Sermon

UNCHANGEABLE GOD (MALACHI 3:6-18; JOHN 4:34-38)

Introduction.

In the two lessons of today, God shows us that He does not change (Unchangeable God)  and teaches us to do His will.

­1st Lesson (Malachi 3:6-18)

 “I am the Lord (Jehovah); I change not” (v6-7) 

  • God’s hatred of all sins is unchangeable (Ps.5:5; 11:5; Hab. 1:13);
  • God’s long-suffering to all sinners is unchangeable. That is why we are not consumed and destroyed         (2 Pet.3:9).
  • God’s wisdom is unchangeable. He dispenses rewards to the good, and punishments to the wicked, in the fittest season (vv8-10).
  • God’s will is unchangeable. He will never forget or forsake the righteous (vv16-18; Is.49:15-16)).

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb.13:8). It is because of His unchangeable nature and perfections that Jesus came to the world (John 3:16-17). He descended the Celestial Church of Christ into the world to harvest souls into the Kingdom of God and called us to do His will and work. Many are called but few are chosen (Matt.22:14). Not all that calls me Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who do the will of God (Matt. 7:21).

2nd Lesson (John 4:34-38).

Jesus encountered a woman at the well whose life was marked with sin and sadness. He lovingly and graciously revealed Himself to be the Messiah and the Savior of sinners (vv25-26).

The woman left to bring all her town’s people to see the Christ (vv28-29). The opportunity to “harvest” the souls of the eager town’s people for God was more important to Jesus than food (v34).

Five (5) important lessons

Today, the Lord teaches His disciples and us in particular five (5) important lessons about our part in the work of harvesting precious souls for His kingdom (Matt. 28:18-20).

Jesus teaches His disciples that:

 1. The Work is prepared (v38).

“I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors”

  • The church has gone to sleep (Rom. 13:11-13)
  • We shouldn’t be inactive because the work seems hard.
  • Others have already done the hard part of the work before us.
  • It’s our duty now to simply enter into the work and reap the benefits of their labors.

2. The Tasks are assigned (v37).

“For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.”

  • Some of us are planters of the seeds; and others of us are reapers of the harvest.
  • But all of us have our tasks in God’s work.
  • Let’s not fail to do our part, so that we will rejoice together at the harvest.

3. The Labor is meaningful/ rewarding (v36).

“And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together”.

  • There’s no greater work in the world than advancing the kingdom of God by harvesting souls.
  • When we do the work, it  will bring glory to our Lord and joy to the  saved souls throughout eternity.
  • Those who sow and those who reap will rejoice together with Jesus (1 Thes. 2:19-20).

4. The Time for the Harvest is at Hand (v35).

“Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”.

  • The problem is that the time is short and the harvest is plentiful.
  • The laborers are few “(Matt. 9:37-38).
  • This is the time to get into action (2 Cor. 6:1-2).

5. The achievement is great (v34).

“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work”.

  • This is the will of the Father (John 6:37- 40).
  • The joy of doing what the Father sent Him to do and  finishing the work was more appealing than food (Hebrews 12:2).

This is the conclusion of the matter: Jesus said “Peace be with you; as my father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21). The work is prepared, the tasks are assigned, the labor is rewarding, and the time is short (John 14:12). Let us be eager to throw our ‘all’ into this work; because the eternal benefits are immeasurable.

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