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If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 1:10
This is the failure to realize that we as sinners need forgiveness. It is the failure to realize the nature of sin, to grasp that our own natures are sinful, and to understand that we have all actually sinned and need forgiveness.
There are certain people who seem to say, "Yes, I believe in God, and I like to have fellowship with Him. And yet, you know, I have never been conscious of my sin. I do not understand that doctrine of yours. If you were to preach it to people gathered from the streets, I could understand that. But I have been brought up as a Christian; I have always tried to do good. I have never been conscious of the fact that I am a sinner, that I need repentance, and that I must be converted."
Well, says John, if that is your position, "[you] make him a liar, and his word is not in [you]." If we do not realize that we are sinners and need the forgiveness of God, if we do not realize that we have always needed it and that we still need it, if we think that we have always been perfect or that now we are perfect as Christians, if we do not realize that we must repent, then, says John, we are making God a liar, for the "him" referred to is none other than God Himself. John here is just stating the whole teaching of the Bible from beginning to end.
What, then, is he teaching? Paul has summarized it perfectly for us in Romans 3; this is his verdict: "There is none righteous, no, not one" (verse 10). That is the doctrine of the Bible; so if we say we have not sinned, we are denying the doctrine of the Bible.
A Thought to Ponder
If we say we have not sinned, we are denying the doctrine of the Bible.
From Fellowship with God, pp. 119-120.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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