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October 20, 2020 8:00 am
To present righteousness. That's why everybody shows that the Greek face, but Jonathan Evans says we need to make sure our source of virtue is legit going to righteousness is no different than going to the water to dry off.
This is the alternative Tony author, speaker and pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Texas and president of the alternative from the ancient Greeks to Shakespeare to Mark Twain.
It's been said that clothes make the man. Well, in a special message today from Jonathan Evans will discover there's actually a biblical basis to that age-old cliché. Let's join him as he explains Genesis chapter 321 simply says the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed Adam and Eve were already dressed, so why would God put more clothes on them when they were already covered. It was something about what they were wearing that was insufficient to God. If you think about God is a stylist and he's coming through the garden as it says in chapter 3 verse six and seven in the cool of the day, and he sees Adam and Eve. He must've been unsatisfied with what they covered themselves with. There was a covering that they had on and then in the same chapter it says the Lord God reclothe them so I can hear him going to the garden in the cool of the day in approaching Adam and Eve and seeing what they're wearing and saying in the old Dallas laying what Iago were you think you going to net what you have on doesn't match with the story is headed, so I need to change her clothes because you're not wearing a true covering that can take you where I'm taking you you're wearing something, but what you're wearing, you're not wearing it right. I need to change your clothes and there's many a Christians today who are claiming Christianity while wearing the wrong clothes and were wondering why God isn't taking us and maybe he's saying, you're simply not dressed for the occasion. You're wearing something, but you're not dressed right understand that God cares about what were wearing all through the Bible. He talks about what you read, you go to Matthew 22 when you look at the parable of the wedding feast Jesus comes in he returns the second coming, he will be wed to his bride. He invited some guest into the wedding feast and then he noticed that there was a man in there that was improperly dressed and he told that man that was improperly dressed, go to the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth because you thought it would be okay to come to my wedding feast without the right outfit on. You can't come to my wedding feast unless your dress for the UK, I have a dress code and if you're not wearing the dress code that's conducive to where the story is heading. You may be dressed. You may be covered in your way, but you're not dressed in covered in my way and I'm the one running the show because this is my wedding feast. This one verse gave me pause because he read clothed Adam and Eve when they were already dressed or must've been something about this verse, the Lord God clothed them with garments of skins. Adam and his wife. He didn't like what they were wearing your saved but does God like what you're wearing a member when when you my wife were going on in the day, early on, she married an athlete now what I want to say on it when I say that that means when it comes to dressing just like you know I want to be comfortable just giving some basketball shorts and a T-shirt, not try to dress up as in Jordan in a not just what I do walk out the house like this would a slow, limp, you know, just just try to make it.
I just want to be comfortable and she said okay were going on a date. Go ahead and get dressed but Sam is time we got to so we got about 40 minutes as they were.
Call me and we got 10 minutes level need that much time to put all my basketball shorts and my teacher and resident was in Jordan zoo said they didn't hear gets her clothes also were not late, so I going there and I did my T-shirt that I thousand shorts on the floor does work to put those on majorities on the try to dress it up a little bit and she came into the closet where I was getting dressed and she was combing her hair and then she stopped and dropped now. My wife has two facial expressions shall either smile at you to give you one set of teeth or should give you both sets of teeth and she came into the closet and gave me both sets of teeth. Is that what you really didn't like it. She talks with both sets of teeth.
It is that what you're wearing in the you know I'm like it was that a leading question. Yes, this is currently what I have on yes ma'am. This is what I'm wearing know that stars make a noise. You came into the closet move me to the side.
She picked out a button that got some jeans you know gave me some shoes and she said can you please put this on. Please can you please put this on. I said okay but why do I have to change my clothes. She said because what you're wearing is not conducive to. Where were going and threw her head back and walked out. Okay what I was wearing was simply not conducive to where we were going.
The question is, is what you're wearing. Conducive to where the story is headed. As many of us that claim Christianity and were dressed like a heathen, and God is saying you look good to you and you look good to other people, but I'm showing you both sets of teeth because you're simply not dressed for where this thing is headed and God clothed them with skins.
Adam and his wife. It's amazing to me that Adam and his wife. They went to the environment to find their covering instead of going to the God that they've offended in the environment that therein there chasing after the world and covering themselves with the environment instead of going to the God that will give them the true covering in order to move forward to where the story is headed and there's many Christians today that are chasing after what the environment has to offer to cover ourselves so that I can at least look good in front of you, Adam and Eve at least look good in front of each other. They covered themselves with the fig leaves so that they could at least cover up the issues and front of each other so that their issue would be a nonissue so they can return back to the state where they didn't have issues and I at least want to present to you that I'm covered.
I at least want to present to you that I'm secure.
I at least want to show the right face.
We become professionals in this culture of getting like some people following me and wanting to be liked and wanting everybody to see my pictures and what I have going on. We become professionals at covering ourselves well while God is the giving of both sets of teeth because of the culture that we live in. Many people dress nice from a dirty closet and we seem to think simply because people who are around us are applauding us simply because the culture is saying you look nice.
Good job good career good house good car you put yourself together.
Well you play well you always come to the front. You always raise your hands.
You're here on time and I applaud you, but understand the applause of man and the applause of God are not synonymous, but that's the culture that worry and if I could be honest, there's men in the Christian world that do not love their wise, but they'll be a church on time and they'll button up their time and they'll be saying pharisaic prayers and they'll join the leadership team. They'll become deacons don't do all of those different things and everybody is thinking one thing, and God is thinking something totally different. He's coming into your garden in the cool of the day and he say and what are you wearing as I was reflecting on this in my own study.
It made me look at the closet of my heart and wonder, Jonathan, would you have all because one day he will return his wedding feast will start. You are invited don't get kicked out. It seems to be that what we should be thinking about is what I have on and I guess it wasn't the exterior from the environment and what the environment could bring in what the environment could provide, but if you think about it. We sure are chasing younger chasing. We will get that if I can just get here somehow the environment has the ability to provide the security protection and covering that God provided Adam and Eve before they had the problem. They went to the environment.
Let me get that to get that that makes me feel better, at least in front of you and God is saying in. Is that what you're wearing is not where the story is going. That's not going to cover you. But Adam and Eve. What they do, they found they weren't stupid, Adam and Eve had perfect brains before sin they had already surveyed the garden so I'm sitting here thinking about this woman wanted to choose fig leaves fig leaves were large leaves. If you wanted to get some shade from the sunset under a fig tree because there are some large leaves that are not easily torn there even in the East right now in the marketplace.
You can go shopping in the marketplace and they will place your fruit in a fig leaf and wrap it in a fig leaf so that you can carry your fruit through the marketplace, or if you're buying a lump or a cake they'll wrap it in a fig leaf because they are so large and so strong, and then they will tie them together and put a little pretty bow on it so you can presented as a gift to someone they are valuable. They are large and they are strong in Adam and Eve went to the things in the environment and the things in the world that were valuable, large and strong. Oh, come on in my house. It's valuable in its large and strong when we give you a tour. This is nice you got you got that you got of that element give you a tour and it makes me feel better about myself that you like it. Never mind that is never become a home. Never mind that we fight in all the time and but as long as your as long as you like it let me give you a tour this and were chasing after these fig leaves as long as they're big, the biggest in the culture as long as there strong and there definitely valuable in the marketplace.
But just because it's applauded in the marketplace doesn't mean you won't get kicked out of the wedding feast and I'm looking at this one verse and God clothed him with garments of skins.
Adam and his wife. So I started looking at what I'm wearing because there's many of us in the room that are not conscious about the life that were living. You see, your address represents your life and we go before the judgment seat of Christ. He's going to notice our life by how were dressed in weather were really ready for the occasion. Adam and Eve, you have this problem but don't go to the environment to solve the problem go to the God who knows how to cover you with in the environment that you're in. It's amazing how they were covered when they were neck. It but all of a sudden, even though they covered themselves.
They felt neck it because they hid from God and were getting further and further from God chasing after the environment, chasing after the environment we cover ourselves up while simultaneously feeling neck, but I can have a little but if I have God I have a lot dressed.
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He is my strong-willed child have to let Kelsey strong-willed, but Camden takes the cake.
We put a baby gate up when he was about 18 months to keep them from going up the stairs. This boy went to the outside of the stairs and went up so he's swinging from the stairs on my where is Camden boy if you don't discord because he's determined to do what he wants to were walking down the stairs sent him holding his hand. He's only about 20 months. I know he can get down the stairs by himself, but he steady yanking his hand away from my hand and I'm trying to boy stop. Stop.
You can go down the stairs by yourself. Camden and Egypt owner what he saying that it would nice and so I let him go. We only have one step limits on all the way to minimize snow to gobble all waiting. But I did let him go on the last because I knew his legs were too short. As soon as one leg goes all the other legs will come off before the first leg gets them some bath going happen but he insisted on doing it his own way and sometimes God will just let you do it.
I can't make you believe. I'll let you learn to believe the hardware so I let go of his hand and slapped he recognize he should've stayed with daddy when he was hurting him stand there like this. He came straight to his father, crying in a position with his arms up, pick me up daddy pick me up this amazing when we have those moments of nakedness after we've yanked away. We've gone her own way. We tried to cover ourselves up her own way and we fall flat on her face and then we turn around right appear at the altar. Pick me up daddy pick me up and to this day. I'll go ahead Camden on the stairs and José did anyway.
That morning, down the stairs without because now he knows better. Adam and his wife were neck.
It and they recognize that they were created for righteousness precisely because of the sin you don't recognize things unless you were created for the opposite. Let me explain. If someone tells you life is purposeless.
The word purposelessness would have no meaning unless they were created for purpose. There is no meaning in the term. If I was created for it.
If you put me in a dark world and you gave me black eyes and I was created for darkness and the term darkness would have no meaning. The only way darkness has meaning is if I am in the light. Now I can tell you it's dark, and the term means something Adam and Eve recognize that they were created for righteousness precisely because of the sin and when you fall on your face you recognize that I need to be covered.
I need to be secured.
I need to be protected by none other than God himself. This world can't get it done.
The problem with Adam and Eve is that they ran to the culture for righteousness. They knew they were covered when they lost their covering then they tried to cover themselves to go back to the covering they had which was God's original intent. That's exactly what we do, were just doing it the wrong way. We want to present righteousness. That's why everybody shows such a great face. That's why everybody dresses will that's why everybody presents things a certain way because embedded in you is the image of God and you were made for righteousness.
That's why you defend yourself even if you're wrong, because you really want to be right because you were created for righteousness but going to the world for righteousness is no different than going to the water to dry off your direction has just contradicted what you were put here for in the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed when I you know why because it was unacceptable dress.
But what made God's garments better than the environment's garments.
Why was God satisfied by the skins when he wasn't satisfied by the leaves would you know the obvious answers will God made it. They made those God that the work they did what we know those answers we been turned long, but as I thought about the Bible and I thought about what Genesis 217 says Genesis 217 says Adam the day you eat from this you will surely die. Adam lived. He was over 900 years old. He said when he died spiritually for the wages of sin is that you won't die literally they people die.
We we we die because of sin, the body is contaminated. It's gotta be put to rest. You get a new body because that was contaminated Adam's body and his wife's body, or contaminant, they supposed to die the day you eat from this, Adam. You will surely die, and why you do not. It was a promise from God. The Lord God made garments of skins include now you gotta discover where God got the skins you see in the garden was the first sacrifice, God sacrificed an innocent lamb in the garden. He took the skins off of the lamb and placed it on Adam and Eve as a constant reminder that the only reason why you lived is because that innocent lamb died the propitiation for your sin has been covered.
I am satisfied. And now, your clothing shall be a testimony to everyone who comes after you that this is the way you get this done. This is the way you're supposed to dress and this is the way that you can stay as a part of the wedding feast. I wonder if there's anybody living a life of testimony that the only reason why I live, because he died.
The only reason why I'm here is because there was an innocent lamb who was slain for me for not taking the him and him putting it on him. So I am wearing the righteousness of Christ. What you think came he brought that bogus sacrifice and he's looking right at the skins of his parents. He looking at the testimony and choosing to do it in a different way I look at the testimony of the generation who was come before us, how in the world cannot choose to do it a different way. I will be clothed in the righteousness of Christ.
I will be clothed in the innocent lamb was slain so that I can move forward and go to the place where God is calling me to go if there's anybody in here on the sound of my voice and understand that the only reason why you live in the only reason why you're here is because Jesus Christ was the Lamb who was slain to give you the opportunity to take that you have Evans will come back in a moment with the final challenge to wrap up today's program.
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We have team members standing by day and night to help with your resource requests. Again, dial 1-800-800-3222 will tomorrow. Dr. Evans will explain there are two parts to revival being only half revived doesn't get the job done right now though Jonathan Evans is back to close out today's message with this final thought. Are you clothed in the righteousness of Christ. Isaiah 6110 says I will rejoice in the Lord because he has clothed me with garments of salvation, and he has given me a robe of righteousness. Revelation 19 Ed says her garments were like fine linen and the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
My question is simple. God clothed Adam and his wife with garments of skins. God provided the provision he took the skins and gave it to them as a testimony is your life a testimony of people looking at you and saying oh yeah the only reason why they live is because Jesus Christ died.
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