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Summary: OFTEN, WE HEAR THE TERMINOLOGY: PLAN B. THE BACK-UP PLAN IN CASE THE FIRST PLAN FAILS. HAVE YOU EVER STOPPED TO THINK THAT JESUS HAD NO “PLAN B” IF HIS PLAN “A” WERE REJECTED? THERE SIMPLY WAS NO PLAN “B” NO OTHER WAY UNTO SALVATION. ACTS 4: 12.

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THERE IS NO “PLAN B”

TEXT: JOHN 6:60--69

INTRODUCTION: OFTEN, WE HEAR THE TERMINOLOGY: PLAN B.

THE BACK-UP PLAN IN CASE THE FIRST PLAN FAILS.

ALL BUSINESSES AND MOST POLITICIANS HAVE A PLAN B. AN ALTERNATE PLAN TO GO TO IF ALL ELSE FAILS.

HAVE YOU EVER STOPPED TO THINK THAT JESUS HAD NO “PLAN B”

IF HIS PLAN “A” WERE REJECTED?

1. CONSIDER JESUS’ REJECTION OF SIMON PETER’S ALTERNATIVE

SUGGESTION IN MT. 16: 22--24.(READ)

JESUS HAD PLAINLY TOLD THEM WHAT WAS UPCOMING: HIS PERSECUTION; HIS DEATH; HIS RESURRECTION.

2. PETER REBUKED HIM, SAYING: LORD, THIS SHALL NEVER BE.**

HE SPOKE IN THE IMPULSIVENESS OF THE FLESH* IT WAS THE NATURAL MAN SPEAKING.

PETER WAS THINKING IN TERMS OF CHRIST SITTING UP HIS KINGDOM AT THAT PRESENT TIM.***

HE FAILED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT CHRIST HAD JUST SAID “MUST” COME TO PASS FOR SALVATION TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL MANKIND.****

3. IN EFFECT: HE SAID” PETER YOU ARE A STUMBLING BLOCK TO ME, DON’T GET IN THE WAY OF GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION”

4. ANY OTHER PLAN WOULD HAVE BEEN OF SATAN. THERE SIMPLY WAS NO PLAN “B” NO OTHER WAY UNTO SALVATION. ACTS 4: 12.

JOHN 6: 26--31 (READ)

THEY ASKED A QUESTION: WHAT CAN “WE” DO TO WORK THE WORKS OF GOD? HOW CAN WE BE SAVED? WHAT MUST WE DO?**

JESUS SAID BELIEVE UPON ME, THE ONE THAT GOD HAS SENT TO YOU AS LORD AND SAVIOR.

HE GAVE THEM THE ONLY PLAN HE HAD.

HE WAS UNCOMPROMISING IN PRESENTING THE ONLY PLAN THAT GOD THE FATHER HAD GIVEN TO HIM TO BRING DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND PRESENT TO MANKIND AS GOD’S GIFT FOR ETERNAL LIFE.

I. THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR SALVATION.

(A) YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS GOD’S SON.

1. GOD IN THE FLESH, GOD INCARNATE, VERY GOD INDEED.

1.YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT GOD IN THE BODY OF FLESHLY MAN, YET INCAPABLE OF SIN, LIVED A PERFECT LIFE AMONG MANKIND, DIED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS, AND ROSE AGAIN ON THE THIRD DAY. JN 8:24: HE SAID IF YOU BELIEVE NOT, YOU SHALL PERISH.

ROMANS 10: 9,10: THAT IF THOU SHALL CONFESS WITH THY MOUTH THE LORD JESUS ; AND SHALL BELIEVE IN THINE HEART THAT GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, THOU SHALL BE SAVED.

FOR WITH THE HEART MAN BELIEVES UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND WITH THE MOUTH CONFESSION IS MADE UNTO SALVATION*****

(B) YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE.

1. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO COME TO GOD, BUT THROUGH JESUS.

2, SOME SAY: JUST DO THE BEST YOU CAN, OTHERS SAY JUST LIVE A GOOD LIFE. ETC. (WORKS OF MAN)

EPH. 2: 8,9:

FOR BY GRACE YOU ARE SAVED, THROUGH FAITH* AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES* IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD. NOT OF WORKS, LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST.

JOHN 3:18: HE THAT BELIEVES ON HIM* IS NOT CONDEMNED, BUT HE THAT BELIEVES NOT IS CONDEMNED ALREADY, BECAUSE HE HAS NOT BELIEVED IN THE NAME OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD.

3. IT DOES NOT GET ANY PLAINER THAN THAT. (JOHN 3: 16--18)

(C) YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT WE ARE RECONCILED TO GOD, THROUGH CHRIST. (COLOSSIANS 1: 21--22)

1. THIS IS GOD’S ONLY PLAN: THE PLAN OF SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST. BELIEVING UPON CHRIST, AS THE SCRIPTURES DECLARE : ROMANS 1:16: PAUL SAID: I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION, FOR EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES.


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