ROBERT >> What I want most for you is for you to get to heaven. I want every one of you to be happy, healthy, enjoy a good, long life on the earth; but what I want most for you is for you to get to heaven. Please stay tuned. We’ll be back in just a moment.
SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.
ROBERT >> I want to remind you this morning of God’s love for you. I want you to remember that the love of God is personal. Many of you who I’m speaking to today are no doubt Christians, and you can remember when you became a Christian, you can remember the love of God that caused you to become a Christian. But I want everyone listening today to know that God’s love for you is personal.
Look with me in Galatians 2:20. Here’s what the Bible says. The apostle Paul writes to us these words: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Did you see how that Paul’s relationship with Jesus Christ was so personal?
Did you notice the many personal pronouns that he used in this verse, where he said, “I have been crucified with Christ; It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; And the life that I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me?”
I want you to know that just as Jesus loved this one-time persecutor and murderer of Christians, the chief of sinners, as he called himself, he loves you. He loves you, and he wants you to know the salvation that is possible through him. He died for you. In fact, I want to remind you that God loved you first.
In Romans chapter 5, I want you to notice what the apostle Paul wrote there about this. Before we had ever said anything, before we did anything, God loved us first. He took the initiative and made the way of salvation for us through Jesus Christ.
In Romans 5:6 Paul writes, “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”
When we were still desperate, when we were still desperately lost in our sins, that’s when Christ died for us. Not after we had cleaned up, not after we had become good enough. No, Jesus Christ died for us because we were lost in sin and because of his love for us.
Look at verse 8. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
We read the same thing in 1 John chapter 4. Notice what it says in verse 10 of this chapter. “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation, that is, the atoning sacrifice, for our sins.”
Yes, it’s not that we loved God, it’s not what we had done for him, but it’s because he loved us.
As verse 19 says so clearly, “We love Him because He first loved us.”
You see, God loves you no matter who you are or what you might have done. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Jesus loves whosoever. Whosoever. God loved the whole world.
In 1 Timothy 2:6 we see that Jesus Christ gave himself a ransom for all. He paid the price for the sins of all of us, whoever we are.
In Hebrews 2:9 we learn that he tasted death, he tasted of death, he experienced the suffering on the cross for everyone.
In 1 John 2:2 we learn that, “He is the propitiation for our sins; and not for our sins only, but for the sins of the whole world.”
So if there are ever times in your life when you feel unloved, you may think nobody loves you, nobody cares about you, understand God does. He did love you and he always will love you. But now I want you to think about something else this morning. I want to encourage you to know that you can do all things through Christ.
Look with me at Philippians 4:13. And I want you to remember these words. I know it’ll be familiar to many of you. Here’s what the apostle Paul wrote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Once again, we see how personal this is. Paul didn’t say somebody else can do it. Paul said I can. You can. Maybe not your parents, maybe not your friends or somebody else, and we can’t look to them to do it for us. You can. Paul said I can, and we all need to say I can. It’s so easy for us to say, Well, not me, I can’t do it, I’m too old; or, Not me, I can’t do it, I’m too young; or, I’m not talented enough; or, I’m not strong enough; or, I don’t know enough; or, I’m too busy, too tired.
We need to learn to say, as did Isaiah long ago, Here am I, Lord, send me. You see, it doesn’t matter who you are, but if you are willing. So let us all look in the mirror, and let us say, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This is such a personal message for each of us. But it’s also a very positive message.
Do you see how optimistic, how assuring, and how confident Paul was?
It’s so easy for us to say I can’t, it’s too big, it’s too hard, it’s too difficult, it’s too much. But it doesn’t matter what it is. You can. Be confident and say with Paul, I can. But understand that this is not just a blanket statement for anything that maybe you’re wanting. This is very purposeful. You have something to do. Notice Paul didn’t say, I’ll let God do it. He said, I can do all things. It’s not what you may want to do, but it’s what God wants you to do. What God wants for you, whatever that is, he says you can do it. Paul said, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And it’s the last part of that verse that’s so powerful. Through Christ who strengthens me. He’s the secret. It’s not because you’re able, but it’s because he is able. It’s not by your power, but by the power of the Lord.
Look with me in Ephesians 3:20-21. Notice what Paul says about the enabling power of God in this passage. It is beyond what you could ever imagine, whatever you could dream.
In Ephesians 3:20 he writes, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations for ever and ever, amen.”
In Ephesians 6:10, Paul comes to the end of this letter, and he says, “Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
And then in Philippians, look at Philippians chapter 2 and notice verse 12 and 13. Here he says, “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; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
You see, we are commanded to work out our own salvation. We have to exercise our will. We have to put forth the effort. There’s something for you to do. And you must make that decision to do it.
But did you notice it’s God who gives you the power?
God works in you both to will and to do his good pleasure. There may be times when you feel like a failure, and you may think that you are useless, that nobody wants you, that nobody needs you; but God gives you all you need to accomplish his will, and there is nothing that you and God together cannot do. The apostle Paul, as he came to the end of Romans the 8th chapter, wanted to remind these Christians who were facing trial and suffering and persecution of the power of God in their life.
And here’s what he said in Romans 8:31. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
You see, it doesn’t matter. If God is for us, if we stand with God, we cannot be defeated.
In fact, he says in verse 37 of this same chapter, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
We’re super conquerors. That is the power of God in the life of the Christian who’ll give himself to the Lord. But I want to also warn you about some dangers today. I want to warn you of the dangers you may face in this world.
Do you remember this passage from 1 Peter 5:8 that reminds us of this great, forceful, powerful being that is in the world to destroy us?
1 Peter 5:8, the Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
Yes, Peter says you’d better be sober, you’d better use your head, you’d better be serious about temptation and sin. It is no laughing matter. We’ve got to be on guard. Be vigilant, Peter said, watching out. Satan will try to attack us when we’re least expecting it, when we’re the most vulnerable. And he’s not going to announce himself. He’s not going to stand up and say, Hi, I’m the devil, watch out. No. He’ll often disguise himself as something or someone he really is not. He will try and surprise you. And that’s why we must always be alert, we must always be ready, must always be vigilant and watching out for the devil.
Remember, he’s your adversary, Peter said. He’s your enemy. And he is a powerful enemy. Like a roaring lion he walks about. He’s just seeking whom he may devour. His goal is to destroy your soul. Don’t be deceived by him. Don’t be caught off guard by him. Watch out for his false promises. He’s going to make all kinds of promises to you, but don’t believe him. Don’t listen to him. Don’t follow him.
“Resist the devil,” James says,” and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you,” James 4:7-8.
Yes, there may be times when you think you’re invulnerable, untouchable, nobody can hurt me. And you may think that nothing could ever happen to you. But the devil is always out to get you. Finally today, I want to help you to keep your faith always.
Do you remember the promise of Jesus in Revelation 2:10?
Let me read the last part of that verse for you that Jesus gave to the Christians who were suffering immensely in the first century under the persecution of the Roman empire.
This is what he said to them: “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Jesus says you be faithful. Never quit believing. Never quit obeying. Follow me through everything, in everything, because many will seek to undermine your faith.
You stay in the word of God, because “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God,” Romans 10:17.
No, it’s not always going to be easy to obey. That’s why you need to keep studying, keep learning, keep growing, keep strengthening your soul. And you need to keep praying.
As Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.”
Don’t ever give up on prayer. Don’t ever quit praying. Let me tell you, you will never regret listening to the Lord, but you will always regret not listening to him. I urge you to be faithful until death. In the very face of death, in the very hour of death, you stand faithfully with Jesus Christ. You can do that, and you can know that it’s worth it because Jesus says I’ll give you the promise, the crown of eternal life. That’s his promise to you. There is no greater reward than after our death to realize that we’ll stand with Jesus, and a crown of eternal life will be placed upon our head. That crown did not come cheap. Jesus paid for it on the cross. There he paid for our sins. There he suffered what we should have suffered. And having paid that price, he won that crown of eternal life for each and every one of us on that third day in his resurrection from the dead. So no matter what you may have to endure as a Christian, understand and know with confidence you will be saved in the end.
Matthew 10:22, Jesus said, “He that endures to the end will be saved.”
With that faith, keeping faith, you can know that you have eternal life. Listen to these words of assurance in 1 John 5:13.
In 1 John, he wants to assure us. He wants us to have confidence. He wants us to know the safety and the security that we have spiritually in Jesus Christ when he writes, These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. It’s our faith that causes us to endure; and enduring and knowing our promise of eternal life we’ll continue to believe, we’ll continue to keep faith with him.
There may be times when you get discouraged and you want to give up. You may not understand and even begin to question the Lord, wondering if it’s really all worth it. But the weight of sin is a much greater burden, and Christ’s promise is eternal life.
Yes, that’s what I want most for you, is for you to get to heaven. Whoever you are, whatever you may have done, I know that this is what the church wants for you, I know that this is what your friends and your family want for you, I know this is what God wants for you. It’s what I want for you. It’s not enough for me to want it or for the rest of us to want it or even for God to want it. You must want it. You must want it more than anything else in the world. I hope you know today that God has made a way for you through Jesus Christ.
As the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “Him who knew no sin was made to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
You see, it was the death of that innocent one, that one who was without sin. It was his suffering that paid the price for our sins so that we could be made right with God.
I hope and I pray that if we never meet again this side of heaven that we’ll meet again up there someday.
So if you have not made that decision to become a Christian, to give yourself to Jesus Christ, can you not see what he’s done for you, and will you not decide today to turn away from the sin that put him there on that cruel cross? And will you not make that good confession of faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, Lord and savior?
And will you not give yourself wholly and completely to him, be crucified with him, die with him, be buried with him, be raised with him in the waters of baptism, that you might become a Christian, that you might begin that new life in Christ today?
Will you not remember that love that God has for you and that commitment that you have towards him, and today renew that faith, renew that commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and get right with God if your heart is not right with him?
And will you not let us here at The Truth In Love, let us know how we can help you towards heaven today.
SINGING>> Peace, perfect peace.
In this dark world of sin
the blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
Peace, perfect peace.
By thronging duties pressed.
To do the will of Jesus, this is best.
Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown.
Jesus we know, and he is on the throne.
It is enough.
Earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
and Jesus call us to heaven’s perfect peace.
ROBERT >> I’d like to thank you for watching our program today. Our interest in our viewers with regard to our program is about eternal salvation. It’s not about money. It’s not about anything like that. We’re interested in your soul. The Bible says that for a person to be saved, they have to first of all believe in Jesus Christ. But not just to believe in him generally; you must believe that he is indeed the Son of God.
He said, “Except you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins,” John 8:24.
He also said that a person must repent of sins. And that means to change your mind about your sinful past and to decide to change your action and live for God.
“Except you repent, you will perish,” Jesus said in Luke 13:3.
Paul said that, God commands all men everywhere to repent in Acts 17:30. And the Bible also teaches us that in order to be saved, we have to be willing to verbally confess to others our faith in Jesus Christ.
Paul wrote to the Romans in chapter 10, verse 10 of that book, “With the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
But even that’s not enough, because the Bible teaches that a person must be immersed in water to have their sins washed away by the blood of Christ.
Peter said on the day of Pentecost to those who asked what they must do to be saved,
“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,” Acts 2:38.
Jesus himself said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved,” Mark 16:16.
So when a person does that, they don’t earn their salvation. It’s the moment at which the blood of Christ washes sins.
Revelation 1:5 tells us that it is the blood of Jesus that washes away our sins.
But Acts 22:16 tells us when the blood washes. Here it says, “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
I hope that you’ll study these things for yourself to see if these things be so. And I hope and pray that if you’ve not obeyed the gospel, that you will before it’s eternally too late.
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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow. Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream
of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.