“Now the LORD is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
God’s Truth: Dead To Sin
If there is a stumbling block or hindrance to Christian growth and maturity, it is that of ‘sin’. Many people struggle with their sin, particularly ‘habitual sin’ as it leaves them defeated but more so ‘guilt-ridden’ to such an extent, they become paralyzed in their relationship with Jesus. How then does a Christian gain the victory over the giant that appears impossible to defeat? Let’s find the answer in scripture.
Wrong Kind of Thinking:
The reason why we behave in a particular manner, is a reflection of our thoughts as to how we see God. If a person see’s God as all loving (a Santa Clause), then that person’s life will reflect just that, but it may also speak further to that person’s relaxed attitude towards sin. Perhaps one of the reasons Christian’s struggle so much with habitual sin (pornography, masturbation, sexual immorality, sex before marriage), is because they believe Freudian Psychology of the day, and that is – “I am a product of my design and past”. Highly believed upon by Christians today and even preached by Pastors; is the teaching that we have a sin nature that we inherited from the fall of Adam and Eve.
The result of this kind of thinking is that Christians believe that ‘sin’ is a battle they can never win. That is they believe that sin (particularly habitual) is a giant they cannot overcome; yes they may have seasons of trying to overcome this sin but eventually over time they surrender, and give-in! Some feel so defeated, they spiral out of control into further darker sins, like a person who has broken a strict diet, who then completely let’s go in a binge of eating – out of guilt for having broken their diet.
Right Kind of Thinking:
The man-made teaching that we are a product of our design or our past is a lie, and there is no scripture to back it up, unless we are saying God made us, or caused us to be sinful. That speaks to poor design, and then a God I would prefer not believing in. Genesis 2:16-17, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” – note that God was warning them that if they partook of the tree, then the judgement would be ‘death’. There is no mention here of sin being passed on from generation to generation as judgment for their failure, for if we had to follow that thought through we would then imply that God is not JUST, as we then would be born in sin, which would then mean that a baby who dies in the womb or at birth is destined for the pits of hell. God forbid!!!!
But Were Adam and Eve Not Dying Anyway?
No, Genesis 3:22 says (after Adam and Eve had fallen into sin, by partaking of the fruit from the tree of good and evil) – “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden…”. It was this “tree of life” that was giving them ‘eternal mortal life’ when they partook of it’s fruit, but when they sinned, they were removed from the Garden of Eden, and destined to ‘DIE’ physically as we are today. There was no spiritual death, nor a passing unfairly of their sin to us; but only the judgement of God by death. Romans 5:12 says “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” – note the emphasis, that death passed unto all men, not sin; yes judgement fell upon all men (Romans 3:23) for all have sinned and come short of God’s glory; but it’s not INHERITED SIN from Adam, but each man and woman sinning of their own accord.
But Then How Are All Guilty Of Sin?
Because of our FLESH. We are not born sinful, but we have a tendency to sin, because our flesh enjoys comfort and luxury. Our flesh is our physical bodies (our passions and wants)and we know our bodies would rather do nothing, than do hard labour, it would rather eat sweets and chocolates, than fruit and vegetables. Our flesh is our hindrance and it is called by scripture, as the OLD MAN (Ephesians 4:22). But ok, how do I overcome sin if I have my body, my flesh? The answer is found in Romans 6, and it is the saved Christians Chapter of Victory! Romans 6:6 – “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin”. 6:17 – “But God be thanked, that ye werethe servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness”.
How we overcome is simple, we understand that we already have the victory over our ‘past sins’ in Jesus Christ. As Jesus died at Calvary, so too did our passions and lusts when we believed in Him. That doesn’t mean we are sinless, or that we will never sin; but it does mean that SIN is not a foe we can never defeat, nor a giant we can never overcome, but that it has already been defeated when we believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t mean the temptation won’t be there to sin (we still have our flesh), but it does mean, that when we are tempted we MAKE THE CHOICE to give in or to say NO, but more so; we have the POWER in the Holy Spirit, as born-again children of God to just say NO! (1 Corinthians 10:13). It’s a simple concept, but it takes a while before it pierces the heart and is completely practical! You may not see this in your Christian experience, as you continue to commit habitual sin, but this is the TRUTH of the BIBLE, and the pathway to the VICTORY you ALREADY HAVE.
“But now being made free from sin,and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Likewise reckon ye also yourself to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our LORD”.
Victory over sin, is not through a focus on ‘not sinning’ but recognizing one’s existing victory and power over sin through belief in Jesus Christ, through fellowship in Jesus Christ and through the work of Jesus Christ on Calvary! Bless you!