|Posted on March 19, 2015 at 3:40 PM|
Submitted by: Minister Fhanniee Stokes
Many new Christians ask themselves the question, "If I am saved (born again), then why do I still sin"? It might be simple to say that it is the nature of man to sin.
Because Adam is the father of all mankind, our natural seed is from him. According to the Word of God, every creature bears fruit after his own kind. After Adam sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, his nature became such that he could know both good and evil. Psalm 51:5 says, "Behold I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." So we know that because of Adam's disobedience to God in the garden, Romans 3:23 declares "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
In other words, sin is a habit of our natural man.
Isaiah 59:2 says, "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." But new believers, all is not lost because before God reminds us of our sins, He comforts us by letting us know that His hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither is His ear heavy that it cannot hear. Praise God! It is just like Him to always make provision for us.
As new creatures in Christ Jesus, we must remember that it is not first that which is spiritual but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. Because sin is natural, there is a struggle between the flesh (natural) and the spirit (spiritual). A picture of this struggle between the flesh and the spirit is seen in the birth of Esau and Jacob in Genesis 25. God's answer to the problem of sin is our Lord Jesus Christ. He gives us grace to overcome all sin; for where sin did abound, grace did much more abound. It is the Word of God which causes us to grow in the spirit. The Psalmist David said in Psalm 119:11, "thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.".
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby. St. John chapter 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.". Verse 14 declares, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld HIS glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, ) full of grace and truth.".
Praise be unto God who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus !