WHO IS IN YOUR FAMILY TREE? – 5

WHO IS IN YOUR FAMILY TREE? – 5 by Pastor Shah, Clearview Church, Henderson

whose in your family treeThis morning I’m in the last message of our miniseries “WHO IS IN YOUR FAMILY TREE?” So far we have been studying the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel, looking at all those four women who were undeserving but found grace in the sight of God. In this message we will look at the genealogy of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel. It’s different, unique, and has a powerful message for us, our nation, and our world.

Luke 1 23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli…31 the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David,… 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor…36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech…38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Overall Background: Throughout this week I struggled over whether or not I should preach on this genealogy. I had many reasons for why I should skip over this passage but the Holy Spirit did not allow me to do that. Because, in this genealogy, we understand God’s master plan of redemption for the whole world. The gist of the message is this – We have one problem. We are one family. We received one promise. We have one response. Bottom Line: “Jesus is the focus of history.”

Application: This morning as we go through this message ask yourself this question –Do you know Jesus as your Savior? If you are lost, you need to be saved. If you are saved, are you sharing Jesus with others? He is our only hope.

Let’s look at Luke’s genealogy of Jesus. We will go from the top to the bottom, from Adam to Jesus.

1. WE HAVE ONE PROBLEM.

Listen to Luke 3:38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Background: Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus Christ only goes to Abraham. His purpose was to show the Jewish people that Jesus was indeed the Messiah who was promised to Israel. Luke wrote his gospel to the Gentiles. His purpose was to show that Jesus was indeed the Savior who was promised to the whole world. Hence, his genealogy goes all the way to Adam because the problem began with Adam when he chose to disobey God and eat the forbidden fruit. God had specifically warned him not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but the temptation got the best of him. Disregarding the commandment of God and disregarding the consequences of sin, Adam did what he wanted to do. As a result, sin came into the world and with sin came death. Listen to Romans 5:12 “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” Now we all belong to the family of sin and death.

Application: Think of all the problems facing us today – marital problems, youth problems, drug abuse problems, alcohol problems, race problems, terrorism problems, war problems, and the list goes on and on and on.

2.  WE ARE ONE FAMILY.

Listen to verse 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,

Background: It didn’t take thousands of years for things to go downhill. The effect of sin was immediate. Adam blamed his wife for his sin, right there was the first marital conflict. The next big sin was murder, where Cain killed his brother Abel. From there the ball started rolling and in Genesis 6 5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Noah was the only individual who obeyed God and God preserved Him and his family in the Ark. He didn’t have to. He could have destroyed it all but He didn’t. That’s His grace.

After the flood, the world began again with the three sons of Noah and their wives. All of us in this place come from one of those three brothers. I often imagine what the scene was like when those three brothers with their three wives decided to go their separate ways. I can picture them hugging each other for a long time, wiping away their tears, and as they are walking in their separate directions, they stop and look back at each other. Somehow they know that one day their children and their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren will kill one another. How sad!

Application: We can look at what happened in Iraq with the beheading or Russia with sending troops into Ukraine or Ferguson with the riots as their problem. Or, if we truly believe that we are connected, then it’s our problem. In other words, there are problems in the family. We belong to one family – the human family and we have one problem – the sin problem. Sadly, sometimes the lost world seems to understand that principle better than the church. The message to the church today is – “Do you believe that we are one family? If so, what are you doing about it?”

Illustration: At Clearview, we are doing something through Kindle. Last Monday we had kids from the inner-city in our Bible program. In three weeks we will be hosting a community event in the inner-city, with food, music, gospel, and fellowship. Are you involved? You should be.

3.  WE RECEIVED ONE PROMISE.

34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,

Background: In Genesis 12 God had called Abraham to leave his father’s house and step out in faith. Listen to verse 1 Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. This was God’s promise of the coming of Jesus Christ. Abraham’s descendants would become the carriers of the Son of God. Abraham trusted God and went out. He was almost 100 years old before he had a child with his wife Sarah, who was 90.

But there was something else that God had promised Abraham. Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Illustration: I was reading an article yesterday on what is happening in Gaza. This article was in a Christian magazine and the writer was interviewing people, Christian people, about the destruction because of the bombings in Gaza. And this person said, (I’m paraphrasing) “It’s horrible what Israel is doing and how innocent people are dying. They need to try some other way like sit down and talk.” As I read that article, I remembered visiting this one family and the younger child kept beating on the older brother. When the older brother decided to defend himself, his parents got on to him and said to him, “He is smaller than you and you are bigger than him. He doesn’t know any better. You know better.” Isn’t that how it always goes? We expect the older to be understanding and patient and the younger can do whatever he wants to do. Here’s the problem with that logic: It’s unfair. Once that child is done beating on his older brother, he will go after the outsiders. Israel has the right to defend itself. Those same terrorists who are shooting rockets on Israel will one day shoot rockets on us.

But there’s more in Genesis 12, it’s un-biblical for people to mistreat God’s people. Jesus Himself said, “Salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22).

Application: As a nation we are to stand with Israel, not only as a member of the free world but also as God’s people. Now someone might say – “Is God against the Arab people?” Absolutely not! God is for all people because we are connected. That is the point of Luke’s genealogy.

4.  WE HAVE ONE RESPONSE.

31 the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David,

Background: If you remember, Matthew’s genealogy mentions Solomon as the son of David. But in Luke’s genealogy, Nathan is mentioned as the son of David. Some people have pointed to this as a problem in the Bible. They’ve said that either Matthew made a mistake or Luke made a mistake. Nothing can be further from the truth. The Bible is the word of God without any errors. So what is going on here?

Even though Solomon was the rightful heir to the throne of David, he lived in a way that was displeasing to God. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines. He trusted more in His wealth and power and pleasure than in God. I Kings 11 4 For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David. In verse 9 So the LORD became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the LORD God of Israel…11 Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant. The Kings that followed Solomon were just as wicked. One of his descendant, Jeconiah, even had a curse pronounced on him.

Nathan, on the other hand, was Solomon’s older brother through Bathsheba. Just like his namesake Nathan the prophet, he represented a godly line. Listen to the prophecy of the prophet Zechariah during the Babylonian exile – Zechariah 12   10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. 11 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14 all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.

What happened to the house of Solomon by itself and their wives by themselves? Too many wives! Solomon led his descendants in the wrong direction. Even though on paper his descendants are listed and Matthew uses it, Luke chooses to use the descendants of Nathan. By the way, both Matthew’s genealogy and Luke’s genealogy go to Joseph not Mary. I know some people try to claim that Luke is giving Jesus’s genealogy through Mary but the Bible never says that. Both Matthew’s genealogy and Luke’s genealogy are through Joseph. That’s what the text says. Matthew is through Joseph’s mom’s side and Luke is through Joseph’s dad’s side. Joseph was a royalty through and through but Jesus was not His son. In other words, Jesus was not Joseph’s problem. Now, Joseph had a choice to make. Is he going to listen to what the crowd is saying or is he going to listen to the angel?

23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli…

By faith, Joseph accepted Mary’s son Jesus as his own and lent him his lineage.

So also you, by faith, have to decide what you will do with Jesus.

HOW TO HAVE NEWNESS OF LIFE

HOW TO HAVE NEWNESS OF LIFE by Pastor Shah, Clearview, Henderson

Newness of LifeThe Book of Romans is a corrective to a lot of wrong beliefs among Christians today. Warren Wiersbe begins his commentary on Romans in the following words: “If you are tired of all the wrong things in your life, in the lives of others, then Paul’s Epistle to the Romans is the book for you.” In the passage we are about to read Paul wants the readers to understand that salvation is not just about forgiveness for sins, it is also about deliverance from sin. It is not enough to have forgiveness for what we have done, we also need deliverance from who we are.

Romans 6:1-4  1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

In the passage we just read Paul is going to teach us 4 important steps TO HAVE NEWNESS OF LIFE.

Application: Do you find yourself living in defeat? Do you find yourself frustrated with your constant battles against old habits and hang-ups? Do you wish you had the newness of life that is promised in the Bible? If yes, then this message is for you.

1. ALLOW GOD TO TEACH YOU ABOUT GRACE.

Background: In chapter 5 of Romans, Paul explained to us that all of us come into this world under the “share everything Adams family plan.” Under this family plan, our father Adam signed us up for the physical and spiritual death; judgment and condemnation; and sinners by nature. We were locked into this plan, never to get out. That’s why lost people do the things they do. Sometimes, even saved people live under the old family plan. They try to stop doing bad things and they do them even more.6:1  1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

–                They try to be gentle and loving and they end up getting angry and bitter.

–                They try to please God the old way and they fail every time.

–                They try to live free but they are still bound by old habits and addictions.

Jesus came into this world to bring us a second share everything family plan. Under this family plan, our Savior Jesus Christ has signed us up for abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness; justification of life (when God sees me, He sees Christ); and righteous by nature.

Previously we were under the condemned plan but now we are under the grace plan.

Grace = getting what we don’t deserve. More we sin, more grace we get.

For e.g. How would you like that kind of phone plan? More you talk/text, more minutes you get!

Anytime people hear about this “It is all by grace” plan, it does not fail that someone will raise their hands and say as in verse 1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?—“People are going to misuse it/abuse it/take advantage of it. You have to have some rules to keep people in line with their Christian lives.”

Application: Fight the urge this morning to live by rules.

2. MEET THE NEW YOU.

Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

What is Paul’s answer? 2Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Sorry, you are already dead to sin.

For e.g. The safest place in the world is in a cemetery. No one can hurt you. You may hurt yourself but no one else will!

Verse 3Or do you not know Paul is asking us “do you not know” the facts of your salvation? What are the facts?

3Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? What is Paul talking about? Now here is the heart of our salvation. We’re all born in the family of Adam– the family of sin. We have two problems—sins (things we have done wrong and do wrong) and sin (our sinful nature). Jesus took care of Problem #1 by becoming our Substitute – taking my sins upon Him on the cross. He gave me His righteousness. What about Problem #2—my sin nature? The Blood cleanses us from the debt of sins but we still carry the family germ of sin that was in Adam and was passed down to us. What we need is to get out of the family of sin. The Blood cannot get us out of the family. The only way to get out of the family is by death. Jesus not only died as our Substitute, but He also died as our Representative – representing our death in the family of Adam.

This was no half hearted/pretend/playact death. Listen to verse 4 4Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, In other words, God included my death in the death of Christ. In the foreknowledge of God we were crucified and buried with Christ.

Application: Most of us try to deal with sin by trying to suppress it and fight it. I am not going to get angry; I am not going to be envious; I am not going to lust. Before you know it, you are back in it. God deals with our sin nature by removing the sinner.

It’s not enough to just die from the old family. You also have to be born again into the new family. Verse 4 again: that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Meaning: Not only did we die in Christ but, on the third day, we were also raised with Him. We died in Him as the last Adam and we live in Him as the second man. Now let’s live as if you are in newness of life.

It’s not hard to take to heart that we died with Him. It is hard to understand that we are alive with Him. Listen to verse 5 “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,” Your death is past tense and your resurrection is also accomplished.

What is interesting is the imagery that Paul uses to describe this death to sin and resurrection to newness. It is baptism. The baptismal pool is really a coffin. Some people look at baptism as a non-essential. They say, “You do not have to be baptized to be saved.” That’s true but Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It symbolizes our death, burial and resurrection with Jesus Christ. It tells the world that we have been united with Him in death, burial, and resurrection. It is a sign that I am now cut off to the old world and have entered into the new.

By the way since the earliest church history, the church always baptized the way we do it – Ephesus, Emmaus, Milan, Tunisia and on and on.

3. YOU ARE NO LONGER A SLAVE TO SIN.

So where are we now with our sin nature?  6knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Someone says—why do I still sin if my Old Nature has been crucified? When a person dies, it does not mean that they are eradicated. The body is gone but the Spirit lives on—either before God in heaven or in Hell waiting for judgment. Our Old Nature is no longer alive in the flesh. It is only alive in the Spirit. We have been set free. Listen to verse 7—For he who has died has been freed from sin.

Application: Most of us try to deal with sin by trying to strengthen the Old Man—suppress it, fight it, deny it, train it. I am not going to get angry; I am not going to be envious; I am not going to lust. Before you know it, you are back in it.

God deals with our sin nature by making us weaker and weaker; by removing the sinner; by putting us to death. But He doesn’t leave us dead. He gives us new life. Listen to verse 8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

So what should you do with all this knowledge – Verse 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. God is not asking you to go crucify yourself or to go do penance for your sin. He simply wants you to reckon it.

Background: The word “reckon” can be a little confusing. For e.g. “Are you coming to the birthday party?” “I reckon.” It means “I guess” or “I think” or “maybe.” That is not the meaning here. The Greek word means “count” or “calculate.” It is a mathematical term. It is an accounting term. You cannot judge if the artist or singer or writer has been perfectly accurate but you can tell if an accountant has been accurate.

For e.g.  $5 plus $5 = $10

Meaning:  God is not saying “pretend that you are dead” or “do the best you can to play dead” or “act like you are alive.” He tells us to reckon because it is a fact that we are dead to sin and alive to Christ.” It is a command. The idea behind reckoning is “believe.” By faith, accept that “You are one with Christ.”

Let me warn you – the moment you start reckoning, be ready for a fight. The Devil will fight you tooth and nail. He will lie to you. He will point out all your faults. You will have to reckon every moment who you are in Christ. As long as we keep our eyes on Christ, we are able to walk this life. Every time, like Peter, we take our eyes off Christ, we begin to sink. When we abide in Him and obey Him, that’s when we walk in victory.

4. SAY HELLO TO YOUR NEW MASTER.

12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

Background: What the Bible is saying is, “Now that you know that you have died in Christ and are alive in Him; now that you have reckoned this to be a fact; what’s next? Your mortal body belongs to God. Your eyes/ears/mouth/hands/feet/every inch of you is His.

I Corinthians 6:19-20  19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

13And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

Often people say, “If you want to be saved, you have to become a slave of Jesus Christ.” It sounds good. It’s just not biblical. God does not want my old self that was a slave of sin. He wants that which has passed through death to resurrection. He wants me to present to Him that which already belongs to Him.

For e.g. When we were travelling overseas, I gave a certain amount of money to the oldest two of our children. Just in case I happen to lose my wallet, we will still have some money. When we finally arrived on the other side, I asked them to hand it back. Whose money was it? Mine or theirs? Mine.

When I hear someone who claims to be a Christian say, “My money, My time, My house, My job.” You have a problem. Either you are still lost or you don’t get it. Everything is now His. I am no longer to sin because these eyes, mouth, hands, feet, everything belongs to Him. We are His slaves.

Application: You say you are a Christian. Are you a slave of Jesus Christ to holiness?

PEACE WITH MYSELF

PEACE WITH MYSELF by Pastor Shah, Clearview, Henderson

Romans 5:12-16  12Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.

How many of ya’ll would honestly say right now—“I’m lost.” “What is Paul talking about?” Why does God have to make things so difficult to understand? Listen carefully. There is a verse in the Old Testament – Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” Some things in the Bible are very simple and easy to understand. They are like rain water or river water. If you are thirsty, you can easily collect it or scoop it up and drink it. But imagine if you were thirsty for cool, clean, fresh water from an underground spring, then you will have to do some work—You will have to locate the patch of ground that is greener than the rest; you will have to clean away all debris, leaves, and sticks; you will have to roll up your sleeves and then you will have to dig and dig until you strike water.

The passage before us is like that underground spring. God has placed it there for us but it is concealed and He wants us to dig it out. Those who are thirsty enough will dig; and that’s what we will do today.

Prayer

Overall Background: In the first half of Romans 5, Paul has been talking about how we can have peace with God. He says in Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Meaning: By faith in Jesus Christ, we are justified—declared righteous. In an instant, God takes our sin nature and applies it to Christ and He takes the righteousness of Christ and applies it to us. Now when God sees us, He sees Christ. We are no longer enemies of God but we have peace with God.

Application: By the way, if you have never received Christ as your Savior, you do not have peace with God. In fact, you are an enemy of God. You can take care of that right now.

But after going over the joy of having peace with God, Paul opens the subject of sin once again. That seems strange. Why bring sin back up? Aren’t we done with it? Isn’t God no longer angry with us?

Listen carefully—As wonderful as it is to have peace with God, sin in our life does not seem to go away. We still seem to have the sin problem. We still seem to do things that we used to do before we got saved. We still seem to have the issues that we used to have before we prayed to receive Christ. We still seem to get angry, lust, envy, boast, etc. We are at peace with God but we are not at peace with ourselves. There is still turmoil in our lives; there is still unrest inside of us; Me and God—things are fine; me and myself—things are not fine. So starting in verse 12 of chapter 5 until verse 39 of chapter 8, Paul is going to deal with this matter of sin in the believer’s life.

Application: This morning – ask the Holy Spirit of God to open your eyes to the truth of your salvation so you can have peace with yourself; so you can have a handle over sin.

The way Paul is going to help us in this matter is by showing us that we have been taken out of one race and place into another. By the way – There are only 2 races in the world – the Race of Adam and the Race of Christ.

I. THE RACE OF ADAM

12Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

Background: In order to get a handle on sin in the Christian life, Paul explains what happened in the first race. How did sin get here? Listen again to verse 12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world,

1.     ORIGINAL SIN – WHO STARTED IT?

Sin came in because of the choice that Adam—the father of our race—made when he was in the Garden of Eden. He chose to disobey God and eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, when God had expressly warned him not to and he sinned. When he sinned, a fundamental change came into his character and he became a sinner. Because of his disobedience, it says, “sin entered the world.” By the way, did you notice that Paul is not talking about sins plural but sin singular?

In the previous chapters, Paul was talking about sins plural.

  • In chapter 1 he talks about the sins of the ungodly and the unrighteous—how they suppress the truth of God; how they worship creation; and how they worship idols. So God gave them over to more sins—sins of sexual immorality and sins of homosexuality, followed by a litany of sins—covetousness, maliciousness, envy, strife, deceit, pride, boasting, disobedience to parents, etc.
  • In chapter 2 he talks about the sins of the self-righteous who judge the ungodly but do the same sins. They are also filled with the sins of envy, strife, covetousness, pride, deceit and on and on. God’s wrath is upon both the ungodly and the self-righteousness because of what they do.

Now Paul is not talking about sins plural but sin singular. What is this sin singular? It is a fundamental change came into his character.

2.     PENALTY OF SIN – WHAT IS THE PUNISHMENT?

It did not stop there. “sin entered the world, and death through sin,” What is the result of Adam’s sin? Physical Death. Adam died and then the rest of humanity also died.

Genesis 2:17  17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

3.     IMPUTED SIN – WHY AM I BEING BLAMED?

What else? and thus death spread to all men,

Physical death came to all of us as well. Why? Because we were in Adam.

For e.g. My grandfather was the Commissioner of Police. He had to fight many times against uprisings. What if he had died? Where would I be right now? There would be no me at all.

4.     INHERITED SIN – WHY DO I SIN?

12Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

Background: Some people read that to mean that we all do sinful things and hence we die just like Adam died. Keep in mind that even babies die. What have they done wrong?

Romans 5:13-14  13(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

Meaning:Sin was passed down by Adam to everybody in the race. Sin is hereditary.Now we are infected by the same. Our problem is not in what we are doing—sins plural. Our problem is in who we are—sin singular. Because we have sin singular we do sins plural. We are not sinners because we do sinful things. We do sinful things because we are sinners. This problem does not go away just because you are saved – our status is changed before God but the condition of sin remains.

Application: Would you agree that as a Christian?

–         You try to please the Lord and something in you does not want to.

–         You try to be humble and pride begins to rise up in you.

–         You try to be gentle and you get angry.

–         You try to be encouraging and you do just the opposite.

–         You try to smile and be loving but, instead, you are hateful.

By the way, the longer you are a Christian, the more you will come to realize that even though you have peace with God, you do not have peace with yourself. Something is fundamentally wrong with you. You will look back and re-evaluate everything that you believed about yourself. The longer people are saved, the more they begin to despise themselves when they come face-to-face with this sin (singular).

In the race of Adam all of us sinned and have become sinners.

II. THE RACE OF CHRIST

1.     ENTRY IS A GIFT OF GRACE

Romans 5:15-21  15But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.

Cannot bring your works.

2.     IMPUTED SIN IS REPLACED

 16And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.

3.     PHYSICAL DEATH IS NOT THE END

17For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 18Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

4.     WE WILL BE MADE RIGHTEOUS

19For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

In his death, we died; in his resurrection, we live.

20Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Plenty of grace for us.

Now we can be at peace with ourselves.

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