As long as we remain in bodies that are aging and decaying, we will fight sin. Paul knew this, but he also knew the greater hope we have in Christ. Ours is the victory. We are being sanctified. We are being made to look more and more like our Savior Jesus and one day—when we are free from these earthly bodies—we will be glorified and sin no more.
I sinned today. I sinned yesterday. I will sin tomorrow. As I grow older, I become more and more aware of just how much I need God’s grace and need the Holy Spirit to keep me. I become more aware of the depravity I was rescued from and just how deeply it penetrates my very nature. I will never graduate from being a sinner in this life.
Having a two year old and an 11 month old, I also see sin in my children at a very young age. It’s in their very nature too—they inherited from my wife and I. We didn’t have to teach them how to do it; it was something they were born with. Sin is a dreadful condition that has plagued every human since Adam and Eve first disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden fruit.
At the same time, I am not the sinner I once was. I am a saint. I have been rescued by the sinless Savior. God sees his righteousness instead of my filthiness. My sins from yesterday, today, and tomorrow have been atoned for. God does not count my sin against me and He counts Christ’s righteousness in my stead. This is such good news because I have been justified.