Struggling Against Sin

Greetings, fellow Sojourners and Pilgrims,

I would like to share with you some Scriptures pertaining to sin, the regenerated believer’s relationship to sin, and encourage you in your walk.

On Sin
We know sin kills, and that we live in a fallen world which has been corrupted by sin, and that we are now born with a sin nature.

“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” (Romans 8:13)

Commenting on this verse the Puritan John Owens stated – “Be killing sin, or it will be killing you.”

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

All of mankind experiences the first death due to sin and the curse.

“And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” (Genesis 6:12)

“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalms 51:5)

The regenerated believer’s relationship to sin
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.” (Colossians 3: 2-7)

“But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1: 15-16)

We can clearly see that we are called to live a holy lifestyle. If we are truly regenerated, we will bear good fruits and will grow in holiness. Sadly, we do not hear this important truth being taught from pulpits these days. There seems to be less and less exhortation for holy living amongst believers, and even to confront a brother or sister in sin can lead to a charge of legalism.

“And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5: 15-17)

When the Lord grants us repentance and faith, He makes us NEW creations. Christ’s vicarious work on the cross freed us from sin and death.

“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.” (Romans 6: 18-19)

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” (Ephesians 2: 1-3)

We are no longer slaves to sin. No longer dead in trespasses and sins, but made alive in Christ!

Brothers and sisters, this means we are set free from sin the moment we are regenerated. Sin has lost its power over us. Does this mean that we will live sinless perfection on this side of Heaven? No, it does not, but we should remember that Christ freed us from sin and bought us with His precious blood. We do not HAVE to sin any longer. When a Christian does sin, he or she will be repulsed by it; they will not live in it, or be immersed in it. They will have a new relationship to sin and will HATE sin.

Paul compares the Christian life to a race as well as a fight.

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1 Corinthians 9:24)

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where unto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12)

I share this with you brothers and sisters, so that you will not be in the condition I was at one time. For years, I was in legalism and trying to do good works to please God. I knew I could not live by God’s holy standard and often wondered who could do such a thing? I was dead…I only knew the law. From there, I entered into a blend easy believism combined with a form of liberal pietism. I only had to “love” the Lord. Sadly this was a “Lord” of my own creation. I had a different gospel. I did not understand the true Gospel for many years. If you are trying to please a Holy and Just God by your own good works, please repent of this now. You cannot save yourself. Without faith, it is impossible to please the Lord.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

As we saw above, the Lordship of Christ is not an option. If you are professing Christ with your mouth and living in a sinful lifestyle, repent. Jesus MUST be both Lord AND Savior of your life.

But dear brothers and sisters, we know the Lord gives us the grace to withstand evil.

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (James 4:6)

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” ( Romans 8:35-39)

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

It is our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ that keeps us in the race, and helps us persevere until the end.

May the Lord bless you, and may you hide these truths in your heart by His Grace, amen.

HL4Jesus

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