(All Bible quotations, except otherwise stated, are from the New International Version).
We’re told in the Scriptures that Jesus Christ came to save his people from their sins. In fact, his name Yehshua means saviour or salvation in the Hebrew. His coming is to deliver his people from both the guilt, penalty and power of sin. He came to set men free from the bondage of sin, as well as to give those who believe in him the power to become children of God. Thus, we see Jesus forgiving people their sins and warning them never to go back again to a lifestyle of sinning. This means that those who are saved by Jesus are supposed to stop living deliberately sinful lives!
John 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
John 5:2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
John 5:3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.
John 5:4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.
John 5:5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.
John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
John 5:7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
John 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
John 5:9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And that day was the Sabbath.
John 5:10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”
John 5:11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’”
John 5:12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”
John 5:13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.
John 5:14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” (NKJV).
John 8:1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
John 8:2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.
John 8:3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst
John 8:4 they said to him, Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.
John 8:5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?
John 8:6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.
John 8:7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.
John 8:8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground.
John 8:9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
John 8:10 Jesus stood up and said to her, Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?
John 8:11 She said, No one, Lord. And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.]]
It’s instructive to note that in both cases above, Jesus warned the people he saved and pardoned to stop sinning. To the man who had been paralysed for 38 years, Jesus admonished him to stop sinning, otherwise something worse than what he had experienced would happen to him. To the woman caught in adultery, he forgave her, refused to condemn her to death by stoning, but admonished her to stop that sinful lifestyle. God is holy, and he expects his children to be holy even as he is. Jesus delivers and saves people from sin, but he also empowers them so that they would become holy and flee from sin. He requires us to use the grace and the resources he’s made available to us to purge and separate ourselves from ungodliness in this present world. He will only make use of those of his children who purge themselves and abstain from iniquity, while discarding those who continually and habitually live a life of sin. Don’t be deceived! God cannot be mocked. Whatever a person sows, that’s what he will reap. If you sow to the flesh, you will reap destruction. If you sow to the Spirit, you will reap everlasting life.
1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
1 Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
1 Peter 1:16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.
1 Peter 1:18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,
1 Peter 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
2 Timothy 2:20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.
2 Timothy 2:21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Galatians 6:8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Romans 8:5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
Romans 8:6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 8:7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
Romans 8:8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
Romans 8:10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.
Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
Romans 8:12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation —but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.
Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 8:14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
Hebrews 10:26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,
Hebrews 10:27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
Hebrews 10:28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
Hebrews 10:29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
Hebrews 10:30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”
Hebrews 10:31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
In conclusion, Jesus not only forgives and saves people from sins, he demands also that they stop sinning after their deliverance. Contrary to some liberal theologians who teach that a righteous walk is not a necessary requirement of the saved Christian, Jesus makes it abundantly clear that those he has saved from the condemnation of sin should stop sinning. He expects them to live a holy and a sanctified life henceforth, because he himself is holy. The believer is expected to purge himself from the desires and lusts of the flesh in order to have a fruitful walk with God. That’s the only way we can be vessels of honour fitted for good works.