Est. May 2008

15 August, 2014

A Child Of God

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.   You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.  No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. (1 John 3:4-6, ESV)
’God loves me just the way I am.’

How often do we hear that phrase pop out of the mouths of people who blatantly disregard His commands?  Oh, they try valiantly to convince everyone of their sincere Christian faith, of how they still believe in the God of the Bible, and how they simply know that God loves them, when their actions belie their words.

In fact, they can’t even answer this simple question: if God accepts you just the way you are – sins, warts, and all – why did He send Jesus to die for those sins?  Obviously, making that degree of sacrifice means that sin is something which needs to be dealt with, and severely.

Yes, Christians are sinners.  Yes, Christians do still sin.  But Christians – true Christians – don’t make a habit of sinning, nor do they try to justify their sinful acts.  They fight, sometimes daily, sometimes hourly, to kill the ‘old man’ and take on the ‘new man’.  The only way we can do this – since man is inherently sinful and doesn’t desire to do what God commands – is by the infusion of the Holy Spirit when we are ‘quickened’, when ‘our old self was crucified with him [Jesus] in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin’ (Romans 6:6, ESV).

And this infusion of the Spirit changes us, makes us actually want to do what God demands.  John, laying it out in black and white, writes, ‘And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.  Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him’ (1 John 2:3-4, ESV).  And, as I’ve pointed out in previous posts, Jesus’ commands are God’s commands, since He is God the Son.

If you are a child of God, washed in the blood of the Lamb, you will be changed.  You will no longer be a slave to sin, you will be able to ‘resist the devil, and he will flee from you’, and you will be able to fight off the desires of your previously sinful life.  If, however, you continue to cling to sins, whatever they may be, and continue to practice them, you must believe that what you are doing is not a sin – and we’ve heard that from people before, haven’t we?

And what does John the apostle have to say to that?
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8, ESV)
Self-deception is deadly.  Please, for the sake of your eternal life, stop doing that to yourself.

No comments: