Romans 7:21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
A common misrepresentation of one who has been saved, is that we are sinless. Paul explains in Romans 7 this is definitely not the case. So what does it mean when we are saved by grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ? It means the sinner has been FORGIVEN of their sins. Each sin committed in the flesh is nailed to the Cross of Jesus.
This does not mean the sinner is sinless, it means they have been saved from their sins, completely safe and forgiven, heaven bound in the full rest and peace of Jesus Christ. While still on earth, in our fallen flesh, we will always hold sin, always capable to sin. However, if Jesus has saved you, every sin has been forgiven! This is why we call Him a Savior for one thing, and why this is such Good News!
Because Jesus was sinless, those saved are seen legally now as sinless as well in the respect to their standing before God, but this ONLY occurs in Christ alone. If you are outside of Christ alone, you do not have Him in this legal mediation with God, thus you stand condemned. In Christ there is salvation, outside of Christ the wrath of God remains on you.
Now being saved by Jesus is NOT A LICENSE to sin! It is freedom from its penalty which is eternal death away from God but more so the wrath of God. A saved sinner doesn’t run out looking for sins to commit because there is no penalty in other words. Rather the opposite occurs since they realize how great a price Jesus paid for their salvation. The desire is not to sin, to avoid sin, the realization now is that each sin put Jesus on the Cross.
Bottom line? All human beings will hold sin in their flesh. The difference is in the legal standing before God, have you been forgiven of your sins or not. And this can only be done by God’s mercy alone, by His grace alone, through saving faith alone, with the perfect work of Jesus Christ alone to His glory alone!
Has your world religion led you astray? What is preventing you from believing in Jesus Christ as your Savior? Is it sin you are unwilling to have forgiven because then it means you will have to acknowledge them and repent (turn away) from them?
World religions such as Roman Catholicism have put up seemingly impossible roadblocks. They basically say “in order for God to forgive you, you must first be sinless, and remain sinless and then just maybe He will save you”…if this is the case, then Jesus didn’t need to die on the Cross. Romans 5:8-10 tells us that Jesus did not wait, He died and made the atonement WHILE we are still sinners, that He saves the ungodly, not the self-righteous godly. They tell you that just one stumble and BOOM, you lose your salvation. Whereas Jesus Christ’s salvation has NO FAILURE. He LOSES NO ONE GIVEN TO HIM! Not one! Try as you might, but you cannot out-sin the mercy and grace of God. But why would you try with full knowledge of what Jesus did on your behalf?
No one will be able to convince God on Judgment Day to change His terms. Many will plea “but Lord Lord” and He will say “depart from Me” (ref: Matt 7:21-23). Leave your pride today and believe in Jesus Christ! He can and will save you!