And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
Volume XI, Number 33 July 13, 2008
In this issue:
None of us are able to tell the future without fail or fault (“you do not know what will happen tomorrow,” Jas. 4:14). Still, we look to the future and wonder.
“What does the Bible tell us about the future? What will happen to the earth?”
The Bible does not tell us everything that will happen in the future. But it does tell us enough to know that we must always be spiritually prepared for it (Matt. 24:42-51; Jas. 4:13-15).
Jesus Christ Will Return
“This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you say Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)
Jesus will return, but not to the earth to establish His kingdom and reign in peace for 1,000 years.
1) When Jesus returns He will Judge mankind.
has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the
Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising
Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31)
The Future of All Men
The future of every person
5) The future of the Christian is full of glory. “When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Col. 4:3; cf. 1 Ths. 4:13-18)
Where Will You Spend Your Eternity?
The future is upon us. Every second of the clock brings us closer to eternity. We ought to say “if the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (Jas. 4:15)
Prepare for the future by becoming a Christian. Believe in Christ and confess your faith, repent of your sins and be baptized for the remission of our sins (Jno. 8:24; Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 17:30; Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38). Then, your future will be bright. Your sins are forgiven. Remain prepared to meet your God through faithful living (2 Cor. 5:7-10; Col. 3:1-4; Gal. 2:20).
The Roman Catholic Church believes the communion wafer, when consecrated by a priest in the Catholic Mass, becomes the actual body of Christ. The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist is the doctrine of transubstantiation and was written into Catholic dogma by the Council of Trent (1545-63). The Britannica Concise Encyclopedia notes that “in the mid-20th century, some Roman Catholic theologians interpreted it as referring to a change of meaning rather than a change of substance, but in 1965 Paul VI called for the retention of the original dogma.” (answers.com/ topic/transubstantiation)
This week a University of Central Florida student left mass without eating the consecrated wafer (“host”). This has Catholics there and around the world in an uproar. To them, the body of Christ was defiled by this action. (See “‘Body Of Christ’ Returned To Church After Student Receives Email Threats”, wftv.com, July 7, 2008)
All of this may sound incredible to non-Catholics, but I assure you that Catholics take this matter very seriously. Is this doctrine Biblical? With all due respect, did this student have the body of Jesus in his pocket? As one brother in Christ asked (with tongue in cheek), should the Diocese of Orlando charge this young man with kidnapping?
Jesus did not turn the bread and the fruit of the vine into his real person and presence when he instituted the supper (1 Cor. 11:23-25). Catholicism corrupts the meaning of John 6 and concludes the real presence of Christ’s body and soul and divinity are present in these emblems.
There Jesus said, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (Jno. 6:54). Jesus was presenting himself as “the bread of life”, the “living bread which came down from heaven” (Jno. 6:35, 48, 51). He said “the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world” (Jno. 6:51). To “eat” his flesh and “drink” his blood is not talking about the Lord’s Supper, but about obeying his gospel in order to obtain the nourishment of redemption and salvation that he alone gives. This is confirmed in John 6:56-57: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. He who feeds on me will live because of me”. Jesus went on to say, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life” (Jno. 6:63). When we obey the word of Christ we abide in Christ and he abides in us (Jno. 14:21, 23; 1 Jno. 2:3-6; 3:24).
The body of Christ was sacrificed for the sins of the world one time for all time on Calvary’s cross – not repeatedly since then during the Catholic Mass: “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God” (Heb. 10:10-12).
We eat the bread and drink the cup “in remembrance” of Christ, not to obtain the real presence and person of Christ in some metaphysical way (1 Cor 11:24-25). When we eat the Supper we must remember Christ’s sacrifice (eat worthily and “discern the Lord’s body”, 1 Cor. 11:27-29).
All the Florida student took away from the Catholic Mass was a piece of bread. The New Testament contains no Mass, no rite of consecration and no transubstantiation. However, it does contain a supper of remembrance, profound in its meaning and stunning in its simplicity (Matt. 26:26-29). “The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” (1 Cor. 10:16)
You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:17-20
fulfillment of the law, 5:17-18.
I. OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS MUST EXCEED THAT OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, Matt. 5:20 (5:21-6:18).
Action is not the Mark of Righteousness, 5:21-48 (5:8); Lk. 16:15; 18:9-12.
(Touches disposition of the heart)
II. WHY YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS MATTERS.
A. Blessings of
the Kingdom, Matt. 5:3-12, 20.
You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS
Scripture Reading: Matthew 12:25-30
1. No neutrality
with Jesus, Matt. 12:30.
I. CANNOT BIND HUMAN TRADITIONS AND BE “WITH JESUS”, Matt. 12:1-8.
A. Binding Human
Traditions Elevates Man’s Will above God’s Law, 12:1-4.
II. CANNOT PROMOTE JESUS IN VIOLATION OF GOD’S PLAN AND BE “WITH JESUS”, Matt. 12:15-21.
A. The Savior is
Made Known in His Service to Mankind (Isa. 42:1-4).
III. CANNOT HOLD FALSE DOCTRINES ABOUT CHRIST AND BE “WITH JESUS”, Matt. 12:22-27. (Col. 2:9)
IV. CANNOT HOLD FALSE DOCTRINES ABOUT THE KINGDOM AND BE “WITH JESUS”, Matt. 12:28 (Lk. 11:20; 17:20-21).
V. CANNOT REJECT THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS WORK AND BE “WITH JESUS”, Matt. 12:31-32.
A. Reduced to
Impersonal Force (Acts 5:3)
Created by Chuck Sibbing. 07/14/2008
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