Many Christians wonder what happens if they commit sins. I assure you that WE ALL will commit sin...probably every day of our lives.
So, are we then judged under the Law? That is to say under the Law of Moses - The Ten Commandments?
Are Christians even governed by the Ten Commandments.
The answer is NO...but let's go prove it out using the Bible...God's infallible Word.
These words are found in the little Book of 1 Timothy 1:9 -"Knowing this, that the law is NOT made for a RIGHTEOUS MAN, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;"
The emphasis is on the "RIGHTEOUS MAN" when Paul declares that the Law is not made for we who are righteous.
This is the antithesis of what we have read, and have interpreted in 1 Corinthians 6::9-11 -"Know ye not that the UNRIGHTEOUS (unsaved) shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."
Here, the emphasis is on the UNRIGHTEOUS MAN - and the unrighteous (unsaved man) shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven.
My point is to convince you that, no matter what you have done in the way of sin - whether they were committed in the past, shall be committed today....or that you shall commit tomorrow, you are NOT UNDER THE LAW. You are "righteous man" - because of the cross.
What I am convined of (by reading and comprehending God's Word), is the absolute assuredness that we (me and you, or any other born-again believer) are not ever under the Law. We are seen as God's sons and daughters...we are in the family of God...we have the gift of eternal life, and nobody can take it away from us. Nobody can condemn us...ever.
The first use of the word "Righteous" was given to Abraham way back in Genesis - "Chapter 15 -6 -"And he believed in the LORD; and God counted it to him for RIGHTEOUSNESS."
Proverbs 10:2 - written by the words of Solomon, the smartest man who ever lived...."Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but RIGHTEOUSNESS delivereth from death." Solomon speaks of eternal death.
We (saved) have the same RIGHTEOUSNESS as God the Father has, and we get that righteousness through acceptance of His Son. Romans 3:22 -"Even the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:"
Romans 5:18 -" I decided to use the AMPLIFIED version of the Bible here because it clearly demonstrates that by one mans' sin (Adam), all were condemned to eternal death, but by one man's (Jesus) righteousness, all have the opportunity for eternal life.
Romans 5:18 -"Well then, as one man's trespass [one man's false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man's act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men."
Paul says, in Romans 6:20 "For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness"
This really emphasizes that when we were unsaved (living in unrepented sin, and not born-again yet), we were FREE FROM RIGHTEOUSNESS. Free from righteousness means, as unbeievers, we were "under the condemnation of the Law".
And he goes on to clarify- "now that we are saved, we should no longer want to continue along in the things that bring us shame. What good came out of committing sins that brought us shame in our minds, and in the mind of God?"
Verse 21 "What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22-But now BEING MADE FREE FROM SIN, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23-For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Romans 8:10 brings "righteousness" home. Who has this righteousness?
Romans 8:10 -"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness."
If Christ is in us (in the form of His Holy Spirit), then because we now possess the Holy Spirit after accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, our body is dead because of sin, but our spirit shall go on to be with God at the time of our death.
When the "rapture" takes place, the dead (bodies) in Christ (who now sleep in the ground) shall be raised up to meet the Lord in the air, and then, those of us who are alive, shall be caught up to meet Him in the air. Then, in the twinkling of an eye, the bodies (dead and alive), shall be changed from corruptible (sinful) to incorruptible (without sin) because nothing corruptible shall enter into heaven.
The spirit of the saved shall immediately be ushered into God's presence. Their (our) dead bodies sleep in the ground - as do our souls (minds, if you wish), and at the rapture...body and soul will be united in heaven...the new body shall be "supernatural" as is the body of Christ.
Jesus exchanged our sin for His righteousness that day on the cross.
2 Corinthians 5:21 - "For God hath made Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
And, there is a difference between unrighteous people and righteous people. God makes it clear that, once we are saved (righteous) , we should not be yoked together with a non-believer who is not righteous.
I finally understand this verse that I have read a hundred times! - 2 Corinthians 6:14 -" Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?"
Unbelievers, therefore are unrighteousness. Believers are, therefore, declared to be righteous.
I totally get it...and I hope you do, too.
You may have cried crocodile tears fearing the judgment of God upon you for sins committed, but I want you to know that you are viewed as being as righteous as God Himself - because of Christ.
So, you are a RIGHTEOUS person who commits sin, but you are NOT a sinner.
Your sins have been forgiven you the day you were saved, and "Cast into the sea of forgetfullness to be remembered no more against you."
Hebrews 10:16-17 -"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17-And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more."
The Holy Spirit of God has been given to the "saved" as a gift from God. Jesus has placed His laws into our hearts, and has given us all of God's Word now...the Old and New Testament (covenants)...and He tells us that or sins will be remembered NO MORE..EVER...FOR ETERNITY when we accept His beloved Son, Jesus, as our Savior and Lord of our lives.
John Tyler, Author
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