Oh, no. We’re saved by faith. He gave us the power. He gave us the power to become the sons of God from glory to glory. We are being changed, present progressive, into His image.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV
We quoted yesterday out of 1 Thessalonians 5:23 — May the God of peace sanctify us and make us holy that we can be made whole in spirit, soul and body.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and / pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV
Now hang on! This is tough! This is four by four theology right here. You need four wheel drive to get through this one. We were born again, and our spirits were regenerated by a work of the Holy Spirit to God. That’s what happened. You must be born again because your spirit must come alive to your Father in heaven through Jesus Christ. But it doesn’t mean that we’ve been converted.
That’s where we quoted previously out of Acts 3:19 — Repent and be converted that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Acts 3:19 KJV
It could be that if you’re not experiencing the times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, which is prosperity, health, and sanity, then you’re serving sin as Paul indicated in Romans 6 and 7. If we’re serving sin, it becomes our master, and we become its servant. So a person that cannot defeat rage or anger is actually serving rage and anger, and it’s their master. They’re a slave to it until they’re delivered. So a person can participate with sin as King David did.
In Psalm 51 David said to God in his prayer of repentance — Against you and against you alone oh Lord, have I committed this sin.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Psalms 51:4 KJV
So we know that believers can transgress the commandments of God. It doesn’t mean that you’re not saved. It means that you’re allowing Satan to be lord of your life in that area of your life when, in fact, Jesus should be Lord. We don’t want to think about Satan being our lord. We don’t want to think about the fact as a believer (now this is somewhat four by four…heavy turf right here)… We’re not just believers, we’re not just born again according to scripture, we are in fact called the priesthood of believers.
We don’t really understand what that means. The Bible is very clear that in the millennium we’ll be kings and priests. We will be in rulership with the Lord as serving Him, but we get to practice here. The Bible says that in that day… In what day? In the day of all things, the fulfillment, well be known as we were known, so if you judge yourself then in that day … what day is that for a believer?
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV
In the judgment seat of Christ you won’t have to give an account for what you have dealt with. So we have this wonderful opportunity here as believers, to allow God to change us if we want to be changed.
So a person can participate with sin, and it certainly doesn’t negate his salvation.
(Donna Wright) I know people say that we’re talking about sin so much right now and they get all uptight about it because nobody wants their sin to be seen, especially by other people. However, God exposing sin in us shows His love because it separates us from Him. Not only that, but it separates us from each other as well.
He knows that if we repent, then we’ll be set free, but at the same time we become vulnerable. There’s one more thing I wanted to add. Sin is the issue, but love is the real issue because God’s love covers a multitude of sins.
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 KJV
What is that covering? It means that it gives you permission to change. One thing that we should strive to do is maintain an environment of love, and people who are able to do so expose the things that are not right in each other. It is God’s perfect will for us to be right with Him. That’s what it’s all about.
Original Source: Be In Health Global, Henry W. Wright, Donna Wright. It’s a New Day Interview with Henry W. Wright and Donna Wright: 2004.
DVD Course Material. Pleasant Valley Church, GA, 2006. Print.