We continue to deal with this question:
Pastor Jackson can you explain I John 3:9 which says:
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (Emphasis supplied).
Does this mean that once you have been born again you cannot sin? If so, I am in real trouble.
So far we have discovered that in order to be born of God we must dwell in Jesus. We also learned that the seed that makes it impossible for us to commit sin is the Holy Spirit.
This week we are going to deal with how the Holy Spirit works in us to keep us from sinning. First we must look at what Jesus said in John 16:7-8 & 12-13:
16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: … 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus tells us that the way the Holy Spirit works in us to keep us from sinning is by revealing to us all we need to know about our sinfulness, His righteousness and his judgment. Notice how Jesus defines these three things:
16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. John 16:9-11 (Emphasis supplied).
I think it important to point out the fact that Jesus did not defined sin as transgression of law but rather as lack of faith in Him. Also notice that Jesus said righteousness is a result of Him going to His Father. What we are told in I John 2:1-2 helps us to understand why Jesus said this. It reads as follows:
2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world. (Emphasis supplied).
This tells us that the only reason we can say we are without sin is because Jesus is at the right hand of the Father pleading His righteous life as a propitiation for our sins. This is why Paul says in Romans 3:23-27:
3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 3:25 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 3:26 To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 3:27 Where [is] boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. (Emphasis supplied).
Again, this makes it perfectly clear that the only way we can become righteous is by faith in Jesus’ righteousness. But Notice what Paul tells us what faith does in Romans 3:31:
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. (Emphasis supplied).
Faith not only declares the righteousness of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins: Faith also establishes the righteousness of Jesus in our lives for the cleansing from sin. This is the only way Jesus can be just while He justifies sinners (see Romans 3:26).
In order to understand how the Holy Spirit cleanses us from all sin and establishes the law in our lives through faith we must first look at what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit’s work of judgment in John 16:11:
…Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (Emphasis supplied).
Next week we are going to continue to deal with how the Holy Spirit’s work of judgment keeps us from committing sin and what we must do to cooperate with His work. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
12:30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me. 12:33 This he said, signifying what death he should die. John 12:30-33 (Emphasis supplied).