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Wednesday, February 09, 2011 | Comments (24)

Are you ready to kill?

That’s a stark question, and it demands qualification, but killing is a regular part of the Christian life. There’s an aspect of being a Christian that’s downright violent.

You see, God commands us to hunt down and kill all remaining sin—to terminate it with extreme prejudice. Want proof? Here’s what Paul said in Romans 8:

So then, brethren, we are under obligation. Not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God (vv. 12-14)

Or, how about Colossians 3:5?

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

So, there you are, Christian. Paul didn’t say, “Negotiate or bargain with sin”—this isn’t diplomacy; there’s no call for making threats or shooting sin in the leg. God calls you to identify, locate, attack, and execute the enemy, the sin in your members. Put it to death. Period.

Your objective is clear, and your enemy has been identified.

But do you really know sin? You’d better. Being ignorant of the adversary is inexcusable because God has revealed everything you need to know about it—its nature, its strategy, and its goal.

Only a fool would engage an enemy he doesn’t understand, whose strengths and tactics he doesn’t know. Try that approach in sports, you jeopardize the game; try it in business and watch your revenue plummet. But those losses are petty compared with the health of your soul (Rom. 8:13). In the relentless war against sin, ignorance isn’t bliss. It’s suicide.

Think of it like this. If it was your job to track down and eliminate a dangerous group of insurgents, what would you need to know to accomplish your objective? You’d want to know their background, identify their leaders, understand their goals, and learn their strengths and weaknesses. You’d familiarize yourself with their allies, technological sophistication, weaponry, tactics, and a whole lot more.

Now take that approach with sin. What do you need to know about sin to put it to death? Let me give you three things to think about:

The Nature of Sin

John Owen was a pastor-theologian of the Puritan era who understood sin. He really understood it. In his little book, The Mortification of Sin, a tremendous gift to the church, he wrote, “It is to be feared that very many Christians have little knowledge of the main enemy that they carry about with them in their hearts.” Owen had pastoral concerns for the Christians in his day who were ignorant of sin’s nature, and thus poorly equipped to combat it.

What about you? Do you know the nature of sin?

Above all else, sin is deceptive. It entices its victims with lies, lures them away from safety, and kills them. Sin promises pleasure, and delivers pain, sorrow, and death (James. 1:14, 15). Sin is crafty and subtle, like the serpent in Eden. Sin presents itself as a trusted ally, offering friendly counsel and whispering sweet promises, but it will always deceive. Sin can never be trusted.

When you look back on its history, you discover a track record of treachery.

  • Sin deceived Eve with a piece of forbidden fruit, and weakened Adam to turn away from God’s clear command, plunging the human race into ruin.
  • Sin deceived Achan with a forbidden mantle, and his whole family suffered death by stoning.
  • Sin deceived David with a forbidden woman, leading him into adultery, deception, murder, and a conspiratorial cover-up; David’s family and kingdom never recovered.
  • Sin deceived Solomon with foreign wives, leading him into idolatry; it tore his kingdom apart.
  • Sin deceived Judas with a meager 30 pieces of silver, for which he committed the most notorious crime in history—betraying the Son of God.
  • Sin deceived Ananias and Sapphira with the deadly combination of money and prestige, leading them to lie to the Holy Spirit, for which they forfeited their lives.

In every case, sin allured its victim with some delectable, promising what was desired. Like bait on a hook, sin offered wisdom, pleasure, wealth, respectability. It delivered death.

It’s just as Puritan Thomas Guthrie once said: “Who is this Delilah that sings the Nazarite asleep and delivers up the strength of God into the hands of the uncircumcised? What fair siren is this who seated on a rock by a deadly pool smiles to deceive, sings to lure, kisses to betray and flings her arm round our neck to leap with us into perdition? Sin.”

That’s the nature of sin. It’s deceitful and crafty.


The Strategy of Sin

The main strategy of sin is to excite lust, tempting you with an opportunity to fulfill it. When you take the bait, it yanks the hook and you’re caught. That’s exactly the picture James painted: “Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death” (James 1:14: 15).

The temptation may come from the outside, but for the strategy to work, there must be a cooperating attraction on the inside. And there is—the internal lusts, betraying thoughts, and sinful impulses. James revisits the concept in chapter 4:

What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel (vv. 1, 2).

Notice the progression? You want, you need, you demand, and finally you take, whatever the cost.

Sin is treacherous. Pride, resentment, bitterness, and unbelief are choice weapons in its arsenal, and it’ll work through your dissatisfaction, jealousy, fear, sorrow, or anger, taking advantage of multiple entry points. It’ll ambush you at the point of a recent accomplishment, a spiritual milestone, or even a season of victory over other sins. Sin’s strategy is to find and target your most vulnerable spot. Again, here’s Owen on sin’s strategy:

Sin is always acting, always conceiving, and always seducing and tempting. Who can say that he has ever had anything to do with God or for God which indwelling sin has not tried to corrupt?...There is not a day but sin foils or is foiled, prevails, or is prevailed upon. It will always be so while we live in this world. Sin will not spare for one day. There is no safety but in a constant warfare for those who desire deliverance from sin’s perplexing rebellion.

 

The Goal of Sin

At the end of the day, what is sin’s goal? What’s its objective, what does it want?

First, sin wants to master you. Consider the Bible’s first description of sin, provided by God Himself. He warned Cain in Genesis 4, “If you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” I can’t think of a more eerie description of sin than that. “Its desire is for you” means sin wants you, it’s coming after you! God compares sin to a savage beast, poised to attack yet patiently waiting for the victim’s weakest, most vulnerable moment. Sin isn’t necessarily hiding, but waiting. Sin wants to dominate you. That’s its goal.

If you remember, sin triumphed over Cain. Sin took control of his thoughts, mastered his emotions, and governed his behavior; and it resulted in Cain’s demise. Cain was the first person God cursed in the Bible; now he’s in hell. In Cain, sin accomplished its goal, and here’s the path: deceive, dominate, destroy.

A second goal of sin is to defile and corrupt. In a message titled, The Ugliness of Christmas, John MacArthur said this:

Sin is defiling. We need to understand that its nature is that it defiles. It is to precious metal what rust is. It is what scars are to a lovely face, what stain is to silk cloth, what smog is to an azure sky. It is a defiling thing. It makes the soul red with guilt and black with evil. In 1 Kings 8, the sin of man's heart is compared to oozing sores of a deadly plague. In Zechariah 3:3, compared to filthy garments. It is a defiling polluting staining thing. It stains the soul and blots out the image of God…sin pollutes and defiles and stains and mars everything it touches. And it touches everything in the human realm.

Sin is like a cancerous disease. It is entrenched deep within the heart, undetected but not inactive. If it’s not rooted out, it will grow, infect other areas, and eventually take over to the detriment and destruction of the entire body. Sin corrupts and defiles everything it touches—families, governments, churches. Sin seeks the ruin of its host, always.

A third goal of sin is to diminish the glory of Christ and dim the hope of the gospel. Sin produces despair, tempting you to abandon any hope of forgiveness. Sin wants you to feel perpetually unworthy and never look to Christ. It wants to hide God’s face (Isa. 59:2) and distort the gospel. Sin wants to paralyze the sinner with fear and condemnation, and then hide the remedy.

Sin seeks to do all those things because, if successful, it will destroy your soul. That’s its ultimate objective. Sin wants you in hell.

Make no mistake. Sin is a fierce enemy and has devised your ruin. From the very beginning God has warned us about sin’s cunning and treachery. Sin entices, masters, and then kills (Gen. 4:7; Jam. 1:15; Heb. 12:1). It cannot and will not be ignored, so it must be executed.

So, what do we do? That’s for next time…

Tommy Clayton
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#1  Posted by Shauna Bryant  |  Thursday, February 10, 2011at 5:45 AM

*Shauna Bryant*

Very Good......but - OUCH!

Timely reminder to spend more time being repulsed by my own sin than to keep tsk, tsk'ing the sins of others.

It's so easy to keep looking at the outward things we feel affect us so much (the garbage the world keeps throwing around) without paying as much attention to the garbage within......sin.

I thank God for my Salvation.

#2  Posted by Joseph Whiting  |  Thursday, February 10, 2011at 6:24 AM

Thanks Tommy! Awesome post.

#3  Posted by Darla Wormuth  |  Thursday, February 10, 2011at 7:26 AM

Proverbs 8:1-7 addresses the issue of wisdom for us. We need to seek it and desire understanding, so that we will recognize our sin, kill it and repent of it

#4  Posted by Greg Corron  |  Thursday, February 10, 2011at 8:14 AM

Excellent post, Tommy. We must rule over sin, and we should expect a real victory in this life. Amen to that.

#5  Posted by Christopher Bosko  |  Thursday, February 10, 2011at 8:57 AM

Who shall deliver me from the body of this death, I thank God through Jesus Christ my Lord?

#6  Posted by Dan Wilson  |  Thursday, February 10, 2011at 9:25 AM

Thanks for the post,Tom

It's important to know why sin is evil, and to kill it.

It's good to kill sin before it grows. To confess our

sins to Jesus daily and forgiving others too.

We don't want to lose conscience that God gave when we

receive Him. Amen.

In the scripture says We must say good is good

and evil is evil.

#7  Posted by Greg Begemann  |  Thursday, February 10, 2011at 11:53 AM

What a true and cutting post! You are right it is kill or be killed! What's incredible is how much we cherish and protect such a deadly vice. Instead of instantly killing sin like we would a deadly snake, we swoon over it purposely ignoring all warnings. We must be crazy!

#9  Posted by Douglas Grogg  |  Thursday, February 10, 2011at 9:34 PM

Tommy, I cannot find the words to express the gratitude that fills my heart for your dealing with this neglected issue. Sin, righteousness (Biblical as opposed to the counterfeit), and the judgment to come are issues which have all but been abandoned. I am convinced that in these days in which we live the vast majority of professing Christians are on the wide road that leads to hell but how few there are who have the love and courage to warn them. Though apostate Israel persecuted and killed their prophets (see Acts 7:52), God, faithful to His holy name, continued to raise up and send others.

“Ah! How many Judases have we in these days, that kiss Christ, and yet betray Christ; that in their words profess Him, but in their works deny Him; that bow their knee to Him, and yet in their hearts despise Him; that call Him Jesus, and yet will not obey Him for their Lord.

Reader, If it be not strong upon thy heart to practice what thou readest, to what end dost thou read? To increase thy own condemnation? If thy light and knowledge be not turned into practice, the more knowing man thou art, the more miserable man thou wilt be in the day of recompense; thy light and knowledge will more torment thee than all the devils in hell. Thy knowledge will be that rod that will eternally lash thee, and that scorpion that will for ever bite thee, and that worm that will everlastingly gnaw thee; therefore read, and labour to know, that thou mayest do, or else thou art undone for ever.” Quoted from “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices” by Thomas Brooks

There were many false prophets and prophetesses who spoke peace, peace and plastered over the wall with whitewash in the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel. They did not expose their iniquity so that they might have restored them from their captivity but spoke smoother words than God did allow (Lamentations 2:14). The thirteenth chapter of Ezekiel reveals what became of them. As it was in the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, so it is today.

“Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate, says the Lord. And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you. And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me says the Lord Almighty. Therefore having these promises, beloved let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the God.” (2 Corinthians 6:17, 18 -2 Corinthians 7:1)

May God awaken many to see their true spiritual condition through this current series. May God grant them a true heart of repentance and a sincere faith in the One who came to save His people from their sins. He is mighty to save! -His Unworthy Slave

#10  Posted by Mary Elizabeth Palshan  |  Friday, February 11, 2011at 6:51 AM

What a truly awesome article. I will read and reread this one, it is that good.

I like it when you said "sin wants you in hell." This is such a stark reminder that sin is working overtime to do everything in its power to kill and destroy us.

May we all gain such strength and wisdom from God's word to overcome the enemy, so that God will be glorified. And, isn't that what it is ultimately all about?

Always good to hear from Douglas Grogg, as well.

#11  Posted by Greg Corron  |  Friday, February 11, 2011at 9:18 AM

The sins that draw the most attention are the ones that result from the process of desire, temptation, etc. as Tommy mentioned in the article. But let's not forget that there are other types of sins that are more stealthy, because no external agent or temptation is involved! These are the "sins of omission" that can be just as devastating as sins committed consciously. A self-absorbed parent who forgets a child in a hot car, a negligent driver who runs over a bicyclist, a relative who ignores the danger signs of child abuse. How about the sin of being too afraid to speak up against evil? Cowardice is a sin rarely mentioned these days. Those guilty of it never have to cross over the line of temptation, because they crossed it long ago, inch by inch, without knowing it, until courage is needed. It is impossible to "wage war" against these sins, because the enemy infiltrated slowly. He surrounded him with circumstances that provided easy excuses and numbed his conscience.

The devil doesn't always give us the courtesy of a fair fight. And it is useless to look back in these situations and say, "I should have seen that coming." Most likely we were too concerned with present temptations to be aware of the slow infiltration. We may have thought that we were winning battles against temptation, but we were simply having our attention diverted to a minor skirmish and given the illusion of victory.

The devil is just too smart for me -- I can't possibly out-think him. A mind transformed by the Gospel is my only hope against sin. Better is an hour spent absorbing it than two hours thinking and praying about my sins which God has already forgiven.

#12  Posted by Gabriel Powell  |  Friday, February 11, 2011at 10:17 AM

One of the reasons people struggle with sin is they're fighting the wrong enemy. Even some of the comments here reflect a glorified view of Satan (the Devil). Satan is not all-powerful, omniscient, or omnipresent. He is not everywhere at the same time therefore he cannot be tempting everyone.

When we fight sin, we are not directly fighting the devil. We are indirectly fighting him in the sense that he is the prince of darkness and would desire all believers to fall prey to sin, but he is not directly, himself, attacking us.

In this blog article Tommy does an excellent job of focusing us on the real battle, namely, the sin inside us. We don't battle sin by binding Satan, demons, or acting as if our enemy is outside us. We battle our own flesh with spiritual weapons.

All that to say I would disagree with Greg's comment that the devil doesn't wage a fair fight or that he's too smart. It's probably true that he's not fair and much smarter than us, but that doesn't impact me personally.

The truth is I was born in sin and over the years sin matured and developed habits in me. When I was regenerated by the Spirit I was released from the control of sin and now have the ability, through the Spirit, to beat back the advances and strongholds of sin already inside. My fight is not with the devil--it is with myself.

#13  Posted by Dan Wilson  |  Friday, February 11, 2011at 1:47 PM

I agree that binding Satan is dangerous and he in one place at a time. The blog is about the sin of flesh, not just satan. right. Thanks for the info.

God bless.

#14  Posted by Greg Corron  |  Friday, February 11, 2011at 2:23 PM

Whether it's the devil, cosmic powers, or my own self-deceiving sin nature, my conclusion is the same -- I can't outsmart it, nor can I tell which is which. I don't generally "speak of the devil" but sometimes he makes a good metaphor. On the other hand, I don't deny he's out there -- 1 Peter 5:8 tells me so. Whatever the case may be, I'll just stand behind that shield of faith and let God sort it out.

#15  Posted by Dan Wilson  |  Friday, February 11, 2011at 6:07 PM

Greg,

Oh, nothing is good comes from satan. satan is evil from inside and out. In scriptures, what Tommy was saying. It's the battle of sinful nature in us that we must kill. and what we learn from it in the Bible.

satan makes no good thing or does good.

Thanks, for good post, Douglas. God is good!!

God bless.

#16  Posted by Scott Davidson  |  Friday, February 11, 2011at 7:36 PM

Excellent article Tommy. Let me suggest a terrific book by a terrific author. The Vanishing Conscience written by John Macarthur. It touches on what Tommy wrote and much more regarding sin and the failure today to even recognize it but to excuse it away.

#17  Posted by Tommy Clayton  |  Friday, February 11, 2011at 11:52 PM

I'm excited this series has stimulated further thinking on the doctrine of mortification. Your comments have been insightful and encouraging. Thanks for participating in the discussions. I think you’ll find the next few articles useful as we close out the series with some practical help.

John’s teaching has been a tremendous help to me—as it has been to many others—especially early in my Christian life as I struggled to understand the doctrine of sanctification and my responsibility toward remaining sin.

So, for those seeking a more in-depth, expositional treatment of the doctrines discussed in this series, I hope you can find time to download or read the messages linked to each article—or other GTY resources introduced in the comment thread.

Especially helpful to me were the following sermons by John:

Hacking Agag to Pieces

The Ugliness of Christmas

Keeping a Pure Mind

Lessons from a Modern-Day Moral Shipwreck

And of course here you can find and click on “Romans” to feast on John’s careful verse-by-verse exposition of the entire book.

Bon Appétit!

#18  Posted by Eugen Olsen  |  Tuesday, February 15, 2011at 5:42 AM

The battle against sin - indwelling sin - requires complete commitment, strong determination, self-discipline, self-examination, and ruthless repentance. For a long time I attempted all of these and went through cycles of asceticism, attempts at purification, binging on old sins, guilt and then back to asceticism... It was only when Christ brought my sin in stark relation to Him and His Holiness (rather than merely the human physical, psychological and other personal consequences), that I came to salvation. In the continuing battle, I have to constantly remind myself that it is by Grace that are saved, and by Grace that we are sanctified and not works.

In dealing with sin, I have been exhorted to find a spiritual mentor to whom I should confess sin. I know that in some struggles with specific sins - often private sins - it has helped to be accountable to a fellow believer. However, I do fear that one can rely on that 'confession' and it can become a legalistic duty, or even be open to abuse...

Any thoughts on confession of sin (besides confession to God, and 'making right' to those whom your sin has directly affected)?

#19  Posted by Gabriel Powell  |  Tuesday, February 15, 2011at 9:30 AM

Eugen,

The issue of confession is very important--I'm glad you brought it up! There is so much confusion due to the influence of the Catholic Church and their rituals of confession.

The Bible does not command, encourage, or give any thought of confessing our sins to an uninvolved person. Biblically, we are to confess our sins to God first and foremost (Psalm 51:4; 1 John 1:9), and to those against whom we sin (James 5:16). When we consider the instruction Jesus gave for dealing with sin in the church (Matt 18:15-20), one of the driving motivations of the process is to limit the circle that know about the situation. The point isn't to live in secrecy, but contrary to our information age, everyone doesn't need to know about everything in everyone's life (I wish the media understood this).

You may find it necessary to share your struggles with a leader who can shepherd, counsel, and keep you accountable, but don't think of this as "confession". You "confess" to seek forgiveness and reconciliation.

A spiritual mentor does not want to hear from you, "father, forgive me for I have sinned..." but rather, "I'm really struggling with [name the sin biblically], can you help me learn how to put it off, renew my mind, and put on righteousness?" (I'm using the "put off/on" language of Eph 4:21-32 and Col 3:5-17)

Hope that helps...

#20  Posted by Michelle Peery  |  Tuesday, February 15, 2011at 7:56 PM

In Romans 8:13 where it states if one lives according to the flesh one must die, I assume this is referring to spiritual death as well as physical right? But earlier in the chapter it says that one is not in the flesh if the Spirit of God dwells in him (Romans 8:9). Is it really true that once the Spirit of God comes to dwell in a person, He will not leave? Because in Genesis it says that God's Spirit will not always strive with man. I better keep to topic here, I fear that I'm wandering off the subject. I'm sorry.

#21  Posted by Tommy Clayton  |  Tuesday, February 15, 2011at 8:36 PM

Michelle:

Yes, Romans 8:13 is referring to spiritual, eternal death. However, it’s not teaching that you can lose your salvation. It’s a warning to those who profess to be saved, but do not habitually engage in the act of mortifying their sins (putting them to death). Again, a demonstration of how important God takes our sanctification—dying to sin and seeking to live holy, righteous lives.

Your other question: Will the Holy Spirit, after taking up residence within you, afterward abandon you? The answer is NO. Just follow Romans 8 all the way to the end, where Paul says:

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (vv. 38-39).

Nothing can separate you from God’s eternal love, Michelle, provided you've trusted in Christ alone for salvation.

Genesis 6:3, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever,” is simply a reference to God calling men to repent of their wickedness, probably through the Spirit-empowered preaching of His messengers (Enoch and Noah). God didn't strive with men in that way forever. But He was patient for 120 years. What a longsuffering God we serve!

#22  Posted by Eugen Olsen  |  Tuesday, February 15, 2011at 11:53 PM

Thanks for your insight on this matter. I have not come from a Catholic background (although I've looked into it a lot). I grew up in a strong Evangelical Christian mission that was born in a spiritual revival. While the whole 'revival' concept has been severely confused and 'emotionalized' a key element in a spiritual awakening is a profound conviction of sin. I believe that every person who is saved experiences this conviction as the Holy Spirit enters the life and begins that war against indwelling sin.

It's clear that we must confess our sin to God, and to those we've sinned against (leave your sacrifice at the altar and first be reconciled with your brother, etc.) However, the exegesis of James 5:16 (and considering passages like 1 John 1:9, relating also to 'living in the light' and 'exposing the deeds of darkness') was always explained to me to mean confession as a means of fellowship with your brethren (living in the light) and that when a believer sins, he is isolated by his sin from the fellowship (Bonhoeffer had much to say about this) and the restoration of fellowship involves confession 'one to another'. Moreover, James 5:16 links that confession with prayer of supplication by 'a righteous man' leading some to the conclusion that this battle against sin is a matter of fellowship as well.

Another argument of course, is that it's a simple thing to confess your sin to God (in private and behind closed doors), it's a fruit of true repentance and humility to confess to a brother. Some even taught that confession of sin is (an essential) means of forgiveness for a believer. (I know all these are not explicit in Scripture, but could be inferred).

My take is that we are compelled to make a true confession to God (beautifully expressed by David in Psalm 51, amongst others) and we are to confess and seek forgiveness from those we've sinned against, and if there is a personal sin one struggles with, it may be good to speak with a spiritual mentor to seek guidance in mortifying this sin and 'putting on Christ' to overcome.

Any thoughts on this?

#23  Posted by Dan Wilson  |  Wednesday, February 16, 2011at 6:12 AM

It makes sense that one can't go to a priest or pastor to ask

to forgive one in sin. I tried that when I was younger and it

did'nt work. I had to get on down on the knees or at the corner

of my bed to confess my sins to Jesus.

#24  Posted by Michelle Peery  |  Wednesday, February 16, 2011at 11:33 AM

Re: #21 ~ Thank you Tommy for your input. But in the reference to the end of Romans 8, the one thing that can separate us from God or His love in Christ is sin. Correct? I am not trying to argue, please believe me! Only to clarify so that I will not be deceived is all! Because with what I've been battling with for the last couple years I'm 99.9% sure that what I am being shown is that if I do not get victory or rather I should say submit in this area of my life I will not inherit the Kingdom. I never thought that anything would be so hard. I am getting John's book "Slave" and I am hoping it might help. What I need is a surrendered heart (I thought I had it once before!), nothing held back, willing to do whatever God wants. I wish I could say I was there but in all honesty my horrible heart is reluctant. And then when I set out to do what He wants I end up not making it all the way to the end. I probably have already shared too much. But thank you for your help!

#25  Posted by Mary Kidwell  |  Wednesday, February 16, 2011at 8:06 PM

Michelle,

Ephesians 1:13 tells us that at the time of our salvation (when we have repented of our sins and put our trust in Christ’s blood, shed for us to save us) we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:14 tells us that the Holy Spirit, given to us is a guarantee of our inheritance. Just as we cannot earn our salvation in the first place, as it is an undeserved gift of God’s grace, we are not able to keep our salvation, but we can trust God to do that for us. Philippians 1:6 tells us that God will bring to completion the good work He began in us, and 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 tells us that God is faithful and will sanctify us and keep us blameless at the coming of Christ. Hebrews 7:25 tells us that Christ is always interceding for us and we can read some of the intercession He makes for us in John 17. Romans 8:34 asks who can condemn us as Christ himself is interceding for us.

Since we can’t lose our salvation, is it alright to keep on sinning? Paul answers this question in Romans 6:1-2. If we are truly born again, we will have new hearts under the influence of the Holy Spirit which will desire to not grieve the Holy Spirit. We will desire to submit ourselves to be instruments of righteousness rather than instruments of unrighteousness (Romans 6:12-13). We seek to not sin so that God may be glorified in us and we might fulfill His purpose for us. Sanctification is a process which God is producing in us for His glory and which we are working at with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12-13). But our fear is not that we will lose our salvation because we can’t.

The wages of sin is death for those whose sins are not covered by the blood of Christ.

But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. (1 John 1:9)