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The Battle Against Sin


The Bible itself says that we continue sinning, after being saved:

1 John, 1: 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

The apostle John says "if we say", that is, it is included, with which he is speaking of the church (of saved people). According to the Bible, then, if someone, after being saved, affirms that he no longer sins, he is a liar (if the truth is not in him, what is in him is the lie).

However, after recognizing this, the apostle John also talks about the solution:

1 John, 1: 9 If  we confess  our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The key word here is "confession", which comes, in turn, from the Greek word "homologeo", composed of two roots: "homo" (meaning "the same") and "logeo" (meaning "to speak"). "). That is, the word "confession" means "to speak the same thing". Talk the same as who? Speak the same as God. Only when we are able to "speak the same thing" that God would speak about us, we are confessing, which implies the difficult task of seeing ourselves as God sees us (for good and for bad).

The confession only takes place when we pray in the following way: Lord, forgive me because last week I have murmured against such a person, because this month I have not decimated what corresponds or because last night I looked at pornography on the internet (avoiding all other vague prayer and general).

Confession is the solution to when we sin again, after being saved. It is the way to restore communion with God.

The blood of Christ was shed once and His redemptive power is eternal:

Hebrews, 9:24 For Christ did not enter into the sanctuary made with hands, the figure of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear for us before God; 9:25 and not to be offered many times, as the high priest enters the Holy of Holies every year with the blood of others. 9:26 Otherwise it would have been necessary for him to suffer many times from the beginning of the world; but now, at the end of the centuries, he presented himself once for all by the sacrifice of himself to get rid of sin.

Hebrews, 10:14 for with one offering He has perfected the sanctified forever.

Confessing every time we commit a sin, his blood cleanses us again.

Before continuing, we must clarify the following:

We are not saying that the Bible endorses or justifies sin, nor are we encouraging to use 1 John, 1: 8-9 as a "license to sin" again and again: we sin, we confess and we cleanse, to sin again and again , so, restart the circle. The only thing that can be expected from those who think in this way (and put it into practice) is that they are not saved.

The Bible itself anticipates this situation when it says:

Proverbs, 28:13 He who conceals his sins will not prosper; But the one who confesses them and withdraws will obtain mercy.

It is not enough to confess. There must be a genuine repentance, which translates into a fight against sin to, at least, reduce it to the minimum possible expression (in a few lines we will see why it is not possible to reduce sin to zero).

For those of us who are saved, however, the fact that a passage like 1 John, 1: 8-9 is part of the Bible is a real relief and tells us how wise God is. What we are trying to say is that confession is a tool designed by God so that, after we have been saved, we can restore communion with Him, lost because of sin, every time we make mistakes.

When, being saved, we commit a sin, we come to feel really bad: it is the Holy Spirit, working in us (through the conviction of sin) showing us that we have made a mistake.

The difference between a Christian and an unbeliever is not sin, in the sense that, while an unbeliever sins, the Christian has stopped doing so, at least since his conversion.

That's why Paul writes in:

Romans, 3:22 For there is no difference , 3:23 for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God .

And this is the idea that the world has about the church (perhaps fed, by the same church): that a Christian does not sin. Therefore, when worldlings see a Christian fallen into sin, they mock him and call him a hypocrite. Perhaps this is one of the consequences of having preached for so long a gospel of condemnation, instead of preaching a gospel of grace (who knows).

The difference between a Christian and an unbeliever lies in the following:

  •  While an unbeliever sins and "continues his life as if nothing" because, not having the Holy Spirit dwelling with him, he has no conviction of sin;
  • A Christian sins but, instead of "continuing his life as if nothing", having the Holy Spirit dwelling with him and having, therefore, conviction of sin, confesses and restores, in this way, the lost communion with God , because of sin.

When we sin, being saved, we feel the most miserable in the world and that is when we tend to think that the Lord has rejected us forever and will no longer be able to continue using us (the first person interested in installing this idea in us is satan himself) .

But the Lord does not want us to remain in that state of sadness and desolation. That is why the Lord, knowing beforehand that, even after accepting Him as Lord and Savior, we would continue to err, He foresaw the solution in 1 John, 1: 8-9.

The Lord did not leave any loose ends. His work on the cross was perfect and complete. The Lord did not die on the cross, of the worst death ever devised by man, to condemn us again at the first stumbling block.

But why do we continue to sin, even after we are saved?

A symptom that we are truly saved is that, after our conversion, we sin much less than when we were in the world. Christian conversion is not a photo, but a film, that is, it is not a shock but a process. Little by little, we are abandoning our old way of life and begin to live a different life.

The confusion is that many misinterpret the following passage:

2 Corinthians, 5:17 So if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation ; old things happened; behold, all are made new.

The key is to understand what the "new creature" is.

The Bible says that we are tripartite beings:

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and your whole being, spirit, soul and body , be kept blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

When we accept Christ, the following happens in the spiritual world:

Colossians, 2:11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made by hand, when the sinful body of the flesh was cast out of you, in the circumcision of Christ ;

While we do not accept Christ, our spirit is dead, although our soul (the mind) and our body (the flesh) are obviously "alive". While we are not saved, there is an "alliance" between the soul (the mind) and the body (the flesh), which is against the spirit (which is dead).

When we accept Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in our spirit, resurrecting it. A new alliance arises between our spirit (where the Holy Spirit now dwells) and our soul (the mind), while the body (the flesh) is cast out in what Paul calls the "circumcision of Christ" (Colossians, 2:11). This new "alliance" between the spirit (resurrected) and the soul (the mind), now is against the body (the flesh).

However, in this "circumcision of Christ", the body is "cast out" but not restored. The "new creature" spoken of in 2 Corinthians, 5:17, is formed by the spirit (resurrected) and the soul (the mind), but does not include the body (the flesh), which will only be glorified in the rapture or rapture of the church (1 Corinthians, 15: 51-56). This means that our redemption, even being saved, is not yet complete, which will only be completed in the rapture.

Meanwhile, the "war on the flesh" continues and that is why we continue sinning (though less) after being saved. And the battlefield is the mind::

Another confirmation, besides 1 Corinthians, 15: 51-56, that "the new creature" of 2 Corinthians, 5:17 does not include our body, is what the apostle John says in 1 John.

On the one hand, the apostle John says that, after being saved, we continue sinning:

1 John, 1: 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

On the other, the apostle John affirms that, if we are born of God, we do not sin:

1 John, 3: 9 Everyone who is born of God does not practice sin, because the seed of God abides in him; and he can not sin, because he is born of God.

They were?. Do we sin or do we not sin after we have been saved?

Do not miss this detail: while in 1 John, 1: 8 the apostle John refers to the body, which "continues to sin", in 1 John, 3: 9 refers to the spirit and the soul (the new creature), which is what is "born of God and can not sin".

A warning sign that salvation has not happened in our lives is, on the one hand, having confessed Christ and, on the other, continuing to live indefinitely as we lived in the world. We must doubt that we have attained salvation if, having confessed Christ, the way in which we live does not differ in any way from the way a worldly one lives.

That's why Paul writes:

2 Corinthians, 13: 5 Examine yourselves if you are in the faith; prove yourselves. Or do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you unless you are reprobated?

The Bible says that God has to confirm that we are saved:

Romans, 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit, that we are children of God.

Sooner or later and by different means (pastors, prophets, ministers), God has to confirm that we are truly saved. It is one thing to "believe" that we are saved and another, very different, is to "know" that we are saved.


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