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July 22, 2020 6:00 am
Satan and the world cannot wash away sin. No matter what they say playing tried to do the only one that can wash away sin is one who has been sinned against.
And even for him. It was a painful process, and the world they don't.
Not only do they not wash away sin. They feed sin you go to the checkout impulse racks and stores.
It is this temptation is any way they can put it this is cross-referenced with our pastor and teacher. Rick asked Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of first John, please stay with us after today's message here. More information about cross-referenced specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching here.**With the conclusion of his message called against corrupters first John chapter 5, John says the church, feel free to move on your brother as you work with your brothers in Christ's sake we supposed to pray the laws yet we do what. However, I like you will forever be Jehovah's Witness to walk through your neighborhood. As you know, things to do.
I'll put it in this perspective, not as a commandment, but this is what John is encouraging the church. Luke chapter 9 whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them, Jesus said you know what disgrace runs out after a while it becomes counterproductive.
They can always come back.
The word is there, but until that time you got you just move on. They were not obligated to pray for those who were spreading lies about Christ and attacking people in the church. That's jaundice, relieving them of you view them as giving themselves over to the powers of darkness. I'm not there again is not a commandment to not pray for the unbelievers, but it is not an obligation when to pray according to this passage here to those who are actively full-blown turned over to Satan who heard the gospel and Gnostics entered it and rejected it.
This is deeply says the congregation is not responsible for this. At this point Paul did a similar thing just is just as powerful and all good I know to be Christians in Roanoke with his legs under the fence into this Hymenaeus and Alexander who I delivered to Satan, that they may not, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
It turns him over to Satan fine. You want to go ahead and hurt the church you want to bring these heresies in let Satan have you pretty serious stuff comes a time, as I said when grace runs out Jesus Christ, standing before Herod Antipas said not a word to him because said Gerard I am the Christ, let me tell you, let me do a miracle to prove it to you.
Let me oh please become a Christian just ignores to death. Herod was one to kill John the Baptist. He had heard the message and listening to the message of God came to a point in Herod's life.
We chose death of John, rather than the loss of pleasures and when he when Christ gets in front of them. He's ignore the only man in the Bible that we read of Jesus Christ ignoring so what does this do for us. It makes everything a lot more serious. Does it not, it takes away the silliness that might creep in.
We just go along top throwing rose petals around and all I got the gospel to sobering moment. Johnson's is a sin that leads to death.
And it's not fixable on that state is a sender all the sins we deal with those this big audience know that I did not have to stay on at this time they had the gospel of John. They didn't have second and third John and didn't have the book of Revelation. Yet those only three books of the Bible, still not yet produced at the time of this writing, verse 17, all unrighteousness is sin and there is sin not leading to death. So, yet he says he reminds them anything that God says is wrong is unrighteous and yet we do these things from time to time and just as then I can kill you now.
And of course no endorsement of and if you're struggling with sin, you not being encouraged to keep going with it, but you are being assured that your salvation is not snatched from you I need to know that and I need to preach that if not for myself there others. Maybe you've not encountered someone who's given their life to Christ and then have second thoughts because they just can't get a victory over some persistent hounding sin in their life. Maybe it's alcohol. Maybe it's sups another substance. Maybe it's just you know something else in the Lord comes alongside love you.
You know who I am and I know who you are and John makes that distinction very clear verse 18 ice as we know that whoever is born of God is not sin, but he who has been born of God keeps himself in the wicked one does not touch him and see this is what makes litter so I why is it what John why can't you just not say it this way so you have to just use reason the scriptural reason which Jesus encourages us. Remember, you know these Jesus against the sons of this world they they use their their brains. The writers I did not do that not all the righteous. Of course, but when he says we know that whoever's one of God is not sending me is the sin of blaspheme was the Holy Spirit he just got through talking.
He's already made it clear that there is sin in Christianity's of your brother is sending you prick. If he sends us in. That's the Greek pray for him and God will hear your prayer so he's not coming back and say okay nevermind that is dealing with what he just said about the sin that is not going to be pardoned. The rejection otherwise. He never wrote these words, first John chapter 1 verse seven the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. Verse nine if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and continuously cleanse us from all unrighteousness that Greek word cleanses us is in the continuous tense its recurrent grace. If you send and you fell asleep before you repented you and you love the Lord use of your saved not get in touch base before you went home that's conditional salvation perfect sense. John 647. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me has everlasting life, most assuredly, I say to you, you want to walk that back from Christ. But you died and you didn't repent before you die because in all recurrent grace for you, but of his prizes disqualified from you. You caught on a technicality, even though you know the Lord is in you submitted to that which her flesh got the upper hand. You should've died. That's not what the Bible teaches. I love when Jesus says most assuredly and is a blessing attached to it. I am a little nervous when he says most assuredly is talking about are the consequence.
So when John says we know that whoever is born of God does not sin.
He say whoever is born of God does not sin the sin of death, which is the rejection of God in Christ, he says, but he who has been born of God keeps himself. How do you do that by abiding with him when you get these answers faster there text to me from the Lord. What you say can do it. You compare Scripture with Scripture. It's in the Scripture without breaking its consistency in its true meaning. John 15 answers that if you abide in me and I and you know you got it as a way says he who has been born of God keeps himself by abiding in Christ. How do you do that by receiving him and not going anywhere else.
Therefore, because we keep ourselves in Christ, we resist the devil, that he would flee. Now we go to the bottom and next partner, verse 18. He says, and the wicked one does not touch him. See the wicked one is touching those gnostics that have died the death of death is the sin of death, rejection of God. Satan's got them. That's what he's saying if of the Christian Satan doesn't have you know tool of Satan can ever sever the bond between you and Christ is little Paul thought about Romans eight is talked all about who shall separate us from the love of God. So we come to this verse. So tell me what is owed to be. That's exactly what it means no child of God can be seized or snatched by Satan Christians.
True Christians cannot be demon possessed. Greater is he was in you than he was in the world and he was in the world of Satan the ruler of the prince of this age.
He's been given a lot of authority and that's when Jesus said that in John 10 no one snatches you out of my hand and I'm not giving you first John chapter 4, you are of God, little children, and have overcome them because he was in you is greater than he was in the world you have overcome your you belong to Christ.
That doesn't mean Christians don't have hardship or weakness of struggles. There are various degrees of mean you you can't compare the strength of Daniel with a man like Dimas. Even though Dimas eventually departed from Paul. I would like to err on the side of grace from going to make a mistake given the choice, and say the Dimas who headed towards Thessalonica headed toward one of the strongest churches in in the Pauline age.
I was a solid church in Paul's day.
Verse 19 we know that we are of God in the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
I love it.
We know we know what has happened on our behalf. We have sided with Christ, the sharp contrast between the receivers of Christ, who escape the judgment of the unpardonable sin compared to the gnostics who not only rejected Christ were spreading. It is a big drive trying to drive that home again, these were not you remember when in the Gulf War on the road of death. Going back out coming out of Kuwait going back towards Iraq in the US and allied forces on that road.
All of those Iraqi soldiers is burn them up, you look at that and say boy what up you feel sorry for these people were raping the women in QA they were stealing. They were slaughtering the men.
These were not nice people. They did not deserve to live.
If you shoot reporting to any standard of justice. And these gnostics they again they were just out harmlessly sharing of view on religion they were doing much damage. That's why, again, the Jehovah's Witnesses that are going in the Mormons and then not doing harmless things that trying to get people to turn it back on the word of God to the cultic beliefs that even they can defend is to stop them from clinging to it anyway so they were corrupters of the gospel and John is not playing around with. He says in the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one sway as a controlling force a controlling influence yet is a sway. That's kind of nice. You know maybe you do the tango something or the sway of the trees as nice things.
But then there's another sway. It's filthy and diabolical the influence write out a hell can smell the sulfur on it. Satan and the world cannot wash away sin.
No matter what they say will claim or try to do the only one that can wash away sin is one who has been sinned against. And even for him. It was a painful process, and the world they don't.
Not only do they not wash away sin. They feed sin go to the checkout build impulse racks and stores.
It is this temptation is anywhere they can put it. Satan does not need lost souls to acknowledge that he's damning their souls doesn't need it is all okay. Satan is doing.
Is it okay all right you're going I'm I'm I believe it care you have to like it or know it you be completely oblivious that the more dome you are concerning it, the better for him. Worse for you. Satan does not need permission to use unbelievers.
They are used by Satan.
By default, the machine comes set up that way.
This is what Paul is talking about in Ephesians 2, and in Ephesians 4.
Trying to get Christians to understand how intense this war is when he writes the revelation he says so the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world. That's what he says and revelation 12 nine he deceives the whole world.
He puts them under his sway and they of it is I don't really miss him.
Fact they can even say it's a God who loves me with nothing to back it up except the whim silly whim. Revelation 1314 and he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he has granted which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image of the beast who was wounded by the sword and live so there is you know the pocket prophet of the antichrist doing works in the world is just gobbling it up, he deceives those who dwell on the earth because Satan has energized him and the people love it. They going to be sending them each other gifts.
When the righteous prophets are killed for preaching righteousness for preaching morality they going to kill them and then when they see it is going to turn it into a festivity if they had enough time to probably put on a yearly calendar. Satan has a deception suited for everyone. He just you know what number we deal with number 14 okay premium for the August without number five premium package for every human being and we need to Christ and the Holy Spirit protect us. This would pause and listen to the second Corinthians 4, he says, but even if our gospel is veiled is veiled to those who are perishing by the parish God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son, whoever should believe on him will not perish when they will believe on him and he continues minds the god of this age has blinded do not believe us the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. You think I read a verse like that, having loved ones in my family want right with Christ with any degree of satisfaction course not. It's the truth I can't walk away from it or back from it.
Simply because there are those that are under this penalty torment until well number one another back wall from it. And number two I will fight the fight, so long as the spirit of God allows me I will look for a solution.
I will work towards that solution. I will sit there in the cockpit incessantly tapping the gate, hoping it's not reading what it says Satan is the inventor of all the world's religions and philosophies and those world religions and those philosophies crucified, the son of God, and very brutal and public way.
So we have to understand when dealing with the world to see, has many attractive things about in many of much of it is harmless. I mean if you get a you get what you by bicycle and it comes with instructions on how to put it together. That's not something that evil well some instructions are people talking like to program some things anyway.
I'm not talking about those elements of the world with talking about their philosophies of life that have to do with creation, God verse 20 and we know that the son of God is common, has given us in and under an understanding that we may know him who is true, and we are in him who is true in his son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life is as we know believers know Jesus Christ is God the son, and this is the contrast he's been making throughout his his letter he says it has given us an understanding of Jesus the light of the world. That's what it means. John right up and start again this is gospel pieces. Jesus is given us understanding by God by being God on earth. John chapter 1 verse 18 no one is seen God at any time, the only begotten son who is in the bosom of the father. He has declared him for so many proceeds of the line of David. Yet Tori's throne, just like the prophet said that no excuse to not believe him putting in conjunction with the miracles in conjunction with his sinless life in conjunction with everything he preached they had no excuse.
John 14 nine he who has seen me has seen the father. How can anybody say is not God.
You can't say that nobody in history could say that without being worthy of being stung to death instead of us. If you see me, you've seen God and not that your God maybe not. My God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are manifestations or expressions I should say, or expressions of the Godhead from the Godhead.
And when God touches man. It is always in some reduced form that's with the Moses learned that Elijah learn that you can see my essence at the downsize it for you is too much to me for you to be able to bear and serve Christ. Of course, lessen the intensity by coming as a man and not just shining forth in his brightness from his throne says that we may know him who is true.
This, of course, refers to Christ. John 17 three and this is eternal life, that they may no use speaking of the father, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Can't say that about Michael can say that about Gabriel cannot say that about Daniel or anybody else. John 1717.
Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth very thing the Gnostics were attacking. This is the true God and eternal life. The real God.
That is what he is saying the God of the entire Bible is one God, existing in three distinct persons can only understand the Trinity, but so far, but you can understand and not accepted. You can understand Scripture wait a minute, Holy Spirit being worst businesses being accepted by the father and son when his son is being worshiped in this is accepted by the Holy Spirit and the father the fathers being worshiped as accepted by the son and Holy Spirit didn't always separate them to reach our scribe attributes and qualities that are divine that are peculiar that are outside of humanity in each are distinct from each other in their assignment. Often times each is divine with specific spheres of operation for us. The Holy Spirit did not die on the cross, Christ item Christ did not come and haul at Pentecost as a rushing mighty wind, the Holy Spirit did. This is their design not ours. We just noticed and then we line up with in verse 21 is a little children, keep yourself from idols. Amen an abrupt ending welcome phone rang. I get in this letter is important goal, little children, a tiered term of endearment keep yourselves from idols emphasis idol centric. Read acts chapter 19 I love the read the verses talk about that important. Diana was Zeus and all the other fickle gods. They were having this Christianity coming to their town. So the question is why did so easy a target as idolatry. Such an easy target in the Old Testament. Why did it need so many attacks by the prophets. I mean every single rabbit hits on its added line is that you been saying on judges, the people stop sop up false views of God to do to this day, the Gnostics, and others with their they were persuasive and pervasive. They were able to trick people who are looking into the facts and the spread everywhere almost done.
Psalm 16 this is David King David.
You know the man, the sweet psalmist of Israel, the one who God does not disown. If God does not disown David. God will not disown me start in the distance. Just be patient with each other. He says this sorrow shall be multiplied to hasten after another, God, their drink offerings of blood, I will not offer nor take up the name on my lips. I want to say who they are. Now of course for purposes of war. We have to point them out. Sometimes, but I will say that willful toleration of what is known as ecumenical schism, you know, everybody just getting along. Regardless of what God you have to pray everybody accepting everybody else's God as being acceptable.
That's idolatry. That is the damnable sin that is telling the Holy Spirit know you don't have the right to forbid me from doing what I want when it comes to God.
Revelation 920 but the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of their works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk is saying people are going to bow down things they want to bow down to because it pays them something in return but in reality these things are dead and they can't make it to the other side of death you want to help those in the world. Christian be separated, not isolated.
You want to help people in the world be separated from the world's views on these matters. But don't be isolated permit. Christianity falls into Satan game plan for anybody gullible enough to go. We are supposed to be out there who thanks for tuning in to cross reference cross reference is a ministry pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia. If you'd like to learn more about this ministry, we invite you to visit our website cross reference for Dr. find a number of teachings from Pastor Rick available there. We also encourage you to subscribe to our podcast you subscribe will be notified of new editions of cross reference. Just search for cross reference iTunes Google play music or your favorite podcast apps.
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