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February 21, 2017
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Louie Giglio hosts Passion Conference 2017 from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA with John Piper and music by Passion and Chris Tomlin.

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Praise | February 21, 2017

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  • [music]
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  • Hope found
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  • Here, now
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  • Jesus
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  • - Louie Giglio: Hi,
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  • it's Louie Giglio,
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  • and I want to welcome you
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  • to one of the greatest things
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  • you're ever gonna experience
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  • in your life.
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  • Welcome to Passion 2017
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  • here in Atlanta, Georgia,
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  • at the Georgia Dome.
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  • Yes, the football stadium in
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  • our city, packed out with 18 to
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  • 25-year-olds and their leaders,
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  • high school seniors, all here
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  • gathered around one big idea.
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  • And that idea is that Jesus
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  • is more famous than anyone
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  • in time and in eternity.
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  • For 20 years, we've been
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  • gathering students in places
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  • just like this in arenas,
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  • on athletic fields, in stadium,
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  • in theaters all over the world.
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  • Can you imagine that?
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  • A generation rising up around
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  • the world, all wanting to live
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  • for the fame of Jesus.
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  • When we started 20 years ago,
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  • the root of Passion is the exact
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  • same heartbeat of Passion today,
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  • and it comes from Isaiah 26:8,
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  • which says, "Yes, Lord, walking
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  • in the way of your truth,
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  • we eagerly wait for you;
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  • for your name and your renown
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  • are the desire of our souls."
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  • And so the heartbeat of these
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  • days, what this is all about;
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  • it's not a concert, it's not a
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  • festival, it's not a conference,
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  • it's a gathering of people to
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  • say, "My life, my mission,
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  • my purpose, wherever I go,
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  • whatever I'm called to do,
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  • whatever opportunity I have
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  • in life,
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  • I want to leverage it all
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  • for the name and for the fame
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  • of Jesus Christ.
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  • And what I love about that today
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  • is this place is packed with
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  • young people, that that mission
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  • is for everybody, and that
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  • mission is for you, you and
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  • I right here and right now
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  • can decide that our lives, in
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  • whatever circumstance we're in,
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  • whatever our past, whatever we
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  • think our present, whatever our
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  • future looks like, God is bigger
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  • than it all and he can take it
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  • all if we open our hands to him
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  • and use our lives, leverage
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  • our good and our bad for
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  • his great story and his glory
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  • in this world.
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  • So welcome to Passion 2017.
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  • You're going to hear from a
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  • voice today which is one of the
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  • clarion voices in our lifetime
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  • about what it looks like
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  • to live for the glory of God.
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  • John Piper is such a massive
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  • heart for the glory, the fame
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  • of Jesus in this world.
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  • You're going to be so touched,
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  • so encouraged, so inspired by
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  • this message today
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  • and the worship.
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  • All of it's going to be amazing.
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  • Thank you for leaning in with
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  • us, joining us on this ride.
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  • Here as we wait
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  • Seek your face
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  • Come and make your throne
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  • upon our praise
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  • Here in this place
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  • Have your way
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  • The moment that we see you
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  • we are changed
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  • Show us your glory
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  • Show us your glory
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  • In wonder and surrender
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  • we fall down
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  • Show us your glory
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  • Show us your glory
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  • Let every burning heart
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  • be holy ground
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  • Here, not by power
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  • Not by might
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  • But only by the cross
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  • we come alive
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  • Here, we're undone
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  • Overcome
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  • By heaven's love revealed
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  • before our eyes
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  • Show us your glory
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  • Show us your glory
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  • In wonder and surrender
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  • we fall down
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  • Show us your glory
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  • Show us your glory
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  • Let every burning heart
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  • be holy ground
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  • Show us
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  • Show us your glory
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  • Show us your glory
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  • In wonder and surrender
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  • we fall down
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  • Show us your glory
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  • Show us your glory
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  • Let every burning heart
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  • Have your way, Jesus
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  • Chains fall
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  • Fear bow
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  • Here, now
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  • Jesus
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  • you change everything
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  • Lives healed
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  • Hope found
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  • Here, now
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  • Jesus
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  • you change everything
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  • Chains fall
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  • Fear bow
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  • Here, now
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  • Jesus
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  • you change everything
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  • Lives healed
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  • Hope found
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  • Here, now
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  • Jesus
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  • Chains fall
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  • Fear bow
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  • Here, now
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  • Jesus
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  • you change everything
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  • Lives healed
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  • Hope found
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  • Here, now
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  • Jesus
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  • - John Piper: I want to speak
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  • to you about the ultimate
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  • essence of evil.
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  • Unless you think that talking
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  • about the ultimate essence
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  • of evil would be abstract,
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  • or confusing, or remote, or
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  • theoretical, I mean your evil,
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  • the ones you do every day,
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  • the ones I do every day.
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  • I mean the things that we think
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  • and the attitudes that we have
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  • and the deeds that we do that
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  • we call evil, wrong, bad;
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  • real, tangible,
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  • globally pervasive evil.
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  • So, our aim is to find out what
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  • the ultimate essence of evil is.
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  • And by essence, I mean
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  • to distinguish between the root
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  • of evil and the fruit of evil.
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  • I want to know
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  • what the spring is.
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  • What's it--what's down there?
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  • What's bringing it all up?
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  • What makes evil
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  • evil at the bottom?
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  • And what I mean by ultimate,
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  • ultimate essence,
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  • is that we get to the bottom.
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  • That is,
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  • there isn't anything behind it,
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  • there isn't anything under it.
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  • When you see the ultimate
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  • essence of evil, then you know
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  • what it is that makes evil
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  • evil all the time.
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  • It's the ultimate essence
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  • of everything we call evil.
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  • So that's the goal,
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  • that's where we're going.
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  • I want to tell you
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  • right up front why.
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  • Why in the world would you
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  • address that?
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  • I know where I am.
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  • Passion 2017.
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  • And I know who leads it
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  • and I know what it's about.
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  • For 20 years, one of the
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  • greatest privileges of my life.
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  • I know the heart, I think I know
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  • the heart of Louie Giglio and
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  • his team and what they pray
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  • for and long for and work for
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  • in every student generation,
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  • namely, "Oh, Lord, your name
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  • and your renown are the desire
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  • of our souls."
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  • The all-satisfying majesty
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  • of God in Christ blazing into
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  • the world through your passion
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  • for the unsurpassed beauty
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  • and worth of Jesus Christ.
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  • That's what this event is about.
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  • So I'm going to talk about the
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  • ultimate essence of evil because
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  • until you know, see, and hate in
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  • your own heart and in the world,
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  • until you see and hate the
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  • ultimate essence of evil in you,
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  • you will inevitably dumb-down
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  • the majesty of God.
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  • And you will inevitably minimize
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  • and diminish the triumph
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  • of Christ on the cross
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  • and in the resurrection.
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  • And thirdly, if you don't see
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  • and hate the ultimate essence
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  • of evil in your own heart
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  • and in the world, you will gut
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  • the glory of the Christian life
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  • that pleases God.
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  • And Passion is about the majesty
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  • of God, the triumph of Christ,
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  • and the glory of human life.
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  • And therefore, you need to know
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  • and hate the ultimate essence
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  • of evil.
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  • That's where we're going.
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  • Here's how we're gonna do it.
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  • I have three passages
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  • of Scripture.
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  • And when I'm done showing the
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  • ultimate essence of evil from
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  • three passages of Scripture,
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  • we'll step back and apply
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  • that to those three things:
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  • the majesty of God, the triumph
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  • of Christ, and the glory
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  • of your life, if you're in.
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  • Passage number one:
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  • Jeremiah chapter 2,
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  • verses 10 to 13.
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  • What was he shocked at?
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  • Why should the universe
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  • be appalled?
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  • Let's read it.
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  • "'Cross to the coasts of Cypress
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  • and see, or send to Kedar and
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  • examine with care; see if there
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  • has been such a thing.
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  • Has a nation changed its gods?
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  • Even though they are no gods?
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  • But my people have changed
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  • their glory for that
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  • which does not profit.
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  • Be appalled, o heavens, at this;
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  • be shocked, be utterly
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  • desolate,' declares the Lord.
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  • 'For my people have committed
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  • two evils: they have forsaken
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  • me, the fountain of living
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  • waters, and have hewed out
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  • cisterns for themselves,
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  • broken cisterns that can hold
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  • no water.'"
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  • So God says,
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  • "The entire universe,
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  • the heavens, the galaxies,
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  • should be in shock,
  • 00:14:00.280 --> 00:14:02.140
  • should be in a state of shock.
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  • My people have changed,"
  • 00:14:09.170 --> 00:14:12.170
  • this is verse 11,
  • 00:14:12.170 --> 00:14:14.140
  • "My people have changed
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  • their glory for that which
  • 00:14:16.130 --> 00:14:18.230
  • does not profit.
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  • My people have exchanged
  • 00:14:21.010 --> 00:14:22.050
  • the wonder of my glory
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  • for worthlessness.
  • 00:14:24.280 --> 00:14:26.040
  • They've traded in the mansion in
  • 00:14:26.180 --> 00:14:29.180
  • the alps for a cardboard shack
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  • by the garbage dump."
  • 00:14:33.250 --> 00:14:36.060
  • And then, in verse 13,
  • 00:14:37.050 --> 00:14:40.050
  • that shock of evil is broken out
  • 00:14:41.010 --> 00:14:44.010
  • into two pieces.
  • 00:14:44.010 --> 00:14:45.210
  • Look at them, verse 13,
  • 00:14:45.210 --> 00:14:47.260
  • "My people have committed
  • 00:14:47.260 --> 00:14:49.140
  • two evils.
  • 00:14:49.140 --> 00:14:52.030
  • One, they have forsaken me,
  • 00:14:53.110 --> 00:14:56.110
  • the fountain of living water.
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  • And they keep trying to dig
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  • and hew out cisterns
  • 00:15:03.280 --> 00:15:06.280
  • that can hold no water.
  • 00:15:09.140 --> 00:15:12.140
  • So the glory that was
  • 00:15:12.140 --> 00:15:14.080
  • traded away,"
  • 00:15:14.080 --> 00:15:15.250
  • in verse 11, "is called,"
  • 00:15:15.290 --> 00:15:18.290
  • in verse 13, "me, the fountain
  • 00:15:19.100 --> 00:15:22.100
  • of living waters.
  • 00:15:22.100 --> 00:15:23.270
  • They have forsaken me,
  • 00:15:23.270 --> 00:15:26.270
  • the fountain of living waters."
  • 00:15:26.270 --> 00:15:29.120
  • So the first great
  • 00:15:29.120 --> 00:15:31.010
  • universe-shaking evil is that
  • 00:15:34.100 --> 00:15:37.100
  • And the second one
  • 00:15:47.000 --> 00:15:50.000
  • in verse 13 is this:
  • 00:15:50.000 --> 00:15:52.250
  • "They have hewed out cisterns
  • 00:15:54.110 --> 00:15:57.110
  • for themselves, broken cisterns
  • 00:15:57.110 --> 00:16:00.060
  • that can hold no water."
  • 00:16:01.080 --> 00:16:04.080
  • So not only have they turned
  • 00:16:04.080 --> 00:16:05.170
  • away from the fountain of life
  • 00:16:05.170 --> 00:16:08.020
  • and joy in God, but all the
  • 00:16:08.120 --> 00:16:11.120
  • cisterns that they're making
  • 00:16:11.120 --> 00:16:13.230
  • couldn't hold any water anyway.
  • 00:16:15.240 --> 00:16:18.240
  • They're broken.
  • 00:16:18.240 --> 00:16:21.080
  • So no fountain, forsook him,
  • 00:16:22.230 --> 00:16:25.230
  • no cistern.
  • 00:16:25.230 --> 00:16:27.120
  • They're gonna die of thirst.
  • 00:16:31.070 --> 00:16:34.070
  • The money cistern is broken.
  • 00:16:37.040 --> 00:16:40.040
  • The sex cistern is broken.
  • 00:16:41.020 --> 00:16:44.020
  • The family cistern is broken,
  • 00:16:44.130 --> 00:16:47.130
  • no matter how precious it is,
  • 00:16:47.130 --> 00:16:48.290
  • it's broken, it can't hold it.
  • 00:16:49.260 --> 00:16:52.260
  • The beauty and brawn cistern
  • 00:16:52.260 --> 00:16:55.070
  • is broken.
  • 00:16:55.070 --> 00:16:57.040
  • The success cistern is broken.
  • 00:16:57.210 --> 00:17:00.230
  • The political cistern is broken.
  • 00:17:00.260 --> 00:17:03.260
  • None of them can hold the water
  • 00:17:03.260 --> 00:17:05.200
  • of life, the water of joy.
  • 00:17:08.250 --> 00:17:11.250
  • So, question,
  • 00:17:11.250 --> 00:17:13.050
  • what is the essence of evil
  • 00:17:13.050 --> 00:17:15.110
  • in Jeremiah 2:11-13?
  • 00:17:17.110 --> 00:17:20.110
  • Putting the two halves
  • 00:17:20.110 --> 00:17:21.090
  • of verse 13 together,
  • 00:17:21.090 --> 00:17:22.160
  • I'd say it like this:
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  • the essence of evil is
  • 00:17:24.170 --> 00:17:27.030
  • to lose a taste for God.
  • 00:17:31.280 --> 00:17:34.280
  • Or, the flipside of the coin,
  • 00:17:35.210 --> 00:17:38.210
  • to prefer anything more than God
  • 00:17:41.060 --> 00:17:44.060
  • is the essence of all your evil.
  • 00:17:46.170 --> 00:17:49.170
  • It's where it comes from.
  • 00:17:49.170 --> 00:17:51.100
  • It's what defines it as evil.
  • 00:17:51.100 --> 00:17:53.160
  • The broken cisterns that
  • 00:17:53.160 --> 00:17:54.250
  • we think are evil are simply
  • 00:17:56.080 --> 00:17:59.080
  • results, they're fruit.
  • 00:17:59.080 --> 00:18:01.230
  • They're not the essence.
  • 00:18:01.230 --> 00:18:04.040
  • The essence is, "I don't get
  • 00:18:04.040 --> 00:18:06.180
  • any pleasure from God.
  • 00:18:06.180 --> 00:18:08.250
  • So I want other things to drink,
  • 00:18:08.250 --> 00:18:11.000
  • thank you very much."
  • 00:18:11.000 --> 00:18:12.110
  • That's the essence of evil.
  • 00:18:12.110 --> 00:18:14.200
  • "I don't enjoy God anymore,
  • 00:18:15.000 --> 00:18:18.000
  • or ever did.
  • 00:18:18.000 --> 00:18:20.200
  • I just want a cistern that can
  • 00:18:20.200 --> 00:18:22.200
  • hold what I want it to hold."
  • 00:18:25.140 --> 00:18:28.140
  • That's text number one.
  • 00:18:28.140 --> 00:18:30.020
  • Here's number two:
  • 00:18:30.020 --> 00:18:31.120
  • Genesis chapter 3.
  • 00:18:31.120 --> 00:18:33.230
  • I'm trying to test myself now,
  • 00:18:33.230 --> 00:18:35.170
  • so I'm--that's an inference
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:36.280
  • I just drew out of that text.
  • 00:18:36.280 --> 00:18:38.090
  • You test whether you think
  • 00:18:38.090 --> 00:18:39.040
  • that's there or not.
  • 00:18:39.040 --> 00:18:40.030
  • We're going to go back and
  • 00:18:40.030 --> 00:18:41.110
  • test it with the original sin,
  • 00:18:41.110 --> 00:18:44.020
  • the first sin that human beings
  • 00:18:44.020 --> 00:18:45.150
  • ever committed.
  • 00:18:45.150 --> 00:18:46.210
  • What was the essence of
  • 00:18:46.210 --> 00:18:47.270
  • the first sin that human beings
  • 00:18:47.270 --> 00:18:49.090
  • ever committed?
  • 00:18:49.090 --> 00:18:50.250
  • Because that's a big one,
  • 00:18:50.250 --> 00:18:53.050
  • because it all comes to you
  • 00:18:53.050 --> 00:18:54.130
  • and you walked in with it.
  • 00:18:55.130 --> 00:18:58.130
  • Genesis chapter 3, verses 1-6.
  • 00:18:58.130 --> 00:19:00.250
  • Here we go, "Satan said to the
  • 00:19:00.250 --> 00:19:02.290
  • woman, 'Did God actually say,
  • 00:19:02.290 --> 00:19:05.280
  • "You shall not eat of any tree
  • 00:19:05.280 --> 00:19:08.130
  • in the garden?"'
  • 00:19:08.130 --> 00:19:09.130
  • And the woman said
  • 00:19:09.130 --> 00:19:10.070
  • to the serpent, 'We may eat
  • 00:19:10.070 --> 00:19:11.130
  • of the food of the trees
  • 00:19:11.130 --> 00:19:12.190
  • in the garden, but God said,
  • 00:19:12.190 --> 00:19:13.230
  • "You shall not eat of the fruit
  • 00:19:13.230 --> 00:19:15.200
  • of the tree that is in the midst
  • 00:19:15.200 --> 00:19:17.220
  • of the garden,
  • 00:19:17.220 --> 00:19:18.280
  • neither shall you touch
  • 00:19:18.280 --> 00:19:19.250
  • it lest you die."'
  • 00:19:19.250 --> 00:19:21.100
  • But the serpent said
  • 00:19:21.100 --> 00:19:22.110
  • to the woman,
  • 00:19:22.110 --> 00:19:25.110
  • 'You will not surely die.
  • 00:19:25.250 --> 00:19:28.250
  • God knows that when you eat of
  • 00:19:28.250 --> 00:19:30.260
  • it your eyes will be opened,
  • 00:19:33.020 --> 00:19:36.020
  • and you'll be like God,
  • 00:19:36.020 --> 00:19:38.120
  • knowing good and evil.'
  • 00:19:38.120 --> 00:19:40.050
  • So," now, watch this,
  • 00:19:40.050 --> 00:19:42.230
  • "So when the woman saw that the
  • 00:19:44.000 --> 00:19:47.000
  • tree was good for food, it was
  • 00:19:47.220 --> 00:19:50.220
  • a delight to the eyes, it was
  • 00:19:52.190 --> 00:19:55.190
  • to be desired to make one wise,
  • 00:19:59.010 --> 00:20:02.010
  • she took of its fruit
  • 00:20:02.010 --> 00:20:03.200
  • and ate and she gave some
  • 00:20:03.200 --> 00:20:06.020
  • to her husband,
  • 00:20:06.020 --> 00:20:06.270
  • who was with her,"
  • 00:20:06.270 --> 00:20:07.260
  • he's complicit
  • 00:20:07.260 --> 00:20:08.200
  • from the beginning.
  • 00:20:08.200 --> 00:20:11.060
  • It's why Paul can say
  • 00:20:11.060 --> 00:20:12.020
  • what he says in a minute.
  • 00:20:12.120 --> 00:20:15.120
  • "And they ate, he ate."
  • 00:20:16.120 --> 00:20:19.120
  • Now, we know something
  • 00:20:19.120 --> 00:20:20.150
  • of the magnitude of this evil,
  • 00:20:20.150 --> 00:20:22.270
  • this moment in history because
  • 00:20:22.270 --> 00:20:25.010
  • in Romans chapter 5, verse 12,
  • 00:20:25.010 --> 00:20:26.280
  • Paul says,
  • 00:20:26.280 --> 00:20:27.230
  • "Sin came into the world
  • 00:20:27.230 --> 00:20:29.170
  • through one man, and death
  • 00:20:30.170 --> 00:20:33.170
  • through sin," and so death
  • 00:20:33.170 --> 00:20:36.100
  • spread to billions and
  • 00:20:36.100 --> 00:20:38.090
  • billions and billions of people
  • 00:20:39.110 --> 00:20:42.110
  • over the thousands of years
  • 00:20:42.110 --> 00:20:43.290
  • of world history.
  • 00:20:45.090 --> 00:20:48.090
  • Because all sinned.
  • 00:20:49.000 --> 00:20:52.000
  • You were there.
  • 00:20:52.000 --> 00:20:54.240
  • And you are there.
  • 00:20:54.240 --> 00:20:56.270
  • The magnitude of this evil
  • 00:20:56.270 --> 00:20:58.100
  • is that every human being
  • 00:20:58.100 --> 00:20:59.280
  • is infected and ruined
  • 00:21:02.030 --> 00:21:05.030
  • by the first sin.
  • 00:21:05.030 --> 00:21:07.080
  • It has become ours.
  • 00:21:07.080 --> 00:21:09.060
  • You came into the world totally
  • 00:21:09.060 --> 00:21:11.120
  • captive to this sin.
  • 00:21:11.120 --> 00:21:13.270
  • What's the essence of it?
  • 00:21:17.270 --> 00:21:20.270
  • What's the ultimate essence
  • 00:21:20.270 --> 00:21:22.030
  • of the first original,
  • 00:21:23.200 --> 00:21:26.200
  • world-infecting sin?
  • 00:21:28.170 --> 00:21:31.170
  • Satan said in verse 4 and 5,
  • 00:21:31.170 --> 00:21:34.080
  • "You will not surely die.
  • 00:21:34.080 --> 00:21:37.020
  • For God knows that when you eat
  • 00:21:37.020 --> 00:21:39.050
  • of it, your eyes will be opened,
  • 00:21:39.050 --> 00:21:41.100
  • and you will be like God,
  • 00:21:41.100 --> 00:21:43.220
  • knowing good and evil."
  • 00:21:45.000 --> 00:21:48.000
  • So what's the essence
  • 00:21:48.000 --> 00:21:48.210
  • of that temptation?
  • 00:21:48.210 --> 00:21:50.150
  • We don't have the essence
  • 00:21:50.150 --> 00:21:51.040
  • of evil yet.
  • 00:21:51.040 --> 00:21:51.180
  • What's the essence
  • 00:21:51.180 --> 00:21:52.070
  • of the temptation?
  • 00:21:52.070 --> 00:21:54.250
  • The essence of the temptation
  • 00:21:54.250 --> 00:21:56.110
  • is God is withholding from you
  • 00:21:57.260 --> 00:22:00.280
  • something really exciting.
  • 00:22:03.280 --> 00:22:06.280
  • That's the essence
  • 00:22:06.280 --> 00:22:08.150
  • of the original
  • 00:22:08.150 --> 00:22:10.010
  • humanity-ruining temptation.
  • 00:22:10.010 --> 00:22:12.270
  • It is the essence
  • 00:22:12.270 --> 00:22:14.140
  • of every temptation.
  • 00:22:14.210 --> 00:22:17.210
  • God is going to withhold from
  • 00:22:17.210 --> 00:22:20.070
  • you something really good,
  • 00:22:20.070 --> 00:22:22.260
  • really satisfying.
  • 00:22:22.260 --> 00:22:24.230
  • Now what's the essence
  • 00:22:24.230 --> 00:22:25.270
  • of the sin that follows?
  • 00:22:25.270 --> 00:22:28.180
  • You can see it yourself
  • 00:22:28.180 --> 00:22:30.120
  • in verse 6.
  • 00:22:30.120 --> 00:22:32.240
  • So watch the dynamic
  • 00:22:32.240 --> 00:22:35.240
  • of her and Adam's sin.
  • 00:22:39.070 --> 00:22:42.070
  • "So when the woman saw that the
  • 00:22:42.280 --> 00:22:45.280
  • tree was good for food," really?
  • 00:22:53.040 --> 00:22:56.040
  • "And a delight to the eyes,
  • 00:22:56.270 --> 00:22:59.270
  • and the tree was to be desired
  • 00:23:01.100 --> 00:23:04.100
  • to make one wise,
  • 00:23:04.100 --> 00:23:06.100
  • she took of its fruit and ate.
  • 00:23:06.100 --> 00:23:07.230
  • She gave some to her husband.
  • 00:23:07.230 --> 00:23:08.230
  • He ate."
  • 00:23:08.230 --> 00:23:11.050
  • Let me say those three things
  • 00:23:11.050 --> 00:23:12.060
  • again.
  • 00:23:12.060 --> 00:23:15.020
  • Watch what's happening in
  • 00:23:15.020 --> 00:23:16.020
  • the human heart that gives rise
  • 00:23:16.020 --> 00:23:17.150
  • to an act.
  • 00:23:18.130 --> 00:23:21.130
  • "This is really good food.
  • 00:23:21.180 --> 00:23:24.180
  • It's delicious and it's
  • 00:23:24.180 --> 00:23:26.030
  • nourishing, I could see it.
  • 00:23:26.030 --> 00:23:28.090
  • And you won't let me have it.
  • 00:23:28.240 --> 00:23:31.240
  • He won't let me have it.
  • 00:23:32.180 --> 00:23:35.180
  • This is beautiful.
  • 00:23:35.180 --> 00:23:36.260
  • It's a delight to my eyes.
  • 00:23:36.260 --> 00:23:39.130
  • God wants to keep me from it."
  • 00:23:40.070 --> 00:23:43.070
  • What's going on here?
  • 00:23:43.070 --> 00:23:44.280
  • This is wickedness.
  • 00:23:45.140 --> 00:23:48.140
  • This is the origin of all
  • 00:23:48.140 --> 00:23:50.180
  • wickedness in the world.
  • 00:23:50.200 --> 00:23:53.200
  • "He won't let me have it.
  • 00:23:53.200 --> 00:23:56.010
  • And it's good and it's
  • 00:23:56.010 --> 00:23:57.000
  • satisfying and really desirable
  • 00:24:00.040 --> 00:24:03.040
  • to make me wise."
  • 00:24:03.040 --> 00:24:04.190
  • So: delicious, delightful,
  • 00:24:04.190 --> 00:24:07.020
  • desirable, denied.
  • 00:24:11.030 --> 00:24:14.030
  • And they ate,
  • 00:24:14.030 --> 00:24:15.210
  • and what did that mean?
  • 00:24:18.090 --> 00:24:21.090
  • It meant,
  • 00:24:21.090 --> 00:24:22.100
  • "We will not be denied."
  • 00:24:25.010 --> 00:24:28.010
  • What we desire more than God.
  • 00:24:34.230 --> 00:24:37.230
  • So what was the essence of evil
  • 00:24:37.230 --> 00:24:40.070
  • as it began in the human race?
  • 00:24:41.130 --> 00:24:44.130
  • What was the essence
  • 00:24:44.130 --> 00:24:45.080
  • of the fall of humanity?
  • 00:24:45.240 --> 00:24:48.240
  • Was it the eating
  • 00:24:48.240 --> 00:24:50.210
  • of the forbidden fruit?
  • 00:24:51.050 --> 00:24:54.050
  • No.
  • 00:24:54.160 --> 00:24:57.160
  • What is eating?
  • 00:24:57.160 --> 00:25:00.060
  • Like, muscles in the jaw,
  • 00:25:00.160 --> 00:25:03.160
  • muscles in the throat,
  • 00:25:03.160 --> 00:25:05.130
  • teeth crunching
  • 00:25:05.130 --> 00:25:06.240
  • on an object of reality.
  • 00:25:06.240 --> 00:25:08.110
  • That's not the essence
  • 00:25:08.110 --> 00:25:09.030
  • of anything.
  • 00:25:09.030 --> 00:25:11.190
  • Muscles aren't the essence
  • 00:25:11.190 --> 00:25:12.200
  • of anything.
  • 00:25:14.000 --> 00:25:17.000
  • Human actions with arms and legs
  • 00:25:18.270 --> 00:25:21.270
  • aren't the essence of anything.
  • 00:25:21.270 --> 00:25:23.210
  • Kissing is good.
  • 00:25:25.260 --> 00:25:28.260
  • It is not the essence of love.
  • 00:25:30.210 --> 00:25:33.210
  • There is another kind.
  • 00:25:36.000 --> 00:25:39.000
  • Swallowing forbidden fruit
  • 00:25:39.010 --> 00:25:42.010
  • is bad, but it's not the essence
  • 00:25:43.150 --> 00:25:46.150
  • of what happened here.
  • 00:25:46.150 --> 00:25:49.150
  • You can see that.
  • 00:25:49.150 --> 00:25:51.110
  • The moral outrage, the horror
  • 00:25:51.270 --> 00:25:54.270
  • of what happened here
  • 00:25:54.270 --> 00:25:56.230
  • is that Adam and Eve desired,
  • 00:25:57.280 --> 00:26:01.000
  • desired, desired this fruit
  • 00:26:01.180 --> 00:26:04.180
  • more than God.
  • 00:26:04.220 --> 00:26:07.220
  • That's the essence of evil.
  • 00:26:07.220 --> 00:26:10.170
  • They delighted more in what
  • 00:26:10.170 --> 00:26:12.080
  • the fruit could be for them than
  • 00:26:12.080 --> 00:26:14.100
  • what God could be for them.
  • 00:26:14.100 --> 00:26:16.210
  • Eating was not the essence
  • 00:26:16.210 --> 00:26:19.160
  • of evil because before they ate,
  • 00:26:20.290 --> 00:26:23.290
  • they had already lost
  • 00:26:23.290 --> 00:26:25.030
  • their taste for God.
  • 00:26:25.030 --> 00:26:27.010
  • And that's the ultimate outrage
  • 00:26:27.010 --> 00:26:28.100
  • in the universe,
  • 00:26:28.100 --> 00:26:29.180
  • according to Jeremiah.
  • 00:26:29.180 --> 00:26:32.120
  • They preferred something else,
  • 00:26:32.120 --> 00:26:35.040
  • and that is the ultimate essence
  • 00:26:35.040 --> 00:26:36.210
  • of evil.
  • 00:26:36.210 --> 00:26:37.170
  • Now, somebody might say, I said
  • 00:26:37.170 --> 00:26:40.120
  • to myself, "Wait a minute,
  • 00:26:41.130 --> 00:26:44.130
  • isn't rebellion against God's
  • 00:26:45.280 --> 00:26:48.280
  • authority deeper and more primal
  • 00:26:51.250 --> 00:26:54.250
  • a problem than the preference
  • 00:26:56.010 --> 00:26:59.010
  • of fruit over God?
  • 00:27:01.110 --> 00:27:04.110
  • I've been taught they disobeyed,
  • 00:27:05.110 --> 00:27:08.110
  • period."
  • 00:27:08.290 --> 00:27:11.290
  • No.
  • 00:27:12.200 --> 00:27:15.200
  • Disobedience to the command of
  • 00:27:15.200 --> 00:27:17.080
  • God is not more basic, not more
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  • fundamental, not more ultimate
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  • than what they desired above
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  • God.
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  • And here's why I stress it: as
  • 00:27:29.200 --> 00:27:32.200
  • long as you see commandment
  • 00:27:33.080 --> 00:27:36.080
  • keeping as the essence of good
  • 00:27:36.150 --> 00:27:39.150
  • and commandment breaking as the
  • 00:27:39.150 --> 00:27:42.040
  • essence of evil, you will never
  • 00:27:42.040 --> 00:27:44.180
  • know why you do what you do.
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  • You will never know who you are.
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  • You will never see the greatness
  • 00:27:55.280 --> 00:27:57.050
  • of the majesty of God, you'll
  • 00:27:57.050 --> 00:27:58.240
  • never see the fullness of the
  • 00:27:58.240 --> 00:28:01.010
  • triumph of Christ, you'll never
  • 00:28:01.010 --> 00:28:02.160
  • know what the glory of the
  • 00:28:02.160 --> 00:28:04.220
  • Christian life is all about if
  • 00:28:04.220 --> 00:28:06.180
  • you have simply reduced evil
  • 00:28:06.180 --> 00:28:09.180
  • to commandment breaking and good
  • 00:28:09.180 --> 00:28:11.230
  • to commandment keeping.
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  • You didn't even--it's not the
  • 00:28:13.240 --> 00:28:16.240
  • essence, it's all result, it's
  • 00:28:16.240 --> 00:28:19.030
  • all overflow, it's all fruit
  • 00:28:19.030 --> 00:28:20.190
  • from this foul fountain of
  • 00:28:20.190 --> 00:28:23.190
  • preferring anything to God.
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  • Let's think of it this way,
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  • I want you to get this,
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  • obedience to God's commandments,
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  • delight in God's character.
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  • You got those two?
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  • Obedience to God's commandments
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  • and delight in God,
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  • God's character.
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  • Which of these
  • 00:28:44.220 --> 00:28:45.210
  • is more essential?
  • 00:28:46.240 --> 00:28:49.240
  • Which of these is at the root
  • 00:28:49.240 --> 00:28:51.130
  • of the other?
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  • God turned the delight in his
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  • character into a commandment.
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  • Psalm 37:4,
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  • "Delight yourself in the Lord."
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  • So now you've got a commandment
  • 00:29:13.200 --> 00:29:15.220
  • to feel this.
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  • God doesn't take neutral things
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  • or bad things and make them good
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  • by turning them into
  • 00:29:29.110 --> 00:29:30.150
  • commandments.
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  • By his very nature and his
  • 00:29:36.010 --> 00:29:38.220
  • supreme beauty and supreme
  • 00:29:38.220 --> 00:29:40.120
  • worth, it is right to delight in
  • 00:29:41.260 --> 00:29:44.260
  • him above all things, and that's
  • 00:29:44.260 --> 00:29:47.160
  • why it is a commandment.
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  • Jesus said the same thing.
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  • He who loves mother or father
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  • more than me is not worthy
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  • of me.
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  • He who loves son or daughter
  • 00:29:57.030 --> 00:29:58.100
  • more than me is not worthy
  • 00:29:58.100 --> 00:29:59.180
  • of me.
  • 00:29:59.180 --> 00:30:00.290
  • It's a command.
  • 00:30:00.290 --> 00:30:02.140
  • You must delight in God.
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  • You must delight in Jesus,
  • 00:30:04.170 --> 00:30:06.120
  • enjoy Jesus,
  • 00:30:06.120 --> 00:30:07.150
  • be satisfied in Jesus more than
  • 00:30:07.150 --> 00:30:09.170
  • you delight in anything.
  • 00:30:09.170 --> 00:30:10.270
  • That's a command.
  • 00:30:10.270 --> 00:30:12.030
  • Now, I asked you did God turn
  • 00:30:14.190 --> 00:30:17.190
  • the evil of preferring other
  • 00:30:18.220 --> 00:30:21.220
  • things to himself, did he turn
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  • that evil into evil by making it
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  • a commandment?
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  • No.
  • 00:30:29.030 --> 00:30:30.050
  • It was evil before there was any
  • 00:30:30.050 --> 00:30:32.110
  • commandment anywhere
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  • in the universe of any kind.
  • 00:30:33.200 --> 00:30:36.050
  • It was evil to prefer anything
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  • to God.
  • 00:30:38.200 --> 00:30:41.170
  • It just happens now to be
  • 00:30:41.170 --> 00:30:42.230
  • in the Bible for our help
  • 00:30:42.230 --> 00:30:44.250
  • that it's forbidden.
  • 00:30:44.250 --> 00:30:47.230
  • Paul put it like this,
  • 00:30:47.230 --> 00:30:49.130
  • Romans chapter 3, verse 20,
  • 00:30:49.130 --> 00:30:52.130
  • "Through the law comes
  • 00:30:52.130 --> 00:30:54.240
  • the knowledge of sin."
  • 00:30:59.150 --> 00:31:02.170
  • So, the law doesn't make sin
  • 00:31:04.110 --> 00:31:07.110
  • sin.
  • 00:31:07.110 --> 00:31:09.120
  • It's there, in you, in me.
  • 00:31:09.240 --> 00:31:12.240
  • It's in our desires.
  • 00:31:13.060 --> 00:31:16.060
  • I want other things
  • 00:31:16.060 --> 00:31:18.080
  • more than God.
  • 00:31:18.080 --> 00:31:19.260
  • I enjoy other people
  • 00:31:19.260 --> 00:31:22.040
  • more than God.
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  • That's the ultimate essence
  • 00:31:23.210 --> 00:31:25.130
  • of evil.
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  • It gives rise
  • 00:31:28.140 --> 00:31:29.080
  • to everything evil.
  • 00:31:32.250 --> 00:31:35.250
  • One more text to test whether
  • 00:31:35.250 --> 00:31:37.100
  • we're on the right track.
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  • Romans chapter 3
  • 00:31:38.280 --> 00:31:40.200
  • and Romans chapter 1,
  • 00:31:40.200 --> 00:31:42.210
  • very familiar verse in
  • 00:31:42.210 --> 00:31:43.220
  • Romans 3:23,
  • 00:31:48.260 --> 00:31:51.260
  • "All have sinned and
  • 00:31:51.260 --> 00:31:53.290
  • fall short of the glory of God."
  • 00:31:55.160 --> 00:31:58.160
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:31:59.060 --> 00:32:02.080
  • Well, let's just take
  • 00:32:02.080 --> 00:32:03.010
  • the most obvious.
  • 00:32:03.010 --> 00:32:04.130
  • Paul defines sin, or evil, not
  • 00:32:05.170 --> 00:32:08.170
  • in relationship to people, but
  • 00:32:08.170 --> 00:32:10.280
  • in relationship to God, right?
  • 00:32:10.280 --> 00:32:13.190
  • That's his stance on
  • 00:32:13.190 --> 00:32:14.140
  • the face of it.
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  • "All have sinned and fall short
  • 00:32:17.010 --> 00:32:20.010
  • of God's glory."
  • 00:32:20.160 --> 00:32:23.160
  • Now, sin hurts people.
  • 00:32:23.160 --> 00:32:26.030
  • It destroys people.
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  • It' destroying the world.
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  • That's not the essence of sin.
  • 00:32:34.030 --> 00:32:37.030
  • Far worse and far deeper is that
  • 00:32:39.110 --> 00:32:42.110
  • there is a preference for us
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  • and what we want more than
  • 00:32:46.050 --> 00:32:49.050
  • we want God.
  • 00:32:50.040 --> 00:32:53.040
  • Now, I'm--is that a right
  • 00:32:53.220 --> 00:32:56.220
  • interpretation of chapter 3,
  • 00:32:57.080 --> 00:33:00.100
  • verse 23 of Romans?
  • 00:33:00.100 --> 00:33:03.070
  • "All have sinned and fall short
  • 00:33:03.070 --> 00:33:06.060
  • of the glory of God."
  • 00:33:06.060 --> 00:33:07.030
  • What does "fall short" mean?
  • 00:33:09.280 --> 00:33:12.280
  • I think the best explanation of
  • 00:33:13.000 --> 00:33:16.000
  • Romans 3:23 is Romans 1:23.
  • 00:33:17.280 --> 00:33:20.280
  • Easy to remember.
  • 00:33:20.280 --> 00:33:22.030
  • 1:23 defines 3:23.
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  • So I want to read verses 21
  • 00:33:24.260 --> 00:33:27.050
  • to 23 of Romans 1.
  • 00:33:27.050 --> 00:33:29.160
  • You watch for the explanation.
  • 00:33:30.030 --> 00:33:33.030
  • "Although they knew God,"
  • 00:33:33.030 --> 00:33:35.110
  • this is talking about everybody
  • 00:33:35.110 --> 00:33:36.270
  • everywhere in the world,
  • 00:33:36.270 --> 00:33:38.080
  • "Although they knew God, they
  • 00:33:38.080 --> 00:33:39.130
  • did not glorify him as God or
  • 00:33:39.130 --> 00:33:41.180
  • give thanks to him, but they
  • 00:33:41.180 --> 00:33:43.060
  • became futile in their thinking
  • 00:33:43.060 --> 00:33:45.060
  • and their foolish hearts
  • 00:33:45.060 --> 00:33:45.280
  • were dark.
  • 00:33:45.280 --> 00:33:46.280
  • And, claiming to be wise,
  • 00:33:46.280 --> 00:33:47.260
  • they became fools and," here it
  • 00:33:47.260 --> 00:33:49.200
  • comes, "exchange," this should
  • 00:33:49.200 --> 00:33:52.200
  • remind you of Jeremiah 13:11--
  • 00:33:53.180 --> 00:33:56.180
  • or chapter 2, verse 11.
  • 00:33:56.180 --> 00:33:58.220
  • "They exchanged the glory
  • 00:33:58.220 --> 00:34:01.050
  • of the immortal God for images
  • 00:34:01.210 --> 00:34:04.210
  • resembling mortal man and birds,
  • 00:34:04.210 --> 00:34:06.150
  • animals, creeping things."
  • 00:34:06.210 --> 00:34:09.210
  • So the darkness of evil is seen
  • 00:34:10.020 --> 00:34:13.020
  • here in the exchange.
  • 00:34:13.150 --> 00:34:16.150
  • So I've got the glory of God
  • 00:34:16.150 --> 00:34:18.020
  • as my treasure possibly, and
  • 00:34:20.260 --> 00:34:23.260
  • I contemplate its worth: beauty,
  • 00:34:24.090 --> 00:34:27.090
  • value, satisfying qualities,
  • 00:34:27.090 --> 00:34:30.010
  • and I say, "No.
  • 00:34:30.070 --> 00:34:33.070
  • Trade it.
  • 00:34:33.070 --> 00:34:34.080
  • Exchange it for what he's made.
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  • Anything, anything he made.
  • 00:34:37.120 --> 00:34:39.070
  • Anything good, anything evil,
  • 00:34:39.070 --> 00:34:40.270
  • just as long as it's not him."
  • 00:34:43.090 --> 00:34:46.090
  • When chapter 3, verse 23 says,
  • 00:34:47.200 --> 00:34:50.200
  • "All have sinned and fall short
  • 00:34:51.110 --> 00:34:54.110
  • of the glory of God," I think it
  • 00:34:54.110 --> 00:34:55.120
  • means fall short of treasuring
  • 00:34:55.120 --> 00:34:57.180
  • the glory of God according to
  • 00:34:57.180 --> 00:34:59.080
  • its worth, 'cause that's
  • 00:34:59.080 --> 00:35:00.270
  • what 1:23 says we do.
  • 00:35:03.070 --> 00:35:06.070
  • So you are all offered,
  • 00:35:06.070 --> 00:35:08.130
  • you come into a world radiant
  • 00:35:08.130 --> 00:35:10.150
  • with the glory of God.
  • 00:35:10.150 --> 00:35:12.160
  • The heavens are telling
  • 00:35:12.160 --> 00:35:13.190
  • the glory of God.
  • 00:35:13.190 --> 00:35:15.060
  • You come into church services
  • 00:35:15.060 --> 00:35:16.210
  • that lift up Jesus Christ
  • 00:35:16.210 --> 00:35:18.240
  • as supremely glorious.
  • 00:35:18.240 --> 00:35:21.200
  • And the ultimate essence of evil
  • 00:35:21.200 --> 00:35:23.170
  • is that you taste it and go out
  • 00:35:23.170 --> 00:35:26.130
  • preferring other things.
  • 00:35:27.210 --> 00:35:30.210
  • That's the ultimate essence
  • 00:35:30.210 --> 00:35:32.030
  • of evil.
  • 00:35:32.030 --> 00:35:34.220
  • So here's my conclusion:
  • 00:35:34.220 --> 00:35:37.130
  • the ultimate essence of sin
  • 00:35:37.130 --> 00:35:39.030
  • in Romans 1 is the failure to
  • 00:35:39.030 --> 00:35:41.140
  • treasure the glory of God above
  • 00:35:41.140 --> 00:35:43.000
  • everything.
  • 00:35:45.170 --> 00:35:48.170
  • The essence of evil
  • 00:35:48.170 --> 00:35:49.120
  • in Jeremiah 2
  • 00:35:49.120 --> 00:35:51.220
  • is the failure to find
  • 00:35:51.220 --> 00:35:53.200
  • the fountain of living water
  • 00:35:54.030 --> 00:35:57.030
  • supremely satisfying.
  • 00:35:57.110 --> 00:36:00.130
  • The ultimate essence of evil
  • 00:36:00.140 --> 00:36:03.140
  • in the garden of Eden
  • 00:36:03.140 --> 00:36:04.260
  • was not eating the fruit.
  • 00:36:05.090 --> 00:36:08.090
  • They had gone down before that.
  • 00:36:09.230 --> 00:36:12.230
  • It's the loss of taste for God
  • 00:36:13.110 --> 00:36:16.110
  • as the all-supplying life
  • 00:36:16.110 --> 00:36:19.010
  • and joy and the preference
  • 00:36:19.010 --> 00:36:21.040
  • for what this tree can give me.
  • 00:36:22.030 --> 00:36:25.030
  • I want that more than
  • 00:36:25.030 --> 00:36:26.140
  • I want him.
  • 00:36:26.140 --> 00:36:28.050
  • That's the ultimate essence of
  • 00:36:28.050 --> 00:36:30.170
  • evil, period, unless I don't
  • 00:36:30.270 --> 00:36:33.270
  • understand the Bible at all.
  • 00:36:36.190 --> 00:36:39.190
  • Now, you have to come to terms
  • 00:36:39.190 --> 00:36:40.110
  • right now with whether you agree
  • 00:36:40.110 --> 00:36:42.210
  • with those three expositions
  • 00:36:42.210 --> 00:36:45.200
  • 'cause this is huge.
  • 00:36:45.200 --> 00:36:47.170
  • This is absolutely huge.
  • 00:36:47.280 --> 00:36:50.280
  • So here we go with our closing
  • 00:36:50.280 --> 00:36:52.150
  • three applications.
  • 00:36:52.150 --> 00:36:54.250
  • I argued, I said the reason I'm
  • 00:36:54.250 --> 00:36:57.220
  • talking about this at Passion is
  • 00:36:57.220 --> 00:37:00.070
  • because until you see and hate
  • 00:37:00.070 --> 00:37:02.100
  • that the ultimate essence of
  • 00:37:03.230 --> 00:37:06.230
  • evil in your life is preferring
  • 00:37:06.230 --> 00:37:09.020
  • anything to God.
  • 00:37:09.020 --> 00:37:10.010
  • Until you see that and get up in
  • 00:37:10.010 --> 00:37:11.230
  • the morning hating it, going to
  • 00:37:11.230 --> 00:37:13.040
  • bed hating it, you will
  • 00:37:16.000 --> 00:37:19.000
  • dumb-down the majesty of God,
  • 00:37:19.000 --> 00:37:21.200
  • you will diminish the triumph
  • 00:37:21.200 --> 00:37:22.270
  • of Christ, and you will gut the
  • 00:37:22.270 --> 00:37:25.150
  • Christian life of its glory.
  • 00:37:25.150 --> 00:37:27.110
  • So let's just take those one
  • 00:37:27.110 --> 00:37:28.090
  • at a time and say, "Why?
  • 00:37:28.090 --> 00:37:29.220
  • Why?
  • 00:37:29.220 --> 00:37:30.090
  • Why does that work?
  • 00:37:30.090 --> 00:37:31.080
  • Why does failing to see and hate
  • 00:37:31.080 --> 00:37:34.020
  • the essence of evil result
  • 00:37:34.020 --> 00:37:36.280
  • in not magnifying God?"
  • 00:37:37.060 --> 00:37:40.060
  • Number one: because the
  • 00:37:40.200 --> 00:37:43.200
  • greatness of God's majesty is
  • 00:37:43.200 --> 00:37:46.160
  • magnified not in hollow efforts
  • 00:37:49.070 --> 00:37:52.070
  • to keep commandments.
  • 00:37:52.070 --> 00:37:54.210
  • Every religion does that.
  • 00:37:54.210 --> 00:37:57.070
  • That doesn't make God look
  • 00:37:57.070 --> 00:37:58.110
  • great, it makes you look moral.
  • 00:38:02.140 --> 00:38:05.140
  • Rather, the greatness of God's
  • 00:38:05.140 --> 00:38:07.290
  • majesty is exalted when you are
  • 00:38:13.020 --> 00:38:16.020
  • satisfied in him more than
  • 00:38:16.020 --> 00:38:18.090
  • anything, especially
  • 00:38:18.090 --> 00:38:19.290
  • when you're suffering.
  • 00:38:21.210 --> 00:38:24.210
  • So my point here is you'll never
  • 00:38:24.220 --> 00:38:27.220
  • feel this.
  • 00:38:27.220 --> 00:38:28.240
  • You will never devote your life
  • 00:38:29.020 --> 00:38:32.020
  • to magnifying God by being
  • 00:38:32.020 --> 00:38:34.000
  • satisfied in God until you see
  • 00:38:34.000 --> 00:38:36.000
  • that the ultimate essence
  • 00:38:36.000 --> 00:38:38.030
  • of evil is the failure to be
  • 00:38:38.030 --> 00:38:40.150
  • satisfied in God.
  • 00:38:41.060 --> 00:38:44.060
  • I just wonder, how many of you
  • 00:38:44.060 --> 00:38:46.270
  • try to be good without
  • 00:38:47.230 --> 00:38:50.230
  • any attention to this?
  • 00:38:51.030 --> 00:38:54.030
  • Like, you're fighting the battle
  • 00:38:54.030 --> 00:38:56.010
  • at the level of deeds
  • 00:38:56.090 --> 00:38:59.090
  • all the time.
  • 00:38:59.090 --> 00:39:01.250
  • Well, you're not supposed to do
  • 00:39:01.250 --> 00:39:02.280
  • that, or you should be doing
  • 00:39:02.280 --> 00:39:03.270
  • that, or more of that,
  • 00:39:03.270 --> 00:39:04.240
  • or less of that.
  • 00:39:04.240 --> 00:39:05.210
  • Like, Satan is laughing up his
  • 00:39:07.070 --> 00:39:10.070
  • sleeve that you are fighting on
  • 00:39:10.070 --> 00:39:13.060
  • a front that can never succeed.
  • 00:39:14.120 --> 00:39:17.120
  • The battle is here,
  • 00:39:17.270 --> 00:39:20.270
  • really deep here.
  • 00:39:20.270 --> 00:39:23.030
  • What do you love,
  • 00:39:23.030 --> 00:39:24.250
  • what do you cherish,
  • 00:39:24.250 --> 00:39:25.270
  • what are you satisfied by?
  • 00:39:25.270 --> 00:39:27.290
  • Are you fighting that battle?
  • 00:39:27.290 --> 00:39:30.000
  • That's the battle that gives
  • 00:39:30.000 --> 00:39:31.270
  • rise then to all that's good
  • 00:39:31.270 --> 00:39:34.090
  • and kills all that's evil.
  • 00:39:35.230 --> 00:39:38.230
  • So, the reason at Passion
  • 00:39:38.230 --> 00:39:41.140
  • I'm talking about the ultimate
  • 00:39:41.140 --> 00:39:42.200
  • essence of evil is because
  • 00:39:42.200 --> 00:39:43.240
  • Passion is about the majesty
  • 00:39:43.240 --> 00:39:45.260
  • of God, and you will never make
  • 00:39:46.010 --> 00:39:49.010
  • much of the majesty of God
  • 00:39:49.010 --> 00:39:50.230
  • until you know and hate that
  • 00:39:50.230 --> 00:39:53.020
  • the ultimate essence of evil is
  • 00:39:53.020 --> 00:39:55.130
  • preferring anything to God.
  • 00:39:56.130 --> 00:39:59.130
  • What do I mean by--if you don't
  • 00:40:00.230 --> 00:40:03.230
  • see and hate the ultimate
  • 00:40:03.230 --> 00:40:06.180
  • essence of evil as preferring
  • 00:40:06.180 --> 00:40:08.130
  • anything above God, if you don't
  • 00:40:08.130 --> 00:40:10.090
  • see and hate that, you will gut
  • 00:40:10.150 --> 00:40:13.150
  • the Christian life of its glory,
  • 00:40:14.060 --> 00:40:17.060
  • everything that makes the
  • 00:40:17.060 --> 00:40:18.000
  • Christian life beautiful to God,
  • 00:40:18.000 --> 00:40:20.290
  • pleasing to God,
  • 00:40:20.290 --> 00:40:23.190
  • truly beautiful in the world.
  • 00:40:23.190 --> 00:40:26.160
  • One of the things I love about
  • 00:40:26.160 --> 00:40:27.120
  • Passion is it celebrates a
  • 00:40:27.120 --> 00:40:29.120
  • majestic, holy, glorious, just,
  • 00:40:30.270 --> 00:40:33.270
  • beautiful God and his Son
  • 00:40:35.070 --> 00:40:38.070
  • by the Spirit.
  • 00:40:38.090 --> 00:40:41.090
  • And then it works its way out in
  • 00:40:41.090 --> 00:40:42.190
  • the lyrics of the songs and in
  • 00:40:42.190 --> 00:40:44.100
  • various projects to a world that
  • 00:40:44.100 --> 00:40:47.080
  • is blind to that, and you become
  • 00:40:47.080 --> 00:40:49.250
  • the sight, works it out.
  • 00:40:49.270 --> 00:40:52.270
  • That's what I'm talking about.
  • 00:40:52.270 --> 00:40:55.210
  • Why is it that you cannot be
  • 00:40:58.230 --> 00:41:01.250
  • that kind of Christian until
  • 00:41:01.250 --> 00:41:04.120
  • you see and hate the glory
  • 00:41:04.120 --> 00:41:07.000
  • or the ultimate essence of evil?
  • 00:41:10.240 --> 00:41:13.240
  • There is enormous pressure
  • 00:41:13.240 --> 00:41:15.150
  • on you today, all of us,
  • 00:41:15.180 --> 00:41:18.180
  • but you are a media saturated
  • 00:41:18.180 --> 00:41:21.160
  • generation.
  • 00:41:21.160 --> 00:41:22.100
  • There is immediate,
  • 00:41:22.100 --> 00:41:23.210
  • there's enormous pressure
  • 00:41:23.210 --> 00:41:25.250
  • on you to think of the good.
  • 00:41:26.240 --> 00:41:29.240
  • Just check and see
  • 00:41:29.240 --> 00:41:30.150
  • if this is true.
  • 00:41:30.150 --> 00:41:32.140
  • To think of good, good,
  • 00:41:32.140 --> 00:41:34.110
  • opposite of evil.
  • 00:41:34.110 --> 00:41:35.030
  • Think of good in ways that have
  • 00:41:35.030 --> 00:41:37.210
  • nothing to do with God.
  • 00:41:39.060 --> 00:41:42.060
  • Just think now, "Okay, I call
  • 00:41:42.060 --> 00:41:43.120
  • that good, I call that good,
  • 00:41:43.120 --> 00:41:44.050
  • I call that good,"
  • 00:41:44.050 --> 00:41:45.150
  • and God never even in your mind
  • 00:41:45.150 --> 00:41:46.140
  • when you say it.
  • 00:41:46.140 --> 00:41:48.270
  • And so does the world.
  • 00:41:49.040 --> 00:41:52.040
  • So you can strip God out,
  • 00:41:52.040 --> 00:41:53.210
  • strip the Son of God out, strip
  • 00:41:53.210 --> 00:41:55.090
  • a heart out that is dependent
  • 00:41:55.090 --> 00:41:58.090
  • on God and delighting in God,
  • 00:41:58.090 --> 00:42:00.050
  • just strip all that out
  • 00:42:00.050 --> 00:42:01.020
  • and still have good.
  • 00:42:02.030 --> 00:42:05.030
  • Listen to what Paul said in
  • 00:42:05.030 --> 00:42:06.190
  • Romans 14:23, "Whatever does not
  • 00:42:08.080 --> 00:42:11.080
  • proceed from faith is sin."
  • 00:42:14.010 --> 00:42:17.010
  • That's devastating for everybody
  • 00:42:17.010 --> 00:42:19.150
  • in the world.
  • 00:42:19.150 --> 00:42:20.220
  • Whatever action,
  • 00:42:20.220 --> 00:42:23.010
  • whatever attitude does not
  • 00:42:23.180 --> 00:42:26.180
  • proceed from faith is sin.
  • 00:42:27.110 --> 00:42:30.110
  • Here's the way Hebrews put it,
  • 00:42:30.110 --> 00:42:31.280
  • chapter 11 verse 6,
  • 00:42:31.280 --> 00:42:34.000
  • "Without faith, it is impossible
  • 00:42:34.290 --> 00:42:37.290
  • to please to God."
  • 00:42:40.250 --> 00:42:43.250
  • So I'm, on this last point,
  • 00:42:43.250 --> 00:42:46.100
  • asking, okay, what's the glory
  • 00:42:46.240 --> 00:42:49.240
  • of the Christian life?
  • 00:42:50.290 --> 00:42:53.290
  • And Paul in Hebrews, Paul
  • 00:42:53.290 --> 00:42:56.160
  • and the writer to the Hebrews,
  • 00:42:56.160 --> 00:42:58.290
  • are saying, "Your life is just
  • 00:43:00.160 --> 00:43:03.160
  • sin and your life is just
  • 00:43:03.160 --> 00:43:06.010
  • displeasing to God
  • 00:43:06.010 --> 00:43:08.290
  • unless there's faith, that is,
  • 00:43:08.290 --> 00:43:11.200
  • unless there's the embrace
  • 00:43:11.200 --> 00:43:12.290
  • of God as supremely valuable."
  • 00:43:15.050 --> 00:43:18.050
  • Don't reduce faith to
  • 00:43:18.050 --> 00:43:19.050
  • affirmations of sentences that
  • 00:43:19.050 --> 00:43:21.040
  • Satan himself knows are true.
  • 00:43:22.190 --> 00:43:25.190
  • Faith is the reception and the
  • 00:43:25.190 --> 00:43:27.290
  • embrace of all that God is
  • 00:43:27.290 --> 00:43:29.270
  • for us in Jesus with a restful
  • 00:43:30.210 --> 00:43:33.210
  • contentment and joy
  • 00:43:33.210 --> 00:43:35.110
  • that he is it.
  • 00:43:35.170 --> 00:43:38.170
  • And Paul says and Hebrews says
  • 00:43:38.170 --> 00:43:41.020
  • where that is not happening,
  • 00:43:41.020 --> 00:43:43.190
  • life is evil, sin.
  • 00:43:48.000 --> 00:43:51.000
  • That's as radical
  • 00:43:51.000 --> 00:43:52.100
  • as you can get.
  • 00:43:52.150 --> 00:43:55.150
  • Most of you probably
  • 00:43:55.190 --> 00:43:58.190
  • don't believe that.
  • 00:44:00.040 --> 00:44:03.040
  • Without faith,
  • 00:44:03.040 --> 00:44:05.090
  • you cannot please God.
  • 00:44:07.130 --> 00:44:10.130
  • What was the ultimate essence
  • 00:44:10.130 --> 00:44:11.270
  • of the Pharisees?
  • 00:44:11.270 --> 00:44:14.000
  • Sin.
  • 00:44:14.000 --> 00:44:16.190
  • They devoured widows' houses,
  • 00:44:16.190 --> 00:44:19.110
  • they despised sinners,
  • 00:44:19.110 --> 00:44:21.170
  • they distorted the law, they
  • 00:44:21.170 --> 00:44:23.160
  • exploited the poor, they felt no
  • 00:44:23.160 --> 00:44:25.130
  • mercy, they neglected justice,
  • 00:44:25.150 --> 00:44:28.150
  • they murdered God's Son.
  • 00:44:28.150 --> 00:44:31.110
  • Is that the essence
  • 00:44:31.110 --> 00:44:32.040
  • of their evil?
  • 00:44:32.040 --> 00:44:33.130
  • No.
  • 00:44:33.130 --> 00:44:36.110
  • The essence of their evil is
  • 00:44:36.110 --> 00:44:37.140
  • that they loved money.
  • 00:44:38.230 --> 00:44:41.230
  • It says so in Luke 16:14.
  • 00:44:41.250 --> 00:44:44.250
  • And secondly, they loved
  • 00:44:44.250 --> 00:44:47.060
  • the praise of man.
  • 00:44:47.230 --> 00:44:50.230
  • And out of that cesspool of
  • 00:44:50.230 --> 00:44:52.230
  • preferring the praise of man and
  • 00:44:52.230 --> 00:44:54.200
  • what money can buy, preferring
  • 00:44:54.200 --> 00:44:56.090
  • all that to the God of grace,
  • 00:44:56.090 --> 00:44:58.200
  • everything evil came out of
  • 00:44:58.200 --> 00:45:00.120
  • their lives, which we hate.
  • 00:45:00.120 --> 00:45:02.220
  • But now, will we, as I end this,
  • 00:45:02.220 --> 00:45:05.000
  • will we go down?
  • 00:45:05.000 --> 00:45:07.250
  • Will you go down in your heart?
  • 00:45:08.060 --> 00:45:11.060
  • Will you get at the root of what
  • 00:45:11.200 --> 00:45:14.200
  • the ultimate essence
  • 00:45:14.200 --> 00:45:15.240
  • of your evil is?
  • 00:45:15.240 --> 00:45:17.190
  • So I'm gonna close
  • 00:45:17.190 --> 00:45:19.040
  • with a summary.
  • 00:45:19.040 --> 00:45:21.030
  • The ultimate essence of evil
  • 00:45:21.030 --> 00:45:23.020
  • is the loss of taste for God as
  • 00:45:24.250 --> 00:45:27.250
  • our all-satisfying life and joy.
  • 00:45:28.250 --> 00:45:31.250
  • Or, flip the coin over, the
  • 00:45:31.250 --> 00:45:34.060
  • ultimate essence of evil is a
  • 00:45:34.060 --> 00:45:36.180
  • preference for other things,
  • 00:45:36.240 --> 00:45:39.240
  • other people, anything created,
  • 00:45:41.050 --> 00:45:44.050
  • more than God.
  • 00:45:44.050 --> 00:45:45.070
  • That's the ultimate essence
  • 00:45:45.070 --> 00:45:46.200
  • of evil biblically.
  • 00:45:47.240 --> 00:45:50.240
  • So I'm pleading with you to set
  • 00:45:50.240 --> 00:45:53.130
  • your face like flint against
  • 00:45:56.080 --> 00:45:59.080
  • that ultimate essence of evil.
  • 00:45:59.080 --> 00:46:01.150
  • I want you to know and hate
  • 00:46:01.150 --> 00:46:04.060
  • that about yourself and about
  • 00:46:04.060 --> 00:46:06.040
  • the world, about me.
  • 00:46:08.040 --> 00:46:11.040
  • And I want you, and I'm asking
  • 00:46:11.040 --> 00:46:12.270
  • you, I'm pleading with you, I'm
  • 00:46:12.270 --> 00:46:14.000
  • gonna pray for you that you'll
  • 00:46:14.000 --> 00:46:15.160
  • spend the rest of your life
  • 00:46:15.160 --> 00:46:17.160
  • growing in the blood-bought
  • 00:46:17.200 --> 00:46:20.200
  • ecstasy of treasuring God
  • 00:46:20.220 --> 00:46:23.220
  • above all things.
  • 00:46:25.280 --> 00:46:28.280
  • So hate the essence of evil in
  • 00:46:28.280 --> 00:46:31.210
  • your heart and give yourself to
  • 00:46:31.210 --> 00:46:34.130
  • going to Christ and embracing,
  • 00:46:36.150 --> 00:46:39.150
  • embracing the alternative
  • 00:46:40.160 --> 00:46:43.160
  • to the ultimate essence of evil,
  • 00:46:43.160 --> 00:46:45.050
  • namely, "I will find my treasure
  • 00:46:46.060 --> 00:46:49.060
  • in Christ above all things."
  • 00:46:49.080 --> 00:46:52.080
  • And if you do that, then the
  • 00:46:52.080 --> 00:46:54.060
  • majesty of God will be magnified
  • 00:46:54.060 --> 00:46:56.290
  • in your joy in God.
  • 00:46:56.290 --> 00:46:59.180
  • And if you do that, the real
  • 00:46:59.180 --> 00:47:02.110
  • ultimate triumph of Christ in
  • 00:47:02.110 --> 00:47:05.000
  • his death and resurrection will
  • 00:47:05.000 --> 00:47:07.250
  • not be diminished, but made much
  • 00:47:07.250 --> 00:47:10.020
  • of as it comes to fulfillment in
  • 00:47:10.020 --> 00:47:12.040
  • your joy in God's presence.
  • 00:47:12.040 --> 00:47:15.030
  • And your life, your human life
  • 00:47:15.280 --> 00:47:18.280
  • will shine in the world with a
  • 00:47:19.130 --> 00:47:22.130
  • On the hill of Calvary
  • 00:47:42.120 --> 00:47:45.120
  • The light of all the world
  • 00:47:46.290 --> 00:47:49.290
  • With the world
  • 00:47:49.290 --> 00:47:50.280
  • on his shoulders
  • 00:47:52.090 --> 00:47:55.090
  • The weight of all our shame
  • 00:47:55.090 --> 00:47:58.090
  • On him who knew no sin
  • 00:48:00.080 --> 00:48:03.080
  • A holy surrender
  • 00:48:05.070 --> 00:48:08.070
  • The sky went dark
  • 00:48:08.120 --> 00:48:11.120
  • The angels wept
  • 00:48:11.220 --> 00:48:14.220
  • The Father looked away
  • 00:48:17.250 --> 00:48:20.250
  • The final breath
  • 00:48:21.020 --> 00:48:24.020
  • He bowed his head
  • 00:48:24.210 --> 00:48:27.210
  • The Lamb of God was slain
  • 00:48:28.240 --> 00:48:31.240
  • By his wounds
  • 00:48:31.240 --> 00:48:33.090
  • I am set free
  • 00:48:35.010 --> 00:48:38.010
  • By his blood
  • 00:48:38.010 --> 00:48:39.260
  • I've been redeemed
  • 00:48:41.110 --> 00:48:44.110
  • The great divide
  • 00:48:44.110 --> 00:48:46.110
  • he crossed for me
  • 00:48:47.090 --> 00:48:50.090
  • Oh praise the God
  • 00:48:50.090 --> 00:48:52.230
  • On the hill of Calvary
  • 00:49:09.220 --> 00:49:12.190
  • Into the Father's hands
  • 00:49:14.230 --> 00:49:17.230
  • A holy surrender
  • 00:49:19.240 --> 00:49:22.240
  • A borrowed tomb
  • 00:49:22.240 --> 00:49:25.200
  • His mother wept
  • 00:49:26.080 --> 00:49:29.080
  • And there his body lay
  • 00:49:32.200 --> 00:49:35.200
  • The stone was moved
  • 00:49:35.210 --> 00:49:38.210
  • He conquered death
  • 00:49:38.240 --> 00:49:41.240
  • And rose from the grave
  • 00:49:43.100 --> 00:49:46.100
  • By his wounds I am set free
  • 00:49:49.180 --> 00:49:52.180
  • By his blood
  • 00:49:52.180 --> 00:49:54.100
  • I've been redeemed
  • 00:49:55.260 --> 00:49:58.260
  • The great divide
  • 00:49:58.260 --> 00:50:01.150
  • he crossed for me
  • 00:50:02.000 --> 00:50:05.000
  • Oh praise the God
  • 00:50:05.000 --> 00:50:07.110
  • of Calvary
  • 00:50:09.070 --> 00:50:12.070
  • And if I never
  • 00:50:12.070 --> 00:50:14.150
  • Never lose sight
  • 00:50:14.150 --> 00:50:16.280
  • of this place
  • 00:50:16.280 --> 00:50:18.250
  • I will never
  • 00:50:18.250 --> 00:50:20.230
  • Never lose sight
  • 00:50:20.230 --> 00:50:23.010
  • of your grace
  • 00:50:23.010 --> 00:50:25.050
  • The cross is all
  • 00:50:25.050 --> 00:50:27.270
  • All I need to see
  • 00:50:27.280 --> 00:50:30.280
  • Oh praise the God
  • 00:50:30.280 --> 00:50:33.080
  • of Calvary
  • 00:50:35.030 --> 00:50:38.030
  • And if I never
  • 00:50:38.030 --> 00:50:40.120
  • Never lose sight
  • 00:50:40.120 --> 00:50:42.210
  • of this place
  • 00:50:42.210 --> 00:50:44.150
  • I will never
  • 00:50:44.150 --> 00:50:46.230
  • Never lose sight
  • 00:50:46.230 --> 00:50:48.200
  • of your grace
  • 00:50:48.200 --> 00:50:50.280
  • The cross is all
  • 00:50:50.280 --> 00:50:53.170
  • All I need to see
  • 00:50:54.000 --> 00:50:57.000
  • Oh praise the God
  • 00:50:57.000 --> 00:50:59.050
  • - John: What I want to do is
  • 00:51:08.210 --> 00:51:09.290
  • help people understand what is
  • 00:51:09.290 --> 00:51:12.220
  • the ultimate essence of evil.
  • 00:51:15.100 --> 00:51:18.100
  • Which, on the face of it, sounds
  • 00:51:18.100 --> 00:51:19.150
  • negative, but in fact, if we can
  • 00:51:19.170 --> 00:51:22.170
  • grasp what is the ultimate
  • 00:51:22.170 --> 00:51:24.170
  • essence of evil, we will make
  • 00:51:24.280 --> 00:51:27.280
  • more of the majesty of God,
  • 00:51:27.280 --> 00:51:30.130
  • we will celebrate the triumph
  • 00:51:30.130 --> 00:51:32.190
  • of Christ for all it's worth,
  • 00:51:32.190 --> 00:51:34.270
  • and we will see
  • 00:51:34.270 --> 00:51:36.000
  • the glory of human life.
  • 00:51:36.150 --> 00:51:39.150
  • And the way I go about answering
  • 00:51:39.150 --> 00:51:40.290
  • questions like that, which are
  • 00:51:40.290 --> 00:51:42.080
  • way beyond my ability to answer,
  • 00:51:42.080 --> 00:51:44.120
  • is to go to the Bible
  • 00:51:44.120 --> 00:51:45.230
  • and I look at three texts.
  • 00:51:45.230 --> 00:51:47.180
  • I look at Jeremiah chapter 2,
  • 00:51:47.180 --> 00:51:50.030
  • verse 13, where it says,
  • 00:51:50.030 --> 00:51:52.100
  • "My people have committed
  • 00:51:52.100 --> 00:51:53.170
  • two evils:
  • 00:51:53.170 --> 00:51:54.180
  • they have forsaken me,
  • 00:51:54.180 --> 00:51:55.280
  • the fountain of living waters,
  • 00:51:55.280 --> 00:51:57.120
  • and have hewed out, dug out
  • 00:51:57.120 --> 00:51:59.100
  • for themselves broken cisterns
  • 00:51:59.100 --> 00:52:01.090
  • that can hold now water."
  • 00:52:01.090 --> 00:52:02.280
  • In other words, evil is losing a
  • 00:52:02.280 --> 00:52:05.130
  • taste for God as all-satisfying
  • 00:52:05.220 --> 00:52:08.220
  • so that we turn away from him
  • 00:52:08.220 --> 00:52:09.220
  • as the fountain
  • 00:52:09.220 --> 00:52:10.190
  • and try to dig up alternatives.
  • 00:52:10.190 --> 00:52:12.200
  • So that's Jeremiah.
  • 00:52:12.200 --> 00:52:13.230
  • Then I went to Genesis chapter 3
  • 00:52:13.230 --> 00:52:16.170
  • where Adam and Eve are tempted
  • 00:52:16.170 --> 00:52:18.220
  • by the devil because he looks
  • 00:52:18.220 --> 00:52:21.030
  • like he's holding--God is
  • 00:52:21.030 --> 00:52:23.020
  • holding something back.
  • 00:52:23.020 --> 00:52:24.020
  • And the devil says, "He doesn't
  • 00:52:24.020 --> 00:52:25.050
  • want you to have this tree."
  • 00:52:25.050 --> 00:52:26.080
  • And so, Eve says, "Oh, how
  • 00:52:26.080 --> 00:52:28.140
  • delightful it is to look at and
  • 00:52:28.140 --> 00:52:30.060
  • how good it would be to taste
  • 00:52:30.060 --> 00:52:31.190
  • and how wonderful it would be
  • 00:52:31.190 --> 00:52:33.120
  • to have the kind of wisdom
  • 00:52:33.120 --> 00:52:34.120
  • God has," and she eats.
  • 00:52:34.120 --> 00:52:37.020
  • And I ask the question, okay,
  • 00:52:37.020 --> 00:52:38.100
  • is the essence of sin there,
  • 00:52:38.100 --> 00:52:41.070
  • the essence of evil the fact
  • 00:52:41.070 --> 00:52:42.220
  • that she ate?
  • 00:52:42.220 --> 00:52:44.110
  • No.
  • 00:52:44.110 --> 00:52:45.250
  • The fact that she ate is the
  • 00:52:45.250 --> 00:52:47.000
  • result of the fact she and Adam
  • 00:52:47.000 --> 00:52:49.040
  • had lost a taste for God
  • 00:52:49.060 --> 00:52:52.060
  • as better than what this tree
  • 00:52:52.060 --> 00:52:53.120
  • could promise.
  • 00:52:53.120 --> 00:52:55.050
  • And then thirdly, I went to
  • 00:52:55.050 --> 00:52:57.040
  • Romans chapter 1, verse 23,
  • 00:52:57.040 --> 00:53:00.060
  • where it says, "We have all
  • 00:53:00.060 --> 00:53:02.070
  • exchanged the glory of God
  • 00:53:02.070 --> 00:53:04.190
  • for images of created things."
  • 00:53:04.190 --> 00:53:07.050
  • And so it seems to me that
  • 00:53:07.050 --> 00:53:08.020
  • in all three of those texts,
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  • the essence of evil is
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  • that we lose a taste for God.
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  • We don't delight in God above
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  • all things, and we carve out
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  • alternatives for ourselves
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  • that can hold no ultimate
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  • satisfaction.
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  • And if we hate that about
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  • ourselves and hate that in the
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  • world, then the majesty of God
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  • will shine in our delight in him
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  • and the triumph of Christ
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  • will be seen for all its worth
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  • because he died so that
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  • we might enjoy God like that.
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  • And then we will know
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  • what Christian living really is
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  • because if we don't have
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  • that kind of faith, if we're not
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  • embracing all that God is for us
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  • in Christ as our treasure, then
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  • we won't live lives of faith.
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  • And Paul says, "Whatever's
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  • not from faith is sin."
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  • So it's a devastating indictment
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  • if we don't delight in God.
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  • So my great desire is that
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  • Christ would be magnified, that
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  • the majesty of God would be
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  • lifted up and made full for the
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  • world to see, and that we would
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  • all discover that the most
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  • satisfying and Christ-honoring
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  • - female announcer: Also
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  • from Passion, check out Lift,
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  • a worship leader collective
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  • - announcer: Passion Camp,
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  • for middle school
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  • and high school students in
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  • - announcer:
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  • Passion City Church,
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  • gathering weekly
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  • - announcer: And Passion 2018
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  • for 18 to 25-year-olds
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  • - announcer: Check out these
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  • and more from the Passion
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  • - announcer: Thank you
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  • for watching Passion 2017,
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  • live from the Georgia Dome.
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  • Join us next time for a powerful
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  • message from Louie Giglio.
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  • - Louie: God is praying for you
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  • that you will see something
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  • that will allow you to believe
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  • something so that then you can
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  • walk in something, and the end
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  • result of your life is
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  • a full life, a full-of-God life.
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  • - announcer: Along with worship
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  • led by passion.
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  • - announcer: Passion 2017,
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  • live from the Georgia Dome will
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  • continue this Thursday night
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