Dead to Sin
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Being Dead to Sin
Please read this page in connection with the Sin no More study.
The quote by the apostle Paul of being "dead to sin" is often overlooked by many professing Christians. Why? Is it because we actually want to carry on sinning and are not prepared to let go of this world? Are we willing to accept God's grace, but not His law? Let's take a look at what Paul said:
Romans 6:1-2 ...'What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid! How shall we that are DEAD TO SIN, live any longer therein?
It is very clear what Paul is saying. Think about it, can a dead person sin? No, of course not, so if we are dead to sin, what should that mean for the way we live? It means we should not sin, which supports what Jesus said, "Go, sin no more." (John 8:11). What do you think "go, sin no more" and "dead to sin" means? Does it mean we can carry on sinning without worrying about it, because we are now under grace not under law? No! As Paul said above, "GOD FORBID" that we should carry on sinning after accepting God's grace.
This is such an important issue, because we are living at the very end of time for this earth, and God is waiting for a people who will stand up for what is right. A people who will separate themselves from the things of this world. A people who will be obedient to His eternal law, the ten commandments. A people who are actively turning away from their sins and preparing their hearts and minds to meet their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I truly believe we are living in the very last days of this earth's history and we need to start living as holy people for God, to bring glory to His name and the name of Christ Jesus.
This is an important present truth for this world, because at the moment, sin abounds everywhere, even in "Christian" circles and it's time that we who profess faith in Jesus to deny ourselves by turning away from our sins and taking up our cross to follow the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ...'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.'
What should happen to the old things (sins) when a person comes to Christ Jesus? They should pass away. In other words, the old sinful ways die, and we become a new person in Christ, a person who lives no longer in sin (Romans 6:2)
Are You Dead to Sin?
Have you crucified the old man yet? Or are you still dragging him around and continuing in wilful sin? If you are continuing in wilful sin, then let me give you a loving warning from the Bible:
Hebrews 10:26-27 ...'For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.'
I pray that you will take this seriously, as this is the true Word of God, and He warns all those who think they can carry on in sin, just because they "believe" in Jesus, that by continuing in wilful sin, they are rejecting His grace and there will remain no more sacrifice for their sin. They will be lost!! What did Jesus say Himself?:
Matthew 16:24 ...'Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.'
So to be a disciple of Jesus, we need to deny ourselves. We need to sacrifice the worldly pleasures we have in our lives. We need to stop seeking to please self and start seeking to please our Creator God. What does it mean to take up your cross? It means to crucify the old sinful man, to walk no longer in sin. And we are to follow Jesus. Did Jesus sin? No, and He is asking us to follow Him, to follow in His footsteps by obeying God and living a sin free life.
And what warning does Jesus have for those professing Christians who wilfully continue in sin?
Matthew 7:23 ...'And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.'
In other words, Jesus is saying "depart from Me, ye that CONTINUED TO LIVE IN WILFIUL SIN". Now none of us wants Jesus to say that to us when He returns at the second coming, so let's get right with Him now. Yes we live in a sinful body for now, and we may stumble into sin, but we need to be striving to be perfect in Christ Jesus and not to commit any sin at all. Yes we are weak, but we have a strong Saviour who has already conquered sin and can help us to live that obedient life.
This life and the pleasures of this world last but a moment. Please don't spoil your chance of eternity with God and Christ Jesus for the few momentary sinful pleasures of this world. Give them up now, deny yourself, crucify the old man and follow the Lord. Jesus is coming soon to redeem those who followed Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. It's time to become dead to sin.