This is an outline of my message at SPCRC for September 9, 2012- The sentences are incomplete as I usually flesh it out while preaching:
Text: Romans 5:6-11
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Last month- Isaiah 6:1-9 I mentioned to you the 4 qualities that a Calvinist- or better all Christians should possess: He exalts the Lord in Glory, He See himself as sinner, He extols the atonement –sacrifice of the Lord Jesus in the Cross-and He is willing the serve the Lord in the Mission of God-sharing the Gospel. These are the qualities of the Reformed Christians in history and so should we.
And so we would start with the so-called 5 points of Calvinism : TULIP (spell it out) but I would like to replace it the 5 points of Sovereign Grace-
G-God’s Free Choice
C-Continual Preservation & Perseverance
I will preach on R-Radical Corruption today –and why?
If I don’t –and others won’t:
- You might have false confidence on yourselves /your flesh on how good you are and capable of everything-if you just wills it. It is called Positive thinking or Pelagian error.
- You might think that some few persuasion, messages, worship concerts –can convert a sinner to Christ. You might salvation is easy-easy believism
- You might think that evangelism is just sales and marketing-instead of relying in time and tested evangelism, prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit.
- As a corollary- those society that believes in the radical (radix- root) corruption tends to also believe in check and balances in government and believe in limited government-not idolizing the state for everything.
So How do you feel when I say this:
- May Pulis sa labas vs. May NPA sa labas?
- May langgam sa kape mo vs. May langgaw o ipis sa lugaw mo?
Will you still drink the coffee and eat the rice porridge?
- May nakakawalang aso sa labas vs. May leon na nakakawala sa labas ng bahay
Will you go out of the street
This is the big difference between Man as a a bit of a sinner vs. the radical corruption of the nature of man. Total depravity or better radical corruption means that man is as bad as he can be- like Idi Amin, Hitler or like Satan=but that sin affects every aspect/area of man’s nature.
Sin permeates the very core or root of man’s being. It is not only his heart or just the emotions-but the mind, the will, his imaginations, his intellect, his supposed goodwill upon others, his dreams, his ambitions, his religiosity. Man is an idol factory-he thought he is doing something good for others or for God but he is really uplifting himself.
Not a dot in a stick figure but a grayish stick figure
1 John 2:16-17 “16For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world.”
So what do mean by radical corruption?
1. In Adam we all sinned :
Rom 5:12-14 “
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
…18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
Call it unfair but we are in Adam when God created him-he is the pattern of the one to come-but til next installment. Adam was our Federal Representative –our Covenant head (next year we will discuss about this concept as well) All men are in Adam-and in his sin we all sinned. And thus guilty of death and with sinful nature since birth.
Since Augustine propounded the doctrine of original sin this has been controversial but it was his response to Pelagius who taught that man only knows sin because of imitation-his parents, environment, upbringing, education, his early choices or crises that force him –He can blame everything except himself. The teaching means that the original sin of Adam-means we inherited his sinful nature instead of the original righteous, truthful, obedient nature God created him in the beginning.
This is as relevant as today’s headlines- or Tv shows like Criminal Minds, or CSI.
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. …
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. ..
28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done
9 What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. 10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands,
no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Man suppresses the truth, represses the evidence that there is a God and he is accountable to His laws. Man knows that this life and all that there is here comes from God and yet he replace them with idosl of his making so that he will not be accountable to the real God. Others worship science and their reason –but in the end it is themselves that they will bow only.
An no one –none exempted – except the Son of God-in the flesh- seeks for God and tries to understand His will .
As is it said in John 3:19-21 “19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
It is as easy for a sinner to come to God as to a criminal thief to come to a policeman or an officer of the law.
It is like a desert nomad who found a tent –in the middle of the tent are dates-and a candle lighted-due to hunger-he tries each dates-but found worm inside- so he tried 3 time and yet still with worms inside- So what would you do? Your hungry…so you put off the light and continue eating the dates to fill your hunger.
So is a Sinner—true food is waiting for him in God –but he rather eat a dates with worms –and kills the light than to come to God. As is it said in John 3:19-21 “19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
If you have a bad relationship with your parents-what do you do to show your defiance –your rebellion?
- You ignore them and their wishes
- When asked to do something –you don’t put any effort to your assignment-haphazard, half-hearted
- You do not don it right-always something lacking or amiss
- You insist on not doing it-and even voice your opinion against it.
And so is every man not born-again as a Christian. We are unwilling and rather do our own things ourselves-our agenda-our wishes.
For something good to be truly done-It must be commanded by God, Done for the Love of God-him and him alone, and done properly and proper time and season. This is a good act and we know we always fail in this.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
2 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.
3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”
6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7 the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
1 Cor 2:14-15
14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The picture is not one in a hospital sick and weak but can still take his medicine as other Christians would like us to believe-but one of the dead-a corpse living inside a body –awaiting the final judgment. We can hear, see and even feel the gospel call –but it is like a dream where we cannot respond or or arise from. For we are dead men. We need to be resurrected! Unless the Spirit gives us vision-for we are blind-we cannot see the kingdom of God. Unless the Spirit gives us right to be children of God –we cannot enter that Kingdom.
Unless the Father draws us-drags us like in…
Sample of being elko-drag:
19 When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.
We will be in a slumber of death and cannot respond in faith ton the Gosple call.
We may know the words of the Gospel and maybe we understand some of it –but we are prisoners of our own sins-and we are prisoners of our nature and the god of this world –and we cannot break free on our own.
Unless we become new creation- we will continue hating God, Jesus and His offer of peace and friendship –we will rebel against Him. Against His messengers-against His Word.
We are like Medusa’s victims –turn to stone, or Ring Wraiths of Mordor -kings and yet slaves of Sauron forever-never to see the light of day. We are like men born in the Matrix-being utilize by the Machine for their electricity. We thought we are free –but we are but slaves.
20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.
4. Spiral of Degradation
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
In this life –gross and unnatural sins is its own judgment –as decreed by God. Man is not as evil as he can be-but without the Providence-(God’s control of whatever comes to pass, or without His Common Grace -which we will discuss next year) he will be as worst he can be . like what happened to Nazi Germany, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Afghanistan, North korea. If God withholds His Hand- we will be like animals or brutes –like apes gone wild.
It is like a drum of filled with water -we thought it is all clean but when we stir it up from above-and the rust and dirt are disturb below-we will see how dark and unclean the water is.
Sometime it is crises that show our true color –if not for the Common Grace of God:
10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,
Like leptospirosis or rabid bite of a dog.. it is just time that death or madness that will engulf us and we will be non-human in our actions and words. God help us in our sins.
So what should we do:
- If you have not known yourself as a sinner describe this way-then you have not know Jesus as the savior that you really need…then it is time to submit your life to the Only Lord that can raise you from the dead and give you a new life.
- If you have been a Christian for along time and yet take foolish and arrogant confidence on what you are and what you can do-realize now that –if not for the Grace of God –we are filthy sinners on the road to hell and we don’t deserve one look of mercy from God.
- If you think you are a sinner that cannot come to the Lord because of your sins-then realize that He knows you and He died for such a person-Once you are still alive –you have hope and you can be rescued by the savior. If yu think you are not worthy to become his child-then you are right-and yet to such like you that He died for you on the Cross and Rose from the Grave to give you new life.
- If you know someone who needs the Gospel then go and share –but remember that Words can fall and be not understood if your efforts are not coupled with effectual prayers and the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Don’t rely on human wisdom and manipulation –but always say the true message of the Cross and rely on God to reward your efforts.
And in the end –may we realize and glory more in our Savior and Lord who died for us in the Cross…
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Lead me to the Cross…song:
Savior I come
Quiet my soul remember
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost
Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Lead me, lead me to the cross
You were as I
Tempted and trialed
Te word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now you’re risen
To your heart
To your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to your heart