Sinless Christians?


Everyone who commits sin commits lawlessness, for sin is lawlessness. You know that He was revealed to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. No one who remains in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or known Him. Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts in righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. Whoever sins belongs to the devil, because the devil has sinned from the beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is begotten by God commits sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot sin because he is begotten by God. In this way, the children of God and the children of the devil are made plain; no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God, nor anyone who does not love his brother.  I John 3:4-10

John now contrasts lawlessness and righteousness; one belonging to God or to the devil.

No one who remains in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or known Him, The person who acts in righteousness is righteous, and “Whoever sins belongs to the devil“. All these statements sound like we are ALL in a whole lotta trouble. But it isn’t quite what it seems. The sin reffered to here is habitual sin. In other words, a life-style of sinning.

If I engage in something contrary to God’s law, that is sin. If I continually disregard God’s law, then I am denying the power of the Holy Spirit in my life and choose to sin, rather than to love God, therefore showing myself to “belong to the devil“.

As we discussed earlier in this study, I John 1:9 states,”If we acknowledge our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing,” we are human and we are inclined toward sin. Primarily, the sins of His children happen in moments of weakness. Once realized,  they are turned away from or repented of (Rom.7:15).

How do we combat these sinful lapses? The answer John gives is; acting in righteousness and loving his brother. As these virtues develop and grow in our lives, the more likely we will be able to sin less. But that doesn’t mean we will be sinless!

So this week, let us act in righteousness and love our brothers and sisters and see if we notice a difference in our spiritual lives.

Amen.

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5 Responses

  1. As someone who spent 30 years in the church, I can’t help but wonder still, what is sin? I’ve heard more definitions and explanations than I can count, but the two most often cited in recent years are ‘missing the mark’ and ‘any action that separates one from God.’
    In Genesis Chapter 2 –
    “15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
    Do you believe that had Adam and Eve not eaten from the tree, they would have lived forever? I hate to say it, but it appears that the serpent was right, they did not die when they ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

    Dear roguememe,
    Sin is disobedience to God…period. And yes I believe, had they not disobeyed God, they would have lived forever. As in most cases with the devil involved, he takes a truth and twists it into a lie. Example: “you will be like God knowing good and evil” well we found out about good and evil, but in choosing to disobey, we became slaves to sin. The spiritual death is what was experienced first by Adam and Eve, that being the main point of this section of Genesis, but they eventualy experienced the physical death as well.
    Thanks for your comment, you raised some very intresting questions.
    Tim

  2. Hi Tim,
    Let me start by saying that I do not believe the biblical creation story at all. However, it does seem to indicate that God wasn’t telling Adam and Eve the whole truth. In fact, it was God who was worried about Adam and Eve becoming ‘like one of us.’
    He then placed guards around the tree of life so that they could not live forever.
    Genesis Chapter 3
    22Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of (X)Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from (Y)the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”–
    23therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.
    24So (Z)He drove the man out; and at the (AA)east of the garden of Eden He stationed the (AB)cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to (AC)the tree of life.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Well Scott, you are certainly entitled to your opinion, but God was in fact the only one who DID tell the truth in that whole situation. But if you don’t believe the story at all, it is irrelevent to discuss whether God was truthful or worried or …. whatever. I guess we’ll just have to disagree at this point.
    Blessings, Tim

  3. Hi Tim,
    Let me start by saying that I do not believe the biblical creation story at all. However, it does seem to indicate that God wasn’t telling Adam and Eve the whole truth. In fact, it was God who was worried about Adam and Eve becoming ‘like one of us.’
    He then placed guards around the tree of life so that they could not live forever.
    Genesis Chapter 3
    22Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of (X)Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from (Y)the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”–
    23therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.
    24So (Z)He drove the man out; and at the (AA)east of the garden of Eden He stationed the (AB)cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to (AC)the tree of life.
    Regards,

    Well Scott, you are certainly entitled to your opinion, but God was in fact the only one who DID tell the truth in that whole situation. But if you don’t believe the story at all, it is irrelevent to discuss whether God was truthful or worried or …. whatever. I guess we’ll just have to disagree at this point.
    Blessings, Tim

  4. Hi, The issue with Sin and the Christian. The bible does not say anything about “habitual” sin. When you read Romans chapter 6 It tells what happens to a believer when he has been Born again. Remember Christ cannot recieve a Christian who sins. Who’s point of view are we looking at?

  5. Well Ralph, the bible does not say anything about the “Trinity” or the “Incarnation”. Of course we know the concept is implied. So is “habitual” sin. In I John 5:16, you have “the sin that does not lead to death” and “the sin that leads to death”, venial and mortal sin.
    Venial sins are those lifestyle sins. If you will continue in Romans through Chapter 7, we see that St. Paul himself struggled with such sins. We all do.
    Not sure I understand the last question.

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