Remaining An Infant Is A Disgrace
February 18, 2015
We should always be deeply grateful to the Lord that “if anybody does sin, we have One [an advocate / a spokesman / an intercessor] who speaks to the Father in our defense” (1 John 2:1), and that if we confess with true repentance, He will forgive us (1:9) as well as “purify us from all unrighteousness.” (same verse) However, to break God’s Law (and remember, to break it at just one point is to break all of it –Ja. 2:10) and disobey Christ’s words is no light thing in the first place. It is rebellion, even treason against the Commander. Truly, a continuation in sin is to make oneself a complete disgrace to the Master’s house. (Isa. 22:12-19 // Rom. 2:23,24)
Do you believe that when you went through the baptism into Christ, you died to the old self and were raised as a new creation, declared freed from sin and dead to sin, and that you are no longer, in any way, obligated to obey it? Please meditate carefully on Rom. 6:1-14 & 8:12-14 and 2 Cor. 5:15,17 before you respond. Do you believe that those who still live under the control of the sinful nature are still living in (spiritual) death? This is certainly what Rom. 6:15-23 and 8:13 teach.
What would you say, David, is the meaning of Rom. 6:15-23? Please comment on what God’s Word is saying when verse 18 says, “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” And what is verse 22 teaching us when it says, “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”–? For your own soul’s sake, please dig into these verses for insight into the Truth, and ask the Counselor to teach you, He who is available to “guide you into all Truth” (John 16:13) –if you will truly listen to Him teach you the Word of God and if you will stop listening to the teachings of the false teachers. (14:26 // 1 John 2:26,27)
Jesus says, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15) Jesus is not asking a question. He is giving a statement of reality, of fact. Again He says, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching.” (v. 23) Again He says, “If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love.” (15:10) Jesus is not speaking of halfway obedience, but about 100% obedience. (Luke 14:33) Therefore, as our Commander says, “If you want to enter Life, obey the commandments” (Mt. 19:17) and “do the will of My Father.” (7:21)
1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” How did Jesus walk? Perfectly. He said, “I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me.” (John 14:31) Do you take the (whole) Word of God seriously? If you did, you would realize that we are being commanded by our Commander to obey –to obey 24/7, and that it is imperative that we train to make sure we do so. –Just as a surgeon or a soldier or an Olympic athlete makes sure that they are always training and aiming for perfection.
Have you overcome the world, David? The world, meaning, sin, self, the devil, the craving for anything not of God? If not, you are simply not born of God. “For everyone born of God has overcome the world.” (1 John 5:4) We are victorious over it all by our faith. (same verse) “And everything that does not come from faith [faith in all of God’s Word] is sin.” (Rom. 14:23)
Maybe you do not have true faith –in Christ and His words / God’s Word. Make no mistake about it: True faith does produce obedience (Rom. 1:5), obedience does produce righteousness (6:16), and righteousness (holiness) is what produces eternal life. (v. 23 // Eph. 5:6 // 2 Thes. 1:8,9 // Heb. 5:9 & 12:14) Thus the Truth teaches that righteousness comes by walking in faith (belief and trust and obedience) in God’s Word (Heb. 10:38,39), and that this means putting the Word into practice (Luke 6:46-49) through the power and leadership of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 8:9) Do not be deceived: The claim, without deeds that prove a person belongs to God, will reap for a person a place of eternal torment with the hypocrites. (Mt. 24:45-51 // Mark 7:6-8 // Titus 1:16 // Ja. 2:24)
David, two years ago, when you first contacted me at my comment page, you said then that you had been a Christian for 30 years. I’d encourage you to test yourself against Heb. 5:11-14, particularly verse 13 which says, “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.”
What is hindering your pledge to “lay aside all sinful desires and live rather for the will of God”–? (See 1 Peter 4:1,2) You are having trouble knowing the Truth because you are having trouble knowing the Lord. Sin separates us from the Lord. (Isa. 59:2 // 1 John 1:6 & 2:3,4) In fact, “No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.” (1 John 3:6b) You keep trying to avoid the fact that the whole counsel of God’s Word is pointing us to the Good News that we have been freed from sin by being born anew. You have not proved yourself to have true faith, for you do not believe that verses such as 1 John 3:9 are true: “No one who is born of God will continue to sin.”
I have postponed some of my other responsibilities today to take the time needed to respond to your comment. Therefore, I ask that you will carefully and prayerfully read all the Scripture verses I have mentioned and ask the Lord to give you insight. Also please re-read what I wrote to you two years ago: https://knowgodsword.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/the-saving-doctrine-of-non-freedom/
Later, in December of 2013, you again came to my comment page to resist the Truth, and now 14 months later, it seems you may still be stuck at the same spot. Have you progressed in holiness at all? If not, why not? If so, has it been commendable, as evaluated by Christ, the Commander? If we do not repent of sin (renounce it, turn from it, and forsake it –genuinely and completely–), then it is not atoned for. (Isa. 22:12-14 & 55:7 // Heb. 10:26-31 // Ja. 4:4-10) You are in great error to believe otherwise. (Ja. 1:22)
There will be many who will say to Christ on that Day, “But, but, Lord! I DID believe in You…!” Yet they will be turned away. (Mt. ch. 25 // Luke 13:23-28) Why, David? Study to understand why many who consider themselves “believers in Jesus” will be turned away.