This is from an excerpt of a reply to a good friend in his question “does the fact that we are forgiven mean we can do whatever we want?”
I think we must first note this very important point. The gospel must be sin proof. Face it, the day you stop sinning, is the day you die. So, despite you keep sinning you are saved. Otherwise who can be saved?
Now. The question is why do we still sin? What beings about sin? The answer is this. You are born a sinner. You don’t become a sinner by sinning. You are a sinner by birth. You were borne through Adam. When you place your faith in Christ you were birthed into Christ. Now can you get out of Adam by just confessing and repenting? Obviously the answer is no. You need a supernatural childbirth to be birthed into Christ. Now that you are in Christ can you by your sinning be placed back into Adam? The answer again is no!
It is also important to note despite your sinning you are still righteous in God’s eyes. This is because this righteousness we are talking about is independent of the law of conscience and law of Moses. See Romans 3:20-21
20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
Notice 2 things. It is the law that breeds sin. Notice also this righteousness in APART from the law.
Now. Does not mean its ok to sin? Does that give you license to do whatever you want?
Let’s look at Romans 7:1
An Illustration From Marriage
1 Do you not know, brothers –for I am speaking to men who know the law–that the law has authority over a man only as long as he lives?
So when does the law cease to have authority over you? Answer when you die.
Question. Are you still alive?
Answer. Romans 6:5
5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.
You died with him. Hence you no longer are bound by the law. Look at the context of why you are under grace and not law. Because you are dead. You died on the cross. That is how sin’s power is absolved in you. You must however recognized that the word ‘sin’ here is a noun and not a verb. This means the root cause sin here being discuss as a realm and a disease is taken care off. It is when this is taken care off there is now no condemnation.
Now this is important. Here’s why. Imagine you are a table. Can you be a “holy” table by yourself? Obviously the answer is no. But if Jesus lays his hands on the table what happens? The table becomes set apart because of this touch from Jesus. Jesus is the one making the table holy.
Honestly this bullshit stuff about cleaning yourself up before meeting Jesus is crap. Can you be cleanse before going to the only person who can clean you? But it is condemnation that keeps you away.
I heard of a beautiful story of a Muslim man who wanted to believe in Jesus. He said to Jesus ‘I can’t come to you because I am so unclean.’ Note this man had raped young girls and killed them. (it is wrong under Islam to kill virgins. As such in order to kill them they rape the girls so that they are no longer virgins). The man heard Jesus said ‘come to me first. I will make you clean’.
Feeling bad and sorry about sins (verb) does nothing from you so long as you keep withdrawing yourself from Jesus. Notice something very important. When Adam sinned who withdrew from God? Who went looking for Adam? Look also carefully why was Adam denied the tree of life? It was not to punish but to save. Adam lived in fear and condemnation after he sinned. Did God condemn him? He was already fearful before God found him and judged him. So every time God appears Adam impression of God was one of dread and fear. Was it how God portrayed himself to be? No. Adam’s view changed. Did God’s mind and love changed? Nope.
So Adam was in living hell. If the Lord had allowed him to take the fruit of life Adam will never die. But the problem is this. He will remain self condemn in dread forever withdrawing himself from God always blaming his wife FOREVER. There is a word for this. Hell. Forever.
So the fact that God took him out of Eden was to save him and not to kill him.
Look at God’s heart. Does God want to whack the shit out of you when he already did it to himself on the cross?
The power of sin is in the law. But read the context also of Romans 7 and how the law takes effect to gratify sin. The answer lies in condemnation.
It is condemnation that leads you away from Jesus. That is why we are caught in the cycle of sin. Brother let me ask you this. Can sin really separate you from him now? Note you died with him. You were buried with him.
Let me shock you. Do you know whether you will make it heaven you ask? (you did question if you are saved). Are you ready for this?
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
Rick where exactly are you now?
Note seated with him. Where?
Where is Jesus now? Yup shock of all shocks. Heaven.
Where are you now? Already there.
Now let’s look at how Jesus manage to sit there.
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
He is sitting there because your sins have been absolutely purged. Brother read Hebrews 10. Your sins are not covered by the blood. They are not just forgiven. They are not just paid for. They are taken away. Once. Once and for all. This happened in heaven read verse 9 where time is not an issue.
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should TAKE AWAY sins.
See Hebrews 10:10
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Note the context of this verse is to TAKE AWAY sins. Once And for all.
See the context of where it happened.
The Blood of Christ
11 When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man- made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.
Not a part of this creation. Heaven.
Now here lies the question knowing all this now. Do you still think the grace gospel is a licence to sin? You tell me.