Continuing from the last episode, part 2 of the 4 part series.
I once heard someone say that sin is the transgression of the law and Christ has fulfilled the law therefore, believers are incapable of committing sin. Is this true? Certainly not! My answer is evidenced by Gal 5:16-21, Gal 6:1 and numerous other verses of scripture. 1John 1:10 which was addressing believers says that we call God a liar if we say we have no sin. Rom 8:23-25 shows us that someday, God will give us new bodies which will be free from sin; but we don’t have them yet! While we are in this mortal body, we will sometimes miss the mark, but God’s grace is available not only for forgiveness, but to help us not to make a lifestyle of sin.
Those who believe that nothing a Christian does can be called sin usually quote 1John3:9 to support their belief but a careful study reveals that 1John3:9 is saying that a true believer does not make sinning a lifestyle. Note also that further down in the same book of 1John (5:16), admonition is given concerning a believer who is in sin. The reason that the New Testament records that and so many other instructions for believers to stay away from sin is that we are indeed capable of committing sin. The good news however is that grace is infinitely stronger and has set us free from the power of sin! (Rom 6:7). We are no longer slaves to sin and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can live righteously (Rom 6:18).