Summary: Are those who say they believe really headed for Heaven? It’s more to it than just believing. Believing is being OF Him.
20100801.Sermon.Get Ready Series
William Akehurst, BA
It’s more to it than just believing.
11. Salvation has appeared to all men
12. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Teaching us that we should live:
a. Soberly, as not under the influence of this world
b. Righteously, by doing what is right
c. Godly, the way Christ lived
d. Denying, a choice, first mental, then physical.
We make the choice, to do or to do not
Choice to change our habits to what is pleasing to God
Doing right, be clear minded, be sober, not under the influence of this world
Be Holy for I the LORD your God, am Holy. Leviticus 19:2
13. Remembering, thinking looking forward to that blessed hope, Christ’s redemption and His return
14. Who gave himself in our place to redeem us from wrong, evil and sin. Purifying us to do good. Purifying, changing our heart and mind to do good things.
2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
Who can Stand? When the LORD marks our sin, Who can stand?
But, there is forgiveness. There is HOPE!
In the words of David, he was waiting, hoping, in the promises of God’s word, of the savior, the Messiah.
We see hope fulfilled, with our ability to see the old and new testaments. The hope in the prophecies of old, looking for the Messiah, hoping for that day when he would come. Fulfilled in the new, as Christ fulfills those prophecies, that hope of days long ago.
And yet, are we without hope? No. We hope for the future, when Christ will come back again. We hope for the day we enter heaven, sins forgiven by the hope we have in the redemption of Christ.
Because of HOPE we can endure many things. We can endure suffering. We can wait for change. We wait and hope.
HOPE is, only an earthly word. It has no meaning in heaven as it is fulfilled in Christ’s presence.
In Hell, it does not exist; there is no hope for escape. There is no hope even for the worm, which is not consumed by the fires of Hell. There is no way out. If there were, then what would be the need for redemption. We could live our lives, pay our penalty, and then come out again? No, there is no hope in hell. At all. Ever.
We have hope, in Christ,
His coming back again
He is the way to the Father
But we have a choice of how we live
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Psalm 24:3-5 says
Who will go to heaven?
Those with clean hands (not workers of iniquity)
Those with a pure heart (purified by Him who gave Himself)
Who have NOT vanity or deceit
But will receive the blessing of righteousness, and salvation.
Peter tells us in these last times, we must be ready.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
His promise remains, but, due to His patience, his longsuffering toward us, He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Christ is coming, and when He does, all the world as we know it, will change. Why should He tarry? Why should He wait. Because of His love toward all people. God so loved the world, all mankind, and He is not willing that any should perish, but His desire is that we all should repent and spend eternity with Him.
11 We need to understand, that we are to be holy, as God is Holy, through our conversation and actions.
12 Looking for the coming of the day of God