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Firmly Fixed Forever

W. Charles Harris II
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The mystery has been revealed; salvation is by the obedience of faith.

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INTRODUCTION

I rose to talk about the subject of the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ ( Advent)?
Today many are preparing to celebrate what they understand to be the first advent of the Lord into the world. We are swept away with hymns like O’ Little town of Bethlehem, Away in a manger, and O’ come all ye faithful. And while we cannot claim chronological accuracy, we do know that at some time around 2000 or so years ago “The Word was made flesh and dwelled among us”. See John 1:14
John 1:14 NASB95
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The problem is that this message: The Real Meaning of Christmas, has been replace by busyness and crazy consumerism. But lest we forget, Christmas is the season of advent. Advent is the time of serious thought and penitence. It is the time where God set into motion His plan of redemption, and “Mary had a baby”. it’s the time when we can take the time to recognize that we have been granted the gift of being able to give God glory “forever”.

SCRIPTURE READING:

Our lesson is located at Romans 16:25-27
Romans 16:25–27 NASB95
Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.
Reading the text, an eschatological tone can be heard as Paul praises the able-ness of God, saying “to
the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.
Advent is seen in this text because it possesses a view toward “forever”. Paul said: to Him, the one who is able to establish you; to Him: the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory FOREVER. Amen.
Paul’’s audience was a mixed group, made up of people who were completely different from one another. The distinction had existed for “long ages past”, but now has been erased because the “revelation of the mystery is now manifested. The Scripture of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has be made known to all the nations.”
He is saying to this group of people that faith in Jesus Christ is the secret (the mystery) of “forever”. His words suggests that being established is not something that the believer can do for his of herself. This causes us to see then that there is the danger of falling apart from being weak or unsupported. That could be any one of here this Christmas morning. Many are being challenged to give up believing at this very hour. But, I’m with Paul this morning, I gonna leave you in the Lord’s care today. I want to leave you knowing that your Able God, your Powerful Gospel, and your obedience of Faith is able to establish you.

CENTRAL IDEA : God is able to cause us to become unchanging in attitude or belief

God is the only one who is able; because He is the “Only Wise God”

Paul says that his adoration, praise, and worship will forever belong to Him who is able to establish you. The word used to is the Greek sterizo, means to strengthen, make fast, support; it is to fix firmly, set fast, and to make more firm. The main sense of the verb stērízō is “to support.” In figurative use it means “to confirm,” politically “to pacify,” linguistically “to speak out loud,” cosmologically “to fix or secure,” anatomically “to gain hold” (an illness), and medically “to strengthen” (of medicines).
Kittel, G., Friedrich, G., & Bromiley, G. W. (1985). Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 1085). Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans.
In the context of this text, it is used:
to cause someone to become stronger in the sense of more firm and unchanging in attitude or belief—‘to strengthen, to make more firm.’
στηρίζωa: σύ ποτε ἐπιστρέψας στήρισον τοὺς ἀδελφούς σου ‘when you turn back, you must strengthen your brothers’ or ‘… your fellow disciples’ Lk 22:32.
Luke 22:32 NASB95
but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 677). New York: United Bible Societies.

He uses our preaching of Jesus Christ (Our Gospel)

Paul said that The Lord is able to cause the believer to become strong in the sense of having a more firm and unchanging attitude or belief according to “My Gospel” and “the preaching of Jesus Christ.” That’s because the gospel of Jesus Christ is reveals the mystery of God and the true way of salvation.

The World calls it Foolishness

1 Corinthians 1:18 NASB95
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:21 NASB95
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

The Word calls it Powerful

Despite this assessment of the world; the Gospel of Jesus Christ will establish you because it has Power to cause you to become strong, having a more firm, and unchanging attitude or belief.
Romans 1:16 NASB95
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

God is Able to cause you to become strong, having a more firm, and unchanging attitude or belief by your “Obedience of Faith”

In Romans 1:5; see also Acts 6:7
Romans 1:5 NASB95
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,
Acts 6:7 NASB95
The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.
The Obedience of Faith, is to accept the terms that God has set forth; it is to respond to Romans 10:9
Romans 10:9 NASB95
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

CONCLUSION

The Preaching of Jesus Christ is my gospel today. It is because of His sacrifice on the cross at Calvary that we have been fitted for forever. Many are the attempts to try to dislodge us from our profession of faith; but is there anybody here that will sing with renewed fervor: “I shall not be moved”! You can be sure of it today, because the Lord is able, because the gospel is powerful, and because obedience of faith gives way to forever praise. Yes, He reigns forever.

INVITATION

Oh come all ye Faithful
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