How do we define success in life?
- Good career / ministry, Honor from people, Good parent / Happy marriage / Raising kids,
- A moral/ethical life / Contributing to the community/society, etc.
But if we fail in life then the world can be an unforgiving place. We may not forgive ourselves.
1: How does God deal with failures? The Grace of Jesus Christ.
Paul: The religious failure He was the most religious person in his generation (Acts 26:4-5, Philippians 3:4-10) but he became the greatest failure by getting Christians imprisoned and killed.
1 Timothy 1:12-16 “12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”
- Jesus appeared to him in the midst of his sin and saved him. Paul WAS the worst of sinners.
- Jesus changed him so that Paul preached more about the Grace of God than anyone else, and he preached the gospel to the Gentile world in the 1st century, writing more scripture than any other apostle.
1 Corinthians 15:9-10 “ For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
- Paul’s past failure did not disqualify him, but God’s grace qualified him.
Matthew: the traitor Mark 2:14-17 “As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. 15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”:
- Levi (Matthew) was a tax-collector, betraying his Jewish country-men and giving their taxes to the Romans. But Christ came in the midst of his sin. The Grace of God is attracted to those who fail in life.
Mary Magdalene: The adulterous woman
- Jesus said that Mary Magdalene would be known all over the world wherever the Gospel was preached.
- Why? She believed in Christ’s death and resurrection before anyone else!
- Mark 14:8-9 “8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
- The 12 Apostles did not understand that Jesus was going to die (Luke 18:31-34, Mark 8:31-33).
- But Mary Magdalene honored Jesus and prepared Him for the burial!
- She knew Jesus better than even the Apostles!
- Who was she? She was a notorious sinner according to the Pharisees.
Luke 7:37-39,44-50 “37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”……44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” 48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
- But she was forgiven many sins! She was saved by faith in Jesus.
- She sinned greatly but received so much grace that she fell in love with Jesus and left her sins. Grace is attracted to those who fail, and then the same grace transforms them.
- The answer to sin is the LOVE and GRACE of Jesus that saves and transforms!
- Romans 2:4 “The goodness of God leads us to repentance”
- The solution to repetitive failures is to know more of Christ’s love and grace.
We see this sinful woman who was known by the Pharisees and Jesus.
John 8:3-11 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
- They used the law to condemn her (Leviticus 20:10).
- But Jesus said that only those who are perfect can judge (because nobody is righteous under law).
- Jesus wrote with a finger on the ground reminding them that He is the same God who wrote the ten commandments on stone with His finger (Exodus 31:18).
- Jesus is the Almighty God – the sinless one who can judge but He SAVED her by GRACE and set her free!
- Imagine just how much this woman would have experienced the GRACE of Jesus? She was caught in sin publicly and was going to be stoned to death.
- Jesus first gave her “no condemnation” and then the freedom to live a holy life.
- Romans 8:1 “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
This woman is Mary, the sister of Martha. (John 11:1-2, John 12:1-3)
- We see the devotion of Mary to the Lord.
Luke 10:38-42 “38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
- Martha was busy cleaning and cooking, but frustrated with Mary.
- Mary was listening to Jesus at His feet, worshipping Him and knowing His love.
- Martha was worried about many things but Mary wanted only ONE thing (JESUS) and it would not be taken away from her!
- Was Mary at fault? No, because Jesus was not interested in being served but giving His love to people.
- Jesus did the same thing to the Samaritan woman in John 4.
- Jesus was hungry and thirsty but his hunger was filled by giving her the gift of eternal life
- (John 4:34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”)
- Mary loved Jesus more because she was forgiven much more than Martha who sinned less.
Mary was the first one to see Jesus risen from the dead!
Matthew 28:1,5-10 “After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb…..5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
- We see that Mary Magdalene was the first person to see Jesus risen from the dead.
John 20:18 “Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.”
- Mary Magdalene was a sinner, but she was the FIRST to understand Christ’s death and resurrection.
- This is why her story is told wherever the Gospel of Christ’s death/resurrection is preached.
- Mary Magdalene’s story is about great failure saved by the GRACE of Jesus Christ.
- The greater the failure, the greater the grace and transformation!
- It is at our lowest point that we realize God’s GRACE.
The purest form of LOVE is JESUS who loved the worst sinners and offered them GRACE.
Matthew 20:16 ““So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
2: How do we deal with failures? It is through the Grace of Jesus Christ.
We don’t determine God’s love based on our success/failure in life.
The love of God is constantly shown on the CROSS that we are forgiven (Romans 5:8 “God demonstrated his love that while we were sinners Christ died for us”., John 3:16 “God SO loved the world…”)
Sometimes God’s love is greatly known in the midst of our greatest failures.
3 Types of Responses to the GRACE of GOD:
- Legalist: He is offended and says that he’s righteous by good works. Example: The Judaizers who said that believing in Jesus is not enough, but also add works of law for salvation (Acts 15:1, Galatians 3-5).
- Rebellion: Some people in the 1st Century Churches used Grace as license for sin, mocking God. They boasted and enjoyed their sin (they were probably not true believers but deceivers).
- Honest failure: is a person who struggles with sin. They want to do the right thing but fail.
- Romans 7: “19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it….. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
- Do we identify ourselves by sin OR by what Jesus DID TO US ?
- Paul says that we are NOT sin…… We are not in the flesh but we are in the Spirit.
- Romans 8:9 “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.”
- When a believer sins, we will not enjoy it.
- I am NOT my sin…I am NOT my failure. Sin is a separate thing that lives in me.
- I am Righteous because Jesus lives in me. He forgave me.
- I’m not a sinner who does good things…..but I’m a righteous person who sins at times.
- The solution to sin is not more rules and guilt.
- The answer to repeated failure is the GRACE of JESUS CHRIST that does not condemn but His love that transforms us.
- The Grace of God is not a doctrine but it is the person of Jesus Christ
- John 1:17 “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
- The law was written on stone as written rules. But Grace came in the flesh as Jesus Christ.
When we fail, do we define ourselves as failures? Not at all, we are RIGHTEOUS
- Proverbs 24:15 “for though the RIGHTEOUS fall seven times, they rise again”
- We are not defined by our failures but by whom we believe in.
- The righteous shall live by faith. (It does not say that the righteous are perfect in behavior)
- We are righteous not by our works but we are righteous by who we TRUST in.
- Romans 4:5 “However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies (makes righteous) the ungodly (sinner), their faith is credited as righteousness.”
- When a sinner believes that Jesus makes them righteous without works, then we are Righteous by faith.
We WERE sinners but now we are righteous!
- Romans 5:8-9,19 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified (Righteous) by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!……..For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”
- What is true humility? To accept what God says about us:
- The unbeliever is a sinner. If an unbeliever claims to be righteous then they are liars.
- The believer is not a sinner. We are Righteous by Christ’s obedience.
- To say that a believer is a sinner is misguided/false humility b’cos it ignores the work of Christ.
We are new creations in Christ. The old has gone.
2 Corinthians 5 “17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
- A believer is a NEW CREATION. The old has gone. This is a permanent change. It already happened !!
- This means that God is not counting our sins any more.
- Why is that? The LOVE of GOD through Jesus:
- Jesus did not sin but He became our sin on the Cross..
- We who sin have become the Righteousness of God by faith in Jesus. This is the Divine exchange!
How is that possible? It is because Jesus became ONE with us.
- Colossians 2:9-10 “For in Christ all the fullness of God lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness/completion.”
- The full righteousness of God is in Christ. And in Christ we have become 100% righteous and perfect.
- We are not incomplete because of our failures but we are COMPLETE in Christ who lives in us.
- How are we complete in Christ? We were dead in sin but now alive in Christ, forgiven ALL sin.
- Colossians 2 “13 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, 14 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.”
- Ephesians 2 “4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,”
What does it mean to be seated in heavenly places?
Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. “,
- It means that we are forgiven and purified of all sin and we’re 100% perfect as Christ.
- What about sanctification? Christ is our holiness/sanctification! It is not our efforts.
- 1 Corinthians 6: 11 “….you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
- 1 Corinthians 1:29-30 “29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who HAS BECOME for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, sanctification and redemption”
I’m blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ, the forgiveness of sins!
- (Ephesians 1:3-7,13-14 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we HAVE redemption through his blood, the FORGIVENESS of SINS, in accordance with the RICHES of God’s GRACE”……And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”
- (HOLY, BLAMELESS, SONS of GOD, LOVED, REDEEMED, FORGIVEN according to RICHES of GRACE)
- We have the Holy Spirit because we have the FULL FORGIVENESS of SINS.
- We have been made HOLY, BLAMELESS.
This is the NEW COVENANT:
Hebrews 10:1-4, 8-18 “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins 5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
….“8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the FIRST to establish the SECOND. 10 And by that WILL (NEW COVENANT), we have BEEN made HOLY through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all 11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool..14 For by one sacrifice he has made PERFECT forever those who are holy. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: 16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” 17 Then he adds:”Their sins and lawless acts,I will remember no more.” 18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.”
- Under the Old Covenant, the priest had to offer daily/annual sacrifices that never took away sins.
- They were constantly reminded of their guilt and sin. (That was the purpose of the law)
- But when Jesus came and made the New Covenant in His final sacrifice, ALL our sins were forgiven.
- The Old Covenant was a mortgage-debt that never ends…..Jesus paid the full loan-debt to set us FREE.
- We are PERFECT and HOLY because of one sacrifice on the Cross.
- Jesus died once to forgive all sin and He rose from the dead, never to die again.
- Jesus sat down because He finished the work of forgiving all our sins if we believe.
- Not some sin, but forgiven ALL sin….
- If only past sins were forgiven, then Jesus has to die repeatedly.
- We are forgiven past, present, future sin. The proof is that Jesus rose from the dead.
- Not forgiven in installments but made perfect forever.
- For the Christian, the forgiveness of sins is PAST TENSE…it is a done deal…..not something to repeat.
- God remembered all our sins on the cross: That is why He will not remember our sins anymore because Jesus finished the work.
- ETERNAL FORGIVENESS of SINS is the MAIN BENEFIT of the NEW COVENANT. (This has to be SETTLED)
- FORGIVENESS is our PERMANENT possession. It does NOT EXPIRE when we sin! It does not need to be received again and again, repeatedly. We HAVE it ONE-TIME by faith in Christ.
- If we say that our forgiveness lasts only for 1 week, then we are implying that we have a WORSE system than the Old Covenant. Under the Old Covenant, they had sins covered for 1 year with the annual animal sacrifices, while we claim to have it for 1 week only! The truth is that under the New Covenant, we are forgiven eternally by faith in Christ.
- We received the Holy Spirit only because our sins were forgiven by faith in Christ.
- The HOLY SPIRIT is the PROOF that we are FORGIVEN ALL SINS.
- Under the Old Covenant, they did not have the Holy Spirit living in them. Why was that? The Holy Spirit cannot live in a person until their sins are taken away. The sins were only covered for a year with those annual animal sacrifices under the Law. It was not yet forgiven. The Holy Spirit came upon certain men but left when they sinned. This is why David cried out to God to clean a new heart in Psalm 51 and not to take away the Holy Spirit after he sinned.
- But when Jesus died on the cross, God made a New Covenant and FORGAVE ALL OUR SINS.
- In the New Covenant through Christ’s final sacrifice on the cross, when a person believes in Jesus Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit because ALL our sins have been forgiven. The Holy Spirit lives INSIDE of us….because we have been MADE HOLY and PERFECT.
Acts 10:43 “43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.”
This is why the Holy Spirit testifies to the believer that God will never remember our sins anymore! It is because we HAVE the Forgiveness of sins. We have EVERY spiritual blessing by faith in Christ. We are HOLY, blameless, FORGIVEN, sons of God in Christ. This is why God gave us His Holy Spirit.
If we are constantly reminded of sins and Guilt then it is NOT the New Covenant. It is NOT the Holy Spirit.
The New Covenant is FAILURE-PROOF because of Christ’s faithfulness:
- Why did God make a New Covenant? Because Israel was not faithful under the old covenant. Even if they broke one commandment they were guilty of breaking all (James 2:10, Gal 3:10). The Law cannot make anyone perfect (Hebrews 7:18-19 “The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.”)
- Hebrews 8:7-12 “For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
- In the New Covenant, we are forgiven forever by the blood of Christ. God does not remember our sins.
- When we choose to believe in Jesus, it simply means that we believe in God’s love for us (John 3:16)
- He also writes his laws in our heart (Believe in Jesus and love others. 1 Jn 3:23).
- We cannot do it on our own. The more we believe in Christ’s love, His love will overflow within us to others
- God gives us the Holy Spirit and seals us until the end (Ephesians 1:13-14).
- The Holy Spirit is God’s love for us in our hearts (Romans 5:5 “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”)
- God loves us first so that we love Him back with the SAME LOVE that He gave us first!
- 1 John 4:10” This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”.
- Ephesians 6:24 “Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.”
- Therefore we cannot stop loving Jesus and one another (even if we fail at times).
- God made the New Covenant failure-proof because it is all about Christ’s faithfulness and not ours.
We deal with sin by renewing our minds about what Jesus did to us on the cross!
Romans 6:1-2, 8-14 “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? ….. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves 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 evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under GRACE.”
- Renew our minds that we are not sinners but we are alive/righteous in Christ.
- Set our minds on Jesus where we are seated in heaven and say no to sin (Colossians 3:1-3)
- Believe that we are righteous in Christ and we will then live righteously.
- We were dead IN sin (unbelievers) but now we are dead TO sin and ALIVE in Christ as believers.
- The Grace of God means that sin will not rule over us. (when we depend on His grace and not our efforts).
- Can we do whatever we want?
- What do we WANT? As New Creations, we want to live Godly lives! We hate sin. We love Jesus.
The BELIEVER’s HEART:
- We have a righteous heart.
Romans 6:17-18 “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin (WE LOVED SIN), you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness (WE LOVE JESUS).
- We don’t enjoy our sins. We don’t have wicked and deceitful hearts (Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:9).
- We have a pure heart by faith in Christ because He took away our sins in the New Covenant.
Acts 15:8-9 “God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.”
- We are PURE and HOLY because we believe in Jesus
- A person is spirit-mind-body.
- The “heart” is our born-again spirit created righteous in Christ.
- Our mind needs to be renewed to our identity in Christ and that changes our actions (bodies).
- We should never ask God to create a clean heart like David (Psalm 51:10).
- David was under the old Covenant and his sins were not forgiven.
- David did not have the Holy Spirit in him…but we do have Christ living in us.
- We have a wise heart: Solomon had wisdom yet he failed in the end. But Jesus never failed. He is greater than Solomon and Christ is our wisdom. Matt12:42 “…now something greater than Solomon is here.”
- We have a new heart. Ezekiel 36:26 “ I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
- We have a loving heart (Ephesians 6:24, 1 John 3:14 – we love Jesus and love one another)
The believer HAS eternal life (not temporary life)
- 1 John 5:13 “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.”
- John 5:24 ““Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”
- John 10:28-29 “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”
CONCLUSION: We are not failures but we are holy and righteous because Jesus is righteous.
It is because Jesus lives in us the believer. Colossians 1:27 “….Christ in you, the hope of glory.”.
1 John 4:17 “ In this world we are like Jesus.”
- We are overcomers because Jesus overcame and He lives in us.
- John 16:33 “in Me you have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 1 John 5:4-5 “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? The one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
- Jesus overcame the world. The world called Him the greatest failure when He died on the cross but He was actually dying for our sins(failures) !! What amazing GRACE! .
- We also overcome the world’s accusations because we are righteous in Christ by faith and He lives in us!