Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr
Series Code: CGC
Program Code: CGC000005
01:14 Shall we bow our heads for prayer?
01:16 Our Father in Heaven, we thank You so much for the privilege of
01:20 being in Your house for this very important lecture
01:23 on Messiah's family tree.
01:25 We ask for the guidance of Your Holy Spirit as we open Your Holy
01:29 Word, and we thank You for hearing us for we ask it in
01:33 Jesus' name, Amen.
01:36 I'd like us to begin our study today by going to the book of
01:41 Psalm; Psalm 8 and I want to read verses 3 through 5,
01:48 Psalm 8:3-5. And there are two things that I want to underline
01:56 in these verses as we begin our study today.
01:59 Here David writes the following words:
02:30 Now I want you to notice that in verse 5 we're told that God
02:34 crowned man with glory and honor.
02:37 Now who is crowned? a king.
02:41 And so we find very clearly revealed here that Adam
02:46 was created to be a king.
02:49 Now every king has a territory over which he rules,
02:54 and the question is, over which territory
02:57 did God create Adam to rule?
03:00 In the following verses, starting with verse 6,
03:04 we have a mention of the territory that God gave
03:07 this new king. It says there in verse 6:
03:33 So we notice here two things as we begin our study today:
03:38 1. Adam was created to be king.
03:43 That was his function.
03:44 2. The territory over which Adam was to govern was everything
03:51 relating to planet Earth.
03:53 It says here: the birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
03:57 and all of the animals that wander, or walk upon the earth.
04:02 So two things, as we begin our study: Adam was created to be
04:07 king over planet Earth.
04:10 There's a third point that I want us to underline,
04:14 and understand as we begin our study.
04:16 And that is that according to Genesis 2:9, God placed a tree
04:22 in the garden of Eden, and the purpose of that tree,
04:26 known as the tree of life, was to perpetuate the life of Adam
04:31 and his descendents.
04:33 In other words, it was God's plan that Adam,
04:36 and his descendents, live forever.
04:40 And so three elements we find of God's original plan for man:
04:44 1. God created Adam as king.
04:49 2. His territory was Planet Earth.
04:53 3. God created him to live forever
04:58 along with his descendents.
05:01 Now I'd like us to turn in our Bibles to Luke 3:23,
05:07 Luke 3:23. Here we have the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
05:14 Actually, it goes from the day of Christ when He was born
05:18 all the way back to Adam.
05:21 And I just want to read verse 23 to set the stage for the end
05:27 of the genealogy which is found in verse 38.
05:30 It says in verse 23:
05:45 And then, of course, the list continues: the son of,
05:49 the son of, the son of, until eventually you reach the first
05:55 being which was created by God, and that being was Adam.
05:59 Notice verse 38. It says in verse 38:
06:11 Notice that this king of planet Earth, whom God expected to
06:16 live forever, is called in this genealogy the son of God.
06:23 I want you to remember that point because we're going to
06:26 come back to it a little bit later on.
06:28 The king over planet Earth was called the son of God.
06:36 But then, of course, came the tragedy of sin.
06:39 Turn in your Bibles with me to the gospel of Luke 4:6,
06:45 Luke 4:6. Here Jesus is on the mount of temptation,
06:52 and the devil comes and he tries to entice Jesus
06:56 to take possession of all of the kingdoms of the world.
06:59 Notice Luke 4:6: and the devil said to him...
07:18 Notice here that Satan is offering Jesus all of the
07:23 kingdoms of the world, because the devil says,
07:26 they have been delivered to me, and to whomever I wish I give.
07:32 Now the question is, who delivered these kingdoms to
07:37 Satan? Obviously, it was Adam, because Adam was crowned
07:43 the original king over planet .earth
07:45 If the devil feels like he has the right to offer these
07:48 kingdoms to Jesus, it's because he has taken them,
07:52 he has stolen them from Adam, and he says, I give these
07:57 kingdoms to whomever I wish.
07:59 You see, something terrible happened when Adam and Eve
08:03 sinned. Adam lost his position as king.
08:07 Adam lost his heritage, or his possession, the Earth.
08:12 And now the Bible says that death was going to come into
08:16 the world. Adam, from being lord became a servant,
08:21 or a slave. Notice what we find in Romans 6:16.
08:27 There's a very important principle, which is expressed
08:30 here in Romans 6:16.
08:34 We're told there in the following words what happens
08:39 when a person chooses another master. It says:
08:59 Notice that we become slaves of that individual
09:02 we choose to serve.
09:04 And, of course, when Adam and Eve sinned they chose to become
09:08 subjects of Satan. Adam was no longer king.
09:13 He was no longer lord.
09:15 He no longer had a kingdom or a possession,
09:19 which was the Earth.
09:20 He lost these when he chose another master, Satan.
09:26 The tragic thing is that the Bible tells us that there was
09:31 no one within the human race who could recover
09:35 what had been lost.
09:36 There was no one who could recover kingship.
09:39 There was no one who could recover the Earth.
09:42 There was no one who could save man from death,
09:45 because we're told in Romans 3:10 there is none
09:52 righteous, no not one.
09:56 And in verse 23 the Apostle Paul says, for all have sinned
10:02 and come short of the glory of God.
10:04 In other words, there was no one within the human race
10:07 who could recover kingship, who could recover the Earth,
10:11 who could recover the possibility of living forever,
10:15 because everyone became a slave of Satan by choosing to sin.
10:20 Furthermore, there was no one to save man from death.
10:24 Notice Romans 5:12, Romans 5:12.
10:31 Here we find the terrible consequences
10:34 of the sin of Adam. We're told there:
10:52 So notice that sin came into the world by one man.
10:56 Sin spread among all human beings, and as a result everyone
11:01 came under the sentence of death,
11:04 and not only physical death, but eternal death;
11:08 saying goodbye to life forever.
11:12 And so we find a transition of power.
11:15 Adam the king, with his territory, whom God planned
11:21 to live forever, now is deposed from his thrones.
11:25 Satan takes over the throne.
11:27 He takes over the kingdom.
11:29 He takes over the Earth.
11:30 And he brings in death, and there's no one within the
11:34 human race who can recover that which was lost.
11:38 Obviously, the human race needed a redeemer.
11:43 The human race needed someone who could recover
11:46 that which was lost.
11:48 But who could do it if the Bible says everyone became a slave
11:52 of Satan? Now before I answer this question, I need to tell
11:58 you something about the Hebrew laws of redemption that we find
12:02 in the Old Testament.
12:03 Actually, these laws pointed forward to the Messiah.
12:08 And I want you to notice three of these laws that we find
12:13 in the writings of Moses, which pointed to Jesus.
12:16 Go with me to Leviticus 25:25, Leviticus 25:25.
12:24 We'll speak, first of all, of an individual who for some reason
12:29 sold his inheritance, or sold his plot of land
12:33 in the land of Canaan.
12:34 It was possible if someone sold his land for that land to be
12:40 restored to the original owner.
12:42 Notice Leviticus 25:25 on this point. It says:
12:55 Now in the Hebrew it doesn't say some, the word some is in
12:58 italics, which means that it's added by the translators.
13:01 Actually, it says:
13:07 That is the totality of it.
13:20 Notice we're told here that the person who could redeem the
13:24 possession which had been sold, the plot of land which had been
13:28 sold, the territory which had been sold, was a next of kin.
13:32 A brother or a very close relative could actually pay
13:37 the price to recover that which had been sold
13:40 by the original owner.
13:42 Now what if an individual sold himself into slavery?
13:46 Didn't sell his possession, but sold himself?
13:48 Notice Leviticus 25:48, 49, Leviticus 25:48, 49.
13:58 We're told there:
14:06 By the way, the word redeemed there means to buy back
14:10 by making a payment.
14:14 Who could redeem him?
14:21 That is may pay the price to buy him back,
14:24 buy his freedom back.
14:33 That is a close relative to him.
14:41 So notice that if someone sold himself into slavery,
14:45 a next of kin, a close relative, preferably a brother,
14:50 could pay the price to buy back his freedom.
14:53 A next of kin, or a close relative, could pay the price
14:57 to buy back the heritage, or the inheritance which had been sold.
15:02 Now what happened if an individual died and he had
15:06 no male descendent to perpetuate the name of the family?
15:10 Go with me to the book of Deuteronomy 25:5,
15:15 Deuteronomy 25:5. There was a law in Israel which allowed
15:23 for the name of that individual who had no male descendents,
15:27 to be perpetuated in spite of his death.
15:30 It says there in Deuteronomy 25: If brothers dwell together,
15:37 and one of them dies, and has no son, the widow of the dead
15:42 man shall not be married to a stranger outside the family.
15:47 Her husband's brother shall go in to her, take her as his wife,
15:53 and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her.
15:58 That is, if a man died, he left no male descendent to carry on
16:03 the family name, the next of kin of the dead man was required to
16:09 marry his wife to perpetuate the name of the person who had died.
16:14 So we find three ideas here in the laws of redemption:
16:19 1. A next of kin, or a close relative could pay the price
16:23 to buy back the sold possession.
16:25 2. A next of kin or close relative,
16:29 preferably a brother, could pay the price
16:32 to buy back freedom.
16:33 3. If the name was going to disappear from human history,
16:38 a next of kin, or a relative, could marry the man's wife
16:42 to perpetuate the family name.
16:45 Now what did the human race need?
16:49 The human race needed a next of kin who could pay the price
16:53 to buy back the lost possession, who could pay the price
16:57 to buy back freedom, who could marry the church, so to speak,
17:03 to perpetuate the name of those who died without hope.
17:07 The problem is within the human race there was no next of kin
17:11 who did not become a slave, and who did not sell his
17:13 inheritance, and who did not deserve death.
17:16 So what could the human race do?
17:19 Go with me to Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:1, and then we're
17:26 going to compare John 1:1-3.
17:32 And I want you to remember three elements
17:34 in this verse in Genesis 1:1.
17:38 That's the first phrase I want you to remember.
17:47 Three elements: In the beginning, God,
17:50 created the heavens and the earth.
17:51 Now the question is, who was this Creator?
17:55 Now as Christians, we believe in the doctrine of the trinity.
17:59 We believe that God is three persons but one God,
18:03 in the same sense that a man and woman are two persons,
18:06 but they're to be one flesh.
18:08 Not that God is one person or one individual.
18:12 They are three persons that are perfectly united in one.
18:16 They are in perfect unity in other words.
18:19 Now the question is, who was this person who created all
18:25 all things, or created the heavens and the earth
18:27 at the beginning? Well, the Bible has the answer
18:31 to that question. Go with me to John 1:1-3, John 1:1-3.
18:39 It says there:
18:42 Do you see the connection with Genesis Chapter 1?
18:52 The same two elements: in the beginning, the Word,
18:56 who was God, did what? Notice verse 3:
19:17 So you have the same three elements: in the beginning,
19:21 the Word who was God, created all things.
19:24 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
19:29 So the Creator of Genesis 1 was none less than
19:34 Jesus Christ Himself.
19:36 Go with me to another text in the New Testament
19:39 which underlines this fact.
19:41 The book of Colossians 1, Colossians 1:15-18,
19:49 Colossians 1:15-18. We find the following words
19:56 speaking about Jesus.
19:58 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all
20:05 creation. Now the word firstborn doesn't mean He was the
20:07 first to be born, it means that He is the pre-eminent one.
20:10 the word firstborn in the Bible is frequently used to refer
20:14 that He's the first among many brethren.
20:18 He's the most important one.
20:20 He's the pre-eminent one.
20:21 Now notice verse 16: For by him, that is by Jesus, all things
20:28 were created that are in heaven and that are on earth,
20:32 visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions,
20:36 or principalities, or powers: all things were created through
20:42 him, and for him: and he is before all things,
20:47 and in him all things consist.
20:50 That means all things hold together.
20:54 So the question is, who was the creator of Genesis 1:1-3?
21:01 It was none other than Jesus Christ.
21:05 Now I'm going to ask you a question, and don't answer
21:07 quickly because I don't want anybody to be embarrassed.
21:10 And usually when I ask this question, somebody will blurt
21:14 out the answer very quickly.
21:16 Before Jesus came to this world, was Jesus our close relative,
21:26 our brother, or our next of kin?
21:30 Did Jesus belong to our family before He came to this world?
21:36 The answer is no. He belonged to the family of the trinity.
21:42 He did not belong to our family.
21:45 He did not have flesh and blood.
21:47 So let me ask you, according to the Hebrew laws of redemption
21:50 could Jesus redeem the lost possession? He could not.
21:55 Could Jesus redeem us from slavery to sin? No.
22:02 Could He deliver us from the sentence of death,
22:05 our name disappearing from history? Absolutely not!
22:08 Because the laws of redemption required that he who redeemed
22:13 must be a next of kin of those who were to be redeemed.
22:18 And Jesus, when He was in eternity, when He created this
22:22 world, He belonged to a different family.
22:26 And, by the way, this is the reason why Jesus took upon
22:32 Himself flesh of our flesh, and bone of our bones, so that He
22:37 could become our next of kin, or our brother, and He could
22:42 fulfill the Hebrew laws of redemption.
22:45 Go with me to John 1:14, John 1:14, speaking about this
22:53 same person who created all things that we just read about
22:57 in verse 3. It says in verse 14:
23:17 Notice that the Word, who was with God, and who was God,
23:21 became, or took upon Himself, what?
23:25 Took upon Himself flesh.
23:27 He incorporated Himself into our family, partaking of our flesh,
23:34 our bones, and our blood.
23:37 Notice Hebrews 2:14 on this same point, Hebrews 2:14.
23:46 Here it says:
23:51 That's us.
24:04 Notice that because we have flesh and blood, Jesus partook
24:10 of what? of the same, that through...
24:23 Notice that Jesus, who belonged to the family of the trinity,
24:27 became flesh, became our blood, and dwelt among us.
24:34 In other words, He became our kinsman.
24:37 He became our brother.
24:39 He became our next of kin.
24:41 And as our next of kin He could now fulfill the Hebrew laws
24:46 of redemption. By the way, the mission of Jesus,
24:50 in coming to this earth was twofold.
24:54 Let's do a little parenthesis here.
24:57 Why did Jesus come to this world?
24:59 He came for several reasons, but there are two central
25:03 reasons, and they're reflected in the sacrifice of the lamb
25:07 in the temple service in the Old Testament.
25:10 Do you remember that when an Israelite, or when a priest
25:15 brought a lamb, before he sacrificed the lamb,
25:19 before the lamb was slain, the priest needed to make sure that
25:23 the lamb had no what? had no blemish.
25:28 In other words, the lamb had to be a perfect lamb.
25:32 It could have no spot, and the priest had to examine the lamb
25:37 very carefully to make sure that that lamb had absolutely
25:43 no spot or defect. And when the priest saw that that lamb had
25:51 no defect, then the priest sacrificed the lamb
25:55 for the sins of Israel.
25:56 In this ceremony of the lamb we have the two reasons why Jesus
26:02 came to this world.
26:03 Sometimes we emphasize so much that Jesus came to this world
26:07 to die as the lamb, that we forget that before Jesus could
26:11 die as the lamb, He had to live a perfect, immaculate life
26:16 in order for His death to have value for us.
26:20 And that's the reason why in 1 Peter 1:18-20, which I'll just
26:27 refer to, I won't read it, it speaks about Jesus being a lamb
26:32 without spot, and without defect, who redeemed us
26:38 by paying the price of His precious blood for our sins.
26:42 And so really, Jesus came to this world for two reasons:
26:47 1. He came to live a perfect life without sinning even once.
26:53 2. He came to this world so that after He lived a perfect life
26:59 without sin, He should die the death that all of us must die.
27:04 To live a perfect life, and to die a death for sin.
27:09 And, by the way, when Jesus does this He benefits us in two
27:14 ways. You know I can't come before the throne of God and
27:18 say, Here I am. You have to accept me.
27:20 The Father wouldn't accept me, because I'm a sinner,
27:23 and the wages of sin is death.
27:25 So when I come before the Father, I come before the Father
27:28 and I say, I have no merit.
27:29 I have nothing to offer to you.
27:31 But Jesus lived a perfect life.
27:33 I come to You through the merits of Jesus.
27:36 And the Father looks at Jesus, and He says, Yes, Jesus lived
27:39 a perfect life, and because He stands in your place,
27:42 I looked at you as if you had never sinned.
27:45 In other words, the life of Jesus is imputed to me.
27:48 It is credited to my account.
27:50 That couldn't happen unless Jesus had lived a perfect life
27:54 that He could impute to me.
27:55 But secondly, Jesus died for my sins.
27:58 The death that I should die, He died, so that He can go
28:01 before His Father, and His Father says,
28:03 Where is Pastor Bohr?
28:05 Well, Pastor Bohr is not here.
28:06 I'm representing Him.
28:08 Well, Pastor Bohr should die.
28:09 Jesus says, He's accepted Me, so I paid the death
28:13 that he should pay.
28:14 You need to accept him in Me.
28:17 And so the death of Jesus is also imputed,
28:21 or credited, to my account.
28:23 In other words, the Father looks at me as if I have never
28:26 sinned, and the Father also considers my debt of sin paid
28:30 through Jesus Christ.
28:33 Those are the reasons why Jesus came to this earth.
28:36 But in order to live a life without sin, He had to become
28:40 flesh of our flesh, and bone of our bones.
28:42 In order to pay the death that we should pay, Jesus also had to
28:47 become a human being.
28:49 Now the question is, how far down did Jesus come
28:53 to this earth? Whose nature did Jesus take?
28:57 Did Jesus come to this earth like Adam before Adam sinned,
29:01 or did Jesus come to this world where you and I are?
29:05 Whom did He come to redeem?
29:08 Did He come only to redeem Adam, or did He come to redeem
29:11 the entire human race?
29:13 Notice Romans 8:1-3, Romans 8:1-3.
29:22 The Apostle Paul is very, very clear here about the fact that
29:26 Jesus Christ came to this world. He became our next of kin;
29:28 He became our next of kin in all ways except, of course,
29:33 that He didn't sin.
29:35 Notice Romans 8:1: There is therefore no condemnation
29:41 to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according
29:46 to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
29:48 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me
29:54 free from the law of sin and death.
29:56 And now notice verse 3: For what the law could not do,
30:01 in that it was weak through the flesh,
30:04 (In other words, the law couldn't redeem me because of my
30:08 sinful flesh, because my flesh gives in to sin.)
30:13 It continues saying: God did by sending his own Son
30:20 in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin,
30:28 he condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteous
30:35 requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk
30:39 according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
30:42 In other words, Jesus took my flesh, your flesh.
30:46 He became flesh of our flesh, bone of our bones.
30:49 He came to redeem the lost possession.
30:53 He came to redeem us from slavery to sin.
30:57 He came to redeem us from the sentence of death.
31:03 Now let's go to Luke 1:35 and notice something very
31:09 interesting. Luke 1:35.
31:12 Do you remember that we read the genealogy of Jesus in Luke 3,
31:17 and we noticed that Adam was called the son of God?
31:23 Now notice what Jesus is called when He comes into this world.
31:27 Luke 1:35. It says here:
31:39 That is to Mary.
32:06 What was Jesus going to be called when He was born?
32:09 He would be called the what? the Son of God.
32:13 Now who was called the Son of God at the beginning? Adam.
32:17 This must mean that Jesus came to this world to be the second
32:23 Adam. Jesus came to recover what the first Adam lost.
32:29 He came to take Adam's place.
32:33 He came to recover the crown.
32:36 He came to recover the territory.
32:39 He came to recover life for the human race.
32:43 Everything that Adam lost, Jesus came as the Son of God
32:48 to recover and to restore.
32:53 By the way, the Apostle Paul picks up on this idea of the
32:56 two Adams in 1 Corinthians 15:45, 1 Corinthians 15:45.
33:05 I want to read that verse. Here it says:
33:15 That is because God gave him life.
33:24 And the Apostle Paul also in Romans 5 develops this idea
33:29 of the two Adams. The first Adam lost his throne;
33:32 the first Adam lost his territory;
33:34 the first Adam lost freedom; the first Adam lost life.
33:39 The second Adam, the second Son of God, if you please,
33:42 came and He recovers the throne; He recovers the territory;
33:47 He recovers the hope of eternal life for the human race.
33:51 Jesus came to occupy your place, my place, to redeem that which
33:59 was lost. He came to fulfill the Hebrew laws of redemption,
34:02 and He became flesh of our flesh, and bone of our bones.
34:06 In order to do it He became as much a human being as Adam
34:10 was originally. Now we have some very strange texts in the Bible
34:17 that refer to Jesus.
34:19 Go with me to Revelation 22:16, Revelation 22:16.
34:26 You're going to see what's strange about this verse.
34:30 By the way, Jesus is speaking here and He says:
34:41 And now comes the key portion.
34:51 Now notice what Jesus says: I am the Root and the Offspring
34:57 of David. Now I'm going to ask you a question which might
35:03 appear to be a little bit ridiculous.
35:04 Can I be my son's father, and my son's son at the same time?
35:15 You say, well, that is a dumb question.
35:18 Of course you can. You're either your sons father,
35:22 or your son is your father.
35:25 But you can't be your son's father, and your son's son.
35:29 But this verse is telling us that Jesus is David's father,
35:35 and He's also David's son.
35:36 Because it says that Jesus is the Root of David,
35:41 and He's also the offspring of David.
35:45 Now how do we understand Jesus being the father of David,
35:48 and the son of David?
35:49 It's very simple: Jesus is the father of David as God,
35:55 because when Jesus created Adam, from Adam came David,
36:00 and therefore Jesus created David.
36:02 But as man Jesus is the son of David, because He became
36:09 our close relative. He became our next of kin.
36:13 By the way, this shows that Jesus is God and He is also man.
36:18 You know, in Genesis we have the story of what is called
36:22 Jacob's ladder. It's a misnomer because it really was the Lord's
36:24 ladder. But you have this ladder that is placed on the earth,
36:29 and the uppermost part of the ladder reaches to the highest
36:33 heaven, and God is standing at the top of the ladder.
36:36 Now what does that ladder represent?
36:39 John 1:51 says that the ladder represents Jesus Christ.
36:44 Jesus Himself said so.
36:46 Now, in what sense does that ladder represent Jesus?
36:51 Well, the bottom of the ladder represents the fact that Jesus
36:55 is rooted on earth, because He is a human being along with us.
36:59 The top of the ladder represents the fact that Jesus is one with
37:04 God. In other words, Jesus as man, connects God with us.
37:08 And as God He connects us with God.
37:12 He's the connecting link between heaven and earth.
37:15 He can connect us with the Father because He is God,
37:18 and He can connect the Father with us because He is man.
37:22 Isn't this wonderful?
37:24 In other words, Jesus is the great bridge between heaven
37:28 and earth. So much for the idea that human priests can represent
37:34 us before God. You see, the problem with the priest is,
37:37 first of all, they're all sinners.
37:39 So how can they represent us before God; go before God
37:43 and say I come here representing a sinner.
37:45 God is going to say, you're a sinner, too!
37:47 Secondly, a priest is only human.
37:51 But in order to be a priest, in the strictest sense of the word,
37:56 and I'm not talking about the symbolic priests of the
37:59 Old Testament, which represented Jesus.
38:01 You know, they were only symbols of Christ.
38:04 I'm talking about a real priest, who can represent us before God.
38:08 That priest has to be God, and He has to be man.
38:11 I guess that disqualifies every single human priest,
38:15 with the exception of Jesus, because Jesus is human,
38:18 and Jesus is also God.
38:21 He is the great bridge between heaven and earth.
38:25 Now I want you to notice also Matthew 1:1, Matthew 1:1,
38:33 another one of those strange verses when we compare it with
38:37 John 8, where we're going in a moment.
38:39 Matthew 1, and I want you to notice verse 1. It says:
38:57 Question: was Jesus the son of Abraham?
39:00 He most certainly was.
39:02 But now let's go to John 8:58, John 8:58.
39:09 Here Jesus is entertaining a conversation with several of the
39:14 people that belong to the Jewish nation.
39:16 And in verse 58, Jesus said to them, notice quoting:
39:33 Now isn't this strange?
39:35 We read in Matthew 1:1 that Jesus is the what?
39:39 He is the son of Abraham.
39:42 But in John 8:58, Jesus says, Before Abraham was, I am.
39:51 So Jesus is the father of Abraham, and Jesus is also
39:56 the son of Abraham. He is the father of Abraham because He is
40:02 God. He is the son of Abraham because He is man.
40:09 Now let's talk about our relationship with Jesus.
40:13 Go with me to Galatians 4:4-7, Galatians 4:4-7.
40:25 Here we find a description of the relationship between
40:29 the Father, Jesus, and us.
40:33 You've noticed that I said that we cannot come into the presence
40:37 of God on our own and say, accept me,
40:40 because we're sinners.
40:41 We have to come through our representative.
40:44 Now notice Galatians 4, and beginning with verse 4. It says:
40:57 Now notice verse 5:
41:01 That means to pay a price, to buy back.
41:10 As what?
41:14 So Jesus came to this earth to redeem us from death,
41:21 to redeem us from slavery, according to this,
41:24 so that we might receive the adoption as sons. Verse 6:
41:52 Now I want you to notice something very interesting
41:55 in this passage. Does this passage say that Jesus is the
41:58 Son of God? Has God poured out the Spirit of His Son in us,
42:03 according to this passage? Yes.
42:05 Does this passage also say that when we receive Jesus,
42:10 we also become Sons of God. Yes.
42:13 So God has Jesus, who is His Son, and He has us,
42:19 who are also sons. Now the question is, is Jesus a son
42:24 in the same sense that we are?
42:26 The answer is absolutely not.
42:30 There is only one who deserves to be called the Son of God.
42:36 By the way, do you know that in the gospel of John,
42:38 this is just in the gospel of John, whenever John speaks of
42:44 Christ as being a Son of God, he uses the Greek word, Queos,
42:51 which, by the way, in Spanish we get the word Ehoe from: Queos.
42:56 But whenever John talks about us as being Sons of God,
43:00 he doesn't use the word Queos.
43:02 He uses that one only for Jesus.
43:04 When he talks about us being sons of God, he uses the Greek
43:09 word technon. In this way John is saying that Jesus is
43:15 the Son of God in a different sense than I am a son of God.
43:19 In fact, when I'm born into this world, I am a son of Adam.
43:24 I am a son of the fallen Adam.
43:27 I am a child of wrath.
43:29 We might not like it, but I am a child of the devil.
43:32 Jesus said to the Jews, You are of your father, the devil,
43:37 because they had not been converted.
43:39 And so when I am born into this world, I'm not born into this
43:43 world as a son of God.
43:44 I'm born into this world as a child of wrath.
43:47 The only one who lived a life which deserves to be called
43:51 the Son of God is Jesus.
43:53 And yet this passage says that Jesus is the Son of God,
43:56 and we are sons of God.
43:58 Now the question is, how do we become sons of God?
44:04 The answer is very simple.
44:06 We become sons and daughters of God by becoming brothers
44:15 and sisters of Jesus.
44:19 Are you understanding what I'm saying?
44:21 In other words, I can't claim to be a son and a daughter of God
44:26 directly. I must join Jesus.
44:30 And when I receive Jesus, I become a brother to Jesus,
44:33 a sister of Jesus. He's my next of kin.
44:36 And then Jesus can go before His Father, and He says, Father,
44:41 I have a new brother.
44:43 And the Father says, what's Your brother's name?
44:47 Well, my brother's name is John.
44:49 And so the Father looks at Jesus and He says, well, if John is
44:54 Your brother, and You're My Son, then John must be my son also.
44:58 That's the way things work.
45:02 In other words, the only way that I can be called
45:06 a Son of God is through joining, or linking my life
45:12 with Jesus Christ; become His brother, His sister, and then
45:18 I can claim to be a son or a daughter of God.
45:22 Notice Hebrews 2:10, Hebrews 2:10.
45:30 Here this great truth is brought to light.
45:35 Hebrews, once again, chapter 2 and beginning with verse 10.
45:41 Here the Apostle Paul, whom I believe to be the author of the
45:45 book of Hebrews, says the following:
46:03 By the way, this is talking about the Father.
46:11 Do you see that the Father and the Son are being spoken of
46:14 here? The Father saw that it was necessary to make the
46:17 Captain of our Salvation perfect.
46:19 That means qualified for His work through suffering.
46:23 Notice verse 11:
46:33 This is speaking about Jesus.
46:40 What is Jesus not ashamed of doing?
46:47 He's not ashamed of calling us what? brethren.
46:55 He's speaking to His Father.
47:12 See God has given children of His to whom? to Jesus. Verse 14:
47:21 That is the children of God.
47:48 Verse 17; key verse.
47:52 In most things, thank you very much.
48:24 He had to be made in all things like unto whom?
48:28 Not like unto Adam, but like unto His brethren,
48:32 according to this. He had to be tempted in all things,
48:36 such as we are, says the Apostle Paul.
48:40 Except that Jesus, though He was tempted, He never what?
48:44 He never sinned. And so Jesus comes to this world.
48:48 He becomes the Son of God in this world, taking the place of
48:53 the original Son of God.
48:55 And Jesus pays the price after living a holy and perfect life.
49:02 In this way, Jesus recovers the throne.
49:05 Jesus recovers the crown.
49:09 Jesus recovers the Earth.
49:11 And Jesus makes it possible for those individuals who are
49:15 sinners to not despair, because they can live forever,
49:20 because Jesus paid the price.
49:22 And by receiving Jesus they become brothers and sisters
49:27 of Jesus, and thus sons and daughters of God.
49:31 If this isn't good news, I don't know what good news is.
49:36 You see, that's what Jesus meant when He said, I am the way,
49:42 the truth, and the life.
49:48 No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.
49:53 You see, the only way we can approach the Father,
49:57 as sons and daughters of God, is through Jesus our brother.
50:03 And, by the way, when the devil comes and tries to intimidate us
50:06 we can say to the devil, hey, I have no power against you.
50:11 You're much more powerful than I am, but you'd better be
50:13 careful, because I'll sick my brother on you,
50:16 and He's much more powerful than you are,
50:20 because He defeated you at the cross.
50:22 He over came you at each step of your life.
50:25 And so you'd better leave me alone.
50:27 In the name of Jesus, I command you to leave me alone.
50:31 And the devil has to leave, because He's my brother.
50:35 And older brothers stick up for their little brothers,
50:39 and for their little sisters.
50:40 How about it? Praise the Lord!
50:42 Go with me to Romans 8:29, Romans 8:29.
50:49 Here we find this same idea of Jesus being the Son,
50:55 Jesus having His Father and us being sons, and brothers and
51:01 sisters of Jesus. Notice Romans 8, and we'll read
51:05 verse 29 first of all.
51:07 It says there: For whom he foreknew, he also predestined
51:13 to be conformed to the image of his Son,...
51:17 The Father wanted all those individuals who come to Jesus
51:22 to be conformed to the image of His Son.
51:24 And now notice: that he might be the firstborn among many
51:30 brethren. Do you see that Jesus is the Son, but through Jesus
51:37 we are His brethren?
51:38 Now notice verse 32, It says:
51:41 He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up
51:49 for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us
51:55 all things? So the Father has His Son, Jesus.
52:01 But the Father, besides having Jesus, He has other Sons.
52:07 Those He foreknew, according to what we just read in
52:11 Romans 8:29. That means those who have received Jesus
52:16 as their Savior, and as their Lord.
52:18 Now the question is, how do I receive Jesus?
52:21 How do I become a brother and sister of Jesus?
52:24 Go with me to Galatians 3:26, Galatians 3:26.
52:31 Here we find the definition, or the explanation of how we become
52:36 brothers and sisters of Jesus, and sons and daughters of God.
52:41 It says there in verse 26:
52:48 In what way?
52:56 How do we become sons and daughters of God?
53:20 How do we become sons and daughters of God?
53:23 By receiving Jesus.
53:25 And what ceremony has God given to indicate that we have
53:29 received Jesus as our Savior?
53:31 According to Galatians 3 it is baptism.
53:36 You see, when I am buried in the waters of baptism,
53:40 and I come out of the waters of baptism, God looks at me as
53:44 being included in Jesus.
53:46 And then at that moment the voice of God is heard.
53:50 I can't hear it audibly, but the voice of God is heard,
53:53 like at the baptism of Jesus, saying, This is my beloved Son,
53:57 in whom I am well pleased.
53:59 This is my beloved daughter, in whom I am well pleased.
54:03 So when Jesus was baptized, the Father announced that this
54:08 was His Son. When we are baptized into Christ, we receive
54:11 Him as our brother. Then the Father says, You are now
54:16 My beloved Son. You are now My beloved Daughter.
54:21 The beautiful thing is folks, that through Jesus,
54:25 everything which was lost will be recovered.
54:29 Allow me to conclude by reading a few verses that show that
54:36 what was lost will be recovered through Christ.
54:39 Notice Matthew 5:5; very short verse.
54:43 How about the Earth that Adam lost?
54:46 He lost dominion over the Earth.
54:49 Is that going to be recovered?
54:50 Notice Matthew 5:5. It says: The meek will what?
54:57 The meek will inherit the earth.
55:00 Will we get the inheritance back?
55:02 We most certainly will.
55:04 Through Jesus have we been delivered from slavery to sin.
55:09 And have we become sons and daughters of God through Jesus?
55:13 Yes. You see, Adam sold us into slavery, but Jesus not only
55:17 bought back the earth to give us as an inheritance,
55:19 but Jesus also delivered us from bondage to sin.
55:22 Notice what we find in Galatians where we just read a few moments
55:26 ago. Galatians 4:7, Galatians 4:7, here the Apostle Paul says
55:33 this for those who have accepted Jesus:
55:48 Are we slaves anymore?
55:51 Not according to this.
55:52 Are we disinherited anymore?
55:55 No, we are heirs through Jesus of that which was lost.
56:00 Now what about perpetuating the name of the dead.
56:04 You know, this is where the symbol in the Old Testament is
56:07 not as perfect as the reality.
56:08 See, in the Old Testament when a man died without any male seed,
56:14 in order for the name of the dead person to continue
56:19 the next of kin had to marry the wife.
56:24 But you see, the reality that this points to is far greater
56:28 than the symbol, because Jesus when He came to this earth,
56:33 He did not only come to perpetuate our name,
56:36 He came that if we should die, He will perpetuate us.
56:43 Not only our name, but He will resurrect us from the dead
56:47 and He will perpetuate us.
56:49 See He's not only interested in perpetuating our name,
56:53 but He's interested in resurrecting us from the dead
56:56 though we should die, that our name will not be erased
56:59 from the book of life, and we will live forever and ever
57:02 in His presence. Through Jesus everything which was lost
57:08 was recovered. And all we need to do is receive Jesus.
57:15 I am the way, the truth, and the life:
57:18 no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.
57:21 May we all come to the Father!