Participants: Nathan Renner
Series Code: FC
Program Code: FC000347
00:30 Hi, I am Pastor Nathan Renner, the pastor of the
00:33 Troy Seventh day Adventist Church in Troy, Michigan
00:36 and welcome to Faith Chapel.
00:38 Today we're going to be talking about the
00:40 Apostle Paul's motivation for his mission.
00:43 What was it that motivated the Apostle Paul to get up
00:47 and preach the gospel everyday?
00:51 You know Paul's life wasn't easy. He was beaten,
00:53 he was stoned, he was tortured,
00:55 he traveled the world and was persecuted
00:58 and ultimately gave his life as a martyr.
01:01 What was it that motivated the Apostle Paul to share
01:05 the Gospel in the face of such
01:07 tremendous difficulties? This is what we are going
01:10 to explore today from the book of II Corinthians
01:13 and we're going to be looking in chapter 5.
01:16 Before we do that though it would be well for us
01:19 to take just a moment to pray and invite
01:23 God's Spirit to be with us today. Let's pray.
01:26 Our Father, as we look at the word,
01:30 we ask that your Spirit would be with us today
01:35 that you would teach us, that you would impress us
01:39 with the truth of your word and more than that Father
01:42 that you would motivate us like you've motivated Paul
01:46 to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
01:51 So Father send your Spirit, to speak and to motivate us
01:56 that we might become men like Paul, women like Paul,
02:02 people that are zealous to preach. So be with us now
02:06 as we look at your word in Jesus name. Amen.
02:10 In II Corinthians chapter 5, verse 9, the Apostle Paul
02:15 makes a very simple statement. He says,
02:20 so whether we are at home or away,
02:23 we make it our aim to please Him.
02:27 Paul says whether I am at home with the Lord,
02:30 whether I am in the direct presence of God
02:32 or whether I am not in the direct presence of God
02:36 He makes it His aim to please Him. In verse 10
02:41 he then follows it up. Why is Paul so eager
02:45 to please God? Verse 10, For we must all
02:50 appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
02:56 so that each one may receive what is due
02:58 for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
03:05 Here in II Corinthians chapter 5 verses 9&10
03:08 what is Paul simply saying? Paul is saying,
03:11 I am doing everything I can to please God
03:14 because I understand that every human being
03:19 must appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
03:22 Every human being will be judged
03:25 and that every human being will receive in their body
03:30 for what they have done, whether it is good
03:32 or whether it is evil. The Apostle Paul
03:36 was absolutely unequivocally convinced
03:39 that every human being would stand before
03:42 the judgment seat of Christ and because of that Paul
03:45 said in my life, in my life, I am doing everything
03:50 I can do to please God. Now out of this concept
03:56 of the judgment that every human being
03:57 is going to be judged, out of the truth
04:00 that every human being will stand before
04:02 the judgment seat of Christ. The Apostle Paul
04:05 now moves in verse 11 to speak about
04:08 his motivation for mission. In verse 11, Therefore,
04:13 knowing the fear of the Lord we persuade others.
04:21 Knowing the fear of the Lord, Paul says,
04:24 I persuade others. What is Paul saying? Paul is saying
04:29 I try to please God, because I know that
04:32 I will stand before the judgment seat of Christ
04:34 and more than just what I do with my own life,
04:38 more than just the fact that I try to please God
04:41 I am busy persuading others and we'll see
04:45 in the text later. He is busy persuading them
04:48 to be reconciled to God so that they too can stand
04:54 before the judgment seat of Christ in peace.
04:56 It says knowing the fear of the Lord we persuade others.
05:01 In the Old King James, I'll just reference it,
05:04 he says knowing the terror of the Lord.
05:07 My friend standing before the judgment seat of Christ
05:12 without forgiveness, without Holiness,
05:15 without righteousness is a terrifying experience.
05:20 And Paul says that he is busy doing everything
05:25 in his power to please God and to persuade others
05:29 to be reconciled to God. Because he understands
05:32 that it's a terrifying experience,
05:34 it's a fearful experience to stand before
05:37 the judgment seat of Christ without forgiveness,
05:40 without holiness, without being reconciled to God.
05:45 So we could say from II Corinthians chapter 5
05:48 verse 11, Paul's first motivator for mission
05:52 is the fear of the Lord, that is the terrifying
05:56 experience that the judgment will be for those
06:00 who do not know Christ. Now in II Corinthians
06:04 chapter 5 verse 11, Paul again I'll read
06:07 the whole verse this time. He says, therefore,
06:09 knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others,
06:13 we persuade them to be reconciled to God
06:15 he is saying. But what we are is known to God,
06:18 and I hope it is also known to your conscience.
06:22 Verse 12, we are not commending ourselves to you
06:26 again but giving you cause to boast about us,
06:29 so that you may be able to answer those who boast
06:33 about outward appearances and not
06:35 about what is in the heart. Verse 13,
06:38 for if we are beside ourselves it is for God;
06:45 if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
06:48 Now I want you to follow Paul's line
06:51 of reasoning here. Paul has said,
06:53 I do my best to please God. Because I will be judged
06:57 my God and not just me, every human being
06:59 and so I also try to persuade others to fear
07:04 and know and love God because it's a terrifying
07:06 experience to be judged by God. Now Paul then,
07:11 he digresses a little bit and he talks a little bit
07:14 about the situation that is going on there in Corinth
07:17 and evidently some people had said
07:19 some things about Paul. Evidently some things
07:21 about how he did ministry, didn't make everyone happy.
07:25 And so in verse 13, Paul says something
07:28 that I find to be very fascinating,
07:30 we just read it but he says if we are beside ourselves,
07:34 it is for God. And what does it mean when someone says
07:40 that they're beside themselves?
07:42 What's that mean? Well it means
07:47 they're a little crazy. It means that
07:50 they are a little not in their right mind
07:54 and so really what Paul is saying is if when I am
07:58 trying to persuade you to be reconciled to God,
08:02 and if I, when I am trying to persuade you
08:05 to be reconciled to God and I look a little
08:07 beside myself it is for God. You probably know what
08:11 I am talking and I am a minister of the Gospel,
08:12 I am a preacher and I am deeply concerned
08:16 that people will find God and be saved.
08:21 And in my passion for God, in my zeal
08:27 to see people converted. I may be like the
08:31 Apostle Paul at times, I may look
08:32 a little beside myself. What Paul is saying is?
08:34 When I am because of the terror of the Lord
08:36 persuading you to be reconciled to God?
08:39 Paul says I may look a little beside myself.
08:43 I may look a little crazy.
08:48 And then Paul on the other hand says in Verse 13 there,
08:52 he says If we are in our right mind it is for you.
09:00 You follow Paul's train of thought,
09:02 Paul says every human being is going to be judged.
09:07 Every single one of them, and its going to be
09:11 a terrifying experience if the don't know God,
09:14 they don't know Jesus Christ. So I am persuading
09:17 people to know God, to be reconciled to God.
09:21 And if in the process of persuading people,
09:24 because of my understanding of the fear of the Lord,
09:27 if in that process I look a little out of my mind,
09:30 if I look a little crazy it is just because
09:33 I am so zealous for God and if on the other hand
09:35 if I look like I am in my right mind, well of course
09:38 it's for you, I am trying to make a good impression
09:40 on you, so that you believe.
09:46 Paul's first motivator for mission was an absolute
09:49 understanding of the terror of the Lord.
09:53 Paul's first motivator for mission was an
09:55 understanding of the fearful experience,
09:58 that the lost will experience in the judgment.
10:03 His second motivator is found now in verse 14.
10:10 His first motivator is the fear of the Lord,
10:13 the terror of the Lord, that the lost
10:16 will experience. In verse 14 he gets the second
10:18 motivator and that is simply this,
10:21 For the love of Christ controls us,
10:24 because we have concluded thus;
10:26 that one has died for all, therefore all have died.
10:33 Paul's second motivator for mission
10:35 is the love of Christ. His first motivator for mission
10:40 is an understanding of the lostness of those
10:42 who are without Christ, the fear of the Lord
10:45 that is the horrible experience,
10:47 they will experience in the judgment.
10:49 His second motivator is much more positive
10:52 and that is the love of Christ.
10:56 Now here in verse 14 Paul doesn't get Sappy
11:00 about the love of Christ. Paul gives us
11:05 what I would like to call divine arithmetic.
11:08 In verse 14, Paul tells us what the love Christ
11:13 looks like for humanity? For the love of Christ
11:18 controls us. Okay, this is his second motivator.
11:22 He is pleading with people to be reconciled to God,
11:26 not only because of the fear of the Lord
11:28 but because of the love of Christ.
11:29 The love of Christ controls us because we have concluded
11:33 this that one has died for all therefore all have died.
11:38 Now here is Paul's gospel arithmetic that motivates
11:43 him to share. It's very simple, it goes something
11:46 like this just like Paul says.
11:48 One died for all therefore all died,
11:54 we'll follow it again, one died for all
11:57 therefore all died. Now just go to a reference
12:02 Romans chapter 6:23. In Romans 6:23 the Bible
12:05 says that the wages of sin is death.
12:09 The wages of sin is death.
12:14 My friend, my sin has earned for me death.
12:18 You know when I was an unbeliever I always
12:20 kind of had it in my mind that God was the big meanie
12:24 who said, if you don't believe in me I'll kill you.
12:27 Well it's doesn't work like that at all.
12:29 The Bible says that by our sin, we have earned
12:34 for ourselves the death penalty.
12:36 The wages of sin is death; the wages of sin is death.
12:42 Now if you look in II Corinthians chapter 5
12:44 verse 14 again look what it says, it says
12:46 that love of Christ controls us,
12:48 because we have concluded this,
12:50 that one has died for all, therefore all have died.
12:55 Now follow again, if the wages of sin is death
12:59 and Bible says Christ has died for you,
13:01 what that text is saying is essentially
13:04 that the wages of sin have been paid
13:07 for every single human being.
13:10 Now that message is a remarkably amazing message.
13:16 What that message is saying is that
13:19 there is no human being that needs to die
13:23 because they have already been killed in Christ.
13:27 Now what is Paul saying here,
13:30 Paul is saying number one that every human being
13:33 will stand before the Judgment seat of Christ
13:35 and that is a fearful thing. If they don't know God,
13:38 if they are not reconciled to God,
13:40 if they have not been saved, and so Paul says
13:44 I am persuading them to be reconciled to God,
13:46 I am persuading them to know Christ.
13:49 I am persuading them to finding in him
13:52 their righteousness, and their holiness
13:54 but then he says that he is also motivated not just
13:58 by the fearful experience
14:00 that the lost will experience.
14:01 But he is motivated by the love of Christ,
14:05 he is motivated by the love of Christ,
14:08 that love that he is seen by the fact that Jesus died
14:12 for everyone, that the wages of sin
14:16 have been paid for everyone.
14:19 In fact it's interesting in verse 15 he says,
14:24 He died for all those who lived may no longer
14:27 live for themselves but for him who for their sakes
14:31 died and was raised. Now in verse 16,
14:35 Paul makes the remarkable statement. From now on,
14:38 therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh.
14:43 Even though we once regarded Christ
14:46 according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
14:49 Paul says we regard no one according to the flesh.
14:53 Now what is Paul saying here?
14:57 Paul is saying the fact that Jesus died
14:59 for every single human being, the fact that Jesus
15:04 has died for them and that there is no
15:06 reason for them to die.
15:08 Paul says I don't look at any human being
15:12 for what they are? I regard them no longer according
15:17 to the flesh, what does that mean? That means,
15:20 that Paul does not look at somebody
15:23 and see a drug user. Paul doesn't look at somebody
15:26 and see a prostitute. He doesn't look at somebody
15:29 and see a gossip. Paul looks at every human being
15:33 as a human being for whom Jesus Christ has died.
15:39 Paul looks at every human being as a person
15:42 who does not need to be lost because Christ
15:46 has died for them. Paul says I do not regard anyone
15:50 according to the flesh, why because I look at people
15:54 not for what they are? But what for they can be
15:58 because Jesus died for them.
16:01 In fact and look in verse 17, look what Paul says?
16:05 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
16:08 he is a new creation. The old has passed away;
16:13 behold the new has come. The old has passed away,
16:18 and the new has come. Paul says I see
16:21 the love of Christ in the fact that Jesus died
16:24 for every human being. This shows us the love,
16:27 that the wages of sin have been paid
16:30 for every human being, that no human being,
16:34 no matter how bad deserves to die.
16:37 They don't need to die because Christ
16:40 has died for them. This is the love of Christ.
16:47 And then he says because of this,
16:48 I don't look at people for what they are,
16:50 I don't regard any human being according
16:53 to the flesh, I don't look at people,
16:55 I don't look at them and say, oh look at the way
16:58 they do their hair, I don't look at them
17:00 and say look at their cloths, I don't look at them
17:03 and say look at how they act.
17:04 I don't look at any human being for what they are.
17:09 I look at them for what Christ has done for them.
17:15 Just the other evening my wife called me
17:18 and she was at our Church on a Wednesday night
17:22 and we have a Bible study for young people
17:24 on Wednesday night. We have lots of people
17:28 coming from the community. And I suppose by outward
17:32 appearances they don't look like good Christian folk
17:36 that are always found running around our church.
17:38 They look a little rougher around the edges
17:41 and my wife said that there is nothing so wonderful
17:46 as seeing our Wednesday night Bible study.
17:49 Full of folk that are rough around the edges.
17:53 And Paul says I don't look at any human being
17:58 according to the flesh, why? 'Cause I see them
18:03 for what Jesus Christ has done for them.
18:05 I see them for what Jesus Christ has done for them.
18:09 Verse 17 it says that, they would be a new creation.
18:12 The old has passed away, the new has come.
18:16 He is saying that it doesn't matter how bad
18:19 you are that in Jesus Christ
18:21 you can have a totally new life.
18:23 It's so new; it looks like a new creation.
18:27 In verse 18, he says the good news
18:30 and this is great news for all of us.
18:32 All of this is from God who through Christ
18:36 reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry
18:39 of reconciliation. All of this is from God.
18:45 Paul is saying to us that in his ministry,
18:49 he's motivated by the terror of the Lord,
18:51 the fear of the Lord. He is motivated by the love
18:54 of Christ and he sees that the love of Christ
18:58 can make people new creations
19:01 and this comes from God.
19:03 A new creation comes from God. It's not from man,
19:08 it's not from my power or my strength or my motivation,
19:12 it comes from God all of this is from God.
19:14 The new creation all comes from God.
19:17 Now in verse 18 he describes a little bit
19:19 more of what Jesus has done for us. He says again,
19:24 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled
19:27 us to himself and gave us the
19:29 ministry of reconciliation. Now verse 19,
19:32 that is, in Christ God was reconciling
19:38 the world to himself, not counting their trespasses
19:43 against them, and entrusting to us
19:46 the message of reconciliation.
19:49 Verse 19 has one of the most important messages
19:52 in the whole Bible. According to verse 19,
19:56 I always like to ask questions
19:57 when I'm speaking, according to verse 19
20:01 who was it that God in Christ
20:03 reconciled to himself. If you look at the verse,
20:08 it says that God was in Christ
20:10 reconciling the world. He reconciled the world
20:16 to himself. Now what does that mean? Well,
20:22 if you look back in the text it says that
20:23 he not only reconciled the world but because
20:25 he reconciled the world the Bible says that
20:28 he is not counting their trespasses against them.
20:32 Now, I want you to think with me for a moment
20:35 what that means? As we mentioned earlier
20:38 we said that the wages of sin is death.
20:42 So the way we can know that God is not counting
20:46 our sin against us is very simple.
20:49 Are you alive or dead? If your heart is beating,
20:55 you can know that right now God is not counting
20:58 your sin against you. See the Bible says that God
21:03 was in Christ reconciling the world,
21:05 not counting their sin against them.
21:10 If you're alive and your heart is beating,
21:14 God is not counting your sin against you.
21:18 He reconciled the world to himself.
21:21 He is not counting your sin against you.
21:24 However, if you refused to be reconciled to God,
21:30 in the judgment God will count your sin against you.
21:33 And that's what Paul is really urging us here,
21:37 in verse 20, Paul says therefore,
21:41 we are ambassadors for Christ,
21:44 God is making his appeal through us.
21:47 We implore you on behalf of Christ be reconciled to God.
21:54 You see God was in Christ reconciling the world
21:58 to Himself, now Paul says we are pleading with you
22:02 to be reconciled to God. God reconciled the world
22:05 to himself now God is saying to the world
22:08 be reconciled to me. You see in II Corinthians 5,
22:14 what Paul is saying is this, my friends the people
22:19 of this world God reconciled the world to himself,
22:24 He is not counting your sin against you.
22:27 He is not counting your sin against you.
22:30 And if you will be reconciled to me
22:35 then you will never have your sin
22:37 counted against you. Never have your sin
22:40 counted against you. My friend, think about it,
22:46 what is God's message to you today.
22:50 The message is so simple that God was in Christ
22:54 reconciling the world to himself.
22:59 Not counting your sin against them.
23:05 And he says I have done everything I can do,
23:07 I reconciled you to myself.
23:11 Now I am pleading with you to be reconciled to me.
23:17 I've reconciled the world myself
23:19 now you need to be reconciled to me.
23:23 See Paul understood something so beautiful
23:26 and something so powerful, he understood
23:28 that in the judgment every human being would be judged
23:32 and it was going to be a fearful thing for those
23:34 who did not choose to be reconciled to God.
23:38 So he was motivated by the love of Christ.
23:40 He was motivated to go to the world and say world
23:43 you are going to be judged,
23:45 you need to be reconciled to God.
23:49 See Paul was motivated by two things,
23:50 the fear of the Lord and the love of Christ.
23:57 The fear of the Lord has seen in the judgment,
23:58 the love of Christ is seen in the cross
23:59 of Jesus Christ, where he died for your sins.
24:02 where he died for your sins. He died for my sins,
24:03 he died to reunite the lost with God.
24:07 Now through the preacher, if a good Christian
24:12 folk were extending the Gospel invitation
24:15 to people all over this world he is
24:18 pleading with you to be reconciled to God.
24:20 He is saying to you, God is not counting
24:22 your sin against you, not right now
24:25 and if you'll be reconciled to God,
24:28 not only is he not counting your sin
24:30 against you, he will not count your sin
24:31 against you. In verse 21, the Bible tells us
24:36 why it is that God won't count our
24:38 sin against us? Because for our sakes
24:43 he made him to be sin, that is because God
24:46 the Father made Jesus Christ to be
24:47 sin for us who knew no sin, so that
24:51 we might become the righteousness of God.
24:53 Do you follow? Saying essentially that
24:58 God made Christ to be sin, that is Jesus
25:03 who knew nothing of sin, God made him to be sin
25:06 so that we might become righteous holding.
25:11 My friend, follow the simple message.
25:18 Fear of the Lord has seen in the Universal
25:22 truth of the judgment, but the love of Christ
25:26 is seen in the Universal truth of Christ' death
25:30 for every human being. No reason for
25:34 anyone to be lost because Christ has died for them,
25:37 you must simply choose God and Christ
25:43 and be reconciled to him.
25:44 The Bible says the reason that you
25:48 can be saved, the reason you can be
25:51 reconciled to God is because God
25:54 made Christ to be everything evil
25:56 and sinful that you were. He made him
26:01 to be sin who knew no sin that you
26:03 might become righteous. In chapter 6 verse 1
26:07 then, Paul says working together with him,
26:09 then, we appeal to you not to receive the
26:14 grace of God in vain. Every single breath
26:19 of air, every single ray of sunshine,
26:23 every morsel of food is a gift of God's grace.
26:28 Were it not for the Cross of Jesus Christ,
26:31 we would have no life, we would be
26:34 dead even now. And the Bible is calling us,
26:37 pleading with us to be reconciled to God,
26:40 to be reconciled to God. That all of the grace
26:44 that God has already shown us in our
26:46 life is not in vain. Paul was motivated
26:50 to go to ends of the earth to preach
26:51 the Gospel, by that fear of the Lord,
26:54 the understanding of the judgment
26:55 and by the love of Christ and understanding
26:58 Christ's death for every human being.
27:01 The unnecessary death every human being
27:05 that's lost, it's totally unnecessary
27:07 and this motivated Paul so that no
27:10 one would receive God's grace in vain.
27:11 So today I have an appeal and that
27:15 is for you to be reconciled to God.
27:18 God has done everything to bring
27:21 you to himself and now he invites
27:23 you to be reconciled to him.
27:26 Let's pray together. Father, for those
27:29 that are listening today, those that are
27:31 watching today I pray that they
27:35 would give their lives to you and be
27:38 reconciled to you. You've done for them
27:41 all could you do now may they do their part
27:46 and be reconciled to you, in Jesus name. Amen.
27:49 My friend, God bless you in your decision today.