12th December 2016

Christians And Sin

Christians and SinChristians can be set free from any sin. But some of our desires can be lifetime struggles. When we become believers in Jesus Christ, we do not automatically lose the desires and passions of our human nature and its sinful inclinations. We are still human after all. What happens is we enter into a lifetime battle between our flesh (our human nature) and the Holy Spirit:Galatians 5:16-25I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity. idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit.

Besides revealing the Christian’s battle between the flesh and the Spirit, the set of verses above also gives examples of the desires and acts of our human nature. A believer could feel guilty and experience fear when reading, “that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” But the principle that is being taught here is this: If we were still under law, we would never make it to heaven because of the many acts of our sinful nature.Every Christian deals with sin in one form or another everyday of our lives. Many times we sin when we are not even aware of it. That is why Jesus had to die in our place–because we are so imperfect that we will never measure up to God’s standards of perfection in this lifetime. The law of the Old Testament condemned Israel because they were never able to measure up to the Ten Commandments and the Law of Moses

Galatians 3:1010 But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.”

The purpose of the law was to show humanity that we are unable to be perfect before a holy God,

19 For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

James 2:1010 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.

Under “law”, all it takes is one besetting sin and we are as guilty as if we committed them all. The ultimate goal of the law was meant to lead us unto faith in Christ as the only One who can save us from ourselves.

Galatians 3:24,25

24 Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith.

We are no longer have that guardian .As soon as a person is born, they are already dead physically and spiritually, and cannot enter the kingdom of God in that state of being. But as soon as people put their faith in Jesus Christ and are born again, they immediately pass from death to life and can no longer be condemned .John 3:6,7,18Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.(Greekwhat is born of the Spirit is spirit )…….So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’……….18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.John 5:2424 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.Romans 8:1, 33,34So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus…….33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself……….34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.That does not mean that we should take advantage of God’s forgiveness however.Romans 6:1,2Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?As the opening scripture taught, we are in a lifetime battle between our natural desires and the will of the Holy Spirit within (Galatians 5:17). On the one hand, struggling with certain behavior is not unusual, and Christians do not lose their relationship with God because we yield to temptation. But we are also taught that our “passions and desires” are crucified with Christ, so “we must also follow the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:24,25)No honest Christian can say that they can go a day without having committed some sin, even in ignorance. Forgiveness through the blood of Jesus covers it allHebrews 10:14.14 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.But the Bible says, for example, to “Run from sexual immorality!”I Corinthians 6:1818 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.Many Christians are weak-willed with lust and other desires of our flesh. We all have to ask God for strength. It is available to us.Philippians 4:1313 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.II Corinthians 12:9Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.Resist temptation, run from temptation, and ask God for the strength of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a daily battle, but we can gain a daily victory. Confess sin on a regular basis to stay strong in your relationship with God. I John 1:9But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.James 4:7, 8So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.


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