When we take a good look at ourselves from the inside out, it is hard to imagine anyone saying that they are not a sinner. I know it is something many hate to admit because of pride and those who are self-righteous. Many people are pointing the finger at others to make themselves look more righteous. You cannot fool our Heavenly Father. The bible itself tells us that we are all sinners. But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6). God is telling us that as our sin keeps pilling up, it takes us further away from Him.
Sin has a way of creeping into our lives without us
even knowing it. Even if we say we have not sinned, how could we really know
without tracking and recording every move or thought we make throughout the day.
We are all connected to sin in one way or another; that is the way of the world.
God looked down from heaven upon the children of
men to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one
of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that
doeth good, no, not one. (Psalm 53:2-3). Our Father is explaining to us
that when we fall back to the ways of the world we all become corrupt.
Many people have the nerve to say that they never sinned and obey all God's commandments. Many so-called men and women of God say we do not need to sin and can live our lives free of sin; all while they are feeding the flock doctrines of deception and dipping into your pockets. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23). Others even go as far to say that they can forgive your sins and give you penance to make it right with God. Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. (*Romans 3:24-25). "Only God can forgive your sins." And they are forgiven by repentance to Him only, through the death and the blood shed on the cross by Jesus Christ. This is a personal thing between you and the Father, and Christ is your mediator. (No man or priest)!
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9). So when we repent and confess our sins, it needs to be directly to the Heavenly Father Himself. Not any man or woman. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:1-2). Christ not only has the authority as mediator and advocate to us, but for the sins of the world. So when we repent, we need to ask for forgiveness in Jesus name. Why? Because these are your credentials to show that you are a believer. Only one advocate; only one mediator between you and God; and between you and the world. JESUS CHRIST!
Again, those who say they have no sin are only fooling themselves. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10). The Bible tells us we are flat out liars if we say we have no sin and that there is no truth in us at all.
When it comes to your personal life, do not let man judge you because of what you may eat or when and how you may celebrate a Holy Day. This is between you and the Father, not man. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holiday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. (Colossians 2:16). Many of these traditions are only commandments and doctrines of men, not of God. You will not get to heaven by obeying a lot of rules and regulations set up by traditions of men. Our salvation and strength will come from hearing, believing, and practicing the Word of God. And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. (Colossians 2:19).
So should we just do what we want and ignore Gods laws? Isn’t this my body and my life to do with as I please? No! Not at all... We still must try to obey Gods law, not the traditions of men. And if we study the Word and have Christ in us, it will be easier for us to understand what He expects from us. Remember who created you. Your body is the temple of God, and the Holy Spirit dwells within you. All souls belong to the creator. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. (Ezekiel 18:4). Your body and soul belong to God. Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). And yes your body, soul, and salvation are bought with a price; An enormous price paid on the cross by Jesus Christ.
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