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Can the Christian sin and not know it?

As a committed disciple of Christ, one of the things we can be sure of is the conviction of sin. When we are saved, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. One of the things the Holy Spirit does is to convict of sin. John 16:8 (NKJV)
8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

That means, that when we commit sin, we know it. If not immediately, the next time we try to pray, we will be convicted of that sin. To not be convicted of unconfessed sin calls into question the truth of our salvation. He will convict us if we are open to the fact of our sin.

A person can go on denying that something is a sin. He often does this to cover up his conviction of that sin because he is reluctant to give it up. If he is truly a child of God, he will eventually feel the undeniable conviction of the Holy Spirit in his life.

If he doesn’t, at some point, yield to the Holy Spirit’s continued conviction, then a logical conclusion is that person has not received the Holy Spirit, been saved and/or has rejected the Spirit’s work in his life. All of this boils down to a vital fact, he has not truly been saved.

This is not a discussion on whether a person can lose his salvation, but whether what he has counted on as his salvation was real salvation. One of the statements the writer of Hebrews makes in Heb. 6:4 is that part of their enlightenment is the obvious realization of the Holy Spirit in their life.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit . . . to renew them again unto salvation.

 

(Can a person sin and not know it – continued)

The real question is not “once saved, always saved”, but rather “once saved”. There are a lot of people who claim to have accepted Christ as their personal Savior but do not display that claim in their life. One of the ways a lost person will call to question his salvation is by the life he lives and by his sensitivity to the working of the Holy Spirit. That sensitivity will be the conviction of sin (and of righteousness).

This article is not intended to cause a person to question his salvation, but to make each person aware that his salvation includes an awareness of the conviction of the Holy Spirit. To deny that conviction is often a sign that the Holy Spirit is not present and effectual in our life.

It behooves every person who claims to be saved to also acknowledge an awareness of sin. His first prayer each day is that he be able to feel and hear what the Spirit is saying. That most certainly includes the conviction of sin.

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