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Today’s Reading: Acts 8:9-25 I want to spend a little bit more time in this passage to answer some questions that may have come up when you first read it. This passage actually contains a lot of doctrinal information concerning the aspects of salvation and eternal security. Plus, there’s a lot of neat back story that we [...]
Temple Baptist Church - 11-18-2020Hebrews 13:5 Introduction: A. When we look at this verse for tonight, we need to understand the poverty associated with being a “stranger scattered.” These people had little to nothing. When you have little to nothing, it is easy to desire (covet-lust after) things that you see and cannot have. B. Covet – to wish for earnestly; inordinate desire for something that belongs to another; to thirst for; to hunger for; to die for. A strong desire. C. You and I are on the other side of the picture as most of us have the wherewithal to obtain many things. Whereas these Hebrews could not, we with a reasonable among of certainty can. D. The importance of words in the Bible. “Let” means here means to allow. Though “let” can carry various meanings, I often use it this way: to allow something to take place that would not normally happen. E. “Conversation” can also be used in a couple of ways. Conversation is something that we do with others. To carry on a conversation is to have a two-way conversation instead of a monologue. Talking with someone instead of talking to someone. F. Conversation in the Bible also alludes to our life as it is visible to others. It is more of a monologue as our life speaks without expecting those who see it to speak back. There is an old saying, “A life lived is worth a thousand sermons preached.” “You talk talks and your walk talks but your walk talks louder than your talk talks!” G. In our Laodicean society, we find discontentedness on every hand. 1. Everyone wants everything without working for anything. 2. Everyone wants everything now without being able to afford anything. 3. Too many place their trust and hope in these perishable things. H. The Laodicean Church Age has affected God's children in the same ways. We have been and are blessed! We must be careful not to let these blessings becoming cursing's by: 1. Misplaced values. Placing things above our relationship with and work for Christ. 2. Misplaced trust. Placing our trust in these temporal things instead of in our loving Lord. J. Then we have the reality and effects of Prosperity Preaching across our land. (6:5) “supposing that gain is godliness” 1. God's faithful people have hard times financially. 2. Prosperity or the lack of it is not a sign of either God's approval or disapproval of our lives. K. We need to have a right perspective of finances. 1. There is nothing wrong with hard work and the financial rewards that go with it. 2 Thessalonians 3:10, 12 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. … (12) Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. (Notice the reward of work is that THEY eat! In today's politics, people are demonized for success in business. The laborer is worthy of his hire and these people who have excelled should be properly rewarded. Those who will not work (notice I said “will not”) should not eat.) 2. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the fruit of one's labors. Ecclesiastes 8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun. (The Bible has no problem with people enjoying the fruit of their labors. That enjoyment should be done according to biblical principles.) 3. Material things are temporal while the eternal are just that: eternal. ** Turn to: 1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (Though both necessary and good, everything that you see will burn. We cannot take anything with us as we will leave this world the same way we came into it. Jim Elliot said it this way, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.") L. In these verses, we see a couple of things: 1. The “root of all evil” which is the love of money. Not money which is amoral but the love of money. a. The dangers of worldly gain. ** Turn to: Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: (20) But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Material things can be a recipe for disaster. As many strange women stole the heart of Solomon, too many things cause our hearts to turn from our God. Where our treasure (things that we value) is there will our hearts be also.) b. The desirability of worldly gain. Matthew 6:31-32 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (America is being destroyed by one thing: greed! Nothing satisfies; nothing is enough! Like Uncle Scrooge in the Donald Duck comic books, riches have become people lives. A rich man was once asked the question, “How much money would it take to satisfy you?” He answered, “Just a little more.”) c. The deception of worldly gain. Verse 5 “supposing” Luke 12:18-20 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. (19) And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. (20) But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? (Money neither brings satisfaction nor security. As a general rule, rich people are the unhappiest people in the world.) d. The duration of worldly gain. Proverbs 23:6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: (Riches go much quicker than they come and fortunes are lost overnight. Someone once said, “The more I catch up financially the behinder I get!”) e. The destruction of worldly gain. ** Turn To: 1 Timothy 6:9-10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. (10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (I have watched as good people have placed jobs and more money ahead of the Lord and be destroyed. I have seen men of God get their eyes on finances instead of the Lord and get out of the ministry. A good thing can become a bad thing if not careful.) 2. Godliness with contentment. a. Godliness. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. (8) For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. (It is profitable in all things. It is profitable now and also in the world to come. You will never go wrong if you go right! Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. said something along these lines, “It is never right to do wrong in order to get a chance to do right.” Situation ethics will get you out of the will of God.) b. Contentment. Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (12) I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (13) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Contentment shows several things: spiritual maturity, spiritual priority, and spiritual trust.) Conclusion: I want to conclude with these verses: Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (34) Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-20-2020Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:18-25 Introduction: A. It is the Christmas season, in which we normally celebrate the incarnation of the Son of God, the Seed of the Woman. B. The Virgin Birth of Christ Prophesied – 6,000 years ago in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” 1. It was about Sin. Disobedience to God and God's hatred for sin. 2. It was about Sinners. God's love for the sinner despite sinfulness. 3. It was about Separation. Man hiding and God seeking. 4. It was about Substitution. The innocent died for the guilty that the guilty could become innocent. 5. It was about a Saviour. The coming of Messiah, Christ Jesus, the Saviour of the world. 6. It was about Salvation. Free to all who would repent and believe. 7. It was about Security. Eternal restoration, eternal life, eternal joy. C. The Seed of the Woman – The Virgin Birth of Christ. Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 1. One of the most precious of all doctrines is that of the Virgin Birth of Christ. How important it is to the salvation of the child of God! The Virgin Birth of Christ is often referred to as “The Doctrine of Holy Ground!” 2. The wording in Matthew 1:18 differentiates the birth of Christ from the series of “begats” found in the preceding verses. a) “Espoused wife” and “before they came together” declares a birth like none other that preceded it. b) A birth like none that would come after it. 3. No man or woman since Adam and Eve, except for Jesus Christ, came into the world through a virgin birth or without the seed of man involved. As God created the world to bring forth after its own kind, so man brings forth after his own kind. Adam and Eve had no predecessors and the Father of Jesus Christ was God. D. The world celebrates a Christmas without God and while others make Christmas about Mary as much as about the birth of Christ. Christmas is not Christmas without Christ! IT IS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, ISRAEL'S MESSIAH, OUR SAVIOUR. E. The Virgin Birth Was Performed - Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (“On this wise” sets the birth of Christ apart from the “begats” of the first 17 verses!) F. The virgin birth of Christ was the pivotal point between Prophecy and Performance. 1. It is a doctrine both Sweetly Adored and Severely Attacked. It the mystery of mysteries, the jewel of all ages, the hope of mankind, and the love of God manifested. 2. It was a miraculous event. A miracle is a phenomenon that cannot be explained outside the realm of supernatural intervention. It is an event that supersedes natural law. No other child born of man has been born without the seed of the man. The “seed of the woman” combined with the seed of the Holy Ghost to bring forth the God-Man! 3. The immortal became mortal that the mortal may become immortal - 1 Timothy 6:16a Who only hath immortality 1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 4. The untouchable became touchable that mortal may touch Him - 1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;. G. The Virgin Birth was a thing beyond human comprehension! Dr. Herbert Lockyer said it this way, “The incarnation is the most stupendous miracle comprehending and involving all other miracles, and because it is a theme both deep and delicate, infinite and incomprehensible, how about “finding out acceptable words”. The ground we approach is holy calling for the putting off of our shoes.” The Importance Of The Virgin Birth: 1. Scriptural Credibility Depends Upon It - Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (If the Scripture errs on this point, how can we trust any other supernatural event such as the death, burial, and resurrection?) 2. The Deity Of Christ Depends Upon It - 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then anyone could have been His father and He would not be the only begotten Son of God!) Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 3. The Sinless Humanity Of Christ Depends Upon It - John 1:1-2, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ was tainted with the sin of Adam and Christ would have had an Adamic nature!) 1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 4. The Vicarious Atonement Of Christ Depends Upon It - Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ could not save!) 1 Peter 1:18-19 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: Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. 5. The Ultimate Defeat Of Evil Depends Upon It - Hebrews 2:14 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. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then evil would ultimately win and Satan would reign!) 1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 6. The Security Of The Believer Depends Upon It - Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ would ultimately corrupt and we who were lost would perish!) 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
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