WHAT MAKES CHRISTIANS DIFFERENT?

I. NOT SINLESS PERFECTION, BUT SINS FORGIVEN

A. Christians are often accused of thinking themselves better than other people. This is not so; no Christian lives beyond sin or failure. (Rom. 3:23; Jas. 3:1,2; 1 John 1:8-2:1.)

B. But a Christian does enjoy the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. This makes him different from the world. (Eph. 1:7; 1 John 2:2; Rev. 1:5 5:9; Heb. 8:12.)

C. In this sense Christians are perfect. (Heb. 10:14.)

II. NOT SINLESS PERFECTION, BUT A PERFECT ASPIRATION

A. Our Lord commands perfection.  (Matt. 5:48.)

B. We have not yet reached that goal, but we constantly strive to do so. (Phil. 3:13,14.)

C. Faithful Christians labor to bring every thought and action into harmony with the will of Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5.)

III. NOT SINLESS PERFECTION, BUT A PERFECTLY SINLESS SAVIOR

A. He is a Lamb without blemish. (1 Pet. 1:18,19.)

B. He need not offer for his own sins as would a less perfect priest. (Heb. 7:24-28.)

C. While we are not perfect on our own, we have a perfect Savior who has borne our sins, that we should live unto righteousness. (1 Pet. 2:22-25.)

IV. NOT SINLESS PERFECTION, BUT A SINLESS DESTINY

A. This life is a constant struggle sin and ungodliness. (Rom. 7:14-24.)

B. But we await redemption from this body of death. (Rom. 8:22,23.)

C. We have his promise of a home where nothing can enter which will in any way defile us. (Rev. 21:4-8,27.)

D. Someday as Christians we hope to have our vile body fashioned like his glorious body. (Phil. 3:21.)

 

(from Practical Sermons in Outline, Clayton & Howard Winters)