Answer To A Brother Concerning A Believer Being Soft On Sin Under Grace

by csnyder 30. March 2011 03:14
The following is a response to a dear brother in another country that thinks that believing totally in Grace will lead to as people would say, "being soft on sin."

My Dear brother, Let me start by saying that sin is not at home in the life of the believer. He can't stand it. Sin is not who he is, it is flesh. He has repented. His mind has been changed concerning sin. He hates sin. He hates his sin. When sin takes place in the life of the believer he does confess. Confess means to agree with. You agree with God concerning your sin and you thank Him that you have been forgiven at the cross.

You mentioned Acts 26:19,20, Great verses. What are the works of repentance? That would be the opposite on unrepentance. That would be unbelief. The works of repentance would be belief. John 6:29 Jesus said this is the work of God that you believe on Him who He sent. The work of God or the work of repentance is to believe Him.

What do we believe? That what He did on our behalf on the cross was enough. We believe Him for whatever He says to us. We believe Him for our Holiness, righteousness, for His forgiveness, and His position and His life that is now our life. None of these are done by us, but all by Him on our behalf.

A believer walking according to the flesh needs to know that he has died with Christ, and been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. That is the life of Christ which is now our life. We call this the Gospel, the good news.

Psalm 51 talks of David confessing his sin. It was tearing him up, he could not stand it. Psalm 32:1-5 says, How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! 2 How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit! When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. 5 I acknowledged my sin to Thee, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.

David did sin, he could not stand it and the LORD, "I AM", YHWH = Jesus did forgive. The word forgive in the Hebrew is nasa. It means to lift off never to return. It also means a secondary meaning to lift up. That is the word that Isaiah used when he saw I AM, YHWH, seated on His throne in Isaiah 6. This is a big deal, When the sin was lifted off at the coming cross in relation to David it was future and the cross in the past for us, not only was his sin lifted off, but he as well as us was lifted up to be co-seated with Him on His throne, Eph. 2:6. What a big deal.

How do I deal with sin in my life, well to confess that He has already dealt with it. Is it a big deal, yes, I hate it. God hates it also, not because it hurts Him, because He dealt with it past present and future at the cross. He hates it because anything that hurts those He loves hurts Him.

Sin is no longer who we are, it is what do do walking according to the flesh. You have a new nature. The very righteousness and nature of Christ. It is who you are. When people know who they are, they will walk in who they are. We will confess and thank Him for what He has done in our lives be making a totally new person in Him.

I hope that I have helped some.


Jesus says, "Come To Me"

by dj 12. March 2011 05:06

At New City Church, we've recently discussed how we can be missionaries as believers and I feel this message has really summed it up. One question was, "If we know we are forgiven of our sins, should we not be rejoicing about it?" Another was, "what are we doing to build relationships with people, or how are we building relationships with people? In America, it's all about being better, or what are you doing to be better, or what are some ways we can do things better. In most churches, I feel that this is the approach most Christians take to as being a better Christian. What can I do to be better at this, or what can I do to be better at that?

Laura and I recently had a new baby, Audrey, who is 7 months now, and have another growing in the womb as I type. She can't talk, walk, crawl, feed her self, change her pee pee diapers and definitely not the poopy ones. Mr. Craig explains this very well in this message. What I'm trying to get at is that she doesn't think about these things or how she can eat better or walk better. She is simply resting in Laura and I to provide all her needs. God wants us, like Audrey, to rest in Him and know that he loves, cares, and provides for us. When we worry about what we have to do, or how we can improve in this or that, and try to do everything on our own, we overload ourselves beyond measure. At the end of the day, we are stressed and feel miserable. The Christian life is not about doing stuff, but trusting in Him in everything.

To try and answer the question about being a missionary:

As the church of Christ, we are raised with Him (Ephesians 2:6), he is our life (Colossians 3:4). We are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). As a believer, loving people is not something we have to do. It's who we are as new creations in Him.

After listening to this message, God has made it clear to me that it's not about what I can do, but what He does through me. If we trust in Him, and know & believe that He lives in us by the Spirit, Life is Beautiful. His love overflows and is poured out through us and that is contagious. We all desire to be loved. He loves you.

I encourage you to listen to the message, Jesus Says, "Come To Me".

- From DJ



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About the author

Craig Snyder has been married to Jonni Gooden Snyder for 37 years.  He has three grown sons and one grown daughter.  He has eight grandchildren.

Craig has been in full time ministry since 1974, having been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has pastored for over 25 years.

Craig has ministered  with Grace Walk Ministries since 2001 and serves as Director of Missions and also pastors a home church.  He travels extensively in Latin America, and the U.S. and Canada sharing the Grace Walk of our Lord Jesus Christ.