Sinless Perfection?

by admin ~ June 11th, 2011. Filed under: Brandenburg.

Should a Christian expect sinless perfection after salvation?  No.  What is the primary basis for that answer?  Three passages make this clear.  The classic passage is perhaps Romans 7, where Paul testifies as a believer in v. 15: “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.”  Then in v. 19, he says: “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”  Later, and obviously as a Christian, in Philippians 3, Paul makes this clear in vv. 12-13: “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect . . . . Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended.”  Paul had not arrived at sinless perfection as seen in both those passages.  Then John writes in 1 John 1:8 and 10 concerning believers, already saved people: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. . . . If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”  So if we are not sinlessly perfect after we’ve been justified by faith, what has occurred as we relate to sin?  Romans 6 explains, when it says that sin does not have dominion over us any longer.  We are no longer under sin, but under grace.  We still live in cursed, sinful bodies that are prone to sin, but we have the power through the Spirit to keep from sinning, so that we live characteristically righteous lives (1 John 3:6-10).

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