Hebrews 13:8; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
The Lord has placed a message upon my heart that speaks to us as His followers in that we often times choose to believe that the Lord is pleased with us no matter how we live our lives. We often times take our salvation for granted in that we think that because we are living under the covenant of grace, we can trample that grace by sinful actions, and that the Lord will not judge such sinful actions. This is a false belief, and this false gospel that is being preached today in a multitude of churches is leading people astray, and those who are preaching such a false doctrine will have to answer to the Lord Jesus one day for their being the blind leading the blind.
The Lord Jesus created the heavens and the earth. He created mankind and was with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He is the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the end, and He never changes for He is the same yesterday, today and forever. John 1:1 states; In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. So, no matter how much we have deluded ourselves into believing that the Lord has changed His mind, and overlooks the sins of mankind because we are living in the dispensation of grace, is not right, and we are living in error, and dare I say we are living in sin against the precious Lord Jesus who died for our sins on the cross of Calvary. No matter how much we try and convince ourselves that God has changed His hatred of sin because we are living in the age of grace is foolishness. We are indeed living in the dispensation of grace, and not under the old covenant law so to speak. However, the Lord still judges the sins of mankind, and He will continue to do so until the end of the age.
Paul the Apopstle wrote on this very matter to those of the Roman church. Romans 1:18 states; For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Paul goes on to say in Romans 6:1-2; What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Paul also goes on to say in Romans 6:15-16; What then? shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, That to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Paul the Apostles states in Romans 8:1; There is therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. This is a wonderful verse of scripture, but it is one that is often times twisted to support the idea of them who claim to be followers of the Lord Jesus, that no matter if they continue to live after the lusts of the flesh, the Lord is pleased with them because they name the name of Jesus. The operative words in this verse of scripture are (who walk not after the flesh). There is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus who walk after the Spirit and not the flesh. If one is walking after the flesh, according to the lusts of the flesh, that person is deceived if they think that they are pleasing the Lord. No, dare I say that an individual who is living like this and is claiming to be a follower of Jesus is a liar, and the truth is not in them, for they are denying the Lord Jesus by their very actions, and are trampling the grace of God, and are indeed lost in sin.
Paul the Apostle speaks to this very matter in Romans 8:6-8; For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Those who claim to be followers of Jesus and live carnally, are an enemy of God no matter the dispensation. Be it the dispensation of grace or otherwise. Be not fooled by the so called wisdom of those who claim to be prophets and teachers of the gospel but cause people to be led astray by teaching a gospel of convenience, for they are wolves in sheep's clothing. They are seeking only to heap followers unto themselves, not caring about the eternal souls of those that they are deceiving. This false gospel of convenience puts carnality on a pedistal, and tramples the grace of God. God did not send His only begotten Son to die on Calvary's cross to shed His most precious blood for the sins of all of mankind so that those who believe in a gospel of convenience can trample His mercy and grace and live like the devil. No, the Lord is not pleased with those who claim to be His followers, who have a form of godliness yet deny the power thereof. The Lord Jesus tells us to be holy as He is holy. What is holiness? Holiness is living a life that is pleasing to God. Now obviously as long as we are in this fleshly body we are going to fall. There is no excuse for us as followers of Jesus to fall back into sin. However, if and when we do sin, we have an advocate in heaven, the Lord Jesus, who pleads our case before the Father. And because His shed blood, we are justified in the Lord Jesus. We must however, repent of said sin, and ask forgiveness with a humble and contrite heart before the Lord, and then He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, never to be remembered, and cast as far as the East is from the West. Praise God that we are indeed washed in the blood of the Lamb, and that our sins are cast as far as the East is from the West. The bottom line here is, that grace is not a license to sin, and anyone who teaches this is a false teacher, and needs to repent of this heresy for they are treading on dangerous grounds.
Paul the Apostle states in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. The question that must be raised; are all those who name the name of the Lord Jesus saved? The answer is an emphatic no they are not. The Lord Jesus himself said that many will come to Him in that day and tell Him of the great and mighty works that they did in His name, and He will say to them depart from me ye workers of iniquity for I never knew you. Matthew 7:22 states; Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Those who claim to be followers of the Lord, and lead a lifestyle of sin will stand before the Lord Jesus on that day, and shall all be judged according to their works. Revelation 20:12 states; And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and all the dead were judged out of those things that were written in the books according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were all judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Paul the Apostle writes that we are sinners saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, not of works lest any man should boast. Paul states in Ephesians 2:8; For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Salvation is indeed the gift of God, and is freely given to any and all who ask the Lord Jesus into their hearts. Romans 10:9 states; that if you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. There is nothing that we can do to add to or take away from the price that the Lord Jesus paid for our sins on the cross of Calvary. We cannot work our way into heaven, and the scriptures are very clear concerning this fact. However, one's faith is dead if one does not have works to show one's faith. James 2:20 states; But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? James 2:26 continues; For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. In the parable of the sower of seed Matthew 8:13-15 states; they on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And they which fell among the thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. The Lord is very clearly saying that those who have heard the word, and keep it, bring forth fruit with patience. The key words here are (the Word) and (bring forth fruit). Are we following the word of God with respect to living a holy, sanctified, and justified life apart from sin, or are we still living in the flesh, in carnality, and at enmity with God? Do not be deceived, for the Lord will not be mocked, nor will He strive with man. If you are claiming to be a follower of the Lord Jesus and you are living a life steeped in sin, the word has indeed fallen on stony ground where the thorns and thistles have choked out the word in your life. It is time to repent of living a life of sin once and for all. The Lord Jesus is calling all of as His followers to glorify the risen Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ in and through the works that we do in our lives.
The Lord Jesus is calling those of us who call ourselves Christians to walk worthy of that name as followers of Jesus. We are to be holy as He is holy. We are to be salt and light to a lost and dying world, and if the salt has lost its savor, it is good for nothing, to be thrown out and trampled under foot. The scriptures state that to be friends with world is to be an enemy of God. James 4:4 states; Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. It is time for us as followers of the Lord Jesus to repent of our sins, and humble ourselves and pray that the Lord will have mercy upon us. We must not listen to the lies of those who are false teachers, who are wolves in sheep's clothing and are leading so many down a path of destruction. We must live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. Yes, we are saved by grace through faith, but we are also commanded to bear good fruit, which comes by the Holy Spirit working in and through our lives. Are you living a life that is pleasing to the Lord? Are you salt and light to a lost and dying world? Repent today, for the kingdom of God draws near. Revelation 2:5 states; Remember therefore from whence you are falles, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Amen.
You do have many good things to say... but I guess I'm thinking...Why would anyone who understands grace "want to sin" thinking that it is ok? If we are walking "by faith", believing He has set us free from condemnation and guilt of any and all screw-ups, we should not "intentionally" be sinning. for His conscious is now in us, wrote on our hearts.The word says.. in 1st John 3: 6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him and v;9 says that No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin because he is born of God.
It says as a born again Child of God we are free from the law of sin and death. And we delight in the law of God after the inward man. (Rom. 7:22) v; 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. v; 24 O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from body of this death? v; 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Chapter 8 1Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus and v;2 reads, for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. (For those who walk after the flesh is an add on, by man.. it is not in the orginal greek as verse 2) v; 3 For what the law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did; sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,v;4 so that the requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit....(for sake of time)...skipping over to v;8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God (unbeliever, my emp.) v;9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.
I am also contemplating that the Kingdom of God is already here... at hand...We are that Kingdom, He is our King...and He has made His home IN us. As we are now the temple of the Holy Spirit. Walking in Spirit and Truth on earth as it is in Heaven. (My thoughts)
"We are the righteousness of God thru faith in Christ Jesus" and We Have been crucufied with Christ, therefore "It is no longer I that live but Christ in me" (Gala.2:20).. So, to me, 1st Corinthians 6:9-11, is not for the believer.
1st John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. v;20 And we know that the son of God has come, and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him, who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
John 3:16 says alot in itself...but read on in v;17 thru 21. ..he who believes in Him is not judged. and he who practices the truth comes to the light.....
Question?....What makes us think that He "now" sees "our" sin once IN HIM..but yet while we were yet sinners, He died in the flesh to save us?..
In HIM there is no sin, Have we been cleansed or not? ...Why would this love change? As His love is the same yesterday, today and forever?..He remembers our sin no more...Its Christ Alone... Our Hope of Glory...Our flesh can never be good enough...Paul speaks of this in Romans 7....in the conflict of the two natures.
Our Spirit is reborn... The Father sees the Son, not our flesh. just sayin...