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“THE SCRIPTURES VERSUS THE SADDUCEES”

“A  BIBLICAL  LOOK  AT  THE  SADDUCEES”

  • A sect of the Jews.
    Acts 5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,
  • Denied the resurrection and a future stated.
    Matthew 22:23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
    Luke 20:27 Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him,
  • The resurrection a cause of dispute between them and the Pharisees.
    Acts 23:6-9 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
  • Were refused baptism by John.
    Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
  • CHRIST
    • Tempted by.
      Matthew 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
    • Cautioned His disciples against their principles.
      Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
      Matthew 16:11-12 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
    • Vindicated the resurrection against.
      Matthew 22:24-32 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
      Mark 12:19-27 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise. And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
    • Silenced.
      Matthew 22:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
  • Persecuted the Christians.
    Acts 4:1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
    Acts 5:17-18 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
    Acts 5:40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“THOSE PHARISAICAL PHARISEES”—MEN WHO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER!!

“A  BIBLICAL  LOOK  AT  THOSE  PESKY  PHARISEES!!

  • A sect of the Jews.
    Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
  • The strictest observers of the Mosaic ritual.
    Acts 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
  • By descent, especially esteemed.
    Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
  • CHARACTER OF;
    • Zealous of the law.
      Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
      Philippians 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
    • Zealous of tradition.
      Mark 7:3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
      Mark 7:5-8 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
      Galatians 1:14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
    • Outwardly moral.
      Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
      Philippians 3:5-6 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
    • Rigid in fasting.
      Luke 5:33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
      Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
    • Active in proselytizing.
      Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
    • Self-righteous.
      Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
      Luke 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
    • Avaricious.
      Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
      Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
    • Ambitious of precedence.
      Matthew 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
    • Fond of public salutations.
      Matthew 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
    • Fond of distinguished titles.
      Matthew 23:7-10 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
    • Particular in paying all dues.
      Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
    • Oppressive.
      Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
    • Cruel in persecuting.
      Acts 9:1-2 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
  • Believed in the resurrection, &c.
    Acts 23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
  • Made broad their phylacteries, &c.
    Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
  • Their opinions, a standard for others.
    John 7:48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?
  • Many priest and Levites were of.
    John 1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
    John 1:24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
  • Many rulers, lawyers, and scribes were of.
    John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
    Acts 5:34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
    Acts 23:9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
  • Had disciples.
    Luke 5:33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
    Acts 22:3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
  • Some came to John for baptism.
    Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
  • As a body, rejected John’s baptism.
    Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
  • CHRIST
    • Often invited by.
      Luke 7:36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
      Luke 11:37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.
    • Condemned by, for associating with sinners.
      Matthew 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
      Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
      Luke 15:1-2 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
    • Asked for signs by.
      Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
      Matthew 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
    • Tempted by, with questions about the law.
      Matthew 19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
      Matthew 22:15-16 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
      Matthew 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
    • Watched by, for evil.
      Luke 6:7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
    • Offended, by His doctrine.
      Matthew 15:12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
      Matthew 21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
      Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
    • Declared the imaginary righteousness of, to be insufficient for salvation.
      Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
    • Declared the doctrines of, to be hypocrisy.
      Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
      Matthew 16:11-12 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
    • Denounced woes against.
      Matthew 23:13-33 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
    • Called, an evil and adulterous generation.
      Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
    • Called, serpents and generation of vipers.
      Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
    • Called fools and blind guides.
      Matthew 23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
      Matthew 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
    • Compared, to whited sepulchres.
      Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
    • Compared, to graves that appear not.
      Luke 11:44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.
    • Left Judea for a time on account of.
      John 4:1-3 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.
  • Imputed Christ’s miracles to Satan’s power.
    Matthew 9:34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
    Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
  • Sent officers to apprehend Christ.
    John 7:32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.
    John 7:45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?
  • Often sought to destroy Christ.
    Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
    Matthew 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
    John 11:47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
    John 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
    John 11:57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.
 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MAN ONCE TO DIE AND AFTER THIS COMES THE JUDGMENT” HEB 9:27

A BIBLICAL LOOK AT THE JUDGMENT DAY!!

Introduction

Judgment Day marks the end of time.  What will occur on that day?  Do we know when it will transpire?  Will there be any warning?  Many people may have opinions and speculations, but only the Bible is the authority that can answer these questions for us.  Therefore, let us examine a few passages to see what the Bible has to say.

All Saints from All Time will be Carried to Heaven

During the New Testament times, the Christians at Thessalonica became worried that the Christians who died would miss out on Jesus’ return.  They were afraid those who died ceased to exists.  Let’s examine the apostle Paul’s explanation about the dead and Judgment Day:

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

“Therefore, comfort one another with these words” I Thessalonians 4:13-18

We learn the following points from this passage:

  1. Judgment day will be signaled by a shout and trumpet
  2. Christ will descend
  3. The dead will arise first
  4. Then, those alive will join them and Christ in the air

This passage describes a little about Judgment Day from our perspective on earth.  Later, we will look at another passage that tells a little about what Judgment Day will look like from heaven’s perspective.

The Annihilation of the Earth

“But what about the earth?  “Will anything be left of, or on the earth?”  The apostle Peter, in his letter, warns of the final destruction of the earth on the last day:

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

“Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?” II Peter 3:10-13

From this passage, we learn that the earth and the heavens will totally be destroyed.  The heavens will alsso be destroyed, which encompass the entire universe, all that is above our atmosphere.  Some wonder, if God will preserve the earth, restore it for his faithful, and turn it into a paradise.  However, this passage explains that it will be a total destruction.  Even the “elements” of both the heavens and earth, the things that comprise this world, will be destroyed.  Nothing will be left of the universe and reality that we now live in.

A New Body

“So what happens to our bodies and all of the dead people’s bodies?”   The Bible teaches that all will receive new bodies – all people both good and evil.  In New Testament times, the Christians in the city of Corinth were faced with a false doctrine that denied that there would be resurrection.  One supporting argument that was proposed was that our bodies will decay in the grave.  So, how could there be a resurrection, since our bodies will be destroyed?  The apostle Paul responded to this false doctrine by explaining that we will receive new bodies:

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.  Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” I Corinthians 15:50-53

In addition to confirming what we have learned, we also discover that we will all be given new bodies when the trumpet is sounded.  So, before we even leave this earth, the resurrected dead and all those still alive will be given a new, immortal body.  It is in this body that we will stand before God and live out the remainder of eternity.

God’s Throne and the Final Judgment

“So what happens once we leave this earth and it is destroyed?  “Where do we go?”  It is difficult to understand the answer because it involves a plane that transcends all that we know and understand.  We already know that we have immortal bodies and this plane of existence is destoyed, but even that is not explained further.  However, in the book of Revelation, a day of judgment is described.  This day of judgment is symbolic of what will transpire that day:

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away.  And there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened.  And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.  And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

“The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them.  And they were judged, each one according to his works.  Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death.  And anyone not found written in the Book of LIfe was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15

From this symbolic representation, we learn how Judgment Day will appear from heaven’s viewpoint.  Once we are assembled before God’s throne, then we will each be judged and sent to either heaven or hell.

A beautiful vision of heaven is painted through a symbol found following the above passage in Revelation 21:1-22:5.  Please, read it to learn more about how wonderful heaven will be, but please keep in mind that this is symbol.  The reality of heaven will be more beautiful than our mortal minds can now comprehend, but hell will equally be even more terrible than the symbol of a lake that burns with fire and is not quenched.

While on earth, Jesus alos told many parables about Judgment day, teaching about the final judgement and separation between the good and evil (Matthew 13:24-30; 25:31-46).

“When ?”

Besides wondering if we will be ready for Judgement Day, the second most important questions that we should, or could ask is, “When will Judgment Day come?  “Will there be a sign?”  Many people have speculated and even affirmed specific days as the last day.  However, the failure of these prophecies alone teach us at the very least to be wary and skeptic of such predictions.  But, does the Bible say anything about the end of the world?  In one of the passages that we looked at earlier, the apostle Peter addressed when the last day would occur:

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night …” II Peter 3:10

When does a thief rob your house?  The answer – you don’t know!  It happens suddenly and unpredictably.  Jesus was also asked this question by his apostles (Matthew 24:3).  Please listen to the similar answer:

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” …

Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming, But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

“Therefore, you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Matthew 24:36-44

Jesus clearly speaks about the last day being similar to a thief breaking into our house.  The analogy is again the same – we do not know when a thief will break into our house.  In view of such passages, it becomes difficult, even impossible to believe that someone can predict the occurrence of Judgment Day.  We do not know when it will occur, so we must be ready at all times.

Conclusion

Judgment Day will be both a glorious and fearful day.  It will be the end of all time and a day of reckoning for all people before their Creator.  Jesus said that no man knows what day it will occur, so let us always be wary of those who prophesy that the end of the world is near, but we must always live like it is tomorrow.

 
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“OUR GUEST WRITER FOR THIS MONDAY MORNING” MY FAVORITE WRITER; BRO. WAYNE JACKSON

The Tongue — One of Man’s Most Dangerous Weapons

By Wayne Jackson

Jesus Christ gave a stern warning regarding the unseemly language that sometimes proceeds from a person’s mouth. It is not without significance that two of the Ten Commandments deal with speech — taking the name of God “in vain,” and bearing “false witness” against another person (Exodus 20:7,16). Similarly, in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus warned against the abuse of the tongue in “swearing falsely” (Matthew 5:33-37).

The way one talks is a very revealing index to his character. The Scriptures describe different kinds of “tongues” (speech). Let us consider some of these.

The Hateful Tongue

Jeremiah spoke of those “treacherous” people who “bend their tongue like a bow.” He cautioned that no one should place trust in the person who “deceives” and “slanders,” nor with those who “have taught their tongue to speak lies” (Jeremiah 9:2-5). Jehovah hates the lying tongue (Proverbs 6:17; cf. Acts 5:3-4). Some use their tongues to rip and “gut” others — even their brethren in Christ.

The Licentious Tongue

Solomon said that the mouth of the forbidden woman is a “deep pit” (Proverbs 22:14). Note the perfume-drenched words (“fair speech”) of the dissolute woman who lures the unwary lad to his destruction (Proverbs 7:14ff). Men have similarly taken advantage of vulnerable, lonely women by their deceitful language.

The Boasting Tongue

The vain Pharisee, in a dramatic presentation before the Lord, paraded his feigned accomplishments, but he was not accounted as just with God, in spite of his boasting (Luke 18:9). It was Francis Bacon who said something to the effect that “a bragging man is scorned by the wise, and admired by fools.” There are those with whom one can scarcely engage a conversation without being bored to tears with an incessant stream of self-adulating and dubious accomplishments.

The Impetuous Tongue

An inspired writer declared, “let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak” (James 1:19). The poet Robert Frost once said that “half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.” A wise man wrote: “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise” (Proverbs 17:28). Unfortunately, he frequently opens his mouth and removes all doubt! There are far too many people who talk in an attempt to discover the content of their thoughts.

The Obscure Tongue

Have you ever had a religious conversation with a person, and when the exchange was concluded, you had no earthly idea where he stood on any significant issue? Such folks slip and slide, flip and flop. “What is your position, brother?” “Well, I think there is much to be said on both sides of that argument.” Some people simply cannot be pinned down on any point of truth.

The Critical Tongue

A wise man values constructive criticism; it’s just that sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between constructive criticism and plain old “meanness.” But, as Solomon observed, “A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding, than [do] a hundred stripes into a fool” (Proverbs 17:10). A wise person can learn valuable lessons from his critics if he but will. On the other hand, there are those who have turned “criticism” into a recreational sport. Whenever they gather, like vicious piranha, they devour all flesh in sight.

The Double-Tongued

In setting forth qualifications for deacons, Paul admonished that they must not be “double-tongued” (1 Timothy 3:8). The “double-tongued” person is one who has refined the art of duplicity. He will say anything to get you off his back, then say quite another to someone else. His word is not his bond. His tongue flaps like an irritating awning in a winter storm (see Proverbs 8:8).

The Explosive Tongue

James observed that the tongue is an instrument that no man can control completely (cf. James 3:8). But some make almost no attempt at the effort. At the least irritant they explode with expletives. One might be surprised to listen to the language of the man on Monday, who has spoken so piously over the Lord’s table on Sunday! To those who operate in such fashion, the Lord’s says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant upon your lips?” (Psalm 50:16).

Conclusion

“Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth. . . ” (Ephesians 4:29), rather, “put away shameful speaking from your mouth” (Colossians 3:8). Listen to the warning of the Judge of the Universe: “I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37).

 
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“WHAT ABOUT A CHRISTIAN’S CONDUCT IN TODAY’S WORLD”

“WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY ABOUT CHRISTIAN CONDUCT”

  • Believing God.
    Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
    John 14:11-12 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
  • Fearing God.
    Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
    1 Peter 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
  • Loving God.
    Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
    Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
  • Following God.
    Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
    1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
  • Obeying God.
    Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
    1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
  • Rejoicing in God.
    Psalms 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
    Habakkuk 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
  • Believing in Christ.
    John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
    1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
  • Loving Christ.
    John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
    1 Peter 1:7-8 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
  • Following the example of Christ.
    John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
    1 Peter 2:21-24 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
  • Obeying Christ.
    John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
    John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
  • LIVING
    • To Christ.
      Romans 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
      2 Corinthians 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
    • Unto righteousness.
      Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
      Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
      1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
    • Soberly, righteously, and godly.
      Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
  • WALKING
    • Honestly.
      1 Thessalonians 4:12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
    • Worthy of God.
      1 Thessalonians 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
    • Worthy of the Lord.
      Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
    • In the Spirit.
      Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
    • After the Spirit.
      Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    • In newness of life.
      Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
    • Worthy of vocation.
      Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
    • As children of light.
      Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
  • Rejoicing in Christ.
    Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
    Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
  • Loving one another.
    John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
    Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
    1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
    Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
    Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.
  • Striving for the faith.
    Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
    Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
  • Putting away all sin.
    1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
    Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
  • Abstaining from all appearance of evil.
    1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
  • Perfecting holiness.
    Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
    2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
    2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
  • Hating defilement.
    Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
  • Following after that which is good.
    Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
    1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
    1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
  • Overcoming the world.
    1 John 5:4-5 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
  • Adorning the gospel.
    Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
    Titus 2:10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
  • Showing a good example.
    1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
    1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
    Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
  • Abounding in the work of the Lord.
    1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
    2 Corinthians 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
    1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
  • Shunning the wicked.
    Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
    2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
  • Controlling the body.
    1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
    Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
  • Subduing the temper.
    Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
    James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
  • Submitting to injuries.
    Matthew 5:39-41 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
    1 Corinthians 6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
  • Forgiving injuries.
    Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
    Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
  • Living peaceably with all.
    Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
    Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
  • Visiting the afflicted.
    Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
    James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
  • Doing as we would be done by.
    Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
    Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
  • Sympathizing with others.
    Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
    1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
  • Honoring others.
    Psalms 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
    Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
  • Fulfilling domestic duties.
    Ephesians 6:1-8 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
    1 Peter 3:1-7 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
  • Submitting to Authorities.
    Romans 13:1-7 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
  • Being liberal to others.
    Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
    Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
  • Being contented.
    Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
    Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
  • Blessedness of maintaining.
    Psalms 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
    Psalms 19:9-11 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
    Psalms 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
    Matthew 5:3-12 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
    John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
    John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
 
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“A BIBLICAL LOOK AT HYPOCRITES…. EVERYBODY’S FAVORITE EXCUSE FOR NOT SERVING GOD”

“WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT HYPOCRITES”

  • God knows and detects.
    Isaiah 29:15-16 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
  • Christ knew and detected.
    Matthew 22:18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
  • God has no pleasure in.
    Isaiah 9:17 Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
  • Shall not come before God.
    Job 13:16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.
  • DESCRIBED AS
    • Wilfully blind.
      Matthew 23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
      Matthew 23:19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
      Matthew 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
    • Vile.
      Isaiah 32:6 For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
    • Self-righteous.
      Isaiah 65:5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
      Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
    • Covetous.
      Ezekiel 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
      2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
    • Ostentatious.
      Matthew 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
      Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
      Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
    • Censorious.
      Matthew 7:3-5 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
      Luke 13:14-15 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
    • Regarding tradition more than the word of God.
      Matthew 15:1-3 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
    • Exact in minor, but neglecting important duties.
      Matthew 23:23-24 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
    • Having but a form of godliness.
      2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
    • Seeking only outward purity.
      Luke 11:39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.
    • Professing but not practising.
      Ezekiel 33:31-32 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
    • Using but lip-worship.
      Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
      Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
    • Glorying in appearance only.
      2 Corinthians 5:12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.
    • Trusting in privileges.
      Jeremiah 7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.
      Matthew 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
    • Apparently zealous in the things of God.
      Isaiah 58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
    • Zealous in making proselytes.
      Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
    • Devouring widows’ houses.
      Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
    • Loving pre-eminence.
      Matthew 23:6-7 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
  • Worship of, not acceptable to God.
    Isaiah 1:11-15 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
    Isaiah 58:3-5 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
    Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
  • Joy of, but for a moment.
    Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
  • Hope of perishes.
    Job 8:13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish:
    Job 27:8-9 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?
  • Heap up wrath.
    Job 36:13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.
  • Fearfulness shall surprise.
    Isaiah 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
  • Destroy others by slander.
    Proverbs 11:9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
  • In power, are a snare.
    Job 34:30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
  • The Apostacy to abound with.
    1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
  • Beware the principles of.
    Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
  • Spirit of, hinders growth in grace.
    1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
  • Woe to.
    Isaiah 29:15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
    Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
  • Punishment of.
    Job 15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
    Isaiah 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
    Jeremiah 42:20 For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the LORD your God, saying, Pray for us unto the LORD our God; and according unto all that the LORD our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it.
    Jeremiah 42:22 Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go and to sojourn.
  • Illustrated.
    Matthew 23:27-28 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
  • Exemplified.
    Cain,

    Genesis 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

    Absalom,

    2 Samuel 15:7-8 And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the LORD, in Hebron. For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.

    The Jews,

    Jeremiah 3:10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.

    Pharisees, &c.

    Matthew 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

    Judas,

    Matthew 26:49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

    Herodians,

    Mark 12:13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.
    Mark 12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.

    Ananias,

    Acts 5:1-8 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.

    Simon,

    Acts 8:13-23 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
 
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“WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM WHO LOVED US” ROM 8:37

“JESUS OUR SAVIOR HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD”

Intro.

1.     Conquering heroes are honored with praise, power, privilege.  We benefit from heroic efforts of the past & present.

2.     There is no greater struggle for men’s freedom nor a more glorious Conqueror than Jesus’ victory over sin & death & His exaltation on high – Rev. 12:7-10.

    a.     “There are no victories at discount prices.”  (Gen. D. Eisenhower)

    b.     Christ’s victory won at great cost – Jno. 12:27-33 (Heb. 2:14-15).

3.     At great cost Jesus has “overcome the world” so you and I may live free!  Jno. 16:33

 

I.  JESUS HAS OVERCOME THE WORLDJno. 16:33.

    A.    He Has Overcome Satan 1 Jno. 3:8; cf. Rev. 12:8-9.

        1.     Satan’s power to hold men in fear & tempt us to yield to the flesh is not insurmountable – Christ has defeated Him!

        2.     By His crucifixion He “cast out” Satan (destroyed his power base) – Jno. 12:27-31; cf. Heb. 2:14-15.

    B.     He Has Overcome Sin.

        1.     In His death He bore the penalty of our sin (death) – 2 Cor. 5:18-21; 2 Pet. 2:23-24 (Isa. 53:4-6).

        2.     He “condemned sin in the flesh”Rom. 8:3 (1-4). 

            a.     By His sinless life, Jesus showed that the failure of the law to give life was not with God’s law, but with man weakness of flesh (Rom. 8:3; Heb. 4:15).

            b.     By His death, He condemned sin that dwells in man’s flesh (8:3).

        3.     Jesus overcame sin in His life & by His death!

    C.    He Has Overcome Death Jno. 11:25-26.

        1.     Physical death, in His resurrection – 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:20.

        2.     Spiritual death, because he saves from sin – 11:26; Rom. 6:21-23.

        3.     In Christ we are “free from the law of sin and death” Rom. 8:1-2.

    D.    He Has Overcome the Darkness of Ignorance & ErrorJno. 1:4-5.

        1.     Lk. 2:29-32 – A light bringing salvation to the nations (Matt. 4:16).

        2.     Jno. 8:12 – Light of the world to escape darkness (9:5).

        3.     Jno. 14:6 – The Way & Truth who is the path to God!

    E.     He Continues to Overcome Every False Doctrine 1 Jno. 4:1-4.

        1.     False teachers with their false doctrines (those who teach error are against Christ, 4:3) fall before Christ.

        2.     He is mightier than they! – 4:4-6 (Gal. 1:8-9)

 

II.    OUR FAITH IN JESUS OVERCOMES THE WORLD1 Jno. 5:4.

    A.    By Our Faith in Christ, We Share in Christ’s Victories! – Rev. 12:10

    B.     When We Live by Faith, We Overcome (Rev. 12:11):

        1.     By the blood of the Lamb Eph. 1:7.

            –Overcome sin & deathRom. 6:1-3; Acts 22:16 – Believe & be baptized – Saved by His blood!

        2.     By the word of their testimony – cf. Rev. 12:17; 14:12.

            a.     Word of the gospel – Acts 2:40; 20:20-21, 24, 32.

            b.     Overcome Satan by the word of God! – 1 Jno. 2:13-14.

            c.     Overcome darkness & error when we believe & walk in His light of truth! – Jno. 12:35-36

            d.    Overcome every false teaching 2 Cor. 10:3-5 (Eph. 6:17).

        3.     By self-denial Matt. 16:25; cf. Rom. 8:35-39.

            a.     Rev. 12:17 – The battle rages & we must deny & endure – 2 Tim. 2:3-4.        

            b.     Eph. 6:13 – Clothed in His armor, we stand!

        4.     Rev. 12:12 – Rejoice in the victory of Christ!  (Rev. 17:14)

 

Conclusion

1.     Victory over Satan, sin & death is through Christ – 1 Cor. 15:50-57.

2.     Rev. 3:20-21; 21:7 – Hear & obey Him!  He who overcomes shall inherit all things!

3.     To the victor goes the spoils!  Will you share in victory or defeat?

 
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