I. “ONE JOT OR ONE
TITTLE WILL BY NO MEANS PASS FROM THE LAW TILL ALL IS FULFILLED”
A. Matthew 5:17-18
Jesus never intended to terminate Moses’ Law destructively, but through fulfillment. Until it was fulfilled, even the tiniest dots and dashes would remain in force.
B. Romans 10:4
Jesus is the end of the Old Law. Having fulfilled it, it is complete. It no longer applies.
C. Colossians 2:14; Galatians 3:23-25; Hebrews 8:13; 10:9
Having done what it was intended to do, bring people to Christ, the Law is no more. It is obsolete and dead.
II. “WHOEVER DOES
NOT RECEIVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD AS A LITTLE CHILD WILL BY NO MEANS ENTER IT”
A. Mark 10:15
Entrance into God’s kingdom is dependent on childlikeness.
B. Ezekiel 18:20; Romans 5:12
Of course, this means children are pure, innocent, free from sin. Sin is not inherited. Each one is responsible for his own behavior.
C. 1st Corinthians 14:20
The comparison to children is only relevant in the sense that children are lacking malice. In the matter of understanding, however, we are not called on to be childlike.
D. 1st Peter 2:2
Children should grow.
E. 1st Corinthians 3:1
When grown-ups act like children, it’s just sad.
III. “HEAVEN AND
EARTH WILL PASS AWAY, BUT MY WORDS WILL BY NO MEANS PASS AWAY”
A. Luke 21:33
Even when the world is on fire, what Jesus said will remain true and relevant!
B. 2nd Peter 3:10-13
The material universe will surely come to total annihilation, such that even the elements will melt away.
C. 1st Peter 1:25; John 12:48
Yet God’s word abides. It will be the standard of judgment when everything else is gone.
IV. “WE WHO…
REMAIN UNTIL THE COMING OF THE LORD WILL BY NO MEANS PRECEDE THOSE WHO ARE ASLEEP”
A. 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18
There may be confusion as to the order of events when the end comes. It should be a source of comfort to know that the living and the dead will meet Jesus on the same day.
B. 2nd Timothy 2:16-18
To suggest the resurrection has already occurred will wreak havoc of faith.
C. 2nd Thessalonians 1:6-2:12
Christ and His angels will come from heaven to punish the evil and reward His saints.
D. 1st Corinthians 15:23-28
When the end occurs, Christ will no longer be King. If we’ve missed the end, we must cease calling Him King.
E. 1st Corinthians 11:26
The Lord’s Supper is to be eaten in memory of Jesus until He comes. If He already came, we must quit breaking the bread.
F. Acts 1:9-11
Angels foretold that the Lord’s return would match His departure, a physical, visible occurrence.
G. Hebrews 9:27-28
It is the hope of every Christian to gain eternal salvation when Christ appears once more.
H. John 14:1-4
His purpose in departing was to prepare a home for His people that He might bring them with Him, not that they might remain earthbound.
I. Hebrews 4:1-11
The rest for God’s people “remains”; it is an as yet unobtained promise.
J. Romans 8:24-25
Hope is about unseen things.
V. “HE WHO BELIEVES
ON HIM WILL BY NO MEANS BE PUT TO SHAME”
A. 1st Peter 2:6
Those with real faith have nothing to be embarrassed about.
B. Romans 1:16
The gospel is not a source of shame. It is too powerful for that!
C. Hebrews 11:16
Amazingly, people who serve God, He is proud of!
D. Jeremiah 6:15
Only sin causes shame, and that is an important shame to have, that repentance may follow.
VI. “THERE SHALL
BY NO MEANS ENTER IT ANYTHING THAT DEFILES”
A. Revelation 21:27
Wickedness cannot be found in heaven.
B. 1st Corinthians 6:9-11
Sinners, of all varieties, will be excluded, unless washed, sanctified, and justified in Christ.
C. Galatians 5:19-21
It is so obvious, as God reveals, what displeases Him, so none can blame their exclusion on ignorance.
By Bryan Matthew Dockens
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