WHEN JESUS VISITED THE HOME OF LAZARUS AND HIS TWO SISTERS, MARY AND MARTHA, MARTHA WAS DISTRACTED BY ALL THE PREPARATIONS THAT HAD TO BE MADE. SHE WAS AGITATED WITH MARY, WHO WAS SIMPLY SITTING AT THE FEET OF JESUS LISTENING TO EVERY WORD HE SAID. SO SHE CAME TO JESUS AND SAID, “LORD, DON’T YOU CARE THAT MY SISTER HAS LEFT ME TO DO ALL THE WORK BY MYSELF? TELL HER TO COME AND HELP ME!” JESUS ANSWERED HER AND SAID:
(Luke 10:41-42) “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
SADLY, THE WORD OF JESUS THAT HE HIMSELF REVEALED TO THE APOSTLE PAUL IS NOT BEING GIVEN UTMOST IMPORTANCE IN MANY OF OUR PULPITS TODAY. PAUL REFERRED TO IT AS THE SOUND DOCTRINE ENTRUSTED TO HIM (1 Tim 1:10-11) AND CALLED IT THE “GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE” (Acts 20:24).
(Galatians 1:11-12) “I want you to know, brothers that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.”
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!
PREACHING HUMAN WISDOM IN THE PULPIT NEGATES THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AND PRACTICALLY EMPTIES THE CROSS OF ITS POWER.
(1Cor. 1:17) “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”
THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID THAT A TIME IS COMING WHEN MEN WILL NOT PUT UP WITH SOUND DOCTRINE. INSTEAD, THEY WILL LISTEN TO WHATEVER THEIR ITCHING EARS WANT TO HEAR.
(2 Tim 4:3) “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
HE EMPHATICALLY SAID THAT SOUND DOCTRINE CONFORMS TO THE GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE (Gal 1:11-12, Acts 20-24) THAT WAS ENTRUSTED TO HIM BY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
(1 Timothy 1:10-11) “for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.”
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!
IT’S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT YOU CAN NOT TEACH THE BRANCH TO BEAR FRUIT; BRANCHES BEAR FRUITS BECAUSE OF THE VINE.
(John 15:5) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”
WITHOUT THE NUTRIENTS COMING FROM THE ROOTS OF THE VINE, THE BRANCHES WILL NOT BEAR FRUIT.
THE GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE, THE DOCTRINE REVEALED BY CHRIST TO THE APOSTLE PAUL (Gal 1:11-12/ Acts 20:24,32), WHEN BELIEVED AND OBEYED SETS YOU FREE FROM SIN AND MAKES YOU SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS! SUCH IS THE NEEDED NUTRIENTS FOR US TO BEAR FRUIT.
(Rom. 6:17-18) “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of doctrine to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness”.
ONE GOSPEL TRUTH THAT MANY OF OUR CHRISTIAN BRETHREN DO NOT REALIZE IS THE FACT THAT IN CHRIST, WE ARE NO LONGER IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT. (Rom 8:9) But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.”
YOU SEE, THE FACT THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT DWELLS IN US AFTER THE BORN EXPERIENCE IS WHAT MAKES US IN THE SPIRIT AND NOT THE GOOD WORKS WE HAVE DONE.
ADMITTEDLY, WE STILL COMMIT SIN, BUT IT DOES NOT MAKE US IN THE FLESH. FOR THIS REASON, WE ARE ADMONISHED TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT SO THAT WE WILL NOT GRATIFY THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH OR THE SINFUL NATURE.
(Galatians 5:16) I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
BEAR IN MIND THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD’S SEAL OF OWNERSHIP AND GUARANTEES WHAT IS TO COME.
(2 Corinthians 1:21) Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!
IT’S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE SIGN GIVEN BY THE ANGEL TO THE SHEPHERDS REGARDING THE BIRTH OF JESUS WAS: “YOU WILL FIND A BABY WRAPPED IN CLOTHS AND LYING IN A MANGER.”
(Luke 2:12-13) Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
THE WORD MANGER MEANS “FEEDING TROUGH”; IN FRENCH, IT MEANS “TO EAT” AND IN LATIN, IT MEANS “TO CHEW”.
THE PLACE WHERE JESUS WAS BORN IS BETHLEHEM, WHICH MEANS THE “HOUSE OF BREAD”.
IN THE BOOK OF JOHN THE LORD JESUS SAID:
(John 6:48) I am the bread of life.
(John 6:49) Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.
(John 6:50) But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.
(John 6:51) I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”