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The Calamity of Counterfeits (4 of 4)
May 24, 1998
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Now join me please in Matthew chapter 7.
Beginning in verse 13... we find Jesus concluding
His Sermon on the Mount with an appeal to the
multitudes to choose Heaven over Hell.
You see... the crowd gathered on that hillside is
very much like the crowd gathered here this morning.
Some of them had decided for Jesus Christ. They had
experienced peace with God and the peace of God.
Their sins had been forgiven! Their guilt had been
removed! And they were enjoying life with Christ.
But many of them were undecided about Jesus
Christ. They were not experiencing the abundant
life! They were in bondage to sin rather than being
blessed by the savior! They were seeking rather than
Now being the savior who is “not willing for
any to perish but that all should come to
repentance”... Jesus offers them the gift of eternal
life! He invites them to receive life eternal! He
offers them the key that unlocks the door to peace
Now having given instruction and inspiration...
Jesus begins the invitation time. He reminds them
of the Devil’s counterfeits! In fact... we’re going
to read this morning that the Devil has counterfeit
Paths... counterfeit Prophets... counterfeit People...
and counterfeit Peace. The Devil is a master
Now from God’s Word... I want to show you
the Calamity of Counterfeits! I want to show you
how easy it is to be lulled into thinking you’re
spiritually O.K. when you’re really spiritually KO!
Let’s begin reading in verse 13 as we think
“The Calamity of Counterfeits”
Now as Jesus moves into the invitation time...
the first thing He mentions is...
(1) THE WAY OF SALVATION.
Now as Jesus explains the way of salvation...
we find in verses 13...
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate ...
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