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We sin, and we are addicted to sin. God tells us to stop sinning. But we could not stop it. Most Christians consider sin like air to breath and water to drink, without which we cannot survive. Sin is disobeying God. Obeying is opposite to sin, and it is righteousness. Heaven or hell is not our rightful inheritance, but it is our reward that God gives, for our works of obedience or disobedience to God. "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."
When we study the bible, we understand the message with our intelligence. But Jesus says that the words he speaks are spirit. That is in John 6:63. Paul says that they do not teach the words of God with man's wisdom, but as the Holy Ghost teaches; as spiritual things. Common people do not understand spiritual things, for they are foolishness to them. It is in 1 Corinthians 2:13&14. If we understand the word in the spirit level, things will happen mysteriously and supernaturally, by the spirit. Let us examine this verse. "Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Christians claim this verse for themselves, but at the same time they admit they commit sin. The verse say that it applies only to those who walk not after the flesh, but in the spirit. So, it does not apply to them. Verses 2-4 explains the situation and verse 5 says, "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." Are we being after the things of the spirit? If we are, we will not do the things of the flesh. Verse 9 says, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." Again, if we are in the spirit, we belong to Christ, but others are not. But every Christian take it for granted that Jesus Christ is for them; but it is not true. Until and unless, we receive his spirit, we do not belong to him. Only if we have the spirit, we belong to God, and then God will make us righteous. This is a very important fact. We should verify whether we have his spirit or not. If we don't, we should not pretend as we have it.
Let us see verses 3&4. "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 have, but he did not commit sin, even in difficult situations, even in the middle of the temptation of Satan. And now, he gives his holy spirit to us, for us to become spiritual. If we grow in the spirit, his word will become life to us. That is, the word will live with our spirit in power, and the things mentioned in the word will happen supernaturally. 1 Peter 2:21 says, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:" With the spirit, we can follow his steps, in order to become righteous as he was righteous. Our righteous life will make us sons of God, and then we will inherit the kingdom of our Father, who is God. If we do not become righteous, we cannot inherit his kingdom. That is why, Jesus had to die, to give us his spirit, to make us righteous.
God considers the sinning people as they are dead in sins. So, God quickens them, which is raising them from death. That is, God gives them holy spirit, and makes them live a spiritual life. Then, they can live without sin. Now, they are dead to sins. In order to do this; Jesus had to die on the cross. "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. Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" Jesus took our sins and went to his cross. The purpose is "that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness." That is, we must not sin but live righteously. One more thing: It is written as "by whose stripes ye were healed." It is a figure of speech. This has nothing to do with the physical sickness and healing. Before we were sinning, now we are dead to sins and live in righteousness. So, by his death, we are healed from sinning. But our preachers, make a big commotion and show, using this portion of this verse for physical healing. They pull the phrase out of its context and advertise it for healing the sick. It is cheating. This verse has nothing to do with physical healing.
"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:" The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins to deliver us from the sinful world, not to commit sin, etc. "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." Jesus Christ gave himself for us so that he may sanctify us (makes us righteous), by cleaning us with his word as water cleans the dirt so that we may be holy.
The death of Jesus is almost always referred to save sinners and take them to heaven by forgiving their sins. So, Christians are emboldened to live in their sins, attend churches as usual, and life goes on. But they will lose eternal life. "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, that is not to live in sin. "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." Jesus Christ died for us to redeem us from sins for himself and to purify us from ALL iniquity, to be zealous of good works as we live. "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." Jesus died, so that if we love him, we must live in his place as he will live. "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. If we abide in him, we will not sin. Jesus died for us to give us his spirit, so that we may grow into him, to receive his abiding, not to sin. But many preachers say that Jesus is in our hearts even if we sin, which are fake and deception. Don't believe their lies.
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. Jesus had to die to come to the world as Lord, as Christ, as God, and as the begotten Son of God. He came to make us also as begotten sons, and the only begotten Son has become the first begotten Son. If you like to study it, please click on this link: "Begotten Son." 1 John 4:9 says, "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, Jesus Christ has come back to the world as the only begotten son, to enable us to live like he has lived. That is why he had to die. Acts 3:26 says, "God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." So, Jesus Christ is here in this world as God, with all his power, to keep us away from our sins and iniquities, and to make us pure. The man Jesus had to die to come as God in the Spirit, to help us to live like him.
"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." Submit ourselves to Jesus Christ; is the key. Christians tell Jesus Christ what he must do in the name of prayer; and they think they as spiritual. This is ignorant pride. But, if we submit ourselves to Jesus Christ; he will give us the light, which is the holy spirit. If we walk in that light, we will not sin. It is by the supernatural power of God. It is not our mind power, but it is spiritual. We will abhor the sin that we loved very dearly, as vomit for no reason. It is the work of God. This is how God saves us from sin. When it is done, God will forgive all the past sins by his blood. "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." So, by the power of God, we will not commit sins anymore, and all the past sins are forgiven, and thus we are saved. The result is that we will inherit the kingdom of God as his begotten sons. In order to make us his sons, Jesus Christ has died on the cross for us.
Usually preachers preach that since Jesus
Christ has died for our sins, we will go to heaven because he died in our place,
the penalty for our sins, and so many such nonsense. They are all the twists of
the devil and the ignorance of preachers. The Bible says overwhelmingly that
Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we may serve him in purity with no sins
in this world. And, in so doing we will inherit his kingdom, as sons/daughters of God. "Hebrews 2:9
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering
of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should
taste death for every man. 10
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom
are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their
salvation perfect through sufferings." Jesus died to make us sons of God.
If we become his sons here, we will inherit the kingdom of God there. Jesus did not
die to take sinners and demons to heaven. If you and I are sinning persons, we
will not go to heaven. I am not saying it, but the word of God says it. "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. 2 Corinthians 11:2
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one
husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." Jesus
Christ, not only he died on the cross, but also, he came back to make us pure by giving his
spirit and turning us away from our sins and iniquities. He makes us pure here,
and then he will come again to receive us and to give us our inheritance in the
kingdom of God, which is heaven.
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