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Christ was the fulfillment of the law and his apostles continued his teaching. Therefore, they must study to know its fullness, and they must seek opportunities to teach it. The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory Col. The mystery Paul was focusing on was the gospel coming to the Gentiles and Christ living in them.
In the Old Testament, nobody knew that the messiah would come and indwell people, and, even more so, they never thought this would happen to the Gentiles specifically. Paul talks about this in Ephesians The Gentiles could be saved in the Old Testament, but they never had the same privileges as the Jew. Only a Jewish priest specifically could enter the holy place, and only the Jewish high priest could enter the Holy of Holies where God dwelled.
These divisions made the Jews proud, and therefore created a great animosity between Jews and Gentiles. However, in the New Covenant these divisions have been removed. Jews and Gentiles are fellow heirs of the promise in Christ. Now, this gives us the other aspect of being a faithful steward. For Paul, a Jew, to give his life reaching the Gentiles was phenomenal.
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They were separated by ethnicity, culture, and religion, and there was a heated racism that divided them. However, he was given a stewardship to reach not only Jews, but also those who were far away from God—the Gentiles. Faithful stewards of the Word of God share it with everybody, no matter the race, culture, or socio—economic status. It was said of Christ that he was the friend of sinners Matt. He went to areas and to people who were not accepted. He was a faithful steward of the Word. This seems to be a common pattern among Christians: after salvation, we are zealous and on fire to share the mystery of the gospel, but later, as time passes, we lose the desire to evangelize.
Unlike Paul, most are not willing to stretch themselves out of their comfort zone to reach even those who would seem unreachable. He reached out to people of a different culture than him and had antagonism towards him. Who is God calling you to share the fullness of the Word of God with? Effective ministers are faithful stewards of the mysteries of God. If Christ came back now, would you have been a faithful steward of the mysteries of God?
How can you be more effective at this? When Paul uses this word he is talking about being mature in Christ. We see this as the very ministry God calls pastors and teachers to do in the church. Listen to what Ephesians 4 says:. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves , and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming Eph.
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Paul describes the church as infants tossed to and fro by every wind of teaching. Being an infant is not bad. Infants are beautiful and they are gifts to rejoice in. They symbolize life and the new birth. However, in using the illustration of a natural infant, if a person continues to act like an infant even as an adult, something is wrong.
Something is wrong with that. If they need to be cared for and comforted every time they go through a difficulty or a trial, something is wrong. My baby daughter, Saiyah, is beautiful, but we fully hope in a year or so that she will develop more self—control and start sleeping consistently at night. We expect one day she will be able to feed herself, start helping around the house, start serving the church, start making an income, and even have a family of her own. See, most of the church never gets out of the infant stage. They do not grow into maturity.
They are not disciplined with getting into the Word of God and prayer. This is one of the jobs of a minister.
The minister sees all the potential in a young Christian, no matter how long they have been saved. They see the calling that God has on their lives and the things God wants them to do through them. And, they begin to invest in them so that they start to mature in the Word of God; they start to do the works of service they were called to do.
This is what every minister of God does: they help people mature. Listen to the stages of the Christian life according to the apostle John. He says in 1 John — I write to you, fathers , because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men , because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children , because you have known the Father. I write to you, young men , because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
Children: They have known God. They have a young and vibrant relationship with God, but they lack much else. Young Men : They are strong in the Word of God and are now conquering the devil because of it. They are breaking strongholds of lust, depression in their own lives, and are also starting to help others. They are the front line of the church.
They are out of the pews and now helping people to walk as God has called them to. Fathers : They have known God. They have a history with God. God has carried them through trials, worked greatly in their lives, and like most good fathers they are always sharing their story with others.
They help others through the testimony that God has developed in their lives. Another characteristic of the father is that they are giving birth. They have spiritual children in the Lord and they are given to mentorship. This is the pathway that God has for every Christian. Sadly, we have infants who stay infants for twenty years.
They are in the pew and not going anywhere. They are not helping anyone. In fact, if the leadership of the church does not labor in maturing these young Christians, the church will eventually have many problems. Listen to how Paul described the church of Corinth:. Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it.
Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? In describing the Corinthian church as infants, he said they could not eat solid food yet. They were living on basic doctrines of Scripture. They were doing much of the same things as the world and probably at many of the same places. This immaturity led to jealousy and quarreling. Immaturity often leads to church division, church fights, and church splits.
Paul said he proclaimed him, referring to Christ, in order to mature the congregation. He also said this to the Corinthians. This no doubt refers to preaching the gospel and leading people to Christ. But, it also refers to the continual proclaiming of Christ to believers as the model of our faith. We must continually point people to Christ and his example.
He is the example of how to handle persecutions. He is our example of how to pray. He is our example of how to live a life of faith and to be filled with the Holy Spirit. If we are to help people mature, we must continually point them to the example and teachings of Christ. This is often the very area at which ministers fail in seeking to develop mature saints. Admonishment and warnings are needed.
Raise your voice like a trumpet. He called Isaiah to shout it aloud and to not hold back. He was supposed to declare to Israel their sins. This is difficult because confronting other believers about sin can mean making them angry, causing them to hate us, or even result in persecution. But this is necessary in order for all of us to grow. It should be said that the manner in which we admonish and confront sin is very important. By speaking the truth in love, the church grows up and is made mature.
We must tell our brothers in love:. These things must be said in order for the church to become mature. We must be friends who really care and not enemies who multiply kisses. True ministers practice admonishment. Paul said he taught everyone with all wisdom. Wisdom is the application of knowledge. Effective ministers must apply the Bible to depression, lust, decision—making, dating, marriage, etc.
By doing this, the minister helps the church become mature. What are the consequences of this? Did he rely on grace? Certainly, it was this grace that enabled him to work hard. Effective ministers work hard even as God works in them. Listen to this commentary about the work ethic of great saints from the past:.
Martin Luther worked so hard that many days, according to his biographers, he fell into bed. We will never have an authentic, apostolic ministry unless we are willing to work to the point of exhaustion. Sproul is right: the ministry of the gospel is a glorious thing. But we do not have to be an apostle or a reformer or a preacher to do it. Some years ago a woman in Africa became a Christian. Being filled with gratitude, she decided to do something for Christ.
She was blind, uneducated, and seventy years of age. She came to her missionary with her French Bible and asked her to underline John in red ink. When school dismissed, she would call a boy or two and ask them if they knew French. The missionary says that over the years twenty—four young men became pastors due to her work. We must decide to work hard in serving God as well. Chapter The Light of the Chapter A Fast for the Chapter Redeemed for a Chapter The Church for The Chapter A Coming King and Chapter The Cross-Centered Chapter The Marvel of God's Chapter The Mystery of For years, the people of God were looking for the promise of redemption, the long-awaited King who would save His people from their sins.
At Christmas, we celebrate that reality that this King, indeed has come. In this series, we will explore six passages of Scripture that reference why Jesus came to earth. In the process, we will realize that the deepest needs of our lives and the deepest longings of our hearts are only met in the One who came to us. Throughout Scripture, God has instructed His people to pass His Word on from generation to generation. As His people in our day, we want to be faithful to this command — for our good and the good of children across our community, for God's glory in succeeding generations, and for the spread of the gospel to all nations.
We want to explore the biblical foundations that must undergird all that we do. If we merely create nice programs and enjoyable activities for children and students, but we ignore God's design for the home and God's commands to the church, we will miss the point altogether. During these nine weeks, we will explore God's Word to men, women, husbands, wives, moms, dads, singles, and senior adults in order to know how together we can most effectively pass the gospel on to the next generation. The Gospel and the Next Biblical Manhood and Womanhood The Child, The Home, and The Singleness and the Next From the first to the last verse of the book of James, God gives us one of the most practical pictures of the Christian faith in all the Bible.
Written to a people who were scattered and suffering, James envisions communities of faith caring, providing, and praying for one another as they show what the life of Christ looks like in action. Possibly more than any other New Testament book, this letter from James lifts our lives far above the superficial religious formalities we are so prone to settle for and sets our sights on active, authentic faith that makes a radical difference in the needs of the world around us.
More than any other book in the New Testament, the book of Acts provides us with a clear picture of how the early church made disciples in obedience to the command of Christ and multiplied churches in order to advance the kingdom of Christ. This series challenges individuals and churches to put aside traditions, comforts, preferences, and programs in order to follow the example of the early church as they beheld the glory of Christ, relied upon the Spirit of Christ, and proclaimed the gospel of Christ. Legalism: Its Attraction, Disciple-Making: Serve the David Platt 1 HR.
In Secret Church 13 David Platt looks at the sobering realities of death, judgment, and hell, as well as the believer's ultimate hope of heaven. What happens after we die? When will Christ return? What kind of body will we have at the resurrection? Is hell a literal reality? What will heaven be like? What is the millennium? These are the kinds of questions covered in this study, but not so that we can simply satisfy our curiosity: the goal is to persevere in hope and to realize the urgency and gravity of the mission that God has given to His people.
Heaven, Hell, and the End of In Secret Church 15 David Platt addresses the critical social issues of our day from the standpoint of the gospel. The issues of abortion, orphan and widow care, poverty, slavery, sexuality, ethnicity and immigration, liberty and persecution, and—the greatest injustice of all—the fact that there are still people groups who have little or no access to the gospel, are addressed based on the authority of God's Word.
Rather than compromise, followers of Christ must hold fast to the teaching of Scripture and engage these issues with conviction, compassion, and courage. Christ, Culture, and A Call to Christ, Culture, and a Call to In Secret Church 12 David Platt deals with the ever-present reality of suffering from the standpoint of the cross.
This study offers a biblical theology of suffering, covering 75 key texts from Genesis to Revelation. The problem of evil and the reality of pain are faced head-on. Whether it's a doctor's diagnosis, persecution from the government, or a personal struggle with loneliness and depression, followers of Christ can rely on the sovereignty and goodness of God.
The hope of the gospel sustains us through every form of suffering. The Cross and Suffering In Secret Church 14 David Platt applies the truth of the gospel to every area of life, from spiritual disciplines to taking care of your body to relationships with family and neighbors. Even areas like working, playing, and social media are considered based on the counsel of God's Word. We'll see that all of life should be affected by the reality of Christ's death and resurrection.
The Cross and Everyday Life In Secret Church 1 David Platt examines a rather large portion of the Bible that many Christians find confusing and even intimidating—the Old Testament. This study looks at the Old Testament in its literary, historical, and theological dimensions, and it offers a survey of all 39 books. As we'll see, there's more here than a collection of good moral principles and examples. Survey of the Old Testament In Secret Church 2 David Platt offers a tour of the entire New Testament, including an overview of each of the 27 books.
The literary, historical, and theological dimensions of the New Testament will be examined in this survey. We'll see how the New Testament fulfills what was anticipated in the Old Testament, shining a spotlight on the King, Jesus Christ, and the gospel of His kingdom. Secret Church: Survey of the We'll consider why this one book is so critical to our faith, and we'll get answers to questions like, Why do we study the Bible? Who can study the Bible?
How do we study the Bible? To answer this last question, a dependable approach to studying the Bible is explained and then applied to the different genres—letters, Gospels, parables, narratives, etc. How to Study the Bible We'll examine what Scripture says about the names of God, the attributes of God, and the mysteries of God such as the Trinity, God's sovereign will, and the problem of evil. Nothing is more important than knowing and glorifying the God who has created us and made us His own through Jesus Christ. Who is God? He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west.
Why do we go shortening the route? Paul reminds us in Colossians , "having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. Our faith rests upon facts. Not only that Christ died for our sins, but that, when He died, this old life that we got from Adam died with him. It not only died, but it was buried.
That is a fact and our faith must rest upon it. But those are not all of the facts. Our old nature, that we have been living in, and having all this trouble with, died when Jesus Christ died. It became true for us when we believed in him. It not only died, but it was buried as well, totally put away. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection" Romans —5.
Water baptism is a symbol or picture of what has already taken place in the believer. The baptism that is referred to here is not water baptism. It is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, by which we were made part of the body of Christ. Water baptism is a sign or symbol of that, but the essential thing here is the baptism of the Spirit.
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We become united with Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit. We were identified as living members of the body of Christ by being baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. We were baptized into His death. We were co-crucified with Christ. Again, it took place when we trusted in Christ, not when we were baptized. Baptism is only a picture of what has already taken place in reality. By faith, we participate in the life of Christ. Just "as Christ was raised from the dead.
Christ dwells in our hearts by faith Eph. Christ is in us Rom. It is not we that live, but Christ lives in us Gal. Our Lord illustrates this vital union in terms of a vine and its branches John —6. As the life of the vine is diffused through the branches, and as they live only as connected with the vine, so the life of Christ is diffused through His people, and they are partakers of spiritual and eternal life only in virtue of their union with Him.
We have been raised to new life by God's power in our identification with Christ's resurrection. Paul reminds us in Ephesians —6, "even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved , and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. We are to reckon ourselves "to be dead to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord" Romans We are to act upon what we know to be true. We died to sin's rule and we are alive to God. Spiritually we died and rose again in Christ.
We are to count upon this as a fact and live accordingly. Philippians —11, Paul wrote, "that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Here are the deepest secrets of Paul's spiritual life revealed.
The resurrection of Christ ought to make a difference in our daily lives. Believers have been resurrected to new life with Christ. Because of our co-resurrection with Christ we walk in a new kind of life.
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In the analogy of the marriage law Paul said we have become dead to the law of the sin nature that we should be married to another, "even to him who was raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God" Romans By His death we were liberated, and by the co-resurrection we produce righteousness unto God. Since we have been set free from sin's control we are free to yield to the Spirit's control of our lives. The Holy Spirit operates in a new, divine nature to bring us to obedience to Christ.
He produces His righteousness in us. God "raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus" Ephesians The reason we have this identification with Christ is found in Romans — It is our means of living the abundant life. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
Our old sin nature no longer has to have control over us. We are dead to its hold over us. We no longer have to obey it. We can say "no thank you" I have a new master. We are delivered through the death of Christ. We are no longer under obligation to obey the commands of our sin nature. We have been resurrected and set free. We may choose to obey the old sin nature, but we are not under obligation to do so. We are no longer slaves to that old nature. It is now a matter of choice.
Christ now is free to live His life through us. Charles Hodge wrote: "All that the Scriptures teach concerning the union between the believer and Christ, and concerning the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, proves the supernatural character of our sanctification. Men do not make themselves holy; their holiness and their growth in grace are not due to their own fidelity, or firmness of purpose, or watchfulness and diligence, although all these are required, but to the divine influence by which they are rendered thus faithful, watchful, and diligent and which produces in them the fruits of righteousness.
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The hand is not more dependent on the head for the continuance of its vitality than is the believer on Christ for the continuance of spiritual life in the soul" Systematic Theology, Abridged Edition, p. Perhaps we do not take sin seriously enough in our day. They are by nature destitute of spiritual life. From this state it is impossible that they should deliver themselves as that those in the grave should restore life to their wasted bodies and, when restored, continue to invigorate it by their own power. Our whole salvation is of Christ. Those who are in the grave hear His voice.
They are raised by His power. And when they live, it is He who lives in them. The main object of Romans 6—7 is to prove that as we are not justified on the grounds of our own righteousness, so we are not sanctified by our own power or by the mere objective power of the truth. As all men since the fall are in a state of sin, not only guilty of specific acts of transgressions, but also depraved, regeneration is the infusion of a new principle of life into their corrupt and perverse nature.
Sanctification, therefore, consists in two things: first, gradual removal and destruction of the power of the principles of evil still infecting our nature; and secondly, the growth of the principle of spiritual life until it controls the thoughts, feelings, and acts, and brings the soul into conformity to the image of Christ Eph. We are in Him by faith" Hodge, p. According to John the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost to fill the place of Christ as to His visible presence, carry on His work, to transform them into His likeness, etc.
The Holy Spirit took up residence in us the moment we were born again. He gives us power by which the resurrection life of Christ is manifest in our lives. By faith the child of God relies upon the fact that he died and was resurrected with Christ, and now the Holy Spirit lives His life through you. The resurrection life of Christ is a moment by moment walk of faith by means of the Spirit abiding within you. Only as we walk in the Spirit will we overcome sin in our lives. Galatians reminds us, "walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
The moment you believed on Christ the Holy Spirit took up residence within you. He came to possess you and control you. He came to be your new master so the sin nature would no longer possess you. When you are filled with the Spirit you are under His control. When He is in control your life is in submission to Him and His will. When you are under the control of the Holy Spirit your life will be different.
Just as your life is different if it is under control of alcohol or drugs. You are not the same. When the Holy Spirit is in control of your life you have a new kind of life. You are different. Your old self is no longer in control. The Holy Spirit is now in control of your life.
His goal is to conform us to the likeness of Jesus Christ. We become different people when the Spirit is in control. You want to know what we become like? Look at Galatians — The context shows us what we are like when we are not under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
God's solution to our sin problem was to put us to death with Christ. He put us in the grave with Christ to remove us from the old realm in which we operated. He raised us out of the grave with Christ to bring us into a new kind of life. We have been co-crucified, co-buried and co-resurrected with Christ in order to walk in the newness of life with Christ.
Christ lives His life in us. Paul tells us to "reckon" on this great principle of victorious Christian living. As we reckon upon the fact that we have been crucified and resurrected with Christ and we permit the Holy Spirit to live the resurrection life of Christ through us. It is His life in us that makes it possible to live the Christian life. As we yield ourselves to His control of our lives He gives us the resolve to say no to the flesh, the power to overcome temptation, the conviction that the Christian life is the only life worth living, the joy in the midst of our adversities, the perseverance to endure persecution.
We do not have the power to put into action the new life we received by regeneration. Only as we walk in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit can we manifest the resurrection life. He produces the life of Christ in the believer.
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If we do not yield to the Spirit's control He cannot manifest the resurrection life of Christ in us. The Christian life takes on a whole new dimension when we yield ourselves to Him so He can live out His life through us. You have died with Christ and you were resurrected with Christ. Because of that great fact we are free to walk in newness of life. Galatians , "It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
If we try living the resurrected life in our own abilities, strength, wisdom and will power we will not be filled with the Holy Spirit. We will be filled with ourselves. The flesh will produce nothing but flesh. Being filled with self prevents us from being filled with the Spirit. He demands that we yielded to Him. When we are yielded to His control we reproduce the resurrected life of Christ. Some abiding principles and practical applications. In spite of all that Christ has done for us it is possible for us to go back into our bondage to sin.
But it is a choice we make. We may choose to become entangled to sin. It is not because we haven't been set free. It is not because the sin nature hasn't been broken. It is simply because we do not reckon ourselves to have been crucified with Christ. We do not count upon the fact that sin no longer has authority over us. When we choose to sin we become servants of sin. I don't have to sin because I have been set free.