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The Joy of Unity

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August 18, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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The Joy of Unity

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  • of your relationships?
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  • Are you experiencing harmony or disagreement?
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  • Coming up in a few minutes, we'll examine
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  • the contentment that comes from being unified with others.
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  • The secret lies within the answers
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  • to three questions: why, how, and who.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hello, I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • In the book of Philippians, the apostle Paul urged
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  • early Christians not to let animosity and conflict
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  • get in the way of their relationships.
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  • Paul provides us with four reasons,
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  • three requirements, and one role model
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  • for living in harmony with others.
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  • So stay tuned as we unpack it all
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  • on today's edition of "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Are you waiting for joy to find you?
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  • Don't wait, claim a happiness
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  • 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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  • to experiencing a joy that carried Paul
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  • through the most difficult times.
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  • Discover this happiness for yourself
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  • the "Count It All Joy" set, which includes his book,
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  • on your choice of CD or DVD, and a correlating study guide.
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  • when you contact "Turning Point" today.
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  • male announcer: Thank you for watching "Count It All Joy,"
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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 Unity."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Our attitudes are important.
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  • In fact, they are more important than our actions.
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  • We're to work on our attitudes.
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  • How many of you know we could all work a little bit
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  • on our attitudes?
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  • Maybe you came to church today and you got a bad attitude.
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  • You came for the right sermon.
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  • I'm gonna talk to you about that.
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  • From his incarceration in the city of Rome,
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  • he actually writes to the church in Philippi and he says,
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  • "What you do with your attitudes
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  • is either a source of joy or discouragement to me
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  • as I'm here in prison.
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  • If you have the right attitude, it brings joy to my heart."
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  • And then he begins to tell them in his letter,
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  • first of all, some reasons that they should work
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  • on their attitude of unity with one another.
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  • Secondly, he gives them
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  • some requirements for doing that;
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  • and third, and this is
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  • the main part of the message today,
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  • he introduces them to a role model
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  • who illustrates what all of this really looks like.
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  • Let's take a few moments with these first few verses
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  • and try to get Paul's introduction
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  • under our belt.
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  • In the first verse, he says,
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  • "If there is any consolation in Christ,
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  • if there is any comfort of love,
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  • if there is any fellowship of the Spirit,
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  • if any affection and mercy."
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  • Now, without getting too technical,
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  • let me just tell you
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  • if you insert the word "since," where the word "if" is,
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  • you will have more of the meaning of the verse.
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  • What Paul is saying is simply this:
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  • "Since there is consolation in Christ,
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  • since there is comfort in love,
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  • since there is fellowship of the Spirit,
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  • and since there is affection and mercy."
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  • In other words, here are the reasons why
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  • we should care about
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  • the chemistry that Paul writes about.
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  • The word "consolation" here comes from a word
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  • which means to draw alongside of somebody.
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  • The mental picture that you get with this word is
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  • you walk up to somebody who's hurting
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  • and you put your arm around them
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  • and you encourage them and you talk with them
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  • and you bless them with your words.
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  • The testimony of our Lord's life
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  • was continually that of helping and encouraging others.
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  • I remember reading the Scripture that says:
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  • "He went everywhere doing good."
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  • What a testimony for anyone, even the Lord Jesus.
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  • How would it be to have someone say about you,
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  • "Janey went everywhere doing good.
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  • Jack went everywhere doing good."
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  • That was the testimony of Jesus.
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  • He was always encouraging people.
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  • So the writer of Philippians says,
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  • "Since there is this encouragement
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  • that Jesus gives to us, we should be giving
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  • that same encouragement to others.
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  • Secondly," he said,
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  • "since there's the example of Christ's love,
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  • therefore if there is any consolation in Christ,
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  • if any comfort of love."
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  • The love that he mentions here is,
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  • first of all, the love that God has for us,
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  • but it is also the love that we receive from God
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  • that is shed abroad in our hearts toward others.
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  • The best way to describe that is this.
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  • When God loves you, he sets up in your life
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  • a reservoir of his love,
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  • and out of that reservoir of God's love for you,
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  • you love other people.
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  • You can say, "I don't have enough love for that."
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  • Of course you don't, but God's given you his love.
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  • Dip into his love and love others
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  • with the love he provides.
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  • His third reason is
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  • the encouragement of Christ's body.
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  • Listen to the last part of it.
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  • "If any fellowship of the Spirit."
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  • Paul is saying, "Here are some reasons why we
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  • should be encouraged to work on our chemistry.
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  • First of all, because we have this example of Christ
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  • and this encouragement of Christ."
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  • But now he comes to the body of Christ
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  • and that's who we are.
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  • Did you know that when you became a Christian,
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  • you became a part of Christ's body,
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  • a part of his family?
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  • And when you became a part of his family,
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  • you were given an initial gift
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  • and that gift is the Holy Spirit.
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  • I hear people say once in a while,
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  • "Well, I got Jesus when I was saved,
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  • but I haven't gotten the Holy Spirit yet."
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  • Well, that's not true.
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  • When you got saved, you got the whole package.
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  • You got Jesus and you got the Holy Spirit.
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  • If you don't have the Holy Spirit,
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  • you don't have Jesus
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  • because when it comes to salvation,
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  • they come together.
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  • You may learn more about the Holy Spirit later,
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  • but you don't get more of him.
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  • He may get more of you, but you don't get more of him.
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  • When you become a Christian,
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  • the initial gift of salvation is the gift of the Holy Spirit,
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  • so stop for a moment and think.
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  • You have the Holy Spirit, and I have the Holy Spirit.
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  • Your DNA is the Holy Spirit.
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  • And Paul is saying to us,
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  • "Since we all have the Holy Spirit,
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  • let's cooperate together.
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  • Realizing that we all have the same Spirit,
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  • we shouldn't be quarreling with each other,
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  • we shouldn't be slandering each other.
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  • We should be encouraging one another
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  • because the Holy Spirit who lives in you, lives in me.
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  • And I might not look like you
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  • or talk like you or act like you,
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  • but I've got the same Spirit you have.
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  • And that's what binds us together.
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  • If there are any fellowship in the Spirit," he said.
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  • And then finally he says, "Any affection and mercy."
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  • He says, "Because God has had affection and mercy for you,
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  • now you go out and you become purveyors of that mercy
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  • and of that affection."
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  • How can I love you when I don't feel like it?
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  • Because I understand how much God loved me.
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  • Interesting in the text, this word "affection"
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  • is from a word that refers to an inward organ.
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  • If we were to say this
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  • the way the text actually says it,
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  • we would say, "I love you with my kidneys."
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  • Now, we would never say that. That's not how we do it.
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  • We say, "I love you with all my heart."
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  • Why do we say that?
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  • It's not the heart pumping blood that we're talking about.
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  • The heart is a description
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  • of the most intimate, deepest part of who we are,
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  • and so the Bible tells us that when Christ loved us,
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  • he loved us with everything that was within him,
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  • with his great affection and with his mercy.
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  • Did you know that grace is what God gives us
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  • that we don't deserve
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  • and mercy is what God withholds from us
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  • that we do deserve.
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  • I'm thankful for both, aren't you?
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  • I'm glad he's given me all this that I don't deserve.
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  • I'm also glad he's withheld from me what I did deserve.
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  • And he says,
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  • "Now that you've received that from God,
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  • now that you have that from the Father, don't hoard it.
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  • Share it.
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  • With the same affection and the same mercy
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  • that you've received from the Almighty,
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  • let that be the way you treat one another.
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  • Let that be the reason that you work on your chemistry
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  • and understand the oneness that you have in Christ."
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  • Those are the reasons for this passage.
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  • Then he gives us some requirements.
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  • He says there's three things you've got to have
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  • if you're gonna have chemistry, if you're gonna have unity.
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  • First of all, let me just tell you,
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  • there's a difference here that needs to be explained.
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  • How many of you know the difference
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  • between uniformity, unanimity, and unity?
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  • Let me explain to you what that means.
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  • Some people think unity in the body of Christ
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  • is uniformity, so they all dress alike.
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  • But I wanna tell you, unity's not uniformity.
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  • Unity is not everybody looking the same.
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  • Has nothing to do with that.
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  • And then there's unanimity,
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  • and that means everybody says the same, speaks the same.
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  • Wouldn't that be a boring world?
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  • Unity is not because we all look alike or we all talk alike.
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  • Unity is because we believe alike.
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  • To have unity, you have to have
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  • core doctrines that you're committed to.
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  • Our unity is based on the fact that we believe in creation,
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  • we believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross
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  • and three days later came out of the tomb
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  • victorious over death.
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  • We believe that he offers salvation
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  • to anyone who will come and ask for it.
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  • We believe that when we get saved,
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  • we get the Holy Spirit.
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  • We believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God.
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  • We believe that one day Jesus Christ is coming back
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  • to take to heaven those who put their trust in him.
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  • We believe all of this stuff.
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  • We believe it together,
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  • and we are one in Christ because of what we believe.
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  • And this is a very, very important lesson
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  • because today what we're being told is
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  • that it doesn't matter what you believe.
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  • Just everybody be good to everybody else.
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  • Just try to get along.
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  • How's that working?
  • 00:10:56.230 --> 00:10:58.270
  • Now, we're gonna have differences
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  • and little issues with what we think about,
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  • but our core cardinal doctrines are the same.
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  • You believe what you believe
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  • and that's what brings you together.
  • 00:11:07.230 --> 00:11:09.210
  • So unity's not how we look. Uniformity.
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  • It's not even what we say. Unanimity.
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  • Unity's what we believe.
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  • When you believe what the Bible teaches,
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  • you become a part of the oneness of Christ.
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  • Do you know that most disunity in Christian organizations
  • 00:11:21.130 --> 00:11:26.010
  • is over disagreement over basic doctrines
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  • about which there is no issue?
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  • I'm so thankful that you believe what you believe
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  • 'cause we have one source and it's this book.
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  • And that's why I don't stray from it very much
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  • 'cause it's really important that we continue
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  • to be reminded that our unity in Christ
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  • is based upon what we believe.
  • 00:11:48.260 --> 00:11:52.240
  • Now, Paul goes on to say
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  • that the building blocks of this unity are three.
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  • First of all, harmony.
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  • He says, "Fulfill my joy by being like-minded,
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  • having the same love, one accord, one mind."
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  • We're to be like-minded.
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  • That means we're to have the same attitude,
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  • the same mind.
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  • We not only need harmony, we need humility.
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  • Listen to what he says in verse 3:
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  • "Don't let anything be done
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  • through selfish ambition or conceit,
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  • but in lowliness of mind
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  • let each esteem others better than himself."
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  • Did you know that pride is the original sin?
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  • Pride is what caused Satan to rebel and leave heaven
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  • and this whole mess we're in right now got started.
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  • How many of you know the closer you get to Christ,
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  • the more you see
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  • the imperfections in your own life?
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  • When we first get started, we might think we're something.
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  • We got this all wired.
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  • But when you walk with the Lord,
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  • you grow in knowledge and you grow in understanding.
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  • You also grow in self-awareness.
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  • That's just the way it is.
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  • That's how the body of Christ works.
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  • So you gotta have harmony and you gotta have humility
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  • and you gotta have helpfulness.
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  • He said, "Let each of you look out
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  • not only for his own interests,
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  • but for the interests of others."
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  • What does this say?
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  • Don't look out for your own stuff.
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  • Look out for other people.
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  • And the real core of unity in Christianity
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  • is not just doing the best we can for ourselves,
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  • but getting out of our proud selves
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  • and looking around to find ways we can help others.
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  • And you know what happens when we do that?
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  • While we're helping others,
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  • the help that they're doing for others touches us.
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  • In order to feel the strength of it,
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  • I wanna give you six steps that he took.
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  • So this is where the story begins.
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  • It begins with Jesus in heaven with his Father,
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  • and step one of his coming to this earth
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  • was he relinquished his place.
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  • Here are the words of the apostle:
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  • "Who, being in the form of God,"
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  • verse 6, "did not consider it robbery to be equal with God."
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  • In other words, when Jesus Christ was in heaven,
  • 00:14:01.230 --> 00:14:04.150
  • he was God, he was equal with God.
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  • He didn't consider that to be anything that he should grasp,
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  • but he was equal with God.
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  • He is God, he was God.
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  • If we're to understand
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  • the greatness of Christ's sacrifice,
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  • we have to try to comprehend how lofty was his position
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  • before he came here.
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  • I mean, coming to this earth didn't do anything for Jesus.
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  • He was at the height of his glory.
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  • He was in the most incredible position
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  • that could ever be dreamed of.
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  • He was the very God, a very God.
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  • He had existed for eternity.
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  • What in the world would he want to do by coming
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  • to this messed up world that we live in?
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  • But the Bible says he took the first step,
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  • and that first step was away from his place.
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  • Number two, he refused his prerogative.
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  • It says: "Who, being in the form of God,
  • 00:15:00.160 --> 00:15:02.260
  • did not consider it robbery to be equal with God."
  • 00:15:02.270 --> 00:15:05.160
  • In other words, even though he was God and had always been God
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  • and would always continue to be God,
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  • he didn't consider it robbery, he didn't think that it was
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  • something that he should hold on to.
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  • Instead of focusing
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  • on his relationship with the Father,
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  • he focused on the need that all of us had
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  • for the problem of sin to be resolved.
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  • He had so much going up there.
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  • Why would he leave all of that to come here?
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  • I certainly don't consider myself
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  • worthy of such a sacrifice
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  • and I'm sure you don't either.
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  • He left his place.
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  • He left his prerogative and he renounced his privileges.
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  • Listen, this is a little bit theological;
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  • but if you'll listen carefully, you'll understand it;
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  • and it's incredibly marvelous as a truth.
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  • The Bible says: "He made himself of no reputation."
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  • He what?
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  • "He made himself of no reputation."
  • 00:16:04.060 --> 00:16:07.170
  • Here was the Almighty God who was omnipotent,
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  • omniscient, nothing was too hard for him.
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  • But the Bible says that when he came to this earth,
  • 00:16:16.120 --> 00:16:19.250
  • he put aside all of those privileges that he had
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  • while he walked among us for 30-some years.
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  • So the Bible says that when he left his throne
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  • and he left heaven,
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  • he left the independent use of his attributes,
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  • he left those in heaven.
  • 00:16:36.030 --> 00:16:38.020
  • Now, some people say that means when he came down here,
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  • he became less God than he was before.
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  • Let me tell you how silly that is.
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  • You cannot diminish deity.
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  • You're either God or you're not.
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  • As soon as you diminish deity, it's not deity anymore.
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  • So he didn't become less God,
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  • he didn't just give away some of it.
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  • Listen, here's what happened.
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  • You follow the life of Jesus as much as you can
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  • both through the Scripture and secular documents,
  • 00:17:00.030 --> 00:17:02.220
  • from the time he was born till the time he was 30,
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  • there's no evidence that he ever did any miracles.
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  • If you'd have seen him walking around the streets of Nazareth,
  • 00:17:08.150 --> 00:17:10.280
  • you'd have just maybe looked at his hands and said,
  • 00:17:10.290 --> 00:17:13.060
  • "This guy works in a carpenter's shop."
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  • And when he was baptized,
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  • he began to do some miracles to authenticate his message,
  • 00:17:17.170 --> 00:17:23.200
  • but here's what we notice that happened
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  • when he became one of us.
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  • He voluntarily decided to live like we live.
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  • In the Crucifixion narrative, we're told that if he wanted to,
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  • he could have called 10.000 angels to rescue him
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  • from the brutality that he experienced.
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  • Did he do that? No.
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  • Could have.
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  • Are you getting the story?
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  • He left his Father, he left his heaven,
  • 00:17:46.280 --> 00:17:51.020
  • he left his privileges, he left his prerogatives.
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  • Here's one that you don't ever think about.
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  • He restricted his presence.
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  • I cannot imagine what it was like
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  • for the Lord Jesus Christ before his incarnation
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  • except that as the Triune God he was omnipresent.
  • 00:18:06.280 --> 00:18:09.270
  • Do you know what omnipresent means?
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  • Always present everywhere.
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  • He was omniscient, he knew everything
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  • both possible and actual.
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  • He was omnipotent, he could do anything he wanted,
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  • but the Scripture says he came to this earth
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  • and he restricted his presence.
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  • You say, "Pastor, what do you mean?"
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  • Well, first of all, he restricted his presence
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  • to the womb of a woman.
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  • How's that for a contrast?
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  • From the glorious unbounded heaven
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  • to the small womb of a Jewish girl.
  • 00:18:41.240 --> 00:18:46.050
  • And then when he was born into humanity,
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  • he became a man, a man who never left Israel.
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  • From the glories of heaven
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  • and the unbounded reaches of omnipresence,
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  • to the womb of a woman, the body of a man,
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  • and a little country called Israel, wow.
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  • He did that for you.
  • 00:19:11.170 --> 00:19:12.270
  • He did that for me.
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  • And the Bible says he realized his purpose.
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  • What was his purpose?
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  • Of any person who ever walked on this earth,
  • 00:19:20.150 --> 00:19:22.180
  • there never was a clearer purpose
  • 00:19:22.190 --> 00:19:24.000
  • for the birth of an individual than there was for Jesus.
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  • He was born to die.
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  • That was his purpose.
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  • Jesus Christ came down from the glories of heaven,
  • 00:19:31.130 --> 00:19:34.030
  • born through a woman, born into humanity,
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  • and his real purpose was simply to die.
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  • Without his death, we have no hope.
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  • That's not just my statement; that's his statement.
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  • That's the statement of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • He says, "I didn't come here to be served, but to serve,
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  • and to give my life a ransom for many."
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  • He left heaven, he left his Father,
  • 00:19:58.080 --> 00:20:00.250
  • he left his privileges, he restricted his presence,
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  • and actually came to do what he did.
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  • He humbled himself unto death and the Bible says:
  • 00:20:08.230 --> 00:20:11.140
  • "Even the death of the cross."
  • 00:20:11.150 --> 00:20:12.290
  • Did you know the death of the cross, crucifixion,
  • 00:20:13.000 --> 00:20:15.090
  • was for non-Romans or criminals?
  • 00:20:15.100 --> 00:20:18.030
  • It was such a brutal death
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  • that people died 100 times before they died once.
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  • And that's the death he died for you and for me.
  • 00:20:23.250 --> 00:20:27.270
  • And that's not the end of the story.
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  • He received his promotion.
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  • One day after his death he was put into a tomb,
  • 00:20:33.260 --> 00:20:36.110
  • and three days later he came out of that grave
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  • victorious over death.
  • 00:20:37.290 --> 00:20:39.230
  • And a few days after that, he was ascended to heaven.
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  • Listen to these words:
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  • "Therefore God also has highly exalted him
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  • and given him a name which is above every name,
  • 00:20:47.290 --> 00:20:50.140
  • that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
  • 00:20:50.150 --> 00:20:53.190
  • of those in heaven, and those on earth,
  • 00:20:53.200 --> 00:20:56.090
  • and those under the earth,
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  • and that every tongue should confess
  • 00:20:57.210 --> 00:20:59.210
  • that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
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  • What a round trip our Savior had.
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  • He ended up back where he started,
  • 00:21:09.200 --> 00:21:11.240
  • but not until he'd taken this long journey
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  • and suffered for you and for me.
  • 00:21:15.150 --> 00:21:18.050
  • Now, let me just put this in context.
  • 00:21:18.060 --> 00:21:21.220
  • Paul wrote to the Philippians about unity and humility.
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  • And he used Jesus as his illustration.
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  • After he gets done giving them all the instruction
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  • about being one-minded and all that, he says,
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  • "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,"
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  • and then he tells
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:38.290
  • this whole story that I just told.
  • 00:21:39.000 --> 00:21:41.240
  • And he says, "If you wanna know
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  • how to make unity and humility work,
  • 00:21:43.050 --> 00:21:46.090
  • there's a place where you can go to get your answers.
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  • Just watch what Jesus did
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  • and let this mind be in you which was also in him."
  • 00:21:50.150 --> 00:21:53.120
  • In other words, have the same attitude yourself
  • 00:21:53.130 --> 00:21:56.050
  • as you see Jesus had.
  • 00:21:56.060 --> 00:21:57.150
  • And what does that mean?
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  • There can never be anything beneath the dignity
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  • of a truly humble Christian
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  • if it's for the cause of Christ and the reality of salvation.
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  • This is the plan of a believer who cares about chemistry.
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  • My role in creating chemistry is to do what Jesus did,
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  • to live in humility,
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  • not always trying to get the best deal for myself,
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  • but looking out at the needs of others,
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  • being willing to do menial tasks
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  • that others would think would be beneath your dignity.
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  • And the Bible says when we do that
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  • and humble ourselves before God, God lifts us up.
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  • Did you know that the way up is the way down?
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  • The way up is the way down.
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  • And if the church of Jesus Christ
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  • could ever get ahold of that,
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  • if we could ever really believe that,
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  • where you believe things in your kidneys,
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  • if we could get that right, what chemistry we would have.
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  • I've been around the church for a long time.
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  • I've seen lots of different things,
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  • and I'm telling you whenever you see
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  • that little sin of pride starting to creep in,
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  • you need to kill it with everything.
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  • You need to nuke it and get it out of your life
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  • 'cause if you don't, it'll destroy you.
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  • It'll keep you from knowing
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  • the true blessing of the Lord on your life.
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  • So this word is from God to us.
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  • To all of us who serve,
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  • to all of us who work in the ministry,
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  • to all of us who are a part of a business or a team,
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  • who work in some organization.
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  • It's to all of us, but it's also to all of us individually.
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  • The Bible says if we will not humble ourselves
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  • and become as little children,
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  • we cannot enter the kingdom of God.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • That means you have to acknowledge
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  • that you have sinned.
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  • You haven't just made mistakes.
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  • You have sinned.
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  • You have violated the holiness of God.
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  • You have to acknowledge that and admit that.
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  • You have to humble yourself before God and say,
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  • "Lord God, please forgive me.
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  • I am a sinner."
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  • When you do that, the mercy and grace of God
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  • floods over your life
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  • like somebody turned on a fire hose
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  • and you will never be the same.
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  • to close today's program right after this.
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  • male announcer: And now, with one last word
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  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: No theme appears in the apostle Paul's letters
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  • more often than his exhortation to unity.
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  • As unity is built into our lives,
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  • we set an example for others to follow
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  • and we discover harmony and humility serving together.
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  • Because the church is the body of Christ,
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  • he set the role model for Christian unity.
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  • Nowhere does Paul explain the importance of unity more
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  • than in the passage we studied today.
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  • In short, unity is found as we put on Christ in our actions,
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  • but that all starts with knowing Christ by faith.
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  • announcer: Next time, on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hold forth the word of life.
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  • Give them the message of the gospel.
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  • You cannot get to heaven without content.
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  • Content is what the Bible says you must do
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  • to become a Christian.
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  • You can shine until there's no shining left,
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  • but if you don't, along with that,
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  • hold forth the word of life,
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  • nobody will ever know what they're supposed to do.
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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 Responsibility," here on "Turning Point."
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