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11-Can YOU Be Separated from the Love of God?
11-Can YOU Be Separated from the Love of God?
11- ARE YOU a “NIKAO” MAN?
CAN YOU BE SEPARATED FROM THE LOVE OF GOD?
By: Rev. ABRAHAM BASCON, Sr. Pastor
The WORD OF GOD CHURCH, BROCKTON, MA. 02302
JESUS CHRIST is the Chief Cornerstone of His Church’s foundation! So, you can depend on the fact that we are built on the solid foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to just review some of the building materials that the Lord Jesus uses to build His Church. And, you will find that in ROMANS 8. I want you to understand that the Bible is the Word of God. And, if you want to talk about doctrine concerning the Lord Jesus Christ or the things of the Kingdom of God, we are to discuss it, not according to our own personal opinion; but, we are to search the scriptures; because it is God’s inspired Word. And, if you want correct teaching, the source is the Word of God!
And so, because we believe that all scripture is inspired by God, then; as believers of Christ; then, there is only one way for us to live our lives. And, that is to live it according to discipline of God’s Word. In other words, if God says “so,” it is “so!” Not maybe so; but, it is so!! You might not like it; but, it is so. And, so therefore, if we want to be pleasing to God, then we need to do so. Amen. God’s Word is so rich in His Goodness. Another thing that we need to remember is that scripture says: “It is impossible” for God to say a lie! It is “impossible” for God to say a lie! Whatever God says in His Word, He will back it up! So, in ROMANS 8, this is how Jesus builds His Church. And, I just want to remind you that when Jesus made this statement to Peter: “Upon this Rock I’ll build My church; and the Gate of Hell shall NOT prevail against it.” That Jesus made this statement 2,000 years ago. So, 2,000 years ago, the Church was built in this manner. We look at verses 35-39 in ROMANS 8, and this is what God reveals to us: That NOTHING shall separate us from the Love of Christ and the Love of God! NOTHING! What is nothing? Answer: NO—THING!! NOTHING AT ALL shall separate us from the Love of Christ and the Love of God!! Let’s read it: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
When we go through tribulations; and, I have counseled many folks; and, many of them have admitted to me that the tribulation that they have gone through, whatever it might be, whether it is health issues, financial, relationships, whatever it might be….these folks had admitted to me that they were overwhelmed and overcome by that tribulation. So, because of being overcome, the devil starts putting on them guilt. Making them feel guilty and unworthy; and, thinking now that they are separated from God and God’s love forever. And, so what do they do….they go deeper and deeper into a life of distress, of misery and even a life of sin. Because they believe that they have let God down and that God has therefore rejected them. But, what does it say here…WHO SHALL what?
“WHO shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Shall tribulation, distress or persecution, famine, nakedness, being homeless? Will these things separate me for the love of Christ? Answer: NO! NO! Verse 37 says: (and read it with me) “Nay, in all these things we are MORE than conquerors through him that loved us. Yes…we are MORE than conquerors through him that loved us!! We are MORE than conquerors!! You might want to circle that word ‘conquerors’ because it is in reference to YOU! Do you know that word “nikao?” And, that the Gates of Hell shall not overcome or “nikao” against the church of Christ? Well, the word “nikao” also means: to conquer. So, here we see that YOU in ALL these things, are MORE than nikao!! YOU’RE MORE than a conqueror, MORE than victorious through Him who loved us. Who loves us? Answer: You may answer…Jesus Christ! As it says in verse 35. Jesus loves us; and, in ALL of these things: tribulations, persecutions etc…, we are MORE than overcomers, conquerors and prevailers! Do you know why we are MORE? Answer: Because WE are Children of God!! That’s why! We are God’s children. When the time came that you heard God’s Word….and you BELIEVED! You BELIEVED in GOD. You BELIEVED in Christ. You BELIEVED in His Gospel of Salvation. And, you BELIEVED that you are saved by Grace through Faith! YOU, at that point, became “born-again” of the Spirit of God. Now, of course, when you become “born-again” of the Spirit of God, and when you hear the Gospel of your Salvation, what is also included is “repentance,” water baptism….right? So, when you hear the Gospel of Salvation, you’ll hear more information concerning “how” to get saved and “who” saves you. And, “what” you did to give us this promise of salvation. So, you become “born-again,” a new creation in Christ Jesus….when God created you “in Christ Jesus” or caused you to become “born-again,” He put certain qualities within us. And, this is the reason why it is so important for everyone that believes in Christ, that they allow themselves to be disciplined by God’s Word. That they be “disciples” of Christ. That is what the Lord Jesus commanded His disciples to do. He said: “Go, and make disciples of all nations. Teaching them all the things that I have commanded you, that I have taught you. You teach the disciples these things. There are a lot of things that we need to know. In HOSEA 4:6, God tells us that: “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” God’s already given us, according to the Apostle Paul, ALL spiritual blessings
in heavenly places!! He has already given them to us! And, all that we have to do is to go and pick them! That’s it! So, God has FULLY equipped us!! John tells us, that all who have received Jesus, God has empowered them to become children of God! You will find that in the first Chapter of John’s Gospel. JOHN 1:12
So, as children of God, we ought to have the character of our Father!
If we are God’s children, we ought to have God’s character! Of course!
Of course! We are no longer under the Law of Sin and Death! We are under the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus! So, in order for us to discover just what we are made of, we need to investigate God’s Word! James tells us NOT to just be a “hearer” of God’s Word! Why? Answer: Because James tells us that if we are “hearers” only, we are CHEATING ourselves of God’s blessings!! JAMES 1:22. Can you imagine that? If all you do is to come to church and to listen to God’s Word; but, you never put it into action, YOU are CHEATING yourselves out of God’s blessings!! So…. put God’s Word into action!!! One of the qualities that God had put in us is that WE are “overcomers!” 1 JOHN 5: 1, 4 and 5. We read here that he who is born-of-God, overcomes the world! Not only the world; but, overcomes the evil one!! Who is the evil one? Answer: Satan, the devil! Now, primarily, these are our two enemies! The world or the things of the world, and the devil! And, the Word of God says that YOU who are “born-of-God,” overcomes the world! And, the devil also! It doesn’t say that you might be able to overcome the devil one of these days! No! It says: “He that is ‘born-of-God,’ overcomes the world! Overcomes the devil! How important is the Word of God? Again we see in 1 JOHN that we are able to overcome the world and the evil one; because, God’s Word is inside of You!! His Word, who is the Word of God? Answer: Jesus!! And, His Word is inside of You! So, Jesus is in us! And, as long as we are disciples of Christ; then, His Word is inside of us! Do you see that? You have that double guarantee! Jesus and His Word! Jesus and His Word, allows believers of Christ to overcome the world, the things of the world; even, as well as the devil himself! Come on now…give God the Glory!! Remember, this is NOT because of ‘your own’ doing! This is ALL God’s doing!! Give God the credit where credit is due!! (Applause)
So therefore, we are MORE than conquerors over ALL of those things: tribulations, persecutions whatever problems!! Whatever!! And, NOTHING shall separate us from the love of God and the love of Christ! NOTHING!! Now watch this “nothing.” Apostle Paul says: “For I am persuaded (with all certainty, no questions, no doubts, no fears, no hesitations!) He says: “I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come, (those are things of the future! So even future things!!!) Nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing! Any other created thing! Let me just ask you this quick question. How many of you are a created thing? So, you are a created thing, right? Now, watch this….”Nor any other created thing (you might just want to make a note right here and write “me!”)
“Nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of Christ Jesus our Lord!” Do you know how many Christians believe or are afraid that they are going to hell? Do you know any Christians who doubt their salvation for whatever reason? Do you yourself doubt your salvation? No…you doubt? You might say: “Oh, I have had talks with the Lord concerning my salvation asking Him: “Father, if I should slip-up, will I not make it to heaven?” You’ve never had talks like that with your heavenly Father? Never in times past? (Laughter) At one time or another you have never asked your heavenly Father a question about your salvation? You might tell Him: “Yes, I want to go to heaven! But, is it really true that I am on my way to heaven?” Pastor: “Well…you can put those thoughts to rest! In fact you can take them and through them into Buzzards Bay! That’s right, through them into Buzzards Bay and let the flounders and the haddocks eat them! Because, God’s Word says in ROMANS 8:38, that: “nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” And, guess what? Sister Ginger just won the 200 million dollar lottery and she is going to share it with us! (Folks begin to laugh) Pastor continues: I get more of a response to what I just said about Sr. Ginger and the lottery than I did hearing and knowing the fact that God tells us that: Not even you, Sonny…can separate God’s love from you!
And, what did I get? Answer: Silence. That statement in itself is worth a thousand, million, trillion, zillion, max zillion of dollars! Because listen….you could have all of those dollars, and miss heaven!! But you, Church, Child of God, new creation in Christ Jesus….NOTHING, NOTHING in this life, not in the past, not even in the future, not even YOU YOURSELF will be able to separate us from the love of God!! So…does it mean that you should be going out partying?? Answer: NO! Because if it is, then, you are not a Child of God! You’re NOT a “new creation” in Christ! Because every “new creation” in Christ Jesus has put to death that “old man!” That “old man” is that old sinful nature!! When you were baptized in Christ Jesus, you were baptized in His death! That “old man” died with Christ! Not, one of these days, that “old man” will die in Christ! NO! That “old sinful nature,” died with Christ when you were baptized!! When you came up from the water, you rose up to the “Newness of Life” of the Spirit of God! And, that “Newness of Life” in the Spirit of God does not have that kind of thinking that: “Nothing can separate me from the love of God; so, now I can do and boogie!! You are now living in the Newness of Life! That is what the Word says! “That we are a new creation in Christ Jesus. That “old” things are passed away, done away, they do not exist anymore! That “old” nature, that “sinful” nature has been done away with! And, so if that “sinful” nature, that “old” man has been done away with; then, you are NOT going to walk in sin!! How can you walk in sin if that nature is gone?? Some might say: “Well Pastor, I still do though!” Pastor continues: Well, if you still do; then, maybe that “old nature” was probably never killed!! That “old man” DIED with Christ!! Not that “old man” will one day die with Christ! NO! NO! NO! With this “Newness of Life,” you need to have “newness of thinking!”
You establish and gain “newness of thinking” how?? Answer: Right here in God’s Word!! You’re a new creation!! The Word says that that “old man,” that “sinful nature” is gone!! But there are some that seem to be acting as though they miss that “sinful nature!” Oh, the “good times, I still miss them!!” Pastor continues on: “It’s one or the other! It’s either the “old man” is dead; or it is still alive! And, if it is still alive, you still have the opportunity to put the “old man” to death! Not when you’re ready! Some folks will say: “When I’m ready, I’ll do it. When I go and do my last act of lawlessness, then I will do it!” Pastor: “NO! You are playing with yourself! You are playing right into the hands of the devil! That is what you are doing!! That’s NOT “right thinking” for a child of God!! That “old man” is dead!! Put on the “new man!” That is what God’s Word says! What is the “new man?” Answer: The nature of God!! Put on the nature of God!! NOTHING shall separate us from the love of Christ and from the love of God; IF you’re truly “born-again!” That’s why!! Even when John the Baptist was baptizing folks, he told some of the Jewish leaders who wanted to be baptized along with the rest of the people: John said: “You vipers, you snakes, show the proof of your repentance!! You want to be baptized? Show me the proof of your repentance!!”
That’s what he said. So, all of us who were baptized in Christ Jesus, we repented! And, we were baptized in Christ Jesus! That “old man” was crucified with Christ, that is what Paul says in GALATIANS 2:20. He says: nevertheless, I live; yet, not I but Christ who lives in me! Paul says in ROMANS that that “body of sin” is dead! He said that the Holy Spirit would bring to life that mortal body. So, do you know what the Apostle Paul is saying both in ROMANS and GALATIANS? Answer: He is saying that you have to completely die!! Some folks that are being baptized, they go under the water and they come up saying: “Oh, oh, I nearly died!!” (Laughter) They’ll say: “Pastor, why did you leave me down there so long? I nearly died!!” (Laughter) Pastor continues: “Go back down again!! DIE!! That is what it is!! You have to completely die!! Apostle Paul says: “God will quicken your mortal body! He will make your mortal body alive!!” With His Spirit inside of you!! Praise God!! So, when that happens, when that “old man” is dead, you are a “new creation” in Christ Jesus! The life that you life now is a life that is referred to as “the newness of life in the Spirit of God!” Now…you don’t have to worry about sin anymore! Just stop thinking about sin anymore! Stop looking at sin anymore! Or continuing to have the thought of sin within yourself; because, the body of sin is dead!! So, why do you want to think about sinful things? Rather than thinking about “sinful” things, start thinking about “heavenly” things!! That’s OUR NEW NATURE!! “Behold, ALL things are become NEW!!” That’s our “new” nature!! If that is all you do is to spend a lot of your time just thinking about sin…saying: “Oh, man, I’m going to sin against God. Oh, I hope I don’t sin against God! Oh….” If that is all that you are thinking about all day long, you are just bombarding yourself with sin!! So, it is what you have inside of you that is going to speak up! Out of the abundance of your heart, your mouth speaks! Right? So, out of the abundance of your mind, your mind speaks! Right? And, if that is all that you have in your mind that all day long, you are thinking about: How to avoid sin….Hey, listen! That’s what is going to come out of you! That is how you are going to behave, how you are going to act!! In EPHESIANS 4 – it says that YOU, NEW CREATION, BORN-AGAIN, CHURCH, NIKAO MAN….YOU were created in Christ Jesus in true righteousness and in true holiness! That’s you’re “new” nature!! Why don’t you concentrate on your “new” nature rather than the “old’ stuff!! That’s GOD!! Oh, it’s a GREAT change since I’ve been born-again!! The things I used to say, I don’t say them not more!! The things I used to do, I don’t do them no more! The places I used to go, I don’t go there no more! The “old man” is dead!! Don’t pay any more attention to him!! He’s dead!! Just live your life in Christ!! Have fun!! Live your life in Christ! He doesn’t want you to worry!! Don’t worry!! Go! Have fun!! Because NOTHING IS GOING TO SEPARATE YOU from the love of Christ and God!!
And, finally….You have this going for you….ROMANS 8:30 – “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” Church….God called YOU!! He PREPLANNED a life for YOU! And, that is a life of GOOD WORKS! And, that is according to EPHESIANS 2:10. This life of GOOD WORKS, can be called a life of holiness. Because, who is GOOD? Answer: GOD is GOOD!! And, that is the life that He has PREPLANNED FOR US! A life of GOOD WORKS!! A life of GOD WORKS! Or, a life of HOLINESS! Because, this is what we became when we became born-again! We were sanctified by the Holy Spirit! That is where we get the word “saint!” Because we were holy, set-apart for God’s Purpose! Why don’t you entertain yourself with that thought? I am holy, because GOD has MADE ME HOLY!!
If all you are entertaining in your mind is how you are going to get that last ‘drag’ of that cigarette…then, you are going to end up doing it!! So why not entertain yourselves with holy thoughts? God has made you holy!! You are born-again in the Spirit of God! A disciple of Christ, a saint of the Lord! You are holy! And, why are you holy? Answer: I’ll tell you why…because who is the Master Builder of God’s Church? Answer: God is! And, He is the Lord Jesus Christ! And, that is where the power comes from, the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, look at ROMANS 8:29-
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son; that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. V.30-Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified them he also glorified.” Pastor: Praise God! And, look now at what God is saying here: v.31 – “What shall we then say to these things? If GOD BE FOR US, WHO can be against us? v.32 He that spared NOT his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give US ALL THINGS? V.33- Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Pastor: Now…look down at verses 37-30 – “Nay, in ALL these things WE are MORE than conquerors through him that loved us. v.38-For I AM PERSUADED (totally convinced), that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
v.39-Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Praise God!! Let us stand and give Him Praise!! Hallelujah!! Thank You Jesus!!