Free from the Power of Sin
Every human being is naturally under the dominion of sin. The Word of God shows us that
by nature we are even slaves of sin. But that should not remain so! Through Christ the sin
offering, we can reign over sin.
Through the fall of Adam, sin dwells in the flesh of every human being. So, as long as we
dwell in this body, we will be confronted with the problem of sin. Paul recognized the strong
effect of the sin in our flesh. This is why he writes in Romans 7:24: "O wretched man that I
am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” The problem with sin is that when it is
fully grown, it produces death. In James 1:15, we see how sin works in us: " Then, when
desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”
Our flesh is susceptible to all kinds of desires and lusts. No one can change this and no one is
free from this. A Christian, however, is faced with the decision of whether or not to give in
to desires and lusts. James shows that when a person gives in to lust, sin comes forth. The
result of sin is death.
Every time we have sinned, we can confess our sin, ask God for forgiveness and apply the
blood of Jesus. Then God is faithful and just to forgives us our sins (1 John 1:9). Christ is our
trespass offering. Moreover, if we have sinned against a person, we should cleanse the
matter with that person.
But, God does not only want to forgive us our sins. Instead, He wants us to resist sin before
it is "born," that is, before we commit it. When Cain was angry with his brother and wanted
to sin against him, God commanded him to rule over sin (Genesis 4:7). But, Cain did not rule
over his anger and envy, but slew his brother.
However, Jesus Christ resisted every desire and temptation throughout his life and never
sinned. That is why He can help us, so that we too can rule over our lusts. Christ is the
reality of the sin offering, which deals with the root of sin. Since Christ lives in the spirit of
every born again person, we can all claim Him as the sin offering and thus resist lusts and
desires. God has given us a will for this. We need to use this will and lay hold of Jesus in faith
when lusts arise in us. Precisely because we want to serve God as a holy priesthood, we
must experience more and more how Christ becomes the reality of the sin offering in us. It
is an exercise of faith. Whenever lusts come, we can claim Christ for ourselves and confess
that we have died to sin in Him. As Christians we have the choice. We can give in to our
flesh or we can live Christ. But, there remains a struggle (Galatians 5:17).
Therefore, let us fight the good fight of faith!