Dr. Ed Young
I Corinthians 10:1-13
I trust you already have your Bibles open to I Corinthians, chapter 10.
This morning we'll look at verse I through verse 13 of I Corinthians 10
as we bow for prayer together.
Father, we thank you for preparing our hearts for worship in such a
beautiful and a splendid way. With praise upon Thee, with words of
hallelujah as we center around Thy Holy name. Speak in this hour, yea,
let me get out of the way now so that Thy Word and Thy message may be
heard, received, understood and incorporated into our living for we pray
believing and leaning and trusting in the blessed Holy name of Jesus.
There are two misunderstandings about Christianity that are hard to
remove. The first one is eternal life is a reward for doing good. I've
hammered this truth for 31 years. I don't understand it. I still meet
people who attend this church regularly and do not understand it. I
think it must be one of the most despicable, ingenious schemes of satan
to have anyone believe that somehow your salvation, your entree into
heaven is related to the kind of life you live. It is not. And so many
of us are evidently like George Bernard Shaw who said that forgiveness
is a beggars refuge. ''I do not want anybody to pay for my sins. I'll
pay for my own.'' The pride, the ego that we have to think that somehow
in my life I can love my neighbor as I love myself, do good, say a good
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word, do my part, be benevolent and kind; and all the pluses are greater
than all the minuses, therefore, I, in some way, have earned my right to
heaven, to eternal life. I don't know where we get it, but a lot of
people still believe it. That's the first great misunderstanding about
Christianity we need to do away with. The idea that goodness is related
to eternal life.
The second great misunderstanding about Christianity is the idea that
once you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior and you are saved,
heaven is in you a ...
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