Victory through LOGICAL Sovereign Grace
There is so much confusion with reference to how to live the Christian life. A lot of what you find in Churches today is Arminian legalism.
The focus of Arminianism is all about a person measuring up to a standard of righteousness. The center and circumference of this doctrine is obedience, your obedience. The Arminians teach a works approach to salvation and after one is so-called saved in that system then person must maintain their salvation by works as well.
Many Christians do not know about how Christ measured up for them at the cross. And that the only obedience that brings about your salvation
i.e. justification and sanctification is the obedience of Christ alone on your behalf and in your place.
Victory and peace of mind in this life comes only by learning the logic of God’s sovereign grace in relation to justification and sanctification.
God’s sovereign grace takes the focus off of you, I must measure up, I must in my own power please God, etc. to focusing on Christ cross/work obedience
and God’s absolute sovereignty over all of your life.
Until a Christian understands the logic of God’s sovereign plan for his life he will not have a Biblically unified system of truth from which he can cope with all of his problems.
In addition, he will not be able to Biblically interpret everything that is happening in his life as an eternally fixed, ordained moment for him to be conformed to the image of Christ for the glory of the Father.
Without the logic of God’s sovereign grace over every aspect of our lives from our thoughts, words and deeds then we are logically left with posting our will as the basis for our happiness and peace of mind.
To learn from Scripture alone that the Christian life is all about God’s sovereign grace and the finished work of Christ. In addition, to clear up the confusion about how to live the Christian life and to debunk the doctrine that once a Christian is saved they will live a godly life for the rest of their life or if they do not live an obedient life then they were not saved in the first place.
1. Sovereignty in salvation and sanctification.
Psa 65:4 Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You,
2Ti 1:9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace
which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
Joh 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out
Isa 26:12 LORD, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.
Php 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Psa 119:49 Remember the word to Your servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope.
Ecc 7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other
Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what
is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
2. We are to behold Christ obedience alone for both our justification and sanctification.
Joh 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
2Co 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory,
just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Trust in what has been DONE for our salvation and for our sanctification. We are to abide by BELIEF ALONE in Christ VICTORY ALONE!
God alone justifies and He alone sanctifies.
Salvation from start to finish is the work of God alone.
Jas 1:18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
1Th 5:24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him, who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
1Co 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus,
3. Know, Reckon and Present is God’s logical, sovereign system for victory over our sinful natures.
Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
Rom 6:2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
It is not LOGICAL to go on living under the dominion of our disempowered sin nature.
However, it is not IMPOSSIBLE!
Rom 6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore 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.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
Rom 6:6 knowing 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.
Rom 6:7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
Rom 6:8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
Rom 6:9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
Rom 6:10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
Rom 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
Rom 6:13 And 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.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
The idea is that your sin nature will not have dominion over you if you Know- Reckon- and Present.
First in Romans 6 there are things that Paul wants all Christians to KNOW. Verses 3, 6, 9.
This is God’s knowledge about what His Son did about the source of our sins-our sinful natures and now how we are alive in Christ.
In Christianity we have real knowledge.
We have real objects of knowledge that can be known because these doctrines are revealed propositions from the eternal, omniscient mind
of Almighty God, the One and Only God of the Holy Bible not the Unholy Koran.
Knowledge, by definition is apprehension of what is true.
One cannot be said to “know” what is false.
One can have false information, but one cannot have false knowledge. “False knowledge” is a contradiction in terms.
What is true cannot be in error.
What is known cannot be false.
Therefore, knowledge is infallible.
If it contains error, if it is liable to error, it is not knowledge, but merely opinion, information or speculation.
Page 198 Robbins, Against the Churches.
1Ti 6:20 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—
1Ti 6:21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.
Understanding comes only through reasons which show not just that a thing is so, but that it must be so. Thales to Dewey p. 260
The human mind will never create a system of knowledge.
P.219 Without a Prayer—Robbins
An epistemological gift from God is what we have in the Bible. Knowledge is God’s gift to His people.
Knowledge is not simply possessing thoughts and ideas as some think. Knowledge is possessing true ideas and knowing them to be true.
Knowledge by definition is knowledge of the truth.
The Unholy Koran has no knowledge, it is a lie from Satan’s mind.
Similarly, the 12 step programs have no knowledge.
Col 2:23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body,
but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.
Rom 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
Rom 8:8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Reckon: Romans 6:11- After we know the truths about the logic of Christ sovereign cross/work then we are to reckon,
or count it to be true what God calls true.
Believing these things to be true does not make them true. They are eternal truths regardless if we believe them or not.
Our belief appropriates what is Scripturally truth.
It is true because God has from eternity always thought it to be true and in time He made it to be true in accordance with
His immutable plan for His glory and our good.
Present: Romans 6: 13—Present means to place all of our members at the disposal of our sovereign Lord based on the logic
of the doctrine of Christ cross/work.
Here we have another key command! “Don’t be yielding! Stop yielding!” The word “yield” means “present, put at someone’s disposal.”
Don’t put your bodily members at sin’s disposal (for sin’s use).
This word is used in the following passages: Luke 2:22; Acts 1:3; 9:41 (as one who is alive from the dead!); Romans 12:1.
In the context of Romans 6:13 it has the idea of a slave standing beside his master ready to do whatever he wants (the word literally means “to stand beside”);
at his disposal, ready to do his bidding.
Lord, my members are at Your service! “Instruments”=tools, instruments, weapons. God wants our members as His tools.
Our members are to be righteous tools for God’s glory.
See the hymn, “Take My Life and Let It Be” by Francis Havergal. In this verse we have the third key word in this chapter that relates to the believer’s responsibility:
1) KNOW (verses 3, 6, 9);
2) RECKON (v.11);
3) YIELD or PRESENT (v.13).
We must know God’s facts about our identification with Christ in His death and resurrection.
We must count on those facts by faith and appropriate them.
We must present ourselves to God IN LIGHT OF THESE FACTS.
The key phrase in verse 13 is this: “but present yourselves unto God AS THOSE THAT ARE ALIVE FROM THE DEAD”
(this brings us back to the great facts that we reckoned upon in verse 11).
This is where many people err when it comes to consecration.
They present their old self to God.
God cannot and God will not use the “old man.”
God will not change the old man and He will not reform the old man.
When we present ourselves to God, just who are we presenting?
Are we presenting ourselves as those who are alive from the dead?
The bottom line is that we learn from God’s sovereignty that He alone sanctifies us, therefore our prayer is :
Psa 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.
Psa 119:27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
Psa 119:29 Remove from me the way of lying, And grant me Your law graciously.
Psa 119:33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end.
Psa 119:36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness.
Psa 119:38 Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You.
Psa 143:8 Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.
Gal 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.