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Sunday May 4, 2014.
A look at
JUSTIFICATION
and 5 other
AMAZING TRUTHS
ABOUT OUR SALVATION
There are several major themes in the Bible.
Two major themes are:
SIN and DEATH
and
JUSTIFICATION and LIFE
In the book of Romans, Chapters 3 and 4, God
teaches us a lot about justification:
Ch 3: “For all have sinned and fall sho...
“God presented Jesus as a sacrifice
of atonement, through faith in his
blood . . . .he did it to demonstrate his
justice a...
“We maintain that a man is justified
by faith apart from observing the law.
. . . . there is only one God, who will
justif...
Ch 4: “What then shall we say that
Abraham, our forefather, discovered in
this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was
justified ...
“To the man who does not work but
trusts God who justifies the wicked,
his faith is credited as righteousness.”
“He (Jesus) was delivered over to
death for our sins and was raised to
life for our justification.”
Remember the 2 main Biblical themes we
mentioned earlier?
SIN and DEATH
and
JUSTIFICATION and LIFE
Anyone notice that thes...
He (Jesus) was delivered
over to death for our sins
and was raised to
life for our justification.
Jesus did TWO things in a SPECIFIC ORDER.
FIRST, He died for our sins.
THEN He was raised to life again for our justificat...
We human beings have a problem – we are
DEAD.
The reason we are dead is because we sin and
sin results in death.
“The wage...
What do dead people need?
LIFE!
What did Jesus say He came to earth to do?
“I have come that (people) may have
LIFE,
And have it
TO THE FULL.”
(John 10: 1...
But sin causes death.
(You might say it’s OPPOSED to life.)
So, can we have LIFE
if we are still “in our sin.”
Can we have...
NO!
So, if someone comes to give us LIFE,
what is the first thing He has to do?
He has to deal with our sin problem.
Or, in other words, He has to
take away our sin!
What was the first thing ever said about Jesus as
He began His ministry on Earth?
“Look! The Lamb of God, who
takes away t...
And this is the first amazing aspect of salvation:
In Jesus, God forgives and takes away our sin.
“When you were dead in y...
What’s so AMAZING about Jesus taking away
our sin?
To understand this, you have to know how God
“dealt” with sin under the...
Hebrews 10: 1-4 - Sins were only “covered” under the Old.
“The old system under the law of Moses was only a
shadow . . . T...
In the New Covenant, Jesus, The Lamb of God,
TOOK AWAY the sins of the whole world.
John 1: 29 – “Look! The Lamb of God wh...
“Then Jesus SAT DOWN”
This is VERY significant!
The Old Covenant priests “stood and ministered
day after day” . . . They N...
AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 1:
Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus “offered Himself to
God as a single sacrifice for sins, good...
END OF PART ONE (Sin and Death)
ON TO PART TWO (Justification and Life)
The Scripture verse that links the 2 parts:
“God m...
A question as we start Part Two:
So . . . .every person’s sin has been
taken away by Jesus – does that
mean that everyone ...
NO! We must “come” to Jesus and believe in Him to
have life:
John 5: 39-40 – “You study the Scriptures diligently
because ...
(Jesus said:) (John 5:24):
“I tell you the truth,
those who listen to my message
and believe in God who sent me
have etern...
WE have come to Jesus.
So WE can be certain that In Him, WE have eternal
life!
1 John 5: 11-13 – “This is the testimony: G...
Now that Jesus has
TAKEN AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD,
we humans no longer have a SIN PROBLEM.
What we have now is a
BELIEF O...
When we believe in Jesus,
we begin our NEW LIFE In Him.
As we look at what our new life In Jesus is like,
we’ll see:
AMAZI...
When we believe in Jesus, when we CROSS OVER
FROM DEATH TO LIFE, the second AMAZING aspect
of salvation happens:
AMAZING S...
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the
power of God that brings salvation to everyone
who believes: first to t...
“To the man who does not work, but trusts God,
who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as
righteousness.” (Romans ...
Please note! Justification FAR MORE than just a
pardon!
When a lawbreaker is pardoned, his GUILT is not
removed – he still...
HOW IS JUSTIFICATION FAR MORE THAN A PARDON?
To help us understand this, let’s look at what takes place in a court of
law....
SO, WHAT’S A PARDON?
A pardon operates at STAGE 4 (The Sentence.)
A pardon is:
“Official release from punishment for a cri...
SO HOW IS JUSTIFICATION FAR MORE THAN A PARDON?
Justification operates at STAGE 1 (The PLEA)
When a wicked person trusts i...
• So, our plea was “wicked.” – guilty of sin.
• The sentence on us was “death.”
For the justified believer, God’s verdict ...
Can you now understand better why God can say: (John 5:24):
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him
...
AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 2!
When God JUSTIFIES us, He removes our GUILT
and no longer considers us guilty
of any sin...
On to
AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 3!!
AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 3!!
When we believe in Jesus;
when we are born-again;
when we cross over from death to life...
Think of why this is such an AMAZING truth:
Does our holy God live in any old place?
In the Old Covenant, did the Israelit...
Above all, and overreaching every other
consideration was this:
Our holy God cannot live in the presence of sin.
That is w...
Think very carefully.
Our holy God cannot live in the presence of sin.
Yet, when we trust in Jesus; when we are born
again...
“The Most High doesn’t live in temples made by
human hands.” (Acts 7: 48)
“Don’t you realize that all of you together are ...
“Together, we are his house, built on the
foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And
the cornerstone is Christ Jesus...
Remember:
Our holy God cannot live in the presence of sin.
But WE are fit to be living temples of our holy God,
who can on...
These questions bring us to:
AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 4!!:
AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 4!!:
God can only live in us if, in His sight,
we do not have the slightest stain of sin,
b...
By the way, that THICK CURTAIN in the Most Holy
Place – the curtain that separated holy God from
sinful man – does anyone ...
”When he had received the drink (on the cross),
Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his
head and gave up his...
The moment He died, The Lamb of God – the final
“once for all for all time” sacrifice – actually DID
take away the sin of ...
AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 5!!:
The “sin curtain” is GONE!
WE are
the temple of
God’s Holy Spirit!
Finally, on to
AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 6!!:
Here’s an important question:
God declares us “NOT GUILTY of sin.”
He declares us “HOLY and RIGHTEOUS In Jesus.”
Will thes...
Here’s something for you to consider as you think:
God is holy. God now lives in us:
Galatians 2: 20:
“My old self has bee...
This is a good place for us to consider the
relationship between:
IDENTITY and BEHAVIOUR
Most people believe (and many chu...
Salvation in the Bible is the exact opposite:
God says to sinners, “Come to me as you are and
because of what Jesus has do...
God says:
”Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live
under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live
under...
God’s AMAZING grace – God’s AMAZING salvation
creates people with a NEW IDENTITY – people who
are HIS VERY OWN, EAGER to d...
And this brings us to:
AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 6!!:
God’s amazing salvation
causes us to live holier lives!
The famous “fruit of the Spirit” passage of
Scripture shows us some of the ways God will
change us:
“But the fruit of the ...
Here’s a practical example of how God’s amazing
New Covenant salvation changes us:
It enables us to be QUICK and WILLING F...
But when we are saved in God’s wonderful New
Covenant, we are FORGIVEN PEOPLE!
In Christ, our sins have ALREADY been forgi...
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and
forgive anyone who offends you. Remember,
the Lord FORGAVE you,
so you must f...
The KEY to a victorious Christian life is to make this
Scripture your foundation: (Galatians 2: 20)
“It’s no longer I who ...
In summary:
6 AMAZING SALVATION TRUTHS:
1. Two thousand years ago, Jesus paid the
price for and took away all the sin of t...
4. God can live in us because, in His sight,
we do not have the slightest stain of sin,
but we are perfectly holy and righ...
To recall our two major themes . . . .
When God saves us, He takes us from being:
DEAD in SIN
to being
ALIVE and RIGHTEOUS...
The world should want what we
Christians have because of our
JOY
May these
6 AMAZING SALVATION TRUTHS
Bring us great
JOY and PEACE
as we accept them and
learn to rest in them.
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Part 1 of "The Amazing Grace" series at The Gathering Place.

Focusing on 6 Amazing Truths about our Salvation by Don Nothnagel.

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Justification and other Amazing Truths about our Salvation

  1. 1. Sunday May 4, 2014.
  2. 2. A look at JUSTIFICATION and 5 other AMAZING TRUTHS ABOUT OUR SALVATION
  3. 3. There are several major themes in the Bible. Two major themes are: SIN and DEATH and JUSTIFICATION and LIFE
  4. 4. In the book of Romans, Chapters 3 and 4, God teaches us a lot about justification: Ch 3: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
  5. 5. “God presented Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood . . . .he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”
  6. 6. “We maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. . . . . there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.”
  7. 7. Ch 4: “What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it (his faith) was credited to him as righteousness.”
  8. 8. “To the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.”
  9. 9. “He (Jesus) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
  10. 10. Remember the 2 main Biblical themes we mentioned earlier? SIN and DEATH and JUSTIFICATION and LIFE Anyone notice that these 2 themes are BOTH in the last verse of Scripture that we just read? Take a look:
  11. 11. He (Jesus) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
  12. 12. Jesus did TWO things in a SPECIFIC ORDER. FIRST, He died for our sins. THEN He was raised to life again for our justification. Why this specific order? Here’s the answer:
  13. 13. We human beings have a problem – we are DEAD. The reason we are dead is because we sin and sin results in death. “The wages of sin is death” (Rom 6: 23) “You were dead because of your sins” (Col 2:13) Would you say that being DEAD is a big problem?
  14. 14. What do dead people need?
  15. 15. LIFE!
  16. 16. What did Jesus say He came to earth to do? “I have come that (people) may have LIFE, And have it TO THE FULL.” (John 10: 10)
  17. 17. But sin causes death. (You might say it’s OPPOSED to life.) So, can we have LIFE if we are still “in our sin.” Can we have LIFE if God is still counting our sins against us?
  18. 18. NO!
  19. 19. So, if someone comes to give us LIFE, what is the first thing He has to do?
  20. 20. He has to deal with our sin problem. Or, in other words, He has to take away our sin!
  21. 21. What was the first thing ever said about Jesus as He began His ministry on Earth? “Look! The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1: 29)
  22. 22. And this is the first amazing aspect of salvation: In Jesus, God forgives and takes away our sin. “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.” (Col 2: 13 + 14)
  23. 23. What’s so AMAZING about Jesus taking away our sin? To understand this, you have to know how God “dealt” with sin under the Old Covenant and how differently He deals with sin under His wonderful New Covenant.
  24. 24. Hebrews 10: 1-4 - Sins were only “covered” under the Old. “The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow . . . The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared. But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”
  25. 25. In the New Covenant, Jesus, The Lamb of God, TOOK AWAY the sins of the whole world. John 1: 29 – “Look! The Lamb of God who TAKES AWAY the sin of the world.” Hebrews 10:11-12 - ”Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest (Jesus) offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.”
  26. 26. “Then Jesus SAT DOWN” This is VERY significant! The Old Covenant priests “stood and ministered day after day” . . . They NEVER sat down in the temple, because their job of offering sacrifices for sin was never finished. Sin was never TAKEN AWAY. When Jesus had offered His SINGLE sacrifice, GOOD FOR ALL TIME, He SAT DOWN at God’s right hand. This shows that The Lamb of God HAS taken away the sin of the world, past, present and future. No further sacrifice for sin is needed and there will never be another sacrifice for sin.
  27. 27. AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 1: Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus “offered Himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time.” Jesus took away ALL sin over ALL time. Were we alive 2000 years ago? NO! This means that Jesus had ALREADY taken away our sin before we were born. Think a bit deeper – it means that Jesus has already taken away the sin of EVERYONE alive on Planet earth today!
  28. 28. END OF PART ONE (Sin and Death) ON TO PART TWO (Justification and Life) The Scripture verse that links the 2 parts: “God made Jesus, who had no sin, to be sin for us, so that In Him, we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor 5: 21.)
  29. 29. A question as we start Part Two: So . . . .every person’s sin has been taken away by Jesus – does that mean that everyone automatically has LIFE? Does everyone automatically have God’s righteousness?
  30. 30. NO! We must “come” to Jesus and believe in Him to have life: John 5: 39-40 – “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” John 3: 16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  31. 31. (Jesus said:) (John 5:24): “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life.” “They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”
  32. 32. WE have come to Jesus. So WE can be certain that In Him, WE have eternal life! 1 John 5: 11-13 – “This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
  33. 33. Now that Jesus has TAKEN AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD, we humans no longer have a SIN PROBLEM. What we have now is a BELIEF OPPORTUNITY!
  34. 34. When we believe in Jesus, we begin our NEW LIFE In Him. As we look at what our new life In Jesus is like, we’ll see: AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 2!!
  35. 35. When we believe in Jesus, when we CROSS OVER FROM DEATH TO LIFE, the second AMAZING aspect of salvation happens: AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 2!! God imparts (or credits) JESUS’ righteousness to US! The word in the Bible that describes this act of God is JUSTIFICATION. When God JUSTIFIES a sinner, He declares that sinner to be NOT GUILTY, but RIGHTEOUS – right in His sight.
  36. 36. “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last”. . .(Romans 1: 16-17) “But now, a righteousness from God has been made known . . .this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” (Romans 3: 21-22)
  37. 37. “To the man who does not work, but trusts God, who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.” (Romans 4: 5) “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. . . . The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” (Romans 4: 3 + 23)
  38. 38. Please note! Justification FAR MORE than just a pardon! When a lawbreaker is pardoned, his GUILT is not removed – he still remains guilty of his crime. However, the judge pardons him from having to pay the penalty for his crime (a fine; prison sentence or whatever.)
  39. 39. HOW IS JUSTIFICATION FAR MORE THAN A PARDON? To help us understand this, let’s look at what takes place in a court of law. 1. The Plea (“How do you plead – guilty or not guilty?”) 2. The Trial (The matter is investigated.) 3. The Verdict (The judge or jury decides : innocent or guilty.) 4. The Sentence (If found guilty) (The punishment is declared.)
  40. 40. SO, WHAT’S A PARDON? A pardon operates at STAGE 4 (The Sentence.) A pardon is: “Official release from punishment for a crime.” NOTE: The VERDICT of “Guilty” still stands. But the guilty person does not have to pay the penalty or take the punishment
  41. 41. SO HOW IS JUSTIFICATION FAR MORE THAN A PARDON? Justification operates at STAGE 1 (The PLEA) When a wicked person trusts in Jesus and God justifies him, God RESCINDS the person’s “guilty” plea and applies JESUS’ RIGHTEOUSNESS TO HIM. God declares the believer: NOT GUILTY, BUT RIGHTEOUS IN HIS EYES AND FREE FROM GUILT AND PUNISHMENT.
  42. 42. • So, our plea was “wicked.” – guilty of sin. • The sentence on us was “death.” For the justified believer, God’s verdict is now: NOT GUILTY of sin, but “As righteous as Jesus.” And the death sentence has become: “Abundant, eternal life in Jesus.”
  43. 43. Can you now understand better why God can say: (John 5:24): “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” A believer will NOT BE CONDEMNED because the “guilty” plea that condemned him as “wicked” has been replaced by God’s declaration: RIGHTEOUS IN JESUS CHRIST.
  44. 44. AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 2! When God JUSTIFIES us, He removes our GUILT and no longer considers us guilty of any sin we have ever committed! And He WILL NOT consider us guilty of any sin we will ever commit in the future. In justifying us, He declares us to be as righteous as JESUS Himself!
  45. 45. On to AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 3!!
  46. 46. AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 3!! When we believe in Jesus; when we are born-again; when we cross over from death to life; when God declares us right in His sight, GOD COMES TO LIVE RIGHT INSIDE OF US!
  47. 47. Think of why this is such an AMAZING truth: Does our holy God live in any old place? In the Old Covenant, did the Israelites just throw together any old tabernacle or temple for God to live in amongst them? Read Exodus Chapters 25 to 40 and 1 Kings Chapters 6 to 9. You will be astonished at the efforts necessary to make these places clean, holy and majestic enough to be suitable dwelling places for our holy and majestic God.
  48. 48. Above all, and overreaching every other consideration was this: Our holy God cannot live in the presence of sin. That is why the tabernacles and the temples had a separate room called The Most Holy Place. That’s where God’s presence dwelt, separated by a thick curtain from sinful humanity. Only the High Priest ever entered there; only once a year; and ALWAYS having shed the blood of animals to atone for his sin and the Israelites’ sin.
  49. 49. Think very carefully. Our holy God cannot live in the presence of sin. Yet, when we trust in Jesus; when we are born again; when we cross over from death to life, HE COMES TO LIVE RIGHT INSIDE OF US!! (That’s amazing salvation truth number 3!)
  50. 50. “The Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands.” (Acts 7: 48) “Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? . . . . God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple”. (1 Cor 3: 16-17) ”Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?” (1 Cor 6: 19-20)
  51. 51. “Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.” (Eph 2: 20-22) “All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.” (1 John 4: 15) ”And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.” ( 1 Peter 2: 5)
  52. 52. Remember: Our holy God cannot live in the presence of sin. But WE are fit to be living temples of our holy God, who can only dwell where there is absolute purity. What does this tell you about our sin? What about our righteousness?
  53. 53. These questions bring us to: AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 4!!:
  54. 54. AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 4!!: God can only live in us if, in His sight, we do not have the slightest stain of sin, but we are perfectly holy and righteous. And that is exactly what He has declared us to be and that’s what He has made us, In Jesus! We are totally cleansed from sin; we are perfectly holy and righteous in His sight, and therefore WE are perfectly fit to be His new dwelling place on the Earth!
  55. 55. By the way, that THICK CURTAIN in the Most Holy Place – the curtain that separated holy God from sinful man – does anyone know what happened to it the moment Jesus died 2,000 years ago?
  56. 56. ”When he had received the drink (on the cross), Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” (John 19: 30; Matthew 27: 51) If the curtain was there to separate sinful man from a holy God, why did God tear it in two the moment Jesus died? There can only be one reason:
  57. 57. The moment He died, The Lamb of God – the final “once for all for all time” sacrifice – actually DID take away the sin of the world. God tore the curtain in two to show us very clearly that man’s sin problem was FINISHED – man’s sin had been TAKEN AWAY. From now on, God would no longer need to live in an isolated Holy Place behind a curtain – EVERYONE who has believed in Jesus is now a “Holy Place”, fit for God to live in and where He DOES live! This brings us to . . . . .
  58. 58. AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 5!!: The “sin curtain” is GONE! WE are the temple of God’s Holy Spirit!
  59. 59. Finally, on to AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 6!!:
  60. 60. Here’s an important question: God declares us “NOT GUILTY of sin.” He declares us “HOLY and RIGHTEOUS In Jesus.” Will these ‘Amazing Salvation Truths’ cause us to have a “slack” attitude about sin? Will we think: “I’m ALREADY forgiven forever! GREAT! Now I can go out and sin twice as much!” What do you think?
  61. 61. Here’s something for you to consider as you think: God is holy. God now lives in us: Galatians 2: 20: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” As Jesus lives His life in us, do you think He will cause us to sin MORE – or LESS!!?
  62. 62. This is a good place for us to consider the relationship between: IDENTITY and BEHAVIOUR Most people believe (and many churches teach) that a change in BEHAVIOUR must come before a change in IDENTITY. IF you can manage to “pull your socks up” and “get your act together”, if you stop sinning (Behaviour), THEN God will love and accept you; then you will be His child and receive all His blessings (Identity.)
  63. 63. Salvation in the Bible is the exact opposite: God says to sinners, “Come to me as you are and because of what Jesus has done I WILL DECLARE you to be perfectly holy and righteous; you will be my beloved child and I will come and live right inside of you.” (Change of IDENTITY FIRST.) THEN He says, “Because of your New Identity In Christ, because you and I now have a love relationship; because you no longer live but Jesus lives His life in you – NOW I will start to change your BEHAVIOUR.”(Change of BEHAVIOR SECOND.)
  64. 64. God says: ”Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” (Romans 6:14) ”For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2: 11-14)
  65. 65. God’s AMAZING grace – God’s AMAZING salvation creates people with a NEW IDENTITY – people who are HIS VERY OWN, EAGER to do what is good! (People whose NEW BEHAVIOUR RESULTS FROM their NEW IDENTITY!)
  66. 66. And this brings us to: AMAZING SALVATION TRUTH NUMBER 6!!: God’s amazing salvation causes us to live holier lives!
  67. 67. The famous “fruit of the Spirit” passage of Scripture shows us some of the ways God will change us: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”. (Galatians 5: 22-23) Do these sound like positive behaviour changes which suit our new identity as children of God? It’s VERY encouraging to see God changing us like this as we live our new lives In Him!
  68. 68. Here’s a practical example of how God’s amazing New Covenant salvation changes us: It enables us to be QUICK and WILLING FORGIVERS! Under the Old Covenant, God only forgave us our sins if we first forgave those who had sinned against us.
  69. 69. But when we are saved in God’s wonderful New Covenant, we are FORGIVEN PEOPLE! In Christ, our sins have ALREADY been forgiven! And because we have been forgiven, we are enabled in turn to forgive others: “Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ HAS forgiven you.” (Eph 4: 32)
  70. 70. “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord FORGAVE you, so you must forgive others.” (Col 3: 13) We don’t forgive IN ORDER to be forgiven. We forgive because In Christ, we HAVE ALREADY BEEN forgiven!
  71. 71. The KEY to a victorious Christian life is to make this Scripture your foundation: (Galatians 2: 20) “It’s no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me.”
  72. 72. In summary: 6 AMAZING SALVATION TRUTHS: 1. Two thousand years ago, Jesus paid the price for and took away all the sin of the whole world – one sacrifice for all time. 2. When we trust in Jesus, God JUSTIFIES us – He declares us to be as holy and righteous as Jesus Himself. 3. When we trust in Jesus, our perfectly holy God comes to live right inside of us!
  73. 73. 4. God can live in us because, in His sight, we do not have the slightest stain of sin, but we are perfectly holy and righteous. 5. The “sin curtain” is GONE, because God counted our sin against Jesus and is no longer counting it against us. 6. God’s amazing salvation gives us VICTORY over sin and develops righteousness in us over time.
  74. 74. To recall our two major themes . . . . When God saves us, He takes us from being: DEAD in SIN to being ALIVE and RIGHTEOUS in Jesus.
  75. 75. The world should want what we Christians have because of our JOY
  76. 76. May these 6 AMAZING SALVATION TRUTHS Bring us great JOY and PEACE as we accept them and learn to rest in them.

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