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Is It Possible Not to Sin?

Ugh. I went a little long on today’s post, but bear with me as I could kinda use your help.  I’m going to be totally transparent here in saying I’m having a little trouble with the My Utmost for His Highest devotional dated 8/15/12.  Particularly the last paragraph of that day’s entry:

 “Whoever has been born of God does not sin. . .” (1 John 3:9). Am I seeking to stop sinning or have I actually stopped? To be born of God means that I have His supernatural power to stop sinning. The Bible never asks, “Should a Christian sin?” The Bible emphatically states that a Christian must not sin. The work of the new birth is being effective in us when we do not commit sin. It is not merely that we have the power not to sin, but that we have actually stopped sinning. Yet 1 John 3:9 does not mean that we cannot sin— it simply means that if we will obey the life of God in us, that we do not have to sin.  (www.utmost.org)

Let me take this passage in reverse and unpack it as I see it.  Maybe you can help me come to some understanding of the problems I’m having.  First off, “Yet 1 John 3:9 does not mean that we cannot sin— it simply means that if we will obey the life of God in us, that we do not have to sin.”  Okay, I get that.  In fact, as I understand what Mr. Chambers is saying here, it is the very essence of the saving grace of Christ: My belief in Christ as being who He said He was, that He went to the cross, died for the sins of the world (including mine) and rose again on the third day, therefore MY sins have been nailed on the cross with Him ~ past, present and future.

Does that mean I am free to sin now?  As Paul would say, “By no means!”

But! Does it mean I have now been given supernatural ability to NOT sin?

Is that even possible? Continue reading Is It Possible Not to Sin?

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