Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at The Reality of The Resurrection P41 (03-02-22)
Led by the Spirit – Not Under Law
Let’s continue on our journey in a Closer Look at the Reality of the Resurrection. Bob picks up where he left off and shares some heartfelt thoughts on the matter.
Bob: I don’t think that I’ve personally in my 20 some years in the ministry have had any more fun than what I have had in teaching through these Bible study series. I started out as a brand new Christian and teaching whole Bible studies and it’s always just been something that has been terrifically a part of my life. Why, I guess I’m able to do what I do on the radio. Every night is the preparation work that God did in my life in those home Bible studies. Because all our radio broadcasts are to me just a great big old Bible study across the country. And having the privilege of taking these Fridays to teach on the air has been a privilege, beyond privilege to me. We debated on that for many years, if you remember about whether to do that, and we kept getting request after request from people in which, would you take time to teach an entire hour on the very things that you’re teaching through the week.
Many times in a counseling situation like we do through the week why you kind of get bits and pieces but it’s this Friday that puts that puzzle together. So it’s such a thrill for me to be able to do this. I think about the past number of lessons that we’ve been doing and all of them are important, but we dealt with a number of weeks ago with the righteousness of Christ and how we have been made the righteousness of Christ. And then we started dealing with our brand new identity, who we are in Christ as a child of the living God. Probably one of the most important things that we can come to grips with as a child of God is our identity because if we don’t know who we are in Christ, we don’t know who we are. It is no longer I who live but it is Christ who lives in me. If I don’t know that, then I don’t know Christ is my life. Christ is my wisdom. Christ is my righteousness. Christ is my Holiness. Christ is my everything and if I don’t know Christ my life then I’ll go out and try to create those things and the energy of my own flesh. So I’ll try to create some fleshly holiness, fleshly righteousness. Some fleshly everything. Everything is fleshly instead of resting, in the fact that no, this is my inheritance. This is who I am in Christ. Now go access that. It’s who I am. Go do it.
If you were adopted into a multimillion-dollar family, just wealthy beyond means that you had a swing set in the backyard and cars out in the backyard and everything else, well, what do you do? Work for that day? You go access it just climb in, drive around, didn’t deserve any of that stuff. But your a child. You’re a son? And as a son, you’re a joint heir. Well, fortunately, God knows what happens when you become a spoiled brat, so He’s not out there to give us Cadillacs and everything. He gives us something of far more value than that. It’s an eternal inheritance that we have in Christ Jesus. And the beginning step of understanding that is understanding your being who you are in Christ.
We then talked about living under grace, what that means is you’re not living under the law anymore. You’re not a slave. You’re a son. And if a son, then a joint heir with Jesus Christ, even to the point where Christ said, did he not in a passage of scripture where he said, I no longer call you slaves, but I call you My friends that you have become My friend and God addresses you and me as His friend. That’s living under the grace of God. Now, under the grace of God, you’re led by the Spirit. If you’re under the law, you can’t be led by the Spirit, you’re being led by the law. So you’re either going to be led by the Spirit of God or you’re going to be led by the law of God. Which is it folks? Some people try to become both and try to be led by the law and the Spirit and become what is called a double minded man is unstable in all ways, in the book of Galatians dealt with that. You’re not led, it says, but if you are led by the Spirit, you’re not under the law, Galatians 5 18, which also means if you’re under the law, you’re not led by the Spirit. If you’re led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. If you’re under the law, you’re not led by the Spirit. So people think they’re Spirit-filled living under the law. You can’t be Spirit controlled by the Spirit of God under the law. Because those, Romans 8:14, those who are led by the Spirit are sons of God. If you are sons of God, be led by the Spirit, because as a Son of God, you’re not led by the law. You’re led by the Spirit.
If you’re still insisting upon being led by the law, you probably need to take a test to see if you’ve been saved by grace or did you think you were saved by your works? And that was the exact question that Paul posed to the Galatians. Are you idiotic foolish Galatians; subtle as a meat cleaver. You’ve been hypnotized, you’ve been fooled. Did you receive the Spirit of God by believing what you heard or by believing in the law? Well, you know the answer to that he said after beginning by faith, are you now trying to protect yourself by human effort? So it’s talking about what it is, as a child of God, a joint heir with Christ to be led by the Spirit of God.
And then, over the last three weeks, we talked about that in eternal inheritance and most people are under the law are still trying to perform under the law in order to keep their salvation which is like an adopted child, trying to keep himself adopted when the law says you cannot disown an adopted child as Jewish law said you can’t disown an adopted child they say. Well what if I walked away from you? You can’t disown an adopted child. That’s just an adopted child who walked away, but it’s an adopted child. That’s an eternal inheritance. And if it wasn’t internal, you couldn’t call it Eternal. You’d have to call it a temporal inheritance. You have this inheritance only if you behave like a good little boy should; that is not what God did for us.
People are scared to death to teach this truth because they’re afraid boy, if you oh somebody, that you’re that you’re just gonna go live like the dickens and it’s kind of like, for the illustration and a friend of mine came up with which is probably a pretty good one. It’d be like telling a kid at 87 that I’m a prophet. I’ve never failed. I tell you I can read the future and 20 years from now you’re going to be the Michael Jordan of the day. You’re going to be the best basketball player in the nation. Now, getting that news. Do you think the kid would say, who needs to play basketball, I’m not going to go practice. Give me the piano. You’re kidding. If that guy knew that 20 years from now. He is going to be the Michael Jordan of the day. The best ball player in America. You’d be out with his ball shooting baskets all day long. That fact of his eternal inheritance would not discourage him from playing ball. It would encourage him to play ball and it’s the same thing when I know who I am in Christ. Christ, what my eternal destiny is what my inheritance is. Does that say to me I’m going to go back and wallow in the garbage can again? Why of course not if the thing that encourages the heart to move toward that heart of God, that did that for me in a Spirit of appreciation, love mercy, and to be able to spend the rest of your life saying thank you Lord Jesus.
Picking up in our lesson if you’re following all of your book, and I certainly hope you are. We are on our way, you’ll be on Page 73 as we begin. Accessing the throne of grace as a result of who we are in Christ, a child of the living God we have access now into the throne of grace as children of God. We have all been given all of the rights and privileges that pertain to sonship. And one of the greatest privileges that you and I have is to access that we have to the throne of grace, regardless of our circumstances. We are told that we could go boldly into the throne. throne of grace calling him Abba, Father. Now folks, that’s what we refer to as prayer. Once again, like so many things in the scripture, we have taken prayer and made it a thing to do instead of a response to who we are. We’ve said this is what you go do, and if you do this, then God will do this and it becomes like a genie where you rub the little genie and some god appears out and has to grant your request. That is not what prayer is about.
We’re talking about prayer, which is a by-product of our inheritance in Christ. And as a result of being able now as a child of God, to go boldly into his throne of grace. Folks, people are praying all over the place. Buddhist pray, Muslims pray, cults pray. We just had an example of that down in Waco, Texas not too long ago. Where the cult down there, well, they were waiting on a word from God, been praying to God. Everybody prays. But is prayer, is that all prayer is? Is it just closing your eyes and praying, or is prayer having something to do with the object of your prayer? Because the issue you have to do is who am I praying to and who is it that is doing the praying? That is the important issue, is a son talking to his father, or is it someone talking to a stranger or is it someone who’s talking to someone that they have made up in their own imagination? Which is kind of like talking to yourself.
Now, we have to understand folks that as a child of the living God, a joint heir with Jesus Christ. The one with the eternal inheritance. The one that has been made righteous in the sight of God to be led by the spirit means to be led by the love of God, and you can’t be led by the love of God until you’re led by God, because God is love. And so we’re talking about the reason that I can approach the throne of grace with confidence so that I can receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need is because of who I am, a child going to my Father who loved me so much that while I was yet a sinner came to die for me. Loved me so much that He gave me an eternal inheritance with Him and it is the fact of that truth, that enables me as son to go into the presence of my Father at any time calling him Daddy, Father. That’s what abba means it is the Hebrew word for daddy, the most intimate of terms. You go over to Israel and you go into a kabutz, something like that, you will find, and here are these little kids walking around and you’ll hear them crying out, abba-abba-abba call it daddy, daddy, daddy.
We have been given the right to access the throne of grace at any time, at any place regardless of our circumstances and the goal not like a shrinking violet, but go boldly bounding into the throne of grace, calling him Daddy Father. Why? Because He is your Father now and you are his child. You are His child and he is your Father. Well, when we go in, what do we access? Well, it says to go and find grace. Well, where does that come from? It comes from the One who is full of grace and truth. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. That’s Jesus. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only, who was from the Father full of grace and truth.
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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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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.”