“If you don’t sin, then Christ has died in vain.”
This was a statement I read on the internet recently. Is this true? Do we have to sin to take full advantage of what Christ did for us upon the cross?
Some people believe it is impossible for us to keep ourselves from sinning, so we might as well accept the fact and allow a little sin in our lives. Others use this excuse to justify all kinds of sin. To them, this seems quite acceptable because who can say that they never sin?
It is true that we all slip up from time to time. No one can say that they are sin free. The Apostle John wrote:
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8 NKJV)
This is why we need to confess our sins immediately, the moment we realize that we have missed God. By doing this, we keep ourselves spotless and clean through the blood of Jesus.
The Greek word for sin means “to miss the mark.” When we sin, we can say. “I missed it!” It means that we have messed up and made a mistake. We have failed to obey God!
When a woman who was caught in adultery was brought to Jesus, He forgave her sin and said:
“Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:11 NKJV)
Did Jesus mean that she would never sin again? No, but He did expect her to stop committing adultery. That is what He wanted her to stop doing. This tells us that when we come to Christ, every major sin should drop off from our lives. Jesus set us free from sin so that we would no longer be enslaved by it. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:6 NKJV)
God has set us free from sin so that we are no longer bound by it. For instance, if we used to steal, we should steal no longer. There are those who are compulsive thieves. If they see a chance to take something, they will slip it into their pocket, even if they don’t need it. The same is true with those who lie, cheat or commit adultery. When we come to Christ those compulsive sins should all stop because we no longer desire those things. Instead, our new nature will cause us to practice what is righteous and pleasing to God.
When we come to Christ, we are born into the Family of God. We no longer have our old nature, now we have the nature of God. Our old nature was to sin, but our new nature is to practice righteousness. This is how we should see ourselves!
The Apostle John wrote:
“We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who is born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.” (1 John 5:18 NKJV)
We need to maintain this image in ourselves. We need to see ourselves completely free from sin. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“For he who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:7 NKJV)
When Christ died on the cross, we died with Him. All of those old sins that used to enslave us should no longer have their grip on us. We are free from those sins!
Jesus set us free from sin so that we might be devoted to righteousness and live a holy life. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” (Romans 6:22 NKJV)
Since we are born of God, we should practice sin no longer. Our only focus should be to do those things that are pleasing in God’s sight. Instead of concentrating on the way we used to live without Christ, we put all of the focus on the attitudes of our heart. This includes areas of pride, selfishness, unforgiveness, and disobedience. There may be additional things that we need to adjust in order to walk a life that is pleasing to God.
Thank God we do not have to sin to maintain the full benefit of what Christ has done for us on the cross. We can let our old sins remain dead and live a life of righteousness.
Now we can boldly say: “I do not practice sin because I am born of God!”
You are holy, dear saint!
When you came to Christ, were you able to let go of the sins of your past? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]