Duanne is right in saying Christians are not sinners. 1John3:6,8,9 tells us this. Christians are righteous in God's eyes hence we see 1Tim1:9 "the law is NOT MADE FOR A RIGHTEOUS MAN but for the lawless and disobedient, for the UNGODLY and for SINNERS...." It's better to be righteous than to be ungodly and sinner...check it out in God's word and accept what God has done to perfect believers in Christ Jesus.
---Haz27 on 6/8/10|
Daily. There's NO perfection here. People who think they no longer sin are deluded. A Holy God demands perfection. None can reach it. A Saviour was needed and came...the perfect one to save sinners who couldn't save or keep themselves. Sin isn't just major infractions of God's demands. Paul said, of himself, " Oh wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin." He also said,"When I would do good, evil is present with me."He knew himself - a sinner saved by grace.
---Lil on 1/31/10|
Once again, there is a difference between 'holy' and 'perfect'.
---StrongAxe on 1/31/10|
Yes indeed! Each saint is holy. Do you not know what it is to have a holy life?
---Eloy on 1/30/10|
There is a great difference between occasionally slipping because we are not perfect, and wilful disobedience.
Can you (or anyone else) honestly say that, since they turned to Christ, they have lived the rest of the years of their life without ever sinning even once?
---StrongAxe on 1/29/10|
Duane, they are set free from the bondage of sin. They could not help themselves, their desposition was to sin. Now with a new despostion they are free from that bondage or practice of sin. Dead to the bondage of sin. We use to be slaves to sin, now we are slaves to Christ.
---MarkV. on 1/29/10|
The post by---duane is very strong also is very correct.
Here is something that you might want to consider. Even though we commit sins, we are freed from sin in God's eyes. This is a very difficult teaching to understand. If you believe your actions(works) have anything to do with gaining our retaining your salvation this teaching will never come home to you.
In fact it is this teaching that frees you to actively consciously work for God in a manner that is acceptable to God.
---mima on 1/29/10|
Christians are set free from sin. What do you all think Christ died for?
If Christians are still sinners, then Christ died for nothing.
HE made us perfect in HIS sight. We are a new creation.
If you are a sinner, your none of HIS.
A saint has turned from sin(repented) but one time, and that time was when he turned to Jesus Christ, the only one who can take sin away.
---duane on 1/29/10|
Strongax, The good are already in obedience, but not the bad. Jesus says: "For I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." In saying "we" when talking to others that is common and does not always define the speaker. For example: "We can see that bank robbers are wrong": This statement does not mean that I am talking about myself nor about you, but instead I am talking about the subject, namely, bank robbers. Re-read I John 1:6. lit.Gk: "If we say that we have fellowship with him, but we walk with the darkness, we lie indeed not doing the truth." John's subject is about the "liars walking in darkness", he is "not talking about himself."
---Eloy on 1/29/10|
A believer needs to repent of sin whenever he becomes aware that he is sinning. How big is Gods grace? Very big:). When I read the book of Revelation and notice that even during the great judgements of God it says that the people were angry at God and "still would not repent", I realize that God's grace and mercy is there for us even up until the end of this world. Wow! I know that I don't deserve it!
---jody on 1/28/10|
As many times as you sin. 1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Now you may ask, when do I know I've sinned? Ohhhh you will know it. The conviction of the Holy Spirit is one way. You will grieve Him when you sin and hopefully He will convict you of the sin.
Studying the bible and what the sins of the flesh are and if you committed any of them.
Gossip is a sin. Not forgiving someone is a sin. Holding resentment towards someone is a sin. Lying is a sin. Stealing is a sin. Fornication is a sin, etc., and one last one: I tell everyone it is a mortal sin to call me during a football game..lol.
---Donna on 1/28/10|
If you read all of 1 John 6:10:
There is one kind of people who insist that they are free of sin. These decieve themselves.
There is another (the saints: notice how John uses WE a lot here), we acknowledge that we have sinned, and humbly confess our sins, and Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
Even if your reading of Matthew 19:17 is correct, it emphasizes that ONLY God is good, we are not. We are exhorted to be perfect as God is perfect, such an exhortation would not be necessary if we were already perfect.
Even Peter, one of the greatest Christians of the first century, made mistakes. Otherwise, Paul would not have needed to correct him. Are any of us more righteous than he was?
---StrongAxe on 1/28/10|
Strongax, lit.Gk: Jesus says: "He thereupon said to him, How me called good? none good if not the God." Mat.19:17. This is an affirmation of his goodness, not a denial. Also Jesus says: "Which of you maligns me of sin? I am the Good Shepherd, and I lay down my life for the sheep." John 8:46+ 10:14,15. And I John 1:8 is addressing the liars in I John 1:6, and is not in any wise addressing us holy saints. Re-read my postings, Jesus is very clear about the good and the evil, and these are not the same, the saint is not the sinner, the sheep is not the goat, and the wheat is not the tare. Therefore there is a heaven and there is also a hell prepared for each different kind of soul.
---Eloy on 1/28/10|
let me say that christ said ,those who would follow me must pickup their cross,DAILY. this statement means denying the flesh,or dying to the lusts of the flesh,24/7 believe me when you stand in judgement,either before the father ,or the son,you wont be represented by saints,or anyone,you will be alone ,one on one,and he will already know your answers.
---tom2 on 1/28/10|
Even Jesus questioned when people called him good:
Luke 18:19: (also Matthew 19:17, Mark 10:18):
"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God."
Also, even John writing to believers:
1 John 1:8-10:
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
---StrongAxe on 1/27/10|
Cluny, God's word says that the good are good, the righteous are righteous, and the holy are holy: I believe God, not you.
---Eloy on 1/27/10|
Cluny, the falsehood that you have said, others have likewise said the same falsehood to Christ: Yet Christ and I are true, even as proven by our fruits: and you are not truthful as manifested by your fruits.
---Eloy on 1/27/10|
as far as I know you are PERSONALLY responsible for your sins,yes anyone can pray for you,but only you can do the repenting.
---tom2 on 1/27/10|
Lawrence you wrote,"I believe Apostle Paul said, I die dailey. Repenting every day," which of course is misleading. Paul did say I die daily that is first Corinthians 15:31, but he did not say that he repented every day. Unless of course you want to equate repenting with death!!
---mima on 1/26/10|
\\Saints do not sin: sinners do sin, but saints do well.\\
If you say you have no sin, Eloy, you deceive yourself, and the Truth (Jesus) is NOT IN YOU!
---Cluny on 1/26/10|
"How many times should a saint repent for your sins?"
Cecilie, a saint by definition is one who is "sacred, holy, set apart as righteous". Jesus "I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance" and the sinner need only to sincerely repent once, and "be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the 'remission' (forgiveness of, and deliverance from) sins. In whom 'we' [the saved] have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, 'according to the riches of his grace'. Being 'justified' (declared righteous) freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" for our righteousness is of Him.
---Josef on 1/26/10|
Saints do not sin: sinners do sin, but saints do well. "For so is the will of God, that with well doing you all may put to silence the ignorance of foolish persons." I Peter 2:15."Every good tree brings forward good fruit, but a corrupt tree brings forward bad fruit. A good tree cannot bring forward bad fruit, neither a corrupt tree bring forward good fruit. A good person out of the good treasure of the heart brings forward good things: and an evil person out of the evil treasure brings forward evil things. Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten: for from the fruit the tree is known." Matthew 7:17,18+ 12:35,33.
---Eloy on 1/26/10|
To Whosoever Has An Ear To Hear?
Brethren, The act of repentance was the initial change of Heart. So never look upon it as just lip-serve that will save you only b/c of your repetitive use of it !!
We're Saved b/c we've confessed with our mouths the Lord Jesus unto Salvation, and Believe in our Hearts that God hath raised him from the dead.(Rom.10:9) This is the transformation of repentance. The Rebirth into a New Heart which Believes by Faith unto the Righteousness of Christ.
The sick are Saved & Raised up by the Lord through the prayer of Faith : and if we have committed sins, they shall be forgiven us, b/c the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much and Saints will confess their faults !! James 5:15-16
---Shawn.M.T. on 1/25/10|
Cluny says, "Famous saints repented constantly." Prevention is better. And Lawrence says, "there are sins that you may not be aware of". I'm thinking of how as I have stopped a certain pleasure sin, there have been other things that have stopped, too, because though they were not obviously wrong they were connected to the pleasure sinning. Just letting my mind get to certain people could lead to sinning. "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." (Colossians 3:15) So, I can prevent a sin, by not letting my attention go to *using* somebody, but instead give attention to God and always *caring* about people I think about.
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/25/10|
All the time. Whenever, God brings it to mind. It does seem like a broken record. But, peace with God is the evidence that ALL IS WELL.
---catherine on 1/25/10|
Famous saints repented constantly. One would say, "I have not even made a beginning of repentance."
---Cluny on 1/25/10|
I believe Apostle Paul said, I die dailey. Repenting every day, there are sins that you may not be aware of & have commited. Repent dailey to have Jesus Blood to cover you. Repeated knowledgable sins, God will let you know to leave alone & you'd better leave alone.
---Lawrence on 1/25/10|