Classic Christianity – Law & Thanksgiving Message Part 3 (11-25-22)
Become Dead to the Law and Alive to Christ
~ “Let’s pray together. Father, you’ve told us to give thanks in all sayings. For this truly is the will of God concerning you in Christ Jesus. To thank Him in all things to be anxious for nothing but in all things with prayer and supplication and thanksgiving, let your requests be known under God. And then the peace of God that passes all understanding will quieten your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. So many times we have that tendency to worry, in fact, we feel guilty if we’re not worrying. God says worry is not faith. Worry about your kids. That’s rightfully so we have a role to protect them. And then a final analysis, we have to turn them over to the Lord. They’re his, not mine. I’m given them a short period of time to try to teach them and discipline them. But in the final analysis, they belong to you. And it’s the same with all people. Maybe that’s why you said in your word to lead a quiet life and tend to your own business is because it really isn’t our business that yours. So Father, as we enter into this Thanksgiving season, let us be aware of these truths, to be grateful for the marvelous grace of Jesus that took away our sins, and raised us from our state of death into life, eternal life, crucified with Christ, nevertheless alive and we pray these things and thank you for them in Christ Jesus name. Amen.”
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Bob George 0:38
You remember we’re coming close to New Year’s remember New Year’s parties when you were lost? How many of you remember New Year’s parties when you were lost? Have you ever been a dumber thing in the world? You sit around and bow these dumb things out and twirl your little deals and get half drunk. And they all bored I have fun. I got such a headache and can’t walk today. But I was at Fun, fun. The most boring thing you ever go to in your life. Boring. But we make it look good. You see all this stuff on television. You see these young ladies dressed up in these scantily clothed girls and saying oh, it’s fun to be bad. And I think Have you ever been in that realm? Given your body’s up like a piece of chattel? Like a toilet seat and turn your bodies over to any Tom, Dick and Harry that wants to come along and use you make you feel good. You feel like a tramp. Don’t tell me you feel good. We know better. The sexual stuff that is going on today with teenagers is unbelievable to me, is what’s going on. And yet we sit back and say, Oh, wow, just this is just boys will be boys and girls will be booked nonsense you had better discipline your kids and teach them that this stuff will drive you to destruction. A girl many times or a guy, especially girls have to live with that all their lives, the guilt of it. And instead of men having respect for women, and having a respect to treat a girl decently it’s not the thing to do anymore. That’s law land. That’s over there where you don’t even know right from all you know, the purpose of the law is to define what sin is. And we sit down and say, Well, no, it’s we rename it, if you rename it, you can redefine it. But it’s there to teach you what sin is and what the consequence of sin is. And so guys, you now live in a new realm. You live in a new location. This is called Graceland.
Under Graceland, there’s no condemnation awaitng you belong to Christ Jesus. Under Graceland, you are not people who get forgiven, you are forgiven people. You’re not people who ask if you’re going to walk by faith, because this is Graceland and it’s faith land. Over there is law land. Over here, you’re living in a new realm altogether. To ask for what you already have would be ludicrous, wouldn’t it? You have eternal life. You have been given an eternal inheritance in Christ Jesus. You have all of the promises, everything that belongs to Christ belongs to you. Because what he’s saying here is you have been identified now with Christ. It says you have been baptized. And what is interesting, folks, is when it talks in verse three and chapter six of Romans, don’t you know that all of you who are baptized into Christ were baptized into his death, and instead of glorying in the fact of you’re in Christ now, we start paying attention on baptism, and put the emphasis on baptism. Well, guys, there’s a physical baptism and there is a spiritual baptism. Remember, John the Baptist said, that I baptized with water. But in a few days, the one coming after me who sandals I’m not worthy of untying will baptize you with who? The Holy Spirit. So when you come to Christ, Jesus, the Spirit of God comes to live in you to indwell you. And the Bible says, If the Spirit does not live in you, you do not belong to Him. You cannot be saved, apart from the life of Christ. The Spirit of God who now comes to live in you baptizes or places you into his body, he is now the head, you are the body. You’re not the body of Christ over here, there’s only two of you there. You’re not the body of Christ. There’s the body of Christ. There’s the graveyard. Here’s the body of Christ, there’s the dead, here’s the living. And so he says to us, that you were baptized into Christ were baptized into his death. We were there for buried with Him through baptism into death. And again, we get all hung up on the baptism instead of the fact that this is an act of God. This is not an act of man. This is an act of God, where he places you into his body. So that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. In other words, I’m identified with the one who died to take away my sins. I’m identified the one who was buried in order to prove his death. And I’m identified with a one who was raised from the dead, so that I could be raised from the dead. I’m in Christ all that belongs to Christ belongs to me he seated in heavenly so am I. You said what No, you’re here was spiritually I’m there. I’m already there.
That’s what negates to me this idea that you could lose your salvation is to me it’s nonsense. We had somebody tried to stop our program in it when we were out in California, was going to get to pickit the church for sponsoring us there because we teach you have eternal security. Say, Dumb and Dumber. Anybody thinks that you can lose salvation does not know what salvation is. Period. You just don’t know what it is. Because if you’re gonna lose it, it’s all tied up in sin. But you can out sin, the grace of God, well, I tell you, you can’t out sin, the saving grace of God, as a matter of fact, if you’re in Christ, Your sins have been wiped away, never to see him again. So how you’re going to walk away? If you’re in the light as he’s in the light, how are you ever going to get in darkness?
So, at any rate, everything that belongs to Christ is yours. He’s your inheritance. Do you believe that guys? I mean, is that good news? Or is just ho hum? This seems to me it should be good news. We’ve been united with Him. In his death, we certainly will also be united with Him in His resurrection. For we know that our old self with crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with and that we should no longer be a slave to sin. Because anyone has died has been what guys, what does it say? Well, that’s in verse what? Six, seven? What’s it say? Because anyone who has died has been lot freed from the law. Again, back to the law, you’re not under it. Do understand that if you’re saved, you’re not under the law. You may be saved and be stupid, and you’re teaching and get yourself back under the law or keep yourself under the law. But if you’re saved, you’re not under it. From God’s standpoint. You’re just you’re just fooling around. You’re just pretending you’re over there. But you’re not from God’s standpoint. That’s not where you are. You’re over here. So you see what are you hanging on to that over here for that killed you? Don’t you know that the wages of sin under the law is death that killed you? What do you want to hang on to that for and there are people tenaciously want to hang on to that why? They’re either lost, or they’ve never known their identity in Christ. never known it, sad. The dynamic by friends of evangelism is not just you get your sins forgiven. It’s the fact that you have been placed into Christ. That’s the dynamic of evangelism. God has placed you into a Son. You’re in the Son. I am crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live yet not I but Christ lives in me. And the life that I live in this flesh of mine, I live by faith in the Son of God, the One who loved me and gave himself for me. That’s who you are. transferred. No longer over there, look, that’s empty. No longer there don’t belong to that over there. Stay away from it. rejoice in what you have.
Now if we died to Christ, we believe it will also live with Him. Verse eight, chapter six. Well, we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he can’t die again. death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once and for all, but the life that He lives, He lives for God to God. In the same way, King James says reckon. Reckon yourself. I reckon so, we say I reckon so. Count yourself. Count on it, guys. In other words, believe it. That’s what he’s saying. Put your faith in it. Quit talking like it’s your one way over here, when in essence, you’re still over here. Is there anything that the law can do to you today? As a born again, believer? No, not really. Can you make it appear as if he’s doing something to Yeah, you can imagine it but it’s all imagination. It’s not real. We believe that we live with him. He can’t die again. He died to sin once and for all. It’s not gonna die again. Is there any more forgiveness to be executed on your behalf by God? Is there and if there was, what would he have to do? die again. Is he gonna do it? How many of you believe Jesus is coming back? What do you see is gonna happen when he came back? Gonna come back to bear sin? No. He said, I’m gonna come back to bear sin, but to bring salvation for those who are waiting for me. Why isn’t he coming back to bear sin? Seems like, there sure been a lot of it since he was here. He’s already done it.
The quality of the life of God the life is in the blood. It’s not just a liquid that you’re talking about. When you’re talking about the blood of Christ. You’re talking about the life of Christ. He laid his life down for you and me. The shedding of His forfeiture of his life As a such quality, being God, that it was capable of reaching back to Adam, and forward to this very day and on. And so he says, reckon yourself dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore don’t let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Is their sin in our mortal bodies? he says it there, but don’t let it reign. You don’t need to let it reign. Your because how does it reign? By the law? What is the reign of sin under the law? What’s the reign? What control does that have over you? The wages of sin is what? Death. Not under that anymore. So offer your parts of your body as instruments don’t offer as instruments of wickedness. But rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life and offer parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. Why? Look in your Bibles, folks, that’s where you’re going to find this. Verse 14, For sin shall not be your master. Because you’re not under law, but under grace, meaning that if you’re under the law, sin is your master. Well you say well, I know a lot of people that are under the law, but they share a nice act and people I don’t care how nice they act. It’s not the issue. The issue, the Bible says that if you’re under the law, sin is your Master, you’re being mastered by someone other than who came to master you. And that’s God.
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Bob George 14:02
Well, the next question that is asked is What then shall we sin? Because we’re not under the law, but under grace? In other words, if we’re no longer under the law, why should I just live it up? I mean, should I just go do everything that I used to do when I was under the law? He said, Hold on a minute. It appears to me that the reason you’re over here is because when you were over there, you said darn miserable, that you couldn’t stand it. And you were crying out if I remember correctly, you’re crying out for help. So why would you want to go back to where you were crying out from help? Why do you want to go back to live a lifestyle that makes you so miserable that you wanted to be saved to begin with? And see it to a degree? That it’s almost a thing of insanity where you know what you’re doing doesn’t work, but you do it anyway. There’s a case in which a little bit of temporary insanity going on there. But you’re not under the law. What shall we say? Because we’re not under the law but under grace that we should go on sinning? by no means. Now, here’s what he’s saying. Don’t you know that when you offer yourself to someone to obey Him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey, whether you’re a slave to sin, which leads to death, or obedience, which leads to righteousness. But thanks be to God, though you used to be slaves to sin. Now, what made you a slave to sin? You were without the Spirit of God living in you, who was the old man? Me who is the old man, Bob George, without the Spirit of God living in me, what makes me different than I was, God lives in me. I live in him. That was makes me different. So over here, I was a slave to sin. You wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you are interested, but you’ve been set free from sin, you’ve moved, you’ve moved, you’re no longer over there. You’re over here, you’ve moved, and you will become slaves to righteousness. Now, he said, I put this in human terms, because you’re weak in your natural cells. Now guys, he’s talking here to people who are Christians. And he said, You’re weak and your natural self. So, oh, just What good do you think it does for you and me to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, and get ourself all nicely cleansed up? He says, that isn’t gonna get it. Because you’re weak. So guys, do you think we’re ever going to grow in our knowledge of Christ to the point where we are sinless? Does anyone think that they will ultimately get to a point that’s what people who teach what progressive sanctification. That’s where if you just keep setting yourself apart, you’ll get to the point where you don’t even need Jesus anymore.
How many of you in here are over 60? How many of you have been in the Lord’s say, over 30 years? Over 60 of 30 year? How much better Are you in your flesh? Well, I don’t cuss quite as much as they used to. And that’s about as good as you can do. Is I’m a little better than I used to be, but I share I’m not what ought to be. Do you think shocks God? Do you think God looks down and say, Man, what you did that you’re shocked me? I didn’t know you are capable of that. Guys, do you realize that I don’t care whether you’ve been a Christian for a year or 100 years, that you’re never going to get perfect, except in his sight. Good beating yourself up. Each and every one of us will have frailties until the day that we die. I tell people if you really want to get rid of this sin and you’re so concerned about pray for death, because that’s when it will happen. In the meantime, we live under what? the Grace at the mercy of God, wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin. That’s where we live. Always being grateful for the fact that God delivered me. From there. over to here. That’s where I live. All people live a little differently. All people still have weaknesses. You we this is different than yours is different. Different weaknesses, different things, but we’re all alive in Christ. Isn’t that good news, guys? So he says when you were slave to sin, you are free from the control of righteousness over here. You are absolutely free from righteousness. You were free, free from righteousness. And what benefit Did you reap at that time from the things you’re now ashamed of? Guys, so many times we fail to realize there’s repercussion. There’s repercussion to sin. You go out and you say, why would you teach a child that you’re better off just not to start drinking? Why? Because you could become an alcoholic. That’s why. And there’s one way to ensure in life that you’re never going to fall off of the ladder. You know what it is? Never get up on the ladder. To be you could turn into being controlled by something other than Jesus. You forfeit your body. And there’s guilt connected with that. And don’t tell me otherwise. There’s guilt connected with it. And so there’s repercussion with these. What benefit did you reap at that time of these things except the things you’re ashamed of? God, if you weren’t ashamed of him, you just hey, I just did this last night and I did this and it did this wouldn’t be ashamed of. Those things result in death. But now that you have been freed from sin, and have become slaves to God, the benefits you reap, leads to holiness. And the result is eternal life. For now, look at this guys, and then we’ll close, the wages of sin is what? death. But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Again, transferred from the law, and its demands upon us, held prisoner by it, under the control of it. And God lifted you up and delivered you over into Graceland. You leave behind what killed you. Remember what Paul said, it’s through the law that I died to the law. Now, if you’re lost, you belong over here. Because the law hasn’t done its work yet. The law is not for the righteous, the law is for the unrighteous to show you your need for righteousness. Now, if you’re over here, then you’re free. But if you’re over here, you’re under. So don’t God didn’t abolish the law. Not for this, not for the last. It’s as applicable today as it’s ever been. That’s why we have supposedly why used to be able to have them at the courthouse. Every law that we have in this land comes from those 10. That’s for the lost is to show you’re a sinner. So that you’ll turn to Christ for your salvation.
But guys, you’ve got to go free, you cannot be free commingling these two, you cannot be free visiting over here getting as close to that realm as possible. And the more legalistic that you are as a Christian, the more closer you are to that aisleway, can’t get over there. But you may as well be there. Because you’re dominated by it. Dead to the law, alive to Christ. Anything wrong with the law guys? No, Paul said nothing wrong with the law. It’s holy and good. What’s the problem with the law? Well, thought flows through me. It does what? kills you, doesn’t get you out of fellowship, doesn’t get you out of relationship. Doesn’t mean it Gods turned his back on you. We get all that stuff. God spins around up there like he’s on the top. It’s death. And in your own mind, if you hang into that law long enough, you will forget all about the fact that you’re living over here in Graceland. And law, again, will dominate your life. If you let it can’t I mean, it’s, you’re not under it. But in your mind, it could dominate you. So go free, go free. And let Jesus Christ lead you and guide you and direct you. This Thursday, we’re going to be celebrating Thanksgiving. And guys, I hope that as we celebrate this season of Thanksgiving, that our minds go further than just the freedom that we have in America. Thank God for the freedom but it’s being threatened.
Thank God, we’ve got freedom. But that’s not the freedom that you and I are rejoicing in. I am rejoicing in the fact that I’ve been made free in Christ, you’ve been set free by brothers. It says Don’t use your freedom to indulge the flesh. But use your freedom to serve one another and love to serve one another, to be thankful. So when Thanksgiving dinner is served, I trust that you’re not going to gobble up all the food before the rest of the people get they’re. Going to serve one another in love. And that’s what that season is all about thanking God for this provision of grace that some will never take advantage of. But those of us that have, do you realize how privileged we are? How unbelievably privileged we are. We sometimes forget it. But guys, don’t forget it. It’s the privilege that God has given us a being able to say, God is my daddy. He’s the one I crawl up in his lap and call him daddy. Father.
Let’s pray together. Father, you’ve told us to give thanks in all sayings. For this truly is the will of God concerning you in Christ Jesus. To thank Him in all things to be anxious for nothing but in all things with prayer and supplication and thanksgiving, let your requests be known under God. And then the peace of God that passes all understanding will quieten your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. So many times we have that tendency to worry, in fact, we feel guilty if we’re not worrying. God says worry is not faith. Worry about your kids. That’s rightfully so we have a role to protect them. And then a final analysis, we have to turn them over to the Lord. They’re his, not mine. I’m given them a short period of time to try to teach them and discipline them. But in the final analysis, they belong to you. And it’s the same with all people. Maybe that’s why you said in your word to lead a quiet life and tend to your own business is because it really isn’t our business that yours. So Father, as we enter into this Thanksgiving season, let us be aware of these truths, to be grateful for the marvelous grace of Jesus that took away our sins, and raised us from our state of death into life, eternal life, crucified with Christ, nevertheless alive and we pray these things and thank you for them in Christ Jesus name. Amen.
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Stand on the firmness of truth. Don’t keep going back and forth. Thank Him that the forgiveness issue is settled.
Let’s pray together:
- Lord Jesus,
- I thank you for taking away my sins on the cross,
- never ever to see them again.
- Having done that, I now thank you for giving me eternal life,
- through your resurrection.
- I now receive that life.
- And I am going stand in the fact that I am a child of the living God.
- In Jesus Holy name I pray.
All believers are now brothers and sisters in Christ.
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”