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. Enduring Saints - Enduring in Hope (Part 2)

ENDURING SAINTS - ENDURING IN HOPE (PART 2)

Many of you missed some of these first sermons of the year. We looked at Enduring Hope. We found that hope is our only anchor and our only anchor is hope. We saw this in Hebrews 6:19-20 (ESV) “19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain." Then we looked at the Enduring Word, as all Scripture is God breathed. We then looked at Enduring Joy. Because our rejoicing is in God, and God endures therefore joy will endure as we joy in what God joys in. Paul says: “rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.” Last week we looked at Enduring Saints -Enduring in Hope (Part 1)

We continue today where we ended last week. But let’s turn again to our text.

1 Thessalonians 1:3-6 (ESV) 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit,…”

Last week we focussed on Endurance of hope, the need for endurance and the relationship between endurance and salvation. From this text we saw the work of the Trinity in the lives of believers as they enjoy the work of faith, labour of love and endurance of hope all due to the work of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost in their lives.

We also saw that based on the 7 churches of Asia endurance is required and it must be to the end, but there is a reward linked to endurance. Endurance is possible because of God’s part and my part. These are marvellously linked, and that is the thought I want to unpack today.

In the light of the sermon of last week, I want to expose you today to what Scripture says about my part and God’s Part. What will God do in my endurance, and what must I do?

Point 1. God’s part in my endurance.

 

You and I are new covenantal people, and in this covenant, I have a responsibility. But we are taught that the covenant is accompanied with the assurance of spiritual power to fulfil the covenant conditions to. We read for example in Jeremiah 32:40 (ESV) 40 I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.”

This is the same as Ezekiel 36:27 (ESV) 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”

Here we learn that the people of God will endure in the path of obedience because God will put His fear in their hearts that they will not turn from Him, and He will put His Spirit within us to cause us to walk in His statutes and keep His rules. Endurance is a promised gift of the new covenant.

Over to the New Testament we read where Paul encourages believers with the following words. Philippians 1:6 (ESV) 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” God will do it.

2 Timothy 1:12 (ESV) 12 But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.” In other words, God will keep Paul faithful in the ministry he has been given.

Paul reminds the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 1:8-9 (ESV) that Christ: 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” In other words, if God calls you into the fellowship of his Son, he will give you endurance to the end.

We see in 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (ESV) 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”

Romans 8:29-30 (ESV) 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”

Hebrews 13:20-21 (ESV) 20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

We spoke earlier about the New Covenant. The blood-bought blessing of the new covenant is the commitment of almighty God never to turn away from doing us good and to work in us what is pleasing in his sight, and thus to cause us to ENDURE in obedience to the end. Endurance is a gift and guarantee of the new covenant sealed by the blood of Jesus for all who trust in him.

 

And so, we take heart when we feel weak, and we look away from ourselves to God’s grace and power and rekindle our hope that we can and will endure in the path of obedience to which he has called us.

We will now look at our part. But the first verse we will see the harmony between our part and God’s part.

 

Point 2. My part in endurance.

 

Philippians 2:12-13 (ESV)12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

So, the first part which is my part really says I must endure in order to be saved, but the second part says that I will endure because of what God is doing in my life.

Look what Jesus says in Matthew 24:12-13 (ESV) 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

Matthew 10:22 (ESV) 22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

2 Timothy 2:12 (ESV) 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;” So, we must endure to the end in order to be saved. Paul says to the church at Rome, in Romans 2:6-7 (ESV) 6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;”

So, we will obtain eternal life IF by our endurance we press on in well-doing.

I love this next verse in Galatians 6:8-9 (ESV) 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

This is an enduring theme in Hebrews. Hebrews 10:35-36 (ESV)35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” For you have need of endurance, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is promised.” You need to endure so that you can do the will of God so that you can obtain what is promised.

Hebrews 3:6 (ESV) 6 but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.”

Hebrews 3:12-13 (ESV) 12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

Hebrews 10:23 (ESV) 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”

So, throughout Scripture there are many more verses both supporting God’s part in your endurance and commanding your part in endurance.  In a real sense endurance is a gift and endurance is a duty. And these are not in conflict. When dealing with a holy and sovereign God, these are not contradictions. We MUST endure to the end, for he is holy; and we SHALL endure to the end, for he is sovereign.

So, God’s part and my part come together in unity for endurance.

When you look at God’s part it does three things for us which are extremely helpful.

  1. God’s part turns us away from all self-reliance and boasting and directs us to the sovereign power of God. “He will cause us to endure!”
  1. God’s part turns us away from all legalism — the thought that we could ever earn the heavenly reward. It was bought by Christ. It is a free gift and cannot be earned. Endurance is not a way of paying for salvation. It is a way of experiencing grace.

1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV) 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”


Galatians 2:20 (ESV)  20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”

 

  1. God’s part gives confidence and peace to the broken and contrite who cast themselves on Jesus for forgiveness and help.

 

When you look at man’s part it also does three things for us.

 

  1. Man’s part reminds us that the miracle of conversion is not a legal fiction. You can’t be converted to Christ and have everything stay the way it was. There MUST be a change — a change that endures. There must be the “work of faith, the labour of love, and the endurance of hope.”
  2. Man’s part in endurance directs our attention to the exceedingly great value of the reward of heaven. If we must endure, and if endurance comes from hope, then I must get my heart free from the love of the world and set it on the value of the things above so that my hope in God will be kindled and I will have the power to endure in obedience to Christ.
  3. Man’s part in endurance provides us with a way of testing whether we have any right to claim God’s part for ourselves. To whom does the God’s part belong? It belongs to those who are broken by their part in endurance and who fly to Christ for forgiveness and help.

 

So, God’s part gives the Christian life its peace and security and stability, and man’s part gives the Christian life its urgency and earnestness and mission. God’s part bases the Christian life on the sovereign grace and power of God. Man’s part reminds us of the necessity to depend on this grace and power.

So, in the end both God’s part and our part of Scripture points us to the same thing: they point us away from ourselves to the sovereign grace and power of God. God’s part shall do it directly with promises of grace. Man’s part does it indirectly by commanding us to do things we can’t do without grace.

And so when you read in Scripture that GOD WILL cause you to endure the aim is that, with all peace and joy, you would set your hope on the sovereign grace of God, and in that hope find the strength to endure. And when you read in Scripture that YOU MUST endure, the aim is the same: that, with all urgency and earnestness, you would set your hope on the sovereign grace of God, and in that hope find the strength to endure.

 

God’s part is a sweet and reassuring call to hope in God. Our part is an urgent and earnest call to hope in God. But in the end, both God’s part and our part tells us to put our hope in God. For this is the great source of power to endure in the path of obedience.

If you put your hope in the sovereign grace and power of God and not in your own strength, or in the approval of others or in money or in fleeting pleasures or in status, then when the limelight shifts off your ministry and your life, and the praise of man is gone, and the glamour of self-denial evaporates and all the supports of men crumble, then you WILL endure — with the endurance of hope.

1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV) 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.”

Amen!

Soli Deo Gloria

Logos Community Church: - 2 February 2020