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I believe 2016 is a year when the Holy Spirit is going to be delivering many of us from living under a mixture of Law and Grace. I believe we are in the midst of at GRACE REVOLUTION and boy don’t we need it (especially here in the UK) .

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Why I write?

writingI started writing my first blog post on the 17/08/2013 and as a result I’ve now written four KIndle books. This is exciting, because years ago in 1992, Charles Slagle prophesied over me that I would write but it awaited the era of WordPress and Kindle for this to be possible NOW!

“Its just marvellous how he’s going to write, not only songs, but he’s going to write music that, even if it doesn’t sound musical, just the sweetness of heaven will come through. Stories, articles that are written against injustice. Father, he’s a good researcher. When he does his homework he does it very thoroughly. I see him astounding teachers when they tried on him. Good grief! He sounds like [hes at]college when he’s only at high school. So, Father, I thank you there is going to be something that he’s going to be released [into] with his ready writing pen or word-processor, that’s going to burst chains asunder, where people have been illegally treated by legal systems, where oppression has continued in a spirit of hypocrisy. He’s going to be a clear voice that cuts through the crap of this world: the light of Jesus.

Christ the end of Law (Amazon Kindle book)

under lawWhen you’ve finished my first book, maybe you would like to get into some really meaty theology with my second book: The End Of Law . I’m praying this book is a tool in the hands of the Holy Spirit, demolishing arguments and everything that raises up against the knowledge of God, enabling believers everywhere clearly understand the truth that a believer is no longer under law – in any shape or form.

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Why do I sin? Christ in You – (chapter 5)

why do I sinWhy do I sin?

In the previous chapter I made a radical statement: I said that Christ in you cannot sin.  What do I mean by that? Does it mean that a born-again believer never sins again? The Apostle John in his first epistle indeed seems to say exactly that:

The believer cannot sin?

1 John 3:9 “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

1 John 5:18 “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.”

In point of fact he also says that if you commit sin you are of the devil! You can’t get much more black and white than that!

1 John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

However, we do sin

Sadly, we all know from our own experience that even after we become born-again and are filled with the Holy Spirit, even though we desire to live a holy and completely sinless life is not a reality and is probably not even possible. Indeed, the writer John, a few verses later, seems to contradict himself and confirms this by the following verses:

1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

1 John 2:1 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, (aorist tense, one off) we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”

So, what is John saying? Does he really mean a believer cannot commit sin?

A believer does not practice sin

Firstly, a better translation of 1 John 3:9, 1 John 5:8 and 1 John 3:8 and the phrase ‘commit sin’ would be ‘practice sin’, as translated in the ASV. This is because the tense of the verb ‘sin’ is not ‘Aorist’ (sinning in a moment of time, even once – see verse above 1 John 2:1). It is in fact,‘present active’ or sinning continually.

Therefore, John is saying that a true believer may sin in a moment of time but doesn’t sin continually – or practice sin. In fact, if they do sin continually, then there are grave doubts that they ever knew Christ in the first place!

1 John 3:6 “No one who sins (present active) has seen him or known him!”

A believer practices righteousness

However, I don’t believe that the above explanation, although technically correct, is the complete answer because John not only talks about practicing sin; he also talks about practicing righteousness. See the following scriptures:

1 John 2:29 “If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of him”

1 John 3:7 “Little children, let no one deceive you, the one who practices righteousness is righteous even as he is righteous”

1 John 3:10 “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious, anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God”

Now, this is problematic because John uses the same present active tense to describe righteousness! In other words, a believer practices righteousness – he or she doesn’t just do occasional acts of righteousness, like an unbeliever might. No, they constantly and continually do righteousness every day, at all times.

Now, we can easily cope with the idea that we occasionally sin but can we honestly say that we practice righteousness day in, day out? Well, John says if you don’t, then you’re not born again! There must be a more complete answer – and there is!

I believe, in context, the Apostle John is describing who we are in the spirit. In other words our spirit man (Christ in us) indeed practices righteousness and cannot sin.

Why do we still want to sin?

So then, if we have Christ in us and a brand new nature, why do we still want to sin as well as want to do what’s right? Do we posses two natures now: a sinful nature and a Christ-like nature that are locked in some sort of mortal combat or tug of war? Or, are we perhaps schizophrenic with some kind of weird personality disorder? For many of us that’s certainly what it sometimes feels like.

No, I don’t believe that is the case; you don’t have two natures. You have one new nature that is Christ-like. However, the scripture does indeed suggest that there are two opposing forces: the flesh and the Spirit at war inside you!

Galatians 5:17 “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

The conflict of desire

Paul describes this conflict of desire in Romans 7:

Romans 7:15 “For that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do but I am doing the thing I hate. 

Romans 7:16 “But if I do the very thing I do not wish to do I agree with the Law confessing that it is good.”

In effect, what he is saying is that even though he doesn’t want to do bad things, he has no power to actually stop doing bad things – even if he wants to. So, becoming monk, hiding away from the world and from all temptation to sin, will not change the fact – that even in a monastery sin is with you. The war carries on regardless.

Romans 7:23 “I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members”

Regrettably, even though you are born-again, you still carry around the body of death, your mortal and sinful flesh: mind, memories, emotions, will, sexual drive and so on.

Romans 7:24 “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”

As Paul says in an earlier verse in Romans 7:14 that we are sold in bondage to sin:

“For we know that the Law is spiritual but I am of the flesh sold in bondage to sin”

Its not me, its this darn flesh!

However, in verses 17 and 20 of Romans 7 Paul comes to three important realisations:

Firstly, there is no good in his sinful flesh (note he is careful to say in his flesh because he knows that his spirit man is good and desires good.)

Romans 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”

Secondly, he has no power to do the good that he (his spirit man) wishes.

Thirdly, he realises that if he doesn’t want to do it, then it’s not really him doing it. In other words, it is sin in the flesh. His true identity therefore, is not in the sinful behaviour but in the new man.

Romans 7:17 “Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Romans 7:20“But if I am doing the very thing I do not wish, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me”

Example – driving your screaming kids to school!

Imagine you are driving your kids to school and they are behaving very badly in the back seat, fighting, screaming and even trying to distract other drivers. You can’t do much about it because you’re trying to keep your eyes on the road. Do you just ignore the behaviour and pretend it’s not happening? No, of course not – if you don’t deal with it soon, you’re likely to have an accident!

Sin in the flesh could similarly be likened to a big, bad dog straining at the leash. We need someone to help us and fast! Who is going to deliver us from this body of death? Who do we turn to?

Most people, of course, turn to Mr Law. Yes, he’s Mr Perfect, he knows the rules absolutely. But he’s no teacher or coach! All he does is point out that your children are misbehaving and he even finds time to comment on the inadequacies of your driving! Thankfully we are no longer married to Mr Law! The Law, religious rules, church attendance, will power, determination, self-help, education, self-discipline, self-reliance, striving, and even prayer may all help and even manage the sinful flesh for a while but they can never ultimately control it.

A positive note

The writer of Romans chapter 7, though, ends on a positive note: he maybe stuck, in need of help, under the Law, frustrated and unhappy in this struggle against sin but he has now seen the light at the end of the tunnel.  He has grasped two important positives:

Firstly, he now knows there is only one person, Jesus, or Mr Grace who can help him get free from the law of sin and death. The writer has now given up on himself and also on Mr Law!

Romans 7:25 “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” 

Secondly, he now has a clear revelation of who he is in Christ (see I MYSELF in the verse below). He understands now beyond a doubt that his sinful flesh is not his identity even though it is his responsibility.

Romans 7:25 “So, then, on the one hand I MYSELF with the mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, WITH MY FLESH, the law of sin (my capital letters and bold letters added)

To conclude therefore, how do we answer our original question: “why do we still sin?” We still sin, not because we have a sinful nature but because still we have the sinful flesh! 

Questions for discussion

1) How do we understand the contradiction in John’s First Epistle where he apparently says someone who is born-again cannot sin?

2) How do we explain that John says that a born-again believer continually does righteousness?

3) Why, even though we are born-again. do we still want to sin?

4) What are the conclusions that Paul comes to in Romans 7?

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New Birth (Christ in you) – Audio

images-1My audio message on “New Birth” or “Christ in you”

For the conference version of the same message click Christ In You (Conference)

 Notes : NEW BIRTH  Paul Noble © 10th April 2012

WHY THE NEED TO BE BORN AGAIN?

The result of the fall – A sinful nature.

Adam – in the day you eat of it you will die. Natural Birth certificate.

1 Thes 5:23 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 2: 1-5

” And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”

 3″Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”

 Nicodemus

 John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

We are totally corrupt: There is none righteous!

Sinful man is totally corrupt! 1 Cor 15 “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”

 HOW ARE WE BORN AGAIN?

By the Holy Spirit: a work of grace

Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done , but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

By the SEED or SPERM of the word.

1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

This seed is like Christ its incorruptible. We would be surprised and a little suspicious if when our children are born they were not like us!

So what is New Birth?

 It’s not a repair job

 Its not about turning over a new leaf making a resolution. Jesus died and rose again not to just forgive your sins but to deal with the whole problem of SIN. That’s why he was crucified!

 2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore  if any man [be] in  Christ , [he is] a new creature : old things are passed away ; behold , all things are become  new

 EXAMPLE A house falling apart infested with rats and wood-worm. Only two options repair or rebuild from scratch

You get to be crucified and die – the bad News!

Jesus not only dealt with sins he had to deal with SIN.

Romans 6:6 ” Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

Gal 2:20 “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.”

You get to LIVE – a brand new spirit (good news!)

Romans 8 : 9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

10 “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

11″But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

 You spirit is one with Jesus!

 1 Cor 6:17 “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”

 You are a partaker of the divine nature

 2 Peter 1:4 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

 This new man is righteous and holy!

 Ephesians 24 “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”.

 The law is now written on your heart

 He’s programmed you to live right!

Hebrews 8:10 “For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: Also Hebrews 10:16

I (the spirit man) cannot sin

1 John 3:9 “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

 1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

 This problem is described for us in Romans 7. Its all a matter of identity. Who are you?

ROMANS 7 :15 “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.”

16 “If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good.”

17 “But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.”

18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”

19 “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.”

 20 ” Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.”

21 ” I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.”

 22 “For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. “

23 “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”

24 “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

“So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”

EVEN EAGLES LEARN TO FLY!

ROMANS 8 – even an Eagle has to learn to fly.

EXAMPLE : Can a Ostrich fly? It doesn’t matter how high he jumps that will never be called flying! An Eagle however is made to fly. Because of new birth your spirit man is righteous – you are made to fly. Does this mean you never crash? No even eagles have to learn to fly!

 YOU ARE righteous and holy – so ACT LIKE IT!

EXAMPLE Imagine if you were a pickpocket living on the streets in poverty living in poverty and the king of kings rescued you and made you his son. Wouldn’t it be crazy if you insisted on pick pocketing and living in rags on the streets? That’s how some Christians are living!

2 Peter 3:11 “[Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness,”

 2 Cor 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God”

OBEY – the Holy Spirit

 Gal 5:16 “[This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

 SOW – To The Spirit

 Gal 6: 8 “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

 KILL –  The deeds of the body

 Romans 8:13 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die : but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live ..”

 PUT OFF – The old man.

 Col 3:8 “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”

“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;”

 PUT ON – The new man

  23 “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;”

 24 “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

 25 “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.”

 29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

 30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

 31 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:”

 32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

 Col 3:12 “Put on therefore , as  the elect  of God, holy  and  beloved , bowels of mercies , kindness , humbleness of mind , meekness , long-suffering 

 Don’t lay the table for the flesh!

 Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].”

SURRENDER –  To God

Romans 6:13 “Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God.”

Romans 12 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.”

 Conclusion – The true message of grace

 Titus 2 “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”

 Even if you remain a carnal Christian you will be saved:

1 Cor 5:5 “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

 If you haven’t – get baptized

Gal 3:27 “For  as many of you as have been baptized into Christ  have put on Christ”

 2 Cor 4:10 10 “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.”

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