Lecture 02 - The Nature of the Christian Life

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GBSC Principles of the Christian Life I - Lecture 2 - The Nature of the Christian Life

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  • Isa. 64:6—all our righteousness (our good works) are like filthy (menstrual) rags


  • 1. Th 140 Principles of the Christian Life I The Nature of the Christian Life
  • 2. The Essence of a Christian  The essence of being a Christian is 1. having a right relationship with God and His Son.    John 17:3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (NASB) Eternal life flows from being rightly related to God. 1 John 5:11 … God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
  • 3. The Essence of a Christian 2. being an apprentice to Jesus = learning how to thinking like Him about every area of life so you can live like him in every area of life.  John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed him, "If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples
  • 4. I. Our Problem as Sinners 1. We were dead in trespasses and sins.  Since spiritual life is having a right relationship with God, being dead must mean being alienated from God. Ephesians 2:1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,
  • 5. I. Our Problem as Sinners 2. We used to “walk” in our trespasses and sins. Ephesians 2:2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.  “Walk” means to “live” in this verse  Verse 3 describes this life as one that indulges the desires of the flesh and mind.
  • 6. I. Our Problem as Sinners 3. We were alienated and enemies of God.   Colossians 1:21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
  • 7. I. Our Problem as Sinners 4. All our righteousness (our good works) is like filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy* garment; and all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. *filthy = menstrual
  • 8. II. God’s Provision for Sinners 1. God provides salvation and offers it to all men.  John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
  • 9. II. God’s Provision for Sinners 2. God enables all men to respond to the truth.  Romans 1:20-21 … since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks
  • 10. III. Our Response to God’s Provision 1. Recognize that we deserve his wrath and Hell  Ephesians 2:3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
  • 11. III. Our Response to God’s Provision 2. Confess our rebellion, sinfulness, idolatry  1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • 12. III. Our Response to God’s Provision 3. Repent—turn from our idols to serve God only, asking forgiveness for our sins   Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; See also 1 Thess. 1:9
  • 13. III. Our Response to God’s Provision 4. Believe that Jesus is God’s Son and that He died & rose to provide us salvation  Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
  • 14. III. Our Response to God’s Provision 5. Begin as an apprentice / follower of Jesus.  Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
  • 15. IV. God’s Salvation 1. God has reconciled us to himself through the death of His Son on the cross.  Colossians 1:22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach– 2. We are new creatures created in Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
  • 16. IV. God’s Salvation 3. We are quickened together with Christ (made alive spiritually).  Ephesians 2:5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
  • 17. IV. God’s Salvation 4. We become sons and daughters of God, members of God’s Family   John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, Focus: Loving Relationship with God our Father through Jesus, our High Priest and Brother.
  • 18. IV. God’s Salvation 5. We become members of Christ’s Body   1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, Focus: Loving Relationship with our fellow members in the Body.
  • 19. IV. God’s Salvation 6. We become citizens of the Kingdom   Colossians 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, The Kingdom has …     A King – Jesus Laws – God’s law A culture – the values, perspectives, and institutions established by God’s word A mission – making disciples
  • 20. The Contexts of the Christian Life
  • 21. V. Our Response to God’s Salvation 1. Grateful Self-Sacrifice  Out of gratitude for …      the new life God has given us freedom from sin’s power the inheritance we have been given, sonship, all of God’s mercies,
  • 22. V. Our Response to God’s Salvation … we give our new life back to God as a living sacrifice – we are all His, every part of us. Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
  • 23. V. Our Response to God’s Salvation 2. Believing Self-Yielding  We believe (reckon) that we are indeed free from sin and yield ourselves to God as his servants. He is the master; we are the slave. Romans 6:11-13 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
  • 24. VI. God’s Response to our Consecration  Entire Sanctification by Spirit-filling  God sanctifies us entirely – spirit, soul, body. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
  • 25. VI. God’s Response to our Consecration  God’s Spirit takes full control of us (“fills us”). Ephesians 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,  Illustration: Back seat driver.
  • 26. VII. Life after Entire Sanctification 1. Joyous, God-glorifying service.  We live out our lives in joyous, grateful, loving service, striving to please Him in everything, to glorify Him in all we do, and to grow more and more into the image of His Son. Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
  • 27. VII. Life after Entire Sanctification 2. Continued apprenticeship to Jesus = growth in Christlikeness   We “press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” = full Christlikeness (Phil. 3:14) As we discover areas in our lives which are not like Jesus, we cleanse ourselves from such “filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1)
  • 28. VII. Life after Entire Sanctification 3. Abiding in Christ   We are created in Him, it is only as we are “in Christ” that we have spiritual life. Our spiritual life exists only through our union with Christ.
  • 29. Abiding in Christ  John 15 pictures this union as a branch in a vine. Christ teaches us that unless we are abiding in him we can do nothing, we cannot produce fruit, we will be nothing but a dead dry branch fit only for the fire. John 15:4-5 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
  • 30. Abiding in Christ  How do we abide in Christ? 1. 2. Depend totally upon Christ for everything. Bring his word in to abide in us (memorize, meditate, assimilate, and practice God’s word). 1 John 2:24 As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning [the Word of God]. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 1 John 3:24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.