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TV Broadcast #1022

He Will Save His People
Part One

May 6, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1022 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Well, praise God! Brother Jimmy, you almost encouraged me there. I’m so glad we’ve got a foundation for encouragement. It isn’t just happy talk. God has given us truth and it’s a wonderful thing when we can come together and encourage one another and get our eyes kind of re-focused and see what God has done for us. I appreciate it.

Don reminded us of that scripture there in 1st Corinthians 8 that tells us a little bit about the divine order. That’s not what I’m mainly focused on, but we know that God, the Father, is the highest authority in the universe. There is a uniqueness about Him. There is…when you’re talking about the One who is the highest, you’re talking about the Father.

And way back somewhere, if you can even use words that have to do with time, He and His Son came to a plan of creating this universe that we see, and bringing forth a race through Adam and Even that were originally designed and brought forth to be His sons and daughters. That was His intention. We were made in His image. We were given a dominion. We were given an honored place in the economy of God.

And, of course, we know what happened. Our first parents decided they wanted to go a different direction. And so they rebelled against God and against His Son, and plunged the world into the darkness that we see all around us. And you know, we see the fruit of it in the very shaking and the very uncertainty. People are running to and fro and worried…and who knows what’s coming? And you have the sense that the other shoe hasn’t fallen yet. Well, it probably hasn’t. But praise God! We’ve got something else to live for, something else to hope in.

( congregational response ).

If your hope is in this world, if your hope is in you, if your hope is in your ability to somehow scrabble your way through life, you have got…well, you have a vain hope.

( congregational amens ).

It’s not gonna take you anywhere. But I’ll tell you, God has given us a hope!

( congregational amens ).

And instead of destroying the race that had become so corrupted, God set…because He’s a God of love, set His heart upon rescuing a people. And you know, when He sent His Son into the world, that in itself is an amazing thing. I mean, we know the humiliation that that took. I mean, He had everything, except the Father’s plan and the love of the Father for us required that He use that love, that He express that love in humbling Himself to become a man.

He actually came to become a part of the very race that had been corrupted. And it’s not that He Himself was corrupt, or He Himself sinned, but yet He identified Himself completely with us. He was made just like you and me. And He felt the same things that you and I feel. God sent Him with a mission, and that mission was to save His people from their sins. And the way the prophecy was given and the message was given prior to His birth, He will save His people from their sins. That sounds pretty positive to me.

( congregational amens ).

Jimmy, you’ve got a foundation for what you said, brother. He will save His people from their sins. It’s not a maybe, not a ‘oh, I hope I can pull it off’ kind of thing. There is a certainty to the plan and the purpose of God. And I thank God for that certainty. And the certainty is not there because of anything in me. It’s not dependent upon my faithfulness or my ability, it’s dependent upon the perfection, the completeness of the Savior who was sent into the world.

( congregational response ).

Praise God! Praise God for what He did. You know, I noticed something and I’ll just trust this kind of fits in at this point, but go back to Matthew chapter 3. You know, we were speaking about baptism last week. But you know, before Jesus came on the scene, the Lord sent John the Baptist, His natural cousin. John was raised up, from the time of his birth he was filled with the Holy Spirit. He was a chosen vessel sent to absolutely proclaim a message to the people of that day, saying repent of your sins, the Kingdom of God is here. The Savior is about to come. You need to get ready.

And people by the thousands flocked out to him to hear the message of this crazy man in the wilderness who lived out there, and dressed funny, and ate funny, and didn’t do things the way other people did. But he had a convincing message. The Spirit of God was on Him. That makes all the difference. You know, if it’s just a man expounding his ideas, that’s one thing. But if you’ve got God’s Spirit anointing a man with a message, there’s going to be somebody that will be impacted by that. It will change someone’s heart.

( congregational amens ).

It will reach beyond just the reasonings of the mind and all of that. There will be something that will go out and just grab people. And so it did. People came from everywhere. They were, “Confessing their sins…” it says in verse 6. “…they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.” (NIV). And that’s what the significance of the baptism was.

And, of course, you had some religious folks…it says, “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees…” These were parties with strong religious traditions. They were opposed to each other, but on this occasion, they were really in the same boat. Regardless of the details of their religion, they were religious. They were depending on their religion. They were “doers,” they were not “trust-ers.” Folks, where are you this morning? Are you trusting in what God has done, or are you still trying to do something to get God to accept you? Praise God!

Well, see, these people were in that place. But they heard all the commotion and they came out “…to where he was baptizing, he said to them: You brood of vipers!” You bunch of snakes. He didn’t…he wasn’t diplomatic, was he? He pointed at their true spiritual condition—the truth…the inspiration is the word I’m looking for. The inspiration behind their religion was the devil. How did the devil come, in what guise did he come to Eve in the beginning?

( congregational response ).

Well, deception…but what guise? It was a serpent—it was a snake, and so that becomes a symbol, you see, of satanic power, and that’s what was ruling in these people. He says, you think you’re Abraham’s children? Your father’s the Devil. It seems like Jesus said that later, didn’t He? John chapter 8, He said you are of your father the Devil.

But anyway, “Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” So there was a real change that God was seeking to bring about in people’s lives. Turn away from the way you’ve been going. There’s another way coming. “And do not think you can say to yourselves, We have Abraham as our father. I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.” Praise God!

There’s a lot in that and I don’t want to go off on some of these side roads there. But I’ll tell you, God is raising up a people that has nothing to do with religion, with natural heritage, or with anything else. If you’re trusting in the fact that you were raised to be religious and nice and good and moral and all that stuff and practice a religion, forget it. You better throw that in the garbage. If it’s not something that is real, that Jesus Christ has come into your heart and changed your life, you have nothing. This is a supernatural work. God is calling out a people from a corrupt world to be united with a Savior who is all sufficient. That’s what it comes down to. Praise God!

So anyway, “The ax is already at the root of the trees…” And I would say that of this world. That could be said today. The ax is at the root of the trees…a lot of trees. But God is going to prove which trees, spiritually speaking, are the ones that He planted. God is planting a people. I believe we’ve got some of His people here today and I praise God! But God wants us to be encouraged and to have a vision of where we’re at so we’re not swallowed up by the confusion and the darkness that there is in this world.

But anyway, “…every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Praise God! Anybody here that’s capable of producing good fruit. I’m not either. But thank God, I’ve got Somebody in me. That’s all He does produce. Lord, if we lean on Him, if we draw from Him, if we walk in the salvation that He’s provided, good fruit happens. It happens because He is the producer of all life and all goodness and all good fruit. Praise God!

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” You want to know where the world is going? Praise God, it does turn out good for those who align themselves with Jesus Christ, and I say they ‘surrender’ to Him. It’s not just like, I align ‘myself’. I am surrendering to His call.

( congregational amens ).

I’m identifying myself completely with Him and with His people. I’m His for time and eternity! My hope is in Him! I’m trusting in Him to take care of the reason why everybody else in gonna be burned up…because that what he says is gonna happen here. But here’s a thought…was it Ron last week that read this, or referred to it? I think it was. Do you remember Ron?

( laughing ).

Praise God! Anyway the fact that Jesus Himself came to be baptized…it’s caused a lot of people to say, I wonder why in the world would He do that? He didn’t have any sins and this is a baptism of repentance. “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him...” I mean, John said, whoa, this isn’t right. You’re coming to me! “…I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me? Jesus replied, Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness. Then John consented.”

Now we used to hear Brother Thomas say, and rightly so, that he was…John was the anointed servant of God. He was God’s voice. He was the one through whom God was acting at the time, and in submitting to him, He was submitting to the God who sent Him. Well, that’s absolutely right! But I see another dimension to this that is astonishing, and I don’t know if I can wrap my mind around it. This was a baptism of repentance and I’m here to tell you, Jesus was repenting. I figured I’d get silence on that one.

( laughter ).

What do I mean by that? Jesus was identified completely with the people that He came to save. Did He not become sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God? That’s 2nd Corinthians chapter 5. Jesus became so identified with you and you and you and me, that He assumed our guilt and went down into that water and repented not just for Himself, because He didn’t have anything to repent of…there was a repentance, there was a renunciation of sin.

This was a foreshadowing of His death that was to come, by the way. That’s what baptism signifies. It’s a dying and raising to newness of life. But there was a genuine repentance on the part of Jesus, even though He had no personal sin. We were so much a part of Him that He repented on our behalf.

You think of cases in the scriptures where you see this principle. There is a ‘coroporate-ness’, there is a oneness, there is wholeness to the Kingdom of God that so connects us that we have no idea…we are so geared to be just individuals living our lives saying, “I’m okay, sorry about you,” that we don’t get it. We don’t understand how much God has made us one with each other. Praise God! You think of Daniel when he prayed and he went to God. He read the prophecy of Jeremiah that said, I’m gonna carry you into captivity and 70 years are gonna pass and then you’re gonna come back. What did Daniel do?

( congregational response ).

He prayed! What did he pray? His prayer was a prayer of repentance! And it wasn’t Daniel saying, oh God I messed up. It was…Daniel crying out, ‘we’ have sinned. Daniel completely identified himself with a people who had sinned and been judged. There was a sense of repentance. Folks, I think a lot of times we need to repent for the condition that we’re all in, and assume the responsibility. Didn’t that happen in the case of Achan? What was God’s word to Joshua, was it?

( congregational response ).

Israel has sinned! My God! How does God see us? He sees us as one. But Jesus completely gave Himself for us. And He didn’t just start here, He started there. My God, the love that He has shown for you this morning and for me is beyond our power to describe. He gave everything that He had. He gave His life. And He took our sins upon Himself and repented. And God declared Him. He said “…this is My Son…” I am well pleased in Him. Praise God!

Well, as I said, that foreshadowed what He did at the cross. I’ll tell you, when He went to the cross, He didn’t go alone. Now I could take time, and I don’t know that I’ll do that this morning. But I’ll tell you, when Jesus went to the cross, He went as the representative of all humanity. Every bit of it was gathered into Him. He represented the very creation that He had been instrumental in speaking into existence. All of it was gathered to Him and he willingly subjected Himself to the punishment you and I deserved.

( congregational amens ).

All the wrath of God that you deserve and I deserve was poured out upon Him in our place, and He died. As Paul said…yes, I will turn to it. Praise God, 2nd Corinthians chapter 5, I think, verse 14. “For Christ’s love compels us…” Now Paul’s talking about his ministry here. He’s talking about what it was that motivated him, what it was that drove him to do what he did and to proclaim the message that he did.

He said, God’s love motivates us, it compels us. Why? “…because we are convinced that one died for all…” Now doesn’t that tell you what I just said? He died and when He died, everybody died. I mean, in the purpose and the plan of God. I realize there’s an outworking because here we still are. But I’ll tell you, the end of this world is as certain as if it has already happened, because God passed sentence on the world! Jesus said in John chapter 12, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” (KJV). Folks, the one that puffs and huffs against you and me has been defeated at the cross!

( congregational amens ).

He was completely defeated and he was cast out! He knows it! The problem is, we don’t. We still listen to those dark voices. And I’m just as guilty as you are. Boy, I’ll tell you, we need to rise up and say, wait a minute. This doesn’t make a bit of sense. Look what God has done for us. “…One died for all…” (NIV). Praise God! It says…and what is the conclusion of that statement—one died for all? Well what do you conclude by that?

( congregational response ).

They’re all dead. If one died as the representative of all, then everybody’s dead. They don’t know it yet. And I’ll tell you, there is a certainty to the outcome of this world. But there is a certainty for those that are in Christ that we need to lay hold of and we need to have as an anchor of our soul. Isn’t that what the writer of Hebrews says? “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul...” Do you have that anchor this morning? Praise God, if you’ve got it, you’ve got a reason for shouting and rejoicing.

( congregational amens ).

And not letting the devil steal your joy, because we have a foundation to be rejoicing this morning and praising God. Praise the Lord! Paul was, “…convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” So he had a message that was going out to dead people and that message had the power to bring them to life!

Well, doesn’t that kind of remind you of Ephesians chapter 2? “…You were dead in your transgressions and sins…” but you’ve been made alive. When were you made alive? You were made alive when Jesus was raised from the dead. God did something miraculous there that absolutely gives us a foundation to stand upon, because if you’re in Christ today, you didn’t just die, you were raised from the dead to a kind of life that can never die.

( congregational amens ).

Why do we bellyache and complain so much? We have something in us that is eternal. God lives in the heart of everyone who has repented of their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ. Praise God! “And he died for all…” Now there was a reason that he did this. Of course, it was judgment for many. But he says, “And he died for all that those who live…”

Now there are some among those who died who live. There are some who are absolutely brought to life. They came forth from the grave. He took everybody into the grave with Him. He brought many out—He brought many out in the purpose of God. God said He’s gonna save His people from their sins. I’ll tell you what, there is a life that has come from Him. There is a brand new creation. When He died, a creation died. When He was raised, a new creation was born. Just wrap your mind around that. I’ll tell you, we’re talking about a new creation to come, it’s here.

( congregational amens ).

It’s here. You don’t see it yet. You don’t see it with natural eyes, but the very life of that new creation is in His people. There is a seed that is growing. There is something that is happening. We see the challenges. We see the difficulties of the way and we sometimes waiver in our minds and our hearts, but God sees the certainty of the outcome of what He has begun, because it is founded not upon you, not upon me, it is founded upon Jesus and something that already happened and the devil cannot undo what happened. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! I’m about to encourage myself here. Bless the Lord! And so here you have, He died for all, then you have some who live. “…that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” Praise God! “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.”

Paul had a different perspective on life. He saw men through different eyes. He saw God’s people. He saw those who were dead, but he also saw among the dead those who would hear and believe the Gospel. And so he gave out…by the anointing of God’s Spirit, he gave out a message of hope, trusting that God would take that message, would sow the seed in the hearts of those who could receive it and they would be brought to life.

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! And so his conclusion there is obvious. “Therefore…” In view of what we have just said about what Jesus has done, “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ…” Well, now where is Christ?

( congregation inaudible ).

Well…that’s a vague question, I realize. I have a way of asking these open-ended vague questions. But anyway, I just want to make a point. Christ is no longer in that grave is He?

( congregational response ).

Christ came forth from the grave. He didn’t just come forth, He ascended on high. Where is He there? Figuratively speaking, He’s on the right hand of the Majesty on High, the highest authority of the universe, and He has been given all authority in heaven and earth, and all of that has been done for what, for what purpose, to what end?

( congregational response ).

For us! For you, for me! For everyone who can hear it and believe it. God’s message of hope is for everyone who hears His Word and believes it from their heart...

( congregational amens ).

…Puts their trust in the One who died there. Praise God! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” Is—is—is—is! You may not look like it and I certainly don’t, but I’ll tell you, there is a new creation that is real. And I’ll tell you who knows it—the Devil knows it! That’s why you and I are targets. That’s why the Devil gets after us so much. He sees, he knows, he sees the light of Christ in the heart where Christ resides, and he is gonna do everything in his power to mess it up. Can he succeed?

— Congregation: No.

— Brother Phil Enlow: He may cause some wobbles along the way, but I’ll tell you what, God’s gonna finish what He’s started. God is the ultimate authority. He’s given that authority to His Son. Gather me a people. Do something that doesn’t depend on their weakness and their inability. Do something that is sure. Cause people to trust in a foundation that will stand no matter what is thrown at it. Praise God!

So, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” But we don’t quite live that way, do we? You know what Paul said in Romans chapter 6 that we need to do a lot more reckoning than we do. Yeah, “…reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God…” (KJV).

You put money in the bank, you generally reckon on it. When you’re writing a check, you reckon on that money being there…and hopefully it is if you’ve been a good bookkeeper and all that sort of thing. But I’ll tell you, this bank has got everything needed and the Lord has laid up riches beyond compare. I’m not talking about Cadillacs and whatever luxuries people value today. Who knows, I can’t keep up with that, but that’s all right. But I’ll tell you, there are true riches and God has filled the bank of heaven with everything that is necessary for you and me and we need to cash more checks. We need to reckon on the reality of what Jesus did because it will come to be real—experientially real as we lay hold of it by faith.

“…The old has gone, the new has come! All this is from…” (NIV). Your effort…wait a minute. “All this is from God…” Now we’re gonna go right back to the greatest power in the universe…every bit of this comes from Him! Folks, I can put my hope in something like that. I’ve got something solid. I mean, where else are you going to find a source of comfort and hope and strength today if you’re trying to find it in something someone else has done.

“All this is from God who reconciled us to himself.…” God is the one who removed the barrier. We are the ones who erected a barrier of sin and rebellion against God. God removed it. God is the…we have no power to remove that. What can you do about your sins? But Jesus took them upon Himself. He even repented for you and for me at the river Jordan. Why do we allow sin to continue? Why do we run to it? We need to run to Jesus. Trust in Him.

“All this is from God, who reconciled us…” He made us…He brought us to where we can be friends again, if you want to put it in a simple way. “…Reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us…” Now Paul is talking about himself and the other ministers. “…Gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.” Oh, Praise God!

“And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” I’d repeat that today. If there’s somebody here, you need what we’re talking about. There’s a sense of fear and uncertainty in your heart. You cry out to Jesus. I’ll tell you God can wipe away your sins as if they’d never happened. I’ll tell you what happens when you really connect with God in faith and repentance, that guilt will be gone!