Temple Baptist Church - 10-27-2019
A. We are preaching through the Book of Revelation on Sunday nights and I am enjoying it immensely. It causes me to study instead of just read the Book.
B. Again, this morning, I want to back up a little from where we are on Sunday night and look at 3 verses of great importance, verses 4-6.
1. John shows both Christ in 3 distinct tenses: past, present, and future.
a) This is important to us because it shows who Christ is, who Christ was, and who Christ will be when He comes again.
b) What Christ did for us; what Christ is doing for us; and what Christ will be at His appearing.
2. John also shows the children of God in 3 distinct tenses: our past, our present, and our future. This is important because it shows who we were, who we are, and what we shall be at His appearing.
C. The words “hath made us” stand out. For Christ to make us something, He had to be made something. I want to look at a verse in 2 Corinthians that will explain what I am thinking.
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.
D. I never get over the wonder and amazement of what the Lord did for us:
1. The love of God for fallen man!
2. The condescension of God to become man!
3. The sacrifice of God at Calvary!
4. The seeking of God to save a sinner such as I!
5. The power of God to not only save but to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day!
6. The gentleness and absolute care of God for His sheep.
7. The promise of God concerning eternity!
E. We have nothing to glory in except the Lord Himself and what He has accomplished in our behalf.
Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (He did everything and we did nothing.)
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease. (We are nothing and He is our everything.)
F. His work was done in such as way as to remove all possibility of self-glory from the redeemed. Those who are saved know that it is of Him, through Him, and to Him!
G. In Revelation 1:6, the Holy Spirit used the word “MADE.” This word is important to us because all that has been, is being, and will be done for us would have never naturally occurred—had it not been for Christ Jesus.
1. It means to make something that is not naturally found or would not be naturally done. A cake is made, but the ingredients would never come together into a cake without effort on someone’s part. A bed is made up because it would not naturally make itself.
2. To use the greatest illustration, which is found in the Bible, our Lord Jesus Christ “made the worlds.” The word “worlds” is plural to include the universe. Something that would not and could not naturally occur!
a) God made the heavens and the earth for His glory.
Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
b) God made man in His image.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Psalms 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
3. The Lord was “made” certain things for all of humanity so that they could be saved. Then, after salvation, the Lord is “made” certain things unto us that would never come about if we were left in our natural estate.
H. What Christ Was Made For Us: things that would not and could not naturally occur:
1. He was made flesh - John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)full of grace and truth.
2. He was made of a woman and made under the law - Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.
3. He was made of seed of David - Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.
4. He was made of no reputation and made in the likeness of men - Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
5. He was made in likeness of man - Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
6. He was made lower than angels - Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
7. He Was Made Like Unto His Brethren - Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
8. He was made a curse for us - Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.
9. He was made sin for us - 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.
10. He was made the head of the corner in salvation - 1 Peter 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
11. He was made a quickening Spirit - 1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
12. He was made Lord and Christ - Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
13. He was made the surety of our salvation - Hebrews 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
14. He was made our High Priest - Hebrews 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.