A Question I Was Asked:

Can Christ Really Set Us Free From Every Sin?

Can Christ really set us free from every sin? I worry about this because some of my sins have been horrendous, neither am I perfect now. Is there a Bible verse I can hang on to?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay, here is your Bible answer:

Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses (Acts 13:38-39).

Please note there that it does not say, 'He sets you free from certain sins,' or, 'He sets you free from the sins of the past, but not the future.' By the way, the latter is an erroneous teaching of certain cults and sects and a form of it exists in Roman Catholicism. No, in Christ, we are delivered from every sin - why don't some of us believe that? A few want this to be immediate, but we have no such promise. The actual forgiveness, the wiping of the slate clean, is immediate but residual sin often hangs around; frankly, while we remain in the flesh, complete freedom from sin is not available to us.

Also, note that this promise is not according to one's level of 'sinlessness' - no the promise is to those who believe, it is true believers who will finally prove to be the real overcomers - no matter what their current state may indicate. On a barometer of 'sinlessness' could David ever be saved? Yet we know He is saved; he was flawed, yet a real believer!

Listen, let me make this clear: we all have a few horrendous sins, neither can we become entirely sin free in this present life, but we need to keep going the right way. Christ has taken the culpability and responsibility for our sins upon His own shoulders! Does that amount to a promise of us being 'sin-free' in this life? No, it does not, it is about our future lives, the life to come. Let us not misunderstand this matter.

Will there continue to be some nagging sins, sins that never quite go away? Almost certainly, yes. We don't accept them but sadly a few flaws and weaknesses become part of us. Don't seek to justify these things, keep in a repentant attitude when these things suddenly flare up. God is aware of these things. Be like that man who did not seek to justify himself but admitted his sinfulness:

9. To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10. "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people - robbers, evildoers, adulterers - or even like this tax collector. 12. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' 13. "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' 14. "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." (Luke 18: 9-14).

Jesus came to earth to gather sinners, not those who think they do not need Him:

27. After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him, 28. and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. 29. Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" 31. Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5: 27-32, NIV throughout).

So - take heart - we are all affected by sin, admittedly some more so than others, yet all sin is sin. Only when we enter Heaven, and finally arise in the resurrection of the dead, does sin have no further part to play in our lives! Hallelujah!

Robin A. Brace. July 15th, 2017.