I was reading a book review where a reviewer cited the following as “concepts I had trouble with:”
1. “We are no longer sinners. But we do have a devious evil enemy who is a sinner.”
2. “What I am saying is that we do not naturally sin because we no longer have a sin nature that is married to the Law.”
3. “A deceptive theology keeps circulating through the Church—a doctrine that basically says it is still our nature to sin after we have been born again. I am convinced this is a doctrine of demons.”
Why would someone, especially a professing Christian have trouble with the above concepts, except: they don’t know what Scripture says; they don’t understand what Scripture says; or they don’t believe what Scripture says.
For any one reading this who is also on the fence, lets take a look at what Scripture actually says and begin removing sacred cows from your lives.
Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun! All of this is a gift from our Creator God, who has pursued us and brought us into a restored and healthy relationship with Him through the Anointed… It is central to our good news that God was in the Anointed making things right between Himself and the world. This means He does not hold their sins against them. 2Cor 5
Did you read and understand that. When you become born-again, your old sin-nature is gone, and you are now endowed with the very nature of God. You are now a new creation, a new species, a new being that never existed before. Your old spirit man/sin-nature is gone forever. Your body, and your soul are still the same, however your spirit is brand new. Your spirit is now the same as Christ Jesus’ – perfect, righteous, holy (in other words, your spirit is now sinless).
This is why the apostle Paul says –if we have been united with Him to share in a death like His, don’t you understand that we will also share in His resurrection? We know this: whatever we used to be with our old sinful ways has been nailed to His cross. So our entire record of sin has been canceled, and we no longer have to bow down to sin’s power. A dead man, you see, cannot be bound by sin. Rom 6
Being dead to sin doesn’t mean that a Christian doesn’t sin. The word dead/death in Scripture means “separation from” and not an “end” as we define it in the natural. No one stops existing, everyone lives forever (in God’s presence or separated from His presence). A person who dies has only separated from their physical body and that person still exists.
In like manner, “you have been separated from that old sin-nature that used to make you live in sin. You don’t have a sin-nature that compels you to be a sinner after you’ve been born-again. Your nature has been changed.” And this is what Paul meant when he said – how can we having a dead sin-nature continue in sin any more.
Remember, you now have the nature of God within you. Your new spirit man, which is identical of Jesus’ is dead to sin and this is what makes it impossible for your new spirit to sin.
1Jn 3:9 Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin: for His seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God. KJV
This Scripture is referring to the spirit, the only part of a man that can be re-born.
This is why the gospel is such good news. Too good to be believed by many, apparently. As is often said, if you’re not asking the question –“does that mean one should live in sin that grace should abound?” then you’re not hearing the true gospel.
And NO, the answer is NO, one should not live in sin because: Doesn’t it make sense that if you sign yourself over as a slave, you will have to obey your master? The question before you is, What will be your master? Will it be sin—which will lead to certain death—or obedience—which will lead to a right and reconciled life?
Why make yourself a slave to sin. That defies wisdom.