Episode 69 Do Christians sin, Part 2
The consequences of sin in a person’s life here on earth are severe. The end result of un-repented sin is eternal judgment and separation from God into hell. We dare not play around with sin. God has made full provision for us to be delivered from sin. We must not miss the way. God paid the ultimate price for us to be delivered from sin. Because of this, we have no excuse to continue in sin. Yet in spite of God’s provision, many believers still live in bondage to sin. What shall we say when we stand before God on the final day? What excuse will we give? I do not believe that any excuse will stand before God. We may have been subjected to bad teaching, bad parenting, and a host of other things, but on the final day God will sweep all of that away and ask us “what did I reveal to you”? Lest we be found condemned on that day and cast away from His presence forever, let us give great diligence to being delivered from the bondage of sin and live each day pleasing unto Him.
• A disciple is one who has been translated from death to life
o Life is experienced in union with Christ by the Spirit (relationship)
o This union is an active faith relationship (abiding in Christ) whereby the law of the Spirit of life in Christ overcomes the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-4)
• The righteousness that pleases God is experienced by faith
o Crucified with Christ, alive by faith (Gal. 2:20)
o We are saved by His life as we walk in the light (Rom. 6:10, I John 1:7)
• What are some reasons we may not be experiencing this victory
o Wrong understanding (teaching)
o Have made a place for 3 classes (unbeliever, moving in faith, and something else)
o Looking for an excuse to give way to the flesh (self) (I John 2:15-17)
o Disputing the Lordship of Jesus Christ by the Spirit
o Not being absolute with what God has already revealed (making excuses for our personality, upbringing, what others have said, understanding, etc.)
o Trying to deal with every sin (or weakness) instead of abiding in Christ
• We do not concentrate on trying to eliminate every sin, but rather consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the One who arbitrates in the heart. (Rom. 6)
• For the believer, sin is primarily a transgression of our relationship with God. Recognizing that we have violated the relationship, repentance, and rising up to obey is the place of victory.
• We are living under His authority, and that is exercised by the Holy Spirit. If we grieve or quench the Holy Spirit, our relationship goes cold. That is sin. In general, sin is self rule, self realization, putting self on the throne (not submitting to Christ as Lord and living His life) but living our life.
• Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:1,2, Col. 2:19)
• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com