The title of this post may unsettle some. There seems to be a resounding question always asked, Can a Christian sin? This phrase or concept is oxymoronic or a figure of speech that contradicts itself. The word sin in Greek is “hamartia” which means “a failure, missing the mark, an offence”. The word Christian is made up of the name Christ and the suffix -ian. The suffix -ian means “to belong to or adhere to”. If we combine the words Christ and the suffix -ian then we get the word Christian, being a person who belongs and adheres to Christ. This draws a simple conclusion, if one desires to adhere and belong to Christ he should not sin.
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This passage is a lot to digest all at the same time. The first verse asks a question “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”. The word abound means “to increase or have in abundance”. This scripture is asking the question, can we continue in sin and have grace increase in our lives? The second verse answers swiftly, God forbid. If we commit a sin or fail God, God forbid we continue in it with no remorse and no corrective action on our part. If we have failures the Bible plainly tells us that God forbids us to continue in them if we wish to keep grace in our lives.
Just the same as Jesus was buried, our old ways must die and be buried. Just the same as Jesus was raised up, we are raised up a new creature with new ways. Just the same as a dead man can no longer walk and talk, we who are dead to sin can no longer walk and talk the ways of sin. The old ways are dead, the new way lives. We should view ourselves as completely dead to anything that would separate us from God. If we claim to have life in Christ then we must believe that our sins have been buried with him and can no longer control our lives since you know, they are dead. Jesus only died once and that worked for everything he had to do so it reckons that if we die once to sin it should work for us too.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Another long passage… This whole chapter really speaks for itself. If we read the Bible for what it says and induce no foreign substance into it then we will understand the meaning behind this passage.
If we are dead to sin and have a new life in Jesus then why would we want to yield our members to anything sinful. Our whole body from head to toe should be yielded to God’s work and way. If we have done this then sin will not rule our life. We are free from the bondage of sin, sin will not control our thoughts, actions, and way of life.
Grace is not an excuse to sin. Most people feel that we can not help but to sin and it’s okay because it’s all under grace. There God goes forbidding stuff again, apparently according to the Bible, God does not approve of this theory. The Bible says that just because you are under grace does not give you an excuse to sin. I think that any Christian would agree that sin comes from the devil. That being the case, how can a servant of sin be a servant of God. The Bible very clearly separates and lays out the option, if you obey sin in your life then you are a servant of sin, if you obey God then you are a servant of God.
Further into the reading of this passage we find the outcome of being servants to different masters. If we obey sin, we die. If we obey God, we receive everlasting life. What is the fruit or the consequence of the things that should be shameful to us? Death! This surely is not as good as everlasting life.
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
1 John 2:1-6
1 My little 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 the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
This pretty much adds to and summarizes chapter 6 in Romans. The teaching of the Bible is to not sin. If we do sin we have an advocate or someone to speak on our behalf. This advocate is Jesus. He went to the cross when it should have been us. He was the only sacrifice that would appease God and deter His wrath.
How do we know if we are saved? According to the Bible it is if we keep God’s commandments. If we say we know God, if we say we are a Christian and don’t keep His commandments, we are a liar. Jesus once said he was the way, the truth and the life. The Bible says in verse 4 that if we say we know Christ and don’t keep the commandments the truth is not in us thus Jesus is not in us. If Jesus is not in us, how can we be a Christian? If we say we are in Christ then we should talk the talk and walk the walk.
The most important thing:
If you don’t know Jesus and want to here’s what to do…
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
And you know it works because…
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
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.