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Sins of ALL People Forgiven (CC)

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PLEASE RISE FOR THE READING OF OUR SERMON TEXT IT IS 2 CORINTHIANS, CHAPTER 5, VERSES 14-21. FOR CHRIST'S LOVE COMPELS US, BECAUSE WE ARE CONVINCED THAT ONE DIED FOR ALL, AND THEREFORE ALL DIED. AND HE DIED FOR ALL, (IN ORDER) THAT THOSE WHO LIVE SHOULD NO LONGER LIVE FOR THEMSELVES BUT FOR HIM WHO DIED FOR THEM AND WAS RAISED AGAIN. SO FROM NOW ON WE REGARD NO ONE FROM A WORLDLY POINT OF VIEW. (THAT IS ACCORDING TO THE FLESH) THOUGH WE ONCE REGARDED CHRIST IN THIS WAY, WE DO SO NO LONGER. THEREFORE, IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE, THE NEW HAS COME! ALL THIS IS FROM GOD, WHO RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF THROUGH CHRIST AND GAVE US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION: THAT GOD WAS (IN CHRIST) RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF IN CHRIST, NOT COUNTING (PEOPLE'S) MEN'S SINS AGAINST THEM. AND HE HAS COMMITTED TO US THE MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION. WE ARE THEREFORE CHRIST'S AMBASSADORS, AS THOUGH GOD WERE MAKING HIS APPEAL THROUGH US. WE IMPLORE YOU ON CHRIST'S BEHALF: BE RECONCILED TO GOD. GOD MADE HIM WHO HAD NO SIN TO BE SIN FOR US, SO THAT IN HIM WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD. LET US PRAY: DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, PLEASE BE WITH US AS WE TURN TO YOUR WORD AND BLESS THE WORDS THAT I WILL SPEAK AND HELP EVERYONE TO MEDITATE AND TAKE THEM TO HEART THROUGH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT'S POWER. WE ASK THIS IN YOUR NAME, JESUS. AMEN. PLEASE BE SEATED. [TEXT FROM THE NIV USED BY PERMISSION OF ZONDERVAN BIBLE PUBLISHERS] GRACE AND PEACE ARE YOURS THROUGH GOD OUR FATHER AND THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. HE'S BLAMED FOR THE DEATHS OF NINE PEOPLE AND COUNTLESS HUNDREDS MORE HE CAUSED TO BE SICK. HE FAKED LAB RECORDS IN ORDER TO CONTINUE SHIPPING FOOD THAT HE KNEW WAS TAINTED WITH SALMONELLA. STEWART PARNELL, PRESIDENT, WELL FORMER PRESIDENT OF PEANUT CORPORATION OF AMERICA, WAS FACED WITH A 803-YEAR PRISON TERM, BUT WAS FINALLY SENTENCED TO 28 YEARS IN PRISON THIS WEEK. WHY DID HE DO IT? EMAIL RECORDS SHOW THAT HE WAS CONCERNED WITH THE BOTTOM LINE. WITH HOLDING UP SHIPMENTS WHICH WOULD COST THE COMPANY MONEY AND HURT THIS INCOME. BASICALLY HE THOUGHT THAT THE COMPANY'S PROFITS WERE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE CONSUMER'S HEALTH. THE SAME THING APPLIES TO THE EXECUTIVES AT VOLKSWAGEN WHO FAKED EMISSIONS ON THEIR VEHICLES. WHY ... DO WE DO ... WHAT WE DO? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO BE WHO YOU ARE? AND TO DO THE THINGS THAT YOU DO? MONEY, POWER, AMBITION, SOCIAL STATUS, THE DESIRE TO IMPROVE AND DEVELOP YOURSELF? SOME MOTIVATIONS THAT WE HAVE ARE GOOD, BUT ALL TOO OFTEN WE MUST ADMIT THAT OUR MOTIVATIONS ARE BAD MOTIVATIONS THAT HAVE AN IMPETUS IN OUR SINFUL HUMAN NATURE. WHEN WE LOOK AT CHRIST, WE SEE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT MOTIVATION. A TOTALLY DIFFERENT ACTION SET. A TOTALLY DIFFERENT OUTCOME. OUR THEME FOR TODAY IS A SIMPLE STATEMENT THAT MANY FIND HARD TO BELIEVE. GOD, IN CHRIST, HAS FORGIVEN THE SINS OF ALL PEOPLE. GOD IN CHRIST HAS FORGIVEN THE SINS OF "ALL" PEOPLE! FIRST, WE'LL SEE THAT IT WAS DONE WITHOUT QUALIFICATION. SECOND, WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT IT WAS DONE TO GIVE US NEW LIFE. AND THIRDLY, WE'LL SEE THAT GOD HAS MADE US HIS AMBASSADORS. HE'S GIVEN THE MISSION FOR US TO SHARE THAT MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION WITH THE WORLD. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT STEWART PARNELL NOW? IF YOU HADN'T HEARD ABOUT HIM BEFORE, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HIM NOW? IN HIS PURSUIT FOR MONEY HE REALLY ENDED UP KILLING NINE PEOPLE AND CAUSING HUNDREDS MORE TO SUFFER. DON'T YOU THINK THAT HIS RECKLESS BEHAVIOR MOTIVATED BY GREED DESERVES DEATH? AND YET, GOD IN CHRIST HAS FORGIVEN HIM. NO, I'M NOT SAYING, YOU KNOW, THERE IS NO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. PEOPLE STILL DO SUFFER THE RESULTS OF TEMPORAL SIN TEMPORAL PUNISHMENT FOR THEIR SINS. AND THE BIBLE DOES TEACH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. BUT YES, IF WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE, IF WE BELIEVE THE WORDS IN OUR TEXT, THEN GOD HAS FORGIVEN NOT ONLY STEWARD PARNELL, BUT JOSEPH STALIN, HITLER, AND YOU AND I AS WELL! WHAT? YOU DON'T LIKE BEING PUT ON A PAR WITH HITLER AND STALIN? ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. ALL DESERVE ETERNAL DEATH: TO BE SEPARATED FROM GOD AND HIS LOVE FOREVER. ALL HAVE TURNED AWAY. NO ONE HAS DONE GOOD. NOT EVEN ONE. THE BIBLE IS PRETTY CLEAR THAT WE, AND ALL HUMANITY ARE LUMPED TOGETHER, LUMPED TOGETHER IN THE CATEGORY OF THE CONDEMNED SINFUL BEINGS ... IF WE LOOK ONLY AT OUR ACTIONS. IF WE HAVE NOT KEPT GOD'S WILL PERFECTLY, THEN WE ARE GUILTY OF BREAKING ALL OF IT. OUR THOUGHTS, OUR WORDS, OUR DEEDS, ARE NOT RIGHTEOUS. NOT ALL OF THE TIME. IN FACT THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE SIN NOT ONLY WITH WHAT WE HAVE DONE, BUT WHAT WE HAVE NOT DONE IN KEEPING GOD'S HOLY WILL. THAT'S THE MESSAGE OF THE LAW. BUT OUR TEXT SAYS: GOD IN CHRIST HAS FORGIVEN THE SINS OF ALL PEOPLE. THE AMAZING THING THAT LEAPS OUT ABOUT THIS IS, FROM OUR TEXT IS THAT: GOD GIVES FORGIVENESS WITHOUT QUALIFICATION. HE DIDN'T SAY: IF YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE GOOD FOR A YEAR, I'LL FORGIVE YOU. HE DIDN'T SAY: FIRST DO THIS, AND THEN DO THAT, AND THEN WE'LL BE IN A GOOD RELATIONSHIP. NO, OUR TEXT SIMPLY SAYS: GOD RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF THROUGH CHRIST. GOD WAS RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF IN CHRIST. NOT COUNTING MEN'S SINS AGAINST THEM. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE: LOVE WITHOUT QUALIFICATION. SOME PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO ACCEPT THESE WORDS THAT GOD SAYS IN OUR TEXT THIS MORNING. BUT GOD HAS REVEALED TO US THESE WORDS. THEY SAY THAT JESUS CHRIST ONLY DIED FOR THOSE WHO ARE DESTINED TO GO TO HEAVEN. OR, THAT JESUS CHRIST ONLY DIED FOR GOOD PEOPLE. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT GOD'S WORD SAYS. GOD WAS RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF IN CHRIST. NOT COUNTING PEOPLE'S SINS AGAINST THEM. THAT'S PRETTY UNIVERSAL. THE "WORLD" HERE MEANS: ALL PEOPLE. AND WHEN DID THIS RECONCILIATION TAKE PLACE? ROMANS 5:10 MAKES IT ... MAKES IT PLAIN: "FOR IF, WHEN WE WERE GOD'S ENEMIES, WE WERE RECONCILED TO HIM THROUGH THE DEATH OF HIS SON, HOW MUCH MORE, HAVING BEEN RECONCILED, SHALL WE BE SAVED THROUGH HIS LIFE!" THE BIBLE SAYS RIGHT BEFORE THAT: GOD DIED FOR THE UNGODLY. CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY. WHEN WE WERE GOD'S ENEMIES, GOD RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF IN CHRIST. AND OUR TEXT CLEARLY SAYS: HE DIDN'T COUNT OUR SINS AGAINST US! IT'S NOT AS IF GOD IS BLIND AND HE DOESN'T REALIZE THAT WE'RE SINNERS. THE GREEK LITERALLY SAYS: "NOT CALCULATING OUR SINS AGAINST US." THE KING JAMES READS, THE KING JAMES VERSION SAID: "NOT IMPUTING OUR SINS AGAINST US." THAT'S FORGIVENESS WITHOUT QUALIFICATION. THIS IS HOW KING DAVID, THE MURDERER, THE ADULTERER, COULD PRAY WITH THE TRUSTING HEART OF A BELIEVER. "HAVE MERCY ON ME, O GOD, ACCORDING TO YOUR UNFAILING LOVE; ACCORDING TO YOUR GREAT COMPASSION BLOT OUT MY SINS." [PSALM 51:1] HE WAS A MAN AFTER THE LORD'S OWN HEART. [1 SA 13:14] NOT BECAUSE HE WAS SINLESS, BUT BECAUSE HE TRUSTED IN THE LORD'S FORGIVENESS. HE TRUSTED THE SAME LORD WHO LATER WROTE THROUGH ISAIAH: "I, EVEN I, AM HE WHO BLOTS OUT YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS, FOR MY OWN SAKE, AND REMEMBERS YOUR SINS NO MORE." [ISAIAH 43:25] ON THE LAST DAY WHEN EVERYONE, GREAT AND SMALL, STANDS BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD AND THE BOOKS ARE OPENED AND THE DEAD WILL BE JUDGED ACCORDING TO WHAT THEY HAVE DONE AS RECORDED IN THE BOOKS THERE WILL BE NO SINS RECORDED AGAINST WE WHO BELIEVE IN CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOR. GOD HAS RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF IN CHRIST, NOT COUNTING OUR SINS AGAINST US! AS GOD ELSEWHERE HAS PROMISED, "FOR I WILL FORGIVE THEIR WICKEDNESS AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE." [JER 31:34] BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT TILL JUDGMENT DAY TO EXPERIENCE THE RECONCILIATION THAT GOD HAS DONE. THE EFFECT IS THAT WE HAVE NEW LIFE NOW. THE UNDESERVED LOVE THAT GOD HAS SHOWN US IS LIKE A RAGING WATER GOING THROUGH A NARROW CHANNEL OF CONCRETE LIKE THE LOS ANGELES RIVER. THAT WATER SURROUNDS AND HEMS IN AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PATH IS HELD THERE AND THRUST ALONG AT 35 MILES PER HOUR. SO CHRIST'S LOVE COMPELS US. IT IS THE DRIVING FORCE OF OUR LIFE. IT HEMS US IN, IN A GOOD WAY. AS PAUL WROTE: "FOR CHRIST'S LOVE COMPELS US, BECAUSE WE ARE CONVINCED THAT ONE DIED FOR ALL, AND THEREFORE ALL DIED. AND HE DIED FOR ALL IN ORDER THAT THOSE WHO LIVE SHOULD NO LONGER LIVE FOR THEMSELVES BUT FOR HIM WHO DIED FOR THEM AND WAS RAISED AGAIN." CHRIST ROSE AGAIN THAT WE MIGHT BE DEAD TO SIN AND LIVE IN HIM. HE DIED TO GIVE US NEW LIFE BY BURYING US WITH HIM IN HIS DEATH AND INCORPORATING US INTO HIS BODY TO NEW LIFE IN BAPTISM. PAUL WRITES: "THEREFORE IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE, THE NEW HAS COME!" WE HAVE NEW LIFE IN CHRIST! PREVIOUSLY WE WERE 100 PERCENT OLD ADAM, THE OLD MAN, A CHILD OF THE DEVIL WHO ONLY WANTED TO DO SATAN'S WILL AND WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD. WHO LIVED ACCORDING TO THE SELFISH, SINFUL MOTIVES. BUT GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS COME INTO OUR HEARTS. HE'S GIVEN US NEW LIFE. YES, IT'S TRUE. SIN DOES STILL GET THE BEST OF US AT TIMES. BUT THAT'S NOT THE REAL ME. PAUL SAYS IT'S SIN LIVING IN ME, THAT DOES THAT. IT'S A STRANGER. IT'S AN ALIEN THAT WE KNOW WILL BE TOTALLY EXPELLED WHEN WE ENTER INTO ETERNAL LIFE. AFTER ALL TO BE A HUMAN DOESN'T INCLUDE THE SINFUL NATURE. ADAM AND EVE WERE BOTH HUMAN BEFORE THEY HAD A SINFUL NATURE. THE OLD HAS LOST ITS REIGN OVER OUR MINDS AND AND OUR HEARTS. CHRIST NOW REIGNS AND THE NEW MAN WORKS TOGETHER THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT TO FIGHT AGAINST SIN IN OUR LIFE. TO FIGHT AGAINST THAT SINFUL NATURE AND TO SEEK TO KNOW AND TO DO WHAT GOD'S WILL IS, HIS GOOD AND PLEASING WILL. AS PAUL WROTE IN GALATIANS 2:20: "I HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST AND I NO LONGER LIVE, BUT CHRIST LIVES IN ME. THE LIFE I LIVE IN THE BODY, I LIVE BY FAITH IN THE SON OF GOD, WHO LOVED ME AND [HE] GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME." GOD NOT ONLY RECONCILIED US TO HIMSELF TO GIVE US NEW LIFE, BUT HE ALSO GAVE US A MISSION: TO SHARE THAT RECONCILIATION WITH OTHERS. HE WANTS US TO SHARE THAT NEW LIFE WITH OTHERS. LISTEN AGAIN TO PAUL'S WORDS. "SO FROM NOW ON WE REGARD NO ONE FROM A WORLDLY POINT OF VIEW. (THAT IS FROM THE FLESH.) THOUGH WE ONCE REGARDED CHRIST IN THIS WAY, WE DO SO NO LONGER. THEREFORE, IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE, THE NEW HAS COME! ALL THIS IS FROM GOD, WHO RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF THROUGH CHRIST AND GAVE US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION; THAT GOD WAS RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF IN CHRIST, NOT COUNTING MEN'S (PEOPLE'S) SINS AGAINST THEM. AND HE HAS COMMITTED TO US THE MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION. WE ARE THEREFORE CHRIST'S AMBASSADORS, AS THOUGH GOD WERE MAKING HIS APPEAL THROUGH US. WE IMPLORE YOU ON CHRIST'S BEHALF: BE RECONCILED TO GOD. GOD MADE HIM WHO HAD NO SIN TO BE SIN FOR US, SO THAT IN HIM WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD." WE ALL KNOW THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US THE GREAT COMMISSION TO GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, TEACHING THEM EVERYTHING HE TAUGHT US AND INCORPORATING THEM INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST THROUGH THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM. DO YOU LOOK WITH A PREJUDICIAL EYE AT PEOPLE? YOU KNOW, ACCORDING TO THE FLESH? THEY'RE NOT WHITE ENOUGH. THEY'RE NOT DARK ENOUGH. THEY'RE TOO SHORT. THEY'RE TOO TALL. THEY'RE TOO SKINNY. THEY'RE TOO FAT. THEY SOUND STRANGE. THEY SOUND STRANGE. THEY LOOK STRANGE. PAUL SAID THAT HE USED TO LOOK AT CHRIST THAT WAY, BUT THAT HE DIDN'T ANYMORE. HE DIDN'T LOOK AT CHRIST FROM A FLESHLY POINT OF VIEW; FROM A WORLDLY POINT OF VIEW. WE'VE BEEN MADE NEW IN CHRIST. AND THIS IS FROM GOD WHO LOVED US IN SPITE OF WHO WE ARE! PAUL WRITES: "ALL THIS IS FROM GOD WHO RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF THROUGH CHRIST AND GAVE US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION." THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION CAN ALSO BE TRANSLATED AS THE "ADMINISTRATION OF RECONCILIATION". GOD WANTS US TO WISELY ADMINISTER THIS MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION HE'S GIVEN. TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF THE TIME, THE TALENTS AND THE TREASURES THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US. THE RESOURCES HE'S GIVEN US TO REACH OUT WITH THE GOSPEL TO THOSE AROUND US. TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT GOD HAS RECONCILED "THE WORLD TO HIMSELF IN CHRIST, NOT COUNTING PEOPLE'S SINS AGAINST THEM." WHAT IS OUR MESSAGE? "BE RECONCILED TO GOD. GOD MADE HIM WHO HAD NO SIN TO BE SIN FOR US, SO THAT IN HIM WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD." IT'S THE GREAT EXCHANGE, ISN'T IT? GOD TOOK ALL OF OUR SIN AND PUT IT ON HIMSELF AND PAID FOR IT. AND HE TOOK ALL OF HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND GAVE IT TO US! GOD HUMBLED HIMSELF TO BE BORN AS A MAN, TEMPTED IN EVERY WAY AS WE ARE YET WITHOUT SIN. AND HIS PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US AS HIS FREE GIFT. HE IS THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. IN CHRIST, WE BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD BY HIS GREAT LOVE AND MERCY. HE'S NOT ONLY TAKEN AWAY ALL OF OUR SINS, BUT HE'S PROVED WE ARE FORGIVEN; BY HIS RESURRECTION. AND THAT MEANS THAT WE ARE HIS PRECIOUS CHILDREN, BLOOD-BOUGHT CHILDREN WHO WILL LIVE TOGETHER WITH CHRIST FOREVER IN HIS KINGDOM. GOD, IN CHRIST, HAS FORGIVEN THE SINS OF ALL PEOPLE. OTHERS MAY MISS OUT ON THIS BY NOT BELIEVING IN IT. THEY WILL MISS THE BENEFIT, THEY WILL LOSE THAT BENEFIT OF WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE ... BY THEIR UNBELIEF. BUT YOU, CHILD OF GOD, DO NOT FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE. LIVE THE NEW LIFE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU IN GRATITUDE FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE. HE HAS SAVED YOU. TRUST THE LORD TO HELP YOU TO BE HIS AMBASSADOR FOR THE GOSPEL; TO SHARE THAT GOOD NEWS OF FREE AND FULL FORGIVENESS. HE DID IT ALL! HE DID IT TO GIVE US NEW LIFE. HE DID IT SO THAT WE COULD SHARE THAT NEW LIFE WITH OTHERS. AMEN. [MOTION TO RISE] NOW MAY THAT GRACE AND PEACE THAT COMES FROM KNOWING OUR GOD AND FATHER HAS SAVED US AND LOVED US SO THAT HE HAS TRANSLATED US FROM THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS INTO THIS KINGDOM OF LIFE, KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS IN THE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 18 minutes and 6 seconds
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Producer: R & M
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Posted by: hischild on Oct 1, 2015

Jesus has done it all for us. The Ministry of Reconciliation is now our mission in this new life He has won for us.

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