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The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
"A Class On Life
Rev. Wayne Dobratz
I. What a lifeguard can expect
A. He often
puts his own life at risk in attempting to save others
sometimes must fight with the person he is trying to save
didnt understand what Jesus had to do to be our Lifeguard.
1. He rebukes himAccording to John MacArthur, Peter used an expression such as "God forbid". But it was for just this purposesuffering, dying and rising againthat Jesus came to this world. In his inability to understand a humiliated, abused, and crucified Messiah, Peter unwittingly rejected Gods plan for redemption and used Gods name in the process. Hence the stern rebuke Jesus gives him.
2. Jesus had labeled Peters earlier faithful confession as being "rock-like," a play on words of Peters name (Matt. 16:18). Instead of being "rock-like" in hisfaith, Peter has now become a stumbling block. As Marvin Vincent writes, Peter is "no longer lying in his right position as a massive foundation stone, but is rather lying right across the road that Jesus must walk."
3. Hence Jesus harsh rebuke, calling him "Satan" or adversary. Jesus had endured a similar temptation in the wilderness, right after his ministry began see Matt. 4:8-10.
II. If you want to save your life, you must lose it for
Jesus. Mk 8:34-38; Acts 14:21ff.; 1 Thess 3:3ff.; 2 Tim. 3:12-13; John 12:25-28;
Acts 20:23ff.; Rev. 12:11.
Adam Clarke writes: For whosoever will save his lifeThat
is, shall wish to save his lifeat the expense of his conscience, and casting
aside the cross, he shall lose itthe very evil he wishes to avoid shall
overtake him; and he shall lose his soul into the bargain. See then how
necessary it is to renounce ones self! But whatsoever a man loses in this
world, for his steady attachment to Christ and his cause, he shall have amply
made up to him in the eternal world.
III. The only lasting gain is to follow Jesus example
A. You will
lose what you own in this life anywayLk. 12:18-20; Eccl. 1:1-11
Jesus brings a reward in eternal life.
Adam Clarke writes: If any will come after mei.e. to be
my disciple. This discourse was intended to show Peter and the rest of the
disciples the nature of his kingdom; and that the honor that cometh from the
world was not to be expected by those who followed Christ.
The principles of the Christian life are:
First. To have a sincere desire to belong to
ChristIf any man be WILLING to be my disciple, etc.
Second. To renounce self-dependence, and selfish
pursuitsLet him deny HIMSELF.
Third. To embrace the condition which God has
appointed, and bear the troubles and difficulties he may meet with in walking
the Christian roadLet him take up HIS CROSS.
Fourth. To imitate Jesus, and do and suffer all in
his spiritLet him FOLLOW ME.
The Rewards: Matt. 5:10-12; Matt. 10:41-42; Matt. 16:27;
Lk. 6:35; Eph. 6:7-8; Col. 3:23-24; Rev. 22:12.
A closing thought from Adam Clarke:
If a man should gain the whole world, its riches, honors,
and pleasures, and lose his life, what would all these profit him, seeing they
can only be enjoyed during life? But if the words be applied to the soul, they
show the difficultythe necessityand importance of salvation. The world,
the devil, and a mans own heart are opposed to his salvation; therefore it is
difficult. The soul was made for God, and can never be united to him, nor be
happy, till saved from sin: therefore it is necessary. He who is saved from his
sin, and united to God, possesses the utmost felicity that the human soul can
enjoy, either in this or the coming world: therefore, this salvation is
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