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Atonement 2 – all of God is involved in our salvation

October 3rd, 2016
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Ephesians1

Notice the references to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and our salvation.

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To God’s holy people in Ephesus,[a] the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise for spiritual blessings in Christ

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen,[e] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.
Thanksgiving and prayer

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

The Spirit and Christ are working hard in the church.

We are his work. But it must be an incredible goal God has in mind for us. Since it involves Father, Son and Holy Spirit always present in our lives for it to be completed.

Science in its discoveries about creation witness to the power of God. Yet Jesus is above all of this. The same power which took his humanity from death and seated him above everything on his Father’s right side is working in us today.
and for the good of the church he has made him the head of everything.

All of this for us.

Then we will be set free, and God will be honoured and praised.

A congregation that knows these things is very confident about salvation. Not fearful. Not wondering if it is all too good to be true.

Philippians 1:3-6

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

This gives a joy and confidence.

Today we want to look at the role of the Father, the role of the Son and the role of the Holy Spirit in this work of salvation.

Remember how we were baptized.

Matthew 28:19-20

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

We were plunged into the very source of our salvation: God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Let us now examine how the scriptures tell us about the role of each in preparing us for life forever in God.

The Role of the Father

Michael Morrison:

Some people describe the gospel as the Father setting the rules, and getting angry at us because we have broken the rules. He says that we deserve to die, but then the Son has compassion on us and volunteers to pay the penalty for us. So the Father pours out his anger on his own Son, and then he says, “Well, justice has been done. Those sinners can come into my kingdom, because the penalty has been paid.” So we have an angry Father and a compassionate Son who is able to get his Father to change his mind.

Maybe that’s the way it works in some human families, but that’s not the way it works with God.

Jesus is just like God the Father. He is just as angry as the Father is, and just as loving as the Father is. He didn’t change the Father’s mind about anything. Rather, he reveals the Father’s mind – the Father wants us to be saved just as much as Jesus does. Let’s look at a couple of scriptures that show that.

John3:16

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God the Father loves humanity and he wants us to be saved, not to be condemned or punished.

The imagery here is of a Father sending his Son off to war. There is a sacrificial love in the Father’s heart for us.

As John wrote of this definition of supreme love:

I John 4:10

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

This act is considered to be the summit of love, because the Father gave what was most precious to him, his Son, for the salvation of mankind.

Romans 5:8

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God did not demonstrate his love for us by sending somebody else to die. It is only because Christ is God, that his death could demonstrate the love of God. They have equal love for us, equal compassion for us. Father, Son and Spirit created us for a purpose, and they are working together to bring us to completion.

So great is this act we read with confidence

Romans 8:31-32

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

There is nothing more spontaneous in the Father than his love.

The Father assumed a risk in allowing us to have freedom: the risk of subjecting himself to rejection and hostility. The free creature has the power to confront his Creator and reject his authority. He can commit sin. The Father wanted us to be free so we might behave toward him not like slaves but like sons. Freedom is the mark of a son. Love is the expression of a free person.

There is the most spontaneous love flowing between the Father and Son expressed in the Holy Spirit In the Spirit we are invited to to be a part of this. The Father’s plan is given to us so we can respond to him like the Son and to respond in the same way to one another.

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Participation in God’s Life (15)

August 6th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: 1 John1:1-4

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched-this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.(NIV)

The God who lives in freedom. The God who loves in freedom. Now that is  something to really think about. It is part of the theme we will have in Ulladulla.

I will say just as a preliminary thought: Love in freedom means that we are not imposing a program of gathering together. That would contradict love in freedom.

While it is true that human nature in most cases needs planning and structure — in fact confusion and disorder has its own imposition – we can refer to the Corinthian church in which Paul said “God is not the God of disorder but of peace.” But freedom is a very challenging concept for the church and to love in freedom is a very profound way to live.

This love in freedom will be the focus in Ulladulla this year

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Participation in God’s Life (14)

August 5th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.(NIV)

 Getting together is a trademark of our festival in Ulladulla -ranging from formal to informal. That’s why it is so vital for the church. There is a characteristic of the church that we have spent time together.

However, having said that we need to also understand that participation varies for different people. There are people who cannot gather for various reasons. It is imperative that are included and we look to make sure this happens. There are those who thrive in gathering and those who do not. Some love to chit chat -others love to be doing something. Gathering together is an attitude of realization that the God revealed in Jesus Christ is a fellowship. He is the source of being together in relationship and in Israel the covenant was structured around gathering together. They were to see themselves as brethren, the children of the most High.

Thus gathering together is principally being in fellowship with the Father and Son in the Spirit and then through various ways sharing that with those near us, those in Christ and with the rest of humanity. It is not a program or even an outreach – it is a connected inclusiveness. If Jesus Christ is permanently connected to us in union with our humanity this shows the internal unity of God is not exclusive but open to all.

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