7: THE BLESSINGS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
These are so numerous that we can mention but a few in this lesson. The
important thing is to become a Christian, to be born again, to be saved and
every blessing will be ours. God does not love any of His children more than
others so we can share equally of every blessing.
A. Freedom from the slavery of sin and the ability to live a righteous
–18 But God be thanked that though
you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to
which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became
slaves of righteousness.
B. Freedom from a guilty conscience.
And they heard the sound of the Lord
God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid
themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
–11 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their
conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the
last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When
Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman,
where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said,
“No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and
sin no more.”
C. Deliverance from all evil habits and deeds.
–10. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger,
wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9Do not lie to
one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have
put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of
Him who created him.
D. The Christian has one to whom he may go with every problem, every need
and every burden. He has access to God.
–11 Ask, and it will be given to
you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For
everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it
will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for
bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a
serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your
children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to
those who ask Him!
E. Healing for our bodies is one of the blessings.
–48 Now a woman, having a flow of
blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could
not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His
garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who
touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said,
“Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who
touched Me?’” But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived
power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden,
she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the
presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed
immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your
faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
–15 Is anyone among you sick? Let
him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him
with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the
sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be
F. Name written in the book of life. This makes us ready for the final
judgment if we stay true to God.
Nevertheless do not rejoice in this,
that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names
are written in heaven.
–15 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,
and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of
Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which
were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and
Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged,
each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the
lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written
in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
G. The final blessing is heaven: eternity in the presence of God. There
will be no more sin, no more pain, no more sorrow, no suffering of any kind.
–34, 41, 46. When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy
angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the
nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another,
as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the
sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say
to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the
kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” . . . Then
He will also say to those on the left hand, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into
the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” . . . And these
will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
Are you a Christian? Have you been born again? Are you saved? Are you
enjoying the blessings of the Christian life? Are you ready for the final
judgment? If it were today, what would be your final destiny according to
Matthew chapter 25?