“I am the one who takes away the sin of the world. My blood cleanses you from all sin. If you confess your sins, I am faithful and just to forgive you of your sins and cleanse you from all wickedness. You know that you have come to me if you keep my commands. The one who says, “I know Jesus,” but does not do what I command is a liar, and the truth is not in him. Whoever claims to live in me must walk as I walked. I came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets, not cast them aside.
“If you love me, keep my commands. Anyone who breaks the least of my commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of your religious leaders you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
“Through me the law of the Spirit — who gives life — set you free from sin. Through the renewal of my Holy Spirit you are saved. Your body — once ruled by sin — is now dead so that you are no longer a slave to sin. Though you once desired to do what is good, you could not carry it out. So why are you still trying to rely on your flesh to make you holy? I say to you: live according to my Spirit and you will put to death the misdeeds of your body.
“You are controlled by my Spirit if you allow ME to reign in you. Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not allow my Spirit to rule your body? If I reside in you and you remain in me, your body is dead to sin. If you will but live by my Spirit, you will put to death the misdeeds of your body. If you live by your flesh, you will breath into life the misdeeds of your body and die.
“If you sin, I do not condemn you. Guilt, blame, and shame comes from the one who accuses you — your enemy. So why do you condemn yourself? Rather, repent, confess your sins, and ask to be filled with my Spirit. If you could have kept the Law on your own there would have been no need for me to come. But now that I have come — if my Spirit reigns in you — you are set free from sin. I say again: You are not bound to sin. Therefore, go and allow my Spirit to rule in your body so that you may leave your life of sin.” — Jesus
John 1:29, 1 John 1:7-10, Romans 8:2 , Luke 6:46, Matthew 5:17-20, Titus 3:4-6, Romans 8:13, Romans 7:18, Romans 8:9-10, Galatians 2:21, John 8:11
Who is responsible for keeping us from sin? Is it us or Christ? Hear what Jesus, the Apostles, and the Father say.
Jesus says to us, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17). “You are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3)
“We are being transformed into the same image of Jesus from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18) We have been chosen to be obedient to Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:2) It is God who sanctifies us through and through. May our whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23) Therefore, 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.” (2 Timothy 2:22). Christ Jesus himself will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. He will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. He will put his Spirit in you. He will move you to follow the Lord’s decrees and be careful to keep His laws.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27). For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
“With regard to your former way of life, put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires. Instead be made new in the attitude of your minds and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24). Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:30) and give credit to the works of the Holy Spirit to another—not even yourself (Matthew 12: 31-32).
Oh, Lord, may we not “burdened again by a yoke of slavery to sin.” (Galatians 5:1) Instead, may we “receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us.” (Acts 1:8) May “the Spirit put to death in us the misdeeds of our body.” (Romans 8:13) May we “no longer live as a slave to sin.” (Romans 6:6) May we be “sanctified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)