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What Christians Lose In Sin?   

The Lord deals with sinners and Christians differently in the context of sin.  First.  God deals with sinners judicially. Secondly, God deals with Christians parentally.  God chastens His rebellious children by using consequential principles to the point of their repentance.  King David is a classic example and the parable of the prodigal son also demonstrates God's work in the life of His redeemed children in a parental context.

One of the truly great and far reaching blessings of salvation is God's dealings with the subject of sin.  The repenting sinner is immediately and eternally saved from the penalty of sin, provided with victory over the power of sin, and guaranteed final removal from the presence of sin in the future. 


But what happens when the Christian neglects to use the accessible and available power to overcome and falls into sin?  How does God view sin in the life of His child?

Yes, Christians sin too.  The evidence of sin in the life of a Christian may not always be obvious to the casual observer. But God looks on the inward person.  God views even His own children, those who have been washed in the blood of His Son Jesus Christ as not being without sin (1 John 1:8-10).

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Losing In Sin.  What?

​​The effects of sin.  The child of God immediately loses the following six things upon sinning. A seventh may be lost.

  • The loss of light  - A Christian's perspective is dulled due to a pre-occupation for survival or a vain pursuit for self significance.  1 John 1:6
  • The loss of joy - A Christian becomes discouraged due to believing a lie. 1 John 1:4.
  • The loss of peace - This is when a Believer often feels lonely and vulnerable.  1 John 3:4-10.
  • The loss of fellowship (not relationship).  The Believer's fellowship with God, and perhaps with other Christians is broken.  Complaining becomes the norm. 1 John 1:3-7.
  • The loss of love for God, Church, etc.  The Believer at this point is in serious trouble.  They become vulneralbe to the seductive wiles of the devil. 1 John 4:12.
  • The possible loss of health and physical life - 1 John 5:17.

The relationship one is privileged to have with Jesus Christ is deeper than any relationship the human mind has ever or could ever realize.   Salvation by God's grace; gifts the Christian with the mind of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which is both personal and perpetual.   One of the most important aspects of God's grace is the gift of inseparability (Romans 8:38,39). This is why the thought or possibility of a true Christian continuing in sin is un-scriptural (Romans 6:1,2).   As a believer, you can be sure that the Holy Spirit will be assertive within your spirit when confronted with a situation or decision that would take you outside the will of God.

If you are truly saved, there will be characteristics that will assure you of your salvation...  See more

Dr. Arthur Belanger