Teaching Sermons For Pastors and Laymen

 Living at a New Address

 

Scripture Reading:
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:5-9)

“And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.  Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.  Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.  He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.  Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.  In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.”  (1 John 3:5-10)


Note: All scripture is taken from the New King James Bible

Tom Lowe
4-13-03

Introduction:

Being a Christian is like living at a new address. 

A Christian is someone who has moved from the house of sin and death into a new home with Christ. 

When you live with Christ, you want to show Him your love by doing good works and resisting sin. 

You will sin again, but you will never again live with sin, because you have a new address; you are living with Jesus.

This new relationship to sin is made possible by Christ’s victory over death. 

His died in your place so that you don’t have to die.

He was raised from the dead so you could be justified before God.

You not only have a new home, but you also have a new righteousness.

Your old righteousness was like “filthy rags,” but now you have been given the righteousness of Christ.

Sin is our subject today, and there are three claims which I would like to make:

First, the living Christ brings death to sin.

Second, there will be sin in a Christian’s life.

Third, we can have victory over sin.

When we are done today, I hope that we can all say that we are different from what we were before we believed.

And that we can say that we are free from the penalty and guilt of sin, since we have moved to our new address.

Let’s begin with how THE LIVING CHRIST BRINGS DEATH TO SIN.

Humankind has always sought relief from the crushing weight of sin. 

Sin brings guilt, death and shame. 

So, how can the sin problem be handled? 

One approach is to place the blame on something or someone else. 

Even Adam and Eve played this ancient game called “pass the buck.”

When God asked Adam, “Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? Adam answered, “The woman You put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 

Then God asked Eve, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Adam and Eve didn’t accept the responsibility for their actions; Adam blamed Eve, and then Eve blamed the serpent.

They “passed the buck”, but God knew they had disobeyed Him; they had sinned so they would have to die.

Oh they didn’t die until years later, but from that moment, their bodies began to die little by little.

Some people attempt to handle sin by doing good works in an attempt to balance the scale, but new sins keep upsetting the balance. 

But, here’s the good news; Jesus brought a remedy for sin. 

The apostle John wrote, “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.” (1 John3:5)

Manifested is one of John’s favorite words. 

It means “to make known” or “to reveal.”

Jesus was manifested, or made known to us, so that He might reveal God to us, take away our sins, destroy the devil’s works, and disclose God’s love for sinners.

In Him, you also have an example, and you should “live just as He lived.”

Ask the indwelling Holy Spirit to make you more like Jesus Christ, and saturate yourself with His life as you read the Gospels.
 
The Son of God appeared in the body of a man; He came to take away our sins, and to take away the guilt of sin by sacrificing himself.

He came to take away our desire to sin by implanting a new nature in us.

He came to deter us from sin by the perfect example of the life He lived.

“And in him there is no sin;” and He takes our sin away, so that He may conform us to himself.
 
John declares the absolute remedy for sin: “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) 

The birth of Jesus was different from every other birth: He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb, and He was born with a sinless nature.

Since Jesus Christ is God, He existed before Mary; therefore, He could not have been conceived as  other babies are .

He was not only born, but He “came into the world” according to John 18:37.

And He came into the world to save sinners.

He is both God and man, the sinless Lamb of God.

What a wonderful Savior!

John the Baptist introduced Jesus as “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)

He came with grace and truth, not law and judgment.

He revealed the Father and gave the Holy Spirit to those who trusted Him.

He is the Lamb of God, and He is the only one who can take away sins.

The blood of thousands of sacrificed lambs covered the sins of the Jews, but the blood of Christ takes away the sins of the whole world.

 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) 

Jesus’ critics were right: “Only God can forgive sin.” 

His death and resurrection are the only adequate remedy for sin.

Jesus’ resurrection assures us of this. 

Since death is the wages of sin, a dead Christ would be powerless over sin. 

Paul wrote this to the Corinthians, “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” (1 Corinthians 15:17)

Paul argued that if Christ were not raised from the dead, all believers throughout history would have believed for nothing, lived for nothing, and died for nothing.

His resurrection means victory over sin and death.

The resurrection also means that Jesus has defeated the devil. 

Sin is a work of the devil, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8) 

Living in sin is the opposite of Christianity, for Christ came to take away sin.

Sin is a characteristic of the devil, and Christ came to destroy the works of the devil.

Jesus sent out seventy of His followers to preach to the people, and when they returned, “…He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”’ (Luke 10:18-19) 

Christians have power to resist and defeat the devil’s temptations. 

Satan continues his work of deception, but King Jesus is more powerful than the prince of evil.

The second point is that there will be SIN IN A CHRISTIAN’S LIFE.

The assurance of victory over sin and Satan is quickly countered by the evidence of sin in the life of professing Christians. 

How are we to reconcile this reality with the truth, “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning?” 

Power over sin does not mean sinless perfection, and the Christian who claims to have reached such a state is guilty of self-deception. 

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8, 10)

There is a dreadful consequence to denying that you sin. 

Therefore, we must beware of deceiving ourselves by denying or excusing our sins. 

The more we can see them, the greater our appreciation will be for the remedy. 

If we deny them “the truth is not in us.” 

The Christian religion is the religion of sinners, and we all have sinned, and we all still sin. 

The Christian life is a life of continual repentance and of humiliation and shame over our sin. 

It’s a life of continual faith in the Redeemer, a life of thankfulness and love for the Redeemer. 

If we deny our sin we not only deceive ourselves, but we also dishonor God by making Him a liar. 

In Genesis 8:21, God said, “the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.”   

But God provided a remedy for our sin, and it is sufficient for the forgiveness of every sin, no matter how great. 

God offered His Son as a sacrifice on that rough wooden cross, and when we apply ourselves by faith to the one who shed His blood for us, and confess our sins, we are forgiven. 

And therefore, if we say that we have not sinned, or that we don’t sin; that’s a sign that His word is not in our minds and hearts, and that we are not God’s own. 

God has promised us that “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” when we confess our sins.

In 1 John we are told that there’s a different pattern of life for Christians. 

“Whoever abides in Him does not sin.  Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.  Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.  He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.  Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.  In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.” (1 John 3:6-10) 

On the surface John appears to contradict himself. 

In chapter 1 he admits to the existence of sin in the Christian’s life; in chapter 3 he declares, “Whoever abides in Him does not sin" (v. 6).

Therefore, John is not denying the possibility of sin in the Christian; he is merely arguing that habitual sinning is incompatible with the Christian life.

Once a person is saved he no longer lives in sin; his life is no longer characterized by sin.

Living in sin is the opposite of Christianity, for Christ came to take away sin (vs. 5).

Sin is a characteristic of the devil, and Christ came to destroy the works of the devil (vs. 8).

Genuine Christians exhibit a new pattern in their lives. 

New desires, direction, and destiny are clearly evident. 

They live at a new address. 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

When a person becomes a Christian, they become a new creature, complete with a new heart and a new nature.

And the change that the grace of God makes in the soul is so great that old things are passed away—old thoughts, old principles, and old practices, are passed away; and all these things must become new.

All things are made new.

The new man acts in accordance with new principles, by a new set rules, with new ambitions, and in new company.

The last thing I want to say is, you can have VICTORY OVER SIN.

John describes for us how we can have victory over sin. 

He says we must walk in the light. 

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

The apostle is using symbolism when he speaks of light.

Intellectually, light symbolizes truth, and darkness is ignorance or error.

Morally, light represents purity, and darkness is impurity.

Light is also used to symbolize righteousness and holiness; light is the agent that reveals and guides in truth according to Psalms (Ps. 119:105).

Right living—and not merely right thinking—is the trait of the person who has “fellowship” with God (v. 6).
 
The way to daily victory over the pull of the old life is to “walk in the light.” 

The closer we are to the Lord, the farther we will be from sin.

John also declares that we must continually confess our sins, and be continually cleansed from sin. 

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) 

Whenever we sin, we need to confess it to the Lord and accept His cleansing. 

His grace is greater than our sin. 

He will forgive us and purify our hearts.

 

Conclusion:

An old gospel song expresses what every Christian has experienced:

It’s different now,
Since Jesus saved my soul,
It’s different now,
Since by His blood I’m whole.
From Satan He rescued me,
And now I am set free.
Oh, it’s different now!

Have you moved to that new address?

Have you been to Jesus for His cleansing power?

Have you been washed in the blood of the Lamb?

If you want to live with Jesus, the only thing He asks is that you confess your sins, and then, that you believe in Him.

Amen.

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