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Live with Lon-God's Plan of Salvation - Part 2: Substitutionary Atonement

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April 15, 2020 7:00 am

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This is NOT not told logrolling David R 50 Bible study in the Gospels that I'm doing live every week on message show for you and your gonna go deep exegetical he expositional he theologically and then Morgan will apply all that we learn with.

So what good, I'm glad you are joining us. Thank you so much. Just before we begin I had a very good friend of mine Randy false and his wife Mary sent me a video of the him it is well with my soul gone by some musicians in Nashville and it was just so moving that I thought like to share with you is kind of an opening today because we needed to be well with our souls in this time where there's so much fear and anxiety around us, so I hope you enjoy this here we go as well with my soul. He and her Williams 9C9 a my name is in and while that was right, awesome.

Let's take a moment and pray with our heads down and her eyes closed, one will just take a moment and bring all of our anxieties. All our cares let's just lay them at the foot of the cross and let Jesus take that burden from us and replace it with.

It is well with muscle. Take a moment to what Jesus, we come to you today. As human beings who are so easily frightened Lord. Where were easily made anxious and scared and nervous and we fret what we all do this and I do it and and Lord of yet you tell us 366 times in the Bible do not fear. And so, Lord Jesus, help us to bring our concerns bring our cares bring our anxieties in our fears today lay them at the foot of your cross and give them to you and let you bear them for us and Lord help it to be well with our soul because we know that our sovereign God is in control of this universe is in control of every event of our life. Our days have already been written in his book before there was a one of them. And Lord Jesus. Nothing is happening or will happen to us, or has ever happened to us that has not been part of your perfect plan and will not be part of your perfect plan going forward for us. So Jesus with peace in our hearts and now with the burdens lifted from our heart.

I hope help us as we study the word of God to be encouraged by the incredible truth that we're going to study today, and we pray this in Jesus name all of God's people said a man. We said amen. Okay. Well, we're in a study of the Gospels and we are number thorium were just couple messages in. So if you missed anything catch up with us by going to the Lon Solomon ministries our Facebook page or wherever our app and listening to the first couple messages that we have gone today were going to continue. Last week we talked about the virgin birth. Today were going to continue, and talk about one of the greatest people in the Bible, a fellow named John the Baptist made on the very first message we did. We talked about the fact that the synoptic Gospels. The first three gospel that is Matthew Mark and Luke are very similar and in their content and and contain for the most part different information, different incidents in the life of Jesus, then the gospel of John. There are only a few happenings only a few incidents that are repeated in all four Gospels, but John the Baptist is one of them, indicating that he is a very important and his ministry was a very part of the story of redemption in the Lord Jesus Christ. So what exactly are we going to talk about with John the Baptist will talk about in 2 to 3 weeks because there are so many great lessons that come out of his life. But today I want to read the passage out of John chapter 1 that describes John the Baptist so I'm going to be using.

As I said this is the new King James Bible and I'm going to be reading beginning at verse 19, John chapter 1 verse 19 here we go. And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him who are you and he confessed, and did not deny but confessed, I am not the Christ. #And they asked him, what then are you Elijah coming before the Messiah and he said I am not in the database and are you the prophet even talked about in Deuteronomy 18, the Messiah, he said I am not and they said to him, will who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us the higher up priests.

What you say about yourself and he said I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord as the prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah chapter 40 of course, and those who were sent went from the Pharisees and they asked him, saying, why do you baptize them. If you are not the price, nor Elijah, nor the prophet, and John answered them, saying, I baptize with water, but there stands one among you, whom you do not know is he who coming after me is preferred before me, whose sandal strap. I am not worthy to loose the next day John saw Jesus verse 29 coming towards him and said, behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

John continues this is he of whom I said, after me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me. And I did not know him but that he should be revealed to Israel. Therefore, I came baptizing with water and John bore witness saying I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and he remained upon him, Jesus and I did not know him but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, upon whom you see the spirit said, and remaining on him.

This is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and I have seen and testify that this Jesus is the son of God, and again the next day. Verse 35 John stood with some of the disciples, and looking at Jesus as he walked. John said, behold the Lamb of God. Now salvation as we understand it from the Bible, salvation, meaning our sins are forgiven, you get eternal life, and we get to go to heaven when were done living here on earth. Salvation is described in the Bible by several different dynamics. That is, there are several different processes that describe the plan of salvation in the Bible. For example we talk about being born again being reborn being re-generated and becoming children of God in a way that the rest of the human race isn't that's one of the processes involved in salvation regeneration. We also talk about the blood covering of the Lord Jesus Christ where when I see the blood, I will pass over you because you are covered and hidden behind the blood of Christ, and this is another one of the prophecies.

Where would wear on our salvation is explained to us last week we talked about the two races being in Adam and being in Christ and salvation is described also in the Bible, particularly in first Corinthians 15. In Romans chapter 5 as transferring races from being in the race of Adam to being in the race of Jesus Christ.

But there's one other process that the Bible uses to explain salvation to us and that is the process of substitutionary atonement and this is what John is referring to when he says behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and he's talking of Jesus. Of course he is talking about substitutionary atonement. Now let's explain that her it's not as complicated as it sounds. First of all, were talking about atonement. Atonement is forgiveness by God. Atonement means that our sins are atonement before they are forgiven and dismissed in the sight of a holy God and you say yeah, but he's a holy God by me. He just can't dismiss sin like it never happened to me this would be like a human job to come in. You say yeah I was doing 90 miles an hour in a 45 mile an hour zone and the judge, being a righteous judge said don't worry about is the big deal that the case dismissed boom. No, I just can't do that. There was there was culpability there. There was deal. There, there was the violation of the law. There, and God just can't, as a holy being, say, well, yeah, don't worry about no-no.

We do get atonement, but we get atonement because our sins, he is the first word in the phrase are put upon a substitute. That is why it's called substitutionary atonement. It's not personal atonement.

If we had to personally atone for our sins in the side of the holy of a holy God, we would have to God because the wages of sin is death, Romans chapter 6 and all essential God.

Ezekiel chapter 18 so we can if we personally have to atone for our sins. We end up in Helen and I know that this is atonement real atonement but because our sins and stair are laid upon an innocent substitute. We understand the term okay well this principle. This process God is spent centuries trying to teach this true to the Jewish nation because this is one of the key principles.

This is one of the key processes upon which the plan of salvation operate is and will happily try to teach it to will even before there was a Jewish race all way back without them and even if you remember in Genesis chapter 3 after they send God killed two animals made clothing out of the skins of those two innocent animals and covered Adam and Eve in his sight with the skins of these innocent animals.

So God took their sin and laid off on these innocent animals that I say well on the Nevada many fully… Today I think they did because when Abel and Cain were born. If you remember came brought God and offering them through, and vegetables.

While Abel brought a lamb and slaughtered this lamb as his sin sacrifice unto God and the Bible says that God respected that God accepted Abel's sacrifice for sin, but rejected Cain's and therefore Abel came to God the way God had shown Adam and Eve by offering an innocent substitute in his place as a sinner and came refused to do that in his offering was rejected.

Then we come to the home. Abraham read the Bible built an altar when he got to Canaan and he sacrifice animals. These people knew that that was the way you approach God. You approach God through the sacrifice of the innocent substitute and this is what the Mosaic law was all about of the tabernacle the temple after that for sin. Substitute read Leviticus chapter 4 for sin sacrifice. A person would bring a lamb. The priest would kill the lamb with a priest would offer the Lamb on the altar and the Bible says that that person sin, who offer this substitute. This lamb would be. Forgive, and the Jewish people practice this first century upon century 15 centuries, and God was trying to teach them something that was trying to teach them. This principle and so when Jesus came and he was the ultimate substitute for our atonement. He was not a temporary substitute all these animals were temporary substitute for our atonement. But Jesus was the permanent substitute once for all substitutionary lamb for our sins. And this is why John the Baptist called him the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, and this would've meant something to these Jewish people that it doesn't mean to us. It would've meant to them that this is the land you offer for sin. And once this lamb is offered he takes away the sin of the world and this is exactly why Jesus went to the cross to be permanent substitutionary atonement for our sins. Now in the Bible. This dynamic is he is dynamic is explained to us especially well in the book of Hebrews. I love the book of Hebrews. Not because I'm in Hebrew only, but because of the way it explains to us so clearly what Jesus did for us. Let me read to you beginning in Hebrews chapter 9 verse 12, nor by the blood of bulls and goats, but by his own blood. Jesus entered the most holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption, eternal atonement for us that's going on. Hebrews chapter 10 verse 14 for by one offering his offering of himself on the cross he has perfected for ever. Those who are being sanctified and the Holy Spirit. Also witnesses this to us in Scripture. For after the Holy Spirit said this is the covenant that I will make with them after these days, says the Lord. I will put my laws into their hearts and in their minds. I will write them that's in Jeremiah 31.

Notice the writer of Hebrews says this was the Holy Spirit talking the understood inspiration and then the Holy Spirit adds in Jeremiah 31, and their sins and their lawless deeds. I will remember no more folks this is what Jesus did for us by being our sin, the less substitute we talked about that last week in the virgin birth go back if you don't understand why that's so critical. By being the simplest Lamb of God, the blemished list Lamb of God on the cross he what is the Bible say here in Hebrews chapter 10 it says he there he decided that our sins and are lawless deeds.

I will remember no more. He may eternal redemption eternal atonement for us friends. This is why we don't sacrifice chickens and church down front in front of the communion table because we don't need to do that anymore. That was as Hebrews tells us a shadow of things to come. It was meant to point to Christ. But now that we have the reality of Jesus himself dying on the cross. We don't need to shadow anymore. So this is why we don't we don't sacrifice. She down in front of the communion table because we don't have to because we are perfected for ever in the side of a holy God because the sinless son of God accomplished eternal atonement for us.

He accomplished perfect atonement for us. He accomplished permanent atonement and redemption for us by being the Lamb of God who gave his life as a substitute for you and for me hallelujah however and this is why the book of Hebrews says I love this verse. Chapter 10 verse 18. Listen now where where there is remission like this when there is remission of these this magnitude.

There is no longer an offering for sin. I like how the new American Standard translates it it says now where there is forgiveness like this. There is no longer a need to make offerings for sin.

Why because we are permanently redeemed. Why because we are perfectly redeemed. Why because we are eternally redeemed up by what our living sinless. Substitute did Ross on the cross. Now let me tell you what this means. It means that next to my name in heaven. Lon Neil Solomon.

There are two entries entry number one says physically, born August 24, 1948, the second M3 says perfected for ever by the atonement of Jesus Christ on the cross. March 1971 and W third entry. One of these days and that entry will be translated into heaven for eternity and there will be some date written beside that, in that wonderful folks, this is salvation. This is substitutionary atonement and this is how a holy God forgives our sin.

This is how holy God is able to lead us unholy people coming to heaven. This is how a holy God is able to allow us our sins to be atoned for any assignment. This is how holy God allows us to be redeemed in a side he did not dismiss our sins as though we do them rather he lay our sins up on the perfect substitute sinless son of God do we understand this and what would a great truth. This is what a great spiritual process. This is that God built the plan of salvation on this principle and this is why Paul exclaimed. After explaining this to us, our wonderful plan of salvation of the book of Romans. He explains in chapter 11 verse 30 30.

The depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God, how unsearchable are his judgments and his ways past finding out folks, Paul is saying, who in the world but God could've figured out a way for him to stay holy and we get for him to redeem us unholy people and a man animal to be waiting both at the same time, he justifies us, and he remains just as Paul says, while all the unsearchable wisdom of God.

Only he could've figured out a way to do this now where to go on just a second and talk about so what, but I wanted and in the interest of being venting here. I want to do one other thing with and that is I want to show you from the book of Hebrews something very interested so follow along with me on another book of Hebrews and I'm starting in chapter 8. Here we go. Now it says in chapter 8 verse two that Jesus was a minister of the true tabernacle which the Lord set and not man. And then it goes down in verse five of Hebrews chapter 8 to say that Berkeley priests serve watch the copy and shadow of the heavenly things when they serve in the temple in the tabernacle, and this is why Moses was admonished by God to make the human tabernacle precisely look like the one that God showed him up on the mountain for God says see that you make all things. Hebrews 85 according to the pattern shown to you on the mountain know what mountain is this of course this is Mount Sinai, and then the Bible goes on to tell us that Jesus was entered on a Hebrews 911, the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with human hands.

That is not of this creation. Now what tabernacle is that, well, there must be a tabernacle in heaven. There must be a an altar there and maybe a an arc in the mercy seat. There and and and this is what God showed Moses on Mount Sinai and send I you build the earthly tabernacle and temple to be an exact model of this, you say, what is God do with the tabernacle in heaven will look Hebrews chapter 9 verse 12 for not by the blood of bulls and goats and calves, but by his own blood he, Jesus entered the most holy place in heaven once for all. He never entered the holy of holies on earth. Bible never says that he entered the one in heaven, having obtained eternal redemption for us that's going chapter 9 verse 23 therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in heaven that is the earthly tabernacle the earthly temple should be purified with these talking about up above the blood of bulls and goats and sheep.

But the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices for these than these for Christ has not ever the holy places made with hands, which is a figure of the real and true tabernacle, but rather into heaven itself to appear in the presence of God for us.

You say wow what was that friends look I will have the slightest idea what that really means in toto. It just means that up in heaven there is a temple or a tabernacle with the mercy seat upon which the blood of of the of the Lamb of atonement, which was Jesus himself had to be placed in order for our redemption to be eternal God show this tabernacle to Moses.

He said you build a human want to be an exact replica and I will let the blood of bulls and goats brought to that replica produce temporary redemption, but only the blood of the Messiah of the sinless son of God, the Lamb of God takes the center of the world that blood will be brought to heaven by the risen Christ and laid upon the altar of the tabernacle, that is in heaven.

That is not made with human hands, and that will not produce temporary atonement in my sight. God said it will produce eternal atonement. Atonement eternal redemption that never needs to be done again. You only have to sacrifice the Messiah wants the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world wants and eternal are the results. I don't know exactly how all that works, but that's what the Bible says and we believe that the Jesus went in and put his blood on that eternal tabernacle producing eternal atonement for us now as going in there baby and pointed out as exegesis at its finest.

So however it's now time for us to ask our most important question you know what that is. So are you ready, here we go want to go there is an as I love to say and you be disappointed if I didn't say house we did is disable on this great thank God for what Jesus did for us.

Amen. You're right, but you say I'm not so sure would Be what is this really. I mean, what's the practicality for my everyday life.

From this, all is the King James Bible says much in every way.

You know, I'm sure. Maybe you bend an auction before or you participated in an auction online or you certainly know how auctions work.

Maybe you want to become auctions for these you know antique cars and and lust over these antique cars and then you gotta confess it before you go to build. I watch it I like those cars, but you know how an option works.

I mean, whatever it is is being auctioned off the price. Good goes to the highest bidder. It goes up and up and up and up and up and up. People bidding until finally, somebody's willing to pay more for it than anybody else is willing to pay and hammer the gavel bangs and the auctioneer says so what you know when you want those auctions you learned a very important lesson in the lesson is this that how much something is worth to a person can be easily seen by how much that person is willing to pay for. I mean, you know, if you're willing to pay more than anybody else is willing to pay.

It shows us the matter how high that may go.

It shows us that the thing that you are bidding on means a lot to you and the higher your willing to go shows us how much it means to you in increasing increments. Now let's bring that to what we talked about today. How much do we mean to God, how valuable are you to God how valuable in my to go well the answer is we can see the how much is willing to pay for us, and then will learn we learn how much were worth to him and how much was God willing to pay for you and me friends. He was willing to pay his own son.

He was willing to pay his own life is the second person of the Godhead incarnate in Jesus Christ. He was willing to go to the cross and stay on the cross through all of that agony and suffering and why did he do it because he knew that the only way you and I had any chance to be redeemed only way our sin could be atoned for.

The only way we could get eternal life.

The only way we could escape hell and go to heaven was for him to stay on that cross and allow God to transfer onto him as our substitute your sin my sin and the sin of the whole world. That's how much we mean to God, while an and you know I love the song that says he could've called 10,000 angels to destroy the world and setting three while he was on the cross. I mean I don't have any angels there. I guess there 10,000 angels. Jesus said, don't you think I could call on 10,000 angels.

So I guess there's 10,000. Can you imagine with 10,000 angels can do to them. Wife Sodom and Gomorrah off the planet.

Do you manage with 10,000 angels can do. They make thermonuclear weapons look like you know a firecracker he could call on 10,000 angels to come down and get them off the cross but he died alone. The song says for you and me. That's how much you and I need to the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, I love the guy here that the great human want. Writer Isaac Watts wrote many read to you a couple of stanzas.

This is amazing I love this watch, he says not all the blood of beasts on Jewish altars slain could give my guilty conscience. Peace or wash away. Stay but Christ, the heavenly Lamb takes all our sin away a sacrifice of nobler name and richer blog than today. While this what Jesus did, because this is how much we were to now grown up I have to tell you I didn't think I was worth very much to anybody. Some of you heard me talk about my growing up years and maybe some of you have growing up years like I have, but honestly, I think I was worth anything anyone. My mom was never home.

Dad was never home when they were home and never spent any time with me. They didn't coach my little league teams or work or to take me to piano lessons or do anything they can mean I basically grew up, by myself, brother didn't like me and and and my friends. I was pretty much Shanda by most of the people my age because my behavior was obnoxious and offensive, and I got kicked out of kindergarten. That's absolutely true either kindergarten bus stop on the house to pick me up and I want to sit in the front seat in the child up there would let me in so I punched him in the face and they kick me they suspended me from kindergarten.

This was my behavior.

No wonder people didn't like being around so by the time I get 1819 years old, I mean I hear it pretty well but on the inside. I pretty much felt like other than to myself.

I did matter.

Must anybody I was invaluable to much anybody and then I met Jesus Christ while and suddenly I began to realize that I was worth something to him that I was valuable to him that he cared about me and then I had great worth to him and what convinced me of that.

There is simply friends he went died on the cross to redeem me to atone for my sins to allow me to come to heaven. You don't do that unless somebody's worth something to and that true change my whole life because I figured if I'm worth something to Almighty God that I'm worth something. Even if nobody else agrees that I'm worth something friend if I'm worth something to Almighty God of the universe that I'm worth something and the same is true for you. You may not grown up feeling like you were worth anything anybody either and you may have gone into adulthood. Feeling like you want worth anything to anybody and you may still feel like that today, but is not true. Jesus went to the cross to prove to you that you are worth everything to him enough to give his life when he didn't have to stay on the cross. But he did because you are worth that much to him.

He's the guy in the auction who matter what anybody else. Jesus is going to bid more for you because you're worth that much to him and I want that to change your life.

I want that to change the way you look at yourself in the way he was feeding yourself.

I wanted to produce sinful pride in you. I wanted to produce healthiness and healing like it did in my soul friends if you don't believe you're worth anything to anybody. It affects your whole life yourself image it affects the way you live. It affects the way even that you can react with other people. If you if you don't feel that that you got any worth. But when you feel that you are worthy and valuable, not in an arrogant way, but you feel your valuable because Almighty God says your valuable then that's a healing thing for our souls that changes the way we live. So that's what I want for you because that's what God did for me. You brought that feeling into my life.

That is been there now almost 50 years and sometimes I can still feel bad about myself. I haven't totally escaped those first 21 years of my life, but every time I start feeling bad about myself, and every time I start condemning myself every time I start going wow that is so stupid I cannot believe you did that your souls, what is wrong with you and I just start really get more myself Lord Jesus is yellow on. Maybe I wasn't the smartest thing you've ever just remember I love you because of what you do and I don't love you because of what you don't do. I love you because your valuable to me because I love you just said something so forgive yourself get comfortable with just being a human being asked to be forgiven off to give you scorn will try to do better tomorrow. That's healthy can't do that unless you really believe when God says you were so sporadic, Lord Jesus. I think the single most important thing that we have to do is human beings to be healthy is we just have to believe what you tell us in the Bible. What you tell us about salvation, which tell us about yourself which tell us about the Lord Jesus and Lord which you tell us about us, who shall separate us from the love of God with the answer Romans chapter 8 is no one for I am convinced Paul says, Romans chapter 8, that neither life nor death, nor angels, or principalities mean the meaning of demons nor things present, nor things pass more things to come, nor any other created think that covers it all will ever be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ Lord help us believe that with all of our hearts help us believe how much we are worth to you. Help us believe how much you love us. Jesus and that we are valuable because God values us, and he values us, and we can value ourselves. It doesn't matter what anybody else thinks so, Lord Jesus, help us to believe what you say, make change of life may feel those scars. So many of us. From our parents from ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends from people who've treated us as unworthy all our lives.

Thank you Lord Jesus that we are worth a lot to you. We are worth the life of universal and we pray these things in Jesus name. And everybody said a man and may God protect you this week and the Lord bless you. Thanks for watching the

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