My Thoughts. . .
Monday, July 1, 2019
“And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.” (1 John 3:5-6 NKJV).
Paul told the error ridden Corinthian assembly, “You are the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Prior to that statement Paul wrote, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body” (1 Corinthians 12:13). In the following letter he stated, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The Corinthian congregation was:
1. The body of Christ in Corinth.
2. It was made up of individuals that had been immersed into that body of believers.
3. It was made up of members who were God’s new creation.
4. It was made up of folks that God had added to their number.
Since there is “no sin . . . in Him (in Jesus),” in spite of the multiple errors Paul was writing to correct them about, only one individual was to be withdrawn from by that assembly (1 Corinthians 5:1-11). Since John stated that members do “not sin,” but they were involved in sin, how could the body of Jesus be without sin? Wouldn’t all their error cause the body of Jesus to be grossly tainted with it? How can they remain “in Him” when John says “Whoever abides in Him does not sin“?
Some teach that one single sin, regardless of what it is, causes that person to lose his fellowship with God and be reunited as a member of Satan’s assembly. Although he loses his “saved” fellowship status, he continues 1) to be a child of God, 2) his immersion remains intact, 3) he may call upon God in repentance, and 4) his lost membership is renewed until the next infraction. The only ones found in fellowship with Jesus and the Father are those who have yet engaged in a single sin. Since one may ignorantly sin due to not knowing the action or thought is forbidden, some may be lost when they think they are saved. This leaves one with a group that is not sure if his membership is being restored or taken away.
How can one remain in the body of Christ, which Ephesians 1:22-23 states is the church, if one imperfection causes him to lose his fellowship with God? Who among those that “abides in Him” doesn’t sin? Since one sin equals guilt of all sins, “whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.” If a single sin equals lost fellowship with God, how would his prior immersion be of any value since the sinner “has neither seen Him nor known Him“?
There are some who believe that in spite of one’s imperfections, his sins are not counted so Jesus’s body remains sinless (Romans 4:7-8). This sinless state was made possible by Jesus shedding His blood upon the cross. He paid it all! One dies to sin and is immersed into the sinless righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). The old ceases and the new prevails (2 Corinthians 5:17). Satan is defeated and Jesus is victorious!
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit” (Romans 8:1-4).
1. We are freed from the power of sin.
2. We no longer have sin controlling our destiny.
3. Our sins were paid for and removed by Jesus= sacrifice.
4. Jesus fulfilled the law and satisfied those requirements that were against us.
5. He made it possible for us to be “Spirit” followers rather than children of “the flesh.”
6. We are no longer under condemnation.
7. We are in the Spirit and He resides within us (1 Corinthians 3:16-16; 6:19-20).
8. We are still in “the flesh,” therefore we continue to recognize that condition (1 John 1:8, 10).
9. Despite the weakness of the flesh, we continue our fellowship with Jesus whose blood keeps us cleansed (1 John 1:5, 7, 9).
10. As the redeemed, we continually recognize our sins, confessing that we are sinners, but also thank God for His continual cleansing in the blood of the Lamb (1 John 1:9).