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?

Maria Smith's picture

Dear Michael-Thank you.

Dear Michael-

Thank you. Most definitely there are degrees of holiness and we can never reach the level of our Lord. But that does make me wonder then, how will our spirit can be joined with Him -unless we reach a form of holiness?

Here are some references for us to make every effort to become holy:

1 Pet. 1:15-16 - But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."

Luke 13:23-24 - Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

Heb. 4:11 - Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest [heaven], so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.

Heb. 12:14-15 - Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

2 Pet. 3:14 - So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

KEEP ON SINNING?

The Bible does not teach that Christians are incapable of sinning, but it does say:

John 5:14 - Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."

John 8:11 - "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."

1 Cor. 10:13 - No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Heb. 10:26-27 - If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

1 John 3:6 - No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

EVERYTHING WE DO MATTERS

2 Cor. 7:1 - 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. 10:5 - We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Eph. 5:15-17 - Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is

Heb. 13:18 - Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.

Yours in Christ,
Maria

Yours in Christ,
Maria 玛丽亚
CCEL Hostess




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