Daily Spirit & Word: 607: Dead to Sin: Alive in Christ.
Good morning my friends, we had a wonderful time last night sharing the Good News of Jesus on the streets just up the road from St Luke’s outside Norwood Train Station. It was rush-hour so lots of people. Rush Hour really is well named in London, because most people do seem to be in a real rush to get somewhere. It’s amazing how many people took tracts last night, I’m so thankful for that, but few had the time to stay and chat. Those that did stop were awesome conversations: A man who lives with his mother and is her carer, who believes in Jesus, but doesn’t see the need to come to church. Another man, a Scotsman, who said, “I used to be born again, but now I’m a Hare Krishna”. I asked him, “When did you get un-born-again?” We all laughed: You see my friends, when you die to sin and are born of God’s Spirit it’s forever. You cannot be un-born-again, you may experience a FALSE CONVERSION or you may fall into sin like King David, but you cannot be un-born-again once you’ve come to the Saviour by faith and true repentance. There are many false converts though, such is the case with everyone who declares “I used to be born again”. There are certain Scriptures every Christian should know well: because they contain so much truth that they will keep you from the error of sinful ways and false teaching about being born again. So many people think they are ‘born-again’ simply because they attend church or pray or praise the Lord enthusiastically. You’ll never experience the New Birth until you Repent and Turn from Sin and Seek Salvation from Sin by trusting in Jesus.
The Scriptures you should know well:
- The Parable of the Sower (because this parable unlocks all the other parables of Jesus). This parable teaches us about true and false conversion and spurious faith. Mark 4:1-20.
- The Death and Resurrection of Jesus in all the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
- The Knowledge of Sin: The Commandments (God’s Law) (these lead everyone to a knowledge of what sin is and they are like a schoolmaster, they teach us, that we are sinful and need a Saviour). Exodus 20:1-17. Galatians 3:24 KJV.
- How to Get and Give Faith: Romans 10 (The Gift of Faith comes by hearing the Word of God).
- The Need for Repentance: It’s not simply saying “I believe in Jesus” because even the Devil believes in Jesus, but it’s turning from sin and trusting in the finished work of Christ Jesus on the Cross. Without repentance no one can be saved. Psalm 51,
- The Way to Live the Christian Life in the Power of the Spirit free from slavery to sin: Romans 6, 7 and 8.
- The Fruit of the Sinful Nature and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Galatians 5:16-26. (Life by and in the Holy Spirit).
- Putting on the Gospel Armour: Ready to take your stand against evil.
These are just a few portions of God’s Word: (Real Meat) I’m sure you’ve got your own favourite bits of God’s Word: but these above and below today will keep you strong if you know them well and try to live by the light of the understanding of God’s Word, not in your own strength, for we are all weak in our sinful nature, but by the power of God’s Holy Spirit living in you, you will be strengthened. So read all those passages above, and re-read them often. Everyone who loves Jesus will need constant reminding of all the good things we have in Christ. Write out a list of all these passages and copy it to your Bible. Write them out by hand, it’s a good exercise and helps you to know God’s Word even better. Sing Hymns and Songs with these Scriptures in them. Make new hymns and songs. Meditate upon God’s Word: Read a few verses and then sit back or go for a walk thinking about them.
Romans 6:1-14 Dead to Sin.
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning, so that grace may increase?
2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death?
4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.
6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Galatians 5:16-26. Life in the Spirit.
16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
The NEED for Repentance:
Before you can ever live by the Spirit though: You must REPENT from Sin and Trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord.
The Scriptures below show that God commands EVERYONE to REPENT.
Jeremiah 25:4,5 – A typical summary of the message of the Old Testament prophets: “Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doing…” [35:15; Ezekiel 18:30; 2 Kings 17:13]
Matthew 3:2 – John the Baptist taught, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
Mark 1:15 – Mark’s summary of Jesus’ message includes: “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Luke 13:3 – Unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Mark 6:12 – Jesus sent the apostles to preach that people should repent.
Acts 2:38 – In the first gospel sermon, Peter preached, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you for the remission of sins…”
Acts 17:30 – God commands all men everywhere to repent.
Revelation 3:19 – “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”
Examples of Repentance:
King David: When he committed adultery and murdered the husband of the woman he’d committed adultery with. Psalm 51. How King David was made aware of his sin by Nathan the Prophet 2 Samuel 12.
Jonah 3:4-10 – When Jonah preached, the people of Nineveh gave heed, were sorry, and turned from their evil ways (vv 8,10). “Turn” and “return” are common Old Testament words meaning “repent.” Jesus said these people “repented” at the preaching of Jonah (Matthew 12:41).
Matthew 21:28-32 – A son refused to work for his father, but later repented (regretted it – NKJV) and went. He “changed his mind.” Jesus applied this to sinners who repented at John’s preaching in contrast to priests would not repent (relent – NKJV).
God is Patient: Waiting for EVERYONE to REPENT:
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.“
Can a Believer SIN? Yes my friends, you just have to look at King David to know that, he was a man full of God’s Holy Spirit, a man after God’s own heart, but SIN grabbed hold of King David and made him a slave and in the end it led to adultery and murder. But God was gracious to King David and He will also be gracious to you too, but if you are a believer and you are in sin or have sinned, then you will NEVER experience the peace or the presence of the Lord until you truly repent: it will feel like you are dying on the inside, turn from sin and seek His forgiveness. Turning from sin is a desire not to live in sin anymore: That’s true repentance. If we do not truly repent then we are living in the darkness, it’s like the Spiritual Life that God has given to us has died. 1 John 1:5-10.
Walk in the Light:
1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
Today, I’ve given a message about getting into God’s Word: The importance of KNOWING it and UNDERSTANDING it and by the Holy Spirit LIVING by it. It will keep you from error and help you to lead people to the Saviour. Let’s do it regularly, faithfully and wholeheartedly; when you do, you’ll be feeding and nourishing your Spiritual nature, walk in the light of the understanding of God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. He’ll use you in His service of the Kingdom.
Being a truly ‘Born Again’ follower of Jesus means: You’ll have seen your need to repent and trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord; you’ll hate sin, walk in the light of God’s Word and seek the fullness of God’s Spirit.
Have an awesome Thursday.