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What did Jesus mean to "sin no more"?

He said this several times. We all sin.

John 8:11

ESV - 11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more." ]]

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Stringio Vincent Mercado Supporter Skeptic turned believer, Catholic, father of 3
I believe Jesus meant what he said, and said what he meant - Sin no more. 

Jesus paid for all our sins on the cross, doesn't mean we do not have to do anything. We have to do our part as well, that is, to stop sinning. Otherwise, his command is pointless.

March 19 2014 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Matt Sacra
"Sin no more" is what true repentance requires of us. He showed the woman forgiveness based upon His perception over her godly sorrow or brokenness. But it is not enough to be sorry about sin and then be forgiven; one must have faith to obey Christ's commands. 

The foundation of God stands with this seal "let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity" (2 Tim 2:19). "We all sin" is not written in scripture. It does state "all have sinned" (Rom 3:23), but the idea is that we walk in the new creation that Christ has made us, and sin no more. We "have sin" on our record, so to speak (1 Jn 1:8) because we "have sinned" in the past (1 Jn 1:10), but if we are born of God and walk in righteousness, He "remember[s] [our] sin no more" (Heb 8:12). In other words, that sin we "have" on our record is not held against us. This is how we know we know and love Christ, keep His commands (John 14:15, 1 Jn 2:3-6), and are a child of God, according to scripture (1 John 5:18).

Although "we all sin" or "we all sin every day" are cliche's common today, and I myself even used to say them, they are not scriptural or encouraging. I would like to encourage you and everyone that if Job could not sin in his intense trials (Job 1:22, 2:10), then surely we can not sin throughout daily life, if we have Christ's example of godliness, and His Spirit poured out into our hearts. We cannot do it on our own strength, but with God all things are possible! Blessings! -Matt

January 27 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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