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TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK!

pilgrims-progress“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:15 ESV)

Living the Christian life is not always easy. There are times when you feel like you take two steps forward and then fall one or two steps back. “Simul iustus et peccator” is the phrase Martin Luther used to explain the relationship of the Christian and sin. It means “at the same time just and sinner.”

A regenerate Christian may still sin. Regeneration causes real change in a person, however, it does not cause immediate perfection. The Christian, with the help of the Holy Spirit, will pursue sanctification for his lifetime. Holy living should become more evident, but praise Jesus Christ for His imputed righteousness because we are made just (now) by it.

We live in an unholy world. A Christian will face opposition from immorality, wickedness, and corruption. In spite of this, a Christian must be faithful, virtuous, and knowledgeable of the Scriptures, self-disciplined, steadfast, and godly with love. We must seek to grow in grace in order to be effective and fruitful servants of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV)

Romans 7:14-8:4 describes the Apostle Paul’s battle with sin. I believe this is also the individual experience of every Samuel A CainChristian. Paul goes on to say, “For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” (Romans 7:18-19 ESV) The Spirit and the flesh (addiction to physical desires rather than obeying God) continue to war with each other. However, this is not the permanent condition of the Christian; for one day we who are justified will be glorified. (Romans 8:30 ESV)

Meanwhile, pursuing “godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8 ESV) Confess your sins for He is faithful and just to forgive you. (1 John 1:9 ESV) Continue to put off your old self and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness. (Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV)

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