SHARPER THAN A SWORD

SERMONS

Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

THE BAD NEWS AND THE CURE!

As we get older, we spend much more time with physicians than we care for. Many of our friends are diagnosed with serious illnesses. Can you imagine, just for a moment, a doctor telling a patient, “I have some bad news, and I have some good news?”

“The bad news is that you have a deadly disease and need an operation!”

“The good news is that with proper post surgery care, the operation has a 100% success rate!”

Unfortunately, there are not any human illnesses of the flesh that this can be said for (that I am aware of!); however, God's word teaches us that this is the case for our eternal health!

If you were made aware of this situation concerning your eternal soul, what would you do? Before you consider this a silly question in light of the dire condition and the success rate; consider that there are literally millions in this condition, with knowledge of the cure, and still they go along day after day without doing a thing about their condition!

 

So, let's cover the bad news, a demonstration of the cure, and the results of the cure; and just see what you will do with it!

 

•  The Bad News!

Universally, all men are sick with an illness that if left unattended will result in sure death! This illness is SIN!

The primary reason that so many go right along with this illness; even once it is diagnosed, is because they truly don't understand the danger they are in.

1 John 3:4 “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”

Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

 

These two statements in scripture illustrate the devastation of this particular disease. It is indiscriminate, “Whoever”, and it is universal, “All”.

Sin is not just telling a lie, or stealing! These are sins against the laws of God, but are symptoms of a greater understanding. First and foremost, sin is lawlessness. The law, from which one fails to achieve in committing sin, is the laws of God. So, sin by this understanding has a greater root than just lying, etc…

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
“Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all.
14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.”

 

People often ask, “Why am I here?” This is the universal reason, as given by the wise writer of Ecclesiastes. After twelve chapters of the follies of life apart from God, the writer summarizes the very purpose that we exist. In this simple understanding, we learn that the greatest and most universal sin of mankind is the fact that they have made no effort to know God or His commandments! This also answers the question concerning those who think just being a good person is sufficient. If one fails to know His creator and the expectations He has for His creation; that in and of itself separates us from God, as He is light and in Him is no darkness at all – 1 John 1:5.

So, sin is simply missing the mark set for us By our God!

We also learn in scripture that sin is a conscious personal choice. The words of the Apostle Paul to the Romans, concerning the sins of the Gentiles, describe individuals who “became futile in their own thoughts” Romans 1:21. Thus, we learn by the very language that we are not born sinners (infants do not have this capability); we develop this disease as a choice in our darkened hearts towards God. In addition, we learn that all men are “Without excuse” in failing to seek and know God. Paul describes that it is something inherent within all of us to seek Him – Romans 1:20. Paul even says the same thing concerning those who were given a prior knowledge of God, as well; when they demonstrate the same free will choice to serve sin – Romans 2:1-3.

The original intent for man and the lawlessness that leads to the bad news is demonstrated in this first illustration:

 

 

If unchecked and left to its own destructive powers, sin kills!

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

•  A Demonstration of the Cure!

The bad news is now manifest; a disease that separates us from God, and if left unchecked, one that will separate us from Him forever. Since we also now know that all men are sick with this disease; we also now know why the cure was commanded to be preached to every single person.

Mark 16:15-16  “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

 

The Apostle Paul revealed to king Herod, his calling as an Apostle of Jesus Christ to Jew and Gentile (one sent, primarily to the Gentiles – Romans 11:13). Note what he was sent to do:

Acts 26:17-18 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me. '”

 

This is the “HOW” the cure is implemented, see 1 Corinthians 1:21. The preaching of the Gospel of Christ is the power of salvation to those who believe and obey it – Romans 1:5, 16.

How effective is this cure to those who obey?

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”

 

It is the power of God to salvation for all sin! However, if the post cure care is not maintained, the disease can return and once again have devastating results.

Romans 6:17-18 “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”

1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Philippians 2:12 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”

Hebrews 4:1 “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.”

 

Illustration #2:

 

 

•  Results of the Cure!

We have seen the devastation of the bad news, and now the power of the cure offered to all by God. Just as you might expect from an individual who has been completely cured of a life threating disease, we want to look at what this cure does for us afterward, provided we are actively engaged in the post-cure maintenance.

1. It gives us freedom!

Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

 

2. It provides a relationship with God as true sons, and heirs with Christ!

Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

 

3.  It provides a hope unknown by men still in sin!

Romans 8:24-25 “For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”

 

4.  It gives us a resource of help and strength when we feel at times overwhelmed by the world!

Romans 8:31-39 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“ For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Illustration #3:

 

 

•  Conclusion!

Those condemned by sin and do not know it , need the bad news!
Those condemned by sin and know it , need the good news!
Those who have been saved by the good news, need to maintain it !

What Are You Waiting For?