Saturday, September 8, 2012

Forgiveness of SIN and SINS


The FLESH still loves sins (the individual act of sinning) because the FLESHLY, CARNAL nature is full of sin (the sin nature) and that’s all it knows.  Since believing that Christ died for ones sins, believers have a SPIRITUAL nature, a nature that is indwelt with the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9) that wars against the sin nature.  (Romans chapter 7:15-25)  When a believer is walking with the Spirit, then in that moment sin shall not have dominion over you. (Romans 6:14)  When we walk in one, we don’t have the other.  When Christ died on the cross for our sins, he died for the sin nature, and also for the sins of the world.  The sin nature is what believers have inherited from Adam in the Garden of Eden.   Sins are the individual acts of sin that believers commit every day. 

When Christ died on the cross, he forgave our sins. 
Acts 13:38  Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

Acts 26:18  “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”
     
Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

Col. 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

Reflecting about the work of Jesus on the cross, he paid the penalty for sins.  What sins?... our sins, all our sins, - past, present, and future.

When Christ died on the cross, he forgave our sin.
Matthew 12:31  “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.”

John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”

Romans 6:22 “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”
2Cor. 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Galations 3:22 “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”

            This is just a sample of the various scripture about our sin nature.  The Bible tells us that Christ died for our sin and that we are no longer servants of sin.  Believers are made free from sin through faith in the work of Christ.  Unfortunately, we still also have the sin nature and commit sins every day, sometimes hundreds of times in a day.  Christ has died for our sins and we are told in 1 John 1:9 to confess sins.

      1John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9 tells us to confess our sins.  The Greek word for confess is actually made up of 2 words, one that means “the same” and the other is “to speak or say”.  When we confess our sins to the Lord, all it means is to say the same thing in agreement and acknowledge that we sinned.  Once we do that, He is faithful to forgive our sins and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. 
There is a favorite hymn of mine that reminds us of always confessing our sins so that we remain in fellowship with the Lord.

Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
Naught of this world’s delusive dream;
I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.

Nothing between, like worldly pleasure;
Habits of life, though harmless they seem,
Must not my heart from Him ever sever;
He is my all, there’s nothing between.

Nothing between, like pride or station;
Self or friends shall not intervene;
Though it may cost me much tribulation,
I am resolved, there’s nothing between.

Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,
Though the whole world against me convene;
Watching with prayer and much self-denial,
I’ll triumph at last, there’s nothing between.


Refrain:
Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
So that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor;
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.

Visit this link to listen to the music:
http://www.hymnpod.com/2010/09/08/nothing-between/

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