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Mark-15 The Message of Jesus -1
MARK 1:38-39
THE MESSAGE OF JESUS


Have you ever wished you could sit in the back of the crowd and listen to the
greatest man who ever lived, Jesus Christ, and hear what He said to the lost
and seeking crowds? Have you ever wondered how Jesus led someone to
salvation? We have the records of Nicodemus, the woman at the well, the man
at Bethesda, Zacchaeus, and so on. But, the actual method, words, gospel
presentation and so on would be fascinating wouldn’t it?
This morning we are going to do just that. We are going to hear the soul
winning methods of Jesus. How? Though the eyes and ears of those who spent
time alone with Jesus. Though the hearts and minds of those who heard Him
soul winning for 3 plus years. Thus the Book of Acts is the most critical source in
the universe for our views of evangelism. Acts records the first 30 years of
evangelism from the lens of inspiration, on the film of God’s Word! Through the
inspired words of the Gospels and Acts when we listen to the Message of Jesus
captured by the Apostles of Jesus.
Where do we begin? Our text is Mark 1:38-39.
Before we read this text let me share that if Jesus left us here to do His work on
earth. If Jesus saved us to share the Gospel, the Good News of Salvation. Then
there are few things more exciting than to actually learn from Him our Master,
His message and the way He called men and women, boys and girls to
Salvation. This is perhaps one of the most vital messages I could ever share
with you as your pastor. As we start get ready with your pen, paper and
notebook. Mark God’s Word so that again and again you can revisit these pages
and see the Message of Jesus. We are starting with Jesus going about preaching
to all He could find in Galilee.
Galilee in the time of Jesus was composed of no less than 3.6 million people
living in 240 towns and villages of about 15,000 each. This was what the
Governor of Galilee named Josephus said, from the era of Jesus ministry. So
into a heavily populated area, Jesus went out preaching a message to all who
would hear. With Him went twelve camcorders that constantly recorded it all.
They captured His words, His passion, and His method. Then He left and asked
them to keep up the work of the Gospel. That is what we will see this morning,
and then conclude this evening!
Please stand with me and listen to God’s Word in Mark 1:38-39
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But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach
there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” And He was
preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out
demons.
Pray
Now please turn with me to the end of the Gospel by Luke.
As we turn there we are passing over the 89 chapters of the Gospels.
We are passing over the 250 different events recorded about the 3 plus years of
Christ’s Earthly ministry.
We are passing over the countless sermons, personal soul winning events and
private teachings Jesus performed and offered to His Disciples.
Now in Luke 24:44-49 we find Jesus summarizing His ministry and formulating
the sending off of His Men to their ministries. Listen carefully:
Luke 24:44-49 Then He said to them, “
These are the words which I
spoke to you while I was still with you,
that all things must be fulfilled
which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms
concerning Me.”45 And He opened their understanding, that they might
comprehend the Scriptures.46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written,
and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the
dead the third day, 47 “
and that repentance and remission of sins
should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at
Jerusalem.48 “And you are witnesses of these things
.49 “Behold, I
send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem
until you are endued with power from on high.”
Wow, they are given a message and told to wait until they are connected with
the very intimate, indwelling power source of God’s Spirit. Then when they are
online, bang, they are to launch out and do what they saw, heard, and learned
from the very life and ministry of Jesus.
Now turn to the launching pad. It is found in the book of the Acts of the Holy
Spirit. That is the sequel to Luke. Luke wrote as the Holy Spirit inspired Him
WHAT HAPPENED (that is the content of the Gospels) and then he wrote HOW
THEY SHARED WHAT HAPPENED
(that is the book of Acts) and then in the
Epistles we have
WHY ALL THIS HAD TO HAPPEN. That in brief is a summary
of the entire New Testament.
Now as we turn to Acts we are actually turning on a video that lasts 30 years.
What did I just say? Acts is not so much a book on doctrine as it is a divinely
recorded and edited video of 30 years of sharing the greatest message ever
given, by the greatest witnesses ever chosen. You see, the Holy Spirit
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empowered the Apostles to go and take the Gospel to the World. And records a
news reporter quality full color videotape of the 30 years from Pentecost to
Paul’s Imprisonment. The Book of Acts is our most critical insight into how they
shared the Gospel!
So Acts is a video report of how the Apostles and disciples shared the Gospel
message in every possible setting. What we get is to see how the eyewitnesses
shared with the world what happened in the life, ministry, death, and
resurrection of Jesus. As we go through all 28 chapters we find that there are
22-recorded events where a Gospel Message is presented. We will start this
morning and finish the 22 events tonight.
The
FIRST Gospel Presentation is in Acts 2. The time has come. After being
called to be a fisherman for eternal souls. After being given on site, hands on
training for three plus years. After being tutored privately, commissioned
publicly, and filled with the very Holy Spirit of God, Peter steps up to the
microphone to deliver his first sermon. I’m sure his pulse was throbbing in
anticipation, his heart pounding with excitement to at last say what he had been
taught, shown, and commanded him, to say. So here it is, here is Gospel
Presentation number one in Acts chapter 2. Peter preaches the first sermon
after Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and sending the Holy Spirit down to
indwell the Church. What does he say? Many things, all-important
Note in Acts 2:21 a verse we all know from soul winning, it is actually a quote
from Joel 2:32:
And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord
shall
be saved
.’
Now to the conclusion in Acts 2:37-39
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter
and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren,
what shall we do?”38
Then Peter said to them, “
Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in
the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins; and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
. 39 “For the promise is to you and to
your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will
call.”
The result? Note Acts 2:41
Then those who
gladly received his word were baptized; and that day
about
three thousand souls were added to them.
So, what was the summary of the first message? One word, REPENT.
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Let’s go to the SECOND gospel presentation in Acts 319. Again it is Peter
preaching after the wonderful healing of the man who had been unable to walk
for over 40 years (Acts 4:22). What is the gospel message? Listen to
Acts 3:19 and then v. 26:
v. 19 “
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be
blotted out
, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of
the Lord,
v. 26 “To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to
bless you, in
turning away every one of you from your iniquities.”
What is the message? Now we have two parts: repent and turn (turn is the
meaning of “be converted” which is the translation of the Greek word
epistrepho. Strepho means “to turn around” and epi means, “on, at, around,
etc.” it is a preposition attached to a word to magnify the meaning. So in street
talk it would be “really turn around, away from iniquity”.
What happened to those who listened? Listen to Luke’s accounting in Acts 4:4:
However,
many of those who heard the word believed; and the
number of the men came to be
about five thousand.
So, what was the summary of the 2
nd message? REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM
INIQUITY.
Now to the
THIRD gospel presentation in Acts 4:12
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under
heaven given among men by which
we must be saved.”
There is a common description we use today. Peter said again, the third
description of salvation: be saved. From what we might ask? Well when the
name of the Messiah was given as Jesus it was stated in Matthew 1:21
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He
will
save His people from their sins.”
So what is saved? Saved from sins. Thus we can say in summary after the 3
rd
Gospel message? REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM INIQUITY, and BE SAVED
FROM SIN.
The
FOURTH Gospel Message comes in Acts 5:31-32 as Peter is again speaking,
declaring the way of salvation:
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“Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give
repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.32 “And we are His
witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has
given to those who obey Him.”
So what is our GOSPEL MESSAGE SUMMARY after the 4
th message on how to be
saved? REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM INIQUITY, and BE SAVED by RECEIVING
FORGIVENESS of SINS.
Now, as we turn to Acts 8 several things are happening. Time has passed,
greater persecution has started, and others are preaching the Apostolic Message
of Salvation. Philip has gone to the next level. Jesus said in Acts 1:8:
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and
Samaria
, and to the end of the earth.”
The
FIFTH Gospel Message we find is no longer directed just to Jews, now
Samaritans, half Jew and half Gentile, are getting the message. Now we see for
the first time a false believer. Jesus warned of this in the Gospels, now we see
it. Note Acts 8:13:
Then Simon himself also
believed; and when he was baptized he
continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs,
which were done.
So he believed and was baptized, but something was missing. When the Apostle
Peter who has given every recorded Gospel Message on this videotape so far
shows up to confirm the veracity of this evangelistic outreach he declares
something was lacking from this man’s conversion. Listen and note the report in
Acts 8:21-23:
“You have
neither part nor portion in this matter (what matter?
Salvation), for your
heart is not right in the sight of God. (Wow, what
makes a heart right in God’s sight Peter?) 22 “
Repent therefore of this
your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your
heart may be forgiven you
.23 “For I see that you are poisoned by
bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
Simon believed and was baptized but did not receive the Holy Spirit, which was
the seal of true conversion and New Birth. This means that belief and baptism
without repentance was insufficient. He never repented of his sin so he was
never saved! Salvation again is stated by Peter to involve a turning from sin,
which is called repentance.
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So what is our GOSPEL MESSAGE SUMMARY after the 5th message on how to be
saved? Really REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM INIQUITY, and BE SAVED by
RECEIVING FORGIVENESS of SINS.
Quickly now, here is a vital point. Philip has now experienced a lesson just like
Peter had gotten repeatedly at the feet of Jesus. Philip had his gospel message
inspected by Peter. Philip was shown that as Jesus warned, there would be
those who believed and went through baptism, but were never saved. What
does Philip do? He emphasizes something. Look now at the SIXTH Gospel
Message in Acts 8:35-37:
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning
at this Scripture,
preached Jesus
to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came
to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders
me from being baptized?” 37 Then Philip said, “If you
believe with all
your heart
, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God.”
So what is our GOSPEL MESSAGE SUMMARY after the 6
th message on how to be
saved? Really REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM INIQUITY, and BE SAVED by
RECEIVING FORGIVENESS of SINS, when you BELIEVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART.
Philip began to beware of false professors. He didn’t look for merely believing
the facts; he sought a heart of faith for Jesus. What lesson had Philip learned
from Peter on soul winning? I think Peter has drawn Philip back to Christ’s first
warning of false professors of faith. Jesus had taught Peter and the apostles this
type of person who said all the right things and yet lacked true saving faith.
Why don’t we go there to Matthew 7 before we celebrate the Lord’s Supper this
morning?
Peter must have shared with Philip what he had heard so clearly from the lips of
Jesus. As Jesus taught His men to be soul winners He said false professions
would come. Listen to Jesus in Matthew 7:21 and 23:
v. 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom
of heaven, but
he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
v. 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me,
you who practice lawlessness!’
Jesus said saved people turn from doing their own will and going their own way
as a lost person to doing God’s will and way as a saved person.
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Remember Matthew 7:13-23 presents Christ’s way of describing true and
genuine salvation:
1. True believers are those who ENTER GOD’S WAY [v. 13-15 it is narrow,
small and they are few]
2. True believers are those who BEAR GOD’S FRUIT [v.16-20]
3. True believers are those who DO GOD’S WILL [V. 21]
4. True believers are those who KNOW GOD INTIMATELY [v. 22-23]
5. True believers are those who OBEY GOD’S WORD [v.24a if God says it
they believe and obey]
6. True believers are those who BUILD THEIR LIVES UPON THE ROCK [v.
24b]
So this morning we have watched the video for 8 chapters of Acts. What do we
see contained in the Gospel Message they presented? One thinh for sure, they
never quite explain it the same exact way. There seem to be many ways to say
the same simple message of salvation. But what is our GOSPEL MESSAGE
SUMMARY after the 6
th message on how to be saved?
Really REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM INIQUITY, and
BE SAVED by RECEIVING FORGIVENESS of SINS, when you
BELIEVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART. And if you have been saved by God’s
miraculous grace so richly and freely bestowed through Christ, then you
are a True believer who has ENTERED GOD’S WAY, BEARS GOD’S FRUIT,
DOES GOD’S WILL, KNOWS GOD INTIMATELY, OBEYS GOD’S WORD, and
BUILDS YOUR LIFE UPON THE ROCK.
You say, that sounds impossible. It is humanly, that is why only those born
FROM ABOVE, are truly saved. Let’s celebrate the Great Salvation symbolized in
the Lord’s Supper this morning.
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000604 PM Mark-16 The Message of Jesus -2
MARK 1:38-39
THE MESSAGE OF JESUS-2
Twelve men changed the world. Eleven of them ate, slept, sailed, and walked
with Jesus. The 12
th man was a latecomer, so he got three years alone in the
desert with Jesus
1. Who were these men? The Apostles, the sent ones, those
entrusted with the Gospel of God’s Grace. Peter and the eleven and then, Paul
the 12
th and Final Apostle. Together they appear on a divine videotape on
Evangelism. Together they demonstrate in public what they had been trained,
taught, and commanded by Jesus.
Jesus saved them to share the Gospel, the Good News of Salvation. There are
few things more exciting than to actually learn from Him our Master, His
message and the way He called men and women, boys and girls to Salvation.
That is what those Fishers of Divine Souls were taught.
As we continue this study tonight, get ready with your pen, paper and notebook.
Mark God’s Word so that again and again you can revisit these pages and see
the Message of Jesus. Remember that Galilee in the time of Jesus was
composed of no less than 3.6 million people living in 240 towns and villages of
about 15,000 each. So into a heavily populated area, Jesus went out preaching
a message to all who would hear. With Him went twelve tape recorders that
captured His words, His passion, and His method. Then He left and asked them
to keep up the work of the Gospel. They did so fanning out the furthest corners
of the Roman Empire. They blazed the Gospel across untold millions of people
from India to Britain, from Russia to Africa. They took Christ’s call seriously
Now as we turn to Acts we are actually turning on a video that lasts 30 years.
What did I just say? Acts is not so much a book on doctrine as it is a divinely
recorded and edited video of 30 years of sharing the greatest message ever
given, by the greatest witnesses ever chosen. You see, the Holy Spirit
empowered the Apostles to go and take the Gospel to the World. So Acts is a
video report of how the Apostles and disciples shared the Gospel message in
every possible setting. What we get is to see how the eyewitnesses shared with
the world what happened in the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
As we go through all 28 chapters we find that there are 22-recorded events
where a Gospel Message is presented.
1 Galatians provides valuable historical information about Paul’s background (chaps. 1, 2), including his 3-year stay in Nabatean Arabia (1:17, 18), which Acts does not
mention; his 15-day visit with Peter after his stay in Arabia (1:18, 19); his trip to the Jerusalem Council (2:1–10); and his confrontation of Peter (2:11–21). (MacArthur
Study Bible, Galatians Intro.)
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This morning we saw the first six. The seventh is in Acts 9. Let’s start there
tonight. Acts 9:1-6 introduces us to Saul, who becomes Paul, the latecomer, as
one born out of due time as Paul later describes himself. This is one of the more
amazing portions of Scripture. What dazzles us is the inspired record of Paul
being converted by none other than Jesus Christ. The setting is the road to
Damascus. The place is the dusty road; Paul is lying on his face, and then is
looking up at a light brighter than the noonday Sun. His eyes are being seared,
but his soul is even more enflamed. He is talking to God, or is it Jesus, or is it
the Lord against whom he had fought? Then Jesus speaks and explains the plan
of salvation. Jesus calls it “The Way” and gives seven elements of genuine faith.
Note what Jesus calls those who are saved in Acts
9:2 who were of the Way.
This description of Christianity, derived from Jesus’ description of Himself (John
14:6), appears six times in Acts (19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22). This is an
appropriate title because Christianity is the way of God (18:26), the way into
the Holy Place (Heb. 10:19, 20), and the way of truth (John 14:6; 2 Pet. 2:2).
The actual record of Christ’s words to Paul is not revealed until Paul’s witness to
Agrippa in Acts 26:18. Let’s turn there for just a moment to catch the flavor of
Christ’s soul winning pattern used on Paul.
Please stand with me as we listen to God’s Word in Acts 26:18-20.
v. 18 ‘to
open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to
light
, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive
forgiveness of sins
and an inheritance among those who are
sanctified by faith in Me.’
Salvation is always presented in a divine style in Acts. Remember?
Let’s quickly sketch what we saw in your Bibles this morning:
MESSAGE ONE: The time has come. After being called to be a fisherman for
eternal souls. After being given on site, hands on training for three plus years.
After being tutored privately, commissioned publicly, and filled with the very
Holy Spirit of God, Peter steps up to the microphone to deliver his first sermon.
I’m sure his pulse was throbbing in anticipation, his heart pounding with
excitement to at last say what he had been taught, shown, and commanded
him, to say.
So here it is, here is Gospel Presentation number
ONE in Acts chapter 2. Peter
preaches the first sermon after Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and sending
the Holy Spirit down to indwell the Church. What does he say? Many things, allimportant in Acts 2:37-39:
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Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter
and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren,
what shall we do?”38
Then Peter said to them, “
Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in
the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins; and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
. 39 “For the promise is to you and to
your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will
call.”
So, what was the summary of the first message? One word, REPENT.
MESSAGE TWO: Let’s go to the SECOND gospel presentation in Acts 319.
Again it is Peter preaching after the wonderful healing of the man who had been
unable to walk for over 40 years (Acts 4:22). What is the gospel message?
Listen to Acts 3:19 and then v. 26:
v. 19 “
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be
blotted out
, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of
the Lord,
v. 26 “To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to
bless you, in
turning away every one of you from your iniquities.”
So, what was the summary of the 2
nd message? REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM
INIQUITY.
MESSAGE THREE: Now to the THIRD gospel presentation in Acts 4:12
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under
heaven given among men by which
we must be saved2.”
So what is saved? Saved from sins. Thus we can say in summary after the 3
rd
Gospel message? REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM INIQUITY, and BE SAVED
FROM SIN.
MESSAGE FOUR: The FOURTH Gospel Message comes in Acts 5:31-32 as
Peter is again speaking, declaring the way of salvation:
“Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give
repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.32 “And we are His
witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has
given to those who obey Him.”
2 There is a common description we use today. Peter said again, the third description of salvation: be saved. From what we might ask? Well when the name of the
Messiah was given as Jesus it was stated in Matthew 1:21 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will
save His people from their
sins
.”
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So what is our GOSPEL MESSAGE SUMMARY after the 4th message on how to be
saved? REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM INIQUITY, and BE SAVED by RECEIVING
FORGIVENESS of SINS.
The
FIFTH Gospel Message is no longer directed just to Jews, now Samaritans,
half Jew and half Gentile, are getting the message. Now we see for the first time
a false believer. Jesus warned of this in the Gospels, now we see it. Note Acts
8:13:
Then Simon himself also
believed; and when he was baptized he
continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs,
which were done.
So he believed and was baptized, but something was missing. When the Apostle
Peter who has given every recorded Gospel Message on this videotape so far
shows up to confirm the veracity of this evangelistic outreach he declares
something was lacking
3 from this man’s conversion. Listen and note the report
in
Acts 8:21-23:
“You have
neither part nor portion in this matter (what matter?
Salvation), for your
heart is not right in the sight of God. (Wow, what
makes a heart right in God’s sight Peter?) 22 “
Repent therefore of this
your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your
heart may be forgiven you
.23 “For I see that you are poisoned by
bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
So what is our GOSPEL MESSAGE SUMMARY after the 5
th message on how to be
saved? Really REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM INIQUITY, and BE SAVED by
RECEIVING FORGIVENESS of SINS.
MESSAGE SIX: Look now at the SIXTH Gospel Message in Acts 8:35-37:
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning
at this Scripture,
preached Jesus
to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came
to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders
me from being baptized?” 37 Then Philip said, “If you
believe with all
your heart
, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God.”
So this morning we have watched the video for 8 chapters of Acts. What do we
see contained in the first six Gospel Message they presented? What is our
GOSPEL MESSAGE SUMMARY after the 6
th message on how to be saved? Really
3 Simon believed and was baptized but did not receive the Holy Spirit, which was the seal of true conversion and New Birth. This means that belief and baptism without
repentance was insufficient. He never repented of his sin so he was never saved! Salvation again is stated by Peter to involve a turning from sin, which is called
repentance.
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REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM INIQUITY, and BE SAVED by RECEIVING
FORGIVENESS of SINS, when you BELIEVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART.
Now rapidly, what are the rest of the messages in Acts? First let me sum them
up, then go back and point out some key elements.
The SEVENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 9:4-6
which records the Conversion of Saul of Tarsus
into Paul the Apostle, where the Gospel Message
is described as
Turning to God in Acts 26:18-20.
The
EIGHTH Gospel Message in Acts 10:35 to
11:18 where the Gospel Message is described as
believing, receiving remission of sins, and God
granting repentance.
The
NINTH Gospel Message is in Acts 11:20-21
where the Gospel Message is described as
believing and turning.
The
TENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 10:38-39,
48 where the Gospel Message is described as
forgiveness to all who believe, who do so at the
appointment of God.
The
ELEVENTH Gospel Message is in Acts
14:27-15:9 where the Gospel Message is
described as God opening the door of faith and
purifying the heart.
The
TWELVTH Gospel Message is in Acts 15:19
where the Gospel Message is described as
turning to God and away from what offends
God’s Word and people.
The
THIRTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts
16:14 where the Gospel Message is described as
the Lord opening the heart to heed His Word.
The
FOURTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts
16:31 where the Gospel Message is described as
believing.
The
FIFTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts
17:1-7 where the Gospel Message is described
by pagans who observed the process as getting
a new King of your life.
The
SIXTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts
17:30 where the Gospel Message is described as
God commanding all to repent.
The
SEVENTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts
18:8-13 where the Gospel Message is described
as believing, when God draws one to worship
Him.
The
EIGHTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts
19:8-26 where the Gospel Message is described
as a Kingdom, following a Way, which people
follow instead of their own way. (Isaiah 53:6)
The
NINTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts
20:21-25 where the Gospel Message is
described as repentance, faith, to the Gospel of
Grace (Titus 2:11), and into God’s Kingdom
(only need a King!).
The
TWENTIETH Gospel Message is in Acts
24:14-25 where the Gospel Message is
described as a Way, of Worship, that involves
righteousness, self-control, and averts judgment
that makes the lost to fear. Thus not an easy to
believe, try Jesus message!
The
TWENTY-FIRST Gospel Message is in Acts
26:14-20 where we see the Gospel Message
directly from Jesus, soul winning in Acts. Jesus
describes salvation as opened eyes, turning,
receiving, and being sanctified. Hoe did Paul
sum up what he heard? He told the
LOST to
“repent, and turn to God, and do works befitting
repentance”
The
TWENTY-SECOND and final Gospel
Message is in Acts 28:31 where the Gospel
Message is described as coming into God’s
Kingdom (only need a King!). The starting
message is repent and the concluding message
is God’s Kingdom, both rarely if ever used in our
new way of doing God’s business. Should we go
back and check out the way we are doing God’s
Work, to be sure it is God’s Way?
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The SEVENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 9:4-6 which records the Conversion of Saul of
Tarsus into Paul the Apostle, where the Gospel Message is described as
Turning to God in Acts 26:18-20.
The
EIGHTH Gospel Message in Acts 10:35 to 11:18 where the Gospel Message is
described as believing, receiving remission of sins, and God granting repentance.
The
NINTH Gospel Message is in Acts 11:20-21 where the Gospel Message is described
as believing and turning.
The
TENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 10:38-39, 48 where the Gospel Message is
described as forgiveness to all who believe, who do so at the appointment of God.
The
ELEVENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 14:27-15:9 where the Gospel Message is
described as God opening the door of faith and purifying the heart.
The
TWELVTH Gospel Message is in Acts 15:19 where the Gospel Message is described
as turning to God and away from what offends God’s Word and people.
The
THIRTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 16:14 where the Gospel Message is
described as the Lord opening the heart to heed His Word.
The
FOURTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 16:31 where the Gospel Message is
described as believing.
The
FIFTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 17:1-7 where the Gospel Message is
described by pagans who observed the process as getting a new King of your life.
The
SIXTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 17:30 where the Gospel Message is
described as God commanding all to repent.
The
SEVENTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 18:8-13 where the Gospel Message is
described as believing, when God draws one to worship Him.
The
EIGHTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 19:8-26 where the Gospel Message is
described as a Kingdom, following a Way, which people follow instead of their own way.
(Isaiah 53:6)
The
NINTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 20:21-25 where the Gospel Message is
described as repentance, faith, to the Gospel of Grace (Titus 2:11), and into God’s
Kingdom (only need a King!).

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The TWENTIETH Gospel Message is in Acts 24:14-25 where the Gospel Message is
described as a Way, of Worship, that involves righteousness, self-control, and averts
judgment that makes the lost to fear. Thus not an easy to believe, “try Jesus” message!
Please turn there Acts 25:13. Meet the cast for a moment. Paul is facing pagans,
steeped in sin, lost and doomed men and women. What does he tell lost people?
First is a little known figure introduced in Acts
24:27 Porcius Festus succeeded Felix.
Festus was a member of the Roman nobility, unlike the former slave, Felix. Little is
known of his brief tenure as governor (he died two years after assuming office), but the
Jewish historian Josephus described him as better than either his predecessor or his
successor.
King Agrippa. Herod Agrippa II, was
9 the son of the Herod who killed James and imprisoned Peter. He was
9 the last of the Herods, who play a prominent role in NT history. He was
9 the grand-nephew of Herod Antipas, the Herod of the gospels who wanted Jesus to
do a trick, and then mocked Jesus at his crucifixion and to whom Jesus would not
even utter a word (Mark 6:14–29; Luke 3:1; 13:31–33; 23:7–12), and he was
9 the great-grandson of Herod the Great, who ruled at the time Jesus was born, and
murdered the innocents at Bethlehem in cruel, calculated, cold bloodedness (Matt.
2:1–19; Luke 1:5). He was
9 a man who knew so much, but cared so little.
Bernice. Not Agrippa’s wife, but his consort and sister. (Their sister, Drusilla, was
married to the former governor, Felix). Agrippa was living in an incestuous
4 relationship
with his own sister, which was the talk of Rome, where Agrippa had grown up. His
wicked partner in sin, Bernice, for a while even became the mistress of Emperor
Vespasian, then of his son Titus, but always returned to her brother.
So how does Paul do personal evangelism with big shots who have sordid lives? He hits
them with God’s Word, God’s Law, God’s Holiness, and their utter failure to meet His
standard.
Acts 24:25 righteousness, self-control, and the judgment. God demands
“righteousness” of all men, because of His holy nature (Matt. 5:48; 1 Pet. 1:15,
16). For men and women to conform to that absolute standard requires “selfcontrol.” The result of failing to exhibit self-control and to conform oneself to God’s
righteous standard is (apart from salvation) “judgment.”
Felix was afraid. Living
with a woman he had lured away from her husband, Felix obviously lacked
“righteousness” and “self-control.” The realization that he faced “judgment”
alarmed him, and he hastily dismissed Paul.
when I have a convenient time.
The moment of conviction passed, and Felix foolishly passed up his opportunity to
repent (cf. 2 Cor. 6:2).5
4 Drawn from Acts 12, 25 and 26 by John F. MacArthur, Jr., The MacArthur Study Bible, (Dallas: Word Publishing) 1997.
5 John F. MacArthur, Jr.,
The MacArthur Study Bible, (Dallas: Word Publishing) 1997.
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The TWENTY-FIRST Gospel Message is in Acts 26:14-20 where we see the Gospel
Message directly from Jesus, soul winning in the Book of Acts. Jesus describes salvation
as opened eyes, turning, receiving, and being sanctified. How did Paul sum up what he
heard? He told the
LOST to “repent, and turn to God, and do works befitting
repentance”
This is one of the more amazing portions of Scripture. What dazzles us is the inspired
record of Paul being converted by none other than Jesus Christ. The setting is the road
to Damascus. The place is the dusty road; Paul is lying on his face, and then is looking
up at a light brighter than the noonday Sun. His eyes are being seared, but his soul is
even more enflamed. He is talking to God, or is it Jesus, or is it the Lord against whom
he had fought? Then Jesus speaks and explains the plan of salvation. Jesus calls it “The
Way” and gives seven elements of genuine faith. Note what Jesus calls those who are
saved in Acts
9:2 who were of the Way. This description of Christianity, derived from
Jesus’ description of Himself (John 14:6), appears six times in Acts (19:9, 23; 22:4;
24:14, 22). This is an appropriate title because Christianity is the way of God (18:26),
the way into the Holy Place (Heb. 10:19, 20), and the way of truth (John 14:6; 2 Pet.
2:2).
The actual record of Christ’s words to Paul is not revealed until Paul’s witness to Agrippa
in Acts 26:18. Let’s turn there for just a moment to catch the flavor of Christ’s soul
winning pattern used on Paul.
v. 18 ‘to
open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and
from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins
and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
So what did that mean to Paul? He explains it in v. 19-20:
“Therefore, King Agrippa,
I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,20
“but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the
region of Judea, and
then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to
God, and do works befitting repentance
.
What did Paul tell the lost? Did his message differ for the Jews? No, one Gospel, one
salvation, one faith!
The
TWENTY-SECOND and final Gospel Message is in Acts 28:31 where the Gospel
Message is described as coming into God’s Kingdom (only need a King!). The starting
message is repent and the concluding message is God’s Kingdom, both rarely if ever
used in our new way of doing God’s business. Should we go back and check out the way
we are doing God’s Work, to be sure it is God’s Way?

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THE MASTER’S MESSAGE IN MATTHEW-1
HEARING CHRIST’S VOICE
There is something ever Born Again believer in this room has in common with Christ’s
Apostles. Christ called them and they heard Him and followed. Christ called each of us
and we heard Him and we also follow. In fact every believer of all time has that special
common connection with all of us. The call of Christ and the obedient response.
Remember what Jesus said? My Sheep hear what? ___ ___ (Hear my voice)!
So, the last Gospel has this call most clearly and beautifully explained. To begin our look
at the master’s Message this morning turn with me to the Gospel by John, chapter 10.
This morning may I ask, what was it Christ’s Apostles heard when He called them to
salvation? The answer is, they heard the Master’s Message. And what is the Master’s
Message? It is the marvelous content of the Gospels. It is the message Jesus gave to
those who heard Him preach. It is what we are studying this morning. Christ’s call to
them as to us may be described as the Master’s Message.
First in our Bibles is Matthew who records no less than 32 different gospel accounts. We
will study the 9 by Mark, the 32 by Luke and the 26 by John at another time. This
morning we will begin on what will be perhaps one of the greatest studies we have ever
taken. We will look at each of Christ’s presentations of the Gospel. Each way Jesus
described salvation to both His Twelve and to the world. We could call this the Good
News of Salvation According to Jesus. Here are the gospel presentations of Jesus in the
Gospel by Matthew.
One
6 of the greatest of all the characteristics of Matthew is his supreme desire to
communicate the gospel.
Because of this Matthew was the great systematizer. It was his
habit to gather together in one place all that he knew about the teaching of Jesus on any
given subject. The result is that in
Matthew we find five great blocks in which the
teaching of Jesus is collected and systematized. All these sections have to do with the
Kingdom of God. They are as follows:

(a)
(b)
The Sermon on the Mount, or The Law of the Kingdom (5–7).
The Duties of the Leaders of the Kingdom (10).
(c)The Parables of the Kingdom (13).
(d)
(e)
Greatness and Forgiveness in the Kingdom (18).
The Coming of the King (24, 25).

Matthew does more than collect and systematize. It must be remembered that Matthew
was writing in an age when printing had not been invented, when books were few and
far between because they had to be hand-written. In an age like that, comparatively few
people could possess a book; and, therefore, if they wished to know and to use the
teaching and the story of Jesus, they had to carry them in their memories.
6 Drawn from, quoted, and adapted from Barclay, William, Daily Study Bible Series: The Gospel of Matthew – Volume 1 Chapters 1-10 (Revised Edition), (Louisville, KY: Westminster
John Knox Press) 2000, c1975.

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Matthew therefore always arranges things in a way that is easy for the reader to
memorize. He arranges things in threes and sevens. There are three messages to
Joseph; three denials of Peter; three questions of Pilate; seven parables of the Kingdom
in chapter 13; seven woes to the Scribes and Pharisees in chapter 23.
The genealogy of Jesus with which the gospel begins is a good example of this. The
genealogy is to prove that Jesus is the Son of David. In Hebrew there are no figures;
when figures are necessary the letters of the alphabet stand for the figures. In Hebrew
there are no written vowels. The Hebrew letters for David are
DWD; if these letters were
taken as figures and not as letters, they add up to 14; and the genealogy consists of
three groups of names, and in each group there are 14 names. Matthew does everything
possible to arrange the teaching of Jesus in such a way that people will be able to
assimilate and to remember it. Every teacher owes a debt of gratitude to Matthew, for
Matthew wrote what is above all the teacher’s gospel.
Matthew has one final characteristic which dominated all his writing, and that was Jesus
is the King.
He writes to call everyone to acknowledge and bow before Jesus as Master,
Savior, Lord, and King of their life. Matthew’s starting
genealogy is to prove that Jesus
is the Son of David (1:1–17). The title,
Son of David, is used oftener in Matthew than
in any other gospel (15:22; 21:9; 21:15). The wise men come looking for him who is
King of the Jews (2:2). The triumphal entry is a deliberately dramatized claim to be
King (21:1–11). Before Pilate,
Jesus deliberately accepts the name of King (27:11).
Even on the Cross
the title of King is affixed, even if it were in mockery, over his
head (27:37). In the Sermon on the Mount
Matthew shows us Jesus quoting the Law
and five times abrogating it with a regal:
“but I say to you …” (5:21, 27, 34, 38, 43).
The
final claim of Jesus is: “All authority has been given to me” (28:18). Matthew’s
picture of Jesus is of the man born to be King. Jesus walks through his pages as if in the
purple and gold of royalty.

1. Characterized as Repenting of sin Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to
preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
The kingdom of heaven7, a
phrase Matthew uses some 32 times, is synonymous with the kingdom of God. It had become
common for Jews at the end of the Old Testament era, and especially during the intertestamental
period, to substitute out of reverence the word heaven for the Hebrew tetragrammaton (YHWH),
God’s covenant name (often rendered as Yahweh, or Jehovah). Used in that way,
heaven was
simply another way of saying
God. Both phrases refer to the rule of God, kingdom of heaven
emphasizing the sphere and character of His rule, and kingdom of God emphatically pointing to the
ruler Himself. God rules His kingdom with heavenly principles and heavenly blessings and in
heavenly power, majesty, and glory. Entering the kingdom means coming under the sovereign rule
of God. Our Lord is talking directly about entering God’s kingdom by faith, through salvation that
will result in future millennial blessing and eternal glory. The phrase “enter the kingdom of heaven”
is used three times in the book of Matthew (see also 7:21; 19:23-24) and in each case refers to
personal salvation. It is the same experience as entering into life (18:8) and entering into the joy
of the Lord (25:21). The fact that a person must
enter the kingdom assumes he is born outside
of it under the rule of Satan and that he is not naturally a heavenly citizen under the rule of God.
The purpose of the gospel is to show men how they may
enter the kingdom and become its
citizens, moving from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God’s beloved Son (Col. 1:13). It
is God’s desire to have men come into His kingdom, and He does not wish “for any to perish but for

7 MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: MATTHEW, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
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all to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). The purpose of Christ’s ministry and the ministries of John
the Baptist and the apostles was to call people to the kingdom. That is still the supreme task of the
church. The central focus of Matthew’s gospel is to draw men and women into the kingdom through
faith in Jesus Christ, and that is doubtlessly one of the reasons the Holy Spirit placed this book at
the beginning of the New Testament. Throughout his gospel, Matthew carefully and systematically
presents the components of genuine belief.
2. Characterized as Confessing (“poor in spirit”); Sorrowing (“mourn”); Yielding
(“meek”); Hungering and Thirsting; Loving (“merciful”); Sanctifying (“pure”);
Giving (“peacemakers”); Enduring (“persecuted”)
Matthew 5:1-10 Now when he
saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came
to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the
poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are
those who mourn, for they
will be comforted. 5 Blessed are
the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6
Blessed are
those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be
filled. 7 Blessed are
the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the
pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are
the peacemakers, for they will
be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are
persecuted because of
righteousness
, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. This reminds us of another
“component8 of the faith that grants entrance to the kingdom is the recognition of spiritual
bankruptcy. That, too, is a work of God, not man, because it is the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin
(John 16:8-11). The Beatitudes begin with a call to humility, expressed there as poverty of spirit
(Matt. 5:3). The person who genuinely wants to enter God’s kingdom sees himself as utterly
unworthy and undeserving. His awareness of his sin brings guilt and frustration over his
inadequacy to remove it. He knows that he cannot himself cleanse his sin and that he has nothing
to offer God that could merit forgiveness for it. The Greek term behind “poor in spirit” refers to a
beggar who has absolutely no resources of his own. Because the repentant and bankrupt person is
deeply aware of his sin, he mourns over it (v. 4); because he has no righteousness of his own, he
hungers and thirsts for God’s righteousness (v. 6); and because he cannot himself cleanse his sin,
he longs for the purity of heart (v. 8) that only God can provide.”
3. Characterized as Partaking of Christ’s Imputing (“righteousness exceed”) Matthew
5:20
For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees
and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
4. Characterized as Flesh Denying (“throw away”) Matthew 5:29 If your right eye
causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one
part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
5. Characterized as Giving Matthew 6:2 “So when you give to the needy, do not
announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the
streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their
reward in full.
6. Characterized as Praying Matthew 6:5 “And when you pray, do not be like the
hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street
corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in
full.
7. Characterized as Fasting Matthew 6:16 “When you fast, do not look somber as
the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell
you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
8. Characterized as Investing Matthew 6:20 But store up for yourselves treasures in
heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in

8 MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: MATTHEW, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
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and steal.
9. Characterized as Trusting Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about
your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not
life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
10. Characterized as Entering (“narrow gate”) Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the
narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction,
and many enter through it.
11. Characterized as Fruit Bearing (“good fruit”) Matthew 7:13 “Enter through
the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to
destruction, and many enter through it.
12. Characterized as Doing God’s Will Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to
me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will
of my Father who is in heaven.
13. Characterized as Truth Practicing Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who
hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built
his house on the rock.
14. Characterized as others Forgiving Matthew 9:2 Some men brought to him a
paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,
“Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
15. Characterized as Kingdom Entering Matthew 10:7 As you go, preach this
message
: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’
16. Characterized as Acknowledging Christ and Confessing Him Matthew 10:32
“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my
Father in heaven.
17. Characterized as Loving Christ Supremely Matthew 10:37 “Anyone who
loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who
loves
his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
18. Characterized as Denying Self and Following Christ Matthew 10:39
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find
it.
19. Characterized as Partaking of God’s Revealing Christ to them Matthew 11:27
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son
except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to
whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
20. Characterized as Coming and Resting Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you
who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
21. Characterized as Fruit Producing Matthew 13:8 Still other seed fell on good
soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
22. Characterized as Seeing and Hearing Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your
eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
23. Characterized as Hearing, Understanding, and Producing Matthew 13:23 But
the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the
word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty
times what was sown.”
24. Characterized as Persisting Faith Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus answered,
“Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was
healed from that very hour.
25. Characterized as Trusting (“change, childlike”) Matthew 18:3 And he said:

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“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will
never enter the kingdom of heaven. “
As9 He took the young child in His arms and held him
up before the disciples, the Lord gathered up all those elements of salvation:
“Truly I say to you,
unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of
heaven.”
The phrase are converted translates an aorist passive of strepho, which elsewhere in
the New Testament is always translated with an idea of “turning” or “turning around.” It means to
make an about face and go in the opposite direction. Peter used a form of the term twice in his
message shortly after Pentecost, as he called his hearers to “repent therefore and return, that your
sins may be wiped away” and declared of Jesus that “God raised up His Servant, and sent Him to
bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways” (Acts 3:19, 26). The term is used
repeatedly in the boo k of Acts to speak of conversion (11:21; 15:19; 26:18, 20). Paul used the
word when speaking of the Thessalonian believers, who had turned “to God from idols to serve a
living and true God” (1 Thess. 1:9). Conversion is the other half of repentance. Repentance is
being sorry for sin and turning away from it; conversion is the expression of will that fully turns
from sin to the Lord. Psalm 51:13 alludes to these two halves of the turning when it declares, “and
sinners will be converted to Thee.” Jesus’ use here of the passive voice indicates that the disciples
could not be
converted from sin to righteousness by their own efforts but needed someone else to
turn them around. Although the response of a person’s will is required, only God has the power to
convert.”
26. Characterized as Admitting Lostness (“all these kept”) Matthew 19:17 “Why
do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good.
If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”
27. Characterized as Submitting to God (“went away”) Matthew 19:21 Jesus
answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the
poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
28. Characterized as Wearing Christ’s Robe (v. 14 “chosen”) Matthew 22:12
‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man
was speechless. 14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
29. Characterized as having Cleaning inside Matthew 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First
clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
30. Characterized as Knowing God Matthew 25:12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the
truth, I don’t know you.’
31. Characterized as Possessing (like engrafted Word of James) Matthew 25:29
For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.
Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
32. Characterized as Doing God’s Way Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell
you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you
did for me.’
1. Mark 1:15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and
believe the good news!” REPENT and BELIEVE
2. Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are
forgiven.” SINS FORGIVEN
3. Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a
doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” CALLED
4. Mark 3:35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” DOING
GOD’S WILL
5. Mark 4:8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop,
multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.” GERMINATION, GROWTH,
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6. Mark 8:34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If
anyone would
come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross
and follow me. COME – DENY – TAKE – FOLLOW
7. Mark 9:43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter
life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.
DROP ANYTHING THAT HINDERS SALVATION
8. Mark 10:15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God
like a little child will never enter it.” HELPLESS DEPENDENCE
9. Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—
except God
alone. NO ONE GOOD BUT GOD 10:21 Jesus looked at him and loved
him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell
everything you have and give to
the poor
, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
NOTHING GRASPED BUT GOD
10:24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But
Jesus said again, “Children,
how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! HEAVEN
IS HARD TO ENTER
10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is
impossible
, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” SALVATION IS
IMPOSSIBLE TO GAIN

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001126 AM Mark-38 Masters Message in Matthew-2
THE MASTER’S MESSAGE SERIES
MATTHEW PART 2
The Gospel of Jesus Christ was sweeping the Roman Empire.
For over 20 years the Eleven Apostles and Paul had been preaching, planting churches
and writing epistles.
In every corner of the world people’s lives were being gloriously transformed by the
Gospel.
And in the midst of that, after 20 plus years of ministering the gospel of Jesus Matthew
the saved sinner is moved along by the Holy Spirit to write a letter, a Gospel picture of
the saving ministry of Jesus. As Matthew the Publican, turned disciple, called to be an
Apostle, sat to write God’s Word, in another city, another man was speaking God’s
Word, that man was Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles. It is amazing how wonderfully the
same Spirit of God, breathing out the Word of God, produces such a perfect
correspondence in two completely different places.
What do I mean? Well, at the same time the Gospel by Matthew was showing Jesus
calling men and women in Israel to repent and believe in Him as their Christ, Paul was
writing that he had been called to preach and teach the very same message. Why?
Because Christ’s message, and the Apostles message, and the Early Church’s message,
and our message today – are all the same. Repent and believe in Jesus and you will be
saved.
The Four Gospels, and their powerful presentations of Christ’s gospel messages, were
written FOR Christ’s Church, TO Christ’s Church, and BY the Apostles of Christ’s Church.
The Four Gospels were written after the birth of Christ’s Church in Acts 2. The Four
Gospels were written to those who were saved and trained in Christ’s Church, from the
very era when Paul and the Apostles were taking the Good News to every creature. The
Four Gospels should be the richest treasure trove to Christ’s Church, mining the very
words of Christ as He speaks to every heart laden with sin as God the Son, the Savior of
the world.
This morning we continue to look at God’s Word through Matthew. Matthew had as his
target to draw men and women into the kingdom through faith in Jesus Christ. For that
very reason the Holy Spirit placed this book at the beginning of the New Testament. For
all 28 chapters of the gospel by Matthew, we see the careful and systematic
presentation of all the components of genuine saving faith.
But before we read Matthew, please listen again to Jesus speaking to Paul and
commanding him as to what the ministry of the Gospel would be for him. Acts 26:12-20.
Please stand and listen to the Master’s Message given to Paul.

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This morning as we turn now to Matthew we are studying what Jesus teaches as real
repentance. We could distill the essence Christ’s message in the Gospels to be that
“repentance is an aggressive pursuit of holiness”. Real repentance
10 means that a man
has come, not only to be sorry for the consequences of his sin, but also to hate sin itself.
Repentance means that the man who was in love with sin comes to hate sin because of
its exceeding sinfulness.
(repent) is a rich New Testament term. It speaks of a change of
purpose, of turning from sin to God (1 Thess. 1:9). It is an essential component of a
genuine conversion. True repentance involves more than fear of consequences.
Commentator Albert Barnes
11 rightly notes that “false repentance dreads the
consequences of sin; true repentance dreads sin itself” .True repentance hates sin for
what it is—an affront to God. Knowing that sin is evil and that God hates it motivates the
truly repentant person to forsake it. Genuine repentance thus forsakes sin and turns in
total commitment to Jesus Christ. 12
The object of men’s repentance is God’s forgiveness, and that is the dual theme of the
gospel-men must turn from sin in order for God to forgive, cleanse, and save them. The
only people who ever receive salvation and enter God’s kingdom are those who
acknowledge their sinfulness and repent of it. It follows, then, that those who consider
themselves already to be righteous see no need for repentance or forgiveness-and
thereby shut themselves out from salvation in the kingdom of God.
The first component presented in this Gospel for the early church was that the only way
to enter the kingdom was repentance. The message of John the Baptist was “Repent, for
the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (3:2). Note the call of Matthew 3:8, John said they
must bring
“ fruits worthy of repentance”. Remember what we have learned in the
past, repentance itself is not a work, but works are its inevitable fruit. Repentance and
faith are always presented in God’s Word as inextricably linked. Repentance means
turning from one’s sin, and faith means turning to God just as Paul defined it in 1 Thess.
1:9. To understand this truth we need to remember that repenting and believing are like
opposite sides of the same coin. That is why both are linked to conversion (Mark 1:15;
Acts 3:19; 20:21). Note that the works John demanded to see were “fruits” of
repentance. But repentance itself is no more a “work” than faith.13
The repentance preached by John the Baptist was the same message that the Lord
began His own ministry (4:17). The initial call for entering the kingdom was a call for
people to recognize and repent of their sin, which involves genuine desire to turn away
from it. This repentance is not a human work but a divine gift that only God can grant as
Paul declares in II Timothy 2:25
God … will grant them repentance. Cf. Acts 11:18;
see 2 Cor. 7:9,10. All true repentance is produced by God’s sovereign grace (Eph. 2:7),
and without such grace human effort to change is futile (cf. Jer. 13:23). When God, by
grace, grants saving faith it includes the granting of repentance from sin. Neither is a
human work..14
10 Barclay, William, Daily Study Bible Series: The Gospel of Mark (Revised Edition), (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press) 2000, c1975.
11 Barnes’Notes on the New Testament: Acts/Romans [1884–85; reprint, Grand Rapids: Baker, n.d.], 52. Emphasis in original.
12 MacArthur, John F.,
The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
13 Some adaption and some quotes from John F. MacArthur, Jr.,
The MacArthur Study Bible, (Dallas: Word Publishing) 1997.
14 Quoted from MacArthur, John F.,
The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Matthew, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
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This morning we will begin on what will be perhaps one of the greatest studies we have
ever taken. We will look at each of Christ’s presentations of the Gospel. Each way Jesus
described salvation to both His Twelve and to the world. We could call this the Good
News of Salvation According to Jesus. Here are the gospel presentations of Jesus in the
Four Gospels.
First in our Bibles is Matthew who records no less than 30 different gospel accounts. We
will study those at another time. This morning our focus is upon Mark, the first and
oldest and most copied of the Four Gospels. Mark gives us 9 gospel insights from the life
and ministry of Jesus.

1. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS Repenting of sin Matthew 4:17 From
that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
This marks the beginning of Christ’s public ministry. Note that His message was
an exact echo of what John the Baptist preached.
Repent, for the kingdom of
heaven is at hand.
The opening word of this first sermon sets the tone for
Jesus’ entire earthly ministry (cf. Luke 5:32). Repentance was a constant motif in
all His public preaching. And in His closing charge to the apostles, He commanded
them to preach repentance as well (Luke 24:47).15
2. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS CONFESSING (“poor in spirit”);
SORROWING (“mourn”); YIELDING (“meek”); HUNGERING AND THIRSTING;
LOVING (“merciful”); SANCTIFYING (“pure”); GIVING (“peacemakers”);
ENDURING (“persecuted”) Matthew 5:1-10 Now when he saw the crowds, he
went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he
began to teach them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the
poor in spirit, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are
those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are
the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who
hunger and thirst for righteousness
, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the
merciful
, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they
will see God. 9 Blessed are
the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are
persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs
is the kingdom of heaven. This reminds us of another
“component16 of the faith
that grants entrance to the kingdom is the recognition of spiritual bankruptcy. That, too, is a work
of God, not man, because it is the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin (John 16:8-11). The Beatitudes
begin with a call to humility, expressed there as poverty of spirit (Matt. 5:3). The person who
genuinely wants to enter God’s kingdom sees himself as utterly unworthy and undeserving. His
awareness of his sin brings guilt and frustration over his inadequacy to remove it. He knows that
he cannot himself cleanse his sin and that he has nothing to offer God that could merit forgiveness
for it. The Greek term behind “poor in spirit” refers to a beggar who has absolutely no resources of
his own. Because the repentant and bankrupt person is deeply aware of his sin, he mourns over it
(v. 4); because he has no righteousness of his own, he hungers and thirsts for God’s righteousness
(v. 6); and because he cannot himself cleanse his sin, he longs for the purity of heart (v. 8) that
only God can provide.”

15 John F. MacArthur, Jr., The MacArthur Study Bible, (Dallas: Word Publishing) 1997.
16 MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: MATTHEW, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
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3. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS PARTAKING OF CHRIST’S
IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS
(“righteousness exceed”) Matthew 5:20 For I tell
you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the
teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
4. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS FLESH DENYING (“throw away”)
Matthew 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be
thrown into hell.
5. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS HEAVENLY MINDED AS SEEN IN
SPIRITUAL INVESTING
Matthew 6:20 But store up for yourselves treasures in
heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in
and steal.
6. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS TRUSTING Matthew 6:25
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or
about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the
body more important than clothes?
7. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS ENTERING (“narrow gate”)
Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is
the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
8. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS FRUIT BEARING (“good fruit”)
Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is
the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
9. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS DOING GOD’S WILL Matthew 7:21
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but
only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
10. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS TRUTH PRACTICING
Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them
into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
11. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS HAVING ONE’S SINS
FORGIVEN
Matthew 9:2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins
are forgiven.”
12. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS SINNERS REPENTING
Matthew 9:13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’
For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The object of men’s repentance is God’s forgiveness, and that is the dual theme of
the gospel-men must turn from sin in order for God to forgive, cleanse, and save
them. The only people who ever receive salvation and enter God’s kingdom are
those who acknowledge their sinfulness and repent of it. It follows, then, that
those who consider themselves already to be righteous see no need for repentance
or forgiveness-and thereby shut themselves out from salvation in the kingdom of
God. That is the central truth of Matthew 9:9-17. Here one discovers one of the
most definitive, dramatic, insightful, and comprehensive statements our Lord ever
made. It gives the divine perspective on His ministry and the basic rationale of the
incarnation. It is among the most important statements ever recorded in the Bible:
“I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (v. 13b). That truth gives the
essence of the gospel and the purpose for the incarnation. Jesus came into the
world to call sinners to Himself. For those who know they have a terminal spiritual

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illness and who have no trust or hope in themselves to be cured, Jesus says, “I am
the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).17
13. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS KINGDOM ENTERING
Matthew 10:7 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’
14. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS ACKNOWLEDGING CHRIST
AND CONFESSING HIM
Matthew 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges me before
men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.
15. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS LOVING CHRIST
SUPREMELY
Matthew 10:37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than
me is not worthy of me; anyone who
loves his son or daughter more than me is
not worthy of me;
16. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS DENYING SELF AND
FOLLOWING CHRIST
Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and
whoever
loses his life for my sake will find it.
17. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS PARTAKING IN THE
MIRACLE OF GOD’S REVEALING CHRIST TO THEM
Matthew 11:27 “All things
have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the
Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son
chooses to reveal him.
18. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS COMING AND RESTING IN
JESUS
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I
will give you rest. The person who humbly receives God’s
revelation of Himself and His way of salvation, who turns from the unbearable
burden of his sin and self-effort, and who comes to Christ empty-handed is the
only person God will save.18
19. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS GENUINE REPENTANCE
Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this
generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now
one greater than Jonah is here.
12:41 men of Nineveh … repented. See
Jon. 3:5–10.
The revival in Nineveh under Jonah’s preaching was one of the most
extraordinary spiritual revivals the world has ever seen. Some have suggested
that the repentance of the Ninevites stopped short of saving faith, because the city
reverted within one generation to its old pagan ways (cf. Nah. 3:7, 8). From Jesus’
words here, however, it is clear that the revival under Jonah represented authentic
saving conversions. Only eternity will reveal how many souls from that one
generation were swept into the kingdom as a result of the revival.19
20. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS FRUIT PRODUCING Matthew
13:8
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty
or thirty times what was sown.
21. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS SPIRITUAL LIFE
DEMONSTRATED IN SEEING AND HEARING
Matthew 13:16 But blessed are
your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. As contrasted to v.
20 the unrepentant heart where there is no repentance, no remorse over sin, no
recognition of lostness, no contrition, no brokenness. And there is no humility,
which is the first mark of true conversion (Matt. 5:3).20

17MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
18MacArthur, John F.,
The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
19John F. MacArthur, Jr.,
The MacArthur Study Bible, (Dallas: Word Publishing) 1997.
20MacArthur, John F.,
The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
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22. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS HEARING,
UNDERSTANDING, AND PRODUCING
Matthew 13:23 But the one who received
the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it.
He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
23. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS PERSISTING FAITH Matthew
15:28
Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is
granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. She had
demonstrated godly repentance. Faith that apprehends the blessings of Christ
involves repentance that comes from a deep and sincere sense of unworthiness. In
his book
All of Grace (Chicago: Moody, pp. 97-100) Charles Spurgeon wrote:
Repentance is the inseparable companion of faith. All the while that we walk by
faith and not by sight, the tear of repentance glitters in the eye of faith. That is
not true repentance which does not come of faith in Jesus, and that is not true
faith in Jesus which is not tinctured with repentance. Faith and repentance, like
Siamese twins, are vitally joined together. … Faith and repentance are but two
spokes in the same wheel, two handles of the same plow. Repentance has been
well described as a heart broken for sin and from sin, and it may equally well be
spoken of as turning and returning. It is a change of mind of the most thorough
and radical sort, and it is attended with sorrow for the past and a resolve of
amendment in the future. … Repentance of sin and faith in divine pardon are the
warp and woof of the fabric of real conversion. Repentance adds nothing to faith
but is rather an integral part of it. Saving faith is repentant faith. “Repentance
toward God and faith in [the] Lord Jesus Christ” are inseparable (Acts 20:21).
Because they are inseparable, Scripture sometimes refers to salvation as
repentance. Paul declares that “the kindness of God leads you to repentance”
(Rom. 2:4), and Peter that God does not desire “for any to perish but for all to
come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).21
24. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS TRUSTING IN HELPLESS
DEPENDENCE
(“change, childlike”) Matthew 18:3 And he said: “I tell you the
truth, unless you (KJV “are converted) change and become like little children, you
will never enter the kingdom of heaven. “
As22 He took the young child in His arms and held
him up before the disciples, the Lord gathered up all those elements of salvation:
“Truly I say to
you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom
of heaven.”
The phrase are converted translates an aorist passive of strepho, which elsewhere
in the New Testament is always translated with an idea of “turning” or “turning around.” It means
to make an about face and go in the opposite direction.
Peter used a form of the term twice in his message
shortly after Pentecost, as he called his hearers to “repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away” and
declared of Jesus that “God raised up His Servant, and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked
ways” (Acts 3:19, 26). The term is used repeatedly in the boo k of Acts to speak of conversion (11:21; 15:19; 26:18, 20).
Paul used the word when speaking of the Thessalonian believers, who had turned “to God from idols to serve a living and
true God” (1 Thess. 1:9)
. Conversion is the other half of repentance. Repentance is being sorry for sin
and turning away from it; conversion is the expression of will that fully turns from sin to the Lord.
Psalm 51:13 alludes to these two halves of the turning when it declares, “and sinners will be
converted to Thee.” Jesus’ use here of the passive voice indicates that the disciples could not be
converted from sin to righteousness by their own efforts but needed someone else to turn them
around. Although the response of a person’s will is required, only God has the power to convert.”
25. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS ADMITTING LOSTNESS (“all
these kept”)
Matthew 19:17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus
replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the

21MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
22 MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: MATTHEW, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
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commandments.”
26. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS SUBMITTING TO GOD (“went
away”)
Matthew 19:21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your
possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.”
27. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS WEARING CHRIST’S ROBE
(v. 14 “chosen”) Matthew 22:12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here
without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. 14 “For many are invited, but
few are chosen.” This day you either have Christ’s robe on or not. You are saved
or lost, you are having Christ or you don’t. It is one or the other!
28. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS HAVING SUPERNATURAL
CLEANING INSIDE
Matthew 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the
cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
29. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS KNOWING GOD Matthew
25:12
“But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
30. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS POSSESSING (like engrafted
Word of James)
Matthew 25:29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he
will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken
from him.
31. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS DOING GOD’S WAY Matthew
25:40
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the
least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

OCCURRENCES OF SOME FORM OF THE WORD “REPENT” IN ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS
In the NASB, some form of the word (repent, repentant, repented, repentance, etc.)
is found 73 times with 56 of these occurring in the New Testament.
In the ASB, some form of the word occurs 103 times with 61 in the New Testament.
In the KJV, some form of the word occurs 112 times with 66 in the New Testament.
In the NIV, some form of the word occurs 74 times with 55 in the New Testament.
In the NKJV, some form of the word occurs 72 times with 58 in the New Testament.
In the RSV, some form of the word occurs 99 times with 59 in the New Testament.
In the NRSV, some form of the word occurs 72 times with 57 in the New Testament.
Clearly, repentance is a prominent concept of Scripture.
Scripture repeatedly deals with two ideas. First is the matter of man’s sin, which leads to
the deadly wrath of God in time and eternity for violating God’s standard. And second,
God’s Salvation leading to Divine Blessing. There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible. Only 4
of them don’t involve a fallen world: the first 2 and the last 2—before the Fall and after
the creation of the new heaven and new earth. The rest is the chronicle of the tragedy of
sin.
In the OT, God showed the disaster of sin—starting with Adam and Eve, to Cain and
Abel, the patriarchs, Moses and Israel, the kings, priests, some prophets, and Gentile
nations. Throughout the OT is the relentless record of continual devastation produced by
sin and disobedience to God’s law. In the OT, God showed the blessedness of
repentance from sin, faith in Himself, and obedience to His Word—from Abel, through

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the patriarchs, to the remnant in Israel—and even Gentiles who believed (such as the
people of Nineveh). God’s standard for man, His will, and His moral law were always
made known. To those who faced their inability to keep God’s standard, recognized their
sin, confessed their impotence to please God by their own effort and works, and asked
Him for forgiveness and grace—there came merciful redemption and blessing for time
and eternity.
In the NT, the tragedy of sin becomes more clear. The preaching and teaching of Jesus
and the apostles begin and end with a call to repentance. Scripture repeatedly promises
wonderful rewards in time and eternity that come to people who trust God and seek to
obey Him. In the NT, God again showed the full blessedness of redemption from sin for
repentant people. There were those who responded to the preaching of repentance by
John the Baptist. Others repented at the preaching of Jesus. Still others from Israel
obeyed the gospel through the apostles’ preaching. And finally, there were Gentiles all
over the Roman Empire who believed the gospel. To all those and to all who will believe
through all of history, there is blessing promised in this world and the world to come.23
What Is “Lordship Salvation” All About?
The gospel call to faith presupposes that sinners must repent of their sin and yield to
Christ’s authority.
That, in a sentence, is what “lordship salvation” teaches. Therefore,
let me attempt to state the crucial points of my position as plainly as possible. These
articles of faith are fundamental to all evangelical teaching:
• Christ’s death on the cross paid the full penalty for our sins and purchased
eternal salvation. His atoning sacrifice enables God to justify sinners freely
without compromising the perfection of divine righteousness (Rom. 3:24–26).
His resurrection from the dead declares His victory over sin and death (1 Cor.
15:54–57).
• Salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone—plus and
minus nothing (Eph. 2:8–9).
• Sinners cannot earn salvation or favor with God (Rom. 8:8).
• God requires of those who are saved no preparatory works or prerequisite selfimprovement (Rom. 10:13; 1 Tim. 1:15).
• Eternal life is a gift of God (Rom. 6:23).
• Believers are saved and fully justified before their faith ever produces a single
righteous work (Eph. 2:10).
• Christians can and do sin (1 John 1:8, 10). Even the strongest Christians wage
a constant and intense struggle against sin in the flesh (Rom. 7:15–24).
Genuine believers sometimes commit heinous sins, as David did in 2 Samuel
11.
Alongside those truths, I believe Scripture teaches these:
• The gospel calls sinners to faith joined in oneness with repentance (Acts 2:38;
17:30; 20:21; 2 Pet. 3:9). Repentance is turning from sin (Acts 3:19; Luke
24:47). It is not a work but a divinely bestowed grace (Acts 11:18; 2 Tim.
23John F. MacArthur, Jr., The MacArthur Study Bible, (Dallas: Word Publishing) 1997.
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2:25). Repentance is a change of heart, but genuine repentance will effect a
change of behavior as well (Luke 3:8; Acts 26:18–20).
• Salvation is all God’s work. Those who believe are saved utterly apart from any
effort on their own (Titus 3:5). Even faith is a gift of God, not a work of man
(Eph. 2:1–5, 8). Real faith therefore cannot be defective or short-lived but
endures forever (Phil. 1:6, cf. Heb. 11).
• The object of faith is Christ Himself, not only a creed or a promise (John 3:16).
Faith therefore involves personal commitment to Christ (2 Cor. 5:15). In other
words, all true believers follow Jesus (John 10:27–28).
• Real faith inevitably produces a changed life (2 Cor. 5:17). Salvation includes a
transformation of the inner person (Gal. 2:20). The nature of the Christian is
different, new (Rom. 6:6). The unbroken pattern of sin and enmity with God
will not continue when a person is born again (1 John 3:9–10).
• The “gift of God,” eternal life (Rom. 6:23), includes all that pertains to life and
godliness (2 Pet. 1:3; Rom. 8:32), not just a ticket to heaven.
• Jesus is Lord of all, and the faith He demands involves unconditional surrender
(Rom. 6:17–18; 10:9–10). He does not bestow eternal life on those whose
hearts remain set against Him (James 4:6).
• Those who truly believe will love Christ (1 Pet. 1:8–9; Rom. 8:28–30; 1 Cor.
16:22). They will therefore long to obey Him (John 14:15, 23).
• Behavior is an important test of faith. Obedience is evidence that one’s faith is
real (1 John 2:3). On the other hand, the person who remains utterly unwilling
to obey Christ does not evidence true faith (1 John 2:4).
• Genuine believers may stumble and fall, but they
will persevere in the faith (1
Cor. 1:8). Those who later turn completely away from the Lord show that they
were never truly born again (1 John 2:19).
That is my position on “lordship salvation.” Anyone who supposes I have some deeper
agenda has misunderstood what I am saying.24
24 John F. MacArthur, Faith Works: The Gospel According to the Apostles, (Dallas: Word Publishing) 1997.
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THE MASTER’S MESSAGE SERIES
MATTHEW PART 3
Our Great God has revealed Himself as God the Savior.
God is not willing that any should perish in a Christless and Eternal Hell.
God wants everyone to hear His truth, receive His Gospel, and Repent unto life eternal.
Revelation 14:6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel
to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.
This evangelistic angel
25 is preaching the good news concerning everlasting life and
entrance into the kingdom of God , and is urging the people of the world to change their
allegiance from the beast to the Lamb. It is also called in the NT the gospel of God, the
gospel of grace, the gospel of Christ, the gospel of peace, the glorious gospel, and the
gospel of the kingdom. It is good news that God saves by the forgiveness of sin and
opens His kingdom to all who will repent and believe. The whole world will hear this
preaching by the angel as God graciously calls all to salvation.
God’s Gospel is Eternal and He has always sought to make it known. From the pagan
butchers of Ninevah to whom the Lord sent His unwilling evangelist Jonah, to the end of
time when the Earth lies in ruins, while the Universe is experiencing a Cosmic Quake,
when demons are howling through the skies, God again sends an evangelist in the form
of an angel to proclaim the everlasting Gospel which offers everlasting life.
But great as all the past and future offers of salvation were and will be, the greatest of
all was when God the Savior came Himself to seek out and save lost people.
And the Gospel by Matthew captures Jesus on earth, as the greatest display of the love
of God the Savior.
And the Gospel by Matthew captures Jesus who came perfectly, lived perfectly,
proclaimed the way to God perfectly, and died to save all who come to Him perfectly and
eternally.
And the Gospel by Matthew captures this very same Gospel of Jesus Christ that was
sweeping the Roman Empire, when the Holy Spirit of God moved upon Matthew the
Apostle to write what is for us God’s First Letter describing the Master’s Message. The
Four Gospels, and their powerful presentations of Christ’s gospel messages, were written
FOR Christ’s Church, TO Christ’s Church, and BY the Apostles of Christ’s Church. The
Four Gospels were written after the birth of Christ’s Church in Acts 2. The Four Gospels
were written to those who were saved and trained in Christ’s Church, from the very era
when Paul and the Apostles were taking the Good News to every creature. The Four
Gospels should be the richest treasure trove to Christ’s Church, mining the very words of
Christ as He speaks to every heart laden with sin as God the Son, the Savior of the
world.
25 John F. MacArthur, Jr., The MacArthur Study Bible, (Dallas: Word Publishing) 1997.
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This morning as we turn now to Matthew we are studying what Jesus teaches as real
repentance. We could distill the essence Christ’s message in the Gospels to be that
“repentance is an aggressive pursuit of holiness”. Real repentance
26 means that a man
has come, not only to be sorry for the consequences of his sin, but also to hate sin itself.
Repentance means that the man who was in love with sin comes to hate sin because of
its exceeding sinfulness.
Listen again as we stand and in Matthew 7, hear the voice of Jesus pleading with the lost
to come and partake of His salvation.
All true
27 repentance is only produced by God’s sovereign grace as Ephesians 2:7 says,
“that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His
kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”
, and without such grace human effort to change is
futile
Jeremiah 13:23 “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then
may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil”.
When God, by grace, grants
saving faith it will always include His granting of repentance from sin. Neither saving
faith nor repentance is a human work.
This morning we continue what will be perhaps one of the greatest studies we have ever
taken. We will look at each of Christ’s presentations of the Gospel. Each way Jesus
described salvation to both His Twelve and to the world. We could call this the Good
News of Salvation According to Jesus in Matthew, who records no less than 30 different
gospel accounts. We will study those at another time.

1. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS REPENTING OF SIN Matthew 4:17
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is
near.” This marks the beginning of Christ’s public ministry. Note that His
message was an exact echo of what John the Baptist preached.
Repent, for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand.
This is the opening word of this first sermon.
Repentance sets the tone for Jesus’ entire earthly ministry. Repentance was a
constant theme throughout all Christ’s public preaching. And in His closing charge to
His apostles, Jesus commanded them to do likewise. Look at
Luke 24:47 and that
repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations,
beginning at Jerusalem.
2. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS CONFESSING (“poor in spirit”);
SORROWING (“mourn”); YIELDING (“meek”); HUNGERING AND THIRSTING;
LOVING (“merciful”); SANCTIFYING (“pure”); GIVING (“peacemakers”);
ENDURING (“persecuted”) Matthew 5:1-10 Now when he saw the crowds, he went
up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to
teach them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the
poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of
heaven. 4 Blessed are
those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are
the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and
thirst for righteousness
, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for
they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9
Blessed are
the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are

26 Barclay, William, Daily Study Bible Series: The Gospel of Mark (Revised Edition), (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press) 2000, c1975.
27
Quoted from MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Matthew, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
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those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of
heaven. This reminds us of another
“component28 of the faith that grants entrance to
the kingdom is the recognition of spiritual bankruptcy. That, too, is a work of God, not man, because it
is the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin (John 16:8-11). The Beatitudes begin with a call to humility,
expressed there as poverty of spirit (Matt. 5:3). The person who genuinely wants to enter God’s
kingdom sees himself as utterly unworthy and undeserving. His awareness of his sin brings guilt and
frustration over his inadequacy to remove it. He knows that he cannot himself cleanse his sin and that
he has nothing to offer God that could merit forgiveness for it. The Greek term behind “poor in spirit”
refers to a beggar who has absolutely no resources of his own. Because the repentant and bankrupt
person is deeply aware of his sin, he mourns over it (v. 4); because he has no righteousness of his
own, he hungers and thirsts for God’s righteousness (v. 6); and because he cannot himself cleanse his
sin, he longs for the purity of heart (v. 8) that only God can provide.”
3. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS PARTAKING OF CHRIST’S IMPUTED
RIGHTEOUSNESS
(“righteousness exceed”) Matthew 5:20 For I tell you that unless
your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you
will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
4. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS FLESH DENYING (“throw away”)
Matthew 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It
is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown
into hell.
5. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS HEAVENLY MINDED AS SEEN IN
SPIRITUAL INVESTING
Matthew 6:20 But store up for yourselves treasures in
heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and
steal.
6. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS TRUSTING Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I
tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body,
what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more
important than clothes?
7. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS ENTERING (“narrow gate”) Matthew
7:13
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that
leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
8. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS FRUIT BEARING (“good fruit”)
Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the
road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
9. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS DOING GOD’S WILL Matthew 7:21
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but
only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
10. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS TRUTH PRACTICING Matthew
7:24
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice
is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
11. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS HAVING ONE’S SINS FORGIVEN
Matthew 9:2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw
their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
12. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS SINNERS REPENTING Matthew
9:
13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not
come to call the righteous, but sinners.” The object of
men’s repentance is God’s forgiveness, and that is the dual theme of the gospel-men

28 MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: MATTHEW, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
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must turn from sin in order for God to forgive, cleanse, and save them. The only
people who ever receive salvation and enter God’s kingdom are those who
acknowledge their sinfulness and repent of it. It follows, then, that those who
consider themselves already to be righteous see no need for repentance or
forgiveness-and thereby shut themselves out from salvation in the kingdom of God.
That is the central truth of Matthew 9:9-17. Here one discovers one of the most
definitive, dramatic, insightful, and comprehensive statements our Lord ever made. It
gives the divine perspective on His ministry and the basic rationale of the incarnation.
It is among the most important statements ever recorded in the Bible: “I did not
come to call the righteous, but sinners” (v. 13b). That truth gives the essence of the
gospel and the purpose for the incarnation. Jesus came into the world to call sinners
to Himself. For those who know they have a terminal spiritual illness and who have
no trust or hope in themselves to be cured, Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth,
and the life” (John 14:6).29
13. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS KINGDOM ENTERING Matthew
10:7
As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’
14. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS ACKNOWLEDGING CHRIST AND
CONFESSING HIM
Matthew 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will
also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.
15. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS LOVING CHRIST SUPREMELY
Matthew 10:37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy
of me; anyone who
loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
16. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS DENYING SELF AND FOLLOWING
CHRIST
Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his
life for my sake
will find it.
17. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS PARTAKING IN THE MIRACLE OF
GOD’S REVEALING CHRIST TO THEM
Matthew 11:27 “All things have been
committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one
knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
18. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS COMING AND RESTING IN JESUS
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give
you rest. The person who humbly receives God’s revelation of
Himself and His way of salvation, who turns from the unbearable burden of his sin
and self-effort, and who comes to Christ empty-handed is the only person God will
save.30
19. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS GENUINE REPENTANCE Matthew
12:41
The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and
condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than
Jonah is here.
12:41 men of Nineveh … repented. See Jon. 3:5–10. The
revival
31 in Nineveh under Jonah’s preaching was one of the most extraordinary
spiritual revivals the world has ever seen. From Jesus’ words here, however, it is
clear that the revival under Jonah represented authentic saving conversions. Only
eternity will reveal how many souls from that one generation were swept into the
kingdom as a result of the revival. In his book
All of Grace Charles Spurgeon32 wrote:
I. Repentance is the inseparable companion of faith. All the while that we walk by faith

29MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
30 MacArthur, John F.,
The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
31
John F. MacArthur, Jr., The MacArthur Study Bible, (Dallas: Word Publishing) 1997.
32 (Chicago: Moody, pp. 97-100).
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and not by sight, the tear of repentance glitters in the eye of faith. That is not true
repentance which does not come of faith in Jesus, and that is not true faith in Jesus
which is not tinctured with repentance. Faith and repentance, like Siamese twins, are
vitally joined together. … Faith and repentance are but two spokes in the same
wheel, two handles of the same plow. Repentance has been well described as a heart
broken for sin and from sin, and it may equally well be spoken of as turning and
returning. It is a change of mind of the most thorough and radical sort, and it is
attended with sorrow for the past and a resolve of amendment in the future. …
Repentance of sin and faith in divine pardon are the warp and woof of the fabric of
real conversion. Repentance adds nothing to faith but is rather an integral part of it.
Saving faith is repentant faith. “Repentance toward God and faith in [the] Lord Jesus
Christ” are inseparable (Acts 20:21). Because they are inseparable, Scripture
sometimes refers to salvation as repentance. Paul declares that “the kindness of God
leads you to repentance” (Rom. 2:4), and Peter that God does not desire “for any to
perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).
20. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS FRUIT PRODUCING Matthew 13:8
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty
times what was sown.
21. Jesus speaks much of salvation in His Mystery Parables:
22. Jesus warns of Distractions in His parable of the Sower (13:1-23): Only a small
percentage of the seed sown produces fruit and only a percentage of that is top
quality
23. Jesus warns of Deceptions in His Parable of the Tares (13:24-30, 36-43): Satan
sows his own false ministers in among God’s true people to confuse and deceive
24. Jesus warns of Distortions in His Parable of the Mustard Tree (13:31-32): The
professing church assumes the role of a world imperial power and harbors many evil
spirits
25. Jesus warns of Defilements in Christ’s Parable of the Leaven (13:33): where we
see that Doctrinal error like leaven permeates all of Christendom.
26. HIS ORIGINAL PEOPLE are in His Parable of the Hid Treasure (13:44): The Jewish
people are buried in the world, but are still the objects of God’s watchful care and will
one day be reconstituted as a nation in God’s purpose and time.
27. HIS OTHER PEOPLE are described in His Parable of the Pearl (13:45-46): The
church, not named by the Lord here but the evident subject of the parable, is the
special object of the absent King’s affection.
28. HIS PEOPLE DURING THE CONSUMMATION of this age are in His Parable of the
Dragnet (13:47-52): The present mystery phase of the kingdom, containing so much
of a mixture of good and evil, will be terminated by divine intervention
29. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS SPIRITUAL LIFE DEMONSTRATED
IN SEEING AND HEARING
Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes because they
see, and your ears because they hear. As contrasted to v. 20 the unrepentant heart
where there is no repentance, no remorse over sin, no recognition of lostness, no
contrition, no brokenness. And there is no humility, which is the first mark of true
conversion (Matt. 5:3).33
30. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS HEARING, UNDERSTANDING,
AND PRODUCING
Matthew 13:23 But the one who received the seed that fell on
good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop,

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yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
31. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS PERSISTING FAITH Matthew 15:28
Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And
her daughter was healed from that very hour. She had demonstrated godly
repentance. Faith that apprehends the blessings of Christ involves repentance that
comes from a deep and sincere sense of unworthiness.
32. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS TRUSTING IN HELPLESS
DEPENDENCE
(“change, childlike”) Matthew 18:3 And he said: “I tell you the truth,
unless you (KJV “are converted) change and become like little children, you will never
enter the kingdom of heaven. “
As34 He took the young child in His arms and held him up before
the disciples, the Lord gathered up all those elements of salvation:
“Truly I say to you, unless you
are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
The
phrase
are converted translates an aorist passive of strepho, which elsewhere in the New Testament
is always translated with an idea of “turning” or “turning around.” It means to make an about face and
go in the opposite direction.
Peter used a form of the term twice in his message shortly after Pentecost, as he called his
hearers to “repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away” and declared of Jesus that “God raised up His
Servant, and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways” (Acts 3:19, 26). The term is used
repeatedly in the boo k of Acts to speak of conversion (11:21; 15:19; 26:18, 20). Paul used the word when speaking of the
Thessalonian believers, who had turned “to God from idols to serve a living and true God” (1 Thess. 1:9)
. Conversion is the
other half of repentance. Repentance is being sorry for sin and turning away from it; conversion is the
expression of will that fully turns from sin to the Lord. Psalm 51:13 alludes to these two halves of the
turning when it declares, “and sinners will be converted to Thee.” Jesus’ use here of the passive voice
indicates that the disciples could not be
converted from sin to righteousness by their own efforts but
needed someone else to turn them around. Although the response of a person’s will is required, only
God has the power to convert.”
33. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS ADMITTING LOSTNESS (“all these
kept”)
Matthew 19:17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied.
“There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”
34. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS SUBMITTING TO GOD (“went
away”)
Matthew 19:21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your
possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come,
follow me.”
35. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS WEARING CHRIST’S ROBE (v. 14
“chosen”)
Matthew 22:12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without
wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. 14 “For many are invited, but few are
chosen.” This day you either have Christ’s robe on or not. You are saved or lost, you
are having Christ or you don’t. It is one or the other!
36. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS HAVING SUPERNATURAL
CLEANING INSIDE
Matthew 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup
and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
37. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS KNOWING GOD Matthew 25:12
“But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
38. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS POSSESSING A TREASURE (like
engrafted Word of James)
Matthew 25:29 For everyone who has will be given more,
and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be
taken from him.
39. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS DOING GOD’S WAY Matthew 25:40
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of
these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

34 MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: MATTHEW, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
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APPENDIX
OCCURRENCES OF SOME FORM OF THE WORD “REPENT” IN ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS
In the NASB, some form of the word (repent, repentant, repented, repentance, etc.)
is found 73 times with 56 of these occurring in the New Testament.
In the ASB, some form of the word occurs 103 times with 61 in the New Testament.
In the KJV, some form of the word occurs 112 times with 66 in the New Testament.
In the NIV, some form of the word occurs 74 times with 55 in the New Testament.
In the NKJV, some form of the word occurs 72 times with 58 in the New Testament.
In the RSV, some form of the word occurs 99 times with 59 in the New Testament.
In the NRSV, some form of the word occurs 72 times with 57 in the New Testament.
Clearly, repentance is a prominent concept of Scripture.
Scripture repeatedly deals with two ideas. First is the matter of man’s sin, which leads to
the deadly wrath of God in time and eternity for violating God’s standard. And second,
God’s Salvation leading to Divine Blessing. There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible. Only 4
of them don’t involve a fallen world: the first 2 and the last 2—before the Fall and after
the creation of the new heaven and new earth. The rest is the chronicle of the tragedy of
sin.
In the OT, God showed the disaster of sin—starting with Adam and Eve, to Cain and
Abel, the patriarchs, Moses and Israel, the kings, priests, some prophets, and Gentile
nations. Throughout the OT is the relentless record of continual devastation produced by
sin and disobedience to God’s law. In the OT, God showed the blessedness of
repentance from sin, faith in Himself, and obedience to His Word—from Abel, through
the patriarchs, to the remnant in Israel—and even Gentiles who believed (such as the
people of Nineveh). God’s standard for man, His will, and His moral law were always
made known. To those who faced their inability to keep God’s standard, recognized their
sin, confessed their impotence to please God by their own effort and works, and asked
Him for forgiveness and grace—there came merciful redemption and blessing for time
and eternity.
In the NT, the tragedy of sin becomes more clear. The preaching and teaching of Jesus
and the apostles begin and end with a call to repentance. Scripture repeatedly promises
wonderful rewards in time and eternity that come to people who trust God and seek to
obey Him. In the NT, God again showed the full blessedness of redemption from sin for
repentant people. There were those who responded to the preaching of repentance by
John the Baptist. Others repented at the preaching of Jesus. Still others from Israel
obeyed the gospel through the apostles’ preaching. And finally, there were Gentiles all
over the Roman Empire who believed the gospel. To all those and to all who will believe
through all of history, there is blessing promised in this world and the world to come.35
What Is “Lordship Salvation” All About?
35John F. MacArthur, Jr., The MacArthur Study Bible, (Dallas: Word Publishing) 1997.
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The gospel call to faith presupposes that sinners must repent of their sin and yield to
Christ’s authority.
That, in a sentence, is what “lordship salvation” teaches. Therefore,
let me attempt to state the crucial points of my position as plainly as possible. These
articles of faith are fundamental to all evangelical teaching:
• Christ’s death on the cross paid the full penalty for our sins and purchased
eternal salvation. His atoning sacrifice enables God to justify sinners freely
without compromising the perfection of divine righteousness (Rom. 3:24–26).
His resurrection from the dead declares His victory over sin and death (1 Cor.
15:54–57).
• Salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone—plus and
minus nothing (Eph. 2:8–9).
• Sinners cannot earn salvation or favor with God (Rom. 8:8).
• God requires of those who are saved no preparatory works or prerequisite selfimprovement (Rom. 10:13; 1 Tim. 1:15).
• Eternal life is a gift of God (Rom. 6:23).
• Believers are saved and fully justified before their faith ever produces a single
righteous work (Eph. 2:10).
• Christians can and do sin (1 John 1:8, 10). Even the strongest Christians wage
a constant and intense struggle against sin in the flesh (Rom. 7:15–24).
Genuine believers sometimes commit heinous sins, as David did in 2 Samuel
11.
Alongside those truths, I believe Scripture teaches these:
• The gospel calls sinners to faith joined in oneness with repentance (Acts 2:38;
17:30; 20:21; 2 Pet. 3:9). Repentance is turning from sin (Acts 3:19; Luke
24:47). It is not a work but a divinely bestowed grace (Acts 11:18; 2 Tim.
2:25). Repentance is a change of heart, but genuine repentance will effect a
change of behavior as well (Luke 3:8; Acts 26:18–20).
• Salvation is all God’s work. Those who believe are saved utterly apart from any
effort on their own (Titus 3:5). Even faith is a gift of God, not a work of man
(Eph. 2:1–5, 8). Real faith therefore cannot be defective or short-lived but
endures forever (Phil. 1:6, cf. Heb. 11).
• The object of faith is Christ Himself, not only a creed or a promise (John 3:16).
Faith therefore involves personal commitment to Christ (2 Cor. 5:15). In other
words, all true believers follow Jesus (John 10:27–28).
• Real faith inevitably produces a changed life (2 Cor. 5:17). Salvation includes a
transformation of the inner person (Gal. 2:20). The nature of the Christian is
different, new (Rom. 6:6). The unbroken pattern of sin and enmity with God
will not continue when a person is born again (1 John 3:9–10).
• The “gift of God,” eternal life (Rom. 6:23), includes all that pertains to life and
godliness (2 Pet. 1:3; Rom. 8:32), not just a ticket to heaven.
• Jesus is Lord of all, and the faith He demands involves unconditional surrender
(Rom. 6:17–18; 10:9–10). He does not bestow eternal life on those whose
hearts remain set against Him (James 4:6).
• Those who truly believe will love Christ (1 Pet. 1:8–9; Rom. 8:28–30; 1 Cor.
16:22). They will therefore long to obey Him (John 14:15, 23).

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• Behavior is an important test of faith. Obedience is evidence that one’s faith is
real (1 John 2:3). On the other hand, the person who remains utterly unwilling
to obey Christ does not evidence true faith (1 John 2:4).
• Genuine believers may stumble and fall, but they
will persevere in the faith (1
Cor. 1:8). Those who later turn completely away from the Lord show that they
were never truly born again (1 John 2:19).
That is my position on “lordship salvation.” Anyone who supposes I have some deeper
agenda has misunderstood what I am saying.36
36 John F. MacArthur, Faith Works: The Gospel According to the Apostles, (Dallas: Word Publishing) 1997.
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001210 AM Mark-40 Masters Message in Matthew-Mark
THE MASTER’S MESSAGE SERIES
Part 4
Have you ever wished you could sit in the back of the crowd and listen to the greatest
man who ever lived, Jesus Christ, and hear what He said to the lost and seeking crowds?
Have you ever wondered how Jesus led someone to salvation? We have the records of
Nicodemus, the woman at the well, the man at Bethesda, Zacchaeus, and so on. But,
the actual method, words, gospel presentation and so on would be fascinating wouldn’t
it?
This morning we are going to do just that. We are going to hear the soul winning
methods of Jesus. How? Though the eyes and ears of those who spent time alone with
Jesus. Through the hearts and minds of those who heard Him soul winning for 3 plus
years.
Remember, Galilee in the time of Jesus was composed of no less than 3.6 million people
living in 240 towns and villages of about 15,000 each. This was what the Governor of
Galilee named Josephus said, from the era of Jesus ministry. So into a heavily populated
area, Jesus went out preaching a message to all who would hear. With Him went twelve
camcorders that constantly recorded it all. They captured His words, His passion, and
His method. Then He left and asked them to keep up the work of the Gospel. That is
what we will see this morning.
Twelve men changed the world. Eleven of them ate, slept, sailed, and walked with
Jesus. The 12
th man was a latecomer, so he got three years alone in the desert with
Jesus
37. Who were these men? The Apostles, the sent ones, those entrusted with the
Gospel of God’s Grace. Peter and the eleven and then, Paul the 12
th and Final Apostle.
Together they appear on a divine videotape on Evangelism.
Jesus taught them His Message, the Master’s Message.
Jesus taught them to share the Gospel, the Good News of Salvation.
There are few things more exciting than to actually learn from Him our Master, His
message and the way He called men and women, boys and girls to Salvation. That is
what those Fishers of Divine Souls were taught.
Remember
38 of the greatest of all the characteristics of Matthew is his supreme desire to
communicate the gospel.
Because of this Matthew was the great systematizer. It was his
habit to gather together in one place all that he knew about the teaching of Jesus on any
given subject. The result is that in
Matthew we find five great blocks in which the
teaching of Jesus is collected and systematized. All these sections have to do with the
Kingdom of God. They are as follows:

(a)
(b)
The Sermon of the Kingdom (5–7).
The Servants of the Kingdom (10).

37 Galatians provides valuable historical information about Paul’s background (chaps. 1, 2), including his 3-year stay in Nabatean Arabia (1:17, 18), which Acts does not mention; his 15-
day visit with Peter after his stay in Arabia (1:18, 19); his trip to the Jerusalem Council (2:1–10); and his confrontation of Peter (2:11–21). (MacArthur Study Bible, Galatians Intro.)
38 Drawn from, quoted, and adapted from Barclay, William, Daily Study Bible Series: The Gospel of Matthew – Volume 1 Chapters 1-10 (Revised Edition), (Louisville, KY: Westminster
John Knox Press) 2000, c1975.

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(c)The Stories of the Kingdom (13).

(d)
(e)
Salvation in the Kingdom (18).
The Second Coming of the King (24, 25).

We pick up this morning in the 3rd discourse, Matthew 13. Jesus speaks much of
salvation in His Mystery Parables, lets listen to Him in Matthew 13:1-9.
9 Jesus warns of Distractions in His parable of the Sower (13:1-23): Only a small
percentage of the seed sown produces fruit and only a percentage of that is top
quality
9 Jesus warns of Deceptions in His Parable of the Tares (13:24-30, 36-43): Satan
sows his own false ministers in among God’s true people to confuse and deceive
9 Jesus warns of Distortions in His Parable of the Mustard Tree (13:31-32): The
professing church assumes the role of a world imperial power and harbors many
evil spirits
9 Jesus warns of Defilements in Christ’s Parable of the Leaven (13:33): where we
see that Doctrinal error like leaven permeates all of Christendom.
9 HIS ORIGINAL PEOPLE are in His Parable of the Hid Treasure (13:44): The Jewish
people are buried in the world, but are still the objects of God’s watchful care and
will one day be reconstituted as a nation in God’s purpose and time.
9 HIS OTHER PEOPLE are described in His Parable of the Pearl (13:45-46): The
church, not named by the Lord here but the evident subject of the parable, is the
special object of the absent King’s affection.
9 HIS PEOPLE DURING THE CONSUMMATION of this age are in His Parable of the
Dragnet (13:47-52): The present mystery phase of the kingdom, containing so
much of a mixture of good and evil, will be terminated by divine intervention
This morning we continue what will be perhaps one of the greatest studies we have ever
taken. We will look at each of Christ’s presentations of the Gospel. Each way Jesus
described salvation to both His Twelve and to the world. We could call this the Good
News of Salvation According to Jesus in Matthew, who records no less than 30 different
gospel accounts. We will study those at another time.

1. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS REPENTING OF SIN Matthew 4:17
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is
near.” This marks the beginning of Christ’s public ministry. Note that His
message was an exact echo of what John the Baptist preached.
Repent, for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand.
This is the opening word of this first sermon.
Repentance sets the tone for Jesus’ entire earthly ministry. Repentance was a
constant theme throughout all Christ’s public preaching. And in His closing charge
to His apostles, Jesus commanded them to do likewise. Look at
Luke 24:47 and
that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all
nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
2. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS CONFESSING (“poor in spirit”);
SORROWING (“mourn”); YIELDING (“meek”); HUNGERING AND THIRSTING;
LOVING (“merciful”); SANCTIFYING (“pure”); GIVING (“peacemakers”);
ENDURING (“persecuted”) Matthew 5:1-10 Now when he saw the crowds, he
went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he

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began to teach them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are
those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are
the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who
hunger and thirst for righteousness
, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the
merciful
, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they
will see God. 9 Blessed are
the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are
persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs
is the kingdom of heaven.
3. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS PARTAKING OF CHRIST’S
IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS
(“righteousness exceed”) Matthew 5:20 For I tell
you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the
teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
4. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS FLESH DENYING (“throw away”)
Matthew 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be
thrown into hell.
5. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS HEAVENLY MINDED AS SEEN IN
SPIRITUAL INVESTING
Matthew 6:20 But store up for yourselves treasures in
heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in
and steal.
6. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS TRUSTING Matthew 6:25
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or
about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the
body more important than clothes?
7. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS ENTERING (“narrow gate”)
Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is
the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
8. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS FRUIT BEARING (“good fruit”)
Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is
the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
9. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS DOING GOD’S WILL Matthew 7:21
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but
only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
10. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS TRUTH PRACTICING
Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them
into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
11. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS HAVING ONE’S SINS
FORGIVEN
Matthew 9:2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins
are forgiven.”
12. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS SINNERS REPENTING
Matthew 9:13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’
For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
13. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS KINGDOM ENTERING
Matthew 10:7 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’
14. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS ACKNOWLEDGING CHRIST
AND CONFESSING HIM
Matthew 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges me before
men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.

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15. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS LOVING CHRIST
SUPREMELY
Matthew 10:37 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than
me is not worthy of me; anyone who
loves his son or daughter more than me is
not worthy of me;
16. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS DENYING SELF AND
FOLLOWING CHRIST
Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and
whoever
loses his life for my sake will find it.
17. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS PARTAKING IN THE
MIRACLE OF GOD’S REVEALING CHRIST TO THEM
Matthew 11:27 “All things
have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the
Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son
chooses to reveal him.
18. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS COMING AND RESTING IN
JESUS
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I
will give you rest. The person who humbly receives God’s
revelation of Himself and His way of salvation, who turns from the unbearable
burden of his sin and self-effort, and who comes to Christ empty-handed is the
only person God will save.39
19.JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS GENUINE REPENTANCE Matthew
12:41
The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and
condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater
than Jonah is here.
20. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS FRUIT PRODUCING Matthew
13:8
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty
or thirty times what was sown.
21. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS SPIRITUAL LIFE
DEMONSTRATED IN SEEING AND HEARING
Matthew 13:16 But blessed are
your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. As contrasted to v.
20 the unrepentant heart where there is no repentance, no remorse over sin, no
recognition of lostness, no contrition, no brokenness. And there is no humility,
which is the first mark of true conversion (Matt. 5:3).40
22. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS HEARING,
UNDERSTANDING, AND PRODUCING
Matthew 13:23 But the one who received
the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it.
He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
23. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS PERSISTING FAITH Matthew
15:28
Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is
granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. She had
demonstrated godly repentance. Faith that apprehends the blessings of Christ
involves repentance that comes from a deep and sincere sense of unworthiness.
24. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS TRUSTING IN HELPLESS
DEPENDENCE
(“change, childlike”) Matthew 18:3
25. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS ADMITTING LOSTNESS (“all
these kept”)
Matthew 19:17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus
replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the

39 MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
40MacArthur, John F.,
The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
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commandments.”
26. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS SUBMITTING TO GOD (“went
away”)
Matthew 19:21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your
possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.”
27. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS WEARING CHRIST’S ROBE
(v. 14 “chosen”) Matthew 22:12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here
without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. 14 “For many are invited, but
few are chosen.” This day you either have Christ’s robe on or not. You are saved
or lost, you are having Christ or you don’t. It is one or the other!
28. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS HAVING SUPERNATURAL
CLEANING INSIDE
Matthew 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the
cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
29. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS KNOWING GOD Matthew
25:12
“But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
30. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS POSSESSING A TREASURE
(like engrafted Word of James) Matthew 25:29 For everyone who has will be given
more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has
will be taken from him.
31. JESUS CHARACTERIZES SALVATIONS AS DOING GOD’S WAY Matthew
25:40
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the
least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

 

10. Mark 1:15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near.
Repent and believe the good news!” REPENT and BELIEVE
11. Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your
sins are forgiven.” SINS FORGIVEN
12. Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who
need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
CALLED
13. Mark 3:35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
DOING GOD’S WILL
14. Mark 4:8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a
crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.” GERMINATION,
GROWTH, FRUITFULNESS
15. Mark 8:34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said:
“If anyone would
come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross
and follow me. COME – DENY – TAKE – FOLLOW
16. Mark 9:43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to
enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes
out. DROP ANYTHING THAT HINDERS SALVATION
17. Mark 10:15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of
God
like a little child will never enter it.” HELPLESS DEPENDENCE
Hear our Lord’s words: “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of
God like a little child will never enter it.” The word translated “never” is very strong. New
Testament scholar William Lane comments: “The solemn pronouncement is directed to
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of the condition for entrance into the Kingdom of God.” No one will get into the Kingdom
of God unless he or she receives God’s salvation like a child—no one!
How are we to
understand and apply this? For starters, coming as a “little child” does not infer
innocence. Any two-year-old dispels such a notion! Neither does “like a little child”
suggest the wondrous
subjective states we often find in children such as trustfulness,
receptivity, simplicity, or wonder, beautiful as these are. What Jesus has in mind here is
an
objective state which every child who has ever lived, regardless of race, culture, or
background, has experienced
—helpless dependence. Every single child in the world is
absolutely, completely, totally, objectively, subjectively, existentially helpless! And so it
is with every child who is born into the Kingdom of God. Children of the Kingdom enter it
helpless, ones for whom everything must be done.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress:
Helpless, look to Thee for grace.
There is no other fundamental meaning for verse 15. Have you come to Christ like
this? Is it his grace plus your nothingness? The realization that one is as helpless as a
child naturally fosters humility. Jesus gave reference to this connection when, in a
similar but separate statement, he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and
become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore,
whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven”
(Matthew 18:3, 4). The world refuses to come to Christ because of its “self-respect”—
often a euphemism for pride and independence. Come as a helpless child? How
humiliating! But Jesus says, “That is the way you must come—as a baby, in profound
obedience.” Do you desire to be held in Christ’s arms, to hear him pronounce blessings
over you? Eternity will reveal that is all we ever wanted, and our Spirit-given response
is, “Dearest Father”—“Abba Father!” (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6)
. No one will receive
the Kingdom of God without this helpless dependence and humility. Jesus said, “Let the
little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to
such as these.”41
18. Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is
good—except God
alone. NO ONE GOOD BUT GOD 10:21 Jesus looked at him
and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell
everything you have and
give to the poor
, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
NOTHING GRASPED BUT GOD
10:24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But
Jesus said again, “Children,
how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! HEAVEN
IS HARD TO ENTER
10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is
impossible
, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” SALVATION IS
IMPOSSIBLE TO GAIN

41Hughes, R. Kent, Preaching the Word: Mark—Jesus, Servant and Savior, (Westchester, IL: Crossway Books) 1997.
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001217 AM Mark-41 Masters Message in Luke
THE MASTER’S MESSAGE SERIES
LUKE
If ever a man wrote a book filled with the Best news anyone could ever get, Dr. Luke is
that man.
His key message is, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was
lost” (Luke 19:10). He presents Jesus Christ as the compassionate Son of man, who
came to live among sinners, love them, help them, and die for them. In this Gospel you
meet individuals as well as crowds, women and children as well as men, poor people as
well as rich people, and sinners along with saints. It’s a book with a message for
everybody, because Luke’s emphasis is on the universality of Jesus Christ and His
salvation: “good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:10)
42.
The Lord of glory Jesus, has come down to our level,
Jesus entered into our conditions (sin excepted),
Jesus subjected Himself to our circumstances, and
Jesus lived His life on the same plane as ours is lived.
Jesus was born as none other ever was,
Jesus lived as none other did, and
Jesus died as none other ever could.
This morning we open to the Gospel of Luke, the longest book in the New Testament.
The Gospel by Luke was written by a physician from the church at Antioch, who became
a companion of Paul on several missionary journeys
43 and was the only author of a New
or Old Testament book who was probably a Gentile rather than a Jew. Luke, more than
any of the other gospel writers, highlights the universal scope of the gospel call,
portraying Jesus as the Son of Man, offered to the world. Luke repeatedly related
accounts of Gentiles, Samaritans, and other outcasts who found grace in Jesus’ eyes.
This emphasis is precisely what we would expect from a close companion of Paul the
“apostle of the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:13).
From the earliest days of the church, it has been noted that every one of the four
gospels was written from a certain point of view. Very often on stained glass windows
the writers of the gospels are pictured; and usually to each there is attached a symbol.
The symbols vary but one of the commonest allocations is this.
9 The emblem of Mark is a man. Mark is the simplest and most straightforward of the
gospels. It has been well said that its characteristic is
realism. It is the nearest to
being a report of Jesus’ life.
9 The emblem of Matthew is a lion. Matthew was a Jew writing for Jews and he saw in
Jesus the Messiah, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the one whom all the prophets had
predicted.
9 The emblem of John is the eagle. The eagle can fly higher than any other bird. It is
said that of all creatures only the eagle can look straight into the sun. John is the
theological gospel; its flights of thought are higher than those of any of the others. It
42 Quoted from Wiersbe, Warren W., The Bible Exposition Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books) 1997.
43 cf. Acts 16:10–17; 20:5–21:18; 27:1–28:16.
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is the gospel where the philosopher can find themes to think about for a lifetime and
to solve only in eternity.
9 The symbol of Luke is the calf. The calf is the animal for sacrifice; and Luke saw in Jesus the sacrifice
for all the world. In Luke above all, the barriers are broken down and Jesus is for Jew and gentile,
saint and sinner alike. He is the saviour of the world.
Another fascinating element is the unfolding progression of the Gospel
Message.
At the close of Matthew’s Gospel, we read of the Resurrection of Christ (28:1–8).
At the close of Mark’s Gospel, we read of
the Ascension of Christ (16:19).
At the close of Luke’s Gospel, we hear of
the Coming of the Holy Spirit (24:49).
While at the close of John’s Gospel, reference is made to
the Return of Christ (21:21–
23)
44!
Please stand with me as we read Luke 19:10, the message of the Gospel by Luke is that
Christ the Perfect Man came into the world perfectly as no other ever did, lived a perfect
life like no other ever could, and then died the perfect death like no one ever would.
LUKE IS THE GOSPEL FOR EVERYONE because the outstanding characteristic of Luke is
that all the barriers are down; Jesus Christ is for all men without distinction. There are
several occasions when Luke brings out the wider implications of the gospel of Christ.
1. LUKE SHOWS CHRIST’S COMPASSION IN the angel’s goodwill message is directed
TO ALL MEN (2:14);
2. LUKE SHOWS CHRIST’S COMPASSION as Simeon foretells that Jesus is to be A
LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES (2:32);
3. LUKE SHOWS CHRIST’S COMPASSION when He describes John the Baptist in the
words of Isaiah as a voice crying in the wilderness, Luke continues the quotation
to include the words ‘ALL MANKIND WILL SEE GOD’S SALVATION’ (Is. 40:3–5,
cited in Lk. 3:4–6);
4. LUKE SHOWS CHRIST’S COMPASSION FOR THE SAMARITANS (Luke 9:51–56).
Luke alone tells the parable of the Good Samaritan (10:30–37). The one grateful
leper is a Samaritan (Luke 17:11–19). Luke refuses to shut the door on any man.
5. LUKE SHOWS CHRIST’S COMPASSION FOR THE GENTILES WHOM THE ORTHODOX
JEW WOULD HAVE CONSIDERED UNCLEAN. He shows us Jesus citing the widow of
Zarephath and Naaman the Syrian as shining examples (4:25–27). The Roman
centurion is praised for the greatness of his faith (7:9). Luke tells us of that great
word of Jesus, “Men will come from east and west, and from north and south, and
sit at the table in the kingdom of God” (13:29).
6. LUKE SHOWS CHRIST’S COMPASSION FOR THE POOR. When Mary brings the
offering for her purification it is the offering of the poor (2:24). When Jesus is, as
it were, setting out his credentials to the emissaries of John, the climax is, “The
poor have good news preached to them” (7:22). He alone tells the parable of the
Rich Man and the Poor Man (16:19–31). In Luke’s account of the Beatitudes the
saying of Jesus runs, not, as in Matthew (5:3), “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” but
simply, “Blessed are you poor” (Luke 6:20). Luke’s gospel has been called “the
gospel of the underdog.” His heart runs out to everyone for whom life is an
unequal struggle.
44 Why Four Gospels?, Why Four Gospels?, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) 1999.
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7. LUKE SHOWS CHRIST’S LOVE FOR OUTCASTS AND SINNERS. He alone tells of the
woman who anointed Jesus’ feet and bathed them with her tears and wiped them
with her hair in the house of Simon the Pharisee (7:36–50); of Zachaeus, the
quisling tax-gatherer (19:1–10); of the Penitent Thief (23:43); and he alone has
the immortal story of the prodigal son and the loving father (15:11–32). All four
gospel writers quote from Isaiah 40 when they give the message of John the
Baptist, “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for
our God”; but only Luke continues the quotation to its triumphant conclusion, “And
all flesh shall see the salvation of God” (Isaiah 40:3–5; Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3;
John 1:23; Luke 3:4, 6). Luke of all the gospel writers sees no limits to the love of
God
45.
Luke’s gospel highlights Jesus’ compassion for Gentiles, Samaritans, women, children,
tax collectors, sinners, and others often regarded as outcasts in Israel. From the outset
of Jesus’ public ministry (4:18) to the Lord’s final words on the cross (23:40–43), Luke
underscored this theme of Christ’s ministry to the pariahs of society. Again and again he
showed how the Great Physician ministered to those most aware of their need (cf. 5:31,
32; 15:4–7; 31, 32; 19:10).
The
NUMERICAL46 position which Luke occupies in the Sacred Canon, supplies a sure
key to its interpretation. It is the third book in the New Testament, and the forty-second
in the Bible as a whole, which is significant, for 42 is 7 x 6, and seven stands for
perfection while six is the number of man: putting the two together we get
the Perfect
Man!
And this is precisely what the Holy Spirit brings before us in this forty-second book
of the Bible. What an evidence this is, not only of the Divine inspiration of Scripture but,
that God has unmistakably superintended the placing of the different books in the
Sacred Canon just as we now have them!
Even the
STRUCTURE of this book shows Christ’s compassion. Starting47 with 9:51,
Luke devoted 10 chapters of his narrative to a travelogue of Jesus’ final journey to
Jerusalem. Much of the material in this section is unique to Luke. This is the heart of
Luke’s gospel, and it features a theme Luke stressed throughout: Jesus’ relentless
progression toward the cross. This was the very purpose for which Christ had come to
earth (cf. 9:22, 23; 17:25; 18:31–33; 24:25, 26, 46), and He would not be deterred.
The saving of sinners was His whole mission (19:10).
The early church fathers noted that both Paul
48 and Luke emphasized the universality of
salvation. Even Luke’s parables focused on the response of individuals to God’s grace,
while Matthew’s parables concerned the kingdom. Luke, like Paul, spoke often of faith, of
repentance, of mercy, and of forgiveness. Thus Irenaeus held that Luke, Paul’s
companion, “put down in a book the Gospel preached by him,” and Origen called Luke
“the Gospel commended by Paul.” If Mark was the “interpreter” of Peter, Tertullian
wrote, Luke was the “illuminator” of the Apostle Paul.
45
Barclay, William, Daily Study Bible Series: The Gospel of Luke (Revised Edition), (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press) 2000, c1975.
46 Why Four Gospels?, Why Four Gospels?, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) 1999.
47 Adapted from John F. MacArthur, Jr., The MacArthur Study Bible, (Dallas: Word Publishing) 1997.
48 For instance, “grace” is found some 146 times in the New Testament. Of these, all but 21 are in the writings of Paul and Luke. And 190 of the 243 occurrences of “faith” are found in
the writings of these two. It’s not surprising, then, that this Gospel, like Paul’s ministry, is a Gospel directed to the Gentiles, and particularly for the better educated Hellenists. In some of
the most beautiful literary Greek found in any ancient writing, Luke tells the story of Jesus, a true human being who is the Son of God.

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Perhaps49 the most fascinating feature of Luke is the beauty of its language. Paul wrote elegant Greek,
and displayed a rich vocabulary. About 250 Greek words that Luke used are found
only in this Gospel in
the whole New Testament. And there are another 61 words used only in the Book of Acts, also written by
Luke. In addition, much of the material in Luke’s Gospel is found only here, with no parallel in Matthew,
Mark, or John. Summary: All of 1-2 is unique; most of 7, 13-17, 19, and 24 is unique; and every chapter
has material unique to Luke. Over half the verses in this Gospel contain words of Jesus. Forgiveness and
individual response to the Saviour are emphasized in this Gospel written for Gentiles. Luke’s concern was
not the future of Israel, but personal salvation. In a most significant sense Luke is the Gospel of the Good
News for each individual human being born into our world.
Luke
50 has a cosmopolitan emphasis, stressing the universality of the gospel and that
Jesus is the redeemer of the world. This is emphasized through linking the genealogy of
Jesus with Adam, the common ancestor of all mankind. This emphasis is particularly se
en in Luke’s use of parables. “Admission to the Kingdom is open to Samaritans (9:51–6,
10:30–7, 17:11–19) and
pagans (2:32, 3:6, 38, 4:25–7, 7:9, 10:1, 24:47) as well as to
Jews (1:33, 2:10); to
publicans, sinners and outcasts (3:12, 5:27–32, 7:37–50, 19:2–10, 23:43) as well as to
respectable people (7:36, 11:37, 14:1); to the
poor (1:53, 2:7, 6:20, 7:22) as well as to the
rich (19:2, 23:50); and to
women as well as to men.” This stresses the purpose for Luke ’s writing: “For the Son of
Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Dr. Luke is named only three times in the New Testament: in Colossians 4:14; 2
Timothy 4:11; and Philemon 24. He wrote Acts (compare Luke 1:1–4 with Acts 1:1) and
traveled with Paul (note the “we” sections in Acts 16:10–17; 20:4–15; 21:1–18, and
27:1–28:16). He was probably a Gentile (compare Colossians 4:11 and 14) and was
trained as a physician, and maybe that very fact gave him the wide sympathy he
possessed. It has been said that a minister sees men at their best; a lawyer sees men at
their worst; and a doctor sees men as they are. Luke saw men and loved them all. No
wonder he began his book with detailed accounts of the births of two important babies!
No wonder he emphasized Christ’s sympathy for hurting people! He wrote with the mind
of a careful historian and with the heart of a loving physician
51.
(1:3) LUKE IS THE GOSPEL FOR THE GENTILES because it is clear that Luke wrote mainly for gentiles.
Theophilus was a gentile, as was Luke himself, and there is nothing in the gospel that a gentile could not
grasp and understand. When he is tracing the descent of Jesus, he traces it not to Abraham, the founder
of the Jewish race, as Matthew does, but to Adam, the founder of the human race. (cp. Matthew 1:2 and
Luke 3:38). Because of this Luke is the easiest of all the gospels to read. He was writing, not for Jews, but
for people very like ourselves.
LUKE IS THE GOSPEL FOR PRAYER because there is more recorded in Luke of Jesus’ teaching on prayer
than in the other gospels. Luke records nine prayers of Jesus, of which seven are contained in no other
gospel. These prayers are associated with important events—at the baptism (3:21), after a day of
miracles (5:15–16), before choosing the disciples (6:12), before the first prediction of the passion (9:18–
22), at the transfiguration (9:29), on the return of the seventy (10:17–21), before teaching the disciples
how to pray (11:1), in Gethsemane (22:39–46), on the cross (23:34, 46). Once he withdraws into a
desert (5:16) and once he spends a whole night in prayer (6:12). Two of Luke’s special parables deal with
49 Drawn from Richards, Lawrence O., The Teacher’s Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books) 1987.
50 Enns, Paul, The Moody Handbook of Theology, (Chicago, Ill.: Moody Press) 1996.
51 Quoted from Wiersbe, Warren W., The Bible Exposition Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books) 1997.
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prayer—the friend at midnight (11:5 ff.) and the persistent widow (18:1–8) (cf. also the Pharisee and the
tax collector (18:9–14)). Luke alone relates that Jesus prayed for Peter (22:31–32), that he exhorted the
disciples to pray in Gethsemane (22:40), that he prayed for his enemies (23:34) and for himself (22:41).
Jesus’ love of quiet places is seen in 4:42 (a lonely place), 9:10 (apart to Bethsaida) and 21:37 (he went
out at night and lodged on the Mount of Olives).
LUKE IS THE GOSPEL FOR WOMEN because Luke gives a very special place to women. All told, Luke
mentions thirteen women not mentioned elsewhere in the gospels, including two who formed the subject
of parables. Of particular interest is the inclusion of the story of the birth narrative told from Mary’s point
of view. It is in Luke that we read of Elizabeth, of Anna, of the widow at Nain, of the woman who anointed
Jesus’ feet in the house of Simon the Pharisee. It is
Luke who makes vivid the pictures of Martha
and Mary and of Mary Magdalene, the women who supported Jesus with their gifts and
those who lamented over him on his way to the cross. Women figure prominently in
both the birth and resurrection narratives (
cf. 23:49 (at the cross); 23:55–24:11 (at the
tomb)). Luke, as a Gentile, would know much of the degradation of women and would
be concerned to emphasize all he had heard of the attitude of the Lord towards them.
LUKE IS THE GOSPEL FOR CHILDREN because Luke alone refers to the childhood of John
the Baptist and of Jesus. On three occasions he specially mentions ‘only children’ (8:42;
9:38). In the account of the children being brought to Jesus, Luke uses the word for
‘infants’ (Brevfh; 18:15), whereas both Matthew and Mark have a different word, paidia
(children).
LUKE IS THE GOSPEL FOR INTRODUCING THE HOLY SPIRIT because starting at the
temptation Jesus is described as ‘full of the Holy Spirit’ and is led by the Spirit into the
wilderness (4:1). He begins his ministry in the power of the Spirit (4:14). He rejoices in
the Spirit when offering the prayer, ‘I praise you, Father’, leading to the declaration of
filial consciousness (10:21–22). The disciples are bidden to wait for the enduement of
‘power from on high’ (24:49), a clear allusion to the descent of the Holy Spirit at
Pentecost.
LUKE IS THE GOSPEL FOR PRAISING GOD because in Luke the phrase
praising God
occurs oftener than in all the rest of the New Testament put together. Luke uses words
expressing joy or rejoicing many times (
e.g. 1:14, 44, 47; 10:21), in addition to words
expressing leaping for joy (6:23), laughter (6:21) and merriment (15:23, 32). In three
of Luke’s parables there is an element of rejoicing when the lost is found (15), and also
in the story of Zacchaeus. The gospel begins and ends with rejoicing
52 (cf. 1:47; 24:52–
53). This praise reaches its peak in the three great hymns that the church has sung
throughout all her generations—
the Magnificat (1:46–55); the Benedictus (1:68–79);
and the
Nunc Dimittis (2:29–32). There is a radiance in Luke’s gospel which is a lovely
thing, as if the sheen of heaven had touched the things of earth.
This morning we continue what will be perhaps one of the greatest studies we have ever
taken. We will look at each of Christ’s presentations of the Gospel. Each way Jesus
described salvation to both His Twelve and to the world. We could call this the Good
News of Salvation According to Jesus in Matthew, who records no less than 30 different
gospel accounts. We will study those at another time.
52 Guthrie, Donald, New Testament Introduction, (Downers Grove, Illinois, USA: InterVarsity Press) 1997.
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1. Luke 1:77-78 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the
forgiveness of their sins
, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which
the rising sun will come to us from heaven. SINNERS, SAVED AND FORGIVEN BY
GOD’S MERCY
2. Luke 3:8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to
yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these
stones God can raise up children for Abraham. FRUIT SHOWING REPENTANCE
3. Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach
good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and
recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, GOOD NEWS FREEING –
SEEING – LIFTING
4. Luke 5:20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
SINS FORGIVEN BY FAITH
5. Luke 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
REPENTING SINNERS
6. Luke 5:34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while
he is with them? ENGAGED TO CHRIST
7. Luke 5:38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. NEW WINE INSIDE
NEW BOTTLES
8. Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without
expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be
sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. LOVING
SONS OF MOST HIGH
9. Luke 6:43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
BEARING GOOD FRUIT
10.Luke 6:47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words
and puts them into practice. PRACTICING
Poem Luke 6:46 from cathedral in Lubeck,
Germany:
You call me Master, and obey me not;
You call me Light, and see me not;
You call me the Way, and walk me not;
You call me the Life, and live me not;
You call me wise, and follow me not;
You call me Fair, and love me not;
You call me Rich, and ask me not;
You call me Eternal and seek me not.
If I condemn thee, blame me not!
11. Luke 7:48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” FORGIVEN
SINNERS
12. Luke 7:50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in
peace.” BELIEVING AND PEACEFUL
13. Luke 8:1 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to
another,
proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were
with him, RECIPENTS OF THE GOOD NEWS
14. Luke 8:8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a
hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who
has ears to hear, let him hear.” HEARTS WITH GOOD SOIL – SEED WHICH GREW
– LIVES THAT WERE FRUITFUL
8:13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive
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while, but in the time of testing they fall away. ROOTED TRUTH 8:14-15 The seed
that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they
are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
UNCHOKED RIGHTEOUSNESS 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a
noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a
crop. GOOD – HEAR – RETAIN – BEAR FRUIT
15. Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he
must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. SALVATION EQUALS
FOLLOWING CHRIST
16. Luke 12:21 “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for
himself but is not
rich toward God.” RICH TOWARD GOD 12:34 For where your
treasure is, there your heart will be also. HEAVENWARD HEARTS
17. Luke 12:37-38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them
watching
when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will
have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good
for those servants whose master
finds them ready, even if he comes in the
second or third watch of the night. WATCHING and WAITING
18. Luke 13:5-6 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he
went to
look for fruit on it, but did not find any. REPENTANT and FRUITFUL
19. Luke 13:24-27 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door,
because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the
owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking
and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘
I don’t know you
or where you come from.’ 26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and
you taught in our streets.’ 27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you
come from. Away from me, all you
evildoers!’ WALKING NARROW ROAD –
KNOWING GOD – DOING RIGHTEOUSNESS
20. Luke 14:26-27, 33 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father
and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes,
even his own
life
—he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and
follow me cannot be my disciple. 33 In the same way, any of you who does not
give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. COMES TO CHRIST – LOVES
CHRIST – IDENTIFIES WITH CHRIST – FOLLOWS CHRIST– GIVES UP ALL TO
CHRIST
21. Luke 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of
the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.” REPENTING SINNERS
22. Luke 16:8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had
acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their
own kind than are
the people of the light. PEOPLE OF LIGHT
23. Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one
and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You
cannot
serve both God and Money.” DEVOTED TO ONLY ONE MASTER
24. Luke 16:31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the
Prophets
, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
RECEPTIVE TO GOD’S WORD
25. Luke 18:13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even
look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘
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sinner.’ SEEKING GOD’S MERCY
26. Luke 18:17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of
God
like a little child will never enter it.” HELPLESS CHILDLIKE RECEPTION
27. Luke 18:19-27 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is
good—except God alone
. 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still
lack one thing. Sell everything
you have and give to the poor, and you will
have treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.” 27 Jesus replied, “What is
impossible with men is possible with God.” KNOWING YOU ARE LOST
KNOWING GOD IS BOSS
28. Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
FOUND BY CHRIST
29. Luke 24:47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in
his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN

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001224 AM Mark-42 Masters Message in Luke-2
THE MASTER’S MESSAGE SERIES
LUKE-2
As we open to the 3rd Gospel again this morning it is Jesus Christ we see on every page.
He is our compassionate Son of man, who came to live among sinners, love them, help
them, and die for them. In this Gospel we meet individuals as well as crowds, women
and children as well as men, poor people as well as rich people, and sinners along with
saints. It’s a book with a message for
everybody, because Luke’s emphasis is on the
universality of Jesus Christ and His salvation: “good tidings of great joy, which shall be
to all people” (Luke 2:10)
53.
LUKE RECORDS MORE THAN ANY OTHER GOSPEL ABOUT PRAISING GOD because
in Luke the phrase
praising God occurs oftener than in all the rest of the New Testament
put together. Luke uses words expressing joy or rejoicing many times (
e.g. 1:14, 44,
47; 10:21), in addition to words expressing leaping for joy (6:23), laughter (6:21) and
merriment (15:23, 32). In three of Luke’s parables there is an element of rejoicing when
the lost is found (15), and also in the story of Zacchaeus. The gospel begins and ends
with rejoicing
54 (cf. 1:47; 24:52–53). This praise reaches its peak in the three great
hymns that the church has sung throughout all her generations—
the Magnificat (1:46–
55); the
Benedictus (1:68–79); and the Nunc Dimittis (2:29–32). There is a radiance in
Luke’s gospel which is a lovely thing, as if the sheen of heaven had touched the things of
earth.
The Lord of glory Jesus, has come down to our level,
Jesus entered into our conditions (sin excepted),
Jesus subjected Himself to our circumstances, and
Jesus lived His life on the same plane as ours is lived.
Jesus was born as none other ever was,
Jesus lived as none other did, and
Jesus died as none other ever could.
This morning we open to the Gospel of Luke, the longest book in the New Testament.
The Gospel by Luke was written by a physician from the church at Antioch, who became
a companion of Paul on several missionary journeys
55 and was the only author of a New
or Old Testament book who was probably a Gentile rather than a Jew. Luke, more than
any of the other gospel writers, highlights the universal scope of the gospel call,
portraying Jesus as the Son of Man, offered to the world. Luke repeatedly related
accounts of Gentiles, Samaritans, and other outcasts who found grace in Jesus’ eyes.
Please stand with me as we read Luke 1:1-6 as the Gospel by Luke demonstrates that
Christ the Perfect Man came into the world perfectly as no other ever did, lived a perfect
life like no other ever could, and then died the perfect death like no one ever would.
53 Quoted from Wiersbe, Warren W., The Bible Exposition Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books) 1997.
54 Guthrie, Donald, New Testament Introduction, (Downers Grove, Illinois, USA: InterVarsity Press) 1997.
55 cf. Acts 16:10–17; 20:5–21:18; 27:1–28:16.
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This morning we continue what will be perhaps one of the greatest studies we have ever
taken. We will look at each of Christ’s presentations of the Gospel. Each way Jesus
described salvation to both His Twelve and to the world.

1. ETERNAL SALVATION Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God,
walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
ETERNAL SAVATION
2. LIGHT, LIFE, AND PEACE Luke 1:47-79 v. 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in
God my Savior. 1:52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And
exalted the lowly. v. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He
has sent away empty. v. 68 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited
and redeemed His people, v. 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the
house of His servant David, v. 72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers
And to remember His holy covenant, v. 77 to give his people the knowledge of
salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, v. 78 because of the tender
mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven.
SINNERS, SAVED AND FORGIVEN BY GOD’S MERCY
3. SALVATION IS A PERSON Luke 2:30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
SALVATION IS A PERSON
4. FRUIT OR FIRE Luke 3:8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do
not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you
that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. FRUIT SHOWING
REPENTANCE
Luke 3:9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into
the fire.” FRUIT OR FIRE
3:17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will
thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but
the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”
5. HEARING CHRIST’S VOICE AND FOLLOWING Luke 5:20 When Jesus saw their
faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” SINS FORGIVEN BY FAITH
5:27 After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at
the tax office. And He said to him, “
Follow Me.” HEARING VOICE AND
FOLLOWING JESUS
5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to
repentance
.” BY REPENTING SINNERS
6. ENGAGED TO CHRIST Luke 5:34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of
the bridegroom fast while he is with them? ENGAGED TO CHRIST 5:38 No,
new wine must be poured into new wineskins. WITH NEW WINE INSIDE NEW
BOTTLES
7. CHRISTLIKE, GOODHEARTED, AND LORD OBEYING Luke 6:35-47 v. 35 But
love
your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get
anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be
sons of the Most
High
, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. LOVING SONS OF MOST
HIGH v. 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly
trained will be like his teacher. CHRISTLIKE
6:43 “No good tree bears bad fruit,
nor does a bad tree
bear good fruit. BEARING GOOD FRUIT 6:45 A good man
out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the
evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart
his mouth speaks. 6:47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does
them, I will show you whom he is like: LORD OBEYING
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Germany: You call me Master, and obey me not; You call me Light, and see me not; You call me
the Way, and walk me not; You call me the Life, and live me not; You call me wise, and follow me
not; You call me Fair, and love me not; You call me Rich, and ask me not; You call me Eternal and
seek me not. If I condemn thee, blame me not!
8. IN AGREEMENT WITH GOD ABOUT SIN Luke 7:29-30 And when all the people
heard Him, even the tax collectors
justified (homologeo said same thing as God
does)
God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees
and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by
him.
7:48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” FORGIVEN SINNERS
7:50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
BELIEVING AND PEACEFUL Do not confuse this event with a similar one involving
Mary of Bethany (John 12:1–8), and do not identify this woman with Mary
Magdalene (Mark 16:9; Luke 8:2) as many continue to do. The woman admitted
she was a sinner and gave evidence that she was a
repentant sinner. If you check
a harmony of the Gospels, you will discover that just before this event, Jesus had
given the gracious invitation, “Come unto Me… and I will give you rest” (Matt.
11:28–30). Perhaps that was when the woman turned from her sin and trusted
the Saviour. Her tears, her humble attitude, and her expensive gift all spoke of a
changed heart. Jesus proved that He was indeed a prophet by reading Simon’s
thoughts and revealing his needs. The parable does not deal with the
amount of
sin in a person’s life but the
awareness of that sin in his heart. How much sin must
a person commit to be a sinner? Simon and the woman were both sinners. Simon
was guilty of sins of the spirit, especially pride, while the woman was guilty of sins
of the flesh (see 2 Cor. 7:1). Her sins were known, while Simon’s sins were hidden
to everyone except God.
And both of them were bankrupt and could not pay their
debt to God.
Simon was just as spiritually bankrupt as the woman, only he did not
realize it. Forgiveness is a gift of God’s grace; the debt was paid in full by Jesus
Christ (Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19). The word
frankly means “graciously and
freely.” The woman accepted God’s free offer of salvation and expressed her love
openly. Simon rejected that offer and remained unforgiven. There are two errors
we must avoid as we interpret our Lord’s words. First, we must not conclude that
this woman was saved by her tears and her gift. Jesus made it clear that it was
her faith alone that saved her (Luke 7:50), for no amount of good works can pay
for salvation (Titus 3:4–7).56
9. GOSPEL OF ENDURING FRUIT BEARING Luke 8:1 After this, Jesus traveled
about from one town and village to another,
proclaiming the good news of the
kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, RECIPENTS OF THE GOOD NEWS
Luke
8:8
Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred
times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to
hear, let him hear.” HEARTS WITH GOOD SOIL – SEED WHICH GREW – LIVES
THAT WERE FRUITFUL
8:13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word
with joy when they hear it, but they have no
root. They believe for a while, but in
the time of testing they fall away. ROOTED TRUTH
8:14-15 The seed that fell
among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are
choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
UNCHOKED RIGHTEOUSNESS 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a
noble and good heart, who
hear the word, retain it, and by persevering

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produce a crop. GOOD – HEAR – RETAIN – BEAR FRUIT
10. DESIRING JESUS Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would
come after me
, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
SALVATION EQUALS FOLLOWING CHRIST
11. REGISTERED IN HEAVEN BY GOD Luke 10:22-23 All things have been
delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal
Him.” 23 Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes
which see the things you see;
12. CHRIST’S CHILDREN SEEK: Luke 11:2-4 So He said to them, “When you
pray, say:
(GOD AS FATHER) Our Father in heaven, (WORSHIPING HIM)
Hallowed be Your name. (SUBMISSIVE TO HIM) Your kingdom come. Your will
be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3
(DEPENDING ON HIM) Give us day by
day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins,
(LOVING OTHERS) For we also
forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
(SEEKING HOLINESS) And do not lead
us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”
13. INSIDE OUTEDNESS Luke 11:28 But He said, “More than that, blessed are
those who hear the word of God
and keep it!” 11:34 The lamp of the body is the
eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is
full of light. But
when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
11:39 Then the Lord said
to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your
inward part is full of greed and wickedness. INSIDE OUT LIVING
14. CHRIST CONFESSING, GOD WEALTHY, KINGDOM SEEKING, AND
HEAVENLY HEARTED
Luke 12:8 “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me
before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.
12:21
“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich
toward God
.” RICH TOWARD GOD 12:31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all
these things shall be added to you. 12
:34 For where your treasure is, there your
heart will be also. HEAVENWARD HEARTS
12:37-38 It will be good for those
servants whose master
finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the
truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will
come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master
finds
them ready
, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.
WATCHING and
15. SIN REPENTING, FRUIT BEARING, GATE ENTERING, GOD KNOWING,
AND RIGHTEOUSNESS DOING
Luke 13:5-6 I tell you, no! But unless you
repent
, you too will all perish.” 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree,
planted in his vineyard, and he went to
look for fruit on it, but did not find any.
REPENTANT and FRUITFUL
13:24-27 “Make every effort to enter through the
narrow door
, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand
outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘
I
don’t know you
or where you come from.’ 26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and
drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know
you or where you come from. Away from me, all you
evildoers!’ WALKING
NARROW ROAD – KNOWING GOD – DOING RIGHTEOUSNESS
16. IMPOSSIBLY COMING TO CHRIST Luke 14:26-27, 33 “If anyone comes
to me
and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his

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brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27 And
anyone who does not
carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 33
In the same way, any of you who does not
give up everything he has cannot be
my disciple. COMES TO CHRIST – LOVES CHRIST – IDENTIFIES WITH CHRIST –
FOLLOWS CHRIST– GIVES UP ALL TO CHRIST
17. sin repenting Luke 15:7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in
heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need
no repentance.
15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the
presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.” REPENTING
SINNERS
18. LIGHT LIVING, GOD SERVING, AND WORD RECEIVING Luke 16:8 “The
master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For
the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are
the people of the light. PEOPLE OF LIGHT Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve
two
masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be
devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and
Money.” DEVOTED TO ONLY ONE MASTER 1
6:31 “He said to him, ‘If they do
not
listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if
someone rises from the dead.’” RECEPTIVE TO GOD’S WORD
19. Luke 18:13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even
look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘
God, have mercy on me, a
sinner
.’ SEEKING GOD’S MERCY
20. Luke 18:17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of
God
like a little child will never enter it.” HELPLESS CHILDLIKE RECEPTION
21. Luke 18:19-27 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is
good—except God alone
. 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still
lack one thing. Sell everything
you have and give to the poor, and you will
have treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.” 27 Jesus replied, “What is
impossible with men is possible with God.” KNOWING YOU ARE LOST
KNOWING GOD IS BOSS
22. Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
FOUND BY CHRIST
23. Luke 24:47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in
his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN

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001231 AM Mark-43 Masters Message in Luke-3
THE MASTER’S MESSAGE SERIES
LUKE-3
This New Years’ Eve we are examining the Gospel. We are exploring how Jesus
explained the pathway to eternal life. Have you ever heard anyone say, “Well you can’t
take it with you!” That is true. God no less says the same thing. But so many have tried.
Most notably we think of the god-kings of Egypt. Those Pharaohs built giant banks
(known as pyramids) to house their fabulous wealth so they could “take it with them”.
Now empty and looted they stand as silent witnesses to the folly of trying to hold onto
this earth.
God’s Salvation completely changes our ending of earthly life. Perhaps the contrast
between the last hours of life in two vastly different men will help us see how great is
our salvation.
The first man was the incredibly wealthy, last king of Assyria (in what is today Iran).
Ancient sources give a remarkably clear picture of the destruction of Nineveh. There had
been rebellions in empire for some time. The armies of Nineveh supported by her allies
repulsed many of them. But in the year 612 B.C. the doom of the city arrived.
Combined armies of Babylonians and Scythians marched up the left bank of the Tigris
River and surrounded the city. It happened in early spring at the time of the annual
rainfalls. Since the rains were especially hard that year, the Tigris and other rivers
flooded and apparently washed away a portion of the walls, leaving a breach for the
armies to enter the city.
The Greek historian Diodorus Siculus (c. 20 B.C.) says that the river not only broke
down the walls of the city, it also inundated part of it. At this point, the king,
S
ARDANAPALUS, remembering an oracle to the effect that Nineveh would only fall when the
river itself declared war against it, believed that the oracle was fulfilled and abandoned
any hope of saving himself. He built a gigantic funeral pyre in the royal precincts,
heaped up large quantities of gold and costly clothes, shut his concubines and eunuchs
in a chamber he had made in the midst of the pyre, and then burned himself, his family,
his concubines and eunuchs, and the palace. For centuries the wealth of the ancient
world had been pouring into Nineveh as a result of the Assyrian conquests. Now it
burned!
The second man was neither wealthy nor a king. His name was CT Studd. After serving
15 years in China and 6 in India, he invested his final 21 in the heart of Africa’s vast,
dark jungles among the fierce, cannibal, head-hunting pygmies. As his breaths became
shallow and labored, and his skin turned black. We need to remember the passing of
this hero of heroes in the Lord’s army of faithful servants.
CT Studd. A former lean and fit athlete, now gaunt and emaciated. All his gleaming
white teeth now either broken, brown or long gone. Stooped, halting with each step he
is surrounded by thousands of glistening black bodies wearing banana leaves. They

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have come to hear their beloved Bwana for the last time. He speaks to them only after
over two hours of singing the songs he had so lovingly taught them: “Wounded for me,
wounded for me, there on the cross He was wounded for me, gone my transgressions
and now I can sing, all because Jesus was wounded for me!”
There in front of him sit 5,000 former headhunters. Now their oiled bodies, formerly the
habitation of dark, foul fiends from the pit are temples of the Living God. Once naked
and grossly immoral lovers of darkness, now not only clothed in Christ but also
modestly clothed in banana leaves. Before their beloved father in the faith they sit in an
immense sea of white-toothed smiles. With faces turned heavenward they sing of the
sweet by and by and that beautiful shore they will someday see.
Passed now are the years of darkness and savagery. The former enemies sit shoulder
to shoulder. No weapons of war are left, only the bond of love. This would be the last
sight of his dear saintly converts Studd would see. After his message uttered between
gasps for air, with every ear strained to catch each word, he is carried back to his hut.
Exhausted, he rests, though only his Savior knew it was his last. In the night the
Faithful Shepherd who had led him to China, then India and finally to the very heart of
Africa – took CT home. In the morning only the shriveled earthly tent was left. But
around that hut and to the furthest reaches of the jungles and on mission stations
around the world, the footprints of this giant can be found today.
CT Studd gave every thing to Christ. And in return he lost nothing. S
ARDANAPALUS kept
everything to the end and died as it was destroyed. Jim Elliot summed it up the best,
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” This
morning let’s find what we can give up that will last forever!
As we open to the 3
rd Gospel again this morning it is Jesus Christ we see on every page
as our compassionate Savior, who came to live among sinners, love them, help them,
and die for them. Luke is a book with a message for
everybody, because of the
universality of Jesus Christ and His salvation: “good tidings of great joy, which shall be
to all people” (Luke 2:10)
57. There is a radiance in Luke’s gospel which is a lovely thing,
as if the sheen of heaven had touched the things of earth.
The Lord of glory Jesus, has come down to our level,
Jesus entered into our conditions (sin excepted),
Jesus subjected Himself to our circumstances, and
Jesus lived His life on the same plane as ours is lived.
Jesus was born as none other ever was,
Jesus lived as none other did, and
Jesus died as none other ever could.
This morning we open to the Gospel of Luke, the longest book in the New Testament.
The Gospel by Luke was written by a physician from the church at Antioch, who became
a companion of Paul on several missionary journeys
58 and was the only author of a New
or Old Testament book who was probably a Gentile rather than a Jew. Luke, more than
57 Quoted from Wiersbe, Warren W., The Bible Exposition Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books) 1997.
58 cf. Acts 16:10–17; 20:5–21:18; 27:1–28:16.
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any of the other gospel writers, highlights the universal scope of the gospel call,
portraying Jesus as the Son of Man, offered to the world. Luke repeatedly related
accounts of Gentiles, Samaritans, and other outcasts who found grace in Jesus’ eyes.
Please stand with me as we read Luke 5:17,20,27-32 as the Gospel by Luke
demonstrates that Christ the Perfect Man came into the world perfectly as no other ever
did, lived a perfect life like no other ever could, and then died the perfect death like no
one ever would.
This morning we continue what will be perhaps one of the greatest studies we have ever
taken. We will look at each of Christ’s presentations of the Gospel. Each way Jesus
described salvation to both His Twelve and to the world.

1. THERE IS ONLY ONE GOSPEL OF ETERNAL SALVATION Luke 1:6 And they
were both
righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and
ordinances of the
Lord blameless. ETERNAL SAVATION
2. SALVATION IS LIGHT, LIFE, AND PEACE Luke 1:47-79 v. 47 And my spirit
has rejoiced in God my Savior. 1:52 He has put down the mighty from their
thrones, And exalted the lowly. v. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty. v. 68 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For
He has visited and redeemed His people, v. 69 And has raised up a horn of
salvation for us In the house of His servant David, v. 72 To perform the mercy
promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant, v. 77 to give his
people the knowledge of
salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, v.
78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to
us from heaven. SINNERS, SAVED AND FORGIVEN BY GOD’S MERCY
3. SALVATION IS A PERSON Luke 2:30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
SALVATION IS A PERSON
4. JESUS PREACHED – BEAR FRUIT OR BE CAST INTO THE FIRE Luke 3:8
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to
yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these
stones God can raise up children for Abraham. FRUIT SHOWING REPENTANCE
Luke 3:9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree
which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” FRUIT OR
FIRE
3:17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His
threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with
unquenchable fire.”
5. SALVATION IS HEARING CHRIST’S VOICE AND FOLLOWING HIM Luke 5:20
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” SINS
FORGIVEN BY FAITH
5:27 After these things He went out and saw a tax collector
named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “
Follow Me.” HEARING
VOICE AND FOLLOWING JESUS
5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance.” BY REPENTING SINNERS
6. BELIEVERS ARE ENGAGED TO CHRIST REGENERATED AND INDWELT Luke
5:34
Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he
is with them? ENGAGED TO CHRIST
5:38 No, new wine must be poured into
new wineskins. WITH NEW WINE INSIDE NEW BOTTLES
7. GENUINE BELIEVERS ARE CHRISTLIKE, GOODHEARTED, AND LORD
OBEYING
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lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be
great, and you will be
sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the
ungrateful and wicked. LOVING SONS OF MOST HIGH v. 40 A disciple is not
above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
CHRISTLIKE
6:43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good
fruit
. BEARING GOOD FRUIT 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his
heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart
brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 6:47
Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you
whom he is like: LORD OBEYING
from cathedral in Lubeck, Germany: You call me Master,
and obey me not; You call me Light, and see me not; You call me the Way, and walk me not; You
call me the Life, and live me not; You call me wise, and follow me not; You call me Fair, and love
me not; You call me Rich, and ask me not; You call me Eternal and seek me not. If I condemn
thee, blame me not!
8. JESUS CALLS US TO AGREE WITH GOD ABOUT OUR SIN Luke 7:29-30 And
when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors
justified (homologeo said
same thing as God does)
God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30
But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having
been baptized by him.
7:48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
FORGIVEN SINNERS
7:50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you;
go in
peace.” BELIEVING AND PEACEFUL Do not confuse this event with a similar
one involving Mary of Bethany (John 12:1–8), and do not identify this woman with
Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9; Luke 8:2) as many continue to do. The woman
admitted she was a sinner and gave evidence that she was a
repentant sinner. If
you check a harmony of the Gospels, you will discover that just before this event,
Jesus had given the gracious invitation, “Come unto Me… and I will give you rest”
(Matt. 11:28–30). Perhaps that was when the woman turned from her sin and
trusted the Saviour. Her tears, her humble attitude, and her expensive gift all
spoke of a changed heart. Jesus proved that He was indeed a prophet by reading
Simon’s thoughts and revealing his needs. The parable does not deal with the
amount of sin in a person’s life but the awareness of that sin in his heart. How
much sin must a person commit to be a sinner? Simon and the woman were both
sinners. Simon was guilty of sins of the spirit, especially pride, while the woman
was guilty of sins of the flesh (see 2 Cor. 7:1). Her sins were known, while
Simon’s sins were hidden to everyone except God.
And both of them were
bankrupt and could not pay their debt to God.
Simon was just as spiritually
bankrupt as the woman, only he did not realize it. Forgiveness is a gift of God’s
grace; the debt was paid in full by Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19). The
word
frankly means “graciously and freely.” The woman accepted God’s free offer
of salvation and expressed her love openly. Simon rejected that offer and
remained unforgiven. There are two errors we must avoid as we interpret our
Lord’s words. First, we must not conclude that this woman was saved by her tears
and her gift. Jesus made it clear that it was
her faith alone that saved her (Luke
7:50), for no amount of good works can pay for salvation (Titus 3:4–7).59
9. JESUS TAUGHT A GOSPEL OF ENDURING FRUIT BEARING Luke 8:1 After
this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another,
proclaiming the
good news
of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, RECIPENTS OF

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THE GOOD NEWS Luke 8:8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and
yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he
called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” HEARTS WITH GOOD SOIL –
SEED WHICH GREW – LIVES THAT WERE FRUITFUL
8:13 Those on the rock are
the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no
root.
They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. ROOTED TRUTH
8:14-15 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they
go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they
do not mature. UNCHOKED RIGHTEOUSNESS 15 But the seed on good soil stands
for those with a noble and good heart, who
hear the word, retain it, and by
persevering produce a crop
. GOOD – HEAR – RETAIN – BEAR FRUIT
10. SALVATION IS DESIRING JESUS Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “If
anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily
and follow me. SALVATION EQUALS FOLLOWING CHRIST
11. TRUE BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED IN HEAVEN BY GOD Luke
10:20-22
Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you,
but rather
rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” 21 In that
hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven
and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and
revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 22
All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son
is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom
the Son wills to reveal Him.” Check Hebrews 12
12. THE EVIDENCE OF CHRIST’S CHILDREN IS THEY SEEK: Luke 11:2-4 So
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
(GOD AS FATHER) Our Father in heaven,
(WORSHIPING HIM) Hallowed be Your name. (SUBMISSIVE TO HIM) Your
kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3
(DEPENDING ON
HIM)
Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins, (LOVING
OTHERS)
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. (SEEKING
HOLINESS)
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”
13. JESUS CALLED FOR INSIDE OUTEDNESS Luke 11:28 But He said, “More
than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God
and keep it!” 11:34 The
lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body
also is
full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
11:39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup
and dish clean, but your
inward part is full of greed and wickedness. INSIDE OUT
LIVING
14. YOU CAN BE ASSURED OF HEAVEN IF YOU ARE: CHRIST
CONFESSING, GOD WEALTHY, KINGDOM SEEKING, AND HEAVENLY
HEARTED
Luke 12:8 “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him
the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.
12:21 “This is how it
will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not
rich toward God.”
RICH TOWARD GOD
12:31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things
shall be added to you. 12
:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be
also. HEAVENWARD HEARTS
12:37-38 It will be good for those servants whose
master
finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress
himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on
them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master
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if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. WATCHING and
15. JESUS DESCRIBES THOSE HEADING TO HEAVEN AS: SIN REPENTING,
FRUIT BEARING, GATE ENTERING, GOD KNOWING, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
DOING
Luke 13:5-6 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all
perish.” 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard,
and he went to
look for fruit on it, but did not find any. REPENTANT and
FRUITFUL
13:24-27 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door,
because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the
owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking
and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘
I don’t know you
or where you come from.’ 26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and
you taught in our streets.’ 27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you
come from. Away from me, all you
evildoers!’ WALKING NARROW ROAD –
KNOWING GOD – DOING RIGHTEOUSNESS
16. SALVATION IS WHEN WE IMPOSSIBLY COME TO CHRIST Luke 14:26-
27, 33
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children,
his brothers and sisters—yes,
even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone who
does not
carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 33 In the same way, any of you
who does not
give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. COMES TO CHRIST – LOVES
CHRIST – IDENTIFIES WITH CHRIST – FOLLOWS CHRIST– GIVES UP ALL TO CHRIST
17. GENUINE CHRISTIANS ARE SIN REPENTING Luke 15:7 I say to you that
likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over
ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
15:10 In the same way, I tell
you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who
repents
.” REPENTING SINNERS
18. JESUS SAID THAT THREE EVIDENCES OF SALVATION ARE: LIGHT
LIVING, GOD SERVING, AND WORD RECEIVING
Luke 16:8 “The master
commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the
people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are
the
people of the light
. PEOPLE OF LIGHT Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two
masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to
the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” DEVOTED
TO ONLY ONE MASTER 1
6:31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to
Moses and the Prophets
, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from
the dead.’” RECEPTIVE TO GOD’S WORD
19. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE MERCY NEEDING Luke 18:13
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven,
but beat his breast and said, ‘
God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ SEEKING
GOD’S MERCY
20. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE HELPLESSLY COMING Luke
18:17
I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a
little child
will never enter it.” HELPLESS CHILDLIKE RECEPTION
21. A TRUE BELIEVER IS LOST-KNOWING AND GOD-OBEYING Luke 18:19-
27
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God
alone
. 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell
everything
you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then
come, follow me.” 27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is
possible with God.” KNOWING YOU ARE LOST-KNOWING GOD IS BOSS
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For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” FOUND BY CHRIST
23. A TRUE BELIEVER IS REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN Luke 24:47 and
repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations,
beginning at Jerusalem. REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN

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THE MASTER’S MESSAGE SERIES
LUKE-4
This morning the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most wonderful message ever conceived,
and the most powerful formula ever devised. What do I mean? Well when someone
hears and believes God’s Word their life is revolutionized.
What can this Gospel do? As you turn back towards Romans 1:16-17, listen to this
testimonial of the power unleashed by the Gospel proclaimed by the Book you hold in
your hands! During
60 Ravi Zacharias’s ministry in Vietnam in 197I, one of his
interpreters who traveled with him was Hien Pham. Within four years Vietnam fell, and
Hien’s fate was unknown, until seventeen years later, in 1988.
Shortly after Vietnam fell to the Communists, Hien was arrested. Accused of aiding and
abetting the Americans he was in and out of prison for several years. During one long
jail term, the sole purpose of his jailers was to indoctrinate him against the West-and
especially against democratic ideals and the Christian faith. He was cut off from reading
anything in English and restricted to communist propaganda in French or Vietnamese.
This daily overdose of the writings of Marx and Engels began to take its toll on him. One
of the books he was given to read pictured the communist man as a bird in the ironclad
cage of capitalism, throwing itself against the bars of “capitalist oppression” and
bloodying itself in the process. Yet still it continued to struggle in its quest for freedom.
Hien began to buckle under the onslaught.
Maybe, he thought, I have been lied to.
Maybe God does
not exist. Maybe my whole life bas been governed by lies. Maybe the
West h
as deceived me. The more he thought, the more he moved toward a decision.
Finally, he made up his mind. He determined that when he awakened the next day, he
would not pray anymore or ever think of his Christian faith again.
The next morning, he was assigned to clean the latrines of the prison. It was the most
dreaded chore, shunned by everyone, and so with much distress he began the awful
task. As he cleaned out a tin can filled to overflowing with toilet paper, his eye caught
what he thought was English printed on one piece of paper. He hurriedly washed it off
and slipped it into his hip pocket, planning to read it at night. Not having seen anything
in English for such a long time, he anxiously waited for a free moment. Under his
mosquito net that night after his roommates had fallen asleep, he pulled out a small
flashlight and shining it on the damp piece of paper he read at the top corner, “Romans,
Chapter 8.” Literally trembling with shock, he began to read:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called
according to his purpose….
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not
spare his own Son, but gave him up for us -how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all
things? …
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Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or
nakedness or danger or sword? …
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced
that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any
powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the
love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Rom. 8:28, 3I, 32, 35, 37-39)
Hien wept. He knew his Bible, and he had not seen one for so long. Not only that, he
knew there was not a more relevant passage of conviction and strength for one on the
verge of surrendering to the threat of evil. He cried out to God, asking for forgiveness,
for this was to have been the first day in years that he had determined not to pray.
Evidently the Lord had other plans.
The next day, Hien asked the camp commander if he could clean the latrine again. He
continued with this chore on a regular basis, because he had discovered that some
official in the camp was using a Bible as toilet paper. Each day Hien picked up a portion
of Scripture, cleaned it off, and added it to his nightly devotional reading. In this way he
retrieved a significant portion of the Bible.
The day came when, through an equally providential set of circumstances, Hien was
released, and years later Hien arrived on American soil where today he is a
businessman-forever grateful for America and praying that she would open her heart as
a nation to Christ.
Now join me as we stand and read Romans 1:16-17; and then 8:37-39. Note with me
how the Apostle Paul describes the Powerful Gospel of Christ we have been studying
these past weeks.
That is the powerful message of Christ’s Gospel in Luke. We find again this morning
Jesus Christ on every page as our compassionate Savior, who came to live among
sinners, love them, help them, and die for them. Luke is a book with a message for
everybody, because of the universality of Jesus Christ and His salvation: “good tidings of
great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:10)
61.
The Lord of glory Jesus, has come down to our level,
Jesus our Savior entered into our conditions (sin excepted),
Jesus our Lord subjected Himself to our circumstances, and
Jesus our Master lived His life on the same plane as ours is lived.
Jesus our God was born as none other ever was,
Jesus our Example lived as none other did, and
Jesus our Redeemer died as none other ever could.
This morning we continue what will be perhaps one of the greatest studies we have ever
taken. We will look at each of Christ’s presentations of the Gospel. Each way Jesus
described salvation to both His Twelve and to the world.

1. THERE IS ONLY ONE GOSPEL OF ETERNAL SALVATION Luke 1:6 And they
were both
righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and

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ordinances of the Lord blameless. ETERNAL SAVATION
2. SALVATION IS LIGHT, LIFE, AND PEACE Luke 1:47-79 v. 47 And my spirit
has rejoiced in God my Savior. 1:52 He has put down the mighty from their
thrones, And exalted the lowly. v. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty. v. 68 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For
He has visited and redeemed His people, v. 69 And has raised up a horn of
salvation for us In the house of His servant David, v. 72 To perform the mercy
promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant, v. 77 to give his
people the knowledge of
salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, v.
78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to
us from heaven. SINNERS, SAVED AND FORGIVEN BY GOD’S MERCY
3. SALVATION IS A PERSON Luke 2:30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
SALVATION IS trusting the right PERSON Jesus is
The one and only True God who saves
eternally and exists in Tri-unity (Three Persons) – beware of any doctrine about God that doesn’t
have three persons; The True Jesus is God the Son, the Creator, who is Infinite and Eternal –
beware of any doctrine that has Jesus as a created being. The True Gospel is an unmerited Gift
through a substitutionary atonement – beware of any gospel that has a system of good works and
a needed baptism etc
4. JESUS PREACHED – BEAR FRUIT OR BE CAST INTO THE FIRE Luke 3:8
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to
yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these
stones God can raise up children for Abraham. FRUIT SHOWING REPENTANCE
Luke 3:9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree
which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” FRUIT OR
FIRE
3:17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His
threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with
unquenchable fire.”
5. SALVATION IS HEARING CHRIST’S VOICE AND FOLLOWING HIM Luke 5:20
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” SINS
FORGIVEN BY FAITH
5:27 After these things He went out and saw a tax collector
named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “
Follow Me.” HEARING
VOICE AND FOLLOWING JESUS
5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance.” BY REPENTING SINNERS
6. BELIEVERS ARE ENGAGED TO CHRIST REGENERATED AND INDWELT Luke
5:34
Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he
is with them? ENGAGED TO CHRIST
5:38 No, new wine must be poured into
new wineskins. WITH NEW WINE INSIDE NEW BOTTLES
7. GENUINE BELIEVERS ARE CHRISTLIKE, GOODHEARTED, AND LORD
OBEYING
Luke 6:35-47 v. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and
lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be
great, and you will be
sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the
ungrateful and wicked. LOVING SONS OF MOST HIGH v. 40 A disciple is not
above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
CHRISTLIKE
6:43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good
fruit
. BEARING GOOD FRUIT 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his
heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart
brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 6:47
Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you
whom he is like: LORD OBEYING
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and obey me not; You call me Light, and see me not; You call me the Way, and walk me not; You
call me the Life, and live me not; You call me wise, and follow me not; You call me Fair, and love
me not; You call me Rich, and ask me not; You call me Eternal and seek me not. If I condemn
thee, blame me not!
8. JESUS CALLS US TO AGREE WITH GOD ABOUT OUR SIN Luke 7:29-30 And
when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors
justified (homologeo said
same thing as God does)
God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30
But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having
been baptized by him.
7:48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
FORGIVEN SINNERS
7:50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you;
go in
peace.” BELIEVING AND PEACEFUL Do not confuse this event with a similar
one involving Mary of Bethany (John 12:1–8), and do not identify this woman with
Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9; Luke 8:2) as many continue to do. The woman
admitted she was a sinner and gave evidence that she was a
repentant sinner. If
you check a harmony of the Gospels, you will discover that just before this event,
Jesus had given the gracious invitation, “Come unto Me… and I will give you rest”
(Matt. 11:28–30). Perhaps that was when the woman turned from her sin and
trusted the Saviour. Her tears, her humble attitude, and her expensive gift all
spoke of a changed heart. Jesus proved that He was indeed a prophet by reading
Simon’s thoughts and revealing his needs. The parable does not deal with the
amount of sin in a person’s life but the awareness of that sin in his heart. How
much sin must a person commit to be a sinner? Simon and the woman were both
sinners. Simon was guilty of sins of the spirit, especially pride, while the woman
was guilty of sins of the flesh (see 2 Cor. 7:1). Her sins were known, while
Simon’s sins were hidden to everyone except God.
And both of them were
bankrupt and could not pay their debt to God.
Simon was just as spiritually
bankrupt as the woman, only he did not realize it. Forgiveness is a gift of God’s
grace; the debt was paid in full by Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19). The
word
frankly means “graciously and freely.” The woman accepted God’s free offer
of salvation and expressed her love openly. Simon rejected that offer and
remained unforgiven. There are two errors we must avoid as we interpret our
Lord’s words. First, we must not conclude that this woman was saved by her tears
and her gift. Jesus made it clear that it was
her faith alone that saved her (Luke
7:50), for no amount of good works can pay for salvation (Titus 3:4–7).62
9. JESUS TAUGHT A GOSPEL OF ENDURING FRUIT BEARING Luke 8:1 After
this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another,
proclaiming the
good news
of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, RECIPENTS OF
THE GOOD NEWS
Luke 8:8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and
yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he
called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” HEARTS WITH GOOD SOIL –
SEED WHICH GREW – LIVES THAT WERE FRUITFUL
8:13 Those on the rock are
the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no
root.
They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. ROOTED TRUTH
8:14-15 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they
go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they
do not mature. UNCHOKED RIGHTEOUSNESS 15 But the seed on good soil stands
for those with a noble and good heart, who
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persevering produce a crop. GOOD – HEAR – RETAIN – BEAR FRUIT
10. SALVATION IS DESIRING JESUS Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “If
anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily
and follow me. SALVATION EQUALS FOLLOWING CHRIST
11. TRUE BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED IN HEAVEN BY GOD Luke
10:20-22
Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you,
but rather
rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” 21 In that
hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven
and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and
revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 22
All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son
is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom
the Son wills to reveal Him.” Check Hebrews 12
12. THE EVIDENCE OF CHRIST’S CHILDREN IS THEY SEEK: Luke 11:2-4 So
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
(GOD AS FATHER) Our Father in heaven,
(WORSHIPING HIM) Hallowed be Your name. (SUBMISSIVE TO HIM) Your
kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3
(DEPENDING ON
HIM)
Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins, (LOVING
OTHERS)
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. (SEEKING
HOLINESS)
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”
13. JESUS CALLED FOR INSIDE OUTEDNESS Luke 11:28 But He said, “More
than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God
and keep it!” 11:34 The
lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body
also is
full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
11:39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup
and dish clean, but your
inward part is full of greed and wickedness. INSIDE OUT
LIVING
14. YOU CAN BE ASSURED OF HEAVEN IF YOU ARE: CHRIST
CONFESSING, GOD WEALTHY, KINGDOM SEEKING, AND HEAVENLY
HEARTED
Luke 12:8 “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him
the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.
12:21 “This is how it
will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not
rich toward God.”
RICH TOWARD GOD
12:31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things
shall be added to you. 12
:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be
also. HEAVENWARD HEARTS
12:37-38 It will be good for those servants whose
master
finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress
himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on
them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master
finds them ready, even
if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. WATCHING and
15. JESUS DESCRIBES THOSE HEADING TO HEAVEN AS: SIN REPENTING,
FRUIT BEARING, GATE ENTERING, GOD KNOWING, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
DOING
Luke 13:5-6 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all
perish.” 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard,
and he went to
look for fruit on it, but did not find any. REPENTANT and
FRUITFUL
13:24-27 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door,
because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the
owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking
and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘
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or where you come from.’ 26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and
you taught in our streets.’ 27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you
come from. Away from me, all you
evildoers!’ WALKING NARROW ROAD –
KNOWING GOD – DOING RIGHTEOUSNESS
16. SALVATION IS WHEN WE IMPOSSIBLY COME TO CHRIST Luke 14:26-
27, 33
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children,
his brothers and sisters—yes,
even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone who
does not
carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 33 In the same way, any of you
who does not
give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. COMES TO CHRIST – LOVES
CHRIST – IDENTIFIES WITH CHRIST – FOLLOWS CHRIST– GIVES UP ALL TO CHRIST
17. GENUINE CHRISTIANS ARE SIN REPENTING Luke 15:7 I say to you that
likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over
ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
15:10 In the same way, I tell
you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who
repents
.” REPENTING SINNERS
18. JESUS SAID THAT THREE EVIDENCES OF SALVATION ARE: LIGHT
LIVING, GOD SERVING, AND WORD RECEIVING
Luke 16:8 “The master
commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the
people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are
the
people of the light
. PEOPLE OF LIGHT Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two
masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to
the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” DEVOTED
TO ONLY ONE MASTER 1
6:31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to
Moses and the Prophets
, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from
the dead.’” RECEPTIVE TO GOD’S WORD
19. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE MERCY NEEDING Luke 18:13
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven,
but beat his breast and said, ‘
God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ SEEKING
GOD’S MERCY
20. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE HELPLESSLY COMING Luke
18:17
I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a
little child
will never enter it.” HELPLESS CHILDLIKE RECEPTION
21. A TRUE BELIEVER IS LOST-KNOWING AND GOD-OBEYING Luke 18:19-
27
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God
alone
. 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell
everything
you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then
come, follow me.” 27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is
possible with God.” KNOWING YOU ARE LOST-KNOWING GOD IS BOSS
22. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE FOUND BY CHRIST Luke 19:10
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” FOUND BY CHRIST
23. A TRUE BELIEVER IS REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN Luke 24:47 and
repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations,
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THE MASTER’S MESSAGE SERIES
LUKE-5
Of all the various type of disasters that befall us as humans, one of the more feared
situations is to be trapped in a burning building. Over the past few years there have
been several tragic scenes of dance clubs where hundreds of young people have been
locked into halls that have burned and the doors were piled high with the dead who
could not get out and escape the fire.
I’ve never been trapped in a burning building, but Bonnie and I will always remember
being trapped on a burning elevator in Los Angeles during the 1984 Olympics. Those
tense minutes stuck between floors as the smoke of the electric motors began comin
into the car will always be riveted in our minds. But think for a moment if you were in a
hall crammed with people and a fire broke out and people were cramming against a
locked door and you had a handful of the keys that could unlock the door for them, you
could dispense those keys if you wanted to. Would you?
What is the actual message63 that answers someone asking, “What must I do to be saved?”
God says it comes down to this, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will saved,” Acts 16:31. And
how do I do that? Simply believe that Christ came into the world clothed in human flesh, born of a virgin,
lived a perfect life, died a subsitutionary death on the cross, rose from the grave, and ascended to the
right hand of the Father having accomplished our redemption as our High Priest and coming King.
That sentence is what you could call the essence, or the drive train of the Gospel. You believe that. You
believe in the Christ who is the true Christ and in His death and resurrection for you- and God gives you
His Gracious Salvation. So the key we hold in our hands is to call men and women to that faith. We call
them to start believing God who says, “For by grace you are saved,” Eph 2:8, “through faith.”
How? We say, “Here, do you want to take the gift? Just trust Christ. Just put your faith, just affirm you
believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who lived and died for you and rose again. Do you believe that? And
acknowledge Christ as your Lord and Savior.” That’s it. And receive the forgiveness He offers.
But one final question remains, “How in the world can do it and still be just? One way, Reconciliation by
the will of God, by the act of justification which involves forgiveness, by the obedience of faith. We just
call sinners to believe. How can He do it? How can He punish the sin in our lives at one time and make
us His own children at the other? How can He punish us without destroying us?
Please stand with me and listen as I read II Corinthians 5:14-21.
II Corinthians 5:21 is the answer, and it stands as the greatest verse in the Bible. Fifteen Greek words. If
you understand this verse, you understand the Gospel. Fifteen Greek words that define the meaning of
the reconciliation message. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf that we might become
the righteousness of God in Him.” That’s how He did it. That’s how God did it. There is the plan. This is
the secret of redemption right here. Understand this verse, “He made,” is God. God is the one who did it.
It’s God’s plan, in order to make it work, “He made Him who knew no sin,” who’s that? Jesus Christ who
the writer of Hebrews said is, “holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners.” The sinless,
spotless Lamb of God. “He made Him who knew no sin,” that’s so critical. It had to be a perfect lamb. It
had to be without spot, without blemish, right? “He made Him who knew no sin.”
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Here’s comes the key, the Greek says, “He made Him who knew no sin, sin.” His sinless son in whom He
said, “I am well pleased.” His sinless son who Peter calls “the just for the unjust” was made sin.
On the
cross Jesus was NOT a sinner.
He never was a sinner before. He wasn’t a sinner then. And He never
will be. He was as pure and holy and harmless and undefiled hanging on the cross as ever before or
since. He is not a sinner, never a sinner. He never broke a law of God and he never failed to fulfill
PERFECTLY everything God ever required or desired. And God did not make him a sinner on the cross.
On the cross, God treated Jesus as if He had committed every sin ever committed by every
person who would ever believe
. Did you get that? God treated Him as if He committed, personally,
every sin ever committed by every person who would ever believe though the fact is He committed none
of them. That’s the great doctrine of substitution. And that’s the first side of imputation. God imputed
our sins to Him. He was guilty of none of them. God treated Him as if He committed all of them. And He
just unloaded His fury for all the sins of all the people who would ever believe in Him in the history of the
world. He unloaded all His fury against all their sins on Christ.
To borrow the language of Leviticus 16, Jesus became the “scapegoat”. Scapegoat was guilty of nothing.
But the High Priest, as it were, laid all the sins of the people on the scapegoat and sent him away. He was
without sin. But sin was credited to His account as if He had personally committed it and then God
punished Him though the fact is He never committed any of it. That’s imputation.
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “When Jesus came into the world why did He have to live all
those years?” If I was planning the plan of redemption I’d have had Him come down on Friday, die, rise
on Sunday and go back to Heaven Monday. Why 30 years? Why 30 silent years?
Jesus lived a full life was that He might live a complete life fully righteous.
That He might live a
complete life absolutely without sin, absolutely perfect, so that that perfect life could be
credited to your account. That’s the backside of imputation. On the cross, God treated Jesus
as if He lived your life so He could treat you as if you lived His life. That’s the Gospel. That’s
substitution.
What happens in justification? God simply declares you righteous because your sin has been paid for. He
treated Christ as if He’d committed all your sins and lived your life and He treats you as if you lived
Christ’s life. That’s how the Father sees you now. And that happened at the moment of faith, didn’t it?
That’s the Gospel. That’s what we need to tell sinners. That’s the essence of it.
No salvation without
imputation and substitution
In faith, repentant faith, acknowledging our sin, we acknowledge Jesus died and rose again for us in
simple faith. We ask Him to save us from our sins and at that moment, the payment of Christ is sufficient
for all our sins and the righteousness of Christ is granted to us. And from then on God treats us as if we
had lived Christ’s life. That’s why Paul in Romans says, 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation.”
Can’t be, it’s paid for. Satan shows up in Heaven and he says, “Your saint down there, they did this, and
this, and this.” Jesus says, “Paid for. Paid for. Paid for.” The Father says, “Sorry Satan, can’t see it. All
I can see is the righteousness of Christ.”
That’s the great message of the good news. And this is what we are called to dispense. This is the word
of reconciliation. All around us there is a world trapped in what is literally a burning building, and we are
the dispensers of the key to get out and be saved. That’s the heart of the Gospel message.
This morning we continue what will be perhaps one of the greatest studies we have ever
taken. We will look at each of Christ’s presentations of the Gospel. Each way Jesus
described salvation to both His Twelve and to the world.

a. THERE IS ONLY ONE GOSPEL OF ETERNAL SALVATION Luke 1:6 And
they were both
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and ordinances of the Lord blameless. ETERNAL SAVATION
b. SALVATION IS LIGHT, LIFE, AND PEACE Luke 1:47-79 v. 47 And my
spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 1:52 He has put down the mighty
from their thrones, And exalted the lowly. v. 53 He has filled the hungry with
good things, And the rich He has sent away empty. v. 68 “Blessed is the
Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, v. 69 And
has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David, v.
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy
covenant, v. 77 to give his people the knowledge of
salvation through the
forgiveness of their sins
, v. 78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven. SINNERS, SAVED
AND FORGIVEN BY GOD’S MERCY
c. SALVATION IS A PERSON Luke 2:30 For my eyes have seen Your
salvation SALVATION IS A PERSON
d. JESUS PREACHED – BEAR FRUIT OR BE CAST INTO THE FIRE Luke 3:8
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to
yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these
stones God can raise up children for Abraham. FRUIT SHOWING
REPENTANCE
Luke 3:9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown
into the fire.” FRUIT OR FIRE
3:17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He
will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His
barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”
e. SALVATION IS HEARING CHRIST’S VOICE AND FOLLOWING HIM
Luke 5:20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are
forgiven
.” SINS FORGIVEN BY FAITH 5:27 After these things He went out
and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to
him, “
Follow Me.” HEARING VOICE AND FOLLOWING JESUS 5:32 I have
not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” BY
REPENTING SINNERS
f. BELIEVERS ARE ENGAGED TO CHRIST REGENERATED AND INDWELT
Luke 5:34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom
fast while he is with them? ENGAGED TO CHRIST 5:38 No, new wine must
be poured into
new wineskins. WITH NEW WINE INSIDE NEW BOTTLES
G. GENUINE BELIEVERS ARE CHRISTLIKE, GOODHEARTED, AND LORD
OBEYING
Luke 6:35-47 v. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them,
and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward
will be great, and you will be
sons of the Most High, because he is kind to
the ungrateful and wicked. LOVING SONS OF MOST HIGH v. 40 A disciple is
not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his
teacher. CHRISTLIKE
6:43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad
tree
bear good fruit. BEARING GOOD FRUIT 6:45 A good man out of the
good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil
treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart
his mouth speaks. 6:47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and
does them, I will show you whom he is like: LORD OBEYING
from cathedral in
Lubeck, Germany: You call me Master, and obey me not; You call me Light, and see me
not; You call me the Way, and walk me not; You call me the Life, and live me not; You call

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me wise, and follow me not; You call me Fair, and love me not; You call me Rich, and ask
me not; You call me Eternal and seek me not. If I condemn thee, blame me not!
h. JESUS CALLS US TO AGREE WITH GOD ABOUT OUR SIN Luke 7:29-30
And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors
justified
(homologeo said same thing as God does) God, having been baptized with
the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of
God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.
7:48 Then Jesus said
to her, “Your
sins are forgiven.” FORGIVEN SINNERS 7:50 Jesus said to
the woman, “Your
faith has saved you; go in peace.” BELIEVING AND
PEACEFUL
i. JESUS TAUGHT A GOSPEL OF ENDURING FRUIT BEARING Luke 8:1
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another,
proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with
him, RECIPENTS OF THE GOOD NEWS
Luke 8:8 Still other seed fell on good
soil
. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was
sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him
hear.” HEARTS WITH GOOD SOIL – SEED WHICH GREW – LIVES THAT
WERE FRUITFUL
8:13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word
with joy when they hear it, but they have no
root. They believe for a while,
but in the time of testing they fall away. ROOTED TRUTH
8:14-15 The seed
that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their
way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not
mature. UNCHOKED RIGHTEOUSNESS 15 But the seed on good soil stands
for those with a noble and good heart, who
hear the word, retain it, and
by persevering produce a crop
. GOOD – HEAR – RETAIN – BEAR FRUIT
j. SALVATION IS DESIRING JESUS Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “If
anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross
daily and follow me. SALVATION EQUALS FOLLOWING CHRIST
k. TRUE BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED IN HEAVEN BY GOD Luke
10:20-22
Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to
you, but rather
rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” 21
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord
of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and
prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good
in Your sight. 22 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no
one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except
the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Check Hebrews
12:22-24.
l. THE EVIDENCE OF CHRIST’S CHILDREN IS THEY SEEK: Luke 11:2-4 So
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
2. Our Father in heaven
(GOD AS FATHER),
3. Hallowed be Your name
(WORSHIPING HIM).
4. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
(SUBMISSIVE TO
HIM)
v. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins,
(DEPENDING ON HIM) For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us
(LOVING OTHERS).
5. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one
(SEEKING
HOLINESS).

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a. JESUS CALLED FOR INSIDE OUTEDNESS Luke 11:28,34,39 But He said,
“More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God
and keep it!”
11:34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good,
your whole body also is
full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body
also is full of darkness.
11:39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now you
Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your
inward part
is full of greed and wickedness. INSIDE OUT LIVING
b. YOU CAN BE ASSURED OF HEAVEN IF YOU ARE: CHRIST
CONFESSING, GOD WEALTHY, KINGDOM SEEKING, AND HEAVENLY
HEARTED
Luke 12:8,21, 31, 34, 37-38 “Also I say to you, whoever
confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the
angels of God.
12:21 “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things
for himself but is not
rich toward God.” RICH TOWARD GOD 12:31 But
seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. 12
:34
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. HEAVENWARD
HEARTS
12:37-38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds
them watching
when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to
serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.
38 It will be good for those servants whose master
finds them ready, even
if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. WATCHING and
c. JESUS DESCRIBES THOSE HEADING TO HEAVEN AS: SIN REPENTING,
FRUIT BEARING, GATE ENTERING, GOD KNOWING, AND
RIGHTEOUSNESS DOING
Luke 13:5-6 I tell you, no! But unless you
repent
, you too will all perish.” 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a
fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to
look for fruit on it, but did
not find any. REPENTANT and FRUITFUL
13:24-27 “Make every effort to
enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter
and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes
the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door
for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘
I don’t know you or where you come from.’
26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our
streets.’ 27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.
Away from me, all you
evildoers!’ WALKING NARROW ROAD – KNOWING
GOD – DOING RIGHTEOUSNESS
d. SALVATION IS WHEN WE IMPOSSIBLY COME TO CHRIST Luke 14:26-
27, 33
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and
children, his brothers and sisters—yes,
even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27
And anyone who does not
carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 33 In the
same way, any of you who does not
give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
COMES TO CHRIST – LOVES CHRIST – IDENTIFIES WITH CHRIST – FOLLOWS CHRIST–
GIVES UP ALL TO CHRIST
e. GENUINE CHRISTIANS ARE SIN REPENTING Luke 15:7 I say to you that
likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than
over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
15:10 In the same
way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God
over
one sinner who repents
.” REPENTING SINNERS
f. JESUS SAID THAT THREE EVIDENCES OF SALVATION ARE: LIGHT
LIVING, GOD SERVING, AND WORD RECEIVING
Luke 16:8 “The master
commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the

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people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are
the people of the light. PEOPLE OF LIGHT Luke 16:13 “No servant can
serve two
masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he
will be
devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both
God and Money.” DEVOTED TO ONLY ONE MASTER 16:31 “He said to
him, ‘If they do not
listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be
convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” RECEPTIVE TO GOD’S
WORD
g. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE MERCY NEEDING Luke 18:13
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to
heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘
God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
SEEKING GOD’S MERCY
h. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE HELPLESSLY COMING Luke
18:17
I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God
like a little child will never enter it.” HELPLESS CHILDLIKE RECEPTION
i. A TRUE BELIEVER IS LOST-KNOWING AND GOD-OBEYING Luke 18:19-
27
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except
God alone
. 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one
thing. Sell everything
you have and give to the poor, and you will have
treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.” 27 Jesus replied, “What is
impossible with men is possible with God.” KNOWING YOU ARE LOST
KNOWING GOD IS BOSS
j. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE FOUND BY CHRIST Luke 19:10
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” FOUND BY
CHRIST
k. A TRUE BELIEVER IS REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN Luke 24:47 and
repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all
nations, beginning at Jerusalem. REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN

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010121 AM Mark-46 Masters Message in Luke-6
THE MASTER’S MESSAGE SERIES
LUKE-6
GOD AS FATHER
This morning can you say without a doubt that you know that God is your Father?
Remember what God promised about Christ’s coming? Isaiah 9:6:
Wonderful Counselor so we never have to be CONFUSED.
Mighty God so we never have to be AFRAID.
Everlasting Father so we never have to be ALONE.
Prince of Peace so we never have to be ANXIOUS.
If church traditions are correct all the Gospel writers had an overwhelming conviction of their salvation
and God their Father’s care.
Matthew knew the reality of God as His ever present Father when he suffered martyrdom by the sword.
So Mark knew the reality of God as His ever present Father when he died in Alexandria after being
dragged through the streets of the city.
Luke experienced the same reality of God as His ever present Father when he was hanged on a large olive
tree in Greece.
It was John’s realization of God as His ever present Father when he was scarred in a cauldron of boiling oil
and lived his last days banished on an island.
What does Jesus say will be in the lives of His children who genuinely belong to Him?
They all cry out to God as their Heavenly Father!This morning we continue what will be
perhaps one of the greatest studies we have ever taken. We will look at each of Christ’s
presentations of the Gospel. Each way Jesus described salvation to both His Twelve and
to the world. And to start join me in Luke 11:1-4.
Please stand as we read these verses.

a. THERE IS ONLY ONE GOSPEL OF ETERNAL SALVATION Luke 1:6 And they were both
righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord
blameless
. ETERNAL SAVATION
b. SALVATION IS LIGHT, LIFE, AND PEACE Luke 1:47-79 v. 47 And my spirit has
rejoiced in God my Savior. 1:52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And
exalted the lowly. v. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent
away empty. v. 68 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His
people, v. 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David,
v. 72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant, v.
77 to give his people the knowledge of
salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
v. 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from
heaven. SINNERS, SAVED AND FORGIVEN BY GOD’S MERCY
c. SALVATION IS A PERSON Luke 2:30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation SALVATION
IS A PERSON
d. JESUS PREACHED – BEAR FRUIT OR BE CAST INTO THE FIRE Luke 3:8 Produce fruit
in keeping with repentance
. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham
as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
FRUIT SHOWING REPENTANCE
Luke 3:9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the
trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the
fire.” FRUIT OR FIRE
3:17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean
out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with
unquenchable fire.”

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e. SALVATION IS HEARING CHRIST’S VOICE AND FOLLOWING HIM Luke 5:20 When
Jesus saw their
faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” SINS FORGIVEN BY
FAITH
5:27 After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at
the tax office. And He said to him, “
Follow Me.” HEARING VOICE AND FOLLOWING JESUS
5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” BY REPENTING
SINNERS
f. BELIEVERS ARE ENGAGED TO CHRIST REGENERATED AND INDWELT Luke 5:34 Jesus
answered, “Can you make the guests of
the bridegroom fast while he is with them?
ENGAGED TO CHRIST
5:38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. WITH
NEW WINE INSIDE NEW BOTTLES
G. GENUINE BELIEVERS ARE CHRISTLIKE, GOODHEARTED, AND LORD OBEYING Luke
6:35-47 v. 35
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without
expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be
sons of the
Most High
, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. LOVING SONS OF MOST HIGH
v. 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like
his teacher. CHRISTLIKE
6:43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear
good fruit
. BEARING GOOD FRUIT 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart
brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For
out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 6:47 Whoever comes to Me, and
hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: LORD OBEYING from
cathedral in Lubeck, Germany: You call me Master, and obey me not; You call me Light, and
see me not; You call me the Way, and walk me not; You call me the Life, and live me not;
You call me wise, and follow me not; You call me Fair, and love me not; You call me Rich,
and ask me not; You call me Eternal and seek me not. If I condemn thee, blame me not!
h. JESUS CALLS US TO AGREE WITH GOD ABOUT OUR SIN Luke 7:29-30 And when all
the people heard Him, even the tax collectors
justified (homologeo said same thing as God
does)
God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and
lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.
7:48
Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” FORGIVEN SINNERS 7:50 Jesus said to
the woman, “Your
faith has saved you; go in peace.” BELIEVING AND PEACEFUL
i. JESUS TAUGHT A GOSPEL OF ENDURING FRUIT BEARING Luke 8:1 After this, Jesus
traveled about from one town and village to another,
proclaiming the good news of the
kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, RECIPENTS OF THE GOOD NEWS
Luke 8:8 Still
other seed fell on
good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than
was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
HEARTS WITH GOOD SOIL – SEED WHICH GREW – LIVES THAT WERE FRUITFUL
8:13
Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they
have no
root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. ROOTED
TRUTH
8:14-15 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go
on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not
mature. UNCHOKED RIGHTEOUSNESS 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a
noble and good heart, who
hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a
crop
. GOOD – HEAR – RETAIN – BEAR FRUIT
j. SALVATION IS DESIRING JESUS Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone
would come after me
, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
SALVATION EQUALS FOLLOWING CHRIST
k. TRUE BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED IN HEAVEN BY GOD Luke 10:20-22
Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice
because your names are written in heaven
.” 21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit
and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these
things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it
seemed good in Your sight. 22 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no
one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the
one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Check Hebrews 12:22-24.
l. THE EVIDENCE OF CHRIST’S CHILDREN IS THEY SEEK: Luke 11:2-4 So He said to
them, “When you pray, say:
2. Our Father in heaven
(GOD AS FATHER),
3. Hallowed be Your name
(WORSHIPING HIM).

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4. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. (SUBMISSIVE TO HIM) v. 3 Give
us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins,
(DEPENDING ON HIM) For we also
forgive everyone who is indebted to us
(LOVING OTHERS).
5. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one
(SEEKING HOLINESS).
a. JESUS CALLED FOR INSIDE OUTEDNESS Luke 11:28,34,39 But He said, “More than
that, blessed are those who hear the word of God
and keep it!” 11:34 The lamp of the
body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is
full of light.
But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
11:39 Then the Lord said to
him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your
inward
part
is full of greed and wickedness. INSIDE OUT LIVING. This is shown by Paul in 1
Corinthians 3:13
each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it
will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. And then in
1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will
both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then
each one’s praise will come from God.
b. YOU CAN BE ASSURED OF HEAVEN IF YOU ARE: CHRIST CONFESSING, GOD
WEALTHY, KINGDOM SEEKING, AND HEAVENLY HEARTED
Luke 12:8,21, 31, 34, 37-
38 “Also I say to you, whoever
confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will
confess before the angels of God.
12:21 “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up
things for himself but is not
rich toward God.” RICH TOWARD GOD 12:31 But seek the
kingdom
of God, and all these things shall be added to you. 12:34 For where your treasure
is, there
your heart will be also. HEAVENWARD HEARTS 12:37-38 It will be good for
those servants whose master
finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he
will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on
them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master
finds them ready, even if he
comes in the second or third watch of the night. WATCHING The unsaved, the lost, the
worldlings to the very end of time are exactly opposite this. Remember the sky is falling
down literally in the Tribulation and the lost cling to their stuff!
Revelation 9:20-21 But the
rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their
hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and
wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders
or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. Or in modern English: The
remaining men and women who weren’t killed by these weapons went on their merry way—
didn’t change their way of life, didn’t quit worshiping demons, didn’t quit centering their
lives around lumps of gold and silver and brass, hunks of stone and wood that couldn’t see
or hear or move. There wasn’t a sign of a change of heart. They plunged right on in their
murderous, occult, promiscuous, and thieving ways.64
c. JESUS DESCRIBES THOSE HEADING TO HEAVEN AS: SIN REPENTING, FRUIT
BEARING, GATE ENTERING, GOD KNOWING, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS DOING
Luke
13:5-6
I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” 6 Then he told this
parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to
look for fruit on it,
but did not find any. REPENTANT and FRUITFUL
13:24-27 “Make every effort to enter
through the narrow door
, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able
to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside
knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘
I don’t know you
or where you come from.’ 26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you
taught in our streets.’ 27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.
Away from me, all you
evildoers!’ WALKING NARROW ROAD – KNOWING GOD – DOING
RIGHTEOUSNESS.
d. Note the contrast of the two ways first God’s Way in
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is
from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good
fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

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e. Then the way of destruction in
f.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men
will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal,
despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of
God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Listen to a paraphrase: Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end
approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up,
profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers,
impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust,
and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals.
Stay clear of these people.
65
g. SALVATION IS WHEN WE IMPOSSIBLY COME TO CHRIST Luke 14:26-27, 33 “If
anyone
comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his
brothers and sisters—yes,
even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone
who does not
carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 33 In the same way,
any of you who does not
give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. COMES TO
CHRIST – LOVES CHRIST – IDENTIFIES WITH CHRIST – FOLLOWS CHRIST– GIVES UP ALL
TO CHRIST.
h. GENUINE CHRISTIANS ARE SIN REPENTING Luke 15:7 I say to you that likewise there
will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons
who need no repentance.
15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the
presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.” REPENTING SINNERS
i. JESUS SAID THAT THREE EVIDENCES OF SALVATION ARE: LIGHT LIVING, GOD
SERVING, AND WORD RECEIVING
Luke 16:8 “The master commended the dishonest
manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in
dealing with their own kind than are
the people of the light. PEOPLE OF LIGHT Luke
16:13
“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be
devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and
Money.” DEVOTED TO ONLY ONE MASTER 1
6:31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen
to Moses and the Prophets
, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the
dead.’” RECEPTIVE TO GOD’S WORD
j. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE MERCY NEEDING Luke 18:13 “But the tax
collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and
said, ‘
God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ SEEKING GOD’S MERCY
k. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE HELPLESSLY COMING Luke 18:17 I tell you
the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God
like a little child will never
enter it.” HELPLESS CHILDLIKE RECEPTION
l. A TRUE BELIEVER IS LOST-KNOWING AND GOD-OBEYING Luke 18:19-27 “Why do
you call me good?” Jesus answered. “
No one is good—except God alone. 22 When Jesus
heard this, he said to him, “
You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give
to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.” 27 Jesus
replied, “What is
impossible with men is possible with God.” KNOWING YOU ARE LOST
KNOWING GOD IS BOSS
m. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE FOUND BY CHRIST Luke 19:10 For the Son of
Man came to seek and to
save what was lost.” FOUND BY CHRIST
n. A TRUE BELIEVER IS REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN Luke 24:47 and repentance and
forgiveness of sins
will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN

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010311 AM Mark-47 Masters Message in Luke-7
THE MASTER’S MESSAGE SERIES
LUKE-7
“ARE YOU IN?”
Do you know if you are “in” yet? Are you assured of eternal life? Who is really going to Heaven?
Those may well be the most urgent question of our earthly existence. We live is a religious world that is
by and large made up of multitudes who are either unconcerned or misguided as to their eternal soul. The
only guidebook to Heaven is God’s Word. The only Guide is God’s Son who died on a Roman Cross as a
Sacrificial Substitute for sin.
Dr. Berry was one of the first of the so-called New Theology men, who preached salvation
by character rather than by the atoning blood of Christ, salvation by ethical culture rather than by
personal faith in the Lord Jesus, salvation by reformation rather than by regeneration. Popular,
eloquent and personally pleasing, he attracted large audiences, who hung upon his words and
depended upon him as their spiritual mentor.
But a great change was seen in his preaching, which resulted from a new experience with
God which revolutionized his thinking. He said that late one stormy night, as he was preparing to
retire, the doorbell rang. When he went down and opened the door, there stood a poorly dressed
young woman who asked if he was the minister. Upon being assured that he was, she begged him
to go with her at once to get her mother in.
He thought that she meant that her poor mother was out in the storm and the darkness in
an intoxicated condition; so he demurred, saying he could hardly be expected to go out and get her
mother in and suggested that she see a policeman who might give the help required.
The girl explained that her mother was not drunk and added, “You must come with me. My
mother is dying, and she is afraid to die. She wants to go to heaven, but she doesn’t know how to
get in. I told her I’d get a preacher to take her in. Do come sir, and get my mother in”
He now understood that the dying woman needed someone who could show her the way of
salvation, but he hesitated, thinking it was hardly a case for him. He urged the girl to go to a
missioner living near the wretched locality in which she lived. But she refused. She insisted she
wanted a real minister and begged him to go with her. “Do come, sir. I want you to get my
mother in before it’s too late. Please sir, do come with me.”
At last, he consented to go, and the girl led the way to one of the worst sections of the city.
In this miserable neighborhood, she took him into a tenement house and up a rickety flight of
stairs to a poverty-stricken room. Down stairs many men and women were drinking and
carousing, and the air resounded with horrid oaths and vile language. The minister found the poor
woman lying on a miserable makeshift of a bed, evidently near to death.
“I’ve brought him!” exclaimed the daughter. “I’ve got the minister from the big church
where the swells go. He’ll get you in, Mother. Just do what he says.”
“What can I do for you, my poor woman?” he inquired as kindly as he could.
“Why sir, I’m dying, and I want you to get me into heaven. I’ve been a great sinner, and I
don’t know how to get in.”
The minister began to speak of the necessity of a good life, of building a noble character,
and how goodness always paid in the end.
“You don’t understand, sir!” she cried. “That won’t do! I’m dying and I’ve lived a bad life.
It’s too late for me. Oh, can’t you get me in?”
He tried again and gave some good advice and endeavored to comfort her by expressing
the hope that all would be well if she would only seek to lead a Christian life.
“That won’t do!” she exclaimed. I’m a poor sinner! I’ve no time to lead a Christian life. I’m
dying and I want to go in. Oh, can’t you tell me how I may get into heaven?”
Dr. Berry did not know what to say or how to comfort her. At last he thought, “Why not tell
her what my mother used to tell me? Why not give her some of the simple texts and Gospel
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With this in mind he began to repeat some of the precious Gospel verses telling of God’s
love for sinners and of the Savior who had died to redeem. The woman listened eagerly. “That’s
it! That ought to get me in, shouldn’t it! Did he die for sinners? Then that should get me in.”
Stirred to the depths of his own being, he told the story of the cross as he had not preached
it for years. Like a thirst soul, she drank in the living water. Finally, he knelt and prayed with her.
She trusted Christ for herself. Her fears were allayed and she entered into peace.
“Jowett,” said Dr. Berry years afterward, “I helped get her in that night, and while I was
helping to get her in, I got m
yself in also66!”
Jesus talked more about HELL than He did about Heaven for a reason, “many will say to Me in that day –
LORD, LORD…and I will say DEPART FROM ME!” (Matthew 7:21ff). Be sure while you can that you are
born again and Heavenward Bound!
This morning we continue what will be perhaps one of the greatest studies we have ever
taken. We will look at each of Christ’s presentations of the Gospel. Each way Jesus
described salvation to both His Twelve and to the world.
And to start join me in Luke 13:5-6. Please stand as we read these verses.

a. THERE IS ONLY ONE GOSPEL OF ETERNAL SALVATION Luke 1:6 And they were both
righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord
blameless
. ETERNAL SAVATION
b. SALVATION IS LIGHT, LIFE, AND PEACE Luke 1:47-79 v. 47 And my spirit has
rejoiced in God my Savior. 1:52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And
exalted the lowly. v. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent
away empty. v. 68 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His
people, v. 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David,
v. 72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant, v.
77 to give his people the knowledge of
salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
v. 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from
heaven. SINNERS, SAVED AND FORGIVEN BY GOD’S MERCY
c. SALVATION IS A PERSON Luke 2:30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation SALVATION
IS A PERSON
d. JESUS PREACHED – BEAR FRUIT OR BE CAST INTO THE FIRE Luke 3:8 Produce fruit
in keeping with repentance
. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham
as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
FRUIT SHOWING REPENTANCE
Luke 3:9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the
trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the
fire.” FRUIT OR FIRE
3:17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean
out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with
unquenchable fire.”
e. SALVATION IS HEARING CHRIST’S VOICE AND FOLLOWING HIM Luke 5:20 When
Jesus saw their
faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” SINS FORGIVEN BY
FAITH
5:27 After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at
the tax office. And He said to him, “
Follow Me.” HEARING VOICE AND FOLLOWING JESUS
5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” BY REPENTING
SINNERS
f. BELIEVERS ARE ENGAGED TO CHRIST REGENERATED AND INDWELT Luke 5:34 Jesus
answered, “Can you make the guests of
the bridegroom fast while he is with them?
ENGAGED TO CHRIST
5:38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. WITH
NEW WINE INSIDE NEW BOTTLES
G. GENUINE BELIEVERS ARE CHRISTLIKE, GOODHEARTED, AND LORD OBEYING Luke
6:35-47 v. 35
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without
expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be
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Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. LOVING SONS OF MOST HIGH
v. 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like
his teacher. CHRISTLIKE
6:43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear
good fruit
. BEARING GOOD FRUIT 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart
brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For
out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 6:47 Whoever comes to Me, and
hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: LORD OBEYING from
cathedral in Lubeck, Germany: You call me Master, and obey me not; You call me Light, and
see me not; You call me the Way, and walk me not; You call me the Life, and live me not;
You call me wise, and follow me not; You call me Fair, and love me not; You call me Rich,
and ask me not; You call me Eternal and seek me not. If I condemn thee, blame me not!
h. JESUS CALLS US TO AGREE WITH GOD ABOUT OUR SIN Luke 7:29-30 And when all
the people heard Him, even the tax collectors
justified (homologeo said same thing as God
does)
God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and
lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.
7:48
Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” FORGIVEN SINNERS 7:50 Jesus said to
the woman, “Your
faith has saved you; go in peace.” BELIEVING AND PEACEFUL
i. JESUS TAUGHT A GOSPEL OF ENDURING FRUIT BEARING Luke 8:1 After this, Jesus
traveled about from one town and village to another,
proclaiming the good news of the
kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, RECIPENTS OF THE GOOD NEWS
Luke 8:8 Still
other seed fell on
good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than
was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
HEARTS WITH GOOD SOIL – SEED WHICH GREW – LIVES THAT WERE FRUITFUL
8:13
Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they
have no
root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. ROOTED
TRUTH
8:14-15 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go
on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not
mature. UNCHOKED RIGHTEOUSNESS 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a
noble and good heart, who
hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a
crop
. GOOD – HEAR – RETAIN – BEAR FRUIT
j. SALVATION IS DESIRING JESUS Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone
would come after me
, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
SALVATION EQUALS FOLLOWING CHRIST
k. TRUE BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED IN HEAVEN BY GOD Luke 10:20-22
Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice
because your names are written in heaven
.” 21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit
and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these
things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it
seemed good in Your sight. 22 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no
one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the
one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Check Hebrews 12:22-24.
l. THE EVIDENCE OF CHRIST’S CHILDREN IS THEY SEEK: Luke 11:2-4 So He said to
them, “When you pray, say:
2. Our Father in heaven
(GOD AS FATHER),
3. Hallowed be Your name
(WORSHIPING HIM).
4. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
(SUBMISSIVE TO HIM) v. 3 Give
us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins,
(DEPENDING ON HIM) For we also
forgive everyone who is indebted to us
(LOVING OTHERS).
5. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one
(SEEKING HOLINESS).
a. JESUS CALLED FOR INSIDE OUTEDNESS Luke 11:28,34,39 But He said, “More than
that, blessed are those who hear the word of God
and keep it!” 11:34 The lamp of the
body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is
full of light.
But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
11:39 Then the Lord said to
him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your
inward
part
is full of greed and wickedness. INSIDE OUT LIVING. This is shown by Paul in 1
Corinthians 3:13
each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it
will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. And then in
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both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then
each one’s praise will come from God.
b. YOU CAN BE ASSURED OF HEAVEN IF YOU ARE: CHRIST CONFESSING, GOD
WEALTHY, KINGDOM SEEKING, AND HEAVENLY HEARTED
Luke 12:8,21, 31, 34, 37-
38 “Also I say to you, whoever
confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will
confess before the angels of God.
12:21 “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up
things for himself but is not
rich toward God.” RICH TOWARD GOD 12:31 But seek the
kingdom
of God, and all these things shall be added to you. 12:34 For where your treasure
is, there
your heart will be also. HEAVENWARD HEARTS 12:37-38 It will be good for
those servants whose master
finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he
will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on
them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master
finds them ready, even if he
comes in the second or third watch of the night. WATCHING The unsaved, the lost, the
worldlings to the very end of time are exactly opposite this. Remember the sky is falling
down literally in the Tribulation and the lost cling to their stuff!
Revelation 9:20-21 But the
rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their
hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and
wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders
or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. Or in modern English: The
remaining men and women who weren’t killed by these weapons went on their merry way—
didn’t change their way of life, didn’t quit worshiping demons, didn’t quit centering their
lives around lumps of gold and silver and brass, hunks of stone and wood that couldn’t see
or hear or move. There wasn’t a sign of a change of heart. They plunged right on in their
murderous, occult, promiscuous, and thieving ways.67
c. JESUS DESCRIBES THOSE HEADING TO HEAVEN AS: SIN REPENTING, FRUIT
BEARING, GATE ENTERING, GOD KNOWING, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS DOING
Luke
13:5-6
I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” 6 Then he told this
parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to
look for fruit on it,
but did not find any. REPENTANT and FRUITFUL
13:24-27 “Make every effort to enter
through the narrow door
, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able
to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside
knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘
I don’t know you
or where you come from.’ 26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you
taught in our streets.’ 27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.
Away from me, all you
evildoers!’ WALKING NARROW ROAD – KNOWING GOD – DOING
RIGHTEOUSNESS.
d. Note the contrast of the two ways first God’s Way in
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is
from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good
fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
e. Then the way of destruction in
f.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men
will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal,
despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of
God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Listen to a paraphrase: Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end
approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up,
profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers,
impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust,
and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals.
Stay clear of these people.
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g. SALVATION IS WHEN WE IMPOSSIBLY COME TO CHRIST Luke 14:26-27, 33 “If
anyone
comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his
brothers and sisters—yes,
even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone
who does not
carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 33 In the same way,
any of you who does not
give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. COMES TO
CHRIST – LOVES CHRIST – IDENTIFIES WITH CHRIST – FOLLOWS CHRIST– GIVES UP ALL
TO CHRIST.
h. GENUINE CHRISTIANS ARE SIN REPENTING Luke 15:7 I say to you that likewise there
will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons
who need no repentance.
15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the
presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.” REPENTING SINNERS
i. JESUS SAID THAT THREE EVIDENCES OF SALVATION ARE: LIGHT LIVING, GOD
SERVING, AND WORD RECEIVING
Luke 16:8 “The master commended the dishonest
manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in
dealing with their own kind than are
the people of the light. PEOPLE OF LIGHT Luke
16:13
“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be
devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and
Money.” DEVOTED TO ONLY ONE MASTER 1
6:31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen
to Moses and the Prophets
, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the
dead.’” RECEPTIVE TO GOD’S WORD
j. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE MERCY NEEDING Luke 18:13 “But the tax
collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and
said, ‘
God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ SEEKING GOD’S MERCY
k. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE HELPLESSLY COMING Luke 18:17 I tell you
the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God
like a little child will never
enter it.” HELPLESS CHILDLIKE RECEPTION
l. A TRUE BELIEVER IS LOST-KNOWING AND GOD-OBEYING Luke 18:19-27 “Why do
you call me good?” Jesus answered. “
No one is good—except God alone. 22 When Jesus
heard this, he said to him, “
You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give
to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.” 27 Jesus
replied, “What is
impossible with men is possible with God.” KNOWING YOU ARE LOST
KNOWING GOD IS BOSS
m. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE FOUND BY CHRIST Luke 19:10 For the Son of
Man came to seek and to
save what was lost.” FOUND BY CHRIST
n. A TRUE BELIEVER IS REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN Luke 24:47 and repentance and
forgiveness of sins
will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN

MESSAGE ONE: The time has come. So here it is, here is Gospel Presentation number ONE in Acts chapter 2. Peter preaches the
first sermon after Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and sending the Holy Spirit down to indwell the Church. What does he say?
Many things, all-important in
ACTS 2:37-39: Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest
of the apostles, “Men and brethren,
what shall we do?”38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 “For the promise is
to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” So, what was the summary of the first
message? One word, REPENT.
MESSAGE TWO: Let’s go to the SECOND gospel presentation in ACTS 319. Again it is Peter preaching after the wonderful healing
of the man who had been unable to walk for over 40 years (Acts 4:22). What is the gospel message? Listen to Acts 3:19 and then v.
26: v. 19 “
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from
the presence of the Lord, v. 26 “To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in
turning away
every one of you from your iniquities
.” So, what was the summary of the 2nd message? REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM
INIQUITY.
MESSAGE THREE: Now to the THIRD gospel presentation in ACTS 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other
name under heaven given among men by which
we must be saved69.” So what is saved? Saved from sins. Thus we can say in
summary after the 3
rd Gospel message? REPENT and TURN AWAY FROM INIQUITY, and BE SAVED FROM SIN.
69 There is a common description we use today. Peter said again, the third description of salvation: be saved. From what we might ask? Well when the name of the Messiah was given as
Jesus it was stated in Matthew 1:21 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will
save His people from their sins.”
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MESSAGE FOUR: The FOURTH Gospel Message comes in ACTS 5:31-32 as Peter is again speaking, declaring the way of salvation:
“Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give
repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.32 “And we
are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
The
FIFTH Gospel Message is no longer directed just to Jews, now Samaritans, half Jew and half Gentile, are getting the message.
Now we see for the first time a false believer. Jesus warned of this in the Gospels, now we see it. Note
ACTS 8:13: Then Simon
himself also
believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs, which
were done. So he believed and was baptized, but something was missing. When the Apostle Peter who has given every recorded
Gospel Message on this videotape so far shows up to confirm the veracity of this evangelistic outreach he declares something was
lacking
70 from this man’s conversion. Listen and note the report in Acts 8:21-23: “You have neither part nor portion in this
matter
(what matter? Salvation), for your heart is not right in the sight of God. (Wow, what makes a heart right in God’s sight
Peter?) 22 “
Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven
you
.23 “For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
MESSAGE SIX: Look now at the SIXTH Gospel Message in Acts 8:35-37: Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this
Scripture, preached Jesus
to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See,
here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” 37 Then Philip said, “If you
believe with all your heart, you may.” And he
answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
The
SEVENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 9:4-6 which records the Conversion of Saul of Tarsus into Paul the Apostle, where the
Gospel Message is described as Turning to God in Acts 26:18-20.
The
EIGHTH Gospel Message in Acts 10:35 to 11:18 where the Gospel Message is described as believing, receiving remission of
sins, and God granting repentance.
The
NINTH Gospel Message is in Acts 11:20-21 where the Gospel Message is described as believing and turning.
The
TENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 10:38-39, 48 where the Gospel Message is described as forgiveness to all who believe, who do
so at the appointment of God.
The
ELEVENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 14:27-15:9 where the Gospel Message is described as God opening the door of faith and
purifying the heart.
The
TWELVTH Gospel Message is in Acts 15:19 where the Gospel Message is described as turning to God and away from what
offends God’s Word and people.
The
THIRTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 16:14 where the Gospel Message is described as the Lord opening the heart to heed
His Word.
The
FOURTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 16:31 where the Gospel Message is described as believing.
The
FIFTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 17:1-7 where the Gospel Message is described by pagans who observed the process as
getting a new King of your life.
The
SIXTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 17:30 where the Gospel Message is described as God commanding all to repent.
The
SEVENTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 18:8-13 where the Gospel Message is described as believing, when God draws one to
worship Him.
The
EIGHTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 19:8-26 where the Gospel Message is described as a Kingdom, following a Way, which
people follow instead of their own way. (Isaiah 53:6)
The
NINTEENTH Gospel Message is in Acts 20:21-25 where the Gospel Message is described as repentance, faith, to the Gospel of
Grace (Titus 2:11), and into God’s Kingdom (only need a King!).
The
TWENTIETH Gospel Message is in Acts 24:14-25 where the Gospel Message is described as a Way, of Worship, that involves
righteousness, self-control, and averts judgment that makes the lost to fear. Thus not an easy to believe, try Jesus message!
The
TWENTY-FIRST Gospel Message is in Acts 26:14-20 where we see the Gospel Message directly from Jesus, soul winning in
Acts. Jesus describes salvation as opened eyes, turning, receiving, and being sanctified. Hoe did Paul sum up what he heard? He told
the
LOST to “repent, and turn to God, and do works befitting repentance”
The
TWENTY-SECOND and final Gospel Message is in Acts 28:31 where the Gospel Message is described as coming into God’s
Kingdom (only need a King!). The starting message is repent and the concluding message is God’s Kingdom, both rarely if ever used
in our new way of doing God’s business. Should we go back and check out the way we are doing God’s Work, to be sure it is God’s
Way?
70 Simon believed and was baptized but did not receive the Holy Spirit, which was the seal of true conversion and New Birth. This means that belief and baptism without repentance was
insufficient. He never repented of his sin so he was never saved! Salvation again is stated by Peter to involve a turning from sin, which is called repentance.

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010318 AM Mark-48 Masters Message in Luke-8
THE MASTER’S MESSAGE SERIES
LUKE-8
“THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL”
As we open to Luke 19:10 may I remind you about this wonderful book of the Bible we
call the Gospel by Luke? If ever a man wrote a book filled with the Best news anyone
could ever get, Dr. Luke is that man. His key message is, “For the Son of man is come
to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He presents Jesus Christ as the
compassionate Son of man, who came to live among sinners, love them, help them, and
die for them. In this Gospel you meet individuals as well as crowds, women and children
as well as men, poor people as well as rich people, and sinners along with saints. It’s a
book with a message for
everybody, because Luke’s emphasis is on the universality of
Jesus Christ and His salvation: “good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people”
(Luke 2:10)
71.
This Gospel of Jesus is powerful. Have you shared it this week? As we turn back now to our opening
text in Luke 14:15-24 may I illustrate the power of the Gospel? Listen to Christ’s power of salvation from
this moving story from World War II.. Remember the Day of Infamy when we were attacked and drawn
into the 2
nd World War? It begins at 7:55 A.M. on Sunday, December72 7, 1941. In a daring surprise air
raid, the Japanese attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In less than two hours,
2,403 American soldiers, sailors, and civilians were killed, and another 1,178 wounded. Aircraft losses
totaled 188 planes, and much of the United States Pacific Fleet was destroyed or damaged.
The bombing raid against Pearl Harbor was actually led by a brilliant thirty-nine year old Japanese
Navy pilot named Mitsuo Fuchida, whose idol was Adolf Hitler. Although his plane was hit several times by
ground fire, he survived the raid. The attack on Pearl Harbor led to the United States’ entry into World
War II, and ultimately to the devastation of the Japanese homeland by American conventional and atomic
bombs.
After the war, Fuchida was haunted by memories of all the death he had witnessed. In an attempt to
find solace, he took up farming near Osaka. His thoughts turned more and more to the problem of peace,
and he decided to write a book on the subject. In his book, which he intended to call
No More Pearl
Harbors
, he would urge the world to pursue peace. Fuchida struggled in vain, however, to find a principle
upon which peace could be based. His story is picked up by Donald A. Rosenberger, an American naval
yeoman who survived the Pearl Harbor attack. He writes,
Fuchida began looking for stories about prisoners of war that seemed to illustrate the
principle for which he was searching. His first report came from a friend—a lieutenant who
had been captured by the Americans and incarcerated in a prisoner of war camp in America.
Fuchida saw his name in a newspaper, in a list of POWs who were returning to Japan. He
determined to visit him. When they met, they spoke of many things. Then Fuchida asked
the question uppermost in his mind. “How did they treat you in the POW camp?” His friend
said they were treated fairly well, although they suffered much mentally and spiritually. But
then he told Fuchida a story which, he said, had made a great impression upon him and
71 Quoted from Wiersbe, Warren W., The Bible Exposition Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books) 1997.
72 Adapted from Colossians and Philemon, MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983 quoting “What Happened to the Man Who
Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor?”
Command, Fall/Winter 1991, pp. 6-8.
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upon every prisoner in the camp. “Something happened at the camp where I was interred,”
he said, “which has made it possible for us who were in that camp to forego all our
resentment and hatred and to return with a forgiving spirit and a feeling of lightheartedness
instead.”
There was a young American girl, named Margaret “Peggy” Covell, whom they judged to be
about twenty, who came to the camp on a regular basis doing all she could for the
prisoners. She brought things to them they might enjoy, such as magazines and
newspapers. She looked after their sick, and she was constantly solicitous to help them in
every way. They received a great shock, however, when they asked her why she was so
concerned to help them. She answered, “Because my parents were killed by the Japanese
Army!”
Such a statement might shock a person from any culture, but it was incomprehensible to
the Japanese. In their society, no offense could be greater than the murder of one’s
parents. Peggy tried to explain her motives. She said her parents had been missionaries in
the Philippines. When the Japanese invaded the islands, her parents escaped to the
mountains in North Luzon for safety. In due time, however, they were discovered. The
Japanese charged them with being spies and told them they were to be put to death. They
earnestly denied that they were spies, but the Japanese would not be convinced, and they
were executed.
Peggy didn’t hear about her parents’ fate until the end of the war. When the report of their
death reached her, her first reaction was intense anger and bitter hatred. She was furious
with grief and indignation. Thoughts of her parents’ last hours of life filled her with great
sorrow. She envisioned them trapped, wholly at the mercy of their captors, with no way
out. She saw the merciless brutality of the soldiers. She saw them facing the Japanese
executioners and falling lifeless to the ground on that far off Philippine mountain.
Then Peggy began to consider her parents’ selfless love for the Japanese people. Gradually,
she became convinced that they had forgiven the people God had called them to love and
serve. Then it occurred to her that if her parents had died without bitterness or rancor
toward their executioners, why should her attitude be different? Should she be filled with
hatred and vengefulness when they had been filled with love and forgiveness? Her answer
could only be, “Definitely not.” Therefore she chose the path of love and forgiveness. She
decided to minister to the Japanese prisoners in the nearby POW camp as a proof of her
sincerity.
Fuchida was touched by this story, but he was especially impressed with the possibility that
it was exactly what he had been searching for: a principle sufficient to be a basis for peace.
Could it be that the answer for which he was seeking was a forgiving love, flowing from God
to man, and then from man to man? Could that be principle upon which the message of his
projected book,
No More Pearl Harbors should be based?
At the train station on his way home, he obtained a copy of the New Testament in Japanese.
A few months later, he began to read two or three chapters a day in the Scriptures. . . .
Then in September 1949, Fuchida read Luke 23. This was the first time he had read the
story of the crucifixion.
The Calvary scene pierced Fuchida’s spirit. It all came alive in St. Luke’s starkly beautiful
prose. In the midst of the horror of His death, Christ said, “Father, forgive them for they
know not what they do.” Tears sprang to Fuchida’s eyes; he had reached the end of his
“long, long wondering.” Surely these words were the source of the love that Peggy Covell

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had shown. . . . As Jesus hung there, on the cross, He prayed not only for His persecutors
but for all humanity. That meant He had prayed and died for Fuchida, a Japanese man
living in the twentieth century.
By the time Fuchida finished reading Luke, he had received the Lord Jesus Christ. He did end up
writing his book and entitled it
From Pearl Harbor to Golgotha. His life verse, which he signed under his
every signature, was Luke 23:34: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Christ’s offer of forgiveness has a tremendous power to affect the world. God knew it,
Luke knew it, and this morning we need to know it. The Holy Spirit knew that all men
and women needed to know it, and that’s why the Gospel by Luke was included in
Scripture. May we take its message to heart.
And to start join me in Luke 14:15-27. Please stand as we read these verses.

a. YOU CAN BE ASSURED OF HEAVEN IF YOU ARE: CHRIST CONFESSING, GOD
WEALTHY, KINGDOM SEEKING, AND HEAVENLY HEARTED
Luke 12:8,21, 31, 34, 37-
38 “Also I say to you, whoever
confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will
confess before the angels of God.
12:21 “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up
things for himself but is not
rich toward God.” RICH TOWARD GOD 12:31 But seek the
kingdom
of God, and all these things shall be added to you. 12:34 For where your treasure
is, there
your heart will be also. HEAVENWARD HEARTS 12:37-38 It will be good for
those servants whose master
finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he
will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on
them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master
finds them ready, even if he
comes in the second or third watch of the night. WATCHING The unsaved, the lost, the
worldlings to the very end of time are exactly opposite this. Remember the sky is falling
down literally in the Tribulation and the lost cling to their stuff!
Revelation 9:20-21 But the
rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their
hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and
wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders
or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. Or in modern English: The
remaining men and women who weren’t killed by these weapons went on their merry way—
didn’t change their way of life, didn’t quit worshiping demons, didn’t quit centering their
lives around lumps of gold and silver and brass, hunks of stone and wood that couldn’t see
or hear or move. There wasn’t a sign of a change of heart. They plunged right on in their
murderous, occult, promiscuous, and thieving ways.73
b. JESUS DESCRIBES THOSE HEADING TO HEAVEN AS: SIN REPENTING, FRUIT
BEARING, GATE ENTERING, GOD KNOWING, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS DOING
Luke
13:5-6
I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” 6 Then he told this
parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to
look for fruit on it,
but did not find any. REPENTANT and FRUITFUL
13:24-27 “Make every effort to enter
through the narrow door
, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able
to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside
knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘
I don’t know you
or where you come from.’ 26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you
taught in our streets.’ 27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.
Away from me, all you
evildoers!’ WALKING NARROW ROAD – KNOWING GOD – DOING
RIGHTEOUSNESS.
c. Note the contrast of the two ways first God’s Way in
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is

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from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good
fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
d. Then the way of destruction in
e.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men
will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal,
despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of
God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Listen to a paraphrase: Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end
approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up,
profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers,
impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust,
and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals.
Stay clear of these people.
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f. SALVATION IS WHEN WE IMPOSSIBLY COME TO CHRIST Luke 14:26-27, 33 “If
anyone
comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his
brothers and sisters—yes,
even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone
who does not
carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 33 In the same way,
any of you who does not
give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. COMES TO
CHRIST – LOVES CHRIST – IDENTIFIES WITH CHRIST – FOLLOWS CHRIST– GIVES UP ALL
TO CHRIST.
g. GENUINE CHRISTIANS ARE SIN REPENTING Luke 15:7 I say to you that likewise there
will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons
who need no repentance.
15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the
presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.” REPENTING SINNERS
h. JESUS SAID THAT THREE EVIDENCES OF SALVATION ARE: LIGHT LIVING, GOD
SERVING, AND WORD RECEIVING
Luke 16:8 “The master commended the dishonest
manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in
dealing with their own kind than are
the people of the light. PEOPLE OF LIGHT Luke
16:13
“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be
devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and
Money.” DEVOTED TO ONLY ONE MASTER 1
6:31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen
to Moses and the Prophets
, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the
dead.’” RECEPTIVE TO GOD’S WORD
i. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE MERCY NEEDING Luke 18:13 “But the tax
collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and
said, ‘
God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ SEEKING GOD’S MERCY
j. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE HELPLESSLY COMING Luke 18:17 I tell you
the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God
like a little child will never
enter it.” HELPLESS CHILDLIKE RECEPTION
k. A TRUE BELIEVER IS LOST-KNOWING AND GOD-OBEYING Luke 18:19-27 “Why do
you call me good?” Jesus answered. “
No one is good—except God alone. 22 When Jesus
heard this, he said to him, “
You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give
to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.” 27 Jesus
replied, “What is
impossible with men is possible with God.” KNOWING YOU ARE LOST
KNOWING GOD IS BOSS
l. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE FOUND BY CHRIST Luke 19:10 For the Son of
Man came to seek and to
save what was lost.” FOUND BY CHRIST
m. A TRUE BELIEVER IS REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN Luke 24:47 and repentance and
forgiveness of sins
will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN

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010325 AM Mark-49 Masters Message in Luke-9
THE MASTER’S MESSAGE SERIES
LUKE-9
RECEIVING THE WORD
This morning we are looking at one of the foundational truths of our salvation. True Christians are those
who have received God’s Word. Think of the verses you know so well:
John 5:24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me
has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
James 1:21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with
meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
1 Peter 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of
God which lives and abides forever,
But so few have received God’s Word, right? Have you been reading the news this week? Another school
shooting in California, more terrorist bombs in Russia, and the daily rates of evil in America with 54
individuals murdered every day in America and 16,939 assaulted. That makes 19,810 who are killed and
another 6.1 million that are injured in fights and attacks HERE in the USA. So we live in a land overflowing
with violence, greed, and suffering.
So what do crime statistics have to do with the Gospel? And what does God expect from us who live in
these last days? God wants everyone to receive His Word and be changed from their sinful ways. To see
this turn with me to 2 Timothy 3 and follow along as I read these timely verses.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be
lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,
unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of
good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
, 5 having a
form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Listen to a paraphrase:
Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be selfabsorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude,
coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous,
ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion,
but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.75
God’s Word shows that the unsaved, the lost, the worldlings to the very end of time are unwilling to
“receive the Word” and be changed. Remember the sky is falling down literally in the Tribulation and the
lost cling to their stuff!
Revelation 9:20-21 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent
of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass,
stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their
murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. Or in modern English: The
remaining men and women who weren’t killed by these weapons went on their merry way—didn’t
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change their way of life, didn’t quit worshiping demons, didn’t quit centering their lives around
lumps of gold and silver and brass, hunks of stone and wood that couldn’t see or hear or move.
There wasn’t a sign of a change of heart. They plunged right on in their murderous, occult,
promiscuous, and thieving ways.76
And to start join me in Luke 16:8-13. Please stand as we read these verses.

1. JESUS SAID THAT THREE EVIDENCES OF SALVATION ARE: LIGHT LIVING, GOD SERVING,
AND WORD RECEIVING
Luke 16:8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had
acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are
the people of the light. PEOPLE OF LIGHT Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters. Either
he will hate the one
and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You
cannot
serve both God and Money.” DEVOTED TO ONLY ONE MASTER 16:31 “He said to him, ‘If
they do not
listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises
from the dead.’” RECEPTIVE TO GOD’S WORD
2. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE MERCY NEEDING Luke 18:13 “But the tax collector stood
at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘
God, have mercy
on me, a sinner
.’ SEEKING GOD’S MERCY
3. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE HELPLESSLY COMING Luke 18:17 I tell you the truth,
anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God
like a little child will never enter it.” HELPLESS
CHILDLIKE RECEPTION
4. A TRUE BELIEVER IS LOST-KNOWING AND GOD-OBEYING Luke 18:19-27 “Why do you call me
good?” Jesus answered. “
No one is good—except God alone. 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to
him, “
You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have
treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.” 27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is
possible with God.” KNOWING YOU ARE LOST-KNOWING GOD IS BOSS
5. A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE FOUND BY CHRIST Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man
came to seek and to
save what was lost.” FOUND BY CHRIST
6. A TRUE BELIEVER IS REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN Luke 24:47 and repentance and forgiveness
of sins
will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. REPENTANT AND
FORGIVEN

v.22 1) Only body died
2) God escorted Lazarus to bliss
3) Rich man to discomfort
v.23 4) Recognition intuitive – he never had seen Abraham before “seeth Abraham”
5) Recognition was over all distances, these are eternal areas ‘afar off”
v.24 6) Selfish desires still present and would be forever “cool my tongue”
v.25 7) Memory unimpaired
8) Righteous are comforted
v.26 9) Separation forever of good and evil
10) Beyond help
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v.27 11) No communication of dead to living!
12) Dead have no influence on spiritual world
v.29 13) God’s Word determiner of destiny – all else passes away!
14) Still want to help those still here but to no avail
So that is the content of the parable, but I think there is more. If you step back ask yourself, so what
made the rich man so bad? Did he harm Lazarus? Did he commit gross moral sin? Was he a murderer,
liar, or anything like that?
If we look carefully at these 13 verses we see that every word, every phrase is chosen to communicate
such depths of meaning. Jesus contasts two characters.
First, there is the rich man, usually called
Dives, which is the Latin for rich. Each new phrase builds a
picture of this man. The point Jesus is making is about the luxury in which he lived. His clothing was
purple and fine linen. If you remember our series in Exodus you know that is exactly the elements God
chose for the robes of the High Priests. In modern terms those robes would cost about $75,000 to
$100,000. Even today a normal person would never be able to afford a wardrobe in which each outfit
would require an average person to spend his entire earnings from 6-8 years of full time labor per outfit!
But Jesus goes on, this Dives or rich man ate a luxury feast every day. Infact, the Greek word Luke uses
denotes a gourmet feeding on exotic and costly dishes. And Jesus emphasizes that he did this
every day.
Think of Bible times where normal people felt very fortunate to get to eat meat once in the week. And that
was only after laboring for the other six days. But Dives not only didn’t have to work it seems, but he also
was feasting. This paints a picture by Christ of indolent self-indulgence.
When Lazarus waited for the crumbs that fell from Dives’s table it is another insight into the Biblical
world.. In Christ’s time most people had no knives, forks or napkins. They usually ate food with their
hands. But in very wealthy houses, the rich would clean their hands by wiping them on chunks of bread,
which would then be discarded by the servants into the trash.
Now enters Lazarus. He sat by the trash thankfully getting any chunk of used hand cleaner bread.
Consider Lazarus. Because Lazarus is the only character in any of Christ’s parables who is given a name
we are led to ponder whether this may be a true life account. Lazarus is the Latinization of the Hebrew
name Eleazar, which means
God is my help. So Eleazar or Lazarus was a totally helpless, sick, and
starving beggar, covered with ulcerated sores; and so helpless that he was unable to keep the dogs that
roamed the street from bothering him.
So life passes for both and the scene in the after life shows a drastic switch in their conditions.
Jesus tells us that Lazarus is in the glory of Heaven’s waiting room and Dives is in the torment of Hell’s
waiting room. Again I ask, what can we find was the sin of Dives?
It wasn’t cruelty, the text doesn’t say he ordered Lazarus to be carted away from his gate.
It wasn’t hatred, the text doesn’t say he locked his garbage cans.
It wasn’t murder, the text doesn’t say he wounded Lazarus as he drove through the gate.
It wasn’t violence, the text never implies Dives was harming Lazarus at all.
The only sin we can see from God’s Word is that Dives seems to never have even noticed Lazarus.
To Dives the Rich Man, this poor, dying beggar was just another clump of the landscape.
To Dives the Rich Man, it was “perfectly natural and inevitable that Lazarus should lie in pain and hunger
while he wallowed in luxury. As someone said, It was not what Dives did that got him into heaven; it was
what he did not do that got him into hell.”
So let me emphasize this, Jesus paints us an unforgettable picture. In it we see a man who could look on
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This Rich Man would look at a fellow human who was starving and deathly ill, and do nothing about it.
So Jesus paints the punishment of those who never noticed. When God’s Word is not received, Christ’s
compassion is also absent.
But why was the part added that Jesus told about refusing to send a warning to Dive’s family? Could it be
Jesus is saying that to those who are exposed to God’s Word and yet when they see the pain, sorrow, and
dying of this world, and it moves them to no feeling and to no action, nothing will change them?
The terrible warning of the sin of Dives is not that he did wrong things, but that he did nothing.77
What happened to him? The word of God was never received, it never pierced the heart. When God’s
Word is received the life begins to change.
Self-centeredness begins to die
Self-indulgence begins to be disciplined away
Self-sacrifice begins to be pursued
Compassion, kindness, caring, and love take root and grow.
Ezekiel 16:44-50 says that worst that Sodom’s sin were the refined sins of God’s People. What can
possibly be worst than sodomy? Listen to what God said:
Pride, Fullness of food, Abundance of idleness.
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010401 AM Mark-50 Masters Message in Luke-10
THE MASTER’S MESSAGE IN LUKE-9
FAITH THAT SAVES IS HUMBLE AND
SUBMITTING
We come now to the close of our survey of Luke. In these past weeks since Christmas we have seen that
Jesus shares the Good News of salvation 23 times, each unique and yet each with the same basic
elements.
In fact, Luke ends with a summary of the Gospel in chapter 24. Why don’t we do something unique, let’s
back up through the book this morning and see this wonderful message from Jesus. Ready? Luke 24:47,
what is the summary of Christ’s teaching?
First the Gospel is a gospel of the forgiven.
But God’s Word changes us from the inside out, no matter how bad we are. God’s grace reaches to the
most sinful, the most defiled. Remember the Amazing grace that saved a wretch like John Newton?
In his early teens, John Newton
78 ran away from England and joined the crew of a slave ship. Some
years later he himself was given to the black wife of a white slave trader in Africa. He was cruelly
mistreated and lived on leftovers from the woman’s meals and on wild yams he dug from the ground at
night. After escaping, he lived with a group of natives for a while and eventually managed to become a
sea captain himself, living the most ungodly and profligate life imaginable. But after his miraculous
conversion in 1748, he returned to England and became a selfless and tireless minister of the gospel in
London. He left for posterity many hymns that are still among the most popular in the world. By far the
best-known and best-loved of those is “Amazing Grace.” He became the pastor of a church in England,
and to this day the churchyard carries an epitaph that Newton himself wrote
John Newton, Clerk,
once an infidel and libertine,
A servant of slaves in Africa,
was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ,
Preserved, restored, pardoned,
And appointed to preach the faith
He had long labored to destroy.
How does God do that? He explains it in a word picture in Psalm 32:1-2 by using three different Hebrew
words for Forgiveness:
1. LIFTED OFF: Forgiven means literally to have our sin lifted off. As Pilgrim it rolls off and into
Christ’s tomb. Look at #493 “My sin oh the bliss . . .”
2. COVERED OVER: Covered speaks of the strong imagery in the events of the day of atonement. On
that day the High priest took the blood of an animal and sprinkled it onto the mercy seat. Above
the mercy seat was the presence of God portrayed by the outstretched arms of the cherubim.
Beneath the lid of the ark was the tablets portraying God’s divine law. In essence, the blood stood
between a holy God and the sinners who broke His law, averting His wrath. So our sins are covered
away by the blood of Jesus shed for us!
3. NEVER COUNTED: Not counted against us speaks of God when He forgives He forgets. Psalm 103
“as far as the East is…”
Now the second element is REPENTANCE. This is the hard part that God never hides.
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Have you ever gone to the supermarket
Found what you wanted
And then were frustrated finding the price
A generation ago everything was stamped with the blue inked price and it was instant awareness of cost.
Today with bar codes, scanners, shelf tags, advertised specials, point of purchase rebates, coupons, mailin rebates, and often, unhelpful clerks, you can be sure only as you pay.
That’s not what Christ preached.
He preached a costly gospel.
He proclaimed an expensive discipleship.
And, there were no hidden price tags or gimmicks. In fact, He cost more than He gained.
rich, young ruler (Lk. 18, Mark 10, Mt. 19)
John 6
And it wasn’t just Christ! The apostles declared the same message!
Christ said the task was disciple making. Christ regenerates. We teach. That was the pure unadulterated
first century gospel. This costly gospel is even captioned in a novel portraying the period.
Listen to a passage in the novel
Quo Vadis.
Vinicius, the young Roman, has fallen in love with a girl who is a Christian. Because he is not a Christian
she will have nothing to do with him. He follows her to the secret night gathering of the little group of
Christians, and there, unknown to anyone, he listens to the service. He hears Peter preach, and, as he
listens, something happens to him.
“He felt that if he wished to follow that teaching, he would have to place on a
burning pile all his thoughts, habits and character, his whole nature up to that
moment, burn them into ashes and then fill himself with a life altogether different,
and an entirely new soul.”
That is repentance. But what if a man has no other desire than to be left alone? The change is not
necessarily from robbery, theft, murder, adultery and glaring sins. The change may be from a life that is
completely selfish, instinctively demanding, totally inconsiderate, the change from a self-centered to a
God-centered life—and a change like that hurts.
Costly discipleship awaits true Christians.
Please turn with me to our text, Luke 18:19-27 and stand as we see the man who was
unwilling to pay the price Christ asked!
Contrast RYR with John Newton

1. THERE IS ONLY ONE GOSPEL OF ETERNAL SALVATION Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous
before God
, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. ETERNAL
SAVATION
2. SALVATION IS LIGHT, LIFE, AND PEACE Luke 1:47-79 v. 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God
my Savior. 1:52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly. v. 53 He has
filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty. v. 68 “Blessed is the Lord
God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, v. 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation
for us In the house of His servant David, v. 72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to
remember His holy covenant, v. 77 to give his people the knowledge of
salvation through the
forgiveness of their sins
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come to us from heaven. SINNERS, SAVED AND FORGIVEN BY GOD’S MERCY
3. SALVATION IS A PERSON Luke 2:30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation SALVATION IS A
PERSON
4. JESUS PREACHED – BEAR FRUIT OR BE CAST INTO THE FIRE Luke 3:8 Produce fruit in
keeping with repentance
. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’
For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. FRUIT SHOWING
REPENTANCE
Luke 3:9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree
which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” FRUIT OR FIRE
3:17 His
winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the
wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”
5. SALVATION IS HEARING CHRIST’S VOICE AND FOLLOWING HIM Luke 5:20 When Jesus saw
their
faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” SINS FORGIVEN BY FAITH 5:27 After these
things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him,
Follow Me.” HEARING VOICE AND FOLLOWING JESUS 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous,
but
sinners to repentance.” BY REPENTING SINNERS
6. BELIEVERS ARE ENGAGED TO CHRIST REGENERATED AND INDWELT Luke 5:34 Jesus
answered, “Can you make the guests of
the bridegroom fast while he is with them? ENGAGED TO
CHRIST
5:38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. WITH NEW WINE INSIDE NEW
BOTTLES
7. GENUINE BELIEVERS ARE CHRISTLIKE, GOODHEARTED, AND LORD OBEYING Luke 6:35-47 v.
35
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything
back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be
sons of the Most High, because he is kind to
the ungrateful and wicked. LOVING SONS OF MOST HIGH v. 40 A disciple is not above his teacher,
but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. CHRISTLIKE
6:43 “No good tree bears
bad fruit, nor does a bad tree
bear good fruit. BEARING GOOD FRUIT 6:45 A good man out of the
good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart
brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 6:47 Whoever comes to Me,
and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: LORD OBEYING from cathedral
in Lubeck, Germany: You call me Master, and obey me not; You call me Light, and see me not; You
call me the Way, and walk me not; You call me the Life, and live me not; You call me wise, and follow
me not; You call me Fair, and love me not; You call me Rich, and ask me not; You call me Eternal and
seek me not. If I condemn thee, blame me not!
8. JESUS CALLS US TO AGREE WITH GOD ABOUT OUR SIN Luke 7:29-30 And when all the people
heard Him, even the tax collectors
justified (homologeo said same thing as God does) God, having
been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for
themselves, not having been baptized by him.
7:48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
FORGIVEN SINNERS
7:50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
BELIEVING AND PEACEFUL
9. JESUS TAUGHT A GOSPEL OF ENDURING FRUIT BEARING Luke 8:1 After this, Jesus traveled
about from one town and village to another,
proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The
Twelve were with him, RECIPENTS OF THE GOOD NEWS
Luke 8:8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It
came up and
yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out,
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” HEARTS WITH GOOD SOIL – SEED WHICH GREW – LIVES
THAT WERE FRUITFUL
8:13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they
hear it, but they have no
root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.
ROOTED TRUTH
8:14-15 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on
their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. UNCHOKED
RIGHTEOUSNESS 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who
hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. GOOD – HEAR – RETAIN – BEAR
FRUIT
10.SALVATION IS DESIRING JESUS Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come
after me
, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. SALVATION EQUALS
FOLLOWING CHRIST
11.TRUE BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED IN HEAVEN BY GOD Luke 10:20-22 Nevertheless do
not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather
rejoice because your names are
written in heaven
.” 21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord
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to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 22 All things have been delivered to Me
by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the
Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Check Hebrews 12:22-24.
12.THE EVIDENCE OF CHRIST’S CHILDREN IS THEY SEEK: Luke 11:2-4 So He said to them, “When
you pray, say:
13.Our Father in heaven
(GOD AS FATHER),
14.Hallowed be Your name
(WORSHIPING HIM).
15.Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
(SUBMISSIVE TO HIM) v. 3 Give
us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins,
(DEPENDING ON HIM) For we also
forgive everyone who is indebted to us
(LOVING OTHERS).
16.And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one
(SEEKING HOLINESS).
17.JESUS CALLED FOR INSIDE OUTEDNESS Luke 11:28,34,39 But He said, “More than that, blessed
are those who hear the word of God
and keep it!” 11:34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore,
when your eye is good, your whole body also is
full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also
is full of darkness.
11:39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup
and dish clean, but your
inward part is full of greed and wickedness. INSIDE OUT LIVING. This is
shown by Paul in
1 Corinthians 3:13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it,
because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. And then in
1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to
light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will
come from God.
18.YOU CAN BE ASSURED OF HEAVEN IF YOU ARE: CHRIST CONFESSING, GOD WEALTHY,
KINGDOM SEEKING, AND HEAVENLY HEARTED
Luke 12:8,21, 31, 34, 37-38 “Also I say to you,
whoever
confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.
12:21 “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward
God
.” RICH TOWARD GOD 12:31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added
to you. 12
:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. HEAVENWARD HEARTS
12:37-38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell
you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait
on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master
finds them ready, even if he comes in
the second or third watch of the night. WATCHING The unsaved, the lost, the worldlings to the very
end of time are exactly opposite this. Remember the sky is falling down literally in the Tribulation and
the lost cling to their stuff!
Revelation 9:20-21 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these
plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of
gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not
repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. Or in modern
English: The remaining men and women who weren’t killed by these weapons went on their merry
way—didn’t change their way of life, didn’t quit worshiping demons, didn’t quit centering their lives
around lumps of gold and silver and brass, hunks of stone and wood that couldn’t see or hear or move.
There wasn’t a sign of a change of heart. They plunged right on in their murderous, occult,
promiscuous, and thieving ways.79
19.JESUS DESCRIBES THOSE HEADING TO HEAVEN AS: SIN REPENTING, FRUIT BEARING, GATE
ENTERING, GOD KNOWING, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS DOING
Luke 13:5-6 I tell you, no! But
unless you repent, you too will all perish.” 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree,
planted in his vineyard, and he went to
look for fruit on it, but did not find any. REPENTANT and
FRUITFUL
13:24-27 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell
you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the
door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘
I
don’t know you
or where you come from.’ 26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and
you taught in our streets.’ 27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from
me, all you
evildoers!’ WALKING NARROW ROAD – KNOWING GOD – DOING RIGHTEOUSNESS.
20.Note the contrast of the two ways first God’s Way in
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is
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without hypocrisy.
21.Then the way of destruction in
22.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers
of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,
unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors,
headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but
denying its power. And from such people turn away! Listen to a paraphrase: Don’t be naive. There are
difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry,
self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending,
slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust,
and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear
of these people.
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23.SALVATION IS WHEN WE IMPOSSIBLY COME TO CHRIST Luke 14:26-27, 33 “If anyone comes
to me
and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes,
even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and
follow me cannot be my disciple. 33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything
he has cannot be my disciple. COMES TO CHRIST – LOVES CHRIST – IDENTIFIES WITH CHRIST –
FOLLOWS CHRIST– GIVES UP ALL TO CHRIST.
24.GENUINE CHRISTIANS ARE SIN REPENTING Luke 15:7 I say to you that likewise there will be
more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no
repentance.
15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.” REPENTING SINNERS
25.JESUS SAID THAT THREE EVIDENCES OF SALVATION ARE: LIGHT LIVING, GOD SERVING,
AND WORD RECEIVING
Luke 16:8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had
acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are
the people of the light. PEOPLE OF LIGHT Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters. Either
he will hate the one
and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You
cannot
serve both God and Money.” DEVOTED TO ONLY ONE MASTER 16:31 “He said to him, ‘If
they do not
listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises
from the dead.’” RECEPTIVE TO GOD’S WORD
26.A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE MERCY NEEDING Luke 18:13 “But the tax collector stood
at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘
God, have mercy
on me, a sinner
.’ SEEKING GOD’S MERCY
27.A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE HELPLESSLY COMING Luke 18:17 I tell you the truth,
anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God
like a little child will never enter it.” HELPLESS
CHILDLIKE RECEPTION
28.A TRUE BELIEVER IS LOST-KNOWING AND GOD-OBEYING Luke 18:19-27 “Why do you call me
good?” Jesus answered. “
No one is good—except God alone. 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to
him, “
You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have
treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.” 27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is
possible with God.” KNOWING YOU ARE LOST-KNOWING GOD IS BOSS
29.A TRUE BELIEVER REALIZES THEY ARE FOUND BY CHRIST Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man
came to seek and to
save what was lost.” FOUND BY CHRIST
30.A TRUE BELIEVER IS REPENTANT AND FORGIVEN Luke 24:47 and repentance and forgiveness
of sins
will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. REPENTANT AND
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