Many people constantly struggle with the “I am a Christian, but what about sin?” issue. If we have been born again, we are free from our old, sinful nature; but to be free from sin actions, we must renew our minds and learn to think differently. We need to remember that grace has made available everything we will ever need in life, and we receive all of it by faith. This includes the knowledge that we are the righteousness of God, regardless of what we do or what happens around us. Jesus Christ died for us while we were still sinners, so that His grace would be available to save us from our sins. The righteousness He has for us allows us to live victoriously. This gift is offered to us by God’s favor, and all we need to do to receive it is accept it.A .We must not depend on ourselves for righteousness, but on God’s unmerited favor.
- Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through Jesus. When we were weak, Christ died for the ungodly. God commended His love toward us in that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners. It was by one man that sin entered the world, and death by sin. If many died through the offense of one, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which by one man, Jesus, has abounded to many. By the righteousness of one, the free gift came to all unto jusitification of life (Romans 5:1-21).
- We are justified, not by our own deeds, but by what Jesus has already done. When we are saved, God is not angry with us.
- There is a difference between atonement and remittance. Compared to the Old Testament when animals’ sacrificial blood provided temporary remittance for sin, Jesus’ blood provided permanent atonement for our sins.
- We cannot undo our righteousness with our actions, but this line of reasoning is not justification for bad behavior
- We are not righteous because we do right. We do right because we are righteous.
- What shall we say then? Should we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, who are dead to sin, live like that any more? Know that our old self has been crucified with Jesus, that the body of sin might be destroyed and we would not serve it. We are now dead to sin, but alive to God through Christ. Sin will not have dominion over us, because we are not under the Law, but under grace (Romans 6:1-23).
- When we get born again, the old root of sin is removed and replaced by God’s root of righteousness. We are then dead to our old sinful nature, because it is gone completely.
- When we experience the death of our old sinful nature, we are resurrected with the nature of God.
- We served the sinful nature by sinning and producing the fruit of sin, but now we no longer need to do this.
- When we are dead to sin and alive to God, we can no longer do the sinful things we did before without our conscience troubling us.
- Jesus living in us will point out sin, but He will always give us a choice on whether to commit it.
- If we choose to sin, we open the door to let the devil into our lives. His job is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).
- Sin always has consequences (Romans 6:23).
- God’s will is for us to have abundant, Zoe life. The enemy’s will is for us is to have hell and destruction. We must choose between the two (Deuteronomy 30:19).
- We need to beware of splinter religions that teach their own versions of the truth. There is only one version of the Truth, and it is in the Bible. Grace is the truth that sets us free (John 1:17; John 8:31, 32).
- Grace accepts us as we are, and God calls even the unqualified to work for Him.
- Jesus went out of His way to meet the Samaritan woman at the well, and He told her everything she had ever done (John 4:4-18).
- Jesus called twelve sinners to be His disciples. He even called out to a tax collector who was a sinner until he had a change of heart because of Jesus’ influence (Luke 19:1-10).
- When people behold Jesus long enough, He transforms them.
- The prostitute who came to Him immediately repented. Others tried to shame her, but He forgave her of her sins (Luke 7:36-50).
John 8:31, 32