“No, because of Who you know”
When I look at personal failure, or sin in my life I see two things that I need to pay more attention too:
- I need to be more aware that may greater problem isn’t some event, it’s in my ignorance that I have a choice.
- I need to have a greater understanding of the finished work of Jesus as it relates to overcoming sin.
A general outline of the first 8 chapters of the book of Romans reveals that Paul establishes that:
- In chapters 1 through 5 Paul spoke of the positional truth of justification: Which tells us we are dead in sin free from the penalty of sin.
- In chapters 6 through 8 Paul writes on the practical truth of sanctification: Which tells us we are dead to sin free from the power of sin.
Paraphrasing Paul’s point in chapter 6 verse 1, he says, “You can’t fight sin and the flesh by just saying NO, NO, NO, to Sin” This is a point that he had already established in Rom. 2:4 where he said “that the goodness of God leads you to repentance”. It’s knowing the “goodness” of God that enables you to say NO! Too many Christian live between “Good Friday” and “Resurrection Sunday!” What I mean is that they believe in the cross but never enter into the power of the resurrection, and instead settle for living in the wilderness somewhere between Egypt and the promised land.
Paul’s emphatic truth is: You can only say No because of who you KNOW! In four words of chapter 6 verse 2 he explains why, “We – died – to – sin –!” The rest of chapter 6 is an explanation of those four words. There Paul explains that those four words, “We died to sin”; doesn’t mean that “sin is dead in me!” As a Christian I have not reached a place (nor will I in this body) where I cannot sin. The word “died” is in the past tense, something that has already been done which means that Paul is not talking about a gradual change whereby we continue to die until we reach a place where we outgrow sin. Our once dead spirit has come alive by faith in Christ but our souls and bodies have functioned for years under the control of sin. That means our habits; thoughts and actions have all been established under the wrong influence. But now in Christ our spirit is free from sin, “ALIVE”, while our souls (the seat of our feeling thoughts and actions), along with its influence over our bodies have been wired incorrectly. Prior to this we had no choice and we did what sinners do, sin! I watched an interview with “Brock Lesner” the huge MMA fighter who prior to this was a world class wrestler. That’s what it was like fighting against the flesh before being a Christian; even if our heart had wanted to stop sinning it would just force us to do what it wanted. Saint’s what a glorious truth: Before, we were dead in sin; now we are dead to sin.
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!