THE COAT OF FAITH
by Dr Gregory Magruder | May 20, 2018
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 05/20/18
“The Coat of Faith”
Genesis 42-50, Hebrews 11:22
INTRODUCTION: Joseph’s life is the story of coats. Joseph wore a different coat at each major event in his life. The coats reveal Joseph’s relationship with God and others. We also wear many different coats on our Christian journey. Today we conclude our sermon series, “Joseph: The Story of Coats.” We will look at the Coat of Faith. Joseph lived a long full life, but he held on to the promise that God had given to his people Israel. One day Israel would settle in the promised land. “By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones” (Hebrews 11:22). Faith trusts the promises of God and plans for God to carry them out.
JOSEPH WORE HIS COAT OF FAITH INTO THE FUTURE.
*Joseph saw his dreams literally come true. He knew that God’s promises are real and are completed. Now Joseph was governor over the land…And Joseph's brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground…And Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him (Genesis 42:6-8).
*Joseph revealed himself to his brothers and assured them that God had devised a plan to save lives. God had a future for Israel. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life…And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God” (Genesis 45:4-8).
*Israel shared God’s promise that the nation would one day return to the Promised Land. Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you again to the land of your fathers” (Genesis 48:21).
*Joseph believed God’s promises. He had faith that the nation would one day enter the Promised Land. He was embalmed with a promise. He wore the coat of faith on his deathbed and trusted God to fulfill his promises. And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” So Joseph died, being 110 years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt (Genesis 50:24-26).
*Years later, Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt and took Joseph’s bones with him. God’s promises are true and they come to pass. Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones with you from here” (Exodus 13:19).
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
BY FAITH, WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE PROMISES OF GOD.
*We believe that we will one day receive new bodies. We will put off the old natural body and put on a new spiritual body. So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable…It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body…Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality (1 Corinthians 15:42-53).
*We believe that one day Jesus will return and set up his kingdom. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
*We believe that there will be a new heaven and a new earth. We will enter our own Promised Land and be with Jesus forever. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God” (Rev 21:1-3).
We wear the coat of faith to our deathbed knowing God’s promises are true and will come to pass.