Commit Sin = Slave To Sin = Death

February 2, 2014

While informing us that He and His Truth set His followers free of sin (John 8:31-36), Jesus also tells us, “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” (v. 34) In Rom. 6:16 we are told that by obeying someone as a slave, we are slaves of that one we obey. “But I don’t obey sin like a slave,” a person may insist. Yet did we not just read Jesus’ words that “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin”? Any person who insists they can sin without being Sin’s slave is contradicting Jesus.

Rom. 6:16 goes on to tell us that being a slave to sin leads to death, while being a slave to obedience leads to righteousness. Hmmmm… Righteousness, then, does not come by way of a prayer or claim? No, it does not. Righteousness comes to us through our willing obedience to God, which in turn comes by obeying only “the form of teaching” (v. 17) that is the Truth. (Gal. 1:6-9 // 2 John 1:4,9)

So, being we’ve all sinned, and by sinning we are Sin’s slaves, how do we get delivered from this wretched captivity? We obey the Lord. We submit to Him. We renounce sin, turn from it completely, and obey none other but Jesus, the Holy, Almighty King.

The apostle Paul asks, “But, if it becomes evident that those who seek to be justified in Christ are sinners / are committing sin, does this mean that Christ promotes sin?” (See Gal. 2:17) The answer: “Absolutely not!” (same verse) Paul then informs us that if we rebuild what we tore down and destroyed, we prove to be lawbreakers (v. 18) –transgressors of God’s holy moral law.

What is Paul referring to? What is it that a once-justified person / “a temple of God” (1 Cor. 3:16,17) tore down? Sin (in oneself). What can this cleansed temple rebuild after having previously destroyed it? Again –Sin (in oneself). Paul is referring to rebuilding Sin / rebuilding the sinful nature, and doing so through lawless (sinful) deeds. As he exhorts us in Rom. 8:13 and in Col. 3:5-10, it is we, with the Spirit’s help, who are to “put to death” the misdeeds of the sinful nature. If we do not do so, we will die spiritually (Rom. 8:13) and incur God’s wrath. (Col. 5:6) For by rebuilding Sin in ourselves, we fall from the security of God’s grace (Gal. 5:4 // 2 Peter 3:17), and by our own fault, are deserving of Hell. (Heb. 10:26-31)

Let’s continue reading on in Gal. 2: “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.” (v. 19) Sin, law, transgression, slavery, death –they all go together. If we go to Rom. 7 we can see how they do so: The righteous law of God is what informs us of what is sinful in God’s sight. (v. 7) Because of (and through) this revealed law, Sin tempts us to break God’s law while arousing evil desires in us. (v. 8,9) When we give in to Sin’s temptations, we break (transgress) God’s holy and good law, Sin becomes ruler, and we die. (v.9) “God’s holy, righteous, and good law” (see v. 12) which we were given so that we might know the behavior which God requires of us so that we might have Life (v. 10) is the very thing which Sin uses to slay us. (v. 11)

Just as God, in order to give men the freedom to make their own choices, gave Adam and Eve one law about one fruit tree, and Satan used that good law to tempt them to sin, so Sin uses that which is good (the Law) to bring death. For once given the choice, unregenerate men, do choose, at least some of the time, to give in to Sin. And once they do, Sin kills them spiritually. Then, if there is no repentance, this death leads to eternal death. (Rom. 6:23) But there is no (lasting / continuous) repentance once Sin has been given in to! For Sin is too strong, it enslaves those who have spiritually died / those who are unspiritual (7:14), and it makes them its prisoners. (v. 23)

But wait! There is a supernatural rescue from this hopeless state! God in His compassion has rescued us Himself “–through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom. 7:25) When we hear this, when we recognize this, and when we believe this Good News and take hold of it, we die to both Sin and the Law (6:2 & 7:4) “so that we might belong to another.” (7:4) –To Jesus! Therefore, “though we used to be slaves to sin” (6:17), we have been freed. (v. 7,18) Though we used to be slaves of the sinful nature (of Sin) –which (because of our knowledge, fear, and inability to obey God’s law), aroused in us sinful passions that worked in us to produce fruit for death (7:5)– we have, through Christ, been released. (v. 6) Now we are free to serve God “in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” (same verse) What a glorious Gospel!

When we have been given this freedom, are we to continue to sin? Certainly not! Everyone who sins breaks God’s law, for, as we have been recognizing through God’s Word, sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4) Jesus came to “take away our sins”! (v. 5) This is why the Truth teaches us, “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning.” (v. 6) What Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery (John 8:11) and to the paralytic whom He healed (5:14), He says to us all, “Do not sin any more.” This is not a command to quit some particular sin, but to quit sinning altogether. If we do not, then we prove ourselves a slave to sin, thereby bearing fruit for spiritual death and eternal death.

Let us not forget Jesus’ words: “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” He means what He says. He is warning us.

with love,

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