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{May 20, 2008}   Christ and Sin: Exploring the Meaning

This sections begins with a question.

7) What added insights does the apostle Paul provide in Romans 13 about the importance of being light in the midst of a dark world?  How does he contrast these two ways of living?

In Romans 13 the subject is Government how we are to live abidingly.

I have read this chapter a few times, each time a different verse pops out as to be highlighted.  This morning I found comfort in knowing why I do not fear the police, but respect them. In verse 3 "For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil.  Do you want to have no fear of authority?  Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same;" (NAS)  This would apply to children in school obeying the rules, children and adults a like in obeying the laws of the land. 

Verse 1 states why we have authority on the land, "…For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God." (NAS)

Verse 12, "The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand.  Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light." (NAS)  This tells us to prepare ourselves.  The armor of God is written in Ephesians 6.  Here in Romans, we are told to simply obey submitting to good, not disobeying them by being resistant, submitting to evil.

I have been reading a lot about being prepared, then on Mother’s Day, my Pastor’s wife gave a wonderful sermon on Ephesians.  Also this past Wednesday in the absence of Pastor due to him being on vacation, we had a fill-in and the topic was being prepared and it referred to the same scriptures she used.  This a reminder this morning due to a recap to write this blog.  I say this to emphasize, "Be Prepared for HIS return!"

I can tell when I put the armor of God on in the mornings and keep it on all day verses the days I do not.  I tend to handle crisis better and think clearer.

Okay Back to question 7.

My response was: He relates light and darkness to right and wrong.  We are to walk in a way that God’s light can shine and not the enemy’s darkness.

8) Why was John so adamant in the opening paragraph of his epistle about his firsthand experience with Christ?

My response was: To show or remind the people that what he had to say was based on truth, fact, first hand experience, NOT hearsay as the modern day teaching being presented.  To show validation!

9) What does confession have to do with gaining forgiveness in 1 John 1:9? How is admission of sin and guilt a prerequisite to salvation?

My response was: If you are not aware of what you have done wrong, then how can you change to prevent from doing wrong again. Plus His word says, if you claim to have no wrong (sin) then you make God a liar revealing that HIS word is NOT in you.  We are told how to be cleansed of our sin in verse 9, "If we confess our sins, HE is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (NAS)  This reminds me of the ABCs.  Admit. Believe. Confess. Admit your sin to yourself.  Believe in God and His word. Confess your sins to God through his son Jesus Christ. 

The ABCs tends to have a couple of saying depending on whether you are already saved or not.  If not, then it goes like this.  Admit there is a Christ.  Believe He is. Confess your sin to HIM.  Then ask for His forgiveness and ask that He would save you and to come into your heart.  Believe you have been saved and He is with you.  Confess your relationship with Him to others.

He already knows all your sins before you confess.  Confessing openly shows your willing heart.  Asking for forgiveness is a way of submission and transformation, change in yourself.   Releasing your sin, letting go of them.

10) Why did John have such a high view of Christ, the "Word of life"?

My response was: "Who wouldn’t"? I did not have the pleasure of knowing Christ when he walked the earth, the thought of it is like AWE! A place in my mind of being in awe of his presence.  Anyway, John knew who Christ was (is) not only because of physically being in his presence.  His word said those who had a relationship with God knew him.  John knew Jesus was Christ because of his faithfulness and because of walking and being with him in submission to the willingness of serving HIM.

If you truly know HIM and have a relationship with HIM, you can’t help but have a higher love for HIM!  Those who know HIM want to do HIS will by obeying HIS commands and in submission to HIS will by serving.

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