But what if I sin? Christians aren’t perfect; they are forgiven. If we could live perfect lives, we would not have needed a savior. In fact, the Bible is clear in Ephesians 2:8-9 that it is only by *grace we are saved and not by works.
However, sin in the life of a believer does hinder *fellowship with God. (do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption – Ephesians 4:30).
When we offend a friend, we experience distance in the relationship. We aren’t as close as we were before. It isn’t until we finally give in and admit our error and that we can restore the joy of that friendship. It is similar with our relationship with God.
As soon as we realize we have sinned, we need to confess it to God so we can once again live in fellowship with Him. It is important to keep short accounts with God. As soon as you realize you have sinned, take time to confess it to God, agreeing with Him that it was wrong. If you have wronged anyone else, take steps to make it right.
“If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
- What does God promise to do when we confess our sins to Him?
- What enables us to rely on that promise?
As a believer, if we sin, we don’t lose our salvation. That sin is paid for by Christ’s death. Just as we didn’t earn our salvation on our own, we can’t lose it on our own either. But it does put distance between us and God relationally (Psalm 32:3-5).
In John 5:24 what does Jesus say will not happen to a believer in Christ?
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged, but has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)
Jesus took God’s full penalty and judgment for sin on himself on the cross. That is why believers do not come into judgment.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
Jesus paid it all. That payment is applied only to those who choose to put their faith/trust/belief in him as their Savior. But just because Jesus paid for all our sin does not mean we should treat sin in our lives lightly, as if it doesn’t matter.
• What should be our new outlook toward sin according to 1 Peter 2:24 (above)?
Remember, Ephesians 2:8-9 tell us:
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.”
This means that we are saved entirely through *grace . There is nothing that we could do to earn our salvation before we received it and there is nothing we can do to lose it once we have it.