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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.