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April 13, 2021 7:05 am
Today from Chuck Swindoll a shocking claim about Jesus is the way in the truth of the life without the way there is no going without the truth there is no knowing without the life is living simple. Paul wrote, there is one God and one mediator go-between between God and men, women, man Christ Jesus. That's narrow but that's what happens after we go. What's our reward. Well, the prevailing assumption of our times is that well behaved and sincere people will ultimately find their way to heaven.
It's an eternal prize for living a disciplined life today on Insight for living will be challenged to consider the alarming warning from Jesus during his sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his listeners not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven. Chuck Swindoll is teaching from Matthew chapter 7 let's continue the message Chuck titled three non-politically correct warning. God wanted to express most clearly. He incarnate he came in person Jesus.
The image of the invisible God came in the flesh in order to show us the invisible God, I'll tell you if we could have heard him preach this message. We will never forgotten no one to deliver it as he delivered. So let's go to Joseph what he said and let the application speak for itself. Okay enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small or and he says the gate is narrow that leads to life and there are few who find wide is the gate and there are many who enter through it. Is that where you are narrow or wide and along comes Jesus who says the gate is narrow and the way leads to life eternal and the gate is broad and leads to a path that most take leads to destruction. Remember Proverbs 1412 there is a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of death wrote Solomon.
The wise it seems right, but it's death makes you think this this is not what most teach today. It isn't that well received because after all, look at the times in which we live is anything really wrong or that right, who teaches like that we are not going to like the answer just as you don't like the narrow way because of what Jesus says in verses 15 to down through 20.
Here he talks about false prophets.
These are the ones who promote wide gates Jesus to begin with. Beware. So before you rush on to read about false prophets get the warning. Watch out. Don't be taken in because the person is kind and offers you something that seems delicious or attractive. Beware. So I say to you quoting Jesus beware of what beware of false prophets.
Please observe the comes counterfeits they come to you in sheep's clothing. Clothing not a sheep heart but sheep's clothing. Inwardly they are ravenous wolves. What's the sheep's clothing, courtesy and kindness capability, communication skills, charm, attractiveness and appealing approach.
Love, acceptance, all the things that draw you in course wolves are really good at looking like she managed to warn you, they are more in number than good shepherds there everywhere.
Beware there are ravenous wolves. All that goodness all that beauty all that attractive is all that Is just fleece deep.
She got her look further, you will know them by their fruits. All never look at more than fleece uses grapes not gather from thornbushes, or figs from thistles orally uses a humorous illustration to make it ludicrous so that you won't forget you. Good grades from grapevine to get fixed from fig trees so every good tree bears good fruit, bad trees, bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit. Vice versa. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then you will know them by their fruits. So what we must become good fruit inspector does this teacher have a high view of the Scriptures or is a compromise, here and there choosing this and that this teacher exalt Christ above all others, including herself or himself. If not, you got a false teacher on your hands. Christ is exalted above all above all these, the head of the church's word is the final word is the teacher encourage followers to give their devotion to the Lord Jesus is to himself as a teacher promote a godly lifestyle or kind of, you're on your own here about promoting unity among other believers interesting when you follow false teacher, you become more and more isolated. You won't listen less to do with the general run-of-the-mill believers because they don't have the truth like you're getting your pickup your own nomenclature your own inside scoop is my walk with Christ getting deeper or not.
If it's not. I'm in the wrong group might enjoy a closer harmony with fellow believers. If not I need to find another teacher in my growing in both grace and knowledge rather than just knowledge because false teachers love to emphasize knowledge, which alone puffs up very exclusive mystery something in second Corinthians 11 how do that, turn over to second Corinthians chapter 11 verse 13.
It is thank you for turning 1113 let it say what it said. Especially if you are finding yourself drawn more and more to one who seems like a should a shepherd, but you don't realize the wolf within him.
13 713 such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder or even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Therefore it's not surprising that his servants disguise themselves as servants of righteousness whose in will be according to their deed. Look at that, you know that Satan is not a little red skinned preacher with a pitchfork and horns whispering nasty little things in your ears that you know that. Did you know he's the most gorgeous creature, God ever made you realize he's an angel of light and can calm and impress a massive number of people with his beauty is appeal. An angel of light.
We think of it was dark, but Dartmouth is within him, but his approach is light all who doesn't want to be in the light come on in your welcome here.
Beware beware Christian brother and sister inspector fruit is said and I began to inspect the fruit of this one who had been teaching us, we found immorality without hypocrisy.
We found Elias.
We found rationalization, all of which had blinded us for years until way of forced our minds to think like is described here. You have your own heart to guard no one else can guard for you if I could I would but that's left up to you and the angel of light knows that he also knows he's much stronger and you do things that are so impressive. You will find yourself swept off your feet that swallow appealing style is an interesting when it comes to exclusivity that we can put up with it in other areas except religion we think of an error. Religion is being oppressive and sort of cause I ignorant I go to restaurant business on the window that says no shirt, no shoes, no service.
I never go.
I'm not going in there. There were ever right to do that. I like it that I want to walk and see bare feet faxing. I like it that the owner put up the sign that he had ever right to display your maybe getting polio when you hear about a particular vaccine isn't five different vaccines. It's one and you take it because you know that is the one that's affected you don't have a problem with exclusivity operating room medical personnel only. I've never wandered aimlessly into an operating now I've rolled into the operating room, but I'm not mistaken the law. Okay what you mean. I really think broadly. Ohno about the men's restroom nods. Probably too far. You're not going to go in there unless you remain that will be good to something like this. It's old man on there you go to be drug me think of Jesus saying that no really he wants you to go to heaven you want to feel good about thinking broadly. He want you to feel clean know you chosen right now. Don't care what else you been taught. This is the truth. Take just as you would take that vaccine. Yvonne targeted the Russian novelist wrote, I do not know what the heart of a bad man is like, but I do know what the heart of a good man is like, and it is terrible. You better believe it. Good people all over living with depraved hearts. You can't tell until you're around. Which explains how some can marry this wonderful individual and even on the honeymoon. Discover who they really are.
Or shortly after that honeymoon in there and involved in life as it unfolds in the goal never saw that what you're seeing is that heart the real person. So this was getting at here.
Let us see what it said what about those who say Lord will done for you. Well, he talks about that in 21 and following.
Not everyone who says to me Lord Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of the father isn't about making a good creedal statement. It is about verbal faith. It's about an obedient hearties as many will say to me on that day. Verse 22 Lord Lord Abbott I prophesied in your name Lord.
I'm the one who cast out demons. I exercise them. And Lord I'm the one who in your name perform miracles. Wait a minute does the angel of light. Do all the above.
Of course he does and wouldn't his disciples be able to do all the above course they can. Don't be impressed by so-called miracle workers or those who have the language that is so impressive or able to exercise demons.
Not all of them are of God.
Jesus is that's not what will do it. Verse 23 then I will declare to them, whom the ones listed in 22. I never knew you depart from me, you practice lawlessness all the way through this passage is saying as one man wrote, it is neutrality that curses one in the our decision can't stay neutral.
The thing I love about Christianity. It's either Christ or its lostness. It's either Christ or its deception, confusion, insecurity, and when death comes uncertainty.
We buried a dear lady in our church brother recently.
They were among our charter members. Husband still living he said to me in a private moment said the thing always loved about her even when death was so close she would say to me almost in a whisper.
I'm I'm not afraid I'm not afraid to consciously Jesus is the way in the truth of the life without the way, there was no going without the truth there is no knowing without the life is no lifting. It's that simple. Paul wrote, there is one God and one mediator go-between between God and men and women, the man Christ Jesus. That's narrow but that's the truth that's the map that's it. Three questions.
Only you can answer. Here's the first have chosen the narrow gate and I chosen the narrow gate is not something that'll make you conceited or arrogant. If it does not question the faith it makes you grateful to the end of your life that by God's grace.
He taught this and lead you to this decision.
You live your life thankful if you chosen to relate second is my tree bearing the right fruit.
Take a look. We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves us doesn't remain alone.
It bears fruit of righteousness. Before long, there was an interest in spiritual things. There is a hunger for spiritual truth. There was a desire to pray. There's an interest in aligning one's light life with the life of Jesus. There's a desire to be with fellow believers. There's pleasure in serving others is a genuine humility. These are all marks of a changed life. My tree bearing the right fruit and finally is is my face showing evidence of good work is my face showing evidence of good works. I don't know the more important message that I've ever delivered than this one. It is designed to help you get off the fence.
You can't move from life to eat from from life on this earth to eternity, straddling the fence got to get off and the choice is yours peers want to thank you for listening so carefully you maybe sit in one of the corners of this room and feeling long ways from a peer, but you need to know you are is important to the Lord God is the one down your front God is spoken today and the decision is yours.
Please bow your heads with me. Please stay seated right there must not move about the answers you gave to the questions mean everything only you know what those answers are. You answered honestly. Then you have reason to fear.
If this is your last day or you have no reason whatever, like our dear friend, whom we buried recently. I'm not afraid he who has the son has the life. He who does not have the son of God does not have the life no make it complicated, leave it simple right for your sitting, I urge you to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to walk through that narrow gate to come by faith to God through Christ. Simple prayer or there a lot of things on the understanding, but I do understand today that I am distant from you and sin separates you from me and me from you. Your holy and I'm not. I need forgiveness and need relief from all the things that plagued me in my private life. Please come into live within my life. Thank you for coming. Thank you, dear father, for Christ who loved us and gave himself for us. Thank you for the way he communicated. You have preserved it for us the pages of your word. It's as if he has been standing among us touching our hearts with his words. Thank you for conviction is your spirit moves among us. Thank you for those who today have trusted in your son Jesus. For those who have not been they find no arrests, no relief until they come to you through your site now to him who is able to guard us from stumbling and present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding great joy to the only wise God our Savior be glory and majesty, dominion and power for ever and ever and ever and ever and all God's people's it's refreshing to see how Jesus put caution aside and told the truth about life and about entering through the narrow gate you're listening to Insight for living in a message from Chuck Swindoll. He titled the study in Matthew 73 non-politically correct warnings to learn more about this ministry. Please visit us email@example.com and Insight for living. We realize that all of us come to this daily program with different issues and at various levels of spiritual maturity. And while our situations may differ this sermon from Jesus applies to all of us without exception. If you are prepared to take your understanding of Jesus sermon on the mount to a deeper level. I remind you Chuck is written an in-depth book on this topic.
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