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Jesus the Perfect Savior

Galatians 4:4-6

Intro: Jesus existed eternally: God said "Let us make man in our image" (Gen. 1:26). The 4th man in the fiery furnace was "like unto the Son of God" (Dan. 3:25). "All things were made by him" (John 1:3). The Son of God became the Son of Man-thus able to fully understand our humanity (cf. Heb. 4:15).

I. ‑The Coming of the Savior-"When the fulness of time had come"

A. ‑Old Testament promises-here are four:

1. Person (Gen. 3:15).

2. ‑Power (Isa. 7:14): the power of the Virgin Birth.

3. ‑Personality (Isa. 9:6): the character of Christ.

4. ‑Place (Mic. 5:2): where Jesus would be born.

B. ‑New Testament: (Matt. 1:21-25): an angel tells Joseph Mary will bear a child of the Holy Spirit, being the Son of God.

II. ‑The Choice of the Savior-"God sent forth His Son."

A. Son of God (Matt. 3:17; John 3:16).

B. Son of Man (John 1:14; cf. Phil. 2:6-11).

III. ‑The Creation of the Savior-"Made of woman."

A. Supernatural (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23).

B. ‑Savior (Matt. 1:21). The only way to salvation (John 14:6). Luke said there is no other name by which we may be saved (Acts 4:12).

C. ‑Son (Isa. 53:9). He was without sin: the perfect Priest (Heb. 7:24); the Lamb without blemish (1 Pet. 1:19; see also
1 Pet. 2:22).

IV. ‑The Cleansing by the Savior-"To redeem them that are under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."

A. ‑Prophecy (Isa. 53:4-6). We were born in sin (John 8:44). When we accept Christ, we become sons of God (John 1:12), and redeemed from the Law (Gal. 3:13)..

B. ‑People: Christ cleanses all who call upon Him (Rom. 10:13). Those who come to Him will not be turned away (John 6:37).

C. ‑Plan: We are placed into God's family (Rom. 8:15).

Conclusion: If man-made laws could save us from sin, the birth and death of Jesus Christ would not have been necessary. But without the shedding of blood, there is no remission (Heb. 9:22). Jesus gave His blood to forgive us of all sin.

Croft M. Pentz
(note preceding outline in April issue:
"Jesus the Prophesied Savior")

Repentance: the Forgotten Word in Positive Preaching

Acts 17:30-31

Introduction: "There are many today who preach faith without repentance. We have filled our churches with people who claim to know Jesus Christ...and yet there is no sign of repentance in their lives. What happened?" (Don M. Boone, What Happened to Repentance). Paul preached, "[God] now commands all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30-31; see also 20:20-21).

I. The Necessity of Genuine Repentance

A. Examples of false and true repentance:

1. ‑Pharaoh (Ex. 9:27), Achan (Josh. 7:20), Saul (1 Sam. 15:24,30), and Judas (Matt. 27:4) all said "I have sinned," but without genuine repentance.

2. ‑David (2 Sam. 12:13 and 24:10) and the "prodigal son" (Luke 15:18,21) illustrate genuine repentance.

B. ‑The necessity of genuine repentance: (Ezek. 14:6; 1 Thess. 1:9-10; Luke 13:1-5; 24:46-47; 1 John 1:5-10).

II. The Nemesis of Godly Repentance:

A. ‑Jesus warns us about the nemesis of the flesh (Matt. 26:41).

B. ‑Paul explains the secret of victory over the flesh in Galatians 5:16-18.

C. ‑John warns about the nemesis of the devil, (1 John 4:4).

D. ‑The nemesis of the world system: "For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death" (2 Cor. 7:10).

III. The Neglect of Granted Repentance:

A. ‑Paul's advice to Timothy (2 Tim. 2:34-26).

B. ‑Jesus gave "Jezebel" "time to repent" (Rev. 2:21).

C. ‑Esau "found no place of repentance" (Heb. 12:17).

D. ‑The Puritans often spoke of "the gift of tears" referring to repentance.

E. ‑Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost for His Highest (Dec. 7), said: "repentance is a gift of God."

F. ‑Evangelist J. Harold Smith preached a sermon, "God's Three Deadlines," on the theme of Prov. 29:1: "He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."

G. ‑Hebrews 3:7-4:10: "The word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it"

H. Paul's invitation in 2 Corinthians 6:2.

I. Stephen's challenge in Acts 7:51.

IV. ‑God's Overtures Can Be Resisted and Rejected. (Rom. 2:4; Heb. 2:3).

Conclusion: Kerry L. Skinner in The Joy of Repentance: "In many ways, the Body of Christ has forsaken the biblical mandate to repent.... But in reality, sin produces a yoke of bondage and consequence, while repentance provides a roadway of reconciliation. The suffering Christian, soiled with the residue of this world, is only a repentant prayer away from resolution and healing."

When Dwight L. Moody first went to England he preached the grace of God. When he went the second time he preached repentance. He had become convinced that unless there is a genuine turning away from known sin in life and thought, there could be little permanency of change.

May we return to repentance, the forgotten word in positive preaching!

Franklin L. Kirksey

When You Fear the Future

Isaiah 43:1-7

Intro.: President Roosevelt said, "All we have to fear is fear itself." Jesus warns, "I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has the power to throw you into hell" (Luke 12:5) To harmonize these two truths, we might put it this way: Fear God and you don't need to fear anyone or anything else.

Prop.: How does God deliver believers from fear of the future? Through His promises and provisions.

I. ‑Through His promises: "The Lordwho created you, O Jacob" (vv. 1-2).

A. ‑God promises not to forget His people (v. 1).

B. ‑God promises not to forget their problems (v. 2).

II. ‑Through His provisions: "For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior" (vv. 3-7).

A. God pays our ransom (vv. 3-4).

B. God plans our return (vv. 5-7).

Conc.: So, fear not if you have to go to the doctor. Fear not if your kids have to move away. Fear not if a close family member or friend dies. Fear not if funds run low. Fear not if you must live alone. Believe that God will be with you!

Here's how to handle fear:

Face up to the facts-the water is high and the fire is hot (cf. Rom. 4:19-21).

Evaluate the promises of God. What in particular does He promise in your case?

Arrange to do your part. Faith without works is dead. Put some legs under your prayers.

Rely on the Lord to do the rest. He'll take care of what you can't. You couldn't die for your sins, so Jesus did it for you. You can't control the future, so let God do it.

Steve Eutsler

The Presence of Angels

I. Protection (Ps. 91:11-12).

II. Praise (Neh. 9:6).

III. Power (Dan. 6:22).

IV. Prophecy (Luke 1:11-16).

V. Provision (Acts 12:6-11).

VI. Proclamation (Luke 2:9-14).

VII. Personal (Acts 10:3-6).

VIII. Perfection (Heb. 1:7, 13-14).

Croft M. Pentz

Christian Priorities

Matthew 6:33

I. Priority in Faith (Heb. 11:6)

II. Priority in Family (Eph. 5:22-23).

III. Priority in Finances (Mal. 3:8-10).

IV. Priority in Faithfulness (Rev. 2:10).

Croft M. Pentz

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