Now without knowing your identity in Christ, how can you love yourself, and more important how can you know how much G-d loves you.
Knowing who you are in Christ
2 Cor 5:17
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. KJV
I have question here…does this mean when you get saved, that all your addictions and bad habit’s pass away that instant? Now that would be Ignorance gone to sea and set sail…..If you come to know Jesus, then you sin, then you don’t know Him? Not making sense is it?
We will move on……
So how are you a new creature? You are spiritually reborn. Lets go to Colossians.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
So if I got saved last night, and this morning I still got bad habits, smoking, ect: how can I be complete in Him?
We had better get over to John, you see I have seen Christians get beat over the head all their Christian lives from preachers and teachers with no understanding of grace. We have a lot more to base this on. I hope you are starting to see how preaching the law brings death. The change that comes is not of your own accord, it IS BY GRACE.
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Jesus said judge not according to outward appearance. Judge not according to the flesh, back up in Colossians Paul says I am complete, I don’t lack anything.
Psychologists have said forever that if you can alter a mans confession, you will alter his behavior.
Let us go to Matthew
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Now read the next verse
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
IF you are going to judge a man, Judge a man by his heart!
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
And the way to judge a man by his heart, would be to judge him by what he confesses….and by the fruit he bears.
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Now in Romans
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. KJV
But wait teachers, he still smokes cigarettes, or still drinks, or shoots heroin………..These outward changes don’t occur over night, and some will struggle on and off the rest of their lives with some of these addictions. Does this mean they were not ever saved. Now speaking of myself, I came from a very rough life style, and I can tell you this, when I got saved, I did not get this miraculous delivery that I hear some people talk about. I struggled for years. If you are going to have a church, you have to be ready for people like this, and have some grace for them.
Many Pastors today have been saved all their life, and have no understanding or grace for someone who has lived most of their life as a lost addict, you will have to educate yourself in this area, so that you can understand what they are fighting against.
Jesus wasn’t in the tomb yet and Peter denied Him three times out of fear. Was that not a sin against G-d? Is one sin greater than another? Is murder a greater sin than a white lie? It is sin people. We will not get it right in this life, we can try, and should try, but with all that Peter had seen, was he then back slidin’? Of course not. If he had died that night, he would have went to heaven.
To many people are run out of the body of Christ by this. A church will get them saved and because they don’t change fast enough for a Pastor who has been saved all his life, with no street living experience or no grace in his heart, they will start preaching change or else messages, and steel their hope. You cannot set standards for people that they not ready for. So what happens, THEY QUIT….And we loose them. We have to give G-d time to move in their life. Not our time , but G-d’s time.
You see some Pastors, Preachers, Teachers and Evangelist and without conscience, will use the law to control people. Control is power, and part of man’s fallen’ nature is the need for power over people. If there is no law, your free, IF you are free, then nobody can or will control you. Now what you do with that freedom is what is important.
Look at what Paul says..This Is Big
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Right here he teaches ( I ) being spiritual, ( me ) being flesh
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Paul spirit (his inner man) is in a constant war against the flesh (his mind)
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. KJV
Let us continue here
8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
freedom of condemnation
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Now here is a man Paul, who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament and who G-d made an apostle over the Gentiles, who made this confession, he does what he knows he shouldn’t do….But we sometimes as a church expect people to do better than Paul did. Paul is not back slidin’, he is fighting a constant battle with fallen nature.
We will elaborate much more on this later, lets go to Galatians
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
We are NOT under the law!
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. KJV
We are just getting started……..
How G-d made us:
Sanctified by calvary, by grace once and for all….
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Now let me talk to you about loving yourself for a minute. Take this from somebody even long after I got saved, I hated myself for what I did, thought, taught and acted.
People you will never perfect you, no matter how hard you try. But Jesus perfected you, and you have to wake up and live with you every day, and one of the two commandments for us Gentiles to live by is to love thy neighbor as thyself. Well the fact is if my neighbors don’t love themselves , how can they love me. Quit judging yourself.
And lets go a little further, G-d loved you enough to sacrifice His Son. Did he do this in Vain? You have got to love yourself.
Now lets go to Hebrews again.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
We are made perfect! We are a New Creature, we are without spot or blemish.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
You are without spot or blemish, and we will finish this lesson with 2 verses from John, and Jesus said;
63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Right here folks
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Now Identity and Freedom go hand in hand, you can’t set captives free and imitate Jesus without knowing first who you are in Christ.
What you are worth to Him?
Re: To all church leaders
Now lets set them free…Amen