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?

kyoung1081's picture

Holiness IS Possible In This Life

I believe [which are the operative words] that the grace of God, which redeemed me from the penalty of sin, is also powerful enough to cleanse me from all unrighteousness and to keep me. It is the Holy Spirit that keeps us clean. Without Him, we could do nothing. With His Spirit, we can do all things, if we would only believe, for “…all things are possible to him that believeth.” [Mk 9:23]

RESTORATION IS THE GOAL. Remember, the purpose of Christ’s sacrifice was to restore us to our original state of holiness. Does sin still reign in that restored state? God forbid. That would suggest that Satan has been afforded a victory. Christ came and destroyed the works of the devil - completely and utterly. Now, I concede that sanctification is a progressive work in us which the Holy Ghost empowers us to achieve by increment. We must die daily to self and our flesh, which we can do by His grace.

BELIVE AND RECEIVE. However, we must believe it and receive it. We are justified by receiving, by faith, Jesus Christ and His atoning blood as our propitiation. We are also sanctified by receiving, by faith, His promise to make us like unto Himself - holy and sanctified. Restoration is what salvation is all about. Justification is the requisite first step, but presenting us faultless before God the Father is the work of sanctification through the Holy Spirit, for Paul says“…but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” [1 Cor 6:11]

SANCTIFICATION NOT A SUGGESTION. The requirement is unambiguous..."holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" [Heb 12:14]. He promised to provide it..."A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you..." [Eze 36:26] He gives us both the will and the power to do..."For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." [Phil 2:13] Jesus himself prayed to the Father…“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” [Jn 17:17] We know it is His will…"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification..." [1 Thes 4:3] He promises to keep us..."And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." [Phil 4:7]. Therefore, the Apostle Paul exhorts us…“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” [2 Cor 7:1]

GOD ALL IN ALL. Would God command us to do something that He knew to be impossible? He commands us to be holy, as He is holy. He knows we cannot do it in our own strength, so He sent the Holy Ghost to dwell within us. He does it all. He redeems us, He cleanses us, and He keeps us. He is all in all. Our part is to appropriate His promises and receive His free grace.

UNBELIEF MUST BE ERADICATED. Finally, to believe entire sanctification in this life to be impossible is to believe that He is unable [or unwilling] to cleanse us of all unrighteousness, which He has clearly promised to do. This is to reject His grace and to imply that His power is insufficient to deliver us from sin and keep us from it. That is a very dangerous position of unbelief which must be overcome. I leave you with the words of St. Jude…“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,” [Jude 1:24]

K. Young

P.S. Please consider reading Adam Clarke's ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION. It is a short, yet thorough treatise.