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To Sin or not to Sin

Michelangelo Forbidden Fruit 150x100 To Sin or not to SinThe title is a joke. But the sentiment is real. I’m confused.

Galatians 3:1-5 NASB    You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
Gal 3:2     This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?
Gal 3:3     Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
Gal 3:4     Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain?
Gal 3:5     So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?

(Gal 3:3 NLT How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?)

Ephesians 5:3     But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

I don’t get it. I’m really trying to understand this. I feel the Holy Spirit is working in us to bring us in line with God’s wishes, but Paul’s writings seem to say both. We are to, through our will, stop sinning while we are to not even attempt. It’s totally confusing.

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