WRATH TO RIGHTEOUSNESS

                   
                   FROM WRATH TO RIGHTEOUSNESS
Two very important things “revealed” in the first three chapters of the book of Romans are the “wrath of God” and the “righteousness of God.”
 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18).
“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets” (Romans 3:21).
These two concepts are both considered in Romans.
The “wrath of God” comes from Him because of man’s unbelief and sin. It does not come from us. In the same way, the “righteousness of God” comes from Him because of man’s faith (trust) in the Savior. It does not come from us.
Law cannot produce righteousness for the simple reason that we cannot keep God’s law sufficiently. No one can be “justified” by “law.” Law reveals what sin is, but cannot remove what sin does. “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Rom.3:20).
The Gospel reveals righteousness “without law.” That is, we can now be righteous without having to keep all of the rules because it is “God’s righteousness,” not ours. “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God” (Roman 3:21-22) See also Matthew 6:33.
It is “righteousness” because of our trust (faith) in Jesus Christ. “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.” (Romans 3:22).
It is Righteousness for “all believers,” and not just the strongest or those with the most faith. “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on allwho believe.” (Romans 3:22b).
Righteousness (our justification) is a “gift” given to us by God and received by trusting (faith) in the blood of Jesus. We “are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:24-25, ESV). Romans 5:17 says, “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
The Jews in Acts 2:41 who “gladly received his word” and were “baptized” were “righteous” because of their faith in the name Jesus at the time they were “born again” (Acts 2:36-38; John 3:3-5).  They were “justified” or made “righteous” at that very time. They did not have to know anything else in order to be “righteous.” They were “justified freely by His grace” (Rom. 3:24) at the time they believed in Jesus and were baptized into His name. Nothing else needed to be known, or done, or added, in order for them to be “justified” or “forgiven” or made “righteousness.” It was “freely through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24). This was before any other “teaching” of the apostles was done to them. It was before “one word” of “any” of the books in our “New Testament” was written. The “righteousness of God” is not a process that we maintain by living right, but it is something we possess by trusting in Jesus to make and keep us right. It is something that God grants us because of His infinite grace…not because we are finally good. It is righteousness based on His living and His dying and not on our giving or our trying. Once we truly understand that “righteousness” is something that God “imputes,” “reckons,” and gives to us as a “gift” (regardless of our degree of faith in Jesus), it will change the way we feel, act and live. Our being “righteous” does not depend on us and what we do, but on our faith in Him and what He has done. We are declared righteous, even though we do not deserve to be righteous. “Faith righteousness” is not “doing our best” to be righteous, but it is “being blessed” by God’s righteousness. Our “sins” are accredited (imputed, reckoned, placed on, attributed) to Christ, and “His righteousness” is accredited (imputed, reckoned, placed on, attributed) to us (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Wayne Dunaway

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WWJD


WWJD

When I mention these letters many people think they know what they stand for. But did you know that they could refer to a Radio Station? According to Wikipedia, WWJD (91.7 FM, “Eagle 91.7”) is a radio stationin Kentucky.

But, in the minds of most, the letters do not remind them of a Radio Station, but of the Man of salvation. Wikipedia also says:

The phrase “What would Jesus do?” (often abbreviated to WWJD) became popular in the United Statesin the 1890s and again in the 1990s as a personal motto for thousands of Christianswho used the phrase as a reminder of their belief that Jesus is the example to be followed in daily life, and to act in a manner of which Jesus would approve.

I have seen WWJD on bracelets, wristbands, necklaces, belts, shirts, key chains, hats, and other things. They are very famous letters in the Christian religion. The letters do remind us of a good question to ask: What Would Jesus Do? But in this devotional we will use them to refer to three other things.
WWJD – What Would Jesus DESIRE?
What would Jesus desire for you in 2015? The Bible answers that question for us. He “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:3-4). Therefore, He desires that you be “born again” (Jn. 3:3-5). Just before He ascended back to heaven He said to His followers, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). He also desires that you “be faithful” (Rev. 2:10) and that you go to heaven when you die. In His prayer in John 17:24 He prayed, “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am.”
WWJD – What Would Jesus DELIVER?
When we do what He desires, what would He deliver? The Bible has the answer. He “delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10). Therefore, He delivers salvation (2 Tim. 2:10). He delivers strength “in the inner man” (Eph. 3:16). He delivers security.  Paul said, “the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom” (2 Tim. 4:18). He delivers hope, healing and help in time of need.
WWJD – What Would Jesus DESERVE?
When we do what He desires and receive what He delivers, what would He deserve? He would deserve our worship and praise. “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Rev. 5:12). When we consider the “mercies of God” revealed in the sacrifice of Jesus for us, then we should “present our bodies a living sacrifice” in service to God (Rom. 12:1). He would deserve our commitment to His word. How could we sum up what He would deserve from us? Try these letters, WWJD – Walk With Jesus Daily.
Wayne Dunaway

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Watching the Apples

 
GOD IS WATCHING THE APPLES
Some children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Christian elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The lady in charge made a note and posted it on the apple tray: “Take only ONE. God is watching.” Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”
         
The child was right because God was watching the apples. Of course, He was also watching the cookies. The Bible teaches that the Lord sees everything (Prov. 15:3).
But we need to realize that God is keeping a special watch over His “Apples.” He has a special interest in His “Apples,” more so, than the cookies. There are some on the earth who are “cherished” in a special way. There are some who are the “apple of His eye.” The phrase “apple of His eye” is a cliché referring to “a cherished person or object.”  And there are those whom He holds dear and loves in a special way. He loves them with a love that “surpasses knowledge” (Eph. 3:19, ESV) or that is “too great to understand fully” (NLT). He keeps them with care and affection. Moses had a song about the special love God has for His people that he taught to the children of Israel. In the song, Moses said, “He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He kept him as the apple of his eye” (Deut. 32:10, ESV). These words indicate the special interest God had in His people. Many years later, the prophet Zechariah was speaking of the people of God when he said, “he who touches you touches the apple of His eye” (Zech. 2:8; NASV).
Christians are the “apple of His eye” because He “loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Eph. 5:25).  He “nourishes and cherishes” us (Eph. 5:29). We are “His own special people…” (1 Peter 2:9). God saves “those who trust” in Him and, therefore, we can say with David, “Keep me as the apple of Your eye” (Psalm 17:7-8; NKJV). Why? Because God is always watching the apples!
Wayne Dunaway

 

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Snuff Dipping

She Just Couldn’t Get Enough of That Powerful Stuff (I mean, Snuff)

The poem you are about to read is true. My grandmother did dip snuff. She dipped it all of the time. A lot of women (yes, I said women) I knew when I was a boy dipped snuff. Of course, back then, people did not know that it caused cancer and other problems (not that it would have made any difference with some).

DIPPING SNUFF

I sometimes stayed with my granny
When I got old enough.
And one thing I still remember
Is how she loved her snuff!
She had to love her snuff
There is no doubt about it.
Because I cannot remember
Ever seeing her without it!
She dipped it when she laughed
She dipped it when she’d weep.
I’ve even seen it in her mouth
When she was sound asleep!
She dipped it when she cooked
She dipped it when she cleaned
She dipped it more than any person
That I have ever seen.
And one thing that surprised me
One thing I can never forget
Is, during all that dipping,
She would hardly ever spit!
But she had no trouble talking
She lived here in the South.
And sometimes when she talked
That snuff ran out her mouth!
The snuff would be on her apron
The snuff would be on her face.
The snuff would be on her teeth
The snuff was all over the place.
‘Course I always wanted her to quit,
Sometimes I would let it slip.
But Granny would just smile at me
Then take another dip!
And when I had to leave her
I’d almost wanted to cry
I always loved my “Granny”
But not that kiss goodbye!

It is amazing what we notice most about the people we know and love. My grandmother was one of the best women that I have ever known and I spent a lot of good times with her when I was a child. But for a long time the thing I seemed to remember most is the “snuff” and “kiss goodbye.” And I am really saddened by that fact. I let focusing on one thing that I really did not like rob me of remembering the many things I did like about her. I let one imperfection get in the way of focusing on her affection…the “kiss” goodbye. I hope I have learned not to let a few things that someone does that I do not necessarily like, or approve of, stop me from seeing the many good things about them. I hope I have learned, at least to some degree, to focus on one’s faith and not their faults. I do not want to be like the fellow who said: “The faults in others I can see, but, praise the Lord, there’s none in me!” And I hope we can all learn to deal with each other “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love” (Eph. 4:2). The main reason that I would need to “bear with” anyone is because they do something that I do not like or approve of. We do not need to “bear with” (tolerate, endure, put up with) those who are always doing the things that please us and things that meet our approval. It is when affection is more important than imperfection that we will be able to live together in harmony in the world and in the church.

By the way, I do not think it is good to dip snuff……or smoke…or drink diet drinks…or drink too much caffeine…or eat too much…or be a couch potato….or fail to get enough exercise…or worry…or complain…or talk bad about others, but I “bear with” some who do some of these things, and I hope they can “bear with” me in any number of these and other things that they don’t necessarily like about me. Of course, if we do not want to “bear with,” then I guess we will just have to “bail out.” But then we will miss…the kiss. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
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What A Blind Man Saw

THREE THINGS THAT A BLIND MAN SAW

Introduction: Read John 9:1-7

1. These verses records one of the signs or miracles that John wrote in his book so that people would believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Jn. 20:30-31).
2. A man who had been born blind was given his sight. He began to see things he had never saw before…people, flowers, sun, moon, stars etc. Things we take for granted, but he had never seen before.
3. But in this study I want to point out some things that he saw about God on this occasion, that perhaps he had never seen before.
4. He “saw” that Jesus extends grace, expects faith, and rewards obedience.
5. Notice first how Jesus “extends grace” (unmerited favor) to this man:
a. John 9:1 says: “Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.”
b. Jesus simply “saw” him. Jesus did not owe him his sight. He had not earned it from Jesus.
   He had done nothing to deserve it. It was simply and solely an act of “grace” from Jesus.
6. Notice second, how Jesus “expected faith” from the blind man.
a. Jesus spit on the ground, made mud from the spit, anointed his eyes and told him to: “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (Jn. 9:7a).
b. And Jesus expected the blind man to believe what He told him. He expected him to have faith.
7. Notice third, that Jesus “rewarded him for his obedience.”
a. The text says: “So he went and washed and came back seeing” (Jn. 9:7b).
b. The blind man was rewarded with his sight. He “came back seeing.”
8. What the blind man saw illustrates THREE THINGS GOD HAS ALWAYS DONE IN DEALING WITH MAN. God has always:
a. Extended Grace
b. Expected Faith
c. Rewarded Obedience
9. God did not just start this with this blind man or even with Jesus coming to the earth, but these are things He has always done.

Body:

I. ADAM AND EVE

A. God “extended grace” (unmerited favor) to them.
1. Man did not deserve to be created in God’s image (Gen. 1:27).
2. He did not earn the right to be given dominion over all (Gen. 1:26).
3. God did not owe it to him to “bless” him (Gen. 1:28).
4. He did not deserve to be in put in the “garden” where he had everything he needed to have an abundant life (Gen. 2:15).
5. These were all acts of grace.

B. God “expected faith” from man.
1. He told man to “be fruitful” and have dominion over the earth.
2. He told him to “tend and keep” the garden (Gen. 2:15).
3. He expected man to trust Him and told him not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:15-16).

C. God “rewarded man’s obedience.”
1. As long as man obeyed God he was rewarded.
2. God continued to bless him with all that he needed for happiness on earth.
3. It was only when man disobeyed that he was driven from the garden (Gen. 3:1-24).
GOD HAS ALWAYS EXTENDED GRACE, EXPECTED FAITH, AND REWARDED OBEDIENCE.

II. NOAH

A. God “extended grace” to Noah.
1. Genesis 1-9 records the presence, progress, and punishment for sin.
2. God decided to destroy man because of his wickedness (Gen. 6:5-7).
3. But Noah “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Gen. 6:8). This proves that Noah did not deserve to be saved from the flood. God did not owe it to him and Noah had not earned it. Noah was himself a sinner.

B. God “expected faith” from Noah.
1. God told him what to do and expected Noah to believe it (Gen. 6:13-21).
2. Noah had the faith God expected. “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” (Heb. 11:7).

C. God “rewarded him for his obedience.”
1. Noah did what God commanded him to do (Gen. 6:22).
2. God saved Noah and his household because of he “prepared an ark for the   saving of his household” (Heb. 11:7).
 3.He also declared Noah an “heir of righteousness,” because of his faith” (Heb. 11:7).
GOD HAS ALWAYS EXTENDED GRACE, EXPECTED FAITH, AND REWARDED OBEDIENCE.

III. OUR SALVATION TODAY

A. God has “extended grace” to us.
1. We are saved by grace. God does not owe us salvation. We do not earn it. We do not deserve it (Acts 15:11). Salvation is totally and completely by the “grace” of God.
2. It was because of God’s grace that He sent His Son to die (Heb. 2:9)
3. It was “grace” (unmerited favor) that caused Jesus to come (2 Cor. 8:9).

B. God “expects faith” from us.
1.  It is by grace “through faith” Eph. 2:8.
2.  We are to “believe on the Lord Jesus” (Acts 16:31).

C. God “rewards” our obedience.
1. He “rewards” those who seek Him (Heb. 11:6).
2. David said concerning God’s words:“More to be desired are they than gold,Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward” (Ps. 19:9-11).
3. God “rewards” those who trust in Jesus with “forgiveness of sins” as well as every “spiritual blessing” (Acts 13:38-39; Eph. 1:3).
GOD HAS ALWAYS EXTENDED GRACE, EXPECTED FAITH, AND REWARDED OBEDIENCE.

Conclusion: When we see what this “blind man saw” we will be blessed as he was blessed. But we must understand, as he did, that when God tells us to obey Him, He is simply seeking to bless us… not burden us. He is seeking to enable us…not disable us. God extends His grace to you today. Jesus told the blind man to “go wash in the pool of Siloam.” He went; he washed, and came back seeing. Today He says that those who believe and are baptized will be saved and given spiritual sight (salvation) (Mk. 16:15-16).  GOD HAS ALWAYS EXTENDED GRACE, EXPECTED FAITH, AND REWARDED OBEDIENCE.

Invitation song: Amazing Grace….that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost, but now I’m found….was blind but now I see.

Wayne Dunaway
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My Book on Heaven

                             Heaven: Where Few…Are Many!

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ABOUT THE BOOK
The hope of Heaven is an “anchor for the soul” that holds us in place during the storms of life. This hope is both “sure and steadfast” (Heb. 6:19-20). We can be certain that we are going to Heaven. We can be convinced that our relatives and friends are going. We can be comforted in knowing that our loved ones who have “gone on” will be there with us forever. We can be challenged to teach others why they should desire to go. This book teaches us:
Why we can go!
How we can know!
What blessings will flow!
We do not have to be correct about all that Jesus taught, but we must all connect with the salvation that Jesus brought. It is my prayer that this book will help us “greatly rejoice” more than ever before and realize that the “few” who are going to Heaven are actually “many.”
Why can we go? Jesus is the reason (and the only reason) that any of us are going to Heaven. How can we know? Because of what Jesus has said and done. What blessings will flow to those in Heaven? We will just have to be there with Jesus to really find out, but there are some suggestions in this book. Things such as: Rewards, Responsibility, and Rejoicing. Jesus will be Glorified, Relatives will be Recognized, and Reunion will be Realized.
Subjects covered are:
Will only a few people go to Heaven?
Can “few” be “many”?
Does God mean what He says about who is going to Heaven?
Can God extend clemency to some if He pleases?
Can Jesus judge people based on what they would have done if their circumstances had been different?
Can Jesus let one go to Heaven if he prepares his heart to seek God, even though he does things contrary to what God has written?
Should Christians fear the Judgment Day?
Will believers be judged for their sins?
When I get to Heaven will I be me?
Will I recognize my relatives and friends?
Will all earthly relationships be dissolved in Heaven?
Will there be sex in Heaven?
Will there be rewards for Christian service?
What are the rewards?
What will we do in Heaven?
Will a righteous person just barely make it to Heaven?
Explore these and other questions that many believers have always wondered about—and some still do!
Comments from those who have read the book:
“I haven’t seen anything in print like this wonderful book.”  Ray Hawk,  Jackson, Tn.
I have probably averaged reading 75 to 100 books a year for over 40 years. This is one of the best books I have ever read.”  Dr. Dallas Burdette, Montgomery, Al.
“…outside of the Bible, “Heaven Where Few Are Many,” is the best book I’ve ever read on the subject.” Richard O’Connor  Oxford, Al.
“The book is very well done. I believe this book would make a good classbook or small group discussion…or a good devotional book.” John Dobbs, Monroe, La.
I just finished reading chapters 3, 4 and 5. Holy mackerel! Talk about a tremendously clear explanation of one of the more common misunderstandings about Judgment. It sure cleared up some I had, and as you point out, as have many believers, even in the ministry. Every believer needs to read your words, in my opinion. Jim Burkart, Tallassee, Al

What Do We See When Nothing Is There?

WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN THERE IS NOTHING THERE?  
Introduction: Matthew 28:5-6
1. When the women came to the tomb looking for the body of Jesus, they were told by an angel, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come see the place where the Lord lay.”
2. They came to see His body, but there was nothing there. There was a place, but not a person. There was a grave, but the Lord was gone.
3. The men on the road to Emmaus said, “And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they DID NOT SEE(Lk. 24:24).
4. But what did they see when there was nothing to see? John answers, “Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he SAW ANDBELIEVED” (Jn. 20:9).
5. What did they see when there was nothing to see?  The Bible says “he saw.” But what did he see? Nothing! He saw nothing “and believed.” Believed what? He believed in the resurrection.
6. In the resurrection we SEE:
           
1)  PROOF
2)  PARDON
3)  POWER
Body:
I.  PROOF     
A.  First, we SEE proof that Jesus is the Son of God. He was “declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Rom. 1:4).
B. Jesus showed Himself alive to His apostles after His death by many infallible proofs (Acts 1:1-3). He “presented Himself alive after His suffering.”
C. The resurrection of Christ is a fundamental fact that we must keep in mind if we are saved (1 Cor. 15:1-4).  
D. The first sermon under the Great Commission was almost entirely devoted to the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:22-36). Note: “God raised up” (24); “raise up the Christ” (30); “the resurrection of the Christ” (31); “this Jesus God raised up” (32).
E   Our very salvation depends on our faith in the resurrection of Christ (Rom. 10:9). Baptism has meaning only as it relates to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Peter 3:21).
II.  PARDON
A.  Not only do we see proof that Jesus is His Son, but we also SEE how He  pardon provided by the Son (Acts 13:37-39).
B.  He was raised because of our justification (Rom. 4:25).
C.  He died and was raised to make intercession for us (Romans 8:34).
D.  Thus, we are to preach Christ crucified, the power and wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:23-24). He became for us righteousness, sanctification and redemption (1 Cor. 1:30).
E. The Christians in the New Testament emphasized Christ and what He has done, THEN they told people how to respond.  In much of our preaching today we emphasize how to respond and sometimes hardly mention Christ as the sin offering. And because of this we have some people converted to a system rather than a Savior, rules rather than a Redeemer, and a plan rather than a Man. But it is His death, burial and resurrection for our sins that saves (1 Cor. 15:1-4). 
F. That is the reason the early church preached Christ (Acts 2:22-36; 3:12-26; 7:2-53; 8:5,35; 10:34-43; 13:13-47; 16:30-34;17:22-31; 20:17-35; 26:2-23; 28:30-31; 1 Cor. 2:1-5; Gal. 3:1).
e. Our obedience must be based our trust in Christ as the offering for sin, then all we do is worthless, useless, and vain– no matter what we do or how many times we do it!
III. POWER
A. Not only do we see proof that Jesus is the Son of God, and pardon through the Son, but we also SEE that He provides power from the Son.
In Philippians 3:10, Paul wrote, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,” notice that he longed for a:
                        1. Personal experience with Christ.
a)  Note that he said that “I” might know Him.  Not that someone else may know Him but that “I” might “know Him.”
b) Of course Paul already knew the words he wrote to Timothy (2 Tim. 1:12).
c)  But according to this text he wanted to know Him better, more intimately, and in a deeper and even more meaningful relationship.
2.  Powerful experience with Christ.
a)  Note: “That I might know Him and the power of His resurrection.”
b)  That is, he wanted to know, to realize, to comprehend, and to grasp the power available by and through the resurrection of Christ.
c)  Paul prayed that the Ephesians “might know…what is the exceeding  greatness of His power to us who believe according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead”  (Eph. 1:18-20).
d)  Observe please, that “his power to us who believe” is “according to the  working of His mighty power which raised Christ from the dead” (Eph. 1:20).
e)  This assures us that the same power that works with us (Mk. 16:20) is the power that works: for us: (Rom. 8:31) and in us(Eph. 3:20);  and is the power that saves us (Rom. 1:16) ; and strengthens us (Phil. 4:13) and secures us (1 Peter 1:5). 
f)  The gospel does not come in “word only” but also “in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance” (1 Thess. 1:5).
Conclusion:
 WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN THERE IS NOTHING THERE? We SEE proof that He is the Son, we SEE pardon through the Son, and we SEE powerfrom the Son.  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Eph. 3:20-21).
Wayne Dunaway
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Resurrection Power

The Power of His Resurrection

Introduction: Phil. 3:10 “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”

A. The theme of the book of Philippians is “the joy of faith” (Phil. 1:25).
B. When I think about the book of Philippians, I think about the statement: “IF CHRIST IS OUR CHOICE THEN OUR SOULS CAN REJOICE.”
C. The book emphasizes the joy of:

1) Our faith in Christ (Phil. 1:25, 27)

a. “…joy in the faith,”(Phil 1:25).
b. …. I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel (Phil 1:27).

2) Our fellowship in Christ (Phil. 1:5; 2:1)

a. “for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,” (Phil 1:5).
b. “…, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,” (Phil 2:1).

3) Our future with Christ (Phil. 3:9-11, 20-21)

a.“…I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Phil. 3:9-11).
b. “But our citizenship is in heaven.…” (Phil 3:20-21).

D. In chapter 3:1-11 Paul contrasts his past performance with His present position.
E. His conclusion was that he had “no confidence in the flesh.” That is, he had no confidence in what he did (Phil. 3:3 NCV).
F. His confidence was in what Christ had done, is doing, and will do for him (Phil. 3:9-11).
G. In this study we will observe three important reasons why so much attention is given to the resurrection of Christ in the Bible. Namely to:

1) PROVE the FACT
2) PROCLAIM our FORGIVENESS
3) PROVIDE a FORCE

Body:

I. TO PROVE THE FACT

1. One reason there is so much said about the resurrection is to prove the fact.
2. Jesus showed Himself alive to His apostles after His death by many infallible proofs (Acts 1:1-3). “…he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive …”
3. The resurrection of Christ is a fundamental fact that we must keep in mind if we are to be saved (1 Cor. 15:1-4). “By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. … For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
4. The first sermon under the Great Commission was almost entirely devoted to the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:22-36).
5. The resurrection is how God declared Christ to be His Son with power (Rom.1:4). “and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.”
6. Our very salvation depends on our faith in the resurrection of Christ (Rom.10:9-10). “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
7. Baptism has meaning only as it relates to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Peter 3:21), “and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,”

II. TO PROCLAIM OUR FORGIVENESS

1. Not only is the resurrection taught to prove the fact, but also to proclaim our forgiveness (Acts 13:37-39). “But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay. “Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.”
2. He was raised because of our justification (Rom. 4:25). “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
3. He died and was raised to make intercession for us (Rom. 8:34;Heb. 7:25).

a. “Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34).
b. “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:25).

4. Thus, we are to preach Christ crucified, the power and wisdom of God: “but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:23-24).
5. He became for us righteousness, sanctification and redemption “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).
6. It is important to note that there are no sermons in the New Testament devoted exclusively to faith, or repentance, or confession, or baptism.
7. The Christians in the Bible emphasized Christ and what he has done, then they told people how to respond. In much of our preaching today we emphasize how to respond and sometimes hardly mention Christ as the sin offering.
8. And because of this, we have some people converted to a system rather than a Savior; rules rather than a Redeemer, and a plan rather than a Man. God has a system, rules, and a plan, but they are important only as they relate to Jesus and our trust in His finished work at Calvary.
9. But it is His death, burial and resurrection for our sins that saves “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
10. That is the reason the early church preached Christ (Acts 2:22-36; 3:12-26; 7:2-53; 8:5,35; 10:34-43; 13:13-47; 16:30-34;17:22-31; 20:17-35; 26:2-23; 28:30-31; 1 Cor. 2:1-5; Gal. 3:1).
11. If they preached about faith, it was only as it related to Christ (Acts 16:31); “They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

a. If they preached repentance, it was in the name of Christ (Luke 24:46-47; Acts 2:38).
b. If they preached confession, it was a confession of Christ as Lord (Rom.10:9-10).
c. If they preached baptism, it was only as it related to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Rom. 6:3-6; Col. 2:12).

12. Therefore, if our obedience is not as a result of our total and complete trust in Christ as the offering for sin, then all we do is worthless, useless and vain.

III. TO PROVIDE A FORCE

1. Not only is preaching about the resurrection to prove the fact, and proclaim forgiveness, but it is also to provide a force.
2. In our text (Phil. 3:10), “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,” notice that Paul longed for a:

A. Personal experience with Christ.

a) Note that he said that “I” might know Him. Not that Peter, James, John or Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, or Malachi, but that “I” might know Him.”
b) Of course Paul already knew the words he wrote to Timothy “I know whom I have believed” (2 Tim. 1:12).
c) But, according to Philippians 3:10, he wanted to know Him better, more intimately, and in a deeper and even more meaningful relationship.

B. Powerful experience with Christ

a) Note: “That I might know Him and the power of His resurrection.”
b) That is, he wanted to know, to realize, to comprehend, and to grasp the power available by and through the resurrection of Christ.
c) Paul prayed that the Ephesians “might know…what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us who believe according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead” (Eph. 1:18-20).
d) Observe please, that “his power to us who believe” is “according to the working of His mighty power which raised Christ from the dead” (Eph. 1:20).
e) This assures us that the same power that works with us (Mk. 16:20) is the power that:

1) Works for us (Rom. 8:31); What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
2) Works in us (Eph. 3:20) Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…
3) Saves us (Rom. 1:16), I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
4) Strengthens us (Phil. 4:13) I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
5) Secures us (1 Peter 1:5). who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

f) The gospel does not come in “word only” but also “in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance” (1 Thess. 1:5).

Conclusion:

A. The preaching of the resurrection of the Lord was not just to prove the fact, and to proclaim our forgiveness, but also to provide a force in our lives (i.e. the power of the resurrected and living Lord).
B. It was, and is, designed to provide the personal touch of a living and active Lord in our lives. A touch designed to cause us to trust Him who said, “I am who lives, and was dead, and behold I am alive forever, AMEN” (Rev. 1:17-18).

Wayne Dunaway
http://www.gandpministries.org

Just As I Am: Married, Divorced and Remarried

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JUST AS I AM: MARRIED, DIVORCED AND REMARRIED

Book Summary

This book is written primarily for those who have been married, divorced and remarried and have come to Jesus for salvation. Many of you have suffered enough guilt, rejection and/or suspicion because a previous marriage did not work out and you have started over in a new marriage relationship. It is time for healing. It is time to focus on God’s grace, mercy and peace. It is time to move on. God wants to give you peace of mind and lasting assurance and this book will prove it. Jesus, the great “I AM,” accepts us just as we are—even if we are “married, divorced and remarried.”

This book covers a variety of timely subjects such as: What is marriage? What is meant by the two shall become “one flesh?” Is divorcing a mate always wrong? What does the Bible teach about divorce and remarriage? Are those divorced “still married” in God’s sight? What is “adultery?” How does God join a couple in marriage? Who can marry? Can one “live in adultery?” What about abusive relationships? Does a deserted believer have to stay single? Can the guilty party remarry? What about refusing to baptize/fellowship those divorced and remarried? Must couples who have been divorced and remarried in the past, divorce their present mates and live single for the rest of their lives in order to go to Heaven? What about preachers telling a couple who have been married for over eighteen years with two teenage children that they must divorce?

These and other questions are answered in this book—Just As I Am…Married, Divorced and Remarried.

Comments from others who have read the book:

From Alabama:

You have really covered all the bases – the great thing about it, other than the fact that it’s biblical and well studied and presented, is the fact that the average person (like the two I’ve been talking to this week) will be able to read and understand! Too many of these books “Greek and Hebrew” the reader to death and leave them with more questions than answers!

I’m loving your book. I’m nearly finished with it and will recommend it to my church family this coming Sunday.

The book was a great insight to me. I am a Christian and my husband left me back in September. I was questioning my faith and my preacher gave me your book to read. It really helped open my eyes. Thank you for writing it.

“Wonderful book and is so easy to understand—so plain and simple—if people will just read it!”
Thanks so much, Wayne! Great book, wonderful read! I already shared my copy and am sure your book will touch many hearts!

I have found this book to be something that I believe the brotherhood really needs. In the church today, we are lacking Biblical teaching on the subject of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. The real truth in your book would allow more individuals to be led to the Lord as well as help those who have been hurt, abused and misused in the Lord’s Church to come back home.

From Tennessee:

“This is the best I’ve ever seen!!! There is Grace and Forgiveness for anyone!!”

From Mississippi

“I got it and read it from cover to cover!! I can tell you have done your homework, there were some things I had never thought about before. Right now I am reading it again. I hurt so much for people in these situations and you have caused me to re-think on some things. I would say it is a very good book, very thought provoking.”

From Florida;

I read your book in two sittings. Learned more about the MDR issue than I have in my entire 57 years. Makes so much more sense than the way I was taught. Love you so much for having the courage to write a book like this.

I would like to thank you for writing what I feel is the best book on the subject MDR that I’ve read and I’ve read a number of them. I found it to be the most simplistic and logical but thorough approach to understanding the teaching of God’s idea of marriage and divorce…. I also feel that after reading the book I have a better understanding of the teachings of Jesus in the book of Matthew.

From Illinois

Your Book: Just As I Am, Married, Divorced and Remarried was very refreshing to me. Having been married, divorced and remarried I have run the gamut of opinions on the topic. My wife and I were told that we were living in sin. When asked how we should correct it, we were informed by some to separate and not live together.

From South Carolina

You make great points and do it in a way that even the “haters” should not complain. This was a long time coming. Wish I’d had it years ago to show my dad. Oh well….. You did a good thing by writing this book, Wayne. With this book, you are removing much guilt….Thanks again for writing it.

Wayne Dunaway has been a serious student of the Bible for over forty-four years. He is a Preacher, Motivational Speaker, Humorist, and Author. His books include A Journey with Jonah, The Lord’s Friend in a Lion’s Den, and Heaven: Where Few…Are Many. He has a unique way of speaking and writing which will be evident when you read his books.

Wayne can be contacted at: waynedunaway@gmail.com or Ph. 256-624-6024

G.M.C–Grace Motivated Christians

Some people go down the road driving a truck or SUV with the following letters on the front: GMC. This is a product of the General Motors Company. Mature believers are driven down the road of life because they are GMC. That is, they are Grace Motivated Christians!

The gospel of grace is fabulous news. Paul was sent “to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). He wrote, “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:1-2). We are justified people because we stand in a state of grace. When we recognize how great His grace is for us, we will be able to realize what His grace does in us. Those who serve God best are those who appreciate His grace the most. Hear the words of Paul: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Cor. 15:10). Grace causes us to work and  work hardest when we are Grace Motivated Christians!

His grace helps to build us up! In Acts 20:32 Paul said: “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” God’s grace toward us is designed to motivate and strengthen us in living a certain way. Grace is not “cheap” but it is “deep.” God’s grace can draw the best out of us because it creates “awe” in us. The grace that reaches us is grace that teaches us. Titus 2:11-12 tells us that the grace of God teaches us to live godly grace-filled lives: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared unto all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present age.” The grace that sought us and brought us has taught us to live right because we are Grace Motivated Christians!

This is what we find over and over in the New Testament. God saves, we serve. God rescues, we respond. God supplies the spiritual wealth (Eph. 1-3) which leads to a spontaneous walk (Eph. 4-6). God’s grace reached down to us, which causes us to reach up to Him and out to others. The wealth that Paul describes in Ephesians chapters 1-3 leads us “to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:1-3). Grace motivates us to move which helps us to improve. All believers may not drive down the highway in a GMC truck or SUV…but some of us are driven by God’s grace to seek to be all that we can be…Grace Motivated Christians!!! Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15) and His amazing grace.

Wayne Dunaway
https://gandpministries.wordpress.com/