His Obedience Is Our Blessing
Now I, Paul, appeal to you with the gentleness and kindness of Christ—though I realize you think I am timid in person and bold only when I write from far away.
Accusations from people
Christ was meek and gentle in handling insults
(NIV) 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. (NIV) 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
(NIV) 32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them.
For if I make you sorrowful, then who is he who makes me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me? And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all.
2 Cor 2:2-3
But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
2 Cor 10
The minister wars /fights but not the way the world does
(NIV) 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Spirits attack the imaginations of men
(NIV) 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
Pure all things are pure…
All the ways of man are pure in his own eyes
A way that seems right to a man but…death
There is a generation pure in their own eyes Pr. 30:12
MAN WHO BORROWED A TOOL
Ex: Resentment, jealousy, abuse
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
A Believers weapons are...
Speaking the Word
Obeying God - submit to God, resist the devil and he shall flee ()
STRONGHOLD START WITH FOOTHOLDS -
Give no place to the enemy.
(NIV) 26 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Phenomenal statement - every thought/imagination to obedience of Christ
WHAT DID JESUS CHRIST’S OBEDIENCE DO FOR US?
2. Jesus was wounded that we might be healed
9 Reasons For Jesus’ Obedience
1. Jesus became the curse so we could be blessed.
3. Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness that we might be made righteous with his righteousness
4. Jesus died our death that we might share his life
(NIV) 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
5. Jesus was made a curse that we might receive the blessing
2. Jesus was wounded that we might be healed
(NIV) 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
6. Jesus endured our poverty that we might share his abundance
3. Jesus was made sin that we might be made the righteousness of God.
7. Jesus bore our shame that we might share his glory
(NIV) 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
8. Jesus endured our rejection that we might have his acceptance with the Father
9. Jesus was cut off by death that we might be joined to God eternally
4. Jesus gave His life for our life.
(NIV) 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
10. Our old man was put to death in him that the new man might come to life in us.
(NIV) 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
5. Jesus became poor that we could be rich.
(NIV) 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
6. Jesus bore our shame that we might share in His glory
(NIV) 10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.
7. Our old man died in Him so we could be one new man
(NIV) 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
8. Jesus was subject to the law to free us from the law
(NIV) 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
9. Jesus set us free to be Sons
(NIV) 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
(NIV) 14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
(NIV) 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--