About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Of Unknown Sin
the following to answer this question that was recently asked of me.
How can I repent of a sin that I do not know I commit?
Answering this question requires a Biblical understanding of sin,
repentance, our sinful nature, and our God-declared status as being in right
standing with God as believers.
primary definition of sin is "missing the mark of God's righteous
standard for our lives." In
part, this is because the Greek word "hamartia" that is translated
as sin in the New Testament means "to miss the mark," which is
reflected in what Paul said in Romans 3:23.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"
how Paul defined sin in Romans 14:23.
whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not
from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin."
sin as everything done apart from faith, or trusting Jesus, is a broad
definition of sin. It includes
sins we don't realize we commit, and thus my next point.
sin are not our real problem. We
sin because we are sinners by nature, as seen in Romans 7.
More impactful on our lives than acts of sin is our sinful nature
that causes us to sin. Repenting,
thus, requires us to not only stop sinning, but to decide to turn away from
our sinful self so we can be transformed into the image of Christ, seen in
not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing
of your mind ..."
Our sinful nature consistently causes us to commit both
known and unknown sin, and it will do so until the day we die, thus, my next
our earthly transformation we must understand that God has declared us who
believe to be in right standing with Himself.
He views us as being just as righteous as He Himself is righteous,
even though we are far from righteous. For
this reason, our names have been written in the Lamb's Book of Life where
there is no sin, including unknown sins, associated with our names.
conclude with the following Biblical facts.
because we are sinful by nature (Romans 7).
our past, present, and future sins have been forgiven, deleted from God's
mind (Colossians 2:13).
declared us to be righteous, even as He is righteous (Romans 3:21 - 26).
names have been written in the Lamb's Book of Life where there is no sin
associated with our names (Revelation 20:12).
presently being transformed into the likeness of Jesus (Romans 12:1 - 2).
above Biblical truths are your present reality, you have no need to worry
about sins you do not know you are committing.
Your concern should be to allow the Holy Spirit, in conjunction with
Biblical truth, to transform your sinful nature into the nature of
this process, we thank God that He sees us as being totally righteous, even
as He is righteous. Without that
declaration, we are eternally lost.