12/25/16 For God so loved the world

Sermon by Rev. Julius A. Harper, Senior Pastor Santa Clarita Christian Fellowship  Church

Christmas 2016

For God So Loved The World

John 3:16-17 (KJV)
16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved

May the Lord add a blessing to the reading and the hearing of HIS holy word.

Good morning to all and greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus. It is so exciting to be with you on this Christmas morning, celebrating the birth of our Lord.

On this wonderful Sunday, the words that I have presented to you this morning are from the well known portion of the passage from John 3:16.

This passage speaks of God’s great love as demonstrated to us in the act of THE giving his Son Jesus to the world.

Now of course on a day like today, we are all involved in the act of giving and receiving gifts.

Some of the children have gifts waiting for them under the tree if they haven’t already opened them up. It’s not just kids by the way, who are caught up in the gift-giving bonanza. All of us get excited about receiving and giving gifts.

And it’s to this idea of giving that I was drawn to speak about and to focus on, because of the tremendous gift that God gave us.

That is the topic of the sermon this morning, for God so loved the word that he gave.

So let’s take a look at this and examine the subject of giving specifically focusing on the giving of God’s Son, as noted in these 7 simple points.

God so loved the world that he gave his son…

  1. To be born as a human being

Luke 2:7-11 (KJV)
7  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord

John 1:14 (NLT)
14  So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

That Jesus was born into the world, as a HUMAN being is often something we take for granted.

This was God’s own Son who emptied himself of his divine standing in order to come into the world through the portal of human flesh.

Jesus was born as a human being and this is incredibly important because what he did for us as our Savior had to be done by another human.

Last week we talked about this extensively, in our sermon in which we compared and contrasted Adam and Christ Jesus.

It was through Adam the first man that sin entered the world and through sin came death.

And since the day that Adam disobeyed God every human born since Adam, with the exception of Jesus came into this world with a sin problem.

Thought:

On Christmas morning when we were opening our gifts and enjoying the various celebrations, I’m sure that we were not thinking about the filthiness and rottenness of our own sins.

But it is something that you need to think about none-the less.

It happened because of one man’s sin.

Adam the father of mankind violated God’s commandment and because of that all humans are born destined to an eternal hell that was created for the devil, but now expands itself to accommodate the souls of men, women boys and girls.

That is not a very comforting or festive thought to think about on Christmas morning.

But the fact of the matter is that each of us will be the guest of honor at a celebration of our lives when we breathe our last breath and then there is the issue of eternity.

The bible tells us that it’s appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment. So says Hebrews 9:27.

That appointment with death came about because of the original sin of Adam, but we all know that we are all guilty of sins too.

And the price for that sin is eternal separation from God because sin and God cannot co-exist.

Sin creates a debt that must be paid to satisfy the justice of God.

Romans 6:23 tells us that “the wages of sin is Death”

This is the problem that humanity faces “the wages of sin” and the debt that is owed by every single human being.

Jesus came born as a human being, in order to take the penalty of sin for us, by dying a substitutionary death that would pay for our sins and allow us to be made right with God.

That is why it is important to know that Jesus was born as a human; because only a person could die the death for us; it could not be a bull or a ram or a goat, it had to be a human.

Christ, who died on the cross was God but he was also a human and was raised by God the Father on the third day and his death and resurrection signals a new reality that you and I can obtain by faith.

The human baby born as a child, became the man Christ Jesus who is savior of the world and by placing our faith in him as Lord and Savior, by placing your faith in him; we can be forgiven of our sins and brought into a right standing with God, who will raise us up from physical death to live with him eternally in heaven for ever.

God so loved the world that he gave his son…

  1. To reveal the Father to us.

John 14:9-11 (KJV)
9  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

John 1:1-2 (KJV)
1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2  The same was in the beginning with God.

Deuteronomy 6:4 (KJV)
4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

John 10:30 (KJV)
30  I and my Father are one.

None of us have seen the Father, but Jesus came to reveal him to us.

If you look at the life if Jesus, you see a picture of love and mercy and kindness that you can only see through Jesus.

Jesus connected with and interfaced with everyone.

His relationship with the poor of this word was one example of that.

 

He connected with people of every race, every ethnicity, every background, he healed men and woman, boys and girls.

Jesus invested time with people. You saw that in the way he taught and shared himself with every day people.

You saw that in the way he dealt with his disciples; he shared wisdom and insights and met each and every person at the point of their need personally; there was no one size fits all, there was no rush and hurry to the next person who was more important.

Jesus showed that he really cared about people, because he wanted us to know that what he was showing us was God the Father.

 So when Jesus healed, he was showing us God’s desire for every human being he created.

When he fed, he was showing and reminding us that God created a world for us, that was perfectly equipped to meet our needs.

When he taught people from God’s word and opened the scriptures, his purpose was not to impress anyone with his bible knowledge but rather to open the eyes and minds of people to the heart of God and his word…given through the mouths of his holy profit for our benefit and for our protection in this world.

None of us have seen the Father, but in seeing Jesus, we can see how much God loves us.

Thought:

Let me just pivot for a moment before I just move forward assuming that you know Jesus.

Do you have that relationship? Have you connected personally with Jesus, who now reveals the love of the father to you PERSONALLY day-by-day.

Do you know what it means to be cared for personally by God the Father himself, who is personally invested in you.

Do you know personally the God who equips you and provides for you and loves you, with a type of personal attention that let’s you know that you are important to him and that your name is written on his heart.

Do you wake up in the morning, knowing that God wants to teach and instruct you personally and to equip you each day with his word and his Spirit and his power, so that you as his beloved child would have through him, life and that more abundantly.

If you don’t know this reality for yourself; if you have not come into the beauty of a relationship with God the father, through Jesus Christ who desires to unite you with him, you can do that by faith today.

Just stand by the invitation at the end of this sermon.

God so loved the world that he gave his son

  1. To show us how to live

Matthew 18:21-22 (KJV)
21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Luke 11:1-4 (KJV) 

1  And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2  And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3  Give us day by day our daily bread.
4  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Matthew 5:38-42 (KJV) 

38  Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
41  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Our relationship with God is a precious and wonderful benefit that Christ brings into realty through him, but God is also concerned about our relationships with other people.

Thought:

It should not be surprising to us to know that God cares about our relationships here on plant earth.

You see sin affected not only our relationship with God the Father, but it also polluted and negatively affected our relationship with others.

That is why we often cannot get along with those who we should love the most; and unfortunately it’s the holidays that often remind us of that.

Christmas day might not seem like a time when relationship problems are to be considered and discussed, but then again this might be the perfect time.

We note the words of Peter as recorded in Matthew chapter 18:21-22. And the subject of his question had to do with forgiveness.

Peter asked Jesus how often should he forgive his brother. ?

Holiday’s often mark a period of painful situations in which some families celebrate the gift of God’s Son while simultaneously, noting the absence of a brother, sister, father, mother or another family member from which we are estranged.

It will happen at Christmas dinner today at someone’s house. Mom or Dad, or Sister won’t be there because the stain of un forgiveness still stands.

Jesus came to show us how to live in relationship with others, pointing out through words, deeds and parables the need for forgiveness and how important that is to human relationship and to our great God who has forgiven us for so much.

He came to show us how to live and to handle ourselves in regards to what happens in human relationship, where because of our own brokenness we often injure and hurt others through words and deeds; done so viciously sometimes YES and others just ignorantly.

So his words about not taking an “eye for an eye approach” to people or what he said about “turning the other cheek”, or making peace with someone with whom you have a dispute, were given for our instruction to help us.

His words about being generous to others, showed us that it’s important to value human beings more than, your car or your house or material goods.

And then of course he taught us how to pray and how to seek God’s guidance and blessing every day; God gave his Son for these important things

God so loved the world that he gave his son…

  1. To show us how to love.

Matthew 5:43-45 (KJV)

43  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

1 John 4:8 b(NLT)
8  But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Now I am aware that this 4th point somewhat builds upon and is related to the first, but I hope you don’t mind if I drill down a bit further even though it might seem duplicative.

In the previous point we talked about what God taught us through the gift of his Son about how to live in relationship with others.

Here in the 4th point the focus is upon LOVE….

Thought:

To live in relationship with others, you are going to need to be able to flow in love.

Jesus taught us about that in his life, because love is CORE to the nature of God.

To help us understand that and flow in that more operationally Jesus went right to the core of what we struggle with as human beings, that being the lack of love or rather the conditions that we place upon showing it.

Jesus came as a gift from God to show us God’s love and he did that my laying down his life for us, which is the greatest act of love that any person can do.

And Jesus did that for a world that hated and rejected him.

Now Jesus isn’t asking us to die for another person, but he shows us that sacrificing ourselves for others, and laying down ourselves for others whether they deserve it on not is what real love is.

You see ultimately God wants us to be like him. He wants us as noted in Matthew 4:45 “to be the children of your father which is in heaven”

And your Father in heaven is one who loves the world in spite of the fact that the world hates him.

Now you might not see or understand that the world hates God but the evidence of it is all around you.

God’s name is blasphemed on a regular basis he has been for the most part rejected by our society, rejected by our government, kept out of our lives and wiped out of the schools.

For most people in this world the only reason why Christmas hasn’t been eliminated totally, is because of money and the amount of profit made in the retail business around this time of year.

God sent Jesus to show us how to love, in spite of the way that we are treated by others.

To love like God loves, means that you love folks regardless of how they treat you, but you love people because of how God loves you.

He makes in SUN to shine on the just and the unjust; he taught us through Christ Jesus and the example of his life and how he loved, to love not just our family but our enemies; to pray for those who bad mouth you and forgive them, just as God forgives and continues to love humanity in spite of all that we’ve spoken against him.

God so loved the world that he gave his son…

  1. To show us how to serve others

John 13:3-5 (KJV)
3  Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
4  He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
5  After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Matthew 20:27-28 (NLT)
27  and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.
28  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

This of course would be a key learning for us today in our society; it’s a very important lesson for we who have been raised in the WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY mind-set.

The picture we see painted of Jesus as recorded in the gospel of John chapter 13 is a mind-blower for sure.

Jesus was God. Jesus was God’s only begotten Son, yet Jesus was a foot washer and a servant.

God so loved the world, that he gave his Son to show us how to serve others, for in the kingdom of God it is service that is the highest form of currency and he who serves shall be the greatest in the kingdom.

For God so loved the world that he GAVE his only begotten Son, to serve and to give his life a random for many.

Jesus as he wiped the feet of the disciples, was communicating the currency of heaven and the value system of God to us.

What God values and what God wants to see us flow in is SERVICE.

It’s not about ME, ME and MY MINE, but it is about recognizing that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

It is about recognizing, that the highest good is to be found in serving others and blessing others

Thought:

Believe it or not God desires to give to you and bless you.

He has a plan for your life that is designed for you to come into the fullness of his purpose of what he envisioned for mankind from the beginning.

God didn’t need to create a world for himself.

God didn’t need to create a world to stoke his ego.

God didn’t need to create a world because he was bored.

He created the word so that all of humanity could be vessels of receipt for what God could do for them.

Giving his precious life to bless others through giving and serving, not for what he received from others, but just for the glory and honor that comes from giving and serving.

God so loved the world that he gave his son…

  1. To die for our sins.

Matthew 27:46, 50-51, 54 (KJV) 

46  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabach-thani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
50   Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
54  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

What happened on the cross that Day God’s gift to us.

His Son paid the price to set man free because of the stain of death and guilt that we all had upon us.

We talked about that very briefly in point number one of the sermon. I told you about the sin problem that each and every human being has. We talk about the wages of sin and the debt that each of us owes.

The scriptures tell us that is was about the 9th hour when Jesus cried to his father saying My God my God why have your forsaken me.

Jesus as he hung on the cross dealt with something absolutely incredible.

He dealt with the weight of the sins of the world, being placed upon him.

God so loved the world so much that he placed the sins of every man, every women and every child that had been born and would be born, on his Son and he crucified his Son has as though he had committed those sins in spite of the fact that he never broke one single law or displeased his Father in any way.

  • It was his SON, the same child who the Angeles heralded at his birth as Emmanuel God with us.
  • It was his SON, upon whom the Spirit descended like a dove on the mount of transfiguration where God himself spoke from the cloud declaring this is my Son in who I am well pleased.
  • It was that same SON, who felt his Father turn from him, because he couldn’t look upon the sight of his SON covered in our sins.
  • As he died, the veil in the temple was torn asunder, graves were opened and the centurion declared this truly was the Son of God.

Thought:

God gave us his SON. Placing our sins on him. Placing YOUR sins.

Allowing him to die a substutionary death in our place, so that we might be set free.

God so loved the world that he gave his son…7th finally

  1. To bring us back to God

1 Peter 3:18 a-c (NLT) 

18  Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.

Colossians 1:22a-c (NLT) 

22  Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence

God always wanted us to be with him. It was never his desire that a wall of separation be between us.

He didn’t need us and we can add nothing to him; but look what he did to bring us back. He sent his Son to be born of a woman to come through time and space.

He sent his Son to live among us as one of us, yet with out sin.

He sent his Son to mend the wounds of the broken hearted

And ultimately though the gift of his Son we shall be reconciled to him to be with him forever.

This reality can be your if you don’t know Jesus as Lord, if we accept his gift, repenting of our independent sinful lives, if we come to him in faith, asking him to fill us with his spirit and wash away our sins; if you come to him by faith his wonderful salvation is available.

On this Christmas Day, embrace the love of GOD and gift of eternal life today by placing your faith in him.

AMEN.

 

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Adam and Christ Pt 2

Sermon by Pastor Julius A. Harper, Santa Clarita Christian Fellowship Church

Adam and Christ

The Impact of Two Men

Part II

Romans 5:12-19 (NLT)
12  When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
13  Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break.
14  Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come.
15  But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.
16  And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.
17  For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
18  Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
19  Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

May the LORD add a blessing to the reading and the hearing of HIS holy and mighty word.

Today we are picking up in part II of the mini-series within the studies from the epistle to the church at ROME.

We began this two-part sermon with a message in which we looked at the Spiritual impact of ADAM upon humanity, noting his part in the fall of man and the problems associated with that.

As we were walking through those details our purpose was to educate and illuminate our minds so that we would began to really appreciate just how incredible God’s love and mercy was and is towards us.

Essentially the sermon looked at what ADAM did to humanity and to the world noting the following.

First that sin and death came into the world through ADAM.

Romans 5:12a which we read in the opening declared that it was through one man that sin entered the word

The chaos you see in the world, entered through Adam. The fact that every man and every woman and every boy or girl who is ever born is destined to exit through that same door of death …..came through Adam.

We also learned secondly that Adam’s nature was passed to all of humanity. Romans 5:12 said that Adam’s sin brought death and he spread death and sin to all of us.

It is well known that you don’t to teach your children to lie or steal, or cheat.

It is passed down from generation to generation to generation. Our kids lie, cheat steal and do all kinds of things because they got it from us and we got it from our father and you can trace it all the way back to Adam.

We learned thirdly that the impact of Adam’s sin and the penalty associated therewith is so powerful that it even impacted us where there is no law to break, or in the case of the unborn and babies, death continues to reign in spite of the fact that they never broke any laws.

As the bible says that is appointed to man or every descendent of Adam if I can restate that in my own words…once to die

Finally as we were looking at all of the negative things Adam brought upon humanity, we were able to see that in spite of the reality of Adam’s life, even in that, there was something positive about the grace of God, that was revealed in Adam, for his failure pointed to the victory and joy that our next Adam would bring us, as seen in the person of Jesus Christ.

Now today, that is where we are at; we are going to compare and contrast the impact of Adam upon humanity with the countermeasure accomplished by God through Christ on out behalf; For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

So let’s look at that today, as noted in the following 4 points

Four Spiritual truths about what Christ did to reverse the impact of Adam upon humanity.

  1. Adam brought sin and death to the world; Christ brought the gift of righteous through the sacrifice of his life for us.

Romans 5:15c-d (NLT)

15   For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:15c-d (KJV)
15   For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

 

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)
21  For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Romans 4:24-25 (NLT)
24  for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
25  He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.

1 Peter 3:18a-b (NKJV)
18  For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God

Just as death and sin abounded to many because of the actions of one man, through Jesus Christ the grace and mercy of God overflows to many.

Adam brought sin and death to the world.

We all got jacked through Adam, but every person can receive the gift of grace by one man Jesus Christ.

I like the simplicity and straight forwardness of God’s plan that involves ONE

Just one bite of the fruit, brought death upon every man, just one bite, destined all of humanity to a devils hell.

But the gift of God through Jesus Christ, the life of ONE is so powerful that it not only took care of the sin that Adam committed, but the life of ONE man given on Calvary’s cross, took care of the sins of all humanity, for those who believe..

Thought:

The scripture we just read in the King James Version used the term abounded to many.

This pictures a showering of God’s grace upon all of humanity.

It pictures the reality that our God loved us so much that he provided something that was bigger and more bodacious that unwanted gift that Adam gave.

We often quote John 3:16 that says that God so loved the world; and we talk about how God is the ultimate giver.

Here we see God doing exactly that.

Demonstrating that he always performs in a way that is bigger and badder than man.

Even after Adam sinned and we became guilty in him and through him, God had a plan in place to deal not only with ADAM’S sin in us, but his plan covers the wages of sin that we earned on our own.

Thought:

Be honest about it my friend if it were a question of you and I earning death and hell on our own, the hammer would be brought down on our guilt because we’ve earned it.

But look what God does.

He hooked it up, so that the gift of his Son would pay the price, of what happened in the garden and it would pay for the every sin of every man and every woman born on the face of the earth.

Through the blood of his innocent Son Jesus, God would provide something that would be so powerful that it would wipe clean all offences, for those who believe.

Oh my, what a mind blowing reality…but then check this out..

In spite of our unworthiness God presented us with this incredible gift, asking us to do nothing more than believe it and accept it and embrace his love for us.

The scripture says he made Christ who never sinned, to be the suffering for our sin that we might be made right with God.

Thought:

Overflowing is a word that I can’t get out of my head.

The grace of God when you consider it, just rocks your world.

It’s over-flowing. That is the only word that describes it.

Over-flowing is a word pictures a type of excess or superabundance; it means that there is a surplus and plethora of you please, that describes the GRACE of God that came to us, by this one man, Jesus Christ.

Thought:

I know that some of you thought that it was unfair that by this one man ADAM we all fell into condemnation and on some level I would agree with you.

But I want you to think about this for a moment.

How unfair it was, how unfair it is, that Jesus God’s only Son was handled over to sinful man suffer a horrible death on the cross, for us, even thought he never committed one single sin.

The mess up of one man was counteracted by the gift of God, much more his grace and much more the work of Jesus on the cross for us hath abounded unto many.

It’s enough to take your breath away…

Four Spiritual truths about what Christ did to reverse the impact of Adam upon humanity

2         Adam brought condemnation upon all humanity, but         

Jesus brought the gift of justification.

Romans 5:16 (NLT)
16  And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.

Romans 3:28 (NKJV)
28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.

Acts 13:39 (NLT)
39  Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God—something the law of Moses could never do.

Galatians 2:16 (KJV)
16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

We touched a little bit upon this in point number one, but let us drill down deeper to compare the unwanted gift of condemnation to the gift of justification.

One man committed one offense, which brought all men under condemnation, but what JESUS brought us was God’s gift of Justification through faith in him.

Now I gave you three scriptures because faith comes by hearing…

Thought:

Adam doomed all mankind to death, but what God did through Jesus is a complete and total mindblower.

Romans 5:16 the New Living Translation says it best.

God’s gift is very different because it allowed us who were guilty and condemned the moment we were born, to be declared right with God, even thought we are guilty of many sins.

Thought:

Now I know that some people might be offended by that, but the reality is as the bible says, there is none righteous NO NOT ONE.

There is no one who has never broken the law, no one who has never stolen anything; and you might think that you’ve never stolen but if you took a paper clip from or a pen home from the job that didn’t belong to you, or made a personal call on a phone that wasn’t yours, you stole and I just give you that light weight example for fun.

God’s gift and what Christ accomplished for us, through his sacrificial death is that we, by reason of FAITH alone, apart from works, would have credited to our account righteousness and debited from our account, guilt and condemnation.

And this is done IN-SPITE-OF-OUR-THE FACT THAT WE ARE GUILTY.

Nothing that man could ever do could match God’s gift.

Not keeping the law of Moses.

Not religion, which again is a work of man, but only the work of the second Adam, Jesus Christ, SON OF THE LIVING GOD.

It’s so beautiful that it overwhelms me. I know that I’m powerless, just like you.

I know that sin is in me and unrighteousness within the very DNA of the way I think act and behave.

I know that I am truly a Son of Adam in the natural, but by faith I have accessed a new reality.

But by faith, I have put my trust in God’s own Son.

By faith I’ve looked at the lesson of Abraham, who pointed me towards the way out of my terrible mess.

And he showed me that is was not by works, but by faith in Jesus Christ.

By faith, any man, any woman, any boy or any girl can break the grip of what was inherited from Adam and instead be justified and made right with God, even though we are guilty.

Four Spiritual truths about what Christ did to reverse the impact of Adam upon humanity, we learn 3rdly

3         Adam brought death’s reign upon all men, but through Jesus Christ we shall “reign in life”

Romans 5:17a (NLT)

17  For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many

Romans 5:17 (KJV)
17  For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

Genesis 3:19 (KJV)
19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Hebrews 9:27 (NLT)
27  And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment,

John 3:16 (NLT)
16  “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Thought:

I’m 58 years old now and the number 60 is less than two years away because in April if the Lord allows I’ll be 59.

There is a reality that I believe becomes a part of your life in an every increasing way, that makes you more familiar with the death, as you live longer and see more of your friends, associations and relatives die.

I don’t care who you are or where you come from, if you are part of the human race death reigns in your life.

The moment that the Dr. slapped you on the backside, you started dying.

You may not notice it yet, because when you are young you are still supple and agile.

Death begins to reign the moment you are born, WATCH THIS—-but it was never intended to be that way.

When God created ADAM, he didn’t create him with an expiration date.

Death was not a part of the original design plan.

When God created man, he breathed his breath into man and man became a living Soul. He was made in the image of God and God is eternal. He was made with a perfect body that was not subject to disease or aging.

But when Adam disobeyed God a change occurred. Now the occupier who took authority over Adams life was death.

Death rules and controls every man, by the offense of one.

it is appointed that each man should die one” 

But Jesus brought us a greater gift.

All of us will die physically because that is a standing appointment that we cannot escape, but through Christ Jesus our second Adam, we receive the gift that reigns to eternal life.

That means that we through Christ will dwell and rule with God eternally.

Not just in the earth realm that is subject to time and space, but in the heavenly realm where a day is as a thousand years.

Not separated and subject to sickness, but with new bodies, created for eternity.

Not dominated by the fear of death.

Not under the control of death, but now free and completely liberated from domination, to rule and reign at the side of our father, who always wanted us there with him, from the very beginning of creation.

My friends, God created humanity to be with him.

He never intended for man to be separated from him by death; it broke God’s heart when Adam made that fateful decision, to have to say those words; for dust thou art and unto dust thou shall return.

He wants us back with him and loved us so much and desires us to be with him eternally so much, that he was willing to give his Son for us, that whosoever believes in him should not perish and live under the domination of Death, but instead through faith in Jesus Christ his SON, have ever-lasting-life.

4th and finally we learn that

  1. Christ took the curse of Adam and turned it int the blessing of God’s grace.

Romans 5:21 (NLT)
21  So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This 4th and final point kind of summarizes and concludes Paul’s teaching on this passage.

Adam’s impact on humanity was incredibly damaging.

All men became sinners because of what one man did, but even in that incredible failure we were given an opportunity to experience something even greater.

We became the recipients of the grace of God, players in the magnificent story of God’s grace that according the Ephesians 2:7 that in the ages to come he might show the riches of his grace in his kindness towards us through Jesus Christ.

God took the failure of Adam and he used it to demonstrate his incredible Grace, to show us the richness of his mercy and his great love wherewith he loved us.

Sin ruled and brought us to death, but Christ delivered us by taking power over death and hell.

He conquered death.

He conquered hell and the grave, triumphing over them as he walked through them and rose from them.

He conquered the stain of sin and the un-payable wages thereof by nailing them to the cross and settling the account of Man “one and for all”

He crushed the domination of sin upon the souls of man and instead gave us a new song that the Angles cannot sin.

We’ve been washed in the blood of the crucified one

We’ve been cleansed from unrighteousness

We’ve been justified and accepted.

Washed and made clean.

And we have peace with God

He did it for his glory and goodness so that every time the Angeles see YOU, they would glorify God

He took the curse of Adam’s failure and turned it into the blessing of God’s grace.

AMEN

Throughout the sermon today, I’ve shared bits and pieces about the state of the un-regenerated man and the grace of God as demonstrated through the Lord Jesus Christ.

I told you that we all inherited something deadly from Adam, our Father. There is no exception to the truths I have shared with you. When he sinned death entered into the world and death came through sin, we all came under a curse.

It doesn’t matter if you feel it is unfair, we’ve all been guilty on our own, we’ve all earner the wages of sin which is DEATH.

And not just death as in being buried or cremated and that’s it.

But the death that we are destined to without Christ is an eternal death in a HELL that was not created for us, but one that has enlarged itself for the souls of unsaved men, women, boys and girls who reject the grace of God and his love and embrace independence and disrespect and sinful rebellion against God.

You have a choice to make this morning and this is the only time I can promise you that the choice will be available. The choice is to live under the curse and stain of what you inherited through Adam and wages associated therewith which is death and hell, or to embrace by faith in Jesus Christ, his death as a payment for you sins; giving your life to him and asking him in as LORD and master and savior….it’s up to you.

 

 

12/4/16 Adam and Christ Pt-1

Adam and Christ

The Impact of Two Men

Part 1

Romans 5:12-19 (NLT)
12  When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
13  Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break.
14  Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come.
15  But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.
16  And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.
17  For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
18  Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
19  Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

May the LORD add a blessing to the reading and the hearing of HIS holy and might word.

Today we are going to begin part ONE of a two part series within our studies from the epistle to the church at ROME.

No doubt the language used here is challenging and the concepts are somewhat complex, but Paul is actually laying out what really is a straight forward explanation of the Spiritual impact of two important figures in human history and those two figures are ADAM the first human being and Christ Jesus a human being also, but in addition to his humanity Christ Jesus is the Son of God.

These two men Adam and Jesus played important roles and had powerful impacts on humanity; one created a problem for every man and woman and boy or girl born on the earth and one provided a solution to the problem.

Through ONE-man sin entered the word entered the world and with sin came death says Romans chapter five, so death passed upon all men.

Now the purpose of this two-part sermon is to educate and illuminate our minds concerning these two individuals so that we might more fully appreciate just how incredible and awesome God’s grace and mercy towards us really is.

Don’t forget this. The teaching here is not merely an academic exercise, to impress you with theological insights; Paul does not give this teaching to remind us of his incredible gifts into the deeper things of the gospel, but rather the purpose here is to expose and highlight God’s incredible grace towards us, so that we can more fully appreciate what he has done for us, through Jesus Christ.

So for the next two sermons we are going to compare and contrast these two figures.

AND so we begin this examination starting first with ADAM and the next time we are together we will look at Christ Jesus. AMEN.

4 Points to the sermon take note and embrace God’s word.

Four Spiritual truths about Adam’s impact upon humanity

1.Sin and death came into the world through one man named

Romans 5:12a (KJV)
12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin..

Romans 5:12a (NLT)
12  When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death,

Genesis 2:15-17 (KJV)
15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 3:6 (KJV)
6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Genesis 3:17-19 (KJV)
17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Very simply sin and death entered into the world through Adam and what we read together from Genesis outlined where the problem started.

The chaos you see in the world, entered through Adam. The fact that every man and every woman and every boy or girl must exit earth thought death’s unwelcome door came through ADAM.

Thought:

Now we look at the simple details of the fall of man as noted through the Genesis account and it seems like such a simple thing from a human standpoint.

In the beginning man had the perfect hook up. Man by the way was created by God just in case you didn’t know that, or you believed one of the stories that have been taught by man along the lines of us having popped out of a patch of slime or evolved from some sort of Ape.

God created man and made him in his own image, endowing man with capabilities and blessings beyond anything we can imagine, including a life that was set up for us in a way that we can never understand.

He created man, with the idea that man never would die.

Death was not part of the original design plan, nor was sickness and disease. The earth was at peace, their was no violence between the animals, man did not work, he did not toil, there was no fear, he was amply supplied with all of the food he needed, he could eat whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted with just one single exception; man was told by God that he couldn’t eat of one tree the tree and he was warned, that the day you eat of that tree thou shall surely die.

Thought:

If you have ever asked yourself, why is the world so jacked up, the answer is ADAM.

Adam is the reason why our lives are characterized by suffering.

Adam is the reason why you’ve got to bust your chops working for a living,

Adam is the reason why; no matter how much you exercise, or how balanced your diet is, at the end of the day each and every single one of us is going to die.

Paul writes this, not simply to point out the futility of human existence, but rather he points this out to contrast the impact of Adam upon humanity, with the counter action of Christ and his impact, whereas through one man sin entered into the world and death abounded to many, through Christ through ONE Man, life eternal is made possible for many.

Thought:

Child of God you and I need to understand that Sin has such an incredible price.

The little incident there in the garden might now seem like it wasn’t all that serious. It hardly seems worthy of transforming all of mankind into condemned beings.

That is how we see it because we don’t understand that SIN is the ultimate thing that can be done against God.

Sin turns away from God and denies him for who is he and what he deserves.

Sin declared and calls God inferior to us, because it says we know more than he does.

Sin denies God’s best for us and declares that one some level he is holding something back from us, even as the devil declared when he tempted Eve.

By the simply saying NO to God and embracing the sin of self determination; by saying I the creature will be my own director man committed the ultimate act of hatred for the one who created him in love.

Four Spiritual truths about Adam’s impact upon humanity

2.Adam’s nature was passed on to all of humanity and all men are sinners.

Romans 5:12 (NLT)
12  When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.

Romans 3:23 (NLT)
23  For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Psalm 14:2-3 (KJV)
2  The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
3  They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Romans 6:23a (KJV)
23  For the wages of sin is death;

This second truth is often a point of resistance among many who have heard me preach the word.

Now the problem is….these words are not my words, I didn’t come up with any this, you can either accept what God says or reject it.

I will tell you there will be some folks who will shake their heads no, when I say that everyone here without exception is born a sinner with an infected nature, that they inherited from their father, who got it from their father, who got it from their father who got it from Adam.

Thought:

It is well known that you don’t to teach your children to lie or steal, or cheat.

You don’t have to teach them to be fornicators. You don’t have to teach them to disobey you and make up lies. Your sweet innocent little daughter will sneak and do things that are wrong because it is in them because it’s in you.

It is passed down from generation to generation to generation. The scripture said that God looked down from heaven upon the children of men …and that included you and your children and my children too.

And what he saw is that they had all together become filthy, there was not one that did good, they all turned aside, everyone of them has gone astray, no one could say that their hearts were pure, our “supposed” righteousness is as filthy rags.

When Adam sinned death spread to everyone and everyone earned sin’s wage.

Thought:

Again, without getting ahead of where we are going in part II, we can preview and contrast the wages earned through what was spread from Adam to all humanity VERSES the gift we got through Jesus Christ.

Every one has sinned, everyone is infected, you are born that way; every one of us is personally responsible to God for the wages that we have earned, yet through Jesus Christ, we are beneficiaries of a gift we neither earned nor deserve.

Our situation was hopeless, the bend towards corruption consigns us, to eternal death separated from Almighty God and is our just reward that we cannot blame on Adam, for each one of us have sinned and do sin in our own right; but just as Adam’s sin brought death on all man, one man’s death, the death of Jesus Christ God’s only Son, brings life to all who come to him by faith.

Though we are still infected with the sin nature we inherited from our father Adam, through the blood of one man Jesus and faith in his death burial and resurrection as payment for the wages we earned and deserve, God declares though we be infected, IN Christ we are clean and righteous because of him.

Four Spiritual truths about Adam’s impact upon humanity

3. The penalty of Adam’s sin impacted all of humanity even when there was no law.

Romans (5:13-14b)

13  Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break.
14  Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did

Romans 5:14 (KJV)
14  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Ecclesiastes 3:20 (KJV)
20  All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Ezekiel 18:20a (KJV)
20  The soul that sinneth, it shall die

Now there is a lot of language here, but we are going to attempt to break it down into the most essential thoughts.

First we note that the scripture says “death reigns”…say that term, I liked the King James Version better for that scripture

To reign means to have control or influence. The term REIGN speaks of a RULE over something and death is such that it RULES over all men, watch this even those who did not sin in the matter of Adam’s original transgression and we say that language noted in Romans 5:14

Then the scriptures also speaks of the law and here is the point that is being made.

The law did not exist for almost 2500 years between the time of Adam and Moses, so in essence there was no law to break, yet men and woman, boys and girls and yes even babies continued to die, because of what Adam brought upon mankind.

Thought:

We die, babies die even thought they didn’t do anything; even independent of the law, sin is taking it’s wage in the form of death; all men, all women, all boys all girls and babies too are condemned to death by Adam’s action.

Thought:

Now there are two reactions that you can have to this fact.

You can get mad and spend a lot of time thinking about how unfair you feel this is; you can get offended by the fact that babies die, or you can think about that fact that God loved you and I so much that he sent his only SON who never sinned, to rescue us from this situation, by suffering and dying on a horrible death on cross for you and me.

You can spend all the time you have pondering those esoteric arguments in your own mind or you can be honest about the fact that very likely you yourself have violated God’s commands and you’ve earned the wages of sin all by yourself.

It is appointed unto man ONCE TO DIE and there are NO exceptions for anyone.

If you are here under the sound of my voice and have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord you stand guilty of the same rejection of God that Adam and Eve were guilty of when they rejected God in favor of their own free will, you’ve earned the death penalty on your own.

Because of what Adam did and because of your own rebellious sins, the soul that sins will die.

Thought:

Now listen closely and hear it good. Because the death that I am talking about is more than just burying a person.

In many ways that kind of death would be easy. You could live your life, do what you are going to do and then when your time is up, they put you in the box and that is the end of that.

But the fact is, the death I am talking about is more serious than that.

The death I am taking about is eternal death.

Death where you are not sleeping but fully aware and alive spiritually.

Death where you have a sense of what is happening about you.

Death where you suffer pain.

Death where there is suffering and isolation in a place that was not part of God’s original plan for mankind.

When Adam sinned and death entered into the world, it ushered in access to eternal death in a devil’s hell.

A place not prepared for man, but a place that has enlarged itself for the souls of men, women, boys and girls who die in this life, having rejected God’s own son.

John 3:16 told us that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have ever lasting life. For God sent his Son not into the world, to condemn the world, but that through him the world might be saved. He that believeth not on him is already condemned, because he has rejected and not believed on the only begotten Son of God.

Adam’s sin impacted everyone, from the rich to the poor from the young to the old, the evidence was there, as sin reigned even before there was a law.

Four Spiritual truths about Adam’s impact upon humanity

4th and finally

4. Adam was a type of Christ, signifying the blessings of grace to come.

Romans 5:14c-15 (NLT)
14c  Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come.
15  But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:21-22 (KJV)
21  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15:47-49 (NLT)
47  Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven.
48  Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man.
49  Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man.

It may seem that during the course of this sermon, I’ve been whipping on Adam quite a bit; he did cause sin to enter the world, but he is never the less an important figure because in his failure he signifies something or someone greater.

Adam was the first head of the human race but God has provided is with a new head, Jesus Christ.

Adam brought sin and into the world, but in his failure he pictured the blessing of God who would bring a new Adam named Jesus Christ who would bring life.

Adam was conquered by death, yet the second Adam Jesus Christ conquered death when he rose from the grave with all power in his hands.

Adam was returned to the dust of the earth, yet Christ ushers us into eternity and will cloth us with new bodies, made not for the world of corruption, but with new bodies, equipped for eternity, ruling and reigning with God the father, in his presence where he always wanted us to be.

CLOSE:

Two men, both impacting humanity with choices that have and continue to have eternal consequences.

Adam with the choice of independence and sin and the wages thereof.

Jesus who gave his sinless life for a world of sinful rebels, having obtained for us eternal benefits beyond our wildest dreams.

Thought:

You don’t have to do anything to choose what Adam brought you, just stay as you are and die in your sins and you’ll receive the penalty thereof.

You can do that and no one will force you…..

OR….you can accept the work of Jesus Christ on the cross for your behalf

You can embrace the grace of God, with his hands outstretched presenting to humanity who does not deserve it, the God gift of forgiveness and justification in spite of our obvious guilt, secured and paid for by the life and blood of Jesus Christ.

If you have not made a decision to embrace Jesus Christ and invite him in as Lord of your life, I want to be clear you are in the family of Adam and everything that was earned including eternal death is yours….but you don’t have to be.

You can choose to believe that God so loved the world that he gave HIS SON Jesus to pay for your sins.

You can place your faith in him, ask him into your life and enter into the blessing he desires to give.