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Pastor Kong’s Sermon 19, January, 2013: Righteousness

2 Corinthians 5:17, 21
Shame and guilt follow perpetuate problems.
They don’t fix wrong behavior.
God does not want us to be sin-conscious as it gives the wrong picture of God.
The right picture of God is that He is our loving Father.

God sees us as righteous and complete before Him.
Righteousness gives us confidence in prayer (1 John 3:21-22, Heb 4:16)
We can boldly pray, asking God for miracle. Our prayer as righteous children of God avails much.
Righteousness makes us reign in life (Rm 5:17).
We are to reign like kings and queens in the present life, not victims.

Righteousness of God is a free gift.
We are new creation in God. It is as if we had never existed before.
The blood of Christ washes away all sin. It is as if we had never sinned before.
God makes willful choice not to remember our sin.
Hence, we should not remember other people’s sins too.

2 Corinthians 12:2
When we are in God, we have access to God’s presence.
We are ingrafted to Christ. His life, the Vine, flows in us, the branch.
We share in His suffering and glory since we are in Him.
God’s glory is His goodness (Exodus 33:18-21).
Moses stood inside the cleft of the rock when he saw God’s goodness.
We, too, will see His goodness when we abide in Christ.

Eph 1:20, 2:6
Since we are in Christ, we share the same authority He has.
We have authority even over the evil spirits.
When God the Father sees Jesus, He sees us.

God sees us as righteous before Him. How should we see ourselves?
We should see ourselves as complete in Him too.
Since we share the same authority with Christ, let’s be bold to speak to our mountains of difficulties.
We are, we can be, we can do what the Bible says we are, we can be, and we can do.

Mat 13:20-21
Rhema word from God comes with persecution, sometimes.
Let’s be rooted in Christ, ingrafted in Him, then we may endure persecution.

Posted January 24, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon

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Pastor Kong’s Sermon 5, January, 2013 Righteousness

John 3:16, Rm 6:23
Eternal life began the moment we accepted Lord Jesus.
It is not just the event we go up to heaven. Eternal life starts right now on earth.
It is more than just living forever and ever. Eternal life is about the life of God Himself in us.
The gift of eternal life is wrapped in Lord Jesus.
The more we abide in Him, the more we are aware of His gift.

2 Cor 5:17, Eph 2:6, Eph 1:21
New creation/creature = someone who has never existed before.
God brought us into His level and seated us up in the heavenly realms, far above angels and demons.
Every sin has to be punished no matter how merciful God is.
On the cross, Lord Jesus became sin substitute. He bore the full blunt of punishment of sin.
In Lord Jesus, we have eternal life and are made righteous before God.

1.) Righteousness removes the remembrance of sin
In the Old Testament, it was the concept of Atonement, which simply means ‘covering’.
However, Lord Jesus not only covered, but also cleansed us from our sins.
We are delivered from the devil’s kingdom to God because of Lord Jesus.
The devil has no legal foothold in our lives.
God knows everything yet, at the moment we accept Lord Jesus, He makes willful choice not to remember our sins.
Righteousness is more than just forgiveness as forgiveness does not include acceptance.
5 things God’s grace does:
– gives us what we don’t deserve.
– rewrites history.
– imputes to us a different motive.
– imputes nobility to something ignoble.
– strengthens us when we are weak.
God never stops believing in us even though we are imperfect.
He see our present and future, not our past.

2.) Righteousness is the divine nature that overpowers sins.
1 John 3:6,9; 2 Cor 5:21
God gives freedom from sin. God doesn’t sin and Lord Jesus gave us God’s own nature of righteousness.
2 things happened on the cross:
– God declares us righteous by faith.
– We are made new creatures in our nature of righteousness.
Rm 6:6-11
The devil can’t make us sin. He can only make us sin-conscious.
Sin consciousness makes us easy to sin again.
To count: God, the Divine Accountant, has written off our sins.
We just need to agree with God concerning His promise.

3.) Righteousness makes us bold in God’s presence.
It is the ability to stand in God’s presence without any guilt, condemnation or inferiority
Sometimes, we are afraid to ask God healing, prosperity, and others.
If we feel guilty, how can we ask God? If we don’t ask, how can God give us?

You can download Pastor Kong’s sermon here:
http://theinkroom.com.sg/2013-righteousness-partakers-of-divine-nature.html

Posted January 9, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon

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Sermon Review XXIV: Sermon on the Mount CD 16 Exceeding Righteousness Part B

Matt 5:20
What Lord Jesus wants is inward attitude.
Righteousness of the Pharisees is just external obedience.
While the Pharisees want more and more obedience, Lord Jesus requires deeper and deeper obedience.
God is the God of morality and He wants to see us changed inside out.

4.)    The 3th commandment (Matt 5:33)

Oath and vows are encouraged in the Bible. Oaths have to do with future action; vows have to do with material gifts. God is against someone who takes oaths and vows and don’t do them.
In Jesus’ days, oath and vows can be non-binding as long as they do not invoke God’s name. The rabbi came up with much excuse to break oath and vow. There was much lie and dishonesty.
Lord Jesus said: Don’t be flippant when it comes to holy things of God. For Him, any word is a bond regardless of any vows formula. Righteous person does not need to swear because every word he/she says is the truth.

Matt 26:63-64
Lord Jesus did not mind being put under oath. Christians are allowed to make oath whenever necessary.
– Oath taking is permitted.
– On rare occasion we may need to say “God is my witness.”
However, don’t use swearing a normal part of conversation. An honest man/woman hardly needs to resolve to swearing.

5.)    Loving someone who is down-right evil. (Matt 5:38-42)

It is not part of the 10 laws. It is part of the civil law in the days of Lord Jesus.
It is initially the instruction for judges, in the legal books.It is called principle of retribution.
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth. We are not to take matter into our hands. No one should take personal revenge.
The scribes neglected the background of verse ‘eye for eye, tooth for tooth’. They applied it to their daily personal relationship.
Lord Jesus taught us not to resist evil person = don’t immediately sue the evil person.
Our response is never based on retaliation.
Slapping on the cheek = insult. We may have the legal right to sue, but let’s not use it.
Tunic and cloak = very precious. When we are bullied, don’t retaliate.
One-two mile= Roman soldier was only allowed to command a Jew to carry out his stuff for one mile. It was public humiliation for the Jew, reminding the Jew they were still under Roman empire.
God will ensure justice is done. We just need to commit the injustice into God’s hand.
Lord Jesus is not promoting pacifism. Military service is still needed.
Vengeance is not my prerogative. It is God’s prerogative.
Don’t always demand justice because God does not always demand justice from our life. If He does, none of us stands alive.

6.)    ‘Love neighbor-hate neighbor’ teaching (Matt 5:43-45)

The Bible never taught to hate the enemy. The scribes added it because they thought only fellow Jews were neighbors. They considered non-Jews to be enemies. They were racist.
The scribes limited the ‘love’.
Lord Jesus taught them to love enemies, to speak well of, to be kind to, to do good to, and to pray for enemies. We can’t keep praying if we keep on disliking them.
Like Father like Son. God the Father sent rain to both Christians and non-Christians. Lord Jesus was sent to everyone. We, too, should love everyone.
What is so special about us if we only love our neighbors? What is so special if we avoid divorce, adultery or if we honor parents or if we are polite? Non-Christians do the same.
Our calling is to outdo the non-Christians in term of virtue.
The mark of perfection for Christians is love regardless of the attitude of the receiver. Our love has to be patterned after God’s love.

You can get a copy of the sermon at The Ink Room here:

http://theinkroom.com.sg/sermon-on-the-mount-download.html?___SID=U

Posted November 25, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon

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Sermon Review XXIII: Sermon on the Mount CD 15 Exceeding Righteousness Part A

 

The law of God is written in our heart and mind. It is the work of the Holy Spirit.
The moral law of God is still applicable to us today.

Matt 5:19-20
Measure of greatness in God’s kingdom is based on obedience to His law.
It is indication of our true spiritual condition.
To exceed = to be much much much better.

Pharisees were known for their righteousness in term of ‘quantity’.
However, Lord Jesus expected us to exceed their righteousness in term of ‘quality’. It boils down to our attitude during which we obey God. It is in inward righteousness God looks.

Jer 31:33; Heb 10:15-16
The 10 Commandments is still applicable to us.
Even Lord Jesus came to expand more on God’s moral law.
We are to obey the moral law more completely than the Pharisees.
The Pharisees were trying to relax the demand of the moral law.
Lord Jesus gave the true interpretation of the law of God

1.) 6th commandment: You shall not murder.
Murder = homicide, unlawful killing. God is not against death penalty or taking arms to defend the nation.
But for Lord Jesus, every thought purposed to hurt someone, it is breaking the commandment. God looks at the attitude.
For God, murder can be committed without knife or gun. Gossiping or slandering is considered murder, it is character assassination.  Whatever I say through my mouth is the indication of our inward attitude.
Not all anger is wrong. You can be angry but not sin. What is righteous anger? When we see injustice or sin or when our loved ones mistreated/abused.
Lord Jesus focused on unrighteous anger which is full of insult and condemnation. Raca = empty-headed.
Don’t let anger become resentment and bitterness.
Be reconciled to those who hurt us or those whom we hurt.

2.) 7th commandment: You shall not commit adultery.
For us to enjoy full intimacy there shall be commitment.
Adultery is an act of breaking commitment.
It is possible to commit adultery in thought or imagination. While it is not wrong to appreciate beauty of man/woman, God is against looking lustfully (Job 31:1).
God wants to catch our attention using a figure of speech (Matt 5:29-30). In essence, God wants us to put to death fleshly desire through self-discipline for the sake of spiritual health.
Each of us has our own strength and weakness. Hence, each of us may need different self –discipline.
If our eye causes us to sin, don’t look. If our feet do, don’t go there. If our hobbies do, stop them.

3.) 10th commandment: You shall not covet others’ wife.
Originally, the husband was allowed to divorce when the wife was unclean.
In Lord Jesus’s days, one Rabbi allowed the divorce for just any reason; another Rabi only allowed divorce due to sexual immorality.
Matt 19: 1-9, Mal 2:14-16
Lord Jesus expounded the foundation of marriage whereas the crowd was interested with loophole of marriage.
He rebuked them, saying divorce was never a commandment; Moses was just giving a concession.
Every bad marriage can be repaired just like God’s own marriage with the Israelites.
Do we believe in His power to work out a bad marriage?
If God can take us to heaven, why can’t He restore our marriage?
The only ground for divorce is sexual immorality done by the offending party.
1 Cor 7:12-14
If one spouse is Christian while the other spouse is non-Christian, the Christian spouse should not go with divorce. There is a chance for the Christian spouse to influence the non-Christian spouse.
God’s design is permanence in marriage.

Ps 139:23-24
This is the beauty of Sermon on the Mount.
We want to be genuine and holy unto the Lord.

Posted November 23, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon

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