NO LONGER SINNERS BY NATURE

NO LONGER SINNERS BY NATURE – Ray E Horton
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“The old man is dead, and we renew our minds to the truth and overcome in the power of the Spirit.”

Sometimes Christians who think we are still sinners because we sometimes sin in the flesh, point to what Paul said in Rom. 7. But they need the fuller revelation of who Christ made us to be and the complete work of redemption in re-creating our human spirits. In Romans 7, Paul was showing us how, as a pre-Born-Again sinner, we were “wretched,” crying out: “Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom. 7:24).

But, thank the Lord that He went on with the answer in Vs. 25, “I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!In Jesus we are delivered from the wretchedness of a sinner. He continues to explain the victory He won for us in Rom. 8:1-2: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

We are now free to walk according to (and by the power of) the spirit, and the flesh no longer has to rule us. The old man is dead, and we renew our minds to the truth and overcome in the power of the Spirit. And, we can boast in no-one but Christ. It is only through His death and resurrection that we have been redeemed, surely by nothing we have done.

We did not deserve His grace, but He loved us so much, He made the sacrifice with joy: “who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross” (Heb. 12:2b). Therefore, when tempted or pulled away, we “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb 12:2a). So rejoice; you are no longer wretched and lost, but are an overcomer in Christ.

(Written and first posted on Facebook March 31, 2014)

Ray E Horton

Serving the Lord as encourager, reconciler, intercessor and prophetic teacher of God's Word, primarily in person and on Facebook, as well as writer and editor. Beyond, or as part of, the Ministry of Reconciliation that we are all called to, I am serving the Lord and His people as a minister of prayer at a local church, and encouraging the brethren locally among people I know, and worldwide on Facebook

21 Comments

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 8, 2020

    Troy Day

    #following Ray E Horton Joe Absher William DeArteaga

  • Joe Absher
    Reply April 8, 2020

    Joe Absher

    Sounds like the beginning of a joke . “a Catholic a Universalist and a Bible school student walk into a bar…”

    • Ray E Horton
      Reply April 8, 2020

      Ray E Horton

      From your comment, I gather that you don’t believe these Gospel truths. Surprising for a street preacher. Do think people who give their life to Jesus are still dead in their sins?

    • Joe Absher
      Reply April 8, 2020

      Joe Absher

      You know how I oppose your false prophesies and so called visions . you may stop and examine the root any time . as you see fit

    • Joe Absher
      Reply April 8, 2020

      Joe Absher

      You know how I oppose your false prophesies and so called visions . the controversy is not new . don’t be surprised . I’m sure you love the Lord Jesus and are saved but I don’t care for your teaching . nothing personal . we disagree on what I think are fundamental points . you say a man doesn’t sin with his spirit . you dismiss repentance . among others . i hope you can understand these are a non starters for me . thank you for your patience .

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 8, 2020

    Troy Day

    RichardAnna Boyce can sinners nature be changed without repentance – only positional in some sense

  • RichardAnna Boyce
    Reply April 8, 2020

    RichardAnna Boyce

    Like salvation, which has a past, a present, and a future aspect,sanctification does as well.
    1. Past Sanctification
    Positional sanctification is past (and permanent): we were set apart in Christ at our conversion. The PAYMENT for sin has been paid for, once and for all as a result of belief only.
    2. Present Sanctification
    Progressive sanctification is present: we are daily being more and more conformed to His image in holiness. The POWER of sin is progressively being overcome for a BELIEVER, by the believer co-operating with Jesus through REPENTANCE – agreeing with God that believers have the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
    3. Future Sanctification
    Ultimate sanctification is future: one day we shall see Him as He is and we shall be like Him. There will be no more PRESENCE of sin in thought, word, or deed—and no “old man” to make us even want a shred of that old, shoddy condition.

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 8, 2020

    Troy Day

    what does sanctification has to do with this post RichardAnna Boyce are you out of copy pasting material?

    • RichardAnna Boyce
      Reply April 8, 2020

      RichardAnna Boyce

      renewing our mind, by God’s grace, is the believer’s primary role in the progressive sanctification process

    • Troy Day
      Reply April 9, 2020

      Troy Day

      RichardAnna Boyce free grace to you too Joe Absher

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 9, 2020

    Troy Day

    JameyJoy Doss Ray E Horton Without Faith it is impossible to please God! He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him. AND I dont see how RichardAnna Boyce can bypass REPENTANCE

    • JameyJoy Doss
      Reply April 9, 2020

      JameyJoy Doss

      Troy Day Sanctify to be set apart by God to himself. Many believe that sanctification is a process. Many believe it is a completed work in Christ. The Bible teaches both sides. We are set apart for the work of God and Yet asked by God to Sanctify ourselves. To purify ourselves. How we do we do that. We do it by both believing in the finished work of Gods Grace, accepting it and also by applying it to the root of our heart and deeds. Where the heart goes the hands follow. Lord Sanctify me by you’re spirit. And then let me use the Power of my faith in you help me to have works to overcome my flesh that sins against me.

    • Troy Day
      Reply April 9, 2020

      Troy Day

      JameyJoy Doss Sanctify to be set apart by God to himself is entire complete one time thing before receiving the Holy Spirit Melvin Harter

    • Doyle Rogers
      Reply April 9, 2020

      Doyle Rogers

      To me sanctification is a progressive process. That comes a we co-operate with the Holy Spirit in the Renewing of our minds..Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
      Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. .. Jesus told his Apostles before he ascended …..Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
      Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. Even though Jesus had spent three years with them there were things that they would still have to receive later by the Holy Spirit .

    • RichardAnna Boyce
      Reply April 9, 2020

      RichardAnna Boyce

      God seeks unbelievers first; and they are saved by grace only, through faith only, in Christ only. THEN as believers, God rewards those believers who seek God, including by repentance (agreeing with God that a believer has the righteousness of God in Christ).

    • Troy Day
      Reply April 9, 2020

      Troy Day

      RichardAnna Boyce GOD seek believers too Just read about the 7 churches of revelation and see there

    • RichardAnna Boyce
      Reply April 9, 2020

      RichardAnna Boyce

      Troy Day Agreed.
      The word repent is used twelve times in Revelation, but never in reference to obtaining eternal life. It always refers to turning from sins that have been ongoing or ingrained. The result of failing to repent is never eternal condemnation but always God’s temporal judgment on the sinful attitude or activity. This is true whether believers or unbelievers are in view.

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 9, 2020

    Troy Day

    Joe Absher one’s got to love it when a discussion on sanctification starts with the words For me… What matters is what sanctification is for God He didnt command us to be holy as for we, but as He is holy

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