Change Is Possible – Part 11
Grace is not a license to sin, but the power to overcome sin. Titus 2:11-12 NKJV says, “For THE GRACE OF GOD that brings salvation has appeared to all men, TEACHING US that, DENYING ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live SOBERLY, RIGHTEOUSLY, and GODLY in the present age.” GRACE TEACHES US TO LIVE RIGHT.
According to Romans 6:1-23 believers in Christ YIELD TO SIN, they ARE NOT OVERPOWERED BY SIN, because:
1. They no longer have sin nature in them – Vs. 6.
2. Sin lost its power over their lives – Vs. 10&11.
3. They are “slaves” to faith obedience – Vs. 16,22.
Strong’s Concordance shows that the word “SIN” in Romans 6:1-23 is a NOUN, except for one place where it is a VERB. A noun is a word that refers to a person, place, thing, event, substance, or quality. A verb is a word or phrase that describes an action, condition, or experience. Reading this passage with this understanding gives it a different meaning to the traditional meaning.
In the following passage I have indicated where the word “sin” is a noun and where it is a verb. Let’s see what this passage really means when we apply this knowledge. Pay special attention to capitalized words, and those in brackets ( ).
Romans 6:1-23 NKJV
“1 What shall we say then? SHALL WE CONTINUE IN SIN [NOUN]; power of sin – Romans 5:20-21) that grace may abound? 2 CERTAINLY NOT! How shall we who DIED TO SIN [NOUN] live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized Into His death? 4 Therefore WE WERE BURIED WITH HIM through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in NEWNESS OF LIFE (under grace – Romans 5:20-21). 6 knowing this, that OUR OLD MAN was CRUCIFIED WITH HIM, THAT THE BODY OF SIN [NOUN] MIGHT BE DONE AWAY WITH, that we should no longer be slaves of sin [NOUN]. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin [NOUN]. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin [NOUN] ONCE FOR ALL; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, RECKON (or COUNT) yourselves to be DEAD INDEED TO SIN [NOUN], but ALIVE TO GOD in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore DO NOT LET SIN [NOUN] reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And DO NOT PRESENT YOUR MEMBERS AS INSTRUMENTS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS to sin [NOUN], but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and YOUR MEMBERS AS INSTRUMENTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS TO GOD. (Rom:12:1-2). SIN [NOUN – power of sin] SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU, FOR YOU ARE NOT UNDER LAW (ministry of condemnation – 2 Corinthians 3:6-8) BUT UNDER GRACE. 15 What then? SHALL WE SIN [VERB] BECAUSE WE ARE NOT UNDER LAW BUT UNDER GRACE? CERTAINLY NOT! 16 Do you not know that to whom you PRESENT YOURSELVES SLAVES TO OBEY, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin [NOUN] leading to death, or of obedience (Romans 1:5 – OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH) leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin [NOUN], yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And HAVING BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN [NOUN], YOU BECAME SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as YOU PRESENTED YOUR MEMBERS AS SLAVES OF UNCLEANNESS, AND OF LAWLESSNESS leading to more lawlessness, so now PRESENT YOUR MEMBERS AS SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HOLINESS, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been SET FREE from sin [noun], and HAVING BECOME slaves of God, you have your FRUIT TO HOLINESS, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin [NOUN] is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
If we believe that Christ died in our place we are freed from the control of sin. When we sin, as believers, it is not because we are driven by the sin nature, it is because we yield to the desire that was left by sin nature in our PROGRAMED MINDS. Hence the Word tells us to change our lives by changing what we think (Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:8, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Colossians 3:1-3, and Galatians 5:16).
This means that a believer and a non-believer sin for different reasons BECAUSE SATAN DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME INFLUENCE OVER THEM (Romans 6:6,16-20). A believer yields to the HABITS OF THE FLESH (WAY OF THINKING) THAT FORMED WHILE HE WAS UNDER THE CONTROL OF SIN NATURE. A non-believer sins because of the sin nature that controls him. When a believer becomes aware of this truth he GETS EMPOWERED TO OVERCOME SIN THAT MAY HAVE A STRONGHOLD IN HIS MIND (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
What the Law failed to do, Christ did (Galatians 3:21-25). CHRIST DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER AND CONTROL OF SIN. Romans 5:19-22 and Colossians 2:13-15. LET’S ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CHANGE US (2 Corinthians 3:18).
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – HEBREWS 4:1-3!