Saturday, November 16, 2013

Reason Not To Sin - 1 John 4:15 - God Abides in You

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
1 John 4:15

Why not sin?

God abides in you! Formerly, the wrath of God abode on you (John 3:36), but God has not only removed the wrath because of Jesus Christ, but He now lives in you.

Formerly, the flesh was "sold under sin" (Romans 7:14, KJV); your body's master was sin. The will to do good may have been present, but without power to do it (Romans 8:3). However, Romans 8:9 says you are in the Spirit, if the Holy Spirit of God and of Christ is in you. Verse 10 says Christ is in you, and as a result, the ability to do good is present because of the resurrection power of God! (Romans 8:11)

Or did you not know that your body is described as a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? In context, 1 Corinthians 6:19 is easy to apply thus: Don't sin, because you shouldn't want to defile the temple of God. But the fact is it's an amazing thing that God dwells in you! With Him dwelling in you, you have all the power you need to forsake sin. He wants to purge that temple from the inside out—clean it of all the trappings of sin and wickedness and man-made altars (See 2 Kings 16:10-18)

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