Faith, Chapter Fourteen
Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law:
for sin is the transgression of the law. And you know that he was manifested
to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abides (lives) in him sins not:
whosoever sins has not seen him, neither knows him."
very carefully to what John is saying! Sin is nothing more than breaking the
Law but where there is no Law there is no sin! Paul said in Galatians 5:18,
if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law."
shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? If,
in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What
does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as
righteousness.” Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as
a gift, but as an
obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked,
his faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing
when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness
apart from works: “Blessed are they whose transgressions are
forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man
whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”
love compels us, because we
are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died
for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but
for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one
from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do
so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new
has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through
Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was
reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against
them. And he has committed to us the message of
Paul was convinced that one man died for all men and
that if one man died for all men then all men died. The reason that He died for
all men was so that they might no longer just live for themselves doing
whatever they desired to do but that they might live for the one that died for
them and was raised again. How many times do we have to read that God has in
and of Himself reconciled the world to Himself in Christ and is not counting
men's sins against them before we believe that He has done this? It seems to be
easy to believe that sin entered the world through Adam and as a result all men
are subject to sin and death without ever doing anything to deserve it.
However, it is so hard to believe that without us doing anything to deserve
salvation, God provide a way for us to be reconciled back to Him through Christ.
Why is this so? Because the carnal mind just can't
conceive that such a thing is possible without it being involved in the
process. It's so hard for the carnal mind with it's enormous ego to submit to
the fact that it has nothing to do with the salvation that has so freely been
given to it by our Father. The carnal mind wants to be involved in the process
so it can take pride in what it has done. But not before God. Paul said of the
carnal mind in Rom. 8:6-9,
be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and
peace. Because the
carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of
God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot
please God. But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell
No man can come to me, except
the Father which has sent me draw him:
and I will raise him up at the last day."
really true Jesus? I thought that it was the purpose of the Church to take the
Gospel to all the world and that we are to be soul winners for Jesus. I was
taught that I must be a witness for Christ and was asked many time by preachers
how many souls have you saved this year. This in nothing more than carnal
thinking once again.
that no man can come to Him unless the Father is involved in drawing that
individual to Jesus. Do you realize that this is the duty of the Holy Spirit?
Jesus said in John 16:7-8,
" It is
expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not
come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is
come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of
To the intent that now
unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God."
He also said in Rom. 10:14-15,
" How then
shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they
believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a
preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is
written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace,
and bring glad tidings of good things!"
But you will receive power
(authority) when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and
in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Listen, there is a big difference
between being a witness and witnessing. Being comes from what you are inside
and it flows naturally from within you. Witnessing is something you do.