July 1, 1984
How do sinners saved by grace drift into believing Jesus removes our every trace of and potential for sin in one moment of surrender? Some suggest the Christian life is all smiles and spiritual euphoria—but in reality, Alistair Begg reminds us, ongoing spiritual battles actually show evidence of our faith. While sin might remain in our hearts, we are still redeemed and growing to be like Jesus. No longer sin’s slaves, we can fight worldliness and other lingering beliefs that warp our perception of God’s reality.
5Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:2 sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming.3 7In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self4 with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,5 free; but Christ is all, and in all.
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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.