Summary: Being a Christian covers all areas of our life. the past, the present and the future. This sermon covers three amazing benefits of a Christian.
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Being a Christian covers all areas of our life. the past, the present and the future. This sermon covers three amazing benefits of a Christian.
Now if you’ve come this morning looking to find out the benefits of a Christian. This is a divine presentation of why you should be a Christian. Being a Christian covers all areas of our life. the past, the present and the future. That’s what Christianity offers. If you want all that, you need to be a saint, a child of God. You say right. How do I be a saint? By believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.
This letter was written by Apostle Paul to the Corinthian church. Paul is starting off his writing by calling them saints, sanctified by the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus.
Today when you think of the word saint you think of some person long dead who has been officially declared as a saint. Unfortunately, this is not the biblical perspective on what a saint is. Paul uses the word saint to refer to Christians, not dead ones but living ones, not a few but all. We who know the Lord Jesus Christ are saints. 1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: So, a saint is someone who calls upon the name of Christ, a Christian who knows the Lord Jesus Christ is a saint.
In the first 9 verses of this chapter, Paul is exhorting that since we are saints, since we have been made holy, we are to behave in a holy manner. We are holy because of what Christ is; therefore, we ought to be like him. Our lives ought to conform to him. In John 8, do you know what Jesus said to the woman taken in adultery, “Go and sin no more.” And I think that’s an interesting because Jesus was commanding a woman who was a prostitute, who had been caught in the very act of adultery to go and stop doing it.
Now I believe something happened when the people caught her in adultery and Jesus forgave her. I believe she was saved, she had been forgiven. She had been granted a new life and Jesus, “Go and sin no more.” In other words from now on I hold no sin against you. You are holy in my eyes; therefore, live holy. As a Christian you are not condemned, you are holy. Your sin is forgiven, your sin is set aside; therefore, you ought to behave in consistency with your own nature.
Colossians 3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Colossians 3:8-10 8But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Colossians 3:3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
You are holy in Christ before God so behave like Christ. Since I’m in Christ, I would never do anything that He would not do. I don’t lie because He won’t. I don’t steal because He doesn’t. I don’t commit adultery because that’s totally foreign to the life of Christ. All of the things in my life are to conform to His life because I am in Him. We are saints, we are made holy
I. Benefits of a Christian – Grace.
Someone said grace as “God’s riches at Christ’s expense.”
1 Corinthians 1:4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. When did you receive grace? 1 Corinthians 1:6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Paul says to the Corinthians, the moment you received Christ, grace was given to you. It’s what happened to you when received salvation, you received grace.
Now what is this grace? Grace literally means undeserved kindness. It means mercy. It cannot be paid back. Grace always in Scripture is a free gift, unearned.
1. Grace is a free gift. God’s grace does not demand human obligation. Grace is not something you have to pay back. Grace is a free gift. Can you pay a gift back? No. It’s not a gift if you do.
In other words when the month is over and you get your salary you don’t say to the boss, “Oh my boss, how gracious you are. I thank you for the gift.” No. If the check doesn’t come you go and say, “Where’s the money?” Why? It isn’t grace. You earned that money, you want that money.