Good News for the Guilty

Good News for the Guilty

1 Corinthians 15:9-10

Series: The Gospel Is Good News
Resurrection: Jesus Is God, Overcame Death, Forgives Sin, Eternal Life
1 Corinthians 15:9–10
9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.

I. Paul Felt Unworthy
A. Guilty of horrible sin
1. Not just pre-baptism sin
2. Romans 7:14–24
B. Ro 8:1–2 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
1. Ro 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

II. Jesus came to save sinners – not the worthy
A. 1 Ti 1:15–16 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 16Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
B. Mt 9:9–13

III. God Wants Your Love and Faith, Not Perfection
A. Lk 7:37–50
1. Humility is good
2. Jas 4:9–10 Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
B. Forgiveness does not come from inside you
1. How should this woman look at her sin?
2. Woman caught in adultery
a. Jn 8:10–11 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
3. How should these women look at their sin after meeting Jesus?
a. Forgiveness depend on their doing more good than bad?
b. Making up for it after he said they were forgiven?
c. Live in guilt and regret at the unfairness of their forgiveness?
d. Will they still need to forgive themselves?
C. 1 Cor 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am
a. Col 1:21–22 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—

IV. Good News: Jesus Took Your Sin to the Cross
A. 2 Co 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
B. Should not look at sin or selves any differently than you look at a broken bone from your youth
1. Learn the lessons, be glad you’re healed
2. Be more careful when you’re at the top of the slide
C. Be grateful that someone else healed your wound – like a doctor
1. Look at him, love him, put your faith in him, follow him
2. Focus is on him – not you
3. Php 3:12–14 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.