III. The Law Produces Sin
Romans 7: 5,8
5 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.
8 But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead.
IV. What About the Ten Commandments?
A. The example of coveting Romans 7:7-8
B. The ministry of condemnation
2 Corinthians 3:6-9
6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.7 But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory…
“We all have access to God provided by Christ our High Priest in the same measure that He does! There is no “cleaning ourselves up” before we enter His presence or come before His throne. Jesus has already “cleaned us up” to the point of perfection. Nothing we can do will add anything to that finished work. ” (Pure Grace Page 71)
It is important to remember what it takes to have “access” to God. Only those who are without any sin attached can be in union with Him! That is precisely why God had to remove our sin from us; why Christ “took our sins away”. Access to God, for the Believer, is fully available and never restricted in ANY measure for ANY reason! The erroneous religious idea that God withdraws from Believers if they have “unconfessed” sin in their lives is a lie that corrupts the glorious gospel. The devil must rejoice over such nonsense. COME BOLDLY BEFORE HIS THRONE!
This is the podcast of the sermon by Pastor Clark Whitten titled “Saved Completely, Part 2” for Sunday, July 1st, 2012. Click here for the sermon notes and a PDF of the church bulletin for that day. You can also check out Part 1′s notes and audio as well.
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