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Weapons Made Tools of Love

Romans 8:35-39
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Stephen Johns

on 27 November 2016

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Transcript of Weapons Made Tools of Love

Romans 8:31-39
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.

34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? . . . {nothing} will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

4 Proofs that God is for us:
Gives us all things
Admits no charge
Allows no condemnation
Never stops loving
The Principle
Justification with all its blessings convinces us of the love of God for us.
Giver of All Things
The gift of Jesus Christ from the Father declares He loves us and gives us all good things.
Did not spare His own Son
Gave Him up for us all
He will give us all things
Romans 4:25

“who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”
He was a gift to us and for us.
Psalm 22:12-17

“12 Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me; 13 they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; 15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. 16 For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— 17 I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me”
Luke 22:52-53

“52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”
He was a gift to us and for us.
Safety with the Father
The child of God who rests in the character of the Father has no fear before the Father.
Free from Condemnation
The work of Jesus is so perfect and ongoing that it protects the child of God from the loss of any right standing with God.
Understanding Condemnation
What is it?
Where does it come from?
Believer or Lost?
1 John 3:20-21

“20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God”
Romans 7:21-8:1
&
1 John 3:20-21
Condemnation is the sense of a person that they are under the wrath of God as a result of seeing their sin clearly.
Doing War with our Hearts
Standard
Consequence
Judgment
"I am not _______ enough"
"I deserve _____"
"I know me better"
Looking to Jesus
He Died (Payment Made)
He Resurrected (Payment Received)
He Sits at the Right Hand (Power Established)
He Intercedes (Proven Righteousness)
Colossians 2:13-14
Colossians 2:15
Ephesians 1:15-23
Hebrews 7:25-27
Weapons Made Tools of Love
Weapons of our enemies are turned into tools of love of our Father.
Pierced by Many Weapons
Suffering for following Christ
Deprived for following Christ
Wounds that Cannot Separate
Wounds are anticipated
Wounds do their work
Weapons Made Tools
Philosophy and Religion
More than Conquerors
In Showing Christ
Colossians 1:24

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,”
In Being Like Jesus
Philippians 3:10

“that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.”
In Seeing Love Clearer
Romans 5:3-4

“3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”
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