Repentance and Sin No More, Perfection and Born of the Spirit

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The Law of Moses Has Not Been Abolished

Why the Law Is Not Abolished, Yet Circumcision, Festivals, Sacrifices, Sabbaths, Foods Are No Longer Observed

To repent,

and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 3:2 [NIV])

lest of my having come again, my God should humble me as to you, and I should mourn over many of those having before sinned and not having repented of the impurity, and sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.
(2 Corinthians 12:21 [BLB])

Means to stop sinning, hence,

And she said, No one, O Lord. And Jesus said to her, Nor I condemn you; go and from now sin no more! (John 8:11 [ABP])

Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” (John 5:14 [NIV])

Sober up righteously and do not sin, for some have ignorance of God. I speak to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:34 [BLB])

Which means to stop committing the actions that the Law of Moses reveals as sin,

For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. (James 2:11 [ESV])

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20 [ESV])

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (Matthew 5:17 [NIV])

Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19 [NIV])

For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18 [NIV])

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
 (Hebrews 10:26-27 [KJV])

But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity and does according to all the abominations that a wicked man does, will he live? All his righteous deeds which he has done will not be remembered for his treachery which he has committed and his sin which he has committed; for them he will die. (Ezekiel 18:24 [NASB])

God surely strikes the heads of his enemies, even the hairy heads of those who continue in their guilt. (Psalm 68:21 [ISV])

But if wicked people turn away from all their sins and begin to obey my decrees and do what is just and right, they will surely live and not die. All their past sins will be forgotten, and they will live because of the righteous things they have done.
(Ezekiel 18:21-22 [NLT])

Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, having this inscription: The Lord knows those who are His, and Everyone who names the name of the Lord must turn away from unrighteousness. (2 Timothy 2:19 [HCSB])

Which relates to why Abram was first told to walk blameless, before he received the sign of old covenant,

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. (Genesis 17:1 [NIV])

Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, (Romans 4:9-11 [ESV])

Which was the circumcision of the flesh,

This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. (Genesis 17:10 [ESV])

Because just as with Abram, before the sign of the new covenant is received, which is now the circumcision of the heart,

In Him you were also circumcised… with the circumcision performed by Christ and not by human hands. (Colossians 2:11 [BSB])

It is necessary to first walk blameless, which implies to “stop sinning”, or “repent”, and be without any blame of sin, hence,

A psalm of David. LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; (Psalm 15:1-2 [NIV])

My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me. (Psalm 101:6 [NIV])

For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His ordinances were before me, 
            And I did not put away His statutes from me. I was also blameless with Him,  And I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore the LORD  has recompensed me according to my righteousness,  According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes. With  the kind Thou dost show Thyself kind; With the blameless Thou dost show Thyself  blameless; (Psalm 18:22-25 [NAS1977])

so as for you not to be lacking in any gift as you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who also will strengthen* you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 1:7-8 [MODIFIED-BLB])*

Interlinear Links: *βεβαιώσει (strengthen), 1 Corinthians 1:8

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love (Ephesians 1:4 [NIV])

he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. (Colossians 1:22-23 [ESV])

so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, (Philippians 1:10 [ESV])

May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. (1 Thessalonians 3:13 [NIV])

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23 [ESV])

For before Abram was imputed with righteousness by believing,

And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6 [ESV])

When he was still an idolator, along with his father and brother Nahor,

…‘Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods. (Joshua 24:2 [ESV])

He began to obey God while he was still the household of his father,

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. (Genesis 12:1 [ESV])

By belief Abraham being called, obeyed to go forth unto the place which he was about to receive for an inheritance; and he went forth not having knowledge of where he went. (Hebrews 11:8 [ABP])

Which lead to a blameless walk before God,

because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” (Genesis 26:5 [ESV])

And stopped breaking all the commands of the law of God that were known even then, even before the Law was given to Moses, that included these commands related to his former idolatry,

You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them… (Exodus 20:3-5 [ESV])

And this obedience and blamelessness, that came through belief, also became righteousness,

And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.” (Deuteronomy 6:25 [NIV])

Which relates to ruling over sin,

If thou doest good, it shall certainly be accepted; and if thou doest not good, sin lies at the door. And his desire shall be unto thee, but thou must rule over him. (Genesis 4:7 [JB2000])

Because just as with Abraham, other men who were also blamelessruled over their sinful nature just as he did, without blame of any sin,

And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” (Job 1:8 [ESV])

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. (Genesis 6:9 [NIV])

And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. (Luke 1:6 [ESV])

Yet as opposed to the circumcision of the flesh which occurs by human hands, which foreshadowed the circumcision of the heart, the circumcision of the heart happens instantly by the baptism of the holy spirit, after first coming into full obedience that comes after believing, hence,

No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God. (Romans 2:29 [NIV])

We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (Acts 5:32 [NIV])

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, (Ephesians 1:13 [NIV])

Because as an example where Saul was instantly changed into another man when the holy spirit entered inside him,

And spirit of the LORD shall spring upon you, and you shall prophesy with them, and you shall turn into another man. (1 Samuel 10:6 [ABP])

Not only does the baptism of the holy spirit change a man instantly, but he also removes the “foreskin of the heart”,

Circumcise yourselves to the LORD; remove the foreskin of your hearts, O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn with none to quench it, because of the evil of your deeds.” (Jeremiah 4:4 [ESV])

Which is the elimination of the sinful nature of the heart,

In Him you were also circumcised in the putting off of your sinful nature… (Colossians 2:11 [BSB])

Which is a fulfillment of this prophecy in Ezekiel,

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26 [ESV])

Because as opposed to the old covenant, which was based on the blood of animals, which were never able to perfect a man,

This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper. (Hebrews 9:9 [NETBIBLE])

For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and of he-goats to remove sins. (Hebrews 10:4 [ABP])

Hence why men such as David, who were blameless before God, eventually fell into one sin or another,

And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, (1 Kings 9:4 [ESV])

because David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. (1 Kings 15:5 [ESV])

The new covenant, which is based on the blood of Jesus Christ, perfects a man,

For by one offering he has perfected in perpetuity the ones having been sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14 [ABP])

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:34-36 [NIV])

Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. (Philippians 3:15 [KJV])

and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, (Hebrews 12:23 [NETBIBLE])

Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: (Colossians 1:28 [KJV])

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12 [KJV])

But strong food belongs to those that are perfect, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14 [JB2000])

And let endurance have its perfect work, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:4 [BLB])

Which is why Jesus Christ said, “be perfect”,

You shall be then yourselves perfect, as your father, the one in the heavens is perfect. (Matthew 5:48 [ABP])

In which case, the “foreskin of the heart”, which is also called the “heart of stone” referenced in Ezekiel, is the “flesh nature” Paul described as,

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. (Romans 7:14-15 [NIV])

Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. (Romans 7:25 [NLT])

Which is a heart that has evil desires,

But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. (Romans 7:8 [ESV])

Which is the cause of sin, since this “flesh nature” is what all are sold into from conception,

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalm 51:5 [ESV])

Which is why all have sinned, since all have been conceived into this nature,

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 [NIV])

If we should say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8 [BLB])

Yet when the holy spirit enters inside the body, which is called the “baptism of the holy spirit”,

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11 [NIV])

Or being “born of spirit”,

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. (John 3:5 [NIV])

Or being “born from above”,

Don’t be astonished that I told you, ‘All of you must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wants to. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. That’s the way it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:7-8 [ISV])

Or being “born of God”, or being “born again”, which are all phrases that mean receiving the holy spirit, he removes this “flesh nature”, which is the foreskin of the heart, in which case a man then becomes freed from sin, since all evil desires have been removed,

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6:18 [NIV])

But now, having been set free from sin, and having become servants of Elohim, you have your fruit resulting in set-apartness, and the end, aeonial* life. (Romans 6:22 [MODIFIED-TS2009])*

Interlinear Links: *αἰώνιον (aeonial), Romans 6:22

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. (Romans 6:6-7 [NIV])

For the law of the spirit of the life in Christ Jesus freed me from the law of the sin and of death. (Romans 8:2 [ABP])

But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. (Romans 6:17 [NIV])

And becomes dead to sin,

[1] What then shall we say? Shall we remain in sin that favor should be superabundant? [2] May it not be. We who died to sin, how shall we still live in it?  (Romans 6:1-2 [ABP])

And because the power of sin is the Law,

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. (1 Corinthians 15:56 [NIV])

Those who become freed from sin also subsequently die to the Law and are no longer “under the Law”, for the Law that reveals everything that is sin can no longer contain those who can no longer sin,

But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:6 [ESV])

For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:19-20 [NIV])

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14 [NIV])

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. (Romans 7:4 [NIV])

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:18 [NIV])

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
(Galatians 5:19-24 [NIV])

And all sins previously committed are disregarded,

whom God set forth as an atonement through the belief, in the one of his blood, for a demonstration of his righteousness through the letting pass of the preceding sins, (Romans 3:25 [ABP])

And so, as opposed to the holy spirit given previously in the times of the old covenant, the “new spirit” given now mentioned in Ezekiel frees a man from sin, causing him to stop walking in the flesh nature he was conceived in, and and to begin walking in the spirit he just received,

In nothing then is there now condemnation to the ones in Christ Jesus, not walking according to flesh, but according to spirit. (Romans 8:1 [ABP])

But you are not in flesh, but in spirit, if indeed spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the spirit of Christ, this one is not of him. (Romans 8:9 [ABP])

Which as opposed to a man trying to obey the Law of Moses himself, which all have already broken and are cursed by,

For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” (Galatians 3:10 [ESV])

And that he himself cannot subject himself to since he still has an uncircumcised heart having evil desires,

because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:7-9 [NASB])

The holy spirit that a man receives then “causes” him to obey the Law of Moses,

And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (Ezekiel 36:27 [ESV])

Which is the righteousness received from God, through the holy spirit,

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— (Romans 3:21 [ESV])

For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. (Romans 10:3 [ESV])

For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow sprinkled on those who are defiled consecrated them and provided ritual purity, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the aeonial* Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.  (Hebrews 9:13-14 [MODIFIED-NETBIBLE])*

Interlinear Links: *αἰωνίου (aeonial), Hebrews 9:14

Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. (Romans 3:31 [NIV])

For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. (Galatians 5:5 [NIV])

Which is a gift,

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38 [NIV])

For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17 [ESV])

Which comes through mere belief, because there was nothing anyone did or could do to deserve to be given the gift of the holy spirit, which causes the gift of the true righteousness of God, because none have completely obeyed the Law for “works of Law” to be regarded as righteousness for anyone to deserve anything, as opposed to Jesus Christ, who obeyed the Law, where his reward of “works of Law” are counted unto him as obligation, not as a gift, as it does for everyone else who believe, that were previously ungodly,

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. (Romans 3:20 [NIV])

If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about–but not before God. What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousnessDavid says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” (Romans 4:2-8 [NIV])

He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (Galatians 3:14 [NIV])

Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise. Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one. Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law. But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:16-26 [NASB])

and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. (Philippians 3:9 [NIV])

But we should always thank God for you, brothers who are loved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning to be saved by the sanctification of the Spirit and by faith in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:13 [BSB])

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace… (2 Timothy 1:6-9 [NIV])

he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, (Titus 3:5 [NIV])

Which is also why no one can boast, because the gift comes through mere belief, not by works of the Law, since all disobeyed the Law,

Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
(Romans 3:27-28 [ESV])

Where the righteousness that is now caused by holy spirit excels the righteousness of men who were previously called blameless, like Abraham, Noah, and Job,

in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:4 [NIV])

Because as opposed to them, this sanctification of the holy spirit removes the sinful nature of the heart, causing a man to finally become obedient to God, which men before, such as these, who were called blameless were never able to actually be perfect, because their obedience was based on their own effort while still having the sinful nature,

according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. (1 Peter 1:2 [ESV])

But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:13 [ESV])

Yet now by the baptism of the holy spirit it now becomes impossible to never sin again, hence,

We know that every one being engendered of  God does not sin; but the one engendered of  God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. (I John 5:18 [ABP])

for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4 [NIV])

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John 3:9 [KJV])

Which is all a fulfillment of this prophecy in Daniel in reference to the first coming of Jesus Christ who was the one that was annointed, the “most holy”,

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. (Daniel 9:24 [KJV])

Because the purpose of the first coming of Jesus Christ was not only to atone for sin, but also to end it,

Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the aeons* to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Hebrews 9:26 [MODIFIED-NIV])*

Interlinear Links: *αἰώνων (aeons), Hebrews 9:26

And she shall bear a son, and you shall call  his name Jesus, for he shall deliver his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21 [ABP])

As such, whoever still sins has not truly received the holy spirit,

No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. (1 John 3:6 [NASB])

And whoever receives the holy spirit is not only freed from sin, but experiences a manifestation of power that always happens whenever he enters the body,

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4 [ESV])

When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. (Acts 19:6 [NIV])

so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came on Saul’s men, and they also prophesied. Saul was told about it, and he sent more men, and they prophesied too. Saul sent men a third time, and they also prophesied. (1 Samuel 19:20-21 [NIV])

When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying. (1 Samuel 10:10 [NIV])

And because many do not come to full obedience, among various other reasons, is why many do not receive the holy spirit, even after believing and being baptized with water, hence why Simon the sorcerer did not receive the holy spirit after believing and being baptized with water, because his heart was not right with God and sinned by offering money to receive the holy spirit,

But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great. 10 They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called Great.” 11 And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed. 14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! 21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.” 24 And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.” (Acts 8:9-24 [ESV])

Recommended after reading this study,

Humility and Sell Your Possessions and Properties

Every Believer Must Do Good Works and Proclaim the Gospel, Some Are Called to Teach, and the Interpretation of the Parables of the Ten Virgins and the Talents

Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Power, Prophesying, New Languages, Signs, Miracles, Wonders

The Holy Spirit is an Angel, and Each Believer Receives a Holy Spirit