Saturday, October 9, 2010

Question about "Sin" Answered

Q: "I hear it said all the time, that 'We, as Christians, will continue to sin until we get through the Gates of Heaven.' Where exactly is this found in the Bible? This concept is deniable and I have not been able to find any scripture to support that we "WILL" continue to sin. Please tell me the Biblical reference for this statement. Perhaps I am mistaken."

A: Sadly Brother, I see this question all too often. Most people love to read the Gospels and 1 Corinthians over and over again and don't spend a lot of study time on the rest of the Epistles. Paul goes on one of the most UNFORGETTABLE tirades about this exact issue in Romans.

Romans 7:13-25 - Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God --- through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

That should sum up the answer to your question...

PS: Even if your own dad said, "DON'T DO IT AGAIN!", isn't that the same as, "Go and sin no more"? How often do we disobey our parents even though we shouldn't. I think maybe you're reading
into what Jesus said as a finite understanding as opposed to a logical understanding. Knowing we should "sin no more" and actually NOT sinning anymore is as far as the East is from the West. Grin

It's next to impossible not to sin! Think about this statement
from Jesus: Matthew 12:36 - But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. We're going to have to account for every idle word? WOW!

Not sinning is what we all should strive for, but in the end, we have to be mighty thankful for the Blood of Christ!