Summary: Paul’s wonderful theological truths on the Victorious Christian Life
VICTORY OVER SIN
Three buddies were discussing death and one asked the group: “What would you like people to say about you at your funeral?” One said: “He was a great humanitarian, who cared about his community.” Another said: “He was a great husband and father, who was an example for many to follow.” The third said: “I’d like people to say, … Look, he’s moving!!”
Our daily overcoming sin in the flesh is related to two things.
1. Our identification with Christ 2. Our living in the fullness of the Spirit
HOW THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS TO BE LIVED
Teach how to drive: teach first aid…..Number of insurance agent….map to hospital….help him memorize 911 PREPARATIONS FOR MISTAKES
PREVENTATIVE DRIVING: Here is how to avoid accidents
Christianity: Memorize 1 JN 1:9(911)….here a books on sin problems….
Paul here teaches us how to live preventative Christianity: How to walk in victory
Theologian John Owens once wrote that his biggest challenge as a pastor was persuading non-Christians that they were slaves to sin and Christians that they were dead to sin.
Need to undergo a shift in our lives, to see ourselves differently, as those with a new way of living.
Follows Paul’s arguments about our position and our possession in Christ(3-5)into the truths of the fullness of the Spirit that is ours(6-8)
A crowd that casually listens cannot gain from these powerful verses: because it takes practical application rather than technical knowledge.
Danger of sharing such great truths with CASUAL Listeners: More interested in their watch than the Word…..challenge is more to keep their interest than to address their questions.
Avoiding being a BETWEENER
(Live out their life between EGYPT/PROMISED LAND GOOD FRIDAY/EASTER SUNDAY
They know about what Jesus did to save them but not what He did to set them free.
6:1-5 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? (2) May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? (3) Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
(4) Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the death through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (5) For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.
THE NATURE OF THESE CHAPTERS(6-8)
a. Chapter 6: The Doctrine of the Spirit filled life
b. Chapter 7: The Destruction of the Spirit filled life
c. Chapter 8: The Dynamic of the Spirit filled life
THE NEED FOR THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE
(phrase is fearful to many-many today are too casual with Holy Spirit)
In 1982, "ABC Evening News" reported on an unusual work of modern art-a chair affixed to a shotgun. It was to be viewed by sitting in the chair and looking directly into the gun barrel.
The gun was loaded and set on a timer to fire at an undetermined moment within the next hundred years. The amazing thing was that people waited in lines to sit and stare into the shell’s path for one minute! NEED FOR GOOD THEOLOGY PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR MEANING IN LIFE
a. We are commanded to live the Spirit filled life(Eph 5)
1) Be being filled(not static but dynamic)
b. It is only possibility for victory on a day by day basis.
1) Satan attacks us on a daily basis: laughs at us saying I know there are ways I can attack you successfully, only simple temptations to make you fall into same patterns of sin. HOW CAN I OVERCOME IT?
How does a worm get inside an apple? Perhaps you think the worm burrows in from the outside. Scientists have discovered that the worm comes from inside. An insect lays an egg in the apple blossom. Sometime later, the worm hatches in the heart of the apple, then eats his way out. Sin, like the worn, begins in the heart and works out through a person’s thoughts, words, and actions.
c. The world is not going to see Jesus like they should unless we are.
1) There is an outward evidence that will be seen when you are truly filled
a) The fruit on a tree is never for the benefit of the tree. Not for personal enjoyment but to reach out to a hungry and starving world.
HANNIBAL LETTER: I heard you on Sunday, June 25th. You can too earn your salvation. There is a good reward for good works and an evil reward for evil works. You reap what you have earned. If you would quit telling them that the way to heaven is a free ride provided by the grace of God then maybe they would get off their dead _____ and do some earthly good.