Of Sin, Because They Believe Not On Me – John 16:9
No believer in God wants to sin. A person repents, renounces the committed sins, but never comes to the essence of the sin! No matter how much he repents – the sin continues to produce its fruits, and they appear and express themselves again and again. There will be no victory, until a person finds the truth and realizes the essence of sin. And sin – is unbelief in the truth. In this topic, we will focus on the essence of sin and how a human being can become freed from sin.
For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many!… and unto them that look for him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation! (Hebrews 9:26-28)
In this section, we will focus on the question of sin and the freedom from sin. Today, in almost any congregation, one can hear about sin, the fight with sin, even in regards to the short/temporary victory over sin, but you never hear about the complete freedom from sin. On the contrary, you hear: while we are in the body/flesh – we sin, thus showing: there is no freedom from sin. The Scriptures, however, reveal the complete opposite:
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (Romans 6:22)
This therefore leads us to the first question, which is necessary to thoroughly understand, and that is the question of sin, what is sin? Perhaps you may find this question strange, since you already know everything about sin, but is that really so?
In any religion, sin itself and its essence, remains hidden, a mystery. The original sin, which is the sting of death, and is death – is not seen and known, and where there is no sin – sin is seen and affirmed. The result of this is: when one really needs to repent and realize the sin – there is no repentance. – To this I was a witness many times, until the Lord revealed His Truth that everything is the opposite! To the question of: “What is sin?” The immediate answer is to read Galations Chapter 5: “Now the works of the flesh are…” But in fact, the works of the flesh listed out in Galations Chapter 5, verses 19 through 21, is not Sin itself, but is the consequence of sin and its results/fruits! So what is Sin itself? Sin itself appeared to the Galations in the false teaching! Someone taught them false doctrine, they accepted it, the consequence of this false doctrine became that they became without Christ and fell from grace (Galations 5:4). Instead of Christ, Satan was given room, and the fruits witness of this! Of course, the fruits of sin – they are sins, this is also true, but I want to emphasize that when a person sins, that the problem is not in the results that appear and are visible, but is much deeper and more thorough. Sin itself (the essence of sin) is not visible, it becomes visible only through the fruits, through the works! These works are done by the person, who is driven by sin. In other words, the fruits and the deeds show/reveal who lives in the person, either Satan, or Christ.
To understand, let’s start from the beginning. It is written: “…sin entered the world, and by sin – death” (Romans 5:12). The question arises: how did the sin manifest itself, that entered the world? You may say: “Adam’s disobedience.” That is correct, through the disobedience of Adam sin entered. But Adam’s disobedience was not the Sin itself, it was how it entered, that is, the disobedience of Adam stirred sin, so disobedience – is a consequence, rather than the Sin itself. Sin itself is – a false word! God said one thing, the devil said the contrary, in other words the devil lied/deceived. Therefore, sin itself – is always a lie! “When he [the devil] speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)
Believing untruth, a person accepts a lie inside himself- Sin…
Scriptures reveal to us: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” This Word – God, became flesh and came into the world in the face/person of Jesus Christ (John Chapter 1). This Word, Jesus Christ, accomplished redemption, died, resurrected, ascended into heaven and filled all things with Himself! And so, God revealed himself today and was the Word. With this Word, God fills all. God revealed Himself to humanity through the Word. God is expressed or expresses Himself today – through the Word. He is – the Word! This Word is the truth (John 17:17), and the Truth is the Holy Spirit (John 6:63). The devil expresses himself through words also, through the word of lie. The devil is also a spirit, and expresses itself through lies. The Word – God or the Word – Jesus Christ is the Truth. The opposite of this word, of the word of Christ – is a lie, is the devil. Sin is contrary to God, i.e. a lie. Believing a lie, a person accepts within himself untruth (a lie), and this is the sin itself, or the essence of sin, or the devil. Settling in the man, the sin affects the mind, the senses, hence the deeds and actions of a person are sinful.
It is fundamentally important to understand and know, what is sin and how it expresses itself. What is sin, the Lord Himself said in the New Testament: “Of sin, because they believe not on me” (John 16:8-9). Perhaps you may answer: “But all denominations believe in Him!” The answer: The various denominations (religions) believe in the Jesus Christ that it created for itself, in other words, each denomination created it’s own Christ, artificial, but in the True Christ, in Christ, which is the Word of Truth – they do not believe! But the true Christ, the Christ – Who is the way, the truth and the life, there is only one, as such there is also only one faith (Ephesians 4:5).
Jesus Christ said, when one does not believe in Him, this is the sin of the New Testament. Hence it is a very clear conclusion: If one does not believe in Christ, therefore, they believe Satan, untruth! In other words: the evil one (Satan) has created today many various teachings and interpretations, which are all false! Accepting and believing any false doctrine/teaching, a person lives in sin, or really: the sin lives in him, hence the works and fruits of sin, which is an eternal wrestle for a person/for man! And so, sin is always a false teaching, not by the Gospel, that is the distorted gospel, a ‘departure’ from the Word of Truth. When a person believes a wrong/false teaching, not according to Christ, his faith is also false; wrong faith – that is, the condition, when a person lives in sin, making/doing sin! Look at the first chapter of Galations: it is talking about the distorted Gospel! Not another gospel, but distorted!
With sin there is no end to the torment and battle…
Notice Galations 5:7-9: “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump!” -Galations accepted another belief/teaching, and it (the teaching) brought, bore it’s fruits (Galations 5:19-21 verses)! So what do the Galations need to do now – try not to do the deeds of the flesh (try not to do things of the flesh), fix/correct the belief/teaching? -Of course, we must be cleansed of false doctrine, correct the faith, then the works (deeds) and fruits will also become different. But what does the religious world do today? Please consider this very seriously and with thorough attention: no one seeks cleansing from false faith and false beliefs, but instead, continue to struggle with the fruits and the deeds of sin! This is very suitable for the devil, he remains hidden in them through/by the wrong faith, and continues to do his own! People, not knowing, thinking, that they have the right belief, however: there is no end to the sins torment and struggle, and it is so in all religions, no one in any religion can really call himself Holy and Righteous, and it is such/true there. The sin remains in them, and the deeds/fruits from the outside. Today, these fruits are cut, thrown out – tomorrow they appear again. And it is so indefinitely.
Jesus Christ appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself – the knowledge of this truth frees one from sin
What should one do? – Not to fight/battle with the fruits and deeds, but believe correctly (come to the right belief)! One must be born from the Word of Truth, when this happens, the fruits and works (deeds) will also become True, by the truth. The Lord said: “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that commiteth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil!!! (1 John 3:7-8).
Every word distorted from the Teachings of Jesus Christ – is sin…
If you ask, how I understand – what is sin? Sin is unbelief in the truth, our Lord said this so simply and clearly: “Of sin, because they believe not on me” (John 16:9). Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Word of Truth; the opposite of this is the false word (a lie); And so: when a person believes a word of lies, sin lives in him! How can you distinguish the word of Truth from the false word? For this, in order to learn to distinguish, one must remain in the words of the teaching of Jesus Christ, as the Lord clearly said, and then you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32). Knowing the truth, a person clearly sees and distinguishes the false word from the word of truth. But while a person does not know the truth, he can easily accept falsehood for the truth, because the devil is able to fine-tune, take on the image of an angel of light, and his falsehood can appear to be similar to the teachings of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 11:13-15).
You can therefore briefly and clearly say: sin is wrong belief: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and Son…” (2 John verse 9). And: “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth…” – becomes a sinner (James 5:19-20). But there is not only sin, there are also sins; so the next question: What are sins? – they are the fruits of sin!
The word clearly teaches, that Jesus Christ appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself – the knowledge of this great truth, frees one from sin. The next sermon “The truth frees one from sin” reveals this topic in more depth.
Many of us know and have read verses in the Bible where Jesus tells us to Come, and Follow Him. But what does it mean to follow Jesus? Many Christians proclaim to be followers, disciples of Jesus. But how can one truly follow Jesus?
In order to follow Jesus, one first needs to step foot unto the path, the path of Everlasting Life, the path of Jesus.
Jesus said in John 14:6, that He is “the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
And the ultimate goal is to be able to say as Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have finished my course (in other words path), and have kept the faith.”
However, in order to finish the course, one must first begin the course, step unto the course. Likewise, in order to keep the faith, one must first find and obtain the faith.
This faith comes from hearing, as it is written in Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Just like a cat begats (in other words gives birth to) a kitten, a dog begats puppies, and a person begats a person. Likewise, Christ, who is Holy and Righteous, begats a New Being, one that is also holy and sin-free. In James 1:18, it is written that He begat us (in other words, gave birth to us) from the word of truth:
Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. (James 1:18)
We can therefore conclude that it is necessary to first hear and believe in the word of truth in order to take the first step unto the path of following Jesus. This word of truth is written in the Bible and was brought to us by Jesus Himself in the flesh. Jesus Christ came down from heaven to do the will of His Father (John 6:38), to save us!
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17
I believe in this, not just as a historical event, but as the Truth! I believe that when Jesus was crucified on the cross, there I was with Him. And when He resurrected, there I was with Him also! As it is written in Romans Chapter 6:
Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him: knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more: death hath no more dominion over him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. (Romans 6:4-9)
In order to truly follow Christ, one must accept His teaching in purity and completely, fully! This means, the death for this world, for All false teachings (all untruth), for your complete self, and the resurrection in Christ a New Being, one that is holy and sin-free! And this death and resurrection in Christ is what it means to lose one’s life in order to gain it. This is the cross that we carry: our death and resurrection which occurred on Calvary!
Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)
It John 8:32, it is written that we should know the truth and the truth will set us free. This is referring to the freedom from the old Adam, the old sinful nature. Let’s take into consideration the routes/paths that we physically see around us today. When you are going or driving to some destination, how do you know that you are going in the right direction? The answer is quite simple, you look at the road signs around you. For example, if I’m in Florida and looking to go to North Carolina, if the road signs around me say “so and so miles left to Texas,” then obviously I am travelling in the wrong direction. Spiritually speaking, there are signs around us to indicate whether or not we are truly following Jesus. These same signs indicate our faith, whether it is the true faith. So what are these signs? These signs are the fruits of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:22-24. These signs are holiness and righteousness, as opposed to sin! And if you do not see these indications/signs, then while there is still today, the day of salvation, seek to obtain this faith, so that the faith can truly set you free! For nothing impure shall enter the Kingdom of God!
As a child I grew up in a Ukrainian Pentecostal Family. I remember very little from that time in regards to the church we attended, I was still very young. I vaguely remember the boring sermons, and occasionally falling asleep on my mom’s lap. To be fair, at that age few things could hold my attention for over an hour. But what I do remember very clearly was the day when my family left the Pentecostal church to join another. This church did not have a label as the others. It did not have a big building or a large congregation; it was a teaching, a word, a way of life. I remember talking with my Dad about moving to a different church and asking him why. He told me “Andrey, we must be like Jesus”, and I responded with a quiver in my voice “… but … Jesus is perfect”. This made my Dad smile; I remember that smile to this day. In all honesty I don’t know exactly what was said on that day, in actuality my dad was speaking his typical Ukrainian/Russian mix, but what I do remember is that smile. The idea of perfection and being like Jesus was a bizarre idea for me at the time (as it may be for you), and it scared me as well. But on that day I saw a boldness in my Dad, with no fear or equivocation.
In the beginning we met at houses with barely enough people to fit a living room. We didn’t have a Pastor who stood in front of us speaking while everyone else remained quit. Instead we had a group of people all siting in a circle with bibles in hand, discussing what was written in the scripture. I especially liked this new church because they let kids out early to go play (after maybe 30 minutes). As a kid this is all I could ask for. Needless to say I enjoyed this new church a lot more then the older one I went to. For a long time all I knew about this new church was that there was a different word, a different teaching. And that teaching was purely based on the scripture, without any preconceived notions of what the truth should be or any traditions created by men. What this word was I had no idea. All I knew was what my father said from the start “Andrey, we must be like Jesus”.
As I grew older my parents began to force me to start staying at church longer and longer. My 30 minutes turned into 40, and then a few weeks later 50. But I began to catch snippets of this new word, this new life. I kept on hearing phrases like “freedom from sin”, “we are holy”, “we are righteous”, and lastly the bread and butter “we must be like Jesus”. Then there was also a lot of talk of death. We were dead, then we died and rose again, and now we are dead to something or other. Naturally, I was a bit confused.
At this point my faith in God was very superficial, no surprise for a kid my age, but I did believe. I never had any doubt in my mind that one day when I was grown up I would get baptized and become a member of the church; it was only a matter of time. Eventually our congregation set up a youth church for the kids to start learning the basics, which was sorely needed in my case. There I began to learn in simplicity, and this is were the seed was sown. This is not to say I read the bible every night out of fascination, this is far from it, I rarely read the bible on my own. But what I did like was coming to our youth meeting and hearing about the word of God. I learned about many things, ranging from the Old Testament to the end of the world. But what was crucial was learning what Jesus did on the cross. All men and women on this earth are born of a sinful nature, inherited from Adam and Eve because of their disobedience. This sinful nature is defined in the bible as the Law of Sin and Death. This is not like the Law of Moses; this is more like the natural laws we all learned in school. It simply means that if you have the Law of Sin and Death living inside of you, by no means can you stop sinning. All you can do is sin, feel bad about it, repent, and then repeat. The Law of Sin and Death is a never-ending cycle of Sin. At this state man is separated from God, and his meaning of creation is not fulfilled. This is where Jesus Christ comes into the picture. He came to reconcile us with God, for us to fulfill his goal. The goal is simple, build himself a home/temple where he can live, and this home is in the hearts of people.
Ephesians 1:19-22 “Now, therefor you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and the members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place for God in the Spirit”.
Unfortunately all of mankind already has a tenant living inside their heart, something rotten. Due to this mankind is guilty of sin, which rightfully deserves the punishment of death. Jesus resolved all of these issues with his own death on the cross. With his death he forgives us all past sins by his blood, and I believe all Christians on earth agree on this point. The second part of the issue is where the controversy begins; this is the part where our church begins to set itself apart (the list go’s on an on). By our faith we can be made one with Christ, be with him when he dies on the cross, and die with him. By this death we overcome the Law of Sin and Death, and when we rise with Him we have something completely new living inside our hearts. We have Jesus himself living in our hearts, the Holy Spirit, the Law of Liberty, the Law of the Spirit of Life. And in the same way that the Law of Sin and Death had a function about it, so does the Law of Liberty. The Law of Liberty is simply the state of being free from Sin, and a person who is free from sin can no longer sin.
John 8:34-36 “Most assuredly, I say to you, who ever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Therefore, we are “holy”, we are “righteous ”, and here it comes again “we are like Jesus” because he himself lives in our hearts.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
Romans 8:3-4 “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled is us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit.”
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”.
This is the faith that was built in me when I was sitting in youth church every Friday night. Not complete of course, but it had many of the cornerstones that our church lives by. At the end of the day I knew this, that if you are a sinner you are not born of God, you do not fulfill his meaning of creation, and you will by no means inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. This is controversial since millions (probably nearing a billion) confess to be sinners and yet claim to be born of God. This may be your understanding, but I am here to tell you that you are mistaken. This understanding is in direct contradiction with the Bible.
1 John 3:4-9 “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him, and he cannot sin because he has been born of God.”
1 John 5:18 “We know whoever is born of God does not sin, but he who is born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.”
If you are starting to feel some angst or resistance to what I am saying, I urge you to remain calm. I completely understand these feelings, hearing this for the first time is probably a shock, especially if you have heard the complete opposite for your entire life. You might think that this understanding is a fantasy, not realistic, not practical. But ask yourself, why do you Sin? What is the root cause? Are you really born of God? Does scripture support your rebirth?
I openheartedly invite you to continue reading through the website and always reference the Bible to verify if what we say is true. But read to reveal the truth, for your salvation, and not just to prove your pre-set beliefs. I confess with all my heart that Christ lives in me, and today I (along with my brothers and sisters in Christ) fulfill the meaning that God intended for me.
My story does not end here; me attending the youth group was only the beginning. I will continue my story sometime in the future.
The search for my identity.
As we grow up into young adults, there is a need to “fit in” and to belong. To find your identity. Somewhere we can be ourselves and to be accepted.
While growing up, I had an urge to be accepted by all people of this world. I wanted to be liked by everyone and be known as a “good person”. I also had the need to please people and therefore I acted differently than what I felt. However, Christ talks about this world as being temporary, fickle, and will soon have an abrupt and unexpected end. He tells us that we are only on a pilgrimage (John 17:14) on this earth, and our true home is with him. So if this world is not our home then why do we invest so much in it? Why do we stress over gaining influence, power, money, and acceptance. Why do we build treasures on this earth and neglect to dive deep into our hearts and figure out why we feel so empty and incomplete? Why do we feel the need to impress other people and live for other people’s acceptance while not realizing that God’s acceptance is the only thing that matters?
This need to be accepted only was perpetuated by social media. The term “fear of missing out,” would accurately describe my past self. I always wanted to be out there, enjoying life to the fullest because that was my definition of living. All the thing I did that day, I would post on Facebook and watch the number of “likes” I earned that day. I was again searching for acceptance. That momentary acceptance felt so good and at the end of the day it was all so meaningless. Don’t get me wrong, there is no sin in having fun and enjoying life but when this fun becomes your idol and you no longer examine the true reason why we live and breath… that becomes a problem. We begin to live for ourselves and no longer for God. We seek praise from people of this earth and neglect seeking it from our creator. We fail to examine our hearts, we fail to reject our selves, and we fail to live for God.
1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
When you step back and reevaluate, look at the core, you can see the problem. The problem of building on this earth, investing into a treasure that is non lasting, and is in exponential decay.
Feelings of emptiness and searching for happiness was exhausting. I didn’t want to be in this endless cycle anymore. So I began to search. I looked into myself and saw the selfish being that I was. I looked into the bible and it began to calm my soul. I understood that true happiness can be only achieved through God and living for him.
Psalms 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
By rejecting this nature of “acceptance of others,” I found happiness in him which is never ending and filling beyond words. I can freely express my thoughts and feelings knowing that I will always be loved by Him and my church. I have gained a love and respect for my church because I see the living God work through them. They love me for me, and help me grow in the word of God. They helped me understand any sin that stood in my way and will continue to help me grow. I have found true happiness and a new meaning for my life. A meaning we were created for.
Death is such a touching subject, especially if someone experienced the death of a loved one, someone dear to them. Perhaps death is a subject you try to avoid, try not to think about, or imagine it to be something that is surreal, something that does not pertain to you. Perhaps you imagine it as a natural event occurring at an old age, after you have lived an eventful or ‘fruitful’ life.
Although death may seem like a scary subject, the truth is: the physical death on this earth is not the Real death, is not the death that we should be afraid of! The physical death is merely a passing to another life, and the question is: which life?
How many of us will be able to say: I have finished the course and kept the faith? “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
Or, for me death is gain? “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21).
The truth is, whether we like it or not, God has predestined the number of years for each person. No one knows when his day will come. So while there is still Today, the day of salvation, still breath in your nostrils, “before the silver cord is removed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the well, or the water wheel is broken at the cistern – and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the life’s breath returns to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:6-7), Be Saved! Strive to enter through the narrow gate! (Luke 13:24)
What is the narrow gate? This is the cross, Golgotha, the complete death for self, for this world, for all untruth, and the resurrection in Christ, a new creature, one that is Holy and sin free! Nothing impure will enter the Kingdom of God (Revelations 21:27), and this is a state that one must gain while still here on this earth, while there is still Today! For when death comes or old age – it may be too late!
I believe in one God. The God that created the heavens and the earth, when the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep (Gen 1:1-2). I believe in the God that is the alpha and the omega. Who is, who was, and who is to come (Rev 1:8). I believe in the son of God, Jesus Christ who came into this world as a babe and grew into a man, teaching about the kingdom of heaven, sacrificing his holy self for all the men and women of this world so they can have the opportunity to be one with the father.
When I was born (physically), like everyone else, I was sinful in nature. I was a daughter of Adam and even growing up in a Christian family, I only acted according to the law (rules). I behaved because my parents told me I would get punished (for the fear or getting my Barbies taken away or not being able to watch TV). But it was never my natural instinct to behave. As I grew, I was nourished with His holy word and I began to see this world as it really is, that behind everyone’s good intentions and actions (niceness as one may put it) only stands selfishness, greed, pride, and sprinkled on top… lust. Through time, man has learned to suppress these characteristics and put on a good face. But the word tells us differently, we no longer need to contain ourselves but be freed.
I began to BELIEVE. Believe in the true word. Not of more laws that I need to follow in this society, but of grace. Grace, that Jesus Christ came onto this earth, died for my sins and freed me from them. What does it mean to die for my sins? In the Old Testament the price for sin was death. We all deserve death for the deeds that we have done on this earth, but Christ paid that price, “having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness” (Rom 6:18). After Jesus’ death on Calvary, the cycle of sin ceased. In other words, a human can stop sinning. As Romans writes (6:7) “for whoever has died is freed from sin.”
I believe that I no longer live by the law of sin and death (Rom 8:1-2), but rather a new creature made in his image (Gal 6: 14-15).
I don’t have to live and force myself into rules and cages that society and religion has placed on me, but rather live my life as I am, because the savior lives within me, he is my conscience. He acts through me and is my driving force for all my actions. I don’t do “bad and evil” things because of consequences but because there is no desire in my heart. I am free from them. This is what Christ came to do, not to place a weight on our shoulders, but to change us.
I believe in freedom, grace, and salvation.
Have you ever found yourself thinking the following:
What is the meaning or purpose of life? Or, why is life so hard, why are there so many difficulties and troubles in it? Have you ever thought: There has to be more to life than what I see, understand, or experience?
Is life not more than your occupation or career? Is life not more than gaining your own home and becoming financially stable? Is life not more than the food you eat? Is life not more than your physical appearance and the clothes you wear? Is life not more than your surrounding friends and family?
The truth is, whether we like it or not, all these things pass, whether it is your career, your financial status, the family you raise, your physical appearance, etc. No matter how much you try to hold on to these things and put your heart into it – they will All pass! Your children will grow up, eventually move on to their own lives, and One Day – it will be time to depart from Everything and leave this world. The world you held on to and lived for. And when that time comes, will it matter how many children you had? What career you did or did not gain? What you looked like? What you ate or wore? If you really look at life seriously, seeking for the one and only Truth which the Bible speaks about, you will begin to see that all these things aren’t really Life. There is only one kind of Life – and that is in Jesus Christ Himself, who came to save us and who came to this world to speak about Life itself! To this day, His words still speak! But do we Really hear them?
What exactly did Jesus Christ come to do for us? Almost all Christians answer: to free us from sin, to save us. But if we are sincere to ourselves, our hearts, then did this actually occur in me? Did He indeed free me from sin, from my sinful nature, or am I still living by Romans Chapter 7, where, it is written: “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me… O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
If you read further, Romans Chapter 8 clearly shows another state of a person:
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Romans Chapter 8)
In 1 John Chapter 3, the Bible answers why Jesus Christ came:
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous…Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John Chapter 3)
Perhaps you skipped over these verses before? But have you ever wondered what exactly do they mean? How do you make sense of them? For it clearly states that a person born of God does not sin! Is that even possible? Well, if you look at yourself right now and compare to yourself, you will most likely answer “No, that’s not possible!” But, if you read and dissect the word of God – you will see, that God doesn’t tolerate any untruth and that only the righteous shall inherit the Kingdom of God. The Bible clearly states that nothing impure shall enter His Kingdom. Therefore, it is very important to look into all these questions and figure out:
- Do I believe in the One and Only God?
- Do I believe that there is only One Truth? (as it is written)
- Have I found this One Truth which truly sets one free from sin?
- What is Sin?
- How can I be born again?
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In Hebrews Chapter 7, it is written:
“For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, made higher than the heavens; who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”
Hebrews Chapter 9:
“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?…”
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation…” Hebrews 9:28
Beware, Christ will come a second time to gather His righteous and holy people! He will not come a second time to free us from sin! It is important to become sin-free while still here on this earth! While there is still Today, the Day of Salvation!