Summary of sermon by Erlo Stegen, 14 Dec 2014
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
14 These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb
The life is in the blood. Blood is so complex that even the scientists struggle to fully understand it. For example when you’re cut, your body immediately reacts and sends the white blood cells to fight the infection. The dead white blood cells are then expelled as puss.
In the same way the Blood of Christ cleanses us from all unrighteousness to counter any poison of sin that enters.
The blood is like petrol that allows your body to function.
The other members of the body remains in its place, but the blood is present right through your body. The blood also carries oxygen throughout your body. It also gets rid of impurities and acts like a refuse remover.
We speak so glibly about the Blood of Christ, little realising what it does. It brings us life and that’s why the devil hates it.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
If you don’t do this you’re a fool and will end in hell.
A certain young man, Jan, started his life in a bad way. He was a skilled builder, but he was lazy and unfaithful. His wife’s name was Marie. They worked for a farmer. Marie helped the farmer’s wife and was a faithful and hard worker. But Jan would often be late for work and squandered everything that they earned so that they became very poor. One day the farmer and his wife visited Jan and Marie and they were shocked to see their terrible living conditions because of Jan’s unfaithfulness. They decided to reward Marie for her faithfulness and the farmer called Jan to tell him that he has a big project for him. He took him to a beautiful spot on the farm with a wonderful view and told him that he and his wife would be going away for an extended holiday overseas. He wanted Jan to build a beautiful house, and that he would remunerate him well for the work. The farmer gave Jan the blueprint of the house and showed him all the highest quality building material he had already bought for the building of the house. The bricks were of the highest quality face brick and the floors were to be of the highest quality wood. Even while the farmer showed him everything, Jan started to scheme in his heart, how he would sell the high quality building material for cheap ones and pocket the difference and enjoy himself with his friends. As soon as the farmer and his wife had left for the holiday, Jan did exactly what he had planned. He sold all the high quality stuff and bought second-hand low-quality material and pocketed the difference. He thought to himself that he was clever and that the farmer would stay in the new house. He completed the house shortly before the farmer and his wife returned from their holiday. As soon as the farmer was back he went to him and told him that the work had been completed. He expected to be paid right away. But the farmer took out an envelope, opened it and showed Jan the title deed of the house. He had built the house for himself. Jan was the owner of the house. Jan was shocked but tried not to show it. He suddenly realised that he hadn’t tricked the farmer but himself! He had so much regret. If only he knew, he would’ve used the best material to build the house!
Maybe you as a child think you’re clever in your rebellion and disobedience. But you’re only hurting yourself. Your teachers have already achieved what they wanted in life. It’s your own future you destroy.
While you are young, make sure that you build your house in the proper way. You will never regret it if you follow the Lord.
The Gospel should be precious to you. The world is absolutely rubbish compared to the Gospel. The world cannot offer anything of substance.
However if you love the husks of the world is it because you’re a pig inside?
If a pig should fall into the mud it would enjoy it. Do you enjoy the rubbish of the world?