Infants Deny The New Nature

January 15, 2014

Friends,
Those religious teachers who insist that Christ-followers (Christians) can remain sinners and still inherit eternal life are false teachers who remain on milk. (1 Tim. 6:3,4 // Heb. 5:13) Having doctrine that does not agree to the sound instruction of Christ, nor to godly teaching (1 Tim. 6:3), these “infants” (Heb. 5:13) are unable to understand even the most elementary Truths of God’s Word. (v. 12) Because they refuse to wean themselves off of milk and on to solid food by putting God’s Word into practice (v. 14), they remain unacquainted with the doctrine about righteousness (v. 13) and untrained in distinguishing good from evil. (v. 14) Consequently, they teach their followers to remain on milk as well. As a result, we have a “Christianity” full of corrupt-minded people (1 Tim. 6:5) who, like their teachers, “have been robbed of the Truth” (same verse) and cannot comprehend the Truth even when it is explained to them over and over. (Heb. 5:11,12)

But they don’t want solid food. Nor can they do anything but choke on it even when they try to understand. Why are they unable to chew and swallow the Truth? Because they have not put it into practice, nor are they about to do so. The concept is not their reality, for they have not been feeding on Christ, but instead on man’s words about Christ. The Lord’s voice they cannot hear, for because they do not, in actuality, believe His words / the True Doctrine / God’s commands / Christ’s teaching, then the Word (who is Christ and Eternal Life) does not dwell in them. (John 5:37-40 & 6:51-63) By refusing to fully believe so as to hold to the Truth, they are not set free by the Truth. (8:31,32)

The Truth (the True Doctrine) says that Christ-followers have a baptism in, and an anointing of, the Holy Spirit (Mt. 3:11 // 1 John 2:27), and that because of this we have acquired God’s own divine nature by which to live righteously and victoriously over the evil realm. (Luke 10:18-20 // 2 Peter 1:3,4 // 1 John 3:8,9 & 5:3-5,18) A new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) does mean a new nature (Col. 2:11,12 // 1 John 3:9), and a new nature does mean a new behavior. (Gal. 5:24 // Eph. 2:1-3 // Titus 2:11-14) “So thanks be to God, that though we used to be slaves to sin, we, by whole-heartedly obeying the True Doctrine, have been freed from Sin and have become slaves to Righteousness.” (See Rom. 6:17,18)

In view of the Word of God, we see that a born-again person (a person who belongs to Christ / a person headed for Heaven) has a new and divine nature, for the old sinful nature has been crucified with Christ. (Rom. 6:6,7 // Gal. 2:20 & 5:24) Therefore, anyone who teaches that Christ-followers remain sinners –that is, people who continue to sin– are infants who are “conceited and understand nothing.” (1 Tim. 6:4) In fact, by promising salvation while encouraging each other to retain the sinful nature, these teachers prove themselves slaves of depravity, and mists who are self-condemned. (2 Peter 2:1-3,17-19)

God’s Word, on the other hand, says we have been freed from sinning. (Rom. ch. 6 // 1 John 3:4-10) And that whoever does not believe the Truth remains in bondage, unredeemed and condemned. (John 8:31-38 // 1 Cor. 15:1,2 // 2 Cor. 11:4,13-15 // Gal. 1:3-9 // 2 John 1:9-11)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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