Thursday, January 7, 2010

What can control our sinful nature?

The Law is good and there is nothing wrong with it. Without law, there will be anarchy. However, the law is intended for the lawless unbelievers.

1 Timothy 1:8-11
8 We know that the law is good when used correctly. 9 For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. 10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders,[c] liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching 11 that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.

The Law consists of good commands as it showed what sin is like but it cannot deal with our sinful nature we inherited from the first Adam :

Romans 7:7-13
7 Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.”[c] 8 But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power. 9 At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life, 10 and I died. So I discovered that the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead. 11 Sin took advantage of those commands and deceived me; it used the commands to kill me. 12 But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good. 13 But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes.

There is nothing wrong with the law - it is our sin nature. This sin nature is already dealt with by Jesus for believers. For unbelievers, the sin nature is alive.

Romans 7:14-17
14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

The law is still around as long as there are unbelievers on earth (until it has accomplished its purpose!). The law still applies to unbelievers today. What is its purpose - read: The point of the law they can be urshered into the Kingdom when they come to an understanding that through their own effort, they cannot fulfill the requirements of the law. Believers have the righteousness of Christ, far better than the Pharisees.

Matthew 5:17-20
17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. 19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of

Well, can I try to keep the law with my own effort?.You bet. You can try and keep the law and see what God says - you have to keep 100% of the law to get a pass, 99.9999..% is still a fail. Can you? The Pharisees tried by having more of their own rules and regulations to help them keep 100% of the law -reuslt is they failed.

James 2:10
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Here are the bad and good news. Can the law end the sin control over our life, our sinful nature? No. Only Jesus can- that is why we need Jesus in the equation. For believers, there is now no condemnation that comes under just requirement of the law - Jesus fully satisfied the requirement for us. His righteousness is already greater than all of the Pharisees when we embrace Him. As far as believers are concered, God has accomplished/fulfilled the purpose of the law. However, the law is not yet fulfilled for unbelievers - they have to answer to the just requirements of the law 100%. The Pharisees already tried and they could not! But there is hope for unbelievers. Accept what Jesus has done for us.

Romans 8:1-4
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power[a] of the life-giving Spirit has freed you[b] from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.[c] So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

What happens to a believer who is now connected to Christ?What is the new way of connecting to God?-through the Spirit. What is the fruit?- can produce a harvest of
good deeds.

Romans 7: 4-6
4 So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God. 5 When we were controlled by our old nature,[b] sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. 6 But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

What about the world getting more evil? What about unbelievers spiralling out of control in sin? Is there any hope? A big Yes. No sin can be bigger or can outnumber God's grace. This is the greatest hope. God's grace can swallow up all the sins and evil deeds of this world in a twinkle of an eye. The only thing for unbelievers to do is to say YES to Jesus- I accept His finished work on the cross.

Romans 5:20
20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God has planned out for unbelievers before the world was created. He is a gracious God, He knows before hand even before creation of the world, even before we were born, even before our parents were born, He has the plan already set out - to show His grace through Jesus and make us right standing with God, holy and blameless. God knows we need Him to make our lives right; He knows we will always fail if we rely on our own strengths

No matter how sinful, wayward or perverted an unbeliever may be, God has already accepted him long before He was born.... the only thing the unbeliever has to do is to accept His original plan for his life. God has already written the script for his life long ago.The only thing he has to do is to say YES to Jesus, accept His plan and invite Him into his life.

Ephesians 1:4-11
4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.[b] 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. 9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,[c] for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

When God forgives our sins, He also forgets, (unlike us!) He has already wiped our slate clean even before the foundations of the world - that is His plan for salvation for unbelievers.

Jeremiah 31:33-34
33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”


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