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Justification and The Third Angel's Message

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • March 7, 2009
    10:00 AM
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him as some of you know my wife I do well will be leaving Loma Linda probably in a few moments and on society think about it that the Lord has called us to do mission service we will be going to Trinidad and I will be serving as a neurologist at the address hospital in Port-of-Spain Trinidad and I will finish my training here a moment at the end of June it's hard to believe that that will be the end of nine years here in this thousands like I just came here and before long I been here longer than a lot of my friends that time goes by fast that with the father will be leaving soon understood human being like anyone else I do want to share though the few remaining times I will be at front here things that are dear to my heart that I believe are important for each one of us as Seventh-day Adventist living at this time in Earth 's history before we start methods of Bauer heads for worker father in heaven we thank you for this day we thank you for this special Sabbath we can come together and we pray that your spirit which come into this room right now that you would speak through me and that we would be open to the message for this morning I pray this in Jesus name amen how many of you believe we are living in momentous and often times we are so forever etched to live at this time in Earth 's history and it is March seven two thousand nine today and it has never done this late before in earth history we really you need to be a way to what is happening in our world how many of you can't engender the news I mean when I've never seen anything like this in my lifetime and it's a reminder to us that if there was ever it's fine that we needed to have a close walk with the Lord now is that time is she will lay in Earth 's history to be walking on the fence trying to have it both ways with God and if we ever needed to have an experience of righteousness by faith right now this is the time and right now God is looking down with love and pity upon us his people and he wants to come and take us but in his love he will only take home a group of people when they are ready to need so we can be thankful that he has the latest from this long but yet we want to see him come soon enough yeah I have to say I'm speaking myself to writing so many of us are trying to have things both ways we like to come here on Sabbath here get messages that point of the second coming of Christ and then we go hardly think about Jesus second coming the rest of the week and if or not thinking about the second coming during the week what makes us think will be ready for a week that should be that you arriving motivation that motivates us every day of our life is Jesus coming in the clouds of heaven because if he is truly our best and dearest friends we want to see him sooner rather than later we would be thrilled if he came before we got her M.D. Professor residency or finish whatever whatever whatever other education a programmer career plans that we have because he's her best friend in fact we we would be thrilled if he can before we got married because we are more in love with Christ and it was anybody else here on the Sears that is what it means to be looking forward for Jesus to come and my burden for us as a people is less not just be series of the word only we hear a lot of good messages from week to week the Army living in our life and I want to read a quote from testimonies volume nine page nineteen no swelling wife says in a special sense seven VAT must have been set in the world is watchmen on light bearers Suzanne has been entrusted the last warning for recursion world on them is shining wonderful wife in the word of God they have been given a work of the most solemn import the proclamation of the first second and the third Angels messages a month there is no other work of so great importance they are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention did you hear that nothing else in this life should absorb our attention besides the proclamation of the three angels message and an interesting correlation to the three Angels messages and review and Herald April one eighteen ninety Ellen White says several have written to me inquiring of the message of justification by faith is the third Angels message and I have answered it is the third Angels message and very know let's think about this here if the three Angels messages are the messages that we should give everything in our wife for that nothing else shouldn't absorb our extension and if the message of justification by faith is the third Angels message and verity that means that we should allow nothing else to absorb her ascension besides the message of justification by faith that makes sense him to the message of justification by faith is at the hot heart of righteousness by faith and also at the heart of the third Angels message is what we are going to look at today is what is the connection between justification by faith and the third Angels message and when we see that connection are we allowing that to be the driving force in our lives in preparation for the second coming of Christ a lot of times we like to preach about the nearness of Christ coming but the message of Christ and his righteousness the message of justification by faith is not as closely connected to that message as it should be now one other point that I wanted me when we preach the third Angels message the third Angels message is so powerful that it doesn't need any help to give extra force and Helen WiMAX this point in page seventy five early writings she says the Lord has shown me that the message of the syringe of Moscow and be proclaimed to the scattered children of the Lord but it must not be hung on time I saw the summer during the false excitement arising from preaching time of the third Angels message is stronger than time can be I saw that this message can stand on its own foundation and needs not time to strengthen and that will go in my power and do its work and will because short in righteousness CC what Ellen White is saying here what she sang as the third Angels message doesn't need things like the Sunday laws can come by September of this year see you better be ready what she's saying is the third Angels message which is justification by faith is so powerful what do the work of bringing the second coming of Christ so what we want to look at today is what is the power of the third Angels message and gives justification by faith is part of that what is justification by faith but that one of her Bibles and Sharon few Romans chapter four starting in verse five and I invite you to join us for our room and study everyone tonight were going through the whole book these are just some snapshot versus Romans chapter four starting in verse five but to him that work is not built but believe upon him that justifies the ungodly his faith is counted for righteousness or six even as David also describes the blessedness of the man under whom God imputed righteousness without work saying Blessed are they choosing equities are forgiven and whose sins are covered blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin notice what use he in these passages we see that righteousness is challenged to us that our sins are forgiven and covered that's good news England when we have justification our sins are covered and forget that's a very good thing because the Bible also teaches in Romans three twenty three all have sinned and come short of the glory of God so we need justification if we don't have justification we are not saved so justification is to be counted righteous and to have forgiveness of sin and in Romans for verse three and Romans for verse twenty two we also see the same concept Abraham believed God it was counted to him for righteousness verse twenty two was imputed to him for righteousness so synonyms for being justified needs to be counted righteous to be unit has righteous order have righteousness but in our account the righteousness of Christ now is justification merely a judicial act that covers us from our record of sin let's read Titus chapter three verses five through seven five chapter three verses five through seven not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to his mercy he saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the holy guys which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior that being justified by his grace we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life and noticed the work that takes place with justification here starting in verse five chapter three verses not according to our own works according to his mercy but notices notice the words that are used washing of regeneration and renewing of the holy cats this describes regeneration and renewal which describes an inward it that is associated with justification now notice this and thought Boston page one fourteen Helen Y gives us an even clearer picture of justification she says God 's forgiveness which by the way forgiveness is justification God 's forgiveness is not merely a judicial act by which he sets us free from condemnation it is not only forgiveness for sin but reclaiming from sin it is the outflow of redeeming love that transforms the heart so there is were transformed David have the true concepts and consumption of forgiveness twenty said Karina me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me so with the idea of forgiveness and justification concept comes the concept of transformation and having a create a clean heart created in and in volume six the Bible commentary page ten ninety eight own voices by receiving his imputed righteousness to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit we become like him out of this imputed righteousness transforming power the Holy Spirit are connected and then first selected messages page three ninety four in ourselves we are sinners but in Christ we are righteous having made us righteous through the imputed righteousness of Christ God pronounces us adjust entries this is just therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God turned Lord Jesus Christ as well Mike does about the imputed righteousness of Christ Jesus having made us righteous but the key point we are not just geeks layered righteous we are also made righteous when we are justified now what were going to do you in the remainder of our time is to show from them by how it is that being justified makes us righteous now you'll notice Ellen White quoted from Romans chapter five verse one which says it is therefore being justified by faith with Keith with God through our Lord Jesus Christ so what that tells us about the book of Romans is the first four chapters show us how to be justified by faith so we should study the first fortune and you know what justification has yet to chapter five verse one and therefore being justified by faith that means everything before that shows you what justification is and the rest of chapter five shows of that even though Adam had an effect on all men Christ says in effect that even greater and then you get to Romans chapter six and starting in verses one and two notice what Paul says what shall we save shall we continue in sin that grace may abound God for good how shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein as for Paul saying here if were dead to sin how shall he live any longer sent and what Paul has fruit thus far in the book of Romans is what it means to be justified now the question is when we are dead to sin does that mean we are justified and if you go down just a few verses to verse seven of Romans chapter six notice what Paul says in Romans chapter six verse seven first he that is dead is freed from sin because now you can in my Bible which happens to be the King James version is a marginal reading for the phrase freed from sin to have a King James version take a look at it what's the marginal reading for free from sin is justified the word is justified so if you read it that way verse seven says to see that his dad to justify so when Paul says how shall we very had to fan live any longer therein and a few verses later he says he got his daddy is justified what he's saying is if you're justified you don't keep sending you our dad to sin and if you go back one verse to verse six of chapter six there is a similar concept here we see a relationship of being justified in being the descendent of verse six metaphor Paul says knowing this that our old man is crucified with Christ that the body of sin might be destroyed that henceforth we should not serve sin now is there one word in verse six that is a cinnamon to your word in verse seven in verse seven we have you noticed that is free from synergy that is that is justified is there one word in verse six that sounds very similar to the word crucified if you're crucified you're going to die as we see happen to Jesus so notices what Paul is saying when we are crucified the body of sin is destroyed and when we are crucified we become dead to sin now that raises an interesting question is there then a relationship between being justified and being crucified let's look at some other Bible passages here Galatians chapter two Galatians chapter two starting in verse sixteen and this is the screw the process of justification starting in verse sixteen knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by the faith of Jesus Christ even we have believed in Jesus Christ notices that we might be justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the law for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified since what's nice a little diagram on the board here so in Galatians chapter shoe verse sixteen how are we justified by the faith of Jesus Christ and so that's why some members and then in verse seven seems Paul says that if while we seek to be justified by Christ we ourselves are also are found centers is therefore Christ the minister of sendoff for bed metaphor Paul sang their if you are touched if you think your justify but you keep sending you think Christ this can continue to justify not he is not the minister of sin God for bid now in verses twenty we see a similar concept come back here's the word crucified and we know this verse Galatians two twenty I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live yet not I but Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the flash I will live by the faith of the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me now let's make without her diagram here serve in Galatians 's huge quantity I am crucified with Christ that's similar to Romans chapter six verse six what happens one crucified with Christ Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh how I live it by the faith of the son of God 's I live by the faith of Jesus Christ is the son of God amen so yes I'm justified by the faith of Jesus Christ and if I'm crucified by the faith of Jesus Christ that says to me that to be justified is to be crucified because it's ANB have the same mechanism a must equal be simple logic I'm justified by the faith of Jesus Christ when I'm crucified I live by the face of Jesus Christ now to make this point clear think about it this way when I am crucified with Christ I no longer live but Christ lives in me so when I exercise faith who is it that's exercising faith in my crucified life Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ is living in me so I'm crucified I am dead and when I exercise faith it's the living Christ his faith that lives through me so when I am crucified I will by the faith of Jesus when I am justified I live by the faith Jesus which suggests in order to be justified Christ must be enough to live in me so you know what that means you cannot be justified by having the righteousness of Christ is simply outside of the in order to be justified Christ must live in the because to be crucified Christ lives in you and you will by the faith of Jesus when you're justified you live by the faith of Jesus if you're justified and crucified nearby by the faith of Jesus both ways and if when you're crucified Christ was the need them in your justified price Muslim and he does that make sense so that is a powerful concept and when you see it that way justification by faith makes a lot more sense and we'll talk a little bit about Christ being crucified did Jesus want to be crucified in Gethsemane what he said father to be possible let this cup pass from me yet not my will but thine be done and when Christ was on the cross we are told that she could not see through the portals of the team and only by faith could he go through without sacrifice soon to be crucified means that your human nature doesn't get its way pricing the nature didn't get his way when it came to the cross and when you live by the faith of Jesus Christ hey if Jesus can see through the portals of the team why should we think that we can know the beginning to the end of our life on and then if we can we don't exercise faith Jesus I think even if we can't see the beginning to the end we live by faith as well so Ellen why ask for the slot in first selected messages page three sixty six but while God can be just and yet justify the center through the merits of Christ no man can cover his soul with the garments of Christ's righteousness wall practicing known sins are neglecting the duties and to hear the third to say I can be covered with the righteousness of Christ and continue to send and knowingly sent goes directly against the teaching of the Bible and Ellen White's writings and then she says God requires the entire surrender of the heart before justification can take place and what is surrendered sound like entire surrender that sounds like being crucified one hundred percent submission to the will of God God requires the entire surrender the heart before justification can take place an order for man to retain justification there must be continual obedience through active living faith that works by love and purifies the soul now also a brief story we don't have a lot of time you're bit impractical why we are faced with decisions every day as to whether or not we will surrender all to God if we will be crucified with Christ and a few months ago shalom I have the privilege of going to Maine with her tenors parents are from we were invited to speak at the church there and we got to the airport on Thursday not really take an overnight flight to the East Coast and found out that there was bad weather in Phoenix which delayed the planes coming in Ontario therefore we missed her flight to Las Vegas which was limited to Philadelphia from the Boston so I got to the ticket counter and unlike Academy to get the boss to my tomorrow and they said well we can get you there by five thirty in the evening because the three hour time change make it really hard in the East Coast in a given time and so very quickly I realize that the plans for a Friday night message and she wants out of quickly going to be threatened and my human nature rose up within me and said this is read to kill us how in the world could phoenix of all places be getting to be having bad weather that could prevent us in August of all times to get some East Coast what in the world I was very angry and on June twelfth like Norman home now and I had a decision to make what I surrender the trip to the Lord or would I how about the change in plans I made a decision to give the trip to the warden if he wanted the trip to happen it would happen much out there was also a special trip as it was in the earth celebrating our first anniversary and all that so we get should we decide that it would be better to get from Ontario to Las Vegas so that we can at least make some forward progress of Ontario doesn't really get too far most of the time police of US Airways and so we get to Las Vegas and one phonetic I was that not only was there a direct flight from Las Vegas to Philadelphia there is also direct flight from Las Vegas to Boston and we landed in Marseille is like shooting a half hours away and all of the flights should've left by the why and we checked the monitors and sure enough the fly to Philadelphia and left so we administer connection however the flight to Boston was still sitting in the tarmac and we ran down there and they were just about to close the gate and had two C+ on the client and we got on my flight and we made it Boston earlier than we would have otherwise because it was a direct flight and we got to the meeting and the Lord really blessed now doesn't always work out that way sometimes we must not fly to Boston and we have a choice to make our unity crucified with Christ or are we can elect the old man of sin rise up and be grumpy and angry and mean and irritable and the worst person in the world be around the truth of the matter is that we as God 's people should be the nicest people in the world to be around all the time even in trying circumstances Jesus Christ was and if we are crucified with Christ and Christ lives in we should be the nicest people in the world and the question then is what then does being justified by faith have to do with the third Angels message how is it the third Angels message and Verity we just have a few minutes left on the point out just a few verses in the book of the the chapter key we have a very famous passage in verses three and four and is so famous that Paul quotes in Romans chapter one seventeen he also quotes the innkeeper chapter ten and the phrase is the just shall live by faith okay now it stands to reason that if your jobs and if you're living by faith you must be experiencing justification my faith makes sense if the job was by faith they must be justified by faith you cannot be just without being justified and in Habakkuk chapter two and verse three without reading it we see the prophecy of the delay of October twenty two eighteen forty four Ellen White verifies that should the verses of their words carry weight for because it will surely come it will not carry the verse three is clearly talking about the rise of the second Advent movement and when it says it will come that is speaking specifically of the midnight cry stays the second had made which was from August October now if first three assignment of the second Advent made in Texas at October twenty two eighteen forty four then verse four it would stand to reason would have something to do with the second Advent movement as well and in verse forces because behold his soul which is lifted up is not operating but that just shall live by his faith now here we see that God predict the time when there will be a group of people who are jealous and living by faith that means that after the experience of the delay dog would raise up a group of people that experience justification by faith is that makes sense now if God raises up a group of people who are justified by faith that means you have a group of people who are crucified with Christ and shoot Christ lives in them and they live by the faith of Jesus Christ that makes so here you have a movement that God is raising up the experience of the way but then after that the just live by faith they live by the faith of Jesus Christ because Christ is living in the now the question is can we connect this concept to the third Angels message and the answer very clearly is the yes turn with me to Revelation chapter fourteen verse twelve which is weekend of the third Angels message the first Angels messages versus six and seven the second Angels messages written a thread of messages verses nine to twelve and verse twelve this is what we read here is the patience of the same here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus so in the third Angels message the messages there will be a group of people who live by the faith of Jesus Christ and if they live by the faith of Jesus Christ that means they are justified which means they are crucified with Christ which means that Christ is living in the soak this is a group of people who have the experience of the third Angels message and Elimite as we quoted before review and Herald April one eighteen ninety she says the message of justification by faith is the third Angels message in very cheap now what me say this the message of justification by faith is the third Angels and not the third Angels message and Verity because if you're justified you live by the faith of Jesus Christ the message of justification by faith is not I'm covered with Christ's righteousness and I'm still sending them out the third Angels message that is error that is not true that shrews of the third Angels message is when we are justified we are crucified with Christ we've given our life one hundred percent to Jesus Christ he lives in Houston and when we exercise faith we exercise his faith how would you like to have a lifelike that how powerful would your life be what would the world see if there were a group of people to exercise the faith of Jesus Christ as opposed to letting the old man himself rise up every time we get challenged this is the third Angels message and Verity and it's why Revelation eighteen describes a time when the message of Christ righteousness will lighten the earth with its glory and there's one other connection to make notice help that when we are crucified with Christ Christ was enough therefore afford justified by faith Christ lives in us you remember that prophecy in Revelation ten seven this is the mystery of God should be finished while the seventh trumpet is sounding with the mystery of God Colossians one twenty seven so this is Christ in you the hope of glory one of the seventh trumpet began to shout Revelation eleven nineteen clearly shows as it was October twenty two eighteen forty four which suggests that from October twenty two eighteen forty four with the mystery of God being finished what that means is yes Christ in us will reach its completion with the also means is that justification by faith or righteousness by faith will reach its completion and the life of God 's people and when that happens Christ's character will be revealed in its fullness to the world and when that happens in the time of judgment then God will be vindicated to end the judgment and the seventh trumpet will no longer need to sell now is interesting in eighteen eighty eight HD Jensen EJ Wagner this concept and overflows with just a few quotes here this is from General conference bulletin eighteen ninety three by a few gems Christ is to be cannot suggest is gone within and his character is to be honest just as God within him it is the cooperation of the divine and the human the ministry of God in you and me that is the third Angels message DC about Christ in you living by the faith of Jesus is the third Angels message that was the eighteen eighty eight message EJ Wagner eighteen ninety one in all of our Christian experiences we have love for little loopholes along here and there for cents we have never dared to come to that place where we would believe the Christian life should be a sinless life we have not dared a believer preach it but in that case we cannot preach the law got fully why not because we do not understand the power of justification by faith notice the eighteen eighty message justification by faith Christ lives in me I live by the faith of Jesus that gives me power over someone's life that is the third Angels message and a couple quotes from Helen why there's like the messages page three sixty he has not sufficient faith in Christ to believe that he can keep him from sending has not the fate that will give them an entrance into the kingdom of God in heavenly places page one forty six everyone who by faith obeys God 's commandments will reach the condition of sinlessness in which Adam lived before his transgression of powerful biface you have back on September eleven two thousand one I was a second-year medical student I didn't think that I would be standing here on this Earth in two thousand nine and yet we are still here which suggests the via express of justification by faith has not yet been finished in the life of God 's people and if we have this experience of being justified as being crucified having Christ living in house our lives will be very different in fact it's probably a lot of things that are human nature really enjoys that if we are crucified with Christ would go away maybe the way we dress maybe the music we listen to maybe the things we watched maybe the people we hang out with if we are crucified with Christ or human interest of pay this is fun let's is not what lived the way Christ and weeds you so in a way that's when some and loving and when we have that kind of an experience we will have something that the world wants and so as I close here today my challenge to each one of us is not is looking for a group of people who have all the life that could have has been given to this pointer 's history it will take that knowledge and surrender one hundred percent of Jesus Christ not ninety eight percent and two percent of the old man one hundred percent crucified with Christ we exercise the faith of Jesus then the third Angels message has a special power and when we have added that experience in our lives we will have a message that will shake the world will be stronger than any earthquake that hit California because the message of Christ and his righteousness is that powerful so I appealed each one of us today let's surrender one hundred percent of Jesus Christ let Jesus come in he sang a Laodicea let me comment I will come into the what we need at this time in Earth 's history must be faithful Mike I would ask those of you who want to be one hundred percent surrender to Jesus Christ to have the third Angels message fulfilled in your life so you can share to the world I would invite you to stand with me as we pray father in heaven he sealed the people who are standing and you know that each one of us here want to have the experience of justification by faith we want to have the experience of the third Angels message and all of its power in our lives forgive us for allowing the devil to make certain things in this world seem to be more important or more attractive then a Christ filled wine we pray for forgiveness and we pray for our that you will help us to choose to surrender one hundred percent so that you can come into our hearts and make us righteous and make us and the people just like Jesus so that when we exercise faith it will be the face of Jesus Christ that people will see us as the nonracist most loving happy cheerful people in the whole world we fray that this work will happen very soon so that Jesus can come in our lifetime so that we can be with our best and dearest friend we trail these things in Jesus name and

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