I used to think a lot about sin and how it affected my relationship with God, how He may see me if I sinned. I never truly understood the forgiveness of sins of past, present, and future but also the freedom from Sin with a capital “S”. The Sin is the nature of sinning which was introduced into us at the fall of man in Genesis. It wasn’t a part of us before the fall, though…
So many times I’ve seen the bondage of sin in people’s lives when it really isn’t there. It’s us who believe in it’s power with no foundation. We have been forgiven from ALL sins both what we have done, are doing, or will do but not only that, we are free from the need to sin as a part of our nature.
In the garden of Eden it mentions God’s purpose for man in Genesis 1:26-28,
“26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
It never once mentioned that God’s plan for man was to sin. Adam chose to sin.
Before I continue, I want you to know that I mean no condemnation nor harsh correction. I only want to share what the word says about us and to show the freedom we have as followers of Christ.
So the basic chain of events went as follows: Adam and Eve were created to be in communion with God and to be without the sin nature that caused us to fall, man is brought into the Law of Moses which proved to us that we could not be righteous under our own power because the Law only brought more sin, then enter Jesus. Jesus fulfilled the law on our behalf and brought us not only back to the garden of Eden, but beyond it to where communion with God could be abiding and never ending. Our sin nature removed from us and our sins remitted (removed and non existent).
So my question is (without condemnation): Under the covenant through Christ, why is sin a problem? We are free from it! It was from the beginning that we weren’t meant to sin. That was our choice. Now we’re free though, what makes sin tough? Strongholds in the mind that sin is still our nature that are to be brought down by the renewing of the mind to the word of God.
My point is though, rejoice! You are not under Sin anymore! Be free!
Written by Guest Writer Amos Webskowski. More of Amos’ work can be seen on his blog: kingdombringer.com