Silvertusk wrote:Thank you very much Brian for taking the time to answer these questions.
I understand what those verses are saying - but why do we still sin? Is it because we are weak - or is it because deep down a part of us still does not really believe we are saved or actually believe in God at all? Is it doubt that causes us to still sin because like scripture says we would have the power to say "No".
Once again - thanks for any valuable insight you have for these questions. God Bless
If Sin is in the heart - and that is eternal - then how does Jesus change anything then. We will still have the sin in our hearts - that does not go - unless of course something changes to our entire being when we go to heaven we will just keep on sinning. It is human nature.
Jesus said in Mark, 'The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.' The flesh is DEAD. That is why resurrection is essential. Without the resurrection, as Paul said, our faith is in vain. We will be made like Him. Spiritually we are made to sit in the heavenly places. Meanwhile, we drag around a corpse until it expires.
Yes, when you become born again as Jesus stated, you become a new creation, sealed by God to be his, forever. Born again, you can rightly say is when the Lord gives us a new heart. This new heart acts like a rudder on a ship, steering your way thru this mortal life towards your new heavenly home. There we wait for our new bodies, when all things are made new. Sin is being removed and the new rudder guides us to be free from it.
Here in this fleshly mortal now, till we part this earth, we learn what it means to his own adopted child, sealed by his blood. We learn many things and lessons. On this journey, we face trials, temptations, wonderful joyous times and not so good too. In this our new hearts grow to love God more and more each day. More you go thru the closer to the Lord you become and sins that once had you bound, fall away. Overtime, you learn how His grace pushes out the bad and replaces it with the pure.
Titus 2:11-15 is seldom taught by the 1 John 1:9 way anymore these days. Yes, sin, one sin at a time is being removed by grace in our mortal frame. Yes, sin for the Christian is now a choice, not a lifestyle.
The Lord removes one splintery effect of sin from our lives at a time. One is removed, you feel relief, then another exposed. Then, you learn to run to the great physician and fear not at having these removed.
The final splinters are all removed upon our departure in our new eternal heavenly home. Remember, our new created heart acts like a rudder, steering us homeward bound thru God's ever cleansing waters as we trod this mortal life. When we finally arrive Home, we awake – changed, sealed, free – where we await our new bodies and the culmination when all things become completed (Rev 21:1, 2, 3, 4c).
Jlay points out the truth about the power of the Resurrection. This doctrine is seldom taught these modern days. There in this, is the power of a changed life, forever sealed by the blood of Christ – soul washed clean, free at last – free at last! Great Physician, keep washing me – steering the rudder of my heart united together in our new heavenly home!
(John 17:3, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26c)