"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
|I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
I quote the Bible verses that tells us to be holy and to be perfect as God the Father is perfect. The first response from a Christian is to hit me with a question whether I have become perfect. The question has a crooked element in it. If I say that I commit sin, he will ask me, then why do I preach to stop sinning? If I say that I do not commit sin, then you will call me a liar. So, the question is not to receive an answer, but just to hit me. Now, let me give my answer to the question anyway.
There are two kinds of bible teachers. One is God's servants and the other is the servants of Satan. The servants of Satan, interpret or manipulate the Bible by twisting it or diverting it and preach the word of the devil using the Bible. So, you hear either the word of God preached by the servants of God or the word of Satan preached by his servants, using the Bible. God interprets verses from the Bible, wherever it is necessary. If God did not interpret a verse, then the verse does not need interpretation. We must accept these verses as it is. So, we must study the Bible to find what God tells us, but not to interpret the Bible to match our philosophy.
Romans 6:1 says: "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" "Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?" The obvious answer is: NO. But, they were sinning in the past. In this case, they have received certain amount of grace and stopped sinning. Now, the next question: "How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" They were dead to sin because of the grace they have received from God. How can they any longer live in sin? The obvious answer is that they cannot live in sin any longer. That is, if they have received grace from God, if sin comes by, they will not respond to sin, since they are dead to sin. That is, they will not commit sin. This grace is the grace of God. But, churches teach Christians to say that they have grace when they do not have grace. So, they say that they have grace and keep on sinning. It is fake grace, it is deception and it is from the devil.
The question is whether do I commit sin or not. Let me give this as the answer. I am actually under the true grace of God as in Romans 6:14-15. Romans 6 says: "14) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15) What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid." And the grace of God reigns over me as in Romans 5:21. It says: "That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." This grace is true grace and if we have this grace, then Jesus Christ will reign (rule) over us. Then, we will not commit sin. I advise you to reject the grace of the preachers and receive the true grace from God. This will free you from sin and make the difference between hell and heaven.
Christian preachers, who have received the grace from the devil, will still be sinning. They preach the grace of the devil, who is their God, who is another Jesus, and who is false Christ. I think that most Christians are familiar with that grace. But, I am saved by God's grace and so I am dead to sin as in Romans 6:2 and 1 Peter 2:24.
"1 John 1:5. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:" If we walk in darkness, that is committing sin and not telling the truth, we can not have fellowship with God. So, repent, don't cover up the truth with lie, but walk in the light. "7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." So, the important point is to tell the truth. If you commit sin, repent and change your life from sin into obedience and only then, will the blood of Jesus Christ clean us, that is, until and unless we tell the truth and walk not in sin, the sins we have committed will not be forgiven. "Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" This verse also says that until our sins will become past, seeing that the blood will be applied once, because Jesus Christ died once, his blood will not be applied. That is, our sins will not be forgiven, until our sins become past. Further, 'the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin', that is all our past sins will be forgiven to us. "8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." We should not tell lie saying that we are not sinning, if we are sinning. "9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." If they confess (means that they will not do it again) their sins to God, then God will forgive their sins, and also cleanse them from all unrighteousness, meaning that God will clean the very core of unrighteousness itself that causes sin so that they may not sin again. "2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. 1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning." God's purpose for writing the epistles is that his people must not sin. Then comes "1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." False preachers try to exploit verse 8 & 10 saying that if we say that we do not commit sin, we will be liars. Ignore these sons of the devil. Always remember that we were sinners in the past and by the grace of God now you will live in the light as God is in the light. You will have fellowship with holy men, but not with sinning people. And since God washed the unrighteousness that causes sin, we will not sin again.
Our success in living a holy life is the direct result of our striving to enter through the narrow gate of obedience to God. "Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate... 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." Striving is hard work. We have to bring our body into the subjection to the Holy Ghost. "1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." If we are subject to God, he will give himself to us and make us holy, as he is holy. "Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ,.. 25 ..., even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." So, if we walk in his ways, we have entered the strait gate already. Praise the Lord!
God is perfect in holiness and righteousness. His judgments are true and righteous. He is not a respecter of persons. He is Almighty and the whole universe belongs to him. God rewards holy people. "Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Fatherís good pleasure to give you the kingdom." If you are his little flock, you will be adopted. "1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." If you love him, God has prepared unimaginable great things for you. "Revelation 22:12 I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." If you work for it, you will be rewarded. "1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." If you purify yourself as he is pure, you will be transformed like him. "Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." If you suffer with him, you will be glorified with him.
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