[We have studied:
[The Trinity – That there are three persons that compose the
one and only God]
[Our Father – One of the three persons in the Godhead.]
[The Holy Spirit – Another person in the Godhead.]
[Our Lord Jesus Christ – The fact that He lived, claimed to be
and was God]
[Today we will study the Lord Jesus Christ in the sense of
what He was and is to us as human beings.
It is essential that born again Christian have a clear Biblical
understanding of who the Lord Jesus Christ is and what He does for all who will
receive Him as their personal Lord and Savior.]
The Lord Jesus Christ
Salvation (vs 10-12; 3.23; 6.23; Acts 4.10-12; John 10.7-9; 14.6; 2 Thess
1.5-10) [– And ye are complete in
him, which is the head of all principality and power:
In whom also ye
are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the
body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein
also ye are risen with him
through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
– When it comes to ones eternal salvation there is only one source of eternal
hope, there is only one door that leads into the fold of faith, there is only
one means for your redemption and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. ]
[Why do you need to be
Someone might think or say, “Well, I’m a pretty good person.
I have never killed anybody.
I have not stole from my neighbor.
I have tried to be kind and generous toward other people.
I have been faithful to my husband or wife.
I have even tried to help those who were against me.
I am a pretty good person, so why do I need to be saved?
Why do I need a savior?”]
[Your sense of goodness has all been measured from a
prejudiced point of view. You
compare yourself to other people and then come to the conclusion that you are a
good person. There will always be
somebody worse off than you that you can compare yourself to and then say “I’m a
pretty good person in comparison to that person.”
But Almighty God will never compare you to another human being; instead
He only compares you to Himself and His character.
Our Heavenly Father compares us to the perfect and sinless Lord Jesus
compare ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ we all must quickly admit that we are
lost and undone in our iniquities and sin.
The Bible reveals,]
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;]
[Romans 6:23 23 For the
wages of sin is death; but the
gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.]
[Someone might ask,
“Why is it that you
think that Jesus Christ is the only means of eternal salvation?”
It is simply because there is no one else who is worthy or capable of
saving a lost soul.]
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by
the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from
the dead, even by him doth this
man stand here before you whole. 11
This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become
the head of the corner. 12
Neither is there
salvation in any other:
for there is none other
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.]
Then said Jesus unto
them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are
thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door: by me if
any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.]
Jesus saith unto
him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but
[There is just no way for a person to save themselves from the
divinely revealed punishment for sin.
It only takes a single sin to be condemned to an eternity in the
everlasting torments of the lake of fire.
For those of you who think there is a
need to know that purgatory or a place of purging that one can leave once they
have paid their dues is a fabrication of religion and is not found written in
the pages of Scripture.
The bible declares,]
Which is a manifest token
of the righteous
judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God,
for which ye also suffer: 6 Seeing
it is a righteous thing with
God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
7 And to you who are troubled rest with
us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
In flaming fire
taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our
Lord Jesus Christ: 9
Who shall be punished
with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and
from the glory of his power; 10
When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them
that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.]
[Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the judgment of God
is anything less than eternal.
God’s judgment and condemnation of the lost, those who rebel against God and
refuse to accept the Lord Jesus Christ, is perfectly just and final.
Someone might say, “I just don’t believe a loving God would be that
cruel.” What you fail to realize is
that God in His perfect love has made His compassion evident in that He has
warned you now about how to avoid this coming judgment.
It is not for a lack of God’s love that you will be eternally condemned.
Instead, it will be for a failure in your mind and thinking that you will
be condemned, because when you were warned, you refused to hear and heed God.]
[Now You Know!
You need a Savior, and not just any Savior will do.
You need one that can specifically save you from your sin and its
penalty. God has declared that
there is only one who can save you and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Through the Lord Jesus Christ you
discover and receive,]
Propitiation (vs 11; Rom 3.23-26) [-
In whom also ye are circumcised with the
circumcision made without hands,
in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
When I think of the putting off
of the body of the sins of the flesh the thing that comes to my mind is how the
Lord Jesus Christ takes sins away from those who have accept him.
The Bible declares,]
[1 John 3:5
And ye know that he was manifested
to take away our sins;
and in him is no sin.]
[Now God cannot just look over our sins.
That would make God unjust and God never has been nor ever will be
unjust. The Bible states,]
23 For all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God; 24 Being
justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth
a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his
righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance
of God; 26 To declare,
I say, at this time his
that he might be just,
and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.]
[God had to provide a way for our salvation that was
just and that means that the penalty for our sins could not just be overlooked,
it had to be paid. So God sent
Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins.]
ἱλαστήριον (gk) - 1) relating
to an appeasing or expiating, having placating or expiating force, expiatory; a
means of appeasing or expiating, a propitiation]
[Hence, the Lord Jesus Christ took our place and paid
the penalty for our sins. Someone
must pay the penalty for your sins.
If you pay the penalty yourself then you must go to hell.
But if you recognize what Jesus did on Calvary’s
Cross then He becomes your eternal sacrificial Lamb and HE is the propitiation
for your sins. The penalty has been
paid in full by the Lord Jesus Christ.]
[Which brings us to our next point.]
Redemption (Col 1.12-15) [–
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the
inheritance of the saints in light: 13
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated
us into the kingdom of his dear
In whom we have redemption through his
blood, even the forgiveness of
sins: 15 Who is the image of
the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: - Once Christ has
satisfied the full requirement of the penalty of your sin then your redemption
is made final for all eternity.
You are redeemed from,]
of Sin – Through the redemption provided by our Lord Jesus Christ your sins
are forgiven and those sins for which Christ died no longer hold any consequence
for you. Your sins have indeed been
taken away by our Lord Jesus Christ.]
Dominion of Sin –
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive
unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should
obey it in the lusts thereof. 13
Neither yield ye your members as
instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those
that are alive from the dead, and your members
as instruments of righteousness
unto God. 14 For sin shall not have
dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
– As long as a person walks under
the penalty of their sin their sin will have dominion over them.
The penalty of their sins will always demand its payment and will always
demand their allegiance. But through the redemption provide by the Lord Jesus
Christ the dominion of sin is broken because the penalty required by sin has
been paid in full.]
of Sin –
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in
Christ Jesus: - You are
justified and made righteous in the sight of God so that you can now have
fellowship with your Heavenly Father.]
Adoption (vs 11; John 1.12-13; Gal 4.4-7) [–
whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, . . .”
– Circumcision was a sign commanded of Moses by God that indicated that someone
was one of God’s chosen people.
Hence, under the new covenant established by our Lord Jesus Christ there is
another sign given whereby one knows that he or she is one of God’s chosen
people. It is the sign that results
from our propitiation and our redemption; it is the sign of our adoption into
God divine family. The Bible
12 But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to
become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name: 13
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of
the will of man, but of God.]
[When you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal
Lord and Savior you then become a Child of God.
4 But when the fulness of the time was
come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
them that were under the law,
that we might receive
the adoption of sons. 6
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your
hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7
Wherefore thou art no more a servant,
but a son; and if a son,
then an heir of God through Christ. ]
[So, we discover that through the Lord Jesus Christ we
receive our propitiation, our redemption, and our adoption in to God eternal and
Transformation (vs 12-13; 1 Pet 4.5-6; Rom 12.1-2) [-
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also
ye are risen with him through
the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and
the uncircumcision of your flesh,
hath he quickened
together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; - That
word quickened means to be made alive.
Now you might think, “Preacher how can I be made alive?
I’m not dead! I am a living
breathing individual.” You might be
physically alive but, without Christ, you are spiritual and eternally dead.
The Bible declares,]
[1 Peter 4:5-6
Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge
the quick and the dead.
6 For for this cause was the gospel
preached also to
them that are dead,
that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to
God in the spirit.]
[Notice that these verses speak of the quick and the dead.
One might say they speak of the living and the dead.
In life there are those who are alive but dead to God, they are lost in
their sin and dead to God. There
are also those who are alive to God, they have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ
and they now live a new life in their Lord and Savior.]
[When you receive the Lord Jesus Christ there is a
transformation that takes place in your life, some refer to this as your
conversion. Either way there is a
supernatural change that occurs. The Bible says,]
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable
And be not conformed to
this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that
ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ]
In our transformation
Purification (vs 13; 1 John 1.9-2.3; Eph 5.25-28,32) [–
“. . .
having forgiven you all trespasses;” – Jesus had paid the full penalty for
your sins as your propitiation and has redeemed you from all of the consequences
and demands of the your sins. The
blood of your Lord has washed your sins away.
The Bible states,]
[1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.]
Now that your Lord has washed your sins away what does
He desire for you now?
[1 John 2:1-3
My little children, these things write I unto you,
that ye sin not.
And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
righteous: 2 And he is the
propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for
the sins of the whole world.
3 And hereby we do know that we
know him, if we keep his commandments. ]
[The Lord Jesus Christ has an incredibly noble and
glorious life planned for you, in this life He desires,]
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as
Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
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.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that
loveth his wife loveth himself. ]
[Ephesians 5:32 32 This is a
great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. ]
[Your Heavenly Father desires for you to be conformed
to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Your Lord and Savior desires for you to be a chaste, pure, and glorious
bride and He starts you out with complete and total forgiveness from your sins.
[You have been completely purified from all sin and
iniquity and you stand fully accepted in the sight and presence of a holy and
[But what if you have sinned since you became a
Christian, as we sometimes do?]
If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we
make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.
And if any man sin, we
have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:]
[Your Lord not
only cleansed you from your sin at the time of your salvation but He desires to
keep you pure throughout your Christian Journey.]
Sanctification (vs 12; John 1.12-13) [-
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also
ye are risen with him through
the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. –
Sanctification takes on two meanings in the New Testament.]
by God - There is the sanctification where by we are set apart by God
through the supernatural act of God.
This is best described by our adoption into our Lord’s divine family.
It is the supernatural act of God apart from anything you and I could or
ever will do.]
12 But as many as received him, to them
gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on
his name: 13
Which were born, not of
blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
is what Jude alluded to when he wrote,]
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them
that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ,
and called: ]
sanctification should speak to us of the newness and peculiarity of this life we
now live through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are not what we once were, and we will never be able to be that lost
individual again. We belong to God
and we ought to live as someone who walks with God.]
apart for God – The second sense of our sanctification
deal with the fact that we are continuously growing in our walk with God.
Each day we learn how to be a little more like our Savior.
We are a spiritually maturing in our spiritual walk and life.
Which brings me to our next discovery,]
Consecration (Rom 12.1-2; Philip 2.5; Eph 4.22-24) [– I personally like
to refer to the spiritual growth part of our sanctification as consecration
because it helps me to realize the responsibility I have in bringing my mind to
the same spiritual place where God has placed me.
I like to think of sanctification as something God has done as His
supernatural act and consecration as my willful response to what He has already
done. In thinking of this
consecration I think of scriptures likes,]
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by
the mercies of God,
that ye present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable
service. 2 And be not
conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ]
5 Let this mind be in you, which was
also in Christ Jesus: ]
22 That ye put off concerning the former
conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of
your mind; 24 And that ye put on
the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. ]
[Many Christians struggle in their spiritual life
because they have never purposefully gotten themselves psychologically and
mentally into the same place where God has already placed them spiritually.
Their Heavenly Father has separated them unto Himself, but they are still
trying to be just like they were before they accepted Christ and that just
causes a struggle and strife in their life.]
[You have been transformed by God.
You are no longer of the world or a part of this world.
You are a child of God purified and sanctified by your heavenly Father.
Now you need to get your mind and life into the same place where God has
already placed you.]
Glorification (vs 10,13-15) [-
And ye are complete in
him, which is the head of all principality and power:
. . .
And you, being dead in your sins and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having
forgiven you all trespasses; 14
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was
contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing
over them in it. – Contentment and success are powerful
motivators in our lives. Through
our Lord Jesus Christ we discover both contentment and success.
In these verses we are reminded of our Lord’s,]
(vs 10) [-
And ye are complete in
him, which is the head of all principality and power: - Through
our Lord’s authority we are assured that we are complete in Him.
We can be content because we are assured that He has given us everything
we need to succeed and be satisfied. Our world will throw many things our way to
tempt us into thinking that we could have much more.
But when we are confident of our Lord’s authority, goodness, and
provision we will find rest and satisfaction in Him.
(vs 15; 1 John 4.4) [–
having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly,
triumphing over them in it -
The world seems to measure their
success in life by what they have or what they have achieved.
For the Christian success is not measured by what they have in this life,
but success is measured by who they know, namely the Lord Jesus Christ. ]
[1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because
greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. ]
Baptist, July 13, 2008