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I'm Not That Way Anymore (12 of 16)
Series: There's Hope
I Peter 4:1-6
As I was studying and preparing for this message this week I ran across the words from a country song. One line of the country song says, "I'm not that way anymore. Time has closed yesterday's door." If you change one word in that line, then basically those words say exactly what Simon Peter is saying in these verses I have read for you this morning.
He is saying, basically, that that is what has happened to every one of us who has received the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. The point of this passage is that when Jesus died on the cross of Calvary He radically changed the believer's relationship to sin; and the point is, because of what Jesus did for us when He died for our sins on the cross, we don't have to live the way we used to live. These six verses are talking about the believer's new relationship to sin because of the cross.
I. You no longer have to be dominated by sin.
I want to ask you to follow with me carefully. These verses are not easy to understand, but the message is a message which needs to be heard. He is saying that because of what Jesus suffered and because of what Jesus did on the cross, number one, you no longer have to be dominated by sin. That is what verse 1 is talking about. You don't have to be dominated by sin anymore.
There are two great doctrines which immerge from this first verse of scripture which undergird the truth that as a born again believer you don't have to be dominated by sin anymore. The first of those doctrines is the doctrine of substitution. You will find that in the first verse.
Notice what it says. "Forasmuch, then, as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh." When Jesus died on the cross, in His flesh, He died for our sins. He suffered for us. Actually, he's picking up on what he said in the third chapter, the eighteenth verse. He said in that verse, "For Christ also hath once s ...
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