Pastor Floyd Koenig
Text: v. 18
Jesus Christ came into this world to seek and to save that which was lost. He came, not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.
While He was here in this world, He established His church. Christ said, ďI will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against itĒ (Mt. 16:18).
When a person is saved, he is to be baptized into the Lordís church, where he can grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, and serve his Lord faithfully.
The Lordís Church is a local institution where the Gospel is preached, where sinners can be saved, where Jesus Christ is worshipped, and where believers can grow spiritually.
It is in the Lordís Church that we as born-again sinners rejoice in Godís grace for sinners. It is in His church that we fellowship in Jesus Christ the Friend of sinners. And it is in His church that we delight in the Gospel of the One who saves sinners.
There are some who donít think much of the Lordís Church, but I would remind you that the Lord loved His church so much that He purchased it with His own blood. (Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:25-27).
The Lordís Church is for sinners. Every one of the Lordís Churches is made up of sinners, who were saved by the grace of God, and have been added by baptism.
Letís consider some reasons this church is for sinners.
I. THE GOD OF THIS CHURCH IS FOR SINNERS
A. God showed forth His love for sinners in that Christ died for them.
1. Here we see the love of God in that He sent His only begotten Son into the world to suffer and die for ungodly sinners who had no ability to save themselves. (Rom. 5:6, 8).
2. God hates self-righteous sinners.
a. The self-righteous Jews appeared to be righteous outwardly, but inwardly they were full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (Mt. 23:27-28).
b. The Lord will demonstrate His hatred for self-righteous sinners by giving them what they deserveóeverlasting death in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:13-15).
3. The sinners that are blessed by God are those who confess themselves as sinners, and were loved by God while sinners.
a. Godís love for them is eternal. (Jer. 31:3).
b. God has loved His elect from all eternity with a love that will always last.
c. By grace, God has drawn them out of the pit of sin and condemnation, to faith in Jesus Christ.
4. Godís love for His beloved sinners was demonstrated when He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die in their place. (Jn. 3:16).
a. According to His mercy, God saves His people by regenerating and renewing them. (Tit. 3:3-7).
b. In love, God sent His only begotten Son into the world to be the sacrifice for our sin. (I Jn. 4:9-10).
B. God justifies sinners.
1. God will not justify self-righteous sinnersónor do they want Him to.
2. The Lord declared this fact when He spoke a parable to some self-righteous Pharisees. (Lk. 18:9-13).
a. The Pharisee, who considered himself so good and righteous, was left to perish in his sin. (vv. 10-12).
b. Whereas the publican, who saw himself as a condemned sinner, cried for mercy, and was gloriously saved. (vv. 13-14).
3. Justification from God is for sinners who plead to God for mercy.
4. This church is comprised of such sinners.
II. THE LORD AND SAVIOR OF THIS CHURCH IS FOR SINNERS
A. Jesus Christ calls none but sinners to salvation.
1. As the great Physician, Christ came to save those who saw themselves as condemned sinners. (Mt. 9:9-13).
a. The self-righteous feel no need for divine mercy, or the services of the physicians of souls.
b. Therefore, Jesus wastes no time or effort in calling them.
c. Rather, He calls those who are painfully aware of their soul-sickness, and come to Him for His healing mercy. (Isa. 55:6-7).
2. Christ grants saving repentance to those who come to Him for mercy.
- We see this in (Acts 5:31; 11:18).
3. Our Lord declares, ďthat likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentanceĒ (Lk. 15:7, 10).
B. Jesus Christ receives sinners and eats with them. (Lk. 15:2).
1. The self-righteous Pharisees were offended that Jesus would have anything to do with publicans and sinners.
2. But we can verify that our Lord and Savior has received great sinners, and has washed them from their sins in His own blood. (I Cor. 6:9-11).
3. This church is comprised of such sinners, and is for them!
C. Jesus Christ is a ďfriend of sinnersĒ (Mt. 11:19).
1. The self-righteous are enemies of sinners, but Jesus Christ is a friend who invites sinners to come to Him for rest. (Mt. 11:28-30).
2. Jesus Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost. Lk. 19:1-10.
III. THE GOSPEL OF THIS CHURCH IS FOR SINNERS
A. Every member of this church will attest to the fact that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I Tim. 1:15.
B. Our purpose as a local New Testament Church is to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Mk. 16:15-16.
1. Jesus Christ came to save sinners.
2. No one is beyond the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. Godís message to sinners is ďBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be savedĒ (Acts 16:31).
ē The Lord of this church would like nothing better than to see sinners turning from their sin, and crying out to Him for mercy.
ē The sinnerís only hope is found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
ē This is the Lordís Church, and we love sinners.