Sunday, January 6, 2019

Answering Christmas – Part 4: Who did Jesus Die For? - HOFC


Answering Christmas – Part 4:
Who did Jesus Die For? - HOFC
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

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SERMON INTRODUCTION
Over the next few weeks we will be discussing the truths and falsehoods of Christmas, to gain a better understanding of the scripture, and how we can joyfully celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior without offense to God.

The series will focus on what I consider to be “keys” to understanding.

As Christians, we need have no fear of those who hate and despise the Word of God, and we need not have any fear of those who cry “foul”, or in other ways try to make a mockery of God.

The series will answer important questions about WHEN Jesus was born, WHY Jesus was born, WHAT led up to His birth, WHO Jesus was born for, and the most important key of all understanding, HOW do you KNOW Jesus?

My goal in this series is to answer once for all, all of the questions, doubts and misconceptions about Christmas, Jesus’ birth, why we celebrate and return this season to the former glory and celebration we remember from our youth!

Family, love, peace, time together, and a celebration of the bond formed between Christ our Lord and those who belong to Him!


SERMON SERIES
Part 1 - When was Jesus Born?
Part 2 - Why was Jesus Born?
Part 3 - What led up to Jesus’ Birth?
Part 4 - Who did Jesus Die For?
Part 5 - How do you Know Jesus?

TODAY’S SERMON
Part 4 - Who did Jesus Die For?

The answer seems simple and straight forward, for everyone!

John 1:29 states Jesus took the “sins of the world”, and John 3:16 “Because God so loved the world, He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

The “why” follows in verse 17, 1817 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. “

We, those of us here in the world, stand condemned already.

However, when we believe in (put trust in believing He is the Savior), Jesus’ sacrificial death which obtained the gift of freedom from the consequences of sin, becomes ours, and we are no longer condemned, for we have effectively become “saved” by Jesus!

Saved from our conviction, and it’s coming judgment.

The Scripture teaches that Jesus died for all people in the world without distinction — meaning, Jesus died for all kinds of people from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation.


SCRIPTURE READING
Romans 3:22-26
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[i] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

       I.            JESUS’ BLOOD AND JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH
a.      Paul states that Jesus’ death justifies
                                                             i.      In Romans, Paul states that Jesus’ death justifies (declares sinners righteous) by faith in Christ and connects justification by faith with Jesus’ blood Romans 3:24–30.

                                                          ii.      He asserts that God justifies sinners by faith because he offered Jesus to die for their sins. All sinners must be freely justified by God’s redemption provided by Jesus because all (Jews and Gentiles) have sinned (Romans 1:18–3:24).

                                                       iii.       Justification is God’s gracious gift and comes to all sinners freely through the redemption accomplished by means of Jesus’ blood (Romans 3:24–25).


b.     Justification by faith is connected with “redemption” and with the idea of bloody sacrifice
                                                             i.      Justification by faith in Romans 3:21–22 and in 3:24 is connected with “redemption” (3:24) and with the idea of bloody sacrifice (Romans 3:25).

                                                          ii.      This connection suggests that Jesus’ blood accomplished liberation for those for whom he died. In light of Paul’s remarks in Romans 3:20, that the law justifies no one, and in Romans 3:24, that all people must be graciously justified through redemption in Jesus Christ.

                                                       iii.      Paul explains in Romans 3:25–26 how God justifies sinners through Jesus’ redemption. He states (literally) that God “offered Jesus to be an atoning sacrifice,” that this sacrifice is received “by faith,” and that Jesus’ “blood” accomplished justification for the one who has faith in Jesus (Romans 3:25–26).


c.      The security of those justified
                                                             i.      The security of those justified is even clearer in Ephesians 1:4–5 and 1:7 when we examine election, predestination (Ephesians 1:4–5), redemption, and forgiveness of sins with the blood of Christ (Ephesians 1:7).

                                                          ii.      As for predestination;

1.      I Timothy 2:3, 4 It is God’s will that ALL are saved and come to the knowledge of Truth.

2.      Revelation 13:8 “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world

3.      1 Peter 1:19, 20 “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,”

4.      When you read, “In the beginning...”, THIS is when God created THIS dimension of time and space, and everything within it.

5.      BEFORE He did this, He predestined all of us to be saved, come to a knowledge of Truth (Jesus), and spend the rest of eternity with Him.

6.      This is predestination, not that God chose some for heaven and others for hell as some teach, for this belief is a stark contradiction to I Timothy 2 that it IS God’s Will that ALL are save!


   II.            REASONS FOR YOUR JOY
a.      Christians can be confident that Jesus’ blood has conquered the power of sin and death.
                                                              i.      Everyone for whom Jesus died will receive the saving benefits of his death by faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

                                                           ii.      Jesus’ death victoriously liberates sinners from sin and disarms the power of the devil. Both of these truths become apparent when those for whom Jesus died respond to his saving work in faith and obedience.


b.     When people die in unbelief, this does not prove that God’s plan to save the world through the death of his Son failed.
                                                              i.      Jesus both universally and exclusively died to save his sheep (John 10:11–16). Yes, it is true that everyone who wants to be saved can be.

                                                           ii.      We are told in John 3:19-21 why some chose not to be saved.
1.       This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.


c.      Jesus’ blood guarantees that his elect (those who love the light and put their faith in Him) will be saved when the Spirit awakens them after they hear the gospel.
                                                              i.      Jesus came from heaven to seek, find, and purchase His elect sheep. The blood of Jesus secures a place in the sheepfold. Christians should, therefore, cling to the blood of Jesus Christ as our only hope in life and death, along with his victorious resurrection.


d.     Christians can evangelize with confidence in God’s redemptive plan to redeem everyone for whom Jesus died to redeem.
                                                              i.      Jesus shed his blood to save those who call on Him, the elect.
                                                           ii.      The verbal proclamation of the gospel makes known the salvation accomplished by Christ for them, and the Spirit will create faith in the hearts of all the elect and apply the benefits of the death of Jesus specifically to them for whom Jesus died.

                                                        iii.      Evangelism, then, is simply the Christian act of announcing to all sinners what God has done in Christ to save them.

                                                         iv.      And Christians should proclaim this message to anyone who will listen. The Spirit will create life in the hearts of those who chose to love the light and apply the benefits of Jesus’ death to them.


e.      Jesus’ death for the elect should assure Christians of their salvation.
                                                              i.      Many Christians doubt their salvation. However, since Jesus’ blood was shed for Jews and Gentiles, we can be confident that the blood of Christ will cover all of our sins. We can also be certain that Jesus’ blood alone is sufficient to plead for us before the throne of God above.


f.       Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, shed his blood for elect Jews and elect Gentiles.
                                                              i.      Therefore, Jesus’ shed blood for every tongue, tribe, and nation creating the necessary motivation for Christians from every ethnic background to strive toward gospel unity with all people in the church.


CONCLUSION
For whom did Jesus die?
Everyone who has ever, or will even exist, so that for those who hear the Gospel, love the light and trust in Jesus will receive salvation from the penalty of judgment of sin, and be seen justified before God, allowing them to spend the rest of eternity with God.

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