“The Sin Unto Death”

Posted: November 28, 2014 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Cults, Death, Dispensations, James, Salvation, Security

Once a person places his faith exclusively in the Lord Jesus Christ as the One who died for his sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day, that person is saved and secure in God’s hands (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 10:28, 29). Our salvation is by grace (God’s unmerited favor) alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9).* The false Christs of other religions or the cults can’t save anyone (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; Matthew 24:5). Is your faith resting in the wrong person (Matthew 7:21-23)?

Sin Nature. Contrary to what some men are teaching, a Christian retains his sin nature even after he is saved (1 John 1:8). He doesn’t lose it until he dies physically or the Rapture takes place (1 John 3:2). At the time of his salvation, the Christian becomes a partaker of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and has a new potential to please God (2 Corinthians 5:9, 17; Romans 8:5-8). Those who teach otherwise are deceiving themselves and others. It seems safe to say that, as Christians, most of our temptations to sin come from the indwelling sin nature. The Apostle Paul himself struggled with his sin nature even after he was saved (Romans 7:15-25; Galatians 5:19-21). If a Christian didn’t have a sin nature, there would be no reason to tell him to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) or to walk by means of the Spirit so he can live victoriously over his sin nature (Galatians 5:16, 26).

Enemies. A Christian has two other spiritual enemies: the Devil (1 Peter 5:8), and the present world system (1 John 2:15-17) that he devised to control certain undesirable aspects of the sin nature of man. Any of these three enemies can disrupt our family fellowship** with God when we yield to sin. Believe it or not, the Christian doesn’t have to sin since God the Father and God the Son sent God Holy Spirit to indwell all true Christians after Christ ascended back bodily into heaven in the presence of many eye witnesses (John 14:17; Acts 1:9-11).

Godliness. We also have God’s Word that has everything we need for life and godliness (1 John 2:1, 2; 2 Peter 1:3; 1 Corinthians 10:13). While the men of this world are able to figure out some of man’s problems, they come short when it comes to real solutions. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8).  Did you know that “the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1 Corinthians 3:19; See James 3:13-18)?

 

Scriptures. “All Scripture is [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul [emotions] and spirit [rational], and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). ***

Confession. To believers the Apostle John wrote these words: “If we [should] confess [agree, admit, acknowledge] our [known] sins [to God the Father], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4), doing things while doubting (Romans 14:23), and not doing what we know we should do (James 4:17) as “Grace Believers.” Everything is Scripture is to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9). Example: We don’t offer bloody sacrifices today as the Old Testament Jews did.  Do you know where to find “Grace Truths” for Christians in the Scriptures? If not, ask us about it and see our FREE “Dispensational Chart.”

Chastening. God often gives a believer time to repent (change his mind – 2 Corinthians 7:9, 10) and to confess his sins. He’s long suffering but if the believer doesn’t confess his known sins to God, the Father will find it necessary to apply the appropriate disciplinary action to do whatever is necessary to transform the believer into the image of Christ (Romans 12:1, 2).  Christians won’t be judged and condemned with the world and the devil at the Great White Throne judgment (John 16:8-11; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10-15). He disciplines those who truly belong to Him (Hebrews 12:5-11). Sometimes He uses sickness, loss of personal possessions, or mental disorders (1 Corinthians 11:30).  He may allow a Christian to be tormented by demons or the devil (Matthew 18:34; 2 Timothy 2:26).**** (Note: Just because a Christian experiences these things doesn’t always mean that he has sinned and is being disciplined by God. Example: The patriarch Job.)

Death.  If this temporal discipline doesn’t accomplish the desired end, God will take the believer’s physical life from him but not his salvation or his eternal life (1 John 5:13, 16; Romans 8:35-39).  A Christian cannot be demon possessed (2 Corinthians 6:14-18), but he can be Satanically or demonically influenced as the Apostle Peter was (Matthew 16:21-23) and as Christians are when we are tempted by them (Ephesians 6:10-17; 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7).

Help. If you have questions and/or comments, contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, just click of “Follow.” If this has helped you, consider sharing it and discussing it with others who may need to be mentored. “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). Find out if they are teachable and willing to change.

Cooperation. Together we can reach more people for Christ before it’s too late. “And as it appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Contrary to what some religions and cults teach, there are no other opportunities to be saved after one dies physically. The Scriptures don’t teach the annihilation of the wicked (Matthew 25:41, 46) nor reincarnation. May we count on you to help us get the Word out to others?

*Eternal Security. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/security.htm

**Fellowship. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/christia/nothingb.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/christia/twoaspet.htm

***Sufficiency of Scripture. http://www.gotquestions.org/sufficiency-of-Scripture.html

****Divine Discipline http://www.gotquestions.org/God-punish-sin.html

Sin Unto Death: http://www.gotquestions.org/sin-unto-death.html

Clear Gospel: www.cleargospel.org

 

 

 

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