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Three Truths about Sin

#1 A BELIEVER CAN SIN It is possible for a person who has believed on Christ, for salvation from sin, to return to sin either for a moment or for a lifetime. God created us with free will and God enables us to use our free will to believe and receive His saving power. God does not take away our free will at salvation. God allows us to choose to abide in, or to abandon our relationship with Him. The Scriptures warn Christians not to sin. The Scriptures condemn Christians who do sin. The Scriptures call Christians back to salvation, if they do sin.
Eze 18:2 "What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel saying, 'The fathers eat the sour grapes, But the children's teeth are set on edge'? 3 "As I live," declares the Lord GOD, "you are surely not going to use this proverb in Israel anymore. 4 "Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.... 20 "The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. 21 "But if the wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed and observes all My statutes and practices justice and righteousness, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 "All his transgressions which he has committed will not be remembered against him; because of his righteousness which he has practiced, he will live. 23 "Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked," declares the Lord GOD, "rather than that he should turn from his ways and live? 24 "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. 25 "Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not right.' Hear now, O house of Israel! Is My way not right? Is it not your ways that are not right? 26 "When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies because of it, for his iniquity which he has committed he will die. 27 "Again, when a wicked man turns away from his wickedness which he has committed and practices justice and righteousness, he will save his life. 28 "Because he considered and turned away from all his transgressions which he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29 "But the house of Israel says, 'The way of the Lord is not right.' Are My ways not right, O house of Israel? Is it not your ways that are not right? 30 "Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct," declares the Lord GOD. "Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you. 31 "Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 "For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies," declares the Lord GOD. "Therefore, repent and live."
Eze 33:8f "When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die,' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. 9 "But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your life. 10 "Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, 'Thus you have spoken, saying, "Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are rotting away in them; how then can we survive?"' 11 "Say to them, 'As I live!' declares the Lord GOD, 'I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?' 12 "And you, son of man, say to your fellow citizens, 'The righteousness of a righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will not stumble because of it in the day when he turns from his wickedness; whereas a righteous man will not be able to live by his righteousness on the day when he commits sin.' 13 "When I say to the righteous he will surely live, and he so trusts in his righteousness that he commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds will be remembered; but in that same iniquity of his which he has committed he will die. 14 "But when I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die,' and he turns from his sin and practices justice and righteousness, 15 if a wicked man restores a pledge, pays back what he has taken by robbery, walks by the statutes which ensure life without committing iniquity, he will surely live; he shall not die. 16 "None of his sins that he has committed will be remembered against him. He has practiced justice and righteousness; he will surely live. 17 "Yet your fellow citizens say, 'The way of the Lord is not right,' when it is their own way that is not right. 18 "When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, then he shall die in it. 19 "But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them. 20 "Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not right.' O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways."
[KCG: Do you believe that if this is God's standard before the sacrifice was His Son, that the standard would be less when the sacrifice was His Son?]
Verses that point to the truth of section one: Lk 9:62; Jn 15:1-10; Rom 8:3-4; Act 3:19, Act 17:30-31; Rev 2:5, Rev 2:21, Rev 3:2, Rev 3:19
#2 A BELIEVER CAN "NOT" SIN God leads the trusting, obedient believer out of darkness, out of temptation and God gives grace to the believer to resist the devil and to do the will of God. God has provided the grace that can keep a person from sinning. God enables a believer to walk in the light. God enables a believer to keep His commandments and to do that which is pleasing in His sight. It is not God's will or His fault when and IF a believer chooses sin over God.
God even offers advocacy to the disobedient. When a believer sins a sin, the Holy Spirit has already led that person to not sin, but the believer chose to disobey God (as perfect Adam chose to disobey God in the Garden). God's Holy Spirit then convicts the person of that sin and leads that person to repent of that sin. When that person repents and believes on Christ to forgive that sin, Jesus hears and honors that person's cry for help and He gives that person life. God's grace provides forgiveness, cleansing, renewal, restoration. But God does not force His grace on anyone. Humans, even after they have been saved and after they sin, are still free moral agents, choosing their own path to follow.
If the person does not repent of that sin, then he has already started down a road and life of sinning because failure to quickly repent of a sudden and single sin is actually the commission of a second sin.
Remember, it only took one sin to corrupt and destroy the human race. It only took one sin to separate angels from God forever. It would have only taken one sin to disqualify Jesus from saving us.
It only takes a quick, but sincere repentance to continue in Christ. The second sin (un-repentance for the first sin) quickly leads to a continued life of sinning against God. The further a person goes into sin, and the longer a person goes without repentance, the harder it is for that person to turn and the less likely that they will call on Jesus.
Verses that point to the truth of section two: Eph 6:13; 1Pe 5:8-10; Jms 4:7-8; Jn 12:35-36; Eph 5:8-10; 1Jn 1:6-7; Jn 14:15,21, Jn 15:10,14; 1Jn 2:3-6, 1Jn 3:21-24; Rev 14:12-13; 1Jn 1:9, 1Jn 2:1; Mt 7:13f; 1Co 10:12f
#3 A BELIEVER CANNOT SIN When a person is saved, then he is given spiritual life. That life is not inherent to the person, and is not unconditional. Life in Christ is the gift of God to those who believe and receive Christ and His salvation. The Spirit of God (the Spirit of life, the One who gives life to the believer) continues in (abides with) the person who continues to have saving faith.
Saving faith is not simply a momentary trust from a person's past history: Saving faith is a current, ongoing, continuing and constant trust in, and relationship with God, through Christ.
As long as a person is looking to Christ and walking in the Spirit, he cannot sin, because sin is the disobedience to God and a believer, by nature, obeys God. Once sin enters and remains in a person, then that person is not a Christian, is not a believer, is not presently born of God. A person cannot walk in light and darkness at the same time. A person cannot walk with Satan and God at the same time. A person cannot be pure and impure at the same time. A person cannot love God and riches or the world at the same time.
EITHER Sin separates from God OR God separates from sin.
(BUT WHAT IF A BELIEVER DOES SIN SUDDENLY) Then we are brought back to point #2. God extends forgiveness and life to the person who repents of a sudden and repented sin. The Bible says that the believer who sins, but then repents, is given life. There are consequences for sudden and brief lapses, but immediate repentance allows the life of God to continue in the penitent person.
HOWEVER, unrepented sin results in eternal separation from God, therefore the believer cannot sin.
THE FACT REMAINS that a person who has the life of God cannot sin and continue to be a believer.
The believer has the ability to sin. The believer has the ability to turn from his sin and renew his relationship and life with God. The believer does not have that the ability to sin and keep the life of God at the same time. Therefore, a person cannot be a believer and be sinning at the same time.
God Has Said 1 John 3:4-10 (4) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (5) And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. (6) Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. (7) Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. (8) He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (9) 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. (10) In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
AS I MENTIONED, regardless of the grace of God, and the renewal, forgiveness, and ultimate victory of the believer, there are still consequences for sin, even for a single and sudden sin. Forgiveness, Divine life within a person does not make their sudden and single sin nondestructive. The destruction may happen to them or to those around them. Grace does not neutralize all of the consequences of sin.
Don't let people run you away from total surrender and faithful following of Christ. The Christian life is livable for those who trust and follow Jesus.
A simple Summary... #1 A Believer Can Sin, because we have a free will, and our earthly time of testing is not over. #2 A Believer Can “Not” Sin, because God enables us to “keep His commandments and do that which is pleasing in His sight.” #3 A Believer Cannot Sin, because if a person chooses to sin, they are choosing not to live by the Spirit, not to walk in light, not to remain in grace or faith.
Verses that point to the truth of the third point: Rom 8:2,11; Jn 4:10; Rom 5:15-18; Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8; Jn 14:17; 1Jn 3:24; Rom 11:2; Col 1:22-23; Mat 6:23; Lk 11:34-36; Jn 8:12, Jn 11:10; Jn 12:46; Act 26:18; Rom 2:19, Rom 13:12; 1Jn 1:7

God bless, Kim

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