Sinner Turned Saint

Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A Adeboye
Memorise: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1st Timothy 1:15
Read: 1st John 1:7-10 (KJV)

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Bible in one year: Ephesians 1-3, Jeremiah 5:1-17, Hymn: Sing hymn 6

Message:-
Some people make defeatist statements about sin in order to justify their sinful lifestyle. Such people admit that everyone born of a woman is a sinner, but they hypocritically ignore the fact that God has made provision available to turn every sinner into a saint by the power of atonement in the Blood of Jesus
One of the foremost apostles of Jesus Christ, Paul, in today’s memory verse affirms that a sinner can become a saint if he or she is willing to be transformed. The unwillingness of a sinner to be transformed into a saint through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ is what condemns him or her to eternal damnation. John 3:17-18 says:
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather that light, because their deeds were evil.”
God is not interested in condemning anyone, and this is why He says to all in Isaiah 1:18-19:

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though you sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; through they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
Jesus is still calling all those who labour and we heavy laden under the yoke of sin to come to Him for rest (Matthew 11:28). When anyone comes to Jesus with a repentant heart and cries for mercy, He will abundantly pardon their sins (Isaiah 55:7). It is therefore important for people to take responsibility for their sins in order to receive pardon. Many people shift the blame for their sinful lifestyle to everything but themselves. Instead of acknowledging and confessing their sins and deciding to abandon the sinful acts that have held them bound for so long, they keep making excuses.
For example, some thieves and harlots will blame their sinful lifestyle on the economic recession in their country. If you have been wallowing in sin and passing the blame, I invite you today to come to Jesus Christ for pardon and experience a pleasant turnaround. In prayer, acknowledge and confess all of your sins, asking Jesus to cleanse you with His Blood and to receive you into His family. Also, promise Him never to go back to your old lifestyle again. if you do this, Christ will cleanse you and transform you into a new creature in Him as He promised in 2nd Corinthians 5:17.

Difference between Old Testament Believers and New Testament Christians

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is a mediator or a better covenant, which was established upon better promises- Hebrews 8:6

The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ marked a significant point not only in the history of the world, but most importantly, in our Faith. His death marked the end of the old Covenant and the beginning of the New and better Covenant, which was established on better promises. As Christians under the new covenant, we need to realize our special privilege in Christ and stop leaving and operating like believers under the old covenant.
Here are a few of the differences between the believers under the two covenants
1
O:Mostly Jews, believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
N:Christians, followers of the Lord Jesus Christ

2
O:Dead Spiritually, not being born again
N:Alive Spiritually, Born Again

3
O:Children of Abraham
N:Sons of God

4
O:No Holy Spirit in them
N:Have the Holy Spirit

5
O:Only Prophets, Priests and Kings anointed by the Holy Ghost
N:All the children of God have the Holy Spirit in them

6
O:Holy Spirit only came upon others for some specific assignments at a time eg Gideon
N:Holy Spirit living in us perpetually

7
O:Prophets (and sometime priests) are the mouth piece of God
N:Have Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers and others anointed with ministerial gifts

8
O:Only the high priest can access the presence of God, and that once in a year
N:Every child of God has access into the presence of God anywhere, anytime and as many times as possible

9
O:God’s Presence locked up only in the Holy of Holies
N:His presence is everywhere now, after the veil in the temple was turned in two

10
O:Approached God only through sacrifices that they bring to the priest to offer for them
N:No need for sacrifice as Christ has offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice, once for all.

11.
O:Cannot Worship God in Spirit and in Truth
N:Can worship God in Spirit and in Truth

12
O:Worship God only in Temples and in High places
N:Worship God anywhere, anytime

13
O:Because they are dead spiritually, cannot get personal guidance from God. Have to depend on prophets or other physical means (eg Gideon and the Fleece)
N:Because they have the Holy Spirit, can receive personal guidance from God in their spirit

14
O:Prophets are to lead and guide the people because they do not have the Holy Spirit to hear from God directly
N:The Holy Spirit is to lead and guide, NOT the prophet. Prophets and others can only confirm what the Holy Spirit has already said

15
O:God speaks to them mainly through the prophets and his law
N:God speaks to them by His Spirit through the inward witness, the still small voice, the audible voice/ word of God and sometimes through visions and revelations

16.
O:Can only approach God through an intermediary, NOT directly
N:Can approach God directly without passing through any intermediary

17
O:Sacrifices are a major part of theirworship system
N:Sacrifices NOT needed in our worship as Jesus became the perfect sacrifice for all time

18
O:Dwelling place of God is the temple
N:Dwelling place of God in the Man, not even the church building

19
O:Cannot manifest the gifts and fruits of the Spirit because they don’t have him in them
N:Can manifest the gift and fruit of the spirit because He lives in them

20
O:Looked forward in HOPE to the atoning work of Jesus the Messiah who is to come
N:Believed in the atoning work of Jesus Christ that took place in the past

Five Redemption Fallacies Refuted

1. Fallacy: God cannot and does not impute sins of believers to their account.

Rebuttal: The fact is that God cannot do otherwise if believers go back to sin again. Sin has to be inputted where there is a law broken. (Rom. 5:13; 6:23; 8:12-13)

2. Fallacy: Christ bore the sins of the saved and they cannot be charged to him more than once. Even in civil courts, a crime cannot be charged to a man twice.

Rebuttal: This is only half truth as it deals with sins that have been forgiven. If the same man commits the same sin again, any civil court will charge them to the same man again. Yes, again and again, if he commits them that very many times. So it is with the divine court. A man forgiven of past sins must quit sin. If he commits the same sin again after conversion, he will be charged with them again. They must be properly confessed and forgiving again or he will pay the death penalty for the new crimes (Ezek 18:4, 20-26; Rom 6:23; 8:12-13; 1 Cor 6:9-11; Gal 5:9-21, 2 Tim 2:12)

3. Fallacy: All sins, past, present and future are forgiven once and forever.

Rebuttal: Christ borne the sins of all men, but one cannot receive forgiveness until sin is committed and confessed. Even sins that are committed but not confessed are not forgiven. (Lk 13:3; 1Jn 1:9). The fact that all sinners are not saved proved this. If men could not be dammed for committing unconfessed sins which Christ has borne, then no man will be lost, for he bore the sins of all (Rom 5:8; Gal 1:4; 1Pet 2:24; 3:18; Heb. 2:9). Redemption cannot become effective with anyone who refuses to repent and conform to the whole truth ( Mk 16:15-16; Lk 13:3, 5; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 1Jn 1:7,9)

4. Fallacy: Good cannot and does not see the sins of believers. In fact, their sins are not real sins. All he sees is the blood of Jesus Christ that automatically cover sin. One born again cannot commit sin

Rebuttal: These claims are denials of every principle of human and divine governments. No government could possibly be just and righteous that permitted such a programme with criminals. In human government, no case is known where a criminal was forgiven and told that he could not possibly be held responsible for committing the same crime again. That if he did committed such, it was not really a crime in his case; that it will be automatically forgiven; that the law will never again see any crime he committed; that all it will see would be the pardon he has received and that stipulated in the pardon was absolute freedom from any future punishment, even for the worst of crimes. Every sane, just and righteous being would rise up to overthrow such a government if one existed. And yet this is the kind of government many in the church teach and believe in as divine government. God has repeatedly stated that he will punish every sin, even to every idle word (Matt 12:27-39; Rom 2:12-16; 2Cor 5:10; Rev 20:11-15)

5. Fallacy: It dishonors the blood of Christ to teach that it covers only past sins or the sins of the faithful only. A believer does not have to continue to be faithful to be saved. Sin can never reign over a saved man again regardless of what he does. He is saved even though he serves sin and Satan. Not one child of God can return to his former state of sin and be condemned. He cannot chose to be saved or lost. God chose men to be saved and all such are secured in his choice. If a man could chose to be saved or lost, then he will be more powerful than God. There is no human element in salvation. All men sin everyday. The only difference between the saved and unsaved is that one has accepted Christ and the other has not. Sin is inseparable from one in this life. In the believer, sin is unchanged and unchangeable, even the unsaved are not condemned for their sins, how much less is this true of the saved. God is able to keep one saved who may be sinning every day. If man’s choice govern his destiny, then the sovereign grace of God is subject to the will of man, and God himself ceased to be sovereign.

Rebutted: There is not one scripture to support these false claims. God does not lose sovereignty through his plan of redemption requiring men to meet his terms or be lost. Obedience to God according to the gospel is the basis of all justification, and imputation of righteousness to man. God requires confession of sins (Lk 13:3, 5; 1Jn 1:9). Faith (Jn 3:16, Eph 2:8-9) and Choice on man’s part in conformity to the plan of redemption before he justifies a man (Mk 16:16; Rom 1:5,16; 3:24-31; 5:1-11; Rev 22:17). From God’s standpoint, redemption is provided for all men, and it is his will that all accept Christ and be saved (Jn 3:16; 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9; Rev 22:17), but no man will be forgiven who personally refused to believed and conform to the gospel. When one does obey the gospel, then and then alone sins are forgiven and not inputted to him, and this is all imputation means in Ps 32:2; Rom 4:3-13, 22-25, 2Cor 5:19. No believer has to sin, but if he does it, it will be charged to him and he will pay the death penalty if he dies in sin (Ex 32:32; Ezek 18:4, 20-26; Rom 6:16-23; Rom 8:12-13; 1 Cor 6:9-11; Gal 5:19-21; Gal 6:7-8; 2 Tim2:12; Jam 5:19-20)

FALLING FROM GRACE

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterwards destroyed them that believe not. Jude 5

Grace has been described as unmerited favour obtained from God. We were saved by grace when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour (Jn 1:12; Eph. 2:8; Rom 10:9,10). Receiving the fullness of eternal life after our sojourn here on earth is however premised on our being able to continue in this grace. Many have thought that once you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal savior, eternity is guaranteed. Nothing could be further from the trust.
Below are examples of beings (human, angels and Lucifer) who once lived in grace, but fell from it in the course of time are some unfortunately, were doomed forever. We will do well to pay attention to this.

21 examples of beings fallen from grace

1. Lucifer: He was sinless and walked in the ways of God perfectly until he sinned (Ezek.28:11-17). He fell from God‘s favor and was cast out of heaven (Isa. 14:12-44; Lk.10:18). He became sinful and lustful (Jn. 8: 44) and destined to eternal hell (Mt.25: 41, Rev. 20:1- 10)

2. Holy angels: Over 1/3 of God’s holy angels rebelled with Lucifer (Rev. 12: 3; 7-12) and became destined to hell with Satan (Mt. 25:41: Isa. 24:21). Many of these committed the extra sin of fornication and are now ln hell (2 Pet. 2:4: Jude 6-7). Angels are sons of God (Gen. 6: 1-4; Job 1:6; 2: 1; 38:4-7) and yet those who sin are to be punlshed forever in hell. So sonship is no unforfeitable guarantee of heaven

3. Demons: They were also created sinless and in God’s grace and favor. That they sinned and are doomed to eternal hell is clear from their own Admission of being worthy of punishment (Mt. 8:29; Mk. 5:7; Lk. 8:28-32: Jas. 2: 9). Many of them are now in the abyss (Rev. 9).

4. Pre-adamites: According to Gen 2:1; Isa. 14:12-14, Jer 4:23-26: Ezek. 28:11-17; 2 Pet. 3: 5-8 and other scriptures, Lucifer ruled the earth before Adam end caused all the people of his kingdom to lose God’s favor and be destroyed in the flood of Gen. 1:2, 2 Pet. 3: 5-8.
Not one person, animal, city or plant were left alive (Jer. 4 : 23-26)

5. Adam and Eve: They were created in God‘s grace or favor (Gen. 1: 26-31). They fell from grace by sin and lost the eternal life they would have kept if they had not sinned (Gen. 2:17: 3:1-19: Rom. 5: 12-21: 2 Cor. 11:3). Nothing is ever said of their salvation from sin. They are not listed with faith-worthies of the OT. (Heb. 11). He was a son of God (Lk. 3: 38). Thus again. sonship is proved not to be a guarantee of eternal life. God promised to punish every angel or man who sins, regardless of sonship or relationship.

6. Adamites: Every person born of Adam was once in grace in Adam and fell from grace or favor when he did, for they were in his loins when he sinned. This is why death passed upon all men (Rom. 5: 12-21: 1 Cor. 15: 21-22: 2 Cor. 1:3). If all men fell from the same favor Adam did and are commanded to regaim grace in Christ, then it is settled that falling from grace and regaining it can happen more than once (Gal 4:19)

7. Many Israelites: Before their sin in Ex. 35, they were Born again (Dt. 32: 18: Gal: 4: 28-29), Redeemed (Ex. 15: 13: Dt. 21: 8), Sanctified (Ex. 13:31; Lev. 20: 8) converted (Ps 19:7), in grace (Ex.33 : 12-17, Ps. 84:11), had their names in the book of life (EX. 32:32-33), had the same gospel we have (Gal. 3:6-14; Heb.4:2), and other spiritual experiences. When they sinned they were cut off from God and were lost. (Ex. 32:32-33: 1 Cor. 10:1. 18; Heb. :1-4; Jude 5)

Scores of times they forsook God and were cursed (Dt.17:3; 29:26; judg.2:11-23; 3:5-14; 4.1; 5:31; 6:1; 8:28-35; 10: 6-11, 33; 12:7-13:1; 20:13; 1 Sam. 2: 12-36; 3:11-14; 1 Ki 11:1-13, 38-39: 12:25-33; 13:33-34; 14:16-61: 15:29; 16:2: 2 K1. 17:7-23; etc.)

8. Nadab and Ablhu, holy priests of God (Ex. 1936; 22:31). were cut off in sin (Lev. 10:1-20; Num. 3:4)

9. Korah, Dathan,Abiram and other holy men of God were cut off by sin and went to sheol (Nam. 16:1-3. 23-33)

10. Saul, who had a change of heart and received the Holy Spirit (1 sam. 10: 9-13, 21-24), went into spiritualism (1 Sam. 28: Lev. 19:31; 20: 6). He lost the Holy Spirit (1 Sam. 16:12-23), and died a suicide and cursed of God (1 Sam. 31:1-6: 1. Chron 10:13-14)
11. Many disciples of Jesus left Him and His grace and followed Him no more (Jn. 6:66). They for a while believed (Lk. 8: 13). They drew back to perdition (Heb.10:26-39) T receive Christ and confess him for only a moment brings the new birth. So those who believed for a while had grace to fall from. (Jn1:12, 1 Jn 5:1)

12. Judas was once saved but fell from grace. This is because he was a familiar fried of Christ, (Ps 41:9), had his name written in the book of life, was a bishop of the church of Christ (Acts 1:20), had the Holy Spirit in him (Matt 10:19-20), was ordained into the ministry by Christ, was an apostle etc, but fell by sin from ministry and apostleship(Acts 1:25). Satan only entered into Judas at the close of Christ’s ministry, proving that he was not always an agent of the devil. He therefore backslid and became a thief and a betrayer.
13 Ananias and Sapphira: were saved and of one heart and one soul with all the church (Acts 4:32-5: 1) until they agreed to lie to the Holy Ghost at which time they were killed (Acts 5:141). “Great grace was upon them all“ including Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 4:33; 5:1)

14 The Galatians who had begun in the spirit and had received the Holy Spirit (Gal 3:2-4), were soon removed from Christ and Christ (Gal 1:6; 5:4)

15. Demas, a preacher in the early Church (Col. 4: l4; Ph’m.24) went back into sin, having loved this present world (2 Tim. 4:10). If any man loves the world the love of the Father is not in him. He is lost if he does not come back to God (1 Jn.12; 1 Jn 5:1)

16 Hymenaeus and Alexander were one time in the faith , but made a shipwreck and put away faith (I Tim.1: 19-20)

17. Many others coveted money and erred from the faith (1 Tim. 6:10, 21)

18. Many young widows waxed cold towards Christ and cast off their first faith and were dammed(1Tim 5:11-13)

19 Hymenaeus and Philetus erred from the faith and overthrew the faith of others ( 1 Tim 2:17-19)

20 Apostates were once saved, but fell away and departed from the faith (Rom 1: 21:32; Heb. 6:4-9; 10:26-29; 2Pet 2: 20-22)

21 Many in the churches were once save but later theatened with destruction if they did not repent (Rev. 2:5, 10,16, 20-23: 3:3, 11, 16)

Besides the above examples of being cut off from God because of sin, the Bible abounds with plain laws, commands (about 1,050 in N.T.alone ) and warnings of punishment for those who return to sin. These make it clear that there are no unconditional promises and covenants in Scriptures.

(Adapted from the Dakes Bible)

The Chronology of Abraham’s seed

1 Abraham’s life: 175 years (Gen 25:7)

(1) 75 when left Haran (12:4)

(2) 85 when he took Hagar (16:3)

(3) 86 when Ishmael was born (16:16)

(4) 99 when God. last announced Isaac (17: 1)

(5) 99 when he was circumcised (17: 24)

(6) 100 when Isaac was born (17: 17: 21:5)

(7) 137 when Sarah died (7:17; 23:1)

2 Sarah’s life: 127 years (23: 1)

  • 90 when Isaac was born (17:17)

3 lshmae1’s life: 137 years (25:17)

  • 13 when circumcised (17:25)
  • 19 when cast out (17: 24-25; 21: 5-11)
  • 89 when buried Abraham (17: 24-25; 25: 7-8)

4 Isaac’s life: 180 years (35:28-29)

(I) 5 when weaned (15:13: 21:8: Ex. 12:40)

(2) 40 when married (25:20)

(3) 60 when Jacob and Esau born (25: 26)

(4) 75 when buried Abraham (17:17; 25: 7)

5 Esau’s length unknown

(1) 40 when married (26: 34) 933)

(2) 77 when blessing stolen (see Jacob’s timeline below)

(3) 120 when buried Isaac (25:26; 35:28)

6 Jacob’s life: 147 years: (47:28)

  • 77 when stole Esau’s Blessing, went to Haran and married* (see note below. 27:46: 28:5: 29:20-30)
  • 77 or 78 or 91 when 11 sons and 1 daughter were born within the first 14 years of marriage (29:16-30: 34).
  • 91 when Joseph was born the 14th year of marriage (30:22-34; 31:41)
  • 97 when left Haran (30:38-41)
  • 108 when Joseph Sold (37:2;47: 9)
  • 120 when buried Isaac (25: 26: 35:28)
  • 130 when went to Egypt (47:9)

7 Judah: 48 when went to Egypt.

  1. Joseph’s Life. 110 years (50:26)

(1) Born. See 6. (3) above

(2) 17 when sold into Egypt (37:2)

(3) 30 when stood before Pharaoh (41:46, 45:6)

(4) 39 when Jacob went to Egypt

(5) 56 when buried Jacob (45:6; 47

9 Levi’s life: 137 years (Ex.6:16) 28)

10 Benjamin: 30 years old when he went to Egypt with 10 sons.

Note

*That Jacob was 77 years old at this time seems evident in a study of several passages. It is necessary to take into account the age of his Son Joseph at the time he (Jacob) went down into Egypt with his family and figure back to this time. From Gen. 41:46-54; 45: 5-9 we learn that Joseph was 30 are old ‘when he stood before Pharaoh at the beginning of 7 plenteous years. After those 7 years and 2 more years of famine when Joseph was 39, his brothers and their families and their father Jacob came down to be with him in Egypt. Jacob was then 130 years old (47: 9). This meant that Jacob was 91 years old when Joseph was born in Haran. It was then that Jacob wanted to return from Haran to his own people in Canaan but Laban persuaded him to remain 6 more years (30:25-28: 31:38-41). Since the entire stay in Haran was 20 years of which 6 were spent after Joseph’s birth, then we know that Joseph was born in the 14th year of Jacob in Haran. Counting back 14 years from his age of 91 at Joseph’s birth time we find him about 77 when he first came to Haran looking for a wife. He was perhaps 78 years old when his first son was born and 97 years old when he finally returned to Isaac and Esau after the 20 years with Laban

From the Dakes Annotated Reference Bible

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