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October 9, 2021 12:00 am
PNG radio for today's culture and timeless truths come together it's reasoned relevant content apologetics worldview and answers to the questions that you need to know need from Alex McFarlane ministries. This is true for a new generation radio and now the man who preached in 50 states and 50 days beaker writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics Dr. Alex McFarlane many centuries ago a song who wrote the fables said well on used may as well not exist well on used may as well not exist.
Hi Alex McFarlane, you're welcome to truth for new generation from Ephesians chapter 1 today I want to talk about nine types of wealth and power, and riches that every born-again Christian has at their disposal. You know, today a lot of people are discouraged because our nation seems to be just down for the count on me were living in a time of critical race theory and will kiss him and ever left-leaning policies of our government socialism and Marxism seem to weave their tentacles ever more tightly into the American culture and the church is declining. There was a recent story by Tucker Carlson on Fox news saying that Christianity is dying while a militant secularism seems to be rising up to replace it and look at our country and our loss of God and morality and even truth has left us in a place of increasing lawlessness, instability, and into the vacuum created by the absence of Christianity are things like Islam and paganism and just on the Internet are all manner of unspeakable immoralities and yet every human being still needs God. Those of us that are born again believers and you, dear friend. If you're Christian, the Spirit of God lives within you. You've got the Bible, God's written revelation of the human race.
Your name is written in the Lamb's book of life and you have a divine mission and were gonna talk about those things and and maybe it will be some encouragement for Christians and for the church to know that our status is not that of having been defeated. Look, we know the true and living God. We have an incredible mission and a role to play in our nation needs us prayerfully vocally influential he to stand up as the God ordained messengers of truth that we are you've probably heard stories about people that had wealth or power or riches and didn't know it, and there've been many in his stories and fables. There's a very famous story of a of a boy who was a king, and he didn't know what you know in America just shortly before the advent of the Great Depression.
There was a man in Texas named Ira Yates, Ira Yates had bought a piece of land and he had some livestock but it was the dustbowl and he didn't know how he's going to pay his bills, but on a hunch.
He asked an oil company to drill, and in 1926. They drilled four holes and they finally hit oil and at that time the old companies did not believe there was any oil west of the Pecos River but Mr. Yates. He was poor. It was his last desperate attempt to figure out how to try to make some money. He agreed to a partnership and if the oil company would drill. He would split the profits with them and they got 10,000 barrels a day of oil which is huge.
And do you know that the land Yates had purchased in 1915 for 11 years.
He walked to around dead broke as a pauper but a thousand feet deep.
They hit oil.
This oral will is still going to this very day and at present they believe this oil will has pumped out over 1 1/2 billion.
Be billion barrels of oil. One of the most lucrative oil wells in history, but for 11 years.
This man with one of the greatest oral wills ever untold riches, but for more than a decade.
He was broke and thought that he was a pauper he was standing on top of riches, and didn't even know what that's like a lot of Christians today when we read the Scripture from Ephesians chapter 1, you know, the apostle Paul wrote to the Christians that comprise the church at Ephesus. And in Ephesians, Paul repeatedly reminds them that all believers in Christ live under the risen Savior, who is the head of the church. We have riches and redemption.
Now, maybe not monetary riches always. But very often that is a part of it. But Paul writes in verse 15 of Ephesians 1 square for I also after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and love of all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.
Okay verse 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory, may give unto you that here are the things from Ephesians 117 to 23. The things that God is to give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him that the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints is and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. Now Jesus our risen Savior, who is above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named Natalie in this world but also in the world. That is to come and have put all things under his feet and has given to him. The head over all things to the church which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all and all I want to go through the nine areas of riches and power that you and I have the though you may not realize it, and writers thought history have talked about how people search.
The philosophers have pondered the poets have have been very lyrical people search they want love they want to feel like they belong. They matter. People want to know what's what.
Why my here just what is life all about.
Will that vast seemingly insatiable hunger that pulsates from the human heart.
Jesus can fill in indeed only Jesus can fill it. Now you are rich and you may not know what and when we come back after this brief break was going to tell you the nine ways in which you as a Christian actually are powerful and rich state in the back. After this, wanted to raise your hand during the sermon will usually chance by Alex McFarland hear from the nationalists indicated radio program exploring for more than 10 years, Michael Harper and I have taught Scripture and answered hundreds of vital questions. We've compiled a brand-new book of the top 100 Bible questions from listeners of all ages from questions about supposing Bible contradictions to apologetics facts that prove the truth of Scripture. This new book features practical content that will make the Bible come alive for you. Can we really be sure that Exists there contradictions in the Bible that will help me understand the Bible better.
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Now this is very important because really embedded in this transaction.
When you give your life to Christ and not only are your sins washed away but so much becomes your identity as a born-again child of God. And Paul prays in verse 17 of Ephesians 1.
That God would give you some things. Now what, and I'm going to unpack these good all of these are different words and deeds are part and parcel of that the identity of every believer. Okay a spirit of wisdom, revelation knowledge, understanding, enlightenment, hope, a calling riches of glory will talk about that and an inheritance. If you have come to Christ and you said, Lord save me. I want to be your follower, you may not realize it, but all of these things are yours outlet was talk about these things and I'm I'm going to tell you. The Greek word because every every one of these words, which denotes part of your identity. This is who you are as a Christian.
For one thing, you have a spirit of wisdom and the word is Sophia. I'm sure you've heard this word is used in Greek and Latin philosophy feel low. Sophia philosophy really means love of wisdom or knowledge SOP HIA God gives you a spirit of wisdom. Now, the Bible says in Christ are all the riches of wisdom and glory, but God imparts some of this to you and the word. Sophia really means insight or literally intelligence. I'm sure this many times, but William Lyon Phelps, one of the early presidents of Yale University said as much, as people need a college education even more than you do Bible education and you know I've said this many times. I know lots of people that are smart, but Mormor it seems like it's rare to meet people with wisdom what is wisdom to see life from God's perspective and Ephesians 1 says look you can be even more than smarts. You can be wise and God gives you that Sophia not the world's wisdom because of where our world is is dying right now because of educated fools.
But God will give you the spirit of insight, true intelligence, which is to see reality from God's perspective and Ephesians 117 says Revelation.
Now this word you can know this word apocalypse us from the word apocalypse now when you think of the word apocalypse. You may think of the book of Revelation, and a lot of people when they hear the word apocalypse, they think of either the tribulation period or the battle of Armageddon like it was apocalyptic, you know, just chaos, but really the word apocalypse means uncovering or revealing in the book of Revelation.
The final book of the Bible is called the Revelation.
Sometimes Bibles will call the Revelation of St. John war. The Revelation of Jesus Christ because what it's talking about is at the end of time Christ will return, and every eye will see him and it will be the revealing not only of Christ. It will be the revealing of the fact that he is in control and also at the end of time will be the revealing of who follow Jesus and who stood against him.
But here's the thing. If you have the spirit of God in you and your born-again believer, you have revelation knowledge severe believer you know who God is. You know what truth is. You know what error is not falsehood is. That's why when people say things like, well, there's nothing wrong with gay marriage, I know that they don't know Christ. Because if they knew Christ, they would know his word and his word says what it says about moral truth God's word says a lot about true and false. Regarding morality, gender, human sexuality and clearly when we see people that claim to be Christians but flagrantly denied the word of God. They don't have the spirit of Revelation because the spirit of revelation will always lead you to the word of God, not away from it. Ephesians also says that we have knowledge. Now what is knowledge.
Ephesians 117, will award is epi-no see G NOS I is Knossos refers to knowledge and this word is very interesting. There's a prefix attached to the means. Upon upon knowledge see if you've got Jesus you're building your life upon knowledge and the wording there really means discernment or perception. Wouldn't it be great to truly have discernment or perception you. You might've heard the word imperceptible something that's very hard to read something very hard to grasp those. This imperceptible sound or an imperceptible detailed sometimes people are said to be not very perceptive. If you're a born-again believer, I urge you to cultivate your ability to hear and acknowledge the Holy Spirit of God.
God loves you. First John 227 says the spirit that abides in you remains and will teach you all things and so the Holy Spirit of God is always wanting to guide you and to steer you and you have this epi-no see knowledge, you can build your life upon discernment, perception that the word translated in English is knowledge live. Knowledgeably, folks. We oftentimes make very uninformed decisions, but Almighty God who loves you and wants you to live as a knowledgeable person and as a Christian born-again made alive and well.
By the spirit you can. Yes indeed live knowledgeably testate to come back give you six more areas of riches that you have.
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Our Year in 2022. It will be July 17-22 of July 17-22 in eastern North Carolina. I'm so excited word a very wonderful camp called the refuge we've rented it and were going to have horseback riding and archery and fishing and paddle boarding and swimming an Olympic size brand-new swimming pool was at this camp and zip lines, rep courses, but the best part of all organ have worship music were going to study the word of God, I'll be there some very special guest speakers. In fact, one internationally known world-renowned Christian leaders going to join us. I'll be telling that name. Pretty soon we're going to teach middle schoolers in high school was how to defend the faith and I'm just gonna say this shirt way to talk about the gospel and understanding how to defend Christianity, but would you be talking about America, folks. We have got to save this nationis very limited the truth for a new generation camp for God and country. The theme is unashamed. We are unashamed of of our biblical worldview and where were not ashamed of America either. While Ephesians 1 says that God is given us a spirit of wisdom and revelation knowledge, but the fourth riches that you have. You may not know this is understanding you have understanding. Now the word in the Greek is cardiac KA are DIA what is that the heart from cardiac unit car card care unit, the heart unit. What is it mean well, it means your inner self, your understanding and your will.
God in your will, your personality, your ability to make choices.
God gives you understanding question is are we gonna really follow it, and so the spirit of the Lord gives us not only Revelation and knowledge, but understanding in our heart we often say, yeah, I knew in my heart that was wrong or something, but another word is enlightenment and the word very interesting word there in the root is is photon. Now the word chief Otis the noose in the Greek words that mean it means illumination.
God illuminates your understanding. Just like light in a dark room. God gives you illumination enlightenment in your soul and in your mind. Look, if you if you know Jesus you can see right through the lies of the world you can see why immorality and fatherlessness and the exploding illegitimacy rate is destroying our population because although we know right from wrong when a truth from error.
We know good from bad, because the spirit of the Lord has enlightened us in the Bible calls the Holy Spirit. The spirit of truth, but also Ephesians 1 says we have hope in the word means expectation. It means trust, confidence look on unconcern for this world.
It it does make me sad to see our nation unraveling, but I have hope because I know God answers prayer with confidence in Christ and even if the world should implode around us. We know that were secure in Christ and our true home is in heaven above us as we have a calling and and it's very interesting. It really means an invitation and a summons God is calling you right now to be confident in him. God is calling you to be his messenger.
We have a hope in a calling. It also says we have riches in glory know what is this mean it's it's interesting the word there. It's clear Thomas and Doc so okay clear Thomas upon docs, riches, wealth, abundance and docs are from we get the word doxology. It means glory. It means the manifestation of God's splendor and renown and you know plutocracy means rule by the wealthy, you may not realize it, but we who are Christians, we are a plutocracy. We are wealthy leaders now. Maybe not monetarily in the world sense, but we have the manifestation of God's splendor and glory.
Indeed, Christians are the only ones in this world who are wealthy and then finally it says we have an inheritance of possession, present and future heritage and Ephesians 111 says this to we have this inheritance and what's interesting is the implication is that there is an executor of an inheritance and the executor of an estate, assigns the inheritance. The executor gets to pick who the heirs will be in God has picked you if you've heard that call, whosoever will may come, and you said yes to Jesus. Then God has deemed you and inheritor and our status is one of victory power overcoming and preservation, because we know the Lord rejoice in that today.
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