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Summary: When the Holy Spirit comes to save the soul, a person must accept or reject the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Pastor Michael DePhillips

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“ THE MASTER COMES AND HE CALLETH FOR THEE “

JOHN 10:27-30

READ OPENING SCRIPTURE AND THEN OPEN IN PRAYER

1. PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN LIFE AFTER DEATH

A. EARLIEST MAN BURIED THEIR DEAD WITH WEAPONS AT HAND

B. INDIANS IN THE AMERICA’S BURIED THEIR WARRIORS ON THEIR FAVORITE HORSE AND WITH ALL THE ESSENTIALS FOR A JOURNEY

C. EGYPTIANS BURIED THEIR DEAD WITH TREASURE, FOOD AND EVEN SLAVES

HISTORY PROVES THAT PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS HOPED FOR AN AFTERLIFE, THAT THERE IS SOME PART OF US THAT CONTINUES TO LIVE ON SOMEPLACE ELSE. THAT THIS BODY OF FLESH CAN NOT CONTAIN ALL THAT WE ARE.

EARLY EXPLORERS TO THE NEW WORLD SEARCHED FOR THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH TO NO AVAIL IN THE HOPE THAT THEY WOULD DISCOVER THE WAY TO DEFEAT DEATH. WE ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN OUR ANCESTORS BECAUSE WE STILL SEARCH FOR THE SECRET OF LIFE SO THAT WE MAY EXTEND OUR EXISTENCE ON EARTH.

MEN AND WOMEN AND CHILDREN HAVE ALWAYS LONGED FOR AND HOPED FOR ETERNAL LIFE AND MOST WOULD GIVE ALL THAT THEY HAVE AND ALL THEY EVER HOPED TO HAVE FOR THE CHANCE AT ETERNAL LIFE. OUR SEARCH HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND THE WAY OF ALL FLESH IS TO SOMEDAY DIE.

1. ONLY ONE MAN IN HISTORY HAS EVER CLAIMED TO HAVE THE KEY TO ETERNAL LIFE AND HIS NAME IS JESUS. TRULY MAN YET TRULY GOD WITH US AND HE PROMISED TWO THINGS TO THOSE WHO WILL BELIEVE IN HIM…

A. HE PROMISED ETERNAL LIFE TO ALL THAT BELIEVE IN HIM

JOHN 3:16 “ FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.”

B. PROVED THAT HE IS CAPABLE OF GRANTING US VICTORY OVER DEATH BY BECAUSE HE HAS CONQUERED DEATH

REVELATION 1:17-18 “ AND WHEN I SAW HIM I FELL AT HIS FEET AS IF I WERE DEAD AND HE LAID HIS RIGHT HAND UPON ME AND SAID, FEAR NOT; I AM THE FIRST AND THE LAST. I AM HE THAT LIVETH AND THEN WAS DEAD AND BEHOLD I AM ALIVE FOREVERMORE, AMEN AND HAVE THE KEYS OF HELL AND DEATH.”

HOW DOES SOMEONE COME TO HAVE ETERNAL LIFE?

1. NOT SIMPLY BY BELIEVING IN GOD JAMES 2:19 “ YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ONE GOD? YOU DO WELL TO BELIEVE THAT FOR EVEN THE DEMONS BELIEVE AND TREMBLE”

WE DON’T RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE BY SIMPLY BELIEVING THAT THERE IS A GOD ANY MORE THAN WE CAN RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE BY CHURCH MEMBERSHIP, GOOD WORKS OR EVEN BY OBSERVING SOME RELIGIOUS RITUAL OR TRADITION. JESUS SAID THAT HE WAS THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE AND HE POINTED TO HIMSELF IN HIS GOSPEL AS RECORDED BY JOHN THE ELEVENTH CHAPTER IN VERSE 25

“ JESUS SAID UNTO HER, I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE, HE THAT BELIEVETH IN ME THOUGH HE WERE DEAD YET SHALL HE LIVE.”

MARTHA HAD JUST FINISHED BURYING HER BROTHER LAZARUS WHO HAD DIED OF AN UNKNOWN ILLNESS THAT CHRIST MIGHT HAVE CURED… YET FROM HER EXPERIENCE WE GET A GLIMPSE OF THE POWER OF OUR SAVIOR.

1. ETERNAL LIFE IS GIVEN TO US BY THE PERSON OF GOD’S ONLY SON JESUS AND OUR BELIEF IN HIS ABILITY TO REDEEM US BY HIS SACRIFICE ON CALVARY’S HILL NAILED TO A ROUGH HEWN CROSS TO BRIDGE THE DISTANCE THAT EXISTED BETWEEN SINFUL MAN AND A HOLY GOD


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