ARE YOU ABIDING CHRIST OR ARE YOU JUST “NOT SINNING”?- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

I don’t like to say this but much of what I read on facebook sounds like or gives the impression the ultimate purpose or the highest goal in the Christian life is “not sinning”.

I definitely do believe we are commanded, expected and God has provided the means whereby we may live in freedom from the power of sin and forgiveness for the penalty of sin.

The problem though is usually when people put the emphasis on “not sinning” they give the impression or are referring to a certain set of behaviors they no longer commit, are involved in or they abstain from.

This often greatly tends to make the definition of “sin” much more limited than the Bible does.

The only way not to sin is to remain abiding in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, following Him, in communion with Him, being led, governed and yielded to the leading of His Spirit.

It is indeed “the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus” that “makes free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).

The children of Israel were ok with following a set of rules and a moral code but they were not willing to go up in the holy presence of God and hear God for themselves (Exodus 20, 32).

Having merely a moral code, a belief system, a dress code, and religious activities are no substitute for a living, dwelling, abiding fellowship with the living Lord Jesus Christ.

We are to be living epistles (2 Corinthians 3:2-3), written by the Spirit of God, ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), partakers of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), who know His will, hear His voice and see that Just One (Acts 22:14-15), if we are to truly be His witnesses.

The tree of life in Christ Jesus is kept by the flaming sword that turns every way (Genesis 3:24).

The one born of the Spirit is likened to trying to predict and follow the blowing of the wind (John 3:6-8).

Only those who seek after God enough to be in tune to follow His leading, guidance and direction and hear His voice are His Sons who have eternal life (Romans 8:14, John 10:27).

Our increasing in Him while we decrease is dependent upon hearing from God personally and individually (John 3:29-30).

Our bearing fruit that remains is dependant upon our hearing from God personally and individually (John 15:14-16).

Our continuing to know Him intimately which is eternal life (John 10:27-28, John 17:3, John 6:53-57), is dependant upon our hearing from Him personally and individually.

The ultimate in the Christian life is to know Him (Phillipians 3:7-14), to please Him (Hebrews 11:6, Revelation 4:11), to finish our course (2 Timothy 4:7-8, Acts 20:24, Matthew 25:21) and becoming more useful, fruitful and effective for Him.

This definitely involves avoiding sin but includes much more.

The ultimate is to know Him, walk with Him, follow Him, abide in Him, please Him, and bear fruit for Him.

It is only as we abide in Him and walk in the Spirit that we live both a life of freedom from sin and a life that glorifies and reveals the Lord Jesus Christ (Jude 19-20, Romans 8:13-14, Romans 6:3-5, Romans 6:11-12, Galatians 5:24-25).

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