12/13/15 – A picture of our new life in Christ

A picture of our new life in Christ

John Stange

Ezra 8:24-36

I. Stewards of a treasure (v. 24-30)

2 Corinthians 4:5-7 – 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us

II. Delivered from the enemy’s ambush (v. 31-34)

1 Peter 5:8 – 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

III. Freely worshiping outside of captivity (v. 35-36)

Galatians 5:1 – For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

2 Corinthians 3:17 – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.