“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”Matthew 5:11-12
“Jesus replied, ‘You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.’”John 13:7
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”Romans 5:3-5
“But this is not the way of life that Christ has unfolded within you. If you have really experienced the Anointed One, and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality is embodied in Jesus!
And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self – life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you.And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness.”Ephesians 4:20-24
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.“- 2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow = conviction
Worldly sorrow =guilt and shame
When you are in Christ, He leads you to repentance because His Holy Spirit brings conviction which leads to a changed life.
When you are of the world there is nothing but guilt and shame which leads to death, for the wages of sin is death. When you are guilty, you have no hope, for you feel the weight of judgement.
Guilt leads to shame, which leads to a lifestyle of wrong doing.
When you feel trapped with no hope of escape, you stay where you are. You do not change because you are imprisoned in your situation.
A man walking to the gallows is on the path of death with no hope of life.
That is the situation without Christ. Hopelessness!
We are condemned! We are guilty with no hope of life.
Jesus has come to take away all guilt and shame, He offers freedom from the burdens of a guilt filled life.
For Death is final without Jesus. He came to beat death by dying on the cross, paying the price for all of our guilt and shame, taking our condemnation on Himself-proving this by resurrecting from the dead.
We then can live free from this life sentence of staying in our sins, from the prison of guilt and condemnation where there was once no escape.
We can have the Spirit of Christ live within us!
We then are transformed into the very image of Jesus. Perfected and transformed by God given conviction.
Guilt and shame was nailed to the cross. Condemnation was put to death.
We are guided by conviction!
We are resurrected into a new life where the Holy Spirit guides our lives to glory after glory. And new life after new life.
This sermon is on the subject of Spiritual Maturity, It was presented at The Eston Full Gospel Church summer 2013