The good news and the bad news

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    September 11, 2011
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    GRAB YOUR BIBLES James 2:5-9
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    Today my message is going to be about.....Good news and bad news:
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    ➀Good news for the repentant: ➁But bad news for the rebellious!
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    LETS READ THE TEXT James 2:5-9
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    V.5A “Hearken, my beloved brethren,”
    -A WARNING.....THE LORD WANTS US TO RECEIVE-
    (Therefore he says....... “Hearken”:)
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    “Hearken” Lit.(give ear to:)
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    When the LORD says.... “listen up”:
    We had better.....pay attention!
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    V.5B “Hath not God chosen”
    -AN IMPORTANT FACTOR....TO ALWAYS CONSIDER-
    (The LORD’s will:)
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    And our desires have been warped by sin:
    Therefore we are no judge of what’s right!
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    -OUR “ONLY” SOURCE....FOR DETERMINING THE LORD’S WILL-
    i.e. His Word!
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    V.5C “the poor of this world rich in faith,”
    -OUR JUDGEMENT OF PEOPLE....THAT CAN’T BE TRUSTED-
    (The poor:)
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    Our judgement can’t be trusted because we judge people...by the wrong criteria:
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    Judge people by their wealth or education!
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    Note: Richness in faith...can’t always be seen!
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    V.5D “and heirs of the kingdom”
    -THE TRUTH ABOUT.....EVERY FELLOW CHRISTIAN-
    (Regardless of how acceptable...they may look:)
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    They are joint heirs with us:
    To the kingdom of God!
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    V.5E “which he hath promised to them that love him?”
    -ONE THING.....ALL CHRISTIANS HAVE IN COMMON-
    (Regardless of who they are...or how they look:)
    We all....love the LORD!
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    We need to allow...this to be:
    Our only qualification for fellowship!
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    V.6A “But ye have despised the poor.”
    -A FLAW IN OUR HUMAN NATURE....WE NEED TO OVERCOME-
    (Our bad feelings about the poor:)
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    -THE BUILT IN PREJUDICE WE HAVE.....TOWARD A LOWER CLASS-
    (We don’t think that they are good as us:)
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    But no amount of money or education:
    Makes one person...better than someone else!
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    V.6B “Do not rich men oppress you,”
    -THE REASON THIS ISN’T....SPIRITUAL “CLASS WARFARE”-
    (Because the poor....can’t oppress anyone:)
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    Therefore any oppressing that takes place:
    Must be done by the rich!
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    V.6C “and draw you before the judgment seats?”
    -ANOTHER REASON....THIS ISN’T AN “ANTI-RICH” PASSAGE-
    (Because the poor...have no influence in society:)
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    If you or I are sued:
    Most likely it will be by a wealthy person!
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    V.7A “Do not they blaspheme that worthy name”
    -SOMETHING COMMON.....TO EVERY UNSAVED PERSON-
    (Blaspheme:)
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    (But most people are blind.....to the flaws of the rich:)
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    Because we figure....that people with money:
    Have no reason...to blaspheme the Lord:
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    Because He has...so wonderfully blessed them!
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    V.7B “by the which ye are called?”
    -ATTACKS UPON US....ARE REALLY ATTACKS UPON CHRIST-
    (Because we belong to Him:)
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    Remember what Jesus said to Paul....in Acts 9:5
    "......I am Jesus whom thou persecutest:”
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    V.8A “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture,”
    -THE 3 BIG “IF’s”.......THIS PASSAGE BRINGS US TO-
    ➀(“If” your saved:)
    ➁(& “if” you want to be obedient:)
    ➂(& “if” you want to be blessed by the Lord:)
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    Than you will...”fulfil the royal law”!
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    -TODAY’S REBELLIOUS ANSWER......TO THIS CHALLENGE-
    The lie....that “the Lord blesses everybody”:
    Regardless of what they do:
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    But that is just...not Biblically sound!
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    V.8B “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,”
    -THE GREAT CHALLENGE....SET BEFORE EVERY CHRISTIAN-
    (Which isn’t that great of a challenge:)
    For those of us...who are really saved:
    Because we have...a changed heart!
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    -THE WHOLE POINT....OF THIS PART OF THE BIBLE-
    ➀There are billions of religious people:
    ➁Who are unsaved...and going to hell:
    ➂And don’t even know it:
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    So the Lord helps them out...with challenges like this!
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    If they “can’t” fulfill them:
    Than they have something....to think about!
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    V.8C “ye do well:”
    -THE WONDERFUL RESULTS......OF FOLLOWING GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS-
    (The Lord says.... “we do well”:)
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    There is absolutely nothing more important in life:
    Than to be pleasing to the LORD:
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    Therefore...put “your will” on the back burner:
    And start doing the “LORD’s will”!
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    V.9A “But if ye have respect to persons,”
    -A SINFUL ATTITUDE.....THAT THE LORD TAKES SERIOUSLY-
    (Therefore we aught to take it seriously:)
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    -WHAT IF A PERSON.....REFUSES TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY??-
    There are only two things.....that will happen:
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    ➀If your saved...you will be chastened:
    ➁If your unsaved...you will keep doing it!
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    V.9B “ye commit sin,”
    -THE TWO OUTCOMES.....FOR PEOPLE WHO COMMIT SIN-
    (Depending upon your relationship with the Lord:)
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    ➀Christians: Will be told to....STOP IT:
    “Or else!”
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    ➁While the unsaved: (Who aren’t the Lord’s)
    “Will go on their merry way”!
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    V.9C “and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”
    -THE LORD’S WONDERFUL WARNING....TO HIS CHILDREN-
    (He will send “conviction”:)
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    ➀The “wise” Christian will feel badly...on the inside:
    And will stop and ask the Lord.. “what’s wrong”?
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    ➁ While the “foolish” Christian...will turn on the TV:
    And ignore it:
    And God’s chastening...will begin!
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