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What's In It For Me?
April 12, 2015
When people find out that much of what they see as future was actually referring to the fall of Jerusalem and Judaea in AD 70, they wring their hands and ask me, "What's Left, then?" or "What's in it for me, if that is all past?" What has always been there for us, but to love and serve God, to love and serve our fellow man, and to look forward to eternal life in heaven? - Bernie Parsons
What’s In It For Me?
by Bernie Parsons
Presented to Globe church of Christ on 04-12-2015
Presented to Load church of Christ on 05-17-2015
After I deliver my series of lessons on the end of the age, the judgments of God, and the day of the Lord, or when I discuss these events privately, there is always a look of incredulity, followed by despair, and then the question, “If this is true, then what’s in it for me?” Or, they might ask, “Then, what’s left?”
First, let’s remember some points that I have made in my recent sermons.
(1) All of the Law and prophets were until John the Baptist.
(2) John and Jesus preached that the kingdom of God (heaven) was at hand.
(3) This was the eternal kingdom that was to break in two and consume the four great empires: Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian and the Roman. It would be established in the days of the last great empire mentioned in Daniel – the Roman Empire.
(4) Jesus died one time, for all time. He was the ultimate sacrifice for sins.
(5) He nailed the ordinances of the Law to the cross, and took them out of the way.
(6) Those were the last days, the end of the age of the Law of Moses and the prophets, It was a period of time in which God judged Judah and took vengeance upon the Jews for their disobedience. (They had rejected His son and His sacrifice.)
(7) Jesus said that the temple would be torn down in that generation, and that all of the Law and the prophets would be fulfilled in that generation. This occurred.
(8) God’s vengeance was poured out first upon the Jews, and then upon the Gentiles.
What’s left for us, and what is in it for us? It’s quite simple, and yet exciting. What has God always asked us to do, as a race of humans?
Genesis 2:15 "And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it."
Humans were created to be gardeners for God. We were created to work for Him.
God has always demanded that we heed His word, and obey it.
Genesis 2:16 "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
When we disobey, God punishes us for that disobedience. That is His right, as Creator.
Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."
Genesis 3:22 "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."
Again, we are to hear God and obey His words. We must serve Him, and only Him.
Exodus 20:1 "And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
Numbers 15:30 "But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
31 Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him."
Deuteronomy 8:3 "And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live."
As Moses said:
Deuteronomy 4:2 "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you."
Deuteronomy 12:32 "What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it."
Jeremiah 26:2 "Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD'S house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD'S house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:
3 If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.
4 And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you,
5 To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened;
6 Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth."
Ecclesiastes 12:13 "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."
What is in it for us?
Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
John 3:14 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."
John 10:27 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
What more do you want?