Why Do I Still Sin?

Why Do I Still Sin?

Romans 7 ~ Two Words That Narrow Down the Sin Problem

Having said that once born again we are made righteous and no longer have a sin nature, one could raise the question, “Then why do we still sin?”  This was the question I was asking.  As discussed in A Question Remains, a righteousness that was only “positional” and not practical would still leave me unable to fulfill those admonitions to be holy and walk as He walked.  Would God require things impossible to realize?  Perhaps God was just looking at me through rose-colored glasses.  Was He just overlooking my sin?  From what I had seen He had cleansed, not just covered.  Additionally, I had heard the apostle Paul allude to deliverance at the end of the desperation he recounted in Romans 7, so I returned there for more answers.Continue reading

A Question Remains

A Question Remains

II Corinthians 5 ~ What “old things” have passed away?

It is a glorious thing to realize what Jesus has done in restoring us to our original state of God-likeness.  We are no longer hopeless because of being born sinners.  Having been born again, we are now an entirely new creation.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

After discovering so much, one would think that my struggle to walk in holiness and bear good fruit would be over.  I had seen that I was righteous, but as time went on, I had to admit that sin was still showing its ugly head in my life.  Was this just ‘positional’ righteousness I had received?  Practically speaking, was I still the same?  From all indications, it appeared so.  Did I, in fact, still have a sin nature?Continue reading

Likeness Restored

Likeness Restored

II Corinthians 5 ~ Trying To Become What We Already Are

In The Other Half of the Story, I reiterated the desperate situation Adam’s sin had left us in,

Through one (Adam) many were made sinners,

and began to turn the focus on the greater part of the story….

Through One (Jesus) many will be made righteous!

Just as surely as the disobedience of Adam made us sinners, the obedience of Jesus made us righteous.  This scripture in Romans 5:19 needs to be as familiar to us as John 3:16 is.

Many of us don’t fully realize what took place when we were born again.  We are familiar with the fact that our sins were forgiven, but our salvation went much deeper than that.  We are not just forgiven for sin’s fruit, we’ve been delivered from sin’s root….our sin nature.  Continue reading

The Other Half of the Story

The Other Half of the Story

Romans 5 ~ The Curse Reversed

The hopeless plight of fallen man, born with an unchangeable sin nature appeared to leave all of us in a perpetual state of doing our best and getting forgiveness for the rest.  The endless failure, frustration, and guilt of this condition was what I had lived with and I’d heard echoed by the Apostle Paul in Romans 7.

Yes, Adam’s sin had brought about man’s greatest loss, changing our image and likeness from being like God to one of sin, iniquity, and shame.  Adam’s disobedience had changed everything, sentencing mankind to forever be born sinners.

…through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners…

Sin was not just something we did…it was who we were.  It was our nature, our very identity.  We were born this way.  However…. that was not the end of the story.Continue reading