“If we say
that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.”
1 John 1:8.
Anyone who says they have not sinned is
living a lie. In the verse above you must
notice John adds himself into the mix of
sinners. He says if we say we
have no sin. “No” in the Greek is “ou”
and is expressed absolutely, and
emphatically. It’s as though the Apostle
John has asked someone if he considers
himself a sinner, and the answer has come
back to John in the form of a resounding NO!
John adds himself into the fray in that he
too would be leading himself astray if he
were to claim he had no sin. We just aren’t
grasping the truth if we claim to be
sinless. John is addressing believers in
Christ in his epistles therefore he is
addressing me and you; as believers we will
continue to sin until we are called home. If
anyone tells you differently they are
“If we say
that we have not sinned, we make him a liar,
and his word is not in us.”
1 John 1:10.
Again, we must first understand that John is
addressing believers “In Christ” not the
this verse John tells us if we claim we have
not sinned we make Jesus Christ a liar.
John tells us His (God's)
word cannot be in someone who says they have
never sinned, or even in those who claim now
that they are saved they no longer sin.
Again John places himself in the middle of
this assertion by using the words “we” and
“us”. It also means we can’t have God’s Holy
Spirit in us if we claim a sinless life or a
life of no more sin after we are born again.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift
of God: Not of works, lest any man should
boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.owhere
in the Bible are we told we will stop
sinning once we’re saved.
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
1 John 2:1. Can you see what a
contradiction this verse is whenwe
neglect the exegeses of the scriptures? “My
little children” is referring to born again
believers and John wants us to fully
understand that point. When we compare
“That ye sin not” to the previous verse
we can see John isn’t advocating sinning.
He’s simply saying turn away from habitual
sin. In other words don’t let our whole
focus in life be on one big sin party
without thought of the consequences. If that
be your case, salvation has eluded you.
In the last
part of First John chapter 2 verse 1, John
states that if any man sins we have Christ
as our advocate for our defense. In this
same verse, “if any man sin” actually
means “in case”. So if we interpret this
verse correctly, what John is saying is
when not if we sin we have an
advocate which is Jesus Christ the
that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his
commandments, is a liar, and the truth is
not in him.”
1 John 2:1. Is it possible that John
is saying in keeping Jesus’ commandments we
will no longer sin? The Greek word “tēreō”
represents our English phrase “keepeth”.
The Greek word actually has many meanings
but in this context John is speaking of
those who “observe or take heed to” Jesus’
commandments. Since John previously
addressed the fact that all believers sin,
the answer to the question above is “No”.
What he is saying is in observing Christ’s
commandments we won’t live our lives in
habitual sin. For example, living a
lifestyle as a homosexual is habitual sin,
as is living as an unmarried couple, or
lying habitually. Once we become born again
there will be a change that everyone who new
us before our conversion will see. This
change will reflect Christ as a definite
positive part of our lives.
“I write unto
you, little children, because your sins are
forgiven you for his name's sake.”
1 John 2:12. This verse is
wonderfully placed in this chapter and in
context we are told that all believers are
forgiven sinners. Something that many “In
Christ” believers stumble with is the fact
that they continue to sin even though they
have been justified (saved). Condemnation
reigns supreme in their lives. But Paul
tells us “There is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but
after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1.
In the book
of Romans chapter 7 Paul speaks about his
childhood before he was taught the law “I
had not known sin, but by the law: for I had
not known lust, except the law had said,
Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking
occasion by the commandment, wrought in me
all manner of concupiscence. For without the
law sin was dead.” Romans 7:7-8.
Very young children don’t know what sin is
until their parent’s teach them what
constitutes sin and what doesn’t. That’s why
parents must be responsible for explaining
sin and its consequences to the children God
has blessed them with.
eyes the very young children are blameless.
They aren’t corrupted by all the evil and
sinful desires that adults are continually
confronted with. Children see joy,
happiness, and love in the simplest forms.
But before we know it our children are at
that age when they are accountable for their
own sinful actions; if they aren’t taught
Godly ways they will not see any sin in
following verses Paul addresses that age old
conundrum, one that has continually plagued
believers throughout the ages. Why do I
continue to sin now that I’m born from
above? Remember this, now that we are
justified God sees us through His Son Jesus
Christ and our sins past present and future
are forgiven. Still, even though we are
justified in God’s eyes (saved), we still
sin. The Apostle Paul will explain why,
“The law is good, then. The trouble is not
with the law but with me, because I am sold
into slavery, with sin as my master. I don't
understand myself at all, for I really want
to do what is right, but I don't do it.
Instead, I do the very thing I hate. I know
perfectly well that what I am doing is
wrong, and my bad conscience shows that I
agree that the law is good. But I can't help
myself, because it is sin inside me that
makes me do these evil things. I know I am
rotten through and through so far as my old
sinful nature is concerned. No matter which
way I turn, I can't make myself do right. I
want to, but I can't. When I want to do
good, I don't. And when I try not to do
wrong, I do it anyway. But if I am doing
what I don't want to do, I am not really the
one doing it; the sin within me is doing it.
It seems to be a fact of life that when I
want to do what is right, I inevitably do
what is wrong. I love God's law with all my
heart. But there is another law at work
within me that is at war with my mind. This
law wins the fight and makes me a slave to
the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a
miserable person I am! Who will free me from
this life that is dominated by sin?
Romans 7:14-24. (NLT)
Now read and
understand Paul’s last words on this
subject, and please, dwell on them. “I
thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So
then with the mind I myself serve the law of
God; but with the flesh the law of sin...”
Romans 7:25 (KJV). I hope the readers
of this commentary will understand why I’ve
inserted the verses in the paragraph above
using the New Living Translation. Many have
a difficult time understanding Paul’s
explanation about the nature of sin in
Romans 7, especially when read in the KJV.
So there is no lingering doubts, Paul, far
into his ministry, states the obvious, we
are all sinners and will remain so until
God had to die for His creation. There was
no other way for us to be redeemed from this
life of sin. Please don’t misunderstand,
born again believers will grow to hate sin
over time and they will be remorseful each
time they fall back into temptation. Neither
the Apostle John nor Paul is advocating sin.
On the contrary, they are preaching against
sin. Even though we remain slaves to sin,
through our Christian maturity, our walk
with the Lord Jesus Christ, we will begin to
walk to the far side of sin.
point, for the believer who occasionally
stumbles (that’s you and me), “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.
This was written to born again believers in
Christ, what an awesome promise.
God bless you
KJV and NLT
were used in compiling this commentary.
Those of you who are KJ only, forgive me.