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    John 11:44

    The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.

    #1 - THE DEAD CHRISTIAN

    “The man who had died came forth,”

    The first type of Christian we find is “The Dead Christian”. Interestingly enough,the dead Christian isn't a Christian at all. Jesus was talking to dead Christians in Revelation 3:1 when He said to them, "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.

    When Jesus says they “have a name that you are alive” He means they call themselves Christians (‘Christian’ means one who follows Christ), but in reality they “are dead” because they don’t follow Christ in their hearts. Perhaps they call themselves Christians because their parents make them or it’s tradition or whatever.

    There are many dead Christians out there today, but Jesus offers them hope. He ended His conversation with these Dead Christians in Revelation 3 by saying if they could overcome their sin He would make sure their name was in the Book Of Life and would confess their names before the Father and His angels. But how does one overcome? 1 John 5:5 tells us:

    “Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (See also 1 John 4:15 & 1 John 5:1)

    Once a person believes in, and follows Jesus with their heart, they are in Christ’s love and forgiveness. And all who are in Christ “shall be made alive” (1 Cor 15:22).


    #2 - THE BOUND CHRISTIAN

    “bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth.”

    The second type of Christian we find is “The Bound Christian”. This is a Christian who is alive in Christ, but one who is bound by their sin. Romans 6 is a great chapter for gaining insight into this. Listen to what Paul says in verse 16:

    “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” (See also John 8:34)

    We can follow sin or we can follow God. The first leads to breaking fellowship with God, the second leads to a wonderful relationship with Him (John 15:10).

    So how does the Bound Christian become free? First, he applies 1 John 1:9 to his life:

    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (See also Psalm 32:5 & Proverbs 28:13)

    If you confess your sins Jesus will forgive you. When you do that you are set free from sin. And “if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

    Second, we pray a prayer like we find in Psalm 25:4:

    "Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths.”

    We ask God to teach us His ways, to help us follow His commands. Yes, there will be times when we stumble, but we don’t have to be slaves to sin. We can be slaves to righteousness. When this happens we can rejoice they way Paul did when in Romans 6:17-18 he said:

    “Thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”


    #3 - THE FREE CHRISTIAN

    “Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him,”

    The third type of Christian is the “Free Christian”. The free Christian is alive in Christ, and is free from sin and that allows him to enjoy fellowship with God. His life is full of blessings. So what’s missing? Just one thing: The free Christian is keeping his blessings to himself.

    Let me explain. First look at John 21:17 Jesus is talking to Peter:

    “‘Do you love Me?’ And Peter said to Him, ’Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend My sheep’”.

    We are all blessed with some sort of gift. Some are good at encouraging, others are able to teach, and still others have the gift of compassion. There are many other gifts as well and as you study them you’ll notice that all the gifts God gives are designed to serve others.

    That’s what Jesus is saying in the verse above: “If you love Me serve others”. This stands in sharp contrast to the world which put its emphasis on serving yourself.

    And that brings us the final type of Christian…


    #4 - THE COMPLETE CHRISTIAN

    “and let him go.’''

    The fourth and final type of Christian we find is the “Complete Christian”. We call him complete because he is alive in Christ, freed from sin, has a wonderful relationship with God, and is a blessing to everyone around him.

    Look what Jesus said in Matthew 5:16:

    "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

    What this verse means is we should live our lives in a way that when people see us, they see Jesus. When we took the name Christian we took all the blessings that go along with it. Forgiveness from sin, Freedom from sin, Fellowship with God and the honor of representing the living God to the dying world.

    http://www.biblestudyplanet.com/s70.htm
    Last edited by Buzzardhut; January 14th, 2010, 12:48 AM.



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  • #2
    Five Types of Believers

    Five Types of Believers


    Romans 14:1-2

    As we study the New Testament, Christians tend to fall in five different types depending on how they understand and respond to the liberty we have in Christ

    I. The Weaker Brother: four weaknesses define the weaker brother.

    A. He is weak in his faith.

    (ROM 14:1-2) "HIM THAT IS WEAK IN THE FAITH RECEIVE YE, BUT NOT TO DOUBTFUL DISPUTATIONS. FOR ONE BELIEVETH THAT HE MAY EAT ALL THINGS: ANOTHER, WHO IS WEAK, EATETH HERBS."

    (ROM 14:22-23) "HAST THOU FAITH? HAVE IT TO THYSELF BEFORE GOD. HAPPY IS HE THAT CONDEMNETH NOT HIMSELF IN THAT THING WHICH HE ALLOWETH. AND HE THAT DOUBTETH IS DAMNED IF HE EAT, BECAUSE HE EATETH NOT OF FAITH: FOR WHATSOEVER IS NOT OF FAITH IS SIN."

    1. Faith as used here means a firm, intelli-gent conviction based on Scripture that something is okay or not okay.

    2. It is a person who doubts and is not sure concerning what he believes.

    B. He is weak in knowledge.

    (1 COR 8:7) "HOWBEIT THERE IS NOT IN EVERY MAN THAT KNOWLEDGE: FOR SOME WITH CONSCIENCE OF THE IDOL UNTO THIS HOUR EAT IT AS A THING OFFERED UNTO AN IDOL; AND THEIR CONSCIENCE BEING WEAK IS DEFILED."

    (ROM 14:14) "I KNOW, AND AM PERSUADED BY THE LORD JESUS, THAT THERE IS NOTHING UNCLEAN OF ITSELF: BUT TO HIM THAT ESTEEMETH ANY THING TO BE UNCLEAN, TO HIM IT IS UNCLEAN."

    1. This is the reason for his lack of conviction, a lack of biblical understanding of God's grace.

    2. His faith is either misinformed or lacking in biblical content which included three issues.

    a. They did not realize the idol was nothing.

    b. They did not know that food offered to "a nothing" was not spiritually affected and that it could not be unclean in itself.

    c. They do not understand that food cannot commend us to God, that food in itself has no spiritual bearing on our spiritual lives (1 Cor. 8:8).

    C. He is weak in conscience.

    1. This means his conscience is based on human standards and norms.

    2. His conscience is overly sensitive, condemning him for things Scripture does not. (1 Cor. 8:7; 10, 12).

    D. He is weak in his will.

    1. He is weak in his will because he can be influenced to do something contrary to his con-science, or to act without becoming fully convinced by Scripture that something is either right or wrong.

    2. In this case, the weaker person acts on the example of the stronger believer without biblical conviction and faith.

    3. This violates his conscience, and so causes him to sin against the Lord (1 Cor. 8:10).

    The weaker brother is any believer who, because of the weakness of his faith, conscience, knowledge and will, can be influenced to sin against his conscience by the example or life style of a stronger brother.

    The weaker brother is not just a new or immature believer; he is not a Christian who happens to differ with you or me on some issue, but he or she is one who can be influenced to act contrary to their conscience or personal convictions (14:23; 1 Cor. 8:9-12).


    II. The Stronger Brother.

    (ROM 15:1) WE THEN THAT ARE STRONG OUGHT TO BEAR THE INFIRMITIES OF THE WEAK, AND NOT TO PLEASE OURSELVES.

    A. Conversely the stronger brother is the one who is strong in his faith (conviction).

    (ROM 14:22) HAST THOU FAITH? HAVE IT TO THYSELF BEFORE GOD. HAPPY IS HE THAT CONDEMNETH NOT HIMSELF IN THAT THING WHICH HE ALLOWETH.

    B. Knowledge of grace and what is truly right or wrong (1 Cor. 8:7, 10)

    (ROM 14:14) I KNOW, AND AM PERSUADED BY THE LORD JESUS, THAT THERE IS NOTHING UNCLEAN OF ITSELF: BUT TO HIM THAT ESTEEMETH ANY THING TO BE UNCLEAN, TO HIM IT IS UNCLEAN.

    C. Strong in his conscience and will.

    1. So the stronger brother is the believer who is certain of his biblical convictions.

    2. He understands his freedom in Christ, and exercises his liberty without doubting and without being improperly influenced by differing opinions or behavior.




    III. The Pharisee Believer


    A. He lacks in biblical understanding of the believer's freedom in Christ and his deliverance from the works of the law, or from human works as a means of salvation or spirituality.

    B. So he is a legalist.

    1. Legalism is not simply the conviction certain things are wrong, nor the avoidance of certain things.

    2. Rather it is an observance or an avoidance done in order to merit favor with God.

    3. Not understanding God's righteous- ness in Christ, he works to gain God's righteousness or to be accepted with God.

    C. He has very strong convictions about his list of taboos.

    1. But his convictions are based primarily on his own background and prejudices rather than the teaching of Scripture.

    2. They are based in the traditions and teachings of men.

    D. He is often strong willed.

    1. He is able to resist pressure from others to conform to their standards.

    2. He tends not to be influenced by the example of others and often takes religious pride in his taboos, for to him they are a sign of his super-spirituality.

    3. Above all he tends to be hyper-critical and judgmental and seeks to get others to conform to his opinions.

    4. Those who will not conform he rejects and refuses to accept.

    E. He is usually not too hungry for the in depth study of Scripture, He tends to be superficial and an externalist.


    IV. The Stumbling Block Believer.

    (ROM 14:13) LET US NOT THEREFORE JUDGE ONE ANOTHER ANY MORE: BUT JUDGE THIS RATHER, THAT NO MAN PUT A STUMBLINGBLOCK OR AN OCCASION TO FALL IN HIS BROTHER’S WAY.

    A. This believer may have all the characteristics of the stronger brother.

    B. But he uses his liberty without regard to biblical principles which govern behavior in the questionable things.

    C. The majority of 1 Corinthians 8 and Romans l4 and 15 are aimed at this type of believer, or at keeping the stronger believer from misusing his or her liberty.

    D. This is a believer who is weak on LOVE and concern for the one another responsibilities laid out in the New Testament.




    V. The Servant-Type Believer.


    (ROM 15:1) WE THEN THAT ARE STRONG OUGHT TO BEAR THE INFIRMITIES OF THE WEAK, AND NOT TO PLEASE OURSELVES.

    A. This believer too has all the characteris-- tics of the stronger believer.

    B. But, he forgoes his liberty out of love…

    1. For the sake of others, whenever it might harm another believer…

    2. Hurt his testimony with unbelievers…

    3. Or violate any of the principles necessary for exercising our liberty, and for guiding us as to when we should or should not do certain things.

    C. The servant-type is strong on love and follows the model of His Savior.

    1. He pursues the things which make for peace and the edification of one another.

    2. Rather than becoming a stumbling block, he seeks to a stepping stone.

    Guiding Principles Under Grace for Deciding Right and Wrong:

    Freedom in Christ never means to freedom to do as we please, but the power to do as we ought in accordance with the character of Christ as His life is reproduced in the believer by a Spirit filled, Word filled life.



    I. The Principle of Love

    A. Though convinced that I have liberty to do something, nevertheless, out of love for the weaker brother, I will limit my freedom when necessary to avoid being a stumbling block (1 Cor. 8:1-13).

    (ROM 14:15) "BUT IF THY BROTHER BE GRIEVED WITH THY MEAT, NOW WALKEST THOU NOT CHARITABLY. DESTROY NOT HIM WITH THY MEAT, FOR WHOM CHRIST DIED."

    B. If my actions may cause a believer to stumble by influencing him or her to follow my example, the question is, "Do I really have liberty to follow my own conviction regarding the doubtful thing?"

    C. The answer is an emphatic no!--not if I am walking by love.

    D. Listen to the warning of the following passage: cf Romans 14:15-21



    II. The Principles of Profitability and Edification

    A. While all things that are not specifically forbidden by Scripture are lawful to me as a believer…

    B. The question I must ask is, "Is it profitable to my spiritual life, to God's goals for me, to my health, to my testimony to the lost and my life as an example to other believers?"

    C. (1 Cor 6:12) All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

    D. (1 Cor 10:23) All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.



    III. The Principle of Enslavement: Who and What is in Control

    A. The answer to this question becomes a determining factor as to whether we really should or should not do the thing in question.

    (1 COR 6:12) "ALL THINGS ARE LAWFUL UNTO ME, BUT ALL THINGS ARE NOT EXPEDIENT: ALL THINGS ARE LAWFUL FOR ME, BUT I WILL NOT BE BROUGHT UNDER THE POWER OF ANY."

    1. Believers are to walk under the control of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:16).

    (EPH 5:18) "AND BE NOT DRUNK WITH WINE, WHEREIN IS EXCESS; BUT BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT;"

    (GAL 5:16) "THIS I SAY THEN, WALK IN THE SPIRIT, AND YE SHALL NOT FULFIL THE LUST OF THE FLESH."

    2. The Holy Spirit is to have control over all aspects of our lives and never our practices or habits.

    3. The body is a wonderful slave and God's instrument of service, but it is a poor master.

    B. The questions we must ask are:

    1. Will it enslave me?

    2. Is it something that is known to be habit forming or addictive so that it could enslave me?

    3. This does not automatically exclude something and anything can become a habit that controls me, but this principle does pose a warning.



    IV. The Principle of the Temple

    A. The New Testament teaches us that the body is the temple, the very dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and should be cared for accordingly (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

    (1 COR 6:19-20) "WHAT? KNOW YE NOT THAT YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST WHICH IS IN YOU, WHICH YE HAVE OF GOD, AND YE ARE NOT YOUR OWN? FOR YE ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE: THEREFORE GLORIFY GOD IN YOUR BODY, AND IN YOUR SPIRIT, WHICH ARE GOD’S."

    B. The body is an instrument used by the Spirit of God, a vehicle of service by which we can glorify God.

    1. A weak body becomes a weak instrument, so we need to care for it, protect it.

    2. This means proper rest, diet, exercise, and the elimination of those habits which are unhealthy and harmful.



    V. The Principle of Exaltation

    A. Here we must ask the question, "Will it glorify or exalt the Lord and His glory?

    B. (1 Cor 10:31) "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."



    VI. The Principle of Constraint: Living as an Example in Supreme Self Sacrifice

    (2 COR 5:14-15) "FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST CONSTRAINETH US; BECAUSE WE THUS JUDGE, THAT IF ONE DIED FOR ALL, THEN WERE ALL DEAD: {15} AND THAT HE DIED FOR ALL, THAT THEY WHICH LIVE SHOULD NOT HENCEFORTH LIVE UNTO THEMSELVES, BUT UNTO HIM WHICH DIED FOR THEM, AND ROSE AGAIN."

    A. This principle applies to all Christians.

    B. But it is especially vital for those in leadership.

    1. One of the characteristics so necessary for a leader is that of self sacrifice, of giving up our rights for the benefit of others and for the glory of God.

    2. Why? Because of their influence upon others.

    (MARK 10:45) "FOR EVEN THE SON OF MAN CAME NOT TO BE MINISTERED UNTO, BUT TO MINISTER, AND TO GIVE HIS LIFE A RANSOM FOR MANY."

    3. This means the need for sacrifice whenever and wherever, or one forfeits the right of leadership.

    (1 TIM 4:12) "LET NO MAN DESPISE THY YOUTH; BUT BE THOU AN EXAMPLE OF THE BELIEVERS, IN WORD, IN CONVERSATION, IN CHARITY, IN SPIRIT, IN FAITH, IN PURITY."

    (TITUS 2:7) "IN ALL THINGS SHOWING THYSELF A PATTERN OF GOOD WORKS: IN DOCTRINE SHOWING UNCORRUPTED, GRAVITY, SINCERITY,"

    http://www.brandonweb.com/gbt/sermonpages/romans22.htm



    Revelation 22:17a The Spirit and Bride are now saying, "Come!" The ones who hear are now saying, "Come!" The ones who thirst are now saying, "Come!" so come LORD Jesus !
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    • #3
      This was good reading Buzz...thankyou

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        • #5
          Thank you, Buzz! Will you be making this a sticky?

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          • #6
            This was very encouraging reading....Thank you
            This is also a wonderful reminder of how to stay on the strait and narrow..

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            • #7
              Great reading Buzz

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              • #8
                Thanks so much for taking the time and posting this.

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                • #9
                  Thank you very much!

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for sharing this!
                    Romans 13:11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you for sharing this--it lets me "take my temperature" on where I stand.

                      Rayn
                      For the truly faithful, no miracle is necessary.
                      For those who doubt, no miracle is sufficient.
                      --Nancy Gibbs

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                      • #12
                        Wow! Thank you so much for this Buzzardhut! Very encouraging!!
                        This is also helpful.

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                        • #13
                          BH, you hit it for me. I was a dead Christian, then I became a Bound Christian, and from there went to a free Christian and now Praise the Lord I am finally becoming a complete Christian. Thank you for the post.

                          YSIC
                          Beth
                          Ephesians 2:8-9
                          For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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                          • #14
                            Nice thread, Buzz
                            The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
                            Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge.
                            (Psa 19:1b-2)

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                            • #15
                              Haven't read post #2 yet, but AMEN to the OP!! I've lived in every category and praise God He is completing me now!! The wholesomeness and goodness I feel through sanctification is more than words can explain. The freedom I have in Christ is so wonderful! Thank you Jesus for breaking my chains, for I've been set free!!!

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