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TV Broadcast #981

When I Consider

July 24, 2011

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 981 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: This message affects everybody, because you’re on one side of it or the other. But if you’re on the right side of it—if you’re one who has surrendered to Him, you’ve put your faith in Him, you’ve believed the promise of God with regard with to salvation, man, it’s gonna be good.

( congregational amens ).

He says, “It is not to angels that he has subjected…” what? “…The world to come….” (NIV). See we got a mess here. And nothing’s gonna straighten this mess out, by the way…that’s not what God has got in mind. There’s gonna come a day when God says this is done. There’s nothing left but to pour out fire upon it. That’s what Peter says we’re looking for. The day of the Lord will come when the heavens will be on fire, the elements will melt with fervent heat. Everything is going to be burned up.

But that’s not the end. God has something beyond that, just like He said earlier where He’s gonna take off the universe like a garment, and change it, and put on a new one. But here’s where we come in, “It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified: What is man that you are mindful of him?” Does that sound familiar?

( congregational response ).

See now he’s quoting from Psalm 8, isn’t he? That tells you that they took the Word of God seriously. Here’s somebody anointed of God, inspired of God to write scripture, and he is looking back to scripture that had already been written, and treating it as it is, the Word of God. “What is man…” so now he quotes, “…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; you crowned him with glory and honor and put everything under his feet.”

So now he’s looking back at the original creation, the institution and the purpose of God. But then he goes on and he expounds. He says, “In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him.” You want a future? That sounds pretty amazing to me. You feel small and powerless and purposeless and useless? Do you have any idea what God has in mind for us when He gets through with us? Do you think He has the power to make us the kind of people who could inherit something as grand and amazing as this? Well, He’s the only One who can.

( congregational amens ).

That’s why my hope is in Him. That’s why religion is useless! Religion is the most useless thing in the planet. It’s sent more people to hell than everything else put together.

( congregational amens ).

We need Jesus. He has the commission from the Father to rescue a people and make them fit for this. So there’s nothing we see in God’s purpose that is not subject…to whom? To us, to man. “Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him.” Well, duh.

( laughter ).

You look around and obviously things are out of control. This world is…man just constantly struggling to try to make a way, and his own society is just falling apart. We see it. We see the symptoms on every hand. Everything’s out of control. But what do we see? On the one hand, yeah, we don’t see that God’s purpose is anywhere near being fulfilled. It’s being totally messed up. But we do see something. What is that? We see Jesus.

“But 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.” See now you’ve taken the One through whom God spoke the universe into existence and who now upholds everything. Now you have brought Him down to our level. That’s where the passage in Philippians is such a clear expression of how, though He was in the form of God, He didn’t consider it robbery to be equal with God. But He made Himself of no reputation. He emptied Himself, came down and lived among us.

And He didn’t just do that…He didn’t come down and say, hey, I’m a king. I’m here to take over and fix things. He came down as a servant…but not just a servant. He humbled Himself to the death, not just any death, the death on the cross…the worst one men could dream up. But He did it willingly, joyfully. He did it for you and you and you. Man, I don’t want to disrespect that for one second. I want to believe in it with every ounce of my being, and reckon on it, and praise God for it, that such a One could do something like that for you and for me. What else can we do but humble ourselves, and love Him, and praise Him, and worship and serve Him? He is worthy, is He not?

( congregational response ).

And I’ll tell you, how do we know that that was any good? Because of what God did as a witness. First He raised Him from the dead, didn’t He? And He made sure…made sure there was plenty of proof. The King James refers to it as “many infallible proofs” at the beginning of Acts, I think. And there’s plenty of evidence that He came forth from that tomb in bodily form and that He was….man, He turned weak men who were running from the law, scared to death for their lives, and turned them into flaming evangelists who looked people in the eye and said, you killed the Lord of Glory.

He came back in power. They stood there and watched him on a hillside…watched Him suddenly leave the ground. Can you imagine that? I mean, you already know He’s pretty amazing. You’re blown away with what He’s done and the fact that He came back from the tomb. And He’s told you what you’re gonna be doing. You’re gonna go to the ends of the earth and carry the message of the Gospel. But wait ‘til you get the power, He said. And all of the sudden His feet begin to leave the ground.

( laughter ).

That’s what we’d be doing if He just…you couldn’t take your eyes off of Him. What’s gonna happen next? And He goes up, and He goes up, and all of the sudden there’s a cloud that comes in between and now you can’t see Him anymore. The next thing you know, somebody’s standing next to you and saying, you men of Galilee…whoa! Where’d you come from?

( laughing ).

( laughter ).

You men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up in the heavens? This same Jesus, whom you see going up in heaven, will so come in like manner as you have seen him go. He’s going up. He’s gonna experience exactly what He said. All authority in heaven and earth’s been given to Him. He’s gonna occupy a place. It’s symbolized by a throne. I don’t think it’s a literal chair somewhere, but whatever is, it’s a place of ultimate authority. Other than the Father Himself, He’s got everything under His feet.

God’s put everything under the feet of the Head of the new race. He is the last Adam. Where God put everything under the first Adam and he messed up, here’s another Adam come along and everything has been put under His feet. Now He’s got some enemies to subdue, and that’s what’s happening right now. There is a calling out. There is a subduing, and when God gets finished with this process that we’re experiencing in our lives day by day, those who know Him especially, then He’s gonna come back and this is gonna be over. Praise God!

And so He is, “…now crowned with glory and honor because….” That’s the testimony of God…the fact that He took Him back and set Him on a throne. And the evidence of that was the outpouring of the Spirit of God on the day of Pentecost, and the power by which they went out and bore witness to what God had done through His Son Jesus Christ…that His death was not something that was just about Him. He tasted it for you.

( congregational amens ).

 He tasted it for me. Praise God! Now listen to what he says now, the next thing. What is this all about? Is this just okay now, we’ve got you back to square one? No! This is, “In bringing many sons to glory….” Don’t pass over that. Get that. What is God’s purpose for you and for me? It’s to bring us…that’s hard…is that hard for you to wrap your mind around?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, me too. My eyes are just like yours. I see the same things. I know in a measure what’s wrong with this guy, how desperately I need Him. And when I experience my own weakness, I wonder, my God, can it possibly be so? But you know, God doesn’t allow us to experience that so we’ll be disheartened, so that we’ll give up in despair, but so that we’ll turn our eyes to Him and know that it’s not in us. We will understand that it’s truly salvation.

( congregational amens ).

He is pulling us out of a pit, and a pit is something you can’t get out of on your own. You’ve got to have somebody who can pull you out. He has the power to do that. Oh, praise God! But bringing out of the pit is one thing, but how about bringing me to glory? Wow! Just ponder that. “In bringing many sons to glory…” He brought the One, didn’t He? He brought Him right out of that tomb, victorious over sin and death and the grave, everything…set Him at His own right hand.

But He’s not done. “…Many sons to glory, it was fitting…” This is the right thing for God to have done. “…It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.” We love that one. But that’s how it happened. We wonder sometimes why our pathway to glory leads through things we don’t like.

Think about Jesus. Doesn’t He say that, “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith”? You look at Hebrews chapter 12, the passage we refer to so many times. You see that same purpose—that same idea. But why? He says, “Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of…” What? “…The same family.” Are you kidding me?

Now when he says the one who makes men holy, who’s he talking about? Who’s he talking about? He’s talking about Jesus. So how do I become holy? He makes me. He has the power to change the things that I cannot change. That makes my place one of yielding and believing and trusting in Him.

But the amazing thing is how He sees us. How do you see yourself? Think about it. It’s awful easy for us to look at our own weaknesses and see nothing but bad stuff. You might be living in a delusion and think you’re something, but you’re not, if you happen to be one like that. But you know it’s awful easy to look at our weaknesses and man, we get an awfully low opinion. In one sense that’s good. But I’ll tell you, God sees beyond that. He sees every one of His children as they will be.

As John says, we don’t [know] what we’re gonna be like. We just have no power to comprehend that amazing glory and brightness that we will have as His children. But we do know that when He appears, we’ll be like Him. And I’ll tell you, only God can bring that about. That’s why salvation is a miracle. That’s why religion is no good. Religion just tells you what to do. Salvation is a miraculous change in here. There’s a new life that’s born in here. It comes from God!

( congregational amens ).

He has to work with the heart until that heart yields. And when the heart yields, then there’s a birth that takes place, a new life that grows. That life cannot die, folks. That’s the glory of the salvation that’s been provided at the cost of the blood of the Son of God that we sang about this morning. Praise Him!

( congregational amens ).

“Both the one…” That’s Jesus. “…Who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family.” So now you’ve got a family here. How easy it is to think of Him just there and not here, and not realize how fully, completely He identifies Himself with us.

Now how completely is that? Listen to what He says. “So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” Oh, you think about that one. Sometimes we get ashamed of one another. We often get ashamed of ourselves. But here’s Jesus seeing beyond all of that, seeing the purpose of God, knowing His power to save, seeing the end of the story and how it all turns out and saying, I’m not ashamed of them. Man, does that give you a little confidence and a little courage to go on?

( congregational response ).

Jesus is, yes, He’s on a throne, yes He’s there praying, but He’s not just there. He’s here. He is here as our elder brother. Wow! I like having a big brother like that. That’s not to demean Him in the least. We’re gonna bow before Him, but we’re also gonna walk with Him. You look at 1st Corinthians chapter 15, where it talks about how the Father’s put everything under His feet and He’s gonna reign until all His enemies are under His feet. What happens at the end of that process?

( congregational response ).

He’s gonna turn it over to the Father, that God may be all in all. But what does it say then? Then the Son Himself will be subject to the Father, that God may be all in all. So you’ve got an eternal relationship in which, yeah, we’re gonna bow down and worship this One that we’re talking about today. But yet, He’s going to be standing beside us, subject to the Father, worshiping the Father. Wrap your mind around all that. Is He someone to be lifted up and praised? He’s the only message we’ve got, folks.

( congregational amens ).

Jesus. “Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” And so now he’s gonna go to the Old Testament to prove this. “He says, I will declare your name to my brothers…” This is Jesus saying I’m gonna declare your Name, Father, to my brothers, “…In the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.” Does that kind of bring it home a little bit? You know when the Lord draws near and we sense a quickening as we worship, we feel His presence, at least a part of the dimension of what is going on, Jesus is here among us, and together, side by side, think of Him…look down the pew and think of Him sitting there with you, worshipping the Father, as a Brother among brothers and sisters. That’s the relationship that God is bringing to pass. That’s astonishing!

But listen to what he says in verse 13, “I will put my trust in him.” Now that lends a dimension to what we said about the relationship, the hierarchy of relationship there. Here’s Jesus, the glorious Being that He is, upholding all things by the Word of His power, yet He occupies a place of trust in the heavenly Father. Isn’t that kind of where we’re at? Yeah. Has He not taken His place beside us? Has He not truly indentified Himself with us? You don’t think that He’s gonna finish what He started? Praise God!

( congregational amens ).

You’re gonna have to chew on some of these things a while, aren’t you? Me, too. “…Again he says, here am I, and the children God has given me.” So we’ve got God Himself behind the whole process, calling out a people, working with hearts, drawing them to the Savior, pointing them to Him. Once He gets us to the point where we know we have a need, we know we’re lost without somebody to help us, then He says, I’ve got the answer. There He is. It’s a Person. It’s Jesus, not a religion—it’s Jesus! You put your trust in Him, He has the power to save you. He already paid for your sins. He died for them as if they were His own. Praise God!

But listen to the degree to which God has reached out and which His Son has cooperated in the process. Listen to the degree to which that’s happened. “Since the children have flesh and blood…” That’s us. “…He too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil.” Think about it. Think about the valley of humiliation that was for Him…that He so willingly did. Think about the One Isaiah saw high and lifted up. Think about Him coming down here and being born as a baby, and living among us, and feeling our weaknesses. How do you put that in words? There’s no way to do it, but He did it. And He did it so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is the devil.

And I’ll tell you, if we put our lives in His hands…someone read the scripture the other day about…don’t fear man, because after they kill the body that’s all they can do. I’ll tell you who you fear. You fear Him that has power to cast body and soul into hell. That’s where our fear needs to be. But I’ll tell you, we have One who has delivered us from that power because he took our sins upon Himself. They’re gone, folks, if we can believe it.

He goes on and says, “And free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” Thank God, He can take away the power of all this that holds us where we’re at. “For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.” You could go off and preach a message on Abraham’s descendants, but who are they?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. Is he talking about just natural people? No. He’s talking…Paul wrote to the Galatians and said, “…If ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed…” Abraham’s descendants, “…and heirs according to the promise.” (KJV). Yes, it’s Abraham’s descendants, but that descent is not a physical thing, it’s a spiritual thing. Thank God it includes some of the physical ones, too. Praise God! But we have all been brought to the same level. Christ is the One who has been elevated. Praise God. “…Abraham’s descendants.

For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest….” Think about that…what it meant for him to feel the weakness you and I feel, the things that you and I wrestle with every day. How is that He can be so compassionate toward us? How is it that He can so readily show mercy which I need every day? It’s because He’s been here, and He’s felt what you and I feel. He knows what it’s like to live in this sin cursed world in flesh, and deal with it.

But He’s not just merciful, He’s faithful. That means He’s not gonna have a bad day. He’s not gonna be up one day, and down the next. He is gonna always be there and on the job and able to do whatever needs doing. He is a faithful…a priest is a representative. In fact, a priest was one who offered a sacrifice for sin. But what sacrifice did He offer?

( congregational response ).

Himself. He carried His own blood into the Tabernacle in heaven, as it says later in this book, using the illustrations of what the people understood through the Law. And it was accepted on the altar of heaven, once for all. No sacrifice ever needs to be offered again. Everything He did anticipated everything you and I will ever need. Praise God!

Let’s see, “…In every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Man, I need that, don’t you? I need somebody who’s been here, knows what I go through, and knows how to help me, because I need His help.

( congregational amens ).

Every time I fall in the mud, I know it again. I realize, oh God, I need You. But He doesn’t look down and despise me. I’m His brother. He died for me, the same for you if you have given your heart to Him and put your trust in Him. He is there, everyday, 24/7. He is there for you. He never fails. His blood can make the vilest sinner clean. We were practicing that song this morning just a little bit. Praise God for what He’s done in Jesus!

( congregational amens ).

So what’s the conclusion of this? Beginning with chapter 3, I’m gonna just bring it home here. It says, “Therefore, HOLY brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.” Praise God! That’s the One I need to fix my eyes on. How about you?

( congregational response ).

As I said, anything like this is a double edged sword. Folks, if you’re here, you’re gonna have to reckon with this One that we’re talking about. He was the One who was there and created all this amazing universe. He was the One who humbled Himself to come down, to pay the price so you and I would have hope beyond this world. But in the end, He will sit on a throne and judge. And nobody will escape that judgment. I pray, if God is dealing with your heart, you open it—you open it. You humble yourself.

What’s your life about? Is it about Jesus and serving Him and the purpose of God, or have you got your own agenda going? I pray God will soften and bring your heart to that place where you are willing to let go and trust Him with everything. But if you’re one that has put your trust in Him, don’t you let the devil discourage you. We’ve got somebody on our side who holds the universe by His Word.

( congregational amens ).

I think He’s up to the job of doing what it takes to help us. He, who was here as weak as we are, is there as strong as He is now. And He will finish the job God has given Him to do. He will bring many sons and daughters to glory. And we will be a family. God is building a family. It wasn’t just the one Son He wanted. He wanted a family.

And when He gets that, He’s gonna bring forth a beautiful…He’s gonna change His clothes. And there’s gonna be a brand new world, a brand new universe, and we’re gonna get to rule over it, and enjoy it, and walk with our Lord, and worship Him forever. Praise God! Praise God!

( congregational amens ).