“O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24) How many times have you heard this scripture in sermons that justify the sinful nature of a person? Typically it goes like this: “Well even Paul called himself a wretched man, that he’s a sinner. And if Paul was like this, then what can we say about ourselves?” But what is Paul really writing about here? Is this the condition (the condition of a wretched man) of a person who is born again, born from above? Paul is writing about the condition of war, a condition where you are in constant battle between the law (which is good) and sin (which is bad). This is the condition of a person who is under the law. Christ came to free us from the law and from the wretched state, from sin!
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:10)
But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. (1 John 2:10)
But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. (1 John 2:5)
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. (1 John 2:9)
He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4)
It is in regards to such a person that John is referring to in Chapter 1, saying:
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. (1 John 1:6)
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)
If the person is in darkness but claims that he is in the Light, to assert that “I have no sin” – means to deceive yourself!
John uses the word “we”, while he does not mean himself, nor those that walk in the Light! “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness…” – Thus, “we”, are those that are deceiving/lying to themselves, who, without knowing God, claim to know Him.
And further, to such a person, John simply calls to recognize his true state before God, that he is still in darkness:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Further, in the second chapter, John writes:
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. (1 John 2:1)
In this verse, it is clear that the normal state of a Christian – is to not sin! “And if any man sin…” – In other words, this can occur, but this is in no way a normal state of the Christian, how today many millions believe, that to sin and repent constantly, daily – is normal! And as confirmation, they read the 1st chapter of John! But as we read earlier, John speaks of those who are in darkness, and that being in the Light with Christ in God, you don’t sin! In chapter three, John clearly writes of this:
Whosoever commiteth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (1 John 3:6)
In other words, a person will always sin if he has not hid himself with Christ in God! That is why Christ came to this world, to take our sins and give us the opportunity to enter into fellowship with God in the Light, so that we no longer sin!
And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin. (1 John 3:5)
How many people today confirm to walk in the Light and have fellowship with God, yet remain in darkness? How many people consider it normal to have fellowship with God, yet remain in sin? Somehow the Light and the darkness get along together and somehow God has fellowship with the darkness?!
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)
It turns out that Scripture tells us one thing, but for some reason what God wants to convey isn’t seen? Is it not from the fact that there is a force of evil in action that distorts the Truth, so that Light is regarded as darkness and the darkness as Light?! Thus it came to the point that the Pure Gospel remains hidden, because the Light is not seen! People can’t believe or imagine living outside of the sinful nature! Because of this, the messages of the apostles are distorted and what they did not write and assert is preached! James is identified as a sinner, because he wrote: “for in many things we offend all” (James 3:2), Paul is identified as a wretched/poor man, that cannot become free from the sinful body (Romans chapter 7), Peter as a hypocrite (the message to Galatians), and John for having sin in himself?! By measuring and comparing your religious carnal life (passing in constant battle with sin) to the apostles, without fear the pure Gospel is distorted and justified that the apostles supposedly lived and taught this way!? Thus rejecting the Saviour, Who appeared to this world for this very reason, to lead us out of mortal darkness into His Heavenly World! Yet people persistently argue that this isn’t possible, while we are in the flesh/body! And by your faith it is so! But it is unfortunate and sad that this is by the false faith! Because until you believe in the True Word of God, freedom will never come!
To believe in what everyone can see, to what is understandable and logical – isn’t difficult at all! But to believe in what is perfect by Christ – here effort in faith is needed! Christ said that the narrow gate leads to Eternal Life! To enter into this gate is only possible through faith! Through faith in what is not visible, not understandable, not logical. Therefore you need to have a child’s faith!
Believe that the truth truly frees from sin! This may sound impossible for you and not real, but Christ fulfilled this for everyone equally. Now it is up to us – to believe this! To believe in your death in Christ and the exit out of this world! To believe, that the end of the law is Christ! To believe, that we resurrected with Christ a New Creature, the old has passed and the Old Adam is abolished!
Do not deceive yourself: he who has fellowship with God, he walks in the Light! And in the Light is no darkness! There is no sin!