Romans 14:23 “whatsoever is not of faith is sin” . That is the answer to the question “ is this a sin?”. One of the most popular intent of questions in many Christian groups is asking about a certain sin that the poster is struggling with. As a saved saint that trusts ONLY in the death burial and resurrection of Jesus, when you focus constantly on one sin over any other you are essentially building a law again around that sin and will most likely sin more. Even if you stop that one sin for a week or two you will become puffed up in the flesh likely and prideful thinking you have stopped that sin for God, which is another sin of pride. Also, like the Romans 14:23 verse says anything you do not of faith is sin. Under that definition, we sin ALL the time.
Technically, the spiritual (not made with hands) circumcision that we receive in Colossians 2:11 is key here. When we believe/trust the gospel that saves in this the dispensation of grace (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), not only are we spiritually baptized into the body of Christ but we receive the spiritual circumcision not made with human hands. Our flesh is spiritually cut off from our soul and our sins are not imputed to out soul / account . God just sees our spirit which is Christ’s righteousness!
Christians still have a dead fleshly nature that lusts against the new spirit nature ( Romans 7). When we walk after the flesh we will produce sin and dead works. We are still subject to the consequences of sin so it can produce death in your life in many ways. However we are STILL FORGIVEN.
The biggest and most powerful tool we have to fight sin is the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. When we understand and rest in God’s grace (know that we are forgiven 24/7 no matter what sins we have or think we have, no matter how the accuser accuses our mind constantly), and we seek to walk in the Spirit, letting the Spirit sanctify us by reading sound doctrine in God's word for the body of Christ (Romans through Philemon) and applying it to our inner man and renew our mind ( Romans 12) . Lastly we must walk in faith in the spirit which is faith in our new identity…complete in Christ, seated in the heavenliness….(Colossians 1 , Ephesians 1) .......inheritance in the heavens…(all found in Paul's epistles also) …and when you are focused on WHO YOU ARE NOW AND WHERE YOU WLL BE FOR ALL ETERNITY YOU WON'T WANT TO SIN.....…..Just KNOW it is a process/battle…...Paul outlines this in Romans 6-8 ...........as the flesh lusts after the spirit ……choose walking in the spirit for victory.
We should be focused on renewing the mind and walking in the Spirit each day and not be obsessed with sin...we are dead to sin.....why focus on it all the time or live in it ?……when you sin that magnifies God’s grace and you need to receive it. However, God's grace is not a license or excuse to sin. Before we are saved we need to be convicted that we are sinners and need/trust in God’s solution ( 1 Corinthians 15:1-4) and God applies Jesus’ righteousness to us. Then AFTER WE RE SAVED the focus goes from knowing that we are sinners in need of God’s righteousness to focus on our new identity in Christ since we now HAVE Christ's righteousness by faith (which is what God sees when He looks at us) and letting Christ live through us. We should not spend all our time focusing on sin for when we focus on grace, our identity in Christ and renewing our mind we are focused on Christ living through us. The question we should ask ourself each morning should not be focused on any one type of sin it should be: What will you walk after today? The fleshly nature or the spirit?
In summary when we were lost we needed to be convicted by any and all of our sin to see that we cannot be righteous on our own and we need to trust in the death burial and resurrection to be saved and have Jesus righteousness applied to our account. AFTER we are saved, we are dead to sin ( Romans 6 ). We are not to focus or obsess with sin or any specific sin since we are dead to it, we are to focus on OUR new identity in Christ , completely forgiven or past present and future sin so you walk around forgiven all the time and thank and praise God for it, ( also heir with Christ, seated with Christ in the heavnlies, will spend eternity in God’s family in what will blow away any version of paradise we can imagine , we will judge angels - all found in Paul’s epistles)…….and when we focus on our forgiveness and our identity that is our motivation to walk in the Spirit and not sin , also while reading and applying Romans-Philemon.
Extra content on this topic for more on this amazing grace:
While we can learn things about God in every book of the bible, in order to understand which books of the bible are direct instruction TO us we need to rightly divide the word of God - 2Timothy 2:15 . Once you rightly divide the word of God by simply understanding who God was speaking to in each book it removes any conflicting scriptures , difficult verses and unlocks the beauty, freedom, and peace of God’s amazing love and grace and eternal life/salvation in paradise made available freely to us ( Ephesians 2:8-9 ) by the death burial and resurrection of Jesus , without the need for religion or doing good works (cleaning up your life) BEFORE you can be saved. Simply believe/trust the gospel Jesus gave Paul for the church / body of Christ ( 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 ) for salvation in this time of the dispensation of grace that will end without notice with the rapture. When you do, you have full assurance of salvation and are sealed until the rapture. Then study Paul’s epistles Romans through Philemon to learn and grow in your new exciting identity and hope of a future you cannot fathom how great it will be. We were created by God to live with Him in harmony and in PARADISE. He intends to restore that for those who accept His free and gracious offer of reconciliation through the death burial and resurrection of His son. Trust that and NOTHING else. Because that is the only thing that saves you and keeps you saved. What Jesus did. NOT what you do. Not your church, your pastor, your good works, your heart, your feelings, you perceiving yourself to be a good enough person on your own , going to mass, and whatever other man made religious attempts to earn your own righteousness that you can never achieve. Salvation is by what Jesus did not what you do.
In the books of Matthew Mark Luke and John , Jesus himself said He was speaking to Israel under their program. You are not Israel. That program with Israel was put on hold due to their rejection of Jesus ( Romans 9-11) But God had a plan , a mystery hidden from the prophets. (Ephesians 3:8-10) while Jesus converted and revealed this mystery of the dispensation of the grace of God to the Apostle Paul (Acts 9) , part of which is the new creature, the church, the body of Christ, a program distinct from Israel's program in the Old testament and Matthew Mark Luke and John, which were to Israel. Paul is our Apostle for the church today in this age of grace JUST as Moses was to Israel with the law …..and the 12 apostles Jesus converted during his earthly ministry will judge the twelve tribes of Israel - NOT THE BODY OF CHRIST - you see clearly that ISRAEL’s program and the church/body of Christ program are two different messages/ gospels. Everyone wants to make Jesus words in Matthew Mark Luke John the new law even though they do NOT actually obey a fraction of it. Jesus himself said He was talking to Israel. YOU ARE NOT ISRAEL. Acts 15 and Galatians 1-2 clearly show that Peter had the gospel to the circumcision Israel and Paul had the gospel of a different program to the gentiles or the uncircumcision….. Paul is our apostle for the church commissioned by Jesus. Genesis through Mid book of Acts (Paul’s conversion) is about Israel's program with God before it was put on hold with Israel's rejection of Jesus. Now we can learn from those books however Romans through Philemon are our direct and only instruction given by Jesus to the gentiles for the church age of grace until the rapture (which will occur next and without notice). After the rapture, Israel's program will RESUME ( Romans 9-11) and the books of Hebrews through Revelation will be instruction for all during the tribulation, which will be the most difficult, UNCOMFORTABLE 7 years the earth has ever seen. ( Revelations 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.) God's desire for you now is to be reconciled to HIM and to receive His forgiveness right now for your past, present, and future sins, and to spend eternity with Him in love and paradise as this world was originally intended to be !! No sin, sorrow, or pain !!!
Believe/Trust in the gospel that saves today !! 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is the gospel that saves today in the dispensation of grace !!
Lastly if you ask why this has not been taught by mainstream so called Christian religions/denominations/churches in buildings…….. when it is right in the Bible….well here is why :
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Trust/believe in the gospel that saves today - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Then study Romans through Philemons to grow in God’s grace !!
Grace and peace !!!