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A Better Country

Alistair Huong
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Every candidate running for office promises to make the country better.  Given on the heels of the highly contentious 2016 US Presidential elections, this message investigates what the Bible has to say regarding this universal desire for a better country.

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Alistair Huong

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  • November 19, 2016
    11:30 AM
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Father in heaven. We are grateful for the. For the Sabbath also grateful for the season. That reminds us to reflect on that which you have given and you are the giver of all good gifts today as we contemplate some of your promises to us. May we take them at your word and they re truly believe me we one day find ourselves having Thanksgiving on the shores of the sea of glass and may we be ready for that day as our prayer Jesus. A lot has happened in the last few weeks in this country. In case you haven't noticed. We recently had an election. And I would say I haven't been of voting age. It's the most contentious election of my recollection and I think many would agree. It's not hard. You just go on Facebook and spend about five minutes and see if you can avoid a political argument. You probably can't. And. I was overseas a couple months ago right before the election in September and let me tell you the U.S. election was the talk not just of the town not just of the state not just of this country. It's the TALK OF THE WORLD. Everyone I went everywhere I went everyone was wondering so who do you think going to it. And it's interesting that this election really even though it's over. It seems as though and to many people it is it over and I'm not here to make a political statement. I'm not here to influence any votes because the election is over. But. I do want to present a message that is couch within this context. The climate in which we find ourselves and I think easily find ourselves getting involved in. And really when you think about it at the root of this of all elections really not just this one but maybe more exacerbated we see it more clearly in this one is at the root of it. The issue at stake with an election is people want a better country is that true. One of the candidates a little slogan happen to be make America great again. And that's the whole point of elections who do you think will make this land this country better or than it was before. That's the route. Isn't it. I think we can agree on that putting partisanship aside. And now with the current president elect in transition there and even before there were many people threatening to say If so and so were elected I'm moving to Canada or Australia or some other country and what are they saying they're saying if this is the path that that this country goes down to this is the decision that's made. I think that I want to move to a better country. Because this one is not as good as that other one. And now there are people worried. There are many people fearful. There are many people elated and joyful but all of this these emotions are charged because one side might think oh no. Our best days are behind us this country won't be great any more. Whereas the other side they feel. Now the country is going to improve. So at the root of the passion the root of all the arguing on Facebook the political emotion that is gripping this country. I venture to say at the root of it. Everyone wants a better country so. As Bible believing Christians how ought we to respond. How are we to process the climate in which we find ourselves right now. That's why I have selected for scripture today Hebrews chapter eleven versus thirteen to sixteen I want to read that once more together with you and this will form the basis of our study today. Hebrews chapter eleven versus thirteen through sixteen The summary is we ought to be looking for a better country to we ought to be looking to move out. This is what is verse thirteen these all died in faith now who are these these who died within the context of Hebrews chapter eleven we're talking about the faithful men and women that have come before those that God Bless as examples to us men like Jacob men Abraham in a bowl and Moses and many others. What happened to them. These all died in faith not having received the promises but having seen them a far off were assured of them. Embrace them and confess that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth for those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland and truly if they had a call to mind that country from which they had come out they would have had opportunity to return but now they seek a better country. That is a heavenly one there for God is not ashamed to be called their God for He has prepared for them a city. So as a Bible believing Christians we read this passage and I hope by the end of this message we will remember we will be stirred up to be looking for that better country. And so I want to take a look at this passage verse by verse. What can it tell us how can we apply this as we live in such an uncertain age in the world today. Verse thirteen begins viz all died in the having not or not having received the promise keyword. But having seen them a far off were assured of them. The king Old King James says they were persuaded of them they were persuaded of the promises. So these men and women who died they never received the promise that they were given but they were persuaded of them and when we think about elections. Isn't it all about promises. Campaign promises a candidate promises when they get into the White House he or she will do this or that or this or that they will put an end to this and this and the other thing promises. But at the same time. Well let me before I get there and people get riled up rally campaigning making phone calls knocking on doors pounding the pavement on the media and it's all based on this Canada said he's going to do this for me that Canada said she's going to do that for me there is this ID. Now we can count on the word of our elected leaders is that true or not. That's what drives the emotion but yet at the same time we use the word politician synonymously with people who don't keep their problems. So in the light of Hebrews chapter eleven verse thirteen. I have I'm just be willed are sometimes and I have to ask myself Do we believe the words of politicians more than the Word of God do we actually believe God's promises as much as the promises of men and women who tried to run for office. It's because if we say that we do which if I ask you to raise your hand of course there are good Ave responses yes I believe that then why are we not as passionate about what Jesus promised us as what the candidates can promise to us. Let's take a look at a moment. What is what's one of the problems. These all died in faith not having received the promises but having seen them afar off. What is one such promise that these men and women of faith received that they did not that they did not fully receive before they died let's look in John Chapter fourteen. John Chapter fourteen. You know this well keep your finger and he was eleven were coming back to that but John Chapter fourteen versus one through three. Let's take a look. It says Let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in Me In My Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you to Myself that where I am. There you may be also in short the promise that was given here is. There is a better country and that Jesus is coming to take us there. Yes that's the promise but maybe within. Using the political analogy that we're playing with this morning. You notice Jesus doesn't just say I'm coming again that where I am where you might there you might be. Also he doesn't just say that he says In my Father's house are many mansions and I go to prepare a place for you. So Jesus is actually making a promise of three life time government housing and have. Imagine if a political candidate made that promise. Don't you think they'll be support for him. Jesus later on in Revelation chapter twenty two. We will read that but when we see in the vision John in heaven he sees a tree of life he sees a river of life running through it and he sets the leaves of the tree of life for the healing of the nation. It's free healthcare. You laugh but do we believe that promise more than the promise that the elected officials. Give us because we look at that and we say Ha ha yeah that's a good point. That's cute. But guess what. That's actually a real prompts politicians here make give us such promises but we in the back of my mind. Oh yeah. Let's see how that turns out but do we actually take Jesus at his work. Do we actually believe that he has a place for us in the city. Hauser's Canada's make promises more jobs lower taxes free health care free education free college eraser student loans. Jesus can give us all of that and yet it's we get all passionate We spend hours pelting Elop our arguments on Facebook arguing with people on the other side of the aisle when what are we doing to tell people about this campaign. ABOUT THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS who wants us to elect him on the throne of our hearts. Jesus word is trust worthy much more than any human leaders who has ever lived and so let's go back to he was Chapter eleven. These all died in faith not having received the promises but having seen them afar off were persuaded of them and that leads them to action as they were persuaded and they embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on earth. Is a fence giving season so I think it's appropriate for us to talk a little bit about Pilger ups. These people who saw all the promises who heard Jesus give the promise with his word. Even though they're not able to receive the full fruition yet they believe that to the point that it affected the way they live and how do they live in short they lived like Pilgrim. And what are pilgrims. Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving anyway the Pilgrims were the people who to use another term that might be hot on our minds right now they were immigrants they were people. Golinger to a new home where there were people on a journey Sojourners passers by they were not people who had already established roots where they were. And so these people they say all Jesus promises coming again he promised me a bed. A country. He promised me a place where I can call home for ever so I'm on this earth temporarily. As sort of a imperfect illustration. Many of us here are probably immigrants or descendants of immigrants. I happened to be zero. What they called one point five generation immigrant I came as a little kid with my parents and when I was a kid going to school. Some of you might relate. I would always my mom when I was packing a lunch and my lunch were just like peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I would have my little rice container right little pieces chopsticks for her and my classmates would always come over and say So what weird stuff do you have to eat today. And by looking at my food for lunch. Those students could easily tell your not from around here are you. And isn't that the essence of being a stranger in pilgrim on the earth should people not be able to look at us and say Where are you from your not from around here are you because you don't live like us here. You don't talk like us you eat differently. The way you spend your time in the priorities in your life. Tell us that there's something different about you than us and that's exactly what the author of Hebrews is saying the people who saw the promises who believe that there is a better country it automatically necessarily unavoidably affected the way they live so people look at them and they say. Where you go where you're not from around here are YOU TELL ME MORE. And there is a parable that illustrates this in the Gospel of Matthew. We're coming back to Hebrews eleven but Matthew chapter twenty four. We see I'm going to continue on with our analogy here we see two campaign staff for the master who went away for a while holding down the four in a swing state. If you will. Who then is a faithful ally servant verse forty five of Matthew chapter twenty four who then is a faithful and my servant whom his master made ruler over his household to give them food and do season. Blessedest is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. Assuredly I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods but if that evil servant says in his heart my mass delays is coming and begins to beat his fellow servants of to eat and drink with the drunkards the master of the servant will come on a day when he is not looking for a man at an hour that he is not aware of and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. So imagine the story of Jesus. He's campaigning. He's in the he's trying to win the election of individuals to choose him as their Lord and he has servants. Working the field. And one servant goes out and he's knocking on doors pounding the pavement giving meat in due season making sure people know the promises of this king who has never failed before but yet there's a second servant and notice. Both of these people claim to believe both of them claim to understand but yet the other servant says in his heart my lord delays us come. Begins eat and drink with the drunkard beat his fellow servant. There is the second servant. The second campaign manager who threw his ally. Even though with his lips he says believe through his life he testifies that he is not planning on going anywhere anytime soon. My lord delays is coming. Jesus isn't going to really give fulfill his promise. He's not really coming back soon. And as a result his life manifested that belief through his actions. One servant demonstrates that he's living as a pilgrim and stranger on the earth and the other one says that he's a pilgrim waiting for Jesus to come but through his life demonstrates that he doesn't really believe. And when we ask ourselves this question Which of these two servants we are. I think it's easy to know by saying how do I spend my time. What priorities do I outline my days with. How do I spend my leisure moments. Does it reveal a priority of winning Jesus campaign or does a show that we say My Lord delays his coming back in Hebrews chapter eleven. Verse thirteen now where in verse forty four those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. Or they seek a country. In the old King James you know the word homeland in the New King James Version sort of makes more sense now in American government because now we have a Department of Homeland Security and this concept. They declare plainly that they seek a country a homeland. It's. Simply means one thing. They're looking for citizenship in that country. They're pilgrims and strangers they're headed to this new country. This better country that was promised to them but they want to make sure that they can get past the immigration agent ready to pet chop their passport. How do I gain citizenship to this country if we're immigrants were immigrating somewhere and so these people who see such things by the way they live their lives are saying I want to be a citizen in the heavenly country. So I want to look in Philippians chapter three for a moment to see what Paul has to say about citizenship. OK keep your finger in Hebrews we're coming back. So we're in Philippians chapter three next. Flippancy up to three beginning in verse seventeen these people who believe the promises who live as pilgrims and says as strange as declare plainly that they seek a country they're seeking citizenship in that country. Verse of a teen of Philippians three says this brother and join in following my example and not those who so walk as you have us for a pattern of verse eighteen for many walk of whom I've told you often and I'll tell you even weeping that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ so notice what Paul is saying here he's. Detailing two groups of people both groups of people claim to walk the walk the Christian walk but yet there is one group that are actually classed as the enemies of the cross of Christ Who are these people. Paul continues verse nineteen whose end is destruction whose god is their belly whose glory is in their shame who set their mind on earthly things. Verse twenty four. In contrast to these people. Paul a saying for our citizenship is in heaven from which we also eagerly. Wait for the savior the Lord Jesus Christ. So notice what Paul those here. Paul says there are two groups of people who walk in the church those who claim to believe the promises those who claim to believe that Jesus is coming soon. There is one group the fall of the pattern that I'm exemplifying in my life that group our citizenship is in heaven. But no them the other group who are the enemies of the cross of cries they claim to walk but they don't have citizenship and what are they described as whose end is destruction whose god is their belly whose glory is their shame and who set their mind on earthly things. So if I can put it this way these passages tell us how we can for sure not get citizenship. So what is he talking about whose god is their belly a sound a little crude but who worship their stomach like ballon down to a picture of our stomach like. But if we think about it for a moment. What was the first sin that caused Adam and Eve to fall appart and the appetite is one of the most base. Aspects of our human nature. So what Paul is saying here he summarizes by saying the people who have this problem who lose their citizenship in heaven are those who set their mind on earthly things they rather feed themselves and satisfy and gratify their human carnal nature then put those things to one side for the goal of receiving the heavenly kingdom. Maybe some of us we've said this ourselves. I can never stop eating. Give up coffee and T.V. I could never do that and we look at the Bible and we say Lord. It's not found in the Bible does say anything about coffee exactly or smoking or drinking or eating shrimp in poor girl whatever else it might be we say we look for those excuses and Paul says there are those people even walking amongst the church who care more about vests than that. They set their mind on earthly things an ape unable to wrestle with the crucifying of self the denying of self the self control required to live. Asked Rangers and pilgrim because guess what. Just like we mentioned earlier. If we live just like everyone else around us how would they know that we're going anyplace different. And so Paul is saying we do not need to be like those people because that's one sure way to give up our citizenship in heaven. But what about the positive in John Chapter three naked Demas comes to Jesus by night. So we looked at what we ought not to do to lose our citizenship. What ought we then to do negative has come to Jesus by night and Jesus knows a question on his heart he Kustra to the chase. He says in verse three Jesus answered and said to most assuredly I say to you unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. So Jesus tells me that the Messiah. If you want to enter the kingdom of heaven if you want to gain that entry visa or rather the citizenship to live there. You must be born again and Born Again what does that mean what is included. It simply means the old man dies and. We are a new creature. I want to pause a moment to think about that. New birth citizenship. Let me use another analogy. My family immigrated here. And so we are not natural born citizens we were naturalized that's to term it sounds sort of strange but that's what happens. And there is a process some of you may have gone through or there is a process by which you gain citizenship in this country. And I boil it down basically into two parts you have to be eligible and eligibility is based on having permanent residence status for a sentimental time and things like that and then you have to go into what they call the interview which is really like a test and then if you pass those things then you go to the ceremony you can take the oath and them. You know you get. You get citizenship. So there's sort of two parts to getting citizenship here in this country. You have to be eligible and if I can use a term that we're going to come back to we have to have the title P.R. green card permanent resident whatever you want to call it. We have to have that first and then we have to demonstrate to a judge and interviewer that we have the fitness fitness to be an American citizen. They ask questions about civics and little bit of American history. Check your English some of those types of things to make sure that you're able and you want to function as a meaningful contributing member of this society as a citizen does that make sense. Yes or no to parts. If I can use terms that we're going to come back to you've got to have the title and you've got to have the fitness. You've got to have the the paperwork and then you've got to be able to prove that you've got that what it. The ability and the desire. All right. So we're putting two things together the new birth and the Christian experience we want citizenship in Heaven is a true then that we also have to have these two things to get to have it listen carefully. This is found in review and Herald June for eight hundred ninety five per Graf seven says this. The righteousness by which we are justified is imputed the righteousness by which we are sanctified is imparted notice the next paragraph or next sentence. The first which is justification is our title to heaven. The second which is sanctification is our fitness for heaven. We can have our sins forgiven in an instance and Jesus gives us a pardon next to our name in the books. That's justification. That's our title for heaven. But we have to demonstrate that we want to be there. That's what the judgment is all about. That's why there are books. That's why there's a judge. That's why Jesus has to stand and say this person lived through my strength and demonstrates that he would rather live up here with us than the stay down there where he is that now we have to have both the fitness or the title and the fitness in order to gain citizenship to that heavenly country. My grandparents tried immigrating here to the U.S. sort of my grandfather from Asia. We invited him here we want to him to stay with us. We give him the option but he didn't really particularly care for the culture here in the midst friends in the food in those kinds of things which is OK so he never received permanent. Residence stats. So he never got citizenship he never got the title. My grandmother on the other hand she did want to stay grandkids and all those kind of things seem to have a way with grandmothers and so she came and she got permanent resident status but she could never learn English well enough in order to pass the interview and so she never was able to take the oath and she never got citizenship both individuals didn't get citizenship before very different reasons and for those of us who claim to be walking the walk. Just like Paul said of Libyans three we claim that we're pilgrims and strangers on the earth because we claim to believe the promises. Just like those in Hebrews eleven. Let us be sure that yeah we might have the title we might accept Jesus and we might say yes I want to go to heaven but that's not enough. We actually have to want to be there. And how do we demonstrate that by living the life now that testifies. I rather live the life there than the one that everyone lives here. Back to Hebrews eleven. The good part is you can always change your mind this is what it says that's exactly what it says verse fifteen and truly if they had called to mind that country from whence their come out they would have had an opportunity to return. So the pilgrims and strangers. Jesus doesn't force anyone into his country he invites he gives you the option. He gives you the choice. And if you want to go back to Egypt if you want to go back across the Jordan and the Red Sea. You can but I want to take another flip of this verse and that is. Maybe God wants to keep me out. Maybe we have those lingering doubts. You know I'm I'm just too bad. I just don't make the cut up. I struggle to my. I'm such a bad person and surely God is going to keep me out of those pearly gates. I'm not going to make it maybe we are plagued with those doubts. Maybe God's going to build a wall and keep me and maybe all round us up deport us what are we going to do if we have those doubts but we really want to be there. I have a promise for you. This is found in the Gospel of John John chapter six. John chapter six Jesus Himself speaking these words verse thirty seven. John chapter six verse thirty seven Jesus himself it's in red letters in my Bible Jesus says all that the father gives me will come to me and the one who comes to me I will by no means cast out. So Jesus gives us the option if you don't want to come you don't have to come but if you want to come. There's no way. There is not a chance. I'm going to let you go. You don't have to worry about me. Rounding you up deportee you or trying to keep you out. All are welcome here. And Jesus promises never fail. And now we come to verse sixteen Hebrews eleven a verse sixteen. It says these all died in faith not having see the promises sure. And we go through what all of these individuals did but then verse sixteen says. But now they desire a better country. Right. We've been talking about this whole time. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their god. God is not ashamed to be called their god. Is sort of interesting though for the use of this phrase God is not ashamed. To be called their god like has he been ashamed of us up till now. But I think it is in the context of what's going on here. God is saying these people believe my promises and by faith claim them. They live according to them and they actually live as though they believe that I am coming for them. And because they're not ashamed of me. I'm not ashamed of them either. I want to drill a little bit deeper in this concept. God is not ashamed to be called their God I believe because these pilgrims and strangers are not ashamed to call him gone. And what does that lead to. What kind of result does that kind of faith in God lead to is a just a bed of roses victory. Winning all the time. There is some of that. Well let's take a look in Hebrews eleven verse thirty three. What does it look like when people aren't ashamed to call God their God verse thirty three. Speaking of other men of faith says who through face of do kingdoms work righteousness obtain promises stop the mouths of lions quench the violence of fire escape the edge of the sword out of weakness were made strong became valiant and battle turned to flight the armies of aliens women receive their dead raised to life again. So on one hand there's like victory they're going forth conquering and to conquer because they're not ashamed of got and God grant them success yes there's some of that but continuing verse thirty five others were tortured not accepting deliverance that they might have seen a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mocking. And scourging Yes and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned. They were Sonnen to were tempted were slain with the sword. They wandered about and sheepskins and goatskins being destitute. Afflicted tormented of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered and deserts and mountains and dens and caves of the earth. Whoa wait a minute. These are the people of faith they went through all of this. Yes they did verse thirty nine says and all these having obtained a good testimony through faith did not receive the promise of tying a right back to Hebrews eleven verse thirteen they saw the promise. But not having received them were persuaded of them and in verse thirty nine is says again these are the promises or the people who receive the promises they endured all of these things. Yes some of them had victories but many more suffered were tortured. They lost everything they had and Jesus God says because these people were not ashamed of me. I'm not ashamed of them. And so when we read this passage of Hebrews eleven thirteen through sixteen yes there is a better country yes there is the Tree of Life. Yes there are those mansions over the hill top of yes there are all those things but let us not be ashamed of Jesus Christ and His Gospel. Even if before the reception of that promise. We have to go through some dark times here. Why do I bring all that up because all throughout this election this strange and contentious election and even after this election was over people have of well meaning I believe have spouted off online and other places. Well whoever is elected. God is in control. Have you heard that now is out a true statement or not. Yes of course that is a true statement. Yes God is in control. But I want to think about this a little bit deeper. If things don't work out if there is some inconvenience or pain or some you know discount. That comes down the road is it therefore then God's fault. Since it was all in his control. You understand the danger in making it all God's will. Whatever happens. Because let me make it. Let me make the point this way. Yes indeed. God is in control but it may not necessarily be the revelation of his ideal will. There is a difference. Moreover when we say God is in control. We are not saying that God predestinate everything that's going to happen. God will not supernaturally step in violate the freedom of human will in order to prevent some calamity that we brought upon ourselves. But through it all when we say God is in control what we're saying is no matter what happens no matter human what poor choices humans might make or whatever the circumstances may be God through those imperfections can still accomplish His will. And so what I'm trying to say yes God is in control but let's not make that a cop out to blame God if things don't work out. Because let's think for a moment all of these individuals and Hebrews chapter eleven dog was not ashamed of them because they were not ashamed of him even when things appeared to go very very wrong. Imagine being stretched out on the table about to be sawn into it sure looks like God is no longer in control. Are you still going to be unashamed of that god are you going to be unashamed if you are left in the den of the mountains wondering where everyone has gone. God is still in control in that moment. Yes or no. Yes but it sure. Won't feel like it. His will is in accomplished in spite of our choices not because of them. And a perfect case in point. Back in the Old Testament the Israelites they decided that they wanted a king was that the will of God that they have King. No but was God still in control. Yes but if you follow the history of the Israel kings and then later the divided kingdom all the kings. What was the final result. It was Babylonian captivity. Was God still in control but was it his will know. So when we think about the future not just of this country but the unrest in the world we can have assurance Yes that Jesus is in control yet but it doesn't mean that everything is going to continue on business as usual doesn't mean that God is going to supernaturally prevent painful things from happening in our experience there might be Fiery Furnaces down the road just like for those Hebrew boys there might be a lion's den at the end of this road just like in the story of Daniel. But God is in control how he'll walk with you through the flames. He'll go into the lion's den with you he will still accomplish His will even through the imperfection. Of fallen humanity under all circumstance will we remain unashamed of our God. So that he might say that I am not ashamed to be called there go. I want to share this passage with you. It's in Isaiah Chapter forty. God is in control. Yes I become. Of that we can we do not need to be ashamed of being called as people. And here is a powerful passage that I think gives us the context in which the process all of the stuff that's happening around us right now. Isaiah Chapter four beginning in verse fifteen notice what is the word pictures that are used verse fifteen of Isaiah Chapter forty behold the nations are as a drop in a bucket. We use that figure of speech. Quite often but in the eyes of God It is literally a drop in the bucket the nations and are counted as the small dust of the scales. Not just the scale with a weight on it but oh a scale with specks of dust on it. That's how big our recent presidential election was in the scale of God's universe. Look he lips lifts up the aisles as a very little thing and Lebanon is not sufficient to burn nor is be sufficient for burnt offering verse seventeen all nations before him are as nothing and they are counted by him less than nothing and worthless. This is the God that we serve this is the God who has given us the promise of a better country of mentions of the tree of life. And so what are we talked about today. Hebrews chapter eleven. A better country. Do we want to be there. How do we get there. Fourth for things in summary. The four steps if you will of the four things that we can apply from this passage number one. Let us believe his promise. Believe his promise more than the words of any human. Leader because men will fail us but Jesus will never feel his thoughts are higher than our thoughts as ways beyond our ways his word he says never returns unto Him void his promises cannot fail. And he is coming again. As number one and number two as a result of that. Believe me we live the lives of pilgrims and strangers. Maina vidual looking at us say your not from around here on. May they look in us and recognize that we are people not intent on staying on this planet but that we have a destination in the better country and may we set our affections on things above and not on things on the earth which leads us to the third thing. Let's make sure we gain citizenship in that country but title and the fitness. Both gifts of from Jesus Christ. The imputed righteousness of Christ and the imparted rushes of crys justification sanctification the new birth experience the new creature being born of the wall of water and of the Spirit. Let us passed US citizenship test. By making it through the immigration booth and getting into that heavenly country and number four. Let us not ever let us never be ashamed of our God. So the he can say that he's not ashamed to be our God because He is in control he always has been always will be while we may not understand why certain things happen when they do and how they do we can rest assured just like the men and women of Hebrews eleven who died in faith that God has prepared a city for them and in the last verse here as we close second. Peter chapter one. The final if you will from scripture second Peter chapter one of verse ten. It says therefore brother in be even more diligent to make your call and election sure for if you do these things you will never stumble for so an entrance will be supplied to you. Abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be found in that better country that day this media was brought to you by audio a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio if you would like to listen to more sermon Visit W W W audio or.

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