Episode 16: Walking above sin by faith
Today a constant prayer that we hear is “Lord I know we are all sinners. Please forgive us.” It often is a general prayer with no specific sin mentioned, just an acknowledgement that we are all “sinners.” Did Christ come to deliver us from sin? Many would say that He forgives us of our past sin, but that we are still sinners by nature and will continue to sin. Is this true? Is it possible to walk above sin?
• What is sin
o Wrong relationship with God (Genesis 3)
o A disposition of sin (Romans 7)
o Sin is lawlessness (I John 3:4)
o Sin is not just making a mistake
o Something that is not sin today may become sin tomorrow (James 4:17)
• When a person comes to Christ, what happens?
o Repentance, forgiveness, and cleansing of sin
o A new nature (Divine Nature) by indwelling of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1)
o A new creation—all things of God ( 2 Cor. 5:17, Gal. 6:15))
• What is the fruit that we can expect of a person who has been born again?
o Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-24 )
o A fountain flowing from within (John 7:38-39)
• Can a Christian sin
o God never takes away our choice
o To sin we must be “draw away” (James 1:14-16)
o If we continue to sin, we do not know Him (I John 3:6 )
• Christ died so that God may live in us
o If we are abiding in Christ (living His life by faith) we do not continue to sin
o If we do stumble and sin, He is faithful to forgive our sin (I John 1:9)
o All of this is by the grace of God (not self-effort, but abiding in Christ)
In summary, Christ died that we may be forgiven of our past sin and be indwelt by the Holy Spirit that we may not continue to sin. We can disobey God and sin, but if we confess our sin He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us. If we are living a life of sin, then something is wrong in our relationship with God and that needs to be dealt with urgently.