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"THE CHRISTIAN AND THE COIN!"

MATTHEW 22:15-21

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk.

16And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men.

17Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"

18But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you test Me, you hypocrites?

19Show Me the tax money." So they brought Him a denarius.

20And He said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?"

21They said to Him, "Caesar's." And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

Two coins were sitting on a bridge railing.

One of the coins was a quarter and the other was a nickel.

The nickel jumped into the raging river below the bridge.

But the quarter stayed put.

Do you know why?

The quarter had more cents!

A dollar and a twenty-dollar bill were in the pocket of a man.

Suddenly, the dollar and the $20 bill got into an argument.

The dollar said, "I'm much holier than you!"

The $20 bill said, "Prove it!"

The dollar said, "I go to church more often than you do!"

Well, I want to talk about coins today.

Now...relax!

This is not a sermon designed to shame you into give more money!

This is a sermon about comparisons.

Did you know that the coin and the Christian are alike?

in some important and interesting ways.

POINT #1. BOTH THE COIN AND THE CHRISTIAN BEAR AN IMAGE.

Look at the DIME I gave you!

See? The DIME bears the image of Franklin Roosevelt.

The nickel has the image of Thomas Jefferson.

The QUARTER the image of George Washington.

And the penny the image of Abraham Lincoln.

WELL...The Christian bears an image, too!

Whose image do we bear?

The image of Jesus Christ.

We are to be like Him in words!

our actions!

Our attitudes! Our values, and thoughts.

In 1967, our Senior Class went to Washington D.C.

We visited the place where they make our money.

As the engraver's tool etches out the die to strike the coin,

he scratches a little off here

and a little off there

until the die will strike just the right image on that new coin.

NOW...who do you suppose is the engraver of Christians?

That's right! The Holy Spirit!

The Holy Spirit works in us...and on us...and around us,

little by little...bit by bit...

in order to form us into the image of Jesus.

Listen to what the Bible says Romans 8:29.

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

God wants us to bear the image of Jesus Christ!

Listen to 2 Corinthians 3:18:

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

So God wants us to carry His image in our lives!

POINT #2. BOTH THE COIN AND THE CHRISTIAN HAVE TWO SIDES.

On the coin it's "heads" ....or "tails".

One side has the image of a person....that's "heads".

The other side has the image of something else...that's "tails".

The coin's two sides are distinct and different.

Now...suppose somebody gave you a DIME with two "heads" or two "tails"

Could you legally spend it?

NO! That coin would be a phony! A counterfeit coin!

WELL...The Christian also has two sides.

Our two sides...if we truly are a Christian...

must be different...just like the coin.

But if that person has not been born again...

the two sides will be exactly the same.

For the "Born Again" Christian the two sides are:

The old and new natures.

Though we are saved and are new creations in Christ,

sometimes that old nature pops up

and causes us fits.

Illustration:

Yesterday, I was driving through a town...

And I saw this beautiful lady wearing real short shorts...

Walking down the street.

And I thought to myself!

"WOW! She could cook in my kitchen any day!

Now...is that the way a preacher should be thinking?

NO!

But would it surprise you to know I'm not perfect?

Neither are you!

As long as we are alive on this earth...'

We will struggle with sin.

The Apostle Paul was a fine Christian man.

But he wasn't perfect!

He had problems with the old nature.

In Romans 7:15, the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write:

For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.

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