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June 10, 2022 6:00 am
Jesus did say that we are going all nations and make disciples, baptizing them go through the ritual, but again that's the that's the stage that's the play you are enacting your making an outward declaration of an inward transformation sign that burial and resurrection that you give your life to Jesus life is made new. As Paul said it didn't. Soon we are alive in Christ today on connect with Skip Skip Sears about the clean slate and fresh start.
You can have in Christ before we begin to tell you about a resource that will deepen your knowledge of God's word tribe temptation and the talk those of the mega themes of three booklets from when you were making available this firstname.lastname@example.org there's one with more of this bundle into Me. I handed the keys to unlock the thought stances and fears that can cause you to get into temptation and speak no evil. I encourage you to avoid setting fires with your words and instead use them to bring showers of blessing Linda height six booklets go to sleep, speak no evil unhappy trials provides help hope and encouragement in dealing with life's challenges. This bundle of three booklets or years were a gift of $20 or more to help keep this Bible teaching ministry on their did yours when you get to the by calling 800-922-1888, or give online securely connect with script.com/offer that's correct was.com/off in Romans chapter 6 for today study so let's join Skip to little) Mac amazing and part now Maisie's the younger one back is the older rougher kind of mean old man and Mac doesn't like something or like what he sees. He barks Maisie started out being very docile and not barking but she noticed that Mac bark so she barks and now she barks more than that. She just barks a lot now is Maisie a dog because she barks or disembark because she's a dog that's at the second satellite while she bargained oceanview. She barks and therefore she's a dog I bark I can bark like a dog. I will do it. I've done it, but instead of barking I can articulate a sentence like you know I don't like that because I'm human. That's my nature to communicate that way.
So a dog's nature because it cannot articulate, can do a lot of things is just a bark of its upset bark, a bit like something Berkowitz excited because it's his nature. We have a sin nature because we have that nature. We are sinners by nature sinners by birth, as well as sinners, by choice based on that nature that sort of a theological construct, but it's important you understand that's our nature, and that the reason it all started. As Paul makes the point is because of what one man did one man made a choice. Sin entered death entered the world had not known death. God said in the day that you eat of the fruit you will surely die. So death entered death spread to all men became part of our nature because all sin, but what Adam did in the garden. Is he acted for humanity as what we call the federal head the federal had meaning. He did something and everybody else therefore did it as well. He acted as the federal head of for a modern example of that. If you're familiar with the movie hunger games and in in the in the show the premises that Ever dine main character's is a substitute for her sister Prem right so that she Will will act as the federal head not only for Prem but for her whole district if she wins the gladiatorial games.
The hunger games. Then her whole district will be rewarded with food, with fees for like a whole year. Okay, so she acts as the federal had what she does.
Everybody else gets the benefit or loss.
So Adam acted as the federal had you will. That's not fair. You're right software website about what's fair. What about what is and I'll explain this. It is not fair. Jesus dying on the cross for your sins is also not fair.
He didn't do anything you didn't commit anything but here's the equity because God consigned the whole world guilty because of what one man did he can now forgive because what one man did by saying you're all guilty can say you can all be saved if you come through that one man Jesus Christ see how that works. So that's the powerful lesson that he is, is teaching for by one man's death. Verse 17 one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ. Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Again noticed the much more much more's of this chapter. Verse nine, much more than verse 10, much more, having been reconciled, verse 15 for if the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God. Verse 17 of one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more, and then also in verse 20.
Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound where sin abounded, grace abounded much more. I have a question based on what we just read how much grace is there will let's at least say plenty enough enough for you and not for me. It'll never run out much more yeah Adam did this but Jesus did that much more. So whatever was lost in Adam is gained in Christ, much more. That's his point is making an emphatic point enough. I read verse 19 or not, but I want to be told I forgot to read.
It's all read it again for as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one man's obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, one of my favorite verses ever where sin abounded, grace abounded much more. Here's another way to translate where sin abounded, grace super abounded. That's actually one translation puts it that way, where sin abounded, grace super abounded or overflowed, or where sin reached the high watermark grace completely flooded over it. The point is sin cannot erect a dam so high that God's grace can fly the overflows and overflows.
There's nothing that can keep us from his love sin abounded, grace super abounded or did abound much more so that, as sent. Sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Chapter 6, he asked the question, what shall we say that what can you say that about about this. Wow or awesome. That's not that that fits or praise the Lord thank you Jesus. What shall we say that while yes the question shall we continue in sin that grace may abound so if if my sin causes the overflow of God's grace right so the more I send God just keeps getting more and more gracious and he just overflown overflow and right it's over the over the falls might as well keep sending it just gets soaked in God's grace, not a warped way of thinking, but sometimes people do think this way.
I remember in the church that I grew up in a group in the Catholic Church. There was the idea that all you had to do man is go to confession. So you confess your sins goes go go live it up a little to go sin because you I got induced step into that little box and say those things that guy you can get your slate wiped clean again. Philip Chaka backup sale, nobody thought that way I did. I here's here's a Protestant version of that.
I remember speaking to a gal who is very loose with her morals or she thought she could be. She came to know the Lord.
But then she came a point where she struggling with the passage that you know what I believe in eternal security because I am eternally secure. I really can do anything. So the question comes.
Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound verse two. Certainly not or God forbid, or perish the thought or no way, Josť.
However, you want to translate, certainly not, how shall we who died to sin, live any longer in it and he gives the example of baptism, you know, baptism is we always tell people an outward sign of an inward reality and were change but we always tell people that, in and for what were about to read that baptism is is a funeral. It's like a funeral. It's it's it's a symbol. It is, it's your acting out of play and the water is the stage and when you put a person under the water. It's indicates were burying the older you the old way of life. The old person that controlled you with all of the temples that's buried in coming up out of the water is resurrection man NewLife new power so so we continue in sin no way were dead to sin. You know I was at the funeral. I saw the guy get buried when he still alive run around. I saw him get buried so look at his illustration or do you not know verse three that is, many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. Therefore, we were buried with him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united together in the likeness of his death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of his resurrection. Quick background note Christian baptism comes from a Jewish ritual that predates Christianity and it was the ritual bath that Jewish people would go through and still go through but they went through in older times before making a sacrifice in the temple before offering the sacrifice they would be ceremonially cleansed in a baptismal pool full immersion. There was no sprinkling. They had to go completely under the water and that baptismal pool was called a mikvah. McVeigh in Hebrew in the McVeigh is the pool so they would walk into the McVeigh they would say their prayers, they would walk out tell off make the sacrifice so John the Baptist comes along and baptizes differently and not for a ceremonial sacrifice in the temple but he baptizes for the remission of sins of the Jordan River tells people. It indicates a change lifestyle that sort of introduces the idea baptism that becomes the practice of the church because Jesus did say that we are to go in all nations and make disciples, baptizing them in the you go to that ritual. But again, that's the that's the stage that stopped the play you are enacting you are making an outward declaration of an inward transformation right outward sign inward change speaks of death, burial and resurrection. I remember a few years back I was baptizing our tour group in Israel at the site. We have been doing it for years. Baptismal side of the Jordan River and we usually have several buses so we have a few hundred people, and it takes a while to baptize a lot of people and so we mark off you know a good chunk of the day, maybe even that after lunch that latter portion of the day and we have a beautiful baptismal service in the Jordan River in Israel. Why member on this occasion. Not only was our group around but there were buses outside the fence and people watching from outside the fence looking into what we were doing and after I was all done.
Did the last person to get baptized and I stepped out of the water and cold by this time because February waters can be cold so I'm ready to tell off my teeth are started chatter and ready to go when this gal on the other side of the fence waves at me and I say hi to the smoke come here and she introduces herself. Her name is Olga she's from South America, I forget which country and she said can you explain to me what you have been doing the last hour so this is Christian baptism. So I'm familiar with baptism, Christian baptism, but it seems so different from what I'm used to, or babies going to church and he sprinkle a few drops baby doesn't remember it and and but this is something grand so she said, explain, so I explained this section of Romans over reading that it it describes somebody who is been there slate is wiped clean.
They have a whole new start there there fresh and new.
Before God, and it said the guilt is gone, etc. she's just listening listen. She goes, would you mind baptizing me. I said well I will if you understand what I just said and you are willing to do with these people have done and make Jesus Christ the one that is saved your soul that you are going to follow you going to commit your life to him life to be different is using the change which are making him master of your life.
I explained the gospel to little further.
I want that I'm ready to do that sizable you know figure out a way to get over from that side of the side and will do it. So she came over she did have a bathing suit on. She was a sinner close and we just baptized in the Jordan River and and she got on her bus back to South America a changed individual.
Knowing this, verse six knowing this, that our old man was crucified. That is not your father. It's the old you.
Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin, for he who has died has been freed from sin notes is the body of sin might be done away with the words done away with is the English translation of a Greek word Qatar ghetto in Qatar ghetto means to make void to abolish or is a better translation to put out of business. It's as if God went to Satan shop and saw you and I in that shop and he said that Satan a I'm hanging the sign out front out of business.
You are out of business. When it comes to Skip I see you are out of business. When it comes to this one this one that when I want those who have given their lives to me. I have redeemed them. I have bought them back and so as far as they're concerned, here's the notice you been put out of business. Qatar ghetto to make void to abolish sort of put out of business.
For he was died has been freed from sin. Now one thing that Tim great were dead to sin had a funeral and we have a new life but though that is true. Something about the old in nature doesn't want to stay down. Stay buried, stay dead, I told you that I've seen several corpses before I've seen them. I've watched number of people died take their last breath, including my mother. I was at my mother's death. It there something that I find a little interesting and a little bit unnerving at a deathbed when somebody is nearing death and are taking their final breaths and the breathing is labored comes a point where you think they just taken their last breath assist than nothing new. Okay well that's it and then all of a sudden start breathing again her grievance, almost sitting up, it will you know psych just came back again you that you think they might do that a few times are there fighting for life until they do take that final breath when it comes to the old you the old manner of life and it says here you are to suppose her to reckon yourself dead. It still wants to go.
Note sucking air and start moving around so don't think that just because you had the funeral service the baptism and you give your life to Christ that awesome not to be tempted any longer. See, we discover that right. I mean we should tell people that when the come to the prayer room and give their lives to Christ.
Don't think that the war is over, the war is just beginning.
Jesus one the most important part of the battle you're here, you've given your life to Christ, but a whole other battle now begins between the new nature that you have just received as a new person in Christ and the old nature that before had no competition now has competition. The new nature wants to get fed. The old nature wants to get fit was good for corruption. Sin wants to stay alive once taken that breath the new nature needs to take precedence over the old nature.
So for example, to fill in the blank a little bit. I'm reading out of Galatians 5 when I could be able to finish chapter 6. As you can see so not even try. So Galatians chapter 5. This is verse 16. You're familiar with this, but you can look at it later or look at it now if you like I say then, walk in the spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh, the flesh is another term for the old nature.
The old man the old you for the flesh, loss, or wars fights against the spirit.
The new you. The new man. The new nature and the spirit against the flesh, so there's a civil war going on inside of you. That's the new battle and these are contrary to one another so that you do not do the things that you wish, but if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law, so you have a new nature all of a sudden read the Bible and the old natures that I'll read it later. Man, there's that cool show you want to binge watched go do that or the new nature says to go to church. The alleged churchmen just go hang out with your friends and eat a cheeseburger I whatever it is right mean there's there's always the conflict that goes on in every decision. Flesh lusts against the spirit. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote a very famous story about about Dr. name Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Jekyll came up with a way through science to make a potion that if he took the potion it would turn them into another man and that man was Mr. Hyde. So Dr. Jekyll was the amicable sweet nice easy, tempered, easy-going guy, but he drank the potion. Mr. Hyde was a villain murderer and simply asked Robert Louis Stevenson worried you get the inspiration for such devious characters and Robert Louis Stevenson said I had to go no further than just to look inside myself.
I got the inspiration for me and we who are believers know what that is like the Dr. Jekyll in the Mr. Hyde spiritual person versus the old nature so because this is true.
We need a battle strategy right if we know that okay the old man is dead. Been to the funeral service I'm justified by faith, not by works, so I'm right before God is destroying righteous at same time. I know that I have this old nature that's wanting control wants to control me like like Mr. Hyde but I don't want to let the old nature control me like Mr. Hightower, Dr. Jekyll to take over. I like the Dr. Jekyll part. So what do I do what you need a battle strategy, and Paul gives you a poor old battle strategy to get victory and when we get together next time we go through that battle strategy that concludes give Heights's message from his series expound to Skip to share how you can keep this broadcast going strong connecting you and many others to the Lord Jesus Christ is truth incarnate.
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