“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. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” – 1John 2:1-2
LIGHT FOR NOW: Individual misdeeds cannot break a believer’s relationship and fellowship with God.
From John’s word in the above text, it is clear without a doubt that believers sin. And we’ve seen one other instance in Paul’s words to the Corinthian church in 1Corinthians 8:7-12 where it is clear that when a believer acts without considering the conscience of another believer, that action is sin, and thus, sin in this instance is acting contrary to the love of God in us. So the love of God defines sin to the born again man. However, one important and fundamental truth from John’s word is that sin cannot affect God’s relationship or fellowship with the believer. So any doctrine that tells you that each time you sin, God gets angry and then breaks His relationship with you, and then when you come back to Him promising Him that you will not sin again, He then has mercy and restores back the relationship is just erroneous, it is a gospel born out of confusion, why? This is because your salvation is that union and that relationship you have with God, and if God breaks it each time you sin, God takes away your salvation and when you come back to Him by daily confession of sins, He brings back your salvation to you. Do you know what this will mean? It will mean that what God did in Christ is not perfect; that is, God gave you a temporal salvation; He gave you a salvation that is dependent on your work; that is another gospel. If at salvation, forgiveness is received by confessing Christ and not your sinful act because it is not the confession of your sinful acts that has the power to forgive sins but Christ, then how can that sinful act that did not have the power to save you then have the power to stop you from being safe for a certain time after the Saviourhas saved you to the uttermost? Are you telling me that individual sin is stronger and more powerful than the forgiveness of sins we have in Christ? What God has done in Christ for us is eternal; acts of sin cannot undo them. That is why we said that forgiveness as taught in the scriptures is not what you receive from God daily, it is what you received once in Christ and that forgiveness is your inheritance. That is why forgiveness of sins did not come because you told God “I know I’m still bad, but from today, I will change my ways”; all that is a product of wrong teaching. Before you ever thought of changing your ways as a believer, God in Christ forgave you. This means that God’s forgiveness is not a reaction, but a pro-action. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Stay with the word.
PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Forgiveness in Christ is not a reaction but a pro-action.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING:COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1 EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1