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unburdening the mind

This presentation shall look at what must be changed in sinners and how God works to change them.

Unburdening the mind

Studies on The Books of Romans and Galatians Part 3

Abe Simpson

the gospel central theme of romans galatians
The Gospel: Central Theme of Romans & Galatians
  • Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
  • Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Revelation 14:6

the gospel was being challenged by another gospel
The Gospel was being challenged by another gospel.
  • Gal 1:6, 7 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

per·vert (pr-vûrt)

tr.v. per·vert·ed, per·vert·ing, per·verts

1. To cause to turn away from what is right, proper, or good; corrupt.

2. To bring to a bad or worse condition; debase.

3. To put to a wrong or improper use; misuse. See Synonyms at corrupt.

4. To interpret incorrectly; misconstrue or distort:

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the two gospels and the law
The Two Gospels and the law

All are sinners and under the Law. Romans 3:23

There are two ways to elevate a sinner above the Law!

The True Gospel does this by changing the sinner to meet the requirements of the Law.

The False Gospel does this by changing the Law to justify the Condition of the sinner.

the sinner s problem
The Sinner’s problem

To rescue a sinner from under the Law, God needs to deal with three factors.

Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin

  • Guilt
  • Weakness of the flesh
  • Carnal Mind

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

guilt
This section looks at how God deals with the Guilt Problem

Rom 3:24, 25 Being justifiedfreely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Guilt:

Results from sins committed – sins that are past

gal 2 18 we are personally responsible for sin
Gal 2:18 – We are personally responsible for sin
  • Mark 7:15 - 21; Prov. 4:23
  • Sin proceeds from within. It is acted out in the mind first and may or may not be acted out in the body.
  • Cannot blame flesh – ‘out of the heart’
  • we cannot blame others for our actions. Gen 3:12, 13 – Adam & Eve
  • cannot blame our ancestors or our genes. Eze. 18: 20
  • freedom of choice makes us responsible and accountable for our actions. Josh 24:15
why do we die
Why do we die?
  • Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
  • We die because we sin, not because Adam sinned.
  • Patriarchs & Prophets 306 "Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me." It is inevitable that children should suffer from the consequences of parental wrongdoing, but they are not punished for the parents' guilt, except as they participate in their sins. It is usually the case, however, that children walk in the steps of their parents. By inheritance and example the sons become partakers of the father's sin. Wrong tendencies, perverted appetites, and debased morals, as well as physical disease and degeneracy, are transmitted as a legacy from father to son, to the third and fourth generation.
what god does not do
What God does not do!
  • Sin is an act already committed – in the past.
  • Cannot rewind and re-live;
  • Cannot compensate for the past by living a righteous life in the future;
  • Cannot compensate by penance, money or any other form; Steps to Christ 37
  • Cannot rely on our parents, friends or other’s righteousness. Ezekiel 14:14
the gospel solution to guilt
The gospel solution to guilt
  • Rom 3:24, 25 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
  • Rom 4:3-8 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
abraham
Abraham
  • Heb11:8, 9, 10 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
  • Heb11:17 - 19 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
david
David
  • 2Sa_11:4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
  • 1Ki_3:14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
  • 1Ki_14:8 And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes;
david1
David
  • Psa51:3, 4 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.(Accepted full responsibility)
  • Psa 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
  • Psa 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Desired to be cleansed)
  • Rom 4:6 - 8 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
imputed righteousness
Imputed righteousness
  • Imputed righteousness happens when sins are forgiven;
  • There is nothing we can do (except trust Jesus) to qualify for forgiveness;
  • Forgiveness is received by faith;
  • The merits of Jesus alone is sufficient for forgiveness.
  • Our need is our ticket to forgiveness.
  • Recognizing our need, accepting our responsibility, and asking for forgiveness and a change within, is all that is required.
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Psa 69:5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.

  • Christ takes full responsibility and ownership of the sins of the world.
  • Our sins become His sins.
  • Sale illustration
  • If our sins are fully taken by Jesus, then what is left over for us?
  • No sin = righteousness

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

repentance forgiveness
Repentance & Forgiveness
  • He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." Proverbs 28:13
  • Repentance includes sorrow for sin and a turning away from it. We shall not renounce sin unless we see its sinfulness; until we turn away from it in heart, there will be no real change in the life. {Steps to Christ 23.2}
  • If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8-10
repentance forgiveness1
Repentance & Forgiveness
  • None are so sinful that they cannot find strength, purity, and righteousness in Jesus, who died for them. He is waiting to strip them of their garments stained and polluted with sin, and to put upon them the white robes of righteousness; He bids them live and not die. {Steps to Christ 52.3}
  • If you give yourself to Him, and accept Him as your Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for His sake you are accounted righteous. Christ's character stands in place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned. {Steps to Christ 62.2}
repentance forgiveness2
Repentance & Forgiveness

Next

  • For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:16; 17
  • Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12
the fence at the top of the hill

This presentation shall look at what must be changed in sinners and how God works to change them.

The fence at the top of the hill

Studies on The Books of Romans and Galatians Part 4

Abe Simpson

the sinner s problem1
The Sinner’s problem

To rescue a sinner from under the Law, God needs to deal with three factors.

Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin

  • Guilt
  • Weakness of the flesh
  • Carnal Mind

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

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This section looks at how God deals with the weakness of the flesh and carnal mind problem

Rom 8:3, 4 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

the ambulance down in the valley
The Ambulance down in the Valley

T’was a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,Though to walk near its crest was so pleasant,But over its terrible edge there had slipped,A duke and full many a peasant.

So the people said something would have to be done,But their projects did not at all tally.Some said, "Put a fence around the edge of the cliff,"Some, "An ambulance down in the valley.“

But the cry for the ambulance carried the day,For it spread through the neighboring city,A fence may be useful or not, it is true,But each heart became moved with pity,

For those who slipped over that dangerous cliff;And the dwellers on highway and alleyGave pounds and gave pence not to put up a fence,But an ambulance down in the valley.

Then an old sage remarked, "it’s a marvel to meThat people give far more attentionTo repairing the results than to stopping the cause,When they’d much better aim at prevention.

"Let us stop at its source all this hurt," cried he."Come, neighbors and friends, let us rally.If the cliff we will fence, we might almost dispenseWith the ambulance down in the valley.

the ambulance down in the valley1
The Ambulance down in the Valley

Better guide well the young than reclaim them when old,For the voice of true wisdom is calling. "To rescue the fallen is good, but 'tis bestTo prevent other people from falling." Better close up the source of temptation and crimeThan deliver from dungeon or galley; Better put a strong fence 'round the top of the cliffThan an ambulance down in the valley.

  • -- Joseph Malins (1895)
  • Prevention better than cure.
  • Preventing sin better than forgiveness.
  • Many emphasize the ‘ambulance down in the valley’ approach to the gospel – forgiveness while ignoring the ‘fence at the top of the cliff’.
  • The true gospel emphasizes a balanced approach – fence at the top of the cliff with the ambulance down in the valley for those who may fall.
sin is the outcome of choice
Sin is the outcome of choice
  • Jos 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Righteousness

Sin

how is sin produced
How is sin produced?

Will of the Mind

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires (margin: wills) of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Ephesians 2: 1 -3

Will of the Flesh

Sin is dictated by the flesh with the acquiesce of the mind

how is sin produced1
How is sin produced?

Will of the Mind

  • Jas 1:14, 15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
  • 1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Temptation

External

Will of the Flesh

Appeals to the flesh through the five senses

Sin is dictated by the flesh with the acquiesce of the mind

flesh has a bias propensity to sin
Flesh has a bias (Propensity) to sin.

The sins of the parents will be visited upon their children, because the parents have given them the stamp of their own lustful propensities.” Child Guidance EGW p442

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

By applying the brakes we can stop the car from rolling backwards.

By pressing the accelerator and pumping fuel to the engine the vehicle will move up the hill.

Propensity is a force not an act therefore it can be counteracted.

Sin is an act, firstly in the mind then in the body

the example of jesus
The example of Jesus
  • Matthew 26:39 O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
  • What was the Will of Jesus – To die or not to die?

The will of the flesh

The will of the Father

Jesus chose to do the will of His Father

how do we overcome
How do we overcome?
  • We overcome even as Jesus overcame. Rev 3:21
  • Jesus denied the flesh. Matthew 26:42; Romans 8:3,4
  • Flesh is not converted.
  • He chose righteousness and overcame by faith.
  • We must have the faith of Jesus. Rev 14:12
  • Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2: 5
dealing with the carnal mind
Dealing with the Carnal Mind
  • Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Romans 8:7
  • The carnal mind cannot be made a friend of God.
  • It cannot be reformed.
  • The only solution is to get rid of it. What do you do when you have a corrupted computer program on your hard drive?
dealing with the carnal mind1
Dealing with the Carnal Mind
  • “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1,2
  • “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
dealing with the carnal mind2
Dealing with the Carnal Mind
  • “You should keep off from Satan's enchanted ground, and not allow your minds to be swayed from allegiance to God. Through Christ you may and should be happy, and should acquire habits of self-control. Even your thoughts must be brought into subjection to the will of God, and your feelings under the control of reason and religion. Your imagination was not given you to be allowed to run riot and have its own way, without any effort at restraint or discipline. If the thoughts are wrong, the feelings will be wrong; and the thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character. Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, p. 310.
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Dealing with the Carnal Mind
  • “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Galatians 5:16, 17
  • “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Corinthians 10: 4, 5
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“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

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Will of the Mind

negative

Flesh & Mind In Agreement

Ephesians 2:3

SIN

Will of the Flesh

negative

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Will of the Mind

positive

Flesh & Mind In Disagreement

The Flesh Dictates Romans 7:14 - 20

SIN

Will of the Flesh

negative

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Will of the Mind

positive

Flesh & Mind In Disagreement

The Mind Dictates Galatians 2:20

RIGHTEOUSNESS

Will of the Flesh

negative

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Will of the Mind

positive

Flesh & Mind In Agreement

This will be the state in the new Heaven & Earth. Philippians 3:20,21

RIGHTEOUSNESS

Will of the Flesh

POSITIVE

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“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16; 17

  • “For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” Galatians 5:5,6
  • Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12