LIVING IN THE FREEDOM OF CHRIST’S GRACE


Luke 5:33-39

33 And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.” 34 And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” 36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’ ”


Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17 [ESV]

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.


CHRIST’s Grace helps believers experience freedom from guilt because:


I. CHRIST’S GRACE CELEBRATES A SAVIOR


Luke 5:33

33 And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.”

John 3:27-29 [NCV]


II. CHRIST’S GRACE RESULTS IN SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION


Luke 5:36

36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.


Romans 7:21-24 [ESV], The Law of Works - condemns

21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?


Romans 8:1-4, [ESV], The Law of Grace - Justifies

8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.


Luke 5:37-38

37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins [The Law of Works]. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.

38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins [The Law of Grace].

III. CHRIST’S GRACE DELIVERS FROM SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS


Luke 5:39

39 And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’ ”


Romans 8:5-8

5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

CHRIST’s Grace helps believers experience freedom from guilt because:

1) Christ’s grace celebrates a savior

2) Christ’s grace results in spiritual transformation

3) Christ’s grace delivers from spiritual blindness

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