Another vital part of the new identity God
has given us is our freedom from sin -- our lives are no longer
controlled by sin's power.
WHY IS UNDERSTANDING THIS TRUTH IMPORTANT?
Even though we are a new creation, our "old life" can
still impact our new life. This influence is typically exhibited
in two ways:
Guilt and defeat: feeling that a specific
sin has control of us...that we cant help doing it and/or
feeling tremendous guilt from past or present sins.
Believing we are "free TO sin",
rather than free FROM sin: sinning willingly and without regret
because Hey, God will forgive me and/or trying to get
as close to sin as possible without sinning.
Sin just brings problems. That's why Christ
set us from from them. So when we don't believe and live out our
freedom FROM sin, we will face many difficulties in our life and
walk with God.
THE TRUTH: WE ARE FREE FROM SIN
When we are saved, we are now free from the power
of sin we have died to sin and are alive in Christ. We need
to understand this truth because there are some sins that we may
feel have us trapped. Sometimes there are things we do that we know
are wrong, but we dont feel like we can keep from doing them,
and instead of us being able to say no to sin, sin is
in control. When this happens, we need to remember that we are free
from sin and that Christ has already won the battle.
Paul discusses our freedom from sin over and over
in his letters. Many of the people he wrote to interpreted the freedom
we find in Christ as freedom to sin...Paul indicates that this is
going back to the very thing Christ saved us from. Other people
he wrote to simply didnt understand where that they and their
response to sin changed upon salvation.
Romans 6.1-2 What shall we say, then? Shall
we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We
died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
Because we are a new creation, the sin nature
has been replaced with our new selves:
Galatians 5.13 You, my brothers, were called to be free.
But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature...
Romans 6.18 You have been set free from sin and have
become slaves to righteousness.
Romans 8.2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit
of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
2 Corinthians 5.17 Therefore, if anyone is
in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new
Romans 8.9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful
nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you
Galatians 5.24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified
the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
Because of what Christ did for us, we no longer
have to be controlled by sin. Our lives should reflect the fact
that we are free from sin. This doesnt mean we wont
sin anymore, because even though we are free, we still mess up.
Freedom from sin DOES mean that our lives are no longer controlled
by sin and that we are actively resisting sin and getting it out
of our life. We will never be perfect; but, with Gods help,
we should be moving in that direction.
1 Corinthians 15.57 But thanks be to God! He
gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is no sin that is too big for God to handle!
Identity: Dealing with Temptation