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Lesson 7 November 11-17








Overcoming Sin













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So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants:  we have done that which was our duty to do.  Luke 17:10

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Tuesday November 14

Not Under the Law but Under Grace

Read Romans 6:14. How are we to understand this text? Does it mean that the Ten Commandments are no longer binding on us? If not, why not?

Romans 6:14 is one of the key statements in the book of Romans. And it’s one we often hear quoted in the context of someone telling us Adventists that the Seventh-day Sabbath has been abrogated.

Yet, that’s obviously not what the text means. As we asked before, how could the moral law be done away with and sin still be a reality? Because the moral law is what defines sin! If you were to read all that came before in Romans, even in just chapter 6, it would be hard to see how, in the midst of all this discussion about the reality of sin, Paul would suddenly say, “The moral law-the Ten Commandments, which defines sin-has been abolished.” That makes no sense.

Paul is saying to the Romans that the person living “under the law”-that is, under the Jewish economy as it was practiced in his day with all its manmade rules and regulations-will be ruled by sin. In contrast, a person living under grace will have victory over sin, because the law is written in his or her heart and God’s spirit is allowed to guide his or her steps. Accepting Jesus Christ as the Messiah, being justified by Him, being baptized into His death, having the “old man” destroyed, rising to walk in newness of life-these are the things that will dethrone sin from our lives. Remember, that is the whole context in which Romans 6:14 appears-the context of the promise of victory over sin.

We should not define “under the law” too restrictively. The person who supposedly lives “under grace” but disobeys God’s law will not find grace but condemnation. “Under grace” means that through the grace of God as revealed in Jesus, the condemnation that the law inevitably brings to sinners has been removed. Thus, now free from this condemnation of death brought by the law, we live in “newness of life,” a life characterized and made manifest through the fact that, being dead to self, we are no longer slaves to sin.

How have you experienced the reality of a new life in Christ? What tangible evidence can you point to that reveals that which Christ has done in you? What areas are you refusing to let go, and why must you let them go?

Wednesday November 15

Sin or Obedience?

Read Romans 6:16. What point is Paul making? Why is his argument very black and white here? It is either one or the other, with no middle ground. What lesson should we draw from this very clear contrast?

Paul comes back to the point again that the new life of faith does not grant liberty to sin. The life of faith makes possible victory over sin; in fact, only through faith can we have the victory that is promised us.

Having personified sin as a king ruling over his subjects, Paul now returns to the figure of sin as a master demanding obedience of his servants. Paul points out that a person has a choice of masters. He can serve sin, which leads to death, or he can serve righteousness, which leads to eternal life. Paul doesn’t leave us any middle ground or room for compromise. It’s one or the other because in the end we face either eternal life or eternal death.

Read Romans 6:17. How does Paul expand here on what he said in Romans 6:16?

Notice how, interestingly enough, obedience is linked to correct doctrine. The Greek word for “doctrine” here means “teaching.” The Roman Christians had been taught the principles of the Christian faith, which they now obeyed. Thus, for Paul, correct doctrine, correct teaching, when obeyed “from the heart,” assisted in the Romans becoming “servants of righteousness” (Rom. 6:18). We sometimes hear that doctrine does not matter, just as long as we show love. That’s a very simplistic expression of something that’s not so simple. As stated in an earlier lesson, Paul was very concerned about the false doctrine to which the Galatian church had succumbed. Thus, we need to be careful about statements that somehow denigrate the importance of correct teaching.

Servants of sin, servants of righteousness: the contrast is very stark. If after baptism we sin, does this mean that we are not truly saved? Read 1 John 1:8-2:1. How does this passage help us to understand what it means to be a follower of Christ and yet still be subject to falling?
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Thursday November 16

Free From Sin

Keeping in mind what we have studied so far in Romans 6, read Romans 6:19-23. Summarize on the lines below the gist of what Paul is saying. Most important, ask yourself how you can make real in your life the crucial truths that Paul is addressing. Ask yourself what issues are at stake here?

Paul’s words here show that he fully understands the fallen nature of humanity. He talks about the “infirmity of your flesh.” The Greek word for “infirmity” means also “weakness.” He knows what fallen human nature is capable of when left on its own. Thus, again, he appeals to the power of choice-the power we have to choose to surrender ourselves and our weak flesh to a new master, Jesus, who will enable us to live a righteous life.

Romans 6:23 often is quoted to show that the penalty for sin-that is, the transgression of the law-is death. Certainly sin’s penalty is death. But in addition to seeing death as sin’s penalty, we should see sin as Paul describes it in Romans 6-as a master dominating his servants, duping them by paying them off with the wages of death.

Notice, too, that in his development of the figure of the two masters, Paul calls attention to the fact that the service of one master means freedom from the service of the other. Again we see the clear choice: one or the other. There is no middle ground. At the same time, as we all know, being free from the dominion of sin doesn’t mean sinlessness, doesn’t mean we don’t struggle and at times even fall. It means instead that we are no longer dominated by sin, however much a reality it remains in our life and however much we must claim daily the promises of victory over it.

Thus, this passage becomes a powerful appeal to anyone who is serving sin. This tyrant offers nothing but death as payment for doing shameful things; therefore, a reasonable person should desire emancipation from this tyrant. In contrast, those who serve righteousness do things that are upright and praiseworthy, not with the idea of thus earning their salvation, but as a fruit of their new experience. If they are acting in an attempt to earn salvation, they are missing the whole point of the gospel, the whole point of what salvation is, and the whole point of why they need Jesus.

Friday November 17

Further Thought: Read Ellen G. White, “Victory Appropriated,” pp. 105, 106, in Messages to Young People; “The True Motive in Service,” pp. 93-95, in Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing; “Appeal to the Young,” p. 365, in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3; pp. 1074, 1075, in The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6.

“He [Jesus] did not consent to sin. Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may be with us. Christ’s humanity was united with divinity; He was fitted for the conflict by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And He came to make us partakers of the divine nature. So long as we are united to Him by faith, sin has no more dominion over us. God reaches for the hand of faith in us to direct it to lay fast hold upon the divinity of Christ, that we may attain to perfection of character.” - Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 123.

“At our baptism we pledged ourselves to break all connection with Satan and his agencies, and to put heart and mind and soul into the work of extending the kingdom of God. . . . The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are pledged to cooperate with sanctified human instrumentalities.” - Ellen G. White Comments, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 1075.

“A profession of Christianity without corresponding faith and works will avail nothing. No man can serve two masters. The children of the wicked one are their own master’s servants; to whom they yield themselves servants to obey, his servants they are, and they cannot be the servants of God until they renounce the devil and all his works. It cannot be harmless for servants of the heavenly King to engage in the pleasures and amusements which Satan’s servants engage in, even though they often repeat that such amusements are harmless. God has revealed sacred and holy truths to separate His people from the ungodly and purify them unto Himself. Seventh-day Adventists should live out their faith.” - Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, p. 404.

Discussion Questions:

    Although we have all these wonderful promises of victory over sin, the fact is that we all-even as born-again Christians-are aware of just how fallen we are, of just how sinful we are, and of just how corrupt our hearts can be. Is there a contradiction here? Explain your answer.

    In class give a testimony as to what Christ has done in you, as to the changes you have experienced, and as to the new life you have in Him.

    However important it is that we always remember that our salvation rests only in that which Christ has done for us, what dangers arise if we overemphasize that wonderful truth to the exclusion of the other part of the salvation: that which Jesus does in us to transform us into His image? Why do we need to understand and emphasize both these aspects of salvation?

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Sabbath Afternoon

Read for This Week’s Study: Romans 6; 1 John 1:8-2:1.

Memory Text: “Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14
 
If works can’t save us, why bother with them at all? Why not just keep on sinning? 

If we do not learn to surrender all to Christ, so that He can make us holy, then how could we enter heaven? Heaven would not be heaven if sin existed there. How do so many believe they will enter heaven even though they did not overcome sin on this earth? They believe Jesus is going to not only give them holy flesh, but He is going to transform their character when He comes. :( No, we are given a period of probation on this earth when we can learn to quit sinning. How does one learn to quit sinning?


Chapter 6 is Paul’s answer to this important question. Paul here is dealing with what commonly is understood as “sanctification,” the process by which we overcome sin and more and more reflect the character of Christ.

Sanctification is indeed a process, but what is commonly taught is that it is a process of sinning and repenting while sanctified. That is God does not hold us accountable while we are learning to quit sinning. Or, more clearly stated, when we sin a known sin, we still are sanctified, have salvation. As we read through today's lesson, let us see what is taught about this. Is it made clear?


The word sanctification appears only twice in Romans. It appears in Romans 6:19, 22 as the Greek word hagiasmos, which means sanctification. In English, it appears in these two texts as the word “holiness.”

"Holiness".  Interesting. Are we dedicated or are we holy? Or, maybe both? If so, then how can one living in fallen, sinful, evil flesh, be said to be holy? Are their other references in the Bible that help us understand? If so, share a few.


Does this mean that Paul has nothing to say about what commonly is understood by sanctification? Not at all.

In the Bible “to sanctify” means “to dedicate,” usually to God. Thus, to be sanctified is often presented as a past completed act. For example, “all them which are sanctified” (Acts 20:32). The sanctified ones in this definition are the ones who are dedicated to God.

But, not holy?


But this biblical usage of “sanctify” in no way denies the important doctrine of sanctification or the fact that sanctification is the work of a lifetime. The Bible strongly endorses this doctrine, but it generally uses other terms to describe it.

The work of a lifetime? A lifetime to become sanctified, holy? Or does this mean something quite different? If so, what does the term mean?


This week we’ll look at another side of salvation by faith, one that easily can be misunderstood: the promises of victory over sin in the life of one saved by Jesus.

Yes, easily misunderstood because so many teach so many different doctrines regarding "victory over sin." What does it mean to be set free from sin? What does it mean for sin to have dominion over you? If you sin once today, are you set free from sin? Moses sinned at the end of his life. His sin caused his death. Had Moses been set free from sin, or was he still a slave to sin?

Hopefully reading Romans seven and eight, and the verses in Romans 6 will help understand eactly what it means to be set free from sin, or to have victory over sin.

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Sunday November 12.

Where Sin Abounded


In Romans 5:20, Paul makes a powerful statement: “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” His point is that no matter how much sin there is or how terrible the results of sin are, God’s grace is sufficient to deal with it. What hope that should bring for each of us, especially when we’re tempted to feel that our sins are too great to be forgiven! In Romans 5:21, , Paul shows that although sin has led to death, God’s grace through Jesus has defeated death and can give us eternal life.

Read Romans 6:1.

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 


Why does Paul say this? Might he have been inspired to say so, God knowing what we would face today? Do away with obedience to the law, after all, we are under grace and justified by faith alone. God forbid!!! Shall we twist verse 2? Pretty hard to do so. It is just ignored as if it does not exist.

 6:2   God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 


"Dead to sin." What does Paul mean? Spell it out. He means that we do not sin, we are dead to sin, even though we live in vile, sinful, evil flesh. How can this be? Because God has power through His grace to clean the heart and mind if we will come to Him just as we are, all sin polluted. We need to be clear,  because many do not believe this. Dead to sin means the heart and mind under the control of the Holy Spirit have power to keep the flesh (body) under control. We need to explain this, for it is not being taught very widely. Give a verse of Scripture that sheds light on this truth. Paul, unlike Luther, explains it clearly. We do not have to wait for glorified bodies to obey God. We can keep the evil flesh under control through the grace of God. When we abide in Jesus and He in us (through the Holy Spirit) we have power to keep the flesh from sinning.

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 Cor. 9:27. It is only through the indwelling Savior that Paul or you and I can keep the passions and appetites under control. Outside of Christ, they reign and we are slaves to them and sin.

We are promised this power. "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:4. We do not hear this verse quoted very often. Why not?

And, associated with this promise, is another that we do not from the pulpit or read it from literature printed on our presses. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." 1 Cor. 10:13.


What logic is Paul dealing with here, and how, in Romans 6:2-11, does he respond to that kind of thinking?

6:2   God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 
 6:3   Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 
 6:4   Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 
 6:5   For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection: 
 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. 
 6:7   For he that is dead is freed from sin. 
 6:8   Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 
 6:9   Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 
 6:10   For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 
 6:11   Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 


"...he that is dead is freed from sin."  Amen! But, who is dead? If we sin a known sin, are we "dead" or alive? What keeps self dead? It is grace that is assimilated into the heart and mind. Have you seen self rise up in your life? How did it happen? Where was Jesus when self came alive? What He in your heart and mind? Or, did you wander away from Him?


Paul follows an interesting line of argument in chapter 6 as to why a justified person should not sin. To begin with, he says that we shouldn’t sin because we have died to sin. Then he explains what he means.

"a justified person should not sin," or will not sin? One who remains justified, remains in Christ. And, if we abide in Christ and He in us, we will not sin. It is when we forget about Jesus, when we allow the mind to wander away, that we have no power to resist the smallest temptation.


Immersion in the waters of baptism represents burial. What is buried? The “old man” of sin-that is, the body committing sin, the body dominated or ruled by sin. As a result, this “body of sin” is destroyed, so that we no longer serve sin. In Romans 6 sin is personified as a master who rules over his servants. Once the “body of sin” that served sin is destroyed, sin’s mastery over it ceases. The one who rises from the watery grave comes up a new person who no longer serves sin. He or she now walks in newness of life.

Christ, having died, died once and for all, but He is now alive forevermore. So, the Christian who is baptized has died to sin once and for all and should never again come under its dominion. Of course, as any baptized Christian knows, sin doesn’t just automatically disappear from our lives once we come up out of the water. Not being ruled by sin isn’t the same as not having to struggle with it.

“From this we clearly see what the words of the Apostle mean. All such statements as: 1. ‘We are dead to sin,’ 2. ‘We live unto God,’ etc., signify that we do not yield to our sinful passions and sin, even though sin continues in us. Nevertheless, sin remains in us until the end of our life, as we read Galatians 5:17: ‘The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other.’ Therefore all apostles and saints confess that sin and the sinful passions remain in us till the body is turned into ashes, and a new (glorified) body is raised up which is free from passion and sin.” - Martin Luther, Commentary on Romans, p. 100.

Wonderful. Just leave all confused about what victory over sin means. " ‘We live unto God,’ etc., signify that we do not yield to our sinful passions and sin...." Really? We do not sin? Then, in the investigative judgment, we will reveal that we are fully surrendered to Christ because our record shows we do not sin? Somehow, while this is true, I don't believe the lesson is going to teach this. If it does, then I will repent in ashes and sackcloth.

Quoting Martin Luther will lead to deceptions. He was a man for his time. He is not a man for our time. As far as I understand, Luther was not a prophet, neither were his writing inspired as those of a prophet. I understand he did not appreciate the writings in the Book of James? “St. James’s epistle is really a right strawy epistle, compared to these others [Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, 1 Peter, and 1 John], for it has nothing of the nature of the gospel about it.” Preface to Luther's German translation of the New Testament, 1522.

God inspired James for a very good reason. His inspired truth sets straight those who have twisted Scripture in regards to "justification by faith alone." Thus, we can understand why Luther wrote as he did, as did Paul. But, we today, have to fight the heresy of being saved by grace and without the works of true faith. That is, one is taught he is saved even when sinning a known sin. Good works, obedience it is taught, has nothing to do with salvation.  :(   

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Monday November 13

When Sin Reigns


What admonition is given to us in Romans 6:12?

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 
Who has the heart? If Christ, then sin will not appear in your life. If He does not, then sin will appear in your life. Do we have power to stop sin? No, not in and of ourselves. We must first make a full heart surrender to Jesus before we can resist the smallest temptation. We come into this world with a fallen nature that is evil. We can do no good thing until we give up self fully. There is no half way surrender that will give us power to do any good thing. Jesus wants the whole heart, not part of it. We cannot serve two masters.


The word reign shows that “sin” is here represented as a king. The Greek word here translated as “reign” means literally “to be a king” or “to function as a king.” Sin is all too willing to assume the kingship of our mortal bodies and dictate our behavior.

Sin is the "king" if we do not make Jesus "King". Listen to Paul's explanation in Romans seven before he was converted and knew Jesus as Savior:

7:14   For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 
 7:15   For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 
 7:16   If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good. 
 7:17   Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 
 7:18   For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not.


When Paul says “let not sin . . . reign,” he implies that the justified person can choose to prevent sin’s setting itself up as king in his or her life. This is where the action of the will comes in.

"Can choose"? No. The "justified" person has already chosen to not sin by choosing Jesus as "King". If the converted Christian will cling to Christ, will continue to spend time with Him, learning of Him, beholding Him, then the heart will be filled with Him. Then, we shall not sin. The action of the will is to choose Jesus as King. It is a continuous action if we are to overcome sin.


“What you need to understand is the true force of the will. This is the governing power in the nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice. Everything depends on the right action of the will. The power of choice God has given to men; it is theirs to exercise. You cannot change your heart, you cannot of yourself give to God its affections; but you can choose to serve Him. You can give Him your will; He will then work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him.” - Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 47.

Amen! Read carefully what has been said. Notice when the action of the will is needed. It is to choose God. Until we choose God, we can will to not sin all day long, and it will do no good. We can choose Jesus, and if we place our will on His side, then we can obey His law. "You cannot change your heart, you cannot of yourself give to God its affections; but you can choose to serve Him." If we choose Him, then He tells us that we must learn of Him. We cannot trust someone we do not know. We must know His character before we will give Him all we are and all we have.


The Greek word in Romans 6:12 translated as “lusts” means “desires.” These desires may be either for good things or for bad; when sin reigns, it will make us desire the bad.

Sin reigns when Christ does not sit on the throne of the heart. We may think because we do not want to sin, or that at one time we were converted, that sin does not reign. But, if we are not fully surrendered to Jesus, then in our fallen nature, sin does indeed reign. We cannot help but to sin without a full heart surrender to Christ.


The desires will be strong, even irresistible if we fight against them on our own. Sin can be a cruel tyrant, one who never is satisfied but who always comes back for more. Only through faith, only through claiming the promises of victory, can we overthrow this unrelenting master.

Only through an indwelling Savior can we overcome sin. It is only when He has the whole heart that He reigns. In other words, believing is not enough. Faith is not enough. We must believe with the whole heart. Our faith must be "saving faith". To each man a measure of faith is given, but our faith must trust Jesus with all we are and all we have. There can be no "unbelief" in the heart of those who want to cease from sinning. It is only when we are fully surrendered to Jesus that we can resist sin. We must be born of the Spirit in order to resist the lust of the flesh. "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:4.


The word therefore in Romans 6:12 is important. It goes back to that which has been said before, specifically to that which has been said in Romans 6:10, 11. The baptized person is now living “unto God.” That is, God is the center of his or her new life. The person is serving God, doing what pleases God and, therefore, he or she cannot serve sin at the same time. He or she is “alive unto God through Jesus Christ.”

Amen! "he or she cannot serve sin" if the person is converted and "now living unto God."


Go back over the quote from Ellen G. White in today’s study. Notice how crucial the concept of free will is. As moral creatures we must have a free will-the power to choose right and wrong, good and evil, Christ or the world. Over the next 24 hours, try to keep track consciously of how you are using this moral free will. What can you learn about your use, or abuse, of this sacred gift?

God leaves us free to choose Him or self. It is a continuous matter, not a one time choice. It is not once saved always saved. It is not a one day matter, but dying daily. "I die daily." It is not just a daily matter, but a moment by moment action on our part to maintain our converted state. We must cling to Christ continually if we want to glorify Him in all we do. How do we glorify God? Is this not the character of those who give the first angels message? "Fear God and give glory to Him." So what does it mean to given glory to Him?

     We want to impress upon you the necessity of cleansing yourselves from every stain of sin. The church that Christ presents before the throne of his glory is without “spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.” Do you want to be among those who have washed their robes of character in the blood of the Lamb? then, “cease to do evil; learn to do well;” walk in the commandments and ordinances of your God blameless. You are not to ask whether it suits your convenience to keep the truth of Heaven. You are to take up your cross and follow Jesus, cost what it may. You will find that his “yoke is easy, and his burden is light.” When you broke his law and incurred the penalty of death, God did not spare his only begotten Son, that you might be brought from the path of transgression into the way of life and holiness; and will you neglect so great salvation, and refuse to comply with the conditions of eternal life?  RH January 31, 1888.
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Tuesday November 14

Not Under the Law but Under Grace


Yes, Satan has used this truth to lead millions to perdition. But, does that number include Seventh-day Adventists? If they think that grace excuses one little sin, then yes. Grace will forgive the repentant, but it will not cover one unconfessed or unforsaken known sin.


Read Romans 6:14.     For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 

How are we to understand this text? Does it mean that the Ten Commandments are no longer binding on us? If not, why not?

Romans 6:14 is one of the key statements in the book of Romans. And it’s one we often hear quoted in the context of someone telling us Adventists that the Seventh-day Sabbath has been abrogated.

Yet, that’s obviously not what the text means. As we asked before, how could the moral law be done away with and sin still be a reality? Because the moral law is what defines sin! If you were to read all that came before in Romans, even in just chapter 6, it would be hard to see how, in the midst of all this discussion about the reality of sin, Paul would suddenly say, “The moral law-the Ten Commandments, which defines sin-has been abolished.” That makes no sense.

Satan is very clever. He goes much deeper than that. All we have to do is sin a known sin, and believe we still have eternal life, and he has succeeded in his deceptions. Those who teach that one need not repent to be justified have played into his hand. So then how are we to understand "dominion"? Satan would have us think that those who have the Son have life even though they do not "practice" sin. It is true that those who "practice" sin do not have life, but how about those that sin? Is there a difference? Satan would have us think so. If we have made a practice of sin, then we do not have life. But, if we just sin a known sin, then that is ok, we still have the Son, and thus we retain our salvation.  Very clever, is he not! How will you define "dominion"? Does that allow for known sin? If we sin a known sin, are we under Satan's dominion? What is the lesson teaching?


Paul is saying to the Romans that the person living “under the law”-that is, under the Jewish economy as it was practiced in his day with all its manmade rules and regulations-will be ruled by sin. In contrast, a person living under grace will have victory over sin, because the law is written in his or her heart and God’s spirit is allowed to guide his or her steps. Accepting Jesus Christ as the Messiah, being justified by Him, being baptized into His death, having the “old man” destroyed, rising to walk in newness of life-these are the things that will dethrone sin from our lives. Remember, that is the whole context in which Romans 6:14 appears-the context of the promise of victory over sin.

It appears that the lesson is teaching that the repentant converted sinner is not sinning, does it not? But, there is no consistency in error. Is there inconsistency in the lesson's teaching on  victory over sin? When the law is written in the heart, what does it mean? Do we sin a known sin when the law is written upon the heart? Do we sin when Jesus has possession of the heart? When the "Old man" is destroyed, do we walk in the Spirit or in the flesh? And if the flesh is alive, then what do we say about the  "old man"?


We should not define “under the law” too restrictively. The person who supposedly lives “under grace” but disobeys God’s law will not find grace but condemnation. “Under grace” means that through the grace of God as revealed in Jesus, the condemnation that the law inevitably brings to sinners has been removed. Thus, now free from this condemnation of death brought by the law, we live in “newness of life,” a life characterized and made manifest through the fact that, being dead to self, we are no longer slaves to sin.

He who "disobeys God's law will not find grace, but condemnation." Amen! But, does that mean when one disobeys God's law that he will not be condemned, but grace will cover this sin even though it has not yet been repented of? These are two opposing statements. Which is it in your mind? When one "disobeys" God's law is he under the dominion of Satan or not? Does one little sin place us under Satan's dominion? Or does sin reveal a separation between Christ and the unrepentant sinner? This we must understand correctly or we will be deceived as are most professing Christians today.


How have you experienced the reality of a new life in Christ? What tangible evidence can you point to that reveals that which Christ has done in you? What areas are you refusing to let go, and why must you let them go?

If we let go of an area of sin, then sin, what do we then say? I had let go, but now I sin. Is there a difference between having been victorious, then sinning the same sin again, versus not have yet gained the victory in that area?  Yes, there is. What is the difference and does it make a difference in regards to who has the heart when we sin? 


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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 7--4th Quarter 2017--Overcoming Sin
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Wednesday November 15

Sin or Obedience?


Read Romans 6:16. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 

What point is Paul making? Why is his argument very black and white here? It is either one or the other, with no middle ground. What lesson should we draw from this very clear contrast?

Paul comes back to the point again that the new life of faith does not grant liberty to sin. The life of faith makes possible victory over sin; in fact, only through faith can we have the victory that is promised us.

Having personified sin as a king ruling over his subjects, Paul now returns to the figure of sin as a master demanding obedience of his servants. Paul points out that a person has a choice of masters. He can serve sin, which leads to death, or he can serve righteousness, which leads to eternal life. Paul doesn’t leave us any middle ground or room for compromise. It’s one or the other because in the end we face either eternal life or eternal death.

Read Romans 6:17. But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 

How does Paul expand here on what he said in Romans 6:16?

Notice how, interestingly enough, obedience is linked to correct doctrine. The Greek word for “doctrine” here means “teaching.” The Roman Christians had been taught the principles of the Christian faith, which they now obeyed. Thus, for Paul, correct doctrine, correct teaching, when obeyed “from the heart,” assisted in the Romans becoming “servants of righteousness” (Rom. 6:18). We sometimes hear that doctrine does not matter, just as long as we show love. That’s a very simplistic expression of something that’s not so simple. As stated in an earlier lesson, Paul was very concerned about the false doctrine to which the Galatian church had succumbed. Thus, we need to be careful about statements that somehow denigrate the importance of correct teaching.

Servants of sin, servants of righteousness: the contrast is very stark. If after baptism we sin, does this mean that we are not truly saved? Read 1 John 1:8-2:1.

 1:8   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 
 1:9   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
 1:10   If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 
 
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 2:1   My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 


How does this passage help us to understand what it means to be a follower of Christ and yet still be subject to falling?

What is the lesson teaching? Do you know? It does not answer the question. It merely presents Scripture that would lead you in a certain direction without telling you what they are teaching you. Why not come out and clearly explain what they want you to believe? What do believe they are teaching?

What does it mean to be "truly saved"? It means to be filled with the Spirit. It means to be fully surrendered to Christ. It means to be justified, sanctified, dead to sin.

Sanctification is not the work of a moment, an hour, a day, but of a lifetime. It is not gained by a happy flight of feeling, but is the result of constantly dying to sin, and constantly living for Christ. Wrongs cannot be righted nor reformations wrought in the character by feeble, intermittent efforts. It is only by long, persevering effort, sore discipline, and stern conflict, that we shall overcome. We know not one day how strong will be our conflict the next. So long as Satan reigns, we shall have self to subdue, besetting sins to overcome; so long as life shall last, there will be no stopping place, no point which we can reach and say, I have fully attained. Sanctification is the result of lifelong obedience.  Acts of Apostles, pg 560.


And, if we sin? We still have today, a Mediator that will still forgive sin IF we will repent. That day will soon end. And, when it ends, if we sin, there will be no more forgiveness of sin. This truth the lesson is not teaching. We do not claim to have "arrived", but neither do we give countenance to sin. Sanctification is the result of lifelong obedience. We do not sin when we have made a full heart surrender to Christ and have the Holy Spirit abiding in the heart. It is when we take our eyes off of Christ, when we forget Him who gave all for us that we sin. We have no protection against sin when we allow the mind to wander away from Jesus. We need Him continually. This is what the Bible means when it says "He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." 1 John 5:12.

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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 7--4th Quarter 2017--Overcoming Sin
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How does one learn to quit sinning?

Says Peter: “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.” “His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” 2 Peter 1:2, 3. And the Scripture bids us: “Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace.” Job 22:21.

God has commanded us, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16); and an inspired apostle declares that without holiness “no man shall see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14. Holiness is agreement with God.
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I believe that the real question we need to answer hasn't so much to do with learning to quit sinning, as finally comprehending that through Jesus Christ and the infilling of His Spirit the Believer, in full awareness of and participation, through the power in and of the faith of Jesus, receives a new nature; so comprehensively that:


2 Peter 1:1-4
1 ….to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied….through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

....them that have obtained…precious faith…through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ) giv(e) all diligence, add to (their) faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity…(they)…shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Remembering that they were) purged from (their) old sins…(they) give diligence to make (their) calling and election sure: for (they) do these things…never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto (them) abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

...the Spirit (lusteth) against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Galatians 5:17 ...for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 2 Corinthians 13:5

(The Father) would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. John 14:10

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. Galatians 3:16

The Apostle Paul was shown the mystery, and revealed it, through the moving of the Holy Spirit: ….God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Colossians 1:27


Whereunto I also labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily. Colossians 1:29

God (the Father)…is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us….by Christ Jesus…. Ephesians 3:19-21

“Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace.”
Is truly the secret to Life Eternal. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3


They alone, who do this are empowered to keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:17
They alone, with their indwelling Savior, share the testimony that: He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him. John 8:29
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. Matthew 10:20 ...that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4:11

And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us. 1 John 3:24

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 1 John 5:20



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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 7--4th Quarter 2017--Overcoming Sin
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Amen, Glen. We do not learn to quit sinning, we learn of Him. And by beholding Him we become like Him. We become converted. We become partakers of His divine nature even though we retain our fallen nature. We have two natures.....as long as Christ through the Spirit, remains sitting on the throne of the heart. It is the only way we can escape the lust that lives in the flesh. We must keep the "body" under lest we be a castaway. Paul learned not to quit sinning, but of his continual need of Jesus in order to keep the flesh under control. "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 Cor. 9:27.
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Thursday November 16

Free From Sin

Keeping in mind what we have studied so far in Romans 6, read Romans 6:19-23.

 6:19   I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. 
 6:20   For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 
 6:21   What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death. 
 6:22   But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 
 6:23   For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Summarize on the lines below the gist of what Paul is saying. Most important, ask yourself how you can make real in your life the crucial truths that Paul is addressing. Ask yourself what issues are at stake here?

Paul’s words here show that he fully understands the fallen nature of humanity. He talks about the “infirmity of your flesh.” The Greek word for “infirmity” means also “weakness.” He knows what fallen human nature is capable of when left on its own. Thus, again, he appeals to the power of choice-the power we have to choose to surrender ourselves and our weak flesh to a new master, Jesus, who will enable us to live a righteous life.

"To live a righteous life." But, if we sin, we do not lose our justification? So then, when we sin when do we have cause for concern? The next day, the next week, or the next month?


Romans 6:23 often is quoted to show that the penalty for sin-that is, the transgression of the law-is death. Certainly sin’s penalty is death. But in addition to seeing death as sin’s penalty, we should see sin as Paul describes it in Romans 6-as a master dominating his servants, duping them by paying them off with the wages of death.

How many sins? Just one? Or is it how evil the sin?  We will not allow homosexuality or murder, but a little anger or pride?  The wages of how many sins bring death? We can dance around the truth because we do not want to see the truth.

It is true that our character is not known by an occasional good or evil deed, but by the trend of the life. But, many have been taught that salvation is known by the trend of the life. There is some truth in this, but when Eve ate the forbidden fruit, she did not have eternal life. When Moses struck the rock and manifesting his evil temper and pride, he did not have salvation, not until he repented. Why do we not hear today, "even Moses sinned" as an excuse for sin? Because God took his life because of his sin.


Notice, too, that in his development of the figure of the two masters, Paul calls attention to the fact that the service of one master means freedom from the service of the other. Again we see the clear choice: one or the other. There is no middle ground. At the same time, as we all know, being free from the dominion of sin doesn’t mean sinlessness, doesn’t mean we don’t struggle and at times even fall. It means instead that we are no longer dominated by sin, however much a reality it remains in our life and however much we must claim daily the promises of victory over it.

Ah....now we see how we can play with words. "Dominion" now will allow for sin in the life. Struggling is one thing, sin is another. We are being taught here that sin "remains in our life." This is making excuses for sin when there is no excuse for sin. This flies in the face of Scripture and the Spirit of Prophesy. "For the wages of sin [is] death." Not really. Unless it is murder or homosexuality. Even adultery will not reveal a separation between the unrepentant sinner and Christ. So, when does the unrepentant sinner lose his standing before God? The next day, the next week, the next month? God knows, so don't worry about your little sins. You now have no standard to measure your experience by, "just profess" to love God supremely, "just believe" and all will be well.

The road to heaven is narrow, but God has, at great cost, made provision for all to reach there. He wants to give us the Holy Spirit. If we do not have the Spirit in the heart, we are none of His. You do not hear this preached from the pulpit, nor read it in our periodicals. Why not? Is it true? Is it found in Scripture? "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Romans 8:9. Maybe I have taken it out of context? That is often what is done to deceive, just take the verse out of context. Then, let's look  at the verse in context and see what is being said. If it is truth, then we surely want to know it, as narrow as it appears.

8:1   [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 
 8:2   For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 
 8:3   For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 
 8:4   That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 
 8:5   For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 
 8:6   For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 
 8:7   Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 
 8:8   So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 
 8:9   But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 
 8:10   And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. 
 8:11   But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 
 8:12   Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 
 8:13   For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 
 8:14   For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.


Is there really no excuse for sin?

The strongest temptation is no excuse for sin. No matter how severe the pressure brought to bear upon you, sin is your own act. The seat of the difficulty is the unrenewed heart. In view of the dangers of this time, shall not we, as God’s commandment-keeping people, put away from among us all sin, all iniquity, all perverseness?  Adventist Home, pg 331.


And in context from 1 John chapter three: Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 

 3:4   Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 
 3:5   And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 
 3:6   Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 
 3:7   Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 
 3:8   He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 
 3:9   Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 
 3:10   In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 


Thus, this passage becomes a powerful appeal to anyone who is serving sin. This tyrant offers nothing but death as payment for doing shameful things; therefore, a reasonable person should desire emancipation from this tyrant. In contrast, those who serve righteousness do things that are upright and praiseworthy, not with the idea of thus earning their salvation, but as a fruit of their new experience. If they are acting in an attempt to earn salvation, they are missing the whole point of the gospel, the whole point of what salvation is, and the whole point of why they need Jesus.

Sounds like victory over sin, but now we know it is not. Under this teaching, you are going to have to come to some understanding of how many sins, what kind of sins, or how long before I repent before I lose my salvation. Or, you can just follow the "Evangelical" gospel that says "Just believe" and you will be saved. We are under grace, not under law. The broken law does not condemn, God looks upon us and does not see our unrepented sins.

What is the truth? Listen to Jesus, He says "repent." From the Book of Revelation to the Seventh-day Adventist Church:

 3:14   And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 
 3:15   I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 
 3:16   So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 
 3:17   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: 
 3:18   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. 
 3:19   As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 
 3:20   Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 
 3:21   To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 


The only way to be "free from sin" is to be found abiding in Christ and have the Holy Spirit in your heart. If we have Christ, we have life, and the Spirit. If we do not have Christ, then we do not have the Spirit, and we are none of His. We must have Jesus continually in order to have life and be free from sin. If we sin, we still have time to repent, for we still have an Advocate, Jesus Christ. But, very soon, this will not be the case. Jesus is getting ready to throw His censor down and walk out of the Most Holy Place in heaven. Then there will be no more Mediator (Intercessor) to forgive sins. It is today we learn of our continual need of Jesus to be free from sin. The glory goes to Him, not us. For we can do no good thing unless we are fully surrendered to Christ.


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Further Thought: Read Ellen G. White, “Victory Appropriated,” pp. 105, 106, in Messages to Young People; “The True Motive in Service,” pp. 93-95, in Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing; “Appeal to the Young,” p. 365, in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3; pp. 1074, 1075, in The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6.

“He [Jesus] did not consent to sin. Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may be with us. Christ’s humanity was united with divinity; He was fitted for the conflict by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And He came to make us partakers of the divine nature. So long as we are united to Him by faith, sin has no more dominion over us. God reaches for the hand of faith in us to direct it to lay fast hold upon the divinity of Christ, that we may attain to perfection of character.” - Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 123.

Amen! Believe it!  "So long as we are united to Him by faith, sin has no more dominion over us."  Again, dominion does not mean that we can sin sometimes. No, it means that we do not sin when we are united to Christ. Why? Because we are partakers of His divine nature and have escaped the lust within. Our only hope is to maintain this connection with Christ. When we sin, it reveals we are not connected with Him.


“At our baptism we pledged ourselves to break all connection with Satan and his agencies, and to put heart and mind and soul into the work of extending the kingdom of God. . . . The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are pledged to cooperate with sanctified human instrumentalities.” - Ellen G. White Comments, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 1075.


"Sanctified" means filled with the Spirit. We do not serve two masters when we are sanctified and partakers of His divine nature. If we sin, we are not filled with the Spirit. And, if we have not His Spirit, we are none of His (Romans 8:9).


“A profession of Christianity without corresponding faith and works will avail nothing. No man can serve two masters. The children of the wicked one are their own master’s servants; to whom they yield themselves servants to obey, his servants they are, and they cannot be the servants of God until they renounce the devil and all his works. It cannot be harmless for servants of the heavenly King to engage in the pleasures and amusements which Satan’s servants engage in, even though they often repeat that such amusements are harmless. God has revealed sacred and holy truths to separate His people from the ungodly and purify them unto Himself. Seventh-day Adventists should live out their faith.” - Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, p. 404.


"Purify them unto Himself." Purify you and me? We shall have this evil flesh until we by God's grace are glorified with new bodies. So, how can God "purify" you and me? He cleanses the heart and mind. The motives are pure and holy. Believe it and teach it. We may have hearts as white as snow IF we will give them to Christ fully. We can hold nothing back. He wants the whole heart, not part of it. If there is still hidden pride in the heart, then we are not converted. We cannot serve two masters at the same time. The flesh is evil, but the heart is holy if we give it wholly to Jesus. "Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." Eze. 36:25-27.

Discussion Questions:

    Although we have all these wonderful promises of victory over sin, the fact is that we all-even as born-again Christians-are aware of just how fallen we are, of just how sinful we are, and of just how corrupt our hearts can be. Is there a contradiction here? Explain your answer.

"How corrupt our hearts can be." The heart of one abiding in Christ or those who have never been converted, or who have sinned and not repented? The one who abides in Christ has a clean heart, but fallen flesh. The lesson has not made this point. Why not? If we do not understand that it means to be converted, then it is quite possible we remain unconverted thinking we are rich and increased with goods. Nicodemus was of this mind when Jesus told him he needed to be born again. Have you ever wondered why it is that there is so many difficulties in the church today? Why did the prophet tell us there would be a "shaking" in the church brought about by the straight testimony of the True Witness?

Is your heart carnal and corrupt, or have you given it wholly to Jesus to cleanse as white as snow? And, if you have given your whole heart to
Christ, do you still have fallen flesh, or do you think your flesh is holy? We shall not have holy flesh until by God's grace we received new glorified bodies at His second coming. Living in vile sinful flesh is no excuse for sin. when the Holy Spirit has possession of the heart, repentant sinners obey all they know. They have pure and holy hearts that empower them to walk in all of the light they have. "Here are they that keep the commandments of God."


    In class give a testimony as to what Christ has done in you, as to the changes you have experienced, and as to the new life you have in Him.

Amen!  Tell of His blessings. Tell of His goodness. Tell of His power to keep you from sinning as long as you remain fully surrendered to Him who gave all for you. We are to be His witnesses. And, tell of His grace to bring you to repentance when you have separated from Him. What a God we serve. If we sin, He does not forsake us. He stands at the door of the heart wanting back in!! "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  1 John  1:9   

    However important it is that we always remember that our salvation rests only in that which Christ has done for us, what dangers arise if we overemphasize that wonderful truth to the exclusion of the other part of the salvation: that which Jesus does in us to transform us into His image? Why do we need to understand and emphasize both these aspects of salvation?

Amen. But, we also must understand that we do not sin when Jesus has the heart, the whole heart. Else we believe we are saved when in fact we are not in a converted state.

Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of His Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 7--4th Quarter 2017--Overcoming Sin
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2017, 08:10:56 AM »
We become partakers of His divine nature even though we retain our fallen nature. We have two natures.....as long as Christ through the Spirit, remains sitting on the throne of the heart. It is the only way we can escape the lust that lives in the flesh. We must keep the "body" under lest we be a castaway. Paul learned not to quit sinning, but of his continual need of Jesus in order to keep the flesh under control. "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 Cor. 9:27.

We have two natures.....as long as Christ through the Spirit, remains sitting on the throne of the heart.

Our "flesh"; our skin, muscles, brain, bone, and blood, simply cannot sin by itself, but does so only as the carnal mind reigns, and not Christ through the Spirit. I would point out that when we are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of the eye (1 Corinthians 15:52), "Christ through the Spirit, remains sitting on the throne of the heart."; yet, we will then absolutely NOT retain a second nature, as you describe above, unless you would include the fact that we keep the "human" form, even as does Jesus Christ, throughout Eternity.

...our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Romans 6:6 "Christ through the Spirit, remains sitting on the throne of the heart" as God...hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 1:21, 22 that we may reckon (ourselves) to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:11

I've frequently heard the insinuation or allusion that since we have the fallen human nature, the inherited weaknesses of bone, muscle, brain, and blood, we cannot hope to live without sin. I believe this misconception comes with mixing the term "fallen human nature" with Scriptures defining that...the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Romans 8:7; For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. Romans 7:14

Undeniably, had Paul for one moment not " (kept) the flesh under control", he would again have become carnally minded. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6

We "know the mind of the Lord, that He may instruct (us): WHEN we have the mind of Christ.

...he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:15, 16


Certainly, we retain the fallen human nature until Christ comes: For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:53

I especially appreciate the fact that ...His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:3, 4

I like the "past tense" stance, IN CHRIST of these verses: (we) might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
...Jesus...will live through (YOU), giving (YOU) the inspiration of His sanctifying Spirit, imparting to (YOUR) soul a vital transfusion of Himself. Sabbath-School Worker 02-01-96.03  ...as the blood is in the body, and circulate there as a vitalizing power... 7T 189.02

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Re: SDA Sabbath School Lesson 7--4th Quarter 2017--Overcoming Sin
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2017, 08:46:36 AM »
We shall have this evil flesh until we by God's grace are glorified with new bodies.

Until we are glorified, "evil flesh" is ever available for us to be 'in the flesh', if we are spiritually blind, or have lost our focus on the Truth as it is in Jesus Christ; however, as Scripture plainly declares, we are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in us.

The purpose and full intent of the Godhead is that Their divine presence infill us with Their righteousness, accomplished by Their work/s (Philippians 2:13) this is our only hope of glory (see Colossians 1:27). We are saved ONLY as Christ's life is wrought out in our life as by the faith of Jesus we live His life in our mortal flesh, before we are glorified. Our fallen nature, human bodies cannot sin in and of themselves unless the mind is subservient to the lower nature through exercise of the carnal mind.

Romans 8:709
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.


For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4:11

Prayer brings Jesus to our side, and gives new strength and fresh grace to the fainting, perplexed soul to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. Prayer turns aside the attacks of Satan.
Our High Calling, Page 177


God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:3, 4). 1SM 347

When the sinner seeks wholeheartedly and finds Christ, the "fainting, perplexed soul" becomes more than conqueror. (Romans 8:37)

We must, and will "condemn...sin in the flesh, BEFORE we are glorified, as we expect to live righteously, Eternally.
...Jesus...will live through (YOU), giving (YOU) the inspiration of His sanctifying Spirit, imparting to (YOUR) soul a vital transfusion of Himself. Sabbath-School Worker 02-01-96.03  ...as the blood is in the body, and circulate there as a vitalizing power... 7T 189.02