How to be Sinless?

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)

Jesus Christ said, if we abide in His word, we will know the truth and we will be set free. Being free from committing sins, we are no longer slave of sins.

So why do many Christians not free from their sins?

Knowing Christ

If we abide in His Word, we shall know the truth. We know that Christ is that truth (John 14:6). Knowing Christ is not the same as knowledge of Christ but it is much deeper. 

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)

It is deeper than an intimate relationship between the husband and a wife. In other words, just like a good wife who knew everything about her husband and builds the house, we are called to know everything about our Lord and build His kingdom. As a bride of Christ, we must know what He likes, His dislikes, things that He gets angry about, things that He get sad, things that makes Him happy, knowing what His judgments and decisions will be etc – everything about Him. This is knowing Christ.

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)

How do you know that you know Him? If you obey His commandments. Hence, if we abiding in His word or obeying His commandments, we will know that we know Him.

Difficult Entry

If we abide in His words, we know the Truth who is Christ and He will set us free from sins. Sounds easy right? 

“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 it is not easy. Christ Himself said it is difficult and only a few will find it. Which is why many Christians struggle to enter and never find it. Which is also why many think it is impossible to be in sinless perfection.

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matt 19:26)

With God all things are possible, but we must obey Him. So, what did He told us to do? Cut off.

Cut Off

The reason why many are trying hard but never enter is because, they are not willing to leave the things that causes them to sin. These can even be part of things that are essential to our life but Jesus clearly told us to cut off everything that causes you to sin including our own body parts. That is how serious He is taking about and the importance of being holy and sinless.

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)

Many tend to ignore these as only illustration. But truly He meant what He meant. We need to cut off the things that causes us to sin. If TV causes you to sin, throw it off. If internet causes you to sin, disconnect. If mobile causes you to sin, break it. If your job causes you to sin, resign. If  your friend causes you to sin, keep away from him. If your wealth causes you to sin discard it. Jesus advises to even become a eunuch for the sake of kingdom of Heaven. This is where many Christians are failing.

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.

God can only call you and guide you to cut the chains that are holding you. He is not going to cut the things for you but you need to obey Him and cut off them yourself. This is exactly what Jesus said in His parable.

“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) 

If you want kingdom of Heaven, it can cost you a lot to lose, from everything to even your life. God cannot set you free unless you are not willing to cut off the things that causes you to sin which may be too important in your life but for the sake of God.
This is exactly what Paul said.

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 you want to be free from sin, you must obey Christ.

Deception

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)

The biggest deception we often hear is, we all are sinners. You repeatedly hear this from those walking on the broad way leading to death and those who are slaves of sin. We were all sinful but after He had cleansed from all unrighteousness, we are to practice righteousness and walk in light – not sin and walk in darkness anymore.

Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. (1Cor 15:34) 

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)

God is holy and He cannot tolerate your sin and still dwell with you. It is very important that we confess our sins and we sin no more.

Conclusion

If we abide in Christ’s word, we will know the truth who is Christ. Knowing Christ is deeper than an intimate relationship between the husband and a wife. We know that we know Him if we obey His commandments. Christ Himself said it is difficult and only a few will enter through narrow gate. We need to cut off the things that causes us to sin. By this, we will be able to obey Christ and free from committing sins. Thus we can no longer be slaves of sins. 

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)

Hence, we need to cut off everything that causes you to sin.