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#5.1 IT'S ALWAYS GOD'S PERFECT WILL TO DELIVER US FROM ALL SIN

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One of the conditions to be able to pray in total faith is that we know that what we are praying about is God's perfect will (1 John 5:14-15). Thus it is important to establish from the word of God exactly what God's will is when it comes to deliverance from sin. If the Devil can come to us and say, "God will not deliver you from this because ... ", and we do not have a scriptural answer, then he has destroyed our faith for deliverance, and he can keep us in sin. This bible study uses numerous scriptures to prove that it is always God's perfect will to deliver us from all sin, and when we have these scriptures securely in our heart, then the Devil will not be able to deceive us out of what Jesus died to purchase for us.

#5.11 JESUS IS PROOF THAT GOD WANTS US FREE FROM SIN

#5.111 He came to the earth to do the will of God the Father

JOHN 4:34
34 Jesus says to them, My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to finish his work.

JOHN 5:30 (Jesus)
30 I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgement is just; because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the Father who has sent me.

JOHN 6:38 (Jesus)
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.

Note: Jesus came to earth to do the will of God (John 4:34; 5:30; 6:38), and submitted himself to do it even when faced with death on the cross (Matthew 26:39; 26:42; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42). So there can be no doubt that he did fulfil God's will while he was here.

#5.112 Jesus never sinned

2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 (Paul) (RPT)
21 For he made him, who knew no sin, a sin offering for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God by him.

HEBREWS 4:14-15
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, who is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our weaknesses; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

1 PETER 2:21-22
21 For to this you were called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth:

1 JOHN 3:5
5 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Note: These scriptures describe Jesus as a man "who knew no sin;" (2 Corinthians 5:21), "without sin." (Hebrews 4:15), "Who did no sin," (1 Peter 2:22), and "in him is no sin." (1 John 3:5). Compare these testimonies of others; Pilate's wife, "You have nothing to do with that righteous man:" (Matthew 27:19); Judas, "I have betrayed innocent blood." (Matthew 27:40); the robber on the cross, "this man has done nothing wrong." (Luke 22:41); the centurion in charge of Jesus' crucifixion, "Certainly this was a righteous man." (Luke 22:47), and Pilate who handed him over to be crucified, "I find no fault in him." (John 19:4). It seems that almost every one knew that Jesus was no sinner, even many of his enemies, and as Jesus fulfilled God's will (See #5.111) by being free from sin, then this must be God's will for us also.

#5.113 We are called to be like Jesus

MATTHEW 10:25 (Jesus)
25 It is enough for the disciple that he becomes as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

ROMANS 8:29 (Paul)
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestine to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:47-49 (Paul)
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are those also who are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are those also who are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

1 PETER 2:21-22
21 For to this you were called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth:

1 JOHN 2:6
6 He who says he abides in him aught himself also to walk, even as he walked.

1 JOHN 4:17
17 In this is our love made perfect, that we might have boldness in the day of judgement: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Note: The calling of all Christians is to be as Jesus was (Matthew 10:25), to be conformed to his image (Romans 8:29), to walk as he walked (1 John 2:6), to follow his steps (1 Peter 2:21), and to be as he is in this world (1 John 4:17). There is no way that we can fulfil this calling while we are living in sin, because Jesus never sinned (See #5.112). It seems obvious then, that if we are to be like Jesus, free from sin, it must always be God's perfect will to deliver us from it.

#5.12 JESUS DIED TO DELIVER US FROM SIN

MATTHEW 1:21 (The angel of the Lord to Joseph)
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

ACTS 3:26 (Peter)
26 To you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless1 you, in turning away2 every one of you from his iniquities.

ROMANS 8:3-4 (Paul)
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of the flesh of sin, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 (Paul)
21 For he has made him, a sin offering for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

GALATIANS 1:4 (Paul)
4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

COLOSSIANS 1:20-22 (Paul)
20 And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things to himself; by him, I say, whether they are things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, who were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.

HEBREWS 9:24-26 (Paul)
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

1 PETER 2:24
24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live for righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.

Note: The word translated to bless1 (Gr. εὐλογοῦντα, Gtr. eulogounta) (Acts 3:26) is the accusative, singular, masculine, present, active, participle, of the verb "eulogeo", "I bless". It is one of the present participles in the New Testament, which indicates the certainty or immediacy of something that is about to happen. It could also indicate present intent. Other examples would be, "travelling into a far country" (Matthew 25:14), and "sailing over" (Acts 21:2). We could understand these as meaning, "about to travel into a far country", and "about to sail over". Because the action of a purpose is always after the action of the main verb, a future participle is usually used for this: for example, "to save" (Matthew 27:49), "to worship" (Acts 8:27; 24:11), "to bring" (Acts 22:5; 24:17) etc. are all future participles. However, there are times when a present participle is also used in this sense, for example: "to prove" (John 6:6), "to minister" (Romans 15:25), and "to shame" (1 Corinthians 4:14). Some scholars think that it is quite common (DBW p635-637), so to interpret "eulogounta" as meaning "(for the purpose of) blessing", or "to bless", as has been done (KJV) is not unreasonable.
That translated in turning away2 (Gr. ἐν τῷ ἀποστρέφειν, Gtr. en to apostrephein) is a present tense articular infinitive, preceded by the preposition "en" in the dative case, and thus expresses the "means by which" the blessing occurs (DFH p69; HPVN p47 #42; WP p112 #8.45b). Thus the turning away from sin also occurs at the same time as the blessing. We could understand this to mean that, having raised up Jesus, God sent the Spirit of Christ into the heart of each believer (Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 3:17), blessing them, by turning them away from sin (Acts 3:26). This happens as they grow from the initial born again experience (1 Peter 2:2) into the fullness of Christ (Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:13). Forsaking sin is visible evidence of the new birth (1 John 3:9; 5:18), which, being the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ, is essential for salvation (John 3:3-7; Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 13:5;  1 John 5:12). Some may believe that Jesus died on the cross just to obtain forgiveness of sins for us, but this is far short of the whole truth. These verses indicate that one purpose of Jesus' death was so that he could deliver us from all sin in our lives now, "turning away every one of you from his iniquities." (Acts 3:26). He died so that he could save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21), that "we might be made the righteousness of God by him." (2 Corinthians 5:21), that "the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us," (Romans 8:4), that "he might deliver us from this present evil world," (Galatians 1:4), and so that "we ... should live for righteousness:" (1 Peter 2:24). Notice the occurrence of the words "might" and "should" in these verses, all subjunctive mode in the Greek, showing the uncertainty of whether it will happen. Just as Jesus died to save all men (2 Corinthians 5:14), but most will be lost (Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 13:24), so he died to deliver us all from sin, but many of us will not be delivered if we fail to fulfil our part in our deliverance. God, having sent Jesus to the cross so that we could be delivered from sin, has proven that it is always God's perfect will to deliver us.

#5.13 DELIVERANCE BY FAITH GLORIFIES GOD

#5.131 We are commanded to glorify God in our bodies

PSALMS 50:14-15 (Asaph)
14 Offer to God thanksgiving; and pay your vows to the most high:
15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.

ISAIAH 43:7
7 Even every one who is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yes, I have made him.

1 CORINTHIANS 6:19-20 (Paul)
19 What! Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?
20 For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God's.

2 THESSALONIANS 1:11-12 (Paul)
11 Therefore we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Note: Many times when Jesus healed someone, God was glorified. The multitude who saw the dumb speak, the lame walk, and the blind to see, "glorified the God of Israel." (Matthew 15:31); and when Jesus healed the sick of the palsy, the healed man "departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and glorified God," (Luke 5:25-26). When Jesus raised up a dead man at Nain, all the people "glorified God," (Luke 7:12-16); and when he healed a woman with a spirit of infirmity, "she was made straight, and glorified God." (Luke 13:12). One of the ten lepers on his way to show himself to the priest, "when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God." (Luke 17:15); and when Jesus healed a blind man, "he received his sight, and followed him glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God." (Luke 18:43). Also just before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he said "This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified by it." (John 11:4). Sickness is the direct work of the Devil (or demons) (Job 2:7; Luke 13:16; John 10:10; Acts 10:38), and deliverance from the Devil's work of sickness brought glory to God, so our deliverance from any evil or sin, which is also from the Devil, also brings glory to God (Psalm 50:15). Therefore, as it is God's will that we should obtain our deliverance, by faith, through Jesus, so that he only may receive the glory, surely he will deliver us when we call upon him in faith.

#5.132 The answer is "yes" for God's glory

JOHN 14:13-14 (Jesus)
13 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

2 CORINTHIANS 1:20 (Paul)
20 For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen, for glory to God through us.

Note: God is glorified by our deliverance, not by our bondage to sin. The devil is glorified by our bondage to sin. We are commanded, "glorify God in your body," (Psalm 50:15;  1 Corinthians 6:20), that's what we were created for (Isaiah 43:7), and we can only do this by being delivered by faith, not by remaining in sin. What glory is it to God, if our only witness is that the Devil is defeating us with sin, and God won't deliver us because he doesn't love us enough, or likes to see us oppressed? How many people would we convert to Christ on that basis? Isn't it much more truthful to tell them that Jesus died to deliver us from sin (Galatians 1:4), "he put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." (Hebrews 9:26), he suffered and died to pay for our sins (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24), he rose again to live in our hearts, and turn us away from our past sins (Acts 3:26)? Then we can share with them the love and compassion that God has for his children, and glorify God with our testimony of deliverance from sin. The fact that he has already said "yes" for his glory (John 14:13-14;  1 Corinthians 1:20), and he will not alter anything that he has said (Psalm 89:34), proves that it is always his perfect will to deliver us from sin.

#5.14 WE ARE EXHORTED TO PRESENT OUR BODIES AS A HOLY LIVING SACRIFICE

ROMANS 12:1 (Paul)
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

Note: Paul said that to present our bodies "a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God," (Romans 12:1), is our reasonable service; but we cannot do this while we are involved in any fleshly lust. To be holy, our body needs to be "set aside" for God's service, and it is impossible to do this properly while we are indulging in any kind of sin. God wants us to serve him, and he wants us to be holy (Leviticus 11:44; 20:7; Romans 12:1; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 1 Peter 1:15-16), so surely it is his will to deliver us from any sin, if we ask him and trust him.

#5.15 WE ARE COMMANDED TO RESIST THE DEVIL STEADFAST IN THE FAITH

EPHESIANS 4:27 (Paul)
27 Nor give place to the devil.

EPHESIANS 6:11 (Paul)
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

JAMES 4:7
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

1 PETER 5:8-9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour;
9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world.

Note: The Devil is always the source of sin, and these verses are commands to give him no place in our lives, but to resist him "steadfast in the faith," (1 Peter 5:9). These are commands to resist sin just as much many other scriptures (John 5:14; 8:11; Romans 6:1-2; 6:15; 1 Corinthians 15:34), and as God would never desire us to sin, it shows that it is always God's will for us to be delivered. God wants us to "walk by faith," (2 Corinthians 5:7; Romans 4:12), "Fight the good fight of faith," (1 Timothy 6:12), "live by faith." (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 2:20; 3:11; Hebrews 10:38), "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it is tried with fire, might be found to praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" (1 Peter 1:7). Forsaking sin is just one area, who gives us an opportunity to do this.

#5.16 GOD LOVES US

MATTHEW 7:11 (Jesus)
11 If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him.

JOHN 3:16 (Jesus)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

ROMANS 8:32 (Paul)
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things.

1 JOHN 3:1
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know him.

1 JOHN 4:8
8 He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.

1 JOHN 4:16
16 And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he who dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.

Note: These are just a few scriptures, which tell us that "God is love." (1 John 4:8; 4:16), and that he loves us so much that he was prepared to sacrifice his only son to save us (John 3:16; Romans 8:32). There can be little doubt then that God wants us saved and cleansed from all sin; it must be his perfect will, otherwise he would not have gone to such extreme lengths in order to do it. How many of us would sacrifice our only child to save someone else? How many of us would not help someone who was hopelessly struggling for his or her life, and called to us for help, because they could not help themselves? How much more will a loving God come to our aid when he sees us struggling in sin, and we call to him to deliver us from it?

#5.17 GOD IS MERCIFUL

PSALMS 103:8-11, 17-18
8 Yahweh is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He has not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward those who fear him.
17 But the mercy of Yahweh is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those who remember his commandments to do them.

PSALMS 117
1 O praise Yahweh, all you nations: praise him, all you people.
2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of Yahweh endures for ever. Praise Yahweh.

PSALMS 118:1-4
1 O give thanks to Yahweh; for he is good: because his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endures for ever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endures for ever.
4 Let those now who fear Yahweh say, that his mercy endures for ever.

PSALMS 138:8 (David)
8 Yahweh will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O Yahweh, endures for ever: do not forsake the work of your own hands.

PSALMS 136:1-4, 23-26
1 O give thanks to Yahweh; for he is good: because his mercy endures for ever.
2 O give thanks to the God of gods: for his mercy endures for ever.
3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endures for ever.
4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endures for ever.
23 Who redeemed us in our low estate: for his mercy endures for ever.
24 And has redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endures for ever.
25 Who gives food to all flesh: for his mercy endures for ever.
26 O give thanks to the God of heaven: for his mercy endures for ever.

MATTHEW 5:7 (Jesus)
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

MATTHEW 12:7 (Jesus)
7 But if you had known what this means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless.

ROMANS 11:32 (Paul)
32 For God has concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

JAMES 5:11
11 Behold, we count them happy who endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Note: We have a God who is "plenteous in mercy." (Psalm 103:8), and if we fear him, then his mercy towards us is "as the heaven is high above the earth," (Psalm 103:11), and from "everlasting to everlasting" (Psalm 103:17). Many times it is written, "his mercy endures for ever." (Psalm 118; 136; 138:8), and providing that we are merciful towards others (Psalm 18:25; Matthew 5:7), then he will extend his mercy towards us. The reason why he concluded the Jews in unbelief was "that he might have mercy upon all." (Romans 11:32). There should be no question then about his willingness to be merciful towards us by delivering us from sin, should there? If there is, the answer is in our own hands: "Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." (Luke 6:36), for "the merciful ... shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7).

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