“AND GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, WHEREBY YE ARE SEALED UNTO THE DAY OF REDEMPTION.” Ephesians 4:30
That one can rebel against The Holy Spirit’s is evident in the way many believers live their lives in disobedience to The Word of God, but He is a patient Spirit who understands human weaknesses and bears long trying to help them overcome their weaknesses. This is why the Word declares in James 4:7,
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:7, 10
The Holy Spirit walks with humble people. You are the one that must humble yourself before Him. Many Christians are so proud and stubborn and they are given the Holy Ghost tough time. This is why you see many speak in tongues and still swim in sins.
CAN REAL BORN AGAIN SIN?
Yes they can and they do. Paul referred to the Corinthians Christians as carnal people.
“AND I, BRETHREN, COULD NOT SPEAK UNTO YOU AS UNTO SPIRITUAL, BUT AS UNTO CARNAL, even as unto babes in Christ. I HAVE FED YOU WITH MILK, AND NOT WITH MEAT: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. FOR YE ARE YET CARNAL: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men” 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
These were spirit filled believers and they were born again. They were heavily gifted by God’s Spirit but were feeding bottle believers.
“SO THAT YE COME BEHIND IN NO GIFT; WAITING FOR THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST:...“ 1 Corinthians 1:7
If you have really read through 1 and 2 Corinthians you will discover that apostle Paul had serious problems with this set of believers. These were born again people who were not ready to grow up in their salvation experience even with all what Paul had taught them and The Holy Spirit’s presence in their midst.
The problem they had was, they were not fully ready to allow God to work in them and grow up in their salvation experience. Paul knew if they died in such a state they will go to hell irrespective of their confession of The Lordship of Jesus.
“KNOW YE NOT THAT THE UNRIGHTEOUS SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, SHALL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU: BUT YE ARE WASHED, BUT YE ARE SANCTIFIED, BUT YE ARE JUSTIFIED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, AND BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Paul was talking to believers. He warned them of the end of unrighteousness. THERE IS NO ETERNAL SECURITY FOR SINNING BELIEVERS BUT FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS. His grace is there but we have to make up our minds to yield to The Spirit’s Tutoring and allow Him to help us.
The church today is like this set of people who believe the acceptance of salvation is all it takes to please God and make heaven. They neglect the issue of total obedience to the laws of righteousness. They put everything on God. No wonder we have gifted sinful believers and ministers on our pulpits today whose end will be like the people in Mathew 7
“MANY WILL SAY TO ME IN THAT DAY, LORD, LORD, HAVE WE NOT PROPHESIED IN THY NAME? AND IN THY NAME HAVE CAST OUT DEVILS? AND IN THY NAME DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? AND THEN WILL I PROFESS UNTO THEM, I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY.” Mathew 7:22-23
I want you to read the verses above very well again and again. These were born again believers. He didn’t deny the exploits they did in His name but only told them what they didn’t do.
“…DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY”
They refused to do what they were expected to do believing salvation is all about God and man has no part to play in it. Their unrighteous lifestyles denied them access to eternity with Jesus. Are we not seeing many ministers who emphasize all the other packages of salvation but neglect the main foundation for them all-RIGHTEOUSNESS?
“ IN RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALT THOU BE ESTABLISHED: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. “ Isaiah 54:14
“BE YE THEREFORE PERFECT, EVEN AS YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN IS PERFECT. “ Mathew 5:48
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, TEACHING US THAT, DENYING UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY LUSTS, WE SHOULD LIVE SOBERLY, RIGHTEOUSLY, AND GODLY, IN THIS PRESENT WORLD; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, THAT HE MIGHT REDEEM US FROM ALL INIQUITY, AND PURIFY UNTO HIMSELF A PECULIAR PEOPLE, ZEALOUS OF GOOD WORKS.” Titus 2:11-14
Born again believers who profess to know Christ are gifted in all the other packages of salvation but neglect the issue of righteousness. We can exercise our faith to get miracles, signs and wonders but we do not exercise our faith to live right. We are becoming rich and wealthy while we remain in our filthiness. We are getting contracts and big time jobs while we wallow in our sins. We are getting married and giving out hands in marriage while we romance unrighteousness. We are making waves, fame and what have you yet iniquity rules in our lives.
ARE WE SAVED?
BUT ARE WE LIVING TO GOD’S STANDARD?
The church today is just like the Laodician church in THE BOOK OF REVELATION. They had accepted the gift of salvation and were enjoying the packages but neglect the number one thing that concerns God mostly-RIGHTEOUSNESS
“I KNOW THY WORKS, THAT THOU ART NEITHER COLD NOR HOT: I WOULD THOU WERT COLD OR HOT. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. BECAUSE THOU SAYEST, I AM RICH, AND INCREASED WITH GOODS, AND HAVE NEED OF NOTHING; and KNOWEST NOT THAT THOU ART WRETCHED, AND MISERABLE, AND POOR, AND BLIND, AND NAKED: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; AND WHITE RAIMENT, THAT THOU MAYEST BE CLOTHED, AND THAT THE SHAME OF THY NAKEDNESS DO NOT APPEAR; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” Revelation 3:15-18
IS THIS NOT THE TRUE PICTURE OF THE CHURCH TODAY?
We have become so cold to the things of God especially in the area of our Christian living. It’s mind boggling what many ministers of the Gospel do in the secrets and they are still bold to teach half-baked truth. You can see male pastors today frying their hairs, putting on ear-rings, keeping concubines, watching indecent films, giving positions to unregenerated people in their churches, romancing politicians, living large and luxuriously etc.
I saw a female Gospel minister exposing her boobs on the internet while teaching the Word of God. I saw another female who called herself an apostle dress seductively on the internet. Are we not cold and lukewarmed?
And we still believe that man has no part to play in the free gift of salvation he received from God. O When one decide to accept God’s salvation, he has a lot to learn in order to grow in that grace of salvation. Salvation in Christ demands your obedience and obedience is a function of exercising your free will to do the right thing even when your body is not in agreement.
"But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Corinthians 9:27
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