The Day Jesus Put The Power Of Sin Away

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The Day Jesus Put The Power Of Sin Away

 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

 

6 "knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin". (Romans 6:6 NKJV)


Now, nothing can be clearer than this that our old way of life was crucified (nailed to the cross) with Christ. The crucifixion of our old life was the ending of sin reigning in our lives as our master - sin has no more power over us. How can we say that sin has no more power over us who believe in Christ? Knowing that the sting of sin is death and the strength of sin is the law (1 Corinthians 15:56) and Christ has already come to fulfill the demand of the law, which is the strength of sin, to the fullest (Matthew 5:17)  and He is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes (Romans 10:4).

 

Since the law has already been fulfilled in Christ Jesus for us who believe in Him, we are no longer under the law but under grace. Therefore, the law has no more power over us. Since the law is the strength of sin and the law is fulfilled, the power of sin is broken and that is why sin has no more power over us who believe in Him. This is the end of death and death can no longer reign over us and therefore we are dead to sin (the sting of death) and alive to God. Since we are alive to God, does it mean that we now can live in sin? Paul says in Romans 6:2 (NKJV), How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

 

Does it mean that we cannot sin? No, not at all. Paul says in Romans 7:18-20 (NKJV), 18 "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me." Paul recognizes the law of God according to the inward man (verse 22) and in Romans 7:23 (NKJV) he says, 23 "But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members."


In his struggle Paul asked the following question as stated in Romans 7:24 (NKJV), "O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?" And he answered his own question in verse 25, "I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin." Though we can still sin, we can choose to feed our spirit with His Word until we are saturated with His Word leaving no room for the flesh and its will to grow. This way we can live according to the Spirit and not to the flesh, which is pleasing to the Lord. Amen!

 

Harry Lee

Pastor

Restoration Christian Church

1900 South Santa Anita Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91006

www.rccla.org