When      Christians Sin
by      David A. DePra
          If there is one thing we know is NOT the will of God, it is sin. Sin is
never God’s will      under any circumstances. Indeed, sin is the very
antithesis of      the will of God.
          Jesus Christ took care of all sin through the Redemption. In His
Redemption is      provision for every possible act of sin, condition of
sin, as well as      the sin nature itself. Jesus won full forgiveness,
victory, and      finality over all of these.
          Now ask: Do we sin? Yep. No matter how much we believe and
try to obey, we      sin. That’s because despite the fact that the victory
over sin is      complete in Christ, we are still in the process of both
discovering and      experiencing that victory. Despite the new life
within us, we      live in a dead, fallen creation. We are incased in a
fleshly body,      prone to the corruption of this dead creation. And
many times,      either consciously or unconsciously, we yield
ourselves to it.      We sin.
          How is it that Christians sin? How is this possible if Jesus died
for sin? And if      we sin, then what? What happens when Christians
No      Condemnation
          God cannot, in a moment, wipe away the possibility of sin. To do
that, He would      have to wipe away our wills. He would have to make
it impossible      for us to choose wrong. Not only would that reduce us
to being mere      robots, but if God wiped away the possibility of sin,
He would also      have to wipe away the possibility of good. Afterall,
if we cannot      choose wrong, then we cannot choose right. And if we
cannot choose      right, then there is no such thing as righteous
character. All      “character,” in that case, would be imposed.
          Thus — Christians MUST have the power to sin. We must. And
the fact is, we      DO sin. A lot. Probably much more than any of us
realize.      Especially when you consider that sin is not just a matter
of external      acts. It is also a matter of internal attitude. The slightest
lack of love in      my heart is sin, and flawed, in the eyes of God. It is
enough to      condemn me.
          But there is good news: Sin does NOT condemn me. In fact,
for a Christian,      there is NO condemnation. God says, “There is
therefore now no      condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.” (Rom.
8:1) That pretty      much tells us that if we feel condemned, it isn’t
coming from God.      God doesn’t condemn. Ever.
Of course, this      IS contingent upon whether we are in Christ.
If we are not in      Christ, we are already condemned. We are already
dead. (see John      3:18)
          Now assuming you are in Christ, do you really believe that there
is NO      condemnation towards you from God? Ever? Do you really
believe Romans      8:1?
          Let’s read that verse again:
There      is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ      Jesus.
           That’s really clear.  It is as straightforward as can be. But does
God really mean      it? Some of us can’t quite accept that God could
mean there is NO      condemnation for us — ever — as Christians. In
fact, if we were      to paraphrase this verse to make it reflect what we
usually believe,      it would probably read like this:
There      is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ      Jesus — EXCEPT WHEN WE SIN.
          Isn’t that right? Somehow we think that if we are in Christ, there
is no      condemnation for us — EXCEPT or UNLESS we sin. Then,
even if we don’t      actually spell it out in so many words, we think
there IS      condemnation. We think there MUST be, or else God
is excusing our      sin. To us, God must condemn us for sin or He
takes sin      lightly.
          This is error. God takes sin so seriously that He absolutely had
to have a just      reason for being able to forgive it. So in Jesus
Christ, God took      sin upon Himself and died. THAT is why God is
able to forgive,      and that is why there is NO condemnation. Thus,
to say that God      must now condemn for sin is ignoring the fact that
He has already      dealt with sin. It is actually a denial of what Christ
has done.
Putting      Sin Between Us and God
          Condemnation suggests that we must take our sin and put it
between      ourselves and God. Then we must take steps to get it
out of the way.      Some people, however, never get it out of the way.
This, despite      spending their lives trying. This is bondage.
The fact is, sin      is already out of the way. So, if we believe, we
won’t put it      between us and God. We will know that in Christ, it is
already      forgiven.
          Did you ever realize that the only person who can put your sin
between you and      God is YOU? That’s right. No one else can do
that — the most      they can do is deceive you into doing it to yourself.
But in the final      analysis, they can’t do anything to force you to put
your sin between      you and God. You must do it. You must fall for
the lie and      practice the unbelief — personally.
          Now, when we put our sin between us and God, we never define
it that way. We      say God has put our sin between us and Him — and
that we are      simply facing the truth. But here is where we are blind to
real Truth — of      the gospel. God cannot put my sin between Himself
and me. Ever.      Never. Why? Because Jesus died to take away
the sin! If God      ever, even once, were to put my sin between myself
and Him, then      Jesus died for nothing. That simple act of God would
be a total and      complete contradiction of the Truth of the
          So what we have is this: There is no condemnation for those in
Christ Jesus.      When? EVEN when we sin! Indeed, ESPECIALLY
when we sin. In      fact, at what other time would Paul be talking about?
He certainly      wouldn’t be assuring us that there is no condemnation
when we obey!      Nonsense. He is telling us that there is no
condemnation for      those in Christ — EVEN when we sin.
          Some people will not stand for this Truth because, to them, it
opens the door      for license. To them, if God does not condemn us
when we sin,      then we are free to sin.
          First of all, ask:  Has God’s condemnation ever stopped anyone
from      sinning?  No.  Sure, maybe we have developed a religious
pattern of being      controlled by condemnation — one which we think
keeps us in      line. Maybe we are so used to obeying God to avoid
“His      condemnation” that we are convinced condemnation is from
God — and a      good and valid thing. But in reality, condemnation
never really      stops anyone from being a sinner. Condemnation is
the product of      being “under the law.” And the law points out sin;
shows us to be      even greater sinners than we imagined. The result
is not greater      obedience. It is greater condemnation!
          The law — any law — makes no one righteous. It shows us to be
sinners. It      simply points out sin and brings greater condemnation.
This is why we      cannot be “under the law” if we are “under grace.”
We are saved      solely by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. And in
Him there is NO      condemnation.
          Second of all, let’s suppose there IS condemnation for those in
Christ when we      sin. If that’s the case, then what are we supposed to
do to get rid of      the condemnation?  Well, believe in Christ.  Right?
Sure. But the      moment we believe in Christ, what happens? There is
no condemnation!      So why go through the destructive practice of
embracing      condemnation, only to end up right back where we
belong: In      Christ? Better to never leave to begin with. In Christ,
there is NO      condemnation — EVEN when we sin.
          What we are seeing is this: There is no condemnation for those
in Christ —      before we sin, during our sin, and after our sin. God
doesn’t impose      condemnation upon us under any circumstances.
He can’t.      Condemnation is not a Christian vocabulary word.
          But back to this issue of license. If I say God must condemn
Christians when      they sin, or license will reign, I am really betraying
my blindness to      the gospel of grace. Why? Well, if I really knew
the grace of      God, I would also know that there is no possibility of
license in it.      Indeed, it is morally impossible for someone to repent
of sin, see      their need for Christ, embrace the forgiveness and grace
of God, and then      say, “Ok. Now I’m a saved Christian. I’m free of
condemnation. I      can sin all I want.”
          But wait. Some Christians do practice license. They do say that
they are saved,      but they are involved in all kinds of sin. Doesn’t
this prove that      once you release people from condemnation that
you give them      license to sin?
          People who are guilty of moral license — if that is REALLY what
they are      practicing — are not using the grace of God as a license.
No. They have      never received the grace of God. They have
never reached      that point. They stopped short — way short — of that.
What they have      done is develope a religion to make themselves
feel comfortable      with their sin, and called it “Christianity.” But it is
not      Christianity. It is a counterfeit.
          License is never the product of faith. It is a product of unbelief.
People who call      themselves Christians, but who, in their heart,
want to sin, are      not that way because they believe. They are that
way because      somewhere along the line they refused to believe.
Are      We Free to Sin?
          Now we come to an important question: If, in fact, there is NO
condemnation for      those in Christ Jesus — even when we sin — then
why not sin,      that grace might abound? Well, this exact question,
word for word,      is asked in the Bible. And it is likewise answered:
As      sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through
righteousness      unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall
we      say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God      forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer
therein?      (Rom. 5:29-6:1)
          The reason we don’t “sin that grace might abound” is NOT that
we will be      condemned for it. Paul goes out of his way to make sure
that we      understand this, climaxing in the statement that there is NO
condemnation for      those in Christ, only two chapters after the above
verse.  But      note what Paul does give as the reason we do not “sin
that grace might      abound:” We are dead to sin. We have been
baptized into      the death of Christ, and raised to newness of life.
          The reason Christians do not use the grace of God as a license
to sin is that      we are “dead to sin” and “alive to God.” But this is      not
merely a      “positional” status we have, or merely a “doctrinal”      Truth.
These verses are      talking about our spiritual condition through the
new birth.      Someone born of God WILL NOT “sin that grace might
abound.”      The new nature within them won’t allow for that.
          This Truth is found in I John. There we find what might, on the
surface, appear      to be verses that contradict each other, but which,
upon closer      examination, are really an explanation of how a
Christian will      still sin, but will never WANT to sin — using the grace
of God as a      license.
If      we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth      is not in us.  (I Jn. 1:8)
Whosoever      abideth in him sinneth not. Whosoever sinneth has not
seen      Him, neither knows Him.  (I Jn. 3:6)
Whosoever      is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed
remaineth      in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 
(I      Jn. 3:9)
          A Christian cannot say, “I have no sin.” That, as John puts it,      is
self-deception.      In fact, if we actually say that, it is evidence that the
Truth is not in      us. Why? Because the Truth in us will make it
painfully      obviously to us that we DO sin. And it will also provide
the redemptive      solution in Christ.
          Yet despite fully confessing that we do sin, John says that if we
abide in Him we      “sinneth not.” He adds that if we are born of God
we do not commit      sin. How can both be true?
          Well, the Greek words behind “sinneth not,” and “does not
commit sin”      are words which carry the meaning of habitual, willful
sin. This is sin      which is embraced by the one sinning, and sin with
which the sinner      is at ease. It is sin which meets with no resistance
in the will of      the person sinning. This is an attitude towards sin
which a born      again believer will never have.
          If you look around you, you might see people who claim to be
born again, but      who continue to act as if they are not. It might seem
as if they are      “sinning that grace might abound.” Well, we cannot
know what is in      their heart — although we can certainly call any acts
of sin what they      are. That kind of person could actually hate the
fact they are      sinning, and be in the process of crying out to God for
help. Or they      may not really be born again. It is up to God to judge.
Not      Wanting To Sin
          A real Christian doesn’t WANT to sin. There is a reason for this.
It’s because you      cannot become a genuine Christian unless you
have first      repented of wanting to sin. To become a Christian, you
must repent,      embrace forgiveness, and in an attitude of need,
receive the      grace of God. If you still want to sin, you aren’t going
to do any of      that.
          You see, Christianity is not a religion to adopt, or a list of
teachings to      start obeying. It is a new birth. If I am a Christian, I
won’t want to      sin because I have entered into Christ forsaking sin.
I have repented      of “wanting to sin.”
          Now, don’t get this mixed up with the flesh “wanting to sin.”      The
flesh often      likes to sin. There are still pulls of the flesh to overcome
once we are      Christians. That is why the Bible says that the flesh
and the Spirit      are contrary to one another and constantly at war.
We have our      flesh, which tends towards sin. But we have our
inner man, who      does not want to sin. We must yield our members
to the Holy      Spirit, and not to the flesh.
          Some Christians have trouble with this distinction between the
flesh wanting to      sin, and THEM wanting to sin. They see that their
flesh has      certain pulls and it convinces them that they want to sin.
But the fact is,      if I am worried about it at all, then I probably don’t
want to sin. I      probably hate the fact that my flesh likes certain sins.
This resistance      to sin in me is from the new life God birthed in me.
          Read Romans 7. There we find Paul telling us that that he does
not want to sin,      but does sin. It is almost like he is describing two
people. But we      are no different. A real Christian does not want to
sin. But his      flesh, the law of sin within, does tend towards sin. His
life is spent      learning how to yield to God and overcome the flesh
through the      victory of Christ.
Cleansed      From All Sin
          So what is the relationship a truly converted Christian has to
sin? He doesn’t      want to sin, but often does sin. He desires to
obey God, but      often fails. He makes lots of mistakes. But always,
before, during,      and after he sins, he is in Christ. And Christ took
away all sin.
          We also see this in I John:
My      little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And
any      man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ
the      righteous.  (I Jn. 2:1)
But      if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship
one      with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses
us      from all sin.  (I Jn. 1:7)
If      we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and      to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (I Jn. 1:9)
          Now notice what it says here: The Blood of Christ cleanses us
from ALL sin.      How much sin? ALL sin. Likewise, we are cleansed
from ALL      unrighteousness. How much unrighteousness? ALL
unrighteousness.      No wonder there is NO condemnation for those
in Christ. There      is no sin or unrighteousness there to condemn. It is
The      Good News
          For two-thousand years, much of this Truth has been preached
backwards. We      have been told that we must “do this or that” to
“keep      in” the grace of God, and to “keep out” of condemnation.
The Truth is, we      are ALREADY in the grace of God, and ALREADY
delivered from      condemnation. Because of that, we “do this or that.”
Because we have      received the grace of God, we obey God. And
because we have      been delivered from condemnation, we obey
          But we don’t do it perfectly. Not even close. Christians sin all the
time. But when      we do sin, we do not then come under
condemnation. We      come under the grace and forgiveness of God.
THAT is New      Covenant Christianity. That is the gospel. It is the
result of what      Jesus Christ has done through His finished victory.

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