2004-07-25 - Jesus Died
Open The Door, Part 5
Friends, turn with me to the book of 2nd Corinthians Chapter 2
Sin - All Have Sinned
Wages - The Wages of Sin is Death
Born Again - Made A-new
Confess and Believe
A good question to ask here is "Why did Jesus die?"
Read with me verse 15 of 2 Corinthians, Chapter 2.
2 Corinthians 2:15 And He died for all so that those
who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for
them and was raised. (NIV)
We are saved from doing works our way by trying to save ourselves, to doing
works of love for the one who saved us - doing works from compassion, as
Jesus did a work of compassion to save us.
Hear this word about our good works of compassion.
Matt 25:31-46 When the Son of Man comes in His glory,
and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
32 "All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will
separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the
goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but
the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those
on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared
for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry
and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger
and you took Me in. 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I
was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'
37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when
did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked
and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison,
and come to You?' 40 And the King will answer and say to
them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least
of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
41 Then He will also say to those on
the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared
for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you
gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink.43 I
was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me,
sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' 44 Then they
also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?'
45 Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to
you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did
not do it to Me.' 46 And these will go away into everlasting
punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. (NIV)
Where is the faith of the person in verse 31-40, versus the faith of the
person in verse 41-46? The first one has his faith in Jesus Christ as the
way of salvation, and he sees these people as Jesus sees them. The second
person has his faith in his own way, and cares not for others, but only thinks
of himself and his needs.
James 2:14-18 says What good is it, my brothers, if someone
says he has faith, but does not have works? Can his faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily
food, 16 and one of you says to them, Go in peace,
keep warm, and eat well, but you dont give them what the body
needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way faith, if it
doesnt have works, is dead by itself. 18 But someone
will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith
without works, and I will show you my faith from my works. (NIV)
Matthew 12:30 says that faith without works is nothing less then sin.
Thats why faith without works is dead.
The two greatest commandments are are found in 1 John
4:20: Love the Lord your God with all of you mind, with all of your heart,
with all of your soul, with all of your strength, and the second is Love
your neighbor as yourself.
In these two commandments are the righteousness of God. If a man says that
He loves God, but he hates his neighbor, then he is a liar, and the Father
is not in him.
Jesus died that we might live in Him.
Final part, next week.
God Bless You,
I want my life just to be for the Glory of God.