Or I could highlight the requirement of obedience to Christ’s commands, and speak of the Spirit’s power that enables us to live without significant failure. But Scripture insists, and experience confirms, that we will suffer and sin. Hardship and failure (the latter more easily denied) are part of every Christian’s life. In line with the apostle John’s teaching about “fooling ourselves” and his own experience, Martin Luther wrote in his first thesis, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said ‘Repent,’ he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.”1
This third question must be asked by every Christian who wrestles with the first two, and it deserves a thoughtfully biblical response. That necessity prompted me to write this book.