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Scripture Reading:  Matthew 7:21-25

 

Christianity is Exclusive

 

Intro.

1.  The gospel is for all – don’t suggest otherwise (1 Tim. 2:3-4).

2.  Truth is not self-defined, it is revealed in the word of God.

3.  Denominations object to one way of truth:  “you think you’re the only ones going to heaven” (“only Christians”).  Matt. 7:21 (7:14); Eph. 4:3-6 

  -Seen in ecumenical attitude & actions, 2 Jno. 9-11.

of many differing moral & doctrinal beliefs &/or practices – all of which do not & cannot agree with the NT.)

4.  Is it God’s will that we agree to disagree on revealed truth?  No!  (Jno. 8:31-32; 17:20-21; Eph. 3:3-4; 5:17)

5.  It is not arrogant to understand, appreciate & advocate the exclusive nature of the gospel & of N.T. Christianity!  In fact, it is essential!

 

-Christianity is exclusive, because…

 

I.  JESUS IS EXCLUSIVE.

  A.  The Only Begotten, Jno. 1:14; 3:16.

    1.  Unique, one of a kind – monogenes, “only one of its kind, unique, single of its kind, only,” A&G; Thayer, 417.

       -Heb. 11:17:  Isaac exclusively child of promise (11:18) – So also, Jesus is exclusive in position, preeminence, authority (Col. 1:18)

    2.  Likewise, Jesus is unique:

      a.  God’s anointed (Christ, Messiah) - (Psa. 2:6-7).

         -Can we believe differently, or must there be agreement?

      b.  God and man, Col. 2:9 (Jno. 1:1, 14).  Agree to disagree?

  B.  Jesus is the Exclusive:   {Matt. 16:16}

    1.  Savior of men, Jno. 14:6; Acts 4:12Agree to disagree?

    2.  Sacrifice for sin, Heb. 10:12Agree to disagree?

    3.  Authority to follow, Matt. 28:18; Col. 3:17 Agree to disagree?

-2 Cor. 11:4:  There is not another Jesus(Only foundation, 1 Cor. 3:11)

 

II.  HIS TRUTH IS EXCLUSIVE, Jno. 14:6.

  A.  Jesus, by His Word Alone, Gives Men Spiritual Nourishment, Jno. 6:33, 35, 48-51, 56-57, 63, 67-68.

  B.  His Word Excludes the Words of Men in Spiritual Matters, Jno. 12:48; 1 Pet. 4:11 (Gal. 1:11-12; 1 Ths. 2:3-4, 13).

    1.  2 Cor. 11:4:  Hold against different gos­pel; Agree to disagree?

    2.  Gal. 1:6-9:  Different gospel condemns; Agree to disagree?

  C.  The Truth of the Gospel Excludes:

    1.  Sin & immorality, Jno. 17:17.  Agree to disagree?

    2.  Error/false doctrine, 2 Jno. 1-2, 4, 7-9 (1 Jno. 4:1, 6).  A to D?

    3.  Human wisdom/philosophy - Col. 2:8 (1 Cor. 1:22-23).  A to D?

    4.  Human traditions, Matt. 15:3-9Agree to disagree?

-1 Peter 4:11:  Speak as oracles of God!

 

How to be Saved / Become a Christian

(Hear, Believe, Confess, Repent, Be baptized)

Jno. 6:45; 8:24; Acts 2:38; Rom. 10:9-10; Mk. 16:16

 

III.  CHRIST’S CHURCH IS EXCLUSIVE, Matt. 16:18.

  A.  Entrance is Exclusive, Acts 2:37-38, 41, 47 (5:13-14).  A to D?

  B.  Its Head is Exclusive, Eph. 1:21-23 (5:23).  A to D?

  C.  Its Work is Exclusive (Jno. 18:36).  A to D?

  D.  Its Worship is Exclusive - Jno. 4:24 (“must”).  A to D?

  E.  Its Organization is Exclusive, Acts 14:23A to D?

      -No boards, councils, conferences; No denominations of the body, sponsoring churches…

-1 Tim. 3:15:  The churches of men are not the church of Christ!

 

IV.  HEAVEN IS EXCLUSIVE, Matt. 7:21 (14); (Lk. 13:23-24).

  A.  No Uncleanness / Defilement, Rev. 21:27 (only certain ones).

      -Sinners do not gain entrance!  Rev. 21:8; Gal. 5:21  A to D?

  B.  No Pain & Death, Rev. 21:4.

  C.  Only those Enrolled, Heb. 12:22-23 (Book of Life, Rev. 20:15).

    1.  The church of Christ, Eph. 5:23 (1:22-23).

    2.  “Just” (righteous) men, Heb. 12:23.

-Phil. 3:20:  Is your citizenship in heaven?

 

V.  FELLOWSHIP IS EXCLUSIVE, 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Jno. 9-11.

 -Eph. 5:11:  Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness!

 

Conclusion

1.  Christianity is exclusive because Christ, His truth, His church, heaven & our fellowship are exclusive.

2.  Without Christ, His truth & His church we will not be saved, we will not have fellowship with God now, & we will not have the reward of heaven that is promised to Christians!