Under New Management
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
For the last few weeks .. from 1 Thess 5.23 ... we've been learning what Paul meant when he said, "And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely" ... and then he explains himself, 'and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
What God saves ... He sanctifies. And now that He has saved our spirit, soul and body ... He is now in the process of sanctifying our spirit, our soul and our body. Now with that in mind .. take God's word and turn with me to Romans 8.
This 8th chapter of Romans is written to those having been saved and are now being sanctified. This 8th chapter is not only a personal chapter .. it's a pertinent chapter to those of us being sanctified. We enter chapter 8 with NO CONDEMNATION for we read in 8.1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus ..." and we leave chapter 8 with NO SEPARATION, for we read in 8.38-39, "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Do you see it? We enter chapter 8 with NO CONDEMNATION and we end the chapter with NO SEPARATION. And if that's not enough ... in between is the SECURITY of the Spirit-filled life. And for the next few Sunday nights together .. we're going to be taking a long, hard look at perhaps the greatest chapter in the book of Romans: chapter 8.
Now as you're turning to chapter 8 .. let me ask you a question: when you see the sign that says, "Under New Management"... what goes through your mind?
... the old management was bad.
... the old management couldn't cut it.
... the old management had some flaws.
... Under New Management things are going to be different
... Under N ...
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