Will A Christian Still Sin

Will A Christian Still Sin ?

“But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. “

I John 3 : 6 – 7

Is it true that once a person becomes a Christian, he will not commit sin anymore ?

That once a person becomes a Christian, he ceased from sinning ?

This is my conviction, a Christian will still be tempted to sin, he is still capable of sinning, and may fall anytime to sin.

There are some groups that teach that a person once becomes a Christian, he will not commit sin anymore or he will cease from sinning. But the Apostle John himself speaks on I John 2:1 ;

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense, JesusChrist , the Righteous One. “

He also wrote in I John 1:8 ;

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

I believe, that a person once becomes a christian will still be tempted to sin. But he becomes different from an unbeliever, by the fact that sinning is no longer his lifestyle.

A Christian is different from an unbeliever in their lifestyle, For an unbeliever or non-christian sinning is his lifestyle. His sinful nature rules his thoughts, words and deeds. All his thoughts and intentions are in defiant against God and His will.

For a true Christian, he may still be tempted to sin but sinning is no longer his lifestyle. His sinful nature has been deposed , a new nature from God invaded his being. He has been partaker of the Divine nature through the spiritual rebirth upon accepting Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. The sinful nature is no longer controlling his life. He has been liberated from his sinful nature.

I believe the beloved Apostle John meant this in I John 3:6, it speaks more about the lifestyle of a believer or the general pattern of his life. There is a pattern of decreasing occurrence of sin in a true christian’s lifestyle. Sinning is no longer the lifestyle of a true child of God. For he had been set free from the power of darkness and brought into the marvelous Kingdom of the Son. As Christ is victorious on the cross, the true child of God is victorious over his sins. There will come a time in his life that he may fall to sin, but he will not remain there for a prolonged period of time. Once he fall, he will rise again and will set his feet to pursue the will of God, which is righteousness and holiness. A Christian will be victorious because the Holy Spirit indwells him at the time of his spiritual birth, and gives the Christian the power to overcome sin. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, defeating the flesh is a very difficult task or somewhat an impossible task.

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baldwinkenn 6 years ago from modesto, Ca.

answered this yourself no one who truly lives in him will or can continue to sin because there is no sin in him so you and i being in him must remain free from sin. if we remain in his word we will be in his will which means we recieve his faver,smile.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Cristina, a wonderful thought challenging hub!

I agree that Christians do sin, "If we claim we have not sinned (John was relating to Christians), we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives." 1 John 1:10.

Thus, it would seem, Christians still sin. It is more than being "tempted" to sin. We sin. To not sin is to be perfect which we are not. The difference is Christians are sinners saved by the grace of God. The BLOOD of Jesus covers our sins and thus, God does not count it against us. We do not INTENTIONALLY sin, nevertheless, we sin even when we are not consciously aware of it. God looks on the heart, the attitude, the INTENT. So, in this sense, we are held blameless for sins we commit.

Though it is not possible to live a totally holy and sinless life (Only Jesus accomplished this), all glory to God, He has set us free from slavery to sin. A true believer's life will not be characterized by sin on a daily basis, or any other consistent basis.

As you said, "Sinning is no longer the lifestyle of a true child of God." And as we grow in God's grace, we become like trees planted by the rivers of waters. Sanctification, though, is a lifelong process.

Love and peace,

Forever His,


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi RevLady it is very encouraging to read your comment. Thank you for the additional comments and insights. It is greatly appreciated. A christian is not perfect, he is just forgiven. A christian is in a life-long process of sanctification which I believe will never cease as long as we live. Thank you for dropping by. Remain blessed.


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HOOWANTSTONO 6 years ago

Christ was our sin on the cross, and if he died then our sin died too. If our sin is dead then according to God we cannot sin, even if we do sin, and our sin does not affect our life or get judged by it by God.

Only Satan and man judge man according to our sins, and hold man against his wrongs.Rom 2:1

Covered by Jesus blood gives us this guarantee that we are free in his blood by his suffering in your/my place.

The judgment has taken place. We are free as sinners, and Gods plan is to fill heaven with sinners that are believers, not self righteous that say they don't sin.

Be free

Peace


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi HOOWANTSTONO , it is very encouraging to read your comment. Thank you for additional insights. It is greatly appreciated. Yes as Christians, Christ blood covers our sins, past, present and future. When we accepted Christ as our Savior, which means accepting Christ's sacrifice on calvary as the only sacrifice for our sins, we receive God's forgiveness for all our sins, past, present and future.The Lord will no longer judge us. But we have to live to pursue righteousness and holiness. Remain blessed. Best regards.


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HOOWANTSTONO 6 years ago

The righteousness that we follow is from what the Holy Spirit does in us, and not what we think say or do, but this happens because we are the Righteousness of Christ and New creatures, Born Again. We are seated on the right hand of the Father in Christ for ever.

Peace


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

cristina327

I agree with you what you said "There is a pattern of decreasing occurrence of sin in a true christian’s lifestyle. Sinning is no longer the lifestyle of a true child of God. For he had been set free from the power of darkness and brought into the marvelous Kingdom of the Son."

There are still periods of temptation while life lasts. Tell me did or did not Peter fall into sinning three times when he denied Jesus. He was one of the 12 apostles.

The wonderful thing is when he repents, God forgives him.

You also said, "For a true Christian, he may still be tempted to sin but sinning is no longer his lifestyle."

A Christian may be 20 years old when he accepted Christ, but he may live up to 80 years. During the period of time, surely Satan would certainly try to take down. Why did Jesus in the Lord's Prayer say, Forgive us our trespasses."

We are meant to say the Lord's Prayer every day and night. It is so we can keep ourselves clean and pure every day as the words of God cleanse us from sin.

HOWANTSTONO

If our sin is dead then according to God we cannot sin, even if we do sin, and our sin does not affect our life or get judged by it by God.

ANSWER TO HOWANTSTONO

I strongly object to what you said that our sin does not affect our life or get judged by it by God.

God judges all sin.

Hebrews 10:26

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.

1 Timothy 4:1

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depaart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.

Hebrews 3:12

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Cristina, hold on to your faith. What you have written is absolutely correct! God bless.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi einron it is very encouraging to read your comment. Thank you for your additional comments and insights. Yes Peter was already a believer when he denied JesusChrist three times. Thank you for bringing this up. Even the brothers James and John, Zebedee's sons have been tempted to aspire for position in the Kingdom when they were already christians. Yes temptations will come to a christian and there may come time that a christian will not be able to resist at all times. But God is willing to forgive us when we fall. The provision is in I John i:9. Thank you for dropping by. Remain blessed. Best regards.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Very interesting hub. I learned a lot from all the comments as well. God Bless You.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Thank you stars439 for visiting this hub.I am glad that you learned a lot from this hub. Remain blessed.


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mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

A lot of food for thought. Even so, we should all read and meditate in the Bible.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi mquee it is nice to hear from you. Thank you for a visit. Remain blessed. Best regards.


Randy Lough 6 years ago

I came across one of your website.

I am a defeated christian. I have been involved in pronography, stealing, lustfulness. I have confessed my sins before but fell back into sin over and over. I have made things right with those I have taken from. And I am now working on taking care of making things right with two people. I came across a statement from the early church which says that you only have one repentence. And I have read about willful sins. I gave up pronography last December and other lustful habits in Feburary. But my heart condemns me. I have been baptisted twice. I have seen visions of hell. Why then do I feel the fear of Hebrews 6 and 10 and willful sins. I am done with sin. But I need peace within me. Not fear. I can not sleep, I do not want to get up. I am so fearful of my past life. Do I have hope? Please email me at randylough@yahoo.com

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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

Oh Praise God for the Victory of a sinless savior! Without Jesus we would all be doomed to damnation, and eternal death. But by God's gracious love He sent Jesus and my sin...no matter how horrendous has been atoned for and no longer holds sway over me. Thanks for the words of encouragement and life.

Blessings UlrikeGrace


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi UlrikeGrace thank you for gracing this hub. Thank you also for additional insights. It is highly appreciated. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Thank you this wonderful, gracious Hub. Surely everybody sins. To me, the difference is in recognizing and repenting for sin, versus ignoring it or even being proud of it. Habitual sin is a sign of serious spiritual trouble.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi James it is nice to hear from you again. Yes I believe habitual sin is a sign of serious spiritual trouble. Thank you for visiting this hub. Your comment is greatly apprciated.Remain blessed always. Best regards.


Lord Seeker 6 years ago

vERY GOOD HUB PAGE ABOUT A VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC!I certainly cannot speak for everyone but as far as I myself am concerned I still fall. The difference is that the Spirit convicts me when I do sin which leads to repentance. Oh what a wonderful Savior we have!!!


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Lord Seeker it is nice to hear from you again. Thank you for a visit and sharing your insight. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Thank you for bringing this topic into discussion. There are many things to be said concerning this and these comments are but a small token of a deep subject matter. My understanding is limited to my experience and intellect both of which are flawed. I remember the season of King David's life where he obviously lived in rebellion against the One true living God for some time. He was called by God Himself as a man after Gods own heart. It is God who calls a man by name and the process of changing a mans heart can sometimes take years. 10's of years. This after he has shown true faith but fallen into a lifestyle that denies God's authority. I feel the pain of Randy Lough and I love the encouragement of your writing.


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BL Tween 6 years ago

Yes we do sin, we may or may not want to. All have fallen short. If we could be good enough then we wouldn’t need Jesus. Jesus knew we couldn’t be good enough. That’s why he gave his self for us. That is why He is so awesome! We can not change people. It is God who changes people, we can not even change our self, we must however, work with God to change. The very fact that a Christian feels bad about a sin, I believe is an indication that God is with them. God is working with them. The great news is God is there!!! Now this is going to be gross, if your dog, the dog you have had all your life, you feed it, play with it, take it places etc. Now this dog whom you have raised from a pup and loved with all your heart. This dog begins to eat his own pooh. Gross! Nasty! UGH!! But even though you hate this activity, it totally grosses you out, and it is way off of an acceptable behavior, the dog continues to do this and it is apparent it knows you don’t like it. Do you still love the dog? Of course you do! You may offer it some other treat, but the dog still eats the yuck! You still love the dog, you try some other things, this goes on and on until one day!!!! Its a done deal the dog doesn’t do it. Now God is much more loving and caring then even the best of us. I believe He kind of feels like that, He hates the activity, it disgusts Him but He loves us anyways. He continues to help us to get over the activity. Don’t give up on yourself, God has not given up or you, nor will He. I will never leave you nor forsake you says the Lord. Let us pray for one another in Jesus Name, Amen.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Fred allen it is wonderful to hear from you. Thank you for visiting this hub. Thank you also for sharing your additional insights. King David's life is a demonstration of God's faithfulness and never ending grace. Yes a believer is still bound to fall, but the grace of God is sufficient. Remain blessed always.


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hanging out 6 years ago

jesus was sinless

we just sin less often, and less often, and less often. Until we are not what we were a year ago, or 2 yrs ago or a decade ago... We have become a new person in christ jesus.

:0)


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Chin chin 5 years ago from Philippines

Thank God for his abundant mercy and grace that when we sin, He forgives us. But this should not give us an excuse to sin. If we truly say that we are in Christ, we have died to our old self, so that "sinning is no longer our lifestyle." By living in the new way of the Spirit, we are able to live victoriously over sin.

Very nice hub and lots of enlightening comments as well. God bless.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Chin chin I am glad to hear from you. Thank you for taking time to visit and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. AS christians we are victorious and sin has no dominion over us. Our sinful nature has been subdued by the power of God's Spirit. Blessings to you and regards.


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PoweroftheCross 5 years ago from Above and Beyond...

Christina, I have heard the doctrine that Christians don't sin. What a demonic doctrine! You have given us all the scriptures that prove we do sin, but grow(by the power of the Holy Spirit)having learned to resist the devil. Excellent article for truth seekers.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi PoweroftheCross I am happy to read your comments for this hub. I am greatly encouraged by your comments in this hub. Thank you for appreciating this hub. As christians we are not perfect saints of God. At times We are still tempted and fall, but if our faith is genuine we will rise up again and continue in pursuing righteousness. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

christina327,

I once wondered why God said that David was a man after His own heart when it was laid out in the Bible that David committed sins. I later learned that David did not practice sin, but when he did err, he was very remorseful, and sought the source (God) of forgiveness and peace of mind. David had a relationship with God and even communed with him a few times.

"All have sinned . . . .” (Rom. 3:23). Many believe that a Christian is a sinless person. If that be so, then who can be saved? Mercy and grace brings about salvation, a gift that we cannot earn ourselves.

I enjoyed reading your hub and do appreciates your great points. Thanks for sharing!


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cristina327 3 years ago from Manila Author

Thank you Levertis Steele for taking time to read this hub. Your visit is much appreciated. I am glad that you enjoyedreading this hub. Thank you aswell for appreciating this hub. Blessings to you always. REgards.

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