Born Again

How Can A Person be Born Again?
Written by Lucas Griffin

As you may already know, John 3 is the chapter in the Bible that talks about being “born again” the most.  Just like you may question the concept, so did Nicodemus, a well-educated Jewish leader.  Jesus started off by saying “You MUST be born again…you CANNOT see heaven unless you are born again.”  He then talked about physical (natural) birth AND spiritual birth (born again).  He used natural birth to explain what happens when a person believes in Him (Jesus Christ).  Just like your physical life began at conception, your spiritual life will begin when you come to Jesus as your Saviour.  The Bible is pretty clear that you don’t need to die in order to be born again…you are already dead from a spiritual perspective.  In Ephesians 2:1, it is worded like this – “…you were dead in your trespasses and sins”.  However, because God loves you, he doesn’t want you (or anyone) to remain this way, so He sent Jesus to be the Saviour of the world.  Jesus said in John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  Jesus can offer abundant, eternal life to you today because He gave Himself as your substitute – on the cross, God punished Jesus for all your sin, in your place.  He died so you could live.  On the cross, Jesus took your punishment and paid your debt of sin, instead of you.  When you realize that you are a sinner, but Jesus was punished for your sin on the cross, the Bible (the Word of God) states that your sin is forgiven, you are given eternal life, and you are born into the family of God – you become one of His children! 😊

Here is how Billy Graham explained it many years ago:

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Our first birth gave us physical life; the new birth gives us spiritual life and membership in God’s family (John 1:13). To be born again is to have the Holy Spirit transform our hearts from indifference and hostility toward God to a love of God and a desire for righteousness and holiness. The only way one can come to God and experience what it means to be “born again” is through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ; read John 14:6. The Bible clearly teaches in Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5, and Romans 10:13 that salvation is a gift; it cannot be earned in any way.

To receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord means more than accepting Him as a fact of history, a teacher, or an example. It means more than giving mental assent to the fact that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world. It means that one turns from sin and with his or her whole heart trusts in Christ as personal Savior and Lord. God makes that one a new person; see 2 Corinthians 5:17. The Bible says, “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

It is our prayer that you will admit that you are a sinner, acknowledge that you need a Saviour, and accept the truth that Jesus died for your sins on the cross.  At that moment, you will be born again, and you will have eternal life!

Holy Spirit & Gathering

The Holy Spirit and Gathering
Presented by Glenn Griffin
May 27, 2020


The Holy Spirit and His Present Ministry of Abiding With, In and Teaching Truth to Believers and Glorifying Christ

“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him: for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:16-17

“Howbeit when He the Spirit of truth, is come He will guide(show the way, teach) you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for(because) He shall receive of Mine, and will shew(to announce[in detail]) it unto you.” John 16:13-14

The Principle for Every Gathering of a Local Assembly
For(reason in relation to binding and loosing and also agreeing and asking)
where two or three are gathered together(to lead together i.e. collect or convene)
in(to[indicating the point reached])
My name(a “name” [lit or fig], authority, character),
there am I (I exist)
in(fixed position)
the midst of them.”
Matthew 18:20

In My Name
· Authority – For gathering acknowledging Jesus is Lord in the local assembly and thus complete submission to His word
· Character – In keeping with the holy character of His lovely name that we might not bring disgrace and dishonor to Him

There am I in the midst of them
· Divine Presence
· Christ is the gathering center and there is none other
· The Holy Spirit gathers us to the person of the Lord Jesus Christ a risen glorified Christ

The Holy Spirit “Gathers Us” Together in The Following Ways:

The Lord’s Supper – The Breaking of Bread
“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the
morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” Acts 20:7

The Prayer Meeting
“And being let go, they went to their own company…And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled
together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with power.” Acts 4:23,31

The Teaching Meeting
“Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: and when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to
pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church and taught much people.” Acts 11:26

The Missionary Meeting
“And when they (Paul and Barnabas) were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and
how He had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.” Acts 14:27

The Elders Meeting
“And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.”(circumcision) Acts 15:6

The Gospel Meeting
“So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered unto them the
epistle…Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching(to announce good news, evangelize) the word of the Lord,
with many others also.” Acts 15:30,35

The Discipline Meeting
“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to
deliver such an one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that he spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 5:4

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The Holy Spirit Dwells in the Local Assembly
“Know ye not that ye are (the church of God at Corinth) the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are (the church of God at Corinth) the temple of the living God; as God hath
said “I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16

The Sensitivity if the Holy Spirit
Individual “Grieve (to distress) not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30
Collective “Quench (to extinguish) not the Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19

The Holy Spirit Dwells in the Church Which is His Body
“In whom ye also (the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus) are builded together for a habitation(a dwelling place) of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22

The Complete Gathering of the Holy Spirit unto the Lord Jesus Christ
“Now we beseech you brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together(a complete collection) unto Him,
that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is
at hand.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2

The Exhortation of the Holy Spirit to Gather unto the Lord Jesus Christ
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;(not leaning i.e. [fig] firm) (for He is faithful that promised;) And let us
consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together (a complete collection),
as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another and so much the more as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:23-25

Testimony & Witness

Demonstration of Testimony 
Presented by Marvin Griffin
May 13, 2020

God’s Word is the greatest example of testimony – His Old Testament and New Testament.

‘Testimony’ and ‘Witness’ are synonyms. They are interchangeable.

‘eduwth’ is the Hebrew word meaning:    testimony, witness. It is from the root Hebrew word meaning: To duplicate, to repeat, to testify – it has the idea of giving knowledge or restoring knowledge of an event.

‘marturia’ is the Greek NT word meaning:   evidence given (judicially or generally). It is from the root word ‘martus’:  a witness, a martyr (the most notable martyr may be Stephen chronicled in Acts 7). My takeaway is: to state something so true, one would rather die than refute it (take it back).

The NELSON CANADIAN DICTIONARY defines ‘testimony’ as: a declaration by a witness under oath, as that given before a court.  E.g. If the judge asked me who I was, my testimony might be “I am Marvin Dale Griffin, son of John Howard Griffin Jr. (a book keeper of Westbank, BC).”

Interestingly, when Moses asked the God of the burning bush who He was, it was in a round-about way showing reverence, the answer came, “I AM WHO I AM”. That was His testimony, simple and powerful!

Let’s read: Exodus 3:1-6,13-14.  Exodus 20: 1-3.  Exodus 25:20 -22.

Another meaning of ‘testimony’ in the NCD is: the stone tablets of God’s commandments.

These commandments reveal the holy character of God. They also lay out the expectations of God to those He made in His own image.

DISCUSSION: Kids, you were learning the Ten Commandments in Sunday School before this COVID thing. Which one of the commandments stood out to you and why?

In our reading about the burning bush, Moses wrote down the record of an event that took place when he was in self-exile in Midian. His testimony includes: He saw a bush burning, but was not consumed. He decides to go close and see that great sight. God calls to him out of the burning bush, “Moses, Moses”. Moses answers, “Here I am”. God instructs him: not to come closer, to take his sandals off his feet, that the place he stood was holy ground, that He was the God of his fathers.     Moses hid his face, afraid to look upon God. Moses was sent and commissioned by God to go to Pharaoh and say in essence, “Let My people go”.

DISCUSSION: I will state, perhaps you’ve never thought of it this way, but every Lord’s Supper is a demonstration of testimony meeting. Perhaps our brothers could find similarities and contrasts between the Burning Bush scene and a typical Lord’s Supper?

 

INDIVIDUAL TESTIMONY

John, the Baptist, had such a testimony. In John1:19 – 23, we read:  Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: make straight the way of the Lord, as the prophet Isaiah said.”

Jesus has a testimony, “I AM.” The many “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John and the Revelation of Jesus Christ are his!

Let us read John 3: 1 – 11.

In effect, Jesus testifies: No one can see or enter the kingdom of God, unless they are born again. Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born again.” The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes. So is everyone that is born of the Spirit

Much of individual testimony is unconsciously given. A faint example of someone giving testimony without realising it is:

It is 3:30 AM. You hear the sound of a car on the highway. You cannot tell where it is coming from or where it is going to. The clear demonstration of testimony is that there is someone out there awake and they are travelling from point A to point B.

In the Epistle of James 2: 14(NIV), he asks, “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?”  Paraphrased: “Can such (this kind of) faith save him (give him a good testimony)?”

 

CORPORATE TESTIMONY

It is expressed in several ways:

  1. A building with a sign. A parking lot with a variable number of cars at meeting times (in normal circumstances)J. What does this say about us?   3.  The warmth of greeting of strangers and members attending meetings.  4.  The content of the meetings.  5.  The reverence displayed in meetings.  6.  Our out-reaches into the community.  7.  An attractive and accurate website.

Read and discuss: 1 Cor. 14: 22 – 33. , Rev. 1: 1 – 3., Rev. 2:1 – 7.

Why do these things matter?

What does it mean to me?

 

Christ, Our Head

Foundations of Our Faith – Headship
Presented by Glenn Griffin

The primary thought of headship is subjection – Submission to God’s divine order of authority.  The proper understanding and practice of headship ensures that God, and God alone, gets all the glory from His people.  There is teaching in relation to male and female for the local church or assembly that is called out from the world and is called unto and gathered alone in the worthy name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Download the full outline here: Headship

Sanctification

Foundations of our Faith – Sanctification
Presented by Marvin Griffin

SANCTIFICATION – a study to be enjoyed by saints!
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification” 1Thess.4:3

Sanctification as a word is not found in the Old Testament. However ‘sanctified’ is, and according to Strongs Concordance, the Hebrew word ‘qadash’ means ‘to be clean, to make clean, to pronounce clean, to observe as clean’. If something or someone is to be consecrated to God, there must be the purification thereof.

The Concise Bible Dictionary definition of ‘qadesh’ is: “ to set apart to sacred purposes, consecrate”.

These two sources give a well-rounded sense of what it means to be sanctified.

Of interest is the timing of this study as our assembly families are self-isolating, both to keep clean and to be observed by the world as being clean in consideration of our testimony.

NOTE: once a person or a thing is sanctified, obedience to God’s Word is required.

  • Days are sanctified. God sanctified the seventh day in which He rested.  Gen. 2:3

It was afterwards to be kept holy by the Israelites. Exodus 20:8

  • Persons are sanctified. Moses was to sanctify the Israelites and have them wash their clothes. Ex.19:10

The first-born of man and beast were to be sanctified to God. He said, “They are mine”. Ex.13:2

The priests and Levites were sanctified to the service of God.  Ex.30:30

  • Places and vessels of Divine service  are sanctified.  Ex.30:29

The priests, Levites, and people were often called to sanctify themselves, to be ceremonially fit to approach God.  Lev.20:7,  Num.11:18 etc. God declared, “I will be sanctified in them that come near Me”. In Lev.10:1-3,  Moses reminded Aaron upon the death of his sons Nadab and Abihu when they offered strange fire to the Lord. “By those who come near me I must be regarded as holy; and before all the people I must be glorified.”  “So Aaron held his peace”.

God must be approached with reverence and in separation from what is unsuited to Him. Another requirement is that He will get the glory and not men.

In the New Testament, sanctification( the noun) is from the Greek word ‘hagiasmos’ which is also translated as holiness in our Bibles. It is used of:

(a)  separation to God  1Cor.1:2,30,31.  2Thess.2:13,

1Pet.1:2. I urge you to look up these references for a much greater blessing. This sanctification is positional and what God does upon salvation by faith and is to be enjoyed by all saints! On that note, it is a source of wonder and joy to me that God has made us saints and called us saints!

(b)  the life-choices befitting those so separated

1Thess.4:3-7, 1Tim.2:15, Heb.12:14, Rom.6:19-22.  This sanctification is conditional and what we do out of appreciation for Christ and obedience to the Word of God. This should be applied by all saints.

Here is William MacDonald’s SANCTIFICATION line-up:

“There are four phases of sanctification in the NT —pre-conversion, positional, practical or progressive, and perfect.

  1. Even before a person is saved, he is set apart in a position of external privilege. Thus we read in 1 Corinthians 7:14 that an unbelieving husband is sanctified by his believing wife.  This is pre-conversion sanctification.
  2. Whenever a person is born again, he is positionally sanctified by virtue of his union with Christ. This means that he is set apart to God from the world.  It is referred to in such passages as  Acts 26:18; 1Corinthians 1:2; 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 10:10,14
  3. But then there is progressive sanctification. This is a present setting apart of the believer to God from the world, sin, and self. It is the process by which he becomes more Christlike. This is the sanctification which Paul prays for the Thessalonians here. It is also found in 1Thessalonians 4:3&4; 2Timothy 2:21.  It is brought about by the Holy Spirit when we are obedient to the word of God (John 17:17; 2Cor.3:18) .  Such practical sanctification is a process that should continue as long as the believer is on earth.  He will never achieve perfection or sinlessness on earth, but he should ever be pressing toward that goal.
  4. Perfect sanctification refers to the believer’s final condition in heaven. When he goes to be with the Lord, he will be morally like the Lord, completely and final set apart from sin (1Jn.3:1-3)”

MacDonald

There is also the obligation to sanctify oneself from vessels of dishonor in ‘the great house’ of profession in order that a man or woman may be “a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” 2Tim.21.

Also,  food “is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” Hence “every  creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving.” 1Tim.4:4.

The word of God is absolutely essential for our progressive sanctification.  In John 17:17 Jesus said “Sanctify them by your truth.  Your word is truth”.  It is God’s truth that causes us to think different and act different from the world.  Thus reading and obeying it we are set apart from harm  and contamination and, positively,  are useful to God.

In John 17:19 Jesus states, “For their sakes I sanctify myself.”  He set Himself apart.

The Lord Jesus set Himself apart from the positional glories of heaven that we might be made saints.  Once here on earth,” He made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Phil 2:7&8.

While He was doing the work of His Father here on earth, He set Himself apart from rights that belonged to Him as man. Some suggestions are: His right to choose His own pathway, His right to have a wife, & His right to legal justice. “Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,  that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having a spot or a wrinkle or any such thing’ but that she should be holy and without blemish”. Eph.5:25-27.

I hope this partial study on sanctification and especially the example of Christ will give us the motivation to sanctify ourselves.  “For this is the will of God, your sanctification” 1Thess 4:3

[ This sanctification must be learned from God by His word and it must be pursued by the believer earnestly.  For this holy character is not vicarious.  It cannot be transferred or imputed, it is an individual possession, built up, little by little, as the result of obedience to the word of God, and following the example of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.  —VINE’S ]

1 Thessalonians 5:23: “ Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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The gods of men are falling

The gods of men are falling

Written by Rhoda Griffin on March 21, 2020 in response
to the Global COVID-19 Crisis

 

The gods of men are falling

They’re crashing to the ground

And with the endless tumbling

Men’s lives and dreams are drowned

 

The gods of men are falling

The house is coming down

We stagger with the pressure

And silence is our sound

 

The gods of men are falling

The god of health goes first

We’ve worshipped at this altar

Where many find their worth

 

One touch of blackened illness

Has brought us to our knees

No one is exempted

Indiscriminate disease

 

The gods of men are falling

The god of sports is gone

Entertainment’s vanished

Pop culture’s lost its song

 

Hollywood is emptied out

Each resident has fled

The god of movies cannot save

We plead to God instead

 

The gods of men are falling

The god of leisure’s next

Cruising ships sit vacant

The travel world is vexed

 

Planes sit grounded from the air

Dream holidays are dashed

We cry over our losses

It happened all so fast

 

The gods of men are falling

The god of wealth stripped whole

The stocks, they spiral downward

It’s way out of control

 

Our lover, wealth, abandons

He’s taken wings of flight

Grinding business to a halt

It’s happened overnight

 

The gods of men are falling

We worshipped them with heart

We gave our souls to their embrace

We served them all in part

 

We placed our hopes upon them

Entrusted them our soul

We set them up as idols

We followers untold

 

But…

 

These gods of men are falling

Empty at their core

Within a day they make their grave

Destroy us by the score

 

We looked to them for mercy

The love our hearts longed for

But they could never save us

False idols, as they are

 

And now we see the fallout

Of trusting emptiness

These gods would never save us

They’re lacking every strength

 

The gods of men are falling

They fall before I AM

The only true, eternal God

Who was, is, and to come

 

They bow before His greatness

Who makes the sun to rise

The One who made the earth and seas

The One who rules the skies

 

They bow the knee before Him

On their faces fall before

The One who with a Word commands

The One who rules it all

 

The gods of men are falling

We’ve peeled their layers back

Seen them for what they really are

And all the power they lack

 

The true God, He is standing

Where the gods of men fall flat

He has been our Saviour

And He is coming back

 

When all has crashed around us

The house of cards is gone

God will still be for us

God and God alone

 

This world is just a passage

A temporary home

One day we’ll live in heaven

And worship at God’s throne

 

No sin disease may enter

No contaminant allowed

No, nothing that’s destructive

Will be part of that crowd

 

So take heart, dear believer

And when you look around

Don’t be fearful when you see

gods falling to the ground

 

They were never meant to save you

Or be worshipped or be served

By a child of God like you and me

As though heaven’s here on earth

 

You’re a child of the Mighty One

Who still sits on the throne

And while the world unravels

You won’t ever be alone

 

Our great and Sovereign God

Who never slumbers, never sleeps

He it is Who stands beside you

He it is Who your soul keeps

 

So let the gods take tumble

To reveal the Lord our God

Who is great in all His power

Who is Faithful to His Word

 

Who is loving, kind, compassionate

The Saviour of our soul

Who surpasses any idol

Who amounts to more than gold

 

Our everlasting Father

Prince of Peace, the Mighty God

Wonderful our Counsellor

Who is the Word of God

 

He will never, never crumble

He will never, never fall

Our past, present, and future

He is God over it all!

 

© Copyright 2020 by Rhoda Griffin.  Please do not copy or distribute this content without the express written permission of the copyright owner.

Moral Glories of Christ

Moral Glories of Christ
Presented by Jeremy Griffin

Moral features that were displayed by Christ and that reveal the perfection of His character. Perfections that marked every step of His earthly life and ministry. Every inward feeling and outward expression were in continual and absolute conformity to the character of God.

Introduction

  • What is the goal of the Christian life?
    • Having a goal is important so that we understand what it is we are supposed to be after
    • If we are unclear or forget then we are not likely to achieve it or even, make progress
  • The apostle Paul sums it up nicely in Phil 3, essentially it is 1) know Christ and 2) be like Him
  • In opening I would like to comment on these two points to highlight the importance of participating in a study of topic like we have this evening

Know Him

  • When we love someone, it is natural that we want to know more about them
    • Usually there is some connection or bond that forms a relationship (spouse, child, friend)
    • Time, energy, attention all to learn deeper the real person – want to be around them
    • Either find something we don’t like and change course… or the affection grows
    • No matter how hot the love can burn…it is possible that affections can wane or be divided as time passes
    • Biggest competitor for time and attention in any relationship is the third-party selfishness
  • As born-again believers we have a unique bond and relationship with Jesus Christ
    • He loved us, pursued us, provided for us, continues to care and support us
    • All of us would confess outright that we love Him
  • But there is a bit of a litmus test that we can apply to measure our current level of affection
    • Do I desire to know Him?
      • On a deeper level, in a more meaningful way?
    • Do I make getting to know Him and spending time alone with Him a priority?
      • Proof is in the pudding
    • Would I say I know Him more now then I did 5 years ago?
  • Comments aren’t to cause feelings of guilt (never good in a relationship) but to motivate

Be Like Him

  • It is a well-known fact that the more time you spend with someone the more like them you will become
    • Negative – “bad company corrupts good character” 1Cor15:33
    • Positive – “pattern your lives after mine and learn from those who follow our example” Phil 3:17
  • The more we get to know Christ the more He grows inside us, changing from the inside out
    • Character, interests, affections all align
  • Being like Christ then is really the true test of my love for Him
    • Doesn’t rush us, He pursues us tirelessly looking for the response of our hearts to His love
  • Hopefully there will be something in this session that will cause your heart to worship and strengthen your desire to 1) Know Him and 2) Be like Him
  • Like Paul, have the goal of the Christian life front and center and push towards it
    • “I press toward the goal” Phil 3:14

 

What Does “Moral Glories” Mean/Refer to?

Break it Down

  • Moral: concerned with the principles of right and wrong behaviour and the goodness or badness of human character
  • Glories: a thing that is distinctive or beautiful, a special cause for respect or delight
  • Christ: the anointed One, Greek translation for the Hebrew word Messiah
    • Denotes being set apart for specific work in a certain role (prophet, priest, king)
    • The official title of our Lord

 

Put it all Together

  • Moral Glories of Christ
    • Moral features that were displayed by Christ and that reveal the perfection of His character
    • Perfections that marked every step of His earthly life and ministry
    • Every inward feeling and outward expression were in continual and absolute conformity to the character of God
  • The glories of Christ have been broken down into three main subgroups:
    • Eternal Glory – what was always His because of who He is “Son of God”
    • Acquired Glory – conferred upon Him for the work He completed at Calvary
    • Moral Glory – the displayed perfection of His character
  • Noted that often His other glories were veiled (hid)
    • His moral glories could not be hid and was on display for all to see
    • Evident in every situation He was in
    • Attached to Him in every circumstance and interaction
  • It is who He is at the core and it shone bright – continues to shine bright in scripture
    • Sinless, pure, true humanity

 

Ex #1 – Perfect Man

  • Ps 45:2 – You are fairer than the sons of men
  • Variance when comparing between earthly man and heavenly man is stark
  • Adam – Given position and privilege, but yet for personal pleasure he forfeited it all
  • Christ – Had/has position, but yet for the pleasure of His Father and benefit of others He sets it aside
  • The flaws, failings and fragility we are all familiar with in our own experiences He never experienced
  • Circumstances that are necessary to develop character in us only served to demonstrate perfection of character in Christ
  • Matt 4:1-10 details the attempts the devil made to tempt Jesus
    • Self Pleasure – make food miraculously à satisfy yourself
    • Self Exaltation – cast yourself down à spectacle for all to see
    • Self Glory – worship me (devil) à splendour of the kingdoms of the earth
  • Matt 4:11 – “the devil left Him”
  • John 14:30 – “the prince of this world is coming and has nothing in Me”
  • Absolutely flawless character and fortitude

 

Ex #2 – Poor Man

  • 2Cor8:9 – For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor
    • Manger in Bethlehem
    • Carpenter shop in Nazareth
    • Penniless in the Temple
    • Forest floor on Olivet
    • Borrowed tomb near Golgotha
  • Yet never one word of complaint or posturing for something self serving
  • Not reliant on the trappings of society He borrowed no glory from earth
  • Loveliness of pathway was all His own

 

Ex #3 – Humble Man

  • Jn 7:3 – “that your disciples may see your works” (in Judea at the feast of tabernacles)
  • Jn 7:4 “if you do these things, show them to the world”
  • Goes up secretly – in a private humble fashion
  • Begins to serve and teach among the people – not performing miracles as his brethren suggested
  • When they marvel at teaching, He indicates that the doctrine is not His own but Him that sent Him
  • Jn 7:18 – “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.”
  • In the world but not of the world

 

Ex #4 – Gracious Man

  • King – Ps 45:2 – “grace is poured into your lips”
  • Teacher – Lk 4:22- “marvelled at the gracious words that proceeded out of his mouth”
  • Accused – Matt 27:14 – “but He answered him not one word so that the governor marvelled greatly”
  • Condemned – 1Peter 2:23 – Who did no sin, neither was there any guile found in His mouth: Who, when He was reviled did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously
  • Words spoken or restrained display His moral worth

 

 

Why Does this Topic Matter?

Jesus Means the World to His Father

  • Means everything to Him and yet to save the world it cost Him the death of His Son
  • Mark 12:6 – Having yet therefore one son, his well beloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, “they will reverence my son”.

 

Jesus Lived a Fragrant Life Before His God

  • Like Frankincense upon the altar, it was all for God (only the Father can truly appreciate it)
  • Ever under His watchful eye the Lord Jesus brought continual pleasure to His Father
  • Mark 1:11 – Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”

 

Jesus Proved He was the Spotless Sacrifice to all Heaven and Earth

  • Ex 12:5 – Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year
  • 2Cor 5:21 – made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin

 

How Does it Apply to Me?

Knowing Him

  • Means more than just knowing about Him
  • It is the cultivation of a deep relationship where in a safe place we open ourselves to His love and be confronted, cleansed and conformed
  • Cultivation – like a garden carefully tended to with attention and interest
  • Confrontation – relationships require openness and frankness to deal with issues (sin)
  • Cleansing – once open then cleansing can happen and subsequent healing
  • Conforming – changing, uniting, stronger
    • Isn’t this a sweet place to be…beautiful harmony?
  • Knowing Him requires interest and energy on our part to seek Him out in the scriptures
    • This is where God reveals Him to us
    • Song of Songs 3:2 “I will search for the one I love”

 

Worshipping Him

  • Is a response to His love and worth
  • Humility – higher view of him and lower estimation of self
  • Reverence – wonder and awe at the awesome majesty and greatness of God
  • Service – kingdom of priests

 

Being Like Him

  • Power of His Resurrection > Temptations
    • Victory and power over sin through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
  • Fellowship of His Sufferings > Trials
    • Suffering is the test of obedience
    • Learning to commit ourselves to Him and sovereign will yields a close intimacy otherwise unknown
  • Conformed to His Death > Transitions
    • Dying to self so as to walk in power of new life
  • 2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
    • The more we are occupied with Him the more conformed to His likeness we become

 

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Impeccability of Christ

The Impeccability of Christ
Presented by Lucas Griffin
Highway Gospel Hall
January 15, 2020

 

What Does Impeccability Mean?

  • ORIGIN – First recorded in 1525–35, impeccable is from Latin word impeccābilis
  • Not capable of sinning; not liableto sin OR free from fault or blame
  • Faultless; flawless; perfect; irreproachable; sinless; blameless; perfect
  • Impeccability is the absence of sin. This is an attribute of God and (and therefore, Christ)
  • “We are living in a world of sin, and the fearful havoc it has wrought is evident on every side. How refreshing, then, to fix our gaze upon One who is immaculately holy, and who passed through this scene unspoilt by its evil. Such was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God incarnate. For thirty-three years He was in immediate contact with sin, yet He was never, to the slightest degree, contaminated.” (A.W.Pink 1932)

 

Arguments for the Impeccability of Christ

  • Christ was sinless, but also incapable of sinning. Christ was not only able to overcome temptation, but He was unable to be overcome by it. Being Master of all things, it was impossible that anything, including sin, could master Him.
  • The Immutability (unchanging character) of Christ:‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever’ (Heb. 13:8). Because He was not susceptible to any change, it was impossible for the incarnate Son of God to sin.
  • The Omnipotence of Christ.The Lord Jesus is omnipotent (all powerful), therefore He has all power over all sin.
  • Christ’s Divine Character. In Him are united the Divine and the human natures. The Divine nature cannot allow Him to sin.
  • Christ Must be Impeccable in order to be our Saviour. He must be perfect and he must have power to overcome all temptation in order to pay our redemption price, forever.

 

What Does the Bible Say About the Impeccability of Christ?

  • Peter, The Man of Action: 1 Peter 2:22, 24 – Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth… who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
  • John, A Close Follower of Jesus: 1 John 3:5 – And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
  • Paul, The Intellectual: 2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sinto be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
  • Hebrews – He was ‘without sin’ (Heb. 4:15). He was ‘holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners’ (Heb. 7:26).
  • Because He is without sin (impeccable), Jesus Christ can heal us from sin, take away our sins, and make us righteous!

 

How Did Jesus Prove that He was Impeccable?

  • There are several ways that sin can attract us and trap us.
    • 1 John 2:16 – For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world.
      • This verse outlines the three different ways that sin can work
      • Jesus overcame and conquered each temptation
    • Matthew 4:1-11 The Temptation in the Wilderness
      • The Lust of the Flesh – Matthew 4:3-4 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
        • But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “
      • The Lust of the Eyes – Matthew 4:8-10 – The devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
        • Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
      • The Pride of Life – Matthew 4:5-7 – Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
        • Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’
      • God allowed Jesus to experience these temptations to PROVE His Impeccability!

 

Jesus Christ was the Perfect Servant!

  • Isaiah 42:1-4 – “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles…
    • These verses are quoted in Matthew 12:18-21 with reference to Christ
    • This chosen servant reveals a character of gentleness, encouragement, justice, truth
  • Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
  • Luke 22:42 – “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.

 

What Was God’s Assessment of His Son?

  • After 30 years of His private life – Matthew 3:17 – And suddenly a voice camefrom heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
  • Partway through His public ministry: Matthew 17:5 – While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”
  • Near the end of His public ministry: John 12:28 – Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”
  • After His death: 1 Peter 1:21 – who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

 

Why Does This Matter?

  • Because Christ is impeccable (sinless), His sacrificial death has put away sin forever
    • Many of the verses regarding the Impeccable Christ also point out that BECAUSE He was sinless, He was able to die for our sin
    • See 1 Peter 2:22,24 and 1 John 3:5 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 above
  • Some people say that He COULD have sinned
    • He could not sin. The very nature of sin is that it will always result in sins committed.
    • Our eternal security depends on His perfection. If He could have sinned in the past, there is the possibility that He could sin in the future. One sin would undo it all.

 

How Does this Apply to Me?

  • Let’s worship Christ for His impeccable character
    • We all struggle with sin on a daily basis. Praise God that our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ NEVER struggled with sin and NEVER will!
    • “In 2 Corinthians 3:18 how does the Spirit make us like Christ? We see, and adore, and become like what we love. So beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, we are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, incrementally, bit by bit we become more like Christ because we adore Him, we marvel at Him. Marveling at Jesus, ought to be for Christian people a preoccupation” (biblicaltraining.org)
  • We should follow Christ’s impeccable example and seek to be blameless and holy
    • Phillippians 2:15 – that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation…
    • 1 Peter 1:15-16 – But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
  • If we do sin (and we will), let’s lay hold of our impeccable Advocate
    • 1 John 2:1 – And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
    • Our Advocate is impeccable. He is righteous. He is sinless. He is interceding for us.

Atonement & Propitiation

Atonement & Propitiation
Presented by Jeremy Griffin
December 11, 2019

 

Introduction

  • The word “Atonement” is an OT word and an OT truth
  • A similar word in the NT is the word Propitiation – but propitiation conveys deeper truth
  • The truth that is consistent between both words and runs through the entire bible from start to finish is that God wants to have a relationship with individual humans
  • His work and plan for the ages all focuses around this desire of His heart
  • The success of it all is wrapped up in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ and His work at Calvary
  • Our study tonight will take a look at the teaching of both words and the resulting impact on our lives

 

What Does the Word “Atonement” Mean?

  • Hebrew – kafar: cover over
    • First Mention (Gen 6:14) Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch
      • Emphasis on the covering aspect
  • Second Mention (Gen 32:20) For he said, I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept me
    • Emphasis is on the change that the present would produce in Esau’s mind toward his brother Jacob not on the present itself
  • Mosaic Law – the atonement is not the sacrifice itself but a result of a sacrifice (death accomplished)
    • Emphasis is on the blood of the sacrifice being brought inside the veil
  • Summary – the covering over of sins or hiding from sight for a time

 

What Does the Word “Propitiation” Mean?

  • Greek – hilaskomai: complete blotting out or removal of sin by an acceptable sacrifice
    • Propitiation is the result of what Christ accomplished in His once for all sacrifice at Calvary
    • The result of propitiation is the satisfaction of God so that His holy wrath and righteous anger against sins may be stayed
  • Rom 3:25 – God declares His righteousness to forgive sin based on sacrifice of Christ
  • 1John 2:2 – God declares His desire for fellowship and the value of the sacrifice of Christ
  • 1Jon 4:10 – God declares His love by sending His Son to be the sacrifice that satisfies justice
  • Summary – giving to God the full satisfaction of sin forever
Contrast Table
Atonement Propitiation
Covering over of sin for a time God has full satisfaction for sin forever
Blood carried into the Sanctuary Individual fully cleansed from all trace of sin/guilt
Brief period of rest Believing soul has Eternal rest
Sin remembered at least every year Sin remembered no more
Sin removed for a time but nature unchanged Individual changed from inside out

 

Why Does this Topic Matter?

  • Because God is offended by sin and man is under the wrath and judgement of God because of his sin
    • A removal of sin is required for a person to be brought into a right relationship with God
  • Because God has set forth (made evident/put on display) Christ to be a propitiation (or mercy seat)
    • He is an open declaration that the sacrifice has been made, the blood has been shed and He is now the mediator between God and man
  • Because God in His love has provided a way for the renewal of communion with Himself
    • Propitiation enables God to deal mercifully with all who exercise faith in Jesus Christ
    • Propitiation is all about God being satisfied and He meets with us on this ground
  • Because God invites us to come into His presence in full assurance that we are accepted
    • The handwriting of ordinances that was against us has been blotted out
  • Because God has laid at Calvary the basis for the eternal triumph of God over Satan
    • Col 2:15Andhaving spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it
    • Rev 5:12 – Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

 

How Does it Apply to Me?

  • Salvation
    • First and foremost, it applies to you in the invitation of the gospel
    • God is reaching out to you
    • Has provided a way where you the hostile and guilty sinner can be accepted
    • Provision has been made – requires the individual to exercise faith to obtain
    • Jesus Christ paid the price, because we couldn’t and so we don’t have to face judgement
  • Standing
    • Sin is remembered no more – completely blotted out – God is totally satisfied
    • Believing soul enters into Eternal rest based on finished work of Calvary
    • Clothed in all the spotless beauty of the Son, changed by divine grace, indwelt by the Holy Spirit and given a place of total acceptance
  • State
    • God is finished with “the old man” and “sin nature” but am I?
    • Do you like to sin?
    • Does your sin grieve your heart?
    • Mike Knox spoke at conference about “pet sins” that we like and think we can control
    • Keeping the death of Christ before us, and having a right appreciation for it, will remind us of exactly what God thinks about our sin – cost Jesus His life
    • We grieve the Holy Spirit and limit His effectiveness in our lives by exposing ourselves to and/or choosing to sin
    • The more influence He has, the more like Christ we will become and the closer our “state” will be to our “standing”
  • Service
    • Christ died to set us free from bonds of sin to serve the living God
    • We are not our own, we have been bought with a price
    • Worship – constituted a priest and have received a fitness and title to come into the presence of God as a worshiper
      • Reverence – deep respect
      • Adoration – strong admiration
      • Devotion – strong love or loyalty
    • Ministry – set at liberty from slavery to work for Christ in service to His people, and Christ equips us with the tools to do so
      • Spiritually – spiritual gifts need to be used to be developed/strengthened
      • Practically – resources have been given to us to use for him (time, money, talent)
    • Gospel – we have the treasure in our hearts though we be but jars of clay and have the responsibility of shining the light (2 Cor 4:7)
      • Living – a spiritual life gives credit to the power of the gospel to bring change
      • Sharing – one on one, literature, groups

 

Christ, The Perfect Servant

The Perfect Servant Character of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Practical Application for the Believer
Presented by Glenn Griffin
November 27, 2019

 

The Body of the Servant – A body in which to serve

  • “Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, “Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me”… we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:5, 10
  • “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Romans 6:12-13

 

The Will of the Servant – A submissive will to govern the body

  • Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God.” Hebrews 10:5,7
  • I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart.” Psalm 40:8
  • “Father if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done.” Luke 22:42
  • “…present your bodies a living sacrifice…but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

 

The Humility of the Servant – A humble mind to serve in the body

  • “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:6-8
  • “And whosever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23:12
  • “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, “We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.”” Luke 17:10

 

The Exaltation of the Servant – A glorified body to continue to serve

  • “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
  • Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6

 

The Sphere of the Servant – A body to be sacrificed in service  

  • “But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45
  • “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

 

The Words of the Servant – A body to speak profitable words

  • “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind Me, Satan: for it is written, “Thou shalt worship the Lord Thy God, and Him only shalt Thou serve.”” Luke 4:8
  • “…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, they are life.” John 6:63
  • “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16

 

The Master of the Servant – A body upheld by the master

  • “Behold My servant, whom I uphold; Mine elect, in whom My soul delighteth; I have put My Spirit upon Him” Isaiah 42:1
  • “…and a voice came from heaven, which said, “Thou art My beloved Son; in Thee I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22
  • “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: For God is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4
  • “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: then shall every man have praise of God.” 1 Corinthians 4:5