NO LASTING CHANGE

“Our physical bodies and natural appetites were created by God and are not sinful in themselves. Nevertheless, if left uncontrolled, we will find our bodies becoming ‘instrument of wickedness’ rather than ‘instrument of righteousness’” (Rom 6:13)” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p108).

“We tend to act according to our feelings. The trouble is, we seldom ‘feel’ like doing what we should do” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p111).

“There is no point in our saying that we believe that Christ has died for us and that we believe our sins are forgiven unless we can also say that for us old things are passed away and all things are become new, that our outlook toward the world and its method of living is entirely changed. It is not that we are sinless, nor that we are perfect, but that we have finished with that way of life” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, March 28th).

“[T]hrough our union with Christ we have died to this realm of sin. We have been set free from sin (Romans 6:18), rescued from the dominion of darkness (Colossians 1:13), and turned from the power of Satan to God (Acts 26:18). Before our salvation we were in bondage to sin, under the reign and rule of sin. Regardless of how decent and moral we were, we lived in the kingdom of sin. But now through our union with Christ in His death to sin, we have been delivered out of the realm of sin and placed in the kingdom and realm of righteousness” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p54).

“A person who manifests a self-reliant recognition of wrong assigns to himself the power to do better and then gives himself to spiritual-looking acts of penance that make him feel good about himself and his potential ability to do better. But while he is acknowledging sin, there is no verticality to what he is doing. [T]here is no Godward confession, no recognition of his desperate need for rescue, and no repentance that is motivated by a heart filled with gratitude for and worship of God. It is an ‘I can save myself’ way of dealing with sin, and it is far more prevalent in the church of Jesus Christ than we would think. It never results in lasting change” Paul David Tripp ( ref# 190, Nov 17th).

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