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THE APPOINTMENTS OF GOD
By Pastor Denzil Vaughn

THE APPOINTMENTS OF GOD CONCERING MEN

Read Hebrews 9:11-28 text Hebrews 9:27,28

A: Introduction

        Have you ever wondered about your future? What about the next 1yr, 5yrs, 10yrs, death and what happens to you in eternity?

        Is God interested in my future and is there anything He can or will do about it?

        I know that God is interested in your future and has done something about it because of the His appointments concerning you.

        The appointments of God are prior arrangements or eternal decrees, which He executes at the appointed time.

        The appointments of God are far superior to presidential appointments. Letís examine these appointments.

B: The Appointment of Manís Physical Death

        God decreed that man must die once, or, at least, undergo a change equivalent to death. Genesis 2:17, 3:19

        Death is universal because sin is universal. Romans 5:12

        Death is something that can be done only once, and therefore you should endeavor to die well. Revelation 14:13

        Death is matter of comfort to the godly, that they shall die well; but it is matter of terror to the wicked, who dies in their sins. Revelation 14:10,11

        Godís appointment of death cannot be avoided despite your ignorance or negligence. Luke 12:20

C: The Appointment of Manís Judgment

        God has appointed that after men die they shall come to judgment, to a particular judgment immediately after death and then to general judgment.

        Your soul returns to God, as Judge, who determines its eternal state; and God brings men to the general judgment, at the end of the world. Acts 17:31

        Those of you that remain unbelievers will be condemned. Psalms 1:5

        Believe on Jesus and escape the general judgment at the end of the world. John 5:24, Romans 3:26

        This is the unalterable decree of God concerning men-- they must die, and they must be judged.

        Judgment is appointed for men, and you must believe it and seriously consider this fact.

D: The Appointment of Christ As Manís Sin Bearer

        The appointment of God concerning Christ bears some resemblance to the appointment of death. Jesus must be once offered, to bear the sins of many.

        He was not offered for any sin of his own; he was wounded for our transgressions. Isaiah 53:5

        God laid on him the iniquity of all his people; and these are many, though not so many as the rest of mankind. Isaiah 53:6,11

        Jesus had no sin of his own, yet he stood charged with the sins of many; he was the Lamb of God that bore upon him the sins of the world. John 1:29

        Repent, cast your sins on Jesus, by faith, and ask Him to bear them away and make you pure and holy.

E: The Appointment of Christís Return

        God has appointed that Christ shall appear the second time without sin. Acts 1:10,11

        Jesusí second appearance will be without any charge upon Him, because He fully discharged it the first time.

        Jesusí second appearance will be glorious. 1 Thessalonians 4:16

        Jesus is coming again, are you eagerly looking for Him?

F: The Appointment of Salvation

        God has appointed many to salvation, Christ is their sin bearer and they look for Him. 1Thessalonians 5:9

        It is the distinguishing character of true believers that they are looking for Christís return.

        Why do I have to look for Jesus in order to be saved? Was I not saved when I believed in Jesus?

        Our salvation is an ongoing demonstration of Godís grace. (Past-Penalty, Present-Power, Future-Presence). Eph. 2:8, 1Cor. 1:18, text, 1 Thess. 4:17

        God will then perfect our holiness, happiness; our number shall then be accomplished, and our salvation completed. Colossians 3:4

        When the roll is called up yonder do you want to be there?

G: Conclusion

        The appointments of God cannot be cancelled, postponed, voided nor evaded. They are sealed will be executed. 

        The appointments of God, death, judgment, Christ and salvation, are for our good, embrace them.

        You, who are not saved, ask God through Christ to bear your sins away so that you may be saved.

        You, who are saved, persuade men to flee the judgment to come because you know the terror of the Lord.


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