FREE FROM SIN AND THE LAW

“…the power of sin is the law” (1 Corinthians 15:56).

If sin gets its power by the law then we need to be freed from the Law, right?

Right!

Guess what?

That’s exactly what has happened by way of the cross!
God has crucified us with Christ in order to free us from sin and the Law. He knows it wouldn’t do us any good to be free from sin if we are still under the Law where sin gets its power. “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God” (Romans 7:4). Before, “While we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death” (Romans 7:5).

You see, before we are joined to Christ through the death, burial and resurrection, we were joined to another. We were “walking according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). We were operated by the “spirit of error” (1 John 4:6). We were doing the lusts of our father the devil! (John 8:44).

The Law was given in order to make sin manifest in a greater way. “The Law came in so that the transgression/sin would increase” (Romans 5:20). This sounds a bit crazy at first. You might ask, “Why would God want the sin to increase?”

Great question.

God wants the sin to increase because even though He knows it’s there we have to come to see it or else we might never cry out for deliverance. God wants to free us, and has done all that is necessary to do so through the cross, but we have to see it. The only way we tend to “see” our need is only after many, many attempts of our own “self-efforts” fail us. Finally, like the Apostle Paul, we cry out, “O Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death!” (Romans 7:24).

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

“He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son…” (Colossians 1:13).

“Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

“He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:17).

“In Him you have been made complete” (Colossians 2:10).

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RESCUED FROM DARKNESS

“The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

Did you catch that?

As a believer, we are called to be “kind, able to teach, patient and gentle with those who are still “slaves to sin.”

Amazing!

In other words, those who have been freed from sin are to gently teach others they too can be freed but only God can grant them true repentance or change their minds. You see, we all start out as a slave to sin (the devil) but Jesus came here to set us free! “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). It is so much more than forgiveness!

Doing the devil’s will is sin. When we come to God through Christ, we’re not only receiving forgiveness for things we have done (sins), we’re receiving freedom from slavery to Mr. Sin by being crucified, buried and raised with Christ (Romans 6:6-7). We’re coming to our senses and admitting we have been in collusion with the enemy of God. So we not only need forgiveness we need deliverance and that also has been provided for us through our being joined in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).