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Serving God; Not Sin

God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 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 6:2-7 KJV)

All mankind are given an opportunity to hear and accept God’s free gift of new life and sanctification in Christ. It is a quickening alive or a spiritual birth bringing man spiritually alive into all things of Christ as the Holy Spirit resides in his heart.  Mankind chooses to place  trust in God through His Son Jesus Christ’s finished work upon the cross; the shedding of His precious blood as a sacrifice for the debt of sin.  Sin of all mankind; including your sin and mine, This is a monumental debt we could never hope to pay.

When we place our faith in His finished work  we are sanctified or made clean in the eyes of God through His Son Jesus Christ’s work.  Not of our own work or self-righteousness; but covered by His atonement or finished work upon the cross brought about the shedding of His precious shed blood.  When God looks at us He sees us as covered in His shed blood.  God is perfect, pure, and holy and cannot view mankind with any stain of sin.  He cannot have anything to do with sin.  He sees us as white as snow because of His covering upon us; not because we are perfect as we sojourn in this world operating in His mercy and grace.

This covering God provides to cover up our sin does not mean those who have accepted His free gift are now living on this earth sinless; it means that we are living in Him  and He is working inside us perfecting us from the inside out.  This is practical sanctification or the daily process of removing sin from our life.  A positional standing in Christ is not a magic wand or a magic eraser from God that instantly removes all sin from our life but rather it is a purifying of our heart towards sin as we agree with God about the very dark nature of our sin  Practically speaking in our life each day it is a pricking or goading of our heart continually about sin including both sins of omission and commission which wedge between us and our personal relationship with God.  The inner pricking by the Holy Spirit in our heart is naturally designed to get us to continually move away from sin towards the holiness of God.  It prods us to stop serving or feeding our natural sin nature, supernaturally serving Him through God living in us.  This spiritual growing process does not happen overnight but is continual growth as we move forward daily along the narrow road in obedience to God’s will for our life on this earth.

Romans chapter six verse seven talks about this process saying:

“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…”

Serving or dwelling in sin is of our natural man; but serving God is of the spiritual nature of God living inside of those quickened alive and is the hallmark of living and producing fruit in the Christian life.  It is spiritual strength with the name of God written all over it as it works in us and through us along our journey upon the narrow pathway on this earth.

God’s Word says:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8 KJV) 

If mankind’s propensity to sin was an immediate shut off valve in new spiritual life then God would not have included this verse in His Word instructing us to confess our sin personally to God getting relief from the burden of our sin.  This verse tells us how to supernaturally remove the wedge that works it way in between us and God maintaining a close spiritual relationship in Him.  However; it is not to be used like a continual fountain to cleanse ourselves of the same sins over and over again; otherwise Jesus’s death would lose significance.  Confession is one on one spiritual conversation with God designed as a continual process of spiritual growth and cleaning over a lifetime of serving God as He makes us aware of sin that comes between us and Him.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 KJV)

Sanctification is an immediate cleansing brought about by a new spiritual relationship in God and it is also a continual process of  cleansing, grace, and growing spiritually in Him.  A new tender plant does not pollinate and sprout up from a seed or kernel growing into a full figured plant instantly; but grows over time through seasons of sun and rain, adverse conditions, and God’s tender care until one day it blooms with fresh new beautiful blossoms.

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18 KJV)

A spiritual relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ has a germinating and growing process.  A gospel seed is sown in mankind.  As the natural man, living in sin and shame, hears the Word of God choosing not to suppress this spiritual kernel, allowing God to fertilize and water it unto maturity bringing about new growth sprouting in the heart producing a spiritual quickening or new life in Christ.  The Words of God are fortified with His supernatural power taking the seed sown pollinating it into a full blown spiritual relationship in Christ which needs pruning and weeding as it lives and thrives among proper conditions spawning new growth and maturity made a perfect plant upon entering into the heavenly realm.

 

A new Christian, who has sprouted a seed of the gospel inside their heart unto new life in Christ, faces a growing process as they sojourn upon this earth.  They reach their growing potential or spiritual maturity of pure perfection upon crossing the threshold of Heaven seeing the face of God.  All eternity their blossoms will never fade, wilt, or die as they give honor and glory unto God.

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