Study 2 (Chapters 4-6)
Reading Mark 15
- Salvation consists: a) Forgiveness from guilt of sin (justification) Rom.5:1 and imputed righteousness. b) Freedom from power of sin Rom.6:18. (sanctification) c) Freedom from presence of sin (glorification) Col.1:14, 21-22.
2. The great motive for our battle against sin is gratitude (for what Christ did for us) Heidelberg LD 32. His love in the cross, his power by the Spirit and the fact our victory is certain should all motivate us.
3.The fact all our sins past, present and future are all forgiven lets us honestly and unashamedly face up to, confess and forsake our sins. We have nothing to fear except the consequences. Confession means we agree with God’s assessment. Repentance is a continuing necessity.
4. Scripture (the royal law) and the work of the Spirit convict us of sin (Heb.4:12).
5. Throughout Scripture we have verses assuring us of forgiveness e.g. Psalm 103, Rom.5, Rom 8:15-16 almost all the epistles e.g.Col.2:13, I John 2:12, Eph.1:6-7.
6.God promises that thirsting we shall eventually be filled (last day), mortifying we can overcome, confessing we shall be cleansed. His purpose is to conform us to his Son and the Son continually intercedes for us.
7. Scripture needs to be in our heart and mind to be used by the Spirit as Psalm 119:9-11 teaches. It is the standard (plumb line, spirit level, bull’s eye).
8. Sin deceives us, the promise of pleasure, the denial of consequences, the idea God withholds good and our perverse desire to be independent conspire to cause us to sin. Lack of conviction may be due to God withholding grace.
9. As we pray in line with Psalm 139:23-24, Psalm 51 and I John 1:9 God exposes sin (especially motives), grants repentance, cleanses and empowers us to overcome as promised in I Cor.10:13. A word study on “overcome” or “overcometh” would be enlightening (to follow).