The Exceed Ticket (6 of 6) by Frank Damazio
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Series: Your Ticket to Life
Introduction: Peter now encourages us to aim at becoming fruitful disciples of Christ. We have the divine nature, the divine promises, and the divine power. We are to partner with the Holy Spirit - to partner by "adding" to our divine nature the virtues, or the tickets, we need to go through the doors of opportunity God has for us. We grow. We change. We make every effort to live like Jesus and share His love. Now Peter says these things should be in us and abound. We now need the exceed ticket.
I. YOUR TICKET TO LIFE
1. Ticket to Life: A special pass offered to you by Jesus to enter into specified places that requires someone to pay the costs of the ticket. The holder has faith to receive the tickets and enter.
2. Exceed Ticket: Pleonazo is the ticket that causes us to increase and abound in the spiritual virtues available to us and keeps us from ever being useless, unproductive, ineffective, or shortsighted.
B. KEY VERSE
2 Peter 1:8-9: For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
II. THE PERSONAL POSSESSION FACTOR
2 Peter 1:8 …for if these things be "in you"…
…for these things belonging to you…
A. YOU IN CHRIST
1. The phrase "In Christ" is used 172 times in the NT. Paul uses it 97 times. With deep insight, he saw that "in Christ" as the ultimate phrase dividing all humanity into two classes: "in Christ" and "out of Christ."
2. Key Scriptures:
a. 1 John 5:11-12 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
b. Gal. 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me ...
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