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The Joy of Humility

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September 25, 2020
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In this message Dr. Jeremiah explains why it takes genuine humility to become a Christian.

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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "The Joy Of Humility."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:Paul was a prisoner
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  • under house arrestin Rome,
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  • and he was writingletters to the churches
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  • like the church in Philippi,
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  • which he had a very, veryserious relationship with.
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  • He loved the Philippians.
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  • He had spent time with them,and they loved him,
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  • and he cared about whatwas happening in their lives.
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  • And word had come to him
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  • that something very seriouswas going on in the church.
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  • Sinister teachers of legalismhad crept into the body.
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  • They were trying to tellthe Philippians
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  • that in order for themto be true Christians,
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  • they also had to be,first of all, true Jews.
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  • They were saying
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  • that circumcision was necessaryfor salvation.
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  • Paul warnedagainst these intruders
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  • and explained that their premisewas not sound,
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  • for if anyone could berecommended to God
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  • for something they didin terms of accomplishment,
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  • surely he would have beenalready accepted.
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  • He was a man of great stature.
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  • People will tell me as theystudy the history of the world
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  • that Paul was probably
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  • the greatest manto walk on this earth,
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  • apart from Jesus Christ.
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  • Paul argued that hewould be the person,
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  • if you could be accepted on thebasis of your own achievements,
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  • but that he was not that person.
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  • And if he couldn't bethat person,
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  • no one else could be either.
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  • So, he begins in this sectionof Scripture to address
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  • the problemthat's in the church.
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  • He gives them a serious warningin verses 1 and 2.
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  • Here's what we read,"Finally, my brethren,
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  • rejoice in the Lord.
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  • For me to write the same thingsto you is not tedious,
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  • but for you it is safe.
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  • Beware of dogs,beware of evil workers,
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  • beware of the mutilation!"
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  • The opening commandsets the tone
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  • for this entire chapter.
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  • First of all, Paul tells themright up front,
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  • "Rejoice in the Lord.
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  • Make sure you knowwho you're rejoicing in.
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  • Don't rejoice in what you do.
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  • Don't rejoice in who you are.
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  • Rejoice in the Lord."
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  • And the Philippianswere not to rejoice
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  • in anything elseother than that.
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  • Jesus Christ and all that hehad done was to be
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  • the focus of their rejoicing.
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  • And then Paul acknowledgedthat he was telling them
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  • something that hehad told them before.
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  • He said to write the same thingsto you is not tedious.
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  • Paul had already talkedabout some of this
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  • earlier in this letter,
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  • and he's going to talkabout it again.
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  • I think we all should recognize
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  • that sometimes repetitionis necessary
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  • if we're going to getour point across.
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  • He had spoken of unity,of standing firm,
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  • of being in one spirit,of holding forth God's truth.
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  • He'd spoken about all of that,and we've heard it
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  • as we've studiedthese letters together.
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  • And I need to tell youthat Paul wasn't angry
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  • and he wasn't bitter,
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  • but he was boldand he was blunt.
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  • He had demonstrated a spiritof tolerance toward others
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  • who preached somethingthat wasn't the gospel.
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  • If you remember in chapter 1
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  • when Paul was confrontingsome of the issues,
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  • he said that there wereothers after he was arrested,
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  • others who were preachers
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  • who were preachingout of selfish ambition.
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  • They were trying to makea name for themself
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  • while Paul wasout of circulation.
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  • Paul talked about some of thempreached out of envy and strife.
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  • But he resolvedthat in his own mind, he said,
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  • "But they're preaching Christ,so I rejoice.
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  • They're preaching Christ,I rejoice and I will rejoice."
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  • But Paul's not rejoicing now
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  • because these peoplefrom Jerusalem
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  • who had comewith this Judaism doctrine,
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  • they weren't preaching Christ.
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  • They were preachingthe covenant sign
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  • as a necessary requirementfor salvation and Paul knew
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  • how very devastatingthat would be
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  • to the faithof these new believers.
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  • They were saying,in essence, that a person
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  • had to be circumcisedafter the manner of Moses,
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  • or he could not bea part of God's family.
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  • We read of such an invasionof the gospel
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  • in the 15th chapter of Acts,this sort of summarizes it.
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  • "And certain men came downfrom Judea
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  • and taught the brethren,'Unless you are circumcised
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  • according to the customof Moses,
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  • you cannot be saved.'"
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  • This perversion of the gospel
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  • had Paul exercisedin his spirit,
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  • and he uses the word "beware"
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  • three timesin the first two verses,
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  • "Beware, beware, beware."
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  • First of all, he saysbeware of dogs.
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  • This uncomplimentary term
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  • is found in the Bibleseveral times.
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  • 2 Peter 2:22 picks up on this,
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  • "But it has happened to themaccording to the true proverb:
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  • 'A dog returnsto his own vomit,'
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  • and, 'a sow, having washed,to her wallowing in the mire.'"
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  • The term dogsin this Philippians chapter
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  • describes the false teachers
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  • who were bringing legalisminto the Christian gospel.
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  • They were likethe false prophets
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  • that Isaiah warned aboutwhen he wrote these words,
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  • "His watchmen are blind,they are all ignorant;
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  • they are all dumb dogs,they cannot bark;
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  • sleeping, lying down,loving to slumber.
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  • Yes, they are greedy dogswhich never have enough.
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  • And they are shepherdswho cannot understand;
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  • They all look to their own way,every one for his own gain,
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  • from his own territory."
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  • Paul said beware of these guys,these people are dogs,
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  • and they want you to return,like a dog does,
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  • to its former time.
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  • Don't do it, beware of the dogs.
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  • Then he saysbeware of evil workers.
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  • The evil workers were those
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  • who wormed their wayinto the congregation
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  • and taught a form of teachingthat was other than the gospel.
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  • They were aggressive
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  • and bringing their worksalvation.
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  • They were working for their ownredemption and teaching
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  • that everybody had to do that,
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  • that salvation wasn'tby grace alone,
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  • but it was graceplus a few other things
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  • like the covenant signof the Old Testament.
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  • They believe that their zeal
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  • in influencing othersto follow them
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  • was a part of being accepted.
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  • And 2 Corinthians 11:13describes them
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  • as false prophets,deceitful workers,
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  • transforming themselvesinto apostles of Christ.
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  • They become more aggressiveabout their additional rules
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  • than they do about the purityof the gospel.
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  • Do you know that whenthe Ten Commandments were given,
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  • the Pharisees decided thatthat wasn't enough information,
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  • and so they constructed660 additional commandments
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  • to sort of amplifythe commandments.
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  • They had so many morecommandments,
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  • that you wouldn't knowwhat to do
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  • from one day to the other.
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  • They took all the joyout of their faith,
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  • and created instead
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  • this doctrine of thingsthat had to be done
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  • in order for youto be accepted by God.
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  • How many of you know youcan never do enough things
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  • to be accepted by God?
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  • You're not accepted by Godbecause of the things you do,
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  • you're accepted by Godthrough his Son Jesus Christ,
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  • by the virtueof his grace to you.
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  • So, trying to doall of these things
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  • is a futile effort,
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  • and it destroysthe joy of your faith.
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  • We've had some of thatin our culture.
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  • I remember earlier dayswhen the joke was
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  • if you haven't been shaved,you can't get saved.
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  • You remember that?
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  • And people used to standat the door
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  • and check out how youwere dressed
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  • before you were allowedinto the church,
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  • how long your hair was,how long your skirt was,
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  • as if any of thathad anything to do
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  • with the purity of the gospel.
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  • And it caused divisionand strife and ugliness
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  • and lack of unityand piety and arrogance.
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  • And Paul saw thatgetting into the church,
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  • and he loved this church.
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  • Why is he speaking so strongly?
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  • Because he doesn't wantthe church to be ruined
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  • by these peoplewho've come into the assembly
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  • saying there's moreto the gospel than grace.
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  • He calls them mutilation.
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  • The gospel of grace preachedby Paul declared that salvation
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  • came through Jesus Christ,
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  • and not throughthe works of the flesh.
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  • If the gospel was completein the realm of faith,
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  • anything that would beadded to that
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  • would be as nothingwith God.
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  • And so, we have, first of all,the apostle's serious warning,
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  • and then we havethe apostle's spiritual worship.
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  • Verse 3 gives ussome great insight.
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  • He said, "For weare the circumcision,
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  • who worship Godin the Spirit,
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  • rejoice in Christ Jesus,
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  • and have no confidencein the flesh."
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  • Everything you want to bringinto our church
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  • that you thinkis gonna make it better,
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  • we already got it.
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  • And let me tell you what it is:
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  • it's worshiping Godin the Spirit,
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  • it's rejoicing in Jesus Christ,
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  • and it's not havingany confidence in the flesh.
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  • In contrast to all that
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  • was being recommendedby the Judizers,
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  • Paul describesthe true worshiper.
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  • He says, "The true worshipersresponds to God in the Spirit.
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  • Jesus taught God is spirit,and those who were him
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  • must worship himin spirit and in truth."
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  • True believers worshipin the power of the Holy Spirit,
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  • and that worship takesplace in their human spirit.
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  • They don't worshipby the things they observe
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  • and the things they do
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  • and the liturgythat they follow.
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  • They worship Godin the spirit.
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  • You can worship God anywhere
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  • because true worshiphappens in your spirit.
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  • The true worshiper respondsto God in the spirit,
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  • and he rejoices in Christ alone.
  • 00:11:38.614 --> 00:11:41.217
  • Paul taughtthat every true believer
  • 00:11:41.250 --> 00:11:43.219
  • finds his joy,not in the observation of rules,
  • 00:11:43.252 --> 00:11:46.622
  • but in the personof Jesus Christ.
  • 00:11:46.655 --> 00:11:48.858
  • "But God forbidthat I should boast
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  • except in the crossof the Lord Jesus Christ,
  • 00:11:51.560 --> 00:11:54.930
  • by whom the worldhas been crucified to me,
  • 00:11:54.964 --> 00:11:57.333
  • and I to the world."
  • 00:11:57.366 --> 00:11:59.735
  • Worship in the Spirit,worship only of Christ.
  • 00:11:59.769 --> 00:12:03.572
  • And true worshipersrefuse to trust in the flesh.
  • 00:12:03.606 --> 00:12:06.909
  • Paul's threefold descriptionconcluded with a reaffirmation
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  • that the believer has noconfidence in the flesh.
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  • A true believer knows he's notcapable of earning God's favor
  • 00:12:15.718 --> 00:12:18.521
  • through the deedsor the works that he does.
  • 00:12:18.554 --> 00:12:21.857
  • In the story Jesus toldof two men who came to pray,
  • 00:12:21.891 --> 00:12:24.827
  • the one who recommended himselfto the Lord on the basis
  • 00:12:24.860 --> 00:12:27.429
  • of all that he had donewas rejected.
  • 00:12:27.463 --> 00:12:30.533
  • Remember that story?
  • 00:12:30.566 --> 00:12:32.501
  • And the one who cried, "God,be merciful to me, a sinner,"
  • 00:12:32.535 --> 00:12:35.371
  • he was received.
  • 00:12:35.404 --> 00:12:38.073
  • Now, having done all of this,Paul is going to end
  • 00:12:38.107 --> 00:12:40.476
  • this little short sectionwith what I would call
  • 00:12:40.509 --> 00:12:43.679
  • a very powerful apologetic,
  • 00:12:43.712 --> 00:12:46.315
  • a very powerfuldefense of the gospel,
  • 00:12:46.348 --> 00:12:50.653
  • a very powerful reminder
  • 00:12:50.686 --> 00:12:52.922
  • that works don't haveany part in salvation.
  • 00:12:52.955 --> 00:12:56.692
  • Some of you may have comethrough a church where you
  • 00:12:56.725 --> 00:12:58.961
  • were told you had to docertain things
  • 00:12:58.994 --> 00:13:00.863
  • in order to be acceptedby God,
  • 00:13:00.896 --> 00:13:02.865
  • and you had to go throughcertain rituals,
  • 00:13:02.898 --> 00:13:04.667
  • and follow certain programs,and do certain things
  • 00:13:04.700 --> 00:13:07.736
  • in order that Godwould accept you.
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  • I want you to listen carefullyto Paul's own testimony
  • 00:13:09.839 --> 00:13:13.075
  • about all the thingsthat he did.
  • 00:13:13.108 --> 00:13:16.912
  • If anyone had a legitimate rightto justify himself before God,
  • 00:13:16.946 --> 00:13:20.749
  • Paul was certainly that man.
  • 00:13:20.783 --> 00:13:23.018
  • Listen to what he saysin Philippians 3:4 through 6,
  • 00:13:23.052 --> 00:13:26.055
  • "Though I also might haveconfidence in the flesh.
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  • If anyone else thinkshe could have
  • 00:13:29.124 --> 00:13:30.626
  • confidence in the flesh,I more so:
  • 00:13:30.659 --> 00:13:33.062
  • circumcised the eighth day,of the stock of Israel,
  • 00:13:33.095 --> 00:13:35.598
  • of the tribe of Benjamin,a Hebrew of the Hebrews;
  • 00:13:35.631 --> 00:13:38.367
  • concerning the law,a Pharisee;
  • 00:13:38.400 --> 00:13:40.102
  • concerning zeal,persecuting the church;
  • 00:13:40.135 --> 00:13:42.304
  • concerning the righteousnesswhich is in the law, blameless."
  • 00:13:42.338 --> 00:13:47.409
  • Paul said, "So here'smy pedigree, check it out."
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  • He mentions seven things.
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  • Let's just touchon each of them quickly.
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  • He said he was circumcisedon the eighth day.
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  • Circumcision was given by God
  • 00:13:59.788 --> 00:14:01.290
  • as the sign of his covenantwith Abraham.
  • 00:14:01.323 --> 00:14:03.859
  • Abraham was 99 years oldand Ishmael was 13.
  • 00:14:03.893 --> 00:14:08.030
  • And from that day on,
  • 00:14:08.063 --> 00:14:09.398
  • every Jewish malehad to be circumcised
  • 00:14:09.431 --> 00:14:11.634
  • on the eighth dayafter their birth.
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  • Jesus was circumcisedon the eighth day, Luke 2:21.
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  • Paul said, "I checked that box."
  • 00:14:19.642 --> 00:14:23.779
  • He said he wasof the stock of Israel.
  • 00:14:23.812 --> 00:14:26.248
  • Paul's roots were traceableback to the patriarchs.
  • 00:14:26.282 --> 00:14:29.518
  • He was not a convert to Judaism.
  • 00:14:29.551 --> 00:14:31.420
  • He had been a Jewfrom the day he was born.
  • 00:14:31.453 --> 00:14:33.956
  • On both sides,his genealogy was pure.
  • 00:14:33.989 --> 00:14:36.825
  • In his second letterto the Corinthians,
  • 00:14:36.859 --> 00:14:38.661
  • he affirmed his Jewishness.
  • 00:14:38.694 --> 00:14:40.296
  • He said, "Are they Hebrews?So am I.
  • 00:14:40.329 --> 00:14:43.532
  • Are they Israelites?So am I.
  • 00:14:43.565 --> 00:14:45.801
  • Are they the seed of Abraham?
  • 00:14:45.834 --> 00:14:47.303
  • So am I."
  • 00:14:47.336 --> 00:14:50.806
  • Circumcised the eighth day
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  • of the stock of Israelof the tribe of Benjamin.
  • 00:14:52.574 --> 00:14:55.811
  • Benjamin was the lastof the 12 sons born to Jacob.
  • 00:14:55.844 --> 00:14:59.515
  • Out of the tribe of Benjamin
  • 00:14:59.548 --> 00:15:00.983
  • came Israel's first king,King Saul.
  • 00:15:01.016 --> 00:15:03.953
  • Some believe that Paul's parentsnamed him after Saul.
  • 00:15:03.986 --> 00:15:07.823
  • The Benjamites in Israel werethe aristocracy of the nation.
  • 00:15:07.856 --> 00:15:13.295
  • To be a Benjamitewas to be truly an Israelite.
  • 00:15:13.329 --> 00:15:16.498
  • Everybody loved to callthemselves a Benjamite,
  • 00:15:16.532 --> 00:15:20.569
  • if indeed they were.
  • 00:15:20.602 --> 00:15:21.904
  • People looked up to them.
  • 00:15:21.937 --> 00:15:23.238
  • They were consideredat the top
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  • of the Israeli aristocracy.
  • 00:15:25.307 --> 00:15:30.479
  • Paul said he was alsoa Hebrew of the Hebrews.
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  • That's number four.
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  • This simply meant that hewas a Hebrew boy
  • 00:15:34.583 --> 00:15:37.219
  • born to Hebrew parents.
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  • He spoke the Hebrew language.
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  • He lived in controlof the Hebrew customs.
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  • He was schooledin the Hebrew tradition
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  • under a very honored teacherwhose name was Gamaliel.
  • 00:15:46.095 --> 00:15:50.332
  • And in one of his sermons,Paul talks about his background.
  • 00:15:50.366 --> 00:15:53.769
  • Acts 22:3 he said,"I am indeed a Jew,
  • 00:15:53.802 --> 00:15:58.007
  • born in Tarsus of Cilicia,but brought up in this city
  • 00:15:58.040 --> 00:16:02.211
  • at the feet of Gamaliel,taught according
  • 00:16:02.244 --> 00:16:04.513
  • to the strictnessof our fathers' law,
  • 00:16:04.546 --> 00:16:06.782
  • and was zealous toward Godas you all are today."
  • 00:16:06.815 --> 00:16:10.552
  • Paul said that's who I was.
  • 00:16:10.586 --> 00:16:12.921
  • Now, all of thesefirst four things
  • 00:16:12.955 --> 00:16:15.491
  • that are on his list,they have to do
  • 00:16:15.524 --> 00:16:17.960
  • with what Paul got throughhis ancestry, through his birth.
  • 00:16:17.993 --> 00:16:22.197
  • The next items on this listare things
  • 00:16:22.231 --> 00:16:25.134
  • that have to dowith how he lived.
  • 00:16:25.167 --> 00:16:28.604
  • Paul was not only born right,
  • 00:16:28.637 --> 00:16:31.273
  • according to his testimony,he lived right.
  • 00:16:31.306 --> 00:16:34.309
  • He not only hadall the right things going on
  • 00:16:34.343 --> 00:16:36.478
  • because of his heritage,
  • 00:16:36.512 --> 00:16:37.913
  • he also followed throughon those things
  • 00:16:37.946 --> 00:16:40.149
  • to take itto the next level.
  • 00:16:40.182 --> 00:16:42.017
  • So, we continuewith the fact that,
  • 00:16:42.051 --> 00:16:44.153
  • number five, he was a Pharisee.
  • 00:16:44.186 --> 00:16:47.056
  • Paul claimed to be,not only a Jew,
  • 00:16:47.089 --> 00:16:49.425
  • but also a Phariseeamong the Jews.
  • 00:16:49.458 --> 00:16:53.162
  • Even afterhis three missionary journeys,
  • 00:16:53.195 --> 00:16:55.230
  • he still claimed,"I am a Pharisee,
  • 00:16:55.264 --> 00:16:57.733
  • the son of a Pharisee."
  • 00:16:57.766 --> 00:16:59.902
  • Now, the Pharisees werethe strictest
  • 00:16:59.935 --> 00:17:01.603
  • and most conservativeof all the Jewish groups.
  • 00:17:01.637 --> 00:17:06.208
  • When Paul stoodbefore King Agrippa,
  • 00:17:06.241 --> 00:17:08.243
  • he described himself this way.
  • 00:17:08.277 --> 00:17:10.412
  • In Acts 26, he said,
  • 00:17:10.446 --> 00:17:11.747
  • "My manner of lifefrom my youth,
  • 00:17:11.780 --> 00:17:14.083
  • was spentfrom the beginning
  • 00:17:14.116 --> 00:17:15.851
  • among my own nationin Jerusalem, all the Jews know.
  • 00:17:15.884 --> 00:17:19.555
  • They knew me from the first,if they were willing to testify,
  • 00:17:19.588 --> 00:17:22.891
  • that according to the strictestsect of our religion
  • 00:17:22.925 --> 00:17:25.894
  • I lived a Pharisee."
  • 00:17:25.928 --> 00:17:28.597
  • Now, most of us today,
  • 00:17:28.630 --> 00:17:29.932
  • when someone calls youa Pharisee,
  • 00:17:29.965 --> 00:17:31.266
  • you wouldn't like thatbecause usually what that means
  • 00:17:31.300 --> 00:17:34.103
  • is you're a pious,self-appointed,
  • 00:17:34.136 --> 00:17:36.939
  • spiritual guru or something,
  • 00:17:36.972 --> 00:17:40.509
  • but Paul didn't understand itthat way.
  • 00:17:40.542 --> 00:17:43.212
  • He considered himselfa Pharisee,
  • 00:17:43.245 --> 00:17:45.114
  • but he boastedin the fact that he was
  • 00:17:45.147 --> 00:17:47.049
  • one of the stricter Pharisees.
  • 00:17:47.082 --> 00:17:50.185
  • Galatians, 1:14,"And I advanced in Judaism
  • 00:17:50.219 --> 00:17:53.322
  • beyond many of my contemporariesin my own nation,
  • 00:17:53.355 --> 00:17:56.291
  • being more exceedingly zealous
  • 00:17:56.325 --> 00:17:58.260
  • for the traditionsof my fathers."
  • 00:17:58.293 --> 00:18:01.463
  • For Paul, being a Phariseewas not the negative experience
  • 00:18:01.497 --> 00:18:04.833
  • that we normally readinto that term.
  • 00:18:04.867 --> 00:18:07.035
  • Remember, that Paul's purposein citing all this
  • 00:18:07.069 --> 00:18:10.205
  • is to simply provethat if anyone had
  • 00:18:10.239 --> 00:18:13.108
  • the right to boastin his flesh, he certainly did.
  • 00:18:13.142 --> 00:18:18.013
  • The Judizers were tryingto indoctrinate the Philippians
  • 00:18:18.046 --> 00:18:20.916
  • claiming righteousness by meansof self-effort,
  • 00:18:20.949 --> 00:18:23.852
  • but they did not even measure upto Paul.
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  • He tellsthe Philippian believers
  • 00:18:27.756 --> 00:18:29.258
  • that he was circumcisedon the eighth day,
  • 00:18:29.291 --> 00:18:31.793
  • he was of the stock of Israel.
  • 00:18:31.827 --> 00:18:33.128
  • He camefrom the tribe of Benjamin.
  • 00:18:33.162 --> 00:18:34.730
  • He wasa Hebrew of Hebrews.
  • 00:18:34.763 --> 00:18:36.064
  • He was a Pharisee,and then he says he was
  • 00:18:36.098 --> 00:18:38.100
  • a zealous persecutorof the church.
  • 00:18:38.133 --> 00:18:40.602
  • Now, hear me, in Judaism,Christianity was not accepted
  • 00:18:40.636 --> 00:18:44.339
  • and it was believedthat it was a heresy
  • 00:18:44.373 --> 00:18:46.875
  • that should be taken out.
  • 00:18:46.909 --> 00:18:49.011
  • And so,a true Jewish patriot
  • 00:18:49.044 --> 00:18:51.213
  • would not have lookedat Christianity favorably.
  • 00:18:51.246 --> 00:18:53.949
  • In fact, theywould have considered it
  • 00:18:53.982 --> 00:18:55.784
  • the right, and godly,and proper thing
  • 00:18:55.817 --> 00:18:57.886
  • to do everything they couldto punish,
  • 00:18:57.920 --> 00:19:00.088
  • and sometimes even kill,
  • 00:19:00.122 --> 00:19:01.757
  • those who claim that Jesuswas the Messiah.
  • 00:19:01.790 --> 00:19:05.527
  • And we're not left to wonderabout Paul's religious zeal.
  • 00:19:05.561 --> 00:19:08.463
  • He points, on several occasions,
  • 00:19:08.497 --> 00:19:10.566
  • to his fanatical activityas a Pharisee.
  • 00:19:10.599 --> 00:19:13.335
  • Before he met the Lordon the road to Damascus,
  • 00:19:13.368 --> 00:19:16.038
  • he was as committedto persecuting Christians
  • 00:19:16.071 --> 00:19:18.807
  • as he later came to bein teaching them.
  • 00:19:18.840 --> 00:19:22.244
  • The word "persecute"is in the present tense,
  • 00:19:22.277 --> 00:19:24.880
  • which tells us that Paul'spersecution of Christians
  • 00:19:24.913 --> 00:19:27.983
  • was nota once-in-a-while activity,
  • 00:19:28.016 --> 00:19:30.385
  • but it was a lifetime pledge.
  • 00:19:30.419 --> 00:19:32.487
  • As a strict Pharisee,
  • 00:19:32.521 --> 00:19:34.022
  • he believedthat killing Christians
  • 00:19:34.056 --> 00:19:35.958
  • was a noble service to God.
  • 00:19:35.991 --> 00:19:38.427
  • And accordingto his own statement,
  • 00:19:38.460 --> 00:19:40.128
  • he took his gruesome assignmentseriously.
  • 00:19:40.162 --> 00:19:43.899
  • In Acts 22:4 and 5 he said,"I persecuted this way,"
  • 00:19:43.932 --> 00:19:47.836
  • speaking of Christians,"to the death,
  • 00:19:47.869 --> 00:19:50.772
  • binding and deliveringinto prisons both men and women,
  • 00:19:50.806 --> 00:19:55.510
  • as also the high priestbears me witness,
  • 00:19:55.544 --> 00:19:59.815
  • and all the councilof the elders,
  • 00:19:59.848 --> 00:20:01.450
  • from whom I also receivedletters to the brethren,
  • 00:20:01.483 --> 00:20:04.019
  • and went to Damascus to bringin chains even those
  • 00:20:04.052 --> 00:20:07.055
  • who were there to Jerusalemto be punished."
  • 00:20:07.089 --> 00:20:10.259
  • In Acts 26, he says,
  • 00:20:10.292 --> 00:20:11.627
  • "Many of the saintsI shut up in prison,
  • 00:20:11.660 --> 00:20:14.229
  • having received authorityfrom the chief priests;
  • 00:20:14.263 --> 00:20:16.531
  • that when theywere put to death,
  • 00:20:16.565 --> 00:20:18.133
  • I cast my vote against them.
  • 00:20:18.166 --> 00:20:21.169
  • And I punished them oftenin every synagogue
  • 00:20:21.203 --> 00:20:23.338
  • and compelled themto blaspheme;
  • 00:20:23.372 --> 00:20:25.107
  • and being exceedingly enragedagainst them,
  • 00:20:25.140 --> 00:20:27.542
  • I persecuted themeven to foreign cities."
  • 00:20:27.576 --> 00:20:31.947
  • When Stephen was martyred,Paul consented to his death.
  • 00:20:31.980 --> 00:20:34.850
  • And later on he would say,
  • 00:20:34.883 --> 00:20:36.451
  • "And when the bloodof your martyr Stephen was shed,
  • 00:20:36.485 --> 00:20:39.288
  • I was standing byconsenting to his death,
  • 00:20:39.321 --> 00:20:42.024
  • and guarding the clothesof those who were killing him."
  • 00:20:42.057 --> 00:20:47.329
  • Paul was such an aggressivepersecutor
  • 00:20:47.362 --> 00:20:49.665
  • that after he became a Christian
  • 00:20:49.698 --> 00:20:51.233
  • and they wanted to introduce himas a Christian
  • 00:20:51.266 --> 00:20:53.268
  • to some of the newChristian churches,
  • 00:20:53.302 --> 00:20:55.003
  • they didn't wantanything to do with him.
  • 00:20:55.037 --> 00:20:56.605
  • They'd heard about this guy.
  • 00:20:56.638 --> 00:20:58.040
  • What I'm trying to say to you,
  • 00:20:58.073 --> 00:20:59.374
  • was he persecutingthe Christians?
  • 00:20:59.408 --> 00:21:00.709
  • Was that right?No, but he thought it was right.
  • 00:21:00.742 --> 00:21:03.245
  • He thought that was a partof his role as a Jewish patriot
  • 00:21:03.278 --> 00:21:06.648
  • to take outall of the Christians,
  • 00:21:06.682 --> 00:21:09.251
  • and the evidence from the Bibleis that he did it quite well.
  • 00:21:09.284 --> 00:21:13.055
  • And he went after itaggressively,
  • 00:21:13.088 --> 00:21:14.489
  • and he didn't just do itsometimes,
  • 00:21:14.523 --> 00:21:16.124
  • he did it all the time.
  • 00:21:16.158 --> 00:21:19.394
  • And then finally, he said hewas blameless before the law.
  • 00:21:19.428 --> 00:21:23.765
  • Now we are told that Paulwas blameless under the law,
  • 00:21:23.799 --> 00:21:25.934
  • that didn't mean he was sinless,'cause he surely was not.
  • 00:21:25.967 --> 00:21:28.870
  • But what it meant was,
  • 00:21:28.904 --> 00:21:30.639
  • he kept the outward rulesof the law so meticulously
  • 00:21:30.672 --> 00:21:33.975
  • that no one could pointan accusing finger at him
  • 00:21:34.009 --> 00:21:36.845
  • and blame him for not doing so.
  • 00:21:36.878 --> 00:21:39.147
  • If anyonecould be recommended to God
  • 00:21:39.181 --> 00:21:41.316
  • on the basis of his self-merit,Paul qualified,
  • 00:21:41.350 --> 00:21:46.488
  • but that was just the pointhe was trying to make.
  • 00:21:46.521 --> 00:21:49.758
  • He was not acceptable to God
  • 00:21:49.791 --> 00:21:52.461
  • because of his backgroundor his religious acts.
  • 00:21:52.494 --> 00:21:55.797
  • Before he could come to God,
  • 00:21:55.831 --> 00:21:57.733
  • he had to turn his backon all these things
  • 00:21:57.766 --> 00:22:02.137
  • and trust onlyin Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:02.170 --> 00:22:05.374
  • In verse 7, he says,"What things were gain to me
  • 00:22:05.407 --> 00:22:09.211
  • became lossfor the sake of Christ."
  • 00:22:09.244 --> 00:22:15.016
  • You see, this whole doctrine
  • 00:22:15.050 --> 00:22:17.285
  • of trying to workyour way to heaven
  • 00:22:17.319 --> 00:22:19.187
  • is still very prevalentin our culture
  • 00:22:19.221 --> 00:22:21.423
  • and in our religious culture.
  • 00:22:21.456 --> 00:22:23.959
  • I don't have to be specificabout it, you know it.
  • 00:22:23.992 --> 00:22:27.129
  • And the idea is that somehowif you can climb up
  • 00:22:27.162 --> 00:22:31.032
  • the ladder of good worksand be a little better
  • 00:22:31.066 --> 00:22:33.201
  • than most of thosewho are below you,
  • 00:22:33.235 --> 00:22:34.736
  • you will get to heaven.
  • 00:22:34.770 --> 00:22:36.071
  • I've had peopleactually say to me,
  • 00:22:36.104 --> 00:22:37.506
  • "Dr. Jeremiah, I don't knowif I believe all that stuff.
  • 00:22:37.539 --> 00:22:40.142
  • I think I'm just gonna wait,
  • 00:22:40.175 --> 00:22:41.476
  • and I'm gonna takemy chances."
  • 00:22:41.510 --> 00:22:43.178
  • You're gonna takeyour chances?
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  • You don't have a chance.
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  • There aren't any chances.
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  • The Bible says, Jesus said,
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  • "I am the way, the truth,and the life
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  • and no man comes to the Fatherexcept through me."
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  • There's just one way.
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  • You can't climb up to heaven
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  • on the ladderof your good works.
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  • Ladies and gentlemen,you can go to heaven,
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  • but you can't do it your way.
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  • You can spend eternitywith a Father
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  • and with all of the loved oneswho have trusted in Christ
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  • who have gone before you,
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  • but you have to gothe way God tells you to go
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  • or you don't get to go.
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  • You don't get to make the rules.He makes the rules.
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  • You say, "I don't thinkit's fair that there's one way."
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  • Has nothing to do with it.There is one way.
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  • God set it up that way.
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  • He said you can't do anythingto recommend yourself to him,
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  • all you can do is say,"Lord God,
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  • I realize I have failed you.
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  • I'm a sinner,I need to be forgiven.
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  • I want to have your graceand mercy in my life.
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  • Please accept me as your son.
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  • I want to accept youas my Savior."
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  • You pray that prayer,
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  • you just punchedyour ticket to heaven.
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  • But apart from a pro like that,you can wear yourself out
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  • going to church,serving on boards,
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  • giving money, going to seepeople in the hospital,
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  • doing all the thingsthat good people sometimes do,
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  • but if you don't acceptJesus Christ,
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  • you can't get to heaven.
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  • What Paul is saying to usin this passage of Scripture,
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  • "I did everything right,and it was not worth anything
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  • when it comesto going to heaven."
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  • And he becamethe apostle of grace,
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  • teaching us what welove to celebrate.
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  • For by grace,we are saved through faith.
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  • Today, if you have not cometo God in that way,
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  • if you are making a foolish bet
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  • that somehow you can amassenough good works
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  • that God'll let you slipunder the wire,
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  • I want to tell you,
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  • I know the answerto that question right now.
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  • "There is none that doeth good,no not one.
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  • For we have all sinned
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  • and come shortof the glory of God."
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  • Only way you can get to heavenis to ask God to forgive you
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  • and accept his wonderful planof grace.
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