Message in 1 John (8)

A radical procedure

If we are governed by our sinful nature, our feelings, or our soul, we will sin habitually. However, if our new nature guides us, the new spirit God put in us, we will not continue in sin. The Bible does not say that a new-born Christian will never sin, only that he will not continue in sin. A new-born Christian does not sin deliberately, and he does not remain in sin, but he will sin against the law because of the two laws that conflict in the mind of a believer. “So then, I myself in my mind am slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:25, NIV. How did the sinners receive the second law? “For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful flesh.” Romans 8:3, NIV.

God did this to fulfill His promise to humankind. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:26, 27, NIV. (Emphasis is mine). Some Christians maintain that the sin in the garden of Eden made us sick, so God applied a remedy, a cure for our illness; however, the sin in the garden of Eden did not make us sick, it made us dead in sin, no remedy, and no cure. Our sinful spirit, our life, had to be eradicated, erased from us without a trace, and replaced with a new spirit which did not sin. Accordingly, God in the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha, performed a most critical and radical transplant. God destroyed our sinful spirit forever and replaced it with the perfect and eternal spirit of Jesus Christ. “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned. God did on our behalf that which was impossible for us to do. “Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.” Romans 5:18, NIV.

God did not simply overlook our sin, and He did not cover it with His Righteousness; He removed it from us and replaced it with His Righteousness, Jesus Christ. God put our sinful spirit, our sinful life, into the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha, and by abandoning Jesus on the cross, He destroyed our sinful life forever. All sinners died in the body of Jesus on the cross at Golgotha. “For Christ’s love compels us because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” 2 Corinthians 5:14, NIV. What about the condemnation?

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Dan Lazich

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