Not to derail this thread, but I must at this moment speak up and say this is one of those rare occasions when brother Oswald's words need a little explanation. I am worried that some Christians may read these words, look at the temptation to sin that they may still experience, and think "Perhaps I am not God's, for Mr. Chambers says when we are Christ's we are not tempted to sin in the old ways." No, God's Word does not say that. I believe that what our brother is suggesting is not what it appears he has said; but that, rather, an entire new sphere of temptation is added to our lives when we become Christians. In fact that is the meaning of what he said earlier: "... by regeneration we are lifted into another realm where there are other temptations to face, viz., the kind of temptations Our Lord faced. The temptations of Jesus do not appeal to us, they have no home at all in our human nature. Our Lord's temptations and ours move in different spheres until we are born again and become His brethren.Satan does not tempt us to do wrong things; he tempts us in order to make us lose what God has put into us by regeneration, viz., the possibility of being of value to God. He does not come on the line of tempting us to sin, but on the line of shifting the point of view, and only the Spirit of God can detect this as a temptation of the devil.
I am sorry to interrupt the flow of this thread and pray I have not interfered with the flow of the Spirit. But, reading the message for today, I became concerned of possible misunderstanding on the issue of temptation to sin. We may have been saved from the penalty of sin ... and one day we will be saved from the very presence of sin. but, for the time being on this earth, we are being saved from the power of sin. It is a progressive work and God in us must work out the victory of His Son on Calvary that we have by faith and make it real in practice in our lives as we daily deal with the world, the flesh, and the devil. It is a work that is His alone and one that He WILL accomplish, as we yield to Him. So if you have a besetting sin, do not fear. Read John's first epistle and understand that you are not alone, but that faith in Christ and honesty before God releases the power of the Blood to continually cleanse us and the power of the Holy Spirit to work out the victory over whatever may hinder our walk.