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Jesus, the Law, and Us, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 226 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 593 since Jan. 1, 2016) / With a Word to Christians On the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #2



Jesus, the Law, and Us, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 226 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 593 since Jan. 1, 2016)
With a Word to Christians Regarding The Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #2

Philippians 3:19

“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.”

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Many of us do not like hearing messages like this, but this particular series can not only change your life spiritually, but it can save your life physically.

If we are going to get a handle on the gluttony epidemic in the church, we must approach it from a spiritual perspective first before we look at it from a mental and physical perspective. Sin, is first, a spiritual issue; it is the default mode of one who has a broken relationship with God. Well, Jesus came to repair that relationship and break the hold that sin has on us. Yet, many of us who claim to be saved are still enslaved to our bellies and to the sin of gluttony.

All sin has consequences. In the verse that we have selected to begin this long-term discussion on gluttony, Paul says, “their end is destruction.”

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What is the Gospel? According to 1 Corinthians 15, the Gospel is embodied in these words: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

John Piper said, “The New Testament often defines the gospel as, simply, Christ. Even more wonderfully, perhaps, Paul says that the preaching of the gospel is the preaching of ‘the unsearchable riches of Christ.’ What makes the gospel Gospel is that it brings a person into the everlasting and ever-increasing joy of Jesus Christ.”

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Jesus, the Law, and Us, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 226 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 593 since Jan. 1, 2016)

TEXT: Matthew 5:17-18:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

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D.A. Carson said, “Jesus fulfills the Law and the Prophets. They point to him, and he is their fulfillment.”

Today, many of us think of the Old Testament and the New Testament as mutually exclusive. We see the laws that God gave to Moses and the Israelites as lacking relevance when compared to the influence of the New Testament in our lives today. But, that is not what Jesus wants us to believe. Facing accusations from religious Jews that He sought to undermine the Law, Jesus says, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” What does Jesus mean when He says He came to fulfil the law?

First, He means that He came to obey the Law in its entirety. Jesus is the only person who ever perfectly obeyed God. The Jewish religious leaders tried their best to abide by every minute regulation, adding multiple layers of interpretation to the original Law. But Jesus repeatedly pointed out that they were missing one key thing — a heart that was righteous before God. Some of them may have tried very hard to keep the Law, but they did not have love for God or love for their neighbor in their hearts. Jesus said that we must have “righteousness that exceeds the righteousness” of the Jewish religious leaders — and that goes beyond their hypocrisy.

Instead of destroying the Law, Jesus elevated the standard of obedience that God required. While He indeed refused to be bound by manmade traditions, He never disobeyed the Law. Rather, He obeyed with a humble, loving, and obedient heart that which was perfect before God, prompting the Father to say, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” The perfectness of Jesus’ life stands in stark reality to our own imperfectness. Even if we managed to do most the law commanded of us, we would fail the test on account of our hearts which are “desperately wicked.”

That is why we need the sacrifice of the perfect, sinless Son of God who did not destroy the law, but fulfilled it in a way that we never could.

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Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.