RESPONSE TO READER’S COMMENT – Are ALL People Tempted to “Do” Wrong?? – TEMPTATION [5] – [6]

I received a very insightful comment to my last post, Are ALL People Tempted to “Do” Wrong??  –  TEMPTATION [5],  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-xt.  This reader requested a post to address their questions.

Here is the comment that I received…

Very interesting. I would like to see a post on how — if we do “give in” to the temptations we endure (“deal with”)— how God reacts to that, how we ask for forgiveness / what God does when we ask for forgiveness. I think it’s inevitable to “give in” to temptation, even for the little things.

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The reader’s questions will be highlighted in orange, and my response will be in black.

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HOW DO WE (“DEAL WITH”) “GIVING INTO” TEMPTATION —

The aftereffect of giving into our temptations is the same, yet different, depending on whether you’re a Christ-follower or not.

HOW GOD REACTS TO PEOPLE WHO “GIVE INTO” THEIR TEMPTATION —

Both Christ-followers, and non-Christ-followers experience the natural consequences of their choices, their yielding to temptation.  But being set free from the guilt of sin, is where Christ-followers and non-Christ-followers differ.  God’s promises to Christ-followers do not automatically apply to non-Christ-followers.

If you are not a Christ-follower, see The Cornerstone… to learn more about becoming a Christ-follower, http://wp.me/P5nZpi-bJ,  Jesus has taken away your sins, past, present, and future, when He died on the cross, and He provided a way for people to enter heaven.  He (Jesus) personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed. –  1Peter 2:24

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Ephesians 1:7, He (God) is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

The word “forgive” means to wipe the slate clean, to pardon, to cancel a debt. Granting and receiving forgiveness is so important because it enables relationships to be restored.

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HOW DO WE ASK FOR FORGIVENESS —

If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. – 1 John 1:9    

The verse above tells us to “confess” our sins to God. The word “confess” means “to agree with.” When we confess our sins to God, we are agreeing with God that we were wrong, and that we have sinned against Him.

We also see in this verse that God is faithful.  This means that He forgives the sins of all those who receive Christ as Savior, God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. – 1 Corinthians 1:9

WHAT DOES GOD DO WHEN WE ASK FOR FORGIVENESS —

After we acknowledge our wrong doing, God applies what Jesus did on the cross for humankind.  Jesus paid the price for the sins we’ve committed, and will commit.  God forgives us, and restores our relationship with Him.

God frees us from our guilt, but we will still have to “deal with” the consequences of our choices.

When we confess our sins to God it is important that we have a change or attitude, a change of direction.  To acknowledge our wrong doing is an important first step, and sinning no more, in that area, is an important second step.

Remember what Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, …Go and sin no more”  –  John 8:11

Jesus did not condemn (criticize or belittle) the woman, but He didn’t ignore or condone her sin.

God recognizes that everyone has sinned; that all fall short of His glorious standard – Romans 3:23 But with God’s help we can receive forgiveness and stop doing “wrong”.

IT’S INEVITABLE TO “GIVE IN” TO TEMPTATION, EVEN FOR THE LITTLE THINGS —

You are right on target when you say it’s inevitable to “give in” to temptation, even for the little things.

The Bible confirms this,

Ecclesiastes 7:20, Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins. 

1 John 1:8 says, If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.

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KNOW THAT GOD LOVES PEOPLE —

God would do anything to restore our relationship with Him.  Perhaps you’ve seen this well-known, but often disregarded, verse at sporting events.  This is how much God loves us…

He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  –  John 3:16

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I hope this has answered your questions 🙂

I encourage any of my readers to please leave comments or questions in the comment section, and I will do my best to answer those for you.  As the saying goes, no question is a dumb question, and other people probably have the same question.  🙂

**TO READ THE ORIGINAL POST, SEE BELOW LINK**

Are ALL People Tempted to “Do” Wrong??  –  TEMPTATION [5],  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-xt

What Is Driving Our Temptations??  –  TEMPTATION – [7],   http://wp.me/p5nZpi-yx

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Are ALL People Children of God??? – (Part 2 of 3)

Clearly in the verses, quoted by the preacher, the implication that ALL people are children of God, is not correct.  If we take a moment to look at the verses, we’ll see that there is a prerequisite to becoming a child of God, an adopted son or daughter.

The opening quote given by the preacher says it all…

Ephesians 1:3-6 – All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.  Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.  So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.

The preacher was correct in saying, “As Christ-followers our primary identity is not built on something we do, but on something that has already been done.  Through Jesus Christ, you’ve been adopted as God’s son, as God’s daughter.  YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD.

(What does it means to follow someone/something? see – Follow the Leader?? – Joy in Serving  –  PHILIPPIANS  (Chapter 2c)  [6], http://wp.me/p5nZpi-ot)

YOU MAY BE ASKING YOURSELF, “SO WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM THEN?”

First of all, think about this comment, You ARE a child of God.

Ok, sounds good, but here’s the puzzling part.

Let’s use the analogy of a baby girl I’ve given birth to.  Now is this baby girl a child of Monica?  Of course, the answer is yes.  So, if this baby girl is my child, then there is no need for me to adopt her.  Similarly, if ALL people are God’s children, then there would be no reason for us to be adopted by God, thus negating what the Scriptures say – God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family – Eph. 1:5

Given the above analogy, it would certainly seem that “something” is missing from this picture.

Secondly, in listening to the preacher’s message, it seemed as though he was glossing over Scriptural truths.  The preacher correctly mentioned that it is through Jesus Christ, that you’ve been adopted as God’s son, as God’s daughter.  YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD, yet neglected to mention one small, but important detail – How is it through Jesus Christ?

I could interpret this in many different ways depending on where I am in my spiritual journey.

If I am a:

  • Atheist or Agnostic – Since I don’t believe God exists, or I’m skeptical about the very existence of God, I am glad that through Jesus Christ was downplayed/quickly passed over.
  • Seeker (someone who is checking out churches/Christianity) – I may not have even heard the part about adoption.  I may just have heard, I’m a child of God.
  • A religion or belief system other than Christianity – I might not have heard that it’s through Jesus that I’m able to be adopted into God’s family. I might just have heard, ALL people are children of God.
  • A long time Christ-follower – I might not have realized that the way to become a child of God was quickly passed over.  Having been a Christ-follower for a long time, I might have just made an assumption, “Sure everyone knows you become a child of God when you put your faith in Jesus for salvation.”

Thirdly, according to the verse in Ephesians 1:5, God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ,  If ALL people are children of God, THEN ALL people must be Christ-followers too.

Yet, we know that is not the case.  All we have to do is bring up the name of Jesus to our classmates, co-workers, friends, family members, etc. to know that ALL people are not Christ-followers.

Scripture confirms this observation saying,

But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.John 1:12

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We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. – Romans 3:22

It is through our individual/personal profession of faith in what Jesus did on the cross that allows ALL people to become an adopted child of God.

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.  For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.”  –  Romans 10:9-11

God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. – Ephesians 2:8-9

SO WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY IS TRUE FOR ALL PEOPLE?

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 Are All People Children of God?? – (Part 1)    http://wp.me/p5nZpi-pm

Response to Reader’s Comment – Are All People Children of God???  (Part 2)   http://wp.me/p5nZpi-ro

Are ALL People Children of God???  –  (Part 3 of 3)   http://wp.me/p5nZpi-rg

 

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