Sunday, June 2, 2019 - A Prepared Life
Pastor Roger C. Marcos
June 2, 2019
Delivered at the North York Church of Christ
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE? LIFE IS PREPERATION FOR THE CERTAINTY OF ETERNITY.” WE WERE MADE TO LAST FOREVER FOR HIM!
To avoid any regret in life we need to PREPARE OURSELVES for whatever happen wise choice, makes a big difference for both eternity being with the Lord or Satan the king of the darkness.
We Must Live Right To Be Prepared for His coming.
For the last two Sunday, I talked about Baptism, because God want me to deliver, emphasises the importance of Jesus teaching regarding that FORGIVESNESS BE GIVEN AT THE DAY OF YOUR BAPTISM.
Without Baptism it Is Impossible to Anyone of Us to have SALVATION, FORGIVENESS, even eternal life.
Let Me Ask You A Question: Can a Person Be A True Christian and not be Baptized? Or Be Baptized and Not Be A Christian?
Text: 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. MATTHEW 24:40-44 NIV
In the early 1970's, probably the most popular song within the “Jesus movement,” was one entitled: “I Wish We’d All Been Ready,” by Larry Norman.
A man and wife asleep in bed.
She hears a noise and turns her head, he's gone.
I wish we'd all been ready.
Two men walking up a hill.
One disappears and one's left standing still.
I wish we'd all been ready.
ONE WILL BE TAKEN
The illustration used in this parable is straight foreword in both examples. There will be a separation where one individual will be taken and the other left behind. Also, in context, it is clear that one is a believer and the other is not. This describes a clear separation process. The question related to this passage is who is taken and who is left behind. Those who hold to pretribulationism have argued both ways on this issue. Does this refer to the believer being taken and the unbeliever left behind, or just the reverse, where the unbeliever is taken away in the believer is left to enter the kingdom? I believe the latter view is the correct. It is the unbeliever who is taken away in judgment.
Both interpretations must draw upon the prior context which speaks of the days of Noah and the flood. Verses 37-39 read as follows:
For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away.
Today will discuss the best way to LIVE A Prepared life as we are heading to eternity.
1. Be Obedience to the Gospel. The bible explained and direct us the best way to do in order to avoid being regret in future; "it is the Church's mission to preach the gospel" ACRONYM: God Only Son Provides Eternal life,
After Jesus had died for our sins, was resurrected and just before he ascended into heaven, he commanded his apostles in Mark 16:15-16, "And he said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." Our Lord wanted the gospel preached to everyone. The word "gospel" literally means good news or good tidings.
In Romans 1:16 the apostle Paul says, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes; for the Jew first, and also for the Greek." So we see that the gospel of Christ is God's only power unto salvation. It is by the gospel or good news that God saves us.
What is the Gospel? The Bad News
In order to fully understand how good this news really is, we must first understand the Bad News.
A. Acknowledge: We Are All Sinners. That’s the big problem we are facing is “SIN” Humanity has a natural desire to ignore God’s principles for living like Adam and Eve that leads them to cut off their relationship to God.
The bible calls this attitude: SIN.”to Miss the MARK”
The Bible presents a clear and consistent message that all people have sinned. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory for God.” Sin means that we have missed the mark (the perfect standard) that God has set for us.
As a result of the fall in the Garden of Eden, every part of us has been corrupted by sin-our minds, emotions, flesh. We don’t seek after God.
> SIN Separates Us From God. Isa. 59:2
The trouble is that your SINS have cut off from God. (LB)
> Wages of Sin Is Death. Rom. 6:23- The penalty for sin is death. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What is a wage? It is the “money that is paid or received for work or services.” In other words, it is what you deserve, what you earn. Romans 6:23 says that death is the wage for our sin. It is what we earn. We deserve to die and live separated from God forever.
What is the Gospel? The Good News
What is the Gospel? literally means “good news.” It is the plan that God has designed to save sinful humans from eternal separation from Him.
Since there is no way we can earn our way back to God, the Bible says He came to us! This is the good news-the Gospel.
B. Christ died for Us. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ [Jesus] died for us.” The Bible says that even though we deserve the death penalty for our sin, Jesus took the penalty. He died in our place. Three days later, Jesus rose from death, proving that sin had been conquered.
We can depend on Jesus to forgive us and give eternal life, rather than eternal death.
You can be saved through faith in Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Verse 3: Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, He can not see the kingdom of God.
Verse 5: Jesus answered, Most assuredly, I say to you, Unless one is born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Verse 7: Do not marvel that I said to you, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.
IF YOU NEVER SEE YOUR NEEDS FOR A SAVIOR, JESUS WILL NEVER BE PRECIOUS TO YOU. Jason Wing
What God Wants You to Do?
Be BAPTIZED as Commanded By Jesus Christ.
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16
Jesus gives man all he needs for salvation
The question is, “What will our response be?”