Ps Clinton Phillips 23rd November 2014 (Ephesians 1:20-23, 1 Peter 2:9, Hebrews 12:1-2, Revelation 5:7-10)Clinton Phillips, November 23, 2014
Part of the A Life Of Love series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Eph 1:20-23 (The Message).
Live at a level that understands that through me, that's where the rule and authority and power and love of God comes into the world. Everywhere that I have influence in the world - that's where God has influence. It's through the church.
Hose analogy: you're connected to God, his Spirit is downloading into you. When you begin to open your mouth, God is going to fill that and cause his power to rush out to bring life to that which is barren. Speak the life of God to each other.
1 Peter 2:9. You are a chosen generation. Called you out of darkness.. Chosen for the high calling of priestly work. To be God's instruments.
Isa 43:20. The election of God's people, being born anew into Christ. Isaiah writing about a church that he sees that doesn't exist yet. Going to be born anew into Christ. We are the church today, the result of what Isaiah saw.
Heb 12:1,2 - we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. The Hebrews wall of faith. Now telling us that we are the ones who can make a difference. God has got you! Don't give up! Don't get distracted! If we've got spectators, then we are the ones playing the game. Strap on the uniform and do what God has called us to do.
1 Peter 2:9. Israel is a metaphor of the church, that God has chosen us not on our abilities, but because he is sovereign. God says you will hear my voice. Priesthood not about function. Our response to hearing the voice of God is to be obedient to it. In the midst of delay, go to that place where you hear God's voice. We get overwhelmed, and then we just shutdown.
Revelations 5:7-10. Picture of heaven right now. God is redeeming us. Made us kings and priests to our God. And we shall reign on earth. God is preparing us as a church to rule and reign. Part of the hard times we're going through is the preparation. Your life has a purpose beyond the time here on earth, God has something much bigger for you. God didn't just call us to attend church, to be just contributors to the community, but to act out his glory. Not just to hear his voice, but to obey. Equipping us to rule and reign with Christ. God has called us to reign.
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20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (ESV)
1 Peter 2:9
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (ESV)
12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV)
7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.” (ESV)