Does God require the impossible?
It is probably safe to say that the majority of Christians today are resigned to falling short of the Moral Law. “Oh we cannot be perfect until Jesus comes” we can hear some say.
The effect of such thought and teaching is exactly what one would expect – multitudes of happy but disobedient church members, who feel that any concern about keeping the Ten Commandments is nitpicking and legalistic.
I believe this is a delusive strategy of Satan! The evil one is simply supporting his ancient accusation that God was asking too much. He accused God of being unfair by requiring something that is impossible.
Think about it for a moment and the entire scheme makes a lot of sense. Satan knows that sin is the only thing that will keep anyone out of heaven. Since sin is the transgression of the Law, 1 John 3:4, he had to come up with a plan that would make people look lightly upon breaking God’s holy Law and also cause it to look unobjectionable.
Have you ever talked with people who can quote a few texts from Scripture which they say support their theory of spiritual imperfection? It is possible to find some of these in the Bible:
- Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”.
- Romans 8:7 “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God …”.
- Isaiah 64:6 “… and all our righteousness are as filthy rags …”
Friends, all of these verses about failure, sin and defeat are in reference to the unregenerate experience of a person. There are literally scores of other texts that describe an opposite experience of total victory in Jesus. In every case they are referring to the Spirit filled life of a converted, committed child of God.
This distinction must always be recognized in the reading of the Scriptures. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation. His grace is stronger than all the concentrated forces of evil.
Matthew 1:21: Jesus came to save His people FROM their sins – not IN their sins.
In the 6th chapter of Romans the Apostle Paul utterly devastates the doctrine that a believer should keep on falling into sin. Please look especially at the first four verses. I also love how the Scriptures gives us admonition and then follow that admonition with promises! Continue on in the chapter! For it gets even better with each verse !
So am I professing to have no sin or to have never sinned?
More next time… and enjoy the love of Jesus today!