The Bible clearly teaches there are two types of sin within the human make-up.
(1.) Breaking the law of God
(2.) Man’s inherited propensity to sin.
The acts of sin can be confessed and/or forgiven. Inherited sin is different. Inherited sin cannot be confessed or forgiven because it is not an act, violation or transgression against God. God deals with inherited sin in a different manner.
Christ came to rid fallen man of indwelling sin and disobedience to God both. Justification deals with the acts of sin. Sanctification deals with the sinful nature. Neither type of sin is to great for God to rid man of. Only God can rid man of sin. Acts of sin are forgiven. Inherited sin is destroyed. Acts of sin are confessed. Indwelling sin is cleansed.
Forgiveness is something God does in Justification. Cleansing from the Adamic Nature is something God does in Sanctification. Both operations are performed by Spirit of the Living God. Justification is something God does to a sinner. Sanctification is something God does to a believer that desires to have the Adamic Nature removed.
No sin is to big or to small for God Almighty. God doesn’t want anyone to be bound by the acts of sin or bound by the inherited sinful nature. God forgives men from the acts of sin. God liberates men from the Devil’s Prisonhouse which is merely the Adamic Nature.
What a mighty God we serve who took upon Himself human flesh so that you and I could be liberated from sin’s bondage or stronghold. Jesus can set the captives free as He leads captivity captive. Jesus can have “full possession” of your mind, soul, and body. Your total being. Everything you are. He can forgive sin and he can remove it completely from the child of God…or my Bible is a lie. Don’t think that’s the case either. Many may find this teaching somewhat unusual but if you dig deep enough into the Bible you’ll find it yourself. It came through the power or a resurrected Christ.
It’s the doctrine of God and not the doctrine of man. There is no Wesleyanism, Calvinism, Lutheranism, Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, New Age, or any form of man made doctrine in sin. Just plain and simple Bible Truth. So likewise is God’s great blessing of removing sin from the heart of man.
In reference to the verse in John 1, “if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, the truth is not in us”…makes reference to the Gnostic’s who did not believe man had a sinful nature. Sin is two-fold. The acts of sin and inherited sin. That’s what John was making reference to. Many don’t know this because they want to take one verse from the Bible and make a complete doctrine out of it… and then justify sin with it. How sad that some would use the Bible to justify or condone sin…when really its just the opposite. The Bible is to be used to justify and condone righteousness and holy living. It’s used to magnify Christ and the power He gives His children to have over sin. It’s call victory over sin or victory in Jesus either one.
Excuse me for getting blessed when I write these Blogs. I just love Jesus, having fellowship with His saints, and knowing the power of His resurrection. Like God this writer hates sin and loves righteousness. Check out the two different types of sin in the Bible and you will see how God gives the way for man to be “delivered” from it.