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Redemption and Conflict

Patrick Dillon

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Patrick was raised in Sacramento, California and began a trend early in his
teens of drug use and involvement in the street culture of the city. When he
was 18 however, he encountered Christ in a powerful way and his life has
been radically different from that moment forward. He is currently working
in San Francisco to develop a city mission whereby souls can be brought into
this same great experience with Jesus.

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  • June 20, 2014
    7:00 AM
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right good morning everyone I really really like that song because it captures the essence and I believe the uniqueness of the methods that are God has given to us as a people and that we've gathered here together to understand better so that we can become better equipped to share with others and I'm excited about this morning as well because over the last couple of years I have been seeking to understand more and more how I can more thoroughly explain and presents our message from the Bible and especially from the writings of Paul I have a personal and particular affinity for Paul's writings and Paul is usually perceived as being the complicated New Testament writer and so one of my joys has been seeking to understand all in such a way that I can explain him and that others can understand his message and are simple away as possible so that's what I'm going to attempt to do this morning and because that can be a difficult task I even Peter says that out we need the Holy Spirit to guide us in our understanding so I'm going to invite you to value has with me as I kneel for prayer father in heaven we thank you so much for this great privilege of being the people of the one true God and it is our prayer that as we put our minds to your word that you would fill us with your Holy Spirit God we pray that you will please exalt our minds so that we can not a glimpse of the reality that has been introduced to Christ seasons I pray Lord for any soul that is struggling and is being defeated that this message would nurse their minds and hearts and give them the strength they need to overcome I pray Lord for any sold that is burdened with guilt and who feels as though they cannot approach you because of their error that you would please show them mercy and forgiveness that you offer and the reconciliation the unity that you want between yourself and us and father I pray for clarity and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit and ask all these things in the name of Jesus and one of my favorite New Testament books not Justin Paul is the book of Ephesians and one of the things that I love about the book of Ephesians is its broad scope if you sit down and I encourage you to do this perhaps this weekend maybe sometime on Sabbath if you sit down and you read through the book of Ephesians in one sitting you'll quickly see that the doctrines and principles that have been so essential to Christianity are presented here but it undoubtedly a five light the gospel and the mission of the church are polls needs your burdens in the epistle of Ephesians but as you read it you'll begin to see that he sets both of these principles and concepts within the framework of the great controversy and so I began to read and understand the gospel message in the gospel mission my perspective on the churches message and mission have been greatly enhanced through the reading of the book of Ephesians now with Paul's letters and this will be important for understanding how we approach the book because there's only so much that we can actually go into and explain here he usually begins the first half of the first major section of this book with a theological explanation of what God has done in Christ and then after he establishes that he moves into the practical component of what that means for us today and so there is always this transition between theology and practice and I know that the word theology and the idea of theology and trying to understand Paul's theology can often times turn people away and turn people off so instead of thinking of it as theology I want to encourage you to think of it as a reality because it is our understanding of reality that affects the way we live and what we do so when someone starts talking about theology don't just think of it theology think this person is talking about reality hopefully if the theologies coming from the Bible and our hope that is that during this conference that is where our theology will be coming from so what we're going to beginning with this morning is a crucial passage in Paul's explanation of reality and what God has accomplished for us before he gets to the argument that he lays out in chapter two that will be dealing with this morning first begins the first fourteen versus of the book with a birds eye view of redemption from eternity past to what God has done for us in the present and what we are longing for God to complete in the future and after that he goes in to talk about how he's become personally acquainted with the church in Ephesus and how it now that he's learned that they been introduced to the gospel he wants to be driven and further their understanding and so he begins his prayer and in this prayer he says there's two major things I am longing for you to understand as we study this morning I ask that you will keep these two major things in your prayer and long for an understanding your cells the first is that he wants the church to grasp the glory of the inheritance that he has prepared from because there's something about knowing what God is going to bring about for all of creation that inspires us with a sense of all adoration worship and service but the second thing that he wants the church to understand is the power that he has made available for each and every one of us and in fact he goes to the most powerful event in all of world history to give us an example of what that power looks like he turns to the resurrection of Christ and he said God was to give you the same kind of power that he worked out in Jesus when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand above and beyond all principality and power and that such an important principle Christ has received an authoritative position that is about any spiritual or secular force and acid and provide us with encouragement and strength during our times of struggle be it with spiritual or secular forces but then he goes further to say that God has granted Christ as head over all things to the church which is his body so as this cosmic authority of this cosmic head view have been gifted with him so that by union with Christ you actually become an extension of the heavenly kingdom here on and so in chapter two he goes on to explain the essence of what that means and you were dead in your trespasses and sins Ephesians two verse one in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world according to the prince of the power of the air of the spirit that is now working in the children of disobedience so Paul big this is setting for his gospel plot proclamation with the stark reality that all of humanity Jews and Gentiles have been captured by a spiritual flow indeed the world has been hijacked by Saint and this is important for us to understand for two reasons number one is that any gospel that does not contain the spiritual component of God rescuing us from some spiritual cosmic flow is not in the New Testament gospel it can't be whatever gospel we believe in must be rooted and grounded in this larger setting that there is a controversy taking place that goes beyond and outside of ourselves the second reason is that we have to understand that the world in which we live the direction of the world its customs into five inch fashion its general direction is not simply motivated by the psychology of man is not gently motivated by how man thinks within himself but is being directed by a force of opposition and so humans who are disconnected from God I've actually been brought into a Satanic Confederacy and Paul wants them to understand the reality because if we can get our minds wrapped around the true situation that exists will be much better prepared to grasp and understand the glory of the salvation that God is working out for us in first grade he goes then now to focus in on how Satan leads us about how Satan leads us astray among them to we all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh indulging in the desires of the flesh and of the mind now the key principle here to understand and this is been monumental for me in terms of my own spiritual experience and what it means to be victorious and and how we can be victorious is that Satan leads us into sin by pulling on our own passions and desires and so now immediately there is an internal conflict and his desire is that by pulling on our passions and appetites he can break our will down into subjection and so Satan leads us about to ourselves and this is why so many people are enslaved in the world but actually believe their free because when you seek to point out to them the nature of the slavery they can't see it because in their mind are doing exactly what they want because he's using their own desires to leave the Mister but when we understand that then I'll broach God and seek for the power sent for our own appetite and passion into subjection and this process is really essential to the renewal that God wants to work out in us and because the world is filled with wall and rate and crime and instruction there is only one solution that is suitable and it is a solution and that is the final judgment because in the judgment of God is going to set this crooked world straight the problem though for many of us is that we are headed towards that final destruction rather than the final renewal and so God looks down on a roll again and captive humanity and solely motivated solely motivated by his love he sends Jesus to rescue us verse four in the beginning of verse five but God being rich in mercy because of his great love with which he loved us even when we work that in our transgressions now the thing that you have to notice about the passage is that every phrase is calculated to demonstrate to the people of God that the only thing that moves God to rescue us is his own love rich in mercy because of his great with which he loved us even when we went out and trespasses and sins and when we think of death obviously we have a passive stay in mind but don't let the metaphor for you Paul is talking about people who have been actively engaged in rebellion against God yet God looks past the rebellion and sees the jewels that you and I could become the redemption and sends his son to rescue us from the gripping power of the first five even when we were dead and our transgressions he brought us to life with the Messiah by grace you have been saved verse six and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so notice that he is not only for given us is not only redeemed us but he's also exalted now one of the things that causes for example young women to enter into human trafficking or prostitution is a low view that they have of themselves and so part of the solution to upbringing that salvation to them if you will is helping them to redevelop a positive concept about themselves not above what God would have us to think about ourselves but surely hello and I bring this up to say that is central to our renewal crisis in the evening Paul says in the book of Romans considering ourselves that in the event to send essential for our renewal is the way that we perceive ourselves and in this passage Paul is saying that we have been exalted and seated with Christ in the heavenly places love it in Christ Jesus you are at the very throne of God and that language is drawn from the one hundred and ten solved once and talked about this yesterday and in that passage the Messiah is seated the Christ is seated at God 's right hand waving expecting for all his enemies to be made of footstool under his feet the point is that in Christ when we sit at the right hand of God we are heirs of the problems in Christ Jesus you are an air of the heavenly reality you are an air of the new heavens and the new earth Romans eight says that we will reign with Christ and as far as Paul is concerned he presents it as though we were there in Jesus when he was raised from the dead you can see ourselves in that light now and live out the principles of the coming kingdom in the present live out the principles of the heavenly reality now even as we wait for creation to be finally and fully renewed in verse seven I love this I've read this so many times and this is the first time just recently just within the last six months but it sounds out so that in the ages to come he might demonstrate the surpassing riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus in other words are you familiar with the quote where Ellen White says essentially that we will be studying the character of God the science of salvation draw all eternity and we are the people understand that the demonstration of God 's character in light of the great controversy is essential to the plan of renewal in the garden it wasn't simply that Satan tricked Eve into sin Inc. he also reframed God as one who is only concerned about herself and so we should not be surprised that in this passage when Paul is dealing with cosmic redemption is not only focuses on the rescuing of humanity from Satan but also on the demonstration of God 's character and lettuce please grasp the fact that it is the redemption in verse four five and six and no other that is the basis for this internal display in other words what makes the display so grand and glorious is the means by which God has rescued us his emphasis is is rich in mercy because of his great love with which he loved us even when we are dead in trespasses and sins the point is gone is going against the grain of human rebellion and overcoming self-assessment high with his love and his forgiveness and his grades and that salvation is that redemption that serves as an eternal display of God 's character and what I was saying this goes both ways if your perception of God is wrong your experience with him can never be right our perception of God must change and he's poured out all of heaven in a single guest so that it can but it's also true that unless we have this experience that we will never truly be able to appreciate the goodness and kindness of God all those on to explain further in verses eight and nine for by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God not as a result of works so that no one may boast now it's certainly true that this passage has been captured ripped out of context and used by many according to their own will to create the effect where the idea that because God saves us by grace and grace alone that obedience and restoration of our humanity is not as essential as all immediately when we come to this pass and passage often times we immediately respond and go into Adventist defense mode is not that we have to be able to help people work out the air that has infiltrated their mind through years and years of tradition and misconception in the love and spirit of Christ but as I began to read this passage in the light of the all the wrong gospel plan I began to see that actually it's this principle that is essential to our restoration and when I say restoration I am talking about our moral restoration us being re-created in the image of God the reason that this is so is because part of God 's plan to re- humanize us is a phrase I like to use because Satan has dehumanized us with subhuman practices and many of us live like animals rather than dignified humans gods plan to re- humanize us is central to it is reestablishing the relationship that humans have with God at Eden specifically what I'm referring to is the fact that at the fall humans began to exalt themselves above God and about their fellow man and produce bubbles out of us and a good friend of mine says pride is not something you choose to do it just happens and it's only through the sanctifying grace of the Spirit that it can be checked but because of self exultation and the human proclivity of the human tendency to take the glory which is due to God alone and ascribe it to ourselves God has worked out a plan that eliminates all human boasting and if we see the problem of pride as central to the problem of sin then when we understand that God 's grace redeems us and Paul's hammering it home that it's not because of you it's because of him so that you will not post we see that the gospel of grace itself on diluted placed within its proper biblical context is actually essential for our true restoration he was God wants to restore us and give us victory over lusted over appetite over smoking or drinking or inpatients but on our two renewal since all to what it means to become truly human again is gone you are advocating the pride that exists within our hearts and he does that by pointing us to the cross account if we look to the cross and I'm so excited that I get to preach on the cross of if we let the cross and we truly fix our minds on the magnitude of what God has done there it will make our hearts so that God can restore and rebuild it will strip us of our product and our selfishness and our self-seeking and we won't want to presume on the grace of God we will want to embrace the grace of God and become truly human again and finally in verse ten for we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God has prepared before hand so that we would walk in them and in the Greek of verse ten his is brought for it in the sense of sentence so that it emphasizes that if we were to bring that into an English translation we would italicize the word hits so that the tax would read for we are cases in workmanship and is explaining the fact that salvation did not come from you it came from now he is the creator he is a renewal and so we have in a nutshell the redemptive plan that God is bringing about in Christ and I want to close by honing in on this creation that Paul talks about turn with me to Ephesians chapter four verse twenty twenty one twenty two and twenty three Paul the first two verses before this is talking about how the Gentiles walk around in the emptiness of their mind they been darkened and so their hearts and in cow list and they live their life I told Jane and whatever desires they have as we saw there at the beginning of the Ephesians two but in verse twenty he says but you did not learn Christ in this way if indeed you have heard him and have been taught in him just as truth is in Jesus that in reference to your former manner of life you lay aside the old self which is being corrupted in accordance with the last of the seat verse twenty three and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new self now a better translation would be than on the new man and even even better translation would be the new humanity and then he goes on to say which is being renewed in the likeness of God which has been created in the likeness of God or according to God if you look here and listen closely to the first couple of chapters of the Bible what you'll see is that Paul has taken us from creation and fall to re- creation and renewal in just a couple of chapters what Paul is saying is that humans were originally created in the image of God God 's image was the same in them the power of Satan but in Christ Jesus that image is being renewed and because of this we will eventually sit with Christ and rain with Christ in the heavenly places in my appeal for YouTube this morning is to take a moment and capture this view and let it transform your mind so that when you leave this room you no longer live as one who is a citizen of this present corrupt age but you live as one who has been renewed in Christ Jesus and is bringing forward the principles of heaven into the press father in heaven we thank you so much for the tremendous amount of love that you have displayed God help was never to minimize your grace and the fact that we are only purchased by your love and mercy because God in and of itself is essential to our true renewal and Lord we pray that you will please lift our minds up Lord help us to catch a glimpse help us to saturate ourselves in the reality that we are your children forgive us for when we've gone astray forgive us when we allow our minds to settle for the pride and desires of a corrupt world and we pray Lord that you please fill us with the joy of holiness the joy of renewal the sweet joy of your and as we continue to learn over the course of this weekend I pray that you would deepen the impressions that are taken place in the minds of every person including we ask all this glorious name of our Lord media was brought by audio parents a website dedicated to spreading God 's word through reading sermon audio and much more you would like to know more about how humors you like the more certain and www. audio tours .org

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