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Who Needs It
06/28/2009

Track 1 of 5 in the Making Peace with God series
Running time: 1 hour, 05 minutes, 54 seconds.
So the first question we have to deal with, why do I need to surrender Why do I need to make peace with God I dont consider myself Gods enemy. But the important thing we have to consider, does God see me as His enemy



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Making Peace with God
Who Needs It?

What is man looking for? What does man desire and what makes a person really happy in life? It is fascinating to scroll through the ages of history and see that those questions or desires are found in every person’s life…what gives me real purpose, why am I here? Over many centuries we see man struggling to find the answers to all those questions. It is interesting to see where man tried to find the answers. I contend that when God created man, He created man just like himself, a being filled with purpose. Built deep down inside every one of us God planted a reason for existing and a desire to know what it is.

Genesis 1:15-17 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

It is here we see the beginning of God’s desire for man. To enjoy all the wonders God created, to be in relationship with him and to live free from doing evil. In fact, the command God gave to Adam was to not eat of or partake of the business in deciding between what is good and what is evil. Once man was introduced to the decision process, man would chose to live apart from God, not with Him.

And so we see later in Genesis 3 that when man with his wife decided to know the difference between good and evil that God warned them about, they did decide to go against God thus ruining the perfect existence God intended for them. That story, that mistake gets played out over and over again from the beginning of man in everyone’s life. Because of the nature we all have, we struggle daily with the decisions we make that work against all that God desires for us. That mistake sets man up for something that God never intended between Him and his creation, separation, a ruined relationship.

From the time of Adam to the time Jesus when came onto the scene, all the workings of God, all the history found in the Old Testament, are the events and people God encountered and moved to make ready a time when the lost relationship between God and his people would be restored. Jesus came on this earth as God, as a human baby to mend the problem of the broken relationship and to make man an offer that today, by Grace, is continuing to be made.

True or False: Are we saved because of what Jesus did for us on the Cross?

The answer is true. What Jesus did for us on the Cross was something only He could do. Jesus set right what was wrong with our relationship with God. BUT…

The answer is also false. There is more to the story.

Matthew 8:34-35 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it

Early into Jesus ministry, as He talked about His relationship with God, Jesus began to lay down a concept that was understood by the Jews. It wasn’t new because everything they heard and seen was all about relationships between God and between each other. The concept was covenant living. Jesus let his disciples understand very early that for them to be in relationship with Him, there was more on their part that was required. There definitely was the teaching and understanding that the relationship was all about “in” and “out”, the right path and the wrong path. There was no merging of multiple entities; there was a clear distinction between being in a relationship with Jesus and out of one.

John 10:7-10 Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

So here comes the hard question every time, “Are you telling me that if I don’t believe in your concept of God, if I don’t follow what your church says about salvation, I have no chance in getting to heaven?” What about the Jews today? They believe in the same God. What about the Muslims, they believe in the same God. Are only Christians going to Heaven?

Is God a narrow God, intolerant? And if so, what about the differences between the denominations? What if one church doesn’t believe in immersion but baby baptism? What if a church doesn’t see the necessity for baptism at all? Are they going to Hell just because they weren’t dunked properly?

How would you respond?

I find these questions common. In fact, I hear these asked all the time, not necessarily as a defensive question but a question searching for a truthful answer that gives peace of mind. These questions tell me that the person asking them doesn’t know, never heard of or isn’t fully discipled on what Jesus or the New Testament teaches about our relationship with God.

If a person came up to you and asked you what it meant to be in relationship with Jesus, what would you say? How would you describe what that relationship was like?

If you could set up a survey booth in the Quincy Mall and everyone who walked by had to answer this question, If you were to die tonight, do you know for sure you would go to heaven, what do you think you would hear?

The purpose of the lesson series is to teach you what a Biblical relationship is and to be able to explain it to someone else with confidence in knowing that what you are telling them is truth.

Can someone tell me what a peace treaty is?

Luke 14:31-33 Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.

We studied Job for a reason; I wanted you all to see a side of God many find hard to deal with. God is a just God and He will and does act justly. Many think God is this being you loves everyone and will give into everyone’s bad behavior and forgive them in the end because He is a loving God. No that is the definition of a very bad parent. God is a just God and if we find ourselves on the wrong side of the war, we will lose. That is why I find Luke 14 so interesting. Discipleship is all about surrender.

So the first question we have to deal with, why do I need to surrender? Why do I need to make peace with God? I don’t consider myself God’s enemy. But the important thing we have to consider, does God see me as His enemy?

The Need for Peace

Because man decided to sin rather than follow God’s way, our sin placed a huge separation between man and God. Man is on one side and God is on the other side and between us is a separation with no way to cross over. When God looks at man separated, out of relationship with Him what does God see? We have to understand this one fact, how God views man and the value God places on man are different. When we talk about man needing to make peace with God, it is all about the true facts as they are according to God’s perspective. How God sees man outside of relationship with Him is much different than the way God values man. Right now I want to deal with what God sees in man separated from Him.

Short of the Ideal:

Romans 3:10, 23 There is no one righteous, not even one…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Consequence: Death

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death

Can someone tell me what a wage is? How do you get a wage?

We earn our wages. When we sin, we fall short of what God planned for us and separated from God earns us death.

Lawbreakers:

Matthew 22:36-39 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Can you name for me anyone you know, who throughout their entire life, never once messed up loving God with all their heart and all their soul? And how about loving others, is there anyone you know who never messed up when it came to loving others more than themselves? I can’t name anyone.

Consequence: Cursed

Galatians 3:10 “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”

An Enemy:

If you could poll everyone who walks through the Quincy Mall and you could ask them this one question, are you an enemy of God, what kind of responses do you think you would get?

Luke 11:23 “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.

People like to play the middle game, I am not black but I am not white either. I am not liberal nor am I conservative, I like being a moderate, in the middle, on both sides of the line. Some call this balance, God calls it being his enemy and there is a consequence for being God’s enemy.

Consequence: Defeated

1 Corinthians 15:25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

Spiritually Dead:

The story of the prodigal son is a great illustration on the great desire God has for being in relationship with us. That is why we were created in the first place, to be in relationship with him. But separated from God is like the son who was separated from his dad. The statement the father makes once the son returns is a compelling but chilling statement for those who see no need for God.

Luke 15:24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

As long as the son was separated from the father, the son was as good as dead. The consequence for being spiritually dead is something that is horrible but sometimes it takes a while for the dead to realize what has happened.

Consequence: No Entrance

John 3:5 “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

Helpless:

Man has always tried to save himself. Today, we live in a society that thrives by the notion that man has the power to change his destiny, his fate, his looks, his circumstances, the world’s climate, etc. He is all, he can do all and he needs no one. But the one think he cannot do is save himself from the consequences of sin. Paul reminds the Romans of this fact when he wrote:

Romans 5:6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Consequence: Without Hope

Ephesians 2:12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ,… without hope and without God in the world

On God’s side we see a completely different picture. God’s qualities are so much different than man’s.

Where man falls short of the ideal, God is perfect and holy.

Luke 1:49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.

Where man is by nature a law breaker, God is the one and only lawgiver

James 4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Where man is an enemy of God by his disobedience, God is a loving God. This one character in the face of His enemies is the one determining characteristic of God that will change everything.

1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Where man is spiritually dead and has no life on his own, God is the source of all life and has the power to restore life to those who are dead, both physically and spiritually.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

And where man is totally helpless separated from God, he has no power to get to where God is, for God, He is the source of all power and can do what is impossible.

Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

So we come back to the question I asked earlier, does man need to surrender? Is he up against something that is greater and more powerful than he can stand against? Does man need to surrender to God and if so, why? But God doesn’t want us to surrender to Him because we are afraid of total destruction. He wants us to surrender for another reason. Next week we will discuss the difference from how God views us from how God values us.