Christians Who Are Alive But Dead, or The Dying Christian (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #46)

Pilgrim's Progress
Pilgrim’s Progress

PART A


PART B


Proverbs 21:16: “The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.”

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Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #40)

Pilgrim's Progress
Pilgrim’s Progress

TEXT: James 1:12-16

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #40)

Temptation, sin, and the consequences of sin are a recurring theme in life. Just looking back over the past few weeks, how many instances can you recall that have been brought to light in the media because of sins that somebody committed and thought they got away with? The FIFA corruption scandal, the former U.S. house speaker, Dennis Hastert scandal, the Josh Duggar scandal, just to name a few. All of these situations came about because of temptation that led to sin and that is now leading to consequences or death – death to a cushy job, death to a reputation of integrity, or death to a popular show.

In our message last week, we talked about these consequences. The Bible says that “Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust [his fleshly desires], and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Sin is viewed as an active force; once it is released in your life, it will wreak havoc especially if it is not confessed and dealt with swiftly. We see the effects of sin being played out in our own lives and in the world around us on a daily basis. If you are a Christian, continued sin will eventually cause you to stray from the straight and narrow path and backslide in your faith. Thank God that by His mercy and grace we cannot lose our salvation. However, we will be sorely ineffective in our Christian walk, and that is a major reason why we ought to resist giving in to the lust of the flesh. Continue reading “Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #40)”

God’s Second Man, Part 3 (Onward Christian Soldiers #67)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

Romans 5:19: “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

In part one and part two of this lesson, we contrasted the “first man”, Adam, with the “second man”, Jesus Christ. Adam disobeyed God and caused the entire human race which descended from him to be a race of sinners. However, when Jesus Christ came, the Bible tells us that He “became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Jesus Christ did what Adam (and none of us) have done — be perfectly obedient to God throughout our entire lives. Because Jesus Christ is sinless, He is the perfect sacrifice for our sins. On the cross, Jesus paid the price for our sins so that we would not have to. Today, there are two races of people in the world — Adam’s sinful race, and Jesus’ righteous race. As Romans 5:19 says, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Of course, we who are in Jesus’ race are only righteous because of what Jesus Christ did for us.

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the most important events in the history of the universe. The Cross of Jesus Christ is God’s master plan for dealing with the sinful human race and with Satan and his rebellious hosts of fallen angels.

When Jesus died on the cross, Satan thought that he had achieved a great victory. But he was mistaken. The very cross by which Satan meant to end the life of the Son of God became his own undoing. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God destroyed the works of the devil and set free those whom he had enslaved. The Bible says in Hebrews 2:14-15: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

After He died on the cross, Jesus Christ was buried, and He rose from the dead three days later. He appeared on the earth for forty days after His resurrection and was seen by many people. On one occasion, He appeared to over 500 of His disciples. Before He ascended back into Heaven, He commanded His disciples to go into all the world and to preach the Gospel to every creature. He gave them this wonderful promise in Matthew 28:20, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

As the disciples watched, the Lord Jesus was taken up from them and a cloud received Him out of their sight. In His glorified, resurrected body, the Lord Jesus left the earth and, passing through the clouds, He went back into Heaven.

God made His second Man, Jesus Christ, to be Lord of all. There is a beautiful passage in the book of Philippians which tells how the Lord Jesus humbled Himself and how the Father has exalted Him. Philippians 2:8-11 reads: “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

God the Father has not only made Jesus Christ to be Lord of all, but He has also made Him to be the Head of a new family. This new family is called the children of God.

Now there are two families in the world. Each of these families has a head. Adam is the head of the sinful family which he produced and Jesus Christ is the Head of the new family called the children of God. Each one of us when we were born, became a member of Adam’s sinful race. But now, by His death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to be born again spiritually and to become the children of God.

God’s Second Man, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #66)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

Romans 5:19: “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

As the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus came to bear the sins of the whole world. The first man, Adam, brought sin on the whole world, but the second man, Jesus Christ, bore our sins and took them away. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that God “hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

In the Garden of Gethsemane, as He thought about how He would be made sin for us, the Lord Jesus fell on His face and prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me….” So great was His agony that His sweat became as great drops of blood. But here, as always, He was obedient to the will of His Father, and He prayed, “…nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou will.”

The Lord Jesus was taken into the court of the Roman governor, Pilate. There He was stripped and beaten with a whip made of hundreds of leather thongs, each of which contained a piece of sharp metal or bone at its tip to cut into the flesh. He was mocked and spit upon. His face was marred as no man’s face had ever been marred. A crown of thorns was mockingly placed on His head. He was given a cross to bear to Calvary, the place of His execution.

At Calvary, Satan did his utmost to prevent Jesus from being the perfect Saviour. But, in spite of all that Satan did, Jesus continued to love God with all His heart. He continued to trust His Father. He continued to love His fellow man. He refused to pity Himself. He would not save Himself. He was obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

At the end of His life, God’s second Man could say, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”

The body in which the Lord Jesus had lived for thirty-three years was taken down from the cross, tenderly wrapped in grave clothes, and placed in the tomb of a rich man. For three days and three nights, His body lay in the tomb. Then something miraculous happened. Jesus was raised from the dead by the mighty power of God!

God’s second Man had been obedient to His Father in all things. Death could not hold Him. He rose from the grave—the Victor forever over sin, death, and Satan. The Lord Jesus appeared to His disciples in His resurrected body and showed them the nail prints in His hands and the mark of the spear in His side.

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the most important events in the history of the universe. The Cross of Jesus Christ is God’s master plan for dealing with the sinful human race and with Satan and his rebellious hosts of fallen angels.

When Jesus died on the cross, Satan thought that he had achieved a great victory. But he was never more mistaken. The very cross which Satan meant to end the life of the Son of God became his own undoing. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God destroyed the works of the devil and set free those whom he had enslaved. The Bible says in Hebrews 2:14-15: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Jesus Christ, the second Adam, had done what was necessary for us to be free from the bondage of sin.

Lord willing, we will continue this lesson in our next class.

7 Keys to the God-Blessed Life (#5): Obey God

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #144

TEXT: Daniel 1:1-15

In this series of messages, we are looking at the 7 keys to living the God-blessed life. The God-blessed life — Christian success — is not measured by the same standards as the world’s success. Even if the world accounts us “as sheep for the slaughter,” we are actually “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” The God-blessed life is a life that is full of contentment, joy, fulfillment, peace, and productivity. It is the kind of life where you know you are in the center of God’s will. The seven keys to getting to this position are:

1. Trust God.
2. Love God.
3. Fear God.
4. Meditate on the Word of God.
5. Obey God.
6. Pray to God.
7. Be Faithful to God.

These seven keys can only be carried out by the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of one who has accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. That is where all of this begins. These are not things that we do in our own strength. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to help us do these things each and every day.

So far, we have looked at the topics of trusting God from the life of Abraham, loving God from the life of the apostle John, fearing God from the life of Job, and meditating on the Word of God from the life of Joshua. Today, we are going to look at obeying God from the life of Daniel and his companions in Babylon.

It is well documented that Arabian horses go through rigorous training in the deserts of the Middle East. The trainers require absolute obedience from the horses, and test them to see if they are completely trained. The final test is almost beyond the endurance of any living thing. The trainers force the horses to go without water for many days. Then he turns them loose, and of course they start running toward the water, but just as they get to the edge, ready to plunge in and drink, the trainer blows his whistle. The horses who have been completely trained and who have learned perfect obedience, stop. They turn around and come pacing back to the trainer. They stand there panting, wanting water, but they wait in perfect obedience. When the trainer is sure that he has their obedience he allows them to go back to drink.

I know that may sound harsh, but this is the same kind of obedience that God demands of us, His children. He wants us to trust in Him and not in what we can see. That kind of trust will lead to unquestioning obedience on our part. We see this kind of trust in the lives of four young Hebrew men who were taken captive to Babylon. Their names are Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah — better known as Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego. Let’s look at what we can learn from their decision to obey God.

1. Notice their obedience in spite of the temptations they faced. Verse 5 of our passage reads, “And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.”

2. Notice how they made the decision to be obedient. Verse 8 of our passage states, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Despite the pressure of the temptations that he was under, Daniel made the choice to be obedient to God. Despite being removed from their familiar surroundings in Israel, despite being placed in a hostile, pagan environment, Daniel and his friends chose to stand alone. He did this in several ways.

3. Notice the blessings they received as a result of their obedience. Verse 15 says, “At the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.” Daniel and his friends received unimaginable blessings for choosing to obey God.