So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. Hebrews 13:13 (NASB)
The Christian life is one of continually going to Jesus. We first come to Jesus to have spiritual life. We learn to walk, and then we fall, and we are taught to come to Jesus. We begin to grow and become strong in the Lord, experience many victories in battle, and we learn to come to Jesus and give him our trophies and crowns. As we grow old we learn to come to Jesus, for he alone “sustains me in my old age.”
There is another time we learn to come to Jesus, and that is when we see all the damage that the Law can do, and we want freedom from it's curses and condemnation. The author of Hebrews 13 is quoting an Old Testament passage where the sacrifice was burned up outside the camp:
A Christian has died to sin. Sin has no control over a corpse. Temptation can present itself enticingly and persistently, yet a corpse will not succumb! Before you were a Christian you were keenly susceptible to sin. Sin held you in its grip. When you became a Christian, your old self died (Gal. 2:20). Sin now has no more control over you than temptation has over a corpse. You have died to sin. You can still sin, but you are no longer in sin’s power. If you choose to succumb to temptation, you are rejecting the freedom from sin that Christ gained for you by His death.
God’s grace is a further motivation for us to resist sin. It was God’s grace that enabled Jesus to endure mocking, beating, and crucifixion at the hands of those whom He had come to save. It was grace that led God to forgive
Gospel Growth Ministries First Newsletter
We are sending this first newsletter to thank those of you who have signed up to receive it, and to communicate with you about some changes to the website coming in the near future.
But before I do that, let me share with you a story from the Bible that I think helps to put some perspective on our transition to Gospel Growth Ministries.
To preface this story, we know that it is common for people to think that they must have help for their specific sin, in the manner they think they need it, and in their specified timeframe. It is also common for people trapped in sin to think their case is especially important, that their issues are especially deep, and that they need personalized and specialized attention. These things are all common.
A case in point is Naaman (2 Kings 5) who came to Elisha