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November 23, 2019
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  • Looking for a ray of light
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  • Looking for something better than this
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  • Oh, so tired of the black and white
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  • longing for prism light
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  • Oh, the bliss
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  • Flowing at the speed of light
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  • Was a color in the night
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  • Moving at the speed of light
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  • Was a color in the night
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  • Joy unspeakable and full of colors
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  • Found a hope so bright and clear
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  • Living in the realm of grace so vivid
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  • Our Savior's radiance so very near to me
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  • male announcer: Today, on "Connect with Skip Heitzig,"
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  • Skip talks about how believers are foreigners on Earth because
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  • we're citizens of heaven.
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  • Let's join him with the message, "Show Me Your Passport, Please."
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  • Skip Heitzig: Whenever you travel outside of this country,
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  • you're gonna need one of these.
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  • This is a passport.
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  • A passport designates that you are a citizen of whatever
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  • country it is that you were born in.
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  • You have citizenship there.
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  • And you can't just walk from one border into another border
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  • and say, "I've decided to visit."
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  • They're gonna ask you, some official is going to say,
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  • "Please, show me your passport."
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  • Or they might not use the word, "Please."
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  • They might just say, "Passport," and you have to show it to them.
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  • It designates where you're from and then there are certain
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  • stipulations about where you're going.
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  • You know, when you arrive at an airport in a foreign
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  • country you're going to see two lions, one that will say,
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  • "Citizens," and one that says, "Non-citizens."
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  • That's because if you're a citizen of a country, you are
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  • afforded certain privileges that non-citizens don't have.
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  • In any country.
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  • If you were to look at the first page of the American passport it
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  • says, "The Secretary of State of the United States of America,
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  • hereby requests all whom it concern, to permit the citizen
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  • or national of the United States named herein to pass,
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  • without delay or hindrance and in case of need to give all
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  • lawful aid and protection."
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  • Now, let's say that you don't belong to this country, but you
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  • want to become a citizen of the United States.
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  • You can do that.
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  • You can do that by becoming what is called a "Naturalized
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  • American" citizen.
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  • There is a process that you would go through in order
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  • to become naturalized and once you go through the process, you
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  • then swear an oath in public.
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  • And part of the oath reads like this.
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  • "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely
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  • renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any
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  • foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty of whom or which
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  • I have heretofore been a subject or citizen, that I will support
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  • and defend the Constitution of the United States against all
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  • enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith
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  • and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely,
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  • without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, so help
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  • me God."
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  • So, though you may be born elsewhere, not of your own
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  • choice of course, was the choice of your parents, you can become
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  • a citizen of this country by choice and by oath.
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  • But, by becoming a citizen of this country, you also become
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  • a foreigner of every other country.
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  • Of course, there are exceptions.
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  • There's a thing called dual-citizenship; which,
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  • interestingly, wasn't even possible until recently.
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  • It was the late 1960's where you could hold dual-citizenship,
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  • but that's more of a recent development.
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  • Effectively becoming a citizen of one country means you are
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  • a foreigner of other countries.
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  • Likewise, when you become citizens of heaven, you become
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  • foreigners on this earth.
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  • This Earth is just like a transit lounge
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  • in an airport.
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  • You're passing through.
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  • This isn't where you're gonna spend the bulk of your time; you
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  • have an eternal home in heaven.
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  • With that in mind, let's go to our text.
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  • Philippians chapter 3, beginning in verse 17.
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  • What I call, "The Citizenship Clause" of the Book
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  • of Philippians.
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  • "Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who
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  • so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
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  • For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you
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  • even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross
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  • of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their
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  • belly, and whose glory is in their shame--who set their
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  • mind on earthly things.
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  • For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also
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  • eagerly wait for the Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ, who will
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  • transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious
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  • body, according to the working by which He is able even
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  • to subdue all things to Himself."
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  • Now, in calling believers, "Citizens of heaven," that would
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  • be meaningful to the Philippians.
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  • Here's why.
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  • Philippi, though it was about 700-800 miles away
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  • from Rome--if you were born in Philippi, since Philippi was
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  • a colony of Rome, any citizen of Philippi was a citizen
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  • of Rome.
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  • So, those in Philippi did not speak the language of Macedonia,
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  • they spoke the language of Rome.
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  • They wore not Macedonian clothes, but Roman clothes.
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  • They were loyal to the Roman government.
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  • And when they tuck their children in bed at night, they
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  • didn't tell them stories of local heroes, they told their
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  • children stories of all the glories of Rome.
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  • We too, because we have citizenship in heaven, we are
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  • temporarily living in this colony called the Earth.
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  • That's the metaphor.
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  • That's the idea behind Paul's usage of the term.
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  • However, there was also another group.
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  • They were foreigners of heaven trying to pass themselves off as
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  • citizens.
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  • They're fakes, they're fake citizen.
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  • Now, in the passport--You know, most people to read these
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  • things, but there's fine print in every passport, and it says,
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  • on one of the pages, "It is unlawful for any person other
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  • than the original lawful recipient to use this passport."
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  • And then there's a little clause that says, "Alteration
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  • or mutilation of the passport."
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  • And it reads like this.
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  • "This passport must not be altered or mutilated in any way:
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  • alteration could make the passport invalid and if
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  • willful may subject you to prosecution."
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  • Now, why would they have to put a warning like that
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  • on a passport?
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  • Because, it's one passport per person.
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  • I can't just say, "Hey, you want to travel?
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  • Take this passport.
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  • Go ahead.
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  • Why spend the money on yours?
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  • Just borrow mine."
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  • You couldn't do that.
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  • And some people would be tempted to take the passport, cut out my
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  • picture and put their picture in it, and change the name.
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  • Because there are people who are false citizens.
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  • Now, Paul has that in mind also when he writes this paragraph.
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  • If you remember, there were religious groups and Paul makes
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  • mention of them along the way so far, that have infiltrated
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  • the church.
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  • In chapter one, Paul said, "Some," speaking of, "Among
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  • them."
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  • "Some among you preach Christ out of envy and strife,
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  • from selfish ambition, not sincerely."
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  • As we move on in the letter, he gets stronger by chapter 3
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  • and he says, "Beware of dogs.
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  • Beware of the evil workers.
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  • Beware of the mutilation."
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  • Now, he's calling them out.
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  • He's speaking specifically of those legalistic Judaizers,
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  • who were saying, "You need to go through the process
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  • of circumcision and keeping the law of Moses in order to be
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  • saved."
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  • Now he gets even stronger and he calls them, "The enemies
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  • of the cross of Christ."
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  • So we're gonna be considering both of these groups, citizens
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  • and non-citizens as we work our way through the passage.
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  • But let's go back to the passage, and allow me
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  • to give you some distinguishing characteristics of citizens
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  • of the kingdom of heaven.
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  • First off, citizens walk with partners.
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  • Citizens walk with partners.
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  • Verse 17, "Brethren, join in following my example," Paul
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  • writes, "And note those who so walk as you have us
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  • for a pattern."
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  • It almost goes without saying that Paul the Apostle was
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  • like a model citizen of Heaven; and he says, "Follow my
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  • example."
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  • Now, this is not arrogance, Paul is not putting himself
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  • on a pedestal above them.
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  • We know that because, remember in verse 12 he says, "Not that I
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  • have already attained," or, "We're already perfected."
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  • So he's not placing himself on a pedestal above them, he's
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  • placing himself on a platform next to them.
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  • He is saying, "Just as I am pursuing Christ with all my
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  • being, I invite you to join me in that pursuit."
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  • This is the philippian's three-way of saying what he
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  • writes in One Corinthians twice, "Follow me as I follow
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  • the Lord."
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  • Or, "Imitate me as I imitate Christ."
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  • Something else.
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  • Notice that he moves beyond his own example, and he draws
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  • a bigger circle.
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  • He says, "Note those," that's plural, "Who so walk and you
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  • have us," again plural, "As a pattern."
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  • So, in Paul's mind he is saying, "You can use me, Timothy,
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  • Epaphroditus, your own elders and deacons, leaders
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  • of the church that he mentions in chapter 1, all of us as
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  • partners and as patterns of how to walk."
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  • Here's the principle.
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  • All of us are foreigners making our journey on a pilgrimage
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  • towards heaven.
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  • We have a passport, because we trust in Jesus, but we need more
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  • than a passport.
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  • We need partners.
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  • We need patterns.
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  • We need people who have walked the walk before us or will walk
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  • beside us and show us in real time how it's done because
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  • the journey gets hard sometimes.
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  • It gets lonely sometimes on this road and it's nice to have
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  • people around us who will encourage us and show us how
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  • to walk.
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  • You know, psychologists have said that they can tell a lot
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  • about an individual's personality by the way
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  • they walk.
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  • You know, how some people just sort of walk, shuffling
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  • their feet.
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  • It says a lot about that person.
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  • You know, just sorta meandering and they get distracted
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  • very easily.
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  • Other people have a cadence and a gait, they want to go
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  • to a certain place.
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  • It reveals about their personalities.
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  • One time, D. L. Moody
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  • was having a conversation with a friend, and a man walked by.
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  • Moody had never met him but the friend he was talking
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  • to knew him, and as the man walked by, D. L. Moody
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  • said to his friend, "He must have been in the army."
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  • The friend said, "Well, he was in the Army.
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  • How did you know?"
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  • Moody said, "I could tell by the way he walked."
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  • You know soldiers walk a certain way, don't they?
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  • Cowboys walk a certain way, least they do in the movies.
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  • Now John Wayne had sorta that swagger, didn't he?
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  • Could tell it was him when he was comin'.
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  • Christians are to have a certain walk--and of course, I'm using
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  • that metaphorically--walk, as a way of living, a manner,
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  • a lifestyle, living their life.
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  • And so, as you walk, note those who so walk.
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  • You have them as partners, you have them as a pattern.
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  • Mark Twain once humorously wrote, "Few things are harder
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  • to put up with then the annoyance of a good
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  • example."
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  • May I just say?
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  • We need more of that annoyance.
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  • We need the annoyance of good examples around us.
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  • Those who have been involved in 12-step programs, or those
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  • who teach them, for alcoholic recovery or addiction recovery,
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  • will say that an addict cannot recover unless they have
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  • a sponsor.
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  • And they say it's the sponsor that serves as a motivator
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  • and encourager, a person with whom they can be
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  • accountable.
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  • And I would say that we can't really mature well, we can't
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  • grow well unless we have a sponsor, a mentor.
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  • It's called disciplesship in the New Testament.
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  • We're never to be alone or isolated, we need to walk
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  • with others; and citizens will walk with partners.
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  • I think we can learn from the elephants.
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  • I read an article about an elephant herd in Africa
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  • and to thin out the herd, it was growing, it was becoming
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  • a little too populace.
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  • So to thin out the herd, authorities decided to kill
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  • off some of the older males in that herd and relocate
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  • the females and the young bull elephants to another area.
  • 00:14:38.080 --> 00:14:42.220
  • Now, in the area they move them to, was a herd of white rhinos.
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  • And they noticed that once the elephants were in that
  • 00:14:47.130 --> 00:14:50.120
  • region the white rhinos were being killed off.
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  • Not by poachers, but by elephants.
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  • Young bull elephants who were very aggressive, and I guess
  • 00:14:55.260 --> 00:15:00.040
  • wanted to prove their elephant-hood, started killing
  • 00:15:00.050 --> 00:15:03.270
  • these white rhinos.
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  • In fact, the authorities noted it was as if one
  • 00:15:05.140 --> 00:15:08.030
  • of the elephants got a gang together and went after
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  • tour buses.
  • 00:15:12.160 --> 00:15:13.290
  • So, they had another problem on their hands.
  • 00:15:14.000 --> 00:15:16.280
  • Now, to address that problem, they decided, "Let's kill
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  • off some of the young bull elephants."
  • 00:15:20.210 --> 00:15:23.010
  • That didn't really fix things.
  • 00:15:23.020 --> 00:15:25.150
  • So, what they decided to do is to release a few older males
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  • from another area into the troubled neighborhood.
  • 00:15:30.280 --> 00:15:35.220
  • And they notice it fixed the problem.
  • 00:15:35.230 --> 00:15:37.200
  • It wasn't long before those young bull elephants got back
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  • into line and they discovered that these young elephants don't
  • 00:15:41.170 --> 00:15:46.020
  • know how to act from day to day without the example of older
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  • elephants.
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  • So, it's not just in the animal kingdom where that is needed,
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  • it's in God's Kingdom.
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  • In the Christian life, we need to see that life lived
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  • in others.
  • 00:16:02.080 --> 00:16:03.170
  • Citizens will walk with a set of partners in a pattern.
  • 00:16:03.180 --> 00:16:09.270
  • Here's the second characteristic.
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  • "Citizens watch for pretenders," verse 18.
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  • He says, "For many walk."
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  • The reason we need people who walk well is because, "Many
  • 00:16:19.210 --> 00:16:22.160
  • walk, of whom I have told you often and now tell you even
  • 00:16:22.170 --> 00:16:26.190
  • weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross
  • 00:16:26.200 --> 00:16:29.090
  • of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their
  • 00:16:29.100 --> 00:16:34.020
  • belly or their appetites, whose glory is in their shame, and who
  • 00:16:34.030 --> 00:16:39.020
  • set their mind on earthly things."
  • 00:16:39.030 --> 00:16:42.240
  • You see, not everybody within the borders of a country
  • 00:16:42.250 --> 00:16:46.230
  • are citizens.
  • 00:16:46.240 --> 00:16:48.210
  • You can have people in the general population.
  • 00:16:48.220 --> 00:16:51.040
  • They look like everybody else but they're not loyal citizens,
  • 00:16:51.050 --> 00:16:54.160
  • they're actually hostile to the national interests.
  • 00:16:54.170 --> 00:16:58.200
  • And every country knows these people can be a problem.
  • 00:16:58.210 --> 00:17:02.070
  • Paul knows it's a problem even within the church and he goes,
  • 00:17:02.080 --> 00:17:04.210
  • "You know, I've told you about this before but now I'm
  • 00:17:04.220 --> 00:17:07.070
  • writing this to you and as I'm writing, I'm weeping."
  • 00:17:07.080 --> 00:17:12.070
  • Isn't that a weird word to read in the Book of Philippians?
  • 00:17:12.080 --> 00:17:15.090
  • We've noted already that this is a letter that 19 times uses
  • 00:17:15.100 --> 00:17:18.130
  • of the word, "Joy," or, "Rejoice."
  • 00:17:18.140 --> 00:17:20.120
  • It's the Epistle of Joy, nothing could take Paul's joy away,
  • 00:17:20.130 --> 00:17:24.270
  • but here Paul says, "I'm weeping."
  • 00:17:24.280 --> 00:17:27.120
  • He's not weeping for himself, he's weeping for the church
  • 00:17:27.130 --> 00:17:31.010
  • because he knows the outcome could be catastrophic.
  • 00:17:31.020 --> 00:17:35.160
  • And so he warns them, these are fake citizens.
  • 00:17:35.170 --> 00:17:42.180
  • That is, they know the heavenly language but they're not
  • 00:17:42.190 --> 00:17:46.080
  • conformed to heavenly laws.
  • 00:17:46.090 --> 00:17:48.280
  • Remember, Jesus said, "Beware of false prophets.
  • 00:17:48.290 --> 00:17:52.100
  • They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are
  • 00:17:52.110 --> 00:17:58.120
  • ravenous wolves."
  • 00:17:58.130 --> 00:18:00.230
  • And, predicted Jesus, this will be a problem even to the
  • 00:18:00.240 --> 00:18:04.260
  • end of the age.
  • 00:18:04.270 --> 00:18:06.070
  • In Matthew 24, when he speaks of the end of the age, he says,
  • 00:18:06.080 --> 00:18:09.150
  • "Many will come in my name and will deceive many."
  • 00:18:09.160 --> 00:18:14.080
  • And as you thumb through the New Testament, you find out this
  • 00:18:14.090 --> 00:18:17.080
  • is an ongoing issue.
  • 00:18:17.090 --> 00:18:18.200
  • You get to the Book of Acts.
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  • You get to chapter 8.
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  • There was a guy named Simon Magus who was a fake believer
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  • among the general population of believers in Samaria.
  • 00:18:25.270 --> 00:18:29.140
  • Go a few more pages, Acts 13, there was Elymas the Sorcerer.
  • 00:18:29.150 --> 00:18:34.230
  • Then you get to the 20th chapter of Acts when Paul is
  • 00:18:34.240 --> 00:18:37.190
  • about to leave the ephesians elders, and before he leaves he
  • 00:18:37.200 --> 00:18:41.100
  • says, "I know that after my departure, savage wolves will
  • 00:18:41.110 --> 00:18:45.070
  • come in not sparing this flock.
  • 00:18:45.080 --> 00:18:48.190
  • In fact, men from among your own selves, your own rank, will come
  • 00:18:48.200 --> 00:18:52.220
  • in speaking perverse words to draw the disciples
  • 00:18:52.230 --> 00:18:56.290
  • to themselves."
  • 00:18:57.000 --> 00:18:59.030
  • He knew it would become an issue.
  • 00:18:59.040 --> 00:19:01.230
  • As we go on through the New Testament, Paul calls
  • 00:19:01.240 --> 00:19:04.210
  • out to people in the church at Ephesus--this is in the Book
  • 00:19:04.220 --> 00:19:09.080
  • of First Timothy--named Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom
  • 00:19:09.090 --> 00:19:13.090
  • Paul says, "Whom I have delivered to Satan that they may
  • 00:19:13.100 --> 00:19:17.190
  • learn not to blaspheme."
  • 00:19:17.200 --> 00:19:20.060
  • Then we get to the writings of Peter.
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  • 1 Peter, 2 Peter.
  • 00:19:21.240 --> 00:19:23.180
  • 2 Peter has three chapters.
  • 00:19:23.190 --> 00:19:25.010
  • Two of those three chapters are totally devoted to the issue
  • 00:19:25.020 --> 00:19:30.120
  • of false teachers, false prophets within the church.
  • 00:19:30.130 --> 00:19:33.200
  • He says, "There are false teachers among you who bring
  • 00:19:33.210 --> 00:19:37.240
  • in destructive heresies."
  • 00:19:37.250 --> 00:19:41.060
  • Why so many warnings?
  • 00:19:41.070 --> 00:19:43.040
  • And I didn't cover 'em all, there are many more in the
  • 00:19:43.050 --> 00:19:45.040
  • New Testament.
  • 00:19:45.050 --> 00:19:46.150
  • Why so many?
  • 00:19:46.160 --> 00:19:47.250
  • Because it brings up a truth.
  • 00:19:47.260 --> 00:19:49.190
  • Scattered among every church are pretenders.
  • 00:19:49.200 --> 00:19:55.190
  • They may be sitting next to you right now.
  • 00:19:55.200 --> 00:19:57.290
  • Now I don't say that so you'll give 'em the evil-eye.
  • 00:19:58.000 --> 00:20:00.240
  • "Must be you.
  • 00:20:00.250 --> 00:20:02.210
  • I knew that about you."
  • 00:20:02.220 --> 00:20:05.070
  • But that you're aware of it nonetheless.
  • 00:20:05.080 --> 00:20:08.070
  • Many people can sing the same songs, pray this same prayers,
  • 00:20:08.080 --> 00:20:12.090
  • engage in the same activities, and at the same time be
  • 00:20:12.100 --> 00:20:16.040
  • pseudo-citizens.
  • 00:20:16.050 --> 00:20:19.150
  • Pseudo-citizens.
  • 00:20:19.160 --> 00:20:20.250
  • They speak the language of the court but Christ is not
  • 00:20:20.260 --> 00:20:24.060
  • their king.
  • 00:20:24.070 --> 00:20:26.010
  • There's no allegiance to him.
  • 00:20:26.020 --> 00:20:28.240
  • And you shouldn't be surprised by this.
  • 00:20:28.250 --> 00:20:32.180
  • Now some of us go, "I can't believe that would happen
  • 00:20:32.190 --> 00:20:34.250
  • in a church!"
  • 00:20:34.260 --> 00:20:36.060
  • Really?
  • 00:20:36.070 --> 00:20:37.160
  • You shouldn't be surprised because Jesus said that, "The
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  • good seed is sown in the field and it brings up a crop
  • 00:20:40.130 --> 00:20:46.180
  • but the enemy comes along and sows tares
  • 00:20:46.190 --> 00:20:50.000
  • among the wheat."
  • 00:20:50.010 --> 00:20:52.150
  • And then Jesus even said, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord,
  • 00:20:52.160 --> 00:20:56.180
  • Lord,' will enter the kingdom of Heaven."
  • 00:20:56.190 --> 00:21:00.070
  • So apparently, according to Jesus and Peter and Paul
  • 00:21:00.080 --> 00:21:04.270
  • and John and everybody who would contribute to the New Testament,
  • 00:21:04.280 --> 00:21:08.210
  • understands that wherever there is something true, there's gonna
  • 00:21:08.220 --> 00:21:11.290
  • be something counterfeit that'll be next to it.
  • 00:21:12.000 --> 00:21:15.050
  • Like the Puritan, William Gurnall, who said, "These are
  • 00:21:15.060 --> 00:21:18.010
  • people who love God in their mouth, but the world is
  • 00:21:18.020 --> 00:21:21.150
  • in their hearts."
  • 00:21:21.160 --> 00:21:23.070
  • Notice how Paul writes about them.
  • 00:21:23.080 --> 00:21:25.250
  • He says, "They are the enemies of the cross of Christ."
  • 00:21:25.260 --> 00:21:32.130
  • Wouldn't you like to know exactly who he's talking about?
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:36.120
  • Now I say, "Wouldn't you like to know?"
  • 00:21:36.130 --> 00:21:37.240
  • I can't be sure exactly what group Paul is referring
  • 00:21:37.250 --> 00:21:41.250
  • to because in Philippi, like just about everywhere else
  • 00:21:41.260 --> 00:21:45.230
  • in the New Testament early church, there were two groups
  • 00:21:45.240 --> 00:21:49.080
  • that were on the opposite end of the spectrum; both were
  • 00:21:49.090 --> 00:21:52.090
  • problematic.
  • 00:21:52.100 --> 00:21:53.250
  • One we've already noted, were the Judaizers.
  • 00:21:53.260 --> 00:21:56.250
  • These were people who said, "You have to keep Jewish law, go
  • 00:21:56.260 --> 00:22:00.100
  • through Jewish ritual in order to be saved.
  • 00:22:00.110 --> 00:22:02.160
  • Keep circumcision."
  • 00:22:02.170 --> 00:22:03.270
  • They were the legalists.
  • 00:22:03.280 --> 00:22:05.070
  • On the other hand, there were the Gnostics.
  • 00:22:05.080 --> 00:22:08.050
  • And the Gnostics were not legalistic they were antinomy
  • 00:22:08.060 --> 00:22:11.060
  • and that is having no law at all.
  • 00:22:11.070 --> 00:22:14.060
  • And the Gnostics believe that all matter was evil, only
  • 00:22:14.070 --> 00:22:17.190
  • the spirit is good, and that you can be saved by aligning your
  • 00:22:17.200 --> 00:22:21.270
  • spirit in surrender to God; but you do anything you want
  • 00:22:21.280 --> 00:22:25.160
  • with your body 'cause your body is irredeemable.
  • 00:22:25.170 --> 00:22:28.050
  • So in effect, the Gnostics said, "As long as in your heart you
  • 00:22:28.060 --> 00:22:31.240
  • believe in God and follow Christ, you can live any way you
  • 00:22:31.250 --> 00:22:34.220
  • want with your body."
  • 00:22:34.230 --> 00:22:37.140
  • That was problematic.
  • 00:22:37.150 --> 00:22:39.040
  • So we don't know if he's referring to the legalistic
  • 00:22:39.050 --> 00:22:41.190
  • group are the antinomian group, the Judaizers or the Gnostics.
  • 00:22:41.200 --> 00:22:45.250
  • Either way, both groups being problematic would fit
  • 00:22:45.260 --> 00:22:50.150
  • the description, "Enemies of the cross of Christ."
  • 00:22:50.160 --> 00:22:54.230
  • They are a menace.
  • 00:22:54.240 --> 00:22:58.060
  • Now, I just want you to look at this for a moment
  • 00:22:58.070 --> 00:23:00.260
  • from a little different angle.
  • 00:23:00.270 --> 00:23:04.280
  • Those who may be among us and are not true citizens
  • 00:23:04.290 --> 00:23:08.110
  • of the kingdom of God, church-goers, yes; well-meaning,
  • 00:23:08.120 --> 00:23:12.090
  • yes; sincere, yes.
  • 00:23:12.100 --> 00:23:15.030
  • They'll go along, they'll come to church, they'll sing
  • 00:23:15.040 --> 00:23:17.030
  • the songs, but they're not part of the kingdom yet.
  • 00:23:17.040 --> 00:23:20.010
  • Instead of saying, "Get away!"
  • 00:23:20.020 --> 00:23:21.170
  • How 'bout saying, "Come closer."
  • 00:23:21.180 --> 00:23:23.170
  • How 'bout saying, "Don't just believe with your mouth, how
  • 00:23:23.180 --> 00:23:26.190
  • about really believe in your heart.
  • 00:23:26.200 --> 00:23:28.030
  • How 'bout having a true conversion.
  • 00:23:28.040 --> 00:23:30.090
  • How about coming to Christ and truly believing him."
  • 00:23:30.100 --> 00:23:33.020
  • So, instead of seeing them as a menace, we could start to see
  • 00:23:33.030 --> 00:23:37.130
  • them as a mission.
  • 00:23:37.140 --> 00:23:40.050
  • I'm going to focus my attention and you know what?
  • 00:23:40.060 --> 00:23:43.140
  • Dr. Elton Trueblood noted this.
  • 00:23:43.150 --> 00:23:45.240
  • "Our main mission field today as far as America is concerned, is
  • 00:23:45.250 --> 00:23:50.230
  • within church membership itself."
  • 00:23:50.240 --> 00:23:54.270
  • Even the Billy Graham Association, Billy Graham said
  • 00:23:54.280 --> 00:23:58.170
  • a while back, "Our crusades find the greatest challenge
  • 00:23:58.180 --> 00:24:02.250
  • and the greatest response from among church members."
  • 00:24:02.260 --> 00:24:07.120
  • That's why he would always invite different churches to his
  • 00:24:07.130 --> 00:24:09.260
  • crusades.
  • 00:24:09.270 --> 00:24:11.070
  • 'Cause he knew a lot of people who came weren't really saved
  • 00:24:11.080 --> 00:24:13.250
  • people, but he wanted them to hear the gospel.
  • 00:24:13.260 --> 00:24:16.240
  • So the question you need to ask yourself is, are you
  • 00:24:16.250 --> 00:24:20.010
  • an imitation citizen?
  • 00:24:20.020 --> 00:24:22.110
  • Or are you a true citizen?
  • 00:24:22.120 --> 00:24:24.190
  • Has your passport, so to speak, been stamped by the blood
  • 00:24:24.200 --> 00:24:27.250
  • of Jesus Christ?
  • 00:24:27.260 --> 00:24:29.050
  • Have you applied that personally, authentically,
  • 00:24:29.060 --> 00:24:31.170
  • really to your own life?
  • 00:24:31.180 --> 00:24:33.010
  • Or are you hiding behind the mask of some
  • 00:24:33.020 --> 00:24:35.110
  • religious group or system?
  • 00:24:35.120 --> 00:24:37.210
  • So, citizens walk with partners, watch for pretenders, but here's
  • 00:24:37.220 --> 00:24:42.230
  • the third.
  • 00:24:42.240 --> 00:24:44.030
  • Citizens wait for a place.
  • 00:24:44.040 --> 00:24:47.120
  • Verse 20 tells us about that.
  • 00:24:47.130 --> 00:24:48.230
  • "For our citizenship is in Heaven from which we also
  • 00:24:48.240 --> 00:24:52.120
  • eagerly wait for the savior, the Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:24:52.130 --> 00:24:56.050
  • male announcer: Jesus was all about people and his love
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  • another tour group to Israel in 2020.
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  • Now, I've been to Israel a number of times over the years
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  • and I can honestly say that visiting the places where
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  • I'm a big fan of the food.
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  • We'll start our tour at Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Sea,
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  • and work our way north, visiting locations like Nazareth,
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  • the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea.
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  • We'll spend several days in the city of Jerusalem and see
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  • the Upper Room, the Temple Mount, the Garden of Gethsemane,
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  • and much more.
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  • And, we'll wrap it all up with communion at the Garden
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  • Tomb, a place that many believe is a place Jesus rose
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  • from the dead.
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  • And that's just a fly by look at the itinerary.
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  • I found that there's always something new to see
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  • and experience in Israel.
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  • And nothing tops studying the scriptures in the real life
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  • locations where it all took place.
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  • The Bible will come alive to you in a way it never has before,
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  • guaranteed.
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  • Lenny and I both hope that you decided to join us on what is
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  • always an unforgettable trip.
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  • We can't wait to see you in Israel.
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  • male announcer: "Connect with Skip Heitzig" is
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  • a presentation of Connection Communications; connecting you
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  • to God's never-changing truth in ever-changing times.
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