If we hook our hope into the people in our lives, we will always come short of our desires and wants. The reason is that no one is able to be our personal Savior or Messiah!
We should be thankful for others that God has placed in our lives!
Love them! Honor and respect them! Be at peace with them! Serve them! Live in community with them!
But we can’t think that they can provide for us what only God can provide!
NOTE SOME THINGS THAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DO NOT HAVE A PROPER UNDERSTANDING ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIPS!
*No person can be the source of our identity!
*No one can be the basis of your happiness!
*No individual can give you a reason to get up in the morning and continue!
*No loved one can be the carrier of your hope!
*No one is able to change you from the inside out!
*No human being can alter your past!
*No person is able to atone for your wrongs!
*No one can give your heart peace and rest!
(Written by Paul David Tripp in his Meditations)
Tripp expressed this also, that no human being can become the 4th Member of the Trinity! How true! We try to find those deep needs we have to be met by someone else we admire, love, or have a relationship with. That is impossible, and it is also wrong to make someone else think they can be such!
Our focus has to be VERTICAL! We are to find our hope, our peace, our joy, our satisfactions in life NOT in the Created, but in the Creator, even Jesus Christ our Lord! He alone can provide all of this for us! It is by and through Faith Alone and for His glory alone through Grace alone in Christ!
Could it be that we have put people (persons) in God’s place? Could it be that our disappointments are due to our relationships experiences are unrealistic and unattainable expectations? Do you and I actually think that individual person really could do what only God can do?
POINT: THERE IS ONLY ONE SAVIOR! HE IS YOUR SAVIOR FOREVER. WE DON’T NEED TO EVEN TRY TO PUT THESE BURDENS UPON SOMEONE ELSE! THE LORD SAID HE WOULD BE WITH US AND WOULD NEVER LEAVE US. IN FACT, HE IS RIGHT THERE IN YOU AND WITH YOU DURING THE ‘DARK MOMENTS’ OR THE VERY ‘TRIALS’ YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. HE NEVER LEAVES! ARE YOU AWARE OF HIS PRESENCE? IF NOT, WHY NOT?
WHAT ABOUT SIN AND BELIEVERS? CAN A BELIEVER SIN AND FALL AWAY AND NEVER BE SAVED?
I. QUESTIONS EXAMINED HEBREWS 6: 4-6; “For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.”
This could be a frightening passage if we misinterpret it. Many use this verse to teach Christians can fall from grace and be lost. But what do these passages of scripture mean? The message was written with the Jewish believers in view because they were failing to understand the basic teachings of Christ on the matter. They needed a clear presenation of the Gospel! Hebrews 5:12 reflects what they need to do; “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.”
Paul the Apostle, goes on in the book of Hebrews sharing this with them in Hebrews 6: 1-2. “Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.”
Is it right to think that all of the Old Testament writings are now not to be followed such as the ceremonial washings, and the laying on of hands, etc.? Some were going back to the O.T. law keeping and had abandoned the Gospel message so Paul contnues in Hebrews 6: 4-6 in this way; “For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.” These folks had not responded correctly to the Gospel and had tasted the good word but had not swallowed and digested it at all. Many had refused to repent from the dead works of the Temple and turn to faith in Christ Jesus ALONE for their salvation. No one today or in that day could expect to be saved by God’s grace through faith and so if they did that there is NO PLACE FOR them to go and find forgiveness and new life. Once they reject Him forgiveness and life can’t be found anywhere else. This really is not to a Christian, a born again person losing salvation, but it is about a Hebrew (Jew) who is flirting with the Gospel
message but still rejecting its Grace message. The fact is there is NO other name given among men whereby one may be saved except through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Cross work and Resurrection. Bulls and Goats won’t cut it! One may taste a little bit of something but to really drink it all in and consume the matter means salvation has not taken place.
Hebrews 6: 7-8 states: “For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.”
Jesus’s Parable of the Sower is similar. Matthew 13 speaks of this parable. Some seed fell on good soil, other fell on bad soil. Some take in the message of the Gospel by Grace, and some do not get drawn and brought into the folks of Christ but rather reject it. Those who reject are like thorns and thistles which are thrown into the fire.
Paul goes on in his dialog and message that real true called and chosen ones will not do the falling away, but rather, continue on and drink and digest the Gospel word and be saved. He states in Hebrews 6:9, “But, BELOVED, we are convinced of BETTER THINGS concerning you, and things that ACCOMPANY Salvation., though we are speaking in this way.” So Hebrews 6 is not about believers losing salvation, but it was a message to Jews who still had not come to Christ ALONE for salvation. They were not born again yet.
SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS, YOU CAN REST ASSURED YOUR SALVATION IS REAL IF YOU HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND YOU HAVETHE LORD JESUS CHRIST IN YOUR HEART, AND YOU HAVE TRULY REPENTED AND TRUSTED IN HIM ALONE AND NOT GOOD WORKS OR ANYTHING ELSE. HE IS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER (PERFECTER) OF OUR FAITH. HE WILL KEEP US FROM FALLING AND PRESENT US FAULTLESS BEFORE HIS PRESENCE WITH EXCEEDING JOY. SO WE LOOK ONLY TO HIM!
Who is in Control? God or man? Nature or God? Satan or God?
“For OF Him, and THROUGH Him, and TO Him, are ALL things to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
Scriptures give us at least six principles which teach us that the Sovereignty of God in Providence runs throughout the word of God as the undergirding of all things and the salvation of His people!
It is impossible to have a hopeful sense of security, peace, stability, and assurance while living our lives in our present day, crazy, insane world without a knowledge and understanding and appreciation of the Sovereignty of God in providence!
Do we have trouble during these days of Covid-19 and the Riots and Terrorism expressed during the Protests , putting it all together into one coherent system? Do we understand God’s message of hope and grace that is in the Gospel (Good News)? Point: God controls all things!
I. GOD HAS A DEFINITE PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR THIS WORLD!
“He is of ONE MIND, and who can turn HIM? And what HIS soul desireth, even that HE does.”
Catch this: God HAS a plan! He is of ONE MIND. His plan is unchangeable. God’s plan will Succeed and His Plan INCLUDES ALL THINGS! Nothing escapes His plan.
EPHESIANS 1:11 – “…..BEING PREDESTINATED ACCORDING TO THE PURPOSE (OR PLAN) OF HIM WHO WORKS ALL THINGS AFTER THE COUNSEL OF HIS OWN WILL.”
ROMANS 8:28 – “And we know that ALL THINGS work together for good to them that love God, to them who are CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.”
The Pelagian (people who deny the above scriptures), denies that God has a plan. The Arminian (most of the evangelical community today) denies the plan is specific and inclusive of ALL THINGS.
Notice some other scriptures for your study;
God does things DELIBERATELY – PSALM 115:3
God does as HE PLEASES – Psalm 135:6
God does ALL THINGS according to His own Eternal knowledge, power and desire – Isaiah 46:10; and Acts 15:18
OTHER VERSES: Deut. 2:30; 1 Samuel 16:14 – These will not fit the modern systamatic theology and statements of faith today.
A classic illustration of the sovereignty of God in accomplishing HIS purposes is found in 11 Samuel 17: 1-14.
In case you have not read the first article on the “body, soul and spirit”, I would encouage you to do so prior to reading this particular one on the soul of a redeemed saved person. But a few reminders, if you have, concerning the tripartate being called man (mankind both sexes male and female)!
The following information is not a total compilation and in debth exposition of the matter before us. These matters are a mystery, but we certainly have a lot of truths that stand out in contrast to what is popular today concerning the matters at hand. Hopefully these words will entice you to go further into the study of the body, soul and spirit and help us all discover through the Spirit more about His wonderful work which we NOW HAVE which is VITAL and ALIVE at this very moment.
Also, God loves all of Us, and to HIM all of US is pure, holy, sacred, sanctified, and new. Even though SIN dwells in our Old Man which we died to and dwells in our FLESH (where Sin dwells), the make up of our body consisting of flesh, bones and skin and blood is NOT sinful, but now owned by God and considered His Holy Temple, but sin dwells still in the unregenerate body seeking to do wrong, for it is a power and entity allowed to remain by God until we are either put back to dust and then resurrected or translated into the air with HIM if He comes back. REMEMBER AND I SAY ALWAYS REMEMBER: Paul the Apostle states categoricially that we are NOT IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT NOW!!
IT IS NOT THE WORDING, ‘THE NOW, AND THE NOT YET” BUT NO, THE RIGHT NOW. THE ONLY NOT YET, IS THAT OUR BODIES NEED TO BE GLORIFIED AND RESURRECTED OR TRANSLATED, AND OUR PRESENCE INTO THE VERY HEAVEN OF HEAVENS LITERALLY BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT.
YES, IT IS FORENSIC, BUT TO USE THAT TERM, AS IF THE MATTER IS NOT RIGHT NOW, IS ERROR OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. BECAUSE THE WORD SAYS, WE ARE WITH HIM RIGHT NOW IN THE HEAVENLIES, WHETHER WE SENSE IT OR NOT, IS NOT THE ISSUE, ALTHOUGH YOU AND I SHOULD, BUT THE DISBELIEF THAT EXISTS IN THE WORD SPOKEN IS THE PROBLEM. A LACK OF FAITH IS EXISTING AND IS A PROBLEM, IN THAT NOT ENOUGH FAITH IS BEING EXERCISED IN HIS WORD.
The body we inhabit is actually one unified part of the whole. We are not seperate, but intertwined, a complete unit. It is not like we are floating around inside of a skin, bone and blood vessel, but all of our being is integrated as one being. However, each of the three parts, even though united, do have seperate functions and activities they are engaged in bringing about the complete unified work it was designed to do, and to be as a person.
God created our total being for His own purposes and glory. The body belongs to HIM now, as we are through the new birth, sons of God, born again new creatures or a new creation. God LOVES our bodies, and makes our bodies now His Temple. See: 1 Corinthians 6:15.
1 Corinthians states “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Catch that! Our bodies are now Holy, Living, and Alive because of HIM! They are now acceptable unto Him! God loves your body. It is NOT sinful, it is NOT wicked, it is NOT filthy, it is NOT depraved. What GOD has made HOLY and UNDEFILED let not man do otherwise! The body I live in is Sanctified!!! Nothing wrong with me now because Jesus made me whole! I am NOT in the Flesh so states Paul in his epistle. LISTEN QUICKLY TO THIS: WE ARE NOT TO SEEK TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF OUR BODIES AND MAKE THEM SOMETHING THEY ARE NOT!!
We can try and hijack what God has purchased and taken control of and say it is terrible, wicked, sinful and all of that, but God say’s otherwise. IT IS HIS TEMPLE AND IF WE SAY THAT, WE ARE DEFILING AND MAKING BAD REMARKS ABOUT GOD’S HOUSE!!! DO YOU RECOGNIZE YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD???
Yes, we are presented by sin temptations, and we have struggles but that is ‘sin’ an entity which is separate from our bodies, seperate from our very new creature which we are for we are IN CHRIST JESUS! We do have the struggles from such sinful temptations and sometimes we do sin and fail. But that DOES NOT CHANGE WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT GOD HAS MADE YOU! OUR IDENITY IS NOW BEING IN CHRIST JESUS.
NOTE: ROMANS 6: 12-13 -“LET NOT SIN THEREFORE REIGN IN YOUR MORTAL BODY, THAT YOU SHOULD OBEY IT IN THE LUSTS THEREOF. Neither yield you members as instruments of unrigheousness unto sin; but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are ALIVE from the Dead, and your members as instruments of righeousness unto God.”
Are you now ALIVE or DEAD? Are you now the TEMPLE of GOD or is that later? God says in both cases you are alive NOW! Are you righteous NOW are later? God says you are NOW! No jumping back and forth. No falling out of grace into condemnation and sin, but staying right where God put you, SAVED, Holy, Sanctified and ALIVE!
Remember our bodies are “bought with a price” and God owns our bodies, and uses them as His Temple NOW. Yes, it is a body of skin and bones and will decay and return back to dust. But that doesn’t mean it is Sinful, for SIN is a ENTITY in and of itself which dwells in the body and makes it home there to lure the body and our soul and spirit to fail God and sin through various tempations and trials. But our identity is always Holy, Righteous, Sanctified, Without Sin in the NEW MAN who has been MADE ALIVE in CHRIST! THINK ABOUT IT!!! IF YOU THINK LIKE A LOT OF FOLKS DO THAT YOU ARE A FILTHY, WICKED SINNER, THEN YOU ARE MAKING GOD’S HOLY TEMPLE A SINFUL POT OF WICKEDNESS IN WHICH HE IS ALSO LIVING IN, BUT TO THE CONTRARY, HE KEEPS US FROM THE DEATH IN THE POT, AND SURROUNDS US WITH HIS ETERNAL PRESENCE RIGHT NOW IN OUR BODIES.
Back when Paul wrote his epistles and John also, the Gnostics were popular and spreading their heresies and false teachings into the very churches. They majored on the spirit of man and considered all of our bodies, that is every particle of our bodies evil and sinful. Not so! The church rejected that heresy long ago. Matter, our composition of skin, and bones and blood is NOT sinful. SIN IS SINFUL! SIN IS A SEPERATE ENTITY WHICH WORKS TO CREATE SINFUL FRUIT AND USES THE LAW TO DO IT, BUT THE BODY DOES NOT DO THAT, SIN DOES THAT. IT IS SIN THAT IS THE PROBLEM NOT OUR BODY! EVEN THOUGH IT IS WEAK AND DECAYING AS IT IS.SIN SEEKS TO TAKE OUR NORMAL HUMAN DESIRES AND APPETITES, AND OUR NATURAL HUMAN NEEDS, SUCH AS SLEEP, HUNGER, REST, ETC., AND CREATE A SINFUL FRUIT REACTION.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
“And the very God of peace, sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Verse 24 reads, “Faithful is HE that calls you, who also will do it!”
THE SOUL IS LIKE A MIRROR. IT REFLECTS THINGS. IT REFLECTS EXPERIENCES – SIN – GOOD – CELEBRATIONS – ANGER – JOY – ETC. IT IS ALSO PART OF THE NEW PERSON IN CHRIST. BUT IT FUNCTIONS WITHIN THE BODY AND OPERATES LIKE THAT. THE SOUL IS NOT EVIL EITHER. IT IS ALIVE IN CHRIST. WE GROW SPIRITUALLY STRONGER AS THE SOUL IS NURTURED AND CARED FOR THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT. Even in Jesus as He lived in that body which was perfect GREW in wisdom and even Grieved in His spirit, was disturbed in his spirit just like the Apostles did. So, those things are NOT sinful. Having to sleep, and eat and rest were normal things in perfect body which HE had. NO sin within His body like there is in ours! THE FIVE SENSES ARE INVOLVED AS THE SOUL FUNCTIONS.
SOME SCRIPTURES TO STUDY CONCERNING THE SOUL:
Hebrews 4:12; Hebrews 6:19 – “Which HOPE we have as an Anchor of the Soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the Veil.”
This is importantmatters: Notice that the SOUL is “sure and steadfast” and it “enters” into the very Holy Place behind the veil.” This is the REAL setting in heaven as we are there with Christ right NOW, but the O.T. picture or portrayed this. SIN could not enter into the very Holy of Holies! Special spiritual work on the High Priest at that time was granted to him to go into that place once per year. Outside in the other portions of the Temple others could be – but NO ONE allowed in there or they would be burned to a crisp! Judged! NOW, note the SOUL which is regenerated and living in the Body (our flesh and bone body) is “inside of Christ” inside of the Veil! THAT IS SOMETHING ELSE – WOW!!
THIS HOLY SOUL OF OURS IS AT WAR WITH SIN ALONG WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT WHICH IS IN US. NOTICE: 1 PETER 2:11;
“……..ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUSTS, WHICH WAR AGAINST THE SOUL.” SO, THE SOUL IS AGAINST THE SIN, AGAINST THE DEVIL, AGAINST THE DEMONS EVEN AS JESUS CHRIST IS! WE DO BATTLE.
OUR PERSONAL FAITH HAS BROUGHT TO SALVATION OF THE SOUL. NOTICE: 1 PETER 1:9, “Receiving the END of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”
Catch this: 1 Peter 1: 22: SEEING YOU HAVE PURIFIED YOUR SOULS IN OBEYING THE TRUTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT UNTO UNFEIGNED LOVE OF THE BRETHREN, SEE THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER WITH A PURE HEART FERVENTLY: “BEING BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE, BY THE WORD OF GOD, WHICH LIVES AND ABIDES FOREVER. “
As saints we can express flesh but that is NOT our idenity in Christ!! Here is our new identity as it is functioning: “Romans 8:5; “For they that are after the flesh (lost people) do MIND the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit (saved people) the things of the Spirit.”
Check out these verses also: Romans 7:25; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Romans 12:2 – Decisions and choices come into play.
BOTTOM LINE POINT:
THERE IS NO CIVIL WAR GOING ON BETWEEN OUR NEW BORN BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT WHICH ARE THE POSSESSIONS OF GOD. THE STRUGGLE IS WITH SIN AND THE TEMPTATIONS TO SIN, ALSO THE DEVIL AND THE WORLD, SEND TO US SIGNALS TO DO WRONG. IT IS NOT THAT OUR BODIES ARE EVIL, OUR SOULS ARE EVIL, OUR SPIRIT IS EVIL AND OUR HEART IS EVIL. NO, FOR THOSE ARE BORN AGAIN AND HAVE BEEN PLACED INTO THE HOLY OF HOLIES WHERE JESUS CHRIST IS, WHERE THE FATHER IS, WHERE THE HOLY SPIRIT IS! THAT IS RIGHT NOW!!
THE BODY IS NOT SINFUL, WICKED, AND EVIL! GOD LOVES OUR BODIES. THEY ARE HIS TEMPLE. THE BODY IS SANCTIFIED, HOLY AND PURCHASED BY GOD FOR HIS USE.
THE SOUL AND SPIRIT ARE NOT EVIL AND BAD. THE SOUL AND SPIRIT ARE BORN AGAIN AND ARE IN CHRIST JESUS! THEY ARENEW CREATIONS, THEY ARE IN CHRIST, THEY ARE SANCTIFIED, HOLY AND PURE.
THE MIND IS NOT EVIL, WICKED, LOST, OR POLLUTED, BUT RATHER WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST. IT IS A REFLECTIVE PART OF THE SOUL WHICH REALIZES AND WORKS WITHIN US DURING ALL OF LIFE’S EVENTS. BUT IT TOO IS OWNED BY US, AND OWNED BY OUR VERY NEW PERSON WHICH IS BORN AGAIN.
SIN IS THE PROBLEM. WE DON’T WANT TO SIN, WE ARE ON CHRIST’S SIDE, WE ARE HIS OWN PROPERTY, WE ARE NOT IN THE DEVIL OR IN BONDAGE TO SIN, WE ARE FREE FROM SIN! BUT WE HAVE SIN (SARX) CONSIDERED THE ‘FLESH’ WHICH PAUL STATES IS WHAT WE ‘ARE NOT IN’, BUT RATHER WE ARE IN THE SPIRIT. WE ARE NOT SATAN’S ANYMORE. SIN IS SATAN’S BUT NOT US OR OUR IDENTITY!!
THE BODY IS NOT BORN AGAIN YET, BUT IS SET APART FOR GOD’S TEMPLE. IT IS NOT UNHOLY. IT IS HOLY, A SACRED TEMPLE FOR CHRIST’S USE! BUT WITHIN THAT BODY, AND CLOSE AT HAND IS OUR REDEEMED AND PURE, CONSECRATED, BORN AGAIN, SPIRIT FILLED, HOLY, SANCTIFIED SOUL (MIND) AND SPIRIT. YES, WE ACKNOWLEDGE ‘SIN’ THAT IS LEFT WITHIN US, AND HOW IT OPERATES, HOW IT WORKS AGAINST GOD AND US ALSO WHO ARE IN CHRIST.
AND IT DOES ACT OUT ITS SINFUL PURPOSES IN OUR BODIES AS IT REMAINS THERE. GOD CHOSE TO ALLOW SIN TO REMAIN IN OUR BODIES UNTIL WE EITHER PASS ON TO GLORY BY WAY OF THE RESURRECTION OR TRANSLATION, OR PHYSICAL DEATH (BODY GOING BACK TO DUST TO REMAIN UNTIL THE RESURRECTION, BUT OUR SOUL/SPIRIT GO TO CHRIST AND WE ARE GIVEN A SPIRITUAL TEMPORARY BODY UNTIL THE RESURRECTION.
As Paul the Apostle stated about the struggle going on in His born again status as a new person in Christ, this sin dwelling in his body gave him problems. He didn’t want to do evil, because he now was a child of God, a Spirit filled man, a born again man, with a “set apart body of skin and bones” sanctified for holy use by the Spirit, and a soul and spirit which is pure and holy and righteous.
But he said it was NO longer him sinning now, (that is His new identity in Christ, the born again soul and spirit) but rather Sin that dwelled in his physical body and it is called the Flesh! So this complex being called ME and YOU being saved by grace, are considered totally absolutely NEW and not a mixed breed of sin and holiness together (God forbid such a foul thought), which would make God unable to complete His new birth, but some terrible monster of a person with sin and foul rebellion and evil lurking all the time in the “new born sons of God” a totally wrong evaluation and interpretation of scripture!
Saved people would NEVER have any assurance. Saved people would never be at peace with God, Saved people would never be joyful and happy and satisfied with Jesus! Mixed mongrol status is absolutely almost blasphemy of our entire status before God if we think such! No wonder Saints are always depressed, down in the dumps, always unsure, always wondering why they are so bad, and so evil and always thinking how foul they are!!!
If you don’t understand the simplicity of the Gospel work which made you totally free, totally holy, totally redeemed, totally unshackled, totally born again, and the non born again body of skin, bones and blood, has been purchased and is now owned by the Holy Spirit, as His Temple, you will always be defeated, feeling let down, have a lot of confusion, and trouble!
For no one is able to say, SIN did not operate its works against the new man and the Holy Spirit every day of our life. It always works! But if we allow it to work, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that all of those SINS have been forgiven and are removed from us and from the sight of God forever!
He holds them NOT against us at all. Yes, we let Him know we struggle with the sin in the body, but we know He has forgiven us and that we are ON HIS side and Love Him and are sorry for the problems we have with it. But our identity now as sons of God is not the ONE who sides with Satan and Sin, but rather the Sin itself which works with and for Satan is to blame and be held as evil and wicked which it is!
Much is lost when we do not see all of this. Many of our brethren throughout the centuries just never could get a understanding of all of this. They knew the Bible said we are new creations, pure, holy, sanctified, just, beyond reproach, forgiven of ALL sins past, present and future, but yet they also knew sin was there and it fleshed out all the time in professing Christians.
So, they invented a lot of things to make it more comfortable for them because they didn’t know what to do with it all. They taught some aspects of the truth such as “we are justified by faith alone” and say but that is Forensic terms (which it certainly is), but they leave it there as a item of some thought like all is well even though my soul spirit and body engage in sin personally as if the Redeemed One isn’t really redeemed enough, and the sins are not forgiven enough, we still have it “not yet” but someday in the future. The ONLY NOT YET, is that our bodies of flesh and blood are not changed, but only ‘set apart’ by God for His Temple NOW in this state we are in waiting for the Glorification day.
So we can see that is NOT what the words actually state like many think. It is NOW that we have eternal everlasting life and NOW we are in the presence of God seated with Christ in the heavenlies. It is NOW that we are IN Christ, and In God and IN the Holy Spirit. It is NOW that we abide in Him and He in us. WE don’t drop in and out of Christ Jesus ever! He keeps us from falling and will present us Faultless before His Throne in Christ Jesus. Yes, sin abides and works at fulfilling its lusts in our bodies and it does, but it is NOT OUR IDENTITY AT ALL.
We the new man and pure holy people of God do not wish to even allow and entertain it like it is. We reject it. We despise it. We stand against it with God! So, until the glorification our three part personhood which is totally redeemed and forgiven will not get out of this troublesome problem of temptations and struggles and sometimes failures as we live in this body. And that will be deliverance from this wretched body called the flesh where sin abides, and it is by Christ Jesus this happens.
A WORD FROM GOD, WHO IS ACUTELY AWARE OF THE WORLD AND ITS ACTIVITIES!
I. 2020 VISION IS NOT WHAT IT ALL APPEARS TO BE!
Today, all of us go to the “eye” doctors having check-up’s to see if we need glasses or more powerful glasses so we have 20/20 vision. The nation (USA), today, living out the rest of the 2020 year, has a large segment that think they have a ‘new’ vision for this nation that is to be adopted and followed by all of its citizens. But that vision is flawed. The glasses they were are not strong enough, and their vision is blurred, in fact, it is blindness that is going on rather than a clear bright vision for the moment or the future.
Listen to this my Christian friends and fellow travelers with Jesus! God has NOT commanded you or enlightened you to get involved in any SINGLE PROTEST OR MARCH THAT IS GOING ON TODAY IN THE WORLD. In fact, you are out of order, not able to see the way, the truth and the life clearly. That is, if you are involved on the streets today in the USA! That is, unless it is absolutely for the opporunity to witness Christ, preach Christ sharing the Gospel to lost pagans who are marching, protesting, commiting acts of terror and violence.
God states to you DO NOT go with them, but rather, seperate yourselves from such activities and shows of defiance, rebellion, and utilization of the weapons of this world system. That is NOT what we are about dear friends.
Listen to God as He speaks through the Apostle Paul, a former terrorist and supporter of murdering people, but now, not engaging in those things every again!
“For though we walk in the flesh (a physical body), we do not war after the flesh (physical body and its desires and appetites): For the WEAPONS of OUR WARFARE are NOT carnal, but MIGHTY through GOD to the PULLING down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST.” 2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-5
God has not called or instructed you to fight and get involved in such marches that are taking place today with the pagans! In fact, during Christ’s day, during the Apostles day’s, there were riots and divisions in the streets many times but NEVER ONCE were the saints of God to get involved in such things. Our work is done through FAith, through prayer, through preaching and teaching the word of God and the Gospel to pagans, not joining in with them through marches and getting into lustful attitudes and hate speech activities along with violence and other mayhem activities.That is sinful and one should stay clear of such, but if led by the Christ to witness to those on the streets doing such, they you go and preach and witness verbally to the, or stay out of the entire matters.
Studying past ministers and evangelists over time in the body of Christ, we have some examples also of their work for Christ during such commotions. Primarily the riots and marches took place in their ministries BECAUSE of their preaching Christ to people openly and in the streets. Men like George Whitfield and even John Wesley had mobs that would attack them while they were preaching. But those men were not on the riot and protesting side with the pagans, but rather were only witnessing Christ Jesus verbally to people.
The narratives being spoken by all of those out on the streets today is a mixed message at best, but mostly not a vision which gives glory to God, nor does it work, nor will it work whatever they are speaking. Most of it is designed to bring hate, disunity, racism, selfish lusts desired, being made much of by others rather much of Christ Jesus or God, etc.! Their message is not a 2020 Vision of clarity which God would give to human beings. Rebellion, stiffnecked hard hearted surrly unruly angry people do not bring forth any goodness that comes from God at all. It is all self centered and majors on things like “me, my, mine, and self centered pursuits, and petty things that do not last, such as power, money and control of others)! Desiring to be lifted up and made much of and give me this and give me that is a sin of covetousness and lust from such turn away my friends!
If any legitmate problems exist any pagan or Christian in the USA has a court of law and Governmental places for redress and help. Going through proper civil channles is always the way God would sanction such activities.
In fact, much of the things we have done toward us, we are to not get up tight and run to the Lawyers for law suits either!! Better to take some evil and wrong, and serve God rather than to try and act out vengeance upon others.
II. GOD WARNS PEOPLE TO TURN FROM THEIR REBELLION AND SEEK HIM AND HIS WAY, RATHER THAN SATAN AND HIS WAY!
2 Peter 2:10 reveals God’s evaluation of those who rebel, march and protest with anger and stubbornness demanding their way. He said, “….chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and DESPISE GOVERNMENT. Presumptuous are they, self willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” We live in a day when this is the common sport of the hour, from the media down to the street marches and protests and terrorism.
We are called to keep our eyes on eternity and the City of God above which is our eternal home with God and Christ Jesus! But most it seems put all of their dreams and hope in the ‘now’ rather than the future. Possessions, situations, locations, positions, etc.!
They ask others and even our Government to be what this side of heaven will never be able to be! A broken system or not, it can’t be what it can’t be!
In fact the following good things we engage in can’t ever be a paradise and heaven; such things as a good marriage, good relationship with our children; a beautiful home; a great job; making high income; and having a great relationship with your peers or the boss at work. None of these are perfect, they are all flawed and broken and will decay and fall away and cannot offer us paradise and joy and delight that lasts.
So forgetting who we are , what we were created for, how we were made to live and be on this planet, and forgetting God and what is to come, we make ourselves and those around us CRAZY! We actually go insane to some degree in life.
Unrealistic expectations, becoming easily tempted and falling into all types of sin; depending on others who will eventually fail us and not looking to Christ brings depression, uncertainties, insecurities, despair, and eventually what you see in the protests and riots today!
God is clear. This is NOT paradise. I often hear that pharse spoken by some when asked how are they doing, and they say, “Great, just another great day in Paradise”! Really??? Not on your life. This sin-scarred mess we are in down here isn’t all there is! Scripture is clear. This is preparation time for the glory that awaits HIS people as we prepare for the City of God which has foundations and whose maker is God! It won’t decay, won’t fall down, will always stand and it will be perfect.
Someone said, “Long-view living is wise living”! That is GODWARD LIVING. It is hopeful living, and through faith we see that which is invisible! The great saints of the Bible spoken about saw that; Abraham, Moses, Issac, Jacob, David, Paul, John, James, the twele Apostles, Mary, Sarah, and on and on the list goes! Are you and I in that great crowd of witnesses? I hope so! I pray so! For it is real, and it awaits those who put their faith and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior and our Great God! IT COMES ONLY BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH.
PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT, OUR OTHER LEADERS IN THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT; PRAY FOR THE POOR LOST SOULS ON THE STREETS WHO KNOW NOT CHRIST BUT ARE BEING LED BY THEIR FLESH AND DEMONS OF THIS WORLD! PRAY FOR THEIR SALVATION AND PRAY THAT GOD WOULD RAISE UP MEN AND WOMEN TO WITNESS VERBALLY TO THEM THE GOSPEL OF JESUS, RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE! KNOWING ONLY THAT GOD CAN SAVE AND WE CAN’T! BUTGIVE OUT THE WEAPON OF OUR WARFARE, THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Centuries ago, God looked down on the earth and this is what HE said about it to Noah:
“Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with VIOLANCE. God looked on the earth, and behold it was CORRUPT; For ALL Flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth, and God said to Noah, The END of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them, and behold I am about to destroy them with the earth.” Genesis 6: 11-13.
God gave mankind 120 years after that statement while Noah prepared an Ark, for God was going to bring a total Earth Flood which would destroy all living creatures that lived on the whole earth, inlcuding all of mankind except Noah and his family. Evidence is everywhere that a world-wide total flood over all the earth took place. Animals preserved in strange places, sea shells on the top of mountains, you name it there is evidence. But more so, the actual word of God states it! All because of sin and corruption expressed in violence.
At this very moment, THE JUDGE OF ALL THE EARTH MAY BE RISING FROM HIS THRONE AND PREPARING TO DO SO AGAIN, BUT NOT WITH WATER, BUT FIRE. NOTICE THE WORD OF GOD PROMISED BY GOD TO THE INHABITANTS OF THIS WORLD OVER 2000 YEARS AGO:
“But by His(Jesus) Word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for FIRE, KEPT for the day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men. ……..But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with INTENSE HEAT, AND THE EARTH AND ITS WORKS WILL BE BURNED UP. ……..LOOKING FOR AND HASTENING THE COMING OF THE DAY OF GOD, BECAUSE OF WHICH THE HEAVENS WILL BE DESTROYED BY BURNING, AND THE ELEMENTS WILL MELT WITH INTENSE HEAT.” – 2 PETER 3:10-12
Today, at this very moment, such things are going on all over the earth in every nation, but especially here in the USA! Violence, hate, corrupt activities, burning of police vehicles, buildings burnt, etc., and all forms of sin and corruption exist and is being fleshed out openly as I write these words. Men and women have turned from God and become violent and evil as sin expresses itself through their very lives on the streets of the nation. But GOD is going to come and burn up all things including the wicked and Satan, whom will be cast into the Lake of Fire!
So, as the word of God states, “THE JUDGE IS AT THE DOOR’ AND WILL BE ENTERING INTO OUR WORLD OF SIN, TO JUDGE ALL FOR THEIR UNGODLY DEEDS, AND BURN UP THIS PRESENT EARTH AND MAKE A NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH WHERE THERE WILL BE NO MORE SIN AND PAIN AND SUFFERING AND NO MORE SATAN AND DEMONS AND EVIL.
IS THAT GOING TO BE TODAY, OR SOON? FROM ALL VISIBLE OUTWORKINGS OF SIN IN PEOPLE TODAY, IT APPEARS TO BE COMING VERY SOON. God doesn’t change in His character and His views on Sin and violence. He may change His dealings with man as He so chooses but His purpose and ways do not Change in His character and being as God! He is NOT pleased, and HE is angry with the wicked EVERY DAY and they are UNDER HIS WRATH AT THIS VERY MOMENT WHICH NEVER LET’S UP UNLESS THEY REPENT AND TURN TO HIM FOR FORGIVENESS AND BE CHANGED BY CHRIST.
A ray of hope is still existing at this moment however. For 2 Peter did say God has a purpose to save the rest of those sheep He will call and save from destruction.
It reads in 2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” This was given to the saints who were concerned about other people who were lost and not saved yet, perhaps even their loved ones, etc., came to mind quickly. So, God let’s them know HE will SAVE the ONES whom HE has chosen and NONE of them will perish whose names are written in the Lambs book of Life before the foundation of the world.” Also, He will not allow the saints to perish, but keep them from the wrath and anger and condemnation of the Father exercised upon the lost.
So, if you who read this article and message around the world, if you HEAR HIS calling, COME to Him now and HE will save and pardon you for your sins as you call upon Him confessing Him and trusting Him as (Christ) your Lord and Savior and God you will be saved.
Is this statement true? Is it Biblical? Did God really teach this? The statement I speak of is this: “You are sometimes in the Spirit and sometimes in the flesh”!
Let’s examine this statement and see what God has to say about it all! Notice this scripture verse:
Romans 8:9 – “However, you are NOT IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, IF INDEED THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU! But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”
Should just end it there, for that is the total answer, period! The Statement that is currently being taught all over the kingdom of God today is wrong! It is amazing how folks can’t understand clear words and very easy to read words, from scripture. But, spiritual truths are not understand by the lost, that is for sure, and weaker brothers and sisters in the faith, have to learn to undo a lot of the things they get today from all false and misleading sources, for we depend exclusively on the very word of God in scriptures.
I. DO WE SOMETIMES THINK WE ARE IN THE FLESH AND SOMETIMES IN THE SPIRIT?
What is taking place in the scripture is that God is showing us the difference between a lost person and a saved person. A lost person is always in the FLESH dead to God and spiritual matters, but alive to sin totally. All that a lost person does is sin! He or she is in a State of Sin! No holy acts, no righteousness, no real good deeds valued by God as good, for all he or she does is for self and sin. David, in the Psalms stated we are all born in sin, that is conceived in sin. Sin is a state of being and a force that dwells in us all which is evil. It controls our very nature and desires, until Christ Jesus unshackles us and frees us from theFlesh (sarx in Greek or Sin)! We are in Freedom and let us not use our freedom by returning to the flesh (sin) allowing it to function, but rather, mortifying it, putting it to death and walking in the Spirit Who is in us and we are in Him!
Sinners set their minds and hearts on fleshly carnal things all the time. It is 24/7! All self centered. Not God centered ever! All have sinned and all have fallen short of the glory of God.
Believers however are those who set their minds upon things of the Spirit. Notice Romans 8:5:
“For those who ARE according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who ARE according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
These words describe our identity and our position right now this very minute. We are one or the other. Notice what walking and being in the Spirit looks like in Romans 8: 8-9;
“…and those who are in the flesh CANNOT PLEASE GOD. However, YOU ARE NOT IN THE FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if ANYONE does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does NOT BELONG TO HIM.”
There is no “in and out” deal going on here. We are one or the other! No middle ground! Our LOCATION is in the Spirit, and I might say also, in the Lord Jesus and in the Father also.
LET’S NOTE HOW THIS DESCRIPTION IS REVEALED TO US IN THE BIBLE:
BEFORE SALVATION: AFTER SALVATION: SCRIPTURES:
In the flesh In the Spirit Romans 8:9
In Adam In Christ 1 Cor. 15:22
A slave to sin A slave to righteousness Rom. 6:17
In dark kingdom In His kingdom of light Col. 1:13
Dead to God Alive to God Eph. 2:1,5
Romans 8:6 reads, “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is LIFE and PEACE.”
The reality about this is we are aliens in this world and on this planet now. The fleshly lusts war against us, not with us – 1 Peter 2:11. Our old man, the flesh, is still there in the flesh and bones, and it is called the flesh and is carnal. Sin dwells there but NOT in the NEW BORN creation or New Person we are due to regeneration and the new birth, for we are now in Christ Jesus and we have the imputed righteousness and imparted righteousness also, from Christ Who is holiness and is pure and holy and sanctified now, making us one and the same!
IN CHRIST and IN GOD the Father and IN the HOLY SPIRIT.That does NOT mean we are God or Divine in that sense, but it does mean we are new creations and sons of God and children of God, a new person and not what we were before sinners, but rather, saints! The new person created is now struggling and fighting sin, Satan and the world system, and when temptations come to our normal pure and natural human desires, (our humanness), we, the new person, fight to mortify the temptations allurements and through the Holy Spirit in us we put to death those desires.
If we fail to do so, then that SIN in our body called the Flesh (Sin or Sarx) expresses itself in our physical body becoming sinful acts, but that does not impune, or contaminate or make us fall and become lost sinners, and wicked, foul, detestable impure and unholy individuals again need to be reborn!
God forbid! We are still righteous, pure, holy, chosen ones of Christ and IN HIM and as safe as we would ever be from condemnation and wrath, but our body which houses this thing called sin does the sinning and is considered still fallen and unregenerate. We wait for this wonderful resurrection or translation or being able to leave this body and be with Christ longing for the NEW BODY without sin to envelope us and we live in that new spiritual body created by our Lord which will be in the future.
Dear fellow saints, we must get this down well. If not, we become confused, we begin to speak as if we are still like we were prior to our salvation making us think we are enemies of our Lord, even perhaps not even being saved, having huge guilt problems, and our minds and hearts full of many false doctrines produced in fact by the voice of our enemy who teaches us such! Certainly, we agree the facts of life, and the scriptures do teach we can allow sin to take place in our bodies after we have been saved or born again (regenerated). But the FACT is we have now a duality existing.
A new born child of God, pure, holy, sanctified, make alive spiritually by the Power which resurrected Christ Jesus from the dead, and God is in us and abides in us and we in Him! So we (the new born) sons and daughters of God and Christ are kept from sin, but the Sarx (sin) in the flesh does exert itself in our bodies. In that sense (since we are all one entity (body, soul, spirit, and flesh and bones) do have sin in us, but NOT IN THE NEW PERSON WHO IS IN THE SEED (CHRIST JESUS) and IN THE SPIRIT OF GOD. Anything else produces a very wrong conception i.e., making us fall out of Christ and out of God, which would mean being lost and under bondage of sin again, or perhaps some thought of a hybrid situation making even God sin and Christ sin because we are absolutely IN HIM and such sin would implicate HIM because HE said we are IN HIM and He in us and making us Holy, Pure and sanctified individuals.
Gets real messy when one does this. We seek then to wallow around in our sins all the time analyzing and examining all the time sin and its components, when we should be looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith and looking for that City of God and majoring on Love and serving Jesus.
II. NO GOING IN THE DOOR AND OUT OF THE DOOR! OUR REDEEMED SOUL/SPIRIT AND HEART ARE NOW REDEEMED AND HOLY, BUT THE FLESH IS STILL DEAD IN SIN UNTIL IT GOES BACK TO THE DUST AND IS RESURRECTED OR TRANSLATED IF CHRIST COMES WHILE WE ARE STILL ALIVE ON EARTH.
This is how we are now in our bodies here on planet earth. We have conflict and struggles because of that diametrically different state or identity we have. The flesh struggles against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh.
That is why Paul could say in Romans 8 when he desires to do right sin is always present and he doesn’t always conduct right and holy things, but he said it was SIN doing it and not him because He was a lover of God and a redeemed soul and spirit living in that Eternal Life posture right then at those moments in time.
God was in him and he was in God. God cannot sin and will not allow His new creature be tainted with sin either in that sense. But we are allowed to see and in our mind allow sin to operate from time to time in the flesh which is still unregenerated. Our new man is regenerated and that means has Eternal Everlasting HOLY life forever.
A prayer: Father, thank you for saving me, changing me, making me a new creature or creation and thank you for my new identity and new spiritual location in your Spirit. Thank you that you will NEVER leave me, nor I leave you, for you KEEP me from falling and will present me faultless before your throne and even now our Lord Jesus you are my advocate before the Father regarding your atonement for all of my past, present and future sins committed in my body. Remind me to set my MIND on YOUR Spirit, because I have new life and a totally new identity now in Your Spirit. In Jesus Name, Amen!
ALL OF JESUS’S TEACHINGS APPLY DIRECTLY TO BELIEVERS
“If your right eye makes you stumble, TEAR IT OUT and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, CUT IT OFF and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into HELL.” Matthew 5:29-30
The Sermon on the Mount many times is taught as a word for all N.C., body of Christ believers to follow as law. If we pause for a moment, read it slowly and think about it, we will discover our Lord is speaking to people things that no person, whether lost or saved would ever be able to do or would do. It is in fact impossible. Let’s consider this more clearly and carefully!
In Matthew 5, after the Beatitudes (“blessed are those”), our Lord moves to a new subject in verse 17 where we read: “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill” (v. 17). From there, Jesus delivers His words concerning the true standard of the Law.
SCRIPTURE TEACHES US THAT THE LAW WILL ALWAYS EXIST.
First, Jesus He states that the Law is permanent. He tells His audiance that none of the Law will pass away until Heaven and Earth pass away. This means that not any of it is done away with and all of it is important.
What do we as saints do with this statement since we are under the New Covenant? What HE is saying is this; the Law still exists today and tomorrow, and the future and it won’t go away! But, having said that, we must remember our relationship to the Law is what changes.
At salvation, we die to the Law (Romans 7:4; Galatians 2:19, Galatians 3:24-25; 1 Timothy 1:8-10). ………………………….
REMEMBER THAT NO PERSON CAN KEEP THE LAW PERFECTLY!
…….ONE CAN’T PICK AND CHOOSE THINGS IN THE LAW, IT IS A FULL UNIT AND ALLOWS NO CHERRY PICKING: (Galatians 3:10). One has to keep it perfectly, all of it, or they fail the test. You can’t get a B+ but rather have to get an A on the test. If we fail and wear wool with linen, if we eat pork, if we do not keep the Sabbath, all are judged the same, we are like breakers of the entire 613 laws or regulations. (James 2:10.)
ACTUALLY CHRIST GOES EVEN FURTHER MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT.
Jesus goes on to make the Law’s standard HARDER: “For I say to you that UNLESS YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS SURPASSES THAT OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, YOU WILL NOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.” (V.20)……….. that was the purpose of the Law; to shut up unbelievers as they recognize their sins, their spiritual death, and their need for new life (Romans 3:19-20). …………….
THE ENTIRE MESSAGE CALLED THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT WAS TO THE JEWISH NATION.
MATTHEW 5: 17-38 – READ THE ENTIRE CHAPTERS
We believers — under the New Covenant—are dead to the Law (Romans 7:4; Galatians 2:19) and not under the Law (Romans 6:14. Christ is the END of the Law for all those who believer (Romans 10:4). ………
The purpose and plain message can also be shown by asking certain questions:
Are we to cut off body parts and pluck out our eyes?
Are we affiliated with the Sanhedrin?
Are saints to fear being cast into Hell?
Are there any more animal sacrifices on alters?
Do we have to live up to higher standards than the Pharisee’s concerning the Law?
Today, as in the past history of the world, apostasy and heresies flourish. But it seems the visible local congregations are worse today than ever before, for they have a lot of truth taught, but mixed in with the truth, is a lot of error. One of the biggest errors is just no trusting (believing) in the fact that God has really changed the sinners innermost being, the soul, the spirit, and the heart has been made NEW! Sin dwells within the flesh, but the body of skin and bones, houses the totally new born one who is completely and totally Pure, Holy, Sanctified, Redeemed, Forgiven, and ALIVE forever In Christ! Not just a promise for heaven tomorrow or the future, but RIGHT now we possess those great wonderful works of Christ!
A second big error exists which is the denial that a lost, spiritually dead, sinner is really unable, and impotent when it comes to spiritual matters, including he or she doesn’t even seek after the Real God and Christ ever! They NEVER will because they can’t! Why?
They can’t because they are “bound up and shackled by sin itself”, and they are in the family of a cruel master named Lucifer, Satan or the Devil. They don’t want out of his family, they don’t desire to get out of his family, they could not even if they wanted to, which they don’t. Romans is explicit about that quoting words from the Old Testament about man’s condition.
Romans 3: 10-18 proves my point. It reads:
“As it is written, There is none righteous, NO , NOT ONE; There is none that understandeth, there is none that SEEKETH after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, NO, NOT ONE! Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace have they not known; There is NO FEAR of GOD before their eyes.”
Now, we would think those who profess Christ, those who preach, teach, and write messages and articles about Salvation and mankind regarding sin, etc., would read that and believe it and stand for it! But they don’t!
There are millions perhaps in the USA who reject these teachings and teach that everyone can make a decision based on his or her own choices and call out to God when they wish and when they so choose. Anytime for they have a will and they have a choice they can make function toward that goal. BUT WE JUST READ THEY DON’T, AND WON’T! So, God works FIRST and causes His Holy Spirit to call, draw, and change their heart and minds to call upon Christ and repent and trust in Him confessing their sins. Christ has to BREAK into the Jailhouse of Satan’s bondage first, rescue the person, and give that person the spiritual abilities to exercise their minds, will and choices for Christ. If Christ didn’t do that first, they would NEVER come and escape. Christ has to defeat SATAN who has them under his control.
But large denominations hold to the opposite of what I just stated and what God has to say about it all. Within every major denomination you will find this rank unbelief about the condition of mankind. They reject what we call the Doctrines of Grace, yet speak of grace twisting it to mean something it doesn’t! Identify them is the only way I can warn you about such. Paul identified the false prophets, John the Baptist did, Jesus also did, so we too must engage in such! If they are pubic and are deceiving people they need to be identified. Otherwise how would people know to beware of such and may get caught up in all of it and sin by participating in their folly.
So, you will find such folks in every major denominational and independent churches in America. Popular radio and television ministry broadcasts are filled with such twisted teachings. Many popular speakers and writers are also. I have found that many speak the truth and hold to the clear teachings given in the word about many subjects and doctrines, but they FAIL in some major essential Doctrines which can impact or does impact the very work of salvation and the state of mankind. I would have to have so many pages of names of individual ministers and local congregations and denominations it would be really to much to list here.
Someone may say, who am I to state these kind of things. Do you think you have the final word and are a better authority on this than they are? Absolutely not! I am not the final word, The Bible is the final word. I have written on my site, many articles expressing what the Bible teaches on various subjects etc.! So, I would encourage one to consider, and if the Bible doesn’t each it then don’t believe it and stay away from it. But, I have no fear, for the scriptures are rather plain and open about it all.
One individual I love to hear because he asks most of the time the right questions and gives the proper Bible answer and he has helped me a lot and I think the entire body of Christ if they would only listen and be taught. But, he has made a BIG error when it comes to the very subject he say’s he loves, that is the matter of Grace.
He rejects God’s word on the elective choosing of sinners which is taught so clearly throughout the entire word of God. I too, at one time, did not understand those teachings, but after years of reading the word and studies, God opened my eyes to the truth of Election and Predestination and Choosing and Calling and all of the matters relating to such. It is now as clear as the Sun that shines on any given day.
2 Timothy 2:15 reads, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the WORD OF TRUTH.”
There is a wrong way and a right way to teach and preach the scriptures. Staying on track, observing context, words and their meaning, also observing what Covenant or time it was written and to whom!
Doing otherwise, can bring about much chaos and certainly a misrepresentation of what God actually states. In this article I wish to submit some popular and promoted lies or total misconceptions of what some portions of the Bible do not teach or actually do teach. The local Churches throughout history have been guilty of these to a degree. Let us remember we must KEEP on REFORMING! It is always necessary in this world!
MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE IN INTERPRETATION OF THE WORD OF GOD –
Proper hermeneutics require that one distinguishes between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant and their teachings!I want to emphasize however, before we get into all of the details, the MAJOR focus on any of this or any of my articles is that they all should direct us to Jesus Christ Himself! If you Miss Him and yet seem to get the mechanics you perish! For instance, when Jesus came into the world, and began His ministry, He was functioning in His humanity and Deity, since He was the God/man, under the Covenant of Law given to Israel.
The mistake is, that all of the words of Christ in the Gospel books of the New Testament, are to be considered as being under the New Covenant! Not so! Until a Covenant is cut with the shedding of Blood, it is not in effect.
The priests in the Old Covenant under the Mosaic law, had to shed the blood of hundreds of animals often, and once year for all of the people.
Jesus Christ and His ministry prior to the CROSS, was being lived out under that Mosaic Covenant, and He was correcting the Jews understandings of the Law which was written and also the 613 other rules and ordinances they lived under. Much of what was stated WOULD NEVER BE STATED IN THE SAME MANNER FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOW UNDER THE NEW COVENANT, AS BORN AGAIN, SPIRIT FILLED SAINTS!
The Covenant of Grace is a BIG change! That is not to say the words of the Old Covenant are not inspired and true, they are, but to rightly divide and use the words correctly for the time they are used is so important. So, we are no longer under the Law and its power nor its condemnation and wrath.
For instance we are NOT to cut off our hands or pluck out our eyes, even though allegorical and having a spiritual meaning behind it, that is what the law would require if one would want to be perfect under the law. Jesus said that! We as saints and Christians, could never do that or be like that, and that is why we need a Savior! An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth was taught! A person would be stoned for certain sins they committed. That is NOT for a saint of God under the New Covenant!
Today we have legalistic groups who would stand behind such even for those of us who profess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord! That would be so incorrect. I do recognize that is a common moral precept that God put in the hearts of even sinners that goes all through human beings until the end of time. So states Paul in the book of Romans chapters 1 and 2. But the Old Covenant, the Mosaic Covenant is no longer in effect. It faded away and we died to it!
Another example: David asked not to take His Holy Spirit from Him, which we should never pray and ask for, because Christ has sent the Holy Spirit to us and HE always remains with us and never ever leaves us! He remains in us until we leave this earth! Not so, in the Old Covenant. Samson Lost His Holy Spirit power when his hair was cut off.
Certainly if we sin and we do, we grieve the Holy Spirit, but He never leaves us! Words commonly used in the Old Testament writings are written under the Law rules and regulations, and do not mean one and the same for us today as we are In Christ Jesus. So great care when we use the O.T. words in our teachings, and preaching! Much more could be stated on this for a later time.
1 John 1:9 taken out of context presents a false conception or idea about how we deal with personal sin.
It is a common knowledge and fact that the Gnostics were spreading their false teachings during the time of this writing of 1 John’s epistle. He was correct their false teachings to the believers and saved ones who follow Jesus Christ the Son of God!
Notice now in context verses 8-19; how this works out;
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgiven us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.“
NOW THIS IS TRUE BEFORE WE ARE SAVED AND A PERSON IS STILL LOST, AND EVEN AFTERWARD AT SALVATION, IF WE KNOW THAT IT IS NOT THE REDEEMED, SANCTIFIED, HOLY, PURE, BORN AGAIN NEW MAN WE ARE, DOING THE SINNING AFTER SALVATION WE CAN SAY SUCH!
The Gnostics were saying they did not sin, and did not have to confess their sin(s) to God and Christ. John states through the Holy Spirit if one does this, that person is NOT saved. Lost sinners have to trust Christ and repent and confess their sins or they will not be saved.
Today, we have professing Christians running around all the time and preachers teaching, that we are sinning and BEING all the time like LOST sinners who have not trusted Jesus and our redeemed born again spirit and soul are evil still! Both situations are wrong! When we do allow sin to take place after redemption, it is living like carnal lost sinners do, but there is a difference, NOT all of our innermost being is like that at all. We that have the Spirit, are abiding and living in Christ, which all are if they are saved, are not wanting that to happen, not happy about it, not enjoying it, but rather, struggling to see it overcome and stopped in the body of flesh.
Our sin(s) after we are saved, redeemed, and born again, come from the flesh. We sin now and the vertical is forgiven always forever, due to His One time death and shedding of blood on the cross. Our horizontal sins we need certainly to take care of, confessing one to another that which we engage in which in many cases deals with others. Get things right with others is the point. Yes, it is still evil, sin, we ask God to give us strength to overcome those in the flesh when the temptations come about, and if we fail, we ask Him to continue to help us for we are not desiring to sin against Him to carry out our fleshly desires. Sin itself raises its ugly head, and then Satan comes along and tries to make us think all types of wrong thoughts now. In doing this he seeks to keep us back from witnessing, from praying, from reading the Bible, from loving other, and even make us think we are lost.
We also must realize that we sin in so many ways as the flesh can possibly think of or the Devil can think of, or the world system can think of, even such things as no praying enough, not reading the word of God as we should, not encouraging others in the faith, and on and on we could go. But all of this shows us that the Flesh dwells no good thing. Until it dies and is put in the grave back to dust it will be sued by Sin! But that is NOT the REAL YOU if you are born again and a new creation in Christ Jesus. Thank God HE will raise that body up one day and it too will be perfect in Jesus, a spiritual body like unto Christ’s body!
The point also is this. Hebrews teaches us along with many other portions of scripture that the Atonement made by the Blood of Christ, was A ONE TIME EVENT AND ACTION. THIS BLOOD PAID FOR ALL OUR SINS, PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE. He no longer sacrifices himself and sheds his blood continually like the Roman Catholics do in the Mass! They actually seek to make people think Christ Cross Shedding of blood is a continual event every time they hold their mass! NO! He did this ONCE and for ALL so states scripture. That means then YOU and I do not need to keep going back and back asking for forgiveness of our sins as if they are not forgiven. That means we are doubting his Atonement, the efficacy of the atonement made. That God didn’t make a ONE TIME satisfactory atonement for our sins! WE are FREE from sins bondage, free at last!
OUR NEW MAN IS FREE, FREE FROM BONDAGE, FREE FROM WRATH, FREE FROM CONDEMNATION, FREE FROM SHAME, FREE FROM GUILT, FREE THANK GOD ALMIGHTY FREE AT LAST!
Yes, I (my old man still in sin) does sin because I am still in a body infected with the virus of Sin. It operates in our body of Flesh. We admit that to God, we fail and ask Him for continued strength and help in time of need and realize however that those sins were paid for at the Cross with a ONE TIME ONLY sacrifice for them. Either we are saints now as HE said we are; we are a Holy Nation as He said we are; A peculiar people as He said we are! Are we are not!!
Peter says in 1 Peter 1:22, “Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that you Love one another with a pure heart fervently. Being Born again, not of corruptible SEED but of incorruptible; by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
God states through John these words, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that YOU SIN NOT. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (Note: He paid for those sins on the Cross and sits by the Father on the Throne making intercession for those past, present and future sins we do all the time”! In other words that ONCE for ALL Cross work works for ALL TIME – immediate forgiveness for present and future, because we were saved and our past ones paid for at that time also.
Now notice this BIG TIME announcement from JOHN:
1 John 3: 2-10: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that has this hope in him PURIFIETH himself, EVEN AS HE IS PURE. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And you know that he was manifested to TAKE AWAY OUR SINS; and IN HIM (WE ARE IN HIM) is no sin. Whosoever abideth IN HIM (We can’t not abide in Him nor not dwell in Him or we would be lost), SINS NOT; WHOSOEVER SINNETH HAS NOT SEEN HIM, NEITHER KNOWN HIM. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even AS HE IS RIGHTEOUS. He that commits SIN is of the DEVIL; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that HE might destroy the works of the Devil. WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD DOES NOT COMMIT SIN; FOR HIS SEED REMAINETH IN HIM; AND HE CANNOT SIN BECAUSE HE IS BORN OF GOD! In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever does not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. WE ARE sanctified now! We work on our bodies through the Holy Spirit and Word to control the body of sin which exists. In that sense we still work on making it submit to the Spirit of God with God and the Holy Spirit even in that fallen state of the body; But that body won’t stop its sinning until the day we leave it!!
That is clear as it can be! Then why do we sin and what do we call it and how do we deal with those teachings?
Again the new creation, or new creature is IN CHRIST, IN THE HOLY SPIRIT and IN THE FATHER also because of the New Birth. We cannot sin due to that position we have IN HIM! If we are OUT of HIM we would perish, and be lost sinners.
However, the new creature or creation is LIVING physically in a body which is sinful, and full of sin, because that is where sin resides now. Our bodies of skin, bone and blood is where the problem of sin comes from, as it takes our natural desires and perverts them and causes them to react wrongly and it uses the Law to also entice us and condemn us as the sinful acts take place.
But as Paul the Apostle stated, it is NO longer Paul that sins but sin that dwells within him or his body. That is the wretched part of our human state still waiting on the translation, resurrection or our passing away to be rid of it! Christ will however, raise it up to perfected sinless state also one day! For that day we pray to happen soon! But this is why we can see sinless perfection in our new man, but sinful practices in our old man which hasn’t been changed yet!
This duality exists. Why should that surprise us? We are body, soul and spirit. God is a Triune God! Recent studies have even been shown by Medical Science that our brains are “left side and right side”, and one is passive and the other active. One part passes on information to the other side and the other side carries it out. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and it is a mystery I know, but all I have stated is right there before your very eyes!! We are NOW saints, not lost sinners. We do God a disservice and actually practice unbelief when we do not recognize we have been SAVED by the ONE TIME Sacrifice of shedding His Blood on the cross paying for and actually Forgiving our sins past, present and future. We stand Uncondemned! We stand now pure, undefiled, and holy before God in His righteousness and His holiness! That is our FOREVER position!
We certainly can and should say, that we now in our sinful body engage in wrong doings, as we pray to Him, but thank Him for His amazing grace which has paid for that by His blood and they are ALL forgiven in Christ Jesus.
We must recognize who we are now, and this is needful and most demanded today, for many are condemning their own lives now and living in abject fear and shame due to thinking they are lost or unforgiven because they failed God. Chaos and confusion comes about because we are not taught the truth about our very total being after Salvation takes place.
No one practices in this body we now live in, absolute holiness, but in the Spirit and in the born again state, we are in, we are practicing holiness, purity and righteousness. That dichotomy exists.THE NOW AND THE NOT YET EXISTS! AND THAT IS A BODY STILL SINFUL AND FAILING, AND A NEW PERFECT HOLY PERSON WITH IMPUTED HOLINESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS EXISTING, AS A REAL ENTITY, SOUL AND SPIRIT IN CHRIST!
***These facts and truths which they have to be, or Paul and John are wrong because they both state the concept of which I speak of in this article. Otherwise we have a bigger problem than we can imagine. We are denying scripture, denying reality, mixing sin with righteousness (synergism) and corrupting the word of God. I failed in my presentation on this for years in the Lord’s work, and now so thankful for His mercy and grace those ignorant moments have been forgiven. I did it ignorantly in unbelief, which was because of my submission to men and their teachings and their schools and their statement of faith documents, rather than the word of God as it speaks! I recognize much mystery exists in these spiritual matters and only the Holy Spirit can teach us the truth and unravel things, and bring light to bear upon all of it to us! May it be so! For it is NOT a cold, hard carved in stone like dead matter, even though things have a forensic posture, but rather, also, it is a living vital RIGHT NOW posture we have IN CHRIST JESUS! Not some far off and pie in the sky view someday. But now we are IN CHRiST seated with Him on His Throne. Our spiritual eyes need to be opened to these great spiritual realities.
TRUTH-FACTS-TRADITION-CHURCH FATHERS AND TIME!
Facts and truth are not the same as tradition, or historical consensus, or long time ago certain things were spoken and written! Much care and examination and prayer must be engaged in to find the truth about matters. Of course, through the Holy Spirit in His people, He will lead us to the truth as we ask Him and listen to His lead!
Just because people had Moses, Elijah, Paul the Apostle, or Peter, doesn’t mean people followed the truth and were on the right page with God. Soon, after each of these leaders gave them the word of God on matters, they deviated from it and fell into heresies and outright unbelief. Israel did. The Corinthian Church did, the Galatians, and so did the Jerusalem Church!
Today we have entire denominations that are guided by tradition and false narratives and heresies abound. That is why we have so many denominations and so-called independent churches. Each one has its KNOTS and those KNOTS need to be united and straightened out, this is what is called Reformation.
LET’S EXAMINE SOME OF THE OLDER DEAD MEN AND THEIR TIMES!
It is easy to check these men out with just some devotion to searching out their writings etc.! Take for instance these individuals:
Origen: He believed that the whole population of the entire world would be by Jesus!
Tertullian: He believed that water baptism would save a soul and so one had to make sure it was done just at the point of passing away! Last rites if you please!
Irenaeus: He believed that the Gentiles would be saved by their morality and ethics found in their Greek philosophy books and teachings.
John Wesley: He did not believe in substitutionary blood sacrifice of Jesus for the remission of our sins! In other words, that blood brought about IMPUTATION of Christ and His righteousness to our very soul and spirit. He was more like a moral deist, a Armenian type follower (Jacob Arminius) who rejected the Doctrines of Grace. He was the opposite of George Whitefield who was a very Biblical evangelist at the same time who did believe the word about the Doctrines of Grace.
So, many more could be spoken about, from the beginning of the “body of Christ”, and even today we have had myriad views and belief systems existing dividing the people of God. That is man’s fallen nature, the old man who moves along with the depravity inside of man blinding and befuddling the mind of a saint.
LOOK AT TRUTH AS OPPOSED TO TRADITION FOR AN EXAMPLE.
Colossians 2: 8 – “….see to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”
We are never to bend the knee to tradition, principles or rules worshipping them. We worship JESUS and our GOD alone! No statement of faith, no confession of faith, no systematic theological book, for men or women wrote these. I have found people take their Confessions and use them as the Holy Word of God instead of the actual Scriptures and Bible! (However, the actual scripture written by them in their writings are to be considered the truth, even though it may be taken out of context.”) It still is the word of God, but many times being wrongly applied or interpreted.
So just because something is old doesn’t mean it is truth! Let us remember that we also have the Holy Spirit and He can lead us unto all truth! We submit to Him asking for His power and direction about things in the word of God. Also, let not it create fear either, when we have to come down on a different side than that which is popular. I have had to take I am sure a very unpopular side to many today in this generation on matters which are true but yet rejected by many such as: Election; Predestination; The way the New Birth takes place, the how, the why, the actual work of God in it, and how it is ALL of God and not man! Other things like the New Covenant and also how Covenant Theology has big knots in it, along with Dispensationalism. One too, that brings much push back is our understanding from the word of God about the LAW and GRACE matters.
Notice Hebrews 13:10-14;
“We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin are burned OUTSIDE THE CAMP. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through HIS own blood, suffered OUTSIDE THE GATE. So, LET US GO OUT TO HIM OUTSIDE THE CAMP, bearing HIS reproach. For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.”
Jesus as you see went outside of the walls of Religion! Religion kill! It is vile and unclean. Jesus was revolutionary when it came to the truth opposed to error. He turned the tables upside down, He went outside of the Temple which had been defiled, and was crucified in a evil wicked place by wicked men, who hated God. He SHUT DOWN the TEMPLE in 70 AD totally and said no more! Since then it has not been seen!
So, the word says to you and I: “So let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.” – Hebrews 13:13
We get opposition, when others will not take a stand on the word rightly divided. Also, I have found PRIDE gets in the way of many ministers, teachers and others, even when they see their errors, but fearing their jobs loss, or people being offended that they have made errors will NOT confess such openly and publicly to their congregations and to the world.