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Can a Christian Sin?
« on: March 27, 2010, 02:12:29 PM »
There are some intriguing scriptures that indicate that Christians can sin but it is not held against them because of the blood of Jesus.

We read two (2) passages in 1 John where one says if we say we are without sin we lie and later that it is impossible to sin.

First is "If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
  My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments." [1 John 1:6-2:3]

It would appear that past sins are forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Christ. The first part appears to be past tense and if we say we have no sin and refuse to accept the finished work at the cross then we are liars and we are not in Christ. If we transgress the two (2) commandments of Jesus we have an advocate to bring us before the Throne of Grace where we can confess to the Father who cannot look upon sin.

The 2 commandments encompass all 10 of the Hebrew commandments. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and might and also His image commonly known as your neighbor.

To God there is no difference in sin. It is not divided and placed in segments of Dishonor, Murder, Theft, Fornication, Lust, or Lying. To God you fall short of the mark. In archery terms you miss the mark and "sin" and fall into "evil" where the arrow lands.

King David says, "Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight;..." [Psalm 51:4]

 And James says, "If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all." [James 2:8-10]

The next passage in 1 John we will examine is
"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother." [1 John 3:1-10]

Either this whole passage is about Jesus and all the pronouns should be capilalized or the Believers that are "in Christ" are sinless by the cleansing blood at the cross. They may transgress and do wrong, but they are saved and His Grace is Sufficient. They only lose fellowship until they confess and seek forgiveness.

Did Paul ever change or did he continue in his doing what he ought not to and not doing what he willed to do in Romans chapter 7 and then explained that it doesn't matter because "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." [Romans 8:1-2]

What? no "condemnation" because we are in Christ Jesus? OK, that makes it easier to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness from the Father. But, does that give us license to continue in the flesh? Doesn't Paul encourage Believers to walk in the Spirit? Doesn't he also list all the sins that are in the flesh?

As I explained above, that list is for us to know where the boundaries are. Because to the Father a sin is a sin! Don't be comparing yourself to your neighbor to see if you stack up to the Father's tolerance. [1 Cor 10:12] He has none!

You either walk in the Spirit or in the flesh! Walking in the Spirit dictates that you look inward for guidance. Paul gives directions in Romans 12:1-2 and how to transform the mind in 2 Cor 10:4. Take all your thoughts captive and examine them for purity before entertaining them. What you think about, you will eventually do. [Matt 5:21, 22, 27, 28]

Can a Christian sin? Yes, but there is NO condemnation. We do not lose our salvation. We are children of God and He does not lock us out for falling short of His righteousness. He only forsook His Son for a short time while He became the sins of the world.

"Therefore, brethren, we are debtors; not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." [Romans 8:12-14]

Walk and live according to the Spirit, [Romans 8:1,4,5]

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints;" [Ephesians 6:10-18]

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