Grace Over Sin

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Believers are to be aware of their sin nature (old man) and its sins but not consciously stayed on them, for He knows this would hinder spiritual growth in our faith in the Lord Jesus and thus become less useful in His purposes. A fixation on our sins indicates a less-than-full understanding of His forgiveness (not hindering redemption but stunting the fullness of its use), “because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins” (Heb 10:2).

It’s a matter of understanding and believing that Christ’s one-time sacrifice (Heb 9:12, 26, 28; 10:10, 14) is all-sufficient in eternally removing the guilt of our sin from us. This is “as far as the East is from the West” (Psa 103:12), which intends that of being as far as one can possibly imagine.

There is a vast difference between being aware of something and being conscious of it. In “walking circumspectly” (Eph 5:15) our thoughts are not stayed on our sin, nor on the Enemy and his “devices” (2 Cor 2:11). But we are to merely realize that we are not to find it unexpectedly that our “old man” (sin nature) and the devil will ever be in opposition to us, thus ever making attempts to delay the increase of our faith in Christ; and we can know that this conflict is used for our spiritual growth, which growth (in quality not quantity) increases with every practical use of faith.

There is nothing between us and God, except possibly that which is misunderstood concerning His Son’s expiation for our sin! Every single thought the Father has concerning His Son contains equally the same thoughts concerning believers, which answers to, “You are not in the sin nature” (Rom 8:9). I believe the crux of the matter concerning our sin nature (old man) is in what we desire. The believer will always desire God's pleasure (Phil 2:13), even though the sin nature yet dwells within and affects us.

We have been given the right to live our lives after these truths—if we desire to go this far—which will be limited only in where we might not comprehend or fail to accept them. May God give us to know the fullness of the freedom we have in the Lord Jesus, in order that we might be more efficiently used by Him; in “drawing” the lost (John 6:44) and “exhorting” the saved (Heb 10:25).

- NC
 
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Excellent, netchaplain.

Well worth reading, and will always be a timely reminder for everyone.

Thank you.

weewillie.

Shalom.

 
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I do like your OP Netchaplain.


I often meditate and ponder on most parts of your OP. In front of me I look forward with the blessings of grace already given to me and to the future ones. This is more important to me than dwelling in the past, on sins already forgiven and even 'corrected.' The old nature of living in sin and its remembrance of those 'big ones' is still in the rear mirror, although my walk in becoming as Christ forces it more and more in the rear, further away.

Bless you and your close ones, and continue with this vigor in the loving work of Christ.

APAK
 
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My bible translates 'sin nature' as flesh, for me its easier to understand that way. The flesh has to die. This is why Jesus was crucified in the flesh. Jesus didnt die, (soul and spirit) but his flesh did.

Its not that Jesus had a 'sin nature' but that he came in the flesh so was subject to temptations like all humans are. He got hungry, tired, was limited by his flesh body just like we are. However Jesus did not sin, as he cannot, but he took upon sinful flesh to live amongst us and by dying and shedding blood he atoned for us.

The difference between adam and jesus was that adam had flesh and a soul, but adam was actually spiritually dead.
Jesus had flesh, a soul, and the Holy spirit. He was spritually alive. His flesh died. But, such was the power of the holy spirit that his soul was raised in a glorified spiritual body.

We believers have been given the same spirit as Jesus does the holy spirit. That is living or dwelling in us, our souls. The flesh is just our outer package that we need on earth, it will wear out and die. The wages of sin are death, but believers have eternal life.

By dint of being human i,e made flesh, we are not perfect. I think what am trying to get at is, have grace, not just for others but also yourself. GOd is the potter we are the clay and He hasnt finished with us yet.
 
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I do like your OP Netchaplain.


I often meditate and ponder on most parts of your OP. In front of me I look forward with the blessings of grace already given to me and to the future ones. This is more important to me than dwelling in the past, on sins already forgiven and even 'corrected.' The old nature of living in sin and its remembrance of those 'big ones' is still in the rear mirror, although my walk in becoming as Christ forces it more and more in the rear, further away.

Bless you and your close ones, and continue with this vigor in the loving work of Christ.

APAK
Hi and thanks for your exhorting reply and moving comments! The Blood that procures pardon for sin is applied to our sin nature, for the sins merely manifests the sin nature (old man). Thus the resolution precedes the offense! The deeper we see our sin nature and its works, the deeper will God show us His grace (Rom 5:20).

Blessings!
 
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My bible translates 'sin nature' as flesh,
Hi Lan! Yes, flesh primarily has two meanings: the physical body, which is pure because it's a thing and "all things are pure" within themselves - Rom 14:20); the sinful nature, which is typified as a "body of sin" (Rom 6:6) with its "members" (Col 3:5).

We believers have been given the same spirit as Jesus
Amen, Adam had a sinful nature and the Lord Jesus had a "divine nature," of which we are "partakers" (2 Pet 1:4) via the "new man" (Eph4:24; Col 3:10) or new nature!

By dint of being human i,e made flesh, we are not perfect.
I believe God did not intend perfection for us in this life so we could learn His holiness by the contrast of evil. Since He knew, even prior to creating man, they would choose sin He planned to use it so we would know first hand the difference between evil and good. We cannot know the fullness of His goodness and holy nature without the comparison of it to evil. He would have chosen another way of revealing Himself since He knew what would transpire, so it's not difficult to consider this is the way He chose to work with and in man.

I think what am trying to get at is, have grace, not just for others but also yourself.
I find this is an interesting comment, because you can't share what you do not realize what you have!

GOd is the potter we are the clay and He hasn't finished with us yet.
True, all that remains is "the redemption of our body" (Rom 8:23). Concerning the redemption of our person (spirit and soul), it is complete at rebirth, for we will not be any more redeemed in heaven than we are now. The sin and repenting in this life is just part of our learning process!

Blessings!