I can do all things by MikeJenny


									                                                         The Remnant The Quick and The Dead
                                                         November 14th, 2010, Elon Baptist Church
 I) Beginnings: In the King James version of the bible, verse five our scripture today reads : "Who shall give account to him that is
     ready to judge the quick and the dead." Growing up I heard that phrase and wondered what it meant. Why would "quick" people
     be judged? Did they move too fast and if they did why was speed a sin? Sometime later, it was explained to me that in the English
     of the 1600's "quick" just meant living. Christ is the judge of the living and the dead. Our invocation tells us that He himself told
     the disciples to tell people that He was the judge of the quick and the dead" Escaping judgment and receiving mercy is the hope of
     those who believe in Christ. Those who do not believe in Christ as Lord and Savior will receive the judgment on the "quick and the
     dead". The believer is to be set apart from those who do not believe by his faith in Christ and by his changed life. Here we see
     the simple prescription for how we are to be as children of the King.
     Scripture:1 Peter 4: 1-11
II) Embrace The New Life: 1 Peter 4:1-5 "Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose,
     because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts
     of men, but for the will of God. For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles,
     having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. And in all this,
     they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excess of dissipation, and they malign you; but they shall give
     account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead." One of the confusions that has existed from the beginning of
     Christianity is way that grace works in the forgiveness of sins. There were some who saw the early church as a way to gain eternal
     life and to continue in all the bad behavior they had always done. Paul in writing to the church in Rome tried to correct this
     misconception. In Romans 5:18- 6:2, Paul explains that the law is a mirror that reflects our imperfections. The law of the bible
     shows us that we are not perfect and that we cannot approach the holiness or perfection of God. Because there is much sin, God's
     grace and forgiveness is ever more bountiful to redeem us from our misbehavior. There were those who proposed that as
     believers, if we just sinned more, then we would get more grace. The more sin, the more need for grace, the more grace is given.
     When a person accepts Christ, his or her place in eternity is set. That means that their sins in their past have been forgiven. It also
     means that the sins of their future have been forgiven as well. Since God knows all things, He will not be surprised by what you do
     next week that is a sin. If you are a believer, He has forgiven you for that sin at the point that you were saved. Now you see how a
     person who is mislead, could think that salvation is a free pass to do whatever he wants to do from now on. Since my sins in the
     future have been forgiven, I am covered no matter what I do. The scriptures clearly say that this is not the case. Romans 6:2-6
     May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into
     Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order
     that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have
     become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this,
     that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to
     sin;" So the believer finds eternal life in heaven, and he also finds a new life here that means abandonment of the old life.
     Peter says in our verses that "the time already past,[your life before Christ] is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of
     the Gentiles" That is, any purposeful bad behavior has no place in the life of the Christian. The reason that we do not have
     churches full of regenerated believers today, but that we have only a remnant church today, where across the land there air a large
     percentage of people in churches who claim to be Christian and who are not in fact redeemed, regenerated, and reborn believers
     is because they have been mislead to believe that faith in Christ is an event and not a life changing process that is ongoing. Peter
     says that some of those things that we are to have left behind are sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and
     abominable idolatries. If you are wondering what this list means it is further defined on the back of your handout. When your life
     changes, God will not be surprised, but many others will be. People will be surprised that you are different and that you do not
     run with them into destructive behavior any more. This will bother them because they will believe that if more people are
     involved with a behavior, that behavior must be ok. In fact, they will malign you for stopping your destructive behavior. This idea
     like many bad ideas seems foolish when you hold it up to the light. My friend, or someone who says they are my friend, says to
     me, "I see that you have stopped doing a lot of the things you used to do. I know that they were suicidal and self destructive
     to you your health and spiritual well being, but come on, don't you want to keep on doing them?" . Actually whenever we come
     to Christ, we are supposed to change our behavior because of a changed heart. The scripture here says that you do not need to
     worry about getting destructive behavior out of your system, when you actually come to Christ the time you have been in sin will
     be more than enough. The sadness for those who demand my destruction along with theirs really comes home first, when they
     damage their lives, and then second, when they face the judgment of the one who judges the quick and the dead.
III) The End Is Always Near: 1 Peter 4:6-7 "For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that
     though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God. 7 The end of all things is at
     hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8-11 "Above all, keep fervent in your love for
     one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10 As each one has
     received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 Whoever speaks, let
     him speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all
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                                                  The Remnant The Quick and The Dead
                                                  November 14th, 2010, Elon Baptist Church
things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. " So you
know what not to do, what is the occupation of the believer? This is muddled again by cultural Christian misinformation. Cultural
Christianity is a form of beliefs shaped and informed by the cultural rather than the scripture. The subtle message to us all is that
our happiness, wealth, and success is the central occupation that we need to pursue and that it is only right that we are the center
of our world. This message comes across well to our nature, because who doesn't want to hear "It's all about you, you should do
what makes you happy" Remember our friend from a moment ago who can't understand why we would stop being self-motivated
and self-destructive? Self-motivated is self-destructive. We know that the end of all things is at hand. Either Jesus is coming back
or we are going to meet Him and one or the other will happen soon. When we choose to become God centered and other
centered, we go from self-destructive to self-constructive. Love covers a multitude of sins. Much of our faulty behavior that we
do by accident is covered if love is our motivation. Therefore the things to do are: to be serious about our life in faith, overcome
our faults by exercising Christian love, and when we speak or serve, in all things do so with an eye toward God being glorified.

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