AF-S74-061205 Luke 6
Alêtheia Christian Fellowship ~ Sermon 74, June 12, 2005
Karen ~ Bobby ~ Jane ~ Elder Meeting ~ Mexico ~
It all boils down to what you believe, really who you believe.
The antichrist spirit wants you to believe in yourself first and wants you to serve yourself first. That's easy because it is our nature.
If it is our nature and it is what the antichrist trys to persuade us to do it is quite simple to recognize that kind of work or belief.
Work flows from belief.
Any work or belief that is man-serving first is a antichrist/human construct.
We already Know that the Bible commands us to:
Love our fellow Christian
Love our enemies as we love ourself.
This is non-native and extremely difficult. In fact, I think it is impossible to any real degree without God in us and the Bible confirms that because we have seen repeatedly that our love for others is the litmus test of Christianity.
I've studied other religions and can assure you that all are designed for the ultimate purpose of advancing human well being.
Understand this important concept. If you are doing religion in order to advance your program/agenda you are deceived by the antichrist.
If you have an agenda or motive for God is He really God or are you taking on the role?
Luke Chapter 6
27“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
-ajkou>w- harken, an active plural participle not simply hear or listen, but all who will listen up! Intense, active, continual, individual (but avail to all), directed.
-ajga>ph- An imperative verb, a COMMAND to unselfishness.
-kalw~v- (Caligraphy) Beautiful
-mise>w- (mis-an-throp-ic)Hostile, hate, detest, an active plural participle not simply a non-friend, but all who are actively against you! Intense, active, continual, individual (but avail to all), directed.
Now the tone is set!
Verse 28 Bless is -eujloge>w- to praise, confer favor and extol.
We actively pray for those who are against us that they will turn and be healed also.
How can we do this? It is the Holy Spirit of course, but why is it so difficult to let the Holy Spirit work in this way?
We block the Holy Spirit with our lack of understanding.
If we realized how much God has done for us it allows us to see that we are no better than those still in darkness.
Verse 29 often misunderstood. First we are close enough to get hurt, second we forgive and forget.
Outer robe or cloak and your underwear (a lightweight shirt coming to your knees).
31Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full.
Matthew 5:47 If you greet only your brother….
Now your driving….
35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
It is because we are supposed to be like Jesus who was like the Father that we like God, pour out only Love and beauty. God actively gives people the opportunity to mistreat Him and He is God!
1- God's Nature
2- Opens the way for us to accept
3- Demonstrates the difference and is proof
37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Now the real context of verse 38. You can't outgive God that's because God has already given more than we can ever repay!
39He also told them this parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
The second time be like me.
41“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Now the real context of these verses. The plank is prideful unlove. Notice the hypocrite part. -uJpokrith>v- An actor. Literally a stage character so a pretender. Acting like something you're not.
43“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
46“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
Why do you call me Lord?
Matthew 7:21-23 ~ 21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’