The Word of Life
- John did not say he was telling about what he had (a) heard, (b) seen, (c) thought of, or (d) touched with his hands. 1 John 1:1 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- God is (a) light or (b) darkness. 1 John 1:5 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- What if persons claim to be without sin?
If a person has sinned, what should he do? 1 John 1:8-10 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- How can an individual know that he knows Jesus? 1 John 2:3-11 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Name the condition of a follower of Christ who hates his brother. 1 John 2:9-11 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life-comes from ______________________________ 1 John 2:16
- Can a person deny the Son and have the Father? 1 John 2:23 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> All right. We are in first, John chapter two<inaudible> First John chapter two.<inaudible> Let’s begin with a word of prayer, our gracious father in heaven. We bow before your throne grateful for the day that you’ve granted to us, the life, the energy and the health that we have to be able to serve you and, uh,
serve in your kingdom to lead lives that are obedient to your commandments and strive to be an example, to those who are around us. We pray for all those who are traveling and all those who are away from us, all who are stuck in their homes for one reason or another, we pray that they have a comfort in good health, and we pray that you will be with them.
During these hard times, we pray that you will be with those who are struggling because of lost jobs and because of lost income because of the situation in our economy today. And we pray that you will help them to endure and to reach out for help when they need help, but also to have the strength and the mindset to look to your word and find wisdom and understanding on how they should handle the day to day struggles of life.
We pray for Christians. The world over that are striving daily to be an influence in your kingdom and outside your kingdom for good for righteousness, for truth, we pray that we might always stand with them and oppose unrighteousness and stand for righteousness and truth. We pray that you will be with us as we go through this period of study, may we apply our minds,
our hearts to the things that John has written here in this letter that was written to the first century, but also speaks volumes to us today. We ask that you forgive us when we sin and fall short of your glory. We thank you for your son who died on the cross for our sins. That has granted us that mercy and that grace through his blood and his atoning sacrifice all this.
We pray in Jesus name. Amen.
John begins with that, which was from the beginning. And we said his reference there is of who of Jesus Christ in the same way he begins in John chapter one in the beginning was the word and his reference. They’re not giving it a masculine now, not giving it a personal now in the sense of a person,
but giving it a, an object. The word he said in the beginning was the word and the word became flesh verse 14 and dwelt among us. And we be held him. Well, he says over here in first John chapter one, that the life was manifested and we have seen it and bear, witness and declare to you that eternal life, which was with the father and was manifested to us that which we have seen and heard.
We declare to you this message of eternal life, this word of eternal life, this eternal life in bodied, in the life of Christ. They a witness, they experienced themselves and they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it’s true. And it was confirmed by miracles. And it was confirmed by the voice that was heard in the mountain. Matthew chapter seven,
or yeah, Matthew chapter 17. There were so many confirmations that even his enemies couldn’t deny what was stated. So he says in chapter two, after he’s talked about fellowship and after he’s talked about sin, and after he’s talked about walking in the light, he says, my little children, and this will be an address, a form of address that John uses throughout his,
of pistols throughout his letters, my little children, Peter they’re at the end of second, Peter used beloved and beloved beloved. Again, John’s, John’s greeting to these Christians is my little children. These things I write to you that you may not sin. Okay? So we’re getting a formula for sinlessness, for sinless perfection, right? No, we’re getting a formula for righteousness.
We’re getting a formula for walking in the light and when we sin and he says, you will. And if you say you, don’t, you’re a liar when you sin a formula for resolving that sin. So he says these things I write to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ.
The righteous, that idea of advocate is that counselor, that one you call to you when you need assistance to stand before the judge, the, the go between, he says, we have an advocate. We would be inadequate to stand before God to stand before his throne and to be there standing by ourselves, uh, in Isaiah chapter. Hm? This one’s off the top of my head.
I think it’s Isaiah chapter one. As a matter of fact, Isaiah chapter one, Isaiah has written to the Jews, these Israelites, and he says in verse 12, when you come to appear before me who has required this from your hand to trample my courts, this is God speaking to Israel and said, saying to them who called you? Who asked you to show up at my Gates?
Who asked you to trample my cords? Now, wait a minute, Lord, you did. I mean, you gave the law of Moses. You set the commandments for how often sacrifices were to be made and how often things were to be sacrificed on a daily basis. He set the commandments. That would be the way they would answer, but he goes on to say,
bring no more feudal sacrifices. Incense is an abomination to me, the new moons, the Sabbath, the calling of assemblies. I cannot endure in Nick Woody and the sacred meeting here. These Israelites are striving to appear before God to show up to worship God, to offer sacrifices to God. But what are their lives? Their lives are a NAFA ma to their sacrifices.
And so God says your sacrifices make me sick. He goes on to say this. He says, verse 15. When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you. Spread out your hands. What’s that a, what’s that a figure for prayer? The lifting of, of hands to God in prayer. He says, when you spread out your hands or besieging it,
when you fall down before me, he said, when you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you. Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear your hands are full of blood. God says, you’re walking through the motions. You’re appearing before me. You’re bringing me sacrifices. You’re praying. But every time you do,
I turn my back on you. Every time I, every time you do, I won’t hear you. I won’t hear you because your actions declare your heart to be in the wrong place. And then he says, wash yourselves, make yourselves clean, put away the evil from evil of your doings. From before my eyes sees to do evil, learn to do good,
seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. Is it. You want me to hear your prayers? You want me to accept your sacrifices. You want to have a relationship with me, do these things first. Then come talk to me. He goes on to say, come now and let us reason together says the Lord though,
your sins are like Scarlet. They shall be as white as snow though. They are red light Crimson. They shall be as well. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. God says your actions,
your sins represent you to me. You might want to bring me sacrifices. You might want to bring me offerings. You might want to say prayers to me. You want might want to bring actions of adoration to me, but I won’t hear them because your sins stand between me and you. So you go over to Isaiah chapter 58, or sorry, 59 verses one and two.
And Isaiah again, declares that God will not hear them because their sins have separated them from him. John writes over here in first, John, that if they walk in the light, as he is in the light, they have that cleansing of their sins come to continual basis. If they don’t walk in the light, they don’t have fellowship with the father.
So he’s writing to them to tell them you can not sin. It is possible for you to not sin. How do you do that? Well, go on in what he says, he says, we have an advocate for the FA we’re with the father and he himself is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only, but also for the whole world.
And we’re going to come back to that fault in just a minute. Now, by this, we know that we know him. If we keep his commandments, John says the same thing that Isaiah said, because Isaiah said, you want to proclaim your love for me. You want to proclaim, you worship me. You want to proclaim your sacrifices and your prayers to me,
but you won’t obey me. So I won’t hear you. And John says, hereby, do we know if we know him? If we keep his commandments, now there are those who will argue. Well, you know what? That just turns Christianity into a fair, say iCal system of keeping laws. No, it doesn’t. Because the problem the Pharisees had is twofold.
Number one, they wanted to bind the laws on others, but they wouldn’t bind on themselves. And number two, they believed by keeping laws, God owed them something. And that was never true. That’s not what John writes here, but what John writes is you have an advocate with the father, but if you live in darkness, you stand before God without the blood of Christ.
And without an advocate, if you live in darkness, you become like Israel. You become as one who is separated from God. So then he says this. He who says, I know him and does not keep his commandments is a liar. And the truth is not in him. There’s John’s version of what Isaiah just said. Here’s your actions. Here’s your sacrifices.
Here’s your prayers. And God says, they make me sick. Why? Because the reality is you claim to know me, but you won’t keep my commandments. Therefore I know you don’t know me. What did Jesus say? At the end of the sermon on the mountain? He said that there would be those who would say on that day of judgment,
Lord Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? And did we not cast out demons in your name? And did we not do many wonderful works in your name? And he would declare to them depart from me. I never knew you. Same thing John say, why? Because you go back to the remainder of what Jesus said. And Jesus said,
if you had known me, you would have been obedient to my father in heaven. So we can claim to love the Lord. We can claim to be the belong to the Lord. We can claim to know the Lord we can claim to have as many of the religious world do. The Lord is our personal savior. But the claim means nothing. If,
when we’re presented with the commandments, we go, Oh no, no, I’m not doing that. Or, well, I understand that’s what it says, but okay. You’ve just set the standard for exactly what John’s talking about. So John says, whoever keeps his word. Truly the love of God is perfected in him. And by this, we know that we are in him.
He who says he abides in him on himself also to walk just as he walked, there’s our standard. There’s our standard. We go back to every single time, our standard, isn’t the person sitting next to us, our standard, isn’t our spouse, our standard isn’t our grandmother or our mother or the most saintly person we’ve ever met. And by all means,
it’s not the preacher. Our standard is the way Christ walked, because notice what he said, he who abides in him odd himself also to walk just as he walked our standard, every single one of us, our own standard for ourselves ought to be Jesus Christ. How do we treat one another? How did Jesus treat others? How should we speak to one another?
How did Jesus speak to others? How do we treat God? How did Jesus treat God? And that’s what John’s trying to get these Christians to understand. Now, the thought that I wanted to go back to back here in verse, um, verse two, I want to spend a great deal of time on it. I just want to mention it.
There are those who believe in Calvinism that will proclaim that the blood of Jesus Christ is so precious and so valuable that it could not, and would not have ever been shed for someone who would not be obedient to God. And so they will interpret passages to speaking about the blood of Christ and the sacrifice of Christ to mean that Christ was sacrificed only for those who were all ready,
going to be saved. And yet John says something incredibly different from that. John says he himself is the propitiation. What is a propitiation? I mean, I know you’ve used that word four times today already, but a purchase price, but specifically an adequate purchase price. We’ll illustrate it this way. Grandparent has a car. There’s a grandchild that needs a car.
Grandparent’s says a grandchild. You can have my car for a hundred dollars. The car is worth $10,000. Was that an adequate price? No, it was the purchase price. It is what goes down on the tax forms, but it was not an adequate price. You and I, according to Romans chapter three and Romans chapter six deserve to die for our sins.
You and I could not pay an adequate price to redeem our own souls, but Jesus did Isaiah chapter 53. He says that he looked on him and as it’s paraphrased there, it was enough. He looked on his suffering. He looked on the suffering of the one who didn’t deserve to die in whom was no guile in whom was no guilt in whom was no sin.
And that sacrifice was enough. So he is the purchase price. That is sufficient. But notice what John says about him. He is the purchase price for our sins and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. Now some will come to the other side of this, or they’ll say, see, universal salvation. Jesus died for everybody.
Therefore, if Jesus died for everybody, then every one’s going to be saved. No that’s complete anathema to the entire context here. The point is Jesus, didn’t die for the Jew. Jesus, didn’t die for the Gentile to the exclusion of the Jew. Every person you meet is a person Jesus died for. And therefore, how are we to treat them?
Because that’s where John, John is leading with this discussion. It is this statement that sets up the next section in John’s message. He says, go back to verse seven brethren. I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment, which we have had, or which you have had from the beginning, the old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.
All right. So he’s going to say, I, I’m not writing a new commandment to you. I’m writing something you’ve already heard, but then he says, again, a new commandment. I write to you. All right, John now, which is it. I don’t write a new commandment to you again. I write a new commandment to you.
Okay? I heard someone express it this way, and I think it’s a good way to understand it. I don’t know that it’s the, it’s the only way to understand it, but it was a good way to understand it. There’s there are some things that we look at as being old. You pull out a garment, that’s 30 years old, you look at it and you know,
it’s, it, it just looks old. It it’s, it’s kind of tattered around the edges. It doesn’t look like the day that it was made. It’s got age on it. And sometimes we look at things that have age on it and we think, well, maybe they’re just not as good as they used to be. Maybe that old idea.
We’ve never heard this in our modern society. Maybe that old constitution and those old bill of rights and those old laws that were written hundreds of years ago are just too old to apply to us today. John says, I write no new commandment to you. I’m not writing anything you haven’t already, but don’t treat it as if it’s just an old commandment.
You can ignore treat it just like it’s as good as new today as it was that day when it was given. So he says, again, a new commandment, which I write to you, which thing is true in him and in you because the darkness is passing away. And the true light is already shining. He who says he is in the light and hates his brother.
All right. So step back to the propitiation. Jesus died for who? Everyone, the whole world, by the way, John is also the one who wrote for God. So loved the world that he gave. His only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. So John says, he who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in darkness until now it’s gonna be one of those times where we could be clumsy with the scriptures and ignore the greater context here.
We shouldn’t. We could be like the lawyer who came to Jesus and said, who is my brother or who is my neighbor? And we, to which Jesus replied in the parable of the good Samaritan, the lawyer wanted to hear your neighbor. Is this Jew over here, your neighbor is someone who’s part of the descendants of Abraham. Your neighbor is someone you like,
what Jesus said is your neighbor is anyone and everyone. So John, right? He who says he is in the light and hates his brother. We could come to this passage and say, okay, well, he’s talking about Christians. He’s talking about how we treat other Christians. I don’t think he is. I think if we interpret it that way,
we’re using brother in the wrong context. That’s exactly right. He’s setting the standard. Remember to walk as Christ walked. Okay? And so he says, if he says he is in the light and hates his brother, he is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light. And there is no cause for stumbling in him,
but he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes and turn over to Matthew chapter five. If we go with the interpretation brother, there means Christian brother, by the way, he doesn’t say, he just says your brother. Then I think we miss the same point.
Jesus makes here. And that is the message of the good Samaritan, who is my brother, who is my neighbor, go to verse 43 of Matthew, chapter five. You have heard that. It was said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you love your enemies. Bless those who curse. You do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
I want to get too far down the road of politics. And I don’t want to get too far down the road of the situation in our country because I want to stay in first, John chapter two. But this is me talking to me and you all can listen. When was the last time we prayed for someone who is a leftist communist in our country,
trying to destroy our nation. When was the last time we prayed for the people doing what they’re doing in Portland, without it being a prayer of God, put a stop to it. When was the last time we got off of the train of animosity that our country likes to produce in this group versus this group, because it sells ratings and makes a profit and get back to doing what God said.
And that is praying for those who persecute us and despitefully use us. They were burning Bibles in front of the courthouse. You don’t think they intend to send a message. It wasn’t happenstance. The Bibles were there. They brought them there. But when was the last time we go back and go, wait a minute. We look at ourselves first. We judge us by him,
not them. So then he says, this I’m off. I’m off my counseling of myself. Okay. He who loves his brother abides in the light. And there is no cause for stumbling in him, but he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. Hate blinds.
You read history. See what hate, especially hate that has been indoctrinated. And in bred for generation after generation will do pull out any newscast from the middle East. And I don’t know how many years people say, well, they’ve been fighting each other for thousands of years. Yes, they have. Why? Because they’ve been teaching each other to hate each other.
For thousands of years, I write to you little children because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. He steps into a moment that’s very poetic in raw in its form. And you can almost just, you could just pull this section out and put it in Psalms and it wouldn’t be out of place at all. He says, I write to you little children because your sins are forgiven for his namesake.
I write to you fathers because you have known him, who is from the beginning. I write to you young men because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you little children, because you have known the father. I have written to you fathers because you have known him, who is from the beginning. I have written to you young men,
because you are strong in the word of God, abides in you. And you have overcome the wicked one. As he goes through and uses these, these ideas to put in their mind, their own strength. He writes to those who are novices, who are little children. And he writes to those who are young men who are maturing in the faith.
And he writes to those who are fathers, the mature elders in the faith. And he says, you will all have a place. Sometimes the mature ones and the faith. Look at those who are immature in the faith and say they’re worthless. And sometimes the immature ones in the fave, look at the ones who are aged in the faith thing of they’re old.
I don’t understand this yet. John has a way of bringing each one’s abilities and talents and a position in the faith and bringing it forward as a positive. You and I probably of all of us have probably met somebody in our lives who is just, I think one of the easiest ways to put it is just a Barnabas. He’s the type of person or she’s the type of person.
They will always find something positive about the worst person they have ever met. And they’ll tell you about it. They’ll find something good in somebody, in anybody, in everybody, because they look for it. John writes to these Christians and he wants them to understand not only their relationship to God, not only their forgiveness and their state of being forgiven, but he wants them to understand the value that God sees in each of them.
He says, do not love the world. He begins first with their strengths. He begins first with what they’ve done, right? He begins first with the things that they’re doing, right? But then there’s the caution. There’s the other side of it. The commandment do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world,
the love of the father is not in him. So don’t hate your brother or the love of God. Isn’t in. You don’t love the world or the love of God is not into you. He goes on to say for all that is in the world. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes of the pride of life is not of the father,
but is of the world. I don’t know how many times in sermons I’ve heard preachers take that passage and go straight back to Genesis chapter three and introduces to every form of temptation set right before Eve and the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Satan had it down from day one. He knew our weaknesses before we did,
but that’s no excuse on our part. He says, do not love the world. Then he says, verse 17, the world is passing away and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever. He sets before these Christians a basic opportunity to realize the difference, a basic value proposition. Here’s the value proposition you can love and adore that,
which is passing away and will not last, or you going to love and adore the one in whom you can have eternal life make a choice, but one of them ends in destruction. One of them is temporary and one of them is eternal. One of them involves eternal blessings and involves knowing God and involves the love of God being in your life. And one of them is self focused.
So he says little children, again, continually going back with this message of empathy, little children. It is the last hour. And as you have heard that the antichrist is coming. Even now, many antichrist have come by which we know that it is the last hour all. If we had the time to talk about all of the, uh, amazingly fanciful ideas that have been promoted in the religious world about the antichrist,
most of them from the book of revelation, where by the way, the word antichrist is never found it’s found here, but what does the word mean against Christ? Now? Something very important, always in the context is John defines the antichrist as someone who is by very, the very definition of the word in opposition to Christ. But notice what he says about the antichrist in the singular sense and all the antichrist who had come to that point and were already in the world,
all those who opposed Christ. He’s talking about people who oppose Christ in a very specific context. Notice what we read. They who’s the, they grammatically speaking the antichrist. They went out from us, whoever it is that John’s talking about were those who went out from among Christians. He’s not talking about Russia. He is not talking about the emperor, sitting on the Roman empire,
sitting as, as the emperor of the Roman empire. He’s not talking about Caesar. He’s not, he’s not talking about Mao. He he’s talking about someone who departed from among us. So knows what he says. They went out from us, but they were not of us for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. Pretty logical argument here.
They departed from our myths opposing Christ and they left us. And yet if they claim to be of us, they’re not. If they claim to be Christians, they’re not because if they were, they wouldn’t have departed. He goes on to say, they would have continued with us, but they went out that they might be made manifest that none of them were of us.
He says, here’s what happened. They departed. And they may have had all their own reasons for departing. But what it did was it showed who they really were. It manifested them. It made it obvious who they were. He says, but you have an anointing from the Holy one. And you know, all things I have written to you because you,
uh, excuse me, I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it and that no lie is of the truth. John says you’ve been given the gifts of the Holy spirit. That’s what the anointing is that he’s talking about. You’ve been given this miraculous knowledge from God and revelation from God through the apostles,
through the prophets, through the teachers and preachers and evangelists that the Holy spirit has placed among the Christians. You know the truth. I’m not writing to you because you don’t know that the antichrist aren’t the truth I’m writing to you because you do know it, but I want you to continue in it. He says, who is a liar? By the way,
right here is his definition of an antichrist who is a liar, but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ. And if you go over the, the, the only connection I know of between this passage and Matthew chapter 24 is the fact that Jesus said there would be those coming before the destruction of Jerusalem claiming to be the Messiah. Is it possible that John is indicating,
there are those who went out from among the Christians claiming Jesus. Isn’t the Messiah. I am. That’s the only connection I can make between this passage in Matthew chapter 24. But if you talk to a pre millennialist, you can find 800 more, uh, who is a liar, but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ. He is anti Christ in opposition to Christ who denies the father and the son,
whoever denies. The son does not have the father. Either. He who acknowledges the son has the father. Also remember Jesus made it clear. John chapter 17, the father dwells in me and I had well in him. And if you dwell with me, then you dwell with the father. John makes it clear. You can’t have one without the other.
You can’t have Christ without the father. You can’t have the father without Christ. It’s not possible. Therefore led that abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning in which you heard from the beginning, if that, which you heard from the beginning of bides in you, you also will abide in the son and in the father. What’s he doing?
Talking about the gospel. He says, if you allow the word of God that you’ve received already to remain in you, then you won’t depart. You won’t believe these false teachers. You won’t go after those claiming to be the Christ. You will stay with Christ. You will abide with him. And this is the promise that he has promised us eternal life.
These things I have written to you concerning those who tried to deceive you, but the anointing, which you have received from him, abides in you, and you do not need than anyone teach you. But as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things and is true and is not a lie. And just as it has taught you, you will abide in him.
This is one of those passages where we need to always remember number. John is writing to the first century church and not us because this is was one of those passages. Like some of the passages in John 14 and 15 and 16, where Jesus is talking to the apostles that don’t apply to us. They don’t apply to us directly. They will apply to us because we have the inspired word of God written down.
But the Holy spirit, isn’t speaking to us, the Holy spirit, isn’t revealing. God’s word through us. He’s done that already. So the equivalency for us is not an anointing from God that we received by the laying on of the apostles, hands in person, the equivalency for us is getting into this book and understanding what God has already said. We’ll close up the rest of this.
And now little children abide in him that when he appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteous is born of him. That is not the same thing as saying, and this is where we’re going to pick up, uh, in our next class.
That is not the same thing as saying everybody who does good things is righteous. That’s not what said. He said that the one who practices righteousness is of him. And there’s a lot packed into those two words, practice righteousness. We’ll delve into that. Let’s go through the questions that we did not do on Sunday. John did not say he was telling about what he had a heard be seen,
see thought of, or D touched with his hands. See, fought of number two. God is light and a, or B, sorry. God is a light or B darkness, light a number three. What if persons claim to be without sin? They’re a liar. And the truth is not in them. If a person has sin, what should he do?
Confesses sins. To whom context, the God, the context there is God. Okay. How can an individual know that he knows Jesus, keep his commandments. Number five, name the condition of a follower of Christ who hates his brother fallen. He is in darkness. That’s the, that’s the key word. We’re looking for. Everything in the world,
the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life comes from the world. Can a person then Nye the son and have the father. No, they cannot. All right. Thank you for your attention.<inaudible> You’re fair. And then keep me straight. I wouldn’t even know I had this tonight. I forget. Is this on?
I guess it is. It’s good to see everyone who’s saving. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful class and here, and I’m sure the young people did as well. Uh, we have a few announcements we’d like to make before we have our devotional or continue to remember Joan Springer, uh she’s at times doing better. And then at times not doing very well. So I’m not sure how to describe that,
but we’ve all been there at some point in time in our lives. One day we feel all right, and the next day we feel lousy, but continue to remember Joan Dorothy Wilson, recovering from her recent ER, visit with very high blood pressure and possible a light, possibly a light stroke. Uh, she will see her doctor next week. So keep, uh,
Northeast in your prayers. And I know Rodale is, uh, he’s going to have an ultrasound or heart valve issue tomorrow. So keep them both in your prayers. Both of them sound like them in pretty spheres condition with those things, uh, Pam shaven. And of course, Sylvia pass are still having problems with their backs. I don’t know that they’re ever really found out if there’s anything they can do.
I haven’t heard from either one I’m saying that they don’t definitely that they can have something done, but I would think, uh, hopefully a doctor could maybe help them out in some way, but some people do not want to go under the knife, but, uh, generally that’s what it takes to take that pressure off of those nerves. Um, nationwide gospel meeting,
uh, college flowers are on the table there in the four year. If you’d like to pick one of those up a month and a man’s business meeting dates have been changed to Monday evening at seven following the second Sunday of the month. So we probably keep an ass in that be coming up pretty soon. Uh, Holly Richardson’s grandfather, uh, I don’t know if you got the email,
he, he passed away from an ATV accident and actually it was, uh, his son found him, um, the next morning, this is what I understand. So, uh, it was Monday morning. So I, I don’t know if you’ve all heard that or not, but we certainly want to remember Holly and her grandfather and the Richardson family,
and this loss to them. Aaron will be helping to host a TV broadcast about the Tennessee primary election tomorrow night from seven to 11:00 PM. You can watch online at ETB, N T v.com. And I probably should put this on the table so you can write that down. Cause I would never remember once I left the building, probably if I wasn’t writing it down right now,
so keep that in mind and we hope that will go well. And if you have a chance, let’s see what Heron has to say about that. Uh, Marie Springer is going to be leading our song services evening and then Aaron would be bringing the devotional. Right. Okay. I figured it probably was since I didn’t see Michael and then a terrier Whitley will be leading us in a closing prayer.
Any other announcements that I might not have had and everything’s okay. Let me repeat that. So everyone can hear lucky Hanks got a good report. He was showing some blood in his urine. He went back and the doctors got with him and they found out that he’s he’s okay now and not having any problems. So we’re certainly thankful for that, but keep a left hand Bader live in your prayers.
I know they’d appreciate it. Uh, I know it’s kind of been difficult for both of them last few months, I guess you would say anything else that I might need, just say, okay, Marie, please put the marker in. You booked a 354, number three, five, four, 353<inaudible> he was praying. He said one day when sin was as dark as it could be.
Jesus came for to be born of a verge and dwelt among men. My example is he living. He loved the dying. He saved me buried. He can read my<inaudible>. He just hit five creative all have one day he’s coming. Oh, blog Dan. One day they let him up was mountain one day. They knew him to die. The tree suffering anguish there’s five,
10 rejected burying our sin. My redeem her is he living. He loved me.<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> he just fired<inaudible> one day. Hate is<inaudible><inaudible> one day the trumpet will sound for his calm man. One day, those guys with his glory will shine. Wonderful.<inaudible> Lauria save your, this. Jesus is my<inaudible><inaudible> me.<inaudible> my<inaudible> arising.
He just hit<inaudible><inaudible> Romans chapter five. Paul begins that chapter as we have it with therefore having been justified by faith. We have peace with God through our Lord. Jesus Christ peace in the world is a, probably a hope that’s outside of reality, but peace with God. Isn’t peace with God. Ultimately is the peace that will last beyond this life.
There may come a day where peace is achieved in this world for a short time, but it’s unlikely in a world of sin that peace will ever remain in any permanent form, but peace with God is available through Jesus Christ through whom we also have access by faith into this grace, in which we and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. As we stand in grace,
as we stand in justification, as we stand in hope as Christians, we do so. Not because we’ve earned that position. Not because we’ve merited salvation by doing enough good commandments or acting in a right way enough times, but instead by grace through faith, our faith, which is always in scripture, encapsulating our obedience, our faith and obedience brought together by God’s.
Grace causes us to stand justified before God verse six says for when we were still without strength in due time, Christ died for the ungodly for scarcely, for a righteous man, will one die yet, perhaps for a good man, someone would even dare to die, but God demonstrates his own love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
As we mentioned in the Bible class this evening and the adult class, one of the things that is true is that we could never pay the sacrifice for sin. We could never merit sin, nor could we atone for ourselves yet while we were still sinners while we were still unworthy while we were still, without God Christ died for us, the, just for the unjust,
the righteous for the unrighteous. So having said all of that, where do we stand in relationship to the sacrifice of Christ tonight? Do we stand in a place of faith and obedience of grace and hope and justification, or do we stand condemned by the one who would atone for us? Jesus said in John chapter five, that God had committed all judgment into his hand.
And that there was coming a day when those who were in the graves would hear his voice and would come forth some unto everlasting life and some onto damnation. So it’s up to us. What is our relationship to the atoning propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus Christ. You’re outside the body of Christ this evening. The relationship you have is one that is lacking. The relationship you have is the one that is standing condemned.
But if you’re a member of the body of Christ and you’ve departed from the truth, if you’ve become like the ones John mentioned in our class this evening that had departed out from the Christians, then you as well stand condemned. Not because you’ve departed out from us, but because you’ve departed from him. But if you’re walking in the light, as he is in the light,
the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses you from your sins on a continual basis. What is your relationship to the sacrifice of Christ? If there’s any way we can aid you in your relationship, why not come forward as we stand? And as we say, I gave my life for<inaudible> and queer come from the dad I gave, I gave my life for the,
what had given for me. I gave, I gave my life for the one had given for me, my father’s house, my glory circle throne. I left<inaudible>. I laughed. I laughed it all. Four D had a laugh dog for me.<inaudible> had a left door for me and I have<inaudible> from my home.<inaudible> I bring, I bring rich gifts to the one,
had a bra for me. I bring, I bring rich gifts. Two D one had a bro.<inaudible> Let us pray. Our heavenly father. We thank you for a beautiful day today, Lord, we thank you, Lord. Your love, your Grace and your kindness and your mercy. Lord Lord, we ask that you be with ones that are sick.
Once they’ve lost, loved ones, Lord, just be with them and comfort them. Lord is only, you can Lord, we thank you for the privilege to be in your house tonight and learn more of your word, Lord, just be with us and what we’re this daily Lord and just forgive us for, we fail. You do these things we ask in your name.