The Psalmist says that he has hidden God’s Word in his heart, that he might not sin against God. This is found in Psalms 119, verse 11. It is good that Godly men no longer believe that there is private interpretations of God’s Word or that anyone can make God’s Word mean what they want it to mean. On the other hand there are some verses in God’s Word that open vistas that are expansive and marvelous and at the same time very true. In the next few sentences, I am going to see if you come to the same conclusion that I do with the above verse.
John, the Apostle, in the first verse of his Gospel, tells us that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He then goes on to show that the world and everything in it was created by that Word. In verse 14 of John 1 he tells us who the Word of God is. It is a person, it is Jesus Christ. John tells us in his Apocalypse that Jesus is titled “The Word of God!” at the last trump. Rev. 19:13 We do know that Jesus has the power (authority) to forgive sin. John 8. We do know and confess that there is nothing that can wash away our sin except the blood of Jesus Christ. No, not baptism....Blood. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20 that if any man open the door, he would come in. We sometimes lead a little person to Jesus by telling them to invite Jesus into their heart. It is evident that if Jesus truly comes into one’s heart, then he also comes, dramatically, into one’s life. My case is coming together.
David said the indwelling Word keeps him from sinning against God. If Jesus indwells, we are no longer condemned by our sin, John 3:18; Romans 8:1.
Let us really get down to some tough stuff. It is tough enough to lose disciples. I am talking about John 6:26-71. He had fed the thousands with a lad’s lunch. The subject was bread. The subject was being filled with sustenance. In those 45 verses, he gingerly yet deliberately led the hearers into a truth that many “Christians” have yet to discover. The indwelling life of Jesus Christ. Many would be disciples get hung up by thinking flesh and not spirit. Some Churches go so off the wall that they teach that the communion wafer is the actual body of Jesus and the wine is actually the blood of Jesus. John 6:26-71 clears up that error very well. Galatians 2:20 reveals that Paul the Apostle knew what the indwelling Christ means. “but Christ liveth in me…”
“That I might not sin against thee.” That was David’s description of having hid the Word of God in his heart, but how can we interpret that in the context of the New Testament. I have found that once I woke up to what Jesus really did and does for me, that my sin doesn’t continuously slap me in the face. I still sin and I know my sin. Some time others know I still sin. But, God doesn’t condemn me for my sin. I said, “God doesn’t condemn me for my sin.” If you don’t get it then read the last statement again and I will say it twice more. If you don’t believe this, then read John 3:18 and Romans 8:1 very sloooowly!
You may be mad at me or think I am mad. No I have hidden the Word of God in my heart that I might not sin against God. I know you are thinking of 1 John 1:9 and highlighting the Word, “confess.” I now suggest that you read that whole Chapter substituting the word “life” in the place of “light.” By the way they are the same anyway in the context.
“If we say we have no sin, the truth is not in us.” Agreed and this is absolute truth. If Jesus lives within, he does not dwell with sin; rather he through the spirit convinces of sin and we cry out with words that cannot be uttered.
John never lost his humility before God, right up to the last words he wrote, but he knew that he was the disciple, “whom Jesus loved!”