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12 Covenant Faith

Mark Howard Kameron DeVasher
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Ah, i'm camera evasion, and Mark howard, this is talking points. We are now on less than 12 as we go through this quarter on the promise, god's everlasting covenant. And this time pastor, how the title is covenant. Faith, covenant, faith, that I don't know if there's a different kind of faith in another faith but the faith. We need an opportunity for the lesson to delve into the subject of righteousness by fe that specifically justification by faith. And so as we're going to see this week, a lot of emphasis on the idea of, of the imputed righteousness of christ is going back to abraham and how his faith was counting him for righteousness. Okay, lots dive into and we a little time to do it. So what we can do is begin with the word prayer and then pass or how, or once you walk us through a talking point this week. All right, and we father, we come to you today, thankful for the opportunity to study your word, help us to understand the covenant that just the terms and pieces and parts and logistics of it. But the experience of it help us to have the faith is needed to be not only accounted righteous by, by god's grace, to make us righteous. We want to be like jesus or to help us to that end. We pray in jesus name. Amen. Man. All right, what are talking points this week? Well, now this week's lesson is interesting. And I see that from the standpoint of, from, from my perspective and how I do it together, the outline this week typically as, as, as typically the introduction can lead to send to the topic. And the bulk of the lesson is Sunday through Friday. However, sundays lesson is just a number of statements. It's an introduction, a number of statements from the pen of inspiration on the cross, which typically the thing that you on Friday have statements from pen administration. So if I'm not mistaken, this week has 2 of the days are almost entirely quotes from l away. Yeah. And so, and then you've got monday to and the good save themselves. Uh, sure it's on, I mean. And then thursday talks about some of the promises of god, but it's really the bulk of the lesson is Monday through wednesday. Ok. We're talking about the sabbath school lesson this local week. You might even say those few things, but let's just look at the structure of how was put together this week and we're going to be honing in the middle section. Well, I personally say that because you know, you have a, you almost, it's okay. We have a day of statements about the cross, what do you skip those? And then people like, how could you just leaving the cross out of it? You know, you just get into that kind of thing. It's just not in of course, that's the basis of the everything. But it's, you'll see what walk us through here. So I don't know how the teacher is going to have to decide how to teach the lesson the way i've chosen to do it this week is point number one talking point number one, we are saved by the righteousness of christ alone. We're going to expand on that as we go. Point number 2, christ righteousness, if imputed to us by faith. And that really is a bulk of the lesson. And then number 3, the imputed righteousness of christ transforms the believer. And so a raised eyebrow, but we'll dive into that a minute. It might, truth raises, eyebrows. So number one right into that because we're trying to be tight on our time and we don't want to go over. So we want to be honorable to you. Number one, so you know, and this is, I know it's messing up what you just said, but just for the sake of those who are watching, we always on our timer, we start with 30 minutes and we typically go over a couple minutes. So we always end up somewhere around that, but we watch the time or just figure we'll go a couple of minutes over. So as we're going to do that by nature, we set it back. So that will end closer to 29 or 30 units out of the idea that we even haven't, i'm or, you know, there's people who just think we land the plane. So what do you think that ok well or did you get up there in time or and if they've ever heard is pretty thin over 30 minutes. All right. Number one, we are saved by the righteousness of christ alone. Yes. All right. So the idea, you know, a good part of the lesson, it talks about the idea of earning salvation and talks about the Odyssey and how odyssey is went into this situation where he went through these experiences and the gods finding felt that he had earned and suffered and whatever else, and of course the lesson goes on, there is no in the story of salvation. There is no earning your way. And so we've talked about this before, the lessons talked about it, how those mindset of some, that there were people in this age that received one way. And then if they have another way that users have by command and keeping and gentle others have this way. The only way anybody has ever been saved or ever will be said is through the righteousness of christ alone acts for verse 12 which is not in the lesson is where the apostle peter says. There is only one name given under heaven among men where whereby we must be saved. This is the point he's making that received by the right to christ alone. Sunday is lesson 1st paragraph. Why did you read that? The 1st couple sentences. Sure. The old testament way of salvation under the mosaic covenant is no different from the new testament way of salvation under the newcomer. Whether in the old or new testament, old or new covenant, salvation is by faith alone. Okay, now I don't know about you. I personally read that and I thought well, But I think the point of the lesson was not the people weren't saved in moses de different than they're saved. If a person is going to be say, right, it's only going to be through. So they might sacrificial lambs. And services right and ceremonies, but they were all pointing to the same a reality that we share too. That's right. So tuesdays lesson, i'm sorry, mondays lesson goes into the concept of ransom and I'm just reading from the top of the page. In fact, when you read the quote for the text, the 1st one versus 18 and 19, you know that you are ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers. Not with perishable things such as silver or gold. But with the precious blood of christ like that of a lamb without spot blemish or spot ok. So this concept ransoming the lesson goes into a little bit, but ransom as a price that's paid for To release somebody from hostage basically, or whatever. And so ransom to redeem something with a price, you know, with some travelers to say all of these are making a point that we couldn't pay our own way out. Like the situation. All humanity was such that there was nothing man had to pay that he was able to pay, he had to be redeemed by someone else. And so this is the concept you know, against that being said by the righteousness of christ alone, somebody else had the saving. And It seems a little it seems a little funny to have to go over it. But human nature tends to think that we are capable of fixing any problem. So we have to keep reminding ourselves. No, there's nothing in you. It's not of works lest any man should boast. You're right, not of, not of your genealogy, not of any other kind of like there's nothing in you that's going to pay that ransom so it has come from somewhere else. And you know, much of humanity doesn't accept christ because they don't think they need christ. It's not to come to the point that there's only one way out of this. Well, when you go to order going, yes, people are going to, if the Lord came to night. Yeah, I'm fun. Why? Because I'm a good person exact. So there's a, there's a and then it be great, but I'm good enough. Okay, so the concept of ransom highlights fall him anything ability to redeem itself. This is why eternal life is always representative. The gift has to be given to us. We can't manufacture. We can't come up with it. And the lesson brings this out. In fact, I have it here in the outline on Mondays, quarterly, 2nd paragraph. This is the righteousness and infinite value of the creator alone could cancel the debt that we owed to the broken law. That's a real worry sentence. The infinite that the righteousness and infinite value of the creator alone. I want to have that just a little bit. Yeah. Plus the debt we owe to the broken lot will get right. But there's a lot there, you know. Well, so the, the, the concept that we were discussing it before is it christ was righteous in heaven? Yes, he was. But when you go through the plan of salvation christ, it wasn't enough for christ and heaven to offer his righteousness. It wasn't enough for christ in heaven to die for our sins. There was something about him coming to community. So it is when we're talking about being saved by the righteousness of christ and we talk in the church a lot about the righteousness of christ. Amen. But I don't know that we already, we always know what we're talking about, what we mean the righteousness of christ. Sometimes it's viewed as some trick with smoke and mirrors where it's like, oh Jesus righteous and it's Janet reflection is put on and whatever that means. When you read and scripture, you see the righteousness of christ refers to the life of christ, the character of christ that he live down in humanity. He was righteous in heaven. But salvation of humanity required him to come as a human being and live in humanity. The life that man never lived, in other words, well, let's look at this when you think about. But I don't know what you're about to go there, but this kind of conversation we already had about like even christ coming because we've last week you mentioned how an angel life was and suffice because it needed to be the one of the law whose infinite and only christ can suffice to be an option, but then even in his option, he didn't just happen to just fall over there. He had to come here and not just physically be here because in our pre discussion about like why couldn't like herod's death decree, just gone up at his birthday. Well, he didn't come here and he never since and he died. So he went. But there's more to it than just and I mentioned that you know, well his center humanity could, wasn't laid on him. There could be an argument like why couldn't it have been, god could have done something so clearly. And we, and interestingly thinking in John 17, jesus says john 17. I think 1st 4 of us 3 says, you know, this is the eternal life that you may know. Jesus christ and God the father jesus christ, he said. And then jesus says to his father, he's praying his father. He says, I have glorified you on the earth. Have finished the work. He didn't even go to the cross. Yes, that's right. So the finishing of the work that he'd done was to live out that up on that to when he talks about that god made the captain of our salvation perfect through offerings like he grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with got him and that the life of christ is just an essential tourist. Our vision is that the death of christ and it creates a righteousness that he can give. So this statement It deserves to 7. 62 starts out. The law requires righteousness, a righteous life, a perfect character. And this man has not to give, he cannot meet the claims of god's holy law. So I'm going to read on the statement in a minute. But the idea is dope. The holy law required man to live every created being to live a perfect life. And there is no, you know, jesus living a perfect life in heaven. His god was not the same as him, coming into manager, taking humanity because up to that point, no human being qualified for eternity, right? Like to qualify for eternity, you had deliver perfect life. There was no such thing as a human being who had lived a perfect life until jesus came. And he lived that perfect life develop that life of righteousness. That's the righteousness of christ, which we're going to see that he offers to humanity. A snicker a little because I think of like, well what about enoch and elijah and moses, who were, even though I am I think for a lot imagination. I like to imagine when they come to visit christ as he's near the very end. Yeah. Their whole thing is look at, they might be sleeping over there, but we're here as a down payment. We need you to finish that because even the life that they were granted was probationary until they had the death of cromwell. And it was dependent on it, which we're going to see in this lesson is dependent. No human being. You know, there is a statement in the book steps to christ and have less more. Ellen white says every right impulse comes from christ. If there is a human being who does remotely good if, because of the righteousness of christ, if christ had not lived that righteous life there get not exactly humanity. Yeah. So it's fascinating, but continue when you read the rest of that, the remainder of that statement made sense. If you to be speaking of the holy life and perfectly developed character, these he offers of a free give to all who will receive him. His life stands for the life of men, thus they have remission of sins that are passed through the forbearance of god. More than this christ imbues men with the actually hold on their and notice with thus they have remission of sins that are past the for the reason bus in this for this radio way. And because it says he offers his perfect live. His life stands for the life of men. The reason that we can qualify for forgiveness is because we've accept it in jesus life. I can. How can I be forgiven if, if my life is imperfect because there is a perfect life in its place? That's right. So he comes into my life and supersedes my shortcomings with his but, but then he had more than this. Christ imbues men with the attributes of god. He builds up the Human character after the similitude of the divine character, a goodly fabric of spiritual strength and beauty. Thus the very righteousness of the law is filled in the believer in christ. God can be just an adjusted fire of him which believe in jesus. If he was there for romans 3 and time doesn't permit us to get into all this. But it's interesting in the old testament, it says that he who justifies the wicked and condemned the godly is an abomination. And yet god can justify the wicked. Right? Right. And so it can't be the same way that's an abomination and allied here makes the point that, that god can be just paul makes a point in roma 3. That is because of the way god does this because the righteousness of christ stands in the place of the life. Now god can still be just and maintain the justice law and be the justified over the weekend. It was just a distant remote calling of. It's an actual coming into the life and the life of christ is now in the place of my ok, so we're going to build on and that's the foundation. Foundation is the only salvation is ever going to come through the righteousness of christ and that says christ is his righteous, perfect life and perfect character, which he lived out in humanity and offers freely to humanitarian. Now let's move on to point number 2 and expand on that idea of offering it to humanity. Be given at righteous imputed that our firm price rises imputed to us by faith. Whatever does that mean? So lesson tuesdays lesson and wednesdays lesson on the faith of abraham part $1.00 and $2.00. And it quotes from genesis 156 where it says that abraham believed in the Lord and he counted it to him for righteousness. Now paul, pick that up enrollments for uses another word there and these words are, are interchangeable. So this will provide the lesson brings up what it does, which will get to them in romans for verse. When did she reverse is 3 to 6. Ok, for what does the scripture say? abraham believed god and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace, but his debt, but to him who does not work but believes on him who justifies the godly. His faith is accounted for righteousness, just as david also describes the blessedness of the man to whom god imputes righteousness apart from work. So you see there the inverse 5, he's a counting righteousness, like he did with abraham. And then verse 6, the apostle uses the word imputed. Ok. So the accounting and imputing are essentially says yes, yes. And so the lesson highlights this, it talks about the theological term, imputing. And it says this in tuesday's lesson on the last paragraph on the page. It says, however much abraham abrams life was a life of faith in obedience. It was not a life of perfect faith and perfect to be obviously yet a human failure. At times he displayed weakness in both areas. Does that sound like anyone, you know, all of which leads to the crucial point, and that is the righteousness that saves us as a righteousness that is credited to us a righteousness that use to use a fancy theological term imputed to us. This means that we are declared righteous in the sight of god. Despite our faults. It means that the god having views us his righteous even if we are not. And this is how we come to christ. And this is the, in fact i've got a note here in, from this se above a commentary on romans. This passage we just read romans for says in classical greek and in the pyrite, a term was used in connection with the keeping of accounts. Abraham's faith was set down on the credit side for righteousness severely with counter gretchen. Or it's like you've got an empty bank account and somebody to put the deposit in them. But in this case, it's a deposit of righteousness. And so now where you were bankrupt, righteousness from another source comes and and fills in the gaps. So this is the idea imputed credited reckoned. It's not yours. So even though abraham had his faults, even though you and I have our fault when we come to christ, the righteousness of christ, it imputed to us it credited to us. Do you want to look at a quick, quick quote? I good, I didn't know if you're going to come in. I was just right there with you. So I guess why don't you read the quote there, that kind of flushes out of this desire of ages and it's read through the value of the sacrifice made for them. They are a value in the lord's night because of the imputed righteousness is christ. They are accounted precious for christ's sake. The Lord, pardon those that fear him. That continues, he does not see in them the vileness of the sinner. He recognizes in them the likeness of his son, in whom they belief, again desired page $667.00, and I notice a phrase in their pastor howard. This strikes back to our earlier conversation about how do we even have a righteousness because something outside of us not of ourselves, takes the place of what we have to write rightly earned, which is condemnation. But here we are. God doesn't just see christ generically paper. He sees him in US, right? So Right. We would take christ in his righteousness and now when we stand there were standing imputed and infused with this righteousness of christ. That's right. Well, I would, I would hesitate on the infused word. I don't that the loaded terms, let me back that will that there's, there's a catholic terminology and so this is getting into our next point. So we're kind of going ahead of it. But in catholic terminology, there is something called infused righteousness, which means that when god gives you his righteousness, then you inherently become righteous. Right? And that is not what happens the, the, any righteousness that ever Through humanity to the is always the righteousness of christ is always ideal, is but correct. Even if it's internal, it's external demand, right? Other words, if I'm doing good with that, I goes back to that state my steps to christ. Every right impulse comes from christ. Well the right impulse, i may have the right impulse, but it's not mine. I can't claim credit for. And we're going to see that further explained to the 3 put a pin in that for now. But notice this. So this statement here, what we've looked at so far is the only righteousness of christ can save anybody. That's how we're saved in that righteousness comes to us. It's imputed to us. It's put to our account when we believe through faith when we trust in god the provision. He's given an A son, jesus christ, and we trust him for righteousness. Despite our unrighteousness, it's put to our account, that's how we receive it. Trusting that god will save us to the righteousness of his son. Now it's part of the lesson brings up the point in. There's no there. All kinds of discussions of the illogical circles about this, but the point made on the bottom. Today's lesson says this means that we are declared righteous in the sight of god. Despite our false, which is true. But there are some who argue that the imputed righteousness is only a declaration and stopped there. And in the mindset and perhaps you heard some of these discussions with a mindset, is this. What gives me hope and peace is a christian, is to be told that listen, don't worry about your obedience. You're going to stretch out about having your big god and keep the law of god. Just believe that christ righteousness is put your account regardless how simple you are and that will give you a sense of peace. And that's kind of the mindset behind it. Like as soon as you start saying that the righteousness of christ does something in the person. Then you're always going to be expecting, and your expectation, you can be frustrated with yourself and say, and so it's gotta be outside of you and it's always a declaration. And as I was thinking about this, I thought to myself, i'm think I thought about romans chapter 7. Ok, imputed amir declaration. A true christian is not content with a mere declaration. When you read the struggle that the apostle has in roman 7, he says, I delight in the law god, according to the inward man. He says that which I want to do, which I desire to do, I can't do. He wasn't desiring to get away from the law. He was desiring somebody say, hey look, just trust, the imputed righteous christ. It's a declaration. And don't worry about having to keep. It wasn't a worry about having to keep law. It was his desire to do, and yet he had no strength to obey. And so when he comes to the end of roman 7, which is fascinating, he says, oh, you know who will rescue me. He will deliver me from this body of death and lot of people read that to say he's going to deliver me by just saying don't worry about obedience anymore. But that's not when you keep on reading to chapter 8. What the bible says, what the law could not do, and that it was weak to the flesh god did by sending his own son in the likeness of simple question force in this realm as 83, and 4. That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in US who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. So when you take the whole thing, the desire of the true christian is to obey god, he just can't do it. He doesn't have the strength in himself and it's not, it's taken alcoholic. Who, who, who is lows his alcoholism and you say, hey, just don't worry about it. We'll overlook it. Then you can, I'm not an overlook. I think that's not the hope that I was looking for. I mean, I don't want to go home and yell at my wife beat my kids and I want to be kind of Okay, but I want it to be done. And so this is where the imputed righteousness of christ brings the righteousness of christ, you know, is equal 36 talks about how god says I'm going to put my spirit upon you. And I'm gonna cause you to walk in my ways and keep my statute in judgment and you will do them. This is the hope that there will be that god will give us the power through the righteousness of christ to do what we couldn't do otherwise. When paul referred to it as this mystery, which is christ in US, the hope of glory and of course, glory and character. So if I have any hope of developing that christ like character, it's not going to be just through my own work because that can't do anything but the promises that christ is in me working that out. That's right, that's. That's great hope. So we're going to race into number 3 here. Number 3, the imputed righteousness of christ. And this is what we're giving it to transform the believer. Yeah, declaration. But listen, what happens when god declares something, let there be light. Moon may just see it as light. It is light. The lesson asked the question on on Thursday. One of the questions it asked is, what does justification have to do with peace and it goes, romans 51. And the idea is having been justified by faith. We have peace with god. It says romans 51, the mindset of some is that, that piece with god comes from the fact that once I'm justified, doesn't angry with me anymore. And he's to, you know, because peace comes in the absence of war. And God fighting me as a sinner. That's a mindset there is. So he then as a pagan idea that god is and how much of that is woven into monitor, manage it like, man, god is mad. He doesn't like us. He's perturb is but jesus loves us already. There is a good god, bad god. Yeah. And the good god stands in the place of the bad god who's against us. And that's what happens before us. And we're just like, oh thank goodness. Now god's not mad because jesus showed up to get in the way when the bible for god's the love that he sent jesus the whole host of heaven, including every member the god is in our favor. The question then is where door come? Now where was the warfare with god fighting us? Or was it we were fighting against his law? He can swear to the peace come from the warfare with comes. If we were the ones fighting, the peace comes when we stop fighting name and justification when the right to win, the righteousness of crisis imputed to us. We are fighting god. Notice that they want you read that statement that said, and I live by a figure by 112. So having made us righteous through the imputed righteousness of christ, god pronounces us just and treats us as just he looks upon us as his dear children. Christ works against the power of sin and we're sin, the bounded grace much more abounds and she calls romans 5 again. Therefore being justified by faith. We have peace with god through our lord jesus christ. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace where we stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of god, what a credible statement. So having made us righteous through the imputed righteousness of christ. I mean, how do you put the righteousness of christ to somebody's account? It doesn't change to somebody. And you know, we get that if we could take it through scripture, you know galatians to 20. I am crucified with christ. When does that happen? That happens when I believe that happens, but just because that's my justifying moment. When I believe in christ, i'm justified and what happens? I'm crucified christ and I no longer live, but christ lives in me. That's transformation, right? Yes. The puzzle john says, and 1st john, 512 he who has the son of god has life. He's speaking of the life of christ becomes a life of the believer and he will walk just as jesus walk. He says 1st john 26. If anyone is in christ, he's a new creation that can kurt the 517. So you come into a relationship with crisis here so many times. Well that's when he calls you Good. And later on he'll start making your work. But apparently, god declares things and they come into reality in the moment. That's right. And even just to clarify the way he makes us good is through the righteousness of christ. Right. It's never my righteousness. It's always his righteousness, but it's christ lives in me as paul read. Well, I think things that a lot of, even in modern out into the day like god does all the work of justification in the partners up with his and encourages us and things like, no, no, he's not just cheering on either way. He's in it. He's not doing all the word. He's in puter righteous him in his in parted, righteous him in US like christ in US is the only hope of glory. Well, and I don't have it in less than I should have put it in because it's on covenant. Faith, but paul talks about in acts chapter 26 that that were in fact quoting from jesus, those who are sanctify by faith in me, jesus says poco. So in other words, we're sanctified by the same faith justifies. It's not like there's a different faith here and then there's didn't faith when I exercise faith, both set just because when I get a correction comes to exactly what I don't know. I don't think he's a christ of this, but I get christ and he goes to work and it's beautiful. Yeah. So when you read that finally 5 times, june, 8, 10894 through the righteousness of christ or substitute ensuring our obedience to god's commandment is made acceptable. Christ close his divinity with humanity and do the test upon the point of appetite, ambition, and love of the world, thus making it possible for man to keep the commandments of god through his imputed righteousness. Now we always think of the imparted righteousness of christ, which we didn't get into a lie here as being what enables us to keep the commandments. But notice here making it possible for man to keep the command of god through his imputed righteousness. Why? Because it imputed righteousness means that righteous life and character of jesus is, is put to our account only believing christ and materially transforms the believer. Beautiful? Well let's in summary, i go ahead on Friday says old covenant, new covenant. Jesus paid the debt owed to the law so that we can stand righteous in the sight of a man was closed with a word prayer, heavenly father. We thank you so much for so many things to day, but we thank you most of all for jesus, use our creator. He is our redeemer and he is our righteousness. Lord help us to see in christ all that we need and to have peace with you to the merits of our savior and the power of his new life. Lord, let us each had that experience today. Point pray in jesus name came in. Ah.

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