By Han Song
Han Song openedand read, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Heb 12:14). He thought back to those years when he believed in the Lord and often lived a life where he committed sins and then repented for them, and couldn’t practice the Lord’s words that he knew, just as Paul said, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not” (Rom 7:18). He wondered: My sins have been forgiven because of my faith in the Lord. Why is it that I can’t break free from the bondage of sin but commit sins constantly? The Lord is holy. Can a person who frequently sins like me enter the kingdom of heaven?
Han Song sought out Brother Li for fellowship about that.
Brother Li replied, “Normally, thehad redeemed us, and our sins have been forgiven since we accepted His salvation. But why is it that we’re unable to break away from the bondage of sin but still frequently commit sins? In fact, the Lord Jesus had forgiven the sin of humanity through crucifixion; this doesn’t mean that we are sinless and have been delivered from the bondage of sin and been cleansed. The Lord Jesus absolved us of all sins, but we must know what sins He absolved. We all know anything that violates God’s law, commandments or words is a sin. Because He served as the sin offering for us, as long as we pray to Him, confess and repent when we sin, He will forgive our sins, no longer treating us as sinners, and we will be able to enjoy His grace. This is the true meaning of ‘forgiveness of sin.’ However, this doesn’t mean that we have cast off our sinful nature. It only means that we aren’t condemned to death for breaking the law. We still live in the situation of sinning and confessing, and we still can resist God and disobey God due to our nature. Thus, how can we be saved by God and enter the kingdom of heaven? The Lord Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever’ (Jhn 8:34–35). From these words, we can see that those who can’t escape sin and become purified won’t be able to enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Han Song nodded thoughtfully.
Brother Li opened the computer and said, “I saw a passage on a gospel website. It’s helpful for us. Let’s read it, ‘Before man was redeemed, many of Satan’s poisons had already been planted within him and, after thousands of years of being corrupted by Satan, he has within him an established nature that resists God. Therefore, when man has been redeemed, it is nothing more than a case of redemption in which man is bought at a high price, but the poisonous nature within him has not been eliminated. Man that is so defiled must undergo a change before becoming worthy to serve God. By means of this work of judgment and chastisement, man will fully come to know the filthy and corrupt substance within his own self, and he will be able to change completely and become clean. Only in this way can man become worthy to return before the throne of God.’
“From this passage, we can understand that the work of redemption done by the Lord Jesus only forgives our sins. The satanic corrupt dispositions, such as arrogance and conceit, selfishness and greediness, crookedness and deceitfulness, jealousy and conflict, and so on, have taken root deep within us. These corrupt dispositions are something deeper and more profound than sins; they are the root that leads us to sin and to resist God. If these corrupt dispositions aren’t resolved, we will continue to sin, resist God, and judge and convict Him according to our ideas and imaginations. When facing persecution and suffering, we can deny God or betray God; when holding positions of power, we can establish independent kingdoms in resistance to God and offend God’s disposition, and thus be condemned and punished by God. It is evident that as long as our corrupt disposition isn’t resolved, we will do things at all times that resist God or betray God. How can those filled with such satanic corrupt disposition enter God’s kingdom?”
Han Song came to a sudden realization, “Now I finally understand the reason why I often live in the circumstances where I sin and then confess. Our corrupt dispositions aren’t resolved. So we involuntarily sin and resist God. Then, how can we cast off sins and be purified?”
Brother Li continued, “The Lord Jesus once said: ‘I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come’ (Jhn 16:12–13). From these words we can see that when He was performing work, the Lord Jesus had many words He didn’t say. When He returns He will express more truths. All these truths are the way to make us attain salvation. Only by accepting these truths, can we cast off corrupt disposition and achieve purity.
“Recently, through studying the Bible, I found that there are over two hundred prophecies relating to God’s work of judgment of the last days, such as, ‘And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world’ (Jhn 12:47). ‘For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God’ (1Pe 4:17). ‘Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come’ (Rev 14:7). And so on. From these words we can see that when the Lord Jesus comes in the last days, He’ll probably carry out a stage of the work of judging and purifying man. If we want to cast off sins and obtain purification, we must accept God’s work of the last days. Only in this way can we be saved and enter the kingdom of heaven. Now is the key moment to welcome the return of the Lord. The Bible says: ‘He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches’ (Rev 2:7). Only if we pay attention to hearingand accepting God’s work of judgment of the last days will we have the hope of entering the kingdom of heaven. I saw many fellowships about this question on the gospel website.”
As they browsed this website, they talked enthusiastically …
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