A New Life in Christ
John 11:43-44, Luke 7:15; 8:54-55
1. THE EXPERIENCE OF A NEW LIFE
A) A Miraculous Experience
B) A Marvelous Experience
C) A Momentous Experience
2. THE EVIDENCE OF A NEW LIFE
A) The Alteration of the New Life
B) The Appetite of the New Life
C) The Activity of the New Life
3. THE EFFECT OF A NEW LIFE
A) The Praise it Brought to the Lord
B) The People it Brought to the Lord
Have you ever heard the name Jeremy Bentham? He was an English philosopher, economist and jurist. To be quite honest, he was a very odd person. When he died, June 6, 1832 at the age of 84, in accordance with his wishes, his body was dissected in the presence of his friends. His skeleton is now kept in a glass case at University College in London. His skeletal remains are fully clothed and provided with a wax head since the original was mummified. It is told that before he died, he had bequeathed a large monetary gift to an English hospital, but with a certain stipulation. The stipulation was that whenever the board of the hospital met, his remains were to be brought to the boardroom and placed at the head of the table. For more than 100 years, the secretary of the board has added to the board minutes a single line: "Jeremy Bentham present but not voting."
How would you like to attend a board meeting with a dead man present? Yet, we go to work with dead people every day of our lives. We pass dead people in the malls, grocery stores and sit next to them in the restaurants. You may even be living next to a dead person. Of course I am talking about those that are spiritually dead.
I used to be in the same condition. You used to be spiritually dead as well. The Bible speaks of how before we were saved we were dead – spiritually dead. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:1, "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins." Paul said to Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:6, "But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." It is ...
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