Have You Been Set Free From Sin? 0913

Have you been set free from sin?

There is a lot of confusion and corruption in current expressions of Christianity.

Thanks to modern evangelism, the sinners prayer has become the Gospel leading many unredeemed people to believe they are christian. Does this offend you?

Many are told that God’s Righteousness is free for the asking and works like a tarp over garbage. It is this, but it is far more than that.

There is a big difference between covering our sin and normalizing it. Today’s churches reject the distinction.

“Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.” (I Thessalonians 4:1-8 NKJV)

In fact, when I bring this to the elders or pastor’s attention, they usually charge me with works righteousness, legalism , or some other heresy. Most are told or led to believe that Jesus accepts us as we are, that salvation is an idea or emotions of heart, and that God forbids all form of judgement. I am told that all forms of Old testament morality is law and including it our standard places us back under mosaic law.

The ceremonial law didn’t create righteousness. It just defined practices that would help us understand how Christ’s sacrifice could forgive and remove sin. Hebrew civil law defined punishment and remedies to their actions , intended to shape morality from the outside. The harshness of these punishments reveal how serious God views the offenses. There is so much more to God’s law than ceremonial or civil. Jesus fulfilled ceremonial law and shaped our morality from the inside with love. God will judge the wicked. The law gracefully warns us what God views as wicked (evil). As they say even today, ignorance is no excuse. This moral law still applies, for Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever and Jesus is the judge with authority to show grace or justice. But make no mistake, he will either cover and remove our sin or he will condemn the wicked.

Law is God’s will, view, or standard. For Adam it was God’s love for Him in creation that God declared all Good. Adam wanted to obey God and did until Eve was created. God created Eve from Adam and gave just one warning, the first “thou shall not”. Do not seek to know evil. But they were tempted, deceived, and fell from Grace. The wages of sin is death and Adam and Eve, and their progeny (that includes everyone) died spiritually that day.

Without God’s Spirit to guide and protect them, the mind of man spiraled down into depravity and evil thoughts continually. One person’s evil thoughts corrupted others. That is the problem that required the removal of evil.

But there were exceptions. God graced some with faith. The contrast of these few faithful with the rest is striking. God was pleased by their righteousness, even though God elected them and gave them faith. For example, God chose and graced Noah, and saved future humanity through him. God judged sin of everyone other than Noah and his 3 sons and wives, 8 in all.

It is noteworthy that all the people who were killed in the flood, were judged not for breaking God’s law (that remained unstated) but for being evil, as God defined the behavior.

Later, Nimrod pridefully built the tower of Babel, for which God judged all men by confusing the language. Again , judged for evil defined by God.

Next, God graced Abram. “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.” (Genesis 12:2-4 NKJV)

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” (Genesis 17:1, 2 NKJV)

God judged Sodom and Gomorrah for sexual wickedness (Evil). He showed grace to Lot and Lot’s family. Again, it was evil (not Law broken) that moved God’s action. Lot’s wife disobeyed God’s instruction (will, warning, or Law) and was judged. That warning was grace on God’s part, that saved Lot and His daughters, but didn’t save Lot’s sons-in-laws nor wife, who showed faithlessness to God ‘s warning.

A year later, Isaac was born and circumcised, the child by Sarah promised by God to Him.

Moses gave the 10 commandments law over 500 years later!

So the question remains, is it sin when we violate God’s law or for the evil we do? God showed grace to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Lot, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses by faith before Mosaic Law. Prior to that, people were judged for their evil and died. God continued to show grace to many (but not all) through David and John the Baptist , who called Israel to repentance for Sin.

So does God give faith to the elect and expect righteousness (more than expect, he created them to be righteous), or am I being legalistic? God began revealing His moral law before the fall. In the church, God writes His moral law on the heart of the redeemed elect, gracefully so that we could be righteous and gave us His Spirit so that we would want to be righteous. But this is the spiritual church that includes only the redeemed. We are warned that the visible church contains the invisible church and tares, godly biblical teachers and false ones. We are wheat or tare, sheep or goats. God will separate us at the end.

So , have you been set free from your slavery of sin? The righteous wheat have, the wicked tares have not!

Are you a slave of sin or a slave of righteousness. There is no third option. Faith means the will to be obedient to God.

“The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.” (Matthew 13:38 NKJV)

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV)

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (I John 2:15 NKJV)

If you are still a slave to sin and love sinning or do not fear God, you aren’t saved yet. Call on the Lord and be saved!
If you seek to know and be righteous, but fail, Paul has the advice you need.

“For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, 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? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! ” (Romans 7:21-24 NKJV)

In Christ,

AZ4Christ.Wordpress.com

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~ by az4christ on September 29, 2013.

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