Lesson 16 - Grace (Know) Part 1
Ben clearly shares that you must KNOW that you are alive in God and dead to sin. Understanding the Grace of God will empower you to #lifestyleofholiness #happyholiness !
GRACE (KNOW) PART 1
“… Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him (sins of this world). For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God (The Father) Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive (New Creation) to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:9-11)
New Creation – The Father gives you His Resurrection Power (Grace) “to be alive” 2 Cor. 5:17 (see below…)
Mercy – Mercy is NOT getting what you deserve (forgiveness; washed clean from your past). God gives you His loving-kindness even when you don’t deserve it; When you sin and then repent, God gives you mercy by NOT giving you what you deserve, which is His wrath.
Grace - Grace is RECEIVING what you do not deserve (impartation of something positive; blessings; God’s power that enables you to obey Him). Grace inspires you to repent or to come into agreement (realignment) with God’s heart (Rom. 5:20-21; Rom. 6:14-19); Grace is not (1) seeking to earn God’s love and forgiveness; (2) half-hearted response to receiving God’s grace, which is permission to keep sinning (Rom. 6:1-2).
Resurrection Power- The Father raised Christ from the dead. In the same way union with Christ in baptism allows your burial and resurrection with Him. Paul says, “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection” (Rom. 6:5); When Jesus came out of the baptismal water He was made alive; so you are made alive at your baptism. The Father "raised" Jesus from the dead—Resurrection Power; in the same way He imparts "new (newness of) life" to believers. Walking in "newness" (a new kind) "of life" shows outwardly that the believer has received new life (2 Cor. 5:17).
LEGAL POSITION – Rom. 6:1-10: Our legal position (what you received in Jesus through the Cross) you are dead to the reign of sin (v. 2); you are free from the power of sin; you still have “sinful desires” but the power/control is gone. So, you access the grace of God to live “alive in God” (when you are saved (justified) then you are a legal “child of God”; when you have a state license you can legally drive).
COOPERATE WITH GRACE – Rom. 6:11-13: Three principles to help you walk/alive in Grace: KNOW, RESIST, PURSUE.
OUR LIVING CONDITION - Romans 6:15-23: what He requires you to do to grow in love; what you experience as you cooperate with grace.
GRACE (Part #1) KNOW GOD’S TRUTH (Rom. 6:11) - knowing the truth (faith)
KNOW GOD’S TRUTH: Know who you are in Christ. To “reckon yourself” is to consider, see yourself as God sees you; Then you must contend, with Grace, to believe, or “knowing truth” You must daily search out these two questions: (1) who is God? (2) What does He think and feel about you?
KNOW: Dead indeed to sin – THE POWER OF SIN OVER YOU IS DEAD; Jesus defeated ‘sin’, so that you would also defeat the sin in your life. Your past sin is dead! The sin done to you is dead! The strangle hold of guilt, shame, and condemnation is dead (The devil tries to lie to you everyday saying the things that Christ put to ‘death’ have power over you; he tries to take you away from your 1st commandment inheritance and 2nd commandment call (happy heart, singing soul, magnificent mind, and steady strength).
KNOW: Alive to God (New Creation) – The Father gives you His Resurrection Power “to be alive” & “to enjoy life”; “new creation” (Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 6:12-14); When you are alive to God you received: a new position [righteous before God in heaven, being sanctified on earth, and glorified with God in the age to come], new power [power to love God, love ourselves and others, while overcoming sin], new nature [you are a new creation: heart, soul, mind and strength], new insights [wisdom, revelation, and understanding], and new destiny [instantly transformed to walk in the provision, inheritance, and destiny as a child of God]. This is holiness—you walking ALIVE with God! Holiness is not what you “don’t do” Holiness is what you “do, do”—be alive in God.
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