Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Provision, Not Permission: Concerning the Believer's Remaining Corruption

Grace is the most amazing aspect of any believer's life. Think about it.

Every one who has ever been saved or ever will be saved has been saved from the wrath of God that is surely coming (1 Thess. 1:10). And, to make this life even sweeter, we know that we were saved and delivered from death solely by the grace of God; dead people can't save themselves, that takes an act of God (Eph. 2:1-10). And it just gets better. God has given us (and this is how we were made alive and given faith and light [Jn. 6:44, 63; Rom. 5:5; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; 2 Cor. 4:6; 1 Cor. 2:1-16]) the Person of the Holy  Spirit.

After arguing for the grace of God that saves through the gift of God, faith, Paul concludes that we will experience an on-going battle with our flesh, our remaining sinfulness and corruption (Rom. 7:24-8:4; 1 Cor. 15:50-56). It makes sense to those of us who care about living in a manner worthy of our calling; it explains why we continue to sin and at the same time how God works in our inner man, our minds (Rom. 1-8, note 7:22, 25 for the synonymous "inner man" and our "minds"; Eph. 4:1; 1 Thess. 2:11-12). And Philippians explains why we have that desire to please God and to live in a manner worthy of the name by which we have been called even while we occupy these dead-because-of-sin bodies (2:12-13; Rom. 8:10)

What do we now do when we sin? We confess them and exercise the faith of Abraham. Abraham, whose body was as good as dead, did not consider the deadness of his body or of Sara's womb, but believed the promise of God considering God's word as good as fulfilled for him and his coming children who are of the faith of Abraham. That's why God proclaimed Abraham righteous. And amazingly, God has proclaimed us righteous, justified, right with Him, through our faith in His Son. That's what we do. We do not consider our dead-in-sins-bodies when we sin but look unto the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ. We confess that the promise of God to Abraham was and is fulfilled by Abraham's "Seed" and we are right with God because of it.

What a provision! "The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us of all sins" (1 Jn. 1:5).

It is blasphemy and a horror to take sin lightly (forgivable, but horrible). It is just as blasphemous to think that we must do something to earn God's forgiveness and favor.


1 comment:

  1. Yes, Johnny, abundant, wonderful, sufficient grace. Brad