Day 5 – Cardio Training

We are talking about Getting Focused and we talked about the confidence we have in Christ to enter the Most Holy Place and how we can get a throne room perspective, and that we can have full life in His new and living way. Last week we talked about Jesus as our great high priest who understands our struggles and modeled how we were to live with a throne room perspective. Today we are going to continue with Hebrews 10:22 but let’s start with our scripture reading today.

Scripture Reading

1 Corinthians 15:48-49 (MSG) 48 The First Man was made out of earth, and people since then are earthy; the Second Man was made out of heaven, and people now can be heavenly. 49 In the same way that we’ve worked from our earthy origins, let’s embrace our heavenly ends.

We talked about that verse last week and I want to touch on it again in a few minutes. We are going to focus on Hebrews 10:22 today.

Hebrews 10:22 (NIV) 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

We have been cleansed and washed with pure water because we are in Christ. It was a lot harder in the OT. Check out this verse:

Numbers 8:7 (NIV) 7 To purify them, do this: Sprinkle the water of cleansing on them; then have them shave their whole bodies and wash their clothes, and so purify themselves.

Fortunately for us, in Christ we are forgiven and purified.

1 John 1:9 (NIV) 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Because we are in Christ, we have been cleansed and purified and we can draw near to God, we can enter the Most Holy Place with full assurance of faith.

We are still working on our perspective and focus about who we are in Christ and what that means for us. We can enter the literal presence of the God, where we are seen in Christ as clean and purified. Even though we know our brokenness, even though the enemy wants to use guilt and shame to try and steal the life away from us that we can have as disciples, we can enjoy the new and living way made available to us by our great priest and we can live the full life He has come to give us and we can see things with a throne room perspective.

Focus and perspective are extremely important as disciples. How you view God, how you perceive your relationship with Him impacts everything that you do. So we have to ask ourselves

1. What is your picture of God?

We talk all the time here at the Vineyard about living by trying to do the next right thing. I believe that this is a very biblical way for us to live. It is part of living as disciples. That somehow in trying to do the next right thing, we are moving into the will of God for our lives. This way of walking with God will not work if you have a twisted picture of God. If you think that somehow God is out to get you, just waiting to pounce on you and punish you when you make a mistake, you have a twisted picture of God. When you experience difficulties in life, if your first thought is that God is punishing you for something, you have a twisted picture of God. You need to know that as you are trying to live by doing the next right thing, you will sometimes do the wrong thing. When you do, you need to be able to turn quickly back to God, run into His arms, tell Him you are sorry, and ask Him to forgive you. Which He does, and then He hugs you, holds you, tell you He loves you, and then He empowers you by His Spirit to go and do the next right thing. If this is not how you see God in relationship to you, I would encourage you to spend some time and pray this through. It is only as you experience this kind of love, mercy, and grace from God that you can really embrace living by trying to do the next right thing.

Check out picture of me and Sam. And no, I am not in any way saying I am the picture of God, look at Sam’s face, and my face. Can you see what is happening? Sheer and absolute joy. Safety, comfort, love, rest, happiness, connection.

You need to have a picture of God as one who loves you and is for you or this process falls apart.

Last week as we talked about Jesus as our great priest we took a quick look at 1 Corinthians 15:48-49 which was our scripture reading for today.

I concentrated on verse 49 but there is something in verse 48 that we can use in our discussion today. The idea that Jesus is the second Adam. The first Adam blew it. Jesus, the second Adam came to fix the disaster caused by the first Adam. Understanding why He came will help you get your picture right.

I want to discuss two very short parables in Matthew chapter 13. They are about a treasure in a field and a pearl of great value.

Matthew 13:44-46 (NIV) 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

They are presented in a parallel way, by that I mean Jesus presented these two parables to introduce the same idea. These parables are often used to talk about how a disciple needs to have an attitude that there is nothing more important or valuable in life than following Jesus. And in fact, that is part of what they represent. But there is also another meaning to be found in the parables.

2. You are the treasure

Matthew 13-44 (NIV) 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Let’s look at the parable and consider that Jesus is the man who found it and purchased it. Jesus bought the field to get the treasure. Jesus, the second Adam, came and paid for the sin of this whole world so that He could have whosoever will would come. Jesus bought the field to get the treasure. Jesus paid for all sin for all time for all people so that He could get your sin for this time. You are His treasure. It is you He is after. He paid it all so He could have relationship with you.

3. You are the pearl

Matthew 13:45-46 (NIV) 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

There is a considerable difference between a pearl merchant and you and I buying a pearl. We might try and rub a pearl on our teeth to see if it is rough or whatever it is you are supposed to be looking for when you do that. But a pearl merchants life was based on a quest for pearls. This merchant found a pearl so amazing that he was willing to give everything to have it. Guess what? Jesus is the pearl merchant in this story, and you are the pearl. Jesus came and found such beauty and potential in you that he gave it all so He could be in relationship with you.

You can draw near to God in full assurance of faith because of our great priest Jesus. In Christ, you have been forgiven and cleansed and God sees you in Christ. The perfect, holy, righteous creator God of the universe sees you in Christ as purified, lovely, His child, His beloved. Now, we just have to work on how we see Him. This perception impacts everything we do as disciples. We will continue to dig deeper into the goodness of God next week.

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