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The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

Victory

I would not give a dime for religion that cannot give me victory over sin.  Anything called Christianity that cannot produce holiness is not worth my consideration.  

The purpose of  true Christianity is to bring us into conformity with Christ and bring glory to God.  If it fails to do that, it is a false religion.  It's sad that millions of people who call themselves Christians continue to go through their religious rituals and live sinful lives no different from their pagan neighbors.

Most of these deluded "Christians" don't have the foggiest understanding of what the Bible says about salvation. Their only reason for going to a particular church is because that's where the family has always gone.  If you asked  such a person if he is  going to Heaven when he dies, he would probably answer, "Well, I hope so. I've always been a church member and I think I live as good a life as anyone else."

When this person is confronted by temptation, he usually succumbs, "After all", his excuse is, "I'm only human. What can you expect?"

Biblical salvation not only declares us righteous through the merits of Christ's shed blood; but such salvation also gives us victory over sin. 

Read the first six chapters of Paul's Epistle to the Romans.  Here is a  mini overview of those chapters.

Romans 1 through 3:20  declares that we are all sinners under the judgment of God.

Romans 3:21- 4:26 shows us that we cannot save ourselves. We learn that we are justified from our sins and declared righteous and fit for Heaven through faith in Christ's sacrifice for our sins.  Christ alone makes us fit for Heaven.

Romans 5  tells us of the peace with God that comes through being justified by faith.  It takes us back to Adam who sinned in the Garden of Eden and brought the curse of sin upon the entire human race.  We sin because we're born sinners.  This same chapter also tells us of how through Jesus Christ we can be saved from sin and given eternal life.

Romans 6 is the key chapter in the Bible on victorious Christian living.  It starts out with a rhetorical question.  Since I'm saved by grace and not by my works, may I continue to go on in my life of sin and still be saved?  Paul thunders back the answer,  "God forbid!  How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein?"   Then Paul explains this great doctrine of victory over sin.  He uses three verbs to explain it.  Let's look at them.

1. KNOW  6:1-10  There is something every Christian needs to know.  I need to know that when Jesus died on the cross, it was as though I was there with Him on the cross.  I died in the person of Jesus.  I was buried in the person of Jesus.  I rose from the dead in the person of Jesus.  This is the doctrine of identification with Christ.  Paul teaches this also in Galatians 2:20  and in Colossians 3:1-7.  When we baptize believers by immersing them in water; we are illustrating this great truth of  our identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

2. RECKON  6:11  When I am tempted to sin,  I am to remember the truth of Romans 6:1-10 and I am to reckon or count it to be true. I am to lean on the promise of Romans 6:14..

3. YIELD  6:12-13  In the light of this truth, when I am tempted to sin; I am to yield myself to God and not to Satan.

The rest of chapter 6 makes it clear that to whom I yield myself, determines whether I am  a servant of God or of Satan.  If I am a Christian,  I yield myself to God.  If not,  I yield myself to Satan.

We are not teaching the false doctrine of present sinless perfection.  I John 1 clearly teaches that those who claim sinless perfection are deceiving themselves  and making God a liar.  But the same chapter also teaches us how we can be forgiven and cleansed by confessing our sins to God.  The shed  blood of Jesus that saved us,  continues to cleanse us from sin.

Paul teaches in Philippians 3  that Christians do not attain perfection in this life, but the genuine Christian is not content to wallow in the pig pen of sin, but victory over sin is the desire and direction of his life.  He longs to be cleansed and forgiven.  Listen to David after his sin with Bathsheba.  Psalm 51.

Thank God for His promises of victory over sin.

"For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under Law, but under Grace." Romans 6:14

"Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." I Corinthians 15:57

"Now thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in Christ and makes manifest the fragrance of His knowledge by us in every place."  II Corinthians 2:14

"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of  Jesus our Lord according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises that ye might be partakers of His divine nature…"  II Peter 1:2-4

Though sinless perfection is not attainable in this life; thank God that we can look forward to it in Heaven and that victory over sin can be our daily experience as we read and study God's Word and as we yield ourselves to the control of the indwelling Spirit of God, always counting on our identification with Christ.

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April 13, 2006 Posted by | Victory | Comments Off on Victory