JUNE 11, 2016
The Christian and sin 1
1 John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
From that title we have two clear things to properly clarify. “The Christian ” and “sin”
Who is a Christian? The Christian is a man or woman who has received Christ into his life. He has received the gift of righteousness.
Romans 5:17 “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”
Christ is the gift of righteousness. It is important to see that righteousness is a gift and not a reward or a wage .
The believer has received forgiveness by the blood of Jesus.
Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace”
This forgiveness is not limited in time but is an eternal forgiveness.
Hebrews 10:10 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”
Hebrews 10:12-14 “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified”
So that one offering of Christ took care of all sins past, present and future. The believer has received this eternal forgiveness once he is located in Christ.
The believer is dead to sin. In his spirit there is not sin or guile.
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”
The believer is dead to sin. Death means separation. So it is safe to say the believer is separated from sin in his spirit. The power of sin over the believers spirit has been destroyed!
The believer is a new creation. He is alive to God. He has godly desires and predilections now.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
He is a new creation! He is separated from sin by the quickening of the spirit. He is alive to God. A perfect union with God.
Ephesians 2:4 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ”
The believer will never be disqualified as a son because of sin because he has an advocate. His advocate is effective and eternal!
1 John 2:1 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
We have an advocate. We have a defense lawyer who is also our propitiation (mercy seat)
We have a potent savior. He saves to the uttermost!
Hebrews 7:25 “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them”
The eternal advocacy of Jesus is the eternal security of the believer.
Now to sin.
What is sin? Sin means the miss the mark. It means to deviate from an instruction.
Sin is first a nature before it is an action.
Romans 6:20 “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.”
Sin is a king that made slaves of men. Before Christ sin actually reigned as king with death as vice-regent.
Romans 5:12-14 “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: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come”
Sin however is not longer a king over the believer. The hold of sin has been destroyed. It is an eternal and complete destruction.
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.”
To the believer, sin is no longer a nature. However, sin and it’s influence is still in this world and will try to regain control not of our spirits because he is sealed with the Holy Ghost but our souls and bodies. Hence, we are told not to yield our bodies to sin. We must not surrender our bodies to sin to grant sin expression.
Romans 6:12-13 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God”
Sin needs a mind or a body to express itself. You must surrender neither!
CONFESSION: In my spirit is no sin. In my spirit is no guile. My spirit is alive to God. My soul is renewed with knowledge. My body is submitted to my spirit and soul. I am a believer in Christ. Eternally forgiven. Never forsaken!
BIBLE READING: Genesis 12, Ezra 2, 1 Corinthians 14
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