Summary: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION
SUNDAY AM 11/14/1999
WHERE THE GOSPEL IS FULLY AND POWERFULLY PREACHED WITH THE HOLY GHOST SENT DOWN FROM HEAVEN, OUR CHURCHES DO NOT ONLY HOLD THEIR OWN, BUT WIN CONVERTS; BUT WHEN THAT WHICH CONSTITUTES THEIR STRENGTH IS GONE --- WE MEAN WHEN THE GOSPEL IS CONCEALED, AND THE LIFE OF PRAYER IS SLIGHTED --- THE WHOLE THING BECOMES A MERE FORM AND FICTION. FOR THIS THING OUR HEART IS SORE GRIEVED.
WRITTEN BY CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisper’s,
30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;
32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
LET US BOW OUR HEADS IN PRAYER
WHAT IS PAUL TRYING TO TELL US ?
THAT HE IS NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION.
THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS A MAN THAT WAS 100% IN EVERYTHING THAT HE DID, WHEN HE WAS A SINNER HE WAS 100% AND WHEN HE BECAME SAVED BY THE POWER OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HE WAS AGAIN 100%
YOU KNOW THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE FOR IT TELLS US IN,
15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.
16 “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
WHAT EVER WE DO GOD WANTS US TO GIVE IT ALL THAT WE HAVE IF WE ARE GOING TO WORK FOR THE LORD THEN WE MUST NOT BE LUKEWARM IN OUR DEEDS.
LET ME ASK YOU THIS, ARE YOU EVER EMBARRASSED TO BE IDENTIFIED AS A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST?
WOULD YOUR CO-WORKERS OR OTHER ASSOCIATES EVER ASSUME THAT YOU ARE ASHAMED OF YOUR FAITH BY THE WAY YOU AVOID TALKING ABOUT IT OR REVEALING YOUR TRUE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS?
I HAD A FELLOW JUST RECENTLY TELL ME WHEN HE HEARD ME SINGING A PRAISE SONG THAT WE DIDN’T NEED THAT IN THE WORKPLACE THAT WAS ONLY FOR CHURCH.
THAT IS THE TROUBLE WITH MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT GO TO CHURCH TODAY THEY DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH GOD WHEN THEY LEAVE THE CHURCH.
LET ME TELL YOU THAT GOD WILL ONLY STAND FOR 100% OUT OF ANY OF US AND 100% IN MY BOOK INCLUDES MONDAY through SATURDAY ALSO NOT JUST CHURCH ON SUNDAY.
THE FUNNY THING ABOUT THAT TYPE OF PERSON THEY ARE THE FIRST ONES TO GO CRYING TO GOD THE FIRST TIME THAT THEY HAVE SOMETHING BAD HAPPEN TO THEM OR IN THEIR LIVES.