Sin Not Renounced Is Insubordination To God

July 15, 2013

When we repent of sin –which means to confess it, renounce it, and ask God to forgive us for our rebellion against His holy commands– we at the same time must pledge allegiance to Christ as Lord, which means, as King, Commander, Leader, Master, Boss. The reason this is difficult for some people to understand is because a false way of salvation has been pounded into them. However, for those who recognize the Truth, they understand that Christians must be done with all disobedience to God. This applies to their everyday life, not just to the one day when they make their pledge to accept Christ as their Savior and Lord.

Evil desires are disobedience to God. To harbor them is to be in defiance against God, and God will not listen to the prayers of such people (Ps. 66:18), even those who try to apply His covenant to themselves. (50:16,17 // Heb. 10:26) Not being done with the desires of the sinful nature is proof that that person does not belong to Christ. (Rom. 8:9,13 // Gal. 5:24) He still belongs to Satan. (1 John 3:8)

To be in defiance is to be resistant, noncompliant, insubordinate. To be this against God is to deny Christ as Lord and King (Titus 1:16) and to step out from His presence of love –which a person abides in only by obeying Christ’s commands. (John 15:10) Such a person has put himself at enmity with God. (Rom. 8:7 // Ja. 4:4) It is to show contempt toward Christ and toward God’s kindness. (Heb. 6:6 & 10:29) Such a person is not saved. Even if he was once a servant of Christ’s Kingdom by having been pardoned of sin’s debt, his return to sin negates the pardon. (Matt. 18:23-35 // 1 Cor. 3:16,17 // Heb. 10:26)

The old life, the one which follows the sinful nature, has died. (Rom. 6:6) It’s over and we live the new life (6:4 & 8:9 // 2 Cor. 5:17), the one which is Christ’s life only. (Gal. 2:20 // Col. 3:3,4) We “used to be slaves to sin” (Rom. 6:17), but now we obey “the form of teaching” (same verse) which makes us slaves to righteousness. (v. 18) We “used to offer the parts of our bodies in slavery to impurity and wickedness” (see v. 19), but now we are free from that. (v. 18) We “used to…”, but no longer. See? For we’ve died to sin. (v.2) We’re done with it. (1 Peter 4:1) “As a result, we do not live the rest of our earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.” (v. 2) For “in the past” (v. 3) we lived in wickedness and idolatry (same verse), but no longer, for we’ve been saved from it all. (v. 4 // Eph. 2:1-5)

If someone continues to sin, he has not been saved from sin. (1 John 3:5-10) He remains lawless (v. 4) and under God’s wrath (Eph. 5:5,6 // Col. 3:5,6), for by breaking just one command, he is guilty of breaking it all. (Ja. 2:10) By conforming to evil desires, he proves himself ignorant of the Truth (1 Peter 1:14), rebellious to God, (1 John 3:4), and still belonging to the devil. (v. 8,10)

In order to belong to Christ, we must be separated from the devil and his realm, that realm which includes sin and the sinful nature. We must be separated unto God. We must prove our salvation from the kingdom of darkness by walking in the Kingdom of Light, which is holiness. Walking as pure, obedient citizens in this Kingdom is to abide in the only sphere that is eternal life.

with love,

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