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Saved From Committing Sin

This is what many individuals don’t want to be saved from. But this is part and parcel of the salvation of God. If people reject this part they reject salvation altogether. It is true that after we receive Jesus we fall into sin but it will not be a way of life. It will be a failure, not a goal. It must be our intention when we genuinely receive Jesus to forsake sin. It may be more accurate to say that we are saved from our desire to commit sin, so we will commit less of it. Countless passages prove that forsaking sin is Jesus* plan for everyone who comes to Him. When we receive Jesus we receive the gift of righteousness. We don*t want to dirty up the gift by sinning.

Romans 5:17: For if by one man*s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Romans 6:6: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Romans 6:6-11: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Timothy 2:19b: . . . Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

The more committed to the Bible Christians are, the easier it seems to know that they are Christians. The less committed to the Bible they are the harder it seems, even for them, to know they are Christians. The less they hide the Bible in their heart, the more their Christianity seems to be hidden.

Psalms 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

D. L. Moody:

Christianity isn*t worth a snap of your finger if it doesn*t straighten out your character.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on John 17:17: Sanctify them through Thy truth.

Sanctification begins in regeneration. The Spirit of God infuses into man that new living principle by which he becomes *a new creature* in Christ Jesus. This work, which begins in the new birth, is carried on in two ways-mortification, whereby the lusts of the flesh are subdued and kept under; and vivification, by which the life which God has put within us is made to be a well of water springing up unto everlasting life. This is carried on every day in what is called *perseverance,* by which the Christian is preserved and continued in a gracious state, and is made to abound in good works unto the praise and glory of God; and it culminates or comes to perfection, in *glory,* when the soul, being thoroughly purged, is caught up to dwell with holy beings at the right hand of the Majesty on high. But while the Spirit of God is thus the author of sanctification, yet there is a visible agency employed which must not be forgotten. *Sanctify them,* said Jesus, *through thy truth: thy word is truth.* The passages of Scripture which prove that the instrument of our sanctification is the Word of God are very many. The Spirit of God brings to our minds the precepts and doctrines of truth, and applies them with power. These are heard in the ear, and being received in the heart, they work in us to will and to do of God*s good pleasure. The truth is the sanctifier, and if we do not hear or read the truth, we shall not grow in sanctification. We only progress in sound living as we progress in sound understanding. *Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.* Do not say of any error, *It is a mere matter of opinion.* No man indulges an error of judgment, without sooner or later tolerating an error in practice. Hold fast the truth, for by so holding the truth shall you be sanctified by the Spirit of God.

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