Published on August 10, 2014
FREE FROM SIN: FREE FROM SIN Sunday, August 10, 2014 PowerPoint Presentation: Free From Sin Lev 16:15-34 Here are typified the two great gospel privileges, of the remission of sin , and access to God, both of which we owe to our Lord Jesus. The atonement is said to be completed by putting the sins of Israel upon the head of the goat, which was sent away into a wilderness, a land not inhabited; and the sending away of the goat represented the free and full remission of their sins. PowerPoint Presentation: Thus Christ, the Lamb of God, takes away the sin of the world, by taking it upon himself, John 1:29. By repentance we afflict our souls; not only fasting for a time from the delights of the body, but inwardly sorrowing for sin , and living a life of self-denial, assuring ourselves, that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. PowerPoint Presentation: Lev 25:39-55 At the year of jubilee the servant should go out free , he and his children, and should return to his own family. This typified redemption from the service of sin and Satan, by the grace of God in Christ, whose truth makes us free , John 8:32. PowerPoint Presentation: Exodus 21 1. Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them. 2. If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. 3. If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him. 4. If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself. 5. And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: 6. Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul ; and he shall serve him for ever. PowerPoint Presentation: Jos 23:11-16 Thus the way of sin is down-hill, and those who have fellowship with sinners, cannot avoid having fellowship with sin . The goodness of the heavenly Canaan, and the free and sure grant God has made of it, will add to the misery of those who shall for ever be shut out from it. PowerPoint Presentation: Judges 15:9-17 Sin di -spirits men, it hides from their eyes the things that belong to their peace:. When the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson, his cords were loosed: where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, and those are free indeed who are thus set free . PowerPoint Presentation: Job 37:21-24 Sins are clouds, and often hinder us from seeing that bright light which is in the face of God. As the wind dispels and sweeps away the clouds which are gathered in the air, so the Spirit of God clears our souls from the clouds and fogs of ignorance and unbelief, of sin and lust. From all these clouds the Holy Ghost of God frees us in the work of regeneration. And from all the clouds which trouble our consciences, the Holy Ghost sets us free in the work of consolation. PowerPoint Presentation: Ps 31:1-8 God looks upon our souls, when we are in trouble, to see whether they are humbled for sin , and made better by the affliction. Every believer will meet with such dangers and deliverances, until he is delivered from death, his last enemy. PowerPoint Presentation: Ps 41:1-4 The people of God are not free from poverty, sickness, or outward affliction, but the Lord will consider their case, and send due supplies. From his Lord's example the believer learns to consider his poor and afflicted brethren. But nothing is so distressing to the contrite believer, as a fear or sense of the Divine displeasure, or of sin in his heart. Sin is the sickness of the soul; pardoning mercy heals it, renewing grace heals it, and for this spiritual healing we should be more earnest than for bodily health. PowerPoint Presentation: Ps 51:7-15 If this blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin , cleanse us from our sin , then we shall be clean indeed, Heb 10:2. He asks not to be comforted, till he is first cleansed; if sin , the bitter root of sorrow, be taken away, he can pray in faith, Let me have a well-grounded peace, of thy creating, so that the bones broken by convictions may rejoice, may be comforted. Hide thy face from my sins; blot out all mine iniquities out of thy book; blot them out, as a cloud is blotted out and dispelled by the beams of the sun. He knew he had by his sin grieved the Holy Ghost and provoked him to withdraw. PowerPoint Presentation: This had made him weak; he prays, I am ready to fall, either into sin or into despair, therefore uphold me with thy Spirit. Thy Spirit is a free Spirit, a free Agent himself, working freely. What is this but the liberty wherewith Christ makes his people free , which is contrasted with the yoke of bondage? Those to whom God is the God of salvation, he will deliver from guilt; for the salvation he is the God of, is salvation from sin . We may therefore plead with him, Lord, thou art the God of my salvation, therefore deliver me from the dominion of sin . PowerPoint Presentation: Ps 119:1-8 As far as our views, desires, and affections agree with what is here expressed, they come from the influences of the Holy Spirit, and no further. And those are most happy, who are preserved most free from the defilement of sin , who simply believe God's testimonies, and depend on his promises. But the saints carefully avoid all sin ; they are conscious of much evil that clogs them in the ways of God, but not of that wickedness which draws them out of those ways. PowerPoint Presentation: Pr 12:1-25 Thoughts are not free ; they are under the Divine knowledge, therefore under the Divine command. But it is folly to neglect business; and the grace of God teaches men to disdain nothing but sin . When the ungodly see others prosper by sin , they wish they could act in the same way. A fool, in the sense of Scripture, means a wicked man, one who acts contrary to the wisdom that is from above. It is good for all to dread and detest the sin of lying, and to be governed by honesty. A good word from God, applied by faith, makes the heart glad. PowerPoint Presentation: Isa 49:7-12 Pardoning mercy is a release from the curse of the law; renewing grace is a release from the dominion of sin : both are from Christ. This denotes the free invitations and the encouraging promises of the gospel, and the outpouring of the Spirit. PowerPoint Presentation: Isa 53:10-12 Thus he took away the sin of the world, by taking it on himself. He made himself subject to death, which to us is the wages of sin . By faith we are justified; thus God is most glorified, free grace most advanced, self most abased, and our happiness secured. We must know him, and believe in him, as one that bore our sins, and saved us from sinking under the load, by taking it upon himself. Sin and Satan, death and hell, the world and the flesh, are the strong foes he has vanquished. PowerPoint Presentation: Jer 11:11-17 Evil pursues sinners, and entangles them in snares, out of which they cannot free themselves. And those, whose own prayers will not be heard, cannot expect benefit from the prayers of others. Every sin against the Lord is a sin against ourselves, and so it will be found sooner or later. PowerPoint Presentation: John 3:5-10 A very small degree of light may convince men that humbling themselves before God, confessing their sins with prayer, and turning from sin , are means of escaping wrath and obtaining mercy. It is not enough to fast for sin , but we must fast from sin ; and, in order to the success of our prayers, we must no more regard iniquity in our hearts, PowerPoint Presentation: Ps 66:18 The Ninevites hoped that God would turn from his fierce anger; and that thus their ruin would be prevented. Let us boldly cast ourselves down at the footstool of free grace, and God will look upon us with compassion. God sees those who turn from their evil ways, and those who do not. We read of no sacrifices offered to God to make atonement for sin ; but a broken and a contrite heart, such as the Ninevites then had, he will not despise. PowerPoint Presentation: Ac 15:7-21 We see from the words "purifying their hearts by faith," and the address of St. Peter, that justification by faith, and sanctification by the Holy Ghost, cannot be separated; and that both are the gift of God. Then our hearts and consciences will be purified from the guilt of sin , and we shall be freed from the burdens some try to lay upon the Disciples of Christ. The opinion of James was that the Gentile converts ought not to be troubled about Jewish rites, but that they should abstain from meats offered to idols, so that they might show their hatred of idolatry. PowerPoint Presentation: They were counselled to abstain from things strangled, and from eating blood; this was forbidden by the Law of Moses, and also here, from reverence to the blood of the sacrifices, which being then still offered, it would needlessly grieve the Jewish converts, and further prejudice the unconverted Jews. PowerPoint Presentation: Ac 19:13-20 If we resist the devil by faith in Christ, he will flee from us; but if we think to resist him by the using of Christ's name, or his works, as a spell or charm, Satan will prevail against us. Where there is true sorrow for sin , there will be free confession of sin to God in every prayer and to man whom we have offended, when the case requires it. PowerPoint Presentation: 1Co 6:12-20 There is a liberty wherewith Christ has made us free , in which we must stand fast. The body is for the Lord; is to be an instrument of righteousness to holiness, therefore is never to be made an instrument of sin . It is an honour to the body, that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead; and it will be an honour to our bodies, that they will be raised. The hope of a resurrection to glory, should keep Christians from dishonouring their bodies by fleshly lusts. Our bodies have been redeemed from deserved condemnation and hopeless slavery by the atoning sacrifice of Christ. PowerPoint Presentation: Heb 13:7-15 Believers should seek to have their hearts established in simple dependence on free grace, by the Holy Ghost, which would comfort their hearts, and render them proof against delusion. Having showed that keeping to the Levitical law would, according to its own rules, keep men from the Christian altar, the apostle adds, PowerPoint Presentation: Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp; go forth from the ceremonial law, from sin , from the world, and from ourselves. Living by faith in Christ, set apart to God through his blood, let us willingly separate from this evil world. Sin , sinners, nor death, will not suffer us to continue long here; therefore let us go forth now by faith and seek in Christ the rest and peace which this world cannot afford us. PowerPoint Presentation: Jas 5:19-20 It is no mark of a wise or holy man, to boast of being free from error, or to refuse to acknowledge an error. This is conversion; to turn a sinner from the error of his ways, not merely from one party to another, or from one notion and way of thinking to another. There is no way effectually and finally to hide sin , but forsaking it. For six thousand years He has been giving pardons, and yet his free grace is not tired nor grown weary. PowerPoint Presentation: 1Jn 4:7-13 The provision of the gospel, for the forgiveness of sin , and the salvation of sinners, consistently with God's glory and justice, shows that God is love. None of our words or thoughts can do justice to the free , astonishing love of The Holy God towards sinners, who could not profit or harm him, whom he might justly crush in a moment, and whose deserving of his vengeance was shown in the method by which they were saved, PowerPoint Presentation: though he could by his almighty Word have created other worlds, with more perfect beings, if he had seen fit. But how may it be known whether the testimony to this does proceed from the Holy Ghost? From love to him, they hate sin , and whatever disagrees with his will, and they have a sound and hearty desire to do his will. PowerPoint Presentation: The Negative Side In verse 18 (which contains the positive answer to the question asked in verse 15) the apostle declares, "being then made free from sin , ye became the servants (bond-slaves) of ... Again in verse 22 he says, "But now being made free from sin , and become servants of God, ye have your fruit unto holiness". ... That this is the meaning of Romans 6:18 and 22 is clear from 7:25, where the apostle says, "So then with the mind I myself PowerPoint Presentation: The Blood of the Covenant The blood of the New Covenant is redemption blood, a purchase price and ransom from the power of Sin and the Law. In any purchase made on earth the transference of property from the old owner to the new is complete. Its worth may be ever so great and the hold on it ever so strong, if the price be paid, it is gone for ever from him who owned it. The hold sin had on us was terrible. “Ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things as silver and gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers, PowerPoint Presentation: but with precious blood, as of a lamb without spot, even the blood of Christ. ” We have been rescued, ransomed, redeemed out of our old natural life under the power of sin , utterly and eternally. Sin has neither the slightest claim on us; nor the slightest power over us; except as our ignorance or unbelief or half-heartedness allows it to have dominion. Our New Covenant birthright is to stand in the freedom with which Christ has made us free . PowerPoint Presentation: How can the sinner be held responsible FOR the doing of what he is UNABLE to do? And how can he be justly condemned for NOT DOING what he COULD NOT do? PowerPoint Presentation: Should some sinner here object, I cannot help being born into this world with a depraved heart and therefore I am not responsible for my moral and spiritual inabilities which accrue from it, my reply would be, God took over the Responsibility and we took over the Culpability by the making of excuses like (I got that temper from my parents). Then what of the one who loves sin so much that he is at "enmity against God? PowerPoint Presentation: Romans 8 6. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. PowerPoint Presentation: You must have the Holy Ghost to share in Christ’s inheritance .