"In Him Is No Sin"                  

I John 3:5


     When John says, "In him is no sin," he is talking about the Lord Jesus Christ in his mediatorial office as the Head and Representative of his elect. John is telling us, not only that Christ has no sin personally, but that he has no sin mystically. That is to say, there is no sin in his mystical body, the church, because he was manifested to take away our sins. In ourselves we are sinners. We are full of sin. We are nothing but sin. Sin so thoroughly pollutes us that everything we do, even our best thoughts and deeds, are sin. But in Christ, before God, in the sight of God, the believer has no sin. Imagine that! The Lord Jesus Christ was manifested to take away our sins. And he has done it. "In him is no sin!" The all-seeing eye of God sees no sin in the believer because in Christ the believer has no sin. "In him is no sin!"

     In the covenant of grace the Lord God promised that he would forgive all our sins (Jer. 31:33-34; Heb. 8:10-12; 10:16-18).

     Our Lord Jesus Christ, by his atoning sacrifice, has put away all the sins of God's elect forever (Rom. 8:3; Col. 2:14; Heb. 9:26), having obtained eternal redemption for us (Heb. 9:12).

     Now, believing on Christ, as our only, all-sufficient Substitute and Savior, we are freed from sin. Being united to Christ by a living faith, we are in him. "And in him is no sin." In him we have no sin (Rom. 6:7, 8, 11).

     And God Almighty, who once imputed our sins to Christ and punished him in our place to the full extent of his holy law and the full satisfaction of his justice, will never impute sin to us again (Rom. 4:8). He cannot do so. Justice will not allow it, because Christ has put away our sins!

     Believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, we perfectly fulfill the law of God by faith, because Christ has fulfilled it for us (Rom. 3:31; 8:4). And the law of God, being perfectly honored and fully satisfied by our Substitute, can no more charge us with our sins than it can charge Christ with our sins again. God will not impute sin, any sin, to those for whom Christ was made to be sin (Rom. 4:8). Justice will not allow it. What blessed, glorious, God honoring, Christ exalting, soul cheering good news this is - "In him is no sin!"


Don Fortner