Is a sinless life possible?


My quick, simple answer to this question is, yes. I believe it’s entirely possible.

But Chris, we’re only human. Well, we are, but that can’t be an excuse.

While on the earth, Jesus was a human man, filled with the Holy Spirit, and in constant communion with the Father. His flesh, His self, was completely and utterly submitted to the Spirit. He was love personified, and walked in absolute righteousness. I believe He chose to endure the entire birthing process as a human to show us that it’s possible to live exactly how He did. After all, He did say to follow Him. If it wasn’t possible, He wouldn’t have said it.

Can you imagine the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords spending nine months inside the womb? He could have easily beamed down to the Cross, allowed Himself to be beaten and hung, and walked out of the tomb three days later. I mean, this is the guy Who spoke, and everything was created. Why would our Creator choose to be human?

He wanted us to know that no matter what we go through, what persecution might come our way, we can face it all without sin. If it isn’t possible to live a sinless life, then His death on that dark day was meaningless. He conquered sin. It no longer has any power over us. Is it present? Of course. Does the enemy try to drag us into his lies? Certainly. But once we become born again, ALL things are new, the old is gone. We inherit a new blood line, free of sin, generational curses, and any baggage left unclaimed in our past.

But something vital has to happen. We can’t just rub a genie in a bottle and, poof, everything is perfect.

They key to living a sinless life is dying to self on a daily basis. 

All sin is rooted in self. It started in the Garden when Adam and Eve ate from the tree and fell. To this day, satan still wants us to believe that it’s impossible to walk in righteousness. Well, he’s pretty much a liar, so I don’t care what he says. What else is he going to do? Tell the truth? Um, no.

What happens when we sin? Guilt and condemnation are heaped upon us like coals on a fire. Romans 8:1 is pretty clear when it says:

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

“We’re only human. We’re only human.” Why is that the number one justification to sin? If we’re Christians,  we aren’t supposed to be living by our human flesh, but by the Spirit. So that excuse is null and void.

And if Jesus already forgave  ALL our sins, why do we think we have to grovel on our stomachs, weeping and wailing whenever we do stumble? If bad thoughts enter our mind out of nowhere, we immediately think it’s something inside of us, and we seek prayer, deliverance, or at least counseling. But, it’s coming from the outside, from the one who was already defeated. Yes, we repent and go in the other direction, but we don’t need to accept condemnation and guilt. It can be as simple as saying “Father, I know you didn’t create me to think like that. It isn’t me. I love You so much. Thank you for dying on that Cross for me. Thank you for making it possible to walk in righteousness. I thank you that I no longer live by my flesh, but by the power of Your Holy Spirit.”

If we do that on a continual basis anytime we have bad thoughts, or do something we know is wrong, eventually satan is going to find an easier target. He sits back and laughs when we run around in our guilt and shame. He revels in it. Just the fact that we feel bad means we have a new heart. We could think those things and do those things in the past, and it wouldn’t bother us.

Is a sinless life possible? Yes. God created us in His image, perfect and blameless. Man fell, and sin entered the world. Jesus died to reconcile us back to the Father.

It’s as if we never ate the fruit from that tree.

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40 thoughts on “Is a sinless life possible?

  1. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    We are born in sin and still have to ask forgiveness. You expect it from someone who wronged you. Why should it be any different with God? This article is thought provoking, but inaccurate about not needing to ask for forgiveness because it’s already been done. Jesus explained it when he gave an example of how to pray–forgive trespassers and debtors.

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  2. I agree with BWDell and a number of others. We are born in sin and have to ask God for forgiveness and to live in our hearts. That is the only way to heaven. And each time we sin we have to ask forgiveness. Yes, God knows our hearts and he is willing to forgive us after we ask. You expect it of your own child, a friend or family member to ask when they’ve wronged you.
    Very thought provoking, but you need to be careful about spreading thoughts that are not in the Bible.

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  3. The guys who rediscovered justification by grace through faith back in the sixteenth century talked about Christians as sinner-saints. Our acceptance with God is wholly and only found in Christ Jesus, our righteousness is only found in Christ Jesus. Here and now, before death, our sinlessness is only by imputation. God regards Jesus’ perfect life as belonging to us – sinners though we are – simply because we trust him. Jesus’ good life replaces our bad ones. If our Holy creator should mark our sin, we’d have no hope, but there is forgiveness with him through Christ Jesus because of his life lived in our place, because of his death in our place, and because he rose again. All the best.

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  4. Wow … challenging post! But an excellent one too. Can I, as a Christian, possibly live without sin in practice? I’m leaning towards ‘no’ – mainly because I’ve never managed it – but your post is very thought-provoking in that regard. Something to pray about I think.

    Great blog BTW – and thanks for following mine.

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  5. Good points. I do believe that we are definitely made a new creation in Christ, but as I see it right now is that we do battle with the flesh & the Spirit. It’s wonderful that we have the same power in is that raised Christ from the dead! I am learning to rest in Christ’s finished work on the cross & He will complete His work in me 🙂

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  6. Amen we can live a sinless life Christ is our example For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Heb 4:15 Enoch also showed us we can have the victory our sin. Our desires should be Christ desires self must die. It’s sad that some Christians believe that it is impossible to overcome Romans 6 gives us the hope. I wanted to share this with you enjoy http://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/book/e/16/t/blood-behind-the-veil.aspx

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  7. It’s possible, and therefore worth our effort.
    Yet no one other than Jesus has done it; therefore it’s an unachieved ideal.
    Some claim they are sinless, but John says they deceive themselves.
    It will be our eternal condition when we are glorified in heaven.

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  8. I have to say that the Bible makes it very clear that all men are born into sin and that the flesh is the manifestation and source of our carnality. If Jesus was born human, he took on carnality. If he lacked carnality, then he was not fully man. How could a man serve as an example of how to lead a sinless life if unlike the rest of us he had the supreme advantage of being made fully man but without the sin that comes from within not there the drag him down or hinder his progress? By your standard, all he actually did was not let his spotless soul get dirty while here on Earth also being absent the desire to sin which supposedly the very essence of the need of an example. How can you be an example of how to overcome a life of sin when you, yourself, never had to deal with it from the start?

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  9. I really enjoyed this post! Makes me think of Ephesians 5 and the call to be imitators of Christ and walk in LOVE. How did HE express His love if not by doing the will of the Father and obeying unto death and dying to self. We are called to love the Father as he loved the Father dying to self and being born again as a new creation through Jesus. True love produces true obedience and true obedience produces one whom doesn’t willfully sin. So what is sin may be the bigger question which is answered in 1 John 3:4 “sin is breaking of the law” and law is the moral standard set by God himself. I think your on to something here a personal journey that others will not understand even……. fellow believers. I fail and sin but I don’t make a willful habit of it and I’m quick to repent and not revisit it again! There is nothing wrong with wanting to live a holy life unto God that’s what he came and shed his blood for us to do. Bless you on your journey 🙂

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    1. I like this clarification. It’s partially what I was thinking and trying just now to frame into words of response to the post, which I will keep working at anyway! 😉

      I’m of the opinion that we sin, (there is not one of us who can claim to be sinless as Jesus….just look at our background and our daily struggles with the flesh) and grieve over it, but we ARE forgiven. This is not license to sin, however, without impunity. There are always consequences to sin, and those we live with, even if forgiven. We always have choices, though we may not make the best ones every time.

      I might have written what I wanted to write…..will have to check and see now 😉

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  10. As much as I love that you found something or someone to help guide your life, theres no possible way to follow in his footsteps, different upbringings, different cultures and backgrounds that influence our ideas plus thats not including different times. How would that be fair, it would be like in a sprint where some people were only allowed to use there hands while others just ran.

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    1. Hi, thanks for the comment. Jesus was the ultimate example of love. Love doesn’t know race, color, creed, or upbringing. Love just simply loves. That’s the example we are to follow as Christians. Have an awesome day.

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  11. I have to say, I strongly disagree. I mean when you send in your taxes, part of it goes to pay for multiple pills and procedures to abort children. Frustration when someone cuts you off on the road is a sin. Not putting something back where you found it is a sin. Any harsh or flawed thought is a sin. Humans were made in God’s image. We were perfect, flawless, sinless before Adam and Eve chose to disobey. No human being is sinless. No human being is perfect.

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      1. Absolutely. A hopefully challenging thought…

        If we aren’t sinners, or if it’s possible not to sin, why do we have to die to ourselves everyday? If we’re sinless, why not only have to die to ourselves once?

        We are sinners, we do sin, and because it’s impossible to be sinless – We must die to ourselves each day… If we are able to live sinlessly like you say, dying to yourself once should be enough, because dying to yourself everyday means you are putting in effort not to sin… Does that make sense?

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  12. It is plenty food for thought but I don’t think all is as you suggest.
    Nicole O raises valid point.
    Also 153.PROJECT .. Jesus was indeed fully human and fully divine.
    You suggested that if bad thoughts enter us it is not from the inside but the outside. ..but this diets from. What Jesus said ” it is not what goes in from the outside that makes a man unclean but what comes from the inside”.
    As TIm Fountain said this is what Paul to struggled with our human frailties.
    So my answer to your question..Can we be sinless? Yes if the Kingdom is in our hearts BUT “the Kingdom is here and not yet here!!!! Till then we continue to stumble and struggle forward to the prize that is in Jesus christ … and the day when will be one with him ..and then sin will be no more.
    It is extremely difficult to explain our faith and belief in a few words. All we can be assured of is ” that now we see dimly as in a mirror. . Then we shall see face to face ” and all answers will be clear.
    Thanks for giving us thoughts to ponder.

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  13. I don’t think a sinless life is possible, mostly because man believing that he can live a completely sinless life seems like a sin to me. If any human being can ever say that he or she is as sinless and blameless as God and Jesus, then isn’t there something important taken away from the power of God and Jesus?

    I’m an agnostic so I can only say what I feel, having read as much about all this as I can.

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    1. Good post. I’m reminded of 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Operative words being “In him.” We’re in Him “by grace…through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). In Him, by the Spirit, surely nothing is impossible. Then again, Paul does caution, “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). Then again, Paul does say, “They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 6:24-25). It seems almost contradictory, how can we “fulfill the lust of the flesh” when the flesh has been crucified? In Him is a game changer. Before Christ we served sin, but now we are admonished to “yield [our] members servants to righteousness unto holiness” (Romans 6:19). We should strive for this for sure. We will not achieve perfection but we can at least achieve godly direction. Obviously there’s so much more that can be said. Will I sin again before I die? Most certainly. Do I have the power to not sin? I don’t. Not in my flesh and all by myself. Nevertheless, this should never be an excuse. God has not left us helpless. In Him, we certainly have the power to not sin. I’m just beyond thankful that Jesus paid it all.

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  14. I so appreciated this post, Chris. As much of a Christian blogger as I have been the past couple years… starting up the old one a year ago and taking it down and rebuilding my new one, I keep searching for other bloggers with the same frame of thinking. Thanks for this Chris, it also will help me in a discussion I’m currently in with a friend of mine. Funny how the Word of God comes to us at the right and appropriate times. 😉 Have a blessed day yourself!

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  15. Great post.

    Although we haved been cleansed by the blood of Christ, and even if we die daily, it is still not possible for humans to be sinless.

    Knowing that we will always sin, no matter how hard we try not to, is what should drive us to the cross daily.

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    1. Thank you for the comment. I’m not trying to be argumentative at all. I don’t debate about these things. I’m genuinely curious as to your belief about how Christ led a sinless life. He was human.

      I think you hit the nail on the head by saying “no matter how hard we try not to”. When we are dead to our flesh, living by the Spirit, we no longer have to try not to sin. We walk in righteousness. Sin is the opposite of righteousness.

      Jesus was our example. He modeled the Christian life. We are to follow Him.

      Thank you again for the comments. I appreciate you taking the time to read. Have a blessed day in Him!

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      1. While Christ took on the body of a human, felt pain, sadness, hunger…He was fully God and fully man.

        In other words, and as I understand it, He could not sin.

        I’m not trying to be argumentative either, it’s a great post.

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  16. I don’t agree.

    “So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

    So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”

    (Romans 7:17-25 ESV)

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Tim. It’s always made me wonder why Paul would stick Romans 7 in between two chapters talking about freedom from flesh and sin. It doesn’t make sense at all. In Romans 7, I don’t think Paul is talking about living our life in the Spirit. I believe he’s merely contrasting the differences between being a slave to sin as we once were, and our new life in the Spirit. Having said that, no matter how awesome Paul was, and the revelations he penned in scripture, the words of Jesus Himself cannot be denied. Thanks again, and have a wonderful day.

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