The Rest of Sunday’s Sermon

7 12 2007

About an hour deep into Sunday’s sermon it ended with a statement something like this; “Ugh! I still have three pages of notes?!… Well, Let’s pray.” We were part of the way through considering some of the effects that Christ’s incarnational condescension has on our lives.

At yesterday’s pastor’s meeting the other brothers suggested that I blog my unused notes. I hope they will be helpful.

Disclaimer: In part, I agree with Lloyd-Jones who lamented the effect that might be had from his sermons being put into print (although I’ve benefited from his written sermons immensely!). “The Dr.” was concerned that read expositions do not tend to have the same effect on us as those that are heard (And who’s preaching in our day remotely compares to MLJ’s?! Much less then, whose printed sermons?).

Preaching is intended to be heard because its content is intended to be experienced. To move us. To catch us up in wonder—with the expositor—as we contemplate our God, His saving work through Christ on our behalf, and our obligation to live joyfully for Him in the power of His Spirit. Few of us are willing to expend the mental and spiritual energy it requires to read a sermon the way it was intended to be heard.

With that being said, I hope in some way the few sermon excerpts below will truly be of help to someone. Knowing the benefit I received from I collecting the vast majority of these notes from something I read, and that only a fraction of them were originally mine, I am more willing to share them with you here.

In these notes it is shown that the incarnational humility of Christ to fully embrace a full humanity was necessary for our salvation in the following ways:

1. So that Christ could live as our representative obedience:

* Through His active & passive obedience.

a. John 17:4

b. 1 Cor. 15:45, 47—Paul calls Christ the “last Adam”, and calls Adam “The first man,” and Christ, “the second Adam.”

c. Romans 5:18-19—“So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness (the entire life, death, and resurrection of Christ) there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One (active and passive) the many will be made righteous.

2. So that Christ could be our substitute sacrifice!

a. God is immortal, so Christ’s humanity was necessary so that He could undergo death.

b. Christ, Who is God, had to be made fully man, so that “by the grace of God, He could taste death for all men” (Hebrews 2:9).

c. Christ “had” to be made like us in order for Him to be qualified to be our Priest! Hebrews 2:16-17—“For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitation for the sins of the people.

3. So that Christ could be our example and pattern in life:

* We are under glad obligation, therefore, as believers to take Christ—in His humility—as our pattern for relating both to God and to men.

a. 1 John 2:6—“He who says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.” (see also; 1 John 3:2-3).

b. 2 Cor. 3:18—True believers are continually being changed into the likeness of Christ

c. Romans 8:29—The will of God is to conform us into the image of Christ…so that we relate to God and men as Christ did in the days of His incarnation (submission, dependence, meekness, humility).

d. 1 Peter 2:21—”Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.

e. Hebrews 12:2—The Christian life is a calling to “look unto Jesus” the Author and Perfecter (The One Who Began, and Who will finish” of our faith)

f. Hebrews 3:1—Those who have been made partakers of Christ’s heavenly calling are to “consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession…”

g. Phil 3:10—We are to know Christ in every aspect of His obedience to the Father

4. So that Christ could be the pattern for our redeemed bodies:

a. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44—Teaches us that when Christ was raised from the dead, that His body was “imperishable…raised in glory…raised in power…raised a spiritual body.”

b. The resurrected, glorified body of Jesus Christ (that He took on originally in His incarnation) is the pattern for our confidence for what our glorified bodies will be like.

c. 1 Cor. 15:23—Christ is “the first fruits” (As God’s redeemed people we come from the same “crop” as Christ, the remainder of the harvest (those who are redeemed by Christ) must therefore also be like Him!).

e. James 4:5—God jealously desires the Spirit He has placed within us! God desires God…in us! In a sense, we get in the way of God’s desire for fellowship with Himself!

f. 1 Corinthians 15:49—“And just as we have born the image of the earthly (Who is Adam—we look like Him), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (Christ—we will be like Him!).

5. So that Christ could sympathize with us as our High Priest:

a. This truth necessitates that our Christianity must be experiential (not merely theological) or it is not Christianity at all.

b. Our biblical theology must lead to an experiential doxology…or else the theology is not biblical.

c. Wayne Grudem wrote; “If Jesus had not been a man, he would not have been able to know by experience what we go through in our temptation and struggles in this life. But because he has lived as a man, he is able to sympathize with our experiences.

d. The most important aspect of Christ experiencing our humanity, though, is that we savingly experience the purposes of his becoming Man: His obedience, death, and resurrection. It is of no value to know Christ in His humanity without also experiencing the benefits of it.

e. Paul remembered, on numerous occasions, what it was like to die, and to rise, with Jesus (see here, and here). But, without His Self-humbling, there would have been no wrath-bearing crucifixion, no justifying resurrection.

f. Do you remember what it was like to be lying there in that old dusty tomb, all covered about from head to toe with death wrappings, and to be raised from the dead with Jesus by the power of God?

g. Though it is the ground for our salvation that Jesus was made Man, and can therefore sympathize with our weaknesses as humans, it is all the more necessary that we experience Him through death and resurrection by belief in the gospel in order to be made partakers of His heavenly calling.

6. So that we will be able to eternally relate to Jesus Who will remain fully Man forever:

a. Jesus did not unclothe Himself from His humanity following His ascension. What humility! What condescension! God became a Man…forever!

b. God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son. The only begotten of God, has exegeted God to us. The Word became Flesh and tabernacled among us.

c. Christ is the image of the invisible God, yet forever will retain His glorified humanity. Christ sits, even now, robed in His perfected flesh at the right hand of the Father. And will return to judge the quick and the dead.

d. Worship the God-Man: John 20:25; Luke 24:39; Luke 24:41-42; Acts 1:11; Acts 7:56; Matthew 26:29.

e. The Second Person of the Godhead….came to us in His incarnation; Jesus embraced not temporary humanity, but permanent humanity; He will show us Himself at His bodily return, or our bodily death; In His body, we will be with Him, and will see Him forever.

Amen!

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8 12 2007
armathenia

does a full embrace of full humanity include peccability?

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