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July 6, 2021 8:00 am
Today on Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ when I be present with the Lord. I leave this earth with Christ, receive my thought is the very first thing will happen to me when whenever the machine in the intensive care unit at BJ says something. The first thing I see absent from the body present Mark Goodwin. How cool is that joining us today on this additional fellowship of the word pastor Bill Gebhardt Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie, Louisiana Pastor Bill Gebhardt now again he shows us how God's word meets our work. What totally replace interested against themselves against God against each other. Stuff happens here is a lot of bad stuff that happens here in the morbid coverage we get through social media and media you realize how much bad stuff is going on. I often wonder this, don't you think now by watching anything you think is worse than it's ever been. Is it worse than it's ever been, or simply being reported anything that happens anywhere's reporting to you immediately need all this is really terrible how bad a people bed, but incredibly bad all by the way were not just all sinners, we live on a cursed planet of the planets Kirsten were all sinners.
One is that a prescription for trouble you have trouble you got him in every way relationally and have trouble diseases.
Trouble economy trouble marriages, trouble, child-rearing trouble, there's trouble everywhere.
Nothing, nothing's going to change that Jesus is what you gotta believe that your future is assured of the great he says in my father's house are many dwelling places.
If it were not so I would've told you I going to prepare a place for you what they want to know where you going right. But Jesus say going home Sam going notice what he calls home. My father's house yet 3% having I'm going to my father's house, he said, in my father's house are many dwelling places. It's an interesting thing if you grew up in the King James version you feel now like once they start to accurately translate that she got shipped.
If you read the King James version it says in my father's house are many mansions that speaks to us right where all got no mention can be great.
There's nothing even in the Greek close dimension. Nothing there, nothing there all. In fact, the reason we even have it word in Greek mention is the Latin Vulgate, which is a later translation of the Greek text, use the word Nancy onus, Nancy onus and Latin word so the King James translators translate that literally mansions okay only off the Latin Vulgate which had not was a bad translation of the Greek, the Greek word here is simply the word moaning. That's the only word it needs it means an abiding place. It means an abiding place and it comes moaning comes from Menno, which means a dwelling place, so it's an abiding dwelling place.
That's why the Newmarket standard newer translations called a dwelling place is not a mansion but it is home. That's an amazing thing when you think about it. It is home. Jesus is why he said if this were true, how do you cope in a world for trouble. I cope with it because I know that there's something much better for me much much better skin of the great snow can be great for a while.
It's can be great forever. Just an amazing thought. When you think about an overwhelming thought and it's my home you see it going to my father's house and it's big.
I mean it's really big holy place if they meet with me and go to Revelation 5, Revelation 511.
By the way, if you want to lift your spirits when they just read Revelation 5 it's a future glimpse into heaven. There's not too many.
And we get Scripture that this was pretty cool but 511. John says this and then I looked and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne of them and the living creatures and the elders and the number of them was myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, another reason those numbers are there is.
That's all the numbers John has myriads of marriage is 10,000s of 10,000s.
That's the biggest number they have. They don't have enough we could see trillion but they say myriads and thousands 10,000×10,000s and thousands of thousands of thousand thousand million 10,000 10,000 you can see where the member starts going it's countless is an amazing thing. And guess what they're all doing singing imaginary. Could you imagine billions upon billions of angels and humans singing altogether. It's an amazingly big place. You see, and you think in a way.
Well, it's that big it's going to be sort of like I'm in jazz fest or something you know it's going to be that were just in the crowd. Now it's not like that it always go back to John 14 for just a moment in my father's house are many dwelling places were not so I would've told you and I go when I prepare a place for you.
There are myriads of myriads of beings in heaven now, but there's a place in heaven.
I'll use this idea. There's a door in heaven and wanted says Bill with one L is my place phenomenal. You have a place in Jesus said I'm there. Don't prepare for you for you every child of his. I don't prepare for you. It's your place. I'm not in the crowd got my place.
Power of attorney a great Swiss psychologist said that the one of the most basic human instincts is we all need a home.
We need a home base is a basic human instinct, I need a place as my home and that's what God gives us he gives us a place that is home. What a great forever home. He said I go I prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also. What a terrific idea when you think about it he says in verse three he said if I go and prepare place you will come again and receive you to myself to basic interpretations of that I have the like. The second one the first one is just talking about the second coming of the second coming. He'll call the church to himself in a: colors home and there's truth to that, he will receive Mr. self Tony Evans was the first guy I heard you talk about the other, he said, for each and every one of us because he's emphasizing the singular.
Whenever you and I leave this body to be present with the Lord.
I leave this earth to be present with God. Christ receives me. My thought is the very first thing it'll happen to me when whenever the machine in the intensive care unit at BJ says that he's gone. Okay, whenever that it's over you all terrible is the first thing I see is Christ welcome welcome absent from the body present with the Lord. Welcome. It's good to bring you.
How cool is that. That's an amazing thing. Now it's sad for those who love you and home, but not for you. That's why we had a map of the song that based on when I say the best day of your life is the last day I didn't say this for your family and your friends.
That's a hard day but for you when the day I'm with him. He's welcome me home and I can just see us are going through and is a no see over there. Go look at the door. There's my name is replaceable. Welcome home mean it's an amazing thing when you think about what he's doing his third step is you must believe in my promise.
He said that's what I'm telling you I going to prepare a place for you to believe me. So if I know that my future is assuredly great. Nothing can change it. I know that the Lord is going to welcome me into heaven himself. All of a sudden I started thinking I can cope with what happens. Living as a simple person on a cursed planet, I can cope with this Seattle needed number.
I don't need to medicated or drink it to such a point that I'm numb. That doesn't help anything.
Chris sooner or later I'm not medicated and I'm not drinking and I still feel the same anxiety and depression. I felt before, but doesn't do wanting to solve my situation. All that does is numb.
It what you do the same look. Believe me, you need to believe in me, you need to believe that you have an assuredly great future and you need to believe what I'm promising you see that's what I'm doing me saying, these men will have an enormous trouble with the time it's a profound thought. I don't know if you thought about it. One of the great desires and universes. Jesus Christ wants to be with me and you.
I want to think about nothing you believe in him you're going to go. Somehow you become some number I want to spend eternity with you. Just with you, so much so that Godfrey so you could be with me.
I want to be with you see we all want to be with him because it's way better than the alternative right, that's for sure.
But he sings no I want to be with you. How does that make you feel the creator of everything once to spend eternity with you. Using a changes your frame of reference in your way of thinking and everything you could possibly want its profound: the great German theologian, one of the great theologian since the Reformation. He started what was called neo-orthodoxy. New orthodoxy in Germany. It was a reaction against all the liberalism in Germany. Bart was a genius. I know his form of neo-orthodoxy is in mine, we would disagree in a lot, but he is true genius. One of the most brilliant men since the Reformation who would call himself Christian and Bart was asked the question at a conference is asked what is the single most profound thing you've ever learned. That's pretty big subject matter difficult.
Bart said Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so think is the most profound thing I've ever Jesus loves me while that's an amazing thought because you're so lovable because you're just like in the yacht. He almost never said he just chose for you to be the object of his love is an amazing, it's an amazing thing it's profound is wonderful. It should have a great effect on us, Almighty God wants to spend eternity with me and you. How does that make you feel.
You see, that's an important part David Jeremiah writes this, he said, listen to me this is the way you win the battle of your anger over your anxiety. Great victories are never won by those who have no trouble. The people who don't have any trouble on on the front line go back home waiting for the people in the front line to fight the war for them know you don't win victories by not having any trouble nor viewing victories by fearing that the battle was already lost and there's nothing that can be done about it. But if you know in your heart that victory is ultimately already one and that the end of it is already clear. If you're in a war and you're fighting a battle and you know you're going to win and you know it's going to come out on your side.
Then you fight that were with great confidence. He said you can fight with confidence you can live with confidence. That's I'm here to tell you this so perceptive and true. You should fabs no matter what happens around us. We have confidence the battles over you see the cross and the resurrection. It's over. You and I should fight. From that point of view maybe use an illustration of years before when the Saints won their single only Super Bowl about when I were watching the game and if I could say what was the picture of you like.
As you watch the game. It was horrible until Porter intercepted a pass.
I was just just unbelievable asked anxiety about two years later I'm one of the channels they ran the they did a remake they did the game again.
The full game the whole game.
As I watched was unbelievable. Not not ask shred of anxiety. Why, because I knew who won and why are you anxious why you living like this is that if this one.
It's over the battles before October 1, so there's no need to fill all of this tremendous pressure and anxiety that we feel just the way it works. So Jesus says that believe in me believe your future is assuredly great and you need to believe my promises. Sure and then he says, and four through six. You must believe in my plan by Windley, he said. And you know the way where I'm going. He assumed that with them. They don't know he's talking on one level in the listing on another neck to happen. Thomas said the more we do not know where you're going, how do we know the way Jesus is so funny is that as a woman. Explain the way he said look all simplified for you to make this as simple as possible. This way you don't have to try to figure out the way one of the great verses in the entire Bible verse six. I am the way and the truth and the life and no one comes to the father but through me. I don't know the way you know me, I'm the way you see I am the way, it can't be cleaner than he is right there. Notice he doesn't say I am a way to see or I know of in a way I am the way, I am the truth. You know me you know the truth. If you know me you know the way and you know what that adds up in. I am the life.
See if you know Christ.
You know the way and the truth in Christ you know the life I have eternal life, what life do I have his I have his life so you like eternal I have eternal life. I have him. He says oh by the way there's no other way that is very unpopular in our world to me. What is a world say it's not new. With this, but what is our world say there's thousands of ways every way leaves the same God. Everything works the same. Everyone gets to go no matter what it is you believe everyone is amazing I actually heard years ago on television.
You're a Catholic priest that was teaching at Notre Dame and he actually said this, he was saying how every way gets the God and he was debating an evangelical pastor near and and he said as long as our sincere and so the pastor asked Mr. a question you mean Obama sincere atheist. I'm going to spend forever with God. He said if you're sincere every way leads the world loves that who doesn't who would like that everyone goes to heaven. No matter what. I'm not exclusive, but there's already billions of souls or I don't care for more the merrier. To me, I don't really care about that but I do care about what he said. He said I am the way and the truth and the life and no one will come to the father but through me with it. That is no newness to this at all. The Romans believed in thousands of deities thousands they could absorb any culture and religion is a believe all the more the same in an interesting how that turned out. If you read the book of acts by the way, what was the church called in the first at what was the church called the one called the church the recall, the way the room us again with them like they believe that they're the only way to God doing in 300 and some years they overcame the Holy Roman Empire and by the way, you can remember hardly any of those thousands of deities now gone to see there is an exclusive list of Jesus Christ, yes. And you know why is God incarnate. That's why the position of God is pretty exclusive CA everything else that exists is not God. There's just God and not God, and you can't make, not God. God's there's only God and this is why Jesus said this is my plan. I am the way the truth and the life. No one finds you see no will come to the father but through me. It is not unusual in Scripture acts 412. Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name given among men by which we must be saved first Timothy 25 for there is one God, one mediator between God and men, men, Jews demand Jesus Christ. There's no other way to do this another. The Bible doesn't dress the way we think in our culture. Proverbs there is a way that seems right to a man in engine destruction.
And that's the culture in which we live.
Do not let your heart be troubled, imperative mood. That means it, you and I can do something about our anxiety, but I pray frothy if you suffer from a lot of anxiety, depression, fear, there's no reason for it.
If you know Christ you know just what he said there's no reason for that.
Jesus said to you. You must believe in me you must believe your future is assuredly great. You must believe my promises. Sure and you must believe and in my plan. You already believe that Christ's death is the rate you have a relationship for you, ever with God. He says not believe these things and remember he's telling the disciples or having the worst night of the life there having a terrible time and by waiting get ready well the next day's crucified, how many of his disciples, or the cross. One John. John took those words and Senate on the right to the cross. I don't I don't fit with the Roman soldiers can let the others do a hit out what Peter do, he denied the Lord so this is an easy to apply to our lives for its essential that we do. The only thing between peace and comfort and anxiety and fear that you feel is one word trust.
Ask yourself the question, do I trust him choice is yours. Spray father. We all face bouts of this.
It appears in the country in which we live is become epidemic to us.
We are so full of anxiety and depression and fear. We are trying to do everything we can to mask it to just do something to numb our fears and our anxiety.
Father, we who know Jesus Christ. We who know who is we who know what our future is, we can with all of our faith and in trust. Believe him when he speaks to us.
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