While the title may make you think I am for sin or acting unholy, I am not. I am against sin just like Paul. Like Paul, I believe we do not have a green light to sin just because we are under grace where sin is not being imputed.
sin is not imputed when there is no law. Rom 5:13b NAS
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Rom 6:14-15 NAS
But we are not called to keep the holiness or keep the law to be holy. We are called to keep the faith in Christ finished work that has made us holy. It is impossible for the fallen flesh that you see in the mirror to keep the holiness. God knows this and does not need to look for our holiness because our born-again Spirit has been made holy by God, by the blood of Christ. Our born-again Spirit cannot become more holy than it is right now. God does not doubt this truth as we do. He knows we are holy because of Christ so there is no reason for Him to look for our holiness. Our faith, on the other hand, is a different story. Do we believe His word? That is what God is looking for.
To be holy is to be sanctified and means “set apart.” When the Bible calls us holy, it uses the same word as we see in the Lord’s prayer for God, hallowed be your name. Set apart be God’s name. When you come to a saving faith in Christ, your born-again Spirit is set apart with God from the world in Christ. When Jesus returns, He will be looking for our faith in His righteousness, in His finished work that makes us righteous, sanctified, holy and perfected, not in our self-righteous abilities to keep the law or our works. Not in the self-righteous works that lead us to judge others and perform dead works.
"I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8 NAS
I agree we should not sin, but if Jesus came back looking for those in the flesh who were declared holy because their flesh did not sin in thought, word, and deed, as God requires, he would find no one. I am all for what God’s word teaches and it tells us we are called to keep the faith in Christ's finished work. Our born-again Spirit cannot become unholy, unsanctified, unrighteous, unperfected or no longer a saint, according to God’s word.
God Said a Believer Can Never be Considered Unholy
This is because our holiness, righteousness, sanctification, perfection, and title of a saint are all based on the perfect blood of Christ. Even the most sin-laden church, the Corinthians, in the New Testament, were called Saints. This title is not referring to their flesh, it is referring to their perfected Spirit. Saint means the sanctified one. We are set apart unto holiness by God who justifies the ungodly. Believers are called to see each other as Saints in the Spirit and build up each other’s faith, not judge each other’s unredeemable flesh.
to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Heb 12:23-24 NAS
I Am Holy, I Am Sanctified, I Am Perfected
I Am a New Creation IN CHRIST
Sanctified or Not?
Our flesh will never be redeemed, it is still infected with the same sin nature we inherited from Adam and this is why it must die. We cannot see our perfected, holy, righteous, sanctified Spirit in the mirror, so we walk by faith.
Why Don't I look Like a New Creation in Christ in the Mirror?
Does Our Flesh Pay A Price for Sin?
If Your Faith is in Christ, Your Flesh Has Been Circumcised, Cut Off
Your Flesh is Dead Christian, Not in School
We must believe God by faith that what He tells us is true. This is what lifts us up above this world’s circumstances, giving us God’s perspective and victory in Christ.
Faith is required for things God tells us are true that we cannot see in the mirror.
for we walk by faith, not by sight 2 Cor 5:7 NAS
Faith is not required for things we can see in the mirror. We can only see the actions of our fallen flesh in the mirror.
However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, "HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM." Gal 3:12 NAS
Only faith in what God tells us is true but as yet unseen by us, can transform us into Christ's image for this world to see. We fix our eyes on Jesus and we see His holiness, righteousness, and perfection. We look at Him as though we are looking at ourselves in a mirror. His reflection focused on permanently is what transforms us into His image. This is how we abide in Christ and feed off the vine that is Jesus. This is how we produce fruits of the Spirit. This is the only way to stop sin in our life. The law cannot do it, it only arouses sin.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:18 NAS
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How to be Transformed Into His Image
What is The One Thing That Keeps a Believer in Sin?
Doubting Your Complete and Total Forgiveness is What Keeps You Sinning, Christian
Why A Born Again Believer Still Sins and How They Can Have Victory
Doubt and Unbelief are the Precursors for All Sin and Turmoil
The gospel reveals the righteousness of God. The only way to be right with God is through Jesus one sacrifice, for all sin, for all time. The righteous shall live from faith to faith in His finished work.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." Rom 1:16-17 NAS
Literally Righteous in Christ
Only Way to be Righteous
Jesus Did Not Die to See If We Can Qualify
Hebrews 11 is all about faith. Some call it the hall of faith. All of the people listed are witnesses to the faith. They believed what God told them by faith. If you read the Old Testament the people listed had a lot of sin in their lives. They were not holy in the flesh on their own. It was only by faith that they gained God’s approval. They walked by faith and not sight.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. Heb 11:1-2 NAS
In the New Testament when we read about those listed in Hebrews 11, we only see their faith reported, not their sin. This is because God is looking for our faith, Christian. He is not counting or imputing the sins of our flesh.
God Sees A Believers Faith Not Their Sins
Christians are Blessed Because God is Not Imputing our Sins
A Christians Sins are NOT Counted Against Them
Sins Are NOT Counted Under Grace
God Forgets Our Sins For His Own Sake
How Grace Defeated Sin in My Life
We are called to fix our eyes on Jesus and walk by faith just as those listed did. They witness to us how we are supposed to walk. In the Old Testament God reveals to us that they were far from perfect so we know they were just like us and failed at times. Often sinning intentionally, like Abraham, the Father of the faith did when he gave his wife away twice.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, Heb 12:1-2a NAS
Self Occupied or Christ Occupied
But what about faith without works is dead in James 2?
We know for certain that James one scripture cannot be contradicting the multitude of scriptures that tell us we are saved by grace through faith and not works so no man can boast – Eph 2:8-9.
James asks “can anyone see your faith apart from your works?”
James is talking about being the light we are called to be so that others can see our faith. God can see our hearts and can see our faith apart from our works. James is talking about being a light unto the world, so others will come to a saving knowledge of Christ. He is not saying that works are required to be saved or that good works are required to prove to yourself or others that you believe. He is saying, no other human can see you believe unless you do good works to show them. So, if you want to be the light God wants you to be, do the good works as God has called the redeemed to do. This will lead others to a saving knowledge of Christ. You can read an in-depth study on this last point here: Faith Without Works is Dead.
What about God saying “Be Holy Because I am Holy?” I answer that here: Christians are on The Highway of Holiness, Be Holy Because I Am Holy is a Prophecy
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Can God see your faith in His finished work Christian? Do you agree with God that the blood of Christ has made your born-again Spirit righteous, sanctified, holy and perfected? Do you understand that God is looking for your faith in these truths?
Do you understand that God wants you to walk by faith in Christs finished work for your own benefit, so you can reign in this life and have victory? So you can do living works unto God.
For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Rom 5:17 NAS
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Heb 11:6 NAS
Our battle lies in keeping the faith. Satans goal is to introduce doubt in God's word any way he can so we lose faith.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 2 Tim 4:7 NAS
Do you have the faith it takes to believe you are the new creation in Christ the Bible states you are, Christian? Click this link and see if you believe what the Bible says about you: I Am a New Creation IN CHRIST. If you establish your mind and heart in what God says about your identity in Christ and His righteousness, your entire life will change. You will walk in the power of the gospel.
Many more New Covenant Bible Studies HERE. Jesus poured out His blood for the New Covenant of grace and truth, replacing the Old Covenant law of Moses. Believers are exclusively under the New Covenant, the last will and testament of Jesus that began after the cross.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20