Sermon About Freedom: Who Sins?

 Who Sins? Freedom From Habitual Sin I John 5:18

Freedom From Habitual Sin
This is one of those verses that makes us uncomfortable because of what we know about ourselves.
Does this passage teach that Christians are incapable of sin? Such a suggestion is absurd. Scripture contradicts this idea Romans 3:23; I John 1:8-10; Phil. 3:8-14

1 John 5:18 says, "We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them."

In this verse, the apostle John is talking about the nature of sin and the power of God to free us from its grip. He says that anyone who has been born of God does not continue to sin habitually, because God's power is at work within them to keep them safe from the influence of the evil one.

This is not to say that believers never sin or make mistakes. Rather, John is talking about the idea of habitual sin, where a person is enslaved to a particular sin or pattern of behavior that they cannot break free from on their own.

The good news is that God's power is greater than any sin or habit that we may struggle with. Through faith in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome the power of sin in our lives and experience freedom and transformation.

This verse is a reminder to us that we do not have to be slaves to our sin. We have been born of God, and through his power, we can be set free from the grip of sin and live a life that is pleasing to him


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1. All have sinned (Romans 3:23)

Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

In this verse, the apostle Paul is explaining the universal problem of sin. He says that all people, regardless of race, gender, or social status, have sinned and fall short of God's glory.

This verse is a reminder that no one is perfect and that we all need a Savior to rescue us from our sin. It also highlights the fact that sin separates us from God and keeps us from experiencing the fullness of his glory and blessings.

But the good news is that God has provided a way for us to be reconciled to him and experience his forgiveness and grace. Through faith in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross, we can be justified and declared righteous before God.

So, while Romans 3:23 acknowledges the reality of sin in our lives, it also points us towards the hope that we have in Christ. We are not left in our sin and brokenness, but can be made new and whole through his power and love.

All sin is the same (James 2:10-11). We look at sin as a bar graph instead of it all being equal
Matthew 7:1-5

So then, what is the meaning of the passage?
Those who are committed to God and continue to walk in his way practice righteousness and do not choose to practice sin.  I John 3:9 for a similar statement that gives commentary to this thought. Therefore, John is referencing continued, persistent, willful sin.

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2. God Knows Your Sin

  • God knows all and sees all (1 Chron. 28:9; 1 Cor. 4:5; Heb. 4:12-13)
  • God hears all (Jas. 5:3-4)
  • Sin cannot be covered and hid (Prov. 28:13)!

A person who avoids persistent, willful sin is born of God. A better statement is begotten and indicates the idea of God bearing us.
It means then the gracious act of God in conferring upon those who believe the status of children imparting to them spiritual life.

How does this happen? (John 3:9) – I Pet. 1:22-25

A person who avoids persistent, willful sin……
Has nothing to fear fron satan
Jesus protects us. Jesus spoke of keeping his disciples in John 17:12 John 10:25-30 I Peter 3:13

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3. The gospel has come by Christ.

  • Jesus is the Lamb of God (Jn. 1:29)
  • A blood sacrifice (Heb. 9:22)
  • Take away sins (1 Jn. 3:5)
  • He died for us {sinners} (Rom. 5:8)
  • A sacrifice for sin (Heb. 9:23-28)

May we respond to His truth to be freed from sin. John 1:17.  For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

However, people need to follow Christ if they want a strong freedom life.  He willingly sacrificed Himself so that people could have eternal freedom in heaven. Now that people are free from sin and slavery to sin, they can choose whether or not to follow Christ. Those who do can experience freedom in both body and soul.

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