In 1 John it says "whoever is born of God does not commit sin". Whats this mean? Our Sins Are Imputed to the Christ! Remember Paul...All Things Are Lawful and All Things Are Pure
What we now find in the teachings of the Holy Scriptures for those presently "in Christ," those who are mature Christians, is something very different than being guided by written Laws, even if they are the written Laws of God
What we discover is the fact that we are now under UNWRITTEN PRINCIPLES
; we are NOT under any written laws whatever
, even if those laws are the most sacrosanct of the Laws of God. That's right. We are not under any of them. Let me be plain as the apostle Paul was, if you break any of those laws (name any law you want, even the most holy, righteous, and good), you will no longer be considered a sinner by God the Father or Christ Jesus if you are "in Christ Jesus." What a statement to make! Yes, but it is true in every way.
Let us look at this closely. In a context in which the apostle Paul spoke of the things done by those in the flesh-fornication, idolators, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind, thieves, the covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners (of such evils the Scriptures have many written Laws that utterly condemn such actions and tell people NOT
to observe such deeds )-the apostle gave a very opposite appraisal from what most people would think he would give. Look at this carefully, because many people find it difficult to believe that Paul would state such a thing. Paul brazenly states in the midst of such evil things, "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any."
1 Corinthians 6: 12As clear as anyone could make it
(unless people have preconceived ideas that they never look at the context of any given subject because of their prejudices), Paul said that he was at liberty to do any of those evils just mentioned, because "all things are lawful unto me." But he quickly added and thankfully, because this is what he wanted people to understand
, "but all things are NOT expedient
[beneficial]." The truth was NONE OF THOSE THINGS
he just mentioned was expedient [or beneficial] and he did not want himself or anyone else to do them. In spite of this fact, in God's eyes (now that we are NOT under the Law
since we are no longer reckoned to be sinners
), even those evil actions have to be reckoned as lawful to do
. This is simply because Christians are no longer under any law, though no mature Christian should ever do terrible things that our society and common sense show are evil.It is a matter of looking at our legal position that we have in Christ
. Though none of us should do the evil things Paul mentioned above, we are still not sinners
in God's eyes no matter what we do because all of us are "in Christ"
and reckoned to be sin free
. We will always be accounted sin free
because our standard of conduct or behavior is no longer governed by the written Law with which God judges us when we come before His Judgment Seat. We are no longer gauged or monitored by God via the former standard known as the written Law, not even by the written laws God gave to Israel in the Old Covenant period. That is what the apostle Paul stated and that is precisely what he meant. This is a brand new way of viewing what is proper to do and what is not proper, what is sin in God's eyes for the Christian and what is not sin
for the Christian. Hold on to these teachings of Paul and John, because I am not through yet.
Look at 1 Corinthians 10:23. In a context in which Paul speaks of offering sacrifices to idols and to demons, what foods are clean and unclean, and in his discourse on the evils of outright idolatry, notice what Paul interjects (in the middle of his context of those evil things) to show that he and other mature Christians are free to do as they wish, he states,"All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not."
1 Corinthians 10:23Taken from the studies of ELM