Sunday, August 4, 2019

Before There Was A World

Temple Baptist Church - 8-4-2019
Romans 16:25-27


Introduction: 

A.  In these verses, we find both mystery and revelation of mystery.  A mystery is something difficult to explain or to understand.  In the mysteries of the Bible, we find the mind and purpose of God, hidden from the sinner and revealed through the Spirit to the saint.

Romans 11:33  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Isaiah 55:9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

1 Corinthians 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

B.  When we think of God and eternity, our understanding and reasoning break down.  Before there was anything, there was God!  “In the beginning God” is the most profound theological statement found in the Bible.  There was never a time when God was not and there will never be a time when God will not be.  He is the Eternal One.  He is the Self Sufficient One.  He needs nothing or anybody.  He knows all.  He is everywhere.  He can do anything.  He is sovereign!

C.  In His foreknowledge, He planned it all.  He knew us.  “Has it ever occurred to you that nothing has ever occurred to God?”  He is not surprised.  He is not baffled.  He is not shaken.  He is not confused.  He does not worry.  He does not make mistakes.  He counsels Himself and needs none from you or I.  He is God!

D.  Before something happens, He knows.  Before something happens, He prepared.  I want to look at these verses for a moment and marvel at His infinite wisdom, grace, and love for mankind.  He loves every man, woman, and child that has ever lived or will ever live.  His love is unspeakable, incomprehensible, but—thank God—knowable!


1.  Before There Was A Sinner, There Was A Saviour!  1 Peter 1:18-20  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

a.  The Lamb Spoken Of - Genesis 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Genesis 22:8  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

b.  The Lamb Manifested - John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

1 John 1:2  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

1 John 4:9  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

c.  The Lamb Slain - Revelation 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

2.  Before There Was Guilt, There Was Grace!  2 Timothy 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

a.  Before Man Ever Strayed, There Was Grace To Bring Him Home - Isaiah 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

b.  Before Man Ever Sinned, There Was Grace To Make Him Clean - Romans 3:23-25  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25  Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

c.  Before Man Ever Became Separated From God, There Was Grace To Reconcile Him - Isaiah 59:2  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear.

2 Corinthians 5:18  And all things [re]of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

1)  Grace That Saves - Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

2)  Grace That Is Sufficient - Romans 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

3.  Before There Was The Punishment Of Death, There Was The Promise Of Life!  Titus 1:1-3  Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; 2  In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; 3  But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

a.  To Those Who Would Come To Christ - John 6:37  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

Revelation 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

b.  To Those Who Would Confess Christ - Romans 10:9-10  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

c.  To Those Who Would Claim Christ - Romans 10:11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Mark 8:38  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.  (Before The First Sinner Ever Bowed, Christ Was Ready To Receive Him!)

4.  Before There Was A Hell, There Was A Heaven!  Ephesians 1:7-10  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

a.  For A Redeemed People - John 14:1-4  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

b.  For A Righteous People - Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

c.  For A Reconciled People - Psalms 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Conclusion:  I cannot comprehend, nor can I explain all that God has!

1.  There Is More - 1 Corinthians 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

2.  And It Is All Ours - Romans 8:17-18  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint–heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. 18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

The Characteristics Of Not Abiding

Temple Baptist Church - 8-4-2019
John 15:6


Introduction: 

A.  For weeks, I have been preaching on the subject “Abiding.”  I want to finish it this morning on the results or characteristics of not abiding in Christ. 

1.  Salvation in Christ as that is apart from works.

2.  Abiding in Christ is living for Christ!

B.  Our Lord said, “I am the true vine.”  The implication is this:  If there is a True Vine, there must also be “False Vines!”  There Are Worldly Vines that you can get your life from:

C.  Your Abiding In The Vine Gives You Your Characteristics!  Being Attached To The Right Vine:

1.  Gives us purpose – vs. 1

2.  Gives us productivity – vs. 2, 4, 8

3.  Gives us purity – vs. 3

4.  Gives us power – vs. 7

D.  In our text, we see the branch that does not abide broken off, cast forth, withered, gathered of men and burned.  I have often said that the end-time church of today reflects:

1.  The Pleasure of Noah’s Day – eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.

2.  The Perversion of Lot’s Day – Pride, fulness of bread, idleness of time, sexual perversion and condonement.

3.  The Path of the Falling Away Day – acceptance of false teachers and rejection of sound doctrine.

4.  The Plenty of Laodicea – rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.

THIS IS WHAT THE WORLD SEES!  HERE ARE SOME CHARACTERISTICS OF ONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE IN THE TRUE VINE

1.  A Life That Harms The Cause Of Christ - vs 2 “taketh away” (I know that the proper interpretation of this is the Husbandman pruning the vine but I want to give an application) - Luke 11:23  He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.  (We are either “gathering” or we are “scattering.”)

2.  A Life That Is Unclean - vs 2-3 “purgeth ... clean” - 2 Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

2 Timothy 2:21  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

3.  A Life That Fails To Produce Fruit - vs 4 “no more can ye” - Galatians 5:22-24  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  (Without producing spiritual fruit, we cannot produce physical fruit and one is dependent upon the other.)

4.  A Life Void Of God’s Power - vs 5 – “ye can do nothing” - John 9:33  If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.  (Speaking of Christ.)

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Do all things verses do nothing and the key is abiding.)

5.  A Life Of Spiritual Defeat - vs 6 “withered…burned” - 2 Timothy 2:24-26  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

6.  A Life Without The Blessings Of God - vs 7 “ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” - Psalms 37:4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  (I am not preaching a “Prosperity Gospel,” but I am saying that God will bless you for your faithfulness to Him.)

7.  A Life That Does Not Bring Glory To God - vs 8 “Herein is my Father glorified” - 1 Corinthians 10:31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

8.  A Life Void Of Spiritual Joy - vs 11 “my joy…remain…your joy…full” - 1 Peter 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

1 John 1:4  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

9.  A Life Of Unfriendliness Towards God - vs 14 “Ye are my friends, if” - James 2:23  And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

John 14:21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  (The Lord is always our Friend!  We need to be His friend!)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Judgment of the Sheep And Goats

Temple Baptist Church - 7-31-2019
Hebrews 9:27-28; Matthew 25:31-46


Introduction:

A.  I have been dealing with the three judgments found in the end time.  Over the past few weeks, we have taken a biblical view of the Judgment Seat of Christ.  The judgment of the works of the believer based upon their merit and motivation.  It is not a judgment of sin as sin was dealt with completely and finally when Christ paid our price.

B.  Tonight, I want to look at the second judgment (chronologically speaking), the Judgment of the Nations.  The chronological order of the judgments are as follows.

1.  The Judgment Seat of Christ takes place at the first part of the Tribulation Period.  The Church is raptured out just prior to the Tribulation Period and are in heaven during its seven years.

2.  The Judgment of the Nations takes place at the end of the Tribulation Period and at the beginning of the Millennial reign of our Lord Jesus Christ on earth.

3.  The Great White Throne Judgment takes place at the end of the Millennium as eternity begins with a New Heaven and a New Earth.

C.  There is much confusion and misinformation concerning this judgment that needs to be biblically straightened out.  Many treat this judgment as the general resurrection of both saved and lost with their eternity depending upon salvation plus works.  Thus, the Armenian view whereas a saved person can still be eternally lost.

D.  Matthew, chapter 25, is the only place that the Judgment of the Nations is mentioned so we have a First Mention, Full Mention, and Last Mention combined.  God says all that He needs to say and all that He is going to say on the subject.

E.  Let us look at this “First, Full, and Final Mention,” as Matthew, chapter 25, is the only mention of this judgment.  Therefore, what is said is both full and sufficient for the believer to understand its relevance.

1.  The Person of the Judgment.  The “Son of man.”  Jesus Christ.

a.  Our Lord will be the Judge at all three of the judgments that we have and will mention. 

b.  The standard by which all judgments are made is the Word of God.  Both:

1)  The Inscribed Word - John 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

2)  The Incarnate Word - 2 Timothy 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Revelation 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

2.  The Period of the Judgment. 

a.  At the end of the Tribulation Period.  “When the Son of man shall come in his glory” – Revelation 1:7; 19:11-16.

b.  At the beginning of the Millennial Reign of Christ. “Then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory” – Isaiah 16:5; Luke 1:32.

c.  The Period Prophesied - Revelation 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.  (In the Rapture of the Church, Christ will come as “a thief in the night.”  Only those redeemed and remaining [alive and remain – 1 Thess. 4:17] will see Him.)

d.  The Period Performed - Revelation 19:11-13  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  (12)  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  (13)  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.  (At the end of the Tribulation Period during the Battle of Armageddon.  The setting up of the Millennial reign of Christ.)

3.  The Place of the Judgment – “then shall he sit upon the throne of His glory” – On earth.

a.  Christ’s Earthly Throne Prophesied - Isaiah 9:6-7  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  (7)  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

b.  Christ’s Earthly Throne Performed - Luke 1:31-33  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  (32)  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:  (33)  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

4.  The People of the Judgment.

a.  The Sheep.  These are Saved.  “Come, ye blessed of my Father” – “but the righteous into life eternal.”

1)  Their relationship with Christ, righteous.  These were saved in the Tribulation Period.  They entered in to it without having heard a clear presentation of the gospel and God gives them another chance.  They hear and are saved.

2)  Their relationship with Israel, friends.  Their deep commitment to Christ is shown in their love for Israel, His covenant people.

3)  Their entrance into the Kingdom.  They have not died and the Rapture is past, so they will continue into the Millennial Reign of Christ to rule with Him along with those of us who have either died in Christ or have been Raptured out with Christ.

b.  The Goats.  These are Lost.  “ye cursed, into everlasting fire” – “these shall go away into everlasting punishment.”

1)  Their relationship with Christ, cursed.  These can be broken down into 2 different classes.

a)  Those who had heard the gospel and rejected it prior to the Tribulation Period.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  (11)  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  (12)  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

b)  Those who heard the gospel and rejected it during the Tribulation Period by receiving the Mark of the Beast. 

Revelation 14:9-11  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,  (10)  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  (11)  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

2)  Their relationship with Israel, unfriendly.  Their lack of commitment to Christ is shown in their lack of love for His covenant people.

3)  Their entrance into everlasting punishment instead of the Kingdom.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Romans Doxology

Temple Baptist Church - 7-28-2019
Romans 16:24-27



Introduction:

A.  As we finish the Book of Romans, we find Paul’s:

1.  Encouragement – Grace in verse 24.

2.  Exhortation – Gospel in verses 25-26.

3.  Exaltation – Glory in verse 27.

B.  I want to take a short look at the importance of the ending of the Book of Romans.

1.  Encouragement in Grace.  Verse 24.

a.  Paul knew the predicament that these Roman believers were in.  In the First Century, Rome ruled most of the known world and ruled with great cruelty.

b.  I have a list of the Roman Caesars who ruled in the first century.

1)  Augustus 29 BC-14 AD (The Birth of Christ.)

2)  Tiberius 14 AD-37 AD  (The Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ.)

3)  Caligula 37 AD-41 AD  #1 on the Cruelty List of Caesars(The Acts of the Apostles: the great persecution of Rome and Saul of Tarsus.)

4)  Claudius 41 AD-54 AD (The Caesar unto who Paul appealed.)

5)  Nero 54 AD-68 AD  #5 on the Cruelty List of Caesars  (The Caesar to whom Paul appeared and was martyred.)

6)  Vespasian 69 AD-79 AD (The Caesar who had Jerusalem destroyed under Titus in 70 AD)

7)  Titus 79 AD-81 AD  (The Roman General who destroyed Jerusalem who became a national hero and eventually Caesar of Rome.)

8)  Domitian 81 AD-96 AD  (The Caesar under which John the Beloved was boiled in oil and exiled on the Isle of Patmos.)

9)  Nerva 96 AD-98 AD

10)  Trajan 98 AD-117 AD

c.  We are familiar with three of these 10 Caesars:

1)  Augustus Caesar – decreed that all the world be taxed around the birth of Christ.

2)  Claudius Caesar – chapters 11, 18 when there was a great dearth or famine throughout the world.

3)  Titus Caesar – under the rule of Vespasian, destroyed Jerusalem to the ground and, as a national hero, was elevated to Caesar 9 years later.

4)  Nero Caesar – the Caesar during Paul’s later years and listed as the 5th on the Cruelty List of first century Caesars.

d.  Nero Caesar:  Nero was Caesar when Paul wrote the Book of Romans as well as the year Paul was martyred.

1)  Cared nothing for the welfare of his people, much less dispersed Jews and Christians.

2)  Nero had his own mother executed along with anyone whom he believed could not be trusted.

3)  Nero reigned 15 years and, though he did not fiddle while Rome burned, he did blame the fire on Christians whom he greatly persecuted.

4)  Nero arrested, impaled, and burned to death as torches Christians.  As they burned, they lighted Nero’s gardens in Domus Aurea.  He is said to have breathed in the stench of burning flesh and laughed.

5)  It was under Nero’s reign that the Apostle Paul was executed by beheading.

6)  Nero had his grave dug while repeatedly saying, “What an artist dies within me!”

7)  Nero stabbed himself in the throat and bled to death.

8)  Many scholars believed Nero to be the Great Beast whose number was six hundred and sixty six.

e.  Through these terrible years, God’s Grace would be both available and sufficient.

1)  It is Sovereign Grace.  “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Grace begins and ends with God!

2)  It is Saving Grace.  “For by grace are ye saved!”

3)  It is Sustaining Grace.  “Grace to help in time of need.”

4)  It is Satisfying Grace.  “My grace is sufficient!”

2.  The Exhortation of the Gospel.  Verse 25-26.

a.  Paul began the Roman Epistle with the importance and power of the gospel.

b.  Romans 1:15-17  So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.  (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.  (17)  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

c.  Though greatly persecuted, along with Paul the Roman believers were debtors to their “Jerusalem.”

d.  They were never to forget that it was the gospel that bought their eternal salvation and EVERY CREATURE NEEDS A PREACHER.

3.  The Exaltation of The Glory of God.  Verse 26-27.

a.  The Wisdom of God’s Word Published.  “made manifest … by the scriptures.”

b.  The Wisdom of God’s Person.  “To God only wise.”

c.  The Wisdom of God’s Plan. “through Jesus Christ.”

Jude 25  To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.