Keep The Feast For Christ Our Passover

Preached the Evening of January 15, 2017 at Riverview, 798 Santa Fe Pike, Columbia, TN

christ-our-passover1 Corinthians 5:1-5 (KJV)  It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.  [2]  And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.  [3]  For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,  [4]  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,  [5]  To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Next week is the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Decision.

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled abortion legal in our country. I went to the website “Find Law” to read the 7-2 decision of the Supreme Court. In a tortured and convoluted document that, quite frankly, I wouldn’t ask my worst enemy to read, the Supreme Court came to the conclusion that, and I quote:

the unborn have never been recognized in the law as persons in the whole sense”

When the Court made this statement it examined the laws of man, but never looked at God’s Law. The Bible and God’s Law clearly recognizes the child in the womb as a person. The Messiah Who would be born of Mary “shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). When Mary entered the home of her pregnant cousin Elisabeth the Bible says:

Luke 1:41-44 (KJV)  And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:  [42]  And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.  [43]  And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  [44]  For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

Though the convoluted reasoning of the Supreme Court found that the mother’s had rights under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution but the baby did not, the reality is that

Roe vs Wade had less to do with rights as it did with wrongs being declared right

A child while still in its mother has potential. The Psalmist stated:

Psalm 139:13-16 (NKJV). For You {O God} formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them”

And God told the Prophet:

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations”.

Life has value, life has potential, even in the womb. When sexual sin became acceptable in America the reality of life was pushed away in favor of fuzzy thinking that says:

Well, as long as YOU’RE happy, nothing else matters

But this isn’t the teaching of Scripture. Though we are saved by Grace and not by works, once saved we become the Children of God. When the Apostle Paul heard through the grapevine that at the Church of Corinth:

1 Corinthians 5:1 (KJV)  It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

The Apostle didn’t ask “Are they happy?” or say “Well, as long as they’re happy”. The happiness or pleasure of those in fornication (that’s illicit sexual activity) was not even a consideration. Paul said “What you are tolerating at Corinth is not so much as named among the Gentiles”. The lost weren’t even doing this as a common practice. What was being done?

that one should have his father’s wife”

He didn’t say “that one should have his mother” which would have been an act of incest. He said “that one should have his FATHER’S WIFE”. The father had become remarried. We do not know if he lost the boy’s mother through death or divorce, but this was his wife. This son violated at least THREE of God’s Commandments, the FIFTH, SEVENTH, and TENTH. These Commandments state:

FIFTH Exodus 20:12 (KJV)  Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

SEVENTH Exodus 20:14 (KJV)  Thou shalt not commit adultery.

TENTH Exodus 20:17 (KJV)  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s … wife …

Grace saves us, but does not make us a law unto ourselves.
Once saved by Grace we follow God’s leading.

The Law of God is not disposable.

Jesus came to fulfill the Law, not to destroy it (Matthew 3:15).
What God says is wrong before you are saved by Grace is wrong
even after you have been saved by Grace.

Jude, the brother to James, stepbrother of our Lord Jesus Christ wrote (this should be on your worksheet):

Jude (NKJV) 3-7 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. 5 But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; 7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

God establishes right and wrong, and punishes evil. Grace is no justification for sinning. Grace frees us so that we can live up to our God given potential, so that we can become that which God designed us to be. Grace does not condone lawlessness, but commends us to God so that God can shine His light and love through us. Pastor Bert Farias said:

“We have forgotten that the central message of the Gospel is that Jesus came to save us from our sins, not in our sins. He didn’t just come to forgive us of our sins but to free us from our sins. This is one of the most tragic fundamental errors we have made in our contemporary Gospel, and it largely explains the degradation in our society today. A weak church has opened the way for the devil’s onslaught.”

Hans Christian Andersen wrote a story that my momma told me when I was little. The story is called “The Emperors’ New Clothes”. There was an Emperor who loved his clothes. He was so vain, and everything he did was about dressing up and showing off his clothes. One day two swindlers came to town and decided to capitalize on his vanity. They said they were master tailors, men who could make the most fantastic clothing. What was really fantastic about this clothing was was that only wise people could see the cloth, and the stupider you were the harder it was for you to see it. The Emperor commissioned these men to make him a suit of clothes. He gave the men gold, the finest looms, the best silk, and they started designing the clothes. They put the silk in their luggage, hid the money and the golden thread, then began to “make clothing” well into the night. Hans wrote:

“I’d like to know how those weavers are getting on with the cloth,” the Emperor thought, but he felt slightly uncomfortable when he remembered that those who were unfit for their position would not be able to see the fabric. It couldn’t have been that he doubted himself, yet he thought he’d rather send someone else to see how things were going. The whole town knew about the cloth’s peculiar power, and all were impatient to find out how stupid their neighbors were. “I’ll send my honest old minister to the weavers,” the Emperor decided. “He’ll be the best one to tell me how the material looks, for he’s a sensible man and no one does his duty better.”

The old minister went to see what these “tailors” were doing, but seeing nothing was too embarrassed to say anything. He reported back to the Emperor that the tailors were doing fantastic work. The next day the swindlers said that the Emperor’s new clothes were ready. The Emperor stripped down, and they pretended to put clothes on him, layer after layer, oohing and aahing at the beautiful colors. Dressing him up in nothing, the Emperor went out for the crowd to admire.

“Oh, how fine are the Emperor’s new clothes! Don’t they fit him to perfection? And see his long train!” Nobody would confess that he couldn’t see anything, for that would prove him either unfit for his position, or a fool. No costume the Emperor had worn before was ever such a complete success.

“But he hasn’t got anything on,” a little child said.

“Did you ever hear such innocent prattle?” said its father. And one person whispered to another what the child had said, “He hasn’t anything on. A child says he hasn’t anything on.” “But he hasn’t got anything on!” the whole town cried out at last. The Emperor shivered, for he suspected they were right. But he thought, “This procession has got to go on.” So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn’t there at all.

This is the birth of Political Correctness. This is where the Church in America has been for so many years. God has told us through His Word what is right and wrong, but Satan has woven a figment of imagination for us to put on instead of the righteousness of God. The Apostle Paul said:

1 Corinthians 5:2 (KJV) And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

Sin is not to be cherished in the Church, but is an occasion for mourning. It is certain that we are all broken, and can all fall into sin. But when one falls into sin we are to lovingly take that person to the side and tell them that this is a violation of Grace. We are children of His Kingdom, not children of this world. Love is our standard. We are to love God wholeheartedly:

Deuteronomy 6:5 (KJV)  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

And as Jesus declared:

Matthew 22:37-40 (KJV)  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.   [38]   This is the first and great commandment.   [39]   And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.   [40]   On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

And again:

Romans 13:10 (KJV)  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Love, not License is the standard of God in Christ. What was the Apostle’s standard, the thing He thought the Church should do?

Deliver The Open Rebellious Sinner To Satan

1 Corinthians 5:5 (KJV) To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

What does it mean “to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh”?

Recognize and call out the sin.
Cancer cannot be cured while you ignore it.
Do not wink at, but in love reject that which does not glorify God.

The Church instead of winking at the sin was to recognize the action the young man was engaged in was sinful, against love, and against God. The intent of censoring the person is not self righteousness but that “the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord”. God hears the prayers and watches the actions of His people. The Church is to be Light and Love, not License and Lust. The Church is told to:

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (KJV)  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  [8]  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Christ died on the Cross to save us from sin, to bring us into the Family of God, to make us VICTORS not VICTIMS. Among the ancient Jews before the Passover was ever celebrated the family went through the home looking for LEAVEN or YEAST. LEAVEN was symbolic of sin. Every bit of leaven was discovered, every corner of the home searched, and the leaven was carried outside the home. Then the Lamb of God, a lamb without spot or blemish, was sacrificed and it’s blood placed on the entry of the home.

Christ our Passover IS SACRIFICED For Us

Christ has been sacrificed for the believer. He died on Calvary to bear the burden of our sins. The nails driven, the crown of thorns, the thirst, the suffering, was all because of sin. We cannot look at sin without seeing the bleeding and dying Christ. I think this is why the King James Translators rendered the Aorist Passive Indicative of θύω thyō as is sacrificed rather than has been sacrificed. The bloody and bleeding Christ should ever be before the eyes of the Christ Follower. Oh, what a punishment He bore for me! Knowing that it was my sin that killed Him, will I wallow in sin? God forbid! Let us celebrate the Passover not by engaging in malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Purging out the leaven means to set apart those who are not operating under the Law of Love but the law of lust. Paul writes:

1 Corinthians 5:11 (KJV)  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

I want us to examine the words of this text carefully. Paul says:

If any man THAT IS CALLED a brother

That is called” is the Greek ὀνομάζω onomazō, which means “to take the name of”. The following command does not refer to a lost person but to a person who says “I am your brother or sister in Christ”. If this person says “I as a Christian” but exhibits one of these six sins in their lives then you are not to keep company (συναναμίγνυμι synanamignymi, to be intimate with, to receive as family) with this person. This doesn’t mean you can’t be friendly or loving, but you are to withdraw from fellowship with this person. The Amish call this shunning. You are not to look the other way, but are to treat this person as out of the will of God. What are the six things that Paul considered inappropriate outward behavior for the Christ Follower?

  • Fornicator (πόρνος pornos), a person who prostitutes their body or uses their body to engage in forbidden sexual activity.

  • Covetous (πλεονέκτης pleonektēs), a greedy person, self seeking, always desiring more

  • Idolator (εἰδωλολάτρης eidōlolatrēs), worshiper of false gods or goddesses

  • Railer (λοίδορος loidoros), abusive or argumentative people

  • Drunkard (μέθυσος methysos), tipsy or intoxicated person

  • Extortioner (ἅρπαξ harpax), someone who takes by force or manipulates to gain what is not theirs

When any of these six characteristics enter the Body of Christ they cause it – like leaven causes bread – to swell up and become disfigured. The Bible tells us that:

Romans 14:17-18 (KJV)  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  [18]  For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

The Church is the Kingdom of God on this earth. Those who behave badly are to be rejected, but the Love of God and His Glory are to be promoted. Paul ends this chapter by saying:

1 Corinthians 5:12-13 (KJV)  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?  [13]  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

The Church of Christ is never to condone the sinful lifestyle. We are to provoke one another to love and to good works (Hebrews 10:24) – and so much the more – as we see the Day of the Lord approaching.

This is the opposite of what the Church has done in America in recent years. Let us turn toward God, loving Him and loving one another. Let us uphold the Grace and Love that Christ our Lord has secured for us. For His glory.

May God touch your hearts with His Word.

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A searching Pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. Daily I pray for the Church. Most of what the world sees today is not the Church, but clubs pretending to be the Church. God is calling to Himself a people willing to be righteous, not self righteous, serving not served. I am called to pastor God's people, those who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. Only God is able to change the world, and we must follow His Christ. He is able! Praise His Name! Come quickly Lord Jesus!
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