Monday, February 19, 2018
“You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him sins . . .” 1 John 3:5-6 (NASB)
“In Him there is no sin.” I am “in Christ.” I am a sinner since I am not perfect. I will never be perfect or sinless. How can I be “in Christ,” who has no sin, without infecting His sinless nature? When you multiply all who are “in” the body of Christ, why wouldn’t that multitude affect his sinless condition? Isn’t this why the windshield wiper doctrine was created by man? It teaches that when we sin, we’re kicked out of Christ. When we repent and pray, we’re brought back in until the next sin. In this “in” and “out” way, the idea is that Jesus’ sinless status is retained. If we stayed in, it would affect Jesus’ nature, staining his perfect nature with our sins. Is this view the gospel of Christ?
The windshield wiper doctrine overlooks the power of the blood of Jesus. Since we are “in Him,” we are continually cleansed (1 John 1:7). There is no gap to infect Jesus with our imperfections. He is healing us with His righteousness! Since we “abide in Him,” we do not have sins. They are cleansed. In fact, Paul informs us,
“For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us!” (2 Corinthians 5:21 TLB)
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV)
In fact, Paul reminded Roman Christians,
“Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? . . . knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:2, 6-11 NKJV).
Now, THAT is GOOD NEWS!