Whose child are you?

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it, 1 Corinthians 10:13.

For since He [Jesus] Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted, Hebrews 2:18.

“You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him; For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives.” It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons,” Hebrews 12:4-8.

If we ignore the Father’s admonitions to learn obedience and refuse to suffer through temptation, but instead give in to it, His word tells us we are illegitimate children, and not sons, Hebrews 12:8.

The word of God says if you don’t believe God you make Him a liar. 

The above Scriptures testify that God will make a way of escape from every temptation so that we might be able to bear it. It says Jesus is able to come to the aid of all those who are tempted.  They also say God disciplines us through our sufferings against sin, our struggling, if you will.

And they say if we refuse to submit ourselves to Him and learn obedience, we are illegitimate children.

I believe the Lord.

Therefore, if God provides a way of escape from every temptation, why would anyone turn away from the way of escape and give in to the temptation? Why would anyone choose to be an illegitimate child? 

If Jesus comes to our aid when we are tempted, why would we refuse His aid and give in to the temptation?

There are two reasons I know of that would make someone ignore the help of the Father and Son and turn to sin instead:

1. They are double-minded, or, lukewarm, or,

2. They prefer sin rather than the will of God

Honestly, how can anyone say with a clear conscience that Jesus did not take away sins? How can they so recklessly demean the sacrifice of Jesus? He is our Savior; He has saved us from sin. Our old man was crucified and buried with Him.  We were raised up with Him, a new man, a new creation, the body of the risen Christ. 

We now dwell in the heavenly places where there is no sin. The blood of bulls and goats covered previously committed sins but did nothing to stop sin. The blood of Jesus stops sin in its tracks! No one who abides in Jesus sins, no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

1 John 3:4-10,

4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

5 And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 

6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 

7 Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 

8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 

9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God

10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are OBVIOUS: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.

Do you believe that Christians still sin and will sin until they die? If so, you are belittling the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, for He came to take away sins, 1 John 3:5, which was a giant step from what the blood of bulls and goats did. The blood of animals made atonement for past sins; the blood of Jesus took away sins by opening a way to heaven so that mankind could stand before the living God and receive help in their time of need.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

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