Sin is a bummer. Not only is it bad, it often leads to bad consequences.
In an effort to escape its bad results, people flee to God for forgiveness.
Unfortunately, even if God has forgiven you, bad results might still come.
Therefore, the believer’s real hope isn’t just for the removal of past sin, but the overcoming of sin in the future.
Does God promise hope in this area?
Yes He does.
Often, when this question is answered with “yes,” people will assume you mean you can be sinlessly perfect.
As I’ve said before, I think sinless perfection is possible. If it isn’t possible then you are saying there is a lack in what God has provided us. I don’t think so. He has given us all we need for life and godliness.
However, at the same time I believe sinless perfection is possible, I do not think it is probable. Although God has provided everything we need to overcome sin, we’re morons. We’ll blow it.
But the believer doesn’t just resign himself to blowing it. “Oh well, whataya gonna do?” and then blithely trip into more sin.
Nope, the believer is set on fighting the fight.
When we think of GRACE, frequently we are told that grace is there to get rid of past sins. Grace is what makes sin not a big deal. Because grace exists, sin might as well abound.
One aspect of Grace I rarely hear talked about is its power to deliver you from sin. Hebrews 4:6 tells us about grace to help in time of need.
According to Jameson, Faucet, and Brown’s commentary, time of need means ““seasonably.” Before we are overwhelmed by the temptation; when we most need it, in temptations and persecutions; such as is suitable to the time, persons, and end designed.”
Grace isn’t there just to wipe out past sins; grace is there to help you avoid falling for temptation. When you sin, you deny God’s gracious help He provides to help you resist.
There is much significance that the modern church speaks about grace when it comes to making past sins disappear, yet little if any talk about how grace equips you to quit sinning in the future.
I wonder why one gets more air time than the other? Perhaps it’s one of those mysteries we’ll never find out.