A person who is born-again that never let’s go of their past sin, will never mature in their faith. Too many think that God couldn’t possible forgive them from such and such. They try to live the Christian life with sin-consciousness instead of being grace conscious.
Here’s the problem with that kind of thinking: Our sin is not bigger than the sacrifice that was made for us at the “Cross.” Until we rest in the finality of the cross, we will never experience the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in our lives.
2 Peter 1:3-9 says, …as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life, and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
This promise that gives us all things pertaining to life and godliness comes from the knowledge of Him, (Jesus). We except this by faith, the same way we believed and were saved, by faith.
(verse 4) by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (desiring what you don’t have).
(Verse 5) But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, (Verse 6) to knowledge self-control, to self-control, perseverance, to perseverance godliness, (Verse 7) to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
(Verse 8) For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Verse 9) For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
So our Christian life is starting with Christ, then spending the rest of our lives discovering more and more of what has already been given.
Why is it then, that we don’t see more Christians living as though they have been given “everything pertaining to life?”
Believe it or not, the entire Christian life is a development and process. We don’t obtain all these qualities mentioned in the above verses, in a single stroke. These qualities mentioned will grow into maturity as we learn to live by faith coming to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
So, what blocks our maturity from happening? Verse 9 tells us; we have forgotten that we have been purged, forgiven of our old, past sins.
I remember years ago after only being saved for 2 years or so, by not thinking I was completely forgiven, that is what kept me from coming back to the Lord after I had strayed.
If the truth sets us free then error in our thinking binds us. The error in the sin issue will stop our spiritual maturity in Christ.
It’s really not complicated at all. As we walk this life, we learn to turn more and more over to Christ, in faith. The past is over; the future isn’t here yet. Therefore, living by faith can only be done in the “Here and now!”
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