The Blessing of Persecution: Part 2

April 30th, 2018

The Blessing of persecution: Pt 2

April 29, 2018

Matthew 5:10-12 (ESV)

 

10   “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11   “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12   Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

 
 

God does not lower His standard just because we don’t live up to it.  ....

 

Instead,  He gives us Jesus Christ, so that Christ can work through us to meet the standard!

 

 

There are three principles with regard to the Christian, which emerge very clearly from what the Lord tells us here.

 

The first principle is: the Christian is u_________               everybody who is not a Christian!

 

The second principle is: The Christian life is c_________ and d________________ by Jesus Christ!!

 

The third is: that his life should be controlled by t__________ of heaven and the world to come!

 

Now, how are these principles to govern our lives with respect to persecution and suffering??

 

the negative side, that is, what we are not supposed to do....

The Christian is not to r______________....

 

we are not to hold r_______________….

 

The positive side, or what we are to do, is “rejoice and be exceedingly glad!”

 

Why is a Christian to rejoice???  Here is our Lord’s answer....

 

first of all it is proof that you are a b______,

 

second, GREAT is your r_________ in heaven....

 

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose!”

      Jim Elliot 1927 - 1956

 

 

 “he that loveth his life shall lose it, and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” (John 12:25 KJV)

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Blessed are those who are persecuted…

April 23rd, 2018

April 22, 2018

Matthew 5:10-12 (ESV)

 

 

10   “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11   “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12   Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 
 

The godly are called ‘living stones’ (I Peter 2:5) and they must be hewn and polished by the persecutors hand that they may fit the heavenly building.  The saints have no ‘Charter of Exemption’ from trials.”  … “They must hang their harps on the willows, and take up the cross.”

Thomas Watson (1620-1686)

 

 

 


  • God does not lower His standards just because we don’t live up to it. ....
  • So He gives us Jesus Christ, so that Christ can work through us to meet the standard!

 

The Greek word “to persecute” signifies ‘to vex and molest’ sometimes ‘to prosecute another’ to ‘arraign him at the bar’ and ‘to pursue him to the d_______’”

 

Verse 11  a_________ what is meant here... included in the idea of persecution are, insults, and lies that are spoken of one....

 

 

He is not saying “blessed are they that are persecuted”!

 

What He says is “blessed are those who are persecuted because of r________________!!

 

What this really means is that they are truly blessed who are determined to, by God’s Grace, live as C_________ lived!

 

those who are like Him will be p_____________......!!! 

 

J_______ 1:2-4 states; “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.   Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

 

I ________ 5:10 tells us, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

 

“‘No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me (And they sure did), they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching (and they did not), they will obey yours also.... If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin.  He who hates me hates my Father as well. (John 15:20-23)

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Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called Sons of God.

April 16th, 2018

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

April 15, 2018

 

To be effective, a peacemaker must be: at peace with ____  Romans 5:1 ; c___________ by the Spirit of God Ephesians 5:18 ;     whose fruit is peace Galatians 5:22-23  

If you are going to be a peacemaker, then you have to operate with certain biblical truths as foundations…

 

First of all, you must recognize that a lack of peace in interpersonal relationships is n_______ to the old man.

 

Second, the peacemaker must offer a spiritual solution for having a proper relationship with God and one’s fellow man.  Romans 5:1.  And it is that spiritual peace with God that provides the f______________ for peace with one’s fellow man.

 

Third, the peacemaker must be confident what he is about is i___________ to God... that it is His will....

Psalm 133:1

Proverbs 6:16-19

 

The Scripture exhorts God’s people to p____________ peace, and when that admonition is heeded, it will spontaneously result in activities of peacemaking.

Romans 14:19 

I Timothy 2:  

Hebrews 12:14   

 

Realizing that man’s greatest need is reconciliation with God, everyone who is a peacemaker will be actively involved in e___________________.

 

peacemakers are also actively involved in the ministry of edification.  In the realm of peace, this includes both maintenance and restoration.

 

Ephesians 4:3 admonishes believers to “keep (m__________) the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 

Now, the ministry of restoration includes mending broken interpersonal relationships.  Galatians 6:1 states: ”Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should r_____________ him in a spirit of gentleness...”

 

The Benefit....

The Lord Jesus here states that the peacemakers will “be called sons of God.

not “tekna” the Greek word for little child, but “huios”. 

Tekna speaks of tender affection.... huios speaks of honor, dignity, and standing!!

 

In Jewish thought, ‘son’ often bears the meaning ‘partaker of the character of,’ or the like”! D.A.Carson

 

“called means ‘owned’.  Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be ‘owned’ as the children of God, by God!

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Blessed are the Pure in Heart, for They will see God.

April 9th, 2018

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”. Matthew 5:8

April 8, 2018

 

 “therefore you are to be __________________, as your Father in Heaven is ______________.”  Matt 5:48

 

What does it mean to be ‘Pure’ in heart??

Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” 

Proverbs 4:23 “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life!” 

In other words, whatever the heart is, it is the ___________ of the springs of life. 

The issues of thinking and feeling and acting all _____________ out of this ‘heart’.

 

You see, what God really is looking for is a changed heart...

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God. 

“Bara”.... which means, “to _______ ________ __________”!

 

The word “Pure” appears in the New Testament ___ times...

The word is “katharos” And in its noun form it means to cleanse from f_______ and i_________. 

It means to be free from s_____.

 

The word communicates two concepts....

  1. First it describes that which is “unmixed, unadulterated, without alloy, or that which is ________ or _____________ in general. 
  2. This brings up the second concept, that of “single-_____________....

According to the New American Commentary, “the pure in heart exhibit a single-minded devotion to God that stems from the internal cleansing created by following Jesus.”

 

How can my heart be made pure???

NUMBER ONE.... know that you cannot do it ____ ______ ______!! 

Acts 15:9 tells us that our hearts are cleansed by faith, but faith in what??  I John 1:7 tells us that it is “... the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin!

 

The practical purity is no more possible for us than positional purity... both must be the result of our yielding to God... How??

Romans tells us that it is by the r___________ of our minds....

how do we renew our minds???  By the constant a_____________ of our lives to the Word of God, and s_______ to the Will of God.

 

Purity’s Splendor: They Shall S_____ God!   Seeing God” is enjoyed in two aspects, one future, and one present.

 

The Future:

Paul states that now we see a poor reflection, but then face to face... (I Cor 13:12)...

in fact, the consuming desire to see God has itself a c________ effect on our lives.(I John 3:3) 

 

The present  believers are afforded the heavenly vision through eyes of faith. 

First is a______________....

God is totally inaccessible to the impure!!!

The believer has access because of positional purity that has been purchased in Christ. (II Cor 5:21)...

 practical purity is accomplished through daily c______________ to maintain fellowship with God.

Second, is c___________...

those who are properly related to Christ enjoy incredible              spiritual vision, (called d___________   ),

those who are double -minded experience spiritual b______________. (James 1:8)

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The “Empty” Promises of Easter (second half)

April 2nd, 2018

The “Empty” Promises of Easter

Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12,

John 20:1-18

April 1, 2018

 

God never made a promise that was too good to be true!

 

The Empty Cross.

 

  Because the cross was empty, we have the promise of forgiven ___________.

 

The promise of the empty cross is that you and I stand ____________. Because it was on that cross that Jesus paid the ___________ for our sins.

 

We have “_____ sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

 

– according to God’s law - “the wages of sin is _________.” Romans 6:23

 

 

However, when you look at that empty cross – it is a reminder of God’s promise that we have been forgiven.  On that cross – Jesus paid the penalty for our sins.

God’s word tells us again – “God _____________ His own love toward us, in that while we were _______ sinners, CHRIST DIED FOR US!”  Romans 5:8

 

 

 Then there is the  “empty Tomb”

                  

The fact of the empty tomb is the truth of the _______________ of Jesus Christ and the promise to every one of us that we too will be ________ to eternal life. Romans 6:5

 

1 Corinthians 15:51-54 (NASB)
51  Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
52  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
53  For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54  But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.

 

There is one more promise that I want you to know about Easter. It is the promise of the empty burial clothes.

 

You see, that is the promise of the empty burial clothes – Jesus is alive, and wants to _____________ with you.

 

Revelation 3:20 (NASB)
20  ~'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

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The “Empty” Promises of Easter

April 2nd, 2018

The “Empty” Promises of Easter

Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12,

John 20:1-18

April 1, 2018

 

God never made a promise that was too good to be true!

 

The Empty Cross.

 

  Because the cross was empty, we have the promise of forgiven ___________.

 

The promise of the empty cross is that you and I stand ____________. Because it was on that cross that Jesus paid the ___________ for our sins.

 

We have “_____ sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

 

– according to God’s law - “the wages of sin is _________.” Romans 6:23

 

 

However, when you look at that empty cross – it is a reminder of God’s promise that we have been forgiven.  On that cross – Jesus paid the penalty for our sins.

God’s word tells us again – “God _____________ His own love toward us, in that while we were _______ sinners, CHRIST DIED FOR US!”  Romans 5:8

 

 

 Then there is the  “empty Tomb”

                  

The fact of the empty tomb is the truth of the _______________ of Jesus Christ and the promise to every one of us that we too will be ________ to eternal life. Romans 6:5

 

1 Corinthians 15:51-54 (NASB)
51  Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
52  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
53  For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54  But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.

 

There is one more promise that I want you to know about Easter. It is the promise of the empty burial clothes.

 

You see, that is the promise of the empty burial clothes – Jesus is alive, and wants to _____________ with you.

 

Revelation 3:20 (NASB)
20  ~'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

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