Jesus Knows Where You Are
July 31, 2005
INTRODUCTION: In many respects, Cornelius was like John Wesley (founder of Methodist Church). He was a religious man, a church member, a minister, and the son of a minister. He belonged to a "religious club" at Oxford, the purpose of which was the perfecting of the Christian life. Wesley served as a foreign missionary, but even as he preached to others, he had no real assurance of his own personal salvation.
On May 24, 1738, Wesley reluctantly attended a small meeting in London where someone was reading aloud from Martin Luther's commentary on Romans. "About a quarter before nine," Wesley wrote in his journal, "while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed, I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."
The text before us leads to many statements and questions:
• Sovereign God chooses to use man as a human instrument to
witness of His grace; even in place of angels. (Acts 10:3,6);
• God knows our hearts. Acts 15:8; Acts 1:21
• God knows where we are. Acts 10:6
(Temporal and Eternal)
• God knows what it will take for us to do what He requests.
• Has God ever saved anyone that their salvation astonished
you? Acts 10:45
• Did you know that Peter asked those coming to him why
they were coming, just like your Pastor? Acts 10:21, 29
• Did you know you can't say "Not so, Lord!" (Acts 10:14)
It is either "not so" or it is "Lord." The two words put together are a contradiction in terms. Either cross out the words "not so" and leave the word "Lord," or cross out the word "Lord" and leave the words, "not so." You cannot have it both ways.
I. THE AUTHOR OF SALVATION. 1-23
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