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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NOT I BUT…

Have you ever done something and afterwards thought, “Why did I do that? that’s not who I am.” If that wasn’t you who was it?

The Apostle Paul discovered it was sin in him but not the real “him.” He said, “If I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me” (Romans 7:20).¬†Once Paul discovered this he cried out for deliverance saying, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24). Then it’s as if he remembered he was already free in Christ, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25).

After seeing that it was not really “he” but “sin” in him, he remembered Christ had already set him free. Now, Paul says, “It is no longer I but Christ who lives” (Galatians 2:20). Either way it’s not only “I” ever, because we are always joined to another. We are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness (Romans 6:18). We are either producing fruit for death or fruit for God (Romans 7:4-5). We are joined to the True Vine or another but we are always a branch (John 15:1-5). We are operating according to “the spirit of truth” or “the spirit of error” (1 John 4:6).

We were not created to operate independently. We humans are built for union with God. In the fall, that union was severed but it doesn’t mean we are independent, it means we were deceived. The Satanic lie is, “You can be like God.” In other words, you can be independent like God. This is what Satan wanted all along (Isaiah 14:12-15) so he tricks man into being in union with him but he can’t do it openly for fear of being discovered. So, the father of lies, lies! He deceives us into thinking we’re in charge of ourselves when the reality is we are simply doing his bidding all along. He speaks to us in the first person so we think it’s our ideas when the truth is we “are doing the lusts of our father the devil” (John 8:44).

We are his slave, producing his fruit and getting to share in the consequences. Once we hear the Good news that Jesus Christ became “sin” so we can become the “righteousness” of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21), we are freed! We by faith claim we have died to sin! (Romans 6:7) We have been rescued from the dominion of darkness! (Colossians 1:13) We have been forgiven, freed from Satan’s dominion and have received an inheritance among those who have bee sanctified by faith in Christ (Acts 26:18).

The Cross worked!!

Louie