Connect the dots from the Cross to the life of faith. We do not even get credit for faith, for we live by the faith of the Son of God. It is no longer the “I” in control of our lives. It is Christ through the Holy Spirit giving us power and love. We no longer look at anyone after the flesh. (Galatians 2:20; Luke 7:1-5)
Speaker(s): Pastor Thomas Schaller
7:00 PM on 12/18/2019
P. Schaller –
Galatians 2, Sunday we preached on the four names of Christ in the book of Revelation 19. We also taught in the morning
about Christ being the prophet, the priest, and the king. He was born and came into the world
in Luke 17 and known as a prophet. Then he went to the cross and became our priest and the
sacrifice of the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This ushered in the legal
authority of us to be born of the Spirit and of God.
To as many as received him, to them he gave the authority, the power to become the children of God. Christ was born in us when we believed. This was done based on the sacrifice of Christ as the priest. Being buried in the tomb
and three days later being raised and 40 days later ascending in the presence of the disciples.
He ascended to the Father, came back for 40 days and ascended in a visible way so his disciples
could see that and then sat down at the right hand of the most high as King of Kings and Lord of
Lords. We are on the earth and carry in us him. He dwells in us. The Holy Spirit is the teacher,
the presence of God.
The presence of God that dwells in us is the Holy Spirit. We can grieve and
quench him but can also be filled with him. He fills us and the Spirit produces in our heart love,
something new. The nature of God is in us. We are partakers of his divine nature in 2 Peter 1:4.
We have escaped the corruption in the world through lust. We live this way and experience this
and realize what it is, Christ in us. When we fellowship with each other, we have the witness of
the Spirit, bearing witness to us that God is in our midst.
Luke. 17:22 the kingdom of God is here between us. We come to church and have this fellowship and want to bring it home. I want to have the love in my heart with you also in my home. Sometimes we need a lot of patience at
home, a lot of kindness and a spirit of worship in our home. We anticipate that because this is
our new nature and fellowship of the kingdom of God on the earth. Though we are born of God
and have this new nature, we also have a sin nature connected to our mortal body. We could
say it’s in our DNA, but it’s connected to our mortal body.
When we die, we leave our body and it’s the first time we are without a sin nature. In Psalm. 90:10, we fly away. Hebrews 12. We’ll be in the city that God has built. We’ll be a witness of God himself. We’ll see him. We’ll be out of our body and present with the Lord. We anticipate this. The prophet spoke about it. In Isaiah, we
read about it and in Zechariah and Amos and Micah. We recognize it in Psalms 22, 68, 69. We
also read about the sin nature of man, Luke 6.
First, who am I? Who am I? In the world of psychology, there is a lot of talk about us. A lot of study and analysis about people. They have labels for temperaments: melancholic, sanguine, phlegmatic. I’d like to go to higher ground. Could you ever analyze Jesus Christ and his personality? If Jesus Christ came into a room and sat
down and was quiet you could say phlegmatic. When he turned over a table, he’s sanguine. And
the ways you could analyze him.
In fact, I contest that. You cannot analyze God. You cannot put
him in a box. You can’t tell me what kind of personality Jesus Christ had. He was who God
wanted him to be every moment and he was manifesting God in those moments. Sometimes he
was quiet and angry and teaching and not even present. He disappeared. He went to prayer.
Sometimes he’s in your face and sometimes he would ignore you. What kind of person was he?
He was God incarnate.
Second point, who are you? It’s a good question. I’d rather believe Christ
is in you and I could not analyze you. On one level, man is very interested in knowing each
other and himself based on what the Scripture calls the flesh. 2 Corinthians. 5, know no man after the flesh. What is his temperament like? I don’t know and I don’t care. I don’t now him after the
flesh. Don’t be so naïve. Really? Well, I’m supposed to know you on the basis of Galatians 2:20. I
believe that. I’d like that to soak in because I can’t believe it, to be honest.
Of course, I was not crucified with him. Yes, I was. The Bible says I’m crucified with him. I was. Here’s a good point.
Between faith and what the Bible says and my experience, my analysis, my examination of
myself and the reality, I’m alive. I’m not crucified with Christ but I am. Yet I live. I live. Who is
living? Not I. vs. 20. “Ego” in the Greek language. I am alive. I am crucified. But I live. Yet not I. P.
Brian shared with me a message from P. Szabo.
He said the word “sinner” in the New Testament is not used for the saints. Only when Paul was unsaved, he called himself the “chiefest” of sinners. He refers to himself as a sinner. When I was unsaved, I was a sinner. I am
still a sinner, but my identity is if I do what I would not do, it is not I that do it but sin that dwells
in me. I am crucified. But I live. But it’s not I. It’s me. I am in Christ. Are you sanguine in your
personality type? It’s hard for you to put me in a box.
For me to live is Christ. Can you analyze Christ? God? When God shows up, you don’t know what will happen. God is outside the spectrum of human personality by the Fall and in the realm of the manifestation of God who is
Christ in the flesh. You don’t know what you’ll get except the Spirit of God manifesting the
reality of a living God who is humble, meek, aggressive, quiet, loud. Numbers 23:20 the shout of a
king is amongst us. The Jews that came out of Egypt. Why am I saying this? I have stumbled
across this through the history of my ministry.
There are people who gravitate to human personality, human viewpoint, natural man, life as we see it and understand it. I’ve also seen and discerned the Spirit of God speaking on the basis of the finished work. I died and now I live and it’s not me. Try to find me. Hide and seek God’s way. You can’t analyze the Spirit of God
and the ways of God and the mind of God. He is above and beyond the human personality. He
has no sin. He is God in the flesh. That’s the way to think. When I see you.
I’ve known P. Scibelli for decades, but in a way I don’t know him. I like it like that. I don’t want to know anything
about him except Christ in him. I don’t sit around analyzing or thinking about it. Same with Dr.
Stevens. I didn’t care about knowing him after the flesh. I like to know him after the Spirit of
God. Same in the church in Hungary, in Budapest. People didn’t know us, and we didn’t know
them. We got to know Jesus Christ in our presence.
It’s the same in life everywhere. The Spirit of God wants to teach us something about who we really are. Galatians 2:20, you cannot really believe that except by the Spirit of God. For me to live is Christ. Come on P. Schaller. For me to live is Christ. Can you feel it, hear it, see it? This is amazing. Jesus came to be our prophet, our priest and our
king and sisters and brothers, it’s got to mean something now. That’s beautiful that later we go
to heaven, but I’d like it to have an effect in my life now. I’d like to be alive unto God now. I’d
like to be a king and priest now and a prophet now.
I’d like to have words in season now. I’d like to have the message of salvation for a young person, someone in this world that is looking now. I’d like to have the message of Christ in my heart now. I’d like to have my Christmas season in the presence of God. You know how it is the day after. You have the Christmas trimmings and
then the sales and clean up and dishes. It’s all over and you think about what it means to be in
the kingdom of God after Christmas. What it means to be in the kingdom of God in the month
of January, in our new year 2020.
What a big number that is. I’d like to have the kingdom of God in my heart and in my life. Where did you go? I got out of here. I got out. I disappeared. I was buried in the tomb and left there. I was gone. I got out of this world. I was crucified with him. Now I live but not I. Do you feel the power and the authority of Christ in your everyday
life? Do you feel it in your quietness and prayer and trust? Do you feel it in your life over a long
period of time? Can you connect the dots?
I once lived in Lenox and now in Baltimore and can connect the dots with my life then and what God has done in my life now. I’m not saying it in any way to compare but only to get to this point that the kingdom of God is here amongst us. It has an effect and sometimes we don’t connect the dots. Galatians 2:20, I don’t even get credit for the
faith I have. I don’t even get credit for the faith I have tonight. It’s not me. It’s Christ in you. You
live by the faith of the Son of God. You live by the love of the Son of God. You live by the mind
of the Son of God who loved you and died for you.
That’s beautiful. What do you think? When I was in Europe many years ago, someone offered me a test to take to find out about my personality. I said that’s okay. I’m not so interested. I know who I am in my flesh. I lived with
myself a long time. I don’t care about the flesh. I want to find the Lord. I didn’t care about that.
You can analyze me up one side and down the other and what do I have at the end? I know who
I am in my flesh and it’s a great disappointment at different times. There’s a strength and a
weakness. It’s the life in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit.
He’s like a dove, gentle. He’s the Holy Spirit. He’s the fire. He’s called oil. He is the Holy Spirit, water in parched dry ground. My personal life I soak it up like water poured out in the ground. I need the Holy Spirit as my teacher. I need the Holy Spirit to speak to me and give me release and joy and purpose. I need the Holy Spirit in my
fellowship with you. One time in Hungary, – I love using Hungary as an example because you
don’t think I’m talking about you. In Hungary, a person came up to me and said that brother has
been married three times.
Why are you telling me that? I don’t care how many times. 1,000 times, I don’t care. What does that got to do with him. I don’t label him that way. If someone is a criminal or dangerous to the church, that is one thing. I understand in our administration we need to be aware of that, but this is a church of the Spirit. That’s also spiritual too, but that’s in
another area of our administration. We like to know if people are hurting people and be
protecting them. But on the other hand, what if this man after his third marriage in humility
bows his knee before his heavenly Father and says, God you know my heart. I need you.
Thank you, Jesus. I trust you, Jesus. By God’s Spirit, I am crucified. I live but not I. Christ lives in me. By
the way, that happens all the time with us. That’s why judging people is so wrong. That’s why
knowing people after the flesh I can be totally misled. Great is that person in the kingdom of
God. Jesus spoke about this in Luke 6. He that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than
John the Baptist who is the greatest born among women.
What a great story. Luke 7. A very simple story but relates to what we’ve said so far. Vs. 1-2, 3-5 you’ve been in Israel and in Capernaum and stood in that synagogue, the ruins which stand there today. It’s amazing to
think the centurion donated the money for that synagogue that is standing there today. Picture
of a house. His servant is lying in bed. Here is his boss and he’s lying in bed. They go out with
others and go to meet Jesus who is over here. They meet. That’s all. Very simple. Vs. 5-6. Don’t
come to my house. You don’t need to come to my house.
I feel, I like to use that word, I feel, I realize your authority. I can’t put my finger on this thing exactly, but I don’t have to. If you say the word, it’s going to happen. I believe that’s how we live today. I don’t understand it, but
something happened in Lenox that is affecting my life today. I can’t put my finger on it but
something that happened in my life back in Maine has something to do with what is happening
in my heart and life today. I cannot, I’m trying to connect the dots. I think I can. That’s what
happened in this story.
You might say my life hasn’t rolled that way. How do you know that? It’s hard to analyze it. Yeah, it has. You are born of the Spirit and in the kingdom of God. God’s ways are not man’s ways. You have to realize Jesus didn’t go into that house. He didn’t have to. Just like tonight he doesn’t have to show up in some form here tonight. He has shown up. He doesn’t have to answer me one way. He has already answered me this way. I believe him. The
kingdom of God has not yet come as it will come and in one sense it doesn’t have to because it
This is what the centurion story is about. You don’t have to come to my house. I
don’t have to connect the dots that way. If you only say the word, my servant will get out of
bed. I don’t have to live in the first century. I live in the 21 st century. I’m afraid of making a
mistake! I live in the 21st and that’s good for me. I see there’s all kinds of stuff going on above
and around me. I can’t put my finger on it exactly. I know it’s connected to you. I know you are
answering prayer, giving a blessing, present in the dark hours.
Even when death knocks on the door, you are there. Even a trial like Job had, I can’t be easily moved. I am moved but I’m not easily moved. I see something that transcends this natural life we are living. Vs. 6. Lord, you
don’t have to prove anything to me. Just say the word. When Jesus said the word, was it loud? I
want to suggest to you, it’s not said, maybe even nobody heard him say the word. He just said
in his heart, Father, heal. I don’t have to hear you say it. Just say it.
Your Father hears you and it’s done. That’s the way it rolls. I am crucified with Christ. Do you believe it? Of course not. You don’t know my makeup. You don’t know what I’ve been through, my upbringing, my childhood.
You don’t know the stuff I got. You don’t know all the baggage I got. I’m a narcissistic fool. I’m
an empty man. I’m a bag of worms. I’m a man of no value. You don’t even know who I am. We
know. I got to ask you the question. Come on. I’m crucified with Christ or not? There you go. I’m
crucified with Christ and for me to live the Spirit has to manifest Christ in my life.
I died with Christ. The Spirit has to speak to me and do his work. I cannot see it. I cannot connect the dots.
The centurion said, Jesus, you got to come into my house and kneel down and I have to see you
lay your hands on him. I got to see something happen. I got to connect the dots. I got to see you
do this. Same thing as a man with a lousy background saying I don’t see Jesus doing anything
for me. I don’t see him correcting my problems or helping me or delivering me from alcohol or
depression. Show me God. God is saying, be patient.
Trust me. Cause it’s true. You are crucified with Christ and for you to live is Christ. Do you hear me? The centurion would say, yes, I believe you. You don’t have to come into my house or prove it to me or show me anything. I believe
you. It is what you say. It is the reality. This is the reality of our fellowship in the Body of Christ.
Churches are destroyed by people that live in their flesh. Analyze their flesh, talk about their
flesh, occupied with their flesh. They don’t have revival or the Spirit manifesting. They don’t
have something excited. They don’t have Jesus in the presence.
Jesus, we believe you. Show yourself to us. Reveal to us who you are. We will connect the dots. We’ll see your hand. We’ll believe you based on your word. We’ll walk by faith in who you are and what you have said because you are our prophet, priest, and king. Because it happened in heaven, it is happening
on the earth because we are believing you. That’s all. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Let me say one last
thing. I’ll never forget this experience I had. I was in Maine and living in a trailer in [?] along the
seashore there. Back woods, rural, small town. In a trailer not knowing where I was or what I
was doing. I remember it well.
I laid down and my heart was on fire. My heart was on fire. I wasn’t from the area. I’m from New York. I was there up in Maine but this preacher, Dr. Stevens was preaching the finished work and not giving any room to the flesh. We were hippies but he could care less. We had hair down to our backs. We were coming off of drugs and different
things, but he didn’t care. He was preaching the finished work. He taught us we were in Christ
and a new creation. Man, did I need to hear that. I heard it and it was amazing. The heart of a
man, you go to a church like this one and go home at night and say, I’m glad I went. I’m just
glad. That is good. I need that. Thank you, God.
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