From Sin to Salvation (Death to Sin, Life through Christ)
When sin entered the world through Adam, the repercussion is death to all mankind. Sinners are into the world even before the beginning of time. These sinners are the fallen angels deceived by the father of all lies, who rebelled against God for power but was defeated by the angels of God. These angels were cut off from heaven and thrust down by God to the earth. At first, the earth was formless, uninhabited and darkness was all over the surface of the sea. The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.
In Romans 5:17-21(NIV), “For if by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man, the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man, the many will be made righteous. So that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We all sinned no matter how much we attempt to stay away from it. Even some parents made great efforts to achieve to be sinless in accordance to their belief so that their children will be free from inheriting the sin originated in the Garden of Eden. 2 Samuel 11:2-5 “One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof, he saw Oman bathing. The woman was very beautiful. David sent someone to find out about her, then sent messengers to get her, slept with her, and conceived. ”The Bible clearly stated how easy it is to sin and explains the process in James 1: “but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” For out of the heart come evil thoughts, taking the life of the husband, destroyed a family with unclean desires of the flesh. After the desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. Evil needs a recipient for his evil work, like a lion looking for someone to devour. Jesus Christ mentioned; “that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed the sin of adultery with her in his heart, that is how easy we can fall to sin “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
We believe that God is just to forgive our sins. So, make it a habit that before bedtime to express to God how sorry we are for our sins and thank Him for the guidance and protection for the day, repent and ask for forgiveness. Though we are not physically reformed every time we woke up every morning, our spirit is renewed every day by the Holy Spirit. There are many ways for us to sin. We reacted badly to news especially political news, like for example; on TV, guests in a program with the opinion that you disagree; getting upset that the coffee is not hot enough for the morning sip; cannot find the necktie that matches and so forth and sometimes we rewind the anger of yesterday to the new day that is supposedly a clean spirit with a clear mind. There is no doubt in our mind that anger alone can start an unclean day.
How can I know what is a sin and what is not?
Spiritual health is not determined by how we look, but by how we live. Matthew 5:28, out of the heart comes the issue of life. We can dress the most expensive clothes, wear the top of the line shoes and handbags, expensive watches and cologne; we can look good, smells good; we can grab all the attention of the whole world but with emptiness in our heart. What does it do good to us when our hearts disagree with our minds? “What profits a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul”. If we agree not to resist evil works, the consequences for our soul is death. Ezekiel 18 “the soul that sinned, it shall die.”
The Bible is very explicit about various sins. In Proverbs 6:16-19 pride, lying, and murder, among others. Paul adds sexual immorality, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, and jealousy in Galatians 5:19-21; and in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, includes stealing, swindling, and drunkenness. There are many more sins to mention but understanding every single one of it will already cause us to sin and will raise too many questions, and bring doubt to our immaturity. Many claim maturity, but due to lack of knowledge and ignorance of the Word, it turns to be a false claim. Philippians 2:14 says: “1Do everything without complaining and arguing”, “And advise us not to quarrel; don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.” “2Quarreling about words; is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.” 12 Timothy 2:23-24, 22Timothy 2:14
The argument about the Word is already a sign of immaturity, and will lead the listeners to doubt their understanding of the Scriptures, and may cause them to walk away from the faith. If we are still children in the faith, we should not show the new believers that we are divided in thoughts when it comes to the word of God. We are commanded to be humble, as it is written “1boasting is arrogance. Such boasting is evil.” “2For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, the freedom we receive in Christ comes with a responsibility to live in Christ-likeness.” 1James 4:16, 2Ephesians 2:8 (ESV)
Spiritual growth is very important as the Scriptures suggest.
There is much more we would like to emphasize this, but it is difficult to expound since some people lack spiritual interest; some individuals with itchy ears are hard to convince. These people are those with their bodies present but their minds are somewhere else. If we have been in the faith for quite some time and well versed with the Word, is it the time to teach others and serve God’s purpose and will instead? With all the arguments about who is rightly dividing the word of God, I suggest to request a refresher course and use what Mathew 7 suggested to “Ask, Seek, Knock”
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Since we are in the ministry for a long time, we already heard varied presentations of the preachers, styles and formats, tone of voice, body movements, and most of all how well they outline the preaching that impresses the listeners to pay attention. In some cases, the center part of the speech is not able to remain in line with the title and subtitles, but what most of the preachers cannot avoid towards the end of the sermon is, it wraps out the sermon to salvation. Even though it is a reminder that salvation is the reason for believing and the central point of our faith, we still feel that our maturity is being questioned. This attitude can be a sin itself – Pride.
Recognizing the difference between good and evil will bring us to more enlightenment and being honest to oneself is a step towards a good relationship with our Creator.
Are all sins equal? The Spirit of forgiveness clearly expresses to have a closer relationship with God but the kingdom of Sin dictates otherwise. The Holy Spirit grieves when we do things against His will and the spiritual reign of God in our heart is compromised. It is unclear and sometimes difficult to analyze because of the sacredness of the Scriptures which is only revealed to some and remain hidden to many, and eventually will be revealed in such time according to His plan. The Scriptures don’t hold our free will captive, but strongly suggest seeking the truth that will wipe out a doubt, so seeking the truth could be the solution and when we find it, we have to share it.
With the impression of the existence of two different domains, validate that not all sins are equal and open to more than one interpretation. If all sins are not equal, how do we measure which sin has a deeper degree of punishment and who will be absolved of guilt? And to what extent that salvation is in the brink of losing? Do we lose it?
According to Paul, by faith alone, we can achieve salvation through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Once we are saved our salvation is sealed by the Holy Spirit and cannot be unsaved. While James 2:24 said that faith without work is dead, there are only two options. We are saved by faith alone, or we are saved by faith and works. Either we adapt the teaching of Paul the apostle or James the brother of Jesus Christ, there is no other alternative. Since the reformation up to this date, this becomes a never-ending debate. Protestants support Paul while James is supported by Catholic doctrines. Two groups of Christians with a different approach to salvation, it seems complex but it is not! It is what we believe and God will never hold it against us. We must submit to Him rather than leaning to the understanding of men and God will give us wisdom. Without Works Faith Is Dead James 2:14-26
What good is it my brothers if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have the works, is it dead?
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have worked.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one, you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way, was not also Rahab, the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
When we compromise our relationship with God due to sin, is there an irreparable consequence to it?
God’s forgiveness is available to anyone who would appeal to his mercy, and the appeal includes an acknowledgment of one’s misdeeds or offensive acts that brought harm physically or emotionally to someone. To be forgiven we must have strong feelings of regret about it and willingness to accept whether it will incur a punishment or we will just have a pass. Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit and the judgment was instant death. Due to unbelief and unwillingness to repent, not all people will have salvation. 1 “I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven,2 but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” ‘He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.” 1Mark 3:28-30; (NLT)
Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, or sacred things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. Some religions consider blasphemy to be a religious crime. (Wikipedia)
When sinners ask for forgiveness, it will surely be forgiven. “Jesus answered when asking how many times to forgive each other; ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’ (Matthew 18:22).” The numbers in literal interpretation mean limitless. When the Spirit asks the sinners not to sin and ignores it, is that the sin that cannot be forgiven? It is very clear the Scripture states, anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. Exodus 20:7 (NIV). Do not use the name of God in vain. Let us expound this commandment. “Jesus said that God is a Spirit and we should worship Him in Spirit” which is very clear that God and the Holy Spirit are one; same thing when Jesus said that “I and the Father are one” John 10:30 (ESV).
In regards to salvation, all sins are equal. James 2:10-11 explain, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For he who said, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘Do not murder.’ If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.” When we fail to obey even one part of the law, we overstep the established limit specified by the law, and we are then guilty of all. In simple terms, when we lie, we are not only guilty of lying, but guilty of sin as a whole which has the same punishment as committing murder, adultery which is death. Romans 6:23 explains without ambiguity that “the wages of sin is death,” Any sin the judgment is death, but Jesus whose love is immeasurable gave us the opportunity to be forgiven if we repent. John stated in 1John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (NLT)
When Paul declared that the wages of sin are death, either less or greater sin, it is treated equally and death is the punishment. If this is the way that mankind will end, we could ask God with sincerity why He created us to be vulnerable to sin, when He can create us otherwise. All humans sinned and fall short with God’s glory. How can we be sanctified and be glorified? How can we have a glorious body when we are still sinners? Our imperfections will lead us to be denied eternal life, and then the promised salvation is compromised.
God is so merciful and gracious that He advises us in John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” This is how much God loves the world. The assurance of eternal life is just around us.
If you see a fellow believer sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying that you should pray for those who commit sins. “17All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death; 18 We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them.” “19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.”1 John 5:16-19
John refers to his understanding of judgment with a specific kind of prayer. Since some sins are more consequential than the others that lead one to eternal death. Sins unto death” are those souls that submit under the control of the evil one. Ezekiel told us that the “soul that sin, shall die.” We know that we are from God, and the whole world submits to lies under the power of evil. God’s children do not sin the way the children of darkness do. Through the atoning work of Jesus Christ, our sins will be forgiven, when we repent and confess with all our hearts.
Paul stated: Romans 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” We know that when we are born of God the evil one cannot touch us. They can try to tempt and deceive us like what they did to our Lord Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane and they failed. We are protected by God’s word that we can always use the Word as a weapon against any evil attack. When God is in us, no evil can snatch us from Him. We sin but we don’t submit to sinning, our submission is to God who is all and all and He is our Father.
If you see a fellow believer sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying that you should pray for those who commit sins. “17All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death 18 We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them.” “19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.”1 John 5:16-19
When we are in agreement with 1God who does not change his mind, not human that he should lie, who speak and then not act, who made promises and not fulfill, 2When we confess our sins to God, God who is faithful and just to forgive us our sins will cleanse us from all wickedness, 3the Father of the heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows and with the Son that He sent to the world 4who is the same yesterday and today and forever. Through His plan for us will remain intact, through fervent prayers and by expressing remorse and repentance, He can change the circumstances. From punishment to forgiveness for our chance to succeed in achieving eternal life; that’s how God loved us! All of these opportunities are given to us due to the 5atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. 1Numbers 23:19, 21John 1:9, 3James 1:17, 4Hebrews 13:8, 51John 2.2 New Living Translation (NLT).
Is there a distinction in how punishment for sin will be viewed? There is no distinction about the seriousness of sin as well as there is no weight in punishment. The wages of sin are death and all sins are against the will of God. Since death is the punishment for sin, the sinner’s soul will surely die. The Scripture is very clear; Numbers 32:23 “But if you don’t do these things, you will be sinning against the Lord; know for sure that you will be punished for your sin.”
It doesn’t matter either the sin is made in secret or in public. There is no absolute distinction between the two. It doesn’t make any difference since the sinners and the sin is not hidden to God. Jesus said; everything that is hidden will be shown, and everything that is secret will be made known.” Luke 12:2 – There is no secret that will not be revealed. “Jeremiah 16:17-18; I see everything they do. They cannot hide from me the things they do; their sin is not hidden from my eyes.” All wrongdoing is a sin even those who believe in the name of Jesus Christ must confess and repent to receive forgiveness and have eternal life.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
If someone has witnessed that a fellow believer is committing sin, it is not appropriate to approach the believer and tell to his face that he is committing a sin. The proper response is to pray for him. We can assume that being a Christian, he is aware of his actions that sinning will go nowhere in God’s kingdom. We can tell that person that confession and repentance will lead to forgiveness and the kingdom of God welcomes those who acknowledge their sins to God and that they are children of God. If the person who is being prayed for is not aware that you are praying for him, what good will it accomplish without the person agreeing to turn away from sin? The forgiveness of sin is characterized by confession of sin and petition for mercy. The person who needs prayer or ask to be prayed for, most likely be given new hope of life. Such prayer can be made because this person shows passion for God, and continues to be a faithful child of God. Vulnerability to sin becomes part of our fallen nature, God knows it!
If we have a close relationship with the Father, no power in the sky above or in the earth below -indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. The one that believes has life, and prayers are said that they continue to receive life. One can pray that unbelievers may repent and come to submission and fellowship with God; however, if the unbelievers continue their evil work, there is no forgiveness, but judgment for not walking away from sin.
The purpose and will of the Father are to bring His children to eternity and the only way is to believe and have eternal life. John 3:16 which is almost the primary will of the Father for his children and for those who remain defiant to believe is already condemned-John 3:17. Jesus commissioned and blessed his disciples; again he said, ‘“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.’ ‘Then He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.’ ‘If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.’” John 20:21-23 (NLT). From then on we took over the place of the disciples to act on their behalf and be one with God in this command with power and authority to forgive. As followers of the good news of Jesus Christ, we continue the work of the ministry.
The Father has given us full recognition to extend forgiveness to others who seek forgiveness and it is important to acknowledge the church that Jesus built in our hearts. This will serve as the foundation of His love for us, as well as walking followers of Christ. We should be an encouragement to non-believers to come to Christ. Our behavior, attitude, and love will show our welcoming arms to them who don’t know Christ yet. Very rare we cannot convert a person to Christian faith when we show lack of compassion to the lost souls when they witness that the spirit of love does not manifest in us, that we don’t live by Christ’s example.
We are commanded to love one another and not to be hateful to anyone. We should share the Word of God with great humility, compassion, and caution to discharge the Word, speak to each other with kindness and love, and avoid striving and arguing with one another that does not benefit the body of Christ. We must not quote a single text from the scripture and make a doctrine from it. We must have a pastoral discernment in situations when a person seeks counseling, and the situation should be handled biblically not worldly. As a representative of God in this commission, we have to be one with God in His Will and Purpose.
We must share God’s forgiveness and eternal life to others and most of all, we have to lift them up and make them aware that “our body is the temple of God” where the Holy Spirit dwells. 1Corinthians 3:16
As recorded in God’s Word, God differentiates between sins. The first of the Ten Commandments, which is “Thou shall have no other gods before me” is exactly what the Israelites violated, worshipping the golden calf! Exodus 32:30
Jesus’ encounter with adulterous women; The 7th Commandment (6th and 9th in Catholic): “Thou shall not commit adultery” which Jesus reacted as recorded in John 4:4-42; 8:1-11
Jesus’ reactions of the sin in Eight and Tenth Commandment (7th and 10th in Catholic) of the Ten Commandments of God: 8th You must not steal, 10th “You must not be envious of your neighbor’s goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.” These Command believers to respect the possessions of others: properties, their labor, and other belongings. Cheating people of their hard-earned money, taking credit from someone else hard work. These sins are recorded In Matthew 23:23-24: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat, and swallowing a camel!”
One Popular question that Christians never failed to ask, “Why God allows evilness to happen?” Most likely one of the reasons is that we keep on sinning and having said so, we fail to meet the requirements of righteousness. We have to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and in order to find it, our submission to His wholeness is necessary. Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification are the three steps towards achieving the fullness of our life in eternity. Make time to these steps day and night, and once you find it you will be surprised how much you know God and His righteousness. Start with John 3:16. We cannot purify our soul on our own, we have to turn away from sin and we need His presence in our life to do this.
As we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by sins the same way God allows us to experience the earthly and relational repercussion of that sin. Our thoughts can easily be dominated by lust just watching movies, envy with someone else’s fortune, ignoring to help the very needy when we could afford, and the most common of all sin, lying to others and even to ourselves. God specifically mentioned that He hates not only a liar but all liars. Every sin condemned us equally and judgment sometimes gives no time to repent, like what happened to Ananias and Sapphira, sudden deaths after lying to the Holy Spirit about money.
Not every sin hurts others equally. For some, it is sudden pain and for some, it takes time to kick in. We are favored that God loved us even though we are sinners. Fortunately, God is more powerful than any sin and it is proven when God’s angels defeated the rebels during the battle of good and evil in heaven. Because of God’s goodness, He only cast them out from heaven and thrashed to earth where they live in darkness. God is God of love and can always forgive. He can always heal relationships. Only God knows when judgment day comes if they will be spared or totally perish.
Submission to His righteousness and obedience to His will and purpose will give us a happy ending and new joyous beginning. As narrated; “Then I saw a new Heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth, had disappeared and the sea was no more. I saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, descending from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride dressed in beauty for her husband. Then I heard a great voice from the throne crying, “See! The home of God is with men, and He will live among them. They shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them and will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death shall be no more, and never again shall there be sorrow or crying or pain. For all those former things are past and gone.” Revelation 21:4 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
We can act blameless and sinless especially inside the church but who will believe when it is very clear in the Bible that all have sinned. Either we like it or not, it is easier for a person to sin than not. We can try to avoid but for how long. Adam and Eve were given only one rule to obey and still failed. How much more if they were given more. (Genesis 2:16-17). We can make a list of sins and there are many of them, but for what good reason we have to do that when just the sin of lying we cannot pass the day without it. We could have learned the lesson from the past, and we did not!
Many men were venerated to be righteous, which is not to be questioned by a person out of faith. Statues are made to be worshiped and prayed on. It is very known that this is against the commandment of God. The 2nd commandment is very clear about this graven image made by man and anything made by man and worship will not please God. “1Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image” were spoken by God and written in stone with His finger to the Israelites then passed it onto the seeds of Abraham from generation to generation. Any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: “2Thou shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God is a jealous God…” 1Exodus 20:4-5, 2Deuteronomy 5:8-9.
God gave the Law through Moses. While these laws defined clearly what sin was, there is no assurance that they can avoid sinning. The Israelites turned away from God many times and the repercussion of sin had consequences. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught about pleasing God through obedience. There are some sins Paul listed in the epistle to the Galatians “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21 (NIV)
It may not cover all sins but enough to be mindful of the actual application from the itemized lists that were revealed to us to overcome. The struggle that we encounter from day to day against sin is much greater than what we can endure. Although our strength comes from the most powerful, He lets us do it on our own. He gave us more than enough to fight a good fight of faith. What more could we ask when we have more than enough. “All wrongdoing is sin” John 5:17. Failure to do what is right due to exclusivity or the practice of pick and choose is also wrong, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:23-27.
James 4:17 “Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
With all these many ways to sin, Mundane feelings made us decide to call it quits without even trying. This is a feeling of defeat and God uses our deficiency without pulling a string to show us that we need a savior to be saved. The more we accept our weaknesses, the more we are tempted and the more we listen to evil whispers, the more we fall to deception. There is only one way to turn to, and we will never go wrong with the chosen One. We can depend on Him, He invested His life and paid-off our sins with His blood, and He will not just let it go that easy. We must start a personal relationship with Christ and experience having a new life (John 3:16). When you continue reading the Word of God you will hear Him talking to you and He will equip you with power and authority to fight for the Truth and win.
After God saves us, we will have the authority to say NO to sin. Being dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus, we can put that sin under our feet. We must declare, that let no sin dictate us to do wrong and let no sin reign in our hearts and mind. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.” “Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.” Romans12:1-2
“Our old self was crucified we would no longer be in bondage to sin. ’For he who has died has been freed from sin. ‘But if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him;’ ‘Death no more has dominion over him.’ ‘He died to sin one time; he lives to God.’ ‘In the same way, consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
“Do not let sin reign, that you should obey it in its lusts.’ ‘Neither present your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as an instrument of righteousness,’ For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:6-14).
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. ‘It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.’ ‘Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 (NIV)
The Bible is very clear that Spirit gives life and that Spirit is love. When we love one another, the spirit rejoices and when we rejoice with the Spirit of God the enemy hears our celebration like clanging cymbals that break their ears and their bodies inside the melting pot that melt all impurities and sins consumed.
Glory to you God Almighty; Thank you for sending your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, and Savior. Thank you for your guidance and protection you have given us and thank you for your Word which is our inspiration. Forgive us if we have offended you. May you continue to pour your blessings and may your face shine upon us and give us peace in Jesus your Son our Lord. Amen
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