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May 19, 2020 2:00 am
Like a powerful prosecuting attorney, the apostle Paul made the case as to why we need the good news of Christ. In the message "Is God Mad?" Skip shares why God's grace is necessary for all.
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That's Johan Kepler, the father of modern astronomy. The bond about astronomer is mad David would agree with him. David wrote in Psalm 19. The heavens declare the glory of God. The firmament shows his handiwork Dan today they utter their speech night and tonight they reveal knowledge there is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.
In other words, when you see the art hanging in the sky you concur the artist himself must be the art speaks of an artist. The design speaks of a designer. Now you should know the Paul the apostle appealed to this argument from design natural revelation whenever he spoke to people like those in Athens are those in the pagan city of Lister. This is an act. Chapter 14 he says to those in Lestrade God is not left himself without testimony he has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons, he provide you with plenty of food and he fills your heart sure he is appealing to the design of the natural world to show invisible terms, the invisible God not want to drill deeper look at verse 19. Because what may be known of God is manifest in them. For God is shown at another. I'm reading my version. The new King James version. If you are reading a more modern translation even than this, like the new international version or others.
It says what may be known of God is plain to them. That's that's good that words pretty obvious it's pretty plain. So at the end of verse 20 Paul can say, so they are without excuse. So here's the deal if you can look at something that is designed and go, there must be a designer. You're thinking right. Let's say you on come up to a beautiful designer dress.
I'm turning your attention galls a beautiful designer dress sitting on a mannequin like this and you look at it while somebody else comes up.
It was again that amazing after it took millions of years and random processes and that this thing just happened took a long time and a lot of explosive. That's how that does have a you are you nuts that that's up on Oscar did it into whatever it is there some cool designer who did that the design speaks of the designer.
Now that's wise. But if on the other hand, you take the modern approach and here's the theorem that no one plus nothing equals everything really, you believe that no one plus nothing equals everything okay in us are like this, and to give you one of the great inventions of modern time word here is a Lego block. Check this out, and if you play with Legos grown-up or some bridge rents you some your so and if you still play with Legos. God bless you publishing publishing so so Lego blocks. We got there I had about this.
My grand kids, but we got some not too long ago I was putting together and I made like a little house I thought was really cool, so just from a simple little plastic block I could make a little house or wall, but the simple little block.
You can also make a masterpiece like this.
That's all from Lego blocks nuts from Disney Springs down in Orlando Florida. That's all Legos. That's that's Toy Story man. How cool is that. Or you can make this is also from Lego blocks like it's going out and in the water from Dragon or keep that up for a minute that the picture this is a way evolutionary theory works. It's the idea that from simple plastic blocks like this accidentally fortuitous occurrences of accidental circumstance randomness over a long period of time produced that and that's insanity. Could you look at this and you look at the angle of their some brilliance behind that there's there's a master behind that masterpiece, but that's complex and this is simple, and the idea that complexity of life forms over millions of years accidentally produce that Paul says that's not plain what's playing to them in natural revelation is that masterpieces like you and I were designed by a master arts mother was in the scientific world for years.
This theory called him the steady state theory thing just to continue the way they were without any punctuation.
We now know that is debunked. Let me just give you this little factoid. The radiation of the sun is producing you outside you feel the heat of the sun, the radiation of the sun is produced by the sun, losing part of its mass. In fact, every second of every day 4,200,000 tons of mass is lost from the sun. What that means is, and we now know one day the sun is going burnout can have an end. It hasn't always continued because it has an end at some point it must mean. Therefore, it had a beginning.
So we can look at that and we can notice that we can make these conclusions in natural revelation. Interesting poll put out a few years ago by CBS news in New York Times.
They did a joint poll of 885 people in the United States of America notices modern times 55% of Americans in the general public works creationists more specifically, 55% of the general public believe God created the world in six days. I happen to be one of them. 32% were theistic evolutionist. That is, they believe God created the world, but use the process of evolution to do it. That's 32%. Only 13% were Orthodox Darwinists.
What that means is 87% of modern Americans believe God somehow created the world. Were not talking 1500 years ago, when I talk in medieval times were singing modern Americans believe most of the 87% that God created the world?
Why would so many people in modern America believe that, as Paul said pretty plain to them. Verse 20 God's invisible attributes are clearly seen, not everybody sees it that way and God's wrath is always against those who suppress God's truth and ignore God's revelation is 1/3 reason and it sorta follows the first two for perverting God's glory.
Verse 23 and they change the glory of incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man that's idolatry, birds, four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up to uncleanness, in the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, not as a sexual component will exchange the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator who is blessed forever more. Amen. It's all the people say no really, it's all about feeling good GED does make you feel good if it makes you feel good. Worship and serve that impulse. For this reason, verse 26, God gave them up to vile passions.
For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due now Paul is taken. This downward spiral of human morality.
This is the theory of evolution devolving not devolving devolving the Bible does not teach that man started low and climbed higher.
The Bible teaches. The man began hi and sank lower and are sinking lower with every subsequent generation so it begins with familiarity.
I have some concepts on knowledge of God is pretty simple is pretty plain but goes from familiarity to vanity, emptiness, futile thoughts that goes from vanity to idolatry, worshiping all sorts of things including myself that it goes from idolatry to immorality and anybody you study world history confirms that idolatry always tends toward immorality. Why an errant's theology will produce an errant sexuality. If you're wrong views about God you are wrong is about humanity of the wrong views about origins you have wrong views about sex on and on. So Paul is painting a picture of the downward slope of the human condition and God's settled and perfectly righteous antagonism toward evil, in particular those who have some knowledge of the truth but are suppressing it for their own self-centered path and for those who do that and that poised Paul is saying, God has his wrath, poised and in the words of the evangelist teeth will be provided now. The last question and will close with this is is how how was it revealed so far we've considered the existence of God's wrath.
But how does all that stored up wrath ever get released and to answer that I want to move quickly because you know I sort of feel like in the ago Montoya in that great theological movie the Princess bride member member the scene were never Montoya's with Andre the giant and that Wesley and about to storm the castle and never Montoya said let me explain. Notaries too much. Let me sum up, I look at it would so like I feel like I have like to keep going when you wanted it. I memorized most of the lines in the film, but so he realizes I gotta make this quick.
So I want to make this quick and and let you know before I get to Paul's point of how it's released in general. God's wrath is released three different ways. Number one, there is the final wrath. The final wrath. We all know there's maybe a final reckoning in the end, a final judgment at the last day don't think that Hitler's getting off the hook though don't think that God thing to say all well or whatever Pol Pot you know he wasn't all that great, but whatever. I'll let them go think that Isis and Baghdad. He and all those monsters are going to get off Scott free. There will be a great white throne judgment and the accounts will be settled in the final judgment is him.
It will be a judgment unlike any earthly court. There will be no debate about guilt at the great white throne judgment there will be a prosecutor but no defense will be a judge but no jury, there will be a sentence but no appeal, there will be a punishment but no parole.
There will be imprisonment but no escape. This is what Paul refers to in first Thessalonians 1 when he calls it the wrath that is to come. The wrath that is to come. That's God's final wrath, or Romans chapter 2 verse five, the day of God's wrath. That's the final wrath number two there is what I call God's provisional wrath me explain the let me sum up, it is God's wrath vis-à-vis the public administration of justice, i.e. the legal system can accumulate. I have no idea what you just said okay so if you got a ticket on the way to church today because you're going 55 miles an hour in a 20 mile an hour zone.
You just experienced the wrath of God through the judicial system in Romans 13 Paul talks about those government officials who do that he says for he is God's minister and avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Bernie made off is in jail for 150 year sentence is experiencing the wrath of God through the judicial system. Willie Nelson, Nicholas Cage, Martha Stewart, and I could give a host of other celebrities who have evaded paying taxes and have been find I keep because of it. There experiencing the provisional wrath of God. Those are simply examples of how God uses human government notes flawed. It's flawed because it involves humans so humans don't always get it right but God uses human government. It's flawed because sometimes they put people in prison who shouldn't be there.
Sometimes they let people go free should be in jail, but that's God's final wrath of God's provisional wrath. Now many get to the text. There's a 3rd Way, God will release his wrath. And that is Paul's point. I call that God's permissible wrath. That is, he gives you what you he does enjoy going.
He does that's good know that's bad when God gives a society or a person everything here she wants. That's a an active judgment or wrath because what is happening as God is pulling off the restraints he's abandoning you to your own desires. Look at verse 24 therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. Verse 26 for this reason God gave them up to vile passions. Verse 28.
He says it again.
And even as they didn't like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting three times in one passage I gave them up. God gave them up. I gave them a we hear of God's wrath we usually think of the first way.
The final wrath. We think of thunderbolts coming out of heaven we think of the great white throne judgment but this is the client invisible work of letting people have what they want.
This judgment is not God's intervention.
This is God's nonintervention is God stepping back having your way.
Do whatever you want. That is God's judgment if you think you will ask is Paul talking I don't have enough time. I could take two separate Sunday showing you through the Scripture how often this pops up. Let me just give you few examples in Hosea chapter 4 when the Lord is saying I'm in a judge. The northern kingdom of Israel called Ephraim and that tax this what he said.
Ephraim is joined to his idols let him alone not there faxing idolatry on a step any good, let alone let alone in Matthew 15 Jesus speaking to the religious authorities who were antagonistic to them and wanted him crucified, said to his disciples, let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind and both will fall into the ditch in the seventh chapter of the book of acts when Stephen is recalling the history of the Jewish nation and how they made the golden calf in the wilderness. This what he said and they made a calf in those days and offered sacrifices to the idol, then God gave them up to worship the host of heaven so many time for goddesses.
I'm stepping back I'm abandoning you to whatever you want to do when God does that. Things are pretty bad. I bring this up because how often I've heard and you have heard things like you know what if America doesn't know shape up God's been a judge. America, let me suggest to you based on Romans one God has already judged America it's too late. Part of the judgment of God is really that's what you want.
Habit I abandon you to your own will, in your own desires. Boy that's that's pretty severe CS Lewis you know his name. He was the great professor of literature English literature at Cambridge and Oxford. He's an atheist. He became a believer in Christ said there only two kinds of people in the end those who say to God, thy will be done and those to whom God says that I will be done now. What this tells us is the more God. Let's go the worse things get until it will eventually culminate in the great tribulation so the spiritual and moral degradation that we see around us is to be viewed as a judicial act of God, the wrath of God. Every generation you tell me if I'm right or wrong.
Every generation says this you know I was a kid.
Things were this bad before the really bad today right to reset you know your parents are that you know their parents so that you know way, way back in the 1700s there you great your whoever was saying that you know your kids and grandkids are to say the same thing. You know I it's true and what is the reason for that truth. God gives you over. When God gives you over to whatever you want. That's a sad day. That is the wrath of God. Now I want to close with a good thought, if I may. I go back to my mom that little 5 foot two lady maybe 5 foot two, maybe an inner prime and I think back to that it allows fibers old, I discovered the wrath of mom, you know that day and I gotta say there were many other episodes of that was not the only time. Trust me, I learn to respect that lady, but those episodes of of of her righteous anger, made all the other episodes of her laughter and her love and her acceptance, all the sweeter when I compare the goodness of her to those wrathful times her personality. So, but much better so much sweeter. So it is I believe with with God. I want to close with a verse this is on John chapter 3 verse 36. It is John the Baptist speaking and is what he said.
He who believes in the son that is Jesus has everlasting life.
You believe in the son. We believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior you believe that and put your hand up like you.
You're not ashamed of that you believe in that we just tell you that if that's the truth you have not, you will have. You have it right now. Everlasting life.
You have an ounce guaranteed when you die will just get better. No matter what bad things you go through them just get better. You have everlasting life. You believe in the sun you have and he who does not believe in the sun on my class for sure hands. He does not believe in the son of God shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. Melissa now that's put the wrath of God abides in him. Another words you're in this world it already abides on you. Every person in this world is sitting in the chair under that fabled sword of Damocles waiting for the rope to break and judgment for when you say I believe in Jesus Christ as God's son who took the penalty for me. You move chairs from sitting under the sword of Damocles sitting under the grace of Almighty God. And that's why good news set against the bad news really great message from the series heart right now you Skip to tell you how your support helps keep these messages coming your way and how it connects more people to the gospel.
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