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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Saved-Lost-Saved

As Christians, we sing, “There is Power in the Blood.”  However, some believe that Jesus’ blood is a partial payment that is insufficient, without our human efforts, to complete what his sacrifice did not accomplish.  Jesus blood removes past sins of the alien but is incapable of removing the present sins of the redeemed.  As long as a saved one in Christ remains sinless, he has no need of the blood of Jesus.  His righteous efforts are his saving power.  His righteousness makes him his savior!

When the saint sins, we are told that his defilement demands dismissal from the saved state.  Since God is Holy, He cannot have fellowship with those tainted with non-forgiven sins.  Sin takes one who is a temple which God dwells in, to being defrocked and returned to an unholy tabernacle indwelt by Satan.  He is removed from the saved.  Whether those who believe this teaching understood it or not, this view removes that former saint from the body of Christ, which is the church of God, and returns him to being a synagogue of Satan (1 Corinthians 12:27; 1:2).  The individual no longer belongs to Christ and is no longer a Christian.  He is a child of Satan and no longer a child of God.  His one-time sin destroyed that former relationship.   To be restored to what he no longer is, his righteousness must be produced.  Since he is a child of the devil, we are told he must repent and pray (Acts 2:38).  He is not required to be immersed in water again since his former relationship leaves him with certain privileges which other children of Satan do not have.  His past sin is forgiven, and he is now cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.  He becomes a child of God, a member of the body of Christ, a Christian, and a saint until his next one-time sin.  It doesn’t usually take long to occur.

According to that theory, the blood of Christ is applied only to those who desire to become Christians.  They desire salvation and when they follow good news instruction, those past sins are cleansed by the blood of Christ.  After being added to the body of Christ, the blood is no longer available to them as a child of God.  Its use is to cleanse the alien sinner.  As a Christian, any sin committed removes him from the body or church of Jesus.  The only time the blood of Jesus is active, according to that theory, is when the former saints repents and prays to become a saint again.  It is a cleansing agent for PAST sins, not PRESENT ones.  A sinning saint is immediately removed from that saved state and returned to his former lost dominion.  Now, as a renewed alien sinner he may repent and ask for restoration.  Jesus’ blood is reserved for the alien, not the child of God.

There is another song which saints sing titled, “He Paid It All.”  Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 to an error practicing body of saved people in Corinth.  To those error practicing members, he said they were God’s Temple even though they were engaged in that error.  How was it possible for God to indwell those sinful members since they were engaged in such practices?  Paul wrote to correct them, but that correction had not yet been accomplished.  How can God dwell with sin?  He doesn’t.  Yet, he addresses them in that letter as being indwelt by Him.  They continue to enjoy the Holy Spirit and His miraculous gifts.  How?  He calls them “the body of Christ.”  How is that possible?  Is He not counting their sins against them?   Is He continuing to cleanse them from their sins?   If not, then why is God continuing to dwell in them?  Why is He not removing His Spirit from them?

Did they repent and ask for forgiveness?  Yes, later.  Yet, before doing so, they have not been removed from God’s fellowship.  They were not in the kingdom of Satan, nor has the Holy Spirit been taken from them.  God was not in fellowship with sin.  Could that be so because the blood of Christ was continually removing those sins so God could continue to dwell in His Holy Temple?

1 and 2 Corinthians show God’s love, patience, grace, and mercy upon an error-ridden group of people.  They were still His church.  God’s Spirit still resided and was active among them.  God continued to indwell them.  The Corinthian letter, among others, shows God’s patience and love.  Surely there is a lesson here that has been ignored.  No doubt it would solve the division found among those who are Jesus believers!