1 Peter 4:6 (KJV)For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

Galatians 5:17 (KJV) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Romans 7:18 (KJV) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

What a wonderful event in one’s life, to feel conviction for one’s sin after hearing the Gospel, confessing before God one’s fallen and sinful condition, seeking and receiving forgiveness for sin from God Almighty, and being clothed in the righteousness of Christ! The angels of God are said to rejoice each time a sinner repents of his or her sin. How marvelous an act is performed on that one whose heart and spirit are broken before the Lord because of his sin.

The Apostle Paul assures us that we have been washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of Jesus Christ and by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Yet, even though we have experienced such a life-changing event, the enemy of our souls is ever walking about seeking to devour us. He will falsely accuse, he will seek out our short-comings and accentuate on the weakness of our flesh. Even though we are new creatures in Christ Jesus, we still live in a fleshly body that is subject to fleshly desires… some of which are contrary to God’s will for His own. And because we live in this earthly tabernacle of flesh, there are times when we will be drawn away of our own lusts and enticed, thereby giving in to temptation and committing acts that God’s Holy Word identifies as sin.

When this happens, does this mean we are not saved? Does this mean we have not been washed?, have not been sanctified? have not been justified? God forbid! The Apostle Paul reveals to us that he faced temptation from time to time and even gave in to that temptation. His spirit, that which was born of God and cannot sin, did not have a desire to do evil, but nonetheless Paul found himself doing evil anyway. Why? Because although the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak. Did Paul lose his Salvation when he found himself doing that which he would not? No! And neither do any of God’s children who have trusted Christ as Lord and Saviour.

We do not lose our Salvation because Jesus Christ the Righteous is our advocate… our Attorney at Law, if you will. When we give in to the flesh because of the weakness of the flesh, we know that our Rock, our Strong Tower, stands in our Defense.

Does the fact that Christ is our defense give us liberty to sin? God forbid! We are dead to a lifestyle of sin if so be that we have trusted Him. When we do sin, if we are His, His Holy Spirit convicts us and we experience the chastening hand of God until we turn from that sin. It is my belief that God will not allow His sheep to stray for long, but will go seeking that sinning child and bring him or her back into the fold. If we be without chastisement, then we are not of God.

What a wonderful Saviour is He who, despite our short-comings, despite our propensity to sin, will stand in our defense and proclaim, “Father, he is mine. I took his place and paid sin debt.”

Christ stands for us, let us also stand for Him. If we fail on occasion, we must not have the mindset that we have been rejected of God. For if that were the case, we would not have the assurance we find in the Word of God that we have been sealed until the redemption of the purchased possession. We must turn again to God, looking to Him for strength to resist temptation in the future.

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