Essentials For A Christian Life – Chapter Two


CHAPTER TWO

Sin And Thenewgrowth_300 Saint (Finding Forgiveness Through Jesus)

Our sin debt was paid for by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:21).  It is by His grace that we were given a new life, but why do we sin after we’re saved?  Is that normal?  The Apostle Paul was one of the strongest Christians that we know of.  Yet, he described himself as the chief of sinners (1 Tim. 1:15).  He knew how our thoughts affected our lifestyle and how bad decisions would lead to sin (Rms. 8:5-11).  As the “chief sinner”, he knew in order to have a right relationship with the Lord, it is essential to seek forgiveness of our sins.  The sin and the sinner must be separated.  How does that happen?  Only through Jesus!

OLD SINS SEPARATED

There are three things that I wanted you to think about the sins you committed before your salvation:

They were FORGIVEN – (Ps 103:12; Col. 2:12) – In God’s eyes they are half way around the world away from you.  And they have been buried with Him.  The Lord does not hold you accountable for those sins because Jesus paid our sin debt.

They are FORGOTTEN – (Isa 43:25; Col 2:14) – God said He will blot out your transgressions for His own sake and will not remember them.  In Colossians, He said He has wiped them out and taken them away, having nailed them to the cross.

We have been FREED – (Rms. 6:6-7) – At one time, we were slaves to sin, but through the dying of our flesh, we have been freed from sin.

New sins surrendered

After our salvation, things have changed.  We now have a responsibility to live for God.  The Holy Spirit lives within us, but our old sin nature still lives within us at the same time.  We need to live for Him and surrender to His Lordship.  Consider these four things:

  • we will be accountable (2 Cor. 5:10; Rms 14:10-12).  God will judge our actions, thoughts, and motives.
  • we will have Jesus’ understanding (Heb 2:18).  It is good to know that the one who created you, understands you.
  • we will have Jesus’ sympathy (Heb. 4:15).  He was tempted, but did not sin.
  • we will have Jesus’ grace and mercy (Heb 4:16).  He offers mercy and grace in our time of need.
THE SON’S SPIRITUAL CLEANSING (1 jOHN 1:7-9)

“If we confess our sins…”

Confession involves four things: 1) You must acknowledge your sins are wrong in God’s sight 2) You need to recognize your position in Christ.  What is your position?  What does that mean?  It means as a Christian, we are position-ally “in Christ”.  We once were enemies of Christ, but He brought us into His family (Eph 1:3; 2:3-4; Rms 8:1).  Our sins have be covered (and thereby paid for) by Jesus blood (Rms 4:7-8).  God sees us as a finished work.  He sees us as we will be!  He sees us as pure and clean (1 Jn 1:7), He sees us as justified (Rms 8:30), He sees us as glorified (Rms 8:30), and He sees us as complete in Him (Col. 2:10).  3) You need to realize He has forgiven your sins – past, present, future.  4) You need to repent – that is turn from your sin.  The Holy Spirit empowers you to do so.

What is “confession”?  Confession is the Greek work “homologeo”.  “homo” meaning “same” and “logeo” meaning “to speak”.  We confess our sins when we say the same thing about them that God says!  It is “agreeing with God about our sins”.

Not only do we need to get spiritually clean, we have to stay clean.  How can we do that:

  • Replace the sin with something that honors God (Lk 11:24-26)
  • Discipline yourself to stay focused and in the Word (Phil. 3:12-14)
  • Avoid areas of temptation (1 Pet. 2:11)
  • Run!! (1 Cor. 6:18)
  • Become accountable (James 5:16)
  • Purpose in your heart to avoid becoming defiled (Dan. 1:18)

Conclusion: Forgiveness of sin is granted to you on the basis of Jesus’ sacrifice for sin, once and for all (read Heb. 10).  You can maintain a wonderful relationship with Jesus by doing what it says in Rms 6:11 “Likewise you also, reckon [consider] yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

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