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August 28, 2021 12:00 am
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This is true for a new generation radio and now the man who preached in 50 states and 50 days, writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics Dr. Alex McFarlane CS Lewis, the great Christian thinker once said that this world is full of suffering with this world is also full of the overcoming of suffering and pain hi Alex McFarlane, you're welcome to this edition of truth for a new generation.
You know, in Romans chapter 8, the apostle Paul said, for I reckon.
Or, I conclude that the sufferings of this present world are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us and he went on to talk about the earnest expectation of the return of Christ and the victory we have is believers. I'm so glad you're listening and will be talking about a very famous verse of Scripture and understanding, and frankly I think is very liberating. Understanding the definitive victory that we have in Christ Jesus. And as his followers. If you're a believer you're a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ then guaranteed biblical promise, by definition, you are a victor you are and overcome her and no problems or pains or sufferings or setbacks that this day can throw at you will negate the reality that you are victorious in Jesus, but nevertheless we are in a fallen world and even painful things, bad things can happen to people of all strata of life in a people have a lot of accidents. I was just reading an article about the different ways people get injured and as you probably know most injuries take place.
At home I read that sacked 4000 people a year are injured by their coffee pot. The coffee pot injuries and I think I've probably had a few of those myself every year, 8800 people are injured in some way with a toothpick in this particular article said that a toothpick is the object most choked on by Americans. That's unfortunate. Every year there are about 15,000 vacuum cleaner related accidents in the United States people tripping over the cord and things like that.
Here is one and I gotta say is I read this statistic, you know, I don't know that we should tell this I mean they say they say the Americas status in view of other nations in our are standing on the world stage has diminished in recent years will if this statistic were well-known it would go down even more sad, but it says on average 100 Americans a year choked to death on a ballpoint pen. Very sad. Don't put the pin in your mouth.
But in spite of these bad things. It's a great life and life is a gift from God and the Bible promises that we are over commerce in Jesus Christ. Now there's a progression here a four point progression in the life of every believer called saved justified glorified the spirit of God calls and maybe even right now as you're listening to this program. If you're thinking about your relationship with the Lord. Maybe God is calling you to make things right and make sure that you are a believer, but we put our faith in Christ, we hear that call we heed that call and you trust Jesus and your saved in the Bible talks about how our sins are washed away in the righteousness of Christ is imparted or imputed to the believer, the spirit of God indwells the believer and in the eyes of the father. We are justified are standing before God.
We are declared righteous we are. We're just in the eyes of God that we didn't earn it. We didn't deserve it but see, that's one of the beautiful things about the Christian message and its its grace, that we simply trust Christ who he is and what he did he pay for our sins on the cross and a legal declaration is made in the Council room of heaven. We are declared righteous and we are we are just by our faith in Jesus. That's in the Old Testament Habakkuk 2 that the justified shall live by faith in the words by faith belief trust we we live. We have everlasting life, and the majority of your Christian life. Odds are, is going to spin be spent in that justified state. I've been a Christian now over 30 years and one day I will leave this world and one day you will to either either by death or the return of Christ.
We this period of history in our life itself will be over, but we will get a glorified body and and I want to talk about that because in verses 29 and 30 of Romans chapter 8 it says the ones that God foreknew he predestined to be conformed to the image of his son. Now as we live this life of justification and sanctification.
Sanctification means to be set apart and we talked about how it says in first Thessalonians 4. This is the will of God, your sanctification, what is God's plan for my life. People often asked me this. This is probably one of the most asked questions that we get how do I know God's will for my life. Well, God's will for your life is number one that you become a believer and number two that you lived a Christ honoring life that you be more and more conformed to the image of Jesus and one day when you leave this world and you get your glorified body, you will be fully glorified.
Now, if you've come a ways from what you were at the moment of salvation and we all have we all should out where increasingly sanctified, increasingly conformed to the image of his son one day will be fully conformed.
It will be glorified or not there yet no one in this particular life is but the beautiful thing is that foreknowledge and predestination.
God knows who will choose him and all who chose Christ and are born again are digested, preordained for ordained predestined eight it to be conformed to the image of Jesus.
And in spite of all of the challenges of this world and I'm going to unpack one of the most famous verses about problems and challenges and how to see from God's perspective. Romans 828 unwanted talk about something that is in Romans 828 a very famous verse something that I think most people miss the will get a pullout award that says so much because it isn't in that verse. Stay tuned. Wintry for new generation returns on 10 for the first time since the covert shutdowns it's the 2021 truth for new generation national apologetics conference worldviews the battles you must win featuring Dr. Alex McFarland Dr. Frank during Sandy Rios and EW Jackson talking about raising children to come to Christ and stay with Christ in the midst of the will. Critical race theory and Marxism in America October 15-17 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina conference and concert by the Birdsong PAG 2021 October 17 register Alex, but.com to read the Bible. Imagine if you knew the future. I don't know about you but I think it would drive me crazy if I knew what was around the corner and probably be afraid of it. If I knew what was on the block.
I probably run from it or want to control it and unfortunately there's one who does know the future God gives us just enough Intel to help us be our best today that Intel is called prophecy, and where the word are you. Come join us in Genesis. As we learn God's perspective on important things yet to come, that scripture awakening.com are you hiring you to read God's great awakening.com for apologetics, resources, books by Alex McFarland and to find out where Alex is speaking to visit Alex McFarland.com back to three generation Alex McFarland.
I'm about to read Romans 828 which is a very famous verse were talking about the overcoming of problems and obstacles that Barcelona mention two things for one the big conference truth for a new generation. It's coming up soon.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina October 15-17, Frank Turek, Sandy Rios, Bishop EW Jackson Leakey Addison music by the award-winning Nashville band the Birdsong's. I'll be there more than a dozen speakers look wickedly talking about critical race theory a biblical response to the work movement. How do we stand against moral relativism and Marxism and stand for truth.
This is for all ages go to my website Alex McFarland.com if you love God and country, and urging you to attend this conference and experience the equipping that we must have to stand strong for faith, family and freedom. I'm asking this question as I'm in front of audiences will your kids grow up in a free America so much hangs in the balance. This is no time to retreat. We must stand strong and October 15-17 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our next truth for a new generation conference with no will be equipped to know what you believe in the reasons why the other thing I want to tell you is our brand-new book.
My other radio program is called exploring the word heard live every day on the American family radio network in my cohost of that program, Bert Harper and I wrote a book together. The top 100 questions from the first 10 years of exploring the word and we got all sorts of questions in it. What about the Bible. What about Jesus and the resurrection.
What about transgender is in gay marriage should a Christian attend a gay wedding. There are 100 questions and answers it's published by Broad Street publications. It's on Amazon right now all the Christian booksellers in a Barnes & Noble ask for the book, the 100 Bible questions and answers by Alex McFarland and Bert Harper and also if you would like to support this ministry. We would love to send you a copy. You can go on my lap my website and give securely. Alex McFarland.com but I want to get back to Romans 828 very famous verse it says and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Now the larger context of Romans chapter 8, which by the way, as you probably know Romans is my favorite book of the Bible you know Romans six and seven talks about that we are dead to sin and we are alive in Christ Jesus, and we are to be servants of righteousness. And it's interesting. There's kind of a wordplay because, you know, a servant doesn't really get paid a slave to righteousness, but it says at the end of Romans chapter 6 the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
If if you are working for sin. The only paycheck you going to get is death separation from God. Romans 621 talks about the fruit of sin is death is the end of those things is death, but we are set free from sin and here's a wordplay where now servants of God's servants of righteousness will a servant or a slave doesn't get a wage.
But here's the beautiful thing. The wage of a believer is eternal life, but the wages of sin is death, and it goes on and in Romans seven it famously talks about the struggle between the old nature and the new nature and positive that which I don't want to do I do that which I do want to do. I don't do who will deliver me from this body of death.
Romans 724 and it would be very agonizing if we didn't have any help, but Romans eight beautifully. Romans 81 begins. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit. See, there's no condemnation of your born-again believer. Positionally you are in Christ. Now there are things that conspire to come between you and God Bible basically summarizes the world the flesh and the devil were in a fallen world and all around us is all manner of sin from violence and robbery in terrorism in American citizens left in Afghanistan. The situation going on over there literally a humanitarian crisis and there's domestic violence, and there's marital conflict and there's drug abuse and substance abuse. And then there's just our own fallen nature that mitigates against the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Paul may be the agony in his voice. In Romans 724 says who will deliver me from this body of death, a wretched man that I Romans eight says look there's no condemnation. We have been called we are saved justified, increasingly sanctified, one day will be glorified. So let's land on verse 28 of Romans eight we know that all things work together for good. Now this world is full of circumstances, things, people, events, history, accidents all things. It's a world of endless things right.
Notice it doesn't say that all things are good, but it does promise that our providential God can sovereignly make all things work to gather for the good.
Very interesting. The wording their means coalesce. In other words at all. It all worked out. It all came together and God is superintending and guiding the ship of history now to now all things don't necessarily work together for the good to those that hate God and who rejected God's call.
In fact, the Bible says the way the transgressor is heart. But here's the thing, and this is why we need to rest easy and rejoice in Jesus for them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. But notice as Romans eight concludes you'll see in your Bible board. He is is in italics and in the English Bibles assist who are the called according to his purpose. But in the original Greek is really only the called according to purpose.
And what does that mean. Stay tuned and you'll find out on this edition of truth for a new generation wanted to raise your hand during the sermon will here's your chance. Hi Alex McFarland here from the nationally syndicated radio program exploring for more than 10 years. My cohost Bert Harper and I have taught scripture and answered hundreds of vital questions. We've compiled a brand-new book of the top 100 Bible questions from listeners of all ages from questions about supposing Bible contradictions to apologetics facts that prove the truth of Scripture.
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We can know that God is in control and maybe you've got some things in your life that are stretching your faith or challenging you trust God, renew your hope in Jesus, maybe even right now, today, you want to say within your heart, Lord, I do believe in Lord I trust you and I want to know you and trust you even more and I want to talk about the fact that there is a word not in the original Greek. It's put in the Bible really as as a connecting word or passing word to iron out the wrinkles whenever you see something in your Bible award that's in italics very likely it's a word that had to be inserted it because in translation there's what's called the donor language and then there's the recipient language well for the Bible. It's Hebrew and Greek. The donor language.
The Bible is translated from Hebrew into English, whatever Spanish Chinese one of the many dialects and then there's the recipient language, which is the language Scriptures being translated to all. Sometimes in the recipient language they have to add a word here or there. Not to change the meaning of the Scripture.
But to just make it work now it says in Romans 828 and we know that all things work together. That means coalesce come together for what for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. So God is big enough that even tragedies, even things that are unfair if we give it to God. Trust God, live right, God will work it out and it will redound for our good and his glory. God is always about those things. The good now. What is quote of the good. It might not be what you necessarily want, but ultimately retrospectively as you look back.
We have to be honest.
God really did do things that were in our best interest. I think God in my own life.
I think God for the prayers that I prayed that didn't get answer.
The way I asked them to.
There's been things that I almost demanded of God requested of God and then things went a different way and then one day eventually.
I look back and say thank you God. I am really glad that you knew better than I did about what my true needs were so God always does things for our good and his glory and that is what the good good is in a way that well it would be good if I had more money got a better car.
Whatever God may give you those things.
But remember, Matthew 633 seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these other things will be added to you. God knows you're going to be joyful you can be fruitful, stable, emotionally sound all the things that you really would want for yourself that's going to be the good in your life that the highest good. The right good good good if you put Jesus first and so all the things that come down the pike God's gonna weave it together for your highest and best interest. Now here's where I want to talk about the word, that is, they are, who are the called according to purpose and the English Bible. The recipient language is says to his purpose. But interestingly, in the Greek it really says according to purpose know what is purpose.
We think okay well there's there's a goal or a reason.
But ultimately, here is history's purpose. Do you know in all of history. There is really only one purpose, and that is that the kingdom of God be ushered in. And so we don't even have to say God's purpose as opposed to all the other purposes in a kingdom's countries leaders people's circumstances history itself. That's not even real really. I mean history happens but you know what all of reality is moving irrevocably to this point that the kingdom of God will be ushered in an like the book of Revelation says that the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdom of our God and of his Christ and he will reign forever and ever. That is purpose. So if Christ's kingdom, and the king himself is purpose and it's happening it's coming you can be a part of it. You can be a joint heir with Jesus and a co-recipient of heaven and everything is moving toward purpose God's purpose than the converse of that is all the noise in the. The sound and fury of this world is not even purposeful. As much as I love history, even music and art and I appreciate accomplishments and so many people achieve so many things.
It is gone and forgotten because it is not substance.
Only God's truth and God's kingdom has real substance. Dino Hudson Taylor. He was the founder of China inland Mission. They said he hung on the wall of his home. A plaque with two Hebrew words.
Ebenezer and Jehovah Gyro the first word Ebenezer means quote hitherto the Lord has provided and helped us in the second were Jehovah Gyro remains the Lord will see to it and provide see one looks back one looks forward.
Up until now the Lord has provided Ebenezer and looking for the Lord will provide Jehovah Gyro and so we know listen, God has been with us. God is with you now and in every tomorrow. God will be with you that every moment of history in a time is a fascinating thing with seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, centuries. The smallest unit of time is a yacht second why OCT unit at the smallest unit of time.
A young active second 20 years of time is a Vista finial you know we talked about a Centennial Bicentennial 20 years is a this finial some of you may be have lived for three or four or even five. The scenarios that's a 20 year.
Jill what every moment the Lord is on his throne, and God is in control and in this life. Now today all things will be woven together for the ultimate good. By the one who is our eternal Savior Jesus Christ. TMG radio is made possible by the friends of Alex McFarland ministry, PO Box 10231 is Borough, NC 27404.
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