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The Contrast: Self Effort Vs. Rest Part 2

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December 26, 2019
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The Contrast: Self Effort Vs. Rest Part 2

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  • Creflo Dollar: You and I have been righteous not because of
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  • our works, our performance, and our self-efforts, not because
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  • you just prayed ten hours a day and you were just awesome, but
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  • you were declared righteous because you believed in the
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  • works of Jesus.
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  • You believed in the finished works of Jesus.
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  • You believe that you're righteous because Jesus is
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  • righteous, and you believe him, and now you've been
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  • made righteous.
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  • Not because of what you do, but you've been made righteous
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  • because of what Jesus has done.
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  • You put your faith and your belief in who Jesus is, and he
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  • has been made unto us righteousness, so you are
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  • righteous because of your belief in Jesus.
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  • Somebody shout, "I believe in Jesus."
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  • And heaven says, "You're righteous."
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  • Creflo: There's a mighty wind getting ready to blow through
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  • your household, getting ready to blow through this church,
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  • getting ready to blow through your life.
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  • You better get ready, honey, put your seatbelt on, hallelujah.
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  • Glory, glory be to God.
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  • announcer: Register today for free while there's still time.
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  • For more details, visit creflodollarministries.org.
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  • This is your world,
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  • so let's vow to make it a better place.
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  • Let every heart that needs to know
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  • that love is here to stay.
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  • It's time to live a new life.
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  • Let his love shine bright in you.
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  • We're saved by his grace,
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  • so we embrace your love today
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  • we are changed.
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  • Creflo: Father, we thank you for this, another opportunity to
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  • minister to these, your precious sheep.
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  • Thank you, Lord, that revelation knowledge will flow freely
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  • uninterrupted and unhindered by any Satanic or demonic force.
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  • And Father, I pray that you will speak through my vocal chords
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  • and think through my mind.
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  • None of me and all of you.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, and everybody said amen.
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  • Amen.
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  • If you have your Bibles, go with me once again to the book of
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  • Saint John chapter 1, verse 14 and 17, then Romans chapter
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  • 6:14, and then 2 Timothy 2:15.
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  • Your Bibles ought to have dents there by now, amen?
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  • Praise the Lord.
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  • Let's read verse 14 out loud together again.
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  • Ready, read.
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  • "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us, and we
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  • beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the
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  • Father, full of grace and truth."
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  • Now, how many of you know the Word made flesh,
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  • that's Jesus, right?
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  • And how many of you know that the only begotten of the Father,
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  • that's Jesus, right?
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  • So, Jesus full of grace, which is the truth.
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  • Full of grace, which is the truth.
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  • Grace is the truth that makes man free.
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  • Say that out loud, "Grace is the truth that makes man free."
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  • But also realize in verse 14 that grace is not just a
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  • curriculum or a subject matter, grace is a person,
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  • his name is Jesus.
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  • So, Jesus full of grace, which is the truth.
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  • Jesus full of grace, which is the truth.
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  • Now, go to verse 17.
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  • And verse 17 now presents before us a contrast, which I am
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  • believing more and more every day that as we teach the gospel,
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  • we need to continue to look at the contrast that are there
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  • because it's one thing for you to share the new covenant and
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  • what it says, but it won't communicate well if people don't
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  • understand where they have been.
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  • And so, the Bible says in verse 17, "For the law was given by
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  • Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."
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  • Say this out loud, "The law by Moses, grace by Jesus Christ."
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  • Say it this way, "Grace, which is the truth, came
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  • by Jesus Christ."
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  • Now, there's an obvious need to compare and contrast because
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  • of our lives.
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  • I mean, you're living, you woke up, you have a life.
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  • And the question's got to be, how are you living your life?
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  • How are you living your life, and what are you living
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  • your life by?
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  • What standard are you living your life by?
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  • Are you living by the law that came by Moses, which means
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  • you're going to have to live by performing well in order for God
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  • to do you well?
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  • If you're living by the law that came by Moses, then that means
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  • if you do, then God will.
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  • But if you don't, then God won't.
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  • If you're living by the law of Moses, it's always going to be
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  • about you overcoming condemnation, you're always
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  • having to fight.
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  • Am I enough?
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  • Am I doing enough?
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  • The law by Moses is always going to incite sin.
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  • The law by Moses is always going to be there to make you feel
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  • shameful and guilty if you didn't do it right, if you
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  • didn't do it enough.
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  • And to my knowledge, that appears to be what most of the
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  • church in today's world is living by.
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  • They're living by the law of Moses because you're coming to
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  • church to find out the rules, and then go home and try to keep
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  • the rules, only to come back to next week to realize you're not
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  • able to keep them all.
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  • So, we're living by the law by Moses, and that's got to
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  • be--that's got to be looked at.
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  • Here's another thing I've been thinking about.
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  • Somebody says, "Well, I'm a Christian and I'm coming to live
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  • by--learning how to live by the Bible."
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  • Well, that's good, but Christianity is not a result of
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  • the law by Moses.
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  • There were no such things as Christians as a result of the
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  • law by Moses.
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  • So, if you really want to be a Christian, Christianity did not
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  • come about until the grace, which is the truth,
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  • came by Jesus.
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  • So, if you say today, "I am a Christian," but you're living by
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  • the wrong standards, you're living by the wrong doctrine or
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  • the wrong teaching because you went to a church just like I
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  • went to a church and they taught all they knew.
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  • They did not understand how to rightly divide
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  • the Word of truth.
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  • But you have to look at this, and good old common sense tells
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  • you, you know, we got to look at the difference between what came
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  • by Moses and what came by Jesus and what is the difference.
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  • If not, you'll continue to operate by that same old
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  • standard of, "I got to do this in order for God to do that.
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  • And if I don't do this, then God's going to be mad at me."
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  • And you live this compulsive Christianity disorder type of
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  • life which you call Christianity, and it's not.
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  • And man, you talking about having to realize what God's
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  • called you and your ministry to do to bring a corrective flow
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  • into the whole body of Christ, where they have spent it's more
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  • than decades, centuries in having to break it up.
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  • And knowing that when you break it up, Galatians says, "Even to
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  • the day, there's a conflict between those who are by the law
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  • and those who are by the grace of Jesus Christ."
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  • Well, I tell you what, man, I have decided that I'm going to
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  • serve God rather than men, amen?
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  • And if you want the truth, amen, keep coming and I'll
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  • give you the truth.
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  • But the stuff we've had over the last 200, 300, 500, maybe 1.000
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  • years, right?
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  • If Jesus been dead 2.000 years, dear God, the church has
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  • been--this is a strong statement.
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  • Church has been under deception a little under 2.000 years.
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  • Been living by the wrong document for little over
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  • 2.000 years.
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  • And now in 2000 I don't know when it was, up to now, he
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  • finally got some folks in the earth that'll be as bold as the
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  • Apostle Paul and begin to teach it regardless of whatever and
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  • whoever says what they need to say.
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  • And man, I'm glad I'm alive in this age.
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  • Amen.
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  • Man, I feel chill bumps right there.
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  • Not that we live by chill bumps, but I sure enjoy them
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  • sometimes, amen.
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  • Now, let's go to what did I say?
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  • Romans 6:14.
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  • Now, why is it significant for us to see this?
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  • Because then we go to Romans 6:14 and look what it says in
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  • Romans 6:14.
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  • He says, "For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are
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  • not under the law," where sin had dominion over you.
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  • Sin had dominion over you.
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  • If you operate by the law by Moses, what is the law by Moses?
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  • It is ten commandments written on tablets.
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  • Excuse me, ten commandments written on stone and the rest of
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  • them written on tablets, which is a total of about 613.
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  • It's not like what was on stone couldn't get the job done, but
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  • they thought that they could do it on their own and they kept
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  • adding to it, and now we got 613 commandments.
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  • And he says that is the law, and under the law it was designed so
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  • that sin would have dominion over you.
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  • Sin dominates you under the law.
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  • But here's the good news, you're not under the law.
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  • I said you're not under the law, but you're under what?
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  • You're under the grace, which is the truth that came
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  • by Jesus Christ.
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  • In fact, I'm going to say something kind of radical right
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  • here right now.
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  • If you say you preach the truth and what you preach is the law,
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  • you are not preaching the truth.
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  • If you say you preach the truth and you're preaching that which
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  • came by Moses, you are not preaching the truth.
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  • The truth is what came by Jesus Christ.
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  • Grace which is the truth came by Jesus Christ.
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  • Now, look at 2 Timothy chapter 2:15, and then we'll get started
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  • here, 2 Timothy 2:15.
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  • I am not going to stand before God when all this is over with,
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  • dear God, and stand before God when all this is over with and
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  • here, and the Lord said, "What you do?"
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  • "Well, oh Lord, I preached the truth."
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  • He said, "No, you didn't."
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  • "I don't want to be shocked."
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  • Amen.
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  • Boy, you're going to love me when we get to heaven.
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  • I rather you love me when you get to heaven than me preaching
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  • the wrong stuff and we get to heaven and you're like, "You're
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  • supposed to be the preacher, why--"
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  • And then you're cussing me out in heaven.
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  • Uh-uh, watch over your souls.
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  • You know how important that is now to choose the right people
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  • to watch over your soul?
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  • The question is, who's watching over your soul?
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  • The Bible says, 2 Timothy 2:15, read it out loud with me, "Study
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  • to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
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  • to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth," or the word
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  • of grace, which is the truth that came by Jesus Christ.
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  • Wow.
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  • Now, we started last week on this contrast between
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  • self-effort and rest, self-effort and rest.
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  • Under the law by Moses, it was all about self-effort.
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  • It was all about what you can do, the self-effort that you
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  • would put into this.
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  • Let's look at these three Scriptures real quick, Romans
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  • chapter 4, verse 1 through 6, self-effort, or the Bible may
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  • call it works.
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  • And Christian people always concerned about works.
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  • And so, they're trying to do good works in order to get
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  • something from God or deserve something from God.
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  • Well, the Bible calls that in Hebrews dead works.
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  • It's when you believe that you can--you know, by doing good
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  • works, you're going to, you know, kind of manipulate God
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  • into doing something for you.
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  • He says that's just dead works, you can't serve God that way.
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  • So, he talks this illustration, "What shall we say then that
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  • Abraham our father, as pertaining the flesh, has
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  • found?"
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  • Verse 2, "For if Abraham were justified by works, he has
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  • whereof to glory, but not before God."
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  • Verse 3, "For what saith the Scripture?
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  • Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for
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  • righteousness."
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  • So, he says the only thing Abraham did in order for it to
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  • be accounted unto him for righteousness is he
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  • believed God.
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  • Verse 4, "Now to him that worketh is the reward not
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  • reckoned of grace, but of debt."
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  • In other words, he worked, somebody should be paying him
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  • for his work.
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  • Now, I'm going to kind of go through these.
  • 00:13:13.200 --> 00:13:15.060
  • I got in depth with them--depth with them last week, but I got
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  • some more I want to cover today.
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  • He says, "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on
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  • him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for
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  • righteousness."
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  • And verse 6 says, "Even as David also describeth the blessedness
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  • of the man, unto whom God imputeth or charge righteousness
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  • without his works or performance or his self-effort."
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  • So, you and I have been made righteous not because of our
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  • works, our performance, and our self-efforts, not because you
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  • just prayed ten hours a day and you were just awesome, but you
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  • were declared righteous because you believed in
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  • the works of Jesus.
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  • You believed in the finished works of Jesus.
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  • You believe that you're righteous because Jesus is
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  • righteous, and you believe him, and now you've been
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  • made righteous.
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  • Not because of what you do, but you've been made righteous
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  • because of what Jesus has done.
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  • You put your faith and your belief in who Jesus is, and he
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  • has been made unto us righteousness, so you are
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  • righteous because of your belief in Jesus.
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  • Somebody shout, "I believe in Jesus."
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  • And heaven says, "You're righteous."
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  • So, you're righteous based on your belief in Jesus.
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  • See, a long time ago, I thought I was righteous because I did a
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  • bunch of right things.
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  • But you were righteous because of your belief in Jesus Christ.
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  • Now, look at Galatians chapter 3, verse 9 and 10.
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  • Galatians 3:9 and 10.
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  • Now, I'm going to pour stuff, a whole lot on you today now.
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  • He says, "So then they which be of faith are
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  • blessed with," what?
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  • "Faithful Abraham."
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  • Now, say this out loud, "Under the new covenant,
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  • my belief is required.
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  • I believe God.
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  • I believe the finished works.
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  • I believe what Jesus has done."
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  • All right, now look at verse 10.
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  • He says, "For as many as are of the works of the law are under
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  • the curse."
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  • The law by Moses was given to incite sin.
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  • The law by Moses was not--the law by Moses, which includes the
  • 00:15:20.100 --> 00:15:24.050
  • Ten Commandments, it was not given to transform you
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  • into holiness.
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  • It wasn't given to make you better.
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  • It was given to cause you to increase in sin.
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  • The law by Moses did not give us the advantage over sin,
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  • the law by Moses gave sin the advantage over us.
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  • All right?
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  • Look at verse 11.
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  • Well, no, let's go to Galatians 2:16.
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  • If I can go to verse 11, then I'll be stuck here.
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  • 'Cause I woke up with something on my heart, and I know if I
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  • read verse 11, that'll be it.
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  • I'll explode all over the place and this little sermon
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  • will be gone.
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  • Galatians 2:16, read it out loud, "Knowing that a man is not
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  • justified by the works of the law."
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  • How do you argue with that? Do you see that?
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  • Do you see that?
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  • You're not justified or made righteous by the works of the
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  • law, but you're made righteous by what?
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  • Faith of Jesus Christ.
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  • So, anytime you run into people that tell you, "These are the
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  • ten things you got to do to be righteous," you got to pay
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  • attention to the Scripture.
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  • "Knowing that a man is not made righteous or justified by the
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  • works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ."
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  • Even we have believed in Jesus Christ that we might be what?
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  • Justified, how?
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  • By the faith of Christ and what?
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  • And not by the works of the law.
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  • For by the works of the law shall no flesh.
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  • That's pretty clear, right?
  • 00:16:51.120 --> 00:16:53.210
  • That's pretty clear.
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  • Now, so that's what it was before the cross.
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  • Even though we read out of the New Testament that we're now--we
  • 00:16:58.140 --> 00:17:02.010
  • were talking about this this morning in the back, we are now
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  • going to have to rightly divide the things in the New Testament.
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  • It's no longer dividing what's on the right hand of the Bible
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  • and the left hand in the Bible, it's now dividing what's going
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  • on in the New Testament, what's going on in the four gospels.
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  • We got to rightly divide what part of that in
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  • the New Testament.
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  • And when I say New Testament, I'm saying that division
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  • of the Bible.
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  • I really hesitate when I use that 'cause now I know what
  • 00:17:26.020 --> 00:17:28.030
  • the New Testament is.
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  • But we got to rightly divide what's on the right hand of the
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  • Bible to see what part of that belongs to the law of Moses and
  • 00:17:31.280 --> 00:17:36.290
  • what part of that belongs to this new
  • 00:17:37.000 --> 00:17:39.220
  • covenant of grace, all right?
  • 00:17:39.230 --> 00:17:42.060
  • So, you just can't say, "Well, it's in the New Testament."
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  • There's a whole lot in the New Testament that's old
  • 00:17:44.280 --> 00:17:48.030
  • covenant reference.
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  • And if you can't--if you don't know what's old covenant
  • 00:17:51.080 --> 00:17:53.010
  • reference, and then you live by it just 'cause it's in the New
  • 00:17:53.020 --> 00:17:55.240
  • Testament, then you're going to find yourself living by the law
  • 00:17:55.250 --> 00:17:58.090
  • of Moses without reading the Ten Commandments and not knowing
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  • that you're under the same influence, the influence of
  • 00:18:01.180 --> 00:18:06.130
  • the old covenant that is on the right hand of the Bible.
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  • And that's where a lot of Christians are kind
  • 00:18:11.160 --> 00:18:13.170
  • of getting upset.
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  • You think the New Testament is on the right hand of the Bible.
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  • Let me tell you something, now this is maybe shocking, but
  • 00:18:17.270 --> 00:18:20.170
  • Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John should have and would fit a
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  • whole lot better in the old covenant on the left side than
  • 00:18:24.110 --> 00:18:27.090
  • it would on the right side.
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  • The only reason it appeared on the right side is because God
  • 00:18:29.080 --> 00:18:32.000
  • wanted us to make sure we saw Jesus keeping his promise of
  • 00:18:32.010 --> 00:18:35.180
  • Matthew 5:17, where he says, "I didn't come to destroy the law,
  • 00:18:35.190 --> 00:18:39.140
  • but I came to fulfill the law.
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  • And not one jot or tittle of the law will pass away
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  • without me fulfilling it."
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  • So, Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John for the most part
  • 00:18:46.200 --> 00:18:50.100
  • is fulfilling or carrying out every detail of the law because
  • 00:18:50.110 --> 00:18:55.220
  • no man could do it but him.
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  • So, when you read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and they call
  • 00:18:59.170 --> 00:19:03.170
  • that the gospels, that's a big story there, but he does--he has
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  • two ministries.
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  • There are two ministries.
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  • There are two ministries of Jesus in Matthew, Mark,
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  • Luke, and John.
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  • The first ministry is to fulfill the law of Moses that no man
  • 00:19:14.130 --> 00:19:18.280
  • could be successful in fulfilling.
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  • He's the only one that could keep every jot and tittle of the
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  • law of Moses.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, hallelujah, glory be to God.
  • 00:19:25.130 --> 00:19:28.160
  • But the second part was to prepare and lay the foundation
  • 00:19:28.170 --> 00:19:32.290
  • for the new covenant, the new covenant of grace
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  • being prepared.
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  • You see Jesus saying stuff like, "Up until now, you
  • 00:19:39.110 --> 00:19:41.070
  • had asked me nothing.
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  • But then there's coming the time where you'll ask anything in my
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  • name and it shall be done."
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  • You have to rightly divide that.
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  • You can no longer go around and talk about, "Well, if you just
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  • read the red, everything going to be all right."
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  • Honey, if you read the red, you might end up shooting somebody.
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  • You--all kinds of stupid stuff will go on.
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  • You quit eating your ribs if you just read the red.
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  • You be cutting your hands off if you read the red.
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  • You be cussing folks out at church right in the praise
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  • service by reading the red.
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  • You got to rightly divide the word of truth, amen?
  • 00:20:10.140 --> 00:20:15.290
  • Everybody say, "Rightly divide."
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  • So, that means you can wrongly divide, right?
  • 00:20:18.230 --> 00:20:21.020
  • How many Christians do you think in this world have been under
  • 00:20:21.030 --> 00:20:23.150
  • wrongly divided teaching by a preacher who's wrongly divided?
  • 00:20:23.160 --> 00:20:28.290
  • See, if it was up to me, if I was like the president of the
  • 00:20:29.000 --> 00:20:32.100
  • United States, I would make every preacher go to school and
  • 00:20:32.110 --> 00:20:34.210
  • qualify under the New Testament.
  • 00:20:34.220 --> 00:20:39.160
  • And they can fuss and picket and all they want to, but you're
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  • going to go to school under the New Testament.
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  • In fact, I'll make them come to my school, you're coming
  • 00:20:43.160 --> 00:20:45.020
  • to my school.
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  • No, don't get mad, I'm just playing, pipe down.
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  • Yeah, don't send no letters, pipe down.
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  • "Well, Brother Dollar."
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  • Yeah, yeah.
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  • Okay, Hebrews chapter 4, verse 10, let's go ahead and get
  • 00:21:00.120 --> 00:21:05.030
  • started now.
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  • So, we're talking about stepping away from self-effort and
  • 00:21:07.130 --> 00:21:11.230
  • stepping into the rest and the confidence of what Jesus
  • 00:21:11.240 --> 00:21:17.290
  • has already done.
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  • The rest, the confidence, and the peace of what Jesus
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  • has already done.
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  • Chief, go in the back and get me $200 bills out of my wallet.
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  • Two $200 bills.
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  • No matter times I do this illustration, it really nails it
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  • home as far as, you know, do you really believe what Jesus has
  • 00:21:43.050 --> 00:21:49.000
  • done versus you working real hard to try to do something
  • 00:21:49.010 --> 00:21:53.130
  • to getting to do it?
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  • I am telling you right now, listen to me, your healing was
  • 00:21:54.240 --> 00:21:57.120
  • finished 2.000 years ago.
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  • So, if you get sick today, healing's in the medicine
  • 00:22:01.010 --> 00:22:04.060
  • cabinet done, okay?
  • 00:22:04.070 --> 00:22:08.090
  • Your deliverance has already been done and finished
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  • 2.000 years ago.
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  • Your deliverance is already done, okay?
  • 00:22:15.120 --> 00:22:20.150
  • But what's happening?
  • 00:22:20.160 --> 00:22:22.100
  • It's like today, people still trying to do something to get
  • 00:22:22.110 --> 00:22:25.230
  • what's already done instead of just taking it.
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  • Are you listening to me?
  • 00:22:30.030 --> 00:22:31.270
  • It's already a finished work.
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  • When Jesus was on the cross, he said, "It is finished."
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  • And you know what the church is doing?
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  • "I don't believe it. I don't believe it.
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  • I got to add to that." He said, "It's finished."
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  • I got to add to that, and you keep trying to do stuff that's
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  • already been done.
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  • So, when something occurs in my life, I just go back to the
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  • finished works of Jesus Christ.
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  • And I just believe that it's done deal,
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  • that it's already done.
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  • All right, do we--are the teenagers in here today?
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  • You're all up now.
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  • Okay, I need a guy who's a teenager, your initials are AD.
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  • AD.
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  • Are your initials AD?
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  • Are you a teenager?
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  • I can't see you if your name--if you're a teenager and your
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  • initials are AD, come here.
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  • If you are a teenager and your initials--is your--you're
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  • waiving at me, are you a teenager?
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  • If your initials are AD, come here.
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  • Okay, so you're not--your initials are not AD.
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  • You got some teen leaders sitting back there?
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  • Send me two people up here that are teenagers that look like
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  • they broke.
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  • I ain't got time to go through all this.
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  • No, no, no, no, no, no. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
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  • No, no, no, not today.
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  • No, you have to be sent.
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  • Did they send you?
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  • Come on.
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  • All right, did they send you? You sent him?
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  • Oh okay, come on. All right.
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  • They don't look like they broke, she don't look like she broke.
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  • female: It's Sunday.
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  • It's Sunday, you got to look nice on Sunday.
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  • Creflo: Okay.
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  • Oh yeah, y'all face them.
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  • All right, now all right, do you agree with me--you get on this
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  • side, we're going to do it at a time.
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  • You stay right there.
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  • Do you agree with me that this is already finished?
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  • It's already manufactured, right?
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  • There's--is there anything that needs to be done to this in
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  • order for it to be a $100 bill?
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  • female: No.
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  • Creflo: All right, so what happens is could you use $100?
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  • female: Yeah.
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  • Creflo: Okay, so this is already finished, right?
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  • It's a done deal.
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  • It really is, right?
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  • You, do you believe it's done?
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  • female: Yes.
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  • Creflo: Oh, it's finished, right?
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  • Okay, so pause.
  • 00:25:07.100 --> 00:25:09.090
  • She represents most of the church right now.
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  • Yeah, we agree, "Oh yes, it's finished.
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  • Mm-hmm, yeah, it's done.
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  • Oh yes, I believe it."
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  • Do you need it?" "Oh yes, amen."
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  • But she is no better for none of that because here it sits and
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  • she's still in need.
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  • All right, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, pause.
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  • And we laugh and we shout, "Oh praise the Lord."
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  • But you still ain't---you still ain't got the $100
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  • that's finished.
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  • She finally got it.
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  • announcer: Did you know worry is the wrong form of meditation?
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  • We all go through things in our life that bring about
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  • uncertainty and doubt.
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  • female: This message somehow just brought me back into trust.
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  • Creflo: I am too blessed to be complaining and worrying
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  • about this.
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  • It's going to be all right.
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  • apply God's Word to their lives daily.
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  • So many people are hungry for the teaching of the gospel of
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  • And you know what?
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  • I praise God for that.
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