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Our High Calling, Part 2

Stephen Bohr


Stephen Bohr

President/Speaker of Secrets Unsealed



  • October 29, 2011
    7:30 AM
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I hope y'all have a good night 's rest you all look real nice and sounded like salmon is beautiful is an you know I really look forward to the Sabbath even though Sabbath is the day I worked the hardest you know the priests they worked harder on Sabbath than any other day actually the number of sacrifices were double but I just love going to church and meeting with my members and just enjoying a change of pace and so I pray that this they will be a phenomenal blessing for all of us before we begin our study this morning which is a continuation of as you can tell the theme our high calling we do want to ask Lord 's blessing and so I invite you to buy your heads with this we pray the father in heaven thank you for giving us life this day thank you for the privilege of being your children thank you father for the awesome privilege of being here gathered together with fellow believers believers who wish to be involved in the final thrust of your work in these last days of history father as we open your word we asked for the guidance of your Holy Spirit we asked that the spirit who inspired Scripture will come now to explain to us we thank you father for the privilege of being here thank you because you have heard our prayer because we asked in the precious name of Jesus amen many of the parables of Jesus actually have two dimensions one is what I call a local dimension and the other is a cosmic as perhaps I might mention one of those parables the parable on the loss scene now usually when we study the parable of the lost sheep usually when we study the parable of the lost scene is always a when somebody goes astray from the church we should go and we should rescue that individual we should do everything possible to bring that individual back to the church but really this parable has a much broader dimension and Ellen White actually caught this in desire ranges in price obsolescence she says that the ninety nine that are safe and the full represent the worlds of membership the one sheet that goes astray represents this world but failing to say the shepherd leaving those who are safe in the fold to come and rescue mission that was lost represents the fact that Jesus came from heaven to earth to give his life to rescue this world and put this world back in the fold and then the return of the shepherd with the sheep on his shoulder and a great celebration in the home represents the great celebration of all of heaven when this world has been restored to what it was originally that a house mate dimension of the story of the lost sheep and probably I would say the primary dimension of the parable of the lost sheep and many of the parables of Christ have this twofold dimension you know the local were supposed to go rescue the sheep that are lost as good under Severus sees us according to the Bible is truly the good Shepherd notice morning were going to follow-up on what we started yesterday yesterday we noticed that the highest calling the highest goals that Jesus has established for us is God likeness and we know that the only way that we can really know what God is like is my beholden Jesus Christ who is in the bosom of the father and therefore is able to reveal fully and completely what God is like I like to read a statement that I'm sure well acquainted with it comes from the book price object lesson state sixty nine and this is an awesome statement some people struggle with it but I believe that when Ellen White wrote she wrote under inspiration and I believe that this is not an accurate description of God 's ideal for us this is what she says when the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in his people when what when the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in his people then he will come to claim them as his own usually we stopped there she continues say it is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ for now she explains how it can be hastened were all professed his name bearing fruit to his glory how quickly the whole world would be sold with the seed of the gospel quickly the last great harvest the right and Christ would come to gather the precious ring when the character of Christ is perfectly reproduced when we are perfectly doglike we can say that Jesus will come to play must as his own of course this leads us to ask the question what is perfection we need to know what perfectionists in order to know how the character of Christ can be perfectly reproduced usually when we think of perfection we look at what I call the negative side of perfection usually we say perfection means that we don't see them anymore now I must admit that this is one side of perfection stopping arsenic not doing evil that's one sign of perfection but I think that perhaps we've missed the other side of perfection because perfection really has to silence it's like calling you can have a coin with just one site the coin has two sides and so it is that perfection has two scientists one side is to stop spinning the other side is to do good as Jesus did in other words ceasing to do evil is one side and doing good is the other side and sometimes I think that we focus so much as evidenced on the side of not sending any more that we forget the other side of perfection which is deleting what Jesus did you see Jesus didn't say but Jesus also performed works of mercy and words of love now let's take a look at this we as we find in Luke chapter camera take a look at another one of the parables of Jesus which we've studied many times before to see if we can discern this all side of perfection chapter ten and verse thirty and will just moved to this parable is the story of the good Samaritan which is really a true story but it is also apparent and usually what was not in this parable we we say that we should be good Samaritans now there is an application do not we should be good Samaritans because I be in the parable Jesus as you go and do likewise but there's something deeper and broader in this parable then the idea that we should be good Samaritans is actually the good Samaritan is a symbol of Jesus Christ now let's build this story beginning in Luke chapter ten and verse twenty five and remember were discussing perfection when the character of Christ is perfectly reproduced does that mean what we stopped sending the way Jesus never said is that it or doesn't mean doing the good that Jesus did not disburse twenty five and behold a certain lawyer when it says lawyers talking about an expert in the law of Moses this is a religious lawyer it's not one of those lawyers that we know these days so it says a certain lawyer stood up and tested him saying teacher what shall I do to inherit eternal life nothing is another story in Scripture were another person asked the same question the rich young ruler sought to spend our study for a moment and go to Matthew chapter nineteen Matthew chapter nineteen is the universe sixteen Matthew nineteen verse sixty nominal one okay I sent you the teacher was saying shall I do that I may have eternal life what kind of life does this young he wants each hurdle like that's important he says what do I need to do to have eternal life so he said to him why do you call me good no one is good but one that is not an estimate misunderstood some people say that Jesus was not going to be gone what Jesus is saying is okay you call me good why do you call me good Dick only good because you think I'm a simple manner or do you call me good because you think I'm not as so he says why do you call me good no one is good but one that is gone but if you want to enter enter into life which life eternal life that's important if you want to enter life that's not this mortal life but if you want to enter a eternal life what does Jesus continues saying keep the Commandments in that legalism keep it about that's a good seven three hundred two praise the Lord how will you like about this isn't a settler lamented over again Mister you think he would've made a good physician with a little closer to home I think so let's continue reading he says this is too good to be true too good to be true so he wants to make sure he said to him which once Jesus said you shall not murder you shall not commit adultery you shall not steal you shall not bear false witness honor your father and your mother and you shall love your neighbor as yourself as you know messaging as well as the court in the last six commandments but he took out one inning in its place will you hope the commandment is thou shall not covet any put the positive side of recommend you shall love your neighbor as yourself and when the young man hears this notice in verse twenty nine said to him all these things I have kept from my youth what do I still does that sound like I'm rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing so he says all these things I have kept from my youth what do I still lack the listen to the answer Jesus Jesus says if you would enter life right if you want to enter language life eternal life not laws another eighty verse twenty one Jesus said to him and he'll want to be affected must we be perfect and eternal life yes because you insist if you want to enter life in any sense if you would be much is Jesus talking here about not performing evil anymore Jesus is discussing the other side of prevention if you want to be perfect will sell what you have and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven and come follow me what was lacking vision may what was lacking was not the negative side of perfection she seemed to do evil what was missing was doing good will sell what you have been given to the board and you hunters are with me and not as well response once verse twenty two but when the young man are you saying he went away sorrowful for he had great possessions what is perfection according to this definition Jesus if you would be perfect what is the definition that Jesus gives a perfection is not in this context CCed to do evil but what is selling what you have been given to the poor doing good P perfection now let's go back to the story of good Samaritan and see if the story of the good Samaritan is in harmony with what he just looked at once again verse twenty five and behold a certain lawyer stood up and tested him saying teacher what shall I do to inherit eternal life is sectarian what is written in the law what is your reading homages and you tell me you're the expert your lawyer you dragged to be able to read correctly the writings of Moses you tell me what the answer is verse twenty seven saw he answered and said you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul with all your strength and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself with his answer correct is the same answer basically there was given by Jesus to the rich young ruler yes you must want you must love now let's continue notice verse twenty eight this young man had good theory he knew to get the right answer but he wasn't doing it because it says in verse twenty eight and he said to me and you have answered rightly casts at you well what is will internalize is unnecessary to do something to having your life seriously with me when we stop sinning will be perfect and have eternal life but here in his essay did something to have eternal life refusing to do evil but performing good to size a perfect addition away when were performing good evil takes care of itself now verse twenty nine but he wanted to justify himself said to Jesus and who is my neighbor going to change the size subject shift the conversation versus who is my neighbor control Jesus is going to explain what he means by doing good half life the story of the good Samaritan incidentally this is a true story that Jesus told Ellen White says in fact that that the Levite and the priests in the story were present when he told the story can you imagine their surprise when Jesus told the story and they had been there first thirty member that the Samaritan of the story is Christ that Jesus answered and said a certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho by the way when it says that the that he went down that's liberal if you've been in Israel and Uganda torturous road from Jerusalem to Jericho is whines like a snake down down down so it says a certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho very desolate road all you see here and there are a few big wins with a few sheep or goats SSE fell among thieves well-dressed man who fell among thieves represents this world who is the theme of the book according to John chapter ten verse ten the enemy doesn't come as you is on this story the thieves represent the devil and his Angels the man who falls into the hands of these represent this world the lowest not only does it say he fell among thieves but also cesspools of his clothing what does clothing represent in Scripture clothing represents righteousness dividend human rights of the choices that absolutely been in this deal the position that the human race had absolutely and you and him and the human race moved in absolutely antiparty and departed leaving him half of this individual savings up he needed someone to come from outside the Savior Orioles he would've perished but there's good news verse thirty one not by chance a certain priest that the faster talk about myself now not by chance a certain priest came down that road anymore nonetheless he comes down the road is him and he passed by on the other side so you even come close is the worst of the big as he outlines the Zen any passersby and the other side now someone else verse thirty two likewise a Levite I like to think that the Levites probably represent the church members had thoughts that I really liked when he arrived at the police if not we need a little better because he will did not significant had passed by on the other side and I like to imagine what these individuals must've flopped reasonably might babysit I'm late for an appointment up there in Jerusalem at the Temple and if I stopped at IHOP discographies might still be around your or are you know my time is so beautiful and clean want to get full blood RSS okay if I help this guy any guys in my arms I will still got my hands the point is that they did not help his delinquent priest tied to think of Crystal 's apartment do you think he was a Sabbath keeper the associate shrimp will only on the side and he appeared to be very bright set where the problem with doing good novelist verse thirty three but a certain Samaritan from a different country certain Samaritan hated by the Jews and and vice versa he comes by him or he was when you saw him he had compassion on him RM would help in this man the any personal benefit this American so I need help simply because he had a compassionate heart source says he had compassion on him so he went alone is not only is coming by he comes close he went to him and bandaged his wounds pouring on oil and wine what does oil represent in Scripture the Holy Spirit what does one represent the blood of Christ what was until healing agents the Holy Spirit and what an Chrysler and so it says here so he went to him and bandaged his wounds pouring on why any set him on his own animal because he still had a recuperation Brian Angel in June and took care of him again in the hospital represents the church is Jesus but people that are in the process of healing in contact with in contact with the charts the exact Christ except the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives but they're still a recuperation so Jesus places people in contact with the church except in so to speak but I wanted both of the Solaris American has to leave and even have a second coming verse thirty five on the next day when he departed you will try get them to the innkeeper and said to him take care of him is given resources to the church to care for those who are hurting more impatient when the process of recuperation the Bible says that he gave gifts to the members of the church to bring healing to those who are hurting to those who are in pain and so the scenario gives resources to the innkeeper gets resources the chart so to speak how to set up handling and of course the innkeeper might might apply to all you okay and whose good opinion is once again first thirty five the last part of verse take care of him and whatever you span the lesson where I will repair charming about and if I go to prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you to myself in the word repent what does Jesus bring when he comes long I come clean and everyone are is with me to get one very well because they can send that to but that's not the emphasis in digit one according to his work because your faith is shown by your works see that's a problem that is the problem that James was feeling sick Paul is dealing with one problem in Jane's with another some people Paul and James confident one another because the apostle Paul says were justified by faith without works will happen James is was not Abraham what was not ready how were they justified by works just how you reconcile those two well-known connectors two different problems the apostle Paul is looking at the problem of people who has who have faith in the words and works rather have no faith is changed as lucky people who have faith and works like a natural enemies of the gospel ask and wordlessly in a safe hour saved and changed a safe sane person should live this a contradiction when you really look at it carefully there's two sides of reflection that's why we are justified by grace through faith but we shall be judged by works because wireless show in faith was reading so you have a second coming of the something and then Jesus asked the question verse thirty six so which of these three do you think was favorite to him who fell among thieves and he said he was shown mercy on him and how Jesus gives a second application of the parable now his mistake as this American Indian to do it sooner countless American has a total application it applies a level to Christ and allow a level of July we had to revert to the character of this American if you please and so any sense he's cheating who showed mercy on him to forget that word mercy mercy on him will so is it clear that was lamer adversities will have everlasting life life is something to do with what we do absolutely then Jesus said to him go and what do like Lance but the story doesn't end here by understanding the other side of perfection in all there's no better profession in the world to do good to people then being a physician or dentist in our dentist have captive volumes series you know my son just recently had a terrible toothache and you know he's he's scared of going to the dentist I say they have a big thank you is is is that's what paying is just the thought of hearing the drills to so finally after several weeks of pay you know he went to the dentist and he got the problem fixed and now he's pain free you think he appreciates Dennis oh absolutely is no one who can do more immediate good I mean physical goods in a physician or dentist and then that opens the way to the spiritual is that the reason why this is the right arm of the message to open the door about me Matthew chapter five Matthew chapter five and let's begin at first thirty eight Matthew five thirty eight and move quick this was sent for an eye and a tooth for a two is a uneasy is better to live my myths what most people live by you hit me a piggyback a knife and I had to support his juices that's what you've heard but I tell you not to resist an evil person but whoever you on your right cheek turn the other two hymnals notices in Charlotte Jake is a place at Nanda the religion of Jesus is difficult when you look at it from this perspective were sorry if anyone one wants to see you and what you're tuning the car insulin now it says let him have your cloak also and whoever compels you to go I did tell them can we do this round-trip from within to show him what you and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away you have heard that it was said you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy I say to you love your enemies notice he doesn't say don't get your enemies he says now your enemies do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you but the religion of Jesus is partly he says do a good and incidentally is not asking you that not asking us to do anything that he did the first verse forty five how many of us believe that were sons and daughters of God is I will guess I thought I'm not what is the condition among us please just send love your enemies bless those who curse you do you want to those who hate you and pray for those is likely use you and persecute you and your father and have what is the condition for being sons of our father in heaven love blasts the good prey that you may be sons of your father in heaven and then God knows what what would it be like if God was like us God says about their farmer over here is a good Seventh-day Adventist I'm limited in sunshine and rain overhears an atheist black no rain and no sense of smell is not believing lost earnings because of stress he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the guns and sends rain on the just beyond just and then Jesus sent forth to love those who love you what reward have you the militants and your friends for Jesus and the big deal would be you have chosen this life you love those who love you what reward have you do not even the tax collectors do the same you think atheists love their mothers of course verse forty seven and you can bring your brethren only what do you do more than others do not even tax collectors do so and as a conclusion which has greatly been misused below this text has been used to say that we need to stop sending principal Udall it might deal with that context indicates that this is dealing with the positive side of perfection been doing side knowledge the conclusion therefore you shall be with perfect as your heavenly father is perfect one of perfection according to this passage is it ceasing to do evil already doing good is praying loving doing good especially those who hate us those who start being therefore perfect as your heavenly father is perfect now let's ask it were on the right track here let's talk to the parallel passage in Luke chapter six kilometers of chapter six let's have a look at the parallel passage of some people say don't the gospel writers actually contradict themselves because it all in one gospel it says that Jesus said one thing and another gospel it says that he said something different at the same location obviously what's happening here one gospel writer is actually writing when Jesus said in the other gospel writer is interpreting what Jesus and not what was the interpretation given by the public Jesus said look chapter six and less median are reading at verse twenty seven but I say to you love your enemies don't look to those who hate you bless those who as you pray for those who spitefully use you to him was like you I'm the one to offer the other also and from him who takes away your book do not withhold your to make either his assistant passage we read in Matthew absolutely first thirty jams to everyone who asks of you and from him who takes away your goods do not ask entire and just as you want men to do to do to you you also due to their but if you love those who love you what credit is that to you for even sinners love also love them and give them to go to do the deal credit is that to you for even sinners do the same if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back what credit is ideal for events such as leftist owners to receive as much back but love your enemies do good and lend hoping for nothing in return and your reward will be great and you will be sons of the lost high what he is trying to the unthankful and evil that the same passage that we know nothing same ideas but nonetheless the conclusion remember the story of the good Samaritan who was paper the one who was what merciful nominalist this verse thirty six therefore being merciful just as your father also is merciful what is perfection immaculate says David therefore accurately found this perfect figure it has been so full as your father is merciful perfection the England side of perfection is the merciful side is in other words is it perhaps true that I have finished I will listen commission but we are guilty of the son of omission busyness of our prophecy says that we will be just that not only by what he will need time in which we can do this and asked physicians and his masters we must have both sides of her face because ceasing to do evil is going to put in the category of the scribes and Pharisees everybody hated Jesus because Jesus not only quit sending never seemed rather than Jesus did good people not laws one more passage in Scripture that would like to take a look at America go to and what you might want to run it down for taking notes Matthew twenty five beginning at verse thirty one is the great judgment day Jesus is sitting on his lights on my way this is taking place after the millennium won't go into that right now but it saves really is seen as taking place after the millennium all nations I have lived before Christ and Jesus begins to separate the sheep from the goats this should represent the righteous and the goals represent the week first of all Jesus takes the righteous shaping places and then on his right side he says blessed of my father inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world and he says because you returned your time and you can bring the same and you never tasted any lobster shrimp pork pork but don't get me wrong I don't think we should eat shrimp or lobster report the Bible forbids it is one I mentioned but we knew it was a different dimension was rarely do we Jesus doesn't say that the college and inherit the kingdom prepared from about a similar for your performance hungry and you gave me to eat I was thirsty and you gave me to drink I was a farm millions of men I was in human cloning I was in prison and you visited me of course these people make goodness naturally as a letterspacing when did we see you hungry when did we see you Thursday when we see you naked for you in prison what are your partner will remember you being here after all lands and the United States in the year two thousand UN Vanity Fair thirty and Jesus says and that you have .net onto one of these of these my brethren you have done it unto me whenever we live the life of Christ with others were doing it to Christ and then Jesus turns to the goals and he says you folks are going to go to hellfire which has been prepared for the devil it is a because unfortunately you folks can keep the Sabbath sorry you and what you weren't supposed to and you didn't pay all your time did you go very wrong we need to keep the Sabbath we need to tie but you know why we keep the Sabbath when Jesus dwells on was this something for doing what were talking about why we time so the nurse funds that we can use them to proclaim the gospel what do I tell if I'm sorry couldn't help think the minister to others all these things we know Sentinel in themselves Jesus says to the goals I was hungry and you did not immediately this is my conversation need to think the other seminar like this is all God never sends you sense God likeness but there's much more to go on like this and not doing I was hungry give me the eye was thirsty you didn't give me to drink I was and he didn't hold me I was in prison you can visit me I was a foreigner you cannot take their announced the time of the complaint and said I really envy and I stays in the year two thousand eleven he went down in the second laptop when we have ministered unto Jesus says in that you have not done unto one of these least my breath you have not done it to me is the sin of omission I only want to sell a white mean when she says when the character of Christ is perfectly reproduced in his people if you read the rest of that statement let's read it again in the light of studies Jesus will character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in his people then he will come to blame the mess is all and printed in Great Britain is and explain what it means to perfectly reflect the character of Christ she says it is a privilege of every Christian not only to look forward to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ more all from see his name bearing fruit to his glory how quickly the whole world would be slow with the seed of the gospel is about processing working quickly the last great harvest would be right and Christ would come to gather precious gray brothers and sisters Jesus calls us as ministers as medical personnel to not only give an image that Adventism is about ceasing to do evil keeping certain rules and regulations but Adventism is about revealing to the world the character of love of Jesus Christ that is our high calling God bless us in the sense of not doing able but also in the sense of revealing the character of God such as has never been seen in the history of the Elimite says that this perspective of God will bring conviction and will transform hearts and ask what were all about that's why reinvents to reveal the character of Christ to the world are you tired of living in this world hello you are well I is and is a beautiful resort compared to having with all due respect to crown Plaza resort Kevin is going to be a much nicer place where all of God 's family will be dignified look forward to that day get car to let you know is a little sampling of God 's people meeting together on the same can you imagine what it will be like God 's people from every period of history meeting on the sea of glass to sing praises to the Lord process keep our focus focus on the important as a little song always turn your eyes upon Jesus look full in his wonderful face and what happens when we know that the things on earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace let's pray father we study this morning about Jesus your beloved son of father thank you for revealing yourself in Christ thank you for showing us what you really like in a world where everything appears to bear the image of Satan it's refreshing to know what you are really like I asked father that he will help us each day to spend time with Jesus in prayer and Bible study reaching out to others and in this way each day we might draw closer to Jesus and reflect reflect more fully his character to the world we thank you father for having been with us this morning and we thank you for hearing our prayers bless America is a masculine Jesus name will you I was using my audio verse four amen at the Pentagon and a member you would like to learn more 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