Sin and overcoming sin

The scriptures are not ambiguous concerning victory over sin. A victorious life is fully possible, and living in sin is completely unnecessary. No one needs to be a slave to sin.


What is sin?

We know that we all are sinners and need to be saved from our sin. But what is the definition of sin?

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Forgiveness of sins

The forgiveness of sins is one of the greatest gifts possible. It is the start of the Christian life, one of the results of Jesus’ work. What does the forgiveness of sins involve, how do we receive it, and what happens next?

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What is the conscience? How do I deal with feelings of guilt?

How can I know for sure what is right and wrong? What do I do about those guilty feelings?

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What is the difference between having sin and committing sin?

John writes that we all have sin, but that those who commit sin have neither seen God nor known Him. (1 John 1:8; 1 John 3:6). What is the difference?

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What is the difference between temptation and sin?

Is there actually any difference between temptation and sin?

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How do I overcome sin?

God’s Word speaks about being “more than conquerors” over sin. But how?

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Frequently asked questions

Is it possible to live a sinless life?

Yes! Although we have a sinful nature, we do not need to commit sin! If we are willing to deny our own will and choose God’s will, through the power of the Holy Spirit we can overcome all sin that lives in us. Read more here.

What is “sinful nature?”

After the fall, all people have inherited sin in the flesh—not guilt, but a tendency or inclination to follow their own self-will rather than God’s will. The Bible uses many expressions to describe this inclination: sin in the flesh, the body of sin, the law of sin, lusts and desires etc. In Romans 7:18 Paul writes, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells.” Here he describes this tendency to sin that we have all inherited. Read more here.

Is temptation sin?

No, a temptation is a trial of my faith. I commit sin when my mind agrees with the desire and I choose to give in to the temptation. Sin cannot be carried out unless I agree with it. Read more here.

What is a “deed of the body”?

This is when I act, speak or think contrary to God’s will, without being aware of it at the time. Because these inclinations never passed through my consciousness, I have no guilt. God will not condemn me for the sin that I am not aware of. However, even these deeds can be brought to my consciousness at a later stage, and have to be dealt with (judged and rejected by my conscious mind). Read more here.

How is a life of victory over sin possible?

We can overcome sin because of Jesus Christ, our forerunner. He opened this way through the flesh for us to follow Him on. “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “‘Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth.’” 1 Peter 2:21-22. A life of victory over sin is completely possible through the power of the Holy Spirit, which God sent after Jesus’ departure. The Holy Spirit helps us to walk in the same steps as Jesus did, and gives us power to overcome the same difficulties that Jesus faced! Read more here.

How do I partake of divine nature?

Each time we put to death our own self-will (as Jesus has done) we are closer and closer to becoming like Him! The life of Jesus will be manifested in our bodies; we will partake of His own divine nature! (2 Peter 1:3-4) Our own egotistical and sinful nature will be replaced with “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22) There is no greater development possible.