In Christ…Before & After

BEFORE I WAS SAVED

For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. BUT when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:3-7

Matthew 7:13 – on the broad road

Ephesians 2:3 – I was a child of wrath

Romans 3:10, 3:23 – Not righteous, a sinner that falls short of God

Romans 6:23 – deserving of death

 

BUT NOW THAT I AM SAVED IN CHRIST I AM

 

 A NEW CREATION

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.                                                                                                                                                                            2 Corinthians 5:17

 

I am a SAINT

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours…  1 Cor. 1:2

 

I am part of God’s HOUSEHOLD, the CHURCH… Eph 2:19-22

 

I have been BLESSED by God, CHOSEN by God, PREDESTINED by God, ADOPTED by God, BESTOWED with GRACE by God… Ephesians 1:3-8

 

CLOSING THOUGHTS…

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.                                                                                                                                                  2 Corinthians 5:17

Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:25–27

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.   Colossians 3:1-3
 
Pastor Kevin


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Walking Worthy of Your Calling-2

walking worthy of your callingWalking Worthy of Your Calling-2

1 Thessalonians 2:12; 4:1-8

 

In our text from Sunday Paul calls for the Thessalonians to behave in a way that is suitable to their calling as followers of Christ.

 In 1 Thessalonians 2:12 & 1 Thessalonians 4:1 we saw that our goal as Christians is to live the kind of life that is pleasing to God. Verses 2 -6 continue this theme:

For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.         1 Thessalonians 4:2-6  

THE LORD’S COMMANDS LEAD US UNTO SANCTIFICATION -4:2-6

God calls us to be sanctified. To sanctify means to set apart for divine use.

As William MacDonald points out,

In one sense, all believers have been set apart from the world to the service of the Lord; this is known as positional sanctification, and it is perfect and complete (1 Cor. 1:2; Heb. 10:10). However, in another sense, believers should sanctify themselves, that is, they should separate themselves from all forms of sin; this is known as practical or progressive sanctification. It is a process that will continue until the believer’s death or the Lord’s return. It is this latter use of the word that is found in verse 3.

[MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2035). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.]
A comprehensive definition of sanctification by the New Hampshire Baptist Confession (1833) states,

We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; Read more…



What Are The Odds?

Messianic Prophecy – What Are The Odds of Fulfillment Without God?
Messianic Prophecy is so powerful because of the statistical odds that one man would fulfill every single one of them. If we just analyze seven of the more specific prophecies in the Old Testament, that were later fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ, we are stunned by the statistical impossibility of such an historical reality. As an illustration, we have inserted some conservative “odds” alongside seven established prophecies.

Messianic Prophecy                                                                          Odds Without God

1. Jesus would be a descendant of David. 104 (1 in 10,000)
2. Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. 105 (1 in 100,000)
3. Jesus would be a miracle worker. 105 (1 in 100,000)
4. Jesus would present Himself as King riding on a donkey. 106 (1 in 1,000,000)
5. Jesus would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver. 106 (1 in 1,000,000)
6. Jesus would be crucified. 106 (1 in 1,000,000)
7. Jesus would first present Himself as King 173,880 days from the decree of Artaxerxes to rebuild Jerusalem. 106 (1 in 1,000,000)
Total Probability (without God) 1038 (1 in a 100 billion, billion, billion, billion)


But…

but

 

I love the “BUT” passages of Scripture. I know it sounds funny…and I do not intend to be crass, BUT there are some really amazing truths to be discovered after the “BUTS”. Consider a few of these:

For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived,enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice andenvy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:3-7

 

“…in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…”  Ephesians 2:2–5

 

So, we discover that BEFORE Christ saved us we were foolish, disobedient, deceived,enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice andenvy, hateful, hating one another, walking according to the flesh, sons of the flesh, having lusts of the flesh and mind, and children of wrath.  All that from 2 passages of Scripture. 

Thank God for salvation through Jesus Christ! BUT NOW THAT I AM SAVED IN CHRIST I AM…

What? Do I need to type it all again?  READ THE SCRIPTURES!

Thank God for salvation through Jesus Christ!