I am thinking (again) this morning about sin and…
Why don’t we hear more preaching about sin?
Well, as I look back over my blog ‘hits’, I think I have answered my own question. You see, my blog hits went from 70 down to 2 yesterday for the subject of sin. I think I am onto something here. I don’t think sin is a very popular subject. Perhaps it is no longer ‘politically correct’ to tell people they are sinners deserving of Hell and to repent of their evil ways (he said sarcastically). I mean who has the right to do that anyway? Surely I have not reached perfection and I have no right highlighting other people’s sin. Who has the right to preach this message except Jesus himself. And there is the point, would the genuinely anoited preacher who preaches the uncompomised Word of God in power please stand up? Could 2 Tim 4:3-4 be coming true before our very eyes?.
“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
So, getting back to the subject, what is sin?
For a while there I used to define sin as something that hurts you and/or hurts someone else. But, although this is a reasonable definition, it has holes. A better definition is that…
Sin is anything that goes against the Word of God
The Word of God being defined as God’s written Word (the Bible) but also the Word of God that directly speaks to us. These are called the Logos (written Word) and the Rhema (spoken Word – God directly speaking to us). So, to put it simply…
If God says ‘don’t do it’, ‘DON’T DO IT!”
There is no discussion or debate. God and I aren’t equal debators. My wisdom is nothing compared to God’s wisdom. It is not necessary for me to have full understanding of ‘why’ before I obey Eg: “you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” [Gen 2:17] . The Word of God commands my full attention and obedience so that…
Whatever God says, goes!
If I go out and steal my neighbour’s whipper snipper and punch him in the nose when he tries to stop me I am guilty of a number of sins as defined in the written Word of God.
Also, if God is speaking to me about going to visit my neighbour to bless him and I continually and deliberately ignore Him then I am guilty of the sin of disobedience for not obeying the spoken Word of God that is in my heart.
BOTH are disobedience against the Word of God
Now the former appears a more severe sin than the later but who can judge? Perhaps the later has more severe eternal consequences.
Who is your Master?
Now here is a very important question. Let’s look at some Words of Jesus. Jesus, speaking to the ‘Jews who believed’ and the Pharisees, replied,
“I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” [John 8:34-36]
Free from what? Sinning ? No! We are not yet perfect. Then, free from what?
Free from the power of sin!
For the true, born again believer sin no longer has a hold on them/us.
Sin is no longer our master!
Have a listen to these verses from Romans 6:5-14:
5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
The truth is, IF we are truly born again
we have a new Master
who has conquered sin and conquered death
and as disciples of Jesus we are to fully obey Him.
Jesus said in John 15:14:
“You are my friends IF you do what I command”
We cling onto Jesus with all of our strength knowing that we…
9 are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, IF the Spirit of God lives in you. And IF anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10 But IF Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 And IF the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
12 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation — but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13 For IF you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but IF by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. [Rom 8:9-14]
Father, forgive me for not obeying you fully. Forgive me for not making you my Master fully. You are more important to me than any sin in my life. I believe your Word that sin no longer has a hold on my life. Forgive me of my sin, I don’t want to do that again. May your power fully manifest in my life as I fully submit to you. In Jesus name, Amen.