WILL death be our final deliverance from sin? Here is Adam Clarkes response to the question. I have always been in agreement with his view but I have never thought of it in this way before. His comments had a strong impact on me. I have changed some of the words to more modern english;
Nothing is purified by death, nothing in the grave, nothing in Heaven. Many think that no man can be fully saved from sin in this life. I ask, where is this clearly stated in the New Testament? Where in that volume is it intimated that sin is never wholly destroyed until death takes place, and the soul and the body are separated? Nowhere.
In the false doctrine of purgatory for example, it is held that so strong is sin that it can not be wholly destroyed even in death and a middle state between Heaven and hell is necessary to atone for that which the blood of Christ had not cancelled and to purge from that which the energy of the Holy Spirit had not cleansed before death.
That is the extreme, but others hold out that death is the complete deliverer from all corruption, and the final destroyer of sin, as if it were revealed in every page of the Bible! Whereas there is not one passage in the sacred text that says any such thing, were this true, then death far from being the last enemy would be the last and best friend and the greatest of all deliverers.
If the last remains of all indwelling sin of all believers is to be destroyed by death, then death which removes it must be the highest benefactor of mankind! The truth is it is neither the cause nor the means of sins destruction. It is the blood of Jesus alone that cleanses from all unrighteousness.
Then the death of Christ and the influence of the Holy Spirit were only sufficient to weaken sin but our death must come to effect sins total destruction. Thus death is partially our saviour also. That which came by sin( for sin entered into the world and death by sin) now turns around and becomes its destroyer. Such ideas are absurd, It is the blood of Christ that cleanses from all unrighteousness, and the sanctification of the believer is no more dependent on death than his justification.
Those who say,' believers do not cease from sin till they die', are such believers who do not make a proper use of their faith.