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Why Do You Call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and Not Do What I Tell You? (Luke 6:46) - Tim Conway

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    Let's open up our Bibles to Luke 6:46.
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    One thing we know
    for certain on this night
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    when America holds its breath
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    about who's going to
    be its next president,
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    there is One who is Lord,
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    and He's taken a seat on the throne
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    of His father David,
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    and He is going to rule over Jacob
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    and He is going to reign
    forever and forever.
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    And they call Him, "Lord."
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    Lord of lords.
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    Luke 6:46
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    Probably most of you are
    familiar with this verse.
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    But let's think about it.
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    "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,'
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    and not do what I tell you?"
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    Now, is that obvious to everybody -
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    what's going on in this verse?
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    Why do you call Me, "Lord, Lord," -
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    well, that's interesting.
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    "Lord, Lord," - we don't talk like that.
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    We don't say, "Kevin, Kevin."
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    Or "Glenn, Glenn."
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    "Lord, Lord."
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    Why do you call Me, "Lord, Lord?"
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    Anybody have any insights into
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    that kind of addressing of people?
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    That kind of usage?
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    Obviously, the original
    here would be in Greek.
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    Obviously, Jesus is growing up
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    in a Hebrew context which was very much
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    influenced by Rome.
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    But 2,000 years ago in the Near East,
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    what's the significance
    to talking like this?
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    "Lord, Lord."
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    What does He mean?
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    Emphatic. You do have
    that idea of repetition.
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    And by the way, can you
    think of any place else
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    where you get a double repetition?
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    You can probably think of other places
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    where we even get that same repetition,
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    "Lord, Lord."
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    Where's another common
    place that shows up?
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    Matthew 7.
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    Can you think of anywhere else
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    where somebody is being addressed
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    and their name is said twice?
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    Martha, Martha.
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    Now, do we talk like that?
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    Is that the same?
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    Do you get the sense that's the same?
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    If somebody says, "Lord, Lord;"
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    if somebody says, "Martha, Martha,"
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    do you get the sense that it's implying
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    the same kind of stress?
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    Like, I could imagine
    myself saying to my wife,
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    "Ruby, Ruby..."
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    See, I say we don't
    address Kevin: "Kevin, Kevin."
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    But, in the right nuance of language,
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    saying it with a little
    bit different inflection;
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    saying it with different emphasis,
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    depending on the context,
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    if Kevin said something and it seemed like
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    Kevin was speaking in a naive fashion
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    or he was speaking in a way where
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    he should really know,
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    and he's coming across maybe
    as though he doesn't know,
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    if you said, "Kevin, Kevin..."
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    Now see, that we can understand.
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    That would not be foreign.
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    But what do you think here?
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    "Martha, Martha."
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    Familiarity?
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    Yeah, it does seem that way.
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    Put it in the context
    of the text that it's in.
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    "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,'
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    and not do the things I say?"
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    I mean, you have to put it together
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    with not doing the things I say.
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    In other words, He's stressing
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    that you speak in a certain way,
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    but your actions don't reflect
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    what your lips say.
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    Or you think about the other
    places where it's used.
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    Where else does the
    "Lord, Lord," come at us?
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    We heard Matthew 7.
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    How's it used?
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    "Not everyone who says to Me,
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    'Lord, Lord...'"
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    And then it's used again, right?
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    How's it used the second time?
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    "In that day, many will
    say to Me, 'Lord, Lord...'"
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    Now, maybe there's an emphasis there.
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    Obviously: "many will
    say to Me in that day."
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    What day? Judgment day.
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    And what's happening to them?
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    They're being cast away.
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    This is kind of a frantic, emphatic:
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    "Lord! Lord!"
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    Can you think of anywhere else
    where the "Lord, Lord," is used?
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    (from the room)
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    Even there, He says, "I never knew you."
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    Coming back to intimacy
    like, "Martha, Martha."
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    Familiarity.
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    I didn't think of "Lord, Lord,"
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    but Jesus on the cross.
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    He said, "Eli, Eli..."
    (My God, My God...)
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    Two times in a row.
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    "Why have You forsaken Me?"
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    Tim: Yeah, emphasis like
    that we understand.
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    And what there is
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    is whether we want to connect it to
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    somebody implying by the way they talk,
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    there's a familiarity;
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    there's an intimacy;
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    there's some kind of emphasis.
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    That's what it seems like
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    that with your mouth,
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    you are actually acknowledging Me as Lord
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    in a way that is more
    than just kind of passing.
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    You are actually speaking to Me
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    in a way that more than just slightly
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    seems verbally at least to be recognizing
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    My Lordship.
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    You call Me "Lord," and you do it
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    with a fair degree of significance.
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    You do it more than just in passing.
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    You do it more than just lightly.
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    Maybe you do it repetitiously.
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    "...And not do what I tell you."
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    It's a very simple concept.
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    (incomplete thought)
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    Somebody was bringing up
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    Jeff Peterson's message from Sunday.
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    He was dealing with
    Charles Stanley's book.
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    This text just blows that whole idea
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    of you can be a true Christian
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    and just live any way you want.
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    You know, if you just had
    one moment in your life
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    where you believed,
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    and now you can live any way you want.
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    This text just blows it
    right out of the water.
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    Because if you couple this with Matthew 7,
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    you see, this by itself:
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    "Why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,'
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    and not do what I tell you?"
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    Well, the thing is that
    the very same parable
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    that He ends up with over in Matthew 7,
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    He ends up with here.
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    And He doesn't simply say it's okay.
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    It's not: why do you do it?
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    I wish you wouldn't do it,
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    but after all, it will
    turn out okay with you
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    if that's what you do.
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    That's not what He's saying.
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    He is basically saying here
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    that if you say one thing with your lips
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    that seems to say that
    you're acknowledging Me...
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    We get people in the church
    all the time like this.
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    The word "Lord" comes off their lips.
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    They read Scripture, they sing the songs,
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    they speak to other Christians,
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    they speak the Christian lingo.
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    And so the word "Lord"
    comes off their lips
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    with a fair degree of familiarity.
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    More than the lost guy out there.
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    you get people in the church.
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    And it's coming off their lips.
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    But what's the problem?
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    You look at their life.
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    (incomplete thought)
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    What Jesus is saying is this:
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    It's right you call Me "Lord."
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    I am Lord.
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    But because I am Lord,
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    that means I have a right
    to tell you what to do.
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    And if you call Me Lord
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    and don't do what I tell you to do,
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    you basically are denying what you say
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    by your lips with your life.
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    You're denying it.
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    And He doesn't say:
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    Oh, but in the end, it's eternal security,
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    and if you believed once, it's all okay,
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    so don't worry about it.
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    See, He doesn't go there.
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    Basically where He goes is to a parable
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    where He makes it crystal clear.
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    "Everyone who comes to
    Me and hears My words
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    and does them, I will
    show you what he is like."
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    See, this has everything
    to do with His Lordship.
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    "He is like a man building
    a house who dug deep,
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    laid the foundation on the rock,
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    and when a flood arose,
    the stream broke against the house.
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    It could not shake it, because
    it had been well built."
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    This is a man's religion.
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    Well built.
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    What does it look like?
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    He believes on the Lord.
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    He calls Him Lord.
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    He believes He is Lord.
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    And that belief doesn't
    just come off of his lips,
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    it's reflected in a life.
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    "But the ones who hears..."
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    See, this is the person in v. 46.
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    "...he hears and does not do them."
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    He even admits Christ is Lord,
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    but then he lives contrary to what he
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    seems to say by his lips.
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    He doesn't do what Jesus says.
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    "The one who hears..." Jesus Christ
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    and does not do what Christ as Lord says,
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    "this man is like the man who built
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    a house on the ground without a foundation
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    and the stream broke against it.
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    Immediately it fell and the ruin
    of the house was great."
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    Like I say, when you
    compare this to Matthew 7,
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    what we see is Matthew 7
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    parks all this in the
    context of judgment day.
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    So we see exactly what
    storm He's talking about.
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    So, let's think for a second.
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    Can you think of any
    other places in Scripture
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    that make that connection
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    between being a genuine child of God
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    and what Jesus says or what the Word says?
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    The absolute necessity of a life
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    that conforms to Christ's commandments
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    or Christ's Word or the Word of God
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    or the Scriptures,
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    if indeed we are genuinely Christians?
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    Can you think of other verses?
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    This is one. This is certainly one.
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    "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord?'"
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    And let that ring in your own ears.
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    Think with me.
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    You can change it a bit.
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    "You call Me, 'Lord, Lord.'"
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    I do. I call Him Lord.
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    I acknowledge Him as Lord.
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    I pray to Him as Lord.
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    That names comes off my lips
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    all the time now that I'm saved.
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    And I'm sure many of you in this room
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    would say the same.
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    That name comes off your lips.
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    But now, ask yourself,
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    do you live in light of that?
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    Do you really believe it?
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    See, that's the issue.
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    If you say it, you're seeming to indicate
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    you believe it.
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    But the real proof, Jesus is saying,
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    of whether you believe He's Lord
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    isn't by good talk.
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    It's by the walk.
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    And so, where are we at in that?
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    Where are we at?
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    "Lord..."
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    How am I in tune to that word?
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    How is it impacting my life right now?
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    I mean, today even thinking about this,
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    I remember - many of you may remember
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    Matt Haney preached.
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    More than once I remember
    him telling the story.
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    I forget where he got it from.
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    Maybe it was a Ravenhill
    story that he came across.
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    But you may remember,
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    the guy was in the service
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    and the preacher began to preach,
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    and he didn't get very
    far into the message
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    and this guy got up and went out.
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    He was preaching a series of meetings.
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    And the next night,
    the guy began preaching.
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    The guy got up and walked out.
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    Third night, began preaching,
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    the guy got up and walked out.
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    And finally the guy said to him,
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    "what's going on with you?"
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    And he said you would start preaching
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    and I would be convicted of something
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    that I needed to take care of in my life,
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    and I figured there's no reason
    to sit here any longer.
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    I need to go take care of that.
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    And I always remember that,
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    because to my reckoning,
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    that was a true story.
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    Does the Word of God
    impact us like that still?
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    Can you think of other verses
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    where we get that kind of emphasis
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    that the Word of God
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    is not just a matter of hearing?
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    James 1.
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    Yeah, let's look at that one.
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    (incomplete thought)
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    James 1:22 says,
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    "But be doers..." now notice this one,
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    "...be doers of the Word,
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    and not hearers only
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    deceiving yourselves."
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    That's the same truth.
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    These people that build
    their house on the sand,
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    they're deceiving themselves.
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    Because they're building.
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    They're those people in Matthew 7.
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    They did many mighty works in His name.
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    They're deceiving themselves.
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    But what does Jesus call
    those people in Matthew 7?
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    "Workers of lawlessness."
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    Which means, they were living their life
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    without any conformity to the spoken,
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    expressed will of God.
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    Now, in times past, God spoke to us
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    by way of the prophets,
    but in these last days,
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    God has spoken to us by way of His Son.
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    It's His Son who has come to give us
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    the expressed will of God.
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    Can anybody think of any other verses
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    that seem to reflect this truth?
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    1 John 2:4.
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    "Whoever says, 'I know Him...'"
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    Now this is interesting
    because it's again,
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    some of these compare hearing to doing.
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    And some of these compare
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    saying to doing.
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    Like, "you call Me, 'Lord, Lord;'
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    you don't do what I say."
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    Here it's the familiarity is "I know Him."
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    But then you don't keep His commandments.
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    "Whoever says 'I know Him'
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    but does not keep His commandments
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    is a liar and the truth is not in him."
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    Can I give you one that is definitely
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    open for discussion and debate
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    at another time,
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    but a text that I personally believe
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    expresses exactly the same truth,
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    and when taken in context,
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    I think you can see that
    I'm speaking the truth.
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    And I'm speaking namely of Romans 2:13.
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    Look at it.
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    I know that there are some
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    theological voices out there
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    that basically would say
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    that there are actually
    no doers of the law.
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    And so, this is basically saying,
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    like the Old Testament commandments:
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    do this and live.
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    I don't believe at all that this
    is what is being said here.
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    I believe that what we have here
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    is exactly the same thing
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    that is being spoken about -
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    let's put this in context (verse 13).
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    Notice v. 6,
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    "God is going to render to each one
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    according to his works."
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    I want you to see what's
    actually in context here.
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    It's the judgment.
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    And we're being judged
    according to our works.
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    It's not talking about justification.
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    This is not speaking about
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    an imputed righteousness
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    apart from our works.
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    It's not speaking about that.
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    Notice what it's speaking about.
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    It's speaking about judgment day
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    and the fact that we're going to be
    judged according to our works.
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    "To those who by patience..."
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    Now, it's not talking about just those
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    who rest in Christ by faith.
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    You see, faith always works through love,
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    and that's the issue.
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    Judgment day is always based on works.
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    Why? Because works show
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    whether the faith was true or not.
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    And basically what you see here is that.
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    Patience in well-doing;
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    they're seeking for glory,
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    honor, immortality.
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    And to those people who are seeking that,
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    He gives eternal life.
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    Those who are self-seeking,
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    do not obey the truth,
    obey unrighteousness -
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    there's wrath and fury.
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    Tribulation, distress for
    every human being
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    who does evil - the
    Jew first, also the Greek.
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    Glory, honor, and peace for everyone
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    who does good - the Jew
    first, and also the Greek.
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    They do good.
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    He's not speaking hypothetically
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    about somebody could get to heaven
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    if they kept the law perfectly.
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    That's not what he's talking about.
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    He's talking about the righteous life
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    of true Christians.
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    God shows no partiality.
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    And see, v. 12, "For..."
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    It starts with a conjunction.
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    He's not changing topic here.
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    He's not going in a different direction.
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    "All who have sinned without the law,
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    also perish without the law."
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    Anyways, you get to v. 13,
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    "It's not the hearers of the law
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    who are righteous before God,
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    but the doers of the law
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    who will be justified."
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    And I believe that that's the same way.
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    Scripture uses that term "justified"
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    in that way concerning judgment day.
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    Think of our words, right?
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    The words that we speak?
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    What does Scripture say about
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    how we're going to be
    justified by our words?
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    What is it? Matthew 12?
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    Basically, we're told that.
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    We're going to be justified by our words.
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    What you find in Matthew 25
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    is although the term
    "justified" is not there,
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    clearly we are justified by our works
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    when we come to stand before God
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    on judgment day.
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    Because the books are opened
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    and it's our works that are examined,
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    and it's on that basis
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    that we are justified or condemned.
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    We're not speaking about
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    the imputed merits of Christ.
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    Obviously we recognize
    the doctrine of justification,
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    the importance of that.
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    But this appears to be in the context
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    of people who are
    actually keeping the law.
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    In fact, if you continue to go down
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    through Romans 2 and you get to the end,
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    you see that he actually begins
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    to talk about the nature of a true Jew
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    and what true circumcision is.
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    And in v. 26, he says,
    "if a man who is uncircumcised
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    keeps the precepts of the law,
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    will not his uncircumcision
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    be regarded as circumcision?"
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    Again, he's not being hypothetical.
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    He actually is going to tell us here.
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    He's speaking about a true Jew.
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    One who is a true Jew inwardly
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    as circumcision is a matter of the heart.
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    And so he's speaking very
    practically through these verses.
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    But, anyway, another
    place I was thinking of.
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    Look at John 8.
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    John 8:31.
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    If you go back to 8:30,
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    Jesus has been speaking here
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    and it says, "As He was
    saying these things,
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    many believed in Him."
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    (incomplete thought)
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    People can believe that He's Lord.
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    And so much so, they
    call Him, "Lord, Lord."
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    But see, He goes further. He says this,
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    "Jesus said to the Jews
    who had believed in Him,
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    'If you abide in My Word,
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    you are truly My disciples.'"
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    To abide in His Word,
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    that means to stay there; to live in them.
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    They characterize your life.
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    It's only then that you prove
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    to truly be His disciple
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    and you will know the truth,
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    and the truth will set you free.
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    So we see this reality.
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    Now listen,
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    "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,'
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    and not do the things I say?"
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    Jesus is our Redeemer.
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    He's our Savior.
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    He's our Sacrifice.
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    But Jesus is our Teacher,
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    our Master,
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    our Rabbi.
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    He's our Lord.
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    And He came to teach us, to instruct us,
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    to command us...
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    and I want to ask you this.
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    I want you to tell me.
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    Think about Jesus' words -
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    the words that He spoke to us.
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    "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,'
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    and do not do the things I say?"
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    Ok, let's think about the things He says.
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    Think about the things He says.
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    What's He implying?
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    That the things He says
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    are things that we have
    a responsibility to do.
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    And that as true Christians,
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    one of the chief characteristics
  • 25:29 - 25:33
    is how we respond to what He says.
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    It has impact. It has power.
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    It used to not.
  • 25:38 - 25:40
    We used to be at enmity with God,
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    and the commandments of God
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    were something that we chafed against.
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    But the true characteristic
    of the Christian
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    is that our lives become impacted
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    by what He says.
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    We don't live any longer
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    as though those things don't matter.
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    As though I can just blow those off.
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    They hold weight. They hold sway.
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    But I want to ask you this:
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    "The things I say" -
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    think about that - "the things I say."
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    What things did He say?
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    In all the things that Jesus taught us
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    and He expects us to conform our lives to,
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    what things did He speak to broadly?
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    In our lives, what did Jesus speak to?
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    What did He tell us about?
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    What did He command us about?
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    What did He give us instruction about?
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    Direction about?
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    What did He say to us?
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    In what areas of life?
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    I want to be specific.
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    General, but generally specific.
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    (from the room) Sin.
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    Tim: Sin?
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    If you're going to say it,
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    you've got to be able to tell
    me what He said about it.
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    (from the room)
    To forsake it and follow Him.
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    Tim: How did He say that?
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    Now think about this.
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    He told different people:
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    "Go and sin no more."
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    Does He tell us that?
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    Would He tell those people that
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    and that doesn't apply to us?
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    Or does that apply to us?
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    I mean, you would hardly think
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    that it's something He's requiring of them
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    and not of us.
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    How do you read that when
    He says that to people?
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    "Go and sin no more,
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    lest a worse thing happen to you."
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    How do you read that?
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    What do you make out of that?
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    Is that the way He talks to Christians?
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    Is that the way He talks to lost people?
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    Is that the way He talks to
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    somebody He's just healed
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    that may not be regenerated?
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    Is that His word to everybody?
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    I'll tell you my personal thought on that
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    is that it's basically like
    what He says in Luke 6.
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    "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,'
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    and do not do the things I say?"
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    In other words, go forth
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    and do the things I say.
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    And the things I say never include sin.
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    You depart from sin.
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    If you say you know Him,
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    you keep His commandments.
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    That doesn't mean that we don't have
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    an Advocate with the Father.
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    (incomplete thought)
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    I think the idea there
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    when He talks about going forth
  • 29:20 - 29:22
    and sinning no more
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    is much like John speaks.
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    How does John speak?
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    It sounds very dogmatic.
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    It sounds very absolute
    when it comes to sin.
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    (from the room)
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    Well, the woman, when
    she's caught in adultery,
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    that's an example.
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    Tim: I'm talking about 1 John.
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    See, in our ESV, it talks
    about practicing sin,
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    but if you go back and you read
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    the King James Version,
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    it's like what?
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    (unintelligible)
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    Right.
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    It's like, "if you're born of God,
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    you don't commit sin."
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    And you read that and it's "what?"
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    Well, the ESV puts "practice sin,"
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    and I think we all feel
    really comfortable with that
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    because the reality is
    1 John is the very letter
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    where John concedes that
    if we do fall into sin,
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    it's not a hopeless situation.
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    There's a place for confession
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    and we have an Advocate.
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    But I think what He's doing
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    is He's basically pressing these people
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    to a characterization of life.
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    Why? Well, think with me.
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    He speaks in that great
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    Sermon on the Mount.
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    He starts it out by talking about
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    the character of the people
  • 30:50 - 30:53
    that make up His kingdom.
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    (incomplete thought)
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    He ends it up with basically
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    a parallel passage to what
    we're finding here in Luke 6.
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    And He ends it up with that parable
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    about building the house on a rock
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    versus the sand.
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    And not everybody that says to me,
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    "Lord, Lord," is going
    to inherit the kingdom.
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    Those that do the will of My Father.
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    Even there - those that
    do the will of My Father.
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    Do they do the will of
    the Father all the time?
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    I think the thing that's very encouraging
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    about Scripture - several things
  • 31:26 - 31:28
    very encouraging -
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    if you think about those disciples,
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    John 17 is very encouraging.
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    "They have kept Your Word."
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    I look at these guys.
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    Look, you might think, oh boy,
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    if He said that 24 hours after Pentecost
  • 31:45 - 31:48
    when these guys are shining, glowing,
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    they've got the flames
    of fire on their heads,
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    they've spoken and 3,000 are saved
  • 31:54 - 31:57
    and you think wow,
    the church is so glorious,
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    and Peter's been transformed.
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    No. Jesus says this
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    right before Peter denies Him.
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    After these guys have been arguing
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    about who is going to be the greatest.
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    And He says, "they've kept Your Word."
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    And then when you come to
    that 11th chapter of Hebrews,
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    and you read about:
    "by faith," "by faith," "by faith..."
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    And if you go back and look at the
    accounts of some of these people,
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    they had a lot of blemishes in their life.
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    What's so encouraging is
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    our sin is under the blood.
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    You get these different accounts.
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    Yes, it's true. God's people
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    have their sins revealed in Scripture.
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    But you get these certain accounts
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    where it says though God
    just covers them over.
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    But, okay, so He speaks
    to sin in our life.
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    That's real broad.
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    What else does He speak to?
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    Our possessions.
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    He speaks to our money.
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    He speaks to how we give.
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    What else does He speak to?
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    Our relations.
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    (incomplete thought)
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    Luke 9, you've got these two
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    very specific incidents of apparently
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    young men who want to be His disciples
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    and one wants to go home and say goodbye.
  • 33:31 - 33:35
    One wants to go home and bury his father.
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    He talks about He didn't come
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    to bring peace, but a sword,
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    and He's talking very specifically
  • 33:41 - 33:43
    about the family.
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    He talks there in Matthew 10
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    and Luke 14 about loving
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    mother or father, husband or wife,
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    son or daughter.
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    He talks about our relationships.
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    He talks about the necessity
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    of loving Him more than anybody else.
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    What else does He speak to?
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    Well, I think about Matthew 15.
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    He speaks about the fact
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    that He expects that we would
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    honor our parents.
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    Even though there's going to
    be a sword in the family.
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    He speaks as though He would have us
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    honor our parents.
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    What else does He speak to?
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    He talks about prayer.
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    "Lord, teach us to pray."
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    And He did.
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    You think even in the Sermon on the Mount,
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    He talks about prayer.
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    He doesn't want us like the hypocrites.
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    He talks about even
    some of the basic makeup
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    of what's important in prayer.
  • 34:47 - 34:50
    "Our Father, who art in heaven,
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    hallowed be Thy name.
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    Thy kingdom come...
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    Thy will be done."
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    He's giving us aspects of what
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    He considers to be essential components
  • 35:04 - 35:06
    of prayer.
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    He talks about how to do it.
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    He talks about the importunity of it.
  • 35:10 - 35:12
    He talks about the promise -
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    think about the promises that are given us
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    concerning prayer in John 14, 15, 16.
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    "If you abide in Me, and
    My Word abides in you."
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    Now that comes back to this.
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    Right?
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    If My Word abides in you,
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    you shall ask what you will
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    and it shall be done unto you.
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    He talks about the fact
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    that He wouldn't need to
    ask the Father for us,
  • 35:38 - 35:40
    because the Father loves us.
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    He talks about praying in His name.
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    He talks about praying
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    so that the Father be
    glorified in the Son.
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    He talks about praying
    that our joy be full.
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    What else does He speak to in our life?
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    Loving others.
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    He definitely speaks about love.
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    He speaks about loving the brethren.
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    He speaks about loving our enemies.
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    He speaks about giving and lending.
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    He speaks about not being like lost people
  • 36:17 - 36:20
    who love their relatives,
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    but actually loving those
  • 36:22 - 36:30
    who are unrighteous and unthankful.
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    What else does He speak to?
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    Acknowleding Him before men.
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    Yeah.
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    How we identify Him
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    in the face of the public;
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    in the face of family;
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    in the face of the onlooking world.
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    How do we speak for Him?
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    Do we own Him?
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    Do we declare Him?
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    What else does He speak to?
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    (from the room) Evangelization,
    the Great Commission.
  • 37:08 - 37:10
    Tim: The Great Commission.
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    He told us what one of the key
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    responsibilities of the
    church is going to be.
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    And tells us - commands us to go.
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    Promises us He'll be with us.
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    What else does He speak to?
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    Forgiveness.
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    That's a huge thing.
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    Right there in the prayer
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    where He's teaching us how to pray.
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    He's teaching us to forgive men
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    their trespasses (incomplete thought).
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    He's teaching us to ask
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    that our trespasses be forgiven us
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    even as we forgive those
    who trespass against us.
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    And of course, you remember Matthew 18.
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    You have the parable there.
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    Matthew 18 so often known
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    for how we deal with sin in the church,
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    but there you have that parable
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    about the necessity to forgive.
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    (from the room)
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    Keep oneself unstained from the world.
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    Tim: Keep oneself
    unstained from the world.
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    What text specifically
    do you have in mind?
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    I'm thinking about Jesus' specific words.
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    I obviously know James and Paul.
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    We don't want to downplay those guys,
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    but let's try to think of
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    where He specifically spoke to.
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    Fasting.
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    He spoke not only to prayer,
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    He spoke to fasting.
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    How you do it - not like
    the hypocrites do it.
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    He wants us to wash our faces.
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    In other words, He wants us to have
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    a private walk with the Lord,
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    with the Father.
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    Just between us and Him.
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    What else did He speak to?
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    Abiding. Abiding in Him.
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    (from the room) Spiritual realities?
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    Tim: How so?
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    (from the room)
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    Parable of the Sowers
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    Tim: He definitely spoke to
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    the different responses that would be
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    had to the Gospel.
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    He takes us behind the scenes.
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    He shows us the kingdom.
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    He shows us the outworking.
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    He shows us the devil sowing seed
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    in the midst of all the wheat.
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    He shows us these pictures.
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    He takes us behind the veil so to speak.
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    And He shows us what is unfolding.
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    He shows us that not everybody
    that starts out real
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    finishes well.
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    He shows us that there are pleasures
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    and entanglements and thorns in this world
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    that cause us to not become fruitful.
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    He speaks to our words, does He not?
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    Matthew 12?
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    (incomplete thought)
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    We are going to stand
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    and have to give an account
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    for every idle word we've spoken.
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    He speaks to marriage.
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    He says don't let man separate
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    what God has joined together.
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    He speaks to lust.
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    He says gouge out eyes
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    and chop off hands.
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    He speaks to life.
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    What we give our lives to.
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    He speaks about seeking first the kingdom.
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    He speaks to the heart.
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    How often did He deal with the heart?
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    Their heart is not with Me.
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    The heart - where the treasure is.
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    That is where the heart is.
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    He speaks to what's going on inside a man.
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    Don't be a hypocrite.
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    Don't act like the hypocrites.
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    Your righteousness needs to exceed
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    that of the hypocrites.
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    That is all external.
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    He's looking for the reality.
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    He goes inside.
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    He gives us those beatitudes.
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    And He says this is what
    characterizes My kingdom;
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    My people. What are they like?
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    Blessed are the poor in spirit.
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    What's next?
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    What does He say next?
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    In the beatitudes.
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    Blessed are the mourners.
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    Blessed are the meek.
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    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
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    after righteousness.
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    He goes inside.
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    And He says you're salt and you're light.
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    He speaks to persecution.
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    Blessed are the persecuted.
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    For His name's sake.
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    For the Gospel's sake.
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    What else does He speak to?
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    He speaks to the Holy Spirit.
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    Promises concerning the Holy Spirit.
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    The promised Holy Spirit.
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    The Comforter is coming.
    He's not going to leave us orphans.
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    What else did He speak to?
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    He spoke to how the
    world's going to treat us.
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    And He spoke to them about the fact
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    that they're going to be
    put out of the synagogues
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    and people are going to kill them
    thinking that they're doing God's service.
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    What else did He speak to?
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    Judgment.
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    Well, He does. He gives us
    those pictures of judgment
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    and what it's going
    to be like on that day.
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    Repeated parables concerning the judgment
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    and what it's like.
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    Picture after picture.
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    You've got this net.
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    You've got pictures of these servants.
  • 43:02 - 43:06
    You've got pictures of when the King
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    takes His seat and all the nations
  • 43:09 - 43:11
    are gathered together.
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    He gives us all these pictures
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    and these parables and these accounts
  • 43:16 - 43:18
    where He shows this great coming
  • 43:18 - 43:21
    day of judgment.
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    "Well done, good and faithful servant.
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    Enter into the joy..."
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    And these are on the outside.
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    What were they saying?
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    Did they say, "Lord, Lord," there too?
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    They're going to say we ate
    and drank in your streets.
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    What else did He speak to?
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    (from the room)
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    He said to watch and
    be ready for His return.
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    Tim: Oh, He warned that.
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    He warned: you don't know when I'm coming.
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    He warned that we need
    to be ready all the time.
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    He warned that if you're the servant
  • 44:05 - 44:07
    who gets lazy,
  • 44:07 - 44:09
    and you begin to slack off,
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    He's going to come and
    He's going to catch you.
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    He's going to come like a thief
  • 44:14 - 44:16
    and He's going to catch you unawares.
  • 44:16 - 44:19
    And He said what I
    say to you, I say to all:
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    you watch.
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    Be watchful.
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    Be ready.
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    Listen, Jonathan Edwards,
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    when he was putting
    together his whole list
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    of the things that he
    wanted to make certain
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    that he gave himself to in his life,
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    when he talks about not wanting to do
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    anything that he would not want to do
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    if he knew that Christ was going to return
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    one hour from now or 24 hours from now.
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    Listen, he wasn't the one that invented
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    that kind of thinking.
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    Jesus was the one that told His people:
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    you need to be ready.
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    And you need to live like
    I can come anytime
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    because the reality is you
    don't know when I'm coming.
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    What else did He address?
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    The Lord's Supper.
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    He definitely introduced that to us
  • 45:14 - 45:19
    and He said that we are to do that
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    until He comes.
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    We're to do that in remembrance of Him.
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    He definitely spoke to that.
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    What else does He speak to?
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    The what?
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    He did speak to rewards.
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    How so?
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    (unintelligible)
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    Tim: He spoke about laying
    up treasure in heaven.
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    I mean, think, think.
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    "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,'
    and do not do the things I say?"
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    What does He say?
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    Chop off hands. Cut off feet.
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    Honor your parents.
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    Love Me more than your parents.
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    Love Me more than husband, wife,
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    girlfriend, boyfriend, sons, or daughters.
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    Store up treasure in heaven.
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    Don't lay up your treasure here.
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    He spoke to having dinners.
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    Don't take the chief seat.
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    Take the least seat and get moved up.
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    When you have a dinner,
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    don't invite all your family and friends.
  • 46:25 - 46:29
    Invite those who can't pay you back.
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    He spoke to money.
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    Widow comes along,
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    throws in her last two coins.
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    She put in more than all the rest.
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    He watched people give.
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    He was standing there
    watching the way people give.
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    He watched how people took seats.
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    He watched people.
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    He watched how people spoke.
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    Speaking to some He said:
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    you can't speak well.
  • 47:02 - 47:07
    Why? Because again, it
    comes back to the heart.
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    The heart shows where your treasure is.
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    Or where your treasure is shows
  • 47:12 - 47:14
    the matter of the heart.
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    What your words say
  • 47:15 - 47:19
    show what's going on in the heart.
  • 47:19 - 47:21
    What basically is coming on the outside
  • 47:21 - 47:24
    is an expression of the heart.
  • 47:24 - 47:27
    Jesus said, "Why do
    you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,'
  • 47:27 - 47:29
    and do not do...?
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    How much are we being
    impressed by what He says to do?
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    Listen, He speaks to
    so many different aspects
  • 47:36 - 47:37
    of our life.
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    Possessions.
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    Luke 12? He tells us
    to sell your possessions
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    and give to the poor.
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    He took the towel and girded Himself
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    and He washed their feet.
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    And He said, "I've given you an example."
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    He spoke to fear.
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    "Fear not."
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    Or, "I'll tell you who to fear."
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    Fear not them. Fear Him.
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    Don't fear those who can kill the body.
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    Fear Him who can throw you into hell.
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    Really? As children of God,
    that's what we should fear?
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    That's what Jesus said to fear.
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    That's a fearful thing.
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    And a lot of people,
    according to Matthew 7,
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    are going to be thrown into hell
  • 48:28 - 48:32
    who don't think God would
    throw them into hell.
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    But see, it comes back to this very thing.
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    How much are Jesus' words
    impacting your life?
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    You know what?
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    A lot of people like to
    explain those words away.
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    They're going to explain them away
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    and they're going to
    wake up in hell one day.
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    I'm not saying that all
    the things that Jesus said
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    don't have to be thought about
  • 48:55 - 48:57
    in how they impact our life.
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    Look, when Jesus says
    when you have a dinner,
  • 49:00 - 49:04
    don't invite these folks;
    invite these folks -
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    does that mean that I can
    never invite my family?
  • 49:09 - 49:11
    Well, even Jesus, when
    He went to dinners -
  • 49:11 - 49:13
    He went to a wedding with His disciples.
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    He attended dinners with His disciples.
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    (incomplete thought)
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    He's going to throw one in the end,
  • 49:25 - 49:33
    and He's going to have
    all of His people there.
  • 49:33 - 49:40
    You see times when
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    undoubtedly where He and His disciples
  • 49:47 - 49:52
    were fed at the house of
    Lazarus and Mary and Martha.
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    And we need to recognize that if
    we're going to love our parents,
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    we certainly aren't going
    to keep them away
  • 49:58 - 50:04
    at Thanksgiving or whatever.
  • 50:04 - 50:07
    But who are you going to
    invite over at Thanksgiving?
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    The reality is Jesus' words should be
  • 50:09 - 50:12
    impacting our lives.
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    What are you doing with your money?
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    Do His words impact your life?
  • 50:16 - 50:19
    What are you doing with your possessions?
  • 50:19 - 50:20
    Do His words impact your life?
  • 50:20 - 50:22
    Have you ever sold anything so that
  • 50:22 - 50:24
    you could give to those in need?
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    Do His words impact your life?
  • 50:26 - 50:31
    Is there some way to wash feet today?
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    Is that impacting your life?
  • 50:33 - 50:37
    We should be asking ourselves.
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    We should not just be
    going along through life
  • 50:39 - 50:43
    not wanting to proactively sin.
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    Scripture isn't just about
    what we don't do.
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    (incomplete thought)
  • 50:48 - 50:52
    If you think about Matthew 25.
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    When Jesus gets to separating the nations,
  • 50:58 - 51:00
    He doesn't look to those on His right
  • 51:00 - 51:04
    and say guys, I am so
    glad you didn't steal.
  • 51:04 - 51:07
    I am so glad you didn't commit adultery
  • 51:07 - 51:10
    with the lady down the street.
  • 51:10 - 51:14
    I'm so glad that you didn't...
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    That's not what He does.
  • 51:16 - 51:19
    He says I was hungry and you fed Me.
  • 51:19 - 51:21
    See, we need to be proactive.
  • 51:21 - 51:24
    Christ's commandments
    are not, by and large,
  • 51:24 - 51:27
    what you don't do.
  • 51:27 - 51:30
    Yes, there is some of that undoubtedly.
  • 51:30 - 51:32
    But so much of His commands -
  • 51:32 - 51:36
    think about the commands concerning
  • 51:36 - 51:39
    the Gospel, the Great Commission.
  • 51:39 - 51:44
    You think about the commands
    concerning salt and light.
  • 51:44 - 51:49
    What we're told is we're to do our works,
  • 51:49 - 51:52
    good works, before the onlooking world.
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    To the glory of our Father.
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    We're to seek first the kingdom.
  • 51:58 - 52:00
    We're to lay up treasure in heaven.
  • 52:00 - 52:04
    We're to live lives not just where
  • 52:04 - 52:07
    we're constantly trying to not do.
  • 52:07 - 52:10
    That's not the life we're called to.
  • 52:10 - 52:15
    It's, okay, how can I wash feet today?
  • 52:15 - 52:18
    Even though culturally that's not a thing.
  • 52:18 - 52:20
    We don't walk around in bare feet
  • 52:20 - 52:22
    in sandals on dusty roads.
  • 52:22 - 52:27
    We don't typically have
    dirt floors in our house.
  • 52:27 - 52:31
    Our feet stay relatively clean.
  • 52:31 - 52:34
    But the whole idea was
  • 52:34 - 52:36
    that was a menial task
  • 52:36 - 52:38
    that a slave would have done.
  • 52:38 - 52:42
    And our Lord did it.
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    And He said I'm leaving you an example.
  • 52:47 - 52:52
    So, you call Me "Lord, Lord,"
  • 52:52 - 52:54
    do you do what I say?
  • 52:54 - 52:58
    I gave you instruction
  • 52:58 - 53:03
    that encompasses a life.
  • 53:03 - 53:05
    He who doesn't forsake all that He has
  • 53:05 - 53:07
    is not worthy of Me.
  • 53:07 - 53:10
    He can't be My disciple.
  • 53:10 - 53:15
    He who loves somebody else more than Me,
  • 53:15 - 53:18
    He can't be My disciple.
  • 53:18 - 53:22
    He who doesn't take up his cross daily
  • 53:22 - 53:28
    and die can't be My disciple.
  • 53:28 - 53:29
    I mean, are we dying?
  • 53:29 - 53:32
    Think about it. What's dying?
  • 53:32 - 53:35
    Dying isn't physical death there.
  • 53:35 - 53:36
    What is dying?
  • 53:36 - 53:38
    It could lead to that,
  • 53:38 - 53:44
    but dying is basically when my wants,
  • 53:44 - 53:48
    wishes, agendas, goals
  • 53:48 - 53:51
    come face to face with those
  • 53:51 - 53:54
    that I know that He wants from me.
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    That's where we die.
  • 53:56 - 54:00
    Where we lay down our own ambitions
  • 54:00 - 54:04
    and where there's a
    submission to His will.
  • 54:04 - 54:09
    And see, so often, brethren,
  • 54:09 - 54:15
    so often we want mystical leadership.
  • 54:15 - 54:17
    We can feel like: Oh, Lord, we want You
  • 54:17 - 54:19
    to tell us what to do over here.
  • 54:19 - 54:22
    I'll tell you, if we
    would concern ourselves
  • 54:22 - 54:29
    with the myriad of things
    that He has spoken to,
  • 54:29 - 54:32
    and we would apply ourselves there,
  • 54:32 - 54:36
    we would be well on our way
  • 54:36 - 54:44
    to doing the will of God.
  • 54:44 - 54:49
    So often we want God to subjectively
  • 54:49 - 54:52
    lead us or point us or guide us,
  • 54:52 - 54:56
    and the reality is Jesus doesn't say:
  • 54:56 - 55:00
    get frozen, get locked up,
  • 55:00 - 55:02
    because you don't have some kind of
  • 55:02 - 55:04
    mysterious, subjective leadership.
  • 55:04 - 55:08
    He basically speaks
    very plainly repeatedly
  • 55:08 - 55:12
    about His commandments,
  • 55:12 - 55:15
    His Word;
  • 55:15 - 55:18
    about what He's speaking;
  • 55:18 - 55:21
    about the fact He's Lord.
  • 55:21 - 55:25
    Why do you not do what I say?
  • 55:25 - 55:28
    So, the whole point of tonight is:
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    think about what He says.
  • 55:32 - 55:35
    Why do you not do them?
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    Okay, let's be about them.
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    Let's do them.
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    Let's proactively set ourselves
  • 55:41 - 55:45
    about striving to do it.
  • 55:45 - 55:50
    So many people like to sit back and argue.
  • 55:50 - 55:53
    Luke 6. What a place to say:
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    Oh, but I don't know what this means?
  • 55:59 - 56:01
    Luke 6:27, "I say to you who hear,
  • 56:01 - 56:02
    love your enemies,
  • 56:02 - 56:04
    do good to those who hate you,
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    bless those who curse you,
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    pray for those who abuse you.
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    To one who strikes you on the cheek,
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    offer the other also."
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    What does that mean?
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    Does that mean I be like the Amish
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    and let the people come in my house
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    and steal all my furniture?
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    Does that mean I let the people come in
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    and rape my wife if that's
    what they want to do?
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    So often people get into arguments
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    about these things where
    they're so concerned
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    about what they don't mean.
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    Why?
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    Because they just feel like
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    these things are almost absurd.
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    "Give to everyone who begs from you,
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    and from one who takes away your goods,
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    do not demand them back." Really?
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    Don't demand them back?
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    Somebody takes away my goods?
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    I shouldn't call the police on the thief?
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    "As you wish that others would do to you,
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    do so to them.
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    If you love those who love you,
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    what benefit is that to you?
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    For even sinners love those who love them.
  • 57:01 - 57:03
    If you do good to those
    who do good to you,
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    what benefit is that to you?
    Even sinners do the same.
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    If you lend to those from
    whom you expect to receive,
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    what credit is that to you?
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    Even sinners lend to sinners
    to get back the same amount.
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    Love your enemies.
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    Do good and lend
    expecting nothing in return.
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    Your reward will be great."
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    Oh yeah, we could spend all day long
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    arguing about what it doesn't mean,
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    what it doesn't mean,
    what it doesn't mean...
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    You know, there's a lot of people
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    who want to argue about
    what it doesn't mean
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    who don't do anything
    that even resembles it.
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    The best thing to do is to be striving
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    to reach further and further and further,
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    and as we're willing to delve into these,
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    we can pray:
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    Father, if there are boundaries;
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    if there are exceptions;
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    if like Scripture often does
    speak extremely dogmatic
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    when there's obviously times when
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    we have to apply wisdom
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    and other biblical principals -
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    (incomplete thought)
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    There is a time when
    there are certain people
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    who are not willing to work,
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    that they shouldn't eat.
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    And so, if you've got a brother
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    who's not willing to work
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    and he asks - there's a time
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    when somebody asks for something
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    that you shouldn't give something
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    because it's actually more loving.
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    There is a place to let love dictate.
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    But usually people don't want to argue
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    about these things because they're
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    trying to figure out how to love more.
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    They typically want to
    argue about these things
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    because they're stingy, covetous,
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    and they want excuses
    for continuing to be so.
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    If Jesus said, "love your enemies,"
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    then you know what?
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    We as people ought to be thinking about
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    the people that we're persecuted most by;
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    that create the greatest
    difficulties in our life,
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    and we ought to be
    actively praying for them.
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    We ought to be actively seeking
    to do good for them.
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    (incomplete thought)
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    Doesn't that reflect
    what the truth is here?
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    Rather than getting in our debates
  • 59:22 - 59:25
    about what it doesn't mean.
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    In all these things,
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    we ought to hear Him,
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    because listen, He's Lord.
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    He's wise.
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    He's given us the things
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    that are going to make us like Him,
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    and that are going to please the Father.
  • 59:39 - 59:43
    He's given us the
    standard of righteousness.
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    And so, we ought to be venturing out.
  • 59:46 - 59:48
    Here Thanksgiving's coming up.
  • 59:48 - 59:49
    The holiday's are coming up.
  • 59:49 - 59:51
    Listen, even in the church,
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    whether you want to observe Thanksgiving
  • 59:53 - 59:56
    or observe Christmas or observe New Years,
  • 59:56 - 59:57
    you know this,
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    it's typically a time
    when people get together,
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    family and friends get together.
  • 60:01 - 60:06
    And especially, if we're to do good
  • 60:06 - 60:08
    especially to the household of God,
  • 60:08 - 60:12
    but to all people, we really
    need to be thinking.
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    Here's a time when especially those
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    who are single,
  • 60:16 - 60:18
    it can be a real time of loneliness.
  • 60:18 - 60:19
    But see, a lot of you are single.
  • 60:19 - 60:21
    The last thing you want to do is say,
  • 60:21 - 60:22
    oh, woe is me.
  • 60:22 - 60:25
    I need other people to love me.
  • 60:25 - 60:27
    But you ought to be just as proactive
  • 60:27 - 60:28
    in figuring out how to be creative
  • 60:28 - 60:30
    in ways to love other people.
  • 60:30 - 60:32
    It can be so easy to say,
  • 60:32 - 60:34
    oh, well, I'm the guy or I'm the girl
  • 60:34 - 60:36
    that's in the position that really needs
  • 60:36 - 60:38
    other people to reach out to me.
  • 60:38 - 60:40
    You ought to be in a position
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    where you're seeking to
    reach out to others.
  • 60:45 - 60:47
    That doesn't mean that other people
  • 60:47 - 60:51
    should not be in turn
    seeking to reach out,
  • 60:51 - 60:58
    but there's all manner of opportunity.
  • 60:58 - 60:59
    Look, the truth is
  • 60:59 - 61:08
    that, like the Leiter's just sent me
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    a link to a documentary that they did
  • 61:18 - 61:24
    on the Dutch Underground
    during World War II.
  • 61:24 - 61:30
    And the 120,000 or so - what's that?
  • 61:30 - 61:32
    (from the room) 200,000 Dutch.
  • 61:32 - 61:36
    It was about a hundred thousand Jews,
  • 61:36 - 61:39
    and then a hundred thousand
    of the underground.
  • 61:39 - 61:42
    So it was 200,000 who were killed.
  • 61:42 - 61:48
    And I watched this documentary last night.
  • 61:48 - 61:50
    There's so much evil in this world.
  • 61:50 - 61:52
    There's so much hate in this world.
  • 61:52 - 61:57
    There's so much cruelty in this world.
  • 61:57 - 62:01
    And here you have Jesus telling us:
  • 62:01 - 62:03
    Don't lay up treasure in heaven.
  • 62:03 - 62:06
    Sell your possessions. Give.
  • 62:06 - 62:08
    Love. Love those who hate.
  • 62:08 - 62:11
    Do good. Bless, don't curse.
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    Go into this world. Be light.
  • 62:15 - 62:17
    Don't deny Me.
  • 62:17 - 62:19
    Love Me more than anything else.
  • 62:19 - 62:21
    Honor your parents, yes.
  • 62:21 - 62:23
    Endure the sword.
  • 62:23 - 62:27
    Endure to the end.
  • 62:27 - 62:28
    But you go out in this world,
  • 62:28 - 62:32
    and you love like I loved you.
  • 62:32 - 62:34
    Resemble your Father.
  • 62:34 - 62:36
    He's merciful to the unjust
  • 62:36 - 62:38
    and to the unthankful.
  • 62:38 - 62:39
    You go imitate that.
  • 62:39 - 62:42
    You imitate Him in that
    in this dark world;
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    in this domain of Satan out here.
  • 62:46 - 62:49
    You go out and be light.
  • 62:49 - 62:51
    You go out and take the Gospel.
  • 62:51 - 62:56
    You go out and reach the nations.
  • 62:56 - 62:57
    Last thing we want to do
  • 62:57 - 63:01
    is hide that candlestick
    under a bushel basket.
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    Our time is short.
  • 63:03 - 63:05
    We are the light. We are the salt.
  • 63:05 - 63:08
    There's nobody else that is.
  • 63:08 - 63:10
    There's nobody else that has
  • 63:10 - 63:11
    the transformed hearts.
  • 63:11 - 63:14
    There's nobody else that has Christ
  • 63:14 - 63:19
    being inscribed into the very nature
  • 63:19 - 63:23
    and fabric of their being than us.
  • 63:23 - 63:27
    There's nobody else who calls Him Lord,
  • 63:27 - 63:30
    and then follows what He does
  • 63:30 - 63:34
    and what He says, but us.
  • 63:34 - 63:36
    There's nobody else who's
    empowered to do that;
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    empowered by His Spirit to do that but us.
  • 63:40 - 63:42
    And He expects us
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    not to shrug off His words.
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    He expects us to take His words
  • 63:50 - 63:53
    as the most important
  • 63:53 - 63:56
    guiding light for our life.
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    That's obvious.
  • 63:57 - 63:59
    "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord?'
  • 63:59 - 64:04
    and do not do the things I say?"
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    I just want to impress upon us.
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    Just laying our lives on the altar,
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    that's really what it's all about.
  • 64:20 - 64:21
    We use that kind of figure -
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    being in submission,
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    or being in subjection to Him.
  • 64:25 - 64:27
    This is what it comes down to.
  • 64:27 - 64:34
    Does His Word hold sway in my life?
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    And we should be often in the Gospels,
  • 64:39 - 64:42
    and we should be hearing those words.
  • 64:42 - 64:45
    And we should never read over them
  • 64:45 - 64:49
    in some careless fashion
  • 64:49 - 64:51
    without actually hearing them.
  • 64:51 - 64:54
    (incomplete thought)
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    Obviously, Paul is just as
    much the Word of God.
  • 64:57 - 64:59
    All of Scripture is equally inspired.
  • 64:59 - 65:02
    I'm not calling out His
    words in any special way
  • 65:02 - 65:04
    other than this:
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    you recognize that the epistles basically
  • 65:06 - 65:08
    draw off the truth that we have
  • 65:08 - 65:10
    in those four Gospels.
  • 65:10 - 65:13
    Those four Gospels are the life of Christ
  • 65:13 - 65:15
    set before us.
  • 65:15 - 65:17
    We hear from His own voice,
  • 65:17 - 65:20
    our Lord giving us His words.
  • 65:20 - 65:22
    We ought to be often there
  • 65:22 - 65:23
    in one of those Gospels.
  • 65:23 - 65:25
    We need to be hearing those words.
  • 65:25 - 65:28
    We need to be testing our lives by them
  • 65:28 - 65:30
    all the time.
  • 65:30 - 65:32
    Coming back.
  • 65:32 - 65:34
    Confessing where we fall short.
  • 65:34 - 65:36
    Asking for grace.
  • 65:36 - 65:44
    And really, being like the guy
  • 65:44 - 65:46
    that came to the services.
  • 65:46 - 65:47
    The preacher began to preach
  • 65:47 - 65:50
    and he got up and went out.
  • 65:50 - 65:52
    I mean, when we go to reading
  • 65:52 - 65:57
    Matthew, Mark, Luke, John,
  • 65:57 - 66:01
    we ought to read
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    and there ought to be
    ever increasing conformity.
  • 66:08 - 66:10
    And if something's not right,
  • 66:10 - 66:13
    it ought to stop us in our tracks
  • 66:13 - 66:15
    and we ought to deal with it.
  • 66:15 - 66:20
    Every time we're reading
    in the Word of God,
  • 66:20 - 66:26
    we should be reading so as to see
  • 66:26 - 66:28
    God's glory;
  • 66:28 - 66:30
    to see our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 66:30 - 66:34
    We should read so that we can believe.
  • 66:34 - 66:39
    We should read for the sake of conformity
  • 66:39 - 66:44
    to the standard that's
    being set before us
  • 66:44 - 66:46
    and where my life is.
  • 66:46 - 66:48
    None of our lives are perfectly where
  • 66:48 - 66:58
    they ought to be in
    conformity to this Word.
  • 66:58 - 67:02
    Okay, brethren.
  • 67:02 - 67:10
    Let's pray.
  • 67:10 - 67:24
    We do call you, "Lord, Lord."
  • 67:24 - 67:30
    And I trust that many in this room
  • 67:30 - 67:38
    do Your will.
  • 67:38 - 67:43
    Lord, we hear what You tell us.
  • 67:43 - 67:48
    We hear what You say.
  • 67:48 - 67:52
    Lord, I pray that we would
    truly have ears to hear,
  • 67:52 - 67:54
    grace to help.
  • 67:54 - 67:57
    I think of the KJV rendering there
  • 67:57 - 67:58
    in the Song of Solomon:
  • 67:58 - 68:08
    Lord, draw us and we will run after Thee.
  • 68:08 - 68:12
    But Lord, You gave much promise.
  • 68:12 - 68:18
    You promised that You
    wouldn't leave us orphans.
  • 68:18 - 68:28
    You promised You'd come to us.
  • 68:28 - 68:30
    Lord, I pray, help us,
  • 68:30 - 68:33
    convict us, give us ears to hear.
  • 68:33 - 68:38
    Lord, we pray that the Word
  • 68:38 - 68:41
    would resound in our ears,
  • 68:41 - 68:43
    tug at our hearts,
  • 68:43 - 68:45
    work in our consciences,
  • 68:45 - 68:48
    be ever a guide, move us,
  • 68:48 - 68:54
    impact us, bend us,
  • 68:54 - 68:59
    provoke us to greater
    and greater good works.
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    Lord, may it be like a great gust of wind,
  • 69:02 - 69:04
    like a tidal surge in the water.
  • 69:04 - 69:08
    May it pull; may it draw;
  • 69:08 - 69:12
    may it move; may it be like the things
  • 69:12 - 69:14
    that You say: like a sword,
  • 69:14 - 69:16
    like a hammer,
  • 69:16 - 69:18
    living.
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    Lord, I pray that it would be
  • 69:24 - 69:25
    like the thunder
  • 69:25 - 69:27
    and like a still, small voice.
  • 69:27 - 69:28
    But however it comes,
  • 69:28 - 69:31
    that Lord, it would sway us.
  • 69:31 - 69:35
    It would cause reaction.
  • 69:35 - 69:40
    It would cause conformity.
  • 69:40 - 69:50
    Lord, we pray that we
    would see this increasingly.
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    I pray in Christ's name,
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    Amen.
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Why Do You Call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and Not Do What I Tell You? (Luke 6:46) - Tim Conway
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