Christ came into this world to free us from sin. But Christians still believe it is not possible to be free from sin and be sinless either because they have some sin in their life or they don’t believe Christ can redeem them.
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” …. Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:31-36)
So why do many Christians not free from their sins?
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the LORD.” (Gen 4:1)
I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the LORD. (Hos 2:20)
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1John 2:3-4)
“Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matt 7:14)
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matt 19:26)
If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. (Matt 5:29-30)
For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.” (Matt 19:12)
Satan does not gives you a direct sin to commit. Rather, he sugar coats it with holiness or makes channels which you cannot cut off for they are too important in your life. TV and/or internet are important and it’s has advantages, but what good it is if it becomes a channel for sin entering in your life? Similarly, identify the chains that are holding you to be slaves of sin and cut it off.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matt 13:44)
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matt 13:45-46)
“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:33)
“He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matt 10:39)
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. (Rom 6:15-18)
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:6-9)
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” (John 5:14)
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. (Isa 59:2)
Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. (1John 3:9)
I have been told all my life to follow Jesus’s Example (sinless and perfect). It’s nice to see a Christian stand up for sinlessness as well. We CAN be sinless and holy if we repent and serve Christ wholly with our whole hearts..
What about the apostle paul in philippians 3: 12 – 16? He seems to indicate that this side of heaven, perfection is unattainable. I agree with your conclusion. I just wondered about that passage, as it is a talking point used in the discussion of perfection on earth. As the bible says “iron sharpens iron”, good discussion is always good.
Who are we really supposed to follow? Is it Jesus? Or, using the name of Jesus to actually follow Paul? There is not a single teaching or doctrine or parable of Jesus in any of Paul’s letters. I suggest to look at the post – Quick Reference for Paul’s Contrary Teachings.
Thank you for the reference and following up my question. I appreciate it.