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In Thompson Chain reference—you have titles of Jesus Christ. Tonight I would like to mention a few.

He came to be a Saviour—I Timothy 1:15— Jesus came into the world with the mission to be Saviour. Yes he was a prophet, teacher, healer, and many other things, but his main mission was to be the Savior of the World.

Paul writes that not only could he save the best of us, he can save the worst of us. The song of the saints is Jesus Saves, Jesus Saves.

A second Adam---Romans 5:19-21--- Adam brought sin into the world.

But as Adam brought sin in, Jesus brings in righteousness. Where sin abounds, grace abounds the more. Jesus has turned your curse into a blessing—he has disannulled the writings against us

Man’s Substitute—Isaiah 53:5—he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities

Hebrews 2:9—taste death for every man

I should have been crucified, I should have suffered and died, I should have hung on the cross in disgrace, but Jesus God’s Son took my place

Sin Bearer—Isaiah 53:12—bare the sin of many

I Peter 2:24—by his stripes we are healed

He experienced the wrath of God toward sin---it was more than just the physical death on the cross—it was the abandonment of God—Father, Father, why have you forsaken me.

Scapegoat---if you understand the scapegoat—the goat was taken out into the desert released to die with the people’s sin on him. Jesus was the innocent, bearing the sin of the guilty.

Mediator between God and Man—High Priest—Hebrews 4:14-16

He ever liveth to make intercession for us

He offered up one sacrifice for all time, an unchangeable priesthood

Mediator of a better covenant built on better promises—

The Lamb of God—Revelation 7:9

In the old testament a spotless lamb was required for payment of sin—no one was sinless, or spotless, no one could live up to the law of God, but Jesus Christ is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.

Redeemer—Revelation 5:9—has redeemed us to God by the blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation..

We were worthless to God—his blood made us valuable again—

The touch of the Master’s hand—old violin worthless, but after being played by the Master—the bid’s for the violin were in the thousands..

Close: no one, no one but Jesus, who would die for me, just to set my spirit free, there’s no one, no one like Jesus

ntro: Paul spent a lot of time defending his apostleship. He gave his conversion story on several occasions. Paul explained that even though he was a very religious man, a scholar in many ways, he did a lot of things out of ignorance. I Timothy 1: 13 states that he obtained mercy because he had operated ignorantly. Paul uses the words ignorant, ignorance, and ignorantly in several of his writings. In every situation he tells people that they must be on guard to spiritual ignorance or spiritual blindness. Tonight, I would like to look at these verses and give Paul’s warnings against spiritual ignorance.

AVOIDING SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE

Romans 11:25—this mystery—Paul in writing to gentile believers wanted to make sure they had a full understanding of a great mystery. God revealed Himself to the Jewish nation, He had called Israel to Himself, and because of hardness of heart, disobedience, and outright rebellion, God punished Israel. In great mercy and love, He engrafted in the gentiles.

· The first thing Paul doesn’t want any of us to forget is that we are all products of grace and mercy. We are a branches grafted into the vine.

Paul wants gentile believers to be constantly aware of God’s grace in our lives.

· If God can punish the original branches for disobedience, we should walk in reverence and obedience, because if we rebel against Him, we took could be cut off.

· Also, that God isn’t finished with His chosen people. This was also a warning to gentiles not to be conceited or puff up against the Jewish nation. We are to pray for them, bless them, and realize God still has a plan for Israel.

II. I Corinthians 10:1-5 Paul reminds us here that we should not be ignorant that God did great things for the Jewish nation, they saw miracles, they saw powerful moves of God, and still they ended up going in circles in the desert because of unbelief.

· Paul says that Israel is an example to us, not to rebel, not to harden our hearts, don’t to let doubt, fear and unbelief rob us of our victory.

· I think there is another valuable point, the ones that saw the most mighty things in God, were those who still missed God. Every day we must guard our hearts, we must walk in faith not emotions or even great experience. It is God’s Word that will carry you through to the promise land.

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