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Sin is lawlessness, a state of rebellion against God. Since the time when sin came into the world through Adam and Eve, man is under the yoke of sin - a yoke that can only be taken away by Jesus Christ through God's grace. The sinful state of humanity manifests itself in the tendency to put oneself and one's own interests above God and His will. Sin leads to alienation from God and to suffering and death. Because all men are sinners, they also need all the salvation God offers through His Son. (1: John 3,4; Roman 5,12; 7,24-25; Markus 7,21-23; Galater 5,19-21; Roman 6,23; 3,23-24)

Entrust the problem of sin to God

"OK, I understand it already: The blood of Christ removes all sins. And I also realize that there is nothing to add. But I still have one more question: If God has forgiven me for Christ's sake all my sins - the past ones as well as those that I commit now or in the future - then what would keep me from sinning to my heart's content? I mean, is the law meaningless to Christians? Does God now tacitly overlook it when I sin? Does not he want me to stop sinning? "There are four questions - and very important ones. We want to illuminate them one after the other - maybe more will come up.

All our sins are forgiven

First of all, you said that it was clear to you that the blood of Christ is all sins. That's a significant approach. Many Christians are not aware of this. They believe that the forgiveness of sins is a business, a kind of trade between man and God, whereby one behaves in a Godly manner and the heavenly Father pleases one, in return, forgiveness and salvation.

For example, according to this model of thinking, you use your faith in Jesus Christ, and God rewards you for doing so by blotting your sins with the blood of His Son. Tit for tat. That would certainly be a good trade, but still a trade, a business, and certainly not a mere act of grace, as the Gospel proclaims. According to this model of thinking, most people fall victim to damnation because they are late in their work and allow God to give the blood of Jesus to only a few - so it does not serve the salvation of the whole world.

Many churches, however, do not even leave it at that. Potential believers are lured by the promise of salvation through grace alone; Once joined the church, however, the believer sees himself faced with a series of guidelines according to which non-conforming behavior can well be punished with an exclusion - not only from the church, but possibly even from the kingdom of God itself. So much for the topic "saved by grace".

There is indeed a reason, according to the Bible, to exclude someone from the church community (but of course not from the kingdom of God), but that's another topic. For the moment we will leave it at the statement that in religious circles, sinners often do not like being there when the gospel explicitly keeps their doors open.

According to the gospel, Jesus Christ is not only the atoning sacrifice for our sins, but for the sins of the whole world (1Joh 2,2). And that, in contrast to what many Christians are told by their preachers, means that he has really taken the blame for each individual.

Jesus said, "And I, when I am lifted from the earth, I will draw all to me" (Jn 12,32). Jesus is God the Son through whom everything exists (Hebr 1,2-3) and whose blood truly reconciles everything he has created (Kol 1,20).

By grace alone

You also said that you are aware that the provision that God has made for you in Christ can not be changed by your turning to your advantage. Again, you have a lot in the way of others. The world is full of sin-struggling moral preachers who send their intimidated followers week after week to a course paved with potential mishaps, during which they have to cope with a series of special requirements and omissions, and their adherence or failure to let God's patience be torn threatens, with which the whole pathetic little group is constantly exposed to the danger of suffering as spiritual failures the fire torments of hell.

The gospel, on the other hand, proclaims that God loves people. He is not after her and is not against her. He does not wait until they stumble, then crush them like vermin. On the contrary, he is on her side and loves her so much that he freed all people, no matter where they live, from the sinful sacrifice of his Son (John 3,16).

In Christ, the door to the kingdom of God is open. People can trust (believe) God's Word, turn to Him (repent), and embrace the generously gifted inheritance - or continue to deny God as their Father and disdain their role in the family of God. The Almighty grants us freedom of choice. If we deny him, he respects our decision. The choice made by us is then not the one we intended, but it leaves us with the freedom to decide that way.

Answer

God has done everything possible for us. In Christ he said "yes" to us. Now it is up to us to answer his "yes" on our part with "yes". The Bible, however, points out that, surprisingly, there are actually people who answer "no" to their offer. It is the ungodly, the hateful, those who are against the Almighty and themselves.

In the end, they claim to know a better way; they do not need their Heavenly Father. They respect neither God nor man. His offer to forgive us all our sins and to be blessed by him for all eternity is in their eyes not worth a fuss, but sheer mockery - without meaning and value. God, who also gave his son for them, simply acknowledges their dreadful decision to remain children of the devil, whom they prefer to God.

He is the Redeemer and not a destroyer. And all his doing is based on nothing but his will - and he can do what he wants. He is not bound by any foreign rules, but he freely remains faithful to his solemnly praised love and promise. He is who he is, and he is exactly who he wants to be; He is our God full of grace, truth and faithfulness. He forgives us our sins because he loves us. That's the way he wants it, and that's the way it is.

No law could save

There is no law that could give us eternal life (Gal 3,21). We humans simply do not abide by laws. While we can debate all day whether we would theoretically be law-abiding, in the end we will not. It was like that in the past and it will be like that in the future. The only one who could do this was Jesus alone.

There is only one way to attain salvation, and that is through God's gift, which we may receive without consideration and obligations (Eph 2,8-10). Like any other gift, we can accept or reject it. And however we decide, it is only God's grace to us, but it will only bring us benefits and joy if we actually accept it. It is simply a question of trust. We believe God and turn to Him.

On the other hand, if we are indeed so stupid as to reject it, we will, sad as it is, live on in our self-chosen darkness of death, as if the golden goblet giving light and life had never been enough for us.

Hell - a choice

Anyone who chooses to do so and refuses to be gifted with such a contempt for God - a gift which is dearly paid for with the blood of his Son, through whom everything exists, chooses nothing but hell. But whatever the case, God's offer of the life we ​​have bought so dearly applies to the people who choose this way, as it does to those who accept his gift. Jesus' blood atones for all sins, not just some (Kol 1,20). His Atonement is for all creation, not just a part of it.

For those who disdain such a gift, access to God's kingdom is denied only because they have decided against it. They do not want to have any part in it, and although God never stops loving them, he will not tolerate their whereabouts there, so that they can not spoil the eternal celebration of joy with their adored pride, hatred, and unbelief. So they go where they like best - straight to hell, where there's no one who enjoys joking their miserable self-centeredness.

Grace granted without return - what good news! Although we do not deserve it in any way, God decided to give us eternal life in his Son. Whether we believe it or mock it. Whatever we choose, that is true forever and ever: with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has shown us in detail how much he loves us and how far he goes to forgive us our sins and join us to reconcile him.

He generously gives away his grace to everyone in never-ending love everywhere. God makes us the gift of salvation out of sheer grace and without a return, and truly anyone who believes his word and accepts it on his terms can enjoy it.

What is stopping me?

So far so good. Let's return to your questions. If God forgave me for my sins even before I committed them, then what would stop me from sinning what it is?

First, let's clarify something. Sin arises first of all from the heart and is not a mere juxtaposition of individual misdeeds. Sins do not come from nothing; they have their origin in our stubborn hearts. So, to solve our sin problem requires a steadied heart, and to do that we have to tackle the root of the problem instead of merely curing its effects.

God has no interest in consistently well behaving robots. He wants to cultivate a love-based relationship with us. He loves us. That's why Christ came to save us. And relationships are based on forgiveness and grace - not forced compliance.

For example, if I want my wife to love me, then I force her to pretend? If I did, my behavior might lead to docility, but certainly I would not be able to persuade her to really love me. Love can not be forced. You can force people only to certain actions.

Through self-sacrifice, God has shown us how much he loves us. Through forgiveness and grace, he has shown his great love. By suffering in ours instead of our sins, He has shown that nothing can separate us from His love (Rom 8,38).

God wants children, not slaves. He wants a covenant of love with us and no world full of docility forced to docility. He made us free creatures with real freedom of choice - and our choices mean a lot to him. He wants us to choose him.

Real freedom

God gives us the freedom to behave the way we think fit and he forgives us our missteps. He does this of his own free will. That's what he wanted it to be, and that's how it goes, without compromise. And even if we have a bit of understanding, we realize how his love is meant and cling to it as if it were the last day today.

So what should stop us from sinning at will? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. And it has never been different. The law never stopped anyone from sinning if they wanted (Gal 3,21-22). And so we have always sinned, and God has always allowed it. He never stopped us. He does not mean our doing well. And he does not look tacitly over it. He does not approve. Yes, it hurts him. And yet he always allows it. That's called freedom.

In Christ

When the Bible speaks of having righteousness in Christ, it is meant exactly as it stands (1Kor 1,30, Phil 3,9).

We do not have justice before God out of ourselves, but only in Christ. We are dead ourselves because of our sinfulness, but at the same time we are alive in Christ - our life is hidden in Christ (Kol 3,3).

Without Christ our situation is hopeless; without him we are sold under sin and have no future. Christ saved us. That's the gospel - what good news! Through His salvation, as we accept His gift, we gain a completely new relationship with God.

Because of all that God has done for us in Christ - including his encouragement, yes, urging to trust him - Christ is now in us. And for Christ's sake (for he intercedes for us, he resurrects the dead), though we are dead for the sake of sin, we have righteousness before God and are accepted by him. And all of this happens from beginning to end, not by us, but by God, who wins us not by compulsion but by virtue of his self-sacrificing love manifesting in the passing of his self.

Is the law meaningless?

Paul made it clear what the meaning of the law is. It shows us that we are sinners (Rom 7,7). It makes it clear that we slavishly fell to sin in order to be justified by faith when Christ came (Gal 3,19-27).

Now suppose for a moment, you put yourself in the firmament of the Last Judgment
Convinced to be able to stand before God because all your endeavors have always been to obey Heavenly Father. And so, instead of putting on the wedding dress kept ready at the entrance (the free, pure robe intended for sin-stained people who know they need it), step through a sideways doorway with your own everyday dress, so badly drawn by the constant effort with your evil smell at every turn, and take your place at the blackboard.

The lord of the house will reply, "Hey, you there, where do you take the nerve to come in here and insult me ​​in front of all my guests with your filthy clothes?" And then he will ask the staff: "Handcuffs this wretched impostor and throw him out edgewise! "

We simply can not purify our own dirty face with our own dirty water, our own dirty soap and our own dirty washcloth and cheerfully continue on our way in the mistaken belief that our hopelessly dirty face is now pure. There is only one way to defeat sin, and it is not in our hands.

Let us not forget that we are dead for the sake of sin (Rom 8,10), and by definition, dead people can not come to life. Instead, our keen sense of guilt should persuade us to trust Jesus to cleanse us of our sinfulness (1Pt 5,10-11).

God wishes us sinless

God has given us grace and salvation in so abundant a measure to deliver us from sin and not to give us the freedom to continue to sin at will. Not only are we freeing ourselves from sin, but we are also able to see naked sin as it is, and not in a beautiful frame of mind, which is liable to deceive us. And so we can also recognize and shake off their deceptive and presumptuous power that she has on us. Nonetheless, Jesus' atoning sacrifice remains for us - even though we continue to sin, which will certainly be the case - without any compromises (1Joh 2,1-2).

God by no means tacitly overlooks our sinfulness, but rather condemns it simply. So he does not approve of our sober, purely rational-minded approach any more than our comatose suspension of common sense or our utterly precipitous responses to temptations of any kind, from anger, to lust, to mockery and pride. Often enough, he even lets us carry the natural consequences of our self-chosen actions alone.

However, it does not close us who put our faith and trust in us (which means that we wear the pure wedding robe he holds for us) or not (as some preachers seem to believe) because of our miserable choices that we make , from his wedding party.

guilty plea

When you once again become aware of a sin in your life, have you ever noticed that you are plaguing your conscience until you announce your transgressions before God? (And there are probably some that you have to confess pretty often.)

Why do they do that? Because, because you have decided to "sin to your heart's content"? Or perhaps, rather, because your heart rests in Christ and you are deeply saddened in harmony with the indwelling Holy Spirit until you are at peace with your Lord again?

The indwelling Holy Spirit, as stated in Romans 8,15-17, "bears witness to our spirit that we are God's children." Do not lose sight of two points: 1. They are, as the Holy Spirit of God testifies, in Christ and with all the saints, a child of our Heavenly Father, and 2. The Holy Spirit, as the witness of your true self, will not rest in shaking you, if you want to continue living as if you were still "dead flesh" as you were before your salvation through Jesus Christ.

Do not make a mistake! Sin is both God's and your enemy, and we have to fight it to the death. However, we must never believe that our salvation depends on how successfully we fight against them. Our salvation depends on Christ's victory over sin, and our Lord has already borne it for us. Sin and overshadowing death have already been suppressed by Jesus' death and resurrection, and the power of that victory is reflected from the beginning of time to the very last eternity in all creation. The only ones in the world who have overcome sin are those who firmly trust that Christ is their resurrection and their life.

Good works

God is happy about the good works of his children (Ps 147,11, Offb 8,4). He is pleased with the kindness and kindness we show each other, our love sacrifices, our righteousness of justice, and sincerity and peace (Hebr 6,10).

These, like any other good work, come from the working of the Holy Spirit within us, which moves us to trust, love, and honor God. They are intimately bound up with the love relationship he has entered with us through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Lord of Life. Such deeds and works spring from the work of God in us who are His beloved children, and as such they are never in vain (1Kor 15,58).

God's work in us

Our honest zeal for doing what God pleases reflects the love of our Redeemer, but our good works, performed in His Name, are not, let it be emphasized again, saving us. Behind the righteousness expressed in obedient words and deeds in our laws of God is God Himself, who works with joy and glory to bring forth good fruit.

So it would be stupid to want to attribute to ourselves what it does in us. Equally stupid it would be to assume that the blood of Jesus, which extinguishes all sins, would let a part of our sinfulness stand. For if we thought this, we still had no idea who that eternal, omnipotent Triune God-Father, Son, and Holy Ghost-who created everything and redeemed us in his magnanimity through the blood of his Son, the Holy One Spirit dwells in us and renews the whole creation, yes, which creates us together with the whole universe (Jes 65,17) from indescribably great love (2Kor 5,17).

The true life

Although God commands us to do what is right and good, he still does not determine our salvation according to our needs and ours. Which is good for us, because if he did that we would all be rejected as inadequate.

God saves us by grace, and we can enjoy salvation through him as we place our lives in his hands, turn to him and trust him alone to raise us from the dead (Eph 2,4-10, Jak 4,10).

The one who records the names of the people in the Book of Life determines our salvation, and he has already written all our names in that book with the Blood of the Lamb (1Joh 2,2). It is very tragic that some people do not want to believe this; for if they trusted the Lord of Life, they would realize that the life they laboriously seek to save is not the very life at all, but death, and that their true life with Christ is hidden in God and only waiting for it to be disclosed. Our Heavenly Father even loves His enemies, and His desire is for them to turn to Him like their fellow human beings and enter into the bliss of His kingdom (1 Tim 2,4, 6).

summary

So let's summarize. They asked, "If God has forgiven me for Christ's sake all my sins - those past as well as those that I commit now or in the future - then what would keep me from sinning to my heart's content? I mean, is the law meaningless to Christians? Does God now tacitly overlook it when I sin? Does not he want me to stop sinning? "

Nothing will stop us from sinning at will. That has never been different. God has given us free will and attaches great importance to it. He loves us and wants to enter into a covenant of love with us; But such a relationship can only come about if it springs from a free decision based on trust and forgiveness and not brought about by threats or forced docility.

We are neither robots nor any virtual figures in a predetermined game. We have been created as real, free beings of God in his own creative freedom, and the personal relationship between us and him really exists.

The law is far from meaningless; it serves to make it clear to us that we are sinners and, as such, far from conforming to God's perfect will. The Almighty allows us to sin, but he certainly does not silently overlook it. That's why he did not even shy away from self-sacrifice to save us from sin. It is she who causes pain and destroys us and our fellow human beings. It springs from a heart hardened by unbelief and selfish rebellion against the original source of our life and existence. It takes the power to turn us to the real life, the real existence, and keeps us trapped in the darkness of death and nothingness.

Sin hurts

If you have not noticed, sin hurts like hell - literally - because by its very nature it is true hell. So it makes comparatively sense, "to sin to your heart's content," as your own hand stuck in the lawnmower. "Well," I heard someone say, "if we have already been forgiven, we could just as well commit adultery."

Surely, if you do not mind living in constant fear of any consequences, being at risk of unwanted pregnancy or unpleasant STDs, and thus breaking the heart of your family, discrediting yourself, losing your friends to bleed for alimony, to be plagued by a guilty conscience, and likely to be dealing with a very angry husband, boyfriend, brother, or father.

Sin has consequences, negative consequences, and that is precisely why God works in you to bring your self into harmony with the image of Christ. They can listen to his voice and work with them or continue to put their power into the service of reprehensible actions.

Moreover, we must not forget that the sins we commonly think of when we speak of "sinning at leisure" are just the tip of the iceberg. What about when we are "just" greedy, egotistical or rude? If we turn out to be ungrateful, give nastiness or not help if we really should? What about our other grudge, the envy of their workplace, clothing, car or house, or dark thoughts that we are following? What about our employer's office supplies, which we enrich ourselves, our involvement in gossip and the downsizing of our partner or our children? And so we could go on and on.

These too are sins, some big, others rather small, and you know what? We continue to commit them as much as we want. So it is good that God saves us by grace and not because of our works, right? It is not right for us to sin, but it does not prevent us from continuing to owe ourselves. God does not want us to sin, and yet he knows better than us that we are dead for the sake of sin and will continue to sin, until our true life, hidden in Christ - redeemed and sinless - becomes manifest at His return (Col. 3,4).

As a sinner alive in Christ

Paradoxically, believers are dead for the sake of sin and still alive in Jesus Christ (Rom 5,12, 6,4-11) because of the graciousness and boundless power of our eternally living and eternally loving God. In spite of our sins, we no longer walk on the path of death, believing in our resurrection in Christ and accepting it for us (Rom 8,10-11, Eph 2,3-6). At the Second Coming of Christ, if even our mortal shell attains immortality, it will be fulfilled (1Kor 15,52-53).

Nonbelievers, however, continue to walk on the path of death, unable to enjoy their life hidden in Christ (Kol 3,3) until they too come to faith; Although the blood of Christ will also erase their sin, they will then be able to trust that they will deliver them from the dead, if they can believe the good news, that they are their Redeemer, and turn to Him. So non-believers are as redeemed as believers - Christ died for all people (1 Joh 2,2) - they just do not know it yet, and because they do not believe what they do not, they continue to live in fear of death (Hebr 2,14 -15) and in the futile effort of life in all its false manifestations (Eph 2,3).

The Holy Spirit makes believers like the image of Christ (Rom 8,29). In Christ, the power of sin is broken and we are no longer trapped in it. Nevertheless, we are still weak and give room to sin (Rom 7,14-29, Hebr 12,1).

Because he loves us, God is very worried about our sinfulness. He loves the world so much that he sent his eternal Son, that whoever believes in him should not remain in the darkness of death, which is the fruit of sin, but has eternal life in him. There is nothing that could separate you from your love, not even your sins. Trust him! He helps you to walk in obedience, forgiving you of all your sins. He is your Redeemer of his own free will, and in his doing he is perfect.

Michael Feazell


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