Free From Sin

Freedom in Christ is often spoken of very loosely, as a floaty mental whisp more than a concrete reality. Modern notions of Christian Freedom seem to mean we can sin but avoid consequences.

Freedom in Christ is ultimately freedom from sin, as Romans 6 describes it.

Sin had me bound, it controlled me, it wouldn’t let go. Sin bound everything I did to the extent that nothing in me was good. I was incapable of doing one right or good thing. It was evil slavery.

But then I died in Christ! Dead guys are not bound to laws! Where there is no law there is no transgression. I was raised up to new life in Christ, a life that was free from sin.

Do I still sin? Yes, but I am no longer captive to it at all times. In fact, as I persevere in my freedom in Christ, sin fades until ultimately I am completely conformed to the image of Christ.

Being free from sin does not leave me as the same guy, just gets away with sin now. No, freedom from sin frees up my time, energy, resources, mind, soul and body. I have time on my hands now that I’ve given up many fleshly patterns that bound me. I’m free from me!

Now that I am free from sin I freely bind myself as a servant of righteousness with fruit unto holiness and the end everlasting life.

Paul’s notion of freedom is to use it to serve. Freedom in Christ is not permission to be hedonistically narcissistic. Proper freedom always results in me doing what is right, the right stuff I could never do while bound to sin.

True Freedom always leads to service. That’s how you know you have it.

Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Romans 6:18

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God
Romans 6:22

For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all
1 Corinthians 9:19

3 thoughts on “Free From Sin”

  1. Here’s a few verses that some people like to avoid.

    ROMANS 6:6-7 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
    For he that is dead is freed from sin.

    ROMANS 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

    ROMANS 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

    ROMANS 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

    ROMANS 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

    ROMANS 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you

    ROMANS 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

    ROMANS 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

    ROMANS 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

    ROMANS 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

    I CORINTHIANS 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak [this] to your shame.

    HEBREWS 12:1 ¶ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

    I PETER 4:1 ¶ Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin

    I JOHN 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

    I JOHN 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

    ROMANS 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

    ROMANS 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    ROMANS 8:10 ¶ And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.

  2. >I’m free from me!

    I like that statement…it pretty much sums up the difference between Christianity and all the other different forms of supposed liberty.

    It’s not uncommon these days to hear people talking about conspiracies, or monopolies trying to control or destroy us. And there is some truth in all these stories: man could destroy himself on many levels in our time: financial, environmental, military, philosophical, etc. But all of these discussions point to others as the problem: the evil government, the evil bankers, the evil corporations, etc. Christianity points to “self” as the problem. Fix the problem of “self” first, and you’ve gotten to the root of the problem.

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