Christians all over the world are taught that Jesus Christ died for our sins and if we are to accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior not only are we forgiven and saved from God’s wrath, we are also freed from the power of sin. In other words we can now say no to sin and live righteously. But the reality is many Christians still sin, even the leaders whom we hold in high regard for their faith and character. So what does this mean? If we have been saved, then why do we still sin? And if we do sin, what becomes of our Christianity? Here are three biblical points to consider.
1. We are not yet perfect
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us
1 John 1:8
Just because we have been saved doesn’t mean we can no longer sin. While our sinful nature has been crucified with Jesus, our flesh, which desires what is contrary to what God wants for us (Galatians 5;17), still remains. Until Jesus returns and gives us our perfected bodies (1 John 3:2; Colossians 3:4; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52), we have to contend with our flesh on a daily basis. And this means stumbling every now and then. But the good news is we don’t have to do this on our own.
2. We are all works in progress
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Jesus came not only to save us from our sins but also to transform us from the inside out. And He is in the business of conforming our images to His in a process called sanctification. While we do have a part to play in our sanctification, God alone is responsible for our transformation from glory to glory, just as He alone is responsible for our salvation. What this means is, if you are in Christ, you need not be made anxious by your weaknesses, for God is not yet finished with you and He will surely finish what He began in you.
3. There is now no condemnation
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
When Jesus was crucified 2000 years ago, He absorbed God’s wrath which was supposed to be directed to us. The punishment that was supposed to be ours was upon Him (Isaiah 53:5). So if you are in Christ, you need not be afraid that your streak of consecutive sinning will get you condemned, for Jesus was already condemned in your place.
As we run the race marked out for us, we will occasionally stumble and fall to sin, not because we want to but because we are not perfect. But if you are in Christ, you don’t have to stay on the ground and wallow in self-pity, for He gave His life to secure your eternity with Him. So, child of God, rise up!
for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again…