Readers, I received comments on my “guilt” subject yesterday.

Worth your time to go see. guilt

Can a born again Christian sin? Of course. In the same sense that Adam and Eve could sin. Adam and Eve were created perfectly without sin natures, but with a free will which was open to making sinful choices. However, John’s writings definitely indicate that a Christian should not sin. “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither knows him” (1 John 3:6). Also, he says “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (v. 9). A common interpretation of these verses is that a Christian cannot walk in a pattern of habitual sin. John also says that we have an advocate to intercede for us if we sin (2:1).

Consider this. Committing sin does not make a Christian a sinner any more than a sinner doing good can make him a Christian. Sometimes sinners do good; sometimes Christian do bad. That is true in actions. However, the nature of a Christian is to do good and the nature of a sinner is to do evil. If one receives Christ into his life (he is reborn), he will begin to hate his sin; he will not be comfortable in his sin. If he settles down comfortably in his sin, it may be an indication that he is not reborn.

If one can be “wholly sanctified” is it possible for him to sin? Again, of course, in the same way that Adam and Eve sinned. Even Lucifer was created perfect, but he sinned.
Is it possible for a person not to sin? It must be possible because Jesus said, “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11). Further, 1 Peter 1:15-16 says, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, ‘Be ye holy; for I am holy’.”

If the old man (sinful nature)  is crucified and if as Paul says, we are dead to sin (Rom. 6), why do sanctified Christians have continued battles to “mortify the flesh” (Col. 3:5)?

I propose three answers.

  1.  “But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust…”, (Jam. 1:14). This is the same lust that was present in Lucifer, Adam, and Eve.   God created them without sin but with a free will.  They could choose to sin.

  2. Second, we are fighting old habits and companions brought about by the sinful life lived before our rebirth. This is fairly obvious when you look at the advantages those have who gave their lives to God as children. They do not have to fight the addictions, mental and emotional conditions, bad habits, etc. that plague those who are saved after years in sin. This is a great advantage to those who “remember the Creator in the days of their youth.”

  3. Last, we are tempted by the devil, as he tempted Eve. He tempted her from the outside in; that is, he offered something that pleased the eye, and she said “yes.”

We have no good reason to continue in sin even though we are humans in this world.  Jesus purchased our victory for us if we cooperate and learn to say “No” to sinful temptations.  We are tempted by our own lusts, by old habits and companions, or by the devil.  Which of these can you not overcome with the help of Jesus?


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. thewayonline says:

    Ephesians 6 says “we wrestle not against flesh and blood” what we wrestle with is sin and it’s a spiritual battle that only through Christ and the armor of God we receive because of salvation can we win. Sin is here…this earth is infected…and it’s symptom is death. When we die we BEAT death because we have eternal life in a sinfree , no more struggle, paradise with Jesus. What a relief it will be to be free from the worlds sin…the temptations of the flesh…the sinful thoughts…everything will be gone. What a relief death will be. That sounds weird but it is oh so true!

    By praying, by being grounded and edified through studying the Bible, by being in fellowship with other believers and by the Holy Spirit the prevalence to sin is greatly reduced. It is never entirely eliminated. But as Christians we march on, in the armor of God, putting up the good fight as Paul instructs, persevering to the end.

  2. Faye says:

    Some folks simply don’t get the ‘born again’ idea of Life with and In Christ. Nicodemus struggled majorly. Thank God we now have the Holy Spirit.

  3. Faye says:

    The Holy Spirit constantly guards our life and keeps us Christ focussed. He gently nudges us towards repentance. Yes the importance of the armour as we boldly and without fear, face this broken world, should never be underestimated. We are called to STAND absolutely for the Lordship of Jesus Christ in this world. We cannot do this without the certainty that our hearts are pure. (what a challenge but what a goal). Blessings and Grace!

  4. Salvageable says:

    It is a paradox that the same person can be sinner and saint–not moving back and forth between the two, but in every moment being a sinner who needs a Savior and a saint who knows the Savior. Yet every Christian in this sinful world is that paradox. This does not grant license to sin–for every sin we see in ourselves, we repent and confess and seek forgiveness, and likewise for the faults we do not see. God has made us saints, and yet the sinner in each of us will persist until the Day of the Lord. J.

    • oneta hayes says:

      He does not have to persist in the same “sin” over and over, however. There is forgiveness and victory over that problem, unless God allows it for some reason as for Paul’s thorn. (I think that was physical, rather than spiritual. Not sure.) His plan is for us to be over-comers, not just say, “That’s the way I am.” It is our responsibility to change as he brings things to our attention. You mention that we are both “saint” and “sinner.” I have noticed that I often hear Christians refer to themselves as sinners; but I don’t think I have ever heard one refer to himself as a saint. I think we like low expectations. That gives us a bit of lee-way on our behavior. I amuse myself thinking about what my reader’s first thoughts would be if I titled a post “I Am A Saint.” I’m sure first responses would be more positive if I had a post called “I Am a Sinner.” 😀 Why do you suppose?

      • Salvageable says:

        We are more aware of our sins, I guess, than of the power of God’s promises. Every believer is a saint, which is why Paul addressed his letters to the saints in Rome, Corinth, etc. A growing awareness that one is a saint–not by one’s own efforts, but by the redemption of Christ’s sacrifice–can empower one to overcome the sinful world and the power of evil. We are already “more than conquerors,” but we will not experience the fullness of victory until the Day of the Lord. J.

        • oneta hayes says:

          Thank you for your response. It must have been courageous of Paul to say, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” I think we don’t want that much accountability. And it is true that one’s eyes must be on Jesus as the model, but we should share at least in an effort to model Jesus for the sake of those who do not look at him.

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