John 3:17 (KJV) states “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world…
Are you feeling condemned, because of the sexual activity outside of marriage, that you committed? Are you feeling ashamed, because of the sexual activity outside of marriage, that you committed? Are you feeling guilty, because of the sexual activity outside of marriage, that you committed? Are you feeling embarrassed, because of the sexual activity outside of marriage, that you committed? Well, keep reading…
Katakrima & Diablos
Romans 8:33 (NIV) – Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
As a born again Christian, attempting to make advancements, in the Kingdom of God, it is very important, to have a full understanding, of what condemnation truly is, how to effectively deal with it, how to avoid it, and how dangerous it is, for the life of a born again Christian. The word condemnation, in the New Testament, is from the Greek word katakrima. The Greek word katakrima is defined as:
- a damnatory sentence (Blue Letter Bible, 2016)
From the above, you can see that condemnation can be defined as a damnatory sentence. Synonyms of the word condemnation, are blaming, and accusation. As blaming, and accusation, are synonyms for the word condemnation, you have to ask, – where does condemnation comes from? Condemnation comes from the devil. How do you know this? You know this, when you study, who the devil is. Who is the devil? The Greek word for “the devil”, is diabolos. The Greek word diabolos is defined as:
- Prone to slander
- Accusing falsely
- False accuser (Blue Letter Bible, 2016)
Based on the above definitions, of the Greek word diablos, it is evident that the devil, is a professional slanderer, and a professional false accuser. As a result, it is safe to say that one of the devil’s occupations, is to make false allegations, to level slanderous comments, to falsely accuse you, and to bring you into condemnation. With that said, who is the devil’s slander, allegations, condemnation, and false comments, in regards to? In order to answer this question, it is important to look at Revelations 12:10, as this verse, will clearly show you, who is the subject, of the devil’s baseless accusations, condemnation, and slander. Revelation 12:10 (NLT) states “Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has come at last–salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth–the one who accuses them before our God day and night.”
From this verse of Revelations 12:10, you are able to learn, that the devil, is the accuser of the brothers and sisters. Who are the brothers and sisters (as reffered to in Revelations 12:10)? The brothers and sisters, are the born again Christians. If you are saved , you are a brother / sister in Christ. And as you are a borther / sister in Christ, know that the devil will attempt to slander, and accuse you. The big question is – what is the accusation, condemnation, and slander, in regards to?
To answer that question, you have to go back, and revisit, what Jesus did for you, on the cross. You know from the Word of God, that the shed blood of Jesus (via salvation), cleansed you of all your sins – and will continue to cleanse you, from all forms, and manifestations of sin, that arise in your life (AMP version of 1 John1:7). So how exactly does all this (Jesus, and what Jesus did on the cross for you, the blood of Jesus, being cleansed of your sins, being in right standing with God b/c of salvation), tie into the slander, condemnation, and accusations, that the devil will try, to bring against you?
Well once you are saved, the blood of Jesus, cleanses you of all (past, present, and future) your sin, and as a result, that makes you in right standing with God. But the devil does not like this (he actually hates this), as he does not want you to see yourself, as being in right standing with God, and being cleansed of all sin. Instead, he will like you, to see yourself (for the rest of your life) as that person, that has not been cleansed of their sin (by the blood of Jesus, Jesus, faith in Jesus, salvation, grace of God, etc). So what will the devil do? How will the devil achieve this goal? The devil will achieve this goal, by accusing you, slandering you, condemning you, and pointing out (to you) – what sin you committed (even though you have been cleansed of all sin, via the blood of Jesus, and salvation).
The devil will attempt to highlight (to you) what sexual activity outside of marriage sin (that the blood of Jesus, and salvation, has removed from your life) you did. The devil will try to remind you, of what sexual activity outside of marriage sin (that the blood of Jesus, and salvation, eliminated from your life) you engaged in. The devil will attempt to mentally showcase the sexual activity outside of marriage sin (that the blood of Jesus, and salvation, has removed from your life). Satan will bring accusation, condemnation, and slander, against you (regarding the sexual activity outside of marriage sins that you have been cleansed of, via the blood of Jesus, and salvation, when you got saved). Why? To make you see yourself as a sinner, as opposed to being in right standing with God.
Why does the devil want you to see yourself as a sinner? Why does the devil want you to live in condemnation (for the sexual activity outside of marriage that you committed, which the blood of Jesus cleansed you of, when you became saved)? Why does the devil not want you to see yourself as being in right standing with God? The devil wants you to see yourself as sinner, and he wants you to be in condemnation, because he fully well knows that when you live in condemnation, it spiritually paralyzes you. God wants you to be that person in right standing, who boldly goes before the throne of grace. How do you know this? You know this because of grace Hebrews 4:16. Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) states “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” From this verse you see that God needs you in a bold spiritual posture, so that you can boldy come before the throne of grace. But how can you do this, when you are hanging your head in shame, because of sexual activity outside of marriage sin that you committed, when the blood of Jesus has deleted from your profile. It cant happen. If you are living in condemnation, then you cant assume the bold posture that God wants you to have, in order to go before the throne of grace. The devil knows this, and that is why he wants to do all you can do, to take away the boldness, that God wishes for you to have.
The Accusation will sound like…
The accusation, condemnation, and slander, of the devil, will potentially sound like the following:
- Look at what sin you have committed.
- Look what you did.
- You did that?!?!?!? Wow!!!!
- Once a sinner – always a sinner.
- You did that? – God will not forget that.
- You engaged in a lot of sin – and your sin defines your character.
- Your sin defines who you are.
- Look and what sinful lifestyle choices you made (and make).
- You are defined by your sin, and sinful choices.
- Do you really think God, could forgive you, for what you did?
- You committed too many sins, for God to forgive you.
- That kind of sin, that you committed, cannot be covered by the blood of Jesus – it is just too serious and sinful.
- I know God forgives sins, but let’s be serious – He cant forgive you of what you did – that is super sinning.
- You were not just a sinner – you were a super / ultra sinner.
- The blood of Jesus is powerful, to cleanse you of sin, but I am not sure if it can handle the amount, and type, of sin, that you got yourself into.
- I know God forgives, but does He really forgive the nature of sins, that you engaged in?
- You could not be forgiven for what you did – you simply committed too much sin to be foregiven.
- How could you have done such things?
- I am sure you face guilt, for what you did, as your sin was great.
- You should face guilt, for what you did.
- Those sins that you committed, will always define who you are.
- God can’t love you, because of the sin that you have done.
- Those were some really sinful activities, that you engaged in – Jesus must be angry with you, right now.
- Do you think Jesus is angry with you, regarding what you did? – I think He is.
- God can’t use you, because of the sin you committed.
- Your sin is your identity, forever.
- All that talk about the blood of Jesus, Jesus, the salvation is just theory – the reality is that you are a sinner, and will always be a sinner, in the eyes of God.
The above bullet points, are examples, of what the devils accusations, and slander, will sound like. And all of these accusations, and slander, of the devil, are to get you, to bw in condemnation, and to see yourself, as unrighteous, sinful, and still connected to your sin (which the blood has cleansed you of).
The Apostle Paul
When you read the Word of God (God) fully, you will learn that there once existed a mighty man of God, named Paul, who was previously known as Saul. In 2 Corinthians 7:2, Paul made a very profound statement. 2 Corinthians 7:2 (KJV) states “Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.” From this verse, you see that Paul stated that he had not wronged anyone, had not corrupted anyone and had not defrauded anyone. In the context of 2 Corinthians 7:2, what does the word wronged mean? To answer that question, the original Hebrew language must be consulted. The words “we have wronged” from 2 Corinthians 7:2, are from the Greek word adikeō. The word adikeō is defined as:Absolutely
- to act unjustly or wickedly, to sin,
- to be a criminal, to have violated the laws in some way
- to do wrong
- to do hurt
- to do some wrong or sin in some respect
- to wrong someone, act wickedly towards him
- to hurt, damage, harm (Blue Letter Bible, 2016)
From the above definitions, of the Greek word adikeō, it should be clear to you what Paul meant in 2 Corinthians 2:7, when he said that had not wronged anyone. When Paul said in 2 Corinthians 2:7 that he had not wronged anyone, he was saying that he had not done the following:
- Acted unjustly towards anyone
- Acted wickedly towards anyone
- Sinned against anyone
- Been criminal to anyone
- Violated the laws in some way, towards anyone
- Wronged anyone
- Hurt anyone
- Sinned in some respect towards anyone
- Damaged anyone
- Harmed anyone
From the above bullet points and definitions, you should clearly see that Paul was saying that he had not done anything wrong, did not hurt anyone, did not damage anyone (was righteous, was blameless – had nothing to be ashamed about, had nothing to be embarrassed about, and felt no condemnation about anything). But how can this be, when one reads Acts 8:1? Acts 8:1 clearly paints an interesting contrast regarding Paul (who was previously known as Saul) about his claim that he had not done anything wrong to anyone. What does Acts 8:1 state? Acts 8:1 (NIV) states “And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.” From this verse of Acts 8:1, you clearly see that Paul approved of the killing, in regards to the people of the church (in Jerusalem) – causing all people (except the apostles) to be scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Is this a man that has wronged no one? Keep reading…
Also, when you study Acts 9:1-2, you see more evidence of what Paul did, before him saying that he had wronged no one. Acts 9:1-2 (KJV) states “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest (Verse 2) And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.” Is this a man that can claim to have done no wrong towards anyone? Keep reading…
Furthermore, as you read more about Paul’s past (before him saying that he had wronged no man), you see that Jesus Himself had some interesting things to say about Paul’s behavior/actions. Acts 9:3-5 (KJV) states “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven (Verse 4) And he fell to the earth and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? (Verse 5) And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.” From these verses of Acts 9:3-5, you see that Jesus Himself stated that Saul (who was later called Paul) persecuted Him (Jesus). With all this being said/highlighted, you have to ask yourself, how is it that Paul could make a claim that he had wronged no man, harmed no man, and sinned against no man – yet, you see clearly in his history that he persecuted Jesus, attacked the church, scattered the church, and directed threats/slaughter against the disciples of Christ? How could this be? Was Paul saying he was innocent because he was a liar? Or was he simply delusional? Gain concept of the fact that Paul was not a liar, and he was not delusional. Paul was of a sound mind, he was not a liar, and most importantly, his claim that he had wronged no one, was a 100% godly claim – backed up fully by the Spirit of the Lord, and the almighty supernatural power of God.
So why was Paul able to make this claim of no wrongdoing towards anyone? Paul was able to make that claim of having wronged no one, because Paul was a man that had sound knowledge, critical understanding, and Godly faith in who he was, as a born-again Christian. What does this mean? When you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, you are saved. And as a saved person, you have to understand that once you are saved, you are in right standing with God – you are the righteousness of God – you are justified – you are acquitted of all sin (your past sin, your present sin, and your future sin) – you are innocent and pure in the eyes of God – regardless of what you have done. How do you know this? You know this from Romans 3:21-24.
Romans 3:21-24 (AMPCE) states (Verse 21) But now the righteousness of God has been revealed independently and altogether apart from the Law, although actually it is attested by the Law and the Prophets, (Verse 22) Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction, (Verse 23) Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives. (Verse 24) [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus. The NIV version of Romans 3:21-24 states “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. (Verse 22) This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, (Verse 23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Verse 24) and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
From the verses of Romans 3:21-24, you should be able to see clearly that all must be saved (as all have fallen short, and have sinned). And to get saved, you must have faith in Jesus (and what He did for you on the cross), and once you do that – you are saved. And as a result of being saved, you are now justified, the righteousness of God, in right standing with God – you are innocent in the eyes of God. This is the reason that Paul was able to state that he had wronged no one. Paul knew that he was saved, and as a result of being saved, Paul knew that he was in right standing with God (regardless of what sin he committed) – he was the righteousness of God (regardless of what sin he committed) – he was justified in the sight of God (because of salvation) – he was absolved fully from all the evil that he did (regardless of what sin he committed) . Thus the reason why this man who committed so many sins, and atrocities against Jesus, and the people of God, could clearly stand up and say he wronged no one. Salvation absolves of all your sins. Always remember what Jesus did on the cross. 1 Peter 2:24 (ABIPE) states “And he took all of our sins and lifted them in his body to the cross, for as we are dead to sin, we shall live in his righteousness, for by his scars you have been healed.” From this verse you see that Jesus bore all (past, present, and future – the full aggregate of your sins) – not a portion, nor a percentage of your sin – He bore all your sins on the cross. And as He bore all your sins, and you become saved, you are now able to be the righteousness of God – innocent – in right standing with Him. Paul knew this and had solid faith in this, thus the reason why he was able to stand and say he had wronged no one. When you are the righteousness of God, you are absolved of all your sin, and as a result, no one has the right to point out what you have done, as it is covered under the blood. Now keep in mind that this is not a passport to commit sin, and live a sinful lifestyle. You have a responsibility to live in a godly manner.
When you are a born again Chrstian, this means you dwell in Christ. And when you dwell in Christ, know that there is to be no condemnation (e.g., for past sexual activity outside of marriage sin activities, that you engaged in). How do you know this? You know this from Romans 8:1. Romans 8:1 (KJV) states “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” From this verse, it is clear that when you dwell in Christ, you are not to be walking in condemnation. So as this is the case, know that the attacks of the devil (and people, memories, etc) that are triggers to get you to be in condemnation, are not to be tolerated, on any front. Paul knew this – he know fully well that he was saved, and as a saved person, he abided in Christ, and as a person that abided in Christ, he also knew that he was not to be living in condemnation. Regardless of the sexual activity outside of marriage activity that you committed, know that you are not to be living in condemnation, once you become saved.
The Precious Blood of Jesus
Also, it is important for you to know that the precious blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross by Jesus is the thing (once you become saved) that cleanses you from all sin (past, present, and future). How do you know this? You know this because of 1 John 1:7. The AMPCE version of 1 John 1:7 states “…and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].” From this verse, it should be clear to you that when you become saved, it is because of that shed blood of Jesus. And that shed blood of Jesus is that spiritual agent, that removes all sin from you – all sin. It does not just remove the sin that you committed in the past. It is that spiritual agent that supernaturally removes all sin from you – and keeps you cleansed from all sin, in all its forms and manifestations – thus making you in right standing with God. 1 John 1:9 (AMPCE) states “If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].”
When you carefully study the precious blood of Jesus, you will see clearly that the blood of Jesus is that thing that cleanses you from all sin (past, present, and future sin), and continually cleanses you of all forms and manifestations of sin. Thus the reason why you are in right standing with God – justified – and are the righteousness of God – innocent – from the time you get saved – into eternity – forever and ever. This is why Paul was able to state that he had wronged no man – because he understood who he was, because of Jesus, salvation, the finished works of Jesus on the cross, his faith, and because of the blood of Jesus.
Notice that when Paul said, he had not wronged anyone, he did not articulate it with timidity, hesitancy, and insecurity. When Paul said, he had not wronged anyone, gain concept of the fact that he said it with godly boldness, godly confidence, and solid, godly assurance. He was fully confident in who he was, because of salvation. Boldness!!! – This is how you have to be, when you declare who you are, because of salvation. Proverbs 28:1 (KJV) states “…the righteous are bold as a lion.” From this verse, you see that the righteous (because of salvation) are to be BOLD as a lion. What does it mean to be bold, in the context of Proverbs 28:1? To answer that question, the original Hebrew language must be consulted. The words “are bold” from the verse Proverbs 28:1, are from the Hebrew word batach. The Hebrew word batach is defined as: to trust, to be confident, to have confidence, to be secure, to feel safe (TWOT), to be careless (TWOT) – Blue Letter Bible, 2016. This is what Paul had – he was a bold, spiritual lion. Why? Because he trusted fully, had full confidence in, and felt fully secure that he had done no one wrong. Why? Because of Jesus, his faith in Jesus, salvation, the finished works of Jesus on the cross, the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus, and the fact that God is true to His Word.
No Weapon Formed Against You
Isaiah 54:17 (KJV) states “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” This verse is very important to understand the posture of Paul – and the posture that you are to have (once saved). This verse teaches that when it comes to the righteous – their godly heritage is one where every tongue that shall rise against them in judgment is to be condemned. Paul knew this. Paul knew that if anyone were to bring up the wrong that he did, this was not right, because he was the righteousness of God, and as the righteousness of God, tongues of judgement that rise up against you (to bring you into condemnation), are to be cast down, in the name of Jesus. There is an excellent chance that when Paul said he wronged no one, people who knew his past could have very well highlighted what he did, to his face. But did that worry him? No – it did not. Why? Because he knew that when you are the righteousness of God (because of salvation), anyone/anything that attempts to bring up the evil that you did (to bring condemnation), is to be cast down immediately, in the name of Jesus. This is important because this is the specialty tactic of the devil. He will attempt to do all that he can do, to bring up to you, the evil that you have done (once you are saved), to bring about condemnation, shame, and guilt, in your life. Why does the enemy want to bring about condemnation in your life? The enemy wants to bring about condemnation in your life, because he knows that when you have condemnation in your life, this will spiritually paralyze you, from moving forward in the manner that you need to move.
Your Righteousness versus God’s Righteousness
It is important for you to know that it is futile for you to achieve righteousness / right standing, based on your works. How so? Because the Word of God teaches clearly that your self-righteousness is like filthy rags. How do you know this? You know this from Isaiah 64:6. Isaiah 64:6 (KJV) states “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags…” From this verse, it is clear that for you to try and achieve righteousness, is futile, because you will never be able to attain, nor maintain true Godly righteousness, based on your works. To attain true eternal righteousness / right standing with God, you have to attain it only from God, through Jesus / salvation. This is important to note because it teaches you that once you become saved, your works, don’t determine your position in Christ. But the enemy (people, religion, and various other things) will attempt to tell you that who you are, is based on your performance. Under this dispensation of grace, it is no longer about your performance/works (to determine who you are). Under this dispensation of grace, it is all about Jesus; His (Jesus) works on the cross, your faith, and salvation. You are in right standing, based on His works – and the grace of God – not based on what you did. Strive for the righteousness of God. Now keep in mind that as you are in right standing with God (based on salvation), you are to live a godly lifestyle (free of sexual activity outside of marriage) – not in your strength, but in the power of God.
Your Sin is Not Held Against You – Once You Are Saved
No matter how you try, you will always miss the mark, and end up engaging in one sin, or another – subsequent to becoming saved. God knows this, thus the reason why he created the precious blood of Jesus, to be that spiritual cleansing agent, to continually cleanse you of all forms, and all manifestations of sin. The AMPCE version of 1 John 1:7 states “…and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].” From this verse of 1 John 1:7, you can see that the blood of Jesus is definitely that spiritual agent that continually keeps you cleansed from all forms and all manifestations, of sin. So as you become born again, know that the blood covers all your sin – past, present, and future, that may manifest in your life – thus enabling you to be in right standing with God, and the righteousness of God, and to be free from condemnation.
As the blood continually cleanses you of all sin, this creates the spiritual fact (that you need to grow confidence in) that sin will not be held against you, by God. How do you know this? You know this from Psalm 31:1-2. The NIV version of Psalm 31:1-2 states “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. (Verse 2) Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them…” In these verses from the book of Psalms, King David spoke of the future, under the dispensation of grace, where people’s transgressions were forgiven by God, their sins were covered by God / the blood, (on account of them being saved), and their sins were no longer held against them, by God (on account of them being saved). That time period is now – and that verse is referring to you, once you become saved. Once you become saved, you are that person who no longer will have your sins held against you by God, because of the blood, which is constantly cleansing you of all sin. Something (e.g., sin) cannot be held against you, as it is instantaneously washed away / removed, by the precious blood of Jesus. Once you become saved, as sin manifests in your life, the blood covers that sin automatically. Now keep in mind that God does not want you to sin, and He does not want you to have anything to do with sin, but if you sin, this will not take away your right standing with Him, if you are saved.
This is why you are to have no condemnation in your life, regarding sin committed. That being said, it is spiritually illegal for the devil (or anyone else) to point out your sin (as a means to bring you into condemnation), because it does not exist spiritually, once you become saved – because of that cleansing power of the blood, that eliminates it, as you commit it. You will sin – but it will not be held against you by God. Now keep in mind that this provision (the blood covering your sin) by God, is not a passport for you to engage in sin, and for you to live a life of sin. You are not to engage in sin as a saved individual, as you are to be holy, as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15). But if sin is committed, know that it will not be held against you by God. In closing, keep in mind that there are consequences for engaging in sin (e.g., sexual sin). For example, when you read the book, What God Says About Sexual Activity Outside of Marriage, you will see clearly that when one engages in sexual sin, there are severe spiritual consequences, that result. But know that these severe spiritual consequences, is not to be received as God punishing you for your sin, and God holding your sin against you. When you are saved, know that condemnation is not supposed to be a part of your life, for there is no condemnation, for those that dwell in Christ – and one dwells in Christ, when they are saved. Romans 8:1 (KJV) states “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) states “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Salvation & Sexual Activity Outside of Marriage
It is important for you to become saved. As you strive to extinguish sexual activity outside of marriage, out of every aspect of your life, it is important for you first to become saved. And when you become saved, know that you are in right standing with God (as Paul declared) – you are the righteousness of God – you are innocent before God. The blood has covered all your sins. And once this has been done, know that you are to be bold as a lion. Why? Because the righteous is to be bold, in their God granted righteousness. And keep in mind that your righteousness is not to be based on what you feel about your past sins, what you think about your past sins, what he said, or what she said. Your righteousness is to be based on what God says. And who is God? God is the Word of God (John 1:1), and God is the truth (Romans 3:4). The Word of God says you are justified, in right standing, the righteousness of God, because of your salvation – therefore that is who you are. This is important to mention, because you have an enemy, called the devil. And the devil will attempt to create a highlight reel of all the sexual sin that you have engaged in, in the past. Why? Because he knows that highlighting sin, brings guilt and condemnation. And when a person is walking in guilt and condemnation, this spiritually paralyzes them, from moving forward with godly confidence. Just imagine if instead of Paul saying that he wronged no one – he were to have listed all the evil that he did to Jesus and the people of God. Do you think he would have gone on to do all the great things that he did for Jesus? No, he would not.
When you are not saved, and not walking in godly, lion-like boldness, know that you are not where God wants you to be. Under this dispensation of grace, know that it is not about your performance/works (as it was under the Law of Moses) – under this dispensation of grace, it is now about His (Jesus) finished works on the cross, and you having faith in them and having faith in Jesus. When you have faith in Jesus, and what He did for you on the cross, know that you are then to speak (and have full confidence) as Paul did. Once you become saved, don’t let your past sexual activity outside of marriage exploits bring you into condemnation, guilt, shame, embarrassment, disrepute, and spiritual odium. This is not a case of you being in denial, for what evil that you did. This is a case of you being in right standing with God, because of salvation, Jesus, what Jesus did on the cross, you having faith in Jesus (and His works on the cross), and the blood of Jesus. Once you become saved, you are to talk like the apostle Paul. Once you become saved, never let condemnation infect your life, based on your past sexual sin activities. Now keep in mind that this is not a passport to sin, and to harbor sin in your life. This is a benefit of God’s grace, given to you free of charge, from God, through Jesus.
You Must Be Born Again
If you are not saved, you need to make a decision, to become born again, today. How do you become born again? Romans 10:9 (KJV) states “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in they heart that God hath raised Him form the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:10 (AMPCE) states “For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses – declares openly and speaks out freely his faith – and confirms [his] salvation.”