Freed From Sin [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — September 18, 2018
Are you ready for some good news?
In Christ, you’re freed from sin!
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)
It is glorious and mind-bending, but the Gospel announcement is good news not only because you are forgiven in Christ but also because you are set free from sin in Christ.
Theologians from antiquity have explained that there are four natures of a person with regard to sin in righteousness. 1) Before humanity’s fall into sin, the human being was able not to sin and able to sin. 2) After the Fall, humans were able to sin and not able not to sin. 3) After a person is born again in Christ, he or she is able to sin and able not sin. 4) Once we are glorified in heaven, we will not be able to sin at all.
One’s nature determines one’s choices.
The family pet we had for years, Reesie the beagle, loved to catch a mouse or squirrel or chipmunk. I’ll never forget the day he dragged a rancid dead chipmunk into the sunroom. The odor was horrific. Of course it fell upon me to rid the sunroom of the vile thing. But what was my biggest challenge? Getting the putrid creature away from the dog! Reesie wanted to keep it. He was proud of it. He wanted to hold it in his mouth. He wanted to lick it. He was proud of it.
Though it was disgusting to me, the beagle (with a nose 100 times more sensitive than mine) thought the rotting chipmunk was wonderful. No amount of cajoling or training was going to change the fact that Reesie was attracted to a dead, stinking creature. The only thing that would change Reesie’s attraction would be a new nature. He’d have to become something other than a beagle. If he could become human, I guarantee that he would smell things differently!
If you’re in Christ, you are free from sin because you have a new nature. You are a regenerated child of God. Before Christ, you sinned because it was your nature. After your in Christ, it is possible not to sin because you aren’t the same creature. You have a new sense of smell and you can learn to use it. Sin might smell good to your old, sinful flesh but it stinks to your new nature in Christ. And that’s the Gospel!