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.
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.
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.
As one begins their study of the New Covenant of Grace, remembrance of what “time” it is in the History of God’s work among men. Remember Christ came during the Old Covenant days, and much of what HE spoke had to do with correcting wrong teachings concerning the Law, along with many other teachings concerning WHO HE was and future events along with Living a perfect keeping law life, not to speak of how much HE spoke concerning His coming substitutionary death for His people on the cross!
I. FROM THE CROSS THROUGH THE BOOK OF ACTS IS A TRANSITION PERIOD!
Moving out from the Cross, the Resurrection, and Ascension, Christ Jesus begins to show Himself to His disciples and open up more of the Scriptures to them concerning the fact He is the Lord from glory and that He would be sending back the Holy Spirit to be with them – taking His place in their own hearts and life, as He is seated at the Throne of God the Father in heaven making intercession for His people.
Acts can be considered the “Acts of the Holy Spirit”! The Apostles whom God would use in a powerful manner preaching the Gospel to all, were given special miracle gifts to authenticate that they truly were giving out the Living God’s truth and message. These men were 12 men who had walked with Jesus during His earthly ministry and they ministered mainly to the Jews. Paul the Apostle was a special called Apostle to the Gentiles, even though he was a Jew also. The office or role of these men were Apostles, an office that did not continue after the last one passed away. Also, their special gifts were no longer operable in others lives after this transition time period, for those were only given to REAL Apostles which meant they had been with Jesus, walked with Him during His days on earth. Paul was only exception although HE did SEE the RISEN CHRIST Who revealed Himself to Saul (Paul) on the road to Damascus, and then taught Him over his early years all he needed to know about the God etc., which is revealed in all of his epistles.
Acts is not a writing developing Doctrinal issue like Romans, Ephesians, or the Pastoral Epistles. It is a running account of God’s work through the Holy Spirit in the Apostles and even in men like Phillip and Stephen, special gifted men whom God worked miracles through also.
By the way, none of what I stated about the miracles, etc., means that God doesn’t or will not do such things again among men on earth. He has, He will and we know so for Revelation reflects many types of miracles performed by Christ through His people! Also, down through history there have been miracles performed by gifts given to certain individuals from time to time, but it is not as prolific as it was during the ACTS days!
We do have some doctrine taught in Acts, but that is not its primary purpose. So, to use certain things that the Apostles did and make them Apostolic is not correct. There are NO demands we can make about gifts anyway, God gives a gift to someone as HE chooses to do and when He wants them to function. We don’t make them take place just because we want a gift. We can ask and pray for a gift but God is the ONE who makes that Choice, Apparently He isn’t making it to much because I don’t know of any person who really Speaks for instance in a foreign language immediately without studying such language from a normal human standpoint. It may have happened over the past history occasionally, and somewhere for a moment of time, but I know of none that have it. The gibberish done today is NOT what was given as a gift in that day. It was KNOWN languages that existed on earth. It is anti Biblical to say one has to have this gift today if they have the Holy Spirit. That is not taught in the word of God!
2. ACTS SHOWS US THAT THE LAW (ALL LAWS IN THE O.T.) HAVE CEASED BEING OUR TUTOR!
God is taking away from the Saved Jewish believers as well as the pagan lost Jews, a security blanket! They devoted their lives to the Law but with NO faith by a lot of the Jews. They were legalistic to the core. The Pharisee’s were like the orthodox or fundamental Christians of this day in terms of devotion to the Law scriptures.
Christian maturity comes as God weans the saints off of their security blanket, the Law. I am sure they felt insecure during these times and you can see a lot of this by the reaction of the Judaizers, and the Jerusalem Church leaders also. Even Peter and Barnabas were deceived on this issues and Paul had to call Peter out about that matter as he had separated himself from the Gentiles during a meeting when they had a meal together.
Paul preached freedom from the Law. He also stated we DIED to the law. It was fading away and being removed from the local congregations especially the dominated Jewish groups who had tendencies to use it incorrectly.
THE LAW AND ITS PLACE NOW!
The law was never intended to serve as a foundation for the Christian life. I read an article today where a prominent popular denominational writer wrote about how important the Law and the Sabbath was to the Christians today! Totally wrong and was a Lie! People buy into it because they just do not study the word properly and believe anything they hear from the pulpits they are affiliated with without questioning such!
We have NO right or Scriptural basis by which to select portions of the Mosaic Law and claim that these should supervise believers conduct. When I was first saved, I became affiliated with congregations which were filled with ministers of that denomination who preached the law and even used it to place fear in the people. For instance, they used the verses in Malachi, to teach tithing. They would tell us that if we didn’t tithe God will kill us or put us in the hospital for sure. That HE would collect that tithe one way are another, we either give it, or He causes us to pay physically and monetarily Doctors or Hospitals or Funeral homes the tithe! That was awful. I had to go a long time cleansing my heart by the grace of God and the word of God to get out of this brainwashed status I had been placed in. I though they were speaking the truth for surely they were Gospel preaches and looked up to in such a position in that day!
The Law brings condemnation! Period! It was designed to show sinners that they were sinners and needed to be saved and redeemed from sin! But, that is not for the bride of Christ, for we LIVE and Breath GRACE and it produces Holy Living in us, and we are under the LAW of Christ, which is LOVE!
The law will actually cause saints to sin more and more and more! SIN takes advantage of the law and uses it to entice us into sin, and also to bring to us shame, disgrace, lack of faith, lack of assurance, and guilt! One can expect MORE struggle and MORE sinning if they adopt the law as their guide for Living. Don’t do it! Look to Jesus and walk in the Spirit and you will NOT fulfill the Lusts of the flesh! Grace moves us into POWER over the flesh and sin! The Law is good, but to use it unlawfully as it is being done even today is sin also! Christ stated we are DEAD TO THE LAW! GALATIANS IS A BOOK TOTALLY DEVOTED TO THE FACT WE DO NOT USE THE LAW! That means no more Sabbath for Christ is our 24/7 REST! No more law tithing with threats, we give freely and even more than a tithe! Legalism is heresy and it is rampant in many local churches today even though they may believe a lot of the Gospel and Doctrines of Grace but in the end, pervert both!
WE ARE TO TAKE NOTE OF THE ALLEGORY USED IN GALATIANS 4!
God used a allegory about Hagar and Sarah portraying Hagar and her son as representing the LAW and Sarah and her son representing Grace. God said, Hagar and son had to leave and not be included anymore in the family. For all practical purposes she and the son were ‘dead’ to the family of Abraham now! No more part of Abraham’s family.
This coincides with the many verses of scripture letting us know now we do not use the Law, which consists of ceremonial, pictorial, and specific laws such as the 10 Commandments and the 613 other ones. Not to be used for salvation or sanctification. In fact, as I stated before, using the law only makes MORE sin take place rather than stopping sin! We are under GRACE alone now! So go live in it! Be FREE!!!! In doing so you will see a life more in line with the total morality and character of God than ever before!
The following lessons are designed to instruct the body of Christ world-wide about the meaning of the Gospel of Grace. What it actually means is clear from the scriptures. What you will read is opposite from the majority of the denominations and Churches beliefs today. They either are back under the Law, thus under a curse, believing a false Gospel, or they are misrepresenting the Doctrines of Grace, by fostering a life of sin being no problem because they think all don’t have Jesus as Lord, but only Savior.
Both concepts are false, a lie! Many may hear this for the first time, or many will hear it and be totally shaken because they have believed a lie in a congregation they thought was really a Gospel preaching Church. Studying Church history you will find periods of time when the Gospel was totally perverted and only a few were teaching the truth, thus they were persecuted and even killed for doing so.
A WORD CONCERNING THE LAW!
IMPORTANT STATEMENT: When I speak about he Law, may it be always remembered that a true saint and follower of Jesus who believes absolutely in the New Covenant of Grace, does not reject the Law, does not consider it wrong or evil, but to the contrary, we believe about the law exactly what Jesus said about it in Matthew chapters 5 through 7. The Law is Good, the Law reflects God’s morality and character and purposes etc.! We lift it up, we put it high up on the proper place it should be, so I want all to know I am not antinomian one bit! However, having stated that, these words about the Law in Matthew 5, 6, and 7, were directed to the JEWS only and were spoken to them reflecting what the true meaning of the law was, the 613 and the MOsaic Law, which was, to show that that LAW could not save, was not designed to save a soul or sanctify a soul, because it was not designed for such! It was designed to show how terrible bad off a human being was before God and how much he or she needed Grace of God because they were not able to even begin to keep those laws!
The LAW is now laid aside, it is NOT used in our lives to get us into heaven only the Gospel of Grace does that. It is not to be used for sanctification either for God does that by and through Grace. We are driven away from the Law to Jesus who kept the Law and IN HIM we live and have our being through the Spirit of God in who we walk! We are forgiven for all of the breaking of the laws both past, present and future. So, we let the Law do its thing among the pagans of the world which it condemns and makes some whom God calls and chooses turn to Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior escaping hell and wrath and condemnation.
I. FULFILLING THE LAW IS SOMETHING THAT GOD DID IN CHRIST! ITS FULFILLMENT ISN’T AN ONGOING EVENT IN THE LIVES OF BELIEVERS TODAY. GOD SET US FREE FROM THE LAW, SO THAT WE’RE NOT UNDER IT OR SUPERVISED BY IT. – (GALATIANS 3:25.)
THE HOLY SPIRIT ISN’T MOTIVATING US TO KEEP THE MOSAIC LAW, NOR DO WE CONSULT THE LAW AS OUR GUIDE FOR DAILY LIVING. THIS IS WHY WE HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT IN US INSTEAD.
“BUT IF YOU ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT, YOU ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW” – (GALATIANS 5:18). ALSO, IF GOD WERE MOTIVATING US TO ADHERE TO THE LAW, IT WOULD BE THE ENTIRE LAW, NOT PART OF IT. AROUND 613 LAWS AND THEN 10 COMMANDMENTS. IMAGINE WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT’S TUTELAGE WOULD BE LIKE IF HE WERE MOTIVATING US TO OBEY HUNDREDS OF MOSAIC REGULATIONS AND THE 10 COMMANDMENTS.
I believe it’s quite clear that believers should have no relationship with the law. Romans 7 explains that we’ve DIED TO THE LAW, and now we’re married to ANOTHER. God views a return to law-based living as spiritual adultery. Living by rules is cheating on Jesus!! ***
CONCLUSION OF LESSON 1:
Galatians 2:20 reads, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. We were not designed to live by the Jewish law, religious rules, a moral code, or even Christian “principles”. Receiving and transmitting Christ’s life is superior to all other views and systems. Christ lives within us. We are in Him and He is in us! That is a permanent relationship that will never end! God is in us! He will not forsake us even if we sin. Our sins in fact, were forgiven and removed from us and from HIS sight, even designed to be so before creation. Those were past sins, present sins, and future sins. When Christ died and rose again, all of our sins were future. All of them. Does that mean we should go on sinning if Grace abounds to all of us?
NO, Paul the Apostle states, for how can one who is dead to sin live any longer under its rule and reign. So, upon our new birthday, God has made us a new creation or creature. We have been totally and completely forgiven and our nomenclature is now “saints! The Apostle Paul and the Apostle John both stated that if we are IN CHRIST the SEED, it is no longer I that sins, but sin itself that dwells in our flesh, our bodies.
We the regenerated, made alive saints, are pure, holy, sanctified, regenerated, ALIVE in Christ as much as we will ever be as for as our souls, our spirits, and our heart go! We do have a current Pure, Regenerated New Heart! Sin resides in the Flesh, our carnal nature, which has NOT been regenerated yet.
We are constantly putting to death sin in the flesh, if we are sons of God and have the Spirit of God in us. Our new nature, is a partaker of the Divine nature. So, sin and the new Divine nature don’t mix, and we are in Christ free from Sin! Yet it dwells in our fallen nature, the old man, the carnal part of our non-regenerated being. Sanctification now consists of the spiritual warfare with the Flesh, where sin dwells. Our new man is already Sanctified at the New Birth and is NOW in Christ. So, in this body with sin, we fight it all of our life on planet earth, through the Spirit and the word of God, through faith in the Blood of Jesus. Many victories, and to many failures for sure. But we are SAVED Saints! That is our position. —–(by Lamar)
Some material from: Dr. Andrew Farley – The Naked Gospel! ***
Actually, there are only two systems of salvation being taught in the world today regarding man’s future after death! One is right and the other is wrong. One God teaches us and the other are figments of men’s imaginations.
I. TWO SYSTEM’S OF THEOLOGY EXIST IN THE WORLD.
A. AUTO – SOTERIOLOGY – SELF SALVATION
B. THEO-SOTERIOLOGY – GOD’S – SALVATION
II. DESCRIPTION AND MEANINGS OF THE TERMS:
Driving all of our teachings should be God Himself and His Word, wihch reflects His attributes and character. THEOCENTRIC SALVATION OR REDEMPTION IS WHAT THE SCRIPTURES TEACH US!
GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH AND NOT OF WORKS BY MAN!
THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD TO BE REMEMBERED AS WE READ HIS HOLY WORDS INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AND GIVEN TO MAN! THEY ARE:
1. His Omniscience. Corum Dei means ALL seeing eye of a Sovereign God! He knows everything that is to be known. Nothing is new to God! He is never surprised about anything!
2. His Omnipotence. He is all powerful. There are no veto powers existing. We can grieve God but we nor anyone or anything can Stop God from doing what He desires to do!
3. His Omnipresence. This means HE is everywhere at all times!
4. His Immutability. God never changes. He may change His dealings with mankind but HE NEVER changes in His essential essence and character of being. He remains the same! But even those changes He may make dealing with mankind means that in His eternal wisdom and purposes He had planned that before the beginning of all creation.
5. Holy, Love, Wrath, Justice, Grace, Mercy and He is Infinite are some more of His attributes defining His character.
II. BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION RULES OR LAWS!
Loose Hermeneutics (Science of Biblical interpretation), leads to unbelief and rebellion. So great care must be taken as we seek to rightly divide and interpret the scriptures which are the very words of God. It is obvious the truth or the falsity of these divine truths doctrines which we will examine from time to time in the Bible can be decided ONLY by DIVINE REVELATION.
No preson or denomination or sect, has control of such. People’s own personal views of observations and judgments can know what are the basic principles of the PLAN which God is following but philosophical speculation and all abstract reasoning should be laid aside until we hear the testimony of All scripture in context and totality about the subject matter at hand. Then we submit to it as the absolute word of God, the truth! Whether we understand it totally or not!
It is to be remembered as we use the holy scriptures that the ‘notes’ presented in the particular version are NOT the inspired word of God. They may help, or they may lead one into error. Great care must be exercised as one reads the notes in any version of the Bible. Also, commentaries again, or only commentaries of human beings thoughts. How well they were faithful to ALL of the word in Context and its Meaning God intended those words to mean is to be examined before following such.
My personal opinion is to never purchase a Bible version that is put together with the human minister of organization stamped all over it, and it is full of that person(s) or some denominational groups thoughts. They should write their books, commentaries, and articles separate if one would like to read what they think. However, it is not out of line to place a very basic addendum to the scripture pages, such things as maps, words that are shown to be needed in the middle index concerning certain matters of translation etc., and also a index of terms and names. Perhaps a introductory page to begin with regarding how the translation was put together and who did such.
I also would not recommend anyone buying a Scofield Reference Bible regardless of the version. He just has so much information that is just not correct, and is only an opinion and suppositions he came up with which was never taught over the entire course of the scriptures existence. Other verses to can be dangerous. So what versions are more acceptable to me personally over my lifetime of buying and using many of them. After all is said and done, and I have purchased and used many versions from time to time, such as the ESV, NIV, ASV, NASV, Amplified Bible, KJV and NKJV.
I have now chosen to stay with the NKJV, (Remember no Scofield Reference please), because the NKJV remains closest to the Received Text, or Authorized Textus Receptus manuscripts down through history. It also is honest. They put in italics the words that were not in the manuscripts, to show and develop a more readable style. Plus they do not leave out words found in the earliest manuscripts. They let you know they have done that. Others seem not to care about that at all. Then others have been highly influenced by manuscripts that were not reliable, and were found to be established by unbelievers and highly influenced men who did not believe in the Inspired word of God and God’s preservation of such words. I do see the error also of believing the KJV is the only inspired word of God in English. That is not only unreasonable, but actually dangerous because that prevents updating the words which have lost their meanings as time goes forward, and thus presents a false understanding of verses, because they mean exactly the opposite today than they did in the King James days! In its time and setting within early days of the nations development it was fine, but today it is excellent poetic in style and easy to memorize, and is the word of God, but again, we don’t speak like that anymore, and the updates of English word meanings should be corrected. That is what the NKJV has done. It is easy reading, and has the updated modern words which all can understand.
Let’s consider how the term heart is used in the Bible, both in Hebrew and in Greek. Over 1000 times the Bible refers to our hearts!
First, let’s get this out of the way. This term is not speaking of the Physical organ called a heart by us today. That is just not what is being spoken about at all.
The Hebrew word for the physical heart is “Kardia”! The Hebrew term for “soul” is Nephesh. In the Greek, the term for our innermost being is spoken of as “Psuche” or the soul! The physical heart in Greek is Lebh.
Listen to the words of the Lord Jesus in Mark 7: 21-23;
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Jesus is speaking primarily about a LOST person here. Not a redeemed person who is born again and a new creation, but even a new creation born again person, has dwelling in his body the flesh, or (Sarx in Greek) sin, which seeks to express itself, and many times comes forth in our bodies even though we are “new created” persons in Christ. Most of the “heart” or “innermost being of man”, and I say it in that manner because ‘sin’ dwells within the body, has been made new by the new birth! But we have left, the core of sin and it is residing in our bodies now.
I realize that it is difficult to put our minds around all of this innermost part of our being. We have the conscience, the mind, the desires, the will, the thoughts, then our spirit and our soul, along with the unregenerated part of our being, which is consider the “old man”, or “the flesh”, and sin which dwells therein. So, I certainly am not an authority of how all of this works out, but we do know for sure two facts: we are now new creatures (creation), born again, a spiritual birthed into existence person and we are sanctified, holy, with God dwelling in us, and He has purified and forgive us of all and that means ALL sins, past, present, and future ones. So we are now considered saints by God. Children of God! I think Paul and John, both apostles, spoke of this dichotomy that exist at the one and the same time now that we are saved. The NEW MAN is in Christ perfect, the OLD MAN is still under sin and although considered by the new man as dead, it functions in its environment. It works on our fallen nature which is still existing and has not been regenerated or born of the spirit yet. It will one day be resurrected from the dust of the ground or translated to a spiritual body, if we are alive in this physical body we have now on earth when Jesus comes back.
The confusion comes when we hear words and teachings which imply we are still sinners or wicked people as if we have not been forgiven of all of our sins now, and have still wickedness dwelling in all of our faculties, which the Bible states has had a New Spiritual Birth making us HOLY people! Also, the idea that our sins need to be handled as if we are still in the past, they are NOT forgiven, so we have to confess, repent of, and turn from them and ask Jesus to cover them with the Blood Atonement again as if they have not been forgiven under Justification by faith which means ALL sins past, present and future have been put away and not to be remembered against us any more.
If the present and future ones are not that way, then we are asking for Christ to shed His blood again and atone for our sins again, and thus we are like the Roman Catholics who keep Christ on the Cross and have no assurance at all they are saved by Grace through faith in His ONE TIME CROSS BLOOD SHEDDING act. This is so wrong. Yes, we do bow to Jesus, and confess our failures and sins after being born again and have become saints! But the idea is that we recognize that His blood covers those sins already, and we recognize that It is no longer I that sin (the new man) but rather sin that dwells in me, or in my fallen old man body.
Asking Jesus through the Spirit of God to empower us to not obey its lusts and temptations and following through with such sinful activities now that we are IN HIM. Our new man is NEVER contaminated again by Sin! That is impossible because Sin and the Devil would have to BREAK THROUGH CHRIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GET TO OUR NEW BORN PERSONHOOD! THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! Hebrews tells us that there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, if after trusting in Christ, we sin again and more. The point is that they are under Christ’s blood! He paid for them at the Cross and nailed them to the Cross. But we seek to resurrect the old or past sins or present ones we engage in and make them fall into a position whereby He has to atone for them again. No double jeopardy folks! Not so!
So confessing our current sins and failures is proper. We acknowledge they are wrong, we hate them and we stand with Christ and His word and law! But remembering all the time they are forgiven already! We ask for more strength in the SPIRIT to see us control our behavior patterns which exist still with the body of skin and bones having the “flesh” that is, the old man of sin still residing. Our identiy now is as a saint, a born again new creature or creation, not the same old dead man or sinful acting person now. We walk in the Spirit and deny the flesh which we consider by faith is dead to me and I am dead to the world, the flesh and the devil really. I seek to walk in my new identify which is as a Saint and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Oh wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from this flesh, yes, as Paul said, “Even Jesus Christ our Lord”! He will and is and does!
To try and make it simple, let’s remember that the term is speaking of the innermost being of a person. When we were lost, our innermost being classified as our “heart” was defiled, a idol factory as John Calvin would say.
From this, you can see how that ‘sin’ produces these fruits and they flow from the very core of a child, orman or woman’s being. That is, their entire spirit being such as: soul and spirit (God says this is a two-fold part of man for HE can divide it and if HE sees it as two it is two); innermost being, and in fact, as a lost person, our entire conscience, mind and thoughts are evil continually.
Jeremiah 31:34 speaks of the New Covenant ‘born again’ experience or work created by our Lord in our hearts and innermost being. Jesus told Nicodemus “no one would even see the kingdom of God unless they were “born again”. Born of the SPIRIT!
Notice Jeremiah’s words:
“Behold, the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—–not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. My covenant which they broke though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their MINDS, and write it on their Hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for They ALL (all saved ones), shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
The point then is this; Born again people made so by Christ alone, through the new spiritual birth, makes a person a “totally new creation”! One that did not exist prior to the new birth. It is NEW just as the New Covenant is New! It did not exist in the same manner as in the OT even though many were saved by grace in the OT! This new creation means that the “innermost part of a lost person comes alive and is no longer dead to God and the Spirit of God”! That means the “heart is the innermost part of each of us, and it is Radically changed by the power of the resurrected Christ. He didn’t do a patch up! He didn’t do it half-way, it is NEW and it is considered holy and sanctified now!
The heart consists of at least (soul, spirit, innermost part of a human being)! The Flesh (SARX in Greek) is where sin abides. The Flesh (Carnal part of the inner part of the skin and bones of a person) still under the domain of sin! Sin, now in a Christian, that would come forth, doesn’t come from the Regenerated heart of man now, it comes from that which is in the fallen body of man, his flesh or I think we could say his or her carnal nature, where it is stationed and lives.
The New Man, struggles, as the Holy Spirit and Christ, in Whom we are now living and abiding, senses the tempations, the weakness and many times allows such sin to operate in the body. Let’s let John the Apostle interpret this. I know it is difficult because these are mysteries of the new birth and yet it is so. Note John now in 1 John 3:4-9;
“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him there is no sin. Whoever ABIDES in HIM DOES NOT SIN. WHOEVER SINS HAS NEITHER SEEN HIM NOR KNOWN HIM. Little children, let NO ONE DECEIVE YOU. He who practices righteousness is righteous, JUST AS HE IS RIGHTEOUS. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the SON OF GOD was manifested, that HE might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God DOES NOT SIN, FOR HIS SEED REMAINS IN HIM; AND HE CANNOT SIN BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN BORN OF GOD.
(NOTE: This confirms and goes along with what Paul the Apostle is stating in Romans 7 through 8! I will quote this later. But remember this!
So, it is SIN doing the Sinning and not the New Man who cannot sin, because he or she is IN CHRIST and IN CHRIST means Christ will not sin and won’t allow us to do so either. It is NOT our nature now. We are born again and totally and fully FORGIVEN, PURIFIED, MADE HOLY, HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND AS THE APOSTLE JOHN STATES HIS SEED REMAINS IN US SO WE CANNOT SIN!
This is so important to see how it all works out. Essential really, or if not, we will be very confused and very depressed, and very susceptible to shame, disgrace, and guilt! Listen carefully to what Paul states as a Christ follower and a Saved man, for the grammer demands this has to be his spiritual condition as he speaks of all of this. For a lost man would NEVER LOVE the LAW of God – NEVER!
Romans 7: 13 et.al.:
“Has then what is good (the law) become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. For WE know that the law is spiritual, but I AM CARNAL, ‘sold under sin.
For what I AM doing, I DO NOT understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.
(NOTE: No lost sinner can state such a thing. Sinners do not love the law, nor do they want to obey it and they do not hate their sin, but rather love it!_
Verse 16: “If then, I DO what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. BUT NOW, IT IS no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I KNOW that in me (that is, IN MY FLESH,) NOTHING GOOD DWELLS; for to will is present with me, but HOW to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do, but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, IT IS NO LONGER I WHO DO IT, BUT SIN THAT DWELLS IN ME. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.
Note again: Paul recognizes that alongside of his regenerated nature (heart, soul/spirit), abides this sin!
Verse 22: “For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man (Only a saint could say that).
But I see another law in my MEMBERS (Flesh, the carnal nature which exists in the body of skin and bones and blood), warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O WRETCHED MAN THAT I AM! Who will deliver me from this BODY OF DEATH? (That is now distinctively showing that we (the saint, lives in a wretched falled body),
THE VICTORY AND THE DELIVERANCE IS NOW SHOWN!
VERSE 25: “I thank God — through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, WITH THE MIND I MYSELF SERVE THE LAW OF GOD BUT WITH THE FLESH THE LAW OF SIN. There is therefore NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO DO NOT WALK ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, BUT ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT.”
No one but a born again, new creation, saint, and follower of Jesus Christ could echo these words. He uses the terms me, my, I, now, etc., proving he is the subject matter of the activities being spoken about who has this very state of being on planet earth at that moment. ALL of us are like this if we have been born again. WE ARE SAINTS AND PRIOR LISTED AS SINNERS CUT OFF FROM GOD LIVING IN DEATH AND DARKNESS. Now we have a New LIFE and a Regenerated inner man who lives and abides in Christ alone! Living in a body which was bought by Christ and the Holy Spirit is the down payment on the body, which will one day be resurrected or translated and made new also.
I must insist also that we do no wish to sin, we do not advocate it is o.k. to sin and abuse the Grace of God in us, but we must realize that as saints, we do have a body which has sin living in it and will face all the time temptations from the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Sometimes we fail and sin, gross sins, but most all the time we are not measuring up in the flesh we live in. That part of us has not been regenerated or redeemed as yet.
The new heart is new. It doesn’t have now a idol factory but the Flesh denotes sin living in the body and it is corrupt. We are now saints, so let us live as saints and realize that SIN shall NOT have dominion over us in our new man. WE died to sin so remember who we are and our identity in Christ. Sin can only operated in the unregenerate part of our body where it dwells. It can’t touch the heart, the soul, the spirit and the regenerated portion of any true believer. It can only seek to function in using the law to created sinful fruit in the body, and we are not to allow it to do so, with the help and power of the word of God and the Holy Spirit, but we still have this struggle and will have until we are glorified. SINLESS PERFECTIONISM DOESN’T EXIST IN ANY TRUE SAINT LIVING IN A FALLEN BODY. ONLY IN THE SENSE OF THE NEW CREATION THAT LIVES WITHIN THAT BODY CAN ONE BE CONSIDERED NOT SINNING AND A SAINT! HOLY! SANCTIFIED! BORN AGAIN!
If all of this is not true, then we have a very confused situation existing, that is, the entire new creation is polluted and Christ and the Holy Spirit and the Father who dwells in us is implicated in the sin that goes on as it expresses itself outwardly in our bodies. For we are IN CHRIST JESUS, and the HOLY SPRIT dwells within the New Creation and is HID by God there. That is why God can look upo you and I CHRIST and see NO SIN AT ALL – FOR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE SINS ARE TOTALLY COVERED AND NO MORE! This is really being debated all the time in many circles, but in my opinion, I think this is where we are, according to the word of God given to us, especially by Christ and Paul.
John Piper seems to come to these conclusions also but his idea of the “heart” seems to be flawed for he considers it to still be in a state of progressive sanctification, which I would consider that progressive work is spiritual maturity regarding knowing God and Christ and more knowledge of Him etc., along with of course, more spiritual strength exerted through the Spirit to control the operation of SIN in the body we inhabit. I see the heart as a NEW born again Creation by God Himself living in me. Kept by HIM, Me hiding in Him, Covered by His blood, Sheltered from wrath, condemnation, and the Anger of God the Judge, until the day of my passing out of this wretched body, to be with Him in the City of God prepared for me and all of us who know Him! Hope this helps you deal with your own personal struggles which we all go through in Life!
Conclusion: 1 Thessalonians 5: 23-24 reads, “Now may the God of peace Himself Sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who CALLS you is faithful, He will surely do it.”
That was Paul’s prayer for the body of Christ in Thessalonica and for all down through the centuries.
READ Paul Tripp’s words in his bookMorning Meditations;
“You and I live between the “already” and the “not yet.”
Already God has set His plan of Grace in motion.
Already the prophets have spoken.
Already Jesus has come.
Already He has suffered and died.
Already He has risen in victory from the tomb.
Already the Spirit has come.
Already the Word has been given.
But not yet is God’s work in the world finished.
Not yet is His work in our ‘hearts’ done. (*The flesh inside filled with sin, not the born again new creation)! *My words
Not yet is the last enemy under His feet.
Not yet is He ready to say: “Beloved, all things are now ready. Enter into my final kingdom.”
Read Psalm 89!
*Remember, the born again or new birth, the regenerated, the identity of the “real saint” – you and I, the sanctified already one, the innermost heart, soul and spirit, which IS IN CHRIST JESUS AND IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND IN THE FATHER GOD, WHO ABIDES IN US AND WITH US ALWAYS, MEANS THAT YOU AND I WILL NEVER BE MORE SAVED AND IN CHRIST THAN WE ARE TODAY! He perfected that when He did the work of Regeneration, that is, being made alive from the dead. He DID NOT DO A PATCH UP JOB! Our body now, is in a process of being sanctified, set apart for holy use, and which houses the carnal, and is called the flesh, and sin which dwells therein, will give us many problems and struggles during our remaining time on earth. That is why we need Ephesians chapter 6 spiritual warfare spiritual armor on daily. Remember also, our skin, bones, veins, muscles, tendons, blood, WHICH IS MATTER, IS NOT SIN, BUT SIN DWELLS IN IT TO DESTROY IT. Thanks be unto God His Holy Spirit has claimed this body and will resurrect it after it dies, or will translate it when He comes in the clouds back to earth one day. Either way we get a full package; body, soul, spirit fully glorified and free of sin and its effects.