Simul Iustus Et Peccator (simultaneously justified and sinner) Not a Justifiable reason for sinning

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30  And do not make God’s Holy Spirit sad; for the Spirit is God’s mark of ownership on you, a guarantee that the Day will come when God will set you free. Ephesians 4:30 (TEV)

1  What shall we say, then? Should we continue to live in sin so that God’s grace will increase? 2  Certainly not! We have died to sin—how then can we go on living in it? 3  For surely you know that when we were baptized into union with Christ Jesus, we were baptized into union with his death. Romans 6:1-3 (TEV)

12  So then, dear friends, as you always obeyed me when I was with you, it is even more important that you obey me now while I am away from you. Keep on working with fear and trembling to complete your salvation, 13  because God is always at work in you to make you willing and able to obey his own purpose. Philippians 2:12-13 (TEV)

 20  God has raised from death our Lord Jesus, who is the Great Shepherd of the sheep as the result of his blood, by which the eternal covenant is sealed. May the God of peace provide you with every good thing you need in order to do his will, and may he, through Jesus Christ, do in us what pleases him. And to Christ be the glory forever and ever! Amen. Hebrews 13:20 (TEV) 

59      If you respond to the call the Lord has made to you, your life—your poor life!—will leave a deep and wide furrow in the history of the human race, a clear and fertile furrow, eternal and godly.

In the last month I’ve seen an alarming trend.  It is what I call the “Romans 7 defense”

People defending their sin, and even their intent to sin, by quoting the passage about the things we don’t want to do we, do, the things we do want to do, we don’t.  They stop there, They don’t admit that being in that situation is a wretched, horrible, and wrong.

I’m a sinner, I can’t help it, so why should I? 

Ill just go on as if nothing ever happened, and being a wretch is our normal state.  Right?  “It’s just the way I am wired….”  (funny, that excuse doesn’t fly for the sins we aren’t as appreciative of…)  Or the new favorite (said by at least 3 people recently) “I just don’t have a filter”

While they would deny trying to justify themselves, they will try an excuse themselves from their sin.  After all, it isn’t  murder, or perversion, or gossip.  Or I will here, “well I know its wrong, but it is not as wrong as xxx”.   The basic line, is a claim that since we can’t save ourselves, we don’t have to struggle to live as saints, right?  Those considered theologians will argue that there is no “3rd use” of the law.  Why is it, we want to make not just the norm of the Christian life, but the goal, a life of wretchedness?

But Scripture teaches differently, it calls us to have a mind like Christ Jesus.  Scripture reminds us of being bound to Christ, by being transformed by the Spirit.  It instructs us that we are given the desire and the power to leave God pleasing lives.  The author of Hebrews even makes that his parting blessing.

Why would these passages, and so many more in the Epistles and the OT prophets, describe a life lived in love and peace, if God just was satisfied with sin-dominated lives?

Why not live life where we are not satisfied with the wretchedness.  Where like Paul we recognize the struggle, and then focus our attention on His work in our lives.  Cleansing, Healing Justifying, Indwelling, Empowering a life where we have that attitude of Christ.

He broke the bonds of sin, why do we settle for staying in the prison?

The way out of this isn’t disciplining ourselves to stop sinning.  The answer isn’t found in having an accountability partner, (those can help) or even knowing God’s mercy will cover those sins.  The way to hear the author of Hebrews prayer for you to be answered is simple, keep hearing of God’s love, His mercy, His faithfulness.  Strive to be aware of the Holy Spirit’s actie presence in your life, know Christ’s presence as well.

Grieve over your sin, and that of the world, and look to Christ, where there is no condemnation, but there is mercy and love.

Live in Christ Jesus.

And when sin, confess and be cleansed….. but look to Christ for the power not to sin anymore….


(1)   Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 436-438). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.


About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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