The Antinomian Diaries: Does Admitting That We Sin Contradict The Reality That The Christian Also Obeys God?

The Antinomian Error (Yet again):

Please consider the following actual quote:

“Conundrum: I admit I sin daily either in thought, deed or motive. Yet I claim to be obedient to God……and we wonder why our presentation of the gospel confuses the heck out of lost people and even believers???”

The “I” above is the writer referencing what those of us are saying who maintain that the believer, as a unified being (born again spirit in a body of death) both obeys the extant, unabrogated law of God (we are not talking about the Mosaic Law, the law of commandments in ordinances here, seeing that such was put away forever, being nailed to the cross with Christ Jesus) as well as the law of sin.

The Biblical Response:

The true Christian obeys neither law completely, wholly, or perfectly; and yet, the true Christian obeys both nonetheless. Which we obey all depends upon whether we are walking after the Spirit at the time (by the grace of God) or walking after the flesh (in  accordance with own indwelling sin, lusts, and desires). God, through the Apostle John, clearly declares [concerning the inner, inward, new, born again, born from above spirit within a regenerate man, as I aim to develop/prove below]:
1 John 3:7-11 “Little children, LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 HE THAT COMMITTETH SIN IS OF THE DEVIL; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD DOTH NOT COMMIT SIN; FOR HIS SEED REMAINETH IN HIM: AND HE CANNOT SIN, BECAUSE HE IS BORN OF GOD. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: WHOSOEVER DOETH NOT RIGHTEOUSNESS IS NOT OF GOD, neither he that loveth not his brother. 11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Yet, this same great God, through this same apostle, declares [concerning our reality of still having a body of death, the flesh, with its indwelling sin]:
1 John 1:8-10 “IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE NO SIN, WE DECEIVE OURSELVES, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN US. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE NOT SINNED, WE MAKE HIM A LIAR, and his word is not in us.
Men thinking like the Antinomians think, when looking at these two above passages, will indeed say “and we wonder why our presentation of the gospel confuses the heck out of lost people and even believers???” However, the problem lies with their own understanding (or lack thereof) and not with the understanding of those given eyes to see by the grace and mercy of God.
Consider that the cohesive answer is found in a few passages. Note Romans 7:25 which distinguishes the new/born again/inner/inward man from the sin indwelling the body of death:
” I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then WITH THE MIND [with the new man, the inward man, the born again spirit yoked forever to Christ and the Godhead through Him] I myself SERVE [LITERALLY, OBEY, SUBMIT TO, AM A SLAVE TO] the law of God; but WITH THE FLESH [WITH MY INDWELLING SIN IN THIS BODY OF DEATH, I OBEY, SUBMIT TO, AM A SLAVE OF] the law of sin.”
Paul is teaching that WE CAN AND DO OBEY the extant/spiritual/moral law of God but we cannot always obey it. Likewise, WE CAN AND DO OBEY the law of sin, but we do not (as regenerate souls) always obey it. When we walk after the Spirit, we obey, by His grace and effectual working. When we walk after the flesh, we disobey. But remember the real “I” for the individual Christian, the real “we” for Christians collectively, is not the body of death, it is not the indwelling sin, but the new spirit God put within us, along with the new heart, which gives us a new and renewed mind, that God cultivates (as we actively strive to cultivate it, via reading, meditating upon, and striving to obey His word through the means He has given us). As evidence of this, note:
Ephesians 4:22-27 “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND; 24 And that ye PUT ON THE NEW MAN, which AFTER GOD is CREATED in RIGHTEOUSNESS and TRUE holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying [which would be obedience], speak every man truth with his neighbour [which would be obedience]: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not [which would be obedience]: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil [which would be obedience].”

Also note:

Colossians 3:8-17 “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 AND HAVE PUT ON THE NEW  [man, the born again spirit, which is the inward/inner man, the one which “after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” per Ephesians 4:24], WHICH IS RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE AFTER THE IMAGE OF HIM [CHRIST] THAT CREATED HIM: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering [ALL OF WHICH WOULD BE OBEDIENCE]; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another [ALL OF WHICH WOULD BE OBEDIENCE], if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye. 14 And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness [WHICH WOULD BE OBEDIENCE]. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him [ALL OF WHICH WOULD BE OBEDIENCE].

When we bow to the God-breathed words of God, via the holy word of God, the Bible, all becomes clear — if said words are illumined by the Holy Spirit. When we are taught by Him, and led by Him, all seeming contradictions go away, and the truth becomes self-evident. Let us strive to be led by Him, by reading His word, meditating upon it, memorising it, praying it back to Him, and otherwise using the means that God has given us to be filled with the Spirit, having our minds transformed, and our very beings more and more conformed to the very image of the Lord Jesus Christ.

To God be the glory, forever and ever, amen.


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