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The Grace of Christ and the New Covenant

Dee Casper

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In this message we explain the difference between the new and the old covenant and show how God intends to transform the believers life through sanctification

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Dee Casper

Director of the CORE Evangelism Training Program and Brand Evangelist for ARtv

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  • September 23, 2017
    2:30 PM
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Father in heaven I just thank you for the beauty of the gospel I thank you for the New Covenant and I just pray as we look into the new covenant today that you would bless us with your presence with a clear understanding of what sanctification looks like now that we've covered justification and that this would prepare the ground for what glorification will look like and our last meaning just bless us of bundle e and show us your glory I pray and I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen. The grace of God in the New Covenant were of a Bible study this afternoon you OK with that and I do that on Sabbath that's it's lawful to do good on the Sabbath I hear so without them their Bibles and turns to me to Jeremiah chapter thirty one. We're going to have the old covenant defined and introduced and I would say introduced and we'll go from there the new covenant introduced just kidding. Watch my language there Germany chapter thirty one beginning in verse thirty one if you want to know where to find the new covenant is actually found in the Old Testament. How Lou you know we are Old Testament and New Testament Christians and that's OK We believe in the whole Bible not just the New Testament so in Jeremiah chapter thirty one beginning of verse thirty one this is what God says. He says Behold the days are coming says the Lord when I will make what type of covenant a new covenant with through with the House of Israel what the hell is the Judah not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt my covenant which they broke though I was a husband to them says the Lord so there's a problem right away he says with the old covenant and he says it was my covenant which they broke though I was a husband to them so what went wrong then what was the situation that went down let's define the all. In Exodus Chapter nineteen of them will come back X.'s Chapter nineteen. And again for those studious no takers these slides will be available after the fact of just want to sit back and enjoy the ride you're welcome to it helps you to remember better than to go for it but I also will try to be a good steward of our time X.'s Chapter nineteen beginning of verse three so most is one up to God verse three of X. is nineteen and the Lord called him from the mountain saying thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the children of Israel you have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I bore you on eagle's wings and brought you to myself this is and dear in language here now therefore if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant then you should be a special treasure to me above all people for all the earth is mine and usual be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation these are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel verse seven supposes came and call for the elders of the people laid before them all these words which the LORD commanded him that all the people answered together and said all that the Lord has spoken we will do so Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord God says here's what I want for the people the people say we've got no problem we can handle that tell the Lord all that you said we will do it continues good XS Chapter twenty four. This is now after the ten commandments are given X. is Chapter twenty four beginning in verse three x's twenty four in verse three. So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the judgments and all the people answered with one voice and said all the words of the Lord has spoken we will do sound familiar yet they just say that X. is nineteen good or seven then he Moses took the book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people and they said all that the Lord has spoken and we will do it and be obedient three times once a nexus nineteen twice next is twenty four God gives the requirements he has for them and they say No problem we can do it all of the Lord has said we will do it that's why slide says so question. Did they. You all seem to be in agreement. They did not keep the promise this is why Moses when he comes down from the mountain in Hollywood does this to us every time I read this text as he Charlton Heston anyone else and that problem and he comes down from the mount with his big gnarly beard there's a movie called The Ten Commandments that came out like thirty years ago and there's a guy who played Moses in the movie was Charlton Heston had this big gnarly beard and he comes down from the mountain throws a tin Commandments on the ground breaks that why because he was signifying what the people had just done. And how they had just broken the commandments of God they've broken the covenant so. How do we know that the Ten Commandments are the covenant go to Deuteronomy Chapter four it is the very quick reference. Quick hit and get it and leave Deuteronomy for verse thirty eleven to thirteen just for any doubts that anyone may have this is Moses recounting to the people the encounter they had with God at Mount Sinai Deuteronomy the fifth book of the Bible chapter four verse eleven Deuteronomy four verse eleven says the new came near and stood at the foot of the mountain and the mountain burned with fire to the midst of heaven with darkness cloud of thick darkness and the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire you heard the sound of the words but saw no form you only heard a voice so he declared to you His covenant which he commanded you to perform and what is that covenant according to Moses what he says right now the ten commandments and he wrote them on two tablets of stone so should be abundantly clear that the covenant was the Ten Commandments and the people three times the head we will do it we will do it we will do it the problem is they did OK and will impact that now going to Jeremiah thirty one In fact there were so freaked out by God talking he literally told Moses look you talk to him let him kill you board up like we were terrified you speak to him whatever he says will do it just tell him to be quiet right that the people are just terrified at this stage why because they had a very unhealthy view of God They had an appeasement base the elegy that was still in their blood stream from Egypt and if the gods are angry you make more agreements write you a Buell but you do what they say to get them to chill out because they're freaking us out right now they had a misunderstanding of the true character of God who saw them as. His spouse. Hosea picks up on this is no longer will I call you my master call you my husband meaning how we should view God in this sense now that we don't obey God that is there is this during relational Max Ramoni a language employed as opposed to just servitude Jeremiah thirty one now let's go back now with some context that's really Jeremiah thirty one beginning verse thirty one behold the days are coming says the Lord and I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel with the House of Judah not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took the by the hand to leave them by the land of Egypt. My covenant which they broke the I was a husband to them says the Lord so what seems to be at fault here is it the terms of the covenant or as of the people who made the agreement the people that made the agreement verse thirty two just kidding verse thirty three but this is the covenant that I will make with the House of Israel after those days says the Lord I will so no longer we will I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts and I will be their God and they shall be my people no more Still every man that ever teaches neighbor ever man his brother saying no the Lord for they show although being from the least of them to the greatest of them says the Lord for I will forgive their iniquity and their sin I will remember no more this sounds too good to be true like this cover that is being made to people who had disobeyed. He's making this come to Covenant breakers and he says other than to write my lawn your hearts and in your minds and I'm not going to remember your sins anymore I will be your God You will be my people but I have no intention of remembering your sins so the law that is no longer outwardly imposed it's inwardly inscribed. But it remains a part of the human experience none the less we're not doing away with the law as Paul said God forbid we're just putting it in its appropriate place. So the law doesn't go away the covenant doesn't in what changes is who the onus is on making sure that the people will keep it that what changes God is now promising to empower the people to keep it instead of them promising to keep it in their own strength and the difference and that's just from a reading of the Texas Scripture right. Also we assume that when we can't keep the law that were cast off and can't be God's people anymore but that isn't the way that he addresses them he says as part of the New Covenant that he's not going to bring they're going to be brought into his favor first of all through God's pursuit of them it's through what he's doing. That causes him to no longer remember their sins the base of all what they do they'll be my people and I will be their God in their sins all is detail remember no more. So it sounds too good to be true I wonder can God forgive us and the reason why we ask this question is because of Revelation twelve which you mentioned in divine service there is an accuser of the brother in who is again fully employed you have and is absolutely desperate because this time is short. Now if God has no intention of remembering your sins then why is it that we are so dead set on reminding ourselves of our past mistakes in sins God has no intention of remembering your sins anymore and you say yeah but God I did fill in the blank and God responses I don't remember those anymore No but you should because I did this it was on this day at this time with this person involved yes but you confess that sin and the blood of Jesus covered that sin that I now have no intention of ever bring that up against you ever again in fact the only time a sin like that's going to come up before me again is never you commit the same sin again yeah those sins can become uncovered in that sense Bachelor is why but he wants to give us freedom now go with me to Hebrews Chapter eight this is awesome Hebrews Chapter eight I believe the apostle Paul who wrote the book of Hebrews is very similar language and logic that he uses in Romans other places but he was Chapter eight regardless the author of Hebrews addresses this very issue they talk a lot about the sanctuary Hebrews don't they but wait a minute the same that's an Old Testament dusty old thing that doesn't matter anymore why is this new testament author who's the most prolific author of The New Testament Luke had more words but Paul had more books why is it that he keeps making a big deal about the same jury. Because it's a big deal but look what he says here he was Chapter eight beginning a verse six but now he has obtained a more excellent ministry this is Speaking of Jesus and He is also a mediator of a better covenant which is established on better promises no longer is a covenant based upon man's faulty promises to God It's now based upon God's faithful promises to man this is good news the cup is now based upon God's faithful promises to man and through the hands of a mediator we have help so the very things that God is expecting of us and asking of us we've actually been promised to be given help to do and he continues Actually he says for the first covenant have been brought faultless the. No place would have been sought for a second if it ain't broke don't fix it right least we say that so that Illinois about sophisticated Tennessee but we say that and but then he says because following fight because finding fault with two in verse eight of Hebrews eight. With them he found fault with the people and you know Paul does right after this he starts quoting Jeremiah chapter thirty one the very thing we just read let's skip past that quoted Jeremiah thirty one and go to verse thirteen in that he says a new covenant he's made the first obsolete now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away so it's not the terms of the covenant that are at fault is the self confidence and self righteousness of the people who made the agreement and again it's because they had this awful view of God because they came out of a pagan appeasement based religion in Egypt they just hadn't done that out of their bloodstream yet which is also one of the reasons why God speaks the loudly to them because of the spiritual maturity of the party that was present when he speaks with a still small voice to a lie in the mountain on the same mountain by the way it's well horrible but the new speaks with power and thunder and lightning in Exodus Why because that is where the people were so the people needed to better understand who they were speaking with the working with does that make sense the spiritual maturity the party present is what mattered so here the promises being made that our old covenant experience of all the Florida said I will do has to become obsolete if we're going to have a successful Christian experience now some people get freaked out by this because we're used to being that we just don't do anything the fear is we don't actually believe that God will keep his promise and we read earlier that God is pleased most when we believe his promises you want to please God believe what he says well we don't believe that God's Holy Spirit will transform the life and bring obedience into a loving hearts experience and so in turn we need to be really. Don't people and guilt them into a believe that doesn't work right that's just going to create more Old Covenant Christians of all the Florida said I will do and none of us will get anything done. Rest kind of freaks some people out but the crazy thing is those who learn to rest in Christ actually do more than those who don't. They obey more they have more righteous fruit of obedience in your experience they thrive in the Christian experience because they're resting in Jesus because he's now working through them and so them claiming it for themselves Here's a quote to the illusion of what transpires this is from the faith I live by I want to leaven and other places but she says what is justification by faith it is the work of God only in the glory of man in the dust and doing for a man that which it is not in his power to do for himself and when men see their nothingness then they are prepared to be close to the righteousness of Christ so when you realize that you've got nothing to offer God but you he can work with that but when you think you've got it together and are ready to snap your suspenders anytime you do something good for the Kingdom of Heaven God can't use that because you're going to take credit that's why Moses was judged so strongly because he claimed something the only god to do must we bring water for you out of this rock you insolent people. That's why Moses had to be judged as strong as he was now things turned out OK for him in the end God forgave them but the the punishment had to be for the higher up you are in the food chain in God's governmental structure the more accountable you are right it's important OK So next is nineteen X.'s twenty four the Israelites did not recognize their nothingness this is obvious and in turn they were not in a place where they could receive the righteousness of Christ in fact they saw the need of the righteousness of Christ is very much Laodicea I'm good I'm all right nobody else has the problems now why did all this happen why did God make this cabinet with them if you knew this is going to happen like I just don't know why would this happen well in these two chapters which are basically the same chap. But in two different places and from Attorney past Chapter thirty two it's called the grace of Christ in the New Covenant in the patriarchs and prophets Chapter thirty two it's called the law in the covenants same story just a little different verbiage here's the deal so why did God make an old covenant if all he wanted was the new covenant and were told in this chapter that actually the covenant that God made with Abraham is the new covenant that's what God wanted to make with the Israelites but the Israelites did not understand their need of a savior so God made the old covenant with them so wait a minute God made a reasonable couple with Abraham like also and made an unreasonable covenant with the Israelites and then realized his folly and then made a reasonable covenant again with the Israelites later than a know what God always intended for the human experience to be was the New Covenant the problem was the Israelites were so unaware of their need of Jesus they were so self righteous and dependent upon themselves they didn't see their need of a savior and so what we're told these two chapters is that God allowed them to make this covenant so that they would crash and burn and recognize the need of Jesus. That's actually why he knew this is the way they would get it far and you think you can try it and not because God wanted that but he allowed them they were stubbornly insist of three times you said it we do it no problem big problem they didn't do it so God allowed them to make this covenant and to fall so they in turn would recognize your need of Jesus and then that would receive the righteousness of Christ this is what he wanted they could have bypassed that they were so self righteous Yes. I wonder if Moses did because the way that he's frustrated with the people you can tell like you guys don't get it right in fact most is literally got to the point that he tells a guy I think it's a number he says if you have any care for me at all kill me right here and now because these people are driving me crazy. He literally toll. That TO GOD IF you care about me at all let's in this thing right here so I think the reason why he kept pleading with God on behalf of the people was because he wanted him to fulfill the promise he made Abraham because in the same promise for whenever Abraham trusted Christ to be his rights as this and that same chapter he mentions I think in Genesis fifteen he says that there's going to be a time when your people are going to be in captivity and after that time I'm going to send them another deliverer which is the prophet that referred to the New Testament are you the prophet right talking about Jesus and is a promise that was given to Deuteronomy that another man like you are going to come and deliver the people from their sins and I think that Moses had that understanding and this is why actually Joshua and Caleb said look their protection has left them regarding the Canaanites because yeah they look like they're bigger than us but the protection is less than they said because they believe the promise made in Genesis fifteen so I think there are some allusions to that could be the case but I really don't know I want to ask you remind me when I get to heaven or as Moses that means you're going to be they're not going to be there so in the meantime let's work on that and then when we get there one of us these remind the other to ask Moses whether he knew or not deal. All right God's missional quandary go to Zico Chapter thirty six. Chapter thirty six. And anyone who's ever heard me preach you've probably heard me preach and as you go thirty six and get over it come in to do it again I preach on that a lot because it's really really important for us to understand is the Chapter thirty six because a lot of stuff in here and going to we're going to read a fair amount of Zico thirty six today on this very message verse twenty two this is God's missional quandary just verse twenty two for now therefore say to the house of Israel I'd just as the Lord God I do not do this what I'm about to do for your sake or house of Israel but for my holy name sake which you have profaned among the nations where ever you winds gust got a problem here. The nation of Israel God's ideal missionary plan was for the Israelites to be the living breathing example of what God looks. Like character represents right kind of feels like one hundred forty four thousand doesn't it he wanted them to show the world just how awesome Jesus was and that following him lead ultimately to happiness and to enjoyment and to the surrounding nations realizing that they needed Jesus the problem is the Israelites were really awful at it because they were self dependent they were snobbish racist narcissistic and nationalistic they had totally misunderstood their call and so they end up viewing the other peoples if they don't deserve to be stayed so when they were meant to be the missionaries to show how awesome God was by their teachings and by their example they did the exact opposite the surrounding nations hated God because of the example the Israelites Well this is a problem because God could use an angel to reach these folks but he wanted to use people so he sets up Israel in the perfect place in the trade corridor where people from the now from the north headed south of Pastor Israel people from the south headed north would go there Israel they would continually stumble upon the people of God in their awesome example but God says look you know you look nothing like me the surrounding nations want nothing to do with me because of you not because of me people are rejecting me because of who I am the reject me because I how you're projecting me to be. And many young people are leaving our church in North America for this very problem. Bads insists. Heavy handed religionists who don't understand the balance of the new covenant that God does expect obedience because supplies was needed to do the obedience when you surrendered to his will and yield to the promptings of the Spirit He will help you do what you need to do but our young people are just they don't know what to do with things right they're seeing things from some people not all of our members but they're seeing things from some of the heavy handed folks that just isn't that attractive. And it's happening in Christendom in general you had prosperity preachers flying in jumbo jets while the poor had nothing right the bad examples of Christianity are causing God great problems in our movement isn't immune to that is happening all over the place. In the Agnes Church in the Baptist Church of the Catholic Church all face are wrestling with this right now bad representations of who God is so God has this problem. Happening in the New Testament Paul tells the church who does Paul tell the church he tells the church that the name of God is blaspheming among the Gentiles because of you Paul said that to the church the name of God is blasting them on the Gentiles because of you church folk so this issue isn't new right to the church and hasn't fully gone away. Adults are leaving the church for this is to the problem is that to say that that kind of a cop out because even though you encounter bad Christians that doesn't absolve you of your responsibility to know who God is for yourself you should make your decision based on what the Word of God says and what God says about himself not bad Christians Yeah that doesn't mean bad Christians keep doing what you're doing you should stop that and stop it yesterday but still our decision is being made by ourselves right with the Word of God So he continues though he has the solution to how he's going to fix this he says and they will know that I'm the Lord says the Lord God how. When I have a load in you before their eyes when you look like Jesus. QUESTION Yes you in the front has that going to happen right the people obviously are not doing this God wants them to look like Jesus the people want nothing to do with the church and with God because they don't look like Jesus so he says the people will know that on the Lord when you look like Jesus but how he continues first twenty four for I will take you from among the nations gather you out of all countries and I'll bring you into your own land that I will sprinkle clean water on you and you shall be clean were a filthy mess at this stage there are ten I will statements were about to start reading and have started ten I will statements coming from God Himself all could you Oakland you from all your filthiness from all your idols all the things you are running to do escape from God to escape from accountability to escape religion he says Oakland you from that I'll give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you I'll take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh give you the ability to be able to feel again to have some form of enjoyment in the things of religion in obedience to my law he says I'll put my spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and you will keep my judgments and do them that's a promise. When you have an indwelling Spirit of God living within you you now do what you couldn't do otherwise that's also good news so the unbelieving world will know that the Lord alone God is Lord alone when we look like Jesus and we just found out how they were selfish narcissistic judgment all nationalistic and they felt entitled to the favor of God because they were his chosen people and if we're not careful we're going to have the same problem on our hands just because we have a lot of why does not mean that we're walking in the light all the time the message of the latest in church is not just that you're a sleeping Christian is that you're not who you think you are. You think you're OK but you do not understand your need of gold tried in the fire a faith that works by love that means that your faith works it does stuff right by love he'd why garments you need the righteousness of Jesus and you need I sad you need discernment to recognize your true condition this is what we need. And not realizing that their mentality is a behavior kept the world from knowing that they were God's chosen people to you with a nation it was really was contractors contractors that were replaceable if they rejected their job and this is what got them in a lot of trouble because not all were the people of God Well what do you do whenever their whole job is to prepare people for the Messiah the Messiah comes and they crucify him and refused to believe in him after the crucifixion How could God possibly use them in just a reasonable pragmatic sense to tell the world about Jesus they don't believe in Jesus so God raises of the Christian church. So anyway God was very functional in his call it was not favoritism all the Israelites were supposed to do was tell the rest of what hey you can be saved too but I'm saved and you're not you should be saved here's why and the way that I talk to you and live the way God works in my life would make you believe that God wants you to be saved that's what should work OK So they were better than anyone. Else they were meant to reach everybody else. And we discovered that So God did not want the Ten Commandments to be something you believed. He wanted it to be a part of who you were you know stand the difference if the Ten Commandments are a transcription of the character of God and God wants us character to be replicated as people so the message of Revelation eighteen the repetition of the thirty days message can go to the world the only that's going to happen is if we look like Jesus and the Ten Commandments it's meant to be the essence of who you are not just some stuff you believe in a book somewhere or it's up on the pole back behind. Because it's the essence of who he is and that's why so the law was not the problem that needed to be changed what needed to be changed was us were the problem the laws relevance remains so continue to verse thirty twenty to thirty then you shall do on the land that I gave your fathers you should be my people and I will be your God I will deliver you from all your unclean Yes I will call for the grain of multiply and bring no famine upon you so they will be blessed you want other nations suffer as they would see that God provides for his people faithfully verse thirty and I will multiply the fruit of your trees in the increase of your fields so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. Sometimes we feel that we can be the people of God we have that Roman seven quandary right that we're just not who we want to be we want to do the right things but we don't do the right things but Guard reassures us here that I'm going to set you free and deliver you from verses twenty six and Albert right give you a new heart teach you how to obey and remembering that he's making these promises we need to remember he's making his promises to a disobedient people because he promises to do something for them if they take hold of his belief in them and submit to the process and choose to fall the problems of the spirit their experiences and become radically better and the world will take notice verse thirty one. Then you will remember your evil ways in your deeds that were not good and you will load yourselves in your own side for your iniquities and for your Obama Nations when you encounter the goodness of God The new covenant brings repentance to your experience I believe the goodness of God leading to repentance Romans two four is the new covenant and the cross of Christ because why would God do all of this cleansing and fixing of things I've missed that why would he do that for me because he loves you and because he wants the world to know just how awesome he is and he wants to use you to do it. This amazing mystery to fusions where Paul says that God's going to make known to the Prince of hell these young four walls and one else about the mysteries of God and what agencies are going to use the church. Folk like me he's going to use us to vindicate his character amongst the realms I think that's amazing because he knows that you can he knows that by the power of God living in you it's already possible in fact with every command that God gives us within the command has the power to do it. We're told actually I think that's actually later so I hold that So God would do that for me yeah but I'm dirty I have I don't write I have a stony heart I don't obey everything about this is what God promises to do for us so we just read as he goes thirty six he'll fix all those problems so God's goodness towards us isn't based upon what we do is based upon who he is he isn't just like decide to love us because we did something good God has always loved us he always wanted this for us he always wanted us to be in the loop with him he's providing the means necessary to make that possible now so there may be getting a little antsy saying yeah what do we do well the our wills of God are actually dependent upon your I will I will cease trying to appease God by my deeds I will stop avoiding the conviction of the Holy Spirit I will choose to believe the things about me that God believes I will yield my will my power of choice in my desires to the one who is given all for my happiness in for myself ation the I Will of God are dependent upon your will and he's asking you to lay down your old come to experience of I will and to rest in his but in that I get an idea of rest freaks some people out but rest is not something you should be afraid of the people who rest in Jesus do more for Jesus than the people who don't rest in Jesus they do even more work so you do our wills in choosing to receive Christ spirit of surrender is the hardest thing you'll ever do in human flesh that's true but it's what leads to our happiness and our victory and when you encounter the Christ of the cross you're willing to surrender to him because you know he has your best interest at heart. This is why the ten commandments are not at the front gate of the same jury. You are the first thing is that you encounter when you walk into the sanctuary the cross when you encounter the cross and our bad ties in or the believers experience God begins a process of making you like him in the end goals a perfect representation of him in the most holy place this is where he will go with God doesn't start there he starts word make sense with the cross to win your affections to win your trust so you'll be yielding to the process the rest of the way because you know him you want to surrender somebody you don't know but you would as someone that you knew had your best interest at heart that's the point again what is justification by faith it's a work of God only in the glory of man in the dust and doing for a man that which it is not in his power to do for himself and when men see their own nothingness they are prepared to be close to the righteousness of Christ we have to come to terms of the fact below that we have nothing to offer God but us thats it. One of the things I love most about Jesus is that our piety does not impress him and our dirt does not discourage him Jesus's love for you is that it is enough no matter what you do does that mean he approves of you living a self destructive lifestyle of course not you can't love someone and endorse foolishness but his love for you is not dependent upon what you do it's always there all the time our actions don't change that for the worse or for the better this is really interested in Bible commenting on his equal thirty six says God will move his followers to obedience through the power of His Spirit this is a unique declaration about obedience as a result of God's work in humans through the Holy Spirit thus obedience is not our chief minister performance but what. A consequence of letting God work in us alone we're not able to follow him power to overcome evil live in harmony with His commandments comes from a source outside of us we are dependent upon God to provide what we need to make sense when we surrender to God in our dependence upon him we receive strength to obey only the Spirit of God can transform hearts and enable people to observe his laws and instructions and I love this what God requires He also provides object lesson says something even awesomer it says as the will of man cooperate to the will of God It becomes what. It is all powerful whatever is to be done in his command may be accomplished in his strength and all his bidding are enabling us. To everything that God asks you to do within the asking and within the command is the power to do it. And a perfect example of this is a guy in John Chapter five Jesus comes up to the man he's the most helpless case there and he's just in a rough shape he's been an invalid for how long do we know thirty eight years and Jesus comes up to the man and asked in this seemingly avi. Obvious and somewhat ridiculous question do you want to be made well. Now do you think this guy wants to be made well yeah but the heir to the guy gives him shows little bit about his experience he's so filled with shame and unworthiness because of his lifestyle sin he's in that he deserves to be will any feels rejected because no one helps him when the water stirred there's no one to help him and if you're the most helpless case there was a chance you get in that water and being healed. That happen you just give up on life eventually does seem a ship his body weighted more it doesn't have those palpitations of the heart of the war where the water stirred for somebody else not for me but then Jesus says Rise take up your mat and walk well that would be taunting a man if Jesus didn't know what now I just said what we believe that all those buildings are enabling us so when Jesus tells the guy to rise take up his mat and walk with the command the power comes at the same time to do it the question is will you receive the Word of God and act upon it and a desire of Ages actually talks about this that you don't wait to feel that you were made whole she says of ourselves we're no more cable she's as our souls are palsied and of ourselves we are no more capable of living a holy life that was the impotent man capable of walking. But she says that we need to believe His word and then acting upon his word we receive straights. So when God says something with the saying and with the command literally is the straight to carry it forward the question is what will you do and your picture of God matters a lot when you receive the command because if you know God has your best interest at heart God would do this for you you can step out in favor and take him at his word there was something about Jesus and this guy saw it and he went for it and he walked but she also says that had he rejected and he just laughed in the face of Jesus that man never walked again were lost as one chance of healing. Is good news for us deserving just two or three or that's it. Call it what it says in this life and yes I guess a priest has before. All right so the wild Indians the wall do Indians you'll never believe this were preaching the message of Christ Our Righteousness to the people in their day they believe in the Gospel and the gospel of righteousness wife a specific Lee Here's a story from this is a summary of this kind of an abbreviated. Segment of desire of ages Pages seventy two desert great controversy seventy two to seventy five I can read all of it become a summary but this is good stuff so the this is time of the Bible workers of the world indeed age they saw that or the guidance of Pope and priests multitudes were vain least endeavoring to obtain pardon by afflicting their body for the sin of their souls taught to trust to their good works to save them they were ever looking to themselves their minds dwelling upon their sinful condition seeing themselves exposed to the wrath of God exposing soul and body yet finding no relief thus conscientious souls were bound by the doctrines of wrong thousands abandon friends in kindred and spent their wives in convent cells by oft repeated fast and cruel scourge by midnight vigils by prostration for weary hours upon the cold damp stone to their jury abode by long pilgrimages by humiliating penance and fearful torture thousands vainly sought to obtain peace of college and never been there vainly striving to obtain it promises like ropes of sand as were told the steps of Christ. Oppressed with the sins of some. Families on today a piece of conscience oppressed with the sins of sin and harder with the fear of God's avenging wrath many suffered on until exhausted nature gave way without one ray or Light of Hope they say into the to. These people died without hope and without Jesus and they worked their guts out in religion from stem to stern. And died without hope and without Jesus this is not the gospel. Which he says in response to that Jesus died as a sacrifice for a man because the fallen rays can do nothing to recommend themselves to God the merits of a crucified and risen Savior are the foundation of the Christian's faith the dependence of the soul upon Christ is as real and its connection with him must be as close as that of a limb to the body or of a branch to the vine it was his the world in these greatest joy to give hope to the conscientious in stricken soul who could only see a got a vengeance waiting to execute justice. People as room maybe having that picture of God with quivering lip and tearful I did he often upon been did me open to his brother in the precious promises that reveal the sinners only hope thus the light of truth penetrated many a darkened mind rolling back the cloud of gloom until the Sun of Righteousness shown into the heart with healing in his Be it was often the case that some portion of Scripture was read again and again and they here were desiring it to be repeated as if you would assure himself that he had heard a right to sounded too good to be true to them. Is especially was a repetition of these words eagerly desired the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanse of those from all sin first John one seven And John three fourteen fifteen As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the Son of Man be lifted a whoever believe within Him should not perish but have eternal life. The assurance of a Savior is love seem too much for some of these poor. Tempest tossed souls to realize so great was the relief which it brought such a flood of light was shed upon them that they seemed transported to heaven their hands were laid confidingly in the hand of Christ and their feet were planted upon the Rock of Ages all fear of death was banished and they could now covered the prison of the burning stake that they might thereby honor the name of their Redeemer in the secret places the word of God was thus brought forth and read sometimes to a single soul sometimes to a little company who were longing for light and truth often the entire night was spit in this manner and so great would be the wonder and admiration of the listeners that the messenger of mercy was not infrequently compelled to cease his reading until the understanding could grasp the tidings of salvation I just need a minute. That could be true for me. So great with the. Yes so great would be the wonder in the admiration of listeners that the messenger of mercy was not infrequently compelled to cease his reading until the understanding to grasp the tidings of salvation often with words like these be uttered will God indeed accept my offering when he smile upon me while he parted me the answer was read Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Faith grass the promise of the glad response was heard no more long pilgrimages to make no more painful journeys to holy shrines I may come to Jesus just as I am on sinful and in the holy and he will have spurred the penitential prayer that I sins be forgiven the mine even mine may be forgive them a tide of secret joy would fill the heart and the name of Jesus would be magnified with praise and thanksgiving those happy souls return to their homes to diffuse light to repeat to others as well as they could their new experience they had found the true and living way and there was a strange and solemn power in the words of Scripture that spoke directly to the heart and of those who were longing for the truth it was the voice of God and it carried conviction to those who heard. These people had an encounter with righteousness by faith it broke their chains of the legalism in the works based religion of the Dark Ages of the Catholic Church and they found freedom y'all real genuine freedom in Jesus Christ in the power the new covenant changed their lives we could have that same experience today I want to skip this but I will say this rest is not an activity you actually do more with God working through you I can't make that more clear. Romans eight I read this earlier that what the law could not do and it was weak to the flesh God did this Rome as a three day for God did by setting a son in the likeness of sin. All Flesh and on account of sin he condemns in the flesh overcame sin the flesh why I think it's verse four five he says that the rightist requirements of the law may be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to The Spirit Jesus overcame sin in the flesh to enable us to do the same that's good news and Paul makes it abundantly clear Jesus with through this so that you could keep the law so why would people use Paul's writings to say the law doesn't matter anymore if Paul said that Jesus lived just in this life and died so that we could do the same. Right doesn't make any sense go back to zero thirty six I want to finish out this chapter he said this is verse thirty three zero thirty six verse thirty three he says the SO is the Lord God on the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities I will also enable you to dwell in the cities and the ruins shall be rebuilt maybe some of you today your life feels like it's ruins maybe your religious experience feels like ruins I can't get anything right everything I do just crashes it fails I'm not good at anything and you wonder I guess is it possible for God to make me do this into this. I want you to do all the cities in the room should be rebuilt the desolate land should be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who passed by so that they will say this land that was desolate has become like the Garden of Eden and the wasted desolate and ruined cities are now for a fight and inhabited then the nations which are left around you shall know that I the LORD have rebuilt the ruin places and planted what was desolate I the Lord has spoken it and I will do it never he began this chapter and verse twenty two talking about the people being a problem he and saying that no one wants to believe in God because of people he now uses an illustration of cities being rebuilt still talking about people and he says that are the one who's spoken and I will do it people realize that's not the person I saw work last week. That's not the person I saw the church last Sabbath why they look like the Garden of Eden they were wrecked last week now the look of the garden what happened the gospel. The message of righteousness by faith transform their life the cities have been rebuilt and people take notice why because God did it and when God does stuff people take notice when you do stuff it doesn't work all that great will cover that in a moment but when God does stuff people take notice but look at verse thirty seven the says the Lord God I will also let the house of Israel inquire of me to do this for them I love that this is in the Bible he literally just said if you want this type of experience you just got to ask. Ask me to give you that transformation I will also let the house of Israel inquire of me to do this for them you can do that today and I will increase your man like a flock and I would like a flock offer his holy sacrifices like a flock of Dru so wants peace day's social the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men then they shall know that in the Lord churches fill up with his message takes hold Why because it's not legalism nor is it liberalism it's is perfectly balanced Christ interred message people wanted you people are different than me we're called to be a peculiar people not weird people. We're called to be peculiar you know these people don't do what I do they dress different than I do they eat different than I do but man they love Jesus like these people are so in love with Jesus they're so Christ like I want what you have I'm in. And I remember POV ago I was telling a story about this guy who was praying after he'd heard about what Pavol was teaching on prayers that I'm to try them and take God It is word he's driving down the road and it's snowing outside like Michigan Wisconsin or some crazy cold snow laden place that I never want to live. And that means God will call me there in the next twelve months. Till God but you don't want him I get it I vow to never be a vegetarian and never be a teacher and never have a smartphone and never do a lot of things and I'd never be a speaker so don't don't play games with Jesus. And the way this guy starts praying says Lord I want to know you like I want to hear your voice I want to do it you want and he's driving by and he sees something that what I think I saw something right drew praise this and as much what did you see as I saw something white over there she's like there's snow on the ground of course you saw something why there was no I think there's something there and he turns around in the places that say don't make U. turn he turns around goes back to their state goes over again and he sees there's this old guy face down in the snow in a white bathrobe he got out of an old folks home had old timers. And they throw him in the back of the car they take in the hospital and the guy being saved saved his life he had been there for like ten more minutes he had been dead doctors told him that and the guy says What did you find this guy and he said Well here's what happened I told God that I want to see Jesus like I want to know you better and I want to listen to you it's in our prayers want to hear your voice of one of the you better and when I prayed out he told me look right I looked right and there was the guy and he says where is your church I want to go there it is again but we go to church on Saturday I don't care if you go in Tuesday I want to be there yeah we don't eat meat I don't care if you we play like cardboard like I want to be with the Spirit of God is moving I don't care what day you go I don't care what you eat what you don't do because again but we don't need take it I don't care I want to go with the Spirit of God is at work this is what Christians should look like. We should have a story like this that's what God wanted and he says you could ask me to do this for you today new covenant Christians are possible today. And new covenant Christians keep the commandments of God by the power of God in them. New Covenant Christians don't abandon the law of God It becomes a part of them they live it out because they look like Jesus but some of you may be saying yeah this sounds too good to be true why do you understand like I've made a mess of life I don't some really nefarious things in my life so really desperately deeds I don't deserve to be saved I'm just here because I know that this place has the truth and just not good enough that could not happen for me you know the amazing thing is God already anticipated that response at the very next thing isn't scripture is a good chapter thirty one beginning of verse one was that about. The dry bones. So if you may be thinking that's just an allegory it's not relevant here I dared to differ with you breed with me now would you do you go thirty seven beginning a verse one the handle or came a mommy came upon me and brought me out in the mid in the spirit of the Lord instep me down in the midst of the valley and it was full of bones the need calls me to pass by them all around to behold there were very many in the open valley and indeed there were very dry how many people this really worked in the medical community anybody. Are there any hope for dry bones once the bone is dry it's done so it's not coming back even you have like protruding bones of the flesh if you take something that sterile and wet a place in the bone they want to do something to keep the Merrill moist they want to keep things going why because when the bone is dry there is no hope of life and God knows this because you never believe this he invented anatomy and physiology. He wrote the book on it even better than the books they gave in college I'm sure and so indeed the bones were very dry and I love Jesus for verse three you know he says so Son of Man could tell these bones live. Already knowing how awesome he is Reese's kid these bones live and he says Lord you know and again he said to me prophesied of these bones and say to them Oh dry bones hear the word of the Lord basically watch me. So he prophesies of the bones and he says the Lord this is the Lord God these bones surely are will cause breast to enter into you and you shall live I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you can cover you with skin and put breath in you and you shall live then you shall know the eye of the Lord that grammatical phrase that you should know the Lord is a direct thirty six there were no chapters of versification in the viable and this surely and God knew this response would come from people in response to the new covenant He keeps going and he says I know what you're thinking but watch this do you think these bones can live watch me you don't think I can raise your body from the dead watch me he continues a verse seven so I prophesied as I was commanded and as our prophesied there was a noise and suddenly a rattling in the bones came together bone to bone indeed as I looked at the sinners in the flesh came upon them and the skin covered them but there was no breath in them. This is what all the false real life revivals look like whole lot of noise whole lot of stuff happening but there's no power from God. False revival is not what Jesus is looking for he doesn't is want noise and bedlam he wants the power of God in His people and so he has a solution to that and he said prophesied to the breath prophesies Son of Man and say to the breath Thus does the Lord God come from the four winds all breath and breathe on these slain that they may live so I prophesied as he commanded me and breath came into them and they lived and stood upon their feet an exceedingly great army he says is secure for your houses will be full of flocks of men your cities full of flocks of men and exceedingly great army then you said to me Son of Man and you may be thinking good but this has nothing to do with people is just a story about whatever God says He says Son of Man these bones are the whole house of Israel people indeed they say our bones are draw our hope is lost and we ourselves are cut off your said that about your situation. My bones are dry and my hope is cut off therefore prophesied I say to them Thus says the LORD GOD be a hold on my people I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves and bring you into the Land of Israel and then you shall know that I am the Lord when I have opened your graves all my people and brought you up from your graves I will put my spirit in you and you shall live and I will place you in your own land and then you shall know that I the Lord has spoken it and performed it says the Lord. The Lord Jesus Christ raises. People from the dead I don't care how dry your bones have been how fruitless your experience have been you can ask the Lord to do this for him for you today I will also look the house of his own choir of me to do this for them he says you can have this experience you can have the Spirit of God break out this death and letter G. and you can find life again you can find revival You can find obedience and you can live a life that causes surrounding nations to know that there is a God in heaven who is real why because I was dead and now I'm alive. If I ever had to have a conversation with an atheist they say how do you know God exists you know what I would tell them two words sit down. And I was start telling the story of redemption played out in my life. You tell me how this man became this man. I have no answer for that there is no answer for this you ask people high school what would I be doing with my life and you told them now when I do if my life they would not believe you why. Because God raises people from the dead that's why. And they can do that for you. Even if we have been frozen cold in the Laodicean condition of Evans's I'm deader than dead. He can bring life to your experience I don't care give nothing for Jesus for fifty years in this church he can change that today that's good news. And that's actually old hat so my encouragement to you is to do something that pleases God. And that believe his promises. Because his word says a lot of good things about you you never believed as the very person that you're afraid of disappointing the most God believes the best things about you. That's the gospel that's the faith of Jesus he sees someone that can look like the Garden of Eden not a city in ruins he sees somebody with skin the flesh and the breath of God within them not dry bones God sees you for what you are in Christ he calls the things according to Romans four the do not exist as though they did the story this told about Abraham as it says that seeing then. My mind is one blank I have this verse to myself. But I don't have it memorized right now just kidding so let's go to Romans for all I know why that's hubris. It's as if he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthen his faith and gave glory to God being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he promised this is what the Bible Romans says about Abraham The only problem with that is the text itself in the book of Genesis because the very same Abraham had a whole lot of times when he didn't believe Hagar is a good example which now led to you know like ISIS right we're still dealing with I don't believe today. He wrestled right he lied about his wife twice but here's the thing when Abraham trusted Jesus to be his righteousness according to Romans for Jesus rewrites his story in the history books. There's a scene like that anymore and that's why Paul says in the same chapter he calls the things that do not exist as though they did God calls Abraham what he is and Jesus not what he lived in Genesis that means if your life has been filled with I mean Abraham was a he did pretty well compared to most of us you have he can rewrite your story too. If you've been faithless if you've been discouraged if you've been idle in your Christian experience. Second change that's good news that's a message of righteousness by faith that's the message of sanctification of the power of God when you yield to Jesus and say yes to him and for all the problems of the Spirit you become something you weren't before. And you receive the imputed righteousness' at salvation and you are continually receiving the imparted righteousness day by day as your being sanctified So you've started on the process of God who is faithful to begin and is going to make sure it in as it ought right you begin a good work and you will see it through to the end if you stay in the process if you continue to respond to the prompt into the spirit every step of the way God will keep his promise to you and you could please him by believing his promises even that's good news today blasting we're going to cover this afternoon is this idea of imputed imparted righteousness and specifically wearing out what role the Holy Spirit plays in ourselves because it's very important to understand this but I want to close of the word of prayer and then we'll have a brief break Lord Jesus thank you. I think you that is equal thirty six you said that we can enquire that you will let the house of Israel inquire of you to do this for us Lord we ask that today I'm a mess I need Jesus I don't do the things I want to do and the things I don't want to do I do and I know the interest on the Romans eight by choosing to let you be my righteousness to cease the works of the flesh to take responsibility for my sin and to trust in Jesus to depend upon Jesus never that for me and everyone present cleanses from all unrighteousness washes of the blood of Jesus I prayed and Phyllis with their spirit to make us a new people we need to we ask this now in Jesus. You know 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 your person or if you would like to listen to more sermon leave a Visit W W W. Or.

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