10-21-2020 – Collierville Live Worship Stream

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<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> Okay. We are in revelation chapter 15. This evening. We’ll begin with the questions from chapter 14.<inaudible> Chapter 15 is the shortest chapter in the book of revelation. So that means it should take us less time to get through it. Right. Me. I was trying to convince me emphasis on should take us less time.

All right. Well, let’s begin with a word of prayer and then we’ll go into these questions there. Heavenly father, we thank you for this day for its blessings, for all that you do for us on a daily basis for your love, care, and concern for the mercy. That has showered upon us just by the fact that when we rise each morning,

so does the son, we pray that you will be with us as we go throughout this week. And especially in this nation, as we near election day, may this time be peaceful and may those who are being diligent to make sure that it remains peaceful, be blessed in their efforts to guard our election process, but also our streets and our neighborhoods and our cities.

We pray that you watch over us as we go through this continued difficulty with coronavirus and the pandemic that is plaguing this world. We pray that you will help us to help those who are in need, but also to remember that this life is not all there is, and that we need to be prepared, not only for the things that occur in this life,

but in the life to come. We thank you for your son who died on the cross for our sins, without whom we would have no hope. And for the redemption that is offered through his blood. We thank you for all that you do for us on a daily basis. We ask that you forgive us when we sin and fall short of your glory,

all this, we pray in Jesus name. Amen. Revelation chapter 14, question one who stood with the lamb on Mount Zion.<inaudible> Right. The 144,000. And what did they sing? All right. They sang a new song. Does the fact of having harps playing in heaven in any way, authorize mechanical instruments, instruments of music in worship today?

No, it doesn’t. If yes, what else would be authorized by the same logic? Okay. They’d all have to be mailed. They’d all have to be virgins. And we could also, by way of other authorizations, we could also offer incense as, as worship the way it occurred in earlier chapters as well, who do these hundred and 44,000 look like in their description?

They look like Christ. Okay. They’re Jews a, you combine chapter seven and chapter 14. They’re Jews, they’re males they’re without the seat in their mouth. All of these descriptions are picture of Christ. What did the first of the six angels declare? Okay. He declared the gospel, the everlasting gospel to those who dwell in the earth. What did the second of six angels declare?

And in what chapters do we find the fulfillment of this? Okay. Okay. I should have been more clear. The chapters are in chapter 17 and 18 of revelation. We find the actual falling of Babylon. So this is a preemptive statement, even though it’s made in the past tense. So revelation 17 and 18 are the fulfillment of this statement. The third of six,

the third angel of six declares that the worshipers of the beast will receive. What, That’s the description of, of those who worship him. They receive that, but they will receive verse 10, the wine of the wrath of God. Okay. So in other words, they’re going to receive the judgment that goes along with being worshipers of the beast. I have to work on my questions being more clear,

cause I, I didn’t realize I used the word that was in verse nine. That would have been an indicator there in this in context. Is this the final judgment on the day of judgment? No, it is not given an old Testament passage that is similar in description to this judgment, Isaiah 34. Okay.<inaudible> what does the voice from heaven declare all right.

Lesson or the dead, which die in the Lord from now on what does the fourth of six angels declare to the one who looks like the son of man who sits on the white cloud.<inaudible> Okay. Thrust in your sickle and reap for the time has come to read. Okay. After the sixth angel who had power over fire told the fifth angel who had the sharp sickle to reap what was trampled outside the city.

All right. The grapes of the wrath of God in the wine press. Okay. Now remember we were, we were shown by the third angel that comes out. He said the worshipers who worship the beast are going to receive the grapes of wrath of God. Okay, they’re going to receive this judgment. And then in the fifth and sixth angels, they received the judgment.

Th the, the grapes of the vineyard of God are trampled out. And this is a picture saying, all right, you didn’t repent. You were warned now here’s what’s going to happen. Okay. And of course we read about the, the results of that there in verses 16 through 18 and down through verse 20. Okay. So Just kind of summary form,

because there’s a couple of pieces that we need as we, as we go through here as with many things in revelation, chapter 15 has some shared imagery with other parts of the book that will help us get a grasp on what’s being stated here. Okay. One of those pieces of shared imagery is a sea of crystal as glass. Okay. We saw that over in chapters four and five,

that was the sea of crystal that appeared as glass. That was before the throne of God. That’s going to come back here again. But also as we go through, we saw the seal or sorry, the book that had seven seals that was in chapter five and chapter six, the seventh seal brought us, or sorry. The sixth seal brings us to the point where here are all the,

those who belong to God and they’re sealed. And chapter seven with the Mark of God, they’re given the Mark of God, the 144,000. We just saw that again for 14, we’re going to see them again in chapter 15. But then the seventh seal shows us the trumpets seven angels was 17 trumpets. So we went from seven seals on the book,

inside the seventh seal. We have seven trumpets inside the seventh trumpet, which we had all the way back in chapter 12, chapter 12, we said, here’s the end of the sixth trumpet. Here comes the seventh trumpet and everything we’ve seeing is introducing. What’s going to come in the seventh trumpet. All of this was the, the prelude to what it is.

God’s about to tell them that is inside the seventh trumpet you have, sir, and angels again, another seven angels. In this time, they’re going to show up with seven bowls, okay. Specifically seven bowls containing the seven plagues. I remember back in the seven trumpets, we were told these are the plagues of God. And many of them were rehearsing plagues of Egypt in the day of Moses.

But all of the things that we read about in the trumpets were partial judgements. Okay, one third of this and one third of that. And one third of this, all of it was a partial judgment. Well, now you’re going to come back through plagues again, but it’s not going to be partial anymore. This is God’s full Raff poured out upon man.

Now the souls being poured out is going to occur in chapter 16. We’re so we’re not gonna spend a lot of time talking about it, but chapter 15 is kind of the introduction. It’s it’s the, the events leading up to the pouring out of the bowls. Okay. So then I saw another sign in heaven. He, you seen the, in chapter 12,

he saw the dragon in chapter 11. He saw the witnesses and chapter 10, he saw the mighty angel with the little book in chapter 13, he sees the two beasts, the CVS and the land beast get the power from the dragon. Chapter 14, the lamb stands victorious on Mount Zion. It’s over. He wins the destruction’s finished because here comes an angel and says,

Babylon’s fallen. It’s over. It’s done. It hasn’t happened yet. But as far as God’s concerned, it’s done. But then one more time God says, and here’s the gospel. Here’s your opportunity. You who dwell on the earth, you who’ve put on the Mark of the beast. You who worship the beast. You who have the Mark of him in your forehead,

or in your hand, you again, keep reminding us. We’re not looking for any of these things to literally happen in the physical history of humanity. We’re saying these things are things that are happening in a spiritual context, and God is saying, here’s your last chance? Here’s your last chance. Here’s where these partial judgements here are all your warnings, but this is finally coming about.

Okay. So then I saw another sign in heaven. Great. And marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues four in them, the wrath of God, hold on. Just a moment. The wrath of God is complete. Okay? So John’s making this clear as he introduces, what’s about to come. This is God’s wrath in completeness poured out on Rome.

This is where one of those, if you take the approach that some do that, the book of revelation is all about the final judgment. All about the day of judgment and the end of time, wait a minute. Chapter 15 says, here we are, we’ve gone through this and now this is going to happen. And here it is, and this is,

is going to happen. And yet it’s, it’s, book-ended by two statements by John. These things must shortly come to pass. How shortly, if shortly doesn’t mean for thousands of years, why is John writing it? Then if it’s not going to be fulfilled for thousands of years, it just doesn’t make sense. The wording, the verbiage, the context,

the message, and the connection to Daniel and his Eagle and Isaiah and all of those prophecies and Zechariah, all of those profits of the old Testament, who said, this is what God is going to do. When he sets up his kingdom, this is what God’s going to do to these four nations that came before his kingdom, he sets up his kingdom and all of this has been God and saying,

I’m doing exactly what I said. I was going to do hundreds of years ago. I am going to do exactly what I told you. I was going to do when Nebuchadnezzar was on the throne. And here it is. And John is saying, wait, wait, wait, wait till the end of time. And God will finally get around to doing it.

No, John is saying, he told you he was going to do it, and now he’s going to do it. Okay. So the completeness in this next round, in the, in the bowls, the, the seven angels with the seven bowls, the focus is we’ve gone partial judgment to complete judgment. And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire.

The first time we saw the sea of glass back over in chapter four, chapter five, we just saw the sea of glass. The, the elders were, were there. The, the, the four beasts were there around the throne was a sea of glass. Okay? And we, we drew forward this idea of the tabernacle in the old Testament,

when the priests would go to serve in the tabernacle, say the day of atonement, the very first thing they had to do before they could enter in to the Holy place to offer the offerings of God, to take what had been put on the burnt offering, which was outside the tabernacle and take that offering inside the tabernacle. They had to wash in the brazen Laver.

Okay, great. Big brazen Laver, great big tub. As it were. They had to go through a purification process. Now, interestingly, you draw the old Testament picture of the brazen Laver forward to its new Testament, auntie type, the type and type between the tabernacle and new Testament. And that bruh brazen Laver new Testament, antique type is baptism.

Before you can enter into the church, which is all throughout the book of Hebrews pictured. As the tabernacle of God, before you can enter into the church, you have to go and be washed. Okay. And so here in, in the new Testament, that picture of the brazen labor is the purification that occurs before you enter in to the tabernacle.

The church of God here, though, the picture of the brazen Laver appears to be a little different because it’s not in, in chapter 15, it’s not just a sea of glass. It’s not just this picture of the brazen labor. It is the sea of glass mingled with What fire Do you know of any passages in the new Testament where new Testament writers describe the Christian life as going through Fire Purifying gold.

Peter talks about it. I think James talks about it. Paul talks about it. The idea that as Christians, we are purified spiritually. We are made strong. We are made Holy by going through difficulty, going through trials, going through, and Peter uses it specifically the purifying, the refining of our souls as by fire. And there’s your picture here in chapter seven,

over in chapter seven, we have the 144,000. Okay. In after these things, I saw four angels standing in the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds, the earth and the wind, the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea or on any tree. Then another angel ascended from the East, having the seal of the living God.

And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was granted to harm the earth in the sea saying, do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads. Then I heard the number of those who were sealed 144,000 of all the tribes of all the children of Israel were sealed.

Verse nine. After these things, I looked and behold a great multitude, which no one could number of all nations tribes, peoples and tongues standing before the throne. And before the lamb clothed with the white robes, with palms and Palm branches in there, hands and crying out with a loud voice, saying salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the lamb.

Okay. When you’re introduced to the 144 they’re in the earth, then you see a transition and there’s an innumerable multitude dude in heaven. But when you come back to chapter 15, you have the 144,000 that are about to be described again. But they’re now they’re on the sea of glass. They’re now closer to the throne, but you share the imagery and the picture of what Peter says by the picture of them going through the fire to get to the throne.

See, John presents us with this picture. Here are these Christians. They’re sealed they’re gods. They belong to him, but the closer they get to him, the more pure they become, but they become more pure. The more they endure the trials he sets before them. And so this picture of going through the fire, the sea mingled with fire is a picture of them going through this hardship,

going through this tribulation, going through this difficulty and coming out better for it, closer to God, more like God, how many times, especially in our society right now, are we being constantly told that we, that everybody and I’m talking about, I know I’m mixing spiritual things with physical things, but that everybody needs to have a level playing field.

Everybody needs to have the same, this and the same, that, that, that this discrepancies and differences between people and one, people have one group of people having privilege and another people having disparity Results in a negative, a global harm on society. And yet God tells us over and over and over again. When you finally stop believing that you deserve something and finally start relying on me.

When you look like you have nothing. When you look like you have no strength, then I’m strong. It is a humanistic mindset that says everybody needs to have prosperity. We don’t have any problem with people having prosperity. It’s not anti-God the have prosperity, but to say, everyone needs to have prosperity, or they can’t have value. Is the antithesis of what scripture teaches all throughout the book of Proverbs.

You have the Proverbs writer telling you how dangerous it is to have prosperity. He talks about how good it is for a person who labors in, in the, the sweat and toil of his, his day to go home at night and go to sleep. And here, the rich man is sitting up at night worrying so many times we turn our lives because of our way of thinking to be the exact opposite of what God says.

And we just don’t listen. And as Christians, so often we think if we’re going through hardship, we must be doing it wrong. When God quite often says, if you’re not going through hardship, maybe you’re not doing it. Right. These Christians are going to go through this sea of glass, mingled with fire. And when they come through on the other side,

they’re going to be closer to God, not farther away. Notice what we read. And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his Mark. And over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God there on the sea of glass,

see a glass of mingled with fire, which means they’re standing where him in the fire, they’re standing in the fire. And so they’re crying out in despair, right? No, they’re standing in the fire and they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God and the song of the lamb saying great and marvelous are your works, Lord, God almighty,

just and true are your ways O King of the saints who shall not fear you. Oh, Lord. And glorify. Your name for you alone are Holy for all. Nations shall come and worship before you, their declaration in the midst of the fire in the midst of the hardship is the antithesis of Israel in the midst of their struggle coming out of Egypt.

Do you remember what happened when Moses was sent into Egypt and was sent with the plagues and every time another plague came, what did Pharaoh do? Hardened his heart and did what to the Israelites increased their burden, made it worse. Okay. We’re taking the old Testament picture. We’re drunk. We’re bringing it forward to these Christians. Okay. Remember that here come the plagues.

We were just told here, come the plagues. And you think these Christians don’t know what happened when the plagues came in Egypt, every time life got worse for the Israelites. Every time Pharaoh made it harder on them. Every time they were threatened and abused more and, and, and, and Israel did what to Moses, they blamed him for it.

They said, TRIBE, you’re trying to get us killed. Why don’t I tell you what, why don’t you just go ahead and give Pharaoh the sword to kill us with? That’s what they said. So then they come out of Egypt, get to the river, or the sorry, the red sea. And they sea see the army coming behind them.

And then they say what? Hey, brought us out here to die. And Moses said, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. And then they go through the red sea on dry ground. And they, they sing and they praise God and Moses, right? His song in D in Exodus, chapter 18, I think it is no 1550.

Somebody will fact check me all right, but then they go, or then they go to Mount Sinai. And as they’re going through my going to Mount Sinai, when times get hard, what do they do? Murmur complaint. And then when they leave Mount Sinai and they go towards the edge of the promised land and times get hard, what do they do?

Murmur and complain. Every time times get hard. Israel did what murmured and complained. And quite often God said, this is a problem. And some of you are going to die. Now, chapter 15 is the opposite. Chapter 15 is the church not being like Israel. God has told them in the last three or four chapters, you’re going to get hammered.

The beast is going to rise up and he’s going to fight against you. And the other piece is going to rise up and he’s going to kill you. And blessed are those who die in the Lord. You’re going to get persecuted. You’re going to get punished. You’re going to get killed, but go back to what we read in verse two, who are those in verse two,

who were standing on the sea of glass. They are those who have victory over the beast, over his image, over his Mark. And over the number of his name over in chapter 13, everything that the dragon gave, the two B’s Rome, the power to do chapter 15 says these Christians overcame it. Every thing that the dragon Satan gave the bees,

the ability to do to tear down the church, these people overcame it. And so here they are, and they’re pictured like Israel going through the fire. But unlike Israel, they’re not murmuring and complaining. They’re praising God. They’re singing the song of Moses, the servant of God and of the lamb. Okay. So one last thing, and this has to do with one of the questions.

How is God’s work? How are God’s works and ways described here in this song? All right, his works are great. And marvelous. Now just to stop for a minute didn’t they just bring forward what we’ve just said. Didn’t they suffer and die at the hand of Rome. And yet they’re going to declare God’s works to be great and marvelous because they are because as they suffered and died,

they won. That’s what chapter? Chapter 13, let me find the right verse here.<inaudible> Where’s the blessed are the dead, the dying of the Lord. I just lost the verse 14, 13. There we go. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on that they may rest from their labors.

And here’s a key phrase and their works. Follow them. Here’s the picture. Great. And marvelous are your work. So God, because what we did in being faithful to you on the earth, didn’t stop. You know, w when you do something and, and you improve something, or you build something, you, you do it with the realization.

At some point, that thing dies. At some point, that thing gets torn down at some point, the life of that thing, and the value of that thing, deteriorates, that’s just the way it is in this life. But Jesus made a point, Matthew chapter six, he says, lay up for your treasure or lay up in heaven, your treasure for where your treasure is there will your heart be also,

why should you lay up your treasure in heaven, according to Jesus and not on the earth? What did he say in Matthew six about treasure laid up on the earth, moth and rust, come in and destroy and thieves break in and steal. He said, everything you lay up on this earth, eventually deteriorates and goes away. But what you lay up in heaven,

nobody can touch. Peter describes it as an inheritance, incorruptible and undefiled, and that cannot be taken away. And so in the midst of struggle, strife, trial, persecution, and death here, these Christians going, God, your, your works are great and marvelous. And he, they say your ways are just, and true back in chapter six,

they’re crying out to God, God, how long are you going to let this go on? And now they’re saying we see it. We see the justice of God being acted upon those who torment and persecute the church. Okay. So we’re just trying to draw all these pieces together into this final pouring out of God’s wrath. Over in the end of verse four,

for your judgments have been manifested after these things, I looked and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. All right. So picture in your mind, here is John he’s looking in verse one and he sees these angels come out from God and they’re given these seven plagues. And then he sees again in heaven and here,

the temple of God’s opened and the inner sanctuary is open. Okay, it’s the temple and the tabernacle, the inner sanctuary that’s opened up. Okay. And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues clothed in pure, bright linen, and having their chest girded with golden bands. Now, which, which character, which individual in revelation was described that way,

Bright, glowing garment and golden chest around or golden bands around his chest. Back on chapter one, Christ was Again, here, here are, here are the representatives of God, seven angels coming out. They look like Christ. They’re dressed like Christ. They’re coming to do his bidding. Okay? So they come out and they’re dressed this way. And then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels,

seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. So you remember the four creatures that are before the throne of God, temple opens seven angels come out of the temple of God. One of the four beasts comes to them as they’re coming out and begins to hand them. Each a bowl in the bowl is the plague. Okay?

The plague is going to be poured out on the earth, but then notice what happens a lot. Actually, let me go back to verse seven. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels, seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives for forever and ever always this reminder every time God does anything. Anytime God, somebody acts on behalf of God,

that God is eternal. God, isn’t a man. And God’s going to make sure just like he didn’t need jipped, just like he did with Pharaoh, that everybody knows he’s not a man like Pharaoh was. And like Caesar is, he’s not a man. Okay? The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power. And no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

A number of times in Exodus. And in other old Testament passages, we read about the glory of God, descending upon the tabernacle specially there at the very beginning, you see the Tabernacles built and the glory of God descends upon the tabernacle and something interesting happens every time you read about that, you read and nobody could go inside. Nobody could stay where God’s presence was.

As it were concentrated in the tabernacle, even Moses had the lead. Even Aaron had the depart, they couldn’t stay there, there with the holiness of God. Well, here’s the picture again? God’s presence. The smoke of the glory of God fills the tabernacle in everybody vacates. And nobody’s coming back until God’s done.<inaudible> The Christians were told back in chapter six,

you’ve been persecuted and you’ve been killed. Now you wait until I’m ready. Chapter 15, verse eight, God says, time’s up. I’m ready. And nobody’s coming back here before me, until I’m done old Testament. Prophets would tell Israel when God judges, you doesn’t matter how many chariots and how many horses you have. Doesn’t matter how big your army is.

You’re not going to stop him. And that’s the picture here. Once God begins judging nobody interrupts him because you can’t. The only thing you can do is not be on the other end of the judging. And that’s the message to Rome. That’s the message to those who dwell on the earth change repent before it’s too late. Okay. That’s chapter 15.<inaudible> Good evening.

Welcome to the Collierville church. Christ’s Wednesday evening Bible study and devotional school to see each and every one of you out tonight are sick. Please continue to remember Rudel and Dorothy Wilson. Dorothy is dealing with extremely high blood pressure. So please say a special prayer for her. John Springer is continuing to battle her pneumonia and et cetera. So please continue to pray for Joan.

And then Janet is at home working through the physical therapy from her fall. So please remember Janet Wayne Vaughn that’s Becky’s brother was released from the hospital today. So that’s good news. After you’d had a fall at home, he’s also being treated for a new diagnosis of thyroid issues and is waiting for the results of a gallstone ultrasound. So please continue to pray for Wayne Robin woods that’s Jessica’s mother is recovering from her bypass surgery.

She has a long recovery time ahead of her. So please, please keep Robin woods in your thoughts and prayers. And then Jessica, once they do make it back here, she’s having some issues and stuff. So she’s got to go get that checked out issues with her stomach. And speaking of the Dale’s, they are on their way home, but they have not made it yet because they got stuck in Oklahoma there and an ice storm in Oklahoma.

So they’re kind of hung out there until that clears and passes. So please continue to pray for the Dales on their return trip to us here. A reminder daylight savings time does, and this Saturday night, Sunday morning, depending on what time you set your clocks, but at 2:00 AM, as one as official. So please make sure you set your clocks back,

fall back. And like I said, Sunday, the good thing is, if you don’t, you’ll be early, you won’t be late. So you won’t miss services. And then last announcement here is Laurie white. Who’s a friend of the Cozort arts is, and as a member at South Haven, church of Christ has been diagnosed and she has COVID-19.

So please pray for her and a speedy recovery for her. This evening song leader is going to be Joe caisson. The devotional beer and quotes are and closing prayer is Terry Whitley. Thank you. If you would Mark number 936, that would be our song of encouragement. Nine three six, and then be turning to number 381, three eight one.<inaudible> My Lord was Chris and five.

No nod. It was for me. Hey doc.<inaudible> mercy then what’s great. And grace was frame<inaudible> Oh, the law. The Drew’s have a plan. Oh, the grace that brought it down to man. That’s it. God Dan’s fan that.<inaudible> see. That was great. And grace was free.<inaudible> damn. I burned stuff on Liberty.<inaudible> Matthew chapter eight,

we read when he was coming down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him and behold there came a leper and worshiped him saying, Lord, if thou wilt thou can make me clean and Jesus put forth his hand and touched him saying, I will be thou clean and immediately his leprosy was cleaned. I want us to key in on something. The leper came to Jesus and said,

it’s up to your determination. It’s inside your authority. If you will, you can make me clean. And Jesus agreed with his observation. Okay? Jesus said, I will. He gave him that by saying, I agree with what you’re saying. And it is in accordance with my will. And so he was made clean Jesus say unto him. See,

they’ll tell no man, but go thy way. Show myself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded for a testimony under them. And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, they came there, came unto him, a Centurion big sea, teaching him and saying, Lord, my servant life at home, sick of the palsy, grievously, tormented,

and Jesus saith unto him. I will come and heal him century incomes. If he’s a century in what is he? He’s a Roman, a Roman comes to Jesus. And this Roman comes to Jesus and says, I have a servant. Who’s lying at home. And he’s played with this problem. And Jesus says, I will come and heal him.

But then notice the centurion’s response. The Centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy. That thou should has come under my roof. Generally speaking, Romans and especially Roman soldiers considered themselves to be of higher standing and have more value than anyone who wasn’t a Roman. And under the law, they had higher status than anyone who wasn’t a Roman.

And yet this Roman says, no, no, I’m not worthy for you to even step foot under my roof. And so notice what he says. He says, I am not worthy. That thou should come under my roof, but speak the word only. And my servant shall be healed for, I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me.

And I say to this man go and he go with into another common he cometh and to my servant, do this. And he’d do with it. When Jesus heard it, he marveled and said to them, that followed verily. I say unto you, I have not found so great faith. No, not in Israel. And I say unto you,

that many shall come from the East and the West and shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast into outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the Centurion, go by way. And hows as thou hast believed. So be it done under the,

and his servant was healed in the self same hour things I want to key on key in, on here. Number one, this interior understood something about authority that Christ didn’t have to be present. He didn’t have to be at the immediate spot for his authority to be there. When the Centurion sent a soldier, his authority directed him, no matter whether the soldier left his presence or not.

And one of the things that we teach our children is you better behave whether your parents are looking or whether they’re present with you or not, their authority doesn’t end when their back’s turned and their authority doesn’t end. When you leave home and go to somebody else’s house. What you have been taught to do is still what you’re supposed to do. Whether you’re at home or somewhere else,

Jesus’s authority, didn’t end with his presence. It continued on because it was authority. But then also notice that the Centurion understood the authority of the word. He said, I say a word and my soldier does this. My servant does this. You say a word and that word holds your authority. Well, what we have right here is the word of God.

So anything we want to know how it is authorized by God, we don’t dream a dream. We don’t look for a vision. We don’t look for a feeling in our heart to see whether or not something’s authorized by God. We open his authority, his word. So how are we saved? We’re saved according to the new Testament, by the word of God,

by being obedient to the its commands, by being obedient to the gospel, hearing the word of God, because it’s the power of God unto salvation, Romans chapter one, verse 16, believing that word, because if we don’t believe it, we will be condemned Mark chapter 16, verse 16, but not just hearing and believing repenting of our sins because the word commands us to do something that one of the things that commands us to do is to change from the old way of sin,

to the new, a new way of righteousness. But it also requires allegiance. The Centurion required allegiance of his soldiers. The Centurion required his servant to recognize he was his master. And Jesus does as well. We can’t go through life saying, I’ll do what you say, but I won’t claim you as my King. That doesn’t make you a citizen of Christ.

And it doesn’t put you under his authority. And so we have to confess the name of Christ, but we also have to die. We have to be buried. We have to be immersed in water for the remission of sins, because in the same place, he said, if you don’t believe you stand condemned, he makes it clear through inference that if you’re not baptized,

you also stand condemned because his word has authority. The word of God could cleanse a man from his leprosy and could heal a man who was sick. And the word of God can save your soul. If you have needed the invitation to respond to it as one who’s outside of the body of Christ or one who is a member of the body Of Christ,

you can do that now as we stand. And as we sing Away from God, nah, I’m coming.<inaudible> Lord. I’m coming. I’m coming. I’m coming home.<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> wait, Stan man.<inaudible> nah, I’m coming. I<inaudible><inaudible> I’m coming. I’m coming. I’m coming home.<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> coming my song.<inaudible> I’m calming my stress.<inaudible> my<inaudible><inaudible> I’m coming.

I’m coming. I’m coming. Oh,<inaudible> open my arms up.<inaudible> I am coming. Let us pray. Our heavenly father. We thank you for the privilege and the opportunity to come into your house tonight, Lord, and learn more of your word. Lord. We ask that you Be with the sick Lord and ones that have lost loved ones and just continue to comfort them Lord and bring the sick back into our fold.

Lord, if you will it, Lord, we ask that you be with us these times of trouble and turmoil during this election. And just let us remember Lord that you are in control and you will put who you own in the office, Lord. And that way at ease our anxieties and fears. Lord is we go home tonight. Just let us leave Lord.

And just in a heart, just say how great it was to be in your house. We thank you Lord for giving our sins and just bring us back at the next appointed time. These things we’re asking your precious name. Amen.