Romans 6:12

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body,

that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

~ Romans 6:12


I love what is described in this verse and will try to relay its meaning.


Therefore: refers to the death of our sinful nature (entire sanctification) and a life that has been renewed through the work and power of Christ as shown here:

. . . many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ

were baptized into his death? 

Therefore we are buried with him

by baptism into death:

that like as Christ was raised up from the dead

by the glory of the Father,

even so we also should walk in newness of life. 

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death,

we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 

knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him,

that the body of sin might be destroyed,

that henceforth we should not serve sin. 

For he that is dead is freed from sin. 

Now if we be dead with Christ,

we believe that we shall also live with him: 

. . . Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin,

but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

~ Romans 6:2-11


God forbids us (as Christians) to sin as noted in the strongest of words:

Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 

God forbid.

~ Romans 6:1


The whole chapter reinforces the command of Jesus to His followers: that we are to go and sin no more. This is a foundational principle and requirement for every Christian.

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple,

and said unto him,

Behold, thou art made whole:

sin no more,

lest a worse thing come unto thee.

~ John 5:14


The same is true for us, Even more so since we have the whole council of scripture and the Holy Spirit.

We are told that our old man (our sinful nature) and body of sin (the entirety of our sinful acts, thoughts, predispositions, guilt and shame) are all to be destroyed, crucified, dead.

That means we should no longer sin a a Christian. I repeat myself because most of Christianity today ignores this Bibilical truth and tolerates sin and the behaviors of those who commit it. That is because the sinful nature does not want to die and our earthly, animal desires want to remain and be fed by seemingly harmless sinful pleasures.

This is especially true if we are told by others that our sinful nature will remain with us until we die and we can’t stop from sinning (even occasionally) until salvation from our sins comes by death, which is clearly against scripture.

This has turned the many churches to follow a sinning religion. Allowing sin to continue in a believer’s life is a deception from the Devil. A very unfortunate turn of events makes the church his tool.

The parishioners then allow sin and become defiled just like before they were saved, steeped in sin.

We are not suppose to return to the mire. We are suppose to abhor, flee, and avoid even the appearance of sin (or evil).


We are delivered from sin and guilt when we are justified just like the Hebrews were delivered from Egypt (which is symbolic of sin) in the O.T. We can be overthrown in the wilderness of this world if we continue in sin just like the Israelites were.

The Holy Spirit through Paul gave us one of the sternest warnings against this problem of sin. He speaks about what happens to those dwelling in sin, and that God gives us a way out of every temptation so we don’t have to fall into sin.

If we are walking with the light, this is a reality. If we are not walking with the light, we are serving sin, and we have another father, the Devil.

If we do fall into a sin, we can repent and be forgiven but it is not a revolving door to be abused in this probationary life.

There is hope for the backslider and every sinner to regain salvation once lost.


Moreover, brethren (Christian),

I would not that ye should be ignorant,

how that all our fathers were under the cloud,

and all passed through the sea; 

and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 

and did all eat the same spiritual meat; 

and did all drink the same spiritual drink:

for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them:

and that Rock was Christ. 

But with many of them God was not well pleased:

for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things were our examples,

to the intent we should not lust after evil things,

as they also lusted. 

Neither be ye idolaters,

as were some of them; as it is written,

The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 

Neither let us commit fornication,

as some of them committed,

and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 

Neither let us tempt Christ,

as some of them also tempted,

and were destroyed of serpents. 

Neither murmur ye,

as some of them also murmured,

and were destroyed of the destroyer.

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples:

and they are written for our admonition,

upon whom the ends of the world are come. 

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed

lest he fall.

There hath no temptation taken you

but such as is common to man: but God is faithful,

who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;

but will with the temptation

also make a way to escape,

that ye may be able to bear it.

~ 1 Corinthians 10:1-13


My brothers and sisters, we are without excuse if we continue to allow sin in our lives. We are creating a desolate wilderness instead of a garden flowing with milk and honey.

God will deal with our fruit of sin as promised when we do not abide in Him (His purity and love):

Abide in me, and I in you.

As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,

except it abide in the vine;

no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 

I am the vine, ye are the branches:

He that abideth in me, and I in him,

the same bringeth forth much fruit:

for without me ye can do nothing. 

If a man abide not in me,

he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered;

and men gather them, and cast them into the fire,

and they are burned.

~ John 15:4-6


God loves abundantly and wants holy and obedient loving children. He is also just and righteous and no sin or impure thing will enter the new heaven and new earth. That is why it is so important that we imitate our Holy Lord, Jesus Christ.


Here is what Adam Clarke’s commentary says about Romans 6:12

[This is a prosopopoeia, or personification. Sin is represented as a king, ruler, or tyrant, who has the desires of the mind and the members of the body under his control so that by influencing the passions he governs the body.

Do not let sin reign, do not let him work; that is, let him have no place, no being in your souls; because, wherever he is he governs, less or more: and indeed sin is not sin without this.

How is sin known?

By evil influences in the mind, and evil acts in the life.

But do not these influences and these acts prove his dominion?

Certainly, the very existence of an evil thought to which passion or appetite attaches itself, is a proof that there sin has dominion; for without dominion such passions could not be excited.

Wherever sin is felt, there sin has dominion; for sin is sin only as it works in action or passion against God. Sin cannot be a quiescent* thing: if it do not work it does not exist.

*(Resting being in a state of repose; still: not moving; as a quiescent body or fluid.)
That ye should obey it in the lusts thereof – This clause is wanting in the most ancient and reputable MSS. and in the principal versions. Griesbach has left it out of his text;

and Professor White says, Certissime delenda : ” These words should certainly he expunged” they are not necessary to the apostle’ s argument; it was enough to say, Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies, that ye should obey it.

If it be there it will reign there; and its reign supposes, necessarily, the subjection of that in which it reigns. A king reigns when his laws are enforced, and the people obey them. When there is no executive government there is no reign. There may be a royal shadow there, but there is no king.]


There should be no sin in the believers life. This is our goal and should be sought in this life. 

We just need say “yes” to God’s will as we tarry in Jerusalem. The promise of power of the Most High will be given tous.

We must thirst after righteousness as the dear pants for water when he has fled the dangers of the hunter.

God does not give His blessings to those who continue in sin. We have power over sin the moment be believe.

God is faithful and wants . . .

. . . to open our eyes,

and to turn us from darkness to light,

and from the power of Satan unto God,

that we may receive forgiveness of sins,

and inheritance among them

which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

~ Act 26:18


There is so much God has planned for us. Let us have victory in Jesus.

Receive all the blessings He has to offer.


The Obedience of Faith

Paul uses this phrase only twice in scripture; once in Romans 1:5 and once in Romans 16:26.

Reason leads one to believe that he explains the meaning of this phrase on the context of the chapter between these two verses.

This is exactly what he does.


The Two Phrases


By whom we have received grace and apostleship,

for obedience to the faith among all nations,

for his name:

~ Romans 1:5

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Now to him that is of power to stablish you

according to my gospel,

and the preaching of Jesus Christ,

according to the revelation of the mystery,

which was kept secret since the world began, 

but now is made manifest,

and by the scriptures of the prophets,

according to the commandment of the everlasting God,

made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

~ Romans 16:25-26


In the Greek (eis hupakoen pisteos) “for obedience of (or ‘to the’) faith” literally means, ‘to the obedience of faith.’

Instead of explaining the context of this holy command (for that would take a small book). I am going to give my heartfelt understanding underlying the motive and the necessity to lay hold of this command and to take it faithfully to the end.


First, let’s discuss a little about Paul’s literary style.

In the first example, Paul writes, ‘By whom we have received grace and apostleship.’

Paul often times uses the word ‘we’ when he is fervently sharing in his blessings, persecutions, or curse.

When Jesus met Paul on the road to Damascus, he was given the gift of grace while simultaneously receiving the gift and calling of apostleship. For him they are inseparable.

He was writing to the church in Rome who certainly were not called to be apostles but were given the gift of grace.


Just like God who so loved the world that he not only gave His only begotten son, He also shares with us all the blessings bestowed upon His creation, i.e., rainbows, the Bible, Holy Spirit, etc. God’s grace is so abundant that it overflows everywhere;  pouring out a river of opportunity to any soul who will heed redemption’s call.

Paul’s apostleship and grace are examples of this. He shared with the church throughout the ages the love of God that was unfolded in him to the furtherance and completion of the gospel world-wide the end as written by John in Revelation.

Just like Romans 7 when Paul cried out, ‘O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from this body of death?’

Here ‘body’ (soma) refers to the sinful nature of self that is sold to, under the sway, and power of sin.

When Paul wrote Romans, he was no longer under sin’s power since he was wholly saved and freed from sin by the power of God. But this was not the case before the precious blood of Jesus cleansed him from sin and guilt.

knowing this,

that our old man is crucified with him,

that the body of sin might be destroyed,

that henceforth we should not serve sin. 

For he that is dead is freed from sin.

~ Romans 6:6-7

In Romans 7, he was sharing his experience of living under the law as a Pharisee, unregenerate, and bound to the law of sin and death. When he wrote this, he was freed from the law of sin and death and was resting in the Grace of God. He was writing to those who know the law and it implications as well as those who have not crucified the flesh through entire sanctification and still struggle when ‘the old man’ rears its head in their heart.

He shared the whole process of realizing God’s holy work when he was suffering under the bondage and power of sin to the road to Damascus and how he would eventually reveal the fact that the ‘old man’ can be completely put to death and crucified in Christ. We must strive to walk in complete obedience of faith lighted by Jesus and pioneered by the apostles.

Then and only then can we be overcomers; truly dead to sin and alive in Christ.

This is how God works: Everywhere the gospel is preached . . . it is preached to those in the bondage of sin. Rarely, are those who preach preaching from a pure heart  free indeed from the reins of sin and bound and yoke of sin.

Throughout the ages this has been Christianity’s dilemma but Paul and a few others have shown us a more excellent way.

He shared in our sin,

so we can share in His suffering.

and rest in the hope,

that one day we’ll be counted worthy,

and join in holy union,

with Him for all eternity.

~ D


This my friend is the big picture of the overflowing, bountiful Love of God through the obedience of faith.

Okay. So, we see what God is sacrificing and sharing with us; He calls us to share with Him and give every bit of our self in obedience to His service.

A God that loves us so much to create a universe, provide a perfect salvation plan in case we mess up His perfect creation: And then, we not only mess up ourselves, we mess up every other creature and plant on the planet, and the very universe in which it exists. All because of our sinful disobedience.

Is it any wonder He commands us to stop (sinning): to cease from all willful transgressions of His law? To live a righteous life, for all unrighteousness is sin: And, to have a simple childlike faith, for anything not done in faith is sin.


There you have in a nutshell. The meaning and importance of ‘our obedience of faith’ is to submit uncompromisingly to the Lordship of Christ. If this is the case in your life; Glory to God! Keep fighting the good fight. Weary not in well doing for great is your reward in heaven.

If this is not the case in your life, then please read my post on ‘Stand in the Ancient Path.’ In it is a story of a Christian, who believing, being baptized, and following after the apostles, who was told by Peter that he would perish in Hell if he did not repent of his sin and get his mind, life, heart and nature right with God.


I apologize if the words in this post seem strong, course, or harsh. They were pulled from my heart in this fashion for a reason I know not of.

They are far from the beauty and sweetness of many who write of the things of God.

On that note, this is what has been singing in my soul all the day long today. May the words ring true in your heart.


’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just to take Him at His Word;

Just to rest upon His promise,

And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

—-

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!

How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!

Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

—-

Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just to trust His cleansing blood;

And in simple faith to plunge me

’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

—-

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just from sin and self to cease;

Just from Jesus simply taking

Life and rest, and joy and peace.

—-

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,

Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;

And I know that Thou art with me,

Wilt be with me to the end.


Through preaching and study of the word; the mystery of the ages has been made known to you and me.

God has commanded us to obey the faith He has given us. He is more than able to establish and keep us in this faith. May you learn of Him more dearly; remembering and cherishing His love, wholly unto the end. For it is His love only that we are called to have and obey. 

Compare your life with the life of the believer found in the beatitudes and see how you match up to the obedience that God expects from all who claim His precious name. God would not tell us how to live without providing a way for us to do it. I pray that God provides the grace to enable you to do just as He commands.


I am reminded of a title from one of Chick’s tracts, ‘This was Your Life.’

Jesus said, you are to be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect. “

1 Peter 1:15, Gird up the loins of your mind.


In my study of the ‘Disciplined Life’ by Richard S. Taylor, I came across this wonderful verse:

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind,

be sober, and hope to the end

for the grace that is to be brought unto you

at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

~ 1 Peter 1:15.


What does it mean to ‘gird up the loins of your mind?’

It is clearly a call to action.

Yet, only by faith, hope, grace, and the revealed knowledge of Jesus Christ can we obey the Apostle’s solemn instruction.

Therefore if any man be in Christ,

he is a new creature:

old things are passed away;

behold, all things are become new,

~ 2 Corinthians 5:17.

If we humbly repent, turn from all our sin, and sacrifice the whole of our life on the alter of God.

Then the Holy Spirit can fill us and prepare us for transforming works fitting for repentance.


Don’t be deceived by vain words, Satan wants corrupt Christians, good Christians.

He already has the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars.

Many who profess to be Christians and know the Lord will be rejected. Do you fit any of the categories above that Satan rules over? For we are commanded to abstain from all sin or even the appearance of evil.


The god of this world wants us to compromise just a little; to revive something from the old man, take on a new worldly distraction, anything that is contrary to the will of God.

Then, he can slither in, entice that compromise until: it ‘hath conceived, and bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death’ to our soul.

When we ‘gird up the loins of our mind’, we allow the Holy Ghost to search our soul, and bring to us to ‘a better hope; by the which we draw nigh (close) to the presence of God.

We cannot ignore this call to prepare us for His service.

We must work out our salvation according to scripture: in fear and trembling in order to shed the bonds of sin and glory in the love of God being shed upon our hearts that casts out all fear and makes us perfect.

Herein is our love made perfect,

that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:

because as he is, so are we in this world

There is no fear in love;

but perfect love casteth out fear:

because fear hath torment.

He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 

We love him, because he first loved us

~ 1 John 4:17-19.


The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge connects most of the dots and summarizes more fully what it means to ‘gird up the loins of our mind.’

The scriptures below paint an immeasurable picture for us learn and grow by.

It is anything but compromise or suffering (allowing) Satan a foothold in our lives.

Oh, to the contrary . . . we are to cut him off!


 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind,

be sober, and hope to the end

for the grace that is to be brought unto you

at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

As obedient children,

not fashioning yourselves according to

the former lusts in your ignorance:

But as he which hath called you is holy,

so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

Because it is written,

Be ye holy; for I am holy

~ 1 Peter1:13-15.


Be ye therefore perfect,

even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect

~ Matthew 5:48


That he would grant unto us,

that we being delivered

out of the hand of our enemies

might serve him without fear,

In holiness and righteousness before him,

all the days of our life

~ Luke 1:74-75.


Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved,

let us cleanse ourselves

from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,

perfecting holiness in the fear of God

~ 2Corinthians 7:1.


Be ye therefore followers of God,

as dear children; And walk in love,

as Christ also hath loved us,

and hath given himself for us an offering

and a sacrifice to God

for a sweet smelling savour

~ Ephesians 5:1-2


Only let your conversation be

as it becometh the gospel of Christ:

that whether I come and see you,

or else be absent,

I may hear of your affairs,

that ye stand fast in one spirit,

with one mind

striving together for the faith of the gospel;

~ Philippians 1:27.


That ye may be blameless and harmless,

the sons of God, without rebuke,

in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,

among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Holding forth the word of life;

that I may rejoice in the day of Christ,

that I have not run in vain,

neither laboured in vain

~ Philippians 2:15-16.


For this is the will of God,

even your sanctification,

that ye should abstain from fornication:

That every one of you

should know how to possess his vessel

in sanctification and honour;

Not in the lust of concupiscence,

even as the Gentiles which know not God:

That no man go beyond

and defraud his brother in any matter:

because that the Lord is the avenger of all such,

as we also have forewarned you and testified.

For God hath not called us unto uncleanness,

but unto holiness

~ 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7


For the grace of God that bringeth salvation

hath appeared to all men,

Teaching us that,

denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,

we should live soberly, righteously,

and godly, in this present world;

Looking for that blessed hope,

and the glorious appearing of the great God

and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Who gave himself for us,

that he might redeem us from all iniquity,

and purify unto himself a peculiar people,

zealous of good works

~ Tit 2:11-14


This is a faithful saying,

and these things I will that thou affirm constantly,

that they which have believed in God

might be careful to maintain good works.

These things are good and profitable unto men

~ Titus 3:8.


And let ours also learn to maintain good works

for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful

~ Titus 3:14


Follow peace with all men,

and holiness,

without which no man shall see the Lord

~ Hebrews 12:14.


Whereby are given unto us exceeding great

and precious promises: that by these

ye might be partakers of the divine nature,

having escaped the corruption

that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence,

add to your faith virtue;

and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance;

and to temperance patience;

and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness;

and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you,

and abound,

they make you that ye shall neither be barren

nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But he that lacketh these things is blind,

and cannot see afar off,

and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Wherefore the rather, brethren,

give diligence to make your calling and election sure:

for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

~ 2 Peter 1:4-10.


Having your conversation (behavior) honest among the Gentiles:

that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers,

they may by your good works,

which they shall behold,

glorify God in the day of visitation

~ 1 Peter 2:12.


Having a good conscience; that,

whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers,

they may be ashamed that falsely accuse

your good conversation in Christ

~ 1 Peter 3:16.


Let no man despise thy youth;

but be thou an example of the believers,

in word, in conversation,

in charity, in spirit, in faith,

in purity

~ 1 Timothy 4:12.


Let your conversation be without covetousness;

and be content with such things as ye have:

for he hath said,

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee

~ Hebrews 13:5.


Who is a wise man

and endued with knowledge among you?

let him shew out of a good conversation

his works with meekness of wisdom

~ James 3:13.


Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved,

what manner of persons ought ye to be

in all holy conversation and godliness,

Looking for and hasting

unto the coming of the day of God,

wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved,

and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

Nevertheless we, according to his promise,

look for new heavens and a new earth,

wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Wherefore, beloved,

seeing that ye look for such things,

be diligent that ye may be found of him

in peace, without spot, and blameless

~ 2 Peter 3:11-14.


For He has empowered us

to reach and live according to this high calling:

For it is God which worketh in you

both to will and to do of his good pleasure

~ Philippians 2:13.


God has called us to live according to His ways and to produce fruits of righteousness through holy living. He longs to purify your heart and cleanse your mind from sin.

If we believe the gospel, we already the power to do everything He commands.

Why would He tell us to love Him with all our Heart, Mind, and Strength and to Love our Neighbor as Ourselves if He didn’t empower us to do so?

The gospel is the power of Jesus Christ unto salvation.

The end of the gospel is ‘an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.’


For this cause we also,

since the day we heard it,

do not cease to pray for you,

and to desire that ye might be filled

with the knowledge of his will

in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord

unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work,

and increasing in the knowledge of God;

~ Colossians 1:9-10.


Now the God of peace,

that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,

that great shepherd of the sheep,

through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Make you perfect

in every good work to do his will,

working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight,

through Jesus Christ;

to whom be glory for ever and ever.

Amen

~ Hebrews 13:20-21.


The Holy Spirit has provided us the grace to walk this higher path.

Let His purifying fire cleanse your soul and keep you in His truth.

According to his mercy he saved us,

by the washing of regeneration,

and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

And may you be a sweet smelling savor to our Heavenly Father and Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ.

Romans 2:12-24, Personal Commentary


This section of the chapter focuses primarily on God’s faithfulness in judgment of the Jews, Gentiles, and how these principles apply to the church today.


 For as many as have sinned without law

shall also perish without law:

and as many as have sinned in the law

shall be judged by the law;

(For not the hearers of the law are just before God,

but the doers of the law shall be justified.

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law,

do by nature the things contained in the law,

these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts,

their conscience also bearing witness,

and their thoughts the mean

while accusing or else excusing one another;)

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men

by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Behold, thou art called a Jew,

and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,

And knowest his will,

and approvest the things that are more excellent,

being instructed out of the law;

And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind,

a light of them which are in darkness,

An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes,

which hast the form of knowledge

and of the truth in the law.

Thou therefore which teachest another,

teachest thou not thyself?

thou that preachest a man should not steal,

dost thou steal?

Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery,

dost thou commit adultery?

thou that abhorrest idols,

dost thou commit sacrilege?

Thou that makest thy boast of the law,

through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

For the name of God is blasphemed

among the Gentiles through you,

as it is written.


Paul is showing the Roman church that both the Jew under the law and Gentile without the law will be judged by how they follow God’s revealed principles by;

allowing Him to transform their heart, ‘cut’ sin out of their soul, and produce genuine fruits of His righteousness.

The Jews knew exactly what God wanted but it was only beneficial to a small remnant because most of His elect did not allow God to;

give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them.”

Most of us do not completely submit to His righteous calling and prefer to keep some of our own ways. This is a compromise with Satan.

William Gurnall states,

. . . our lust will not lie so patiently on the altar, as Isaac, or as a ‘Lamb that is brought to the slaughter which was dumb,’ but will roar and shriek; yea, even shake and rend the heart with its hideous outcries.

Who is able to express the conflicts, the wrestlings, the convulsions of spirit the Christian feels, before he can bring his heart to this work?

Or who can fully set forth the art, the rhetorical insinuations, with which such a lust will plead for itself? One while Satan will extenuate and mince the matter:

It is but a little one, O spare it, and thy soul shall live for all that. Another while he flatters the soul with the secrecy of it: Thou mayest keep me and thy credit also;

I will not be seen abroad in thy company to shame thee among thy neighbours; shut me up in the most retired room thou hast in thy heart, from the hearing of others,

if thou wilt only let me now and then have the wanton embraces of thy thoughts and affections in secret.

 

We are certainly commanded to uncompromisingly, “leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ, and go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, moving on maturity in Christ and remain babes.”

That is why the the doctrine of Christ is overwhelmingly prominent in the church today.For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

The Jews were obviously held to God’s high standard. Christians have one that is much higher. We have the perfected ‘Law of Christ.’

They were suppose to reveal God’s plan, nature, and love to the world. Now, we are called to do this. In essence, Christianity has replaced the works of the Jews.


In vs. 16-22, Paul explains why the Jews stand condemned because they were committing the same sins in their hearts and minds while they were teaching others to avoid the same.

Today, pastors, teachers, and others are following the same path as God’s chosen people did. How many divorced pastors are teaching about marital fidelity? How many of us take pleasure in movies that depict sin (multiple violations of the ten commandments, not loving our neighbor, etc.)?

We are called to be guardians of holiness and vigilantly prevent the sin of hypocrisy in our own lives. We are not suppose to portray even the appearance of evil in anything we buy, speak, or do.

Like the Jews, only a remnant of Christians are in genuine obedience today. Most of us are coated with sin, wrestling with personal interests, and lack sorely in demonstrating God’s holiness.


More importantly, this is what I pulled from this section of Romans:

1. If Jews continue to sin against God’s revealed Mosaic law, by those principles will they be judged?

2. If the Gentiles continue to sin against God’s natural manifestations without the law, by those principles will they be judged?

3. If Christians continue to sin and not move beyond doctrine of Christ on unto perfection by these principles won’t we equally be judged?

These are questions that will be answered as we unpack the rest of this study on Romans and support the whole of scripture.


Verse 16 is an incredibly powerful verse gleaning hints of the coming judgment:

In the day when God shall judge

the secrets of men by Jesus Christ

according to my gospel.


1. Paul is stating here that his thoughts and actions are in complete subjection to the Holy Spirit. He is announcing a perfection in his writing, which naturally flows from his perfected obedience of faith as an Apostle and follower of Jesus.

The words he writes are inspired, emanating directly from the Holy Ghost. His words are part of the completed gospel of Christ.

Paul’s life is an example for us. The fruits entire submission produces are powerful; working righteousness in Christ, edifying others to become holy by the washing of the word, and shining God’s light of judgment and glory.


2.  Paul reveals how all men will be judged; Jesus in a glorified human body will sit before us, judging the inner secrets (workings) of their hearts.

Have your innermost thoughts and intentions been made pure by the washing and cleansing of the blood of Jesus Christ?

Have you fallen down at His feet and given Him your all?

Is God pleased with what he sees when He searched the recesses of your heart?


These words are not merely letters on a page. From them flow peace unto eternal life or death unto destruction.

What is emanating from your heart? Is it the purity and overflowing love of God?

Or is it any number of things holding back God’s complete work; self interests or sinful desires. Don’t silence that still small voice coaxing you to surrender.


If any man come to me,

and hate not his father, and mother,

and wife, and children, and brethren,

and sisters, yea, and his own life also,

he cannot be my disciple.

And whosoever doth not bear his cross,

and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

So likewise,

whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all

that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

~ Luke 14:26-27, 33


Can you say that you are His disciple?

Wherefore, my beloved,

as ye have always obeyed,

not as in my presence only,

but now much more in my absence,

work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

~ Philippians 2:12


The following is an excerpt addressing pastoral and church responsibility to adhering strictly to God’s predestined plan for our lives.


Names are signs of things, and wherever there is a Bible name used, there is a thing signified by that name.

To say there is no process, or state indicated by the terms “cleansed,” “purged,” “washed,” “crucified;” or “holiness,” “perfection,” “pureness,” “sanctification,” and “purity,” is not only to contradict the Saviour;

but, to pour contempt upon the Holy Ghost, by whose immediate inspiration these names were given.

If these names do not imply a real work of God, and an attainable religious experience; what better is the Bible than a Pagan Legend, which treats of imaginary things as if they were positive realities?

As rational creatures, we desire to understand the experience of our hearts; and the state which through grace, we have obtained, or may obtain.

If true views are not apprehended, and correct ones adopted, these theories will be; and false views often have a pernicious effect.

Definiteness and clearness in religious teaching and experience, are of the utmost importance. It is to be feared the day of reckoning will disclose the solemn fact,

that millions failed to be pure in heart, because of the vague and indefinite teachings of those who were over them in the Lord.

Multiplied thousands are battling year after year with their inbred corruptions; who, if they had been properly instructed and guided, would long since have been washed in the blood of Christ, and now living in established holiness.

Where will the severest responsibility rest for the mixed immoral state of vast numbers of partially purified believers in the Church of God;

but upon the equivocal, indefinite, and but partially sanctified teachers; who like Caleb and Joshua, should be the leaders of the people out of their wilderness state into the goodly land of their spiritual Canaan?

~ J. A. Wood


Moving on to verse 24;


 For the name of God is blasphemed

among the Gentiles through you,

as it is written.


I cannot tell you how many times I have observed God being blasphemed because Christians were not living according to God’s revealed standards. I think we all stand guilty of this.

Just this week, someone cut me off while speeding; swerving in an out of traffic lanes. I noticed a Christian symbol on their car. How many others saw the same thing and possibly cursed God or thought of the hypocrisy of Christianity?

We should not give excuse for others to blaspheme God, we are without excuse when we do.


Even non-Christians can and do partially follow God’s law confirming the evidence He leaves in their hearts and minds and will be judged accordingly.

There are universal truths found in God’s laws that permeate all societies.

If we are going to teach others how to be followers of Christ we are to be examples as such. This includes pointing out the sin of others.


 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:

and with what measure ye mete,

it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye,

but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Or how wilt thou say to thy brother,

Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye;

and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

Thou hypocrite,

first cast out the beam out of thine own eye;

and then shalt thou see clearly

to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye,

Matthew 7:1-5.


There is no other way to follow this command than to be cleansed from sin. Our perspective of others changes when God’s love is overflowing in our soul.


There hath no temptation taken you

but such as is common to man:

but God is faithful,

who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;

but will with the temptation

also make a way to escape,

that ye may be able to bear it,

I Corinthians 10:13.


Temptations are to be successfully resisted and sinful desires mortified in those who live for God.

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:

but if ye through the Spirit

do mortify the deeds of the body,

ye shall live,

Romans 8:13.

Awake to righteousness, and sin not;

for some have not the knowledge of God:

I speak this to your shame,

I Corinthians 15:34.


Paul in Corinthians states that when sin reigns in our body, mind, and soul we do not have the knowledge of God. Is it safe to assume likewise that, ‘God does not know us?’

There is nothing we do to exalt ourselves above sin. Only the power of the Holy Spirit completely changing our hearts can perform this wonderful work.

We can and must learn from the scriptures how to “present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service.”

We are called to abhor idols and all other sin. This cannot be done in our natural sinful nature; only when we allow sanctification to work and purify our hearts can this become a genuine reality.

Are you teaching yourself? Are you teaching others? I know I am.

This message, which permeates the whole of scripture, demands total surrender, a renewing of our minds, and obeying all that God desires.

These verses have particularly struck my conscience. Pausing me to stand back and re-evaluate my relationship with our God.

Do secret things of sin cling to your soul?


Let us strive to not allow God to be blasphemed

because of our ‘words, thoughts, or deeds.’

We are guardians of His name and His honor.

Let our conduct be consistent with our profession.


God has shown us all we need to know. He has provided the path of righteousness. It is up to us to cling to it with all our might. We are to search for it like hidden treasure by committing all our resources to it.

To Live or Die?

That is the question


God is waiting patiently as we continue our tour and probation of life.

Some, or shall is say, most of us, (and I find myself also sometimes in this demise), willingly allow sin to reign in our hearts, mind, and actions.

We lie, cheat, get angry unjustly, murmur and complain, commit acts of coveting, fornication, and idolatry.

Most of all, we live in unbelief. Oh, do we sin in thought, word, and deed!


One future glorious day He will come, not unlike how He delivered the Israelites from Egypt, or Joshua entering the promised land of rest from wandering in the wilderness.

His final work of cleansing the world of sin will come by judgment and a fervent, purifying fire.


Those who have successfully entered into His rest (Hebrews 4:7-9) will be taken home and given eternal joy.

The rest of the inhabitants of the earth? What shall be their rest?

They will be cast down into the Lake of Fire prepared for Satan and his angels (Revelation 20:13-15).


Who will be found wallowing in the mire of sin wandering in the wilderness? Who will be be found striving, marching toward Canaan on that higher path where only those of a pure heart, free from the power and work of sin reside?


While God waits, He longs to redeem, to justify whosoever may believe. Then, He wants to sanctify them wholly so that they may cease from sin, and move onto maturity in Christ.

Without this wonderous work of grace and growth in the Christian’s life, we are unable to teach others to do likewise, and thus fall into more sin and possible judgment. (Hebrews 5:12-14, 12:6-23).


Sanctification

Most churches today do not teach this biblical principle nor do they even know what it means. But it is there, undeniably, in scripture.

I am only learning this precept now after 20 years in and out of Calvary Chapels, living in sin and being taught that it was okay.

I no longer believe there will be any ‘Carnal Christians’ entering into that grand Holy of Holies, Heaven. Please, do not allow yourself to sit in a congregation that fosters the belief that we, can continue to sin in thought, word, and deed and be secure in our salvation.

That I believe is a recipe for sorrow, grief, and eternal suffering (Matthew 7:21-23). Working iniquity (living in sin) is not a practice that should be mentioned about Christians.

Nevertheless, scripture commands us to be sanctified and move on toward maturity, conformed to the image of Christ

(Romans 6: 5-14, 8:28-29).


I am pleading to you reader, if you have not been sanctified, or know what it means, God is waiting for you.

He is watching for you to soften your heart and come to Him. That He may cleanse you from your sinful nature.

As believers, we have imputed righteousness. Then we are called to grow onto holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1). Only when our heart is made pure does this happen.

Will you come to Him? Will you give Him every thought, will, desire, and possession?

Put them all on the alter, give them to Him, and wait on The Lord. He will do what He promised.

He will purify your heart and sanctify your soul.

Some of you know deep inside your heart it calls out for cleansing, for purification

(Matthew 19:16-30).


Here are many scriptures that paint a clearer picture about sanctification and how Christians should live.


The river Jordan is before you. Will you cross over into the promised land or will you stay behind wandering in unbelief (Hebrews 4:6) and carnality (Romans 8:6)?


Scripture is clear, we need holiness and unfeigned love of the brethren as Christians.

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

Strive diligently to enter into His rest (Hebrews 4:3-5). God does not want you to wander in the wilderness, He wants to bring rest your weary, sin stained soul.

He wants us to grow and mature, moving on from the milk of the gospel of salvation from sin to being completely sanctified, and then onto Christian maturity.

The only thing stopping us is unbelief. It causes staggering (Romans 4:2-29), it causes us to fall (Hebrews 4:11), to lose our salvation (Romans 11:20-24, an evil heart (Hebrews 3:12).

Unbelief in God’s ability to complete His work in our heart is an evil thing.

We are to be pure in heart (Matthew 5:8), to keep our thoughts, words, and deeds clean (Psalms 24:4), to truly love others (1 Timothy 1:5), to avoid lust (2 Timothy 2:22).

A pure heart draws us close to god (Hebrews 10:22) and we cannot do it ourselves (Proverbs 20:9). We must rely and allow God’s grace to finish what He began moving us toward perfection (Ephesians 4:10-13).

This includes assembling ourselves together with like-minded Christians.


This is a succinct example of the fruits of sanctification:

“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth

through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren,

see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Being born again, not of corruptible seed,

but of incorruptible, by the word of God,

which liveth and abideth for ever.

For all flesh is as grass,

and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.

The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.

And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you”

(1 Peter 1:22-25).


Life is too short to be playing around with sin and unbelief as a Christian. Find the assurance of salvation that a pure heart brings (Mark 10:15) by faith (Hebrews 11:1) and not one that allows sin and the evils of unbelief (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

We desperately need the love of God being shed abroad in their hearts by the work of the Holy Ghost. He has the power to obliterate hypocrisy and sin in our heart once and for all!


For further reading on this subject, one paper comes to mind: Holiness in the Book of Hebrews by R. E. Carroll.

May God Bless and purify your soul

~ D

Our Bodies, Our Hope



Our bodies are muddy vestiges of decay.

Of this I am now most sincerely and continuously aware.

My spirit and body attest to this:

being justified and saved from sin,

sanctified and cleansed from sin,

bearing the consequences of this sin

in my body

until the end.


Praise be to God, for there is a better hope

For the law made nothing perfect,

but the bringing in of a better hope did;

by the which we draw nigh unto God.

(Hebrews 7:19)


We must strive wholly for this better hope.

Unwavering as we are made more perfect

Resting in God’s Holiness and peace.


Rejoicing evermore.

Praying without ceasing.

And in every thing, giving thanks:

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

(I Thess. 5:16-18).


Let those in Christ rejoice

for our salvation is nearer than before.

For we are merely sojourners in this land.