THE TRUTH ABOUT LIVING IN SIN
It’s not secret. Jesus died to forgive you of your sins. While this may be true, what does it have to do with living in sin? We’ve all heard it a hundred times but what if that’s not WHY he died. My mission is to see you free. So, don’t stay bound by the same ol tired line that has lost its true meaning in pop culture. The truth will liberate your soul and overwhelm you with joy.
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:32-36
WHAT IS SIN
There’s a weird stigma surrounding the word sin. Because of that, I want you to come to this post with your guard down. Mentioning living in sin tends to make people uneasy.
Sin, as defined by God’s Word, is a transgression against God’s law. In particular, I’m talking about the law stated by Jesus in. Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Also, love your neighbor as yourself. Not surprising, these two commands encompass all 10 of the original commandments given to Moses. It’s part of the beauty of God and his effort towards making it simple to understand.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:30-31
Likewise, God’s Word states if you know the good thing to do and do wrong anyway, that’s sin. This can incorporate a whole load of options.
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17
For example, Jesus gives a perfect example with the rich man. He knew his heart and those riches were dear to him. For that reason, he instructs him to go sell everything he owns and give it away. The man refuses.
That’s a perfect example, the rich man knew what was right and he went against it anyway. He was living in sin.
WHO IS JESUS
This may seem trivial since most of the population has heard of Jesus by some way or another but it begs to be clarified.
Jesus is so many things, this one post can’t hold all the information so in short, Jesus is God manifest in a body of flesh. He’s the Son of God and also God Himself. He made an appearance on earth for 33 years. In that short time, he lived a life perfect, without a single sin.
TRULY LIVING SINLESS!
The reason for his time on earth was to prove perfection and to become the atonement for sin. His life, death, and resurrection were essential to demonstrate, conquer, and bring life!
Through his life on earth, he demonstrated perfection. His death destroyed the power of death. Finally, his resurrection brought life.
These three facts work together to create what we know as Salvation. Without it, living in sin leads to death.
HOW DO SIN AND JESUS GO TOGETHER
Before I take a step further I want to make it clear that Jesus and sin are as far apart as Holy and Evil are. Since Jesus is God he can’t be around sin. His holiness is so vast it’s impossible for him to be around. But, the good news is he plays a huge part in how we overcome it.
I’m gonna share how the popular phrase “Jesus died for your sins” is robbing you of the truth and leaving you seeking for more.
First, Jesus did die so that you could be forgiven from living in sin. Praise God for that. But let’s take that deeper. Without his death you didn’t even have a chance. Keeping it real and straight forward.
Second, God didn’t send Jesus to die for your sins. That needed to happen so that the greater purpose could take place. Above all else, God wanted to have a relationship with you. He created you to be together with him. Walking and talking and doing life. Moreover, conversation, sharing and experiencing the best of what God’s created.
That’s not to say it means you will never endure things that seem unfair or altogether wicked. Even so, you would always be together, hand in hand.
Like Father and Child!
That. Is. Why. Jesus. Died.
With that in mind, let’s go back to living in sin. He can’t be around you or in a relationship if you’re living in sin. See how this works. You need freedom from sin so that, you can be in relationship with God. And since we’re all weak and incapable of saving ourselves, he’s gracious enough to have created the plan and carried it out.
God is good in every way. To illustrate, I’ll explain how to apply the gospel to your life and find freedom by the power of grace.
HIS LIFE DEMONSTRATED PERFECTION
To the demise of the Jewish culture, who had failed for hundreds of years, Jesus kept God’s law to a tee! All through the Old Testament we watch over and over as the Israelites fail to stay faithful to God. They choose other gods and ways contrary to the Lord. All this even though he hand-picked them to be His children.
No surprise, over hundreds of years not one person has kept God’s law. Ironic enough, without it the relationship between God and us is destroyed. Jesus demonstrated that it could be done, but that He was the only one who could do it.
Even more, he shared the ins and outs of how we should live our lives in relationship with the Lord. He was faithful from the beginning to the end.
HIS DEATH DESTROYED THE POWER OF DEATH
Jesus was murdered. Most often this fact is clean up and delivered with the words “he died”. In truth, He was unrighteously murdered. He is the pinnacle of perfection. God knew we’d kill Him and so he made it worth it as he does with all things that are called according to his purpose.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:32
When Jesus died, he conquered death. More so, he broke the power that death had over us. Not for just anyone though. It broke the power death had over HIS CHILDREN. By his children, as defined by the bible, means those who have given up their own lives and chosen to repent, be born-again and follow after Jesus.
Equally important, being born-again means you’re free from living in sin. The wages of sin is death but now since Jesus conquered death you can have victory over sin. This is the strength of his death.
HIS RESURRECTION BROUGHT LIFE
And last but not least, HIS RESURRECTION. Not enough people focus on the fact that Jesus is alive. To put this in perspective, the wages of sin is death. The wages of resurrection is life.
When Jesus rose from the grave he created a bridge. That’s the bridge back into relationship with God. The requirement here is you must repent and be born-again. When you’re born-again, you’re indwelled with the Holy Spirit and with that power you can NOT SIN!
Therefore, God can be with you. It comes full circle. And the fact that Jesus died for your sin becomes much greater and meaningful. God loves you but can’t be with you if you won’t choose Him as your first love.
Jesus is alive and waiting for you to get serious.
ONLY TWO OPTIONS
As I mentioned before, the wages of sin is death. When you are living in sin death is the only path available for you. It’s dark and lonely. Of course, you may be surrounded by thousands of other people living in sin too but rest assured it’s still a lonely road.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord Romans 6:23
Sin is the kryptonite to a relationship with the Lord. We receive Salvation by faith through Grace. Although that’s a milky way-galaxy-sized blessing, faith without works is dead! And, the wages of sin is death! Here we have two very prominent truths screaming for attention.
Both are equally important to understand. One leads you into the arms of life with God. Meanwhile, the other leads you into the arms of death with the Devil.
After being born-again we have no “excuse” to sin. Can it happen? Yes. However, a willful life of sin is detrimental to a sound abundant relationship with Jesus.
THE REAL COST OF LIVING IN SIN
Losing out on life with Jesus.
Truth is, He didn’t just die for your sin. He died for a whole lot more than that. I hope I have opened your eyes to the depth of love that waits as a result of turning away from living in sin.
Our life should be a reflection of our relationship with the Lord. If the way we are living is contrary to God’s character we are reflecting a broken relationship with Him.
It should be our number one priority to be pleasing in the eyes of the Lord.
Some of the most beautiful words we can ever hear are “well done good and faithful servant”. It’s a necessity to keep Jesus the focus of all things in life. Take a look at what your life is reflecting in accordance with His Word. It will be the most beneficial evaluation you will ever do in life and one that should be practiced until the appointed time of death comes.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Hebrews 9:27
*Eternal life or *Eternal death
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:20, 22-23