GRACE – LESSON 6: Final!

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INTRODUCTION:

I have covered a lot of territory and much more could be said about the matters written about. Hopefully the skeleton is provided with enough other facets one can put it all together and determine the truth about our propositions and hermeneutical approach to the entire teachings. I am convinced that the New Covenant approach to Biblical interpretation is most correct and biblical approach. The others leave a lot of knots dangling and in a lot of matters actually misrepresent the word of God, so it is not rightly divided as Paul instructed Timothy so, ministers must work hard at doing this.

In this last article on the subject, I would like to just highlight some major points, perhaps question concepts and hopefully make us think about what we are teaching, saying, preaching, etc.! All of us I trust, use the proper words and have some understanding about them, but many times, I have found, I just echo words I have heard others say and teach, not stopping and meditating upon what they mean and what they imply. In doing so, it is easy to get off target and present something to the people of this world that isn’t quite correct. Usually this isn’t done purposefully, but is rather, just our own lack of careful observation and devotion to detail. However, we do have voices out there who are promoting with passion, and a die hard devotion to actual heretical views. From those we must turn away from, and from others we must in love and care, assist each other, to present the clarity and actual complete word meanings establishing God’s intention He had in the word presented. It doesn’t matter what I think or what ideas I have, what matters is WHAT DOES GOD ACTUALLY SAY! It doesn’t matter what it means to me, it is what Jesus speaks and means and so I bow to that. That is the final last rung we are at and must stay at if we are faithful to His word and to HIM!

I. SUMMARY OF WHAT THE DOCTRINE OF GRACE TEACHES US!

  1. It teaches us that God is the Author and Perfecter of our faith, not us! Not by works we do! All of unmerited, unearned Grace, a gift from God. That means all facets of it. Faith, Repentance, Regeneration, Calling, Drawing, First Cause matters, etc.! HE DOES IT ALL! Abilities to even reason and think about the Gospel and trust in Him are gifts from God!
  1. ERRORS FOUND IN THE CHURCH CONCERNING GRACE.

SCRIPTURES TO READ TO FIND TRUTHS STATED BELOW: Romans; Galatians; Hebrews; Colossians; John; and 1 John 1.

A. Decisions not made by man first, but rather God’s decision to do the work in man regarding Salvation issues came first.

B. Grace and Mercy were planned by God before the Foundation of the world!

C. All of creation, earth, Universe, Galaxies, Angels, Mankind, Animals, etc., all planned before Creation of any of those mentioned here.

D. GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER ALL BOTH IN THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. ALWAYS IN CHARGE REGARDING EVERY MINUTE DETAIL OR MACRO DETAIL! Chance and accidents do not exist with God!

E. Mankind is classified as humans who have sinned, and also, are sinful (their state of being from conception)! He or she is classified as impotent spiritually (Godward), totally self-centered and engaging in sinful fruit coming forth in their lives daily. People are as bad off as they can possibly be spiritually, but do not engage in what could be considered the worse things they could possibly do, because God by His grace keeps back people from engaging in absolute total depraved matters. From time to time God allows some to do very evil and wicked things among the other peoples on earth.

F. People WILL not turn from their sins, will not trust in Christ or God ever for salvation. They do not wish to do this, they do not entertain doing this, and in fact due to Sin and their Father who is Satan, cannot escape and do it even if they were so inclined, which they are not. A stronger ONE has to break down the door into Satan’s kingdom to rescue the souls who are perishing! There is only ONE who can do that and HIS name is Jesus Christ, the Lord, the Commander in Chief of Heavens Armies!

**G. To escape punishment in hell and the lake of fire, people have to receive from God through Christ a ‘new spiritual birth’, a birth that is a real new creation or creature, brought into existence, a person that is the same person, but his or her entire inner person is changed to be a Holy, Sanctified, Everlasting, Eternal Life individual now and not later, and one who is totally IN CHRIST, IN GOD, IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND PERFECT IN ALL WAYS THAT IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS IMPLIES! This means Christ Jesus has been shown to them as the ONLY Name given to mankind under heaven whereby they may be saved from God’s wrath and condemnation for their rebellion and sinful state of being.

H. Mankind (male and female), when Regenerated (Life spiritually granted to them), or when they have the New Birth from God, God changes their heart (innermost being), their soul and their spirit. Mystery exists in regard to our 5 Senses (touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste) in terms of how they are interrelated to the New Person created by the power of God at salvation. But they interact with the new man, to carry out holy and sacred activities during their life, and worship of God in truth and practice.

I. The part of mankind that is NOT regenerated and changed is that which is called and classified as the Old Man or the Flesh. Flesh is used in two ways in the Bible; 1. The skin, bones, blood, nerves, organs, etc.! 2. Flesh (Sarx Sin Lives There) has to do with the body which has dwelling within it SIN as a entity. It is here that sin lives and functions and seeks to use the “desires” and “normal” activities of man in a wrong or sinful manner. Example: Man has a normal unsinful appetite for food. But sin will seek to tempt a person to overeat and go to excessive measures in food consumption. That is then called a sinful act on a person’s part, by allowing the thought and enticement by Satan and Sin to create the out of order appetite actions. It becomes harmful, but normal and proper usage is not sinful and is helpful and keeps one alive on planet earth!

By the way, this is where the Sanctification process is directed by God as HE uses us to enter the battle against sin and trespasses. We are Totally Sanctified and Pure and Holy in the New Man or Person born again, and regenerated, but not totally sanctified in the flesh. It is still in its fallen status. The struggle comes as the flesh and sin war against the “new man in Christ Jesus” and this goes on as we learn throughout life how to overcome the world, the flesh and the Devil putting on the garments of Praise as we take the “sword of the Spirit, the word of God” going forth to conquer sin and slay it,hating even the garments defiled by it!

We win some and lose sometimes, but this NEVER affects the Newborn again totally sanctified soul and spirit and portion of our innermost being the heart which is sanctified. Since the term ‘heart’ is used a lot, that portion of our innermost being called the Flesh is a part that is not transformed yet, so be careful as you use this term implicating the absolutely wonderful work of God in Salvation creating a new person who is now a saint of God. God did not patch up things and left them to be messy and requiring more work. No, a totally New person was created in Jesus Christ, the same person, but new in their State of Being, now called Saints! But God did leave us to wait until Glorification takes place concerning the body of sin which we live in until we pass away or are translated by Christ at His coming!

J. The last two statements mean this; The New born again person is now a new person because God actually makes them perfect, saved, forgiven (all sins past, present and future), holy, sanctified, and actually sons of God, dwelling in God, Abiding in God, and He abides and dwells within us, both being in the actual flesh and blood body! A perfect new holy person who is now not classified a sinner but a saint! A new identity. What is NOT changed is the body of normal flesh and blood, and also the fallen sinful part called the FLESH (Carnal) place where sin dwells and works from! Sin takes the tempation generated by using the LAW of God, and bringing it to focus creating a desire to disobey that Law, and then when the disobedience takes place, Sin results and death spiritually continues. Sin brings forth death.

The physical body and the sin in it will eventually see and experience physical death and go back to the dust. However the new man created, which does not sin and cannot sin because he or she is in Christ the SEED, and Protected Always from death, hell, the grave, sin, and all things which would spiritually harm the new person created. However, the presence of the Holy Spirit in the body who indwells the new saved person, is considered a Down Payment upon the ownership of the body, and will eventually raise that body up from the dust of the earth (DNA) and make it a new perfect body (a spiritual body) LIKE Christ had when He rose from the dead. So we will live with Him eternally in that new body, soul and spirit which HE created by the powerful Gospel work which took place on planet earth at the moment of Salvation. A Now and Not yet moment at the new birth existed, just relating to the New Inner man and the old man still there for a period of time on this earth. The lost are totally the OLD MAN and have not the New spiritual birth, and they perish!

K. SO, DOES A PERSON SIN AFTER HE OR SHE IS BORN AGAIN. IS THERE SINLESS PERFECTION EXISTING? THE ANSWER IS YES in both cases, THEY DO, and they don’t! Is this a contradiction or chaotic confused thought? No, not when you learn WHO we really are as born again human beings! Notice:

THE FLESH BRINGS FORTH SIN, and the flesh (the unregenerated part of mankind who has been saved, THE NEW SAVED PERSON IN CHRIST AND ALONG WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, FIGHT AGAINST THE FLESH, SEEK TO SLAY THE FLESHLY DESIRES OUT OF ORDER, AND THIS FIGHT AND STRUGGLE GOES ON UNTIL WE LEAVE THIS EARTH. We may not by faith stop or control the flesh in its desires to sin, and so comes about in that sense. SO SINLESS PERFECTION IS NOT ATTAINABLE in the Flesh, the fallen unregenerate portion of our bodies WHILE WE ARE IN THE FLESH.

BUT HOWEVER, THE NEW PERSON, THE NEW MAN, THE BORN AGAIN SPIRITUAL PERSON, WHO IS IN CHRIST JESUS, HAS THE FATHER IN THEIR NEW HEART, SOUL AND SPIRIT, CANNOT SIN AND IT IS NO THE NEW MAN SINNING BUT THE SIN DOING THE SINNING IN THE FALLEN BODY OF FLESH.

THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN THEM, CANNOT SIN AND DUE TO THAT PRESENCE OF GOD IN US WE ARE PERFECT IN CHRIST JESUS, THE SEED!

JOHN STATES THIS IN 1 JOHN 1, AND ALSO PAUL STATES IN ROMANS 7. THE FLESH AND SIN WORK SINFUL FRUITS, AND THUS SINCE THAT IS PART OF WHO WE ARE IN THE BODY, WE STILL SIN, BUT THE SINS ARE FORGIVEN, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE ONES! GOD LOOKS UPON US AS COMPLETE IN CHRIST JESUS. HOLY, SACRED, AND AS SAINTS BECAUSE OF ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED.

CLOSING REMARKS:

REMEMBER OUR BODY FUNCTIONS, BECAUSE GOD IS CONTROLLING THE SPIRIT, LIVING WITHIN, AND HE DECIDES WHEN HE WILL LEAVE AND TAKE US OUR OF THIS BODY IN DEATH. REMEMBER, GOD IS NOT ‘UP THERE’ SOMEWHERE FAR AWAY. HE IS IN US AND WE ARE IN HIM! THAT IS A BIG DIFFERENCE. DO WE RECOGNIZE WE ARE ‘IN HIM’ NOW, AND HE IS HERE IN US NOW? He maintains eternal life in us right now!

THE NEW PERSON WILL NEVER DIE, HE OR SHE WILL JUST MOVE OUT OF THE BODY AND THEIR LOCATION WILL IMMEDIATELY BE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN GLORY, IN THE HEAVENLIES, IN THE CITY OF GOD, AND A TEMPORARY SPIRITUAL BODY WILL BE GIVEN TO US UNTIL THE RESURRECTION OF OUR FORMER BODIES TAKE PLACE. WE ARE NOT UNCLOTHED. WE ARE NOT LIKE SOME IDEAS OF A SPIRIT FLOATING AROUND, BUT WILL HAVE A SPIRITUAL BODY WHICH HAS SHAPE AND FORM. Example of this found in the Gospel: Elijah and Moses on the Mount with Jesus as the Disciples looked at them seeing human form with Jesus!

by Lamar

GRACE! LESSON 5!

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INTRODUCTION:

How does Grace change us? As a human being, I am composed of many various parts. The makeup of a human is so full of mystery to the average person due to its complexity. Medical science has worked on the human body finding out so much of what is behind the outward skin and appearance. Others devote their lives to the study of the mind, the brain, our personalities, etc.! We are certainly one of the most if not the most complex beings God has created in all of His world.

I. THE GRACE OF GOD WHICH BRINGS ABOUT REGENERATION (THE NEW BIRTH), AFFECTS ALL OF MAN’S INNERMOST BEING!

If a surgeon were to cut your body open in a operating room they would NOT find the power of sin inside or righteous either. Not only that they can’t see our thoughts, our spirit, our soul, neither the innermost heart of person. Just the organs, the muscles, the tendons, the nerves, the blood and veins or arteries. But that which is unseen is so important, important enough to mean that the body will not stay alive without them. Such things as the spirit, the soul, the mind, the conscience, the heart (innermost part of people not the organ), is not seen. All of this is impacted by the power of God in the regeneration process (new birth, or the born again experience).

The Doctor can’t see sin either! Nor can we! It is invisible. But every day it is busy delivering messages to us. It is like the time clocks or watches, but it never stops, but continually working to create sinful acts expressed outwardly or even inwardly. Even though it isn’t a being like a human, or an Angel or some other creature it does have such ability to act and react within us.

II. THE GRACE OF GOD BRINGS POWERFUL STRIKES AGAINST SIN, AND ACTUALLY SLAYS IT OR PUTS IT TO DEATH!

Jesus our Lord was tempted with thoughts, but He had NO sin within Him. His temptation was from without, from Satan himself! But the word flowing from our Lord’s lips put to death the inticements of sin the Devil sent out to Him!

In us however, as sinners, people conceived and born into the world with it dwelling within us, realize that sin is tugging at us, by appealing to our five senses. We must remember that receiving “thoughts” is not sinful, but only temptation from either the Devil, the world systems or culture promoting such, or our own Flesh where sin abides, or our following through with the thoughts which are evil!

This means that the New Man or New Creation which we are is not sinning and cannot sin because we are in the PERFECT ONE who shelters the new born person in His everlasting arms. He never leaves us or forsakes us. He is there all the time 24/7! His SEED or the very Presence of God is in His Temple which is us and cannot sin nor can we since we are in Him. However, our Flesh does sin and that is where sin resides 24/7, but through the Spirit and power of the Lord we are taught and shown how to even keep it in check and defeat in and slay it while it seeks to harm us spiritually.

I close by stating and agreeing with God, that the old self is gone, dead, and our struggle isn’t against myself (our new self), but only dealing with the body of Flesh and the old man which exists. This is certainly a mystery, but it is in actuality and we know we are fighting against a powerful group of foes; the world, the flesh and the Devil. That is who we struggle with for all three are the ones involved in and with Sin itself! Other lessons cover sanctification which is a continuing work we engage in through the Spirit of God throughout our physical life on earth. It works on the fallen “flesh” area where sin dwells!

III. THE CHURCH HAS BEEN TAUGHT A FALSE NARRATIVE CONCERNING THE WORK OF REGENERATION!

What I have written indicates such! Am I better than the majority of the Systematic Theologians down through the last five hundred years? No, not at all. It is just human nature for people to fall in line and study from those who seem to be the authorities and popular ones in any given generation on issues like this, and also the seminaries and bible colleges follow the same line of reasoning. It is sort of like the views on Arminianism and Reformed theology concerning Election, etc.! Both can’t be correct, one is wrong.

The same is on the subject matter I bring up. Confusion, and uncertainty and problems spiritually are rampant due to the teachings that are popular today. Of course, the New Covenant folks basically have got it down correctly, but those of the other side have mimicked the lines of reasoning on things like this I am dealing with. Let’s look at some areas where this is taking place.

CHRIST DIED ONCE FOR SIN! IT IS FINISHED!
  1. When the Bible clearly states our sins are all forgiven, that is, our original sin which all are born with, which is a state of unbelief or faith, and the sins, plural, which we engage in during life called the fruits of sin, according to the words of God and Christ, which state “they all have been forgiven!
  2. God doesn’t see them any more, they are removed as far as the east is from the west, to be remembered no more!! That is justification by faith because of the Grace and mercy of God. Yes, we find the teachings out there which keep us all under the curse of sin, the bondage of sin, the shame and disgrace and guilt of sin all the time! They call it Progressive Sanctification. We are all still having a Old Heart which is a idol factory, our Old spirit and soul which fails and is not perfect but still sinning etc.! Saying such things keeps one focused upon the sin and the law and surely all will continue to walk in the flesh because of such teachings. We will all be miserable.
  3. HOWEVER, BUT GOD! He has the last words on this. First, it is clear from Romans and Galatians, and really, all of the New Covenant teachings, we have a NEW HEART, a NEW soul, and a NEW spirit and are placed INTO CHRIST, INTO GOD, INTO THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND THE ONE GOD RESIDES IN HIS TEMPLE WHICH IS THE BODY OF THE NEWBORN CREATION, YOU AND I, IF WE ARE BORN AGAIN!
  4. Another factor to consider is this and it is a mystery I know but we are told it exists like this; remaining sin is in the body, it is called the flesh, it is carnal, and alongside of that part of our system is THE NEW CREATION, THE REGENERATED PART OF MAN!
  5. That new man struggles and also the Holy Spirit, with the indwelling sin we have, which is still called the Flesh (Sarx-Greek word)! The battle rages through out our lives. But we are NEW, we are not fallen from Grace, or from His presence and our position in Him when we see sin break forth from time to time, and we (the regenerated new man) are not sinning and sinful. That is what John said in 1 JOhn 1 and also Paul stated in Romans 7.
  6. Men can try to make it go away with their twisting and inventing theories to make it so, but it won’t go away folks. We are perfect in that new man! But the old man is not perfect but sinful! So, sin still resides inside of our bodies!
  7. Through the Holy Spirit and our position in Him we are involved in putting down its tentacles that rise up and seeks to destroy us. This is a mystery still I think to all of us! But that is the way God has left it in us, to deal with.
  8. Jesus DIED once and for all for our sins! He is not being slain again, and again, as the Mass portrays Him without Roman Catholicism. Nor is He being slain again when we come now as New born children of God, when we sin again and come crawling around asking Him to die for us again, and again, and again as we plead for forgiveness!! That is really what we are doing! Asking God to forgive that which is already forgiven! We should confess, asking God to help us through the Spirit and His power to slay the temptation and the activities we are engaged in which are wrong.
  9. HE DID SAY WE WERE FORGIVEN BASED ON THE ONE TIME DEATH AND RESURRECTION WORK CALLED THE GOSPEL! Hebrews states there is no more sacrifice from sin after we trust in Him for the atonement. And people who do not trust in this ONE sacrifice for sins forever, will perish! No sacrifice left, He was the only one! We are married to Him and are ALIVE all the time now, not dead! We are dead to the Law and to Sin – that is ME the New man.
  10. The old man is dead in trespasses and sins NOW and it is in the body which will die because of it, but I WON’T DIE. WHEN YOU SEE MY FUNERAL OR REPORT, I AM DEAD, DON’T BELIEVE A WORD OF IT, BECAUSE I AM ALIVE IN JESUS CHRIST AND WITH HIM FOREVER!! Why can’t the bride of Christ see this today? Why are they still trying to crucify Him anew every day of their lives! We are either forgiven or we are not! So states His message of justification by father because of His grace and mercy!
  11. So, yes we bring our “flesh” and its “sins” to the Lord and confess, but we know they are already forgiven, but we ask for strength, and power over the Flesh to not go there and practice such sins. We sin in so many ways you can’t even begin to count them.
  12. Unknown sins, which appear to not harm others, lack of love for others, lack of love totally for God Himself, not witnessing for Christ as we should, not giving enough of our life or funds to the Glory of Christ in this life, not meditating and studying the word enough, and on and on I can go!
  13. What does that mean? It means that if we are guilty of breaking any one holy, righteous matter before God we are guilty of breaking the whole Law and are Lawbreakers or sinners!
  14. But I say again, with Paul and John, it is not I but sin that dwells in my flesh that sins, for I love Christ, I love the Triune God, I love His law and His character of holiness! That is not a cop out at all! It is reality! It is spiritual reality! It means I know that I am SAVED from HIS wrath, His condemnation, and all of them are paid for and HE sees them no more in therms of judgement and anger.
  15. YES, HE IS GRIEVED, FOR WE CAN GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN SIN TAKES PLACE. BUT WE ARE ALWAYS WITH HIM, IN HIM, LOVED BY HIM, COVERED IN THE BLOOD ATONEMENT BY HIM, ALWAYS ABIDING IN HIM AND DWELLING IN HIM, BECAUSE HE IS IN US AND WITH US AND DWELLS WITH US 24/7. We love His law, but use it properly! We love morality and not sin! As new creations in Christ we LOVE GOD! Our flesh however is filled with sin! Until we die or Jesus comes back that is the way it is!!!
  16. QUESTION: If one has a problem with my consensus on these issues may I ask this question: How can I be in Christ, in the Father, and in the Holy Spirit (the Triune God), and have God dwelling IN MY BODY WHICH IS HIS TEMPLE, and be seated with HIM in the heavenlies right now AND SIN? If I sin, then God would have to sin because we are NOT IN HIM and HE is in US! Doesn’t make sense at all to go that direction. My contention is the Regenerated part of the human does not sin because we are IN CHRIST, and the unregenerate part of us – our body is dwelling what is called the FLESH, where sin abides! It is seeking always to express itself, and we the new man or creation struggle against such!

by Lamar Carnes 5/9/2020 – 7 weeks Homebound -Social Distancing!

GRACE: LESSON 4

GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US!

INTRODUCTION:

Continuing our lessons on the doctrine of Grace, I think it would be wise to remember a few basic revelations about Grace given by Paul the Apostle in the book of Ephesians.

Ephesians chapter 3 speaks about the “dispensation of the grace of God, given to Paul to share with the people of God. He even states that this revelation shown to him was a mystery, and the mystery of Christ, which in other ages (times) was NOT made known to anyone, as it is being revealed to him and the other apostles during his days! He lets us know that this revelation came directly from God the Holy Spirit to him and the others.

What is this revelation? He states in verse 6 these words; “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of the His promise in Christ by the Gospel. He also states in verse 9, “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery which from the beginning of the world has been h id in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.”

One other reason this Gospel was revealed at this time is found in his words in verse 10; “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places MIGHT BE KNOWN BY THE CHURCH THE MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD, ACCORDING TO THE ETERNAL PURPOSE WHICH HE PURPOSED IN CHRIST JESUS OUT LORD.”

He goes on in verse 19 to state the purposes also are as follows; “And to KNOW the LOVE of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Back in verse 18, he said, that we, “may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” — that is knowing Christ and His love which is so awesome and powerful and mighty and all consuming.

I. GRACE REPLACES THE LAW KEEPING AND THE ENTIRE MOSAIC LAW SYSTEM!

In chapter 4 of Ephesians, Paul will begin to share with us that this powerful new birth, this new creation (creature) we are now, took place by God alone. He made the change. He brought the life, the light, and the abilities to embrace all of the facets of the Gospel message and now KNOW and be KNOWN by Christ our Savior.

One reading chapter 4 and following will say to me perhaps, ‘you have stated the law is over and we now live under Grace and do not use the law, but I read here all about sin and how we are to not sin anymore and commit the sins I read about here. Aren’t you wrong in thinking about the law like you do, don’t we need the law, it seems Paul is stating such here?”

The answer to that is NO, that is not what Paul is saying that all. Paul is addressing the face that GRACE WORK’S in our lives producing holy living, it sanctifies us, it gives us power to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. If you will notice he mentions the fruits of sin that seek to express various improper activities in our life daily. Notice HE is not speaking of Law, he is addressing the SIN or Sins as they are flowing from the FLESH where they reside.

The NEW man is holy, sanctified, in Christ, in God, in the Holy Spirit, a new creation, having a new heart, a new soul and a new spirit. Paul is addressing not that born again new creation, but rather, the OLD man which is the Flesh, where sin resides and seeks to promote itself by “fleshing out” and doing its wrong deeds. Yes, the law exposed sin and showed what it was and what it was like, but Paul is NOT SAYING TO THE CHRISTIAN THEY ARE TO LOOK TO THE LAW OR TO SIN ITSELF AND TRY AND CONQUER IT BY THE MEANS OF THE LAW. HE NEVER STATES THAT!

He is emphasizing that we are “to put off these things” by the Holy Spirit’s power. We are to flee to Christ Jesus, to the escape routes He has given to us, regarding the “all things” given to live a life of godliness and holiness. I remember even in the Old Testament Joseph a man who was saved, and had a high place of honor in a King’s cabinet. He was seduced by the King’s wife, but he turned her down and what did he say. He told her that he had been placed in the King’s household having a place of honor and that he could not conduct himself in such a manner with that King’s wife. But the real reason he said that he would not go along with her enticement was, “He could not SIN against GOD”! He feared God more than man. He fear God more than the King. He feared God more than allow her demands and commands to commit adultery. AND WHAT DID HE DO? DID HE LOOK TO THE LAW TO GIVE HIM POWER TO HANDLE THIS? NO! BUT RATHER HE USED THE ESCAPE WHICH CHRIST SHOWED HIM AND GAVE HIM, AND THAT WAS TO FLEE, TO RUN, AND ESCAPE FROM THE PRESENCE OF SIN! God has promised to give us a escape route when we are tempted if we will only look for it, quickly pray for it to be shown. In this case it was to FLEE.

I remember a story told by an evangelist of the past in our country named Billy Sunday. He was a former baseball player on a national team. God saved him and one of his prior sin’s dominating his life was drinking liquor and getting drunk. He said, one day after he had been saved sometime and entered the ministry of evangelism, he was walking down the streets in a large city and was passing by a Bar and Tavern. He said he had a great temptation to go into the bar and get some liquor. But, he said, I immediately thought I need to away from this place, and so he starting running down the sidewalk as fast as he could from the barroom and did not sin as he was being tempted to do. That is it! FLEE for your life! Sin is that bad. Let us FLEE to Jesus and our Lord and HE will satisfy our longings and bless us with many heavenly pleasures for sure!!

II. GRACE CLEANS UP OUR MINDS AND WE GO FORWARD IN FAITH!

In Ephesians 4 Paul lists a lot of things we are to lay aside which we used to get involved with in life. Then he mentions the things we are to PUT ON that reflect the Fruit of the Spirit. As you remember, we are NOW IN CHRIST, WE NOW HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE FATHER WITHIN US AND WE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD NOW! HE RESIDES IN US AND NEVER LEAVES US FOR ONE MOMENT. Do we recognize that the Almighty Sovereign God is actually living in us? I mean do you really believe that and do you and I really embrace that thought and know that it is true and exists?

That is outstandingly awesome and amazing! God in us the HOPE of Glory! He covers us totally with His presence! We can’t be more protected than that! If however, we don’t put off the fleshly lusts and walk in the Spirits power we can Grieve the Holy Spirit. Notice Ephesians 4:30;

“And grieve NOT the Holy Spirit of God, whereby You are sealed unto the day of Redemption.”

God’s wrath and condemnation are NOT upon us! He is NOT angry with us! He is not Mad at us! He Loves us and cares for us, but HE can be grieved if we do not walk in the Spirit with Him in terms of the New Man not allowing the Flesh to operate in our bodies – working its sinful ways in our bodily life on this earth. Our responsibilities now are to deal with our trials and temptations, and difficulties, in and through the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. He gives us the Grace and power to do so every time, and there is no excuse for our failures. We have the greatest gifts of the Spirit to do such or HE would not say such things. He makes it available every moment of every day! So, let us seek such and be alert about it all, and remember we are in a battle and need the Whole Armor of God on as Ephesians 6 so states.

So may I encourage you to go forward in Faith, looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith or the perfecter of our faith. There is where we go, AND NOT TO THE LAW – UNLESS YOU WISH TO KEEP ON FAILING, AND KEEP ON SINNING. FOR THAT IS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN.

In the progressive sanctification work, which is dealing with the Flesh and sin in the Flesh, the fallen nature of the old man, which we died to, still raises its ugly tentacles from time to time in our lives. This is where the battle rages, through the Holy Spirit and our spirit as we use the spiritual tools given to us to fight this battle as expressed in Ephesians!.

And then we become depressed, guilty, shamed, anxious, not contented, and bothered greatly, because we forgot who we really are and what has really happened to us. We are the TEMPLE of the LIVING God and HE lives within us, so we have no more excuses for living in the Flesh and walking in that way which was put upon the Cross = called sin and it was slain by Jesus who conquered death, hell and the grace, and sin also! He conquered sin all throughout his life on earth and in death He showed that HE was God and came up alive again and NOW we wait for Him to come back completing His work among men and on earth!

Maranatha!

by Lamar

GRACE! WHAT DOES THE BIBLE ACTUALLY TEACH ABOUT THIS AWESOME DOCTRINE? LESSON ONE!

GOD IS LOVE AND BRINGS US PEACE THROUGH CHRIST!

INTRODUCTION:

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! ***

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT THE THE TERM ‘HEART’?

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.

But GOD!!!

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!

Notice:

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 book Morning 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.

by Lamar Carnes

THE WORLD SYSTEM!

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

The world system is the culture and social order we live in that Satan controls and is opposed to God’s teachings. It is allowed by God to operate throughout all nations. Demonically controlled people lured into almost anything you could imagine which is anti Christ and anti God exists. However, we must remember God is still over it all, that is, He is in control of Satan and Demons and they can only carry out their sinister work as God permits! Yes, God permits and allows evil to exist but HE takes these things evil does and turns them around and brings out of it all wonderful and awesome righteous and holy things! Remember the CROSS!

Satan is “the god of this present age” (i.e., the present world-order). Satan rules nations and cultures through fallen angels or demons. This makes the culture and social order we live in “enemy-held territory.” Adam was originally God’s steward, manager, and overseer of the created order, but Adam abdicated this office and its authority when he disobeyed God in the garden. Hebrews chapter 2 in the Scriptures, discusses the program of God which will restore Adam lost estate back into even greater status than it was. The following notes concern the nature of the “world” which opposes God and God’s people.

THE NATURE OF THIS CURRENT WORLD SYSTEM!


The World: The Greek word kosmos, meaning “ornament, decoration, arrangement” gives us our English word “cosmetics.” When the Bible speaks about not loving the “world” the reference is not to nature but to the social order, the culture of the nations.


1 John 2:15-17 is a key reference:


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”


The “world-system” involves a concern for external appearances more than inner content and quality. As used in the New Testament, the world does not refer to nature, but to the world-system, to society and human culture. The world system is outwardly religious, scientific, cultured and elegant. Inwardly it seethes with national and commercial rivalries.
The general characteristics of “the world” as the term is used in the Bible when referring to the fallen “world system” may be described roughly as follows. The world:

  • Produces conformity to cultural norms or traditions of men; stifles individuality.

When we day by day observe events, read the newspapers, watch the television news and hear a radio newscast , we see and hear a lot of terrible things. Evil, terrible events, death, destruction, disease, failure, etc. are the prominent themes of the news. One can get overwhelmed with it. The Bible is the only source which explains evil and why it is taking place on this earth. We find that mankind is the problem.

HUMANS ARE USED TO PROMOTE THE EVIL WORLD SYSTEM BY SATAN!

Humans are radically corrupt. We (BEFORE SALVATION) are not as corrupt as we possibly could be at any given time or moment, but each of us are or were, radically corrupt. In fact, this radical corruption goes to the very “core” of our being! We are born with a sinful flesh, (heart), soul and spirit. Completely infected with sin! The Bible speaks of this corruption in us as the “law of sin”! This “law of sin” is always battling against a Christian’s “new nature in Christ” and the “law of the Spirit” which is in us! That is the struggle we have until Christ takes us to heaven. So, it is by the grace of God that we do not all erupt like a volcano, spewing forth evil all the time. But, thanks be to God, He holds back this terrible cesspool of evil. After we are ‘born again’, by the Spirit of God, we have a new heart, a new soul and a new spirit. The Flesh still has within it the sin status which seeks to produce fruit. Thus the struggle between the new man and the old man! The body of skin and bones and blood, has not been changed, and has what is called the Flesh (Sarx a greek term)! The Flesh used in this context is NOT skin and bones, but rather, the evil sin which stays in the body and works against the New Redeemed person (soul/spirit/heart) as we are now IN CHRIST and IN the HOLY SPIRIT and in GOD really for the Triune God is involved totally in our Regeneration and state of being as a child of God.

WE HAVEN’T SEEN THE ABSOLUTE TOTALITY OF HOW EVIL WILL OPERATE YET!

We hear the phrase, “You ain’t seen nothing yet”! That is the idea here. We see corruption coming forth from certain people and even entire movements or nations, but we haven’t seen how corrupt they could be if God didn’t hold it back. Where do I get this?

The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2: 1 – 3 says, “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—-among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind.”

Notice the great doctrinal truths packed in these verses. Let’s unpack a few categories and hopefully you will do a study on all of them.

  1. All humans are “dead”. We are spiritually dead, which is separation from God and under His disfavor.
  2. We live physically in a spiritually dead status, doing what the world system incites us to do. The world system has an evil objective: disobedience to the principles and laws of God. The world system is the culture and social order we live in that Satan controls and is opposed to God’s teachings. Be careful you don’t let the world system influence you away from Christ and His word!
  3. Then, the “spiritually dead” people follow the “prince of the power of the air”. We all know this is Satan. We do not like to think about it, but every person who is not a follower of Christ is in Satan’s kingdom. He is their leader and their father.
  4. Satan, the world, and even our own flesh work to influence us to live by our passions and lusts for things, “carrying out the desires of the body and mind”. In other words, our normal and natural desires go way off the scale and become out of control.
  5. Then, last we note that because of mankind’s state, we are all under the WRATH of God and are so by our very human nature. Only the “new birth” or regeneration can save us from God’s wrath.

CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE ALERT TO THE WORLD’S MESSAGES!

Many times the illustrations preachers and/or teachers use about people who don’t know Christ are misleading and teaches a false doctrine. Such as, people are not sinking in a sea of sin and despair, crying out for help, and we throw them a “life jacket or raft” as if they could grab it before they sink to the bottom. Or, people are not lying on a deathbed with a doctor standing over them (God) wanting to place a spoon full of cure into their mouth if they would just drink it.

No, neither of these are Biblical but rather anti-Biblical. The point is mankind is DEAD. They have sunk to the bottom of the sea and are dead. They are lying on the bed DEAD without life. They cannot hear the voice of God, they cannot think correctly about spiritual issues, they are separated from God in their dead zone. They are zombies when it comes to true Spiritual truth etc.!

Only God through the Lord Jesus can say LIVE. And when He does, they get up and walk. Then they have the ability to hear, call out to God, recognize Him and have faith and repentance taking place. They become spiritually alive, become one of His, are translated into His kingdom under His authority, and He becomes their God and their Lord! That is the Gospel! The One Who conquered death, hell and the grave, Jesus Christ our Lord, walks by their grave and says LIVE. Praise Him and Worship Him today!

HOW AND WHY ARE PEOPLE CHRISTIANS?

Have you ever considered how and why you are a follower of Jesus Christ? I am sure most would say ‘well, I thought about it and decided I would believe in Jesus!” So, I am a Christian because I believed in Him!

The question next perhaps that could be asked is this; “Why did you make that decision and choice?” The person may say, “I just told you, I decided to believe in Jesus and was baptized and I now am a Christian!”

Let’s examine this then now from the Bible, God’s word, and see what He has to say about all of this. Certainly the scriptures will give us the answer and it may be something we may not like or want to hear, so I warn you ahead of time. God’s ways and works are not popular with most human beings. I have certainly found that out!

In America or the USA, we love to think we are independent and free and can do most anything we want to do or not do things we don’t want to do! Sort of like we are the masters of our own destiny.

Doing things “My Way” as the song of Frank Sinatra goes! Things are all about me, my and mine! I am in control and it is all about my choices. I can decide to be a follower of Buddha, or Confucius, or Mohammad, or Jesus. It is my choice!

Well, let’s see if that is really so from the ONLY GOD that exists and that left mankind HIS metanarrative about especially His Son Jesus Christ the Lord from glory and heaven!

The Bible is full of words that say God is involved in calling, choosing, electing, predestinating, saving, doing whatever He wills and wishes among the peoples on planet earth! God tells us in Romans 9:15-16, “For HE (GOD) says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion. So then IT IS NOT OF HIM WHO WILLS, NOR OF HIM WHO RUNS BUT OF GOD WHO SHOWS MERCY.”

One would think that is the end of story since God states it clearly. He is speaking about human beings, individual human beings not a Nation or a Tribe or a Ethnic group such as Gentiles as a group, but individuals OUT of both Jews and Gentiles. But no, man will not settle it at all there. He will not have a God who is like that!!

I have heard about all there is out there in terms of rejection of what God actually states until I can’t keep up with them all. Rejection of God And His word is commonplace even within so called Christian Churches and so-called Christian ministers. I say so called, because people who stand against God and His word I have doubts they even know God and Christ at all.

I recently listened to a preacher/minister who is a Pastor of a local Church in Texas. A brilliant speaker and very passionate and likeable. He has some 40 Plus Lies he speaks about which the Church is engaged in teaching and he shows the verses of scripture whereby he states prove they are lying to the congregations on all of those issues. As I say, he is a persuasive speaker. Many of the points he brought out in each sermon were entirely true and he was right on target. However, as it usually goes, some he is far removed from scriptural integrity and clear Biblical teachings for he engages in changing, twisting, leaving out, and all types of maneuvering to make some Biblical doctrines being taught by the Churches as totally wrong.

One must be very careful for God is not going to bless and/or allow a person to Take Away words, or Add words to His words without a response. In fact, Woe’s are promised and spoken about any person doing such. Curses are promised for instance in Galatians upon anyone who preaches any other Gospel than what is spoken and written by Paul the Apostle. But today, I find no fear of God in most who engage in these matters for they really get passionate in their denials of God and His word.

Oh, they don’t think they are wrong, so on they go on their crusades to make people think they are right on with their explanations. I might say, we all are like that are we not? But, we had better make absolutely sure we are on the same page as God or ADMIT publicly this is just our opinion or our ideas about such and such! That would be fine, but most do not do that, they preach it as if what they are saying is the absolute word of God period!

Basically, I am speaking now on one matter that is being handled by people in pulpits and seminaries and other forums out there on the Bible Doctrine of Election.

The preacher I mentioned would take a passage and totally toss out the pronouns, “we, us” etc., and make it a thought about a concept dealing with a National grouping as such or just Election to do certain things for God, but NOT saving or salvation issues. Plus he would not handle the clear verses which state Election is dealing with individuals and is a veritable truth of the Bible concerning who will be saved and how!

The Bible is clear on some very distinct matters relating to the human beings on this earth such as;

  1. Everyone is conceived and born a sinner by birth. Sin runs in the bloodline of Adam. Adam’s original sin flows through the blood of Adam down to the last person who will ever inhabit the earth. That means that every human being is lost, separated from God, and would have to be saved by God’s grace and mercy in order to have everlasting life.
  2. Being born a sinner, means NOT that one is practicing all types of sins, which are the fruit flowing from the state of Sin, but rather, they are as BAD OFF as they could possibly be. They are separated from God, do not know God, living in darkness spiritually, and in the household of Satan as his children and bound up and shackled with the chains of sin.
  3. God is found to be a God of Justice and His law was broken by humans, and that rebellion and personal choice meant they would have to Die both physically and spiritually and be punished forever, for their sin was against an infinite God!
  4. Scripture teaches that human beings CANNOT UNDERSTAND FOR ONE MOMENT ANY SPIRITUAL TRUTH. GOD HAS TO SHOW THEM THE TRUTH AND OPEN THEIR HEARTS, MIND AND SOUL/SPIRIT OR IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. They are NEVER seeking the REAL God during their life at all. They are certainly prone to be religious, wanting to worship something or someone, but NEVER wanting to know the REAL Jehovah God, the Great I AM and Jesus Christ the God/man and Savior. In fact, Romans tells us that “No man seeks after God…..”
  5. God would be Just to leave them right where they are and stay under His wrath and condemnation. He would still be right and Just and could not be charged with wrongdoing. In fact, the Holy Angels who sinned with Lucifer (Satan) and fell which was 1/3 of all of them, have no way of pardon or escape from God’s judgment and wreath. He never pardons them! He could have done the same with the human beings on planet earth.
  6. A worthy confession of faith on this matter of Election is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England as well as the Heidelberg and Belgic Confessions and the Canons of Dort. Remember these are writings of man, but they are for the most part right on target concerning the essentials of the faith. It reads as follows: “Those of mankind who are predestinated unto Life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to His eternal and immutable Purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of His Will, has chosen in Christ to everlasting glory, out of His mere free grace and love, without any other thing in the creature as a condition or cause moving Him thereunto.” This is called Unconditional Election. God did not see anything in fallen man that was causing Him to choose anyone of them. For all were sinners and fallen and corrupted.
  7. The foreknowledge of God is based upon HIS decree, plan, or purpose that expresses His will, and NOT upon some foreseen act of positive volition on the part of man. Verses expressing this is found in Romans 8: 28-29 which reads: “We KNOW that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the CALLED according to HIS PURPOSE. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate……”! Here we can see it is based upon the Divine PLAN! Not something man would do or seek, but something God ordained to happen and take place by His own purpose and plan. Not man’s!
  8. It is clear also as we read in Romans 9:11, “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the PURPOSE of God according to Election might stand, NOT of Works, but of HIM that CALLETH….it is written Jacob have I loved and Esau Have I hated.” Here he is dealing with individual human beings, and not a total group ethnically even though He did choose Israel (Jews) as a nation to be and do certain things even though most of them were Unbelievers and lost.
  9. So the Ground of Election or the Basis of Election IS IN GOD HIMSELF! It is not even in the act of faith or some condition in the children of good or evil. Election is Unconditional so Man can do nothing to merit it or make it happen. There is NOT a spark of goodness in man ever! No man or woman has any spark to do good spiritually and morally for the glory of God, nor is there any desire to seek the real God, worship the real God, but rather, to live in sin and do their own thing freely which is to sin!! They live in their spiritual environment which is darkness and in the “jail house” of their faith Lucifer. They don’t even really know it but they are in his family. Someone MORE powerful than their own abilities and others abilities has to break through that stronghold and give them mercy and grace in terms of faith and repentance and opening of their spiritual eyes making them alive in order to be saved from punishment. And there is ONE who can do that and His name is Jesus!
  10. God delights in using the weak, useless, worthless, in a way that guarantees that HE alone gets all the glory. That is why NOT many wise, and wealthy and powerful are not called to Christ and saved. Listen to these words: 1 Corinthians 1: 26-29;
    “See your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But GOD, has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yes, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are: THAT NO FLESH SHALL GLORY IN HIS PRESENCE.”
  11. The book of 2 Timothy 1:9 reads, “God has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, NOT according to our works, but according to HIS OWN purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN…”! Notice this was predetermined. This election was predetermined.
  12. JESUS CHRIST HAS THE LAST WORD ON THIS NOTE HIS WORDS: “You have not chosen me but I have chosen you.” John 15:16 and Paul said this was done before the world even was created – notice his words; “According as He has CHOSEN us IN Christ BEFORE the foundation of the world.”

Many more verses throughout the scripture teaches us this. If it were left up to man he would never believe, for man is totally and completely depraved, totally incapable, impotent, of that which is good. Left on his own to make a Decision for Christ, without FIrST being Given Life and Faith by an ACT of God man would never come to Christ Jesus.

Even Jesus said, in John 5:40, “You will NOT come to me, that you might have life!”

No one can question the righteous judge who legally even by our own human standards send criminals to their rightful punishment, and God certainly HAS to for HE has to be Righteous and keep His word. But the question we can ask, is “Why ME Lord, Why me, for I too am the chiefest of sinners”? Leaving others to perish is JUST and RIGHT, Saving lost sinners is Amazing Grace for we have been granted mercy because we are never worthy of such grace. Could God have saved the whole human race and stopped all of this from happening. Sure! He did not have to do any of this. But HE did it for His own good pleasure and His own glory and to His praise and honor. It is HIS choice, for we are just human created beings out of the dust, but be thankful if YOU hear His voice calling you to Christ Jesus and if you trust in Him alone for salvation you are certainly ONE of HIS elect!

Amen!

Conversational questions and answers:

  1. In speaking about Election and/or Predestination, we need to remember other teachings which have impact on these precious truths. For instance, When God saves a person, the Bible speaks of Justification by and through faith in the Gospel message means ALL sin or sins are forgiven past, present and future. In fact, when Christ died and rose again, that was an event which at that point, WE today would be over 2000 years into the future. So my sins were future in terms of the Cross and the Empty Tomb and the Ascension!
  2. Also, the sins Christ died for, were ALL, all types, all acts which do not measure up to righteousness and holiness. That means this: UNBELIEF is the most egregious of all sins. So, when Christ died for His Sheep, His chosen ones, His elect, that means He died for their sin of unbelief. That is WHY HE had to give the gift of Faith and Repentance, because their Unbelief had to be broken down or should I say made to be a active living Faith that works! Normal human faith doesn’t work! It can’t work! It is full of sin and unrighteousness.
  3. Just having a faith that states you can sit in a chair expecting it to hold you up when you sit down, IS NOT the same as the Most Holy Sacred Faith God gives to a sinner so they can embrace Christ! They are NOT the same! Yet, most think they are. The term Believe for instance, is NOT what we normally think of like, Believing in George Washington as the first President! No that is not saving belief! Saving belief means a personal trust, reliance upon, depending upon, in such a manner as not being able to see physically the thing you believe in naturally, but being able to see that which is unseen, and that becomes the substance of things hoped for! It is a most Holy Faith. It WORKS spiritually in the soul/spirit of men and women who are called and chosen. They AWAKE unto LIFE from the dead spiritually, and begin to SEE the LIGHT of Christ in their hearts, minds, soul and spirit. It works! For God makes it work! It comes from HIM and is not the faculty of man’s will power and abilities. It is a supernatural Belief! It comes when the Gospel is preached and the word of God is like a sword, dividing between the soul and the spirit and the word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intent of the heart. It is powerful! It is full of the same power that raised Christ Jesus from the tomb!
  4. So, Election is first! God chose some out of the ALL to come because NONE of them would come, could not come, did not want to come, and never would come if HE did not become for them the first cause of their coming or responding. They would NEVER respond if HE did not ACT upon them!! The scripture states clearly the Natural Man or woman cannot understand for one moment the spiritual truths of God’s words! Totally blind, deaf, and dead to such!
  5. One of the mistakes of many theologians and teachers and preachers is that they think every person can ON their own initiative “make God save them” by praying a prayer, or studying and getting knowledge, or trying to clean up their acts, etc., because they have a choice ability. Yes, they are FREE to do all they wish to do controlled by their characters and status which is a life unbelief and sin. They live and breath and make choices all day long, but NOT spiritual choices that WORK in order to know God and be saved and live for His glory! That requires supernatural power from God to them!
  6. By the way, If God’s blood shed on the Cross pays for ALL sins a person will ever commit, that means ALL human beings would be saved because all human beings are unbelievers initially. Unbelief is the chief sin and it would mean all people would be saved. SO WE KNOW THAT IS NOT RIGHT. HIS BLOOD DID NOT PAY FOR THE UNBELIEF OF ALL SINNERS BECAUSE WE KNOW THERE ARE MILLIONS OR BILLIONS WHO NEVER TRUST IN CHRIST AND ACTUALLY HATE CHRIST AND CHRISTIANITY. AND THE BIBLE SAYS MANY WILL BE PUNISHED IN HELL AND THE LAKE OF FIRE. So, this PROVES that HE shed His blood to cover the SINS of HIS own Sheep He calls and chooses and elects and it WORKS for them ONLY! He states that also clearly. Yes, whosoever will come to Christ will be saved by they have to COME and they can only COME if they are effectually called and have the New Birth to LIFE come into their heart as Christ draws them unto Himself.
  7. The aforementioned situations then shows us that God chooses some and it is NOT on the basis of their works, their status, their race, their situation in life etc.! It is by GRace alone and mercy alone! God chooses and His choices are His own personal Decisions regarding whom HE will save and call. We do not know WHY we of all people, are saved, because we are sinners like all others. This is a mystery we do not have an answer for. But we do know HE DID NOT HAVE TO SAVE ALL PEOPLE FOR HE IS RIGHTEOUS AND HOLY JUDGE AND HE IS NOT OBLIGATED TO SAVE ANYONE FROM THEIR REBELLION AND SIN. HE DID NOT SAVE THE FALLEN ANGELS BUT WILL SEND THEM ALL TO ETERNAL PUNISHMENT. HE DID NOT SAVE ALL OF THE HUMAN RACE NUMERICALLY, BUT ONLY A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PEOPLE FROM EVERY RACE, LANGUAGE AND BACKGROUND. JEWS AND GENTILES. NO ONE CAN QUESTION HIM FOR WE ARE ALL OWNED BY HIM AND WE CAME FROM DUST, AND HE PUT THE SPIRIT INTO THESE BODIES AND WE BECAME WHAT WE ARE. It is HIs own prerogative and personal choice and no one has a right to question Him at all. We as humans do not want fairness! If HE were fair HE would send all to hell and the lake of fire in judgment. Thank God, He used a legal, just, method to save some and show HIS Amazing LOVE and GRACE to them. The others He shows His Amazing Justice and Wrath and Condemnation! The created beings in heaven are being taught MORE about God’s Amazing Love, His Amazing Justice, His Amazing Works! All is to promote ALL GLORY and HONOR to HIS name!

THE WAR OF THE MIND

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I. THE WAR AND THE BATTLE FIELD!

We, Christ Jesus people, those who have the Holy Spirit and the Son Jesus Christ as Savior, are NOW and all of our lives, Soldiers in a War! We are warriors!

It seems however, many are not warriors but rather are AWOL or perhaps not saved at all, but religious only people. Today, August 7, 2020, we have what a Pastor friend of mine stated, “firehose falsehoods” (Dave Tooker) being shot out into the system of this nation to the people which means that they receive Nothing But false narratives constantly day and night until they are brainwashed. Also, the people filled with “digital worms” (Dave Tooker), which infect their very souls as they view and consume Facebook, Twitter, Newscasts, Google, etc. day and night again being brainwashed to the extent they are fully depressed, confused and out of their minds almost not knowing the difference between right and wrong!!!!! Let us throw off these garments of Hate, Confusion, Deceit, False narratives, Sources of lies and slander and corruption. Until we do so, we will be infected so much with the world system we lose our perspective of who we really are as Christians and what our objective and purpose is living out our lives for the glory of God in this generation.

Notice Romans 6:12;

“Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your Members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present ourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”

Catch this! Sin wishes to rule in our Body using lust. The members of our body can be used as instruments to sinful acts; our hands, our eyes, our ears, our feet, our mouths, etc.! These are weapons the enemy will use against us and others every time! A reminder now; remember our bodies are not made alive yet, they are still dead in sin with sin living and active within them. That is sin’s house or home! So recognizing this, when temptation comes, remember to Present ourselves to God as ALIVE Spiritual people who are not dead but spiritually alive!

We have weapons now to use when these matters rise up! What are they! How do we do this battle? What do we do in fact with the weapons? God states we have been saved in order to produce Fruit, Fruit which HE ordained that we should carry out during our days here on earth as saved people.

Remember also, we were slain by the Law as it exhausted its full potential of judgment and wrath upon the guilty party (us sinners), because our sin and sins were placed upon Christ while HE hung on the cross. God used the Eternal Law of God to judge Christ for our sins, so HE became sin for us (that is the man Christ Jesus who was perfect)! This Law now is satisfied and Just because God is its author, and it now has produced proper Judgment in order that the guilty party of sin can go free from wrath and condemnation.

Realize this, now that we are forgiven, regenerated (life given because Jesus rose from the dead and is alive and that Life is given to us now), and no longer condemned or guilty. The Law is not DEAD, but it is dead to us for we are dead to it! No legal contract can be used against us anymore because it was done ONCE on the Cross. No more double jeopardy. It is paid for once by Jesus. That means even if we sinned the worse sin you can think of, it would not bring us under condemnation or wrath of God for we are HIS children now and NOT GUILTY. He sees no guilt hanging on us now because Jesus and His blood cover us. That does not mean sin did not take place, it did. It was according to Paul not the new man or new creation who did such, but SIN that was in the believers body called the flesh where it resides. It was allowed to take place by us however, since we did not flee, did not mortify it,etc.! So we openly confess to Him we failed, knowing automatically however that this sin at the moment is ALREADY forgiven and not held against us for one moment in terms of our relationship as sons of God or our eternal destiny etc.! Our identity now is a child of God, a son of God, a member of the forever family of God, the bride of Jesus Christ, join heirs with Him etc.!

God has a purpose for you and I in this battle now! He wants us to literally KILL and SLAY sin in the body! Listen to Romans 6:6;

“knowing this, that OUR OLD MAN was Crucified with HIM (Jesus) – that the body of Sin might be DONE AWAY WITH, that we should no longer be Slaves of sin.” The point being if we died with Christ Jesus, then are freed from sin in the body of flesh.

Now let see what we are to do! We are to according to Colossians 3:5;

Therefore PUT to DEATH your MEMBERS (sinful acts) which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desires and covetousness, which is idolatry………anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language…..do not lie, etc.!

II. THE WEAPONS WE ARE TO USE!

What are we to use as a weapon to KILL these evil things seeking to cause us to sin? Notice Ephesians 6:10-18 reveals the Armor we need, but the main instrument we USE is called, “the sword of the Spirit” which is the word of God itself (vs. 17). We wield that Sword and SLAY or KILL the sinful fruit seeking to come out and bite us and slay us! We fight for our life! We fight for God. We fight for the death of sin and sins! We walk and fight by Faith that God’s Sword – His word will cut the head off of this Snake! It is dead, but it seeks to rise up and get a foothold again in our lives. We must resist with all of His power and might undergirding us and win the battle.

Another major point is this; We are alive in Christ, with the Holy Spirit around and in us, and we SAFE in HIM and He will not leave us or forsake us, and He will not allow us to as NEW BORN children enter into such folly.

So states Paul in Romans 8 and John in 1 John 1, mentioning how it is SIN that is doing the wrong, and not the New Man in Christ the SEED.

Yet, we are to do battle as the New Person in Christ, but we can fail in this Sanctification process that is taking place daily in our lives. We win battles and we lose battles and God allows this to take place in our bodies.

A mystery, but there can’t be any other explanation. BEING ALIVE with Eternal life in Christ and Hidden in Him NOW and SEATED with HIM now in the heavenlies means we are Protected and Sealed unto the day of redemption and Coming of Christ, SO NO SIN OR ELSE GOD WOULD BE SINNING SINCE WE ARE IN HIM.

Someone has said we are no more perfected later after death physically in our born again state, than we are now as we live daily lives. Leaving the body of sin, doesn’t mean we get a better regeneration or born again miracle at all. Of course, we will know much more, and also, later we will receive a new body resurrected from the dust of the earth. That which God did in the New Birth was fully Perfect and final! Our soul and our spirit and our innermost spiritual being has been made perfect in Christ! It is not just a legal thing that will take place later, it is actually existing now! Why! Because it is the Imputed Righteousness of Christ we have in and upon us at all times forever now! It is our body of flesh that is the problem!

But we are now in the process of bodily sanctification wars through the Spirit and Word, and we engage in such seeking to SLAY sin in the flesh which is not regenerated yet. For it is sin doing the sin in our bodies and yes, it is our bodies engaging and our minds allowing it. But we too are to “have the mind of Christ” in this sanctification process.

Let’s read a commit by another writer on this:

We are at war! Bullets are flying. Bombs are dropping. The enemy is closing in. Destruction is all around. There are casualties everywhere.

But in our war, you can’t see any of this. Well, you can see the effects of it all over the place in the brokenness, chaos, and pain around us, but this war is invisible.

We are not fighting one another. In fact we are not fighting our New Man or Born again redeemed person or new creature that we are! No! Our war is not against “flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12).

And we are not fighting with physical weapons. We fight what is unseen with weapons that are not wielded by human hands. Our battle is spiritual, and so are our weapons. Our weapons have divine power to set people free, destroy sinful thoughts and behaviors, and demolish demonic strongholds. Jesus defeated Satan, sin, and death for us so that we could be set free and empowered to overcome our enemies with the same power that filled Jesus throughout his mission and raised him from the dead on that victorious Sunday morning.

The gospel is the power of God for salvation. And our enemies are the Devil, the world, and the flesh.

……….So what are we to do in this battle? The Bible tells us to (1) take our thoughts captive and examine them, (2) bring them into submission, (3) consider the fruit, and then (4) fight with gospel truths.”

From the book “Gospel Fluency” by Jeff Vanderstelt. pgs 103-105. I highly recommend securing this book and you will be blessed and also find the more clear answers on this section in chapter 8 entitled “The War of the Mind”! BY JEFF VANDERSTELT

Be Blessed!