Are you worshiping and serving the Jesus of the Bible?
You can find the audio here.
Are you worshiping and serving the Jesus of the Bible?
You can find the audio here.
The grace of God is one of the most misunderstood and abused topics about the attributes of God, especially when it comes to the debate over grace versus works. This sermon examines what the grace of God is and shows how God (instead of man) is deserving of all the glory when it comes to their receiving salvation. I challenged some common misconceptions that “Christians” have about grace, one being that there are no conditions that we must fulfill to receive the grace of God; the other being that we must do works to merit eternal life. There is a middle ground between these two that is correct. Listen and let me know if you agree or disagree.
Here is a sermon that I preached on Aug 5 on the power and sovereignty of God
During the sermon, I share the below video from Francis Chan to show God’s power seen in His amazing creation.
Whenever we hear the word “Almighty,” Who do we usually think about. Do we usually only think about the Father, or do we think about Jesus Christ also?
This may or may not surprise you, but the scriptures do say that Jesus is “Almighty.” This is much to the dismay of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who teach that Jesus is not God. (They do not speak for Jehovah, so I will refer to them only as “Witnesses” from now on)
A popular verse that shows the deity of Christ is Isaiah 9:6, which is a prophecy about Jesus that calls Him the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Witnesses usually have a quick comeback to this verse that says, “Jesus is not called the “Almighty God,” but only the “Mighty God.” They miss the fact that there are at least two references of God the Father in the Old Testament that refer to Him as the “Mighty God” also (Isaiah 10:21, Jeremiah 32:18).
Nonetheless, there is a verse that refers to Jesus as the Almighty. It is Revelation 1:8:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
The Witnesses may respond by saying that the context does not demand that this is a reference to Jesus; that this is not Him speaking. But the rest of the book shows us clearly who the Alpha and Omega is talking about. Jesus calls Himself the first and the last in Rev. 1:17 and 2:28, which means the same thing as “the Alpha and the Omega. But Revelation 22:12-16 makes it clear who the Almighty Alpha and Omega is.
“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. 13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. 16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches.” (Revelation 22:12-16)
The Book of Revelation reveals that Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the Almighty. Whenever the scriptures speak of the Almighty God, we need to train ourselves to see the whole Godhead in that statement. The name of God, Yahweh or Jehovah, refers to the whole Godhead in scripture. The next article I write will show that Jesus is referred to as Jehovah (or Yahweh) in scripture.
Photo from http://calvarychapelofwm.com/2010/06/16/revelation-1-part-2/
For a moment, put yourself into someone else’s shoes. Two months ago, you came home from work to find your husband/wife dead just inside the door. You run back to your daughter’s room, finding her also dead. Then you go to your son’s room, and as you enter you see a criminal choking the last bit of life out of him. You are filled with rage. You run towards the murderer of your family and tackle him to the ground. You tie him up and call the police.
Fast-forward to today. You are sitting in a courtroom. The case against this murderer has been heard, and you along with your friends are awaiting the jury to return with the verdict. After about 6 hours it finally comes. The verdict is written on a piece of paper. It is given to the judge.
The judge begins to read the verdict, “The jury has concluded that you are guilty on all charges. But in spite of this… I am a good and merciful judge; I am going to let you go free.”
How would you respond to the judge doing this? You would be enraged! How can a judge let a man like this off the hook? This judge is not just. He is corrupt. He must be removed from the bench. You would write your congressman or senator to tell them about this wicked judge.
We expected this judge to give the verdict of guilty. We expected the criminal to be condemned to death. We expected him to be punished. We can see the injustice behind what this judge did, but it is amazing that so many people expect God to do exactly what this corrupt judge did. Let me explain.You and I are criminals. We have committed terrible crimes against not only man, but God. We have broken God’s laws by lying, stealing, taking His name in vain. We have thought hateful things, which God views as murder in our hearts. We have lusted, which God looks at as adultery in our hearts. He judges our actions, our words, and even our thoughts. Because of these crimes against God, we are guilty. We deserve to be punished.
There have been many people I have shared the gospel with that have seen this fact. They see that they are guilty before God for their sin and deserve to be punished. But in spite of this, they expect God to just let their crimes slide on the Day of Judgment and to accept them into Heaven. These people may say that they believe God is a Just God, but they are not willing to believe that He would be just in sending them to Hell.
The Bible says clearly that God is a Just God:
He will by no means leave the guiltyunpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”
If I sharpen My flashing sword, And My hand takes hold on justice, I will render vengeance on My adversaries, And I will repay those who hate Me.
1 Samuel 2:10
“Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered; Against them He will thunder in the heavens, The LORD will judge the ends of the earth
“Surely, God will not act wickedly, And the Almighty will not pervert justice.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You.
Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
The Bible also clearly teaches what the punishment will be for breaking the law of God:
For the wages of sin is death
“he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
2 Thessalonians 1:6-9
For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire,
dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,
With these verses in mind, we cannot expect God to let us off the hook for our sins. If He did, He would be a liar. He would be doing something contrary to what His word teaches. And we know that God cannot lie (Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18). GOD MUST PUNISH SIN!!!
Once again, you and I are criminals. We have committed terrible crimes against God. Because of our crimes against God, we are guilty. We deserve to be punished. There is no doubt about this fact, and there is nothing we can say or do to get out of suffering the consequences. There is nothingwe can do to make up for the evil we have done. We deserve Hell. What can we do to escape this sentence?
God, knowing about our helpless condition, made a plan to give us the hope of forgiveness and eternal life in Heaven. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became a human being 2000 years ago. He allowed Himself to be condemned as an innocent man, and took the punishment that we (the criminals) deserve. He took upon himself our death sentence, and God can look at us as though we are the ones who died. The price that is on our heads was paid by Jesus. Then three days after His death, Jesus was resurrected from His tomb. He defeated sin and death, and because of this, you can also! If you repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God and ONLY God can raise you out of you dead condition and give you life.
I started a series of sermons on Sunday at a church I preach at one Sunday per month titled “Prepare to Meet Your God” which will examine the character and nature of God. Here is the first sermon of this series:
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