I had to write on this topic because I heard yet another comment questioning whether people are saved because of their sin.
It is a myth that once we become saved we will no longer sin. Even Apostle Paul said, “..For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…sin lives in me…” (Romans 7:15-20) This journey we are on is a Work in Progress.
Getting Saved got us through the door ONLY! Now we have to work this thing out. We must come to terms with the fact that we are all at different levels in our spiritual journey.
It is important to note when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord, the Holy Spirit came into us. That same Power that literally raised Jesus from the dead entered into us.
We are now made up of 3-parts: BODY, SOUL & SPIRIT.
The Soul is the place where our ‘will’, emotions, intellect and feelings reside. The Soul area is where Paul tells us to RENEW our minds.
The Body is where we have our five senses are located. They give us the ability to see, hear, smell, touch, and taste. It’s important to note that when we got saved our body did NOT get saved. Apostle Ron Carpenter gave this analogy “the same fingers that could roll a joint before salvation, can roll a joint after salvation.”
The only way we can control our behaviors is to RENEW our mind. This is done through a steady diet of the Word of God. The more we get into the Word, the more we allow the Spirit to dictate over the Body.
I’ve heard people say, “Getting people SAVED is the most important thing.” True salvation is VERY important, securing ones eternity is right up there with oxygen. However, we need to also teach people how to live. We often get people through the door and then we drop the ball.
We need to teach that it is important to get your fuel by regularly hearing the Word of God and getting a ‘refueling’ through the week in order to live out the life Jesus died to provide us.
I come that you may have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) There are a lot of Saved Christians living substandard lives – broke, busted and disgusted. The Word deals with every area in our lives.
Is everyone Saved that says they are Saved? The simple answer to this question is NO. There are people who claim to be saved that sin without conscience. God knows the heart of each man. I don’t believe it is our job to second guess who is saved or not. But it is important for us to teach how Christians ought to live and that is to live our lives in obedience to the Lord.
The Bible tells us that God has written His laws on the hearts of the Christian. Sin traps ‘saved’ people too. This happens because we are not continually renewing mind our mind with the Word so sin holds us captive. “..For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…sin lives in me.
Don’t you wish that after you were saved you would never sin again?
Sounds like Heaven to me.