CERTAIN DOOM OF THOSE WHO LOVE NOT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
1 Cor. 16:10-24.
1. The text translated into English reads: "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed: our Lord cometh." 1 Cor. 16:22.
2. In this first letter that Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he had to rebuke them soundly on many points of disorder.
A. He rebuked them about , party strife (ch. 1), fornication (ch.5), marriage (ch.7), Christian liberties (ch. 8), Their dress in worship (ch. 11), their partaking of the Lord's Supper (ch. 11), the nature and use of spiritual gifts (chs. 12-14), and the resurrection of the dead (ch. 15).
3. It is delightful to tell of the goodness, love, and mercy of God.
A. To tell the spiritually sick of the Great Physician. Jer. 8:22; 46:11; Matt. 9:12.
B. To tell the poor of riches. 2 Cor. 8:9.
C. To tell the dying of eternal life. Jno. 3:16.
D. To tell the lost of a Savior. Lk. 19:10; 1 Pet. 1:3-9.
E. To tell all of a better world to which they may go and in which they may live if they will to do so. Rev. 21.
4. But it is not so pleasant to have to tell all of:
A. The terrors of the Lord. Isa. 2:10, 19-21; 2 Cor. 5:11.
B. The threatenings of His word. 2 Thes. 1:7-9.
C. The wrath to come. Rom. 2:3-11.
5. There is no more fearful passage in God's word, than our text.
A. Such a one is placed in the same category with false teachers, Gal. 1:6-9 and idolaters, Deut. 11:26-28.
B. Let us now consider the text 1 Cor. 16:22 seriously.
I. NOTE THE CHARACTERS DESCRIBED.
A. Those who "Love not the Lord".
B. There is no need to refer to the infidel, the blasphemer, the vicious sinner, the criminal or persecutor.
1. Their doom is understood and accepted by all.
C. Christ is not loved:
1. If we do not allow Him to come in and dwell within our hearts. Rev. 3:20; Gal. 2:20.
2. If we do not obey Him. Jno. 14:23,24; 2 Thes. 1:7-9.
3. If we do not abandon the world for Him. Lk. 9:23,24; 1 Jno. 2:15-17.
II. DO YOU REALLY LOVE THE LORD?
A. If not:
1. You will be accursed when He comes.
2. You will be separated--cut off.
a. From God's presence.
b. From heaven, with all its glories.
c. From all hope of salvation forever.
3. Read: 2 Cor. 5:10,11; Matt. 25:26-30; 7:13,14; Lk. 16:26.
III. NOT ENOUGH TO LOVE IN WORD ONLY.
A. But in deed and in truth. 1 Jno. 3:18.
B. To truly love the Lord is to keep His commandments. 1 Jno. 5:3; Jno. 14:15.
1. Once again, let us read the text: "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed: our Lord cometh." 1 Cor. 16: 22.
2. Are we truly aware of what it means to be accursed from God?
3. Remember what Paul said in 2 Thes. 1:7-9. He that knows not God and obeys not the gospel, will be banished from the presence of God and the glory of His power. You can't get any more accursed than that! can you?
4. Why not prove your love for the Lord today while you still have the opportunity?
5. Why not come in humble submission to His will?
by Jim Sasser
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