When you hear the word “sin” what comes to your mind immediately? Darkness? Impurity? Something hidden in the deepest part of your inner being?
According to the biblical dictionary, sin can be defined as “any thought, action, or attitude that falls short of God’s holiness” “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23. Sin has many layers. Specific actions or thoughts are sinful. Such as murder, adultery, and stealing and etc. Even the desire to commit murder, adultery, and theft are sins according to Jesus: “Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28.
But sin goes even deeper than that. We commit sins because by nature (Adamic nature) we are sinners. Adam and Eve’s first sin in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1-6) brought sickness, sorrow, shame, and death into the world. We still bear the consequences of that sin today (pain in childbearing for women, hard work for men with the cursed ground) Gen. 3:16-19.
We all have inherited a sin nature from Adam. Psalm 51:5: “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Rom. 5:12: “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.”
We cannot help but sin because it is our nature to do so. Think about a baby…s/he does not have to be taught to be selfish, wanting their own ways. That comes naturally.
However, here is an important truth to remember: we were not created to be sinful. We were designed by God in His own image: “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27. We are God’s masterpiece: “For we are God’s masterpiece/handiwork/workmanship. “He has created us anew in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10. This was the original plan of God for humanity! Not only that, but also He gave us responsibility over His creation! What an honor!
“What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than heavenly beings and You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.” Psalm 8:4–6
We were designed to live in perfect fellowship with our Creator.
God found a solution for our sin: When Jesus died on the cross, He took upon Himself all the sin of the world: “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21. “He himself is the sacrifice that atones (to make amends; to supply satisfaction) for our sins–and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” 1 John 2:2.
Col. 1:20-23: “…and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. 21This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. 23But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.”
By taking the punishment for our sin, He cancelled the debt that each of us owes God: “He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” Col. 2:14.
Jesus by His death on the cross removed the debt against us that condemned us. He also reversed the curse of our old natures, which keeps us enslaved to sinful passions and desires: “But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law. 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” Galatians 3:10, 13.
“Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.” Romans 7:25. “For you are a slave to whatever controls you.” 2 Peter 2:19.
The moment we believed Jesus as our Savior, we were given a new nature that has been freed from sin: “Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.” Romans 6:18. “And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Rom. 8:2.
The entire chapter of Romans 6 explains this in detail. Verse 14 says, “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”
Can we be free from sin? Proverbs 20:9 asks the question “Who can say, ‘I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin?” We can all identify with that. If we are honest with ourselves, we know we still sin. So why does Romans 6:18 say, “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness”? Is this a contradiction? Does God’s Word contradict? Never! But God’s Word convicts us of sin every day. To be free from sin means that we are no longer enslaved by sin. Through the Holy Spirit, we have the power to live victoriously over sin: “.. thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Romans 8:35-37).
Just like we once followed fleshly desires, now we follow the Holy Spirit: “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” Romans 8:14; “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24.
We live in a fallen world and in our flesh, we will still sin. But we have a remedy for that: “Confess you sins….” 1 John 1:9. “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.” 1 John 2:1. Also take a look at, Romans 7:21–25. Those who follow Christ do not make sin a lifestyle choice: 1 John 2:1–6: “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” 1 John 3: 6-10 talks about Christ coming to destroy the works of the devil! It is done! Finished for us!
Romans 6:2: “Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?” In Christ, we have received a new nature. Our old nature drew us toward self-pleasure, the new nature draws us toward holiness: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17. Sin has no longer power over us. Freedom from sin allows us to offer ourselves as willing slaves/servants of Christ, who continues to work in us to make us more like Him: “Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.” Romans 6:18.
Christians still sin even after being saved. The difference is that we no longer love our sin; we hate sin. Praise God for the victory we have in Christ: “The word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one” (1 John 2:14). The better we understand how much Christ went through to offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice on our behalf (to set us free) the more we will hate our sin. Jesus, the only innocent Man, shed His blood to save us from our sin. Our sin caused His death. Our sin nailed Him to a cross. And “we turned our backs on him and looked the other way” (Isaiah 53:3). Once we understand the price Jesus paid for our salvation, we will love Him even more, and we will hate what caused His pain and death. We are made to love, obey, and glorify our Maker. Sin disables our God-given potential. Once we realize God’s original plan for us, we want to live for Him and to be dead to sin. Satan is the originator of sin (Ezekiel 28:15). As believers, we still face Satan’s temptations and struggle with the “old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires” (Ephesians 4:22). When we “gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Romans 13:14), we are siding with the devil’s spirit, not God’s.
Here is great news: Jesus helps us in our battle with flesh/sin today: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:13. In your struggle with sin, remember the words of this song, sing it aloud by faith!
“Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me.” (Lord I need you song)
And pray daily Psalm 19: 12-14: “How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13Keep your servant from deliberate/willful/presumptuous sins!
Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt
And innocent of great sin.
14May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”