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Open your bibles to …IF you do not have a Bible it is going to be helpful to have one and if you need one Mason can give you one...
I am going to start today’s message by telling you my goals…what I want for you…what I am aiming for. And specifically for you depending on your relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what I have prayed for you.
If you are saved. If you are sitting here as one who lives for Christ because Chrsit lived and died and was raised and reigns for you…if you have given your life to the one who gave His....I want to give you a tool…I want to sharpen your sword. My hope for you is that you would see the glory and awesomeness of this promise of God to you and to us the church. And more specifically that you would begin to see how this verse is like a key that unlocks the perseverance power and the joy producing ability…of many other other verses and because of that…I hope you memorize this verse and use it for your perseverance and for the increasing of your joy…in Christ.
If you are not saved. If you have not repented of your sin and put your faith in Jesus as your Savior…if you are not following him and trusting him and obeying and glorifying Him with your life with him as your Lord. I have literally been praying that you see what you are missing out on. That you see the greatest treasure of the universe is Jesus Christ...in comparison to Him all other things in this world are rubbish…trash. I prayed this morning that you would see that truly knowing Him and loving Him and living for Him is worth it…and therefore that today would impact your eternity...and that you would see that a life lived for Christ is not only worth is but that you would desire from this point forward to pursue Jesus with your life…the life He has given you. I have prayed that you would be saved. Because He is glorious and not living for Him is foolish.
If today you see something or hear something that calls you to come to Jesus…to change…to repent and be saved…if you see your need for Christ and want to be saved…please talk to me immediately after this.
If today you see something or hear something that calls you to come to Jesus…to change…to repent and be saved…if you see your need for Christ and want to be saved…please talk to me immediately after this.
I pray you all see the gospel in this message, in the body of this church, and in the baptisms we will be doing after worship today. That as those being baptised come out of the water…you see in them and for them...the hope of this promise…which is true for them…and guaranteed for them by the gospel…and therefore worthy of celebration and joy. And if you are being baptised today…I hope this promise for you increases your joy in this day and from this day forward…
If today you see something or hear something that calls you to come to Jesus…to change…to repent and be saved…if you see your need for Christ and want to be saved…please talk to me immediately after this.
So with that let’s start. And if you are being baptised today…I hope this promise for you increases your joy in this day and from this day forward…and if you are saved…or if today you see your need for Christ and want to be saved…please talk to me immediately after this.
So with that let’s start.
On Easter we, the church, started worshiping here in the Fall Creek Public School auditorium. The teaching plan was to start by celebrating Easter together by showing how all of the promises of God have found their yes in Jesus!
And then we have been walking through a sermon series asking the question…according to God’s Word…What is the church…or more precisely....who is the church?
So we slowly studied the fundamentals of the church. The clear and undeniable truths about who the Church is and how we are to live as the Body of Christ…according to God’s Word.
It is now the end of August and we are finishing that series of sermons.
 In our time together we hav discovere and talked about and dug into how the church is devote and united by love and on a missio to make disciple through the Gospe  We do this because Jesus is everything to the church and it is the mission he has given us We do this because we live by and believe every word of his wor the Bibl  We also talked about how the church prepares it's used to live for Jesu and how the church is a people who have been saved by the Gospel We saw the church sacrificially gives and serve an primarily because we have a great passion for the salvatio of souls We looked at how the church worship God in spirit and trut and is a people that praise desperatel and in our joy gives everythin for Jesus and his glor  And then last wee we talked abou over the last two weeks how the church is led by spirit filled followers of Chris elder and then last week we talked about baptism and communion This wee will culminate that group of messages by returning to where we starte  If he's not resurrected. If he is not the living Lord of the universe right now raining moving over all things. Then he is also not truly our savior But if he is resurrected. Then we will be resurrected. Then his people, his church. The born-again spirit fille believers and followers of Jesus one day be resurrected and in victor be part of him putting death to death once and for al in a crushin Satan. The enemy. But not only that We started by looking at second Corinthians 120 All of the promises of God find their yes in Jesus. And if we are in Christ, all of those promises are yes for us Because he is risen briefly looked at some of these promise  Romans 82 copy from that sermo 
In our time together we have seen from God’s Word how the church is this people that are radically devoted....devoted to God...and fully and completely devoted to one another.
How God’s people as the local church are united...love…we are called to be as united as Jesus is with the Father…and when we are of one heart, one mind, united in love and faith and belief with one another…united because of the Love of Christ for us...that kind of love, Jesus says...is what will cause people to believe the gospel we speak…to truly believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior.
We then saw that the Church has been given a mission by Jesus…to make disciples of all nations, baptising them, and then teaching them and each other to obey everything Jesus commanded.
And we do this because Jesus is everything to us...the church...and it is the mission he has given us...
We live this way by the power of the Holy Spirit in us and because we live by and believe every word of God’s Word...the Bible.  
We also talked about how the church prepares it's youth to live for Jesus and how the church is a people who have been saved by the Gospel and entrusted with the Gospel…the power of God for salvation...
We learned that the church sacrificially gives and serves...because we have a great passion for the salvation of souls.
And then over the last month we have looked at how the church worships God in spirit and truth and is a people that is dependent on prayer…we pray desperately and believe that our God answers our prayers and we pray big because our God is an awesome and powerful God.
And we do all of these things in our joy and for our joy…because true and everlasting joy…the happiness we all are searching for...can only be found in Jesus…the source of joy…the reason for joy.
The one who went to the cross…for joy.
So we, the church, give Jesus our whole lives and live for his glory.
Then over the last two weeks we ended the series by diving into church leadership and how the church is led by spirit filled followers of Christ…a plurality of elders...then last week we talked about the beauty and the power and the privilege and the mystery of baptism and communion.
This week will culminate that series of messages and in a way return to where we started…on Easter. The hope and promise of the cross and resurrection.
Remember...all that we believe and everything I stand before you by the Spirit of God and preach…and all that we who love Jesus live for is hinges on one glorious truth…That Jesus is alive. That He was resurrected from the dead and is alive.
If that is not true we are fools and liars...if Jesus is not alive.
If Christ is not raised the way we who live for him is foolish…and our faith is pointless. Or as Paul said in .
1 Corinthians 15:14 ESV
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
and
1 Corinthians 15:19 ESV
If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
If Christ is not resurrected. If Jesus is not right now reigning as the living Lord of the universe in complete control of all things…then Revival Church is a bunch of weirdos who love one another and live life together and give and serve and pray and cry and laugh and dunk people in water because we say we are living for Jesus…a dead man.
If Christ is not resurrected. If he is not the living Lord of the universe right now raining moving over all things.
But I began by saying that one of my aims is to convince those who are not saved and not living for Christ that their life is foolish…why can I say that? How can I be so sure?
Because in FACT…the FACT...
1 Corinthians 15:20 ESV
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
God became a man…to live the perfect life we could not live…and then died the brutal death we all deserve…and in victory....the greatest and most astonishing...most miraculous news in the history of the universe…the very point of the universe…the gospel is this...
God became a man…to live the perfect life we could not live…and then died the brutal death we all deserve…and then in all power was raised up…resurrected…He is alive.
In power Christ was raised…resurrected…from death to life...
He was really dead…brutally dead…and then 3 days later He was alive…this is the truth…there is no other truth without his truth.
Jesus is gloriously and powerfully and beautifully alive…notice I said is…He is alive.
Therefore we who are saved…those of us that have repented of our sin…stopped living for self…and have put our faith in Jesus alone to save us...His church. The born-again, spirit filled believers and followers of Jesus…we will also one day be resurrected...
Therefore we who are saved…those of us that have repented of our sin…stopped living for self…and have put our faith in Jesus alone to save us...his church. The born-again spirit filled believers and followers of Jesus…we will also one day be resurrected...
He has put sin to death…and empowered us by His Spirit to put sin to death.
He has put death to death…and the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead…is in us…those whom He he came to rescue…to save.
And since this is true…since this is a fact…since this is not only true but the truth…the truth that is the foundation of all other truth...
And as His body the church we know...
Romans 16:20 ESV
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And since this is true…since this is a fact…since this is not only true but the truth…the truth that is the foundation of all other truth...
And since this is true…since this is not only true but the truth…the truth that is the foundation of all other truth...
On Easter we saw that this is also true.
2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
All of the promises of God find their yes in Jesus.
He is the answer to everything because He is everything.
There is no everything without the one who is and made and sustains everything.
Therefore all of the promises of God have found there Yes…they are sealed and guaranteed in and by Jesus.
Every promise in this book has happened or will happen…you can stake you life on that.
And therefore if you are in Christ…part of His church…the body of Christ…then...
All of those promises are are not only yes in Him…they are also Yes for you…for us…the Church.
And if you are not in Christ…the promises are still true…and will happen…they are just not for you.
But can be and I hope will be.
Because Jesus is alive....because He is the King of kings…Lord of lords.
Because Jesus is alive....because He is the King of kings...
Church… is Yes for us...in Jesus!
For Example…on Easter we said...
Romans 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Yes in Jesus!
ESVAnd we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
ESVAnd we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
ESVAnd we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Yes in Jesus!
Yes in Jesus!
ESVfear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Yes in Jesus!
Philippians 4:19 ESV
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
ESVAnd my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Yes in Jesus!
Yes in Jesus!
2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
ESVAnd God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Yes in Jesus!
Yes in Jesus!
Philippians 1:6 ESV
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
ESVAnd I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Yes in Jesus!
Yes in Jesus!
Romans 8:31 ESV
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
ESVWhat then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
in Jesus!
Yes in Jesus!
This morning we are going to look at the promise of all promises...
I believe this is the churches most victorious and most awesome promise.
is a beautiful gift to us...
 Open your Bibles to Romans eigh . I will be reading a 28 to 32 and then we will focus on Romans 832
Open your Bibles to .
This is one we…you...should memorize as soon as possible...and preach to yourself daily…in all situations…good or bad…in celebration and in tears…this victorious and glorious promise…if true for you…will radically re-shape the way you see everything.
Open your Bibles to .
I will be reading 8:28 to 32 this morning...then we will focus in on....
If you are in Christ…let God’s Word powerfully renew and conform your heart and mind in Christ Jesus…because of this promise.
If you are in Christ…let God’s Word powerfully renew and conform your heart and mind in Christ Jesus…because of this promise.
If you are not…or you are in a place where you have not been walking in faith…let this promise call you home back to the Father this morning...or for some…may God shine the light of the glory of the gospel in the face of Jesus Christ in you your heart…even right now this morning...
The Word of God to us the church this morning...
NO SLIDE
Romans 8:28–32 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Let me read again...
Romans 8:32 ESV
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
The reason is so breathtakingly stunning is that it combines God’s most massive promises for his people with the (seemingly) simple reality of the gospel. In , the apostle Paul takes God’s most far-reaching, hope-giving, life-changing pledges and supports them with the central Christian message with far too often take for granted.
if it settles deeply into your heart…and implants it self deeply in your mind…and begins to take seed and grow…and become a promise for you…changes everything.
Imagine you are on a mountaintop…and there is great beauty to be seen but there is too much fog for you to see anything...all of the beauty and glory of creation is before…tight in front of you...you but you are having trouble seeing it…through the fog.
Knowing and believing and trusting is like the fog clearing…when it happens...it is breathtaking…when you can see clearly.
And the more you trust and see and hold tightly to this promise…the more glory you can see in all things and all circumstances.
This promise combines God’s most massive promises for his people with the reality…the fact…the truth of the gospel. Paul takes God’s most far-reaching, hope-giving, life-changing, fear-crushing, joy-producing promises and grounds them all...supports them…connects them...with the truth of all truths…the central message of the universe…
That God has given His son. That Jesus is who He said
Here’s how it works…here is how it fuels and empowers the radical life we the church have been called to.
The life lived as though…to live is Christ and to die is gain.
First, the truth…
Romans 8:32 ESV
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
“[God] did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us...”
Think about that...
God gave us…sacrificed...his Son...
For us who are saved…
When we were rebels.
We all were in sin and lost. Dead…destined for hell.
And we had nothing to give…there was nothing we could do or give to save ourselves…no act or tradition…no name we call ourselves…no other person or specific prayer or anything in all creation could save us from our sin…our selves...or so we were in big trouble…eternal and infinite trouble.
And then the good news—the central truth of Christianity.
This is what we hear and believe to be saved, and this is what we keep believing to stay connected to the vine…to Christ.
God gave His perfect Son to pay the penalty for our sin...
He who did not spare his Son but gave him for us...
If He did that for you…if that is true for you...
Then Paul explodes this truth of the gospel in a way that when seen and believed will empower us to believe all of God’s promises in all situations and to trust God for all things...
takes this truth of the gospel and causes it to erupt in a way that when seen and believed will empower us to believe all of God’s promises in all situations and to trust God for all things…at all times.
Because if God loves us enough to do the hardest thing…for us.
How will he not also with Him give us all things.
Remember the Father and son for all eternity have been united in perfect love…parents if you think you love your children...
How about infinite and eternal and perfect love…
And God gave His perfect son for us…for those of us that are saved…God did that for us!
So if He was willing and able and desired to do that hardest of hard things for us...
How will he not, also with him, graciously give us all things?
It’s a rhetorical question—what Paul means…what God wants us to believe is that...
Because He already did the unimaginable thing…gave us His son...
God will definitely also give us all things for our good. No question…No doubt...
May that set a fire in your soul.
Not only will He supply all our needs, but the same God who gave His Son for us...will also bring into our lives anything and everything that is for our deepest joy and most eternal good.
Do you believe that? Is that where your hope is?
Let me ask you a question…what are peoples two biggest fears? If you take all of the fears people have…which two rise to the top. If you really examine the depths of your soul…if you are honest with yourself...especially those who are not saved or before you were saved…and ask what are humans two biggest fears?
Or the hardest things to deal with or talk about? The things we fear most.
Your own death.
The death of a child.
To lose or give your life and to lose or give the life of your child.
PAUSE
Now think of what happened on the Cross…God did both for us.
Let me ask you…what did God do for us on the Cross…what did God give us on the cross?
God did both for us.
If you truly beliieve that God as a man came and paid the penalty for your sin…if we truly believe the gospel…if we truly believe that...
He did not spare His on life…He did not spare his own Son…but gave Him up for us...
Then we believe God has overcome the hardest thing…He died for us…He gave His only beloved Son for us...
And we did nothing to earn it or deserve it…nothing.
We can’t…we couldn’t.
If you believe that…if that is true for you and in your life...
Then you are free to believe—truly believe—that God will also give you all things for your infinite joy…and work all things for your eternal good.
That’s the truth and the promise of .
It doesn’t get bigger than that....
God giving his Son was the hardest thing;
Working all things for our good and making us eternally happy is therefore easy…for God.
If the first part is true for you…then the second part is eternally true for you.
The reason that this promise is so powerful and so life giving and faith sustaining is because the gospel and the cross are the foundation of the promise…
APTAT
Because the gospel and the cross are the foundation of the promise…there is no circumstance where this promise is irrelevant.
Therefore…there is no circumstance in your life where this promise is irrelevant.
Part of the reason is that the promise in it is so all-encompassing that it stands ready to help me at virtually every turn in my life and ministry. There never has been, and never will be, a circumstance in my life where this promise is irrelevant.
Because the fact…the truth…that makes this promise so solid and unshakable is God the Father’s…infinite and eternal love for his Son…Jesus.
But what puts in a class by itself is the logic that gives rise to the promise and makes it as solid and unshakable as God’s love for his infinitely admirable Son.
And the fact that He gave Him for those of us that are His.
contains a foundation and guarantee that is so strong and so solid and so secure that there is absolutely no possibility that the promise can ever be broken.
And therefore if you are in Christ...you can also believe with 100% certainty that God will graciously give you all things that you need for your eternal good and infinite happiness.
The application for today’s message is this…memorize and begin to tell yourself it....and apply it to your daily life…big things and small…
This is a verse that, if known and believed...will drive you to thanksgiving in good times and hope in hard times.
Whatever may come in life…if you are saved…this promise will never fail.
This promise takes away the power of every pain...
This promise takes away the power of every pain...
This promise will strengthen you to overcome any temptation...
This promise the prescription for anxiety or depression...
This promise is the answer in the face of any evil...
This promise is the fuel to your running the race and fighting the good fight of faith.
This promise is your response to the enemy when His lies and deceptions come at you.
This promise is the sword by which by the Spirit you can put sin to death.
This promise is the reason we in the church can live and love and give and sacrifice and smile and pray and grow and cry and live with one another…for His glory and our joy.
This promise is why we as God people can hold lightly and give freely of our time, talent, our money, our possessions...
God gives us this promise to take any situation big or small…any question or doubt…any setback or discouragement...any pressure...any pain...any worry and any temptation to waste our life or turn to sin…and completely strips them all of their destructive power…
God strips every pain of destructive power. You must believe this or you will not thrive, or perhaps even survive, as a Christian, in the pressures and temptations of modern life.
And even better…it flips them on their head...
This promise turns all things…yes all things...into a reason for hope and joy!
This is why the Church should live in victory…and overcome fear and overcome this world...because all things are promised to us…and all things are working for our joy!
There is so much pain, so many setbacks and discouragements, so many controversies and pressures. I do not know where I would turn, if I did not believe that almighty God is taking every setback and every discouragement and every controversy and every pressure and every pain, and stripping it of its destructive power, and making it work for the enlargement of my joy in God.
, “All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future — all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” The world is ours. Life is ours. Death is ours. Which I take to mean: God reigns so supremely on behalf of his elect that everything which faces us in a lifetime of obedience and ministry will be subdued by the mighty hand of God and made the servant of our holiness and our everlasting joy in God.
1 Corinthians 3:21–23 ESV
So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
Listen to Paul’s astonishing words in , “All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future — all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” The world is ours. Life is ours. Death is ours. Which I take to mean: God reigns so supremely on behalf of his elect that everything which faces us in a lifetime of obedience and ministry will be subdued by the mighty hand of God and made the servant of our holiness and our everlasting joy in God.
For those who belong to Christ…if you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior...
The world is ours. Life is ours. Death is ours. The present may not feel like it is ours…but we should live like it is…because it is ours. The future ours.
God is so in control of all things for our good and our eternal joy....for the benefit of his elect...
That everything that comes against us as we live out our obedience to and life for Christ...it will ALL be turned into our good and lead to our holiness and our everlasting joy in God.
This is why the rest of what we read in Roimnans 8 28-32 is so awesome and so true.
Romans 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Why...
Rom
Romans 8:32 ESV
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
For our good...
How about...
Romans 8:29–30 ESV
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
So if you are His…all things are working to conform you into the image of Jesus…to be sanctified and made Holy.
If you are truly His…if you have been born again…given a new heart and new mind and new Spirit by Jesus to live for Jesus...
Then your calling (your testimony)…your justification…your sanctification…and your glorification…your salvation and place in the book of life…in heaven...are eternally secure…Why?
Because...
Romans 8:32 ESV
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
And...
2 Timothy 3:12 ESV
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
So we will struggle and be persecuted and the enemy will attack...in our struggles and pain and when the enemy attacks…when persecution comes...
Romans 8:31 ESV
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Answer: No one can successfully be against us...Why? Because...
Romans 8:32 ESV
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
This promise of the past, present, and future grace…the promise of the joy set before us is overwhelming and all-encompassing.
All things — the world, life, death, and God himself.
This promise of the grace and the joy set before us is overwhelming.
And it is secure…it is guaranteed to happen…for those of us who are in Christ...
Because the foundation of the promise is not us…or anything in us…but God...
Because of the foundation:
God did not spare his own Son! Therefore!
How much more will he not spare anything that Christ also died to purchase for us...His church — all things, all good, and all bad working for our good and eternal joy.
God did not spare his own Son, because it was the only way he could righteously spare us from...
God did not spare his own Son, because it was the only way he could spare us.
That's what the first half of says: God did not spare his own Son but handed him over--to death. puts it even more bluntly, "We esteemed him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted . . . It was the will of the Lord to bruise him; he has put him to grief" (vv. 4, 10). Or as :25says, "God put him forward as a propitiation by his blood." Just as Abraham lifted the knife over the chest of his son Isaac, but then spared his son because there was a ram in the thicket as a substitute, so God the Father lifted the knife over the chest of his Son Jesus and did not spare him because he was the ram--he was the substitute.
And my pastor friend told me that those hardened prisoners sat there in silence for a moment and then said, "Why would he do that?"
"For our sake God made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (). Or as Isaiah saw it hundreds of years before it happened:
And the answer is given right here: "God did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all." In another place Paul says, "For our sake God made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (). Or as Isaiah saw it hundreds of years before it happened:
The penatly of our past sin
The power of our present sin
He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, And with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned every one to his own way; And the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. ()
The very presence of any sin in our future....
God did not spare his own Son, because it was the only way he could spare us. The guilt of our transgressions, the punishment of our iniquities, the curse of our sin--just as true for us pastors as for the worst derelict in the world--would have brought us inescapably to the destruction of hell. But God did not spare his own Son but gave him up to be wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities and crucified for our sin.
All defeated at the cross...
of our transgressions, the punishment of our iniquities, the curse of our sin--just as true for us pastors as for the worst derelict in the world--would have brought us inescapably to the destruction of hell. But God did not spare his own Son but gave him up to be wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities and crucified for our sin.
Jesus took in his body all my punishment…He saved me from hell...and took all my guiltiness and all my condemnation and all my blame and all and…and my rebellion.
Since that is true...
One day I will stand before a great and holy God…from whom I desreve wrath...
But I will stand before Him…free, forgiven, reconciled, justified, accepted, pure…seen as Holy and righteous...
All because of Jesus…joy for ever more at his right hand.
And church…with this promise...we can and should live in that power and that victory and with that joy right now…
Because...
Romans 8:32 ESV
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
And right now is when some of you are asking...
So this is the way Paul reasons: since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how shall he not--surely he must, surely he will, how can he not--freely give us all things with him. There's the all-encompassing promise in this verse. God will most surely, most certainly, without any doubt or any possibility of failure, "freely give us all things with him."
So this is the way Paul reasons: since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how shall he not--surely he must, surely he will, how can he not--freely give us all things with him. There's the all-encompassing promise in this verse. God will most surely, most certainly, without any doubt or any possibility of failure, "freely give us all things with him."
And some of you ask...
For reals? Am I really supposed to believe…He will graciously give us all things...

how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Paul reasons from the hard to the easy, or from the great to the small. If God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us--that's the hard thing, the great thing--then it is a comparatively easy thing, a small thing, for God to freely give us all things with him. A small and easy thing for God, but utterly breathtaking for us.
What does that mean?
Really? All things? What does that mean?
It means that if you are a born again follower of Jesus…if He has saved you.
There is nothing that will ever come into your life that, by God's sovereign grace, will not turn out to be for your good.
"How shall he not with him freely give us all things?" Really? All things? What does that mean? The key is found in the immediately preceding verse. There Paul says, "If God is for us, who is against us?" And our first response is: lots of people are against us. Jesus said, "You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death; you will be hated by all for my name's sake" (). That's a lot of opposition.
"If God is for us, who can be against us?"
And since you know your Bibles your first response is: lots of people are against us. Jesus promises,
Luke 21:16–17 ESV
You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name’s sake.
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"You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death; you will be hated by all for my name's sake" (). That's a lot of opposition.
What did Paul mean when he said, "If God is for you, who is against you?"
And the answer is many will be against you…but not with any everlasting sucess...
And the same is true when he says, "How shall he not freely with him give us all things?"
There is nothing that will ever come into your experience as God's child that, by God's sovereign grace, will not turn out to be a benefit to you. This what it means for God to be God, and for God to be for you, and for God to freely give you all things with Christ.
So this means the prosperity gospel is almost true…the timing is just off...
We have been promised prosperity…and joy and treasure…and no more tears and no more pain…and promised all things…the world is ours.
Forever.
Eternal prosperity…eternal joy...
eaven...
Psalm 30:5 ESV
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
All things for our eternal good and infinite joy.
And why can we be unshakably certain of that?
And why can we be unshakably certain of that?
Because....
Romans 8:32 ESV
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Finally…look with me for a minute what Paul tells us next.
gns so supremely on behalf of his elect that everything including Jerry Halldorson's death and everything that faces you in a lifetime of ministry has been subdued by the mighty hand of God and made the servant of our holiness and our everlasting joy in God.
Tomorrow morning at 11:00 o'clock I will stand before several hundred friends and family of Jerry Halldorson and try to help them see that for Jerry and for them (if they will receive it) it is absolutely true that even in Jerry's death God is fulfilling the promise of . And perhaps I will refer to that magnificent parallel to in where Paul says to the saints at Corinth, "All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death . . . all are yours and you are Christ's and Christ is God's."
Tomorrow morning at 11:00 o'clock I will stand before several hundred friends and family of Jerry Halldorson and try to help them see that for Jerry and for them (if they will receive it) it is absolutely true that even in Jerry's death God is fulfilling the promise of . And perhaps I will refer to that magnificent parallel to in where Paul says to the saints at Corinth, "All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death . . . all are yours and you are Christ's and Christ is God's."
NO SLIDE
The world is yours. Life is yours. Death is yours. God reigns so supremely on behalf of his elect that everything including Jerry Halldorson's death and everything that faces you in a lifetime of ministry has been subdued by the mighty hand of God and made the servant of our holiness and our everlasting joy in God.
If God is for us, and if God is God, then it is true that nothing can succeed against us. He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how shall he not freely with him give us all things--all things: the world, life, death, . . .
What we are about to commemorate at this table is the foundation and guarantee of the most all-encompassing promise in the Bible. It is the ground of this great truth:
Romans 8:33–39 ESV
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God spared his Son no pain that he might spare his saints no pleasure.
And it came not in isolation, but as a quintessential summary of the argument of have called it the solid logic of heaven. There are other summaries of this glory-laden logic in Romans:
Roma 8 33-
And it came not in isolation, but as a quintessential summary of the argument of have called it the solid logic of heaven. There are other summaries of this glory-laden logic in Romans:
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Since the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel, therefore the gospel is the power of God unto salvation ().
Since God is the one who justifies, no one can successfully bring a charge against us God’s elect ().
Since we have now been justified by his blood, therefore much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God ().
Since while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, therefore much more shall we be saved by his life ().
Since grace reigns through righteousness, therefore it leads to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord ().
Since God foreknew and predestined and called and justified us, therefore he most assuredly will glorify us ().
Since God has shown himself to be for us, therefore no one can successfully oppose us. ().
Since God is the one who justifies, therefore no one can successfully bring a charge against God’s elect ().
Since Christ is the one who died and was raised and intercedes for us, therefore no one can successfully condemn us ().
And no matter what comes in life or even death…tribulation…distress…persecution…famine…nakedness…danger…sword…death…rulers…evil...
Nothing to come…no power...nothing in all creation can separate those of us that love Jesus from the love of God for us in Jesus…why?
Because...
Romans 8:32 ESV
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
And why would He do that…for His glory and for our joy...
But none of these summaries of the solid logic of heaven is as sweeping and as focused and as ultimate as , Since God did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, therefore, he will most certainly give us all things with him.
This solid logic of heaven is an argument from the greater to the lesser. We call it an a fortiori argument: “from the stronger”. If strength or will has been exerted to accomplish something hard, then surely that strength or will will accomplish something easier. So suppose you say to your child, “Please run next door and ask Mr. Smith if we can borrow his pliers,” and your child says, “But what if Mr. Smith doesn’t want us to borrow his pliers?” Your a fortioriargument to him might be: “Yesterday, Mr. Smith was happy to let me borrow his car all day long. If he was happy for me to borrow his car, he’ll be very willing for us to borrow his pliers.”
This solid logic of heaven is an argument from the greater to the lesser. We call it an a fortiori argument: “from the stronger”. If strength or will has been exerted to accomplish something hard, then surely that strength or will will accomplish something easier. So suppose you say to your child, “Please run next door and ask Mr. Smith if we can borrow his pliers,” and your child says, “But what if Mr. Smith doesn’t want us to borrow his pliers?” Your a fortioriargument to him might be: “Yesterday, Mr. Smith was happy to let me borrow his car all day long. If he was happy for me to borrow his car, he’ll be very willing for us to borrow his pliers.”
Loaning your car is a greater sacrifice than loaning pliers. Therefore it is harder to loan your car than to loan your pliers. If he was inclined to do the harder thing, then he will be inclined to do the easier thing. That’s the way we use a fortiori arguments.
So Paul says, God did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. That’s the harder thing. Therefore, he will most certainly give us all things with him.That’s the easier thing.
I had read that all my life. But here I was, age 23 (if I recall the semester accurately) and for the first time, this logic — this God-inspired logic, this holy, heavenly, glorious, inexhaustible logic — penetrated into my soul and implanted itself so that it became a lifelong, living agent of practical, life-altering power. I’ll try to show why in a moment. But first ponder the content of the two halves of this verse.
What is the greatest obstacle between you in your sin and you with every need met, and every enemy subdued, and every desire satisfied with eternal and ever-increasing happiness in the presence of God? My guess is that we would ordinarily answer: The two biggest obstacles between me in sin and me in glory is my guilt and God’s wrath. I am guilty and God is angry at me in my guilt. Which is true. If I am to move from God-condemned sinner to God-glorified saint, these two obstacles have to be overcome. And they can only be overcome by God, not me. My fate is sealed. I am guilty. I am deserving of wrath. Nothing I can do can make me not guilty or undeserving of wrath.
What is the greatest obstacle between you in your sin and you with every need met, and every enemy subdued, and every desire satisfied with eternal and ever-increasing happiness in the presence of God? My guess is that we would ordinarily answer: The two biggest obstacles between me in sin and me in glory is my guilt and God’s wrath. I am guilty and God is angry at me in my guilt. Which is true. If I am to move from God-condemned sinner to God-glorified saint, these two obstacles have to be overcome. And they can only be overcome by God, not me. My fate is sealed. I am guilty. I am deserving of wrath. Nothing I can do can make me not guilty or undeserving of wrath.
But shows us that these are not the biggest obstacle in the way of my salvation. Instead, God’s love for his Son is the greatest obstacle to my salvation. Since he did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, therefore certainly he will also with him graciously give us all things.
But shows us that these are not the biggest obstacle in the way of my salvation. Instead, God’s love for his Son is the greatest obstacle to my salvation. Since he did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, therefore certainly he will also with him graciously give us all things.
Because for a sinner like me or you...to be radically changed into a Jesus loving…Jesus worshipping…Jesus treasuring follower of the Most High God…
In other words, since he did the hardest thing — since he did not spare his own Son — therefore, it is certain that God will find it very easy to give us all things with him. Paul expects us to feel the massive tension between the phrase, “his own Son” and the phrase “he did not spare him.”
When Paul calls Jesus God’s “own Son,” the point is that there are no others, and he is infinitely precious to the Father. Twice while Jesus was on earth God said, “This is my beloved Son” (; ). In Paul calls him “the Son of his [God’s] love.” Jesus himself told the parable of the tenants in which the master’s servants were beaten and killed when they came to collect the fruit. Then Jesus said, “He had still one other, a beloved son” (). One Son is all the Father had. And he loved him infinitely.
If the most God glorifying and joy producing miracle in the universe...
And the point of is that this love of God for his one and only Son was like a massive Mount-Everest obstacle standing between God and our salvation. Here was an obstacle almost insurmountable.
He who did the hardest thing for us (gave His Son)…will also for my joy give me all things for my eternal good.
Could God, would God, overcome his cherishing, admiring, treasuring, white-hot, infinite, affectionate bond with his Son and hand him over to be lied about and betrayed and denied and abandoned and mocked and flogged and beaten and spit on and nailed to a cross and pierced with a sword like an animal being butchered and hung up on a rack? Would he really do that? If he would, then we could know with full certainty that whatever goal he was pursuing in overcoming that obstacle could never fail. There could be no greater obstacle. So whatever he was pursuing, is as good as done.
And since He did it all…it is all for His glory!
And in fact, says, God did not spare him. He did give him up. He did hand him over to the worst possible suffering.
And in fact, says, God did not spare him. He did give him up. He did hand him over to the worst possible suffering.
The Bible says Judas handed him over (), and Pilate handed him over (), and Herod and the Jewish people and the Gentiles handed him over (), and we handed him over (; ; ). It even says Jesus handed himself over (; ).
Church…this is what this means for us...
But Paul is saying the ultimate thing here in verse 32. In and behind and beneath and through all these human acts, God was handing his Son to death. “This Jesus, [was] delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God” (). In Judas and Pilate and Herod and the crowds and the Gentile soldiers and our sin and Jesus’s lamblike submission, God himself handed over his Son. Nothing greater has ever happened. Or ever will.
And why would He do that…for a sinner like me to be radically changed into a Jesus loving…Jesus worshipping…Jesus treasureing follower of the Most High God…and since He did it…it is all for His glory!
Since God did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, he will most certainly also give us all things with him.
Therefore, all things will work together for our good.
Therefore, we will be conformed to the image of his Son.
Therefore, we who were foreknown and justified…have been called and will be glorified.
Therefore, no one can successfully be against us.
Therefore, no lie has any eternal power against God’s elect.
Therefore, nothing can separate us from the love of God for us in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, in tribulation and distress and persecution and famine and nakedness and danger and sword we are more than conquerors.
Therefore, neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will ever…ever...be able to separate those of us who love Jesu from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Why?
Because...
Now here is how it has worked for forty years. When God promises in , “therefore he will most certainly with him graciously give us all things,” among those “all things” are all the promises of God in the Bible for his elect. “All the promises of God are Yes in him.” is based squarely on the solid logic of heaven in . Since he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, therefore, all the promises of God are Yes in him.
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And among those promises guaranteed by the solid logic of heaven is this cluster: I will be with you to the end of the age. I will never leave your or forsake you. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will hold you up by my righteous right hand (; ; ).
With that cluster of promises resting firmly on the solid logic of heaven in I have fought almost all my battles against fear for the last forty years — thousands of them. From preaching that first sermon in the Fuller chapel, to flying to Germany when I didn’t know any German, to taking my oral exams in a foreign language, to leaving academia behind and becoming a pastor with almost no experience, to going late at night with Tom Steller to deliver a demon-possessed woman, to hearing false prophesies pronounced over me about the death of my wife, to visiting church members bitterly angry with me, to witnessing for Christ on the street, to laying down the leadership of Bethlehem after 32 years and walking into an unknown chapter.
I have fought the fight against fear thousands of times in my life by listening to the voice of God say to me personally: “I did not spare my own Son; therefore, my promise to you cannot fail. I will help you. Go.” And after forty years I bear witness it has never failed. And it never will.
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all,    how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:32 ESV
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
BAPTISM!
And with how can you that know that this promise is for you?
How can you know that He gave His son for you and therefore will also give you all things for your eternal good and infinite joy?
Then explain repentance and faith and then lead into baptism
Because if you believe that Jesus is Lord…and He is the only way to be saved…then you will turn from your sin in repentance…and live a life of faith in Him...
Put your faith in Jesus…and you will be saved…and this promise is for you.
You will live for the kingdom of heaven and not make for yourself a kingdom on this earth…because...
Matthew 13:44 ESV
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
BAPTISM!
Give your life to Christ…put your old self to death…ask the Lord to give you a new heart and new mind and new Sprit...
And to open your heart and your eyes to the Gospel…the good news about Jesus.
Which is what those being baptised are telling us has happened to them today...
May God empower this Church and His people with the victorious promise that...
May God empower this Church and His people with the victorious promise that...
BAPTISM!
Romans 8:32 ESV
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Amen!
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