Sin, sin… SIN!

Posted: April 23, 2015 in Blog, Pastor's Corner
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All this dwelling upon sin is sort of depressing. It has the vague ring of staunch legalism, and poorly sung hymns echoing in the background, all while wearing old-starchy-Sunday-clothes. I mean we are under grace and not the law, so what’s the big deal? Sin and death have been defeated; by faith in Jesus Christ our record of debt is nailed to the cross. Why focus upon what no longer has dominion over those freed from the condemning power of sin?

It’s simple—sin is alive in us. Praise God, there no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Nevertheless, indwelling sin still remains. Yes, the old has gone and the new has come, but as the apostle Paul so aptly instructs, “I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but is see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.” Even though through Jesus we are free there is still indwelling sin.

Colossians 3:5 gives us an indication that indwelling sin is no surprise for the believer, and that we are to actively be seeking sin’s death, “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” John Owen writes in his book, The Mortification of Sin, that those, “Who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin, ought yet to make it their business all their days to mortify the indwelling power of sin.

Biblically speaking, the mortification of sin is the settled work of the follower of Christ. Walk away from notions of legalism, understanding where redemption resides, and actively seek to put to death the deeds of the flesh by the power of the Spirit.

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