Written by: Christopher Sernaque
The apostle Paul, asks a telling question, that I would like you to meditate on before proceeding with the article.
“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”-Galatians 4:16
Why would any person become an adversary to someone who is preaching the truth, which is symbolized by “light” (Psalm 119:105, Psalm 43:3, John 3:21)? The apostle John gives us the answer, “And this is the condemnation, that light (truth) is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”-John 3:19.
This verse indicates that people will reject the truth, due to the evilness of their deeds, and choose darkness instead. What exactly is this darkness? The Bible repeatedly tells us that “darkness” is a symbol for sin and its consequences. (Proverbs 4:19, Isaiah 5:20, Matthew 6:23)
The bottom line of John 3:19 is simply that people reject the truth because they would rather continue to live in sin. All of the false gospels have one common thread that runs through them, that we can continue to hold onto sin, even while professing to have the “light.” The Real Gospel is nothing like these false counterfeits. So, I ask you dear readers, are you ready for the Real Gospel? Because whether you like it or not, the acceptance of the Gospel entails the forsaking of sin, which is the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4, Romans 4:15).
As will be shown, having an correct understand of what sin is, is essential to understanding the light of the gospel of Christ, because Jesus came to save us from our sins. (Matthew 1:21, 2 Corinthians 4:4) The Bible clearly defines sin as the transgression of the law of God. This means that we are not born sinners, or that we are sinners simply because we are born into the human family of Adam. The Bible clearly teaches that we have to choose to do what is right or choose to do what is wrong. Notice the following verses:
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Leviticus 1:3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.
Therefore, to commit sin is to choose to go against, or to not advance, with the light of truth that has been shown unto you. As Christians, we are called to continually advance with the Truth, meaning that as soon as we learn truth from the Word of God we are to trust and obey. (Proverbs 4:18, Acts 17:11, Psalm 119:60, Acts 22:16)
Psalm 18 has a beautiful point in verse 44, that I would like you to meditate on.
Psalm 18:44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
The Bible makes it very clear, that we are to obey God’s commandments, not when we feel like it, but when He says so. So are we required in this present life to overcome sin? Let us turn to the book of Titus.
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”-Titus 2:11-15
These verses make it very plain that we are to be “sober”, “righteous”, “godly”, and “zealous of good works” in this present world. Therefore, victory over sin must occur in our lifetimes on earth. Yet, to those who are keenly aware of their sinfulness, this raises the question, “How are we to obtain victory over our sin?” Now, we are lead to another vital aspect of the real gospel. Namely, that Jesus Christ, took on our human nature, and overcame sin to empower us to live victorious lives. This is the “faith of Jesus” found in Revelation 14:12. The Bible teaches that, “as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself likewise took part of the same.” (Hebrews 2:14).
Jesus was indeed in all points like as we are because He was tempted in all points as we are. (Hebrews 4:15). Just as Jesus resisted all temptation, while he was “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Romans 8:3), even so He can “succor” or “support” us who are tempted. Jesus had a sinless character, even though he partook of our fallen nature, and so by faith we can rest assured that He can give unto us a “new heart” that walks in His law. Therefore, moral perfection is possible to every single one of us who will accept the real gospel. To make it plain, as Habakkuk 2:2 states, here is the true gospel explained in four points:
Sin is a choice to break the commandments of God. (Joshua 24:15, Deuteronomy 30:19, Leviticus 1:3, James 4:17)
Jesus Christ had sinless character in our fallen human nature. (Hebrews 2:14-18, Romans 8:3, Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:4)
Righteousness by faith is not a mere belief in the truth, but is justification and sanctification. (James 2:19, Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Romans 6:1-2)
Moral Perfection, or Sanctification, is indeed possible to everyone who chooses to surrender their will to Jesus. We can be perfect even as our “Father which is in heaven is perfect” because Jesus will “keep us from falling.” (Matthew 5:48, Jude 24, 1 Thessalonians 3:3, Leviticus 20:7, Ezekiel 36:26-27)
Now you have just been present the real gospel, you have come face to face with the truth! Let this fact be forever etched into your mind, if anyone presents a gospel that does not include sanctification, then they are not presenting the truth. The truth about truth is that truth is sanctifying!
Please take heed to John 17:17- “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
In closing, I will repeat the question that Paul asked. Have I become your enemy because I just told you the truth? Did you grow up hearing that the gospel teaches that you can do whatever you want and still claim a one-way ticket to heaven? If so, now you know that the gospel teaches that we must live even as Jesus lived. (1 Peter 2:21, 5:7, Matthew 16:24, John 13:15, John 15:10)
The true gospel has just been presented to you. What will you do with the information that you have learned today? Put not your light under a bushel, Jesus bids thee dear reader, teach the true gospel of victory over sin to all nations.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” -Matthew 5:14-16
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”-Mark 16:15