A. As a saint, a Christian, a disciple of Christ; do you realize how special you are to God and what comes with that (I Peter 2:1-12)?
- The fact that we, who were not a people, can now be and are the children of God (Romans 9:23-26).
- The fact that though we are expected to do good works, which we shall discuss a little in this lesson, it was NOT our good works that put us in a position to be such a special people (II Timothy 1:8-10).
- Peculiar [περιούσιος]: “Being beyond usual, i.e. special (one's own): — peculiar. That which is one's own, belonging to one's possessions; a people selected by God from the other nations for his own possession” (Strong’s # 4041).
- Zealous [ζηλωτής]: “Zealous. One burning with zeal, a zealot; used of God as jealous of any rival and sternly vindicating his control; most eagerly desirous of, zealous for, a thing to acquire a thing, (zealous of); to defend and uphold a thing, vehemently contending for a thing” (Strong’s # 2207).
II. Body: Titus 2:11-14
A. The responsibility that comes with growing in God’s grace (II Peter 3:18).
- Think of the process that was written to the saints in Ephesus (Ephesians 2:1-10).
- That the Ephesians saints were told to “grow up into him in all things” (Ephesians 4:15).
- The goal of that growth (Colossians 1:10).
- The price and the expectation that comes with that high price (I Peter 1:13-20 and I Peter 2:21-25).
- Jesus was the ransom (Matthew 20:28).
- Understanding that we are freed from sin (Romans 6:3-6).
- I say in a good way, because there is certainly a zeal we need to avoid that is much more common (Romans 10:1-3).
- A all consuming zeal (Psalms 119:130-140 and John 2:13-17).
- The kind of zeal that sets us apart (i.e. Acts 24:1-5).
III. Conclusion: Though we certainly cannot/would not do as Phinehas under the Law of Christ, think about his zeal and the Lord’s favor on him (Numbers 25:1-13).
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