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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CHRISTIAN SINS
In our abbreviated Bible Study entitled "Water Baptism", we saw the history, significance and necessity
of water baptism in keeping with the biblical command in Mark's Gospel::  
Mark 1:4  John the Baptist
appeared in the wilderness (desert), preaching a baptism [obligating] repentance ( a change of one's
mind for the better, heartily amending one's ways, with abhorrence of his past sins) in order to obtain
forgiveness of and release from sins.  
And also in our previous studies, we have discussed the
atonement of Jesus and God's provision for man's sins.  We have discussed what true repentance is. It
is not being sorry that your sin was found out, or having  a "self reproach", or a fear of the
consequence of the punishment of the sin. This is called remorse.  Remorse is not true repentance.  

True repentance is turning away from the sin once it is identified as sin, and going in the opposite
direction.  There is an actual hating or loathing of sin in your life.  
Romans 12:9  Abhor what is evil. Cling
to what is good (righteous).  

Judas Iscariot was a prime example in scripture of one who had remorse instead of true repentance for
his atrocious sin of selling his Lord out with kiss and 30 pieces of silver.  For three years this man
followed Jesus just as the other disciples had done.  But the difference between Judas and the other
disciples, was that Judas never had his heart or his eyes set on His Messiah.  His heart was set on
money (greed) which was his idol and the very thing he paid homage to and worshiped.  He dealt with
and handled his horrible sin of betraying Jesus, by running out and hanging himself by the neck unto
his death.

Remorse is not being sorry for the sin we have committed, because it first of all offends the heart of  
God, but rather it involves a method of "self-infliction and the way one deals with the sin once they are
found out.  It is one's way of thinking they appease God's righteous justice in their lives, by dealing with
the sin in their own way (carnal reason, self-condemnation, self-affliction, berating one's self), rather
than submitting to the obedience of the Scripture that God requires and calls for,  in order to satisfy His
righteous commands.

Because of dealing with and handling the issues of sin in one's own way (remorse, self-reproach,
self-affliction, unworthiness,  fear of the consequence of the punishment, justifying and making excuses
for it),  rather than hating the sin and being sorry for it and turning away from it, the door of opportunity
then for the devil's work, is wide open for his constant affliction and oppression of gloom, menacing
darkness and sharp arrows, which sting our memories with hopelessness, unworthiness, utter despair
of the mercy of God. And most of all, Satan inflicts and torments the sinner with the lie, that the sin which
clings to their nature is impossible to overcome and that they are doomed forever.  Satan is the
destroying angel who delights in keeping God's people in bondage.  He throws all of our shortcomings
of the past up before us and constantly reminds us of all our wrong-doings and enjoys keeping the
sinner in the place of constant dejection, darkness, utter despair and hopelessness.

But dear child of God, if you have truly repented and have accepted Christ's atoning sacrifice of His
Blood being spilled out for your sins by faith, Jesus looks upon you with His loving kindness, mercy and
forgiveness.  He speaks the pardoning love of God to your poor, wretched and naked soul, giving you a
renewed hope, faith and encouragement; and He silences the destroying angel's condemnation,
oppression and affliction over you!  You must see and know that His banner of Love waves over you and
the precious peace He bequeathed to all of His own, stills the troubled waters causing the darkness  to
flee; and His blessed river of Life begins to flow afresh and anew in your dry and thirsty spirit once
again.  Hallelujah!

Apostle Paul gives us insight to the battle within as we first come to Christ.
Romans 7:23  So you see
how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a
terrible predicament I'm in!  Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God!  It
has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free
.  As we have discussed, the atoning
sacrifice of Jesus Christ (by His Blood) has paid the debt for our sins, sickness, self-righteousness, and
vileness (our old nature).  He has now made possible all provision for you to overcome.  You have
learned since the time of your Baptism, the spiritual significance of  how the "old nature" was put to
death.  This is what has happened in a spiritual sense when you were immersed into the baptismal
waters.  There was a circumcision that took place, not with human hands, but it was accomplish by
Christ.

Colossians 2:11-12  
In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by
the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism
and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

This wonderful and divine life-long work of God's Holy Spirit is bringing about the wonderful change
from the habitual ways you use to walk in and react to according to in the old life. There is circumcision
going on your heart and cutting away of the old (habitual ways) and a putting on of the new (clothed IN
Christ and with His Mind). This is the inherent power of the Good News (Gospel of Our Lord, Jesus
Christ) working life into your spirit and soul as you are attentive to it, desiring it and becoming
intimately acquainted with it.  

Colossians 1:6
Which has come to you. Indeed, in the whole world [that Gospel] is bearing fruit and still
is growing [by its own inherent power], even as it has done among yourselves ever since the day you
first heard and came to know and understand the grace of God in truth. [You came to know the grace or
undeserved favor of God in reality, deeply and clearly and thoroughly, becoming accurately and
intimately acquainted with it.]

In a visual sense yet spiritual view of this circumcision, we can see this life- long walk in type, in the Old
Testament before the Israelites (God's people)  could go up and possess the promised land.  They had
to be circumcised so that the reproach of Egypt (the world) might be rolled away from them
(Joshua 5:9).
 
That circumcision was a sign in their flesh of their covenant with God.  So also, under the New Covenant
before we can go up and posses our promised inheritance, we must receive the circumcision of Jesus,
made without hands, in putting off the "body of the sins of the flesh".  Through this circumcision we are
uprooted from the world, of which Egypt is its picture type, and the reproach of the world is rolled away
from us, just as the waters of the Red Sea were rolled back for the Israelites to pass through.  

So once we begin to see and understand the nature of our inner-conflict and the battles in over-coming
the world, the devil and yes, even our ourselves, we have the peace as God's children to be able to
look to the Cross of Christ and His finished work for all provision and the fact that He sits next to His
Heavenly Father and intercedes for us day and night. The mercy seat is just a cry away for those who
are learning to truly live IN HIM  through the power of the Holy Spirit who leads and guides them into all
truth.

What happens then as a Christian does sin?  After our salvation there is much to learn and there are
many tears because of the stumbling over the same shortcomings and habitual responses (sinful ways)
of reacting in the old nature.  This is why the scriptures tell us that "God is slow to anger but is rich in
mercy".  This is His great love for you and me as His child.  For the serious seeker IN Christ, when he or
she does sin...there is an absolute hatred of satisfying that old appetite (lower nature) in the sinful way!  
The mercy and grace of God had been extended to you before and while you lived in ignorance to His
ways or commands. You were not aware that you carried those old traits, (patterns, tendencies and
habitual responses), forward with you into your new life.

There is a great difference between sin in the life of a believer ( one who is truly born again), and the
one who is a counterfeit!   A counterfeit is one who give mere "lip service" (insincere expression and
agreement, not supported by real conviction) to his Christianity.  A true child of God who sinned, did
something he absolutely hates and detested!  He has done something he did not want to do!  He was
over-taken in the fog and led aside by his carnal appetite.  Nevertheless, he did it and he sinned. God's
word is very clear, practical and direct for us. 1 John 1:8 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].

So you have sinned.  Now what? God your heavenly Father wants you to be completely honest about
that with Him and admit and confess your sin and repentant of it.
1 John 1:9-10  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].

The question is, do you really understand what happens when a child of God sins? Some people answer
with this question, Well, I will lose my reward". We might as well face it, we will lose more than our
reward!  There will be many things that will happen to us between now and reward time.

We need to understand further that when a child of God sins and does not have this true hatred or
loathing of it, and he takes it lightly and puts off what scripture declares in conformity to the mind, will
and purposes of God in our salvation and way we will come to Him, that there is more than lost rewards
that one will loose out on when he sins. The first thing that happens when a child of God sins, is that his
fellowship with God is broken. 1 John 1:6  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in
darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have
fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  This verse
says that "if we say that we have fellowship with Him, but walk in the darkness, we lie". So it is clear
then, that fellowship with Him is interrupted, when a child of God sins.

But if you have never had the witness of the Spirit of God, and the joy and peace in believing through
the power of the Holy Spirit, then you would be a product of "easy believism".  This kind of believer will
never know whether or not, fellowship with God has been interrupted.  They cannot know, because
they've never had any fellowship to begin with.  Fellowship for this kind of believer was mental assent.  
It was all in his head and not in his heart.  If we do not have this witness of God's Spirit's leading and
giving witness that sin is not okay with God, then we are as lepers.  A leper can put his hand in the fire
and never flinch, because his nerves are dead.  But when we have God's Holy Spirit alive within us, we
know when fellowship is broken, and when the Spirit of Lord is grieved because of our sin.

Another thing that happens when a child of God sins, is this:  Prayers are not answered.  Psalms 66:18
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.  Remember please, we are
discussing the subject about "what happens a child of God of sins, we lose more than our reward.  

These are just of a few of the points and explanation regarding our subject.  Another thing that happens
when a child of God sins, is that God will not use him.  And for all of that, these kinds of people may
never know the difference. God's Word declares:
 Isaiah 52:11  Be clean, You who bear the vessels of
the LORD.

1 Peter 1:14-16
[Live] as children of obedience [to God]; do not conform yourselves to the evil desires
[that governed you] in your former ignorance [when you did not know the requirements of the Gospel].
15 But as the One Who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of
living. 16 For it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy.

When we tolerate in our hearts and lives, anything that grieves God, whose Name is Holy, then we can
be certain that He will not use us.
 2 Corinthians 6:17-18  So, come out from among [unbelievers], and
separate (sever) yourselves from them, says the Lord, and touch not [any] unclean thing; then I will
receive you kindly and treat you with favor.  18 And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons
and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
 God is a Holy God and He desires to receive the glory in all
areas of our lives, in all we do and all we say for Him.  The believer who sins against God is described in
the book of Ephesians and warned:
 Ephesians 4:27  Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil
[give no opportunity to him].
The reason the scriptures gives warning is because, if you give place to
the devil by sinning, he will take it! You will become more prone to Satan's attacks.  

This beautiful life long journey is one of growing in the knowledge and grace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.  
As we learn to be submissive and obedient to God's requirements, we learn the joy of this salvation and
enjoy the peaceful place of rest that we were created for, which is found IN Christ Jesus.  Psalms 34:7  
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him.  Remember always, it is very important to
confess your sin, with heart felt repentance, once the Lord brings the awareness of it. Be reminded of
the scripture that Jesus spoke in:
John 15:3-5  "You are already clean because of the word which I have
spoken to you. 4 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in
the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who
abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.

This wonderful scripture represents a two-fold clue for us.  Jesus said, "you are already clean because
of the Word".  And if we abide in Him continually, we will remain clean.  We shall know sin and will find it
repugnant when it comes up to us as presentation of temptation.  The only way we sin, is to partake of
the temptation and enjoy it.  Temptation is not sin, until we partake of it.  We learn to not entertain sin,
but to stay in the Word, Who is Jesus Christ Himself, where we will have a continual mirror to the soul to
give the inner witness by the Holy Spirit, so that we will be prompt to say, "NO" to it as the Spirit gives
witness.
Questions To Ask In Your
Growing Relationship As A Disciple Of Jesus Christ
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1.  Read Romans 4:5.  God justifies (makes righteous) people who are what?  
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2.
 Read Romans 4:2-3.  God put something to Abraham's account (when he believed) which he did not
have before.  What was this? ____________________________________________________________

3.  
Read Romans 4:22-24.  If we believe (trust in, live in vital union with) as Abraham did, what will God
put to our account?  _______________________________________________________________________

4.
Read Romans 4:6.  God puts righteousness (right standing) to a person's account:  A. according to
their works. B.  apart from their works. C.  according to how nice and cute they are. _________________

5.  
Read Hebrews 10:14.  How long are believers perfected before God?
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6.  
Read Hebrews 10:17.  Righteousness is received:  A.  by earning it.  B.  as a gift.  C.  by working for
it. _____________________________________________________________________________________

7.  What does the word "gift" imply? _______________________________________________________

8.  To trust Jesus to be your personal Savior, you must trust Him to take you all the way to:  A.  Church
B.  Heaven   C.  China ____________________________________________________________________

9.
Read  Matthew 3:1-2.  If we sin as a child of God, what should we do? ___________________________

10.  
Read Matthew 4:17.  What did Jesus cry out as He began to preach and teach?
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11.  
Read Revelation 3:19.  Does the Lord still love us even though we may sin?
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12.  
Read Revelation 3:19.  Why does He discipline and correct us when we do sin?
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13.  
Read Acts 26:18.  What was the purpose of Jesus coming to this earth? _______________________

14.  
Read Acts 26:18.  What does forgiveness of Our Lord release us from? ________________________

15.  
Read Acts 26:18.  And where are we now placed or positioned after we receive forgiveness and
release of our sin? _____________________________________________________________________

16.  
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-19.  Are your sins counted against you still? __________________________

17.  Would this be grounds for rejoicing, giving praise and thanks to the Only True God for the
freedom (of your sins), that you now experience In Christ's love for you?  
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Scriptures Provided To Use With Questions
Romans 4:5
But to one who, not working [by the Law], trusts (believes fully) in Him Who
justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness (the
standing acceptable to God).

Romans 4:3-4
For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed in (trusted in) God, and it was
credited to his account as righteousness (right living and right standing with God).
4 Now to a laborer, his wages are not counted as a favor or a gift, but as an
obligation (something owed to him).

Romans 4:22-24
That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).
23 But [the words], It was credited to him, were written not for his sake alone, 24 But
[they were written] for our sakes too. [Righteousness, standing acceptable to God]
will be granted and credited to us also who believe in (trust in, adhere to, and rely on)
God, Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.

Romans 4:6
Thus David congratulates the man and pronounces a blessing on him to whom God
credits righteousness apart from the works he does:

Hebrews 10:14
For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who
are consecrated and made holy.

Romans 5:17
For if because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through
that one, much more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace
(unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right
standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ
(the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Matthew 3:1-2
IN those days there appeared John the Baptist, preaching in the Wilderness (Desert) of
Judea 2 And saying, Repent ( think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and
changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:17
From that time Jesus began to preach, crying out, Repent ( change your mind for
the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Revelations 3:1
AND TO the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Sardis write: These are the
words of Him Who has the seven Spirits of God [the sevenfold Holy Spirit] and the seven
stars: I know your record and what you are doing; you are supposed to be alive, but [in
reality] you are dead.

Revelations 3:19
Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and
reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and
burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude]

Acts 26:18
To open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to
God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and
portion among those who are consecrated and purified by faith in Me.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19
Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new
creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away.
Behold, the fresh and new has come!  18 But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ
reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave
to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into
harmony with Him]. 19 It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the
world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but
cancelling
them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).
Answers to Questions
1.  Read Romans 4:5.  God justifies (makes righteous) people who are what?  Ungodly.

2.  Read Romans 4:2-3.  God put something to Abraham's account (when he believed) which he did not
have before.  What was this?  Righteousness, or right standing with God.

3.  Read Romans 4:22-24.  If we believe (trust in, live in vital union with) as Abraham did, what will God
put to our account?  Righteousness or right standing with God.

4.
Read Romans 4:6.  God puts righteousness (right standing) to a person's account:  A. according to
their works. B.  apart from their works. C.  according to how nice and cute they are.  B.  apart from their
works.

5.  
Read Hebrews 10:14.  How long are believers perfected before God?  Forever.

6.  
Read Hebrews 10:17.  Righteousness is received:  A.  by earning it.  B.  as a gift.  C.  by working for it.
B.  as a gift.

7.  What does the word "gift" imply?  Something freely given, without cost to the person receiving it.

8.  To trust Jesus to be your personal Savior, you must trust Him to take you all the way to:  A.  Church
B.  Heaven   C.  China   [B.  to heaven]

9.
Read  Matthew 3:1-2.  If we sin as a child of God, what should we do?  Repent (think differently,
change
your mind for the better, have abhorrence your past sins, amend your ways)

10.  
Read Matthew 4:17.  What did Jesus cry out as He began to preach and teach?  Repent (hate your
sin)

11.  Read Revelation 3:19.  Does the Lord still love us even though we may sin?  Yes.

12.  
Read Revelation 3:19.  Why does He discipline and correct us when we do sin?  Because He loves
us.

13.  
Read Acts 26:18.  What was the purpose of Jesus coming to this earth?  To open our eyes so that
we may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan.

14.  
Read Acts 26:18.  What does forgiveness of Our Lord release us from?  Our sins

15.  
Read Acts 26:18.  And where are we now placed or positioned after we receive forgiveness and
release of our sin?   Among those who consecrated and purified by faith IN Christ.

16.  
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-19.  Are your sins counted against you still?   Verse 19: No

17.  Would this be grounds for rejoicing, giving praise and thanks to the Only True God for the freedom
(of your sins), that you now experience In Christ's love for you?  Oh yes, indeed!  Praise The Lord!
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