Christian Life (Romans #21)

Text: Romans 12:1

Redeemed Life

  • the body created originally to live forever
  • It’s healing properties of itself.  Much of medicine deals with simply getting the body to function like it is suppose to function.  The mechanisms are in place for your body to move into action when it is attacked.  The processes are in place to begin firing in sequence when a need is present in the body.
  • The heart is a pump like no other.  It works relentlessly.  It survives drastic fluctuations from resting to rapid pace without transmission or gears.  It stays on the job though sometimes overworked, sometimes poisoned, though sometimes overloaded.
  • Is any camera as perfect as the human eye?  It was 1839 when Daguerre, French artist, began showing images captured by a lens in a wooden box on highly polished, silver-plated sheet of copper, sensitized with iodine vapors, developed in mercury fumes, and stabilized (or fixed) with salt water.  All to capture a still image.  The Lord had been capturing images with the human eye for thousands of years, better images, clearer.  And not still images, but moving images, crystal clear and capturing them in living tissue in the brain.
  • Take this fearfully and wonderfully made body that has been wrecked by sin, deteriorating in iniquity, and now put it to the use of the Holy Spirit of God.
    • This restores the senses and the members back to their original purpose.  Your eyes were created to behold the Creator and
    • Redeeming the purpose of the child of God.  The Lord will work from the inside out.  After He has worked on the inside, he wants you to take what he has given you and now yield your body to his will.
    • It’s one thing to say, “Give your life to Christ,” but another thing to say present your bodies a living sacrifice.
      • There is a great distance between and ideological statement and its application.
      • The parts of your body are now reckoned dead to their own ambitions and desires.
      • My eyes only look at what the Lord Jesus Christ wants them to look at.
      • My feet now only go where the Lord Jesus wants them to go.
    • The body is now brought back into line with its original purpose
      • if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live (Romans 8:13)
      • always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body (2 Corinthians 4:10)
      • Romans 6:12-14 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
      • Romans 6:17 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. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

 

Reasonable Life

  • drowning boy – gardner saves – Winston Churchill – Alexander Fleming – “Rarely has one man owed his life twice to the same person.”
  • Paul is going to beg you to completely die to your desires, affections, and the question you would ask is why?
    • What is the motivation to ask such a great thing?
    • beseech you not by God’s judgment: By the mercies of God
    • ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body
    • Gillepsie entered the Dachau concentration camp in Germany on April 29, 1945. The first human being he saw was Kaufman, a Hungarian Jew. Kaufman was hiding in the camp latrines with other prisoners, unsure of whether they were about to be liberated by the Allies or murdered by retreating Nazis.  “When the Americans smashed in the door my heart did somersaults,” Kaufman recalled. Gillepsie helped the skeletal man outside before they parted, assuming they would never see each other again.  When the pair met again after so many decades, Kaufman, now 87, saluted his savior, kissed his hands, and fell to his feet, exclaiming: ‘I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I love you, I love you so much…’. – Mr. Kaufman understood what he was redeemed from.  You and I don’t fully understand what we’ve been redeemed from.
  • Sacrifice
    • the price the martyrs and early church paid
    • lost homes, lost businesses, lost families
    • Definition of sin as missing the mark is kind of a benign definition.  Sin is every desire, attitude, feeling, thought that runs contrary to the sacrificial Christian life.  Sin is living.  It is the old man.  It has personality, makes decisions, lusts, thoughts, feelings.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ leads in the sacrifice
    • Something you may notice with religions is that religious leaders have a way of living hypocritical lives.  You never see an Islamic Imam blowing himself up even though he preaches to his followers it is the only sure way to Paradise.
    • Reasonable because Jesus Christ has already done more than you will ever be able to do for him.
  • The unreasonable Christian life is lived without sacrifice.

 

Reconciled Life

  • acceptable to God – what God saw in you before was unacceptable, now there is an opportunity to live acceptably before him
  • Somethings in the life of a Christian only the Lord can do; like justification, salvation, and sonship.  Then other things are up to you and I; like behavior.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
    • Excuses have no place at the Judgment Seat of Christ
    • Sin’s work in the believer.  Going to work on the mind to excuse and belittle the its own work.
  • bring things together that were at odds