Bible Discussion Thread

 
  • Jesse - 1 month ago
    With the recent discussions going on, I would like to share some of my personal thoughts about "sinless perfection." These are just my thoughts, so you take it or leave it as the Lord leads.

    (Part 1):

    First off, I want to make a point-blank statement. I have been born of God's Spirit, but I am still considered a sinner. I am a sinner saved by God's mercy and grace! I believe this goes for every born-again believer. Some might disagree and say they are not a sinner.

    To those who say they are not a sinner, I would point out 1 John 1:8-10. Is it possible to be a Christian believer and also a sinner? I believe the answer to that is yes! I say yes because in the flesh, we still have the capacity and capability to sin. God does not remove that when He saved me. Does anyone believe that their flesh has been made perfect? Does God save the flesh? Or does God save our spirit?

    There is no place in scripture that tells me that I can reach a state of sinless perfection while I am in this body of flesh. A believer who has been born of God's Spirit has the sinless and perfect one dwelling inside them, but the person themselves are not without sin. Put another way, God's Spirit in me is perfect and sinless, but I myself am neither perfect nor sinless. Does this mean that I am constantly living a sinful lifestyle? Absolutely not!

    But sin goes deeper that we can imagine. As someone here has recently said, we sometimes sin without even realizing we've sinned. That is a factual statement. The bible says that which is not of faith is sin. Wow! If I understand correctly what faith is, it puts things into perspective. The word faith comes from a Greek word that literally means persuasion. It's when God's Spirit persuades me to do something or believe something. That's what faith is.


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