heart.

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 believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting 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.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

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