Summary: How To Appropriate The Advantages of Being A Christian (Rom. 8:1)
How To Appropriate The Advantages of Being A Christian (Rom. 8:1)
Illustration:Why did only one cleansed leper return to thank Jesus? The following are nine suggested reasons why the nine did not return:
One waited to see if the cure was real.
One waited to see if it would last.
One said he would see Jesus later.
One decided that he had never had leprosy.
One said he would have gotten well anyway.
One gave the glory to the priests.
One said, "O, well, Jesus didn’t really do anything."
One said, "Any rabbi could have done it."
One said, "I was already much improved."
Charles L. Brown, Content The Newsletter, June, 1990, p. 3.
1. What are some of the benefits of being a genuine Christian? Few believers realize all the powerful potential that is in the truth of
Romans 8:1 where Paul writes, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
As people who are alive in the Spirit we enjoy a new spiritual condition, character and immunity from eternal condemnation.
Ask the Lord to help you gain a more mature mental, attitudinal, behavioral and spiritual understanding of your potential in Christ.
2. Paul teaches us that we are given a new relationship with God through Christ. As a result of our new relationship we are able to have instant access to everything we need according to our true knowledge of the Christ.
Intimacy with the Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent God gives us great cause to rejoice and be glad all day long.
Our relationship with Christ frees us from thinking we have to work our way into God’s favor. We are free to love, believe and labor for the Master out of the motivation we have in the Holy Spirit.
Ask the Lord to help you to teach others how to quit relying on anything other than their relationship with Christ.
3. Paul teaches us that we enjoy a new position and spiritual union with God through Christ. Being "IN Christ" we are pardoned, exonerated and acquitted of all charges of guilt and eternal condemnation.
Thank God for what Jesus did in you. Because of our saving faith in Christ we have already heard the judge declare us to be "Not guilty."
Ask the Lord to help you be continually delivered from any feelings of unworthiness, blame or shame.
4. Paul teaches us that we have new potential to change. People are genuinely in Christ are given the power of the Holy Spirit to change direction, perception and their relationships with people.
What a great promise for turning difficult situations around. In Christ we are given new motivations to stop doing what pleases the flesh and begin to please God.
No longer are we limited by our health, circumstance or human relationships because of what Christ did for us.
We are continually given the power to effect internal and external change in our lifestyle as we seek to grow in all aspects into Christ.
No longer do we have to grow discouraged about becoming stagnant in our churches.
Ask the Lord to help you teach others how they have a great potential to bring about change in their circumstances, relationships and activities.
5. Paul teaches us about the new power we have in Christ to realize our individual and church’s potential.
Jesus gives us His resurrection power to overcome any obstacle through faith and obedience. Paul echoes this truth when he writes, "I have strength for all things through Christ who empowers me. I can do everything God asks me to do with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power." (Phil. 4:13)
Thank God you have the power in Christ to have your conscience cleansed from dead works so you can accomplish all that He intends for your life.
Ask the Lord to help you live more as one who is empowered by God than one who is motivated by human impulses.
6. Paul teaches us how to appropriate our new perspective in Christ. When we know that God has both a sovereign and Biblical-absolute will, we are able to rely on the Spirit to transform our perspectives.
His Holy Spirit gives us the wisdom to know the best points of intersection between the sovereign and moral will of God for each area of our life.
In Christ we are given a new outlook on life and relationships.
He replaces old thoughts with new ones. "Therefore if any person is IN Christ he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old (Previous moral and spiritual condition) has passed away. Behold the fresh and new has come." (2 Cor. 5:17)
We no longer have to feel discouraged when troubles come into our life. We are able to say, "Though sorrowful we are always rejoicing; as poor, we are making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing all things." (2 Cor. 6)