God Wants What He Paid For
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
New Hope Baptist Church
6: 19, 20
Romans 12: 1, 2
2 John 1:6
Actions speak louder than words.
Our behavior is eloquent testimony to who we are and what we think.
As a man thinketh, so is he or so he does.
Holy thought and corrupt behavior cannon coexist.
It is a lie to say you follow Christ if you are disregarding His Word and ignoring Him.
It is also surprising and disappointing when we hear people give a clear Christian testimony and yet see that they have a questionable lifestyle.
The Bible calls us to holy living.
We are to make every effort to live according to its guidelines.
We really are new creatures in Christ (2 Corin.
2. God’s Holy Spirit is living within us, helping us want to do right.
3. Godly living is an example to unbelieving friends, neighbors and coworkers that we are different.
4. Godly living is a confirmation that you are, in fact, living for God and not yourself.
It is a barometer of your relationship with him.
5. Godly living means that you are emulating Christ, our ultimate example of how to live.
*1. **The Product (what God paid for) & (what we gained)*
a. Slaves from an auction
Penalty of sin
Our own desires
Our very bodies – (spirit~/soul~/mind~/flesh)
e. Ownership of self (will)
A new life; new nature; new freedom
God bought the product, free and clear.
The problem comes when we, who say that we recognize Him as owner, refuse to allow Him to move in and begin renovations.
Have you ever experienced or heard of someone who experienced buying a new home, only to find that the old owners would not move out.
Many times, the new owner ends up renting to the old owner, forfeiting their dreams of living in their new home.
*2. **The Price (what it cost Him) *God held back nothing in restoring us to himself.
*He paid a “High Price” & gave his very best
*Christ Jesus left heaven – came to sinful earth
* iii. *Christ Jesus willingly laid down His life
*Christ endured the shame of the cross (cursed is any man that hangs on a tree)
*He shed His blood and sacrificed His life for us
3. *The Profit (what God wants) *
Even though God made the purchase, we also benefited from his ownership.
We realized our benefits as soon as we acknowledged his ownership.
a. From Him, we also gained:
*We were in ruin but God came to the rescue
*We were dead in sin but now we have righteousness
* iii. *We were facing death but we now have eternal life
*We were separated from God but now we have relationship with God --
*We were disobedient without choice but now we can be obedient to God with the aid of the Holy Spirit -
*We were facing judgment but now we have been delivered –
* vii. *We were bound by the law that we could not keep but now we are saved by grace.
* viii. *We were under God’s anger but now have been shown His mercy
*We were God’s enemies but now we are His children
*We were enslaved to Satan but now we are free in Christ
Although we benefit from our relationship with God, God too, is in the profit building business.
Not profit sharing for He said that He will share His glory with no one.
(Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
God wants your faith to express itself in its actions so that he can realize his profit.
*Let your endurance develop to develop character
*Watch your anger so others won’t have to
* iii. *Be merciful to others
*Be a peacemaker not a peace breaker
*Seek unity instead of promoting disunity
*Lay aside your own desires
Stop your body and behavior from conforming to the world
*Do not copy their customs (way of acting that is common to many; ordinary; habitual practice)
*Give your bodies (spirit~/soul~/mind~/flesh) to God - let him control
* iii. *Surrender them to God.
He holds the title deed
Allow the Holy Spirit to change the way you act and think
*Metamorphosis– Change (change into another substance) correct, transform, make over
*Think ( to consider with mental faculties; employ reason) - Per the world, reason is to think logically and with good sense; to use intelligence, logic, wisdom and brains.