Summary: To show that GOD remembers His SON's finished work on the cross that brought us redemption, justification and sanctification but He no longer charges us or remembers our sins counted against us.
Are you a repentant person?
Yes. I always renew my mind according to GOD's WORDS.
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD remembers His SON's finished work on the cross that brought us redemption, justification and sanctification but He no longer charges us or remembers our sins counted against us.
Remember [earnestly] Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not at the stubbornness of this people or at their wickedness or at their sin,
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for the LORD JESUS finished work that has forgiven me and cleansed me from all unrighteousness.
GOD does not remember our sins
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. GOD remembers His Servant: the LORD JESUS
"Remember [earnestly] Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob;"
The LORD GOD is thinking and remembering the finished work of the LORD JESUS on Golgotha (Cross of Calvary) when He sees us. GOD sees us through the finished work of the LORD JESUS.
So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.
Do not abhor, condemn, and spurn us, for Your name’s sake; do not dishonor, debase, and lightly esteem Your glorious throne; [earnestly] remember, break not Your covenant or solemn pledge with us.
For the sake of the LORD:
1. We have lost everything
Paul's example - a learned and hard-working Pharisee of the Pharisee but he lost all of these things for the sake of CHRIST.
But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [one combined] loss for Christ’s sake.
Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One),
2. We considered the contempt, abuse and shame
Moses' example - he was looking forward in time for the sake of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, he bore contempt, abuse and shame. He would rather be considered a slave Jew to be one of them rather than sit in the Pharaoh's throne.
He considered the contempt and abuse and shame [borne for] the Christ (the Messiah Who was to come) to be greater wealth than all the treasures of Egypt, for he looked forward and away to the reward (recompense).
3. We become prisoners.
Paul look at himself as prisoner of the LORD.
FOR THIS reason [because I preached that you are thus built up together], I, Paul, [am] the prisoner of Jesus the Christ for the sake and on behalf of you Gentiles—
Yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you just for what I am—I, Paul, an ambassador [of Christ Jesus] and an old man and now a prisoner for His sake also—
4. We forgive everyone
If you forgive anyone anything, I too forgive that one; and what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sakes in the presence [and with the approval] of Christ (the Messiah),
5. We rejoice in sufferings
[Even] now I rejoice in the midst of my sufferings on your behalf. And in my own person I am making up whatever is still lacking and remains to be completed [on our part] of Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of His body, which is the church.
For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake not only to believe in (adhere to, rely on, and trust in) Him, but also to suffer in His behalf.
6. We became fools
We are [looked upon as] fools on account of Christ and for His sake, but you are [supposedly] so amazingly wise and prudent in Christ! We are weak, but you are [so very] strong! You are highly esteemed, but we are in disrepute and contempt!