All of us have an on-going struggle with sin.
Our daily life experiences, confirm that even the redeemed in Christ struggle with the continuing influence of a fallen nature. This struggle leads a lot of us to doubt our salvation and fall into discouragement. It makes some of us give up the battle in our war with sin. It instigates others to devise strange remedies of mystical awakenings and insights as if sin could be conquered by just the right attitude, experience, or knowledge.
There is a right way to engage the enemy of sin as the war wages on. In Romans 7:13-25, Paul explained that before he was regenerated by God’s grace, he had lived superficially. He thought he was able to keep the law well enough to earn God’s blessings. He was completely blind to the sin that condemned him and made all his pious deeds worthless. He saw himself as very much alive spiritually and innocent before God.
Then something revolutionary happened in his soul. The Holy Spirit came and changed his heart. God showed Paul that he was not as good as he supposed. Paul didn’t realize that his sin was thriving in places he had not expected to find it. Not only was it wrong to steal or to commit adultery, it was also wrong even to covet such things. Paul then began to see the inner spiritual nature of God.
By us trusting in the work of God alone, we as sinners find great comfort and peace as the weight of our guilt is lifted. We are all assured that the guilt of our sins is already paid for by Christ. By his life and death, Jesus took on the penalty we deserved. Once fellowship with God was restored by Christ, an inner change took place. Sin is no longer defended.
In the last section of the passage above book of Romans – Paul said that we are set free from bondage to sin. He did not mean that we are now free from ever sinning again. He was making it clear that we are no longer under sin.
Though we all want to do right, we always find that we do not always do it. The remains and habits of sin are not gone and are hard to overcome. We all see ourselves caught in a struggle, a true spiritual war. The war is not just against the world around us but also in our own heart. The imperfection of our souls will never be removed until we are united with Christ.
Key Take outs:
- We are free from the condemnation of sin as demanded by God’s justice. Jesus paid that infinitely large price in place of us. We are set free from the horrors of damnation which we deserve.
- Instead of thinking of Gods commandments & teachings through the bible as a way to earn our way to blessing, we need to see them as God’s guide for showing us thankfulness and grace.
- We need to stop seeing God’s teachings as a way tolife but rather the way of life for those redeemed by the work of the Savior.
1 John 1:8-10, says “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
Since sin is our continuing enemy, we better know how to fight the battle!