Repentance of the heart with confession of sin toward God results in becoming justified before God. You are seen by God just as if you had never sinned.
Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him./b
So, what about the sin committed after being reconciled (in peace) with God and justified before God? How can God see your sin? The answer is He no longer sees you as a sinner, but, instead you are seen as blameless in His sight.
13 but, sin is not imputed when there is no law. Through His blood sacrifice, Jesus fulfilled the law, so for believers it is as if there is no law. Sin is not imputed toward those who have been justified before God. After justification, the law provides believers with a guide to understanding God's standard of what He considers to be sinful.
Does this mean you are free, at liberty, to commit sin? Apostle Paul’s answer is clear:
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. /b
I keep sharing the following testimony because it is my belief that many Christians are actually still in a state of rebellion and have not fully surrendered and committed their lives to God. Many have not surrendered and yielded to Jesus Christ as Lord.
Jesus Christ purchased you through the shedding of His blood. This is a two way street. In order to receive the fullness of the benefits Jesus paid for when He atoned for sin, you need to give yourself to Him. Truly, you do not belong to Jesus until you give yourself (heart, soul, attitude) to Jesus! This is when real changes in your life can and do take place. You need to give Jesus permission to come into your life and change it. Then, the need is to yield to the work of the Holy Spirit within you. God, not things of self, needs to be number 1 in your life.
My testimony: I accepted Jesus as Savior as a young teenager, but, truly, I was not willing to give up certain things thinking that I would somehow be missing out and not be able to do things I really thought I wanted to do. Silly, silly me. At the age of 56, I called out to God in brokenness and with the willingness to put an end to self. With genuine repentance of the heart, I confessed my sin toward God, surrendered my self and my life to God and made the commitment to follow and serve Jesus for the rest of my life.
It was with this genuine act of repentance and commitment that the Holy Spirit entered me and indwelled me. My life did change overnight. The next morning, I experienced that "peace that passeth all understanding." I did not want to leave my house for fear I would somehow lose what I had just gained. I was and am hungry for God's Word. I lost the desire to aimlessly watch television. I wanted to know truth and to know and experience more and more of God. I had been born-again in Jesus Christ and my spirit had been quickened (it had come to life). I experienced regeneration: a new birth that is a spiritual, holy, and heavenly birth signified by being made alive in a spiritual sense. When this happens and you continue to yield to the Holy Spirit's working in you, you have begun to walk in the spirit. Praise God!
I want to make this point clear: It was at the point, when I raised the white flag and lovingly surrendered my self and my life to God that I received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I do believe, many people have not been indwelled by the Holy Spirit.
Now, as a willing slave to righteousness, I do not have a desire to sin. I see sin as ugly. Being born-again in Jesus Christ and walking in the spirit, I still do mess up, but, almost immediately there is a sense of conviction that rises up within me and I seek help from the Holy Spirit to bring about the change that is needed. Sanctification (the process of becoming more and more like Jesus) is going to be a life-long process. But, the important part of this is your heart attitude toward God and that your love for God grows and strengthens. I no longer have my own identity. My identity is in Jesus Christ. I am forever grateful.
When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the other parts of the temple, split down the middle. This signified the removal of the separation from God that came about when Adam and Eve sinned and sin entered this world. God removed the barrier between man and God.
An unwillingness to surrender fully to God is what brings about so much of the "problems" people have in their lives. It is this thing called "free will" that gets in the way. Remember always, God cannot lie. He gave man "free will" to choose. When he/she chooses to do things his/her way, what can God do about it? He cannot and does not go against your "free will." What happens when you willingly surrender to God and make Jesus Lord and yield to the work of the Holy Spirit? The barriers you have created are removed and this opens up for you a free flow of God's love, grace, blessings, favor AND healing that can now flow into you!!! As you walk and grow in the spirit the will of God becomes the "free will" that you choose. Your 'free will' and Gods Will mesh together and become intertwined.
In Part 5, I will approach in greater depth miracle healings and walking in wellness. Updated 12-21-12: This series is being merged into a series titled Miracles of Healing: The Dear Billy Letters.
Greetings Dorothy - I can concur, as I have mentioned before with your testimony as such was my experience. Became a Christian as a teenager but did not really allow the Holy Spirit better access to my life till much later on. As you mentioned such experiences mirror many believers today who are blissfully unaware that they are not living to Gods full potential.
I appreciate this blog so much! Thank you for having taken the time to have been so explanatory about this issue: it brings great rest to my soul. *It's well researched and well-written.