biblestudy: John (Part 15)
John 8:30-9:7 Liberation from Bondage to Sin through God's Spirit
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 13-Jan-87; Sermon #BS-JO15; 84 minutes
In this fifteenth installment, expounding the book of John, John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon the spiritual bondage (slavery to sin) Jesus referred to in John 8: 34, warns against habitual sin- or sinning as a "way of life"- under the power, control, or influence of sin (graphically described by Paul in Romans 7: 7-24.) As long as we are slaves of sin (following the dictates of our own lustful desires), we have no free moral agency. God liberates us from sin in order that we might be free to obey Him. Jesus warns the Pharisees that because righteousness and character cannot be transferred from one person to another, they cannot trust in their pedigree (as physical descendents of Abraham).Without the implanted Spirit of God, we have absolutely no capacity to receive or appreciate spiritual truth or to hear God's Word, allowing it to convict us, making an impact on our lives. The study concludes in John 9 with an examination into the healing of the man blind from birth, occurring near the Pool of Siloam.
Abraham's descendents Addiction to sin Appreciation of music Belief without commitment Clay out of spittle Color blind analogy Deferring the sentence Don't leave the house Fickleness of world's honor Free moral agency God in the flesh Habitual sin Holy Spirit I am Honor from God Individual responsibility Knowing God Liberty Man blind from birth Paul's recognition of sin Pool of Siloam Pre natal sin Self interest Sin Slaves to sin Slaves of sin Spirit in man Spiritual bondage Spiritual idolatry Tone deaf analogy Trusting in pedigree Works of Abraham
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