35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it isMessage 1 of 1 , Feb 16View Source35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
An email newsletter ministry of Richard D. Swift, publishing the sermons of Rev. Reed A. Swift (1899-1973), a holiness preacher
The following sermon was preached on the radio. No place or date is listed so I have to go by clues. Two pages are written on the back of an ad folded in half. The ad is poster sized in surprising good condition and reads, "Evangelistic Campaign by Radio Beginning Jan'y 2, 1939." The evangelist was Oscar Lowry and the radio station was KMTR 570 KC. Hollywood, California. The other three pages are written on the backs of two business letters addressed to Rev. Swift and dated Jan. 16 and Jan. 31, 1939. Rev. Swift pastored the Free Methodist Church of Phoenix, Arizona the latter part of 1938-'39. Not much to go on!
Scripture Romans 8:1, 6-9, 15-18, 26-28, 32-33
Song: "I am so glad that our Father in Heaven..."
In Daniel 11:32, we read, "But the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits." It is a psychological fact that weakness is contagious. If we are strong in the Lord, we impart strength in others. When God commands us to be strong, we cannot afford to be weak. Of course the natural man puts a far different interpretation on strength than God does. One of the best texts to see and know the nature and power of God is John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
God is not a frowning ruler of the universe wanting to strike us down for our weakness. But He loved us so much that He made provision for us to be strong at infinite cost to Himself. The atonement for man's redemption originated in the heart of God before the foundation of the world. It was furnished by God because He loved mankind.
God's own great heart of love burned for us and caused Him to seek and save us while we were lost. "God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself." Therefore, the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Christ is a living revelation of God's loving nature.
1. Why did God ever love us so much? Because it was natural for Him who created us. Also, man's great possibilities through Christ.
2. What is the extent of God's love? The whole world! we have no special favor because we are not heathen or because of our color. God gave His Son in love, for rich and poor, bond and free of all races. For the whosover of John 3:16 means all.
3. What was God's purpose in all this love to man? "That whosever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
The story is told of a man who came to America from England and later went to Cuba. When the Cuban war broke out, he was arrested as a spy and condemned to be shot. The man was innocent, and the consuls of England and America demanded a release, but the Spanish officers said, "No, he has been tried by our courts and found guilty and must die".
The time and place of execution was set; the grave was dug; the coffin ready; and the soldiers ready to fire at the word of command; when the American and English consuls leaped from their carriage and threw the Star Spangled Banner and the Union Jack about him, and then, turning to the commanding officers said, "Now fire on these flags if you dare." They didnot dare, for these flags represented two of the greatest governments of the world. Friends, think of God's eternal government, and He says, "He brought me to His banqueting house, and His banner over me is love." Wrapped in this banner, we are safe for time and eternity against all the forces of hell.
4. What is the measure of God's love? Enough to give His only begotten Son. Why? Because He so loved us. The length and breadth and height and depth of the love of God is found in Christ on Calvary's Cross. There, on the cruel cross, the only begotten Son of God purchased redemption for you and me who believe in His name and obey Him.
There on the cross Jesus said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Thank God, Jesus is still saying to men and women and boys and girls today as He did to to the woman taken in sin, "Go in peace and sin no more."
The battle against sin and unrighteousness is not ours, but God's. He says, "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world." Read Romans 8:35-39.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
He still has an invisible pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night to guide and protect us! "They that be for us are more than they that be against us." Let us pray.
Our blessed Heavenly Father, we bow in reverence before Thee this morning, asking that Thou wilt help every distressed soul, fainting beneath their burdens to let Thee come into their lives. May they see Thy love in these words which Thou dost give every burdened heart, "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Thou hast proven to all those have come to Thee in sincerity that Thou art a very present help in every time of need. We give Thee praise this morning. Now, may Thy grace, mercy, and peace be ours evermore. Amen.
The poet expresses the feeling of many souls in these words, "Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song."This concludes my grandfather's sermon. May the Love of God fill the hearts of all those who read this sermon.Yours for Radical Holiness,Richard D. Swift505 Hickory Hills Dr.Dexter MO 63841573-625-9535
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