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"Straining Forward" by Alan Redrup
Date: 2017-05-07
Text: Phil. 3:1-14
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2017-05-07 • Alan Redrup • Phil. 3:1-14
“To behold the beauty of the Lord — An exercise both for earthly and heavenly worshippers. We must not enter the assemblies of the saints in order to see and be seen, or merely to hear the minister; we must repair to the gatherings of the righteous, intent upon the gracious object of learning more of the loving Father, more of the glorified Jesus, more of the mysterious Spirit, in order that we may the more lovingly admire, and the more reverently adore our glorious God. What a word is that, ‘the beauty of the Lord!’ Think of it, dear reader! Better far – behold it by faith! What a sight will that be when every faithful follower of Jesus shall behold ‘the King in his beauty!’ Oh, for that infinitely blessed vision!” — Charles Spurgeon on Psalm 27:4

John 11:21-28: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

1. Condemned Saints

We fight sin most effectively when we are most conscious that we have been forgiven. That’s when we have the high ground on the battlefield. When we are free from condemnation, we are free to forget what lies behind, and [to] press on toward the goal for the prize.

2. Complacent Saints
3. Confident Saints

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”: This, beloved, is an abiding statement, a standing assertion. It was true of me thirty years ago as a believer, and it is just as true of me now. It was true in Paul’s day, and though centuries have passed away, it is just as true at this moment. If you are in Christ Jesus there is now no condemnation. That living now goes singing down the centuries; in life, in death, in time, in eternity, there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. What a joyful statement it is! It makes one laugh for joy of heart. If you have ever been burdened with a sense of sin you will know the sweetness of the text.” — Charles Spurgeon on Romans 8:1-2