The story of man and his problem with sin is an old one. It seems our battle began way back in Eden. Our Father Adam partook of the forbidden fruit and unbeknownst to him he allowed an intruder into the human race. Not only did he break God’s law, he gave the devil a foothold into our innermost sanctuary, our soul.
As the story unfolds, we find the first two brothers Cain and Abel. They both bring an offering to God but God finds Cain’s unacceptable. Immediately God questions Cain about his attitude. He says to him “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and it’s (his) desire is for you, but you must master it (him).” I would like to bring your attention to the use of the word “him” in the King James Bible. It seems as though the sin spoken of here is a person, and so, it is telling us that a person desires to have Cain, but he is told to master it or “him.” In other words Cain was warned and he would be held accountable if he didn’t master this crouching sin.
Knowing now what we know about sin we can look at what Paul had to say about this “sin person.” In the seventh chapter of the book of Romans we discover a few more characteristics used to describe sin. Paul teaches that sin takes opportunity, produces, deceives and dwells in him. He said it takes advantage of him, produces coveting desires in him and deceives him into thinking that he, the real Paul, is the one doing these things when in fact it is the devil hidden within. It is the devil dwelling in his members that is producing all of these things contrary to the will of God. So Paul has discovered the secret that keeps us all in bondage until we are enlightened by the truth.
Elsewhere, Paul tells us that the devil, whom he calls the “god” of this world (age), has blinded the minds of the unbelieving. So once the devil came into mankind, he blinded us to this so he could carry out his plan of destroying us covertly. It is kind of like a Trojan horse of sorts. If he could gain access inside us he could rule us from within. The question this brings up is how are we going to get victory over a foe that is within?
Let’s look now to the cross of Christ and what that truly means. Jesus said in John 12:31&32 that “Judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” He said this of course talking of how he would take mankind’s judgment on the cross. Not only was he going to take our judgment, but he, being a human vessel just as we are but without sin, took this “sin” into him and that old devil was exposed and cast out. You see “God made him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin (not that Jesus had any sin of His own rather the spirit of error entered His human vessel so that in death He could free us from sin) on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” God himself took on flesh and blood, “that through death he might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.”
This reminds me of a story from the Old Testament about a young boy named David. David defeated a giant named Goliath with a sling and a stone, but he administered the actual death blow to him with his own sword. Now many years later Jesus, also known as the son of David, fought and won a battle with the devil using his own weapon, which is the death of the cross, against him. Jesus died on the cross and it seemed as though the devil had the victory but little did he know it was in fact his own defeat. Jesus won victory over the grave because three days later he was resurrected from the dead never to die again. Amen! And hallelujah!
Since gaining the victory, Jesus commissions us to do the same thing he told Paul that fateful day while he was on the road to Damascus. In the book of Acts Paul recounts to King Agrippa what Jesus told him. He said “I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”
Therefore since we are no longer slaves to sin we are told to not let sin reign in our mortal body. We are to “stop presenting the members of our body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
Now having been exposed, the devil has nothing he can do but bluff us by lies, fear, threats, doubt and any other form of manipulation he can come up with, but we are wise to him and will not receive anything he sends our way. We know the truth and the truth has set us free. Thank you Jesus for going all the way to the cross and revealing to us what that old devil’s plot was from the beginning. We therefore are not going to be duped by him because we are not ignorant of his schemes. He is not hidden anymore because the light of the world Jesus Christ has revealed him and defeated him.