STUDY OF LUKE 6:26 T0 36 Love Your Enemies
Charles e Whisnant, Pastor/Expositor of Scripture
New Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford, Ohio July 26 2015
As we continue our study in Luke, we are fascinated by the life and work and sermons of our Lord Jesus Christ. One of my best classes in Seminary was the Life of Christ under Raymond Barber.
I have spent many years in the study of Christ, back in 1982 at FBC we went through Matthew for over 250 sermons. My heart is still in the book of Matthew.
But just to know the life without knowing his teaching, there would be no meaning. We are saved by His teaching, and it’s important that we explain His teaching if we are going to enter into the Kingdom of God.
His life was the means whereby we can be saved. His life can only be explained in the sense that He is God. That is why He was born of a virgin, that is why He had divine power, and that He lived a sinless life, and died a substitution death. That is why Jesus as God was able to conquer death and rise the third day. He was GOD.
Of course the key to understand Jesus’ life and work is that He is bringing salvation to those who believe.
The purpose of our teaching the Gospel of Luke, not the stories, or the amazing miraculous character of His life.
Many people know the stories of Jesus Christ. But we need to know more about what He said. The world is full of people who are fascinated with the man Jesus Christ.
But in the end it’s a question of believing what He said. Thus His message is the most critical message to be understood.
Can I say that salvation is the message of Jesus. Escape from judgment and hell, is the message of Jesus, eternal joy and heavenly glory comes to those who believe that Jesus Christ is God in human flesh. Its not only to believe, the devil believed that Jesus was God in flesh.
But what is necessary is to believe that God is Jesus Christ in the flesh and to believe the message that He preached and taught. Salvation comes to those who believe the message of Jesus Christ.
Now as we have proceeded through the book of Luke, we have seen so many great events in the life of Jesus, and now we come to His greatest teaching, one that we must explain well so that those who hear will understand what Jesus was saying.
This is why I believe it is so important to carefully explain the statements of Jesus in this sermon. This is why we try to give you a clear understanding of the words of Jesus in this sermon. Verse by verse, phrase by phrase/
Knowing Jesus was a person, does not save anyone, belief in God does not save anyone, but one needs to believe and apply the message of Jesus Christ. What does Jesus teach, what did He mean by what He taught.
It is this message that Jesus delivered that saves.
And the message of Jesus here in Luke is the same message God gave in His Law. The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, articulated it. John the Baptist obviously referred to it. And now Jesus is preaching the same message of salvation: how to enter into the Kingdom of God.
Here is what they taught: We are all sinners; therefore, we are measured against the perfect standard of God’s law and they all come short of the glory of God’s law. And thus, having violated God’s law all fall under His just and eternal condemnation and judgment. That is the message of Jesus.
Everyone in the whole world is a sinner and is headed for divine judgment which will put them into eternal hell where there is outer darkness, fire never quenched, a worm that never dies, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth in eternal conscious punishment.
“….the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” Luke 16:22-24.
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. . .” Matthew 25:41.
“Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14.
“But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 8:12.
The sphere of Hell i
Is a round, hollowed-out place in the Earth’s core. Scientists say that the Earth’s outer crust is less than twenty miles thick, and that beyond that point, there are rivers and lakes of FLAMING HOT LAVA, or, as the Bible calls it, a “lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15). So, this very moment your eternal soul may be less than twenty miles from the burning fires of Hell!
THE SUFFERING OF HELL
If you go to Hell, you’ll suffer. That’s what Hell is for. Just as the rich man of Luke 16, you’ll be TORMENTED IN FLAMES.
THE SOUNDS OF HELL
In Hell, there are certain sounds that you’ll never hear. We take many sounds for granted today, but in Hell you’ll miss them terribly..
THE SIGHT OF HELL
You’ll think of the wonderful sights of God’s creation, such as the beautiful sunsets, the rolling hills, and the tall snow-topped mountains, but you’ll never see them again.
THE SOCIETY OF HELL
Did you ever stop to think about WHO will be in Hell with you? Hell is the prison house of the universe.
THE SUDDENNESS OF HELL
Jesus said in Luke 16:22-23 that the rich man there died and was in Hell IMMEDIATELY.
THE SHAME OF HELL
What is the shame of Hell?
THE SALVATION FROM HELL
Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” All men are sinners and need to be cleansed from sin (Rom. 3:23), and that cleansing can only come through the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:5; Col. 1:14).
Luke 6: 26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
27 But I say unto you which hear,
these words are prefixed ye have heard that it was said by them of old time–but I say unto you. ( Matthew 5:21 Matthew 5:27 Matthew 5:33 Matthew 5:38 Matthew 5:43
Love your enemies,
whereas you have heard them say, hate your enemies, keep enmity in your hearts to them, and revenge yourselves on them:
do good to them which hate you,
whereas you have heard it said, that you should only do good to your friends, and should keep anger in – your bosoms to such who hate you, and do you an injury; Matthew 5:43-44
But I say unto you, love your enemies Bless them that curse you: Do good to them that hate you; and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you.
What Christ here commands and advises to do, he himself did; for as he hung upon the cross, he prayed for his crucifiers, who were then using him in the most despiteful, as well as cruel manner; saying, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”:
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
In common discourse, or anathematize you in their synagogues:
29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other;
proverbial expression, Christ teaches patience in bearing injuries and affronts, and not to seek private revenge; but rather, suffer more, than indulge such a temper; and for the same purpose is what follows urged:
Our responsibility to this message is to listen to the inner voice of the Holy Spirit and apply the message to our daily lives.