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Sin in the Life of the Christian
Proof that a person knows
Christ as his Savior is not found in sinless
perfection. The Bible does, however demand a changed
life as evidence that a person has received new
spiritual life from God.
“Therefore if anyone is in
Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed
away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17).
There is the constant tension
between the lust of the flesh and the desire to be
under the control of the Holy Spirit (Galatians
5:16-17). From the moment we are saved by grace
through faith we are made a new creation in Christ
and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The old nature is
not eradicated when we believe on Christ, but we are
empowered by the Holy Spirit to overcome sin and
grow in Christ-likeness (3:26-29; 4:6; 5:22-26;
The atoning work of Christ on
the cross is entirely sufficient to save us from our
sin and keep us saved (Rom. 8:31-39). All of our
sins are under the blood of Jesus Christ (Jn. 1:29;
I Jn. 1:6-9).
The fact is we are sinners who
are saved by the grace of God. He has declared the
believing sinner just in His sight based on the
death of Jesus for our sins (Rom. 1:16-17; 3:20-30).
In the death of Christ something was done in regard
to every sin we have committed and will ever commit.
God has dealt effectively and efficiently with every
sin before they are committed (Rom. 5:6-11). That is
the only means of salvation for any sinner. Jesus
takes away the sin of the world. He is the
propitiation of our sin (1 Jn. 2:2). In the death of
Jesus God has forever swept away the condemnation of
our sins. “Therefore there is now no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus.” “Therefore,
having been justified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also
we have obtained our introduction by faith into this
grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the
glory of God” (Rom. 8:1; 5:1-2).
Can sin unsave a saved person?
Is sin more powerful than the atoning sacrifice of
Christ Jesus? Is sin more powerful than the blood of
Jesus? Can you lose eternal life?
The apostle John wrote, “but if
we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light,
we have fellowship with one another, and the blood
of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say
that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and
the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He
is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John
Moreover the apostle Paul
stressed the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit
who has sealed the believer unto the day of
redemption. Can the infinite all-powerful Spirit of
the living God possible loose someone in whom He is
If the ultimate goal of
Christ-likeness depended in the slightest degree
upon human merit, no one could ever be saved. It is
by the grace alone in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-10).
He understands our every
weaknesses and is interceding for us right now. In
fact, He never ceases to intercede on our behalf. He
now “appears in the presence of God for us” (Heb.
Jesus does not continue to
atone for our sins as they are committed. He has
dealt with our sins “once for all” in the finished
work on the cross at Calvary. He perfectly satisfied
every demand of His own righteousness against sin at
the cross (Heb. 9:11-15, 24-28; 10:10-14, 19-25).
We are now the children of God
by adoption. Our sonship is eternal. It is the
result of the new birth. The born again believer
possesses “eternal life” now by a legitimate
spiritual birth and can never perish (Jn. 3:3; 1
Pet. 1:23; Heb. 4:12; 2 Cor. 5:17). It could not be
eternal life if there was ever the possibility of it
perishing or being lost.
Is the feeble act of man
stronger than the sovereign act of God? There can be
no fall in the “last Adam.” It is inconceivable that
the Son God may fall or come up short of the
Father's expectations. I am in Him and He is in me.
My eternal security does not depend upon me, but
entirely on Him.
God will accomplish everything
in His eternal purpose for the believer. His eternal
purpose is that we should be "conformed to the image
of His Son.” This goal is kept in His own power, and
nothing can hinder Him in attaining it to His
God always finishes what He
begins. “For I am confident of this very thing, that
He who began a good work in you will perfect it
until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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