Community Bible Chapel
Monday, September 16, 2019
A place to grow.... where everybody is somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord.
 6/21/15 –Praise Our Father- Romans 11:33-36
 

When you look at whales, God has created them to live in the ocean.

          -They thrive in the ocean and as soon as they beach themselves, they die.

          -The ocean provides for all their needs.

                   -The water keeps them from being crushed by their own body weight.

                   -Their sustenance comes from feeding on the smallest of sea life.

          -God created whales and He created them to live in the ocean.

          -And they thrive in that environment.

-God created you and me to live in the environment of His kingdom.

          -When we trust in Jesus, we are provided for.

          -When we continue to live in Christ, our lives flourish as we grow in Him.

The Apostle Paul writes about the environment that God has created us to live in.

-It’s the environment of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We have been studying the book of Romans and Paul spends 11 chapters dealing with the

the doctrines that make the gospel – the gospel.

-That is the environment that God has created us to live in and flourish in.

          -It’s what we are to view the world through.

-Since the Gospel is everything for us, Paul stated:

                   “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for

the salvation of everyone who believes.”

          -We live by faith in the saving power of God made available in the gospel

 

-From there, Paul talks about salvation and what it is and means.

-All the major doctrines that make up our salvation are discussed

in these first 11 chapters.

          -Chapters 1-3 spoke of the depth of our sin and separation from God.

              -Both Jew and Gentile are in the same boat – needing to trust in Jesus.

                   -It doesn’t matter if you were born into a Jewish family,

a religious family, or one that didn’t know what church was.

                   -All people are sinners and in need of forgiveness through

faith in Jesus.

          -Then Paul spoke of our justification in Jesus Christ that comes through faith.

                   -Through faith in Jesus, we are forgiven of all our sin.

                   -And we are given Jesus’ perfect righteousness.

                             -It’s imputed into our account, so God doesn’t see our sin,

but only Jesus’ righteousness.

                             -If that doesn’t make your day – I don’t know what will.

                   -That justification only comes through faith in Jesus.

                   -There is no way to earn it in personal righteousness through works.

          -And since God does things differently than we do, after we come to Christ and

 are fully justified in faith, then he uses the rest of our lives to sanctify us.

                   -That seems backwards to me.

                   -I would think that to be saved, I would have to be sinning less and earning

 my justification, then God would save me.
                   -But He does it backwards.

                             -He saves us, justifies us, then grows us more like Jesus over the

 rest of our lives.

          -One of the reasons God does that is explained in chapter 9 – it’s God doing it.

                   -He is in control and our salvation, justification, and sanctification

are all in His hands.

          -And just to keep us on our toes, chapter 10 speaks of the choice to trust in

Jesus that we all have to make.

          -So, Paul teaches that God is totally sovereign

and that we each have the free will to choose Him.

                    -Go figure!  God isn’t bound by what we think of Him.

          -Then he ends this section with a treatise on God’s plan for Israel and how

the gospel relates to them.

 

After spending a huge amount of time making sure that his readers understood

these deep truths of God’s Word, and before he begins to explain how they

          change the practice of our lives and our relationships on a daily basis,

               He bursts into praise of God.

-We read through the end of chapter 11 last week, and I thought we needed

to spend a little more time there.

-I am so thankful that you hung with me over these many weeks of

doctrinal teaching and I pray that you learned something from it.

          -And as much as I want to get to the practical application in chapters 12-16,

I want to take some time to be able to respond along with Paul . . . 

in praise of our God for the rich environment He created

in the gospel for us to thrive in.

I invite you to join me in Romans 11:33.

-As Paul has taught through all the major doctrines surrounding our salvation by grace

through faith in Jesus Christ, He breaks into this short, but emotional doxology.

                   -A hymn of praise comes to the surface as he considers what God has done.

          -And I think it very appropriate to take today – to think about our Father in

 heaven, who has done amazing things in our lives.

         
 
 
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!”

-The world speaks of riches in a much different way than the Scripture does.

-God’s Word ties riches into God’s character and God’s Son.

-Jesus made the contrast of worldly riches with the true riches of the gospel

 that Paul has written about at length.

Luke 16:11 “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth,

who will trust you with true riches?”

And as Paul contemplates the depth of God, he writes of true riches.

Romans 2:4  “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance

and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”

Romans 9:23  “What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the

objects of his mercy . . .”

Eph 1:7  “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in

accordance with the riches of God’s grace”

Eph 1:18  “the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people”

Eph 2:7  “the incomparable riches of his grace”

Phil. 4:19  “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory

in Christ Jesus.”

-The riches of God are found in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

          -All these passages speak of grace, inheritance, glory, patience – all

aspects of the gospel as Paul writes of in . . .

Romans 11:36  “the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!”

-All the riches of God are found in Jesus.

          -The riches of God are found in the wisdom and knowledge of bringing about

redemption of . . . .

     Jew/gentile, male/female, white/black/green, learned/unlearned, wise/simple

all in Christ.

          -And it’s in Christ that God’s wisdom and knowledge are clearly manifest.

                   -In the gospel we get a glimpse of the plan of God.

                             -To bring salvation to all people.

                   -In the gospel, we get a glimpse of God’s character at work.

                             -His justice demanded that our sin must be judged.

                             -And His love is demonstrated fully in His paying the price our

sin demanded.

                             -Mercy and grace extended out to sinful man.

                   -In the gospel, we get a glimpse of our responsibility.

                             -To respond to God in faith in Jesus Christ.

          -Wisdom and knowledge are not measured in human terms – the riches of God are

their measure – and they are immeasurably deep.

“How unsearchable His judgments and His paths from tracing out.”

          -Judgments here are not speaking directly to God’s judgment of sin, although it

 doesn’t exclude them, but is centered on His judgment in bringing about

 the events related to salvation.

          -We might question why God allowed certain events to happen.

                   -For example, Paul just finished writing about why God allowed Israel to fall

 away so that He might show them His mercy.

                   -We might come up with a hundred other ways to show mercy, but this is

the way that God chose to show His mercy.

                    -We might question why God allowed sin to enter the world in the first

 place.

                             -But He has allowed sin and rebellion to happen so that He might be

 able to respond in love and forgiveness.

          -You can argue with God all you want – but He will always be found right.

                   -And the reason for that is that His judgments are unsearchable.

                   -Our thinking and knowledge of God are about an inch deep and we try

                             to force God’s ways into our reasoning and desires.

                    -But we will never get to a full understanding of who He is and why

He does what He does.

                             “my ways are not your ways, says the Lord”

          -We don’t always understand why things happen in our lives, but God does.

                   -He knows why He allows the events of our lives as well as how He is

going to use them for our good and His glory.

          -How foolish of us to try to apply motives to God based on our one inch deep

understanding of Him.

          -And Paul emphasizes that in these questions.

“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?
Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?

          -These three questions all reflect the three attributes that are listed above.

                   -Who has known the mind of the Lord - speaks to His knowledge.

                   -Who has counseled God - speaks to God’s wisdom.

                   -Who has given to God – speaks to God’s riches.

-These three questions put our lives in perspective, don’t they.

          -We think we are pretty smart, we think we have wisdom,

we think we do great things for God. 

         

          -We can only know the mind of God through the wisdom that He has revealed         

                     to us in His creation and in His Son.
 

          -We can only understand God’s plan and purpose through His Son, who came

to reveal that plan to us through His teaching and His life.

          -These questions are rhetorical because even if our understanding is small,

 we instantly know that we can’t do any of them.

          -And as we look at God in these questions, we can only respond in thanksgiving,

praise, and worship - because it becomes painfully obvious that God’s

 dealings with mankind in general and with us specifically

can only be by mercy and grace.

 
“For from him and through Him and to Him are all things.”

          “From Him” – He is the source of all things – He is the Creator.

          “Through Him” – He is the sustainer of all things.

                   -How does this universe continue?  Only by the hand of God.

                   -How do we live to see another day?  Only by His hand.

                   -How do we grow in Christ?  Only by His hand.

          “To Him” – He is the goal of all things.

                   -All to Him because He is the Creator and sustainer – it’s all to Him.

 

For all the difficult questions of life that we come up with and that challenge

our understanding; they all boil down to this:

                    “To Him be the glory forever!  Amen.”

          -I have been asked by folks over the years if God is selfish for wanting

all the glory for himself.

                   -Let me answer that with two questions.

                             1.  Who is the Creator of all things?

                              2.  What other god came and died for us so we might live with

 and for Him?
                             -SELFISH? 

                   -To call God selfish is to not know Him.

          -So, yes, He deserves all the glory.
 

This is a piece by Dr. Bob Summerville that I heard a while back.

And I think it is important to put all this doctrine that we have been learning in perspective of what is important in life because all the questions of life are answered in Jesus and the gospel of glory.

So, as I read this, reflect on all that Jesus is to you.

 
 
 
 

Just give me Jesus

          He is enduringly strong, He is entirely sincere, He is eternally steadfast, He is immortally gracious, He is impurely powerful, He is impartially merciful, He is the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the globe, He is God’s Son, He is the sinners Savior, He is the captives ransom, He is breath of live, He is the center piece of salvation, He stands in the solitude of Himself, He is unique, He is unparalleled, He is unprecedented, He is undisputed, He is undefiled, He is unsurpassed, He is unshakable, He is the loftiest idea in philosophy, He is the supreme subject in literature, He is the unavoidable problem in higher criticism, He is the fundamental doctrine of Theology, He is the corner stone, the capstone, and the stumbling stone of all religion, He is the miracle of the ages – Just give me Jesus!

 

No means of measure can define his limitless love, no far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of his shore-less supply, no barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing, He forgives and he forgets, He creates and He cleanses, He restores and He rebuilds, He heals and He helps, He reconciles and He redeems, He comforts and He carries, He lifts and He loves, He is the God of the second chance, He is the God of the fat chance, He is the God of the slim chance, and He is the God of the impossible when there is no chance.  Just give me Jesus!

 

 He discharges the debtors, He delivers the captives, He defends the feeble, He blesses the young, He serves the less fortunate, He regards the aged, He rewards the diligent, He beautifies the meek, He is the key to knowledge, He is the wellspring of wisdom, He is the foundation of faith, He is the doorway to deliverance, He is the pathway to peace, He is the roadway to righteousness, He is the gateway to glory, He is the highway to happiness.  Just give me Jesus!

 

He supplies strength to the weary, He increases power to the faint, He offers the escape to the tempted, He sympathizes with the hurting, He saves the hopeless, He shields the helpless, He sustains the homeless, He gives purpose to the aimless, He gives reason to the meaningless, He gives fulfillment to our emptiness, He gives light in our darkness, He gives comfort in our loneliness, He gives fruit in our barrenness, He gives heaven to the hopeless, He gives life to the lifeless.  Just give me Jesus!

 

He guards the young, He seeks the straying, He finds the lost, He guides the faithful, He rights the wrong, He avenges the abused, He defends the weak, He comforts the oppressed, He welcomes the prodigal, He heals the sick, He cleanses the dirty, He beautifies the barren, He blesses the poor, He fills the empty, He clothes the naked, He satisfies the hungry, He elevates the humble, He forgives the sinner, He raises the dead.  Just give me Jesus!

 

His office is manifold, His promise is sure, His life is matchless, His goodness is limitless, His mercy is enough, His grace is sufficient, His reign is righteous, His yoke is easy, His burden is light, He is indestructible, He is indescribable, He is incomprehensible, He is inescapable, He is invincible, He is irresistible, He is irrefutable, I can’t get Him out of my mind, I can’t get Him out of my heart, I can’t outlive Him, I can’t live without Him, The Pharisee’s couldn’t stand Him but they found they couldn’t stop Him, Satan tried to tempt Him but found he couldn’t trip Him, Pilate examined Him on trial but found he couldn’t fault Him, the Romans crucified Him but found they couldn’t kill Him, death couldn’t handle Him, the grave couldn’t hold Him, He had no predecessor, He’ll have no successor, He is the Lion, He is the Lamb, He is God, He is man, He is the seven way king, the King of the Jews – that’s a racial king, He is the King of Israel – that’s a national king, He is the King of righteousness – that’s a moral King, He is the King of the ages – that’s an everlasting King, He is the King of Heaven – that’s an eternal King, He is the King of glory – that’s a celestial King, He is the King of kings and the Lord of Lords.  He is Jesus – Just give me Jesus!

 

Why do we look to Jesus for all things?

Why do we proclaim Jesus?

          What else is there? 

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