In this letter, let’s not forget what JESUS came to do for us and what we as believers must do, to continue in Christ.
First, let me say, we receive Christ in our hearts and life, simply by faith, accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and believing in who He was and is for us, today. When you become born-again, your spirit, heart and soul instantly began to change. Christ becomes part of us and lives in us.
Sanctification is God’s part of the “Redemption” and Consecration is our part in God’s plan for our Redemption.
God’s plan for “Redemption” is always ongoing, a time of dying out of ALL that is not right (SIN) and remember that JESUS DIED that we might have LIFE. JESUS was resurrected that we can have fellowship with both HIM and the Father, God. Christ took on “SIN” for OUR “REDEMPTION”. Redemption means: To rescue, Salvation from sin through Christ Sacrifice!
What Easter means to me! Christ is my Redeemer. I am made perfect through Christ.
A perfect redemption; body, soul and spirit.
- 1 Corinthians 1:30 God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God.
He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom.
- Christ gives unto us –WISDOM
- Christ is “our knowledge” “our understanding”
- Christ is “our way” – “our truth” – “our life”
- Knowledge that we are sinners
- Conviction (Godly Sorrow) for sin.
- Christ is our –RIGHTEOUSNESS (made “acceptable to God”)
- Christ alone is “our righteousness”
- He gives us “his righteousness”
- He gives us a “righteous character” Christ is our –SANCTIFICATION (we are made “pure and holy”)
- Christ’s prayer “Sanctify them” (John 17:17)
- We are “Sanctified through the truth” (John 17:17)
- Christ “is sanctification for all believers” (John 17:20)
Christ has made redemption for us – TODAY – NOW!!!
The Gospel Plan:
- Conviction for SIN by HIS WISDOM.
- Forgiveness from SIN by HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
- Sanctification of spirit through HIS HOLINESS.
- Redemption of BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT BY:
The Power of His Resurrection. David says it like it is, in Psalm 51:1-3 Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my shameful deeds—they haunt me day and night.
His resurrection power comes alive when you believe the very plan of salvation for mankind. Jesus came in the flesh, died on the cross, and was resurrected for you and me.
What SIN is? One of the most common definitions of SIN is –” missing the mark“. Another definition of SIN is found in 1 John 3:4 Those who sin are opposed to the law of God, for all sin opposes the law of God.
Simply put,SIN is anything contrary to what the Word of God commands or forbids. The best definition of SIN can be summed up in 1 John 5:17 “Every wrong is sin.”
What SIN does? The effect of SIN separation: SIN causes separation from God. SIN brings death, eternal damnation. By believing in Jesus the penalty of SIN is broken. For Jesus paid the penalty for your SIN with HIS blood on Calvary.
- Isaiah 59:1-4 Listen! The LORD is not too weak to save you, and he is not becoming deaf. He can hear you when you call. But there is a problem—your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. Your hands are the hands of murderers, and your fingers are filthy with sin. Your mouth is full of lies, and your lips are tainted with corruption. No one cares about being fair and honest. Their lawsuits are based on lies. They spend their time plotting evil deeds and then doing them.
What should be done about SIN? The believer should NEVER attempt to condone SIN or attempt to excuse his SIN. There are ONLY two things that should be done about SIN: confess or “acknowledge” it and forsake it. By yielding completely to God believers are restored to full fellowship with God.
YES, by accepting Jesus as your Savior; confessing your SINS and turning from ALL wrong doing, you now become in right standing and fellowship with God. The Bible, God’s Word tells us what should be done about SIN.
- Psalm 32:5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Being tempted by the world. The term “world” here can be described as a spirit of rebellion against God.
- 1 John 2:15-17 Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world. And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.
What breaks our relationship or fellowship with Christ? SIN! Temptation through our Sinful Nature – BE AWARE!
- Romans 8:6-8 If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
Three SINS that God hates are found in Galatians 5:19. When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results:
- sexual immorality (adultery – fornication),
- impure thoughts (uncleanness),
- eagerness for lustful pleasure (lasciviousness)
Here are other SINS that God hates, stated in Galatians 5:20-21 – Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God:
- participation in demonic activities (witchcraft),
- hostility (hatred), quarreling (variance),
- jealousy (emulations),
- outbursts of anger (wrath – strife),
- selfish ambition, divisions (sedition’s),
- the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group (heresies),
- envy, drunkenness, wild parties (reveling), and other kinds of sin.
The solution to our sinful urges lies in acknowledging that the power of sin was nullified (or put to death) by Jesus’ death. The believer must live by faith. Faith in the finished work of the cross. Do you believe? As a born again believer, Christ is in us and Christ will flow through us as a spirit filled believer. There will be No place for sin. Through faith there is victory. Our desires will not be for the things and pleasures of the world.
Romans 6:11-14 So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires. Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God’s grace.
We must live under the control of the Holy Spirit as stated in Galatians 5:16, So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
This is a moment-by-moment dependence in faith on the Holy Spirit’s power. We must choose by an act of will to benefit from what God has for us.
Temptation is by Satan. Who is Satan? Satan is –“the adversary”, “the devil” or “the accuser”.
The work of Satan in the unbeliever:
- He binds their minds. (2 Cor 4:4)
- He takes the Word of God from their hearts. (Luke 8:12)
- He controls them. (Acts 13:8)
In regards to the Christian:
- Satan may accuse them (Rev 12:10)
- Devour their testimony for Christ (1 Peter 5:8)
- Deceive them (2 Cor 11:14)
- Hinder their work (1 Thes 2:18)
- Tempt them to immorality (1 Cor 7:5)
The Christian must recognize Satan’s power and deception, to adhere steadfast to the faith, resist Satan openly and not to give him any opportunities.
The Christian must be a growing Christian who will become an aggressively and compassionate witness to the lost, in order to snatch them from Satan’s control. God uses the believer, the Christian life through the power of the Holy Spirit to bring the lost to Himself.
- (Acts 26:18) “to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.”
Believers can respond to temptation by Satan with confidence.
- “For we know that nothing can separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:28-39)
Isn’t it good to know that God is a loving Father? I thank God for His Love, and the love of His Son Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit who is leading and guiding us into ALL TRUTH! We are redeemed and by faith I live in the knowledge of Christ.
Love in Christ Jesus,