The short answer is: YES!
Of course there is much more to the answer than a simple response, don’t you think? The fact is this that we are carnal beings. While we have given ourselves over to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we have not ceased to be carnal beings. We have not left this world. We are reminded throughout the Bible:
“And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the Lord has said, Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.” ~Joel 2:32 NKJV, also mentioned in Romans 10:13
“But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” ~Romans 10:8-9 NKJV
We have also been promised and assured by Jesus, Himself…the second person of the Trinity:
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” ~John 6:37-38 NKJV
We are not to be let go or lost by the Son of God, to whom we have given ourselves to. Now you must ask yourself the question – what was the will of God for His Son?
“I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” ~Matthew 15:24 NKJV
However, when the lost sheep of Israel had rejected Jesus, the Gentiles (or all other peoples were offered salvation.)
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”” ~Romans 1:16-17 NKJV
God told us at the very beginning that we needed to take command over ourselves.
“So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”“~Genesis 4:6-7 NKJV
Sin lays in wait for the opportunity to take hold of our hearts and place us in positions to sin. Now, does this all mean we can do anything we want to, sinfully? No, not at all. This is the beauty of why David was the apple of God’s eye…because when he sinned and either noted it himself, or was made aware of his sinfulness through others, he immediately repented of it.
There are three Greek words used in the New Testament to denote repentance.
(1.) The verb _metamelomai_ is used of a change of mind, such as to produce regret or even remorse on account of sin, but not necessarily a change of heart. This word is used with reference to the repentance of Judas (Matt. 27:3).
(2.) Metanoeo, meaning to change one’s mind and purpose, as the result of after knowledge. This verb, with (3) the cognate noun _metanoia_, is used of true repentance, a change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin is promised.
Evangelical repentance consists of (1) a true sense of one’s own guilt and sinfulness; (2) an apprehension of God’s mercy in Christ; (3) an actual hatred of sin (Ps. 119:128; Job 42:5, 6; 2 Cor. 7:10) and turning from it to God; and (4) a persistent endeavour after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of his commandments.
The true penitent is conscious of guilt (Ps. 51:4, 9), of pollution (51:5, 7, 10), and of helplessness (51:11; 109:21, 22). Thus he apprehends himself to be just what God has always seen him to be and declares him to be. But repentance comprehends not only such a sense of sin, but also an apprehension of mercy, without which there can be no true repentance (Ps. 51:1; 130:4).
When we repent we are to change our way, path, and mindset. Sadly, many of us are very slow to learn such things. But thank God for His benevolent Love for us! God want all of mankind to be saved and come to be with Him in heaven.
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” ~1 Timothy 2:1-4 NKJV
Sadly, many will use this “exclusive” minded behavior to infer that a true God of love would not send anyone to hell. My response is this: If you break the law, do you deserve the consequences availed by the law? God demands perfection, we cannot give such because we are carnal in nature. Although, we can seek God’s perfection only in the person of Jesus Christ! It is only because we yield ourselves to Jesus that God can look at us (imperfect) because He, in-fact, sees His one and only Son, Jesus, who is perfect!
We are granted perfection by proxy, but think on this…no one in this world is perfect, no matter what people may say or believe of themselves. It is only through Our Lord, Jesus, that we can be looked upon by God the Father. Because we have asked Jesus into our heart and lives, we have become His property (of sort.)
Sadly, all too many of us truly need to work on ourselves a bit harder than we have in the past! It is a reminder to us that we are failures, but we are still loved by our God!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!