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Belong to Him - by Michael Phillips
The Passion of Jesus Christ - Part 24 of 51
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1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Mar 23, 2005 pm - For the last several months we've been studying John Piper's book, The Passion of Jesus Christ. Divided into fifty short chapters, it explains why our Lord was crucified, or to put a finer point on it, why God sent His Son to the cross. The word we're looking for here is salvation. God sent His Son to the cross to save us from our sin and misery. But what does this mean-'to save us?' It means a great many things. The one we'll look at tonight is not one of the best known or most loved. But it should be! Jesus Christ suffered and died so that we might belong to Him. The key word in the sentence is 'belong'. What does it mean? It depends on how you use it. 'Jerry belongs to the Republican Party' means one thing; 'The boots belong to Jerry' means something else. The first has to do with affiliation or support or membership; the second has to do with ownership. Even if Jerry is a fanatical Republican, the Party doesn't own him in the same way he owns the boots. If Jerry bought the boots for himself, they belong to him. They've got no say about it. They're his! This is how the word is used in our chapter and the way I'll be using it in the sermon. Our Lord died so that we would belong ... More >>>

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