SALVATION JUSTIFICATION PAST SANCTIFICATION PRESENT FUTURE GLORIFICATION Were… are being… will be saved By God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ
SALVATION GLORIFICATION God’s Holiness GROWTH IN CHRISTLIKENESS SANCTIFICATION (PROGRESSIVE) Death or Rapture JUSTIFICATION Man’s Sinfulness
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 Carnal… worldly… fleshly believer Spiritual believer
Your [theological] history Creation purpose: Image bearer with capacity to represent God In Adam In Christ
The Christian life is one of WARFARE Enemy 1: Satan Real being Created and so accountable Has a plan Organized strategy
The Christian life is one of WARFARE Enemy 2: World… realm of sin Creation Mankind Ordered system “Organized sphere in which we live that is controlled by Satan and in opposition to God”
The Christian life is one of WARFARE Enemy 3: Flesh… sin nature Body tissue Living creatures/humans Human frailty Capacity to trust myself not God H.A.R. “Kim” Philby (1912-1988)
The Christian life is one of WARFARE Enemy 3: Flesh… sin nature “The great enemy of… the Christian life… the bridgehead through which sin invades the human personality. The flesh is like the enemy within the gates who opens the way to the enemy who is pressing in through the gates.” Barclay, Flesh and Spirit, 20-22.
The Christian life is one of WARFARE Enemy 1: Satan Enemy 2: World ? Enemy 3: Flesh
Ephesians 6: The Full Armour of God Belt of TRUTH (v.14) Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS (v.14) [Shoes] of the GOSPEL OF PEACE (v.15) Shield of FAITH (v.16) Helmet of SALVATION (v.17) Sword of the SPIRIT (v.17) [Continual Attitude] of PRAYER (v.18) STAND armed for combat!!!
The Christian life is one of power for VICTORY Holy Spirit
The Christian life is one of power for VICTORY • The Holy Spirit has many ministries: • Instruct (John 16:12-15) • Seal (Eph 1:13-14) • Assure (Rom 8:16) • Intercede/Pray (Rom 8:26) • Gift believers (1 Cor 12; Rom 12; Eph 4) • Empower to witness (Acts 1:8) • Fill (Eph 5:18) • Indwell (Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 3:16) • Etc.
The Christian life is one of power for VICTORY The Filling of the Spirit Eph 5:18 Imperative “be filled”… demand Present continuous tense… ongoing
The Christian life is one of power for VICTORY The Filling of the Spirit …continual yielding to the Holy Spirit so that He can control and empower the believer for the walk of sanctification and service
The Christian life is one of power for VICTORY The biblical theme of “dwelling/residing”: God’s residence on earth
The Christian life is one of RESPONSIBILITY Avoid Legalism REPRESENT Avoid Licentiousness Avoid Passivity Talk to God GROWTH IN CHRISTLIKENESS Listen to God Worship!!!