We’ve Been Freed Of The Sinful Nature

September 18, 2013

We have either been freed from sin or we haven’t been. It’s either, or. A person cannot say they have been set free from sin –meaning that Christ dwells in him and that he is thus an inheritor of eternal life– if that person is also experiencing bondage to sin. Such a person may claim, “I can’t help but sin,” but he is simply deceiving himself. Such a person is not saved, does not have the Spirit of Christ / God in him, and is not going to inherit Heaven. Total repentance, exemplary obedience, and full submission to Christ are ingredients of true faith in Christ, and are thus requirements for belonging to Christ. Anyone who denies this, has not been reading the Word of God sincerely. (See Rom., ch. 6 & 8:9 and Luke 6:46-49 & 14:33 and Ja. 1:21,22 and 1 John 5:18 for starters.)

Rom. 6:16-20 reveal that we are indeed expected to be whole-heartedly obeying the teachings of Christ, and that in so doing, and by having been freed from sin’s power, we can, and do, fully submit to righteousness / to holiness / to God, and that this results in eternal life rather than eternal death. (v. 21-23)

Those who do not believe the Good News, namely the teachings of Christ and of the apostles, are those who believe and teach that Christ-followers (Christians) are still enslaved to sin. Such doctrine is anti-christ and totally false.

Instead, the Truth teaches us that, through our faith, repentance, and pledge of allegiance to Christ, we have renounced, and died to, the rulership of Self, Sin, the world, and the devil. When we do this, the Spirit of Christ circumcises our hearts (Ezek. 36:25-27 / Heb. 10:16), which is another way of saying that our sinful nature is cut off from us. (Col. 2:11)

Now if someone’s sinful nature is truly circumcised off, would that person be sinning? Would that person be enslaved to sin? Would that person be saying, “Oh, I just can’t help but sin”? Of course not. So what does it mean when a “Christian” keeps sinning? It means that he is purposefully sinning. He is not enslaved to sin, but is choosing to sin. Through Christ’s power and Spirit, a Christian has been freed from sin; therefore, to turn back to sin’s power means only one of two things:

1. The Christ-follower has turned from Christ and has deliberately chosen Sin, or

2. The person has been nothing more than a false Christian.

Whichever the case, the person claiming to belong to Christ while continuing to sin is not going to inherit eternal life. By refusing to put to death the acts of the sinful nature (Col. 3:5-10), such a person will reap God’s wrath (v. 6) and eternal banishment from His presence. (2 Thes. 1:7-10)

No matter what they claim, those who choose to ignore Christ’s provision of freedom from sin have chosen eternal punishment for themselves. As 3 John 1:11 says, “Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.” And as Jesus says in John 5:29, “Those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”

So it is like this: If someone keeps sinning, his sinful nature remains in him, and by not being free of the sinful nature, that person is not one with Christ. (Col. 2:11,12)

with love,

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