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May 9, 2021 8:00 am
To worship in the word with Pastor Robert today were starting a new series called sons not serve. I'm your host Patrick and I just want to welcome you into thinking so much for tuning in with us this new series focuses on one of the most powerful parables Jesus ever told, which is the story about the prodigal son in Luke 15. Even if you've heard this parable 100 times. There's still so much we can learn from.
Over the next three messages.
Pastor Robert is going to share the glorious truth of a relationship with the father and how we've been given a robe of righteousness, a ring of authority in shoes of such. So let's jump right in with three week series. I'll be here all three weeks and I'm calling the series songs, not servants. And I'm taking it from the story. Luke 15 of the prodigal son and that he wanted to be treated like a servant because his behavior had been bad, but the father still treated him like a son and so I know that we do serve the Lord. I know that most of the apostles begin their epistles with servant of the of Jesus Christ servant of God.
I know were servants and I know we serve. But I've got to clarify some things that and here's the main thing were not sons because we serve we serve because were sucks, but were songs because a birthright, not because of behavior say that one more time were sons and daughters because a birthright, not behavior in order to look at this in Scripture here, but when the sun returns the prodigal son returns the father gives a three gifts so were going take the next three weeks allegedly free gifts in the first is the robe of righteousness gives him a robe array shapes and so we'll talk about the robe of righteousness and what that means right but this notice were going to read a little bit and look for faith. Notice how many times you'll see the word son or you'll see the word serve right and want to show you some things out of all my years of preaching and special 50 never seen before. It's a wonder it's the word is so amazing you can open the word up and see something you never say so and 15. Look at verse 17 it says that when he came to himself, you know that's the prodigal son when he realized he would be better give yet that's what it means in the Greek, he said, how many of my father's hired servants.
I just want you notice the word hired because he's talking about employees here guides on how much slaves. Nobody employees are people who are enslaving so many boards hired they get paid for what they did. How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough brand.
I just simply want to remind you we talk about the blessed life and beyond. Last that, that doesn't mean the car we drive or the house we live in or anything like that means we have more than enough.
We have enough to provide for our family and more paperwork to help others. So he's saying even my father's employees have more than enough more than enough bread but I perish here with hunger memories in the PPM right now. I will arise and go to my father and I will say to him. Father, I sinned against heaven and before you come back. This phrase will watch this.
I am no longer worth it to be called your son. There's a large Sunday artsy Lord servants treated me as one of your hired servants are not worthy to be called the son treat me like a servant. Now I just try to remember that because you go to see in a moment that he's worked up his speech and the father doesn't let him finish. I'm no longer worthy to be called the son treat me as a servant. I'm not good enough to be assigned treat me as a servant all right and he arose and came to his father while he was still a long way off. That means the father is always looking for prodigal's to come home, his father saw him, felt compassion and that's how he feels about Chronicles and rayon. That means God will come to you if you'll start commending him and embraced him and kissed him, and the son said to him remember his speech. Father, I sinned against heaven and before you, and I'm no longer worthy to be called your son. But but the father said notice again letting finish treat you like a servant but the father said to his servants, bring quickly the best robe and put it owning put array understand all three of these things represent something Scripture that will look at and shoes on his feet and bring the fatted calf and kill it and let us eat and celebrate for this my son was dead and is alive again. He was lost and is found.
And they began to celebrate. Notice he doesn't get to finish her speech at. Here's the first thing they know about these gifts and will get the point one in the moment I shall explain little about the servants and sons, is that every gift that he gave him was a gift you gave a son not a servant. Everyone of them will show you in Scripture, it's what you took away from servants, but you gave only the sons the robe in the rain and the shoes and allowing it. Also noticed several times Jesus makes statements like this. John 835 and a sleigh does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Galatians 4 therefore you are no longer a slave but a son by the way John in his pocket. Modestly, the CN Galatians orthopnea a slave to the wall in John 1515 Jesus said, no longer do I call you servants for a servant does not know what his master Zürich.
So what's the robe represent again it's the robe of righteousness, I will show you several Scripture throughout the message, but let me show you what Isaiah 60 1C and I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, the robe of righteousness. So let me remind you what does righteousness mean it means right standing with God right standing with God. But here we don't talk about member always liked reports.
Here's the number one earned our gift because this will change everything in your life and you can't imagine how many of you will give the answer. It's a gift, but you act like it's armed. This changes everything about the way you see God. Everything about the way you see yourself everything about the way you see your behavior and your performance. Everything about the way you see others.
Everything about the way you treat yourself everything about the way you treat others everything you Brathwaite 3.you can't imagine how if if I could flip the switch you that it is 100% against and 0% are tell me what the prodigal son had done to earn these three gifts been prodigal wasteful living living without restraint is what product will meet at and especially in the area of sex, promiscuity and drinking that's that's the definition being a product. So what had he not done to earn these two gifts nothing that they were gifts and I want you to notice what he said yes this is the part out of all the times I've read this and preached on this passage. I'd never seen this verse 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. I am no longer worthy to be dissected.
That tells me that means at some point he thought he was working. Think about it.
In other words, what you said. I'm not worthy to be called your son. He said I'm no longer working. I was when I stayed home. When I did the right thing. I was worth it. When I did the wrong thing that was important.
I listen we think this white we come to church and we had a bad way we think. I'm not worthy this weekend to worship God to lift my hands I'm like Obama hypocrite.
Nobody knows what I did this week what I did last night. I am no longer worthy to be called a son or daughter and have a good week and we say what I read in the devotional.
So this week I'm working.
Let me just give you some good news which is actually maybe bad news to you but it's actually good news were more if you do if you didn't watch all seven days and not worthy. So you show a few verses now I'm in Romans four and is talk about Abraham, but he quotes some Old Testament Scriptures to back it up and then it applies it's us and I'll go back to the Scripture about Abraham, but it will start with that, then you'll see why the moonlight Romans four verse six says. Just as David also describes the blessedness are blessedly happy. The happiness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works as I know you like, to whom God balances his account of righteousness apart from works.
Romans four, verse 23.
Now it was not ready for his sake alone is so not Abraham that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It was written for us.
It shall be imputed to our accounts shall be balanced to us who believe in him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. Is it on righteousness know it's imputed it's it's a gift it's free so you can't say I'm not worthy this week as I just want you know you're more than last week and will be one day next week. So here's the Scripture were Romans four, puts all this together but I want to show you a different word in the English it's the exact same Greek word for imputed.
That's the same Greek word of the two.
I just read that are imputed right.
Romans four verse three for what does the Scripture say Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to EM for righteousness. In other words, when Abraham believed God put his faith in God. God put righteousness in Abraham's account and the reason that he can do that is because he put Abraham's CN into the sun's account.
The reason your account got balanced is because cod took your day at out of your tail and put his assets in your account.
That's the reason you're Got balanced. That's why think so much for listening to worship and the word pastor. If you would like to get a copy of this or any of Pastor Robert. Other messages come visit to Robert, forgive us a call 833923. Again, be sure to visit email@example.com or call 8339 ROBERT so much so let's get back with her second thing on site. Don't listen to the accuser in Zachariah it's it's perfect it's perfect about how God clothes us removes our iniquity and gives us a robe of righteousness is talking not Joshua there too. Josh was in the Old Testament you need to know one led the people into the promised land.
He was Moses, the successor, the other was the high priest that led the people of God back into the promised land after the exile goes on to Johnson Sealtest. Joshua means God saves God's salvation. So this is all not Joshua the high priest Zachariah three verse one they showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord when he says the angel boards document. Jesus is saying. Standing at the right and to oppose him notice were standing at his writing, and the Lord said to say, the Lord rebuke you Satan the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you is yes referring to Joshua not a brand plucked from the fire. Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and was standing before the angel.
Then he answered and spoke to those who stood before him say take away the filthy garments from him and a him. He said see I have removed your iniquity us with filthy garments. Thenceforth I've removed your iniquity from you and I will clothe you with rich roads. I remove your iniquity. Now remember I told you a few months ago in a message iniquity is from the root word in equity. In other words, what you iniquity me is not equal. It's getting equitable here. Here's what this meant. None of us are equal with God put all the good you've ever done. You'll never be equal with God. You can't make it all away never be equal with God is to invite Jesus in your life is equal.but he said I removed your filthy garments. Now here's what all of us think that means a sense and he said I remove your iniquities.
It is, it does base inequities, but I take that just a little bit farther there were two trees in the garden. There was the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Say we think a lot about iniquity is only being able to understand is even what you've done. That's good is that God you saline got over to the tree of life See a lot of times we actually say I'm trying to choose free what's good and bad know should be trying to play much life-and-death. God is life so so here's one for flood so they set up take you and your filthy garments take shocking Scripture we put these together. Isaiah 64 six all our righteousness, says rural are like filthy rags filthy garments.
There's one transit.
The best thing about me is not as good as the worst thing about.even the good things I've done are still inequitable with God. So he removes his iniquity. That's one thing. Another thing he does is he rebukes his accuser. Remember, a said he said sex Satan standing at the right and in the Lord rebuke you stay in the right hand. This is good if you can't figure out this is good job. I don't know what your woods whether some of this is good. Revelation 12 says so the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the devil and Satan deceives the whole world. He was casting Derek and his angels were cast out with him and then I heard a loud voice. I have it now salvation, and strength in the kingdom of our God and the power of Christ is price jumped for the accuser of our brethren, who accused VM accused Bastian's before our God day and night is recast down now. Some believe it happened for the father world, simply, that happens at the second coming.
Some believe this happened at the cross, but I do want to show you member Satan standing at the right hand. When you just combine that with another Scripture Romans 834 who is he who condemns number two could condemn God's elect. It's Christ who died and furthermore is also risen and just make a point and will keep this word furthermore and furthermore who is even at the right hand of God and furthermore makes intercession for us.
You don't only have not been accuser.
It is more of an intercessor at the right hand of God is to have an accuser at the right hand of God.
You now have an advocate at the right so he got Jesus eight removes iniquities, he rebukes the accuser and the roads because he doesn't leave them make an recessive Joshua. Not only will I go to remove your filthy garments. I will clothe you with rich roads, rich roads and by that which we went. Revelation says it talks about the richness God has placed airmen that are going to watch that is going straight is not when they ask if you want to look at it read Ephesians 2 our God who is rich in mercy and sell riches is rich enough to forgive your sins is rich enough to pay the full penalty for you is rich enough for Jesus that a substitutionary is another big theological or perpetual Tory blood ball. Salvation is what Jesus did for you completely. That's a rich goddess. I got saved like tea but for years I didn't understand that the robe of righteousness. I understood that God forgave them all my sin when I didn't realize was that he took when brushing and I walked in shame for years because of the sin I was involved until I understood that robe was to take away to cover me from my past. I have to tell everybody what I'd done because I have a robe hairspray number three live like the sun live like a son not your ears will say I said that the first were not sense because we serve. But we do serve because were sons. So don't go live in the pig. Don't leave the father's house.don't. There's no reason to do this I'm talking about righteousness is a gift, but we still should live righteously. We now have the power of the Holy Spirit to live righteously. It doesn't mean were going be perfect, but does mean well to try to be righteous in the live righteously. Revelation 19 we talked about the price. The bride says, and her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. So there's righteousness. A robe of righteousness that I get just because I accept Jesus as my Savior. But when I go to heaven. There's fine linen that I'm close with which were my own righteous acts that idea under the power of the Holy Spirit unrighteous because the blood of Jesus.
I'm not righteous by my performance unrighteous by his performance, but I'm tempted to live unrighteously sometimes and that's when, after a long Holy Spirit. So tell your story and refinish so this a long time ago, probably 35 years or so and we were having a couple over for dinner in about 30 minutes before they got there. Debbie said I think that it's his birthday this week and then she does like the lady asked at some point she says you go to the grocery store you get a birthday cake and you get it quickly so you get back before they get here because we don't want them to think we forgot even though we forgot so I go to the grocery store and there were like seven or eight people waiting at the bakery department and there was one lady trying to help everybody and there was another lady sitting down reading a magazine and this is how long it was ago, smoking a cigarette taken her break in 09 Kaibab binder center by needs right but all these people you know were lined up and I was getting more and more impatient and unrighteous thoughts were coming to my mind was. She just said no you know and I'm just about to say and I know you never thought anything like this, but I'm not say lady all by your partner cigarettes if you get off your fat cannot we just tell you if you have thoughts like that. You're welcome a gateway trip goes well for him because every now and then I met Steve outside. I so I'm I'm about. I'm trying to think of how to say something but not will be to unrighteous and I notice someone has moved up beside me and you have to remember I'm now on Pastor Robert grocery store.
Best, Robert-I was evangelist I travel and preach Crusades and people get saved and things like that and I notice I turn and there's a man and his son standing there and he says are you Robert Morris and I said yes I am. And he said this is my son Johnny and he got saved in one of your Crusades and wanted to come over and meet this is right before I was about, so unrighteous by the blood of Jesus, but I don't always live righteously, but it won't to I want to be a good example of our Lord. Praise God that we are sons and daughters because of birth and whether you had a great week or a bad God has made everything right between you and him through what Jesus did on the cross and like the father in this parable, God is so good to pick us up in love and welcome us back home with righteousness, which is when you take a minute and think about what Pastor Robert Scheer today and really listen to what the Holy Spirit is if you'd like to get a copy of that sort any of Pastor come visit us at Pastor Robert gives a call 833933, to be sure to visit Pastor Robert.com or call 833933 can also fall Pastor Robert, thanks so much for doing this makes time. Pastor Robert is sharing how we've been given authority as children of God have