12 July 2015 - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online - Expect A Harvest of Blessings
Most times when you see Jesus at comfort is when He was with sinners. Jesus didn't feel comfortable with the pretense, hypocrisy and self-righteousness while He was on earth.
Luke 15 - The similarity between the three parables is the joy of the finder. It gives the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit great joy when a sinner repents and accepts Jesus as his Lord and Savior. It gives God joy to deal with grace.
I Thessalonians 5:8 - "Sober" means to be present and focused on what you are currently doing. The Bible "hope" is a positive, confident expectation of good in your future because you are saved. Even when things are bad, know that you will go through that trial and not remain in it. "Salvation" which is "sozo", means safety from danger, wholeness, peace, health, and eternal salvation.
"But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation." (I Thessalonians 5:8 NKJV)
Trials of life happen to everybody, and sometimes Christians have to go through trials for the furtherance of God's kingdom, so that the body of Christ can benefit from it.
Hosea 8:7 - In the Old Testament this is true. King David committed adultery in secret, and his sons committed adultery openly. King David had Bathsheba's husband Uriah killed, and David's favorite son, Absalom, was killed in battle. They never reap the exact quantity of what was sown. Today under the New Covenant of grace, Jesus already reaped all the judgement for the sins of the world on our behalf.
"“They sow the wind, And reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; It shall never produce meal. If it should produce, Aliens would swallow it up." (Hosea 8:7 NKJV)
There is a different between "reaping" and "consequence". If you're smoking all the time and you get lung cancer, that's not reaping, that's consequence. If you go to a prostitute and get syphilis, that's also not reaping, that's consequence. You will never know exactly when you will reap, but consequence happens almost immediately.
II Corinthians 9:6-11 - The whole context is on finances. Jesus was made poor so that we may be rich. Stingy Christians don't prosper. If you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly. If you sow bountifully you will reap bountifully.
"But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God." (II Corinthians 9:6-11 NKJV)
Mark 4:13-14 - The context of these verses is that they are talking about sowing the gospel into a person's life.
"And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word." (Mark 4:13-14 NKJV)
I Corinthians 15:42-44 - This is talking about the Rapture and our future resurrected spiritual bodies.
"So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." (I Corinthians 15:42-44 NKJV)
Galatians 6:6-10 - The context of this passage is that the Galatians were mixing Law and Grace, trying to perfect themselves through the Law. Paul calls the Corinthian saints "holy", but he never calls the Galatians "holy". False teachers were deceiving them by introducing the Law into grace. When the Galatians were trying to produce holiness through their own efforts by trying to follow the Law, they were sowing to their flesh and would reap corruption. The context of "whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" here is in the context of giving finances. He who is stingy sows to his flesh, and he who is generous sows to the Spirit. In your giving, prioritise believers. When you give, don't let anyone know.
"Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Galatians 6:6-10 NKJV)
John 5:14 - Jesus healed a man at the Pool of Bethesda. "Sin" here means a specific sin, not the noun. "A worse thing" is talking about a consequence, not reaping. Can you smoke and go to heaven? Pastor Prince's funny answer: You will go faster. If you go back to the same sin after being made well from a specific sickness/disease, a worse thing may come upon you.
"Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”" (John 5:14 NKJV)
Romans 8:22 - There are consequences to sin. When earthquakes happen, it's not an act of God, it's the earth groaning. The earth is cursed and fallen due to Adam's sin. We as believers are not cursed anymore because we are made children of God through Christ Jesus.
"For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now." (Romans 8:22 NKJV)
I Timothy 6:17-19 - When we enjoy God's gifts to us, we give Him glory. Eternal life cannot be bought. It's a gift received through believing in Jesus Christ. You can lay hold of something inside you. Laying hold on eternal life means experiencing eternal life in your emotions, for example, the good feeling you have when you bless someone with finances anonymously and walk away.
"Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." (I Timothy 6:17-19 NKJV)
I Peter 1:23 - The gospel message can even affect us in the most intimate areas. We can be made fertile. "Seed" here is "sperma", which is sperm.
"having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever," (I Peter 1:23 NKJV)
John 4:36-38 - We are the 'reaping generation' that reaps the benefits of what the prophets of Israel have sown. Sometimes we sow and another person reaps the benefits. Jesus reaped the judgement for all the sins of the world that we sowed. We reaped all the benefits that Jesus sowed. As believers, there is no negative harvest in our future to be reaped - Jesus reaped it all at the cross.
"And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”" (John 4:36-38 NKJV)
John 9:1-5 - There are people who are like the disciples who like to ask how these sufferings come about. Point such people to Jesus. He is the solution and the answer - He is the light of the world.
"Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”" (John 9:1-5 NKJV)
Psalm 126:1-5 - When Jesus was brought into captivity, He brought back our captivity and we can now reap blessings in joy.
"When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, And we are glad. Bring back our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the South. Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy." (Psalms 126:1-5 NKJV)
Luke 6:20-21 - Jesus is saying that we will be satisfied now, because He has come!
"Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh." (Luke 6:20-21 NKJV)
A holy life cannot be produced by fear. A holy life can be produced by having a revelation of Christ and knowing the love of God.
Jeremiah 31:27-34 - Now, under the New Covenant of grace, our children will not reap the evil that was sown by us. Once we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior by believing in Him, God forgives us of all our iniquities and He remembers our sins no more.
"“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy, and to afflict, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the LORD. In those days they shall say no more: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge. “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”" (Jeremiah 31:27-34 NKJV)
John 19:28-30 - The worst sin is the one that is fermented over time. The sour wine is a picture of generational curse. Jesus took all the curses upon Himself at the cross, and now as believers, we are freed from all generational curses.
"After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit." (John 19:28-30 NKJV)
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