Jim, I read this random quote tonight, "It wasn't until after I came to this forum that I realized the truth of this verse. I am born of God and I cannot sin, because in Him, there is no sin! It was like a thunderbolt went off when I got that revelation! The issue of sin, however you define it, has been done away with -- he nailed it to the cross." Do you believe that we "cannot sin", that is disobey Christ? Tim
How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Romans 6:2-7
And regarding the sin we experience in our body Paul put forth this amazing revelation:
So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. Romans 7:17
It is in knowing who you really are in Christ that this makes any sense at all. I'm surprised you haven't noticed this theme woven through much of what I've written. :)
Jim, But if, for example, lie or steal would I not be sinning? Tim
Oh yeah, I left off that part of Paul's words.
So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me ... unless of course if it is lying or stealing.
Did you think that only Paul's problem with "all manner of coveting" was including here? :)