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October 8, 2017

"ALIVE FOR EVERMORE"

TEXT: Revelation 1: 17-18
READING:  Psalm 103: 1-22

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SUBJ: The reason given directly from the Lord as to why we should not fear with regard to any aspect of our future with Him.

AIM: That we should have real confidence in the accomplishments of Christ.

INTR: We would do well to measure our approach to and consideration of Christ by that of John who had walked with the Lord.
1. We should consider the effect of realizing the presence of Christ in His majesty. This is especially true as we account for our depravity and His holiness.
2. This passage is indeed gospel to true believers. It is our Lord’s declaration of complete victory and we will explore the elements of it.
3. In the light of such scripture, we must ever pray to be delivered from presumption and complacency and rather be moved to worship in this manner.

THESIS: It is in beholding the nature of Christ in both life and death that we are delivered from the bondage of fear.

I. A Reason to Fear – verse 17
1. In consideration of the vision and the preceding verses and consider, also, that John had been with Him in the days of His ministry — from leaning on His breast to falling at His feet.
2. If there had been no fear, He would not have offered such assurance of peace.
3. The reality of His present estate should bring Godly fear upon all.
4. Consider the work of the Holy Spirit with reference to Christ: And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. John 16:8-11 (KJV)
5. If we do not realize that in ourselves we are as dead we have not seen a proper image of Him.

II. The Basis of “Fear Not”
1. After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. Genesis 15:1 (KJV)
2. Raised up with His right hand and see: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
3. “The first and the last” And see: -- I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8 (KJV) AND – Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Isaiah 44:6 (KJV)
1) We see here His divine nature since this could only have been said of God alone.
2) He is first, last and everything in between
3) In eternity, creation, salvation, and consummation.

4. “That liveth and was dead” – For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: Job 19:25 (KJV)
1) Has life in Himself.
2) He declares the conquest of death and all that it could muster against Him (consider that death laid hold on Him but couldn’t maintain) – our death.
3) Living even now the resurrection life in testimony to the attaining of our justification and redemption.
5. “Alive forever more an Amen”
1) To lead, to conquer, and to deliver up.
2) To comfort, encourage and to intercede.
3) His eternal life is for us and in us: -- Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. John 14:19 (KJV) AND Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. Hebrews 7:16 (KJV)
6. Has the “keys of hell and of death” – And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. Isaiah 22:22 (KJV). S. A. And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; Revelation 3:7 (KJV)
1) The holder of the keys has declared His everlasting love for His own.
2) He has absolute control over who enters death and hell and who He shuts in.
3) The door of life has been opened unto John and all that call upon Him and it cannot be shut. He has secured us with Himself and no thief can come