James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
I. Count—a Joyful Attitude (James 1:2)
II. Know—an Understanding Mind (James 1:3)
---i. Faith is always tested.
---ii. Testing works for us, not against us.
---iii. Trials rightly used help us to mature.
III. Let—a Surrendered Will (James 1:4, 9-12)
IV. Ask—a Believing Heart (James 1:5-8)
James 1:1-12 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
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The Law of God Fulfilled
Matthew 5:17-20 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (18) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (19) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (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.
INTRODUCTION: We see in this part of “The Sermon on the Mount” that this particular portion of scripture deals with Christ and the Law.
How are we, under grace, to relate to the Law?
Is the Law void today under grace?
This is not a message on how to be saved, but how saved people should live righteous lives.
Seven Things to Remember.
I. THE LAW OF GOD IS UNCHANGEABLE.
A. God Founded The Universe
1. Upon law in the physical world in relation to nature and to man in particular.
2. This is true both
i. Morally and
3. When we break God’s laws -
i. We suffer God’s judgment.
4. We break man’s laws,
i. We suffer man’s punishment.
ii. We have an innate (Built in) sense of right and wrong.
B. God Communicated His Laws Through His
1. In the Old Testament, we have Abram, Moses, Joshua, and Joseph.
i. They each (and many more) were given God's Word.
ii. The communication was through man from God.
2. All the laws expounded by Jesus are built upon the Mosaic Law.
3. Jesus came to fulfill - not to destroy. (v 17)
4. The laws of God do not change because God doesn’t change.
II. THE LAW OF GOD IS UNIVERSAL.
A. It Applies To All Mankind.
B. It Is God’s Will For Man In Written Form.
III. THE LAW OF GOD IS ALL EMBRACING.
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
A. It Not Only Covers All Men,
1. But All Life.
B. We Cannot Be Right With Others
1. If we are not right with God.
C. We Cannot Be Right With God
1. If we are not right with others.
D. God Demands Both Inward And Outward Righteousness.
Psalm 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
IV. THE LAW OF GOD IS BENEVOLENT.
A. It Is Designed For Our Highest Good And Greatest Happiness.
B. If God Prohibits
1. It is because it is harmful to us or others.
C. We Don’t Have To Sin To Be Happy -
1. That’s the devil’s lie.
Psalm 128:1-2 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
V. THE LAW OF GOD HAD PURPOSE.
A. It Set God’s Standard Of Requirements.
B. It Is Holy, Just And Good. (Romans 7)
C. It Exposes Sin.
D. It Is Our Schoolmaster To Bring Us To Christ.
VI. THE LAW OF GOD IS FULFILLED IN JESUS CHRIST.
A. The Mosaic Law Was Two-Fold:
1. Ceremonial and
i. Jesus satisfied both.
B. Jesus Kept The Divine Law And Became Sin For Us.
1. God accepted this.
VII. THE LAW OF GOD IS FULFILLED IN THE SPIRIT-FILLED BELIEVER.
A. The Law Has Obligations,
1. Which Jesus fulfilled.
B. He Puts His Spirit In Us
1. So we can walk in His statutes.
C. The Law Of God Sets The Standard and
1. Exposes sin,
i. But it cannot deliver.
D. The Law Can Condemn,
1. But it can’t absolve.
CONCLUSION: The First Question Is: Which Law are you under? The Devils? or Jesus Christ's?
The Devil condemns. He joys in your falling.
Christ absolves (takes away) sin.
He, Christ, joys in your joy.
What we are trying to see is; What are we going to do?
God definitely requires our willing, believing faithful heart. He doesn’t want you doing because you feel you must do whatever God has called you to do.
He wants willing believers, not rebellious cold-hearted believers. Some tell us because we are Baptist we are legalists; we apply the Law, God’s Law to stringently.
That is what God’s Law was intended to do, direct us in a path, not give us salvation but teach us the way to salvation.
Introduction: These passages are dealing with “Man’s Tradition.” “We have always done it that way.”
ILLUSTRATION: A woman has the butcher cut off the end of the ham. Her husband asked her why they cut it off. Her answer was, “Mom always did it that way. So the husband asked his mother-in-law why she did it that way, and her comment was, “so it would fit in my pan. If I had had a larger pan, I wouldn’t have had it cut off.”
We are like that in so many ways. We as Independent Fundamental Baptists abhor the methodology and tradition of the Protestants. Yet, if we would step back and have one of those “outa body” experiences, we might find we are not much different.
We have our traditions; we do it because Fundamental Independent Baptists do it that way. It isn’t always following God, it is following Baptists. Not all tradition is bad, our King James Bible is ours by tradition, our music is good, however, we walk in the tradition of the world, the agnostics, the atheists, the Protestants. We are not seen as strict in our walk.
We wash our brains (hands). We are always making rules; we change scripture to suit our friends, our convictions.
I. TRADITION IS HYPOCRITICAL. (vv 6-8)
A. We Have A Vain Tongue. (v 6)
1. We have great vain words
i. Yet our walk does not reflect our
ii. We become servant of corruption.
B. We Have A Worthless Worship. (v 7)
1. The hour comes
i. Our worship will be revealed
ii. We will then know
a. What we are ignoring
2. God is seeking those who worship Him.
C. We Create Commandments From Our Tradition
1. We make our personal convictions commandments
2. With minor exceptions, our Bible:
i. KJB is a literal
a. History book
b. Book of Prophecy
c. It is God’s Word
II. TRADITION KEEPS BEFORE THE COMMANDMENTS
A. “My Goods Are Corban”
1. Corban = A gift dedicated to God
i. This statement made in front of
a. Was legally binding
2. Priests were seeking “corban” from people
who had dire financial needs
i. The family needed the sought after gift
3. God expects that we tithe
i. From the 90% we are to take care of our personal needs
ii. From any excess, “corban” can be
III. THROUGH TRADITION THE “WORD” BECOMES (v 13)
A. Any Ritual Or Procedure Which Gives Us Security 1. Without resorting to the “Word”
i. Anything which gives us security over the “Word”.
B. Personal Traditions.
1. Church attendance
i. Whatever we hang onto for
a. Outside of God’s “Word”
C. None Effect
1. To make worthless
i. To become vain
CONCLUSION: In the Introduction, I referred to an “outa body” experience.
Personally, I have a problem with the concept of “outa body” experiences. But I do believe we as Christians, then as Baptists, we each need to look at what our beliefs are.
Have we allowed tradition to supplement our “Word” of God?
All that we believe should be based on what is written, not necessarily on what might be implied.
When I was working at Union Pacific, a group of us entered a discussion of Noah and his ark, and all the animals two by two. I noted to a woman that there were more than two by two of the clean animals. She let me know she had been a Baptist a lot longer than I. She had heard many preachers extol on the two by two. After she read God’s Word, she apologized.
How many stories of the Bible are kinda twisted in your mind?
We need to read our Bible with a need to comprehension, and for completeness.
Read to learn, not for certificates. They are nice, but we must comprehend God’s “Word” to the best of our ability.
INTRODUCTION: We as semi-righteous Christians need to know that in God NO unrighteousness exists. None, no, not any.
There is unrighteousness in you and I. We are not worthy of the mercy and the “Amazing Grace” God has given us.
If it wasn’t for the “blood” of His Only Begotten Son, we would all be heading straight to hell. Then for those of us who now call ourselves Christians, wouldn’t be, then there would be fear in death.
I. MERCY IS GOD’S RIGHT. (vv 15-18)
A. His Mercy Is Doled Out At His Will.
1. He has compassion on who He wills
2. Not necessarily deserving people
i. His mercy could go to a
ii. It could go to the most
3. God’s mercy to
was not because they: Israel
i. Wanted His mercy
ii. Sought Him
iii Deserved it
4. He chose them.
B. God’s Justice. (v 17)
5. The Pharaoh is an example.
i. God raised up Pharaoh
a. To do God’s Will
ii. Pharaoh was an unbeliever
a. As was Nebuchadnezzar
1.) He got saved.
iii. Pharaoh was evil
a. He was harsh
b. He was stubborn
c. He stood and cursed God
1.) As if he were face to
face with God.
iv. Pharaoh heard the truth
a. From Moses and Aaron
1.) He could have
figured it out.
v. God hardened the Pharaoh’s heart
a. Pharaoh “sowed” a hardened
b. Pharaoh “reaped” a hardened
2. God allows you have your desires
i. Though the Holy Spirit, He will
attempt to direct you right.
II. GOD HAS THE RIGHT TO DO HIS WILL. (vv 19-20)
A. We Have No Authority To Argue.
1. No right to ask “Why Lord?”
2. God is Supreme in Being.
B. God’s Authority Is:
1. As the potter and clay.
i. It is the potter who controls the
ii. We are as this malleable clay
2. The clay exists
i. God is molding us toward Him.
3. This is not creation
i. You exist
a. Quit resisting
ii. Do His Will
4. His is worthy
i. Are you?
III. GOD’S AUTHORITY ALLOWS HIM TO PUT UP WITH
EVIL AND UNBELIEVERS. (vv 22-24)
A. Vessels Of Wrath.
1. “Fitted” for destruction.
i. Man fits himself by rejecting God
and His Son.
B. Vessels Prepared Unto Glory.
1. Both Gentile and Jew
i. The Jew first
2. God shows no partiality
i. His mercy extends to all
a. Who will accept
3. God does not choose
i. Some to be righteous
ii. Some to be of the wrath
a. We choose
b. He accepts
1.) Based on His Will
CHOSEN PEOPLE. (vv 25-33)
Israel Was The First Chosen.
1. Like Adam
i. Became a sinner
a. Turned their backs on God.
B. The Gentiles The Second Choice.
1. Jesus was the second Adam
i. The Gentiles second choice.
C. A Remnant Of
1. Isaiah told this prophesy
CONCLUSION: God chose us not to replace the Jews, but to be a part.
As a chosen group, He chose us, it is now up to you and I to choose Him.
He has extended His “Right Hand,” Jesus The Christ, to us. All we must do is accept His “Right Hand.”