Alive In Jesus!
- Date: April 21, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
- From Put On Christ
God, before the foundations of the world, chose you and predestined you to be His son. Can you say, "Praise God!" for that? "What about my nasty behavior?" Change it. It's unacceptable to God. Change it. It breaks the heart of God. Change it. It mocks God in the world. Change it. Because you've been ordained, you have been chosen, you have been saved unto good works, praise God!
Now, if I habitually continue to live in my ugliness, in my rebellion, in my disobedience-we'll show you as we go on-you will no longer be the sons of God. For they that do these things habitually shall not enter the Kingdom of God. "Well, I was predestined. I was called. I was chosen." God is a unitary being, and His justice must manifest itself. There's no conflict. We are eternally secure as long as we trust Christ. We are eternally secure as long as we're in continual pursuit. You're going to mess up. It's not about messing up. It's about coming home. It's about 1 John 1:9. It's about repenting. It's about Corinthians. It's about repenting and seeking God and hating sin.
We're not talking about some of the Calvinistic stuff that says you can live anyway you want, and it's acceptable because of God's love and because of grace-the Bible doesn't teach that! But it does teach that all of your good works and your behavior, all you're trying to do to gain merit, is as filthy rags in the sight of God. It's unacceptable, because you're not saved by works; you're saved to works (Ephesians 2:10). And so he goes on and says here this beautiful passage. He says, "He's forgiven you all of your trespasses and blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way..." (verse 13-14).
Can you think of the five worse things that you've ever done in your life? Now some of us say, "You know, I'm not that bad. I have trouble picking out five really horrible things." Well, let me help you with the first one. You were born. You were conceived in iniquity. You are absolutely totally depraved. So start the list there. And then you might want to add-second-your self-righteousness. Am I helping you with your list? And so we go along there. Here's what I want you to see: No matter what it is, it absolutely has been blotted out and nailed to the tree. It has been cast behind God's back. It has been cast into the sea of forgetfulness. And you say, "I understand that, but there are people around me who try to help me remember it." You say, "Hallelujah!" But you know what's cool? It doesn't matter what anybody around you has to say about it. There's only one person that needs to believe it's in the sea of forgetfulness, and that's you. If you believe it's there, there is no condemnation to those of us who are in Christ Jesus. Self-righteousness and condemnation are just different points of the spectrum that overemphasize self. See, part of what we're wanting to do through this study is to help us get out of that condemnation, to help us to enter into that rest, to help us get free from self-righteousness and be able to live in Jesus. So it's been taken out of the way and nailed to the cross. So we rejoice in that goodness of God.