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Tough Words?
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Big English words?
 “Floccinaucinihilipilification”
○ Meaning: do or make nothing, very little,
insignificant
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Big Bible Words?
 “Jonathelemrechokim” (Ps. 56:1, title,
KJV)
 “Mahershalalhashbaz” (Is. 8:1, KJV)
– one of the toughest words of all
 “NO”
is hard to say
 When everyone wants you to say “yes”
 When it looks good/pleasing to the eyes
 When it appears threatening to utter
Examples of Failure to Say “NO”

Adam & Eve (Gen. 3:6)
 Contrast Daniel (Dan. 1:8)

Young Prophet (1 Kings 13:15-19)
 Contrast 1 Kings 13:8

David (2 Sam. 11)
 Contrast Joseph Gen. 39:7-10
“NO”
Is a test of your character
 Requires a big person to say such a
small word properly
 Is required at times if we are going to
obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29)
 Is a barricade to keep the righteous from
traveling down the path of evil and doom
(Prov. 1:10-19)
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
“If” – “CORE MEANING: a conjunction
used to indicated the circumstances that
would have to exist in order for an event
to happen” (Encarta Dictionary)
“IF”
–one of the BIGGEST words
Is there a word that has
 Is there a word more

impact?
?
Impact of “IF” in Scripture

Are you strong?
 Pr 24:10, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy
strength is small.”

Are you lazy and hungry?
 2 Thess. 3:10, “. . . If anyone would not work,
neither should he eat”
Impact of “IF” in Scripture

Do you love father and mother more
than Christ?
 Luke 14:26, “If any man comes to me and
does not hate his father, and mother, and wife,
and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea,
and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple”

Do you love Christ?
 John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my
commandments.”
Impact of “IF” in Scripture

Do you want God’s goodness?
 Romans 11:22, “Behold therefore the
goodness and severity of God: on them which
fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if
thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou
also shalt be cut off.”
Impact of “IF” in Scripture

Do you want forgiveness?
 Matt. 6:14, “For if you forgive men their
trespasses, your heavenly Father will also
forgive you.”
 1 John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light as He is in
the light, we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses
us from all sin.
○ Non-Christians must first repent and be baptized
into the death of Christ (Rom. 6:3,4)
○ Christian must repent and confess sin (1 Jn. 1:9)
Impact of “IF” in Scripture

Do you want to be a new creature?
 2 Cor. 5:17, “Therefore, if any man is in
Christ, he is a new creature; old things are
passed away; behold, all things are become
new.”
○ Baptism is “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27)
Impact of “IF” in Scripture

Is your faith worthless?
 1 Cor. 15:17, “And if Christ be not risen, your
faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”

Do you want to avoid being destroyed
by God?
 “If any man defile the temple of God, him
shall God destroy. For the temple of God is
holy, which temple ye are” (1 Cor. 3:17)

2 Peter 1:5-7
Do you want to grow as a
Christian and secure
heaven?
Faith
Temperance
Patience
Virtue
Knowledge
Godliness
Charity
Love
Brotherly
kindness

2 Peter 1:8-11
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Knowledge
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Faith
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“For if these things be in you
and abound, they make you
that ye shall neither be
barren nor unfruitful in the
knowledge of our Lord Jesus
Christ” (v. 8)
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Brotherly
Kindness
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Patience
Virtue
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• Entrance
Into
Everlasting
Kingdom
NO & IF

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