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Sanctuary, Salvation, & Our Savior - Part 2: Justified in the Courtyard

David Shin

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David Shin

Pastor, Hillside O'Malley Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Anchorage, AK

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  • February 18, 2020
    8:52 AM
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And I want to begin by turning our attention to a photograph that I have on the screen it is the Rosetta Stone that is currently at the British Museum in London it weighs about $1700.00 pounds and on it is described or inscribed the royal decree made by but told me the 5th who lived about 200 years before the time of Christ and this is a significant discovery made by Napoleon and it was significant because it had the decree that was made by Potomac the 5th in 3 different languages it was in the language of Greek demotic and Egyptian hieroglyphics and for centuries scholars had been trying to crack Egyptian hieroglyphics they could not understand and come up with a code to decipher what the Egyptians were trying to portray and the significance of the Rosetta Stone was that the same decree was in 3 different languages and a gentleman by the name of. John France was champ of the Champions League on use the result is stone and crap cracked the Egyptian hieroglyphic code and soon after published the Egyptian hieroglyphic dictionary there was a stone became a significant landmark discovery that opened an understanding of higher Egypt and hieroglyphics that had prior to that period been undiscoverable And as we had noted in our earlier presentations or presentation yesterday we noted that the sanctuary is the map it is the key that unlocks the work and ministry of Jesus Christ at the cross and as our High Priest in heaven in some 7713 says your way Oh God is in the sanctuary Amen your way o. God is in the saying Sure and as we discussed yesterday Jesus fulfilled the role on planet Earth as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world here it is in John chapter one verse 29 the next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world this introduction by John the Baptist is impossible to decipher without the sanctuary key. You can't understand what John is saying in John chapter one verse 29 apart from the sanctuary code or apart from the sanctuary key and then in the New Testament in the book of Hebrews the Bible says that Jesus has ascended into heaven as our High Priest and this is found in here is Chapter 8 Now this is the main point of the things we are saying we have such a high priest who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the majesty where in heaven a minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected and not man so John used the sanctuary as the interpretive key as the hermeneutical code or the key to understand Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and here after the cross Paul uses the sanctuary as the hermeneutical lands the key to understanding Jesus after the cross as our High Priest in heaven and this as we noted yesterday is what many Protestants it's today have rejected the idea of a heavenly sanctuary and Jesus minister ing on our behalf there. Now this is a pivotal quote for 7th Day Adventists and it's found in the book great controversy page 423 the subject of the sanctuary was the key which unlock the mystery of the disappointment of 844 it open to view a complete system of truth connected and harmonious showing that God's hand had directed the great ad been movement and revealing present duty as it brought to light the position and work of his people here Ellen White is stating that the 7th Day Adventist Church continues to use the sanctuary as the hermeneutical key the reference point for understanding the work and ministry of Jesus Christ after 1844 so we are in a very good lineage John use the saying sure he has their interpretive key for understanding Jesus at the cross as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world Paul uses the sanctuary key as the hermeneutical code or a code breaker to understanding Jesus after the cross and the significant contribution of 7th Day Adventists is using the things to worry for understanding Jesus and his work in the heavenly sanctuary on our behalf from $844.00 to this present day now on Friday will be going through some of the detractors to the sanctuary doctrine and how it seems like in every generation the sanctuary comes under attack Ellen White says in the book great controversy that the sanctuary is the central pillar of the Adventists faith now there are several Adventists pillars Sabbath 2nd coming. State of the dead she states that the sanctuary is the fence shrill pillar Now if you have a edifice or a structure and you remove the central pillar the entire theological structure crumbles and this is why I believe it seems like in every generation it seems that the sanctuary comes under attack we mentioned yesterday Desmond Ford one of my professors in college was a colleague of Desmond Ford and he said that Desmond Ford had a photographic memory it was back in the days before CD-Rom and he said it was faster to go to Desmond Ford for an Alan White quote than going to the e.g. white Index he could tell you the page number or a quotation was on he was a genius he passed away this year Desmond Ford got his training at an evangelical university and friends we need to support higher education but also recognise that we need to filter everything through the Word of God and he had adopted an evangelical paradigm that could not come to grips with the notion of a cleansing of the heavenly thing she wearing. The evangelical mindset is that one save you are always saved the Protestants for the most part camped out in the courtyard they don't believe in moving into the holy place much less a most holy place experience and so Desmond Ford's framework his theological structure was court yard centered and he could not accept the idea of an investigative judgment he said that the heavenly sanctuary did not exist it was heavenly geography and in 19791980 we had a great falling out in our church we had a meeting with church leaders that glazed her view and a great many members and pastors in the 7th Day Adventist church ended up leaving for another denomination if you throw out the sanctuary we have no reason to exist we are in the wrong church so it's important for us to have a solid understanding of the century through every message knowing that it is our identity that drives our mission one of my professors at the seminary Fernando canal e. emeritus professor of theology he states the leaders administrators pastors and scholars should be going back to scripture and using the sanctuary doctrine as their hermeneutical key to understand the complete and harmonious system of biblical truths this is a challenge for our church today because we have inadvertently used a different lens for understanding the gospel we have used culture we have used and evangelical paradigm and I like to use the analogy of glasses I have glasses and unbeknownst to us when we read Scripture. We are not only receiving information from the text but we are also projecting information onto the text it used to be assumed from an enlightenment paradigm that we were coming to things objective really like we were filming and the text would project onto us and we would be able to arrive at objective truth but the reality is that when we read scripture not only is the taxed projecting onto us but we are projecting on to the text pre-suppositions biases assumptions and culture which skew our understanding case in point in American politics today and I'm not going to go into that rabbit hole but you can look at the same thing the same data the same quote unquote in Pyrrhic will ever dence and you have individuals arriving at diametrically opposite conclusions why is that it's because of our pre-suppositions pre-suppositions are powerful things and all of us approach the text with biases by the grace of God We need to surrender those barrage of those biases to the Great I Am and to reading Scripture our pre-suppositions become more honed and refined we need to let go of culture a man we need to let go of what I think the tech should say and bound to Scripture and take off our shoes from our fire feet because we are on holy ground so the sanctuary is a lands. It is a frame of reference that we need to use to understand the work in the ministry of Jesus Christ and if we are not using the sanctuary if we're using a popular teacher even in Adventism today we are replacing the sanctuary hermeneutic for something else now it used to be that a 7th Day Adventists we were known as people of the book we were known as book worms on 7th Avenue scholars said Now we have become tapeworms back in the way a day of cassettes Now I'm not saying that we should not listen to 7th Day Adventists ministers but we should not be a replacement for your own personal study of the Word of God and we live in the age of the Adventists celebrity there's nothing wrong with watching individuals and I praise the Lord for 7th Day Adventists media but we cannot blip base our eternal salvation on some man's interpretation of scripture Amen and it's time that really read the Bible more than we read books about the Bible and in the end we're told that many bright lights will go out and all Satan has to do is lead some prominent charismatic preacher or teacher or a theologian astray knowing that the masses will follow him or her blindly. The sanctuary is the most critical interpretive key that we can use and here we have on the screen a bird's eye view of the mosaic sanctuary yesterday we said that the whole purpose of the sanctuary is to move us from outside of the sanctuary into the courtyard into the holy place and into the most holy place we said yesterday that Adam and Eve before the fall were in a face to face relationship with God God would walk in the evening in the cool of the day have a conversation with them after the fall this was no longer possible Moses was told You cannot see my face and when you look on the screen you'll see that God wants to move us from right to left from the courtyard experience to the Holy Place experience to the Most Holy Place experience and in Revelation chapter $22.00 The Bible says that we will be able to see the face of God In other words God has been successful in his plan of restoration Now one of my favorite books is the book education if you want an inspiring read one encourage you to read especially the 1st few chapters read the entire book but the 1st few chapters lays the framework of Alan White's understanding and philosophy of 7th Day Adventist education 7th Day Adventist education was to be the head and not the tail if we would have followed Ellen White's vision of 7th Day Adventists education the world would be coming to us and us not to the world. You just look at Madison college and how prominent individuals from all over the world went to Madison to see what they were doing there and God is calling us back to the ideal of what 7th Day Adventist education is to be I want to read this quotation from the book education page 15 and 16 to restore in man the image of his maker to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created to promote the development of body mind and soul that the divine purpose in his creation might be realized this was to be the work of redemption She also says that in the highest sense the work of education and the work of redemption are one in other words education should be salvific education should lead our young people not out of the church but into the Church Education should lead our children and our youth to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord and here she says that the work of salvation is restoration it is to bring us all the way back to Eden restored that is gone Telos that is God's goal to bring us all the way back when we look at Adam and Eve immediately after they sinned there was a physiological. Sensation that came over them nay immediately noticed that there was a certain chill or cool in the air. The book patriarchs and prophets tells us that there was a robe of light that was around Adam and Eve and as soon as they ate of that fruit that robe of light disappeared and the Bible says that they noticed that they were naked and they were ashamed this is this the 1st physiological experience but it was a lot deeper than that there was an emotional psychological experience that they had immediately after they sinned they felt shame Have you ever sinned have you felt shame after you've sinned and notice that Jesus died on the cross he died naked on the cross in other words he took our shame on the cross Adam and Eve the lines went out and they felt shame notice what they did to compensate for this experience of shame I don't know what those fig leaves look like it must have been quite a sight but they gathered together somehow a makeshift covering of fig leaves to cover their nakedness and this is the universal reaction of those that have sinned we tried to cover our shame with their own righteousness God came down and walked in the garden and he asked them Where are you and before he led Adam and Eve outside of the garden the Bible indicate that God did something for them he took one look at Adam and Eve and said look that's not going to survive for you and the Bible says that he made them coats of skin now in the Hebrew these coats of skin imply that they came from an animal. Scholars believe that this was the 1st sacrifice that took place there in Eden an animal had to die in order for Adam and Eve to be clothes this was the 1st symbolism of the clothing of Christ's righteousness a sacrifice in Eden before they were left out or led out of the garden and they were covered with a skin type robe or it was a skin robe that Adam and Eve were covered in this is the 1st implication that the sanctuary services and the sacrifices or not instituted at Mount Sinai but there right after sin there was a sacrifice and Adam and Eve were covered in coats of skin the robe of righteousness cost someone something that was the implication there in the garden another interesting fact about the garden I'm Garden of Eden is that in Genesis chapter 3 in verse 24 The Bible says that God placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth notice that the entrance to the Garden of Eden was on which side it was on the east side and the Bible says that there were Cherubim or was a cherubim there and a flaming sword now the translation in the English is a little bit obscure because in the Hebrew that flaming sword refers to this shit kind of glory So here you have Cherubim which is also sanctuary language you have the flaming sword which has implications about the she kind of glory and it's on the east side of the garden. The pen of inspiration in patriarchs and prophets page $62.00 says at the Cherubim guarded gate of paradise the divine glory was revealed hither came Adam and his sons to worship God at the Cherubim guarded gate of paradise the glory of God was revealed and his there came the 1st worshipers hear their altars were reared and their offerings presented it was here that Cain and Abel had brought their sacrifices and God had condescended to communicate with them notice the terminology she uses She says that the glory was revealed here and it is here that Cain and Abel brought their sacrifices it was here then Adam and Eve and his descendants would come to worship God at the Cherubim guarded gate Now another interesting aspect of the east side of the gate was in Genesis chapter 4 and verse 17 after Cain killed Abel God has a conversation with Cain and notice what God says to Cain he says if you do well will not do your countenance be lifted up and if you do not do well sin is crouching at the door when I 1st read this tax a number of years ago I had this mental image in my mind of sin that is crouching at the door like some animal that is ready to pounce on you if you sin. When you look at it in the original language the word sin there can also be translated sin offering this is a quotation from Richard Davidson he says recent studies of this verse provide evidence from the Hebrew that the word Qatada which can either mean sin or a sin offering should be better translated as sin offering and not sin in this verse and the word pitot door opening here refers to the Cherubim guarded door a gate of paradise where sinful human beings were to bring their sacrifices paralleling the numerous uses of Pathak in the Torah over 40 times describing the door of the tabernacle so let's read it again and puts an offering there Genesis Chapter 4 verse 17 if you do well will not your countenance be lifted up and if you do not do well the sin offering is crouching at the door when you look at the structure of the sanctuary and this is the mosaic view of the sanctuary notice that the entrance to the sanctuary is on the east side just like Eden and is there a sin offering that is crouching at the door absolutely so scholars believe that the reference that was made to Cain was a salvific statement saying look if you sin there is a sin offering that is crouching at the door. There are 2 important aspects of how God deals with sin specifically in the courtyard and it is how God immediately dealt with Adam and Eve 1st he covered them yesterday we said that if we find a baby that is naked and dirty fear on campus no parents or adults around the 1st thing that you're going to do is covered the baby and then if you still cannot find an adult and you have that baby for over 24 hours you going to take that baby home and you're going to give the baby a bath this analogy is very fitting because it's the way that God deals with us the 1st thing that God did with Adam and Eve was to cover their nakedness and in the sanctuary the 2nd object or article of furniture is the the labor word God cleanses in Isaiah Chapter $61.00 verse 10 this covering is mentioned it says I will greatly rejoice in the Lord my soul shall be joyful in my God for he hath Kloden me with the garments of salvation he has covered me with the robe of righteousness now when you look at the sanctuary you'll notice that when you come into the sanctuary the 1st article of furniture that you come to is the altar burnt offering you accept Jesus as your Savior you are covered with his robe of brightness and is in your name is written in the Lamb's book of life you are saved and if you were to die today you would be in the kingdom Amen so the things you worry illustrates this powerful idea that salvation is something that you can have today. And as long as you're in that relationship with him he says I want you to walk with me and the sanctuary illustrates that it's not how far you get but it's about being in the process I want to read a few quotations here this is from Ellen White our high calling page 51 the sinners the facts are covered by the perfection and the fullness of the Lord Our Righteousness God is in the business of covering your sins now we are not to cover our sins the proverbs that says if we cover our sins we will not prosper it's God's role to cover our sins now do you have some things in your life that you would not want anyone in the world to see Amen would you want everything that you've done in your life to be flashed on the screen before the entire camp meeting I praise the Lord that He is in the business of covering and during the millennium that's one motivation for me to be in the millennium because if I don't make it I don't want anyone opening my books and wondering why didn't pastor Sion make it you know oh that's why he didn't make it you make it to have been and someone tries to pull up your record going to say covered by the blood amen the the file has been deleted praise the Lord so God is in the business of covering your sins and thus That's the 1st thing that he does he covers you and he declared you right has this is righteousness by faith you come in the door you accept Jesus as your Savior and you are covered with his robe of righteousness and you accept this reality by faves. So following the sanctuary in the courtyard we are covered at the altar and we are cleansed at the laver So this is a very simple Illustrated way that God tells us the plan of salvation God has come into the door of the sanctuary we are covered by the robe of righteousness then Jesus takes us to the laver to cleanse us he covers and He cleanses and according to the sanctuary it is in that order that covering is a symbol of God's acceptance Amen I read about a gentleman he lives in the Middle East and he he received a lot of infamous press because he had not taken a bath for over 70 years a group of individuals trying to help him by offering him a shower and he ran away now this individual I would say that 99 percent of the individuals in this room would not give this man a hug until he has taken a bath but here we see that in the plan of salvation God covers us and then He cleanses us in other words his acceptance of us is not predicated on our condition his acceptance of us is predicated on our willingness to surrender and even that surrender is a gift 1st John chapter one 1st 9 if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins that's the covering and notice the 2nd part and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness covering and cleansing. We're covered at the altar where Cullen's at the laver the book steps to Christ one encourage you to read this book every year I endeavor to step to Christ page $52.00 jesus loves to have a scum to him just as we are sinful helpless dependent we may come with all our weakness our folly our sinfulness and fall that is feet in penitence it is his glory to encircled us in the arms of his love and to bind up our wounds and to cleanse us from all interior t. what is justification or justified in the courtyard that's where it begins justification is pardon forgiveness the in Pew did right chestnuts of Christ what Jesus does for you the objective gospel Christ's robe of covering and God's declaration justification takes place in the courtyard and it is where God declares you righteous Romans Chapter 5 years one and 2 having been declared right as then by faith justification is the act of God declaring a person righteous the beauty of this reality is that when Jesus covers you with the robe he sees the righteousness of Christ and you stand before God as though you have never sinned faith I live by page 112 having made us running through the in Putin righteousness of Christ God pronounces just want to read if you could cations here from Ellen wind some people have assumed that Ellen White was illegal it. Other people have assumed that prior to 888 Ellen White did not understand righteousness by faith friends that is revisionist history she was the one that supported Jones and Wagner in Minneapolis she had an understanding of righteousness by faith prior to 888 some people have said look we can't accept any of them when whites writings prior to 1988 Quite the contrary Ellen whites had a profound understanding of what righteousness by faith was I want to read a few quotations here Faith I live by page 111 what is justification by faith it is the work of God in laying the glory of man in the dust and doing for man that which is not in his power to do for himself when men see their own nothingness they are prepared to be close with the righteousness of Jesus Christ she goes on there is not a point that needs to be dwelt upon more earnestly repeated more frequently or established more firmly in the minds of all then the in possibility of fallen man meriting anything by his best good works salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ alone she goes on if you would gather together everything that is good and holy and Noble and lovely in man and then present the subject to the angels of God as acting a part in the salvation of the human soul or in merit the proposition would be rejected as treason. The thought that the righteousness of Christ is included to us not because of any merit on our part but as a free gift from God is a precious thought the enemy of God and man is not willing that this truth should be clearly presented already knows that if the people receive it fully this power will be broken if he can control the mind so that doubt and unbelief and darkness shall compose the experience of those who claim to be the children of God He can overcome them with temptation I have on the screen a photograph of a man that is on a pilgrimage in Asia and in this tradition in this religion you can see that he has these wooden cloggs on his hands but you don't see is that he has this full body leather apron that he wears and when these individuals begin this pilgrimage they take 6 steps and then go into a full prostrate position just like you're seeing here they stand up and then go another 6 steps stand up go another 6 steps into a full prostration and this goes on mile after mile they are robbing these cloggs and their skin and this goes on for 1200 miles it takes months for them to make this pilgrimage by the end of this pilgrimage their faces are blackened from the dust and they arrive at the end of their pilgrimage to this quote sacred site and the reason why they're doing this is to earn their salvation. Ellen White says the premise of every false religion is righteousness by works the attempt to earn one's salvation and justification is not based on any human merit I have a photograph on the screen of a flight from South America going across the ocean it was Flight 4 for 7 from Rio to Paris crashed in May 312009 and it took 2 years to find the black box once they found the black box and discovered what had taken place this plane had gone into what they called a full stall now I'm not a pilot but I want to read to you a little bit about what a full stall is as the angle of attack increases so does lift efficiency but only up to a point when the angle becomes too steep and the oncoming air can no longer flow smoothly over the tops of the wings at that point the airplane stalls so according to flight theory the nose of the airplane should be tipped a little bit up this allows the the air to flow over and lift to take place but if the nose of the plane is too high the airplane stalls and the airplane literally falls out of the sky when they uncovered the black box the captain went back to sleep and he had his 1st officer take control and what had taken place was that the pilot felt like he was descending so he pulled the nose of the airplane up. And even though he did that he still did not feel that his airplane was ascending so he pulled it up even more Finally all these alarm bells were going off and by the time the captain awoke out of his sleep the our airplane had literally fallen out of the sky and all of the passengers had fallen to their deaths friends we cannot base our justification experience on feeling a man some days you feel good some days you don't some days are just tired now when I accepted the Lord I had a wonderful euphoric experience not everyone's is like that but I got up the next morning and I felt like I had just come down from the Mount of Transfiguration but as my Christian experience developed some days I did not feel like praying some days I didn't feel like reading the Bible but I did it anyway your feelings come and feelings go sometimes as physiological sometimes you didn't get enough sleep the night before sometimes it's because you ate too much the night before Amen and so when you get up in the morning just because you don't feel your face does not mean that your status would God has changed and you know in your marriage relationships do you always feel like you did when you were dating you know do you always feel like you did on your wedding day feelings come and feelings go and this is why we say that the just shall live by faith I want to read a few other quotations here are high calling page 119 faith is not a happy fall flight of feeling it is simply taking God at His word believing that he will fulfill His promises because he has said we would. One read on faith and feeling are as distinct from each other as the east is from the West faith is not dependent on feeling daily we should dedicate ourselves to God and believe that Christ understands and accepts the sacrifice without examining ourselves to see if we have the degree of feeling that we should think this corresponds with our faith based on live by page 113 those who accept of Christ are looking upon are looked upon by God not as they are in Adam but as they are in Jesus Christ as sons and daughters of God We are not to be anxious about what Christ and God think of us but what God thinks of Christ our substitute the just shall live by faith now I want to invite you to open your Bible to Matthew Chapter aid verses one through 3 because here I believe is a powerful example of the courtyard experience and justification in Matthew chapter 56 and 7 Jesus has just given the greatest sermon ever preached the sermon on the Mount and this sermon was so powerful and so profound that the multitude began to follow Jesus down the mountain verse one after the sermon on the Mount and when he had come down from the mountain great multitude followed him and behold a leper came and worshiped him saying Lord if you are willing you can make me clean a leper. I was an outcast in society it was the equivalent of the Ebola virus today if someone walked into this room with Ebola I guarantee and they were bleeding out of every orifice in their body all of us would likely run from that individual Ebola is highly contagious leprosy was the modern equivalent and this man approached Jesus and that crowd pop hearted like the Red Sea and in this scene is Jesus and the lapper and the man asks Jesus Lord if you are willing you can make me clean the man is asking for cleansing and notice how Jesus interacts with this leper in verse 3 the 1st thing that Jesus does then Jesus put out his hand and touched him I would imagine there was a harsh and probably a gasp that went over that entire multitude Jesus didn't have to do that Jesus reached out and touched that man that Tajh was a touch of acceptance notice the order that Jesus does this Jesus didn't say be clean and then I will touch you Jesus touches the man 1st in other words this is a symbol of acceptance and covering Jesus' embrace is this man he accepts and he touches him and then the 2nd thing that he does is he says I am willing be cleansed immediately his leprosy was cleansed the leper came to Jesus just the way that he was. In the same way that Jesus related to the leper is the same way that he relates to you and I as sinners He accepts us he covers us with his robe and then He cleanses us so what is to be my response to the mercies of God and this is also exemplified in the 1st article of furniture on the screen I have a artist's depiction of a gentleman by the name of Henry Martin it was a Cambridge scholar he was a genius he had warts covering his hands and his feet he was a spectacle to look at and the account goes that many times he would watch the cricket games from a distance because of his appearance he was so embarrassed and there was a young lady by the name of Lydia that fell in love with Henry Martin because of the mind that he was in the gentleman that he was and they were about to get married Henry Martin was sitting in a church one day and he heard the story and the need for India he felt the call to be a missionary there excited out of that church meeting he ran to Lydia and said I have a burden to go to India let's get married and go there together Lydia took one look at him and said there's one place in the world that I never want to go and that's India he said how can you say that she said I don't know but that's the way I feel and so he went back to his room in a turmoil would it be Lydia or India would it be Lydia or India and finally he realized it wasn't between Lady and India's between Lady and God while he was making his decision one of his colleagues said you have a bright future ahead of you you have the whole world at your feet don't throw it away. Henry Martin took one look at him and said Which world are you speaking of sir but this man went to India and later to Persia and he was dragged across the desert in chains and died at the age of 3131 and many of us would say What a waste of a life but before he died he left the world the translation of the Bible in 3 different languages when we ask ourselves the question What is my response to the mercies of God and the courtyard experience I'm reminded of stories like Henry Martin of individuals that were willing to sacrifice all in one recently finished a book by Alan Hirsch entitled The Forgotten ways and he takes a critical analysis of the Protestant Church and specifically the mega church movement and this is what he says I came to the conclusion that there must be something about middle class culture that seems to run contrary to the authentic Gospel values and this is not to make a statement about middle class people per se I myself am from a very middle class family but rather than to isolate some of the values and assumptions that seem to come along as part of the deal we need to be especially aware of cultural values that we take for granted because we cannot easily see them. I noted earlier that much of what goes by the name of middle class involves a preoccupation with safety and security developed mostly in the pursuit of what seems best for our children this focus is understandable as long as it does not become obsessive but when these middle or when these impulses of middle class culture fuse with consumerism as they are most often do we can add the obsession with comfort and convenience to the list this is not good this is not a good mix at least as far as the Lordship of Jesus discipleship the Gospel and missional movements are concerned I really had to examine my own heart as I read this book and had to ask myself the question have I allowed comfort convenience and consumerism which are core to middle class American values cloud my view and understanding of what Christianity really is one theologian said how do we know that we are worshipping Jesus and not a middle class American that lives in the suburbs and drives an s.u.v. In other words have we made Jesus into our own image and have we critically examined our own cultural milieu you without discriminating between what is called Cheryl and what is Christian an examination of my own heart I have noted how consumerism and comfort rather than Judeo Christian values have skewed my understanding as to what Christianity really is and if Jesus were to live today. Would my Christian quote consumerism conflict with the Jesus that is alive minister ing on our behalf in the heavenly things surely in Luke Chapter 14 verse 33 these are the words of Jesus in the 1st century and notice the radical nature of the clarion call of discipleship Luke Chapter 14 verse 33 in the same way those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be My disciple this was the cost of discipleship the willingness to give up everything to follow Jesus Christ when you look in the sanctuary the altar burnt offering this object of furniture there was a sacrifice that was most predominant in the Old Testament and it was the 1st type of sacrifice that is recorded in the book of Genesis and it's found in livid a kiss chapter one live it has chapter one describes what is called the burnt sacrifice or the burnt offering I want to give a description of the burnt offering this is from living as Chapter one Verse 8 and 9 then the priests Aaron sons shall lay the parts the head the fat in order on the wood that is on the fire upon the altar but he shall wash it centrals its legs with water and the pretty shall burn how much. All on the altar as a burnt sacrifice an offering made by fire a sweet aroma to the Lord this was a unique sacrifice the sin offering and the trespass offering the priests would get a portion some of the author sacrifices the the person bringing the sacrifice would get a portion but in this case the entire sacrifice was burned on the altar want to read this reference from verse $12.13 and he shall cut it in pieces with its had its fat the pre-show lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire upon the altar but he shall wash the Ensure ails in the legs with the water then the pre-show bring it all and burn it on the altar it is a burnt sacrifice and offering made by fire a sweet aroma to the Lord now some individuals will consider this a waste bringing a perfectly healthy animal no one gets any part of it the entire animal is consumed on the altar and when gone smells this sacrifice the Bible says that the sacrifice is considered sweet it is something that touches the heart of God one theologian said the head represents the mind in the intellect the n words represent the will and the emotions the legs indicate the walk which represents conduct and lifestyle the fat represents health and virility and in a way this was a unique sacrifice because the person that was bringing the animal was symbolically placing himself on the altar the offer placed himself symbolically on the altar his entire life devoted wholly to God. In other words what you were saying was all that I am is Crites it was an act of total surrender no aspect of the animal was left behind and when that animals placed on the altar the person bringing that sacrifice was saying symbolically I am laying myself on the altar This is the 1st sacrifice that's the scribe and Leviticus chapter one and it alludes to the reality of the person's response to the mercies of God Here it is in Romans Chapter 12 verse one I beseech you therefore now any time you read the word therefore is a concluding statement you have premise premise premise therefore so prior to this Paul has just elaborated on the mercies of God justification The just shall live by faith sanctification he alluded to the beauties of glorification and in Romans Chapter 12 verse one he says I beseech you therefore by the mercies of God based on everything that I have just talked about to this point based on the beautiful gospel that God has given to us based on the mercies of God this is to be our response that you present your bodies a living sacrifice holy acceptable to God which is your reasonable service in other words the sinners response to the grace of God to the mercies of God is to say Lord I give you my all and Paul says this is reasonable. It's not irrational it is reasonable and Leviticus Chapter 2 we have the 2nd sacrifice that is ascribed the 1st one all that I am is Christ the 2nd one that was burned on the altar when anyone brings a grain offering to the Lord the offerings to be the finest of flour they are to poor olive oil on it put incense on it and take it to Aaron son the priest the pre-show take a handful of the flour in oil and together with all of the incense and burn it as a memorial portion on the altar a food offering an aroma pleasing to the road to the Lord the rest of the grain offering belongs to Aaron and his sons it is a most holy part of the food offering presented to the Lord by this burnt offering the worshipper professed and affirmed all that I am is Christ and then on the basis of this dedication further declared through his meal offering all that I have is Christ this is according to Leslie Harding so live it is chapter one all that I am is Christ's Leviticus Chapter 2 all that I have is Christ's the response of every Christian to the Gospel call Jim Elliot. Who paid the ultimate price as a missionary to South America says this father let me be weak that I might lose my clutch on everything temporal my life my reputation my possessions Lord let me lose the tension of the grasping hand how often I have released a grasp only to retain what I have prized releasing all that I may be released so let me release my grasp Clifford Goldstein in his book the bestseller describes how his life goal was to be a novelist he was living in a car but in Israel and he wanted to write a bestseller tales of that fateful night when he accepted Jesus as his Savior and I want to describe in read his account as told by himself he says One night the Lord came to me and just said to me Lord just said to me you've been playing with me long enough if you want me tonight burn the novel and in that instant the Lord showed me that the novel was my God and nothing else in the world meant more to me than that book that book was everything to me but then it's fascinating because I had all this back and forth and then finally at one point I surrendered I said Ok God I want you I want truth more than I want this novel and once I made that choice I made that surrender all the turmoil and all the struggle lifted. I've never been sorry my life radically radically changed and that was the night I became a born again believer Do you have things in your life that you're holding onto that you're struggling to surrender. Christ object lessons page $159.00 says no outward observances can take the place of simple faith and entire renunciation of self but no man can empty himself of self we can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work then the language of the soul will be Lord take my heart for I cannot give it it is a property keep it pure for I cannot keep it for the saved me in spite of myself my weak on Christ like self mold me Fashion me raise me into a pure and hold the atmosphere where the rich current of that I love can flow through my soul that's a crisis page 47 moving on very quickly many are inquiring how am I to make the surrender of myself to God You desired to give yourself to him but you are weak in moral power in slavery to doubt and controlled by the habits of your life your promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand you cannot control your thoughts your in pulses your affections what you need to understand is the true force of the Will this is the governing power in the nature of man the power of the city and nerve choice everything depends on the right action of the will the power of choice God is given to man it is there is to exercise you cannot change your heart you cannot of yourself give to God its affections but you can choose to serve Him you can give him your will thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ when I was growing up I was a t.v. addict with parents notice that when I sat in front of the television I was methods mesmerize for hours they didn't want to get rid of their television so they prayed a prayer and said Lord help us raising our son. One night we came almost Friday night all the doors of our house were open our lights were on guess what was missing our televisions was quite upset as I got into ministry is and bearing Springs Michigan one night I got into a bidding war on e-bay and I inadvertently won a television accidentally so I got this television place in my room and you know how it goes in the beginning I began watching 3 a.b.n. I wish it would have stayed there but after that I started watching other things that were more in the quote unquote grey area and then before long I was watching things that I was ashamed of I knew I was in trouble and when one day I woke up. In rather than reaching for my Bible I reach for the remote and so I prayed this prayer I said Lord I love television and sometimes we can pray such fake prayers I said Lord I love this television I love media I'm an addict help me to hate it I give you my will as soon as I got up from that prayer by faith I took that television vision placed in a box and delivered it to the avenues community service center and it reminds me of this quotation from thoughts from the mountain blessing page 102 she says the will must be placed on the side of God's Will you are not able of yourself to bring your purposes and desires inclination into submission to the will of God And notice this part but if you are willing to be made willing God will accomplish the work for you in other words. You can pray say Lord I don't have the desire I love this sin help me to hate you can say Lord help me to be willing to be made willing to be made willing I don't even have the desire repentance is a gift the Bible says God wants to give us repentance a sorrow for sin and a turning away from it and I don't know what you're dealing with friends here this morning you may have an addiction you may have a habit you may have something in your life that you're holding on to and you've tried to conquer this thing on your own and it seems like this addiction in your life has an iron grip you can go to the Lord Jesus and say Lord I love this thing help me to desire something else something better give me the desire to desire this is what surrender looks like and as we close here this morning I want to invite you to bow to your heads with me as we pray Father in heaven we ask that you would help us Lord in light of the mercies of God to respond by giving ourselves as a complete sacrifice to you help us the desire to desire to be made willing to be made willing and Lord I'm wondering if there is someone here today that wants to say Lord there's something in my life that is keeping me from Jesus something that I'm holding on to that is keeping me from a full relationship with you and you want to pray the prayer that only white described by saying Lord help me to be willing to be made willing. If that's your desire with every head bowed and eyes closed I want to fight you raise your hand today and say Lord I surrender help me willing to be made will the Lord you see these hands may you seal them by your Holy Spirit Riaz see things in the precious name of Jesus Christ. This media was brought to you by audio person 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 for you would like to listen to more sermon please visit w w w dot audio Verse dot org.

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