Christian & Sin
My position is that a Christian no longer have a Sinful Nature because of the Redemptive Work of Christ On The Cross. As a believer, we are no longer “In Adam” but “In Christ”. We are delivered not only from the Penalty of Sin but the Power of Sin.
One of the favorite question that I am asked by the opposite camp is … “Do you sin?” If I am to answer, “I don’t sin”. I will be under ‘fire’ left, right & center. This is their expected answer because I advocated there is no more ‘Sinful Nature’ in a Christian.
When I answered that I ‘do sin’, this catch them off guard. One of the wrong assumption that the advocates of ‘Sinful Nature’ camp hold is – ‘No Sinful Nature = No Sinning’. This is a wrong assumption!
Adam did not have a ‘Sinful Nature’ but he chose to disobeyed God.
Jesus the 2nd Adam, did not inherit the ‘Sinful Nature’. The bible says that Jesus too was tempted … but He did not sin.
‘ … He, Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted’ Heb 2:18
Christian & Sin
Let us look at the book of Romans again and see what the Apostle Paul say about “Christian & Sin”.
In the chapters of Romans, the Apostle Paul introduced to us several terms – “The Flesh”, “Mortal Body”, ” Members of your Body”.
The Flesh : This is the unregenerate “State” of a person. But when that person became a Christian, he is no longer in “The Flesh”.
Rom 8:8 “So then, those who are in ‘the flesh’ cannot please God”
Rom 8:9 “But you are not in ‘the flesh’ but in the Spirit”
Rom 8:12 “… we are debtors – not to ‘the flesh’, to live according to ‘the flesh’.”
Rom 8:1 “There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to ‘the flesh’ but according to the Spirit”
The Mortal Body: This is the physical body. This is the perishable body that is subject to decay and death. When we became Christians, we are not immediately taken up to heaven to be with God. We still remain on earth in the mortal body to fulfill our earthly assignment here.
Members of the Body: These are the faculties of the body – our senses, our appetites, our desires, our emotions, our mind … etc
God have make us “Body, Soul & Spirit”. After creation, God said it was “very good”. Our ‘Body’ & our ‘Soul’ are good when they are use according to God’s purpose and for God’s glory.
Rom 6:11 “likewise you also , reckon yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
As Christian, we should consider ourselves dead to sin but alive to God. This is how Christians should be living …’Dead to Sin but Alive to God’.
Rom 6:12 “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lust”.
As Christian, sin no longer have power over us. Sin is no longer ‘In’ us, because of the Redemptive Work of Christ. Though Sin is no longer ‘In’ us but we are still in this mortal body and in this fallen world. In this fallen world, Christians are still subject to temptation. Because we are ‘In Christ’ , we no longer live according to ‘the flesh’ but according to the Spirit … therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that we should obey it in its lust.
Christ has done His part – He dealt with the Penalty and the Power of Sin on the Cross. What is our part as ‘New Man’ in Christ?
Our part is :
“do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”;
“Reckon ourselves dead to sin but alive to God”; ”
“Do not let sin reign in our mortal body” … but how do we do this?
The Apostle Paul wrote, “And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness in sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” Rom 8:13
Rom 12:1 “I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service”.
Does A Christian Still Sin?
Most likely …’Yes”. But as he grows in love with Christ, he will sin ‘less and less’. As a bride keeps herself ‘Pure’ for the Bridegroom, Christian will keep himself ‘Pure’ for Christ.
As Christian lives ‘according to the Spirit’ … he lost the desire to sin.