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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: the blood of Christ wipes out all sins. And I also know that there is nothing to add. But I still have a question: If God for Christ's sake completely forgave me all my sins - past as well as those I commit now or in the future - what should stop me from continuing to sin to my heart's content? I mean, is the law meaningless for Christians? Does God now silently ignore it when I sin? Doesn't he want me to stop sinning? » These are four questions - and very important ones too. We want to illuminate them one after the other - maybe there will be more.

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 don't even leave it at that. Potential believers are drawn to the promise of experiencing salvation by grace alone; Once joined to the Church, however, the believer is then confronted with a series of guidelines according to which non-compliant behavior can very well be punished with exclusion - not only from the Church, but possibly even from the Kingdom of God itself. So much for "saved by grace".

According to the Bible, there is indeed a reason for someone from the Church community (but of course not from the Kingdom of God), but that's another topic. For the time being, let us leave it at the statement that sinners are often not so fond of sinners when the gospel explicitly keeps the door open for them.

According to the gospel, Jesus Christ is not only the atonement for our sins, but for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2,2). And, contrary to what many Christians are told by their preachers, it means that he really took the blame for everyone.

Jesus said: "And I, when I am exalted from the earth, I will draw everyone to me" (John 12,32). Jesus is God the Son through whom everything exists (Hebrews 1,2: 3) and whose blood really reconciles everything he created (Colossians 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 doesn't wait for them to stumble, then crush them like vermin. On the contrary, he is on her side and loves her so much that he has freed all people, wherever they live, from all sin through the atonement of his son (John 3,16).

In Christ the door to the Kingdom of God is open. People can trust God's Word (believe) turn to him (repent) and take on the inheritance that was generously given to them - or continue to deny God as their father and spurn their role in the family of God. Almighty grants us freedom of choice. If we deny him, he will respect our decision. The choice we make is not the one we are supposed to make, but it gives us the freedom to choose.

Answer

God did everything possible for us. In Christ he said "yes" to us. Now it is up to us to answer "yes" on our part with "yes". However, the Bible points out that surprisingly there are actually people who answer “No” to his offer. It is the godless, 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 can give us eternal life (Galatians 3,21). We humans simply don't abide by the law. We can debate all day long whether it would theoretically be possible for us to be law-abiding, but in the end we won't. This is how it was in the past and how it will be 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 can accept without consideration and conditions (Ephesians 2,8: 10). Like any other gift, we can accept or reject it. And however we choose, it belongs to us by God's grace alone, but it will only bring us benefits and joy if we actually accept it. It's just a question of trust. We believe in 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 makes such a decision and with such disdain for God rejects a gift that cannot be bought - a gift that is dearly paid for with the blood of his son, through which everything exists - chooses nothing but hell. Be that as it may, God's offer of life so dearly bought to us applies equally to those who choose this path as to those who accept his gift. Jesus' blood atones for all sins, not just some (Colossians 1,20). His Atonement is for all of creation, not just 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 showed us how much He loves us. He has shown his great love through forgiveness and grace. By suffering for our sins instead of ours, he has shown that nothing can separate us from his love (Romans 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 sin at will? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. And it has never been different. The law never prevented anyone from sinning if they wanted to (Galatians 3,21: 22). And so we have always sinned, and God has always allowed it. He never stopped us. He doesn't approve of our actions. And he doesn't silently ignore it either. He doesn't approve. Yes, it hurts him. And yet he always allows it. This is called freedom.

In Christ

When the Bible says that we have righteousness in Christ, it means what it says (1 Corinthians 1,30:3,9; Philippians).

We do not have righteousness before God out of ourselves, but only in Christ. We are dead by ourselves because of our sinfulness, but at the same time we are alive in Christ - our life is hidden in Christ (Colossians 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 - which includes his encouragement, even urge, to trust him - Christ is now in us. And for Christ's sake (because he stands up for us; he brings the dead back to life), even though we are dead for sin, we have righteousness before God and are accepted by him. And all of this happens from start to finish not through us, but through God, who wins us over not through compulsion, but by virtue of his self-sacrificing love, which manifests itself in the giving up of himself.

Is the law meaningless?

Paul made it unmistakably clear what the meaning of the law is. It shows us that we are sinners (Romans 7,7). It makes it clear that we are slavishly addicted to sin so that we would be justified by faith when Christ came (Galatians 3,19: 27).

Now suppose for a moment, you put yourself in the firmament of the Last Judgment
Conviction to be able to stand before God because all your endeavors have always been to obey Heavenly Father. And so you step instead of putting on the wedding dress ready at the entrance (the free, pure robe, which is intended for sin-stained people who know that they need it), done with their own everyday dress, which is characterized by constant effort, through a side entrance, where your bad smell accompanies you at every turn , and take your place on the board.

The lord of the house will answer you: "Hey, there, where do you get the cheek from entering here and insulting me with your dirty clothes in front of all my guests?" And then he will ask the staff: "Handcuff this miserable impostor and throw him upright!"

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 sin (Romans 8,10), and the dead cannot, by definition, come to life. Instead, our heightened sense of guilt should make us trust Jesus to wash us off of our sinfulness (1 Peter 5,10:11).

God wishes us sinless

God has given us grace and redemption in such abundance to free us from sin and not to give us the freedom to continue to sin at will. This not only frees us from sin guilt, but also enables us to see naked sin as it is and not in a beautiful disguise that is designed to dupe us. And so we can recognize and shake off their fraudulent and presumptuous power that it exercises on us. Nonetheless, for us, although we continue to sin, which will most certainly be the case, Jesus' Atonement remains without compromise (1 John 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, he closes us who we put our faith and trust in him (which means that we wear the pure wedding robe that he has ready for us) neither (as some preachers seem to believe) because of our poor choices we make from his wedding day.

guilty plea

Once you have become aware of sin in your life, have you ever noticed that your conscience is troubled until you have known your wrongdoings to God? (And there are probably some that you have to confess quite often.)

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

The Holy Spirit inherent in us, as it says in Romans 8,15: 17-1, "testifies to our spirit that we are children of God". You should never lose sight of two points: 2. You are, as the Holy Spirit of God testifies, in Christ and with all Saints a child of our Heavenly Father, and. The Holy Spirit as the inherent witness of your true It will not rest to shake you up if you want to continue living as if you were still "dead flesh" as 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 (Psalm 147,11:8,4; Revelation). He is happy with the kindness and kindness we show each other, with our love offerings, our zeal for justice, and with sincerity and peace (Hebrews 6,10).

Like any other good work, it grows out of the work of the Holy Spirit in us, which moves us to trust, love and honor God. They are inextricably linked to the love affair that he entered into with us through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Lord of Life. Such deeds and works arise from the work of God in us, who we are His beloved children, and as such they are never in vain (1 Corinthians 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 ascribe to ourselves what it does to us. It would be just as stupid to assume that the blood of Jesus, which wipes out all sins, would leave part of our sinfulness. Because if we thought that, we would still have no idea who this eternal, almighty triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - who created everything and redeemed us in his magnanimity through the blood of his son, through the saint Spirit dwells in us and renews all creation, yes that together with the whole universe (Isaiah 65,17) newly created out of indescribably great love (2 Corinthians 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 redemption through him if we put our lives entirely in his hands, turn to him and trust him alone to raise us from the dead (Ephesians 2,4-10; James 4,10).

The one who records the names of men in the Book of Life determines our redemption, and he has already written all of our names with the blood of the Lamb in that book (1 John 2,2). It is extremely tragic that some do not want to believe this; because if they trusted the Lord of Life, they would realize that the life they are trying to save is not real life at all, but death, and that their real life with Christ is hidden in God and is just waiting for it to be revealed. Our heavenly Father even loves his enemies, and his wish is that they, like their fellow human beings, should turn to him and enter the bliss of his kingdom (1 Tim 2,4).

summary

So let's summarize. They asked, "If God for Christ's sake forgave me all my sins - past as well as those I commit now or in the future - what should stop me from continuing to sin to my heart's content? I mean, is the law meaningless for Christians? Does God now silently ignore it when I sin? Doesn't 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

In case you haven't noticed, sin hurts like hell - literally - because by its very nature it is true hell. So it makes as much sense to "sin to your heart's content" as to put your own hand in the lawnmower. "Well," I heard someone say, "if we are already forgiven, we might 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.

In addition, we must not forget that the sins we commonly think of when we speak of "sinning at will" are just the tip of the iceberg. What about when we "just" behave greedily, selfishly or roughly? What if we turn out to be ungrateful, do mean things or don't help when we should? What about our other grievances, the envy of their jobs, clothes, cars or houses, or dark thoughts that we are attached to? What about our employer office supplies, where we enrich ourselves, our participation in gossip or the degradation of our partner or our children? And so we could go on and on.

Those are also sins, some big, some small, and you know what? We continue to commit as much as we want. So it's good that God saves us by grace and not because of our works, doesn't it? It is not okay for us to sin, but it does not prevent us from continuing to be guilty. God does not want us to sin, and yet he knows better than we that we are dead for the sake of sin and will persistently continue to sin until our true life, hidden in Christ - redeemed and sinless - is revealed at his return (Colossians 3,4).

As a sinner alive in Christ

Just because of the grace and boundless power of our God who is eternally alive and loving us so generously, believers are paradoxically dead for the sake of sin and yet alive in Jesus Christ (Romans 5,12:6,4; 11). Despite our sins, we no longer walk the path of death because we believe in our resurrection in Christ and have accepted it for us (Romans 8,10: 11-2,3; Ephesians 6). At Christ's return, if even our mortal envelope attains immortality, it will be fulfilled (1 Corinthians 15,52: 53).

Non-believers, however, continue to walk the path of death, unable to enjoy their life hidden in Christ (Colossians 3,3) until they too come to believe; the blood of Christ will also wipe out their sin, but they will only be able to trust that he will save them from the dead if they can believe the good news that he is their Redeemer and turn to him. So non-believers are just as saved as believers - Christ died for all people (1 John 2,2) -, they just don't know it yet, and because they don't believe what they don't know, they continue to live in fear of death (Hebrews 2,14: 15) and in the futile toil in all its false manifestations (Ephesians 2,3).

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

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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