From the Cross to the Crown

Scripture:  I Cor. 9:24-27; Eph. 4:22-24; Eph. 2:1-22

We considered “Three Men” last week.

In review:

>The Natural man is not saved.

>The Spiritual man is saved and controlled by the Holy Spirit.

>The Carnal man is also saved, but has a fleshly nature; you can’t tell him apart from the world.

Unfortunately, a majority of Christians are content to be saved, but they are dominated by the flesh.

There is a growing process in the Christian life.  A newborn Christian may not be considered as spiritual as an older Christian and may not do things just the way an older Christian does.  Does this mean he is carnal?  Absolutely not!  But there needs to be evidence that he is growing and letting the Spirit direct and control his life.

THINK ABOUT THIS:

Our lives are like running a race.  The track is from the cross to the crown.  (I Cor. 9:24-27)  We will walk, we will run, we will fight to the end, so as not to be a castaway.  (Remember last week about our works being tried by fire?)

There are three words to consider today that will help us in our race as we are on this track (Eph. 4:22-24).

“That you put off, concerning your former conduct the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Mortification (to put to death) – put off the ways of the old self

Meditation (on the word) – be renewed in the spirit of your mind

Manifestation (of Christ-likeness) – put on the ways of the new man which after God are created in righteousness and true holiness

This should be our desire after all Christ has done for us.

REMEMBER THIS:

Perhaps this week you can take time to read through Eph. 2:1-22.  It describes what we were before salvation and all that we are and now have in Christ Jesus.  Then when you go back to  chapter 4 in Ephesians, we come down to verse 30 which reads,  “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.”  If we remain carnal we WILL grieve the Holy Spirit.

The question to ask ourselves—“Is there something in my life that is grieving the Holy Spirit now?  What will I do about it?  If you do read through chapter  2 in Ephesians you will see how blessed we are as a child of God.  It should encourage you to want to dedicate your life to our precious Lord and Savior and truly live for Him.

Let me also remind you of some previous words we have looked at in previous sessions: know—reckon—yield (found in Rom. 6) and abide (John 15).  All of these are important in our daily walk with the Lord.  (If you don’t remember, you can find them in other recent posts.)

We need to pray:

Dear Father, Help me to let You control every room in my heart today.  Don’t let me keep any doors locked.  I want to run my race with You and not be a castaway at the end of my life.  In Jesus’ name.

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