Commentary By: Gordon King
How do we live our lives? How do we treat others? What is it that drives us to do the things that we do, to move us in the directions that we take?
If we are of the world then we are driven by the world, we are motivated by it, and we are led by it and do as the world does.
However, if we are true believers in Jesus Christ then we are led by the Holy Spirit, driven by the Holy Spirit, and should do the things of God. But do we always follow? Do we allow the Holy Spirit to always drive us? And do we always do the things of God?
If we say that we have not sinned we make God a liar! Strong words but true, taken directly from the word of God!
1 John 1:5-10
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.“
Walking in the light does not mean that we will never sin, on the contrary, we will sin, however we are cleansed from all sin, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from “all” sin! Those who say that they have not sinned are rejecting the gospel of Christ, they are unrepentant and unwilling to admit that they are sinners, they are walking in darkness and they are deceiving themselves.
Being a follower of Jesus Christ does not mean that we are perfect, none of us are, but He is. God’s standards for salvation is perfection, that’s what He requires and none of us are good enough to meet those standards. Yet Christ is the propitiation for our sins, He has taken our place upon the cross, taken our sins, and stands in our place to represent us to our Father in heaven. The blood of Jesus is the only way to atone for our sins, there is no other way. When God sees us He sees the righteousness of Christ, for we are one with Christ and Christ is one with the Father.
As true believers in Jesus Christ we can allow ourselves to fall to temptations, we can be led by the world instead of following the Holy Spirit’s lead, we can sin! Just because we have been made new creations does not negate the fact that our sin nature is still with us. All followers of Christ still battle between the spirit and the flesh, each and every one of us, and it’s a daily battle.
This is why scripture tells us over and over again to endure, to walk in the spirit, to remain steadfast. We are God’s children and as such His will is for us is to follow His lead and perform His will, not our own will or the will of the world!
Being a Christian in the world today is not easy, we all need encouragement.
1 Peter 1:3-5
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.“
This should give us encouragement, that we have been begotten to an inheritance which is incorruptible and undefiled, that does not fade away, which is reserved for us in heaven. We are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. If we are kept by the power of God, then who has the power to take away?
God bless my friends! Maranatha!