"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
We are sinners and we commit sin. God tells us to stop sinning. But, we say that we cannot stop sinning. Christians consider sin like air to breath and water to drink without which we cannot survive. Sin is disobeying God. Can we not live without disobeying God? Obeying is opposite to sin and it is the way to true salvation. Heaven is not our righteful inheritance, but it is our reward that God gives to us for our work we do by obeying his commands. "Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."
"Romans 8:3... God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us... ." Jesus Christ came to the world as a man like us, with the same sinful flesh as we are, but he did not commit sin, even in difficult situations, evn in the middle of the temptation of Satan. He showed it to us for us to go and do as he does. "1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:" So, we can also live without sinning by obeying God with the righteousness fulfilled in us.
"Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)." God considers our sin life as dead. If God pulls us out of our sins, is giving us life (quickening). It is called as saved by grace. "1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." It is also explained that Jesus Christ has took our sins and went to his cross with them. In that case, we do not have sins anymore, because Jesus Christ took them (even though it is figurative speech, Jesus Christ does it). And so, we will be living with no sins, that is unto righteousness. It is also explained that we are healed by his stripes, that is the result of his death on the cross for us. But Christians say Jesus Christ took their sins, but they are still live in sins. So, Jesus Christ did not take their sins, since they still have them and live in them. So, something went wrong with them. They did not connect with Jesus Christ of the Bible. "Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" Here the scripture says that if they are dead to sins, they cannot live in sins anymore. So, sinning people are not dead to sins, and Jesus Christ did not die for them, and he did not save them from sins.
"1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." God bought us with the price of his own blood and demands that we glorify him with our body and spirit. Sinning is opposite to glorifying God. "Hebrew 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" The dead works are works of the religion that serve not God. They are working something else other than what God tells them to do, which is called the works of disobedience, works of the flesh or of sin, works of religion, etc, even circumcision is included in that. So, even by doing these, they are not saved from sins.
If Jesus Christ forgives them, he tells them not to sin again. "John 5:14 ... Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." Since, they did not stop sinning, eventually he neither forgave them nor told them not to sin.
The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins to deliver us from the sinful world, etc, not to commit sin. "Galatians 1:3 ... from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:"
Jesus Christ gave himself for us so that he may sanctify us (make us righteous persons), by cleaning us with his word as water cleans the dirt so that we may be holy. "Ephesians 5:25 ... 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."
"Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:" Jesus Christ died on the cross to present us holy, unblamable and unreproveable. It is not to present any kind of sin at all, but with perfect purity.
Jesus Christ died for us to redeem us from sins for himself and to purify us from ALL iniquity, to be zealous of good woks as we live. "Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."
The Lord Jesus Christ shed his blood and died not only to forgive our past sins but also to make us perfect to do the will of God the Father. "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 ... Hebrews 13:20 .. our Lord Jesus ... through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight ..." The purpose of God to shed his blood for us is that we live in his place and do the good work that he will be doing by living his pure and holy life. "2 Corinthians 5:14 ... the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again." The love of Jesus Christ made us to think that we all died to self since Jesus Christ died for us and we all will live the life of the one who died for us. "2 Corinthians 5:21 .. he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." Jesus Christ died for us in order to make us the righteousness of God. Sinning people are not the righteousness of God. "1 John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. ... 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." Jesus Christ never sinned and so, those who live his life also will not commit sin.
"1 John 1:7 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." It is true that the blood of Jesus Christ his Son will clean us from all sins, but not until we walk in light as he is in light. Light is to be holy and darkness is to commit sin. That is, unless we stop to commit sin, God will not forgive our past sins.
Usually preachers preach that since Jesus Christ has died for our sins, we will go to heaven because he has taken care of the penalty of our sins. But it is the twist of the devil or it is the ignorance of the preachers. The Bible says overwhelmingly that Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we may serve him in purity with no sins. And, in so doing we will inherit his kingdom, and we will be sons/daughters for himself.
Ignorant preachers preach evil messages and corrupt Christianity by allowing them to sin. "1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not." God wants his people that they should not commit sin and they rise up to righteousness, but not to commit sin. All unrighteousness is sin. "1 John 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin... Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God." Obeying the commandments of God is the true righteousness. All others are self righteousness. "Deuteronomy 6:25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us. Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" If we obey God, it is counted or imputed as OUR righteousness.
In the last chapter of the last book of the Bible (Revelation), Jesus Christ identifies himself in verse 13 and tells how to enter into heaven in verse 14 in one sentence. He says to obey his commandments. That means; those who do not obey his commandments can not enter heaven. "Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." If you do his Commandments, you will be in heaven. But, if you do not obey them, God will take vengeance on you. "2 Thessalonians 1:7 ... the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" Jesus Christ is the Lord. Obey him. All disobedience to God is sin. Sinning people will not inherit heaven. If we love the Lord Jesus Christ, his commandments are not grievous for us to obey. So, let us obey God and inherit heaven.
John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." The begotten Son is the resurrected Jesus Christ. If you like to study the details, please click on this link: "Begotten Son." It is mentioned in the book of Acts. "Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." Please look at this verse also. "1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." So, as God, with all the powers of God, Jesus Christ is here in this world to keep us away from sins and iniquities, and to make us pure. These verses say that God sent his begotten son, who is in the Omni-Power Spirit, so that we may live through him with no sins and iniquities. Now, we cannot live through Man Jesus, who lived 2000 years ago, but we can live through the begotten son of God, who is God in a Spirit. So, we can live a holy life by his power.
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