No More Sin

Scripture: 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.’

 

Observations: The Apostle John says that Jesus came to take away our sins (v5). But he means more than just the fact that Jesus took away the penalty for our sins i.e. death, rather he also means that Jesus took away sin as a lifestyle option. Those who live in Jesus no longer continue to sin. John is the only one who recorded Jesus saying to the woman caught in adultery, ‘Go now and leave your life of sin. (Jn 8:11)’ And Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit whose role is to sanctify us, or make us holy, who helps us resist temptation and reject sin. John talks about God’s ‘seed remaining in us (v9),’ which is referring to the Holy Spirit (see Jn 3:5). John says that children of God ‘purify themselves, just as Jesus is pure. (v3)’ In fact, those who have experienced (or seen) God’s grace in Jesus Christ, those who ‘know him,’ will be forever changed. John goes on to say that those who do what is right are righteous just as Jesus is righteous (v7), while those who do what is sinful are of the devil (v8). Sin has no part in the life of God’s children. However, John isn’t suggesting that we can achieve sinless perfection. He has already said that ‘If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves. (1:8)’ Rather John is suggesting that those who have been transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, those who have truly experienced God’s grace and truly know Jesus, cannot continue to live in sin. They may still fall into sin, but they will refuse to remain in sin. They will hate the sin they see in themselves, and instead they will desire to do what pleases God. The goal of their lives is no longer to please themselves, rather it is to please God.

 

Application: Have you experienced God’s grace in Jesus Christ? Do you know the love and kindness of Jesus? Are you doing life connected to Jesus? If so sin will be abhorrent to you. In the light of all that Jesus has done for you, you will want to do everything in order to honour him. And anything that dishonours him you will reject. You will want to do what is right rather than anything that God calls sin. Of course if you do sin, our faith is in Jesus who is our atoning sacrifice, but who also speaks before God on our behalf (2:1-2).

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You have saved me from my sin, through the atoning sacrifice of Your Son on the cross. Lord, all my sin has been paid for. But more than that, You have given me Your Holy Spirit, so that my life will no longer be defined by sin, but by righteousness. Lord, because of Your grace and by Your Spirit I hate sin and instead I desire to do what pleases You. Lord, protect me from the Evil One, help me overcome temptation, and enable me to live for Your glory. Forgive me when I fall, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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