Does God punish us when we sin?


Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

For follow-up discussion and general commentary on the topic. Comments are sorted chronologically.

Mini Jacqueline A Bowers

Because of the sacrifice of Christ, God sees only the righteousness of Christ when He looks at Christians. Our sin has been nailed to the cross with Jesus, and we will never be punished for it.

September 25 2016 Report

Mini George Fitt

Every transgression of the law is sin. 1 John 3:4

Technically, misrepresenting the truth (bearing false witness) or even driving one mph over the speed limit is a sin.

Therefore, it is impossible to not sin.

When saved, believers are justified (declared not guilty) and sealed with the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Jesus paid our sin debt and God keeps no record of our sins.

We become dead to sin, yet still struggle with sin. Romans 7:15-25

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Cor. 6:12 NKJV

However, God may choose to withhold His blessings from those believers taking advantage of freedom from sin (Deuteronomy 28).

Some would call this punishing His children and some would call this correcting His children.

It's better to ask, "Does God correct us when we sin?"

A good father doesn't "spare the rod" and spoil his children. Proverbs 13:24, 23:13-14


September 22 2022 Report

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