Some Christians have this idea that once we are saved, we will never fall into sin again. They believe sin is the evidence that one is not “regenerated by the Holy Spirit” (aka not saved).
While we should not sin, is it realistic to think we will never sin? Let’s take a look at the Bible:
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
(1 John 2:1-2)
If you notice, John did not write the letter to this group of believers (evident by him addressing them as “little children”) knowing that they will not sin, but rather he wrote them “so that they may not sin”.
He recognized that as long as we are still in our earthly bodies, we will never be able to eradicate all sins from our lives. Our propensity will always be towards the desires of our flesh.
So what was John’s solution to the problem of sin?
Unlike many modern days “gurus”, John did not use motivation, telling them to exercise their will power or self-control. He did not use fear, reminding them of the ramifications of sins under the Law. He did not use impartation, teaching them methods they could use to keep themselves away from sins.
He simply reminded them of their Advocate…
The One who is now sitting on the right hand of His Father, pleading their cases before Him and the One who has paid the penalties for all their wrongdoings…
Thus, let us give more weight to the solution instead of the problems.