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The Gospel

"There is none righteous, not even one"

The Bible teaches us that mankind is sinful.  All are born in sin and are sinners.  All of mankind is depraved and under God's righteous judgment; there are none who are good, not one.

As such, mankind is in need of a Savior.  The Bible teaches us that Christ is that Savior and He is the only One that can save us because He is God in flesh, the Son of God.  He has died for our sin and taken the punishment we deserved, though He is without sin; He is the perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God.  He is our penal substitutionary atonement.  He is the only way, truth and life--we must go to Him to get to God the Father.

This is only possible through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ.

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This Sunday's Sermon Info

Matthew 5:33-37

Lying is a sin.  Yet it is something human beings do just about all the time, and oftentimes without any apparent reason.  This wasn’t any different in Jesus’ time.  It also wasn’t any different in Jesus’ time that people knew they should keep their word; they should tell the truth.  But here again, the Jewish teachers were excellent about “splitting hairs” when it came to which vows they had to keep, and which ones were okay to break.  (Jesus will delineate some of these particularities later as recorded by Matthew in chapter 23:16-22.)  As with the other aspects of the Law on which the rabbis had attempted to round the corners, Jesus properly exegetes the Scriptures and clarifies exactly what God meant when He wrote what He wrote.  Because Satan is the prince of this fallen world, lies are plentiful and quickly accepted.  Jonathan Swift wrote in “The Examiner” in 1710, “Besides, as the vilest Writer has his Readers, so the greatest Liar has his Believers; and it often happens, that if a Lie be believ’d only for an Hour, it has done its Work, and there is no farther occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it; so that when Men come to be undeceiv’d, it is too late; the Jest is over, and the Tale has had its Effect…”  But the Lord Jesus is the Truth and has set the devil in his place.  Telling the truth is ultimately antithetical to the devil.  Jesus always tells the truth because He is God and God cannot lie (Titus 1:2).  There is no variation or shifting shadow with our God (James 1:17).  Everything God says in His Word is true and beyond any doubt.  Everything the devil says is a lie, because as Jesus (who is the truth) describes him, “he is a liar and the father of lies.”  So, why would anyone who claims Christ as Lord want to be seen as associated with “the father of lies”?  Jesus is truth; therefore, His followers should be people of the truth.  As Jesus taught, “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.”  Tell the truth.

This Sunday's Sermon Outline

 

Point I: The Sin of Lying (33)
Point II: The Restoration of the Sinner (34-36)
Point III: The Statement of Truth (37)

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