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Amazing Righteousness

Watch Amazing Righteousness
November 8, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Amazing Righteousness

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  • so we could be in right standing with God.
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  • When we understand that God has saved us, not by
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  • anything we have done, but because of what Jesus has
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  • done, we begin to understand salvation.
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  • Join my pastor, Robert Morris, as he explains how
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  • God credits righteousness into our accounts when we
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  • believe in His Son.
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: Alright, I want you to turn in your Bibles
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  • to Romans 4.
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  • Romans 4.
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  • It's the only passage I'm going to ask you
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  • to turn to today.
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  • And we're in a series called "Amazing Grace."
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  • What I want to know is, are you still amazed by grace?
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  • Because it's that good.
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  • Because the enemy tries to get us as believers to move
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  • in the works.
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  • You know, we start serving in the church, we start
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  • reading our Bible, we start praying, we stopped cussing
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  • and smoking, and we don't chew anymore.
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  • We don't go with girls who do.
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  • You know, we kind of -- we get a little better and we
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  • don't sin nearly as much as we used to.
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  • And so, maybe, we don't need grace now quite as much
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  • as we did 20 years ago.
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  • Well, I want you to be just as amazed as you were with
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  • saving grace, I want you to be that amazed with
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  • sustaining grace.
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  • And let me just say, sustaining grace is just as
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  • good as saving grace.
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  • It's all grace.
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  • So, this week, we're going to talk about
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  • amazing righteousness.
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  • Amazing righteousness.
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  • And you may not be amazed yet about righteousness.
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  • But, hopefully in a few minutes you will be.
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  • Romans 4:1, "What then shall we say that Abraham,
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  • our father, has found according to the flesh?
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  • For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something
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  • to boast about, but not before God."
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  • Now, remember we talked about this last weekend.
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  • No one's going to boast in heaven.
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  • Let me put that in Texan.
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  • There ain't going to be no bragging in heaven.
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  • Verse 3, "For what is the Scripture say?
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  • Abraham believed God and it was accounted to Him
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  • for righteousness.
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  • Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace,
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  • but as debt.
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  • But to him who does not work, but believes on Him
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  • who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted
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  • for righteousness."
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  • Think about it.
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  • If you go out on the street, and to a mall or sports game
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  • or something and you just interviewed some people that
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  • don't go to church, that have never been taught
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  • the Bible, and you said to them, "What do you have to do to
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  • go to heaven?"
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  • What are you going to hear?
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  • What's the answer you're going to hear?
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  • Be good.
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  • Be a good person. Right.
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  • And some will say it like this, "Do more good than bad.
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  • Hopefully, at the end of your life you have more good in
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  • your account than you do bad and then you get to go to heaven."
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  • Well, the only problem with that is, is that God's
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  • standard is not good, it's perfect.
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  • So, how am I ever going to get to heaven?
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  • Let me ask you this.
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  • I know when I know no one will raise their hands on
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  • this first question, I'll ask you, too, but no one'll
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  • raise your hands on your first one.
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  • I know that because, is there anyone here that has
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  • broken every law?
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  • Every law.
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  • Well, let me read you a Scripture.
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  • And I'm going to read it out of The Living Bible.
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  • I know this is a paraphrase.
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  • The guy wrote it for his children to be able
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  • to understand the Bible.
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  • But I think it helps us understand this Scripture
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  • a little bit.
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  • I like the way the wording is.
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  • James 2:10 says, "And the person who keeps every law
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  • of God, but makes one little slip is just as guilty as the
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  • person who has broken every law that there is."
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  • OK. Here's the second question.
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  • See if anyone raises your hands.
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  • How many of you have made at least one little slip?
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  • OK, that's kind of like the death rate.
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  • About 100%.
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  • And actually, I'm a little shocked, you bunch of sinners.
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  • Got a church full of sinners, Pastor David.
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  • New King James says it the same way, "Whoever shall keep
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  • the whole law, yet stumble in one point,
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  • he's guilty of all." OK.
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  • So, if God's standard is perfect and none of us have
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  • been perfect, how do we get to go to heaven?
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  • It's really simple.
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  • It's real simple.
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  • We believe in the Perfect One.
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  • The One who did keep the whole law, Jesus Christ.
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  • Now, look back at Verse 3, because we want to key in on
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  • this Scripture for the whole message, alright.
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  • It says, "For what does the Scripture say, Abraham
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  • believed God."
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  • That's one part that I want to talk about.
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  • You know how I am.
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  • I like three points.
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  • So, that'll be one of the points.
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  • "Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him."
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  • There's the second part that we're going to talk about.
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  • "For righteousness."
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  • And that's the third part that we're going to talk about.
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  • But I want to flip them.
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  • I want to start with righteousness and work backward.
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  • Alright?
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  • So, here's point number one, what is righteousness?
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  • What is righteousness?
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  • Well, if I said to you, "That person is a righteous person."
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  • And you assume that means he lives to the best
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  • of his ability righteously.
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  • OK, that's a correct assumption.
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  • It's just not the only assumption.
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  • And let me say it to you this way to get us to think
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  • about grace and works.
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  • Is he righteous because he does righteous things?
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  • Or does he do righteous things because he's righteous?
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  • That's the whole difference between grace
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  • and works right there.
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  • The way you understand grace will affect the way you see
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  • God and relate to God.
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  • It affects the way you see others and the way you
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  • relate to others.
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  • And it affects, mainly, the way you see yourself and the way
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  • you actually relate to yourself when you stumble
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  • in one little point or make a mistake.
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  • So, righteousness is, let me explain, and I asked the
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  • question, what is righteousness?
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  • Righteousness is right standing with God.
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  • OK.
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  • That's the easiest definition of righteousness.
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  • Righteousness is the state of being right with God.
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  • Right standing with God. OK.
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  • Now, can a righteous man do an unrighteous deed?
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  • Well, if you have any wonderment about that,
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  • look in the mirror.
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  • Because you've done a lot of unrighteous things, right?
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  • Even since you've believed in Jesus.
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  • OK.
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  • So, a righteous person can do unrighteous things.
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  • Can an unrighteous person do a righteous deed?
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  • Yeah. Yeah.
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  • An unrighteous person, who hasn't been saved yet,
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  • can do right things.
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  • But, does the righteous deed that the unrighteous person
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  • does make him righteous?
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  • Does the righteous deed that the unrighteous man does,
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  • does that make him righteous?
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  • Does that make him in right standing with God?
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  • Does it?
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  • Because he does something right?
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  • No.
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  • He's got to accept Jesus Christ.
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  • Now listen to me, though.
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  • Does the unrighteous deed that the righteous man does,
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  • does that make him unrighteous?
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  • No.
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  • Because I'm righteous by my position, not by my performance.
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  • Now, it's wrong to do those things and I'll suffer
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  • consequences from doing those things and I can go
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  • down a road to where I could actually destroy my life
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  • if I allow anger to stay in my life or something.
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  • You see what I'm saying?
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  • But, I'm put in right standing with God
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  • by the blood of Jesus.
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  • We have to know that. OK.
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  • So, that's what righteousness is.
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  • Here's question number two.
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  • Did Abraham earn it?
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  • Did he earn it?
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  • Well, when you go back to Romans 4:2 says, "If Abraham
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  • was justified by works he has something to boast
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  • about, but not before God," for what does the Scripture say?
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  • "Abraham believed God and it was accounted," now we're
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  • going to talk about this, "to Him for righteousness.
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  • Now, to him who works the wages are not counted as grace,
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  • but as debt."
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  • And this word counted, accounted means to keep
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  • records of credits and debits.
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  • It's accounting.
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  • It's the class you did not like in college.
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  • OK.
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  • Some of you did, but, you know, not many.
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  • OK. All right.
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  • So, that's what it means, keeping records
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  • of debits and credits.
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  • All right?
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  • So, here's what it says.
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  • "Now, to him who works it's not counted as grace, but as debt."
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  • It's saying, if Abraham had done works,
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  • then God would have owed him.
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  • It would have been a debt to God.
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  • God would have owed him payment for his good works.
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  • In other words, like if someone came and did a job
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  • at your house, landscaping or something like that,
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  • after they do the job, you owe them.
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  • You owe them.
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  • It's a debt to you.
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  • You owe them for what they did.
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  • So, what he says is, "God didn't owe Abraham."
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  • He did not owe him and God doesn't owe anyone.
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  • So, it's all about this accounting.
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  • Let me draw this out for you, alright.
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  • Let's do three containers. OK?
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  • Three containers.
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  • And these three containers are going to be like accounts.
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  • Alright?
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  • And what we're going to do is were going to do three
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  • different people here.
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  • We'll actually put names on them, alright?
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  • What we're going to do is we're going to do the account
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  • of a bad person, the account of a good person,
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  • and the account of a perfect person.
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  • Obviously, this is going to be Jesus.
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  • Because He's the only one that lived a perfect life.
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  • So, this is His account. Alright?
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  • So, now I want to do an account of a bad person.
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  • I'm talking about before He meets Jesus, before he believes.
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  • I'm going to put a name on it.
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  • OK. Alright, I got one.
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  • I know this guy.
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  • He's really, he was really bad.
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  • OK. Alright.
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  • Just a random name.
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  • Just a random name I came up with.
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  • But this is a guy I know who was a bad person.
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  • Obviously, I'm talking about me.
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  • OK.
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  • So, a good person, and again, just a random name.
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  • No one in particular.
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  • Not trying to earn points or anything like that.
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  • So, just random. Random.
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  • OK. Alright.
  • 00:11:37.130 --> 00:11:38.110
  • So, a bad guy before he got saved.
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  • I didn't get saved until I was 19.
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  • I got saved in a motel room.
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  • Debbie got saved at nine.
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  • Nine, OK.
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  • I got saved at 19.
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  • I was delivered from drugs.
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  • She was delivered from bubble gum, you know.
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  • And she's free.
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  • She's totally free.
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  • She's free.
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  • So, OK.
  • 00:12:01.140 --> 00:12:03.080
  • So, what did my account look like before I got saved?
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  • Now, let's come up with a code "S" is going to stand
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  • for sin, "R" is going to stand for righteous,
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  • like righteous deeds. Alright?
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  • Good deeds, right deeds, doing the right thing.
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  • OK?
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  • So, before I got saved, this is what my account looked like.
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  • OK? OK, you get the picture?
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  • OK.
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  • But, I did a few right things.
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  • I did.
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  • I went to my church, church with my parents.
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  • So, I had a few "R's" in my account.
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  • I did a few -- no, that one wasn't righteous.
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  • OK. Alright?
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  • Debbie's account, on the other hand, really,
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  • looked like this.
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  • I mean, her parents told her to do something, she obeyed.
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  • She had a whole bunch of righteous deeds in her account
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  • before she got saved.
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  • But, because she's a human, she had a few, you know,
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  • a few little sins in her account.
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  • OK.
  • 00:13:38.090 --> 00:13:41.070
  • So, how are we going to go to heaven?
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  • Here's something else I want you to understand.
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  • Even Debbie's righteousness, isn't like Jesus'.
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  • What would Jesus' account look like?
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  • He's just righteous, right?
  • 00:13:55.290 --> 00:13:57.260
  • But even Debbie's righteousness -- remember
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  • this Scripture, Isaiah 64:6, "All our righteousnesses,"
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  • plural, all our individual acts of righteousness,
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  • "are like filthy rags."
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  • So, actually this "R" could stand for rags.
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  • OK.
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  • So, here's our accounts. OK.
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  • So, if God looks at my account He sees all this sin
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  • and He sees filthy rags.
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  • And He looks at Debbie's account and he sees sin,
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  • because everyone sins, but He sees filthy rags.
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  • He does not see righteousness, right
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  • standing with God.
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  • So, what's He going to do?
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  • How am I going to go to heaven when I have sin in my
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  • account, Debbie had sin in her account, Abraham had sin
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  • in his account, and you have sin in your account?
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  • How am I going to go to heaven?
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  • And Jesus has righteousness in his account.
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  • Well, here's what happened 2.000 years ago.
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  • God took the righteousness out of His own Son's account and
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  • God put the sins of the whole world in His Son's account.
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  • And that's why His Son was condemned to death.
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  • Because the Bible says, "God took the One who knew no sin
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  • and made Him sin, that we might be made the
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  • righteousness of God."
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  • So, when Jesus died for our sins -- you have
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  • to understand, something happened very amazing.
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  • A lot of people don't realize this.
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  • Jesus shed His blood and the blood of Jesus erased our sins.
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  • Completely.
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  • And, not only our sins, listen, the blood of Jesus
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  • erased the sins of the whole world.
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  • A lot of people don't realize this.
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  • Jesus died for the world.
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  • It said, "God was in Jesus, reconciling the world
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  • to Himself," listen to this, "Not imputing," this is the same
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  • word for accounting, "not accounting,"
  • 00:16:27.050 --> 00:16:29.120
  • not counting, "their sins against them.
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  • God, took away the sin of the whole -- I know you think,
  • 00:16:32.170 --> 00:16:36.030
  • "Well, I don't understand that, then
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  • because I know some people aren't going to go to heaven."
  • 00:16:37.270 --> 00:16:39.230
  • That's correct.
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  • Because God gave you a will and you have to choose
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  • whether you're going to receive what Jesus
  • 00:16:43.260 --> 00:16:45.000
  • did for you or not.
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  • But, here, I'm going to make a shocking statement.
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  • People don't go to hell for sin, because Jesus already
  • 00:16:48.160 --> 00:16:50.220
  • paid for their sin.
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  • They go to hell for unbelief.
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  • That's why they go to hell.
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  • So, God put all of my sins in Jesus' account and He erased,
  • 00:16:57.090 --> 00:17:03.200
  • He erased my account.
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  • No sin in my account.
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  • But there's also no righteousness.
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  • But, when I was 19, I believed in Jesus and God
  • 00:17:08.060 --> 00:17:13.010
  • put righteousness in my account.
  • 00:17:13.040 --> 00:17:14.250
  • When Debbie was 9, she believed in Jesus,
  • 00:17:14.280 --> 00:17:17.270
  • God put righteousness in her account.
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  • When Abraham was 75, he believed
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  • and God put righteousness in his account.
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  • When did you believe?
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  • Have you believed?
  • 00:17:30.160 --> 00:17:31.250
  • And, here's what James tells us about Abraham.
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  • It says, "Abraham put works to his faith."
  • 00:17:35.130 --> 00:17:38.220
  • In other words, his faith was active because faith
  • 00:17:38.250 --> 00:17:40.290
  • that's not active is dead, the Bible says.
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  • In other words, when God said, "Move," Abraham moved.
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  • He started obeying.
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  • So, it's not enough to believe with just your mind.
  • 00:17:47.230 --> 00:17:50.020
  • Because there's a whole lot of people that do that.
  • 00:17:50.050 --> 00:17:51.240
  • But they still do what they want to do.
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  • When you really believe, you start following Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:54.180 --> 00:18:02.150
  • So, how did Abraham get it?
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  • Here's point number three, how did Abraham get it?
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  • What did Abraham have to do?
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  • What'd he have to do?
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  • He had to believe.
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  • John 6:28-29, "Then they said to Him, 'What shall we
  • 00:18:17.180 --> 00:18:21.240
  • do that we may work the works'" notice plural, "'of God?'
  • 00:18:21.270 --> 00:18:28.120
  • Jesus answered and said them, 'This is the work of God,
  • 00:18:28.150 --> 00:18:34.020
  • that you believe in Him whom He sent.'"
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  • This is the only thing you have to do.
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  • You have to believe.
  • 00:18:42.240 --> 00:18:44.010
  • But, it has to be in your heart, not just your head.
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  • OK.
  • 00:18:47.070 --> 00:18:48.070
  • But let me tell you something about this story
  • 00:18:48.100 --> 00:18:49.100
  • that a lot of people don't get.
  • 00:18:49.130 --> 00:18:52.150
  • We read about Abraham and we think Abraham was a really
  • 00:18:52.180 --> 00:18:55.190
  • good guy and we read about people in the Bible
  • 00:18:55.220 --> 00:18:59.070
  • and somehow we make them superhuman.
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  • They're not like we are.
  • 00:19:04.010 --> 00:19:06.190
  • You know, they don't go through what we go through.
  • 00:19:06.220 --> 00:19:08.180
  • And, you know, they were these super humans that God chose.
  • 00:19:08.210 --> 00:19:12.270
  • Well, read your Bible a little closer.
  • 00:19:13.000 --> 00:19:15.120
  • They were regular people.
  • 00:19:15.150 --> 00:19:18.030
  • And they had "S's" in their accounts.
  • 00:19:18.060 --> 00:19:20.290
  • And, to let you help you a little bit with Abraham,
  • 00:19:21.020 --> 00:19:23.190
  • God shows up in Genesis 12, that's when God spoke to him,
  • 00:19:23.220 --> 00:19:27.000
  • that's when Abraham believed, and righteousness
  • 00:19:27.030 --> 00:19:30.190
  • was put in his account.
  • 00:19:30.220 --> 00:19:31.230
  • But can I tell you about Abraham before Genesis 12?
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  • OK.
  • 00:19:34.160 --> 00:19:35.130
  • Abraham, now this is going to shock you,
  • 00:19:35.160 --> 00:19:37.010
  • Abraham was a heathen.
  • 00:19:37.040 --> 00:19:39.140
  • So, God shows up and in essence this is what He says to Abraham.
  • 00:19:39.170 --> 00:19:43.270
  • "Abraham, this is going to be hard for you to believe.
  • 00:19:44.000 --> 00:19:48.250
  • Considering what you've heard about me and what they
  • 00:19:48.280 --> 00:19:52.040
  • write about me in the media and the secular papers, this is
  • 00:19:52.070 --> 00:19:55.160
  • going to be hard for you to believe what I'm
  • 00:19:55.190 --> 00:19:57.180
  • about to tell you.
  • 00:19:57.210 --> 00:20:00.100
  • But, I did not come today to judge you.
  • 00:20:00.130 --> 00:20:04.230
  • I didn't come to condemn you.
  • 00:20:04.260 --> 00:20:08.230
  • I didn't come to clean your clock.
  • 00:20:08.260 --> 00:20:13.060
  • And I could.
  • 00:20:13.090 --> 00:20:16.080
  • I came today for one reason.
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  • I came to bless you."
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  • You read it.
  • 00:20:23.170 --> 00:20:24.070
  • Genesis 12.
  • 00:20:24.100 --> 00:20:25.160
  • "It's the only reason I came," God says.
  • 00:20:25.190 --> 00:20:26.260
  • "I came to bless you."
  • 00:20:26.290 --> 00:20:29.190
  • And Abraham believed.
  • 00:20:29.220 --> 00:20:33.260
  • And when he believed, God took sin out of Abraham's
  • 00:20:33.290 --> 00:20:38.160
  • account and put righteousness in his account.
  • 00:20:38.190 --> 00:20:43.130
  • And Romans 4 says, "That's what's God does
  • 00:20:43.160 --> 00:20:45.220
  • for you when you believe."
  • 00:20:45.250 --> 00:20:49.250
  • Now, you've heard my story, let me just give you
  • 00:20:49.280 --> 00:20:53.060
  • a little bit of Debbie's story.
  • 00:20:53.090 --> 00:20:56.150
  • The way Debbie got saved was that her grandmother planned
  • 00:20:56.180 --> 00:21:01.160
  • a sleep over for a week during the summer
  • 00:21:01.190 --> 00:21:04.100
  • for all the grand kids.
  • 00:21:04.130 --> 00:21:06.140
  • And her grandmother was a real godly woman,
  • 00:21:06.170 --> 00:21:08.150
  • but she planned it for a specific week.
  • 00:21:08.180 --> 00:21:12.070
  • She had all the grand kids over her house.
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  • They played.
  • 00:21:14.010 --> 00:21:14.230
  • They had fun.
  • 00:21:14.260 --> 00:21:16.190
  • But, after dinner, she had all of them sit down and she
  • 00:21:16.220 --> 00:21:19.240
  • turned the TV on because that was the week
  • 00:21:19.270 --> 00:21:22.230
  • that the Billy Graham Crusade was on TV.
  • 00:21:22.260 --> 00:21:27.240
  • And she planned it and all of them watched.
  • 00:21:27.270 --> 00:21:30.000
  • Now, I kind of hate to tell you this, because it dates me,
  • 00:21:30.030 --> 00:21:33.220
  • but back then, this is going to be shocking to many
  • 00:21:33.250 --> 00:21:36.110
  • of you, we only had three channels.
  • 00:21:36.140 --> 00:21:39.290
  • You know, you couldn't go to something else.
  • 00:21:40.020 --> 00:21:43.230
  • And then she said, at the end of the week,
  • 00:21:43.260 --> 00:21:46.000
  • her grandmother gathered all the grand kids and she said
  • 00:21:46.030 --> 00:21:48.150
  • to them, "I'm not going to be here forever, kids.
  • 00:21:48.180 --> 00:21:55.000
  • I'm not going to be on this earth forever.
  • 00:21:55.030 --> 00:21:59.130
  • And more than anything in the world, I want all of you
  • 00:21:59.160 --> 00:22:06.250
  • to come to heaven so we can be together forever."
  • 00:22:06.280 --> 00:22:16.110
  • And about a year later she passed away from cancer.
  • 00:22:16.140 --> 00:22:22.250
  • And Debbie remembered and she thought I want to
  • 00:22:22.280 --> 00:22:27.060
  • be with my grandmother in heaven.
  • 00:22:27.090 --> 00:22:31.230
  • And I believe what she told me.
  • 00:22:31.260 --> 00:22:35.080
  • I believe Jesus is the Son of God.
  • 00:22:35.110 --> 00:22:38.190
  • I believe He died on the cross for my sins.
  • 00:22:38.220 --> 00:22:41.000
  • I believe it.
  • 00:22:41.030 --> 00:22:43.120
  • And at nine-years-old, she gave her life to Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:43.150 --> 00:22:48.020
  • And the same grace that got me out of all the sin that
  • 00:22:48.050 --> 00:22:54.040
  • I was in, kept my beautiful wife from ever going
  • 00:22:54.070 --> 00:23:03.110
  • into that lifestyle.
  • 00:23:03.140 --> 00:23:05.190
  • You know, it really is amazing when you think about it.
  • 00:23:05.220 --> 00:23:08.230
  • That God puts us in right standing with Him
  • 00:23:08.260 --> 00:23:13.000
  • because we believe.
  • 00:23:13.030 --> 00:23:14.170
  • Because we put our faith in Jesus Christ, all of our sins
  • 00:23:14.200 --> 00:23:19.010
  • are forgiven and we can be in right standing with God.
  • 00:23:19.040 --> 00:23:23.280
  • I want to encourage you, if you've never heard this
  • 00:23:24.010 --> 00:23:25.260
  • before, right now, simply put your faith and your trust
  • 00:23:25.290 --> 00:23:30.100
  • in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:23:30.130 --> 00:23:32.010
  • That Jesus died for your sins, was buried, rose from
  • 00:23:32.040 --> 00:23:35.190
  • the grave on the third day and that you receive Him
  • 00:23:35.220 --> 00:23:38.230
  • as your Lord and your Savior and God deposits
  • 00:23:38.260 --> 00:23:43.070
  • righteousness in our account when we believe.
  • 00:23:43.100 --> 00:23:47.080
  • Hey, I'm going to continue this series next week.
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  • So, I want you to watch as we continue, "Amazing Grace."
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  • ANNOUNCER: Thank you for watching today's program.
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  • deeper understanding of an often overlooked, and yet,
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  • very foundational truth from God's word.
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  • You've heard the famous lyrics, "Amazing Grace,
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  • How Sweet The Sound That Saved a Wretch Like Me."
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  • But do you truly understand the gift of God's grace?
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  • And what His grace fully offers in your daily Christian life?
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  • between law and grace,
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  • in God's amazing grace each and every day.
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