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June 3, 2020 2:00 am
Why is being a Christian so great? Unbelievers you meet are asking that question as they observe your life. In the message "Our Benefits Package," Skip shares some of the benefits of a saved life.
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Having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the first immediate effect of justification.
Peace with God needing the war is over the world with God is over.
We were at odds with God that's over talks about the piece of God. Peace with God. This is not healing the peace.
This is a fact of peace. As believers we have so many benefits of our faith because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross today and connect with scriptwriting scriptures about some incredible heavenly benefits you because you defeated Christ first Skip wants to invite you to check out an exciting project from his wife like it's hard to make sense out of everything going on in the world. That's why I'm excited to announce the launch of my wife Lynn is podcast called all the thing.
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Thank you that we are in Romans chapter 5 diving to the teaching with skip-when you apply for a job oftentimes there is not just the employment picture after picture after the benefits that come along with joining that company so there was a young engineer who graduated from MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was looking for his first job in the market. He found the company was willing to interview them so at the interview. The HR officials said what kind of the salary are you looking for as a starting salary in the engineers at all $250,000 a year depending on the benefits package so the HR interviewer said well what would you say that this package five weeks paid vacation 14 paid holidays full medical and dental. The company will match retirement funds up to 50% of your salary and a leased car every two years, say a red Corvette and the young engineer sat up straight and said how are you kidding, and she said yes but you started at first, I never thought about how great it is the company that we work for the church of Jesus Christ never thought about how great this outfit is first of all, our product works universally. You can take the gospel share with any person willing to listen and receive it, and it will change that life. Second, we have offices worldwide.
Go to any country in the culture. You will find some expression of the church in that country. Third, our benefits are exceptional forgiveness for our past meaning in the present peace of mind.
Then, on top of that we have a retirement package that's out of this world literally as well as figuratively. When it's all over. We have heaven waiting for us and even in heaven will be rewarded based upon our service for the Lord here. With that in mind, look at Romans chapter 5 and if you don't mind go back to the last word of chapter 4 what is the last word use either justification is the last word written in Romans chapter 4 justification. If you remember, is that little word we talked about last time. It's how you get right with God. Justification means to declare righteous to declare somebody right and then to treat that person based upon the declaration.
So God says okay you and I want to get together. The only way that can happen is I'm going to declare that that's true based upon what my son did for you on the cross. You believe in that.
I'll make the declaration that you and I are right you are right with me and I will treat you. Based on that, so it is by grace alone through faith alone, it is not earned. It is received, which is what's going to make heaven so great a none of us like we said last week. None of us are gonna be able to have to listen to people bragging about how good they were to get into heaven Baraga pointer. The man with five wounds and save that's how I got here based on what he did for me it's what's so good about the good news. It's what makes the gospel. The gospel otherwise it would be nothing but bad news.
So if this were a courtroom scene that picture that we painted last week. If this were a courtroom scene policy is setting the whole world down in the courtroom and saying the whole world is guilty before God. He makes his case by saying things like, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. He makes his case by saying there is none righteous, not even one. And then a witness comes in its Moses the world is sitting there, Skip Heitzig is among them.
Moses comes in with the law and says to the judge, Your Honor.
Skip Heitzig has broken the law repeatedly. I hang my head a little lower as another witness, Satan comes in. We all know who he is. He is the accuser of the brethren. He knows all the dirt on me all the secret thoughts all the bad deeds and he knows them so well, I need to start spouting them off to the judge and I feel really bad because I know it's all true and I just stand there absolutely speechless and the judge turns to me and says are they saying so, yes, Your Honor. And just when I think it's all over my defense attorney approached the bench. His name is Jesus and what was interesting about my attorney as he happens to be related to the judge is the judge's son so he comes up to the bench and an act without decorum. So, Your Honor.
He just leans over the ventricles.
Hey dad, we both know that the death penalty has already been paid for this guy by me, and I present to you as exhibit a in my blood.
Then a big smile comes over the judge's face. He takes the gavel slaps a down not guilty and I go free.
I have been justified. I've been justified as justification for that's just the beginning.
After forgiveness there is much more that follows it is called a benefits package.
That's what I'm calling this the believers benefits package, and even before we read a few verses in chapter 5 the me disorder bring you ahead you not to turn there, but in Romans chapter 8. Paul will write. He who did not spare his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things. Let's see what those things are Romans chapter 5 verse one after talking about justification is missing. He begins therefore, having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God and not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing the tribulations produce perseverance.
Perseverance, character, character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God is been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. I suppose if the news media were covering the event, the headline on the paper would read center pardoned goes to live with judge. Now we read about all the benefits that that criminal will be given because of that process of being declared and now treated as not guilty so notice a couple of words in verse one therefore, having been justified by faith we have already tell you now what we have we have for benefits. We have peace with God. We have the privilege of access to God we have a preview of our future and we have purpose in our pain-and-suffering. Let's take those benefits one by one. The first is peace.
Peace with God. Verse one. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the first immediate effect of justification.
Peace with God, meaning the war is over the wall with God is over.
We were at odds with God that's over when he talks about the peace of God or peace with God.
This is not a feeling of peace. This is a fact of peace, whether you feel it or not, is the fact of peace. Now let me explain an unsaved person is at enmity with God. Everyone is separated from God at odds with God at enmity with God, and unbeliever may hear them say all I have nothing against God, that's not the point. God has something against you. You are at enmity with him. Isaiah 48 says there is no peace, says the Lord, for the wicked. One of the Psalms, God is angry with the wicked every day. It's been the premise of the first part of the book of Romans has it not the wrath of God are Romans 118.
Therefore, the wrath of God is revealed from heaven in the heat goes into detail about that for three chapters. So the great enemy to peace is not the Democrats. It's not the Republicans.
It's is not the socialists.
It's not. There is not any group. The great roadblock an impediment to peace is that three little letter word sin. Sin separates sin is the roadblock. So we need a treaty to be signed a peace treaty with God melody when we hold that the unbelievers might feel differently.
They might feel peace while I find I feel very peaceful, that's fine. You might feel peaceful but you're not at peace with God. Peace you're experiencing is unbeliever is the same peace is somebody sitting on a lounge chair, sipping champagne on the deck of the Titanic feels really good. Now, but that boat is going down. You might feel peaceful, but it is a temporary illusion only. You are not at peace with God. So for example if a man commits a crime in the United States and flees the country. He might feel great is not at peace with our country and you can prove that because if he tries to come back in our country he's going to get what arrested and put in jail. So this some this little illustration came to my mind this week actually several channels have been playing this 50 year anniversary of the Charles Manson murders the Tate lobby. Yonker crimes that happened in California was a kid when they happen, and I remember being shaken by that. So Sharon Tate was a young actress was killed by the Manson gang and she had been married to a young filmmaker name Roman Polanski when when when she was murdered and when that whole thing was over that European filmmaker are just left America went back to Europe was so heartbroken he was coming back and forth to the United States in 1977 that filmmaker Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl in the home of actor Jack Nicholson. He pleaded guilty to 13-year-old girl. The judge was looking at the case was planning to arrest Polanski and lock him away.
Polanski found out about it and fled the country moved to Paris where he is there right now. He does not come back to this country still makes films. He will come back as if he comes back will be arrest so he might be in his French chalet feeling really peaceful, but he is at odds at war with the American judicial system so unbeliever might feel perfectly peaceful and not be at peace with God.
Just conversely is true of a believer who is at peace with God but because of carnality or because they're untaught in the Scripture they might not have feelings of peace. This however is God declaring somebody righteous and making peace possible. So the peace treaty has been signed.
Go down verse 10 for if when we were enemies. That's all of humanity. That's our default position if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his son that the peace treaty, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. So the cost may peace possible. When you said yes to Jesus you ran up the white flag of surrender and you have peace with God. So justification in God's God declares you righteous and the result is an object of legal peace. Isaiah 53 he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities chastisement for our peace was upon him by his stripes we are healed now.
Once we have peace with God. As believers we should experience something else we don't always but we should is called the peace of God. That's the feeling you may not feel it, but you should feel once you fully realize hey there's nothing standing in the way.
There's no roadblock between God and I bet you make you feel really good that you feel peaceful. This is what Paul was speaking about in Philippians 4, it's a verse you know very well. Some of you committed to memory.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus is the peace of God. Peace with God should generate the peace of God, but the first is the fact peace with God. The second is a feeling the peace of God first is judicial. The second is experiential. The first is object of the second is subject, or if you'll allow me to boil it down to this statement Jesus as Savior brings peace with God Jesus as Lord rings the peace of God. It's interesting that of all the titles that Jesus bears in Scripture. He is called the Prince of peace. Interesting. And these are called the Prince of joy, the Prince of hope, the Prince of love, though he certainly could be ascribed all of the styles he is called the Prince of peace because primarily he came to make peace between mankind and God.
So I know everybody says they want peace, but not everybody wants what it takes to get peace, which is to surrender their lives to Christ.
Peace is so sought after more than anything else. But when people find out what it takes to get peace. They may not sign up but we who have been justified as benefit number one, we have peace with God is another benefit that is the privilege of access look at verse two, through whom also in other words, give you another benefit also true home through Christ also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand.
Now the word access is used of somebody bringing somebody else into the presence of somebody else.
So it's me going was someone to introduce them to someone. Kenneth Weise was a Greek scholar said the word was used of a man who secured an audience with the King and brought Batman in properly attired before the king can have an audience with the King. You have the address right and so this man got the appointment because he knew the king and then made sure that the man was clad in the right attire to stand before the king and as I read that I thought that's a fitting description because we, in and of ourselves are pre-ill clad right all of our righteousness is as filthy rags, so Jesus comes clothes with his righteousness and takes us in and introduces us to the father is where Jesus said I am the way, the truth of life no man comes to the father except through me. He gives us access and that's the privilege of access retain why this was a revolutionary concept.
2000 years ago in paganism and Judaism. The idea of intimacy and access with God was unheard of.
Did you know that the Greeks didn't want to get close to their gods in Greek mythology, and even in in the Roman pantheon of gods, their gods were angry were petulant. They were cantankerous they were to be placated, not approach. I want to hang out with those guys going to get as far away from as I can.
Wanted to come off that that was their thinking. If you look at Judaism. It was different but not a whole lot better in terms of intimacy with God, or access to God. You couldn't just if you felt like you want to have quiet time to get really close to God, you could run into the holy of holies in the tabernacle of the temple open your Bible there next to the ark of the covenant you be stepdad so there were there were separation walls or reports. Remember, the Gentiles are way way way back and they can hang out in the temple area, but they they could only go up to a certain point and not beyond. If you're a Jewish woman you could get closer than the Gentiles. You had your court but you could go beyond a certain point. If you're a Jewish man you have your card a little bit closer than the other two groups but not as close as the priests if you're a priest you can hang around the holy place and do your business to get a lot closer than everybody else, but you can only go so far you can go on to the whole evil, only one dude can going to the holy of holies, the high priest once a year briefly and carefully vector story, say, the high priest had a rope tied around his ankle bells on the bottom of his robe.
So just in case he keeled over and died while he was doing his worship in the holy of holies before God, they could drag him out. Once the bell stopped Opal guy out. His heart is in writing to God or even treat his cat ride home. Some happen, but he's dead. All that ended at the cross when Jesus died on the cross. A significant event happened that showed that now access is available. This is the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom bottom to top top to bottom. God ripped the veil and basically by that was announcing to the world. Y'all can get close now, there is no wall of separation. You can come into the court of the king and you have access to my present speech messages from the series want to share about an exciting reception that will help the kids, you might discover the riches of the Bible.
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