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Summary: THE INTERPRETER

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JOSEPH, JESUS AND THE INTERPRETER Gen. 42:9-25 v.23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.

Many times the words of Jesus were not understood by those who heard Him:

Matt 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. Matt 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. Matt 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

A city full of churches, Great preachers, lettered men, Great music, choirs and organs, If these all fail what then? Good workers, eager, earnest, Who labor by the hour, But where, Oh where, My brother, Is God's almighty power?

Refinement, education, They have the very best, Their plans and schemes are perfect, They give themselves no rest. They get the best of talent, They try their uttermost, But, what they need my brother, Is God the Holy Ghost.

John 16 v 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I. THE HOLY GHOST REPROVES THE SINNER

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1. Concerning the . . Commencement of Sin. Gen. 3:4-6 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Sin Commenced In A. Denying the Word of God. v 4 And the serpent said to the woman, "Ye shall not surely die! B. Distorting the Word of God. v 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. C. Destroying the Word of God. v 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Eve Rejected God's way For Hers 2. Concerning the . . Contamination of Sin. Rom. 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: We are Contaminated By A. Our Past Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world John & The Apple B. Our Parents and so death passed upon all men C. Our Practice for that all have sinned 3. Concerning the . . Characterization of Sin. A. Sin Is Characterized as . . Lawlessness. 1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. B. Sin Is Characterized as . . Laziness. James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. C. Sin Is Characterized as . . Faithlessness. Rom.14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin

D. Sin Is Characterized as . . Lovelessness John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 4. Concerning the . . Consequence of Sin. Rom. 6 : 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. A. Spiritual Death Gen 2 v 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. B. Physical Death 2 Samuel 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him. C. Eternal Death Rom. 6 : 23 For the wages of sin is death; 5. Concerning the . . Cure of Sin. Luke 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. How Do You Receive This Cure? A = Admit Your Need B = Believe Jesus can and will forgive sin. C = Come to Jesus, acknowledging Him as Lord. John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. II. THE HOLY GHOST REMINDS THE SINNER

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