The third position is the achievement of that Goal. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. We must believe that perfection, sinlessness, is attainable now, in this life. We must believe the promises of God that all things are possible. To change from sinner to the position where there is nothing “in him to make him stumble.” 1 John 2:10. To believe in “Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy.” Jude 24. “Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165. You can live the victorious, sin free life, right now, in the Power of Christ. Increasing measure does this, “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For if you do these things, you will never fall.” 2 Peter 1:8, 10. You no longer need to be controlled by sin. You can be set free. The burdens that were so heavy for you and caused you so much trouble can be removed and destroyed in Christ. Your temple house can be swept cleaner and cleaner each day until you come to possess the perfection of Jesus Christ. But the only way it can happen is to continually “submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:7, 8. Another text that brings trouble to some people is found in 1 John 1:8. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” See, they say, You can’t live without sin. We are always going to be sinners. But that is not what the text says. It doesn’t say, “See, you will always be sinners.” It says “If we claim to be without sin.” Big difference. I can never claim to have been without sin. I have been a sinner. “All have sinned.” But the concept is always past tense. At one time I was a sinner, but through the power of Christ I am no longer a sinner. If it were impossible for us to live the Christ-like life, then Christ died in vain. If He has no power to conquer sin, He is not a God. If my sin and my “flesh” are stronger than God; that makes me God. But I am not God. My “flesh” is not stronger than God. God can conquer sin in my life and He can give me the power to live the sinless, perfect life of Jesus. I can do all things through Christ!
Remember, sin is the transgression of the Law of God. That means that every time you break the Ten Commandments, you sin and the wages of sin is death. Here are the Ten Commandments.
3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”