For Those Who Have Jesus, But Struggle With The Sin.
Jesus died for our sins, He was raised to life for our justification. Romans 4:25.
If Jesus was handed over to die because of our sins and raised to life for our justification than that is a good news for all of us who struggle with sin.
Many people count themselves as sinners and find no peace only because believe not or know not how God sees them after Jesus comes into new born Christian life. At the moment person is born from God, all things change and all things are new. Now person lives by faith and renews own mind daily so that the "enemy" is not able to pollute it with the thoughts which belongs not to God. This is the reason for reading the Bible in order to know what God is saying, and what "enemy" is saying.
Jesus, the Righteous One, who was without sin took our sins upon Him (2 Corinthians 5:21) and gave us His righteousness which we receive as freely given gift by faith (Ephesians 2:8). Our SIN is taken away and instead His Righteousness is imputed in us. Matters not any more what we have done in past, are doing now or will do in the future. As long as we keep faith in the God, we are redeemed, justified and free from any sin; free from any condemnation and guilt; we are right, holy and blameless in the eyes of God through Jesus Christ. From the moment you born of God and receive His gifts, whole your life is changing, and you too.
Some think that that is not possible, and good works must be added. But if that is so, than the gift of righteousness is not a gift at all, but something what is must to be earned. Our salvation, redemption, righteousness/ absolute innocents and eternal life are the gifts of God and no one are able to earn them on their own.
All of us were made sinners by one man - Adam, and in the same way all of us are made righteous in the eyes of God by one man - Jesus. (Romans 5:19).
Those who come to Christ and accept God's freely given gift of righteousness are called holy and blameless and are the children of God. Without accepting this incredibly expensive and absolutely indispensable to life gift, we have no even smallest chance overcome sin on our own. We can live to the highest standards of marality, and still be condemned as filthy sinners. It is matters not how often we confess our sins to pastors etc. (which actually is spending time for nothing, it is even assaulting God), we remain sinful creatures because God pardons in no other way, and through nobody as only through Jesus Christ His Son. No matter how person is called or what 'high standing' he/she is to whom we confess our sins, the sin can be forgiven only by God Himself through Jesus Christ; it is matters not how many good works we are doing, without Christ God sees us as condemned sinners.
Devil is doing all possible and impossible things to keep us from receiving this gift. But submit to God so you are able to resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
Now as we submit to God and not to mere human's teachings, and obediently to God's Word walk in the Light, Holy Spirit of God which now lives in us leads us in the path of righteousness for His name's sake, so that we do not sin. Sin is not what we do; sin is what we are without Christ. We were made sinners by one man's disobedience. So now through one man's obedience we are made righteous. It is not to be earned but received by faith. That is hardest thing for human being to grasp.
But in order to live up to the God's Words we must accept what He is saying and understand that our SIN were removed from us and nailed on the cross. After thatJesus said - finished. Now we walk in obedience and sin not. We die every morning, every moment of our life, and sin not. If we sin, than somehow we have been stepped out of Light. It is the mystery. But as you obediently spend your time with Jesus and learn His Word, the devil has no another chance as only to leave you. He will tell you many things, and even will use people to lead you away from the Truth, and choose many ways which oppose the Word of God. But be strong and courageous. Any time you are tempted to believe in devil lies, again and again go to Jesus and His Word. And He will keep you strong till the end.
The path is very narrow. Actually any time when we turn our eyes on ourselves - we sin, because again enter into the darkness. Any time we look at ourselves, we will feel hopeless sinners.
Isaiah 64:6 says that "all our righteous acts are like filthy rags." There is nothing we can do to earn the approval of God on our own.
in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace (Ephesians 1:7).
In Him we have received righteousness through faith (Romans 3:22) and
in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
Just shall live by faith! Absolute mystery for many of us... But praise the Lord, that He has revealed it to us. Thanks to Him for His indescribable gifts!!!
Now, some think that Holy Spirit removes our sins. Holy Spirit does not remove our sins. Holy Spirit keeps us from sinning by revealing the Truth, the Way and the Life. Holy Spirit leads people to Jesus and than He reveals Jesus and the Truth.
Our Sin (singular) is blotted out at the moment when we come to Jesus and accept the gift of righteousness and another gifts which God graciously has lavished on us. The sins (plural) are the fruits of real SIN (singular). Now the real SIN is nailed on the Cross. Praise God!
If Jesus lives in us, God sees us holy, blameless and righteous. As long as we look not on/ in ourselves, but exclusively on Him, we are His righteousness. Holy and blameless.
You see, in order to live righteously, be holy and blameless in the eyes of God, we must accept His gifts. Even gift of repentance. Without accepting the gift of righteousness we still are in darkness and truth is not in us. That is really hard to accept and so we suffer and struggle because the "prince of the world" are against us. He wants us to stay where we are and keep us from the blessings of our Father.
Jesus said - "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." That promised rest is possible only if we stay on that very narrow path and walk in the Light. The most easiest way to live righteous life, but also the most hardest task what ever human being can accomplish in this life.
But Jesus saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. So, lean on Jesus and live as the child of God. Take heart, be strong, be courageous; there is a hope to grasp all God's given Truth; just resist the devil and he will flee from you. Make every effort to enter through the narrow door; to live in peace with everyone and to be holy. Keep your eyes on Jesus!!! That is the only way to live. Jesus is all we need.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Dear friends, by building yourselves up and growing in the grace and knowledge of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in your most holy faith, and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear - hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Corrupted flesh is the one who live by all possible wisdom and knowledge of this world. Jude 1:20; 2 Peter 3:18.
But Jesus said:
"To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on His throne" (Revelation 3:22). Who is the victorious? Only the one who will live obediently by faith, till the end, in Jesus and His finished work on the cross.
Our victory is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God who come may we have life not the condemnation. Only through Him we can overcome the evil one and reign in life according to the God's Word; not by doing good and nice things. Apart from Jesus all our good doings are just dead works. And we are dead in our transgressions and sins.
Know the Truth and the Truth will set you free. John 8:32.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. May the God of peace be with you all. Amen "