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The Ministry of Reconciliation Part 3

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November 24, 2020
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  • and friends of CrefloDollar Ministries.
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  • Coming up next on"Changing Your World."
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  • Creflo Dollar: See, I'mrighteous, not because of
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  • my righteousness.
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  • I'm righteous because of hisrighteousness, and I'm in him.
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  • So, I have been made righteous.
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  • I didn't become righteousbecause all of my
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  • goody-goody deeds.
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  • I was made righteous because Iaccepted Jesus and once I got
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  • into him, God now looks at methrough Jesus and he sees
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  • me righteous.
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  • So, in order to be reconciled toGod, here it goes, here it goes,
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  • in order to be reconciled toGod, we got to be as good
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  • as God.
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  • ♪ This is your world, so let'svow to make it a better place ♪
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  • ♪ Let every heart that needs toknow your love is here to stay ♪
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  • Creflo: If you have your Bibles,go with me to the book of
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  • 2 Corinthians chapter 5.
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  • 2 Corinthians chapter 5and verse 17.
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  • This has--this has been avery interesting season.
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  • It's been a time that's beenfilled with a lot of
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  • different things.
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  • We use different termslike social distancing.
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  • It's been a time of grief forthose who have lost loved ones.
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  • It's been a time of emotionaltrauma for those who struggle
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  • for racial equality.
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  • It's been a time of reset forChristians to remind themselves
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  • that we are the body of Christ,and we operate in the love of
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  • God no matter what.
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  • And there are lots ofinteresting things that
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  • are happening.
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  • And tonight, I want tochallenge your thinking.
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  • I want to confront your intimacythat you have with the
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  • Holy Spirit.
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  • And yet, I have come to know andcome to understand that you will
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  • never ever accomplishanything in anger.
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  • I've seen so many greatmessages get lost in anger.
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  • You have to make your mind upthat you're gonna walk in love
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  • no matter what, amen?
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  • So, allow me to take youthrough the Scriptures.
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  • We're gonna dig into this thing,and I want you to just stay
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  • there with me.
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  • I call it milkingthe Scriptures.
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  • I want to milk this.
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  • I want you see some things.
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  • I want to set you up and praythat this will really hit home
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  • with you and make a mark inyour life that cannot be erased.
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  • 2 Corinthianschapter 5, verse 17.
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  • Let's read verse 17 through21, very familiar Scripture.
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  • Verse 17 through21, ready, read.
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  • "Therefore if any man be inChrist, he is a new creature:
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  • old things are passed away;behold, all things are
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  • become new.
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  • And all things are of God, whohath reconciled us to himself by
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  • Jesus Christ, and hathgiven to us the ministry of
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  • reconciliation; To wit, that Godwas in Christ, reconciling the
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  • world unto himself, not imputingtheir trespasses unto them; and
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  • hath committed unto us theword of reconciliation.
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  • Now then we are ambassadorsfor Christ, as though God did
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  • beseech you by us: we prayyou in Christ's stead, be ye
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  • reconciled to God.
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  • For he hath made him to be sinfor us, who knew no sin; that we
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  • might be made therighteousness of God in him."
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  • Now, 2 Corinthians chapter 5 and17, we noticed that there was a
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  • great change here.
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  • And we see in 17 that if anyman be in Christ, he's a
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  • new creature.
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  • So, the great changesreconciliation brings upon a
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  • sinner are the changes that onlythe gospel can bring to a man.
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  • I want to bring to yourattention three very important
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  • changes that occur, and juststay here in this, these few
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  • verses here and just pick outsome things that'll kind of
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  • help us.
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  • There are three changes, threevery important changes that
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  • occurs when a person isreconciled back to God.
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  • That word "reconcile"is interesting.
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  • It is to restore to friendship,it is to restore to harmony, but
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  • it also has little synonyms likecompatibility and agreement.
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  • And so, the first change thatyou see, of course, when someone
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  • is reconciled back to God,number one, you see the change
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  • in devotion.
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  • You see very clearly that yourinterest will greatly change,
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  • that a saved person, one who'sbeen born again now, will have
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  • interest in spiritual things,which an unsaved person
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  • will not.
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  • And a saved person will havedevotion for Christ, which an
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  • unsaved person will not.
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  • It kind of labels thedistinction here that there is a
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  • change of devotion to one whohas been saved or reconciled
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  • to God.
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  • Second change we see is thatthere's a change in deportments
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  • or behavior.
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  • You begin to see that, thatthere will be a change in a
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  • person's behavior.
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  • As they get born again, the HolySpirit begins to work on the
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  • inside of them, giving themdesires to do what pleases God.
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  • And there will be a change ina person's behavior when he is
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  • saved or reconciled to God, andthis change will especially be
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  • noted if that person was savedin his adult life because you
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  • were very familiar with howthey lived before they got
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  • saved, pretty, prettyinteresting things.
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  • And then the third importantchange that occurs when a
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  • person's reconciled to God isthere's a change in destiny, and
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  • that's a very important one.
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  • This is the greatest and mostimportant change, the eternal
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  • destiny of that reconciledsoul is now heaven.
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  • Then, of course, theunreconciled soul is headed for
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  • eternity in hell, and a man orwoman who's been reconciled to
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  • God sees that change in destiny.
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  • Now in 2 Corinthians chapter 5,and verse 18, he says, "And all
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  • things are of God, who hathreconciled us to himself by
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  • Jesus Christ, and hathgiven to us the ministry
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  • of reconciliation."
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  • Reconciliation is a work ofGod that can only be possible
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  • through Jesus.
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  • Reconciliation is a work ofGod through Jesus Christ.
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  • Reconciliation involves, itinvolves the work of the gospel
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  • and all of it revolvesaround Jesus Christ.
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  • If you leave himout, nothing works.
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  • Leave him out, and you'llnot have any reconciliation.
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  • If you leave Jesus out--now,understand what God is
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  • doing here.
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  • Because of sin, there's enmitybetween God and man because
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  • of sin.
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  • And so when Jesus was gonnashow up on the earth, the angels
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  • began to declare peace onearth, goodwill towards men.
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  • And now, because of Jesus whowould later become that sin
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  • offering, he would become thatpeace offering, he would become
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  • that payment, is now possiblefor there to be peace between
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  • God and man.
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  • And it is now possible,because of Jesus, for man to be
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  • reconciled back to God.
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  • But reconciliation is notpossible without Jesus Christ.
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  • And I want to keep slippingthis in there, why?
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  • Why is reconciliation notpossible without Jesus Christ?
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  • You know, somebody said, "Well,he's God, why don't you just go
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  • and fix everything?"
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  • It's not possible.
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  • Yeah, he is God, butreconciliation between God and
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  • man was absolutely, and couldnot be possible without
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • If you understandthat say, "Amen."
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  • So 2 Corinthians chapter 5:19and 10*, we see that God has
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  • called the reconciled.
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  • He has called the born-againperson to be involved in a
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  • ministry of reconciliation.
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  • So, for all of you who have madeJesus the Lord of your life, and
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  • all of you who have beenreconciled to God, and all of
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  • you who have been born again,you have a calling on your life,
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  • and that calling is involvingthis ministry of reconciliation,
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  • all of us, and I thinksometimes we forget that.
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  • We're born again with a call ofthe ministry of reconciliation.
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  • We've been reconciled and giventhe ministry of reconciliation.
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  • So, for, just for a moment, Iwant to talk to you about the
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  • six elements that are involvedin the calling of the ministry
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  • of reconciliation.
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  • I'm setting you up like a slabof beef, babe, I'm fittin to get
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  • ready to barbecue you,roast you, sauté you.
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  • There's a calling ofreconciliation, and there are
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  • six elements that areinvolved in that calling.
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  • The first element is themessengers of reconciliation.
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  • And in verse 19, of course, hesays, "And he hath committed
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  • unto us the wordof reconciliation."
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  • He also says, in verse 20, thatwe are ambassadors for Christ or
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  • authorized messengers.
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  • And so, he makes it veryclear in this calling of
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  • reconciliation, only thereconciled, only the redeemed
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  • are given the commissionto spread this, the gospel.
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  • We've been commissioned in thisministry of reconciliation, so
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  • we are the messengers, thosewho have been reconciled back
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  • to God.
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  • By a show of hands, how manyof you are born again in here?
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  • Oh, wow.
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  • So, I'm gonna say like thisfrom--all y'all have the calling
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  • of reconciliation on your life.
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  • So, there's the messagesof reconciliation.
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  • The second element here of thiscalling of reconciliation is the
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  • message of reconciliation.
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  • You'll notice in verse 20 hesays, "Be ye reconciled to God,"
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  • the message of reconciliation.
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  • You see, there's a great moveof God that's just, it's already
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  • stepped in.
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  • There's a great move of God likethis earth has never seen before
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  • and now like no other time isthe time for the messengers of
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  • reconciliation to startpreaching the message of
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  • reconciliation to those whohave not been reconciled to God.
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  • It's time to tell it to yourUncle Joe, time to tell it to
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  • your brothers, your sisters,your neighbors, people that you
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  • work with.
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  • It is time to say be reconciledto God because a lot of people
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  • have tried the rest, butthey've not tried the best.
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  • They've depended ontheir own abilities.
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  • They depended on what theycould do, and those things
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  • are failing.
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  • Their systems are failings,their wisdom is failing.
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  • And they're looking forsomething right now, and they
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  • need to hear from us who havebeen called to this message.
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  • They need to hear, "Bereconciled to God."
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  • "I don't understand whyI don't have a job."
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  • Be reconciled to God.
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  • "I don't understand [inaudible].
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  • Be reconciled to God.
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  • That's a message you don't waituntil your preacher preaches,
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  • you preach it.
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  • You're being--I'mcalling you right now.
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  • I'm ordaining you right now asa messenger of reconciliation.
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  • Preach, be reconciled to God.
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  • If you understandthat, say amen.
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  • So, the great need of a manis reconciliation with God.
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  • The message is not heard in manychurches today, and though it's
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  • the only message that can bringsalvation to the souls of men.
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  • You have the messengers,you have the message.
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  • Number three, the thirdelement, there's the Savior
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  • in reconciliation.
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  • There's the Savior.
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  • Verse 19 again he says, Godwas in Christ, doing what?
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  • Reconciling theworld unto himself.
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  • Reconciliation comes throughJesus Christ, you got to
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  • know that.
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  • The Savior is Jesus.
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  • He is the only one by whom mencan be reconciled to God.
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  • Why?
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  • The only one by which mencan be reconciled to God.
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  • Now, this is God'splan, not man's plan.
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  • And I want you to note in theseScriptures, you see the deity of
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  • Christ in this text,God was in Christ.
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  • The fourth element, thesanctifying in reconciliation,
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  • the sanctifyingin reconciliation.
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  • Verse 19, "Not imputingtheir trespasses unto them."
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  • There had to be a separation,there had to be a sanctifying
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  • in reconciliation.
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  • Reconciliation, listen to this,reconciliation involved the
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  • removal of sin from the sinner.
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  • Oh, yeah, reconciliationinvolved not--to not impute
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  • means I'm not chargingthis to your account.
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  • And notice, he was not imputingtheir sins unto them, not
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  • imputing theirtrespasses unto them.
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  • He's not chargingtheir sin unto them.
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  • See, reconciliation involved theremoval of sin from the sinner
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  • because God cannot be reconciledto man unless sin has been
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  • removed from the man.
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  • There can be no reconciliationto man, unless you take away
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  • what made God and man an enemy.
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  • Lord have mercy.
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  • So, God says, "In thisreconciliation, I'm gonna do
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  • some sanctifying, and I willnot impute their trespasses
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  • unto them.
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  • And the reason why I'm not gonnaimpute their trespasses unto
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  • them is because they gonna keepon messing up," but that's why I
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  • need Jesus.
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  • God cannot be reconciled to manunless sin has been removed from
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  • man, and Jesus came to take awaythe sins and make that available
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  • to the whole world and whoeverwanted to come and be a part of
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  • this plan.
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  • The fifth element forreconciliation is the substitute
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  • for reconciliation.
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  • Notice in verse 21, he hath madehim to be sin for us, who knew
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  • no sin.
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  • He made him.
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  • He who knew no sinwas made sin for us.
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  • So Christ, his deathwas substitutionary.
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  • It was for us.
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  • He died--he who didn't have--hewho had never sinned took our
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  • sin, died in our place, was thesubstitute for us because if we
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  • would have died, all the wrongstuff would have happened.
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  • But he who had never sinned didlike a basketball player and
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  • say, "I'm a sub.
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  • Take him out.
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  • I'm in for him."
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  • Glory be to God.
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  • He took upon himself our sin.
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  • He paid the price on the crossthat sinners could not pay.
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  • And notice the Scripture keepsmentioning that the sinlessness
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  • of Christ is taught here.
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  • Who knew no sin, both thesinlessness of Christ and the
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  • deity of Christ are in thereconciliation message.
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  • So, the fifth element was thesubstitution that was involved
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  • in reconciliation.
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  • And then the final one, thesixth one, the sanctity
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  • from reconciliation.
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  • All right, listento this carefully.
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  • Verse 21 again, that we might bemade the righteousness of God,
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  • and can only be maderighteous in Jesus.
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  • Because when it comes to us,all have sinned and come short.
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  • But Jesus, who had neversinned, didn't come short.
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  • So, if we can get in him, and heis the substitution for us, then
  • 00:19:49.190 --> 00:19:57.798
  • the Bible makes it clear thatwe are made righteous in Jesus.
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  • See, I'm righteous, notbecause of my righteousness.
  • 00:20:04.805 --> 00:20:10.177
  • I'm righteous because of hisrighteousness, and I'm in him.
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  • So, I have been made righteous.
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  • I didn't become righteousbecause all of my
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  • goody-goody deeds.
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  • I was made righteous because Iaccepted Jesus and once I got
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  • into him, God now looks at methrough Jesus, and he sees
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  • me righteous.
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  • So, in order to be reconciled toGod, here it goes, here it goes,
  • 00:20:34.268 --> 00:20:39.540
  • in order to be reconciled toGod, we got to be as good
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  • as God,
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  • And you can't, by yourself.
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  • You can't, in your own ability.
  • 00:20:55.523 --> 00:20:59.260
  • But in order forreconciliation to work,
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  • God's got tofigure something out
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  • so that there can be acompatibility between us
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  • and him.
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  • So, how is he gonna make us,who have sinned, who have fallen
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  • short, how is he gonna make uscompatible with him to reconcile
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  • us to be restoredinto harmony with him?
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  • How do you take a fallen us andbring us up to compatibility
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  • with him?
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  • Answer, Jesus, thegreat equalizer.
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  • That's the only way.
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  • That's the way.
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  • The only way that can, that thiscan happen is for the righteous
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  • God to impute to ushis righteousness.
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  • Now, he's chargingrighteousness to our account.
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  • Oh, glory.
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  • I realize that I am notrighteous because of what I do,
  • 00:22:18.072 --> 00:22:20.941
  • I'm righteous 'cause he said it.
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  • Abraham was righteous becauseGod said, "You're righteous."
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  • Oh, y'all don't hear me.
  • 00:22:29.884 --> 00:22:32.119
  • Look at Romans chapter4:20 and 20 through 25.
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  • Now, this is justmy introduction.
  • 00:22:37.324 --> 00:22:42.530
  • Man, I feel so good.
  • 00:22:42.563 --> 00:22:45.099
  • I ain't preached topeople in six months.
  • 00:22:45.132 --> 00:22:48.102
  • Whoo, I might hurt myself.
  • 00:22:48.135 --> 00:22:51.739
  • I feel like hoopin' uphere a little bit right now.
  • 00:22:51.772 --> 00:22:54.241
  • There are realpeople in the seat.
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  • Whoo, glory to God.
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  • I tell my wife when I leave onSunday morning, I say, "Baby,
  • 00:23:07.221 --> 00:23:09.256
  • tell me I'm sharp."
  • 00:23:09.290 --> 00:23:10.591
  • She said, "Why?"
  • 00:23:10.624 --> 00:23:11.926
  • I said 'cause ain't nobody atchurch that's gonna be able to
  • 00:23:11.959 --> 00:23:13.727
  • tell me I'm sharp.
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  • Look at Romans chapter4, verses 20 through 25.
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  • Watch this now, watch this.
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  • Oh, glory to God.
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  • "He staggered not at the promiseof God through unbelief; but was
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  • strong in faith, giving thanksand glory to God; And being
  • 00:23:32.012 --> 00:23:36.750
  • fully persuaded what he hadpromised, he was able also
  • 00:23:36.784 --> 00:23:40.654
  • to perform.
  • 00:23:40.688 --> 00:23:43.390
  • And therefore it was imputedto him for righteousness.
  • 00:23:43.424 --> 00:23:49.530
  • Now it was not written for hissake alone, that it was imputed
  • 00:23:49.563 --> 00:23:53.968
  • to him; But for us also, towhom it shall be imputed, if we
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  • believe on him that raisedJesus our Lord from the dead."
  • 00:24:02.376 --> 00:24:07.915
  • Isaiah chapter 61 and 10,look at what it says here.
  • 00:24:10.251 --> 00:24:15.356
  • Isaiah chapter 61, and 10 talksabout that we are clothed.
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  • He says, "I will greatlyrejoice in the Lord.
  • 00:24:21.495 --> 00:24:24.431
  • My soul shall be joyful in myGod, for he hath clothed me with
  • 00:24:24.465 --> 00:24:28.135
  • the garments of salvation.
  • 00:24:28.168 --> 00:24:32.907
  • He hath covered me with therobe of righteousness, and as a
  • 00:24:32.940 --> 00:24:38.579
  • bridegroom deckethhimself with ornaments."
  • 00:24:38.612 --> 00:24:42.349
  • Praise the Lord.
  • 00:24:42.383 --> 00:24:44.818
  • "And as a bride adornethherself with her jewels."
  • 00:24:44.852 --> 00:24:47.755
  • Notice, "He hath covered mewith the robe of righteousness."
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  • Hallelujah.
  • 00:24:51.425 --> 00:24:54.194
  • I have been made righteous.
  • 00:24:54.228 --> 00:24:56.997
  • Say that out loud, "Ihave been made righteous."
  • 00:24:57.031 --> 00:25:00.301
  • You don't get up the nextmorning and say, "Well, I don't
  • 00:25:00.334 --> 00:25:02.570
  • know if I'm righteous todaybecause I didn't pray for
  • 00:25:02.603 --> 00:25:04.605
  • an hour."
  • 00:25:04.638 --> 00:25:07.041
  • No, he made you righteous.
  • 00:25:07.074 --> 00:25:09.376
  • He made you righteous.
  • 00:25:09.410 --> 00:25:11.845
  • God wants--wanted to reconcilewith you, and he had to impute
  • 00:25:11.879 --> 00:25:14.281
  • righteousness unto you.
  • 00:25:14.315 --> 00:25:16.784
  • Somehow, somehow thisequation's got to be solved.
  • 00:25:16.817 --> 00:25:19.587
  • How, how are we gonnabe made as good as God?
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  • The answer's Jesus.
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