Judgment at the House of God
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Now, listen. If you're going to be the Christian God has called you to be, and if this church is going to be the church that God has called it to be, and if we're going to make a difference in a nation that is racing toward the judgment of God, there are some things that we must do. In our text for this morning we have four things that we can do to make a difference in a world that is racing toward the judgment of almighty God. And there is an interesting progression in this passage of Scripture. And as we shall see, this text indicates that, first of all, we must be a people of purity. That is indicated in verse 12. Secondly, we must be a people of prayer, and that emphasis is found in verse 13. The next thing that we shall see is in verse 14, and that verse has to do with power. And then there is the fourth thing that we find in verse 15, and that is an emphasis upon praise. So, we must be a people of purity, of prayer, of power, and of praise. That is exactly what God wants our church to be. That is what He wants me to be. That is what He wants you to be.
I. WE MUST BE A PEOPLE OF PURITY
The pattern of purity is found in the person of Jesus Christ. You see, folks, anytime we want a pattern we go to Jesus Christ, and we see that pattern. We know the purity that was in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even Pilate, His enemy, said, "I find no fault in him."
Paul, in describing the life of Jesus, said, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin." The writer of Hebrews, in speaking of Jesus, said, "He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."
Jesus is, and was, a man of purity. Now, I know what you are thinking. You are saying, "He was the Son of God."
May I say to you, dear friends, that Jesus lived on this earth as a man. "He was in all points tempted like as we are." He knew what it was to be tempted and, by dependence upon the Holy Spirit, hav ...
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