Twisting Scripture 4
August 19, 2018
In chapter nine, and we talked last week about the danger or of twisting scripture and how the Bible is really, really, really strong about how we treat the Bible and what the Bible has to say, and so the danger twisting scripture. Then we thought talked about how all of us have the innate ability and even desire to make scripture say what we want scripture to say and the question is whether whether their scripture says, but it says, or whether the scripture obeys what I want it to obey. And we talked about that a little bit and then we talked about how we will protect against having a wrong view of scripture. And this passage I was, as you were talking about context. I was telling when we finished, when I finished preaching every week at first, let me say I'm not near as cool as justin trotter.
I can't just wear a tee shirt in his church and it looked cool. And so we're talking with set after church last week. We always talk about the message and go over it a couple of hours and what's going on and talking about the passage and a set. So I have a teacher arriving at your house and so he brought me a tee shirt here to explain this whole going out of context thing and he thought it fit me for some reason. I don't know why I thought it fit me for any reason, but he thought it fit me and not anybody else. I love it. Everybody's staring like, what's it say? Hey, he said this is going to fit you in. It's going to explain this whole danger of taking things out of context. And so there you go. That's what it says. It says, uh, I thought I would go jogging, but proverbs 28 one says the wicked run where no one is chasing them.
So there's that. And so that's the only reason I don't run every morning is because of that stuff taking out of context. And so now button this back up because I'm not near school is just. And that's unsafe. And Justin goes, yeah, he's not. Yeah. Now, so, but, uh, here's, here's, here's the deal, we talked about it last week talking about taking things out of context and a and I took verses out of context and took portions of verses out of context so that you look at it and you go, well, that's not what it says, but what you've got to be careful with this. What will you don't understand this? When you look at those verses you go, Chris, are you crazy? How could you ever get there with that version? And the reason is because I can take some words, pull it from its context and not mean what it means.
Well, there's that same danger with every part of the Bible is pulling it out of context or want to talk today about the context of Romans nine so that we can understand these things. Uh, in Romans chapter nine. Now they're on your paper. Here's what we have to understand about the book of Romans. And we've started it from the very beginning. In the book of Romans, we started talking about this. Romans is a book that was written to people that we're dealing with the merging of two separate cultures and ideologies. Okay? Which by the way, can I say that no matter what commentary on the scriptures you read, no matter what slant they have, they all agree to this. Romans is a book that's written to a people that are dealing with merging of two cultures and there's a merging of two ideologies, and so you get people in a group that necessarily don't belong in that group like they don't belong in a group together they don't belong, and Paul is telling them, here's what's important about it.
You had the gentiles and the Jews merging together in a city and because of that, two groups that naturally didn't care for each other, now found themselves merging into a local church. So just think about that for a second. They're sitting there, qp groups of people that naturally don't care for each other, are now merging into this thing called a church, and so you're sitting across from them in church this morning, you're sitting around in a circle with them. You're sitting next to them as you gather as a body of believers. Because of that, Paul systematically tears down their idea of what it means to have a right standing before God, and so each group had this idea of what it meant to have a right standing before God. Every group did. He starts hitting on what would be the normal view of the gentiles and as the letter is being read, you can just see the Jews licking their chops.
Why? Jews are sitting there and they're gentiles and the Jews are sitting there going, yeah, them gentiles. They need to hear this. They need to hear this. They need to hear this and that, and the Jews are going. Finally, somebody's saying what ought to be said, and that's, that's the way they're dealing with. And if you're a parent, you know how that is because you can say something to your kids 17 times and then somebody else says it to your kid and they come home and tell you how big of a genius that other person is because of what they told them and you as a parent and go, man, I am so glad you met a genius that told you that because that is awesome. That is. That guy is a genius. No doubt about it. That's what's going on here. That Jews are sitting there like that context really matters in parenting context matters. Okay? So when you're parenting, your children asked to remember probably probably six years, six and a half years ago, or five and a half, six years ago. I had andrew come to me and he was all upset because he came to me and he says, Dad, Joshua just bit me.
You understand that that's Andrew's story. The story that he's sticking to his Joshua just bit me. But see, even in life context matters. Okay. So I was like, he just beat you. Yeah, he just bit me. That's the beginning of the story, the end of the story. There's nothing around it. Joshua just bit me and I was like, really? I said, so can you tell me what was happening? And after going back and forth, he goes, well, I had my hand over his mouth and he bit me. In case you're wondering if you put your hand over a person's mouth and he doesn't want your hand there, the thing that that person ought to do is bite you too that he can and can't talk to you. There's no reasoning with you. So he bit him. Context matters. Context matters. What's going on truly matters.
And so he starts hitting these gentiles in Tottenham and the Jews are sitting there going, yes, finally somebody else telling them what we've always been thinking, and then what I love about the passages this, the Jews are sitting there nodding, going, yeah, they're. They're elbowing each other going, I told you, man, somebody gonna finally put things where they need to be. Paul Goes, Oh, I'm not now you juice. Let me tell you, you Jews what's wrong? And now the gentiles are non back. And forth, they're kind of dumbfounded. They're kind of shocked as he explained to them that no one is going to be saved by the law. You're not going to be good enough to be saved. It's impossible to be good enough to be saved because they thought that law might be saving them then used to Vignette. Then he states this unequivocally, no doubt about it.
Romans chapter three, verse 23, he says, for all have sinned. Look at it there with me. Romans chapter three, verse 23. The Bible says, Romans three, 23 for hmi out for how many? Four. Does that mean you? Does that mean near center? Does that mean I'm a sinner? Does that mean your biggest hero that you think is perfect as a sinner? Yes. For all have sand. And because of that, that come short of the glory of God. Gentiles, your center Jews, you're a sinner. Acworth. Ian's, you're a sinner. Georgia folk, we're sinners. People sitting in this congregation today, we are sinners. She had all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. And in Romans five, eight shows, he says, Romans five eight says, but even though you're a sinner, God commendeth his love toward us. God gave his love toward us in that while we were sinners, Jesus died for us.
Jesus didn't die for us because of how good he w we were. Jesus didn't die for us because of how great we were. Jesus died for us when we were sinners. We weren't wholly. There was nothing to be found in us. He wasn't looking around the room going, hey, I want him or I want him, or that's not at all what was going on. He says, you're all sinners. But even as sinners, he died for us. He shown that there's going to be dead. There are differences between those that are Jewish Christians in those they're gentile Christians. They both, even though they're different, they both approach God on the same footings, the same. It doesn't matter who. You are, more curious, you don't understand. I'm an upstanding citizen. I have been and I have done and I have blahblahblah. And no matter what your curriculum says about how great you are, it all is stained with this idea of the fact that we are all sinners.
Gentile, center, Jus, sinner, Jews and gentiles alike approach God as sinners and they are sinners and the need of a savior. This context matters and understanding what God's saying. In this chapter, most commentators say that Romans chapter nine through 11 is like a letter inside of a letter, so it might be a good idea to look at the context of what those chapters to understand what he's saying as well. If he's saying that God has chosen no, see, here's what a lot of people believe. Romans Chapter Nine, God has chosen who's going to be saved and who's not going to be saved, and that's what we're going to start seeing here in Romans chapter nine, is that God literally played a game in heaven that goes, hey, you're going to go to heaven. You're going to be firewood. You're going to go to heaven. You're going to be firewood.
You're going to go to heaven. You're going to be fine. That's, that's literally what it comes down to, is the way that this passage is viewed, but if you look at the context of Romans nine through 11, what you'll find is this, you find a heart of a person that cares about the salvation of others. Looking real quick at Romans chapter nine, and we'll start at verse one through five. Romans chapter nine through five, this whole letter, this whole part of this letter in Romans nine to 11, it starts with the different heart than it would be if they, if this was what was being stated. Look at Romans nine is I say the truth in Christ. I lie, not my conscious also bears witness with me and the holy ghost that I have great heaviness and continuous sorrow in my heart. Paul goes, man, I had this deep burden and we'll be covering this next week.
I have this deep burden in my heart for what's going on, for I could wish it myself or a curse from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen, according to the flesh. He said, I wish that I could die and go to hell if it took it so that my brothers could be saved. Who are Israelites go to whom pertained that, the adoption and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the law and the service of God and the promises, whose are the fathers of whom are going to as concerning to flesh Christ came who has overall God bless forever. What Paul says is this, I went in, Paul writes these first five verses, you got tears streaming down his face and you know what? I care about my brothers and I beg God they might be saved and I begged them to accept what God has done for them.
He is speaking with concerns and I wish I could be cursed if I could do that for a salvation. Romans 10, one through four, he has this exact same burden. Romans 10, one to four. By the way, if we're looking at a catalyst man speaking about a catalyst, God that callously decides to do whatever he wants, you wouldn't feel the burden that Paul fills and Romans, Romans 10, look what he says, brother and my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved for I bear them record. They have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. Again, there's passion in his voice. He said, for there being ignorant of God's righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believe it.
By the way, in this exact same passage, the Bible says in the inverse for here, here's what he says, he says, for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness. He says, if you want to be righteous, stop trying to be righteous on your own. Stop trying to be a good person. Stop trying to have these good thoughts. If you want to be righteous, he's the end of the law. For righteousness is to how to who to who to every one, and then he says, there's a condition for it though if you want, so the burden that you feel from Paul here in Romans nine, one through five, you see a tear running down his face and then you see him pleading enrollments 10 saying it's for everyone. That beliefs. It's not for some people that believe it's not for the people that I think are elected to believe.
He says for everyone who believes now what a very strange place to pray to express this. If the whole passage is about the exact opposite of what he's saying. The context of this passage from the book and even from this section is how God is choosing a nation or a people for his purposes. He's using a nation or a people for his purposes and discusses how you use the nation of Israel in the Old Testament and now he's going to begin to use the gathering of believers that we today call the church. How he's going to use the church in his purposes. We're going to get to this even farther as we go through these chapters, but this is the main misunderstanding that happens in Romans chapter nine. God saying, this is how I have chosen to work with this. People not have chosen to work with this person.
This is the big difference. This is the thing that changes everything is we have to understand what he's saying. God is saying, this is how I've chosen to work with this people, not how I have chosen to work with this person. That's what it's saying there. When the craziest thoughts from this chapter is that both sides of the argument think that they understand everything to perfection when there's truly nothing further from the truth. For a matter of fact, what you're going to find, how Paul closes off this section, as Paul basically states this is not easy to understand. It's not easy to understand. They need. Let's take a look at Romans 1133 through 36 and see how he concludes the section. Here's what he says. Oh, the depths of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God. How unsearchable are his judgments? And his ways past finding out we cannot truly grasp all that's being stated here, for who has known the mind of the Lord, who has been his counselor, who has first given to him, and it shall be recompensed to him again for to him and through him and to him are all things to whom be glory forever.
Amen. What he says in this passage is this. This stuff is not easy. If you want to know probably the the heaviest, the most because I'm not big into being very heady and when I'm preaching, but I. I like bringing it to where we can all grasp it and understand it. If you want to talk about the heaviest part that you'll probably be a part of it. River Baptist at River Church, reclaimed Baptist Church. If you want to know what the hardest part, the most difficult part is going to be are these chapters because these chapters are not anything but heady and so Paul states here, he says his riches are in searchable. It's not an easy topic to understand. Paul's entering one big question that is asked by the people of Israel. Here's the question that he's answering. Romans chapter nine and verse six, here's the question he's entering has gone failed and what he promised the people of Israel, if you want to get down to it, and what Paul is truly entering here is this, is God a liar?
Let me just say this. If God's a liar, then we've got some big issues. Is God a liar? And the answer is absolutely not? No, he's not alive. Look at Romans chapter nine and verse six. It says, not as the word of God has taken none effect. It's not like the word of God didn't do what he said he was going to do and then you find it again in verse 14. What shall we say then is their unrighteousness with God? God forbid, Paul says to the Jews that they're not saved because of their heritage. Israelites are because they kept the law. Here's what they're saying, that they're like, well, we of course deserved to be saved because we're part of God's special people and God's special people are always going to be saved because they're God's special people. There's only one way that a person can be saved in Romans chapter nine and only one way that a person can be saved today, and that is through trusting in Christ and Christ alone.
River church is not going to do it for you. Your, your, your knowledge of the scriptures is not. It's fate. Placing your faith in Jesus Christ alone. So that covers the context question. What is the context of scripture? Teach us a rule of thumb to considers her Ra. Going into Romans. Chapter nine is that there's a doctrine that you see that seems to contradict every other part of scripture in scripture might not be the problem. Like if you see something in scripture and you're like, well, that says the opposite of what the rest of the Bible says, that it might not be a scripture problem. It might be a perception problem. It might be the way we're viewing things problem. It might be our understanding of it, our misunderstanding of it. Another rule to always fall in the scriptures that when you come to a place of complexity, look for places where the author comes to a conclusion where the author comes to a conclusion, if their conclusion differs with your conclusion or your interpretation, then you're wrong.
Not The author Paul summarizes what he's speaking of enrollments nine by giving us Romans chapter nine, verse 30 to 32. I'm sorry, I know this is heady, but I want you to get you get what's going on here. Romans nine slash 30 slash 32, what shall we say then that the gentiles which followed not after righteousness, have attained or righteousness, even a righteousness which is of faith, but Asia which follow that to the law of righteousness has not attained to the law of righteousness, wherefore because they saw it not by faith, but as it were by works of the law, that they stumbled and at that stumbling, that stumbling stone. What he says is this, gentiles did not arrive and Jews did not arrive at righteousness in different ways. You can arrive different ways that it's not like the gentiles. Oh, they just had faith in there now righteous and the Jews worked their tails off and because of that they're righteous.
He said, that's not what happened at all. That's not what happened at all. That's Paul's conclusion of the whole thing is this. He pushes them, placing their faith in Christ, not in the fact that they were giving a mark that makes them believe. He says, here's what happens. They believe in Christ and this also resonates with the Romans nine, six, not as though the word of God had taken an effect. For they are not all is your which are visual. Everyone, here's, here's what you have to understand in front of the day as well. Everyone that doesn't place their faith in Christ, he did, that had been placed their faith in Christ. He is appealing to the decision of people to place their faith in him. When he says everyone, he saying, I'm appealing to you to put your faith in Jesus. Can I tell you this?
Your faith in Jesus and matters is what Paul is screaming at the top of his lungs and Romans chapter nine to 11. You placing your faith in Jesus matters cannot tell you in 2018 at river church, you placing your faith in Jesus matters. You say, Chris, I'm going to come to church all the time. I come to church every week. I come to church three times a week. You don't understand what I do for the poor. No, you don't understand placing your faith in Jesus as your savior. That's what matters. The difference between the Jews and the gentiles was this. The gentiles knew how bad they were when they came to Christ in faith, the gentiles come to Jesus and they're like, we know how big sinners we are. We know how big a centers we are. The Jews on the whole didn't consider the fact that they needed a messiah.
The Jews were like, we're so good. We don't even need a messiah, and Paul Goes, oh no, yes you do. They would not be saved that they didn't place their faith in Christ alone. Romans Chapter Eleven and Verse Twenty clarifies this as well. He says, well, because of unbelief, they were broken off because of what? Because of what? Romans chapter 10, it says, for everyone that believes in Romans chapter 11 because of unbelief, they were broken off and now stand by faith, be not highminded, but fear God's states that he stretches out his hand and here's the deal, people would it turn to him, Gosh says, I stretched out my hand and you decided that you didn't need me. You decided that you didn't want me. A God that is pleading for people to come to him is not the same God that made them deny him
the same God that is pleading for people to come to him is not the same God that made them deny him. They denied him first and God is responding to their choice. The last thing to think about when Paul is using old testament analogies is that we look at the analogy that he's talking about and this will start doing. It's very interesting, but in the book of Romans Chapter Nine through 11, Paul makes roughly 80 references to the old testament in his writings, 17 books of the new testament. He makes 80 references to the old testament quotes the old testament age. Different Times. Guess how many times he quotes the Old Testament in Romans chapter nine through 11, he quotes it, 24 times,
30 percent of all that Paul had to say from the Old Testament, because guess what? Paul did not view the Old Testament as being inferior. Paul viewed the power of the Old Testament and he used the Old Testament as the foundation and the base for what he was teaching, and so enrollment center, nine through 11, 30 percent of all 17 books you can find in this one little part of Romans where he talks about the Old Testament. Well, here's, here's the sad thing. Most people that talk about Romans nine through 11 talk about Romans nine through 11 without ever making reference to what he's talking about in the Old Testament. You're not allowed to do that. It's the foundation of what he says is found in the old testament and how dare you pull away from the Old Testament and say, let me tell you what the new testament says. You can't do that because he's using that as a point of reference and as we go through, we're going to hit every single time that he uses the Old Testament, see what he's talking about. New Testament authors always apply the old testament meaning for what they're speaking of,
so you can say, what does Paul really mean here? Well, you have a good point of reference because you had this thing in your hand called a Bible, and when he quotes the Old Testament, guess what? If you have one of these big thick bibles, you can actually go to the other part of the Bible, the other that part in the back there, and you can go to it and you'd be like, well, that's not what that passage is talking about. Huh? If he's quoting that passage and that's not what he's talking about, the maybe that's not what Paul
just talking about. So Romans nine through 11, many people in our day and age, you want to take the old testament and throw it out and just follow the New Testament. This is not the view of the new testament writers at all. The Old Testament matters. The next book I preach is not going to be a new testament book is going gonna be an old testament book. You'd say, why is that? Because the old testament matters. They all built the new testament teaching off of the old testament passages. One place where this is a parent here is in this context, is a portion that is used by many in teaching about God's sovereignty in Romans nine, 21 through 23, so we're just gonna. Go through this really quick hits at not the POW potter power over the clay of the same lump to make one vessel and to honor and to another unto dishonor.
Doesn't the potter have all the power at all? He just grabs the clay and does whatever he wants to with it. We don't blame the potter for that. What if God willing to show his wrath what God willing to show his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much long suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vest is a merchant mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory. He goes, listen, we prepared this and you can't fuss at the potter. What we must do is looking at this passage that we understand that when Paul uses old testament analogies, we got to look at what that analogy was for w, we don't let this analogy standalone without understanding its context and the original Old Testament, because see, here's, here's. Let me just say this.
Here's what we have to understand. The reason that it matters that you have a pastor that studies what he's preaching it because it's easy to stand up and talk. Anybody can do that is difficult to stand up and say, I want to make sure that the scriptures say what I say that they're saying because here's the deal. Romans chapter nine cannot stand without the book of Jeremiah and the Book of Exodus and the book of Deuteronomy and the book of Leviticus all are found in Romans chapter nine. So when you study Romans nine, you don't go real steady. Romans nine, you steady Romans, done. Then you go. Now let's go to the book of Jeremiah. Just go to the book of Isaiah there. Just go to the book of Exodus. Let's go to the book of Deuteronomy. Let's make sure that the context is what it's supposed to be.
We don't let this anomalous. You stand alone without the understanding of the Old Testament. The original passage that Paul is quoting from here can be found in Jeremiah chapter 18. Jeremiah chapter 18, verse one through five. The Bible says this, the orders came from Jeremiah, from the Lord saying, arise and go down to the Potter's house and they're all will cost, need to hear my words. And I went down to the Potter's house. Behold, he wrote a work on the wheels and the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter. So he made it again, another vessel as seemed good to the potter to make it. And then the word of the Lord came to me saying what he's saying is this, if you see here an analogy, it's not about the power and the strength of the Almighty God to Save, save who he will and to damn who he will.
That's not at all what Paul's talking about here, Paul saying this, it's about the why. Flexibility of the one and reworking. He just, the claimant was, wasn't what I wanted, what I kind of wanted to be. So I reshaped and use it again in the reworking of things in the clay to form the clay in the way that it needed to be used. He actually changed what he was going to form. The passage is not about it. Most people literally think that it's like this right here it goes. This is, this is God in heaven and Egos. Um, let's see. Mr Right here. Yeah. This one right here is heaven and yeah, we'll send this over to, to hell. And I'm a potter. So this is a good one here. And uh, yeah, this is another good one. Here's another battle on over here. And Oh yeah, y'all are damned for hell and y'all are going to heaven.
That's what we say with the potter would see the Potter has all the power to do that. That's not the passage that Paul preaches from the passage Paul preaches from is this. He was Jeremiah 18. He says, he takes this clay. Any forms it, it didn't quite turn out. So he takes some reforms. It again, the passages about the flexibility of a loving God way more than it is about the sovereignty of God. Jeremiah 18, six through eight teaches us that he was speaking here of a nation and not a person as well. Jeremiah 18 slash six through eight says, oh, house of Israel. Can I not do with the what can I do then I can I can I do with you as this potter say it, the Lord who? Who's he saying this to? Oh, house of
help me out. Oh, house of the Paul does not. Paul. And just start talking about Romans nine. He's pulling it for Jeremiah and he says, oh, house of who you talking to. If you talking to a person or you're talking to people, he's talking to a people. He says, O House of Israel cannot not do with you as this potter Saith the Lord. Behold is the clay in the potter's hand. So are you in my hand? Oh, house of Israel. Oh, what instant. What is? I shall speak concerning. This is weird. Next verse there. Can y'all do that please? Next verse. It says, what? Incident? I shall speak concerning A.
but I thought God and Heaven knows going heaven. Hell have duck duck. Damn, that's. I thought God was playing there. No, that's not at all, but he was playing. He says, I'm talking about a nation and the concerning a kingdom to pluck up into pull down, to destroy it. If that nation against whom I have pronounced turned from their evil, I will repent of the evil that are thought to do and them even Paul, even God says, I'm willing to change. Even he says, I declare according to a nation, but if it were a pinch, their evil, then even God Almighty would change. He says, if you will turn denial, turn. What are you saying? Is this, respond to me, God and Heaven is Sam. Please just respond to me. Jeremiah 11, look at what he says here, and by the way, this is what Paul is bringing the New Testament truth from now, therefore go to speak to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem does say it, the Lord, behold our frame evil against you and devise a device against you, return you now every one from his evil way and make your ways and your doings good.
This is not at all. Romans nine, can't stand in isolation of Jeremiah chapter 18 because that's what he's preaching from. What God's saying in this passage that Paul quotes is that he will have mercy on, does it, will have faith in him and not have it on those that do not have faith in him. He hardened his people. God hardened people. Do you know why God hardens people? God hardens people because they decided to not believe.
I don't believe. Okay, cool. God does not take away our individuality or our choice. What we find in Jeremiah is that our God enhances it. There on that paper, you can write that in. He says, God does not take away our individuality or our choice. He enhances it. That's the story of Jeremiah. Our job is to be pliable in his hands because our God can create beauty out of ashes. We must take much care and not drawing conclusions about the character of Christ by ms dot reading a passage. Can I say this again? We got to be very careful not to be drawing conclusions about the character of Christ by the misreading of a passage. I don't know how many of you guys have dealt with this, but texting people sentiment is not usually a good idea unless they're positive sentiments anyway. Okay. Like, hey babe, just want to let you know.
I love. Yeah, that's cool. Okay, but if you're in a discussion going back and forth, texting is not usually the way to fix that. [inaudible]. Y'All are [inaudible] because you can have the greatest feeling in the world, but it doesn't translate to your thumbs as you're texting it like you can be like, no, I didn't mean it that way. Has that ever happened to anybody own texting or not like you're texting somebody? You go, that's not what I was trying to say. I'm sorry. That's what we have to understand is this w, W, we don't have the right of taking the scriptures and doing what we want with them. Let's wrap up today and talk about what this all means to us. How do we apply this to our lives? First, here's what I would say. God takes his word seriously. This book you hold in your hands, he takes it seriously. He takes it seriously. We need to take the same care and how we treat the word of God. We've got to take care of the way we treat the word of God. Twisting scripture is a big deal, so don't do it. I would even go further and say, make sure you're in a church with a pastor that doesn't twist scripture.
Make sure you say, Chris, I think you're twisting scripture. Let's sit down and talk about it. I have no problem sitting down and talking about it because twisting scripture matters. The question, do we need to read this through the day? And I loved it. The question we need to be asking isn't how far our churches from our house, but how far our churches from the truth of Scriptures.
Oh Chris, you don't understand how far. No, no. I get it and there are great churches out there. We're not the only good church out there. There's a lot of good churches out there, but let me just say, make sure that they stick to the truth of the word of God. Second thing to consider is this, we have all have a propensity to twist scriptures. This makes sure and do what God commands in Second Timothy Two 15. Here's what he says. He's not saying to this, to the pastors. He's not saying this. Only saying this to all of us. Study to show yourself approved unto God a workman that needs not be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth. Let's study the word work in labor in the text so that we have nothing to be ashamed of. Can I say this? You might need to bring your actual Bible to church and write in the margins of it and underline and because the scriptures matter.
The last thing that I think we need to be aware of is how we treat those different with us on our view of this doctrine. Is that Chris, does everybody agree with you and here's the answer. Oh no, not everybody agrees with me. How do we deal with that? You know what our job is as Christians to love others is not to love others that agree with us is to care for others just to help them grow. We categorically denied any doctrine that would lead us to not view and understand the importance of telling others about Christ.
Okay, let let. Let me say that again. We categorically as a church river church, we categorically deny any doctrine that would lead us to to, to not do you and understand the importance of telling others about Jesus. This does not mean that we treat others or view others is wicked. Do not line up with the executive. We believe there are great people that don't agree with me on this passage. You know what I would say about them? Please don't let it make you shift from telling others about Jesus because that matters. Now, let me end by trying to offend all those that agree with me on this. I told you it was going to be rough today. Some of you are sitting there going, yeah, Chris, I love this and this is going to be rough and I've got a whole five minutes to do it. Can I just say that many of us that claim to hate this doctrine would not want to admit to the fact that practically we live as if what they say is true. Oh God chose was going to heaven and who's going to hell? So because of that, I don't tell anybody about Jesus. You're like, Chris, I don't believe that. No, but you don't tell anybody about Jesus,
so you probably need to go out and apologize to those that you hate, that don't agree with you, and this is where I run out the back door and with my driver ready to. Well, Chris, you know I, I, you know, I know I know the Bible, but here's what the Bible says. Well good. Have you told your shoe leather that that's what you believe? When's the last time you've told me about anybody about Jesus? When's the last time you really had a conversation that mattered about Jesus? Many of us need to write letters of apology to groups of people that we ate because we do nothing with what we say we believe if we're not careful. We ended up being practical, practical, practical calvinist because we don't share Christ in any meaningful way to those that are around us. Oh, Chris, I hate about calvinism. I said, I don't want to say that word, and I just said it. Just lead you to believe that you have no risk. Really. I agree with you. Now, when's the last time you've told me about Jesus? And I'm not talking about your neighbor and talking about the person in front of you or behind you. When's the last time you told anybody about juice? If you fear this doctrine because people do not care about the soul of man, then can you prove to me in your conversations with others that you don't live like what you fear this doctrine makes others belief?
No. Let me say that again. If you fear this doctrine because people do not care about the soul of man, then you can prove to me and can you prove to me in your conversations with others that you don't live like what you fear this doctrine makes others do. I'll leave that there and ask you if you're adopting is truly impacting your shoe leather or not. Because let me just tell you as I'm reading this, I'm like, yeah man, I can go down on a tangent on this and I can say this, and I'm sitting there going, how many times am I sharing Christ in a way that makes a difference? Sad thing is that we could ask anyone that knows you well and ask them in private what does he really believe, and if he didn't say that he believes that Jesus is the only way to salvation, then let's go ahead and Tattoo on your arm right here. I'm a practical calvinist. Ouch. Because see your actions show more of your, of what you believe in your debates. Do your actions believe more. Show more about what you believe in your debates too. If your actions don't match your words, how would you say that you probably need to apologize to a lot of people for being mad at them for what they believe.
We have the responsibility of telling others about Jesus next week. I'm looking forward to diving in Romans nine, one through five. Can't wait to do that together, but can I encourage you this week to make sure and have meaningful conversations with others about the only one that brings us hope. Last week I had the privilege of talking to a young man and he goes, man, my life stinks. You understand? This has happened and this happened and this happened and this happened because I don't know if there's a god as I was just conversation with me and I said, well, in case you're wondering, you're life is supposed to stink. He looked at me like, what? It's like, yes, because you live your life as if as if there was no god
and then you don't like the results of it. Can I just tell you there is a god and whether you believe in him or not, it doesn't matter. Can I tell you folks this, understand this, what we believe matters, but what we do matters even more with what we say we believe. Can I encourage you to go out and love others this week? Can I encourage you to go to your neighbor? Love on your neighbor? Can I encourage you to love on your friends? Can I encourage you to tell others about Jesus? Because if not, then stop being so passionate about a passage because we need our shoes to show that what we say we believe is truly what we believe. I can stand up here today and tell you how I believe that eating correctly and having a great diet is very, very important to a person and and see there's some of you already laughing. Did you know that? For many of us, you telling me what you believe about Romans nine sounds just as ridiculous. Well, I believe that God really well, let's do something about that. Just go out and impact others this week. Let's go out this week and show people that they really do matter and that we really do care because we are believers in Christ.