Temptation by Norman P. Grubb


by Norman P. Grubb

Sins are committed when we deliberately respond, positively or negatively, to temptation as an independent self.

These responses James calls an adultery (not a fixed marriage union) from which a return is made by confes¬sion and the forgiveness and cleansing of 1 John 1:9 ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to for¬give us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

God never sees sin because of the blood of His Son, and we, therefore, are forgiven. Thus, our guilty consciences are cleansed from the sin of the slip into independent self – Hebrews 9:14 and we replace our sin—consciousness with praise.

Hebrews 9:14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

John underlined that committing a sin is a rare, not a regular, fact, when he adds, “My little children, I write this unto you that ye sin not; and, if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father”. Thus the committing of sins is rare whereas so often we have been mistakenly taught that it is continuous and common, so often through confusing temptation with sin.

Simple as This by Norman Grubb