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TV Broadcast #1141

Letting Go
Part One

August 17, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1141 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Praise God! How appropriate it is that we honor the only One by whose strength and by whose grace we are able to even be here this morning, because we have nothing we can do to commend ourselves to a holy God.

( congregational amens ).

But it’s all because of Him, and His name is the one that we honor. I have had some fairly distinct thoughts and I just trust that they are of the Lord. They’re very much a continuation, in a lot of ways, of the services that we’ve had recently, and particularly, I think, it builds on Wednesday night. You know, Brother Carl mentioned that scripture about keeping yourselves from idols. And it really, I think it lends a dimension to what’s wrong with the human race and why we need a Savior in the first place.

But the scripture that kept coming to me is in Hebrews chapter 2. Now, nobody knows for sure, except the Lord and whoever wrote it, who did write this. Some think it was Paul. I don’t happen to be one of them, but it doesn’t matter. It certainly is divine truth.

It was written to Hebrews, that is to people who had grown up knowing about the Law. They had been heirs, at least physically, culturally, to a covenant that God gave to His people Israel. And it was a covenant of laws. It was a covenant of a whole lot of laws to keep to be righteous in God’s eyes, and because He knew they couldn’t do that successfully, in their own strength, He also gave them a system of sacrifices in order to bring to God, in order to find forgiveness.

And there were priests who were ordained of God to actually represent them to the people. It was really…there was a distance between the people and God. If you had an offering that you needed to offer, you didn’t say, “Here, God.” You went to a priest. You had to have somebody who was authorized to represent you before a holy God.

But now, the writer here is, of course, writing after Christ has come to Earth. And he’s trying to help these people to understand what has happened, that what God did back there, under Moses, was meant to be temporary. It was never an Eternal means of people coming to God. It was simply a way to prepare people for a Savior who was going to fulfill every bit of it.

He was going to fulfill, in His own life, the righteousness of the Law. He was going to become the sacrifice that all…every sacrifice under the Law was a type of. He was going to become the Priest. He was going to become everything. And everything was going to be centered in Him, an eternal hope that was established among men because of Jesus and who He is and what He’s done. And the burden of the writer was that these people would not be able to let go of their past, but would cling to it and not realize that they had to turn loose and trust in Christ.

And so, of course, he begins the book, and I won’t go through all this, but he lifts up what God has done through His Son and who His Son is, because this is not just somebody that we think of as a baby born in a manger, and lived a life on Earth, and then all that He did. This was Somebody who was with the Father before the world was. This is an amazing Person. This is One who was before all things. This is the One who is the Creator of all things. When it came time to create everything, the Father gave Him the job, didn’t He? And so, it was through His lips that the words came forth, “…Let there be light, and there was light.” (NIV). I mean, talk about the power and the glory that He enjoyed. And you know, Isaiah saw a glimpse of that glory, didn’t he?

( congregational amens ).

And it was one glimpse of that, and he understood what was wrong down here. That’s all it took. He saw and he sensed the purity and the power of the life that was there in that place, and he realized there’s nothing good about—nothing good down there, nothing good about me.

But I’ll tell you what, this is Somebody who is greater than the angels. This is Somebody who is to be lifted up. This is the name that is above every name. And that’s what we’ve been singing about this morning. Praise God that we’ve got somebody that stands and that gives us a reason to have hope because outside of Him there is no reason!

( congregational amens ).

I don’t care whether you’ve been in the gutter or whether you’ve been in a palace. You have the same heart, you have the same need…that without Him, we have absolutely no hope beyond this cursed world that is so full of what is wrong.

But anyway, as he gets into chapter 2, he basically warns them about how critical this is. This is what everything is about. This is not a message that you say, well, I don’t think I want to participate in that. This is either a sink or swim kind of proposition. This is what everything is about. This world is headed for a cliff! Or to put it another way, this world is headed for fire. There is no future for this world. When God is through, there will be no taint of sin in the universe. Everything will be pure and filled with His life.

And I’ll tell you, this is the one door of hope that He has opened for every one of you, and what a sure and awesome hope it is. And everything is centered in the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.

( congregational amens ).

But that’s the message. You don’t want to escape…you don’t want to ignore this message. You don’t want to just say, oh well, that’s nice, that’s just religion. This is Jesus. This is not religion. Religion is about what men try to do to make themselves different. This is about what God has done.

( congregational response ).

And that’s what I want. That’s what I need. Without Him I am nothing. It doesn’t matter what kind of religion I try to practice, I need Him. And so, he launches, in verse 5, into an amazing subject that I believe pictures a truth—many truths, but certainly some truths that we need, every one of us, regardless of whether you’re still coming to faith, or whether you know the Lord. We need Truth that’s in this.

But he begins by saying, “It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.” So, there’s a message, isn’t there? And there is, dropped into this, a world that is to come. This is not all there is. This is not the end of things. Men live as though this is all there is.

You know, they see the problems that are on the planet and they assume, oh God, we’ve got to fix this. What’s gonna happen in 100 years if we don’t…you know, there’s all of this kind of a fear. This is all there is and this is what we’ve got to deal with. But oh my God, there is a world to come!

( congregational amens ).

There is a world that is yet to come, that God has promised! “But there is a place where someone has testified: What is man that you are mindful of him…?” Now this is talking about God and about the fact that He thinks about man. You know, Ben was talking about God’s thoughts toward us. Isn’t that an amazing truth, from Psalm 139, that His thoughts toward us are like the sand on the seashore? Next time you go to the seashore, pick up a bunch of sand and start counting the grains. But that’s only the handful. Oh, my God! How incredible is it that the God of the universe thinks about you, and thinks about me, and cares?

( congregational response ).

“What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels…” And I think the sense there, as we’ve said before, is ‘for a little while.’ For a little while, “…you made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor and put everything under his feet.”

So now you’re going back to the beginning, aren’t you? Now you’re going back to the very created order. And we know that God brought forth this beautiful creation, and when He had it all ready, everything else was in place, He placed man in the middle of it and said, I give this into your hands, rule over it. Now I’m well aware that scientists have found ways by which they can scoff at all of this, but I’ll tell you, I believe the Bible’s history.

( congregational amens ).

And they say this is just belief in that science. Well, I’m gonna tell you what they call science is belief. They have an unprovable belief that nature is all there is. And so they build, they interpret what they do find in accordance with that belief, and then they build stories to fill in the gaps and they call it science, and they mock us. But I’ll tell you, we have the testimony of Someone who was there. Not only was there, He did it!

( congregational amens ).

And He has told us the straightforward history of this world, and I trust Him!

( congregational amens ).

 And if you’ve got…I’m well aware that people are inundated with all this other stuff that supposedly is settled science. And if you’ve got questions about that, there are some good answers. But that’s not the purpose of this service this morning.

But anyway, this goes back to the purpose for which you and I were created. We’re not just here, we’re not just the accidental descendants of ‘pond scum,’ as the scientists would have us believe. We were made with a glorious, awesome purpose, and God created a world that had no taint of sin, no taint of death, no taint of corruption in it. And He gave it into our hands and we were meant to be His sons and His daughters, and to live in an awesome relationship with the very God of the universe!

I’ll tell you what, you go back to the beginning, though, and you look at the condition of things as they are now. Why is that? It’s very simply that we rebelled against our Creator. We were suckered—our first parents were suckered into a false choice. Don’t trust God. He has an agenda! He has a reason for wanting you to obey Him and to not know about stuff. You need to be your own god. You need to seize your own life and take hold of it!

And as soon as they did that, they began to die, and everything began to go downhill, and we’ve seen the results ever since. God invested you and me, and the entire created order—He invested man, particularly, with tremendous capacity for pleasure, appetites of many kinds that all had their place in a holy, beautiful order. He created us with a power, with a love for beauty, with physical pleasure, with every kind of thing. It was all there, and it was all beautiful, and it was all holy.

But all of a sudden, every bit of that got turned inward. ‘Self’ wound up at the center. And the very thing that was meant to allow us to enjoy Him, and to enjoy the beauty of His creation, and the fellowship that we had with Him, became our prisoner…became our jailor, I should say, became something that ruled over us, and all of a sudden we became captives to a power that was greater than we could possibly break. Ever since, man has been trying to scratch an itch that cannot be scratched. And here we are.

And so, he goes on and says, “In putting everything under him…” God putting everything under man, “…God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him.” Well, that’s an understatement. You think the world, the creation is subject to you, you go swim with a hungry crocodile. You know. You go pet a cobra. We just aren’t in charge. This world is out of control.

There are forces ruling the world that we live in, that we simply cannot rise above. We have no power in ourselves to escape or to change things. You’re out to change this world? Good luck! God has already pronounced the judgment that is coming upon this world, and it is coming. But He has also made a way of escape that we can escape what is coming upon this world. And it is only through the One he is talking about here, the Lord Jesus.

He says, we don’t see right now…because of sin and what has happened to this world, we do not see the purpose for which we were originally created in operation, do we? It’s not under our control and everything is out of control. But what do we see? “But we see Jesus…” Oh, I hope you see Him this morning.

( congregational amens ).

“…We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” It wasn’t for Himself that He did what He did, was it? He didn’t have to leave Heaven’s glory! He didn’t have to do anything! All He had to do was say, I’m sick of it all, I’m gonna wipe it all out, but He didn’t.

You want to know what God is like. You want to know what He’s really like. You look at Jesus. You look at what He did. You look at One who was willing to leave Heaven’s glory and actually come down to live here, to walk the dusty trails, to sweat, to work, to endure the opposition of sinners, the oppression of devils, to absolutely experience everything that we experience. My God, what an amazing thing that He was willing to do!

But not to stop there, but to carry it to the cross, to carry our sins, my sins! My God, I’m the one responsible! Why should He do that for me? But He did. He took my sins upon Himself when He went to that cross. And He said, Father, punish Me instead. Let all that is due for Phil fall upon me. I willingly take that punishment because I want to open a door of hope. I want his sins gone. Just as the Old Testament sacrifice is pictured, I’m the one here. I take his sin upon Myself so that he can go free. Lord, what a message!

( congregational amens ).

What a message…to lift up the name of Jesus! The one who actually…it’s the only one who has the power to get rid of the sins that absolutely hide us, keep us from a holy God. He did all of that. Notice that it was by the grace of God! He didn’t come down here with His own divine power and say, I’m here to take charge. He came down as a man. He came down subject to the weaknesses that we have. Everything He did was because God gave Him the power, gave Him the strength.

What a lesson for us! My God, you think you can do stuff…I mean stuff that really matters for Eternity? No! I can’t either! I need God! I need His life to animate me and to enable me to do what is right! It was the strength of God Himself that enabled Jesus to go to the cross and do what He did! Why else did He pray for three hours? Agonizing prayer…oh God, if there’s any way let this cup pass from Me, let Me not have to die…but Your will be done, Lord. There was that submission right down to the point of death. Lord, I want Your will above Mine. I serve You. I’m here.

What happened? Angels came and strengthened Him! Do you think that was just for show? He needed that strength! Who could possibly have the kind of strength that it would take to die for sinners? To endure the wrath of Hell itself, all poured out? He needed God’s strength. Thank God for what He was willing to do!

“…By the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting…” Proper, right! “…That God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.”

This is the purpose! Here we are! You look back and you see God’s purpose in the beginning! You see the mess we’re in now, and you see God having a purpose, yet a world to come, and sons who will live there and enjoy the original covenant that God had, the original purpose. How do they do that? Jesus brings those sons to glory! That’s what I need. I need somebody who has the power to do what I cannot do for myself! I need to be able to commit myself into His hands, and say, oh God, I need You. Jesus, I need a Savior. I need Someone who has the power to take me there.

You know, you think about that word ‘glory’ there. “…Bringing many sons to glory…” What in the world is that about? You know, are we gonna shine like light bulbs somehow? What’s the deal? I’ll tell you, I have this sense, more and more. I feel like I see it more and more clearly, and I’ve said this before, but we think of God as light, don’t we? “God is light…” Scripture says that. “…In him there is no darkness at all.” But what is that? It is the very life, the very character, the very nature of God Himself, that just shines with a power, with a glory. It’s His nature!

And you talk about the moral fabric of the universe, you’re not talking about a set of rules set up by a bully! You’re talking about the very nature of things! God’s nature is to love! He doesn’t have to make a rule, ‘thou shalt love.’ It’s His nature to do it. This is how He works!

It’s only where His Spirit…what His Spirit fills, and where His Spirit reigns, that any purpose of His can be fulfilled! There’s nothing but strife outside of His Spirit! There’s nothing but darkness! There’s nothing but confusion and death! But where He reigns, His life reigns! His love reigns! His character reigns!

It’s in that context, where He lives, that our highest happiness can be fulfilled. “In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (KJV). Do you think there are any pleasures down here? They’re nothing compared to what we have in Him, what He’s planned for us. All of the capacity that He has built into us for enjoyment and love and pleasure will be completely fulfilled. Why? Because it’s His life!

When He’s talking about us being brought to glory, He’s talking about us becoming filled with His life! All that went before is gone! There is not one atom of our human nature that is infected by sin that is left! It is His nature entirely! And I’ll tell you, we’re gonna, “…shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father,” as Jesus said. (NIV). And we’re gonna do it because He has given us Eternal life!