I would like to refer to us being in prison. We have the prison of righteousness and the prison of sin. You are either in any of the two prisons. There is a prison of Jesus and that of Adam. As we know from 1 Corinthians 15:45, “And so it is written, the first man Adam was made living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” Emphasis again is on the prisons, being in the prison of the first Adam and the last Adam.
There is this believe that when one has accepted Christ and falls short by sinning, they fall out of fellowship with God. That is something erroneous with that believe. Let us take this scenario, if a man has not believed that Christ is Lord and still in the Adam state, and does somewhat good or charity works, do his works convert him into a believer or into the image of Jesus? I believe a majority of you if not all will give a “NO” response. So why is that to popular believe, that when a man becomes a believer in Christ once he falls short and sins, he has fallen back into the prison of Adam. Are we implying that the power of the prison of Adam has greater authority than the power of the prison Jesus?
Romans 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall be made righteousness.” Contrary to prevalent believe, when you fail to obey God, you do not lose your fellowship with God. You did not get your salvation through your own obedience. If you got your salvation by your works then your works should be the ones that sustain your salvation. If you depend on your obedience to keep your salvation, you are travelling on a wobbly and insecure assurance.
Joseph Prince says if our salvation was even based on the strength of one strain of our hair, we would lose it even before the sun went down. Abraham the father of faith was justified by faith and not by works; Romans 4:2, “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.” It is pretty straight forward and crystal clear that if we would erroneously believe that our salvation was based on our obedience and works, we would not stand with confidence before God.
I urge you to know and believe that you are undoubtedly incarcerated in the prison of righteousness. I am not trying to make little the issue of sinning, but I am trying to magnify the power of the blood of Jesus. I have come across teachings of men and women who totally gave me a bigger picture of the saving Grace of Jesus, how my works cannot make my salvation because in the first place I didn’t get it via my works. So God has ignited a passion in me to be part of these men and women, to liberate those who are bound and give an assurance of the forever salvation and not part time salvation.