Choices and the matter of sin
1 John 3:9 – Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
Did you know that you couldn’t sin? Have you been born again? Haven’t all sinned? Doesn’t everyone sin? Haven’t we all said, “Well, nobody’s perfect!” When I read this I had to meditate on what seemed to be an obvious conflict in understanding sin. 1 John 1: 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Well, If the Word says right there in 1 John 3:9 that you cannot sin if you have been born of God, you might as well try to understand it. Everyday we make choices, and some of those choices are sinful. Sins of commission and sins of omission, and yet His word says we cannot sin? Therefore maybe you should stop referring to yourself as a sinner, (That is, if you have been born again) and start acknowledging yourself to be the Righteousness of God in Christ, because that is how God sees you. That incorruptible seed that was born in your spirit is Jesus in you, and there is no possibility that your spirit can sin. Oh yes, we know we can make a choice to sin. That is your old man trying to yet live after you have put him to death, but the real eternal you simply cannot sin. Flesh is like grass and will wither away but the word of God endures forever. 1 Peter 24-25
Your old man was born of Adam into sin and death, and then nailed to the cross with Jesus if you received Him. Remember, you nailed him to the cross with Jesus, and buried him in baptism when you received the new life of Jesus whose Holy Spirit now lives within you.
1 Peter 1:23 …..having been born again , not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,…
Paul deals with this subject of sin often. In 1 Cor.6: 12 He says, All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
Paul was writing to the Corinthians who had sexual immorality within their church. Dare I say that there are many today who would call themselves “Christian” that may be taking the Lords name in vain? They have taken license to sin by believing they can live according to their flesh while at the same time living according to the Spirit. That incorruptible seed that is within you cannot sin, but your soul can decide to ignore it and become a slave to the flesh. (Flesh that will wither and die)
Paul deals with these questions of choices and sin in Romans Chapters 6,7, and 8.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Rom. 6:1-2
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slave whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Rom. 6:15-16
Paul goes on further to explain: There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Rom. 8:1
There is no condemnation, and no sin to those walking according to the Spirit. They are the righteousness of God in Christ. (They are in Christ) The law has been removed for those walking according to the Spirit because they now only walk in the law of love. Galatians 5: 14 ….
Yes, there is spiritual warfare going on here. Paul acknowledges the battle that takes place in your soul (mind. will, and emotions) in Chapter 7 of Romans. Read it
So, Have you been born again? Has your spirit been made alive with Jesus living within you? If so you have been gifted with the righteousness of God in Christ. You (the real you – spirit) cannot sin, but you could be taken captive by the law if you do not take thoughts captive, and renew your mind to the Spirit that lives within you. You can be enslaved. The choice is to serve the Spirit of God or the flesh. One leads to life, and the other leads to death.
You may understand this intellectually, and that is well and good to have understanding in the flesh, but true understanding comes by getting alone with God and receiving revelation knowledge from Him, because the flesh is like grass and will wither, but the word of God endures forever, and you will have it for eternity. 1 peter 1:24-25
Matt.16:17 flesh and blood has not revealed…….but….
Some things Jesus taught were hard to receive, and many turned away when it got hard. Some things we go through today are hard, and many today turn away.
John 6:66-69 From that time many of his disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Many, even disciples, turn away because they have only intellectual understanding, and lack the revelation that comes directly from God by communion and fellowship with Him. That revelation that Jesus is the Christ, and there is no other place to go for eternal life. Does turning and walking away mean walking away from salvation? I don’t know. You need to ask God about that when you get alone with Him, but I would hate to risk it myself.
If you have the mistaken belief that you can live with known unrepentant sin you may find that at some point you will turn away and no longer walk with Him, because the Holy Spirit blows where it will, and no one knows where it comes from, or where it goes.
Do you really believe, or just want to believe, and live your own life? Just a question to ponder.