Temple Baptist Church - 2-11-2018
A. Last week, we saw the baptism of the Holy Ghost that places us into the body of Christ. Baptized into Jesus. I am His and He is mine.
B. Tonight, I want to take a short look at the change of our relationship with sin. The entire 6th chapter of Romans is about our relationship to sin after we are saved.
1. There is a great difference between possession and profession when it comes to salvation. We need to be very careful at this point because God is the only one who can judge a man’s heart.
2. As we look across America, we find that God and Jesus Christ are mentioned but those speaking do not have a testimony of a changed life.
Acts 8:39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, (10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (11) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
James 2:17-18 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (18) Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
C. When we are saved, our relationship with sin is forever changed. This is an important doctrine.
1. In Salvation, we have been saved from the Penalty of Sin. Verse 2 – “dead to sin.” 1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
2. In Salvation, we have been saved from the Practice of Sin. Verse 4 – “newness of life.” Ephesians 2:2-3 Whereinin time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (3) Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
3. In Salvation, we have been saved from the Power of Sin. Verse 9 – “no more dominion.” Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
4. In Salvation, we will one day be removed from the Presence of Sin. Verse 6 – “that the body of sin might be destroyed.” Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
D. The “New Life” in Christ.
1. It should be a life that is different. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2. It should be a life that glorifies God and not self. 1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
3. It should be a life that is both vibrant and godly. 2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
4. It should be a life that portrays an inward fullness of Joy. Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5. It should be a life that is victorious life of temperance. Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6. It should be a life that is faithful to the things of God. Acts 2:41-42, 46-47 Then they that gladly received his wordwere baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (42) And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers ... (46) And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, (47) Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.