Sunday Sermon: ‘How to Have a Right Relationship With God’

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Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him,not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ,the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Before his salvation, Paul was a Pharisee who followed the Law of Moses with strict adherence. Outwardly Paul appeared to be as righteous as any man could be; yet inwardly Paul knew that something was still missing. It was not until he met Jesus Christ that Paul learn that righteousness is not something that we can earn by our good works, but instead something that God gives us through faith in Jesus Christ.

To fully understand what it takes to be right with God, we need to look at it from God’s perspective and not our own.

I. Who Is Like You O LORD?    

Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

A. Who is Like God in Glorious Deeds?  

The Big Bang Theory doesn’t explain for us how nothing became something by its own power

Genesis 1:1 – ‘In the beginning, God created…’

B. Who is Like God in Majesty?

1 Kings 8:22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven, 23 and said, “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart, 24 who have kept with your servant David my father what you declared to him. You spoke with your mouth, and with your hand have fulfilled it this day. 25 Now therefore, O LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father what you have promised him, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.’ 26 Now therefore, O God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you have spoken to your servant David my father. 27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built! ESV

Isaiah 66:1 Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? ESV

C. Who is Like God in Holiness?

Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Isaiah 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said , Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

God’s holiness refers to His separation and distinction from everyone and everything else. It speaks of His perfect purity, but also every aspect of His divine nature. The question Moses asked was – “Who is like God in holiness?” The answer is – “No one.”

II. What is Man That God Should Consider Him?

Psalm 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him?

Sometimes we refer to certain people as being a good person. Yet, is there anyone who is good in God’s sight?

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  23 All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

II. How Can Sinful Man Ever Be Right With God Who is Holy?

A. Approach #1 – We Can Try to Become Right By Always Doing What is Right

Philippians 3:4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

1. Problem with trying to become right by doing right?

a) Who can be perfectly right – all the time?  Who is sinless?

b) What happens to the sin we’ve already committed?

2. Creation and salvation require the intervening power of Almighty God

a) Nothing cannot make itself into something

b) Sinfulness cannot make itself sinless

B. Approach #2 – We Can Offer a Sacrifice as a Substitute for Our Sins

1. Men have always tried to offer a sacrifice for their sins (animals, precious items, even humans)

2. The problem is:

a. Animals are animals and humans are humans

b. What human is qualified to die for the sins of another?

C. Approach #3 – We Can Have Faith in God’s Perfect Sacrifice

John 1:29 Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Hebrews 10:12 But this man,after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever,sat down on the right hand of God;

Philippians 3:4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.  7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him,not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law,but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

CONCLUSION

How can we have a right relationship with God? We can do so only through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

A. Admit our need to be made right    (Confess our sin)

B. Believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven

C. Come to Christ and ask for His cleansing and forgiveness
 

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