Monday, February 8, 2010

True Identity

TRUE IDENTITY
Matt. 26. 6-13
Domenic Marbaniang 
Adapted from Sermon 7 April, 06 Friday Eve. At Rev. V. T. Felix’s Cottage

INTRODUCTION
  1. She would never regret what she did. A great act of honor before His crucifixion.
  2. The disciples derided but Jesus commended. The wrong words we speak can harm or edify.

*What we do establishes our identity
            Our identity before God is more important than before men
            ID Card tells our name and job.
            We were enemies of God by our works – Col 1. 21
            We can glorify God by our works – 1 Pt. 2.12
            # If you are a believer, your faith will be known by your works. Jas. 2. 17
            # If you are a child of God, your works will declare so of you. 1 Jn. 3.10
            A tree will be known by its fruit – Mt. 12. 33

Reputation – what people say you are
Character – what you are

Your reputation before God equals your character demonstrated in works.

“Why this wastage?”

  1. When Social Service Supercedes Divine Worship
Worship – Adoration, Prostration, Self-giving.
Queen of England – “I’ll lay my crown at Christ’s feet if He comes here.”
Ministry to the Lord is important (Acts 13.1)
Service to poor should flow out of an attitude of worship of God, not out of superiority complex or religious rituality.

2. When Familiarity breeds Disrespect
      Remember Who HE is and Who YOU are (1 Cor. 4. 7; Phil. 3. 10)
      Rev. 2. 4 – left first love.
      Every great gift given to someone we love, adore, and regard highly is still too small.

  1. When Lust destroys Love – Jn. 12. 4
Lust dehumanizes, lust excels in flesh and wars against the spirit (Gal. 5. 17; 1 Pt. 2. 11).
Gradual overpowering of lust (Heb. 3. 12-13; 12. 15-17)

  1. When Envy derides Exaltation
They would not have objected if she had spent it on herself or on them all.
Why spend on Christ?

Satanic Pride (Isa. 14)

24 Elders prostrate before Throne of God.
He is worthy of all praise.

She has done a beautiful thing.

1.      Kalos – Aesthetically good. Modesty, Order, Beauty.
2.      Kalos – Ethically good. Motive, Act, End.
3.      Poured – Total Surrender, giving.
4.      Burial – Divine Interpretation. Because in accordance to prompting of Spirit.

APPLICATION
  1. Do you stand strong in the first love?
  2. Are your actions modest and beautiful?
  3. What identity do you possess before God?

She hath wrought a good work upon Me?
What can He say about you?

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