“OUR KINSMAN REDEEMER!”

Ruth 2:1; 3:10-18; 4:1-10

The kinsman Redeemer: The word “Gawl” is used in Old Testament for the Redeemer as well as for Kinsman … the one who pays the debt, or the next of kin.

The case of Boaz and Ruth is a perfect example and is a beautiful type of Christ.

It comes from the Mosaic law of Redemption and pictures the coming Christ.

Leviticus 25:47-49, “And if a sojourner or stranger wax rich by thee, and thy brother that dwelleth by him wax poor, and sell himself unto the stranger or sojourner by thee, or to the stock of the stranger’s family: After that he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him: Either his uncle, or his uncle’s son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh of kin unto him of his family may redeem him; or if he be able, he may redeem himself.”

And again in Isaiah 59:20-21, “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.”

Then as you read the New Testament we find that:

Romans 11:26, “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.”

Galatians 4:5, “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED!” Conclusion!

Please read Ephesions 1:1-12 again.

God has grace for the broken hearted, for the sick and for lonely because, “HE HATH MADE US ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED”

BECAUSE OF HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD!  VERSE 7.

We are accepted in the beloved because the blood is Atoning.

Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”

The blood cleanses from all sin.

Hebrews 9:22, “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

We ought to shout because we are ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED.

Think of it: the blind, and the deaf:

The blind have never seen a sunrise or sunset, moon, stars, milky way, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, etc.

The deaf have never heard the sound of Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, etc.

We ought to shout a holy shout because WE ARE ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED.

BECAUSE OF FORGIVENESS OF SIN VERSE  7.

We are “ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED.”

If you were able to get out of bed this morning in good health, able to eat breakfast; have two eyes and ears; have two hands; two feet; say hallelujah! Not only that, but you are ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED.

I don’t understand why He loved and forgave me.

Psalms 103:3, “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Acts 5:31, “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”

Thank God we have forgiveness. Our sins are under the blood, and we are, “ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED.”

Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

“ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED!”

Ephesians 1:1-12

I will never forget the day we came to America from Germany, as a 13-year-old boy over 65 years ago. We arrived in New York harbor on June 14, 1952 and in Reno, Nevada on the 19th. As a young boy, I did not know what God had in store for me. I do remember looking at the statue of Liberty asking God that He would use me to help to keep from happening to this nation as the one I was leaving behind

For the next two days, we are going to address and think about the One who said of us:

“HE HATH MADE US ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED”

We certainly have much to cry out to God about, BUT WE MUST ALSO REALIZE THAT WE ARE ACCEPTED FOR THREE REASONS:

BECAUSE OF HIS GRACE IN VERSE 6

  • GOD’S GRACE IS NOT EARNED, BUT FREELY GIVEN.

Psalms 84:11, “For the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

We cannot earn it, because it is freely given.

Sun: Shemesh:   He is our light, a brilliant light.

Shield: Magen (maw-gane), buckler, protector-like a scaly hide of the crocodile. Defend.

In the Bible, God is often called the shield.

  1. God said to Abraham, “I am thy shield.” 15:1.
  2. God said to the Psalmist, “I will protect and defend thee.’
  • GOD’S GRACE EMPOWERS MEN FOR SERVICE.

1 Corinthians 3:10, “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.”

1 Corinthians 15:10, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon 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.”

  • GOD’S GRACE ENABLES MEN TO BE HUMBLE.

1 Peter 5:5, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Do you need His grace today?”

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“FAINT NOT!” Conclusion!

So, the key word would then be trust:

Psalm 5:11, “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”

7:1, “O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:”

9:10, “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

11:1, “In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?”

13:5, “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.”

16:1, “Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.”

18:2, “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high.”

18:30, “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.”

25:2, “O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.”

28:7, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”

31:1, “In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.”

31:6, “I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.”

31:14, “But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.”

FAINT NOT IN PRACTICE!

That is, faint not in well doing. 2 Thessalonians 3:13, “But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.”

Isaiah 40:28-31, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

FAINT NOT IN PATIENCE!

That is, faint not in chastening.

Hebrews 12: 5, “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him.”

Remember, when you come to the place of despair and lack of courage – flee go God, trust, and let God Be God in all these seven areas.

Challenge!

“FAINT NOT!” Part 2.

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

There are at least seven areas in which God requires of us to have courage and not to faint:

FAINT NOT IN PRAYER!

Don’t faint in prayer, and don’t give up. Have courage and come boldly to the throne of grace.

Luke 18: 1, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” 

FAINT NOT IN PERSEVERENCE!

In other words, have confidence in God and have courage to persevere.

Verse 1, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not.”

FAINT NOT IN PRESERVATION!

Verse 16, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”

FAINT NOT IN PREPARATION!

That is, faint not in your work and service for God.

Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Verse 9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” 

FAINT NOT IN POWER!

That is, faint not in trusting.

Ephesians 3: 13, “Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.”

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“FAINT NOT!”

2 Corinthians 4:1-18, Verses 1 & 16 text.

Comment on verses 8, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.”

Distressed means to cramp, hem in closely – from narrowness of room, etc. You are down, but not pinned down.

Despair: to be utterly at loss. Knocked down but not knocked out.

Understanding verse 8, we need to take a closer look at verses 1 & 16.

Faint: to lack in courage, lose heart, to be faint-hearted.

We will face many tribulations, but are supported in and through them all by the grace of the God.

Wakefield says about this verse, “wherefore, as we have obtained mercy, or been graciously entrusted with this ministry, we do not act wickedly, but have renounced the hidden things of dishonest……”

This is one of the effects of being entrusted with such a ministry. The word used ekkakoumen means, to turn out a coward; to lose one’s courage; more then to be faint-hearted, to faint in view of trial or difficulty.

Here it means, that by the mercy of God he was not discouraged by the difficulties he faced; his faith and zeal did not waver; he was enabled to be faithful, his courage always kept up, and his mind was filled with joy.

He was held back by no difficulties; embarrassed by no opposition; driven from his

purpose by no persecution; and his strength did not fail him. The thought of being

entrusted with such a ministry excited him; and the mercy and grace of God sustained him.

There are several promises God has given to the faint-hearted, or those that lack courage.

Somehow we have been taught that it is a terrible sin not to have a lot of courage, courage is not taught, but developed.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“THERE IS NO GOD LIKE UNTO OUR GOD!”

1 Kings 8:22-61. Read only through verse 30.

Verse 23, And he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:”

We all have reason to praise God this morning. Not only because we are entering the Spring season, but also because God is always worthy of our praise.

His name is above all, because “His name is wonderful.” “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief’s to bear…” “How great Thou art.” Why?

Because “Because there is no God like unto our God.”

HE IS GREAT BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY TOWARD US VERSE 23.

Mercy is always God’s attitude toward those who are in distress. Look at the Psalmist in 107:1-10, 13, 19, and 28.

“There is no God like unto our God!”

BECAUSE OF HIS PROTECTING HAND OVER US – HE HAS KEPT US VERSES 23-25.

No false God or idol can help in time of distress, because “My Lord knows the way through the wilderness, all I have to do is follow.” Nothing in this world can harm me because “there is no God like unto our God.”

BECAUSE HE HEARS AND ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS VERSES 28-30.

Notice all the, “if” in these verses. The next time you are in distress, remember: “There is no God like unto our God.”

THERE IS NO BOOK LIKE UNTO OUR BOOK VERSES 26-56.

God’s Word has been predictable (verified); it is proven (trustworthy); permanent; persistent (steadfast), and is God’s Word for the ages.

Psalm 119, “Forever O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”

Don’t waste time on things that cannot profit or feed the soul! Those things can discourage your soul and give counsel that cannot help your spiritual walk with God.

THERE IS NO BLESSING LIKE UNTO OUR BLESSING VERSES 31, 33, 37, 39, 42, 43, 45-49, 54-61.

Don’t get out of the habit of prayer, reading the Bible, counting your blessing, and stay busy for Jesus.

Watch and be careful of defeat after victory. If you had a great victory, or the past week was the best ever, don’t let the devil make you comfortable. Keep on praising God, because:

“There is no God like unto our God!”