God speaks to us in many ways to get right with Him, but, oftentimes, we ignore God’s warning and fall into sin and reap the consequences of our sins. Sin always looks pleasurable until we are faced with the consequences. No sin has a good consequence, There is no sin in the world that has a good ending, but almost all sins look good in the beginning. Why is it that we cannot understand the consequence of sin from the beginning? We have the capacity to know the consequences but why don’t we have the power to make the right decisions? Apostle Paul made the same question in Romans 7 when he said, “wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from this body of death?” The reason why we cannot make the right decisions is because we are wretched men. We are by nature evil. Although we were created without sin, when we failed we became corrupt. We were sold as a slave to sin, and sin became our master.
When we sinned, we were separated from God. The life giving Spirit that was with and in us was no longer welcomed and as a result of that we had no strength to do what was right. We had the knowledge of good and evil through our conscience, but we did not have the capacity to love and to do what is good.
Evil overpowered us because of our disobedience, and we lived as slaves of sin until Jesus showed up. When Jesus came to earth, He destroyed the power of sin in our lives by coming in the likeness of our flesh, so that He could pay the penalty for our sins and free us from the dominion of sin. He came in the likeness of our body and defeated sin by living a perfect life! Now, anyone knows that it’s impossible to live a perfect life in this body, but Jesus did it in His humanity! No, He did not use His divinity to defeat sin. He laid aside all his power and glory and was absolutely dependent upon the power of the Spirit for every work. He prayed and depended on God, and He was tempted like us in all manners, but He never sinned! That’s why we worship the God-Man Jesus because He is perfect! His perfection is unfathomable! Sin entered the world through the sin of one man Adam, and through his disobedience, all were born sinners. In the same manner, it was enough for one man to defeat sin in the flesh and perfect all who would believe in Him. That’s the reason why Jesus said, “If you don’t eat my flesh and drink my blood you have not life in you” because the body and blood of Jesus is perfect to sanctify and free us from the bondage of sin. Just as we partook of Adam though the natural birth, we become a partaker of the life of Jesus through spiritual birth by believing and trusting in Him. That’s what being born of the Spirit means. We Adam’s children through natural birth and we become God’s children through spiritual birth.
So when Jesus came, He defeated sin and all those who believed in Him became a partaker of His victory because when we believe in Him, we became one with Him. We identified with His death, and resurrection because Jesus did not die for Himself–He was perfect, His death on the cross was for us. He died in the place of us, and therefore when we believe in Him, we can be assured that we were crucified with Him because the cross represents our punishment. If we became a partaker of His death, and resurrection then we live with Him, meaning, we now have received His life to live a life free from the bondage of sin because the penalty for sin has been paid off. That’s the reason why the book of Hebrews says, “He has perfected those who believe in Him once and for all”. His sacrifice was enough to get rid of the power of sin in our lives. Now, through His blood, we have power to overcome sin.
That means, we can now have the power to resist and overcome sin. Before we accepted Christ in our lives we did not have the power to do what is right even when we knew it was wrong, but now, after we believed in the One who gave Himself for our liberty, we have the power to hate sin and walk away from it because the life of Jesus is manifested in our lives. Now, we have another law called the law of the Spirit, by which the Spirit leads us in the way of the truth. What we lost in Adam, we now received in Christ Jesus to become temples in whom the Spirit of God dwells. The key is the Spirit dwelling in our hearts. If we are in the Spirit, we can never sin because the Spirit always leads us to the truth. Therefore, we are no longer in bondage of sin. But we now have the obligation of living in the Spirit because as long as we have the flesh, we are capable of living in the law of sin. Jesus has already made the provision and He has given us the victory over sin, but we are obligated to live in the Spirit. How do we live in the Spirit? By yielding and submitting everything we have over to God. By trusting in Jesus and living in Him. The Spirit always reminds us of what Jesus has spoken to us. Therefore, we must be obedient to the Spirit by making it our duty to read the Scriptures. We must also be praying, as we are commanded to pray in the Spirit. When we pray, we get the strength to weaken our fleshly desires and obey the voice of the Spirit. But the key here is not to go back to the rules and regulations of the law, it’s to live in Jesus Christ by the power of the Spirit. The life of Christians is a life of faith, because the righteous live by faith. The work we do is the result of our faith not vice versa. Our work is the work produced by the Holy Spirit when we obey the Spirit and believe in Jesus Christ and His word. When we live our lives completely dependent on Jesus Christ, we live. Because we live, sin power over our lives is broken.