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Christ The Victor – Part 1 of 2

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May 28, 2020 12:00 am

Christ The Victor – Part 1 of 2

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May 28, 2020 12:00 am

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

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As the fire, principal Sharon Bradley Junior welcoming you to another broadcast of the Baptist Bible. Glad you have joined us today, I encourage you to write us and let us know that you've listened. I'd like to send you the current issue of our publication. The Baptist witness. It has an article entitled praising God in the time of trouble appropriate for the time in which we are living our address is the Baptist Bible.

Auerbach, 17 old, 37, Cincinnati, OH 45217. We continuing our series in the Gospel of John and are subject is Christ the Victor certain appropriate subject when you're been so much negative news. So many things to discourage and to remember that Jesus Christ is indeed triumphant that it is in him that we trust the been looking at the words Jesus spoke to his disciples as it came near the time for him to go to the cross spend most interesting to see how he was deeply concerned for their comfort for their joy that they might have peace even in this difficult time in office. It was a tremendously difficult time for Jesus speaks of his anguish speaks of him being troubled heart, but he wasn't thinking so much about himself. He was thinking about those that he was leaving behind it was endeavoring to prepare them so that they could still rejoice after his death would come to the last of those words today. In the last verse of John chapter 16 for then in the 17th chapter begins his prayer to the father John 1633 these things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace in the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the work. What reassurance he is giving them. I have overcome the world.

In spite of all the opposition that I have faced in spite of all that they will shortly do to me, but I may of the cross.

I am the victim back in the 14th chapter verse 27 he said.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth the about 20 let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. They were extremely disturbed, even confused when Jesus was first making it clear that the time come for him to depart. It really wasn't new information he'd been speaking to them about it, but they were slow to grasp the full scope of what was to transpire.

Now he says, be of good cheer.

It's a word that indicates courage in the face of danger in one place.

The word is translated comfort. So Jesus is saying I want you to have comfort in these difficult times. I want you to have courage. I want to be gripped with fear, for I have overcome the world. By looking at the pacifists think about the world. I have overcome the world, many descriptions of the world, given in Scripture fact the word is used in a variety of ways sometimes prefers to the world system. The ungodliness that surround us.

Sometimes refers to specific groups and sometimes indicates the purpose of God to deal with Gentiles as well as Jews in the book of first John chapter 5 verse 19 it says the whole world will live in wickedness. The whole world live in wickedness in the world is opposed to Jesus Christ and his message that was explicitly clear the days of his ministry on this earth. In fact, the prophet declared long before Jesus came that would be the case.

He is despised and rejected of man, a man of sorrows in the good with the Hecate that ultimately cried crucifying crucifying and took delight to see the nails driven in his hand since he cross and today multitudes around the world hate the gospel of Jesus Christ there. Talk about tolerance and the be tolerant of every other religion. Every other philosophy. Every other idea when it comes to Jesus Christ when it comes to kids message when it comes to the truth that he declared when he says I am the way the truth and the life.

The reaction is to say how now how bigoted can you be to say that what you hold but to embrace what you believe is the truth implying that anything else is not the truth.

Sometimes you see some rather vicious responses. Angry attitudes she things written the press here comments. Even the entertainers referring negatively to Christianity in the book of Galatians chapter 1 verse four.

Speaking of Jesus Christ. It says, who gave himself for our sin, that he might deliver us from this present evil and only Jesus Christ died to deliver his people from final punishment, but to deliver them from this present world, and note the description is an evil world, the world has its philosophies develops its fashions and its customs today.

Besides, what is politically correct. So if you decide to use terminology that is not accepted by society in general.

Your score if you take a position about morality that is not generally accepted. Today your looked down upon you be accused of being one who is full of hate. When you're simply agreeing with what God's word says about how we are to conduct our lives.

This present evil world, men of the book of Ephesians chapter 2 the second verse we learn that Satan is the over arching influence wearing time passed, she walked according to the course of this world, according to the products of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.

This evil world is under the influence of Satan chucked us to matter that there people out here that have differing opinion, the people with different backgrounds, different educational level and so it's just a mixture of many different ideas, all of which are compatible and if a person says this is truth to me that much like a truth we should never take an opposing view, but when you come to understand that there is a dramatic distinction Jesus and speaking to his disciples earlier said that he had chosen them and call them out from the world making, then a difference between the world and those who are kids and following him and serving him. So when you realize that this present evil world, is under Satan's influence. He is great enemy. He is as a roaring lion, seeking who may devour.

He transforms himself into an angel of light deceiving confusing people, enticing them, leading them down the wrong path is having tremendous success in our society today bringing about changes that are far removed from the principles it had been treasured and adhered to in our country from years ago and in John 17 verse nine, Jesus says, I pray for them. I pray not for the world but for them which thou hast given me, for they are by then there is a world that God loves.

According to John 316 but here he says that he doesn't pray for the world so there are those who are a part of this satanic kingdom. Those who are a part of this evil world that Jesus says he does not pray for no wonder then we come to the book of first John chapter 2 verse 15 we find these words love not the world needs of the things that are in the work since the world is evil. According to this very passage. It's full of lust and pride says Levick don't follow don't become involved with don't make its goals. Your goals don't try to fit in and be accepted by your two overcome Jesus as overcome it and so you're not to love it or to be influenced by, so we see there are numerous descriptions given in the word of God about the world doesn't paint a very pleasant picture.I went over that God created the heavens and the earth and were thankful for the beauty of his creation. What a joy to see the brilliant sunshine on the Sunday morning how beautiful to see the little spring flowers coming up to see evidence that similarly leave these old issues of the trees and springtime is just a marvelous season of the year saw the Solomon says all the winners pass the rain is over and gone flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing of birds is the voice of the turtle is heard in the land. We can appreciate the handiwork of God. The beauty of his creation, but want to talk about this present evil world would talk about the system that exists apartment with talking about that which is under Satan's influence and consequently there is tribulation in it and you live here in the world are not a part of it.

Tribulation is a reality because of sin, because of the fall of the Garden of Eden. There is sickness there is sorrow there conflicts quick conflicts between nations warms and rumors of wars is not your heart ache when you see sometimes in the news but was young men who have come back from distant battlefield having lost their Liam sometimes suffering such disabilities that their life is been forever changed you think about the thousands of died, no doubt, there have been times, it was necessary to defend our liberties and we thank God for the liberty that we had.

But after so many years of the ongoing conflicts, must we not? Is it really necessary for our young man to be called in the sum of these distant places. What was the ultimate accomplishment. What was the success of often asked myself when I hear of our potential involvement in some warden distant place would I want to give my son fighting that battle if it meant taking his life. We appreciate the bravery of soldier. We appreciate their courage. We appreciate their willingness to sacrifice. I did not mean that shamanic gave themselves. In World War II, for example, who knows where we might be thankful for those times when it is been necessary.

Sometimes it seems are so many other issues that become involved in is just a part of the greediness and the selfishness and pride all the chin man because of his fallen sins nature is tribulation weaknesses that you have to deal with losses that you experience disappointments that occur all kinds of troubles Romans chapter 8 verse 22 describes it like this. We know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.

Not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption with the redemption of our body, the creation itself is described as groaning in pain because the results of the curse are everywhere about us and we ourselves groan under nine times that you cry out for Lord come quickly, quickly, Lord Jesus is a great comeback.

The conflicts are so great, the trial and so many the burden so heavy. We look forward to that happy day when Jesus Christ returns when there are deep disappointments for their long lingering illnesses you cannot comprehend Bringing the good out of the wonder why he is supported to be in your life.

You groan Lord the way it's difficult for us and then those who follow Christ suffered in a way beyond others who endure some of the hardships of life just because they're a part of this fallen, sinful race, but for those who are followers of Christ.

There's another aspect of suffering. Second Timothy chapter 3 verse 12 says VA and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer personal and maybe even one reason we don't have more opposition than we have is because we are not living as godly as we ought, the more you compromise the more you try to fit in your testimony is thereby marred doesn't have the impact doesn't bring glory to Christ. Those around you can see no real difference in you and other people more closely you walk with Jesus, the more you become like him in the way you think the way you talk in your attitude and your spirit in your love that you demonstrate, the more you stand apart and sometimes this brings about resentment of FF talk to people who know of assurance that they were passed over for they should've received as a promotion that work for.

They were entitled to it, but because of their Christian testimony.

They were passed over. You may have had people who were your friends in days gone by, and they finally decided they didn't care for your religious commitment they backed away from their people in other parts of the world. Followers of Christ were suffering greatly suffering bodily harm being imprisoned.

I read recently of church to admit on a Sunday morning. One of the distant countries and their pellets came and set the building on fire and destroyed the whole place until the congregation on that Sunday morning with like to let it this juncture, we don't have that concern that we enjoy the liberty that is our but will think about those in other places who are suffering so much.

Pray that God will give them grace and sustain them in their trial.

Our culture is moving farther and farther away from God.

Recent survey authorized by the American Bible Society indicated that fewer people have respect for the Bible today than ever before and the largest number moving away from any concern or interest in the Bible is those who are that coincides with so many other surveys that we inflict that in the last few years that indicate large young people who are brought up in Christian home gone to church through all their childhood than one stairway from whole leave the faith cut away from it entirely.

Living in a culture that is rapidly moving away from the concept of the true and living God in understanding others any obligation to heal that his laws should be respected and that his gospel should be appreciated if it's going to make it more difficult. All the while I people many times and asked me questions about the situation at work.

I don't know quite what to do about I can't take this job because I know already, I would have to compromise my convictions. I can't go this direction because I be asked to do things in the know are contrary to the truth. Students at school sometimes has to give answers to questions that they know are wrong that they do not agree with what they're told that they don't give the answer that's expected.

They will not pass many areas where the persecution is not just outward bodily harm being inflicted, but in subtle ways, the persecution men sometimes there is severe opposition even with the end the body of Christ.

Even among believers. Paul Whorton acts chapter 21 he was leaving the church of Ephesus that there would be those of their own number would rise up holding. In the lead away disciples after them and John in his third epistle pins. These words I will go to the church but not the thieves who love us to have the preeminence among them, receiving us not I will remember his deeds which he do with prating against us with malicious word. The apostle John, one who had walked with Jesus mineral that inner circle bigger James and John Noble servant of the Lord. And here's a man in the church who is using malicious words to try to start this man to try to harm his ministry. Not content there, with neither doth he himself receives the brethren and forbid them that would and cast them out, of the church. Here's an example of arrogance cry and apostle John had to endure it into the servants of God suffered greatly, not just at the hands of those who are admittedly ungodly people didn't have any respect for daughters word but also for those claimed to be followers of God, is reading the other day about the experience of Jonathan Edwards great man of God. His writings and had tremendous influence in the lives of many. At one point he was voted out of his church because he insisted the church member should be those who were born again and noted about a bit of other pastors suffered greatly in the latter part of their ministry because they stood firm when others were compromising Spurgeon went to great trouble of soul during what was called the downgrade situation as there were changes being made in compromises and Spurgeon stood firm. You may have face that kind of opposition. Opposition and persecution come sometimes from family members. Jesus said in Matthew chapter 10 verse 34. Think not that I'm come to send peace on earth I came not to send peace, but the sword verse 36 and a man's foes shall be they of his own household as painful when you find that a husband or a wife or parents stand against you.

As you determine to follow Christ was so thankful that we've seen additions to our church in recent years from people who brought up under the influence of pagan religions and when they been converted come to believe in Jesus Christ often presents a challenging situation when they relate that to their families by flattopped. One of the young men. This week will soon be going back to his homeland and Isabella my case my parents are neutral.

Better that than to have more than fierce opposition, but there are others, were the parents do not understand and feel like that their commitment to Christianity has been a great hindrance to slowing them down of their educational process and in pursuing the goals and the careers that would be in the best interest Thinks that kind of opposition. That's extremely difficult for surrounded by people at home and in the workplace and in the educational institutions all around you is going.

Opposition able to stand to be firm. I wonderfully reminded that Jesus Christ is victorious over sin and Satan that our hope is in the hope that you will write for the stove to listen to the program.

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