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June 4, 2020 2:00 am
What are the benefits of living with a committed faith in Jesus? In the message "Our Benefits Package," Skip talks about the purpose you have in the present and the incredible promise you have for the future.
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To a nonbeliever. This life is all there is. This life is all there is benefits now marked with pain and tribulation. Then they lost everything for the believer. He's able to do this because no matter how dark gets the morning is coming because of Jesus working across the future without fear and uncertainty connect with Skip I think today she shares about the hopeful future. You have in Christ and the abundant purposeful life you have in him today begin. Here's a great resource that will help the kids in your life experience God's word like never before. The Bible is the most important information you can pass along to the next generation in your family and that can be a challenge right in this book is Bible.
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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 right with God or he didn't treat his cat ride home or 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 real separation you can come into the court of the king and you have access in the my presence.
That's behind what Paul wrote in Ephesians chapter 2, where he rode now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought nearby the blood of Christ, for he himself is our peace, who has made both one and has broken down the middle wall of separation. Jesus did that he gives us access to God and not only do we come into the throne room. Once we we make repeat visits. I hope you make daily visits because in Lamentations 3 it says his mercies are new every morning but I'm glad that verse in the Bible because I use them up. Those mercies.
I use them up. I need a fresh batch every day and I'm glad it every morning is a whole new batch of God's mercies. So Jesus introduced us to the father. Then he gave us the key card to the throne room. Come back come back come back as much as you want. Make repeat visits and when we come into that throne room will become a certain way boldly went on to Senegal.
Sorry it's me again. Is it okay now how does Hebrew say that we had a come boldly.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
You know I you come boldly because you been made a son or daughter of the living God that look at the word in verse to the word stand. I we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand better translation. We stand firmly. We stand immovable. It means child of God. Even if you fall even when you fail, even if your close get a little muddy little dirty you look a little gnarly your little smelly.
You commented that throne room and find grace to help in time of need. You come boldly before God because a child of the King can enter his father's presence, no matter how he looks. You come because you have peace with God and you have access to God as her benefits.
We tell you true story I told you before, I've corroborated it when I been in the Middle East to make sure I was just blowing smoke. I heard it. I read it, but I got corroborated by the source in bed when communities in the Middle East and that Windsor nomads they travel around and live in tents. They still exist to this day. It's like an ancient community one day to that when young men were having an argument broke out into a fight, heated fight. I got very violent and one man killed the other man so there is the guy the dead guy laying in the sand. He had bled out and the guy who is alive knowing the inflexible custom of his people. I fried tooth for tooth, life, or life are going to be an avenger of blood after him to take his life.
He fled across the desert to the sprawling tent of a tribal chief called the shake as he came to the shake stent.
He said I'm asking for your protection. Crime is been committed.
I'm seeking asylum. Also that's a custom among the betterment to admit that person into your home. Based on that plea. So the old man rose up, put his hand on one of the guy ropes of the tent swore by God to get that young man protection asylum. The next day the following morning. The pursuers came to that tent and demanded that the old man release that young man tipped to them.
Turn them over to us your method. Note I sworn my protection turn them over to us. He killed a man no word is a word I given him I promise he's under my protection but you don't know who he killed. They said doesn't matter. He said he's under my asylum and then they said he killed your son, the old man fell to the ground visibly shaken by what he had just heard, gathered himself, picked himself back up and said to the pursuers, then he shall become my son and everything I have will one day be is you know that's exactly what God is done for us.
He brought us out of the slave market. He adopted us as sons and daughters brought us into the family gave peace between God and us gave access to the throne of grace and we have all the resources of heaven at our disposal to incredible benefits. Peace with God.
The privilege of access to give you 1/3 that is a future tense. We have a preview of the future. Look at verse two, but the second part after the grace in which we stand, assist and in the end means. Now here's 1/3 and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. So follow me. Our salvation is anchored in the past because Jesus made peace with God.
It's anchored in the present because we have access to God continually, and now it's anchored in the future because we have a promise that all of this will lead somewhere else this and this is good news. If Christianity were just our philosophy that gets people true life.
It's a belief system that people hold on to so they have a way to cope with this crazy world. That's all it is and what were doing is stupidity were miserable.
The apostle Paul said, if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. Our hope goes beyond today and where is that hope founded in the glory of God glory of God is another word for heaven. It's a reference to heaven with God's glory will be fully displayed. That's was all leading. That's right, you hear Christians say the best is yet to be.
This is pretty best.
This is pretty cool never when Moses prayed that it was Exodus 33 he said, Lord, show me your glory. Show me your glory and you know I've always been puzzled by that.
I was I'm puzzled that Moses wasn't satisfied with what he had already experienced. Show me your glory and remote five-member model you have seen on math.
Haven't you see, God has spoken to you audibly. Bush lit up in front of you, a body of water opened up drown your enemies red rain down from heaven. Water came out of a rock hello that's good right there. I've never had that happen.
Can you now just be having not show me your glory.so you can see my glory will die.
You'll just fizzle out. No man can see me and live you can handle my glory yet you know that one day Moses prayer will be answered for you. You will see God's full glory. And you won't even need sunglasses you know why you have a glorified body, your glorified body, you will share in a glory that will be like his glory. First John chapter 3 we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
So he calls that hope in the glory of God.
I don't like the translation here. Hope because you when you hear you think I'm crossing my fingers. I hope this is true, that's not the meaning of there is a confidence in this word hope, a JB Phillips translates it a happy certainty. I like that better. We had a happy certainty in the glory of God.
That is, there's two basic reasons why we have hope.
There's two basic reasons why we, in our present condition can look to the future and go I have a certainty. I know that's going to happen is the two reasons. Number one because Jesus prayed for Melanie Ashley?
Do you think Jesus prayers get answer I hope you better say yes because of his Verizon get answer does all for anybody. So you know that Jesus prayed for us. Seeing his glory.
We read it to you this is John 17 Jesus praying to the father. I do not pray for these disciples alone, but also for all of those who will believe in me through their word that's all of us in the glory which you gave me. I have given them that they may be one as we are one father, I desire hers as prayer requests I desire that they also, whom you gave me may be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory which you have given me for you loved me before the foundation that's is for you to see his glory, you think you see it so simple and he prayed for number two. He did something to ensure it would happen. I was resurrection his resurrection from the dead. When Jesus got up from the dead will prove that anything else he promised as possible because he said tell me in on the rise again from the dead. He kept saying and so when he died and rose again from the dead, the resurrection, meet every promise he ever made as possible right. That's why Peter referred to the resurrection or or based his hope on the resurrection, calling it a living hope when we read that you this is Peter first Peter chapter 1 verse three. In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead when he framed this for you know what Peter did for a living right he was a fisherman so so here's Peter's here's Peter's daily life and he would like a fisherman on weekends. This is his job. He did not.
The bumper sticker. You know I'd rather be fishing as he wouldn't but he got up in the morning her leg went out to the sea of Galilee fished all day. Went home and I went to bed.
Repeat got up in the morning.
Fished all day. Came home with the event repeat that every day, so his life is pretty routine pretty predictable connivance a pretty boring and I bet he saw that net out of the sea galley even think and from time to time. Is this all there is to life fishing working is this all there is. Then one day a man came into his life in Jesus, said Peter you got a new job.
I'm to make you a fisher of men. Peter's life changed that day.
He started following this rabbi around Galilee.
He started listening to his messages watching his miracles hope welled up in Peter.
He had never known before. His life is so exciting so hopeful this is awesome. It lasted three years and then something happened. He died and when Jesus died, Peter's hope died.
All of the disciples hope is that Jesus had risen from the dead as disciples of know what he's walking on the road to Emmaus with two of them better notes. Jesus was up and somebody just talking about is our talk about this guy named Jesus and he did things he said things and he was awesome and listen to what they said and we had hoped in him past tense not. We have hope in him we had hoped in him. Their hope was dead. Same with Peter all that hope dead but then something else happened. The dead guy got up there was a resurrection of that dead Messiah.
And when Jesus resurrected from the dead.
Hope went ballistic. Hope debuted on that day and Peter had a hope that he calls a living hope through the resurrection of the dead hope that would never die because Jesus conquered death and he would never die.
So what that means is all the promises that Jesus had made their true he said things like I am the resurrection and the life. He said things like I am the way the truth and the life. He said he who hears my word and believes in him who sent me, have everlasting life. He said because I live you will live also. Now all of a sudden that there's a resurrection. Those are just nice spiritual words from a religious dead guy does have real meaning if if he can get up from the dad every single promise he made about everlasting life is possible so it's a living hope so we know it to be true.
Therefore, we have hope. We rejoice in the hope the certainty of the glory of God.
So we have an immediate benefit continuing benefit and we have an ultimate benefit we have the capacity of the present and future Broadway.
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We have a look at the safe and not only that which is funny. Not only that you disable your peace of God access to God in heaven, and not only that there is more but also we glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance's appearance, character, character, hope, hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. It's great that in the past with peace of God in the present we have access in the future. We have glory. That's a great one on the meantime, what what about between now and then went all the hardships we go through what about all the confusing times.
What about all the pain will hardly what about all the stuff he calls a tribulation tribulations well first of all, it tells us that salvation is in the fairytale. It tells us that you go to the prayer room and you receive Christ.
From that moment on this.
I like you go and live happily ever after in never facing hardship.
You have tribulation affected the promise Jesus said in this world you will have tribulation of all the promises in the Bible you underline what if you underline that one you want promise of God. That's one in the world you will a tribulation, but that it continues. But be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world. So here's the deal.
Justification is not an escape from trials, but it is a guarantee that those trials have purpose. It's a guarantee that those trials will work for you, not against you, that all things indeed work together for good to those who love God and are the called according to his purpose. By the way, the works, tribulation, the English word comes from the Latin word try Beulah, can you hear it. Try Beulah try Beulah was a big piece of Ward with spikes that ran through it and they would run it over grain to separate the wheat from the chaff be tied to an animal drug over the grain. The chaff would be separated from the Col., the nursing part the week so trials, tribulations do that for us to good analogy. It separates what's unimportant and what's important you go to tribulation you go to trial is not for nothing, they work for you because they produce. Notice the list.
Perseverance, character, hope.
So what are we to do with these tribulations does that say therefore we grant our teeth and direct does it say we clench our way through it. Now it says we glory in tribulation who does that. The NIV says we would choice what it means is we we take our trials by the throat look at them in the face in both thank God for you and seen? I'm hearing crickets going all, and outlets are like and why you so happy.
Well all my teeth are falling out. I'm in a lot of pain and I know is to stick a needle in my gums and pull stuff out to fix things in him and feel and look really great.
So now there's a purpose.
The pain now there's a purpose to the tribulation. So we rejoice, we are glory and in tribulation and unbeliever can never do this you know why that is because to a nonbeliever. This life is all there is. And if this life is all there is. And if it's now marked with pain and tribulation, then lost everything but for the believer. He's able to do this because no matter how dark the evening gets the morning is coming. There's purpose and the pain purpose in the tribulation to work these character traits and depth into our lives. Besides that heaven is on the other side. This is why we need to be very careful when we say things like, why does God let bad things happen to good people, especially me to question I've heard so many years for Sony people White is a good daughter let all bad things happen to good people. First of all, you made a lot of assumptions and that question and I can even deal with the good people. Part of itů Deal with why a good God can allow bad things to happen. Be very careful what you are calling bad what you look at his bad might be the best thing for you asked Joseph did bad things happen to Joseph. He was human traffic by his own brothers sold as a slave to Egypt falsely accused forgot bad thing bad thing betting at the end of it all he says was brothers asked for you, you meant it for evil but God meant it for good.
And here's the result say many people, so we we glory in tribulation Skip type message for you from series Skip to tell you how your support helps keep these messages coming your way and how it connects more people to the gospel as believers we look forward to the return of Jesus Christ and the hope of an eternity with him. Our goal is to share the good news of Christ with his many people as possible and you can be a partner in that to your generosity today when you give a gift, you not only keep these messages coming to you and others but you help change lives for eternity by connecting people to Christ. Here's how you can make that happen today.
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