Can a Christian Sin?

Theological misunderstanding concerning sin and the redeemed in Messiah > “SO YOU DON’T KNOW THAT THOSE BORN OF GOD CANNOT SIN? THE FOLLOWING IS THE PROOF: 1 John 3:9 ‘Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.’”

Christian response,

The Apostle John is discussing “mens rea” or the intent of the mind and differentiating between those born of God through the Spirit and those who serve Satan in rebellion to God’s will. The “new nature” in the redeemed of God seeks righteousness and even though sinlessness is the intent, perfection is unachievable due to the encumbrance of the sin-nature (Romans 7).

Those born of God are NOT absent sin as they remain encumbered with a sin-nature that is inextricably linked with the flesh though the redeemed in Messiah do possess a new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17) that abhors sin and strives to walk in obedience in the Spirit via the process of sanctification. It is this change of attitude toward sin that is indicative of the Spirit’s presence in one’s life. Anyone who says they do not sin either by word, thought or deed is a liar and the truth is not in them (Romans 3:23). God the Father is aware of our sin and its causation and He also knows our thoughts and our desires and our intentions and He “chooses” via His divine will to not see our sin but only the righteousness and perfection of His dear Son via the imputation when we believe with a sincere heart that Jesus is our Lord who died to pay our sin-debt, a debt we could not pay through human effort (Hebrews 8:12; John 3:16-18).

“7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.…” 1 John 1:7-9

In conclusion,

Though redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, the redeemed in Christ do struggle with a sin-nature that wars against the NEW NATURE provided by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The faithful in Christ confess their sin to the Father not to reestablish their salvation which is secure forever through the indwelling Holy Spirit as our Guarantor of the Covenant of Grace (Ephesians 1:13-14) but the redeemed seek forgiveness of sin to maintain intimacy with our God wherein lies the boundless beauty of peace and joy and contentment. The redeemed in Christ will NOT, do NOT, seek to willfully sin against our God but seek God’s approval through our obedience to His will and when we do sin by word or thought or deed, the blood of Christ covers that sin, restores us, under girds us and empowers us to move forward in sanctification via the Spirit as we prepare for service in the Kingdom of God subsequent to the death of our body and the sin-nature that wars against the Spirit.

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