Why study Grace Notes material at all?

This is a valid question!  Everybody it seems has packed schedule.  This post falls in the category of “FAQ” regarding Grace Notes. We already have discussed in previous articles that we do not wish to compete either your “church” or your local pastor: they both have special place in God’s economy.  See the following Grace Notes articles for more information:

What we do claim, however, that there is a future benefit in learning God’s Word today. Grace Notes lessons are an ideal way to dig deeper into God’s Word to build life’s most important foundation.  The truth is that we don’t know what tomorrow has in store for us; consequently, its best to continually be in the Word (See GN article “Occupation with Christ”).  Luke 6:46-49 presents the positive results when a firm foundation, base on Biblical doctrine, is planned and executed today.  The passage also presents the consequences of a shaky foundation based on earthly wisdom.  The later resembling a gambler that hedges his bets, “plays the odds”, etc. regarding future events. Waiting for tomorrow may be too late!

I heard a sermon where the pastor stated the “someday” is not on the calendar.  This is why things don’t happen when  scheduled for “someday.” We encourage you to use Grace Notes material today to lay down a solid foundation that is not based on the wisdom of this world.

I have include the Grace Notes lesson for Luke 6:46-9.

How do we Determine what is on the Inside?
Luke 6:46
And why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?
Here is the contradiction and the hypocrisy.
To call, καλεω (which puts emphasis on the content of the title) Jesus Christ Lord, Lord and yet not obey His is a contradiction. What does it mean to obey Jesus Christ –

John 3:36, He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

In the context of this message the Lord did say something very specific to them in verse 27:
But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.

John 6: 27-29, Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give to you, for on Him the Father, even God, has set His seal.
They said therefore to Him, What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?
Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.

So doing what the Lord says in this context is to love your enemies.
This is only possible in the power of God which comes when we obey the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and believe in Him. And that is the issue in the next verse.

Luke 6:47
Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like.

Three things mentioned in this verse and one conclusion.
Comes to me.
Hears my words.
Acts upon them.
The conclusion that describes this type of man.
I will show you whom he is like
And what he is like is like the one described in the next verse
The Parable of the Two Foundations.
There is no question that the ROCK in this parable is the Rock of Ages, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now as we search this word through the New Testament we can find who the foundation is, who lays the foundation, and what comprises the foundation.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it.
For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:19-20, So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone.

The apostles and prophets have laid the foundation. The building blocks are you your hands, the Bible, the writings of faithful men of God were inspired by the Holy Spirit to tell us about the grace of God.

Hebrews 6:1,2, Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings, and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

The foundation is made up of basic principles of the teaching of Christ which include an understanding that dead works do not work and that faith does work.
The rituals only point to a reality in Christ, and that we have escaped eternal judgment by way of the resurrection which is our assurance of security in Christ.
So Christ is the foundation, set by the apostles, and includes basic truths that will allows us to build upon the foundation a structure leading to maturity.

Luke 6:48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

When we set the foundation of our faith on the Rock, Jesus Christ, we will not be washed away by the storms of life.

Luke 6:49
And this is what he is not like, in Matthew this man is the Foolish man.

But the one who has heard, and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house upon the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.

The RUIN is great because it is not expected.
The one who tries to build a spiritual life on the foundation of sand thinks he has something that will last, but it will not.
Adversity come, pressure comes, and that which man had set his life upon is found to be of no value, possessing no stability, indeed, great is the fall.
We must build our lives upon that which will last.
I am reminded of Paul’s words in Colossians.
Colossians 2:6, As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

The person who builds upon the sand, upon a foundation other than the Lord Jesus Christ and faith in Him makes two mistakes.
He wants to avoid toil.
The foundation of a building is not the fun part of construction. It is hard work to dig down to bed rock. Moving dirt, shoveling, back breaking work. It is just so much easier to build upon the sand.
In the same way it is so much easier to take our own way, to stick with human thinking, works that we can do, rather than rely by faith upon the grace of Jesus.
Grace is tough, at times it cuts through human viewpoint like a knife. It runs contrary to the logic of man. But it is God’s viewpoint and God’s divine viewpoint echoes the words of John the Baptist who is looking at Jesus Christ declared I must decrease and He must increase.
We are so self absorbed, so self involved, so self determined, so self centered – we avoid the toil of saying no to self and yes to the Savior.
Second mistake.
When we build upon the sand we are short sighted.
We never trouble ourselves to think what the outcome of our actions will be. The house built upon the sand may look good now. Maybe even better than the house built upon the rock. We save the time of digging a foundation, put more effort into the structure itself – but what will happen when the river rises.
When pressure comes? It will be washed away.
In every decision of life there is a short view and a long view. The short view ignores the destiny God has for us as His children. The short view ignore the eternity we will have with Christ. So often we do what we do in the light of the moment rather then in the light of eternity.
In our very lives and in the life of our church we are now building a house that will stand. And it has stood!
At times the river has risen to buffet what we are and what we are doing. At times the rising waters of adversity have looked like they would destroy what God has done – but we are here. We are a living testimony to what Jesus said to Peter 2000 years ago.
Matthew 16:18, And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hell shall not overpower it”

Dr. Daniel Hill, P. S., Bible Church. (n.d.). The Gospel of Lude – 1.

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