Cutting Room Floor: September 21, 2021
by Jason Cook on September 21, 2021
This week I wanted to clarify a point and drop a couple of additions that I didn’t have time for. First up is the clarification.
“Pennies” not Panties.
It was brought to my attention in a staff meeting this week that in reference to an illustration that Pastor Matt Farlow made a week ago, there was a misunderstanding concerning my pronunciation of a word. The reference was to “pennies” being thrown on the ground as a metaphor of the comparative wealth of Jeff Bezos to God’s eternal riches. What some people heard however was not “pennies” but “panties”. I assure you, I did not say “panties” and if you heard that, I want you to know I said “pennies” (and furthermore, my sincerest apologies to those whose sensibilities were offended!) We have a great staff at Fellowship and though they teased me, we had a great laugh about it.
Martin Luther on Holiness
I dropped a quote in the sermon that I wanted to put here for you to think about. The Latin phrase is Simul justus et peccator. Which translates into simultaneously justified and sinner. It refers to the deep truth that at this moment for every true follower of Jesus we are justified by God, and we are sinners in our present state. I used this phrase to illustrate that holiness does not mean perfection. But rather, we are set apart for God’s purposes and glory.
Duties of Adoption
Being adopted into God’s family brings with it so many wonderful and blessed benefits. I briefly listed a few of these in the sermon. Along with the benefits come the duties/obligations. In my house growing up, we had duties and responsibilities; active participation in the family of God. In God’s family, it is no different. Following are five duties of sonship that Paul keeps in mind throughout the book of Ephesians (we will cover these more in-depth later).
- Walk in the light
- Shun Evil and love what is good.
- Purify yourselves by frequent repentance and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Obedience to God’s word.
- Live in peace with one another.
Finally, I want to leave you with a quote that lifted me in exaltation as I studied last week. I hope and pray it blesses you as well.
The glory of God is the manifested excellence of God, and the glory of any one of his attributes is the manifestation of that attribute as an object of praise. The design of redemption, therefore, is to exhibit the grace of God in such a conspicuous manner as to fill all hearts with wonder and all lips with praise.
—Charles Hodge (1858). A commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians (p. 38). New York: Robert Carter and Brothers.