Tuesday, February 12, 2013

To sin, or not to sin?

To sin, or not to sin? 
The Children of Abraham
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34 Jesus replied, (“I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.") 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

       I believe He repeated Himself so His people would see that He meant what he said,...yet millions of people today still refuse to believe His words, and or, are unwilling to heed the fact that this is a conditional promise based on the "IF" in His first sentence. "IF" we hold to, or follow His teachings, we will be set free. Most people today either fail to recognize the "IF,” or choose to ignore it. Many have been misled by false teachings in churches today into believing that God tolerates sin. Many mis-interpret 1 John 1:8-10 to defend their sin, but need to read 1 John 2: 3-6 to understand the full context of what Jesus was saying. And still many more, (myself included), fall prey to Paul’s dilemma in Romans 7:7-25. I had heard this passage preached, or read it myself on a number of occasions before discovering that Paul wrote it some 30 years after his experience on the road to Damascus. My flesh immediately responded, “wow, Paul was still struggling with sin 30 years into his ministry, I guess I shouldn’t worry about my sin”! The flesh is stupid! I was stupid in the flesh! Men are stupid in the flesh! The flesh is a filthy rag! And when we, in the flesh, make excuses for our sin based on scripture, we’re in trouble if we don’t dig deeper into the scripture to see Gods Words, “Thou shalt not sin”! The sooner we accept this Truth, the sooner we can start peeling off the layers of filthy rags we’re cloaked in. Wherever in His Word there is mention of the fact that we are sinners, in context we’ll discover it also shows us that God doesn’t want us to sin, and provides us not only the opportunity to avoid it, but just in case we do slip and fall, we have His Grace. He sacrificed His Son Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary so that we might be forgiven, and have Eternal Life with Him,  “IF” we’re obedient and hold to His teachings, abide in His Word, and follow His instructions.  “IF” we don’t, we won’t!  It’s just that simple, and our simple choice, and He suggests throughout His Word, that few will make the right choice.(Mathew 7:14)  What’s yours? To deny, or accept His invitation of Salvation and Eternal Life with Him? I’d suggest not spending much time debating with satan over your answer, as one of God's "unconditional" promises is that His Son will be returning soon. Maybe tomorrow, or even later today. The smart choice would be to make your decision now and enjoy His Peace and freedom now while you’re waiting for His return.      

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