There is an apparent catch 22 in the act of ‘being Christian’. At least it appears to be a catch 22 to those who do not have the Spirit dwelling within. However it’s not as complicated as it may first appear.
On one side, we have the fact that sin separates us from God. This is a plain and simple fact. There are many verses (when taken out of context) appear to claim that anyone who still has any sin in their life, cannot possible connect with God. “No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.” (1 John 3:6) Yet since we all know there is not a single Christian who can exist in this world and live the rest of their life without a single sin… how can any of us “abide in him”?
Then of course there are the verses where we are told to stop sinning. The most famous would be when Jesus defends the adulterous woman from a stoning. After all had left without casting a stone, His response to her was, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:11b)
So we are told to “sin no more” and we know that nobody who “keeps on sinning” can abide in Him. Yet there’s not one of us who can live our life without ever sinning. Are we missing something?
Yes. The difference really comes down to two things.
The first is the difference between committing a sin and living in sin. Someone who commits a sin, recognizes it (sometimes with help) and seeks forgiveness for that sin and moves on. Yes, perhaps they will commit that same sin again, but they genuinely seek help in eliminating that sin from their life. However someone who chooses to live in sin, sees no problem with their choice or action. They even make excuses for it and justify it. It goes against God’s law and instruction but they attempt to justify it and continue to dwell in that sin. The act itself has become more important than their connection with their creator. This is the person John refers to when he says this person “has neither seen or known Him”.
The second is the power of the cross. For generations, the same rule applied. Live sinless and perfect, keeping all of His laws and instructions and you can abide in Him again. Since this was impossible, Jesus came to pay the price for that sin, once and for all. “For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” (Heb 10:14)
No one expects you to be perfect, least of all God. However if you accept His sacrifice for your sins (all sins, past, present and future), then you are called to no longer live in that sin. This will mean looking at part of your life or lifestyle and knowing you have some things to change. If your life does not change as a result of meeting Christ, then you never may have asked Him to be your Savior but you have yet to make Him your Lord.
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