Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sin No More

                                                             Sin no more



Many  people misguide you when they tell you that you cannot be sinless. That is why Christ died; to make and keep you sinless. That is what the Bible is all about; stopping sin in individual’s lives and preparing them for heaven. Here are some of God’s warnings about sin;

This study was derived only from my old King James version 1901 Bible, referencing texts following;

When Jesus healed the infirmed man in the New Testament, he later found him in the temple , “ and said unto him, Behold thou art made whole ; sin no more lest a worse thing come unto thee”. ( John 5:14) Jesus inference was that of eternal hell should he continue to live a sinful life. This man may not have seemed particularly sinful in that he was impotent for thirty eight years and by faith was waiting to be healed. Nevertheless, Jesus told him to stop sinning when He healed him..

When Jesus kept the Pharisees from stoning the adulterous woman he asked her where her accusers were, saying, “ Woman , where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, no man Lord. And Jesus said unto her , Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more”.  (John 8:10,11)

Jesus said in Ephesians 4:21-24 pertaining to the Christian life; “ If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed  in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”.

You can do this with Jesus’ help. Why would He tell you to do something He knew you couldn’t do? He doesn’t! He again tells you to stop sinning here, and to live a holy life, which can only be lived through faith and obedience to Him. This is not salvation by works.

Romans 6:4 -6 says; “ Therefore we are buried with him by baptism unto 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”. It is clear here He is telling Christians not to sin , and that the body of sin might be destroyed.

False teachers and followers may incorrectly divide the word of truth, making an excuse for Christians to sin. They have been misled, else they would  tell you that you will not  see Christ unless you are sinless? Jesus articulated this in Hebrews 12:14 where He said; “ Follow after peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord”. He says in order to see Him you must be sinless. Only non-Christians and those beguiled by false teachers draw any other conclusion as to the meanings of verses like this.  
                                                                                                                              
What do you need? Holiness, which is sinlessness . Who said that? Jesus did. Who will not see the Lord? No man who is not holy or sinless. How can Christians heed this warrning? Living by faith as Galatians 3:11 says; “ But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident; for the just shall live by faith”. This verse is only one of many that should deter “ saved by works”  teachers who don’t want you to live a sinless life which Jesus said must be attained in order to be with Him. But works must accompany the Christian life because Jesus said, “ faith without works is dead”. The Bible clearly stipulates that no man can be saved from God’a wrath by doing good works, but works must be the visible fruit of a Christian life. That is another study in itself.

Romans 6:1,2  tell you that you have an obligation as a Christian to live a sinless life; “ What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we , that are dead to sin, live any longer therein”?  What does Jesus say here? You are dead to sin as a Christian. Don’t continue to sin.  False teachers want to keep you weak as a Christian so that you will view being sinless as an impossibility . The Bible clearly states the opposite. The Bible says Christians are to mortify the deeds of your body in Romans 8:13;  “ For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”.  Everyone is going to die physically. What kind of death was Jesus inferring here? Eternal death.

Jesus said Christians were made free from sin later in Romans 6:14; “  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace”.  What does Jesus say here? That  you are not to be dominated by sin, and, that  you are not under the law, but, under  grace.

Romans 6:18 Says; “ Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness”.  What does God say here? You are a slave to sin? No, but that you are free from it, and are now become servants of righteousness. Saints, not sinners. The devil likes people to repeat the old false mantra , “ I am a sinner saved by grace”, intending all the time to make Christians think they are still sinners, but they are not supposed to be. They are saints. You can’t be both and enter heaven. You may be a saint who occasionally sins, but,  God’s word says when you ask forgiveness He again makes you sinless through Jesus’ blood. How much does it mean to you? Enough to obey Him and stop sinning as He requires?

                                         
Romans 6:22 says, “ But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life”. What does God say here? You are free from sin! Sinless. But you need to continue to pray to be kept from temptation, delivered from evil,and to endure to the end that you may be” found worthy to escape those things which shall come to pass ”, as Jesus said. Trust and obey.

Romans 8:2 says , “ For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”.  God again says you are free from the law of sin .

2nd Peter 1:4 says,” Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises : that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world”.  God says Christians have God’s holy nature. Curiously, even while in Egypt, faithful Jews were told by God to be holy. Leviticus 11:44 is but one example of God’s old testament mandate for living sinless lives through faith; “ For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon  the earth ; “ For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be Your God; ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy”. Jesus came to lead Christians in holiness, not to keep us floundering in sin . .                                                                                                   
2nd Corinthians 7:1 says, “ Having therefore these promises , dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God”. What is God’s instruction here? Cleanse yourself by faith in Jesus blood to forgive our sins, perfecting holiness. He doesn’t say become partially holy, for there is no such thing. Becoming totally holy by faith, fearing God. Some will tell you that Jesus must do all the work. That is misleading, as this scripture here, and many others tells Christians to be Jesus’  yokefellow and do His work.themselves with Him right beside them.

1st John 3:3 says, “ And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure”. Who does God say purifies whom? Christians must purify themselves by faith in Jesus’ atoning blood. And they must be pure like him .

2nd Timothy 2:22  says, “ Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart”. How do you purify your heart? Christians know the answer. Deceivers do not want you to think you should be pure, as the Bible commands that you be through unfeigned faith in Jesus Christ.

We are to approach Jesus boldly some day by faith we have exercised while on earth. This is what 1st John 4:17 says; “ Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world”. We are to be like him on this earth.

We are are to stop sinning, as Hebrews 12:1 says;  “ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”.  

1st John 3:6 says; “ Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not; whosoever sinneth hath not seen him neither known him”. Verse 9 continues, “ 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”.


2nd Timothy 2:19-21 state; “ Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure having this  seal; the Lord knoweth them that are his. And let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” What does God say here? Christians depart from iniquity. Who purges through the power of Jesus’ blood? Christians themselves must do the work with the understanding that Jesus is working with them; … “ if a man therefore purge himself”.

1st Peter 1:15  and 16 says; But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye in all manner of conversation ; because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy”. Does it seem like God is hinting that sin for Christians is to be practiced? Clearly, no.


1st John 5:18 says; “ We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself and that wicked one toucheth him not”. What does God say here? Christians are not to sin .They keep themselves. How do they do it? They purify “ their hearts by faith” as in  Acts 15:9 wherein Peter reminded the believing Pharisees in Jerusalem who thought works were necessary for salvation. Works are evidence of salvation, as the Bible says, and , they are integral.

2nd Peter 3:14 says; “ Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be dilligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot and blemish”. There are many similar verses like this regarding the necessity of being found of him without spot , one of which is 1st Timothy 6:13, 14 ; “ I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Jesus Christ, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Ephesians 5:27 is similar. It states ; “ That he might present it to himself a glorious church not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be without blemish”. Leviticuscus 20 :7 states; “ Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am the Lord your God”. God commanded holy living of his chosen people in the Old Testament. How much easier should it be for Christians with Christ inside them? … “ What! Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s”. ( 1st Corinthians 6:19,20)

God required sinlessness of Abraham and the entire Jewish nation long ago as these verses state;  “ And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be perfect” ( Genesis 17:1). In Exodus God expected holy living of his children ; “ Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine. And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Isreal” (Exodus 19:5).

God gave you freedom to sin and the command to obey if you want to live with Him in heaven for eternity. Romans 6:15,16 state; “ What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

Fleshly sins are to be crucified as the Bible states in Galatians 5:24; “ And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with affections and lusts”. 1st Peter 4:1and 2 iterates this; “ Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind; for he that suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God”. What does God say here? Christians are to cease from sin, so that Christ might “ present
you holy and unblameable  and unreproveable in his sight” ( Colossians 1:22).

Ephesians 5: 3-5 articulates this more clearly;  “ But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be named once among you, as becometh saints; Niether filthiness, nor foolish talking or jesting, which are not convenient; but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God”. What is said here? Don’t let sin be named once among you. …you who are saints, not sinners.

Luke 1 :74,75 says , “ That he should grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life”. Should we serve him in sin or holiness? As sinners, or as saints, as the Bible calls Christians? ‘ For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness” ( 1st Thesselonians 4:7). “ Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness”,
                                                                                                                   
(2nd Peter 3:11). “ Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding great joy “ ( Jude 24)

The early Jews were commanded to stop sinning or they would be cut off, that is, killed.
Their continual disobedience was exemplary of much , if not most of today’s  “Christianity”. Look at their idolatry and it’s recompense Even accepted strangers were to have been killed for disobedience. What do you think the main topic of conversation was after someone was stoned for sinning? What was the pervasive thought for quite some time after friends or relatives were stoned to death for disobedience to God’s commands?

1st Timothy 5:20 states; “ Them that sin rebuke before all, that others may fear”. God made examples of Annanias and Sapphira himself. John the Baptist was Elijah paving the way for Jesus, ministry. John was “filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb”. John baptized Jesus. Was John ever sinless? How much godly instruction did John receive from Zacharias and Elisabeth who  “ were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” The Bible here says they were sinless. I conjecture John ‘s trips to the temple for forgiveness waned as his years progressed. Even Herod knew that John the Baptist was holy, that is sinless. How about Joseph and Mary? Their knowledge of God was probably very deep. They were probably quite well versed in Judaism prior to Christ’s birth. How much more so during Mary’s pregnancy, and after Jesus’ birth? And later Jesus instructed them in their home until he was thirty years old. Perhaps his brothers and sisters needed to make sacrifice for sins, but I am sure that Joseph and Mary’s lives were similar to those of Zacharias and Elisabeth’s. Blameless.

Old testament Jews were stoned to death for desecrating the Sabbath. God commanded this. Joshua’s congregation was told to stone Achan for his trespass of  theft of the accursed thing in Numbers 15: 36.  In Leviticus 20:2  God told Moses to tell the children of Israel or strangers therein that if any “ giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones”.

Jesus said in Mark 9:45; “ And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off”. In Mark 2:5 the palsied man borne of four was told by Jesus, “ Son thy sins be forgiven thee”. Common sense tells you that many of the people Jesus healed and warned to sin no more heeded his instruction, unlike the church today.

Mark 3:28 indicates that “ all sins shall be forgiven”. 2nd John 1:7 says ; “ But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”. … all sin. Do you think after reading these verses thus far that God wants his children filled with His Spirit to continue limping around in sin?
                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                  
2nd John 1:9 graciously allows forgiveness;  “ If we confess our sins , he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.  All sin in the petitioner’s life is forgiven at that point. Not most, but all. It may be at least a few minutes for that person who loves Jesus Christ and would gladly have taken his place on the cross might sin again.

In Psalm 51 :2 David beseeches the Lord; Have mercy upon me , O God , according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions”. Though David occasionally sinned there came a time more than likely that his necessity to visit the temple for forgiveness of sins greatly diminished, if not altogether stopped before he died. This can happen for Christians too. Phillipians 4:13 says; “ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. Sin is what he died to stop in believers. James 5:16 says; “ The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. Elijah stopped rain from falling for a while. Do you think he practiced sin much prior to, during and after that miraculous time? A righteous man is one whose sins are forgiven. He is not a sinner at this point.

John 9:31 says; “ Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth”.  1st John 3:22 states; “ And whatsoever we ask , we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight”.  Not sinning is pleasing to him and he says we can stop it.

In Revelation 2:4 and 5 Jesus warns the Ephesus church; “ Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen , and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and I will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent”. Matthew 21:41 and 43 were referenced here in my trustworthy old KJV. They read;
“ They say unto him , he will miserably destroy those wicked men, and let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their season . Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof ”.  The inference here drawn by those men led by the Holy Spirit to include references, was that those who fall away from him will suffer etetnal damnation. Hebrews 2:3 was referenced in Matthew 21:24. It reads;  “ How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him”. What is being inferred in these verses? You can neglect your salvation.  Hebrews 10:28 and 29 are more succinct; “ He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God , and hath counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”.  This other reference from Matthew 24:21 says that the person was sanctified. Clearly the Holy Spirit articulates that here. It is indisputable. This person thought negatively of Jesus’ blood. What do you think God  will do to those who have believed in Jesus, but later trod him under their feet? 1st Corinthians 11: 29 and 30 were referenced  regarding Hebrews 10: 28 and 29 ; for he that eateth unworthily , eateth and drinketh damnation damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many among you are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep”  This reference made me think of 1st Corinthians 11:27 which reads; “ Wherefore whosoever shall eat the bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily,  shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord”. What has the Bible indicated will happen to these believers? Damnation.
    
In Revelation 3:1 Jesus tells the church in Sardis that they are dead; “ I know thy works and, that thou hast a name that thou livest and art dead”. They were dead in trespasses and sins according to the reference here pertaining to Ephesians 2:1-5; “ And you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins. According to the reference given to this in 1st Timothy 5:6 they were living in pleasure; “ But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth”.  Jesus warned these Christians that he had not found their works perfect  in Revelation 3:2; “ Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die; for I have not found thy works perfect before God”  Jesus is qualifying works as a prerequisite to enter heaven. Works by faith; “ Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only ”  ( James 2 :24).  Dr. Charles Stanley has said that Jesus must do all the work, but he is wrong pertaining to this verse also. You must do things to bear fruit meet for repentance. You need His help to do it, but you must determine to follow Him , and be obedient to the end ; “  But he that shall endure unto the end the same shall be saved” is what Matthew 24:13 reads. “ Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” is Revelation 2:10.

Jesus warned the Sardinian to repent and watch for Him in verse three of Revelation  chapter three; “ Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard and hold fast, and repent: If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee”.  Some of the given references to this are Matthew  24: 42,43 which necessitate reading the rest of the chapter. Jesus warns believers and servants who are appointed their portion with the hypocrites. The Pharisees were hypocrites whom Jesus warned would not enter heaven. In Matthew 25 Jesus warned His ten bridesmaids to watch. Five  maintained no oil and were not permitted into heaven. They were bridesmaids.

In Mark 13:33-36 Jesus told you to watch and pray, “ Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping”. The inference here is that those who do not continue in Christ’s goodness until the end will not enter heaven; their house will be “broken through”.  1st   Thesselonians 5:2-7 warns Christians not to “ sleep as others do; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night”. Why are drunkards  mentioned here? Drunkards will not enter heaven. Neither will those asleep.

                                                                                                                                 
Jesus referred  to His second coming as that of a thief in the night in Revelation 3:3“ . 2nd Peter 3:10 reads;
“ But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in
all holy conversation and godliness”.  We are to live holy lives. Revelation 16:15 is referenced here pertaining to Jesus’ thievery;  “ Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame”. Revelation verses 3:4, and 18 are given here; “ Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy”. Apparently some in the Sardis church had defiled their garments which were once clean. Verse five continues; “ He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment, and I will not blot out his name of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father , and before his angels”. Jesus is saying here that those who do not overcome will not enter heaven. Verse 18 says; “ I counsel to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou might be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mightest see”. Though these Sardinians were believers,  Jesus warned them to repent because they were naked. They had no protection as Adam and Eve were given with animal skins when they were found naked in the garden. Verse 19 seems applicable here; “ As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent” . Chrsitians need to be “ arrayed in fine linen clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Notice, the righteousness of saints, not sinners, not sinners saved by grace.

Try to find the rare  trustworthy King James Version and make your own Biblical studies about any subject. Almost all commentaries since the Scoffield Bible  and Westcott Hort are extremely heretical, changing God’s word by taking from it and adding to it. There have been many books written about these heretics which reveal their own occultist and unbiblical beliefs. It is best to get copies of their own works to confirm their heresies. The dispensationalists are also in that camp. Similar books have been written about John Nelson Darby, and his numerous heretical protégés like Tim LaHaye, Hal Lindsay, ad infinitum.

I didn’t include all of the 200 Bible references regarding the premise verses of John 8:10 and 11 . I have included the list I found  necessary to make to enable an easier study as I progressed in a lengthy Biblical journey regarding only one subject. I could add yet more to this, but what I have written in these few pages should give a skeptic enough cause to ponder the errors of those who tell Christians they will always be sinners. It simply isn’t true. This study came from a reliable King James cross reference Bible . Other Bibles
will not avail a lengthy study as good as this one .
                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                        

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