Summary: What are the benefits to salvation? Not just in the sweet by and by, but in the nasty now and now? They are many and this sermon will be in several parts. Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.
21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.
24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
16 When ye have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.
"But God would never send anyone to hell."
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
’these things’ is a list of sins in previous verses.
If we are at enmity with God, what can be done? There has to be a mediator!
v. 1 ’through Jesus’
A mediator tries to bring reconciliation, but it has to be agreeable to both sides.
[baseball strike / Israel and Palestinians / you and your spouse!
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
Jesus is our go between. Hanging on the cross He was suspended between heaven and earth. He reached down to sinful man and reached up to the Holy Father and brought us together by paying our penalty and breaking down the wall of division between us!
"Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinner reconciled!"
That peace is permanent.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
1. Peace with God
v. 2 Ever tried to call the President? You don’t have access!
But thru justification we have access to the Author of life, of salvation, and of the Bible!
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;