I do not mean to incite a brother or a sister to sin I ask the question to expose the truth which I hope will help those who are stuck in sinful patterns.

I write to born again Christians, those who love the Lord Jesus and have received His Spirit into their hearts. Yet even though they have come to the Lord still find that old patterns of sin sneak up on them and capture them again.

In those times the natural thing to do is to assume that you cannot be a true Christian if you have “sinned” again. But this is not the truth! You have been born again, you are a new creation in Christ Jesus, old things have passed away, all things have been made new! What happened that caused you to fall again? And this alludes to my provocative title above which asks the question- “What is the best way to fall into sin?

The simple answer is this: Try very hard not to sin.

Yes your eyes do not deceive you. Please do not leave this page just yet, let me explain.

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church in Rome he spelled out exactly what I am sharing here because he too suffered like we all do. Paul wrote about his experience and battle with sin as a Christian believer in Jesus.

You see Paul had a big problem with coveting. We are not told what he coveted(LUSTED AFTER), it could have been anything or anyone as the Law of Moses suggests in Exodus 20.

Exo 20:17  “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” NASB

But try as he might Paul simply could not stop coveting! And he discovered that his trying was the problem.

You see, as a religious Pharisee Saul(Paul) was very zealous at keeping God’s law. In fact he was so zealous that he claimed that ‘according to the righteousness which is in Gods law he was blameless’.

Php 3:5 “…….as to the Law, a Pharisee; 
Php 3:6  as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. NASB

The Law said ‘do this’ and ‘don’t do that’…why that’s easy isn’t it? Just obey it and don’t disobey it, right? Simple! Off you go then and try.

That was the Old Covenant way of living my friend. It depended upon you to keep your promise to live a holy life. It depended upon your will power. It depended upon your strength. And if you failed to keep the Law even in one little point, you were guilty of breaking the whole law.

Now there is nothing wrong with God’s Law, the problem is with us. We are mortals and are simply not able to fulfill the Law alone. Listen to Paul describe his struggle to stop coveting.

Rom 7:7  What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.” 
Rom 7:8  But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead. 
Rom 7:9  I was once alive apart from the Law; but when the commandment came, sin became alive and I died; 
Rom 7:10  and this commandment, which was to result in life, proved to result in death for me; 
Rom 7:11  for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. NASB

The commandment “Thou shalt not covet” appears to us to be shouting: “TRY HARD NOT TO COVET!!! DO NOT COVET!! DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN NOT TO COVET!!!”

It is this trying of ours to obey the Law that sin uses as an opportunity to rule over you and I once again. Sin produced in Paul coveting of every kind because he was trying hard to obey the Law. What!?? Yes it is so. Why is it so? Not because I say so, but because God said so.

Rom 7:9 my paraphrase: When the commandment came—when I begin to try to be good—when I begin to try   not to sin—sin becomes alive–revived–and I die!

That is why I say that the best way to fall into sin is to try hard not to sin.

Before Paul shared this wonderful struggle he had….he told us some great truths. He used the analogy of a marriage. The woman was married to Mr. Sin….but then Mr Sin died she was set free from union with him. Now she is free to marry Mr Jesus!! The Man with no sin!  

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 
Rom 7:5  For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. 
Rom 7:6  But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

Trying to obey God seems noble, but until we come to discover who we are joined with and who we are no longer joined with we shall continue to have this up and down battle with sin. Believers in Jesus are not under any obligation to the Law of Moses because we died to it and it died to us.  We are set free from the Law so as to marry Jesus in a union of two people becoming one person!The moment we start to try to keep the Law we revive sin so that it will slay us yet again. When we try to not sin, we set aside the grace of God which is ONLY found by faith in the NEW PERSON that we have become in Jesus. And so we fall again into sin.

But get up and declare that you are the righteousness of God in Christ  Jesus because God has made it so. 2 Co 5:21

Declare that you died with Christ and have been raised up in Him and He in you. You no longer live but Jesus lives in you…and the life you now live in the flesh you live by the faith of Jesus who lives in you! If you rest in that revelation of who you are and who He is in you, you shall bear fruit unto Father. Stop trying and rest in His victory and His new creation that you have become.

One of the most amazing things that the Apostle Paul taught is the New Creation.
When Jesus went into the garden of Gethsemane to drink the Father’s cup, Isaiah’s words were being fulfilled.
Here is just a portion of Isaiah…the whole chapter is relevant.

Isa 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

The only way for us to be healed was not to simply afflict Jesus with our afflictions…but God actually put us IN JESUS. You and I and all creation were put into Jesus Christ in Gethsemane when He chose to drink the Fathers cup.
Just as Satan entered into Judas immediately he ate the bread…and so the union of two persons – Judas and Lucifer – acted together in getting Jesus arrested. So also, when Jesus said “Not my will but thine be done” in the garden of Gethsemane He willingly drank you and me into Himself.
All your iniquities, all your guilt and shame, all your sicknesses and diseases, but more than that—the false self that you had imagined yourself to be….that too Jesus became.
Jesus became you and me and together we said Yes Father, not my will but Your will be done.
Together with and in Jesus we went to the cross. We died there with Jesus.
That old self that we were, that we had imagined we were….died in Christ on the Cross.
 

Eph 2:15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, Eph 2:16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.

The enmity was your old self. The self that was the lie of Satan. The self that thought of itself as separate and independent of God…the self that imagined it could obey God…the self that thought more highly of itself than it ought to….the self that imagined itself to be something when in actual fact it was NOTHING!!
That old man of sin died in and with Jesus on the Cross, putting to death the enmity between you and God.
You have been created anew in Christ Jesus.
When Jesus was raised up by the glory of the Father–you were raised up with Him and in Him.
Everything happens IN CHRIST. In fact, we all live and move, exist and have our being in Him.
In Christ Jesus you are complete.
And you are in Him…and He is in you.
You are a new self…a new creation.
You and Jesus are one person, yet you are still you.
Paul wrote it this way…

Gal 2:20
I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me, and gave himself for me.

This is the wonderful Gospel of God….you are crucified NOW.
You do not need to die to yourself…that self died already in the ONE DEATH of Jesus when He took all mankind to the Cross with Him.
You are not to crucify yourself…but to believe it is done already.
Jesus Christ lives in you—actually living as you–with you.
You live by HIS faith…not by trying to have faith in Him…big difference!
You live by His life—not by trying to work up any kind of life.
You contain Jesus and you and He are fused together as one person, so that you are as He is –right now–right here –on this earth.
All this talk of working FOR GOD is nonsense. The old self thought that way.
No one works for God.
God works…we rest.
We think it is humble to say that we are working for God. The old self thought of itself as a separate entity that had in itself an ability to obey God. This is part of the original lie that Satan spoke into the garden.
You and I have no ability in and of ourselves.
Instead we are made to contain another person as our substance inside.
The inner man is the substance–the outer man is the appearance.
The new self is Christ Jesus in substance–joined with your human spirit as ONE person.
Person inside of person in a perfect union.
You in Jesus and Jesus in you.
The outer appearance of you is the outer appearance of Jesus!!
Yes ! With all the things that make you you….Jesus is your life–your heart-your desires–your self. You are still there,,,but not the old you for it died. The you that you are now–and what you must believe is true to enjoy it’s reality is –You are as He is.
The thinking of the Old Self still pervades everything in our life until we replace it by speaking what God says about us now.
God says we are a new creation in Jesus.
God says we have no other Life in us than the life of Jesus.
There is not an evil me and a good me….according to the Father there is now only a Jesus me!
Appearances say the opposite and the Accuser of the brethren tells us so. But we are to overcome him by the words of our mouth spoken in faith…the faith of Jesus.
It is a good thing to agree with God that your old man died and now you live only by the life of Jesus. To agree that when Jesus died you died. That when He rose up you rose up. That where Jesus is now you are now. That you are ONE with the Father JUST AS Jesus is one with Him.
It is Life and salvation to speak these things to God. It does not save you–Jesus does and He has. But by speaking in line with what is true and real according to God’s reckoning–you begin to enjoyu the reality of it..
God is your Father and He dearly wants you to enjoy what He has provided in Jesus.
The old self enjoys nothing from God. God does not help us become a better person. That phantom of a person died on the cross. The only person there is now is the Man Jesus Christ and all those who are hidden in Him.

Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
We frustrate the grace of God through unbelief. Most of what we think and say about ourselves is unbelief. Whenever we are trying to be a better person we show our unbelief.

There is no better person than Jesus Christ and He is your heart, your only life. If we see you we see Jesus…so how can you say “make me a better person Lord”?
Christian Religion is the denial of the new creation man. Religion is man’s effort in keeping the old show going. Keeping up appearances. Pretending to be obedient to God.
God put all that to death and gave us a new life in Jesus..and Jesus AS OUR NEW LIFE.

Phm 1:6 that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Christian religion tells us we have an evil heart that needs to die on the Cross…BUT IT HAS ALREADY BEEN CRUCIFIED. Instead the Truth says you are filled with all Goodness Himself.
You can beat yourself up if you want to…God won’t force you to accept Jesus as your new life.
Pride says, “I am a separate self trying to be obedient to God, with God’s help.” But the Truth says…

Gal 6:12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
Gal 6:13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.
Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.

No one obeys God…no one!!
If you hear it on a Sunday that you better obey God…then you are hearing death and unbelief.
Not even those who are preachers keep the Law. The Only THING THAT AVAILS is a new creation. The ONLY thing that overcomes is a new creation. Trying to keep the Law fails. Trying to be good fails. Trying to not sin fails! But simply accepting by faith that you died, and are now raised up in Christ Jesus-a totally new creature in Him–fully pleasing to the Father –being one heart with Jesus is the thing that avails.man-tree

tortoise-hare-1God is full of paradoxes, don’t you love Him? The first shall be last and the Last shall be first is one such paradox that He seems to love.

  • Esau came out from the womb first but God chose Jacob his twin brother. Gen 25:23; Rom 9:11-13)
  • When Joseph presented his two sons to Jacob for him to bless Jacob blessed the younger Ephraim ahead of Manasseh. Gen 48:14
  • Benjamin being the youngest of the 12 sons received a double blessing
  • The one who exalts himself shall be put down but the one who humbles himself God shall exalt at the right time. Ps 18:27; Ps 147:6;Pr 3:34

With that in mind let us continue to look at Ephesians chapter 2.

Eph 2:11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—
Eph 2:12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God(athiests) in the world.
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Such a paradox we see here. Paul the converted Israelite is called to preach the Good news to these Gentiles(non Jews) so that they too will find their place in the Kingdom of God just as the Father wanted us to have.

The nation of Israel were first but now find themselves last as God puts them aside to save the Gentile nations.

Paul is encouraging these non Jews having been one of the main persecutors himself he is aptly qualified to do so.

He points out to them that they may be uncircumcised in their flesh but they are not uncircumcised in their heart. The Jews wanted to make them feel bad about not being circumcised and therefore not favoured by God. But the truth is the opposite now. Those who are only physically circumcised have no favour with God. The circumcision made in the flesh by hands is of NO VALUE AT ALL.

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh;

Rom 2:29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

Gal 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.

It is a common teaching in the Churches these days that the Jews have some kind of favoured position with God even though they reject Jesus. Like Paul said to the Galatians- “Who has bewitched you?!” Gal 3:1

We need to understand that God has made a new covenant with the House of Israel for the old one He found fault with. The Old Covenant failed because it was up to man to keep it. Anyone still trying to be made justified before God through obedience to the old covenant is locked outside the Kingdom even if they are circumcised Jews.

It is required of all people who want to enter the Kingdom to receive Jesus the Messiah as their Lord and Saviour. There are not two covenants ONLY one.

The confusion is largely caused by the unfortunate mistranslation of the Hebrew word Olam and it’s Greek counterpart Aionios and Aionian which have been translated as for ever and everlasting and eternity.  Rather the real meaning is for an age, or a period of time.

This requires you to study this out. If you do you will see that the Old Covenant and the priesthood and the sacrificial system and the everything relating to the Old Covenant was OLAM….for a time. When the new thing God said He would do came about, the Old was vanishing away.

We Gentiles used to be far off from God as Paul says in Ephesians 2:12. We were without Christ, without God even if we worshipped some other gods, they are not The God. WE were strangers from the Covenants of promise and had no hope, because we were atheists in regard to the Living God.

But as is God’s way He seeks for the lost ones never happy when anyone is left out.

Luk 15:4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
Luk 15:5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

That is what God has been doing these last 2 thousand years.

Isa 65:1 “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ To a nation that was not called by My name.

We have been brought near to the God of the Hebrews through the precious blood of the Passover Lamb Jesus the Messiah. We now have Christ where once we did not. We are now members of the household of God having become believers in the King of Judah, we are true Jews, Judahites according to Paul and I think he knows better than preachers today.
We have been saved in hope of aionian life, the life of the Age to come. And most importantly we have God as our God now thanks to Jesus sacrifice. We have access to God through His faith in His blood.
Before we believed we could not even think about God for we dwelt in darkness but by His mercy and grace He saved us and has given us an inheritance along with all those who have believed since Adam.
As we saw in a previous post on Ephesians 2:7 God shall continue saving people by grace through faith in the Ages still to come after the resurrection until all people are found worshiping Jesus Christ.

Rev 7:9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
Rev 7:10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”