Freedom in Christ: Part 2 – Sin
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For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! ~Romans 5:17 (All verses are in NIV)
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how one element of God’s plan in sending the Messiah, Jesus, was to free us from the law. This freedom from the law brought about freedom from sin at the same time.
The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, ~Romans 5:20
Out of context, this verse may be slightly confusing, but the point the Apostle Paul is making here is that sin existed before the law. However, when the law came about, it highlighted how much sin was rampant in their society.
While the law was introduced in an attempt to keep the Hebrews in line with God’s will, it was never intended to be a permanent solution. The Messiah was always a part of the original plan of salvation and the fulfillment of the law. As Christ said himself in Matthew 5:17:
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Through Freedom from the Law Comes Freedom from Sin
With the law fulfilled by Christ, it seems that we might be free to go on sinning as we wish. And since God is a God of love, obedience to Him is always a free choice. That choice presents itself as a double-sided coin—some may understand this freedom in a way that encourages sin, while others will experience it as an opportunity to live life abundantly and free from sin—the latter being in accordance with God’s will.
Paul knew that this discussion would take place. Listen to what he has to say in Romans 6:1-2:
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
Further down in Romans 6, Paul says this:
The death he (Jesus) died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. ~verses 10 & 11
Living in Christ’s Example
Having perfectly honored and fulfilled the Old Testament Law, Christ not only conquered sin and death, but also provided an example by which we might live our lives. Conforming to the image of Christ is a life of victory and freedom from sin.
Now, this doesn’t mean we never sin, but that we are no longer in bondage to sin. With forgiveness and the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the ability to live out the fruits of the Spirit instead of a life of sin.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. ~Galatians 5:22-25
Against such things there is no law!
At times, a life filled with the fruit of the Spirit might seem challenging. As we mentioned before, freedom from sin doesn’t mean that we no longer sin. But take heart, knowing that Christ died so that you might experience more and more freedom. This kind of freedom is both a one-time thing—when Christ died and rose again we WERE freed from sin—as well as an ongoing thing—we CONTINUE to experience and work out this freedom in our daily lives.
As a unique inner healing prayer ministry, at Agave Sozo in Chandler, AZ, the goal of each session is to get to the root of those things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With a healed connection, you can then walk in the destiny to which you have been called.