Temple Baptist Church - 2-1-2009
A. We understand through 2 Corinthians 5:15 that our life is changed dramatically and eternally at the moment of salvation. This is not the work of man but the work of God as the Holy Spirit comes into our life and He begins to make changes. Salvation is not rehabilitation. Salvation is regeneration! Regeneration is an act of God.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
REGENERATION - new birth, reproduction, renewal, recreation, regeneration, hence renovation, regeneration, the production of a new life consecrated to God, a radical change of mind for the better. The word often used to denote the restoration of a thing to its pristine state, its renovation, as a renewal or restoration of life after death
B. There is a shameful possibility of the believer returning to the old life. Though we know that the Lord chastens His own, many saved people choose to walk in carnal disobedience to the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.
Hebrews 11:13-16 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
1 Kings 11:1-6 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, [and] Hittites; 2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
C. Though “bought with a price,” each individual child of God has the right of choice. When I say “right of choice,” I want each of us to understand that choosing to walking in disobedience to God is always the wrong choice.
D. The Christian has an obligation to walk in “newness of life.” (Romans 6:1-4) This walk of newness of life is brought about by three things:
1. We Need To Know Some Things – vs. 3, ***20-23 (not to be ignorant - lack of understanding)
a. We Are Baptized into Christ - 3-4
b. Our Old Man Is Crucified With Christ - 6-8
c. Death Hath No More Dominion Over Us - 9-10
2. We Need to Reckon Some Things – vs. 6, ***14-16 (to determine, purpose, decide)
a. We Are Dead To Sin - 11-12
b. We Need To Be Dead To The World - 1 John 2:15
c. We Need To Be Dead To Self ” - 1 Cor 15:31 - “I die daily”
3. We Need To Yield Ourselves – vs. 12-13, ***17-19
a. Let not – vs. 12
b. Obey not - vs. 12
c. Yield not – vs. 13
E. Our walk in “newness of life” should be motivated by these three things:
1. We Should Be Motivated By Our Position In Christ - 1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
2. We Should Be Motivated By Our Debt To Christ - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
3. We Should Be Motivated By Our Love For Christ - Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?