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April 20, 2021 2:00 am
God's plan always involves people—and that includes you. He had you in mind when He put His plan together for the whole world. So where do you fit in that plan? Skip answers that question in the message "Where You Fit in God's Plan."
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You are precious to God. The old house is worth saving God, the love of God with the most famous verse in the Bible John three God so loved the world that he gave his not safe regardless of the world that is to punch everybody out, the essence of God's character besides holiness is low. Many people are so concerned with how they look. The miss out on what really matters most in life today on connect. Skip Skip shares how you can find your true and lasting worth in the God who loves you unconditionally.
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Knowing that you are not redeemed or purchased with corruptible things like silver or gold your aimless conduct.
The by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, he indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world was manifest in these last times for you, who through him believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God, that is God's plan to buy up and to transform ugly houses, broken lives, those within aimless conduct that they have received. That is God's plan and you and I fit into that plan. How's that plan worked out.
Some of you will remember back to the TV series many years ago called the A-Team, and since been made into a movie. Anybody remember the 18 because of the head of the A-Team… Special forces ex-special forces guys ahead of it is a guy named Hannibal Smith and when everything works out the way he's planted at the end of the show.
His catchphrases I love it when a plan comes together. So does God. And God has a plan and I want to share with you out of this passage.
Five aspects of God's plan for us, that include your preciousness, your predicament, your price, your predestination and your part in this plan.
Let's look at your preciousness. Notice it says in verse 18. The word redeemed. Just look at that word. That's the key word of the whole passage you were redeemed, the word redeem means to set free by paying the price to turn the comes from the slave markets of the first century, when somebody would go in where people were put on parade in chains and a price would be given to set that slave free for that slave to come home with the new owner order go out on his own to set free by paying the price. It also was a Greek term a technical term for paying money to set a prisoner of war free.
Now the fact that money would be spent in this transaction so that the owner places value on the slick places value on the prisoner of war. So the idea. The term redemption infers value. In other words, simply put, you are precious to God. The old house is worth saving. God redeemed you the love of God with the most famous verse in the Bible John three for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son does not safe for God so ticked off at the world he sent his pond center punch everybody out. He loved the world, the essence of God's character besides holiness is love twice in first John, this is God is love so easy to say so hard to believe. I'm convinced most Christians have a hard time really believing and experiencing that God values them that they are precious to him. Dwight L.
Moody that pastor evangelist in Chicago in the 1800s once got out his concordance and looked up every single reference to God's love and at the end he said there is no truth in the whole Bible that ought to affect us as much as the love of God. The reason we struggle with it with God loving us the way we are is because it's so foreign to us. God's love is so diametrically different from human love. Human love is object oriented.
It's discriminate. That is, I see something I like and I get it for myself. That's human love is based on the object object oriented. It's discriminate and I would add 1/3 characteristic it's temporary. I like it today will I like it tomorrow or find a child.
I like it now, but in 10 minutes will I like that human love God's love is different.
God's love is subject oriented, not object-oriented based on him. The object it subject oriented, it is indiscriminate and it is eternal so it's very very different is based on God's character was once an American tourist who was in Paris in she went into a little trinket shop and she bought up a bracelet was very inexpensive. It was cheap if you dollars 20 some bucks it had Amber and different things in it but she liked it and she took it home and she was trying to go back to the United States. They stopped her at customs and looked it over and demanded that she pay a pretty hefty tax duty to get back in the country which raise a red flag. She took her to a jewelry shop to get it appraised.
The jeweler looked it over and said I'll give you $25,000 for it now took it to another dealer shop offered her 10,000 more $35,000 now. So she said okay so what's up with this little bracelet. Why do you think it's so valuable.
I didn't spend much for it.
The jeweler said come closer gave her the magnifying glass and on the back of that little trinket bracelet was the inscription from Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine. That's why was so valuable was invaluable because of what it was made of necessarily or the era from which it came, or even that it was given to Josephine was based upon the subject that gave that it was based on the identification of a famous person named Napoleon Bonaparte your value comes from the fact that you are loved by the God of this universe that you your preciousness to God. Scientists have discovered what they say is the most precious substance in all the universe is very rare used only for research purposes called anti-hydrogen.
It makes things like plutonium, gold and diamond seem like in comparison, the estimated value of antihydrogen price tag 1000 $771 trillion per ounce to get our little minds around that. That's 1771, followed by 12 zeros dollars per ounce.
There something far more valuable than antihydrogen. You you you are you to God are more precious than anything that he would pay that big box to get you forget that we have a little bit of a problem. Which brings us to the second aspect of this plan and that is your predicament. Notice what it says in verse 18 you were redeemed from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, you know what aimless means means without aim or better put the wrong name you are aimed in the wrong direction you were going the wrong direction and consequently your life was empty unsatisfying vein, tasteless. You might say, and this is true of even the most prominent and wealthy and famous people. I was reading an article about Elvis Presley. The week he died. He was in a hotel room in Las Vegas and he wrote a letter in parts of the letter. He said I feel so alone some time which is curious because years before that he had actually written a song called heartbreak Hotel member that's all well feel so he said I feel so lonely and was sad to me is that he actually became the caricature in the song that he had written about. He was in a hotel. He died that week.
He said I feel all alone. Sometimes actor George Clooney said I'm lonely, I can't sleep. I've used cocaine even though I hated it long before the king of rock 'n' roll, or that actor was another king named Solomon who summed up his whole life by saying vanity vanity all is vanity or emptiness emptiness everything I've tried in life is empty and tasteless. That's aimless living. That's exactly what Peter is writing about here Jesus said what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul. Solomon did. That's the futility of an unredeemed life but look closer your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers.
When I first read this I was around 18 or 19.
When I first remember reading this passage, and it was as though Peter was writing directly about my life.
I came from a very traditional church background.
I received a tradition from my father's church tradition I wasn't say but I had a tradition and since then I've met many people are safe.
I was raised in the same traditional these are the traditions I was raised with so that when we were younger we would ask things like dad, mom, why do we do this.
It's our tradition yeah but is that right, but it's our tradition. Now you might say will what's wrong with people's traditions.
Nothing unless you are trusting in those traditions to save you, then it's wrong they may be good but a good thing can become a bad thing. If it keeps you from the best thing that's what Peter is writing about here. You know, basically, there are only two approaches to God. You might say there are only two religions in the world.
If you studied world religions in college and you studied all the different nuances between this country and that country and this belief system and that you might leave that class and think more. There are so many different ways people have to believe.
I beg to differ. Let me give you the cliff notes to the class to give you the irreducible minimum to that religions class. There are only two religions in the world.
Only two ways to get to God.
Two approaches number one the religion of human achievement. Number two the religion of divine accomplishment.
You could take every single world religion and place it in the first category. Human achievement people believing that by their traditions, their practices, their sincerity, their good works are gonna make it to God. That's the religion the approach of human achievement, but the only way that God says he will be approached as the second category and that's the approach or if you will. Religion, for lack of a better term, the religion of divine accomplishment is not what you do. It's what he's done is not what you work towards. It's the work he has given and done on the cross is not what you earn. It's what you receive. That's what you get redeemed about takes us to the third aspect of this plan and it's your price. What did you cost what is the price tag that God was willing to pay to get you to heaven. Look at verse 19 with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot until valuable.
You were young man walks into a jewelry store with his fiancée and he wants to buy a diamond ring, which is always a mistake to do it together and here's why is the first question the jewelers and asked the young man is what how much are you willing to spend. It's a trick question because she's standing there and she's going yeah how much are you willing to spend, how much am I worth to you as you think in his mind, a crackerjack ring looks mighty fine and she's and I'm not going to happen. The Hope diamond is the most expensive diamond in the world. $250 million is estimated at 45 carats of a blue hued gemstone what he might feel that's what she's worth and we do, you'll never be able even come close to even think about it, but you do have to set a price you know what you cost everything you cost. We cost the very life blood of the son of God, and God was willing to pay it and Jesus was willing to go through it so I Vance have never one time.
Send it to the United States. Chaplain said salvation is free, but it is not cheap. God gave his very best. Years ago, Alan Shepard, one of America's great astronauts who walked on the moon. One of the few men who did was interviewed and he was asked when you are up in space.
Looking back at the earth. What thoughts were going through your mind. Listen to his response. It's a sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that your safety is determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract low. That's a whole different way of looking at a space travel. I am here and will get back based upon the lowest bidder on the government contract listen when God purchased your soul.
You didn't go for the lowest bid. He paid the highest price. The precious blood of Jesus Christ. Licensor precious. Why is it so precious it's so precious because Jesus Christ is the only person who never send never sin with the perfect life never committed a sin. Notice what it says he is without blemish and without spot, blemish is an inherent defect spot is an acquired defect that imagery to simply say he was not born in sin.
He did not commit a sin, without spot without blemish. Most of you know that in the Bible in the Old Testament, especially lambs were used for redemption. Lambs were used for substitute so that you wouldn't dial Amber.goes all the way back to Genesis chapter 4 when Adam and Eve Blewitt. God took the skins of animals and covered them in most scholars believe it was the skin of the Lamb with feel-good lambskin. In that case, it was one Lamb for one person. As time goes on in the Exodus of Egypt in the Passover, they were to take the blood of the lamb and put it on the Littles and doorpost of their homes in case it was one Lamb for one family. As time went on in the book of Leviticus chapter 23 on the day of atonement, the high priest would dip hyssop in blood of the lamb and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and the whole nation would be atone for fear of one Lamb for one person, one Lamb for one family, one Lamb for one nation and you get to the New Testament, John the Baptist sees Jesus coming to the Jordan and says check it out. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Now it's one Lamb for one world and the reason his blood is so precious is it is the only antidote to the sin virus for the whole world. The precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Joseph Parker said in extreme condition demands an extreme remedy until you see that you are doomed and damned. Apart from Jesus Christ you will never truly count his blood precious in your side precious in God's sight is a precious and your side Consumer Reports.
You've all heard about they put on a great little book called how to clean practically anything very practical book, how to clean practical anything and solvents are given for different substances. For example, glycerin will remove ballpoint pen stains boiling water is all you need for very stains vinegar will take care of training on stains among you will handle bloodstains alcohol will take away grass stains hydrogen peroxide will remove magic marker stains, bleach mildew stains and lemon juice will eradicate rust things.
There is nothing in the book of how to get rid of sin stains but there is in this book there is in this book. In first John chapter 1 the blood of Jesus Christ, God's son cleanses a man a woman from all sin. That's a figurative sense things. The precious blood of Christ. No folks something on my heart. I noticed it for years the blood of Jesus Christ is being depreciated by many people in many churches will want to make it after no one mentioned the blood of Christ. They want lots of happy songs you're okay I'm okay. But even seeking to remove any reference to the blood, their churches to have a concerted effort to remove from their him knowledge either song books. Any reference to the blood of Christ because for a long time now people are saying we don't want another bloodier religion. We don't want this old-fashioned gospel blood dripping places. One female theologian by the name of Dolores Williams said and I quote I don't think we need a theory of atonement at all. I don't think we need folks hanging on classes and blood dripping down in weird stuff like that." She is so wrong and here's why.
I give you an example given illustration true story years ago, two trains collided that took the lives of several people.
One was a commuter train filled with people. The commuter train stalled on the railroad tracks always offer coming toward the commuter train was a high speed freight train because the first train stalled.
A conductor was sent out with a flag to weigh the second train down to get it to stop the train came around the bend, but was still moving at a pretty good rate going that slow down. It did not stop and just before impact.
The conductor in the freight train jumped out and saved himself trains collided body parts strewn everywhere. People died trains like pretzels were spread all around the countryside high impact the investigation that followed brought a court case in the courtroom. The conductor of the freight train was brought and asked why he would jump out of the train to save himself and stop the train and he said simply. I saw the flag but the flag that was waived was a yellow flag which in the train business means slowdown does not mean stop I saw yellow flag.
I slow down. I didn't have enough time.
I bailed out last minute there was a collision so they brought the flag and that he wove and that was exhibit a.
Indeed, this flag that was one time bright red had stated due to sun damage over time and now I turned a dirty yellow. The church that at one time had a bright red gospel that gospel has faded, and it saves no one. And we do people at this service.
In fact, the worst disservice than raping the waving the wrong kind of a flag for a commuter train when we don't tell people the truth about hell and heaven, and how to get to heaven. That kind of a gospel will save no one the blood of Jesus Christ needs to be front and center, because it is in the Bible over 300 times. Word blood is mentioned. If you like a bloodied book get a different one than this, it is mentioned 300 times. Blood atonement is the centerpiece in this book we need to get back to the truth of the great old hymn written by Robert Lowry in the 1800s. What can wash away my sin.
Nothing but the blood of Jesus can make me whole again nothing but price basket with a message from the series voxel to Skip to share. You can keep this broadcast going strong connecting people like you to God's word.
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