What makes a born again Christian lie?


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Q jcryle001 JD Abshire
The same thing that makes a lost person lie, the Adamic sin nature. 
When a person becomes saved God gives them a new nature that cannot sin, the Holy Spirit who eternally indwells. This does not remove the old sin nature everyone was born with. Our thoughts, speech and actions reflect which of the two natures we are operating under at a given time.

I know in my own life when I have been out of fellowship with The Lord I will think, say and do things that are totally out of character for a Christian. The old sin nature is the "default operating system". 

If an individual had a bad case of lying before he was saved he will most likely do so when he becomes cold and carnal. That is, until The Holy Spirit takes him to the wood shed or he gets himself in trouble and repents.

I heard a preacher say that if we knew what was in the heart of the person sitting next to us in church, we would get up and move.

Another said that if the congregation knew what was in his heart they would not come to hear him preach. He also stated that if he knew the thoughts in their hearts of the congregation, he wouldn't waste his time preaching.

As with all believers, the Apostle Paul struggled just as we do today. Read Romans 7 and Galatians 5.

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Profile pic Mark Vestal Proud of nothing of myself. Freed by Christ who did it all!
Christians are still trapped in their carnal sinful bodies even after belief, but God's grace gives us the strength needed to overcome! We will always be 'sinners', but our position with God changes when we believe that Jesus Christ made the atonement for all of our sins. Sin is no longer the issue for salvation. Lack of faith in Christ is where people remain lost.

The confusion comes form those who believe and teach that the entire Bible was written to them, failing to understand that they are not a part of God's covenant program with Israel. Our 'good news' for today is found in the thirteen epistles of the apostle Paul (Romans through Philemon).

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah" (Jer 31:31, Heb 8:8). Note that the new covenant is for the house of Israel, and the house of Judah, not you or I.

We have something much greater than a covenant as we are not under law, but God's grace (Rom 6:14). Our salvation simply requires faith in what Jesus Christ completed for us on the cross (Rom 3:28, 1 Cor 1:23).

Rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15), the gospel of our salvation (Eph 1:13), is to separate the gospel given to Paul from the gospels given to Messianic Hebrews when studying the bible. Jesus' message while living and that of the 12 apostles is for our learning, but directly to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Mat 10:5-6, Mat 15:24). Paul's writings were written to us today (Rom 3:21).

God is not imputing sins to anyone today (2 Cor 5:19). Jesus Christ, who knew no sin, was made to be sin for us (2 Cor 5:21). All of our sins, past, present, and future, were nailed to the cross so that we are no longer burdened with the anguish of being unable to live up to God's requirements. God was in Christ on the cross reconciling the world unto Himself (2 Cor 5:19). Our job is to reconcile ourselves to God through having faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, and nothing of ourselves (Eph 2:8-9).

What does it mean to have faith alone in Christ alone for salvation?

Let's say we're back in school and are presented with one final exam for graduation. It is a most difficult exam, and a score of 100% is required. The teacher is VERY gracious however, and states that we can take the test on our own, or we can accept the grade of someone else in the classroom of our choosing. I decide to accept the results of someone whom I believe is smarter than myself. I have faith that he will pass the exam on my behalf. I submit that I am not capable of passing the test on my own, and there is nothing that I can do that will assist him and his perfect score. The teacher states that any attempt made by me to add to his work will cause an automatic failure. It is his performance that matters now and nothing of myself.

Just as the teacher is in the above analogy, God is so gracious to us by offering His free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the cross on our behalf. There is nothing throughout our entire lives that we can do or could have done that would add to Christ's finished cross-work for us (2 Cor 5:21). 

Jesus Christ was perfect for us, did all the work for us, took the punishment on the cross that we deserve, was buried, but rose from the grave the 3rd day for our justification:

1 Cor 15:1-4
"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Believe this and break the yoke of bondage (Gal 5:1)! Live in peace by accepting God’s free gift of salvation (Rom 5:18) through faith alone in Christ!

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