Sunday, March 24, 2013
Message Series: Shared Legacy~Getting What’s Coming To Us
Message Goal: Motivate believers to claim their inheritance
Question: What’s so rich about our inheritance?
Galatians 3:13-14 (The Message)
13-14 Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.
Galatians 3:13-14 New International Version (NIV)
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
Galatians 3:2; Joel 2:28; John 20:22; Acts 2:33 (Promises of the Spirit)
I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Galatians 3:2
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Joel 2:28
And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:22
Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. Acts 2:33
What Does God’s Spirit Grant Us?
- God’s nature
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1.3
- God’s power
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8.11 (NIV)
- God’s authority
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—John 1:12 (NIV)
God’s Nature + Power + Authority = Servanthood
John 10:10 (NKJV)
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
- Jesus came to give us life the way that God Almighty has it.
- Jesus wants us to live the way God does
- Jesus wants those who don’t know God’s love to know God’s love
What steps will you agree to take today to make sure that the spirit has free rein in your life today?