Thursday, 9 February 2012

Am I still a sinner?

Are you? Well?  What is your initial reaction?

If you're like me, you'll say, "Of course I am!"  And indeed, scripture affirms it;
If we say, "We have no sin," we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, "We have not sinned," we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10)
But then, a little later, we read;
The one who commits sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned form the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil's works. Everyone who has been born of God does not sin, because His seed remains in him' he is not able to sin because he has been born of God. (1 John 3:8-9)

I don't think we could find more conflicting ideas if we tried.  On one hand we are deceiving ourselves if we think there is no sin in us, on the other hand we belong to the Devil if there is.  So which is it?

How do we make sense of this?

2 comments:

Wayne Connor said...

Ha we were just chatting about this on our walk this morning. I walk with two fellows once a week.

Rachael said...

So what was your answer?