Sinner or Saint

Sinner or Saint

1 John chapter 1, we’ll jump in
at verse 8 well let’s just go back because
it’s so good, verse 5. “This is the message that we heard from him and
we announce to you that God is light and in him,” and here is John’s point, “there is no
darkness at all.” Okay, that’s John’s point for the rest of
the book of John actually, 1st John. Verse 6, “If we say we have fellowship with him
and yet walk in darkness we lie and we don’t practice the truth.” Why is that?
Because we say we’re in him and remember there is no darkness in him and when you
receive Jesus Christ you’re in him. So if there’s no darkness in him then there’s
none in you. “But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light we have
fellowship with one another” Who do we have fellowship with? One another.
Bill’s point this morning. “And the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.”
How do we get cleansed from all sin? By being a part of a body. “If we say we have no sin
we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” It’s funny people pull that
out of context and say ‘see we all sin.’ Okay, well let’s read the rest of
John’s letter concerning sin. “If we confess our sins he’s faithful and just
to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Did you get that? You know what cleanse you from
unrighteousness, cleanse me from unrighteousness means? It means
take away the root of why I did that. Verse 10, “If we say we have not sinned we make him a
liar and his word is not in us.” Now how many understand there was no chapter
breaks in this book? It wasn’t chapter 2, John didn’t like, “ok chapter 2
here’s a new thought,” this is still the same book, right? Ok, so I’m saying it’s
still the same letter so the very next thought, so let’s read it in context, “If
we say we have not sinned we make him a liar and his word is not in us. My little
children I’m writing these things to you so that you may not sin. If anyone sins,”
not when, if. “If anyone sins we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ
the righteous. He’s become a propitiation for our sins,
not only for ours, but that of the whole world.” How many of you understand before
you knew Jesus you don’t need an advocate – that word there attorney – you
don’t need an attorney, you need a savior? But after you receive Jesus,
if you sin you need an attorney. Why do you need an attorney? Because he’s
done everything to deliver you from sin so if you still sin after you’ve been
cleansed and you have power over sin how many know, you did it by pure choice not
by the fact that you were under the power of sin and therefore you need an
attorney. Are you with me?
Okay, let’s move ahead to John chapter 3. There’s a bunch more good stuff
we could just read the book it would be great. How about chapter three
verse one, “See how great the Father’s love is bestowed upon us that we be
called children of God and such as we are, for this reason the world doesn’t
know us because it didn’t know him. Beloved, now we are children of God it’s
not appeared yet what we will be. We know this though that when he appears we
will be like him, because we will see him just as he is. And everyone who
has this hope fixed on him,” What? “Purifies himself just as he is pure.”
Next verse, “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness and sin is
lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins and in him there
is no sin. No one who abides in him sins and no one who sins has seen him or
knows him. Little children, make sure no one deceives you.” Make sure no one
deceives you. “The one who practices righteousness is righteous just as he is
righteous; 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,” this is a
verse we quote often, “to destroy the works of the devil.” Now how many know the
works of the devil are sickness, disease you know – possession,
demon possession, oppression, but the context is sin.
The Son of God appeared for this reason that he would destroy the works of the
devil. Let me finish and start the verse again, “The one who practices
sin is of the devil, the devil has sinned for the beginning. The Son of God
appeared for this purpose to destroy the works of the devil.” In the context he’s
speaking of sin, that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil which in
this context is sin. It’s getting quiet in here. “No one who is born of God
practices sin because his seed abides in him and he cannot sin because he’s born
of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious;
anyone who does not practice righteousness is not from God, nor does
the one who does not love his brother.” Now I didn’t write that; that’s in the
book. You’re like, “Well, that’s a pretty stiff standard.” It is, and part of the
challenge is that there’s a great temptation to water it down to make
everybody feel good but this is not a commandment it’s a promise.
Let me say it again, John is not saying this like, “I command you to
not sin,” he’s saying, “Here’s the good news you don’t have to anymore.” How many of you know when God said be holy, when Jesus said, “Be holy as I am holy.” How many understand you
can’t be holy unless he makes you holy? And so when God says, “Be holy as I’m holy,”
how many understand that’s not a commandment it’s a promise? He gave you
the power to be holy. What do I have to do? Agree. I have to agree with it. I can’t change my life but if I change
my mind he’ll change my life.

2 Replies to “Sinner or Saint”

  1. Kris Vallotton is my favourite teacher. His revelation of the word of God enlightens me so much. Powerful word. God bless u Kris.

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