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June 5, 2020 1:00 am
As many as received him, John writes in John chapter 1, to them he gave the right to become children of God and by the way, that's a wonderful analogy, even a little stronger. Why anything your child can do or they will no longer be your child. I got four of they can hurt their fellowship with me but they can change their status as sons and daughters so there is an anything you can do what ever remove you from the family of God, because you been born into it by have you with us today ever have a question related to the Bible or the Christian faith. We would love to have you call our Bible question line you can call that number, leave your question on the recording and we can play it on a future broadcast for Stephen to answer, to come back in a few moments and I'll give you that number but for now, here's our first question of the day you will never celebrate after no Marty over problem. I don't go right over Christmas celebration out all affidavit as my Savior and we borne the burden back by her liking. Glad to hear from you. So thank you for taking the time to call and Stephen what help can we offer. First of all I think our listener is combining two different issues. One is the definition of the gospel and the other is whether or not we celebrate those special gospel event so let's make sure we draw a dividing line here you're not diluting the definition of the gospel because you celebrated out whether that we know the correct date of Christ's birth or his crucifixion or his resurrection that that's really not essential. What matters is that we showcase our belief in Christ in these special times allow us culturally to showcase our joy and our delight in Christ's birth and his crucifixion, death girl, and an resurrection so let's make sure we agree with you that you can be saved and not celebrate you know anything and make sure we understand the gospel is defined not by any observance of festival or season or or anything like that but I'm hearing you saying you know your neck of the celebrate anything you're not celebrating birthdays either are or anniversaries. You need to celebrate and smile and enjoy what you have in Christ.
Listen, God gave the Jewish people, holidays to remember they remember their exodus from Egypt. We call that the Passover, they celebrated the feast of booths that was the wheat harvest and the expectation of the coming kingdom. They were given a special celebration of the forgiveness of sins. That's the day of atonement.
They were given other celebrations like premium.
These remember God's provision. These feasts are observed by by Jews and by the way, even the Lord remembered these special celebrations. What about today. The church is not Israel but guess what, did you ever think about the fact that we are worshiping on Sunday because that date was chosen by the early church by acts 20 as a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. And I remind my congregation that every Sundays Easter Sunday were celebrating 52 times a year every time. By the way you take communion.
That's a special event to celebrate his death.
So let's make sure we divide between the definition of salvation, which doesn't require any festival or special ceremony and not separate that from the fact that we do want to celebrate these special events.
We ought to be joyful our world to seek joy on our faces, and these are great opportunities but I hope you celebrate these special events for family members that God is given you the number that you can use if you have a question for Stephen is 910-808-9384. Now, I do want to make sure that you're aware that that's not the number that we answer if you need to speak with us in the office you need to call our office number Stephen. This listener requested to remain anonymous so we've redacted her name very verbally, emotionally and spiritually dynamic Christian health effects follow Victoria's electrician. I feel like sleeping down it's hard to be joyous and happy. I'm not sure and would appreciate hearing that will thank you so much for taking the time to call in, Stephen. I can tell you over my several decades of ministry. I have yet to have a woman come to me and say you know it really bothers me. What really hurts me is that my husband wants to be a spiritual leader I I'm just so troubled with the fact that EE just dotes on me and he gives me loving attention and he leads our family spiritually. Haven't had that happen one time but I know that there are many women who wish their husbands would become genuinely interested in the spiritual lives of their wives talk to them about the Lord share together about the word, and so I know that your heart's desire know what you're talking about in your question though is a man that's convinced he is walking with Christ and is a vibrant relationship with Christ while at the same time, demeaning you and not loving you. So my short answer is, he's a hypocrite. My short answer is he's he's not tuned in the reality because you can't have a close relationship with Christ and at the same time have an abusive unkind uncouth relationship with your wife affect Bible is very clear that a man is to love his wife as Christ loves the church wonderful thing about the Lord. Is he certainly challenges me and convicts me, but he never puts me down. He never crushes me under his heel. He's always gracious and by the way, I'm not either. I'm not presenting myself in this answer is a man who has it right.
This is our goal. I want my toes pointed in this direction, and any man who loves Christ is going to have this goal.
To love his wife as he ought and Stephen know at the end there. She she asked this question. Where do I stand and how would you reply to let me draw her attention to first Peter chapter 3 where it specifically relates to how wife is supposed to live with a man who is an unbeliever and I would add that in broad and that how dealing with a husband who acts like an unbeliever because I think that's really the end of the bigger and broader context.
And Peter writes only just read this in chapter 3 in verse one in the same way you wives be submissive to your own husbands, that is, be respectful to your own husbands, so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be one without a word, by the behavior of their wives as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.
Let not your adornment be merely external braiding the hair, wearing gold jewelry putting on dresses.
These Peter by the way is describing women who are dressing in a in a way that's marked by a flamboyant materialistic manner. He says in verse four, but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. So my dear friend, you may not be precious in the sight of your husband, but here's how you can be precious in the sight of God. Let your testimony, your spirit as much as possible.
Be respectful and kind and return and I wouldn't I would consider your husband as a potential unbeliever and that kinda changes the game. Pray for him to genuinely come to faith in Christ.
Pray that he will come to know Christ in a real way and so as you understand and in view him as an unbeliever, then perhaps that frustration can turn to pity and genuine concern for his eternal soul. You will never stand before God. By the way, one day, and give an answer about your husband.
You'll never be responsible for your husband. He's going to stand accountable for himself and he's going to stand accountable as what kind of spiritual head. He was in his responsibility in the home so I fear for him and I want you to know. Here's how to be precious in God's sight you respond to him as you ought.
Depending on the Holy Spirit is not an easy task. I'm not giving you something.
That's okay, that's easy now. This is this is impossible, it will be impossible for you.
Apart from the Holy Spirit in his power.
Thank you so much for calling and because we know that your question gave voice to what many women are experiencing if that's you, I want to draw your attention to page 8 of this month's heart-to-heart magazine this month in heart-to-heart Stephen has an article entitled hope for a spiritually single mom. Stephen has six practical reminders in this article that will be of great help to you.
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Make sure that you get heart-to-heart magazine into your home, and especially this month's issue before we give Stephen the next question. Let me give you our Bible question line one more time. That number is 910-808-9384. And that's the number that this listener dialed Florida to Maine that she hates.
There, thank you, Dave, thanks for calling and with that question and thank you for listening to wisdom for the heart there in Jacksonville, Florida Stephen Dave today.
Thanks to the idea of tasting death. You know what is that mean I think part of the problem in understanding some of these idioms is our own thought process will be here in English word eat you know what we've been sort of quarantined away from everybody. Somebody dropped off a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts at my side porch.
A member of the church you know who is in a now going to be a member for life's far as I'm concerned, so you look at the dozen and I thought all man. What am I going to do what I thought a lot just taste one. So what that meant was I took a bite of one or maybe two. But I did need the whole dozen. I just tasted a little bit so I didn't really experience fully that gift. I think that's that's the problem so Hebrews 29.
Which of the verse you mentioned. Please read it but we do see him who was made for little while lower than the angels, namely Jesus. Because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. That's Hebrews chapter 2 in verse nine, you need to understand that this is simply a figure of speech which means that Jesus experienced death through the crucifixion, and of course his burial, and by the way, a cross reference which will be really helpful for you if you want to write this down is John chapter 8 verses 51 and 52 Jesus said, truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word he will never see death. The Jews said to him that we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also.
And yet you say, if anyone keeps my word he will never taste death same expression used in the net culture and in that idiom, it would mean certainly experiencing everything related to death. Hope that helps.
Dave, thanks for calling in. Thank you so much Dave.
Here's our next question mark in North Carolina wondering only all you are creating not regardless you will think that with the handle 130 Scripture points you know I'm laughing more clarification on that. Thank you Taylor think you so much for calling work very sorry for the loss of your friends life Stephen, this is a question that has a lot of layers to it. It does, and I'm glad the Taylor called in short answer as a relates to suicide being an unforgivable sin. There's no scripture to back up that believe it's possible for a believer to take their life in suicide. Is it a sin. Yes, it is. Is it unforgivable that that raises what Scott got a mention here another layer or two, and people typically go to Matthew Chapter 12 with this idea of an unpardonable sin and then I can understand why there in Matthew Chapter 12, the Jewish leaders are equating the power of Christ to be eligible to a false god. There there essentially saying that Jesus is empowered by demons.
So there rejecting his claim as the son of God and Messiah that text says therefore I say to you any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven. People but blasphemy against the spirit shall not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him. But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, even in this age or in the age to come. Now again in the context theories dealing with the nation Israel and the Pharisees who are attributing his power to the devil I think about it, what are they doing there, rejecting Jesus Christ, is it an unpardonable sin to reject Jesus Christ. Of course it is.
You can go to heaven if you're rejecting Jesus Christ because to reject him is to reject the gospel so it's keep that in mind I like to put it this way, here's the unpardonable sin, recognizing the truth of who Jesus Christ is and refusing the person of Jesus Christ. So it isn't really one act isn't really one sin. It's a life of refusing to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior. I like the way one man wrote it.
He said the unpardonable sin is really the sin you won't confess it's in the sense refusing to repent of sin and coming to Christ and asking him for forgiveness. No meat, let me pull another layer back here if you've come to Jesus and you've asked him to forgive your sin. This is what we call confessing your sin at salvation that dealt with your status and you went from being unredeemed to redeem your status went from being an unforgiven center to a forgiven sinner confessing your sins at salvation deals with your status now is a believer confessing your sins after your salvation deals with your experience and you can sin and by the way, we sin every day. That's why love first John 17 that tells us that the blood of Christ cleanses us from every sin is writing that the Christians, by the way, and the tense of the verb means the blood of Jesus Christ is continually continuously cleansing us. I love the old him, don't you, there is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel's veins and sinners plunge beneath that flood lose all their guilty stainless and my friend if you've come to Jesus Christ and he received them as your Savior. That fountain is never turned off. It takes care of your daily experience and and what if you've not asked Jesus to forgive one specific sin well do you think you could ever remember all of them to mention all of them that you will commit today.
Steve and I will want to jump in just just for the sake of clarity when you were talking earlier about a change in status you're referring to something that happens once. That's right your saved one time and at that point, you are declared righteous right with God.
We call that justification your your record of sin is exchanged with Christ's record of perfection. He writes his name on top of your list of every sin you've ever committed and eased.
He takes responsibility for it.
But here's a glorious and he put your name over on his record of righteousness so so the apostles would say were clothed with the righteousness of Christ just as if we never sinned. That's how God looks at us now through the blood of Christ forgiving sacrifice and Stephen, of course, in the case of of Taylor's friend. She does believe that he is a Christian so he has that status, but the last act that he ever committed on this earth was a said and Steve and I I know that there are belief systems out there, some that even consider themselves to be Christian, who would say that that last act of committing suicide then nullifies his salvation.
That's right. And that's because they don't have an understanding of biblical understanding of justification justification. It isn't dependent on what I do all I'm going to continue to consistently do by the way, is sin. For instance, imagine belief systems. Of course, one of the more popular ones. As Roman Catholicism. That's why they'll have a priest come in near the end of a person's life and do a last right and hopefully they die fairly soon after.
Because anything they do. Afterward, that sinful were to get a pay for no there is no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus.
Paul writes in Romans 812. Great text.
By the way you gave me great assurance of salvation.
When I recognized that my sin and every believer's sin is forgiven as a relates to your status, past, present and future. So as a relates to son ship I like to think of it this way as relates to son ship, child of God.
God looks at me now through the sacrifice of his son and that that bloodshed has covered and and dealt with and removed every sin I have confessed I have committed.
I will commit today and I will yet commit tomorrow that is going to kick me out of the family. Think of it this way, your status relates to son ship. That's when you came to Christ at salvation, confessing your sins daily deals with fellowship and you want to do that as sins are committed and they come to mind because you want to maintain fellowship with the Lord as a way to please him, and to experience joy in him.
But think about it in terms of marriage. I've been married now for 38 years, and guess what, I know this is going to really require a lot of your imagination out there, but I'm not a perfect husband. There are times I hurt my wife's feelings. There are times when I don't do something I said I do so I'm going to need to apologize.
I'm getting need to confess my sin against her and asked for her forgiveness. I don't need to get married again.
She doesn't say will we get a good end of the justice of the peace and redo the whole thing know my status remains as a married man. My experience changes, see my son ship doesn't change as a believer I sent but my fellowship changes with my wife, my status doesn't change, but my experience does and so those two things can become confused in their beliefs after they confuse them. Son ship is well that's an iffy thing. You better keep it up you better keep meriting it or deserving it all know as many as received him, John writes in John chapter 1, to them he gave the right to become children of God and by the way, that's a wonderful analogy that even a little stronger. Why because I could experience divorce I could sin against my wife and divorce her. So marriage can be broken but not son ship in the sense of being a child of God is in anything your child can do, where they will no longer be your child. I got four of them.
They can hurt their fellowship with me but they can't change their status as sons and daughters of mine, so there is in anything you can do that would ever remove you from the family of God, because you been born into it by faith. But you can certainly affect the fellowship you have with your father when you sin against them. So as a believer.
Is it possible to sin.
Absolutely yes in the blood of Jesus Christ is gonna continually cleanse us. Is it possible to end my life through suicide.
Would that be sinful, yes, but that sin was dealt with when I came to faith in Christ my status became redeemed. That will never change. Did that the debt brother friend of yours lose fellowship. Certainly it could been the result of depression. It could have been the result of some traumatic experience out of the what it was that led him to take his life and I'm so sorry he did that was sinful. It was selfish and it hurt a lot of people, but is a believer that sin like every sin was taken care of by the cross of Christ Stephen we have time for one more today from Birmingham Alabama and life without there is a lot of people were currently known easy lifetime you will be coming back so are they, versus to justify hanky Cedric thanks for asking the question that the New Testament authors continually point to the coming of Christ.
Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that the rapture was just around the corner.
In fact, he thought he'd be alive than we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air at Hebrews chapter 10. Don't forsake the assembling encourage one another as you see the day drawing near.
Titus chapter 2 verse 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of our great God and Savior. Yeah, that the Bible says look for the coming of Christ. There is in anything that needs to be happening right now there is in anything that needed to be happening during the days of the apostles for Christ not to come back he could come back then in the first century certainly come back now and by the way the Bible ends in Revelation chapter 22, with John saying you come quickly, come quickly. Let's let's get on with it. And let's be with our Lord and that's what we look forward to and he could come today, that's how we all should live. Thank you Cedric and thank you to everyone who called in today. We were so glad to hear from you. I want to give you that Bible question line one more time in case you missed it earlier. It's 910-808-9384. Thanks so much for joining us today. Stephen will return to his series.
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