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We Can Not Entertain Sin and Continue to Worship Christ

I had a dream last night where someone from my past had taken over my life. We were on the run from some sort of foreign government agencies as we were staying in a foreign country, and this person continually kept violating the laws of the land, and I was bearing the blame for it. Over time, they would even corrupt some of the authorities, abandoning me, vulnerable and exposed, to everyone around me. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? But I sometimes think God plays upon our subconscious and tells us what we need to understand. And this dream, the past (which was a different life for me), spoke to one thing: The Old me and the New me have nothing to do with one another. I cannot live in the Old Life while Jesus is regenerating me and making me new. I cannot entertain the old, sinful self and continue to worship Christ.

 

Loved ones, this is the reminder we’re given throughout Scripture. This world is not our home. We are bearers of the image of God who have been corrupted by our sin, our disobedience to God’s commands. Jesus lived perfectly in that image and died the death that we deserve destroying sin with His sacrifice, rising on the third day to conquer death, which is the consequence of sin. During his life, Jesus preached against sin. So if Jesus lived against and died to put an end to sin, how can we entertain the Old Life and Old Self while He died and rose again to make us new? Loved ones, we must live how we are called. I am convinced and convicted, I hope you are as well.

 

Titus 2:1-3:11

 

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

 

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

 

Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

 

3 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.




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