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August 13, 2022 8:00 pm
For he is like a refiner's fire...
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The text is Malachi chapter 3, beginning with the first verse, behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me. And the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to the temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight him to hold he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts who may abide the day of his coming and social standpoint here. For he is like a refiner's fire and like Fuller soap and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness with first considered the coming of the Lord that the coming of Jesus Christ into the world was indeed prophesied and then have looked at his work as the refiner and finally, we will look at what it is like to be in the refiner's fire Pacific coming at this juncture was to say John chapter 3 verse 17 says for God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be.
So when he speaks of judgment coming near and saying I will be a witness a swift witness against us offers only adulterers, and against the swearers and all of those that are.
We know that ultimately there will come a time that severe judgment will fall upon the but when Jesus came when he was born the verge of living here upon this earth for 33 years, and in view was to go to the cross and redeem the people for the world to condemn it, first appearing to bring judgment became man like me say, and he paid the price necessary had good news and got what he played for 20 pay the price for the shedding of his blood, not single. So far believe God will be with him. Ultimately when he stands in the presence of the father children without giving me all what reassurance that gives us what comfort that brings us in the most difficult times we might encounter. Now grace that is seen in the work of the refiner refiner's fire is not like the while raging fire that destroys the forest.
The refiners fire is far a beneficial purpose now. Chapter 4 verse one tells us about a destructive fire for the whole day, that child murder oven, and all the proud, gay, and all that do wickedly shall be spelled in the day that coming shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, and shall leave them neither root by but in this case the fire that we are currently looking at is the refiners fire.
The fire is to purify is to get rid of impurity to get rid of sin. God does not abandon his in spite of their fate, in spite of the sins that so often set plate. God does not forsake because he's a covenant keeping God. Jesus Christ is the messenger of the covenant in Hebrews chapter 13 to see reference verse 20 now the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep. The blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, and to whom be glory for ever and ever. He speaks of the blood of the before time began. The father made the choice of the people he gave them to his son. The son agreed to come in the fullness of time, lay down his life and purchase them.
The Holy Spirit agreed to call them all them and apply that salvation was a covenant between the father, the son of the Holy Spirit. Any part of that was an agreement between God and us.
We would've failed on our part but there's no failure in this company because it's the father the son and Holy Spirit as above them a lasting covenant, Jesus out of the therefore we have confidence not in ourselves but in no in spite of the fact we all stumble along the way we come before the Lord and confess our sins and asking to help us to do better when they do a little and then there comes another time we stumble we have to come back to confession the same stand again. Say I'm amazed the Lord still hasn't nothing to do with well he does. Because of the covenant because of the agreement that was made before time began. He is a covenant keeping God that we consider the question of what it is like in the refiners fire. Since the refiner sits to consume the troughs to purify the silver.
What's it like, well, you can imagine when the word used is fire that is going to be a painful situation. First Peter chapter 1 verse five The power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time wherein he greatly rejoice, though now for a season if need be, he are in heaven is through manifold temptations.
What a wonderful thing to know that you have an inheritance that is incorruptible and the filing fee does not await you being kept for the power of God, and you greatly rejoice in this, but at the present time for a season.
Now you are in heaviness. You have a burden to carry. You have troubles, disappointments, heartaches, conflicts, trials from day-to-day difficult temptations men manifold many different kinds of testings accompanied what was the purpose of it all, that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes knowingly tried, what with fire might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ on the fire of tribulation, it's painful not know trial is going to be pleasant. It's a painful situation but the purpose of it is that God is working in you to purify the change you. It is his purpose.
According to Romans chapter 8 that you will ultimately be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, whom he foreknown limited also predestinate to be conformed to the image of a song that he might be the firstborn among many brethren, whom he did predestinate limit also called him to call them. He also justifiably justified, them he also glorified. There we see the chain of grace no place for it to be broken. The same one predestinated at the same one to be glorified glorified names perfectly conformed to the image of Jesus Christ but begins even in a not be consummated and not be brought to ultimate perfection to good home with the Lord. But if you're one of his. It begins at the way it begins purify you to try. He is the refiner he controls the temperature is been a time when you were going through a difficult place to send Lord think of getting the lesson, it would be good right method. He just turned down the fire and so often. He says no it needs to go just a little more you think you've gotten the lesson but you have still a lot of drawls to be consumed or spilled instead of recognizing the hand of God the matter you feeling sorry for yourself. Nobody has the troubles I'd nobody has to go through the hard times like for Barnett out of Craig took place that in the darkest of times, you can still rejoice in the Lord because according to the next verse in our passage which will get to later. He is one who changes not so though our circumstances change our feelings change our emotions change. God does not look at James chapter 1 verse two brethren counted all joy when you fall into divers temptations are testing humming. Every time I read nothing I will not remember that this epistle was written to people who had been driven from their homes and were scattered abroad and I think they get this letter from James and James is counter all joy when you fall into divers can take the brunt of things in the deep end. What's wrong with this man and we counted joy when we're in a terrible miserable state.
He didn't say feeling joy is counted. Joy put it over on the positive side of the register because God is at work.
God's doing something in your life. God is changing you God burning out the love for sin. God is conforming you to his image that she's got exactly what he said, knowing the is that the trying of your faith worketh patience. Our perseverance or endurance, but let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire warning. Think work through the trial minute people today when they do a difficult place. They look for the escape hatch. I want to get out of this, the nocturnes and I'm feeling nervous you give me some kind of sedative so I don't know the pain and I'm not aware how difficult my trials. The Lord says let patience have her perfect work through perseverance. You continue you find your strength in the Lord you find your guidance in his work. You depend upon what is the purpose of all that you may be perfect, not sinless, the perfect, but you may be mature and become a Christian entire lacking nothing when he says counted all joy opposite. That doesn't mean to say no. I just love troubles.
Thank you Lord and I'm sick. I'm a miserable but I just really rejoice in sick is not saying that pain hurts. Sickness is bad. Troubles are difficult but the thing you're rejoicing in is that God is working and going to use the affliction try for your benefit being in the refiner's fire involves God's gracious work to make us holy. Look at Hebrews chapter 12.
A very familiar passage, but we need to be reminded of it, and acquainted with Hebrews chapter 12 verse five and he have forgotten the agitation would speak unto you as unto the children, my son, despise not the chastening of the Lord not think when Barrett rebuked the cheesy and troubled times. I feel like I've had. I can't take anymore I give up what he says do not do do not think not to be an attitude that God doesn't care about God says I love you so much that I will chastening you when you are neglecting me when you're going your own way. When you allowed sin to have a lodging place in you I love you too much, so I'm going to correct you, I'm going to chase you I'm I'm going with the same way every time doesn't do the same way from one person to another. God knows each individual knows what it takes and the whole purpose is then that he is going to do something for but when were chasing. We are not to fight for whom the Lord loveth he cherished and scourges every son whom he received within that word scourges indicates that this is in the light matter.
Scourging was indeed extremely painful and some of the trials we have are very, very, very difficult. They hurt the cost of the deep.
But he says all of this is because the Lord loves you. If you endure chasing God be with you a son for what son is he whom the father chase is not but if you be without chastisement horrible partakers in your bathroom is not such a not really a son. The evidence of some ship is that God loves you so much, he will chase you for the more we had fathers of our flesh, which takes and thus we gave them reverence shall not much more be in subjection of the father of spirits and for they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure, but he for our profit that we what might be partakers of his holiness. That's what it's all about God has called us to be holy be holy even as I am holding is what he said. Verse 14 follow peace with all men and what holiness without which no man shall see the Lord God interpersonally saved by grace go back to the world live after the flash and go to heaven is not a Bible doctrine.
If a person has had an experience of grace if they been born again child of God. They will stumble. They will falter, but they will acknowledge it, they will confess their sin and if they have no evidence of that work. No true repentance from sin, their false professor.
They may have been a member of the church for many years but you're not on the way that no man is going to see him without holding is not a whole and supports, which makes us acceptable in God's sight is that which is imputed to us the righteousness of Jesus Christ, which is credited to our account because of his sacrifice for us, but there's going to be an ongoing working of holiness in those who are cues so the end in view according to verse four of our passions in the book about a car is that we might offer a sacrifice to the Lord. That is pleasing to him.
We were not pleased with the sacrifices that will being offered in the day of Malachi because the people did not have the right spirit and heart about he wants us to offer acceptable sacrifices. First Peter chapter 2 verse nine but ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood.
You now are part of a royal priesthood, you have to go to an earthly preacher have to go to a Levitical priest to go through the great high priest, Jesus Christ.
What you are a part of a royal priesthood and holy nation, a peculiar people that he should want show forth the praises of him with called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Is that happening in your life do you show forth the praises of him called you.
Do you live in such a way that others can see Christ in you you you speak of him are you intimidated or fearful to talk to somebody about the Lord and to be found praising him because you're afraid of what their judgment of you might be then Romans chapter 12 verse one Odyssey to therefore brunt of the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice started about us offering a sacrifice that is acceptable. That is pleasing in God's sight. I beseech you that you offer. You present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable in the God which is your reasonable service. And houses will be done. Be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect house with you. Even your body is to be presented as a living sacrifice. If your body is to be presented before God, and there must be purity in the way you live you don't use your body for sinful practices. You don't abuse your body.
Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit you want to present as a living sacrifice for God one more reference to the sacrifice, offering that can be made perspective of Hebrews once again looking at chapter 13, the 15th verse by him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually these people in Malachi, they were not offering praise to God. They were complaining about they were saying that can't seem to approve of wickedness charge to lodge against a holy God of heaven. If you complaining if you're criticizing incentive, praising God, you're not fulfilling this requirement to him by him back him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his day.
What a dreadful thing when a person no longer is thankful whole. When we begin to recall his abundant mercies of the past is daily benefits of the present is wonderful promises of the future. Surely we have every reason to give thanks to his name.
But to do good and to communicate. Forget not, for with such sacrifices God is well. Please communicate by your generosity by your giving by your willingness to assist other forget not to do good, that which is right commended and instructed for us in the word of God you today may be in the fire. Jesus sits as the refiners at the refiners fire the fact that it says Jesus sits indicate she's not anxious is not pacing up and down.
He sits as the refiner at the refiners fire you make today feel that you're in the fire.
How you respond you complaining are you preferably argue submissive. Are you praying Lord, teach me the lesson will be like Christian's progress when it was going up the kill any stumbling blocks to scroll and had to turn around and go back and pick it up and then retraces us. You will have to retrace your steps. If the Lord is dealing with you in the fire, praying Lord help me learn less. Help me to behold help me to be submissive. Help me to honor your name. I want to have to retrace my steps and come back to this affliction again to you who are unconverted, there is coming a day when the fire will not be the refiner's fire, it will be a destructive fire. It will be a dreadful time Jesus Christ came the first time to say not to judge but that the world through him might be saved.
But when he comes back a second time he's coming in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory solely one way to escape that and that is that Jesus Christ as your Savior so that your sins have been blotted out. His righteousness has been imputed to you.
You stand because he is the one to hold you up. He's the same you see yourself as a sinner knowing you need a Savior you've never come to make you come to it today be all be all will you be a review today for you to be in the refiner's fire. Remember that as Jesus sits as the refiner that his purpose is not to destroy but to consume withdrawals and make a difference as he works effectively in our lives like get this complete message.
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