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Overcoming Sin (6 of 10)
Series: Revelation of Grace
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ''Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!''
Jesus did not merely come to suppress sin, but to make an end of it. Sin was defeated in Christ, and any who are in Christ have been freed from sin. Romans 6:7 concludes that since we were buried with Christ and have died to our old life when we were born again, ''He who has died has been freed from sin.'' The church does not believe this biblical truth, even though it is consistently taught throughout the New Testament. Let's also bring in Hebrews 9:26
He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Jesus took away sin, and all who are in Christ are under Jesus' victory over sin. Sin was defeated, but instead of preaching the defeat of sin, the church teaches that we are still under the power of sin. If the church was as obsessed with righteousness as it is about sin, the average Christian would be experiencing the benefits of spiritual maturity, instead of trusting in Satan's power through sin.
I'm going to tell you something few Christians have ever heard in church but is something I wish someone had taught me. It's not your job to overcome sin. It's not your job to overcome your weaknesses. It's your job to believe God's word and allow the Spirit to transform you into spiritual maturity. There is a reason why the Bible calls all the attributes of Christian maturity 'the Fruit of the Spirit'.
Fruit is not something that comes through labor. I've never observed a grapevine grunting and straining to produce grapes. Fruit is the natural result of what happens when the life of the vine flows into the branches. The branches do nothing but rest and grow. Growth is not an act of labor. It's something that cannot be rushed, nor can ...
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