As I have been preparing for a message I’m giving to the Campus Crusade men at Wayne State College tomorrow, I have been repenting of many sins and trusting the Lord to use me even though I am a sinner. At times, I have been overwhelmed with my sinfulness, but I have taken solace in the words of 1 John 2:1-2, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ he righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”
One of the reasons the Bible was written was so that we will know what sin is and stay away from it. However, we do sin, because we are not perfect beings and we have a great Savior named Jesus to save us from ourselves, sin, death, Satan, and hell.
Still, some people profess to be Christian and claim that they are completely sanctified. Unfortunately, these people are simply blind to their sin. I wrestle at times with whether or not some of them are true believers. When I them against verses like 1 John 1:8, I can’t help but say they are not true followers of Jesus. The verse says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” I have written on this subject in a essay that I’d encourage you to check out. Whether you are on the pro or con side of this argument, I hope you’ll be challenged to wrestle with your own sinfulness and prompted to look to Jesus.