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The Christian Directive

Stop sinning

The apostle Paul gives you and me a directive, or at least that’s how I interpret: “Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. ” —1 Corinthians 15:34

But how can we, I, meet that directive for claim without contradicting what the apostle John said? “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. ” —1 John 1:8

I’m curious as to what the readers’ thoughts might be? I’ve heard the argument that “it’s impossible on this side of heaven”, but I disagree because even our Lord said, “Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” —John 5:14

Can you imagine being the person who was healed by Jesus, saying, “But Jesus, it’s impossible on this side of heaven ‘not’ to sin anymore…” Tell me how that makes sense? No matter what our argument might be currently for this subject matter, I want to investigate this further with you and see what clarity or insight God might reveal to us.

In the meantime whenever you are aware of temptation to sin I encourage you to use the words of the Spirit, “No sin within ” or “Stop sinning “. Say either of those two phrases to yourself when aware of sin. Whenever the Holy Spirit signals that the devil is near, reveals on your radar crouching at the door of your heart, ready to devour you like a lion, and… “No sin within “. Whenever you’re filled with unrighteous anger or burning with passion for the sinful experience, remember to think… “Stop sinning “.

I CONFESS

I confess, I’m not there yet. If I’m not sinning one way, it’s another. I know, “Welcome to the obvious Nathan.” Right? That bothers me though, because I believe that a sinful cycle is broken by the power of the Holy Spirit that puts the deeds of my flesh to death, but saying that doesn’t mean anything if there isn’t a result. I can say that I believe with all my heart that the issue of sin in me is broken as I confess “Jesus, my Lord,…”, and the Church in me says, “Through faith, it is, when Jesus returns.” But the Christian in me wonders why I still eat the fruit of sin that Christ took away? How can I eat something that’s been taken away? 

What I’m about to write might be controversial, but I’ll clean it up. 

The Holy Spirit teaches the Scripture for my understanding, not my local church (1 John 2:26-28). I’ve learned through my local church the meaning of fellowship and worship to God as a body within the Body, but the knowledge of the truth is learned by my personal relationship to the Holy Spirit who teaches me all things in Christ for discerning the nature of my spirit and the spirits of the body gathered around the preaching of the gospel. Why is that important? Christ the Lord has bought the world with His blood, and each person who remains faithful to believe in the Word of God is being saved by Him for an eternal life, which is a life in Him, the nature of Jesus Christ; as opposed to the nature of Satan, which is not a life, but an experience of eternal consequence that eternal beings—as such we are—will inevitably wake up to, if found guilty by maintaining the position of denying the very Person who bailed the world out of jail. That Person is Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father.

I guess the reason for my writing this is to hope for those who read and believe as I do to pray a prayer of righteousness over my soul, that my conscience guilty of sin will be forgiven and healed. Not that I would escape the necessary discipline as a son of God, on the contrary, I ask for the necessary discipline to overcome the fruit of my sin I desire even now… To eat.

40000ft

I am working out what it means to be like an angel if considered worthy to attain the resurrection from the dead (Matthew 22:30, Mark 12:25, Luke 20:36). I have a theory on the transformed person while in the flesh, the gift of salvation to the world, and life after resurrection. Hi, my name is N. C. Rainer, but you can call me R. I am a Pilot, and we’re going to see the world from a different perspective.

“Cleared for takeoff.” As you review the biblical passage below and read it in further context, be attentive to emerging thoughts and questions.

Luke 20:34-38 (emphasis mine)
34 Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and the women are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 for they cannot even die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.37 But as for the fact that the dead are raised, even Moses revealed this in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38 Now He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to Him.”

If God gifted only you with the Spirit of Christ as the way of salvation, having inherited eternal life through faith in Jesus, then consider what opportunity you have and how you might share that gift to the world as we climb to 40,000ft above the earth.