Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life
- Houston Texas
- Jul 13, 2012
Just getting any notions of sinlessness off the table. Which some here promote, surprisingly. I haven't posted here in quite awile. It seems to be a newer wrinkle
John 3:8 is clear about sin being "of the devil"
So is Mark 4:15 likewise clear about sin being of the devil i.e. theft of Word.
As is Satan's presentation of being a deceiver, a liar, a thief, a destroyer, a tempter and a killer, a capturer, the blinder of minds, the spirit of disobedience, all the bulk of which transpires in mankind.
I would only concur that whatever "lusts" people are prone to are courtesy of devils and as such, theirs to bear in particular.
James also acknowledges that believers can be prone to having devilish wisdom as well.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
Seems rather obvious, doesn't it?
Let's presume that random evil thoughts are attributed to Satan/devils. That doesn't mean such things that transpire in us does NOT have repercussions, at least unto the perps. To think we skate for "their" intrusions is probably not true at all. We all pay a price in our own flesh for sin, which is ultimately death, the wages of sin. Romans 6:23, Romans 8:10
As to evil thoughts not being a big deal, Jesus did not cut us that kind of slack
Matthew 15:19-20 Mark 7:21-23 and Matthew 5:28 all show that evil thoughts defile us, and it's not presented as optional to have them
Big caveat with Jesus, that being "without sin"
I'm not jumping into the "I'm sinless" pool because it's a lie. Why? Because the tempter is jumping in as well, and I'm not cutting that bad actor a spittle of slack or excuse
The devils are not
Therein resides the walk of Mercy in the Grace of God in Christ,, because apart from that, we'd be instant toast
Do you believe saints, those who are in Christ, are also at the same time, sinners; those who are devoted to sin?
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:
Saint — Strong's G40 - hagios
- most holy thing, a saint
Sinner — Strong's G268 - hamartōlos
- devoted to sin, a sinner
- not free from sin
- pre-eminently sinful, especially wicked
- all wicked men
- specifically of men stained with certain definite vices or crimes
- tax collectors, heathen