Christians sin. It’s hardly news. I’m sure every single one of my friends know that I’m a long way from being perfect. I know I’m a long way from being perfect. And I’m sure that there’s not a single true Christian anywhere in this world who would insist that they didn’t sin.
But why do we sin? After all, isn’t one of the cornerstones of our faith the fact that belief in Jesus Christ has saved us from sin? Jesus died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins and then was raised to life to prove that his victory over sin was so complete that the punishment for all sin (death) had no hold over him.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfilment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.”
Ephesians 1 v 3 – 10
In love God predestined all Christians to be his sons through Jesus Christ. How then can Christians throw this gift right back at God and sin? How can Christians who profess to love God break his commandments?