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Pastor Brant Seacrist

December 9, 2018

SERVICE
CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW

"THE AIM OF CHRIST"

TEXT: ROMANS 14: 7-12
READING:  PSALM 66: 1-20


SUBJ: The aim of Christ in His death and resurrection as being Lordship over people that He would know in a loving and caring manner in them and Him.

AIM: Our aim here is that we might be led away from the kind of judging described and rather live before Him as His subjects and to whom we will give an accounting.

INTR: We have been emphasizing the close ties of things in this section to vv. 12:1-2 and it is well that we do in that these things are spiritual in nature and reflect the grace of God in us.
1. We would pursue here further urging to look to the Lord as we pursue His will and to know the guidance provided.
2. Here there is added emphasis as to why we strive for enhanced identity with Christ as we are made to see His personal aim for us in redemption.
3. Thus, we will be brought to a consideration of the oft quoted “every knee shall bow…” as it applies to us.

THESIS: The Lordship of Christ is more than the mere acknowledgment that He is in absolute control of all things. It defines the eternal relationship that He will have with all of His redeemed for all eternity having begun here and the sense of it learned and put into practice.

I. The Divine claim (vv. 7-9)
1. An observation for us to take to heart and experience it sobering effect:
1) None lives to himself – that is that none of has the ability to self-determine our lot in life
2) None dies to himself – that is either to determine the terms of his death.
2. It is all in the discretion of the Lord and we have no recourse and we want none if we walk by faith.
3. The fact is we are His by right of creation, by right of redemption, and by right of regeneration!
4. Thus, His aim is that we are His in every consideration.
1) He is Lord of those who have already died, and He is Lord of those dying (natural death).
2) He is Lord of the living in that they possess life from Him and He is engaged with them: Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25.

II. The Divine standard (vv. 10-11)
1. Looking to the first part of the chapter we understand that the intent is normalizing relationships with those differing in the practice of faith. All are considered brethren.
2. The problem is restated in v. 10 with both factions being mentioned.
1) We should realize that none are able to effect righteous judgment regarding another because of our own state of being,
2) We all shall be subjected to His judgment and it seems to infer that the issues are far greater than what eats or does not eat and observance of days. Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew 7:1
3. We are brought to a sobering realization:
1) We consider: 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Isaiah 45:22-23.
2) Paul quotes and applies that here and in, That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; Philippians 2:10
3) It is here we learn that the application is to us as well.

III. The Divine accounting (v. 12)
1. It is evident here that the message is to believers and so we may not deflect this away and account it as being only to the unsaved.
2. It leaves us to ask as to what shall be the manner of and of what shall we give account?
1) We are certainly reminded of the parable of the talents and other things about obedience and faithfulness.
2) Having previously dealt with the matter of gifts it may be as to how they have been used.
3) In light of Isaiah 45 and verse 11 it will surely involve the acknowledgment of His sovereignty.
3. We would be sweetly reminded that this is not unto condemnation and that the sins of the redeemed have been accounted for in Christ. The blood avails for our sins
1) It is unto God and therefore Christ having borne our judgment stands as our advocate and intercedes. See again, Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25 AND My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1 John 2:1.
4. These things are brought to our attention in the interest of turning our united focus toward Christ and the fact that we are our brother’s keeper and not his judge.