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Benefits for the Believer

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Nov 29, 2001

Summary: When we are justified by faith, we receive some specific benefits.

--“grace” – “gift” – “do over”

III. ASSURANCE -

A. “Hope”

1. Before we submit ourselves to Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have no hope.

2. Titus 2:13 – “…while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our

great God and Savior, Jesus Christ…”

B. Our hope stems from the fact that one day, we will be transformed into the glory of God.

1. All of imperfections, flaws, warts, pimples, and moles in our life will be made glorious

in the presence of the one who gave Himself for us.

2. As for now, we have to put up with each other and put up with ourselves. But God has

provided a way for us to have hope.

IV. ACQUISITION – vv. 3-4

A. One of the benefits of being a believer is that we can acquire the things that we need.

1. Notice how Paul says we acquire them – through suffering

2. We don’t like that word – “suffering”

--Greek word also translated as – “trouble; distress; hardships; afflictions; trials;

tribulation”

3. Jesus said that in this world, you will have trouble!

4. Part and parcel of Christian life.

B. But there are benefits to suffering

--Lets look at them:

1. Suffering produces perserverance

--(each benefit produces another benefit)

2. Perseverance produces character

3. Character produces hope

a. We have hope because we have allowed who He is to make us what we are.

b. This kind of hope does not disappoint us

--Because our hope is in God and not in ourselves, our possessions, our goodness,

or in anyone else.

c. We have hope because God loves us

--So much so, while we were still sinners (enemies of God), Christ died for us

V. AGAPE – vv. 5-8

A. Our language has only one word for “love”

--love chocolate, love a movie, love a sport, love a hobby, love a person

B. Greek language has several:

--look at four

1. Storge

2. Philos

3. Eros

4. Agape

VI. ACCORD – vv. 9-11

--Reconciliation

A. As stated earlier, we were once enemies with God but now have peace through our hope

and trust in Jesus the Christ.

1. People want to make God a kindly but feeble old man who wants to do good for

everybody and has no anger over our rebellion and sin.

2. This passage clearly talks about the “wrath of God”

--Jonathan Edwards: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

3. God is not happy about your rebellion. He is not rejoicing over your sin.

B. God has made a way through Jesus to appease His wrath.

1. God does not want to stay angry with us.

2. He wants us in relationship with Him.

3. Paul says that relationship will bring us joy

CONCLUSION: A. Don Richardson spent several frustrating years among the Sawi tribe in

New Guinea. He had come from the United States as a missionary with

the hope that he could bring the Gospel to this nearly primitive tribe.

The endeavor proved to be a formidable project. The Sawis considered

deceit to be the highest virtue. When he first told them the story of Jesus,

the only thing that interested them was Judas’ betrayal. To them, he was a

genuine hero! They were a cruel people and were also cannibals.

Richardson’s attempts to proclaim the Gospel to these people seemed to

be futile. He just could not find the key that would unlock the glory of

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