What Does God Give His People
- We defined God’s people as those who have faith in Him.
- As a result, they have chosen to act differently.
- And, we ended by saying that many ppl don’t feel the need to live differently and rely on God b/c:
- They are content with their current lives, or
- They don’t feel a need to be forgiven.
- Our response: but there is so much more.
So, Today, We’re Going to Address:
- What is that “something more?”
- I know it’s out there.
- What is it that many people on the outside fail to understand about what God wants to give them?
- Let’s see what Paul has to say:
- Rom 7.14-24
- Sound familiar?
- God knows and cares about this problem
- So, what does He do about it?
He saves you
- But, possibly, not in a way you totally expected.
- What follows will be a biblical explanation of salvation…the gift God gives to all of His people.
- We all need to know this and constantly review it.
- Remember our [w3] objective –to show that God answers questions the same in both testaments.
- “Gentleman, this is a football.”
- To be saved implies that there is something from which we have to be rescued/saved.
- What is it?
- Hell? Sin? Yes.
- Unresolved sin leads to hell.
- But, it leads to something else as well. Something that we often overlook.
- And, in doing so, cheapen the gift God gives us.
A convicted criminal faces two dilemmas:
1. Legal debt (jail time, fine, etc.)
2. Moral debt (emotional implications)
a. guilt, remorse, sorrow, shame
- Obviously, the more crimes you commit, the less you notice this second problem.
- You’ve become cauterized to sin (1 Tim 4.1-2).
Sinners have the same two problems:
1. We legally owe God something (Rom 6.23)
o God took care of this by sending His Son to die in our place and pay this debt…
o In case you’re worrying, we’ll assume most people here understand how this works.
§ “Paid your debt to society.”
· Jail/Prison/Fine…Judge now lets you go
o [funny story about person in audience committing a crime]
§ So, we’ll throw a $5 word at it and then move on—justification. –[define.]
· Remember this word.
· Justified = “Just as if I’d…”
o Later I’ll explain why I don’t totally like that illustration, but you can use it for now.
2. We continue to suffer with the emotional leftovers.
o We feel guilty. Down. Depressed. Upset. Troubled…as a result of our sin.
§ Doesn’t God care about this?
o What have we to offer our friends if/when they ask about emotions?
§ “Ok, great. I’m going to Heaven in 100 yrs or 1000 yrs…20 min. But, what about the fact that I feel like trash today? What about the problems I have tomorrow? Does your God care about those problems?...the emotional leftovers?”
· Yes. He does.
Sanctification – Another $5 Word.
- Sanctification addresses this problem.
- It works to consume the moral & emotional leftovers.
- But not at the speed or in the same way that justification consumes our legal problem. * This is what Paul meant by “fear and trembling” (Phil 2.12)
- It also molds us and shapes us into the people God wants us to be.
- It is the power behind God’s “self-help book”
- The difference—pop psychology books provide only suggestions and methods.
- God gives us those. And, he gives us the power to accomplish them.
- Breakdown in the judge/criminal scenario being “Just as if I’d…”
- The judge does not now declare that the crimes were never committed.
- They’re still there.
- But, the debt has been paid.
- But, it’s not truly “Just as if I’d…”
- b/c the memory & the emotional leftovers are still there
- So, how does a convict rehabilitate himself?
- How do we—as spiritually freed convicts—rehabilitate into happy, functional creatures?
- Through sanctification.
Becoming Who You (and God) Wants You To Be
- Jer 29.11 (NLT)
- Speaking to (God’s people) held captive by Babylon
- Ps 40.1-3 (NLT)
- Isa 41.10 (NIV)
- Isa 40.29-31 (NLT)
- Eph 4.24 (NIV) [butterfly: 2 Cor 5.17]
- In Colossians 3, Paul instructs his readers to put on an entirely “new self”
- In order to become more like God
- Col 3.10 (NLT)
- Notice “renewal” –meaning, back to the original intent
- This is how God’s designed us to live
- This is what He wants for His people
- When we sin, we are doing “that which is unnatural” [Rom 1.26-27]
Sanctification & Justification Are Not Co-dependant.
- They’re related, but only b/c they start at the same time.
|Justification||Regeneration / Sanctification|
|deals with our legal problem||deals with our condition|
|solves the problem of law-breaking||solves the problem of law-keeping|
|removes guilt||removes corruption|
|God acts as Judge||God acts as Physician|
|outward and objective||inward and personal|
|declared righteous by decree||made righteous by degrees|
|an act completed from the beginning||a process continuing until we die|
|Christ died for us||we die with Christ|
|imputed righteousness||imparted righteousness|
|the sinner's great need||the Christian's great need|
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- Justification gets the job done immediately.
- Sanctification works on you, aids you, and assists you your whole life.
- [faithful to complete it: Phil 1.6]
- It requires effort on our part.
- We have good days (weeks, months), and we have bad days (weeks, months).
- But here is the good news: they’re not linked.
- When we fail at sanctification, our justification remains intact.
- That debt will never not be paid insofar as we maintain faith in Christ.
- Together: Justification + Sanctification = Salvation
Why Bother Though?
- If time spent on earth is but a small comparison to time spent in Heaven, why work at sanctification?
- Well, hopefully we’ve answered this already:
- Being sanctified makes life on earth easier and more enjoyable.
- But, there’s something else at play as well.
- We’ll cover that next time.
- Hold on to your fork.