For today’s Sermons Thoughts and Feelings, we are going to talk the sermon titled As Jesus Is, So Are You, by Pastor Joseph Prince. In the sermon, Pastor Prince talks about how as the Lord Jesus Christ is at the Father’s right hand, so are in this world, based on 1 John 4:17.
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.1 John 4:17
This is part 2 of this sermon’s thoughts and feelings where we are going to be focusing on three points from the next 10 minutes of the sermon after the first 8 minutes we covered in part 1. As I warned in the first part, this particular sermon has so many important points that it will take a while to finish it. We are still just in the first 20 minutes and anyone who has listened to Pastor Prince’s sermons knows how long they can be.
So let’s get into today’s points. Here the first point.
His love, not our love
Pastor Prince says that in this sermon he wants to touch on Jesus at the Father’s right hand and what that means for us today. He talks about how the Lord spoke to him and asked him to emphasize the truth of ‘as He is so are we in this world’ more than he has ever done before. To do that he starts by talking about the sermon’s main scripture, 1 John 4:17.
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
I picked the first point when Pastor Prince breaks down the first part of 1 John 4:17 that says that love has been perfected among us. Pastor Prince teaches us that the love being referred to in this verse is God’s love and not our own love.
Pastor Prince says that this is important for us to know because it’s when we know that God loves us, and His love has come to completion that we can have the boldness to come before Him, even in the day of judgment as our verse says.
This is something that for me personally brings me relief and joy because my love is rarely ever on the up and up. My love doesn’t give me the confidence to go before God, but knowing that He loves me completely means I can go before Him and depend on His love. My own love is definitely not perfected enough for me to depend on it, not my love for God, not my love for my neighbor, and not even my love for myself.
Pastor Prince then goes into an explanation of the judgment seat of Christ and how the word judgment is actually not in the Greek version of the verse that talks about the judgment seat of Christ. (Pastor Prince doesn’t actually give the reference but I think it might be 2 Corinthians 5:10? He also makes reference to 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 ) He says instead that the seat of Christ being referred to is the bema seat of Christ for rewards that we get based on the works we would have done on earth.
This leads us to our second point:
It’s not just about what you do, but why you do what you do
Pastor Prince makes reference to 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 to explain the Bema seat of Christ, and he talks about how the rewards are determined by whether what we have accomplished here on earth was done through our own power and works, or through Him by His grace.
11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.1 Corinthians 3
Pastor Prince highlights the following:
- Gold – divinity, divine power
- Silver – redemption based on grace
- Precious stones – seeing God’s people, the church of Jesus Christ
- Wood, hay, straw – man’s own strength
He explains that you get your rewards based on what you have done and why you did it, gold being the best, and wood, hay and straw being what you want to avoid. Whatever you do that is not for Christ and His people, or through Christ, and is based on wrong reasons is wood, hay, and straw. You get a reward or you don’t get a reward based on this.
You can do the right thing for the wrong reason, and we need to serve the Lord for the right reasons. Pastor Prince talks about the church of Ephesus and how they are rebuked because of their acts were not based on the correct things. Their work, labor, and patience were not based on faith, love, and hope as in Thessalonians.
3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Thessalonians 1:3
Serve the Lord for all the right reasons:
- Work – faith
- Labour – love
- Patience – hope
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.1 Corinthians 13:13
This reminder is something that we need every day, especially in this age where hustling is the most important thing, where we are always encouraged by the world to be on the go. As someone who loves storytelling and wants to make a living from it in a time where there are so many people trying to do the same, I can often get tempted to write things that will bring me money and forget about my WHY.
There are all these things to consider sometimes, one important one is putting food on the table and another is staying relevant, or in my case, becoming relevant. The career I am trying to build is based on having some kind of relevance otherwise you won’t get anywhere. And I can be tempted to just do things that will lead me somewhere, and yet are not based on faith, hope, and love. However, this whole sermon reminds me that I am not of this world and I can depend on God to get me to where I want to get. In fact, if I want to live the vine life, I have to depend on Him and stop trying to do things by my own strength.
It reminds me that there is a life after this and I have to make choices that not only affect my present-day life which temporary but the life that will have when Christ returns, which is eternal. This is hard to do because I am living life today, and I need to feed myself today. But this is where faith, hope, and love come in right?
Having faith that He Who promised to take care of me will be faithful to keep His promise, and He would teach me to profit. Living with hope, which is the confident expectation of good that, hope that as I trust in Him, He will make all I do to prosper even if I look like I am going nowhere to the rest of the world. And trusting that He who did not withhold His only Beloved Son from me, but gave Him up for me because He loves me, will freely give me all things that I need. (Romans 8:31-39) He will open doors for me, even where there seems to be no way.
I want to succeed in life, but I have to remember that Jesus said that He is the vine and I am a branch, and without Him, I can do nothing (John 15:5). When I live life the vine-life way, I not only bear much fruit, but what I do is of gold, silver and precious stones, it gives glory to God. So when I came the choice to live the vine life I am killing two birds with one stone aren’t I? Food for thought?
It’s not just about what you do, it’s also about why you do what you do.
From here, Pastor Prince goes into the third point, which is:
Have a throne-life attitude
Pastor Prince goes back to the main scripture and shares that the Lord wants this verse to be emphasized in his ministry. He also shares that miracles have been happening in his ministry through this verse. As people believe that as He is so are we in this world, miracles of health are happening in their lives.
He then shares that there is another meaning for the day of judgment in the verse. The day judgment can mean the day of being tried. It can mean the day we face a trial – in that day of trial we can have boldness because as He is so are we in this world.
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world
He teaches that it’s not always God ‘trying’ you, but the devil or men can also try you. Pastor Prince shared that it is the day of you being scrutinized, a day of crisis. We can have boldness in the day of crisis because as He is so are we in this world.
Pastor Prince also shares that it’s not just as He was when He was on earth, which would have been good enough all things considered, but it is as He IS, risen and at the Father’s right hand. He goes on to say that the Father told Jesus to seat at His right hand until the Father makes His enemies His footstool, and the last enemy is physical death.
And every day, things are getting better and better for the church because Christ sat down at the Father’s right hand for us. He sat down for us, on behalf of us (Hebrews 9) so we are seated with him. And Pastor Prince encourages us to have the same throne attitude. The Father told Him to sit until the Father, Himself, makes Jesus’ enemies His footstool. So we are supposed to rest at His right hand until the Father makes our enemies our footstool because as Christ is, so are we in this world.
So I am supposed to have a throne life attitude and stop spending time worrying about my future, the battle isn’t mine, it’s the Father’s when I rest at His right hand in Christ. And this throne-life attitude ties together so well with the two previous points for me. If I have a throne-life attitude, I am living the vine life and resting in the Father’s love.
I mean, think about it, if I don’t believe that He loves me completely, how can I go before Him and rest at His right hand? If I am not confident in His love, I will find myself doing things to try to earn the love He has already freely given with my own efforts… that wood, hay, and straw. Without Him, I can do nothing, and with Him, I will bear much fruit that gives glory to God.
As I listened to this over and over again, this is what I thought: Having a throne-life attitude not only helps me by ensuring I experience victory from someone who can defeat all my enemies when I never could, but it also helps me to give glory to Him as He wants me to… and in the process He guides me to do things that I will get rewarded for?
I really want that…
A lot of the times I feel like there is a lot of things that I need to defeat in my life, enemies that need to be fought for me to be who He wants me to me, but in Christ Jesus, the Father has asked me to sit down at His right hand while He makes my enemies my footstool. And let’s be honest, before I had this revelation, I tried on my own and failed. I don’t know about you, but I choose His wisdom this time around.
The battle isn’t ours, it’s His.
For the rest of the sermon, Pastor Prince goes on talking about how God wants Him to emphasize on the promise that as He is so are we in this world in terms of our health. It’s not just about our standing before Him and our righteousness, but also about our health.
As Christ is, so am I in this world. As the Lord Jesus Christ is healthy, whole and strong, so am I in this world.
In the rest of the sermon, Pastor Prince shares a number of testimonies of people healed by claiming this promise. He goes deeper into what it means for our health to be as He is. So if you interested in knowing my thoughts on that, make sure to stay tuned for the next parts of this sermon.
You can find the first part here if you have not read it.
Here is an excerpt from the sermon.
Until next time-
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