Don’t Hold Me Back
Just the other day I was in a meeting where a person was sharing on “grace.” I use quotations because I don’t think the person really understood what grace was. This meeting was geared towards those who are in recovery for emotional, chemical, and sexual addictions along with other hurts, habits, and hang-ups. I’m sure some of you know what type of meeting I am talking about.
The guest speaker began his sermon talking about grace and I was like, “Awesome, because that’s what those who are struggling with sin need to hear.” So I listened and had an open and hopeful mind. The sermon was good for about 10-15 minutes and then it took a turn downhill. I mean not to judge the person speaking, for who am I to judge another man’s servant, but to check if it’s truth Berean style.
He mentioned how much of a wretch he is and proceeded to tell us how we are wretches as well. He also mentioned how sin is permanent and that we are permanently in sin. He then started talking about the hyper-grace message and how he likes it and, I guess, thought his message was hyper-grace. I beg to differ.
Don’t hold me back!
First off, believers are not wretches! We are children of God, born again with a new spirit, heart, mind, and we are accepted in the Beloved. (Eph. 1:6, 1 Cor. 2:16, Philippians 4:7, Ezek. 11:19, 36:26, 2 Cor. 5:17, Gal. 6:15) We are one spirit with Him. (1Cor. 6:17) I am sure he was referring to Rom. 7 when Paul was describe how wretched he was for not being able to do what he wants but doing the very thing he didn’t want. This scripture, in my opinion and based off what I believe scripture teaches, is not really a Christian’s struggle with sin but the struggle with the law of sin. (Rom. 3:20, Rom 8:2-3, 1 Cor. 15:56, Gal. 2:16, Heb. 10:1)
Sin and the law of sin were forever dealt with on the cross AND resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Col. 2:14, John 19:30, 1 Cor. 15:17, Rom. 11:27, Col. 2:10-12, Heb. 1:3, 1 Pet. 2:24) Now read 1 John 2:1-2 and look for the keyword “if” present in this scripture.
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. (NKJV emphasis mine)
If we sin…if. Guess what the greek word for “if” is? If! Based on the fact that Jesus walked with God in full humanity and never used His Divinity but did only what He saw the Father doing tells me that, I also can choose not to sin as I abide in Him just as He abides in our Father. (John 5:19, John 15:4-5, Philippians 2:7, Heb. 2:17-18,) To use a quote from Georgian Banov (www.globalcelebration.com), “If you’re not free from sin until you die, then Jesus isn’t your savior; death is.” This is so truth but the church still doesn’t believe it as a whole.
Another scripture he quoted was in 1 John 1:8 which states if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. He forgot to mention verse 9 where it says if we confess He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. This is truth. We are set free from sin! The law of the Spirit of Life has taken over and is operative! If we say we haven’t sinned we are justifying ourselves through the law of condemnation, which has glory by the way. (2 Cor. 3:9) But the ministry of righteousness exceeds it in glory! Hallelujah!!
Don’t hold me back!
I am reading a book by Watchman Nee called, “Not I, But Christ,” and it is astounding teaching. Oh the simplicity that is in Christ. In 2 Corinthians 11:3 is says,
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. (NASB)
In this book he clearly lines out that the law of sin is a law and is in effect but the law of the Spirit of Life is present and is a greater law that does indeed supersede it. I’ll leave with some other quotes.
The Lamb was slain before Adam ever fell. – Anonymous (not sure who said this originally)
“Grace means that God does something for me; law means that I do something for God. God has certain holy and righteous demands which he places upon me: that is law. Now if law means that God requires something of me for their fulfillment, then deliverance from law means he no longer requires that from me, but himself provides it.” ~ Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Life
What is Romans 7? Romans 7 tells us that the dead man is protesting. The Lord has crucified the old man, yet I protest. – Watchman Nee
As Christ is our substitute in death, so is He our substitute in life. – Watchman Nee
Let me tell you, victories are all won unawares. Why is it that you overcome without being conscious of it? It is because a law is working. The law of the Spirit of Life set you free from the law of sin and death. Jesus established a higher law to disable the lower law. To overcome sin does not require an ounce of strength, for it is the work of the law of the Spirit of Life. – Watchmen Nee (paraphrased)
I didn’t read the full article but I really wanted to make a comment. 1st of all I love how it’s titled “don’t hold me back”. If we think of ourselves as wretches then wretches we will be. If we think of ourselves free from sin, then we will believe and be that (free from sin). I’m at that point of being taught the truth and my mind being renewed from that false teaching I received. The Holy Spirit told me some months ago “It’s all how we think”. As a man thinketh, IN HIS HEART, so is he. We are what we think and believe. Because of finally being taught the truth I can see myself believing more and more and growing more and more. Before I couldn’t see myself being free from sin because of how I though. Now I have hope. And the truth of God’s word gave me that hope. It’s a choice. I was tempted yesterday to commit adultery. It was strong and my mind started wandering to that. But because of the Word of God I was able to rebuke it finally left. I know that’s not something I wanted to do. But those feeling came on me very strong. If I believed those ungodly feelings, I would have given in. But I believed the Word of God and that helped me pray for strength. The whole time the Holy Spirit didn’t make me feel bad; but He was there to help me through it. I was able to make it through because of Him. Today, that temptation is over. It’s like yesterday didn’t happen; that’s how empty I am of that evil. The Word of God is greater than temptation satan brings our way. I had a choice and I choice life.
As Christians, I pray we stop turning off the teachings the Holy Spirit is giving us. I pray some of us stop making excuses (such as being a wretch) to why we still sin. I’m reading this book by Andrew Wommack titled “Harnessing Your Emotions”. Andrew was discussing how we have a choice to chose life or death. It is our choice that God has given us. The enemy can’t even take that choice from us. He can present us with the opportunity to do something, but we are not obligated to him to listen. He make so many of us think he has all this power; but he doesn’t. We have authority over him because of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, it’s our choice to chose life or death. When we give in to ungodly teachings like we are wretches, then we are not living the life of freedom Jesus gave us. I have actually began to sin less and less because of His grace. Because of His Loving-kindness. My mind is being renewed and now I have hope like never before. So I pray for the man who spoke about us being wretches because he isn’t living a free life. He isn’t living. Sin is death and Christ died for us to be free from death. I chose life so that me and my seeds can live. God’s grace to us all.
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Amen! I think about Isaiah 14:16 sometimes when I picture the enemy. The enemy has no power but by what we give him. Even though Adam fell and we all fell along with him but now Christ is the victor so we walk in that victory. Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
I also wanted to state, we are free from sin. When sin presents itself to us, I am not obligated (like before) to obey it. I have a new life in Jesus Christ and He’s my driving force. Before Jesus was my Savior, I obeyed my flesh. I pray all of God’s children realize we don’t have to sin. We do have an advocate that if we do and confess it to the Lord, He IS faithful and just for forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. I believe these scriptures are to help us as we grow and learn. While renewing my mind to the truth that I’m free from sin, these scriptures have helped me to not listen to the “accuser of the brethren”. They gave me the strength to continue on and get up; which helped me receive when I heard about grace. I am still learning, but like I stated before, I have hope and the truth has given me that.
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Thank you for the comments! I love when I hear others who are believing and walking in their true identity!