Freedom from sin

We are free from sin, not free to sin. This is a small but life altering distinction to make for Christians.

It is a lack of being perfect (i.e. sin) that keeps us from having a relationship with God. The only way to have a relationship with God is to be like He is, and He is holy (1 Peter 1:15). Several thousand years ago God gave the law to Israel. This law described the perfection required for someone to have a relationship with God. However, not one person was able to obey the law perfectly. The failure of Israel demonstrated that human beings were corrupt even in their hearts and needed a heart transplant in order to please God. God knowing this sent Jesus down to earth. Jesus obeyed the law perfectly. And His perfection is available to all who put their trust in Him completely for their own perfection.

Before someone has faith in Jesus Christ they are essentially living by the law. They are trying to have a relationship with God through their own efforts at perfection, which most people should realize is futile. When Jesus died for our sins, He set us free from the consequences of our sin under the law and put us under grace (Romans. 8:14). When Jesus rose from the dead, He gave us a heart and mind transplant through His Spirit so that we could bear fruit (Rom. 7:6). The Bible says, "I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people (Heb. 8:11)."

The Spirit, far from being an abstract esoteric concept, brings real change to people because He is alive. All Christians have the Spirit of Christ and if they don't they are not actually Christians. "Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him (Rom. 8:9)." Too many "Christians" see themselves as helpless against the sin that is in the world. Since perfection seems impossible, they don't even try.  However, no longer are we helpless against the temptations of the world but God works through us to transform us into His image.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17-18).
The Spirit of God cannot be stopped. "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (Jn. 4:4)." Satan cannot overcome Him and keep you in a life of sin.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk no according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Rom. 8:1-4).
Walk by the Spirit (Gal. 5:25)


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