If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~1 John 1:9
Many times after someone receives Christ as Savior, they are concerned about what happens when they sin after they are saved. They are concerned if they will lose their salvation. They are concerned about how to deal with sin after they are saved. This morning, let us consider the sin question after we’re saved.
We see the impact of our covering.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” The shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ is the remedy for our sin disease. Jesus washed us from our sins in His own blood (Revelation 1:5). The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from ALL sin! “All” means every sin. All means past, present, and future. The power of His shed blood gives us a perpetual covering from our sin. On the eve of the first Passover, God told the Israelites, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” Jesus’ blood keeps on cleansing us from all sin.
We see the importance of our confession.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We must distinguish between sonship and fellowship. Sonship is established when we receive Jesus as Savior. We become sons of God through spiritual adoption. Sonship cannot be broken. Fellowship is our day-by-day relationship with God. Fellowship can be broken by sin, but it can be restored when we confess our sin to God. Confession is when out of a repentant heart to God, we acknowledge that we have sinned against Him. Through confession, God cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Confession must be a daily and continuous practice for right Christian living.
We see the impetus for our consecration.
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” “Sin not” does not mean we will be sinless. It implies we should not have an inclination or desire to sin. We should avoid people, tendencies, and traps that can lead us into sin. There are sins we are to flee from. We must set a guard over our heart, our mouth, and our spirit. Consecration is walking in holiness with our Lord. This is what “sin not” implies. Now, God in His goodness and mercy knows we will fail, and reminds us that Jesus advocates for us. What an encouragement!
We see the implication of our callousness.
“If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.” John refers to a sin unto death. This is when a Christian has trodden underfoot the Son of God, and does despite unto the Spirit of grace. This is a willful, defiant, and unrepentant attitude to sin in a believer’s life. He has become very hardened to the Holy Spirit. There comes a point where God could take this believer’s life because he has attained a state of unwillingness to turn back to God. In effect, sin at this level has serious consequences.
So, what about sin? God does not want us to continue in sin after we are saved. He knows we will fail, but through, confession we can be cleansed and given a new start every time. Don’t let sin weigh you down. Live the victorious Christian life in the power of the Lord!
Have a consecrated God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Leviticus 5-7