by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
Luke 3:8

Let us look together at Luke, chapter 3, and verse 8.
My subject from this passage is "Men Who God Counts
Worthy.'' We all know of people who are greatly
admired, whom men esteem worthy, for some reason or
other. But here we read of people on this earth whom
GOD counts worthy, worthy of heaven and salvation and
eternal life. Now some Christian friends will draw
back at this word "worthy." They say grace, grace,
grace, grace until they do not recognize by the study
of the Word of God that there are people whom God
counts WORTHY of certain things, worthy of heaven,
worthy of fellowship, worthy of death, worthy of
resurrection, worthy of the other world with Him. All
of these are Scriptural expressions, and we are going
to consider some of them just now. I want to be among
that crowd whom God counts worthy of glory, worthy of
walking with Him, worthy of being with Him forever---
worthy, because they turn to Him with their whole

Now one of the "worthies" is in Luke 3, verse 8. Where
we have John the Baptist preaching. He is the
forerunner of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is filled with
the Holy Spirit and he begins to speak, saying, "Bring
forth, therefore, fruits worthy of repentance, and
begin not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham
for our Father. For I say unto you that God is able of
these stones to raise up children unto Abraham."

Now John goes out preaching, and what a preacher he
is! You will remember that for 400 years there has
been no voice in Israel at all. Since Malachi, for 400
years; there has been a dearth of men with a message
from God. No great prophet has arisen. There had been
no vision. No prophecy had come to the nation of
Israel. Then all of a sudden there came upon the scene
this strange man, John the Baptist, who brings to mind
thoughts of the great prophet Elijah, because of ...

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