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Summary: God is Faithful and So We Must Be

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1. WE MUST DIE WITH HIM

• To die in this context is not a physical death but we must be able to put to death the desires of this physical body

• “To become indifferent to, or to cease to be under the power of; as, to die to sin.”

• We must allow the Holy Spirit to set us free from the bond of sin

John 8:36: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

• It is the blood of Christ that sets us free and enables us to sacrifice the things of this world for the things of heaven

Romans 6:4-8: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:”

• We must be willing to put Christ first and foremost in every aspect of our life and we therefore must be willing to ‘die’ for him in order to accomplish His will

• Christ’s sacrificial death becomes the persuasive appeal for the Christian’s sacrificial life, "Because we thus judge, that one died for all, therefore all died; and he died for all, that they that live should no longer live unto themselves, but unto him who for their sakes died and rose again" (2Co 5:14-15). Because He died for us we should live for Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

2. WE MUST ENDURE

• Christians who persevere give evidence of the genuineness of their faith

Matthew 10:22: “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

• This ‘Endurance’ includes going through:

a. Persecution

b. Sorrow

c. Suffering

• We are lifted up when we stay in the battle

John 8:31: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;”

• Endurance does not only include going to the death with Christ, it also means that we follow through with the commandments of Jesus no matter what the cost

• When we endure with Him, we will reign with Him

• We will reign with Him in the future Kingdom

Revelation 1:6: “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

Revelation 5:10: “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

3. WE MUST NOT DENY HIM

• In acknowledging God, he will acknowledge us; if, however, we deny him, he will deny us

Matthew 10:33: “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”

• Jesus makes intercessory prayer for us to the Father and we must therefore meet the requirements of the one making intercession


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