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Redeemed #2

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June 13, 2024 12:00 am

Redeemed #2

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Welcome to The Truth Pulpit with Dawn Green, Founding Pastor of Truth Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hello again, I'm Bill Wright. It is our joy to continue our commitment to teaching God's people God's Word. Today Dawn is continuing with the second part of a message we started last time.

So let's get right to it. Open your Bible as we join Dawn now in The Truth Pulpit. Well, today's passage gives us a basis upon which to praise God with a fresh sense in our hearts, to come to the communion table with an even deeper sense of appreciation and thankfulness, and praise in our hearts to God.

Look at verse seven with me, with those things in mind. In Him, we have redemption through His blood. In Him, a price was paid to deliver you from your slavery to sin, Satan, and self. When salvation then, redemption then, solves the problem, it solved the problem of your slavery to sin and Satan. In that dark black room, with your helpless soul wrapped in dark black chains, with a dark black force ruling over the atmosphere in which your prison took place, you were in no position, you had no ability whatsoever to purchase your own release, to pay for your own release. There was nothing you could do. You were helpless. Scripture speaks in that way.

In fact, I want to point this out to you. Turn back to the book of Romans chapter five with me for just a moment. In the New American Standard, Romans chapter five, verse six says, for while we were still helpless.

Here in the ESV, it reads, for while we were still weak. At the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. Verse eight, God shows His love for us, and that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Verse 10, if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.

Helpless, weak, enemies, sinners. That's the way it was. That's the way that we were. And so, to now be in Christ and to have the doctrine of redemption brought to our attention through the Word of God, we realize how magnificent Christ is, how magnificent the gift of salvation is, that something was done to deliver us when we could not save ourselves. That a price was paid in order to release us from that dark, dingy, that dark, dingy, damp dungeon where there was no hope, there was no window to let any light in whatsoever. And yet, just as the angel entered into the dungeon and set Peter free in the book of Acts, in a physical sense, Christ came into our spiritual dungeon and set us free through the payment that He rendered on the cross of Christ.

The doctrine of redemption, that one word summarizes for you that it crystallizes everything that the death of Christ did to deliver us in the fact that a price was paid, that Jesus Christ paid a price for you. And in the words of Christ in John 10, He did it voluntarily. He said, no one's taken my life from me, but I lay it down on my own accord. He laid it down on his own accord. He willingly did this. He wanted to do this.

Can you imagine? Think of how easily you react against people who offend you, how easily you can take offense when something doesn't go your way or someone looks at you or says something to you crossly, and maybe you have a hard time forgiving or look at it from the other perspective. We've all been there where you've done something, you've said something, you regret it, but the other person holds it against you.

And nothing that you can do can seem to change their mind. That's human nature. That's sinful human nature, but it's not the nature of God. It's not the nature of Christ. Rather than holding it against us and pulling out the whip, the spiritual whip that he could have used on us with justice, he laid the whip aside, took up the towel as it were, speaking metaphorically here, laid aside his garments, wrapped the towel around himself, and then went and washed our dirty feet by shedding his blood at the cross, paying the price that God required for sinners to be released from slavery to sin. Now, beloved, if you can't love Christ after hearing that, if your heart isn't full of praise and gratitude and respect and awe and praise at Christ, man, I wouldn't be real confident that you're a Christian. How could any Christian hear these things and not have his heart bend and bow down before Christ for redemption?

And look up in Ephesians chapter 1 verse 7 with me again. In him we have redemption through his blood. You could say that the price of redemption was the blood of Christ himself. Christ suffered a violent, degrading death to secure your redemption. In Philippians 2 we read that he humbled himself to the point of obedience to death, even death on a cross. He went to the very bottom of human existence.

In that first century society, a cross, a crucifixion, was the most degrading, humiliating, painful, pain-infested death that anyone could die at that time. And Christ went to that point in order to save you from your sins. He poured out his blood in sacrificial death to save you. To save you.

Why? Why was that necessary? Well, God, you know, you read the early books of the Bible and in Leviticus, Exodus and Leviticus in particular, you see that God had established the principle that that holy, innocent blood had to be shed in sacrifice and substitution for the sinner if they were going to be able to meet with God. In Christ, what those shadows foretold, Christ fulfilled. In Hebrews 9, verse 22, it says, without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. And God required holy blood, perfect blood, infinite blood, human blood. And guilty sinners don't have innocent holy blood to offer up for their own sins. There's no one else in humanity that had any innocent blood to offer, let alone for it to be sufficient to atone for the sins of someone else.

We were desperately lost, desperately enslaved. And here comes Christ, gentle, riding on a donkey, that I'm speaking metaphorically here, that carried him to the cross in humility, in gentleness, in self-sacrifice, without retaliation, praying for those who crucified him. Father, forgive them. They don't know what they're doing.

Who is like that? To pay a price like that from such a lofty position to such a lowly position for such a languid sinner as you and me. Now, look again at our text, verse 7. We have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses. Forgiveness being the idea that God does not hold our sins against us any longer.

He does not take them into account as he deals with us. Psalm 103, verse 12 says that as far as the east is from the west, so far as he removed our transgressions from us. Elsewhere, scripture uses the picture that he's buried our sins in the depths of the sea. When God looks at us, he no longer sees our sin. He sees us clothed in the righteousness of Christ. He accepts us on the full same basis as he does Christ himself, because he accepts us based on the imputed righteousness of Christ. He accepts us based on the fact that Christ paid for our sins. And so there is complete forgiveness in the sin, meaning that God does no longer hold our sins against them.

He does not take them into account in his dealings with us. They are no longer a barrier to us going to heaven. They are no longer a barrier to our access to him in our standing before him. The forgiveness of our trespasses. See, it's not just that you had made some mistakes.

Let's put an end to this kind of nonsense verbiage. This kind of nonsense verbiage that minimizes the guilt of our sin and spares us a little bit of pride. Beloved, when scripture says that you were a sinner, it's saying far more than the fact that you had made some mistakes.

You know, you made mistakes on your third grade arithmetic papers. Sin is something far more than that. Sin is culpable rebellion against God, rejection of him, defiance of his law. No, it's not that you made mistakes. You committed willful acts of disobedience against God in your heart, in your affections, in your motives, in your words, and with the deeds of your hands.

There was this thoroughgoing rebellion by nature against him. And so your trespasses indicate how much you had violated the boundaries of God. God says, no trespassing. And you say, oh, yes, I'll go right where I want to go, thank you very much, and crossed over the boundaries.

What can we say? There was responsibility for them, there was accountability for them, and those trespasses had to be punished. Every sin ever committed will be punished, either eternally in hell or imputed to Christ on behalf of God.

On behalf of the one who believes. But your sins needed to be punished. There was a price to be paid for them.

And you were without excuse for all of that rebellion. Had nothing to say to recommend yourself to Christ. And yet, or you could say, but God, but Christ said in love goes to the cross, pays the price of your redemption so that you could be eternally free from the penalty of sin, be delivered from the slavery of Satan and be made a slave of a different master, the Lord Jesus Christ. And now we no longer sit in a dark room with black chains around our soul. Now, as others have said, we sit in willing bonds at the feet of Christ, glad to have this master and not wanting the chain that connects us to him to ever be broken.

And it never will be because nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. And so in Christ, your sins are forgiven. In Christ, God has permanently canceled your responsibility for those sins. The responsibility for them was laid on Christ. He paid the price, the benefit of that payment credited to your account so that there are no longer demerits in your standing before God.

And I'll just say it one more time, beloved. Christ did this voluntarily. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.

No one has taken it away from me, but I lay it down on my own initiative. Christ voluntarily paid the price so that you, you who could not satisfy the debt on your own so that you could be adopted into the family of God. I ask you, beloved, what manner of love is that?

What kind of love is that? That's the fact of redemption. Well, let's go to our second point here before we come to the Lord's table.

This will be very brief. The focus of our redemption. The focus of our redemption.

Going back to the song that I alluded to, I made my choice and my choice made me free, to use that as a contrast to what the true focus is. What redemption does is even the most basic consideration like we've made here this evening, the most basic consideration of redemption causes us, delivers us into a recognition of the greatness of the kindness and the mercy of God. Look at verses seven and eight with me. After we've seen that we were chosen, we're adopted, we're redeemed, look at the end of verse seven. All of this is a question of the Lord's love for us. Look at the end of verse seven. All of this is according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us.

Grace. There's that word that God extended undeserved favor to those who deserved his judgment instead. Instead of getting the judgment we deserved, we've received favor from God. We've received benefit from God when we deserved the exact opposite of it.

And look at it. You just look at the words and let the words speak to your heart. It's not just that God showed grace to us. It's not just that, beloved. It's that God gave us grace richly, abundantly. We went to the greatest palace in the world, so to speak, and the owner of that house put on a lavish banquet for us. And out of the riches of out of the riches of all that he had, according to the infinite measure of his grace, it was according to those riches that he poured it out on us. He did not do this reluctantly.

He was not a miser about it. He did not say, oh, well, all right, come on in, make you feel guilty as you're coming. This is according to the riches of grace, not just grace, the riches of grace. And it's not just that he gave the riches of his grace to us.

Look at it there in verse eight. He lavished that grace upon us. God lavishly poured the blessings of grace upon your unworthy soul when you deserve judgment instead. He poured out, he let loose a thunderstorm of mercy, a thunderstorm of faithfulness. He opened the floodgates of heaven and it all rained down. He wasn't stingy.

He didn't send a little drizzle. He sent showers of blessings upon us. In the old days, we used to sing a hymn, there will be showers of blessing.

I don't know if any of you remember that, but I remember one line in particular as I stand here. Mercy drops around us are falling, but for the showers we plead. Thank God we see some of the evidence of your kindness. We see your benefits in mercy, but Lord, it's like a drizzle. Send the showers. Well, in salvation, in Christ, in redemption, God just sent forth a relentless rain of mercy upon us.

Not a couple of drops here and there. He opened the faucet and it's been running in our hearts ever since. An open faucet of grace, letting forth the purest streams of the water of God's goodness and kindness, pouring into our souls, washing us from sin, refreshing our hearts, and satisfying our thirst in a way that that thirst never returns. Beloved, God has rained down his blessings on you without measure.

And what do we say in response to that? Go back to verse three. No wonder, when Paul knew that he was about to unpack these things, no wonder Paul said, blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to him. Verse six, we'll go through it again, to the praise of his glorious grace. Verse 12, to the praise of his glory. Verse 14, to the praise of his glory. And now in chapter three, verse 20.

Chapter three, verse 20. Actually, let's start in verse 17 and we'll close with this. Paul's been praying that in verse 16, according to the riches of his glory.

Look at the nouns and the adjectives that Paul uses throughout this to express the concept of abundance. We must put aside our meager thoughts of the goodness of God and replace them with what scripture says are the riches of his grace, the riches of his glory, the riches of his kindness. Verse 16, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his spirit and your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, that you being rooted and grounded in love may have strength to comprehend with all the saints. And then Paul goes on to one of these spirit-inspired flourishes that is just taking human language to the highest mountaintops that it can possibly go.

That you would understand with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Look back just for a moment at Ephesians chapter two before I read those final verses in chapter three. We'll be looking at these verses soon in the course of our teaching. Verse four, but God being rich in mercy because of the great love with which he loved us. Verse seven, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace and kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Rich in mercy, great love, immeasurable riches. Do you see it, beloved? Do you see it?

We have got to stop thinking limited small thoughts about the goodness of God to us and say, Lord, by faith I believe what your word says, that your love is great, that your kindness is rich. It's immeasurable. It's too high. It's too broad. It's too deep.

I can't sound the limits of it anywhere. Now go to the end of chapter three and see the riches of God and the glory that we give to him in response. Verse 20, now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.

Amen. Amen, brother and sister in Christ. Redemption is what we remember as we come to the table in this ordinance that the Lord Jesus appointed.

It's really remarkable to think about. I mean, it's really, really remarkable to think about that in the genius of God, these infinite glories of which we've been speaking here this evening are ably represented by the simplest of symbols, the bread and the cup, the bread representing his broken body, the juice representing his blood poured out, and in these simple elements representing infinitely great doctrines for which we will praise God throughout all of eternity, the infinite riches of Christ represented in this time and in this remembrance. So we gratefully remember tonight the Christ who delivered us from our sins. If you're a Christian and you are not living in conscious rebellion against God, you're not refusing to repent of anything, any known sins in your life, we invite you to share on the table and to do so with joy. If you're not a Christian, we just ask you to let the elements pass. This is the Lord's table for the Lord's people.

And if you don't belong to the Lord, then this is not for you. Just take the opportunity to observe, watch what happens, and ask the Lord to work a work in your heart that you could share in this joy as God works in your heart. So let's bow in prayer as the men come forward in order to service the elements. Let's bow in prayer. Our great God and Father, we thank you for redemption. And we thank you for this opportunity to remember the body and blood of our Lord and to proclaim his death until he comes. Father, tonight we believe in the riches of your grace, the immeasurable extent of your love and kindness toward us in Christ. And we thank you for it. You did not love us reluctantly.

We do not return our thanks reluctantly. In response to your generous love, we give generous thanks and look forward to sharing around this table the supper that you have appointed for us. We praise you, Lord Jesus. We thank you for redemption. We thank you for voluntarily paying the price that we could be free, free from sin, free from Satan, free from self, and glad slaves of a great, great Savior.

We pray in Jesus' name. Amen. That's Don Green here on The Truth Pulpit. And here's Don again with some closing thoughts. Well, my friend, thank you for joining us for yet another podcast from The Truth Pulpit. And we wanted to let you know that in addition to these audio resources, we have a podcast that you can know that in addition to these audio resources that you are enjoying, that there are also written resources from my ministry. The Lord has given us opportunity to put some of the things that I've taught over the years in print.

And I have one book in particular that I would want to call your attention to. It's the most popular book that I've published so far called Trusting God in Trying Times. It's a book born out of deep personal sorrow and is brought into context, you might say, through the Word of God. How to trust God when you are going through the deepest valleys and the most sorrowful things in life. How do you trust God through those times when you can't see your way forward?

I've been there, my friend. And the book Trusting God in Trying Times speaks to that spiritual experience in the life of the believer. You can find all of my books at thetruthpulpit.com. That's thetruthpulpit.com. Just click on the link there.

You'll find links to different books and you will find that they take you to an easy place to purchase them for your reading enjoyment. So thank you once again for joining us on The Truth Pulpit. We'll see you next time as we continue to study God's Word together. That's Don Green, founding pastor of Truth Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thank you so much for listening to The Truth Pulpit. Join us next time for more as we continue teaching God's people God's Word.
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