Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
And, to you, who is Jesus? Thursday February 6th. 2003
Today we are going to look at two separate, but related points. First we are going to look at how you, as Born again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian can tell others who are Born Again. How you can separate the Lambs from the wolves. And then we are going to look at a point dealing with forgiveness of your Christian brothers and sisters, which is solidly related to the fable, "once saved always saved".
First the simple way to tell if one is a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian. Look with me in Matthew 16:
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And they said, "Some say that Thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets." He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 16:13-17)
Jesus asked, "So guys, who do the people of this world say I am? And they responded by saying, "Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets." The unsaved, the heathens of the time said Jesus was a wonderful man, a super man, a real man of God, but not GOD. Then God turned to Peter and said: " But whom say ye that I am?" And Peter said: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Notice, the unsaved said Jesus was everything but God, yet Peter said, You are God. For in the Hebrew of the time, to refer to one as Son was to indicate that he was identical to the father. And Jesus responded by not saying, Hey Pete, good answer go to the head of the class. No, what the Lord said was: Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven. Jesus told Peter that his knowledge of who Jesus was, did not come from knowledge of this world, but from God Himself. And unsaved man cannot say, nor would have any reason to say that Jesus is God. Only a man who is Saved has the insight to know that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost are all one and the same.
So, when you really need to know if a man is Saved or not, especially a preacher, just ask him this one question: "So, who is Jesus?".
Now, let's move on to forgiveness of Christian brothers and sisters.
Then came Peter to Him, and said, "Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?" Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, "lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all". Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, "Pay me that thou owest." And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, "Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all." And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. (Matthew 18 21:35)
Two important points here, first, when Jesus uses the word brother, He is not talking about your earthly brother, He is talking about your Christian brother. And the second point is this, if you do not forgive your Christian brother for his trespasses, God will not forgive you your trespasses.
Read again: I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desired me: Should not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the torturers, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
So, don't think for a minute that once you are Saved, you can do anything you want to fellow Christians, you had best treat them better than you ever even dreamt of treating your earthly brothers. If you would give your earthly brother a drink if he were thirsty, you sure better give your Christian brother a drink if he is thirsty. If you would give your earthly brother food if he were hungry, you had best give your Christian brother a better meal if he is hungry. Do you get the point or should I go on to, If you would help your earthly brother make his mortgage payment, you certainly had best help your Christian brother keep his home.
The Lord be with you all and as you go through this day, give a couple of Christian brothers who have their hands full these days a moment of your prayer time, take him and bring him before the Lord, for President Bush and Attorney General Ashcroft are both your brothers and in need of your prayers. I'm proud of George, seems that in every speech he finds a way to give credit to and acknowledge the Lord Jesus as Creator, what about you?
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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