“Faithfully Walking With God” (Pt 3)

In the Bible, Light is a frequent symbol for God’s truth.  I John 1:5 tells us, “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.”  Light is Truth!! Darkness in scripture is a symbol for sin.  Since light and darkness cannot exist together, a person cannot maintain a vibrant relationship with Christ and deliberately be living a life of known sin.  Not wanting  a theological debate, let’s approach this topic with common sense.  Some say, “Once you are saved, you are always saved; it’s impossible to lose your salvation.”  What IF this person commits known sins over and over again without sorrow or guilt.  The explanation is, “They were never saved in the first place.” Others say, “You can be a Christian, but if you return to a lifestyle of sin it will result in losing your salvation.”  Settle down and don’t let your religion explode on what I’m about to say.  Here’s my take – IF you think you are a Christian, but live a continuous life of known sin, you’re spiritually LOST!  If you believe you were once a Christian, but today know you are purposely living a life of sin, you are spiritually LOST.  If someone has to argue in order to prove they are a Christian, there’s a good chance they are not.  The bigger issue is that it doesn’t matter what you or I say on the topic – what does God say?  Here are His words,  “If we claim to have fellowship with Christ (Light), yet walk in darkness (sin), we lie and do not live in truth” (I Jn. 1:6).   It’s impossible to live in darkness when there is Light and vice-versa.

 

Can a person sin once becoming a Christian?  This was explained in recent devotionals, but the quick answer is “Yes!”  Here’s the good news – a Christian has the ability and will sin from time to time, but they won’t be happy about it.  I believe the Bible is clear about committing a “sin” and living a “lifestyle” of sin.  For example, “No one who is born of God will “CONTINUE” to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he CANNOT GO ON sinning because he has been born of God” (I Jn. 3:9).  This means “true believers” do make it a practice of sinning, nor do they become indifferent to God’s moral law or His teachings. 

 

The Apostle Paul teaches us in Romans 6:1, “Shall we go on sinning (after becoming a Christian)…by no means…how can we LIVE in sin any longer?”  No one is perfect and even the most avid follower of Christ will mess up from time to time.  But, as a believer, we have the Light of Christ burning within us and that is the power of the Holy Spirit who is faithful to us.  When we cross the line, it doesn’t take Him long to remind us of where we are headed or what we have done.  He makes us feel more than sorry for the sin, He makes us feel downright guilty and that is a good thing not a bad thing.  Some call this conviction.  Be glad you are convicted of your sin because if you can commit sin and NOT feel guilty, there is a spiritual problem needing to be addressed immediately.  The sincere believer puts pleasing Jesus Christ as the top priority of their life.  We are striving to live a life of holiness.  As we walk with God it is “The blood of Jesus, his Son, who KEEPS purifying or cleansing us from all sin” (I Jn. 1:7b).  This means the believer can find forgiveness for ALL sin that creeps into his or her life.  Note: “Purifies” is present tense, which stresses the cleansing of every defilement due to sin is an ongoing benefit of those who walk in the Light.  As you make the journey of the Christian life, you never walk the road alone.  The Holy Spirit is there to help you and pick you up when you fall.  Make up your mind to walk as faithful as possible with God and you’ll NEVER be disappointed.

 

Pastor Carnes