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      Title:                                 Behold My Affliction

 

      Text:                                  Lamentations 1:8-14

      Subject:               The Sufferings of Christ Our Substitute

      Reading: Psalm 22:1-31 or Ezekiel 4:1-17

      Introduction:

 

Open your Bibles to the 1st chapter of the Gospel of Lamentations — Lamentations 1. We will begin reading in verse 8. — Lamentations 1:8.

 

(Lamentations 1:8-11) “Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward. 9 Her filthiness [is] in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter.”

 

Notice the change of persons in the next sentence. Jeremiah has been talking about Jerusalem: her sin, her nakedness, her filthiness, her shame. Then, at the end of verse 9, he speaks in the first person about his own affliction.

 

“O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified [himself].”

 

In verse 10, the weeping prophet changes persons again, as he pours out his lamentation to God.

 

“10 The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen [that] the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command [that] they should not enter into thy congregation. 11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul.”

 

Then, beginning at the end of verse 11 and continuing through verse 14, Jeremiah speaks in the first person again. Here is my text, beginning at the end of verse 11 — Lamentations 1:11-14.

 

Be sure to connect what the Prophet said in the last sentence of verse 9 with what he says here.

 

(Lamentations 1:9) “O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified [himself].”

 

(Lamentations 1:11-14) “See, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.”

 

“12 ¶ [Is it] nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day of his fierce anger. 13 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate [and] faint all the day. 14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, [and] come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into [their] hands, [from whom] I am not able to rise up.” (Lamentations 1:11-14)

 

As a faithful pastor, Jeremiah’s heart was broken because of the woeful condition of God’s Church. The sorrows of Jerusalem were truly his sorrows. The people for whom and among whom the prophet of God labored so faithfully had rejected his counsel and despised him. The man of God who brought God’s Word to them they cast into a pit, and chose to hear false prophets who spoke smooth things in their ears. By their own rebellion, sin, and unbelief, the sons and daughters of Abraham brought the judgment of God upon themselves. Yet, they were Jeremiah’s beloved people still. His heart broke for the very people who had cast him into that deep, dark dungeon. As he beheld the ruins of the City of God, the prophet wept in bitterness, identifying himself with the people who despised him, taking their crimes to be his own crimes. He wept with great bitterness and cried, — “See, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile. [Is it] nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day of his fierce anger.

 

Christ Speaking

 

But if we interpret these words to be only the words of Jeremiah we must conclude that he was mistaken. If Jeremiah here speaks only as Jeremiah, in the anguish of his circumstances the prophet must have exaggerated his grief. If we hear none here but Jeremiah, we must conclude that his words are not strictly accurate and true. That, you and I know, cannot be. We are reading the Word of God, inspired, infallible, and precise in every word.

 

Without question, in this portion of Holy Scripture, Jeremiah the weeping prophet spoke as a typical representative of our blessed Savior, the Man of Sorrows, the only man who could ever truthfully use these words in an absolute sense: — “Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day of his fierce anger

 

Hear the words of our text falling from the lips of our Lord Jesus Christ, and you hear them as the Spirit of God intends for us to hear them.

 

(Lamentations 1:9) “O LORD, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified [himself].”

 

(Lamentations 1:11-14) “See, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.

 

“12 ¶ [Is it] nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day of his fierce anger. 13 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate [and] faint all the day. 14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, [and] come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into [their] hands, [from whom] I am not able to rise up.”

 

I take our Savior’s words in verse 9 for my subject. — behold my affliction — That is my subject. — behold my affliction. — Picture the Lord Jesus Christ hanging upon the cursed tree. There hangs the Son of God, suffering all the agonies of his Father’s righteous wrath and strict justice. He hangs yonder on Calvary’s tree as the sinners’ Substitute. He is dying the Just for the unjust that he might bring us to God! How many times have I passed by this place, “the place called Calvary,” and gone my way unmoved, unaffected? — God forgive me!

 

I want to bring you to this place of greatest shame and tell you the story of God our Savior’s great mercy, love, and grace one more time. May it please God the Holy Ghost to melt our proud spirits and break our hard hearts of stone. May he be pleased to open deaf ears and cause all who now hear my voice to hear the voice of the Son of God and live!

 

Proposition: The Lord Jesus Christ, our blessed Redeemer, voluntarily endured, the painful, shameful, ignominious, violent death of the cross for sinners like you and me, that he might save his people from their sins and have us with him forever in the bliss and glory of his heavenly kingdom.

 

Divisions: I call your attention to five things in these words which fell from the lips of our crucified Substitute.

  1. A Shocking Confession. — “I am become vile!” Think of who he is, why he became vile, and who made him vile.
  2. An Urgent Appeal to Jehovah. — “See, O Lord, and consider.” — Consider who I am: “Thy Son!” “Thy Servant!” — Consider for whom I am vile. — “Thy People!” (Galatians 3:13-14).
  3. A Vision of Indescribable Sorrow. — “All ye that pass by, behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow,” any sorrow so deep, so undeserved, so effectual.
  4. A Question of Great Importance. — “Is it nothing to you?
  5. An Answer of Humble Faith.

 

A Shocking Confession

 

1st As we read this passage of Holy Scripture, in verse 9, we hear the all-holy Christ, the spotless, sinless Lamb of God make a shocking confession. — See, O Lord, and consider; for I am become vile! How can this be? Can these truly be the words of him who is “holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners?” Is it possible that that One who had no sin, did no sin, and knew no sin could bow before the Triune Jehovah with broken heart and cry, “I am become vile”?

 

For a man to say that of him, would be utter blasphemy at its greatest depth, if he did not declare it himself. But if he declares it of himself, though no man can comprehend the mystery or explain the wonder of it, we can and should fall on our faces before him and worship in utter astonishment.

 

When our Lord Jesus Christ was made sin for us, when the reproaches of them that reproached the Almighty fell on him, when he bare our sin in his own body on the tree, the Lamb of God made himself vile before the Triune Jehovah that he might be justly punished as our Substitute. — Hear what the Savior says about himself, when he was made sin for us who knew no sin (Psalm 40:12; 69:5-9, 19-20).

 

(Psalms 40:12) “Innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.”

 

(Psalms 69:1-9) “Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto [my] soul. 2 I sink in deep mire, where [there is] no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. 3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. 4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, [being] mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored [that] which I took not away. 5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness [my guiltiness]; and my sins are not hid from thee. 6 Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. 7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. 8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. 9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.”

 

(Psalms 69:19-20) “19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries [are] all before thee. 20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked [for some] to take pity, but [there was] none; and for comforters, but I found none.”

 

Ezekiel 4

 

Let me give you just one illustration of this vileness which our blessed Savior claims as his own for us. — O wonder of wonders! — O mercy of mercies! — His beauty made ours makes us the perfection of beauty only because our vileness made his made him vile, when he was made sin for us! Turn over to Ezekiel chapter 4, and I will show you a divinely inspired illustration of this.

 

Here in Ezekiel 4 the Lord God sent his prophet to the nation to declare wrath and judgment. But, in the midst of the declaration, he gave a picture of hope. — Ezekiel was required to lay on his side, first on his left for 390 days and then on his right for 40 days. Each of the 390 days represented the 390 years of Israel’s open rebellion and turning to idolatry in setting up their golden calves at Dan and Bethel. The 40 days on his right side represented the 40 years of idolatry under Manasseh’s wicked, idolatrous reign in Judah.

 

But watch this (v. 4) — Ezekiel was required to lay on his side as one man bearing the sins of many (“Thou shalt bear their iniquity!”), and bearing them to the full extent of their just punishment! — “According to their iniquity!As he did so he made himself polluted, unclean, and vile by God’s command, eating his bread (one 12 ounce loaf a day made of wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and fitches) smeared over with cow’s dung (vv. 12-15).

 

(Ezekiel 4:12-15) “12 And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight. 13 And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them. 14 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! Behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth. 15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow’s dung for man’s dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.”

 

So it was with our blessed Savior, when he suffered the wrath of God in our stead upon the cursed tree.

 

(2 Corinthians 5:21) “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

 

An Urgent Appeal

 

2nd — We have in our text an urgent appeal to Jehovah. — See, O Lord, and consider...”

  • Consider who I am! — I am “Thy Son!” — God in Human Flesh!
  • Consider what I am! — I am “Thy Servant!
  • Consider why I have come into the world. — To Magnify the Law and Make it Honorable (Isaiah 42:21). — To Save Your Chosen (Matthew 1:21).
  • Consider for whom I am vile. — “Thy People!” (Galatians 3:13-14).
  • Oh, how he must love us!

 

A Vision of

Indescribable Sorrow

 

3rd — We have before us a vision of indescribable sorrow. — All ye that pass by, behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow.Is any sorrow so deep, so undeserved, so effectual?What strong language our Savior uses here to declare that his indescribable sorrow is a sorrow that the Lord God himself put upon him.

 

(Lamentations 1:12-14) “[Is it] nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day of his fierce anger. 13 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate [and] faint all the day. 14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, [and] come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into [their] hands, [from whom] I am not able to rise up.”

 

What mind can conceive, what tongue can declare the pain, agony, and sorrow the Lord Jesus Christ endured yonder at Calvary when he bore my sin in his own body on the tree and died in my place under the just fury and holy wrath of the Almighty?

 

Much we talk of Jesus’ blood,

But how little’s understood!

Of His sufferings so intense,

Angels have no perfect sense.

 

Who can rightly comprehend

Their beginning or their end?

`Tis to God and God alone

That their weight is fully known.

 

See the suffering Son of God,

Pouring out His precious blood!

Boundless depths of love Divine!

Jesus, what a love is Thine!

 

As he hangs there under the curse of the law, being made a curse for us, the divine Sufferer sends out a challenge. — “Behold, and see, whether there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow!

 

Hear the dying Savior cry,

Cry to wand’rers passing by —

“Was there ever grief like Mine?”

Asks the Substitute Divine.

 

Hear the Savior as He dies. —

All our sin upon Him lies!

Justice payment full requires,

For His guilt — His Own, though ours!

 

Angels wonder at the sight,

While the sun withholds its light,

Earth and hell astonished view —

Astonished, blest Savior, I am too!

 

There is no sorrow in all the world, not even in the deepest, darkest pit of hell, like the sorrow of our Lord Jesus Christ enduring the terrible wrath and justice of God as my Substitute.

 

What was his sorrow, the sorrow done unto him, the sorrow wherewith the Lord afflicted him in the day of his fierce anger?

  • Holiness was made sin!
  • Innocence was made guilty!
  • The spotless Lamb of God was made vile!
  • The obedient Son was forsaken by his Father at the apex of his obedience!
  • The righteous and faithful Servant of Jehovah was punished for rebellion and treason against the God of Heaven, when he was most faithful!
  • The Just One was executed by the sword of justice because he who is holy, harmless, and undefiled was made sin and had become vile!

 

(2 Corinthians 5:17-21) “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

 

Who did this to this man? Who heaped such sorrow upon him? Who made him sin? Who ordered his execution? Hear him, as he tells us. — All this sorrow was done unto him by his own Father. It is that “wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger!

  • Yes, Jehovah laid on him the iniquity of us all!
  • The yoke of his transgressions was bound by God’s own hand and laid on him!
  • Our sins were wreathed by God’s own hand into a yoke of thorns (like the crown made by the hands of wicked men from the thorns of this cursed earth) and laid on his neck!
  • The Holy Lord God sent fire into his bones that prevailed against him!
  • God made him sin for us!
  • God made the Holy One of Israel vile for us!
  • God forsook him!
  • And God killed him!

 

All this agony was heaped upon the Lord Jesus by His Father! Yet, it was all undertaken and voluntarily endured by the Lord Jesus, as our faithful Mediator and Surety (John 10:11, 15-18).

He did not have to die.

 

(John 10:11) “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

 

(John 10:15) As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. (16) And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (17) Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. (18) No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

 

  • Death had no claim upon him.
  • We had no claim upon him. We despised him and rejected him. We did not want him.
  • Yet, voluntarily laid down his life in our place, that he might reconcile us to God.
  • He was willingly made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in him!
  • He died by the hands of men as well as for the sake of men.
  • The Lord of Glory died for sinners who wished that he should be made to die.

 

There can be no explanation for the sufferings and death of the Son of God, but this: — “He loved us and gave himself for us!Oh, what wondrous love is revealed at Calvary! Because he loved us with an everlasting love, the Son of God was made sin for us that he might die by the hands of divine justice to save us from our sins!

 

O the wondrous love of God!

Who its heights and depths can tell?

God the Son has shed His blood,

And redeemed my soul from hell!

 

O my soul, sweet myst’ry this —

All my sins on Christ were laid,

All my guilt He took as His,

By His death atonement made!

 

I in Him am justified,

Freed from sin (and more than free),

Guiltless, holy, sanctified, —

Righteous, in the Crucified!

 

Savior, Lord, to You I bow,

Conquered by Your love and grace.

Saved unto the utmost now,

By Your blood and by Your grace.

 

A Question of

Great Importance

 

4th — You’ve heard my message. You’ve heard again the blessed story of redeeming love. Behold the Lamb of God on the cursed tree, and hear him speak to you. Here is my fourth point. — Our blessed Redeemer asks a question of great, very great, importance. — Is it nothing to you?

 

I marvel at man’s indifference to the sin-atoning sacrifice of Christ. The message of Christ’s dying love and sin-atoning sacrifice ought to be the most thrilling and exciting thing in the world to poor needy sinners like you and me. Every time we think of it

  • It should bring tears of repentance.
  • It should bring songs of joy.
  • It should produce in us an unwavering faith.
  • It should inspire our hearts with love, devotion, and utter consecration.

 

Illustration: “My daddy died for me.”

 

Yet, to many it is nothing. The marginal translation indicates that our Savior’s words might be translated as a statement rather than as a question: — “It is nothing to you, all you that pass by!” When I hear those words falling from the lips of the Son of God, as he hangs upon the cursed tree, I simply cannot avoid asking a question. — Of whom does the bleeding Lamb of God speak these words? To whom is the death of Christ meaningless and insignificant? Nothing in all the universe is more wonderful and magnificent in the eyes of God the Father than the death of His dear Son. The Savior himself declares, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life!” The angels of heaven ever look into the mystery and wonder of redemption by the blood of Christ with astonishment. God’s servants, faithful Gospel preachers are so overwhelmed with the wonders of redemption and the glory of the Redeemer that they never cease to study, glory in, and preach the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 6:1-6; 1 Corinthians 2:2; Galatians 6:14). Redeemed sinners on the earth cherish nothing, delight in nothing, marvel at nothing, like we do the death of our Lord Jesus Christ for us (Galatians 2:20; 1 John 3:16; 4:10). The ransomed in glory appear to think of nothing and speak of nothing except the dying love of the Lamb in the midst of the throne (Revelation 5:9-12). Hell itself looks upon the death of Christ as a wonderful, unexplainable, mysterious thing. I am certain that this is one thing that Satan himself did not understand — that Christ would triumph over him and crush his head by his death upon the cross! Else he would never have put it into the heart of Judas to betray the Master.

 

Yet, there are some to whom our darling Savior speaks, as it were, with astonishment, to whom his death is meaningless, insignificant, nothing! Who are these people to whom the death of Christ is nothing? Who is it that thinks little of the sin-atoning death of the Lord Jesus Christ?

 

Our Lord is here addressing himself to everyone who passes by him, passes by his sacrifice, passes by his death as the sinners’ Substitute in unbelief, to everyone who hears and refuses to believe the Gospel. O unbelieving, Christless soul, it is you to whom the Son of God speaks! O cold, calculating, heartless, preacher, you who pass by the crucified Christ and take to your lips the meaningless, insignificant trifles of politics, social corruptions, moralisms, denominationalism, historical religion, creeds, and debates about nothing, it is you to whom the Master speaks! Christ crucified is mundane, meaningless, and insignificant only to unregenerate, unbelieving souls.

 

I can tell you this: — The death of Christ will not always be nothing to you!

  • The day may come when you will beg for the mercy and grace of God in his crucified Son, and he will refuse to give it (Proverbs 1:23-33).
  • The death of Christ will not be nothing to you when you come to die. — (Illustrations: Harold Martin and His Brother — Darrell McClung)
  • The death of Christ will not be nothing to you when you stand before the bar of God in judgment!
  • The death of Christ will no longer be nothing to you when your soul is tormented forever in hell!

 

O sinner, be foolish no longer! If you would just look to the Savior, he would be everything to you! His death upon the cursed tree would be your soul’s meat and drink. — “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved!

 

An Answer of

Humble Faith

 

One more thing, and I’m done. — When I hear the Savior cry, “Is it nothing to you?” I answer in humble faith, “No, blessed Savior, it is everything to me: all my wisdom, all my righteousness, all my sanctification, all my redemption, all my salvation, all my hope!” Like some of you, I used to pass by the cross without notice. Redeeming love, dying mercy, and saving grace meant no more to me than the ground beneath my feet. But one day, one blessed, blessed day, everything was changed in a moment.

 

“In evil long I took delight,

Unawed by shame or fear,

‘Til a new object struck my sight,

And stopped my wild career.

 

I saw One hanging on a tree

In agonies and blood

Who fixed His languid eyes on me,

As near His cross I stood.

 

Sure never till my latest breath

Can I forget that look.

It seemed to charge me with His death,

Though not a word He spoke.

 

My conscience felt and owned the guilt,

And plunged me in despair;

I saw my sins His blood had spilt,

And helped to nail Him there!

 

Alas! I knew not what I did;

But now my tears are vain!

Where shall my trembling soul be hid? —

For I the Lord have slain!

 

A second look He gave, which said,

‘I freely all forgive.

This blood is for thy ransom paid.

I die that thou mayest live.’

 

Thus, while His death my sin displays

In all its blackest hue,

(Such is the mystery of His grace),

It seals my pardon too.

 

With pleasing grief and mournful joy

My spirit now is filled,

That I should such a life destroy,

Yet live by Him I killed.”

 

Everything I have, everything I desire, and everything I hope for is wrapped up in the doing and dying of the Son of God (Galatians 6:14).

Š      The cross of Christ is my only hope of salvation (Psalm 85:10-11; Proverbs 16:6).

Š      The cross of Christ is my forgiveness, pardon, and justification.

Š      The cross of Christ is the place of my death and the place of my life.

Š      The cross of Christ is the satisfaction of divine justice.

Š      The cross of Christ is my message (1 Corinthians 2:2).

Š      The cross of Christ is the unceasing subject of my soul’s meditation.

Š      Because of his great sorrow and death upon the cursed tree, no sorrow now awaits me!

 

Hear the dying Savior cry,

Cry to wand’rers passing by —

“Was there ever grief like Mine?”

Asks the Substitute Divine.

 

Hear the Savior as He dies. —

All our sin upon Him lies!

Justice payment full requires,

For His guilt — His Own, though ours!

 

Angels wonder at the sight,

While the sun withholds its light,

Earth and hell astonished view —

Sinner, is it nought to you?

 

Never sorrows equaled His,

His that purchased heaven’s bliss,

Vanquished Satan, sin o’erthrew! —

Is this nothing, saints, to you?

 

“Yes,” our thankful souls reply,

By the blood of Him Who died

Pardon’s purchased, peace procured,

Grace bestowed, and heav’n secured!

 

It is my heart’s prayer that you and I will hear these words echoing in our souls — (“Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.”)until we become so totally consumed with the crucified Christ, that our hearts, our lives, every fiber of our souls may be constantly dominated by the death of Christ as our sin-atoning Savior. Let us meditate upon and study the great, sin-atoning sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ until it consumes our every thought and utterly rules our lives!

 

(1 Corinthians 6:9-11) “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

 

(1 Corinthians 6:19-20) “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

 

(Romans 12:1-2) “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

 

Amen.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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[i]    Danville — Sunday Morning — August 23, 2015

     Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Ewing, NJ — (SUN – 07/21/19)