Recently I have been finishing up reading through the New Testament. It was actually the book of First John that provoked the topic of “sinlessness” in my life and for this blog. John, in the first chapter writes, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” I just sat there thinking, “Am I deceiving myself in any way?” And then I wondered just how much personal soul/heart searching am I actively involved in? Verse ten then adds, “If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” That’s a scary thought…
I know theologically my sins were forgiven on the cross over 2000 years ago: past, present and future. It is by the grace of our Lord that we now walk in forgiveness. That grace, however, does not grant me permission to freely sin. But, I also know my potential. I am imperfect. I am in the world. I am saved by grace. These are important things to be reminded of, i.e., our humanness. Thanks be to God I John also tells us this truth: We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin, the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true – even in his Son Jesus Christ.
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This is really helpful, Steve. Thank you. An appropriate attitude about our own “status” as sinners also keeps us out of a judgemental spirit, and puts us in a posture of genuine humility. Saved BY GRACE!