Are our hearts still wicked after we become Christians?

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Some believe that we are, indeed, housing depraved hearts even after being washed clean by the atonement of Jesus. Others believe that we are victorious over sin and our hearts are clean.   It’s a question that we’re taking to the Word today in our second segment.  But first we want to talk about something we barely scratched the surface on last week: Christian unity. If we can’t even agree on the condition of our hearts, what should we be unified around? how important is it to be in agreement over some of the peripheral matters of the faith?


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3 Responses to Are our hearts still wicked after we become Christians?

  1. Mr Davis says:

    Do a search on One mind some time. Of all of those This verse kind of sums it all up.

    Philippians 1:27 KJV
    Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

    In case we are unsure of what that is:

    That it was needful for us that God should send the Son to take on Human flesh and our infirmaties our weakness, yet He lived in the Full Power of the Holy Spirit to conquer sin. In His obedience to the Father's will, subjecting Himself to humiliation at the hand of His own creation which had turned away from God and being perfected in what He suffered He died on the Cross. But it pleased the Father to bruise Him so, to lay our iniquities, our filth upon Him and so make His soul an offering for sin in His death, This our Christ willing took upon Himself, knowing full well the whole cost of every concievable sin for all of time, to an infinately Holy Righteous God. This He did do in fulfillment of the Scriptures, which, spoke of God's curious work which He would accomplish, which all the world would wonder at. Christ was later buried that evening in a tomb carved out of Rock and there was a guard set on that tomb so that it would remain sealed. Three days and Three Nights would pass for this was the sign Jesus Himself had established as the one that would authenticate His redemptive message. A message which He preached to all who would hear Him: Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand and Believe in Me and you will have eternal Life for all authroity has been given into my hand.

    Before He was crucified He spoke often of the authroity that was given to Him even the authroity to raise His own dead body from the grave. He spoke in this wise: I lay down my life of my own accord, I have the authroity to lay it down and the authroity to take it up again. And Just as He said, at the Dawn of the First day of the week, Christ was resurrected and the Tomb was opened to testify to this truth. This fact cannot be refuted just ignored and it is proof of the Father's acceptance of what Christ had done. So it is, Christ, He offered Himself and His blood once and for all in the Tabernacle in Heaven, not made with the hands of men but by God, He would never to taste death again and behold He Is alive forevermore and It has been given to Him to Judge all who are living or dead.

    And He it is who will render to each according to their works and Christ is no respector of any mans person. Those not written in the Lambs Book of Life, will be cast from the Lord's presence into the Lake of Fire for all of eternity, where the fire is never quenced nor the worm die. For such is the offense of even the least imaginable sin against a infinately Holy Righteous God for even the least sin is treason and treachery against the Most High. Christ is seated at the right Hand of God awaiting that faithful day when all will be laid bare and He will judge in righteousness. If Christ doesn't aquit us of our sins before that faithful day we are doomed and you will know if He has or has not.

    John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

    To receive the Christ, who is Jesus, is to reject the World and all it has to offer, to reject your own flesh and all the pleasures it has to offer and to consider yourself dead to them both. It is worth losing everything even our very lives that we may gain Christ being found in Him, hidden in His righteousness and being made conformable unto His death. This is true repentance. Our whole life, this will be our struggle until all is taken away and we lose our fear of man and our desires for the flesh through what we suffer for Christ's sake in our physical bodies. 1 Peter 4

    Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry , Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

    So let us truly seek with all our being to walk in conformity to this Gospel, a Gospel that pleads with all men everywhere to be reconcilled to God before it is too late. Reconcilliation by faith in Christ Jesus and repentance of our sins. Let this be our one mind even if it means we must suffer in our physical bodies to do so, even if it means we die for righteousness sake. Let us lay down our rights, our lusts of the flesh, and give up on the world and all it offers for this one thing. Let us accept the mind of Paul on this, who placed no confidence at all in the flesh, but instead put His trust in the righteousness of Christ and understood his own dependance upon the Holy Spirit.

    If we think we have the Holy Spirit and we are found walking contrary to the scriptures what spirit are we really following. So let us mind the things of God, things that are eternal such as the souls of men and turn away from such things as will burn.

    May God bless!

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  2. Dave PedersonJeannie says:

    Mike & Amy My first assumption is that we accept The Bible as God's perfect word. Then I look at Romans 10, 9&10. I will assume this verse is doctrine. This can be proved if necessary. The last part of the verse says" If I believe in my heart".The proof that I believe is in how I live. After all we all live obeying our real core beliefs.Our mouths can say different ! What we believe we do. Dave

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  3. Mr Davis says:

    Dave what do you suppose it means to obey? Alot of people profess Christ is Lord and think they believe in their hearts and hold to the commands of God. At least they think they are doing that, but they have never been tested. This verse implies to accept Christ as Lord was to deny Ceasar as Lord. That was a death penalty in Rome.

    In America we have easy believism. There is no counting the cost. There is no threat of loss of job, family or home because of your alligence to Christ. There is no threat of imprisonment, torcher and death to make a person pause and ask is it worth it. Am I willing to die for Christ. But even in this we are cautioned in 1 Corinthians 13 that even martyrdom can be in vain if our motive isn't right.

    If you have not been born again, where you have noticed a heart change where you are filled with gratitude for Christ, and it is this gratitude that compells you to be merciful and full of grace towards those without and a sincere desire for holiness for those within. A heart filled with gratitude understanding your desperate need of salvation made possible only through Christ. a heart that understands that there is nothing redeemable about nothing about us to make us desirable in his eyes. We deserve death and judgement in the lake of fire. The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Ask your self are you really grateful. Do you really appreciate what Christ has done to you and for you. Do you understand He was in no way obligated to act on your behalf.

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