Temple Baptist Church - 11-12-2017
A. In these verses, there are two things found in which we are to glory: our salvation and our tribulation. Most would totally agree with the first but have some difficulty with the second. We will look at them in the biblical order to get the mind of God on both subjects.
B. Tonight, I want to discover the context on rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God.
C. There are two passages of scripture that set up this first command of rejoicing:
1. Jesus command to the seventy disciples. Luke 10:17-20 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. (18) And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. (19) Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (20) Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
2. Paul’s command to the carnal Corinthians. 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: (27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: (29) That no flesh should glory in his presence. (30) But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (31) That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
D. The context speaks of our justification. Our justification speaks of God’s love for sinners. The love of God is incomprehensible as it goes beyond our ability of even imagine. There are so many verses that could be quoted at this point. Here are just a few.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Romans 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Titus 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
1 John 4:9-11 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
E. I want to look at verses 6-11 as they show the love of God for sinners.
1. The Evidence Of God’s Love – vs 6 - Christ died for the ungodly
a. He Died For The Weak – yet without strength (a thing which continues)
1) We Were Helpless
2) We Were Hopeless
b. He Died For The Wicked – ungodly (we were unlovable!)
1) We Were Against God
2) We Were Alienated From God
Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
2. The Extent Of God’s Love – vs 8 – sinners - the world – all mankind – sinners
1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation (to appease one who is offended)for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (Whole = All; total; containing the total amount or number, or the entire thing)
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (the sin – entirety)
John 4:42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. (The world – entirety)
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
3. The Example Of God’s Love – vs 7-8 – “But God”
a. The Sinner’s Love – 7 (some would die for certain men and have done so!)
b. The Savior’s Love – 8 (who would die for the drunk, harlot, drug addict, sodomite, murderer, etc?)
4. The Extension Of God’s Love – vs 8 – “commendeth his love toward us”
a. Commenced By God – “in that, while”
b. Completed By God – “Christ died for us”
5. The Endurance Of God’s Love – vs 9 – “shall be saved from wrath through him”
a. The Surety Of God’s Love – “shall be”
b. The Safety Of God’s Love – “saved from wrath”
6. The Ecstasy Of God’s Love – vs 11 – “we also joy in God”
a. In Christ We Find Reconciliation – “being reconciled”
Brought into friendship from a state of disagreement or enmity; made consistent; adjusted.
b. In Christ We Find Resurrection – “by his life”
c. In Christ We Find Rejoicing – “we also joy”