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December 1, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS TEXAS, THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MOST PEOPLE WOULD AGREE THAT JESUS WAS A WISE TEACHER,
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  • A COMPASSIONATE SERVANT AND A POWERFUL SPEAKER.
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  • NO DOUBT JESUS WAS GREAT BUT IS JESUS ENOUGH?
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  • WELL TODAY WE'RE GOING TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION
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  • BY SEEING HOW JESUS CHRIST IS CENTRAL
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  • TO THREE IMPORTANT REALMS OF THIS UNIVERSE.
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  • AND WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE, THE CENTRALITY
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  • OF JESUS CHRIST, YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHY
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  • JESUS IS SUFFICIENT TO MEET ANY NEED YOU'RE FACING TODAY.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED
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  • "JESUS CHRIST: CREATOR, ORIGINATOR AND RECONCILER"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • PEOPLE WHO INVEST THEIR LIVES IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
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  • DON'T LOOK BACK WITH REGRET.
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  • IN FACT, THEIR IMPACT EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THEIR
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  • OWN LIFETIME!
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  • IN THIS SPIRIT, SOME FRIENDS OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • HAVE BANDED TOGETHER AND SET ASIDE
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  • A GIFT OF $920.000 WITH THE INTENTION OF MOTIVATING
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  • YOU TO GIVE FROM YOUR RESOURCES, AS WELL.
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  • AS YOU DO, EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE WILL BE MATCHED
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  • AND THEREFORE DOUBLED UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST.
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  • THANK YOU FOR GIVING GENEROUSLY TOWARD THE
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  • COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE!
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  • MUSIC
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  • SOMEONE HAS SAID JESUS CHRIST IS THE STAR OF ASTRONOMY.
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  • HE IS THE ROCK OF GEOLOGY.
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  • HE IS THE LION AND LAMB OF ZOOLOGY.
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  • HE IS THE HEALER OF ALL DISEASES AND THE HARMONIZER
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  • OF ALL DISCORDS.
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  • GREAT MEN IN HISTORY HAVE COME AND GONE BUT HE LIVES ON.
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  • SATAN COULDN'T SEDUCE HIM, HEROD COULD NOT KILL HIM,
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  • DEATH COULD NOT DESTROY HIM
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  • AND THE GRAVE COULD NOT HOLD HIM.
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  • PRAISE GOD FOR JESUS CHRIST.
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  • [CONGREGATION CLAPPING]
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  • WHAT A MAGNIFICENT DESCRIPTION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
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  • AND YET SUCH A DESCRIPTION PALES IN COMPARISON
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  • TO THE DESCRIPTION WE'RE GONNA READ THIS MORNING
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  • FROM COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES THIS MORNING I WANT YOU TO TURN
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  • TO COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1,
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  • AS WE LOOK AT JESUS CHRIST ORIGINATOR, CREATOR, RECONCILER
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  • OF ALL THINGS.
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  • COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1,
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  • NOW REMEMBER THE COLOSSIAN CHRISTIANS WERE BEING TEMPTED
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  • TO EMBRACE OTHER DOCTRINES, OTHER BELIEF SYSTEMS.
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  • NOT TO DISCARD CHRISTIANITY BUT TO ADD TO CHRISTIANITY.
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  • THEY WERE BEING TOLD THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IMPORTANT
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  • BUT YOU NEED SOMETHING ELSE OR SOMEONE ELSE.
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  • YOU NEED JESUS AND THIS PHILOSOPHY,
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  • YOU NEED JESUS AND THIS THOUGHT SYSTEM, YOU NEED JESUS
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  • AND THIS EXPERIENCE.
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  • THERE'S NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN AS SOLOMON SAID.
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  • AND THE APOSTLE PAUL WRITES THIS LETTER TO THE COLOSSIANS
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  • AS WELL AS TO ALL OF US
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  • TO SAY NO JESUS CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT.
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  • HE HAS SUFFICIENTLY SAVED YOU. HE HAS SUFFICIENTLY SECURED YOU.
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  • HE HAS SUFFICIENTLY EMPOWERED YOU TO LIVE
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  • A VICTORIOUS LIFE.
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  • YOU NEED NOTHING OR NO ONE OTHER THAN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
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  • WELL YOU SAY, "HOW DO I KNOW THAT PASTOR?"
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  • "HOW DO I KNOW THAT JESUS IS SUFFICIENT FOR MY SALVATION?"
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  • OR MAYBE YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN THIS MORNING YOU SAY,
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  • "I'M ALREADY A BELIEVER BUT I'M GOING THROUGH
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  • A TREMENDOUS TRIAL RIGHT NOW IN MY LIFE."
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  • "HOW DO I KNOW THAT JESUS CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT
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  • TO CARRY ME THROUGH THAT TRIAL?"
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  • WELL PAUL ANSWERS THAT QUESTION THIS MORNING
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  • BY SHOWING HOW JESUS CHRIST IS CENTRAL
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  • TO THREE IMPORTANT REALMS OF THIS UNIVERSE.
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  • AND WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE, THE CENTRALITY
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  • OF JESUS CHRIST IN THESE AREAS, YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHY
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  • IT IS JESUS IS SUFFICIENT FOR WHATEVER NEED
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  • YOU'RE FACING THIS MORNING.
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  • LOOK FIRST OF ALL AT WHAT PAUL SAYS IN VERSE 15.
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  • HE SAYS, "JESUS CHRIST IS CENTRAL IN CREATION."
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  • IF YOU EVER DOUBT THE SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST TO
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  • TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEEDS, REMEMBER HIS ROLE IN CREATION.
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  • BUT YOU KNOW A LOT OF CHRISTIANS ARE MISTAKEN ABOUT THIS.
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  • THEY THINK THE FIRST TIME JESUS CHRIST EVER BEGAN
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  • TO EXIST WAS AT BETHLEHEM.
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  • THEY THINK THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • NO, HE IS ETERNALLY COEXISTENT, COETERNAL
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  • WITH GOD THE FATHER.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT PAUL IS GOING TO REMIND US HERE.
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  • HE'S GONNA REMIND US OF THE ROLE THAT JESUS PLAYED
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  • IN THE CREATION NOT ONLY OF THE WORLD BUT OF THE UNIVERSE.
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  • NOTICE THE FOUR TRUTHS ABOUT CHRIST
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  • IN HIS RELATIONSHIP TO CREATION.
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  • PAUL SAYS, "FIRST OF ALL CHRIST WAS PRE-EXISTENT
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  • TO THE CREATION." HE EXISTED BEFORE THE CREATION.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 15, "JESUS IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD
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  • "AND HE IS THE FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION."
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  • I WANT YOU TO UNDERLINE THAT WORD IMAGE.
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  • JESUS CHRIST IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD.
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  • DO YOU REALIZE NO MAN HAS EVER SEEN GOD?
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  • BECAUSE GOD IS A SPIRIT YOU CAN'T SEE A SPIRIT.
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  • BUT IN JOHN 14:9 JESUS SAID, "HE WHO HAS SEEN ME
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  • HAS SEEN THE FATHER."
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  • IF YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT GOD THE SPIRIT IS LIKE,
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  • ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT JESUS CHRIST.
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  • JESUS CHRIST IS THE MANIFESTATION OF GOD THE FATHER.
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  • NOT ONLY THAT BUT NOTICE HE IS THE FIRSTBORN
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  • OF ALL CREATION UNDERLINE THAT WORD FIRSTBORN.
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  • PROTOTOKOS IN GREEK, THE FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION.
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  • NOW THIS WORD IS GONNA BE USED TWICE TODAY,
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  • IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS.
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  • PROTOTOKOS, THAT SOME PEOPLE LIKE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES,
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  • HAVE YOU EVER HAD ONE OF THOSE KNOCK ON YOUR FRONT DOOR,
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  • YOU KNOW AND WANNA TRY TO CONVERT YOU?
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  • THEY LOVE THIS VERSE BECAUSE THEY SAY, "LOOK HERE,
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  • "IT SAYS JESUS CHRIST WASN'T ALWAYS EXISTENT, HE WAS BORN.
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  • "HE CAME INTO EXISTENCE AT BETHLEHEM.
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  • HE IS THE FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION."
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  • BUT THAT WORD PROTOTOKOS, FIRSTBORN DOESN'T MEAN
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  • FIRST CHRONOLOGICALLY, IT MEANS FIRST IN IMPORTANCE.
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  • THAT'S WHAT THE WORD MEANS.
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  • LET ME PROVE THAT TO YOU.
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  • IN PSALM 89:27 GOD IS TALKING ABOUT HIS COMING SON,
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  • THE MESSIAH AND HE SAYS, "HE IS MY FIRSTBORN."
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  • AND THEN HE GOES ON TO SAY, "THE HIGHEST KING IN ALL
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  • OF THE EARTH."
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  • MESSIAH WILL BE MY FIRSTBORN, THE HIGHEST KING
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  • IN ALL THE EARTH.
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  • IT DOESN'T REFER TO HIS PLACE CHRONOLOGICALLY
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  • BUT HIS PLACE IN RANK. JESUS IS THE FIRSTBORN.
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  • HE IS THE HIGHEST OF ALL CREATION.
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  • HOW DO WE KNOW JESUS IS SUFFICIENT?
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  • FIRST OF ALL, CHRIST WAS PRE-EXISTENT TO THE CREATION.
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  • NOTICE SECONDLY IN VERSE 16, "CHRIST WAS THE CAUSE
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  • OF THE CREATION."
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 16, "FOR BY HIM" TALKING ABOUT JESUS,
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  • "FOR BY HIM ALL THINGS WERE CREATED IN THE HEAVENS
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  • "AND ON EARTH VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE WHETHER THRONES
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  • OR DOMINIONS OR RULERS OR AUTHORITIES."
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  • ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN CREATED THROUGH HIM AND FOR HIM.
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  • NOW WHENEVER WE THINK ABOUT CREATION, GENESIS 1,
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  • WE TEND TO THINK OF WHICH MEMBER
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  • OF THE GODHEAD DOING THE CREATING.
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  • WE THINK OF GOD THE FATHER DOING ALL THE HEAVY LIFTING.
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  • DON'T WE?
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  • HE'S THE ONE WE THINK OF WHO CREATED THIS WORLD
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  • AND THIS UNIVERSE. THAT'S NOT WHAT PAUL SAYS.
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  • IT WASN'T GOD THE FATHER, IT WAS JESUS THE SON
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  • WHO IS THE AGENT OF CREATION.
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  • JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONE WHO CREATED THIS VAST UNIVERSE.
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  • AND NOTICE HE SAYS HERE, "NOT ONLY DOES HE CREATE EVERYTHING
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  • "THAT'S VISIBLE, HE CREATED EVERYTHING
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  • THAT IS INVISIBLE, THRONES,
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  • DOMINIONS, RULERS, AND AUTHORITIES."
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  • THAT IS A REFERENCE TO THE SPIRIT REALM.
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  • ANGELS AND DEMONS.
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  • SOME COLOSSAE WERE TRYING TO WORSHIP ANGELS.
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  • AND PAUL SAID THAT'S RIDICULOUS.
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  • WHY WOULD YOU WORSHIP ANGELS WHEN JESUS IS THE ONE
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  • WHO CREATED ALL OF THE ANGELS.
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  • JESUS CHRIST WAS THE CAUSE OF CREATION.
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  • NO WONDER DISEASE FLED FROM HIM, NO WONDER THE WINDS
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  • AND THE WAVES OBEY JESUS.
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  • HE IS THE ONE WHO CREATED IT ALL.
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  • THAT'S HOW WE KNOW JESUS CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT.
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  • NOT ONLY THAT, THIRDLY CHRIST IS THE HEIR OF CREATION.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 16 AGAIN, "ALL THESE THINGS HAVE BEEN CREATED
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  • THROUGH HIM AND FOR HIM."
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  • NOW THESE PREPOSITIONS THROUGH AND FOR,
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  • MAY NOT SEEM LIKE MUCH TO YOU BUT THEY MEANT A LOT
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  • TO PAUL'S AUDIENCE.
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  • YOU SEE THE GREEKS TAUGHT THAT EVERYTHING THAT EXISTS,
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  • HAS TO HAVE A PRIMARY CAUSE THAT IS A PLAN,
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  • AN INSTRUMENTAL CAUSE THAT IS THE POWER TO EXECUTE THE PLAN
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  • AND A FINAL CAUSE, THE PURPOSE OF THE PLAN.
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  • PAUL SAID JESUS CHRIST IS ALL THREE WHEN IT COMES
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  • TO THIS UNIVERSE.
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  • HE IS THE PRIMARY CAUSE, HE PLANNED IT ALL,
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  • HE IS THE AGENT, HE'S THE ONE WHO CAUSED IT TO HAPPEN.
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  • HE'S THE INSTRUMENTAL CAUSE AND HE IS THE ULTIMATE CAUSE.
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  • EVERYTHING THAT HE CREATED, HE CREATED FOR HIMSELF.
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  • AND IF THAT SEEMS EXTREMELY SELFISH TO YOU,
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  • HE CREATED EVERYTHING FOR HIMSELF
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  • AND ALL OF THOSE OF US WHO ARE RELATED TO HIM BY FAITH.
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  • YOU SEE THE MOMENT YOU TRUST IN CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR,
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  • YOU BECOME A JOINT HEIR WITH JESUS CHRIST.
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  • EVERYTHING IN THIS UNIVERSE THAT EXISTS FOR HIM,
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  • SUDDENLY BECOMES YOURS AS WELL.
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  • HE IS THE ONE WHO IS THE HEIR OF ALL CREATION.
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  • AND THEN NUMBER FOUR, JESUS IS THE ONE
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  • WHO SUSTAINS THE CREATION.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 17, "JESUS IS BEFORE ALL THINGS,
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  • AND IN HIM ALL THINGS ARE HELD TOGETHER."
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  • NOW, YOU KNOW FROM YOUR AMERICAN HISTORY THAT THE MAJORITY
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  • OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WERE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS.
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  • YOU WON'T HEAR THAT FROM THE SECULAR REALM BUT THE FACT IS
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  • THEY WERE MOSTLY EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS.
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  • HOWEVER, THERE WERE A FEW WHO WEREN'T.
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  • AND AMONG THOSE WERE THOMAS JEFFERSON AND BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.
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  • THEY WERE DEISTS.
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  • NOW DEISTS BELIEVED IN GOD SORT OF.
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  • BUT THEIR BELIEF ABOUT GOD WAS, THAT GOD DID NOT INTERVENE
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  • IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN ON EARTH.
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  • THAT GOD CREATED THIS WORLD, HE KIND OF WOUNDED UP LIKE
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  • A CLOCK AND THEN HE LEFT IT TO RUN ON ITS OWN.
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  • SO GOD CREATED THE WORLD THEN HE WALKED AWAY
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  • AND THE WORLD IS ON ITS OWN.
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  • BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES.
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  • THE BIBLE TEACHES NOT ONLY DID GOD CREATE THIS WORLD
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  • BUT HE IS THE ONE WHO HOLDS IT AND UPHOLDS IT,
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  • THAT KEEPS IT FROM SPINNING INTO CHAOS.
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  • IN HEBREWS 1:3 THE PASSAGE WE READ JUST A MOMENT AGO,
  • 00:11:14.010 --> 00:11:17.040
  • REMEMBER WHAT THE WRITER SAID?
  • 00:11:17.050 --> 00:11:18.200
  • SAID "HE", TALKING ABOUT JESUS, "UPHOLDS ALL THINGS
  • 00:11:18.210 --> 00:11:22.250
  • BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER."
  • 00:11:22.260 --> 00:11:25.010
  • WE'RE GONNA SEE HOW JESUS IS SUFFICIENT
  • 00:11:25.020 --> 00:11:27.080
  • FOR EVERY NEEDS YOU HAVE.
  • 00:11:27.090 --> 00:11:28.200
  • LOOK AT THIS NEXT PART IT SAYS THAT JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:11:28.210 --> 00:11:31.110
  • IS CENTRAL IN THE CHURCH.
  • 00:11:31.120 --> 00:11:32.260
  • LOOK AT VERSE 18, "JESUS IS ALSO THE HEAD OF THE BODY,
  • 00:11:32.270 --> 00:11:37.150
  • THE CHURCH."
  • 00:11:37.160 --> 00:11:39.000
  • NOW THOUGH TERM CHURCH, EKKLISIA, MOST OF THE TIME
  • 00:11:39.010 --> 00:11:42.130
  • IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, REFERS TO THE LOCAL CHURCH.
  • 00:11:42.140 --> 00:11:45.230
  • 90 OF THE 110 TIMES EKKLESIA IS USED IN THE BIBLE,
  • 00:11:45.240 --> 00:11:49.230
  • IT REFERS TO A LOCAL BODY OF BELIEVERS,
  • 00:11:49.240 --> 00:11:51.210
  • LIKE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH DALLAS.
  • 00:11:51.220 --> 00:11:53.160
  • BUT OCCASIONALLY, THE WORD REFERS
  • 00:11:53.170 --> 00:11:55.110
  • TO ALL CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE.
  • 00:11:55.120 --> 00:11:57.250
  • THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH, THE CHURCH ON EARTH,
  • 00:11:57.260 --> 00:12:00.150
  • THE CHURCH IN HEAVEN WE'RE ALL PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD
  • 00:12:00.160 --> 00:12:03.090
  • IF WE'RE BORN AGAIN.
  • 00:12:03.100 --> 00:12:04.170
  • AND THAT'S HOW HE'S USING THE WORD HERE.
  • 00:12:04.180 --> 00:12:06.270
  • JESUS IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY.
  • 00:12:06.280 --> 00:12:09.170
  • THAT'S ONE OF THE MOST COMMON IMAGES IN THE BIBLE
  • 00:12:09.180 --> 00:12:12.050
  • OF OUR RELATIONSHIP TO CHRIST.
  • 00:12:12.060 --> 00:12:14.090
  • THE BODY, HE IS THE HEAD WE ARE THE PARTS OF THE BODY.
  • 00:12:14.100 --> 00:12:17.160
  • FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:27 SAYS "FOR YOUR CHRIST'S BODY
  • 00:12:17.170 --> 00:12:20.230
  • AND YOU ARE INDIVIDUALLY A PART OF IT."
  • 00:12:20.240 --> 00:12:23.060
  • NOW THAT WORD HEAD SOMETIMES MEANS AUTHORITY.
  • 00:12:23.070 --> 00:12:26.220
  • AND THAT'S CERTAINLY TRUE.
  • 00:12:26.230 --> 00:12:27.250
  • CHRIST IS THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH.
  • 00:12:27.260 --> 00:12:30.080
  • BUT IT ALSO CAN MEAN SOURCE OR ORIGIN.
  • 00:12:30.090 --> 00:12:34.240
  • THE CENTER OF POWER.
  • 00:12:34.250 --> 00:12:37.160
  • AND THAT'S HOW PAUL IS USING IT HERE.
  • 00:12:37.170 --> 00:12:40.020
  • HE'S SAYING THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE HEAD,
  • 00:12:40.030 --> 00:12:42.280
  • THAT IS HE IS THE SOURCE OF ALL THE ENERGY IN THE BODY.
  • 00:12:42.290 --> 00:12:47.000
  • JUST AS OUR HUMAN HEAD GIVES DIRECTION
  • 00:12:47.010 --> 00:12:49.130
  • TO THE REST OF OUR BODY BUT ALSO PROVIDES THE ENERGY
  • 00:12:49.140 --> 00:12:52.100
  • FOR OUR BODY, SO IT IS WITH JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:12:52.110 --> 00:12:55.230
  • THE ENERGY THAT FLOWS FROM THE HEAD JESUS, FLOWS
  • 00:12:55.240 --> 00:12:59.190
  • INTO OUR LIFE AS WELL, IF WE ARE CONNECTED TO HIM BY FAITH.
  • 00:12:59.200 --> 00:13:06.010
  • ALL OF THE POWER THAT BELONGS TO JESUS IS AVAILABLE
  • 00:13:06.020 --> 00:13:08.120
  • TO YOU RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:13:08.130 --> 00:13:09.270
  • AND ONE OF THE GREATEST MANIFESTATIONS
  • 00:13:09.280 --> 00:13:11.250
  • OF THE POWER AVAILABLE TO YOU IS SEEN IN THE NEXT PHRASE,
  • 00:13:11.260 --> 00:13:14.190
  • "HE IS THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD, SO THAT HE HIMSELF
  • 00:13:14.200 --> 00:13:20.240
  • WILL COME TO HAVE FIRST PLACE IN EVERYTHING."
  • 00:13:20.250 --> 00:13:23.040
  • THERE'S THAT WORD AGAIN FIRSTBORN, PROTOTOKUS.
  • 00:13:23.050 --> 00:13:26.280
  • HE IS THE FIRSTBORN OF THE DEAD.
  • 00:13:26.290 --> 00:13:30.010
  • NOW WHAT DOES THAT MEAN HE IS THE FIRSTBORN OF THE DEAD?
  • 00:13:30.020 --> 00:13:32.290
  • DOES THAT MEAN JESUS WAS THE FIRST PERSON
  • 00:13:33.000 --> 00:13:35.000
  • WHO WAS EVER RAISED FROM THE DEAD?
  • 00:13:35.010 --> 00:13:37.160
  • NO, DID YOU KNOW JESUS WAS NOT THE FIRST PERSON RAISED
  • 00:13:37.170 --> 00:13:41.180
  • FROM THE DEAD? IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,
  • 00:13:41.190 --> 00:13:43.110
  • SOME PEOPLE WERE RAISED FROM THE DEAD?
  • 00:13:43.120 --> 00:13:44.100
  • LAZARUS WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD?
  • 00:13:44.110 --> 00:13:47.080
  • JESUS WAS NOT THE FIRST PERSON CHRONOLOGICALLY
  • 00:13:47.090 --> 00:13:50.030
  • TO BE RAISED FROM THE DEAD.
  • 00:13:50.040 --> 00:13:51.270
  • BUT HERE'S THE DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:13:51.280 --> 00:13:53.130
  • EVERYONE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, LAZARUS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 00:13:53.140 --> 00:13:57.100
  • WHEN THEY WERE RAISED FROM THE DEAD, THEY WERE RAISED
  • 00:13:57.110 --> 00:14:00.190
  • IN THEIR OLD DILAPIDATED, SIN-INFECTED BODIES.
  • 00:14:00.200 --> 00:14:04.020
  • AND GUESS WHAT, THEY GOT SICK AGAIN AND THEY DIED AGAIN.
  • 00:14:04.030 --> 00:14:08.250
  • BUT JESUS CHRIST WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO BE RAISED
  • 00:14:08.260 --> 00:14:13.120
  • IN A NEW RESURRECTION BODY.
  • 00:14:13.130 --> 00:14:16.050
  • A BODY THAT WAS FREE FROM SIN,
  • 00:14:16.060 --> 00:14:18.090
  • A BODY THAT WOULD NEVER GROW SICK AGAIN,
  • 00:14:18.100 --> 00:14:20.130
  • A BODY THAT WOULD NEVER DIE AGAIN.
  • 00:14:20.140 --> 00:14:23.040
  • IN THAT SENSE HE WAS THE FIRST BORN, HE WAS OF THE FIRST
  • 00:14:23.050 --> 00:14:27.090
  • OF A NEW ORDER OF RESURRECTION BODIES.
  • 00:14:27.100 --> 00:14:31.050
  • THAT WORD PROTOTOKUS.
  • 00:14:31.060 --> 00:14:33.170
  • FIRST BORN IS THE WORD
  • 00:14:33.180 --> 00:14:35.050
  • THAT WE GET OUR ENGLISH WORD, PROTOTYPE FROM.
  • 00:14:35.060 --> 00:14:39.090
  • I WAS WATCHING THIS WEEK A DOCUMENTARY
  • 00:14:39.100 --> 00:14:42.010
  • ABOUT THE NEW BOEING 787 DREAMLINER.
  • 00:14:42.020 --> 00:14:45.270
  • THE MOST ADVANCED JETLINER THAT HAS EVER BEEN BUILT.
  • 00:14:45.280 --> 00:14:49.290
  • BOEING DELIVERED THE FIRST 787 TO ITS JAPANESE CUSTOMER
  • 00:14:50.000 --> 00:14:55.170
  • THIS LAST WEEK.
  • 00:14:55.180 --> 00:14:57.130
  • IT COST A $150M, THIS JETLINER.
  • 00:14:57.140 --> 00:15:01.010
  • BOEING SPENT $33B DEVELOPING THIS JETLINER.
  • 00:15:01.020 --> 00:15:05.040
  • THEY'RE GONNA SELL THEY SAY 3000 JET LINERS
  • 00:15:05.050 --> 00:15:07.190
  • IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS.
  • 00:15:07.200 --> 00:15:09.110
  • BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, BEFORE THEY CRANKED UP THE ASSEMBLY LINE
  • 00:15:09.120 --> 00:15:13.020
  • BEFORE THEY STARTED PRODUCING ALL OF THESE JETLINERS
  • 00:15:13.030 --> 00:15:15.250
  • ABOUT 10 A MONTH, THE FIRST THING THEY HAD TO DO WAS
  • 00:15:15.260 --> 00:15:18.160
  • TO BUILD A PROTOTYPE.
  • 00:15:18.170 --> 00:15:20.250
  • THE FIRST AIRPLANE.
  • 00:15:20.260 --> 00:15:22.110
  • AND ONCE THEY GOT THAT FIRST AIRPLANE BUILT
  • 00:15:22.120 --> 00:15:24.130
  • AND ALL THE KINKS TAKEN OUT OF IT,
  • 00:15:24.140 --> 00:15:26.110
  • ONCE THEY HAD THAT PERFECTED, THEN EVERY OTHER PLANE
  • 00:15:26.120 --> 00:15:29.240
  • ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE WAS A REPLICA.
  • 00:15:29.250 --> 00:15:32.180
  • IT MATCHED THAT FIRST PROTOTYPE.
  • 00:15:32.190 --> 00:15:35.110
  • NOW LISTEN, THAT'S THE WORD PAUL USES HERE TO REFER
  • 00:15:35.120 --> 00:15:37.270
  • TO JESUS CHRIST IN HIS BODY.
  • 00:15:37.280 --> 00:15:40.030
  • JESUS IS THE FIRST RESURRECTION BODY ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE.
  • 00:15:40.040 --> 00:15:44.280
  • AND EVERY ONE OF US WHO IS CONNECTED TO JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:15:44.290 --> 00:15:48.170
  • BY FAITH, GUESS WHAT, WE'RE GONNA RECEIVE ONE
  • 00:15:48.180 --> 00:15:50.290
  • OF THOSE BODIES AS WELL.
  • 00:15:51.000 --> 00:15:52.190
  • HIS WAS THE FIRST BUT IT CERTAINLY WASN'T THE LAST.
  • 00:15:52.200 --> 00:15:55.140
  • AS PAUL WROTE IN 1ST CORINTHIANS 15, "AS IN ADAM ALL DIE,
  • 00:15:55.150 --> 00:15:59.020
  • SO IN CHRIST ALL SHALL BE MADE ALIVE."
  • 00:15:59.030 --> 00:16:03.090
  • I HAVE PEOPLE ASK ME ALL THE TIME ABOUT WHAT OUR BODIES
  • 00:16:03.100 --> 00:16:05.270
  • IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH ARE GONNA BE LIKE
  • 00:16:05.280 --> 00:16:07.250
  • AFTER THE RESURRECTION.
  • 00:16:07.260 --> 00:16:09.070
  • WILL WE KNOW ONE ANOTHER?
  • 00:16:09.080 --> 00:16:11.090
  • WILL WE KEEP SOME OF OUR DISTINCTIVE FEATURES
  • 00:16:11.100 --> 00:16:13.170
  • OR WILL WE ALL LOOK ALIKE
  • 00:16:13.180 --> 00:16:15.110
  • AND OF COURSE THE MOST PRESSING THEOLOGICAL QUESTION,
  • 00:16:15.120 --> 00:16:18.080
  • WILL WE BE ABLE TO EAT IN OUR NEW BODIES?
  • 00:16:18.090 --> 00:16:20.120
  • YOU KNOW PEOPLE REALLY HUNG UP ON THAT ONE.
  • 00:16:20.130 --> 00:16:23.140
  • WELL WHEN PEOPLE ASK WHY ARE OUR BODIES GONNA BE LIKE?
  • 00:16:23.150 --> 00:16:27.060
  • ALL I SAY IS LOOK AT JESUS.
  • 00:16:27.070 --> 00:16:29.130
  • LOOK AT HIS RESURRECTION BODY.
  • 00:16:29.140 --> 00:16:31.100
  • HIS WAS THE PROTOTYPE FOR THE BODY YOU'RE GONNA RECEIVE
  • 00:16:31.110 --> 00:16:34.260
  • AND 1ST JOHN 3:2 JOHN SAYS, "BRETHREN IT HAS NOT APPEARED
  • 00:16:34.270 --> 00:16:37.230
  • "YET WHAT WE SHALL BE, BUT WE KNOW THAT WHEN HE APPEARS,
  • 00:16:37.240 --> 00:16:40.260
  • WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM."
  • 00:16:40.270 --> 00:16:44.180
  • THINK ABOUT JESUS BODY.
  • 00:16:44.190 --> 00:16:46.170
  • IN MANY WAYS, IT RESEMBLED HIS EARTHLY BODY.
  • 00:16:46.180 --> 00:16:49.010
  • HE HAD DISTINCT CHARACTERISTICS THAT MADE HIM RECOGNIZABLE
  • 00:16:49.020 --> 00:16:52.140
  • IMMEDIATELY TO HIS DISCIPLES.
  • 00:16:52.150 --> 00:16:54.100
  • HE EVEN RETAINED THE NAIL PRINTS IN HIS HANDS.
  • 00:16:54.110 --> 00:16:57.000
  • BUT IT ALSO HAD A SUPERNATURAL ASPECT TO IT.
  • 00:16:57.010 --> 00:16:59.280
  • I MEAN IS THIS COOL OR NOT I MEAN HE COULD GO THROUGH DOORS
  • 00:16:59.290 --> 00:17:02.280
  • AND WALLS AND TRAVEL FROM PLACE TO PLACE AND YES HE WAS ABLE
  • 00:17:02.290 --> 00:17:07.010
  • TO EAT AS WELL.
  • 00:17:07.020 --> 00:17:09.210
  • IT WAS A NATURAL BODY IN ONCE SENSE THAT IT WAS RECOGNIZABLE
  • 00:17:09.220 --> 00:17:13.030
  • BUT IT WAS A SUPERNATURAL BODY.
  • 00:17:13.040 --> 00:17:15.120
  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS IF YOU'RE A BELIEVER IN CHRIST,
  • 00:17:15.130 --> 00:17:18.060
  • THAT'S THE KIND OF BODY YOU'RE GOING TO RECEIVE AS WELL.
  • 00:17:18.070 --> 00:17:21.090
  • HE IS THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD.
  • 00:17:21.100 --> 00:17:23.220
  • SO THAT HE HIMSELF WILL COME TO HAVE FIRST PLACE
  • 00:17:23.230 --> 00:17:26.190
  • AND EVERYTHING.
  • 00:17:26.200 --> 00:17:27.270
  • NOW HERE'S THE POINT, IF JESUS CHRIST,
  • 00:17:27.280 --> 00:17:33.280
  • IF JESUS CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT TO DELIVER YOU FROM THE POWER
  • 00:17:33.290 --> 00:17:40.100
  • OF DEATH, DON'T YOU THINK HE IS POWERFUL ENOUGH
  • 00:17:40.110 --> 00:17:43.190
  • TO DELIVER YOU THROUGH WHATEVER PROBLEM YOU'RE FACING TODAY?
  • 00:17:43.200 --> 00:17:48.130
  • I MEAN IF HE CAN TAKE YOUR BODY OUT OF THE GRAVE ONE DAY
  • 00:17:48.140 --> 00:17:52.230
  • AND CHANGE IT TRANSFORM IT TO THAT NEW BODY
  • 00:17:52.240 --> 00:17:55.170
  • THAT WILL NEVER DIE, IF HE IS ABLE TO DO THAT,
  • 00:17:55.180 --> 00:17:59.000
  • CAN'T HE SEE YOU THROUGH THAT STORM
  • 00:17:59.010 --> 00:18:01.190
  • YOU'RE ENCOUNTERING RIGHT NOW?
  • 00:18:01.200 --> 00:18:03.240
  • THAT'S THE POINT OF ALL OF THIS.
  • 00:18:03.250 --> 00:18:05.170
  • JESUS CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT.
  • 00:18:05.180 --> 00:18:08.030
  • HE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOUR SALVATION.
  • 00:18:08.040 --> 00:18:10.090
  • HE IS SUFFICIENT TO CARRY YOU THROUGH THE STORM
  • 00:18:10.100 --> 00:18:12.210
  • YOU'RE ENCOUNTERING RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:18:12.220 --> 00:18:14.100
  • AND THAT IS SEEN IN THE CENTRAL ROLE HE HAS IN THE CHURCH.
  • 00:18:14.110 --> 00:18:17.270
  • NUMBER THREE, JESUS CHRIST IS CENTRAL IN SALVATION.
  • 00:18:17.280 --> 00:18:22.160
  • LOOK AT VERSE 19, "FOR IT WAS THE FATHER'S GOOD PLEASURE
  • 00:18:22.170 --> 00:18:26.080
  • FOR ALL THE FULLNESS TO DWELL IN HIM."
  • 00:18:26.090 --> 00:18:29.120
  • REMEMBER THE GNOSTICS SAID "OH JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:18:29.130 --> 00:18:31.180
  • "COULDN'T BE THE SON OF GOD IF HE WERE HUMAN
  • 00:18:31.190 --> 00:18:33.230
  • "BECAUSE GOD CAN INHABIT HUMANITY THE FLESH IS EVIL
  • 00:18:33.240 --> 00:18:37.160
  • "AND THAT WOULD MAKE JESUS SINFUL THEREFORE JESUS
  • 00:18:37.170 --> 00:18:39.240
  • WAS JUST A SPIRIT."
  • 00:18:39.250 --> 00:18:41.080
  • NO PAUL SAID, "IT WAS THE FATHER'S GOOD PLEASURE
  • 00:18:41.090 --> 00:18:43.290
  • FOR ALL OF THE FULLNESS OF GOD TO DWELL IN JESUS."
  • 00:18:44.000 --> 00:18:47.150
  • GOD POURED ALL OF HIMSELF IN JESUS.
  • 00:18:47.160 --> 00:18:50.170
  • AND NOW LOOK AT VERSE 20, "AND THROUGH HIM JESUS
  • 00:18:50.180 --> 00:18:54.180
  • "TO RECONCILE ALL THINGS TO HIMSELF HAVING MADE PEACE
  • 00:18:54.190 --> 00:18:59.080
  • "THROUGH THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS, THROUGH HIM I SAY
  • 00:18:59.090 --> 00:19:02.190
  • WHETHER THINGS ON EARTH OR THINGS IN HEAVEN."
  • 00:19:02.200 --> 00:19:05.230
  • I WANT YOU TO UNDERLINE THIS WORD RECONCILE.
  • 00:19:05.240 --> 00:19:08.170
  • HE HAS RECONCILED ALL THINGS TO HIMSELF.
  • 00:19:08.180 --> 00:19:12.130
  • THAT WORD RECONCILE, MEANS TO CHANGE A RELATIONSHIP
  • 00:19:12.140 --> 00:19:16.140
  • FROM HOSTILITY TO HARMONY. WHEN PAUL USES THIS TERM
  • 00:19:16.150 --> 00:19:20.280
  • RECONCILED, THAT HE HAS RECONCILED US TO GOD,
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:25.000
  • HE USES THIS TERM RECONCILE IN A DIFFERENT WAY.
  • 00:19:25.010 --> 00:19:29.140
  • AND HERE IS HOW HE'S USING IT.
  • 00:19:29.150 --> 00:19:31.220
  • WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT RECONCILIATION,
  • 00:19:31.230 --> 00:19:33.270
  • HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT TWO PEOPLE WHO AGREE TO PART COMPANY
  • 00:19:33.280 --> 00:19:38.200
  • AND THEN AGREE TO COME BACK TOGETHER.
  • 00:19:38.210 --> 00:19:41.100
  • INSTEAD THE WORD PICTURE HERE IS OF ONE PERSON
  • 00:19:41.110 --> 00:19:45.020
  • WHO MAKES A UNILATERAL DECISION TO LEAVE A RELATIONSHIP.
  • 00:19:45.030 --> 00:19:49.010
  • AND THE OTHER PERSON, THE INJURED PARTY, DECIDES TO TRY
  • 00:19:49.020 --> 00:19:53.040
  • TO RECONCILE THAT RELATIONSHIP.
  • 00:19:53.050 --> 00:19:55.040
  • THAT IS EXACTLY A PICTURE OF WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US.
  • 00:19:55.050 --> 00:19:58.200
  • SEE THE DECISION FOR OUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD
  • 00:19:58.210 --> 00:20:01.110
  • TO BE BROKEN WAS NOT A MUTUAL DECISION.
  • 00:20:01.120 --> 00:20:04.040
  • IT WAS A UNILATERAL DECISION WE HAVE MADE.
  • 00:20:04.050 --> 00:20:07.070
  • THE BIBLE SAYS "BUT GOD DEMONSTRATED HIS LOVE FOR US
  • 00:20:07.080 --> 00:20:10.050
  • "IN THAT WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US."
  • 00:20:10.060 --> 00:20:16.150
  • HE IS THE ONE WHO HAS INITIATED THE RECONCILIATION.
  • 00:20:16.160 --> 00:20:19.180
  • IN 1 PETER 3:18 PETER WRITES, "FOR CHRIST ALSO DIED
  • 00:20:19.190 --> 00:20:24.000
  • "FOR SINS, ONCE FOR ALL, THE JUST FOR THE UNJUST
  • 00:20:24.010 --> 00:20:27.270
  • "SO THAT HE MIGHT BRING US TO GOD HAVING BEEN PUT TO DEATH
  • 00:20:27.280 --> 00:20:31.240
  • IN THE FLESH, BUT MADE ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT."
  • 00:20:31.250 --> 00:20:34.290
  • GOD IS THE ONE WHO RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF
  • 00:20:35.000 --> 00:20:38.000
  • THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. MAY I ADD THIS IMPORTANT WORD.
  • 00:20:38.010 --> 00:20:41.170
  • THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO MISINTERPRET THIS VERSE
  • 00:20:41.180 --> 00:20:44.080
  • TO SAY WELL, EVERYONE IS AUTOMATICALLY RECONCILED TO GOD
  • 00:20:44.090 --> 00:20:48.150
  • BY CHRIST'S DEATH ON THE CROSS.
  • 00:20:48.160 --> 00:20:50.170
  • AFTER ALL ISN'T THAT WHAT THE TEXT SAYS,
  • 00:20:50.180 --> 00:20:52.270
  • "THAT HE HAS RECONCILED ALL THINGS TO HIMSELF,
  • 00:20:52.280 --> 00:20:56.160
  • HAVING MADE PEACE THROUGH THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS?"
  • 00:20:56.170 --> 00:20:59.010
  • EVERYBODY IS AUTOMATICALLY RECONCILED TO GOD.
  • 00:20:59.020 --> 00:21:01.290
  • "EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE SAVED."
  • 00:21:02.000 --> 00:21:03.250
  • NO THAT'S NOT WHAT THE PASSAGE IS TEACHING.
  • 00:21:03.260 --> 00:21:06.080
  • GO BACK TO THAT HUSBAND AND WIFE.
  • 00:21:06.090 --> 00:21:08.190
  • THAT HUSBAND CAN MAKE THE FIRST STEP IN TRYING
  • 00:21:08.200 --> 00:21:11.270
  • TO BRING ABOUT A RECONCILIATION BUT THE WIFE HAS
  • 00:21:11.280 --> 00:21:15.090
  • TO ULTIMATELY AGREE THAT SHE WANTS TO BE RECONCILED
  • 00:21:15.100 --> 00:21:18.110
  • TO HER HUSBAND.
  • 00:21:18.120 --> 00:21:20.010
  • IT HAS TO BE A MUTUAL DECISION.
  • 00:21:20.020 --> 00:21:23.010
  • AND SO IT IS IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:21:23.020 --> 00:21:26.040
  • YES GOD HAS TAKEN THE FIRST STEP, HE HAS PAID THE PENALTY
  • 00:21:26.050 --> 00:21:28.230
  • FOR OUR SIN BY SENDING CHRIST TO DIE FOR US.
  • 00:21:28.240 --> 00:21:32.020
  • BUT GOD DOESN'T DRAG ANYONE BACK
  • 00:21:32.030 --> 00:21:35.060
  • TO HIMSELF KICKING AND SCREAMING.
  • 00:21:35.070 --> 00:21:38.270
  • THE BIBLE SAYS, "WE HAVE TO AGREE THAT WE WANNA
  • 00:21:38.280 --> 00:21:41.220
  • BE RECONCILED TO GOD."
  • 00:21:41.230 --> 00:21:43.130
  • WE MUST INDIVIDUALLY TRUST IN CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOR.
  • 00:21:43.140 --> 00:21:47.210
  • THE POINT OF THIS PASSAGE IS, JESUS CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:50.280
  • FOR EVERY NEED THAT YOU HAVE.
  • 00:21:50.290 --> 00:21:53.150
  • AND PERHAPS THE GREATEST DEMONSTRATION OF HIS SUFFICIENCY
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  • IS THAT JESUS DID FOR YOU AND ME WHAT
  • 00:21:56.270 --> 00:21:59.050
  • WE COULD NOT DO FOR OURSELVES. HE HAS MADE PEACE WITH GOD.
  • 00:21:59.060 --> 00:22:02.130
  • HE HAS BEEN THE ATONEMENT, THE PAYMENT FOR OUR SINS.
  • 00:22:02.140 --> 00:22:06.140
  • JESUS CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT.
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  • JESUS CHRIST IS THE CENTRAL ISSUE IN THIS UNIVERSE
  • 00:22:10.040 --> 00:22:14.090
  • HE HAS CREATED.
  • 00:22:14.100 --> 00:22:16.100
  • AND WHAT YOU DO WITH HIM IS THE CENTRAL ISSUE
  • 00:22:16.110 --> 00:22:19.290
  • IN YOUR LIFE AND IN YOUR ETERNITY.
  • 00:22:20.000 --> 00:22:23.020
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:23.030 --> 00:22:29.030
  • AND JESUS WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE CENTRAL ISSUE
  • 00:22:29.040 --> 00:22:31.240
  • IN OUR NEW STUDY CALLED THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST.
  • 00:22:31.250 --> 00:22:35.290
  • BECAUSE NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HAVING
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  • A GENUINE ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIVING GOD
  • 00:22:38.200 --> 00:22:41.220
  • THROUGH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.
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  • WELL, YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THAT PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:22:43.250 --> 00:22:46.010
  • IS JUST GETTING STARTED WITH
  • 00:22:46.020 --> 00:22:47.220
  • A REMARKABLE NEW MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:22:47.230 --> 00:22:51.000
  • GENEROUS DONORS HAVE BANDED THEIR RESOURCES TOGETHER
  • 00:22:51.010 --> 00:22:53.140
  • TO RAISE $920.000 WITH A CHALLENGE TO OUR
  • 00:22:53.150 --> 00:22:58.110
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY AUDIENCE TO MATCH THEIR COMBINED GIFTS.
  • 00:22:58.120 --> 00:23:02.130
  • SO PLEASE HELP US SEIZE THIS GOD-GIVEN OPPORTUNITY
  • 00:23:02.140 --> 00:23:06.240
  • SO THAT TOGETHER WE CAN CONTINUE TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:23:06.250 --> 00:23:10.110
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:23:10.120 --> 00:23:13.040
  • THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR GENEROUS, YEAR-END GIVING.
  • 00:23:13.050 --> 00:23:16.240
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE
  • 00:23:16.250 --> 00:23:20.020
  • IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • MUSIC
  • 00:23:22.080 --> 00:23:23.050
  • CHRISTMAS, IT'S MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR.
  • 00:23:23.060 --> 00:23:30.080
  • OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN COME FROM
  • 00:23:30.090 --> 00:23:31.280
  • ALL OVER TO SHARE THE JOYS OF THE PAST YEAR,
  • 00:23:31.290 --> 00:23:34.110
  • AND BLESS EACH OTHER WITH GIFTS,
  • 00:23:34.120 --> 00:23:36.270
  • AND REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:23:36.280 --> 00:23:40.100
  • FOR OUR FAMILY, CHRISTMAS IT'S THE MOST
  • 00:23:40.110 --> 00:23:43.280
  • SPECIAL DAY OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:43.290 --> 00:23:45.090
  • WE GET TOGETHER FOR SOME GREAT FOOD,
  • 00:23:45.100 --> 00:23:47.050
  • AND FELLOWSHIP, FOR SOME GREAT LAUGHS AND MEMORIES;
  • 00:23:47.060 --> 00:23:49.270
  • AND TO THANK THE LORD FOR THE BIRTH OF HIS SON,
  • 00:23:49.280 --> 00:23:53.170
  • JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:23:53.180 --> 00:23:54.280
  • GATHERING TOGETHER TO HONOR THE BIRTH OF OUR
  • 00:23:54.290 --> 00:23:58.160
  • LORD AND SAVIOR, IT'S A TRADITION THAT WE WANT TO
  • 00:23:58.170 --> 00:24:01.090
  • CONTINUE IN OUR FAMILY.
  • 00:24:01.100 --> 00:24:02.110
  • SO THIS YEAR, WE'RE GIVING OUR LOVED ONES A GIFT
  • 00:24:02.120 --> 00:24:04.220
  • THAT WILL NOT ONLY BRING A SMILE,
  • 00:24:04.230 --> 00:24:06.190
  • BUT LEAVE A LEGACY.
  • 00:24:06.200 --> 00:24:08.190
  • THE DAILY DEVOTIONAL IS A GIFT THAT INVITES THE LORD
  • 00:24:08.200 --> 00:24:12.190
  • INTO THEIR LIFE EVERY DAY.
  • 00:24:12.200 --> 00:24:13.230
  • SO WHEN THE DAY COMES FOR THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS
  • 00:24:13.240 --> 00:24:16.170
  • TO TAKE PLACE IN THEIR HOME, WE KNOW THAT JESUS WILL
  • 00:24:16.180 --> 00:24:19.150
  • STILL BE THE CENTER OF THE CELEBRATION.
  • 00:24:19.160 --> 00:24:22.110
  • DR. JEFFERSS: LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU SPEND TIME
  • 00:24:22.120 --> 00:24:24.200
  • DAILY WITH GOD.
  • 00:24:24.210 --> 00:24:26.040
  • HE GUIDES OUR STEPS AND LIGHTS A CLEAR PATH
  • 00:24:26.050 --> 00:24:28.230
  • FOR US TO FOLLOW.
  • 00:24:28.240 --> 00:24:30.070
  • AND THIS CHRISTMAS, YOU CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY
  • 00:24:30.080 --> 00:24:32.290
  • BOLDLY FACE THE COMING YEAR WITH THE BRAND-NEW,
  • 00:24:33.000 --> 00:24:36.100
  • LEATHER-BOUND PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR 2020.
  • 00:24:36.110 --> 00:24:41.100
  • THANK YOU FOR JOINING WITH ME THIS CHRISTMAS TO GIVE
  • 00:24:41.110 --> 00:24:44.140
  • THE GREATEST GIFT YOU COULD POSSIBLY GIVE -
  • 00:24:44.150 --> 00:24:47.090
  • THE TRANSFORMING WORD OF GOD - TO OUR FAMILIES,
  • 00:24:47.100 --> 00:24:50.090
  • OUR COUNTRY, AND THE WORLD!
  • 00:24:50.100 --> 00:24:52.270
  • MUSIC
  • 00:24:52.280 --> 00:24:55.290
  • JESUS IS CENTRAL IN CREATION.
  • 00:24:56.000 --> 00:24:58.070
  • HE'S CENTRAL IN THE CHURCH AND HE IS CENTRAL IN SALVATION.
  • 00:24:58.080 --> 00:25:03.010
  • JESUS DID FOR YOU AND ME WHAT WE COULD NEVER DO FOR OURSELVES.
  • 00:25:03.020 --> 00:25:09.150
  • HE IS SUFFICIENT TO CARRY YOU THROUGH THE STORM
  • 00:25:09.160 --> 00:25:12.290
  • YOU'RE ENCOUNTERING RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:25:13.000 --> 00:25:15.190
  • SO, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH JESUS CHRIST?
  • 00:25:15.200 --> 00:25:19.160
  • WELL, IN JUST A MATTER OF WEEKS,
  • 00:25:19.170 --> 00:25:21.220
  • CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD WILL PAUSE
  • 00:25:21.230 --> 00:25:24.080
  • TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:25:24.090 --> 00:25:28.040
  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'LL DEVOTE THE ENTIRE PROGRAM
  • 00:25:28.050 --> 00:25:31.000
  • TO REFLECT ON THE REMARKABLE STORY OF JESUS' BIRTH
  • 00:25:31.010 --> 00:25:35.060
  • AND THE BEAUTY OF GOD'S PLAN TO REDEEM MANKIND.
  • 00:25:35.070 --> 00:25:39.070
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:39.080 --> 00:25:42.030
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
  • 00:25:42.040 --> 00:25:43.220
  • MUSIC
  • 00:25:43.230 --> 00:25:45.200
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:45.210 --> 00:25:47.030
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:47.040 --> 00:25:49.200
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING
  • 00:25:49.210 --> 00:25:51.050
  • YOU THE BRAND-NEW 2020 PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
  • 00:25:51.060 --> 00:25:55.010
  • PLUS JESUS-THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PROPHECIES
  • 00:25:55.020 --> 00:25:58.030
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU.
  • 00:25:58.040 --> 00:25:59.170
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:59.180 --> 00:26:02.180
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:02.190 --> 00:26:05.050
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST
  • 00:26:05.060 --> 00:26:08.010
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:08.020 --> 00:26:11.030
  • REMEMBER YOUR MINISTRY GIFT RIGHT NOW WILL BE DOUBLE
  • 00:26:11.040 --> 00:26:13.220
  • OF AN IMPACT, THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:26:13.230 --> 00:26:16.160
  • SO BE SURE TO CALL, WRITE OR GO ONLINE TODAY.
  • 00:26:16.170 --> 00:26:19.220
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:19.230 --> 00:26:23.020
  • NOW WHAT I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT FOR A MOMENT
  • 00:26:23.030 --> 00:26:26.000
  • IS HOW GOD USED NATURAL EVENTS TO BRING ABOUT HIS
  • 00:26:26.010 --> 00:26:30.290
  • SUPERNATURAL PLAN.
  • 00:26:31.000 --> 00:26:32.080
  • THINK ABOUT THIS, WITH ONE STROKE OF THE PEN
  • 00:26:32.090 --> 00:26:36.040
  • CAESAR AUGUSTUS HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY,
  • 00:26:36.050 --> 00:26:38.270
  • THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD,
  • 00:26:38.280 --> 00:26:40.290
  • WITH ONE STROKE OF HIS PEN,
  • 00:26:41.000 --> 00:26:42.120
  • HE SIGNED AN EDICT THAT WOULD HAVE RAMIFICATIONS
  • 00:26:42.130 --> 00:26:45.220
  • HE COULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED.
  • 00:26:45.230 --> 00:26:48.060
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE, BACK TO BETHLEHEM
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  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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