Posted by Lonnie Henderson on November 28, 2016
From Sinner To Saint In as much as a sinner is one who has the nature to sin, as a lion has the nature to eat meat, it is impossible for a born again believer to be a sinner because that nature to sin has been replaced by God's divine nature. That is not to say that a born again believer never sins, but if they do, they are behaving out of character because they have the character of God. Therefore, God holds the born again believer to a higher level of accountability than those who have not known God:
2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.(KJV) 2 Peter 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.(KJV)
Christians, therefore, should never refer to themselves as sinners because once they have submitted to the Lordship of Jesus there is a spiritual transformation. We become the righteousness of God, we are no longer our own - we belong to Him. This is why Jesus calls us the light of the world: Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.(KJV) Matthew 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.(KJV) Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.(KJV)
Because He is the light of the world: John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.(KJV)
And Jesus is our Father: James 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.(KJV) James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.(KJV)
Having said that, let us journey through scriptures to learn why the born-again believer is not a habitual sinner and should not come into agreement with religious doctrine that teaches out of ignorance that you are a sinner after being born again.
Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. (KJV)
This prophecy was fulfilled through Jesus Christ
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.(KJV)
We have been regenerated; born again. We have no more conscience sin: No longer are we sold under sin with a carnal mindset thinking that somehow we must have sinned in word thought or deed:
Hebrews 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;(KJV)
Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us]. (KJV)
Hebrews 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh :( KJV)
Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?(KJV)
Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.(KJV)
Hebrews 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.(KJV)
Our carnal mind has been replaced with the mind of Christ, so we no longer commit sin on a regular basis as before, We have been set free by Jesus; Son of God from the bondage to the sin that is in the world:
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.(KJV)
1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.(KJV)
Allow me to use scripture to expose a trick of the enemy to put the born-again Christian back in the bondage of having a conscience of sin:
Matthew 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.(KJV) Matthew 3:14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?(KJV) Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer [it to be so] now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.(KJV)
Let’s search the scripture to see in particular the righteousness of God that applies to this occasion: Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:(KJV) Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;(KJV)
Luke commented on the fulfillment of this prophecy and in conveying this fulfillment, we find the purpose for Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist:
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.(KJV)
Let’s dig deeper to learn why the Holy Spirit empowered Jesus to fulfill all righteousness to include willingly giving up the Ghost after being made mortal, while yet still Deity, Emmanuel: God with us:
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus :(KJV) Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (KJV)
Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:(KJV) Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.(KJV) You see, Jesus had divested Himself of His glory, his power, His majesty to become the unblemished human propitiation of sin as the sin offering that would elevate us to the righteousness of God if we accept. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.(KJV) The purpose of Jesus coming into the world was to become the propitiation of our sin: 1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.(KJV) 1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.(KJV) That we might be made the righteousness of God in Him: 2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.(KJV) 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.(KJV) Now let’s revisit Matthew 3:15 because we are going to explore the deception of satan to try to convince you that every day and on a regular basis you sin in word, thought, or deed. This is called sin conscience: Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer [it to be so] now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.(KJV) Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:(KJV) Remember, this was the prophecy of Isaiah: Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;(KJV) Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.(KJV) Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.(KJV) Matthew 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.(KJV) Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.(KJV) Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.(KJV) Matthew 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,(KJV) Matthew 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.(KJV) Here satan took a verse in Psalm 91 our of context, and even misquoted it. Let’s revisit that verse and see it within the context it was intended: Psalm 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.(KJV) Psalm 91:12 They shall bear thee up in [their] hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.(KJV) What satan selectively omitted in this chapter was the following verse: Psalm 91:13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.(KJV) This verse spoke of his defeat in every form. Through the believer’s ignorance of spiritual understanding of scripture, satan uses the same tactic. Because the true believer only seeks to please God and assure that he is heaven bound, he asks God to forgive him of sins that he may have committed but did not know about: hidden sins. Satan does this with scripture and several verses in particular: 1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.(KJV) 1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.(KJV) The aforementioned verses were taken out of the context of a letter that the Apostle John wrote. This was a general letter. When we study these verses in context we see that this letter addressed a society inclusive of people who where under the law with a self-righteous attitude. Even the Apostle Paul bemoaned: Romans 10:1-3 (KJV)
1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. One example of such attitude is an example that Jesus gave: Luke 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others :(KJV) Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.(KJV) Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.(KJV) Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.(KJV) So in similar manner, the Apostle John’s letter was addressed to those who trusted in their own self-righteousness. Let’s examine relevant excerpts of .this letter: 1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.(KJV) 1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth :(KJV) This verse applies to those who like the Pharisee, trust in their own righteousness, but in reality have a lifestyle of sin because their righteousness is not the righteousness of God: Job also experienced this deception of self-righteousness: Job 9:13 [If] God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.(KJV) Job 9:14 How much less shall I answer him, [and] choose out my words [to reason] with him?(KJV) Job 9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, [yet] would I not answer, [but] I would make supplication to my judge.(KJV) Job 9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me; [yet] would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.(KJV) Job 9:17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.(KJV) Job had placed his righteousness above that of God saying that even if God had answered his summons, he would not believe that God would listen to his voice. 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.(KJV) In this verse John is telling us that if we have a lifestyle of God’s righteousness and not our own self-righteousness, then we have fellowship with each other and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. So we are without sin. 1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.(KJV) This part of John’s letter again addresses those commit sin because they are blinded by their own self-righteousness. Many times such people’s heart have been hardened by what seems right to them. Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.(KJV) Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.(KJV) 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(KJV) Now Jesus has left with us the Holy Spirit who will inform us of any sin that we have committed, so that we don’t have to be concerned about having committed any sins in word, thought or deed of which we may not be aware. John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.(KJV) John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:(KJV). Because you are the righteousness of God, when you are cleansed of all unrighteousness, what remains is righteousness. 1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.(KJV) Here again, those who have sinned through their own self-righteousness and hypocritical attitude are the target of this verse. Clearly, this exposition is a general letter to those who have received Jesus as a word of encouragement, and to those who have not yet received Jesus as a word of admonishment. To those who have received Jesus, you are the righteousness of God and if you sin, the Holy Spirit will convict you, otherwise praise God who has given you the grace to overcome all manner of temptation. If you have not sinned because of your standard of righteousness or the law of sin and death, know that you make God a liar and the Word; Jesus the Lord our Righteousness is not in you, it is time to submit to the righteousness of God and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
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