Preacher’s Pulpit                   Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: Romans 6:17-18

SUBJ: Old Life verses New Life

Introduction:
Notice the contrast in . . . (Rom 6:17a KJV)  "But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you."

As an unsaved person you are a SLAVE to Sin.

Every time you exercise you free will of choice you sin because you are a sinner by nature:

(Eph 2:2 KJV)  "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:"

On the other hand the Saved person is a servant of righteousness:

 (Rom 6:18 KJV)  "Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness."

Then in . . . (1 John 3:6 KJV)  "Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him."

John plainly states that the SAVED person does not automatically or habitually choose to sin.

Sinneth not (continually and naturally) and if a person continually or naturally sins, then they have not seen nor do they know Christ.

Are you teaching sinless perfection, no but their desire should be to be sinless.

Christians do fall into sin occasionally, but it is never God’s will for them to do so.

(1 John 2:1 KJV)  "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:"

“. . . that ye sin not....” “You may not sin at anytime!”

John continues to explain in verse 1:

“And if any man sin....” - “meaning to fall into a SINGLE act of sin”

“ . . . We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

Therefore, it is necessary for the New person in Christ to:

Bring their body into subjection:

(1 Cor 9:27 KJV)  "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway."

Change their environment:

(2 Cor 6:17 KJV)  "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,"

Know the Word of God:

(2 Tim 2:15 KJV)  "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Therefore, we need to know:

I. BEING SAVED IS A LIFE OF VOLUNTARY SLAVERY

(1 Cor 6:20 KJV)  "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

A. A saved person becomes a voluntary SLAVE to Jesus Christ.

B. At the same time, he or she is still free to choose good or evil.

C. They realize that there are God-ordained consequences which follow each decision.

(Gal 6:7 KJV)  "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

D. A Christian becomes a willing slave to Christ instead of an unwilling slave to SIN.

E. Grace means that if he or she does sin, that ACT does not alter their new state as a Child of God.

II. BEING SAVED CAUSES A PERSON TO CONSIDER THEIR CHOICES AND CONDUCT

(Rom 14:7-8 KJV)  "For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. {8} For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

A. Some basics considerations:

1. Does this action please God?
2. Does this action advance His kingdom?
3. Does this action help others to see Jesus in you?
4. Does this action help or hinder someone coming to Christ?

B. The question is not only whether it is SINFUL, but how will this action effect others in their walk with Christ?

Conclusion: The new life in Christ is different regardless of popular opinion. We must remember that God will hold us personally responsible for our actions and motives. Good will bring a reward. Bad will bring lose of rewards.

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