The question of sin

Casalis's picture

Would someone please answer this question... Jesus came to free us from sin but sin still remains a struggle in the lives of His church. How exactly did He free us from sin as He said in John 10? Surely God can give abundant grace to His children so that they sin no more but its as if though He holds back that grace and allows the struggle though He hates sin.. Could someone find a consensus here?

John Wassell's picture


Personally I understand the question of sin in the church to be the most critical issue of our time. This probably isn’t the place to list the numerous stats available regarding this and feel that most people with any real interest in this subject have already been alarmed with the fact that, for example there are as many divorces among professing Christians as among those who profess no Christian allegiance at all. What’s up?

From Col.1:21 we learn that is the thoughts and actions of the unsaved (sinners) which separate them from God. “This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions” (NLT) It stands to reason then that any “God provided salvation” intended to restore harmony between a holy (sinless) God and fallen humanity MUST address the areas of human thought and actions. Sinful thoughts and sinful actions are changed in the life of the truly Born Again Believer. 1Jo 3:9 - Those who have been born into God’s family do not sin, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they have been born of God. (NLT)

I’m convinced that at present the majority of professing Christianity does not understand the full Gospel message that God’s salvation provided through the death burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is meant to deliver people not only from the penalty of sin but also the power of sin. This is clearly evident in Old Testament type. The death angel passed over the Israelites who had the blood applied yet this miracle of God did not release them from the bondage of Egypt. That would require another miracle of God. Israel was not fully released from Egypt until they passed through the Red Sea. God’s full salvation for us is not by blood only but by blood and by power. The blood of Jesus provides the God given avenue of forgiveness while the indwelling Holy Spirit (which genuine Believers receive upon repentance of sin and acceptance of Jesus as personal Lord and Saviour) enables the child of God to be freed from the bondage (power) of sin.

The logical question that arises is, “does that mean sinless perfect here on earth before we’re finally physically transformed at Jesus return?” No, but sin is never meant to be the norm (which at present I’m afraid it is) in the life of the Believe or the Church in general. Sin of any kind steals, destroys and eventually kills. This is not God’s intention for His people. This is not why Jesus suffered, bled and died! He has been made the perfect leader and He is fully capable of leading, all who choose to follow Him, into full new covenant salvation. As Rom.6:14 says, sin is no longer our master. The choice however is ours. God has made full provision for us to live in holiness, separated from sin and fully yielded to His life giving power but we must desire his will. Like Amos 3:3 says, “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” (NIV)

Submitted by John Wassell