Sunday, September 27, 2020

Worthy is the Lamb - Part 2

Temple Baptist Church - 9-27-2020

Revelation 5:9-14




A.  Last week, we found that Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, is worthy.


1.  We worship Him because of Who He is.  Almighty Jehovah God, the Potentate of the Universe, the Creator of all things, the Owner of all things, the Giver of all things.


2.  We worship Him because of What He did.  The Son of God became flesh, dwelt among us, died for us.


3.  We worship Him because of Who He became.  Our Saviour, Lord of lords, and King of kings.


B.  In these verses, we find a list of things that belong to God.

C.  First, let me say that these things belong to God by default.  These are not thing that we give to God but things that we praise the Lord for, and He gives makes them available to us.


D.  In this life, we often forget that blessings come from God and, therefore, take them for granted.  We come to the place that we believe that we deserve what God gives.


E.  In heaven, we will know even as we are known.  Heaven will not be filled with question.  Heaven will be filled with answers.  This is why the angels, the four beasts, the four and twenty elders, and the redeemed fall at His pierced feet to give Him honour and glory!


F.  Here are just a few things that the Bible tells us that we will praise the Lamb for:


1.  The Judgment of the Lamb – Verse 5:2 – Acts 17:31  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.


Jesus Christ will judge our works at the Judgment Seat.

Jesus Christ will judge Israel in the Tribulation Period.  He will open the seals.

Jesus Christ will judge the Unsaved at the Great White Throne.

Jesus Christ will judge the Earth in its Renewal.


2.  The Power of the Lamb – 5:12 – Psalms 62:11  God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.


Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.


The Power of the saint is given by Jesus Christ.


Matthew 28:19-20  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  (20)  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


3.  The Riches of the Lamb – 5:12  – Acts 7:49-50  Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?  (50)  Hath not my hand made all these things?


Matthew 6:31-33  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (32)  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  (33)  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.


Psalms 24:1  A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.


4.  The Wisdom of the Lamb – 5:12 – James 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.


Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  (6)  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.


5.  The Strength of the Lamb – 5:12 – Psalms 18:1  I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.


Job 36:5  Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.


Though similar, there is a difference in Power and Strength.  There is a simple equation for Power.  Power = (Force x Distance) / Time.  It involves strength but is for apply force over a distance regulated by time.  Strength is the use of Power in a single instance such as bench pressing a heavy weight.  You can have Power w/o Strength or vice versa. 


There are times when you will need Strength for a battle but there are times when you need Power for a war.


6.  The Honour of the Lamb – 5:12 – Psalms 8:5  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.


Honour – to esteem highly or to take pride in.


Philippians 2:9-11  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  (10)  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  (11)  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


7.  The Glory of the Lamb – 5:12 – Exodus 33:18  And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.


Moses saw the hinder part of God’s glory but we shall see Him as He is.


1 Timothy 1:17  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.


1 Chronicles 29:11  Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.


8.  The Blessing of the Lamb – 5:12 – James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.


9.  The Praise of the Lamb – 5:14 – He is Worthy of our Praise.

The Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

Temple Baptist Church - 9-27-2020

Galatians 5:22




A.  The second outward aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness.  I saw this definition of gentleness and believe that it gives a well-rounded view of what gentleness is.


1.  Gentleness is the act of being considerate or kind in attitude. 


2.  Gentleness is defined as tender, mild, soft, careful, and polite.


3.  Gentleness is a result of the Holy Spirit’s work in the heart.


4.  Gentleness sweetens the temper, corrects an irritable disposition, makes the heart kind, motivates to make others happy.


5.  Gentleness is true politeness.


B.  Our Lord commanded his disciples to be gentle. 


Matthew 10:16  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.


C.  The Dove is one of the gentlest of all birds.  They give the impression of true gentleness as “the sound of the turtle” soothes the heart and mind. 


Song of Solomon 2:11-12  For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;  (12)  The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;


D.  Gentleness is not meekness or weakness.  We will look at meekness later, but it is meekness toward God, not people in general.  I am not knocking meekness, but God’s people have always fought for right during both war and peace. 


E.  Gentleness is how we interact with or treat others.  Meekness is how we respond to how people treat us.  To be called a gentleman or gentlewoman is a compliment paid!


F.  The words “gentle” or “gentleness” combined are only found 9x in your Bible so I will look at all 9 to get a full picture of what gentleness entails.


1.  The First and Second Mentions of the word “gentleness” are the same and show the gentleness of God toward His children. I often say that the Lord has been gracious, good, and gentle to me!


2 Samuel 22:36  Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.


Psalms 18:35  Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.


Psalms 103:8-11  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  (9)  He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.  (10)  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  (11)  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.


2.  The Third Mention of the word “gentleness” speaks of the outward demeanor of Jesus Christ.


2 Corinthians 10:1  Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:


3.  The Fourth Mention of the word “gentleness” is an attribute of the Holy Spirit.


Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,


4.  The Fifth Mention of the word “gentleness” shows the attitude of the Apostles toward God’s children.


1 Thessalonians 2:7-8  But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:  (8)  So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.


5.  The Sixth Mention of the word “gentle” shows the necessity of God’s servants with God’s church.


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.  The Seventh Mention of the word “gentle” deals with our relationship with those in authority over us.


Titus 3:1-2  Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,  (2)  To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.


7.  The Eighth Mention of the word “gentle” deals with our relationship with others.


James 3:16-18  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  (17)  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  (18)  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.


8.  The Ninth mention of the word “gentle” speaks of those in authority treating those under them with gentleness.


1 Peter 2:18  Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

There Is A Whole Lot Of Shaking Going On

 Temple Baptist Church - 9-23-2020

Hebrews 12:18-29




A.  God has always used Earth “shaking” events to get the attention of the world.  As humans, we always desire for things to continue as they were.


2 Peter 3:4  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.


B.  But all things have not always continued as they were.  There have been many times when the Lord has “shaken” this Earth.  I will not list every event where things have been shaken up but there are times when God used flood, miracles, and great earthquakes to punctuate His commands or demands.  These events, both natural and supernatural, get the attention of men.


1.  God shook this earth up with a flood in Genesis, chapter 7.


Genesis 7:11  In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.


2.  God shook Egypt up with the ten plagues and then the death of the Egyptian army in the Red Sea.


Exodus 14:27  And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.


3.  God shook up the watchers when Christ died on Calvary. 


Matthew 27:54  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.


4.  God shook up the disciples of the Lord when He resurrected. 


Matthew 28:2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.


5.  God is shaking up this world in preparation for Tribulation Period. 


Mark 13:8  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.


6.  God will shake the earth once again in the Tribulation Period. 


Revelation 16:18  And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.


C.  In our text, God used two events that shook the earth:  Mount Sinai and Mount Sion.


D.  We live in days of great shaking. 


1.  This has been an unusual year to say the least.  In 2019, America was stable and running on all cylinders.  There was money to be had, jobs aplenty, people had hope. 


2.  Then, 2020 began with great change which brought about great fear.  The world’s stability became unstable; hope began to fade; excitement turned to fear; liberty was infringed upon; and we saw just how fragile America had become. 


3.  I have often said before 2020 that America was “walking on eggshells.”


E.  The importance of God speaking cannot be overstated!  Yet, it seems that each generation rejects the voice of God.


1.  Verses 18-19, Israel refused to hear Jehovah God on Mount Sinai. 


2.  Verse 25, Israel refused to hear Jesus Christ when He spoke on earth. 


3.  Verse 25b, How shall we escape if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven?  Notice the word “speaketh.”  The word “speaketh” appears 74x in your King James Bible. 


4.  It is the conjugation of the word “speak.”  It is both the continuing present tense and the indefinite present tense.  It is continuing in the present but also indefinite in the future.  God spoke, God speaks, God will continue to speak.


5.  Therefore, it carries the understanding that Jesus, as Jehovah God, spoke; Jesus Christ, while on earth, spoke; Jesus Christ continues to speak to His children while He sits at the right hand of the Father. 


6.  How does Jesus speak to His children today?  Through the Word of God.  We do not hold with extra-biblical revelation in our day.


e.  In our text, Paul points the Hebrew believers to that which cannot be shaken, the Word of God.  It is to be believed and trusted in days when things become unstable or shake.


2 Peter 1:19  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:


F.  We MUST hear Jesus speak from heaven!


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


2. Jesus Christ the Word - John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


3.  The Bible the 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.  (Notice the conjugation of two words in this verse.)


a.  The Word of God was alive; the Word of God is alive; the Word of God will always be alive.  The Bible is a living Word and, as only life can beget life, only the Word of Life can beget spiritual and eternal life.


b.  The Word of God did abide; the Word of God does abide; the Word of God will always abide.  God has promised that His Word will not fail not will it disappear (the Original Manuscripts are gone but the Word of God continues in the King James Bible).


1.  God’s Word is Durable.  “We have also” - Psalms 12:7  Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.


2.  God’s Word is Sure.  “a more sure word of prophecy” - Psalms 19:7-8  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.  (8)  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.  (You can trust the Bible in both Prophecy and Practice.)


3.  God’s Word is Authoritative.  “ye do well that ye take heed” - Hebrews 2:1-3  Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.  (2)  For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;  (3)  How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;


5.  God’s Word is Illuminating.  “as unto a light that shineth in a dark place” - Psalms 19:8  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.


Psalms 36:9  For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.


6.  God’s Word is Enduring.  “until the day dawn” - 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.


Conclusion:  When everything around you is shaking, you can fully trust the bible that you have in your hand!


1.  It creates your faith.


2.  It calms your fears.


3.  It carries you through your storms.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Worthy Is The Lamb

Temple Baptist Church - 9-20-2020

Revelation 5:9-14




A.  We have spent a while in chapters 4-5 so it is about time to move on.


1.  Hallelujah, what a Place!  Some call it dreaming, we call it Home!


2.  Hallelujah, what a Person!  The Lion, the Lamb, our wonderful Lord!


B.  Tonight, I want to look at the phrase: “Worthy is the Lamb” in verse 12.


C.  Romans 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.


1.  The Lamb is worthy because of who He was.  “For of him”


a.  The Eternal Jehovah God.  Psalms 90:1-2  A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.  (2)  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.


b.  The Creator of all Things.  John 1:1-3  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (2)  The same was in the beginning with God.  (3)  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.


c.  The Sustainer of all things.  Romans 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.


2.  The Lamb is worthy because of what He did. 


a.  The Word became Flesh.  John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


b.  The Creator became our sacrifice.  1 John 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.


c.  The Dead became alive again.  John 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:


d.  The Risen Ascended.  John 3:13  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.


3.  The Lamb is worthy because of who He is.


a.  Our Lord and Saviour.  John 20:28  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.


b.  Our High Priest.  Hebrews 8:1  Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;


c.  Our Advocate.  1 John 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:


d.  Our Mediator.  1 Timothy 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;


e.  Our Coming King.  Revelation 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.