- Date: March 31, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” (John 16:27)
- From Put On Christ
Paul speaking in Ephesians says that He's blessed us with all of these spiritual blessings in heavenly places. Paul's getting ready to show us what those spiritual blessings are. He's getting ready to bring the gospel to us, this simple understanding of Corinthians. It's a whole other teaching. We are working our way over into it. But the Corinthians' message to us conveys the other great theological term, some of you may have heard it. We have discussed "Already, not yet" and now comes this phrase that speaks toward what every one of us needs to grasp and rest in, and that's "The Great Exchange." We're all familiar with this 'Great Exchange' and you can quote the Scripture in 2 Corinthians 5:21. I'm getting ahead of myself a little bit, but I just want to put it out at this time for us. "God made Him to be sin with our sin!" Think about that! For our sake, "God made Him to be sin with our sin. He who knew no sin, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God." Those are the spiritual blessings in heavenly places. See, the gospel that Jesus preached and these Pauline epistles amplified, clarifies the simplicity of Jesus' message so that we would understand how we can return into fellowship with God. The other phrase that's used so much is "the reconciliation." Another term that is used is appeasement, that that justifies us back to God. So many words that draw us back into the love of God and give us confidence in sonship. These are those spiritual blessings.
He says, "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…." (Ephesians 1:4). That always blows my mind! But the Scripture makes it clear. Before we were formed in our mother's belly He knew us. (Psalm 139: 13, 15). He chose us; we haven't chosen Him (John 15:16). First John makes it clear He loved us; we didn't love Him. (1 John 4:10). He not only chose us before the foundation of the world, He hunted every one of us down and said, "Come home!" "Come home, I've always loved you. I loved you before conception. I loved you and sent My Son. And it pleased Me to put upon Him all of the torment and agony of your sin." And Jesus Himself said in John, "My Father loves you just like He loved Me." (John 16:27). So, what are we fighting? How much credit are we giving this flesh? These besetting sins that we think about too much and we try to battle in the natural too much? How much credit are we going to give that stuff when Father's loved us like this. Are you kidding me? You think you're going to keep me from the love of my Father? Then we put in the proper use of positive confession.
I want to remind you of something: you no longer are the dominating force here! It's the Holy Ghost! That's the dominating force in my life. See, we can't confuse this sin conflict, the fact that sin is in our members. We can't give credit to when it expresses itself as though it has any dominion, or any power. The moment it manifests in us, in some way, we don't run from Father. We don't run to our personal arsenal and try to somehow deal with this thing in the same way that we failed so many times and think, "I've got to go about and I've got to start bringing some kind of punishment to myself." We're not like the Catholics and beat ourselves with whips, but some of us use the same principle. We go off and pout. We run off and think, "God doesn't love me anymore." We run from the body of Christ and don't fellowship. We go on a prolonged fast or some form of abstinence. Do you want me to tell you how to get free? "Confess your sins and He is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness." You turn to Father and you say "Father, I've given place in my life to sin, it is in my members. It occasionally manifests and expresses itself in my behavior. But I come, Father, and I confess that this is not pleasing to You. This is something that's offensive to You. It absolutely flies in the face of Your sovereign power and Your holiness and I ask You to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I'm just as though I'd never sinned." Thank God for 1 John 1:9; it's the way home! We've almost trivialized that passage of Scripture when we need to realize that we're to fortify ourselves in that portal that brings us home, praise God! "Confess your sin; He is faithful and just to forgive." Whatever you've confessed to Him justice says, "It's not to his account because he's in Christ. In Him, he's always obeyed."