Followers of Jesus still sin. Although we are saved to the uttermost, within us remains the remnants of our old nature. This old nature represents the rubble of who we were before Jesus saved us. The war for our salvation is presently won but the rubble from the battle is yet to be completely removed. As a result, we as members of Christ’s body still fail to live in complete obedience.
Our salvation is a now but not yet kind of thing. We are saved now but the final consummation of our salvation is yet to be seen. Until we see our Lord face to face, we wait…and we still sin.
Please do not think that I am endorsing the Church to accept her sin. God’s people should never be comfortable with rebellion against the Master. We are called by the Lord to pick up our cross and die daily. We assemble regularly to encourage one another to become more like Christ. But as we deal with the reality that we still sin, we must rest upon the grace of Jesus Christ.
"Our confession is a sign that we are maturing in Christ. It is not some conciliatory tool to get the Father to love or even like us again."
By resting, I mean relying. The Church, as imperfect as we are today, is still the Church. We are the chosen people of the Almighty. When we fail our Lord, we must fall upon His grace. We can rest fully because He has greater grace (James 4:6).
Something believers must understand is that Christ paid our sin debt in full. There is nothing else to be done about our sin. This fact does not lessen the wickedness of sin but it does mean that there no longer remains a hostility between God and His people. This means that when we sin, we can come to the Lord, confess our sin, and confidently know that the issue is over.
The issue is done not because of our confession but because of Christ’s work. The work now at hand is God crafting His own to bear the image of Christ. Our confession is a sign that we are maturing in Christ. It is not some conciliatory tool to get the Father to love or even like us again.
So then, I encourage you, child of the King, to quickly confess your sin. The kind or amount of sin does not matter. Simply trust the Savior when He tells you to come to Him in humble confession. Then leave the throne room confident in His great grace.
- Pastor Randy