“But now since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life.”(Romans 6:22 AMP)
“So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12, 13)
This verse has finally clicked in my brain:
“Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.” (Philippians 2:14, 15, italics mine)
So my question is: why are so many Christians struggling with sin?
I touched on this, but for me personally, I struggled with sin; impatience, rudeness to my husband sometimes, selfishness. And even though they were done on “smaller scales,” they were consistent. I didn’t know why I couldn’t stop acting them out completely.
Then this whole thing happened; a huge whammy revelation that all this time, I’ve been believing a lie: that even as a Christian, I would mess up and sin. I just completely accepted this as fact, that it was impossible to be, as Colossians 1:10 states, “fully pleasing” to God.
But it’s not impossible. In fact, it’s expected! We are commanded to walk worthily and work out our salvation.
Now some will pause and say I’m believing a works-only salvation, but that’s not what I’m saying, and that’s not what the Bible is saying.
What the Bible says is that we are saved by God’s grace, through Jesus Christ, who’s blood cleanses us from all sin, and makes us new. Now, in this newness, we can walk in holiness and obedience to God, that leads to salvation.
“But now since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life. For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:22, 23 AMP)
There is a payment for sin, and that is death, however:
“All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin which does not [involve] death [that may be repented of and forgiven]. We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him].” (1 John 5:17, 18 AMP)
There are sins that don’t lead to death, but we know lying does for sure, as does sexual immorality, drunkenness, selfishness, idolatry, anger, envy, etc. and how many Christians struggle with these yet justify it and think they’ll still get into heaven?
We can’t trust our feelings or the mere teachings of men. We need to search the Scriptures, to really know them ourselves, and obey God.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.” (Matthew 7:13, 14)