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6/20/2006 ~ Power of the Gospel


All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, ...
~ 2nd Timothy 3:16-17


The Gospel is efective in changing men.

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God
He created him; ... ~ Genesis 1:27


... the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation ...
~ Romans 1:16


God created man and gave the plan to save man from himself.

Some believe that the Bible is not adequate.
~ Is the Bible sufficient?


 I wrote them down so that you may understand. <─┐
... how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery ...
~ Ephesians 3:3


Can the Bible be enough to satisfy manís heart?

"The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; ..."
~ Jeremiah 17:9


Thoughts can drive aches in the back of your heart
causing downward stomach tingles.


... proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. ...
~ Matthew 15:18-20


So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them
the Holy Spirit, ... ~ Acts 15:8-9


Man has to change his heart to conform to God.
~ What is the heart of man?

... that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
~ Genesis 6:5


For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. ... ~ Proverbs 23:7

● Thinks         

... "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?" ~ Mark 2:8

● Reasons       

"...' Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.' ..." ~ Matthew 13:15


● Understands

... "If you believe with all your heart, you may." ... ~ Acts 8:37

● Believes      

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with
the mouth confession is made unto salvation. ~ Romans 10:10

Thinks
Reasons
Understands
Believes
 ┐
 │
 ├┉
 │
 ┘
  Intellect
For the word of God is ... is a discerner of the thoughts and intents
of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12


        ● Plans and Intends

... So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly
or of necessity; ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 9:6-7


● Puposes       

... obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.
~ Romans 6:16-17


             ● Executes Obedience

Plans and Intends
Puposes
Executes Obedience
 ┐
 ├┉
 ┘
  Will

... my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.
~ Romans 10:1


● Desires         

... 'You shall love the LORD you God with all your heart, with all your soul,
and with all your mind.' ... ~ Matthew 22:37


● Loves           

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not
on your own understanding; ... ~ Proverbs 3:5


You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You. ~ Isaiah 26:3


● Trusts          

Desires
Loves
Trusts
 ┐
 ├┉
 ┘
  Emotions  

Can we control what we think, hope for, dwell upon? - Yes

... bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 10:5


The heart of man is the will of man.

"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, ... ~ Isaiah 1:18

... My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." ...
~ Isaiah 55:8-9


The appeal is to believe in the way of God.

... for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."
~ John 8:24


... let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves
is born of God and knows God. ... ~ 1st John 4:7-10


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

~ What is the Gospel?

... "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel." ~ Mark 1:14-15


It is more than just Jesusí LIFE/DEATH/RESURECTION.

It's about the truth of mankind.


... as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." ~ Romans 1:16-17

... to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had
passed over the sins that were previously committed, ... ~ Romans 3:23-26


... but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of God, ... ~ John 20:30-31


... in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time ...
~ Titus 1:2-3


~ Read Acts Chapter 2

Jesus coming was necessary for the salvation of man.
Jesus came to the earth to establish His kingdom in the hearts of men.
Jesus literally showed that He would heartfully die
for each and every one of us.
Will we feel the same?


For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
~ Galatians 3:27


Is your HEART with Him?
Actions or inaction can speak louder than words.

~ I cared and gave to you and what did I receive in return?
Pompous character assassinations? Gossip; those lies to justify the bad?
Pride points out those things below, lust in self is truly our greatest ruin.
Do you embrace the service of giving or the arrogance of taking?


Pride = Itís all about me

... - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - ...
~ 1st John 2:15.17


... who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, ...
~ Jeremiah 13:10


The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;
God is in none of his thoughts. ~ Psalm 10:4


Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
~ Proverbs 16:18


... full of idols; They worship the work of their own hands, ... ~ Isaiah 2:8

... and covetousness, which is idolatry. ~ Colossians 3:5

Desire God over any given thing.

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one
and love the other, ..." ~ Matthew 6:24


GOD is telling us to stop it in the heart.

... "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, ..."
~ Matthew 12:25


GOD gave us the gospel.

... God ... who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge
of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:6


... that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. ...
~ Romans 3:26


Commandments to be obeyed.

... and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. ...
~ 2nd Thessalonians 1:7-9


... but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, ...
~ Romans 2:8-9


Walk in the light, stay in the word, keep the commandments.

"... for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."
~ John 8:24


Faith               

"... Repent, and believe in the gospel." ~ Mark 1:14-15

... God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,
... ~ Acts 17:30-31


Repentance 

I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. ~ Luke 13:3

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it
in its lusts. ~ Romans 6:12


You get repentance from the heart.

Repentance = Redemption

... but afterward he regretted it and went. ... ~ Matthew 21:28-32

Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away
from His fierce anger, ... ~ Jonah 3:9-10


Turning is from Godly sorrow and a commandment to repent.
Anger is the sorrow of happiness.


"... whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father ..."
~ Matthew 10:32-33


Confession   

... with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. ... ~ Romans 10:9-10

"... I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." ~ Acts 8:37

... he who does not believe will be condemned. ~ Mark 16:15-16

Baptism         

... "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of
Jesus Christ ..." ~ Acts 2:38


For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. ...
~ Galatians 3:26-27


All the Lordís command are essential.

"... Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."
~ Revelation 2:10


Faithfulness

... be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 15:58


... you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word ...
~ 1st Corinthians 15:1-4


... we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it
with perseverance. ~ Romans 8:24-25


The gospel contains PROMISES in which to trust.

And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise....
~ Hebrews 6:15-16


"Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, ..." ~ Acts 2:22-36

Hearts were changed by the preaching of the gospel.

"... that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
~ Acts 2:36


... "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of
Jesus Christ ..." ~ Acts 2:38


...the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, ...
~ Acts 2:38-39


Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; ... ~ Acts 2:41

The gospel changed Saul of Tarsus

And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" ~ Acts 9:5

If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him,
He also will deny us. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:12


... "You almost persuade me to become a Christian." ... ~ Acts 26:28-29

'And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, ...' ~ Acts 22:16

Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, ... ~ Acts 9:18

From this man's seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel
a Savior - Jesus - ... ~ Acts 13:23-32


... earnestly serving God night and day, hope to attain. ... ~ Acts 26:6-7

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 4:7


Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 4:16


... sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with
the glory which shall be revealed in us. ~ Romans 8:18


... that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
~ 2nd Timothy 4:6-8


Are they ministers of Christ? ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 11:23

Do you trust in God?
Are you looking to the Glory of God?
Is your heart on those heavenly things or on that of the earth?


You can look to God with great confidence
if you believe in the gospel and obey.


... for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. ~ Jude 1:3

"... those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever,
that we may do all the words of this law." ~ Deuteronomy 29:29


It's not about what is not written, it's about what is written.



 

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