“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”1 John 2:1-2 NLT
Christ opened up the door of holiness that we seemed to have welded shut when He carried the weight of our sins on his back on the cross. After that He rose from the grave with the declaration of redemption that lasts for eternity. After realizing what this means for us, it makes sense that our spirit and old ways of living would long to follow suit in redemption as a response. The Holy Spirit working within us overpowers our sinful nature. In simple terms, when we commit to a life of godliness and begin to produce fruit that overwhelmingly shouts His name in glory, we see that His spirt has been applied in reconciliation and we have gone through that door that He opened up for us which has once been welded shut. But when we keep doing the same thing or we wrestle with Him due to selfish ambition, it is clear we never understood what His work on the cross meant and therefore the weight he bore would not effect or apply to us whatsoever. It would be as if we never knew him at all.