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Pastor Brant Seacrist

OCTOBER 13, 2019


TEXT:  LUKE 6: 46-49 (Read vv. 43-49)

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SUBJ: The Lordship of Christ as a matter of faith and practice as it is defined by Jesus and understood by those whose come unto God by Him.

AIM: That we might be found as those who call Him Lord and are fully submitted to Him, His salvation, His will, and His purpose.

INTR: Some of what we have read is quickly recognized in that we have read the same in the Sermon on the Mount. It is certain that the message of our Lord is consistent in every place.
1. The scholars disagree as to this occurrence and some regard it as two accounts of the same event, while others see it as two different events.
2. It is certain that both accounts have much in common, but there are differences that might cause some to question the accuracy of the Scripture while, in fact, they complement each other and the study of both is profitable. We would read Matthew 7:18-29.
3. The one (Matthew) takes us to the time of final judgment and the required accounting, while Luke addresses a present reality – the meaning is the same and the parable cited has the same present impact.

THESIS: To call Jesus Lord is to acknowledge that it is He to whom we must come, it is He we believe, and obedience is to be cheerfully rendered.

I. A hard question (v. 46)
1. We are reminded of the words of Jesus to the Jews in Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? John 6:60.
2. It was certain that of the many disciples following Him at that point that many were caught up I the miracles and what He might do for them while only given superficial thought to the idea of full servitude and salvation – the full impact of repent and believe the Gospel may not have registered.
3. Their actions were inconsistent with their declarations:
1) The word Lord (kurios) means the supreme one in authority, the controller.
2) He is the person so whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding
3) It is a title of honor expressive of respect and reverence – servants give such to their master
4) This is the title given to God the Messiah.
4. Their insincerity and disobedience were well known to Him and He would reveal it to them.

II. Essentials in seeing Him as Lord (v. 47)
1. Three necessary things:
1) Whosoever cometh to Him with due emphasis given to the fact of whosoever, but most importantly to see that it is coming to Him. Repentance toward God will necessitate faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ and will bring understand that He as Lord only has the power to save and to keep unto to all eternity – The Son quickens whomsoever He wills…
2) Such in coming hear His sayings and especially, to Love the Lord thy God and thy neighbor as thyself (the rich young ruler fell short and went away). They were then and always have been fixed on His teaching – They take the yoke and they learn of Him (both about and from Him) – 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; Ephesians 4:20-22.
3) And they do them – obedience is not legal (as a means of salvation) but it is essential as the demonstration of true salvation before men and God and it is the confirmation to the believer. Paul would say “Whose I am and whom I serve.” He was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.
2. Such a person is anchored in and built upon the Rock of ages.

III. The picture of our attention to our own soul (vv. 48-49)
1. Where sovereign grace is applied, a living result follows – this is not about earning salvation; rather it is the attention given to attaining unto sweet assurance in Christ our Lord.
2. It is interesting to note the layers of failed civilizations that are unearthed as archaeologists endeavor to unearth history. The earth covers up the failings of men.
3. When the Spirit of God brings life to an individual, he can no longer be satisfied with the superficial things of this present world nor the imaginations of a man’s heart – he must find true substance.
1) He digs down through the shifting sands of his own ideas and the broken vows of a failed life.
2) He digs on through the soil of worldly philosophies that have promised and could not deliver.
3) He digs on through the promises of success and prosperity
4) He finds misplaced confidence and failure all the way down until
4. He comes to something that cannot be moved – it is none other than the Rock of Ages, the Solid Rock of “Jesus Blood and righteousness.” He recognizes that the Word of the Almighty, the eternal promise, the Son of God Himself is that foundation and thus real life begins to be built.
5. He rejoices in the knowledge that no storm or assault of any kind can ever undo that which is declared as the foundation which is none other than Jesus Himself.
6. Such an house (life, soul) endures all this world can bring against it and it can withstand the judgment to come
7. One so built upon that foundation will never hear the awful words: “I never knew you.” Rather it will be “come ye blessed of my father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for your from the foundation of the world…” Matthew 25:34