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Righteousness by the Death of Me

Daniel Neacsu
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  • October 22, 2016
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I want to start out by telling you something I saw online and this is I saw this picture and it was a picture of a bulletin board teacher I'd put up in the hallway and it was a picture for it was a bulletin board for Hall Wein. And there were different pictures. Of students and they had all said what they were most scared of. So one of the students said I'm most scared of sharks. Another said I'm most scared of spiders another I'm most scared of ghosts and the last child said this. I'm most scared of the unstoppable marching of time that is slowly guiding us toward an inevitable death. The words kind of scary kind of depressing for a five year old to say but it really got me thinking. Do we live like this do we live like time is marching forward inevitably to end in our terrible deaths or do we have a better hope. Do we have a higher hope than that. We do do we not and that hope is a new. In Christ but do we live that way. Do we live like we have that hope and that time is not marching on and evidently to end in our death. The Bible is filled with time prophecies and the last time prophecy in the bible ended an eighteen forty four. That was more than one hundred and seventy years ago and just hasn't come back yet. So there's a problem right. We are living like time is marching on but we have this hope that we're not taking advantage of this hope why has Jesus not come back yet. Christ object lessons page one forty five says Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of himself in his church. When the character of the Savior shall be perfectly reproduced in his people. Then he will come to claim his own is the privilege of every Christian and. Not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We're all to profess this name bearing fruit to his glory how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the Gospel quickly the last great harvest would be ripened and Christ would come so Christ is waiting for his character to be perfectly reproduced in his church and I'm not about you but I don't think Christ has come back yet so that has not happened yet. So how do we do that. How do we perfectly reproduce Christ character in a church. I'm here to tell you this going to take a change in each and every one of us as God's people being prepared to take on that character and this morning we're going to talk about what that looks like. Let's have a word for doing. Father thank you so much for the Sabbath. I think you. For all the amazing blessings that you bring upon us help us to learn something new about you and your character today in your holy name Amen. All right. So we're going to go over three main things. So price is asking us to perfectly reproduce this character. Is he allowed to make that statement towards us is he allowed to ask perfect character from us and so to understand that we have to take a look at Christ's humanity was he fully human. Does he truly understand what we're going through or did he take on part of humanity and and if he did. Does that make sense. Secondly we're going to go over how he overcame that nature and preserve his sinless sinlessness while he was on this earth. And thirdly we're going to go over how we are Tova come this nature. So first how did Christ do this. How did Christ come to this earth. What humanity take on and how did he live a sinless life. So there are many theories about this many people believe that Christ took on the humor. HANNITY of Adam before he fell in the garden and that's what he came to earth with that's what he struggled with with the with the character and the nature that Adam was made with before the fall. Others believe that Jesus came and he had fallen character at the character of Adam after the fall and some even believe that Jesus was perfectly holy when he was born and he never sinned because he was holy because he could not sin. So we're going to see what it really is of you and Harold. In July twenty eight hundred seventy four. Christ was not in a favorable position in the desolate wilderness to endure the temptations of Satan as was Adam when he was tempted in Eden the Son of God humbled himself and took man's nature. After the race had wandered four thousand years from Eden. And from their original state of purity and uprightness sin had been making its terrible marks upon the race for ages and physical mental and moral degeneracy prevailed throughout the human family when Adam was assailed by the tempter in Eden. He was without the taint of sin he stood in the strength of his perfection before God all the organs and faculties of his being were equally developed and harmoniously balance Christ in the wilderness of temptation stood in Adam's place to bear the test. He failed to endure when Christ overcame in the sinners behalf four thousand years after Adam turned his back upon the light of his home. Separated from the presence of God The human family had been departing every successful generation farther from the original purity wisdom and knowledge which and possessed in Eden. Christ bore the sins and infirmities of the race as they existed when he came to the earth to help them in behalf of the race with the weakness of fallen man upon him he was to stand the temptation of Satan upon all points where with man would be assailed. Now this is an amazing truth the fact that Christ took on sinful humanity is the most amazing. Thing in the world because that means that Christ can ask us to do this. He can't ask us to live this perfect life while we're here on this earth. Because if I am Christ and I say I put you in a room and you have only two doors to escape from and I tell you to get to freedom. So you walk up to one of the doors and you look through this door this door is big you look outside in the path is large and there's nothing obscuring the way and you see freedom at the end you're going to look at Christ and say hey this is I mean I'm going to take this one I'm going to look at the other door the store looks great. I can see freedom right here. And prices of that door leads to destruction. So they say OK. So you go to the other door and this time you can barely fit through this door there's thorns growing around the edge of the door you look in you can barely see out of it. There's so much brush and there's a cliff on one side and a mountain on the other side and it's very narrow and you look at Christ and say why would I take this path. Why would I go this way and he says and what if he was to say I don't know I've never been down it. But that one. Lisa distraction and this one leads to freedom but we see that Christ took on our nature. He took on what we have to deal with every single day. So he can look down that path that is so scary to us and you can say I've done that Pat I've gone that path and I've suffered more than you'll ever have to suffer on this earth. So I can tell you that that is the way. Just trust me so Christ is able to ask of us the righteousness and he did take on full humanity. Twelve fourteen tells us for as much then as the children are particulars of flesh and blood he also himself likewise took part of the same that through death he might destroy him that power of death. That is the devil. Now another point I want to bring out is that just. Because Christ was born with this sinful nature does not mean that Christ sinned. Because if that's true that he could not have been the Lamb of God Many churches believe that as soon as you're born because you have a sinful nature. You have already sinned and that's why we say things like I'm a sinner or oh I'm just always sending And so we need constant forgiveness and that picture of the way that our salvation. Salvation works. If you look at the Catholic Church. They require infant baptism and they also require the the holiness of Mary her being perfect in order for Christ to have been perfect because they believe that when you're born with a sinful nature that you are already sinning and Christ could not have been sending us he could not have been the Lamb of God So you have to have Holy Mary and that's why they do infant baptism because they don't want children to die and not go to heaven if they were to die but we see here that it cannot work that way. It cannot work that way of Christ took on our full human nature to guide us upon the way if you was to be sending a soon as he was born and so I'm here to tell you that when you are born. You don't automatically take on the sins of your parents. I don't know I grew up with this idea. People told me before you can make decisions. Your parents salvation is what makes your salvation if you were to die before you could make decisions for yourself your salvation was based upon what your parents do. I want to read something from you from selective messages page to start book to page to sixty as the little infants come forth immortal from their dusty beds. They immediately wing their way to their mother's arms they meet again never more to part but many of the little ones have no mother there. We listen in vain for the rapture a song of trout from the mother the angel receives the motherless emphasis and conducts them to the tree of life. So we see there will be infants and heaven with no mother. There's so this picture works this picture of Christ taking on our full and complete humanity understanding the path that he's asking us to walk on works it works and it makes sense. So now we ask this big question. All right. If Christ did this. If you took on our full nature how do you overcome it because I try to do that every day and I fail how did Christ do this. That's what we're going to look at next. So Christ when he was on this earth did he constantly point to himself that he say I am doing this I Christ and able to do this overcome this to overcome this temptation. No he always pointed to his father. You always pointed to something greater than himself gospel workers page ninety two says the warfare against self is the greatest battle that was ever fought the Huling of self surrendering all to the will of God and being clothed with humanity possessing the love that is pure peaceable and easy to be entreated full of gentleness and good fruits is not an easy attainment the soul must submit to God before it can be renewed in knowledge and true holiness the holy life and character of Christ as a faithful example his confidence in his heavenly father was unlimited his obedience and submission were unreserved and perfect he came not to be ministered unto but to minister to others. He came not to do his own will but the will of Him that sent him in all things He submitted himself to him that judge just right. This leak from the lips of the Savior of the world we heard the words and I want you to listen to this I can of mine own self do nothing. So the very first step that Christ took to overcome this nature was to completely and fully die to himself I don't know why when I first heard that I just thought oh but as Jesus. He's got this he came to this earth and he's got this but even himself. He said I cannot do this on my own it is impossible. He did nothing of himself. He had so much power to use but he never used it because he wanted to point to something greater to give us the example of what we are to do so in the same way that Christ sacrificed himself daily to take on the spirit of his father. We are called to sacrifice ourselves daily and take on The Spirit of Christ Christ in us. Now how how does that happen. How do how do we die to self. I want to look at the story of a Lazarus to come to depict this. So you guys of the story of Lazarus last became sick and many people called to Jesus to come and to heal Lazarus just did not come. So after Lazarus had died. Jesus comes and people are very angry with Jesus. Why did you do this. Jesus why did you not come earlier and let Lazarus die. And Jesus says this to my thought when he when she asked this of him. I am the resurrection and the life he who believes in me though he may die. He shall live and whoever lives and believes in me he shall never die. Do you believe this. Now this is so amazing here. So let's look at this very closely. So he's saying I'm the resurrection in life. So he who believes in me. So if you believe in me. Though he may die. So you're going to die if you believe in me you're going to die and whoever live. Oh and he shall live so he's saying if you believe in me you will die and I will make you live and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die and that very confusing to me saying you will never die and then he'll see you saying before that you will die and I believe that here is talking about that. DEATH TO SELF. If you die to self. I promise that I will give you life eternal You don't have to worry about death anymore. Romans eight one three five says there is right. Just this now. No condemnation to those which are in Christ Jesus who walk not in the flesh but after the Spirit for the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus have made me free from the law of sin and death for what the law could not do and that it was weak to the flesh God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin condemned sin in the flesh the righteous the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit for they're after the flesh do in the things of the flesh but they are after the Spirit do the things of the Spirit. First what I'm trying to say. Lazarus is a very literal depiction of what God is asking each and every one of us to do. Lazarus was dying and people were asking Jesus to come and heal him to come and save him and just did not come because he wanted to prove a point here. And so when Christ came and resurrected Lazarus It was exactly as he wants for each and every one of us he wants each and every one of us to die to ourselves and be resurrected and him. Because if we live with our own spirit if we live with our own natural sinful flesh. We will always do evil. Even if we do good within ourselves even that good is evil. But when we die to ourselves in Christ puts his spirit in us now is still longer US doing those things. It's no longer us having to do works now it is Christ in us doing them. And that's how we gain salvation. And that's so simple but it's so hard to live out in our daily lives. Right. We kneel down we say Lord take my life. You guys thought about what that means. If you said I'm going to take this lamb and I'm going to take it's. Life. That means you're going to kill it and so Christ comes to us we pray that for air and then we go on our date and Christ comes and knocks on our door and he starts killing us. It was a Whoa Lord what are you doing. I didn't ask you to kill me ask you to take my life. Why are you doing this why are you putting me through all this. I'm not ready for this. I don't want you to kill me. I'm not ready to give up all that I just want to give you my life and just as that's what it takes. That's what it took for me to give you salvation. You need to die to this self and live fully and completely in me. And this is hard. Guys I know it is hard and it's a struggle because there is so much in US holding on dearly to our lives we have so many things our daily lives that define us things that we think make us and so when we feel like we have to get rid of those things that hurts. And we protest against that I don't want to give this up. This makes me who I am and Jesus says I'm going to make you a new person a new creation in me. Glaciers to twenty says I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me the life. I now live in the body. I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave Himself for me what I read in Romans was saying that if we die to the flesh and live in that spirit. There's no condemnation of the law anymore. Now does that mean the law is done away with no we know that right. But when we die to that self and live in that spirit. What the law could not do in our flesh because it was in our flesh now the law of the Spirit which is upheld because we know Christ kept the law is upheld and us and then we can't boast for keeping that law anymore because we realize as a truly converted Christian that it's not me doing these things anymore it. Christ in me. So how do we do this how to how do we how do we practically do this every single day. How do we wake up and die to self every single day I'd like to go to the sanctuary and just look at a few articles of furniture in there that I think help us kind of get through the daily life. The first I'd like to look at as the table of showbread which is symbolic of studying God's word. The second it is the altar of incense which is symbolic of prayer. And the third is a seven branch Candlestick which is symbolic of our witnessing now I don't want you to make this a checklist in your life. I want you to go every single day and say OK I have a violent pray to witness today but I ask you to take this challenge walk through the sanctuary. Because as you as you study your Bible. I promise you that you're going to find things in there that you're going to want to communicate with God about you're going to find things in your studies that you realize have great importance to your life and you're going want to talk to God about that. So you fulfilled two of those things that you study God's word and communicating to God about what he's sharing with you and I promise you when you do those two things together you will have no choice but to share these things with others because the things that you will learn in God's Word are so amazing. You will not be able to hold it and so that's something very practical we can try to keep in our lives Bible study prayer and witnessing. And I found for myself when I'm doing these things when I have these things in my life. Nothing can bring me down. Because I feel so fulfilled in this and as we look at the sanctuary and as we were looking at the fact that we are perfectly reproduce Christ character on this earth where is he. He's in the most holy place and his character is there in his law and so as we're walking through these things will have no choice but to arrive there with Christ in the most holy place dwelling with him. So that's a very practical thing that we can do but this is still scary it's scary to take on The Spirit of Christ but he promises to work with us. Desire Of Ages page three o two says if the eye is kept fixed on Christ the work of the Spirit ceases not until the soul is conformed to His image step to Christ page fifty eight says spirit is silent and in pursuit perceptible its effects are manifest if the heart has been renewed by the Spirit of God the life will bear witness to the fact while we cannot do anything to change our hearts or to bring ourselves into harmony with God. Well. We must not trust all to ourselves our own good works. Our lives who are veal whether the grace of God is dwelling within us a change will be seen in the character the habits the pursuits. The contrasts will be clear and decided between what they have been and what they are the characters revealed not by occasional good deeds and occasional misdeeds but by the tendency of the vigil works and acts. So there it is he promises to work with us. He promises to bear with us daily so that we can overcome this nature and can live in Christ. This is Christ in us and I don't by you guys but I'm so tired of this earth. I'm so tired of time marching on toward my inevitable death. I'd much rather live with the hope knowing that Christ can do something amazing in us and in our church and so that he can finally come back and take us home. We get so caught up in I think what Mark Karr's been speaking about is this legal istic or liberal speak but we can put an end to that with this message this message of righteousness by faith because. As to the ultraconservative he is keeping the Law of God but he does not understand how to share that with others and how to care for others around him and to the Liberal their understanding how to share with others and how to do things for others and how to do all the good things but they refuse to stand on the law of God and what this message is calling is both sides if we are living in Christ. We have no choice but to helping those around us and to keep his law at the same time this unites those things and our church is going to need to be united for Christ to come back and I don't but you but I don't not want the rocks to have to cry out in order for Christ to come back I want this church to be able to finally get through this. It's been over one hundred seventy years and I'm tired of waiting. Let's finally unite in this truth and that's it. Telling father. I thank you so much for the promise that you are to come back and give us the strength to fall completely under this media was brought to you by audio from a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio or if you would like to listen to more sermons leave a Visit W W W or.

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