Repentance is from sin
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Christians have the potential to live free in their experience from practicing sin because of the work of God through Jesus Christ. Grace gives us victory over sin’s penalty, power, and in our future glorified state, the very presence of sin. The fact remains in case no one has told you or you have not observed this phenomena that Christians still sin. Yes, repentance is for the sinner (Mtt. 9:13; Acts 11:18; 16:30; Acts 26:18, 20; 2 Pe. 3:9) but also for sinning saints (2 Cor. 7:10; 2 Tim. 2:25; Rev. 2:5,16,21,22; 3:3,19). Jesus called five of the seven churches to repent and it was because of SIN. This is in the New Testament, not Old Testament, in the Church Age, and to people under grace.

A famous preacher recently stated that “There is nothing that can keep you from the blessings of God.” Sounds nice, makes people happy, but I beg to differ. SIN CAN, “Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you Jeremiah 5:25.” “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear Isaiah 59:2.” In the New Testament word of His grace (Acts 20:32) we are told we can be hindered in our prayers and not receive and the reason again is SIN in some form. James 4:3 says, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” First Peter 3:7 adds, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

Sin is:
1. Missing the mark, the Divine ideal/standard.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

2. Transgression/lawlessness/defiant rebellion of the law.
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

3. What is not of faith .
Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

4. Knowing to do good but not doing it; neglect.
James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

5. Ignorance; blunders/faults.
Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

6. Breaking commitments/promises.
Ecclesiastes 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. 6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?

Christians still do these things. The Good News is that if you can call it sin like the Bible defines it, there is hope because there is a cure for sin and His name is Jesus. Call it what it is, don’t try to lessen the darkness of it by defining it in vague terms but then repent. Repent if you have sinned and restore your fellowship with Him.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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