A true Christian is a saint — Perfection in Christ


“Whoever has been begotten of God does not practise sin, because his seed abides in him, and he cannot sin, because he has been begotten of God.” (1 John 3:9)


I am convinced that the most important doctrine after the Nature of God and of Jesus is: the new birth.

And related to the new birth is the meaning of flesh…

I have noticed that 100% of those who have heretical teachings about Salvation do not know what the flesh is…
and they misunderstand Romans 7…
They don’t know who Paul is talking about there…

Romans 7:7-9“What shall we say then? [is] the law sin? Far be the thought. But I had not known sin, unless by law: for I had not had conscience also of lust unless the law had said, Thou shalt not lust; but sin, getting a point of attack by the commandment, wrought in me every lust; for without law sin [was] dead. But I was alive without law once; but the commandment having come, sin revived, but I died.”

WHEN was Paul alive apart from the Law??

Have you ever thought of this?…

Well, he’s not talking about Paul….
He’s talking about man as man…
Every man…
I as man… Paul as a human…

Romans 7:10-15“And the commandment, which [was] for life, was found, [as] to me, itself [to be] unto death: for sin, getting a point of attack by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew [me]. So that the law indeed [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Did then that which is good become death to me? Far be the thought. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death to me by that which is good; in order that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am fleshly, sold under sin. For that which I do, I do not own: for not what I will, this I do; but what I hate, this I practise.”

Until this verse, people have no problem to say that Paul was talking about himself before his conversion… For he says that he is fleshly…
But now he says that he has a good will and that the sin which he practices is what he hates…
So now those same people say: “No, now Paul began to talk about himself after conversion, because only a converted person can have such a good will and can hate sin truly”…
Indeed, only a regenerated person really hates sin and wills what is good. But did Paul suddenly pass from talking about himself before conversion to talking about himself after conversion??…
Where is the transition?…
NO…
Paul is talking about man as man, the flesh, the human nature as it is, the fallen humanness, whether it is in the unbeliever as his nature or in the true believer.

Romans 7:16-18“But if what I do not will, this I practise, I consent to the law that [it is] right. Now then [it is] no longer I [that] do it, but the sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, good does not dwell: for to will is there with me, but to do right [I find] not.”

In other words, he’s saying: “Even if I am a believer and I like to do God’s Will, I will not be able, because sin dwells in me, i.e. in my flesh, that’s why I needed to be set free. Even a believer cannot please God by the flesh. I as a human, even I as a believer, I do not have anything good in me.”
How to be set free?
By the new birth.

Romans 7:24-25“O wretched man that I [am]! who shall deliver me out of this body of death? I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then I myself with the mind serve God’s law; but with the flesh sin’s law.”

In this last verse, “mind” means the new nature, my inner being, the heart, the new nature in Christ, while “flesh” means the old nature, the fallen humanness. As a regenerated believer, with my mind I serve (present continuous) the Law of God which is holy, and with the flesh I serve (present continuous) the law of sin, i.e. the principle of sin.
The flesh IS serving the principle of sin. Even now that I am a believer, it is not my flesh that has changed and that has begun to serve God. My flesh IS (now) serving the principle of sin…
Present tense… Present continuous…

So when we’re in Jesus Christ, the flesh has NOT changed its nature…
It still serves the law of sin…

But guess what…

Romans 8:2“the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and of death.”

So we’re dead to the flesh…
We’re separated from the flesh. We’re totally separated from the flesh, and thus we are set free by the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
The one who is in Christ Jesus does not have two natures; he is totally a new creature: “So if any one [be] in Christ, [there is] a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Yes, the old nature exists, but that’s not his nature anymore, because he is separated from it in Christ Jesus.

The flesh is still there…
It’s not changed…
It’s not changing to the better, but it is still serving the law of sin.
It’s getting worse with the whole humanity going from bad to worse…
But we’re separated from it, totally separated from it in Christ. That’s what happened in new birth.
We are now saints.

The Bible calls the Christians “saints” and not half saints and half sinners. Jesus called that which is born of the Spirit spirit, and not half spirit and half flesh (read John 3:6). We are either fleshly by nature or spiritual by nature; we can’t be both. We are either in the flesh or in the Spirit by nature.
Yes, the Bible calls the Christians “saints”…
We are justified sinners, and Justification is not separate from Sanctification.
It’s because we are (now) sinners and we are justified (already) that we are saints.
Being a saint is not opposite to the fact of being a sinner, on the condition that we are justified by faith in Christ.
If we are not justified by faith in Christ, then yes, being a sinner is opposite to being a saint.

The Bible calls true Christians “saints”: Read for example Romans 1:7, Philippians 1:1. We are saints, not in ourselves, but saints in Christ Jesus.
The Bible calls true Christians “holy”: Read Hebrews 3:1.
The Bible clearly says that only the pure in heart will see God (read Matthew 5:8), and that without holiness no one will see the Lord (read Hebrews 12:14).
The Bible calls true Christians saints, a holy nation, a kingly priesthood, a people for God’s possession, i.e. a people separated or sanctified for God (saints): “But ye [are] a chosen race, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a people for a possession, that ye might set forth the excellencies of him who has called you out of darkness to his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
True Christians are children of light, people who are by nature light and who walk in light and not in darkness.
True Christians are people about whom the following words of the Lord are true: “but he that practises the truth comes to the light, that his works may be manifested that they have been wrought in God.” (John 3:21)

“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not practise the truth.” (1 John 1:6)

This is really important!! Take heed of what you read…

But this is where people will say I am a perfectionist, although I am saying the same things that all true Christians in all times always believed. But today easy-believism has become the rule as it seems…

The Lord said: “He that is washed all over needs not to wash save his feet, but is wholly clean; and ye are clean (John 13:10); “Ye are already clean by reason of the word which I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3)

True Christians are already clean; they are purified by the blood of Jesus once for all. They don’t need to be washed again and again. They don’t need to be purified again and again. They only need to wash their feet, their walk, to be purified more and more in their walk, but not in their nature. Their new nature is pure once for all; it can’t be purified more; it can grow as they walk in sanctification.
They are purified by the blood of Jesus once for all; they are perfected once for all.
Their new nature does not need to be cleansed again and again, because it is pure from the very first moment of its birth in regeneration and it is always pure by the blood of Christ. We don’t need animal sacrifices that are offered again and again and that cannot purify the sinner; the once for all Sacrifice of Christ is enough to perfect once for all those who are sanctified: “by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10); “For by one offering he has perfected in perpetuity the sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:14)

Pure once for all…
Always pure.
And not getting unclean and getting cleansed again and again…
Pure once for all.
We’re perfect in Christ, not in ourselves.
Yes, we still struggle against sins, but not against the flesh; we’re separated from the flesh.
Yes, we struggle against sins, but we’re pure.
We’re not struggling against sins in order to become pure, but because we are pure and we don’t want to get unclean.
The Lord Jesus keeps the true Christians in this perfect and eternal purity.
This is not just an imputed purity, but also the true purity of Christ in us.
Justification and Sanctification are not separate, although they are distinct.
We have become once for all like Christ in the nature of holiness, the new nature (partakers of the divine nature — read 2 Peter 1:4), and we are becoming like Christ in our walk until we be fully like Him when we see Him.
We are becoming more and more like Christ.

Now one will object: “But this does not happen in a theosis kind of way”…

We always have some extreme to fear…
We’re afraid to say that we have a once for all holy nature in Christ and that we’re becoming like Christ, because we fear the extreme of theosis
We’re afraid to say that we’re perfect in Christ, because we fear the extreme of Wesleyan perfectionism…
pietism…
legalism…
so many “-ism”s…
the “little gods” heresy of the Word of Faith movement or even of the cult of Mormonism…
So we’re afraid all the time…

But we have seen how the Bible clearly says we’re perfected in Christ once for all, we’re clean in Him once for all, and that we’re being sanctified, and yet without getting unclean in nature, because our new nature in Christ is clean once for all.

One of the verses that I like the most:
“Whoever has been begotten of God does not practise sin, because his seed abides in him, and he cannot sin, because he has been begotten of God.” (1 John 3:9)

And no, I am not a perfectionist… not a Wesleyan perfectionist… not a sinless perfectionist…

This is one of the most comforting verses, but it troubles many people so much that they explain it away! This verse contains in it the blessed promise that Christ will never lose any of His own sheep, but that He will keep them clean by nature to the end! He “is able to keep you without stumbling, and to set [you] with exultation blameless before his glory” (Jude 24).

ALL true Christians, without exception, agree on this.
I have this conviction: that all true believers have the right teaching; they just express it differently and with some non-biblical additions according to their backgrounds…

Some are not truly Christians, so they preach imperfectionism, because they hate holiness.
But because of the way they express things, some Christians practically preach imperfectionism without knowing it, and then they expect their audience to strive with all their heart in the way of repentance and hatred of the world… How will they do that when the teaching is confusing?…
How and why will they strive with all their heart in the way of repentance and hatred of the world when they are taught that they will be saved even if they don’t do that??

You are either perfect in Christ, or you’re not saved!

Not just the strange idea that God must see us perfect in Christ.
God does not see wrong things…
We either are really new creatures in Christ, or else we’re not saved.

Now, read this carefully so that you may not be confused about real perfection in Christ:

Those who are perfect in Christ fight against sin!
And they keep confessing their sins!
They know they are the foremost of all sinners!
They rely only on the mercy of God for Salvation!
They know that if they don’t rely on God’s mercy alone for their Salvation, then they will be lost! They FIGHT against this unbelief! For not relying on God’s mercy alone for Salvation IS unbelief.
They know they don’t deserve anything but Hell!
Because they don’t have anything good in themselves! Even now as believers they don’t have anything good in themselves, that is, in their flesh, as Paul explained.
Anyone who doesn’t have this attitude is lost!
Anyone who doesn’t have this attitude is NOT perfect in Christ, but he thinks he is perfect in himself and thus makes God a liar! “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us [our] sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10)
Anyone who doesn’t admit that, even now that he is a believer, he is still totally a sinner who in himself truly deserves Hell, such a person is NOT perfect in Christ.
Anyone who doesn’t strive in the way of repentance and holiness is NOT perfect in Christ!
Anyone who doesn’t confess his sins is NOT perfect in Christ and he DOES commit sin, and thus 1 John 3:9 does not apply to him. 1 John 3:9 only applies to true Christians, those who are perfect in Christ.
Anyone who doesn’t have this holy attitude of repentance and humility is lost!
He is not saved!
even though he confesses Christ…

You either are perfect in Christ, or you are NOT saved!

You either are truly a repentant sinner, poor in spirit, or you are NOT saved!
… Mourning over your own sins and the sins of others…
fighting against sin…
confessing your sins… confessing as a son and not as a slave, as a man who is free from sin and not a slave…

You either are perfect in Christ in this way, or you are NOT saved! You are lost!

So don’t let anyone deceive you: “Do ye not know that unrighteous [persons] shall not inherit [the] kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who make women of themselves, nor who abuse themselves with men, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor abusive persons, nor [the] rapacious, shall inherit [the] kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

“And these things were some of you; but ye have been washed, but ye have been sanctified, but ye have been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)

All Glory to God our Father in Jesus Christ! Amen!

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One Response to A true Christian is a saint — Perfection in Christ

  1. Salpy says:

    Brother, God has so wonderfully worked within this article; it is easy to understand and a question-and-answer way is great. All glory to Him!
    The point, mentioned in the article, enclosed here, and is an explanation and an answer to many: “We’re not struggling against sins in order to become pure, but because we are pure and we don’t want to get unclean.”

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