The Display Of Religion Without Salvation.
Introduction 609. Too Much or Too Little
A very practical man was known to confess: "I have too much religion or too little; I must either give up what I have or get more. I have too much religion to let me enjoy a worldly life, and too much worldliness to let me enjoy religion." He solved the dilemma triumphantly by a wholehearted acceptance of Christ as his living Lord. He put an end to divided loyalty and doubtful obedience.
1. Religion Without Salvation Displays No . . Remorse. 3:7
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them,"Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
A. No Remorse Means They May Be Considered . . Snakes. 7a
“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them,"Brood of vipers!”
1. Satan is THE SERPENT. Gen 3:1-5
1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of
the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." NKJV
Rev 20:2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
B. No Remorse Means They May Be Considered . . Spiritless. 7b
“. . . Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”
1. The word Warned always refers to A God Inspired warning. So John ask who warned You.
a. Matt 2:12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not
return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
b. Matt 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. NKJV
c. Matt 9:30-31 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned
them, saying, "See that no one knows it." 31 But when they had departed, they
spread the news about Him in all that country. NKJV
Illustration 834. The Dirt Floor
Spurgeon, that great prince of preachers, was once staying at an inn in one of the valleys of northern Italy where the floor was dreadfully dirty. "I had it in my mind to advise the lady to scrub it," said Spurgeon, "but when I perceived it was made of dirt, I reflected that the more she scrubbed the worse it would be." Just so, God knew that there could be no improvement of the corrupt nature of man except through faith in His Son.
We need to asked ourselves, Do I have a built in remorse for sin.
Religion Without Salvation Displays No . . Remorse.
2. Religion Without Salvation Displays No . . Repentance. 3:8
8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,
A. Repentance Has Actions One Can . . Witness. 3:8a
8 Therefore bear fruits . . .”
1. James 2:18-20 18 But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons
believe — and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith
without works is dead? NKJV
2. A Saved Man Produces Actions we can witness. 2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if
anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new. NKJV
B. Repentance Has Actions Obviously . . Worthy. 3:8b
“. . . worthy of repentance,”
1. Eph 4:1 therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, NKJV
2. Phil 1:27-28 27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
3. Rev 3:4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.
Illustration 604. Real Sorrow
Two little boys were playing together one afternoon. They had not been playing long when the larger boy took advantage of his weaker playmate. Georgie, the smaller one, too proud to complain, withdrew some distance and sat by himself, manfully winking back the ready tears.
After a short time, the larger boy grew tired of his solitary play and called, "Say, Georgie, come back. I'm sorry." Georgie, warned by previous experience, did not respond to the invitation at once. "Yes," he replied cautiously, "but what kind of sorry? The kind so you won't do it again?"
We need to asked ourselves, Does the fact that I repented Show?
Religion Without Salvation Displays No . . Repentance.
3. Religion Without Salvation Displays No . . Regeneration. 3:9-10
9 and do not think to say to yourselves,'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
A. No Regeneration Means Dependance On The Human . . Fathers. 3:9a
9 and do not think to say to your-selves,'We have Abraham as our father.'. . .”
B. No Regeneration Means No Dependance On The Heavenly . . Father. 3:9b
“. . . For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
C. No Regeneration Means Absence Of Heavenly . . Fruit. 3:10
10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree
which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
One of the lonely heroes of opposition to Nazism was a Lutheran pastor named Martin Niemöller, from the Berlin suburb of Dahlem. He preached the Word of God faithfully and firmly while Gestapo agents in their leather trench coats sat in the pews of his church, writing down his every word. Finally, in 1939, they came for him. They broke down the door to his parsonage in the dead of night and hauled him away to Moabit Prison in central Berlin. A few hours later, the Lutheran prison chaplain came by, making his rounds. He was amazed to find his fellow clergyman sitting there in a jail cell. “My brother, what did you do?! Why are you here?” Niemöller replied, “My brother, given what is happening in our country, why aren’t you here?”1
We need to asked ourselves, Does the fact Regeneration In My Life Show?
Religion Without Salvation Displays No . . Regeneration.
4. Religion Without Salvation Displays No . . Recognition Of Jesus. 3:11-12
A. A Pharisee Does Not Recognize The Necessity Of Christ. 3:11
1. Necessary Because of . . Superiority. 11a
“I indeed baptize you with water unto
repentance, but He who is coming after me
is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not
worthy to carry.”
2. Necessary Because of . . Spirit. 11b
“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit
B. A Pharisee Does Not Recognize The . . Nature Of Christ. 3:12
1. The Nature of . . Selection. 12a
12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and
He will thoroughly clean out His threshing
floor, and gather His wheat into the barn;...”
2. The Nature of . . Separation. 12b
“. . . but He will burn up the chaff with
a. Christ will make a difference.
b. Are You In Christ, Is Christ In You?
Illustration 603. Indwelt by Christ
Martin Luther said, "If anyone knocks at the door of my breast and says, 'Who lives there?' my answer is, 'Jesus Christ lives here, not Martin Luther.'"
We need to asked ourselves, Do I have a built in recognition of Jesus.
Religion Without Salvation Displays No . . Recognition of Jesus.