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Because He Said So!

BECAUSE HE SAID SO
 
 
John 12:45-46, 48-50 - "And He that seeth me seeth Him that sent Me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness. He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father, which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak.”
 
What does John 12:48 mean?
The Lord's point here is that the one who rejects Him and does not receive His sayings, has one who judges him; the word Jesus spoke is what will judge him at the last day. Those who reject the truth Jesus taught condemn themselves; those who refuse His salvation will receive His judgment. Matthew 7:24-27 –  "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

There must be a standard that we all follow.
Matthew 17:5 – "While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” Matthew 24:35 – "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
 
WHY DO WE TEACH ONE CHURCH?
1. Because He said so
2. He made a promise-Matthew 16:18 - Jesus said, "Upon this rock I will build My church."
3. He made a plea for unity- John 17:21 – "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
4. He died for this church- Ephesians 5:25 – "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”
5. He purchased this church- Acts 20:28 – "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
 
WHY DO WE TEACH BAPTISM IS ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION?
1. Because He said so
2. Matthew 28:19
3. Mark 16:16
4. Acts 2:38
5. 1 Peter 3:21
 
WHY DO WE TEACH THE PLAN OF SALVATION?
1. Because He said so
2. Hear- Romans 10:17
3. Believe-John 8:24
4. Repent-Luke 13:3 
5. Confess - Matthew 10:32 
6. Baptism-Mark 16:16
 
We serve a God who has a "whosever will invitation”…God does not force anyone to do anything. Matthew 11:28 – "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
 
Jimmy
Adapted
12/13/09



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