Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
A false ideas exists in society today.. More than perhaps in the past. A understanding that good people go to Heaven and bad people go to Hell.
Getting Saved or Born Again is not simply an feeling or mental acknowledge that there is a God… But a physical action or rather reaction based on the facts of the Scritpure.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. ADD THE DYE
When we get saved a physical transformation takes place from the inside out. This is important to Note because on the outside.. Lost and saved people look the same. What is different is on the inside.
Colossians 2:10-12 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Note: Baptism is not part of Salvation.. Rather an act of obedience AFTER salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
We receive the Holy Ghost which now dwells in us.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
2 Timothy 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
♦ Now look at the picture of our body. The tainted flesh but the Blood of Christ.. This is the state of so many Christians today..
2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
♦ Timothy was told to Stir up the Gift of God… Just don’t sit there and be stale!!
James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
We stir up the Gift of God by doing! Joining the Church, Getting Involved, telling others…
When we stir up the Gift of God… The Blood of Christ can be Seen Through us!
Maybe tonight you can’t stir up the Gift of God.. Because you’ve never received it.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
If you have not been transformed… YOU ARE JUST PLAYING CHURCH.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
If you have never been saved .. Get saved
For the Christian tonight.. Stir up the Gift!