TODAY’S MESSAGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LETTER ‘R’
Part Four (and by the numbers 4 & 7) March 6 2022
For the past several weeks we have been considering the many ‘R’ words in Scripture.
We first compared Remorse with Repentance and used the accounts of King Saul and King David to illustrate this.
Next, we centered upon ‘The Restitution of all things,’ concerning that momentary pause in heaven – that quiet before the storm – which preludes the very beginning of GOD’ ultimate act of restitution.
Then, we studied the true aspect of Restitution as GOD’s means for Restoring Relationship. The five oxen for one, the four sheep for one, and the minimum of at least ‘double for your trouble.’
We saw that the restitution of relationship was outlined in Leviticus as well as Exodus and was also verified in the New Testament by the very words of Jesus in Matthew five, and also during His encounter with Zaccheus.
R-words: Remorse, Repentance, Restitution, and Relationship.
There is also Redemption and Restoration.
- During our communion time we will be singing “Redeemer, Saviour, Friend.”
- When we consider Redemption we must focus on the One Who Redeems us.
- We must focus upon our Kinsman Redeemer Jesus.
- I have spoken often in the past concerning our Kinsman Redeemer but the topic is so very crucial to our understanding of our place in Jesus, that it bears Repeating.
His Redemption of us was in order to Restore us into a Right Relationship with the Father once again.
Redemption and Restoration, the results of the Gospel.
- Our Kinsman Redeemer.
- We are all familiar with the account of our “fall” due to the failure of the First Adam, our kinsman father.
- Kinsman, in that we are of the same blood, lineage and DNA of Adam.
- Father, in the sense that this first Adam was the ‘father’ of our race.
- Sin entered the world through one man, and death passed upon all.
“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” (NLT)
- This critical moment separated us all from a Holy GOD.
- This separation was demonstrated by the huge and heavy ‘wall of partition’ between worshippers and our Holy GOD, as expressed in the Tabernacle and later in the temple by the veil of separation.
- We are later told that Jesus, our Kinsman Redeemer, through His ministry, was able to dismantle this wall of partition between Father GOD and us.
- Listen to Matthew 27:51
“And, behold, the veil of the temple was ripped in two, from the top to the bottom, the earth quaked and the rocks split.”
Then, also, in Ephesians 2:14 we hear,
“For He [Jesus] is our peace, who has made both one [the Father and us], and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us.”
- This ‘wall of partition’ had at least four barriers that would need to be Removed by our Redeemer.
- Barrier One – “Debt to the law.”
- “When any law is broken, a ‘debt to the law’ is incurred and justice demands Retribution of some kind.” 1
- GOD knows how to express His love, without compromising His justice.
- Our fall created an infinite gap between us and the Holy GOD.
- And since the gap is infinite the One bridging the gap must by His very essence contain the attribute of the infinite!
Barrier Two – “The Debt of Sin”
- We owed a debt to sin, justice demands it.
- Paul talks about a “certificate of debt” in Romans and reminds us that such certificates of debt were nailed to the prison doors, and would remain there, in full view, until the debt was paid in full. 2
Barrier Three – “Slavery to Satan.”
- A powerful adversary
Hear Acts 26:18
“to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to GOD. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among GOD’s people who are set apart by faith in me.”
- This verse shows us that we start out in darkness.
- That we are under the power of Satan.
- That once Jesus gives us His light we become free to receive forgiveness for our sins.
- And, we are separated unto GOD and have a place with Father GOD, as we become Restored.
Barrier Four – Spiritual Death.
- When the first Adam was disobedient to the Holy GOD he experienced spiritual death – spiritual separation from GOD, and this spiritual death became our inheritance.
- “But doctor, I don’t feel sick. No matter, the tests show that you are ill.”
These four barriers between us and the Holy Father, must be dismantled in order for the Restoration of Relationship between us to be established.
GO OVER SLIDES HERE.
- Discuss each slide
From the first moments of His arrival as the Last Adam, Jesus has been set for the Redemption of the lost and for the whole world.
There is the account in Luke, at the temple, as Mary and Joseph bring their son to be dedicated.
- And to what is He dedicated?
- Listen to the words of the Priest Simeon and the prophetess Anna, as given in Luke 2:25-38.
- 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
- 29“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
- According to Your word;
- 30For my eyes have seen Your salvation
- 31Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
- 32A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
- And the glory of Your people Israel.”
- 33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Childis destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
- Anna’s Testimony
- 36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and this woman wasa widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to 1the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who jlooked for redemption in Jerusalem.
And what is our future?
Ephesians 1:13-14 reminds us:
“In Whom you also trusted after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also, after that, you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.”
- This is spoken to the Gentile believers
- We believed, and were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
- The promise here is the redemption of us – called a purchased possession.
- We have been purchased with the precious blood of our Kinsman Redeemer;
- And the Holy Spirit that we have been given is but a down-payment of a fuller redemption.
Ephesians 4:30 says the following:
“and grieve not the Holy Spirit of GOD whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
- Again, telling us that we are sealed awaiting a more complete redemption.
And our future redemption is eternal as per Hebrews 9:12
Neither by the blood of goats and calves but by His own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
Continuing with verse 15:
“and for this cause He is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
- He has acquired for us an eternal redemption and with that an eternal inheritance.
- And, as our Mediator, who intercedes on our behalf, we have no worry concerning the certainty of our place in Him.
Redemption and Restoration – we have been Redeemed by our Kinsman Redeemer and Restored to Right Relationship with the Father.
This indeed, is Good News. Thank you GOD for Your unfailing Regard towards us.
1 Hal Lindey The Liberation of Planet Earth pg 43
2 Colossians 2:14
Let us sing verses 1 and 2 of Redeemer, Saviour, Friend.
On the night He was betrayed . . .
Likewise, He took the cup . . .
Let us sing verse 3 or Redeemer, Saviour, Friend.