All of us who have spent time in service to the great King and Master of our souls long for the day and time when this can be a truth. It is sometimes seemed impossible to obtain, yet it is a promise given to all those of us who have obtained membership in the “body of the Redeemed”.
The last living witness wrote a summary of the effects of the blood of Christ on all those who had met that blood and walked “in the light”. In concluding his writings, the apostle, being directed by the Holy Spirit, wrote these words: “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.”
We see phrases repeated over and over again in Holy Writ that define themselves when studied. The phrase “born of God” is one of those phrases. We first run into this phrase in John’s first letter directed by the Holy Spirit in John 1:13. It reads “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” How many times have we had to defend the scriptures to those who think they are “born again” showing them they are just “deceived again”!! Often we hear them tell us of their “born again experience” in which they relate something not even heard of nor mentioned in the Scriptures. Jesus in his discussion with Nicodemus mentions the subject and here again; those who claim such a deep knowledge of God tell men and women something the Scriptures never relate. Yet, there are those who CAN and HAVE been “born of God” or the apostle John and the Holy Spirit, his director, lied!!
There are some who unfortunately think they have sinned beyond the bounds of God’s ability to forgive. These poor, unfortunate folk have done very terrible things, but to go beyond God’s ability to forgive, is something that is not true!! When God decided to go into the saving business, He knew what He was getting into, and NO SIN would stop, alter, or cause Him to be un-successful. The apostle Paul wrote: “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15 Just so no one would get excited about his or her abilities to sin, Paul went on to write: “For this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting.” Some have argued that Paul was forgiven because he sinned “ignorantly in unbelief”, verse 13. The apostle John replies: “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
Some of my brethren think sin exists in a STATE OF CONTINUITY, when the scriptures teach sin is COMMITTED, one at a time. When the Jew committed sin, theirs were rolled ahead a year at a time, never actually forgiven. They kept on “piling up”, yet they remained individual. When Christ blood was shed, Paul tells us: “the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?… for this cause He is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” IF the blood forgave ALL their sin, cannot it not forgive ALL of ours?? Have we come up with new sins?