Be Who You Are
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 9 Tuesday
Read second paragraph,
“Peter urges his readers to live according to the new reality that is true for them in Jesus. The characteristics of faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love “are yours and abound” (2 Pet. 1:8, NKJV).”
What is the new reality? Is it a new legal reality, we get declared to be righteous even though we are not righteous, which is what is taught in the penal view?
Such a view is not a new reality, but a perpetuation of Satan’s lie; that false legal view has God presenting a mass fraud, which would be a new declared legal standing, but with no real newness of heart, mind, or character.
The true new reality is the new heart, right spirit, and recreation of the inner man where we have died to selfishness and live in a love relationship with God that inspires us to love others more and more every day!
The new reality is the real regeneration and recreation within the believer; this is design law, not imposed law!
Read next paragraph,
“The problem is that not all Christians live according to this new reality. Some are ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:8). Such people have forgotten that they were cleansed from “old sins” (2 Pet. 1:9, NKJV). So, says Peter, Christians should live out the new reality that is true for them in Jesus. In Christ, they have received forgiveness, cleansing, and the right to partake in the divine nature. Therefore they must “give diligence to make your calling and election sure” (2 Pet. 1:10). There’s no excuse for living as they had done before, no excuse for being “barren” or “unfruitful” Christians.”
What prevents so many Christians from living spiritually fruitful lives?
Could it be they are told by their church leaders that salvation is a legal accounting of their sins, and that there is no victory, no transformation that happens until the second coming. Could it be they are told everyone continues to go on sinning right up until Jesus comes but not to worry because the legal punishment for all those bad deeds Jesus has already paid, and if you have legally accepted it, God declares you are righteous, even though you continue to lie, cheat, commit adultery, steal, murder or whatever your sin is.
Could the very theology taught, the lie of imposed law with its expectation that there is no victory, just legal accounting of sins, be a core obstacle for Christians in experiencing true victory?
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