Life in Christ

Sometimes it is good to go back to the basics.  The simple truth of the gospel is good every time.

I.  The Simple Truth:  Romans 10:9-10

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

“Believe in your heart” implies a private relationship.  Without the relationship, based on faith in the Lord Jesus, by which the Spirit of God enters our heart, we are not saved.  This is the “born again” experience mentioned in John chapter three.  Christ dwells in our hearts through faith.  This is essential to our salvation.

“Confess with your mouth” implies a public proclamation.  We are to proclaim our faith by both word and deed.  If we try to hide our faith, if we are ashamed of Christ, then He will be ashamed of us.  We must boldly proclaim the hope that is within us.

II.  No Condemnation:  Romans 8:1-2

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

We do not earn our salvation.  It is a gift from God, given to those who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus in repentance and faith.  We are unable to keep the commandments and need to be forgiven.  We do not need to live in fear about whether we are “good enough” to be saved.  Salvation is by grace, through faith.

There is a difference between condemnation and conviction.  Condemnation is when we continue to feel the burden of guilt for our sins even after we have confessed and asked for forgiveness.  Condemnation is the devil telling us that we are not good enough, that we cannot be forgiven.  The scripture says in I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ”  We can believe that to be true.

Conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit will convict us of sin in our life so that we will turn away from that sin, and ask God for forgiveness.  It is an ongoing process in the believer.  It is the process of cleansing.

III.  Wages and Gift:  Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We have earned condemnation and death.  God has offered us forgiveness and eternal life.  Do not ever shake your fist at God telling Him to give you what you deserve.  What we have all earned is punishment for our sins.  God is gracious and merciful and has offered us forgiveness in Jesus Christ.  We should be eternally grateful.

IV.  Nothing Can Separate:  Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We can be confident in our knowledge of the love of God for us.  Nothing from the outside can ever separate us from God.  We simply must continue to trust in Him whatever the circumstances of life.  God is faithful.  His love does not end.

V.  Life in Christ

    A.  Romans 14:4

Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

We must be careful that we do not judge those who do not agree with us.  Each of us will answer to God.

    B.  Romans 14:7-8

 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

We should recognize that we live in community with other believers.  How is our life affecting others?  Are we living for Christ, or for our self?  Are we having a favorable impact or a negative impact on those around us?

    C.  Romans 14:12-13

So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

Let us resolve to live a life that will help people in their walk with Christ, rather than drive them away.

These are the sermon notes from 11/16/14.  Any advertisement that might appear is placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.

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