"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."
|I am a retired
pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Some Christians love the Light, who is Jesus Christ and his ways of godliness, righteousness, and holiness. But Others, who are sinners, hate the Light and they will not come to the Light. They love darkness. Some of those who sit in the darkness, when they see the light, will come to the light. What will you do?
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The Transcript of this Message
Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.
Our topic is: Come out of darkness to live in the Light. Satan and his ways of deception are darkness. Jesus Christ is light. His light shines on his ways of godliness, holiness and righteousness. Here we will see three kinds of people. Those who love the light is the first kind. Those who hate the light, but love darkness is the 2nd kind. They will not come to the light because God reproves them for their sins and condemns them. These two kind are explained in John 3:18-21. And, some of them from darkness see the light and they come to the light. They are the third kind. Let us see the first two kinds from John 3:18-21 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already. 19 this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. These verses say about the two groups of people. One group obey God and walk in his ways of righteousness and holiness. They are the sons of God. They are the blessed and inherit his kingdom.
The second group hate the Light and love darkness. But these people are not Criminals. They fit the churches and society real well. They have beautiful smile on their faces and are always politically correct. Then, why are they evil? Because they do everything with selfish motive. They do not love the brethren, but they exploit them with a smile. Their evil nature is hidden with a friendly gesture. They do not come to the light since God reproves them. They do not believe what Jesus says but they call themselves believers. They live in deception. Having a form of godliness, they deny the power of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are given to edify the church, the body of Christ. They profess that they know God; but they deny the works of the Holy Spirit in the ministry. The Bible explains about the gifts of the Spirit and how they will function in the church for the perfection of the body of Christ. They say when God gave the Bible, which explains the operations of the gifts of the Spirit, he took away the gifts of the Spirit. It doesn't make any sense. They twist the scriptures and teach false doctrines. Their wisdom does not come from above, but is earthly and sensual. God reproves their hidden sins and God condemns them. So, they hate the light.
We saw that the 3rd kind comes out of the second group and joins the first group. Matt 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. Here, the light refers to the lord Jesus Christ. The lost sheep is sitting in darkness where the shadow of death was looming. The lost sheep is not totally evil. When they see the light, they come to the light. Evil people hate the light and will not come to the light.
Now we saw three kinds of people. 1st kind, they love the light. 2nd kind, they love the darkness. 3rd they are in transition from darkness to light. Let me ask you a question. Which kind do you belong to?
If your are 1st kind: you are the most blessed. You are the son of God. You are the bride of Christ. 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
If your are 2nd kind: You serve Satan with counterfeit Christianity. You believe deceptive doctrines. Etc. Eph 5:5-8 say this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. The main problem is that the servants of Satan deceived you with vain words. The children of disobedience, who are sinning people, will be punished by the wrath of God. Believe this. It is true.7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. That is do not be friends with false teachers. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: That is, even you have hope if you change your ways. Come to the light and walk in the light.
Now, for the rest. If you are not 1st or 2nd you are 3rd. You are Sitting in darkness looking for the light. Did you not see the light yet? You have seen it. Why are you still sitting? What you are waiting for? Get up and come to the light. Heb 3:7 Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.. Take this as the call of God. Come to the light to live in it. Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: If you have come to the light, you have an inheritance in the kingdom of God. So, come.
Let me sum it up: If you already walk in the light, you are blessed. If you are on the way from the darkness to the light, congratulations, but hurry up. Do not linger around in the darkness anymore. If you are in darkness and think it is cool because of some doctrines, I say to you, it will not be cool. You will be in hot fire of hell and then the lake of fire. If you need clarification an any doctrine, I will lead you through the scriptures. And God will help you.
Thank you for listening.
God Bless You