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"Show Me Your Passport, Please!" Part 2

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November 30, 2019
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"Show Me Your Passport, Please!" Part 2

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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: Jesus doesn't change you in order to love you.
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  • He loves you in order to change you into everything you were
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  • created to be and today on "Connect with Skip Heitzig,"
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  • Skip shares about that moment when you will be changed
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  • completely and perfectly reflect the beauty of Christ.
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  • Skip Heitzig: And as you thumb through the New Testament you
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  • find out this is an ongoing issue you get to the book
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  • of Acts you get to chapter 8 there was a guy named Simon
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  • Magus who is a fake believer among the general population
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  • of believers in Samaria.
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  • Go a few more pages, Acts 13, there was Elymas the sorcerer.
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  • Then you get to the 20th chapter of Acts when Paul is
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  • about to leave the Ephesian elders and before he leaves he
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  • says I know that after my departure savage wolves will
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  • come in not sparing this flock.
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  • In fact, men from among your own selves your own rank will come
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  • in speaking perverse words to draw the disciples
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  • to themselves.
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  • He knew it would become an issue.
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  • As we go on through the New Testament, Paul calls out two
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  • people in the church at Ephesus.
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  • This is in the book of 1 Timothy named Hymenaeus and Alexander,
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  • whom Paul says, "Whom I have delivered to Satan that they may
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  • learn not to blaspheme."
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  • Then we get to the writings of Peter.
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  • 1 Peter, 2 Peter.
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  • 2 Peter is three chapters, two of those three chapters are
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  • totally devoted to the issue of false teachers, false
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  • prophets within the church.
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  • He says there are false teachers among you who bring
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  • in destructive heresies.
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  • Why so many warnings?
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  • And I didn't cover them all, there are many more in the New
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  • Testament.
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  • Why so many?
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  • Because it brings up a truth scattered among every church
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  • are pretenders.
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  • They may be sitting next to you right now.
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  • Now, I don't say that so you'll give them the evil eye.
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  • "Must be you, I knew that about you."
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  • But that you're aware of it nonetheless.
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  • Many people can sing the same songs, pray this same prayers,
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  • engage in the same activities, and at the same time be
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  • pseudo citizens.
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  • Pseudo citizens: they speak the language of the court
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  • but Christ is not their king.
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  • There's no allegiance to him and you shouldn't be surprised
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  • by this.
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  • Now some of us go, "I can't believe that would happen
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  • in a church."
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  • Really?
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  • You shouldn't be surprised because Jesus said that the good
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  • seed is sown in the field and it brings up a crop, but the enemy
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  • comes along and sows tares among the wheat.
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  • And then Jesus even said, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord,
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  • Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven."
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  • So, apparently according to Jesus and Peter and Paul
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  • and John and everybody who would contribute to the New Testament,
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  • understands that wherever there is something true there's gonna
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  • be something counterfeit.
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  • That'll be next to it, like, the Puritan William Gurnall, who
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  • said, "These are people, who love God and their mouth,
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  • but the world is in their hearts."
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  • Notice, how Paul writes about them.
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  • He says, "They are the enemies of the cross of Christ."
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  • Wouldn't you like to know exactly who he's talking about?
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  • Now I say wouldn't you like to know--I can't be sure
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  • exactly what group Paul is referring to because
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  • in Philippi, like just about everywhere else in the New
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  • Testament early church, there were two groups that were
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  • on the opposite end of the spectrum.
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  • Both were problematic.
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  • One we've already noted were the Judaizers.
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  • These were people who said you have to keep Jewish law, go
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  • through Jewish ritual in order to be saved--keep circumcision.
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  • They were the legalists.
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  • On the other hand, there were the Gnostics, and the Gnostics
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  • were not legalistic.
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  • They were antinomian and that is having no law at all.
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  • And the Gnostics believe that all matter was evil only
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  • the spirit is good and that you can be saved by aligning your
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  • spirit in surrender to God, but you do anything you want
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  • with your body 'cause your body is irredeemable.
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  • So in effect, the gnostics said as long as in your heart you
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  • believe in God and follow Christ, you can live any way you
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  • want with your body.
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  • That was problematic.
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  • So we don't know if he's referring to the legalistic
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  • group are the antinomian group, the Judaizers, or the Gnostics.
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  • Either way, both groups being problematic would fit
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  • the description "enemies of the cross of Christ."
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  • They are a menace.
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  • Now I just want you to look at this for a moment
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  • from a little different angle.
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  • Those who may be among us and are not true citizens
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  • of the kingdom of God, churchgoers, yes.
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  • Well meaning, yes.
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  • Sincere, yes.
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  • They'll go along, they'll come to church, they'll sing
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  • the songs, but they're not part of the kingdom, yet instead
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  • of saying, "Get away," how about saying, "Come closer"?
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  • How about saying don't just believe with your mouth, how
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  • about really believe in your heart?
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  • How about having a true conversion?
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  • How about coming to Christ and truly believing him?
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  • So instead of seeing them as a menace, we could start to see
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  • them as a mission.
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  • I'm going to focus my attention, and you know what?
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  • Dr. Elton Trueblood noted this:
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  • "Our main mission field today, as far as
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  • America is concerned, is within church membership itself."
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  • Even the Billy Graham Association, Billy Graham said
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  • a while back, "Our crusades find the greatest challenge
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  • and the greatest response from among church members."
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  • That's why he would always invite different churches to his
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  • crusades 'cause he knew a lot of people who came weren't
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  • really saved people, but he wanted them to hear the gospel.
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  • So the question you need to ask yourself is: are you
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  • an imitation citizen or are you a true citizen?
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  • Has your passport, so to speak, been stamped by the blood
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  • of Jesus Christ?
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  • Have you applied that personally, authentically,
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  • really to your own life or are you hiding behind the mask
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  • of some religious group or system?
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  • So citizens walk with partners, watch for pretenders, but here's
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  • the third, citizens wait for a place.
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  • Verse 20 tells us about that "for our citizenship is
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  • in heaven from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior,
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • did you notice the contrast between verse 19 and verse 20?
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  • Verse 18 and 19 he describes a pretenders and the last thing
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  • he says in verse 19 is "Who set their mind on earthly things."
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  • In contrast to that "but our," or for, "our citizenship is
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  • in heaven."
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  • Let me refresh your memory.
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  • When Paul open this letter, he noted that the Philippian
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  • believers had two addresses: physical address, spiritual
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  • address, to the saints who are in Philippi in Christ Jesus.
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  • You have a physical address: Philippi or Albuquerque.
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  • You have a spiritual address: in Christ Jesus and because you
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  • have a spiritual address, you have an eventual address
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  • mentioned here.
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  • Your eventual addresses is "in heaven."
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  • Why do I bring this up?
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  • Because this helps answer why we as believers get so excited
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  • and preoccupied with heaven.
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  • You know, I've been accused by unbelievers, "You always talk
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  • about heaven, it's like the great escape.
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  • You're so heavenly minded, you're no earthly good."
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  • Well, let me tell you why we're so focused on heaven, because
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  • we're citizens of heaven; it's gonna be our eventual home.
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  • He says, "Our citizenship is in heaven from which we also
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  • eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • Now look at the word "citizenship" or just a moment.
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  • I'm having you look at it because it's the only place
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  • in the New Testament Paul uses this word in this manner.
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  • The word "citizenship" is the word in Greek, politeuma.
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  • Politeuma is the Greek word from which we derive our word,
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  • politics, or political affiliation.
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  • For our politics are in heaven.
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  • For our political affiliation is in heaven.
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  • You know, I've noticed something about politics: it always
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  • divides people.
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  • You could have a conversation even among believers.
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  • If we started loving on each other and singing together
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  • and stuff like we're doing now, if I brought up a political
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  • issue I would divide this nice happy gathering, always happens.
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  • It divides families divides believers and as I grow
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  • in the Lord, I am becoming less political and hopefully, more
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  • spiritual on my outlook.
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  • I am much less a Republican, much less a Democrat on today
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  • when people say, "Well, what are you?"
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  • I'm a theocrat.
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  • I believe the only hope for this place is when Jesus comes back
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  • and rules everything and everyone.
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  • Speaking of which, he says, "From which," verse 20, "we also
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  • eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • Now, notice something.
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  • Our hope is not in the coming of the Lord, our hope is
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  • in the Lord who is coming.
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  • I'm not waiting for an event to bail me out, I'm waiting
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  • for a person that I know and love.
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  • He's coming back, he's my Lord, He's my Savior.
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  • And that intimacy will be fully realized at that point.
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  • By the way, one of the ways to tell a person is really
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  • a citizen of a kingdom is he or she wants to see the king.
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  • They can't wait to see the king.
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  • If you're not a citizen of the kingdom of God and you
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  • hear a believer say, "Jesus is coming soon," that doesn't
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  • excite you.
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  • First of all, you think they're wacky, but if you were
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  • to actually believe in what they said, "Jesus is coming," you
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  • wouldn't go, "Oh, great," you go, "Oh, no.
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  • He is?
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  • Uh-oh."
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  • That's not good news to you.
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  • But if you are a citizen of the kingdom, it's like, "Yes,
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  • I can't wait to see my king."
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  • Now brings up a question if you are a citizen of the kingdom,
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  • how are you waiting for the king?
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  • It says we eagerly wait for him.
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  • Would that describe you?
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  • Are you eagerly waiting for him?
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  • Or would you say, Well, my waiting for him is sort
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  • of like a passive resignation: "You know, I've heard Jesus is
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  • coming for years.
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  • My grandma used to say that.
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  • So, Jesus is coming again."
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  • Or do you have a board disinterest in his coming?
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  • You know a citizen, once that person as a citizen, when
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  • they're away from their homeland they get homesick.
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  • First time I traveled overseas I was so excited to get
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  • on an airplane have my own passport, like, "See, I got
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  • a passport."
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  • And I was in that country and I love trying the food and all
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  • the customs, but I was there for like a few months
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  • and the first week I was all geeked and excited and try
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  • everything but you know after a couple of weeks--didn't
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  • take long--I started like having dreams of hamburgers
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  • and stuff, like, American things.
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  • And I've gotten better as time has gone on but I just got sort
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  • of homesick.
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  • I wanted to have my friends around me again and the things
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  • that I was used to.
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  • And so it is with us in the kingdom of God, we get homesick.
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  • One of the great promises Jesus ever made was "In my Father's
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  • house, there are many mansions.
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  • If it were not so I would've told you.
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  • I'm going to prepare a place," it's a real place, "for you.
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  • And if I go I will come again and receive you to myself that
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  • where I am you may be with me always."
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  • And so we look forward to that, sort of feel like--especially
  • 00:14:07.160 --> 00:14:11.010
  • the older I get, and I know that heaven is a lot closer now than
  • 00:14:11.020 --> 00:14:16.020
  • it used to be and that the road ahead of me is shorter than
  • 00:14:16.030 --> 00:14:22.170
  • the road behind me--I sort of feel like Dorothy
  • 00:14:22.180 --> 00:14:26.120
  • in the "Wizard of Oz" remember she clicked her heals and go,
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  • "There's no place like home, there's no place like--" I feel
  • 00:14:28.140 --> 00:14:31.120
  • like saying, "There's no place like heaven, there's no place
  • 00:14:31.130 --> 00:14:34.050
  • like heaven."
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  • That's our home.
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  • Question: how do we become heavenly citizens?
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  • Easy answer: you trust in Jesus Christ who did the works for you
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  • on the cross and he writes your name down, so to speak,
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  • in the registry of heaven.
  • 00:14:54.120 --> 00:14:57.280
  • I want you to skip ahead a couple of verses.
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  • Go to chapter 4, verse 3 and just notice the language.
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  • He says, "I urge you, also, true companion, help these women who
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  • labored with me in the gospel with Clement also, and the rest
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  • of my fellow workers," now notice this phrase, "whose names
  • 00:15:10.070 --> 00:15:15.000
  • are in the Book of Life."
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  • By the time you get to Revelation, the Book of Life,
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  • It's called the Lamb's Book of Life or the Book of Life
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  • of the Lamb.
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  • It's given either way.
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  • Jesus said to his disciples, Luke chapter 10: "Rejoice,
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  • because your names are written in heaven."
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  • You trust him and he puts your name down on the log book.
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  • So by the time you die, you show up in heaven, it's like, "We've
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  • been expecting you.
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  • Your name's here and you're right on time by the way,
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  • come on in."
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  • A few years ago I had a very distinct opportunity.
  • 00:15:49.010 --> 00:15:54.000
  • A friend that I know arranged when we were in Israel once,
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  • three of us, to meet with the Prime Minister
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  • of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, in his office at the Knesset.
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  • Now he's the one that put our names down on the registry.
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  • He was sort of like the one who was the go between but he
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  • arranged it.
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  • We were given instructions: be at the Knesset gate.
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  • This certain gate at the Knesset at exactly 2p.m. on a
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  • certain day.
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  • We showed up, they looked at the registry, our names have
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  • been written down.
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  • They asked for our passport to make sure it wasn't altered
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  • or mutilated, that I was the person whose name was
  • 00:16:29.230 --> 00:16:33.290
  • on the list, and then they said, "Please come in.
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  • Welcome."
  • 00:16:36.200 --> 00:16:38.050
  • Now I was there in the Prime Minister of Israel's office,
  • 00:16:38.060 --> 00:16:42.080
  • Bibi Netanyahu, not because I decided I wanted to go, not
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  • because I was really sincere, and I think I deserve it.
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  • I was there solely on the intercession of another
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  • person who put my name down on that registry.
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  • That's how I get to heaven.
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  • I'm thereby the merits of another, the intercession
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  • of another who put my name down in the Book of Life.
  • 00:17:02.250 --> 00:17:07.000
  • So when you say, "Why are Christians so interested
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  • in heaven?"
  • 00:17:10.140 --> 00:17:12.040
  • Well, our name is written there, our Savior lives there, he will
  • 00:17:12.050 --> 00:17:17.060
  • return from there, he will take us back to there, our fellow
  • 00:17:17.070 --> 00:17:22.080
  • believers who have died before us are already there,
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  • and our inheritance and reward is there.
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  • Why shouldn't we look forward to that?
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  • Our citizenship is in heaven.
  • 00:17:32.210 --> 00:17:36.060
  • However, please see that heaven is much more than a destination.
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  • It's a motivation.
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  • It should motivate us knowing that our names are written
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  • in the Lamb's Book of Life is a motivation for a pure life
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  • and a gospel preaching life.
  • 00:17:54.010 --> 00:17:58.220
  • John writes this: "We know that when he shall appear, we shall
  • 00:17:58.230 --> 00:18:02.170
  • be like him, for we shall see him as he is and everyone who
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  • has this hope purifies himself even as he is pure."
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  • There's nothing more pure than believing Jesus Christ could
  • 00:18:13.210 --> 00:18:16.230
  • come at any moment.
  • 00:18:16.240 --> 00:18:18.290
  • When you believe that, when you live with that in mind, it's
  • 00:18:19.000 --> 00:18:22.050
  • a motivation because you're about to get involved in some
  • 00:18:22.060 --> 00:18:25.130
  • enterprise or with another person and you have this
  • 00:18:25.140 --> 00:18:28.030
  • thought: what if Jesus comes now?
  • 00:18:28.040 --> 00:18:32.000
  • That'll keep you from doing a lot of stuff.
  • 00:18:32.010 --> 00:18:34.140
  • Or he'll get you involved in doing good stuff.
  • 00:18:34.150 --> 00:18:36.290
  • It'll motivate you to say, "You know, these
  • 00:18:37.000 --> 00:18:38.100
  • people don't know the Lord.
  • 00:18:38.110 --> 00:18:39.200
  • I want to make sure they get to heaven."
  • 00:18:39.210 --> 00:18:42.000
  • So it's a motivation not just a destination.
  • 00:18:42.010 --> 00:18:45.170
  • So there are the descriptions of a heavenly citizen.
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  • Citizens walk with partners, watch for Pretenders, and wait
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  • for a place.
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  • Let me close on a final note.
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  • Citizens will get a promotion.
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  • I love Paul, I love the fact that he says you know what?
  • 00:19:02.030 --> 00:19:04.260
  • Not only are we goin' to heaven, but let me just put the icing
  • 00:19:04.270 --> 00:19:07.100
  • on the cake by saying this: who, speaking of Christ, who will
  • 00:19:07.110 --> 00:19:12.050
  • transform our lowly body that it might be conformed to his
  • 00:19:12.060 --> 00:19:19.010
  • glorious body, according to the working by which he is
  • 00:19:19.020 --> 00:19:21.240
  • able, even to subdue all things to himself?
  • 00:19:21.250 --> 00:19:26.170
  • The NSV, the New Skip Version, when you get to Heaven this is
  • 00:19:26.180 --> 00:19:31.140
  • getting an upgrade.
  • 00:19:31.150 --> 00:19:33.180
  • You're gonna get upgraded.
  • 00:19:33.190 --> 00:19:35.010
  • Not only are you gonna change locations, you're
  • 00:19:35.020 --> 00:19:37.020
  • gonna change looks.
  • 00:19:37.030 --> 00:19:39.090
  • You know people say, "Well, how am I gonna look in heaven?"
  • 00:19:39.100 --> 00:19:41.060
  • Easy answer: better.
  • 00:19:41.070 --> 00:19:44.080
  • Much better.
  • 00:19:44.090 --> 00:19:45.190
  • You're gonna get the body you always dreamed of.
  • 00:19:45.200 --> 00:19:48.100
  • Paul's word, "You'll be transformed."
  • 00:19:48.110 --> 00:19:52.220
  • Poll after poll that I've read has asked people this question:
  • 00:19:52.230 --> 00:19:57.050
  • if you could change one thing about your life,
  • 00:19:57.060 --> 00:19:58.210
  • what would it be?
  • 00:19:58.220 --> 00:20:01.060
  • The typical answer is something to do with bodily appearance.
  • 00:20:01.070 --> 00:20:06.180
  • If I could change one thing about my life, I want to be
  • 00:20:06.190 --> 00:20:09.000
  • shorter or taller thinner or this or that.
  • 00:20:09.010 --> 00:20:13.010
  • I would say hair color, but you can change that five times
  • 00:20:13.020 --> 00:20:15.130
  • before the end of the day.
  • 00:20:15.140 --> 00:20:17.280
  • They want to change something about their outward appearance
  • 00:20:17.290 --> 00:20:20.170
  • and this body image consciousness has even leaked
  • 00:20:20.180 --> 00:20:25.060
  • into the young people.
  • 00:20:25.070 --> 00:20:28.030
  • Our kids are worried about it.
  • 00:20:28.040 --> 00:20:30.200
  • There was a little boy named Johnny who always sucked his
  • 00:20:30.210 --> 00:20:33.020
  • thumb and his mom wanted to break him of the habit.
  • 00:20:33.030 --> 00:20:35.150
  • So one day he was sucking his thumb and she said, "Johnny,
  • 00:20:35.160 --> 00:20:39.230
  • what good thing could possibly begotten from you doing that?"
  • 00:20:39.240 --> 00:20:45.280
  • And he took his thumb out and held it up and he said,
  • 00:20:45.290 --> 00:20:48.080
  • "Well, it is non-fattening."
  • 00:20:48.090 --> 00:20:52.270
  • I suppose that's an upside, but one day your dream will come
  • 00:20:52.280 --> 00:20:57.150
  • true every citizen of the kingdom of heaven will
  • 00:20:57.160 --> 00:21:01.030
  • get a resurrected, glorified body that is better than any
  • 00:21:01.040 --> 00:21:05.090
  • facelift, any skin cream, any Botox, any diet program, any
  • 00:21:05.100 --> 00:21:10.020
  • facial reconstructions, stretching, and it's all free.
  • 00:21:10.030 --> 00:21:16.160
  • You'll be transformed; he will transform.
  • 00:21:16.170 --> 00:21:19.150
  • Now notice what he says, "Our lowly body."
  • 00:21:19.160 --> 00:21:25.120
  • So just think about this for a moment, especially you who
  • 00:21:25.130 --> 00:21:30.120
  • are young and are working really hard and looking really good.
  • 00:21:30.130 --> 00:21:33.210
  • And you work out, you're a personal trainer, and you want
  • 00:21:33.220 --> 00:21:36.020
  • to show the world how to do it right--I applaud you for that,
  • 00:21:36.030 --> 00:21:39.020
  • please keep us all in line, but you have but a moment
  • 00:21:39.030 --> 00:21:45.010
  • to really enjoy that.
  • 00:21:45.020 --> 00:21:46.210
  • The truth is your body is a lowly body.
  • 00:21:46.220 --> 00:21:51.220
  • You don't believe me?
  • 00:21:51.230 --> 00:21:53.030
  • Just wait.
  • 00:21:53.040 --> 00:21:55.090
  • It won't take long to convince you, trust me.
  • 00:21:55.100 --> 00:21:58.120
  • The King James is even stronger, it's "who will change
  • 00:21:58.130 --> 00:22:01.220
  • our vile body."
  • 00:22:01.230 --> 00:22:04.240
  • Or the NASB says, "our body of humility" or "our body
  • 00:22:04.250 --> 00:22:08.120
  • of humiliation."
  • 00:22:08.130 --> 00:22:10.110
  • So enjoy it for now but it is a lowly body.
  • 00:22:10.120 --> 00:22:15.010
  • But notice verse 21, the word "transformed."
  • 00:22:15.020 --> 00:22:18.080
  • And I'm drawing your attention to that because there's a word
  • 00:22:18.090 --> 00:22:22.040
  • in Greek that he uses here and we get another English
  • 00:22:22.050 --> 00:22:26.000
  • word from it.
  • 00:22:26.010 --> 00:22:27.110
  • I'm going to say the Greek word and then you'll hear
  • 00:22:27.120 --> 00:22:29.110
  • the English.
  • 00:22:29.120 --> 00:22:31.140
  • Metaschematzi is the word.
  • 00:22:31.150 --> 00:22:34.180
  • Transform: metaschematzi We get the word "schematic."
  • 00:22:34.190 --> 00:22:39.270
  • Did you hear it? Metaschematzi.
  • 00:22:39.280 --> 00:22:42.180
  • We get the word "schematic."
  • 00:22:42.190 --> 00:22:43.290
  • So when you get to heaven it's as if the upgrade you get will
  • 00:22:44.000 --> 00:22:47.170
  • be a whole new schematic that affects inward and outward
  • 00:22:47.180 --> 00:22:51.170
  • constitution, a whole renewed physical structure.
  • 00:22:51.180 --> 00:22:56.290
  • At the Resurrection, which will occur at the Rapture
  • 00:22:57.000 --> 00:22:59.040
  • of the church, you will get a resurrected body and it will
  • 00:22:59.050 --> 00:23:02.220
  • be like Jesus's own resurrected body.
  • 00:23:02.230 --> 00:23:05.050
  • Notice what he says that "it will be conformed to his
  • 00:23:05.060 --> 00:23:08.100
  • glorious body."
  • 00:23:08.110 --> 00:23:11.250
  • Now when Jesus rose from the dead, he had new capabilities.
  • 00:23:11.260 --> 00:23:18.130
  • We discovered that when the disciples are in a room--
  • 00:23:18.140 --> 00:23:20.180
  • the doors are locked--and Jesus just appears in front
  • 00:23:20.190 --> 00:23:25.230
  • of the disciples.
  • 00:23:25.240 --> 00:23:27.050
  • Locked doors, he didn't crawl through the window.
  • 00:23:27.060 --> 00:23:30.050
  • He didn't knock on the door.
  • 00:23:30.060 --> 00:23:31.150
  • "Let me and I can't get in."
  • 00:23:31.160 --> 00:23:32.260
  • He just showed up. "Hi."
  • 00:23:32.270 --> 00:23:36.020
  • How did he do that?
  • 00:23:36.030 --> 00:23:37.120
  • Well, he had a whole new capability that he
  • 00:23:37.130 --> 00:23:39.250
  • didn't have before.
  • 00:23:39.260 --> 00:23:41.050
  • This resurrected body was able to do that.
  • 00:23:41.060 --> 00:23:43.230
  • And one day he was walking on the road to Emmaus,
  • 00:23:43.240 --> 00:23:46.190
  • and walking out several miles from Jerusalem, suddenly shows
  • 00:23:46.200 --> 00:23:49.290
  • up in that upper room.
  • 00:23:50.000 --> 00:23:52.170
  • And then he's in Jerusalem, suddenly he shows up in Galilee.
  • 00:23:52.180 --> 00:23:56.290
  • So you're gonna have new capabilities in this new body.
  • 00:23:57.000 --> 00:24:00.050
  • I did a whole series of messages on this.
  • 00:24:00.060 --> 00:24:02.160
  • I won't rehash all that but imagine having a body that
  • 00:24:02.170 --> 00:24:07.280
  • will never wear out.
  • 00:24:07.290 --> 00:24:09.280
  • Imagine having a body that never gets tired, never gets
  • 00:24:09.290 --> 00:24:12.160
  • exhausted, imagine having a body that is not susceptible
  • 00:24:12.170 --> 00:24:16.150
  • to disease, handicaps, atrophy, and aches and pains.
  • 00:24:16.160 --> 00:24:22.170
  • Imagine having a body that never gains weight, never loses hair,
  • 00:24:22.180 --> 00:24:30.190
  • never gets wrinkled, hallelujah.
  • 00:24:30.200 --> 00:24:36.010
  • Never sags or stoops.
  • 00:24:36.020 --> 00:24:39.280
  • That glorified upgraded body is a guaranteed perk for every
  • 00:24:39.290 --> 00:24:45.170
  • citizen of heaven.
  • 00:24:45.180 --> 00:24:47.290
  • Benjamin Franklin when he died-- he was buried in Boston,
  • 00:24:48.000 --> 00:24:50.210
  • Massachusetts, but interestingly Benjamin Franklin wrote his own
  • 00:24:50.220 --> 00:24:56.030
  • epitaph for when he died years before he died.
  • 00:24:56.040 --> 00:25:01.080
  • In fact, he revised it several times.
  • 00:25:01.090 --> 00:25:03.200
  • So he must have thought a lot about it.
  • 00:25:03.210 --> 00:25:05.260
  • Now this is not on his gravestone, but it is
  • 00:25:05.270 --> 00:25:07.290
  • on a plaque at a wall nearby.
  • 00:25:08.000 --> 00:25:11.260
  • His words: "The body of Ben Franklin, printer, like the
  • 00:25:11.270 --> 00:25:16.130
  • cover of an old book--its contents torn out and stripped
  • 00:25:16.140 --> 00:25:20.110
  • of its lettering and gilding--lies here food for
  • 00:25:20.120 --> 00:25:25.020
  • worms yet the work itself shall not be lost, for it will appear
  • 00:25:25.030 --> 00:25:30.270
  • once more in a new and more elegant edition, corrected and
  • 00:25:30.280 --> 00:25:34.200
  • improved by the author."
  • 00:25:34.210 --> 00:25:37.040
  • What a beautiful way of saying this body--lowly body--is
  • 00:25:37.050 --> 00:25:41.040
  • going to get an upgrade, be revised, and improved
  • 00:25:41.050 --> 00:25:45.110
  • by the author.
  • 00:25:45.120 --> 00:25:47.140
  • So summing it all up, look around for good examples
  • 00:25:47.150 --> 00:25:51.240
  • to follow, look out for imitations to avoid,
  • 00:25:51.250 --> 00:25:56.220
  • and look up for Jesus to return.
  • 00:25:56.230 --> 00:26:01.150
  • Final question: are you sure you're a citizen?
  • 00:26:01.160 --> 00:26:05.270
  • Are you sure you're faith is personally in
  • 00:26:05.280 --> 00:26:09.160
  • Jesus Christ alone?
  • 00:26:09.170 --> 00:26:11.070
  • Have you trusted in him?
  • 00:26:11.080 --> 00:26:12.170
  • Has there been a time in your life where you have made that,
  • 00:26:12.180 --> 00:26:15.110
  • place that trust in him?
  • 00:26:15.120 --> 00:26:17.230
  • Is your name written in the Lamb's Book of Life?
  • 00:26:17.240 --> 00:26:20.240
  • male announcer: All it takes to be a citizen of heaven is
  • 00:26:25.200 --> 00:26:27.230
  • to believe and trust in Jesus as your Savior.
  • 00:26:27.240 --> 00:26:30.170
  • If you'd like to talk to someone about that we'd love
  • 00:26:30.180 --> 00:26:33.040
  • to hear from you.
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  • Just call 800-922-1888.
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