Lecture 9 – Presuppositions regarding the Person Counseled (part 2)

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B. As RECREATED or REDEEMED creatures.

1. They have experienced the blessings of salvation applied.

a. They have been given a restored ability to please and serve God.

Rom. 6:1-14

Rom. 8:9, 13

Phil. 4:13

Heb. 13:16

Heb. 11:5-6

Ezek. 36:26-27

Jer. 32:40

Heb. 13:20-21

London Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 9, paragraph 4  When God converts a sinner, and translates him into the state of grace, he freeth him from his natural bondage under sin, and by his grace alone enables him freely to will and to do that which is spiritually good; yet so as that by reason of his remaining corruptions, he doth not perfectly, nor only will, that which is good, but doth also will that which is evil. (Col. 1:13; Jn. 8:36; Phil. 2:13; Rom. 7:15, 18, 19, 21, 23 )

Chapter 10, paragraph 1  Those whom God hath predestinated unto life, he is pleased in his appointed, and accepted time, effectually to call, by his Word and Spirit, out of that state of sin and death in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ; enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God; taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them a heart of flesh; renewing their wills, and by his almighty power determining them to that which is good, and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ; yet so as they come most freely, being made willing by his grace.  (Rom. 8:30; Rom. 11:7; Eph. 1:10, 11; 2 Thes. 2:13, 14; Eph. 2:1-6; Acts 26:18; Eph. 1:17, 18; Ezek. 36:26; Deut. 30:6; Ezek. 36:27; Eph. 1:19; Ps. 110:3; Song 1:4)

b. They have been given love for and hope in God.

Rom. 5:1-11

Rom. 8:18

2 Cor. 4:18

c. They experience communion with God and the gift of the Spirit.

1 John 1:3-4

Eph. 4:30

1 Cor. 6:19

1 Cor. 1:9

d. They have come to experience the forgiveness of sins and adoption into God’s family

Rom. 5:1

1 Jn. 3:1-3

Gal. 4:4-6

Ps. 130:4

1 Jn. 1:6-10

Ps. 32:1-2

Mt. 6:12-15

Consult Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression, Chapters 2, 8, 12.  There is a new book published by Cruciform Press written by Jerry Bridges entitled Who Am I? which I highly recommend.

e. Preservation by God

Phil. 1:6

1 Thes. 5:23-24

Jn. 10:27-30

1 Pet. 1:5

2. They experience the reality of warfare with evil.

a. The evil of indwelling sin

Rom. 7:14-25

Gal. 5:17

1 Jn. 1:8-10

b. The evil of the devil and the hosts of darkness

1 Pet. 5:8

2 Cor. 12:7

Eph. 6:11-12

The experience of Job

Mt. 6:13

c. The evil of the world

Rom. 12:2

Eph. 4:17-24

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