How Do I Remove My Sin? Simple. You Can’t.
“I will remember your sin no more.” ~God
See Isaiah 43:25
One of the biggest misconceptions of non-believers, and even Christians who just don’t know any better, is that none of us have the ability to remove sin from ourselves–no matter how hard we try.
Sure, we can act and think a little “less” sinful, and even strive to no end to completely stop sinning, but, you’ll soon see that you can’t. If you think you actually have achieved status with God through becoming less sinful in word and deed, or that you’ve actually stopped sinning completely–then you no longer need Jesus. You’ve achieved the goal of becoming a Pharisee, not a Child of God.
And yes, Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more” (see John 8:11). But keep in mind, Jesus hadn’t yet died, so He was still teaching Old Testament law. Why? Because He was setting people up. He wanted to show them that being 100% sin-free was impossible, and that there needed to be another way–other than ourselves.
This is why He said that He is “the way,” (see John 14:6).
My friend, Jesus doesn’t like sin at all, so much so, He took the punishment for ALL SIN on Himself in order to make us right with the Father. In Hebrews it says, “But now he (Jesus) has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 10:26).
He did it. Not us.
I repeat: HE did it, not us.
For the self-righteous Christians who have “completely straightened out their lives,” those who claim to not be like us “dirty old sinners,” these people can’t fathom this truth. They think that what they did to get right with God, and what they currently do for God, makes them acceptable to God. This is highly incorrect. They can try all they like to keep their righteousness, but they didn’t earn any righteousness in the first place.
No amount of their effort removed any sin.
No amount of their effort removed any sin.
For those who still can’t get this: NO AMOUNT OF THEIR EFFORT REMOVED ANY SIN.
Past, present, or future.
Only Jesus’ blood did–if they believe in Him as their Savior.
Of course, this will bruise the egos of the religious people who don’t understand God’s grace; those who find their identity in “how good” they are, the tally of their trips to church, or how often they volunteer. Their hearts are hard in the worst way–to the deepest form of God’s love, which is for everyone–despite sin. “Hate the sin, love the sinner!” they’ll say…NO. Love the sinner, hate your own sin. This is how it should truly be.
These Christians have removed grace from the good news, so it’s not good for anyone else but them.
What’s most sad is that this is the very worst form of evangelism because they are misrepresenting the unconditional love of Christ. They’ve turned back the clock 2,000 years and become modern-day Christian Pharisees. Lost people don’t want to be like these types of Christians and I don’t blame them, because I don’t want to be like them either.
And on the flip-side, for those of you who won’t give Christianity a chance because you know that you’ll never be able to stop sinning, you are correct by half. No, you can’t. Everyone sins, a lot. Those who say they don’t are self-righteous fools because God doesn’t grade us on a curve–we MUST be perfect. There is no middle ground. And only Jesus can do this for us (see Matthew 5:48, James 2:10, Romans 6).
The great news is this: We can’t wear out God’s grace through the blood of Christ. There is no tipping point. Religious Christians will stand up and walk-out at this idea, but again, they too will be in desperate need of this grace. Grace can’t be earned; if it can’t be earned, then it can’t be lost. If it could be, then it wouldn’t be called grace, it would be called earned rewards.
So, because of this good news (that’s what the word gospel means), we can come to this conclusion:
When you place your faith in Christ once–not multiple times–He removes your sin, completely and for good, because you become a new creation in your spirit (see Hebrews 10:10, 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Yes, you can always begin to allow Him to live through you on a deeper level, but know that the reason you already have an unsettling feeling each time you now sin is because your spirit is brand new–it’s infused with Christ! Your spirit can’t keep on “practicing” sin, as in “get better by doing repeatedly,” it no longer has that ability (see 1 John 3:9). So now, when you sin, you’ll feel like a horse is kicking you on the inside. Some Christians have gotten good at ignoring this feeling, but it’s still there.
So if we can’t wear out God’s kindness, our goal should now be this: Because of the sacrifice of Christ we should now want to do the right things for Him. Why? Because we love Him! Jesus even said this Himself, “If anyone loves me they will obey my teaching” (John 14:23). He didn’t say, “DO WHAT I SAY OR GO TO HELL!” “BE SALT!” “BE LIGHT!” “GO MAKE PEOPLE OBEY THIS GOOD NEWS, NOW, OR ELSE!”
No…Jesus gave us…grace. Sweet…grace…He also gave us the ability to choose to become who He wants us to become. And then He piled on top of GRACE and the power of CHOICE–unconditional love and mercy…What a wonderful God that He would give us these gifts through Christ!
After we finally realize just how amazing God’s gift is to us through Jesus, everything changes. You will then have the ability to do your very best not to sin, through His grace. Why? Because you love Him, and, because you are no longer afraid of being punished (see 1 John 4:18).
So today, my friends, know this: Once we truly understand our identity in Christ, that we are BLEMISH-FREE (because of His work, not ours), we will then be able to walk out each day with Him and enjoy the rest, goodness, hope, and confidence that only He provides.
A prayer for you: Good morning Lord! What a beautiful day you’ve given me! I want to thank you for the sound of singing, excited birds outside my window! How wonderful it is to hear their enthusiasm for this brand new day. I ask that you give me that same enthusiasm to spread your good news as I walk out the door today. Right now I lift up everyone reading this directly to you. For those who have been lied to about your kindness–how you remove our sin completely, through Jesus–I ask that you renew their minds with your grace. As believers, help them to realize that because of Christ, their sin is 100% gone. All of it. Forever. Thank you for teaching me this! In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
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