Devotrional Thought for Today – 01/23/2021

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Matthew 14:22-36

There are many great commentaries on what this passage of scripture is all about.  I am not arguing with them, I just want to emphasize one point that I see as something that likely could have been me. 

Peter in the situation plays a doubting Thomas when he recognizes Jesus’s voice but still says v.28; Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

It is easy to understand the fear and disbelief at first. Only God can command nature and Jesus had just done so. Yet when Peter is assured by His voice there remains lingering doubt. 

Today’s question? Is there any lingering doubt in you? Or are you fully committed to Christ as you LORD and SAVIOR! 


Additional Resources:

What was the meaning of Jesus walking on water?

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

 

Sunday Sermon Series – A False Hope

 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Rev 21:27 (ESV)


COMMENTS and CONTEXT

God makes it clear that the unclean, those whom He has not made clean through the blond of Christ can in no way enter the kingdom of Heaven. Twice in this Chapter (V.8 and our text) John makes this abundantly plain. So what hope does mankind have to reach heaven? Can they be good enough? I mean as long as they are not murderers, adulterers’, rapists etc. surely God will grant them entry  won’t He?

As always the Whole Counsel of God is needed and understanding we are saved by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in Christ Alone, to the Glory of God Alone. No amount of self effort will help anyone get to heaven, and that is the issue that J.C. Ryle in our comic above points out; far to many live on the false hope of good works. 

Revelation 21:1-8 ESV and RVR 1960

Today I offer a sermon on that very false hope by one of my favorite preachers Dr. M.L. Jones. May you be greatly blessed.


 Sermon By Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones
A False Hope – A Sermon on Revelation 21:5

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (ESV)

 

What is the only hope for this world? Mankind puts his hope in all kinds of different things, from politicians to wise men. The world is always looking for a cure to its many ills. However, try as it may, the world has never found an answer to its many problems over the hundreds of years it has searched. Why is this? In this sermon on Revelation 21:5, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that the answer is really quite simple. The world does not know God. For this reason, it always looks to the wrong places for hope. The world looks to itself, but this is vain and hopeless because only God can take this broken world and make it right. He is doing just this in His Son, Jesus Christ. By dying on the cross Jesus has vanquished not only sin and death, but He has destroyed Satan and broken his hold on this world. Jesus will return and put all things under His feet, He will make all things new and finally vanquish sin and evil once and for all. In the New Heaven and Earth, creation will be remade and freed from all pollution. All those who believe in Jesus will be made partakers of this new creation by grace and faith in Christ Jesus.

 

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as “Spiritual Depression”, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount” and “Great Biblical Doctrines”. He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.

Sunday’s Sermon Series – Keep Watch

Yesterday our Devotional was entitled Saturday’s Military Devotional – Watchmen, today I continue that theme but from Christ Jesus’s own Words. 

 

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Matthew 25:1-13

AMP and RVR 1960

 


CONTEXT:

This is the Parable of the 10 Virgins or Bridesmaids as some modern versions have it. If your Bible is a Red Letter edition you will not the words are in Red denoting that Christ Jesus Himself is speaking. 

Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to that of a Grand Wedding and the key participants (virgins or bridesmaids) need to be ready for the event (also see Revelation 19:7). Some are ready and on watch for the groom to arrive others are lazy and figure they have plenty of time to deal with things.

Of course the later are caught off Guard and try and rush at the last minute only to be shut out of the feast. 

 


SERMON:

Coming Events and Present Duties
J.C. Ryle, 1879

WATCH!

…The passage of Scripture before our eyes, is one that deserves the close attention of all professing Christians. We ought to read it again and again, until we are thoroughly familiar with every sentence that it contains. It is a passage that concerns us all, whether ministers or people, rich or poor, learned or unlearned, old or young. It is a passage that can never be known too well.

These thirteen verses make up one of the most solemn parables that our Lord Christ ever spoke; partly because of the time at which it was spoken, partly because of the matter which it contains.

As to the time — it was but a few days before our Lord’s crucifixion. It was spoken within view of Gethsemane and Calvary, of the cross and the grave.

As to the matter — it stands as a beacon to the Church of Christ in all ages. It is a witness against carelessness and slothfulness — against apathy and indifference about religion — and a witness of no uncertain sound. It cries to thoughtless sinners, “Awake!” It cries to true servants of Christ, “Watch!”…


OTHER RESOURCES

The Fate of the Unprepared by John MacArthur 

Daily Devotional – Riches and Poverty

Rich man and Lazarus - Wikipedia
Lazarus and Dives, illumination from the Codex Aureus of Echternach Top panel: Lazarus at the rich man’s door Middle panel: Lazarus’ soul is carried to Paradise by two angels; Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom Bottom panel: Dives’ soul is carried off by two devils to Hell; Dives is tortured in Hades

Luke 16:19-25

AMP and RVR 1960

 


Instead of the usual Devotional today I am submitting for your reading and edification a short Sermon by J.C. Ryle.Thanks to my friend Steve Rebus @ The Whole Armour Of God for the inspiration for this.

Two of my favorite Ryle quotes are: 

“My chief desire in all my writings, is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and make Him beautiful and glorious in the eyes of men; and to promote the increase of repentance, faith, and holiness upon earth.”

“I am one of those old-fashioned ministers who believe the whole Bible, and everything it contains!”

 


CONTEXT:

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus needs no introduction or context that Ryle’s sermon will not provide. So I will leave it at that: 

 


SERMON:

Riches and Poverty

J.C. Ryle, 1878


APPLICATION:

There is only one question that needs to be asked today are you Spiritually Rich or Poor?  

Do not be led astray by all kinds of strange teachings!

reblogged from  iCHristian

(J.C. Ryle, 1816-1900)

“Do not be led astray by all kinds of strange teachings!”
Hebrews 13:9

Many things combine to make the present inroad of false doctrine peculiarly dangerous.

There is an undeniable zeal in some of the teachers of error–and their ‘earnestness’ makes many think they must be right.

There is a great appearance of learning and theological knowledge–and many imagine that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe guides…

Continued at Source: Do not be led astray by all kinds of strange teachings!