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Daily Bread - April 21, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 21 April 2017 09:30
1 John 2:1 - My little children, I write these things to you so that you do
not sin. But if anyone sins, we have a Paraclete at the Father's side,
Jesus Christ the righteous.

The words used for sin are found 267 times (hamartia-173; hamartema- 4;
hamartano-43; hamartolos-47) in the New Testament. In not one single
instance does God describe sin as something that belongs in the lives of
His people. Rather, God has condemned sin and demands that it have no place
in the lives of His people. Could there be an example of a more damning
heresy and deception in the church than to teach people that God excuses
sin?

The good news, that should cause every heart to rejoice, is that
righteousness has now come to everyone through Christ Jesus! As sin came
into everyone's heart through Adam's transgression, righteousness has now
been given through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:12, 17). Now, after being filled
with the life and goodness of God, if we sin, God will forgive us if we
confess our sins (1 John 1:9, 2:1). Once again, if sin were something that
God's people were to accept as an everyday expectation of God's will, then
there would have been an excellent opportunity to suggest such a doctrine
in 1 John 2:1. Instead of saying, "If you sin", John would have said, "When
you sin." Certainly, there was no one more radical against sin in the life
of the believer than John (1 John 1, 3:4-9, 5:18).

Could there be any greater shame placed upon our lives than to be a part of
robbing others of godly sorrow and stealing from them the knowledge of God
(2 Corinthians 7:10; 1 Corinthians 15:34; 2 Corinthians 10:5)? What a great
injustice we would have done to others if we taught them that they have no
power or dominion over sin -that the deceitfulness of sin is somehow
stronger, or more to be desired, than the life that is in Christ Jesus. We
would be responsible for their inability to resist the devil, and would be
to blame for having set them up to develop a hard heart against the
convictions of the Holy Spirit. The judgment upon those who would
participate in such wickedness will indeed be great. It would have been
better to have never been born than to cause one of God's little children
to be defenseless against a raging enemy like Satan.

The doctrine of sin is not an insignificant doctrinal issue, but the focus
of why Jesus died! The subject of the elimination of sin is a central
concern in the New Testament. Please listen, if we willingly persist in sin
after having received the knowledge of the truth there remains no more
sacrifice for sin, but rather a fearful prospect of judgment and a fury of
fire that will consume the adversaries (Hebrews 10:26-27).
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