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3. The Lord Our Righteousness

Mark Howard
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Mark Howard

Director, Emmanuel Institute of Evangelism

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  • April 1, 2017
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We are in a series on the everlasting Gospel and the message today is intitled Christ Our Righteousness taken from our scripture reading there I want to revisit a little bit about what we talked about last week last week's message was a little more theological we talked about imputed and imparted righteousness we talked about justification and sanctification and these kinds of things and one of the things we talked about was a interesting and important piece of history for us a Seventh Day Adventists and I mentioned that. The middle of last century about one thousand nine hundred fifty or so in agonists history we had an experience where we had some Seventh Day Adventist leaders who met with some even joke of leaders and the long and short of the the meeting was that they attempted to explain Adventism within the context or in the framework of even joke a Christian A-T. and the challenge with that is that it can't be done and the reason it can't be done I gave a few reasons last week first of all the leaders that our leaders met with believed in they were Calvinists they believed in predestination seven they haven't just don't believe in predestination predestination says that God has already determined who is going to be saved and lost and where are you end up you end up you have no choice in the matter we don't believe that you know why because it's not Biblical amen and I make no apologies in saying that and so to try to fit in a view of the gospel in a context that doesn't give free choice isn't possible they also believe in once saved always saved which is which is goes along not everybody who believes in predestination does or in those terms but it's kind of hard not to at any rate but one of the most obvious things that is different is Seventh Day Adventists believe that when Jesus died on the cross rather than dying on the cross to do away with the law he died on the cross to magnify the law it's a Seven Day Adventists believe that the law is still part of a Christian of Christian living. Where the even joke leaders did not. And I mention this last week. Were told in inspiration that the commandments of God the law let me back up were told that the Gospel is the divine remedy for sin. All sin is transgression of the law if you take the law out of the picture the gospel becomes a remedy or a cure for a disease that doesn't exist. You follow that as the gospel is to save us from sin but there's no law the Bible says very clearly Romans four fifteen where there is no law there is no transgression and so what it does is you take the law out of the picture in it confuses the matter rather than the Gospel being as we looked at last week the power of God unto salvation from sin that would transform the life. Because there's no sin the gospel becomes. About forgiveness and forgiveness becomes about appeasement. Rather than a gift from God for transformation. And then Jesus becomes the savior from the penalty of sin but he's not the savior from the power of sin. And this is very much influenced even our church today and one of the probably the most obvious areas is a downplaying of the heart of righteousness that's called sanctification and you know I have to get lost in all these terms but we'll get into it a little bit further here now I did share these last week and I want to revisit a couple statements I shared with you last week press up it was a speech one twenty eight says this no man can rightly present the law of God without the Gospel or the Gospel without what the law the law is the gospel embodied and the Gospel is the law unfolded the law is the root the gospel is the fragrant blossom and fruit which it bears again just saying the law points out our need for the Gospel the law shows us our sin which is why we need to go to cry the next statement here from evangelism to thirty one says both along the gospel are blended in no discourse are they to be divorced. In no discourse are they to be divorced now it's interesting to talk about the long the Gospel and. The Gospel with the law and body. But the clearest embodiment of the law all we have is in Christ isn't it and the thing about this is the law when you come in you can read through we can take the ten Commandments out and I want to get us past that when we talk about the law and I talk about a checklist we go through and say OK got that got that I don't do that. The law is a spiritual law and you see the fullness of it in the person of Jesus Christ and here's the thing when you come face to face with the law really come face to face with along the Spirit of God brings that sense upon your heart your mind what it's about it brings conviction of sin. It exposes sin. It exposes sin where you didn't think the. It was sin. What's interesting is you go to the New Testament and you see the Ferris sees in the people thought the fairest these were the most righteous people on the planet. Until Jesus showed up. The fares he's also thought they were the most righteous people on the planet by the way until Jesus showed up but when the embodiment of the law showed up it exposed them for what they were in contrast with him it was very clear that they were anything but righteous you followed him saying and that is what drew out that hatred against Christ I was reading the Internet if you've never read the introduction to Martin Luther's book on Romans the reformer I found this statement I thought it was powerful he said the more the law demands what men cannot do the more they hate the law. The more the law demands what men cannot do the more they hate the law because we like to do it ourselves we like to be self-sufficient and the law exposes that and Jesus was the embodiment of that so in no Course discourse of that he separated they work together they blend the law exposed to sin which leads us to Christ. For the power over sin. And made this famous statement that fits in this context he says as a people and I want you to notice today we're going to go to here in a little bit eight hundred eighty eight. She says as a people we have preached the law and so we are as dry as the hills of Gill boa that had neither do nor ink. We have much once preach what Christ in the law now it's funny sometimes I've had people say we preach the Law so much we need to preach Christ but we do. But we need to preach Christ in the law you can't divorce them right in the discourse they to be separated. Because if you preach the gospel about the law you're preaching a remedy for a disease that doesn't exist right hey I've got some education here no thanks I'm not sick right is not when Jesus said it's those who are sick who need a physician not those who are well he was a saying his listeners weren't sick he was saying you don't see your need. We must preach Christ in the law and there will be sap and nourishment in the preaching that will be as food to the famishing flock of God. It helps us to sense our need and we are in satisfy all this morning we look to cry subject and object lessons one fifty two which tells us the sense of need the recognition of our poverty and sin is the very first condition of acceptance with God and to see our need of him that's why Jesus said blessed are those who mourn. Blessed are the poor in spirit is talking about soul poverty there. Now something interesting happened and I highlighted the date of the something interesting that happened in our history a Seventh Day Adventists in eight hundred eighty eight and Ellen White puts it in these words I'm going to share with you in fact I'm going to tell you this whole section I'm just giving a paragraph with this whole section and testimonies to ministers is if I could required as a reading I would it's powerful and it's it's it's important is an understatement. This this. Is highlighting a piece of our history nine I here seven they haven't and you can probably finish this quote We have nothing to fear for the future except as we show what forget the way the Lord has led us and he is teaching in our past history no we do we go back to to Joseph Bates and we go back to higher medicine and I'm not opposed to that but you know what a lot of people miss out on this huge piece of history notice what it says the Lord to his great mercy sent a most precious message to his people through elders Wagner and Jones this message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted savior the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world it presents a justification through faith in the surety you see the Capitol as calling Jesus the surety in other words he is the guaranteeing that we can have eternity we look to him it invited the people to receive the what the righteousness of Christ which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world it is what this is the third angel's message which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure we refer to that is the outpouring of the Latter Rain this is that something that we have some damage feel is an important thing if you have not studied this the latter rain and I don't have time this isn't a sermon let it rain but the Latter Rain is what is going to fit God's people to get through that Final Crisis without it no but. Going through the Final Crisis and so here God sent a message to his people. To bring more prominently Christ crucified Christ risen Christ descended and the righteousness of Christ which is given so freely to his people. Now I have to bring in something here that we often missed today in fact some of you this is going to be news to you I've had people try to convince me today that our church is in the same condition it was in eight hundred eighty eight today now there may be some similarities but there's a very good airing difference in our church today and our church in eight hundred eighty eight I believe this message is look if this is the message that's going to come and prepare the way in and prompt the outpouring of the Holy Spirit this is if this is the thirteenth as message then this is the message for now there's something very different. In one thousand nine hundred eighty than there is in the church today in eighty eight I want you to know that there wasn't a single Adventist OK that's a that's a that's over same because only one or two but as Seven Day Adventists agonist members all believed number one we can overcome sin in this life. Everybody believed it number two Christian Perfection is not only possible but essential for those who live to see Jesus coming you can disagree with this but this is history now there is you can say I don't think that way but this is how the church believed then. Number three those who are live at the second coming will by the grace of God be living sinless lives this is what Adventist believe and you would be thinking well no wonder he sent that message to them in one thousand nine hundred to straighten them out but I just want you to understand that if you talk to any seven they haven't as this is what the church believed at that time now here's some of the reasons that they believed it they looked at scriptures like these Matthew want twenty one what does it say you shall call his name Jesus for He will save his people what from their sins and we can debate on how many sins but us is going to save from sin so that's where they when Jesus in John five fourteen told man by the pool with us to sin no more lest worst thing come upon you told the woman caught in adultery what sin no more first Peter one fifteen and sixteen as he you called you is what holy You also be holy in what most of your conduct. All your conduct because it is written be holy for I am holy. Romans eight three and four says what the law could not do and that it was weak through what the flesh God did by sending His own Son that the righteous requirement of the law might be was fulfilled in Ossie do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit. Do twenty four now to Him who is able to do what keep you from stumbling into present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. Philippians four thirteen I can do how much all things through Christ who strengthens me so these types of scriptures they say read as saying hey I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me I can't do it myself but I can do it through Christ who strengthens me also they read statements similar to these statements now I share with you some that were before the air and some that were after that eight hundred eighty area era so you get the idea that wasn't I don't know what particular statements but there are a number of them like this just so you grasp what we're looking at here. Early writings page seventy one says I saw that many I also saw that many do not realize what they must be in order to live in the sight of the Lord without a high priest in the sanctuary through the time trouble those who receive the seal of the Living God and are protected in the time of trouble must reflect the image of Jesus what. I saw that none could share the refreshing unless they obtain the victory over everybody seven over pride selfishness love of the world and over every wrong word and action that little overwhelming good let all remember that God is holy and that none but holy beings can ever dwell in his presence that was written eight hundred fifty one this is written eight hundred fifty eight book great controversy the eight hundred eighty eight edition says not even by a thought could our Savior be brought to yield to the power of temptation this is the condition in which those must be found who will stand in the time. Desired ages page one twenty three says something similar not even by a thought did Jesus yield to temptation so it may be with to us Christ humanity was united with divinity he was fitted for the conflict by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and he came to make us partakers of the divine nature so long as we are united to him by faith sin has no more dominion over us that's Romans six fourteen God reaches for the hand of faith in us to direct it to lay fast the whole hold upon the divinity of Christ that we may attain to what perfection of character that's eight hundred ninety eight that was penned third selected messages page three sixty says he who has not sufficient faith in Christ to believe that he can keep him from sinning has not the faith that will give him an entrance into the kingdom of God Now as I said this is how I am going to leave then when that message came through Jones and Wagner. They thought you really had to be perfect and overcome sin Now here's the kicker. So did Jones and rider. And you may think well they came and what they presented was a a look no no no that's not important. Here's the thing that here's the thing that unique about the message of Jones and Wagner This is what we look at today. They didn't lower the standard. A Christian unity any more than Christ could have. The Christian world says Christ did away from with the law folks what is the law. So all nineteen the law of the Lord is perfect now I know look I don't want to get into we can talk about perfection and I know that in the church there are people who have wacky ideas of perfection I don't want to get into defining perfection but we're talking about what is the most perfect thing that we know. Christ Christ as the embodiment of perfection and the understanding in Adventism was that that was expected of every follower of Christ can that be gone tin can that be overwhelming yes it can and for good reason we should be daunted because when we all are that's the purpose of the law to bring the conviction that I can't do this myself and it motivates me to look for somewhere where I can do it. And so what's fascinating about the message that came in eight hundred eighty eight you know think of it this way anybody ever do the high jump. You know it you've got that bar and you've got to try to make it over the bar and you keep raising up and see how high now let's just say I've got the bar here and I'm just not making it I'm just not making it OK. Now I can lower the bar so I can make it over and feel real good about myself but you know what I'm not jumping any higher. Right I still can't jump I just made myself feel like I'm jumping higher you understand I'm saying lowering the standard is never the purpose of the gospel so what Wagner and Jones did Interesting enough is held the standard but they lifted up Christ as the way to live but we got it as a transforming power as Christ Our Righteousness we talked last week about the Gospel being the power of God unto salvation that's how they presented Christ the power of God under salvation they presented Christ as the Lord Our Righteousness I want you to look at that in Scripture reading we looked at Jeremiah for telling the coming of the Messiah says in Jeremiah twenty three verses five and six Jeremiah twenty three five and six. We just great a little ground work here that's going to take us into looking at what it means for Jesus to be the Lord Our Righteousness. Jeremiah twenty three starting in verse five. Bible says Behold the days are coming says the Lord now raise to David a branch of righteousness he's talking about the coming Messiah. A king showering and prosper and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In his days Judah will be saved in Israel will dwell safely. Now this is the name by which he will be called The Lord Our Righteousness and always says in one place and every believer can also call him The Lord my righteousness and we're going to talk about what that means as we continue on here. It's interesting when you look into the scripture and you look up the term gospel. There's a lot of different expressions a Bible in Romans one sixteen says the gospels the power of God unto salvation but you read in Acts twenty twenty four it talks about the gospel of the grace of God. And our last message we look to how in Scripture grace of God is on merited favor but in His unmerited favor he gives us power and we saw Grace as a as a manifestation of the power of God. So the gospel of the grace of God Mark one fourteen talks about the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Six fifteen talks about the Gospel of Peace First Peter one twenty four talks about the gospel of the word but the single most used expression in the New Testament is the gospel of Christ because Christ is the foundation of every part of the good news of salvation and redemption so the Bible says there is no other name given under heaven among men whereby we must be saved look at Kryten First Corinthians one thirty with me and notice what it says First Corinthians chapter one and verse thirty first Corinthians one. And verse thirty the Bible says but of him you are in who Christ Jesus who became for us wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification and redemption that as it is written He who glories let him glory in the Lord everything valuable everything worthwhile we have is found in our connection to Jesus now I wanted to lay this groundwork simply to say in this. Complimentary relation relationship with the law in the Gospel that only when you realize fully what God is calling you to. Can you appreciate what the Gospel is promising to do for you and I want you to go with me as we look at what it means to be for Christ to be our righteousness to the book of Hebrews we're going to Hebrews Chapter two To me this is this is one of the most fascinating passages of Scripture that highlights the purpose of the mission of Jesus to this or Hebrews Chapter two we're going to read verses five through eight we're going to break them down OK Hebrews Chapter two starting in verse five. In fact let's start verse four we need to get some setting there first for says God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders with the various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit according to his own will. For he God has not put the world to come of which we speak in subjection to angels What's the world to come can somebody tell me that. What's the world to come according to Scripture heaven already exists. In the new or the New Earth OK He God has not put the world to come the new earth in subjection to angels but one testified in a certain place saying what is me and that you are mindful of him or the Son of man that you take care of him you have made him a little lower than the WHO angels you have crowned you with glory and honor and set him over the works of your hands you have put all things in subject under his feet so God has not put the world to comments objection to angels but then it says he's put it in subjection to do. Who talk about what it says what is man that you are mindful of him or the Son of Man You take care of him you've made him a little lower the Angels a set or a set or a lot of people jump to the conclusion he says Jesus because they read that phrase son of man but he's quoting from the songs and you go back to the Psalms when David is writing this he's not when he says man in the Son of Man as a Jewish idiom he simply saying God is man that you consider us you have this vast universe you have such a wide creation we're a speck of dust in this whole universe what is man that you are mindful of him. And then he goes on to say and I'll ask it this way he says you've made him a little over the ages you've crowned with Gore in honor and sent him over the works of your hands can you think of somewhere where God set men. Over the works of his hands. Let's go to Genesis we're going to Genesis Chapter one Verse twenty six or your finger there we're going back to Hebrews Genesis one verse twenty six Genesis one verse twenty six says then then God said Let Us make man in OUR image. According to our likeness let what. Them who is an include. OK well in the in Genesis one it include it says man what did man include Adam Many OK so both of them are included I just thought that was important no. Let them have dominion was dominion. This rulership authority over the fish of the sea over the birds of the air over all over the cattle over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth so God created man in his own image in the image of God He created him male and female he created them then God bless them and God said to them Be fruitful and multiply fill the earth and subdue it have with the word dominion over the fish of the sea over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth so we see God creating mankind. And putting them in charge of. All of what the earth. So when we go to Hebrews A says God hasn't put the new earth and subjection to angels. He's put it in subjection to who. Man. He got he has put it a sector direction ages but he says What is man that you are mindful of even set man over the works of his hands. Now that in and of itself can have us really. Because man. Lost that Dominion how. Genesis one we see man has dominion but what happened in Genesis Chapter three. Adam and Eve turned to another master didn't they could God have said do thus and so but the devil said no no no no no that doesn't so and they choose to fall chose to follow a different master what happened when they did that let's go to job and I want you to see something in the Book of Job that is important in this connection right before the book of Psalms you have the Book of Job Job one verse six job one verse six. The Bible says here there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan also came among them now we might read right here on the onset say all the sons of God came There's a bunch of human beings who came to meet with God and then hear. The death of the Devil Came on them now continue on Satan came among them. In verse seven says the Lord said to Satan from where do you come. Satan answered The Lord said from going back to and fro on the what Earth and back and forth on it and then the Lord said Have you considered my servant job there is none like him up right and you know cetera et cetera now what I want you to gather here is there's a meeting taking place but this meeting is not on the earth and we know that because when he asks say where he came from he came from the earth so who are the sons of God in this meeting go to the let's go to the New Testament book of Luke. Where we find the genealogy. Of Christ and you'll find something interesting in it this just says the lineage that. Jesus came through Luke chapter three. And I'm going to read the whole list I'm going to spare you that but if you look at verse twenty three we get our start there Luke three twenty three says Now Jesus himself began it is mystery to be about thirty years of age being as was supposed the son of Joseph the son of U.I. The son of myth that all the way down to let's go to verse thirty seven the son of Methuselah the son of Enoch the son of Jared the Son of Man how well the son of Canaan the son of Enosh the son of South the son of Adam. Whose son was Adam the son of God. Now I want you to think this through there's a meeting in heaven. All of these different people come to the meeting and they're called the Sons of God. Adam is referred to as a Son of God here in the genealogy of Jesus. When God does the read call for the meeting Satan shows up and he says where are you coming from he says I'm coming from the earth I want you to understand what's happening. These sons of God. Are the atoms of other worlds and God is taking roll call and when he calls for the earth instead of Adam showing up and saying here earth is here represented Satan shows up. Now why do Satan show up instead of Adam showing up because Adam handed it over to the devil when he chose to follow him. You see Adam's failure in Eden impacted the whole planet and gave earth into the hands of the enemy. Are you with me so far. OK just to confirm that let's go to John twelve Matthew Mark Luke John John twelve thirty one John twelve in verse thirty one Jesus says in John twelve thirty one now is the judgment of this world now what ruler of this world will be cast out is he talking about when the bell then what's Jesus called the devil. The ruler of all of this world because when Adam and Eve sinned they gave earth over into the hands of the enemy God gave humanity rulership and dominion over the earth but because of their transgression they lost that Dominion So the idea in Hebrew is that God would put man back in charge let me ask you if you are owner of a corporation and you put a guy in charge and he wrecks the whole incorporation and bankrupted it when you start another company are you going back to the guy who bankrupted say I want you to be my C.E.O. just the simple fact that God would say I'm not going to put angels in charge of the new earth but I'm going to put humanity in charge is is amazing. I want you to go with me to the Book of Romans we're going to go back to Hebrews in a minute. I want you to go to Romans Chapter five Romans Chapter five and we're going to look at we're not going to break down all of Romans five we're going to draw a couple things out of it Romans five in verse twelve I want you to see the impact of this. Losing of the dominion of the earth by Adam many. Romans five verse twelve says Therefore just as through one man was soon entered the world and death through sin and thus death did what spread to all men because all sins the Bible's telling us is the act of Adam in sinning you have to understand that Adam was the father of the human race. Now we have a saying that says Like father like son right because a father can pass on characteristics to his child right when Adam was in his holy undefiled on sinless his sin the state when God created him. There is a lot more he could have passed on to his descendants than after his sin but what happened is when Adam and Eve sinned when Adam sinned as the father of the race the only thing he corrupted his nature the nature the human nature when he sinned we call it today we call it the fallen nature the simple nature the carnal nature. It's like he introduced a virus into the software program. I don't know if you've ever gotten something like that on your computer you get somebody if somebody has a virus on their computer and you could put a little thumb drive in to share a file with you and then they give that but guess what happens that little corruption rides around from that computer goes everywhere else. When Adam sinned he corrupted humanity and then that nature. Passed on to everyone he fathered who is who is everyone we're all descendants of that and that's what the Bible's telling it's here this corrupted nature of and spread to all men because Adam was the project which are of this race if you go back with me to Romans three Romans three will tell us what the net effect of that is. Romans Chapter three. And we're going to just look at a few verses here verse starting in verse ten or almost reversed in. Bible says as it is written there is what. How many righteous none righteous and in case you want to argue with him he says no not one where but isn't this guy over here no not one there is none who understands there is none of you what seeks after God You may argue that you say hey wait a minute I've had time I you know I used to be far more but I sought after him you know why any person ever seeks after God because he saw you first because his Holy Spirit started prompting something in your heart and drawing you to himself with the Bible telling us is there is nothing good in man. It was Paul who says later on in the book in my flesh dwells no good thing. There is none who does good no not one I'm sorry verse verse I jump ahead verse eleven there is no one who understands there's no one who seeks after God verse twelve they have all turned aside they have together become unprofitable there is none who does good no not one. Verse nineteen says Now we know that whatever the law says it says to those who are under the law that how many mouths every mouth may be stopped and all the world may become guilty before God verse twenty three four. How many all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. So because of Adam's transgression and the fact that he's the father of the rays he passed that sin on to every one of us that's what we inherit from him and I'm going to tell you that we don't have a solitary threat of a hope for heaven from anything we got from Adam so when you go back to Hebrews follow the Paul of the Apostles argument here in Hebrews Chapter two he was Chapter two he says again verse six in a certain one testified in a certain place saying what is mainland that you are mindful of him or the Son of man that you take care of him you've made him a little lower than the angels you crowned him with glory and honor you sent him over the works of your hands you put all things in subjection under his feet. In that God has put all things in subjection under Man I'm just reading in there he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not what. We do not yet see all things put under him what's his point. God created the earth. He put man in charge of everything is man in charge of everything now no. Because he lost it because he gave it over the devil through sin but what the Lord is telling us the Apostles telling us here in the book of Hebrews is all things are put on him but we do not use a very important word here we do not yet see all things put under him. Now he is telling us here that the world to come the new earth God is going to have man in charge of it just like man's in charge here you say wait a minute man is not in charge here always is hold on. Hold on we're not there yet. You know Adam and Eve were put in charge and now they're not in charge we don't yet see all things put under man we know that man botched it we know that mankind messed it up we know that man is sinful house is ever going to be fixed but verse nine begins but we see the new. Jesus who was made a little was lower than the angels now wait a minute is Jesus lower than the angels What is the only cut passage in which we could say Jesus is lower than the angels. Because he took humanity. Now I don't want you to miss it what the Apostle saying is Look God is planning in that new earth for me in kind to be restored and I have everything God created mankind for the problem is mankind blew it in the garden we sinned and now because Adam sinned every one of his descendants is a sinner and in and of ourselves we have no hope of a scaping that. We've lost our dominion but wait. But wait look at Jesus who came in the place with me. Look at Jesus now he comes onto the playing field in humanity is it possible that he could do in humanity what Adam fail that we don't see yet me and put what's the implication there. We don't yet see me and restored back to his original glory What's the implication he will be because we see Jesus you fall that he will be because look we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels. For the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor that he by the grace of God might taste death for every one. Verse ten says for it was fitting for him. For whom are all things and by who are all things in bringing many sons to glory. Those sons are you and me his children bringing us to glory means his standard character. It was fitting for him to make the new. What's the word captain of their salvation. Perfect through sufferings who's the captain of our salvation. Jesus is now I found this interesting two things the same word that we read here the Greek word I should say this translated captain here is the same word we read in Hebrews twelve the calls Jesus the author. The Author and Finisher of our faith the word for author is the same word here as captain and both words listen carefully from the Greek word Our could go us. Means the or originator in the classical Greek the word is used for the progenitor of a clay N. or a father of a group of people OK No Don't miss it right now who's our father well right now our father should be Jesus Christ we understand a minute and that may be confusing but we are descendants of Adam when we're born naturally and we receive only what Adam can give us that is his sinfulness But now the Bible tells us we see Jesus and Jesus comes into humanity and the Bible uses this word Captain progenitor In other words it puts him in the same place as Adam was implying that if we connect ourselves to Christ we might be able to receive from Christ a nature just like we receive from Adam and nature only the nature we receive in Christ is infinitely better and them. He becomes the captain of our salvation Now look if you've ever played on a team and you've got a lousy Captain forget about it. But if you've got a good captain what jury the captain of our salvation is not also I mean the captain of Jesus is the captain of our salvation a man. I don't care how high the standard is if Jesus is my captain I'm confident in him why did Jesus come in humanity ever ask yourself and live. In humanity he could have just died on the cross I'm going to have a T. Jones one of those messengers and it's an eighty eight said this it was eight hundred eighty nine out of Kansas can't meaning says why the Savior come as an infant instead of a man to go on the cross would have meant the penalty because he lived a child and met all the temptations a child meets and never sinned so that any child can stand in his place and resist in his strength why did Jesus live a perfect humanity so we don't have to are so that we could. Notice the statement from the pen of Ellen White she says in the book confrontation page seventeen the great work of redemption could be carried out only by the Redeemer taking the place of fallen and. With the sins of the world laid upon him he would go over the ground where Adam stumbled you ever ask yourself why Jesus went and met those three temptations in the in the wilderness. In fact the Bible says the Spirit of God led him in the wilderness after his baptism to meet three temptations why not for temptations Why not six temptations Why not two temptations. Because John tells us that all there is in the world can be summed up in three base temptations the lust of the flesh the lust of the eyes and the pride of life and Jesus met everyone in the wilderness. In other words every If you go back to Genesis and if we took the time Adam and Eve fell it everyone and everywhere that Adam failed Jesus overcame. That's what is talking about he came to the place where Adam was he came in the place of fallen Adam with the sins of the world laid upon him he would go over the ground where Adam stumble. He would bear a test infinitely more severe than that which Adam failed to endure he would have overcome on man's account and conquer the tempter that through his obedience Christ's obedience his purity of character and steadfast integrity his righteousness might be imputed to me and that through his name man might overcome the fold what on his own account. In other words Christ would transform and empower humanity and raise humanity back to God's original plan Folks that's the good news of salvation I mentioned to you last week it would be no good news if you were in a jail cell and you heard the governor was on his way with a pardon in his pocket he comes and visits you and you're in jail for life and he comes and he takes that pardon and he sits down and tells you look I want you to know I have a pardon here and I just want you to know that you're going to be in here the rest your life but just become any you're innocent the whole time see a later I don't know some tells me it would bug me being in that cell Jesus doesn't just tell us that we're forgiven he gets us out of the cell that we might overcome through the power of Christ brothers and sisters the righteousness of Christ is not a passive thing it's an active thing in the life of the Christian it's like somebody makes a deposit in your bank account listen if somebody made a deposit of a million dollars in your bank account said it's all yours do you want would you spend it. If you believed it was there would you spend it or save it or act like it's there and somewhere the other Look I'd be to be a guy I got money in my count I would be like. Jesus or we come to Christ the Bible says He makes a deposit of righteousness in your account. Are you trying to spend it well I mean by that what battle kill you gain victory over when Jesus has put his righteousness to your account this is what this is talking about it's the righteousness the living righteousness of Christ it was the statement here third selected messages page one thirty two says of Jesus he exercised in his own behalf no power which man cannot exercise it doesn't mean because we have it naturally it's saying that through Christ the whole reason he took humanity is to give us power we wouldn't naturally out his life testified that by the aid of the same divine power which Christ received it is possible for man to obey God's law. Deserving to sixty four a little bit more of the same idea of the Savior was deeply anxious for his disciples to understand us disciples His disciples then we got disciples here today he's anxious for you to understand this for what purpose his divinity was united to humanity he came to the world to display the glory of God that man might be uplifted by its restoring power God was manifested in him that he might be manifested in them the words God was revealed in Jesus so that Jesus could be revealed in us. Jesus revealed but no qualities and exercised no powers that men may not have through faith in Him His perfect humanity is that which all his followers may possess if they will be in subjection to God as he was I'll go back to that in a minute. Jesus met the tempter. On the ground that Adam fell that's what he was telling us and in the place of Adam Jesus comes it overcomes where Adam failed and becomes the captain of our salvation. And I want to finish up with this thought in Romans five Romans five. We looked at verse twelve how sin passed upon us because of the sin in Adam and of Adam and Eve not that we are hell guilty because of Adam's sin but we receive the nature of Adam. It's a whole nother subject. And I want you to zero in with me. On Romans Chapter five Verse nineteen the Bible says for as by one man's disobedience it was that Adam by one man's disobedience many were made sinners so also by one man's obedience to is that Jesus Christ many will be made righteous. Moreover the law ensured that the offense might have been but where sin abounded what Grace abounded much more so that as soon reigned in death even so Grace might remain through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our lord know that just as sin reigned now righteousness is supposed to reign in us because of the power crisis by one man's disobedience many were made sinners by one man's obedience many will be made right use and I want you to notice. Back in verse ten and I'm going to bind this off with this verse ten it says of Romans five for if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his son much more having been reconciled we shall be saved by. I want you to know something interesting here the Bible doesn't say were saved by the death of crisis as a reconciled by the death of Christ so as were saved by the life of Christ. And says that one man's obedience makes us righteous I want you to hear what a T. Jones had to say about that again from these Kansas can't meetings. It is Christ's obedience to the veils and not ours that brings righteousness to us and you say men do that. It's not obedience is his obedience and I want you to know what John's saying well then let us stop trying to do the will of God in our own strength stop it all put it away from you forever let Christ's obedience do it all for you know I've heard this before but I often don't hear the next. Let Christ's obedience do it all for you and gain the what strength to pull the bow so that you can hit the mark he's using the idea that the word sin in the Greek is word here Marty it means to miss the mark like a shooting for Target you miss he says that the obedience of Christ strengthen you so you can play with both and hit the mark in other words the obedience of Christ doesn't work just outside of you it works inside of you. Again John says Christ was faithful His faithfulness comes to us in answer to our faith and that makes us faithful it is only by his obedience that we are made righteous then when I have anything to do let my faith reach out to him and bring faithfulness from him to enable me to do it and in answer to our faith as it grows more and more of his power and good will goodness will do what it will come to us and just before probation closes we shall be like him indeed and then we shall be keeping the commands of God In fact because there will be so much of him in us there will there will be none of ourselves there. Praise the Lord for that. That is when we get to the place where we keep the commandments of God and there is the beautiful promise here or there that keep the queerness of God and have the faith of Jesus that is do you believe that is Christ Our Righteousness his perfect righteousness is put upon us and put into us and by faith in Him we become new creatures in crowds and note I didn't say by feeling in him. I can't tell you how many Christians will say Pastor I just don't feel it's not about what you feel smell God has promised Do you believe that there's a deposit made in your bank account I'm going to tell you something the Bible tells me that Jesus put a deposit of righteousness in my account and even if the transaction I get from the bank says there's zero in there I'm going to believe what Jesus said about you. E.J. where ignore made this point about being saved by His life that we just read the other of the two messengers there T.T.T. says men are not saved through their own obedience but through the obedience of who. Christ the Bible does not teach us that God calls us righteous simply because Jesus of Nazareth was righteous eight hundred years ago it says that by his obedience we are made righteous notice that it is present actual righteousness his life is perfect it should say Ya know as it is but as perfectly in harmony with the law now as it was then and he lives in the hearts of those who believe in Him Therefore it is Christ's present obedience and believers that makes them righteous here is the whole story I am crucified with Christ Nevertheless I live yet not I but who Christ lives where in me in the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. So brothers and sisters by birth by birth we became part of the first Adam we had no choice in that. You know how we become part of the second Adam by birth we receive the nature of Adam we were born sinners with sinful natures. But the Bible says by face we can be born. What again. And when we're born again we don't receive the first Adam's nature we received the second Adam's nature but being born again we don't have to be in the bondage of sin by being born again we can be transformed in the righteousness of Jesus becomes Christ Our Righteousness. And our saying to pick ation and redemption as he read in first Corinthians one thirty and in Him we will have all the righteousness we will ever need to find entrance into the kingdom of God But you know what happens too often. Too often we lament I hear Christians talk about how hard it is how will never be never become that all never overcome this and we talk and talk and talk and talk and talk about our weaknesses until I wonder if anybody's ever even thought twice about Jesus Christ how big is your savior. I want to tell you the smaller your savior is the more you going to have to lower that bar on the idea but when you believe in the righteousness of Jesus Christ yeah the standard of of reaching heaven may be daunting I'm just glad that I don't have to get there myself I can trust in the righteousness of Christ and I want to finish with this powerful statement from the pen of Ellen White from the book faith and works page seventy six she says God help us breath to wake up and stir ourselves now to do as much as the paralytic did to do as much as the impotent man did and as much as the one with the pole the door my Jesus comes to these people this pathetic cases have been sick their whole lives rise take up your bed all Nazar I can't I'm just so weak I can't do it is that what they did no they put forth some energy in the power of Christ came. She says let us still ourselves God wake us up a story ourselves at least as much as these men did and believe in the righteousness of Christ. They did just as they were told. When Christ tells me something to do it is where when you tell something tells you something to do in His word don't sit and start making excuses about how hard it is and it's impossible for you to yes it is impossible for you to do it that should be a foregone conclusion but is not impossible for Christ. They did just as they were told God help us to believe on the Son of God that he can save us to go up to the upmost and we shall have everlasting life but many of you act as though there wasn't enough animation in your souls to respond to the truce some of you act as though you thought Jesus were locked up in Joseph knew tomb he is not there he has risen from the dead and we have a living Savior today who ever lives and I'm putting that in there from the Hebrew seven twenty five who ever lived to make intercession for Jesus is no Macross any more saints we don't have crucifixes in the seventh heaven church he's not in the too many more he is risen and ascended to the right hand of God to give you everything that pertains to life and godliness Where is it that you can gain through Christ where is it you can't go through Christ what victory can't you have today through Christ today brothers and sisters the Lord offers us the righteousness of Jesus Christ wherever you've been whatever weaknesses you have is in consequential today the righteousness of Christ is yours and you can truly call him The Lord my righteousness and it will be all the righteousness you'll ever need to have assurance. Of a place in the kingdom of God. You just have to say Lord. Have mercy on me a sinner and give me your righteousness is that your desire today how many of you want the righteousness of Christ Let's pray together Father in Heaven Father I pray. As you've spoken through clay again today. Lord that your spirit would take These Words and stir our hearts and help us to realize that in Jesus Christ we are complete in him we have everything that we need because he came and took our humanity. Because he perfected a righteous character because he offers that freely to us. There's nothing we can't do and nowhere we can't go through Jesus Christ. Oh Father help us to live. As Christians preparing for the coming of the Lord. Help us to live as those numbers those who believe that Jesus is still in the cross not those who believe he is still shut up in the tomb. But those who believe he has risen and ascended to the right hand of God ever living to make intercession. Thank you so much for the precious gift of the righteous. You ask and praise Jesus him in. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermon or leave a Visit W W W dot audio Verse dot org.

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