Saturday, June 1, 2019

Do We Keep Sinning?

Romans 5:21
So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God's wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:2
1  Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace? 2  Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?

Romans 6:11
11  So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

There is a common belief among today's Christians that everyone sins everyday no matter how long they have been saved. This belief is not biblical.

First, let me clarify. I DON'T believe you become perfect, never making a mistake, once you become a Christian. We all make mistakes. That's called being human.

But mistakes aren't sins.

James 4:17
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

This is the definition of sin: Sin is the intentional rebellion against God and God's nature. It is KNOWING what is the right thing to do and CHOOSING to not do it.

All of us have done this at some time in our lives, but if we repent of (turn away from) our sins we STOP rebelling against God.

Matthew 5:48
But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Mistakes are accidents or actions, often based on imperfect knowledge, that results in an accident. 

If I go out to my apple tree right now I will find an abundance of perfect apples. To be sure, they are very green, immature apples. But they are still perfect.

We are COMMANDED in the Bible to NOT sin- to not intentionally rebel- after we give our hearts to God.

Either Jesus believed it was possible to not sin or He told the woman taken in adultery to the impossible; “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8:11

Same with the man at the pool of healing waters; "But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” John 5:14

Hebrews 10:26 "Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins."

We will still make mistakes.

We will still be tempted (temptation is not sin any more than mistakes are sin.)

But we must NOT sin. We must not knowingly rebel against God.

If you sin you are a sinner.

1 Peter 4:18 to be saved ... And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what
will become of the ungodly and the sinner ...

Proverbs 11:31 If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner! ...

Proverbs 13:6 Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner. ...

Proverbs 13:21  ..... Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things. ...  

If you are a sinner, you are not righteous.
If you are righteous. you are not a sinner.  

 And only the righteous go to heaven.

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