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So are you a sinner? 😏😏
Do you lie, steal, fornicate/commit adultery, gossip, keep malice, betray people, or exhibit greed? If you answered yes to any options above newsflash, you may not be a sinner.
Often times when we talk about sin we talk about sin as an act like it happens in a vacuum. But nothing is born out of nothing. We can always trace things back to their origin. However, we treat sin like there is no cause and effect relationship to it.
Let's go down memory lane, how did sin enter the world?
Romans 5:12 (TLB) When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. His sin spread death throughout all the world, so everything began to grow old and die,[a] for all sinned.
The sin that you and I commit is not because we want to sin; it is because of what Adam did. We received the Adamic nature that is naturally prone to sin. Sin is the natural dispensation of all man born of flesh. "Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God", tells us that before we were born or before we told our first lie, we were already sinners. It's something we could not escape as long as we were born of flesh and blood. Therefore, sin is not a thing that we randomly do just cause we want to, it is the fruit of our nature.
However, when we heard the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and believed in Christ (John 3:16) there was a spiritual regeneration that led to the death of our Adamic nature and the birth of a brand new spirit. This brand new spirit has eternal life i.e we (Our spirit) can never die.
Romans 6:4(TLB) Your old sin-loving nature was buried with him by baptism when he died; and when God the Father, with glorious power, brought him back to life again, you were given his wonderful new life to enjoy.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (TLB) When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!
John 1:12-13 (NLT) But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
What does this mean for every Christian?
- We are born of God and not of natural birth, therefore, the Adamic nature is gone. No trace left behind
- We are free from sin and death because we have eternal life
- We have full dominion over sin, we control it
- We are NOT sinners, because a sinner is that who has the Adamic nature
When God is asking us to live a life above sin, he is not asking us to try or struggle. He is asking us to be our new selves. A brand new person with a clean slate, no record of sin exists and will ever exist. Through Jesus, God has forgiven our past, present, and future sins. The blood of Jesus is so precious that it set things in place for eternity. His sacrifice was the perfect sacrifice for all our sins. Basically, we have no business with sin anymore.
Hebrews 10:10 (TLB) Under this new plan we have been forgiven and made clean by Christ’s dying for us once and for all.
Our standing with God has been perfected through Christ by his grace alone. In this our new identity, nothing can ever separate us from the love of God.
Romans 8:38-39 (NLT) And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The death of Jesus made gave us a new identity and this identity came with super powers. It gave us the power to do things that are pleasing and acceptable to God. All we have to do is continually stay grounded in our identity in Christ, renew our minds with the word of God and commune with the Holy Ghost regularly.
You may be thinking, so why do I still sin?
Man is a spirit, who has a soul/mind and lives in a body. Even though we (our spirit) is brand new, we still have our old minds. Having this old mind is what drives us to sin because this mind has lived in our old self (Adamic nature) for so long. However, spending time in the word of God helps train our mind to become aligned with our new self (spirit). When our mind is renewed, the sins that easy beset us begins to fade away and we lose interest in it. An unrenewed mind is almost as strong as our old self accustomed to sin, this is why spending time in scriptures should never be underestimated. They seem like mere words but they are powerful enough to help you transform into your identity in Christ.
Romans 12:2(NIV) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Does this mean a Christian can't sin even if they tried? No, the unrenewed mind can make you sin. However, a Christian can't have the title of a sinner.
The first question I always get when I share this with people is; "If all my sins are forgiven, why should I not sin?"
- Sin still hurts God: why should we the children of God intentional hurt our father?
- It not the real you: A Christian sinning is synonymous to a human being barking, its anomaly that should be swiftly corrected
- Why risk eternal life? (James 1:15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.)
- Sin is baggage that slows down your faith walk. I don't know about you but I want to be free to do good works while on earth. I want my crowns in heaven to be a lot.
- Don't get it twisted anyone who understands grace deeply will never think of it as a permission to sin. Romans 6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!
So guess what? Every Christian is a saint! 💃💃💃 Feel free to call me Saint Bibi and add saint as your title. Doing this helps to remind you of your true self.
Anytime the thought of sin crosses your mind, remind yourself that you are brand new in Christ and you have power over sin. Stay and dwell in your identity in Christ. Here are practical tips to help you avoid the fastest sin, fornication.
These are some of your key identities in Christ, meditate till it becomes your reality. Save this image and make it your wallpaper. If possible, print it and stick it to your wall.
Here is a pretty amazing song that reminds me that I am a child of God and I'm no longer a slave to sin and death. Please listen and be blessed.