Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at The Reality of The Resurrection P42 (03-07-22)
Approach the Throne of Grace With Confidence
Let’s continue on our journey in a Closer Look at the Reality of the Resurrection.
So when we access the Father, who do we access? The one who is full of grace and of truth. Why do we go to Him to receive grace and truth? You don’t go to God to instruct Him. I mean, just how much instruction do you think you can give to God? You go to God In prayer, to receive instruction, to receive grace in your time of need, finding mercy in your time of need. Most people think prayer is going into His presence to kind of get something from God, like a spoiled brat going in, who’s already been given everything and going in wanting some more. It’s like the spoiled little kid whose father owns Toys R Us and goes in and wants more toys. You already own the store. Yeah, it’s just amazing how our concept of God is and what our concept of what prayers are all about. Prayer is going boldly, receiving mercy, finding help, finding grace in our time of need, going into the throne of grace to receive grace and mercy and truth. Why do we need mercy? Because we believed a lie. We’ve messed up. Why? Because we believe a lie. We walk around beating ourselves to death. Why? Because we’ve believed the lie. We’ve been convinced by Satan that we’re no longer a son, or God’s mad at you, or He’s zapped at you or something else. So we go in like step-in fetchit just just going around, just absolutely, just ole God I just just wonder if He’s going to talk to me. And we’re taught that He turns his back on you. Folks, you don’t do that with a son. You don’t do that with a friend. God is enabled us as His son, a joint heir of all that belongs to Him.
Hebrews 4:16, approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Now there again, folks, if we don’t think God is capable of helping us, why go to Him? Mind as well go to a psychiatrist. Maybe he can help you go to a psychologist. Maybe he can help you go someplace else. Maybe he can help you. God well forget him that just pie in the sky stuff up there. The Bible says, do you need help? Go to God, find mercy. Find grace to help us in our time of need. Do you have any needs folks? Will you go to God. Isn’t that what Jesus said, come unto me? On Jesus, all of you who labor and are heavy laden, cast your cares upon Me. How many of you have cares? Who are we casting them upon? Are we talking to man or are we talking to God? You see all it takes to gain access to a man in the profession of helping you is to have some money. That’s all it takes. I can access any psychiatrist in the world by just paying a bill. That’s what it takes to access one by sending money. Just get money. That’s all it takes. Folks, is that who God said to go to for help?
Or did He say to come unto Me for help? Doesn’t cost you anything; It cost Him His life. He had to pay to help you. Kind of like Christian radio. We have to pay to help you. It’s ridiculous from the world’s standpoint. It’s idiotic. No wonder nobody in their right mind would be in this thing. Maybe that’s why we’re in it, but that’s, that’s very true. We have to raise money many times. Some people we don’t thank God, beg people to send money to pay to help you. Well, doesn’t make any sense from the world standpoint, but I guess it makes all the sense in the world from a ministry standpoint. Because if you’re compelled by the love of God to reach out to share these truths with people, it’s worth paying to do it.
Now to access God, it didn’t cost you, it cost Him. He paid to help you. Isn’t that amazing? The God of this universe gave his own life in order to help you. And all He says to you, to do is access that. I’ve done it! Access it. I have reconciled you, be reconciled. What does access it mean? I paid everything to help you. Well, what are we to do? Go into the presence of God, approach the throne of grace with confidence, receive mercy and find grace, find help, in your time of need. Well, I can’t see. Well, He can see you and that’s all that matters. There’s sometimes you try to go to the doctor and he won’t see you either and sometimes those that you see you, wish you couldn’t. The issue is folks that if you have spiritual soulish, needs, needs of the heart, access who came to heal you and that is Christ Jesus. We got a broken bone. You better go to a man to help fix that but if you’ve got a broken heart, there’s only one place and that can fix that. And that’s the Word Jesus Christ.
Romans 5 says that that’s what gives us peace with God. We’ve talked about accessing God, that’s talking to God. Why can we go boldly into the throne of grace accessing God? Because we’ve been justified through faith, Romans 5:1. Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, that means been made righteous in the sight of God through faith. We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Why do we have peace? Because we’ve been justified. Now folks, we can’t until we enter into that peace with God, you’re never going to experience the peace of God. You know, many times again, we quote the scripture, be anxious for nothing, but in all things with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be known unto God. And then the peace of God, that passes all understanding, will quiet your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. And we try to get people to believe that verse without having the peace with God. If you don’t have peace with God, you’re not going to have peace. I’ve got no matter how thankful you are, no matter how many times you go into the presence of God, you can’t have the peace of God, that passes all understanding until you’re at peace with God.
So you’ve been justified by faith. How are you going to have peace with God and if you don’t have peace with God, how are you going to experience the peace of God? That’s why people who are told to memorize those scriptures; it doesn’t work. Well, the reason that the scripture doesn’t work is because you’re not resting in His work. You’re still trying to work on your own. We haven’t entered that Sabbath rest. And so we’re trying to get peace because I’m praying. Peace, because I’m giving thanks. Folks, you can’t have peace of God until you have peace with God.
We’re talking about having peace with God. And how can you have peace with God, if you can’t trust the word of God? And so, it’s vitally important that we come to know why we can trust the word of God. Because if we can’t trust the word of God how can we have peace with God? And so it all ties, all of this, all of these things tie in together.
And the study that we’re going to be doing in a few weeks on the word of God is one of the most exciting studies that we have. Sometimes it kind of gets shoved to the background because we many times assume, well, everybody believes the word of God. Well, I’ve also would have said, I believe the word of God is true. But until I studied in the Bible why it is true, I never really had that confidence that I needed to have. And so this study that we’re going to be doing on the word of God, I’ll guarantee you that when we go through that and listen to the testimony of God, Himself in regard to the word of God that you’re going to have a new confidence in the word. That is what brings you the peace with God. That then can bring the peace of God. So it all ties in together and I can’t encourage our listeners enough to get a hold of that series well in advance so that you’re ready for it when we get ready to study together. It’s one of the more exciting studies that you will have. And I’ll guarantee you that when you’re through with that study, you’re going to have a brand new confidence and appreciation for the word of God that will bring about the result of peace with God.
Well, picking up on peace with God. You can’t have the peace of God until you have peace with God that comes from understanding you’ve been justified by faith. Now, how does that come about? How did all of that come about? Well Colossians 1:19 through 20. God was pleased to have all of his fullness to dwell in Him. That’s Christ and through Him. That’s Christ to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven. How? By making peace through His blood shed on the cross. We’re at peace with God because God is at peace with us. Sin had to be dealt with, all of sin. All of us have fallen short of the glory of God. All of us. And God had to make peace for us. He did that through the death of his Son. Whereby sin had to be punished, and it was punished, the wages of sin is death. It’s not a paddling. It’s not being out of fellowship. It’s not going to the woodshed. I just absolutely detest that terminology anymore. God just going to take you to the woodshed, just whop you up a little bit. Well God doesn’t whop you up in the woodshed. The wages of sin is death. That’s it period. There’s no whopping in the woodshed. It’s death. It isn’t taking you out and thrashing you with these thrasher. It’s death and Christ took it for us, the wages of sin is death. As we said before His life fulfill the law. His death upheld the law. The wages of sin is death. He took it, He upheld the law. The wages of sin isn’t a paddling in the Bible. The wages isn’t a thrashing. It isn’t in the Bible. The wages of sin is death. That is in the Bible. Christ took that for us. So His life fulfilled the law, His death upheld the law, His burial died to the law. His resurrection freed us from the law. So that what? We can walk in newness of life as a son and walk in our sonship. He made peace through his blood to enable us to walk into the presence of God at any time, calling him Abba, Father, and receiving mercy and accessing the grace of God, in our time of need. Now, Colossians 1:21 says, once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your mind because of your evil behavior. Now folks, I want to ask you a question. Where you alienated from God because of your evil behavior? Was your behavior, what alienated you from God? Or is it your spiritual death that alienates you from a living God? In other words, your behavior was as a result of your condition. You are born into this world, dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your sinful nature that is alienation from a God who is absolutely sinless and alive. So dead in your sins is the opposite of being alive in sinlessness. That’s God. That’s not you and me. We were dead in our sins, and the uncircumcision of our sinful nature. God made you alive with Christ, God himself, and then He forgave all of our sins. That was all done for us. Now Satan comes in and says you’re alienated from God and enemies of God because of your evil behavior. The Bible tells us that while we were yet enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son. Now, that already occurred. Didn’t it? While we were yet enemies, we were reconciled to God, through the death of his Son. How much more having been reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. God was in Christ, reconciling you unto himself. Not counting your sins against you.
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So if God, 2000 years ago was in Christ, reconciling you and me today, unto Himself not counting our sins against you. How could you be alienated from God? Because of your sins, the alienation from God was because of the wages of sin unbelief, which is death. And until we who are dead received life. We are alienated from a living God. Not because of what we do but because of the condition of who we are, so that’s why it says, once you were alienated from God and were enemies in In your mind’s, in your mind’s, not in the mind of God, but in your mind because of your evil Behavior, but it goes ahead verse 22. This is Colossians 1, but there’s the contrast now. He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body, through death to present you, holy in his sight without blemish and free of accusation. And then it says, if you continue in your faith and some people say, see there, you’ve got to keep on reading. Keep reading, keep reading. Keep reading to what? To the fullness of the Gospel. Reconciliation was what He did at the cross. Justification is what occurred as a result of His resurrection.
So it goes ahead to say that. I become (verse 25) the servant by the commission. God gave me to present you the word of God in its fullness. Teaching reconciliation only is not the fullness of the Gospel. It’s only a part of the Gospel, a major part, a wonderful part, but it’s not the completion. And that’s why you have people who have done nothing more or less than respond to being reconciled. In other words they came to Christ for forgiveness and are walking around as empty as a pork barrel in their own Christian experience because they’ve never responded to the fullness of the gospel. Paul came to teach the word of God and its fullness, and that involves the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints and to them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles, the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you your hope of glory. Go on. Don’t stop with being reconciled. Go on to the resurrected Christ in you, your hope of glory. Now, once you were alienated from God and enemies in your mind’s, because of your evil behavior, but are again, the contrast He has reconciled you until you understood your reconciliation in Christ, you in your minds, were alienated from God, and were enemies because of your evil behavior.
But now, we know better, how many Christians are walking around today still thinking, you’re alienated from God and enemies because of your evil behavior. Every time you do something wrong God twirls around in he’s swivel chair up there and turns his back on you and not want to have anything to do with you. In contrast to the scripture that says because you’re a son go in boldly into the throne of grace calling Him Daddy Father. 2 Corinthians 5:19, God was reconciling the world to Himself not counting men’s sins against and therefore, He has committed to us this message of reconciliation, that quite frankly is why we’re on the air. We’re called Christ’s ambassadors. It said, as though Christ were here begging with us, be reconciled to God. If that’s the message of reconciliation that he passed on. That’s the only reason for being on the air. It’s the only reason for doing what we’re doing is to give out the good news that God was in Christ. He was reconciling being unto Himself, not counting your sins against you. That’s the good news of the Gospel. Once you were alienated from God, if in your own mind because of your evil behavior, that’s in your mind, not God’s. But now He has reconciled us by Christ Jesus. That’s good news. That’s what the good news is and the gospel is all about and then to go on to the mystery Christ is alive living in you. He and he alone is your only hope of glory. He is the only hope of us being restored to the intelligent purpose for which God created us, Christ alive in you, restoring life to the lifeless, salvation to the lost, life to the dead. That’s what all of this is about. And now as this child of God, being able to realize that we have a relationship with our heavenly Father. That’s all this is. It’s a relationship of a Father and a son now. Romans 8:15 says, you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again, to fear. Well, what do you mean a spirit that makes you a slave again? Well, it says, we were a slave under the law under the law. All said, I’m a slave. You’re not under the law anymore. Fokes, under the law, you are a slave, a slave to the law that demands, your flesh to behave. That’s what a slave master does. It demands your obedience. It demands your performance. Under the law you’re a slave to the law. Now. It says you have not received the spirit that makes you a slave again, to fear, but you received a Spirit of sonship by which we cry Abba Father.
As we go back to Romans 8:15. You did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again, to fear. Now what is it talking about there? It says that perfect love casts away. all fear, because fear has to do with punishment and a man who fears can not be perfected in love. Now. The wages of sin is death. That’s under the law. There is no way under the law that you could ever live any other way but a slave to fear because you’re under the fear of punishment and the fear of punishment is a slave to the law that requires the punishment. So under the law, you are going to live in total fear and never be able to experience the love of God. You cannot experience the love of God unto the law.
I hear people sometimes say, aw he loves the Lord but he’s teaching this legalism. I’m sorry, but that is a contradiction of terms. You act like you love the Lord God. You may talk about loving the Lord, but there is no way in your heart to love the Lord under the law because the law creates fear of punishment. And a man who fears, cannot be perfected in love. Perfect love, casts away all fear because fear has to do with punishment and the man who fears and not be perfected in life. Now folks, you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again, meaning you used to be one under the law, you did not receive in the receiving of the Holy Spirit of God is not a spirit that makes you a slave again to the law that creates fear, you receive. Saved by the Spirit of God. It says the Spirit of sonship so that by Him you can cry, Abba Father. That’s Daddy Father. If you are in Christ, you’re in Christ because the Spirit of God came to take up residence and to live in you, you received his Spirit into your heart and in so doing, you did not receive the spirit that makes you a slave to the law because you’ve been freed from the law. You received a Spirit of sonship. Now, your response cry out, Abba Father. Approach the throne of grace, Daddy Father in Him.
Ephesians 3, 12 through faith in Him, we may approach God with freedom and with total confidence. Now, I don’t know how you can improve on that in Him. Are you in Him? Are you in Christ? If you are in Christ and through faith in Christ, there’s a difference. You can exercise faith and salvation in Him and then never walk by faith in the one that you’re in, but it in Him and through faith in Him, that’s ongoing, faith in Him. Faith of want? That you don’t have the spirit of fear. You’ve been given a Spirit of sonship faith in the fact that if you’re in Him, you’re no longer under the law, but you’re under the grace of God being led internally by God in him. You’re a son and therefore walk by faith in that not just that you’re in Him but continued faith in begining in you, faithful in the One who called you. Faith in the one who will also do it. Faith in the one who will never leave you nor forsake you. Faith in the one who is the guarantor of a guarantee of eternal inheritance, so that you can walk by faith and approach God, it says with freedom and with confidence, just like a little kid can approach a loving father, with freedom and in confidence just freedom and in confidence.
Now, I want to give an illustration of that folks before we close today. I remember a number of years ago during the presidency of John F Kennedy. And that was kind of an unusual time in the history of this country. It was kind of the time when there was a young couple and they were fresh and nice looking and had all kinds of kids and a lot of publicity around. That of backdoors. There’s been a lot of adverse publicity since then, but we didn’t catch that back then. We just got the good stuff and we kind of lived in that day and age and that generation of what was the play that, uh, Camelot the days of Camelot, and it was kind of a glamorous period of time. And I remember seeing a picture that came out. I believe in Life magazine. That was really an amusing picture because there was John F Kennedy. Kennedy and Salinger and the Vice President and the Secretary of Defense standing right in the middle of the Oval Office of the White House and with unbelievably serious faces. And the reason for the serious faces is they we were encountering a very serious point in the history of the United States. It was during the Cuban crisis and the United States was having to make decisions that could have thrust us into atomic warfare with just 100 miles from our coastline, communism within almost spitting distance of our Coastline and finding out that there were missiles pointed at us in Cuba. Just a few miles, it literally from our coastline, seconds for the trajectory of a rocket. And so it was a very dangerous time and that’s why they were in the Oval Office concerned over the events that could take place and destroy this country as well as theirs. Well, in the midst of that fear, with these guys standing there, four of them, just intent in their conversation and then you looked at John F. Kennedy’s desk, and underneath the desk peeking out through the separation, was John John on his hands and knees with a great big smile on his face, kind of looking like Alfred E. Newman. What, me worried. Was he worried? No, he wasn’t worried at all about that Cuban crisis. He was having a ball and it was interesting because at the foot of John Kennedy standing, are these legs kind of apart was a shoe, and guess whose shoe that was? Why it was, Jon Jon’s. Guess where he had been before? He is under the desk climbing in between his legs worried. No, he wasn’t worried at all. Why that was his father’s business. Father was worried, but he wasn’t worrying his son. And because that’s his daddy, he had access to approach the throne of grace, the Oval Office with total freedom, and confidence. Folks. John John bound into the President’s office because he was a son. That’s why Hebrews 10:19 says, therefore brothers since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy place by the blood of Jesus, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled, the cleanses from a guilty conscience, having our bodies washed with pure water. Do you have peace with God? If so, you can experience the peace of God and boldly go at any time into the presence of God to receive mercy.
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Stand on the firmness of truth. Don’t keep going back and forth. Thank Him that the forgiveness issue is settled.
Let’s pray together:
- Lord Jesus,
- I thank you for taking away my sins on the cross,
- never ever to see them again.
- Having done that, I now thank you for giving me eternal life,
- through your resurrection.
- I now receive that life.
- And I am going stand in the fact that I am a child of the living God.
- In Jesus Holy name I pray.
All believers are now brothers and sisters in Christ.
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”