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Christ is Better, Boast in Him - Tim Conway

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    One of the clearest descriptions, I think,
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    of what a true Christian looks like
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    is found in Philippians 3:3.
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    Who knows the three
    things that are said there?
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    The true circumcision -
    what do they look like?
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    No confidence in the flesh. That's one.
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    What are the other two?
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    They glory or boast,
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    some translations say,
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    in Christ Jesus.
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    What's the other one?
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    They worship in the Spirit.
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    But they boast in Jesus Christ.
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    You know how you can tell
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    the true Christian?
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    They boast in Christ.
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    Isn't that always a dead giveaway?
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    When we find people that
    profess to be Christians,
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    but you just don't hear
    anything about Christ,
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    it's very suspect.
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    Very suspect.
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    People can talk about religion.
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    They can talk about "God."
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    You know, you listen to some people
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    and they talk about
    God this, God this, God this,
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    but there's never anything of Christ.
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    I'll tell you one thing God does
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    when He saves a person.
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    He makes them a lover of Jesus Christ.
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    Jesus becomes our all.
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    And so, if we boil this down,
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    consider Jesus to the end
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    that you might become
    more confident in Him.
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    But if we're going to add a little more
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    to that summary,
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    we might say this:
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    Consider Jesus by comparing
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    Moses to Jesus
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    so that you might become more confident
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    in Jesus.
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    That would be a good summary, I think.
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    But as I looked at this, I thought,
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    but doesn't this raise the question.
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    Look, whoever the writer of Hebrews is -
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    some think it's Paul,
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    some think it's somebody else.
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    I don't think we can know for certain.
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    But whoever he is,
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    if we could get him here, we'd say,
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    hey writer-of-Hebrews guy,
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    if you want us to consider Jesus,
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    why introduce Moses?
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    Doesn't that get in the way?
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    I mean if you want us
    thinking about Jesus,
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    don't tell us about somebody else
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    because then that gets
    us thinking about them.
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    If you want us thinking about Jesus,
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    just tell us about Jesus.
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    And I think the writer would say,
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    well, that's not true.
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    When I introduce something else
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    and it's for the sake of comparing them
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    to Jesus in order to show you
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    how much greater He is,
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    then it's a very useful way to get us
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    thinking about Jesus.
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    He doesn't want us just thinking
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    about Jesus in a vacuum.
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    He wants us thinking about
    how much better Jesus is.
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    Brethren, I'll tell you this.
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    Comparison is a massively powerful way
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    to use our minds in order to
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    build up our confidence.
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    Brethren, we need to be people
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    who do this with our minds.
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    We need to be people who are
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    very studied in the art of comparison.
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    We need to be that.
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    Brethren, every time you feel
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    an idol tug at your heart;
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    every time there's something
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    that competes for your affections,
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    you need to be able to
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    masterfully use Scripture
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    to compare those things in your mind.
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    Comparison is very powerful.
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    When you set Christ side by side
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    with anything else in your life -
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    any possession, any
    love, any relationship,
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    any money, any power, any person,
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    any religion, any kind
    of philosophical thought,
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    or the ways the world thinks -
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    any of that - any of it.
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    Anything.
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    When you set it beside Jesus
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    and carefully examine Him
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    over against that thing,
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    if you properly discern them both,
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    you have to come away what?
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    If you discern properly,
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    you have to come away every single time
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    thinking that Jesus is better.
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    Why?
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    Because He really is better,
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    and if you see Him for what He is
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    and the thing where you're comparing Him
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    over against what it is,
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    you have to see Him as better.
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    And the writer of Hebrews know this:
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    Any time you see Jesus
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    better than that thing,
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    you will not walk away from Jesus
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    Who you think is better,
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    for the thing you think is inferior.
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    Right?
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    It never happens.
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    And so the Christian,
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    in order to stay and stand
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    and remain steadfast and boasting -
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    brethren, people boast in the Lord
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    when they don't have greater things
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    to boast about.
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    The guy that's always boasting in himself
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    boasts like that because he thinks
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    he's better than Christ.
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    He may not admit it,
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    but he thinks it.
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    So brethren, comparison.
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    It's weighty.
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    We need to become masters at it.
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    When you study Jesus
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    and anything else,
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    you come to that conclusion:
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    Jesus is better.
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    You don't abandon Jesus.
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    That's the reality.
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    That's the reality.
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    Oh, brethren, consider Jesus.
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    He is better.
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Christ is Better, Boast in Him - Tim Conway
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