Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Message Sixteen

A famous and fine drug firm stated the other day that 90% of all prescription medicines used today were unknown 17 years ago. Isn't that amazing. But God's presecription for sin hasn't changed since He, in the Garden of Eden, provided a covering to save us from our sins. Christ is still the only answer to your need. This is brought out in 1st Peter 1:22.

Mark the cleansing. It's written, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth." The Bible teaches that Gentiles and Jews are all under sin, for "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Sin, which originated with Satan, and entered the world through Adam, was, and is, universal. That's why every man must say, "I have sinned." Augustine, that great preacher of yesteryears cried, "Lord, save me from that wicked man, myself." John Knox confessed, "In youth, in mid-age, and after many battles, I find nothing in me but corruption." John Wesley acknowledged, "I am fallen short of the glory of God; my whole heart is altogether corrupt and abominable, and consequently my whole life, seeing an evil tree can't bring forth good fruit." Testified the writer of Rock of Ages, "I'm nothing but sin and weakness. In my flesh dwells no good thing." Since you and I have sinned, how can we be cleansed? By "obeying the truth," that is, trusting Christ. You see, sin is a stain, but when you trust Christ He'll give you a blood bath that washes away that stain. Sin is a blot, but when you trust He erases the record. Sin is a cloud, but when you trust Christ He blots out the cloud. Sin is captivity, but when you trust Christ He frees you from the fetters of sin. Sin is death, but when you trust Christ He gives you everlasting life. Once there was a bushman who wanted a new boomerang, but he didn't know how to throw the old one away. However, when we confess and forsake our sins, we never need to worry about their return. God forgives and forgets them.

Mark the channel. The Bible says, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit." The Holy Spirit strives with men. The Lord said, "My Spirit shall not always strive with man." The Holy Spirit convicts men. The Bible says, "When He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment;" and our Lord added, "of sin, because they believe not on Me." The greatest of all sins is unbelief. It can be removed only by the convicting power of the Spirit. All sins may be forgiven save a continual, changeless lack of faith in the Lord Jesus. Should you reject the Son, you resist the Spirit, and you repudiate the Father's provision of eternal life. In one of our return meetings in a certain church, a man said to me, "When I heard you preach during the first meeting the Holy Spirit convicted me of sin night after night. But each time I refused to believe on the Lord Jesus, and I continued in my sins. The time has now come when I no longer feel the Spirit striving with me. I'd give anything if I could feel tonight as I felt a few years ago when you preached your first revival here." His little girl, holding onto his leg, as we stood on the sidewalk, cried, "Oh, Daddy, believe, believe." He said, "My heart is so hard, I can't, I can't."

Mark the command. It's written in 1st Peter 1:22, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." The word "unfeigned" is the translation from the word from which we get our word "hypocrite." The Greek word for "hypocrite" was used to describe an actor on a stage, one who played another's part, and that while wearing a mask. Now the Lord doesn't want you to put on a mask of feigned love. He wants you to love each other sincerely and warmly from your heart. He wants you to love others fervently, without anger or arrogance, without malice or meanness, without envy or evil speaking, without pride or partiality. "Oh," but you ask, "how can I?" "God is love." It's only as you ask this God of love to come into your heart, and abandon yourself to Him, that you'll love others as you should. A little girl was finally allowed to visit her friend who was sick. Said the sick girl, "I thought you had forgotten me." "Oh, no," she answered. "I sent my love to you every day, but they just kept it to themselves." Through the ages Christ has sent His love through the Christians. Don't just take it and keep it! Pass it on! The Bible says, "See that you love one another with a pure heart fervently."

copyright 2000 Guido Evangelistic Association

All Scripture verses are quoted from the New King James Version.

This series of messages on the books of the Bible were originally written for broadcast on Dr. Guido's radio program, "The Sower." They are collected and reprinted here for your enjoyment and spiritual edification. Go to the Sower's site for more at www.TheSower.com.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Message Fifteen

By Dr. Michael Guido, D.D.

On the tombstone of a celebrated and Christlike missionary, Dr. Robert Morrison, are these words: "I have sinned; I have repented; I have trusted; I have loved; I shall rise; and, through the grace of God, I shall reign." I wonder if he didn't base his testimony on 1st Peter 1:20 and 21.

Let's meet the Redeemer. God created man in His own image and His own likeness in order that He might have fellowship with him. He placed him in a gorgeous garden amid the most luxurious surroundings. At the beginning the communion between God and man was complete and cheerful. But God demanded perfect obedience, and this communion was conditioned by obedience. But man, a creature of choice, was tempted, and he sinned. Instead of choosing God's will, he chose his own way. He disobeyed the clear word of the Lord, and he plunged the human race, although yet unborn, into sin, suffering and separation from God. But this sin didn't take God by surprise. He knew man would sin, therefore He provided a Savior. It's written in 1 Peter 1:20, "Christ was verily foreordained before the foundation of the world." You see, God thought of redemption even before He thought of creation. Isn't this wonderful! Some people think of God as having created the world, and then, when man sinned, had to find a way to save him. But here we see that He was Redeemer before He was Creator. He had the salvation of your soul in mind long before the world began. Oh, His love is timeless as well as limitless; and it's not seen in creation as it is in Calvary. The other day my little niece said to me, "Uncle, I love you." "How much?" I asked. "A hug and a lot of kisses," she answered, as she threw her arms around my neck. But should you ask God, "How much do you love me?" He'd point not to creation, but to the cross, where Christ suffered for our sins, that He might save our souls.
Mark the resurrection. It's written in 1st Peter 1:21, "God raised Him up from the dead." That resurrection is well attested. How? By the word and the witnesses. After Christ died and was buried there was a tremendous earthquake. The earth reeled and staggered and tottered; and the angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled back the stone from the entrance of the tomb, breaking the seals that were put there by the soldiers. And the soldiers, guarding the grave, were literally paralyzed by fear and became as dead men. As the women drew near to the tomb, the angel of the Lord said at once to them, "Fear not...I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here...He is risen." "Oh," but you ask, "why was the stone rolled away?" Not to let the Lord out. He was already out. It was to let others look in. Let me illustrate. One evening my niece came to spend the night with us. We have a covered terrace, and our bedroom opens out into this terrace. There are drapes that cover the sliding glass doors, and we draw them as we prepare to retire. There's a yard light that comes on at dusk, and as it shines through the drapes, one can see shadows. On this particular night, as I was about to turn out the light in the bedroom, my little niece became just a little frightened. She wondered what was on the other side of the drapes. I could have told her that it was foolish for her to be afraid of any shadow, and that there was nothing to fear on the other side, but that wouldn't have helped much. So for her peace of mind I pulled the drapes aside, and the light came in. "See," I said, "there's nothing to fear." When I pulled the drapes, I didn't remove any evil, only the dread. So when the angel rolled the stone away, it wasn't to let the Lord out, but to let us look in and see that there's nothing to fear. For Christ defeated death, and because He was raised from the dead, all who believe in Him shall be raised from the dead.

Let's meet the recipients. According to 1st Peter 1:21, they are those "Who by Him do believe in God," and their "faith and hope" rests in God. When you have faith in God, through Christ, and by faith, I don't mean a head faith, but a heart faith, you'll have no fear about the future. For at death angels will carry your spirit and soul home to heaven. A little girl said to her friend, "I'd be afraid to die, wouldn't you?" But one day she put her faith in the Lord and was delivered from her fears. A little while later, after living for her Lord, she got awfully sick, and her friend came to see her. "Are you afraid now?" she asked. "Oh, no," she said in cheerful confidence, "I'm not afraid. Jesus will come for me." Hath He not said, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And since I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also."
"In the house of many neither toil nor care shall come;
But His own, all His own, forever shall rest in that home.
"In that house of many mansions death shall never more molest,
But His own, all His own, shall be by their Lord fully blest."
copyright 2000 Guido Evangelistic Association

All Scripture verses are quoted from the New King James Version.

This series of messages on the books of the Bible were originally written for broadcast on Dr. Guido's radio program, "The Sower." They are collected and reprinted here for your enjoyment and spiritual edification. Go to the Sower's site for more at www.TheSower.com.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Message Fourteen

By Dr. Michael Guido, D.D.

Do you know how much a billion dollars actually is? Someone has said that if each soldier carried a 50 pound pack of dollar bills, it would take 42,500 men to carry a billion dollars. Or, if each truck carried 5 tons of dollar bills, it would take 212 trucks to hold a billion dollars. Or, if you laid dollar bills end to end, they'd circle the earth 4 times. Or, if you covered a sidewalk 8½ feet wide with dollar bills, it would make a sidewalk 2,442 miles long, or from Washington, DC to San Francisco, California. Now if you have that much money you could not with it redeem your soul. For it's written in 1st Peter 1:18 and 19, "Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold...But with the precious blood of Christ."

Mark the connotation. The word "redemption" means to buy back. A young fellow hurried to the dog pound and said to the dog catcher, "You got my dog." "I'm sorry, son," he answered, "but he didn't have a license, did he?" "No," replied Jim, "but I want him back." "You can have him back," said the man, "for the price of a license, which is $1.50." Jim rubbed his two quarters and said, "I don't have the money." "That's too bad," answered the man, "but rules are rules." Jim hung his head for a moment, and then asked excitedly, "Say, mister, do you have any work I can do to earn a dollar?" "No," he replied, "but try the store on the corner." Jim tried the store, he got the job and he returned late that afternoon with the money. He gave it to the man, who handed him his dog with a license. As he walked away, he said, "Spot, you're twice mine. Dad gave you to me when you were a pup. Now I've bought you. You're twice mine." Man belongs to the Lord by creation. But at the fall he entered into a position of bondage. Now our Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross and willingly died for our sins. That's the price He paid to buy us back from Satan and sin. You and I who have received Him are twice His. His because He created us, and His because He died for us.

Mark the cost of our redemption. It's written in 1st Peter 1:18 and 19, "Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold...But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." Here the apostle carries our minds back to a thrilling event that took place in the land of Egypt. The children of Israel were slaves in Egypt, and the Lord said, "I have come down to deliver thee," and He told Moses, "I will put a difference (or, literally, a redemption) between My people and the Egyptians." That redemption was made by the blood of the lamb that was without spot or blemish. It was to be a type of Christ, God's holy, spotless Son. This lamb had to die, and the blood that was shed had to be sprinkled upon the door. And God commanded them to go into the house and shut the door, for He said He'd pass through the land of Egypt that night, and smite all the firstborn, but wherever the blood was sprinkled, the family would be secure, for He said, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you." The blood of that lamb shed centuries ago was God's picture of the blood of Christ which was shed on Calvary's cross. But get this...the blood in the living lamb did no good. The lamb had to die, and the blood had to be shed. Just so, the blood of Christ that flowed through His veins didn't redeem us. His blood had to be shed. He had to die. That night in Egypt the blood wasn't left in the bowl. It had to be applied to the doorposts. So must the blood of Christ be, by your faith, applied to your soul. "How is it applied?" you ask. By receiving Christ, the Son of God, as your Savior. His heart is big enough to take in the members of all races, and His arms are long enough and strong enough to reach down to the depths of humanity and lift it to God. Right now His arms are outstretched wide to receive you and make you His child, and to save you from Satan and sin.
Mark the consequence of our redemption. Once we belonged to Satan, now we belong to God. A slave girl, purchased by an English visitor from her cruel owner, followed the man, crying with all her heart, "He redeemed me. He brought me with a price. I am his." Thus should you and I say, for the Bible says, "Ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." Oh, how we've failed. How little we, His bought ones, have yielded ourselves to Him. How often we have lived as though we were our own. Let's say with the poet -
"I was bought with a price 'tis a wonderful theme,
For the Maker of all came down to redeem;
And He purchased my body, my spirit, my all,
From the firm grasp of Satan, from under his thrall.
"I was bought with a price from the hard iron yoke,
From the tears and the groans that my anguish bespoke,
From the arms of that monster who gloated to see,
How despairingly wretched his victim would be.
"I was bought with a price from the torments of hell,
From the dread lake of fire that no waters could quell;
As a brand from the burning He drew me and smiled,
As He placed in His bosom His poor weary child.
"I was bought with a price, O my soul, take it in,
I'm redeemed from the power and guilt of my sin;
Yes, Lord, I am Thine, I am all, all Thine own,
With Thee in Thy yoke would I labor alone."
copyright 2000 Guido Evangelistic Association

All Scripture verses are quoted from the New King James Version.

This series of messages on the books of the Bible were originally written for broadcast on Dr. Guido's radio program, "The Sower." They are collected and reprinted here for your enjoyment and spiritual edification. Go to the Sower's site for more at www.TheSower.com.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Message Thirteen

By Dr. Michael Guido, D.D.

A Christian has been described as "one who makes it easier to believe in God." Do you, by your conduct and conversation, make it easier for others to believe in God? How do you conduct yourself? The Bible tells us how we should. It's found in 1st Peter 1:17, "And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear."

Let's meet the Father. There's no more comforting, gracious, or satisfying word in our language than "Father." It speaks on the one hand of control and power, and on the other hand of compassion and pity, and of love. It's a heartwarming and soul-enriching word. Martin Luther was coaching a man in the catechism, and asked him to repeat the creed. The man began, "I believe in God the Father Almighty," when Luther stopped him. He asked, "What is Almighty?" "I don't know," answered the man. "You're right," said Luther, "neither I nor all the learned men can tell what God's power and might are. But continue to believe in the simplicity that God is your beloved and all-faithful Father, who, as the Only Wise, can and will help you in every hour of need." All can say, "Father." But not all can say, "My Father." The only way that you can say, "My Father," is by receiving Jesus as your Savior. For the Bible says, "As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God." Many have rejected Him, but I trust you'll receive Him now.

Let's note the fairness. Our text reads, "And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work." Oh, I'm so glad that my Father doesn't foster favoritism. He doesn't pick some for heaven and pitch others to hell. He doesn't love only the good, but also the bad. He loves all men - good and bad, saint and sinner. The Bible says, "For God so love the world" - not part of it, but all of it and all of the people in it. God loves you now, no matter who you are, nor what you've done. He loves you, and He wants to become your Father. And this Father is impartial. The expression, "without respect of persons," literally means, "does not receive face." That is, He doesn't receive anybody's face. He's impartial. Culture, education, intellect, position, or wealth doesn't count with Him. The Bible says, "The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." When the Lord judges a man, he doesn't put a tape measure around the head, nor around the billfold, but around the heart. And big men and little, rich men and poor, educated men and illiterate, are all on one dead level in the eye of this Father who judges. "Oh," but you ask, "what's the meaning of the word 'judgeth' in this verse?" It carries the thought of "putting to a test." Now it's used in two ways. One, to see what good or evil there may be in a person. Two, to approve the good that's found in a person. Now as God looks upon your conversation and conduct, is your life so holy that He put His approval on you? He searches anxiously to find something in your life upon which He can put His approval. You see, Christ died not only to save you, but to separate you from sin to the Savior; not only to help you, but to make you holy. There was a man who said to a minister, "I don't believe in all this teaching about holiness and Christ conformity. I'm quite content to know that I'm saved and on my way to heaven." "My friend," answered Dr. Stuart Holden, "this is hardly a proper criterion of judgment. You are satisfied to know that you're saved and going to heaven. But is God satisfied? Is that what Christ died for?"
"I am satisfied with Jesus, He has done so much for me;
He has suffered to redeem me, He has died to set me free.
"I am satisfied, I am satisfied, I am satisfied with Jesus.
But the question comes to me, as I think of calvary, is my Master satisfied with me?"
Let's note the fear. It's written in 1st Peter 1:17, "Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear." The word "pass" means "to conduct yourself," or "to order your conversation and conduct." The word "sojourning" means "to have a home alongside of." It signifies a person living in a foreign land alongside of people who aren't his kind. Here it refers to the Christians who are living far from the heavenly home, in a world that lies in the lap of the devil. So then the Christian is constantly being watched by the unsaved. Because he is, he passes his time here in fear. In fear of what? Of dishonoring or denying the Savior, or of causing an unsaved person to stumble and sin. Captain Bickel was tired one night, but he was concerned about an unsaved soldier. So he asked a Christian to take him a Bible. But he answered, "Captain, sir, you're his Bible. He's watching you. As you live Christ, so Christ is revealed to him. As you fail to live Christ, Christ is crucified again." Oh, be afraid to do anything that will bring reproach to Christ or that will cause one to reject Christ.

copyright 2000 Guido Evangelistic Association

All Scripture verses are quoted from the New King James Version.

This series of messages on the books of the Bible were originally written for broadcast on Dr. Guido's radio program, "The Sower." They are collected and reprinted here for your enjoyment and spiritual edification. Go to the Sower's site for more at www.TheSower.com.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Message Twelve

By Dr. Michael Guido, D.D.

1st Peter 1:14

A teenager was taken from an orphanage into the heart and home of a Christian couple. Day after day he was amazed at their graciousness and godliness. They fell in love with him, and they took him to court where he legally and officially received the name of his foster father, Thompson. From that day on he was known as Andrew Thompson. One day as he was going to town, he met some of his old friends. Pulling a couple of bottles from their pockets, some dice and a deck of cards, they said, "Come with us like you used to. We're going to the old clubhouse to do a little drinking and gambling." "Nothing doing," said Andrew. "I have a new name, and I'm not going to bring any dirt on this name." I think the apostle had that in mind when he wrote in 1st Peter 1:14, "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance." A Christian is to fashion himself after his heavenly Father.

Mark the command. It's written in 1st Peter 1:15, "But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy." In the Bible the Lord is often called The Holy One because the sum of all moral excellency is found in Him. He is absolute Purity, and in Him is no shadow of sin. Because the Lord is holy, we should desire and determine to be conformed to Him. A young Jewess, who is now a Christian, asked the lady who led her to the Lord, "Do you know why I've been reading the gospels? It's because I'm puzzled. I want to know when the Christians began to be so different from Christ." I'll tell you when. It was when they slipped back to their old ways and ceased being holy. Now if you're a Christian, you're commanded to be holy. This isn't optional. It's something that's absolutely imperative. God commands it. In fact, He demands it.

Mark the characteristics of a holy life. What is the life like? What are the marks of a holy life? The answer is found in 1st Peter 1:15, "So be ye holy in all manner of conversation." The word "conversation" literally means "behavior." Today the word "conversation" means talk. But in the days of the Bible it meant "the manner of life," or "the behavior." So you're to be holy in your ways as well as your words, where you work as well as where you worship. A maid went to a gospel meeting where she professed to be set apart from sin to righteousness. When she got home, she said, "Oh, I got such a blessing tonight at the meeting." "Well," answered the lady of the house, "we'll see in the morning." Her work would be a sign of the reality of her worship. Her life would show if her lips were sincere. We need an experience that will do more than arouse the emotions. We want one that will produce holy behavior. "Oh," but you say, "what does the word 'holy' mean?" Literally it means "to set apart." It has in it the idea of separation. But there are two sides to separation: from that which is evil, unto that which is of God. To be holy is to live a life that's consecrated to Christ, a life that's separated from sin, a life that's Christlike in conversation and conduct. In China a woman went to a missionary and said, "Please, doctor, give me some of your medicine for cleansing mouths." "What do you mean?" asked the missionary. "Before my neighbor went to your mission," she said, "she'd swear if she were crossed in any way. Now there's never a bad word on her lips. I want my mouth to be clean like hers." That's the effect of a life that's holy in conversation and conduct.

Mark the conditions. Are you asking, "What must I do to be holy? How can I live a holy life?" First of all, you must be born again. Before you can be holy in practice, you must be holy in principle. Before you can have the Lord's style, you must have His Spirit. Benjamin West was a great painter. In speaking to his students about the masterful coloring of another artist, Gilbert Stuart, he'd say, "It's no use to steal his colors, but if you want to paint as he does, you must steal his eyes." Just so, if you'd be holy as God is holy, you must have His heart, His nature, His life. When you receive the Lord as your Savior, you're born again; and the very life of God, the very holiness of God, comes into your life. As you are wholly His, you'll be holy. For He who wants you to be holy, will make you holy. On being asked the secret of his success, William Booth answered, "God has all there is of me." Let Him have all there is of you, and say,
"Spirit of holiness, do Thou dwell in this soul of mine;
Possess my heart, and make me know a sanctity divine."

copyright 2000 Guido Evangelistic Association

All Scripture verses are quoted from the New King James Version.

This series of messages on the books of the Bible were originally written for broadcast on Dr. Guido's radio program, "The Sower." They are collected and reprinted here for your enjoyment and spiritual edification. Go to the Sower's site for more at www.TheSower.com.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Message Eleven

By Dr. Michael Guido, D.D.

"We've learned to fly through the air faster and higher than the birds; swim under the sea deeper and farther than the fish; we can travel in space with greater freedom than the moon;" but now we need to learn to walk on earth like a man. This is found in 1st Peter 1:13.

Mark the stripping. The Bible says, "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind." In the days of the Bible the Orientals wore a robe that was long and loose. When they'd flap, they'd catch the wind and wrap themselves around the legs, and they'd hinder action and speed. So they wore a girdle or belt around the waist, and when they had to run or fight they'd tuck the entangling garment under the belt. Just as a loose garment may trip a man and cause him to stumble, so does loose thinking. So the Bible urges, "Gird up the loins of your mind," that is, "put out of your mind all that would hinder you as a Christian." What are some of the things that would hinder you? Hypocrisy, impurity, worry. In the first church there was a man by the name of Joseph who sold a tract of land and brought the money and gave it to the pastor for the needy. This brought him happiness and honor. Now there was another man in that church who wanted praise of man, so, he, too, sold his property to give to the needy through the church. But he thought, "Why give all? I'll keep back some of the price for myself." That was a thought that came from the tempter, even the devil. Instead of stripping himself of that thought, he, with his wife's consent, pretended that part was all, and gave the money to the pastor. But Peter said, "Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?" It was this thought of hypocrisy that tripped them, and they both breathed their last. One afternoon David arose from his couch and was walking on his roof garden. He saw a woman bathing, and she was beautiful. Immediately there came into his mind the thought of impurity. Instead of stripping himself of it, he thought on it, and took her and they sinned. Then the baby that was conceived in sin, died, despite David's praying. One evening the Lord came to His disciples, walking on the sea. When they saw this, they were frightened, saying, "It's a ghost." And they cried out for fear. But Jesus spoke to them, saying, "It is I, don't be afraid." Peter answered Him, "Lord, if it's really You, command me to come to You on the water." And He said, "Come." Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But he got his eyes off the Lord, and seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me." And the Lord saved him. Because of his doubt, he started to drown. But he stripped himself of his fear, and cried out in faith, and was delivered. That's girding up the loins of your mind.

Note the sobering. The Bible commands, "Be sober." This has two meanings. One, it means to refrain from drunkenness. Alexander the Great, at 33 years of age, sat on a log and wept. On being asked why, he said, "There are no more worlds to conquer." But he failed in the conquest of self. One night, after an orgy of drinking, he called for the "Hercules Cup" which held a great amount of liquor, and he drained it again and again, only to fall to the floor and die. This hero of a thousand conquests failed in the most important of them all, the conquest of self. But the word "sober" has another meaning. It also means to be steady and steadfast in your minds. You must neither become intoxicated with booze or with business, with wine or with worldliness. You're to be on your guard. You see, the devil is out to destroy you. He knows when to strike. He waited until our Lord was weak from hunger, after fasting 40 days and 40 nights. Then he said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." But our Lord was sober…He was steadfast in His mind. He was on His guard, and He said, "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

Note the settling. It's written in 1st Peter 1:13, "hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." The Christian is settled. He lives in hope, and because he lives in hope, he can endure any toil or trial because it leads to triumph. For the Christian, the best is yet to come. A bright young girl of 15 was suddenly paralyzed on one side and was nearly blind. She heard the doctor say to her parents, "Poor child! She has seen her best days." "No, doctor," she exclaimed, "my best days are yet to come."
"No chilling winds, nor poisonous breath, can reach that healthful shore;
Sickness and sorrow, pain and death, are felt and feared no more."

copyright 2000 Guido Evangelistic Association

All Scripture verses are quoted from the New King James Version.

This series of messages on the books of the Bible were originally written for broadcast on Dr. Guido's radio program, "The Sower." They are collected and reprinted here for your enjoyment and spiritual edification. Go to the Sower's site for more at www.TheSower.com.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Message Ten

By Dr. Michael Guido, D.D.
1st Peter 1:10
Years ago there was a dissipated fellow by the name of Oliver Martin who lived a wretched life. One day in his wanderings he came onto a gold nugget too big for him to carry. Hurrying to a friend, he persuaded him to help carry it. When the testing proved that it was genuine, the drunkard fell on his face, and in sorrow for sin he confessed his sins, saying, "Such a finding as this is truly of the grace of God." From that hour he lived the Christian life. But greater wealth did Peter find in salvation. Let's turn to 1st Peter 1:10 and

Mark the salvation. It denoted deliverance, deliverance from the penalty, the power and the presence of sin. It's by grace and not our goodness. And grace is God assuming all our sin, and suffering for our sin. Salvation is by faith, and this faith is of God. He was a judge, and his son was brought before him on a minor charge. When the boy was unable to pay the fine, the kind judge reached into his pocket and paid it. Thus the faith that God requires of you and me, He imparts. How? "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." When you exercise this faith, you're saved. "How," you ask, "do I exercise it?" Simply by saying, "Lord Jesus, I take Thee as my Savior now - by grace, by faith, I trust Thee to save my soul."

Mark the Spirit. It's written in 1st Peter 1:10-11, "Of which salvation that prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow." The Bible is God-given. God wanted us to know Who He is and what He did in sending His Son to be the Savior of the world. He wanted to make the way of salvation so clear that no one would misunderstand it and miss the way to heaven. Anyone can understand that he's a sinner, that Christ is the Savior and that He is the way to heaven through faith in Him. So man is without excuse if he rejects the Savior. He wanted His born-again children to know how to live the Christian life. That's why He gave us the Bible. Now the Bible is inspired. The word "inspire" means "to breathe upon." The Bible is God-breathed. Holy men of God wrote the Bible as God breathed upon them. So the whole Bible originated from God, who caused consecrated men to write down exactly what He wanted written.
Mark the sufferings. One thing the holy men of God wrote, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, was "the sufferings of Christ." It's not what Christ said, but what He suffered that's the heart and hub of salvation. Why? Answers McClaren beautifully: "Because the deepest need of all of us is the need to have our sins dealt with, both as guilt and power, and because nothing else in the whole story of Christ's manifestation, deals with men's sins as the fact of His death on the cross does, therefore the sacrifice and the sufferings are the heart of the Gospel. But it's no Gospel to tell a man that Jesus Christ died, unless you go on to say He 'died for our sins according to the Scripture.' And it's no Gospel to talk about the beauty of His life, and the sweetness of His nature, the sinlessness of His life, and the depth, the wisdom, and the tenderness of His word, unless you can say this is 'the Lamb of God,' 'the Word made flesh,' 'who bore our sins.' Strike out from the gospel that you preach the 'sufferings of Christ,' and you have struck out the one thing that will draw men's hearts, that will satisfy men's needs, that will bind men to Him with the cords of love." Our Lord Himself said, "I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto Me." Describing his work among the North American Indians, David Brainerd wrote in his journal, "I never got away from Jesus, and Him crucified; and I found that when my people were gripped by this, I had no need to give them instructions about morality. I found that one followed as the sure and inevitable fruit of the other."

Meet the spectators. It's written in 1st Peter 1:12, "Which things the angels desire to look into." That means, "to look carefully into." While the angels can examine salvation, they can't experience it. But how they watch and wait to see if you'll accept salvation and enter into heaven. A sign in Korea bore these words: "The precious blood of the gallant officers and men of the 7th Calvary Regiment has made it possible for you to be here." There'll be no sign like that in heaven. But if there were one, it would read, "The precious blood of Christ shed on Calvary's cross has made it possible for you to be here."

copyright 2000 Guido Evangelistic Association

All Scripture verses are quoted from the New King James Version.

This series of messages on the books of the Bible were originally written for broadcast on Dr. Guido's radio program, "The Sower." They are collected and reprinted here for your enjoyment and spiritual edification. Go to the Sower's site for more at www.TheSower.com.