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Drawn Up Into Heaven

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June 3, 2019
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Don Wilton

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Drawn Up Into Heaven

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  • and today you'll find it in the Bible-based preaching of
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  • Dr. Don Wilton, right here on "The Encouraging Word."
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  • Dr. Don Wilton: I'm going to ask you to open your Bibles to the
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  • book of Acts and chapter 11.
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  • And this is what Jesus said in Acts chapter 11 and verse 4.
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  • "But Peter began and he explained it to them in order."
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  • This is what he said, "I was in the city of Joppa praying,
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  • and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet
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  • descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners.
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  • And it came down to me personally.
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  • Looking at it closely," Peter said,
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  • "I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds
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  • of the air.
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  • And I heard a voice speaking to me from heaven saying,
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  • 'Get up, Peter, kill and eat.'
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  • But I said, 'By no means, Lord,
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  • for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
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  • But the voice answered a second time
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  • from heaven, 'What God has made clean, do not call common.'
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  • This happened three times,
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  • and then all was drawn back up again into heaven."
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  • Want to read a verse to you from the book of Leviticus.
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  • And if you're following along, you can turn there,
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  • it's in Leviticus chapter 20 and verse 23.
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  • This explains Peter.
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  • This explains the criticism.
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  • This explains the struggle that some of you are having.
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  • This explains the resistance.
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  • This is what the Bible says.
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  • Here's God speaking to Israel, to the Jewish people.
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  • And he says this, "You shall not walk in the customs of the
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  • nation that I am driving out before you,
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  • because they," the Gentiles, "did all of these things,
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  • and therefore I detested them.
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  • But I have said to you, 'You shall inherit their land,
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  • and I will give it to you to possess,
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  • a land flowing with milk and honey.'
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  • I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples.
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  • You shall therefore separate the clean beast from the unclean,
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  • and the unclean bird from the clean."
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  • You ever heard the word "kosher"?
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  • There you have it.
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  • "You shall not make yourself detestable by beast or by bird
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  • or by anything with which the ground crawls,
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  • which I have set apart for you to hold unclean.
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  • You shall be holy for me, for I the Lord am holy,
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  • and I have separated you from the people.
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  • And you, Israel, you shall be mine."
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  • Jesus spoke about this in John chapter 12.
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  • And when talking in John chapter 12,
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  • Jesus was presented with the agony of his death.
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  • Remember Jesus was a Jew.
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  • And here's Jesus facing the agony of the cross.
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  • And in John chapter 12, something amazing is given to us
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  • because we find the Lord Jesus saying,
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  • "My heart is troubled, Father.
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  • I know that this is my purpose, but I'm troubled in the flesh.
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  • I'm facing the agony of the cross,
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  • but I'm here for a reason.
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  • And Father, I want you to know that all I want to do is
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  • to glorify your name."
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  • And so, Jesus made this statement,
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  • and I'm just quoting, reading to you
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  • John chapter 12 and verse 32.
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  • Very important, Jesus said this, "And I," that is the Lord Jesus,
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  • "when I am lifted up from the earth,
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  • I will draw all people to myself."
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  • Let me read that again.
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  • Jesus said this, Jesus said this.
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  • He said, "I'm really troubled.
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  • I'm engaged in a fleshly battle.
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  • The agony of the cross, the violation of
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  • my human predicament."
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  • But Jesus is God.
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  • Lord God in heaven, I know that my purpose on earth is about to
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  • be made known.
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  • I am here to glorify you, and the manner with which I'm going
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  • to glorify you is that through my death and agony upon the
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  • cross, I know that I am going to be raised up and lifted up.
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  • And by the power and the authority of God,
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  • when I am lifted up, in my lifting up,
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  • I am drawing all people unto myself.
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  • Three things here before I try to unpack something that is very
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  • important for us to remember.
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  • Number one, God made us from heaven.
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  • Where were we made?
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  • In heaven from heaven.
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  • In the beginning, God.
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  • In the very beginning of time, God in heaven created
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  • all that is made.
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  • He did so from his seat in heaven, up in heaven.
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  • Second, God placed his creation on earth.
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  • You can read about it in Genesis chapter 1.
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  • The apostle John in his prologue put it like this,
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  • he said, "There was not anything made that was not made by God."
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  • And just in case you wonder where Jesus was,
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  • in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
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  • and the Word was God.
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  • So, now watch this now, stick with me.
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  • Where did this all begin, where did we begin?
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  • Where did the creatures of the earth,
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  • all animals, reptiles, birds, everything,
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  • all of God's creation?
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  • God made us all by his decree up in heaven.
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  • He placed his creation upon earth.
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  • Something happened, didn't it?
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  • Sin interfered.
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  • Sin interrupted the uniqueness of the
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  • oneness of God's creation.
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  • God made, created us, mankind, the creatures,
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  • every living thing in heaven, placed us and
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  • all others on earth.
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  • Sin interrupted.
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  • Jesus came, God's plan for the redemption of all people.
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  • "Even as I the Son of Man am lifted up,
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  • as I am lifted up, I, Jesus, I am the way," Jesus said,
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  • "the truth and the life.
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  • All will now come to God once again through me,
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  • and I will draw everybody back again up into heaven."
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  • So, God draws us back into heaven.
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  • Created up in heaven, placed on this earth,
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  • drawn back up into heaven.
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  • Now, just follow Jesus for a minute.
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  • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
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  • and the Word was God.
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  • Let's just talk about Jesus for a minute.
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  • Jesus first was up in heaven as creator.
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  • Second, Jesus came down from heaven as identifier.
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  • Up in heaven, he was creator, one with God.
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  • He came down from heaven to this earth identifying with his
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  • creation, tempted in all points just as we are,
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  • yet without sin.
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  • He went to the cross as receiver.
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  • He received our sin, he took our sin.
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  • All the sin of all of us for all time and eternity,
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  • he received it, he took it upon himself.
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  • He entered the grave as eliminator.
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  • His designed purpose was to die and be crucified,
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  • be buried in the grave in his divine purpose to do what?
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  • To eliminate our sin, to kill our sin stone graveyard dead.
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  • He rose up from the grave as liberator.
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  • He liberated us.
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  • He set us free from the hold of the grave,
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  • from the sting of death.
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  • Paul wrote about it in 1 Corinthians 15.
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  • He said, "But thanks be to God, who has given us the victory in
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  • and through the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • Somebody say, "amen."
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  • Therefore, I will stand firm.
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  • I will be immovable.
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  • I will be unchangeable.
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  • I will be absolutely certain.
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  • And I will work and do the work of God fully,
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  • with all of my heart, because I know that my labor for Jesus
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  • Christ is not in vain.
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  • Now, watch this, folks.
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  • Follow Jesus.
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  • Just follow Jesus.
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  • Don't follow your rule, your regulation,
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  • your culture, your background.
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  • Honor your background.
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  • Honor your parents.
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  • Honor those who have loved you.
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  • Follow Jesus.
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  • He was up in heaven as creator.
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  • He came down from heaven as identifier.
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  • He went to the cross as receiver.
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  • He entered the grave as eliminator.
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  • He rose up as liberator.
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  • And he ascended up as mediator because the Bible says that when
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  • he draws all men unto himself, when Jesus ascended to be seated
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  • at the right hand of the Father, he is now making intercession.
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  • He is the mediator between God and man,
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  • the man Christ Jesus.
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  • If you want to go to God, go through Jesus Christ,
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  • not through your preacher, not through your church,
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  • not through your regulation,
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  • not through your dietary regulations.
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  • And this is the message that God was giving to his servant Peter.
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  • It was a tough one for him, a very tough one.
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  • Let's go back to the book of Acts in chapter 11.
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  • Something happened here.
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  • The spotless Lamb of God came down from heaven.
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  • He came to identify fully with all that sin brought to bear on
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  • the likes of you and I.
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  • He was buried with all of that sin.
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  • And he rose without all of that sin because he conquered sin and
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  • death and the grave.
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  • And he ascended back up into heaven,
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  • mediating on our behalf before a holy and a righteous God.
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  • And so, God gave Peter a vision.
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  • It's an amazing vision really.
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  • If we had time, love to really unpack the meaning of it.
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  • It's amazing because he saw a sheet, a sheet.
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  • I don't want to read too much into this and make something
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  • more than what God intends for us.
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  • All I can share with you is in my own heart,
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  • the Lord Jesus began to just fill my heart with
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  • so many pictures.
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  • I'll be perfectly honest with you,
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  • even at one point in time as I was praying and thinking and
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  • meditating over this, I said, "You know, I must be dreaming."
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  • And then the Lord was saying to me,
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  • "Well, that's what I gave Peter."
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  • But the fact of the matter is that in this dream,
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  • what God showed him encompassed every inch of his creation
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  • without exception.
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  • For there is neither Jew nor Greek,
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  • neither male nor female, neither bond nor free.
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  • We're all one in Christ.
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  • And Peter, having grown up according to the customs of
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  • the Jewish law, he understood clean
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  • animals represented the Jews, unclean represented
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  • the Gentiles, and the twain would not mix.
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  • And to boot, this dream happened three times,
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  • isn't that amazing?
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  • Really, here's the number three again.
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  • When Peter woke up, he knew that this had happened three times.
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  • There it is, day one, we see Jesus taking on himself the
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  • scourge of all sin upon the cross.
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  • Day two, we see Jesus eliminating through his burial
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  • in the grave the very sting of death.
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  • Day three, there he is, Jesus again,
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  • conquering Savior, risen from the grave.
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  • And the Bible tells us that in Adam, we all died.
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  • But in Christ, we're all made alive.
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  • Peter went to great pain to say, "Listen,
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  • let me tell you what happened to me,
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  • those of you that are criticizing me about taking
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  • this gospel to people that we consider less than ourselves,
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  • to people who are not of the same kith and kin.
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  • Let me tell you the real meaning of the great commission.
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  • Let me tell you what it means to go into all the world."
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  • Just think about this as I close today.
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  • Number one, God sent Jesus down from heaven.
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  • Think of this vision.
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  • What did it mean?
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  • This picture coming down, when Jesus came down from heaven,
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  • this displayed God's creative intention,
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  • that without him was not anything made that was made.
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  • But Jesus coming down from heaven also displayed
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  • God's divine intention.
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  • Not only his creative intention, but his divine intention.
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  • What is God's divine intention?
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  • Not only that Jesus Christ is in all and through all,
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  • but that Jesus died for all.
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  • So, God sent Jesus down from heaven.
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  • And having paid his sacrifice for our sin upon the cross,
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  • God drew Jesus back up into heaven.
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  • There's the vision, there's the picture, why?
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  • Why back up into heaven?
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  • Well, first of all because there we see
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  • the seat of God's authority.
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  • You know who's seated on the throne?
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  • God is, my friend.
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  • God is.
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  • God is.
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  • God is higher than all and any.
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  • He's sovereign, he's alpha, omega.
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  • He's king.
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  • Why did Jesus, why was he drawn up into heaven?
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  • Why does he draw us up into heaven?
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  • Why did Peter see a vision at which all the creatures gathered
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  • together are drawn back up into heaven?
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  • After three appearances, why back into heaven?
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  • Because there we see the seat of God's authority.
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  • Because there we gaze upon the magnificence of God's glory,
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  • of Jesus's glory, the Son of the living God.
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  • Why back up into heaven?
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  • Because there we find those saved for
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  • all eternity, all eternity.
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  • Right there in heaven.
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  • I carry in my Bible permanently my dad.
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  • This was his funeral four years ago.
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  • Probably hardly a Sunday morning that in my preaching Bible that
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  • I don't open my Bible, I'm looking for something,
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  • and there he is.
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  • Celebrating and honoring the life of Dr. John Dennis Wilton.
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  • February 21, 2015, First Baptist Church, South Carolina.
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  • Why does Jesus--why was he drawn up into heaven?
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  • Why was the sheet drawn up into heaven?
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  • Why did Jesus say, "Even as I am lifted up,
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  • so I will draw all people unto myself"?
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  • Because there we see the seat of God's glory.
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  • There we see, we gaze on the magnificence of Jesus's glory.
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  • There we find those saved, your mom,
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  • your dad, your brother, your son,
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  • your daughter, your friend, your neighbor,
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  • those people that are so deeply in our heart.
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  • There we find those who have been saved for all eternity.
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  • And there we understand the full significance
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  • of eternal security.
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  • Now, I want you to listen to this.
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  • Jesus said, "I'll draw all men up to myself,
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  • up into the presence of God."
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  • Why, my friend, why will he draw us up?
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  • Because there we see the seat of God's authority.
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  • There we gaze on the magnificence of Jesus's glory.
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  • There we find all of those of us who are saved for all eternity.
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  • It is there up in heaven, drawing up into heaven,
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  • that we understand the full significance of
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  • our eternal security.
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  • This Jesus who came down to this earth,
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  • who leveled the playing field, who gave his life for us,
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  • when we give our hearts to him, he holds us in
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  • the palm of his hand.
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  • And nobody, nobody will ever be able to pluck
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  • us out of his hand.
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  • Somebody say, "amen."
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  • male: My goodness, he's excited.
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  • And wouldn't we all be to realize that God has saved us
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  • to the point that nothing, absolutely nothing can pluck
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  • us out of his hand?
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  • Do you know that?
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  • Do you know that assurance of your salvation?
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  • Let me pray with you right now because if you don't,
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  • you can, you can know it today.
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  • Lord God, I come before you now.
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  • And Lord, I pray for my friends that are listening and watching.
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  • And Lord, I pray that you would help us to step out in faith,
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  • affirm with our voice, Jesus, we believe in you.
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  • We know you died on the cross of Calvary for my sins,
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  • for our sins.
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  • And so, Lord, I turn my back on my sin,
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  • and I turn face to you and say, Jesus,
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  • lead me from this day forward.
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  • In Jesus's name I pray, amen.
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  • You know, that concept that nothing can snatch you from the
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  • hands of God, if you're dealing with fear or struggling with
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  • that, let us talk you through that.
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  • Let us pray for you.
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  • And many of you are making that possible
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  • Partner with us, partner with me.
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  • Become an encourager today, and be part of something far bigger
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