Summary: Bringing out the positive from the negative phrase, "Let us not"....which is found in several places within the Scriptures.
While preparing a sermon I was using my search feature in
which I came across an interesting word group.
A. The word group was: “let us not”.
1. I was too busy to do anything but notice this
at the time, but later on I was able to get back
to this word group to see, upon further
scrutiny, if what I thought at first was as
interesting under closer inspection and study
.....and it was.
I have preached a message in the past, entitled: “Let Us”.
A. I am quite sure that many of you might remember
it....as I preached it three times, by mistake.
1. You have my word....that shall not be
As the title very clearly spells out.....that sermon was
dealing with an admonition of the writers of the Bible
to Christians.....a call to action, if you will.
A. As with all calls to action, we can take them in
a positive or negative light.
ex. What if I said, “let us be more loving”?
1. Some would take this as a call to improve in
2. Others would see this as an insult....personally
directed towards them...that they,re not loving
1. Whether things are viewed as a positive or a
negative can have a great deal to do with
the attitude in which we approach the subject.
“Let us not” can also be viewed as a negative sermon, but
again.....it’s going to be all in the attitude that you approach
A. If I said “let us not jump into a pit with five
million fire ants....or ten thousand snakes”.....
would you consider that to be a negative
1. Why sure you would....it IS A NEGATIVE
WARNING.....BUT WITH POSITIVE
a. Let us approach this message in the
I. Romans 14:11-12 - 12So then each of us shall give
account of himself to God. 13Therefore let us not judge
one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a
stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.
A. Now.....I know that you have heard this all before.
1. This means that we are now and have....every
since we last heard this passage...
NO LONGER JUDGING.....BAD
CONCLUSIONS ABOUT OUR FELLOW
a. That is great!!.....now I can believe that if
I have preached on a subject, everyone
is going to adjust their lives, so as to
conform to the Word of God.
1.) But you will have to bear with us...
it takes a lot longer for some of us
to start doing what the Bible
B. The title of my first main division is actually....
the Word of God.
1. It is a command of God.
a. It doesn’t much matter whether one
agrees with the command or not.....it
doesn’t much matter if that person
can reason away every part of this
command away....or not......it still is the
command of God.
1.) The only thing a person should be
concerned with is this.....”Am I
trying to judge another person?
Do I think that I know what that
other person’s heart is really like?”
C. This passage informs us that each one of us
will give an accounting of ourselves to God.
1. The following sentence, then, grows out
of the first sentence.....it is this (in my
own words)...then we shouldn’t have
time nor the audacity to sit in judgment
a. On top of that....we better not be the
cause of another Christian brother
or sister stumbling because of our
** “Let us not not judge one another anymore”......I know
that someone might want to reason or argue this
statement, but I think that it is quite loud and clear.
1. My question isn’t whether God really means this
the way that it appears.....my question is this.....
“Am I still jumping to conclusions.....getting
attitudes....and passing judgment on my fellow
II. Gal. 5:24-26 - 24And those who are Christ’s have
crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we
live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26Let us not
become conceited, provoking one another, envying one
A. Again, a pretty thorny passage.
1. I know that I received the Holy Spirit when
I was converted to Christ (Acts 2:38).....but
I also know that this same Spirit of God can
also depart my Temple.
a. I can know that I live in the will and
direction of the Holy Spirit, if I live, and
conduct my life (walk) in ways that are
pleasing to the Holy Spirit.
1.) If my prayer life is alive and active
in the Holy Spirit.
2.) If the fruit of the Holy Spirit is
a part of my everyday walk.
3.) If I am not starved or dead from