#Matthew 3:13-17

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS

Matthew 3:13-17

INTRODUCTION

The first rule of the Christian life is simple: to be Christ-like. As a child of God our entire life should be consumed with being Christ-like. Unfortunately, too many Christians prefer to be like the world, like some idol of the world.

An honest question should be addressed. When should we began to be Christ-like? The answer is when we are baptized.

This answer may surprise some. But when did Jesus began His ministry? As a baby? As a 12 year old in the Temple? No, immediately after His baptism.

Here is a very important rule of life: Very rarely do we find Christians dedicated, sold out to God and growing in their Christian life until after their baptism. Baptism is where we publicly submit to Him and to his church. When we are so yielded, we are then used of Him.

Here is a comparison: A young man asks a young lady to marry him. From that moment they start growing together. But until they publicly state their allegiance for each other do they really get intimate with each other. What a wedding is for a couple, a baptism is to Christ and a Christian.

THEME: WHEN WE PUBLICLY SUBMIT TO BAPTISM:

I. WE YIELD TO RIGHTEOUSNESS vs. 13-15

NOTE: For the first time we see Jesus take center stage in the Gospel story

     A. Then Comes Jesus vs. 13

          1. Comes: arrived

               a. Word for an official arrival or public appearance

               b. The magi arrived in Jerusalem

NOTE: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem     Matthew 2:1

          2. Jesus came alone

               a. No family members

               b. No friends

               c. But no secret baptism like David’s secret anointing

          3. To be baptized of him

               a. He came for one purpose

               b. To be baptized of John, the authority

     B. The Question Of Why Be Baptized vs. 14

          1. John forbad Him

               a. Kept trying to prevent Him

               b. John recognized His divine identity

          2. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? Matthew 3:14

NOTE: John had need of baptism; Jesus didn’t

               a. John forbad baptism to the Pharisees and Sadducees because they had not repented

               b. John forbad baptism to Jesus because He was sinless

NOTE: Why would Jesus, Who knew more than John that He was sinless, want to submit Himself to an act that testified to confession and repentance of sin

NOTE: The lesser should be blessed by the greater cf. the local church is greater that any member

     C. The Response Of Jesus vs. 15

          1. Allow it to be so now

               a. This way is fitting

               b. This act, though not seemingly appropriate, was indeed appropriate for this special time

               c. For God’s plan to perfectly fulfilled, it was necessary for Jesus to be baptized and to be baptized specially by John

          2. It is required us to fulfill all righteousness

NOTE: In His baptism He acknowledged that John’s standard of righteousness was valid and we are so subject to baptism

               a. His first recorded words in eighteen years

               b. Jesus submitted to baptism to give an example of obedience to His followers

               c. Jesus came into the world to identify with us

                   1) He identified with us in sin

NOTE: … and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.     Isaiah 53:12

                   2) He identified with us in baptism, being willing to submit to authority

                   3) He Who had no sin took His place beside us who had no righteousness

                   4) He took His place beside us in this world so we may take our place beside Him in the world to come

NOTE: Baptism is a picture of the washing away of sins; Jesus had sin – ours!

          3. Then he allowed Him

               a. He yielded to Him

               b. John could not comprehend all this

               c. He accepted the Lord’s will and obeyed

NOTE: That is what we do in baptism

T.S. WHEN WE PUBLICLY SUBMIT TO BAPTISM:

          I. WE YIELD TO RIGHTEOUSNESS

II. THE HOLY SPIRIT BEGINS A WORK IN US vs. 16

     A. When He Was Baptized

          1. The significance of the act is lost if it does not involve immersion

          2. Baptizo means literally to dip into water, not put the water on the object or person

NOTE: In baptism Jesus assumed responsibility for sinning mankind

     B. He Went Straightway Out Of The Water

          1. Out from the water

          2. Evidence He was not sprinkled

     C. The Heavens Were Opened

          1. The veil of the Temple was rent into to symbolize the perfect access of all to God

          2. Here the heavens are rent open to show Jesus has perfect access to God

     D. The Spirit Of God Descends On Jesus Like A Dove

          1. Why is the Spirit represented by a dove?

               a. The dove is to birds what the lamb is to the animal kingdom

               b. Represents graciousness and purity

          2. The dove in Jewish sacrifices

               a. The richest people gave a bull

               b. The middle class people gave a lamb

               c. The poorest gave a dove

NOTE: Mary and Joseph gave a dove when Jesus was brought to the Temple

NOTE:  Even the Christian who is the poorest in spirit has possession of the Holy Spirit

T.S. WHEN WE PUBLICLY SUBMIT TO BAPTISM:

          I. WE YIELD TO RIGHTEOUSNESS

         II. THE HOLY SPIRIT BEGINS A WORK IN US

III. THE FATHER CONFIRMS WHO WE ARE            vs. 17

     A. The Trinity Participated In The Baptism Of Jesus

          1. Jesus confirmed it by saying, “It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” vs. 15

          2. The Holy Spirit confirmed it by resting on Him vs. 16

          3. The Father confirmed it by His statement vs. 17

     B. This Is My Beloved Son

          1. My – ownership

          2. Beloved

                 a. Agape

                 b. The highest form of love

                 c. Denotes a deep, rich and profound relationship

          3. Son

               a. Not an angel

               b. The essence of God Himself

          4. Well pleased

               a. No imperfection could be found in Him

               b. The delight of God

NOTE: When the Son became sin for us, we received the same great love

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE PUBLICLY SUBMIT TO BAPTISM:

I. WE YIELD TO RIGHTEOUSNESS

II. THE HOLY SPIRIT BEGINS A WORK IN US

III. THE FATHER CONFIRMS WHO WE ARE

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#2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

THE MAN OF SIN IS REVEALED

II Thessalonians 2:1-17

INTRODUCTION

Much is said in the Word of God in relation to the Anti-Christ. He is to be a man of great ability and power. The world is preparing itself today for this man and his ministry.

Paul now comes to the heart of his letter, his explanation about the Day of the Lord and the Man of Sin. The Christians were “shaken” instead of established (I Thessalonians 3:2, 13) because they had been told (falsely) that the Day of the Lord was already upon them. “At hand” in vs. 2 should be “already present.” Paul explains that certain events must take place before this day of wrath and judgment can come to the world.

I. THE MAN 2:1-6

     A. The Apostasy Must Take Place 2:1-3

          1. Jesus to return for his own vs. 1

          2. Christ’s coming is imminent vs. 2

          3. Apostasy to usher the man in vs. 3

NOTE: Perdition: from the same root word for Apollyon, destroyer

NOTE: Apostasy means “falling away.”

     B. This Apostasy, Or Falling Away From The Truth, Was Promised In I Timothy 4 And II Timothy 3

     C. The Man Will Be Called “God” vs. 4

          1. This world ruler will be energized by the Devil and will unite Europe in a great federation (the ten toes of Daniel’s image, Daniel 2)

          2. According to Revelation 17, the Antichrist seems to cooperate with the Roman Catholic Church in his rise to power, and then will destroy the Roman system

     D. Words To Remember vs. 5-6

          1. The program is as follows:

               a. The Church will be raptured

               b. The Antichrist will begin his rise to power in a peaceful way

               c. He will unite Europe and make a seven year covenant with Israel to protect her against Russia and Egypt

               d. After three and one half years he will break that covenant and invade Israel

               e. He will abolish all religion, Roman and Jewish, and set himself up to be worshipped (Revelation 13)

               f. At the end of the seven year tribulation period (Day of the Lord), Christ will return to earth and destroy Antichrist and his system.

          2. Both The Old Testament and the New Testament predict:

               a. The return of the Jews to Palestine

               b. The rebuilding of the Jewish temple

               c. When Antichrist sets himself up in the temple, this will be the “Abomination of Desolation.”

NOTE: And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.     Daniel 11:31

NOTE: When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)        Matthew 24:15

II. THE MINISTRY 2:7-12

     A. Lawlessness At Work vs. 7

          1. What holds back Satan’s program and the rise of Antichrist?

               a. God has a “Restrainer” in the world, which we believe is the Holy Spirit in the Church

               b. The One Who hinders (letteth: in vs. 7) is the Spirit, and He will continue to hinder Satan’s activities until He is taken out when the Church is raptured at Christ’s return

          2. This will give Satan free course to fill the cup of iniquity to the full

NOTE: The Spirit will still work on earth, since people will believe and be saved after the rapture; but His hindering ministry through the Body of Christ will end

     B. Lawlessness To End vs. 8

     C. The Power Of The Man’s Works vs. 9

          1. Satan will work through the Antichrist in miraculous powers

NOTE: Just as the magicians in Egypt imitated Moses’ miracles

          2. He will imitate Christ’s powers (cf. Acts 2:22) and get the world to accept him and worship him

     D. The Deceit Of The Man’s Works vs. 10

          1. People would rather believe a lie than the truth

          2. True believers who are saved after the rapture will not be deceived; it is the lost who will be deluded into hell

          3. They will believe the lie not God

NOTE: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.      Romans 1:25

          4. Some teachers believe that those who have heard the Gospel and rejected it during this age will not be able to be saved after the Rapture occurs

     E. The Delusion Of The Man’s Works vs. 11

     D. The Results Of The Man’s Works vs. 12

III. THE DELIVERANCE  2:13-17

     A. In Salvation vs. 13

          1. The Day of the Lord applies to the Gentile nations and the Jews, but not to the Church

          2. It is a day of wrath, and the Church will not see this wrath of God

NOTE: And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.     I Thessalonians 1:10

NOTE: For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ   I Thessalonians 5:9

          3. The purpose of the tribulation is the punishment of the Gentiles and the purification of the Jewish nation which has returned to its own land in unbelief and has followed the Antichrist

          4. But Antichrist cannot begin his rise to power until Christ has taken the Church off the scene

     B. Through The Gospel vs. 14

          1. We have been chosen by God; they have been chosen the Devil

          2. We have been saved by believing the truth; they have been damned because they believe a lie

          3. We have believed the good news of the Gospel; they believe the false promises of the Devil

          4. We have been chosen for glory; they are destined for hell

     C. The Strength Of The Word vs. 15

          1. Paul makes a wonderful application: Stand Fast!

               a. Don’t be moved by political upheavals, or religious apostasy

               b. All of these things must take place, and God is still on the throne

          2. As the end of the age draws near, it is going to be more and more difficult to live for Christ and serve Him

          3. We have in Christ and His Word eternal encouragement and good hope!

     D. The Comfort Of The Word vs. 16-17

NOTE: One should not be forgetful of the power of Satan – yet also, one should not be forgetful of the great and matchless power of God through Christ

          1. We must keep on working

          2. Keep on giving out the Word; keep on working for Christ

          3. As we win others to Christ, we are building up the Body

NOTE: These are great and challenging days       II Timothy 3-4

CONCLUSION

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#Matthew 4:1-11a

THE TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

Matthew 4:1-11

INTRODUCTION

A. The Baptism Of Christ

     1. Public event

     2. Public figure baptizing

     3. The public figure recognized the Son of God

NOTE: Maybe people talked about our potential at our baptism

     4. What happens

          a. The heavens open

           b. God speaks

            c. The Holy Spirit comes on Him

            d. The crowd sees this

     B. Jesus In The Will Of God

          1. Led by the Spirit of God

          2. Led into the wilderness

          3. Fasted for 40 days

          4. Tempted by the devil

NOTE: All this in the will of God

NOTE: It is not a sin to be tempted. The sin comes in yielding to the temptation cf. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.       I Corinthians 10:13

NOTE: 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. 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.

James 1:2-4;12

NOTE: We are to be Christ-like, imitators of Christ. Let us see how He acted under temptation so we also may so act under temptation    I Peter 5:8,9

THEME: WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF TEMPTATIONS WE FACE?

I. WE CAN FACE THE TEMPTATION OF HUNGER vs. 3-4

     A. A Common Condition That Does Not Have To Be a Temptation

NOTE: No sin in getting hungry

     B. The Sin Can Be In How We Go About Satisfying Our Hunger

     C. Various Types Of Hunger

          1. For Food: steal?

          2. For attention; preeminence?

NOTE: Tear down others to make ourself look better? Gossip, malice, hatred?

          3. For success

               a. Don’t care who we have to step on or over in order to succeed?

               b. Lie, cheat, steal?

     D. How Did Jesus Face This Temptation?

          1. He stayed in the will of God

          2. He answered the temptation with Scripture

NOTE: All Three Answers Come From Deuteronomy

NOTE: When the Scripture was given, Satan did not reply or continue on that temptation

NOTE: There is a difference between hunger and hunger after: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled        Matthew 5:6

T.S.   WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF TEMPTATIONS WE FACE?

          I. WE CAN FACE THE TEMPTATION OF HUNGER

II. WE CAN FACE THE TEMPTATION OF IMPORTANCE

     A. Jesus Was:

          1. In the will of God

          2. In the Holy City

          3. Over the Temple

     B. No One Is Ever So Important That They Can Over-Tempt God

NOTE: vs. 7     “tempt”

Ekpeiriseis     over tempt

          1. Nothing wrong with trying the spirits to see which are good

          2. Nothing wrong with putting out the fleece

          3. Many times motive is the key

               a. Pride

               b. Arrogance (demand)

               c. Humility and love

NOTE: Students: education getting to their head, but not to their brains

T.S. WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF TEMPTATIONS WE FACE?

          I. WE CAN FACE THE TEMPTATION OF HUNGER

        II. WE CAN FACE THE TEMPTATION OF IMPORTANCE

III. WE CAN FACE THE TEMPTATION OF THE SHORT CUT    vs. 8-10

     A. Satan Is The Prince Of This World; He Had The Right To Give These Kingdoms To Jesus

     B. A Lot Could Have Been Passed Up By Jesus

          1. Tired body with all its aches, pain and hurt

          2. Loss of sleep

          3. Humility

          4. Rejection

          5. The cross

NOTE: After all, didn’t He come so that every knee should bow and every tongue should confess Jesus Christ is Lord?

     C. A Lot Would Have Been Lost

          1. The substitutionary, atoning death of Christ Jesus would have had the kingdoms of the world but every person who died in those kingdoms would have hone to hell

          2. Every knee would not have bowed to Satan; Because Jesus would have subordinated Himself before Satan

     D. We Are Never The Same After Temptation Whether We Win Or Lose

          1. At the beginning of the temptation Jesus was fasting in the wilderness

          2. At the end of the temptation Jesus was on a mountaintop with angels ministering to Him

     C. Then The Devil Left Him

NOTE: And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.        Luke 4:13

          1. For a season

          2. Until a good opportunity

CONCLUSION

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF TEMPTATIONS WE FACE?

I. WE CAN FACE THE TEMPTATION OF HUNGER

II. WE CAN FACE THE TEMPTATION OF IMPORTANCE

III. WE CAN FACE THE TEMPTATION OF THE SHORT CUT

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#Matthew 4:18-22

THE CALL

Matthew 4:18-22

INTRODUCTION

When most of us were saved we began to realize that God has more of a program for us than just getting us to heaven. We were not created to be saved and then set until Jesus comes or until we die and go to heaven. When we are saved we begin to live the greatest live imaginable. It is a life that this old world of sin cannot truly comprehend. While many want the good found in this life, they do not have the nature to want to live this life. Sin is just too much with them.

After we get saved, or born into the family of God, we are to begin growing spiritually. In this spiritual growth is the dawning realization that God has more for us and our life than just some day living in heaven. We have life now. And with this life every one of us have a calling. As Peter wrote, we are to … make your calling … sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall (II Peter 1:10). We might say that the success of our Christian life is determining and following the calling of our Christian life.

THEME: WHEN JESUS CALLS US:

I. WE ARE A PART OF HIS STRATEGY IN REACHING THE WORLD vs. 18a

     A. Jesus Has A Strategy

          1. To develop a community of disciples

          2. They would be with Him

          3. They would learn about Him

         4. They would learn from Him

     B. A Disciple Is One Who Both Identifies With, And Learns From, His Master

          1. These four make up the inner circle of Jesus’ larger group of disciples

          2. They were average men, individualists, not the bravest nor the easiest to work with

               a. Peter was impulsive and headstrong

               b. Andrew was homespun and supportive

               c. James and John were ambitious and called “sons of thunder”

          3. They were willing to change

               a. They were willing to identify with Christ

               b. They were willing to tell others of Him

               c. They were willing to give their lives telling others

               d. They were willing to die for Him

               e. They died for Him

     C. Jesus Was Walking vs. 18

          1. Make due use of opportunities

          2. Make one’s way

          3. Progress

     D. The Sea Of Galilee

          1. Called “the most sacred sheet of water in the world”

          2. In the Bible the sea is a type of the world

T.S. WHEN JESUS CALLS US:

          I. WE ARE A PART OF HIS STRATEGY IN REACHING THE WORLD

II. SOME OF US HAVE LESS TO LEAVE TO FOLLOW JESUS vs. 18b-20

     A. Jesus Saw The Potential In Simon And Andrew

          1. What it means to see as He saw

               a. He discerned their hearts

               b. He inspected or examined their motives

               c. He noticed their zeal

               d. He perceive their potential for Him

              e. He understood their limitations

          2. He knew their character

               a. Peter

                   1) A rock or stone

                   2) “Rocky”

               b. Andrew

                   1) “Manly”

                   2) A man’s man

     B. Jesus Saw They Were Fishermen

          1. Represents average people

               a. Not rich

               b. Not intellectual

               c. Not influential

          2. That He chose fishermen shows that He relied on more that mere learning and worldly influence

          3. The success of their labors was is evidence of divine power

     C. Jesus Called Them With Simplicity vs. 19

          1. He said unto them

               a. He spoke personally unto them

               b. He showed a personal interest in them

          2. Follow me

               a. Not a doctrine

               b. Not an ideal

               c. A Person

          3. I will make you

               a. All this new work is not dependent on them

               b. I – Jesus

               c. The power of Jesus

              d. The authority of Jesus

          4. I will make you

               a. Not, I hope to make you

               b. Not, I think I can make you

              c. Definitive

              d. Guarantee

NOTE: A contrast of ministries

          a. The rabbis called disciples

               1) Their disciples became scholars

               2) Their disciples ceased being their disciples

          b. Jesus called disciples

               1) His disciples preached the Kingdom

               2) His disciples lead others to Him

               3) His disciples never ceased being disciples of Him

     D. Jesus Gave Them A Simple Ministries – Fishers Of Men

          1. Things fishermen need

          2. The value of the object – fish and people

          3. The necessity of skill

          4. The necessity of strength

          5. The necessity of vigilance

          6. The necessity of habits

          7. The necessity of hard work

          8. The necessity of privation

          9. The necessity of fatigue

       10. Success in the catch

NOTE: Fishers of men

          a. Not just Jews

          b. Not religious

          c. The whole world

     E. What Humble Instruments God Uses To Convert People

          1. He chose fishermen to convert the world

          2. He chooses the foolish to confound the wise

         3. In the power of God any instrument can be used to change the hearts of people and save their souls

     F. They Responded “Straightway” vs. 20

          1. Immediately

               a. No hesitation

               b. Without hesitation

          2. Unhesitating response to the divine call

          3. A test of true devotion to the Master

          4. There is something magnetic and authoritative about the claims of Jesus upon us

     G. They Left Their Nets And Followed Him

          1. Left

               a. Abandon

               b. Disregarded the value

               c. Neglect

          2. Their nets

               a. No nets can entangle those whom Jesus calls to follow Him

               b. For many their livelihood entangles them

          3. They followed Him

               a. They gave every evidence of sincerity

               b. Little did they know what lay ahead

               c. They had no knowledge of persecution and martyrdom

               d. They had no knowledge of the souls in heaven because of them

               e. They had no knowledge except knowledge of Jesus

T.S. WHEN JESUS CALLS US:

          I. WE ARE A PART OF HIS STRATEGY IN REACHING THE WORLD

        II. SOME OF US HAVE LESS TO LEAVE TO FOLLOW JESUS

III. SOME OF US HAVE MORE TO LEAVE TO FOLLOW JESUS

     A. Some Are Busy Mending

NOTE: That is the business of the world. Everything wears out. It seems we spend as much time cleaning and repairing as we use things. Or, working in order to pay for replacements.

          1. Make something what it ought to be

NOTE: Most of what we try to correct without Jesus is useless

               a. Making perfect

               b. Repairing what has been broken or rent

               c. Restoring

               d. Strengthening

          2. They, like Peter and Andrew, were preparing for their daily work

               a. They had a plan for their lives

               b. They were not lazy

NOTE: Notice the people in the Bible that were busy when God called them

     B. They vs. 22

          1. Together

          2. Became a team

     C. Left The Ship

          1. Not all leave the same things

          2. Peter and Andrew left nets vs. 20

          3. James and John left a ship

          4. Matthew left a job

     D. Left Their Father

          1. Simon and Andrew had no relatives mentioned

          2. James and John left a father

          3. Their decision to follow Jesus attests to the greatness and worthiness of Jesus

NOTE: Prior to this they had an off and on relationship with Jesus

          a. Now all the time with Jesus

          b. A permanent discipleship

NOTE: The result of following Jesus

          a. A Livingstone in Africa

          b. A Carey in India

          c. A Judson in Burma

          d. A Bagby in Brazil

          e. A Morrison in China

NOTE:  When Fancis Xavier declared that he was going to a savage country and try to win the savages to Christ, his friends did everything to dissuade him. “Whatever form of trouble or death awaits me, I am ready to offer it ten thousand times over for the salvation of one single soul.”

CONCLUSION

WHEN JESUS CALLS US:

I. WE ARE A PART OF HIS STRATEGY IN REACHING THE WORLD

II. SOME OF US HAVE LESS TO LEAVE TO FOLLOW JESUS

III. SOME OF US HAVE MORE TO LEAVE TO FOLLOW JESUS

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#2 Thessalonians 3:1-18

THE INSTRUCTED CHILD OF GOD

2 Thessalonians 3:1-18

INTRODUCTION

The second coming of Christ is not a doctrine to examine and study; it is a truth to grip our lives and make us better Christians. It is not enough to know about His coming, or to believe it; we must practice it in daily life. Unfortunately, some of the believers at Thessalonica were abusing the doctrine of Christ’s return, and in this final chapter, Paul exhorts them to change their ways.

In chapter three, Paul’s writings deals with present day instructions for Christians. It is good to be prepared for the future; it is wonderful to be obedient in the present.

I. PRAY FOR GOD’S MINISTERS 3:1-5

     A. For Their Ministry vs. 1

          1. What a tremendous power the believer has in prayer!

               a. Though Satan is at work in the world, we can still pray to God and see Him answer!

               b. Paul’s request is that they pray for his ministry of the Word

          2. The only way to counteract Satan’s lies is with the truth of the Word of God

               a. Paul desires to see it “run freely” throughout the world

               b. The Word is ignored; Paul yearns to see it glorified

          3. The Word did have free course among the believers at Thessalonica, and was being glorified; because they received it and believed it

NOTE: For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.   I Thessalonians 2:13

NOTE: But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth II Thessalonians 2:13

     B. For Their Deliverance vs. 2

          1. He also prays that they might be delivered from wicked men

          2. Wherever we take the Gospel, Satan will raise up unreasonable (perverse) and evil men to oppose us cf. Acts 18:1-12

          3. These unbelievers oppose the Word themselves, and even oppose those who would give out the Word

NOTE: “He is faithful” is the watchword of the steadfast Christian

     C. The Promise Of The Lord vs. 3

     D. The Confidence Of Paul vs. 4

     E. The Patient Waiting For The Lord vs. 5

          1. The believer needs to be patient as he prays and gives out the Word

               a. God is able to give us this patience as we grow in our love for Christ

               b. The steward who became impatient as he waited for His Lord had trouble with his heart Matthew 24:42-51

          2. Paul tells us to love the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ

NOTE: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.         II Timothy 4:8

NOTE: Where there is love, there will be patience and hope

II. WITHDRAW FROM UNRULY BRETHREN 3:6-10

     A. The Command vs. 6

          1. Some of the believers had misapplied the teaching concerning the return of Christ

          2. “If the Lord is coming back soon,” they argued, “then we ought to give up our jobs and wait for Him to come!”

NOTE: How foolish men can be when they resist the clear teaching of the Word of God!

          3. Paul admonishes the true believers to withdraw from these lazy Christians who are disobeying the Word of God, that the offenders might be ashamed and correct their ways vs. 6,14

          4. They should treat them as brothers, not as enemies; but they should not put up with their sin

     B. We Have Been Given An Example vs. 8-9

          1. He points back to his own teaching and example

          2. While with them, Paul had worked with his own hands and supported himself and his co-laborers Thessalonians 2:9-12, Acts 20:33-35

     C. They Have Been Given An Admonition vs. 10

          1. He had repeatedly taught them to work faithfully as Christians and care for their own needs

               a. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat

NOTE: For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.  II Thessalonians 3:10

               b. The church cared for those who had honest needs Acts 6, I Timothy 5

          2. This is a terrible testimony to non-Christians

NOTE: Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Colossians 4:5

               a. The second coming of Christ ought to impel us to work harder

               b. The second coming of Christ ought to impel us to be faithful to obey His Word

III. WITHDRAW FROM DISOBEDIENT MEN 3:11-13

     A. Their Actions vs. 11

          1. The church is not obligated to help the man who is able to work but who will not

          2. Those who refuse to work become busy-bodies; they have time on their hands, and they interfere with other people’s business

NOTE: I Timothy 5:9-16

NOTE: But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.      I Peter 4:15

     B. Their Instructions vs. 12

          1. With quietness we work

          2. With quietness we eat our own bread

     C. Our Exhortation vs. 13

          1. When faithful Christians see unfaithful Christians living as they do, it often discourages them

          2. Paul encourages them, “Be not weary in well doing! Don’t give up!”

          3. Let’s be found faithful when Jesus comes

III. HEARING AND DOING                     3:14-15

     A. The Word Of God Is To Be Heard And Obeyed vs. 14

           1. The person who refuses to obey what Paul has to say is to be marked by the believers and treated accordingly

           2. This is not official church discipline, as in I Corinthians 5, but personal corrective action by individual members of the church

           3. We ought not to encourage laziness

           4. If each Christian would obey the Word of God, what a better church we would be!

     B. Christians Must Have Discernment In Relationships vs. 15

          1. Spiritual maturity discerns between brothers and sisters and enemies of the Gospel

          2. Disagreeing without being disagreeable

          3. We win the lost; we love the brothers and sisters

               a. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. John 13:34

              b. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12

              c. These things I command you, that ye love one another. John 15:17

              d. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently I Peter 1:22

NOTE: One of the marks of the Thessalonian church was its attitude toward the Word of God. They heard and received the Word, and believed it (I Thessalonians 1:5-6, 2:13), and shared it with others. But over the weeks, some of the believers had become hardened to the Word: they heard it but did not obey it. The evidence of their unbelief and disobedience was seen in the way they lived, and their lives were a disgrace to the church. We must be hearers AND doers of the Word (James 1:22-27).

IV. THE BENEDICTION 3:16-18

     A. In Love             vs. 16-17

          1. Paul’s closing benediction deals with peace and grace

               a. How these believers needed peace!

               b. They were going through terrible tribulation; some of their number had died; some were living disorderly lives

               c. We can have peace in our hearts if we surrender to Christ, believe His promises, and look for His return

               d. Nothing will encourage the tested believer like the expectation of Christ’s return!

          2. This peace comes from His presence:

               a. “The Lord be with you all”

               b. This is the God of peace giving us the peace of God Philippians 4:4-9

     B. In Grace vs. 18

          1. Paul adds his personal signature and his benediction of grace

          2. This is the way Paul closed all of his letters, and this was the test of a genuine letter from Paul

          3. Satan has his counterfeits and forgeries, so Paul assures them that this letter is authentic and authoritative

NOTE: The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.    I Corinthians 16:21

NOTE: Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.      Galatians 6:11

NOTE: The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.       Colossians 4:18

CONCLUSION

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments;

For this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

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#Matthew 4:1-11

THE TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

Matthew 4:1-11

INTRODUCTION

Matthew is introducing the Person of the King. Before a king can rule others, he must prove that he can rule himself. this is why Saul lost his throne. He was unable to control himself and obey God.

Matthew 4:1-11 deals with the King of Kings meeting his enemy, ‘the prince of this world’ and defeating him.

Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.      John 14:30

I. THE TYPES IN MATTHEW FOUR

     A. Jesus Fulfills the Old Testament Type Of Adam

NOTE: The relation of Jesus to Adam

          a. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. Romans 5:14

          b. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. I Corinthians 15:22

          c. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. I Corinthians 15:45

          1. Adam was tempted in a beautiful garden; Christ was tempted in a lonely wilderness

          2. Adam was at his best when he was tempted; Christ was hungry

NOTE: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.        Genesis 1:26

NOTE: Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

Matthew 4:1-2

          3. Adam was the king of the old creation; Christ is King of the new spiritual creation

          4. Adam sinned and lost his dominion; Christ obeyed and regained what Adam had lost

          5. Adam was defeated and brought death to humanity; Christ was victorious and brought life to all who will trust Him

     B. Jesus Fulfills the Old Testament Type Of David

          1. Both David and Jesus came from Bethlehem

          2. Both were chosen and anointed by God

          3. Both were ‘exiles’ and persecuted

               a. David by a political leader

               b. Jesus by religious leaders

          4. Goliath dared Israel for forty days; Satan attacked Christ after forty days

          5. One to five

               a. David used one stone from five to defeat the giant

               b. Jesus used one book (Deuteronomy) from five (the Law of Moses) to defeat Satan

          6. Goliath was a strong man; Satan is compared to a strong man

NOTE: But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

Matthew 12:28-29

NOTE: Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.    Jude 1:9

          7. The swords

               a. David cut off the giant’s head with his sword

                b. Jesus overcame Satan with the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God

NOTE: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.    Hebrew 4:12

II. THE DOCTRINAL MESSAGE OF MATTHEW FOUR

NOTE: Satan never attacks us at our strong points but at our weakest

     A. The First Temptation

          1. The Appeal of Satan

               a. The appeal to the body

               b. The desire of the flesh

          2. There is no sin in being hungry

               a. God would not let His own children hunger

               b. Your are the Son of God, aren’t your?

          3. The contrast

               a. God holds out on us

                   1) God must not love you

                   2) If He did He would take better care of you

NOTE: When we carefully examine the tactics of both Satan and Jesus in how each used Scripture, an important difference is seen

          a. Satan quotes Scripture against Scripture (and sometimes not using all of the verse

          b. Jesus quotes Scripture and lets it stand alone a the authority on the subjects (no explanation needed)

               b. Jesus lived to please the Father

NOTE: And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.         John 8:29

          4. Jesus met this temptation with Deuteronomy 8:3

NOTE: And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.       Deuteronomy 8:3

          5. Feeding the spiritual man is far more important than feeding the physical

NOTE: Deuteronomy 8:1-6 says God tests us and proves us in the ordinary things of life

     B. The Second Temptation

          1. Satan “dares” Jesus to prove the faithfulness of God

          2. “Since you believe the Word of God, then why not prove one of God’s promises?”

NOTE: A misquoting of Psalm 91:11-12. He left out “in all thy ways” not when we want to prove God

NOTE: For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Psalm 91:11-12

          3. “If you really believe in God’s care, then throw yourself down and let the angels catch you!”

NOTE: The sin of mishandling the Word of God

          a. Taking passages out of their context

          b. Claiming promises when we have not met the conditions of the promises

          4. Jesus responds with Deuteronomy 6:16

NOTE: Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.       Deuteronomy 6:16

NOTE: And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.

Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the Lord?

And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?

Exodus 17:1-3

               a. To do something without Biblical authority is to sin

               b. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:23

     C. The Third Temptation

          1. Jesus is offered the “easy way” to become King

          2. God had already promised these kingdoms to Christ (in the Millennial context)

NOTE: Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Psalm 2:6-7

          3. The cost of receiving these kingdoms was the cross

          4. Jesus replied with Deuteronomy 6:13

NOTE: Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. Deuteronomy 6:13

          5. The great truth: what we worship is what we serve

          6. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24

III. PRACTICAL MESSAGES IN MATTHEW FOUR

     A. Christ Was Tempted As Man And Defeated Satan As Man

          1. As our High Priest He as been there

          2. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. I Corinthians 10:13

     B. The Only Way We Defeat Satan Is With The Word

          1. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. Psalm 119:101

          2. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

     C. Like Christ We Must Depend On The Power Of The Holy Spirit

     D. Satan Knows The Bible

     E. Temptations Come Anywhere

          1. In the wilderness

          2. In the Temple

          3. On mountain tops

     F. How Temptations Change

          1. The first temptation – reasonable

          2. The second temptation – questionable

          3. The third temptation – objectionable

NOTE: The Law Of Temptation: Sin is a gradual thing

NOTE: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.         James 4:7

CONCLUSION

I. THE TYPES IN MATTHEW FOUR

II. THE DOCTRINAL MESSAGE OF MATTHEW FOUR

III. PRACTICAL MESSAGES IN MATTHEW FOUR

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Matthew 5:4

BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN

Matthew 5:4

INTRODUCTION

It is no fun to be sad. Maybe that is how hypochondriacs get their kicks, but a normal person gets no jollies out of sadness. Our world around us does much to keep us happy, healthy, wealthy and wise. Yet daily in this life we are faced with discouragement, disappointment and tragedy.

We mourn because we cannot even meet the standards we set for ourselves. We mourn because others fail the standards we expect of them.

We fear most of all potential tragedy in our lives. We realize our lives are a vapor and who is able to order and control a vapor? We can only watch the days of our lives evaporate before our eyes.

THE CLOCK OF LIFE IS WOUND BUT ONCE

When as a child I laughed and slept

Time crept.

When as a youth I dreamt and talked

Time walked.

When I became a full-grown man

Time ran.

When the older still I daily grew

Time flew.

Soon I shall find in traveling on

Time is gone.

And what does the world have for our tears of an empty life of discouragement, disappointment and tragedy? I probably can be summed up in an old song, “Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile.”

But Jesus said, Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  Matthew 5:4

THEME: WHEN WE MOURN:

I. WE MUST MOURN CORRECTLY

     A. Not Like The World

          1. The paradox: the sad are happy

          2. The path to happiness is sadness; the way to rejoicing is in mourning

          3. The human goal of life: The way to happiness is having things go our own way

               a. Pleasure brings happiness

               b. Money brings happiness

               c. Entertainment brings happiness

               d. Fame brings happiness

               e. Self expression brings happiness

          4. Negative goals of life:

               a. Avoid any pain, trouble, disappointment, frustration and hardship

               b. Avoid any problems that don’t bring happiness

          5. The opposite of Matthew 5:4

NOTE: But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger.

Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Luke 6: 24-26

     B. Not With Improper Mourning

NOTE: Some sorrows are normal and legitimate sorrows. Some sorrows are abnormal and illegitimate brought about solely because of our sinful passions and objectives.

          1. The sorrow of those frustrated

               a. In fulfilling evil plans and lusts

               b. Those who have misguided loyalties and affection

               c. No help or solace from the Lord

          2. Legitimate sorrow gone to illegitimate extremes

               a. When a person grieves so hard and so long over the loss of a loved one that he or she cannot function normally, that grief becomes sinful and destructive

               b. Such depressing sorrow is usually related to guilt

               c. It is a selfish sorrow

               d. For the Christian it is a mark of unfaithfulness and lack of trust in God

NOTE: When Absalom died David went into inconsolable mourning

NOTE: And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!     II Samuel 18:13

          a. Probably because of his great feeling of guilt for having been such a poor father

          b. He knew Absalom’s death was the result of God’s judgment

          c. David’s grief was abnormal

     C. But With Proper Mourning

          1. Proper sorrow is when reasonable mourning is appropriate

          2. Sorrow is an escape valve that that God has given us that keeps our feelings from festering and poisoning our emotions and our whole life and others around us

NOTE: All sunshine makes a desert           Arab proverb

          3. The trouble free life is likely to be a shallow life

NOTE: I walked a mile with Pleasure

She chattered all the way,

But left me none the wiser

For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow,

And ne’er a word said she,

But, oh, the things I learned from her

When Sorrow walked with me.

Robert Browning Hamilton

T.S. WHEN WE MOURN:

          I. WE MUST MOURN CORRECTLY

II. WE MUST BEWARE OF HINDRANCES TO PROPER MOURNING

     A. The Love Of Sin In Our Life

          1. Despair; giving up on God

          2. Conceit; tries to hide the sin itself

          3. Choosing to believe that there is nothing over which to mourn

NOTE: Treating cancer as if it is a bad cold

     B. Pride In Our Life

          1. We admit sins are bad in our life

          2. But it is not that bad; it’s controllable

              a. We don’t need to confess

              b. We don’t need to repent

              c. We don’t need to forsake

          3. The doctrine of procrastination

               a. Put off confessing

               b. Tomorrow, always tomorrow

T.S. WHEN WE MOURN:

          I. WE MUST MOURN CORRECTLY

        II. WE MUST BEWARE OF HINDRANCES TO PROPER MOURNING

III. WE MUST MOURN SPIRITUALLY

     A. The Mourning Jesus Is Referring To Here Is Godly Sorrow

          1. Who can spiritually mourn

               a. Those who sincerely desire to belong to Him

               b. Those who already belong to Him

          2. Godly sorrow over sin leads to repentance

NOTE: For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.         II Corinthians 7:10

     B. How Spiritual Mourning Works

          1. To enter the kingdom we must realize our spiritual poverty vs. 3

          2. To be comforted we must first mourn vs. 4

     C. Nine Different Greek Words Are Used In The New Testament To Speak Of Sorrow

          1. Of the nine the one used here is the most severe

               a. The deepest, most heart-felt grief

               b. Used of grieving over the death of a loved one

               c. Deep inner agony

          2. Blessedness does not come in the mourning itself but in the forgiveness that such mourning brings

NOTE: David mourned over a lot of things but nothing broke his heart like his own sin

          3. True mourning over sin does not focus on ourselves, not even on our sins, but focuses on God

               a. Our first concern is for the harm our sin does to God’s glory

               b. Not the harm its exposure might bring to our own reputation or welfare

          4. To grow in grace is not sinlessness but a growing awareness of sinfulness

T.S. WHEN WE MOURN:

          I. WE MUST MOURN CORRECTLY

        II. WE MUST BEWARE OF HINDRANCES TO PROPER MOURNING

      III. WE MUST MOURN SPIRITUALLY

IV. WE MUST ALLOW GOD TO COMFORT US

          A. It Is Not The Mourning That Blesses

               1. It is the comfort that God gives

               2. We must mourn in a godly way

                    a. We must be sensitive to sin and quick to mourn over it

                    b. Sorrow for sin itself, not the consequence of sin

NOTE: For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.         II Corinthians 7:10

NOTE: Comforted is the same word for the Holy Spirit and Jesus in John 14:16

NOTE: And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever         John 14:16

     B. Mourn Is Present Participle (Greek)

          1. Continuous action

          2. Those who are continually mourning are those who will be continually comforted

NOTE: Recognition of our spiritual bankruptcy

vs. 3 – Intellectual acknowledgment

va. 4 – Emotional acknowledgment

     C. It Is All Right To Mourn

          1. Jesus was a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief

               a. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3

               b. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

Matthew 26:37-38

          2. Jeremiah was the weeping prophet

          3. Paul preached with tears

NOTE: Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews   Acts 20:19

          4. In the Bible tender sympathy is expressed towards those mourning

               a. Weep with those who weep

NOTE: Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.  Romans 12:15

               b. Sorrow not as others which have no hope

NOTE: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.         I Thessalonians 4:13

     D. We Are Comforted Only When We Know God Has Forgiven Us Our Sin

          1. Mourners are Blessed because they are the only ones who are forgiven

NOTE: Forgiven versus no hope of the world’s endless guilt

          2. The sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite heart

               a. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18

               b. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalm 51:17

               c. Christ will never leave us or forsake us

NOTE: 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.      Hebrews 13:5

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE MOURN:

I. WE MUST MOURN CORRECTLY

II. WE MUST BEWARE OF HINDRANCES TO PROPER MOURNING

III. WE MUST MOURN SPIRITUALLY

IV. WE MUST ALLOW GOD TO COMFORT US

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