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The Christians Battle

Romans 16:19-20, Andrew Love, March 25, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Last week: Healthy Christian Fellowship
    • Recap & Examples
    • 1. Commitment to Christ
      • Are you committed to the Lord Jesus Christ?
    • 2. Commitment to God's people
    • 3. Commitment to Unity
    • 4. Identifying those who cause division
  • This evening: v19b-20
    • To be an encouragement
    • Reading v19b-20
    • A battle: an enemy, evil, be innocent
  • Overview:
    • Be wise about what is good
    • Innocent about what is evil
    • The promise of victory

Be wise about what is good

  • Beware of flattery
    • 2 Tim 3
    • Why should Tabor be exempt?
  • To be able to detect those who are not in Christ
    • Their private life - do they live for the Lord
    • Their doctrine - not according to the Scriptures
      • We must know the word of God
  • Be wise in the Scriptures
  • Be wise about ethical matters
    • Examples
    • What is lawful, is not beneficial or edifying
    • Think about what is noteworthy and lovely

Innocent about what is evil

  • Example of Suzanne Wesley
  • The great danger today is to expose our self to that which is evil
    • Not only do we become polluted, but we become desensitized
    • Do not believe a satanic lie - we should not experience the things of the world
    • There is a battle for the mind
  • Theological understanding:
    • First master the word of God
    • Do not undertake deep study of worldly philosophies
    • 1 Cor 14:20

The promise of victory

  • The apostle Paul is thinking of the spiritual battle
    • God's word is stronger
    • God will have the victory
    • God will crush Satan (under our feet)
  • God will crush Satan (v20)
    • The first mention of Satan in the epistle
      • We should give little attention to the devil
      • The New Testament is all about God, Christ and His people
    • Gen 3:15
      • The seed of the woman will come and crush the serpent's head
      • We should think about Jesus Christ
    • How do we understand v20?
      • Do we apply this victory in times of temptation and present difficulty?
      • Is it speaking of a final and eternal victory?
    • Satan was cast out at the cross
      • Examples
      • He is a defeated foe
      • Yet he seeks to tempt and deceive Christians
      • He is the prince of the power of the air who works in the sons of disobedience
      • He is hateful towards the Church of Jesus Christ
    • A reference to the final victory
    • An application to the struggling believer [1 Cor 10:13]
      • The wicked one does not touch him - 1 Jo 5:18
      • Satan can hinder us - 1 Thess 2:18, 1 Cor 16:9
      • Paul's thorn in his side
  • Paul entering the area of spiritual warfare at the close of the epistle

Closing Remarks


About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


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