THE  LIFE  OF  SALVATION


FROM  THE  APOSTLES  PAUL  AND  JOHN


ROMANS  7


From  the  New  Living  Translation



4 So then, dear friends, the point is this: The law no longer holds you in its power, because you died to its power when you died with Christ on the cross. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, you can produce good fruit, that is, good deeds for God. 5 When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced sinful deeds, resulting in death. 6 But now we have been released from the law, for we died with Christ, and we are no longer captive to its power. Now we can really serve God, not in the old way by obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way, by the Spirit.

[YES  AS  JESUS  SAID,  GOD  IS  SPIRIT (MADE  OF  SPIRIT),  AND  THEY  WHO  WORSHIP  HIM  MUST  WORSHIP  HIM  IN  SPIRIT  AND  IN  TRUTH.  JESUS  CAME  TO  MAGNIFY  THE  LAW (Isaiah 42: 21— righteousness is defined for us in Ps. 119: 172), WHICH  HE  CLEARLY  DID  IN  MATTHEW  5, 6, 7 - Keith Hunt]


God's Law Reveals Our Sin 


7 Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is evil? Of course not! The law is not sinful, but it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, "Do not covet." 8 But sin took advantage of this law and aroused all kinds of forbidden desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power.


[SO  IN  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  COVENANT  THE  LAW  OF  GOD,  THE  TEN  COMMANDMENTS  STILL  EXISTS,  OF  COURSE  FOR  THE  LAW  TELLS  US  WHAT  SIN  IS;  IF  THE  LAW  WAS  “DONE  AWAY  WITH”  IN  CHRIST,  THEN  SO  WAS  SIN,  FOR  AS  PAUL  SAID  “….BUT  SIN  IS  NOT  IMPUTED  WHERE  THERE  IS  NO  LAW” (CHAP. 5:13)  AND “….FOR  BY  THE  LAW  IS  THE  KNOWLEDGE  OF  SIN” (CHAP. 3: 20). AND  “FOR  ALL  HAVE  SINNED,  AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF  GOD” (CHAP. 3: 23).  THE  LAW  OF  GOD  IS  STILL  IN  FORCE  AND  EFFECT,  HOLDING  ALL  IN  ITS  DEADLY  GRIP  BECAUSE  “THE  LAW  WORKS  WRATH,  FOR  WHERE  NO  LAW  IS,  THERE  IS  NO  TRANSGRESSION” (CHAP. 4:15).  THOSE  WHO  TRY  TO  TEACH  PAUL  “DID  AWAY  WITH  LAW”  IN  OTHER  EPISTLES  OF  HIS,  ARE  TWISTING  AND  PERVERTING  PAUL’S  WRITINGS,  THEY  NEED  TO  REPENT  AND  GO  BACK  TO  SCHOOL,  TO  REALLY  UNDERSTAND  PAUL.  HE  NEVER  CONTRADICTED  HIMSELF - Keith Hunt]  


9 I felt fine when I did not understand what the law demanded. But when I learned the truth, I realized I had broken the law and was a sinner, doomed to die. 


10 So the good law, which was supposed to show me the way of life, instead gave me the death penalty. 11 Sin took advantage of the law and fooled me; it took the good law and used it to make me guilty of death. 12 But still, the law itself is holy and right and good.

[HERE  PAUL  IS  PERSONIFYING  SIN,  AS  IF  SIN  WAS  A  PERSON  WHO  TOOK  THE  LAW  OF  GOD,  HELD  IT  UP  IN  FRONT  OF  A  PERSON,  AND  SAID,  “THERE  YOU  SEE  YOU  HAVE  NOT  KEPT  THE  LAW,  SO YOU  ARE  A  SINNER,  AND  SO  YOU  HAVE  THE  DEATH  SENTENCE  UPON  YOU.” - Keith Hunt].


13 But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my doom? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God's good commandment for its own evil purposes.

[AGAIN  PAUL  PERSONIFIES  SIN,  AS  A  PERSON  USING  THE  GOOD  LAW  OF  GOD,  TO  BRING  EVIL  UPON  PEOPLE,  TO  CONDEMN  PEOPLE.  LIKE  A  POLICE  MAN  CAN  USE  THE  GOOD  SPEED  LIMIT  LAW  (MEANT  TO  KEEP  PEOPLE  SAFE  AND  HAPPY  AND  SECURE)  TO  BRING  CONDEMNATION  AND  A  PENALTY  FOR  THOSE  WHO  BREAK  THE  SPEED  LIMIT  LAW  -  Keith Hunt]


Struggling with Sin


14 The law is good, then. The trouble is not with the law but with me, because I am sold into slavery, with sin as my master.15 I don't understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate.16 I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 But I can't help myself, because it is sin inside me that makes me do these evil things.


18 I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can't make myself do right. I want to, but I can't. 19 When I want to do good, I don't. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. 20 But if I am doing what I don't want to do, I am not really the one doing it; the sin within me is doing it.


21 It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God's law with all my heart. 

[PAUL  SURELY  NEVER  TAUGHT  ANY  THEOLOGY  THAT  “DID  AWAY  WITH  LAW” - Keith Hunt]


23 But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.


Life in the Spirit


8 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses could not save us, because of our sinful nature. But God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours, except that ours are sinful. God destroyed sin's control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the requirement of the law would be fully accomplished for us who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

[NO  ONE  CAN  SAVE  THEMSELVES  THROUGH  THE  LAW,  FOR  THE  LAW  IMMEDIATELY  SAYS  TO  US,  “YOU  HAVE  BROKEN  THE  LAW,  YOU  ARE  A  SINNER,  AND  THE  SINNER  COMES  UNDER  THE  DEATH  SENTENCE.”  GOD  MADE  A  WAY  TO  DESTROY  SIN’S  CONTROL  OVER  US;  HE  SENT  HIS  SON  TO  BE  A  SACRIFICE  FOR  OUR  SINS - Keith Hunt]


5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

[THE  CHRISTIAN  IS  A  FORGIVEN  PERSON  THROUGH  CHRIST’S  SACRIFICE  FOR  OUR  SINS. THEY  MUST  NOW  ALLOW  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT  TO  CONTROL  THEIR  MIND,  TO  GIVE  THEM  LIFE  AND  PEACE.  THE  CHRISTIAN’S  MIND  IS  NOW  UNITED  WITH  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT,  THE  NATURE  AND  MIND  OF  GOD.  THEY  LIVE  A  NEW  LIFE  WITH  THE   MIND  OF  CHRIST  IN  THEM (PHILIPPIANS 2: 5).  THEY  ARE  NO  LONGER  DOMINATED  BY  THE  WORKS  OF  THE  FLESH.  IF  THEY  ARE  THEY  CAN  NEVER  PLEASE  GOD,  THEY  HAVE  NEVER  REALLY  BECOME  A  CHILD  OF  GOD,  THEY  HAVE  NEVER  HAD  REAL  IN-DEPTH  REPENTANCE  OVER  SIN;  AND  AS  JESUS  TAUGHT  WITHOUT  REAL  REPENTANCE  ALL  WILL  PERISH (LUKE 13: 1-5) - Keith Hunt]


9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them are not Christians at all.) 10 Since Christ lives within you, even though your body will die because of sin, your spirit is alive because you have been made right with God.! 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.


12 So, dear Christian friends, you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you turn from it, and its evil deeds, you will live. 14 For all who live by the Spirit of God are children of God.

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IT’S  REALLY  PRETTY  SIMPLE  TO  BE  A  CHILD  OF  GOD;  YOU  ACKNOWLEDGE  GOD’S  LAW  TELLS  YOU  WHAT  SIN  IS;  YOU  ACKNOWLEDGE  YOU  ARE  A  SINNER;  YOU  REPENT  OF  SIN;  YOU  ACCEPT  CHRIST  JESUS  AS  YOUR  PERSONAL  SAVIOR;  YOU  ARE  BAPTIZED (AS  PAUL  SHOWED  IN  ROMANS 6);  YOU  HAVE  THE  SPIRIT  OF  GOD  IN  YOU,  LEADING  YOU;  YOU  LIVE  BY  THE  SPIRIT  NOT  BY  THE  WORKS  OF  THE  FLESH.


AS  JESUS  TAUGHT  IN  THE  GOSPELS  BEING  A  CHILD  OF  GOD,  BEING  ONE  OF  JESUS’  DISCIPLES,  YOU  LOVE  GOD  AND  HIS  WAY  OF  LIFE,  ABOVE  ALL  THINGS,  ABOVE  ANY  HUMAN  PERSON,  ABOVE  ANYTHING  IN  THIS  PHYSICAL  LIFE,  ABOVE  EVEN  YOUR  OWN  LIFE.


BUT  YES  YOU  ARE  STILL  IN  THE  FLESH;  YOUR  FLESHLY  DESIRES  DO  NOT  LEAVE  YOU  WHEN  YOU  BECOME  A  CHILD  OF  THE  FATHER.  YOUR  FLESH  TELLS  YOU  THAT  YOU  MUST  STILL  EAT,  STILL  DRINK  LIQUIDS,  STILL  HAVE  SLEEP;  BUT  ALSO  THOSE  OLD  FLESHLY  WRONG  DESIRES  AND  PULLS  OF  THE  FLESH  TOWARDS  SIN,  ARE  STILL  THERE  ALSO.


WE  PUT  DOWN  THOSE  WRONG  WORKS  OF  THE  FLESH,  WITH  THE  POWER  OF  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT;  YET  SOMETIMES  SIN  GETS  US,  SOMETIMES  IN  MIND,  WORD,  DEED,  WE  FALL  SHORT,  WE  MISS  THE  MARK—— WE  SIN!


SO  WHERE  ARE  WE?  WHAT  DO  WE  DO?


IT  IS  THE  APOSTLE  JOHN  WHO  TELLS  US.


1  JOHN  1:



6 [So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents].


7 But if we [really] are living and Walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations], 8 If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts].


9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins. He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all  unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].


10 If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts].


CHAPTER 2


My little children, I write you these things so that you may not violate God's law and sin. But if anyone should sin, we have an Advocate (One Who will intercede for us) with the Father—[it is] Jesus Christ [the all], righteous [upright, just. Who conforms to the Father's will in every purpose, thought, and action].


2 And He [that same Jesus Himself] is the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours alone but also for [the sins of] the whole world ----- FROM the AMPLIFIED BIBLE.

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AH  YES  JESUS  ROSE  FROM  THE  DEAD;  HE  LIVES;  HE  IS  IN  HEAVEN ,  ON  THE  RIGHT  HAND  OF  GOD  THE  FATHER;  HE  IS  STILL  AN  ATONING  SACRIFICE  FOR  SINS;  HE  IS  ALSO  A  FAITHFUL  HIGH  PRIEST  AS  THE  WONDERFUL  BOOK  OF  HEBREWS  TELLS  US.


JESUS  IS  AN  INTERCEDING  HIGH  PRIEST  ON  OUR  BEHALF;  THIS  IS  SHOWN  CLEALY  BY  THE  BOOK  OF  HEBREWS.  YOU  MAY  WANT  TO  READ  THIS  BOOK  DURING  THE  FEAST  OF  UNLEAVENED  BREAD.


“FOR  THERE  IS  ONE  GOD (THE  FATHER)  AND  ONE  MEDIATOR  BETWEEN  GOD  AND  MAN,  THE  MAN  CHRIST  JESUS” (1 TIMOTHY 2: 5).


IT  IS  THROUGH  JESUS  THE  CHRIST,  THAT  WE  ARE  FORGIVEN  OUR  SINS  AS  WE  WALK  ALONG  THE  SALVATION  ROAD  TO  ETERNAL  LIFE.


GIVE  THE  FATHER  HONOR,  PRAISE,  AND  GLORY,  FOR  HIS  WONDERFUL  PLAN  OF  OUR  SALVATION.


BE  EVER  THANKFUL  JESUS  WAS  WILLING  TO  PUT  ASIDE  THE  GODHEAD,  TO  HUMBLE  HIMSELF  TO  COME  A  FLESH  AND  BLOOD  MAN [AS  GOD  IN  THE  FLESH],  TO  SACRIFICE  HIMSELF,  TO  SHED  HIS  BLOOD,  ON  THE  DEATH  OF  THE  CROSS,  SO  WE  COULD  HAVE  OUR  SINS  FORGIVEN,  AND  BECOME  THE  SONS  AND  DAUGHTERS  OF  THE  FATHER.


Keith Hunt - April 2019 - a message  for  the  feast  of  Unleavened  Bread.