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John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

MONTHLY LESSONS DESIGNED TO CONVERT.

 

February, 2017 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“A Divine Plea!”

Titus 2:11-15 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. 15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.”

This passage, as rendered by the Apostle Paul, stresses the important truth that the Gospel is for all men. In teaching us, we learn that there is more to the message than just the favor of God involved in the salvation of man. As Paul writes this to Titus, an evangelist who is to instruct the churches of Crete and set them in order; the letter emphasizes the fact that the Grace of God was designed to produce a zealous obedient people!

This entire letter is a Divine plea, through an Apostle of Jesus Christ, or by His authority that these Christians live worthy of the Grace that has come to them and all men!

The Gospel’s message is full of Divine pleas, in this lesson; we want to look at some of them.

A Divine Plea to Accept the Authority of Jesus –

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Just prior to His ascension to the right hand of God, Jesus made this statement to His chosen and commissioned them for this great work. In His own words, He says that God has given Him “All Authority”.

He and He alone, has control of the kingdoms establishment, design, purpose (administrative), laws and rules for citizenship (legislative), and the final judgment of its citizens (judicial).

Therefore, the Gospels revealed design, purpose, and work for the Body of Christ; must not be trifled with by the interjection of human wisdom and concepts.

The authority for the church does not lie in the control of the minds of men, but in the pure and undefiled word.

James 3:17-18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

It has been revealed in it’s entirely and is not of private interpretation, as it is of a heavenly origin and directional from above to us.

2 Peter 1:19-21 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”                                                                               

A Divine Plea to Wear His Name –

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.”

Here we see that those who were to make up the Body of Christ were “First called Christians in Antioch” (those who pertain to Christ). When referred to in a collective sense, they are referred to as the church, or Body of Christ, note:

Romans 16:16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you.”

In both cases, the name of Jesus Christ is given praise when used to describe those who came to God through Him.

Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.””

Philippians 2:9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name”

A Divine Plea to Allow the Gospel to be the Basis for Your Faith –

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Colossi, would give the greatest explanation of the reason that the word of God should be our only guide. It is the only way in which one may walk worthy of the Lord and be fully pleasing to Him, note:

Colossians 1:9-10 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God”

Faith is that which by evidence causes you to put your trust in God.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Romans 1:5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name

A Divine Plea to Exalt the Church of Christ Above all other Earthly Entities –

Ephesians 3:10-11 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord”

The manifestation of God’s wisdom which had remained a mystery from the beginning is now made known in the existence of the Body of Christ (His church); which was universally brought about by the preaching of the Gospel to the world. This was God’s purpose in Christ from the beginning of all things. This makes God the Supreme Architect of all that is the Gospel and the church!

The pattern is Divine, the result of Divine planning and wisdom. The pattern represents not only Divine planning, but also Divine will, which cannot be disregarded, changed, but must be followed! The Body of Christ has been given a Divine program of work and activity, which by its very nature requires that every single member of the Body engage in this work (it cannot be accomplished by proxy); Ephesians 4:12-16.

The mission of the Body of Christ is not social, or physical welfare based. The Gospel by its very nature will work social reform; it does so by transforming its members. No man has the right to prostitute the energy, strength, zeal, or resources of the Body of Christ to serve human aims and purposes!!!

Won’t You Hear These Pleas?

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