Dear friends, now we are Children of God, and what we will be has not yet been known. Bu we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 1 John 3:3
When we enter into Christ and are brought out of death into life, God changes us. We are not the same people we were before we came to Him. Before, we were all in rebellion against our Creator. Fortunately for us, our Creator King is also our Savior King. He made a way for us to escape the kingdom of darkness and enter “into His marvelous light.” (1Peter 2:9) He is the lover of our souls and has redeemed us to become His spotless bride; but He wants a bride who actually desires to be spotless. Many people hold to the idea that we will always keep sinning no matter how long we are a Christian or how well we know God; but if we keep sinning, have we truly been set free from darkness?
But you know that He appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin. 1 John 3:5
Jesus didn’t just come to forgive our sins; He came to draw us near to the Father. He had to die for our sins because they were preventing a relationship with Him, and the primary focus was our value in our Father’s eyes. He doesn’t just want to forgive our sins so we can have a clear record; He wants to remove them so our future is clear too. He has made us new creations so we can walk in His righteousness. He is transforming us into His likeness by Jesus’ blood and the Holy Spirit. Through sin, we all “fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) But in Jesus, we “reflect the Lord’s glory” and “are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
1 Corinthians 10:13 says that “When you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so you can stand up under it.” What is this way to “stand up under it”? -Holy Spirit. So, in any and every situation, we have a way to avoid sin, because we have the Spirit. If, in every situation, we have the ability not to sin, doesn’t that mean we have the ability to never sin again? To say we don’t have the ability to not sin is to say we are still in bondage. And to say we are still in bondage is to insult the cross of Christ. God payed such a high price to not just heal and forgive us, but to completely change us. We were dead in our sins but “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Romans 6 paints such a clear picture of us being in Christ and dead to sin.
For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. Romans 6:14
Grace isn’t a license to sin and get away with it. … Grace empowers us to walk out what truth calls us to. –Todd White
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
God’s call for us to be without sin isn’t an impossible and condemning commission in which we are on our own and bound for failure. He has given us His Spirit who sets us free and “teaches us all things.” (John 14:26) We no longer sin because we now know the love of God. Our freedom from sin is just that, FREEDOM! We can’t live righteously and pleasing to God legalistically. That was the old covenant that was so powerless to change us that God put on flesh and walked among us. We don’t sin because we love God. When He abides in us, He creates His heart in us, and we live from love. God’s revelation of His heart to us is the greatest gift He can possibly give us; and thanks to Jesus, He has given it to us. Yet this too, is only out of His love for us.
Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love Him and show myself to him. John 14:21
It was for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
We have a gift of righteousness. Not just a legal standing before God in which we are justified, but a righteousness that is walked out in love. When we walk by the Spirt, like Romans 8 talks about, sin naturally dies because we are no longer satisfying the desires of the flesh. (Romans 8:13-14) We are children of God. We have our Father’s Spirit and take His nature upon us. Like Father: like sons. We are holy as He is holy. (1 Peter 1:14-16) Now, this isn’t to say that we are immediately perfected as soon as we accept Christ. 1 John 2:1 says “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” First and foremost, John makes it clear that are to not sin, but it is also implied that there is still the possibility of sin in our lives. And even if we do sin, Christ is still our salvation and connection to the Father. He is always there, at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us out of love; and through love, He is always in us by His Spirit setting us free.
What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Romans 6:1-2
But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. Romans 8:10