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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Temple Baptist Church - 12-2-2018Romans 11:1-6Introduction:¬ A.¬ Verse 1-2 - Paul now asked the obvious question:¬ ‚ÄúHath God cast away his people.‚ÄĚ¬ Immediately, we find Paul's answer to the question: ‚ÄúGod forbid!‚ÄĚ¬ How could God cast away the Nation of Israel despite the prayers of God's people.¬ Romans 10:1¬ Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.B.¬ Going back to Jeremiah, Chapter 18,¬ we find God's answer to the question:Jeremiah 18:4-6¬ And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter:¬ so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. ¬ (5)¬ Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ¬ (6)¬ O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD.¬ Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.C.¬ Though set aside for a while,¬ God will never cast away His peculiar people, Israel.Jeremiah 31:1-3¬ At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of¬ Israel, and they shall be my people. ¬ (2)¬ Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. ¬ (3)¬ The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying,¬ Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.D.¬ Verses 2-3 - Elijah prayed against Israel¬ in what we call in imprecatory prayer.¬ ‚ÄúLord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.‚ÄĚE.¬ Verse 4-5 ‚Äď God answered Elijah.¬ ‚ÄúI have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.‚ÄĚ ¬ F.¬ Though the Nation rejected the prophets¬ in both Old and New Testaments, there has continued to be a remnant of believers in every dispensation.1.¬ The Old Testament Saints ‚Äď Acts 15: 7-11¬ And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should¬ hear the word of the gospel, and believe.¬ And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And¬ put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.¬ Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?¬ But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ¬ we shall be saved, even as they.a)¬ Grace Was Before The Law - Genesis 6:8¬ But¬ Noah found grace¬ in the eyes of the LORD.b)¬ Grace Was During The Law - Jeremiah 31:2¬ Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword¬ found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.Psalms 78:37-39, 72¬ For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.¬ But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.¬ For he remembered that they [were but] flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again . . . (72)¬ So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.2.¬ The New Testament Saints - Romans 3:24¬ Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:a)¬ Saving Grace - Ephesians 2:8-9¬ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:¬ Not of works, lest any man should boast.Galatians 2:16¬ Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believedin Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.b)¬ Securing Grace - 2 Thessalonians 2:16¬ Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,2 Timothy 1:9¬ Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.c) Sanctifying Grace ‚Äď Titus 2:12¬ Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 3.¬ The Tribulation Saintsa)¬ Evident Grace - Revelation 7:13-14¬ And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation,and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.b)¬ Enduring Grace - Revelation 12:11¬ And they overcame him¬ by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 4.¬ The Millennial SaintsIsaiah 11:10-11¬ And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. (11) And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time¬ to recover the remnant¬ of his people ‚Ä¶5.¬ The Eternal Saints¬ (It started in grace and it will always be grace through out all eternity.¬ Halleluiah!)Ephesians 2:5-7¬ ¬ Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)¬ And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:¬ That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.G.¬ The Character of God's Grace.1.¬ God's Grace Is Amazing - Romans 5:8¬ But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,¬ while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.1 Corinthians 15:10¬ But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.2.¬ God's Grace Is Admonishing - Titus 2:11-12¬ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,¬ Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;3.¬ God's Grace Is Available - Titus 2:11¬ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation¬ hath appeared to all men,4.¬ God's Grace Is Attacked - Galatians 1:6¬ ¬ I marvel that ye are¬ so soon removed¬ from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto¬ another gospel:Jude 4¬ For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men,¬ turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.H.¬ ¬ The Consistency Of Grace.¬ ¬ Grace has never changed.a.¬ Grace Offered In The Past - Romans 10:21¬ But to Israel he saith,¬ All day long I have stretched forth my hands¬ unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.b.¬ Grace Offered In The Present - John 7:37¬ In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying,¬ If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.Revelation 22:17¬ And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.I.¬ The Continuing of Grace.¬ Salvation will always be grace and grace alone and I thank God for it.1.¬ Grace Frees Us From Works - Romans 11:6¬ And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.2.¬ Grace Frees Us From Boasting - Romans 3:27-28¬ ¬ Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.¬ Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.3.¬ Grace Frees Us From Worry - Romans 4:4-5¬ Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.¬ But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-2-2018John 1:14Introduction:A.¬ Christmas is almost upon us once again¬ and our hearts turn back to Bethlehem and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.B.¬ I want to look at these verses¬ considering His First Advent.¬ These verses are so profound as they give us valuable insight into who Christ was, what He became, and why He came.C.¬ In these verses, we see:1.¬ The Eternality of Christ ‚Äď¬ Verse 1 ‚ÄĒ¬ ‚ÄúIn¬ the beginning was the Word.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ 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;¬ ¬ (The Gospel of John and the Book of 1 John begin with the same truth concerning Christ's eternality.¬ The great ‚ÄúI AM THAT I AM,‚ÄĚ the self-existing One, the Everlasting Father of Isaiah 9, the Eternal God.¬ A truth to be believed though a truth that cannot be comprehended.¬ He was, He is, He always will be!)2.¬ The Union of Christ ‚Äď Verse 1 ‚Äď¬ ‚Äúand the Word was with God.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ 1 John 5:7¬ For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:¬ and these three are one.¬ ¬ (John 10 says, ‚ÄúI and the Father are one!‚ÄĚ¬ God is one God, manifesting Himself in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.¬ All three are co-equal in all power and attributes.¬ Perfectly one in person, one in purpose, and one agreement.)3.¬ The Deity of Christ ‚Äď¬ Verse 1 ‚Äď¬ ‚Äúand¬ the Word was God.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ Titus 2:13¬ Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of¬ the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;¬ ¬ (The great Jehovah God of the Old Testament; LORD God.¬ Essential to our ability to glorify God is the knowledge of God's person.¬ There are so many names given to God in the Old Testament that give insight concerning His person, position, and power.¬ El Shaddai-Almighty God, El Elyon-the Most-High God, El Olam-The Everlasting God, Yahweh-the Existing God, Adonai-Master.¬ 4.¬ The Creation of Christ ‚Äď Verse 3 ‚Äď¬ ‚ÄúAll things were made by Him.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ Ephesians 3:9¬ And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God,¬ who created all things by Jesus Christ:¬ ¬ (Everything that exists came by Christ, through Christ, and belongs to Christ.¬ God said it and it was done!¬ The universe, this world, and everything in them belongs to Him.)5.¬ The Life of Christ ‚Äď¬ Verse 4 ‚Äď¬ ‚ÄúIn¬ Him was life.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ John 14:6¬ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and¬ the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.¬ ¬ (Man cannot give life.¬ Only Life can beget life and that Life comes from God.¬ Plant life, animal life, fowl life, and the life of man came from God.¬ THE life, not a life.)6.¬ The Illumination of Christ ‚Äď Verse 4 ‚Äď¬ ‚Äúand the life was the light of men ‚Ä¶ which lighteth every man.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ John 1:9¬ That was¬ the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.¬ ¬ (With man's life comes the ‚Äúlight‚ÄĚ of the knowledge of God.¬ Every man is born God conscious, not atheistic.¬ Atheism is learned from other atheists.¬ Theism is inherent in man.¬ God breathed into Adam's nostrils the ‚Äúbreath of life.‚ÄĚ¬ God's life, eternal life.)7.¬ The Will of Christ ‚Äď Verse 7 ‚Äď¬ ‚Äúthat all men through Him might believe.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ 1 Timothy 2:4¬ Who will have¬ all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.¬ ¬ (God is not willing that any perish.¬ God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.¬ To die without Christ is to die out of the will of God.)8.¬ The Rejection of Christ¬ ‚Äď Verse 10-11¬ ‚Äď¬ ‚Äúthe world knew Him not ‚Ä¶ His own received Him not.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ John 15:18¬ ¬ If the world hate you, ye know that¬ it hated me¬ before it hated you.¬ ¬ (The world wants no God.¬ The world wants to be their own personal ‚Äúgod.‚ÄĚ¬ No God, no accountability; no God, no purpose in life; no God, no life after death.¬ BUT, we are accountable, we do have purpose, and there is life after death.¬ ‚ÄúThe fool hath said in his heart, there is not God.‚ÄĚ)9.¬ The Incarnation of Christ ‚Äď Verse 14 ‚Äď¬ ‚ÄúAnd the Word was made flesh.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ 1 John 1:2¬ (For the life¬ was manifested, and¬ we have seen it, andbear witness, and¬ shew unto you¬ that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)¬ ¬ (The ‚Äúseed of the woman‚ÄĚ was born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago.¬ The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.‚ÄĚ¬ That is the Reason for the Season.¬ ‚ÄúFor God so loved the world!‚ÄĚ)10.¬ The Purpose of Christ¬ ‚Äď Verse 12¬ ‚Äď¬ ‚ÄúBut as many as received Him.‚ÄĚ¬ ¬ 1 John 3:23¬ And this is his commandment, That¬ we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.¬ (Receiving the promise of God: ‚ÄúFor whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.‚ÄĚ)Conclusion:¬ The greatest Gift ever given was the Gift of God's Son.¬ Receive Him and have eternal life in heaven; reject Him and have eternal life in hell.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-28-2018Hebrews 2:9-18; 3:1-2Introduction:A.¬ The three offices of Christ are Prophet, Priest, and King.¬ 1.¬ He was Prophet¬ while in this world.2.¬ He will be King¬ in the Millennium and throughout eternity.¬ 2.¬ Today, He is our High Priest.B.¬ Our Saviour's work on earth is done; the gospel complete; salvation's door open.¬ ¬ Verses 9-12.1.¬ Because of Condescending ‚Äď verse 9.¬ ¬ Galatians 4:4-7¬ But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, ¬ (5)¬ To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. ¬ (6)¬ And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. ¬ (7)¬ Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.2.¬ Because of His Vicarious Substitution ‚Äď verse 9.¬ ¬ Hebrews 12:2¬ Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.3.¬ Because of His Great Salvation ‚Äď Verse 10.¬ ¬ 1 Timothy 1:15¬ ¬ This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.4.¬ Because of His Sanctification ‚Äď Verse 11.¬ ¬ 1 Corinthians 1:2¬ Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:5.¬ Because of His Acceptance ‚Äď Verse¬ 11-12.¬ ¬ Ephesians 1:6¬ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.1 John 3:2¬ Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.C.¬ Jesus Christ is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession:¬ Hebrews 3:1¬ Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;1.¬ An apostle represents God¬ to man while a high priest represents man to God.2.¬ In His life, Jesus Christ¬ represented God to man but in His death, He represented man to God.D.¬ Jesus Christ is our Merciful High Priest ‚Äď Verses 13-18.¬ 1.¬ The work of the Old Testament Priesthood was 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Psalms 134:1¬ Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.2.¬ The work of our High Priest, Jesus Christ, is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.¬ ¬ While we sleep, while we are awake, He is working on our behalf.Hebrews 7:24¬ But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.Lamentations 3:22-23¬ It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. ¬ (23)¬ They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.E.¬ Jesus Christ is our Merciful High Priest.1.¬ Jesus Christ is a¬ Merciful¬ High Priest in Whom we can Trust. ‚Äď verse 13.¬ Jesus Christ trusts God the Father and, as He intercedes for us, we trust the Father's will in our lives.Hebrews 7:25¬ Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.2.¬ Jesus Christ is a Merciful High Priest that has conquered death.¬ Verse 14.¬ 1 Corinthians 15:53-57¬ ¬ For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. ¬ (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. ¬ (55)¬ O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? ¬ (56)¬ The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. ¬ (57)¬ But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.3.¬ Jesus Christ is a Merciful High Priest that has removed our fears.¬ ¬ Verse 15.Philippians 1:21-23¬ For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. ¬ (22)¬ But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. ¬ (23)¬ For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:4.¬ Jesus Christ is a Merciful High Priest that can make reconciliation for the sins of His people.¬ Verses 16-17.2 Corinthians 5:18-21¬ And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; ¬ (19)¬ To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. ¬ (20)¬ Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. ¬ (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.5.¬ Jesus Christ is a¬ Merciful¬ High Priest who can relate to the temptations of His people.¬ Verse 18.Hebrews 5:2¬ Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
4 Truths I Have Embraced during My Transition into the Senior Pastorate On June 17, 2018, Harvest Baptist Temple of Medford, OR, celebrated forty-one years of ministry. It was also the day that the founding pastor, Dr. Bob Gass, entrusted the heritage and history of that ministry to me. For us, it was a historic event. By the grace of God this was the first senior pastor transition in a forty-one year history.Although it is my desire to wait another thirty years or so until the next transition, I learned that there are truths of preparation that I must embrace even now before the next transition. Preparing to transition is more about dependence than preparation. It begins and ends with a total dependence on God. There are four major areas of dependence I learned during the transition that I have immediately embraced.1. Dependence on PrayerI have four children and every day since we first found out that my wife was pregnant with our first child, I have prayed for their future spouse(s). Since June 17, 2018, I have faithfully prayed for the next senior pastor of Harvest Baptist Temple. Obviously, I don't know who that is, but the absence of a specific name from my prayer doesn't hinder me from praying for my children's future spouses. The same is true with my church; the absence of a specific name shouldn't hinder me from praying for Harvest's future pastor(s). You may be starting a pastoral ministry or in the twilight of a pastoral ministry. It's never too late to start and commit to praying for the next man.2. Dependence on PowerEvery day of my life I depend on the power of the Holy Spirit for guidance and direction. Why should a major transition be any different? Psalm 37:23 says, ‚ÄúThe steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.‚ÄĚ Psalm 32:8 says, ‚ÄúI will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.‚ÄĚIf I rely on God's power and guidance to live a life of sacrificial service everyday of my life‚Ä¶ If I rely on God's power and guidance for unction for every message I preach‚Ä¶ If I rely on God's power and guidance for every decision in the day to day operations of the ministry, then should I not rely on God's power and guidance for the next transition? God already has a man; I just have to get in the path of the will of God and get my pride and self out of the way of the will of God in order to be totally dependent on His power and guidance through the transition.3. Dependence on PromiseThere are no more sure words than these, ‚ÄúThe promises of God are sure.‚ÄĚ If God is limited by His Word, then every Word spoken by God is sure. God has promised by His own words to perpetuate His church. It was Jesus who said, ‚ÄúI will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.‚ÄĚ If Jesus made that statement, then He alone is fully responsible for the perpetuation of His church.We can do all we want to prepare, plan, and prosper a transition, but it is the Lord's work. His blessing is absolutely essential. Even while understanding this truth, it is prudent for a pastor to always keep his eyes open for the next potential pastor. Maybe it is someone in the family, but don't put parameters on the Lord. It could be someone that you have followed through the years that you have seen grow in pastoral ministry. It may be that current ‚Äúproblem‚ÄĚ child in children's church‚Ä¶ you never know who the Lord will choose to use.4. Dependence on ProvisionGod always provides. Where there was Moses‚Ä¶ there was Joshua. Where there was Elijah‚Ä¶ there was Elisha. I'm reminded of the name Abraham called the place where he was called to sacrifice Isaac (Jehovah-Jireh ‚ÄúGod, my Provider‚ÄĚ). God provided a ram to take Isaac's place as a sacrifice. God provided the Lamb to take our place as a sacrifice. If God can provide the Lamb, then God can provide a man. Hudson Taylor said, ‚ÄúGod's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply.‚ÄĚSince it is ultimately the Lord's work, then the Lord will supply. It's sad that while we are willing to trust the Lord with the future of our eternity, sometimes we struggle to trust the Lord with the future in our earthly ministry. If God can be trusted to secure our eternity, then God can be trusted to secure our today. This includes provision in transitions for the ministry and the future of the ministry that He has called us to.Transition is just another opportunity to depend on God. Dependence on God is faith in God and ‚Äú...without faith it is impossible to please Him.‚ÄĚ We must be diligent and keep our eyes open, but our sufficiency in transition is directly related to our dependence on God. 2 Corinthians 3:5 reminds us, ‚ÄúNot that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.‚ÄĚ
Temple Baptist Church - 11-25-2018Romans 10:16-11:6Introduction: A. Paul laments Isaiah's report that not all had obeyed the gospel of Christ. Nationally, Israel has now rejected the Messiah. A remnant is being saved but the majority have not ‚Äúobeyed the gospel‚ÄĚ and turned to their own righteousness as a means of trying to be saved. (10:3, 16)B. Israel had a sordid history of rebellion against God.1. Israel had heard the gospel preached. Verses 11:16-18.Luke 16:27-31 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: (28) For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. (29) Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. (30) And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. (31) And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.2. When Israel turned from the gospel, God brought it to the gentiles who received it. Verses 10:19-20.3. Israel's description of a rebellious nation is found in verse 21;‚ÄúBut to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people!‚ÄĚC. This has been the case every day since Isaiah, chapters 52-53, were written. John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (Their rebellion was manifested in three ways.)1. Their Attitude Toward ‚ÄúThe Promise of Salvation In Christ.‚ÄĚ Their rejection of the Person of Christ2. Their Approach Toward ‚ÄúThe Plan of Salvation In Christ.‚ÄĚ Their rejection of the Propitiation of Christ.3. Their Antagonism Toward ‚ÄúThe Preaching of Salvation In Christ.‚ÄĚ Their rejection of the Preaching of Christ.D. Despite Israel's national rejection of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, there were still many who believed upon Him and were gloriously saved.Romans 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.E. Why was there some who believed?1. Because there was a God who continued to love. Romans 10:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.2. Because there were some who continued to Seek. Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? (Though most rejected, there were those who still sought the truth.)3. Because there was a Word that was still powerful to save. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.4. Because there were some who continued to Preach. Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?5. Because there was a Grace still available to whosoever will. Romans 10:12-13 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
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