Do you see what I see?


Do you see what I see?

I don’t know about you, but I constantly get reminded by Christians that we can not live a life without sin.  Many of us will just capitulate instantly to this condition.  They are always quick to give us the justification for this mindset from scripture.

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.[1]

But at this point I have to ask, is it me or is it me?  I do not see scripture that reads, “If we say we are not sinning…”  I see scripture that says, “If we say that we have not sinned…”

I know I always get the run around from people who try to put me in the cross hairs when I say we can be a people who, as Jesus says, are perfect.

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.[2]

I get reminded that it may be the goal to be perfect but God knows it is impossible for us.  At which times it is not uncommon that I get asked how many sins and at what point will a man go to hell if he isn’t perfect.  I get accused of salvation by works.  I am sure some of you know what I am talking about.

But I still have to ask the question, do you see what I see?  I see a scripture that tells people they are liars if they say they have not sinned.  I don’t see scripture that teaches we are liars if we say we are not sinning.  Do you?

As I see it, I can be a believer that confesses that I am a sinner (have sinned) and now my savior, through His Spirit, has so changed me that I through the Spirit no longer sin.  In doing this I have not violated 1 John 1:10 why, because I confessed I am a sinner who needs a savior.  I repented of my sins past.

People in the church teach that we are not really expected to keep His commandments in anything more than a loose way.  After all God knows we can’t, because of our sin nature.  But I though we got a new nature, a divine nature, when we were born again?

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.[3]

So when we as believers deny the very fact that we are called to walk in the Spirit and not after the world and its corruption through lust, don’t we deny the very promises that were given to us so that by them we might be of a divine nature?

We totally reject the notion that it is impossible for a believer to sin, for we chase after another gospel, even in Christendom, that teaches we can not obey scripture or the Spirit we brag is our deposit.

Concerning such promises that by them we may be partakers of the divine nature, we reject the hope to receive the crown of life if we can not endure temptation, nor teach that it can be endured even by a new nature in Christ.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.[4]

I know this is only a small matter in some tucked away verse in the bible so it probably means nothing.  But I still have to ask, do you see what I see?  I see a church who won’t live by the Spirit what is promised, rather justifies itself in not doing so by twisting a scripture to say something it does not say.

I don’t cast out devils, but it doesn’t mean I don’t think believers should.  I don’t lay hands on the sick so they become well, but it doesn’t mean I don’t think believers should.  I am not perfect by any stretch of the means, but it doesn’t mean I don’t think believer should be. 

Are we willing to strive for what is most excellent and part of the believer’s life or do we think the status quo is good?  Christianity likes to give believers two options, cold or lukewarm.  I want hot!  What do you strive for?


[1] 1 John 1:10

[2] Matthew 5:48

[3] 2 Peter 1:4

[4] James 1:12

2 thoughts on “Do you see what I see?

  1. Dave, GOD is call all to HOLINESS. But you and I recognize the CALL. God desires we DO IT RATHER THAN TALK ABOUT IT. In the very act of becoming HOLY….we will speak VOLUMES of Truth to those who are deceived. Judgement begins at the ‘house’ of God…with those who KNOW and refuse!! You and I…and the ‘few’ others are come to a place where it is time to ‘put up or shut up…so to speak. I am so very encouraged by your posts. Just knowing others feel the same calling as I….Holiness in Christ. ONly in that place can we be the hands, heart, feet of God in a deceived and dying world. Our souls and the souls of precious others are at stake. We MUST do the ‘greater works’ for Him. Those ‘works’ will prove the ‘words.’ “If you don’t believe my words….believe the works I do.’ Time is short. The harvest is rotting in the fields. Time is crucial. Those of us who ‘see’ are being held to a much higher ‘accounting’ than those who do NOT see.

    Carolyn

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