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In Luke, the 20th chapter and the 27th through the 38th verses, we have a familiar portion of Scripture here; but we want to consider it again. We trust that the Lord will give us food for our soul and enlightenment for the heart and mind from His Word. Beginning with verse 27, we read, “Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him, (28) Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man’s brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother, (29) There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children. (30) And the second took her to wife, and he died childless. (31) And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no children, and died. (32) Last of all the woman died also. (33) Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? For seven had her to wife. (34) And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: (35) But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage: (36) Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. (37) Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. (38) For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.”

Those verses are packed with truths, definite truths, that need to be considered in this day and time in which we are living. As bad as I hate to say it, in almost every verse down through there, many religious teachers have gotten some kind of questionable teaching going regarding them. Every one of us, I’m sure, realize that when the Master opened His mouth and began to speak, He spoke words of truth, deep truths that had an everlasting meaning. Thank God, that when we possess the Holy Spirit, we are able to lay hold of truth that will guide us right through the most trying and most troublesome times. Oh, how many hearts are confused and some even fret and fear about some conditions that might exist out ahead of us in the thought of God’s plan for mankind. But brother and sister, we are glad that we can come right back to the truth and nail some things down in a definite manner and let our hearts be at peace about what lies in store for us. In verses 34 and 35, I invite you to look with me for just a little bit. “The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: (35) But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage.”

I’d like to say, first of all, that the Gospel just comes out “flatfooted” and talks about three worlds. Let me tell you, you talk about something profound, deep, or broad, there’s nothing any greater than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We get all worked up sometimes and say we want to hear the news. We don’t want to hear from a “small timer” in some little old town that knows only what’s going on down the street. We want to hear international news. Well, I’m hoping to give you interworld news, and it’s taken from the only place you can read about it. In a day when men are looking down their noses and thinking that the Gospel should be put out of the country, they scratch their heads and look back and say, “Why do people want to go hear the Gospel?” I tell you, it’s the only Book wherein you can hear anything about interworld news. Man is certainly limited in this day in which we are living, in talking about this world; but the Bible just plainly and freely talks about three worlds and what goes on in each of them. I’m thankful for that. Someone says, “Brother Wilson, Why in the world does that help you any?” Brother, let me tell you, I like to study about what happened in the old world, and I like to study about what’s happening in this world, and then, I like to know something about that world, which is to come. I’m glad that God and His Word can give us enough understanding, not everything of course, because we couldn’t comprehend it, or we couldn’t hold on to it. However, He gives us enough, thank God, that we can understand some things.

I make mention of three worlds. There are too many people who do not know that the Bible talks about three worlds. In 2 Peter, the 3rd chapter, and the 3rd verse beginning, He said, “knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, (4) And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (5) For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: (6) Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.”

Now, there he talked about the world that then was, the Antediluvian world. In other places the Bible calls it the old world. The world that God saw had been so ruined by sin that He saw best to take it away with a flood, sparing seven people besides Noah. My heart always gets stirred when I read in Matthew’s Gospel where, even though they had no other preacher to preach righteousness and to declare unto them, yet Jesus said, “They knew not when the flood came and took them all away.” Think about how many kinds of people there were living then. There were educated people living then, but the flood came and took them all away---mothers with children, families…the flood came and took them all away. The then-known world perished. There is one world. We read in the text, Luke 20:34: “The children of this world marry. (35) But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world…” The Word sets three worlds in order before us and gives us some interworld understanding. Whether we realize it or not, we are in the end of this world. God set the bounds of the habitation of this world. Beginning on the Day of Pentecost, the Scripture talks about being in the end of the world. Hebrews 9:26 says Christ, once in the end of the world, offered Himself as a sacrifice for sin. His very crucifixion was ordered in the last dispensation of time, the Holy Ghost dispensation. First Corinthians 10:10-11 says those things that happened back there happened for our admonition on whom the ends of the world is come. We have been living in the end of the world since A. D. 33. Christ in His lesson speaks of this world, and the world that is to come.

In Matthew, the 22nd chapter, Jesus likened the kingdom to a marriage supper. When He finished this lesson, the Pharisees took council to entangle Him. (18) “But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? And they left Him, and they went their way. As soon as He got rid of the Pharisees, the Sadducees came. They didn’t believe in the resurrection. Jesus laid straight truth to them, by telling them that there was another world after the resurrection of the body. He let them know also that they had no part in it. It was for people who were accounted worthy. God ordained a way where every man and woman can be worthy to obtain that new world through the ceaseless ages. These Pharisees and Sadducees were bound with the pleasures of the earth. They said, “If there is going to be another world after the resurrection, who’s going to get that woman?” In Matthew 22:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, not the power of God.” These are two of the things that are causing confusion over the land in the ranks of religion. We are living in a time when people are being turned to forms of godliness, but denying the real power of God.

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