When Paul looked his own funeral in the face, he said my eager expectation and hope that now as always Christ might be magnified in my body whether by life or by death. I want my lord Jesus to be magnified in my body at my funeral.
And in chapter 10 verse 31 of first Corinthians, he said whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
I want God to look great and glorious by the way I eat and drink; first Corinthians 6 verse 19, he said you’re not your own, you were bought with a price therefore glorify God in your bodies which are God’s. So, we wanted all of these 45 000 bodies to make Christ look glorious to look magnificent.
Jesus said in chapter 5 verse 16 of Mathew, let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your father who is in heaven; He wanted us to live lives that would make God look glorious, God said in Isaiah 43 verse 7, bring my sons from afar my daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone whom I created for my glory and in Colossians 1 vs 16, Paul said all things were created through and for Jesus Christ whether invisible or visible. Thrones, dominions, powers, authorities, all things were made through him and for him he’s the head of all things, firstborn from the dead that in him he might be in everything preeminent.
So, it’s clear seems to me from those verses that God intends Jesus intends for your life to bring him glory.
He means for you to do everything you do, when you eat or drink, all that you feel, all that you think, all that you act to make him look great, I think it’s fair to say from that and dozens of other
verses in the bible that all human beings are created to put God’s infinite value on display, that’s why you exist.
Now, I want that to happen in your life, for all the decades that God may give you and to that end, I have one point to make and I’ll state it and then I will unpack it or clarify it in four steps.
So, here’s the main point of this message, seeing and savoring the supremacy of Jesus Christ frees you from the slavery of sin for the sacrifices of love, that’s number one way of saying it.
Here’s the second way to say it, being satisfied with all that God is for you in Jesus frees you from the bondage of sin.
For the suffering of love is the third way to say it, faith in Jesus Christ frees you from the slavery of sin for the sacrifices of love.
Now, pointing out that you can say it those three ways, assumes that seeing and savoring Jesus being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus and trusting Jesus are equivalent realities.
Seeing and savoring being satisfied and believing are the same thing in the bible. Now I’m going to come back I’ll come back in a moment and give you bible verses to support that but first, let me try to state why that main point fulfills the purpose of your living for the glory of God.
When you see and savor the supremacy of Jesus, when you are satisfied in all that God is for you in Jesus and when you trust Jesus, you clearly in your soul are making much of Jesus treasuring Jesus but that’s invisible nobody can see your soul except God and God sees it and he loves it, God loves it when you in your soul are seeing him, savoring him, being satisfied and him trusting him nobody else can see that and God did not come into the world in Jesus or create the world in order to be glorified invisibly. Therefore, the main point doesn’t just say seeing and savoring the supremacy of Jesus being satisfied in all that God is for us in Jesus believing in Jesus it says what that does when that happens you outwardly are set free from the slavery of sins, which people can start to see and you are set free for the sacrifices of love which people can see.
So, the root of your salvation glorifies God privately and the fruit of your salvation glorifies God publicly and if that statement is true, that main point is true you then fulfill your reason for existing. That’s where we’re going, so, back to the fact that I gave it three statements and said that they’re equivalent seeing and savoring Jesus being satisfied in all that God is for us in Jesus and trusting Jesus are equivalent realities. So, what I’m going to do is try to unpack the main point in four steps.
Step one: What is seeing and savoring being satisfied and trusting
Step two: What is the supremacy of Christ
Step three: What is freedom from slavery to sin
Step four: What is freedom for the sacrifices of love and how do those last two flow from the first two.
That’s the outline of where we’re going. So, step number one why are seeing and savoring being satisfied and trusting equivalent realities? louis said too shocking things, Monday night he said for example before you trusted Christ, you weren’t unchurched, you were dead, you didn’t need to be churched, you needed to be raised from the dead. He said that and I agree.
Here’s the second shocking thing that he said; he said some of you made a decision for Jesus when you were little, signed card walked an aisle and then he said and the enemy is still on track with you to kill and to destroy and your funeral is still in motion and I agree with that that many signed cards walk aisles and make decisions who are not converted, they’re not born again, they’re not saved, they’re not Christian, they’re not having saving faith. So, the question is what then is saving faith there’s no doubt in this room still after all this truth-laden conference people still resisting still haven’t yielded, haven’t waved the white flag of surrender to king Jesus, there are still many.
So, you need to hear what is it, this thing called saving faith that you’re supposed to have in order to be saved sins forgiven eternal life, what is it and I have now said that there are three things that are equivalent seeing and savoring the supremacy of Jesus being satisfied in all that God is for you in Jesus and trusting Jesus, which means I believe the meaning of trust is that.
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