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TV Broadcast #1023

He Will Save His People

May 13, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1023 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: 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…” (NIV ). 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! You may have done some terrible things but the guilt of it is gone. Why? Because Jesus took it upon Himself. It’s already been done! It’s already been paid for! Praise God! God wants to set us free from these things. We have a foundation for it. This is not just happy talk, as I said. This is something where God has absolutely done something that simply needs to be proclaimed!

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And we need to trust Him to make this real in people’s hearts and I believe He’s doing that. Praise God! But, wherever you’re at, be reconciled to God. You can be. Are you willing to give up your sins? Are you willing to come God’s way and be the sinner that you are and say, oh God, I come? My only hope is to repent, to turn my back and turn my back on the world and say, devil, I’m through with you. I’m through with your kingdom. I’m casting my lot with Jesus Christ for time and eternity and with His people. If Jesus is identified with His people, I guess we ought to be. That’s part of the Kingdom of God. But that’s another message.

But “God made him…” Jesus, “…who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” That’s the key, it’s in Him. I’ll tell you, the church is the body that Christ lives in. If you’re going somewhere, do you leave part of you behind? Do you say, hand, you’ve been messing up lately, you ain’t coming on this trip? No. I’ll tell you what, if you have been joined to Christ you are part of Him. He sees you differently than we see ourselves. We see ourselves as screw-ups, mess-ups, all kinds of negative things that the devil will beat us down with. Jesus sees you as part of Him. His work will never be done until all of us are there completely redeemed, completely set free from everything that has to do with what was wrong in the beginning.

“…He will save His people from their sins.” You know, I was thinking about the fact that when Jesus was baptized, there was a voice from heaven that said You are my Son, in You I am well pleased. But look at Romans chapter 1. Just one little verse there, one little thing to point out. Because when Jesus was raised from the dead, witnessed by hundreds of people actually, who talked to Him, touched Him, ate with Him over an extended period of time, there was a reality that they could not shake that sent them out to the world to give their lives for the One that they had seen conquer death.

It says, “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God…” How? “…By his resurrection from the dead.” God has made another declaration. God has borne every witness that you and I will ever need that this is My Son. This is the One you need to serve. This is the One you need to put your trust in. And what is proving it is I raised Him from the dead.

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This is the One who conquered death. This is the One who conquered the grave. He conquered the devil and all of his kingdom. None of it could hold Him back. I’ll tell you when we become one with Him, none of that is gonna hold us back either. This is not prosperity, earthly stuff. This is a God who is rescuing us from this evil world and is preparing us for another one.

I’ll [tell] you He’s…Praise God! There’s so many scriptures that come to mind and I’m going to get to one that probably everybody has thought about. But go back to 2nd Corinthians chapter 5, because Paul is talking here about his hope and that’s the hope that is beyond this life. He talks about how we…at the end of chapter 4, it says we don’t lose heart. Do any of you lose heart here? Yeah, we all struggle with that, don’t we at times?

But Paul says “Therefore we do not lose heart.” The bottom line is we don’t lose heart. Sometimes we wobble. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” There’s something going on. There’s a process that has an end in view.

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Everything you’re going through has to do with what will be. It’s actually…not only it not just some kind of an impediment that shouldn’t be there, this is actually a means God is using to get us there. That’s what he said. You look in the passage, you’ll find God is absolutely putting His finger on things that hold us back and He’s using the circumstances of life to deliver us from self and sin and all these things that have a hold upon us so that Christ is free to be expressed.

Life…death works in me but life in you, Paul said. Praise God! So of course, according to what Jimmy said, “So we fix our eyes…” That’s a choice we make. “…We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Then he talks about the hope that we have that when I leave this body—they finally lay this old body in the tomb, I’ve got something better. I’ve got something that is eternal. This is a tent, that’s a house. I’m gonna leave a tent and move into a house one day and it’s going to be forever. Praise God!

“…So that what is mortal…” the end of verse 4, “…may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose.” Do you want to understand what your life is about? Do you want to understand what is going on? God made you to live with Him and to know Him. He made you for that reason. And if you’re one who has been called by the Gospel, that’s what your life is about. You’ve got an eternal God with all the authority that there is, Who is on your side, Who sent His Son and gave a complete…made a complete provision for you and for me to have a perfect hope, a settled hope today. Praise God!

All right, so what have we got now? Well, that’s what Paul is about to say. Glad you asked. “Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit…” A down payment, okay? “…Guaranteeing what is to come.” Praise God! So this isn’t just pie-in-the-sky. There is something very real that we can experience right now.

I’ll tell you, you can have something that…you can have a changed heart. Only God can give you that kind of a heart transplant. But that’s what the Gospel brings for those who open their hearts and believe it with all their heart. Praise God!

Now I know somebody, by this time, has thought of Romans chapter 8. It certainly, certainly fits, doesn’t it? Praise God! What a hope that we have in the Lord Jesus. Verse 28. “And we know that in all things God…” All things? You sure about that? I don’t know, Paul, did you make a mistake there? I’ve had some bad stuff happen to me lately and I’m in a place of uncertainty. I don’t know what’s going on and it looks like the world, my world is going to hell in a hand basket. Are you sure, Paul? Are you just sort of closing your eyes and saying all things are good?

No. This is somebody with their eyes wide open. But this is somebody seeing life from a different point of view. This is someone seeing life from God’s point of view, saying…here you are over here, all you see is uncertainty, and turmoil, and difficulty, and I’m over here and I’m seeing purpose. I’m seeing something that I accomplished at the cross through my Son that is in the process of working out in your life and I want to tell you the outcome is certain.

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Praise God! We know! So Paul had a certainty of this, and he didn’t…this wasn’t just something he learned in seminary. This was something God taught him. This was a conviction in his heart. I know this. “…that in all things God works...” God works. “…for the good of those who love him, who have been called…” What? “…according to his purpose.”

See there’s a sense there of something that is real, that God has a plan. I know the devil has a plan, just to cause all the hell he can, all the damage he can while he can, because he’s angry. He doesn’t want you and me to enter into something he can’t ever have. But I’ll tell you what, God has a purpose. And I’ll tell you, the purpose of God will stand—it will stand.

Man we need to let this mentality, this reality guide our every day life. This isn’t just something to sort of pay mental…give mental assent to on Sunday morning. This is something you and I need to take with us during the week, and lay hold of and realize it’s real. Because if we lay hold of it, we will begin to experience more of what he’s talking about here. That’s the problem. We talk about it like it’s out there, it’s not for me, I’m…it’s for everybody else but not me. It’s for you. It’s for you.

It’s for the weakest—the weakest among you. God doesn’t base His salvation on your goodness and your strength. I’ll tell you, the ones who came to Jesus so often were the sinners. They were the lowest of the low, despised among men. But Jesus…the love of God reached out to them and rescued them. The folks he had the problem with were the righteous people. At least they thought they were.

I’ll tell you, we need…you need, I don’t care what your situation is, you need to look to God and realize He has power above all the power of death and hell put together to rescue you completely if you put your hope in Him today and trust in Him. There’s a purpose for those…what is that purpose? “For those God foreknew…” He knew about you ahead of time—He made provision for you ahead of time. “…He also predestined…” God knew about you and He made a plan. What’s that plan? “…To be conformed to the likeness of his Son.”

You know we have a perfect head with a very imperfect body right now. But when God’s purpose is through, that body is going to come to the fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ. And God is going to have not just His Son, but He’s going to have a whole kingdom of sons and daughters…one brand new man, if you want to look at it that way, that’s one with each other and one with Him, filled with His life, changed completely from all that we are in this world.

Only God can do that. But that’s what this is about, folks. This isn’t about coming to church and being religious. This is about giving your heart to somebody who has the power to change you for time and eternity. “…Conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he…” the Son, “…might be the firstborn among many brothers.” God wasn’t satisfied with just one. He still wanted a family of those who were like Him.

“And those he predestined, he also called: those he called, he also justified: those he justified, he also glorified.” How many times has this been pointed out? Every bit of this is written as something that has already taken place. When was that—when was that? When did all of this happen? Well, it happened before the foundation of the world in the mind of God.

I’ll tell you, it was accomplished when Jesus went to the cross. You wonder why Paul gloried in the cross only? He was dealing with religious people who gloried in other kinds of things that men did. Paul said, I’m gonna glory in one thing, the cross because I was crucified there. All that was wrong with me was dealt with there. God has taken care of this stuff that I’m wrestling with. It was done. It was done in Him, but He didn’t leave me in that tomb. He brought me forth with His Son and gave me a brand new life. Praise God!

He also glorified. I’ll tell you what, the glory that He enjoys now is there for us as well. We rejoice in hope, Paul said, of the glory of God. Praise the Lord! Well, what about this next passage? Has this ever been an encouragement to you? It ought to be. It’s been quoted this morning.

“What, then…” in light of what has been said, “What, then, shall we say in response to this?” What are you gonna say? “If God is for us…” If God is for us—if God is for us! If God is for me…do you know we need to learn to take these things personally? I don’t mean independently, but I mean personally. Yeah, there is a corporateness but there is something that gets right down to the individual heart. Sometimes it is easy to say, yeah, God is for us. But me, that’s a different story. Oh, no it’s not. You’re part of us.

“If God be for us, who can be against us?” You’ve got somebody who is capable of messing this up? I’ll tell you, we’ve got a God who has already defeated all of that through His Son. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

I mean, here’s God, He’s given us His Son, done all of this and then He said, boy, I don’t know. I don’t think I’m gonna follow through with this one. I just didn’t really reckon on how bad this situation is. I did all of that, I know, but just let it go. I’m gonna let this one go, I don’t care about them.

God cares! God is able. Wherever you’re at, whatever pit you’re in this morning, you look up and you cry out to the only One who can bring you out. There is One who can bring you out of the darkest pit you might be in. David said the Lord brought me up out of a miry pit, miry clay, deep pit, whatever it was. Remember the Psalm. Praise God!

God is wanting to encourage and lift us up and get our mind refocused on what He’s done for us. But “…How will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Now you’ve got another situation. “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?” All right there’s the devil going before God. God, did You see what they did? Did You see? Were You watching? You’ve got some bad folks down there. They’ve messed up in all kinds of ways. Do you think that God is gonna listen to that? Why? Does He just say I don’t feel like listening? No! Because your sin was already repented for, forgiven.

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Paid in full. That’s exactly right. Died for. Every bit of the legal requirement for the penalty of that sin was taken upon Himself, taken by Jesus. Praise God! I’ll tell you, you lay hold of that and your guilt will be gone. There’s no one that has the right to accuse you of anything. That doesn’t mean that we live as we please. If you get a hold of this, you will be wanting to please him.

But I’ll tell you, you’re always gonna have a source of hope and forgiveness when you do mess up, because we are in a process that is often messy. But we’ve got a God who is a great cleaner-upper of messes. We’ve got a God who is able to save completely those that come to Him.

Of course, there brings in the point that He’s praying—He’s praying for you. Praise the Lord! I’m so glad. There’s times I’m so tired I can’t even pray for myself. Anybody get there? Yeah. But Jesus never gets tired and you’re still part of Him even when you feel that way. I’ll tell you, if you’re in Him, He hasn’t forgotten about you.

He may let you get to that place just so you realize you can’t trust yourself. You don’t have the strength. That’s when we say, okay, God, I’ve tried, I’ve tried, I’ve tried and I can’t do it. That’s what He was waiting for. So much of the time that’s what He was waiting for is for us to come to that place of just utter weakness and dependence where we just say, Lord, You’re gonna have to do the saving. I put my hope in You. Praise God!

“It is God who justifies.” If God, the judge of all the universe, as we said, says that one is righteous, do you think the devil is gonna come along and say oh, no he’s not? God’s declared you and me righteous because we’re a part of Him and He’s righteous. He became sin for you and for me that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Praise God!

“Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God…” And here it is again. “…And is also interceding…” praying “…for us.” Is interceding, that’s an ongoing thing. He doesn’t pray a while and say I’m tired of this. They’re messing up, forget them. He is ever interceding. In fact, there’s a song like that that we use to sing. He is interceding.

There is a constant, present tense, ongoing activity. In other words, where there is a need, He’s praying. If there’s a need in your life, Jesus is praying. God wants you to know that. So you don’t ever reach that point where you may feel the discouragement, but you never feel the despair. You never give up. You’re like Paul. You know, we feel all these terrible things but we’re never in despair. We never get to that point where there’s no hope, because there’s always a hope in Jesus Christ. Praise God!

So He was raised to life, He’s at the right hand of God, He’s praying for you. So then in the light of all that he says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Let’s go down the list of all the stuff that might do it. What’s gonna do it? “Shall trouble…” Does trouble have the power to do that? “…Or hardship or persecution…” Maybe that’ll do it. No? Okay, well, “…famine…” You know you’ve got to have stuff to eat. “…Or nakedness or danger or sword?”

All of these things the devil has been allowed to throw at God’s people in various times. When you read Job, you know, that doesn’t always happen, and often doesn’t happen because we’ve done something bad. God was just trying Job and bringing him forth as gold in the end, as Job himself expressed the hope. I’ll tell you what, all of these things are part of it.

But he says, “As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” Now why would he say that? I mean that’s not a very positive message for me to tell you that you’re a bunch of sheep to be slaughtered. Doesn’t sound it…but the truth is that’s what’s wrong. Folks, you and I have something that needs to be killed.

There are so many today that are preaching feel good messages that just build people up, their self-esteem, make them feel good about themselves and they call that the Gospel. That’s not the Gospel. I feel joy this morning. I feel thankfulness this morning. I don’t feel it because I find something, some reason in here to hope. I find a Savior who has done something about what’s in here.

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Who is capable of putting me to death and at the same time giving me life. Praise God! He took me down with Him in the grave and I went there. Thank God. I need to see myself there. But He didn’t leave me there. He came out and I came with Him, and I have another life. Praise God! So, yeah, there’s something about me that needs slaughtering and it took place in Him.

And the experiences of life help to carry out that sentence where it’s needed. God knows exactly how to touch the things in you that hold us back and keep us in a bad place. He knows how to do that, but he also knows how to give us the grace and the life to carry us through.

And so Paul goes on and he says, “No.” No, what? These can’t stop God. These can’t get in the way. “In all these things…” Not in spite of, but in—in all these things, “…we are more than conquerors…” I mean, you know, conquerors would be pretty good. Well see Paul wasn’t just content to…well, we’re conquerors, you know, okay. “…We are more than conquerors.”

There’s a sense that there’s no way you can put this into words. You can’t quantify this. You can’t say, well this is a level 9 and maybe, you know. This is 100 on a scale of 1 to 10 or a million on a scale of 1 to 10. There’s no way to measure this one. “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” That’s where it all comes from. Every bit of the virtue, every bit of the victory was won for us.

We get to believe it, experience it, exercise it, walk in it. That’s what God is…that’s what the Christian life is about, is experiencing what Jesus did at the cross and the resurrection. In doing that in the hope of God finishing what he started. Well, I think He’s able to pull it off, don’t you? That’s what this is about. Paul was convinced. He says, “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation…” I mean he just kind of runs out of things to enumerate so he says, well, anything else, whatever else there is. None of this “…will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I’ll tell you, when God sets His love upon you, bank on it. Believe it. Accept it. Don’t look in the mirror and say, how could He ever love somebody like me. That’s what the Gospel is about. There’s not one of us that could not, based upon what we are naturally, look in the mirror and say the same thing. I don’t care who you…how people appear to you, we’re all made of exactly the same stuff! We need the same salvation!

( congregational amens ).

Our natural frames are full of the same corruption that you see in this world. We need a Redeemer, but there’s a God who sets His love on sinners and has power to save them completely who put their trust in Him.

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Praise God! So wherever you’re at this morning, you just rejoice in the Lord and you put your trust in Him, if you haven’t. Let faith be born in your heart. See Him for who he is, the very Son of God! The God of the universe has a Son. He sent Him to be our Rescuer to be our Redeemer! All that is needed was taken care of in Him! He has been lifted up as Lord for time and eternity! Put your hope in Him today!

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He is the only hope that we have. Praise God! Praise God!

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