Nicki wrote: Kurieuo wrote:
ultimate777 wrote:I suspect you are going to be tempted to divert the question. YIELD NOT TO TEMPTATION!
I'm not concerning myself with whether what I talk about is possible, just desirable, capisce?
Suppose you had the opportunity to never want to do anything that would cost you your immortal soul, would you take it?
I would in a New York minute, consider what's at stake.
Anything wrong with that?
I already don't want to do things that go against God. Fact is though that I still do the many things I don't want to do. Thankfully this is where Christ comes in who imputes to me, and others who earnestly seek God out, a righteousness -- His own righteousness -- that I am unable to attain by my own works. Merely by accepting Christ into my heart, into my life, and placing my hope in His work alone.
I am stained by sin, but it is Judaism which first teaches that God can cleanse sin, that righteousness can be imputed via faith which is of the heart, rather than had only by keeping the law which often became hollow rituals resulting in persons who are white-washed tombs. God desires the former, not the latter. And, that is where their (the Jewish) prophecied Messiah, who we Christians identify as Christ, enters into the picture.
Given what I've just said here above, I'm perplexed by your question/s.
Before you do something sinful, you must have to want (to some degree) to do it, don't you? That's what temptation is - or there could be just a lack of self-control. I know you don't wake up in the morning and think, 'I want to sin today,' but why would you do something sinful if you didn't want in some way to do it?
I'm not sure about the phrase 'that would cost you your immortal soul' though. As you alluded to, we would have to have been perfect from a very young age to keep ourselves out of hell. No one's perfect - everyone needs Christ's righteousness and that's how we can have eternal life.
You do something sinful, not because "you" want to sin, but rather you are still in a tainted and corrupt body.
Scripture talks of our human nature, in particular, Paul carefully dissects the "I" in Scripture (read Romans 7:14-25). When we come to Christ, Scripture is clear that we no longer sin. Yet, our bodies are still corrupt and tainted by sin. Paul states when we sin, that it is no longer us who do so, but rather sin that dwells in us. (Rom 7:20)
While we struggle to bring our bodies into submission to who we are in Christ, nonetheless we are spotless and righteous and without sin for there can be no sin in Christ. 1 Cor 15:50 says out physical bodies cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven. 1 Cor 15:42-45 says these bodies we are in are weak amongst other things, but will be raised strong. We will be finally free to be ourselves in Christ than we here and now afflicted by the weakness of our sinful bodies.
Without this understanding of our identity, 1 John 3:5-6 would be very troubling. For we both would acknowledge that we struggle with sin in our bodies while here on Earth, and yet 1 John 3:5-6 is clear that in Christ there can be no sin. It says all who are in Christ do not sin
and anyone who does sin isn't in Christ. Indeed 1 John 3:8 pushes the matter further to say anyone who sins is of the devil, and 1 John 3:9 says noone born of God practices sin.
So then, to be theologically correct in Christian terms of our identity in Christ, it is truer to say with Paul that "I" or "we" do not sin, while understanding that we are in a body that is tainted with sin. We and anyone who place their hope, their faith in Christ, Christ promises us eternal life which can only be had via Him imputing his own righteousness onto us such that we become truly purified. Our sins aren't merely covered, but rather we are made righteous and are spotless and pure.