Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
So sin is no longer the issue, now the issue is faith! Getting saved is easy...
Rom_10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. KJV
it takes faith to believe that! and if you have that kind of faith you are saved!
Since faith is the issue... Sin can't cause you to lose your salvation!
Once you are born again sin is not the issue any more! Now the issue is faith...
Sin doesn't send people to hell, unbelief is what sends them there.
Will a believer who commits a big sin still go to heaven? Is he a believer? Then yes... Because sin is not the issue! Faith is! Does he have faith in the finished work of Christ? Then he will go to heaven...
Suppose there was a person who had not sinned (there is not) but if there was if he did not have faith in Christ, then his lack of sin will not save him without faith... Bc without faith it is impossible to please God!
God is not looking for sinless people! He is looking for people with faith in Christ and His sacrifice on the cross, His atoning blood!
Going back to the question of the "big" sinner going to heaven... Let's talk about what size of sin it takes to condemn him. Is there any sin that is worse than any other? Not in Gods eyes! To God, sin is sin and whatever is not of faith is sin... If you break one commandment you have broken the whole law! Think of the law as a plate glass window...if it is cracked, however small the crack is the whole window is broken! So a small sin (crack) is just as destructive as a huge sin. Sin is sin and Christ dealt with sin, all of it, at the cross!
Faith is now the issue! Do you believe in what Christ did for you? Then you are born again into eternal life! How long is eternity? Does it end? Then how can you be afraid that you can lose it?
You are secure and have this blessed assurance that your faith in Christ has pleased God and you are saved from the judgement of the unbelievers and from death! You are destined for the resurrection and the eternal kingdom of God!
When you know this and truly believe it you will not have the desire to live in sin anymore! Yes you will still stumble, you won't be perfect but you will begin to get victory over temptations and the desires of your heart will change. You will want to walk with God and please him and He will change your mind!
That is true repentance!
Greek: meta noya
English: change mind.
Repent=change your mind
Let God change your mind!
Now I want to share with you the awesome daily devotion from my bible study software for today! the subject matter is relevant! it is Law vs Grace...
Ministry of Condemnation versus Ministry of Righteousness
2Co 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
2Co 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
2Co 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? KJV
Here is another vivid contrast between living by the old covenant of law versus living by the new covenant of grace. God's perfect law is a "ministry of condemnation," which compels people to draw upon man's sufficiency. God's glorious grace is a "ministry of righteousness," which allows people to draw upon God's sufficiency.
When we try to live by the law, we walk in condemnation. When we try to minister by the law, we put others under condemnation. This is inevitable, since the law is a "ministry of condemnation." Living and ministering by the law depends upon human performance. The law demands righteous living.
Lev 19:2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.
The only resources available for law-performance are natural human abilities (the flesh). All natural abilities are flawed by unrighteousness.
Isa 64:6 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.
This makes the flesh incapable of producing a righteous life. Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Consequently, when we try to live by law (that is, attempt to meet God's standards by our resources), we sense condemnation. Others also experience condemnation, when we point them to the law for producing godly living.
On the other hand, when we live by grace, we grow in righteousness. When we minister the message of grace to others, they can also grow in righteousness. Godliness results from ministering the new covenant of grace, because it is a "ministry of righteousness." The message of grace tells people that righteousness is available by faith. Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
In addition to this initial gift of righteousness (imputed, or credited to our account in heaven), grace also provides ongoing practical righteousness (imparted for our daily lives on earth): Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
" As we humbly depend upon the Lord, the Holy Spirit brings forth a more Christlike life through us, by His grace.
Lord God of righteousness, I have often walked in legalistic condemnation. Also, I have pointed many others in that direction. Forgive me, Lord. Please teach me how to walk in righteousness, through humble dependence upon You. Equip me to minister Your righteousness to others, in Jesus name, Amen.
I hope this blesses you!