Summary: In this familiar scripture, we can the step by step growth of a christian from salvation to mature christian through training, all done through the power of God’s inspired Word!
KNOWLEDGE OF SIN
BUT EVIL MEN AND SEDUCERS SHALL WAX WORSE AND WORSE...BUT CONTINUE THOU IN THE THINGS WHICH THOU HAST LEARNED… VV13, 14
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
It is by the Word of God that we KNOW that we are sinners.
It is also by the Holy Bible that we know what sin is…
Sin is transgression of the law… 1 John 3:4
Sin is basically falling far short of the standard that God has set.
That standard is in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20).
Sin is missing the mark.
ILL IN SERMON CENTRAL BANK: STORY OF MISSING THE MARK AT CAMDEN PARK
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
WISDOM OF SALVATION
AND THAT FROM A CHILD THOU HAS KNOWN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, WHICH ARE ABLE TO MAKE THEE WISE UNTO SALVATION V15
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24
The scriptures have told us about our problem of sin.
The scriptures have told us the penalty for our sin.
Now the scriptures tell us the solution for the problem.
The scriptures tell us that God has already proved His love to us…
But God commendeth (proved) His love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
The scriptures further tell us what to do…
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Romans 10:9-11
IMPORTANCE OF FAITH
FAITH WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS V.15
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Put in plain, everyday language this says, Faith is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.
ILL 1: FAITH IN THE LIGHT SWITCH
PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE V.16
Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little Isaiah 28:9-10
Precept means “a rule of moral conduct.”
In order for us to know how to live, we must submit ourselves to precepts and doctrines one at a time, starting with the basics, then moving on to the more complex.
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house… 2 John 1:9-10