This Bible study as most I have written is designed to rid the believer of any doubt regarding God’s love for them and their complete and total forgiveness in Christ. It is only satan who wants you to doubt your total forgiveness and righteousness in Christ which leads you to doubt God’s love. Satan knows that doubting these truths is specifically what keeps a believer trapped in reoccurring sin and ineffective for God. These studies are designed to renew the mind.
This study goes in depth with abundant scripture to prove that any doubt that we are fully forgiven is the only thing that keeps us trapped in reoccuring sin. Get your Bible out and study with me. If you have any questions, comments or objections, I really hope you will post them below the study or contact me through private messenger.
There is one reason the Bible teaches as to why believers fail to produce the fruits needed to defeat sin in their lives.
Answer: Doubting their complete and total forgiveness in Christ.
1. We are to love others as Christ loves us. The bible tells us that love is the only way to fulfill all of God’s laws. This means that the spirit of all of God’s laws is love. Our enemy will do all he can to keep us from walking in the Spirit.
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law (Rom 13:8-10).
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Gal 5:14).
2. If we think we are still under the letter of the law of Moses, sin will have dominion over us. To “have dominion” means to control or to have power over.
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace (Rom 6:14).
3. If we don’t believe we are completely and totally forgiven of much like the woman in Luke 7:47, we will live in fear and under condemnation. We will be unable to love much, and since love is the only thing that fulfills the law, we will fall short.
Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little (Luke 7:47).
4. Being established in the truth that we are forgiven much and loved by God the Father as much as he loves Jesus (John 17:23) are the only things that will produce the fruits we need to overcome outward acts of sin. These qualities are not works of the flesh. They are fruits of the Spirit—fruits of right believing that occur naturally once we are anchored in our complete forgiveness.
The following verses list the fruits we need to stop sin in our lives.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love (2 Peter 1:5-7).
5. If we lack the qualities listed, the Bible lists one simple reason. We have forgotten we have been forgiven.
For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins (2 Peter 1:9).
If we do not think we have been fully forgiven by God, we will have a hard time believing God really loves us.
6. The enemy is the only one who wants us to doubt our complete salvation. Over and over again Jesus said “Oh you of little faith.” He never said, “Oh you of little law keeping, little prayer, little fasting, etc.”
“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matt 14:31).
7. The key is to believe the truth in the very clear scriptures that tell us if we believe, we are saved. Never let unclear scriptures override the very clear ones.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
The enemy will do all he can to twist unclear scripture and create doubt.
I can guarantee you from experience that once you understand that God the Father loves you as much as he loves Jesus (John 17:23) and that you are totally forgiven, those other unclear scriptures will become very clear and fully confirm the clear and simple truth in John 3:16.
Once you understand and believe you are completely forgiven, you will realize how much God the Father loves you.
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8. Revisiting this verse: “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace” (Rom 6:14),we learn that we are under grace and not the law. Where there is no law, the bible is very clear that sin is not counted against man.
…for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law (Rom 5:13).
For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression (Rom 4:15).
For all who have sinned without the law, will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law (Rom 2:12).
For apart from the law, sin lies dead (Rom 7:8b).
This fully coincides with the God’s main clauses of the New Covenant:
“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more” (Heb 10:17) and “...in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them...” (2 Cor 5:19).
The point is: once a person comes to Christ their past sins are totally forgiven and they are removed from the dominion of the law and placed under grace, where their future sins are not counted against them.
9. As opposed to trusting that the Spirit will keep us and what is clear in God’s Word, the normal and fearful human response to this truth of total forgiveness is to claim that a person in this position will fall from grace and into sin. Ironically the bible teaches that a fall from grace is not diving into sin. It is abandoning grace alone and going back to the law in full or in part. We see this truth played out as Paul writes to some believers in Galatia, who were being tricked into thinking they had to go back to keeping parts of the Law. False teachers had misled them, and Paul set them straight:
You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace (Gal 5:4).
Grace and law are contradictory and do not mix.
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace (Rom 11:6).
10. The fruits of Grace teaches us to live a godly life.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession, who are zealous for good works (Titus 2: 11-14).
11. Have you ever heard a Christian telling someone they doubt the salvation of another or themselves? When they do this, it’s often based on having seen the person sin. With good intentions, they point the person back to the law to correct the problem. Unfortunately, this is unbiblical and absolutely the worst thing to do to a person, who has placed their faith and trust in Jesus as their savior. Let me explain using scripture.
We are saved by what we believed, and we are transformed by what we believe.
I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? (Gal 3:2-3).
If we lead anyone to doubt God’s clear words in John 3:16 and other very clear verses, we help the enemy.
Believe this verse: I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. 1 John 2:12
People cannot be transformed into the image of Christ if they doubt Jesus’s own words as truth. When we place more weight on scriptures that are unclear and create doubt, we are dividing the Word against itself. Jesus said, “A house divided against itself is ruined” (Matt 12:25). The enemy is the only one who wants to pit God’s Word against itself to make us doubt our salvation. The enemy is on the side of false teachers.
Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions (1 Tim 1:6-7).
The law is not made for the righteous, the just. Those who have placed their trust in Christ are made righteous without any righteous acts, just as Jesus was made sin without committing sin.
Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the righteous/just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly… (1 Tim 1:8).
12. Inheritance is about bloodline and not actions. We inherited a fallen nature from Adam. We were made sinners and were born into a fallen world with no choice of our own. Once we are born again, we are co-heirs with Christ (Rom 8:17). We are made righteous solely by what Jesus did and believing in him.
For as by the one man’s (Adam) disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s (Jesus) obedience the many will be made righteous (Rom 5:19).
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of (2 Cor 5:21).
We reign in this life over sin and much more by receiving God’s abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ (Rom 5:17).
So the next time you see the person in the mirror or a brother or sister in Christ who has fallen into sin, don’t point them back to the law, where sin comes alive (Rom 7:9), so they will doubt the clear word of God (Rom 10:9) and their salvation and fall from grace by going back to the law (Gal 5:4), thus helping the enemy.
Instead, remind them of their righteousness in Christ and share the truths in this article with them. God loves them, and they are totally forgiven for their past sins. They are under grace and not the law, so sin no longer has dominion over them (Rom 6:14). God is not counting their sins and holding them against them (Heb 10:17).
Let God’s perfect love cast out all fear of punishment for breaking the law.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love (1 John 4:18).
Encourage them to believe the gospel of Jesus. Believe that they are completely forgiven and righteous in Christ.
Righteous because of one mans obedience.
For as by the one man’s disobedience (Adam) the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience (Jesus) the many will be made righteous. Rom 5:19
Once established in Gods complete forgiveness and great love, they will be transformed into the image of Christ over time.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Cor 3:18).