December 17, 2017 Sermon - RBC
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Scripture Reading: John 12:1-28

John 12:23-26

And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

 

The ultimate glorification is His death! Think on that before you start saying the chief end of man is to glorify God! Death brings forth fruit. Hate life—that’s what Christ did. Only asking you to follow Him.

John 12:27-28—Jesus spoke the above about Himself

Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

 

Jesus wants to be delivered from it, yet also knows that’s why He’s here. Losing your life wasn’t even easy for Christ, how do you expect it to be for you?

The hour of His glory troubles his soul!

Christ submits to whatever glorifies the Father.

Romans 6:20-22—we’re supposed to bring for fruit too

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

 

Serving sin keeps you from doing righteousness. What fruit—what advantage or satisfaction. Ye have—you had no true fruit before, now you have fruit. Holy fruit—permanent holy state and character.

Romans 6:9-13-- Great! So how does one bring forth fruit?

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

 

He died under the claims of sin, to atone and abolish them, but now lives in obedience to the claims of God. In Christ, we are dead to sin. Your body does not have to be in subjection to sin.

To bring forth holy fruit, we must die to sin and live to God. Death brings forth fruit.

Romans 7:4-6

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

 

We are dead and now can bring forth fruit. Motions—passions, stirrings, affections were irritated by the law. Being dead to what we were held in—the law. Were held—were in bondage.

Law keeping is mechanical, external, and won’t work. The Spirit gives life and power to fulfill the righteousness of the law. Death has to change your relationship to the law.

Galatians 5:22-25

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.]

24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

 

The principle of the flesh being crucified is done, the practice is ongoing. If we are alive in the Spirit now, then walk in Him.

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