Our Life As A Believer Should Be Filled With Confidence
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
How many times as a believer do you find your self doubting your salvation?
God through HIs word makes it possible for all believers not to doubt
Philippians 1:6 “that he” – God
Who begins the good work in you? God
How does God do that?
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Romans 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
What did we believe?
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
Philippians 1:6 Consider three things in Philippians 1:6:
“hath begun a good work in you”
What is that good work? Salvation (Past)
We were justified – We were declared righteous when we believed the gospel
Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Romans 11:6”And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.”
Grace is the absence of works
“will perform it”
Progressive sanctification (Present)
We want to live now based on who we are in Christ
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
How is it being done in us?
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because,. when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
God will work in you by His word if you will: Read, Study, Rightly Divide His word
“until the day of Jesus Christ:”
Glorification – Rapture (Future)
Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Conclusion: We as believers should not have confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:3”and have no confidence in the flesh.” I encourage all of you to believe the Bible as the word of truth. Spend time daily reading, studying, and rightly dividing the word of truth.
A Believer Walking In The Light
Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Before you were saved
8 – “For ye were sometimes darkness,” – Lost man in darkness
8 – “but now are ye light in the Lord:” – When you were saved
1 Corinthians 15:1 – 4 Is the gospel – You believed the gospel (Salvation)
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
After you are saved
Ephesians 5:8 “walk as children of light:”
After we believed the gospel and was saved, we became light in the Lord
5:8 “walk as children of light:”
How can we walk as children of light?
Psalm 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
The Word of God puts light in our inner man (Soul)
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
1 John 1:5 “God is light,”
Ephesians 5:8 “walk as children of light:”
God does not want us to walk in darkness after we are saved
Darkness – means ignorance of God
1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. – Notice two things in this verse:
“Who will have all men to be saved,”
“and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
If a believer is going to walk as children of light, then we must come to the knowledge of the truth. How can we do that?
By the word of God – John 17:17 “thy word is truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thy self approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
Conclusion: As a believer, we should consider what Paul says in Romans through Philemon. I encourage you to consider what Paul says, read his letters, believe what you read, and learn to rightly divide the word of truth. As believers, I encourage all of you to walk in the light. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog!
Law Or Grace
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
The “law principle” works through a performance system
If you do the works then you get the blessing
If you don’t do the works then you get the curse
The Grace Principle says:
Here are all of the blessings
Now serve me out of a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving.
These two principles of law and grace are opposite
The law principle is what we call the “if then” principle
If you do this, then God will do that.
The law says if you perform this, you will get a blessing.
The law says “if you don’t do that then you get a curse.”
The Grace Principle says “here, and hands you the blessing.”
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“but the gift of God” – That’s under grace.
“is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Eternal life is a gift.
“God gives us up front what a person under the law is working to get”.
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Grace is all that God is free to do for you through the cross.
Grace gives you a blessing freely.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.