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This Is Why

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Judgement is coming

John 5:25–29 ESV
“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

The hour is now here

2 Corinthians 6:2 ESV
For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Acts 26:28 ESV
And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?”

Judgment is authorized

And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
Only God can judge me… do you welcome it?
I’m not as bad as… JESUS is the standard. How do you compare?
God understands that… GOD UNDERSTANDS the danger and seriousness of sin, thus the cross
Child of God:
Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted - Thomas Kelley 1804
Ye who think of sin but lightly Nor suppose the evil great Here may view its nature rightly, Here its guilt may estimate. Mark the Sacrifice appointed, See who bears the awful load; 'Tis the WORD, the LORD'S ANOINTED, Son of Man and Son of God.
Lost Sinner: you don’t even yet have a claim to Christ; no hope outside seeking the mercy of God

An hour is coming!

John 5:28–29 ESV
Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
Daniel 12:2 ESV
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Do you think this fiction? Some type of ghost story concocted to frighten children into behaving?
You fear foreign armies, and thus elect men to use a military
You fear economic collapse and elect men to steady markets
You fear being alone and thus attach yourself to anyone who will let you and maintain 24hour contact with social media and smart phones, and fill gaps with games and
Who will protect you from the wrath of God? From God Himself?
The vote of the Devil is against you.
Your own conscience is against you because you are a sinner and you know it!
John 3:36 ESV
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
This wrath is all-consuming. It is inescapable. It is inevitable - the hour is coming, after which there will be no mercy.
Lord Have Mercy. Christ Have Mercy.

Some of us won’t stay

John 6:60–71 ESV
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray him.
John 6:

Everyone who leaves starts out following

We don’t always know who is following just for the food.
Matthew 13:18–23 ESV
“Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
The single reason that there has been so much disagreement and confusion over this parable is that we so desperately don’t want to admit we may have been wrong about our loved ones being saved; that people who make a profession walk away and never return were not truly converted.
Care must be exercised because this has been abused, nevertheless: The #1 reason given in the Bible that people walk away from churches of Christ is that they were never made children of God in the first place.

Everyone who leaves is rejecting Christ

No one was offended at the lunch menu; just the authentic doctrines of Christ Jesus.
Anything and everything about this church is up for grabs in regards to decorations, schedules, who does what, musical selections, what food is at the meals.
What is NOT negotiable is Jesus. Scripture. God breathed, Holy Scripture; with all its sharp edges and hard sayings. If you cannot abide them, you have issue with God, not His people.
Everyone who left in , and most people who leave churches today, unless they quickly join themselves to another body where the gospel is clearly proclaimed, are rejecting Christ Himself.

Everyone who leaves share the same fate

Luke 15:18–24 ESV
I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” ’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.
luke 15:
WAS DEAD, and is alive again!
Matthew 7:21–23 ESV
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

We are not immune

Most of Jesus’s parables were about the rejection of national Israel, God’s chosen people
Romans 11:1 ESV
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.
The very reason that Paul asked the question is that it was so clear that the ethnic/national distinction had been abolished in Jesus. What claim, what lineage, what accomplishment have we that would insulate us? None. Only Christ.
If we take Paul at his word, which is to say if we take the Bible at its word, which is to say if we take God at His word… most ethnic Jews are lost. So are most professing Christians. So are most Baptists. What about Missionary Baptists? What is the acceptable loss rate? We are not immune.
Do you have a sure hope in Christ? I say again: Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.

What can we do, then?

2 Peter 1:10–15 ESV
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
2pet 1:10-15
2 Peter 1:10–21 ESV
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things. For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Hilary of Arles (5th ce)

Peter is telling us that we should not be content with our baptism but should go on and grow in our faith.

Bede the venerable (7th ce)

Jesus said: “Many are called but few are chosen.” The calling of all those who come to faith is certain, but those who consistently add good works to the sacraments of faith which they have received are the ones who make their calling and election certain in the eyes of those who observe them. The opposite is also true, for those who go back to their crimes after they have been called and who die in their sins make it clear to everyone that they are damned.

Assurance in Christian living

Evidence of Christian living

Matthew 5:16 ESV
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

5 methods of making our election sure

Be here Sundays and Wednesdays, and any other day
attend Sundays
attend Wednesdays and Sunday nights
attend Sun PM
attend youth functions
Join, submit to, and connect with the church
Give to the church
Pray
Surrender you calendar and your social media to the cause of Christ - neither attend events nor make public statements that detract from the glory of God
If you ever wonder why your pastor preaches and teaches the way he does, it is this: I want to know that you are saved. I want you to know that you are saved. I want you to know that your loved ones are saved. I want the world around us to know Jesus through us and be saved.
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