Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kevin Durant: Preacher of the New Covenant

Golden State Warrior and Olympian Kevin Durant preaches the WORD!

He knows the New Covenant!

Kevin Durant, Basketball

Not just playing for the NBA—on the Golden State Warriors—Durant is an Olympian and a Christian!

He was baptized at Hillsong New York City by Pastor Carl Lentz:

“When I came out of the water, I was just different. After that, I was just so positive. Showing God and His grace! I felt like I had to follow the Ten Commandments. But we don’t live by that no more. We live by the blood of Jesus. That’s how I feel.”

We don't live by the 10 Commandments.

None of us can.

It's a ministry of death, not life:

"And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." (2 Corinthians 3: 4-6)

We do not, cannot live according the 10 Commandments,

We need a new life:

"But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)" (Romans 5: 15-17)

We have this new life when we recognize that all our sins have been forgiven, that there is no condemnation in Christ:

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8: 1-2)


"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2: 13-15)

Notice that "dead in trespasses" portion.

Man was dead, but now in Christ he as life!

And the life we receive because of the Blood of Jesus, which cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1: 9)

We are called to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Jesus came to give us life, not teach us how to live (John 10: 10)

In fact, He is our life:

"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3: 1-4)

He is our life!

And we reign in His Life, and we enjoy His blessings under the New Covenant:

 "10For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

"11And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

"12For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more." (Hebrews 8: 10-12)

Kevin Durant should be applauded for preaching the fullness of the Gospel, sent free from sin, and sin condemned in the flesh, and given a new spirit, a new life, guided by the grace of God! (Titus 2: 11-14)

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