Monday, January 16, 2012

Eternal Redemption - Creflo Dollar

Minister Creflo Dollar

To be redeemed means to be bought back, delivered, or freed from something or someone. Eternal redemption is eternal deliverance. Jesus sacrificed His life, once and for all, so that we could be bought back from Satan’s control, and eternal damnation.

A.   According to the old covenant in the Old Testament, priests had to offer the blood of goats and other animals to cover the sins of the people.
1.    The priests would offer sacrifices to the Lord every year.
a.    However, these were imperfect sacrifices. There was a need for another way.
b.    Jesus gave His life as the perfect sacrifice instead.
2.    The old covenant stated that in order for the sacrifice to be legal it had to be presented by a priest.
a.    Jesus was not only the sacrifice, but He was also the priest who presented the sacrifice.  
b.    He has made that sacrifice once and for all time (Hebrews 9:11-28).
c.    Therefore, when we become born again, we are redeemed forever.
B.   We should no longer be sin-conscious, carrying the guilt of our sin. Jesus has forever resolved the sin issue (Hebrews 10:1-18).

1.    Jesus did away with the old covenant practice of repeatedly offering sacrifices for sin. He became the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be redeemed from sin and its effects for eternity. Our spirits are made perfect when we become born again (Hebrews 12:23).
a.    Therefore, if we miss the mark (or sin), we do not have to go through the process of getting saved again.
D.   However, we should not willfully sin (Romans 6:1, 2).
1.    If we reject the sacrifice Jesus made, we willfully sin (Hebrews 10:26).
2.    God does not want us to sin because He knows that sin brings death in different stages.
3.    Many Christians believe that God has stopped loving them because they have sinned.
a.    However, God loves us despite our behavior in the flesh. He looks at us according to the condition of our spirits, which are made perfect through Christ.
b.    God upholds our right standing with Him. He is not holding our sins against us (Psalm 32:1, 2, AMP, Romans 4:6).
c.    The law in the Old Testament was given so that we could recognize our need for a Savior (1 Corinthians 15:56).
d.    God wants us to keep His commandments because we love Him, not because we feel obligated to do so.
E.   Why we should live holy (1 John 3:3).
1.    We are changed from the inside out. Our new nature wants to live holy.
2.    We are no longer children of the devil, which means our spirits no longer want to practice sin.
3.    We should not want to give Satan access to our bodies and souls.
F.   Reasons we should not want to practice sin:
1.    Sin opens the door for Satan to come into our lives.
2.    Sin turns on the death cycle, bringing death to us in all forms and progressions. For example, sin can bring with it sickness, poverty, shame, depression, discouragement, etc., and cause us to die an early death.
3.    A holy lifestyle increases our love for God. An unholy lifestyle decreases our love for Him.
4.    Sin dulls our perception, wisdom, and the understanding of who we are in the spirit.
5.    Sin hardens our hearts until we eventually renounce our faith in the Lord. 

Scripture References:
  • Hebrews 9:11-28
  • Hebrews 10:1-18
  • Hebrews 12:23
  • Romans 6:1, 2
  • Hebrews 10:26
  • Psalm 32:1, 2, AMP
  • Romans 4:6
  • 1 Corinthians 15:56
  • 1 John 3:3

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