Bible Lesson 38

On Worship
#4 in a series

In the past several lessons we have sought to remind ourselves from the Word of God, the Bible, that it matters how we go about our worship of God. I believe we should have been convinced from the Scriptures that there is only one who is worthy of our worship and that is The Almighty, I Am, Jehovah God. (Exodus 20:1-11). We learned that there is a proper way to Worship God, and that is in “Spirit and Truth”. (John 4:23-24). We proved in the preceding lessons that only a truly saved person (Christian) can worship Jehovah.

For any who have not read the lessons that deal with Worship, four in all, I recommend to you that you look in the Archives for lessons #35-38. Most of us know that there has been much weakness and downright omission of biblical preaching about what is entailed in Christian living, and as a result, there is great confusion about what the life of a Christian should look like. How is the truly saved person supposed to live?

Is there a certain way that God’s children will live? Does the Bible speak to the subject of Christian living? Perhaps we should see if we can all agree on how each one of us began our lives as we entered the world from the wombs of our mothers (Psalms 51:5). Most students of the Bible will agree that we begin this conscious life under the stain of Adam’s sin (Ephesians 4:18-19).

We have life, but it is a life that has been marred by sin and is of just a few days and full of trouble. We refer to this kind of life as physical or fleshly life, because it always terminates in death, normally after 70 or so years. Thank God there is a promise of a life beyond physical life and we refer to that life as eternal life.

As we live these temporal lives on the earth we will come to know God through His Son Jesus Christ and find eternal life in heaven, or we will fail to receive the gift of God and find eternal death in hell.
The life that you are now living is temporary, and there is a time that is appointed by God for you to die (Hebrews 9:27).

There is a promise of God that those who will come to Him for forgiveness and obey His commandments, that there is a better life, a more abundant life, a life that is full and free, filled with joy and holiness. Our lives take on eternity at the time that we are saved; even though we have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death, we pass immediately into the presence of God, to never die again (2nd Cor.5:1-9).

As we progress through these next lessons, we will do our best to ask God to speak to us from His Word, the Bible, and show us the answers to our questions. To establish the tone of our lesson this time, allow me to quote from J.B. Phillips, in his Letters to Young Churches. Mr. Phillips says, The great difference between present-day Christianity and that of those we read about in the Epistles, is that to us it has become primarily a performance, to them it was a real experience. To those who wrote to the early churches, it was an invasion of their lives by a new quality of life altogether.

They did not hesitate to describe this as Christ “living in them”. I believe that captures the great problem of the 21st Century church. We have lost the reality of the new birth in salvation. In Galatians 2:20, the apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Is that true of you? Have you been crucified with Christ and is Christ living in you? Have you had the wonderful experience of becoming a new creature, with the old things passed away, and all things becoming new?

If you are saved, that has to be your experience! If you have never known that experience, you should seek it from God; because it is part and parcel of the salvation experience. There is no, not one, real Christian who has not experienced that miracle that is given by God to those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. It is not too late for you to get serious with God about having that experience. More than likely the institutional church has short cut your conversion and led you to join the church, rather than to become a child of God. So the first question that we can settle here and now is, are Christians supposed to live a certain kind of life?

Has God listed for us things that we are not to do and things that we are to do? The answer is that there can never be a doubt that God saves individuals and adopts them into His Family, with it in mind that they will live a certain way. God’s children have clear lines of conduct and we will look at many of them before we finish this series. God determines those who will be saved, and then He determines how those will live in this world. God does not stop there because God always provides the will and the power to do all that He wants His children to do.

We have the power of God in us, in the form of the Holy Spirit?s indwelling, to enable us to accomplish all that God wants us to do. That’s what is meant in Philippians 4:3, where God inspired the Apostle Paul to write,”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. That verse does not say, I can do some things, or I can do what I please; but it says, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Philippians 2:13 reminds us, ” It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure”. God does not save us and leave us alongside the road, to sink or swim, do or die! No, indeed, God deals with the whole person in salvation and the first thing that God does is to change our “want to”.

Our new “want to” consists of the Amazing Grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit of God that indwells every person who is saved. The Spirit is always in those who are saved, He never leaves, but continues as a precept of Grace to teach us! (Ephesians 1:13-14;Titus 2:11-12). At the moment of your salvation, you are truly born again, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit; and immediately the Spirit began to empower, lead, teach, and correct your life. Titus 2:11-12, tells us that grace “teaches” us to deny ungodliness and worldly lust, and to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world.

That means that because of what God has done in salvation for us, we are able and will want to, live righteous lives. So then, how are we to live, if we are truly saved? We can open the Bible almost anywhere and find God telling us how we must live if we want to inherit heaven. Let’s begin in Ephesians chapter five, and we find therein verse one that we are to be imitators of God. What can that mean? How do we imitate God?

Well, that same verse explains how we are to imitate God, and that is as dear children. Think about how you grew up as a child with your parents. You were a “monkey see, monkey does” kind of child in all probability, so what this verse says is that now that we are God’s children, we should look at God and in child-like faith do what we see Him doing in His Word. The simple answer is, live like Jesus lived, humbly, obediently, with kindness and truth at the forefront of our lives.

Now, God gave us some guidelines, through the pen of the Apostle Paul, and in verse three and the following verses of Ephesians 5, God warns us about sexual immorality, impurity, and greed; and God says, never let it be named among us as Christians, because we are saints, and saints are not to be guilty of that. Probably a good question right here would be to ask if you are a saint? Has God set you apart for his glory and use? If you are saved, you are a saint, and you need to live like it! I have never been able to figure out why so many, in fact, most of the Pastors in our day, always preach against the idea of people living like saints.

They preach that everybody is a sinner, that we are all sinners who sin every day; and they normally point out their own lives and say that they are the worst sinner in the church. If I hear that, I don’t walk, I run away from that; because that is heresy. Any man that preaches that is calling the power of God into question. Oh, I know why they do it, it is to keep their lost congregations happy and at ease, so that they will keep their job! I’m sorry if that sounds hard to you, but that is the truth and everyone who has one eye and half a wit would know it is the truth. How in the world do we get off preaching that God makes no difference in our salvation? How is it possible for us to have been rejected by God in the flesh and reborn by that same God in the Spirit, yet still be what we were before God saved us?

What it appears that we have decided to do, is to claim the name of Jesus Christ and the supernatural power of God to save us and take us to heaven for eternity; however, we reject the power of God that can cause the flesh to walk straight. My Bible says in Romans chapter eight and verse three, “For what the law could not do, because it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but to the Spirit.”

Most “so-called Christians” today have no trouble in admitting that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth; and that He created humans and animals, etc; but they steadfastly refuse to think that God makes any difference in the person saved, past granting him a title to a mansion in heaven. We need to begin to think about the real God, the Sovereign, Almighty, Creator God that merely spoke and all that we know appeared out of nothing. We need to think about the God that we pray to and call our Father, to whom we ascribe the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever (Matthew 6:9-13).

We need to remind ourselves that our God is Omniscience (knowing everything), Omnipotent (the repository of all power) Omnipresent ( able to be everywhere at once); and then we can believe that He is mightier than our sin. Luke chapter one and verse thirty-seven, tells us that “With God, nothing will be impossible”. Jesus Christ spoke to the father of a son that had seizures, and told him in Mark 9:23, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes”.
I think therein is the problem with those who are church-members but who do not believe that God can enable them to live above sin, they simply do not believe. Too many today are so in love with self and sin that they will not reckon themselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:11). That’s what needs to take place in religion today, and that is a renewing of minds and hearts, and a turning again to the full counsel of God, and a walk-in Grace.

Too many want to enter the wide gate and walk the broadway while we live here on the earth; however, we want to reap the inheritance that waits for those who enter the strait gate and walk the narrow way that is mentioned in Matthew chapter seven and verses 13 and 14. That would be like applying for a job with a plumber on Saturday, and then on Monday going and working all week with a painter, and yet on Friday, expecting the Plumber to pay you.

I don’t think anyone thinks that would work. Well, it will not work if we profess that we know Christ and we instead work for the devil. If we do that, all we can expect is to spend eternity in hell?s flames and torment with our friend the devil. Think about where you are over these coming days and ask yourself, where will your payday come from.

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob