God’s Master Plan, chapter 12

To: World’s in Residence Churches of God.  Lyyar 24, 5,780 until sunset. 5/18/20       

     As the personification of love, truth, righteousness and holiness; God’s view is what Believers IN Jesus strive for. So why do many professing Christians wrestle with the subject of His view? We could choose several starting points on this subject and each one would leads to the same conclusion. The longest living of Jesus’ apostles ‘John’ wrote about Godly love. Jesus revealed the following through John.

     (1John 3:4; “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness.”) God considers “practicing what seems right to the fleshly mind rather than living His Way sin! Believers in God live by His command and oracles because they love Him, “because the love of God is spread abroad in their being.”

    (Ephesians 3:14-19; For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on the earth is named. I pray that according to the wealth of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the Saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.) (It’s by revelation, not intellect.)

      (1John 3:5-6; “And you know that Jesus was revealed to take away sins and in Him there is no sin. Everyone who resides in Him does not, practice sin; everyone who, ‘practices’ sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.”) The next few verses reveal why the word “practice” is added before the word sin. 

     (1John 3:7-10; “Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Jesus is righteous. The one who practices sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed: to destroy the works of the devil. Everyone who has been fathered by God does not practice sin, because God’s seed resides in him, and thus he is not able to sin, because he has been fathered by God. (10) By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness – the one who does not love his fellow Christian – is not of God.”)

     There in verse 9, the distinction is sharply drawn “the one who practices sin” is of the devil, “the one who is fathered by God” “does not practice sin.” John’s teaching is based on the sharp antithesis between recipients of God’s energizing Holy Spirit (true Christians) and His opponents (heretics).

     (1John 3:1-3; (See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God’s children – and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know Him. (2) Dear friends, we, ’believers IN’ are God’s children now and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We ‘believersknow that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. (3) And everyone who has this hope focused on Him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure)

     Believers IN Jesus, need to think of themselves as God‘s children “now.” We need to consider ourselves temples of His spirit and thus His law of love imputed to our minds. (Study first, second and third John. For our purpose in this study we go to Paul’s letter to God’s church at Rome and all Holy Spirit recipients.) Once a recipient of God’s energizing Holy Spirit His law is spiritually imputed to our minds. Then we’re accounted righteous by Jesus’ gifted ‘imputed’ faith to our being. (God’s law defines sin.)

      (Rom 3:19-20; “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For no one is declared righteous before Him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.”)

      God’s law is ‘the world’s’ guardian ‘teaching and defining sin!’ Only way NOT to be under God’s law is to have the spirit imputed to the mind.

      (Rom 3:21; “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”) (Study the whole.) Adam and Eve were the first to commit lawlessness in God’s View and we each inherited their sin nature.

     (Rom 5:12-14; “So then, just as sin entered the world through one man ‘Adam’ and death through sin and so death spread to all people because all sinned – for before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin ‘no reckoning’ when there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type ‘pattern of the coming One) transgressed.”) This is why Adam is called ‘the first man.’

    (Rom 5:15-17; “But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, ‘Adam’ how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the One man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. (5:17) For if, by the transgression of the one man, death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ!”)

   God allowed many failures for His own purpose; so, before the grace of Jesus is multiplies to many who are gifted to believe IN. (Many are justified through Jesus’ gifted faith imputed to the minds, ‘’thus aren’t under the curse of the law.’ God’s law is still valid, ‘in that it identifies sin.’ When we believed IN and were immersed in ‘clothed with Jesus Christ’ the old self died with Him “buried with Him.”

     (Rom 6:1-4; “What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (4) Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life.”) We should be able to say with Paul, “not I but Christ in me.”

     (Galatians 2:15-21; “We ’followers of Jesus’ are Jews by ‘spiritual birth and not Gentile sinners, yet we know “no one is justified by the works of the law but by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ.” We have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by the faithfulness of Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. (17) But if while seeking to be justified in Christ we ourselves have also been found to be sinners, ‘is Christ then one who encourages sin?’ Absolutely not! But if I build up again those things I once destroyed, I demonstrate that I am one who breaks God’s law. For through the law I died to the law so that I may live to God. (20) I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (21) I do not set aside God’s grace, because if righteousness could come through the law, then Christ died for nothing!”)

    (Rom  6:12-14; “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires, and do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness. For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.”) Once God makes us His children, His energizing Holy Spirit delivers and leads us to serve Him.

Remember, sin is transgression of God’s law.

     (Rom 6:15-23; “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! Do you not know that if you present yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness? (17) But thanks be to God that though you were slaves to sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were entrusted to, and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. (19) (I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.) For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. (20) For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness. So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life. (23) For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

   Only Jesus was born immortal, we each inherited Adam’s sin nature and eternal death; but by the grace of God, believers in Jesus inherit eternal life. The law isn’t sin; “violating the law is.”

     (Rom 7:7-12; ”What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” (8) But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. For apart from the law, sin is dead. And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the commandment sin became alive and I died. So I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death! (11) For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it I died. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.”)

  Overcoming the flesh through God’s gifted spirit.

     (Rom 7:13-29; Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual – but I am unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin. For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want – instead, I do what I hate. But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. (17) But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me.”)

     (Rom 7:21 So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? (25) Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”)

      Look back to First John and know; sin will have its pull on the flesh, but as God’s children we can’t practice sin and expect to inherit eternal life. 

 

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