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Sunday Morning: April 23, 2006
Text: Romans 8:16-18 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:17 And if children (in the family), then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
ALL CAN BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD
2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead
MESSAGE TO THE UNSAVED
1 Corinthians 2:1-2 And I, brethren, when I came to you (before they became brethren), came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS
Acts 16:30-31 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
BECOME PART OF THE FAMILY
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again [from above], he cannot see the kingdom of God.
CHILDREN NEED MILK BEFORE MEAT
1 Corinthians 3:1-2 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not (basics forgotten) able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
DESIRE PURE MILK TO GROW
1 Peter 2:1-2 Wherefore laying aside all malice (extreme ill will) , and all guile (cunning deceit), and hypocrisies (acting, not real), and envies (from pride, ambition), and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire [long for] the sincere [pure] milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
BABES ARE DULL OF HEARING
Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
NEED TO BE TAUGHT AGAIN
Hebrews 5:12-13 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles (the basics) of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
DOCTRINE OF MILK
Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ (get off of the milk), let us go on unto perfection; (move on to meat) not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith [fidelity as being faithful] toward God
THE CARNAL MIND
Romans 8:7-8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
BABES NEED THE WORD
John 8:30-32 As he spake these words, many believed on him. 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
CHILDREN SHOULD BE OBEDIENT
Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
THE JUST ARE OBEDIENT
Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous [just] before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances [righteous acts, Rev. 19:8] of the Lord blameless.
THE JUST NEED NO REPENTANCE
Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous [just] (obedient), but sinners to repentance. (to change)
MORAL LAW FOR THE DISOBEDIENT
1 Timothy 1:8-10 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous [just] man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane (irreverent), for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, (disrespect for authority in the family) for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men stealers, for liars, for perjured (wilfully lying under oath) persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
LOSS OF INHERITANCE
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance (discord), emulations (rivalry), wrath (uncontrolled anger), strife (opposition), seditions [divisions, party spirit], heresies [sect], 21 Envyings (jealous) , murders, drunkenness, revellings (to carouse), and such like (all other evil activity): of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
THE JUST FEAR GOD
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
INHERITANCE IS A REWARD
Colossians 3:23-25 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
LOOK TO YOURSELVES
2 John 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
THE JUST ARE REWARDED
Matthew 10:41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous [just] man in the name of a righteous [just] man shall receive a righteous [just] man's reward.
THE JUST SHALL SHINE IN THE KINGDOM
Matthew 13:43 Then shall the righteous [just] shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.