Freed From Sin [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — September 17, 2018
Are you ready for some good news?
When you are in Christ, sin is no longer your master!
Today’s Texts: “For one who has died has been set free from sin.” (Romans 6:7, ESV)
“So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:11, ESV)
“For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14, ESV)
The same grace that forgives you empowers you.
Some years ago I met with a couple that was new to our church. They had been leaders in their previous church for a long time. It was a heart-wrenching departure. They wanted to meet with me to explain why they were making the change.
“We need the message of grace,” she said.
“But,” I asked, “Doesn’t your previous church proclaim grace?” I was pretty sure that their former church’s motto actually included a statement about the importance of grace.
“Yes,” the dear woman replied. “They do talk about grace, but….” She began to weep. “All we hear about is grace that forgives our wretched sin. It’s never grace to overcome our sin. So I just leave church more aware of my sin but without hope.”
Paul made it clear to the Romans, “sin will have no dominion over you!” It doesn’t mean that we never sin. It means that we don’t have to sin. God’s grace doesn’t just save you, it sanctifies you.
The 77th question of the Westminster Confession beautifully describes the distinction between justification and sanctification:
“Although sanctification is inseparably joined to justification, the two are distinctly different. In justification God imputes the righteousness of Christ to believers; in sanctification his Spirit infuses believers with grace and enables them to use it. In the former, sin is pardoned; in the latter, it is subdued.”
Your sin isn’t merely pardoned; it is subdued by the power of the Spirit. And that’s the Gospel!