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TV Broadcast #1222

It is Finished
Part One

March 6, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1222 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: My mind has been all over the map, in terms of thinking about this service. And when I came in this morning, I knew we were gonna sing that, but my mind went back to a familiar scripture. And I want to just use it as a launching pad in Revelation chapter 12, because this is a picture in a vision that the Lord gave to His servant John.

And, it really…it spans all of history, the vision does. This is not something off in the future. This is all of history pictured in one simple vision, but boy, does it relate to you and to me today.

And I’m just persuaded that this is a truth, that while we can sing it, we can assert it, there is a great need in every one of us to really get hold of it, and actually live as if it’s true. You understand what I’m saying?

( congregational response ).

We live as though we don’t really believe this an awful lot of the time. And I feel my own need. I feel my need not to even be up here this morning, because I don’t have any strength. But you know, that’s really kind of the point. Salvation isn’t about our strength, it isn’t about our resources. It’s about Him! And so, Lord, You just take over.

But anyway, this is pictured, and at first…let me just read it. “A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.

“Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.” (NIV). And so, you’ve got a picture here that really spans a whole lot of time right there, don’t you? You’ve got a look at who the adversary is, who the players are. And of course, who does the dragon represent?

( congregational response ).

Satan, doesn’t he? This is a visual representation of Satan and his power. And he’s pictured as a red dragon…just a beast of destruction. And you know, it talks about his tail sweeping a third of the stars of heaven. What’s he talking about?

( congregational response ).

He’s talking about the original rebellion, isn’t he? He’s talking about an angelic being that God created, pure and holy, his servant…gave him great responsibility in the establishing of His creation and all the purposes that He had.

But something evil entered into Satan’s heart and he began to be proud. He began to look at himself and think, “I’m really something. I don’t need God. I need to rise up and be like Him. I’m jealous of His position of ascendancy and authority, and I’m gonna rise up.”

And somehow he was able to persuade a third of God’s servants. Now, thank God, if you know your math that means there are two-thirds of them left. So we are not a minority here. God’s Kingdom rules over all, not that it’s dependent on the angels, but you get the picture there. But anyway, so this is looking back to who this is that was about to oppose what God was doing.

And, it goes on to say, “The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.” I mean, this was…he knew—he knew who this child was. He knew that this was God’s Son!

He knew that looking back, this was actually his Creator. Did you know that? Everything that has been created, God created it through His Son. His Son was the One who spoke the words. So, all of a sudden, in the purposes of God, and here’s this being whose design, whose aim is to take over and rule and reign, and declare his independence from God, and now his Creator is coming—He’s coming into my territory, the Devil is saying.

Wow! God is handing me a victory here. All I have to do is destroy this One and man, I will have it made. He’s gonna become flesh! You’ve got to be kidding me! You know, maybe God has gone senile here…He’s so foolish to do such a thing! But I’ll tell you, the Lord had it planned, didn’t He? Thank God!

( congregational amens ).

The Devil was brought to engineer His own defeat. But anyway, here he was. He was trying to destroy. And we know that the Devil did stir up the authorities of his day to try to destroy Jesus as an infant. And he actually caused an evil ruler to send out a decree, because…anyway, he had learned that the baby was supposed to…the King of the Jews was supposed to be born in Bethlehem, right? And so, he sends out a decree, ‘I want you to slaughter every child in Bethlehem under the age of two years.’ He figured he’d have it covered.

But of course, God had other plans, didn’t He? He had sent an angel to say, you leave. Your child’s life is in danger. And so they went and lived in Egypt for a while, didn’t they? Praise God!

And that’s what…okay. “She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.”

Even if I could, I’m not gonna unpack all that. But I’ll tell you, there’s enough we can see in it. Right there you’ve got kind of an overview, don’t you? You’ve got a look at…here’s Christ entering in the world. Here’s the Devil wanting to destroy Him but he doesn’t succeed. And instead, that child is caught up to a throne. Praise God!

You know, we need to wrap our minds around, like we talked about last night, where Jesus is and the position that He occupies, because all authority in heaven and earth has been given to Him! We get so buried in the minutiae of our lives that we forget who we are and we forget what He’s done. We forget the reason we’re standing. We forget the hope! We live in fear. We live in futility and failure.

And I’ll tell you, God’s heart is stirred up about it. Not with anger, but with concern, with love…to wake up His people and to say, wait a minute! I’ve made every provision for you! You don’t have to live like you’re living!

So anyway…now here’s the picture in John’s vision of the battle that was fought and the one that Gloria wrote about in that great song. “And there was war in heaven.” See, what was going on was not simply something that took place on a hill, on a cross, and all the physical stuff, with the soldiers gathered around. There was…boy, it would’ve been something to stand there and see the whole picture, and have your eyes opened and to see all the things that were going on in the realm of the spirit.

“And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.” Now here’s the thing. “He was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.” Now this is a picture of the Devil losing the battle, losing his place…heaven represents a place of authority and ascendency. And so, he lost what he had, didn’t he?

( congregational response ).

Praise God! “The great dragon was hurled down….” Do you remember Jesus…what he said to the disciples? You know, they had gone out and He had given them authority over evil spirits. And they had literally been able to go out among the villages of Israel and one of the things they did was to command spirits to come out of people, and they obeyed.

And the disciples were just blown away! My God, this is amazing! Even the spirits obey us! And they came back and Jesus said, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” (KJV). Don’t glory in that you have authority over Satan. What you need to be glorying about is that your names are written in heaven.

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! You know, every one of us can rejoice in that, can’t we?

( congregational response ).

Praise the Lord! Every one that’s put their trust and hope in Him! All right, so the great dragon was hurled down, like lightning, Jesus said. “…That ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” (NIV).

So now, you’ve got just kind of a hint…it gets expanded later, but you’ve got a hint of the world that we live in, don’t you? It’s a world ruled over by this being that he’s describing here. He’s picturing it as a dragon. I don’t know what Satan literally looks like, but that’s a pretty good representation. He’s a serpent. He’s up to no good.

And he absolutely rules over a…he’s referred to as the god of this world, isn’t he? And as the god of this world, one of the things that he does is blind the minds of those who believe not. Now what’s his aim in that? There is a power of darkness that is gripping this world and we’re seeing it grow in its intensity every single day, aren’t you?

( congregational response ).

Anybody who watches the news…you don’t even have to watch it, you can feel it. But anybody who watches what’s going on, you see the world deteriorating, going more and more under the dominion of this wicked creature. And he is blinding the minds of those who believe not. Why? So that the light of the glory of the Gospel of Jesus Christ should not shine!

There is a power, there is a message that we have to proclaim! There is a message that we have to live! There is a message that glorifies God! What took place on the cross destroys his power and Satan is guarding the minds of people, trying to captivate them with everything! My, we need to be praying that God will break through that darkness, that veil that causes people not to be able to see what we’re talking about! I have all ideas there are probably people sitting here this morning that don’t have a clue what I’m talking about. It’s just noise. It’s just words. Oh my God, your eternal destiny hangs on these words.

( congregational amens ).

Not because I’m saying anything. It’s the message! It’s the message of what God accomplished at the cross! Boy, do we need to get our hands around it, our minds around it! But anyway, here’s a being called Satan who leads the whole world astray! “He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” So this is the world we live in. “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: Now have come….” Praise God! Isn’t that an awesome word?

( congregational response ).

You know, I was thinking about these words, ‘it is finished.’ That’s one track my mind was going around coming into this service. And my mind went to this, this morning. I felt like this is the scripture to launch from. But you think about the statement ‘it is finished.’ What’s the middle word?

( congregational response ).

Is! There is a present tense and it’s even richer than that. It’s the Greek perfect tense. The perfect tense is a present condition that is the result of something that has led up to that condition. But it’s a reality! It’s a full and complete victory that was won! Now is come! It’s here! We don’t have to wait for God to, somehow, some way, someday, do something. He’s already done everything that we need. And our job is to proclaim it and to live it!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! And I know, that in one sense, we’ve heard these things, haven’t we? This is not new truth. But there’s something, there is a huge danger in our simply giving mental assent to a truth that begins to lose its actual force in our lives. What good is it if we sing, praise God, it is finished—praise God, it is finished, and we live as if it’s not?

( congregational amens ).

And I believe that’s where a lot of folks are at…all of us in some measure. May God help us, and I believe He is. Now! Now have come! There’s that perfect tense again, by the way. It has come. “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God.”

You know, in one sense, the kingdom of our God will be at a full-orbed manifestation when the new heavens and the new earth come, because all else will be done away. Satan will be gone! All sin, all death, all sorrow, all pain, all crying, everything that is wrong with this world will be gone completely! But I’ll tell you, in one sense, we can long for that kingdom to come, but the kingdom came.

( congregational amens ).

And that’s what God wants us to see. It came! We have the privilege, even though we still live in a broken world, we still live in bodies that would rather sin than serve God, just to be honest. We live in this condition, but the kingdom of God is real and it’s here and the Devil knows it, and he’s scared to death that we’ll find out and actually live like it is. He’s terrified.

You wonder why he opposes us in so many ways? You wonder why he opposes this truth? Praise God! You wonder why he spent so much time trying to convince me that I was inadequate. I said, Devil, you’re right. I am, but that’s not the point. And that’s not the point for every one of us. We are, every one, inadequate to live the Christian life.

( congregational amens ).

But God hasn’t called us to try to do it! Praise God! That’s part of the victory of the cross! So all these things have come! They are here! That was what gripped the hearts of the apostles. When they got a hold of this, when they came out of that time of the crucifixion when they were confused and frightened and unbelieving! Even when He appeared to them, they still couldn’t quite believe it! And they get accused of pulling off a scam! Are you kidding me? They had to be convinced, almost more than the authorities did.

But when they got it, when they realized, when they saw the fruits of the victory of a risen Savior who was there, beyond the power of all that’s wrong with this world, man, they went out and fearlessly looked the people in the eye and said, the one that you crucified, God has made Him Lord and Christ. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (KJV).

And they looked them in the eye and said, there’s a line that’s been drawn. And Jesus Christ is Lord! And I’ll tell you, when Peter stood up on that Day of Pentecost and he gave out that word, all that crowd suddenly realized, I’m on the wrong side. Here I am, I’m living under the dominion of a system that’s wrong, and Jesus is Lord! God has made Him Lord and Christ, and I’m in the rebel’s camp! Oh God, what must I do?

You know, that’s what we need. We need God’s power to come and convict people! In spite of our infirmities, which that’s all we’ve got, is infirmities in ourselves, we have nothing. But we have Him! I’ll tell you, we need to believe in what took placed at the cross.

But anyway, “…the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” I guarantee that if we were to go around the room today and be honest, virtually every one of us is carrying some kind of a burden, of guilt, of regret, of ‘what if,’ what if I had done this, why did I do that, why am I so weak, why, why, why…and all those kinds of things. Am I right?

( congregational response ).

But what is the message of the Gospel? You and I have no power to erase all those things! What is my hope of getting rid of these things? Because there’s nothing in me, in myself, that has any power to do anything but come short! We all come short of the glory of God! It’s not just that we have sinned, what we’ve got just can’t produce righteousness! It’s not in the cards.

So what is my hope? How can I hope to erase the sins that separated me from God? Oh, praise God! What’s it gonna take for us to see what God did when Jesus stretched out His hands? You know, I told the account last week of Watchman Nee’s conversion. He grew up in a religious home and it didn’t mean anything to him. And he didn’t see himself as any worse than anybody else. He just lived his life and had no real interest in God.

And the Lord brought him into a place where suddenly he was touched and curious to go and sit in this Gospel meeting and he heard the Gospel. And he went out of that meeting wrestling. What do I do? Do I surrender to Jesus? And you know what it took? And this is what it takes for everyone. One way or another…it’s not a certain experience, not a formula, but he had to suddenly see his sinfulness. And all of a sudden, he was gripped with the shame and the sense of his…there’s a holy God and I am a sinner without hope in myself. Oh God, what can I do?

I’ll tell you, unless you come to that place, you don’t need a Savior…you don’t think you do. And the very last thing our nature wants is to come to a place of just declaring spiritual bankruptcy! Saying, oh God, there’s nothing in me—nothing! I stand naked and desperate before You. If justice is to be meted out, I have no hope. Is God a God of justice?

( congregation inaudible ).

So how do you get around that one? How can God be just, how can God remain righteous and just, and accept sinners into His family? That’s quite a problem. Now, you think about every other religion in the world, it’s all about what I’ve got to do to fix me and fix my situation. This isn’t like that. The message of the Gospel is not about what I’ve got to do. It’s about what Jesus did.

( congregational amens ).

Because there is a way that God has come up with, to where He can show mercy, and His justice be complete exonerated and satisfied. And that was the next thing that Brother Watchman Nee was able to see. He felt his need, but then he saw in his mind’s eye, somehow…I don’t know if it was a literal vision or just somehow it became real to him. He saw the Savior hanging on this tree, with his arms nailed out, and suddenly it was revealed to his heart that He was there bearing your sins. He died because of what you did!

My God, that should change our attitude about sin! He died an agonizing death because of what you did. I punished your sin in Him. He became the guilty sinner. All of My wrath was poured out upon Him. He got what you deserved. You know, we can’t ever come to Him without really being reconciled to that truth.

You know, we’ve sometime sung the song, in fact, we practiced it, we ran over it this morning…one of these days, we’ll maybe sing it again, but “I Should Have Been Crucified.” I should have been crucified. If God were simply going to mete out justice, there would be no other recourse. What are you gonna answer? No, God, I’m not as bad as You say I am! Hogwash!

Even Isaiah, the prophet, didn’t really understand. Oh, he could say, woe to this one, woe to that one! And then all of a sudden God said, I’d better give him a little perspective here. And He took him to a high and a holy place and he saw the Lord. And all of sudden, it was, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.” (KJV). How did he know that? “Mine eyes have seen the King.”

All we would have to do is have one glimpse and all of our illusions about ourselves would be gone. And oh, how we rebel against that truth. How we fight it. We just struggle to try to maintain some sense of our own goodness. And why do you think that is? Why do you think the Devil provokes that in us? Because he knows that coming to that place is not a thing to fear, it’s a thing to…it’s the pathway to deliverance!