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 ENDURING WORD – COMMANDS TO BE OBEYED!

There are a vast amount of Greek words that are translated in the New Testament as obedience; which also advance the universal descriptions of law, ordinance, statute, word, judgment, precept, oracle, or charge.

All of these convey the fact that God as Sovereign Ruler must be obeyed!

Peter conveys this complete understanding to the hope filled children of God he writes his first letter to, note:

1 Peter 1:13-15 - READ

In addition, we have to consider the Lord Himself, which became for you and me, a demonstration of the very obedience necessary as children of God, note:

Philippians 2:5-8 - READ

Hebrews 5:8-9 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”

God’s word makes it abundantly clear that God is not satisfied with mere external compliance, but expects a willing and joyful obedience, coming from the heart!!!

Most folks consider obedience to commands as drudgery, or laborious tasks wrought with toil! How is the child of God to look into the enduring word, and find the joy of obedience? Let’s look at how to answer this!

The Nature of God’s Commands!

Are they a burden or a blessing?

Answer: 1 John 5:3

A detour sign is a burden until you learn the bridge is out!

Hebrews 12:11

Keeping the commandments of God is to have the love of God perfected in us -

1 John 2:5. His complete care, His loving protection, His continued benevolence, etc…

The Authority of God’s Commands!

God has made His authority known to all of us through Jesus Christ our Lord! Matthew 28:18-20

The commands of God then come to us by the given authority of Jesus Christ, who has commissioned His chosen Apostles to reveal “all truth” (John 16:13) including the commands of God!

What must I do?

Acts 2:38; 8:36-38; 16:15, 31-33; 18:8.

What must I continue to do?

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; 2 Thessalonians 3:4, 6, 10, 12; 1 Corinthians 7:10; 9:14; 14:37.

Commands and Liberties!

Assemble!

Command: First day of the week (Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2); do not forsake (Hebrews 10:24-25); worship by giving ourselves as sacrifices (submissive, spiritual, and truthful worship Acts 2:42, Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 3:16).

Liberty: Where (home, rental, building, etc…), how many times (consider - 1 Corinthians 11:33), and additional assemblies (2 Timothy 2:15 Acts 2:42, 46, 5:42, 20:20). 


Teach!

Command: Matthew 28:20; “Commit these things to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” 2 Timothy 2:2; Hebrews 5:12

Liberty: How often; where; different age groups; notes; power points; etc…


Summary –

Commands of God’s word are beneficial for the children of God – Titus 2:14 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.”

They bring us to salvation – Romans 1:16; they maintain our relationship in righteousness with the Father – 1 John 2:29 “If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”

Obedience to the commands of God, without a single word, states to the world that we are His children – Philippians 2:15-16 “that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”