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Series: Abundant Christian Living
Date: September 1, 2013

Discovering the Purpose of Salvation

Romans 8:28-30

Introduction: Knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour is the greatest privilege of life. And most people here today had good reasons and purposes for accepting Christ. Primarily, we desired to have our sins forgiven and to know God now and forever.
But the question will usually linger: What next? How do I make this whole “Christian” life work in my life? What does being a Christian look like in my life?
God wants us not only to live but He wants us to have life more abundantly!
John 10:10 KJV 1900
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
To “abound” in the Christian life!
Abound:

1. To have or possess in great quantity; to be copiously supplied; followed by with or in; as to abound with provisions; to abound in good things.

2. To be in great plenty; to be very prevalent.

The Abundant Christian Life can never be fully enjoyed until:
1. A person is born again…saved.
2. Sure that they are saved…
John 3:36
36- He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
3. Begin to develop an understanding as to the purpose of salvation:
Romans 8:28
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

I. The Purpose of Salvation - 8:29c

A. To conform believers to Christ
Note – Through God’s redemptive plan He is calling out a people for Himself.
We will be a people who will dwell and reign with Him for all eternity.
Note – It is God who calls us and it is God who accomplishes His will in us.
Titus 3:5
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;
Note – His work is complete: Therefore no believer will ever face condemnation. No believer can possibly lose salvation.
1. Spiritually – God is in the process of sanctifying us to the image of Christ.
Hebrews 2:9-11
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
2. Bodily – We will be like Him!
1 John 3:2
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.
Ill – A Grandpa and granddaughter were sitting and talking when she asked, “Did God make you, Grandpa?”
He said, “Yes God made me.”
For a few minutes she examined her grandpa and then she looked at herself in the mirror.
At last she spoke up.
“You know Grandpa, God is doing a lot better job lately.”
B. To make Christ preeminent – That He might be the firstborn among the brethren.
Note – The term “first born” was used among the Jews to depict a privileged status. It is used here as a reference to preeminence.
1. In Creation and the world
Colossians 1:18
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
2. IN the lives of believers
Matthew 6:33
33- But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

II. The Plan of Salvation –verse 30

Note – The plan of God is based on His foreknowledge which is mentioned in verse 29. (Pro Ginosko – to know ahead.)
We cannot fathom the omniscience of God. However, God sees our faith in advance of our lives.
In Jeremiah 1:5 God said, “Before I formed you in the belly I knew you.”
God’s predestination is based on His foreknowledge!!
He will never force you to do something against your will…always asking you to make the decision to follow Him…
Revelation 3:20
20- Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
A. He pre-determined our destiny. – A destiny of conforming to His image.
Ephesians 1:11
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Note – It is because He pre-determined our destiny that we know all things work together for Good!
Note - God makes no mistakes.
B. He calls us to His destiny. – He does this through the preaching of His Word. The Holy Spirit calls at the moment of salvation.
2 Timothy 1:9
9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Note – The fact that He “calls” indicates that we must answer. We must exercise our will.
John 3:18
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Note – God does not limit atonement; man limits atonement when He says “no” to God. God is not willing that any should perish….
2 Peter 2:9
9- The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
C. He paid for our destiny. – (through justification)
Note – Justification refers to a believers being made right with God.
Romans 3:24-25
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
D. He declares our destiny. – (to be glorified)-vs. 30
1 John 3:1-3
1- 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.

III. The Priority of Sanctification

To be more like Jesus is not something that we can do in our own strength we need the powerful Spirit of God to lead us in this endeavor.
Note – God’s purpose is for us to “Conform to His image.” Is that something that doesn’t take place until Heaven or does He want our lives right now to reflect the fact that He has taken up residence in you?
Definition – Sanctification is the ongoing work of the Spirit whereby He leads in our life to bring us to the likeness of Jesus Christ.
Becoming like Christ on this earth is a matter of progressive sanctification.
Salvation is the decision of the moment…sanctification is the lifetime of continual yielding to the Holy Spirit.
A. The Holy Spirit indwells all Christians.
Romans 8:9
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 8:14-15
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
B. The Holy Spirit changes people from the inside out.
Note – Rules and regulations may be necessary, but they are not tools of change.
Romans 8:13
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Note –Sin is a matter of the heart.
Mark 7:21-23
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Note – Only the Holy Spirit of God can change the heart!
Ill – I heard of an elderly woman, who died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten request she said, “They wouldn’t take me out while I was living, I don’t want them to take me out when I’m dead.”
C. The tool of the Holy Spirit is the Word of God.
John 17:17
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Ephesians 5:26
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word

Conclusion

Today we are either slowly conforming to this world or we are becoming more Christ like.

Romans 12:2 KJV 1900
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
God’s desire is clear in Scripture….
Ephesians 4:13–14 KJV 1900
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Are you saved?
Are you sure?
Are you surrendered?
Are you allowing God to work His purposes in your life?
Is there unconfessed/unrepented of sin in your life?
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