1 John 3:6
6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him (NASB).
Again we see John writing about abiding in Jesus. This is an important theme because from this indwelling of Jesus essential teaching flows. Many who oppose the modern Grace movement are concerned about grace being a license to sin. Nothing can be further from the truth. I don’t know one truly born again Christian who wants to sin. Sin is destructive. No one teaches it’s okay to sin. But as far as God is concerned, He remembers our sins no more. Jesus came to solve the sin question. Can we still sin?
What does John say further down in verse 9? “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9).
Paul says why in Romans 6. “1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” (Romans 6:1-3)
We no longer have a sin nature. We are new creatures. It’s not the nature of a Christian to sin. Is it possible for a Christian to sin? Paul says basically the same thing as John. “12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:12-14) Since sin has no dominion over us, we ought not allow it into our lives.
It’s all about abiding in Him. We are not sin-conscious but Christ-conscious. Our focus is on Jesus and He in us. We are abiding in Him. He is the vine and we the branches. His life flows through us. Grace doesn’t lead to sin, it leads to godliness. (Titus 2:11, 12)