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  • Coming up next on"Changing Your World."
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  • Taffi Dollar: He had arevelation of the dignity
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  • that all of creationshould experience.
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  • It's not based on yourcolor that you deserve
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  • respect and dignityand value and honor.
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  • Because you are humankind,because you are part of
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  • mankind, because you'rea part of one race,
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  • the human race,you have dignity.
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  • God is about to set some stuffup that nobody could set up.
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  • give favor to.
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  • ♪ This is your world, so let'svow to make it a better place ♪
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  • ♪ So we embraceyour love today ♪
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  • Taffi: It is the bornagain experience that is
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  • designed to get rid ofthe old, to get rid of the
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  • past, to get rid ofthe law, to get rid of
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  • domination, one genderdominating another, men
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  • dominating women, womendominating men, white
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  • dominating black, blacksdominating--so, it's the
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  • law that opens the door toall these things that are
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  • of the past.
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  • And so, because Jesuscame, he reconciled.
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  • And he says that sin nolonger is to have dominion
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  • over us because we are nolonger to operate under
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  • the law, but we areto operate under grace
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  • because we have Christliving on the inside of us.
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  • And you've got tounderstand that, you know,
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  • he talks about it, I gotso many Scriptures that we
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  • can turn to over inMatthew chapter 28, he
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  • talked about, you know,how they were dominating
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  • one another.
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  • And he says, "Itshall not be so.
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  • You should not dominateone another, but you
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  • should understand thatit's vital for us to serve
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  • one another and that weare equal to serve, we're
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  • equal to lead, we're equalto operate in our gifts,
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  • we're equal to receivethe love of God.
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  • And that is a result ofthe new creation, the new
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  • specie of being, where oldthings are passed away,
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  • treating people basedon their status, their
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  • distinction, based onthe external things.
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  • He says, "That's old."
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  • As a result of Jesuscoming, we treat people
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  • with dignity, we treatthem with respect, and we
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  • see them as God sees them,as a representation, as an
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  • image of God in the earth.
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  • And so, we're restoringback to the original
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  • intent of God in thebeginning, where he had
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  • placed Adam and Eve in aposition where they were
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  • given authority not todominate one another or
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  • have authority over eachother, but it was so that
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  • they would have authorityin the earth and over
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  • things, over creepingthings, every creeping thing.
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  • And so, that dominationthat they were to use was
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  • not to control andmanipulate one another,
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  • but it was so they couldsubdue and bring things
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  • into subjection, and takecare of the garden of Eden
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  • and the things thatthey were charged to do.
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  • So, it's vital that weunderstand these things so
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  • that we can be theambassadors in the earth
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  • that Christ came anddied for us to be.
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  • Look over at 1 Corinthianschapter 12, 1 Corinthians
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  • chapter 12.
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  • Let's look at verse 12here, I'm going to read
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  • some of this from theMessage translation.
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  • I hope you'regetting this.
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  • Like I said, I got so manyScriptures, we can look at
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  • so many different things, somany things to reference.
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  • But first and foremost,we've got to look within
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  • and make sure that we'renot thinking more highly
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  • or thinking lessthan what we should.
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  • And that we're thinking inline with the Word of God.
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  • And so, the body of Christis to operate as one.
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  • The body of Christ is toshow the world and lead
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  • the world of what unityand even integration and
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  • all these thingsare to look like.
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  • Let me read this to you.
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  • Number one, we all matter.
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  • Absolutely no one hasgreater value than anyone
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  • else, regardless of theirbackground, their outward
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  • appearance, theirjob, their strength.
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  • Whatever the case maybe, we all matter.
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  • We all have apart to play.
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  • This is what we'regoing to look at in
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  • 1 Corinthians chapter12 in just a moment.
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  • We have a rightresponsibility.
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  • Humankind can onlyfunction properly if we
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  • all work together.
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  • No one shouldreject anyone else.
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  • We are all part of God'sfamily, part of his plan,
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  • and we'll look at howthe body is designed to
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  • operate in 1 Corinthianschapter 12.
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  • We need one another, we cannotafford to act in isolation.
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  • And so, these are thingsthat I want you to make
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  • note of thatwe all matter.
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  • And if we didn't matter,then Jesus wouldn't have died.
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  • It would've been in vainfor him to give up his blood.
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  • And so, the message hereis not so much about the
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  • physical body of the humananatomy, but the spiritual
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  • body of humankind,humankind.
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  • Look at what he says here,"You can easily enough see
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  • how this kind of thingworks by looking no
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  • further thanyour own body."
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  • He's talking aboutthe human body.
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  • "Your body has many parts,limbs, organs, cells, but
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  • no matter how many partsyou can name, you're still
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  • one body."
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  • Still one body.
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  • Over in Acts, he talksabout how we are one blood
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  • of all nations, oneethnos, one race.
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  • Some say, you know,there's a white race,
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  • there's a black race,there's, you know, the
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  • Hispanic race,but you know what?
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  • In all actuality, there'sone race, it's the human race.
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  • And we are all to be apart and regarded as the
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  • human race.
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  • But the enemy comes in andcreates division and all
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  • these things that aretaking place in our world today.
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  • But we must understandthat the body has many
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  • parts, but no matter howmany parts you can name,
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  • you're still one body.
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  • You know, my foot is nota different race from my
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  • arm, and my arm race, myfoot race, my knee race,
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  • my head race.
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  • No, it's one body.
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  • It's exactly thesame with Christ.
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  • "By the means of hisone Spirit, we all said
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  • goodbye to our partialand piecemeal lives.
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  • We each used toindependently call our own
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  • shots, but then weentered into a large and
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  • integrated life in which he hasthe final say in everything.
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  • This is what we proclaimedin word and action
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  • where--when wewere baptized.
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  • Each of us is now a partof his resurrection body,
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  • refreshed and sustained atone fountain, his Spirit,
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  • where we allcome to drink.
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  • The old labels weonce used to identify
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  • ourselves, labels like Jewor Greek, slave or free,
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  • are no longer useful.
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  • We need something larger,more comprehensive."
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  • The Apostle Paul says herein--look at what he writes
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  • in verse 14.
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  • "I want you to think abouthow all this makes you
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  • more significant,not less.
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  • A body isn't just asingle part blown up into
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  • something huge."
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  • So, he talks about hereall the parts of the body
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  • are significant.
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  • They're significant.
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  • He says, "It's all thedifferent but similar
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  • parts arranged andfunctioning together."
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  • Different but similar.
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  • Different is good, similarin operation, one overall
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  • goal, arranged andfunctioning together.
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  • "If a foot said, 'I'm notelegant like the hand,
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  • embellished with rings.
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  • I guess I don't belongto this body,' would that
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  • make it so?"
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  • Sounds silly, doesn't it?
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  • "If the ear said, 'I'm notbeautiful like the eye,
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  • transparent andexpressive, I don't
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  • deserve a place on thehead,' would you want to
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  • remove it from the body?
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  • If the body was alleye, how could it hear?
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  • If all ear, howcould it smell?
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  • All it is, we see that Godhas carefully placed each
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  • part of the body rightwhere he wanted it."
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  • And so, we have tounderstand that though
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  • they're differentfunctions, different
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  • perspectives, you know,the perspective of the
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  • elbow is going to bedifferent from the
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  • perspective of the foot.
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  • They're different, butsimilar because they're
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  • connected to the one body.
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  • Their functioning, theirpurpose, their assignment,
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  • the reason why they'rethere is to overall
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  • comprehensively accomplishwhat the body is designed to do.
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  • So, he says in verse 19,"But I also want you to
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  • think about how thiskeeps you--keeps your
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  • significance fromgetting blown up into
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  • self-importance."
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  • And see, that's the thingthat we've gotten over
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  • into allowing ourdifferences to be blown up
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  • into self-importance.
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  • And so, now you havesome who are considered
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  • thinking more highly thanwhat they should think,
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  • thinking that they're moreimportant than the other
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  • parts, that they can treatthose who are different in
  • 00:12:02.434 --> 00:12:08.140
  • the body in a lesserway with no regard.
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  • And so, he saysthat is wrong.
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  • And that opens the doorto sin, opens the door to
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  • prejudice, prejudging,and things like that.
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  • So he says, "For no matterhow significant you are,
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  • it is only because ofwhat you are a part of."
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  • And so, he's elevatingthe fact that we must
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  • understand that oursignificance is based on
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  • us being a part andconnected to one another.
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  • Human race, humankind isnot based on the color of
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  • our skin that we can thinkthat we're more important,
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  • or because of a certaingender, a certain class.
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  • That these are not reasonsand the basis for how we
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  • determine one'ssignificance.
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  • He says, "For no matterhow significant you are,
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  • it is only because ofwhat you are a part of.
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  • An enormous eye or agigantic hand wouldn't be
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  • a body, but a monster.
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  • What we have is one bodywith many parts, each its
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  • proper size and inits proper place.
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  • No part is importanton its own."
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  • You know, the spleen can'tjust function on its own,
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  • the pancreas can'tfunction on its own.
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  • It has to align itselfwith all the other parts
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  • of the body, it fitswithin the body.
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  • It's not importanton its own.
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  • "Can you imagine the eyetelling the hand, 'Get
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  • lost, I don't need you'?
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  • Or the head telling thefoot, 'You're fired.
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  • Your job hasbeen phased out'?
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  • As a matter of fact, inpractice it works the
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  • other way.
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  • The lower the part,the more basic, and
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  • therefore," whatdoes he say?
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  • Necessary.
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  • Jesus came and he talkedto folks that they thought
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  • he was crazy becausehe was willing to have
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  • conversations with peoplewho they thought did not matter.
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  • "Jesus, why are youtalking with the Samaritan?
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  • Why are you healingthis blind man?
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  • Why are you, you know, going outof your way to Samaria?
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  • Why are you doingall these things?"
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  • Because Jesus--in God'splan, they mattered.
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  • They were a part, and itwas necessary for him to
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  • carry out what Godcalled him to do.
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  • And so he says, "The more basic,therefore necessary.
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  • You cannot--you canlive without an eye, for
  • 00:14:47.566 --> 00:14:50.035
  • instance, but notwithout a stomach.
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  • When it's part of yourown body you are concerned
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  • with, it makes nodifference whether the
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  • part is visible orclothed, higher or lower.
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  • You give dignity."
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  • That's the keyword, "dignity."
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  • Jesus came and gavedignity to everyone, gave
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  • dignity to the woman, hegave dignity--the Apostle
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  • Paul, we're goingto look at this.
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  • In fact, there was agentleman who was called
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  • Onesimus, andOnesimus was a slave.
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  • And we could look at thisin the book of Philemon,
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  • try to find it now, it'sin between Titus
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  • and Hebrews.
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  • But Onesimus was sovital because Paul had a
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  • revelation ofthe new birth.
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  • He had a revelation ofthe dignity that all
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  • of creation should experience.
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  • It's not based on yourcolor that you deserve
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  • respect and dignityand value and honor.
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  • Because you are humankind,because you're part of
  • 00:16:12.551 --> 00:16:16.155
  • mankind, because you'rea part of one race, the
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  • human race, youhave dignity.
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  • Look at Philemon, turn overthere right before Hebrews
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  • chapter 1.
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  • Now, Onesimus was a personwho was a letter carrier,
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  • you know?
  • 00:16:46.618 --> 00:16:47.986
  • Those who carried letterson the behalf were those
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  • who were trusted and givena certain level of status
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  • because you were in theposition to deliver a
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  • message and you were onewho could be regarded.
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  • And though Onesimus wasPhilemon's slave, his name
  • 00:17:10.109 --> 00:17:19.651
  • meant useful.
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  • And so, Paul tellsPhilemon to receive
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  • Onesimus here in verse 1.
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  • He says, "Paul, a prisonerof Jesus Christ, and
  • 00:17:30.362 --> 00:17:33.565
  • Timothy our brother,unto Philemon our dearly
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  • beloved andfellow labourer."
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  • Skip down to verse 8,"Wherefore, though it
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  • might be much bold inChrist to enjoin you that
  • 00:17:45.144 --> 00:17:50.649
  • which is convenient, yetfor love's sake I rather
  • 00:17:50.682 --> 00:17:55.821
  • beseech thee, being sucha one as Paul the aged and
  • 00:17:55.854 --> 00:18:01.894
  • now also a prisonerof Jesus Christ."
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  • Look at what he says inverse 10 of Philemon or
  • 00:18:06.498 --> 00:18:10.302
  • Philemon, however youwant to pronounce it.
  • 00:18:10.335 --> 00:18:13.205
  • Philemon, whatever.
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  • "I beseech theefor my son."
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  • He didn't say, "For myslave, for my property."
  • 00:18:21.480 --> 00:18:30.355
  • Paul dignified Onesimusby calling him his son
  • 00:18:30.389 --> 00:18:40.165
  • because Paul had arevelation of the family
  • 00:18:40.199 --> 00:18:43.335
  • of God, the family thatwas to be one, that was to
  • 00:18:43.368 --> 00:18:48.140
  • operate not regardingbased on the external
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  • things from a human pointof view, not regarding
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  • based on status of theold, being a slave.
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  • He says, "No,he is my son."
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  • When Jesus came, hedignified our lives.
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  • And so it is we see herehow Paul references, he
  • 00:19:14.866 --> 00:19:20.239
  • says, "I beseechthee, Philemon."
  • 00:19:20.272 --> 00:19:25.877
  • In the Amplified, he says,"I appeal to you for my
  • 00:19:25.911 --> 00:19:29.715
  • own spiritual child,Onesimus, meaning profitable."
  • 00:19:29.748 --> 00:19:37.522
  • No telling what his namewas before, his slave
  • 00:19:37.556 --> 00:19:40.492
  • name, but Paul changedhis name, you know why?
  • 00:19:40.525 --> 00:19:44.830
  • 'Cause Paul had arevelation of the
  • 00:19:44.863 --> 00:19:47.499
  • creation, the new speciethat had never existed before.
  • 00:19:47.532 --> 00:19:55.274
  • No telling how Onesimuswas treated before under
  • 00:19:55.307 --> 00:19:58.377
  • the law, under the curse,and based on the curse and
  • 00:19:58.410 --> 00:20:04.316
  • the mistakes that he hadmade based on the external
  • 00:20:04.349 --> 00:20:07.019
  • things and theoutward things.
  • 00:20:07.052 --> 00:20:10.355
  • But when Paul got arevelation of this one
  • 00:20:10.389 --> 00:20:13.625
  • creation, the onenessof the body of Christ,
  • 00:20:13.659 --> 00:20:16.762
  • different parts, similarbut overall comprehensive
  • 00:20:16.795 --> 00:20:20.766
  • and functional, he says,"I beseech you, I appeal
  • 00:20:20.799 --> 00:20:26.071
  • to you for my ownspiritual child."
  • 00:20:26.104 --> 00:20:31.343
  • This is powerful, "Meaningprofitable, whom I have
  • 00:20:31.376 --> 00:20:36.882
  • begotten in the faith."
  • 00:20:36.915 --> 00:20:41.687
  • Now, obviously he wasn'ttalking about a natural
  • 00:20:41.720 --> 00:20:44.656
  • son or a natural child,but he's talking about his
  • 00:20:44.690 --> 00:20:48.460
  • spiritual child, hisspiritual son as a result
  • 00:20:48.493 --> 00:20:52.497
  • of faith coming that opensthe door and changes the
  • 00:20:52.531 --> 00:20:57.269
  • way in which Paul saw him.
  • 00:20:57.302 --> 00:20:59.604
  • And he saw him as a partof the family of God and
  • 00:20:59.638 --> 00:21:04.009
  • saw him a part of God'splan, and no longer as
  • 00:21:04.042 --> 00:21:09.181
  • the, quote, unquote, "other."
  • 00:21:09.214 --> 00:21:13.085
  • But now he is my brother.
  • 00:21:13.118 --> 00:21:17.155
  • He is my son.
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  • He is a part of my family.
  • 00:21:20.625 --> 00:21:25.731
  • And he says, "Receive himwhom I've gotten in the
  • 00:21:25.764 --> 00:21:31.403
  • faith while captivein these chains."
  • 00:21:31.436 --> 00:21:37.843
  • He says here in verse 11,"Once he was unprofitable
  • 00:21:37.876 --> 00:21:43.882
  • to you, but now," my God,"he is indeed profitable
  • 00:21:43.915 --> 00:21:51.957
  • to you as well to me."
  • 00:21:51.990 --> 00:21:59.464
  • Paul had a revelation ofthe difference between the
  • 00:21:59.498 --> 00:22:03.368
  • old covenant and the new.
  • 00:22:03.402 --> 00:22:07.506
  • Of those who wereGentiles, but now as a
  • 00:22:07.539 --> 00:22:12.177
  • result of Jesus coming,they're all able to be
  • 00:22:12.210 --> 00:22:15.480
  • profitable and to bea part of the body
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  • of Christ.
  • 00:22:19.451 --> 00:22:21.019
  • He says, "I'm sending himback to you in his own
  • 00:22:21.052 --> 00:22:26.625
  • person, and it is likesending my very heart,"
  • 00:22:26.658 --> 00:22:34.566
  • talking about Onesimus.
  • 00:22:34.599 --> 00:22:36.935
  • "I would've chosen to keephim with me in order that
  • 00:22:36.968 --> 00:22:39.438
  • he might minister to myneeds to your--in your
  • 00:22:39.471 --> 00:22:41.840
  • stead during myimprisonment for the
  • 00:22:41.873 --> 00:22:44.376
  • gospel's sake, but it hasbeen my wish to do nothing
  • 00:22:44.409 --> 00:22:48.079
  • about it without firstconsulting you and getting
  • 00:22:48.113 --> 00:22:52.017
  • your consent in order thatyour benevolence might not
  • 00:22:52.050 --> 00:22:55.020
  • seem to be the result ofcompulsion or pressure,
  • 00:22:55.053 --> 00:22:58.356
  • but might be voluntaryon your part."
  • 00:22:58.390 --> 00:23:03.528
  • He says, "Perhaps it wasfor this reason that he
  • 00:23:03.562 --> 00:23:06.097
  • was separated from youfor a while, that he might
  • 00:23:06.131 --> 00:23:08.667
  • have him back as yoursforever, not as a slave,
  • 00:23:08.700 --> 00:23:14.306
  • not as a slaveany longer."
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  • You know why?
  • 00:23:18.577 --> 00:23:20.645
  • Because hisstatus changed.
  • 00:23:20.679 --> 00:23:24.449
  • He was no longer of that,outside of the rights and
  • 00:23:24.483 --> 00:23:29.788
  • privileges of God.
  • 00:23:29.821 --> 00:23:32.023
  • Now, he was family.
  • 00:23:32.057 --> 00:23:34.292
  • Not as a slave any longer,but as something more than
  • 00:23:34.326 --> 00:23:38.430
  • a slave, as a brother.
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  • Ooh, that makes me weep.
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  • "Especially dear to me buthow much more to you, both
  • 00:23:45.604 --> 00:23:48.473
  • in the flesh as a servantand in the Lord as a
  • 00:23:48.507 --> 00:23:52.377
  • fellow believer."
  • 00:23:52.410 --> 00:23:56.481
  • And then, "If youconsider--if then you
  • 00:23:56.515 --> 00:24:00.218
  • consider me a partner anda comrade in fellowship,
  • 00:24:00.252 --> 00:24:03.088
  • welcome, receive him asyou would welcome and
  • 00:24:03.121 --> 00:24:06.858
  • receive me."
  • 00:24:06.892 --> 00:24:09.027
  • It's powerful.
  • 00:24:09.060 --> 00:24:11.129
  • Receive him in my stead.
  • 00:24:11.162 --> 00:24:13.999
  • Receive him a slave, nolonger as a slave, used to
  • 00:24:14.032 --> 00:24:22.707
  • be a slave, but you gotto change how you look at him.
  • 00:24:22.741 --> 00:24:27.445
  • Receive him, Onesimus,like you would receive me
  • 00:24:27.479 --> 00:24:35.253
  • as your brother, as a partof the family of God, not
  • 00:24:35.287 --> 00:24:40.392
  • as one to look down uponbecause of his economic
  • 00:24:40.425 --> 00:24:43.662
  • status, based on the colorof his skin, based on his
  • 00:24:43.695 --> 00:24:47.299
  • pedigree, wherehe came from.
  • 00:24:47.332 --> 00:24:50.402
  • He says, "Receive him likeyou receive me, as a part
  • 00:24:50.435 --> 00:24:55.607
  • of the family of God."
  • 00:24:55.640 --> 00:24:59.144
  • Because we are one.
  • 00:24:59.177 --> 00:25:02.447
  • Let's bow our heads.
  • 00:25:02.480 --> 00:25:03.915
  • Father, we just pray rightnow, Lord, I pray for
  • 00:25:03.949 --> 00:25:06.818
  • every person watching.
  • 00:25:06.851 --> 00:25:08.987
  • Lord, I know that theHoly Spirit is the one who
  • 00:25:09.020 --> 00:25:10.889
  • causes change in hearts,and changes minds, and
  • 00:25:10.922 --> 00:25:13.291
  • renews, and brings thingsin right perspective.
  • 00:25:13.325 --> 00:25:18.229
  • So Lord, I just pray forevery person watching,
  • 00:25:18.263 --> 00:25:20.765
  • those who are hearingyour Word today, Father.
  • 00:25:20.799 --> 00:25:23.969
  • We come against, werenounce, we resist the
  • 00:25:24.002 --> 00:25:28.340
  • spirit of superiority andracism and inequality, Father.
  • 00:25:28.373 --> 00:25:34.079
  • I pray that the eyes willbe enlightened, our eyes
  • 00:25:34.112 --> 00:25:39.951
  • will be opened, Father.
  • 00:25:39.985 --> 00:25:42.921
  • Help us to see oneanother as you see.
  • 00:25:42.954 --> 00:25:47.659
  • Help us to feellike you feel.
  • 00:25:47.692 --> 00:25:50.061
  • Help us to touchlike you touch.
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  • Help us to lovelike you love.
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  • Help us to speaklike you speak.
  • 00:25:55.734 --> 00:26:00.972
  • May our hearts, may ourarms, may our hands be
  • 00:26:01.006 --> 00:26:05.510
  • an expression ofyou in the earth.
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