Summary: Salvation means that not only have our sins been washed away in the blood of Christ by faith, but it also means that the child of God has certain responsibilities to recognize and fulfill.
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
Text: I Cor.6: 19, 20
Intro: All of us from time to time have noticed the words “Under New Management” over the door or in the front window of some place of business. Those words convey a series of thoughts and impressions to our minds.
When we see those words, we know immediately that this business has experienced a change. The most obvious change is that of leadership. But with new management comes new motivation and new methods in the way business is conducted.
One likes to think that a change of management will bring with it an improvement in the overall function of the business. However, in the reality of the secular world that is not always the case. Sometimes new isn’t necessarily better.
In today’s text, Paul has declared the believer in Christ to be under new management. This change of ownership has produced vast differences, and all of them for the better. Little remains the same after Jesus takes the reins of our lives.
I want us to consider three thoughts that are implied by our text. By doing so, we will learn what it means to be under the management of Christ.
Theme: Since the Christian is under new management, there is:
I. A CLAIM TO BE CONSIDERED
I Cor.6: 19b “…ye are not your own?”
A. We Belong To God By Purchase Rights.
I Cor.6: 20a “For ye are bought with a price…”
I Pet.1: 18 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
Acts 20: 28b “…feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
NOTE: Perhaps this story will illustrate my point:
Marred Hands Settled the Issue
The price Jesus paid for our redemption was terrible indeed. When we think of the extreme suffering He endured to purchase our freedom from sin’s penalty, our hearts should overflow with love for Him. Leslie B. Flynn told a story that illustrates this truth.
An orphaned boy was living with his grandmother when their house caught fire. The grandmother, trying to get upstairs to rescue the boy, perished in the flames. The boy’s cries for help were finally answered by a man who climbed an iron drainpipe and came back down with the boy hanging tightly to his neck.
Several weeks later, a public hearing was held to determine who would receive custody of the child. A farmer, a teacher, and the town’s wealthiest citizen all gave the reasons they felt they should be chosen to give the boy a home. But as they talked, the lad’s eyes remained focused on the floor. Then a stranger walked to the front and slowly took his hands from his pockets, revealing severe scars on them. As the crowd gasped, the boy cried out in recognition. This was the man who had saved his life. His hands had been burned when he climbed the hot pipe. With a leap the boy threw his arms around the man’s neck and held on for dear life. The other men silently walked away, leaving the boy and his rescuer alone. Those marred hands had settled the issue.