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The Conviction of Sin and of Righteousness

In the night before His crucifixion, in John 16:7-11, Jesus gave His disciples some instructions, telling them the following: John 16:7–11 (NKJV) 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It’s to your advantage that I go away; for if I don’t go away, the Helper will not com…

Believers Cannot Sin (1 John 3:9)

1 John 3:9 (NKJV) 9 Whoever has been born of God doesn’t sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. Many people struggle to understand this passage because its context clearly shows that Christians still sin: 1 John 1:8 (NKJV)…

The Great Exchange

2 Corinthians 5:21 says the following: 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV) 21 For He (God, the Father) made Him (Jesus Christ) Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Question: In what way was Jesus Christ made sin on the cross? Wa…

What Is Sin?

Now that we defined righteousness, we are in a better position to define sin, by comparison with righteousness, in a more holistic way. We said earlier that righteousness is the nature of God that defines His character and His ways of doing all things. 2 Peter 1:2-4 say…

Positional vs. Practical Righteousness

Now let’s talk a little bit about positional vs. practical righteousness. The fact that they still do sinful actions after they were born again, bewilders believers. On the one hand, the Bible says that Christians ARE ALREADY righteous, but on the other hand, in reality…

What Is Righteousness?

We’ve been talking so much about righteousness and about the fact that our new spirit has become the righteousness of God in Christ. But what is righteousness really? You may or may not have asked yourself that question before. Righteousness is that nature of God that d…

Who Are You in the Spirit?

A total transformation has taken place on the inside of every person who has been born again. You can see that in many places in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:17 being the cornerstone Scripture in that direction: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Chr…

The Consciousness of Sins and of Dead Works

Now that we have come to the Lord and we were born again, God doesn’t want us to have an evil conscience anymore, but a good and perfect conscience. He doesn’t want us to be conscience-ruled. He wants us to purge and cleanse ourselves from an evil conscience. There is a…

The Purpose and the Effects of Conscience

In Romans 1:18-20, we are shown that every person has a conscience. It’s impossible for you not to have a conscience. Romans 1:18–20 (NKJV) 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unr…

The Origin of Conscience

Genesis 2:15–17 (NKJV) 15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall…
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