Loosed From Sin

INTRODUCTION

A few days ago, a pastor-friend from Rajasthan messaged me asking for some advice. He mentioned that his friend who is a man of God, who walked in the supernatural, miracles and healings was going through a difficult time in his personal life.

When I enquired what the issue was, he mentioned that last year in 2020, he fell into sexual sin and has been struggling ever since, which now has come to a point where he is thinking of taking drastic steps and leaving the ministry the Lord has given. He was struggling with sin and continual guilt. 

The post below is an elaborate understanding of what I spoke to him which I believe will help you understand the core issue of sin.

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CLEANSED BY HIS BLOOD

We are cleansed of all sin by Jesus Christ — through His shed blood on the Cross. However, it is also through the same Cross of Christ that we are delivered from all sin. There is no hope of freedom until we are really loosed from the power of sin by the Cross. However, liberty is precisely what God promises:

Romans 6:5-7 -- For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be united in the likeness of his resurrection. We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.)

You will notice that this text makes no mention of forgiveness. This is addressed in detail elsewhere. However, in Romans chapter 6, we learn solely of deliverance - a state of sinlessness. I must note out in passing that the Bible never preaches freedom from the sin nature or from the potential of sin. 

However, by Christ's death, we are set free from the power of the sin nature - "he who dies is made free from sin." The whole premise of Paul's argument is that we have been crucified with Christ. In a nutshell, we are assimilated with Him and become one with Him. As a result of His death, we are made free from sin.

Unless and until we are delivered from sin, we are slaves to sin. And if we are not free from the power of sin's nature, we are not living in Christ as new creatures. The central purpose of Christ's death on the Cross and subsequent resurrection is to save us from sin.

Despite these clear statements of Truth, it is a reality that Christians worldwide are enslaved to different sins. Clearly, something is wrong. And God cannot bear the guilt.

NATURE OF SIN

Since Adam's fall, sinful nature defines the kind of creature that man is. Man is devoid of Truth, self-centred, and at odds with God. "Sin is lawlessness," John declared. 

1 John 3:4 -- Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness.

By nature, man is lawless. Obedience is unattainable. Law is unable to assist him. The only way out is through death and being born again from a place where no sin exists and as a new creature.

MY EXPERIENCE

A few days ago, I got super upset with something related to work with those who were supposed to complete it and have not done a proper job. So without realising, my pressure went off the roof. My wife, after my fit of anger, calmed me down and made me realise how I behaved.

My immediate reaction was to justify what I did because I knew I was right to be angry. But, she explained that a person who can control his spirit and anger can overcome anything. 

This was a strong word which I accepted and repented of my behaviour. Now, I watch my words, think before I react even if I am right in situations.  

I later prayed and the Lord opened my eyes to see that my ministry has nothing to do with where my heart is in the present. I can keep doing God's work, help others, preach, teach and still have ulterior motives to promote my ministry or work so I can be known or get fame, name and money. This is a great deception.

WE ARE CALLED TO ACT ON GOD'S WORD AS SPIRITUAL PEOPLE AND NOT REACT TO SITUATIONS WRONGLY AS CARNAL PEOPLE.

Now, when we speak of being enslaved to sins, we are referring to different expressions of the same sinful nature that is inside each of us. If I am a victim of anger, you may be a victim of alcoholism. 

Someone may be completely enslaved to judgmentalism or sexual sin. Some others are deceived by pride so they do not know they are proud or be addicted to some vice.

And we are all bound by an element of self-righteousness. However, the point is that all of those patterns and manifestations and based on the same root - Sin. So, you may attempt to obey all you want, but you will never reach the root by simple compliance.

OVERCOMING SIN

Here we find the first point we must grasp while discussing the need of overcoming sin. A frequent error is to find our specific expression of the sin nature – how it manifests in our behaviour and attitudes – and then to focus on that and attempt to change our behaviour. Or we attempt to eliminate it entirely. 

And there are many "religious experts" out there who provide the rules, regulations, and principles that are meant to heal us of our ailments and troubles. 

Everything from submitting to authority to generous giving, public confession, multiple-step programmes, and church attendance is given as the template to follow in order to transform our expression of sin into a manifestation of obedience. 

However, as Jesus said so clearly, a rotten tree cannot produce good fruit. 

Matthew 7:18 -- A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a rotten tree cannot produce good fruit

We search for methods to improve poor fruit — to make it appear and behave better. However, this will not work. We must trust Jesus when He says that the only way forward is for the whole tree to perish and be resurrected.

CORE OF THE PROBLEM

Therefore, the first thing we must realise is that regardless of the expression of sin – smoking, wrath, greed, envy, homosexuality, addiction to pornography, adultery, fornication, pride or self-righteousness – the remedy is always the same: Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. 

We can never really be made free from the bonds of slavery by merely adopting new behaviours. You will be at best a "well-behaved prisoner" of your immorality. You may commit fewer sins. However, you will not be liberated. 

And that sin will manifest itself in another manner. You have to go to the core of the problem. And that is precisely what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross for us.

The second thing we must realise is that attempting to conquer particular sins is pointless unless we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ. In other words, you cannot be cleansed of sins just by bringing them to the Cross. No. You must carry yourself to the Cross. 

THE CROSS

According to Jesus, we must lose our lives in order to find them. To be sure, the life we are about to lose is the source and force of sin. Give your life to Christ and the sin that is ingrained in it will gradually lose its power. 

Making an absolute commitment to Christ is a good place to start. Ask His assistance in bringing you into this Truth. And then, when He accomplishes what is necessary, follow Him. You cannot want freedom more than Christ desires it for you.

Thirdly, you must recognise that you are not placing your trust in the Cross. No. Rather than that, we are to place our trust in the One who was crucified and suffered our sin. Attempting to place our trust in a thing, such as the Cross, or in the historical event of Jesus' death is a mistake. 

Rather than that, we must approach the Person and be baptised into Him — and if we do, we become one with the Christ crucified and resurrected. We shall then share in everything that the Cross achieved and His resurrected life.

Never convert these topics into a religious how-to manual. No. This is about a relationship founded on trust in the knowledge of the Truth. We are under the law the minute we convert anything into a belief system or a "how-to" manual to follow — it may not seem so, but we are. No religious structure or programme – short of Jesus Christ's Redemption – can make us free.

LETTER TO GALATIANS

For instance, why do we think Paul penned his letter to the Galatians? To correct them on this specific point. They were attempting to bring themselves into righteousness by self-obedience. They were attempting to accomplish through their own efforts what Christ had already accomplished. 

Paul said that they were subject to the authority of another gospel. The whole of his epistle may be summed as follows:

Galatians 6:14-15 -- But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that matters is a new creation!

Circumcision represented the whole concept of righteousness by deeds throughout that historical period. If you read this passage carefully, you will realise that it is meaningless - adherence to any rule is ineffective in addressing the sin nature. 

It is incapable of curing what lies behind acts of wrongdoing. It is incapable of breaking the spiritual ties that come with being in Adam. Death and resurrection are the only solutions. We must die and be resurrected in Christ.

I will not be free until I get to the point when I not only bring my sins to the Cross but also bring myself to the Cross. I must understand that He who died was sinless. I must be crucified beside and in Christ. I must sacrifice my whole being - my old man of sin. Then and only then can the Cross's power be effective in my life.

FREEDOM FROM BONDAGE

If you ask the typical Christian how to break free from sin, they would respond, "obedience." They will assert that the remedy to sin is submission to God – and will tell you that God has endowed you with the ability to submit to Him.

However, pause. obedience cannot be the answer to sin's shackles. Why? Because my enslavement to sin means that I am unable to obey God. Sure. Thus, it is an error to assert that if I am incapable of obeying God, the answer is for me to follow God. Clearly, another alternative must exist.

If you convince a sinner that all he has to do to overcome sin is to stop sinning, you are unknowingly rejecting the Cross. If you offer a sinner a list of laws to follow, claiming that compliance with them would set him free from sin, you are teaching "another gospel." 

If you add anything to the basic trust in Christ crucified - any law, any church, or any principle, any other person – you are no one's friend. Christ crucified is the only Truth.

In fact, the vast majority of us have never been taught this basic Truth. And yet, if we are being really honest, there are sins and habits in our lives that we cannot overcome. And I am just referring to the ones you are aware of. 

INGRAINED SIN

There are probably a handful of faults that have been so ingrained in your consciousness that you are unaware of them. How about self-righteousness as a sin? Of scepticism? How about a habit of constant dread - even fear of God? Indeed, the Bible identifies many of these potential evils as "fleshly works:"

Galatians 5:19-21 -- Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, depravity, idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions, envying, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and similar things. I am warning you, as I had warned you before: Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!

Sin is pervasive. It is so pervasive that even a human being with all the proper purpose and will strength inside him would be unable to defeat it. That is why Christ was crucified. He died in order for us to share in His death and to die with Him. This is sufficient to set us free.

The majority of Christians will tell you that they cannot earn God's forgiveness. Therefore, why do we believe that we can "obey ourselves out of" the very NATURE that brought us into sin in the first place? We are unable to. 

We must accept what God repeatedly says: Without Christ, we are all slaves to sin. Our unique manifestation may be more attractive or less attractive than others. However, the root is the same. We are "carnal, sold as slaves to sin." May the Lord Jesus Christ who died on the Cross deliver you.

I trust this word will bless you.

Blessings,

Godwin.



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