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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Today's Christian thought: February 10th, 2004
Today we are going to look at and study some of the pearls of wisdom in Matthew chapter sixteen.. We are going to ask ourselves a question, the question is, as Christians, why can't we be as straightforward as the Lord? Why do we spend so much time worrying about hurting peoples feelings? When the religious leaders of the day tried to trap Jesus, He referred to them as hypocrites, today we allow ourselves o be called hypocrites. Why?
When talking to Peter, first the Lord congratulated him and then the Lord came down on him like a ton of bricks. So why is it that we allow people to walk all over the Gospels of Jesus and just stand by and take it?
And last but by no means least, we are going to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what our cross is.
Ok, let's go to: Matthew Chapter Sixteen.
1 The Pharisees also, with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired Him that He would shew them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, "It will be fair weather: for the sky is red." 3 And in the morning, "It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring." O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? One of the great discussions in the true church today, deals with just how close we are to the time in which the Lord will return for His Bride, the church of Philadelphia. Yet, outside the church, they make jokes about us and our concerns and call us hypocrites, fanatics, extremist and worse. Worse in their eyes, not in ours. For not long ago a local newspaper referred to me as a bit extreme, they took it to be less than a compliment, many in the local area who are unsaved took it to be an insult to me, while the few who are Saved, took it as a compliment to me.
4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas (Jonah). And He left them, and departed. Now try as you may, you can not find a way to say verse four in a nice way. The religious leaders of the day had insulted the Lord, and He called them a generation of poisonous snakes, not exactly a term of endearment.
5 And when His disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. 7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread." 8 Which when Jesus perceived, He said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? 9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12 Then understood they how that He bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. So many of us today are just like the Lord's disciples, as a matter of act, we are His disciples, and like those of 1,970 years ago, we too have a hard time understanding plain fact when it comes to maybe hurting someone's feelings. And like the religious leaders of 1,970 years ago, today's self proclaimed religious leaders are passing around a form of poison that is just as insidious and just as growing as the leaven of the 1,970 years ago. And many of you are helping them. Study what the liberals churches preach, study what Roman catholicism is all about. Mel Gibson's movie passion is a perfect example. Look and see how the Roman Catholic church views Passion: (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=37025)
13 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? 14 And they said, "Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 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. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon This rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Now we need to look at verses 13-19 carefully. First the Lord says, who do the people say I am? They answer Him, a prophet... Then He ask, Ok, but who do you say I am? Peter says, You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. Now notice the Lord's response: "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven." The Lord then goes on in what appears to be a statement saying the He will build His church upon Peter, but that is not what He is saying. He doesn't say, upon thee I will build My church, He says "upon This rock I will build My church" This, is Him, Jesus, He is saying upon Me I will build My church. The next statement of the Lord is not directed to Peter alone, but to His Disciples, the Twelve Apostles, for look at whom the Lord is addressing in these verses, in verse 15, the Lord starts by addressing Them, not Peter, but them. As we get into the Book of Revelation, you will see a description of heavens foundation and gates.
20 Then charged He His disciples that they should tell no man that He was Jesus the Christ. 21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto His disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying, "Be it far from Thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee." 23 But He turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Now notice a minute ago the Lord complimented Peter and now He is coming down on Peter like a ton of bricks, "Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Me" When Peter did or said something good, the Lord embraced him, yet when Peter, one of the Lord's inner circle said something offensive, the Lord hit's him hard and fast. So why is it that we allow liberals and other Christ haters to get away with insulting the Lord and we say nothing?
24 Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works.
28 Verily I say unto you, There be some (the Apostle John) standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom (the prophecy of the book of Revelation). Have you put the Lord ahead of yourself? If so, what is the cross you have to bear? If not, have you exchanged your soul? Never ever forget that dire warning back in Matthew 10:33.
The Lord be with you all, amen.
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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