SIN NO MORE
John 8:11 ¶ She said, “No one, Lord.” ¶ And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
What a powerful demonstration of total forgiveness with an expectation of holiness. Only Jesus and the message of salvation by grace alone can encompass the diversity of grace and holiness seen in the gospel of Jesus Christ. There has been a recent emphasis on the so called “grace message”. It has become quite popular and the promoters of this message have been trending in the past year. What has been deemed the “grace message” is really just a rehashed version of what has been historically called antinomianism. The teachers who have popularized this message have focused on the forgiveness part but have steered clear of the go and sin no more part. Preaching only part of the truth is dangerous. It brings the hearers into a false since of security and actually inoculates them from receiving the truth. You see, the woman in this story came face to face with grace and holiness. The Lord is a God with endless mercy and total and complete holiness. These two characteristics at first glance are perceived as enemies but they meet and kiss at a place called Calvary. When we hear the biblical version of justification by grace through faith not only is there a forgiveness of our past sin, there is a joyful connection to Christ Himself and the purity and holiness that comes with that new life. Matthew Poole had some incite into this passage.
“Sin no more; whatever becometh of thee as to man’ s judgment, thou hast reason to fear the greater judgment of God, if thou goest on in a course of sin. Nor doth he say, Commit adultery no more; but, sin no more. No partial repentance or sorrow for any particular sin will suffice a penitent that hopes for any mercy from God; but a leaving off all sin, of what kind soever it be.”
So have you drunk from this cup called grace? How can you know? Well, there are two critical indications that you have tasted of His grace. First, your sense of guilt is gone. Your sins have been forgiven. The shame and darkness have been removed from your soul. You have been made righteous by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. The second indication is quite profound. Your heart has been changed. You no longer have the itch to live a sinful life. Your heart is being drawn to other things. Instead of a life being lived in the shadows, you have stepped into the blazing light of His glorious day. Now you know what it means to go and sin no more. Sin is no longer the main attraction in your life.
I love the profound simplicity found in the message of the gospel. His willingness to forgive is a stumbling block to the legalists; His call to holiness is offensive to the promoters of this message of cheap grace. To those who are being saved, it is the sweetest song of all, it is the song of His Amazing Grace.