Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Jew And The Gospel

Temple Baptist Church - 10-1-2017
Romans 3:1-10

Introduction:

A.  In chapters 1 and 2, we have seen:

1.  The Heathen lost and its resulting in outward immorality.

2.  The Religious lost and its resulting in inward immorality.
           
3.  The Jewish lost and deception as to his relationship to God.

            4.  Tonight, the nation of Israel and the Gospel.

B.  Israel is God’s elect nation.  While God is no respecter of persons, He is a respecter of nations!

1.  Nationally Israel is blinded to the Gospel.  (Romans 11:1-12)

2 Corinthians 3: 12-16  Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:  And not as Moses, which put a Vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.  But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.  Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

2.  Nationally Israel will turn back to God.

Romans 11:25-29  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

3.  Individually, Jews are hard to win to Christ.

Acts 28:23-28  And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.  And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.  And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,  Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:  For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.  Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

4.  Individually, there are Jews being saved.

Romans 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

1.  The Person of The Jew – 3:1  “Jew”

Deuteronomy 14:2  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

a.   Abraham was the first Hebrew – HEBREW: one from beyond or a name denoting passage, pilgrimage, or coming from beyond the Euphrates.

b.  Jacob was the first Jew as he was the father of the nation Israel.  JEW – contraction of Judah – comes from a root word that meansEX'TANT,  Standing out or above any surface; protruded.

2.  The Position of The Jew – 3:1-2

            a.  Their Advantage – “much in every way”

Romans 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 2:10  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

b.  Their Accountability – “committed the oracles of God”

Romans 2:9  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

            c.  Their Actions – “did not believe”

                        John 5:40  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

Romans 11:20  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

3.  The Providence of The Jew – 3:1-2  “unto them” 

a.  The Inscribed Word was given to the Jew. 

2 Peter 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

b.  The Incarnate Word was given was to the Jew. 

Deuteronomy 18:15  The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

Galatians 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

3.  The Problem of The Jew – 3:3; 2:17-29 (Pride)

a.  Their Rejection of the Word of God. 

Matthew 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

b.  Their rejection of the Son of God.

John 1:11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Romans 10:16  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

c.  Their rejection of the righteousness of God.

Romans 10:1-5  Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.  For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

4.  The Persecution by The Jew – 3:4-8

            a.  They Persecuted the Son of God.

                        Luke 23:21  But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.

            b.  They Persecuted the Saints of God.  3:8

Matthew 5: 10-12  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

5.  The Parity of The Jew – 3:9-10

Galatians 6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Conclusion:

The Immoral Man Is Damned – 1:19-32

The Moral Man Is Damned – 2:1-16

The Religious Man Is Damned – 2:17-29

The Jewish Man Is Damned – 2:17-3:9

All Mankind Is Damned – 3:10

Adam And Eve Walked With God In The Word

Temple Baptist Church - 10-1-2017
Genesis 3:8-9


Introduction:

A.  This morning, I want to go back to the series on “Walking With God.”  There are so many people that could be preached on during this series that I may do this off and on.  Bro. Dave Rodgers called me this week and asked me if I had overlooked Adam or intentionally left him out.  I overlooked one of the greatest examples of walking with God because of its importance to us today.

B.  I will not dwell upon the fall of man in this chapter but wanted to pick out a phrase that shows a pattern in Adam’s life. 

1.  The First Mention of the word “walking” was a voice: “the Voice of the LORD God” or the Word of God!  “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.”  Adam and Eve did not see a physical presence of Jehovah God walking but heard the “voice of the LORD God” walking. 

2.  What a First Mention Principle!  Walking with the Word of God!  This was not a singular instance because they hid themselves.  This reference was a continuation of something that took place on a regular basis.

C.  The Voice walked and the Voice called.  John 1:1 explains this phenonium as it shows the correlation between the Incarnate Word and the Inscribed Word.  Jesus Christ, who was Jehovah God, was and is the Word.

D.  I am not here to debate the Word of God because the Bible declares that Jesus Christ was the Word (John 1:1) and still is and always will be the Word of God (Revelation 19:13).

E.  Adam and Eve hiding from the Voice of the Lord shows that they knew Him and had previously walked with Him.  As Adam and Eve walked with the presence of the Word of God, so we who are saved also walk with Him—either in sweet fellowship of hiding in the Garden.

F.  Let me say at this point that God loved Adam and Eve so much that He would not allow them to hide.  God restored fellowship through the shedding of blood.  This same biblical principle allows us, as sinners saved by grace, to walk with q thrice holy God.

G.  We cannot walk with God without His Word or contrary to His Word.  How do we walk with God in the Word?

1.  We “Walk With God” in the new birth through His Word.  1 Peter 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  (We cannot walk with God until we know and are born of God.)

2.  We “Walk With God” in Hearing His Word.  Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  (Two hearings here: the audible hearing of the Word of God and the inward hearing or listening to the Word of God.  We cannot walk with God when His Word falls on “deaf ears.”)

3.  We “Walk With God” in Reading His Word.  1 Peter 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  (We cannot walk with God in His Word unless we spend time in the Bible.  Picking it up and dusting it off for church does not strengthen our relationship with God.)

4.  We “Walk With God” in Trusting His Word.  Psalms 119:127-128 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.  (128)  Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.  (Since we cannot see or audibly hear God, we MUST trust the Word of God.  Since all that we comprehend about God is found in the Bible, we cannot “cherry pick” which verses that we trust.  Walking with God is trusting God.)

5.  We “Walk With God” in Meditating upon His Word.  Joshua 1:8  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Meditating upon God’s Word makes it a consistent part of our daily walk with God.  Walking with God in His Word comes through deliberating or pondering upon it.)

6.  We “Walk With God” in Studying.  2 Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  (Walking with God in His Word is based upon proper understanding it.  God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.  The Bible is our foundation upon which we build our lives.)

7.  We “Walk With God” in Adherence to His Word.  James 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  (Walking with God in His Word is both hearing and doing or applying the Scriptures to our lives.  The Bible sets Christian parameters for holiness of life.)

8.  We “Walk With God” in Sharing.  Mark 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  (The Lord is not willing that any should perish.  His will is that “all men be saved” and come to the knowledge of the truth.  God so loved that He gave His life for sinners.  If we walk with Him, we will be soul conscious and souls winners.)

Conclusion:  The Voice of God is vital to our walking with Him.  “Either the Bible will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Unloading Your Care

Temple Baptist Church - 9-27-2017
1 Peter 5:7


Introduction:   

A.  Instead of being easily done, this verse is easier said than done.  It should not be that way, but our flesh has a tough time trusting the Lord completely as our faith often fails.  Many times, the disciples were upbraided for their lack of faith and hardness of heart.

B.  God wants us to rest in salvation and in soul.  Peace with God and peace of God.

Matthew 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,and I will give you rest.  (29)  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  (30)  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  (God gives rest in salvation but we must find rest in service.)

C.  “Casting” is something that you do that places distance between self and the object cast.  God wants us to take our cares to Him and leave them there. 

            1.  We need to understand that God can do anything.

2.  We need to understand that God wants to help because He cares.

3.  We need to understand that we cannot do it by ourselves.

4.  We need to understand that problems normally do not go away by ignoring them.

5.  We need to understand God’s plan for handling problems.

1.  The Action - “casting” God’s Planned Care.

a.  There is a promise of rest given - Matthew 11:28-29  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

b.  There is a promise of grace sufficient - 2 Corinthians 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

c.  There is a promise of escape supplied - 1 Corinthians 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

d.  There is a promise of burdens shared or lifted - Matthew 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

2.  The Amount - “all your care” - God’s Passionate Claim.  God cares about our little “cares” as well as the big ones.

a.  Be Careful For Nothing - Philippians 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

b.  Care for the necessities of life - Matthew 6:25  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

c.  Care for life itself - Daniel 3:16-18  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

3.  The Advocate - “upon him” - God’s Powerful Challenge.

a.  Trust Him - Mark 11:22-24  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

b.  Try Him - Psalms 55:22  Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

4.  The Affection - “for he careth for you” - God’s Personal Concern. (This is the most amazing thing in the Bible)  Hebrews 12:3  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

            a.  His Character – “He”

1)  His Holiness And Our Sinfulness

The Lord - Habakkuk 1:13  Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?

1 Timothy 6:16  Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
Job 15:15  Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

Man - Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

2)  His Hatred - Psalms 5:4  For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

Psalms 5:5  The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Psalms 11:6  Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Psalms 34:16  The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

            b.  His Consideration – “Careth “

Matthew 6:31-33  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

            c.  His Condescension – “For You”

                        1)  His love is shown through His coming into the world – Substitution

2)  His love is shown through His calling us out of the world – Salvation

            3)  His love is shown through His caring for us in the world – Supply

4)  His love is shown through His collecting us from the world – Sanctification

5.  The Administration - “for you” - God’s Protected Child

Romans 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Righteous Judgement of God

Temple Baptist Church - 9-24-2017
Romans 2:1-11


Introduction:

A.  We spent quite a while in chapter one of Romans because of its importance.  It sets forth the gospel and accountability to God’s truth.  It sets forth the wrath of God against holding the truth in unrighteousness. 

B.  Romans, chapters 1-3, condemns the unsaved sinners of all types.

1.  Chapter one deals with the heathen lost who are accountable for the light of conscience (inherent or inward light) and the light of creation (outward light).  God condemns the heathen lost.  No sin is off limits to them.

2.  Chapter 2 condemns the self-righteousness religionist and the lost Jew.  God condemns the religious lost.  They are seemingly holy on the outside but filthy on the inside.

C.  The self-righteous do two things:

1.  They look down upon the openly sinful in unrighteous judgement.

Luke 18:9-11  And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:  (10)  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  (11)  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

Matthew 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

2.  They despise the longsuffering and goodness of God to the sinful.  They want to see the “sinners” get what they deserve, not realizing that the same longsuffering and grace extended to the “sinners” is also extended to the self-righteous.

a.  God is good to the sinful lost.

b.  God is good to the self-righteous lost.

c.  God is not willing that any perish but that all come to repentance.

D.  The unsaved Jews:

1.  They think that they are right with God because of their Lineage. The Jews could trace their religious ancestry all the way back to Abraham. Somehow, they felt that this lineage gave them an ironclad guarantee of salvation. Nothing could have been further from the truth! One only becomes a Christian by placing his faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross at Calvary!

2.  They think that they are right with God because of their Law.  The Jews somehow felt that the Law and rituals it described gave them a certain higher standing in the eyes of the Lord. They felt that just possessing the Law and knowing it, was enough to put them in a right relationship with the Lord.  What they thought was a guarantee of salvation turned out to be a guarantee of condemnation.

3.  They think that they are right with God because of their promised Messiah.  Jesus Christ was born as a Jew.  Though they looked for the Messiah, they rejected the Son of God.  They still look for His coming instead of accepting the Lord Jesus Christ. 

4.  They think that they are right with God because of their past Leadership. They had Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses.  Because the Jew had a spiritual lineage, because they had the Law, because they felt they were in a relationship with God, they felt superior to everyone else on the planet. They felt that it was their responsibility to show everyone else the way.

5.  However, none of these things could produce salvation for the Jew. There was one thing that saved then, one thing that saves now and one thing that will save forever: Faith in the gospel, the finished work of Jesus Christ!