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The Joy of Humility

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November 27, 2019
27:30

Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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The Joy of Humility

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  • Don't wait, claim a happiness that circumstances cannot change
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  • with Dr. Jeremiah's book, "Count It All Joy."
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  • In this rich exploration
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  • of the biblical book of Philippians,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah uncovers the Apostle Paul's secret
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  • the most difficult times.
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  • Discover this happiness for yourself
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  • on "Turning Point."
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "The Joy Of Humility."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Paul was a prisoner
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  • under house arrest in Rome,
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  • and he was writing letters to the churches
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  • like the church in Philippi,
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  • which he had a very, very serious relationship with.
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  • He loved the Philippians.
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  • He had spent time with them, and they loved him,
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  • and he cared about what was happening in their lives.
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  • And word had come to him
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  • that something very serious was going on in the church.
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  • Sinister teachers of legalism had crept into the body.
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  • They were trying to tell the Philippians
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  • that in order for them to be true Christians,
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  • they also had to be, first of all, true Jews.
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  • They were saying
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  • that circumcision was necessary for salvation.
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  • Paul warned against these intruders
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  • and explained that their premise was not sound,
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  • for if anyone could be recommended to God
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  • for something they did in terms of accomplishment,
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  • surely he would have been already accepted.
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  • He was a man of great stature.
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  • People will tell me as they study the history of the world
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  • that Paul was probably
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  • the greatest man to walk on this earth,
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  • apart from Jesus Christ.
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  • Paul argued that he would be the person,
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  • if you could be accepted on the basis of your own achievements,
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  • but that he was not that person.
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  • And if he couldn't be that person,
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  • no one else could be either.
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  • So, he begins in this section of Scripture to address
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  • the problem that's in the church.
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  • He gives them a serious warning in verses 1 and 2.
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  • Here's what we read, "Finally, my brethren,
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  • rejoice in the Lord.
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  • For me to write the same things to you is not tedious,
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  • but for you it is safe.
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  • Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers,
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  • beware of the mutilation!"
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  • The opening command sets the tone
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  • for this entire chapter.
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  • First of all, Paul tells them right up front,
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  • "Rejoice in the Lord.
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  • Make sure you know who you're rejoicing in.
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  • Don't rejoice in what you do.
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  • Don't rejoice in who you are.
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  • Rejoice in the Lord."
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  • And the Philippians were not to rejoice
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  • in anything else other than that.
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  • Jesus Christ and all that he had done was to be
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  • the focus of their rejoicing.
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  • And then Paul acknowledged that he was telling them
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  • something that he had told them before.
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  • He said to write the same things to you is not tedious.
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  • Paul had already talked about some of this
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  • earlier in this letter,
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  • and he's going to talk about it again.
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  • I think we all should recognize
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  • that sometimes repetition is necessary
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  • if we're going to get our point across.
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  • He had spoken of unity, of standing firm,
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  • of being in one spirit, of holding forth God's truth.
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  • He'd spoken about all of that, and we've heard it
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  • as we've studied these letters together.
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  • And I need to tell you that Paul wasn't angry
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  • and he wasn't bitter,
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  • but he was bold and he was blunt.
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  • He had demonstrated a spirit of tolerance toward others
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  • who preached something that wasn't the gospel.
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  • If you remember in chapter 1
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  • when Paul was confronting some of the issues,
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  • he said that there were others after he was arrested,
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  • others who were preachers
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  • who were preaching out of selfish ambition.
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  • They were trying to make a name for themself
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  • while Paul was out of circulation.
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  • Paul talked about some of them preached out of envy and strife.
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  • But he resolved that in his own mind, he said,
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  • "But they're preaching Christ, so I rejoice.
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  • They're preaching Christ, I rejoice and I will rejoice."
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  • But Paul's not rejoicing now
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  • because these people from Jerusalem
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  • who had come with this Judaism doctrine,
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  • they weren't preaching Christ.
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  • They were preaching the covenant sign
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  • as a necessary requirement for salvation and Paul knew
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  • how very devastating that would be
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  • to the faith of these new believers.
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  • They were saying, in essence, that a person
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  • had to be circumcised after the manner of Moses,
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  • or he could not be a part of God's family.
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  • We read of such an invasion of the gospel
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  • in the 15th chapter of Acts, this sort of summarizes it.
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  • "And certain men came down from Judea
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  • and taught the brethren, 'Unless you are circumcised
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  • according to the custom of Moses,
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  • you cannot be saved.'"
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  • This perversion of the gospel
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  • had Paul exercised in his spirit,
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  • and he uses the word "beware"
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  • three times in the first two verses,
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  • "Beware, beware, beware."
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  • First of all, he says beware of dogs.
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  • This uncomplimentary term
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  • is found in the Bible several times.
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  • 2 Peter 2:22 picks up on this,
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  • "But it has happened to them according to the true proverb:
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  • 'A dog returns to his own vomit,'
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  • and, 'a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.'"
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  • The term dogs in this Philippians chapter
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  • describes the false teachers
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  • who were bringing legalism into the Christian gospel.
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  • They were like the false prophets
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  • that Isaiah warned about when he wrote these words,
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  • "His watchmen are blind, they are all ignorant;
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  • they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark;
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  • sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
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  • Yes, they are greedy dogs which never have enough.
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  • And they are shepherds who cannot understand;
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  • They all look to their own way, every one for his own gain,
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  • from his own territory."
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  • Paul said beware of these guys, these people are dogs,
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  • and they want you to return, like a dog does,
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  • to its former time.
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  • Don't do it, beware of the dogs.
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  • Then he says beware of evil workers.
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  • The evil workers were those
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  • who wormed their way into the congregation
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  • and taught a form of teaching that was other than the gospel.
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  • They were aggressive
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  • and bringing their work salvation.
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  • They were working for their own redemption and teaching
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  • that everybody had to do that,
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  • that salvation wasn't by grace alone,
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  • but it was grace plus a few other things
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  • like the covenant sign of the Old Testament.
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  • They believe that their zeal
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  • in influencing others to follow them
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  • was a part of being accepted.
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  • And 2 Corinthians 11:13 describes them
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  • as false prophets, deceitful workers,
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  • transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
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  • They become more aggressive about their additional rules
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  • than they do about the purity of the gospel.
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  • Do you know that when the Ten Commandments were given,
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  • the Pharisees decided that that wasn't enough information,
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  • and so they constructed 660 additional commandments
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  • to sort of amplify the commandments.
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  • They had so many more commandments,
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  • that you wouldn't know what to do
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  • from one day to the other.
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  • They took all the joy out of their faith,
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  • and created instead
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  • this doctrine of things that had to be done
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  • in order for you to be accepted by God.
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  • How many of you know you can never do enough things
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  • to be accepted by God?
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  • You're not accepted by God because of the things you do,
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  • you're accepted by God through his Son Jesus Christ,
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  • by the virtue of his grace to you.
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  • So, trying to do all of these things
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  • is a futile effort,
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  • and it destroys the joy of your faith.
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  • We've had some of that in our culture.
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  • I remember earlier days when the joke was
  • 00:09:19.130 --> 00:09:22.080
  • if you haven't been shaved, you can't get saved.
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  • You remember that?
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  • And people used to stand at the door
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  • and check out how you were dressed
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  • before you were allowed into the church,
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  • how long your hair was, how long your skirt was,
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  • as if any of that had anything to do
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  • with the purity of the gospel.
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  • And it caused division and strife and ugliness
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  • and lack of unity and piety and arrogance.
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  • And Paul saw that getting into the church,
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  • and he loved this church.
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  • Why is he speaking so strongly?
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  • Because he doesn't want the church to be ruined
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  • by these people who've come into the assembly
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  • saying there's more to the gospel than grace.
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  • He calls them mutilation.
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  • The gospel of grace preached by Paul declared that salvation
  • 00:10:12.000 --> 00:10:15.040
  • came through Jesus Christ,
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  • and not through the works of the flesh.
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  • If the gospel was complete in the realm of faith,
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  • anything that would be added to that
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  • would be as nothing with God.
  • 00:10:24.130 --> 00:10:27.000
  • And so, we have, first of all, the apostle's serious warning,
  • 00:10:27.010 --> 00:10:31.200
  • and then we have the apostle's spiritual worship.
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  • Verse 3 gives us some great insight.
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  • He said, "For we are the circumcision,
  • 00:10:36.050 --> 00:10:38.090
  • who worship God in the Spirit,
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  • rejoice in Christ Jesus,
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  • and have no confidence in the flesh."
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  • Everything you want to bring into our church
  • 00:10:43.220 --> 00:10:46.000
  • that you think is gonna make it better,
  • 00:10:46.010 --> 00:10:47.200
  • we already got it.
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  • And let me tell you what it is:
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  • it's worshiping God in the Spirit,
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  • it's rejoicing in Jesus Christ,
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  • and it's not having any confidence in the flesh.
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  • In contrast to all that
  • 00:10:58.020 --> 00:10:59.120
  • was being recommended by the Judizers,
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  • Paul describes the true worshiper.
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  • He says, "The true worshipers responds to God in the Spirit.
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  • Jesus taught God is spirit, and those who were him
  • 00:11:06.270 --> 00:11:10.040
  • must worship him in spirit and in truth."
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  • True believers worship in the power of the Holy Spirit,
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  • and that worship takes place in their human spirit.
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  • They don't worship by the things they observe
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  • and the things they do
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  • and the liturgy that they follow.
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  • They worship God in the spirit.
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  • You can worship God anywhere
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  • because true worship happens in your spirit.
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  • The true worshiper responds to God in the spirit,
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  • and he rejoices in Christ alone.
  • 00:11:38.080 --> 00:11:40.260
  • Paul taught that every true believer
  • 00:11:40.270 --> 00:11:42.260
  • finds his joy, not in the observation of rules,
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  • but in the person of Jesus Christ.
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  • "But God forbid that I should boast
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  • except in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • by whom the world has been crucified to me,
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  • and I to the world."
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  • Worship in the Spirit, worship only of Christ.
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  • And true worshipers refuse to trust in the flesh.
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  • Paul's threefold description concluded with a reaffirmation
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  • that the believer has no confidence in the flesh.
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  • A true believer knows he's not capable of earning God's favor
  • 00:12:15.120 --> 00:12:18.060
  • through the deeds or the works that he does.
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  • In the story Jesus told of two men who came to pray,
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  • the one who recommended himself to the Lord on the basis
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  • of all that he had done was rejected.
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  • Remember that story?
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  • And the one who cried, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner,"
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  • he was received.
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  • Now, having done all of this, Paul is going to end
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  • this little short section with what I would call
  • 00:12:40.050 --> 00:12:43.100
  • a very powerful apologetic,
  • 00:12:43.110 --> 00:12:45.290
  • a very powerful defense of the gospel,
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  • a very powerful reminder
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  • that works don't have any part in salvation.
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  • Some of you may have come through a church where you
  • 00:12:56.110 --> 00:12:58.180
  • were told you had to do certain things
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  • in order to be accepted by God,
  • 00:13:00.180 --> 00:13:02.170
  • and you had to go through certain rituals,
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  • and follow certain programs, and do certain things
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  • in order that God would accept you.
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  • I want you to listen carefully to Paul's own testimony
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  • about all the things that he did.
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  • If anyone had a legitimate right to justify himself before God,
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  • Paul was certainly that man.
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  • Listen to what he says in Philippians 3:4 through 6,
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  • "Though I also might have confidence in the flesh.
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  • If anyone else thinks he could have
  • 00:13:28.240 --> 00:13:30.090
  • confidence in the flesh, I more so:
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  • circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel,
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  • of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews;
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  • concerning the law, a Pharisee;
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  • concerning zeal, persecuting the church;
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  • concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless."
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  • Paul said, "So here's my pedigree, check it out."
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  • He mentions seven things.
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  • Let's just touch on each of them quickly.
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  • He said he was circumcised on the eighth day.
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  • Circumcision was given by God
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  • as the sign of his covenant with Abraham.
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  • Abraham was 99 years old and Ishmael was 13.
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  • And from that day on,
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  • every Jewish male had to be circumcised
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  • on the eighth day after their birth.
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  • Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day, Luke 2:21.
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  • Paul said, "I checked that box."
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  • He said he was of the stock of Israel.
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  • Paul's roots were traceable back to the patriarchs.
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  • He was not a convert to Judaism.
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  • He had been a Jew from the day he was born.
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  • On both sides, his genealogy was pure.
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  • In his second letter to the Corinthians,
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  • he affirmed his Jewishness.
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  • He said, "Are they Hebrews? So am I.
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  • Are they Israelites? So am I.
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  • Are they the seed of Abraham?
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  • So am I."
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  • Circumcised the eighth day
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  • of the stock of Israel of the tribe of Benjamin.
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  • Benjamin was the last of the 12 sons born to Jacob.
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  • Out of the tribe of Benjamin
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  • came Israel's first king, King Saul.
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  • Some believe that Paul's parents named him after Saul.
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  • The Benjamites in Israel were the aristocracy of the nation.
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  • To be a Benjamite was to be truly an Israelite.
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  • Everybody loved to call themselves a Benjamite,
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  • if indeed they were.
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  • People looked up to them.
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  • They were considered at the top
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  • of the Israeli aristocracy.
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  • Paul said he was also a Hebrew of the Hebrews.
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  • That's number four.
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  • This simply meant that he was a Hebrew boy
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  • born to Hebrew parents.
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  • He spoke the Hebrew language.
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  • He lived in control of the Hebrew customs.
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  • He was schooled in the Hebrew tradition
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  • under a very honored teacher whose name was Gamaliel.
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  • And in one of his sermons, Paul talks about his background.
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  • Acts 22:3 he said, "I am indeed a Jew,
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  • born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city
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  • at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according
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  • to the strictness of our fathers' law,
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  • and was zealous toward God as you all are today."
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  • Paul said that's who I was.
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  • Now, all of these first four things
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  • that are on his list, they have to do
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  • with what Paul got through his ancestry, through his birth.
  • 00:16:17.210 --> 00:16:21.270
  • The next items on this list are things
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  • that have to do with how he lived.
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  • Paul was not only born right,
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  • according to his testimony, he lived right.
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  • He not only had all the right things going on
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  • because of his heritage,
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  • he also followed through on those things
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  • to take it to the next level.
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  • So, we continue with the fact that,
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  • number five, he was a Pharisee.
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  • Paul claimed to be, not only a Jew,
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  • but also a Pharisee among the Jews.
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  • Even after his three missionary journeys,
  • 00:16:52.260 --> 00:16:54.270
  • he still claimed, "I am a Pharisee,
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  • the son of a Pharisee."
  • 00:16:57.130 --> 00:16:59.170
  • Now, the Pharisees were the strictest
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  • and most conservative of all the Jewish groups.
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  • When Paul stood before King Agrippa,
  • 00:17:05.290 --> 00:17:07.290
  • he described himself this way.
  • 00:17:08.000 --> 00:17:10.040
  • In Acts 26, he said,
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  • "My manner of life from my youth,
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  • was spent from the beginning
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  • among my own nation in Jerusalem, all the Jews know.
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  • They knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify,
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  • that according to the strictest sect of our religion
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  • I lived a Pharisee."
  • 00:17:25.190 --> 00:17:28.090
  • Now, most of us today,
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  • when someone calls you a Pharisee,
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  • you wouldn't like that because usually what that means
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  • is you're a pious, self-appointed,
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  • spiritual guru or something,
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  • but Paul didn't understand it that way.
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  • He considered himself a Pharisee,
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  • but he boasted in the fact that he was
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  • one of the stricter Pharisees.
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  • Galatians, 1:14, "And I advanced in Judaism
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  • beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation,
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  • being more exceedingly zealous
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  • for the traditions of my fathers."
  • 00:17:57.290 --> 00:18:01.060
  • For Paul, being a Pharisee was not the negative experience
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  • that we normally read into that term.
  • 00:18:04.180 --> 00:18:07.090
  • Remember, that Paul's purpose in citing all this
  • 00:18:07.100 --> 00:18:10.140
  • is to simply prove that if anyone had
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  • the right to boast in his flesh, he certainly did.
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  • The Judizers were trying to indoctrinate the Philippians
  • 00:18:18.090 --> 00:18:21.050
  • claiming righteousness by means of self-effort,
  • 00:18:21.060 --> 00:18:24.030
  • but they did not even measure up to Paul.
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  • He tells the Philippian believers
  • 00:18:28.000 --> 00:18:29.150
  • that he was circumcised on the eighth day,
  • 00:18:29.160 --> 00:18:32.010
  • he was of the stock of Israel.
  • 00:18:32.020 --> 00:18:33.110
  • He came from the tribe of Benjamin.
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  • He was a Hebrew of Hebrews.
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  • He was a Pharisee, and then he says he was
  • 00:18:36.100 --> 00:18:38.100
  • a zealous persecutor of the church.
  • 00:18:38.110 --> 00:18:40.250
  • Now, hear me, in Judaism, Christianity was not accepted
  • 00:18:40.260 --> 00:18:44.170
  • and it was believed that it was a heresy
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:47.030
  • that should be taken out.
  • 00:18:47.040 --> 00:18:49.070
  • And so, a true Jewish patriot
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  • would not have looked at Christianity favorably.
  • 00:18:51.140 --> 00:18:54.050
  • In fact, they would have considered it
  • 00:18:54.060 --> 00:18:56.000
  • the right, and godly, and proper thing
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  • to do everything they could to punish,
  • 00:18:58.040 --> 00:19:00.110
  • and sometimes even kill,
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  • those who claim that Jesus was the Messiah.
  • 00:19:02.020 --> 00:19:05.240
  • And we're not left to wonder about Paul's religious zeal.
  • 00:19:05.250 --> 00:19:08.220
  • He points, on several occasions,
  • 00:19:08.230 --> 00:19:10.250
  • to his fanatical activity as a Pharisee.
  • 00:19:10.260 --> 00:19:13.180
  • Before he met the Lord on the road to Damascus,
  • 00:19:13.190 --> 00:19:16.090
  • he was as committed to persecuting Christians
  • 00:19:16.100 --> 00:19:19.020
  • as he later came to be in teaching them.
  • 00:19:19.030 --> 00:19:22.150
  • The word "persecute" is in the present tense,
  • 00:19:22.160 --> 00:19:25.040
  • which tells us that Paul's persecution of Christians
  • 00:19:25.050 --> 00:19:28.070
  • was not a once-in-a-while activity,
  • 00:19:28.080 --> 00:19:30.190
  • but it was a lifetime pledge.
  • 00:19:30.200 --> 00:19:32.220
  • As a strict Pharisee,
  • 00:19:32.230 --> 00:19:34.080
  • he believed that killing Christians
  • 00:19:34.090 --> 00:19:36.060
  • was a noble service to God.
  • 00:19:36.070 --> 00:19:38.200
  • And according to his own statement,
  • 00:19:38.210 --> 00:19:40.110
  • he took his gruesome assignment seriously.
  • 00:19:40.120 --> 00:19:44.040
  • In Acts 22:4 and 5 he said, "I persecuted this way,"
  • 00:19:44.050 --> 00:19:48.020
  • speaking of Christians, "to the death,
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  • binding and delivering into prisons both men and women,
  • 00:19:51.010 --> 00:19:55.220
  • as also the high priest bears me witness,
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:20:00.010
  • and all the council of the elders,
  • 00:20:00.020 --> 00:20:01.200
  • from whom I also received letters to the brethren,
  • 00:20:01.210 --> 00:20:04.070
  • and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those
  • 00:20:04.080 --> 00:20:07.080
  • who were there to Jerusalem to be punished."
  • 00:20:07.090 --> 00:20:10.140
  • In Acts 26, he says,
  • 00:20:10.150 --> 00:20:11.250
  • "Many of the saints I shut up in prison,
  • 00:20:11.260 --> 00:20:14.130
  • having received authority from the chief priests;
  • 00:20:14.140 --> 00:20:16.220
  • that when they were put to death,
  • 00:20:16.230 --> 00:20:18.100
  • I cast my vote against them.
  • 00:20:18.110 --> 00:20:21.110
  • And I punished them often in every synagogue
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:23.160
  • and compelled them to blaspheme;
  • 00:20:23.170 --> 00:20:25.090
  • and being exceedingly enraged against them,
  • 00:20:25.100 --> 00:20:27.220
  • I persecuted them even to foreign cities."
  • 00:20:27.230 --> 00:20:32.040
  • When Stephen was martyred, Paul consented to his death.
  • 00:20:32.050 --> 00:20:35.010
  • And later on he would say,
  • 00:20:35.020 --> 00:20:36.190
  • "And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed,
  • 00:20:36.200 --> 00:20:39.140
  • I was standing by consenting to his death,
  • 00:20:39.150 --> 00:20:42.060
  • and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him."
  • 00:20:42.070 --> 00:20:47.150
  • Paul was such an aggressive persecutor
  • 00:20:47.160 --> 00:20:49.250
  • that after he became a Christian
  • 00:20:49.260 --> 00:20:51.120
  • and they wanted to introduce him as a Christian
  • 00:20:51.130 --> 00:20:53.130
  • to some of the new Christian churches,
  • 00:20:53.140 --> 00:20:55.050
  • they didn't want anything to do with him.
  • 00:20:55.060 --> 00:20:56.230
  • They'd heard about this guy.
  • 00:20:56.240 --> 00:20:58.060
  • What I'm trying to say to you,
  • 00:20:58.070 --> 00:20:59.160
  • was he persecuting the Christians?
  • 00:20:59.170 --> 00:21:00.280
  • Was that right? No, but he thought it was right.
  • 00:21:00.290 --> 00:21:03.140
  • He thought that was a part of his role as a Jewish patriot
  • 00:21:03.150 --> 00:21:06.260
  • to take out all of the Christians,
  • 00:21:06.270 --> 00:21:09.140
  • and the evidence from the Bible is that he did it quite well.
  • 00:21:09.150 --> 00:21:13.080
  • And he went after it aggressively,
  • 00:21:13.090 --> 00:21:14.210
  • and he didn't just do it sometimes,
  • 00:21:14.220 --> 00:21:16.100
  • he did it all the time.
  • 00:21:16.110 --> 00:21:19.180
  • And then finally, he said he was blameless before the law.
  • 00:21:19.190 --> 00:21:23.290
  • Now we are told that Paul was blameless under the law,
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:26.040
  • that didn't mean he was sinless, 'cause he surely was not.
  • 00:21:26.050 --> 00:21:29.020
  • But what it meant was,
  • 00:21:29.030 --> 00:21:30.250
  • he kept the outward rules of the law so meticulously
  • 00:21:30.260 --> 00:21:34.050
  • that no one could point an accusing finger at him
  • 00:21:34.060 --> 00:21:37.010
  • and blame him for not doing so.
  • 00:21:37.020 --> 00:21:39.100
  • If anyone could be recommended to God
  • 00:21:39.110 --> 00:21:41.150
  • on the basis of his self-merit, Paul qualified,
  • 00:21:41.160 --> 00:21:46.200
  • but that was just the point he was trying to make.
  • 00:21:46.210 --> 00:21:49.280
  • He was not acceptable to God
  • 00:21:49.290 --> 00:21:52.190
  • because of his background or his religious acts.
  • 00:21:52.200 --> 00:21:55.290
  • Before he could come to God,
  • 00:21:56.000 --> 00:21:57.270
  • he had to turn his back on all these things
  • 00:21:57.280 --> 00:22:02.110
  • and trust only in Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:02.120 --> 00:22:05.180
  • In verse 7, he says, "What things were gain to me
  • 00:22:05.190 --> 00:22:09.130
  • became loss for the sake of Christ."
  • 00:22:09.140 --> 00:22:15.070
  • You see, this whole doctrine
  • 00:22:15.080 --> 00:22:17.150
  • of trying to work your way to heaven
  • 00:22:17.160 --> 00:22:19.120
  • is still very prevalent in our culture
  • 00:22:19.130 --> 00:22:21.190
  • and in our religious culture.
  • 00:22:21.200 --> 00:22:24.050
  • I don't have to be specific about it, you know it.
  • 00:22:24.060 --> 00:22:27.100
  • And the idea is that somehow if you can climb up
  • 00:22:27.110 --> 00:22:31.070
  • the ladder of good works and be a little better
  • 00:22:31.080 --> 00:22:33.120
  • than most of those who are below you,
  • 00:22:33.130 --> 00:22:34.280
  • you will get to heaven.
  • 00:22:34.290 --> 00:22:36.080
  • I've had people actually say to me,
  • 00:22:36.090 --> 00:22:37.210
  • "Dr. Jeremiah, I don't know if I believe all that stuff.
  • 00:22:37.220 --> 00:22:40.100
  • I think I'm just gonna wait,
  • 00:22:40.110 --> 00:22:41.200
  • and I'm gonna take my chances."
  • 00:22:41.210 --> 00:22:43.110
  • You're gonna take your chances?
  • 00:22:43.120 --> 00:22:44.210
  • You don't have a chance.
  • 00:22:44.220 --> 00:22:46.070
  • There aren't any chances.
  • 00:22:46.080 --> 00:22:47.210
  • The Bible says, Jesus said,
  • 00:22:47.220 --> 00:22:49.220
  • "I am the way, the truth, and the life
  • 00:22:49.230 --> 00:22:51.150
  • and no man comes to the Father except through me."
  • 00:22:51.160 --> 00:22:54.010
  • There's just one way.
  • 00:22:54.020 --> 00:22:55.110
  • You can't climb up to heaven
  • 00:22:55.120 --> 00:22:56.210
  • on the ladder of your good works.
  • 00:22:56.220 --> 00:22:59.010
  • Ladies and gentlemen, you can go to heaven,
  • 00:22:59.020 --> 00:23:01.080
  • but you can't do it your way.
  • 00:23:01.090 --> 00:23:04.030
  • You can spend eternity with a Father
  • 00:23:04.040 --> 00:23:05.230
  • and with all of the loved ones who have trusted in Christ
  • 00:23:05.240 --> 00:23:07.270
  • who have gone before you,
  • 00:23:07.280 --> 00:23:09.130
  • but you have to go the way God tells you to go
  • 00:23:09.140 --> 00:23:12.070
  • or you don't get to go.
  • 00:23:12.080 --> 00:23:14.040
  • You don't get to make the rules. He makes the rules.
  • 00:23:14.050 --> 00:23:16.190
  • You say, "I don't think it's fair that there's one way."
  • 00:23:16.200 --> 00:23:18.170
  • Has nothing to do with it. There is one way.
  • 00:23:18.180 --> 00:23:22.000
  • God set it up that way.
  • 00:23:22.010 --> 00:23:23.210
  • He said you can't do anything to recommend yourself to him,
  • 00:23:23.220 --> 00:23:27.190
  • all you can do is say, "Lord God,
  • 00:23:27.200 --> 00:23:29.170
  • I realize I have failed you.
  • 00:23:29.180 --> 00:23:31.140
  • I'm a sinner, I need to be forgiven.
  • 00:23:31.150 --> 00:23:33.200
  • I want to have your grace and mercy in my life.
  • 00:23:33.210 --> 00:23:36.120
  • Please accept me as your son.
  • 00:23:36.130 --> 00:23:38.250
  • I want to accept you as my Savior."
  • 00:23:38.260 --> 00:23:40.120
  • You pray that prayer,
  • 00:23:40.130 --> 00:23:41.230
  • you just punched your ticket to heaven.
  • 00:23:41.240 --> 00:23:44.280
  • But apart from a pro like that, you can wear yourself out
  • 00:23:44.290 --> 00:23:49.000
  • going to church, serving on boards,
  • 00:23:49.010 --> 00:23:51.080
  • giving money, going to see people in the hospital,
  • 00:23:51.090 --> 00:23:54.210
  • doing all the things that good people sometimes do,
  • 00:23:54.220 --> 00:23:58.050
  • but if you don't accept Jesus Christ,
  • 00:23:58.060 --> 00:24:01.120
  • you can't get to heaven.
  • 00:24:01.130 --> 00:24:02.220
  • What Paul is saying to us in this passage of Scripture,
  • 00:24:02.230 --> 00:24:05.000
  • "I did everything right, and it was not worth anything
  • 00:24:05.010 --> 00:24:11.110
  • when it comes to going to heaven."
  • 00:24:11.120 --> 00:24:14.060
  • And he became the apostle of grace,
  • 00:24:14.070 --> 00:24:17.000
  • teaching us what we love to celebrate.
  • 00:24:17.010 --> 00:24:22.020
  • For by grace, we are saved through faith.
  • 00:24:22.030 --> 00:24:25.290
  • Today, if you have not come to God in that way,
  • 00:24:26.000 --> 00:24:31.020
  • if you are making a foolish bet
  • 00:24:31.030 --> 00:24:34.170
  • that somehow you can amass enough good works
  • 00:24:34.180 --> 00:24:36.280
  • that God'll let you slip under the wire,
  • 00:24:36.290 --> 00:24:39.120
  • I want to tell you,
  • 00:24:39.130 --> 00:24:40.220
  • I know the answer to that question right now.
  • 00:24:40.230 --> 00:24:43.220
  • "There is none that doeth good, no not one.
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  • For we have all sinned
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  • and come short of the glory of God."
  • 00:24:47.110 --> 00:24:50.180
  • Only way you can get to heaven is to ask God to forgive you
  • 00:24:50.190 --> 00:24:53.080
  • and accept his wonderful plan of grace.
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  • which includes his book,
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  • his complete newly preached 12-message teaching series
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  • on your choice of CD or DVD, and a correlating study guide.
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  • announcer: If you personally have never taken the step
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  • you can do that today.
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  • And if you will allow us,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you
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  • two resources that will help you.
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  • The first is a booklet called, "Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • which'll help you as you begin your relationship with Christ.
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  • male announcer: In addition to these free study resources,
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  • nothing is as profound as the Word of God.
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  • And now, Dr. Jeremiah has a Bible
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  • for every member of the family.
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  • perfect for adults and teens.
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  • And the Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible will bring
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  • announcer: Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Don't get caught up in the things
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  • that have already happened over which you have no control.
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  • Don't even get so caught up in the future
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  • that you haven't yet experienced.
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  • Live in the present every day knowing that God is with you.
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  • He's forgiven you. He's got a plan for your life.
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  • If you will walk with him every day,
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  • you can know what the Apostle Paul
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  • is talking about as victory.
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  • announcer: Thank you for being with us today.
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  • Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Joy Of Victory," here on "Turning Point."
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