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The Economics of Salvation

David Wright


David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church


  • August 4, 2012
    11:30 AM
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Tell me if you will a Revelation 14 Revelation Chapter 14. Verses 6 and 7 verses that we know well the message is the 1st and it says in verse 6 of jester 14 in Revelation then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven having the everlasting Gospel to preach to those who dwell in the earth every nation tribe tongue and people saying with a loud voice Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of his judgment has come and worship Him who made heaven and earth the sea and the springs of water folks we have an eternal Gospel not a new gospel and our job is to take this message to the ends of the earth but I believe some are tampering with this everlasting Gospel verse 8 and another Angel Falls saying Babylon is fallen is fallen that great city because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication there is a false message and they are making the nations drink the wine of their adult trees the doctrines of devils now friends justification of something for me by grace sanctification is something God does in me by grace and they are inseparable You cannot truly have 1 without the other like when I go into my shower and I have a hot and a cold and I have to regulated and get everything just right but when it comes out of the spout there is no more separating it's done they're inseparable and this idea of justification sanctification be inseparable we see throughout Scripture and somehow I don't understand why it's so hard in the Bible to understand this but in every relationship it seems so easy if I love my spouse. I will treat you accordingly if I don't I'll treat you differently when I open Honey I love you I care about you I want what's best for you as I mistreat or stay out late do my own thing how long will she continue to believe me so this idea of justification sanctification seem to have the Bible 1st John 19 says if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins as the justification and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness there is a sanctification 2nd Chronicle 714 if my people which are called by my name show humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sins justification and will hear all their land thanks to cation we find also in the Lord's Prayer forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors justification and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil sanctification they are inseparable and they are both given by God by His grace only his grace can save us and only his grace can changes but popular theology says only believe that Jesus say to you that's all you need to do you remember when Christ was asked what must I do to be saved and Jesus said what is written in the law do this and you shall live Sister White reminds us that looking to Calvary will not quiet the soul into nonperformance of duty she writes but will create faith that will work there is a work for us to do. But the Lord can do nothing toward recovery my fallen nature and till I am fully convicted of my own weakness and I am stripped of all self-sufficiency and yield myself to the control of God Then and only then can I receive the gift that he longs to bestow my part is to put my will on the side of Christ. To 13 for his God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure you have your Bibles out turn with me also to Matthew chapter 22 the Gospel of Matthew chapter 22 and we're going to very quickly look at a parable here the parable of the wedding feast Matthew chapter 22 beginning with Verse 1 we read And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said they kingdom of heaven is like we hear that again and again on the lips of Jesus they kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who we know to be Jesus who arranged a marriage for his son and sent out his servant to call those who were invited to the wedding and they were not willing to come here we read a parable in which Jesus speaks prophetically the king's invitation is the gospel invitation so after the crucifixion the Gospel 1st goes to the Jewish nation God's chosen people at the King's authority Jesus' authority is despised God's peculiar people rejected the Gospel brought to them by the power of the Holy Spirit and so we read verse 6 he sends out other servants that he might invite others and in verse 6 or says in the rest seized his servants and treated them spitefully and killed them. Some are so exasperated by the offer of salvation they turn on the bearers of the message and we see great persecution and death of Stephen and James and many others so the king in this parable pronounces judgment on the people and their city and so we see the destruction of Jerusalem and the scattering of a nation and so the final call to the feast represents giving the Gospel to the Gentiles verse 8 the wedding is ready but those who were invited were not worthy therefore go into the highways and as many as you fine invite to the wedding the Gentiles are now invited to come and here's where I want to focus our attention this morning because even still we have mixed company the guest were those who professed to serve God but the fact remains some were there to honor the king however others came to share the provisions of the feast but had no desire to honor the king sure all claim as my savior but certainly not of my Lord I actually prefer my garments thank you very much they suit me there are a lot more comfortable there more trendy in accordance with the standards of the world so no thank you you can keep your garment but here comes the punch in the story the King starts to mingle with his guests and as he does so the real character of all is revealed we call this the investigative judgment for the hour of his judgment has come. Since 844 the lies of his professed followers have been in review the decision must be made prior to his 2nd coming Revelation 22 tells us to give every man according as his works Shelby his reward will be with him yes to decide before he comes and so the king is making his way through the people at the party knowing that every guest was provided with the wedding garment the garment was a gift from the king and by wearing this garment the guest showed respect for the giver of the feast yet 1 man was clothed in common dress the garment provided at great cost to the king he is distain to wear and so sadly we read in verse 12 so he said to him friend how did you come in here without a wedding garment and he was speechless he self condemned the wedding garment pure spotless character which Christ true followers will possess is the righteousness of Christ his own unblemished character that through faith is imparted to all who receive him as their personal savior and will misunderstand never can we wear the garment of our own devising never can we rely on our own works to cover our sins never can I alone in my humanness make myself acceptable before a holy God We know that this government does not have 1 thread of human devising nothing and no 1 can replace the pure garment of Jesus Christ it is purely and completely Christ perfect character that he offers to impart to you and me all our righteousness is like filthy rags it says in Isaiah 64 so wait a minute now I'm starting to really get confused that means I simply believe right. Justification only nothing to occasion my words play no part in salvation right now hold on because I believe sin is rebellion against God capital S I N in the heart produces lower case sins in the Life Is it true so how can I accept his robe of righteousness while in a state of rebellion. I can't do it now the opposite of rebellion is submission so let me close with the garment of his righteousness means we submit ourselves to Christ our heart is united with his heart our will is united with his Will our mind becomes 1 with his mind our thoughts are brought into captivity to him we live his life justification is something God does for me by grace sanctification is something God does in me by grace and they are inseparable the reality is just like that young man in the Red Badge of Courage our faith our characters are revealed by what we do our work show whether our faith or our love is genuine actions do speak louder than words if I love my wife my actions have no other choice than to reveal that and if I love my lord my actions have no other choice than to reveal that because sin capital S. I am in the heart produces lower case sins in my life that's the outflow every time but Christ's righteousness in my heart will produce righteous acts good works. It's not enough to believe Jesus is not an impostor it's not enough to believe the theory of truth even the demons do that it's not enough to make profession of faith in Christ to be added to the church books. 1st John 2 Verse 3 reminds us we know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands I know if I have come to know him if I obey his commands and let me tell you I'll know about me long before you do if I'm paying attention when Christ resides in the heart it cannot help but reduce works of righteousness by your fruits you will know them let me ask you a question if God's law did not matter was not important wouldn't god of just changed it done away with it all together and if the law could have been changed or set aside then Christ need not have died but instead we see that by his life on earth he honored the law of God and by his death he established Did he have held it and same comes along and he claimed it's impossible for man to obey God's commandments it's impossible to overcome and in our own strength that's 100 percent true but through Jesus Christ and His perfect obedience he has made it possible for every human being to obey God's commandments a man Christ came in the form of humanity and by his perfect obedience he proved that humanity and divinity combined can obey every 1 of God's precepts Jesus came to our world not to reveal what God could do but what man could do through faith in God's power so when on our friends when a soul receives Christ he receives power to live the life of Christ. Romans 8 verse 11. And if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead that's a powerful spirit if the spirit there raised Jesus from the dead is living in you he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who lives in you the same power that raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies the same God who created in the beginning can recreate out of the nothingness out of the dust of your life out of the impure thoughts in your mind out of the tendencies of your heart he can take that mud and clay and mold and shape it and recreate it in you a new heart Christ in me is my hope of glory yet Revelation speaks of a false the ology that will separate the 2 are with me 1 more time in Revelation Chapter 17 Revelation Chapter 17 the 1st 2 verses we're going to look at to start off revelation in verse chapter 17 verse 1 there's a lot here we're not going to unpack but we're looking for a few simple things Chapter 17 verse $1.00 and $1.00 of the 7 angels who have the 7 bowls came and talked with me saying to me Come I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters is the impure church who sits on many people with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication her faults doctrine and then verse 4 the woman noticed how she was dressed was a raid in purple and scarlet and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls and so on did you catch the 2 colors she's adorned in purple which in Scripture we find as a symbol of royalty judges a 26 speaks of the purple robes that the king's war and she's also dressed in Scarlet the color of blood. That in Scripture represents the blood of Jesus Christ the blood of the Lamb. And if we look back in the Old Testament in the sanctuary we have lots of references to red and a purple but there's another color blue in fact $34.00 times we see all 3 colors listed together in Scripture largely talking about the sanctuary. Testament sanctuary so if read represents the blood of Christ or justification and purple represents royalty or glorification What does blue represent numbers 15 chapter 15 beginning verse 37 Numbers Chapter 15 verse 37 says again The Lord spoke to Moses saying speak to the children of Israel tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments through their generations and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners and you shall have the tassel that you may look upon and remember all of the what commandments of the Lord and do them and that you may not follow the harlotry some of your versions may say so you will not prostitute yourselves when we just reading about the prostitute in Revelation so you are not prostitute yourselves and remember and do all my commandments and be holy for your god blue in Scripture represents the 10 Commandments in fact I believe it can be shown that the content commandments were made out of sapphire stone which is blue just as God's throne room is made of sapphire God's law is the foundation of his character and so we have this beautiful picture portrayed for us here I want you just so this blue cord all way around in the tassels so that all of your steps may be within the law of God in any so you will be reminded that you will not prostitute yourselves. Any of the children here ever played with mixing of colors what happens. When you mix red and blue together you get purple yet through imagery we have a false system of worship spoken of in Revelation 17 that is claiming that all you need is the blood of Christ in order to be considered royalty you only need the marriage certificate yet read and read makes more read it is the mixture inseparable mixture of red and blue that makes purple red and blue grace and law grace and works justification and sanctification this mix that is so inseparable and allows us to be called royalty to be glorified as sons and daughters of Jesus Christ and the 3rd angel of Revelation 14 tells us here is the patients of the Saints Here are those that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus the mix of human and divine the mix of surrendering my will and God's grace the mix of accepting Jesus as Lord and Master both are necessary never can truly have 1 without the other they don't get me wrong all of it is by grace nothing is what I do the good works in me is only by God's grace period as I strive to do my part God comes along side and by His grace so let's get practical because I'm a sinner I don't know about you and that's exactly where the devil wants to leave you and me he wants to discourage you and I in our humanness of our short comings to become focused on all of that to play video in our minds is say we can't do it we can't overcome we've tried before but the more we focus on self the less strength we will have to overcome temptations. You cannot overcome by focusing on your wrongs you overcome by focusing on Jesus. Because Satan trembles and flees before the weakest soul who finds refuge in the mighty name of Jesus you overcome by focusing on Jesus through prayer Psalms 142 verse 5 David says I cry out to you old lord I say you are my refuge your come by focusing on Jesus you claim Bible promises like Psalms 1911 I have hidden the I word in my heart that I might not sin against be like Philippians 413 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength you overcome by focusing on Jesus placing your will on the side of Christ and here's a tremendous quote I have a few of these in my Bible I would encourage you to take note of this 1 if you're 1 of these that likes to look things up later this isn't 1 of selected messages volume 1 of selected messages page 382 beautiful quote when it is in the heart to obey God when efforts are put forth to this in. Jesus except this disposition and effort as man or woman's best service and makes up for the deficiency with his own divine merit that you catch it when it's in my heart to obey God when I put forth all of my efforts to this in his excepts this effort as my best service and he makes up for the deficiency with his divine merit I don't know about you but I say to them if the spirit of him raised Jesus from the dead is living in you he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who lives in you so what you need is not more willpower but more of Christ's power. Your job is to yield up your will to the will of Jesus he will do for you that which is not possible for you to do for yourself I don't know about you but I want to wear Christ's robe of righteousness offered by the king at great cost I want to surrender my habits and my human character for the character of Christ to be clothed with the robe of heaven I want to be justified by God's grace and I want to be sanctified by God's grace that 1 day I may be glorified by God's grace jug Blanco in his clear word concludes the parable in Matthew 22 this way verse 14 he says that's how it is with the King of Heaven everyone is given a royal invitation to come to the wedding to celebrate with the king and his son many will be invited but few will come wearing the character of God by God's grace I long to come wearing the character of God Not that I have done it but Christ working in me that I may be crucified each and every day with Christ that I no longer live but Jesus Christ now lives in me Lord by your grace you long to justify us to sanctify us that we may have the hope of glory when you come and this morning we make ourselves fully available to you we submit our wills to you so you can do in us what we could never do for ourselves please Lord change us to transform us create the desire within us. To live for you and you alone. Because we longed to honor you as our King. And wear your robe of righteousness in Jesus' name we pray and thank you. 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 if you would like to listen to more service leader Visit W W W audio verse or.


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