Our Freedom in Christ
Our Freedom from Sin – Part I
Scripture Reading: Romans 6:1-23
Key Verse: Romans 6:1
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
The Book of Romans is a great theological book; it is a practical guide to the study of God and His work in us. Romans 6 is especially good at explaining the relationship between a Christ-follower and sin.
As we start our study of our freedom from sin, I want to make clear that the Bible does not say that a believer never sins again after receiving Jesus into their hearts.
But the Bible does make clear that a believer does not have to sin any longer… we are free from the bondage of sin. This will become very clear, I hope, as we study this subject over the next seven days of devotionals.
As you read in today’s Key Verse, the work that Jesus did on the cross removed sin as “master” over our lives.
Since Adam fell to the first sin, the problem of sin has plagued mankind:
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)
This verse explains what theologians call “original sin”; that is, the sin we did not personally commit but was in us when were born into this world. “Original sin” explains why we do not have to teach our children to be selfish; it comes naturally!
Out of the original sin that we inherited from Adam comes the sins we commit in our lives. No one is exempt from this problem of sin:
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
On one extreme, some people live good lives; their parents taught them good manners and good behavior. On the opposite extreme, some people live wild lives filled with addictions and destroyed relationships. But all people have sinned and need Jesus, the Savior of the World!
The good news of today’s Key Verse is that Jesus destroyed the power of sin with His death and resurrection! The Apostle Paul put it this way:
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:17-19)
Of course, this “one man” was Jesus. Rejoice… you are free from sin!
Father, I praise You for the plan for my salvation. In Jesus’s Name, amen.