These are my raw notes of Paul Washer’s first presentation from the 2011 Christian Life Conference. A powerful word of the Gospel. Paul lays out the truth that the Biblical foundation of the family is simply and wonderfully this – the Gospel.
In the world we see much that is twisted, but what we have seen here is that all beauty originates from Jesus and the Gospel – we see the death of beauty when we see the a society forgetting Jesus
Want to talk about the Cross of Christ – we must understand - we are a people who have been regenerated by the spirit and governed by Jesus – the greatest need of fathers, mothers and children is first and foremost the gospel – this must consume you – the only way you can be a proper husband, wife, mother father, child is if you are a disciple of Jesus
Principle apart from the Gospel is death
Duet 6 is empty without the Gospel, Eph 5 is empty without the Gospel – how many times do we have to preach the Gospel? How can we constantly wash our family with the Gospel? There are many who study things in the Scripture, but on the 2nd coming, you are going to understand everything about the about the 2nd coming, but you will just be starting to understand the Gospel – we are just scratching the surface – we need a deeper understanding of the Gospel
Charles Spurgeon – no matter what text he took, he took the course of the Gospel
Have you ever thought about Heaven? The materialistic view of physical utopia where you get all you want and nothing is bad – ponder, how long can you swing on a gate of pearl until it gets boring – there must be something greater than that – what is Heaven? Eternal life is that you might know God, and the greatest revelation is the Gospel of Jesus – spending an eternity tracking down the glory of God in the wonder of Jesus – and at the end of the day, you think it can get greater, you go on from there learning more and more – everyone wants to go to heaven, but they don’t want God to be there when they get there – we go from glory to glory in the person of God in the person of the Son
Doesn’t think of rules or regulations – the Gospel should control us
2 Cor 5:21
There is enough truth and glory in this passage to propel the regenerated heart into an eternity of devotion – He was made sin, to bear our sin,
What does it mean? He knew no sin – of all the things we have read about Jesus, nothing is more amazing – there has never been one moment in your life that you loved God as He ought to be loved – not one moment – piety, prayers, generosity, sacrifice – not one moment that you loved God as He should have been loved. But Jesus? There was never a time when he didn’t love God as he ought to have been loved – Jesus never missed the mark – He knew no sin
He became sin – this is a dangerous text – what does it mean to say “He was made sin?” – did His nature become corrupt and twisted? The answer was for us to become the righteousness of God
Forensic righteousness – Legal righteousness
The moment a person comes to faith he is declared righteous – not that we are righteous and sinless – and so, the moment we believed in Jesus, God declared us to be legally right with Him and He treated us as such – He has declared us right, and treats us right with Him – this is just the abounding grace of God – through Jesus we are legally declared right with Him
What does that have to do with Jesus being made sin? His nature was not corrupt on the Cross, even there He was the spotless lamb of God – but when He was in the Cross, the sin of God’s people was imputed on Him – God treated Him as that which we should have been treated – the full cup of God’s wrath should have been given to us – but Jesus stood in our place, He was treated as we should have been treated
It was imputed sin, but it was real sin – how can you and I know anything about the feeling and darkness of sin being thrown down on the head of a perfect being – because we were born in sin
Illustration – a young lady protected from all harm, but then you go to witness to the prostitutes – and you are thrown into a police car with the prostitutes – you are so ashamed, you feel soiled, you feel denigrated, you can’t stand the filth, and they throw you into the prison – you sit in a corner crushed into a million pieces – you want to die – that doesn’t even begin to tell the story of the Cross – we take in the filth of the world for breakfast, and yet Jesus knew no sin – and our sin was placed upon Him.
Jesus bore our sin – but here is something else, when He was on the tree, He bore our curse (Gal 3:10) – you were so vile before a holy God that the last thing you would have heard as you took the first step into hell is all of Creation applauding because He had rid the earth of us – this is not because God is evil, this happens because God is good – and we are not – what s He going to do with us?
We have no clue of what we are until we go to the biblical standard
Example – What Christians would feel free to wear to the beach today, 60 or 70 years ago, the secular authorities would have arrested them for breaking the law or would have placed them in an institution for mental disorder – we cannot compare ourselves with society, only with the Word
Let’s talk about blessing – from the Beatitudes – but let us turn that upside down – look not at the list from the position of the blessed, but invert it from the view of the cursed – we were the cursed, but in Jesus we are blessed – every time we acknowledge we are blessed is because Jesus bore our curse
God cannot bless the sinner unless someone has stood in his place and satisfied the penalty we deserved – for someone to be blessed by God someone must have been cursed – there is a beauty to being blessed, but it is a mourning beauty – we are blessed because He was cursed – everything we have in our lives is possible because He was cursed – nothing should be good – it should all be grey and nothing good should happen – anything that is good is only because of the mediation of the Lord Jesus
Paul was once asked, “What was the greatest sin?” His answer, “The moon walk.” Why? Because we are so depraved that we should have not been able to do that. The only way we were able to do it was because of the Gospel of Christ. And yet, we didn’t give Him glory.
We deserve the curses of Mount Ebal (Deut 27-28). But none of those curses fall upon the Christian because they fell upon Jesus. As Jesus was on the cross, He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” A that moment, God the Father replied, “God, Your God, damns you!” The curses of Mount Ebal fell upon Jesus on that day! The curse that should have fallen on our head fell upon the Son of God.
We were born estranged from God – born separated from Him – how can we know the pain of being separated from Him? But the Father and the Son? In bliss from eternity past? The Father, Son, and Spirit, lived in everlasting bliss. But on that Tree? On the Cross? The Father and the Son were separated by our sin.
The only covenant keeper was singled out to bear sins that were not His own.
Numbers 6:23-26 – this presents a great problem – how can God grant favor on Israel when His justice demands there death – Jesus took the opposite of this in His death
The wrath of God – in the Garden, some have said incredible atrocities – some have said that Jesus was afraid of Satan, others that he was afraid of the pain, not at all. The martyrs of the first three centuries went to their death singing hymns. How could this be when Jesus is said to have coward in the Garden? But Jesus was not concerned about the physical pain. What was in the cup? Psalm 75:8, Jeremiah 25:15-16. The cup was full of the wrath of Almighty God – most believe that when Jesus was on the Cross, God looked down at the suffering inflicted on Jesus by the Hands of the Romans, God found that sufficient and He turned away in horror – this is heresy. If we are saved, it is not because of what the Romans did, but what the Father did to the Son – there was no twisted joy, but was the plan of redemption being fulfilled – we should die under the wrath of God – Heaven is Heaven because God is there – Hell is Hell because God is there – to save you, someone had to die in our place – God must be just in His love, He must satisfy His justice in His love
The Gospel doesn’t begin with man, it begins with God – and God is just – justice must be satisfied, or justice will satisfy itself in the eternal torment of wicked men
John Flavel (1627–1691)…
The Father speaks. “My Son, here is a company of poor, miserable souls that have utterly undone themselves and now lay open to my justice. Justice demands satisfaction for them, or will satisfy itself in the eternal ruin of them.”
The Son responds. “Oh my Father. Such is my love to and pity for them, that rather then they shall perish eternally I will be responsible for them as their guarantee. Bring in all thy bills, that I may see what they owe thee. Bring them all in, that there be no after-reckonings with them. At my hands shall thou require it. I would rather choose to suffer the wrath that is theirs then they should suffer it. Upon me, my Father, upon me be all their debt.”
The Father responds. “But my Son, if thou undertake for them, thou must reckon to pay the last mite. Expect no abatement. Son, if I spare them… I will not spare you.”
The Son responds. “Content Father. Let it be so. Charge it all upon me. I am able to discharge it. And though it prove a kind of undoing to me, though it impoverish all my riches, empty all my treasures… I am content to take it.”
Do you see how free you are? Don’t you see how free you are? Oftentimes when a prisoner is pardoned, he kills himself because he got off the hook – if we got off the hook, we would have guilt – but we have been set free of our sin because of the sacrifice of Jesus – it is all gone! Every bit of it is gone! Free, free, free, free, it is gone! All the dirt, all the vomit, it is gone! And it cannot be brought to the Throne! We are free, clean! Oh God, what a joy divine!
Remember Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac (Gen 22) – take your son, your only son, whom you love, and offer him as a sacrifice – there is no fight, the boy gives himself willingly – yet at the moment of sacrifice, God intercedes! There is a ram caught in the thicket – but it was simply a picture of the work of Jesus, who was the Son, the only Son, the Son whom the Father loved
Jehovah-jireh is not our stuff – it is that the Lord has provided the Lamb! And He paid for our worst sin, and our best thought, for even our best thought does not honor God as He should be honored. How can God allow the wicked to live – Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David – how can God show mercy? He points over to Calvary
You want to know how much God hates sin, I’ll tell you! God hates sin so much that when His Son bore it He crushed Him! But on the third day, He arose, He has risen indeed – and He vindicated God the Father and the God the Father vindicated the Son. God has raised Him from the dead!
Rom 4:25 – it was God’s seal upon His cross work, the sacrifice was accepted – the one who was raised has ascended to the right hand of God – and He is the King! The nations would do well to kiss the Son because His anger flares up in a moment. Fear the Lamb.
The good news is Christ is reigning. The bad news is Christ is reigning.
What should you do with this? The Bible tells you that you are commanded by God to repent of your sins and believe the Gospel. Repentance is a change of mind – the mind is the center of your will and intellect – change it – and if it is changed everything is changed – as Saul was changed on the road to Damascus and he became Paul – his entire reality was disintegrated, everything he thought was true was wrong, and everything he thought was wrong was true! His mind changed, Jesus was not a blasphemer by the Messiah, the Son of God.
Have you repented? The sin that you love, do you now hate it? Do you now desire God and desire to follow Him? Now what must you do? Believe on the Lord Jesus and be saved – stop believing in everything else, it is not just a repentance from bad works, but also “good works.” Throw yourself upon Christ, do not trust in anything but Jesus – it is Jesus or nothing.
How do I know that I am trusting? Phil 3 – put no confidence in the flesh, boast in Jesus alone. Amen.