Summary: Five questions taken from "The Way of the Master"
Five Questions You Need to Ask
I Cor. 6:9-10
March 7, 2010
I’ve got one chance this morning to ask with you some of the most important questions in life. How many of you know when you’re going die? People die every day without notice. Babies die, adults die, and children die.
Are you ready to be face to face with Jesus? If you died today, would you go to heaven?
I don’t want to stand on judgment day and see people I never asked these five questions, so this morning I’m preaching from love and concern.
In Matthew chapter seven we read Jesus’ words, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” How do you know that this text isn’t about you?
Jesus also told a story of a Pharisee and a tax collector. One appeared very righteous, but was in fact not while the other appeared very sinful yet received forgiveness.
How do you know you’re not the Pharisee?
Five Questions You Need to Ask
1. Am I a Good Person?
This is where it all begins.
2. Have I Ever Broken God’s Law?
Let’s talk about the Ten Commandments:
Exodus 20:3, 7, 13-16 says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.
Have you ever put anything before God? That makes you an idolator.
7You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
If you’ve broken this one, you are a blasphemer.
13You shall not murder.
Jesus says that anyone who hates is guilty of murder in his heart (Mt. 5:21-22). If you have ever hated then you are as guilty of murder.
14You shall not commit adultery.
Jesus says that anyone who looks at someone with lust is guilty of adultery in his heart (Mt. 5:27-28). If you have ever lusted then you are an adulterer.
15You shall not steal.
If you have ever stolen anything regardless of its value then you are a theif.
16You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
If you have ever told a lie then you are a liar.
Even if you are mostly good and have broken only a couple of these, you need to understand God’s standard:
James 2:10 says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”
If you are a liar, then God sees you as a lawbreaker. You are in the same company as Adolph Hitler and Jeffrey Dahmer. God doesn’t separate us into group by labeling us as liars and murderers and thieves; He divides us into only two groups: lawbreakers and saved.
3. Am I Innocent or Guilty?
Romans 3:9-20 says, “…both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; 10as it is written, ‘THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; 11THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; 12ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE. 13THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE,WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING, THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS; 14WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS; 15THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD, 16DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS, 17AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN. 18THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.’ 19Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; 20because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.”
Some people think they are going to make a case before God when they die. Somehow God will hear their argument and be persuaded that the best was done with what was given. But this isn’t the case. Read the words carefully:
“THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE”
“THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS”
“THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD”
“ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS”
You stand guilty before God!
4. Should God Let Guilty People Into Heaven?
I Corinthians 6:9-10 says, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”
How would you feel if a judge let murderers and rapists go free? You would be outraged because good judges mete out punishments. Yet we somehow expect God to be both a good judge and a judge who doesn’t punish the guilty. This cannot happen.