Do we really love God? Have we turned away from sin? Have we been born of God?
· If we live in sin, if we are enslaved by the habits of sin, this is a clear sign we do not love God.
But if we have turned away from sin, if the habits of sin have been broken by Christ and permanently conquered in our lives, this is a clear sign that we love God.
· If we have been born of God, if we have partaken of the divine nature of God, then we love God.
If we have not been born of God, if we have not partaken of the divine nature of God, then we do not love God.
When we love someone, we want to know and please him.
We want his approval and acceptance; therefore, we do all we can to please him, “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing /Him/, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10 NKJV).
– So it is with God.
If we love Him, we want to know Him and please Him.
– We want His approval and acceptance; therefore, we do all we can to please Him.
· God is righteous; He is pure and holy.
There is no sin in Him at all.
Ø the person who loves God lives a righteous life, a pure and holy life.
Ø he does not live in sin; he does not practice sin.
Ø he lives in righteousness and he practices righteousness.
He does all he can to please Him whom he loves—the Lord God Himself.
The need for deliverance: Man is sinful (v.4)
!! Sin & Lawlessness
He practices sin (v.4a)
/a) /Man is in slavery to sin (John 8:34)
(1) (Acts 8:14-23) Simon was /[“poisoned by bitterness” Heb.12:15]/ & /“bound by iniquity”/
(2) The Prodigal Son was bound by sin (worldliness) to the point of wanting to eat pigs food (Lk.15:11-16)
/Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? (Romans 6:16 NKJV)/
/And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
(2 Timothy 2:24-26 NKJV)/
/b) /The Works of the flesh (Gal.5:17-21)
/"The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, (Matthew 13:41 NKJV; cf.
/c) /The Method the Devil Uses—James 1:13-16
(1) “drawn away” hunting term, trapping animals, draw them away from safety to traps.
(2) “enticed” fishing term, lure, or bait
/(a) /sin leads to more sin (Rom.6:19)
& to death (Rom.6:23)
He transgresses the law (v.4b)
/a) /Adam & Eve (Genesis 2:15-17)
/b) /Cain & Abel (Genesis 4:1-8)
(1) /Cain’s anger lead to the death of his brother /
Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said to those of old, `You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.'
"But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.
And whoever says to his brother, `Raca!' shall be in danger of the council.
But whoever says, `You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire.
(Matthew 5:21-22 NKJV)
/c) /Joseph’s brothers sin (Genesis 37:3-20)
Joseph’s brothers have sown the seeds of hatred in their hearts, and those seeds had found fertile soil.
The brothers had watered the seed with jealousy and cultivated them with self-righteousness.
Now their seed began to bear their bitter fruit.
The provision for deliverance: (v.5, 8)
!! Jesus Dealt with the Sin (v.5)
He was manifested to take away our sins.
/a) /“take away” – root word is “to lift.”
(1) “The Lord laid on Him the iniquities . .
(2) Not ours only, but the whole world (1Jn.2:2
/This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
(1 Timothy 1:15 NKJV)/
/"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
(Luke 19:10 NKJV)/
/The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold!
The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
(John 1:29 NKJV) /
/He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
(Hebrews 9:26 NKJV)/
/Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
(1 Peter 1:18-19 NKJV)/
/b) /“in Him there is no sin” (1Jn.3:3;
Heb.4:15) – Jesus was pure & sinless.
/c) /How did He take away our sin?
(1) By accepting the guilt for us (2Cor.5:21)
(2) By taking the penalty for sin Himself (Rom.5:6)
!! The Work of the Devil (v.8a)
The person who practices sin is of the devil (v.8a)
/a) /Jesus said, you are of your father the devil (Jn.8:44)
(1) “the desires of your father you want to do”
/(a) /Bar-Jesus desired to turn away people from the faith like Satan does (Acts 13:6-12)
/(b) /“one of you is a devil” (Jn.6:67-71)
/(1) //The Mental attack/ – Judas said, “Why such a waste?” (Jn.12:3-5)
/(2) //The Moral attack /– Satan put in Judas’ heart to betray Jesus (Jn.13:2)
/(3) //The Will Attack/ – Satan entered Judas (Jn.13:27) to have Jesus betrayed & killed
/(c) /Parable of the wheat & tares (Matt.13:24-30,
!! Jesus Dealt with the Devil (v.8b)
The Son of God came to earth to destroy the works of the devil (v.8b)
/a) /He want’s us to worship & serve him (Matt.4:8-10)
/b) /He does not want you to know the power of sin has been broken!
/c) /He wants control over our lives but “greater is He who is in me”!
/He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, (Colossians 1:13 NKJV)/
/To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.' (Acts 26:18 NKJV)/
(1) The devil tempted Eve (Gen.3:1-6)
& Christ (Matt.4:1-11)
& he will tempt you (Lk.4:13)
(2) He perverts God’s Word (Matt.4:6)
& opposes God’s work (Zech.3:1-2)
(3) He hinders God’s servants (1Thess.2:18)
& the gospel (2Cor.4:3-4)
(4) He snares the wicked (1Tim.3:6-7)
& desires to control the nations of the earth (Rev.16:13-14)
(5) He is described as an angel of light (2Cor.11:14)
& fought with Michael (Jude 9)