United With Christ Means No Longer Serving Sin
April 2, 2016
Jesus says, “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34)
Yes, every single person who sins is a slave.
But Jesus came to free us from sin so that we can walk in righteousness instead. (Rom. 6:15-23 // 1 John 3:4-6)
How are we set free?
Jesus says it is by knowing the Truth, for it is the Truth that sets us free. (John 8:32)
Jesus, of course, is the Truth. (John 14:6) So we must know Him. But to know Him, we must hold to His teaching. (8:31)
The Word of God is also the Truth. (John 17:17) We must know it too, and obey it, in order to be in (abide in and progress in) sanctification. (Same verse // 1 Pe. 1:22)
The Holy Spirit, who is the Truth as well, will be the One to convict us and guide us as we walk this Path. (John 16:8,13)
Consequently, we will not be led astray by those who say it is okay for Christians to sin because they have their “guaranteed, non-reversible ticket” of salvation. Rather, we know this: “The person who does what is right is righteous, just as He [Christ] is righteous. The person who does what is sinful is of the devil.” (1 John 3:7,8a)
But, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8c)
Jesus came and destroyed the devil’s work. Everyone who believes can unite with Christ and walk in this deliverance from the devil.
That is, everyone who believes to the point of following Jesus, obeying Jesus, and holding to His teaching consistently. This is what being one with Christ means.
Such a person is set free.
Such a person is the one who is granted a permanent place in God’s family. (John 8:35)