Christianity is the Religion of Sinners

Preparing to preach from 1 John 1:5-2:2 this Sunday, I have spent the week meditating on sin and the Christian life. In the process, God has painfully but graciously reminded me of the sins of my past, and indwelling sin that still remains within me. Thanks be to God that I am redeemed from them all through the blood of Christ! How marvelous grace is when we remember our sin.

Here’s a good word from Matthew Henry on 1 John 1:7 – –

We must beware of deceiving ourselves in denying or excusing our sins. The more we see them the more we shall esteem and value the remedy. If we deny them, the truth is not in us, either the truth that is contrary to such denial (we lie in denying our sin), or the truth of religion, is not in us. The Christian religion is the religion of sinners, of such as have sinned, and in whom sin in some measure still dwells. The Christian life is a life of continued repentance, humiliation for and mortification of sin, of continual faith in, thankfulness for, and love to the Redeemer, and hopeful joyful expectation of a day of glorious redemption, in which the believer shall be fully and finally acquitted, and sin abolished for ever.

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About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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