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God's Plan of Salvation

"God's Plan of Salvation"

August 27, 2017

Pastor Roger Redmond

2 Cor. 11:1-4

Jn 1:9-10That was the true Light , which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  Tit 2:11-14 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.  Romans 1:16-21. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

It is the Holy Spirit that works in you:

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

You cannot come to the LORD without the Spirit of God.  It is impossible to think your way to heaven, to figure out a way to heaven.  You must follow the light that has already been given you.  You cannot reject the light you have and expect to find the LORD. 2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2Co 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

A.    You must hear the Gospel of God.  There is the buddy Jesus of country music.  There is the social Jesus of liberal theology.  There is the obscure Jesus of the new age - people have made up their own private Jesus.  There is the Jesus of rituals, the Jesus of sacramentalism.  None of these are the Jesus of the scriptures

2.  You can't ignore Biblical principles in your life and expect to find Christ. Romans 1:18ff.  Man's mind gets short circuited by rebellion.

(1).  Rebellion in your life style.  You can't live in rebellion to the Holy Spirit.   Act 26:14  And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. Act 26:26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. Act 26:27  King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.

(2.)  Rebellion In your worship.  Does it make a difference if you go to church?  Yes! Heb. 10:25

(3)   Rebellion in reading and hearing the word of God, 2Ti 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

The Christ of God is The Christ of the Scriptures.

The Christ of the Cross, Joh_12:32  "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."  The Christ promised before the world began.  2Ti 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

The Christ who came, Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

1.  "Who being in the form of God...." the word "being"huparchō (hoop ar kho) denotes that which is from the beginning.  Christ has always been.  He is the expressed image of his person, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person..." He is showing the unchangeable Godhead of Christ.  The very essence of every person cannot be changed - Regardless of circumstances you cannot change your DNA.  You were created a unique human being, Psalm 139:14-18. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 139:16  Thane eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 139:17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 139:18  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

Christ is presented as God and that can never change.  Hebrews 13:8.

2.  "Who being in the form of God..."  "morphe" ... (mor-fay)    the mor-fay of any human being is humanity and that never changes. Christ in the form of God never changes.  He is still God but His outward form would change:  He was a baby in a manager but still God.  He wept at the tomb of Lazarus but still God.  He was beaten beyond recognition but still God.   He took our sin on His own body on the cross but still God.  He died on the cross....  He bears in His resurrected body the wounds of Calvary.  He is the Christ of God.  God did provide himself a Lamb!  He is the Lamb of God.

3.   "Who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  "Robbery" is the word (har- pag-mos).  It means that what He gave up He had a right to keep.  He is Jehovah God!  Did He not say in Isa_45:22 "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. If He is not God there is no Saviour!  Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his

Only begotten Son,.....And Christ did not hold His rightful place but laid it aside to be our Saviour.

4.  "But made himself of no reputation,...." It means empty.  He emptied Himself of His equality with God to take upon Himself His humanity. He, who is Almighty God, was made in the likeness of man.  Who suffered in the likeness of man that we in His poverty might be rich. 2Co_8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

5.   "And being found in fashion as a man..."  He came in appearance as a man for all to see.  His appearance was as a man ...The man Christ Jesus.. But He was still God.  1Ti_2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

The Sacrifice of the Incarnation

When Jesus took the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men, it was not play acting but it was real.  We have a way of thinking the suffering was not really that bad for He was God.  He emptied Himself in the place of His equality with God that He could be filled with our flesh and blood. Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Just as God made the first Adam a body; He prepared a body for the Last Adam, Christ.  Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 10:6  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.10:8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;  10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.  10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

And as one made like unto us He is our Saviour. Heb 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Heb 2:17  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

He finished the course.   Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

HE took your sin and said, "My God, My God why has thou forsaken me". He had become sin for us by taking our sin.

He obtained eternal redemption for us.  Heb 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

He is seated at the Father's Right Hand. Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

He is our advocate. 1Jn 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

He said, "I will come again".  John 14:3

He said, "Take up your cross and follow me".

Before Him every knee will bow.  The saved will receive from Him at the JSOC. 2 Cor. 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad The unsaved will be sentenced to the Lake of fire (because they are not saved).  It is the sentencing of condemnation. (This is the second death - the last resurrection) It is the condemnation of unbelief. John 3:18.  Revelation 20:11-15

Pilate said, "What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ...?"  If Christ came to die for all men then all people are required to answer Him.  What will you do with Him?  Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: To have eternal life you must believe on Him for everlasting life.

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