Did you know that you have been set free from sin?
If you meditate on that for I while, you will find that it will have a profound effect upon your spirit. You will begin to see yourself completely free from sin. Sin will no longer have control over your life. Instead, you will discover that you have dominion over sin, just as you have dominion over the enemy – he is under your feet!
Unfortunately, many believers today use their new-found liberty in Christ as a licence to continue in sin. They know that God will always forgive them, so they sin as they please and then go running to Him for forgiveness afterward.
Let me ask you a question: If you are like that, is that the best you can offer God? He gave you His very best, His only begotten Son, don’t you think you should also offer Him YOUR very best?
You will notice that those who live that kind of lifestyle will never grow spiritually. They will always be weak in their faith, and open to the attacks of the enemy. They will also be in great danger of falling into far greater sins, and falling back into the world.
This problem isn’t only true in the Church today, but it was also the case in Paul’s day, for he wrote:
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”
Romans 6:1-2 NKJV
The Apostle Paul explained that the moment you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, you were united with Him in His death. Yes, when Christ died, He took everyone to the cross with Him, so that we might be set free from sin FOREVER.
Paul also wrote:
“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 to sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:6-7 NKJV (emphasis mine).
Who is the “old man” that Paul was referring to? It is the “old you,” before you came to Christ. The old man was completely governed by the desires of the flesh, the things which appealed to the five senses, and was a slave to sin. Now that you are in Christ, you are meant cast off the “old man,” and put on the “new man,” which has been created in the image of Christ, so that you are no longer a slave to sin, but a slave to God – a slave to righteousness! The new man is no longer governed by the desires of the flesh, but is now governed by the desires of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of that man now rules over the flesh, so that it is no longer under the dominion of sin.
Paul then wrote:
“Therefore, DO NOT LET SIN REIGN IN YOUR MORTAL BODY, that you should obey its lusts (or, desires). And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. FOR SIN SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU , for you are not under the law but under grace.” Romans 6:12-14 NKJV (emphases mine).
God doesn’t want sin to have dominion over you, He wants you to walk in dominion over sin, and rule over it. Look at what the Lord said to Cain, way back in the beginning:
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And of you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should RULE OVER IT.” Genesis 4:7 NKJV (emphasis mine).
God wants you to rule over sin – He wants you to walk in authority over it! The Holy Spirit said through the Apostle Paul, “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body.”. That means you have the authority to say, No, to sin!
Finally, Paul wrote:
“But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to HOLINESS, (a holy life) and the end, everlasting life.” Romans6:22 NKJV (emphasis mine).
The fruit of being free from sin is a life of holiness. By shaking off the sins of this world, and presenting your body to God as an instrument of righteousness, you become a slave of God, instead of a slave of sin, where sin has dominion over you. God doesn’t want any sin to have dominion over you. He cleansed you from your sins with the precious blood of His Son, so that you could live a life free from sin.
You are holy!
Next week, we will look at: “The Image of the New Man.”