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The Doctrine of Dedication (31 of 47)
This could be considered one of the most abused texts in the Bible. What the text is about, is the logical response of a human being, which has come to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Illus.—Chicken and Pig see a sign that says, "Remember the Poor"
Sometimes the church is like this. There are those Christians that make a contribution of their excess to God. They tip their hats to God and say they have done their good dead for the week, month or year and they go on their way.
Then there are those who a committed to God and died to themselves and live their lives dedicated to God. You show me any man or woman who is gloriously significant and mighty for God, you can go back in their lives at some point and find an event in their life where they choose to take the road less traveled. They are called to a cross and a tomb and they allow Christ to take their place in life as he took their place in death.
Sit me with me here and you go home after this service and you ponder if this has been your experience in the gospel.
In verse one Paul says. . ...
Let me tell you what that means. . .
"I urge you" is an unusual phrase coming from an Apostle that had the ability to command. Total commitment to Jesus Christ is not something you can force. It is something that is voluntary. That is why Paul used that phrase here.
"In view of God's mercy" this is the motivation. You do not commit your life completely to the Lord Jesus Christ so he won't hurt you. You don't commit yourself to him so you can get these perks in life. Witness the apostles who died martyred deaths. James was killed early on in Acts chapter 12. John, his brother, did not die until about 60 years later. Paul was beaten many times and eventually was killed. Paul was at one point called the scum of the earth. Peter was hung upside down on a cross. You do not comm ...
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