Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. – 1 Peter 1:23
The Lord Jesus said, “…Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye MUST BE BORN AGAIN” (John 3:3, 7). Being born again is not optional for one to be a Christian. Without being born again, it’s impossible for one to fully comprehend God’s Word because they are spiritually discerned and taught by the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:13-14 says, “13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”.
When you’re born again, you become a completely new being. A new being that never existed before and everything about you is of God (2 Corinthians 5:17-18). I tell people that, biblically, Jesus didn’t die for Christians but for sinners since it makes no sense for someone who never existed to sin (Romans 6:4-11). When you’re born again, you cease to be your own. You are God’s property now (1 Corinthians 6:20). No wonder He tells us not to worry about anything (Philippians 4:6) and to cast all our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7). God knows how to take care of what/who belongs to Him (Matthew 6:25-32).
Romans 5:6 says, “…Christ died FOR THE UNGODLY”. Certainly, Christians are not the ungodly (2 Corinthians 6:14-15) and verse 8 reminds Christians that they are no longer in this category when it says, “…while we WERE YET SINNERS, Christ died for us”. He died for us when we were sinners; not when we sin.
Furthermore, when rebuking Christians at Corinth who behaved like sinners, Paul said, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such WERE some of you: but YE ARE WASHED, but YE ARE SANCTIFIED, but YE ARE JUSTIFIED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS and BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD” (1Corinthians 6:9-11). In other words, he is saying, when you were sinners, you practiced all these sinful acts but must stop it because you are now in Christ, you’re no longer your own, you are washed, sanctified and justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God; not in your own name!
In no place does the Bible ever describe Christians as sinners. He died for sinners, that included us when we “were sinners”, but we are in Christ now – as He IS, so ARE WE (1 John 4:17). As a Christian, calling yourself sinner is calling Jesus sinner because we are one with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17; Colossians 1:18; 2:10) and are washed, sanctified and justified, in His Name. 1 John 5:18 says, “We know that whosoever is born of God [born again] SINNETH NOT…” Why? Because he is born of God’s incorruptible Word that remains in him (1 John 3:9; 1 Peter 1:23) and Romans 6:14 says, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace”
Colossians 3:3 says, “…your life is hid with Christ in God”; not only that, but, “…Christ …is our life…” (Colossians 3:4). Christ is your life; and in Him, there’s no unrighteousness. This is why I said, calling yourself a sinner, is calling Jesus sinner and that He is impotent, in that sin is more powerful than His gift of righteousness.
Stop practicing religion out of Christianity. Stop the sin consciousness. Be righteousness conscious, be conscious of Him being your life and that your life is hid in Him. You are one with Him, you are a son/daughter with an inextricable oneness with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17, 19-20). Be like Paul when he said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; YET NOT I, BUT CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: and THE LIFE WHICH I NOW LIVE IN THE FLESH, I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20) and that, “…IN HIM WE LIVE, and move, and HAVE OUR BEING…” (Acts 17:28)
Christians sin because of sin consciousness. The moment you shift your focus on the new nature of righteousness that God has given you, sin will be the things of the past in your life. Listen to what the Word says, “18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall MANY BE MADE RIGHTEOUS. 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, GRACE DID MUCH MORE ABOUND: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might GRACE REIGN THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:18-21).
So why do some Christians dwell in the negative part of this passage? Just like what Romans 6:23 records, “For the wages of sin is death; BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Some Christians are so focused in the former part (wages of sin) of this verse than the latter (gift of God – eternal life). It’s amazing! Ask yourself this question: What is the Gospel? Is it about condemnation (sin) or salvation (eternal life)? Let me give you a hint from the words of Jesus Himself, “…I came not to judge the world [for its sins], but to save the world [from sins]” (John 12:47). [Words in brackets mine]
As far as God is concerned; currently, no one is guilty of any sin he or she’s committing [I know, some of religious folks reading this will raise the red flag; they can’t accept this truth; but it’s still true and I am not going to apologize for stating this truth]. Why? Because the price for everyone’s sins has been paid for by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. To condemn anyone for his/her sins is to undermine what Jesus came to accomplish for them. Romans 14:4 says, “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand” and “…David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities ARE FORGIVEN, and whose sins ARE COVERED. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin” (Romans 4:6-8). This was fulfilled when Jesus died to pay for the sins of the world.
Again, stop the sin consciousness because it’s something that has been dealt with. Someone rightly said, “It is better to light a candle, than to curse darkness”. Preach righteousness, not sin. Sinners don’t need you to remind them about their sins; they live in/for it. What they need to know is the gift of righteousness that has been made available for them.
For more, please read and study: Ephesians 5:30; 1 John 3:9; 5:18; 1Corinthians 6:9-11; John 8:24
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