Consider the words of the song medley. Consider that a number of the singers have gone on to be in the Presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Consider the Holiness of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who is “God With Us,” who is Immanuel, who is Jesus…”For thus saith the high and lofty One who inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isaiah 57:15)
The Sovereignty Of God – Holiness
2 Chronicles 7:14 New King James Version – Consider the action words. Consider the first action word.
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”
Exodus 17:8-13 New King James Version: Consider the leadership of your congregation, and how you support them.
Victory over the Amalekites
8 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
The Purpose Of The Church; The Key Official/Can’t Do It 30 Minutes Weekly/Equip The Saints
Ephesians 4:11-12 New King James Version
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
Consider the opposition to an unbeliever receiving God’s Word.
1 Corinthians 1:18 King James Version (KJV)
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God”
Consider the difficulty that an unbeliever and new believer have in understanding God’s Word.
1 Corinthians 2:14 King James Version (KJV)
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
The Romans Road. A Road. The Romans Road. Consider the need for the road.
Romans 3:23 New King James Version. A given.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 5:8 New King James Version. God’s provision.
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23 New King James Version. Risk and reward
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 10:8-13 New King James Version: A process… God’s grace.
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”(that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10:14 New King James Version. Consider the preacher’s role. This may be inside or outside of the church building. The term, “preacher,” is non-gender specific (consider street side preaching) .
“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
John 3:1-8 New King James Version. The solution for unbelief: The new birth.
The New Birth. Jesus explains that the Holy Spirit allows a person to have eternal life. Notice that there is no plan for the new birth to occur. The Holy Spirit acts on His own sovereign purposes to regenerate someone’s spirit.
3 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Revelation 20:11-15 New King James Version – The Holy Spirit attempts to prevent anyone from being present at the Great White Throne Judgment. Consider the following two verses.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 New American Standard Bible
3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Peter 3:9 New American Standard Bible
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
The Great White Throne Judgment: This judgment awaits all who have not come to belief in Jesus.
11 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. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
The Proactive Nature Of Jesus. Consider the steps that the Holy Spirit will take to draw people to Him.
Luke 19:10 New King James Version. The specific role of Jesus in salvation – proactive.
10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
John 6:44 New King James Version. God’s role in salvation – specific. Jesus explains that the Holy Spirit is responsible for all people to come to saving faith in our Lord
44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:65 New King James Version. God’s role in belief/granting permission/necessary for salvation.
65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father
The Purpose Of All Things
Romans 8:28 New King James Version. The purpose of all things – God’s purpose.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Consider the totality of God’s calling.
Romans 11:29 New King James Version. God’s calling is irreversible, for salvation or for spiritual gifts.
29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 New King James Version. The whole person will be called.
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Those Chosen For Eternal Life
The patriarchs were chosen for eternity.
Matthew 8:11: “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.”
The patriarchs and prophets were chosen for eternity.
Luke 13:28-29: “In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out. And they will come from east and west and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus chose His disciples; they weren’t looking for Jesus.
Mark 3:13: “And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.”
John 15:16: “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
Luke 22:28-30 New King James Version
28 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Romans 8:28-30 New King James Version. Consider an order of events. It is important to know that the purpose of God is not dependant upon anybody’s decisions or actions.
Consider the general and specific calling of the Holy Spirit. vs 28 (General) vs 30 (Specific)
Romans 8:28-30 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
Calling: General And Specific
John 1:9 New King James Version
9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. (general calling)
Beyond the purposes of God, it’s also important to know God’s abilities to do anything that He needs to do to bring about the His desired outcome. God may use election, calling or reprobation to accomplish such purposes. He is the Potter of Jeremiah 18; His created beings are the clay.
Jeremiah 18:1-6 New King James Version
The Potter and the Clay
1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.”3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!
Jeremiah 32:26-27 New King James Version . There is nothing than can prevent God from achieving the goals of His purpose.
26 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, 27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
Clearly there is nothing that is too difficult for God to do.
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