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“The Kingdom of God” (Gal 5:19-6:10)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Posted by: The Gospel Church | more..
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Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (vs19-21)

We must take this seriously. We will not inherit the kingdom on our terms, but His, and since He is the Lord and Savior, He tells us the way. The gospel is all of faith, all of grace, and that faith PRODUCES good works, the change in life that proves that we know God. Love is commanded, and those who are the slaves of sin are not in the kingdom. They do not have the faith of God’s elect, so we judge ourselves to see what kind of faith we have.

Does the gospel make you holy and loving? Does it put down and subdue your sin? Are you able to live godly by the Spirit, the supernatural power that comes by looking unto Jesus Christ? Do you believe that He died for you and will give you victory over your sin, or are you someone trying to be saved – taking the forgiveness and promises of heaven – without taking the promise of newness of life in the present world… the promises of victory in the battle over sin? What kind of Christian are you? Real or false? Some claim to be in the kingdom, but their works reveal them as liars. Do not let this happen to you. See the places where you struggle, the weaknesses and the failures, and count upon the Lord Jesus Christ to subdue your lusts, hatred, and pride. Count on Him to give you salvation that’s real. We can’t have sin and the kingdom, so let us choose the gospel and walk with God as new people. Let us constantly receive strength, and keep our eyes upon our behavior!

I wish everyone knew the ENEMY within. Our most important adversary is not someone else. Our greatest obstacle that we must overcome is SELF. Self will lead me to hell, and only Jesus Christ – by forgiveness and cleansing – can overcome the evil within. Therefore, look up to His love, as a sinner, receive the mercies, and He will subdue your flesh (Gal 5:16). Believe your acceptance, and you will get strength to walk acceptably, but stay diligent about this. Believing is more than acknowledging right words and making some changes in your life; it is being saved by God who makes you holy on His terms, bringing you into the kingdom by a faith that works with power, a faith that overcomes sin.

Secondly, be diligent in how you treat others who fall (Gal 5:22-6:5). We read, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own burden”. Christian doctrine teaches us to love the erring and to help them along the way. We treat our brethren with respect, love, and tenderness. We deal with them gently, considering our own selves.

Grace doesn’t make us callous or proud in our dealings with men. It makes us merciful and compassionate, for we know that we are not saved by works of our own righteousness or strength. We know that He continually finds us sinful, treats us with mercy, and we are to show the same. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such there is no law” (vs22-23). The gospel is defined by its godliness, which is the Christ like character that it produces in all who receive Him. Yes, your brother may be falling and struggling with sin, but our job is to help Him up and strengthen him; it is not to think ourselves better than him, to mock him, or to treat him shamefully. So, if my brother falls, then I must make sure that I treat him right, lest I also fall into dangerous pride.

Do not think that you’re better than others, but find ways to help them. Do not think, “I could never fall like that”, for if David, Lot, Abraham, Moses, Peter and Paul could all fall, then so will we, unless we lean upon grace and walk humbly with God. Therefore, point others to this same grace of Christ, so that they can win. He says, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” Point them, gently and meekly, to the Christ who’s enabling you to walk in peace and goodness. Point them to His love, warn them faithfully, and preach the truth to sinful saints. You are not happy that others have fallen. Check yourself and make sure that you’re the person who helps people, bears patient, and has the Spirit’s fruit.

Finally, be tangibly good, supporting the financial needs of those who teach you the gospel. Paul says, “Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches… And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith”. Luther said, “These passages are all meant to benefit us ministers. I must say I do not find much pleasure in explaining these verses. I am made to appear as if I am speaking for my own benefit. If a minister preaches on money he is likely to be accused of covetousness. Still people must be told these things that they may know their duty over against their pastors. Our Savior says: ‘Eating and drinking such things as they give; for the laborer is worthy of his hire.’ (Lu 10:7.) And Paul says elsewhere: ‘Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple?’ and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained, that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.’ (1Co 9:13,14.)”

Do not live a carnal and selfish life, spending your money on you, you, you, but diligently practice the faith. You can’t say, “God is number 1”, and yet spend your money for yourself, refusing to meet the needs of pastors and evangelist. You cannot say, “I love the gospel”, but allow the man who preaches to you to go without pay, because you’d rather spend your money on others things, revealing where your heart truly is. He says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life (vs7-8).” We know that God will pay us back, so we give as we have been blessed, “For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have” (2 Cor 8:12). We trust God to provide, and we believe that our giving will help some poor saint, some hard working pastor or missionary, and it will help them to save others by providing food and shelter while they preach the word.

We are sowing to the Spirit and seeking the eternal blessing that comes by faith. I can’t say, “If you give, then you will be rich”, for it is blasphemous to promise what God does not (1 Tim 6:5). But, He will pay you back, because if you give by faith, order your finances by faith, and sacrifice for the kingdom, then this faith will be rewarded with peace and fruitfulness. But, if we live for ourselves, then we show that our faith isn’t real; it is only words that we say, which means nothing. We WILL reap what we sow, so let us live for the Invisible God. Bank on everlasting life, and give your time, energy, money and heart, to the gospel. Our giving shows that we’ve REALLY received something from God’s grace, more than words, but eternal life in the kingdom.

Heshimu Colar Heshimu Colar

Heshimu Colar, Pastor of The Gospel Church, faithfully proclaims the saving message of Jesus Christ, continually exalting Him in God's word as the Savior of...

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