COL-2-210704 - length: 81:16 - taught on Jul, 4 2021
Will you persecute the hater once you're fully awakened about him?
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Welcome to Barah Ministries…an intimate, local Christian Church with worldwide impact. My name is Pastor Rory Clark. Welcome to this Bible lesson! Who is Jesus Christ? At Barah Ministries we know this truth…that JESUS CHRIST IS GOD. When He came to His own people, the Jews, they did not believe that He is their Messiah…John, Chapter 8, Verses 57 and 58…
The Jews said to Jesus, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM (I existed as the Lord…God the Son).”
The term I AM is a term that refers to Deity. The Lord is the exact same as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit in essence, and as such, He has always existed, for all eternity, with God the Father and with God the Holy Spirit. As the Lord He is God the Son…100% Deity…He’s fully God…He is also JESUS…the Christ…the Jewish Messiah…100% true humanity and fully man…and His two separate and distinct natures are combined in one Person. Nothing in the universe happens without the Lord’s permission.
Why does Barah Ministries exist? At Barah Ministries, we introduce people to the Lord. We make a difference by teaching the Word of God verse-by-verse from the Lord’s perspective and not from man’s perspective. Barah Ministries is provided by God for the benefit of unbelievers and believers. We give unbelievers the gospel message…the good news concerning Jesus Christ’s salvation offer. We teach believers the Word of God, the Bible, the inerrant Canon of Scripture so those who study can have a deep, intimate, and personal relationship with the Lord. We encourage believers to gather themselves together with other believers and not to retreat to doing everything on line.
Why study the Word of God? The Bible is the only book in the world with accurate prophecy! First Peter, Chapter 1, Verses 24 and 25…
FIRST PETER 1:24
“All flesh is like grass…and all the flesh’s glory is like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls off…
FIRST PETER 1:25
…but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word which was preached (as good news) to you.
We implore you to always compare what you learn, both at Barah Ministries and in the world, with what the Bible has to say.
God has an enemy…Satan…whom God made ‘the ruler of this world.’ He is a deceiver who deceives everyone in the world, including you. Paul laments in Second Corinthians, Chapter 11, Verse 3…
SECOND CORINTHIANS 11:3
I (Paul) am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness (insidious deception) …your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
Satan's temptations are directed at our egos. He wants to puff us up with arrogant pride so that we will rebel against God and His direction. Peter warns us in First Peter, Chapter 5, Verses 5 to 7…
FIRST PETER 5:5b
…God is opposed to the proud (the arrogant believer)…but He gives grace to the humble (believer).
FIRST PETER 5:6
Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God…that He may promote you at the proper time…
FIRST PETER 5:7
…slamming all your cares on His back…because He cares for you.
God considers your problems, including Satan’s temptations, to be His responsibility. Allow yourself to be humbled by Him!
TODAY'S BIBLE LESSON
The Author of Colossians is “ApPAULling!”
We have begun our study of the next biblical letter on our agenda, and we’re overviewing what we’ll be learning by answering several questions. You’ll remember last week we asked, “Who wrote the letter we are about to study?” The answer? The apostle Paul wrote the letter. The next question, “Who is the letter directed to?” The letter is directed to a group of first-century believers in Christ who live in a small town in modern-day Turkey…a nothing town in the middle of nowhere. The third question, “Where do the people live who are receiving the letter?” The believers live in Colossae, about one hundred miles inland from Ephesus.
COLOSSAE MAP SLIDE
In today’s lesson, we’ll answer the question, “What do we know about the author of the letter?” We’ll see what the bible has to say about Saul of Tarsus, also known as Paul, who wrote this letter. Christians tend to be really judgmental of the Pastors with whom they study…I wonder what they’d think if they knew that most of the New Testament letters are written by the worst person of all time…a man most people would find “apPAULling” … no pun intended. We look forward to learning about this person, one of the most interesting selections the Lord made when He chose apostles.
Happy Fourth of July! Today we celebrate freedom in the United States of America. Little did we know how easily we would be willing to abandon our freedom voluntarily in fear of a virus. As we celebrate America’s 245th birthday, also known as Independence Day, I can’t help but think our founding fathers would be dissatisfied with what we have done with the country. We are anything but “independent” and we’re certainly not "united." However, as Christians, we don't lose heart, because we know that we make a difference in this world, and we know the Lord Jesus Christ still controls history. Hebrews, Chapter 1, Verse 3…
And the Lord Jesus Christ is the radiance of God the Father’s glory…and He is the exact representation of the Father’s nature…and Jesus upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…
As we do every Independence Day, let us be reminded both of what this country stands for and how it began by listening to The Declaration of Independence.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY SLIDE
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America…
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience has shown that mankind is more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object…evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism (tyranny)…it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies… and such is now the necessity that constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let the following Facts be submitted to a candid world.
In every stage of these Oppressions, we have Petitioned for Redress in the humblest terms. Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Let’s hear some music! Our founding fathers, despite their imperfections, despite their sinfulness, and with all of their failures as human beings on the journey of life, still penned one of the greatest treatises on freedom outside of the Bible. It’s easy to see how the Declaration of Independence was divinely inspired. As a tribute to our founding fathers let’s hear the Gaither Vocal Band sing the song…A FEW GOOD MEN.
Father, thank you for the tribulation and the challenges of living in a world where chaos is rampant…thank you for giving us brave men and women who dare to stand on principles and who are willing to do what's right…thank you for the clarity that Your personal plan for us gives to our lives…thank you for the confidence a relationship with You and Your Son, our Lord and Savior, brings to our existence…and thank you for the direction provided by God the Holy Spirit…
…help us to stop counting on ourselves for power, and instead let us remember to count on You…give us lives that are beyond our wildest dreams…surround us with people who are on our side, and who love obeying Your will…
Paul is the author of the letter to the Colossians. There have been many things said about him throughout history, but none of the things either said or written by human writers could be more convincing than the things said about him in the inerrant Canon of Scripture, the Bible, a book of absolute truth. Here are a few of the many things you should know about him.
Paul is the hand-picked choice of the Lord Jesus Christ to write the mystery doctrine of the Church Age. So it’s a bit ironic that the Lord would pick such a “hater” to do his work. Several things made him perfect for the job in God’s eyes…Paul knew the Jewish culture and language well (Hebrew)…he was raised in Tarsus, so he was well acquainted with the Greek culture and its philosophies (he knew the Greek language)…he had all the privileges afforded to a Roman citizen…he was trained in Jewish theology …and he was capable in a secular trade, tentmaking, so he was able to support himself. God gave him zeal (dioko)… leadership qualities…and theological insight.
But he was a hater of Christians. Christianity was spreading like wildfire, and Paul intended to stamp it out. Anyone or anything that threatened the Jewish culture and the Mosaic Law was Paul’s target. Acts, Chapter 9, Verses 1 and 2 describe him…
Paul was a relentless persecutor...a murderer of Christians. He is the worst person of all time. The Lord was not pleased with Paul’s conduct and the Lord knocked Paul off of his high horse. Acts, Chapter 9, Verses 3 and 4…
The Lord considered it a personal affront that Paul was persecuting His believers. By the way…Saul of Tarsus is his given name…Paul was his Roman name. It was quite common for people of the day to have a Greek name and a Roman name…just like it was common for the pantheon of “gods” to have Greek and Romans names. For example, you’re familiar with Cupid…his Roman name is Cupido…his Greek name is Eros…we get the word erotic from this name.
If you take a look at the map you got today, on the right side, you can approximate the distance between Jerusalem and Damascus. Paul had to be quite zealous to traverse one hundred and thirty-six miles on foot or by a beast of burden. It was a time-consuming and expensive trip. Paul was up to it. Paul describes himself in First Corinthians, Chapter 15, Verses 9 and 10…
By the grace of God, Paul was an apostle. As you’ll remember, an apostle is someone who actually has seen the resurrected Lord. Paul did…he heard him on the Damascus Road and he met Him during his training program to become the apostle to the Gentiles. Here’s how Paul describes his apostleship in Romans, Chapter 1, Verses 1 to 7…
This letter is written by me, Paul, a bond-servant and voluntary slave of Christ Jesus…by calling an apostle…and set apart by God the Father for the dissemination of the gospel message of God the Father…as a minister…
…and Jesus Christ was declared the Son of God with enabling power through His resurrection from the dead…accomplished through the enabling power of the God who is the Spirit of holiness…God the Holy Spirit…we are talking about this Jesus…the Christ…our Lord…God the Son…
…and this letter is written to all of you who are the beloved…the divinely loved ones of God the Father…you believers in Christ living in Rome… saints by calling…the set-apart ones…grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
It’s appalling how stingy Christians can be. That doesn’t describe the believers who listen to Barah Ministries. Today, my prayer is that God the Holy Spirit keeps on opening your hearts with a spirit of generosity. It is my sincere hope that He gives you a burning desire to provide your treasure regularly, as a habit, to enable the distribution of the gospel message through this ministry so that it can be received and enjoyed by people all around the world. Proverbs, Chapter 19, Verse 17 says…
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of spiritual maturity yet…but one thing I do…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead… I press on toward the goal…for the prize…of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
…for we (believers in Christ who are Gentiles…or Jews who were also Christians) are the true circumcision…we who worship in the Spirit of God and we who glory in union with Christ Jesus and who put no confidence in the flesh…
…I was circumcised on the eighth day (a Jewish tradition) …I am of the nation of Israel (God’s chosen nation)…I am of the tribe of Benjamin (the toughest and the most demanding of the Jewish tribes)…I am a Hebrew of Hebrews (Jewish…of the chosen people with two Jewish parents)…as to the Mosaic Law, a Pharisee…
Paul had impeccable human credentials. It isn’t bragging if it is true! He was better than everybody else. But he wanted to make the point that his relationship with Christ made his birthrights, and his personal choices completely irrelevant.
….and so I may be found in union with Him…not having a righteousness of my own derived from (following) the Mosaic Law…but that righteousness which comes through faith in Christ (absolute righteousness)…the righteousness which comes from God the Father on the basis of faith in Christ…
The Bible has more to say about Paul, but we’ll save it for another time. The thing that is amazing to me, and is often forgotten by Christians, is that the Lord picked the worst person of all time to accomplish the Lord’s most important task…bringing the gospel message to unbelievers and bringing the Word of God, in writing, to Christians.
Yet my thought is that few of us would want an intense, passionate scumbag like Paul as a Pastor or as a friend. Maybe we need to start seeing other people through God’s eyes instead of through distorted human eyes. The man was amazing!
The Sovereign God of the Universe, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, WANTS YOU in heaven, living with Him for all eternity when you close your eyes in this life. The Lord says there are only two possible destinations for your eternal future…either heaven (the small gate and the narrow way) or the Lake of Fire (the wide gate and the broad way) … described in Matthew, Chapter 7, Verses 13 and 14…
Those who are on the broad way that leads to destruction may think there is strength in numbers, yet it is not true. Believing what everyone else believes does not save you. Placing your confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ saves you.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the author of your salvation. He is 100% God… that’s why we call Him the Lord…and He is 100% Man…true humanity just like you and me…that’s why we call Him by His Jesus…and He is the Jewish Messiah…that’s why we call Him Christ. Jesus says HE is the small gate. Jesus says He is the ONLY way to get to heaven…John, Chapter 14, Verse 6…
Jesus said to the doubting apostle, Thomas, “I am the way (to salvation)… and I am the truth (through the Word of God)…and I am the resurrection life (eternal life)…and no one comes to God the Father (in heaven) but through believing in Me.”
Those on the broad way that leads to destruction place their confidence in Satan’s plan for them. God’s enemy is a liar who sponsors false teachers. The Lord Jesus Christ warns you about them in Matthew, Chapter 7, Verse 15…
Get yourself on the narrow way that leads to eternal life in heaven right this minute. Tell God the Father that you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation, and that is the moment of eternal life for you.
“He who believes in the Son has the resurrection life right at that moment… but he who does not obey the command to believe in the Son will not see the resurrection life…instead the wrath of God (the Lake of Fire) abides on him.”
For I (Paul) delivered to you as of primary importance the gospel message…the good news I also received from God…that it was Jesus Christ who died for our sins according to the Old Testament Scriptures…
The Lord Jesus Christ has a true gospel message. It is the will of God the Father that you believe in His Son, and that you have a personal relationship with Him. Those who choose the narrow way have decided that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone is the ONLY ticket to heaven. If you choose the narrow way, I’ll see you in heaven!
Let’s close with music! In Galatians, Chapter 5, Verse 1 we learn that our Lord is a fan of freedom…He is a liberator who paid with His blood to bring us out of the bondage of slavery…to sin and to the law…
For all of you who are listening who have yet to make the greatest decision of your lives…the decision to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to count on Him for your salvation, here’s June Murphy to sing one of her amazing songs…CALLING YOU TO FREEDOM.
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