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Follow The Lamb

Follow The Lamb – Audio Click Here

 

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THESE ARE THEY WHICH FOLLOW THE LAMB WITHERSOEVER HE GOEST

(Revelation 14:4)

Elijah said to the crowd at Mount Carmel, “If the Lord be God, follow Him” (1 Ki 18:21). Following comes down to humility, trust and acknowledgement. Once it is determined who is Lord; who is God – then it has been determined who has the lead.

Following is different than directing. When directed, the word is given and the leave to go accomplish the work. When led, they take no steps except those in the places where the leader has gone. They follow in his footsteps. “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (Jn 12:26).

Following the Lamb is not to be taken lightly. Essentially, men must forsake control and ownership of their will, comfort, desires, and body.

“And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, ‘Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.’ And Jesus said unto him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.’ And he said unto another, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.’ Jesus said unto him, ‘Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.’ And another also said, ‘Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.’ And Jesus said unto him, ‘No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.’”

(Luke 9:57-62)

Jesus said to others.

…“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mt 16:24). All personal preferences would have to be abandoned and replaced by “nevertheless, Thy will be done.”

“If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me” (Mt 19:21).

…“Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” (Mt 4:19). Their work would be of a higher order.

The truth of the Shepherd is this: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (Jn 10:27). Jesus’ sheep will not follow another but will flee from others. And when He gives them other shepherds, those shepherds are tasked with feeding the flock and they themselves with following the Good Shepherd. They never become a replacement. They are never left to follow their own spirits.

Following the Lord is about intimate fellowship with Him and being aware of His leading and will in all things. It involves patient waiting upon Him before you speak, move, and live. Ezekiel spoke for God saying, “Woe unto the foolish prophets that follow their own spirit and have seen nothing” (Ezek 13:3). These are they which would declare the direction to others as though the Lord has led them but alas, they were led by their own whims.

Jesus made it very clear to Peter that it was Peter’s task to follow Jesus and not worry about John. It was also John’s task to follow Jesus. See John 21:15-22

Sin and Salvation

All of the Bible is about sin and salvation. The primary person is God – the one with Whom we have to do (Heb 4:13). And the primary work is that of Jesus – the Savior of the world (Jn 4:42; 1 Jn 4:14) of Whom God is testifying (1 Jn 5:9; Jn 5:37-39; Rev 19:10). 
THE STATE OF FALLEN MAN

  • Alienated from God/Separate from Him (Col 1:21; Eph 2:17; 4:17-19)
  • Ignorant of God/Darkened in Understanding (Eph 4:17-19)
  • Defiled by Sin’s Corruption (2 Pet 1:4; 2:19; Tit 1:15)
  • Guilty by Sin’s Consequence (Jas 2:10; Rom 3:19)
  • Dead/Blind/Without Strength (Col 2:13; Eph 2:1-5; Rom 5:6)
  • Enslaved to a Variety of Lusts and Pleasures (Tit 3:3)
  • Void of any good thing or anything profitable God-ward (Rom 3:10-18)
  • Under a curse and expectant of the righteous judgment and wrath of God (Gal 3:10-12)

THE EXPECTATION OF FALLEN MAN
The righteousness of God requires that we stand afar off from Him lest we be killed. Just as Adam and Eve were kept from the tree of life while they were in a fallen condition (Gen 3:22-24), so all men have been kept from the tree of life until they are redeemed from the earth (Rev 2:7; 22:1). But if they are not redeemed, they will be utterly destroyed. Indeed, “unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:1-3). Jesus spoke about hell fire (Mt 5:22; 18:9), outer darkness (Mt 8:12; 22:13; 25:30), the lake of fire (Rev 19:20; 20:10,14-15), torment (Lk 16:28) and “everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt 25:41).

And yet…“this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life” (1 Jn 2:25).

THE WORK OF CHRIST

  • Christ partook of a body that He might be a faithful and merciful High Priest (Heb 2:14-18)
  • Like a lamb led to the slaughter He was obedient to death (Isa 53:7; Php 2:8)
  • In His own body He bore our own sins as He hung on the cross (1 Pet 2:24)
  • He was made a curse to deliver men from a curse (Gal 3:13)
  • Became sin that men might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor 5:21)
  • He condemned sin in the flesh and took it out of the way (Rom 8:3; Ps 103:12; Dan 9:24)
  • Made intercession for transgressors (Isa 53:12; Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25)
  • He presented His own blood to the Father, in the Holiest of all -heaven itself (Heb 9:24-28; 13:20)
  • He defeated death, led captivity captive, and rose to God (Eph 4:8; 2 Tim 1:10; Heb 2:14)
  • He ever lives to mediate, make intercession, and purify (1 Tim 2:5; Heb 8:6; 9:15-16; 12:24; Tit 2:14)

THE CALL OF GOD

  • God sends a preacher with a message (Rom 10:14)
  • God calls us by that message – the gospel (2 Th 2:14)
  • God draws us to Jesus (Jn 6:44, 65)
  • God opens our hearts to respond to the message (Acts 16:14)
  • God grants repentance (2 Tim 2:25; Acts 5:31)

GOD’S PROVISION OF SALVATION

  • We are washed from our sins and cleansed from all iniquity (Rev 1:5; 1 Jn 1:9)
  • We are given faith to enable us to believe in God in the midst of suffering (Php 1:29)
  • We are given an understanding to know God and His kingdom (1 Jn 5:20; Eph 1:18; Heb 6:4)
  • We are reconciled to God & brought into fellowship with the Godhead (Rom 5:10; 2 Cor 5:18; 1 Cor 1:9)
  • We are freed from the power and guilt of sin (Rom 6:18-22; 8:1-2)
  • We are made a new creature (2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15)
  • We are given the spirit of adoption until the redemption of the body (Rom 8:15-26)
  • We are promised an eternal home in the presence of God (Rev 21:1-8, 22-27; 22:1-5)

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