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TV Broadcast #1263

God, Creating a New Life
Part One

December 18, 2016

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1263 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I don’t know, I had other thoughts on my mind coming toward this weekend and I think the Lord turned me another direction. I sort of intended to leave last Sunday kind of as a stand-alone. And my mind instead went back to the same subject, but carrying it further. And those who were here will remember the emphasis was on the power that is at work…the power at work within us, and it’s taken from Ephesians 3:20.

And of course, what he’s referring to, in chapter 3, verse 20, about the power that’s at work within us, has to go back, doesn’t it, to what he’s unfolded in chapter 1, where he talks about God’s power was…it’s the power that was demonstrated when He brought Christ out of the grave? And not only that, He set Him on a throne far above everything, and all of that was for us. And so that’s the power that is available, that is at work in us.

But you know, if you sort of leave it there, it sounds a little bit vague. I mean, that’s great, His power! Okay, what does that mean in a practical sense? And I believe that’s where the Lord wants to carry it along, if He can help me, because there is something very specific, and it’s gonna sound a little bit like, oh God, we’ve heard this before. But I don’t think it is.

I think the Lord wants to express something from His heart, and He’s stuck with me, in one sense. You know, He works through very limited vessels and none of us does it perfectly. But my prayer is that He will, in spite of all that’s wrong with me, He will say what He wants to say.

And you know, one verse that kind of may be a good launching pad for this would be…I think it’s in 1st Thessalonians chapter 2, if my memory serves. Sometimes it does. But anyway, Paul’s writing to the church in Thessalonica and starting from the beginning of the book, he’s talking about what God had done and what God had done through him, but the gracious response that he had had and the working of God that he had seen. Well I’ll just drop back to chapter 1, verse 4.

“For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you…” (NIV). And how did he know that? “…Because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.” So, that’s the preaching of the Gospel. Anything short of that is just words. And that’s what we need to be constantly praying. Everybody who gets this needs to be saying, oh God, we don’t simply need our brains educated with Christian doctrine, we need something that comes with life changing power!

( congregational amens ).

And I believe that’s His heart. But notice how he goes on in chapter 2, verse 13. And Paul says this, “We also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God…” — now listen to this — “…Which is at work in you who believe.”

And you know, we noted last week that that word ‘work’ in the Greek is the word from which we get our English word ‘energy.’ Well, it happens to be the same word here. There is an energy, in other words, that comes from the Word of God that works. When God wants to unleash His power in you and in me, it comes in the form of His Word! Now think about this. We know that the scripture tells us that if you are in Christ, you are what?

( congregational response ).

A new creature, and that’s the King James for it…a new creation. In other words, the nature of the Gospel is not simply, I’m calling you to a religion. This is a ‘new creation.’ God is creating something that wasn’t there before. Now let that sink in because it’s critical to, I believe, what the Lord is wanting to say.

And for illustration, we go back to the original creation. And we see God…how did God create the world? We know in several places…look at Hebrews chapter 11, just for an example. “By faith…” verse 3, “…we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

God did not need raw materials and angels to go ahead and construct the universe. I mean, I want you to think about…and I know this is hard to wrap our minds around, but I’ll see if I can express a little bit of what I’m sensing. Because, we think of that as an exhibit—as an exhibition of God’s mighty power! Look at the power that it would take to string the stars across the heavens, as far as they go. It just boggles the mind how far they do go.

But I’ll tell you what we need to see beyond that, is the mind and the heart of a Being who is so great, first of all, that He can conceive such a thing! That He can think and conceive of a world and a universe in all of its majesty, all of its diversity, all the things that amaze us as we look into it…the deeper we dig, the more amazing it is! And to think of a God who is capable of constructing every bit of that in His mind! And when it comes down to executing that, what does He have to do to make that happen?

( congregational response ).

He speaks! And what was all of that in intricate detail, the amazing stuff that was in His mind, simply becomes real! I mean, that just boggles the mind that His power to make something out of…where something was not before! I mean, just the concept of that, in itself…but to see what He has done and the mind that has to be behind that.

The mind that has been so…I mean, we do these little projects, and Lord, we don’t have to get very far before we’re overwhelmed and yet, He has got every atom in the universe under His control! And He knows about them and He’s got a name for every star! And He’s designed the great big things, He’s designed all the little things that have to interact with one another.

And yes, I know it’s a broken world. But…and I’ll just throw this in because, certainly there’s gonna be somebody that will hear this that will say, surely you’re not foolish enough to believe the Bible’s history. And I guess I am if that’s what you consider to be foolish.

But the truth is, the men who have come up with their supposed science that explains all of this away, have built their ideas upon a totally untestable theory, a philosophy that says that there is no God and nature is all there is. You break their ideas down, you go back far enough and say, well, how do you know this? how do you know that? how do you know that? And sooner or later you’re gonna get back to that belief which is nothing more than a belief that they pin their eternal hope upon, because we see that there’s an eternal dimension to it; they may not. But I’ll tell you, I don’t have any problem with the history that God has given us.

( congregational amens ).

There is no science that can truthfully be called dispassionate science that stands in the way of simply taking God at His word! He created it. It’s a lot younger than they think. But He created it with a purpose, didn’t He?

( congregational amens ).

And He…you see the crown of His creation, in one sense…it’s not to exalt us, but the crown of His creation was man. And then of course, out of that He created the two genders, which they’re trying to erase today, as we’ve said recently. But God, in His infinite wisdom, made it like it was and it was perfect.

There was nothing…and He made available life! I mean, they had it at their fingertips. Instead, they chose the way of independence and rebellion and brought all of this ruin upon the creation. And this creation has already been condemned. It’s been sentenced to destruction by God. It’s coming to an end.

But I’ll tell you, God had a purpose and that purpose actually was considered and constructed in His mind, long before all of this ugliness happened. He knew it was going to happen. And I’ll tell you, the God that we served back then…see, we think in terms of time. God is outside of that. But the God that I serve, knew your name, and your name and your name and mine, back then! And He made a plan that would not simply leave us to the fate of this world. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

And He began to speak. I mean, right in the Garden, you see where they sinned and God talks about the serpent that had been used to…anyway, the serpent was the one who issued the temptation. And there was a curse put upon the serpent. He said, you’ll bruise the seed of this woman, you’ll bruise His heel, but He’ll crush your head!

Now, remember who said this. Remember what His Word is like. His Word does not simply predict or describe. His Word creates! In other words, there was something…the plan was already in His mind and now He’s beginning to execute that plan. He’s beginning to carry it out. And so, something was launched! And I’ll tell you, the Devil himself had no clue what was going on!

And you will see thousands of years of Old Testament history unfold in which God’s spokesmen, we call them the prophets…. They were men who were inspired of God to speak words. There were prophetic words. Sometimes they had to do with current situations, but they were words that were like launching missiles. There was something…they were words that they were speaking that God was going to be…God was creating something.

And I want you to think about the Son of God who came into the world. And, it’s like, okay…how can I express this? It’s easy for us to just think of, okay, God predicted this and then He sent Him, and then He came, and then He did what He did. I’m gonna read a verse going back right into the middle of the passage in Ephesians, ‘cause this is something that jumped out at me years ago. And it’s in the passage that’s so often quoted about salvation, beginning in chapter 2, verse 8.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…” God has to give us every resource we need to respond to the Gospel and to be rescued, which is what ‘saved’ means. “…Not by works…” Why? “…So that no one can boast.”

So we see that our works do not qualify us for anything that God has. It’s not our efforts. Rather, what we’re doing is stepping into something that He created before the foundation of the world! Listen to how He puts this.

He says, “For we are God’s workmanship…” Listen to the next word. “…Created…” Created. How? “…In Christ Jesus…” For what purpose? “…To do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Do you begin to get just a glimpse of the sense of something that is eternal, that is unfolding, into which He calls us? He doesn’t call me to muddle through and try to be a Christian. He calls me to step into a creative stream, a power that flows from His mouth by which He is accomplishing what He will accomplish in His…and I hope this will get plainer as we go along.

I know this is almost like, boy, this is way out there. But there is something real and I want to grasp this in a way that makes a difference in my day-to-day life. And that’s where I want to go with it. But I started to talk about Jesus coming into the world. Do you think that these were just events that happened then?

When Jesus was talking to His disciples, on the road to Emmaus, and they were wondering about these terrible events that had happened. Oh, they thought He was gonna be the One, and He was crucified and it’s been three days and, “O fools…” Jesus said, “…slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.” (KJV). And so, He went all the way back to the beginning and He began to show them from the scriptures all of the things concerning Him.

And what I see in that is not God just predicting things so we could say, wow, it must be true! God was launching His creative power to make those things happen. The Devil didn’t have a clue what he was up against! The same God who said, let there be a galaxy, said, let there be a Savior and the power to make that happen, happened!

That’s why the scripture says He was crucified for us before the foundation of the world, because in God’s mind, it was done! He could see the unfolding of what Jesus was doing! He could see all that He was going to do for you and for me! He could see the end of it! And who’s going to tell Him, You can’t do that?

( congregational response ).

Exactly. This is the God who did all those other things! He launched something that is so much greater than the first creation! And so, when Jesus went to the Cross and when He cried, “…It is finished,” (NIV), all the things that He cried…you remember He said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” That’s a quote from the Psalms. “They parted my garments…” (KJV). They cast lots and all of that. That was in the Psalms…over and over again!

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him…All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” You notice the language there. That was written as if it had already happened! Because in God’s almighty power and mind and power to make it happen, it had happened!

Oh, the certainty of what God has purposed! Praise God! It just boggles the mind to see this flow of divine, creative power that’s working! You know, I’ve noted this before but, in the first creation God finished everything except for man, didn’t He? And then when everything was exactly ready and there was this incredibly beautiful garden, then He created man out of the dust of the earth.

You know, I heard sort of an amusing…I guess it was meant to be a joke, I don’t know, years ago. Some scientists supposedly went to God and said, God, we have studied and studied and worked and experimented and we have finally figured out how to take dirt and make a man! And so they began to set up their demonstration, and God said, wait a minute, get your own dirt!

( laughter ).

( laughing ).

Praise God! I don’t know where I was going with that, but anyway!

( laughter ).

Praise the Lord! But anyway, you see God unfolding something. In the life and the ministry of Jesus, every single thing that He did was a work that had been prepared ahead of time. When He healed, when He raised the dead, when He spoke the words that He spoke, everything was…God had already launched the divine power to make that happen.

Here’s Jesus as a man. He said, I can do nothing of Myself. The Father who lives in Me, He does it. And so, there was a yielding to the will, the mind, the purpose of this almighty God who’s building a new creation! He was launching…that’s where I was going with this!

The old creation had creation first and then man. The new creation, everything is gonna be…the order of that is flipped. Because God is going to create the race of men…a new race of man, a new creation, a race of sons and daughters who will be completely redeemed from everything that’s wrong with this world, with this first creation! All of that will be gone. It will be completely replaced with His life, His nature! And then when that is done and we stand there in Glory because of what He has done, and we have just simply participated in what He has done, then He’s going to bring forth “…a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” (NIV). And the former will have passed away. Praise God!

What rest it brings when we realize that we’re not left here to muddle through. We are given a salvation that is an unfolding process. And you notice, even in the first creation it didn’t all happen instantaneously. There was a certain amount of process to it. It at least took six days. He did something and He arranged that, and then the evening and the morning. And then He comes back the next day and He does this and He arranges that, and works on that.

And, of course, He took time to design the butterfly and to make sure they could fly just right, and the whole life cycle that they go through, and all the plants and the trees and all of these things…everything flowed out of that incredible mind of His! You think about it. I mean, He didn’t miss a trick! We can’t imagine a mind like that! I mean we can about get out of bed some mornings, and make breakfast or whatever. But He could…He didn’t miss anything! What an amazing God that we serve!

And so now, it comes time to launch the new creation. And when was that launched? When was this new creation begotten? When did it start? From the standpoint of His life and ministry, where did it start? It started when He was raised from the dead! Because the life that will animate the new creation was the life that was in Him. When He laid down His old life, He laid it down with a confidence in the plan of His Father to impart to Him a new life that would bring Him forth as a brand-new Person.

And when He came forth, He came forth with a body, but it wasn’t like ours. In some ways it was. He could eat fish and all that stuff. But I mean, it was a body that could rise from the ground, it wasn’t subject to a lot of the laws that we have. He could go through…He could appear and disappear, go through walls. None of that was a barrier to Him. These are bodies that are fitted for another creation entirely. There we had a living demonstration of what God has planned from the foundation of the world.

And now, the Gospel, the Good News is beginning to go forth to men. Repent! Turn from your life! Turn from your sins! Put your faith in Jesus’ power to save you, to rescue you from this, ‘cause it’s gonna die! If you stay here and live as a part of this, you are going to die! But you don’t have to do that! You can put your faith in His saving power! But you’re gonna have to give up your sins. How did Jesus acquire the new life? Remember? What did He have to do first?

( congregational response ).

Die! There was a literal, I am not gonna cling to this life. This life is not what it’s about. I am going to willingly lay it down. Not only that, I’m gonna be charged with the sins of everybody…the worst thing you’ve ever done, Jesus got charged for it.

( congregational amens ).

And He willingly went to the cross. But oh, there was a sense in His heart of entire confidence and rest in the purpose of God. He was given…He was allowed to see its secrets. He’d been with His Father. In fact, He was the One who spoke the words before the world was. He was in on it from the beginning.

And oh, what an exhibit it was of the love of God, to be willing to step into our dire, hopeless situation and make a way where we could participate in what He wanted from the very beginning!