"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.
Satan went to the Garden of Eden as a serpent, and taught the word of God to Eve. The consequence was that Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden, Satan got cursed and so on. Even now the same Satan is teaching the word of God, through his serpents, who comes to us as preachers and bible teachers. So, we are end up being deceived. But, have to be careful, or else we will be risking heaven.
Apostle Paul was born as a Pharisee, he was very zealous in religion and so, he was persecuting the church very severely. It was the only sin he has committed against God and Jesus Christ, and otherwise he lived a perfect life according to the Bible. But, when he teaches the gentiles, he personify the life of gentiles in first person as if it is his life, and teaches them how to overcome sins. False preachers pick them up, and purposely say that it is the testimony of apostle Paul and that he was living as a sinner. Why do they do that? It is to establish the doctrine that to live in sin is okay, since even apostle Paul lived in sin. Their intention is to support their sinful life as acceptable.
The Bible says that apostle Paul lived a holy life and the only sin he has committed was persecuting Christians, "1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." Please note that his sin was not fleshly sins like adultery, murder, or such, but it was persecuting the church, which he has done in ignorance, which God has forgiven by his mercy, and so it was his past sin and there are no more sins present because of the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. Paul's witness is in many places in scriptures. "Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:" Paul was perfect according to the law of the Jews and also by the commandments of Jesus Christ. And, as he was striving towards the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, he invites all those who are already perfect, to follow him in the pursuit of the high calling. Apostle Paul was already perfect in the ways of God. He still strive hard as a person who has not yet become perfect, in order to reach his high calling. It is sad that false teachers paint the picture of apostle Paul as a sinning person.
In Romans 7:1-8, Paul explains that he is a Jew under the law. From verse 9, he speak as if he is a Roman, who has just came into the law as a gentile. It is just to teach how a new Roman believer can also become pure as Jesus Christ is pure. But false preachers pick up this passage, to say since Paul is a sinner himself, he will not tell anyone not to commit sin. But this argument will not hold water, since Paul's teaching is to depart from iniquities and sin, as Jesus Christ demands us to depart. Example: "2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." Let us see verses 24 & 25. "Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." Here, Paul was not addressing 'himself' as wretched, but hypothetically as a new Roman believer, he explains it as such. In the context he explains the predicament of a new gentile believer. So, he thank God, in-spite of the situation, because his redemption is in the next verse, and there he will be redeemed from sin. It is his teaching. Let us see the next verse. It says: "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. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." So, the wretched man will not be under condemnation, if he walk in the spirit. Jesus Christ will give the spirit and so, he thank God through Jesus Christ, in verse 25. This is how a new believer overcome sin. So, it is a salvation message, but false preachers turns it as a message that calls an apostle as a sinning man, and teach the devil's gospel of "salvation in sin." So, be cautious of such deception. If you like to know more, there is a video message in this link: "Romans 7:24."
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