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Total Depravity

Totally Depravity OR Saint in Christ

 

Total Depravity

As a born again, Spirit filled, Christian I am tempted and/or accused by the Devil and his minions to believe that I am always going to be a dirty rotten sinner

 

Saint in Christ

As a born again, Spirit filled, Christian I am encouraged by the Holy Spirit and Scripture to believe that I am

 

Now this is key:   If the following is true

What we believe determines how we will act.

We will never consistently behave in a manner inconsistent with what we believe.

[Hence the absolute need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5)]

then which of the two views about myself, total depravity or saint in Christ, does my Heavenly Father want me to identify with and think (meditate) on?

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 NET)

Can we see ourselves as both?  (double-minded? James 1:5-8)

Is one a lie and the other the truth?

I recommend we choose to believe, whole heartedly, who we truly are in Christ, and never look back.

So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Based on this truth from Scripture can a Christian be partly a new creation and partly an old one?  Does this Scripture in any way imply that we can be both?

Remember, this is key: (1) we will act according to what we believe and (2) often what we believe is a lie and we won't even know it because that's the nature of deception.

More Positive Things to Think On...

4 ...he has bestowed on us his precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge6 to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness7 to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love8 For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately9 But concerning the one who lacks such things—he is blind. That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. (2 Peter 1:1-11 NET)

 

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25 NET)

 

12 I am writing to you, little children, that your sins have been forgiven because of his name. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, that you have known him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, that you have conquered the evil one. 14 I have written to you, children, that you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, that you have known him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young people, that you are strong, and the word of God resides in you, and you have conquered the evil one. (1 John 2:12-14 NET)

 

More...

Link to The Children's Bread PDF: "Giving Thanks for Who We Are in Christ"

Spiritual Growth  2 Peter 1:5-8 Overlaid on 1 John 2:12-14

 

So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Based on this truth from Scripture can a Christian be partly a new creation and partly an old one?  Does this Scripture in any way imply that we can be both?

Remember, this is key: (1) we will act according to what we believe and (2) often what we believe is a lie and we won't even know it because that's the nature of deception.

 

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