The Gospel, Unwatered

1 John 1:5-10, (Many use verse 8 to excuse themselves from learning obedience and walking by the Spirit:

5 And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 

6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 

7 but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 

8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

In the very next verses 2:1–6, John says,

1 My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 

2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 

3 And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 

4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 

5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 

6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

We are not to continue sinning. We are to abide in Jesus and walk as He walked. 1 John 3:3-10 confirms this:

1 John 3:3-10,

3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 

4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 

5 And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 

6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 

7 Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous

8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 

9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 

10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother

Let no one deceive you, sin dwells within us and will remain within us until our body of flesh turns to dust. This is the reason the Father disciplines us and teaches us obedience, that we may not sin, but instead take the way of escape He provides for each and every temptation:

1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.”

Hebrews 2:17-18,

17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people

18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

Many preachers, self-appointed and otherwise, say we will never stop sinning. I believe they say this because they want to please people, but the truth is this:

Anyone who says we will never stop sinning is calling God an unfaithful liar for the word says ‘…God is faithful, and He will not allow us to be tempted above what we are able to endure.’

If you don’t believe the writer of Hebrews, or John or Paul or me, believe Peter:

1 Peter 4:1-2,

1 Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin

2 so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.