Everyone works for God, but not all work for the glory and honor of God!
Our third principle found in scripture is when working out HIS (GOD’s) own plans, God uses Everyone, even the devil himself. That may be shocking to you if you have never heard this or thought about it. But even the Devil serves God’s purposes!! Of course, the devil has never done one thing out of love or obedience to God willingly. He works to undermine God and God’s people all the time. He has never done one thing to bring Glory to God! He hates God, He hates God’s creation and human beings and he seeks to frustrate the purposes of God. But in the end, all he does will further the purposes of God!
Notice: ISAIAH 10: 7-11
“But this is not what he (the Assyrian) intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations. Are not my commanders all kings! he says. ……As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols, kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria; shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images as I dealt with Samaria and her idols.”
We see here the Assyrian kingdom did not have God in mind at all. All they thought about was gaining power and control and destroying other nations. But behind the scenes, God is the ONE directing the entire situation.
The sovereign and Almighty God directs the Assyrians MIND in order to accomplish HIS own purpose of judgment upon Israel. So much for the false idea that God never forces himself on anyone!! you have to be kidding!! All throughout scripture God is always interfering with people’s minds and acts!
He is the ONE who does the very FIRST work in our heart to bring us to Christ!! WE don’t! He is the FIRST CAUSE OF ALL THINGS EXCEPT HE DID NOT PRODUCE SIN, SATAN DID THAT AND IT WAS FOR GOD’S ULTIMATE PURPOSE AND PLAN TO BRING GLORY AND HONOR TO HIS NAME!
MAN’S WRATH GLORIFIES GOD!
PSALMS 76:10 – ‘…SURELY THE WRATH OF MAN SHALL PRAISE YOU(GOD)!”……”AND YOU RESTRAINETH THE RESIDUE THEREOF.”
GOD IS SAYING MAN IS FILLED WITH WRATH AGAINST GOD AND HIS AUTHORITY AND GOD IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR WRATH OR ACTIONS EXPRESSED IN THEIR WRATH. The point about the “residue thereof, is that God does not see fit to use all of man’s wrath all of the time for His purposes, but HE chooses when to do so in every situation He so desires.” Having said that, all the Devil will do will ultimately show forth God’s glory and sovereignty and power. Nothing the Devil does will ever be acceptable or of value in the strictist since it was sin and rebellion motivated.
“Man’s ‘free will’ is 100 percent responsible for both every ounce of wrath and sin in man’s heart and for every act produced by that wrath and sin. Nevertheless, God totally controls and directs the man’s heart. All of man’s wrath that will further God’s purposes is allowed to surface and is used and controlled by God towards His own ends.” (Quote from John Reisinger)
Remember: Joseph’s brothers did their deeds out of hatred, but God meant it for Good. God had ordained it to happen for Good ultimately. The Assyrian and the Chaldean nations were motivated by lust for power and control and property, but God in in charge of their every work and endeavor to bring about God’s purpose!
Also, the Cross of Christ and His suffering was carried out by evil and wicked men, but the fact is God wanted Christ on the Cross as HIS Lamb to pay the penalty for our Sins and atone for them, and set us from so we could have eternal everlasting Life and be in the Body of Christ as His bride and a member of the Forever family of God.
FURTHER STUDY ON PROVIDENCE:
Some further study on this subject one could consider are things such as:
God punishes the very people He uses to accomplish His purposes! Or, how God uses men like David and his pride and Satan’s hatred to accomplish God’s own purposes. Satan’s hand as the agent who brings the evil, but we must also see God’s hand as the Sovereign MOVER and CONTROLLER. God can and will use Satan often to bring things upon mankind, but it is God who sent them! In closing one should also study how that All affliction is not chastisement from God due to a person personally sinning! Job is a case in point.
So lots of things need to be studied rather than just thinking evil and trouble is ONLY from Satan alone, it isn’t! However, there would be no evil and trouble if Satan had not sinned and left his first estate of being and dragging with him 1/3 of the Angels in heaven. But, having said that, God was not taken by surprise, and HE purposed that it be as it was, yet God was without sin, and did not sin, and will never sin, but always Uses Sin for His purposes and turns things around for His glory and honor! He is in control of all things or they would NEVER happen and have any power to function for Christ controls our very abilities to live and breath and function but not only us, but also all of His creation, Satan included and the fallen angels. Big study but one worth while!
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!
“The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. O Lord, how long shall I cry, and you will not hear! even cry out to you about violence, and you will not save! Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? For spoiling and violence are before me; and there are those that raise up strife and contention. Therefore the law is stacked, and judgment does never go forth; for the wicked do compass about the righteous, therefore wrong judgment proceeds! Behold you among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously, for I will work a work in your days, which you will not believe, though it be told to you. For, listen, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs.”
In verse 6 God tells Habakkuk HE is at work even though Habakkuk didn’t think so! God is not deaf, God is not blind or helpless. He tells Habakkuk and the Prophet gets even more confused and upset. God is going to use the Chaldeans as a chastisement to God’s own people Israel! God is responsible for sending them against Israel due to Israel’s sins!
THE DEVIL DID IT!
That is what many people would say today, the devil did it and God has nothing to do with all of this. The Covid-19, and the Protests and Riots and Murders and evil going on. God made it happen by using evil people. God does not sin but uses evil and evil people to accomplish His work which eventually be seen as absolutely the RIGHT thing and BEST thing to have been done whether we like it or not!
John Reisinger said, “blaming all of our difficulties on the devil is a backhanded way of strengthening our own self-righteous conceit: “We really must be super-spiritual Christians to be attacked so strongly by the devil!”
So, until we see the hand of God in everything taking place in life, we will fight both God and the very purpose for which He sends the problem. A final word on this second principle of Providence: See Isaiah 10:5,6; “O Assyrian the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is MINE Indignation. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.”
God is sending the Assyrian against Israel as He did the Chaldeans. John Reisinger also stated,”The most dangerous person to listen to at such times is the ‘sweet pious soul’ that says, “My God is too loving and kind to do anything like that.” I have heard others say God is a gentlemen and will never force Himself on anyone! The problem with those statements is “their God” would not act like that because “their God” came out of their own emotional imaginations and not from the word of God!
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 sources, except 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.
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 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 for it is now in Christ Jesus and is imputed with Christ holiness and is pure and holy and sanctified now! IN CHRIST and IN GOD the Father and IN the HOLY SPIRIT.
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!
Are we really Holy and Righteous new people, or is it just a matter of ‘one’ day becoming such later in heaven with Jesus? Did HE really forgive, remove, past, present and future sins in our lives or is it that we continually fail and never overcome here in this life, but only when we enter heaven? If we are not really righteous now, then what are we? Are we close to being perfect, close to being victorious over sin, and close to being a son of God or are we now sons of God, hidden in Christ and He sees us pure and holy? It seems like we are just getting caught up in rolling the dice hoping we may win at the end if such answers can’t be solid and definite and more clearer than what we hear from most pulpits today!
I. ARE WE RIGHTEOUS OR ARE WE WAITING TO BECOME RIGHTEOUS SOME DAY IN THE FUTURE?
Romans 6:18 reads, “….having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
It is not that God looks upon us as if we are righteous, but the opposite, that WE ARE RIGHTEOUS NOW!! His word states, “For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous.” 1 Peter 3:12. It is now a actual state of being, we are in. Not just looking to Jesus through God’s eyes, and then seeing Him and us in him, but rather, He made us HOLY and PURE in our hearts and souls and spirit, by HIS power of course from and through Jesus. Certainly it is based upon the entire work of Christ passively and actively here on earth. And now through constant intercession for us at the Throne of God. He is our Advocate, our Lawyer, our Intercessor 24/7! But it is REAL righteousness of Christ IMPUTED TO US NOW not some day in the future.
We are either new persons or we are not! We can’t be both! Either we are saints or we are still wicked sinners. You and I can’t be both! God will have none of that! He hates sin. He will have nothing to do with sin but to judge it. We have been RAISED to walk in newness of Life with Him. We are really BORN of the Spirit. A real Transformation took place.
1 John 2:29 reads: “If you know that HE is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is BORN OF HIM.”
2 Peter 1:4 states, “we..are partakers of the Divine Nature.” This divine nature can NEVER sin – will not sin – will not fall. It remains always righteous.
Notice Galatians 3:21 – “Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God?May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to IMPART Life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law.” So we have not only Imputed righteousness but we have imparted righteousness too!
Remember this: When we were called, drawn, and saved by God’s Amazing Grace, we were born again – we received a new heart, soul and spirit. But, our bodies, and all of the faculties associated with the functionality of human body such as the flesh(skin) bones, blood, tendons, nerves, brain matter, etc., DID NOT GET CHANGED ONE BIT. They bodily functions are still the same all the way through life.
Within that body which is aging and falling apart, decaying, dying, lives a power called SIN! It houses itself in that part of our innermost being called the FLESH. It works to make our bodily functions do wrong. Our desires go astray, they lust. Our appetites are out of control, we eat to much. Our thoughts can be wrong, and we can still easily allow the Flesh to operate under the temptation that comes and sin comes about bring more death to the body of skin and bones.
So, why then do we sin still, for all of us do not measure up in this life lived in the body here?
However, SIN CANNOT TOUCH THE NEW BORN CHILD OF GOD WHO DWELLS AND LIVES IN CHRIST. We are now Saints, Holy people, a holy nation of people, a member of the body of Christ, having a new heart, a new spirit and a new soul. Christ abiding in us and dwelling in us, and we in Him keeps us from Sin and Satan and from falling now and forevermore!
One day the old flesh with its sin will die and go back to dust. One day it will be raised perfect and holy and sanctified also, called really glorified. So all of our total being now in that moment will be perfected, body, soul and spirit and heart.
That is what is sinning now and what we struggle with. That is our spiritual warfare today. The Holy Spirit with our spirit struggle with the flesh and sin. Sometimes we fail, and sometimes we sin. It is a ongoing matter.
But the new person as Paul says’ does not sin but loves the Law and it is now sin that dwells in our Flesh that sins and not us. Also, John stated we who are in SEED (singular) Christ do not practice sin or sin at all. We can’t for HE is hiding us in Himself always. He never leaves and we never all out and back in. But the flesh can still sin. This dichotomy exists.
Let us run the race with patience looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our FAith. This is the constant work of God in us now sanctifying the flesh slowly and with certantainy one day in which He will glorify it with the BIG change of resurrection.
One part of us is as saved as we could ever be. Another part of us, our flesh is still waiting for the Big change of glorification and resurrection which is to come later.