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Freed from Sin

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

 "For as through the one manís disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous." Romans 5:19

"Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with. . .for he who has died is freed from sin." Romans 5:6-7

A man is not a sinner because he sins, but sins because he is a sinner. David said that he was conceived in sin - meaning that he had inherited the nature of Adam who was the first sinner. Through Adamís disobedience we all inherited sin and death, but through the obedience of Christ, the last Adam, we inherit His righteousness and life. We are not sinners because of what we have done, but because of what Adam did. Likewise, Christians are not righteous because of what they have done, but because of what Jesus did.

It is not only what we have done that is wrong, but our very nature in the flesh is wrong and cannot please God. This is why the flesh must be crucified with Christ and we must be made a new creation in Him. Since Adamís nature is sinful we must be born of the divine nature of God through the Spirit of God, -"He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust." (2 Pet.1)

When witnessing we must always point to the problem of manís sin nature rather than merely focusing on bringing to light the personal and individual sins which have been committed. A sinner can easily be deceived into believing that they are a good person who has done some bad things. And they can quickly conclude that if they simply work a little harder at being good they will be fine. We must always point out that God must deal with more than past sins committed, but also with the very source of sin which is the sin nature of Adam.

The Bible plainly says that there are none good, not even one. In Adam we are all sinners, but in Christ we are made righteous and holy. This is why there is no other Way but Christ for salvation. One may think that kind, benevolent and loving people who do not confess Christ can be saved, but there is no salvation outside of Christ. We inherit sin and death from Adam and inherit reconciliation, righteousness and life in Christ Jesus.

 

You and I exist because of Adam. If Adam had died before he produced offspring then we would have died with him because in the flesh, we are the fruits of his loins. In the flesh we are all associated with Adam, but in the Spirit we are identified with Christ.

 As we see in our text, the old self which is from Adam must be crucified in order to deliver us from his sin nature. In Hebrews 7 Paul makes a case that the priesthood of Melchezedek is eternal and better than Aaron, the Leviteís priesthood which was temporary. To prove his point, the Apostle argues that when Abraham gave tithes to Melchezedek Levi was offering tithes too though he was still in his grandfatherís loins. So, because Abraham was the head of the family, what he did was also credited to Levi even before he was born.

 Likewise, "in Christ" what the Lord has done is credited to us who have been born in Him, and even now exist in Him. By His perfect obedience we were made righteous. Our sins were paid by His Blood. And with Him we receive the divine nature, and the old self was crucified with Him.

 

 

 

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