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अक्टूबर 18, 2012

God’s method for victory over sin

Filed under: God, Jesus, Spirit, life — the3rdone @ 1:01 अपराह्न
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Yes, there is a God-ordained method whereby a living saint can live a victorious life over sin.

Do you not know it is mechanically impossible for a Christian to continue to live a life of habitual sin?

The Christian has changed masters, and that serving the Lord Jesus, it is not his nature to sin. The first thing we must settle is regarding the word “sin”, does it refer to acts of sin committed by the believer, or to the totally depraved nature still in him? In Romans chapter six, sin is personified since it reigns as king. But one cannot conceive of acts of sin reigning as king in the life of a person. That can only be the evil nature still resident in the believer. Every time the word “sin” is used in chapter six of Romans, it refers to the evil nature in the Christian. Read the following verses and substitute the words “sinful nature” for the word “sin”, and see what a flood of light is thrown upon your understanding of this section of Scripture (1, 2, 6, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16-18, 20, 22, 23). Thus in chapter six, Paul is not talking about what kind of a life the believer should live, but by what method or how he should live that life. The question “Shall we continue (habitually to sustain the same relationship to the sinful nature that we sustained before we were saved, a relationship in which we were fully yielded to and dependent upon that sinful nature and) all this as a habit of life?” is dealt with in this chapter. The basic question is regarding the believer’s relationship to the sinful nature. Acts of sin in his life being the result of the degree of his yieldedness to the sinful nature. It is a mechanical impossibility for a Christian to habitually sustain the same relationship to the evil nature that he sustained before God saved him. It is against our nature to habitually yield to the evil nature. We are not persons of such a nature as to do so. Paul tells us two things are the result of a major surgical operation which God performs in the inner being of every sinner He saves. They are the breaking of the power of indwelling sin, and the impartation of the divine nature. Christians are dead to the sinful nature. God used his surgical knife to cut the believing sinner loose from his sinful nature. This occurred potentially in the mind and purpose of God when that believing sinner, elected to salvation before the universe was created, was identified with the Lord Jesus in His death on the cross, and actually, the moment he placed his faith in Him as Saviour. Now, while God separated the believing sinner from the evil nature, yet He did not take it out of him, but left it in him. While there is a definite cleavage between the believer and the sinful nature yet that nature remains in him until he dies or is glorified. Any person who holds the theory that the sinful nature is eradicated at a certain point in the Christian’s experience is only deceiving himself. So far as God is concerned, He has so thoroughly done His work that that separation could be permanent. But alas, because of the frailty of man, the Christian at infrequent times does yield to the evil nature and sin. But, God has so constituted him that he need not do so. He has imparted the divine nature which gives the Christian a hatred of sin and a love for righteousness. In addition to this, the holy Spirit has been caused to take up His permanent residence in him to aid him in his battle against sin, and in his effort to live a Christian life. An illustration:

The Christian has the same power over the evil nature that he has over his radio. When a program suddenly comes over the air unfit for Christian ears, he can shut the radio off. Before salvation, the evil nature had absolute dominion over the sinner. Since salvation has wrought its beneficent work in his inner being, he has absolute dominion over it. Believe this, child of God, and act upon it. The evil nature is a dethroned monarch.

The holy Spirit at the time of the sinner’s salvation, enthroned the Lord Jesus in the throne room of the believer’s heart. He stays on the throne as long as the believer keeps yielded to the Spirit and rejects the behest of the evil nature. When the believer sins, the dethroned king, the evil nature, mounts to the throne, with the consequent dethronement of the Lord Jesus, However, such a procedure cannot go on indefinitely nor often, for God puts a curb upon such a thing by sending suffering, chastening, and the Christian is made most miserable by a guilty conscience and the indwelling Holy Spirit who is grieved at such conduct.

 

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