Are you a child of God? Do you know all the benefits that you receive when you become a child of God? We explore those benefits today. You have been delivered from darkness – now you are light. Because you are a child of God, you have become an heir, together with Christ, and you share in his glory. Let that sink in a minute – you are a co-heir with Christ himself! Your citizenship is now in Heaven – you are living in the world, but your home is in Heaven with Him. You are clothed with Christ – your identification is with him. You are secure and safe in your salvation. Your life is now hidden with Christ from now through eternity. That’s some good news!
Ephesians 2:3 “All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.” Jesus stepped into our shoes and turned aside the wrath of God. Our sins have been condemned and punished in Jesus. He sees us and acts upon us in mercy and love.
* Clay talks about the gift of grace being shown and demonstrated in the Old Testament. In Hebrews 4:15 and 16 we see and invitation to approach the throne of grace.
What is the major difference between the Old and New covenants? On that I find very interesting is found in Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” That is an exclusive New Covenant invitation. There is nothing like it in the Old. * La Wanna comments on yesterday’s call about tongues.
* If you are dealing with family members who are “sin conscience” how do you deal with people in grace?
* Beth has questions about Genesis 6:4 and Job 9:13 concerning “giants” and “monsters of the sea”.
We see the world mercy quite often in the Bible. Quite often we see it in the Gospels. People would cry out, “have mercy on me”. And Jesus had mercy on them. What did Jesus do? He healed them from blindness, leprosy, and others afflictions. Mercy conveys this deep sorrow and a desire to help someone out of their affliction. When we cry out, “Lord have mercy upon us”, we will see some incredible things in our lives.
* Please help me understand Romans 3:31. “Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.”
* John calls to say thanks for Basic Gospel and talks about how his ministry has been impacted. * Antoine wonders if the Gospel can reach those who’ve had strokes. * Do we need to speak in tongues as proof that we’ve received the Holy Spirit?
Paul wrote about mercy in his 1 Timothy 15-17 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. 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.”
* Calvin wants to know why he struggles with his salvation and continues to be tempted. * Sylvia concerned about her relationship and sees “red flags”.
* Kurt shares his concern about all the false prophets and teachers that are speaking today.
Who are you? The answer to this question can be life-changing! Are you a parent, a student, a doctor? Are you an alcoholic, a drug abuser, a sex addict? There is nothing more sinister about the world’s system than what it says regarding your identity. In every advertisement, every television show, every movie, every song, every political appeal there is at least one lie concerning identity, at least one appeal to a need that should be fulfilled if you’re “normal”. This week we explain your true identity as a child of God. Are you going to let the world dictate your behavior, or will you hold on to the truth explained in God’s word? God has given you a new identity, you have a new name, and therefore you can be free from the world’s labels. This chapter is an important, foundational truth – listen more than once until you know, for sure, who you are!
Everybody needs and longs for hope. And that’s what the Gospel offers. Rev 21:1, 2 “Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” If you’re look for what’s sure in this world, you need only look for the hope in the Gospel.
* Mary is concerned about her salvation and says: “I just want to get the point where I can say, ‘I am a Christian. I have done what Jesus said’ and move on.” * Do you have to be a pastor to baptize someone?
* Why did John the Baptist wonder if Jesus was the Messiah or someone else in Luke 7:30?