14th September 22
Read — Romans 1:7
Message Alan Burke
If you know and love the Lord Jesus, if you have repented and believed you have a new status and it is one that will never be revoked. So today know you are loved by God and I call you saint, you may not feel like it, you may think you’re doing a rubbish job at being a Christian, how ever you are feeling today you are still a saint who is loved by God. A saint is a person who is sanctified, one who has been has been set apart by the Holy Spirit and called inwardly to Christ Himself. It is not what some church traditions have made it, my hope is that when you gather on the Lord’s day, you will be surrounded by saints, we are surrounded by those who belong to Christ.
Now I want us to be aware our status, I am not saying we are morally perfect, for we know that is not true and our experience reveals that we are anything but perfect. Even after we are regenerated we still lapse into sin. I am a sinner saved by grace, I have the propensity for great sin, we lapse into sin and that sin at times is horrendous. For the reality is that we are altogether sinful although not as sinful as we could be. This is one of those things that I have to be aware of in my own life, it is something that we should all be aware of, we have the potential to fall into sin, lapse into sin, and until we die we will not be made perfect in holiness, as long as we live here on this earth we will battle sin in our lives. Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking falling into a heinous sin it will never happen to us.
King David is probably the greatest example. A man who is described as being after God’s own heart, but he was a man who did horrendous things, who committed adultery with Bathsheba, who sought to have his lovers husband killed in war so he could marry her and then cover it up. What made him a man after God’s heart though, is as is clear in Psalm 51, David was a man who repented for his sin. David was a man who was loved by God, a man who was regenerate, he was a saint but he fell and fell seriously and any believer can, any saint can.
But we can be confident that He who has begun a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Phil 1:6). This is what we are promised by the word of God, that what God has begun in us he will finish, another theological truth that we who are loved by God, who are called saints should take confidence and security in even when we fall is that God will enable us to cross the finish line. Yes we may fall into sin, but God has promised that we will persevere to the end.
Q52 What are the reasons annexed to the second commandment?
The reasons annexed to the second commandment are, God’ s sovereignty over us, (Ps. 95:2–3) his propriety in us, (Ps. 45:11) and the zeal he hath to his own worship. (Exod. 34:13–14)