We need to be saved “From” sin and not saved “In” sin. The difference is that when we are saved from sin, we begin to die to ourselves and let the Holy Spirit lead us. Once we ask the Lord to forgive us of all our sins, it does not give us the freedom to keep on in our sins. We must repent daily, because as long as we are in the flesh we are sinners. There is no such thing as “once saved always saved”. We will all stumble and fall, but we need to keep that “short list” with the Lord at all times. Ask the Lord to help us daily, so we do not fall back into our normal sinful ways.
We can’t repent one day and then go out and do the same things again. The Lord will still forgive us if we are truly sorry for what we did, but we need to stay strong and allow the Holy Spirit to move within us. This can’t be done by ourselves, we need the Lord’s protection to help us remove temptation of any sins.
A good example of being saved “In” sin. Let’s say you go to a true Holy Spirit church building and really let the Lord take control of you through the Holy Spirit. This doesn’t have to happen in a building, as we can have “church” anywhere. Then shortly afterwords, you decide to go hang out at a place such as: Bar, Casino, etc… You are still continuing in sin and not saved from it.
At one time you were like a dead person because of the things you did wrong and your offenses against God. 2 You used to live like people of this world. You followed the rule of a destructive spiritual power. This is the spirit of disobedience to God’s will that is now at work in persons whose lives are characterized by disobedience. 3 At one time you were like those persons. All of you used to do whatever felt good and whatever you thought you wanted so that you were children headed for punishment just like everyone else.
4-5 However, God is rich in mercy. He brought us to life with Christ while we were dead as a result of those things that we did wrong. He did this because of the great love that he has for us. You are saved by God’s grace! 6 And God raised us up and seated us in the heavens with Christ Jesus. 7 God did this to show future generations the greatness of his grace by the goodness that God has shown us in Christ Jesus.
8 You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. 9 It’s not something you did that you can be proud of. 10 Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.
11 So remember that once you were Gentiles by physical descent, who were called “uncircumcised” by Jews who are physically circumcised. 12 At that time you were without Christ. You were aliens rather than citizens of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of God’s promise. In this world you had no hope and no God. 13 But now, thanks to Christ Jesus, you who once were so far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14 Christ is our peace. He made both Jews and Gentiles into one group. With his body, he broke down the barrier of hatred that divided us. 15 He canceled the detailed rules of the Law so that he could create one new person out of the two groups, making peace. 16 He reconciled them both as one body to God by the cross, which ended the hostility to God.
17 When he came, he announced the good news of peace to you who were far away from God and to those who were near. 18 We both have access to the Father through Christ by the one Spirit. 19 So now you are no longer strangers and aliens. Rather, you are fellow citizens with God’s people, and you belong to God’s household. 20 As God’s household, you are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21 The whole building is joined together in him, and it grows up into a temple that is dedicated to the Lord. 22 Christ is building you into a place where God lives through the Spirit.
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He that believeth in Him is not condemned; but He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
“I assure you that whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and won’t come under judgment but has passed from death into life.
The wages that sin pays are death, but God’s gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As for those who emerge victorious, I will allow them to sit with me on my throne, just as I emerged victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.