Monday, February 9, 2016

2 Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” We are continuing our Bible Doctrine Conference this week. If you would like to join us this week our services begin at 7:00pm. We had another good time in the house of the Lord tonight. Each night Pastor Bill South and Pastor Ronnie Young will be preaching for us.

Tonight Pastor Bill South started off the evening preaching on “The Doctrine of Satan” out of Ezekiel 28:12-19 and Isaiah 14:12-14. The devil is given many different names in the Bible such as: The accuser of the brethren, adversary, Devil, tempter, the dragon, father of lies, god of this world, Lucifer, Satan, serpent, and there are others. The names of Satan reveal his work as much as his character (who he is). We only have one enemy and that is the devil and he uses two entities: the world and the flesh. No one person is your enemy as a Christian this morning, our only enemy is the devil and his two entities. The Devil is a liar and all he knows is lying. His character is that of deception. The Devil cannot be trusted with anything he says. The devil is a real person; Lucifer is his name. Lucifer means light bearer and it’s no wonder God calls him an angel of light. He is not just a force or a presence. He is a created being just like we are. He’s destructive. His purpose is to kill, steal and to destroy. He wants to steal our joy, kill our zeal, and to destroy our lives and our testimony. He cannot get to God so he tries to destroy God’s children to get to God. He wants to destroy our confidence in the Bible. He is deceitful. He deceives the whole world to believing a lie that he tells them. He’s a doomed being. One day he’ll be gone forever. How did Lucifer become Satan? Lucifer was created perfect – Ezekiel 28:12. His beauty was beyond anything that God had ever created. His knowledge was beyond anything God had created at that time. Every he did was perfect. He was created for a purpose – Ezekiel 28:13, 16. Lucifer was in charge of the music in heaven. He took care of the things of God and he glorified God. Everything he did was to glorify God. He was the guardian of the throne of God. His whole purpose and being was to glorify God. He was the covering cherub. So, what was Lucifer’s crime? His crime is found is Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:17. He was a man of arrogance. He was proud of himself and who he was and what he was. Spiritual pride is snarling our nose up to God. All we have and all that we are is because of God. All that Lucifer had and all that he was was because of God. God gave it to him. Lucifer lifted himself up with pride. He wanted to be greater than anybody else, even greater than God. His condemnation is found is Isaiah 14:14. His final abode will be in the lake of fire, in the pit, a bottomless pit. Lucifer is fighting a losing battle because God has already won and judged him. Revelation 20:2-3 Satan will be bound for 1,000 years while Jesus is reigning on this earth. After the 1,000 years Satan will be loosed for a season, and in that season he will still have the power to deceive others and cause them to not believe in Jesus Christ. After that season he will be thrown into the lake of fire forever and ever and ever for all of eternity. He’s a doomed and defeated foe already. When the devil reminds us of our past, we need to remind him of his future. When we hear the lies of Satan, we need to judge it with the truth of the Word of God. If a person goes to hell, he’ll go there as an intruder because hell was made for the devil and his angels.

Pastor Ronnie Young preached next out of Ephesians 2:1-10 on “The Doctrine of Salvation.” When a person gets saved, salvation happens instantaneously. Our responsibility in salvation is faith. Things that take place before salvation are: redemption, love, mercy, grace and election. The divine action that is committed at salvation is: regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. The sinners action in salvation is: faith (in Jesus Christ), repentance (from sin), and fruit (obedience to Christ). Salvation means deliverance. We have peace with God – Romans 5:1, we are reconciled to God through salvation. We have deliverance from sin. We are delivered from sins penalty (lake of fire) – John 3:36. We will not be judged from our sins. We are delivered from the sinner’s position – Luke 15 and 19:10. Outside of Christ we are lost, dead, hopeless, and nothing good. Inside of Christ we have our sins completely paid for, forgiveness is granted, so no longer condemns us, sin no longer is with us but righteousness is in us. We are delivered because of the fact that the Deliverer lives inside the delivered. Salvation is because of redemption – Rom. 3:21-26. Redemption has three meanings. Redemption means to be purchased in the market. This means where the slaves are, are numbered with the slaves, be identified with the slaves. Also means to be purchased out of the market – Permanent removal. Lastly it means one who is purchased, loosed and set free. Person is purchased doesn’t have to be a slave, he’s a slave because of love. They will stay a slave because of love. Salvation in reality is regeneration – John 1:12. Regeneration is another birth, a second birth, born of God. We must be born again to be saved. We are begotten of God. Because of regeneration we are a different person the rest of our lives. Regeneration produces the condition of life. It restores life to the dead. Regeneration produces Son-ship. We have the spirit indwelling within us. Sin is no longer practiced anymore. Righteousness starts being practiced. Love for the family is within us. Salvation by the sinner’s involvement is found is Ephesians 2:8. How do we respond? How are we involved? Grace is our foundation for salvation. Faith is the acceptance of salvation. Faith is the function of salvation. Without faith there is no salvation. Faith is coming to God; turning to Christ, life is produced, believing the Gospel, believing Jesus, the response of the heart and the acceptance of God’s record, the Word of God. Faith is a prop, to stay oneself upon the record, and to cast your whole self on the record of. Repentance comes: when we know we’re wrong, believe the Word of God, believe the Spirit of God, and comes and believe the message (the message is repentance). Saving faith is believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and calling on His name for salvation. Faith turns from and turns to.

We are looking forward to tomorrow night and the doctrines that will be preached tomorrow. Tomorrow night the doctrine of the church and the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.

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