Monday, March 19, 2018

Day 76~ John 13

Have you ever heard a fellow Christian say, “i’m just as bad as a sinner as the next person.  We are all sinners.”  
I have always bristled when I hear a Christian talk like that.  How can one feel that way if they accepted Jesus as their Savior?
  • “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” (2 Cor. 5:17)
  • You are no longer a slave to sin.(Gal. 4:24-31)
  • “You were dead in your sins, but now have been born again.” (Eph. 2:1)
  • “How can we who died to sin still live in it? (Rom. 6:1)
  • “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Rom 6:11)
  • “..you have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness .” (Rom. 6:18)

If one has the attitude that they are (as a Christian), still just as bad of a sinner as one who is not a Christian, they are guilty of saying what Peter said to Jesus regarding the washing, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and head!” (John 13:9)  Yet, Jesus said his disciples were clean. “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except his feet, but is completely clean.” (vs 10) 

So, yes, we as humans are “contaminated” by the sinful world (our feet get dirty), but we are not “just as bad”, or dirty, as any other sinner who has not been washed by the blood of the Lamb. When one says they are just as bad, they are discounting the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1: 3-4)

After making the above point that, “NO, you are not the same as a nonChristian!”, you have been washed through the Jesus’ once-for-all death,  the fact remains that Jesus indicated the need for a “daily cleaning” or repentance.   So, what is that all about?….

I found an article that gave an insight to the daily repentance of a believer, that I had never thought before. The article talks of 2 different types of repentance.
1.) An appeal for saving forgiveness- that we have by faith.
2.) An appeal for God to forgive us from the consequences of our sin.  Meaning “We aren’t appealing for relief of Hell; we’re appealing for relief from the discipline of the Lord.”  The writer backed up that point using 1 John 1:9. Heb. 12:7-11 and 2 Sam. 12:13-16.





Well, that was a new way for me to look at daily repentance! What do you think about that?

2 comments:

Keri Sukut said...

I think the value of seeking forgiveness after we are saved and considered righteous in God's eyes is to help us realize where we need to grow to become more like Jesus. If we stop at salvation and call it a day then we miss the process of transformation and the blessings that come along with it. When we spend time with Jesus and dwell on his great and perfect nature it gives us a true perspective of our weakness and short comings and hopefully compels a desire in us to grow in His likeness.

Walking with The Way said...

So true! When the standard before us is Jesus, we will always see our shortcomings.
Thankfully, “He will give you another helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, from the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”(14:16)
Yay and whew!!! ‘Cause on our own we would never be able to change.