Professing to have faith in the Cross of Christ does not cover one’s sin. Possessing faith in the Cross of Christ Jesus, Who He is and what He has do for whosoever will believe, does break the power of sin. There is a great difference in professing and possessing and you will know them by their fruit.
For those who possess the faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, we may still stumble at times…no one is perfect this side of Glory. However, when we do stumble, our possession of faith in the Cross of Christ allows the Holy Spirit to do that which He is commissioned to do in our hearts, the work of God that continues drawing us to holiness and righteousness, and we repent. Just as the Holy Spirit drew us when the Cross of Christ was lifted up at our Salvation, He will also continue drawing us to Sanctification.
“8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 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
Recognize the difference in professing and possessing. Professing our faith does not excuse our sin. The Cross of Christ broke the power of sin in the Believer’s life. We are no longer under the Government of Law but under the Government of Grace when we choose to place our faith in the finished work of Christ Jesus and the Grace of God utterly expels the wickedness in our own hearts…precept upon precept and line upon line, old things pass away and all thing become new.
Fighting the good fight of faith, purposefully placing our faith in Who Jesus is and what He did; denying our own abilities, talents and intellect, picking up all the Jesus afforded us and following Him is a daily fight…not a one time fight at Salvation. It is the devil’s purpose to move that faith to a mere profession.
Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren