Sin is not the Problem
Posted on August 6, 2019 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1st John 1:8
I often hear from believers and non-believers say that we as Christians are hypocrites because we have a problem with certain behaviors that the Bible calls sin. The truth of the matter is sin is not the problem, sin was taken care of at the cross. The problem comes when we refuse to confess our sins and repent.
This does not give us the freedom to sin but rather to acknowledge that sin no longer is the issue, sin has no power over the believer. Sin, singular represents the nature we were born with, our redemption and salvation has delivered us from the consequences from sin. At conversion an exchange was made, our new identity is one of a sinless nature, it’s the only way we can have fellowship with God. Our new identity is to be “Christ in me, the Hope of Glory.”
So when we sin we are not walking according to our new nature, therefore we need to acknowledge that, confess it and repent. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1:9).
I remember in my younger years of woodworking when I made a table out of wood, the first cup that was left on the table left a stain. It was a learning lesson, until the table was covered with a protective shield like polyurethane, stains are going to be a problem. Once I covered the table with a good protective shield, stains were no longer a problem unless I left them there. But a simple wiping away eliminated the stain and there was no longer a residue. The stain is like sin, the covering is the price paid by Jesus to cover my sins. The wiping away is the act of confessing and repenting. Side note, the repenting may take some action on our part to make things right as far as relationship.
So walk in the Light, “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” (1:7). Make no provision for the flesh and live a life of confessing and repenting, all your sins are wiped away. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano, Rob Russomano is married to Terri, and serves with her as full time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think About This: “This day, my God, I hate sin not because it damns me, but because it has done Thee wrong. To have grieved my God is the worst grief to me.” – Charles Spurgeon
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Yet I am the Lord your God ever since the land of Egypt, and you shall know no God but Me; for there is no savior besides Me. – Hosea 13:4
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.