Stop It Already!!

“The question is, ‘How much is enough time?'” Jesus told the woman who was caught in adultery to go and sin no more.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” John 8:10-11. Jesus told her to sin no more; from this moment. No doubt the woman was an adulteress and Jesus tells her to ‘stop it!’ Not tomorrow, but to stop living in that way beginning right now. We are not told any more about this woman nor if she ever became a follower of Jesus Christ.

A similar question is asked over and over again, “If a person(s) who is a professing Christian and is living in adultery a Christian?” The answer is, “Probably not.” From 1 John 3:7-9, “Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” One who is born of God, born again by the Spirit of Christ cannot practice, cannot live in sin. For this reason a Believer will not live in an adulterous relationship. They may have a ‘one night stand’ with someone, but will immediately stop the adulterous relationship.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

If this person is a Believer the Holy Spirit will accomplish His work in the heart of that individual and the sin will stop at that moment. There will be no other sexual act with that person or another. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” John 14:15-17.

Yes, the Holy Spirit lives in the life of every Believer. This is Holy God. Think about this for a moment, “Holy God, Who Himself is sinless will allow sin to be present in His temple which is your body?” You answer that.

The work of the Holy Spirit is this, “7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.” He work of conviction is to convince anyone of the darkness of sin, the certainty of judgment against the darkness of sin, and the righteousness of resulting in His presence in the life of everyone who believes in Him

Walking in the Light

Yes, a Believer, a Follower of the Christ will sin, but that person cannot remain in that darkness. “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1:5-10. Believers will walk in the Light and not in darkness although we will yeild to the temptation to sin along the way, but we will not, and indeed, cannot, remain in that darkness because His light in us will not allow that to occur. For just as John writes, “but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” What ore can I say?

One more time, a Follower of the Christ may sin, but cannot habitually repeat the same sin, live in it for a period of time, because of the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. If that person remains in sin there is no relationship, no fellowship with the Christ. That person is not born-again, but is lost and on the way to Hell.

Do not get mad at me, take this question to God, read the Bible and see what He says about those who belong to Him and about those who do not…Jesus is Lord.

 

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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