Simultaneously righteous and sinful
We are in our nature simultaneously righteous and sinful, this is the truth of our condition at present. Our spiritual reality is what we know Christ has achieved for us through His sacrifice. The importance of understanding this is imperative to how we respond to the father in the midst of our fallen state; this at its core is about what we believe the father believes about us. This can produce either a UN measurable steadfastness in Him or an apathetic approach to living in a way that is honourable to Him. We struggle in this life to choose righteousness in a way that would promote Godliness to the world, are we waiting for a revelation or is it our responsibility to make the change? I believe we have used God as a scapegoat for our actions for far too long.
So what do we know that the father says about us through the sacrifice of Christ?
John 1:12 (We are children of God), Colossians 2:9-10(We have been brought to fullness) 1 Cor 6:17 (we are with him in one spirit) Romans 6:6(crucified by him so our body ruled by sin might do away with),
When we abide in Christ we have a new reality, it’s the reality that the Father no longer sees us in a blemished state. Romans call this new creation.
It says in 1 John 3:5-8
You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him, there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.
Yet we also know that we have by our very fallen nature a sin default, and still sin, perhaps we live to conscious of this. But we need an answer for this
It continues in 1 John
Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.
Anyone who “practices righteousness”, this is an active participation in what Jesus has achieved for us, for none are righteous not even one unless through the blood of the lamb.
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
So being sons, we cannot dispute that our spiritual state is righteousness, but how to we walk this out in flesh state where sin is still rife?
We know that Christ was Fully Human
Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
And we know that he is fully God.
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, And they shall call his name Immanuel”(Which means, God with us).
Would it be wrong of us then to consider like Christ with a spiritual reality of being a Son of God he had to will his flesh into submission of what His spiritual truth said He was not what His flesh felt, the best example of this is in the garden?
Saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.
Jesus here looks in His humanity to be asking for a way out of the task set before Him he had to have his flesh reality reminded by the spiritual “ a son of God” to submit to the truth, that this was his calling.
You see it is much the same for us, it can not be disputed that we are called to be as sons on the earth, in the words of Jesus they will do greater things than me, it seems to me we are a generation of children that are irrefutably not willing to take our part in living this out, I have had many conversations about this with people, and it always lands in the same place, they are waiting for God to change them.
Perhaps we need to, like Christ partner with our spiritual reality and will our flesh into submission of our spiritual reality?
1 John 3:8
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
He didn’t come to make us drones without free will. We choose the first tree, and now we need to choose the second, Jesus was that second tree, will we choose life and life abundant or knowledge of good and evil again?
The difference being, in the Garden there was no sin consciousness, does that mean the desires weren’t there? Maybe it purely means that they were not perverted or the motivation was not to seek some kind of love outside of Gods embrace. Who knows!!
Paul sums this up for the church of Corinth
1 Cor 5:1-11
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For a while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil, Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But God knows what we are, and I hope it is also known to your conscience.
Certainly, we are responsible for our conscience? For this surely would be the fruit of eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Once we ate of the tree, we took responsibility for having that knowledge. Before the fall, I am not certain we would have been in need of a conscience.
Perhaps we should end with Pauls words to his disciple Timothy
1 Timothy 4:7
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
The irreverent Myth here is this,” God is in control and responsible for changing you“, you friends need to choose to become like Him and work at it. There is no magic remedy for your struggle except that you can engage with the Cross that has set you free and will the change in your life. Today engage your will and become like Him.
We owe Him this.