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Summary: THE PASSAGE BEFORE US THIS MORNING IS ONE OF IDENTITY, MORE SPECIFICALLY, A NEW IDENTITY, AND ONE WE HAVE IN CHRIST. YET, OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST IS FAR MORE THAN A NEW NAME OR RESIDENCE. IT IS NEWNESS FROM THE INSIDE OUT. THE SCRIPTURE TALKS OF THE FOL

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OUR SPIRITUAL MAKEOVER

1 PETER 1:13-21 THEREFORE, PREPARE YOUR MINDS FOR ACTION; BE SELF-CONTROLLED; SET YOUR HOPE FULLY ON THE GRACE TO BE GIVEN YOU WHEN JESUS CHRIST IS REVEALED. 14 AS OBEDIENT CHILDREN, DO NOT CONFORM TO THE EVIL DESIRES YOU HAD WHEN YOU LIVED IN IGNORANCE. 15 BUT JUST AS HE WHO CALLED YOU IS HOLY, SO BE HOLY IN ALL YOU DO; 16 FOR IT IS WRITTEN: "BE HOLY, BECAUSE I AM HOLY." 17 SINCE YOU CALL ON A FATHER WHO JUDGES EACH MAN’S WORK IMPARTIALLY, LIVE YOUR LIVES AS STRANGERS HERE IN REVERENT FEAR. 18 FOR YOU KNOW THAT IT WAS NOT WITH PERISHABLE THINGS SUCH AS SILVER OR GOLD THAT YOU WERE REDEEMED FROM THE EMPTY WAY OF LIFE HANDED DOWN TO YOU FROM YOUR FOREFATHERS, 19 BUT WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, A LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH OR DEFECT. 20 HE WAS CHOSEN BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD, BUT WAS REVEALED IN THESE LAST TIMES FOR YOUR SAKE. 21 THROUGH HIM YOU BELIEVE IN GOD, WHO RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD AND GLORIFIED HIM, AND SO YOUR FAITH AND HOPE ARE IN GOD.

INTRODUCTION: THE PASSAGE BEFORE US THIS MORNING IS ONE OF IDENTITY, MORE SPECIFICALLY, A NEW IDENTITY, AND ONE WE HAVE IN CHRIST. YET, OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST IS FAR MORE THAN A NEW NAME OR RESIDENCE. IT IS NEWNESS FROM THE INSIDE OUT. THE SCRIPTURE TALKS OF THE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST AS ONE WHO HAS BECOME A NEW CREATURE. NEW TO THE POINT THAT THE OLD IS PASSED AWAY. WE HAVE NOT SIMPLY BEEN GIVEN A NEW COAT OF PAINT FROM THE SPIRITUAL BEAUTY SHOP, WE HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED.

PROPOSITION: A PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF OUR NEWNESS IN CHRIST IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR CHRISTIAN WALK

I. THE REWORKING OF OUR MAKEOVER

A. WE ARE NOW CHILDREN OF GOD – (V.14)

1. THE TEXT SAYS OBEDIENT CHILDREN – LITERALLY, CHILDREN OF OBEDIENCE

2. WE WERE OBEDIENT IN OUR DECISION TO TRUST CHRIST AS SAVIOR

3. WE ARE TO NOW BE OBEDIENT IN OUR WALK WITH CHRIST

a. OBEDIENCE IS A PRODUCT OF PREPARATION – TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY THE SHOULD GO, AND WHEN THEY ARE OLD THEY WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT. AS GOD’S CHILDREN, WE ARE BEING TRAINED TO BE OBEDIENT

b. WE CAN NEVER BE READY TO RESPOND OBEDIENTLY IF WE ARE NOT PREPARED FOR OBEDIENCE

1) GOD DOES NOTHING BY CHANCE.

2) WE ARE GOING THROUGH WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH BECAUSE GOD IS WORKING OUT HIS ULTIMATE MAKEOVER IN US – CHRISTLIKENESS!

B. WE HAVE BEEN CALLED OF GOD – (V.15)

1. WE ARE CALLED AWAY FROM SOMETHING – NO ONE HAS TO CALL US TO DINNER IF WE ARE ALREADY SITTING AT THE TABLE

2. WE ARE CALLED TO SOMETHING

3. HOW WE RESPOND TO THE CALL IS IMPORTANT – IT DETERMINES BLESSING OR DISCIPLINE

a. GOD IS CALLING WALK WITH HIM – TO RESPOND IS TO EASE OUR BURDEN

b. GOD IS CALLING US TO LEARN FROM HIM – TO RESPOND IS TO FIND REST (FIND HARMONY IN ALL YOU DO)

c. GOD IS CALLING US TO WORK WITH HIM – TO RESPOND IS TO HAVE PURPOSE

d. GOD IS CALLING US TO LIVE FOR HIM – TO RESPOND IS TO GAIN

C. WE ARE NOW ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD – (V17)

1. PETER ASSUMES THAT A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST WILL CALL ON GOD FOR HELP

2. OUR CALL NECESSITATES OUR ACCOUNTABILITY FOR CALLING

a. WE CANNOT “CRY WOLF” WITH GOD -- JAMES 4:3 WHEN YOU ASK, YOU DO NOT RECEIVE, BECAUSE YOU ASK WITH WRONG MOTIVES, THAT YOU MAY SPEND WHAT YOU GET ON YOUR PLEASURES.


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