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Sunday School Lesson – July 22, 2018 Entering God’s Kingdom

To follow along, visit your local Christian bookstore, and ask for the Bible Expositor and Illuminator

Time:  A.D. 29        Place:  Perea

Golden Text:  Strive to enter in at the straight gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able – Luke 13:24

Introduction

When listening to the media when some celebrities die one might get the impression that they lived godly lives in spite of immoral liaison, alcohol and drug abuse, a total disregard for the things of God. Not only with celebrities, but when someone dies in the community or our family members who renounced the things of God when they’re funeralized somehow the preacher preaches them into heaven although they lived a life contrary to the Word of God. Whether we want to accept the Word of God or not; God’s says He has no pleasure when the wicked die  ( Say unto them, as I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked – Ezekiel 33:11) but He has pleasure in the death of His saints (Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints – Psalm 116:15). In order for anyone to enter into heaven, there must first be a true repentance. True repentance the individual no longer live to give pleasure to themselves but seek to please God in all of their ways. They will love God more than themselves, they want His desire and His will to be in their lives. Read More

Transformation Brings Conformation

 I beseech (urge) you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God – Romans 12:1.

Paul entreats the believer to present their bodies as a living sacrifice, meaning they should use their bodies to serve and obey God. Such giving of the body to God is more than a contrast with a dead animal as they did in Old Testament time, it’s a newness of life. Holy means to be set apart for the Lord’s use, acceptable means pleasing Him, and reasonable indicates what is due to Him. Read More

The Sabbath

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy – Exodus 20:8.

The law of the Ten Commandments is a law of God’s making. It is a law of His own speaking, this law that was given through the Ten Commandments was prior to God placing His laws in the hearts and minds of His people. To remember is intimated that the Sabbath was instituted and observed before, but while the Israelites were in bondage, in Egypt they failed to observe it. Some observe the Sabbath as being Saturday while others believe its on Sunday.  Read More