Since I’ve started my theology classes and I’ve been learning how to interpret the Bible and learn more about it, one of the first things I’ve done is start to research my own questions that I have had that no one has ever been able to answer for me. One of the questions I have heard others ask, which I have always wanted to know the answer to myself, is in regards to the forgiveness of sins. Some church’s teach that you can ask for forgiveness once and no matter how bad you are after that you are good to go for the rest of your life. While I have heard others teach that you have to ask for forgiveness and then be absolutely perfect until you die in order to be saved, and IF you do sin after 20 years of perfection and die before you have the chance to ask for forgiveness again you are just screwed. Both of these never felt right to me, as I believe they do not to many others which leave many in question. Where is the line between good and bad? I can’t be perfect, I can only try, and what does that mean for my salvation? After researching, I have found this. These are just pieces I pulled from a larger page which is posted at the bottom if you want to view the whole thing.
1 John 2:1-2
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.
We have an Advocate: God’s desire is that you may not sin. Yet if we do, there is provision made – an Advocate, a defense lawyer on our side. Our Advocate is Jesus Christ Himself.
When one becomes a Christian, there is a change in their relationship with sin. Sin is not eliminated in the believer until he comes to glory, but their relationship to sin is changed when they truly become a Christian.
Jesus is our defender, even when we sin now. God is not shocked by human behavior. He has seen it all in advance. He didn’t forgive you at one time to later say, “Look what they did now! If I would have known they would go and do that, I would have never forgiven them.” His forgiveness is available to us now.
A Christian no longer loves sin as he once did.A Christian no longer brags about their sin as he once did.A Christian no longer plans to sin as he once did.A Christian no longer fondly remembers his sin as he once did.A Christian never fully enjoys his sin as he once did.A Christian no longer is comfortable in habitual sin as he once was.“The Christian no longer loves sin; it is the object of his sternest horror: he no longer regards it as a mere trifle, plays with it, or talks of it with unconcern . . . Sin is dejected in the Christian’s heart, though it is not ejected. Sin may enter the heart, and fight for dominion, but it cannot sit upon the throne.” (Spurgeon)
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked: The thought is brought around to a full circle: when we are abiding in Jesus, we will walk just as He walked – live lives of obedience and love. When we want to walk just as He walked, we need to begin by abiding in Him.
To walk just as He walked: We aren’t called to imitate the way Jesus walked on water, but His every-day walk with God the Father. The spiritual power evident in the life of Jesus flowed from a faithful, regular, disciplined life of fellowship and obedience.
“The point here is that the one who knows God will increasingly lead a righteous life, for God is righteous. It does not mean that he will be sinless; John has already shown that anyone who claims this is lying. It simply means that he will be moving in a direction marked out by the righteousness of God. If he does not do this, if he is not increasingly dissatisfied with and distressed by sin, he is not God’s child.” (Boice)
There you go, hopefully this is helpful to someone else out there!!!!