Sin in Remission

Thoughts, Walking in the New Nature
Last post I suggested that there is a "cure" for ongoing sin in the life of the believer.  I want to make sure we do not confuse "cure" with "eradicate".  Cure, in the biblical sense, is more like sin that is in remission, not sin that has been totally eliminated.  Sin will only be completely abolished in that glorious future when we are free of sin's influence forever! In the world of cancer treatment, we generally use the word cure to identify the remission of cancer, not necessarily its complete extermination.  Under the cure, we are now free of cancer's rule.  We are now free from the rapid growth of malignant cells.  But even in remission, some cancer cells may still be making their home in our body. It is…
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Is There a “Cure” for Sin?

Thoughts, Walking in the New Nature
It is easy to get all excited about the theology of the New Covenant.  But what does it do for us in practice?  Does it really make a difference in how we live?  If you have been reading these posts for some time, you know the answer is a spectacular YES!!!  I believe the provisions of the New Covenant as described in Scripture are literally a "cure" for sin.  C. S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, "God's love for us does not come and go.  It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him." My pointed question to you is, "Do you…
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The Relationship Between Your New Nature and Sin

Thoughts, Walking in the New Nature
One of the over-arching messages of the New Testament is that a sinful lifestyle is not compatible with being a child of God.  The apostles' teaching in this regard starts with this foundational truth:  people who have embraced the gospel message become a member of God's family and are given a brand new identity.  "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new person; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come" (II Cor 5:17). The new identity is indwelt by God Himself through His own Spirit and carries a moral resemblance to God.  How is this possible?  Earlier in II Corinthians 5, Paul attributes our entrance into God's kingdom and His indwelling as based on Christ's death in our place (II Cor 5:14-17).  Our old sin nature…
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Back to Our Two Issues: Is Jesus the Only Way and Is Sin Compatible with the Child of God?

Is Jesus the Only Way?, Thoughts
Our tour through the gospel of John, chapters 5 through 7, has been a long answer to a single question:  Is Jesus the only way to heaven?  And our conclusion, based on Jesus' own words, is an emphatic "Yes" many times over.  The reason I went into so much detail on this topic is because Jesus' divinity claims followed by His death, burial, and resurrection (His resurrection being God's stamp of approval) are what make Christianity CHRISTianity. The reason this is so important is because we have a confused generation coming up that has been raised on salad bar religion.  They have been taught to pick and choose their truth from a variety of religious traditions.  And in this setting, the idea that Jesus is the only way comes across…
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“Is This the Christ?” – John 7:37-52

Is Jesus the Only Way?, Thoughts
John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.' " 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. 40 Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, (Jesus' proclamation regarding His identity as the living water) were saying, "This certainly is the Prophet." 41 Others were saying, "This is the Christ." (Remember, we understand now that the Prophet and the Christ are one in the…
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Rivers of Living Water – John 7:25-39

Is Jesus the Only Way?, Thoughts
John 7:25 So some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, "Is this not the man whom they are seeking to kill? 26 Look, He is speaking publicly, and they are saying nothing to Him. The rulers do not really know that this is the Christ, do they?" (The crowd in their confusion are asking, "Since the leaders who we thought wanted to kill Jesus are not moving in, is it possible that they believe He really is the Christ?") 27 "However, we know where this man is from; but whenever the Christ may come, no one knows where He is from." (Wait just a minute.  Jesus cannot be the Christ.  We know where Jesus came from.  We know where He grew up.  The Messiah is going to come out…
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