Sunday, May 5, 2019

Be Careful How You Hear 2

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Galatians 2:17-18 (NKJV)
But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!
For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
(Continued from Yesterday)

As the preacher sought the Lord to know how to address this issue of licentiousness among his members, it became clear to him that the problem was not with what he taught, but with what he left untaught.

He observed that each time apostle Paul taught about justification by faith (and not by works) he would always say things that made it very clear that this does not in any way give people the license to sin (see Rom 6:1, Gal 5:13, Rom 6:15, Rom 3:31). As a matter of fact, Paul's reaction to these issues appeared very harsh. He was the one who would command that an immoral believer be put out of the church and handed over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved (1 Cor 5:5). He was the one who warned Christians that walking in the flesh produced spiritual death and corruption (see Rom 8:13, Gal 6:8). He warned the disciples against sin, using the example of the Israelites who were wasted in the wilderness because of their sins (see 1 Cor 10:1-12). He said things like 'let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he falls' (1 Cor 10:12).

Pastor Boniface noticed that whenever it came to the matter of the danger of sin, unlike Apostle Paul, he glossed over it and trivialized it.

Go into today remembering that Jesus came to save us from our sins (Matt 1:21). Grace gives us power over sin, not immunization for sin. Jesus blood washes away sin, it does not neutralize sin.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to give you an ear to hear Him alone (Rev 2:29).
-Pst. Abraham Damilola Arigi

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