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  • The Miracle at Midnight (Ex 12:29-36)

 

 

 

#1.       The First Memorial (Ex 12:21-28, Rom 6:14)

 

 

 

  • The Second Memorial (Ex 12:14-20, Lev 23:4-8)

 

 

 

  • Why Unleavened Bread? (Ex 12:34,39,17, Lev 7:11-13, Ex 20:2, Deut 5:6)

 

 

 

 

#2.       The Nature of Salvation (1Cor 2:2, Heb 11:1, Eph 1:13-14, Rom 8:16)

 

 

 

  • Not Our Work (John 6:47-50, Isa 42:8, Eph 2:8-9)

 

 

 

  • Making Sense (Deut 16:3, Lev 23:15-17, Phil 2:13, Lev 7:12-13)

 

 

 

 

#3.       Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees (Matt 16:6-7,11-12, Ex 12:19, 1Cor 5:6-8, Gal 5:9)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 12:29 (2X). What was the most significant event in the history of the nation of Israel? It was The Passover! The children of Israel had been slaves in the land of Egypt for several centuries. But on the evening that they ate the Passover Lamb, God performed a great miracle that delivered them from bondage.

·         What was that Miracle at Midnight?                 We read in Ex 12:29-36

Ex 12:29-33 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

What was so different between this last plague, the tenth plague, and all the nine previous plagues, which also brought death and great destruction?  The difference was that now the Holy Spirit of God moved Pharaoh to thrust out the children of Israel. They had to leave now. Suddenly they were no slaves anymore. They were forced to leave the land of Egypt, whether they wanted it or not. Just think of it: Here is a group of slaves who had been slaves for many generations. They always waited for orders, and now suddenly they were free and they had to make decisions for themselves. Life suddenly had become very complicated for them. We have seen the same phenomenon when the Iron Curtain fell and East Germany suddenly was united with West Germany. The East Germans lived under a socialist regime, with many free handouts, and where personal initiative was not appreciated. And this went on for a whole generation. But suddenly they had to adjust to a western lifestyle. Now they had to work for their daily bread. And this was the cause of many conflicts between the East and West Germans.

You know, that is the same way for us, when we were loosed from our bondage to sin and Satan. We were so used to obey sin and Satan, that now we do not know what to do. We know that we want to please God, but we do not know how. That is why God gave us passages in the Bible to show us HOW to live a life that is altogether God glorifying. We glorify God by remembering what He has done for us.

#1.       The First Memorial (Ex 12:21-28, Rom 6:14)

        We talked about the Passover preparations last week, and we have seen that this entire story of

Israel's deliverance from Egypt was a perfect picture of the miracle that God has performed for us, and in us, when He delivered us from bondage to sin and Satan. The Bible says that we all came into the world as sinners, in rebellion against God and totally enslaved to sin. In order to make us free so that we could be servants of God, God had to send His Son into the world, God the Son, who took on the body of the man Christ Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary, so that He was Son of God as well as Son of Man. That is how He could be our Savior, the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, who took our sins on His account and on our behalf paid the penalty that the Law of God required for all our sins. Look at how perfect the analogy was between Israel's deliverance and our deliverance:

#1. Israel could not escape their bondage; they were locked in. Likewise: We could not escape the clutches Satan and the pull of sin by our own strength. Since we were totally depraved we actually liked being subjects of Satan. #2. Why did God pour His favors only upon the children of Israel? They were the image of His chosen people, as He promised to Abraham, that in his Seed would all the nations of the earth be blessed. But the promised Seed of Abraham referred only to Christ and all those who are in Christ. They are the children of the promise, and not the children of the flesh. The physical children of Jacob were only a picture of His chosen people, and God works with them to show us to what extent God will go to rescue us out of our troubles. And thus, throughout time, the Israel of God, God's Elect are the ones whom He promised to save. #3. The Passover Lamb was only sacrificed for Israel, not for the Egyptians. Likewise Christ, the Lamb of God, was only sacrificed for the Israel of God, that is us, His people chosen by the Father from before the foundation of the world. #4. How did God make it possible that the nation of Israel could walk away out of Egypt? It was God's irresistible Grace, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, which moved the heart of Pharaoh to send Israel away with haste. (Remember, a few days later, when his own evil heart took hold of him again, he regretted that he did send Israel away, and he went after them.) But likewise, when God has delivered us out of the kingdom of Satan, God made it possible, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, that we can walk away from sin. To remind us of this God said in Rom 6:14, "For sin shall not have dominion over you". #5. Did they ever go back into Egypt? No!  Only at the end of Israel's existence after Jerusalem was destroyed, a remnant that was unsaved went back into Egypt. Likewise, would we ever go back into the world of sin and Satan? Not possible! God will prevent it, unless we never have been truly saved. And likewise, at the end of the Church's existence toward the end of time, there will be a great falling away since all those who will fall away are not saved, and most of the Church will become the kingdom of Satan, called Babylon. Last week we covered verses 1-14 from Ex 12. Today I would like us to focus on verses 14-20 in this chapter and what we see develop here is a Second Memorial.

·        The Second Memorial (Ex 12:14-20, Lev 23:4-8)

     What was the first memorial feast that they were to repeat year after year?  It was the Passover feast on the fourteenth day of the first month. We read in Ex 12:14-20,

Ex 12:14  And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

I have always thought that the Passover Feast and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were one and the same feast. But that is not so. Let us read these words carefully:

Ex 12:15-20  Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.

What was God's definition of the Feast of Unleavened Bread?  Verse 17: "For in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt". When did they walk out of Egypt?  It was on the fifteenth day of the first month, for it was one day after they killed and ate the Passover Lamb. How long did this feast last?  It lasted seven days, from the 15th day through the 21st day. How long did they eat unleavened bread? They ate it eight days, from the 14th day through the 21st day. Already on Passover day did they eat unleavened bread, as you can see from Verse 8.  That is why the days of unleavened bread were counted as eight days, whereas the Feast of Unleavened Bread lasted only seven days. But these were two separate feasts. Let us then read Verse 17 again carefully:

Ex 12:17  And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

It was a separate feast because it marked the day that they walked away as free persons out of Egypt. When did we walk away as free persons from the house of bondage to sin and Satan? It was in our lifetime when we were “born again.” The first memorial was the Feast of the Passover: It was a memorial to the Death of the Lamb, which means that it was a memorial to the crucifixion of Christ. But then He died, and we died with Him, reflecting that we died to the Law as He died to the Law when He fulfilled it. But when did we die to the Law? We died to the law when God the Holy Spirit made us “born again”, or “born from above”, for we came into the world as dirty rotten sinners who committed every sin violating the law, for sin is a transgression of the law.  And then He was buried, and we were buried with Him, which shows us that we were all the while in God the Son, from before the foundation of the world. For the soul of Christ went to heaven when He said, “Father, into Thy hand I commend My Spirit”, but His body was still united with God the Son, and we were in Him. Then on the third day He rose from the grave, and we rose with Him, and walked away from the grave with Him. The earthly grave could not hold Him, and likewise the earthly bondage to the law could not hold us, for we have died to the law. Look at how this fits the second memorial. The second memorial was the Feast of Unleavened Bread: It was a memorial to Israel walking out of Egypt, pointing to the moment in time that we became saved and started to walk away from sin and the world. God says it again more definitely in Lev 23:4-8,

Lev 23:4-8 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

Therefore, the Feast of Unleavened Bread was definitely a separate feast. Also in the typology it is a different day. The Lord Jesus Christ died for us on Friday, April 3, in the year 33 AD. But when I became saved and was given a regenerated soul, that day was sometime in the 20th Century. And so, the Passover feast corresponds with the cross of Christ, when He actually paid the price for all my sins, and the feast of Unleavened Bread corresponds with the day I was “born from above”, which was when the payment of Christ was applied to my soul, and Christ came to live in my soul.

·        But Why Was It Called Unleavened Bread? (Ex 12:34,39,17, Lev 7:11-13, Ex 20:2, Deut 5:6)

 What is leaven? Leaven is yeast. It is dough in a high state of fermentation. For a long time I was taught, and I believed that leaven was a picture of evil and sin. Did God command the children of Israel to stop sinning for seven days? Common now, be real. In our bodies we are still drawn to sin. Yet, in all the commentaries you will find that leaven stands for evil, sin, wickedness, corruption. But when I consult the Bible, especially Ex 12, I don't find that to be true. For example, God says in Ex 12:34,

Ex 12:34  And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.

In other words, they had to leave Egypt before they had the chance to leaven their dough. Ex 12:39,

Ex 12:39  And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.

God explicitly stated the reason why they were eating unleavened cakes: "for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry". In other words, they had to leave Egypt in haste before they had the chance to leaven their dough. No other reason is given here in Ex 12 for eating unleavened bread, other than that God commanded it. There is not a hint of evil or sin. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Leviticus, Lev 7:11 (2X). When I look at the peace offering which is offered simultaneously with a thanksgiving sacrifice in Lev 7:11-13, I read that leavened bread is offered. That would be a strange offering if leaven meant sin, or evil, or corruption. We read in Lev 7:11-13,

Lev 7:11-13 And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD. If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried. Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.

But we may not offer anything to God that is deliberately tainted with sin. Another example is that during the annual celebration of the Feast of Weeks, which we call the Feast of Pentecost, again leavened bread is offered. You find this feast listed in Lev 23. Moreover, in all the verses where the shewbread is described, there is no indication anywhere that this was supposed to be unleavened bread. Actually the shewbread is mentioned in addition to unleavened cakes, as if the shewbread is of a different kind of bread. Therefore, the idea that leaven symbolizes evil or corruption holds no water. But what then could the leaven be representing? Wake up people!  Let us read Ex 12:17 again carefully:

Ex 12:17  And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

It is called "The Feast of Unleavened Bread" because: in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. It is not because you had to leave in haste, but because in this selfsame day "I have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage". (2X)

            And now we remember that this is how the Decalogue starts in Ex 20 and in Deut 5. We read in Ex 20:2, “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” And we read in Deut 5:6, “I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” What is the meaning of these words, “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage?” It means, “In this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” In this selfsame day I have delivered you from the clutches of Satan. It is for this reason that I want you to remember this day by observing the feast of Unleavened Bread. Who has done all the work of delivering us? God did! It is called "The Feast of Unleavened Bread" because the sign has something to do with our salvation out of the house of bondage. Therefore, let us now consider the nature of our salvation:

#2.       The Nature of Salvation (1Cor 2:2, Heb 11:1, Eph 1:13-14, Rom 8:16)

 What was the nature of the deliverance of the children of Israel out of Egypt? Very simple: It was God's good pleasure!  God orchestrated their bondage in Egypt, and God orchestrated their deliverance by the hand of Moses, but it was God who was doing it all along. God sovereignly controlled all the circumstances. Like God said in Ex 20:2 and in Deut 5:6, God walked them out of there.  None of the children of Israel was getting any credit for it, not even Moses. God did it all. They could do no work toward their deliverance. And is that not the nature of true Salvation? Christ did it all, through His work on the cross of Calvary. Through the pen of the apostle Paul, God wrote in 1Cor 2:2,

1Co 2:2,  “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”

This is the central theme of the whole Bible, “Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” It was on the cross of Christ that the Son of God redeemed His elect out of the house of bondage, and that His payment guaranteed that all our sins would be forgiven us at the time that God the Holy Spirit applied this payment to our soul. And how do we know this? We know this through the faith that God has given us, for it is through this faith that we can communicate with God. God says in Heb 11:1,

Heb 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

 The things hoped for and the things not seen are the things concerning salvation now and the glory later. But faith gives us the substance, or the confidence, that all these things we hoped for are true. And faith gives us the substance, or the solid evidence, that we indeed have been saved. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 1:13 (2X). God tells us of the same confidence and solid evidence we can have when we receive this faith. Here in Eph 1:12-14 God speaks of the conversion of the Ephesian Gentiles to the Gospel of Christ. We read in Eph 1:13-14 (2X),

Eph 1:13-14  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

After we heard the word of truth, and after we believed, referring to the moment of our being “born from above”, we were washed from our sins and we were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. What did we believe? We believed the whole Bible, for the Holy Spirit of promise gave us that faith. “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”, Rom 8:16, which means that the Holy Spirit did not give us just any arbitrary faith, but He have us a faith that bears witness that we are truly in full agreement with everything that God revealed to us in the Bible. It gave us the confidence that we truly are the children of God, the children of the promise. And so, what is the nature of our salvation? The nature of our salvation is that it is a FREE gift of God.

·        It Is Not Our Work (John 6:47-50, Isa 42:8, Eph 2:8-9)

 What does the leaven do in the dough? Leaven does a work in the dough. Leaven makes the dough rise, creates pockets of hot air and imparts a certain taste to the dough, a taste that was not there before. Leaven represents work being done in order to accomplish something (2X) What does the leaven accomplish? Remember that the feast of Unleavened Bread was part of the Ceremonial Law. From the N.T. we learn that all things in the Ceremonial Law were signs and shadows of the substance,

which is Christ, or the Gospel of Christ. The bread represents Christ: We read in John 6:47-50

John 6:47-50  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

Since leavening the dough represents a work being done by us, the unleavened bread represents salvation by Christ without any contribution on our part. The Feast of Unleavened Bread was given this name because it was a memorial to the day that we were delivered from the house of bondage entirely by Christ, without any work on our part. At the Passover they ate unleavened bread for the same reason. All our sins were paid by the blood of the Lamb without blemish, which represents Christ. No work may be done by us on the Bread of Life. Again and again do we read in the Bible: Unleavened Bread, Eat no leavened bread, No leaven shall be found in your houses, Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven, It shall be unleavened. These words are found more than 90 times in the Bible. Why is God making such a big deal of unleavened bread? Because it is the nature of the Gospel of Christ! It is a big deal, for we do not contribute anything to our salvation. God did all the work. All the Persons in the Triune Godhead were involved in our salvation, and God wants all the credit for it. God says in Isa 42:8, “my glory will I not give to another.” Please drop down to Eph 2:8-9 (2X),

Eph 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.     (Not of works! The whole Bible screams: Not of works!)

But now everything harmonizes. Now we can look at each verse and it fits the interpretation. Now we are making sense out of the more than 70 verses dealing with "Leaven".

·        Making Sense (Deut 16:3, Lev 23:15-17, Phil 2:13, Lev 7:12-13)

For example, the Feast of Unleavened Bread was again commanded in Deut 16:3, where we read,

Deut 16:3  Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.

Here the unleavened bread is called "the bread of affliction". Who suffered the affliction? Did the children of Israel have to eat unleavened bread all the days that they were in Egypt?  No, not at all. They were quite accustomed to leaven in their bread. It was only on the day of Passover and on the following days that they ate unleavened bread, because they had to leave Egypt in haste. It was no great affliction of any kind to eat unleavened bread. But who suffered the affliction? It was the Lamb without Blemish that suffered the affliction. And 1500 years later, the Lord Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God suffered the affliction of carrying the burden of our sins on His account, and suffered the affliction of paying on behalf of our sins on the cross the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. That was affliction in its most severe form. Christ did all the work. We did nothing. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Leviticus, Lev 23:15 (2X). This chapter in the Bible, Lev 23, lists all the feast days of the ceremonial law in a systematic way. In this chapter we can see that the Sabbath was part of the ceremonial law. This chapter tells us that the feast of Firstfruits was Easter, and that the feast of Harvest (the first harvest) is the feast of Pentecost. What about the leavened bread at Pentecost? We read in Lev 23:15-17,

Lev 23:15-17 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

Remember what Pentecost was in 33 AD? It was the day of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to indicate that the Gospel was to spread to the uttermost parts of the earth. And who was doing the work? God the Holy Spirit was doing the work, but God chose to use people as His instruments to carry out that work of bringing the Gospel. Not that we, the followers of Christ, would get any credit for it, but God decided to use us as His instruments. For it is God working in us and through us. We read in Phil 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Therefore, we are active participants by offering our bodies as living sacrifices unto God. That is why in Lev 23:17 the offerings are baken with leaven, for all our actions are tainted with sin. And for the same reason the sacrifice of thanksgiving in Lev 7:12-13 are offerings with leavened bread, for they again indicate the way we express our sacrifice of thanksgiving: by offering our lives to be the instruments through whom God is working to reach others with the Gospel. On the other hand, the unleavened cakes which are offered simultaneously in this offering refer to the work of Christ in mediating peace between God and us, a work that He accomplished on the cross and which is given to us free of charge. Please turn now to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 16:6 (2X). Now we want to look at:

#3.       Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees (Matt 16:6-7,11-12, Ex 12:19, 1Cor 5:6-8, Gal 5:9)

Jesus and His disciples entered a boat and when they came to the other side the disciples saw that they had forgotten to take bread. Then the Lord Jesus instructed His disciples in Matt 16:6-7,

Matt 16:6-7 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.

The disciples associated leaven with bread and no leaven with unleavened bread. But Jesus said:

Matt 16:11-12  How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Now Jesus told them plainly that the leaven of bread does not represent evil, or sin, but that it represented the doctrine of the Pharisees. Then they understood that leaven represents the false doctrine that we must work for our salvation, for this was exactly the false doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. The Pharisees and Sadducees believed that they were entitled to go to Heaven because they kept the ceremonial law. This warning was not in vain. Many years later the Apostle Paul was intensely persecuted by people who are called Judaizers, who zealously kept the ceremonial law, and were willing even to kill the Apostle Paul, just so that the ceremonial law would be maintained. These were Jews who had converted to Christianity, but who had forgotten that Jesus warned them against the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. They claimed to be Christians, but they never abandoned their Jewish religion. They wanted both Christ and Moses, and that cannot be done. Here in we can see, that the Sword of the Spirit cuts both ways. The feast of Unleavened Bread not only indicated that salvation is a totally FREE gift, where God does 100% of the work and we do nothing, but the reverse is also true: If we believe that we can do something for our salvation, then our faith is vain, for it is not grounded upon the word of God, and it is not grounded upon Christ alone. God says in Ex 12

Ex 12:19  Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.

The Bible does not record anywhere that someone has been stoned to death for eating leavened bread, although someone may actually have eaten leavened bread illegally, just to test God. That may have occurred. But God's warning in Ex 12:19 was the same warning that Jesus had concerning the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees: Watch out that you do not believe that your work makes a contribution to your salvation, or that your actions may have contributed tto your walking out of Egypt. For if you believe that, you shall be cut off from the Israel of God: You are still in your sins! 

       Today there are many gospels in existence that require some kind of action on our part:

1.    Indeed God does all the saving, but you have to believe the Gospel; you must accept Christ in faith.

2.    Christ did all the propitiation, but now you must by faith do the appropriation (take possession of it).

3.    A Savior provided is not sufficient; He also must be received; you must have faith in His blood.

Watch out! It may sound very attractive and it may sound very wise and sophisticated, but all these are signs that you are speaking to a person who holds to another gospel, and thus he also has another god, but it is not the God of the Bible. Please turn to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 5:6 (2X). The Apostle Paul was always fighting those same battles. He was always fighting battles to keep the purity of the Gospel of Grace. Let us apply what we have learned to the content of 1Cor 5. The Cor Church was a church that was very tolerant of many sinful practices. God says to them in 1Cor 5:6,

1Cor 5:6  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Do you not know that if you tolerate a little false doctrine here or there, the whole church will become apostate? Therefore, purge out the little leaven, or the old leaven. And thus we read in 1Cor 5:7,

1Cor 5:7 ¶ 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:      (How is purging old leaven related to the Passover?)

He says, “Purge out therefore the old ceremonial law, which is all work. You are now a new creation, accepted by grace, not of works, because Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. And now 1Cor 5:8,

1Cor 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness (false gospels); but with the unleavened (bread) of sincerity and truth (the pure Gospel.)

Therefore, let us keep the first and second memorial of our salvation not mixed with old practices of the ceremonial law, neither with a doctrine of malice and wickedness, but with the FREE GIFT of purity and truth; the truth that is in Christ, totally by grace and not of works.

AMEN.                       Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.