It seems obvious to most people familiar with the Bible, that man simply cannot be without sin.  It is impossible for us to actually sin no more.  In the story of Jesus protecting the prostitute from being stoned, he comments about this.  His first words are directed to those about to stone the woman. “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7)  Then his last words in this story were to the woman.  “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:11)

He knew these men were not without sin since it was impossible for man to be without sin, yet He tells the woman to go and sin no more.  How would it be possible for her to live and sin no more?  We see the answer to this in the later epistles of John.  In 1 John 3 to be exact.

First John discusses those who make a practice of sin.  “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.”  Then he draws the contrast to those who are in Christ.  “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.” (v 9)

The key John is focusing on is the phrase, ‘make a practice of’.  This phrase shows intention which goes to the heart.  Those who make a practice of sin are consciously choosing to sin.  As John says, “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil” (v 8).

If you have been born again, you have Christ in you and can no longer make a practice of sinning.  It doesn’t mean you will never sin again, but it does mean you will no longer make it a practice.

Abide in Him and live without sin.


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