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John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
mikehill4jesus “Abiding in Christ and not sinning”
There is no point my spending time teaching what someone else has already taught. All I can do of any worth, is to point you to the teaching and add reasons why I know such teaching to be true. I have been teaching this rule for many years and I place it at the top of all my webpages – it is at the top of this Blog. I have also taught and shared testimony on the subject for all that time.
Charles Finney taught on this subject on December 22, 1858:
1 John 3:5 ‘But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.’
The course of thought in this passage is exceedingly significant. First, John affirms one of the plainest truths in the whole gospel system, viz. that Jesus Christ came in human flesh to take away our sins. “Thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.” This first truth of the gospel he might well introduce with the words–“Ye know”–for no Christian could be supposed to be ignorant of this.
He next advances to another fact in the gospel system–“In him, Christ, was no sin.” He must needs be himself sinless–else he could not be adapted to save his people from their sins. His example must shine in the glory of a sinless purity; he must have no sin of his own to de-bar him from communion with the Father.
The next step in the chain of thought is that whosoever abideth in the sinless One [Jesus] cannot be sinning himself. To come into relations so close, so intimate, with Jesus Christ is utterly incompatible with present actual sinning. He that is now sinning knows not Christ as his Savior–“hath not seen him neither known him.” Precisely this is what John affirms.
He who abides in Christ is not sinning; he doth not commit sin. This is plainly declared.
Hence it becomes of the utmost consequence, first, to understand what it is to be in Christ. On this point our notions should be, not loose and vague, but clear and definite. It must be, to the real Christian life, a matter of untold importance.
1. Being in Christ implies that we are out of ourselves, in the sense in which selfish men are in themselves. It implies that we renounce ourselves as to any will or way of our own. A selfish heart regards itself and its own interests as supreme. The selfish man lives to himself. Self is the precise end for which he lives, labors, plans and cares. Hence, concisely speaking, he is in himself. But to be in Christ, he must cease to live and to be in himself, and must in the same sense, come to be and to live, in Christ.
2. Being in Christ implies that we commit ourselves to him, to be pardoned by his blood, quickened by his grace, controlled by his will. I often think we are so much in the habit of using these terms–“commit ourself to Christ;” “consecrate ourself to him”–that we come to miss the sense; perhaps we learn to slip over it without getting a full impression, and it may be, without any just impression of the rich and intense meaning. Who that has once felt its full significance does not see that it amounts to far more than that loose notion that so often goes with the phrase?
To commit yourself to Christ, implies that you merge yourself in him–make him your end of life–make his glory your supreme end in all you do. You merge your will in his will, so that, apart from his, you have no will of your own. You wish for nothing, save what pleases him.
I also have a webpage on the Bible Doctrine of being in-Christ
I encourage you to study them both as in my experience of 40 years, it is clear that many professing Christians are not living in-Christ. How do I know? They refuse to love Jesus, but would rather stay impenitent sinners travelling along the Broad Road leading to Destruction. My Ministry is to help you cross over to the Narrow Road leading to Eternal Life.
Only those people described by Jesus in John 14:23 can help those described by him in John 14:24.
The foolishness of Churchianity, Christless Christians, is that they profess to be Christian, followers of Christ, yet continue to sin. Determined impenitent Sinners remaining as described by the Lord in John 14:24. They live out a version of Christianity that is devised by their selfish and unbelieving soul, aided by the Devil. But how can they be saved through the Gospel of Jesus if their Teachers are not saved through that same Gospel? Beware of professing Christians who teach that sinning and being a Christian is normal. Why, for they will sin against you and your loved ones, as they did against us, the Hill Family.
You can’t be saved by the Gospel of Jesus and be determined to continue sinning.
6th July 2017 (11.35) My .mp3 audio Podcast linked to this Blog
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