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If His Spirit Is In Me - Why Am I Not Perfect?

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From early childhood I was taught that there is only two ways of living, and it was very simple. The terms I heard most were; there is a right way, or the wrong way. Even in childhood I new what each of those meant. You were either a Child of God, or you were a sinner. In other words you were saved or you were not, and that meant that if you were not saved, you did things which were not right. At that time I did not realize many things which I have learned as I grew to understand the word of God more, and it is not quite that simple.

Some Scripture About Sin:

"Whosoever is born of God doeth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." 1st John 3:9

"Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
1 John 4: 15

"All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. 18) We know that whosever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not."  1 John 5: 17, 18

"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." John 3: 6

"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." John 3: 8

"If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him." 1 John 2:29

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in You? 1st Corinthians 3:16

"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." Romans 8: 9

The latter scripture does not stutter like we often do, it states just as simply as I was taught when I was a child, that we are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, and  re: you either have the Spirit of God, or you do not. However, we live in a world of sin, we face sin daily, and you must also bring in the other scriptures to help balance the fact that His spirit is in us, it can keep us from going astray. If we say or do something that we is wrong, we must repent, right there, and then, and not do it again. His spirit will only remain if we do not go back to our utter sinful life as it was before.

An appropriate question might be, are we truly born in the spirit, or does sin remain within our life? Of course we have different translations of the verses of scripture that state that a person who is born of God cannot sin, because God does not sin, and if His spirit is in us, we should be free of sin.

This passage contains an outstanding doctrine of this epistle. It is urged in support of the doctrine of the sinless life, and has led some Christian people to doubt their regeneration because they continue to sin. It would seem that the only conclusion to be drawn from the passage is that those who commit sin are not born of God, and if not, then according to Christ's statement to Nicodemus (John 3), they cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.

What adds to the confusion is John's previous statement 1.8 that "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us," and this statement applies to Christian people as well as the other. He also admits that the believer might commit sin and in doing so is in need of the Advocate, Jesus Christ (2:1).

All of this seems to contradict each other. However one must understand the different uses of the Greek verb employed by John. In other words you cannot habitually sin if you are born of God; which implies sinning without any compunction of conscience. Re: Bible Commentary

I can relate to this by saying that my conscious will tell me immediately if I am about to do something that is contrary to the law of God and the commandments which I have agreed to obey. The heart will swell, you feel kind of sick in the gut, and you know you must either refrain or you will have to confess and repent for what you are about to do, or what you have done. This is when the flesh is trying to overtake the spirit within you.

It is called simple spiritual consciousness. If you profess to be a Christian, you will have a spiritual consciousness that will warn you. 

It appears to me that even as adults we very often forget what these scriptures tell us. If we were to remember that the Spirit of Christ is within each of our hearts, it would be much easier to resist the devil, enemy, or devour. If we were to begin thanking God that His Spirit is within,  and he will always guide us in the right direction, our life would be more fulfilled with less worries and fret.


Linda

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