If Christ made me perfect, how come I continue to sin?

Now there’s a question that I’ve asked often and hear others ask regularly also. Graeme, our good friend at the place of mybroom, puts together a very well thought out approach to this question.

booksHe acknowledges, “Your spirit cannot sin, 1 John 3:9 says “whoever has been born of God does not sin”, your spirit has the very nature of God, the old nature is gone… to be born of God means that the sinning part of our spirit was killed, and we were re-born with Christ’s perfection.

Note that he says, “Your spirit cannot sin.” What role then does our soul and body play in this effort? I’m not spilling the beans, but will provide a link here so that you can see his conclusion. Interesting take… one that’s worth a moment of our time.

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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3 Responses to If Christ made me perfect, how come I continue to sin?

  1. Pingback: Finding That My Sin Isn’t That Hard to Find « Resting in His Grace

  2. Wayne Augden says:

    I believe the Bible is its own best commentary on itself. Interesting discussion.

  3. creditaction says:

    Somehow Graeme’s approach seems convoluted to a biblical doctrine that is straightforward. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, Rom 3:23, there are none righteous no not one Rom 3:10, and if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us,1 John 1:8. Paul in Romans 7 speaks of the war with his flesh. We are unfinished work, growing in holiness and that growth is seen in fruits from the Christian as he progresses from milk to solid food Heb 5:12. It is through the person and work of the “Holy Spirit”, that we grow. That is where perfection comes from. The new creation in Christ, the born again Christian has been saved by grace through faith Eph 2:8. In the words of the song, ‘rescued me from the miry clay’. The Bible is really helpful in these matters:

    You stiff necked people,,, you always resist the Holy Spirit. Rom 8:4 . By your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgement will be revealed. Acts 7:51. Therefore as the Holy Spirit says, ‘today when you hear his voice do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. Heb 3:7. All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Rom 8:14

    Do not quench the Spirit. 1 Thess 5:19. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rom 12:11. Love is strong as death….Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. Song of Sol 8:6. And…God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. Rom 5:5

    We need the Bible to interpret the Bible. Adrian

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