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Now I Belong to Jesus
Scripture: Hebrews 7:27; Romans 7:4; Ephesians 5:21...
Track 4 of 5 in the Making Peace with God series
You cant be 40% Christian or 70% Christian. It is either 0% or 100%. There are only two positions in or out.

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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
Now I Belong To Jesus

After last week’s lesson, I had to sit a minute and catch up to all we talked about. The one thought that lingered awhile was the illustration on marriage and how marriage is the one true illustration of what our relationship is like with Jesus after we enter into a covenant relationship with him. There is no better way to describe how we are now one with Jesus than by looking at the covenant of marriage.

All throughout the Bible we see God using everyday experiences to explain the spiritual realities that man sometimes can comprehend. Passover for example was not only something to help Israel remember how God rescued them from bondage in Egypt, but it was the reenactment, over and over again for 1200 years of the lamb being slain to cover man’s sin. It all pointed to the one real event of the Lamb of God, Jesus, coming to be the one and last sacrifice for all time to take away man’s sin forever.

Hebrews 7:27 He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

The idea of Passover was to make the people ready for when the real sacrifice for all sin was to happen and to recognize the difference in Jesus. The concept of the Temple is the same way. The Temple was only a model of the real thing to come.

Romans 7:4 And now you are “married” so to speak, to the one who rose from the dead.

I just love how the Today’s Living Bible puts it. You and I are married to God. So many times is marriage used to explain the relationship between God and His Church. Marriage also falls right in with these great life sharing experiences. The covenant of marriage is a reminder of what our real relationship is like with Jesus. Each of our marriages is our way to demonstrate to a lost world the kind of relationship Jesus wants with every man and woman and it is also our job to be his ambassadors by being a light shinning in a dark and confused world. By how we live as one in marriage and raise our families is one of the ways we can show the love of Jesus.

In light of this fact, does it make sense when Paul writes the following?

Ephesians 5:21-33 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing£ her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church—for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

What is the danger in the women’s lib movement? What is the danger in defining marriage outside the covenant relationship between one man and one woman? Someone give me the definition of sexual immorality?

What I want to do the next two weeks is look at something that is the most awesome thing ever, LIVING A LIFE IN PEACE WITH GOD. I want you all to understand this one fact, this doesn’t start when we get to heaven, it starts when each of us agree to enter into the peace treaty offered to us by God. When you and I through faith repent, confess Christ as our Lord and Savior and are baptized, we enter into that relationship. God’s promises now become real and our terms now become real and as each of us (me and God) work 100% everyday to advance the best interest of the other, peace is realized and our relationship grows deeper every moment. Peace in life only comes by entering into a covenant relationship with God.

But, there are some common misunderstandings about Christianity that cause confusion. I just want to mention a few here before we continue on.

First: Many people think and teach that we are saved by being good.

BUT: Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God9not by works, so that no one can boast.

Romans 3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.

Man’s goodness has nothing to do with being saved. We are saved because of what Jesus did for us and the promise of salvation when we enter a relationship with Him. We are good because Jesus is good as we seek to be more and more like Him every day. We aren’t good because we want to go to Heaven, we are good because we are going to Heaven and we want everyone else around us to have the peace we have also.

Second: Many see becoming a Christian as meaning they will have to give up everything interesting and fun in life; as if being a Christian were the same as being a monk.

In fact, being a Christian is quite the opposite. God doesn’t want us to become monks (we can’t be ambassadors for Him when we are hiding from the world); God just wants us to put limits on our actions so we can be fully human.

What do you think it means to be fully human?

It is like when an athlete trust himself to his coach to discipline and give direction that will help him become the best he can be. In Christ we have great freedom. God trusts us to use that freedom guided by his words and His eternal purpose. Christ asks us to limit ourselves for His best interest as He limits Himself for our best interest. God doesn’t prohibit food, drink, sex, entertainment, recreation, money, or friendships. But as the Creator, He asks us to use these things as He intended them to be used.

I wish Jennie, my daughter were here. She is a professional athlete who now plays for the Boston breakers. She will be the first to tell you that to get to the level of a professional athlete, she had to limit herself in order to become successful in attaining her dream. No matter what you seek to do in life, to be the best at what you do, you won’t make it if you don’t limit your freedoms. To be your best and to live an abundant life, there must be self-limitations and wise discipline. God offers that direction.

Third: Many see becoming a Christian as one announcing that he has arrived at a point or destination of moral goodness or perfection in his life.

But: The opposite is true. Becoming a Christina is based on our recognizing and acknowledging our imperfection – thus the need for a Savior. The Christian life is a growth process.

Can someone give me the definition of what a Christian is?

“A Christian is a person who is becoming what in God’s eyes he already is.”

Hebrews 10:14 Because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

To understand this verse and one’s relationship with God, it is necessary to understand the difference between one’s position and his condition.

Position & Condition in Christ

What does it mean to have a position? Some might ask, “What is your position in the company?” Or, “What is your position on the team?” Another one might be, “What position do you hold on the board you serve on?”

I looked in Wikipedia to see what it had to say about position and here are some of the results:

• A location
• Body position, the sense of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body
• Particular position in an organization, commonly identified by job title
• Position (team sports): a team's arrangement on its field of play
• Position (finance), the amount of a security, option or futures contract under control

But what does it mean when we talk about our position in Christ?

A place: 1 John 5:20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

A Gift: Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

Unchanging: 1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

All Equal: Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

You can’t be 40% Christian or 70% Christian. It is either 0% or 100%. There are only two positions – in or out.

Galatians 2:6 As for those who seemed to be important—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance

Another word for our position in Christ is the word we see in the Bible, JUSTIFICATION.

Romans 3:21-24 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith (a gift) in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference (all equal), for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely (a gift) by his grace through the redemption (unchanging) that came by Christ Jesus.

So let’s get back to our discussion now about our condition in Christ. Jesus said the following.

Matthew 7:17-20 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

Our condition should reflect our position

A Journey: Philippians 1:3-6 I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

A Work: 1 Timothy 4:7-8 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Changing: 2 Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Unequal: Galatians 4:17-20 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them. It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you. My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
Hebrews 10:14 Because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

When we enter into the covenant of Christ, we are made perfect in God’s sight immediately (We are justified – declared not guilty – in God’s eyes, we are perfect).

Romans 1:17 This is accomplished from start to finish by faith.

Aim for Perfection.

Philippians 3: 13-14 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.