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The Incomparable Christ: Jesus Christ: Creator, Originator, Reconciler

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December 2, 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, NOW REMEMBER THE COLOSSIAN
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  • CHRISTIANS WERE BEING TEMPTED TO EMBRACE OTHER DOCTRINES,
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  • 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.
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  • 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."
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 AIR 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.
  • 00:10:57.220 --> 00:10:59.260
  • BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES.
  • 00:10:59.270 --> 00:11:01.260
  • THE BIBLE TEACHES NOT ONLY DID GOD CREATE THIS WORLD
  • 00:11:01.270 --> 00:11:05.050
  • BUT HE IS THE ONE WHO HOLDS IT AND UPHOLDS IT,
  • 00:11:05.060 --> 00:11:09.030
  • THAT KEEPS IT FROM SPINNING INTO CHAOS.
  • 00:11:09.040 --> 00:11:12.080
  • IN HEBREWS 1:3 THE PASSAGE WE READ JUST A MOMENT AGO,
  • 00:11:12.090 --> 00:11:15.120
  • REMEMBER WHAT THE WRITER SAID?
  • 00:11:15.130 --> 00:11:16.280
  • SAID "HE", TALKING ABOUT JESUS, "UPHOLDS ALL THINGS
  • 00:11:16.290 --> 00:11:21.030
  • BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER."
  • 00:11:21.040 --> 00:11:23.090
  • WE'RE GONNA SEE HOW JESUS IS SUFFICIENT
  • 00:11:23.100 --> 00:11:25.160
  • FOR EVERY NEEDS YOU HAVE.
  • 00:11:25.170 --> 00:11:26.280
  • LOOK AT THIS NEXT PART IT SAYS THAT JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:11:26.290 --> 00:11:29.190
  • IS CENTRAL IN THE CHURCH.
  • 00:11:29.200 --> 00:11:31.040
  • LOOK AT VERSE 18, "JESUS IS ALSO THE HEAD OF THE BODY,
  • 00:11:31.050 --> 00:11:35.230
  • THE CHURCH."
  • 00:11:35.240 --> 00:11:37.080
  • NOW THOUGH TERM CHURCH, EKKLISIA, MOST OF THE TIME
  • 00:11:37.090 --> 00:11:40.210
  • IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, REFERS TO THE LOCAL CHURCH.
  • 00:11:40.220 --> 00:11:44.010
  • 90 OF THE 110 TIMES EKKLESIA IS USED IN THE BIBLE,
  • 00:11:44.020 --> 00:11:48.010
  • IT REFERS TO A LOCAL BODY OF BELIEVERS,
  • 00:11:48.020 --> 00:11:49.290
  • LIKE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH DALLAS.
  • 00:11:50.000 --> 00:11:51.240
  • BUT OCCASIONALLY, THE WORD REFERS
  • 00:11:51.250 --> 00:11:53.190
  • TO ALL CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE.
  • 00:11:53.200 --> 00:11:56.030
  • THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH, THE CHURCH ON EARTH,
  • 00:11:56.040 --> 00:11:58.210
  • THE CHURCH IN HEAVEN WE'RE ALL PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD
  • 00:11:58.220 --> 00:12:01.170
  • IF WE'RE BORN AGAIN.
  • 00:12:01.180 --> 00:12:02.250
  • AND THAT'S HOW HE'S USING THE WORD HERE.
  • 00:12:02.260 --> 00:12:05.050
  • JESUS IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY.
  • 00:12:05.060 --> 00:12:07.250
  • THAT'S ONE OF THE MOST COMMON IMAGES IN THE BIBLE
  • 00:12:07.260 --> 00:12:10.130
  • OF OUR RELATIONSHIP TO CHRIST.
  • 00:12:10.140 --> 00:12:12.170
  • THE BODY, HE IS THE HEAD WE ARE THE PARTS OF THE BODY.
  • 00:12:12.180 --> 00:12:15.240
  • FIRST CORINTHIANS 12:27 SAYS "FOR YOUR CHRIST'S BODY
  • 00:12:15.250 --> 00:12:19.010
  • AND YOU ARE INDIVIDUALLY A PART OF IT."
  • 00:12:19.020 --> 00:12:21.140
  • NOW THAT WORD HEAD SOMETIMES MEANS AUTHORITY.
  • 00:12:21.150 --> 00:12:25.000
  • AND THAT'S CERTAINLY TRUE.
  • 00:12:25.010 --> 00:12:26.030
  • CHRIST IS THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH.
  • 00:12:26.040 --> 00:12:28.160
  • BUT IT ALSO CAN MEAN SOURCE OR ORIGIN.
  • 00:12:28.170 --> 00:12:33.020
  • THE CENTER OF POWER.
  • 00:12:33.030 --> 00:12:35.240
  • AND THAT'S HOW PAUL IS USING IT HERE.
  • 00:12:35.250 --> 00:12:38.100
  • HE'S SAYING THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE HEAD,
  • 00:12:38.110 --> 00:12:41.060
  • THAT IS HE IS THE SOURCE OF ALL THE ENERGY IN THE BODY.
  • 00:12:41.070 --> 00:12:45.080
  • JUST AS OUR HUMAN HEAD GIVES DIRECTION
  • 00:12:45.090 --> 00:12:47.210
  • TO THE REST OF OUR BODY BUT ALSO PROVIDES THE ENERGY
  • 00:12:47.220 --> 00:12:50.180
  • FOR OUR BODY, SO IT IS WITH JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:12:50.190 --> 00:12:54.010
  • THE ENERGY THAT FLOWS FROM THE HEAD JESUS, FLOWS
  • 00:12:54.020 --> 00:12:57.270
  • INTO OUR LIFE AS WELL, IF WE ARE CONNECTED TO HIM BY FAITH.
  • 00:12:57.280 --> 00:13:04.090
  • ALL OF THE POWER THAT BELONGS TO JESUS IS AVAILABLE
  • 00:13:04.100 --> 00:13:06.200
  • TO YOU RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:13:06.210 --> 00:13:08.050
  • AND ONE OF THE GREATEST MANIFESTATIONS
  • 00:13:08.060 --> 00:13:10.030
  • OF THE POWER AVAILABLE TO YOU IS SEEN IN THE NEXT PHRASE,
  • 00:13:10.040 --> 00:13:12.270
  • "HE IS THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD, SO THAT HE HIMSELF
  • 00:13:12.280 --> 00:13:19.020
  • WILL COME TO HAVE FIRST PLACE IN EVERYTHING."
  • 00:13:19.030 --> 00:13:21.120
  • THERE'S THAT WORD AGAIN FIRSTBORN, PROTOTOKUS.
  • 00:13:21.130 --> 00:13:25.060
  • HE IS THE FIRSTBORN OF THE DEAD.
  • 00:13:25.070 --> 00:13:28.090
  • NOW WHAT DOES THAT MEAN HE IS THE FIRSTBORN OF THE DEAD?
  • 00:13:28.100 --> 00:13:31.070
  • DOES THAT MEAN JESUS WAS THE FIRST PERSON
  • 00:13:31.080 --> 00:13:33.080
  • WHO WAS EVER RAISED FROM THE DEAD?
  • 00:13:33.090 --> 00:13:35.240
  • NO, DID YOU KNOW JESUS WAS NOT THE FIRST PERSON RAISED
  • 00:13:35.250 --> 00:13:39.260
  • FROM THE DEAD? IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,
  • 00:13:39.270 --> 00:13:41.190
  • SOME PEOPLE WERE RAISED FROM THE DEAD?
  • 00:13:41.200 --> 00:13:42.180
  • LAZARUS WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD?
  • 00:13:42.190 --> 00:13:45.160
  • JESUS WAS NOT THE FIRST PERSON CHRONOLOGICALLY
  • 00:13:45.170 --> 00:13:48.110
  • TO BE RAISED FROM THE DEAD.
  • 00:13:48.120 --> 00:13:50.050
  • BUT HERE'S THE DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:13:50.060 --> 00:13:51.210
  • EVERYONE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, LAZARUS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 00:13:51.220 --> 00:13:55.180
  • WHEN THEY WERE RAISED FROM THE DEAD, THEY WERE RAISED
  • 00:13:55.190 --> 00:13:58.250
  • IN THEIR OLD DILAPIDATED, SIN-INFECTED BODIES.
  • 00:13:58.260 --> 00:14:02.100
  • AND GUESS WHAT, THEY GOT SICK AGAIN AND THEY DIED AGAIN.
  • 00:14:02.110 --> 00:14:07.030
  • BUT JESUS CHRIST WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO BE RAISED
  • 00:14:07.040 --> 00:14:11.200
  • IN A NEW RESURRECTION BODY.
  • 00:14:11.210 --> 00:14:14.130
  • A BODY THAT WAS FREE FROM SIN,
  • 00:14:14.140 --> 00:14:16.170
  • A BODY THAT WOULD NEVER GROW SICK AGAIN,
  • 00:14:16.180 --> 00:14:18.210
  • A BODY THAT WOULD NEVER DIE AGAIN.
  • 00:14:18.220 --> 00:14:21.120
  • IN THAT SENSE HE WAS THE FIRST BORN, HE WAS OF THE FIRST
  • 00:14:21.130 --> 00:14:25.170
  • OF A NEW ORDER OF RESURRECTION BODIES.
  • 00:14:25.180 --> 00:14:29.130
  • THAT WORD PROTOTOKUS.
  • 00:14:29.140 --> 00:14:31.250
  • FIRST BORN IS THE WORD
  • 00:14:31.260 --> 00:14:33.130
  • THAT WE GET OUR ENGLISH WORD, PROTOTYPE FROM.
  • 00:14:33.140 --> 00:14:37.170
  • I WAS WATCHING THIS WEEK A DOCUMENTARY
  • 00:14:37.180 --> 00:14:40.090
  • ABOUT THE NEW BOEING 787 DREAMLINER.
  • 00:14:40.100 --> 00:14:44.050
  • THE MOST ADVANCED JETLINER THAT HAS EVER BEEN BUILT.
  • 00:14:44.060 --> 00:14:48.070
  • BOEING DELIVERED THE FIRST 787 TO ITS JAPANESE CUSTOMER
  • 00:14:48.080 --> 00:14:53.250
  • THIS LAST WEEK.
  • 00:14:53.260 --> 00:14:55.210
  • IT COST A $150M, THIS JETLINER.
  • 00:14:55.220 --> 00:14:59.070
  • BOEING SPENT $33B DEVELOPING THIS JETLINER.
  • 00:14:59.080 --> 00:15:03.120
  • THEY'RE GONNA SELL THEY SAY 3000 JET LINERS
  • 00:15:03.130 --> 00:15:05.270
  • IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS.
  • 00:15:05.280 --> 00:15:07.190
  • BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, BEFORE THEY CRANKED UP THE ASSEMBLY LINE
  • 00:15:07.200 --> 00:15:11.100
  • BEFORE THEY STARTED PRODUCING ALL OF THESE JETLINERS
  • 00:15:11.110 --> 00:15:14.030
  • ABOUT 10 A MONTH, THE FIRST THING THEY HAD TO DO WAS
  • 00:15:14.040 --> 00:15:16.240
  • TO BUILD A PROTOTYPE.
  • 00:15:16.250 --> 00:15:19.030
  • THE FIRST AIRPLANE.
  • 00:15:19.040 --> 00:15:20.190
  • AND ONCE THEY GOT THAT FIRST AIRPLANE BUILT
  • 00:15:20.200 --> 00:15:22.210
  • AND ALL THE KINKS TAKEN OUT OF IT,
  • 00:15:22.220 --> 00:15:24.190
  • ONCE THEY HAD THAT PERFECTED, THEN EVERY OTHER PLANE
  • 00:15:24.200 --> 00:15:28.020
  • ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE WAS A REPLICA.
  • 00:15:28.030 --> 00:15:30.260
  • IT MATCHED THAT FIRST PROTOTYPE.
  • 00:15:30.270 --> 00:15:33.190
  • NOW LISTEN, THAT'S THE WORD PAUL USES HERE TO REFER
  • 00:15:33.200 --> 00:15:36.050
  • TO JESUS CHRIST IN HIS BODY.
  • 00:15:36.060 --> 00:15:38.110
  • JESUS IS THE FIRST RESURRECTION BODY ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE.
  • 00:15:38.120 --> 00:15:43.060
  • AND EVERY ONE OF US WHO IS CONNECTED TO JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:15:43.070 --> 00:15:46.250
  • BY FAITH, GUESS WHAT, WE'RE GONNA RECEIVE ONE
  • 00:15:46.260 --> 00:15:49.070
  • OF THOSE BODIES AS WELL.
  • 00:15:49.080 --> 00:15:50.270
  • HIS WAS THE FIRST BUT IT CERTAINLY WASN'T THE LAST.
  • 00:15:50.280 --> 00:15:53.220
  • AS PAUL WROTE IN 1ST CORINTHIANS 15, "AS IN ADAM ALL DIE,
  • 00:15:53.230 --> 00:15:57.100
  • SO IN CHRIST ALL SHALL BE MADE ALIVE."
  • 00:15:57.110 --> 00:16:01.170
  • I HAVE PEOPLE ASK ME ALL THE TIME ABOUT WHAT OUR BODIES
  • 00:16:01.180 --> 00:16:04.050
  • IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH ARE GONNA BE LIKE
  • 00:16:04.060 --> 00:16:06.030
  • AFTER THE RESURRECTION.
  • 00:16:06.040 --> 00:16:07.150
  • WILL WE KNOW ONE ANOTHER?
  • 00:16:07.160 --> 00:16:09.170
  • WILL WE KEEP SOME OF OUR DISTINCTIVE FEATURES
  • 00:16:09.180 --> 00:16:11.250
  • OR WILL WE ALL LOOK ALIKE
  • 00:16:11.260 --> 00:16:13.190
  • AND OF COURSE THE MOST PRESSING THEOLOGICAL QUESTION,
  • 00:16:13.200 --> 00:16:16.160
  • WILL WE BE ABLE TO EAT IN OUR NEW BODIES?
  • 00:16:16.170 --> 00:16:18.200
  • YOU KNOW PEOPLE REALLY HUNG UP ON THAT ONE.
  • 00:16:18.210 --> 00:16:21.220
  • WELL WHEN PEOPLE ASK WHY ARE OUR BODIES GONNA BE LIKE?
  • 00:16:21.230 --> 00:16:25.140
  • ALL I SAY IS LOOK AT JESUS.
  • 00:16:25.150 --> 00:16:27.210
  • LOOK AT HIS RESURRECTION BODY.
  • 00:16:27.220 --> 00:16:29.180
  • HIS WAS THE PROTOTYPE FOR THE BODY YOU'RE GONNA RECEIVE
  • 00:16:29.190 --> 00:16:33.040
  • AND 1ST JOHN 3:2 JOHN SAYS, "BRETHREN IT HAS NOT APPEARED
  • 00:16:33.050 --> 00:16:36.010
  • "YET WHAT WE SHALL BE, BUT WE KNOW THAT WHEN HE APPEARS,
  • 00:16:36.020 --> 00:16:39.040
  • WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM."
  • 00:16:39.050 --> 00:16:42.260
  • THINK ABOUT JESUS BODY.
  • 00:16:42.270 --> 00:16:44.250
  • IN MANY WAYS, IT RESEMBLED HIS EARTHLY BODY.
  • 00:16:44.260 --> 00:16:47.090
  • HE HAD DISTINCT CHARACTERISTICS THAT MADE HIM RECOGNIZABLE
  • 00:16:47.100 --> 00:16:50.220
  • IMMEDIATELY TO HIS DISCIPLES.
  • 00:16:50.230 --> 00:16:52.180
  • HE EVEN RETAINED THE NAIL PRINTS IN HIS HANDS.
  • 00:16:52.190 --> 00:16:55.080
  • BUT IT ALSO HAD A SUPERNATURAL ASPECT TO IT.
  • 00:16:55.090 --> 00:16:58.060
  • I MEAN IS THIS COOL OR NOT I MEAN HE COULD GO THROUGH DOORS
  • 00:16:58.070 --> 00:17:01.060
  • AND WALLS AND TRAVEL FROM PLACE TO PLACE AND YES HE WAS ABLE
  • 00:17:01.070 --> 00:17:05.090
  • TO EAT AS WELL.
  • 00:17:05.100 --> 00:17:07.290
  • IT WAS A NATURAL BODY IN ONCE SENSE THAT IT WAS RECOGNIZABLE
  • 00:17:08.000 --> 00:17:11.110
  • BUT IT WAS A SUPERNATURAL BODY.
  • 00:17:11.120 --> 00:17:13.200
  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS IF YOU'RE A BELIEVER IN CHRIST,
  • 00:17:13.210 --> 00:17:16.140
  • THAT'S THE KIND OF BODY YOU'RE GOING TO RECEIVE AS WELL.
  • 00:17:16.150 --> 00:17:19.170
  • HE IS THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD.
  • 00:17:19.180 --> 00:17:22.000
  • SO THAT HE HIMSELF WILL COME TO HAVE FIRST PLACE
  • 00:17:22.010 --> 00:17:24.270
  • AND EVERYTHING.
  • 00:17:24.280 --> 00:17:26.050
  • NOW HERE'S THE POINT, IF JESUS CHRIST,
  • 00:17:26.060 --> 00:17:32.060
  • IF JESUS CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT TO DELIVER YOU FROM THE POWER
  • 00:17:32.070 --> 00:17:38.180
  • OF DEATH, DON'T YOU THINK HE IS POWERFUL ENOUGH
  • 00:17:38.190 --> 00:17:41.270
  • TO DELIVER YOU THROUGH WHATEVER PROBLEM YOU'RE FACING TODAY?
  • 00:17:41.280 --> 00:17:46.210
  • I MEAN IF HE CAN TAKE YOUR BODY OUT OF THE GRAVE ONE DAY
  • 00:17:46.220 --> 00:17:51.010
  • AND CHANGE IT TRANSFORM IT TO THAT NEW BODY
  • 00:17:51.020 --> 00:17:53.250
  • THAT WILL NEVER DIE, IF HE IS ABLE TO DO THAT,
  • 00:17:53.260 --> 00:17:57.080
  • CAN'T HE SEE YOU THROUGH THAT STORM
  • 00:17:57.090 --> 00:17:59.250
  • YOU'RE ENCOUNTERING RIGHT NOW?
  • 00:17:59.260 --> 00:18:02.020
  • THAT'S THE POINT OF ALL OF THIS.
  • 00:18:02.030 --> 00:18:03.250
  • JESUS CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT.
  • 00:18:03.260 --> 00:18:06.110
  • HE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOUR SALVATION.
  • 00:18:06.120 --> 00:18:08.170
  • HE IS SUFFICIENT TO CARRY YOU THROUGH THE STORM
  • 00:18:08.180 --> 00:18:10.290
  • YOU'RE ENCOUNTERING RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:18:11.000 --> 00:18:12.180
  • AND THAT IS SEEN IN THE CENTRAL ROLE HE HAS IN THE CHURCH.
  • 00:18:12.190 --> 00:18:16.050
  • NUMBER THREE, JESUS CHRIST IS CENTRAL IN SALVATION.
  • 00:18:16.060 --> 00:18:20.240
  • LOOK AT VERSE 19, "FOR IT WAS THE FATHER'S GOOD PLEASURE
  • 00:18:20.250 --> 00:18:24.160
  • FOR ALL THE FULLNESS TO DWELL IN HIM."
  • 00:18:24.170 --> 00:18:27.200
  • REMEMBER THE GNOSTICS SAID "OH JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:18:27.210 --> 00:18:29.260
  • "COULDN'T BE THE SON OF GOD IF HE WERE HUMAN
  • 00:18:29.270 --> 00:18:32.010
  • "BECAUSE GOD CAN INHABIT HUMANITY THE FLESH IS EVIL
  • 00:18:32.020 --> 00:18:35.240
  • "AND THAT WOULD MAKE JESUS SINFUL THEREFORE JESUS
  • 00:18:35.250 --> 00:18:38.020
  • WAS JUST A SPIRIT."
  • 00:18:38.030 --> 00:18:39.160
  • NO PAUL SAID, "IT WAS THE FATHER'S GOOD PLEASURE
  • 00:18:39.170 --> 00:18:42.070
  • FOR ALL OF THE FULLNESS OF GOD TO DWELL IN JESUS."
  • 00:18:42.080 --> 00:18:45.230
  • GOD POURED ALL OF HIMSELF IN JESUS.
  • 00:18:45.240 --> 00:18:48.250
  • AND NOW LOOK AT VERSE 20, "AND THROUGH HIM JESUS
  • 00:18:48.260 --> 00:18:52.260
  • "TO RECONCILE ALL THINGS TO HIMSELF HAVING MADE PEACE
  • 00:18:52.270 --> 00:18:57.160
  • "THROUGH THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS, THROUGH HIM I SAY
  • 00:18:57.170 --> 00:19:00.270
  • WHETHER THINGS ON EARTH OR THINGS IN HEAVEN."
  • 00:19:00.280 --> 00:19:04.010
  • I WANT YOU TO UNDERLINE THIS WORD RECONCILE.
  • 00:19:04.020 --> 00:19:06.250
  • HE HAS RECONCILED ALL THINGS TO HIMSELF.
  • 00:19:06.260 --> 00:19:10.210
  • THAT WORD RECONCILE, MEANS TO CHANGE A RELATIONSHIP
  • 00:19:10.220 --> 00:19:14.220
  • FROM HOSTILITY TO HARMONY. WHEN PAUL USES THIS TERM
  • 00:19:14.230 --> 00:19:19.060
  • RECONCILED, THAT HE HAS RECONCILED US TO GOD,
  • 00:19:19.070 --> 00:19:23.080
  • HE USES THIS TERM RECONCILE IN A DIFFERENT WAY.
  • 00:19:23.090 --> 00:19:27.220
  • AND HERE IS HOW HE'S USING IT.
  • 00:19:27.230 --> 00:19:30.000
  • WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT RECONCILIATION,
  • 00:19:30.010 --> 00:19:32.050
  • HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT TWO PEOPLE WHO AGREE TO PART COMPANY
  • 00:19:32.060 --> 00:19:36.280
  • AND THEN AGREE TO COME BACK TOGETHER.
  • 00:19:36.290 --> 00:19:39.180
  • INSTEAD THE WORD PICTURE HERE IS OF ONE PERSON
  • 00:19:39.190 --> 00:19:43.100
  • WHO MAKES A UNILATERAL DECISION TO LEAVE A RELATIONSHIP.
  • 00:19:43.110 --> 00:19:47.090
  • AND THE OTHER PERSON, THE INJURED PARTY, DECIDES TO TRY
  • 00:19:47.100 --> 00:19:51.120
  • TO RECONCILE THAT RELATIONSHIP.
  • 00:19:51.130 --> 00:19:53.120
  • THAT IS EXACTLY A PICTURE OF WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US.
  • 00:19:53.130 --> 00:19:56.280
  • SEE THE DECISION FOR OUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD
  • 00:19:56.290 --> 00:19:59.190
  • TO BE BROKEN WAS NOT A MUTUAL DECISION.
  • 00:19:59.200 --> 00:20:02.120
  • IT WAS A UNILATERAL DECISION WE HAVE MADE.
  • 00:20:02.130 --> 00:20:05.150
  • THE BIBLE SAYS "BUT GOD DEMONSTRATED HIS LOVE FOR US
  • 00:20:05.160 --> 00:20:08.130
  • "IN THAT WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US."
  • 00:20:08.140 --> 00:20:14.230
  • HE IS THE ONE WHO HAS INITIATED THE RECONCILIATION.
  • 00:20:14.240 --> 00:20:17.260
  • IN 1 PETER 3:18 PETER WRITES, "FOR CHRIST ALSO DIED
  • 00:20:17.270 --> 00:20:22.080
  • "FOR SINS, ONCE FOR ALL, THE JUST FOR THE UNJUST
  • 00:20:22.090 --> 00:20:26.050
  • "SO THAT HE MIGHT BRING US TO GOD HAVING BEEN PUT TO DEATH
  • 00:20:26.060 --> 00:20:30.020
  • IN THE FLESH, BUT MADE ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT."
  • 00:20:30.030 --> 00:20:33.070
  • GOD IS THE ONE WHO RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF
  • 00:20:33.080 --> 00:20:36.080
  • THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. MAY I ADD THIS IMPORTANT WORD.
  • 00:20:36.090 --> 00:20:39.250
  • THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO MISINTERPRET THIS VERSE
  • 00:20:39.260 --> 00:20:42.160
  • TO SAY WELL, EVERYONE IS AUTOMATICALLY RECONCILED TO GOD
  • 00:20:42.170 --> 00:20:46.230
  • BY CHRIST'S DEATH ON THE CROSS.
  • 00:20:46.240 --> 00:20:48.250
  • AFTER ALL ISN'T THAT WHAT THE TEXT SAYS,
  • 00:20:48.260 --> 00:20:51.050
  • "THAT HE HAS RECONCILED ALL THINGS TO HIMSELF,
  • 00:20:51.060 --> 00:20:54.240
  • HAVING MADE PEACE THROUGH THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS?"
  • 00:20:54.250 --> 00:20:57.090
  • EVERYBODY IS AUTOMATICALLY RECONCILED TO GOD.
  • 00:20:57.100 --> 00:21:00.070
  • "EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE SAVED."
  • 00:21:00.080 --> 00:21:02.030
  • NO THAT'S NOT WHAT THE PASSAGE IS TEACHING.
  • 00:21:02.040 --> 00:21:04.160
  • GO BACK TO THAT HUSBAND AND WIFE.
  • 00:21:04.170 --> 00:21:06.270
  • THAT HUSBAND CAN MAKE THE FIRST STEP IN TRYING
  • 00:21:06.280 --> 00:21:10.050
  • TO BRING ABOUT A RECONCILIATION BUT THE WIFE HAS
  • 00:21:10.060 --> 00:21:13.170
  • TO ULTIMATELY AGREE THAT SHE WANTS TO BE RECONCILED
  • 00:21:13.180 --> 00:21:16.190
  • TO HER HUSBAND.
  • 00:21:16.200 --> 00:21:18.090
  • IT HAS TO BE A MUTUAL DECISION.
  • 00:21:18.100 --> 00:21:21.090
  • AND SO IT IS IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:21:21.100 --> 00:21:24.120
  • YES GOD HAS TAKEN THE FIRST STEP, HE HAS PAID THE PENALTY
  • 00:21:24.130 --> 00:21:27.010
  • FOR OUR SIN BY SENDING CHRIST TO DIE FOR US.
  • 00:21:27.020 --> 00:21:30.100
  • BUT GOD DOESN'T DRAG ANYONE BACK
  • 00:21:30.110 --> 00:21:33.140
  • TO HIMSELF KICKING AND SCREAMING.
  • 00:21:33.150 --> 00:21:37.050
  • THE BIBLE SAYS, "WE HAVE TO AGREE THAT WE WANNA
  • 00:21:37.060 --> 00:21:40.000
  • BE RECONCILED TO GOD."
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  • WE MUST INDIVIDUALLY TRUST IN CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOR.
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  • THE POINT OF THIS PASSAGE IS, JESUS CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT
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  • FOR EVERY NEED THAT YOU HAVE.
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  • AND PERHAPS THE GREATEST DEMONSTRATION OF HIS SUFFICIENCY
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  • IS THAT JESUS DID FOR YOU AND ME WHAT
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  • WE COULD NOT DO FOR OURSELVES. HE HAS MADE PEACE WITH GOD.
  • 00:21:57.140 --> 00:22:00.210
  • HE HAS BEEN THE ATONEMENT, THE PAYMENT FOR OUR SINS.
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  • JESUS CHRIST IS SUFFICIENT.
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  • JESUS CHRIST IS THE CENTRAL ISSUE IN THIS UNIVERSE
  • 00:22:08.120 --> 00:22:12.170
  • HE HAS CREATED.
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  • AND WHAT YOU DO WITH HIM IS THE CENTRAL ISSUE
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  • IN YOUR LIFE AND IN YOUR ETERNITY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • AND JESUS WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE CENTRAL ISSUE
  • 00:22:27.120 --> 00:22:30.020
  • IN OUR NEW STUDY CALLED THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST.
  • 00:22:30.030 --> 00:22:34.070
  • BECAUSE NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HAVING
  • 00:22:34.080 --> 00:22:36.270
  • A GENUINE ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIVING GOD
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  • THROUGH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.
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  • WELL, YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THAT PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:22:43.020 --> 00:22:45.080
  • IS JUST GETTING STARTED WITH
  • 00:22:45.090 --> 00:22:46.290
  • A REMARKABLE NEW MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:22:47.000 --> 00:22:50.070
  • GENEROUS DONORS HAVE BANDED TOGETHER TO RAISE $920.000
  • 00:22:50.080 --> 00:22:56.210
  • WITH A CHALLENGE TO OUR PATHWAY TO VICTORY AUDIENCES
  • 00:22:56.220 --> 00:23:00.060
  • TO MATCH THEIR COMBINED DONATIONS.
  • 00:23:00.070 --> 00:23:03.030
  • SO PLEASE HELP US SEIZE THIS GOD-GIVEN OPPORTUNITY
  • 00:23:03.040 --> 00:23:07.040
  • SO THAT TOGETHER WE CAN CONTINUE TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:23:07.050 --> 00:23:11.080
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:23:11.090 --> 00:23:13.160
  • THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR GENEROUS, YEAR IN GIVING.
  • 00:23:13.170 --> 00:23:17.070
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE
  • 00:23:17.080 --> 00:23:20.070
  • IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • MUSIC
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  • CHRISTMAS, IT'S MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR.
  • 00:23:23.160 --> 00:23:29.150
  • OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN COME FROM
  • 00:23:29.160 --> 00:23:32.170
  • ALL OVER TO SHARE THE JOYS OF THE PAST YEAR,
  • 00:23:32.180 --> 00:23:35.050
  • AND BLESS EACH OTHER WITH GIFTS,
  • 00:23:35.060 --> 00:23:37.160
  • AND REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
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  • FOR OUR FAMILY, CHRISTMAS IT'S THE MOST
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  • SPECIAL DAY OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:44.150 --> 00:23:45.280
  • WE GET TOGETHER FOR SOME GREAT FOOD,
  • 00:23:45.290 --> 00:23:47.220
  • AND FELLOWSHIP, FOR SOME GREAT LAUGHS AND MEMORIES;
  • 00:23:47.230 --> 00:23:51.210
  • AND TO THANK THE LORD FOR THE BIRTH OF HIS SON,
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  • JESUS CHRIST.
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  • GATHERING TOGETHER TO HONOR THE BIRTH OF OUR
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  • LORD AND SAVIOR, IT'S A TRADITION THAT WE WANT TO
  • 00:23:59.020 --> 00:24:01.180
  • CONTINUE IN OUR FAMILY.
  • 00:24:01.190 --> 00:24:02.200
  • SO THIS YEAR, WE'RE GIVING OUR LOVED ONES A GIFT
  • 00:24:02.210 --> 00:24:05.210
  • THAT WILL NOT ONLY BRING A SMILE,
  • 00:24:05.220 --> 00:24:07.230
  • BUT LEAVE A LEGACY.
  • 00:24:07.240 --> 00:24:10.050
  • THE DAILY DEVOTIONAL IS A GIFT THAT INVITES THE LORD
  • 00:24:10.060 --> 00:24:12.260
  • INTO THEIR LIFE EVERY DAY.
  • 00:24:12.270 --> 00:24:14.280
  • SO WHEN THE DAY COMES FOR THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS TO
  • 00:24:14.290 --> 00:24:17.090
  • TAKE PLACE IN THEIR HOME, WE KNOW THAT JESUS WILL
  • 00:24:17.100 --> 00:24:20.070
  • STILL BE THE CENTER OF THE CELEBRATION.
  • 00:24:20.080 --> 00:24:23.030
  • DR. JEFFERSS: LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU SPEND TIME
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  • DAILY WITH GOD.
  • 00:24:25.130 --> 00:24:26.260
  • HE GUIDES OUR STEPS AND LIGHTS A CLEAR PATH
  • 00:24:26.270 --> 00:24:29.150
  • FOR US TO FOLLOW.
  • 00:24:29.160 --> 00:24:30.290
  • AND THIS CHRISTMAS, YOU CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY
  • 00:24:31.000 --> 00:24:33.210
  • BOLDLY FACE THE COMING YEAR WITH THE BRAND-NEW,
  • 00:24:33.220 --> 00:24:37.020
  • LEATHER-BOUND PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR 2020.
  • 00:24:37.030 --> 00:24:42.020
  • THANK YOU FOR JOINING WITH ME THIS CHRISTMAS TO GIVE
  • 00:24:42.030 --> 00:24:45.060
  • THE GREATEST GIFT YOU COULD POSSIBLY GIVE -
  • 00:24:45.070 --> 00:24:48.010
  • THE TRANSFORMING WORD OF GOD - TO OUR FAMILIES,
  • 00:24:48.020 --> 00:24:51.010
  • OUR COUNTRY, AND THE WORLD!
  • 00:24:51.020 --> 00:24:53.190
  • MUSIC
  • 00:24:53.200 --> 00:24:56.210
  • JESUS IS CENTRAL IN CREATION.
  • 00:24:56.220 --> 00:24:58.290
  • HE'S CENTRAL IN THE CHURCH AND HE IS CENTRAL IN SALVATION.
  • 00:24:59.000 --> 00:25:03.230
  • JESUS DID FOR YOU AND ME WHAT WE COULD NEVER DO FOR OURSELVES.
  • 00:25:03.240 --> 00:25:07.240
  • HE IS SUFFICIENT TO CARRY YOU THROUGH THE STORM
  • 00:25:07.250 --> 00:25:10.120
  • YOU'RE ENCOUNTERING RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:25:10.130 --> 00:25:13.020
  • SO, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH JESUS CHRIST?
  • 00:25:13.030 --> 00:25:17.060
  • WELL, MAYBE YOU'VE NOTICED THAT
  • 00:25:17.070 --> 00:25:18.270
  • WHEN SOME PEOPLE REJECT THE GOSPEL,
  • 00:25:18.280 --> 00:25:21.080
  • THEY DON'T MERELY DISAGREE,
  • 00:25:21.090 --> 00:25:23.110
  • THEY'RE ACTUALLY HOSTILE TOWARDS IT.
  • 00:25:23.120 --> 00:25:26.100
  • AND NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:26.110 --> 00:25:28.090
  • I'M GOING TO EXPLAIN WHY WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED
  • 00:25:28.100 --> 00:25:31.040
  • WHEN PEOPLE REACT NEGATIVELY TO THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:25:31.050 --> 00:25:35.130
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:35.140 --> 00:25:38.090
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:38.100 --> 00:25:41.050
  • MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:42.130 --> 00:25:43.250
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:43.260 --> 00:25:46.120
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING
  • 00:25:46.130 --> 00:25:47.270
  • YOU THE BRAND-NEW 2020 PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
  • 00:25:47.280 --> 00:25:51.230
  • PLUS JESUS-THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PROPHECIES
  • 00:25:51.240 --> 00:25:54.250
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU.
  • 00:25:54.260 --> 00:25:56.090
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:56.100 --> 00:25:59.080
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:25:59.090 --> 00:26:01.270
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST
  • 00:26:01.280 --> 00:26:04.230
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:04.240 --> 00:26:07.250
  • REMEMBER YOUR MINISTRY GIFT RIGHT NOW WILL BE DOUBLE
  • 00:26:07.260 --> 00:26:10.140
  • OF AN IMPACT, THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:26:10.150 --> 00:26:13.080
  • SO BE SURE TO CALL, WRITE OR GO ONLINE TODAY.
  • 00:26:13.090 --> 00:26:16.140
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:16.150 --> 00:26:20.210
  • HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED HOW FICKLE PEOPLE ARE?
  • 00:26:20.220 --> 00:26:25.080
  • I MEAN HOW THEY CAN CHANGE IN A MOMENT FROM BEING
  • 00:26:25.090 --> 00:26:28.120
  • YOUR GREATEST ENCOURAGER TO YOUR STAUNCHEST CRITIC.
  • 00:26:28.130 --> 00:26:32.170
  • ACTUALLY JESUS HAD EXPERIENCED A SIMILAR PHENOMENON
  • 00:26:32.180 --> 00:26:37.020
  • AT THE EARLY OUTSET OF HIS MINISTRY, WHEN A GROUP OF PEOPLE
  • 00:26:37.030 --> 00:26:40.120
  • WHO HAD BEEN PRAISING HIM TURNED ON A DIME AGAINST HIM
  • 00:26:40.130 --> 00:26:44.260
  • IN THE SPACE OF JUST A FEW MINUTES.
  • 00:26:44.270 --> 00:26:49.010
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:49.020 --> 00:26:51.050
  • FOR THE MESSAGE, THE DAY JESUS CAME TO CHURCH,
  • 00:26:51.060 --> 00:26:53.280
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ON THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY ALASKA CRUISE.
  • 00:27:06.010 --> 00:27:08.190
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  • THEN ENJOY ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT
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  • AND COMEDIAN DENNIS SWANBERG.
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  • TO BOOK YOUR RESERVATION
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