Naked -- Again (3:12-17)
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Naked -- Again (3:12-17)

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Nothing is hidden from God's eyes and yet He sees every believer as Holy because of Jesus. Looking for Mercy, Kindness, Humility, Gentleness, Patience, Forgiveness, and LOVE? Look to Jesus. Message from Denny Foreman. 

Maybe seated welcome everybody both ofyou here in house and those of you that are watching online. It's good to behere with you this morning and holiness is exactly where our message begins.This morning, our passage from Colossians the book that we have beenstudying for a long time clashes three twelve, and it opens likethis. Since God chose you to be the holy people, he loves what Me Holy. What do I know about holiness we? I do recall, reading revelation foreight at some point that says Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was in thepast present and future he's worthy to receive honor, glory and power. What do I know about a God so holy thatMoses drops his shoes and falls prostrate before the fiery spirit ofGod and then later on in his life hidesbehind a cleft in the rock just to watch God's shadow pass him by. I knowthat King David Sings, the fundamental truth of God's holiness in Psalm Ninetynine, when he raised when he vites Exalt, the Lord, our God and worship athis Holy Hill. For the Lord, our God is holy. What do I know about holiness God'sholiness King Esia learned just how holy God waswhen he disregarded rules about temple, worship and entered the holiest of holyrooms of the temple and was immediately struck with leprosy and Josiah was agodly king?...

What do I know about a Holy God? TheProphet I say, are describes as the Lord lifted high and exalted seated ona throne with his robe filling the temple surrounded by Seraphin. CallingHoly Holy Holy is the Lord Almighty. The whole Earth is full of his glory. What I know about a holy God think about Old Testament worship inthe tabernacle, where entrance to the inner sanctum was limited to a tiny few,where the penalties for violating access to the Tabernacle and itscontents were so severe as to result in disease or death where rituals inside the Tabernacle were so specific that improperadministration resulted in death. Now, if you weren't aware of this,perhaps it's because, like many others- and yes me- you skipped reading thebook a Lolita's along with several other old testament books and granted.It's not the easiest read well, if that's the case just flip overto the new testament times and discover the regulations surrounding the greattemple built by Herod in Jerusalem. While there were several public spacesin that temple, there were two main rooms in theJerusalem: Its at temple only accessible to a tiny view. The firstroom are the holy place, contain only three items: A minora symbolizing, the light ofGod's word, the table of show bread where twelvefresh loaves of bread were placed each week, reminding Israel of God'scontinuous provision,...

...and then there was the ever burningincense altar symbolizing prayer, but it was in the second room, the holy of holies, where the high priest sprinkled thesacrificial blood once the year on the Day of Atonementas he prayed for God to forgive the sins of the people. This room was separated from the first by a hugecurtain. I like that rumble, is that my voicesay it's very, very dramatic. Thank you yeah. So this room was separated bythis gigantic curtain, and the ancient historian Josephus tells us that thiscurtain was sixty feet, high and thirty feet wide four inches thick and so heavy. It tookthree hundred priests to manage it. It was there to keep us away from thepresence of a holy God. It was there to protect,imperfect impure man from getting too close to a holy God,and it was this curtain that on a dark Friday afternoon, according to Matthew,W thousand and seven fifty one, it was this heavy curtain thatseparated fallen unholy man from Holy God that was ripped in half from top tobottom, as Jesus dying voice cried out, it isfinished.

No longer was an earthly priest needed to beg, for our forgiveness. No longer was any one excluded from thepresence of God. No longer did sin equal death, because,while the wages of sin is death according to Romans, six twenty three gods give to us is life through Jesus.Our Lord, can I get an amen for the wages of sin is death, but thefree gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ. Our Lord Yeahwe've been studying Paul's letter to the Colossos for a bunch of weeks now and it's possible that we may haveforgotten. The Paul was writing to a church in Colossa, because falseteachings had started to penetrate the believers. While these teachings have Latido nameslike Gnosticism and asceticism, let me simplify some of the things that werebeing taught. One was that the church needed toobserve all the trappings of Old Testament worship. There was also this idea that you hadto have kind of special secret knowledge that that not everybody couldattain another thing that they were beingtaught was that the church needed to also worship, angels and otherspirits which led to the denial that JesusChrist was God and friends. These teachings are still around to day and have beenthroughout church history. If you think not. At a recent meeting,I was told by two pastors from a main...

...line congregation that there are many ways to come to God.There are many ways to come to the light. No folks, when that temple curtain wastorn by the force of God's grace, it was an open invitation to enter thepresence of His Holiness. After many centuries, God had given human kind, agreat gift, Jesus, the sacrificial lamb of God, and now any one could enter God'spresence by way of Jesus blood shed to pay thewages of sin. The wages of our sin of my sin. At the moment we accept Jesus as oursaviour, just like Pat Paster Kevin, illustrated last week. There's hisdirty remnant of last week's sermon, Pastor, Kevin's sid nature there infull display for us to see okay, not really, but it is the dirty shirtillustrating a sin. Nature that had been put to death when we recognized our sinful cells andwe desperately needing needed cleanse. We turned to Jesus our old dirty clothes were removed andKevin reminded us from Colossus. Three one o three since you have been raised to life tonew life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of Heaven where Christsits on the place of honor at the father's right hand. Think about thethings of Heaven, not the things of the earth, for you died to this life andyour real life is hidden with Christ in...

God so gang this morning. My message isreally a continuation of Kevin's or, if you will part to his sermon, was all about removing old,sinful clothes. Our sinful nature and desires years ago, on October, the lastSunday night in October, nineteen, seventy four on room, five undred oneright in front of the overlooked golf course I put my head on my steeringwheel and said Jesus. I need you, I'm a sinner. I repented of my sins and asked Jesusto cleanse me and wash me in his blood. Just like Kevin did so. I'm calling my sermon my message. Mylittle talk whatever we want to call this. I was a a little nervous callingat a sermon anyhow, I'm calling this naked again, because that's where we'restarting with that title, aren't you glad I just removed my shirt, but hereI am figuratively naked before God. He reminds us in Hebrews for thirteen,nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed beforehis eyes and he is the one to whom were accountable. So, let's pick up where Kevin left offlast week with Clausen's three eleven and consider the opening words of versetwelve, because this morning I have some incredible news for you, since Godchose you to be the holy people he...

...loves, which brings us right back towhere I open this morning. Since God chose you, since God shows usto be the holy people, he loves. As believers we had been chosen setapart for special juice, and I just realized that this is kind of shamelessproduct placement for Dallas Jenkes and that wasn't the game plan here. Anyhow,I want to just take a moment for you to grasp that new news. You were chosenand from God's perspective, from God's perspective, you are holy.Let me repeat that, from God's perspective, Your Holy earlier I pointed to that shirt andcalled it Kevin Sin, and now my sin, nature. That was from a human perspective. I can guarantee you that since I becomea Christian all too often, I still think of myself as my old self, and I know for a fact thatmany of my friends, both Christian and non, continued to look at me from thatperspective, they're, quick, to remind me just howrotten I am, and I don't really need their judgment because I bring it onmyself all the time. Judging me now, I don't know about you, but when I think of my relationshipwith God, I know that I'm saved no question. I know that I'm loved. I know that I am known by him, but when I consider all my failures,...

...all those many many many failures when I consider my arrogance, the lack of purity, the lies, I told and the masks I warn or where, when I consider the dirt, I can tell you that I rarely okay.Let's be honest, I never think of myself as being holy. If you are abeliever this morning, if you have invited Jesus Christ intoyour heart and accepted him as your saviour holiness, my friend is in your DNA. You and me we were created in the image of God and he's called us to be holy priests according to firstPeter, two, nine you see from the very dawn ofcivilization. Our original parents, Alamani were pure a sense. They were holy, they had to be to stand in the presenceof their creator, yet not only did Adam and he stand inthe presence of Creator. God they walked with him. They conversed with him. They werefriends, they were family, naked and unashamed holy and that exactly what the enemy robbed them of. This is exactly what our original parents traded for abite of sin for a bit of self indulgence...

...and beginning in Genesis. Threefourteen. We see the chasm between Holy God and fallen man. The Earth is cursed,as is the animal kingdom. The relationship between men and women isdestroyed and wow. Are we seeing the results of that to day toil work, war, disease, meaninglessness, death, the great gulf between a holy God and afallen man? One of the saddest verses in all thescripture to me is Adam speaking in three nine, where this man, who was specifically createdin God's image, to be pure and holy like his father, who lived in communionwith his father, God hides and says yeah. I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked and there Adam stands coweringshivering in his nagged and trying to cover himself withfoliage oaks. I want to be naked again. I want to be free standing in the presence of a HolyFather, embraced in his love and hearing him say o to see you denny good, to see your son come talk to me. Come embrace what I intended for youall along. Let me cover you with my holiness...

...life, as God, intended from Holy God's perspective. We believers are a holy people, a holy priesthood. However, we're also told to be holymany many times throughout scripture. Far Too many times for me to have alist on the on the screen here: Levitic Leviticus, eleven, forty fourand forty five, for instance, our first peer one fourteen through sixteen,where the apostle encourages believers by reminding them that God is holy andthey should be holy because God is holy. I might get into a little of hot waterhere, but I here we go. Remember though I said Paul wasteaching the Colossians, because false teachingswere abounding in that particular congregation. One of those teachings was that ofasceticism or denying ourselves specifically of pleasures, giving upthings sort of punishing ourselves of any kind of pleasure. We become morespecial, more wholly than anyone else. So let's talk about the not too distantpast. I grew up in Lancaster County. The Bible Bell. I also lived in SouthCarolina, which is considers itself the Bible Belt and no by the way. So it isIndiana when I lived there. So I'm covered three different Bible belts. Ijust want you to know that, but growing up each summer and fallhere in Lancaster County, there were...

...lots of evangelistic meetings, tentrevivals, complete with sawdust trails leading to an altar with evangelistnamed Sunday or junior, or something equally chummy. People held paper fansthat were painted with pictures of the Good Shepherd and each night frongs of people wouldwalk to the front of the altar while singing the eleventh verse of just as Iam which, by the way is a hymn. I still love now. I know that all that soundskind of very snarky and sarcastic, but what I left out was that theunderscoring message was this: As you're coming to Jesus and againthis false teaching, as you're coming to Jesus, just be prepared to give up alot of things, because if you want to be holy, you got to stop things like smoking.Drinking gambling dressing certain ways burn your rockand roll albums. I still wish I had my old metallica albums, but that'sanother story. Toss out red shoes or dresses, stop playing, pool, stopplaying cards seriously. I'm not kidding growing up in certain parts of America.The idea of playing billiards was sinful sinful and sent you on a fasttrack to hell. So you can imagine my shock when I wentto the student union at a Bible Believing College in the Midwest anddiscovered a pool table, I thought I'd stumbled into Gamora. There were lots of legalistic ideasthat were attached to becoming a...

Christian for a while. I attended achurch with my grandparents and I'm not joking. I heard this exact expressionbrace grace, I'm sick of hearing about grace. You have to be holy. You got toturn everything over to the Lord. Give things up, dress a certain way and e lets startgoing. Do this do this? Do this do this? This is, and then God will accept you, the irony of all that is found in evisions that reminds us that it is by grace. We are saved churches today. You know, I'm not surewhether we discussed being holy all that much and perhaps it says an overreaction to our past and are not too distant ancestors. The holiness message I heard as a youngteen wasn't about a hard attitude. It was all about giving up tangible stuff. It wasn't about God change. It wasabout me proving myself this morning. I want us to considerthis Paul gives us some explicit direction in leading a holy life, and you don't have to give up your pooltable on this one. I just want you to know that right off the bat it beginswith a statement, a command. You must close yourself. So if you had yourbibles with, you turn to classon's three twelve through seventeen andlet's read it together, I guess we're Goin to Reu through fifteen, since Godshows you to be the holy people, he loves. You must clothe yourselves withtender, hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience,...

...make allowance for each other's faults,and forgive any one who offends you. Remember the Lord forgave you. So you mustforgive others above all, clothe yourself with lovewhich binds us all together in perfect harmony and let the piece that comes fromChrist's rule in your hearts. For as members of one body, you are called tolive in peace and be thankful, it starts out with that statement. Clothe yourself and these garments put on there's intention involved, put on tender, hearted mercy, fineness, humility, yeah. I got a lot of thatgentleness patience, I'm doomed, they're all personal character traits. I wonder to my coworkers use those words todescribe me. What about my sisters at my brother? What about you guys Wot, O my nieces and nephews? Myfriends did these characteristics, kindness, Teneramente. These describe my life to these mole,my being if, as the old adage goes clothes makethe man do these garments posted by Pauldescribed me how about you, I can tell you thatthese characteristics are drastically missing in today's UNCIVIL society.

Paul can continue to cover yourselfwith these garments when interacting with others make allowances for eachother's faults and forgives. Anyone who offends you what someone who voted differently than Idid, but my puppet and while you're at itremember how important forgiveness is. Remember the Lord forgave you me, so we must forgive others. Are youkitty all this begs the question? If God sees us and from his perspective we are holy? What is the view? The World Seas asthey look at us and Paul continues when you're puttingon these garments? Above all clothe yourselves with love which not only brings harmony, it bindsus that unites us all together perfectly again, as ourneighbors see us are our lives characterized by love. Anybody ever hear this phrase love the sinner but hate. The Sin Sounds Mighty Nice, I'm afraid that alltoo often the quotation is merely a bumper sticker. If I've ever told you this story beforeI I got to watch the time here. There was for the last couple years I've beeninvited to several churches to to share my own personal journey and your prettymuch everybody here is aware of that.

Your journey, but I'm just gonna, say it again. I cameout, I get your life, see a lifestyle, and so I would be at this. Church issharing my particular journey and after the service it wasinteresting because people would come up and you know talk and chat, andusually it was the lives the husbands would kind of stand off somewhere sothat they could avoid not shaking my hand and whenever I would hear peoplesay you hate the sin, love the center and theyeah that doesn't always work out so well. Does it anyhow, that's just alittle side thing. I was on my notes, but there you go, take it or leave itanyhow. For God's perspective, he views us asholy. If we put on these garments, can you imagine what the world will see when they lookat us I'll? Tell you what they'll see believers? They will see. Believers whoare not just talking the talk. They are modeling, God's garments of love, mercy, thanksgiving kindness,gentleness paces and that's the point that is the point being called to holiness, is beingcalled for a special purpose. In fact, that's the definition of Oliness we're supposed to bear witness to God'ssaving grace in our lives. As I was preparing for this morning. Iread this, I'm not sure who said this, but here you go. There's a question.Grace preachers here a lot and it's this a if we're already holy,...

...then why does God call us to be holy well? The answer is this: He's callingus to thee, who we truly are he's saying you're, my sanctifiedchildren act like it. He who I made you to be holiness is not something we are calledupon to do in order that we may become something it's something we are to do because of what we already are. Let merepeat that it's something we are called to do because of what we alreadyare. The article goes on to say this: Are Christians truly a holy people? Arewe trying to become a holy people? As an oak sapling grows, doesn't get OAKIE OAK is oak, it's simply matures into what it is a full grown tree. You don't become an oak tree by actinglike a oak tree, nor do you become holy by acting holy. Jesus makes you holy. Your part is to mature and to what he'salready made you it's, because Jesus makes us holy thatI'm ending this morning's message with another song. The Characteristics Paul encourages us.No, he stakes that we must put on are frankly not in my real health asMichael W Smith, writes, fear and failure, pride and hatred. Jesus seeswhat I try to hide behind my goody mask...

...my Christian, I'm fine mask, but at the end of the day, even though I may try with all my mightto live up to these garments, I can't do it on my own. I have tosurrender everything I have to him. Jesus take our all and nothing less. Welay our lives at your feet. Would you please stand and sing along withMichael W Smith E.

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