Hello, I just wrote an article. And it’s very important to me that it be biblically accurate so I wanted everyone to take a look at it and let me know if I made a mistake in anything I said. I realize any discussion has multiple angles you could go from but in this case, all I want to know is if I said something that was not supported with scripture. Below are a few things I found to be helpful when offering correction . . . 1.Please steer clear of personal remarks. Saying things like, "You’re deceived." Or, "You’re a false teacher." Won’t accomplish anything. There are various forms of these comments, but they’re easily spotted because they’re always addressed toward the person, rather than the subject at hand. 2. Please be specific. "You interpreted that wrong." Or "You have a flawed reasoning here." Are examples of vague generalities. If you say things like this, but don’t give an example, there is no way for me to tell what you’re referring to-thus how will I correct it? The best way I have seen to do is this is to quote what I said and then show how I was wrong. 3. I’m interested in being able to read it in my own Bible. I understand people can say, "What it means here is . . ." Or "What is being implied by the context is . . ." But these explanations requires me to put faith in what you say about it rather than what it says by itself. So instead, I prefer to read it straight from the Bible. 4. PLEASE BE HONEST- If you don’t know, just say, "I don’t know." If all you have is an opinion on it, just say "I could only give you my opinion, but I don’t have any scripture that actually say this . . ." That way I at least know where you’re coming from. And I won’t be left wondering if you had a real point to make, or if you were just giving your opinion. Let me thank everyone for their participation ahead of time. I really do appreciate it. __________________________________ Now, remember how we read earlier that sin is the transgression of the law (1Jn 3:4)? What do you suppose would happen to sin, if you took away the law? 8: But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, worked in me all manner of lust. For without the law sin was dead . . . I was alive without the law once (Rom 7) Why would sin be dead without the law? Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. (Rom 4:15) See how that works? If sin is the transgression of the law, and where no law is, there is no transgression, then we can understand that without the law, sin is dead! So, where does this leave New Covenant believers? What did Christ do for us to End the Sin Problem? Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; (Col 2:14) . . . Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; in order to make in himself of the two one new man, so making peace; (Eph 2:15) We see that if the law is removed, the transgression of the law is removed. What is the transgression of the law? It’s sin! Sin is removed when you remove the law. Can you understand that? The law was taken out of the way. And it was by the transgression of the law that we sinned. But now, where there is no law, there can be no sin as we once knew it. Settled In Our Minds It needs to become settled in the mind of the believer that because of the removal of the law, sin, in all it’s power, in all it’s struggles, is dead. It’s completely taken care of. The reason sin had such power was because of the law. And the reason we were even aware of sin, was because of the law. By knowing the Truth about the removal of the law, and the way it effects the Christian, we are set free from sin (Jn 8:32). There Is None Righteous Nearly every time I get into a conversation with another believer about the part that sin plays in the Christian walk, they almost always bring up Romans 3:10-18 to try and demonstrate that all of us, including Christians, are sinners. Then I always point out that they forgot to read verse 19, which demonstrates that this is no longer the case. Now we know that whatsoever the law says, it says to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. (Rom 3:19) See, you’re not righteous and you’re not in right standing with the Father, if you’re under the law. Paul quoted from Psalms when he said, "There is none righteous . . ." after finishing, he then adds, "It said these things to those who are under the law." You see, you’re not under the law anymore. You now have absolutely no sin imputed to you. Sin No Longer Imputed Romans 5:13 demonstrates to us one reason why sin cannot be imputed to us. For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. It was the law that imputed sin to us. What does impute mean? Not only does it mean that sin isn’t held against you, but sin isn’t even taken into account. It’s not cosidered, or reckoned (Strong’s 1677). Remember Romans 8:33? Let’s read it again in this light . . . Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifies. Are you God’s elect? Well then no matter how many times people try to call you a sinner, it’s not true. No one can lay a charge against God’s elect. Not you, and not me. You’ve been freed from condemnation. Sin is no longer reckoned or counted to you. Romans 4 . . . 5:But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6: Even as David also describes the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputes righteousness without works, 7: Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8: Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Did you read that? It isn’t sin that is imputed to the believer. It’s righteousness. His faith is counted as righteousness. And Paul quotes David describing what righteousness is. Your iniquities have been forgiven, and the Lord will not impute to you any sin. Righteousness, according to the Bible definition, is no longer having sin imputed to you. You don’t have a single sin imputed to you because of the fact that your faith was counted for righteousness. Glory to God, righteousness has made us absolutely sinless! Ephesians 1 tells us . . . 4: According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Colossians 1:21-22 tells us something similar . . . 21: And you, that were sometime 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: We can understand these statements now in the light of knowing that no sin is imputed to us. We stand holy and without any blame at all, before God, because of the Work of Christ.