The curious keys

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    October 9, 2011
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    GRAB YOUR BIBLES James 2:24-26 & 3:1
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    Tonight we come to a transition......in this book:
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    From talking about “foolish Church members”....who aren’t living for the Lord:
    To....wise Christians....who trust and follow the Lord!
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    LETS READ THE TEXT James 2:24-26 & 3:1
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    The Bible is full of keys....that encourage people to look deeper:
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    (A lot of these keys can be found by the unsaved:)
    Intended to get them to...look for the truth and get saved!
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    V.24A “Ye see then”
    -THE WAY.......WERE ARE TO APPROACH GOD’S WORD-
    (Putting one precept upon another:)
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    Getting one thing settled:
    Then adding....more and more understanding:
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    This enables us....to put two and two together!
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    Here....we are told to add:
    To the things....we have already learned:
    In the previous verses!
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    V.24B “how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
    -GOD’S INTERESTING WAY.....OF LOCKING THE BIBLE-
    (By giving unbelievers...openings like this:)
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    That will allow them....to stay in the dark:
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    Unless and until...they choose to trust Him!
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    V.25A “Likewise also”
    -ONE OF THE CURIOUS KEYS....GOD HAS MADE AVAILABLE-
    (For anybody to find:)
    If they....are really looking for the truth:
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    But a person...needs to be looking at the details!
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    V.25B “was not Rahab the harlot”
    -SOMETHING....THAT WOULD GET SOMEONE’S ATTENTION-
    (The fact that....this woman was a harlot:)
    And was an example....of “good works”:
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    If your interested....and are looking for the truth:
    This would cause you...to stop and look closer:
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    But if you were....set in your ways:
    You would simply....disregard it!
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    V.25C “justified by works,”
    -THE WAY THESE KEYS.....ARE DESIGNED TO WORK-
    (A person...who is looking for the truth:)
    Would go to Joshua...& read this account:
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    And by seeing the details...of God’s blessing:
    The truth....would make itself more clear!
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    V.25D “when she had received the messengers,”
    -THE REAL SOURCE.....OF RAHAB’S SALVATION-
    (She believed....in the God of the jews:)
    Having heard...how He dried up the Red sea:
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    (Not knowing....that He would soon..dry up the Jordan river:)
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    And she realized....that He was her only hope:
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    So....when some Jews showed up:
    She helped them:
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    -A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE.....OF GOD’S GRACE & MERCY-
    Anybody else in this city:
    Could have made....this same decision:
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    Because God.....gave them 7 days to leave!
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    V.25E “and had sent [them] out another way?”
    -THE END RESULT....OF RAHAB’S FAITH-
    (She took a step of faith:)
    And trusted God....to save her:
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    But by doing this:
    She had to turn her back...on her people:
    And her old way of life!
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    V.26A “For as the body without the spirit is dead,”
    -THE ATTITUDE....BELIEVERS HAVE....ABOUT “THIS LIFE”-
    (We see it....for what it really is:)
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    This body...that we are living in right now:
    Is not what “life”....is really all about!
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    This is called......keeping an eye on eternity!
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    V.26B “so faith without works is dead also.”
    -HOW THIS ATTITUDE....EFFECTS A PERSON’S OUTLOOK-
    (This is why...Christians will risk everything...for the LORD:)
    Turning there backs on there old life:
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    Because they know that...it’s the “next life”:
    That is really important!
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    V.1A “My brethren,”
    -A BRAND NEW SUBJECT....THAT IS STRANGELY CONNECTED-
    (By how our faith....effects our decisions:)
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    Once we are saved:
    And begin to grow....in our understanding!
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    And that Spiritual growth....causes us:
    To consider....the warnings in God’s Word:
    As we make life’s decisions!
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    V.1B “be not many masters,”
    -A POSITION.....MOST YOUNG CHRISTIANS....WOULD LIKE TO HAVE-
    (A place of leadership...within the church:)
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    But when “spiritual wisdom”....takes the lead:
    We realize...that it’s not for everyone!
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    V.1C “knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.”
    -THE PLACE WHERE TRUE BELIEVERS....ARE LOOKING-
    (Into eternity:)
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    And to....the long-term results:
    Of this life’s decisions:
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    It’s better....to take a lower seat in this life:
    Rather than losing....future rewards in glory!
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