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on the cross of Christ the perfect Son

of God became sin for us that we might

become the righteousness of God in him

while you and I had a debt we could not

pay we had somebody with enough cred who

said well I’ll pick up that Tab and I

will pay it with my own blood





many of us need a verdict

for us

to relieve us

from the guilt

of the accusations against us

many of you know what it is to neither

not guilty verdict

to need Mercy in the court

to release you because what happens with

the verdict affects your destiny

what happens with the verdict in the

courtroom is not just for that moment

it’s for your future

as we have seen and as we will see I

believe once more next week there is a

there is a verdict that Satan has placed

against you

with cause

but Jesus Christ stands as your defense


if you know Jesus Christ as your savior

in order to represent you in the

courtroom of Heaven

we have tried to explain that

you must look

at your life on Earth

as being lived out predicated on the

legislation in heaven

I have shown you throughout the Bible

where the Bible renders our lives

commensurate with a court scene

where there is legislation occurring

that’s why the Bible is full of laws and

statutes and judges and judgments and

all of the legalese

that has been adopted in human existence

because it was drawn from Heavenly


when a football team fumbles the

football and the other team recovers

a major shift has occurred

major shift has occurred because the

team that was on offense is now on

defense the team that was on defense is

now on offense because there has been a

fumbling of the ball

God put Adam in the offensive position

to rule the Earth but he fumbled the


Satan and the Demonic realm picked up

the fumble

and change the trajectory of History

first John 5 19 says

the whole world lies in the hands of the

evil one

so while God is the creator of the world

man has handed it over to the Demonic

Realm because man has fumbled the ball

and the reality is most of us fumble it

again and again and again and again

which gives the devil legal rights to

your life

he has legislative rights to your life

because of our sinfulness

but we still desperately want a verdict

on our behalf

in spite of what

has happened

in our spiritual reality of sinfulness

so I want to help you me us

get a favorable verdict

in the courtroom of heaven so we can be

set free

in the realities of Earth

in Colossians chapter 1 verse 13 for he

rescued us

referring to believers

from the domain of Darkness

and transferred us to the kingdom of his

beloved Son

there has been a spiritual transfer

to another Realm

when you accepted Christ

and I trust you all have accepted Christ

when you’ve accepted Christ you were

transferred to another Realm

another kingdom that’s why you hear the

word Kingdom so much around here the

rule of God

you are now existing while on Earth in a

new spiritual reality

the kingdom of his dear son

Kingdom means rule Kingdom means

Authority Kingdom means you’re under the

rulership and authority of his dear son

of Jesus Christ you’ll see why that’s

important in a moment

now in order for Satan to rule you

since you don’t live with him anymore

because you’ve been transferred out of

the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom

of his dear son

he’s got to get you out of that house

cause he has no Authority in that house

so he’s gotta even though you’re a


get you to move out

back to his kingdom of darkness

so he says in verse 8 of chapter 2 see

to it

okay see to it is strong

make sure

that no one takes you captive through

philosophy empty deception according to

the tradition of men according to the

elementary principles of the world

rather than according to Christ

he says stop being duped


because the reason Satan wants to dupe

you is to remove you from the new

kingdom in which you have been placed so

he can control the agenda of your life

he says stop being due because once once

Satan dupes you you’re on his Turf now

you plan on his field

and he controls the agenda he says see

to it that you stop being tricked

with deception that has no juice in it

yes that’s empty

and how do you know

because it’s man’s thinking that

disagrees with Christ

that’s what he says the tradition of men

and it calls this Elementary principles

he says don’t be taken captive

don’t be tricked

by A system that is against God

and now it is publicly against God

and people are being duped day in and

day out

because they fail to judge things what

he says in verse 8 according to Christ

having established that the world system

the world’s thinking the world’s

philosophy the world’s education the

world’s media the world’s Politics the

world social structure all of that is to

be made subject to this new kingdom the

kingdom of his dear son which is

controlled and ruled by Jesus Christ

he says

for in him

all the fullness of deity dwells in

bodily form

did you see that

in him in Christ

everything that makes God God is in


because he’s the son of God he Bears all

the attributes of deity in fact back

over to chapter one and he tells you a

little bit more Jesus about Jesus he

says in verse 15 he is the image of the

invisible God

the firstborn of all creation by him all

things were created both the heavens and

in the earth visible and invisible

Thrones dominions rulers authorities all

things have been created through him and

for him

he is the head of the body of the church

the beginning the firstborn of the dead

so that he himself will come to have

first place in everything

for it was the father’s good pleasure

for all fullness to dwell in him

the reason why you listen to Jesus is

because he knows more than everybody

else because he made everything

when the Bible says in the beginning God

created and then it says and God said

God created but Jesus taught

because he’s the word of God

all the fullness of deity all that makes

God God is resident in Jesus Christ so

he says Jesus is to have first place in

everything there is no subject there is

no system there is no circumstance where

Jesus is not to be the decision maker

in fact your first question on every

subject should be what does Jesus think

about this

that should be your perspective on every

subject matter

according to Hebrews chapter 2 verses 7

and 8

everything has been placed under Jesus’s


what he is telling you now is you are to

be identified

in and with him as your new point of

reference for life

your new point of reference is in him

and with him you are to be connected

in every area of life with him

let me show you something from that

before beloved okay Christians

do not believe every spirit

okay don’t don’t just believe it because

sound good it feels good they talking


don’t believe every spirit

but test the spirits

say okay you gotta you gotta give you

you got to give the information you’re

getting a test

all right and see whether they are from

God oh okay did this come from God did

this come from the devil because the

devil can sometimes sound like God

by this you know the spirit of God and

ain’t gonna tell you how to test it

every spirit that confesses that Jesus

Christ has come in the flesh is from God

every spirit that does not confess Jesus

is not from God this is the spirit of

the Antichrist of which you have heard

that it is coming and now is already in

the world you are from God little

children and have overcome them because

greater is he who is in you than he that

is in the world they are from the world

therefore they speak from the oh oh

they are from the world

so they speak from the world

and the world listens to them we are

from God he who knows God listens to us

he who is not from God does not listen

to us by this we know the spirit of

truth and the spirit of error

thank you

Dr Evans will be right back after this

important announcement





you don’t know it’s legit cause it sound


you could be listening and saying Amen

to the Antichrist

he says the way you know it’s legit is

that it confesses watch this now stay

with me that Jesus has come in the flesh

watch this now

to believe that Jesus

spiritually came is one thing

but to believe in their Humanity in the

flesh of Jesus is another thing why

because to believe that Jesus has also

come in the flesh means that he has

something to say about my human


because he’s not only God up there he’s

man down here

either they are Antichrist or carnal

Christians because he says if you know


you confess Christ and the people you

talking to will accept what you’re

saying but if they reject it it’s

because they’re Antichrist

notice notice he uses the word confess


confess Christ see to confess is to

publicly acknowledge

see publicly acknowledge

if Jesus is not on your lips if Jesus is

perspective it’s not what you’re

communicating if Jesus’s worldview is

not what you’re talking about you are

hanging out with the Antichrist

all the fullness dwells in Jesus Christ

so don’t you be ashamed to confess

Christ so now we’re in court we’re in

court beginning in verse 14. we’re in


verse 14.

having canceled

out the certificate of debt

consisting of decrees

against us

all of this is legal language

the decrees are legal accusations that’s

what the letter that’s what the word

means it means legal accusations Satan

has legal accusations against you

you thought this you did that you acted

this way you you you talked like that he

can legally say he can’t he can’t take

you out of Heaven if you’re a Christian

but he will say you can’t you can’t

deliver him out of that you can’t help

her through that you can’t provide for

them in this you can’t do that for them

because look at what they did

and you’re a perfect God you can’t have

fellowship with that and since I know

that you can’t have fellowship with that

you can’t answer their prayers you can’t

give them a breakthrough you can’t give

them peace you can’t provide joy and

sometimes we wonder why the world does

not work because of the decrees against


so the court the court has heard the


but the first verse says

having canceled

having canceled

the certificate

of debt

okay the certificate is an official

record okay it’s been recorded it’s it’s

been certified as valid

let me ask you if anybody in here have

debts you can’t pay

everybody okay he says there is a debt

that sinful men oh a perfect God

but he goes on to say

that the debt

was canceled

how was it canceled

which was hostile to us

it was against us because God can’t

change his standards he either has to

condemn us compromise his character or

come up with a plan to make us righteous

it says which

were hostile they were against us God

you can’t do that for Evans you can’t do

that for John and Jill and Butch and

Betty you can’t because your standards

won’t allow it and God will never dumb

down and stand

he has taken it out of the way yes

having nailed it to the cross

he has taken it out of the way

having nailed it to the cross

in John Chapter 19 Verse 30 you have the


legal transaction in history when Jesus

on the cross utters the Greek word

the Greek word tetelestai is translated

in your English Bible it is finished

it is finished

paid in full

on the cross

your sins my sins was paid for by a


it was paid for by the perfect Son of


Who provided substitutionary atonement

for our sins to pay the penalty that we

owe to a holy God who cannot dumb down

his standard

it was a price we could not pay

so we needed a substitute who had a

perfect credit score

on the cross of Christ

the perfect Son of God who knew no sin

second Corinthians 5 21

became sin for us that we might become

the righteousness of God in him it’s

called the substitutionary atonement

where he took what you owe God picked up

the tab himself but that’s only half the

story the other half of the story is he

gave you his credit score

and we become the righteousness of God

in him so the great legal transaction

with God is that while you and I had a

debt we could not pay we had somebody

with enough cred

who said well I’ll pick up that Tab and

I will pay it for them with my own blood

on the cross of Jesus Christ when Jesus

said my God my God why is Thou forsaken

me he endured

Eternal judgment on your behalf and my

behalf and you tell me you’re ashamed to

confess Jesus and you tell me you’re

ashamed to bring Jesus’s perspective

into the conversation

One Day in heaven you’re going to see

nail print hands you’re going to see

nail print feet you’re going to see a

scar in the side and you’re going to

praise him that he covered you from the

wrath of God but don’t wait till you get

to heaven to praise him praise him now

now watch this watch this I ain’t


took them out of the way


he did something else

when he had this arm the rulers verse 15

and authorities

oh okay

he paid for your sins in verse 14.

but he did something else he disarmed

the rulers and authorities and made a

public display of them

having triumphed over them through him

what he did in forgiving your sins is he

rose from the dead stepped on a cloud

went through the spiritual realm to be

seated on the right hand of the father

so that that satanic realm no longer has

the last word over your life


picture it

you in the courtroom of Heaven

and Satan is your prosecuting attorney

and he says

your honor

this is what I know

this is what they did

and this is what your judgment

ought to be

and you’re sitting on the stand

and the judge says

who you think you’re talking to

who you who you talking to you

you can’t bring that up in here because

you see that defense attorney over there

he’s already taken care of what you’re

talking about so what you told me you

ain’t you ain’t doing that in my court

not against him him him and her because

that’s already been covered by the

defense attorney what else you got yeah

that’s coming to what else you got yeah

that’s coming too how long you want to

go go through this because all of the

deaths were covered by my son

all of them

so you can Trump the devil on every


that he raises against you as long as he

does not get you on his field

ah see that’s the deal if he can pull

you with philosophy worldly thinking

secularism political uh ideologies if he

can if he can trip you and trap you and

get you feeling some kind of way and

think in some kind of way then he has

now got you on his turf

here it is

what God made

legal in the death of Christ you must

make literal with your confession of

Christ you say that again

the legal has been achieved

the literal must be accessed

God has done it up there

but only your confession of Christ

brings it down here

so if you are ashamed of Christ if

philosophy of this world can overrule

Christ then you do not help help in

Heaven’s courtroom because you’ve joined

the prosecution

you’ve joined their worldview

and their perspective

so there’s a verdict on your behalf that

can be rendered by the cross

and God wants to render it in closing as


in the Civil War

there was a guy named Pratt true story

and in the Civil War

in the Union Army

you could pay somebody

to go to war for you and be your


so Mr Pratt

found a man named Mr White

and Pratt paid White

to go to war for him

Pratt now had a substitute

for him in the union war in the Civil

War because white agreed to be his


white was killed in the war

the draft board redrafted Pratt

because Pratt you’re still alive

Pratt took the draft board to Coyle

and Pratt said you can’t draft me

because I died in white


you can’t redraft me because my

substitute has paid the price so even

though I’m still alive I am also dead

because I’m dead in white

and the Court ruled that you can’t read

draft Pratt because Pratt is already

dead when it’s substitute died for him I

think you called something like that in

courtroom Double Jeopardy you can’t try

me for the same thing once I’ve been

found innocent and now that Jesus Christ

has declared you innocent the devil

can’t do double jeopardy on you you have

been covered by the cross of Jesus

Christ just don’t buy the philosophy of

this world order so that he who the son

sets free as free and lies and you can

hear the verdict of Calvary not guilty

not guilty