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Discovery of Sin

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"But I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me." Romans 7:16-17

 Jesus said, -"No man can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him" (John 6)

"I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your Word." (John 17)

We cannot decide to come to Christ on our own but can only answer His call when it comes and respond to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. Those who hear the call of God today receive the honor of being the first-fruits of Godís Harvest and will be in the first resurrection, -"and I will raise him up on the last day."

Notice also Revelation 20:6, -"Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years" Notice Verse 5, -"The rest of the dead did not come up until the thousand years were completed."

 When we are truly convicted we see the wickedness of our sins for the first time which causes us to cry out for forgiveness. We immediately see that we are guilty and humbly fall to our knees realizing our desperate need for Godís mercy. Initially we are so over-whelmed by the multitude of our transgressions we just want to have all of our sins forgiven and feel clean. But soon afterwards we discover the principle of sin itself.

 At conviction we first see our sins, and at sanctification we make the discovery of the nature of sin itself. At conviction we realized we had sins standing against us that needed to be paid for, and at sanctification we realized that we needed deliverance from the power of sin.

 Like this beloved Apostle, we too agree with the Law of God but find ourselves doing the very things we hate. Paul blamed the nature of sin which dwelled with him. He understood that though he had already been forgiven of the sins he had committed, he needed deliverance from the power of sin, -"Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?"

The answer is Jesus, -"Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!" No matter how many sins you commit, it will always be the sin-principle that leads you to them.

Not only do we need forgiveness for what we have done, we also need deliverance from what we are.

Thanks be to God, we have a Deliverer in Jesus.

 In his letter to the Galatians Paul said that he had been crucified with Christ and that the risen Savior was now living His life in him. He taught the Romans that Jesus died for our sins but was risen because of our justification. (Rom.4) To be justified means to have been examined and judged innocent. Since we are raised with Him we must first be declared blameless and innocent. How? As Paul said, -"To live is Christ." (Phil.1)

 We are sanctified when we receive the Holy Spirit. The Spirit leads us to the discovery of the nature of sin, but also to the nature of righteousness in our Deliverer, -"For as through the one manís disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous." (Rom.5:19) Through Adam we received the sin nature, but through Christ, the "last Adam" we receive the holy nature of God.

 

 

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