We are the delicate, intricate workmanship of God. We are not finished, adding a little and changing a little in us each day.
The Apostle Paul was the apostle of remembrance. Five times in the Bible he gives his testimony, reminding us who he was before salvation. We don’t dwell in the past but we use the pain of the past to minister to others.
The gospel is for everyone, just as it was for Jew and Gentile in Paul’s day. We have no other hope in this world.
1. The level that God lifts you to is balanced by the depths that He brought from you. We are able to use the pain of the past as a radical platform for the gospel.
Jesus and religion are not compatible. Religious people care too much about their traditions.
We can hear what each of us are saying, but Jesus knows what we are thinking.
Jesus had a unique way of communicating that kept people interested at all times.
To whom much is forgiven, the same will love much more. We must never forget the grace of Jesus Christ in our lives. What a mighty God we serve.
None of us deserves the gospel.
The Jews were upset that Paul was taking the gospel to those who were not under the covenant.
2. What others say about you and what God knows about you are vastly different. If you have the “disease to please” you will never be of use for the gospel. In some ways, we are much worse than people even know. But God knows.
Don’t listen to the gossip of other people because they likely talk about you when you’re not around. What God knows about us is far more important than what other people say. All you can do is keep speaking the truth of God.
Everything we have is a result of being in Christ. But we weren’t born into the family of God. Not everyone is a child of God. We were born sons of the devil and have to born again spiritually to be of God.
3. There is no spiritual life and authority apart from the blood of Christ. Without the blood of Christ you will die in your sin. It is the only thing that can take a sinner stained by sin and make him born again. Jesus did the work so Jesus gets all the glory.
If you preach a gospel that has no offense you at a heretic preaching a false gospel. The gospel is offensive, but it is life.
There are 3 things the blood of Christ provides:
Salvation – If you are saved then are are seen by God through the blood.
Safety – You can be in situations where you talk about the blood of Christ that makes even the devil tremble. The devil only gains whatever ground that you grant him. When the devil shows up you can throw him out by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Source – The blood of Christ is the source of our victory and safety. There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins.