Joining the Blessed Family of God

Some facts about joining His family

  1. It happens instantaneously
  2. It is permanent
  3. It is the beginning of victorious living
  4. It is the beginning of sanctification

Four people involved in one becoming a member of the family.

  1. God the Father
  2. God the Son
  3. God the Holy Spirit
  4. Us (man)

Holy Spirit is the agent of Salvation

Holy Spirit separates us from sin unto Christ.

  1. Holy Spirit makes us alive (Born Again) – John 3:3-8
  2. Holy Spirit is our assurance of salvation (Security) Ephesians 4:30-32
  3. The Holy Spirit indwells the believer Galatians 4:6 Romans 8:11
  4. The Holy Spirit places us in Jesus Christ – I Corinthians 12:13 – For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
  5. The Holy Spirit gifts believers for service – I Corinthians 12:7-18 – But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.14 For the body is not one member, but many.15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
  6. The Holy Spirit produces Godly fruit in the believer.

The Father’s part in Salvation.

  1. The Father provided the sacrifice – Galatians 4:4-6 – But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,5 To redeem 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.
  2. It was the way the Father chose –

Hebrews 10:10-18 – By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

The Son’s part in Salvation – He was the sacrifice

It was a one time and one time only sacrifice.

Hebrews 6:4-8 – For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

He proclaimed on the cross that the work (sacrifice) was finished

John 19:30- When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.He is now sat down at the right hand of the Father.

He is now sat down at the right hand of the Father.

Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

He makes intercession for us

Jesus made it possible for us to enter into the throne room. He established a new and better covenant

Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

CHRIST DIED ONCE FOR

   ALL SINS

   All PEOPLE

   All TIME

The Role of the Believer

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

  1. Only must accept the gift
  2. Everything necessary for my salvation has be completely furnished by Jesus
  3. It is not by
    What you do
    Who you are
    Cannot be earned
    Can only be received by Faith in Christ
  4. Works do not save, but works follow salvation –
    James 2:14-20 – What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
  5. To receive means to accept what He has done – John 1:12 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:
    Free Gift -Offered to all (whosoever)

    John 3:15-18 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

YOU MUST RECEIVE THE GIFT- TO REFUSE THE GIFT IS TO BE UNDER ETERNAL CONDEMNATION

You Must believe that salvation is FULLY paid for

YOU Must put all your faith in His finished work

YOU Must believe with all your heart –

Romans 10:9-13   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.11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.12 ¶  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

YOU Must confess Him.

Joining the Blessed Family of God

John 1:12-13


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:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.


I John 3:1-2


Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.


Ephesians 2:19-22


Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.


Galatians 6:10


As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Some facts about joining His family

  1. It happens instantaneously
  2. It is permanent
  3. It is the beginning of victorious living
  4. It is the beginning of sanctification
Four people involved in one becoming a member of the family.
  1. God the Father
  2. God the Son
  3. God the Holy Spirit
  4. Us (man)

Holy Spirit is the agent of Salvation

Holy Spirit separates us from sin unto Christ.

Holy Spirit makes us alive (Born Again) –

John 3:3-8

  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the ingdom of God.4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.8  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Holy Spirit is our assurance of salvation (Security) Ephesians

Ephesians 4:30-32 – 30  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.31  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:32  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you

The Holy Spirit indwells the believer  

The Holy Spirit places un in Jesus Christ

I Corinthians 12:13 – For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

The Holy Spirit gifts believers for service

I Corinthians 12:7-18 –

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;9  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;10  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:11  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.12   For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.14  For the body is not one member, but many.15  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?16  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?17  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?18  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

The Holy Spirit produces Godly fruit in the believer.

“THE BATTLE FOR CONTROL”

Romans 7:7-8:4

I. The Law has limits ( Romans 7-25)

A. THE LAW IS HOLY AND JUST AND GOOD (7-12)


1. It makes sin known – It defines sin (vs 7) What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.


2. The end result of the Law is death
(8-12) 8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

B. THE LAW CANNOT SAVE ONE FROM SIN ( Romans 13-25)


1. The problem is not law, but sin (13) Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.


2. The Law is spiritual, but man is sinful (14) For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.


3. The Law keeps one captive to sin even though one may desire good and hate evil, one is still enslaved by sin (15-23) 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.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: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.


4. Deliverance comes only from God, through Jesus Christ (24-25)

II. The only solution – “therefore”

Romans 8:1-4 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.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.
A. Immediate solution – “therefore now”
B. Now no condemnation – adverse verdict – we are found to be innocent.
C. The fleshly has been crucified.
D. There is now a new ruler – the Holy Spirit, not Satan.
E. NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE HAVE REAL FREEDOM TO LIVE ABOVE SIN.

God’s Plan of Salvation:

GOD LOVES YOU –

John 3:16 –For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

ALL ARE SINNERS –

Romans 3:10, 23

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

SIN HAS A PRICE –

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23

TWO DEATHS – PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL –

Revelation 20: 14-15 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

JESUS ONLY DIED FOR SINNERS –

Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him

ONE CAN NOT EARN HEAVEN –

Ephesians 2:8,9 – 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

ONE MUST BELIEVE JESUS DIED FOR THEIR SINS TO BE SAVED –

Romans 10:9-10 – 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.

CONFESS YOUR FAITH IN HIM –

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:13

INVITE CHRIST TO LIVE IN YOUR –

I John 5:11-13 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

A Prayer Of Faith –
Dear Heavenly Father, I truly believe that Jesus died, was buried and rose from the dead for my sin. I confess that I am a sinner deserving of hell and I realize I can not save myself. I from this very moment on confess Christ as my Lord and Savior. Thank you for making it possible for me to be part of your family through Christ. Father, lead me through your Word to what you have me to do with my life. Help me turn from my sin and surrender everything I have to Jesus. I pray in Christ name, Amen.

CHRIST PROMISES TO NEVER LEAVE YOU –

Hebrews 13:5 - Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Hebrews 13:5

Time to move forward in Christ!

We will begin a four-week series today leading up to the glorious resurrection Sunday when we will look at God’s new temple. Week one we will look at the old nature, things as they used to be. Then we will look at the difference between reformation and transformation. Reformation is not what God is looking for. He is looking to transform. Then we will look at the new creation we have been made into. Finally, we will look at God’s new temple.

Week One: The old nature I Corinthians 6:9-12

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

I. Signs of the old nature

A. Fornication – sexual conduct between unmarried
B. Idol worship – putting anything above God
C. Adultery marriage infidelity
D. Effeminate – men acting like women
E. Abusers of self – homosexual
F. Thieves – taking from someone else that which does not belong to you
G. Covetous – wanting things that belong to another
H. Revilers – angry troublemakers
I. Drunker – over 70 verses in Bible warn against alcohol
Consumption
J. Extortion – taking from others by deception
K. Being controlled by anything – food, fashion, drink, entertain

II. Remedy – John 3:6-7

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  

Romans 3:23  . For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us

Romans 3:23  . For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

Romans 10:8-13 – 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 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. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

A. Conviction – must see yourself as a sinner in need of a saviour


Luke 18:11-14 – The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.


B. Rejection of the old life – Repentance

Luke 13:3 I tell
you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
perish.

Luke 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye
shall all likewise perish.


C. Acceptance of the Gift of God –

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:


John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.


John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.


John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.


D. Faith in Christ and Christ alone –

His death, His burial, His resurrection and His soon coming again.
Romans 10:9 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.
Romans 10:10-11
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
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